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A first in the First State
For a small state, Delaware has an amazing number and variety of museums. From the du Pont family mansions like Hagley, Winterthur, and Nemours in the north to the Discoversea Shipwreck Museum near the southern border, there are private and public museums relating to art, natural history, social history, and myriad other areas of interest. The newest is the Delaware History Museum and the state’s first Center for African-American Heritage that opened Oct. 1 in Wilmington. The project of the Delaware Historical Society trans-
formed an old Woolworth’s store into a sparkling tribute to the state while detailing what you probably don’t know about it. The exhibition, “Delaware: One State, Many Stories,” takes you on a vivid journey through galleries that engage visitors on many levels, according to the historical society’s chief curator, Leigh Rifenburg. A wall of revolving faces greets visitors to the museum; famous and less-well-known Delawarians, many of whose contributions are noted in the galleries. From Colonial leaders to soldiers from the nation’s wars to musicians such as Cab Calloway and Clifford Brown, the many faces and stories from Delaware’s past come to life. The Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage includes “Journey to Freedom,” part of the Delaware History Museum’s exhibits, telling the story of the state’s AfricanAmericans from the very first to arrive, a free man known only as Black Anthony, through the enslavement period and the Civil Rights era. The New Delaware History Museum is part of the Delaware Historical Society’s complex in Downtown Wilmington. The complex includes the adjacent Old Town Hall, built at the end of the 18th century, which houses exhibitions, the research library, and Willington Square, a collection of four historic buildings dating to the mid- to late-1700s and moved to the location in 1976. The society also operates the George Reed House and Gardens in New Castle, a Federal-style mansion surrounded by 1 1/2 acres of formal gardens.
Currier and Ives at Winterthur Currier and Ives may seem synonymous with the holiday season, and Winterthur — yet another of Delaware’s museum treasures, just outside Wilmington — offers an exhibition of 40 works that investigate the role of Frances Bond Palmer and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (two of the most prolific artists of Currier and Ives) in the New York art world of the Victorian era. “Lasting Impressions” will be on view at Winterthur through Jan. 8 and includes works from the museum and private collections. Palmer and Tait produced some of today’s most sought-after prints: the delicately colored Long Island sporting scenes drawn on stone by Palmer from her own sketches; Tait’s vibrant depictions of animals observed up-close in the Adirondacks of northern New York; and Palmer’s dramatic nocturne landscapes evocative of the era’s fascination with the power of steam on land and water. The exhibition also features several multimedia installations, including a video documenting the history of Currier and Ives and interactive touch screens that encourage viewers to explore conservation findings and physical evidence of the artistic process.
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The more things change, the more they are the same
The Colonial roots of Thanksgiving are based on being thankful for being strangers in a strange land, struggling to make it all work, and the assistance given by the natives. The Colonists were bold and confident in many ways; two strong ingredients to have in a successful immigrant. Not everyone was on the same page, though. Certainly, there are some well-documented conflicts with the natives. Over the years, Thanksgiving evolved with many new and differing ingredients: football (a uniquely American sport), family gatherings with relatives traveling to reunite, quite a bit of wine flowing, and sometimes some family drama. My home always has seats available for those with nowhere to go, and it’s a warm invite with no strings attached. Today, we find ourselves, like our ancestors, as “the natives” in a land with immigrants continuing to arrive on our shores. They are largely people who are fleeing a less desirable place due to war, famine, or persecution, and are coming here because they believe in themselves and their work ethic and wish for a better life. Like the early Colonists, there are exceptions to that rule. Some of the Colonists were criminals fleeing persecution or prison. We have some flavors of that with a handful of current immigrants as well. The more things change, the more they are the same.
The original 13 Colonies were somewhat uniform. Most settlers were from the British Isles, most sought freedom to practice their religion of choice, and men outnumbered women. Minor differences were dictated by geography. Tobacco could be grown only in more southern climates, trading occurred heavier along the seacoasts, and northern climates had harsh winters to contend with. But in the global sense, they were pretty darn similar. Today, our nation is 50 states. The geographical differences are profound, as are differences in ethnicity, religion or lack thereof, education levels, and other measures. I still love a good old New England getaway and seeing the stacked stone walls along country roads with barns. I was there again recently. I also enjoy the other regions as well: the funky islands of the Florida Keys, charming Southern towns, the brown rolling hills of Napa Valley, the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the genuine nature of the Midwest, and breathtaking Alaska. I’ve enjoyed everywhere I’ve been in the USA — which now includes 40 states. I’ve met Native Americans, immigrants in New York City’s bustling streets and Times Square, mom-and-pop farmers, hipsters, and simple folks living on the land. The more things change, the more they are the same. I love America. I love its history, I love its variety, I loved it growing up, and I love it today. Much of the happiness and satisfaction comes from the traveling I have done.
4 ~ Editor’s Note 5 ~ Publisher’s Note 6 ~ Travel Line 8 ~ Lighthouse loop 12 ~ Small-town Maryland holiday 14 ~ Christmas in St. Michaels 16 ~ Honoring heroes in Fayetteville 18 ~ Gettysburg remembers 22 ~ Coastal Delaware holidays 22 ~ Beer and Barrel Festival 24 ~ Calendar of Events 30 ~ A fine arts surprise 32 ~ Holiday light displays 34 ~ Holiday gift and discount guide 36 ~ Adventures in Taste 37 ~ Wine Doctor 38 ~ Cruise Corner Knowledge brings about many positive feelings, and travel always brings about knowledge. I hope I can continue to share the desire and ideas on how and where to go. I am happy to be here and indeed thankful. Happy Thanksgiving! You, too, are blessed to be here.
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Cranberries and more in Wisconsin’s Northwoods It’s harvest time in the cranberry marshes of northern Wisconsin. As the nation’s top producer of the delicious red berries we associate with the holidays, Wisconsin expects a bountiful crop of cranberries this year, resulting in about 5 million 100-pound barrels of berries and $1 billion in sales. Many of the berries will end up on Thanksgiving tables across the land as cranberry sauce and juice, dips and sauces, pies and breads, and as a key ingredient in candles, soaps, candies, and even dental floss. Images of the beautiful berries will also appear on towels, aprons, and other items. You might say that cranberries rule in Wisconsin. A few weeks ago we witnessed the cranberry harvest firsthand at Vilas Cranberry Company and then shopped at the Cranberry Square Farm Market in Manitowish Waters. After being machine-picked, the berries are dumped into huge ponds for cleansing and then loaded onto trucks that transport them to processing plants in the area. During our visit to Vilas County, we celebrated fall by fishing, hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, boat touring, yoga paddling, and sightseeing. Had we been there in the wintertime, we might have gone snowmobiling.
Wisconsin’s lakes After flying to Appleton, Wis., we traveled by van for three hours to Vilas County in the Northwoods, where we spent a week visiting several small towns that are scattered amid 1,300 lakes, one of the largest concentrations of freshwater lakes in the world. The area is also home to more than 73 rivers and streams and a half million acres of forestland, so it is a playground for Midwest residents. At White Birch Lodge in Grand Junction, also known as the “Musky Capital of the World,”
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our gracious hosts welcomed us to the bountiful table they had prepared — a variety of wonderful dishes, including some that are unique to the area. In Lac du Flambeau we learned about the Ojibwe/Chippewa Native Americans, who migrated from New York to the Northwoods in the mid-1700s. Their story is told through exhibits at the George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center and the Mikwendaagoziwag Heritage Center (a boarding school in the early 1900s). We also visited the William J. Poupart Sr. Fish Hatchery, and Lake of the Torches Casino, where we had a delicious buffet lunch. Our home-awayfrom-home in Lac Du Flambeau was Dillman’s Bay Resort, owned by Denny and Sue Robertson, whose family started it almost a century ago. Today, it’s known for its art workshops, which are taught by nationally known artists. We found Manitowish Waters to be a fascinating place, too. There, in the 1930s, the FBI raided Little Bohemia Lodge, a hideout for the John Dillinger gang of Chicago. The mob also spent time at Voss’ Birchwood Lodge, which dates to the 1920s. We learned about the unique flora and fauna of the area and took a walk through the woods at the North Lakeland Discovery Center. The wonderful Cajun restaurant called Blue Bayou Inn that we found in this little town was a delightful surprise. St. Germain, where we spent two nights at Bauer’s Twin Pine Retreat, is best known as the home of the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame. We participated in a Japanese tea ceremony at Green Rich Tea and learned all about custom-made hammocks at The Hammock Hut, which sported a sign saying, “Open at the crack of noon.” We also dined at Clearview Supper Club, a unique concept in the Northwoods. According to St. Germain Chamber of Commerce president Penny Wiesmann, an evening at the club begins in the bar with a relish tray and drinks (usually whiskey or brandy old-fashioneds). The bar is always a bigger draw than the restaurant. Supper continues in the restaurant, but returns to the bar at the end of the evening, with sweet drinks such as grasshoppers and brandy Alexanders. In Land O’Lakes, a small village with a strong
arts component, we painted with watercolors and visited the Artistree Gallery. Eagle River, the “snowmobiling capital of the world,” is known for its sport fishing and handmade Minnetonka moccasins. Our visit began with a lunch of old-fashioned hot dogs and root beer floats at Soda Pops, a treasure trove of 1950s memorabilia. In the afternoon, we joined Gary Fawcett, owner of Historic Boathouse Tours, for a tour that departed from Boat Sport Marina in Eagle River. Not only did he share the interesting history of the homes and boathouses built in the early part of the 20th century on the Eagle River, but he kept us entertained with his jokes and stories. We also took a fun trip down the river at dusk with the Pirates Hideaway tour company. Ending our visit at Riverstone Restaurant and Tavern in Eagle River, we came away from the Northwoods refreshed and relaxed, with great memories and new friends — and ready for the Thanksgiving holidays. (travelwisconsin.com)
Around the Mid-Atlantic The “And Still We Rise: African-American Story Quilts” exhibit at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley continues through Dec. 31. The exhibit portrays four centuries of African-American history through nearly 70 handcrafted story quilts by an international group of artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network. The quilts focus on the unique stories of enslaved people, soldiers, athletes, poets, political leaders, and others, while drawing attention to the social changes America still faces today. Also on view at the museum’s Glen Burnie House is “Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the State of Virginia,” featuring more than 20 mixed-media assemblages by Stryk and inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, published in 1781. (themsv.org) The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay office and its principal partner, Chesapeake Conservancy, have released a series of six videos continued on page 15
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Lighthouse-to-lighthouse loop showcases history and nature Eagles, lighthouses, the longest river on the East Coast, and the head of the Chesapeake Bay are all just a short hop north of the Washington and Baltimore beltways. Sound like a
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You’ll spot plenty of eagles in the Conowingo Dam area of the Susquehanna River.
