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Scissors, A vacuum, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day

The junk drawer in the kitchen had a few pair of scissors in it. At first, just more “stuff” to take care of when cleaning out my late mother’s condo —but these were different. These were 1950s scissors — strong, heavy duty, the quality of tool you kept for life and had sharpened as needed. Not the three for a dollar junk you buy at the dollar store. (You know the kind — if you cut something too thick, the plastic handles break off.) “OK,” I thought. “I’ll keep these and pitch my other ones. They were designed to be pitched anyway. I mean three for a dollar? That means 33 cents each and someone is still making a profit on them.” I wasn’t going to make the mistake I made once before, throwing away an old 1950s Electrolux vacuum from a house I bought. I was young, and thought it wasn’t as nice as the plastic lightweight one I bought at Target for around $100 that was good for maybe a year. I stopped and reflected on the quality of days gone by. Progress? In some ways, yes. In many others, no. Soon, my nostalgic feelings of wonder about the past expanded beyond product and to what creates product, people, and places. Fortunately, the Mid-Atlantic region is filled with opportunities to explore and dig deeper. You can go to the Frontier Culture Museum and see firsthand how farm life over the centuries created the staples of household life with intense labor, but quality outcome. Or, check out the Hot Glass Festival in Virginia at Sunspots Studios and

witness the modern use of the age-old craft of glassblowing. West Virginia is so filled with living history that we have a whole section on it this month; it’s hard to beat the scenery that surrounds you both during the trip and upon arriving. OK, so my mother wasn’t around during the time of blown glass and frontier life but, hey, she was the first female engineering student at University of Connecticut — pretty cutting-edge and innovative for her time, and definitely part of the spirit. It’s easy to see through these travels how mothers indeed merit honor and celebration. And while we are on the topic of quality and remembrance, let’s not forget our departed who died while serving their country. How did they live? What was their experience? Once again, the Mid-Atlantic is filled with opportunities to get a feel for this. Consider a day on the Project Liberty ship SS John W. Brown and discover World War II life aboard ship. Check out one of many regional Civil War sites or reenactments. Take in the many enormous war memorials throughout Washington, D.C. Visit Fort McHenry in Baltimore. We owe a ton of gratitude and thanks to those who sacrificed their lives for our nation, and what better way to remember and honor them than to explore their lives? We can’t go back in time, but we can visit the area’s historic locations and see some really interesting displays from the times of quality and craftsmanship.

5 ~ Publisher’s Note 6 ~ Editor’s Note 7 ~ Travel Line 10 ~ The view from Weverton Cliffs 11 ~ Cumberland’s musical summer 12 ~ Mid-Atlantic aviation heritage 15 ~ Family Travel 16 ~ Luzerne County fun 17 ~ New at Kinzua this summer 18 ~ Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon 20 ~ Families love Lancaster 22 ~ Conococheague Institute’s history 22 ~ Culture WV-2 ~ Tucker County arts and outdoor fun WV-5 ~ Morgantown trails WV-8 ~ Martinsburg festivals WV-11 ~ Clarksburg celebrations WV-13 ~ South to Mercer County WV-14 ~ Randolph and Pendleton counties 23 ~ Surprise yourself in Floyd 24 ~ The Crooked Road Music Trail 26 ~ Virginia’s New River Valley 28 ~ Calendar of Events 32 ~ Spring in the Northern Shenandoah Valley 34 ~ Norman Rockwell in Roanoke 36 ~ Battle of New Market 37 ~ Two in Williamsburg 38 ~ Cruise Corner 40 ~ Adventures in Taste 41 ~ Wine Doctor 42 ~ Music Festivals

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Life, it seems, is all about change. We grow up, leave home, begin our own lives, and change jobs, apartments, houses, and, more recently,

the technology we use to manage it all. It’s all come into focus again for me in 2016 as Jane and I prepare to leave the house we’ve lived in for 28 of our 41 years of marriage (it never ceases to amaze me how much “stuff” you can accumulate in that time), and we had to say a final farewell to our last canine companion, Dolly. Ours is a century-old home that certainly wasn’t built for the modern technology we use to keep Recreation News on track, but we’ve managed OK, thank you, with occasional assist from our tech folks and our more tech-savvy publisher. Just as Jane and I are making changes in our lives this year, Recreation News continues to evolve in the digital age. Our nearly 40 years of experience as a print publication merely gives us a record to stand on in reaching you, one of the most desirable audiences in the country. Far from holding us back, our experience has given us a greater understanding of what readers want

devices. Nearly two-thirds of our website views are on mobile devices these days. And, that mobility has expanded our reach to new readers as well. I’ll be hooking up the work computers in a new home this month, but our commitment to keep pace with how you use Recreation News and what you want from us won’t change.

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The Crooked Road includes country music’s beginnings The nonprofit Carter Family Memorial Music Center, including the Carter Family Fold, lies near the western end of The Crooked Road, the designated music trail that travels 333 miles through Southwest Virginia, from Rocky Mount to Breaks on the Kentucky Line, often skirting the North Carolina and Tennessee borders. The Fold is one of nine major stops on Virginia’s music highway. In addition, there are 27 wayside exhibits to guide you and amplify the experience, plus a plethora of attractions and musical events that tell the incredible story of country music from its humble beginnings to the present day. You can make the most of your journey with a copy of The Crooked Road Visitor Guide in hand. ( The Carter Center, Stop No. 7 on the Crooked Road, pays tribute to the legendary A.P. Carter, his wife, Sara Carter, and her cousin Maybelle Carter — America’s “first family of country music.” Though their life in Poor Valley was simple, their


musical heritage was rich. After a hard day’s work on the farm, they might sit on the porch with their musical instruments and sing about their struggles, their hardships, and their dreams of a better life. The Carters had their first break in 1927 when they traveled to nearby Bristol to cut their — and the nation’s — first country music record, “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow.” It wasn’t long until this classic and their recordings of “Keep on the Sunny Side,” “Wildwood Flower,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” and other country songs were streaming over the airwaves into the homes of people who could relate to the Carter story. A historical marker in downtown Bristol states the Bristol Sessions, July 25–Aug. 5, 1927, actually launched the country music industry. Performer Johnny Cash, who married June Carter, the daughter of Maybelle and Ezra Carter, called the Bristol Sessions “the single most

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travel line continued from page 7 important event in the history of country music.” Continuing in the family tradition, their son John Carter Cash is a singer-songwriter, record producer, and author. The Carters often took their music on the road, but always returned to Poor Valley, where A.P. Carter ran a country store until his death in 1960. Today, the store houses the Carter Museum. The log cabin, where he and other family members were born, was moved from its original

site in Little Valley to the Carter Center. Restored to its original condition, the cabin is now a state and national landmark. Janette Carter, daughter of A.P. and Sara, established the nonprofit Carter Family Memorial Music Center in 1979. Rita Forrester, Janette’s daughter, stepped in as director following her mother’s death. She often greets guests who come to hear the traditional, old-time country music at the Carter Family Fold. On any Saturday night of the year, starting around 7:30pm, you can listen to live acoustical music in this venue, kick up your heels on the

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and performances, continues daily through May 22, with a special performance by Sierra Hull on May 5 and a program by Jon Hatchett on May 19. (You can download the Radio Bristol app at WBCM Radio Bristol 100.1 FM while in the Bristol area.) Bristol and nearby Abingdon offer many choices of accommodations and restaurants, so either city makes a good home base while exploring the western end of the Crooked Road. (, Abingdon is home to Heartwood as well as the renowned Barter Theatre. Playing at the Barter Theatre’s venues through May is Murder for Two, followed by Mamma Mia, May through August; Peter and the Star Catcher, June through August; A Night with Janis Joplin, August and September; Chicago, September through November; and Something Wicked This Way Comes, September through November. (bartertheatre. com.) After visiting Bristol and Abingdon, check out some of the other venues along the Crooked Road, such as Country Cabin II in Norton, the Ralph Stanley Museum in Clintwood, the Rex Theater and Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, the Blue Ridge Music Center spanning Carroll and Grayson counties, the Floyd Country Store in Floyd, and the Blue

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Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get out and explore new trails. Mix things up with your usual weekend routine and discover fresh sights with a hike to Maryland’s Weverton Cliffs. Once you reach the cliffs, take in sweeping views of the Potomac River and majestic panoramas of the surrounding landscape. You’ll be treated to stunning sights of four national park sites, including the Appalachian Trail, C&O Canal, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and Harper’s Ferry National Park. Make sure you’ve got plenty of storage space on your phone, because these breathtaking sights are definitely Instagram-worthy. For the full experience, head to Gathland State Park in Washington County, Md., and take the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The park is located on the former estate of George Alfred Townsend, an American Civil War correspondent who wrote

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using “Gath” as his pen name, and is less than two hours from Washington. Learn more about the details of his life, career, and estate by visiting the Gathland State Park’s museum. The large stone monument at the park, known as the War Correspondent’s Arch, was built in 1896 and serves as a testament to the service of all the correspondents during the Civil War. Take a moment to read through the memorial plaque, featuring 152 names of the newspaper journalists, artists, and photographers who documented the monumental events. On Sept. 14, 1862, part of the Battle of South Mountain occurred here. Insider tip: If you’re heading on the hike with friends, leave one car at the bottom of the Weverton Cliff overlook and take the other to start your journey at Gathland State Park.

Hike details The hike encompasses a little over 7 miles and takes around four and half hours from the state park. Along the trail, take time to relax and enjoy the quiet stillness that nature has to offer. The hike has a rocky terrain with a light to moderate difficulty, making it suitable for both novice and seasoned trekkers. Lace up a durable set of shoes with a thick sole and remember to pack a light snack. Around the 4-mile marker, you’ll encounter the Ed Garvey Memorial AT Shelter. This quaint cabin is com-

plete with an overhead loft space for thru-hikers and boasts plexiglass windows to capture the morning rays of sunlight. In a tradition dating to the 1930s, visitors often jot down a quick journal entry in the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Shelter Log Book. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail winds on for 41 miles in Maryland and on your hike you might cross paths with one of many outdoor adventurers who opt to backpack the whole route along the East Coast, or locals with a friend or canine companion. Within Washington County, visitors can enjoy five national parks and eight state parks. History buffs will appreciate a visit to the Antietam National Battlefield and Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park, while outdoor recreational opportunities abound along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. The state parks range from French and Indian War-era Fort Frederick State Park and Washington Monument State Park, site of the nation’s first monument to George Washington, to the natural beauty of Greenbrier State Park and the activities on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. “We hope that visitors will take advantage of being able to visit all five national park sites right here in our county. The National Park Service is encouraging the use of (Twitter hashtag) findyourpark … and visitors can certainly find their parks here, and unique ways to explore them,” said Dan Spedden, who leads local tourism efforts. If you’re short on time, another option is to take the trail from Weverton Road leading directly to Weverton Cliffs. This trail has multiple switchbacks and clocks in at a mere 0.7 miles, but it does have a steeper incline. This season, embark on a new adventure, and experience the one-of-akind views at Weverton Cliffs.

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A musical summer In the summertime, Cumberland comes alive with music and festivals. Every Friday night in June, July, and August, pedestrian-only Baltimore Street in the historic city center is the place to be. Up-and-coming national touring artists mix with regional bands to create one of the best block parties in the mountains. Tourists and locals gather here to dine al fresco and see new music first. This year’s schedule will include performances by Larry Keel Experience, Ryan Cain & The Ables, Flood City Brass, The Joseph Sisters, and the Shawn Owen Band, among a host of others. At nearby Canal Place, the crescent lawn hosts some of the hottest musical acts on Saturday nights. On tap this year includes performances by The Burrito Brothers, Fletcher’s Grove, Beatlemania Now, Grand Ole’ Ditch, Honey Island Swamp Band, and Gedeon Luke & The People. All

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Discover the heritage of aviation at Mid-Atlantic attractions In the Mid-Atlantic, opportunities to explore the story of flight — and even try it — surround us. Choose the experience — or experiences — that elevate you and help your imagination take flight. From the dawn of powered flight to launches into outer space, our region has been one of the incubators of humans’ quest to fly.

The opening of a new museum building, the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, Md., will bring up-to-the-minute presentation technology and interactive exhibit features to focus on the roles that research, development, and testing have played in the evolution of U.S. Naval Aviation. The new structure, part of an integrated museum A mi N eib erg er- M il l er

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complex located just outside the gates of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, is dedicated to “… inspiring curiosity and ensuring that the legacy of Naval Aviation flight testing is preserved.” “We are opening in three phases. This first phase focuses on the new main building that will also house the St. Mary’s County Visitors Center,” said the museum’s Pete Butt. “We’ve got about 30 planes on display, but these are not just any old airplanes. Each has a unique story … about what it was used for in testing.” The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, located on the grounds of the Reading, Pa., Regional Airport, also tells the story of warplanes, ideas, patriotism, and the people who made aviation a part of the region’s story. The 26th annual World War II Weekend air show, June 3–5, will feature reenactors, 200 WWII vehicles, vintage bombers and fighters, and even an authentic WWII paratroop drop. “It’s all to honor the WWII veterans,” said MAAM’s Russ Strine. “It’s a great history lesson for the kids and an air show combined. It’s a oneof-a-kind event. You walk in the gate and you walk back into the 1940s.” These two major spring events highlight that heritage, but nearly 20 museums and experiences preserve it for all of us. In addition, there are many air shows at locations throughout the region.

PENNSYLVANIA American Helicopter Museum Center, West Chester 610-436-9600 The museum collects, preserves, researches, publishes, and exhibits objects, artifacts, and documents about the origins and development of rotary-wing aircraft. The FatherFest, on June 19, is a great way to celebrate dad with a helicopter ride. Flight 93 National Memorial, Shanksville, 814-893-6322 “A common field one day. A field of honor forever.” The memorial honors the sacrifice of the 50 passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, who gave their lives on 9/11 to stop terrorists attempting to crash the plane into the U.S. Capitol. Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, Reading, 610-372-7333 Guided tours lasting about 90 minutes are available, and you can see some of the restoration projects that are underway. Piper Aviation Museum, Lock Haven, 570-748-8283 Dedicated to preserving the history of Piper Aircraft, maker of the renowned “Cub” and a series of

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other smaller aircraft, the museum displays numerous artifacts and archives for public viewing. The Piper Aviation Museum also hosts “Sentimental Journey,” an annual fly-in event at the adjacent William T. Piper Memorial Airport, and other special events. Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum, Horsham, 215-672-2277 Nearly 40 exhibits that contain an assortment of artifacts, ranging from vintage aviation flight gear to air missiles. Seventeen aircraft are on display inside the museum and in the outdoor display area.

DELAWARE Dover Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover AFB, 302-677-5938 A stunning array of military workhorse aircraft. The free museum houses more than 30 cargo haulers, fighters, helicopters, a bomber, and a plane that served vice presidents, first ladies, and even presidents on occasion. P A X R ive r M u seu m

MARYLAND College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, 301-864-6029 The Wright brothers started it all at Kitty Hawk, and they also founded, in College Park, the world’s first airport, initially constructed to give flying lessons to three Signal Corps lieutenants who were the first military pilots. “This is the oldest continuously operating airport in the world,” said Rob Verbsky, the museum’s assistant director. “We present the history of early aviation from 1909 to World War II, and explore what life was like in the early 20th century.” Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Middle River, 410-682-6122 The museum has collected more than a dozen

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Flight continued from page 13 Fairgrounds in Timonium. The museum also offers a series of Open Cockpit Days, when visitors can climb into the cockpits of some of the aircraft. The next one is May 14, 11:00am–2:00pm. Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Hagerstown, 301-733-8717 Bring the family out to the Hagerstown Regional Airport for “Open Airplane Afternoon” on May 1, 1:00– 4:00pm. Climb aboard and sit in the cockpit of some of the museum’s 20 historic aircraft. Twelve of those aircraft were built in Hagerstown. NASA Goddard, Greenbelt, 301-286-8981 Goddard’s visitor center presents NASA’s innovative and exciting work in earth science, astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary science, engineering, communication, and technology development. Many events are designed for families of elementary, middle, and high school students. Enjoy the model rocket launches on the first Sunday of each month.

