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Wanna trade? There are several web sites available where you can trade your home, and sometimes your car, too, with someone else to save a few bucks on travel and perhaps enjoy a better vacation than you could otherwise afford. For example, you want to see England while someone from England wants to visit the United States. Bingo, you’ve each saved the cost of accommodations, typically enough savings to do another future vacation. Likely, you’ll exchange insider information on the best things to see and places to eat as well. Of course, there are some parity issues. You may not want to trade your McMansion for a hovel, nor can you expect to trade your suburban flat for a country estate, but these details sort themselves out. The bottom line is this: You wouldn’t swap with your neighbor down the street. That’s not what vacationing is about. It’s about getting away. Trying something new. Seeing things you can’t normally see. Eliminating the chores that creep into your time when you try to do a “staycation.” Vacationing is certainly a few pegs up the scale on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, clearly less critical than food, shelter, and safety items, but a true need none the less. While cavemen were unlikely to vacation, most of the readers of this publication have gotten those initial survival needs comfortably covered and mentally need a break. In the grand scheme of history, it’s really just the past hundred years or so that vacationing has been part of the life of the common man, and those of us 30

to 50 years old have been around one-third to onehalf of that time. Some of the earlier vacation areas involved our park system and seashores. They offered a change of scenery and often a break from the heat of the summer in scorching urban areas. The advent of the automobile increased the average person’s ability to reach these destinations easily. Before long, it was part of the fabric of our society. There has been a continual evolution from the classic wood-sided station wagon, with wicker picnic basket and thermos inside, and accommodations along the way at the roadside motor inn. More recently, airline travel and cruises offered more exotic venues, and places such as Orlando, Fla., and its theme parks, became destinations solely for vacationers. One thing remains consistent: The need to trade your day-to-day routine for something different. Time away from family versus time with them. Labor versus relaxation. Monotony versus stimulation. Pleasing clients versus pleasing yourself. Time rearing children versus time as a couple. You get the picture. Studies show vacationers live longer and healthier than those who do not. Many of us have worked with martyrs who feel like they are some sort of hero because they never take a vacation day, while coworkers pray they take time off to recharge and not be so hard to get along with. When you return from vacation, you feel more energized. That nagging problem at work seems easier to conquer. You are renewed, have new ideas and energy, and are revitalized. It’s like the attitude change when a hungry child is fed. Whether you trade your home, or just trade your day-to-day experience, you are filling a need. We hope these pages make it a little easier to do just that. Enjoy!

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The number one reason people take trips of 50 miles or more is visiting friends and family, but what to do when you get there? Whether it’s a holiday visit or weekend trip, those are not just occasions for building bonds and better relationships, they are great opportunities to see something new. Instead of sitting around the house looking at each other, make the effort to get everyone out and explore. Fall is a great time to do just that. Small towns and big cities are full of festivals at this time of year. Even the better-known attractions are less crowded. Wineries and breweries have interesting events for the adults in the crowd. There are a

plethora of artists’ studio tours that let you see the artists and artisans where they create their works. And there’s always a Halloween-themed event happening. The possibilities are almost endless. This month we take a snapshot of those artists’ studio tours around the Mid-Atlantic. When you buy something from an artist directly, you generally learn more about what inspired it and how it was made. All that, and the experience of a fall drive, makes the whole thing more memorable. In this issue of Recreation News, we also take a look at some of the ways you can taste the libations created in the Mid-Atlantic. What started out a few years ago as a special wine issue has morphed, along with the times, into a Mid-Atlantic wine, beer, cider, and distilled spirits issue. Several of the “wine trails” across the region have embraced the change and now include local craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries as partners. In some areas, the growth of craft breweries has resulted in beer trails. It seems whatever your beverage of choice, you can find someone who is handcrafting it. In the picture I’m a “guest bottler” on the line at A. Smith Bowman Distillery on the Grapes & Grains Trail around Fredericksburg, Va.” One beautiful thing about this phenomenon is it provides a great reason to visit areas you might not have thought to visit before or gives


you a great reason to get all those relatives out of the house and doing something interesting. If sampling libations isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of festivals and other events to explore. We’ve done the research and highlighted a host of things in each state for you to check out. From the feature stories to the calendar of events, you’ll find hundreds of ideas. So, if you’re heading out to grandma’s house, take along a copy of Recreation News and be prepared to have some fun.

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October treats to enjoy from Michigan to the Mid-Atlantic Fall has arrived in Door County, Mich., which covers the peninsula that separates Green Bay from Lake Michigan. (French explorers named the treacherous waters between the mainland and Washington Island, also a part of the county, “Portes des Morts” or “Door of Death.”) Dotted with aging dairy barns on family farms and scenic lighthouses along the 300-mile coast, Door County has a New England feel. The autumn palate here is red, yellow, gold, and chestnut brown, with varying shades of green. The air is crisp and frosty, the water cold and clear. Harvest has come to the apple and cherry orchards and in the pumpkin patches and cornfields. People stroll through the picturesque waterside villages in search of cherry wine, pies, and preserves; fresh apples and apple cider; rich homemade fudge; tasty ice cream of many flavors; authentic Wisconsin cheese; fine art and handmade crafts; and the famous “fish boils” that are unique to Door County. These experiences celebrate the unique culture of this part of the world, settled by Scandinavians in the mid-1800s and discovered a few years later by Milwaukee and Chicago residents who traveled by steamboat over Lake Michigan to escape the noise, pollution, and heat of their cities. By the turn of the 20th century, the Village of Ephraim overlooking scenic Eagle Harbor was a regular stop on the steamboat route because of its resort hotels – LIMITED TIME ONLY –

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Leaf-gazing and Halloween celebrations in the Mid-Atlantic One of the best places to celebrate fall is aboard a double-decker sightseeing boat that cruises on the Potomac River around Washington, D.C. During the one-hour cruise you’ll see a number of our nation’s most popular monuments and memorials, as well as the spectacular Potomac River Gorge. You may relax in the comfort of the inside cabin with panoramic windows or on the outside top deck. You may also enjoy a complimentary cup of pumpkin-spiced or apple cider tea during daytime cruises or a drink from the full bar during happy hour (at your own expense). Tours leave from Historic Georgetown on Saturdays, Oct. 19 through Nov. 30, and cost $26 per person. ( If you’re planning to go on any leaf trips this season, you’ll find excellent information on fall foliage on websites for state parks and forests. Here are a few suggestions: Virginia,; West Virginia,; Maryland,; Pennsylvania,; and Delaware, Howl-O-Scream has returned to Busch Gardens/ Williamsburg, with scary experiences for those who dare, weekends through Oct. 26. Visit six haunted houses in the park, wander through Wendigo Woods, one of five “Terror-tories,” and enjoy shows such as Monster Stomp on Ripper Row. (buschgardens-williamsburg/howloscream) Take part in more horrific experiences during Halloween Haunt, now taking place weekends through Nov. 2 at Kings Dominion, located at Doswell, Va. ( Fright Fest at Six Flags America, in Upper Marlboro, Md., also continues weekends through Nov. 2. (

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Fall into art: Artists’ studio tours offer special insights What inspires artists? How do they create an original piece of art? Why did they do this and not that? There are plenty of opportunities to get answers to those questions by chatting with Mid-Atlantic artists in their home environments, surrounded by the tools of their crafts, during an artists studio tour. The journey itself promises to be a fun adventure, walking or driving from studio to studio while enjoying the fall colors. Some tours are in towns; many are in the countryside. Most tours are spread out over two or more weekends to allow a more leisurely pace. The studios are diverse and can be as interesting as the art. Susan Hanson, of Catoctin Pottery in Maryland’s Valley Craft Network, for example, operates out of a 200-year-old gristmill. Although the tours are free, they provide a good shopping opportunity for lovers of high-quality art, especially as the holiday season nears. Here is a thumbnail look at some of the studio tours in five states. Check out the websites for detailed information. Many of them have downloadable brochures and maps so you can make your choices in advance.

DELAWARE Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tours Nov. 28-29; Thirteen artists in Sussex County at locations from Dagsboro to Bethany Beach will open their studios to visitors. Paintings, collage, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and woodturning are among the types of art offered. Raffle tickets for artworks benefit community art programs.

Countryside Artisans Studio Tour Oct. 10-12; This is one of three tours offered annually by a group of cottage artisans in Montgomery County. There are 15 stops on the self-guided tour featuring more than 30 artisans. Home and garden furniture, wrought ironware, woodenware, original prints, hand-blown glass, pottery, knitted and woven apparel, and jewelry are among the offerings.

Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2; Make a weekend of it on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at this 15th annual tour, where you can meet the artists and buy original work at studio prices. Some 60 artists will feature such items as painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry, furniture, and glass. Studios are located within the historic town or in the outlying Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. The Chestertown RiverArts Gallery downtown has examples of each artist’s work and brochures with locations. You may wish to combine the November tour with Chestertown’s annual Sultana Downrigging Weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

Mountain Maryland Art Sale and Tour Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26; There’s a lot of ground to cover, with 25 locations in Allegany and Garrett counties, so two weekends are devoted to the tour. You’ll find various kinds of paintings, pottery, photography,

Valley Craft Network Studio Tour Nov. 22-23; Capricorn Farms, which makes goat cheese, and Isabelle Glass, a jewelry business, are two new stops on the tour, which is in its 33rd year. Pottery, paintings, cider, wood, metal, and fiber art


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are among other specialities of the 14 participating artists. The 10-stop tour goes through Frederick and Washington counties.

including stained glass, folk art, paintings, pottery, baskets, fiber, and mixed media.

Carroll County Artists Studio Tour Dec. 6-7; It’s a good time for holiday shopping on this Carroll County tour. There are nine stops and some 17 artists, plus the 20-artist cooperative gallery Off Track Art, participating in this year’s tour. Paintings, forged ironwork, pottery, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, wooden boxes, and handspun yarn are among the highlights.

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PENNSYLVANIA Artists Open Studio Tour Sept. 27-28; Paintings, pottery, and sculpture dominate this year’s tour in Indiana County. Behind-the-scenes tours at six studios feature work by seven artists. Artists’ Open House Weekend Oct. 11-13; For the 18th year, artists in Susquehanna County are welcoming visitors; some studios are open to the public only for this annual tour. On Monday, which is Columbus Day, many of the artists will demonstrate how they create their crafts. The 23stop tour will include work by nearly 30 artists and include paintings, photography, fused glass jewelry, woodcarving, ceramics, paintings, collage, sculpture, prints, bird carving, stained glass, furniture, and fieldstone walls. Potters Tour Oct. 18-19; More than 21 potters who put their own creative spin on their art will open their studios in Indiana County. Demonstrations will be going on at some of the 10 studios. Driving between the studios in the countryside should be pleasant, as fall colors are often at their peak this time of year. Lebanon Valley Art Studio Tour Nov. 1-2; The 16th annual tour features 26 artists and is spread out over eight towns in south central Pennsylvania, including Hershey. Often, several artists are in one location. You’ll find a variety of work,


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Artist Studio Tours continued from page 11 by the consortium of artists. You can read about each artist on the website. Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour Nov. 1-2; Some 60 juried artists in 19 studios and six galleries will offer visitors a glimpse of the creative process and a tour of the bucolic countryside in Rappahannock County in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Painters, sculptors, and woodworkers are among the featured artists in the 10th annual tour. The starting point is the county seat of “Little” Washington, originally surveyed by George Washington in 1749. Artisans Studio Tour Nov 8-9; Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this tour features 40 artisans at 22 studios in the Charlottesville area. Their specialties include pottery, sculpture, metalwork, furniture, wood carving, and jewelry. You can get your “passport” stamped at each location to be eligible to win a $50 shopping credit with a participating artist, and if you visit nine or more studios, you’re eligible to win a $300 credit. A new option this year is chauffeur service to the various locations for a fee. (Call Jenny Miller at 757-335-2266 or email for a reservation.) Open Studio and Vineyard Tour Nov. 28-30; Pop over to Virginia’s Eastern Shore for the annual Thanksgiving weekend tour. The tour route, which extends from Capeville to Onancock, includes 10 studios or galleries, plus a vineyard and winery.

Some 20 artisans will be featured, with specialties such as silver and sea glass jewelry, furniture, art glass, sculpture, pottery, art quilts, decoys, and wood sculpture.

WEST VIRGINIA Trails & Trees Studio Tour Nov. 1-2; Enjoy a drive at your own pace through the back roads of Berkeley County and get behind-the scenes’ tours of 11 studios where 14 artists do their work. The show theme is “Meet Creativity Where It Lives.” Artists include painters, potters, a clockmaker, a basket weaver, an artisan gunsmith, and wood,

glass, and jewelry specialists. There will be door prizes for visitors and — new this year — if you visit all 14 artists you are registered for a drawing for a $200 gift certificate for work by any Trails & Trees artist. Over the Mountain Studio Tour Nov. 8-9; Everything from baskets to bears will be featured by 21 artisans at workshops and studios in eight locations in Jefferson County. Mixed media wall pieces, painted folk art figures, wood carvings, stained glass, cabinetry, wooden toys, wearable art, and needle arts are among the diverse offerings.