Point Lighthouse, in Havre De Grace, Md., conveniently located just off I-95. The Concord Lighthouse is the northernmost lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, dates back to 1827, and occupies the point of land where John O’Neil fought a single-handed battle against British invaders during the War of 1812. O’Neil and four generations of his descendants served as keepers of the lighthouse. Stroll through Tydings Park and the beautiful promenade, where you can see the cannon memorial to O’Neil and the nearby Decoy Museum, which is packed with Chesapeake Bay history. (concordpointlighthouse.org) Next, take a walk through historic Havre de Grace. In 1789, the first Congress of the United States almost named Havre de Grace our nation’s capital, missing by just a single vote. The streets are lined with quaint Victorian houses, shops, and restaurants — some of which have spectacular water views. Just minutes from Havre de Grace, up the Susquehanna River on the Harford County side, you’ll find Susquehanna State Park, where the Steppingstone Farm Museum is lo-
cated. The museum, a working farm, depicts the rural heritage of Harford County during the 1880-1920 era with 7,000 tools and artifacts. There is a functioning water wheel-powered grist mill where you can see corn being ground into meal and other live demonstrations. The kids or grandkids will love the experience. Continue upstream on the Susquehanna to the Conowingo Dam and hydroelectric power plant, among the largest non-federal dams in the country. On one side, you’ll see a 9,000acre lake created by damming the river, and one of the only lakes in Maryland where you can water ski and power boat. On the other side, you will find fantastic rockfish spawning grounds and a river that can be calm and flat with thousands of rocky islands, or a raging turbulent river depending on how many gates in the dam are open. Take a tour of the dam if available and don’t miss the observation area on the Harford County side. Next, drive right over the dam into Cecil continued on page 10
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Lighthouse continued from page 8 County where you’ll immediately turn right and drive along the other side of the river on Susquehanna River Road.
Cecil County eagle sightings Want to see some bald eagles? There are hardly any better locations in the U.S. than here. At one point, there were as few as 400 pairs of eagles remaining in the country.
Four generations of the O’Neill family tended the Concord Point Lighthouse as a result of John O’Neill’s actions in the War of 1812.
Today, this stretch of the river contains about that many. On a bad day, we’ve seen only a dozen eagles, and on a good day we’ve spied too many to count. Insider tip: There is a contest for eagle photography that will post winners Nov. 12 at the Conowingo Bald Eagle Event at the dam. Winning photos will later be exhibited at both the Conowingo Visitor Center and the Muddy River Visitor Center. As you continue with your eagle sightings along Susquehanna Road, don’t miss the Union Hotel and Tavern constructed of hemlock logs in 1794. Stop in for a bite to eat and be served by staff wearing attire from the 1790s. As you continue down Susquehanna Road, it turns into Main Street in the town of Port Deposit. This tiny town, with only 653 residents, sits on land first visited by Captain John Smith in 1608. In 1729, a ferry began crossing the Susquehanna, and a canal was completed in 1812 to handle the growth of the timber, granite, and trade in the area. A railroad came to the area in 1832. Today, remnants of structures and old buildings remain along the road. More recently, the “tubes” for the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 were constructed in Port Deposit and transported to Baltimore. (portdeposit.org)
Next, head north to the city appropriately named North East, Md. Settled by the English in 1658, this town is teeming with history. Visit the St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church, with graves of Susquehannock Indians dating back to the 1600s. Check out the shops along Main Street, visit the Upper Bay Museum at the end of Walnut Street, and visit the Gilpins Falls covered bridge, built about 1860. Elk Neck State Park offers 2,188 acres of woodlands, fields, white clay cliffs, beaches, and more as you continue down the end of the peninsula. There is also a campground with tremendous views of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s one of our favorites. At the very tip, you’ll find the Turkey Point lighthouse. Built in 1833 atop a 100-foot-tall bluff, it was manned for 115 years until automation came along. (tpls.org) Looking across the bay, what do you see? Your starting point at Havre de Grace! It’s a beautiful loop to drive any time of year, but it is especially enticing in the autumn, with the colorful foliage you’re sure to see along the way.
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Experience a taste of Christmas past in five Maryland towns If you’re longing for a picturepostcard Christmas escape from the holiday hustle and bustle, just check out the four corners of Maryland for tinsel-free storybook settings and old-fashioned celebrations. The town of Cumberland, cradled in the arms of Alleghany County’s mountains in Western Maryland, flawlessly replicates a Currier & Ives Christmas card, complete with candles in the windows of clapboard houses and lighted church steeples. “We have a series of events in town beginning with our tree light-
ing Nov. 25,” said Steven Leyh, who promotes Downtown Cumberland. “The entertainment starts with dancers and theater groups performing. The mayor flips the switch to light the tree, then Santa arrives on the rooftop of a building and waves to the crowd. He rolls into town a few minutes later on the back of a firetruck. It’s pretty incredible.” The shops are decked and open for holiday buying, as they launch the shopping season. A decorated homes and museums tour on Dec. 10 benefits the Western Maryland
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You need to escape, but not too far away! Plan your trip around one of these events in Carroll County! SYKESVILLE CHILI & BEER FESTIVAL November 5 | Noon-5 pm Historic Downtown Sykesville
43RD MISTLETOE MART November 10 & 11 10 am-8 pm November 12 | 10 am-4 pm Church of the Ascension Westminster
MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET HOLIDAY EVENTS November 26 | 5-8:30 pm Holiday Parade | 5 pm Reservations required Carroll County Farm Museum Historic Downtown Westminster Westminster
AMERICAN GIRL TEA November 12 | 11 am & 2 pm November 13 | 2 pm
Make a Holiday memory! Visit one of our many Christmas Tree farms. See our website for a complete list of locations to find the best Frasier Fir, Douglas Fir, White Pine, or Scotch Pine this season.
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Heritage Association. Saturday breakfasts with Santa take place in restaurants all over town, while the Alleghany Museum features rare, international Christmas displays. (downtowncumberland.com) Cumberland’s Canal Place Heritage Area (canalplace.org), has themed its season “An OldFashioned Christmas.” The Western Maryland Railway Station showcases a holiday model train display, Christmas craft sales, and several children’s activities including photos with Santa. The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (wmsr.com) offers visitors the “North Pole Experience” where, on weekends, the train travels 13 miles up the track and back. Santa rides, too, and hot chocolate is served to the strains of holiday music.
In central Maryland Farther east, the Carroll County town of Westminster presents its “Jingle Bell Run” on Nov. 26, followed by the Miracle on Main Electric Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Westminster Municipal Band performs and carols are sung as the eager crowd awaits the arrival of Santa. The jolly old man also makes an appearance at the Christmas Market Holiday flea market at the Carroll County Agricultural Center. The
Christmas farmers market, a holiday house tour, and a Civil War holiday encampment are just a few of the events that mark the season. (carrollcountytourism.org) “Christmas here definitely has small-town appeal,” said Lauri Orzewicz, who promotes the charming waterside town of Havre de Grace at the head of the Chesapeake Bay. “We have a town parade (Dec. 2) with the lighting of the Christmas tree. Santa arrives and sits for hours listening to kids’ wishes.” This hometown celebration of the season features brightly festooned shop windows (all taking part in the town’s winter decorating contest), while the main streets have all been fitted with uplighting which, according to Orzewicz, “will probably be lit up red and green.” On Dec. 10–11, a holiday boutique at the Susquehanna Lock House Museum offers handmade gifts, gourmet baked goods, and fresh greens. Also on the 10th, the Lock House presents its 44th annual Candlelight Tour of the town’s historic houses and buildings. Several Victorian homes (many of them bed-andbreakfasts) offer overnight lodging for those wishing a festive overnight getaway. The promenade along the banks of the Chesapeake Bay is lit and decorated for a late night stroll. continued on page 15
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Even the horses are lit up during the Westminster Electric Holiday Parade.
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Enjoy the special magic of ‘Christmas in St. Michaels’ If you’re looking for a place to celebrate the holidays with a heart-warming dose of small-town spirit, consider St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. For 30 years, the charming village of 1,200 residents has been rolling out the welcome mat to visitors with “Christmas in St. Michaels.” An old-fashioned parade, a holiday tour of homes, a gingerbread house exhibit, holiday music, and 30th anniversary touches are among the highlights at this year’s festival, planned for Dec. 9–11. The festive atmosphere, friendliness,
and traditions of a small town add up to “special magic,” says Karen Burger, who promotes the event. “It’s a very lovely way to enter the holidays.” St. Michaels, located in Talbot County, Md., and just an 82-mile drive from Washington, D.C., is a picturesque town with a harbor on the Miles River off the Chesapeake Bay. The streets are lined with historic homes, shops, and restaurants. Visitors find it a delightful place to walk around yearround, but especially so with Christmas excitement in the mix. Many of the events of the weekend event are free, although some have a cost. The website (christmasinstmichaels.org) has details on times and advance tickets. Events kick off on Friday and continue through
the weekend with a display of gingerbread homes, model trains, and a Christmas Village at St. Mary’s Square.