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Lexington Park, 301-863-1900 One interactive activity is the four-cockpit Mach Combat Simulator, in which you can have an aerial dogfight with your friends. The simulator operates Saturdays, 10:00am– 5:00pm, and costs $10 for 30 minutes.

VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON, D.C. Flying Circus Airshows, Bealton, 540-439-8661 More of an experience than a simple air show, the Flying Circus harkens back to the days of wingwalkers and barnstormers, when watching aerobatics was the pinnacle of entertainment. Every Sunday, May through October, thrill to the sight of biplanes or enjoy an opencockpit plane ride. Join the fun at the Balloon Festival, Aug. 20–21, or any of the other special events that fill the Flying Circus’ calendar. Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach, 757-721-7767 The home to one of the largest private collections of World War I- and World War II-era military aircraft in the world. The museum’s Flying Proms program on June 11 brings

an English tradition to America with vintage aircraft flying maneuvers accompanied by live music performed by a symphony orchestra. NASA Wallops Visitor Center, Wallops Island visitorcenter, 757-824-1344 Wallops is NASA’s only rocket launch range, launching and supporting suborbital and orbital rocket vehicles. The visitor center offers fun, educational public programs on the weekends and holidays that cover a variety of topics, including Wallops Flight Facility missions, model rocket launches, and earth and space science presentations. National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., 202-633-2214 Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, 703-572-4118 The world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, the museum’s two facilities house exhibitions on aviation, space exploration, and planetary



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science. The museum on the mall in Washington is the Smithsonian’s most popular, while the massive Udvar-Hazy Center’s open, hangarlike settings can accommodate large aircraft, spacecraft, and entire aviation collections. Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton, 757-727-0900 Explore 100 years of flight with more than 30 aircraft, flight simulators, space-flight artifacts, and a 3-D IMAX theater. Within the Virginia Air & Space Center, visitors can trace the course of manned flight through exhibits that reach from the earliest aviation experiments through today’s space travel. The visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base, VASC’s multi-level architecture provides a close view of some ferociouslooking warbirds hanging from the ceiling.

NORTH CAROLINA Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk, N.C., 252-473-2111 This is where airplane flight began, site of “the world’s first controlled, sustained, powered, heavierthan-air flight.” Visitors can see reproductions of the Wright brother’s camp and replicas of their gliders and 1903 flyer, walk the course of the first flight, and climb Big Kill Devil Hill to the monument erected to honor that event.

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Explore the world of aviation at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Where else can you see a space shuttle or the world’s fastest jet-propelled aircraft, meet a live astronaut or pilot, and observe the hustle and bustle of one of America’s busiest airports? The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the companion facility to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, offers families a venue for exploring aviation and space flight. Located near Washington-Dulles International Airport, the center is just off the Dulles Toll Road. The center hosts a number of special events, and we attended a Women in Aviation and Space Heritage Day that drew hundreds of Girl Scouts, including our Daisy troop. We marveled at the space shuttle, strolled under “ginormous” planes, and enjoyed the flight simulator. My 5-year-old built a paper airplane A mi N eib erg er- M il l er

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and launched it, and she even enjoyed looking at the models of aircraft in some of the display cases. We met a woman who loved to jump out of planes and who taught us about parachutes. There was plenty for older kids to explore and learn about, but even a younger child had fun. My husband and I geeked out discussing the history of some of the planes, such as the Boeing B-29 Enola Gay and other World War II aircraft. The Donald D. Engen Observation Tower lets you observe the air traffic at the nearby airport, and you can learn how the air traffic control system works. Strollers are not allowed in the tower, so park them downstairs before taking the elevator up.

Restoring the past We peeked into the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, where workers were busy preserving the National Air and Space Museum’s collections. Several aircraft were in the process of re-assembly. We got a bird’s-eye view through the giant glass windows overlooking the hangar and speculated over which parts went where and what they were. Ninety-minute tours are offered daily by volunteer guides and depart from the tour desk at 10:30am and 1:30pm. The tour desk is right by the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Spend a few minutes admiring this very cool supersonic reconnaissance jet aircraft that spent 24 years in service with the U.S. Air Force. It flew from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., in just slightly more than one hour! Your kids may call it a spy plane because of its sleek design. Technology enthusiasts also love the museum’s Airbus IMAX Theater, which shows popular movies and films about aviation and space flight on a screen that is six stories high and 85-feet wide. If you can get a babysitter, the theater makes for a great date night. Plan to arrive 30 to 40 minutes before showtime to pick up your tickets and queue up for seating. Buy tickets online for popular films, as they can sell out. Insider tip: If you are seeing an IMAX film or vis-

iting the museum’s collections after 4:00pm, parking is free. The museum is open every day, except for Dec. 2), 10:00am-5:30pm. Admission is free and parking is $15. If your little rugrats are hungry (mine was), the museum has a McDonald’s on-site. (

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Arlington National Cemetery hosts the nation’s official observances of Memorial Day on May 30, beginning at 10:30am. A wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns is scheduled for 11:00am, followed by speeches and music in the amphitheater. Tickets are not required and the event is free, but arriving early (we suggest arriving by 9:00am) is a must. The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation will hand out roses at the entrance of the cemetery and in Section 60 so you can place a flower on the grave of a fallen service member or late veteran. ( — ami neiberger-miller


Take mom for a Mother’s Day outing to the National Cathedral Flower Mart, May 6–7, featuring outdoor displays, musical entertainment, gourmet food, and an antique carousel. ( … Learn about the food, film, art, dance, fashion, and music of more than 50 countries during the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 7, part of the Passport DC program. ( . . . Honor the military at the National Memorial Day Concert on May 29 at the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn and the National Memorial Day Parade on Constitution Avenue on May 30. ( national-memorial-day-concert/home, — gwen woolf


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Come for the state parks and rail trail, stay for the brews Luzerne County is an outdoor lover’s paradise. With four state parks and a 165-mile rail trail that terminates in Wilkes-Barre, the region has a sport available for anyone who spends his or her free time in the outdoors. Located nearly four hours from Washington, D.C., the county has plenty of urban amenities. But once you get outside of Wilkes-Barre, the rivers and forests of Northeastern Pennsylvania open up. There are endless kayaking options on the wide

Susquehanna River. And, the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor has tremendous options for hiking and cycling. Lehigh Gorge State Park is known for its whitewater rafting — popular in the spring — but also for the ample opportunities for hiking and cycling. Those cycling options include a 26-mile portion of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Trail. The D&L trail passes through an area rich in industrial heritage. Running from just outside Philadelphia to Wilkes-Barre, the trail pays homage to the

canal, coal mining, and railroads that defined the region. The D&L corridor uses old railroad lines and canal towpaths to take runners, hikers, and cyclists through a region that played a crucial role in the nation’s industrial revolution. That includes Bethlehem — famed for Bethlehem Steel — and the coal regions of Luzerne County. Cyclists and runners can spend a day on a trail or make a multi-day trip of it. (delawareandlehigh. org)

Check out the local craft beer scene And when the outdoor fun is done, check out the creative brewers who are putting their own regional spin on craft brewing. Plus, the WilkesBarre region, a true ethnic melting pot, is known for its family-owned restaurants, said Janet Hall, who promotes the area. “We have so many great restaurants in the area,” Hall said. “It really is a foodie’s paradise.” Among the local breweries that have jumped into the craft beer movement is Susquehanna Brewing, which has deep roots in Northeast Pennsylvania brewing history. Ed and Fred Maier, along with business partner Mark Nobile, formed Susquehanna Brewing in 2010. The Maiers are descendants of the Stegmaier family, who owned a renowned brewing company in Wilkes-Barre. The trio had operated a beer distributing company, but noted a consolidation in the market place among larger brewing companies. And, it was that consolidation that inspired the business partners to start their own craft brewing company. The Maiers, who were the last generation to operate the Stegmaier brewery when it closed in 1974, tapped into their roots to start Susquehanna Brewing Company. In fact, the Stegmaier family owned a brewery with the same name at the turn of the 20th century. “There were less than 40 breweries in the United States in 1974. Now, there’s more than 4,000,” said Nobile. “It has really come full circle.” Visitors to Susquehanna Brewing, located in Pittston, can experience the ample tasting room, with a view into the brewery. A full bank of windows offers visitors the chance to see the brewing process while sipping local spirits. Susquehanna keeps 11 beers on tap for sampling, and also offers a weekly cask beer for variety. The brewery has found success with its Shady Spot Lemon Shandy, a fun pairing of beer and lemonade for a hot summer day. “Shady Spot has been remarkable with loyalty and sales,” Nobile said. The brewery is open daily for tastings, and on Saturdays for tours. Food trucks are also available on most weekends. (

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Big excitement awaits at Kinzua Bridge State Park this summer Big adventures and big attractions all add up to big fun for families in the Allegheny National Forest Region of northwestern Pennsylvania. The new Kinzua Visitors Center tells the story of how the power of man and the power of nature changed history. Then you can “walk the tracks across the sky” on the Kinzua Sky Walk, which juts 624 feet over the Kinzua Gorge, at a height of 235 feet.

Kinzua Visitors Center opens this summer The new Kinzua Visitors Center is an exciting addition to the Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mount Jewett, Pa. Located at the edge of the Kinzua Gorge, the new 11,000-square-foot building has two exhibit halls with displays showcasing the three E’s: engineering, energy, and the environment. The two-story, $8.9 million facility also includes a lobby, reception area, Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Shop, restrooms, and park offices. Huge steel towers flank the doorway. As you walk into the building foyer, your attention will immediately be drawn to the windows at the back of the center which frame a stunning view of the Kinzua Sky Walk. One fun exhibit is an excursion railroad car, where visitors can view videos depicting what it

was like to be a passenger on the real excursion sions across the Kinzua Gorge thrilled thousands. trains that once crossed the bridge. In 1900, the locomotive and railroad cars hauling coal and timber across the viaduct had beExhibits also highlight the innovative, can-do come larger and heavier. To handle these heavier spirit of Gen. Thomas L. Kane and engineer Octave loads, the bridge was rebuilt using 6.7 million Chanute, who built the original Kinzua Viaduct in pounds of steel. The Kinzua Viaduct was placed on 1882. It was the world’s highest and longest railthe National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and road viaduct. Chanute later went on to work with the Wright brothers and he is considered by many continued on page 18 as the world’s first aviation engineer. Prefabricated in PhoeA l l eg h eny N ational F orest T ou rism nixville, near Philadelphia, the Phoenix columns of iron were transported to the site for erection. Once the sandstone foundation piers were in place, 125 men, working 10-hour days, completed the construction of the bridge in just 94 days. Standing 301 feet tall (24 feet higher than the Brooklyn Bridge), the viaduct quickly became a tourist destination for Sunday excursions. Walking out on the bridge was the next best thing to flying, and railroad excurThe Kinzua Skywalk offers breathtaking views of the gorge.

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Fun in Tioga County: Pa. Grand Canyon is 1,450 deep, 50 miles long The rhythmic clip-clopping, jingling, and creaking of the horse-drawn covered wagon on a trail ride reminds you of life in a past era. Early settlers must have marveled — just like modern visitors — when experiencing Pine Creek Gorge, known today as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Unlike its rocky Arizona counterpart, this attraction in north-central Pennsylvania’s Tioga County is heavily forested. However, it certainly delivers spectacular views, whether seen from the bottom or the top. Ole Covered Wagon Tours offers a two-hour ride on part of the 62-mile Pine Creek Rail Trail that passes through the canyon floor. Seated on a padded bench in the open-sided wagon, you watch pleasant scenes of woods, streams, and canyon walls roll by as a guide relates the canyon’s history, which included a once-flourishing lumber business. For a bird’s-eye perspective, overlooks at Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton Point State Park give expansive views. Naturalists explain the glacial formation of the canyon, which is 4,000 feet across and up to 1,450 feet deep. Each season brings a different shade of picturesque. Canyon Country Cabs offers guided canyon tours. Some hiking trails go past waterfalls. Bicycling, horseback riding, kayaking, camping, and picnicking are among other activities available. Pick up information at the Tioga County Visitors Bureau, which is near the canyon on Route 660 off Route 6.

Arts to chocolate Wellsboro, a 255-mile drive from Washington, D.C., is the county seat and a good base of operations for exploring the area. The Penn Wells Hotel on Main Street is a local landmark. Built in 1869, the hotel was revived by stockholders in 1926 and continues to delight

guests. Groucho Marx and Joan Crawford were two of its more famous visitors. A U.S. flag made from 1,438 Corning Glass Works ornaments is in the lobby. Vintage photos line the dining room, where Sunday brunch with live music is a tradition. The hotel also operates the Penn Wells Lodge. A walking tour of the gas-lit streets includes “The Green,” the town square with a charming Wynken, Blynken, and Nod statue. The Lincoln Door House sports a red front door that was a gift from Abraham Lincoln. Other downtown highlights include the 1921 art deco-style Arcadia Theatre, which still shows films, and Dunham’s Department Store, run by the Dunham family since 1905 and a trip back to the way department store shopping used to be. The Deane Center for the Performing Arts is one venue for the annual two-week Endless Mountain Music Festival, where world-class musicians serve up classical and contemporary music. This year’s festival is July 22–Aug. 6. Downtown, Emerge Healing Arts & Spa offers chocolate body wraps, while Highland Chocolates offers a tour. Its gift shop has many choices, including pretzel bark, the facility’s specialty. The nonprofit trains adults with disabilities to make chocolate products and snack mixes. Dining spots include Native Bagel, open all day with meals made in-house, and Timeless Destination, which has everything from pizza to steaks.

Outdoor recreation Three large lakes — Hammon, Tioga, and Cowanesque — offer swimming, boating, picnicking, hiking, hunting, fishing, and camping. Rainbow Paradise Fishing Park has 9 acres of waters. The Tyoga Country Club has golf and Tyoga Running Club organizes trail-running events. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling also are available in the area. In addition, some of the accommodations have

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recreational possibilities. Tanglewood Camping has a 5-acre lake and mountaintop setting. Colton Point Motel, located near the canyon, has a 2-acre lake, and Arvgarden Bed & Breakfast, a Swedishstyle bed-and-breakfast, has walking paths and panoramic views on its 118-acre farm. Those who prefer to do their walking downtown will find Sherwood Motel a convenient location. Maple production is so significant in Tioga and Potter counties that there’s an annual Maple Festival. Patterson’s Maple Farms and Brookfield Maple Products are among15 businesses in operation. If you like things made of wood, the familyowned Woodland Craftworks LLC turns out beautiful wood and fiber items, including vases, bowls, boxes, toys, and wall hangings. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum interprets the area’s timber era. The area also boasts a liberal arts school, Mansfield University, where night football had its beginnings.