The neat thing about buying a gift for someone at a craft fair is you have a connection with the person who made the object, believes Mackenzie Snader of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. You’ll have a story to tell the gift recipient about how you met the artist and learned what went into making the particular piece. It makes for an extra-special gift. The interaction is special for the craftspeople, too. “They get a chance to get out of the studio and make connections with people who appreciate their art,” she says. The guild has two opportunities for making such connections with fine craft shows this fall. A major difference is that one is free and outdoors and the other is ticketed and indoors. The show in Philadelphia, Oct. 10-12, will be at Rittenhouse Square, a park at 18th and Walnut streets. Snader describes it as a “beautiful setting,” a patch of green in the middle of a bustling city. Craft booths will line the square and 140 artists will be on hand to display and sell their work. You can take a relaxing walk around the square and take a break at nearby restaurants. The show in Lancaster, Nov. 8-9, will be inside the Lancaster Convention Center and will feature nearly 120 artists. This show is aimed more toward holiday shopping and — unlike the Philadelphia show — will include fine art. The indoor setting also allows for craft workshops — you’ll be invited to roll up your sleeves and make your own craft and see master artisans at work. Or, if you prefer to relax, the Lancaster show will have a masseuse available for the first time this year. Both shows offer an array of original, handcrafted items, including furniture, pottery, designer clothing, fine jewelry, blown glass, and items made of wood, leather, and metal. The guild, which is based in Lancaster, has artists from 33 states and two foreign countries. It also helps organize an ArtWalk in downtown Lancaster. This year’s walk, which is Oct. 4-5, features more than 30 galleries, museums, artists’ studios, and shops. ( For more information on the guild art shows, visit I october 2014 I recreation news 13

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Rocking the Seas: Well-known musicians adD a twist to cruising In a changing world, reinvention is one strategy that is used for survival. Predictably, the cruise industry has responded with increases in size and amenities, new ports of call and departure, and new ships to meet the challenges of surviving in a highly competitive market. Activities for children create a better vacation for parents. Experiential activities such as classes in cooking, scrapbooking, understanding new technology and social media, wine appreciation, and dance classes further enrich those passengers who are seeking a more fulfilling life or relationship. Themed cruises for music and lifestyle choices create another draw

for cruisers. Indeed, there is only so much that can be done architecturally to modify and update a ship, so the experience becomes the new frontier. Recognizing that all cruise ships include performance venues of many sizes and the need to deliver new experiences to cruisers, Carnival Cruise Lines had a brainstorm: provide their passengers with the unique opportunity to see music legends perform in an intimate and interactive setting. Kicking off this inaugural schedule, passengers can see musical icons such as Kansas, Styx, 38 Special, Gavin DeGraw, Foreigner, Lady Antebellum, Chicago, Jewel, REO Speedwagon, Martina Mc-

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cert you can go back to your cabin, but feeling the post-concert energy, it’s more likely you’ll want to go up to the lido deck, enjoy a free buffet, or stroll under the starlit Caribbean sky. No need to drive home, no need to wrestle with parking lot jams or traffic, no need for a designated driver. The Carnival Ecstasy had many modern upgrades in addition to the experience. We loved the serenity deck, our peaceful oasis for those 21 and older. And serene it was — no noise or ruckus, just a pair of hot tubs and a few dozen high-end wicker chaise lounges with sumptuous cushions and some table seating. Some were in the sun, some in the shade and all of them with a stunning view from the back of the ninth-floor deck. We enjoyed food and beverage service as well. The Ecstasy also had something we miss on the newer ships, a full-size centrum with that grand appearance, not the more compromised smaller ones. We also enjoyed more public areas on the outer portions of the ship that more recent ships sacrifice to make room for more balcony cabins. Of course, let’s not forget that this was in fact a cruise, not just a concert. Not only did we get to enjoy a concert, unlimited food and room service, maid service, and an abundance of relaxation and pampering, we had some nice tropical ports of call, too. In this case, we stopped at two of our favorites: Cozumel, Mexico (and our favorite snorMichelle Teel

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visit to the City Of Lights: 1. A hop-on, hop-off Big Bus tour is a top priority. 2. Go to the top of the Montparnasse Tower for 360-degree views over the city. 3. Avoid crowds at the Louvre by visiting in the evenings (open Wednesdays and Fridays until 9:45pm). 4. Snap a great photo of Paris from a Seine River cruise when departing from the Eiffel Tower. 5. On your way to Notre Dame Cathedral, don’t miss the 13th-century Sainte-Chappelle. 6. Enjoy an ice cream at the original Berthillon shop on the Île Saint-Louis. 7. Visit the website for tips on the best restaurants in Paris and then book a place. 8. Take the Petit Train to Montmartre and enjoy sights along the way, including the Moulin Rouge. 9. Hang out with celebrities such as Elton John at Musee Grevin wax museum. 10. Please don’t attach your padlock to the famous Pont des Arts Bridge; the locks are damaging the structure.

continued from page 8 say it is the “country’s best Halloween event.” The terrifying event is based on well-known horror and pop cultural experiences such as AMC’s The Walking Dead and Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Anarchy. While visiting the resort you may also enjoy soaring above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swinging over the streets with Spider-Man, or fighting to save mankind in Transfomers: The Ride, a brand new mega attraction. (

New Cruises from Baltimore Carnival Pride will operate a series of special one-way sailings from Baltimore and San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as roundtrip excursions between the two ports, beginning in October 2015. Passengers will have a choice of six- and eightday cruises and 10- to 14-day excursions between the two ports, plus five-day Bermuda cruises from Baltimore and San Juan. Meanwhile, the ship will undergo a multi-million dollar makeover that will result in a variety of dining, bar, and entertainment innovations, a part of Fun Ship 2.0 Innovations. (

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Fall is fun in Kent County There are lots of reasons to head for Delaware in the autumn, from collecting shells and sea glass on the beach to a calendar filled with festivals celebrating music, folk traditions, and beer and wine. Shopping districts in the region’s historic downtowns feature unique stores offering unusual, personal ideas for holiday gifts. And given that Delaware has no sales tax, it’s an added incentive for crossing the Bay Bridge and heading east for some early holiday shopping.

Food and drink are popular themes for the fall festivals. Cheesetoberfest, on Oct. 4 at the Fordham & Dominion Brewery in Dover, is a cardiologist’s nightmare, but it’s a cheese-lover’s nirvana. Restaurants, bakeries, and cheese mongers participate in competitions making grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni and cheese. (cheeesetoberfest. com) The following weekend, Oct. 11, is the annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival in Dover. Now in its fifth

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year, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the list of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top 100 Events in the U.S.â&#x20AC;? according to the American Bus Association. It is the only event in Delaware that brings together all of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintners, brewers, and distillers. Both tasting and full pour tickets are available, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a discount admission for designated drivers. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival features a home brew competition. (delawarewineandbeerfestival. com) If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait, take a spin on the new Good Libations Tour that includes two wineries, two breweries, and a distillery in Kent County. Download a free passport at Not exactly food, at least not eaten, the internationally famous Punkin Chunkin moves to Dover Speedway, Oct. 24-26. Contestants fire pumpkins from catapults, hoping to break the world record. The contraptions are examples of engineering genius gone berserk, and with hydraulic designs worthy of NASA. Bring earplugs. All the money raised by the crazed chunkers goes to charities. (

Holiday shopping and entertainment You can experience history in the first person at the 18th-Century Market Fair on Nov. 1 on The Green in Dover. One of the largest and most interesting living history days anywhere, the fair includes reenactors who create the market fair atmosphere. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also see examples of daily life in the Colonial period by meeting with a cartographer of the pre-GPS age, a tavern keeper, beer brewer, powder horn maker, and linen weaver. Revolutionary War reenactors will demonstrate the military drills of George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s army. ( As the season moves toward the end-of-the-year holidays, the events

take on a more festive feeling. Both Dover and Milford invite visitors to enjoy entertainment and good shopping on Dec. 6. Milfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restored riverside downtown is worth a visit just to amble through the village. Its shops stay open during the annual Holiday Stroll, and there are carriage rides and entertainment as well. No sales tax in Delaware means you get a gift while buying gifts. Check out the fine art at Live Cheap & Make Art Studios and Gallery 37. Irish Rose has Celtic crafts and gifts and Blooming Boutique has handbags, shoes, and accessories. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find vintage candies and confections, such as fruit slices and Charleston Chews, at Sugar Bee. EcoChic bills itself as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;eco-living boutique.â&#x20AC;? Downtown Dover welcomes Santa at the Home for the Holidays parade on Dec. 6. The prior week there will be caroling, tree lighting, and live entertainment. Distinctive merchants in the shopping district include Suds Bar Soap and Essentials, with its array of handmade soaps and toiletries, contemporary crafts at Beyond Dimensions, and Delawarethemed gifts at The Delaware Store. The stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest and oldest occult and metaphysical store is Bell, Book, and Candle. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a Farmers Christmas on Dec. 6 at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover. Smyrna, about 12 miles north of Dover, is another small market village which has restored its classic downtown and includes interesting small businesses and shops. Painted Stave Distilling, located in a 1940sera former movie theater, produces handcrafted small batches of spirits: two vodkas, gin, and corn whiskey. Ronnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden World and Christmas Shop has decorations, greenery, and holiday gifts.

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Wineries, farms yield harvest of fun in Delmarva this fall Autumn energizes us with cooler weather â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perfect for festivals, crabs that are at their largest, and a harvest that provides a cornucopia of fresh food. Many people go to the Delaware beaches in the summer for the whole â&#x20AC;&#x153;toes in the sandâ&#x20AC;? experience, but autumn is a favorite time of year there, too. In fact, agriculture is the biggest economic driver in

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d HYATT PLACE DEWEY BEACH IS NEW HOT SPOT ON THE DELAWARE SHORE Each beach in Southern Delaware has its own flavor or personality. One of my favorites is Dewey Beach, long known for intimate music venues, clubs, and a sort of “honky-tonk on the beach” vibe. A thin spit of land between the ocean and the bay, it is often overlooked as merely a passageway from Bethany, Fenwick, and Ocean City (the southern beaches) to Rehoboth and Lewes to the north. But it has its regular followers and locals love it. With fewer properties and none of the big name hotels seen in the larger resorts, many would visit Dewey, but stay elsewhere. Recently, there was a local uproar when a developer took a patch of land, and, heaven forbid, placed a larger nationally recognized hotel there: Hyatt Place. Many were concerned about the impact on their beloved Dewey Beach, but as it turns out, the hotel actually moved Dewey in a better direction, not worse. Hyatt Place brings Dewey an upscale clientele, many of whom are business people with families using up their travel points at Hyatt’s only beach resort property. Mitch King, owner of one of my favorite restaurants in Dewey, is located next door. He says, “Hyatt brings in families. I have seen more strollers with young couples in Dewey this year than I have in the last six seasons. Generally we see a couple with two or three children rolling out of the Hyatt heading to the beach or returning with their boogie boards, umbrellas, and coolers. It is unprecedented in the amount of children on the south side of Dewey Beach.” Most people agree the Hyatt is

moving Dewey beach to a more family-friendly town and surrounding vendors are delighted with this moneyed crowd renting jet skis and boogie boards, dining out, and loving the beach. Hyatt Place was limited by zoning to just five stories in height. This created a property with four floors above a level of coveted (and covered) parking. It currently offers 108 rooms, plus condos on the top floor for purchase. The condos feature a private entrance. Already in process is a planned expansion for an additional 20 rooms and there are many other plans on the drawing board. Inside, the Hyatt meets the expectations of an upscale property with large spacious rooms, flat screen TVs with all the hookups, upscale bedding, sliding frosted glass bathroom doors, two queen beds (or one king) plus a large sectional sofa, and a clean, modern, Scandinavian feel. Public amenities include a conference room, well-appointed business center, saltwater indoor pool, fitness center, open atrium, bar, lounge areas, and breakfast area with not just the cold buffet items, but fresh from the skillet cooking, too! Adding to the local flavor, renowned Southern Delaware artist Kevin Fleming has a studio there, and local art is throughout the building. And, Hyatt Place is just steps away from both the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches, and Rehoboth Bay with its magnificent sunsets. (, 302-864-9100) — karl teel


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Delaware continued from page 19 adventure. Choose from a pick-your-own experience or a visit to something different, such as a lavender or alpaca farm. “Small family farms are part of the fabric and appeal of Southern Delaware. Those providing visitor activities put more education in a vacation and more stimulation in a side trip,” said Scott Thomas, who promotes the area. Take in the Apple Scrapple festival, Oct. 10-11 in Bridgeville, where the local food choices range from apple dumplings to scrapple sandwiches, oyster sandwiches, crab cakes, and the usual festival fare.

There’s also a car show, the Little Miss Apple Scrapple pageant, a carnival, a craft show, and a whole host of entertainment and events. You experience the joys of small town rural life at its best. ( If you’re looking for a more active way to check out the rural/agricultural side of Southern Delaware, check out the Broad Creek Bike and Brew Tour. This has been a huge success and is growing every year. Plan ahead for June 13, 2015, when you can enjoy the sites of Laurel, Del., Trap Pond, and other parts of the region as you pedal your choice of 5-, 15-, 25-, 50-, or 62-mile (metric century) routes. There’s so much to see, and the land is flat, so aim high. Afterward, enjoy the fantastic after party with microbrews, barbeque chicken, and music. ( Karl Teel

State parks packages Delaware State Parks offer getaway packages to consider as well. A fall fishing package being held Oct.17-19 teaches you to prepare and cook your own fish as well as the basics of surf fishing and fly casting. You also enjoy a trip on a head boat and stay at the beautiful new cottages located near the Indian River inlet. The cost is $165 per person and includes a discounted two-night stay, all activities, one dinner, two lunches, and two breakfasts. The Autumn Shores Getaway is offered Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and includes a night hike through the Burton Island Nature Preserve and a daytime hike through the Thompson Island nature preserve led by a park naturalist. Afterwards, a trip to Oceanview for an organic lunch is followed by a stop at the James Farm ecological preserve, a relaxing campfire, and stargazing on the beach. The cost is only $75 per person and includes a discounted two-night stay, all outdoor activities, a lunch, and two breakfasts. (

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The area’s wineries and breweries are a growing part of the agricultural scene in Southern Delaware. Recently, Delaware became part of the four-state Vintage Atlantic Wine Region. A French wine magazine recently noted that the Southern Delaware region has geographical, climate, and growing conditions similar to the Bordeaux. Autumn is a great time to sip the wines, sample the beers and ales, and explore the region. There are two wineries and two breweries in Southern Delaware. Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes is Delaware’s only award-winning winery and is open for tours and tastings year round. ( Fenwick Wine Cellars in Fenwick Island offers a wide variety of red, white, blush, and fruit wines, as well as wine tasting events and wine tours. ( Dogfish Head Brewery has a brewery in Milton where you can take a brewery tour and sample its popular brews. There is also a location in Rehoboth Beach, the very popular Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats brewpub/distillery. There, you can get samples of “off-centered ales” and enjoy delicious woodgrilled eats. There is live music every weekend, too. (

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While enjoying autumn in Southern Delaware, spend some time in Lewes. Founded in 1631, the town is rich in history. Lewes is known for paranormal and house hauntings, making it an ideal October venue. Take the 90-minute walking tour available each Wednesday at 7:30pm and hear stories of the Cannonball House, the unknown sailors’ cemetery, and other sites. The cost is $10, and children and students are free. The haunted Lewes tours leave from the Ryves Holt House Museum Gift Shop. Remember to bring your flashlight. (302-645-7670) Southern Delaware is convenient to the Baltimore-Washington region and fall means there aren’t any summertime traffic jams to endure.