Weekend activities A highlight of the weekend is the Talbot Street Parade on Saturday morning, featuring marching bands, homemade floats, antique cars, children and adults in holiday costumes representing local organizations, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Ten private homes adorned for the holidays with live greens and decorations will be open for tours through the day. Some are in the historic district, and others are in adjacent neighborhoods. Shuttle buses are available for those who don’t wish to walk. One ticket option includes admission to the always popular Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. You can catch up on Christmas shopping at the Marketplace at Granite Lodge at St. Mary’s Square, which will be open through the weekend. Handcrafted gifts and gourmet foods will be available. Also for sale will be two special 30th-anniversary items: an ornament featuring a scene with Friesian horses and a carriage driven by a family dressed in vintage attire (which traditionally opens the parade) and A Few of Christmas in St. Michaels
Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance at the parade and other events during Christmas in St. Michaels.
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Christmas past continued from page 13 “Even the lighthouse has a big red bow around it,” laughed Orzewicz. (explorehavredegrace. com)
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Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries in the United States.
travel line continued from page 6 promoting their partnership website “Find Your Chesapeake.” (findyourchesapeake.com/thingsto-do) Inspired by the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, the videos complement the website’s “Things to Do” categories. “We hope this film series will inspire people to find their Chesapeake experience and get out and explore the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail,” said the park service’s Chuck Hunt.
Other travel news NY Tour Monkey recently launched a new walking tour based on the hit musical Hamilton, which follows the rise and fall of New York’s foremost founding father. “Hamilton the Tour” places the songs, history, and Lower Manhattan location into perspective. Stops include the site of King’s College, Ham-
ilton’s funeral route, “The Room Where It Happened,” and Hamilton’s last residence in New York. The tour also visits the final resting place of Hamilton’s wife, Eliza, and her sister Angelica in the Trinity Church graveyard. The tour takes a little over two hours and covers just under 2 miles. The cost is $49 per person. (hamiltonthetour.com) The holiday season in Cape May, N.J., gets underway Nov. 18 and continues through Jan. 1, thanks to the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. Special holidays tours and events include the Holiday Preview Weekend (Nov. 18–20) and the 43rd annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour (Dec. 3, 10, and 17), plus Lamplighter Christmas tours, Ghosts of Christmas Past trolley rides, Emlen Physick Estate Christmas tours, Holiday Inns tours, Evening Holiday Lights trolley rides, Evening Ghosts of Christmas Past trolley rides, Santa’s trolley rides, and more. (capemaymac.org) Carol Timblin welcomes travel news at ctimblin@ gmail.com
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Zoo Lights at the National Zoo features 500,000 holiday lights to enjoy as you walk through animal exhibits decorated for the holidays. In addition to the free zoo admission, there is “Zoo-tubing” available on the lion/tiger hill for $3 and you can take a Zoo Choo-Choo ride through the lights for $3. (nationalzoo.si.edu) — gwen woolf
St. Michael’s continued from page 14 Our Favorite Things, a cookbook containing 350 recipes submitted by local restaurants, bed-andbreakfasts, churches, businesses, civic organizations, and home cooks. There will be a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday at Christ Church Parish Hall. Other Saturday activities include a holiday breakfast at St. Luke’s Church, and an Eastern Shore Christmas dinner with gospel music and Christmas spirituals by the Jackson Jubilee Singers at Union United Methodist Church. Children’s events during the weekend include a breakfast with Santa and Santa’s Wonderland. The weekend concludes on Sunday evening, when area choirs will perform holiday music at the Celebration of Choirs at St. Michaels High School auditorium. Proceeds from “Christmas in St. Michaels” benefit nonprofit organizations in the community. Over the years, the event has raised over a million dollars, contributing to projects such as day care and a community pool.
Chestertown, on Kent County’s Eastern Shore, waits patiently for Santa and marching bands at the annual Lighting of the Historic District on Nov. 25. A festive parade the following morning features floats, more bands, and holiday characters. A Winterfest Weekend runs Dec. 2–4 in the historic downtown area, where wide streets lead down to the Chester River. “So many owners of the historic homes in Chestertown really go all out when it comes to decorating for the holidays,” said Kristin Owen, who promotes Downtown Chestertown. (downtownchestertown.org) Chestertown Firehouse is the location for the Soroptimist Festival of Trees on Dec. 2, where you can enjoy a wonderland of decorated trees, courtesy of local businesses, clubs, and organizations. (kentcounty.com) People will gather Nov. 25 in the square of historic Leonardtown in St. Mary’s County for the annual Christmas tree lighting. Holiday music, “sleigh rides,” a live nativity, and even a petting zoo lead up to Santa’s arrival. Throughout the month of December, events such as the Colonial Christmas Walking Tour, the Piney Point Lighthouse Exhibit and the Christmas exhibit of antique dolls and trains at the St. Clements Island Museum provide a great small-town holiday celebration. (visitstmarysmd.com) The ambience of a Christmas village need never be limited to a train garden or a made-forTV movie — not while Maryland’s quaint towns welcome the constant seekers of nostalgic experiences.
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The gingerbread house exhibit always draws a crowd during Christmas in St. Michaels. A number of lodging options are available in St. Michaels and nearby Easton.
For more information Christmas in St. Michaels: christmasinstmichaels.org St. Michaels Tourism: stmichaelsmd.org Talbot Co. Tourism: tourtalbot.org
The two-week-long Kids Euro Festival (Oct. 26–Nov.6) lets you take a trip to Europe without a passport. Enjoy 125 performances, movies, workshops, and more for free at Washington venues, including 28 embassies. Some events are for school groups only, so check the website for specific information. (kidseurofestival.org) — ami neiberger-miller
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Honoring those who served Fayetteville, N.C., the home of the Army’s Fort Bragg, puts on an annual show in November to honor the nation’s veterans, focusing this year on the men and women who served in World War II. Named the Heroes Homecoming, Cumberland County developed the event to give veterans the “thank you that they deserve, and make sure they are not forgotten,” said John Meroski, of the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We want to catch their legacy,” especially since their numbers are decreasing daily, he added. Three surrounding communities of Eastover, Spring Lake, and Hope Mills also will be hosting events. Most events take place Nov. 3–6. On Nov. 5, a city parade along a 1.5-mile route will feature 100 units, including bands, floats, and military equipment, sponsored by the Cumberland County Veterans Council. Some veterans will be riding on floats, while others will watch from the sidelines in VIP sections. On the preceding Saturday, Oct. 29, the Eastover Civic Club, 7 miles from Fayetteville, will stage its own celebration with WWII exhibits, food, and music. All members of the military and veterans are welcome. Online signup forms will help visitors to decide what events to attend. With one exception, all events are free. Meroski expects at least 200 World War II vets to show, but he would be happy to see as many as 500. Total participants, including families, could number up to 1,000 over the five days. Insider tip: Check the area’s hotels and motels for military discounts.
Embassy Suites, for example, offers a 10 percent discount for those with a military ID. Each day of the Heroes Homecoming celebration includes from one to five events and the five celebrations on Nov. 5 will run 10:00am–7:30pm. Nov. 3 — The Arts Council has scheduled swing dancing and stories about growing up in the WWII era. The Cape Fear Regional Theater will perform Shakespeare’s Henry V (“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers ...”). Tickets are $15. Nov. 4 — Fayetteville’s downtown businesses will offer exhibits and other WWII-related and homecoming activities. Spring Lake’s Recreation and Parks Department will hold a memorial event, followed by a candle-lit walk in the veterans’ honor. The walk will end at the recreation center, which will feature WWII exhibits and music. The same evening, Fayetteville’s Arts Council will hold a candlelight vigil with participants walking to the North Carolina Veterans’ Park to hear speakers and music. Nov. 5 — Events include the annual Fayetteville Veterans’ parade, the mayor’s proclamation, and a book signing by Vincent Speranza, a veteran of WWII’s 101st Airborne Division. These happenings are sponsored by the Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation. More than half of the museum’s exhibits are WWII-related. The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum will sponsor a vintage car show as part of the activities, and Fort Bragg will sponsor its 20th annual 10-miler. Nov. 6 — Hope Mills Greatest Generation Day honors the service-
men in Veterans Memorial Park, where a flag will be displayed for each WWII vet from the town. This year’s celebration is linked to the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into the war. Of course, Veterans Day is Nov. 11. The Heroes Homecoming dates back to 2011 when the community honored Vietnam veterans, followed by those who fought in Iraq, and, in 2013, Korean War veterans. For the
following two years, the area recognized Afghanistan vets and women in the military, but the events weren’t similarly packaged, said Meroski. Fayetteville’s tourism website provides links to accommodations and military sites.
For more information Fayetteville Tourism: visitfayettevillenc.com Heroes Homecoming: heroeshomecoming.com
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If you’re visiting Fayetteville for the Heroes Homecoming, take time to visit the Cape Fear Botanical Garden for the unique displays of “Nature Connect: Lego Brick Sculptures.” Artist Sean Kinney has created bigger-than-life pieces, such as a tiger swallowtail butterfly and an 8-foot-high hummingbird. The exhibit runs through Jan. 8. For more information, check capefearbg.org or call 910-486-0221.
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Gettysburg gears up to again commemorate Lincoln’s visit Each year residents of Gettysburg and visitors gather for Dedication Day, to recognize when President Lincoln came to town to deliver the Gettysburg Address and dedicate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. An article in the Nov. 30, 1863, edition of The Indiana State Sentinel described the event: “The ceremonies attending the dedication commenced this morning by a grand military and civic display, under command of Major General Couch.” The story went on to describe details of the day’s events and the delivery of what became a historic speech. This year, the iconic event, slated for Nov. 19, coincides with Re-
membrance Day, a separate event devoted to the brave soldiers who fought and died in Gettysburg during the Civil War. “Gettysburg is getting ready for a day full of recognition and remembrance,” said Norris Flowers, of Destination Gettysburg. “It is so important to recall and pay tribute to what happened in this town and these events are the perfect opportunity to do just that.”
LeVar Burton to address crowd After a wreath-laying ceremony at 9:30am at the Soldiers’ National Monument in the Soldiers’ National
Cemetery, distinguished actor LeVar Burton will address the crowd. Afterward, Lincoln impersonator George Buss will recite the Gettysburg Address. Remembrance Day ceremonies will commence at 1:00pm, with the annual Remembrance Day parade and activities. The commemoration will culminate with an illumination held 5:30–9:00pm at the cemetery. Approximately 3,512 candles will light the night in memory of each of the fallen soldiers whose names will be recited throughout the evening. Activities are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Parking is available at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and a free shuttle service will be running throughout the day.