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The power of nature In 2003, engineers and skilled bridge builders were hard at work on a $12 million repair project to reinforce the more than 100-year-old structure when the sky went black and winds rushed in. A tornado tore through the forest, heading straight for the viaduct. Hundreds of trees where ripped from their roots and 11 of the bridge’s 20 support towers were lifted, twisted, and thrown onto the valley floor. Within 30 seconds, nature had brought the mighty span to its knees. The fallen bridge towers and nature’s regeneration of the forests are now a living demonstration of the power of wind.

Kinzua Sky Walk Following the tornado, six of the original steel towers from the Kinzua Viaduct were reinforced with new bridge decking, railroad tracks were repaired, and a partial glass overlook was added at the end of what is now the Kinzua Sky Walk. The free, public-access Kinzua Sky Walk allows visitors to once again “walk the tracks across the sky.”

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The Kinzua Bridge State Park is open daily from 8:00am to dusk. Insider tip: In Google maps, use 1721 Lindholm Drive, Kane, Pa. The new Kinzua Visitors Center will be opening later this summer. School field trips and motor coach groups are welcome. For a free copy of the 2016 Allegheny National Forest Travel Guide and Map, full of things to see and do and restaurant and lodging information, call 800-473-9370, email, or check out I may 2016 I recreation news 1 9

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A visit to Lancaster County guarantees great food and fun Just when you think you know everything about Lancaster County, something new comes along. The scenery has never been more dazzling. The food gets tastier and more “comfort food-y.” The people are constantly dreaming up clever ways to welcome visitors. This summer, Lancaster County is synonymous with family fun. If you and your kids like shopping, history, farm animals, bicycling, water play, and food, be sure to put a Lancaster area getaway on your summertime-fun list.

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Taste and tour What’s a birthday without ice cream? Turkey Hill Experience, in the charming town of Columbia, turns 5 years old this summer. The June 5 birthday party features games and prizes. Year-round, this restored silk mill offers tastings of delicious Turkey Hill ice creams and iced teas. Learn how ice cream is made, and milk a mechanical cow. Create your own virtual flavor and a commercial for your genius concoction, and then create a real pint of ice cream to savor. “Nobody leaves without having a ton of fun and a bellyful of ice cream,” said Turkey Hill Dairy’s Andrea Nikolaus. ( Kitchen Kettle Village began in the town of Intercourse as a family-garage jam and relish kitchen. Now, it’s a legendary shopping and entertainment spot. The May 20–21 rhubarb festival offers a parade of kooky The Amish Village farmhouse bedroom includes the traditional green shades and Amish quilt. characters and a rhubarb-car derby. An Aug. 6 birthday party features a free ventriloquist’s show, and, for additional fees, fun kids’ activities like cookie decorating, a breakfast, and interaction with ZooAmerica critters.     “Dad can be in charge of the kids, and mom can shop if she 

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Peek into Pennsylvania German life The Landis Valley Museum

plunks you into the heart of an intriguing time and place. Get to know first-hand the lives of rural 18th- and 19th-century Pennsylvanians. See how tinsmiths, gunsmiths, and blacksmiths plied their trades. Visit village homes furnished in turn-of-the-20th-century fashion. This year’s weather vane exhibit reveals the whimsical, essential tools that farmers used for weather forecasts in the age before Doppler radar. Kids can do military drills with wooden muskets during the July 23–24 Civil War Days. ( Ask all the questions you like about Amish life and traditions at The Amish Village. Stroll through rooms typical for Amish families, from the sitting room that also hosts worship services to the summer kitchen where all those farm-fresh goods are canned. Kids love feeding the farm animals. From the village, tour the countryside by bus or, new this year, by Jeep. On

Saturdays this summer, stop in the Amish schoolhouse, where a teacher will give short lessons in speaking Pennsylvania Dutch. “It’s summer, but you can still learn,” said the Amish Village’s Amber Dienner. (

Bring the kids You have tots. You have teens How to satisfy everyone? Welcome to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, in Ronks. “There’s stuff for young kids and teenagers and mom and dad and grandpa and grandma to do,” said Cherry Crest’s Brian Groff. The 5-acre corn maze, a Lancaster County mainstay since 1996, opens July 2. Dozens of additional attractions include a petting zoo, a baby chicks’ hatchery, pedal karts, wagon rides, and ball cages.

Come back in the fall for night-time maze tours and real-life smashing pumpkins. ( With more than 35 rides, attractions, and shows, Dutch Wonderland is the perfect place to spend time together as a family. Cool off in Duke’s Lagoon water play area and make discoveries on Exploration Island, where dinosaurs come to life. Stay within steps of the castle doors at Old Mill Stream Campground at Dutch Wonderland. The park is open weekends starting April 30, daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, and most weekends through December. (

Relax Warmth. Comfort. Friendly service. After a day experiencing the sights, sounds, and tastes of Lancaster

County, you deserve a rest. The Eden Resort & Suites, a Best Western Premier hotel, is an extensively renovated family attraction in itself, with two award-winning restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, and expanded fitness center. The outdoor recreation complex has something for everyone, including a playground and water zone for kids, plus bocce, ping pong, basketball, putting green, and more. High-tech electronics make everyone happy. ( From downtown Lancaster, with its restaurants, galleries, and museums, to the countryside, it’s hard to beat a getaway to Lancaster County this summer.

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Conococheague Institute blends history and fun One of the first acts of rebellion against the British took place in the Mercersburg, Pa., area in 1765. A group of settlers, angry that the British were not protecting them from Indian attacks, fired upon the British troops stationed in Fort Loudon, eventually routing them out. Today, the Conococheague Institute recalls the Colonial period in a 30-acre historic farmstead that includes several original buildings and two reconstructed log buildings and includes a working

four-square garden and hundreds of heirloom rose bushes. The Wine, Swine, & Roses Festival, May 21–22, highlights the roses as well as barbeque, local wine and craft beer, and bluegrass and Americana music. Living history from the Revolutionary War period as well as 19th-century trades include the Conococheague Rangers, a tavern keeper, tobacconist, and fur trapper.

Other special living history events include “Terror on the Conococheague: The Abduction of Jean Lowry,” July 30–31. The event is a reenactment of an Indian attack and abduction of Jean Lowry and her children complete with the burning of a “cabin” each day. The “Rural History Festival @ Rock Hill Farm” is a celebration of 250 years of farming on the site, Sept. 10–11. Find out more at

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F rom b each g l ass j ewel ry to h istoric th eaters, E rie, P a., is awash in p ossib il ities Like a siren call, people are lured by the mystery, beauty, and uniqueness of beach glass. Who knows where that piece of glass came from before it was tossed a thousand times by the sea waves? Two sisters have taken advantage of the favorable pH levels of the Great Lakes to make exquisite art jewelry from beach glass found along Lake Erie. Jennifer and Terri Reed operate their studio/ gallery, Relish Inc., at 3835 W. 12th St. in Erie, Pa.

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They are so enthusiastic about the possibilities of this art form they sponsor the annual Great Lakes Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival at the Bayfront Convention Center the first weekend of each May. More than 70 vendors from across the country share their collections and knowledge at the festival, which also features artists, live music, and a “Best Beach Find” contest. “Because of our geographic location, Erie makes it a perfect part of the country to hold such a festival,” said Jennifer Reed, adding that it is a “family-friendly event that incorporates art, science, the environment, and history.” (relishinc. com) Relish Inc. is one example of the thriving arts and culture scene in Erie, a 365-mile drive from Washington, D.C. Five restored mid-19th-century buildings and a modern expansion make up the Erie Art Museum, which includes a planted rooftop and other


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“green” features. The museum offers changing exhibitions on a wide variety of historical and contemporary art and a popular Blues & Jazz Festival, scheduled this year Aug. 6–7. For a classy look at yesteryear, visit the Warner Theatre. Opened in 1931 as a movie palace, the ornate theater hosts 150 entertainment events a year. It is home to the Erie Philharmonic, Lake Erie Ballet, and the Erie Broadway Series. Big-name concerts come to the Erie Insurance Arena, and the Erie Playhouse is recognized as one of the 10 best community theaters in the country. Learn about the city’s role in Great Lakes history at the Erie Maritime Museum, the home port of the U.S.S. Niagara. The reconstructed “tall ship” pays homage to its War of 1812 history. Take the kids to the expERIEnce Children’s Museum, where indoor and outdoor exhibits and interactive activities spark imaginations. Be forewarned, though: The chance to explore a cave or create a waterway for toy ducks may prove irresistible to adults.

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The final 6 miles of the four-lane highway into Davis, W.Va., should be completed this summer, cutting travel time even more for visitors from the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area to Tucker County’s festivals and special events. This eastern county in the Mountain State will be offering visitors enough bluegrass and other concerts, art exhibits, farmers markets, bird watching, cycling races, craft beer tastings, and hiking for wild flower viewing to suit most everyone’s tastes. The Celebration of the Arts on July 3 is among the county’s biggest draws, attracting up to 1,500 people, according to the Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau. This year, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will perform at Canaan Valley Resort. Now in its 28th year, the event is heavily attended by both state residents and visitors from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. There is no admission charge. So, what about if you’re not into orchestral music? How about some bluegrass? At the Five River Campground, the Pickin’ in Parsons Blue-

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grass Festival has scheduled 25 bands to perform Aug. 2–6. Included in the lineup is the renowned Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Formerly with the Country Gentlemen group, Lawson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2012 and is set to perform Aug. 5. Other scheduled musicians include The Gibson Brothers, Larry Cordle, The Bluegrass Brothers, and the Spinney Brothers. Five-day advance tickets cost $75. For three days, Thursday through Saturday, tickets are $60. And, for a single-day attendance, tickets cost $35. Higher admission applies at the gate. Many visitors will stay at campgrounds for the event, but hotels, cabins, and motels are available.

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weekend are scheduled in four towns: “Live at the Opera House” in Thomas focuses on a silent auction of local art to raise money in support of creative activities and a tour of Cottrill’s Opera House, described as an “old, beautiful building” from the early 20th century. Also planned are film showings and street music. In Davis, a farmers and artisans market will feature craft demonstrations, food vendors, student art, children’s activities, and opportunities to meet artists in person. Art galleries in both Davis and Thomas will be open to the public. At Canaan Valley Resort, organizers will set up visits to Ben’s Old Loom Barn to see locals work on traditional weaving. Parsons has concerts scheduled in the public park, and visitors will be encouraged to try their hand at painting river rocks. There is no admission fee for the four-town event, but donations will be accepted. According to the festival coordinator, there will be a beer crawl for tasting local beers for $5. To slake your thirst, also consider the West Virginia Craft Beer and Music Festival — known as Brew Skies — sponsored by the Mountain State Brewing Company, one of the state’s 14 breweries. It will be held at the Timberline Four Seasons Resort Aug. V IR G IN IA 19–21. The weekend pass is $48.24, including a service charge;


Saddle up For a relaxing view of the Valley’s mountain scenery, check out Mountain Trail Rides, which operates two stables. Outfitter Kim Bennet also operates a Discovery Center at Blackwater Falls State Park that features hands-on activities with an agricultural them and a petting zoo. “You see a lot more from the back of a horse and you don’t have to walk,” said Bennett. “We’re now also offering day trips into the legendary Dolly Sods area in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.”

Other events The Canaan Valley Birding Festival, May 30–June 2 in the Allegheny Highlands, takes bird watchers through forests and wetlands. Speakers will be available to brief both beginner and expert participants. As many as 23 species have been identified in previous festivals. Don’t forget binoculars, hiking shoes, a rain coat (just in case), sunscreen, water, and snacks. The West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage is May 5–8 in Blackwater Falls State Park. There are two bike events this month: The Blackwater Classic Mountain Bike Race in Davis on May 29 and the Canaan Mountain Bike Festival, May 16–19 at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. The latter offers a ladies’ day clinic, guided group rides, and a raffle and party to benefit local trails.

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Morgantown offers 120 miles of trails, zip lines With warmer weather comes the desire to get outdoors, and there’s no better place to do it than in Morgantown, W.Va., whether you’re a hiker, cyclist, mountain biker, rock climber, or whitewater rafting enthusiast. “We say that we can’t decide what sport we like the most, so we do all of them,” said a laughing Andrew Walker, store manager at Pathfinder of West Virginia, the state’s largest outdoor supply company. If you’re into two-wheeled action, Walker recommends mountain biking in White Park, which is within city limits, or traveling to Coopers Rock State Park, about 20 minutes outside of town. “White Park offers gently rolling hills, while Coopers Rock is full-on state forest with much more challenging terrain for the more advancedlevel rider,” he said, adding that Coopers Rock has more than 30 miles of mountain biking trails. “There’s also Big Bear Lake, which has between 30 and 50 miles of really well-manicured trails, and is probably the best showcase for mountain

biking in the area, with easier routes, as well as rougher ‘rocks and roots’ trails.” For a smoother ride you can enjoy the rail trail routes, which include 48 miles of trails encompassing three counties. “The Mon River Trail, which runs right along the river, is really flat and easy to ride,” said Ella Belling, of the Mon River Trails Conservancy. Insider tip: Like to run? The rail trail is used by runners as well as cyclists, and there are races almost every weekend, April through November. “There’s also the 19-mile Deckers Creek Trail that offers a 2 percent grade; a lot of people like to do that workout and then coast back downhill into Morgantown,” Belling said. “It’s a very urban trail in the city, with lots of restaurants and hotels nearby and plenty of places to get on and off. Outside the city limits, there are less amenities, but lots of waterfalls, and spring wildflowers blooming in massive numbers.” continued on page WV-6

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University zip line For those who want to get even higher, West Virginia University offers a Canopy Tour Zip Line Adventure at its Outdoor Education Center located in the West Virginia University forest. “We do regular zip lining tours, but we also offer trips where we teach the science behind zip lining to kids,” said Corio. The tour includes three zip lines, an aerial bridge, and a 45-foot rappel.

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said Walker. Those who like flat water can paddleboard, canoe, and kayak on Cheat Lake; the more adventurous can run the rapids. “If you like whitewater rafting, we have something for almost everyone,” said Wendy Hart, of Cheat River Outfitters. “The Cheat Canyon, which is a premier springtime run, has Class 3, 4, and 5 rapids for more adventurous rafters; the Cheat Narrows has Class 2 and 3 rapids that are suitable for first-timers or families. And, the Upper Yough has Class 5 rapids for experienced enthusiasts who want a highintensity run. “Probably the best thing about the Cheat is that it’s a little less known than Ohiopyle, so it’s a lot less crowded,” she added. “It’s still a little bit of a secret.”

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Four May festivals liven up spring in the Eastern Panhandle Festivals celebrating history, wine, music, and art await spring travelers to Martinsburg, W.Va., about 90 minutes from the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas. Martinsburg’s annual Heritage Day celebrations have been ex-

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panded to cover two Fridays and two weekends in May instead of one. It’s now the Martinsburg Heritage Festival, May 6–8 and 13–15. “So many people here are involved with different historic activities that it was decided to have two weekends so they could participate and not miss anything,” said Keith Hammersla, chairman of the festival. Hammersla said this is the 155th anniversary of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s raid on the B&O Railroad Roundhouse. Activities at the roundhouse will take place 10:00am–4:00pm on May 7–8 and include historical displays, reenactor encampments and skirmishes, a working blacksmith shop, and lectures. Tours of the Roundhouse Complex also will be offered. The cost is $10 per adult with a child 12 years old and younger and $5 for each Meet Confederate spy Belle Boyd during the additional child. Martinsburg Heritage Festival. The Haunted History

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and Legends ghost tour takes visitors to area cemeteries and other historical sites and will be available at 6:30pm May 6–7 and 13–14. Cost of the tour is $12. On May 14 and 15, visitors can explore the town’s history and enjoy exhibits, tours, demonstrations, vendors, food, and entertainment. Martinsburg has 23 historical districts. On May 14, 10:00am–5:00pm, there will be free tours of historic sites, including the Adam Stephen House, Triple Brick Museum and tunnels, Aspen Hall, and the Belle Boyd House. Also on May 14, the For the Kids, By George Children’s Museum will feature Irish games, dances, and claddagh making in honor of the Irish settlers who came to work on the railroad. The museum is open from 10:00am–5:00pm. Admission is $6 per person.