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Oyster events celebrate the season One of the little-known conflicts that raged along the Chesapeake Bay for years was the oyster wars that pitted watermen from Maryland against those from Virginia and both of them against the fledgling oyster police. Today, there’s more concern about the health of the oyster population than poaching or illegal catch methods, but October and November are prime months to enjoy the succulent bivalves.

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On Virginia’s Eastern Shore You can learn more about the oyster wars when Dr. Paul Ewell offers a lunch-and-learn on the subject at Ker Place, a Federal-period manor house on Oct. 8. ( Perhaps the granddaddy of Eastern Shore oyster festivals is the Oct. 11 Chincoteague Oyster Festival that takes place at Tom’s Cove Park in Chincoteague, where oysters are raw, steamed, fried, and frittered, and supplemented with hush puppies and steamed crabs. (chincoteagueoyster Also on Oct. 11, the business folks in Onancock hold a progressive porch party where local

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Guidebook helps you enjoy your Southern Maryland visit Tucked away along Southern Maryland’s beautiful byways, local artisans still craft objects by hand, chefs create dishes with ingredients straight from the farm, and friendly innkeepers greet visitors at the door. For those who know where to look, there is a wealth of art, music, wine, and food, and opportunities to explore the rich culture and history that make this region so inviting. October is a great month to plan an autumn adventure and the Southern Maryland Trails: Earth, Art, Imagi-

nation guidebook has everything you need. October is officially Trails Month. During this season, temperate weather and blazing foliage create the perfect backdrop for an outdoor adventure. Agritourism attractions are in full swing, local artisans participate in a plethora of autumn shows, and the waterside destinations are cool and inviting. Spend an afternoon with your sweetheart at a winery, or take the kids to a pumpkin patch and petting farm. Enjoy a seafood meal overlooking

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the water and retire to a cozy bed-and-breakfast for an evening by the fire. The guidebook explores all things handmade, homegrown, locally harvested, and authentically Southern Maryland; it’s packed with insider tips on how to find the freshest and finest the region has to offer, plus trivia and tidbits on area history, legend, and lore.

Maze Craze In addition to the many annual October festivals such as Potomac River Appreciation Days at the Calvert Marine Museum, Artsfest at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, and the Sotterley Riverside Winefest at Sotterley Plantation, a new addition to fall fun on the trails is the Maze Craze. This promotion offers month-long discounts and prizes from many of the area’s agritourism attractions during October, when many sites have special events and offer family fun like hayrides and corn mazes. Details are available at

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The trails program was launched in 2005 by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission to promote the area’s culture and heritage. All the sites in the guide book are arranged geographically along the three main trails: “Barnwood and Beach Glass Loop,” “Heron’s Flight,” and “Fossils and Farmscapes Ramble.” You’ll find detailed descriptions, driving directions, maps, contact info, tips, and photos designed to help you make the most of your visit. The new fifth edition of the book offers some fun additions, so if you have traveled the trails before, there are new sites to discover. The first trail is “Heron’s Flight,” a come-asyou-are, all-you-can-eat, catch-and-release romp through the great outdoors that Charles County is famous for. Plan a day of bird watching at Purse Park, bike riding on the Indian Head Rail Trail, or boating on the Potomac River, and then head to a feast at one of the area’s renowned seafood restaurants. The “Barnwood and Beach Glass Loop” is a long, lazy trek through St. Mary’s County, punctuated with barn scenes, spectacular shorelines, and quiet parks. Meet an alpaca, roam a corn maze, or peruse a pumpkin patch — there’s a lot of farm fun along the way. History buffs and lighthouse lovers will enjoy this trail, which traces the footsteps of some of the country’s earliest settlers at places like St. Clement’s Island Museum and Blackistone Lighthouse. On the “Fossils and Farmscapes Ramble,” the art galleries, wineries, and first-rate eateries stretch from southern Prince George’s County to the southern point of Solomons on the Chesapeake Bay. Along the way you can search for shark’s teeth at Flag Ponds, take a wildflower walk through cypress swamps, and see living history at Jefferson Patterson Park. You can visit potters and painters in their home studios and purchase one-of-a-kind treasures straight from the source. The Southern Maryland Trails guidebook is free at partner sites and designated distribution sites throughout Southern Maryland. (

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Head underground to explore fabulous fall colors year-round Mid-Atlantic caverns add to season with special autumn events There’s a permanent display of fall’s golds, reds, and browns in the Mid-Atlantic’s underground treasures of sparkling calcite, mirror-still lakes, and soaring passageways. The fall hues along the region’s byways are the same colors created by the ancient geological forces that first formed the region’s caverns. Today’s commercial show caves offer educational tours and a constant temperature in the mid-50s to cool you on an Indian Summer day or even warm you a bit from winter’s chill. Today’s caves have a host of additional entertainment options ranging from wildlife parks to museums to fishing, camping, and panning for gems. The caverns also offer gift shops that range from country chic to 1950s kitschy.

Halloween hauntings As Halloween nears, several caverns host special “haunted cave” events. In Huntingdon, Pa., Lincoln Caverns presents its 31st annual Ghosts and Goblins tour, haunted trail, and hayride, Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 4-Nov. 1, 6:00-10:00pm. There’s a new tour created each year. From 11:00am-5:00pm on Saturdays, families can enjoy a one-hour tour through two crystal caverns, one haunted and one natural. At Crystal Cave Park near Kutztown, Pa., you can take a lantern tour of the cave on which guides will entertain with ghostly tales and the history of the cave. The tours are Oct. 11-12, 18-19, and 25-

26, beginning at 5:30pm. The cave is open through November.

Grand Caverns, near Grottoes, Va., will feature an adventure in Fountain Cave, not normally open to the public, through Oct. 11. You bring a change of clothes and extra shoes and they provide helmets and other gear. Reservations required.

gemstones and take a walk on the nature trail as well. The cavern is open only weekends during December; hours in January and February are by appointment only. ( Lost River Caverns’ tour is a walking one, but you do see a part of the Lost River in the cave. You also can enjoy the Gilman Museum with its minerals and rock shop and an indoor tropical garden. (

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Shenandoah Uncorked, on Nov. 8, 10:00am4:30pm, at Shenandoah Caverns, brings regional wineries together with food and craft vendors, live entertainment, and children’s activities for a day of family fun in the huge Yellow Barn.

Caves open all year Each cavern’s experience is unique and offers reasonably priced fun for the whole family. Tours generally last about an hour, but check websites for specific hours that may vary seasonally. Many caverns close or have limited hours during the winter. The caves listed below are open yearround, although most are closed on major holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Day. Remember to take a jacket and good walking shoes!

Pennsylvania Indian Echo Caverns provides a tour complete with legends of the Susquehannock Indians and underground lakes. Outside, you can pan for gemstones, visit the petting zoo, and see real Texas longhorn cattle. ( Lincoln Caverns offers a tour of its massive flowstone formations with calcite crystals and is popular with Scout groups and tourists. You can pan for

Dixie Caverns’ tour takes you up into the mountain, then down into its depths. Above ground, there is year-round camping, a rock and mineral shop, and an antiques mall. ( Grand Caverns is said to be the oldest show cave in America. Cathedral Hall, 280 feet long and more than 70 feet high, is one of the largest rooms of any cavern in the East. The caverns include beautiful draperies, rippling flowstone, and rare “shield” formations. ( Luray Caverns is known as the largest cavern in the East. Its tour includes massive columns and music from the famous “stalacpipe” organ. Admission also includes the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum and the Luray Valley Museum. A garden maze and zip-line experience are available for an additional fee. ( Shenandoah Caverns is Virginia’s only cavern with elevator service and no stairs to climb on its tour. A combination ticket also gets you into an exhibit of holiday department store window displays, a parade float hall of fame, and the Yellow Barn’s country-themed exhibits. (shenandoahcaverns. com) Skyline Caverns at the north entrance to Skyline Drive reveals rare anthodites and three streams as well as the Painted Desert on its tour. You can take

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West Virginia Lost World Caverns is unusual for its selfguided tour, allowing you to spend as much or as little time as you like admiring the formations. The attraction also includes a natural history museum featuring the largest collection of dinosaur replicas in West Virginia, and will provide wild cave tours as well. ( Organ Cave claims to be the second-largest cave in the eastern United States, and its history involves Thomas Jefferson and the Civil War. The cave is closed on Sundays, and reservations are required from Nov. 1 to April 1. ( Smoke Hole Caverns offers a cavern tour that includes gravity-defying helictites and flowstone formations. It also provides cabins, camping, fishing, and mountain biking, and claims to have West Virginia’s largest gift shop. (smokehole. com)

folks open their porches and back yards for appetizers, local wine, and local art. It’s a three-hour walking tour with local flavor. ( onancock) Nov. 1 brings the opportunity to scarf down some oysters for a good cause when the Island House in Wachapreague hosts an oyster roast benefitting the Navy SEAL Foundation. Crack open oysters roasted over an open fire or enjoy steamed clams. (757-787-4242) The Terroir & Merroir Extravaganza on Nov. 8, is a food and wine lover’s dream that pairs Chatham Vineyard’s wines with oysters cultivated in the waters around the Machipongo winery. The beautiful setting on Church Creek is an added bonus. ( The Barrier Island Center in Machipongo hosts the Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast on Nov. 22, with roasted oysters and barbeque. (barrierisland The Cape Charles Museum is the site of the local historical society’s oyster roast on Nov. 29, featuring roasted and raw oysters, clams, and even fried chicken and live music. Check out the details at oyster.

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the oyster on Oct. 25, 10:00am-4:00pm. Oysters are the star of the show, prepared in lots of different ways, but there is also music on two stages, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, documentary screenings, and watermen offering oyster-tonging demonstrations. Non-seafood fare, such as pit beef, hamburgers, and hot dogs, will also be available. Festivalgoers can vote for their favorite oyster stew and take a river cruise on the Winnie Estelle. ( The Urbanna Oyster Festival, Nov. 7-8, is Virginia’s “official” oyster festival. Streets are closed and much of the town becomes a walk around festival venue. There are also arts, crafts, festival food, and an old fashioned fireman’s parade. (urbannaoyster 410-638-6901 | fax: 410-638-6902 1607 Sailaway Circle, Baltimore MD 21221

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Traveling the good taste route through Shenandoah County The Good Taste Tour through Shenandoah County offers a close-to-home long weekend of food, art, wine, and mountain vistas. In the towns along the county’s 43 miles of Route 11, at least a half-dozen cultural traditions overlay each other. Randy Phillips, of Cave Ridge Winery, is a good example of the county’s most recent cultural over-

lay. He settled in the foothills outside of Mount Jackson, Va., a decade ago, to grow grapes and make wine. One of six wineries on the Shenandoah County Wine Trail, Cave Ridge uses all local grapes. Phillips says that the relatively dry “rain shadow” effect of the Alleghenies to the west and the limestone soil is great for grapes.

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“It’s a level of sophistication spliced onto one of the more picturesque areas,” he said. “It’s beyond the hubbub of Northern Virginia.” Also outside of Mount Jackson, The Winery at Kindred Pointe uses a lovingly renovated stable as a tasting room. North Mountain Vineyard and Winery, outside of Maurertown, combines varietal wines with classic Shenandoah Valley vistas. Shenandoah Vineyards, in Edinburg, is the oldest winery in the Shenandoah Valley and offers varietals and several popular blends. Wolf Gap Vineyard, also outside of Edinburg, specializes in full-bodied, Bordeaux-style reds and light, crisp white wines. Cedar Creek Winery, near Strasburg, focuses on cabernet franc and chardonnay. It is open by appointment while the other wineries have regular public hours.

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The patio at Cave Ridge Vineyards is a great venue for music and festivities.

To showcase the collage of regional artistic talent, the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail links two dozen artisan studios, backed by another two dozen galleries, craft venues, agri-artisans, and specialty farms. Get an overview of the trail’s artists at Shenandoah Valley Artworks in Strasburg, at the county’s north end. Marcy McCann, art ambassador, runs the gallery and can provide information about exploring the trail. Explore another facet of good taste across the street at Cristina’s Café. Owners Wendy and Cristina Willis have earned a regional reputation for innovation, environmental awareness, and darn good food. Using local products, many of which they raise on their own farm, the sisters prepare daily breakfasts and lunches and Friday and Saturday dinners. If knowing where your food comes

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from is important, then Cristina’s Café is the place to dine. Just down the road, Mount Jackson is the home of Route 11 Potato Chips. Started 20 years ago with a 60-pound-per-hour chip cooker in an old feed store, Route 11 has be-

come a regional icon. At a full-out rate of only 600 pounds every hour, Route 11 is nowhere near the top tier of snack makers in total production. However, Route 11’s owner, Sarah Cohen, has the awards and accolades to back her up when she

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unflinchingly declares, “We make the premier specialty potato chips in the U.S.” Insider tip: Stop into her chip factory, watch the chips being made and packaged, sample the different varieties, and buy your favorite at the source. For people who view gardening and landscaping as an expression of artistic creativity, the Fort Valley Nursery in Woodstock serves the needs of the local horticulture community and visitors alike. More of a destination than a simple garden store, shoppers can enjoy great coffee, food, and desserts, along with wine and beer.

Accommodations and packages Visitors with pets can find a number of welcoming accommodations. “We have noticed over the past few years that more people are choosing to travel with their furry family members,” said Melissa Price, manager of the Comfort Inn in Woodstock. At check-in, pets receive a treat bag, and the Comfort Inn’s staff makes a

special effort to accommodate each cat and dog. The Hampton Inn in Woodstock offers a number of packages, including a wine-tasting featuring the county’s five wineries, tours of the area’s caverns, and an adventure at Bryce Resort. The hotel also has a special Shenandoah Uncorked package that includes accommodations, admission to the Shenandoah Uncorked wine festival at Shenandoah Caverns on Nov. 10, and dinner at Joe’s Steakhouse. Civil War buffs can enjoy accommodations at the Quality Inn Shenandoah in New Market and tour the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield, where cadets from Virginia Military Institute were thrust into the 1864 battle. There are special “Spirits of New Market” lantern tours on Oct. 25 that take you back in time to the evening after the battle.

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Mountain Day Saturday, October 11th Join us from 10 am to 4 pm in downtown Buena Vista, Virginia for a day of crafts, music, food and games based on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;lost artsâ&#x20AC;? of the Blue Ridge. The downtown street festival is set under the backdrop of the autumn leaves. Find out more at Buena Vista is proud to be an Appalachian Trail Community.