Beyond the battlefield
Dedicating Soldiers Cemetery was the reason for President Lincoln’s famous address at Gettysburg.
There’s more to Gettysburg than the battlefield and Civil War history. The Authentic Adams County website is home to videos that communicate real-life stories of residents who call Adams County home. (authenticadamscounty.com) You can learn the story of Rettland Farm from Beau Ramsburg, whose family participates in the farm-to-table movement by supplying food to area restaurants such as Fidler & Co. “I think all farmers in general have a responsibility for the land that they
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Family fun beyond expectations along the Delaware coastline When most people think of Coastal Delaware, they immediately picture world-class beach resorts and summertime fun. That’s about to change! Now a year-round destination, Delaware beach resort businesses owners, entrepreneurs, and merchants are creating can’t miss venues for the 2016 holiday season. Winter WonderFEST in Lewes will launch for the first time in November. The festival will include many attractions, including the dazzling Light Spectacular that will take place at Cape Henlopen State Park. The 2-mile drive-thru holiday light show features more than 60 magical light displays.
The festival begins with the “Dashing Thru the Show” fun run and walk event Nov. 18. Participants will have a unique opportunity to experience the Light Spectacular up close and in person during this 2-mile run/walk event at Cape Henlopen State Park. Gates will open at 5:00pm with the run and walk beginning at 6:00pm. Immediately following “Dashing Thru the Show,” all of the participants, along with Winter WonderFEST sponsors, are invited to attend the opening night party at the Crooked Hammock Brewery. Light Spectacular tours will begin Nov. 19 at
5:00pm. After touring the lights, stop by the Christmas Village Winter Carnival with its giant Ferris wheel and other rides at the carnival midway. The Christmas Village also includes a special ice rink on the ferry grounds, plus indoor holiday workshops, live music, a strolling Santa, and carnival games for all ages. Delicious hot chocolate will also be available to chase away the chill. Admission to the Light Spectacular is $15 for cars, $30 for vans, and $50 for buses. Single vehicle tickets are now available online. Discounts are continued on page 28
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Brews, bells, and the first sighting of Santa in Sussex Co. For a small state, Delaware has made a big investment in the craft beer movement. With 17 breweries turning out enough ales, IPAs, and seasonal blends to fill the Delaware Bay, its influence reaches far beyond the state line. It’s not just beer, either. Delaware’s quartet of wineries is well established and highly regarded. They are joined by four distilleries producing whiskey, rum, and vodka, and three presses turn-
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The Beer and Barrel Festival in Bridgeville, Del., is a great opportunity to check out the state’s craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries.
Rebel Seed Cidery and Great Shoals Winery will both have fruit ciders, and Brimming Horn Meadery will introduce its honey wine to uninitiated palates. The background beat for the festival will be provided by Mike Harris and The Look, known for their infectious, audience-grabbing mix of music, and Modern Day Addiction, another popular local rock band. You can browse through the dozens of craft vendors on site. The festival is at the Heritage Shores Golf Club. (seafordchamber.com/bridgeville-beer-barrelfestival)
Elsewhere in Seaford Music of a completely different kind rings out — literally — on Nov. 13 when the Raleigh Ringers Handbell Choir performs at 3:00pm at Seaford Senior High School. The internationally acclaimed group performs sacred, secular, and pop tunes with hand bells. There’s even a medley of rock ‘n’ roll tunes arranged for hand bells. (seafordconcerts.org) Year-round, the Seaford Museum takes visitors on a historic timeline from a local perspective. State-of-the-art immersive exhibits in a restored period post office tell the stories of natural resources, the Nanticoke tribe, black river pilots, and shipbuilding. Notorious Patty Cannon and her criminal empire get their due. Have fun with the first nylon spinning machine (a Delaware invention) and learn how the government spied on postal workers. The Seaford Historical Society also operates the Governor Ross Plantation. It tells the story of life in pre-Civil War Delaware, both for the governor and
his family and the slaves who lived and worked there. The plantation is open on weekends for tours. It re-creates a Victorian Christmas on Dec. 8–11 with decorations, refreshments, and traditional games and activities. (seafordhistoricalsociety.com) The first Saturday in December is a special one for Seaford. The day starts with a town-wide street party, noon–5:00pm, with games, entertainment, food, and start-of-the-holiday-shopping-season specials at downtown stores. The festivities continue with the annual Seaford Christmas Parade at 7:00pm. One of the largest parades in the state, it features more than 150 bands floats, lighted displays, fire departments, and — of course — Santa Claus.
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A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS Nov. 13, 2:00–4:00pm. Enjoy a lively program of patriotic favorites and American standards by the American Festival Pops Orchestra. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. 888-945-2468, cfa.gmu.edu HISTORIC ODESSA CHRISTMAS Nov. 15–Dec. 31. Special exhibits, events, and tours will be held throughout the season with a special theme of The Nutcracker. The Historic Odessa Foundation, Odessa, Del. 302-378-4119, historicodessa.org
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PATUXENT WILDLIFE HOLIDAY BAZAAR Nov. 5, 9:00am–3:00pm. Holiday shopping, family fun, 20 craft vendors, Candy Cane Lane (kid-friendly shop), bake sale, thrift shop, live animals, free tram rides, and wildlife bingo. Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, Md. 301-497-5772, friendsofpatuxent.org VETERANS PARADE Nov. 6, 1:00pm. The town of La Plata’s annual “Salute to Veterans” parade. 305 Queen Anne St., La Plata, Md. 301-934-8421, townoflaplata.org VIRGINIA THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL Nov. 6, noon–4:00pm. A day dedicated to history, food, and fun with tours of the 1726 manor house, a living history program, tribal dancers, arts, crafts and jewelry vendors, choral music, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and a reenactment of the landing of Capt. Woodlief and his men. Berkeley Plantation, 12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City, Va. 804-829-6018, berkeleyplantation.com VETERANS DAY PARADE Nov. 11, 9:00am–12:30pm. In addition to the parade, a short ceremony is held at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial immediately following the parade and a luncheon honoring veterans is held at the Doubletree Hotel. Tidewater Veterans Memorial Park, 19th Street, Virginia Beach, Va. 757-467-9017, hrcvo.org VETERANS DAYAT TUDOR PLACE Nov. 11, 10:00am–3:00pm. Tours will highlight stories and artifacts of service and the home front. In honor of Veterans Day, active-duty and retired service members and their families enter free for all regular docent tours. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St., Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 202-9650400, tudorplace.org
CHRISTMAS ON THE POTOMAC Nov. 18–Jan. 1, excluding Dec. 5–7. Features a new theme of “Christmas Around the World” — showcasing different cultures and their Christmas festivities — during the ninth annual Christmas on the Potomac celebration, which includes fantastic ice carvings. Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, Md. 301-965-4000, christmasonthepotomac.com TURKEY TROT 5K RUN Nov. 19, 4:00–7:00pm. A turkey and all the trimmings will be given to the overall male and female winners. 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon, Va. 703-787-7300, herndon-va.gov HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW Nov. 19–20. Talented artisans display and sell their crafts at this traditional opening of the holiday shopping season. Chesapeake Conference Center, 900 Greenbrier Circle, Chesapeake, Va. 757-382-6411, cityofchesapeake.net PHYSICK ESTATE CHRISTMAS TOUR Nov. 19–22. Take a self-guided tour of Cape May’s 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, decorated in authentic style for a Victorian Christmas. See how the Physick family would have entertained for the holidays. 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J. 609-884-5404, capemaymac.org
STAUNTON CHRISTMAS PARADE Nov. 28, 7:00–9:00pm. Watch the fun as it floats down magical Main Street. Staunton, Va. 540-332-3867, stauntondowntown.org
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Nov. 3–6. Festival includes screenings, meet-and-greets, discussion events, and other ways to enjoy the world of film. Venues throughout Charlottesville, Va. virginiafilmfestival.org CHARM CITY FRINGE FESTIVAL Nov. 3–13. This year, there will be twice as many performances from artists spread across venues. 1727 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-688-8902, charmcityfringe.com HOWARD COUNTY CRAFTS SPECTACULAR Nov. 4–6. Several hundred crafters will share their talents. All items are handcrafted. Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, Md. 301-271-4432, atozcrafts.net CHRISTMAS ART AND CRAFT FESTIVAL Nov. 4–6. Features original designs and work by hundreds of talented artists and craftsmen from the U.S. and Canada. See the creative process in action, as many demonstrate throughout the show. Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va. 336-282-5550, gilmoreshows.com FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL Nov. 5, 10:00am–4:00pm. More than 40 vendors come to Cape May to sell handmade novelties, including seasonal decorations and gift items. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278, capemaymac.org
SIX FLAGS HOLIDAY IN THE PARK Nov. 19–Jan. 2. This dazzling winter spectacular will make your holiday shine, with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa, and theme park rides. Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-249-1500, sixflags.com/america RESTON HOLIDAY PARADE Nov. 25. Activities include the parade, Gingerbread Man Mile, visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, conservatory ballet performance, tree lighting and sing-along, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Reston, Va. restontowncenter.com VICTORIAN HOLIDAY FAIRE Nov. 25–26. Steppingstone Museum brings history to life with the warmth and bustle of a Dickens Christmas with food vendors, local high-quality handcrafts, live music and performances, and fun for the whole family. Steppingstone Farm Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, Md. 410-939-2299, steppingstonemuseum.org AVIATION CHRISTMAS TREE GARDEN Nov. 25–Jan. 1. Model trains, planes, and railroad garden memorabilia will delight visitors of all ages, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11:00am–3:00pm. The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122, mdarimuseum.org
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The Okee-Dokee Brothers Band performs at the Alden Theatre on Nov. 6.
AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE DAY Nov. 5, 11:00am–4:00pm. Visit the re-created Indian Village for hands-on activities including storytelling, music and dancing, arts and crafts, archery, and food. Free admission. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, Md. jefpat.org CHILI AND BEER FESTIVAL Nov. 5, noon–5:00pm. Locally made chili, tasty craft beer, and live music. Main Street, Sykesville, Md. cbchamber.com/events/ beer-and-chili-festival PIRATE ADVENTURE DAY Nov. 6, 11:00am–2:00pm. Enjoy free hands-on creative art activities designed for visitors of all ages. Create piratethemed crafts, hunt for art treasures in the museum, meet the scurvy crew known as Pirates of Fortune’s Folly, experience Storytime Peter Pan presented by Hedgerow Theatre, and sing along with folk musician Rick Spencer. Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pa. 610-388-2700, pncartsalive.com. MARYLAND IRISH FESTIVAL Nov. 11–13. Featuring traditional Irish food, drinks, dance and music, children’s activities, and cultural exhibits. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. 410-598-1719, irishfestival.com ITALIAN FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Nov. 13, 1:00–4:00pm. Food and wine from eight different regions in Italy without leaving Harford County. Water’s Edge Events Center, 4687 Millennium Drive, Belcamp, Md. 410-2979467, ext. 100 POLAR BEAR EXPRESS Nov. 25–26, Dec. 2–3 and 9–10, 6:30–9:00pm. Ride the trolley, enjoy the decorations and lights along the tracks, sing carols, and enjoy the campfire. Hot chocolate and cookies included in fare. Rockhill Trolley Museum, 430 Meadow St., Rockhill Furnace, Pa. 814-447-9576, rockhilltrolley.org FESTIVAL OF TREES Nov. 25–27. Decorated trees, a gingerbread town, shopping, endless holiday activities, and non-stop entertainment for children of all ages. Maryland State Fairground, The Cow Palace, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. 443-923-7300, festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org
NOW SHOWING DELAWARE ANTIQUES SHOW Nov. 11–13. A spectacular showcase of art, antiques, and design featuring 60 exceptional dealers. Winterthur, Del. 800-448-3883, winterthur.org/das ORNAMENT SHOW AND SALE Nov. 18–Jan. 1. Unique and affordable ornaments are beautifully hung on trees displayed in the main gallery of the arts building. Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Dowell, Md. 410-326-4640, annmariegarden.org HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW Nov. 19–20, 10:00am. Some 200 artisans from all over the United States, including many local artists, display their wares. Enjoy a hot lunch provided by a selection of gourmet food vendors. Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, Va. 703-385-7858, fairfaxholidayshow.com
MINERAL AND GEM SHOW Nov. 25–27. Great jewelry prices, exhibits, and beautiful stones. Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Blvd., Salem, Va. 540-3753004, salemciviccenter.com SOUTHEASTERN GUNS AND KNIVES SHOW Nov. 26–27. The best assortment of firearms and related products for home defense, collecting, and sport shooting. 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va. 757-315-1610, visithampton.com/hrcc
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES VIRGINIA RUNNING FESTIVAL Nov. 13, 7:00–11:30am. The festival also features the Alumni 5K on the campus of Christopher Newport University, plus the Little Captains 400M Dash for kids of all ages. 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, Va. 757-594-7333, virginia.org/directory/events Y TURKEY TROT 5K Nov. 24. Features a 5K run/walk, and medals will be awarded in each age group. The event will be held at Y locations in Arnold, Baltimore City, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Perry Hall, Towson, and Westminster, Md. ymdturkeytrot.org APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Leads hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and conservation events in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. amc-dc.org BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS SAILING CLUB Year-round. Offers day-sailing events and seminars in Baltimore and Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C., and sailing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay. Membership free. 410-394-9483, mdsailing.com CENTER HIKING CLUB Various hikes and locations in the D.C. metropolitan area. 703751-3971, centerhikingclub.org FREESTATE HAPPY WANDERERS Various walking trails and locations in Maryland. 410-437-2164, ava.org/clubs/freestate MOUNTAIN CLUB OF MARYLAND Leads weekly day hikes, overnight backpack hikes, bike and canoe trips, cabin, car, and tent camping, and the maintenance of trails. mcomd.org
MUSIC FROM THE ENGLISH CATHEDRAL Nov. 5, 8:00pm. Coronation music found in the great British choral tradition, including Handel’s famous Zadok the Priest, will be featured in this concert for choir, brass, and organ. Strathmore Concert Hall, North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100, nationalphilharmonic.org THE BRUBEK BROTHERS QUARTET Nov. 10, 8:00pm. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Daniel Brubeck (drums) and Chris Brubeck (bass, trombone). AMP, North Bethesda, Md. ampbystrathmore.com FOLGER CONSORT Nov. 20, 7:00pm. Folger Shakespeare Library welcomes Roomful of Teeth, the Grammy-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice, as they create a musical celebration of Shakespeare. 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, folger.edu HOME ALONE WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA Nov. 26, 7:00–10:00pm. A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra with the Governor’s School for the Arts Orchestra. Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Blvd., Norfolk, Va. 757-664-6464, vafest.org
Popular/Other THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS Nov. 6, 1:00 and 4:00pm. Three-time Parents’ Choice Award winners. The Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va. 703790-0123, aldentheatre.org
POTOMAC APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB Leads weekly hikes and work trips in greater Washington, D.C., area. Contact PATC for more information. 703-242-0965, patc.net QUANTICO ORIENTEERING CLUB Hosts map and compass activities most weekends in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Suitable for all ages and skill levels; free beginner instruction. qocweb.org WASHINGTON AREA ROADSKATERS Year-round; check website for dates and times. Skaters leave from the White House, Washington, D.C. meetup.com/washington-area-roadskaters WANDERBIRDS HIKING CLUB Sundays. Various hikes and locations in Virginia. 703-242-0315, wanderbirds.org
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BALTIMORE RAVENS AT HOME Sunday, Nov. 6, vs. Steelers, 1:00pm Thursday, Nov. 10, vs. Browns, 8:25pm Sunday, Nov. 27, vs. Bengals, 1:00pm
The Ravens play home games at M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St., Baltimore, Md. Call 800-927-2795 or visit baltimoreravens.com.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT HOME Sunday, Nov. 13, vs. Vikings, 1:00pm Sunday, Nov. 20, vs. Packers, 1:00pm
The Redskins play home games at FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, Md. Call 301-276-6050 or visit redskins.com.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT HOME Wednesday, Nov. 2, vs. Raptors, 7:00pm Friday, Nov. 4, vs. Hawks, 7:00pm Monday, Nov. 7, vs. Rockets, 7:00pm Wednesday, Nov. 9, vs. Celtics, 7:00pm Friday, Nov. 11, vs. Cavaliers, 7:00pm Thursday, Nov. 17, vs. Knicks, 7:00pm Saturday, Nov. 19, vs. Heat, 7:00pm Monday, Nov. 21, vs. Suns, 7:00pm Saturday, Nov. 26, vs. Spurs, 7:00pm Monday, Nov. 28, vs. Kings, 7:00pm
The Wizards play home games at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-661-5050 or visit nba.com/wizards.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT HOME
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Thursday, Nov. 3, vs. Jets, 7:00pm Saturday, Nov. 5, vs. Blackhawks, 7:00pm Tuesday, Nov. 8, vs. Sharks, 7:00pm Wednesday, Nov. 16, vs. Penguins, 7:00pm Friday, Nov. 18, vs. Redwings, 7:00pm Sunday, Nov. 20, vs. Blue Jackets, 12:30pm Wednesday, Nov. 23, vs. Blues, 7:00pm Friday, Nov. 25, vs. Sabres, 5:00pm
The Capitals play home games at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-397-SEAT or visit capitals.nhl.com.
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Saturday, Nov. 11, vs. Wave, 7:35pm Saturday, Nov. 18, vs. Tropics, 7:35pm
The Blast plays home games at the Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Md. Call 410-347-2020 or visit baltimoreblast.com.