Wine and arts for Memorial Day The 20th annual West Virginia Wine and Arts Festival, May 28–29, is both a lively and mellow way to spend the Memorial Day weekend. It runs on Saturday from 11:00am– 7:00pm and Sunday from 1:00– 6:00pm. “Where else — for only $20 — can you drink wine, enjoy art, and listen to music all day long,” said Mary Lewis, director of the Martinsburg Arts Centre, which sponsors the event. “The festival is held on 13 acres of green space right in the ‘city.’ It’s magic. It’s like an oasis.” As many as 20 artists will have a wide variety of work on display from jewelry, pottery, and glass items to photography. Local bands will be on

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Look for these upcoming events in May! May 7 & 8: 155th Anniversary of Jackson’s Raid May 6-8: Circa Blue Fest

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North Mountain Arts Festival If you’d like to be the owner of a gourd guitar that’s not only an instrument but a work of art, head to the North Mountain Arts Festival at the Orr’s Farm Market. The event, Arts in the Orchard, is June 4, 9:00am–5:00pm, and June 5, 10:00am–4:00pm. Forty local and regional artists will display their work. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Orr’s for the gourd guitar. Ed Cimaglio, of Back Creek Valley Gourds in


Hedgesville, is one of the artisans responsible for the gourd guitar. “This is a juried arts and crafts festival with artisans throughout our area,” Cimaglio said. “It’s an upbeat and popular celebration of art and artistry. Orr’s is the perfect host and rural setting for this festival.” This free outdoor event is set among the vineyard and apple and peach trees. Patrons can browse top-quality works of potters, painters, jewelers, sculptors, glass artists, as well as gourd art, wood carving, and fiber art. There will also be musicians, food vendors, creative demonstrations, and fresh vegetables and produce from the nearby orchards. Fresh baked items are also available in the market.

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Circa Blue Fest, a new bluegrass festival featuring nationally known bands and regional artists, makes its debut May 6–8 in Martinsburg. Aspiring musicians and songwriters can participate in workshops, too. Circa Blue Fest takes place on the 40-acre Moose Acres which has a stage with a 400-seat pavilion and campgrounds. Artists on the bill include Blue Highway, Circa Blue, Trinity River Band, Jim Hurst, and Chris Jones and Night Drivers. Children under 12 will be admitted free. The daily rate is $25 per person; weekend rate is $35 and the rough camping rate, with no electricity or water hookups, is $50. (

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Clarksburg has four festivals for down-home celebrating Like many small towns dotting America’s landscape, Clarksburg, W.Va., possesses the key ingredients that keep locals proud and tourists planning weekend getaways. With its delightful share of Victorian architecture, a charming town square, and a healthy smattering of cafés and boutiques lining Main Street, this Harrison County seat is nestled in the Appalachians of the north-central region of the state. Like its moniker, “Jewel of the Hills,” Clarksburg shines best when it throws a party. A plethora of fun festivals mark the seasons, as surely as flowers bloom and leaves turn vibrant colors. “So much of our tourism in the city comes from our festivals,” noted Tara Morrison, who promotes the area.

First up this spring is the town’s annual Scottish Festival & Celtic Gathering, taking place in nearby Bridgeport City Park May 6–8. “Basically, we started our festival 15 years ago to teach the people about their Scottish ancestry and their Celtic heritage here in West Virginia,” said organizer Kevin Anderson. Special events include pipe bands, dancing competitions, a concert, a Friday-night ceilidh (a party with music, delicious food, and lively conversation), and a parade, the Kirkin of the Tartans, in downtown Clarksburg. ( If jazz is your thing, organizer Mike Lambiotte, of Clarksburg Uptown, invites you to the Summer Jazz continued on page WV-12

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Runners will take off at the 20th Clarksburg 10K on June 18.

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Clarksburg continued from page WV-11 Stroll on June 10. This year’s theme, “So You Think You’re SAXY,” features six noted saxophone players, with vocals and backups, performing in six different town venues, all within 1-1/2 blocks in the center of town. “Our vision for the stroll is to expose music fans to a uniquely American music form,” Lambiotte explained, “and to expose locals and visitors to C l arksb

uptown Clarksburg, with its growing urban living opportunities, historical attractions, eclectic architecture, and its many ethnic restaurants.” ( Runners will gather June 18 for the 20th running of the Clarksburg 10K, taking place throughout the town’s scenic streets. There will be $10,000 available to lucky winners. (

Honoring Italian heritage Clarksburg’s Italian Heritage Festival is a large presence in the town, a grandiose Labor Day

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event taking place Sept. 2–4. Celebrating its 38th anniversary this year, this unforgettable street party has been voted one of the “Top 4 Italian Festivals” in the nation by the National Sons of Italy. “This is one of our most popular events,” said Morrison. “Both sides of Main Street are lined with food and craft vendors. There is a large main stage and a secondary, smaller stage, with music going all day into the evening.” ( The annual Black Heritage Festival takes place the weekend after Labor Day, with delicious soul food, entertainment, and cultural events. (wbhf. com) The Salem Apple Butter Festival celebrates old-fashioned apple butter making, along with other attractions including an apple pie baking contest, a parade, and fireworks. The fun takes place Oct. 6–9. (

More than festivals Lest visitors think Clarksburg’s only charm is its festivals, the tourism office wants to spread the word that the town — indeed all of Harrison County — offers history by way of its many Civil War trail markers and memorials, stately architectural homes, galleries, a vibrant downtown area with boutique shopping, one of the largest strip malls in West Virginia, and a number of ethnic restaurants, as well as nightlife. There’s even a 385,000-gallon water park with a lazy river, water slides, bath houses, and a 25-meter competition pool. “I want Clarksburg to shine in its best light,” Morrison said. “We have so much to offer. People are missing out and they don’t even know it!”

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Mercer County celebrates spring Festival season marches into Mercer County, W.Va., with drumming, zany art, and a parade of giant puppets, masks, and creatures. The Bluefield/Princeton area has a rich heritage of coal and railroad history set against a rugged mountain backdrop. But May 7–14, during the All Together Arts Week festival, gallery hops, concerts, healing poetry, and the beloved Parade & Day of Merriment celebrate arts activities in this southeastern West Virginia county that’s a five-hour drive from Washington, D.C. “The downtown Princeton parade is the grand finale,” says Karen Morris, who promotes the county. “People dress up in fairy wings or carry

big paper mache art objects. Anyone is welcome to join the parade as well as the drumming and dancing on the square afterward.” Another notable spring festival, the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival, draws crowds into Bluefield City Park May 31–June 5 for a carnival, performing horses, wrestling, a magic show, praise band, 8K run, and fireworks on Sunday night. In the little town of Bramwell, home of coal millionaires in bygone times, Victorian mansions open up for visitors during the Spring Home Tour. Held the afternoon of June 4, this self-guided walking tour is continued on page WV-17 S u C l au son- W icke r

Explore - To Traverse for the Purpose of Discovery. Exploring is discovering what is meaningful to you and your family. It can be a relaxing night at a baseball game, racing ATVs over rugged terrain, savoring a delicious ice cream cone, or a hike to the top of Pinnacle Rock. Mercer County is looking for explorers. Discover what is here for you.

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If you’re looking for an interesting getaway within a day’s driving distance from Washington, D.C., consider Randolph and Pendleton counties in eastern West Virginia. Dramatic mountain scenery, railroad excursions, Branson-style theaters, traditional music, Civil War history, festivals, and exciting outdoor recreational opportunities are among the possibilities. In Randolph County, Elkins — a 200-mile drive from Washington — is a good base of operations. A self-guided walking tour through the historic district reveals many turn-of-the-20th-century buildings. The train depot is a downtown landmark where you can hop aboard one of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s steam-powered excursion trains into the picuresque countryside. Themed excursions, such as wine, dinner, murder mysteries, music, Sunday specials, and seasonal outings especially appealing to children, keep things lively. Motorcyclists love West Virginia mountain



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roads so much the Randolph County tourism folks put out a trail guide especially for them. “Come, Ride Our Curves” highlights the best routes, venture trails, attractions, and amenities. The brochure supplements the county visitors’ guide, which includes special events. ( You don’t have to travel to Branson, Mo., to get rollicking entertainment. Professional musicians and singers — most of whom are related through blood or marriage — ooze high-spirited talent and folksy charm at the American Mountain Theater in Elkins. Various shows are offered through the year, including a “History of American Music Show” and a “Christmas Spectacular.” The music ranges from country to rock to gospel to patriotic, mixing in hilarious comic impersonations. The theater owns the nearby Isaac Jackson Hotel and 1863 Grill and offers various package deals. The grill’s cinnamon rolls are a special treat. The Graceland Inn, housed in a restored Victorian mansion, is another accommodation option. If a dinner theater is your style, Elkins also has the Gandy Dancer Theatre and Conference Center. Performers showcase a variety of musical styles from the 1950s to the present, along with family-friendly comic impersonations. The visual arts are represented through changing art exhibitions at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. A highlight of the year is an Open Studio tour, Aug. 19–21. The Stirrup Gallery

at Davis & Elkins College has artifacts dating from the Stone Age to the early 20th century, including a noted collection of 300 powder horns. The college’s Augusta Heritage Center, which is on West Virginia’s Mountain Music Trail, hosts a variety of performances and folk life programs. Starting this month is a Pickin’ in the Park series on Wednesday night in Elkins City Park featuring acoustic bluegrass music. The center also hosts a summer concert series, July 12–Aug. 11; the Augusta Festival, Aug. 12–14; and the Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion, Oct. 21–23. A highlight of the year in Elkins is the Mountain State Forest Festival, Oct. 2–9, which draws thousands for concerts, art shows, parades, and competitions. Civil War enthusiasts will want to explore Rich Mountain near Beverly, where a July 11, 1861, Union victory established Union control of western Virginia, leading to the region breaking away from Virginia and forming West Virginia in 1863. Dolly Sods, which is partly in Randolph County, is a rocky, high-altitude wilderness area that offers challenging hikes and expansive views.

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Where on earth does all this still exist? ‘Tween the mountains & the river...

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Randolph and Pendleton continued from page WV-15 points in the state — Spruce Knob Mountain, whose highest summit is 4,863 feet, and Seneca Caverns. The Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks Recreation Area in the North Fork area is one of the best-known attractions in West Virginia. The sheer rock faces of Seneca Rocks lure climbers. Germany Valley offers particularly spectacular views. Walking and driving tours, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, hunting, and fishing are among favorite activities. Two of the more popular events are Spring Fest on the first full weekend of May, which features a trout rodeo and box car derby, and Treasure Mountain Festival, the third weekend in September, which draws as many as 30,000 people to the town of Franklin, the county seat, for parades, concerts, and arts and crafts.

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Seneca Caverns in Pendleton County is West Virginia’s lowest point. The county also has the highest peak in the Mountain State at Spruce Knob.

Climb challenging Seneca Rocks. Fish in the pristine South Branch of the Potomac. Bike through scenic National Forests.

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Mercer continued from page WV-13 hosted by interpreters eager to tell the stories of the town’s glory days. (800-221-3206) Visitors may also head two miles down the road to the coal miners’ town of Pocahontas to experience the humid subterranean environment of Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine and its museum. For the outdoor adventurists, Mercer County offers hunting, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and the amenities of three state parks at Camp Creek, Pinnacle Rock, and Pipestem Resort. Some of the Mountain State’s best waterfalls are hidden in these hollows. Camp Creek State Park’s cascading Campbell Falls and Mash Fork Falls are two gems. Pipestem Resort State Park is the all-season jewel of the Mountain State’s parks. Enjoy two lodges, cabins, or camping and overlook views of Bluestone Gorge. Ride the aerial tramway into Bluestone Gorge to a 30-room lodge. Take

advantage of an “Ultimate Outdoor Spring Adventure” package for fishing and hiking, from $80 beginning May 15 and $90 May 27–June 12. The area is paradise for ATVers: The famous Hatfield-McCoy Trails start here. More than 700 miles of off-road trails wind through these southern mountains, and it all begins with Mercer County’s Pocahontas trailhead in Bramwell. This convenient access point to I-77 has a spacious parking lot and rest area. Economical lodgings await nearby. The Princeton Railroad Museum offers additional information on railroad history and the railroad’s role in developing Mercer County into a hub for a flourishing region. Spend spring and summer evenings cheering on one of two Appalachian league professional baseball teams, the Bluefield Blue Jays and Princeton Rays. There’s plenty to do at the southern end of West Virginia.

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SPRING IS FESTIVAL TIME — Across West Virginia, spring brings festivals like the Brew Skies Festival (left) and the popular appearance of the Wheeling Symphony around Independence Day (below) in Tucker County and tours of historic sites like the Adam Stephen House during the Martinsburg Heritage Festival (above).

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The Crooked Road: Discover a legacy of heritage music

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Kick up your heels at an impromptu gathering in Floyd, Va.

Communities along the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia have long celebrated the region’s storied legacy of traditional music. This June, these connoisseurs of folk sound will host a nine-day celebration of the traditional harmony, toe-tapping rhythm, and rich culture that have helped to shape the state’s renowned Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail. The second annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 10–18, is not only an impressive union of acclaimed musicians, but also a showcase of the region’s

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artistic, nostalgic, and adventurous soul. Twenty-five concerts and more than 100 cultural events will take place along the 333-mile span of the Crooked Road, which includes 19 counties, four cities, and 50 towns. Along the trail there are nine major venues and more than 60 affiliated venues and festivals that host events year-round. During the event, festivalgoers can choose from a host of live performances featuring bluegrass, gospel, and other traditional music styles, along with cultural events happening each night throughout the region. The unique venues include concert halls, art museums, theaters, and other locations. “It’s the one time of the year when every community in Southwest Virginia is in the spotlight and has a chance to share what makes them special,” according to Jack Hinshelwood, festival organizer and executive director of the Crooked Road. This year’s performers include a host of well-known and regionally known artists. In Galax, HoustonFest will join in this year’s festivities, June 10–11 at Felts Park. Among the musical lineup are Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Wayne Henderson and Virginia Luthiers, Blue Highway, and New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters. This year, five bluegrass artists from Southwest Virginia will share the stage for three concerts as The Crooked Road All Star Bluegrass Band. Banjoist Sammy Shelor, of the Lonesome River Band, guitarist and singer Junior Sisk, of Ramblers Choice, former Bill Monroe fiddler Billy Baker, and Blue Highway members Wayne Taylor, on bass, and Shawn Lane, on mandolin, will form the band for these highly anticipated performances in three different locations, June 12–14. In addition to traditional harmonies of the region, the festival will welcome the music of Ireland when the John Doyle Trio performs June 14 at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount and June 15 at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at

Emory and Henry College in Emory. On June 16, Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys will perform at the Floyd Country Store in downtown Floyd, and on June 18, the Montgomery Museum will present Seldom Scene and other heritage music artists along Main Street in downtown Christiansburg.