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Early October brings three very different festival opportunities to the Harrisonburg, Va., area. The 35th annual Dayton Autumn Celebration is Oct. 4, 8:30am-4:00pm. The 18th annual Shenandoah Mountain Bike Festival takes place Oct. 10-12, while Massanutten Resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall Festival is slated for Oct. 11, 11:00am5:00pm. The festival in downtown Dayton includes live music all day, more than 350 arts and crafts exhibitors from 12 states, 75 food vendors, the Dayton Farmers Market, and a host of other activities around town. There is also free shuttle bus transportation. The day before the festival, Dayton marks Commemoration Day, the 150th anniversary of the day the town was saved during the Civil War Valley Campaign.There are

Massanutten Massanutten Resort’s big fall event continues a fun-filled tradition with wine tasting, live music, more than 50 crafters, and lots of activities. Nashville recording artist Jeremy Staubus and his band will bring Top 40 country and classic hits to the stage along with original songs. The Burnt Orange Band brings classic rock, blues, and funk music to the stage as well. Food and drink are also on the agenda with food vendors, a beer garden, and a wine tasting featuring CrossKeys Vineyards, Horton Vineyards, Mattaponi Winery, Cave Ridge Vineyard, Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery, and Bluestone Vineyard.

Take a chairlift ride to catch early color and enjoy the view, and check out the arts and crafts vendors and kids’ activities to round out the day. (

Mountain bike festival The headquarters for the Shenandoah Mountain Bike Festival is the Stokesville Campground, south of Harrisonburg, which has plenty of space for participants who pay a fee that includes camping, some meals and snacks, and rides. Kids ages 12-16 are half-price and those under 12 are free. There’s a night ride Friday evening. On Saturday, there are a host of rides, including a dog-friendly ride, a women’s ride, and a kids’ trailer ride. Sunday ride choices include an adventure ride for women and a more mellow women’s ride, as well as more standard and all-inclusive

options. The rides take place on gravel roads, county paved roads, Forest Service fire roads, single track, and mountain trails. There are miles of gravel roads around the campground for those who don’t want to go mountain biking.

“An important part of the weekend is giving something back to the trails in the national forest, so there are two trail work sessions during the weekend to do trail work projects,” said festival organizer Jason Burch. Visit for information and registration.

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MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Weekends through Oct. 19. Travel back in time as you immerse yourself in the culture of a 16th-century English village, complete with King Henry VIII and his court. Revel Grove, Crownsville, Md. 800-296-7304,

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SIX FLAGS AMERICA FRIGHTFEST Oct. 1-31. Six Flags will transform into a Halloween playground. Enjoy goulish rides, street entertainment, attractions, and much more. 13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-249-1500, HALLOWEEN IN CAPE MAY Oct. 17-31. Themed tours and events including ghostwriter trolley rides, Madame Parmentier’s psychic teas, Scarecrow Alley, midnight at the Physick Estate, historic haunts combination tours, and phantoms of the Physick Estate. Cape May, N.J. 800275-4278, TRICK OR TREAT AT TUDOR PLACE Oct. 18, 10:00am-noon. Children in Halloween costumes are invited to trick-or-treat across 5-1/2 acres of enchanting gardens on the estate and participate in pumpkin painting, crafts, face painting, and games. 1644 31st St. NW, Washington, D.C. YARNICK’S HAUNTED HOUSE AND MAZE Oct. 24-26. Journey through the maze; the adults have a haunted house to visit or can just sit by the bonfire and enjoy some hot chocolate. Yarnick’s Farm, 155 Thomas Covered Bridge Road, Indiana, Pa. 724-349-3904,

FREE FALL BALTIMORE Oct. 1-31. Baltimore City arts organizations present hundreds of free arts activities including dance, music and theater performances, art exhibitions, free admission to museums, walking tours, festivals, and workshops. Baltimore, Md. 410-752-8632, MERMAID’S KISS OYSTER FEST Oct. 2, 7:00-10:00pm. Enjoy private access to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, including the stunning Blacktip Reef exhibit, while sampling tasty dishes prepared by popular local restaurant partners. 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-9904970, MIFFLINBURG OKTOBERFEST Oct. 3-4. Food vendors will be available featuring German food and traditional American fair food, plus souvenirs. Live music and drinks. VFW Carnival Grounds, Mifflinburg, Pa. 570-9661666, FALL WINE FESTIVAL Oct. 3-5, 6:00-9:00pm. Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries. George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va. 703-780-0011, MID-ATLANTIC SMALL CRAFT FESTIVAL Oct. 3-5. Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, prams, and one-of-a-kind boats will be on display and in the water throughout this family-oriented event. Navy Point, St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-2916, OLD MARKET DAY Oct. 4, 9:00am-4:00pm. Craft show, pony and hay rides, music all day, food, a chili cook-off, and entertainment. Main Street, Waynesboro, Pa. CENTRAL PA OCTOBERFEST Oct. 4, 2:30pm. Showcasing 20 regional craft brewers and food. Also thoroughbred horse racing. Hollywood Casino at Penn National. Grantsville, Pa.

SCARY HARRY’S HAUNTED TRAIL Oct. 24-25. Weave your way through the woods trying your best to avoid Scary Harry and his bandits (for adults or children 7 and older). For children under 7, there is Scary Jr.’s. 210 Long Road. Homer City, Pa.

CRAFT SHOW AND BOOK SALE Oct. 4, 9:00am-5:00pm. A high-quality craft show featuring handmade crafts, art, and unique gifts. A huge book sale will also be part of this event. Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave., Richmond, Va. 804-317-7706,

HALLOWEEN BOO FEST Oct. 24-31. Includes a variety of Halloween-related events, mostly free, with a special emphasis on activities for children and families. Shepherdstown, WV. 304-876-2786,

DARLINGTON APPLE FESTIVAL Oct. 4, 10:00am-5:00pm. Take a step back in time. Apples, pumpkins, mums, crafts, entertainment, art, country market, and refreshments. Shuresville Road, Darlington, Md. 410-4574189, CHILI COOK OFF Oct. 4 Attendees sample and vote to determine the winners. Downtown Martinsburg, W.Va. FAMILY HISTORY FESTIVAL Oct. 4, 10:00am-4:00pm. The free event will feature expert lectures on genealogy, history, and archival research; demonstrations; one-on-one research sessions with archivists and genealogists; seminars; behind-the-scenes tours; and children’s activities. Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, Md. 410-260-6443,



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FALL CRAFT FAIR Oct. 4, 9:00am-4:00pm. See the work of the fine artisans of Delaware and the Eastern Shore, listen to festive live music, and enjoy a nice lunch. Lewes Historic Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, Del. 302-645-7670, DAYTON AUTUMN CELEBRATION Oct. 4, 8:30am-4:00pm. Live music all day, more than 350 arts and crafts exhibitors, 75 food vendors, Dayton Farmers Market, and lots of other activities. Free shuttle bus transportation. Downtown Dayton, Va. ART ON THE AVENUE Oct. 4, 10:00am-6:00pm. Includes more than 300 juried artists selling handmade wares across 10 blocks of Del Ray’s Mount Vernon Avenue, along with four stages for live entertainment, plus food vendors and interactive art activities. 2204 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. 703-746-3301, FALL FESTIVAL OF FOLKLIFE Oct. 4-5. More than 70,000 people attend this event in Newport News Park where more than 200 craft exhibitors await and live music and children’s activities entertain. Newport News, Va. MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL Oct. 4-5. Featuring free live entertainment by the region’s most popular ethnic musicians and dancers, delicious foods from around the globe, one-of-a-kind handmade crafts, a themed children’s activity area, guided church tours, a wine and beer garden, and a silent auction. Kings Contrivance Village Center, 7271 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia, Md. FALL FESTIVAL Oct. 4-5. Music, cake auction, tractor pull, hayrides, farm exhibits, demonstrations, animals, food, and crafts. Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 North Market St., Frederick, Md. 301-600-1650, NORTHERN VIRGINIA PRIDE FESTIVAL Oct. 5, noon-6:00pm. Unforgettable entertainment, plus a forum for local LGBTQ groups to network and showcase pro-equality businesses and organizations in the community-at-large. Bull Run Special Event Center, Centreville, Va. 703-506-2893, NATIONAL APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL Oct. 5-6, 12-13. Now in its 50th year, the festival offers orchard tours, food, and entertainment celebrating Adams County’s apple products. Biglerville, Pa. AUTUMN GLORY FESTIVAL Oct. 8-12. The festival includes two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, and antique and craft shows. Deep Creek Lake, Md. 888-387-5237, COLONIAL BEACH BIKE FEST Oct. 9-12. Begins with the “Blessing of the Bike” on Friday. The event will feature a variety of activities throughout the weekend, including vendors, live music, and bike demos. Colonial Beach, Va. SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL Oct. 10-12. Sugarloaf shows are consistently rated by leading industry publications as one of the top craft experiences in the country. 22 York Road, Timonium, Md. 800-210-9900, PATUXENT RIVER APPRECIATION DAYS Oct. 10-12, 10:00am-5:00pm. Music on two stages, free river cruises, wine tastings, and environmental exhibits. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. OCEAN CITY OKTOBERFEST Oct. 10-12; Friday-Saturday, 11:00am-9:00pm, and Sunday, 11:00am-4:00pm. Annual traditional family Oktoberfest with music, dancing, sing-along, ethnic food, beer, arts and crafts, knockwurst eating, and dance contests. Ocean City Convention Center, Ocean City, Md. 410-213-8090,

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BALTIMORE BEER WEEK Oct. 10-19. Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, Baltimore, Md. 410-244-8854, CHESAPEAPE WINE FESTIVAL Oct. 11, noon-6:00pm. Fabulous wines from around the world, as well as those produced by Virginia wineries, will be available for tasting, as will foods from the region’s finest restaurants. 900 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, Va. CHINCOTEAGUE OYSTER FESTIVAL Oct. 11. All-you-can-eat oysters and more. Tickets sell out quickly. Tom’s Cove Park 8128 Beebe Road, Chincoteague, Va. 757-336-6161, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS DAY Oct. 11, 11:00am-6:00pm. Live music on two stages, dunk tank, eating contests, petting zoo, kids’ area, and sumo wrestling. 11th Street NW (from Park Road to Kenyon Street NW) and Harriet Tubman School Yard, Washington, D.C. COLUMBUS WEEKEND FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Oct. 11, noon-6:00pm. Tastings of more than 50 Italian wines, limoncello, bellinis, foods, and artisan cheeses from Simpatico, plus food from local Italian restaurants. 104 Railroad Ave., St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-0345, GOOD BEERS FESTIVAL Oct. 11-12, 12:30-6:30pm. Unlimited tastings from more than 125 different craft brews, local beer garden, live entertainment, sports zone, home brew competition and demos, delicious food, and unique craft vendors. 5561 Plantation Lane, Salisbury, Md. 410-548-4900, TASTE OF D.C. Oct. 11-12, noon-7:00pm. Featuring tastings from more than 50 of D.C.’s best restaurants and a beer garden with more than 30 local, national, and international brews. Beer garden, main stage, and family area. Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between Ninth Street and 14th Street, Washington, D.C. HARVEST FESTIVAL Oct. 11-12. Celebrating the agricultural heritage of Greene County, Pa. Greene County Historical Society Museum. FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL Oct. 11-12, noon-4:00pm. Crafts, games, plants, cider pressing, and food are among the treats at Cromwell Valley Park, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Rd., Baltimore, Md. PUMPKINFEST Oct. 18. Great fall fun for the whole family. Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 East Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. 717-762-4723, BETHESDA ROW ARTS FESTIVAL Oct. 18-19. Nearly 200 of the finest artists and crafters selected from across the nation and Canada will be on display. Bethesda, Md. 301-637-5684,

HAGLEY CRAFT FAIR Oct. 18-19, 10:00am. Regional artisans displaying a selection of hand-crafted jewelry, textiles, glass, wood, and pottery. Wilmington, Del. 302-658-2400,

BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL Oct. 25. Explore the rich folk heritage of the mountains with music and original crafts and food. Ferrum, Va.

ST. MARY’S OYSTER FESTIVAL Oct. 18-10. Oysters and seafood of every description plus the national oyster shucking championships and national oyster cook-off. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds.

GREAT OUTDOORS FESTIVAL Oct. 25-26, 10:00am-5:00pm. Third Annual Whitetail Fall Downhill 5K Trail Run on Oct. 26. Live entertainment, plus all of your festival favorites will return again this year. Whitetail Resort, 13805 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg, Pa.