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PAJAMA JAM WITH THE POP UPS Nov. 20, 5:30pm. Jangly guitar and shimmering synth lines pop under exuberant lyrics that delight kids without subtracting any cool points from parents. AMP, North Bethesda, Md. ampbystrathmore.com
Theater MIKE ARMSTRONG AND RYAN VAN GENDEREN Nov. 17, 8:00pm. Comedy show. AMP, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100, ampbystrathmore.com THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Nov. 17–20. A satirical tribute to the science fiction and B-list horror movies of the 20th century. McGlothlin Center for the Arts Main Stage, 30481 Garnand Drive, Emory, Va. 276-9446333, ehc.edu/mca MUFARO’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS Nov. 19, 2:00pm. Combining authentic African drumming, powerful choreography, and thrilling original music, the splendor of Zimbabwe and the African continent comes to life in this musical adaptation of the award-winning Cinderella tale. The Alden, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va. 703-790-0123, aldentheatre.org
Dance FUEGO FLAMENCO FESTIVAL Nov. 4–13. Leading flamenco artists from Spain and the United States come to Washington for performances, as well as interactive demonstrations for children and families. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. galatheatre.org THE NUTCRACKER Nov. 25, 2:00–4:00pm and 7:00–9:00pm. Virginia National Ballet, along with students of Gainesville Ballet School, showcases an award-winning professional company of beautiful international dancers, gorgeous sets and costumes, and timeless choreography. 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va. 888-945-2468, hyltoncenter.org THE NUTCRACKER Nov. 26–27. Join Clara and her magic nutcracker on a magical holiday adventure in this traditional professional production. Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, Md. 443-393-1197
THE SECOND SHEPHERD’S PLAY Nov. 27–Dec. 21. This magical retelling of the nativity story combines beautiful music and a moving story for the holiday season. Folger Consort performs festive medieval English tunes against the backdrop of this engaging mystery play. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, folger.edu
ART AND EXPERIENCE IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE Through Jan. 8. This international loan exhibition brings together more than 100 paintings, tapestries, metalwork, manuscripts, and prints from museums in the United States and abroad, including masterpieces from the Walters’ collection. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org
WHAT’S GOING ON Nov. 12–13 and 19–20. Looks through the lens of Marvin Gaye’s music and finds a reflection of the world today. Taking inspiration from 1971’s inimitable hit song, insights into life, love, and social justice are given fresh perspectives with new choreography by Vincent E. Thomas, Ralph Glenmore, and Sylvia Soumah. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE, Washington, D.C. 202-269-1600, danceplace.org
NO MAN’S LAND Through Jan. 8. Large-scale paintings and sculptural hybrids by 37 contemporary artists from 15 countries appear in this exhibition, organized by Miami’s Rubell Family Collection. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-783-5000, nmwa.org
SWING DANCE Nov. 25, 7:30–11:00pm. An evening of swing dance and great music with Los Angeles’ Phat Cat and special guest Jean Veloz. The first half hour will be a swing dance lesson. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Va. 703-3857858, gottaswing.com
Exhibits Featured Exhibitions SHAKESPEARE FIRST FOLIO Ongoing. Always on display at the Folger, the 1623 First Folio includes almost all of Shakespeare’s plays. It is also our only source for 18 of them — including Macbeth, The Tempest, and As You Like It — which would otherwise have been lost. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202544-7077, folger.edu WILL AND JANE Through Nov. 6. Merchandising, parodies, and spinoffs through the centuries have put William Shakespeare and Jane Austen on a first-name basis with the world. Explore the stories of “Will” and “Jane” and the nature of literary celebrity. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-5447077, folger.edu BARTERING FOR A CONTINENT Through Dec. 10. The importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists, from the founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution, and the role of Virginia in the development of a new world of exchange in goods and commodities in North America is explored in this special exhibition. Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, Va. 888-593-4682, historyisfun.org
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JAPAN’S GOLDEN AGE Through Jan. 15. The BMA presents an exquisite selection of late-19th- and mid-20th-century kimonos and obis that have never been shown before. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org JOHN WATERS’ KIDDIE FLAMINGOS Through Jan. 22. The 74-minute video shown on a continuous loop in the Black Box gallery features adorable kids wearing wigs and suggestions of the original costumes as they evoke the legendary performances of Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, and others. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org THE ART OF JOHN SLOAN Through Jan. 28. Explores all facets of John Sloan’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his famous depictions of New York City, his lively views of Gloucester, Mass., and his fascinating studies of Santa Fe, N.M. The Delaware Museum of Art, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Del. 302-571-9590, delart.org MATISSE/DIEBENKORN Through Jan. 29. More than 90 paintings and drawings by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) show the French modern master’s enduring influence on one of the greatest post-war American painters. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org POPUPS BY COLETTE FU Through Feb. 26. This exhibition presents works from Fu’s series Haunted Philadelphia, inspired by eerie historical sites in her hometown, and We Are Tiger Dragon People, her visual explorations of the culture in China’s Yunnan Province, her ancestors’ homeland. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-783-5000, nwhm.org FRONT ROOM: GUERRILLA GIRLS Through March 12. These anonymous women artists have produced, over the course of 30 years, a body of work that includes posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film, and culture at large. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
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, history.delaware.gov
FOUR SEASONS BY PHILIP HAAS Through March 31. The lush foliage, colorful blooms, and vegetation native to each of the seasons are spectacularly transformed into larger-than-life, 3-D portrait busts for this special exhibition. Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. hillwoodmuseum.org
DECO JAPAN Through Jan. 1. The exhibit explores how the Japanese interpreted art deco and transformed it through their own rich art and craft traditions. Hillwood Museum, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-686-5807, hillwoodmuseum.org
A BRANDYWINE CHRISTMAS Nov. 25–Jan. 8. Features everything from a spectacular O-gauge model train exhibition with trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track to a gallery devoted to a delightful display of rare antique dolls dressed in exquisite period clothing, plus thousands of whimsical critters displayed on towering trees soaring up through the museum’s three-story atrium. The Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pa. 610-388-2700, brandywine.org/museum
THE NEW WORLD DISCOVERS ASIA Through Jan. 8. The first largescale 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, winterthur.org recreationnews.com 410-638-6901 fax: 410-638-6902 Mailing Address: 1607 Sailaway Circle, Baltimore MD 21221
ON PAPER: FINDING FORM Through April 30. This exhibition celebrates one of the strengths of the BMA’s collection: contemporary drawings that combine an interest in pure, refined geometric form with a desire to use materials expressively. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
History SPIES IN FREDERICK COUNTY Nov. 12, 2:30pm. Local historian Matt Borders will reveal the secret history of Frederick’s Civil War. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, Md. civilwarmed.org FOODS AND FEASTS OF COLONIAL VIRGINIA Nov. 24–26. At Jamestown Settlement, historical interpreters demonstrate how food was gathered, preserved, and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s Colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, programs examine typical soldiers’ fare during the American Revolution and trace the bounty of a farm from field to kitchen.Williamsburg, Va. historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/foods-and-feasts OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, pgparks.com
MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376
ANNAPOLIS BY CANDLELIGHT Nov. 4–5. Let Historic Annapolis introduce you to some of the city’s finest architecture during its annual self-guided walking tour of private homes. Luminaries will lead the way to houses from the 18th through 20th centuries. Historic homes in downtown Annapolis, Md. 410-267-7619, annapolis.org
AVIATION SPEAKER SERIES Nov. 7, 7:00pm. Free. Features Buz Carpenter, USAF Academy graduate, Vietnam veteran, and SR-71 pilot with more 777 flight hours, who will speak of his time as a Blackbird pilot and Air Force instructor. The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122 ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, artbma.org
CAPE MAY, N.J. Historic district, moonlight trolley, and Cape May sampler tours. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278, capemaymac.org MARITIME HISTORY WALKING TOURS Second and fourth Saturdays, 10:00am. Fells Point Visitor Center, Baltimore, Md. 410-675-6750, preservationsociety.com
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SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410547-9000, thewalters.org STAINED-GLASS CLASS Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860, mataboutyou.com TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880, carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org
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Family fun continued from page 22 available in advance for groups bringing multiple vehicles. Tickets and more information are available at wonderfestde.org.
Inside fun, too So, you want family fun inside? Lefty’s Alley and Eats is Delmarva’s newest indoor entertainment attraction. Located in Lewes, this venue features 16 bowl-
ing lanes; a state-of-the-art arcade with 50 to 70 games; a 4,000-square-foot, two-story laser tag arena; four 20-by-12-foot big-screen televisions; a 110-seat restaurant and bar; and banquet options for customized birthdays and corporate and group events, with the culinary talents of LaVida Hospitality Group. (iloveleftys.com) The classic Meet Me in St. Louis will debut in Rehoboth Beach on Nov. 25, with shows through Dec. 11, at Clear Space Theatre. This musical, based on the heartwarming film of the same name, will take audience members on a musical journey back to the early 1900s, on the brink of the 1904 World’s Fair. The show is filled with nonstop entertainment, featuring memorable musical numbers such as “The Boy Next Door” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Complete your holiday shopping tax-free in Southern Delaware. The Tanger Outlet Center, located on Route 1, is comprised of three outlet properties within a
The Rehoboth Beach Lighthouse at Lighthouse Circle greats the season’s guests with a holiday light display.
2-mile stretch. Top brand stores include Under Armor, Kate Spade New York, The North Face, Michael Kors, and Coach. And, make time to visit Santa on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, and enjoy unique and boutique shopping on Rehoboth Avenue. (tangeroutlet.com/rehoboth/directory) In Ocean View, you are in for a family surprise, with a holiday dinner and movie that’s a local favorite at The Salted Rim. Through Dec. 30, come in your pajamas and enjoy a buffet breakfast or dinner as you watch the holiday classic, The Polar Express, in classic authentic train cars that served the Queen Ann’s Railroad. It is a magical experience you don’t want to miss, with elves serving hot chocolate and cookies to the children, and a visit from Santa himself. (saltedrimde.com) Karen Falk is director of marketing and commutations for Jack Lingo, Realtor, providing real estate and rental services in Southern Delaware. (jacklingo.com)
See the many light displays at Winter WonderFEST in Lewes, Del., along with a carnival, music, ice skating, and more.
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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is a nearby gem If you’re seeking a cultural interlude as the holidays approach, you might zip over to London to take in J.M.W. Turner’s finest at the Tate. Then, it’s on to the Louvre to see Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, followed by a quick jaunt to the Vatican to check out Michelangelo’s Pietà. Or, more realistically, and certainly closer to home, there’s the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
Located in Hagerstown, Md., the Museum of Fine Arts is, considering the size of its community, an unexpected gem with a permanent collection that includes old masters and American paintings (think members of the Peale family, Frederic Edwin Church, and Norman Rockwell), as well as sculptures (Auguste Rodin and others) and textiles, glass (Lalique and Tiffany), and pottery (George Ohr).
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts sits in a bucolic City Park location beside the lake.
Additionally, special exhibits, a wide variety of educational opportunities and, of course, a gift shop, are all housed in a 12-gallery, 31,000-square-foot facility situated by the City Park lake. Best of all, admission to this picturesque museum, chartered by the state of Maryland and supported in part by the city of Hagerstown and Washington County, is free.
Opened during the Great Depression Founded by Hagerstown native Anna Brugh Singer and her husband, William H. Singer (his father was one of William Carnegie’s partners), the museum is celebrating “85 Years of Hopes, Dreams, and Wishes … Fulfilled,” having first opened its doors on Sept. 16, 1931, during the Great Depression. In addition to funding the construction of the neo-Georgian building, the Singers presented an initial gift of more than 100 works, many procured through influential friendships established as they traveled the world. In subsequent years, two additions, one in 1949 and the other in 1994, as well as the newly enclosed Kaylor Atrium, have brought the facility to its current size. And new acquisitions continue to expand the range of the museum’s holdings.
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On special exhibit now and throughout the season is Sea of Hope II, a groundbreaking installation by sculptor and University of Maryland professor Foon Sham, in honor of
his mother who died from cancer in 2002. Drawings of Mongolia and Bali by Dutch artist Willem Dooijeward are on view as well. Additionally, a “zodiac” of 12 works of art from the
permanent collection, selected to illuminate an issue or concern of national importance, is also on display.