More than music Traditional Appalachian food will be included in the Homecoming Festival: A Celebration of Appalachian Creativity in Abingdon. While the focus is on music, organizers hope to shine the spotlight on the region’s innovative and creative cuisine, as well. “An Appalachian homecoming always involves food,” said co-organizer Katie Hoffman. “Appalachian food is bountiful, it’s fresh, and it’s given with love. People will share whatever they have with you and they will put the best they have on the table, and that’s what we want to do.” Locally grown and prepared food will take center stage at the event. Speakers for the event include some of the region’s most inventive artists, artisans, and writers, and a performance will feature the distinctive harmonies of the Church Sisters. A generous collection of cultural events complements the abundance of music throughout the festival’s nine days. In Franklin County, the Crooked Road’s eastern gateway, the second annual Court Days event will feature a full day of live music, culture, and more than 100 vendors, June 11 in downtown Rocky Mount. A mix of local and regional bluegrass and Americana musicians will perform on an outdoor stage and at the Harvester Performance Center. In Floyd County, the annual Floyd Artisan Trail tour, June 10–12, will feature local art, crafts, and agricultural products at more than 40 locations, and Riverstone Farm will host a tour and tastings on June 11. Other events in the area include tours, line dancing events, a garden seminar, art demonstrations, and more. Patrick County switches musical notes a bit with the Hot Fun in the Summertime Festival, June 9–11 in Stuart, Va. Beach music and

rhythm & blues provide the background for camping, dancing, and shopping for handmade arts and crafts. The Crooked Road All-Star Bluegrass Band performs in Critz, Va., on June 13. The Bushels and Barrels Local Food, Wine, and Beer Festival sets the table for fun in Critz on June 17 and 18 and the Virginia Covered Bridge Festival takes place in

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New River Valley offers city sites or wilderness adventure There are plenty of Virginia Tech alumni and parents in the Washington, D.C., area, but even if you’re not one, consider visiting Blacksburg and the surrounding New River Valley. The downtown streets offer nightlife, restaurants, and thriving arts, or you can head to nearby Giles County to hike, kayak, and fish in the unspoiled beauty. Situated about 40 miles southwest of Roanoke, Blacksburg is home of the Hokies, the official name of loyal Virginia Tech fans. But, here are a few off-the-beaten path items even Hokies might not know about.

tend a Virginia Tech football game. At Lane Stadium — one of the loudest stadiums in the nation — the tailgating starts as early as 10:00am on game day. Since 2000, the football team has come out of the tunnel to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” and it’s one of the most charged-up entrances you’ll ever see. Insider tip: The large lunch boxes you see exhibited aren’t lunch “boxes” at all, but lunch “pails,” signifying not only the football team’s success but also the work ethic and pride of communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Besides the springtime rituals of graduation and moving college junk out of a dorm room, Blacksburg and the Virginia Tech campus offer plenty of activities to enjoy at any time of year. The Moss Arts Center — headquarters for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology — not only offers shows, but beautiful standing exhibits that make a great stop on campus. In May, check out the performance by Diavolo: Architecture in Motion that combines dance, athletics, and daring. College football fans will enjoy the self-guided tour of the Virginia Tech athletic facilities. From a Hall of Fame museum to a Hall of Legends and Sports Hall of Fame, the buildings hold history that is especially meaningful with the retirement of head football coach Frank Beamer. And, when it’s time for the kids to go back to school, by all means, at-

Giles County is full of undiscovered spots that are uncrowded, yet clearly marked. A moderate 4-mile hike to Cascade Falls holds a view of the waterfall that is beautiful in all four seasons. Want to take a dip in a good old-fashioned swimming hole? The Narrows Town Park — called “The Boom” because of the sound of logs banging together as they floated down to the mill pond years ago — has a swimming area along Wolf Creek that will have you floating beneath the trees. You may never want to return to a chlorinated pool again. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy some one-of-a-kind biking and running events this spring: Hell Climb 10K, April 2, Mountain Lake/Newport A 6.5-mile hill climb that ascends more than 1,800 feet from the base of Mountain Lake. Mountains of Misery, May 29, Newport

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Fishing with friends along the New River. A challenging ride for road cyclists through the heart of Southwest Virginia featuring century and double-metric century options — both ending in a tough, 4-mile, 12 percent to 16 percent graded climb to the finish. Eastern Divide 50K trail race, June 18, Pembroke An ultra-run, point-to-point race from the Cascades to Mountain Lake with a shorter 8-mile option on the final miles of the ultra course. For a more mellow outdoor experience, visit the Sinking Creek Bridge, a picturesque 70-foot-long red covered wooden bridge with a tin roof, built in 1916. Giles County is also home to 37 miles of the New River, so take your time along the New River Water Trail to fish, canoe, kayak, and camp (from supported sites for RVs to more rustic tent sites). For a hiking takeoff point for all abilities, check out the Mill Creek Nature Park in Narrows. The park spans 145 acres and features short trails leading to scenic falls, as well as more challenging hiking and biking trails that lead into the Jefferson National Forest. Another walking option is the Pearisburg River Sculpture Park, where artists have crafted trash from the New River into eye-catching creations.

Where to eat

The former Pyne General Store is now the Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston, Va.

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The Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston occupies the former Pyne’s General Store. The collection of memorabilia from the store’s 75-year past is worth a visit alone — but the creative menu (“Moody Oysters,” a “TV Dinner” that changes daily, a “Chef’s Whim”), attentive service, and live music complete the dining package. The Beliveau Estate Winery, also a bed-and-breakfast, offers cool fine dining. On the first and third Thursday of each month, Beliveau offers a four-course wine and tapas dinner

pairing. Try to get to the vineyard early enough for a stroll around the beautiful grounds. In the New River Valley Mall area of Christiansburg, try the Blackstone Grill (bistro-style dining with thoughtful service). In downtown Blacksburg, Cabo Fish Tacos is also a favorite of Hokie students, parents, and friends of all ages.

Where to stay Mountain Lake Lodge ( is only a half hour’s drive from downtown Blacksburg, but feels like it’s far more remote. Guests — especially of a certain age — will recognize their favorite sites from the 1987 romantic hit Dirty Dancing, which was filmed at the lodge. The movie’s fans can take advantage of Dirty Dancing weekends, held June 24–26, July 29–31, and Aug. 26– 28. The onsite outfitter assists guests with hiking, biking, riding zip lines, and playing archery tag or “bubble ball,” a kind of soccer game in you play while wrapped in your own inflatable ball. Soon, visitors will be able to add boating to the list of outdoor enjoyments at Mountain Lake Lodge, since plans to restore the original lake are underway. The Inn at Virginia Tech ( is the only hotel technically located on campus, though there are many hotels nearby. The inn is co-located with the Skelton Conference Center, and is an 11-minute walk to the Virginia Tech Golf Course and 3 miles from Jefferson National Forest. It’s an ideal place to stay to attend studentrelated activities, then fit in some outdoor recreation. Just don’t forget your lunch pail.

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MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION May 30. Watch a parade from the Grantsville American Legion up Miller Street to the monument in the park. Afterward, attend the free community picnic. Grantsville, Md. 301-895-8012,


SHENANDOAH APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Through May 1. The festival features more than 45 events, including the coronation of Queen Shenandoah, the Grand Feature Parade, band competitions, dances, a carnival, a 10K run, and firefighters events. Winchester, Va.

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CINCO IN THE CITY May 5, 6:00–9:00pm. Music, food, and beverage vendors. Free admission. City Center at Oyster Point, 700 Town Center Drive, Newport News, Va. 757-926-1400, MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION May 6–8. The weekend kicks off with National Public Gardens day. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, Va. 804-262-9887, lewisginter.orgev MOTHER’S DAY AT BOORDY VINEYARDS May 7–8. Live music, tasty foods, local ice cream, and hayrides. Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, Md. 410-5925015, MOTHER’S DAY PLANT SALE May 7–8, 11:00am–4:00pm. Purchase flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Talmar Gardens, 1994 Cromwell Bridge Road, Baltimore, Md. 443-377-7778, MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH CRUISE May 8, 11:30am–1:00pm. What better way to say “you’re special” than a relaxing cruise and brunch? Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION May 27–28. Events include a classic antique car show with live music, memorial service, car show, truck show, motorcycle show, tractor show, dog show, and a volunteer firemen’s carnival with food and games. Shenandoah, Va. 540-652-8164, NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT May 29, 8:00–9:30pm. Co-hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, the annual event honors our American heroes, their families at home, and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

CAPE MAY’S SPRING FESTIVAL Through May 8. Rediscover the 1879 Physick Estate, and learn about the summer hotel of presidents and dignitaries in the Carroll Gallery exhibit Tommy’s Folly: The 200th Anniversary of Congress Hall Hotel. Enjoy a time capsule trolley tour, murder mystery dinners, and crafts and collectibles show. Cape May, N.J. SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS FESTIVAL Through May 9. Outstanding performances from leading musicians, quality arts exhibitions, dance (both classical and modern), stimulating theater performances, community activities, and events, including the “Artful Living” art show. Old Town Fairfax, Va. THE MARINERS’ CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL May 1, noon–5:00pm. Great beer, good food, and live music. The festival features more than 50 craft beers in the unique setting of The Mariners’ Museum’s outdoor courtyards. The Mariners’ Museum and Park, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, Va. 757-596-2222, SPRING FESTIVAL MAY DAY May 1. An old-fashioned street festival with merchants and vendors offering art, antiques, jewelry, fashion, home décor, crafts, food, and activities for the entire family. Maryland Avenue and State Circle, Annapolis, Md.

INTERNATIONAL PAN FEST May 6–7. Fusing together the rhythm of steel bands, ocean breezes, and great international food, the breathtaking Virginia Beach oceanfront becomes an “island paradise” for the weekend. 24th Street and Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Va. 757491-7866, DECOY AND WILDLIFE ART FESTIVAL May 6–8. Features 120 decoy carvers, wildlife artists, commercial outfitters, and guide services displaying and selling their works. Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, 215 Giles St., Havre de Grace, Md. 410-939-3739, DERBY-Q FESTIVAL May 7, 2:00–7:00pm. Watch the Kentucky Derby on the big screen and enjoy craft tastings, the Scotch man tasting, the best barbeque in town, and band performances. Old Town Square, Fairfax, Va. SOLOMONS MARITIME FESTIVAL May 7. Chesapeake Antique Boat and Marine Engine show, traditional foods, local and gospel music, waterfowl calling, crafts, and Chesapeake Bay retriever trials. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, FLOWER AND JAZZ 5K AND FESTIVAL May 7. Event is centered in downtown Westminster with Main Street lined with craft/commercial, food, and flower vendors. Westminster, Md. 410-751-5501, MAY DAY May 7. Welcome spring with the Colonists. Celebrate the arrival of spring, Colonial-style. Take part in a maypole dance, play games, see what local vendors have to offer, and make a craft to take home. St. Mary’s City, Md. 240-895-4990, HEART OF VIRGINIA FESTIVAL May 7. The festival offers a 10K run, bands performing on four stages, organized children’s activities, food, an art and craft show, and classic cars. Main and High streets, Farmville, Va. 434395-2744,

VINTON DOGWOOD FESTIVAL May 1–3. A carnival and entertainment for all ages. Events include local entertainment, numerous craft vendors, food vendors, distance run, and children’s activities. 814 E. Washington Ave., Vinton, Va. 540-983-0614,

ALE AND HISTORY BEER FESTIVAL May 7, 11:00am. More than 70 beers on tap to taste; live music all day by Robbie Limon Band and Cazhmiere. Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, Va.

PASSPORT D.C. May 1–31. A month-long journey around the world highlighting D.C.’s thriving international diplomatic community and lively and varied culture. Washington, D.C.

CHINCOTEAGUE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL May 7, noon–4:00pm. Enjoy fresh local seafood and entertainment. Tom’s Cove Park, 8128 Beebe Road, Chincoteague, Va. 757-336-6161,

WILLIAMSPORT STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL May 2, 9:00am–3:00pm. Strawberries, music, food, and craft vendors on the beautiful Homewood campus. Williamsport, Md.

GARDEN FESTIVAL May 7. A rare plant, garden ornaments, and antiques sale, featuring an exclusive collection of vendors from throughout the eastern seaboard. Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. 410-557-9570,

LIVE FOR CHOCOLATE May 6. The event promotes women’s health awareness, while offering a night of fun, laughter, and support. There will be food, wine tastings, games, education, shopping, and music. Seaford, Del.

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VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL May 7–8, 11:00am–6:00pm. The days offer premier wine vintages and live musical performance, in addition to gourmet foods and specialty wares for purchase. Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Va. 757-441-2345, GREEK FESTIVAL May 11–15. Experience authentic Greek cuisine, live music, and traditional dance performances by the Parathosi Dance Troupe. Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, Frederick, Md. 301663-0663, WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL May 14, 11:00am–5:00pm. More than just a tasting, the festival brings together award-winning celebrity chefs, artisanal craftsmen, culinary pioneers, live music, family fun, and wine and spirits from around the world. The Inner Harbor on Rash Field, Baltimore, Md. 800-830-3976, MARYLAND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL May 14. A family-friendly festival on Carroll Creek Park featuring more than 30 Maryland brewing companies, live music, and local food. Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick, Md. 410-2529463, OPERA FESTIVAL May 14–22. OperaDelaware brings two full-scale productions to the stage. The Grand Opera House, Wilmington, Del. MONTGOMERY COUNTY SPRING FAIR May 16–21. Beer garden, fireworks, food trucks, strawberry celebration, carnival rides, and live music. 4101 Sandy Spring Road, Burtonsville, Md. 301-792-9448, WINE AND CRAFT FESTIVAL May 21. Virginia wine tastings from 20 wineries, arts and crafts, delicious food, and live entertainment. Front Royal, Va. 540-6353185, FAIR HILL SCOTTISH GAMES May 21. Highland dancing, piping and drumming competition, Scottish-style fiddling competition, musical guests, athletics competition, sheep dog demonstrations, and watching the massed bands pass in review. 4600 Telegraph Road, Elkton, Md. 302-309-0032, SWINE, WINE, AND ROSES FESTIVAL May 21–22. Festivalgoers can enjoy award-winning barbecue, local wine and craft beer, music, and the hundreds of heirloom rose bushes. Living historians depicting the 18th and 19th centuries will be on site and in the historic structures. 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, Pa. 717-328-3467, CHESTERTOWN TEA PARTY FESTIVAL May 22–24. An engaging glimpse into the town’s Colonial past with tea being tossed from a tall ship, a parade, crafts, wine and beer tastings, and other entertainment. Chestertown, Md. NORTHERN VIRGINIA FINE ARTS FESTIVAL May 22, 10:00am. An 11-block art walk filled with the works, including paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, and fine crafts, of more than 200 artists from around the nation. 12001 Market St., Reston, Va. 703-471-9242, REGIONAL SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION May 27–30. Author guest of honor George R.R. Martin will be at Balticon, a four-day science fiction/fantasy extravaganza. Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-563-2737, ARTSPRING FESTIVAL May 27-29. A tour of Tucker County arts through four towns with special events and exhibitions. Tucker County, W.Va. BLUEGRASS AND BBQ FESTIVAL May 27–28, 11:00am–11:00pm. An all-star bluegrass lineup with award-winning barbecue and other delicious foods, arts and crafts vendors, an antique tractor show, and children’s activities. 2697 Franklin Pike SE, Floyd, Va. 540-353-5898, PUNGO STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL May 28–29. Activities include a pie-eating contest, strawberry bake-off, continuous entertainment, a parade, one of the largest carnivals on the East Coast, livestock show and sale, a multimillion dollar military display, pig races, youth art show, and arts and craft booths. 1776 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 757-721-6001, DELAPLANE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL May 28–29. Enjoy hayrides, old-fashioned field games, dancing, music, magic, storytelling, crafts, a petting farm, an antique car show, a bake sale, hikes in the shadow of the Appalachian Trail, and children’s activities. Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, Va. 540-592-3556, CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL May 29–June 16. The Cape May Music Festival offers something for every musical taste. In addition to Irish and brass band music, classical music lovers will delight with the return of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, the New York Chamber Ensemble, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players. Cape May, N.J.