HARVEST FESTIVAL Oct. 19, 10:00am-5:00pm. The celebration of fall will feature live music, hayrides, face painting, country line dancing, and a scavenger hunt. Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, Leesburg, Va. 703-777-3174, PATUXENT WILDLIFE REFUGE Oct. 19, 10:00am-3:00pm. Enjoy live animals, children’s crafts, tram tours, scientific demonstrations, and behind-the-scenes research tours of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, Md. 301-497-5763, KIDS EURO FESTIVAL Oct. 24-Nov. 9. More than 100 free, family-friendly, Europeanthemed events. Washington, D.C. CANAAN VALLEY WINE WEEKEND Oct. 24-26. Gourmet event to taste wines and delicacies at Canaan Valley Resort. Davis, W.Va. SPOOKY SCIENCE Oct. 25, noon-4:00pm. Hairraising activities, creepy crafts, and “fang-tastic” demonstrations, as well as creepy chemistry and mysterious science. The Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore, Md. 410-685-5225,

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WESTMINSTER HALLOWEEN PARADE October 29 | 7pm Main Street, Downtown Westminster

FALL HARVEST DAYS October 18 & 19 | 10am–5pm Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster

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ST. MICHAELS OYSTER FEST Oxt. 25, 10:00am-4:00pm. Oysters, music on two stages, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, festival food, and demonstrations. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. FALL CRAFT FAIR Oct. 25, 10:00am-2:00pm. Free admission, food available, and more than 40 vendors selling unique handmade items. Arbutus Recreation Center, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, Md. 410-887-1410

NOW SHOWING CORVETTE WEEKEND Oct. 3-4. Event includes two parties, three shows, four rallies, and legendary Boardwalk Parade. 10100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Md. 443-253-7613, ANNAPOLIS SAILBOAT SHOW Oct. 9-13. The show is expanding its already impressive selection of new and premiering sailboats to include Brokerage Cove. Annapolis, Md. 410-268-8828, SHENANDOAH ANTIQUES EXPO Oct. 10-12. The largest indoor/outdoor show in the Mid-Atlantic, the show features 18th- and 19th-century American and English period antiques, plus a trove of vintage Americana, jewelry, silver, glassware, primitives, rugs, and mid-century modern pieces. 277 Expo Road, Fishersville, Va. 804-846-7452, PA GUILD OF CRAFTSMEN Oct. 10-12. Outdoor show in Rittenhouse Square featuring 140 artists. 18th & Walnut streets, Philadelphia. U.S. POWERBOAT SHOW Oct. 16-19, 10:00am-6:30pm. The oldest in-water powerboat show features luxurious yachts, high-performance boats, and offshore fishing machines. City Dock, Annapolis, Md. 410-2688828, MARYLAND HOME AND HOLIDAY SHOW Oct. 17-9. Maryland’s largest annual fall home show, plus fall gardens, holiday crafts and gifts, and a new pet section. 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. 410-863-1180, ANTIQUES AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW Oct. 18-19, 11:00am-3:30pm. From Packard to Ferrari, 28 car clubs are represented during this grand event, while auto collectors and enthusiasts share fond memories of the classic cars of yesteryear. 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, Md. 240-3148604, GREAT SCALE MODEL TRAIN SHOW Oct. 25-26; Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday, 10:00am4:00pm. Fantastical, exquisite layouts built by skilled modelers will transport you to times and places you’ll enjoy and remember. 2200 York Road, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Md. 434-823-4809,

PRO SPORTS BALTIMORE RAVENS AT HOME Sunday, Oct. 19 vs. Falcons, 1:00pm

The Ravens play home games at M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St., Baltimore, Md. Call 800-927-2795 or visit

WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT HOME Monday, Oct. 6 vs. Seahawks, 8:30pm Sunday, Oct. 19 vs. Titans, 1:00pm

The Redskins play home games at FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, Md. Call 301-276-6050 or visit


Friday, Oct. 3 vs. Sporting KC, 8:00pm Saturday, Oct. 18 vs. Chicago, 7:00pm DC United plays home games at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC 20003. Call 202-587-5000 or visit

WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT HOME Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Canadiens, 7:00pm Tuesday, Oct. 14 vs. Sharks, 7:00pm Thursday, Oct. 16 vs. Devils, 7:00pm Saturday, Oct. 18 vs. Panthers, 7:00pm Wednesday, Oct. 29 vs. Red Wings, 7:30pm

The Capitals play home games at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004. For more information, call 202-397-SEAT or visit washingtoncaps. com.

ARMY 10-MILER Oct. 12. Approximately 35,000 runners from around the world participate. Washington, D.C. SEASIDE 10-MILE AND 5K RUN Oct. 25, 9:00am. This well-known event will take place rain or shine. Oceanside Boardwalk, Ocean City, Md. 443-497-4324,

MUSIC Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral BACH IN BALTIMORE Oct. 5, 4:00pm. Free concert. Christ Lutheran Church, Inner Harbor, 701 S. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.

Popular/Other BROOKS WILLIAMS Oct. 23, 8:00pm. Ranked one of the Top 100 acoustic guitarists. 7618 Main St., Sykesville, Md. 410-795-1041, DISCO’S VILLAGE PEOPLE Oct. 24, 9:00pm. A one of-a-kind act synonymous with dance music. Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Del. 302-674-4600,

Theater BIG APPLE CIRCUS Through Oct. 5. Astonishing acts and startling transformations will transport you to a realm of enchantment under the Big Top. Dulles Town Center, 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Sterling, Va. 888541-3750, CANCUN Through Oct. 5. A hilarious comedy about contemporary relationships and marriage by one of Spain’s leading playwrights. In Spanish, with English surtitles. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-234-7174, COMEDIAN JERROD CARMICHAEL Oct. 3-6. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-2967008, ¡TUM TICA!: UNA HISTORIA DE MÚSICA Y FAMILIA Oct. 13-25. When a grandfather and his U.S.-born grandchild travel south to Colombia they discover their family history and culture through music — a fusion of indigenous, Spanish, and African rhythms that make up Latin American beats. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-234-7174, I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE Oct. 14-26. The Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect ‘50s-style harmony, as well as the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome. 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, Md. 410-837-7400, TWELFTH NIGHT Oct. 23-Nov. 16. “A Rootin’ Tootin’ Six-Gun Shootin’” comedy by “Wild Bill Shakespeare.” 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301694-4744, JULIUS CAESAR Oct. 28-Dec. 7. Robert Richmond (Henry V, Richard III) returns to direct this classic drama. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-544-4600,

Dance SQUARE DANCE LESSONS Oct. 2, 7:00-9:00pm. 303 Adclare Road, Rockville Md. 301-7614108, VELOCITY D.C. DANCE FESTIVAL Oct. 9-11, 8:00pm. Featuring the city’s best-known ensembles, undiscovered gems, and everyone in between, with a broad range of styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop and tap to flamenco. 610 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-547-3230, DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM Oct. 17-19. The historic ensemble returns in full force under the artistic direction of founding member and former principal dancer Virginia Johnson. 610 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202547-3230, DANCE PROGRAMS Weekends, 7:30-11:30pm. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. THE WASHINGTON BALLET Call for performances and times. 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-362-3606,

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Exhibits Featured Exhibitions A REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT Through Oct. More than 30 vivid paintings, drawings, prints, watercolors, and sculpture present an overview of the revolutionary art movement that flourished in Germany. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, VIDEO ART EXHIBITION Through Oct. 12. The first museum exhibition to focus on women’s impact on the field of video art. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. RYAN MCGINNESS: STUDIO VISIT Through Oct. 19. The exhibit will explore this contemporary artist’s creative process for his 2009 painting Art History Is Not Linear. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, BASEBALL AND BECOMING AN AMERICAN Through Oct. 26. Features more than 130 original objects, including game-worn uniforms, game-used objects, correspondence, newspaper accounts, board games, awards, baseball cards, signed baseballs, Jewish ritual objects, and ballpark giveaways. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall E., Philadelphia, Pa. 215-923-3811, FRONT ROOM: SETH ADELSBERGER Through Nov. 2. A variety of luminescent and textured paintings from Baltimore-based artist Seth Adelsberger demonstrates the artist’s innovative approaches to painting over the past five years. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, THE GREAT WAR: PRINTMAKERS OF WORLD WAR I Through Nov. 9. This exhibition focuses on how artists — many of whom witnessed combat firsthand as official war artists — represent the moods and transformative experiences particular to this global conflict. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, THE REAL FANTASTIC WORLD OF CHARLES BURCHFIELD Through Nov. 16. To spend even a moment with one of Charles Burchfield’s hallucinatory watercolors is to experience the artist’s visceral response to nature. Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, Pa. MAPS OF THE 16TH AND 17TH CENTURY Through Nov. 30. Explores the world as Shakespeare would have known it, featuring approximately 40 maps from the 16th and 17th centuries which all highlight locations mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays. American Shakespeare Center, 10 S. Market St., Staunton, Va. THE ART OF JAMES CASTLE Through Feb. 1. Features a representative selection of the artist’s immense oeuvre, including drawings, handmade books, texts, and constructions. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C. 202-633-1000, BLACK BOX: ANRI SALA AND MICHAEL FRIED Through Feb. 22. This exhibition will feature one of Sala’s recent works, selected by the art historian and the artist. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, ON PAPER: ALTERNATE REALITIES Through April 12. This exhibition presents 26 prints never before on view by a diverse group of artists who are playfully exaggerating and reimaging the visual language of popular culture — religious stories, myths, and folk tales — to consider larger issues of class, gender, and politics. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, OUTSIDE THE WALLS Through May. An interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, MARUKA CARVAJAL Oct. 1-Nov. 2. “My intention is that the chosen colors will awaken the gallery and everyone who enters the room.” Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-463-0203,

History THE FOSSIL FIELD EXPERIENCE PROGRAM Oct. 4. The program begins at the Cove Point Lighthouse at 9:00 a.m. with a trained guide. Participants learn how to find and identify fossils. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 410326-2042, 

BELLE GROVE IN THE CIVIL WAR Oct. 4, 7, 11, 3:15pm. Special tours of the manor house and surrounding landscape that figured prominently in the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek that helped assure the reelection of Abraham Lincoln. JOHNNY REB AND BILLY YANK Oct. 4, 18, and 25, noon. Learn about camp life for the average soldier by visiting costumed interpreters at an encampment. Includes a black powder firing. American Civil War Museum, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond, Va. LIVING HISTORY – A SLAVE’S LIFE Oct. 5, 11:00am-4:00pm. Learn about life in the quarters and what life was like for Maryland slaves. 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, Md. 301-600-2743, VICTORIAN WEEKEND Oct. 10-13. Celebrates Cape May’s Victorian heritage with historic house tours, murder mystery dinners, living history programs, lectures, workshops, and performances. Cape May, N.J. 609-884-5404, SLAVE COMMEMORATION CEREMONY Oct. 11, 11:00am-noon. This public event features dramatic readings, performances, and uplifting music in recognition of the slaves’ sacrifices and contributions to the early formation of this nation. The Slave Memorial, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va. BATTLE OF CEDAR CREEK Oct. 18-19. A variety of programs, tours, and reenactments mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek. One of the largest reenactments of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Middletown, Va. YORKTOWN VICTORY CELEBRATION Oct. 18-19. To experience Continental Army life firsthand, visitors can enroll in “A School for the Soldier” to drill with wooden muskets and learn about soldiers’ provisions and sleeping quarters. The Oct. 19 events feature commemorative programs and a parade. Yorktown Victory Center, Va. 888-593-4682, ANNAPOLIS 1864 Oct. 25-Nov. 1. Encampment reenactment, reception, lectures, theater, libation ceremony, Emancipation Day proclaimed, and awards gala. 1101 Smithville St., Annapolis, Md. 410-222-1401,

OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376

Lectures/Workshops/Classes CHOCOLATE THROUGH TIME Oct. 8, 6:00pm. An interactive presentation will focus on how chocolate has changed through time both in terms of its cultural value and how mechanization has altered its production process. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-337-2288, WINTERTHUR NEEDLEWORK CONFERENCE Oct. 24-25. Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Del. 800-448-3883, STAINED-GLASS CLASS Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860, GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443573-1700, SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880,

TOURS THE CARTERS OF VIRGINIA BUS TOUR Oct. 4, 8:00am-6:00pm. This special bus tour will travel to the Northern Neck to visit King Carter’s home at Corotoman Historic Christ Church and Nomini Hall. 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, Va. 703-367-7872,

CHARITY HOME TOUR Oct. 10-12. Tour eight beautiful homes at Smith Mountain Lake, Va., on the only tour in the nation accessible by car or by boat. Tickets available at LOUDOUN FARM TOUR Oct. 18-19, 10:00am-4:00pm. Visit farms, wineries, cideries, distilleries, and other special venues for fall activities. Download a brochure and map at CAPE MAY, NJ Historic district, moonlight trolley, and Cape May sampler tours. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278, MARITIME HISTORY WALKING TOURS Second and fourth Saturdays, 10:00am. Fells Point Visitor Center, Baltimore, Md. 410-675-6750,

O THER ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOURS A host of artists’ studio tours are scheduled around the MidAtlantic between Sept 27 and Dec. 7. See details in the roundup feature in this issue. AMERICAS MOST WANTED THOROUGHBRED Oct. 4-5. Each day features educational seminars, a sponsor fair, marketplace of horses for sale or adoption, demonstrations, and the contest to choose America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred. Pimlico, 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, Md. 410-542-9400, SESAME STREET LIVE LET’S DANCE Oct. 7-8. Offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. 500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, Md. 410-548-4900, ext. 140,

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Getting ‘down on the farm’ with the Loudoun farm tour Farms, vineyards, and beautiful countryside views provide a spectacular experience for people of all ages on the Loudoun Fall Farm tour. This year’s Fall Farm weekend is set for Oct. 1819, 10:00am-4:00pm. Download a brochure online or click on the interactive map to plan your selfguided tour. ( Susan Van Epps, who puts the tour together for the county economic development office, said she tries to encourage the participating farms to do a special activity or educational component for visitors on the tour. “All together we have 23 farms, 13 wineries, cideries, and distilleries, and several other special venues on the tour,” Van Epps said. One of the farms on the tour, Wegmeyer Farms, located in Hamilton, plans to offer instruction on how pumpkins grow and how long it takes. The farm will also highlight its 50 different varieties of pumpkins, as well as offer hayrides and discussions on farming. “We love what we do and we want to share that

knowledge with others,” said owner Harriet Wegmeyer.

Other farms’ activities At Chicama Run in Purcellville, you can gather your own eggs while learning about animals on the farm. Crooked Run, also in Purcellville, will offer pick-your-own fruit and an interpretive hayride at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Davlin Farm, located in Purcellville, too, wants visitors to interact with sheep, chickens, and pigs to learn about heritage animals and why they are important. Farm products will be available for sale. You can pick your own pumpkin at Day Spring Farm in Middleburg, and also request sheep herding demonstrations and learn about rotational grazing. Learn about the largest-size donkey at Donkey Meadows in Purcellville. The American mammoth jackstock is now on the “watch” list for endanger-

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Enjoy live animals, children’s crafts, shuttle tours, scientific demonstrations, and behind-the-scenes research tours during the Wildlife Festival at Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Md., on Oct. 18, 10:00am-3:00pm. See where endangered whooping cranes and sea ducks are raised and studied. The event is free, and fun for all ages. — karen graham

ment. Learn the history of the animal and all of its magnificent traits. Donkey rides will be offered throughout the day for a fee of $5 per ride. At the Double 8 Alpaca Ranch in Lovettsville, you can learn to interact with and walk an alpaca on a lead. There will be spinning, weaving, and knitting demonstrations throughout the weekend. Georges Mill Artisan Cheeses, also in Lovettsville, will introduce you to the goats and let you see the creamery, learn how cheese is made, and taste the cheeses. There will be master gardeners on hand at the Loudoun County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden in Leesburg to give tips on fall garden and lawn care. There will also be a children’s planting activity. Watermark Woods sells plants native to the Piedmont region and will have an exhibit on how to make your own compost from organic matter and how to compost with worms. You’ll also find educational material on native plants, native pollinators, and natural alternatives to pesticides.