Holiday celebrations To help visitors to Hagerstown get into the holiday spirit, a wide slate of celebrations are on tap, including the lighting of the City Park tree (Dec. 2), a Victorian Christmas performance presented by the Maryland Entertainment Group (Dec. 9), and a
free concert by the Museum Consort (Dec. 20). Special events are also planned at the nearby Hager House and Museum House Art Gallery. There really is no place like home for the holidays … or maybe a special place that’s just a short drive away.
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Sparkling holiday displays twinkle throughout the region Glowing and colorful light displays light up the nights throughout the region and remind us all of the magic of the season. Take a break from your holiday shopping and enjoy a stroll or drive through twinkling lights, fairy tales, and images of yesterday. Here is your guide to some of the region’s most spectacular light displays.
DELAWARE Winter Wonderfest Cape Henlopen State Park Lewes (wonderfestde.org) Nov. 18–Jan. 1 (gates open 5:00pm daily) $15 per car, $30 per van Visit this new 2-mile drive through 60 displays. Enjoy the Christmas Village at the Cape MayLewes Ferry Terminal with ice skating, live music, indoor holiday workshop, and a giant Ferris wheel.
MARYLAND Annmarie Garden in Lights Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center Solomons (410-326-4640, annmariegarden.org) Dec. 2–Jan. 1, 6:00–9:00pm (closed Dec. 5–7, 12–13, 24–25) $6 per person, free for ages 4 and younger This magical walking tour — on a quarter-mile protected path through glittering woods — features spectacular lights and “light sculptures.” Guests are surrounded by mythical beasts, airplanes, pirates, princesses, and circus performers, among the exhibits that change yearly. Enjoy the “Holiday I Spy” game, nightly entertainment, holiday ornament sales, and sweet treats.
Lights on the Bay Sandy Point State Park Annapolis (443-481-3161, lightsonthebay.org) Nov. 22–Jan. 1, 5:00–10:00pm $15 per car or minivan, $30 per large passenger van, trolley, or mini-bus, $50 per bus This magnificent light show gleams on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Drive through more than 60 spectacular animated and stationary displays. Use 3-D glasses to make the lights truly come alive.
Garden of Lights Brookside Gardens Wheaton (301-962-1453, montgomeryparks.org) Nov. 25–Jan. 1, 5:30–9:30pm (Sunday–Thursday), 5:30–10:00pm (Friday–Saturday) $20 (Monday–Thursday) and $25 (Friday–Sunday) per car Walk into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than 1 million dazzling colorful lights shaped into handcrafted, original art forms of flowers, animals, and other natural elements. Stroll through gardens decorated with twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes, and
more. Warm up with hot cocoa while you listen to musicians perform in the auditorium each night 6:30–8:00pm. The conservatory’s train display and beautiful decorations are free 10:00am–5:00pm, Dec. 5–Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 25).
Winter Lights Seneca Creek State Park Gaithersburg (301-924-2127, gaithersburgmd.gov) Nov. 25–Dec. 31, 6:00–9:00pm (Sunday–Thursday), 6:00–10:00pm (Friday–Saturday) (closed Dec. 25) $12 (Monday–Thursday) and $15 (Friday– Sunday) per car/minivan/SUV $20 per limo/passenger van, $30 per minibus, $70 per bus seating 70 or more See more than 365 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night on this 3.5-mile drive. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, and the North Pole. Mark your calendar for these special events: Wine Under the Lights (Nov. 20, 6:00–10:00pm), Run Under the Lights (Nov. 21, 6:00pm), S’more Lights and Trolley Rides (Nov. 22, 5:30–9:00pm), and Leashes ‘n’ Lights (Nov. 24, 6:00–9:00pm).
Miracle on 34th Street Hampden, Baltimore City (christmasstreet.com) Dec. 2–Dec. 31, dusk–11:00pm Free For the 68th year, residents of 34th Street set their block aglow with lighted and musical porch displays and lights strung across the street from second-story row house windows. Enjoy over-thetop front lawn Christmas trees and giant inflatable snow globes. Sign the books on the Hosier family’s porch and leave your own special note. Live entertainment and vendors are available on either end of the street. Cars are not allowed to drive through on weekends, so park and take in these extreme holiday decorations on foot.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden
All of the light displays at Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Southern Maryland are unique and constructed on-site.
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Nov. 18, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017 Open Nightly: 5:30-10 pm
Hundreds of Thousands of LED Lights Dancing to the Music on Your Radio!
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KOZIAR’S The Greatest Christmas Display in the USA Entertaining families for more than 69 years
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Weekends Nov. 5-20; Daily Thanksgiving thru Jan. 1 Bernville, PA • www.koziarschristmasvillage.com
Winter Festival of Lights Watkins Regional Park Upper Marlboro (301-218-6700, pgparks.com) Nov. 25–Jan.1, 5:00–9:30pm $10 per car or van, $15 for multi-visit pass, $20 per mini-bus/limo, $30 per bus, free admission Dec. 25 Drive-thru holiday light show boasting 1 million glittering lights and dozens of displays, including Santa flying a helicopter and driving a fire truck. Attendees encouraged to bring canned goods/non-perishable items for donation to local food banks.
Symphony of Lights Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia (410-740-7666, hcgh.org/symphonyoflights) Nov. 23–Jan. 1, 6:00–10:00pm $20 per car, $45 per van, $125 per bus This show features 75 animated and stationary displays along the drive-thru trail through Symphony Woods. New elements in 2016 include a new course design, refurbished traditional light displays and brand new displays, 100 percent LED lighting, a laser light show, a 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and an outdoor ice skating rink. Benefits Howard County General Hospital.
Winterfest of Lights Ocean City (800-626-2326, ococean.com) Nov. 19–Jan. 3, 5:30–9:30pm (Sunday–Thursday), 5:30–10:30pm (Friday–Saturday) $5 per person for Village Tram, free for children 12 and younger Northside Park at 125th Street and Bayside is the setting for an awardwinning holiday display. Take a tram through the fairytale displays, snap a photo with Santa, and sip hot chocolate in the heated Winterfest Pavilion.
Outside, the Italian Water Garden is illuminated with a 20-foot tree form and the colorful fountains in the open air theater dance to holiday music, accented by a half million holiday lights. Timed admission tickets are required. Online purchase available.
Koziar’s Christmas Village Bernville, near Reading (610-488-1110, koziarschristmasvillage.com) Nov. 5–Jan. 1 (weekends until Thanksgiving, then daily), 6:00–9:00pm (Monday—Friday), 5:00–9:30pm (Saturday), 5:00–9:00pm (Sunday) $8 for children younger than 11, $10 for ages 11 to 64, $9 for senior citizens More than just a display, it’s an experience that’s an American Bus Association Top 100 event. Koziar’s is an entire village nestled in a valley around a reflective lake. For the 69th year, the village is aglow with indoor and outdoor displays of more than 1 million lights. Enjoy indoor shopping, as well as paved paths for wheelchairs and strollers, and a visit with Santa.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Prospect, near Pittsburgh (888-321-7547, shadrackchristmas.com) Nov. 18–Jan. 8, dusk–10:00pm every night $25 per car or family van Hundreds of thousands of LED lights programed to music. The Big Butler Fairgrounds location is one of six on the East Coast. Also includes Santa’s Village with themed Christmas trees, make-andtake crafts, and other activities.
Longwood Gardens Kennett Square (610-388-1000, longwoodgardens.org) Nov. 24–Jan. 8, gardens open 9:00am, lights 3:30–9:00pm $20 per adult, $17 per senior citizen, $10 per child Features extravagantly decorated trees throughout the conservatory, as well as glamorous decorations in the music room and exhibition hall.
Bull Run Festival of Lights
Parade of Lighted Boats
Bull Run Regional Park Centreville (703-359-4633, bullrunfestivaloflights.com) Nov. 23–Jan. 8, 5:30–9:30pm (Sunday–Thursday), 5:30–10:00pm (Friday–Saturday) $15 (Monday–Thursday), $20 (Friday–Saturday and holidays), $25 (Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 26) per car, $25 to $55 for vans and buses More than 40,000 lights, animated animals set to music, and blowing snowflakes will get you in the holiday spirit. Warm up by the bonfire at the holiday village, where you can also find children’s activities and s’mores. See the website for $3-off coupons for Monday through Thursday visits. Additional fees for the Festival of Lights carnival rides.
D.C. and Alexandria, Va. (dcboatparade.eventbrite.com) Dec. 3, 5:00–6:00pm (landside events, Alexandria), 6:00–8:00pm (D.C.) Free Watch the holiday light parade as 60 boats festooned in holiday lights cross from Alexandria to D.C. Landlubbers can enjoy music, entertainment, and photos with Santa.
Winter Wonderland Clearbrook Park Winchester (540-665-5600, frederick.va.us/departments/o-z/ parks-recreation) Nov. 25–Jan. 2, 5:30–9:30pm (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve) $5 per adult, $3 per child Walk through a winter wonderland of lights reflecting off the lake, enjoy holiday music, and visit a cozy cabin for hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit with Santa.
Zoo Lights at the National Zoo D.C. (202-633-4888, nationalzoo.si.edu) Nov. 25– Jan.1(closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve) Free Enjoy a walk through the zoo and animal exhibits, lit and decorated for the holidays with 500,000 holiday lights. “Zoo-tubing” available on lion/tiger hill for $3 per ride. The National Zoo Choo-Choo offers rides through the lights for $3 per person. Reminder: Always confirm availability and pricing with event venues online or by phone. The light venues tend to be more crowded on the weekends, so plan accordingly.
Weekend Activities Nov. 18 - Dec. 23
PENNSYLVANIA Christmas at Longwood Gardens
Holiday Light Show
Kicks-Off with Evening Parade on November 18th Photo with Santa & Live Reindeer on November 19th & 20th Special Holiday Theme Every Weekend • Kids Activities 30-Ft. LIVE Christmas Tree • Christmas Light Displays
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Dec. 2, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 • open 6-9pm (closed Dec. 5,6,7,12,13,24,25)
Annmarie Sculpture Garden 13480 Dowell Rd, Dowell (Solomons), Md.