NOW SHOWING FUN DOG SHOW May 14. Parade and judging at 10:00am. Best smallest and largest, cutest, best pair, and best trick. Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, Md. 410-463-0946 ROTARY CAR SHOW May 14. Car show with classics and modern marvels. Urbana Volunteer Fire Department Carnival Grounds, Frederick, Md. 301-370-3611 ANTIQUE CAR SHOW May 21, 10:00am–3:00pm. Live bluegrass, music, and food. City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax, Va. SPORTS CARD AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW May 22, 10:00am–3:00pm. Approximately 50 tables featuring the area’s finest dealers. Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark, Del. 302-983-2636, SPRING GEM AND MINERAL SHOW May 27–29. Jewelry makers, goldsmiths, and silversmiths from all over the U.S. who can reconstruct, repair, design, or make original jewelry from customer-selected gems, stones, opals, and crystals. Salem Civic Center, Salem, Va. 540-384-6047,


SUMMER BLAST OFF May 29, 8:00pm. This year’s concert is packed with popular and classical favorites including patriotic marches, a dazzling ragtime solo feature, a new arrangement of music from the hit Broadway show Guys and Dolls and, of course, Tchaikovsky’s iconic 1812 Overture. Marine Band at Wolf Trap, Vienna, Va.

Popular/Other ‘50S AND ‘60S REVUE May 4. Celebrate history through harmony with hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s in intricate three-part harmony. Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Md. 410208-2508, CIRCA BLUE FEST May 6–8. Blue Highway, Trinity River Band, Jim Hurst, Circa Blue, Lonesome Highway, and more national and regional acts, plus kids’ activities. Moose Acres, Martinsburg, W.Va. FOLK SINGER JONATHAN EDWARDS May 7. Edwards will be performing in support of his new album, Tomorrow’s Child. Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, Md. DELFEST May 26–29. Stellar bluegrass performances and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations over Memorial Day weekend. Acts include The Travelin’ McCourys, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Bruce Hornsby. Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, Md. 301777-5138,

CHERRY BLOSSOMS AND SPRING FLOWERS WALK Through May 9. Start/finish point is Starbucks Coffee, 4611-E Sangamore Road, Bethesda, Md. 301-946-5496, BRIGANCE BRIGADE RUN AND WALK May 1. Join former NFL player O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, for a family-friendly morning to kick off ALS Awareness Month and raise funds to help those battling ALS. Canton Waterfront Park, Baltimore, Md. 410-878-2030, POINT-TO-POINT STEEPLECHASE RACES May 8. Event features exciting horse races, an antique carriage parade, lavish tailgate picnics, special demonstrations, pony rides, and a variety of children’s games, all in the setting of an American country estate. Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Del. GRAN FONDO May 17. Both amateur and professional cyclists participate in the Gran Fondo, Medio Fondo, or Governor’s Ride over spectacular 62-, 30- or 15-mile courses mapped through the Brandywine Valley’s glorious chateau country. Wilmington, Del. TWO-DAY TROUT FISHING EVENT May 20–22. Features 1,000 trout, 99 prizes, and two bluegrass concerts. Campsites available. On the Maury River, Buena Vista, Va. 540-261-7321, TOUR DE CHESAPEAKE May 21. It’s a weekend of scenic cycling on the flat roads bordering the Chesapeake Bay in Matthews County, Va. CAMPFIRE FUN May 28, 1:00–3:00pm. Create campfire memories with your family this season. Enjoy snacks, stories, and games to make your next family campfire one to remember. Willow Grove Nature Center, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Baltimore, Md. 410-8872503, RUN TO REMEMBER 5K May 28. Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk. 500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, Md. 410-548-4900,


Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral PICNIC WITH THE POPS CONCERT May 6. Pack your own picnic or purchase one, but be sure to come and enjoy the music of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dave Stewart Wiley. Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Blvd., Salem, Va. 540-375-3004, NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC FREE CONCERT May 7, 8:00pm. The concert will feature music from well-known composers such as J.S. Bach, William Byrd, and Claude Debussy, in addition to stunning new compositions by living composers Eriks Esenvalds, Daniel Elder, and Jake Runestadt. Christ Episcopal Church, 107 S. Washington St., Rockville, Md. 301-493-9283, ext. 116, TRACEY CUTLER, SAXOPHONIST May 19. Tracey Cutler is the saxophonist for the celebrated band Collaboration. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 443-263-1800, CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES May 22, 2:00pm. Sousa Band Hall, Washington, D.C.

Theater ROMEO AND JULIET Through May 29. The Annapolis Shakespeare Company gives a command performance of Shakespeare’s classic play about two star-struck lovers determined to be together in life and death. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 111 Chinquapin Round Road, Annapolis, Md. 410-415-3513, THE WIZARD OF OZ May 3–5. An enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 800-514-3849,

PRO SPORTS BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT HOME Sunday, May 1, vs. White Sox, 1:35pm Tuesday, May 2, vs. Yankees, 7:05pm Wednesday, May 3, vs. Yankees, 7:05pm Thursday, May 4, vs. Yankees, 7:05pm Friday, May 5, vs. Athletics, 7:05pm Saturday, May 6, vs. Athletics, 7:05pm Sunday, May 7, vs. Athletics, 1:35pm Thursday, May 12, vs. Tigers, 7:05pm Friday, May 13, vs. Tigers, 7:05pm Saturday, May 14, vs. Tigers, 7:05pm Sunday, May 15, vs. Tigers, 1:35pm Tuesday, May 17, vs. Mariners, 12:35pm Wednesday, May 18, vs. Mariners, 7:05pm Thursday, May 19, vs. Mariners, 7:05pm Monday, May 30, vs. Red Sox, 1:35pm Tuesday, May 31, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm

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

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT HOME Monday, May 9, vs. Tigers, 7:05pm Tuesday, May 10, vs. Tigers, 7:05pm Wednesday, May 11, vs. Tigers, 7:05pm Friday, May 13, vs. Marlins, 7:05pm Saturday, May 14, vs. Marlins, 7:05pm Sunday, May 15, vs. Marlins, 1:35pm Monday, May 23, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Tuesday, May 24, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Wednesday, May 25, vs. Mets, 1:05pm Thursday, May 26, vs. Cardinals, 7:05pm Friday, May 27, vs. Cardinals, 7:05pm Saturday, May 28, vs. Cardinals, 7:155pm Sunday, May 24, vs. Cardinals, 1:35pm

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


Sunday, May 8, vs. New York FC, 7:30pm Friday, May 13, vs. Red Bulls, 7:00pm D.C. United plays home games at RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. Call 202-587-5000 or visit I may 2016 I recreation news 2 9

EVENING OF COMEDY May 6–7. The nation’s funniest performers keep audiences in stitches with this hugely popular evening of raucous stand-up comedy. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. 703-255-1900,

Dance A BALLET ROCK TRIBUTE May 4–8, 13–15. Enjoy a full-throttle evening of entertainment combining the artistry and beauty of dance with the power of the world’s most innovative popular rock icons, David Bowie and Queen. The Washington Ballet, 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. GLADE DANCE COLLECTIVE May 7–8. The performance includes new work and features live music by rogue collective and original compositions by John Lee. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE, Washington, D.C. 202-2691600, MALPASO DANCE COMPANY May 21–22. This troupe from Havana presents a mixed program including D.C. premieres by artistic director Osnel Delgado, as well as Why You Follow by Ronald K. Brown and Bad Winter by Trey McIntyre. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE, Washington, D.C. 202-269-1600,

Exhibits Featured Exhibitions DELAWARE AND THE WAR OF 1812 Ongoing. Designed to raise awareness of the important role that the state played as the front line in the defense of the economically vital Delaware Valley, the exhibit utilizes maps, illustrations, and artifacts from the state’s collections to examine the history of the war within Delaware and its surrounding waters. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. 302736-7400,

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: NO EXIT Through May 15. Works in the exhibition, either drawn from the collection or promised to the gallery, reveal Bourgeois’ intensely personal approach to art-making and explore her grounding in surrealism and ties to existentialism. The National Gallery of Art, National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215,

THREE CENTURIES OF AMERICAN PRINTS Through July 24. This first comprehensive exhibition of American prints to encompass three centuries will highlight 160 works from the National Gallery of Art’s collection, from John Simon’s Four Indian Kings (1710) to Kara Walker’s no world (2010). National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215,

THE TSAR’S PAINTER Through June 12. In the dramatically lit setting, exquisite objects and details from the painting will be brought to life through groupings of 17th-century objects of boyar life. Hillwood Museum, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-686-5807,

JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTS BY KAWASE HASUI Through Aug. 3. Features prints drawn from the more than 500 works, including Japanese landmarks such as the Heian Shrine, Mount Fuji, and the rural area in Yoshida, donated by René and Carolyn Balcer. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400,

A GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTING Through June 12. A stunning array of more than 40 paintings from the New York Historical Society’s collection by renowned Hudson River School artists. The Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, Pa. 610-388-2700,

CONTEMPORARY ARTIST INTERPRET DIASPORA Through Sept. 4. In this juried and invitational exhibition, 44 artists share personal and universal stories of migration, from historic events that scattered communities across continents to today’s accounts of migrants and refugees adapting to a new homeland. The Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-994-5200,

THE ART OF NORMAN ROCKWELL Through June 12, see hundreds of Rockwell’s classic works, including more than 300 Saturday Evening Post covers. Taubman Museum of Art, 110 Salem Ave. SE, Roanoke, Va. EYES ON MAIN STREET Through July 10. Nash Street in Wilson, N.C., becomes a six-block outdoor gallery showcasing 100 large-scale photographs from 100 photographers and 30 countries depicting Main Street: A Crossroads of Cultures. Wilson, N.C. ART QUILTS Through June 19. These intricate art quilts include examples of works by the foremost proponent of the art quilt, Michael James, whose stunning Metamorphosis plays with color transitions and the transformation of space. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700,

LINDSAY MULLEN: VISUAL MEDITATIONS Through May 1. Her paintings are a response to the atmosphere of the places she has lived, drawing the viewer into a meditative space shot through with diffused light. Foundry Gallery, 2118 Eighth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-232-0203,

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

SEEING NATURE: LANDSCAPE MASTERWORKS Through May 8. Featuring 39 masterpieces spanning five centuries, this exhibition draws from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection to explore the evolution of European and American landscape art. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-387-2151,

THE POTOMAC VALLEY WATERCOLORISTS Through June 26. The exhibition brings together some of the area’s top water media floral and landscape painters in one of the most admired public gardens in the region. Green Spring Garden’s Horticultural Center and Historic House, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173,

MARYLAND ARTISTS Through May 8. An exhibition of approximately 20 recently acquired artworks by Raoul Middleman, John Waters, and others. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700,

MATISSE PRINTS AND DRAWINGS Through July 3. Approximately 20 prints and drawings demonstrate the continuing legacy of the BMA’s relationship with the Matisse family. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, AMERICA’S SHAKESPEARE Through July 24. Using a fascinating selection of rare letters, costumes, books, and more, the exhibit shows how Shakespeare’s words and ideas weave through our national story, from print to radio, television, film, and digital media. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077,

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BROOMBERG & CHANARIN Through Sept. 11. Large-scale photographs show bullets that collided and fused midair during the Civil War along with highprecision prisms — the sort made in Germany during World War II — that enabled scopes on firearms and the ability to kill an enemy from a great distance. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, WINE AND SPIRITS IN DELAWARE Through Dec. 31. The exhibit utilizes graphics as well as historical objects from the collections of the state of Delaware to tell the story of Delaware’s wine and spirits trade from the time of European settlement to the present day. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. 302-645-1148, THE NEW WORLD DISCOVERS ASIA Through Jan. 8. The first large-scale Pan-American exhibition to examine the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the Colonial Americas. Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del. 302-888-4803,

History TRACTORPALOOZA May 1, noon–4:00pm. Vintage and modern tractors, activities for all ages, and the museum’s permanent exhibits. Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, Claude Moore Park, Sterling, Va. OPEN AIRPLANE AFTERNOON May 1, 1:00–4:00pm. Sit in the cockpit of some of the museum’s 20 historic aircraft. Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Hagerstown, Md. FALLEN HEROES DAY May 6, 1:00pm. Fallen Heroes Day salutes police and correctional officers, firefighters, and emergency medical and rescue personnel who risk their lives every day to protect the citizens of Maryland. Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium, Md. 410-666-0490 MARTINSBURG HERITAGE FESTIVAL May 6–8, 13–15. Living history, reenactments, tours, and ghost walks over two weekends. Martinsburg, W.Va. BATTLE OF NEW MARKET May 13–15. See the battle where VMI cadets joined the fray on the actual ground where it was fought. Virginia Museum of the Civil War, New Market, Va.


Witness These Exciting Battles * F rid ay, July 1, 1:30 p.m. - Live Mortar Fire Demonstration 5:30 p.m. - Buford Holds the Line—The Black Hats Arrive Saturday, July 2, 12:00 a.m. - Clash at Fairfield—Cavalry Battle 5:00 p.m. - East Cemetery Hill—The Push is on Sunday, July 3, 11:00 a.m. - Custer Attacks Stuart—Cavalry Battle 2:30 p.m. - Cushing’s Brave Stand—Segment of Pickett's Charge For Tickets & Event Information

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LIVING HISTORY May 7–8. This year’s spring encampment features the Battle of Big Bethel, one of the earliest encounters of the Civil War. Schedule includes a Civil War hospital, a daily battle, and a ladies’ social. Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3899,

A DAY IN OLD NEW CASTLE May 21. Residents in the charming town open their homes and carefully tended gardens to the public. There’s also a full complement of historical reenactments, military maneuvers and encampments, craft demonstrations, storytelling, period games, Colonial dancing, music, and a beer garden. Wilmington, Del.

JAMESTOWN DAY May 14. Discover Jamestown’s legacy through interpretive programs on Powhatan Indian and English interactions, archaeology, military and maritime displays, and traditional music and entertainment. Two event sites: Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne in Jamestowne, Va. or

GARDEN TOUR AND TEA May 26, 1:00–3:00pm. Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in the 1784 historic house. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703941-7987


CAPE MAY, N.J. Historic district, moonlight trolley, and Cape May sampler tours. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278,

AIRCRAFT RESTORER RAY HELMICK May 2, 7:00pm. Helmick and a panel of speakers will share their experiences with the UH-1M Huey helicopter, the iconic aircraft of the Vietnam War. Lockheed Martin Auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd., Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122. FRANK J. BENNETT BOOK SIGNING May 5–8. Meet Frank J. Bennett, author of Encounter With the Aberdeen Wildman: A True Story, who will explore influences on science fiction writing, the paranormal, and deceptions. 2100 Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, Md. 800-447-6779, ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, STAINED-GLASS CLASS Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860, TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880,

TOURS MARYLAND HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR Through May 28. Tour homes and gardens, including nine which pre-date the Revolutionary War, in five counties. FELL’S POINT HOUSE TOUR May 8, 11:00am–5:00pm. A self-guided tour of a dozen historic and contemporary houses and gardens along the quaint streets of this historic Baltimore neighborhood.