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Grapes and Grains Trail provides a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;spiritedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; escape While Washington-area residents are likely familiar with the wine regions to the south and west of the capital, a different experience awaits just down I-95 in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, near Fredericksburg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realized we had an unusual

combination in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties with several wineries, Smith Bowman Distillery, and Blue and Gray Brewery,â&#x20AC;? said the trailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founding member, Jim Livingston, of Hartwood Winery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This trail gives you the opportunity to experience various products at a reduced price. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all just down Grapes & Grains Trail I-95.â&#x20AC;? The area covered by the trail stretches roughly 30 miles along I-95 with the northernmost member at Exit 148 and the southernmost at Exit 118. The distillery and brewery are roughly in the middle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The great beauty of the trail is itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spread out enough that you can make it an overnight or several day trips,â&#x20AC;? said Mary Ahrens, of the Bowman Distillery. The trailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four wineries, distillery, and brewery all offer a passport for $12 which provides for VIP tours, a 20 percent discount in the membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gift shops, and a collectFour vineyards join a distillery and a brewery on the Grapes & Grains Trail. ible stemless tasting






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glass. Many locations also discount their modest tasting fees for passport holders. Insider tip: The passport never expires, making it easy to visit different trail members at different times. Passports are available at each member establishment. You can also create a package that includes overnight accommodations and the passport for as little as $93 per night. Visit to learn more and select your preferred accommodation. You can get personal assistance and itinerary planning help at 877-404-5810. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people buy the passports because they had a good experience at one member location and want to check out the partners,â&#x20AC;? Ahrens said.

Location a plus â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our location is a big plus,â&#x20AC;? said Livingston. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not only are we just down I-95 from Washington, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the middle of all this history as well.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, the area is the site of George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boyhood home; the Colonial history of Fredericksburg, including the James Monroe Museum; and the Civil War battlefields that ring the area. There is also significant African-American history dating to the Civil War period. The United States Marine Corps Museum at Quantico is just north of the trail and another fascinating attraction in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As important as our history is, the Grapes and Grains Trail means we are able to offer even more to our visitors,â&#x20AC;? said Debbie Aylor, who manages tourism for Spotsylvania County.

What you find Potomac Point Winery in Stafford anchors the north end of the trail. The Mediterranean-inspired winery building with its tower overlooking the vineyard visually transports you to the Tuscan countryside. You can indulge yourself at the olive oil bar as well as with the Italian-style wines, and also enjoy a meal at Le Grand Cru Bistro. Ask about the Coyote Cave. Pets are welcome and Potomac Point is open every day but Tuesday. ( Hartwood Winery is among the older Virginia wineries, having been established by Livingston in 1989 off of Exit 133. There are a variety

of white, blush, and red wines available. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a country winery others describe as â&#x20AC;&#x153;homey and warmâ&#x20AC;? and is closed Monday and Tuesday. Dogs are welcome and picnics are encouraged. ( A. Smith Bowman Distillery, off of Exit 130, was established in 1934. Today, it produces handcrafted premium bourbon and spirits that honor the legacy and spirit of Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pioneers. A knowledgeable guide takes you on an enjoyable one-hour tour with an especially enjoyable finale. Tours are on the hour and the distillery is closed Sundays. ( Blue & Gray Brewing Company is in the same industrial complex as the Bowman Distillery. The microbrewery and brew pub produces four year-round beers: Fred Red Ale, the Blue & Gray Classic Lager, Falmouth American Pale Ale, and Stonewall Stout. Tours and tastings are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. The company produces fresh beer for the onsite brew pub, Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Retreat, which is open TuesdaySaturday, 11:00am-10:00pm. ( Mattaponi Winery at Exit 118 may be the most unusual along the trail. The family-owned small farm winery produces a variety of specialty wines that you can sample in the Native-American Indian log cabin, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tasting Post.â&#x20AC;? There are red, white, and fruit-based dessert wines. Browse the Native-American gift shop, picnic, and bring Fido along. The winery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. ( 540-582-2897 Lake Anna Winery, also off of Exit 118, is another of Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older wineries, established in 1984. Housed in a renovated dairy barn, Lake Anna offers estate-grown affordable wines and great lake views. There are three red, three white, three sweet, and five Historic Fredericksburg wines to choose from. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also home to the Virginia Renaissance Faire on weekends in May and early June. Dogs are welcome, as are picnics. The winery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. (

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Former tobacco fields now yield wine-making grapes From the Lake Gaston area in Mecklenburg County to Charlotte County and Chatham, near Danville, a dozen wineries now make up the SouthRosemont Estate Winery

Rosemont Estate Winery is on farmland worked by the Rose family since 1858.

ern Virginia Wine Trail. The 12 wineries in the south central part of the state make everything from blackberry wine to cabernet and vidal blanc. Here’s where you’ll find families who still cultivate the land their ancestors farmed during the Civil War. Close to North Carolina, small towns host great heritage and food and wine events filling the month of October. Sophisticated lodging, great food, and quality arts and entertainment make an escape to the region known as Virginia’s Retreat worth the trip. Begin your tasting adventure at Rosemont, near Lake Gaston in LaCrosse. The Rose family bought the farmland in 1858 and has worked the land ever since. Now, grapes are included in the agricultural mix. The Rosemont estate winery is a family affair, managed by Stephen and Chandra Rose, with Gray Rose serving as vineyard manager and Justin Rose,


u Oct. 4: Arthur H. Robertson Archaeology Day, MacCallum More Museum and Gardens, Chase City. 434-372-0502 u Oct. 4: Autumn Day Festival, 9:00am-5:00pm, Victoria, Lunenburg County., 434-696-2337 u Oct. 11: Taste of Brunswick Festival, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Southside Virginia Community College campus, Alberta, Brunswick County. Free admission and free parking; rain or shine event. u Oct. 18: Rosemont Winery’s End of Harvest Festival. 434-636-9463 u Oct. 20-Oct. 26: Staunton River Star Party, Staunton River State Park. 434-572-4623 u Oct 26: SoVA Wine Festival, The Lawn at Berry Hill, South Boston. Twelve wineries featured at this event, with food and special lodging packages available.

who studied viticulture and oenology in the Napa Valley, the winemaker. They showcase local artists in a gallery here, too. Tastings cost $5. Allow time for savoring your tasting experience — you’ll want to check out the fabulous bed-andbreakfast, country inn, and resort lodging options in the region.

Finding your way According to Cameron Ancil, who promotes the Southern Virginia Wine Trail, the group has launched a new application for smart phones that helps you get to and from each of the dozen wineries. At, a map pinpoints the wineries and links to the individual websites. South Boston is a pivotal point around which to begin your excursion. Check out Halifax and the counties that neighbor South Boston, and you’ll find many of the wineries are within an easy drive of one another. Entertainment options in the area supplement the wine experience. A converted tobacco warehouse called the Prizery is now an art center and hosts performing arts events in a concert hall with great acoustics. A permanent exhibit about a little-known event that changed Revolutionary War history is here,

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Nelson offers lots of libations There is gold in the hills south of Charlottesville, Va. — gold of the liquid kind. It also comes in amber, burgundy, champagne, russet brown, and all the hues of fine aged beverages. Nelson County has lately been drawing aficionados of locally produced beer, wine, cider, and spirits like flowers draw butterflies. With 10 wineries, four breweries, one hard apple cidery, and four distilleries up or in the works, Nelson County offers lots of options for memorable sampling. Whether you’re looking to the east, west, north, or south in this rural county, you’re seldom far from an excellent beer, wine, or spirit. “Our adult beverage industry has grown dramatically; the older businesses as well as the new ones,” says Maureen Kelley, who promotes the area. “We’ve got a fifth distillery and another cidery in the planning stages. Yet many of our established companies are expanding into new areas.” Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery began as a berry farm and became a crafter of “true to the fruit” wines almost 20 years ago. Visitors can sip wines made from blueberries, blackberries, elderberries, apples, peaches, and even honey. In fact, the winery now specializes in honey meads, and is soon expanding into tastings of local honey.

Brew News A few miles away, Devils Backbone Brewery gives evidence Nelson County’s beer scene is thriving. The 200-seat, full-menu restaurant is

expanding its seating with a large beer garden. And the company’s not stopping with beer. Devils Backbone is adding a distillery, slated for an early summer 2015 opening, and an on-site ABC store for spirit sales. “We’re operating at capacity,” says Cole Eure, Devils Backbone restaurant manager. “We’re excited about this expansion and our increased capacity to do special events.” Another western Nelson County brewery, Blue Mountain, has purchased space for special events near its Afton location. Wild Wolf Brewing Company is teaming up with the Artisan Center of Virginia to bring local artists to the brewpub, giving guests the chance to take home a piece of Virginia. Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Wild Wolf hosts Arts ‘N Ales in the village arts center on its property. But beer isn’t the only Nelson County beverage filling both glasses and visitors’ needs for a homegrown, crisp taste — hard cider is a hit, too. Nelson, the state’s third largest apple-producing county, raises Albemarle Pippins, Winesaps, Grimes, and other tart apples perfect for cidermaking. “Just as great wine comes from great grapes, great apples make for great hard cider,” says Kelley. Bold Rock Hard Cider, near Wintergreen Resort, has been growing by leaps and bounds. The company has nearly completed a $4 million cider barn that will triple production and complement the tasting experience with light dining.

Constructed of oak beams and offering a full view of the production area, the barn features historic apple ladders, cases, and presses, all making for the perfect backdrop for tastings.

Happy Trails Finding one’s way between these establishments is no problem, thanks to Nelson County’s beverage trails. For designer beers, the Brew Ridge Trail is the road most taken. You can mix it up on the Red, White and Brew Tour of wineries, breweries, distilleries, and a cidery. Some visitors begin at Afton Mountain Vineyards, where wine is stored in a cave, then charge on to Blue Mountain Brewery, with its weekly live entertainment. Premium vodka, gin, whiskey, and bourbon are the fare at Silverback Distillery. Then on to Bold Rock Cidery and Brew Pub, Cardinal Point Winery, DelFosse Vineyards and Winery, Lovingston Winery, Democracy Vineyards, Flying Fox Vineyard, Hill Top, and Mountain Cove Vineyards. Mountain Cove proclaims itself to be Virginia’s oldest winery. Additionally, there’s the Nelson 151 Trail in the western part of the county. Following these trails for tastings, food, and additional coverage at sights makes for a great fall getaway.


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Festival has preserved Blue Ridge Mountain folkways You’ll be able to tell when you’re nearing the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival in Ferrum, Va., on Oct. 25 by the howling of the coon dogs, the strains of old-time music, and the sputter of antique tractor engines. For 40 years, Blue Ridge Institute director Roddy Moore has been assembling practitioners of ancient crafts, musicians, cooks, motorheads, mule jumpers, coon dog racers, and old-time gamers on the Ferrum College campus for this celebration of the rich heritage of the region. Every year Moore manages to add something new to the showcase of traditional arts, crafts, or pastimes that have almost slipped away. This year, it’s a slingshot competition worthy of little Rue in The Hunger Games. In past years, the festival hosted a slingshot maker who also happened to be an expert marksman. This year, two well-known mountain marksmen pair off in an exciting competition. “These guys can shoot from the hip and hit their target,” Moore said. “How do they do it? It’s a reckoning thing, I think.”

Mountain music, too On the music side, the Folklife Festival’s three stages will feature bluegrass, shape note singing, blues, and gospel, with a special workshop in oldtime harmonica playing. Moore has also rounded up 10 regional musicians who played and travelled

with the late Bill Monroe. In 1938, Monroe formed his own band, the Blue Grass Boys. For more than 50 years, being a Blue Grass Boy was the crowning achievement of many musicians’ careers; for others, it was a stepping stone to establishing their own bands. Former Blue Grass Boys will share their memories in an oral history session and play some of their favorite songs from the Bill Monroe playlist. The festival includes nearly 50 old-time crafts, not including moonshining, although a still will be cooking on the grounds. An heirloom apple farmer and a root and herb collector share space with folks who start the process of basket making by finding an oak on a northeast slope. Finding people who practice these skills and crafts is the hardest part of organizing the festival, Moore said. “The festival is a celebration of the traditions of this region that are still practiced,” he said. “We don’t look for someone who is a revivalist. We look for people who learned these traditions within their families and communities. We’ve got only one tobacco twister, and we’re having trouble finding smockers and dough bowl makers.”

families, and civic groups — real Blue Ridge country food cooked up in kettles and pots on the site. Offerings include fried fish, chili beans, fried apple pies, pork skins, apple butter, pork barbecue, ham biscuits, fresh molasses, kettle coffee, and cakes of all varieties. It’s tempting to eat your way across the festival. Across the festival campus, crowds gather around especially popular events. Coon mule jumping is sure to be one of them. This unique event features mules that jump over fences as high as 5 feet — from a standing position. The owner says, “Jump, Pete,” and the obedient animal levitates over that fence. Unlike horses, mules don’t need any running start, making them ideal for raccoon hunters in earlier times. 

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When hunger strikes, you can choose from among two dozen items prepared by churches,

Need to know Tickets for the festival are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 6 to 15) and seniors (ages 60 and older). Festival tickets are sold at the gates on the day of the event. Advance tickets can be ordered by calling 540-365-4412.

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Grapes color the landscape in historic Orange County “Orange County offers wine lovers totally different experiences to choose from,” says Leigh Mawyer, who promotes the county. The area, which prides itself on its Colonial as well as Civil War history, is also proud of its role in the history of Virginia wine. In a state where new wineries pop up more quickly than you can count, Barboursville Vineyards represents a tradition going back eight generations in the current owner’s Italian family. Thomas Jefferson designed the mansion on the property for Gov. James Barbour in 1814 and the Barbour family maintained the property with progressive agricultural ideas until the Zonin family purchased it and began vineyards there in the 1970s, building on their Italian winemaking heritage. Today, visitors can stay at the 1804 Inn, which overlooks the mansion, or in a plantation cottage, and dine at the Palladio Restaurant onsite, all while enjoying the estate’s wines. The other “oldie but goodie” Orange County winery is Horton Vineyards, which offers an Old

Grapes continued from page 36 too. The SoVA Fall Wine Fest at Berry Hill Resort features all 12 wineries for $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Berry Hill lodging packages combine tastings for $149 and up, according to Ancil. Nearby, the no-pesticides Bright Meadows Farm Vineyard and Winery, located in Nathalie, makes several fruit wines and a special “Rebellion” red from the historic Virginia Norton grape. The Rebellion is named in honor of the little-known event described at the Prizery: The Revolutionary War “Crossing of the Dan” military campaign of Gen. Daniel Greene, who helped turn the tide of the American Revolution before the decisive Battle of Yorktown. Proceeds from the sale of the wine benefit the Halifax Historical Society. Also located in Nathalie, Molliver Vineyards produces sweet and dry red and white wines. The chambourcin and vidal blanc have been recognized as “Best Buys” in Wine Spectator magazine. In this same area, you’ll find Annefield Vineyards in Saxe and Hunting

World Tudor winery with visually amazing underground wine cellars and a beautiful tasting room that is open seven days a week. Dennis Horton moved his vineyard to Orange County in 1988 and researched French grape varieties that would do well in Virginia’s humid conditions.