$6/person • Children (4 & under) FREE
“A spectacular holiday tradition!”
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Over 100 light sculptures, entertainment, ornament show and more!
Embrace the Holidays, Visit the Jimmy Stewart Museum for their special holiday events and movie showings.
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from one of our tree farms, some offering choose and cut from their fields.
Experience Holiday Shopping and Festivals at various specialty shops and locations throughout Indiana County.
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Artists’ Studio Tours RAPPAHANNOCK STUDIO AND GALLERY TOURS Nov. 5–6. Some 50 juried artists offer glimpses of their creative process and a tour of the Rappahannock County foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The map and tickets are available at the Old Schoolhouse, 567 Mount Salem Road, Washington, Va. raac.org/raacwp/2016-art-tour TRAILS AND TREES STUDIO TOUR Nov. 5–6. “Creativity Where It Lives” is the theme of this tour, which winds through the back roads of the area of Martinsburg. There are 10 studios and 15 artists on the tour, including a clockmaker and basket weaver. Martinsburg, W.Va. trailsandtrees.org ARTISANS STUDIO TOUR Nov. 12–13, 10:00am–5:00pm. All of the artists are juried and must submit their work for review to be included. This year’s studio tour includes 42 artists in 23 locations. Charlottesville, Va. artisanstudiotour.com OVER THE MOUNTAIN STUDIO TOUR Nov. 12–13, 10:00am–5:00pm. Nine locations showcase work by 24 artists. Some of the lesser-seen media are featured, such as Appalachian-inspired stained glass scenes, paper cut and book art, gourd art, heirloom wooden toys, handcrafted wooden bowls, and reproduction furniture. Charles Town and Shepherdstown area, W.Va. studiotourwv.org VALLEY CRAFT STUDIO TOUR Nov. 19–20, 10:00am–5:00pm. Artists in the Middletown and Pleasant Valley areas in Frederick and Washington counties open their studios for the 34th annual tour. In addition to the usual arts, a media mosaic artist, iron forger, cider maker, and cheese maker participate. Middletown and Pleasant Valley areas, Md. valleycraftnetwork.org SOUTHERN DELAWARE ARTIST STUDIO TOURS Nov. 25–26, 10:00am–4:00pm. The 15 members of this “everevolving” group of established and new artists from Dagsboro to Bethany Beach open their studios. Paintings, collages, and woodturning are among the media. Sussex County, Del. artstudiotour.com
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THE POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE Nov. 19–20 and 25–27. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on The Polar Express. Once on board, hot chocolate and cookies are served while passengers listen to the classic children’s book, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The B&O Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-752-2490, borail.org
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You can go Bay to table in Maryland’s Somerset County While “farm to table” has become one of the country’s more popular culinary trends, Maryland’s Somerset County takes the concept offshore by introducing “bay to table.” The fish you catch today can be on your dinner plate tonight. You don’t need to be a master angler to enjoy a freshly caught Chesapeake Bay dinner. You don’t need to own a boat or even a fishing rod. In Crisfield, Maryland’s southernmost city, all the elements are present to enjoy one of the region’s gastronomic treasures. A good way to begin is by booking a halfday cruise on a “head boat,” a large, primarily open boat capable of carrying dozens of anglers. The Barbara Ann III, captained by Joe Asanovich, leaves Somers Cove Marina and prowls the reaches of Pocomoke and Tangier Sound and beyond. Removed from the pollution and crowds of more populated waters, the southern portions of the bay are rich with fish and other aquatic life. A good captain knows where the fish are and will take passengers to prime locations. On board, most head boats can supply appropriate tackle and bait. Many anglers come aboard wheeling coolers, picnic lunches, and gear boxes, and the atmosphere is usually very social. A diverse crowd shares space on the rail, all focused on the fishing. Families and friends fish together,
and kids can enjoy learning the sport from the pros. For David Tottes, of Newark, Del., the head boat offers an opportunity to take his two daughters and 6-year old granddaughter, Danielle, out for an enjoyable cruise. Almost immediately, Danielle started reeling in perch, Norfolk spot, and even sea trout. All of her catch went into the family’s cooler, to become part of a planned fish fry. “I’ll deep fry the fish for seven minutes,” explained the elder Tottes. “I use hot fat and have my own secret seasoning mix.” The Barbara Ann’s mate, J.T. Coleman, worked hard to ensure that everyone’s rods had bait and that their catches came off the hooks smoothly. A good mate is key to helping novice anglers find success. Returning to the dock, many anglers choose to turn their catches over to Mike Mayes and his crew of fish cleaners. Mayes scrapes the scales from each fish, then deftly removes the head and viscera. His customers receive cleaned fish, ready for the grill, stove, or oven. “It takes some practice to do this,” said Mayes. “I’ve been at it for 23 years.”
Preparing the catch Cooking your catch can be as easy as David Tottes’ deep frying; however, chef Kathy Berezoski, of the Waterman’s Inn Restaurant, demonstrated a more complex preparation. Using a very sharp, thin-bladed knife, she filleted each fish, removing slabs of white meat from the bones. “I want to get the most meat off without bones,” she said. “I may also remove the skin because many people do not like eating that.” She dredged the fillets in flour and fried them in butter and lemon juice in a very hot pan, using a dash of salt and pepper, and presenting them with
chopped parsley, capers, and a homemade tartar sauce. Berezoski also mentioned that cooking the fish first can make it easier to remove the bones. She applied a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper, and baked the whole fish in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. The flavor was different than the fried fillets; perhaps “fishier” and less flakey in texture, but certainly delicious. Cruising on a head boat is an ideal first step to enjoying a “bay to table” feast. Crisfield offers several head boats and charter boats that take out anglers. Many other Chesapeake Bay ports have similar fleets. Before you go, be sure that you know what the boat provides in terms of bait, tackle, ice, and refreshments. This month’s recipe is adapted from Maryland’s seafood website, seafood.maryland.gov. Use the mix for coating fillets that you fry or bake. Proportions can easily cover a pound of fillets.
Cornmeal Dredge Mix 1/2 pound cornmeal flour 1/2 pound flour 1 tablespoon Old Bay or JO Seasoning 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon granulated garlic 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper Dip fillets in an egg wash, then dredge in the mix, coating both sides of each fillet. Panfry in butter or olive oil, with a squirt of lemon juice or white wine. Finish the cooked fillets with chopped parsley and capers. Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. Visit his website at reedhellman wordsmith.com or email your questions and comments to email@example.com.
Head boats like Barbara Ann II are great ways to catch your evening meal.
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One of the most intimidating aspects about wine is ordering it in a restaurant. This, by far, creates the most anxiety among diners. Here are some helpful tips to make ordering wine easier and less stressful. First and foremost, decide on what you want to eat first. Then, you can attack the wine list to see what works best with your food choice, taste, and budget. Next, decide on how much you plan to drink. Of course, social responsibility is always an issue, but if you’re not driving, then you have more freedom. If you’re the only one in your party drinking wine or plan to have only a couple glasses, don’t order a bottle — order by the glass instead. This also gives you the opportunity to try several different wines. Just keep in mind that the “by-the-glass” selection in most eateries is limited compared to the bottle list. Avoid ordering the “house wine.” It usually has the highest markup of all the wines on the list and, most of the time, is mediocre. You are better to “drink up.” Spending a few more dollars on a wine will deliver a better sip and, more than likely, a lower markup. Generally, don’t order wine that is so overpowering that you can’t properly taste the food. The chef in most decent eateries goes to great extremes flavoring dishes, so you don’t want to overwhelm the delicate nuances. Try to avoid extremely alcoholic, overly oaky, and tannic wines. These will shock your taste buds, preventing you from properly tasting the food and its complexity.
Ask questions Ask questions of the sommelier or wait staff. This is really important. As many restaurants now have regular wine-tasting sessions with their staff, most servers or the sommelier have a good idea what their products taste like and can give you some guidance. Start by asking the server what he suggests with your dish that’s within your budget. In my experience, ordering the cheapest wine on the list does not usually fare well. If a novice or inexperienced oenophile, tell the server what you normally drink so he can suggest something similar that will work with your food choice. You might ask the server what he likes to drink, as he’ll usually know the good deals, quality and pricewise. If you’re not familiar with the suggested wine, ask the server to describe the taste so you can get an idea of the flavor and decide if you would like it or not. Many folks order wines they don’t know in a restaurant and think they’re bad because they don’t like the taste, when there is absolutely nothing wrong with the wine. This little tip could prevent that. A final note about asking the server for advice: You don’t have to take it if you don’t want. Keep in mind it’s a recommendation, and nothing more.
There are ways to make ordering wine in a restaurant a little less intimidating. Hopefully, these wine-ordering tips will lighten your stress level when dining out. Remember that you are paying for the wine, so don’t be shy about making sure you get the best experience possible. © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2016. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, awardwinning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine and consultant. (winedoctor.ca, twitter.com/ drwineknow, thewinedoctor.blogspot.com, winedoctor.ca/docs-grapevine.html, facebook.com/ edwarddocfinstein?fref=ts)
A couple post-ordering notes Once the server has poured your first glass, if ordering a bottle, it’s probably best to continue pouring your own, as most wait staff tend to top your glass up leaving no room for swirling and aeration. Sip plenty of water alongside your wine to help dilute it in your system.
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Why they’re a bargain Why are these cruises such a bargain? Frankly, like any business, the cruise lines wish to make a profit. They make great money on the ships at each location because they’ve analyzed the ships, ports, length of cruise, and other factors for each itinerary. But, that pesky issue of getting the ship from one long-term venue to the next is a necessity for the cruise lines that yields an opportunity for a bargain for you. These repositioning cruises pose many booking challenges. Some people simply cannot book a cruise that takes as long as many repositioning ones do. Others are troubled by the logistics of a cruise where the departure is at one location and the return location is another. continued on page 39
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