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

O THER DAY OUT WITH THOMAS May 1. Enjoy a train ride with Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, Md. 866-468-7630, WOMEN OF THE WORLD May 6–8. This event features guest speakers, diverse panelists, talks, workshops, and performances that celebrate the achievements of women and girls and address challenges that remain. 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-532-3191, ART ON THE BLOCK May 7, 1:00–5:00pm. Enjoy watching artists while they work, partake in receptions at each of the galleries, and sign up for special drawings. Occoquan, Va. OPEN COCKPIT DAY May 14, 11:00am–2:00pm. Experience a pilot’s view in flight by climbing into the pilot’s seats of the museum’s outdoor flight line of airplanes. Visitors can also see the Vietnam War-era Bell UH-1M Huey that has been undergoing restoration. Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122

To submit an event for the Recreation News Calendar: Every announcement must have the name of the event, name of the organization, date, time, and location of the event, a contact phone number, and a website if possible. Send announcements to: Calendar, Recreation News, 204 Greenwood Road, Linthicum, MD 21090, or email to


Rivers to Rockets Weekends April 29 - June 4, 2016

Don’t Miss our Rivers to Rockets Bike Rally on May 7th, leaving from Bladensburg Waterfront Park, to explore the region’s trails and heritage sites! Visit our website for a calendar of programs exploring the region’s history, art, culture, and natural resources taking you from river tours to rocket launches!

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Steal away this spring and lose yourself on a mountain river trip, at a wine festival, or in a fierce physical competition where you bike, run, and paddle in a challenging race to the finish. Two towns in the northern part of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley — Front Royal and Luray — are so packed with recreational options you’re almost guaranteed to have a blast. Choosing where to stay is easy with so many options — camp under the stars, light a fire in a log-hewn cabin, or climb into a four-poster bed in an historic hotel. Check out the special packages available from Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park lodges, the hundreds of local cabin rentals, the romantic options at Luray’s Mimslyn Inn, or the all-you-can-eat steak, float, and camp trips run by Shenandoah River Outfitters. One of Virginia’s first paddle companies, Shenandoah River Outfitters, near Luray, will take you and friends out on the river, stop for lunch, and serve you a king’s feast after you’ve been paddling hard all day on the river. (A nearly effortless option is a tube float trip.) Guitarists will serenade you on the river banks. Non-meat-eaters may choose from plenty of veggies, seafood options,

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and veggie burgers, with advance notice. Nancy Goebel, a founding owner, loves helping new customers discover the secrets of the Shenandoah Valley and shares her sentiments about how little the valley has changed in her lifetime. “We are so blessed to be close to the Shenandoah National Park and the vast wilderness it has preserved,” she says. The company offers river trips, camping spots, and cabins. Further north, Front Royal Outdoors and Downriver Canoe Co. equip paddlers with everything they need to maneuver on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, including water craft, instruction, and maps. Trips include shuttle service to and from the river, and a choice of watercraft for paddling or large inner tubes for a lazy float on the river. Four- and six-person rafts are also available from the outfitters. The town of Luray and surrounding Page County are a western gateway to Shenandoah National Park. Outfitter stores and an array of restaurants and shops line Main Street, with the attractions at Luray Caverns anchoring the western edge of town. The Warehouse Art Gallery offers a pleasant place to browse. Near the park entrance, Brook-

side Cabins offers accommodations, a family restaurant, and gift shop.

Reenactment and wine festival Front Royal and the Warren County Historical Society double down this month with a chambersponsored wine fest and the town’s first reenactment of the Civil War Battle of Front Royal, May 9. Tim Smith, who promotes the area, is excited about seeing the inaugural Civil War reenactment unfold in the streets and on the steps of historic buildings. Here, Confederate spy Belle Boyd flirted with Yankee sol-

diers. And, as if these colorful happenings aren’t enough, a competitive racing event will feature paddling, running, and cycling events. The Warren County Heritage Society, located behind the Belle Boyd Cottage in Front Royal, is offering lectures and tours in May, in addition to the battle reenactment. Tea will be served at Belle Boyd Cottage the day of the reenactment. On May 23, the society will provide an overview and tour of the Battle of Front Royal. The 30th annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival in Front Royal on May 21 features 100 East Coast artists, crafters, and vendors and tastings

from 20 Virginia wineries. From 10:00am to 6:00pm, artisans will showcase their handmade designs while live music, kids’ games, and tempting foodstuffs, such as crab cakes, steak and cheese sandwiches, and roasted nuts, add to the party atmosphere. For wine tasting, buy a $25 ticket from the Chamber of Commerce in advance or pay $30 at the gate. No tasting, no charge. Recreational options around Front Royal include Skyline Caverns

and its rare anthodite formations, Shenandoah River State Park, the northern access to Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park, and some of the best fly fishing around.

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Roanoke attracts visitors with iconic star and Rockwell works Roanoke’s favorite icon, a huge neon star, shines down on the western Virginia city from Mill Mountain. Besides its star, the Blue Ridge city, four hours southwest of Washington, D.C., is also known for festivals, its walkability, its railroad heritage, its abundance of outdoor activities, and

its $66 million hyper-contemporary art museum. In fact, the Taubman Museum of Art’s shape evokes the dramatic mountain landscape as well as the railroad engines passing on live tracks just yards from its north side. This spring, nostalgia reigns at the

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Taubman in a celebrated Norman Rockwell exhibit. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., the Taubman’s presentation of this national traveling exhibit is the final time that American Chronicles will be on display before returning home to Massachusetts. The retrospective features more than 100 of the prolific artist’s most significant works as well as sketches, illustrations, and 323 iconic covers from The Saturday Evening Post. “From the rise of the automobile to World War and from the Freedom Movement to space exploration, Norman Rockwell chronicled the most significant moments of the 20th century,” said Della Watkins, the museum’s executive director. “We’ve worked on getting this exhibit for over two years.” Visitors to the Taubman can enter the spirit of the Rockwell exhibit in several ways. Guests can pose for selfies in “retro vignette” sets created by Roanoke’s Black Dog

Salvage (as seen on DIY Network’s Salvage Dawgs), crafting their own Rockwell moment. Visitors may also enjoy mobile audio tours of the exhibit from the viewpoints of the artist and his son. The Rockwell exhibit runs through June 12. Other notable Taubman exhibits running this spring include the legacy of George Washington as seen through artifacts and portraits, a beaded handbag exhibit, and the museum’s collection of portraits by Thomas Eakins, acclaimed as one of the most important artists in American art history. Admission to the Rockwell exhibit is $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and students, and $8.50 for children ages 9 through 17. Other Taubman exhibits are free of charge.

Shopping is right nearby Some of Roanoke’s most delectable shopping lies within steps of the Taubman, clustered around Roanoke’s year-round open-air market, which operates seven days a week.



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Chocolatepaper and the Candy Shop tempt with hundreds of jars, cases, and creatively packaged boxes of sumptuous morsels. Check out the Gift Niche to start your party mood — whether you’re thinking pink flamingos, flowers, babies, or nooccasion glitter glam, this store has the gift or the hat for you (and if doesn’t, tell the management what you need and they may stay up late making it for you). Gypsy Palooza, La De Da, and 310 Rosemont feature fantastical frocks, while Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op and Eli’s Provisions are the places for local food, Virginia products, and some of the best peanuts in the world. You may recognize some of the unique lettered wedding items at Appalachian Press from Martha Stewart Weddings. Walkabout Outfitters and Orvis outfit the outdoorsperson for the fishing, hiking, biking, and paddling adventures nearby. At Shabby Love, the creative staff upcycle used items into ingenious furnishings. Insider tip: Fans of the Salvage Dawgs television show are flocking to Roanoke to pick up their own architectural salvage items to recycle or retrofit, and doing it in such numbers that a “Big Dog Getaway” package has been wrapped around salvage store shopping. More active pursuits around Roanoke include a hike up Mill Mountain Star Trail to see the world’s largest man-made star, a pedal along the 30 miles of Roanoke Valley Greenway, or a paddle trip on the Upper James River Water Trail. Famous foods and notable restaurants abound in the Roanoke Valley, so when you’re hungry look for iconic dishes such as Hotel Roanoke’s peanut soup or Blue 5’s catfish BLT. A good way to learn about the city’s foods and history is through the guided Tour Roanoke food and cultural walking tour. Delicious samplings are served from locally owned eateries and legendary historic locations. Stops include one of the nation’s top historic hotels and a legendary tavern, as well as a smoothie lesson. Local guides share their knowledge of architectural gems, local lore, and exciting local attractions. “Food is a great story starter,” says Larry Landolt. “For instance, people don’t realize that many immigrants from Lebanon came through Roanoke. We share these stories during a stop at a Lebanese restaurant.” From great eats to classic American art, Roanoke has you covered this spring.

Does it seem like weekends are never long enough? It’s time for a visit to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, where you can drive the Blue Ridge Parkway or hike along the Appalachian Trail. It’s also the largest metropolitan area in Virginia’s Mountains, which means you’ll find great dining, award-winning craft beer, cultural events and nightlife.




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AMERICAN CHRONICLES: THE ART OF NORMAN ROCKWELL MARCH 20, 2016 – JUNE 12, 2016 The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present a major exhibition exploring the legendary American illustrator and artist. This Norman Rockwell exhibition features original works drawn from its permanent collection.

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Have you ever walked New Market’s Field of Lost Shoes? Civil War battle reenactments have not been permitted on National Park battlefields for more than half a century, a fact that makes the New Market Battlefield Historical Park unique. Here, you can experience the thrill and ardor as well as the emotion and angst of seeing Civil War history reenacted where it actually happened. With springtime in the Shenandoah in full bloom on the second full weekend in May, you can witness a reenactment of the South winning what would be its last victory in the valley. Indeed, as Confederate Gen. John Breckinridge would declare upon learning of Union Gen. Franz Sigel’s advance, “I shall advance on him. We can attack and whip them here and I will do it.” The weekend of May 13–15 is full of activities. At 2:00pm on May 13, Virginia Museum of the Civil War site director Troy D. Marshall provides a detailed battlefield tour, a special event limited to the first 50 registered participants.

On May 14, witness a tactical reenactment, commencing at 2:30pm, with the full Battle of New Market reenactment beginning at 2:00pm on May 15, the actual 152nd anniversary of the battle. Throughout the weekend, the Activities Tent will host a variety of book signings and lectures, with Northern and Southern camps, including Sutlers’ Row, open to all. Nearby, be sure to visit the museum’s stunning display of artifacts and dioramas, especially the stained glass window depicting the war in the Shenandoah Valley by abstract artist Ami Shamir. In the Virginia Room, follow the war’s four-year path as it tore its way across the Old Dominion. And, take time to watch the Emmy Award-winning film Field of Lost Shoes in the museum’s theater. But, most of all, take the opportunity to walk where those 257 cadets from Virginia Military Institute charged over that Field of Lost Shoes and into military history.

Along the walk, you’ll begin to appreciate the emotions of sculptor Moses Ezekiel, who returned to VMI in 1903 for the dedication of the New Market Monument. He had sculpted the epic bronze statue Virginia Mourning Her Dead and donated it to his alma mater. The statue bears the names of all 257 cadets who had fought at New Market and marks the graves of six of the 10 cadets killed in action. Watching the cadets parade

across the grounds at Lexington and seeing the dedication ceremony 39 years after the battle brought back powerful memories for Ezekiel. He had charged across that Field of Lost Shoes miles up the valley in New Market with his own classmates and, as he would never forget, “something arose like a stone in my throat, and fell to my heart, slashing tears to my eyes.” See it all again May 13–15. (

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Stonewall Jackson Symposium Friday evening, May 27 & Saturday, May 28, 2016 Leading historians and biographers will explore Jackson’s leadership, his early combat experiences in Mexico, his failure of leadership during the Seven Days, his relationship with J.E.B. Stuart and the role of historical fiction.

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Speakers include: Keith S. Bohannon Robert E. L. Krick Robert K. Krick John W. Mountcastle Elizabeth Parnicza Frank O’Reilly Jeff Shaara Visit the only home that Jackson ever owned, the Virginia Military Institute where he taught, and the town he loved.

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At the Battle of New Market, 257 cadets from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington charged across the muddy “Field of Lost Shoes.”

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Check out these two on your next trip to Williamsburg Two of our “don’t miss” stops in the Colonial Williamsburg area, Wythe Candy and Gourmet and the seasonal farmers market, lie in Merchants Square between historic Duke of Gloucester Street and the College of William and Mary. Among the shops and restaurants is Wythe Candy and Gourmet, a sweet treasure that dates to the 1960s and carries such a vast selection of candy and gourmet items that the company is also a wholesaler to major retail businesses like Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. “There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else,” said Terri Morgan, who manages the shop, while pointing out the vast Pez collection, the jelly bean wall, and the array of candies that bring back memories of movie theater treats, forgotten confections from childhood, and chocolate sweetness. The chocolate candy counter offers selections to please both the milk chocolate lover and the dark chocolate gourmet. Along the shelves are 200 different chocolate bars to choose from and an amazing selection of gourmet apples waiting to be covered in chocolate, nuts, or other toppings. Holiday selections are also enchanting, from Easter’s chocolate bunnies to Halloween treats to Christmas specialties. The store is open daily except Christmas day and even opens a bit early on Farmers Market days.

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here’s how to make chartering a yacht an affordable choice We all want it — that type of a vacation where you just want to grab everyone who crosses your path and tell them how fantastic it was. Highlights can be the new exciting sites, new experiences, bonding with family and friends, new discoveries, or just the most sublime relaxation. Our latest trip had it all. Two other couples joined us on a yacht for a week. We chartered the 51-foot power catamaran from The Moorings. The week was so thrilling, we realized later that we hadn’t watched a single minute of television and never missed it at all. The screen-free time allowed us to truly enjoy the tropics. Your clock starts and stops more with the sun than the daily news. We flew into St. Martin, and a 90-minute cab ride through the countryside brought us to Captain Oliver’s Marina in Oyster Bay Cove, one of many outposts for The Moorings. Since it was already

late in the afternoon, we checked in, went to our yacht, unloaded our luggage, and spent the evening at the marina. This allowed us to get our energy together for a fresh start the next morning. After waking up, getting showered, and, of course, a few cups of coffee, two of us went to our two-hour chart class where we learned all about how to check in and out of customs from various countries we would visit, characteristics of the lands, how to read the highlights of navigational concerns, weather forecasts, and a review of the basics. Afterward, a highly knowledgeable captain came aboard and thoroughly reviewed all operational aspects of the craft and its safe operation. Next, he listened to our list of desires and sat with us while mapping out a detailed plan that would show us the sites we most wanted to see in a manner that would have the fewest customs’ check-ins and checkouts. His plan included every detail on down to where to anchor, where to find sea turtles, and which page of the chart book had additional information. It was truly tailored for our group.