Newer vineyards Kenny White added grape vines to his family farm in 2010, renovated an old barn for his winery and tasting room, and opened in 2014. The Chateau MerrillAnne Vineyard remains a working farm and the owners take pride in interacting with visitors as they take in the views from the deck. “The vine’s the thing for us,” said Roe Allison, who owns Reynard Florence Vineyard with his wife, Dee. “That’s where the wine starts.” The couple pride themselves on the design and details of their vineyard and consider the wines they produce, “like our children.” The tasting room is open weekends and Monday holidays for sampling the seven wines. “We’re small enough that we can give our visi-

Creek Vineyards in Clover. The dozen counties that make up the Virginia’s Retreat region combine adventure and agricultural tourism with award-winning state parks and Colonial, Civil War, and civil rights historical sites. At the western edge of the region, in Charlotte County, is Red Hill, the final resting place of Revolutionary firebrand Patrick Henry. His will included this message about the Stamp Act Resolutions and split from Great Britain: “Whether America’s

tors individual attention,” Allison said. Honah Lee is still new enough that they haven’t bottled their own product yet, but you can taste and purchase other Virginia wines in the tasting room and pick up produce, jams, baked goods, and other items at the farm market. Both offer the country store vibe. Insider tip: Orange and 10 other counties are working to establish the Piedmont region as Virginia’s Wine Country. The area is home to about 100 wineries or one-third of Virginia’s total. Stephen Sanford established Central Virginia Wine Tours and Transportation to help visitors take advantage of the region’s winery experiences. Customers can select from group or couples tours in the immediate area or a bit further afield. ( Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange offers a tour package with Sanford’s company. (

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New Appalachian Byway Geocache Challenge drawing treasure hunters to western Va. The concept is simple. Plug in specified coordinates into a GPS-enabled device and, voila, you’re on your way to finding hidden booty. Drive along looking for signs, hunt down the concealed container, open it up, and record your findings. That is geocaching at its most

basic — a treasure hunt. One of the region’s newest geocache trails, the Appalachian Byway Geocache Challenge, is drawing treasure hunters along scenic Route 39 through

western Virginia and bordering areas of West Virginia. The challenge spans five counties, beginning in Lexington, Va., and ending in Summersville, W.Va. The lakes, rivers, streams, and springs help to make this meandering route one of the prettiest drives in the East. Participants can download free geocaching apps for their phones, and GPS units are available for loan at the Lexington and Rockbridge Area Tourism office. This visitor center is open from 9:00am5:00pm daily in Lexington, Va.

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The National Apple Harvest Festival celebrates its golden year Wine, fruit, and ghosts are reasons for fall visit to Gettysburg area Fall means apples, and the orchards around Gettysburg, Pa., are the ideal setting for the National Apple Harvest Festival, now in its 50th year. “It’s very rustic, so you’ll want to wear comfortable shoes,” said the festival’s Dawn Bodenburg. “It’s not a formal event.” The festival draws people from all around the region and is held at the South Mountain Fairgrounds in Biglerville, Oct. 5-6 and 12-13. It’s a

great time to get reacquainted with nature’s favorite fruit and see some of Pennsylvania’s prettiest countryside. According to Bodenburg, some of the more popular events include working steam engine and shingle mill demonstrations, apple product booths, and tractor square dancing. Watch a local organization make apple syrup, apple jelly, apple sauce, and candy apples and step up for a taste, too.

d CAP OFF THE NIGHT WITH A GHOST TOUR OF YOUR CHOICE Gettysburg is known as one of the most haunted places in America. Ghost tours roam the streets most every night with guides in period clothing and lanterns telling the stories of people who lived or fought and died here. Each of the many ghost tour companies offer unique experience and some even equip you to hunt down an apparition yourself. “Spooky” Reilly says her Gettysburg Ghost Tours visit locations that are only open to them and offers both guided tours and ghost hunts with high-tech equipment. You can stay at a bed-and-breakfast reputed to be haunted, like Farnsworth House or Battlefield B&B. Farnsworth House does tours of the building and the Mourning Theater in the basement. Jennie Wade was the only civilian casualty during the Battle of Gettysburg and is said to still haunt the home where she died. Take a daytime tour or sit at midnight in the cellar and see what happens. The Hotel Gettysburg offers a ghost tour package that include accommodations, dinner, breakfast, a tour, and book by a prominent ghost historian. The hotel also offers “Memories of Lincoln” and romance packages. There are plenty of ghost tour options. Check them out at

Prices for attending the festival are reasonable — children under 12 get in free — and admission includes orchard bus tours of area farms. “You walk a little and get tired, so you get on the bus and ride. Then, when you come back to the fairgrounds, you’re ready to walk some more,” Bodenburg said.

Travel the wine and fruit trail Turn your Adams County excursion into a mini-vacation extravaganza by following the Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail. The Craft Beverage Tour showcases breweries, pubs and taverns, and wineries in the region. That includes some of the up-and-coming hard cider makers in Adams County. Kathy Reid, of Reid’s Orchard & Winery, is the president and founder of the Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail. She called hard cider a gateway into

wine for beer drinkers because of its lower alcohol content. “It largely appeals to younger people,” she said, “because the soft drink generation finds it appealing to the palate. From a grower’s perspective, it’s of interest because we have a lot of apples to harvest.” Adams County is the largest producer of apples in Pennsylvania, which is the fourth-largest apple producing state in the nation. Jumping on the hard cider revolution, two of the local wineries produce hard apple cider. Additionally, there are two local companies that specialize in producing hard cider, and one of them is featured on the trail. Ben Kisheaugh, co-owner of Big Hill Ciderworks in Gardners, Pa., a few miles outside of Gettysburg, said hard cider is growing in popularity as a result of the craft beer revolution.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The emphasis is on eating healthy and eating local,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hard cider is naturally glutenfree, so it certainly fits that mold. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing in it but apples and yeast, so it tailors well to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on in the food and beverage industry.â&#x20AC;? Hauser Estate Winery and Reidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are near the fairgrounds where the National Apple Harvest Festival takes place each year. Insider tip: Reidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orchard & Winery is hosting an American craft festival in conjunction with the Apple Harvest Festival. Other members of the Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Tail are offering specials during the festival.

Trail followers earn gifts by having their Trail Guide stamped at various locations on the trail. Twelve stamps will get you two Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail wine glasses; six stamps will earn you a hat. Stop by the Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail CiderFest table at the National Apple Harvest Festival for your first stamp before starting the tour. The National Apple Museum in Biglerville is open weekends May through October and features exhibits and equipment. Though best known for its historic battlefield, Adams Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20,000 sprawling acres of farmland provide fulladditional coverage at color panoramas

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The route heads west, passing over the riffling Jackson River, then crossing Back Creek Mountain and the hairpin turn on the dividing ridge between Virginia and West Virginia. This is also the boundary between the George Washington National Forest and the Monongahela National Forest. The roadway continues west through Minnehaha Springs, Huntersville (look for jailhouse clues), and into Marlinton. As you cross Knapp Creek near Huntersville, look south for a cathedral-sized arch in the exposed rocks known as Devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Backbone. More clues await in the Greenbrier River town of Marlinton, a prime resting spot on the 75-mile Greenbrier River Trail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Route 39 is fantastic to do on a motorcycle, one of the best touring roads,â&#x20AC;? said Jerry Knox, a Pittsburgh resident whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially partial to the stretch west from Marlinton. Here, Route 39 passes beautiful mountain streams, thick forest, Summit Lake, and the

continued from page 40 Lake. The drive passes the village of Rockbridge Baths and winds through Goshen Pass, a gorge formed by the Maury River through Great North Mountain. Two of the nine caches are keyed to the Maury River in this area. Insider tip: The Hummingbird Inn, a carpenter Gothic-style bed-and-breakfast with views of Goshen Pass from wrap-around porches, is a great stop along the way. Soon you will be in genteel Bath County, known for its mineral spring spas. The Nature Conservancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Warm Springs Mountain Preserve and the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest operating wooden bath houses are located at Warm Springs and figure in the geocache clues. Travelers often stop to enjoy a wade or a soak in the warm waters before exploring the arts district and historical society museum of the pretty old village of Warm Springs.

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Hawk Mountain raptors are unusual attraction near Reading They come on the wind in the fall — as many as 25,000 hawks, eagles, and falcons. The migrating birds of prey travel in search of warmer climate and more abundant food. They are funneled to this Pennsylvania ridge and use it as a guiding beacon on their journeys to places as far flung as Argentina. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a special place. It sits in a jog on the normally poker-straight Blue Mountain that cuts across Pennsylvania in a northeasterly direction. Because of this jog, the V-shaped valley of Eckville creates spiraling updrafts that climb the steep-sided ridge and give the birds a mighty push southward. The birds pepper the skies surrounding Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s North Lookout from late August until December, making it one of the world’s best observation sites for the fall migration. More data on migrating raptors has been collected here than any place on earth. People come from all over the world to climb to the mountain’s vistas and trace the birds’ glorious flight through binoculars. The scenic overlooks tower 1,3001,500 feet above sea level and provide close-up and intimate opportunities to view the birds and learn about them. You can rub shoulders with knowledgeable biologists who can identify how old a specific bird is before you can even see it with your naked eye.

Trails on the mountain There are eight miles of trails on sanctuary property and many more if you connect to the Appalachian Trail. The Escarpment Trail is my favorite, as it entails using hand-over-hand bouldering with stellar views of the valley to the side. This is a great place to take children, who love to scramble and climb. The main trail is gentle and meanders past the Hall of the Mountain King and the historic Slide, where you see the remains of a quarrying operation that dropped carloads of sand down to the Schuylkill River via a gravity railroad. Or, you can spend a greater amount of time hiking and take the River of Rocks Trail. This rugged trail skirts a huge field of boulders that once sat perched on the mountaintop before rolling down into the valley floor. Insider tip: Even if you are wheelchair bound, you can get to South Lookout, with its gently graded trail. The sanctuary offers an all-terrain wheelchair free of charge that requires a pusher to help, but the incline is slight and well worth it. A stone and gravel platform next to South Lookout provides an ideal flat spot for people using wheelchairs who want to view the migration. The visitors center features the Wings of Wonder Gallery, with 19 life-sized, hand-carved raptor models, including 16 species of hawks, eagles,

and falcons. A native plant garden, observation deck, and bird blind all add to the experience. Programs are offered throughout the year, many free. During migration season, someone from the sanctuary sits on the lookouts assisting in bird identification.

Be prepared Come for the day. Pack a picnic, bring some cushions so you can sit awhile, and wait for that low-flying eagle at the end of the day. It’s a great reward for those with patience. It is quite a bit cooler on the ridge top, so pack jackets and hats. Don’t forget the binoculars and sturdy shoes, as trails are ungraded and rocky (except for the one to South Lookout). Remember, some of the best flights are after a low-pressure system passes, when the winds are from the north or west, temps and humidity are dropping, and barometric pressure is rising. If all else fails, call the sanctuary for advice.

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Celebrating the harvest is a Greene County fall tradition Southwestern Pa. is prime leaf-peeping area, too October brings both a major harvest celebration and fall foliage to Greene County, Pa. The Greene County Historical Society and Museum hosts its 43rd annual Harvest Festival, Oct. 11-12, paying homage to the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich agriculture history. It is held on a property that was once the county poor house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of spooky stories about it,â&#x20AC;? said the historical societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candice Tustin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This building housed the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s destitute, poor, and prisoners. There are still shackles in the basement.â&#x20AC;? Seems appropriate for an October event. For more than four decades, the society and the festival in Waynesburg, located nearly four hours from Washington, D.C., have celebrated the history of Greene County. The museum grounds feature several historical buildings, including a sawmill and rebuilt log cabin, in addition to the former county poor house. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waynie,â&#x20AC;? a narrow-gauge steam locomotive that once ran between Waynesburg and Washington. The main museum building houses rooms dedicated to specific periods or pieces of Greene County history. The museum captures the chronology of the county, from when the Monongahela Indians called the land home, to the Greensboro

pottery and Jacobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birdhouses that represent early industry. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich heritage of coal production and agriculture that takes center stage. Celebrating the harvest has long been part of Greene Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture, so it makes sense that the historical society would make it a centerpiece event, Tustin said.

Fun, but historically accurate â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the biggest event we have,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make sure that everything represented is done in a historically accurate way.â&#x20AC;? This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival will include a nod to the historical societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main building by selling bread baked in the original poor house ovens. A local grange will sell apple butter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a culinary staple in Pennsylvania that dates back centuries. The Harvest Festival is also known for its Civil War reenactors, who put on several different demonstrations and battles throughout the two-day event. Demonstrations of agriculture practices, along with an 18th-century tavern, will round out the theme of food and celebration of a bountiful harvest. One vendor taking part in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harvest

Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thistlethwaite Vineyards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; represents another part of Greene Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agriculture heritage. Along with being owned by the same family for the past five generations, the farm is also the first commercial winery in the county. While the history of the Thistlethwaite property dates back for more than a century, the vineyard first opened in 2000. Greene County produces some excellent vintages, said Deneen Rhodes, manager of the wineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tasting room. Wine grapes grown at Thistlethwaite are French hybrids, and the wine makers like to push the envelope, Rhodes said. Colonial Red â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the wineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular and critically acclaimed wine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is aged in Pennsylvania white oak, but instead of producing a dry vintage, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tweaked to come out sweet, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our wine maker is a bit of a rebel,â&#x20AC;? she said. Thistlethwaite Vineyards, located in Jefferson, carries 12 varieties of wines available for tasting inside the bustling winery. Throughout the year the winery hosts a number of events including live music and barbeques. This October, a local theater company is producing a continued on page 52







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Tasting Indiana County fall fun Fall and winter festivals meld easily in Indiana County, Pa., where traditional Amish celebrations complement a festival honoring favorite son Jimmy Stewart and It’s Wonderful Life, a huge holiday light display, and seasonal fun on the area’s numerous Christmas tree farms. October fun includes Yarnick’s Farm Haunted Fun and Pumpkins, where you can visit the haunted hol-

low, maze, and haunted house — or sit by the bonfire and sip hot chocolate while others do the scary thing — before picking out a pumpkin to take home. Scary Harry’s Haunted Trail is a local tradition on weekends, Oct. 4-Nov 1. You’re driven in a truckdrawn hearse to the top of the property where the trail starts, then weave your way through the woods Indiana Gazette

The It’s a Wonderful Life Festival and Parade on Nov. 21 opens the holiday season in Indiana County.