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that are privately owned and keeping them for five years, handling all the maintenance, and generating rental income that offsets the owners’ costs. Well thought-out cabins and user-friendly navigation equipment, the result of new designs and technology, were another benefit of the yacht being new. Four bedrooms and four separate full, private bathrooms provided comfort for all. The main level contained a massive family room area, perhaps 15 feet wide and 15 feet deep, with a dining room for eight to 10, a galley kitchen with refrigerator and freezer, a navigation station, and access to the front outdoor lounging and sun area, as well as the rear outdoor dining and seating area. At the far end of the yacht was a motorized platform to lower our dingy (which easily held six adults) and could also serve as a swim platform. Stairs led up to an upper level which had the captain’s controls, seating for 10 or more, a sun lounging area, another dining area, and a twin electric barbecue grill and wet bar with fridge. This area was fully enclosable and had a solid roof for sun protection. We used virtually every seating area at some point or another. All bedding, towels, snorkeling gear, beach towels, and kitchen items, such as plates, coffee machine, dishes, pots, and utensils, were provided. You can see the complete list online. An online provisioning service can even get all of your groceries, alcohol, and sundries loaded up for you on arrival and the prices are completely in line with what you would pay at a grocery store on the island. Insider tip: If you really want to use the television, bring some DVDs, and if you wish for music, you’ll need it stored electronically on your phone or iPad. We packed a frozen tenderloin, chicken, and pork chops for a treat on the grill. You can carry food on the plane, but be sure to plan for extra time to clear security, because the TSA will inspect your food. While our craft perfectly suited our needs, other options are available. Monohulls and catamarans powered by sail or diesel are available in sizes ranging from 38 feet to 54 feet in length.


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The Moorings vacation packages fall into three categories. We chose a bareboat yacht charter where we captained the ship. Also available are all-inclusive charters where your own personal captain will take you island-hopping as a gourmet chef prepares meals geared specifically to your taste. Your personal crew is on board to make every day run smoothly while ensuring each seafaring detail is a treasured memory. Or, you can try a hybrid, where you can get a complimentary skipper for the first half a day, or hire one for your whole trip and reduce stress. The Moorings truly has something for everyone and prices range from a low of just more than $2,300 to the upper-$20,000 range, depending on the vessel, package, and time of year. The company website, moorings. com, has the full range of options.

Discovering the islands We discovered one island thrill after another. Orient Bay in St. Martin offered anchorage for our first night. There, we enjoyed beautiful scenery, a long string of beaches, and a safe harbor filled with other yachts (but not too crowded). Views of the French side of St. Martin were spectacular and just a short cruise away. Rested and ready for adventure, we headed out for about a two-hour sea venture to Road Bay in Anguilla, which is home to several natural parks for snorkeling and many

smaller islands including Prickly Pear and Sandy Cay. We took an island tour on land, visited the impressive Viceroy Hotel and a few beaches, and took an excursion to Sandy Island, just off shore, which has a beach and a restaurant even though it’s just an acre in size. Road Bay is a very tranquil smooth harbor with some funky island-flavored little bars and restaurants. Our dingy held all six of us and easily and ferried us to and from the harbor to the mainland. After checking out of customs, we headed back to St. Martin to Grand Case (pronounced “grand KAHs”). Our timing was perfect since, on Tuesday evenings, they close down the main street for a festival. After enjoying beach time, we had some French food, mingled with the natives, did some shopping (including jewelry, French and island food, spices, and every kind of beverage), watched the carnival-like parade, and shared in the revelry. The next morning, it was off to St. Barthelemy, or St. Barts, as many call it. We found this to be like a miniature Monte Carlo, a playground for the rich and famous. Here, you can ogle at the mega-yachts, boats that are at least 200 feet long. Some are valued at more than $1 billion. We rented four-wheel drive ATVs, a common sight on the island, for a day of exploration. St. Barts is great for enjoying nature and offers a vari-

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In the historic area Colonial Williamsburg unveils new experiences this spring. The candlemaker will demonstrate the trade of rendering tallow, making the wax candles by dipping and molding or by the ladle or hand methods. At the carpenter’s site, you can see the tools and skills needed for one of

the most common trades in the 18th century. Take in the cleaning, mending, and conserving of archaeological artifacts June 6–11 at Prentis Store, where you can engage with experts in the field. Join the Geddy family, who were founders and gunsmiths, to learn how they provided guns, buckles, bells, spoons, and other wares in brass, bronze, pewter, and silver. The weaver shop has been expanded and there’s a new tailor shop, where you might be the next customer measured. You can learn more about all of Colonial Williamsburg’s programs at

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Exploring banana production at a Costa Rica plantation Up the coast from Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, acres of white cargo containers, stacked many tiers high, sprawl like a sub-equatorial glacier, pushing toward the sea. Offshore, big ships wait their turn to load the containers, each packed with 40-pound boxes of bananas. Costa Rica is the world’s eighth largest banana producer and the U.S. buys nearly half of its harvest. Botanically, bananas are berries, the edible fruit of several herbaceous flowering plants from Indomalaya and Australia. Initially domesticated in Papua New Guinea, almost all modern edible bananas come from two wild species. Although more than 100 countries currently grow bananas, Costa Rica was the first Central American nation to plant a crop. The phalanxes of refrigerated containers at the Caribbean port wear the livery of Chiquita, Dole, and Del Monte. It’s easy to spot wild bananas growing along the road through Limon. Nature’s largest herbaceous flowering plant, it’s long, lobate leaves fan out from the top of a stalk that can easily top 12 feet tall. From the base of that fan hangs the plant’s flamboyant flower that morphs into a cluster of bananas. The many different varieties bear fruit that vary in size, color, and firmness, and are covered with rinds that can be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown. Up in the hills above Limon, domesticated ba-

nanas grow in plantations, some owned by Del Monte. Although the plants grow on raised parallel rows, the fields still have a disorderly, jungle-like appearance. Blue plastic bags, encasing the immature banana bunches, seem incongruous against the tangle of green leaves. The bags help protect the tender rinds of the bananas from damage by windblown leaves. Each banana plant bears one bunch of fruit and then dies. Workers then cut the root mass into pieces to sow and grow new plants. Each plant has a color-coded tag indicating the month that the fruit will be ready to harvest. The bunches are harvested, prepared, packed, and shipped green to survive the trip to North American food markets. “It takes two men to cut the bunches free from the stalks — one trusting soul to hold the heavy bunch up and steady, and the other to skillfully swing a machete,” explained Minor Fernando, a professional guide. “They have to be good friends.” Overhead cables enable the harvesters to slide the pendulous bunches to a central receiving station. In the complex of open-air sheds, workers strip off the bags and hose the emerald bunches before passing them into large wash pans. Music courses through the shaded sheds as a row of women, wearing rubber aprons and long gloves, load the separated bunches onto conveyors leading into machines that complete the quality-control and packing process. Along with the big corporations, small producers raise nearly half of the country’s bananas, and much of the process is done by hand. Costa Rican banana workers have had a potent voice in the country’s history. More than 34,000 people work a total of more than 100,000 acres and help produce more than 5 million metric tons of bananas last year. Because their wages are relatively high and the country has a strong mandate for ecological and ethical operations, the industry focuses on growing quality fruit as a competitive edge in a crowded market.

The European Union just granted “Geographical Indication” status to Costa Rica’s bananas. This prestigious label recognizes quality produce and sustainable production methods. Costa Rica is the only banana-exporting country to receive the distinction.

What’s cooking, Mr. Banneker? Visit with me on May 28 at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, located at 300 Oella Ave. in Oella, Md., for more open-hearth cooking. We focus on the Federal period foods enjoyed by one of America’s premier 18th-century scientists, Benjamin Banneker, and his family and community. Lighting the hearth begins at noon and cooking takes place 1:00–3:00pm.

SPICY FUFU Fufu originated as a West African staple, made with cassava, and was adapted in the Caribbean using plantains, the tough-skinned cousins of bananas. 2 pounds ripe plantains (The plantains must be ripe, indicated by dark rinds.) 2 strips bacon, fried crispy and crumbled with the grease (Or, substitute 4 ounces of any robust pork item, such as country ham, smoked sausage, or roast pork, finely chopped.) A dash of Scotch bonnet pepper or sauce Juice from half a lime Jigger of dark rum (optional) Peel and mash the plantains along with the bacon and a large dollop of the grease. Add a dash of the Scotch bonnet pepper to taste, along with the lime, and continue mashing. Warm on the stove or in a microwave, and add the rum, if desired. Serve as a side dish instead of potatoes. Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. For more information, visit reed or email rhway2go@yahoo. com.

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Greatly loved pinot noir grape is hard to grow and produce Ah, pinot noir! Thou art so fickle. Aficionados of wine made from this iconic grape are well aware of its illusive, unpredictable nature. Why, you might ask? First and foremost, no two pinots are alike. So inconsistent in quality, it can be a real crapshoot as far as what you get in a bottle when obtaining one. In addition, the finished wine is very expensive. More often than not, you can pay quite substantial prices for a wine made from pinot (especially in Burgundy) and experience mediocrity at best. It doesn’t get any easier from a production aspect, either. Pinot grapes are difficult to grow and deplete lots of nutrients from the soil. Clonal selection is imperative. Young vines do not make great wine. The grapes are very susceptible to disease, frost, and rot because they are thin-skinned. They don’t like it too hot and are overall delicate and very finicky. This makes the wine expensive to produce and buy if you don’t grow your own. Not surprising, it’s known as the “heartbreak” grape. Of all the noble grape varieties, pinot is probably one of the most affected by “terroir,” that all-encompassing term that includes climate, lay of land, soil composition, sunlight, heat units, wind, proximity to water, etc. That sense of place that gives a wine its unique character. Generally speaking, the grape creates lightto medium-colored red wine with garnet overtones. The wine smells of stewed red fruit, spice, sometimes pepper, earth, boiled beetroot, and rhubarb. It possesses soft to medium tannins and light to medium body. It generally ages quite well.

However, its flavor does not appeal to everyone. The most noted place in the world that grows pinot noir is Burgundy, France. This ancestral home seems to be the most consistent origin. That having been said, there is a vast array of styles produced here and prices here are astronomical. There are occasional good ones from other European locales such as northern Italy, Germany, and elsewhere. There are various other places in the New World that do a decent job with pinot on a sporadic scale. Let’s talk North America for starts. In Ontario, Canada, Prince Edward County and Niagara Peninsula do an admirable job. British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley seems to excel with it. In the U.S., Oregon’s Willamette Valley, California’s Sonoma Valley (specifically the Russian River Valley and Carneros), and a few other locales have a good handle on it. In South America, cooler growing regions of Chile (Casablanca Valley) and Argentina (Rio Negro Valley) produce some pretty decent examples. Australia’s cooler regions, like the Mornington Peninsula and Tasmania, don’t do a bad job, and New Zealand’s Central Otego region produces some wonderful selections. Even South Africa’s Walker Bay area benefits from the cool breezes off the Atlantic Ocean and creates some fine examples. The big question in many consumers’ minds is this: If the grape is so inconsistent, hard to grow, and expensive, why do people long for it?


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The pinot noir variety is probably one of the most affected by climate and other factors. Plain and simple, once you taste a great pinot, you’re hooked. You can then spend lots of time (and money) searching for another that lives up to that benchmark, being disappointed much of the time. Then, just as you’re ready to give up on it, Bacchus himself taps you on the shoulder and presents you with another stunner. Boom, you’re right back into it and hooked again. That, my friends, is the magic, or rather black magic, of pinot noir. © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2016. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, award-winning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine, and consultant. Visit him at, drwineknow,,, or edwarddocrinstein?fref=ts .

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Dinosaurs return to Va. Living Museum To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News is bringing back some of the most popular dinosaurs for summer fun. T. rex. and triceratops will roar to life beginning May 7. The exhibit will take visitors back millions of years to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods when dinosaurs ruled the world. An apatosaurus mother and her baby greet visitors with wide, sweeping neck motions. These peaceful plant eaters appear almost friendly as they observe their surroundings. See three different types of baby dinosaurs up-close. Use a joystick to maneuver a robotic stegosaurus. See the feathered citipati, whose spectacular head crest is similar to that of a modern cassowary. This dinosaur highlights the link between nonavian dinosaurs and birds. But beware ... outdoors you will need to dodge the water-spitting dilophosaurus and water-shooting bombadier beetle. These lifelike creations are from Billings Productions, North America’s leading producer of animatronic dinosaurs. Step back in time with Dinosaur Discoveries. Learn and appreciate the world’s prehistoric past

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historic river town is a 78-mile drive from Washington, D.C. Some 100 apprentices from 26 states and 15 countries will team up with 30 mentors from all over the world to hone their skills and learn the ins and outs of becoming professional musicians. The bonus is that the public will have numerous op-

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10 full orchestra concert, which will include music from the 1940 Hollywood film Thief of Bagdad, Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, and pieces featuring a banjo and tuba. Rosenberg and his wife, Caitlin Patton, who serves as executive director, founded the nonprofit festival in 2010. They felt there should be “some sort of forum” for musicians on the cusp of their professional careers to practice their craft. Apprentices, normally college and graduate-level students, are selected in a competitive application process. They receive full scholarships and housing to participate, something Rosenberg feels strongly about since the time he was a student in Aspen and was forced to sell his piano to afford a musical opportunity. Apprentices stay in dormitories at Washington College or in private homes, where friendships have blossomed through the years. Many apprentices from past festivals have gone on to join major orchestras. Rosenberg says a goal was to make the festival affordable to the public. All rehearsals and some concerts are free. Tickets for single concerts are in the $10 to $18 range. Season passes are $225, which guarantee admission and preferred seating at every ticketed event, plus invitations to parties and a souvenir festival guide.

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Visit: **Monthly charges exclude taxes and Sprint Surcharges [incl. USF charge of up to 18.2% (varies quarterly), up to $2.50 Admin. and 40¢ Reg. /line/mo.) and fees by area (approx. 5–20%)]. Surcharges are not taxes. See Activ. Fee: Up to $36/line may apply. Plans: Offer is for a limited time only. Savings through 3/31/2018. Req valid port from AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile active wireless line to consumer account. Plan includes unlimited domestic calling and texting and unlimited int’l texting. Select add’l int’l svcs are included. See Max of 15 phone/tablet/MBB lines and one data share group per account. At least one phone req. Subsidized devices incur an add’l $25/mo charge. Plans exclude unlimited music and video streaming, data carryover, tethering and cloud options that other carrier plans may offer. Data: High-speed data is access to 3G/4G data speeds. Includes on-network data allowance amount as determined by competitor plan and 100MB off-network data usage. Third-party content/downloads are add’l charge. Mobile Hotspot usage pulls from your shared data and off-network allowances. Discount Exclusions: Discount does not apply to certain charges such as taxes, surcharges, add-ons, apps, premium content, int’l svcs, devices, partial charges or add’l lines. Add a Line: Add a line at any time up to the max number of lines and get promotional pricing until 3/31/2018. Usage Limitations: To improve data experience for the majority of users, throughput may be limited, varied or reduced on the network. Sprint may terminate service if off-network roaming usage in a month exceeds: (1) 800 min. or a majority of min.; or (2) 100MB or a majority of KB. Prohibited network use rules apply—see SDP Reward Card Offer: Offer ends 4/7/16. SDP only. While supplies last. Req. new account activation at point of sale. Excludes add-a-line and tablet activations. New account must remain active and in good standing to for 30 days to receive Reward Card. Reward Card request must be made at or Reward Card will not be issued. Subject to CL corporate gifting policy. Allow 10-12 wks for delivery. May not be combinable with other offers. See store or for details. Reward Card: Terms and conditions apply to Reward Cards. See Cardholder Agreement or visit for details. Subject to applicable law, a $3/mo. service fee applies beginning in the 7th month after Card issuance. Card is issued by American Express Prepaid Card Management Corporation. American Express is not the sponsor of this promotion. Other Terms: Offers and coverage not available everywhere or for all phones/networks. May not be combined with other offers. No add’l discounts apply. Sprint reserves the N165101 right to change or cancel this offer at any time. Restrictions apply. See store or for details. © 2016 Sprint. Third party marks are property of their respective owners.

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