A visit to the Jimmy Stewart Museum seems especially appropriate as the holidays draw near.”

trying your best to avoid Scary Harry and his bandits. The It’s a Wonderful Life Festival and Parade on Nov. 21 opens the holiday season with a salute to movie star Jimmy Stewart, who hailed from the Indiana. A visit to the Jimmy Stewart Museum seems especially appropriate as the holidays draw near. Thanksgiving is also the traditional opening of the Festival of Lights at Blue Spruce Park, where you can view 80 different light displays on a 2-mile drive around the lake. The display is open weekends until Dec. 13, when it begins daily operation through Jan. 1. Indiana County proclaims itself to be the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World” and there are ample opportunities to cut your own or just visit the farms and enjoy seasonal activities.

Then there’s the wine Indiana County’s wineries provide different experiences. Country Winery and Vineyard in Blairsville is in its second year. Owner George Bogdanski offers nine selections in a venue with a Southwestern theme. Two other wineries are also located in Blairsville: Raspberry Acres

and Walnut Hill. At Raspberry Acres, visitors can sip their favorite wine on the patio overlooking a small lake. Bands often perform at Walnut Hill Winery on weekends and the seven wines offered tend to the sweet side. Windgate Vineyards and Winery is in the Amish community of Smicksburg. It is the oldest and largest estate winery in southwestern Pennsylvania, and produces more than 9,000 gallons of wine per year, largely French varietals of 10 red and nine white offerings. The owners also produce several fruit and “party” wines.

Groundhog Wine Trail The Indiana County wineries are part of the Pennsylvania Groundhog Wine Trail, which draws its name from Punxsutawney Phil, the famous prognosticator that draws a crowd to the region every year to learn if there will be six more weeks of winter. The trail is the state’s longest, stretching from Altoona, through the Pennsylvania Wilds region, toward Erie and the New York border. Indiana is at the hub of the trail. The wineries are great to visit during any continued on page 49

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Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country offers Cornucopia event South Central Pennsylvania is home to rolling hills, breathtaking views, and a unique collection of 15 family-owned wineries that connect the cultural landscape of the Hershey and Harrisburg region. “The response to our new Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country has been phenomenal,” said Rick Dunlap of the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau. “Guests comment on how engaging the vintners and artisan winemakers are and how that experience creates a more personal connection to the wine and the local culture.” Oenophiles who are interested in learning about what goes on behind the scenes may want to

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prioritize a stop at the Vineyard at Hershey where L. Paul Vezzetti, one of the partners and a third generation winemaker, enjoys sharing the winemaking process with visitors. “Few wineries offer extensive tours of their properties like we do, even walking people through the vineyard and discussing the growing process,” said Vezzetti. Guests can sample an award-winning moscato, or choose from an array of Vezzetti’s other handcrafted selections in the tasting room, open seven days a week. Music lovers will also enjoy catching the “Friday Night Decked Out Live” concert series.

Food, scenery, and relaxation Foodies will want to include a visit to the new Spring Gate Vineyards in Harrisburg, which hosts a monthly dinner, truffle pairings, and Sunday brunch catered by the Mountainside Supper Club, which is known for its farm-to-table fare. Harrisburg resident Rich Wisner enjoys the monthly dinners. “The food is wonderful, the staff is friendly, and everyone has such a great time,” he said. A scenic drive awaits those who visit Armstrong Valley Vineyard in the village of Halifax. And it’s no wonder why many select this pristine 100-acre property complete with a 200-year-old barn to celebrate their nuptials. Gary Oates and his wife, Annette, from nearby Stoney Creek Valley, are frequent visitors. “We enjoy the pleasant and friendly atmosphere, from the live music to sharing a bottle of Polecat Sweet. The staff always make us feel welcome,” said Oates. Those seeking a rollicking good time should add Buddy Boy Winery in Perry County to their list. Owner and inspiration for the distinct Buddy Boy mascot, Bill Warner, promises a fun time for all, asking guests to leave their seriousness at the door. Warner has little tolerance for the stuffiness that is sometimes associated with the wine business and it’s obvious when you take a look at some of

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the names of the wines, like the best-selling “Four on the Floor.” It’s not unusual to witness customers dancing on tables while live bands play every Saturday night, according to Warner. Visitors can plot their journey through the wine country using an interactive map at The user-friendly website helps plan a trip and provides facts about each unique property and details on upcoming events. Tickets for the trail’s next big event, The Cornucopia Wine Quest, held on weekends Oct. 25-Nov. 2, are also available on the website. For $15, guests can sit back and relax at participating wineries with a souvenir glass and a 10 percent discount on all purchases. Each winery offers a different interactive experience for fall harvest, from hayrides and wine bottle decorating to making your own scarecrow or caramel apple.

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Central Pennsylvania isn’t just for wine aficionados — the area is quickly becoming popular as a craft beer destination with a new Hershey Harrisburg Craft Beer Country. Hollywood Casino at Penn National in Grantville will showcase 20 local and regional craft brewers during its Central PA Oktoberfest event on Oct. 4. The fun begins with a VIP reception at 1:30pm when guests will have the opportunity to taste not only a special beer brewed from each brewery and made exclusively for the VIPs, but also two additional signature beers. Food will include sauerbraten sliders, smoked trout, and a variety of other regional favorites. General admission starts at 2:30pm and includes three hours of tasting, along with two different beers crafted by each brewery and food offered for sale by Hollywood Casino’s culinary team. The event will culminate with “The Second Annual Run for the Laurels,” a signature thoroughbred horse race for the event. Tickets and details are available at events. Recreation News readers can get an exclusive $5 discount on admission to the Octoberfest by using the code “recreation” at 2014oktoberfest. I october 2014 I recreation news 47

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Pennsylvania-Maryland border wineries celebrate harvest Learn & Taste, Local.

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Swan Harbor Farm • Havre de Grace, Harford Co. • $25/$20 advance ($5 discount with military ID at gate)

Maryland wine festivals and events are great places to learn about the local wine industry, try fine wines, enjoy local music, shop local artisans and try food from local restaurants. For more information: WWW.MARYLANDWINE.COM

Autumn is harvest season — a time when farmers gather the final crops and preserve what they can for the long winter months. For wineries bordering the Mason-Dixon Line, the season signals the time to sip, sample, and savor the fruits of their labors and share their harvest. The 20 wineries along the MasonDixon Wine Trail, stretching to the northern boundaries of Lancaster County, Pa., and dipping down to Hydes in Maryland, predominantly cluster around York County, Pa., creating an opportunity for aficionados to spend a few weekends tasting the best the region has to offer. “This is a great area for wine making,” says Carl Helrich of Allegro Winery in Brogue. “Our climate and soils are unique.” In his own vineyard, “the Chesapeake Bay acts as a weather draw and there are constant winds that are good for the grapes. We have good, well-drained, highiron clay soil that helps us offer amazing Bordeaux-like wines that have become our specialty.” In the fall, the winery, like many others in the region, offers a just-

pressed nuevo wine for the trail’s annual Wine Just Off The Vine event, Nov. 8-9 and 15-16. Helrich says a nuevo wine “is not easy to make,” as the grapes must be picked and fermented quickly. The result offers a “light, fresh, fruity wine that’s good for a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and cranberry sauce.” He adds that this uncomplicated wine is a way to immediately know what 2014 grapes taste like. Grape growers are “flavor farmers,” says Helrich, adding that the challenging growing year seems to have created a great crop. Visitors to the fall signature event will also have the opportunity to taste unfinished wines before they are bottled at all wineries along the Mason-Dixon Trail. Tickets to the event can be purchased at any of the 20 locations and the $15 fee includes admission to all of the facilities over both weekends, a lanyard with collectible buttons for each of the regions, a souvenir tasting glass, and a discount on wine purchases. continued on page 53




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Indiana continued from page 46 season of the year, although fall is an ideal time, especially if you’re a leaf peeper. The Groundhog Wine Trail will take you on a scenic route among Pennsylvania’s rolling hills, sun-dappled woods, and bucolic farmlands, which are the perfect backdrop for a lazy day of sumptuous sipping. A day after Punxsutawney Phil rears his head and delivers his annual forecast, many will toast to this furry little critter at the eighth annual Groundhog Wine Trail Festival. Held at Clearfield County Fairgrounds on Feb. 3, the event will feature more than 40 vendors, and Phil himself usually makes an appearance. Amateur vintners can even compete in a competition judged by the American Wine Society.

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October brings spooky events to Martinsburg October brings thrills and chills to Martinsburg, W.Va., that can satisfy all kinds of appetites. Hungry? You can vote for your favorite chili while listening to live music at the 10th annual Chili Cook-off, downtown on Oct. 4, 2:00pm-5:00pm. “We decided years ago that we didn’t want people just watching chefs make chili. We wanted people to taste the chilis and vote for their favorite. It’s much more fun,” said Laura Gassler, who promotes the area. “You can walk down the street and hear live music all around.” For a $5 fee, chili lovers get a one-ounce sampling cup and can taste as many as 15 different chilis. Categories for voting include hottest, most spicy, best vegetarian, most unique, best traditional, and meatiest.

investigators and attempt to capture paranormal activity on a camera or a recorder. You might see a Civil War soldier or George, who is reputed to be a former stage manager/theater employee who died when he fell over a rail in the building sometime in the 1930s or 1940s. Investigations run Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 24 from midnight to 4:00am The cost is $25 and reservations are required. Fans of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show can watch the movie and also be treated to Shadowcast, performers who will perform on stage during the film. This show will be held Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 at midnight.

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The Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival celebrates one of the area’s primary products at various locations throughout Martinsburg, Oct. 16-19. There’s a Grand Feature Parade on Oct. 18 and an Arts, Crafts, and Vintage show at the Roundhouse Center on Oct. 18-19 with 100 juried crafters. As you might expect, there’s an apple pie judging contest on Oct. 17. From spooks to good eats, Martinsburg gets into the October spirit.

If you want to get into the spirit of Halloween, Martinsburg has you covered with a visit to the Apollo Civic Theatre for Apolloween which involves four different activities, said the Apollo’s Jenifer Roberts. The Haunted Theatre is a production where Apollo staff members perform skits for throughout the theater for groups led by tour guides. It takes place Friday and Saturday evenings, 7:00-11pm, from Oct. 3 to Nov. 1. The cost is $10. If it’s real ghosts you’re after, you can check out haunted events at the theater with paranormal

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Preserve garden harvest now for enjoyment this winter Our ancestors made it through the hungry winters by “putting food by.” Before the existence of affordable refrigeration units, people canned, dried, pickled, smoked, salted, and preserved a large portion of their harvests. Things are a bit different for us today, but preserving a portion of the harvest still offers a number of advantages. Items from my garden, or produce I buy in large quantities — to get the best possible price — stock my freezer. For example, I augmented my harvest with a large box of tomatoes purchased for a few dollars from a farm stand. Granted, many had minor blemishes or spots, and several varieties were mixed together, but I bought them to make sauce, so the imperfections and assorted varieties really didn’t matter. Two days later, I had turned that huge box of tomatoes into many quarts of rich sauces, perfect for pastas, chili, and other hearty winter dishes.

Quality and variety Preserving your own food also enables you to choose the varieties you like. In a nod to tomatoes again, increasingly popular heirloom varieties, grown by gardeners and some regional farmers, have flavors very different from the supermarket varieties. Home gardeners have access to a variety of fruits and vegetables that never make it to supermarket produce sections.

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u Keep sealing edges free of moisture or food in order to make a good closure. Seal carefully. u Label packages plainly. Include the type of food, quantity, and packaging date.

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Atlantic to view fall color. The view from Thistlethwaite is one to soak in over a glass of wine, Rhodes said. Outside the tasting room, visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic in a pavilion and take in the natural beauty the region has to offer. “We have a three-county view from the farm,” she said. “We are very proud of Greene County. You have to see it to appreciate it.”

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Kitchen Guy Tomato Sauce I hesitate to give any precise ingredient quantities. You can alter this basic tomato sauce so many ways to suit your taste. Experiment with it — add oregano instead of basil, try capers and black olives for a redolent puttanesca sauce, or include some pancetta or sausage for a heartier flavor. 3 quarts tomatoes, quartered, seeded if desired 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/3 cup fresh parsley, shredded 1 medium onion, chopped 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped 1 celery stalk with leaves, chopped 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 cup fresh basil leaves, shredded 1 tablespoon sugar Salt and black pepper to taste Fill a 3-quart kettle with quartered tomatoes. Use a spoon or your fingers to remove the seeds if desired. Cook on medium heat until the tomatoes start to liquify and the skins start falling off. If desired, run the cooked tomatoes through a food mill, which will segregate the remaining skins and seeds from the resulting sauce. Otherwise, simply use a food processor. If you want a chunkier sauce, pull out several cooked tomatoes prior to milling. Ensure that they are seed- and skin-free, coarsely chop them, and set them aside until the rest of the tomatoes are milled. In a large skillet, add the olive oil and parsley, onion, carrot, and celery. Cook, stirring, until the onions brown. Add the cooked vegetables to the tomato sauce along with the garlic, basil, salt, pepper, sugar, and chopped tomatoes. Simmer, uncovered, until the sauce thickens. Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. Visit his website at reedhellman or email your questions and comments to

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How to maneuver wine festivals Helpful tips to enjoy the wine and the experience With the fall season upon us, wine festivals kick into gear big time, as producers, wine regions, countries, and agents all seem to prefer this season to launch new products and promote existing ones. For the novice or pro, it can be pretty overwhelming because there is so much to choose from. Truthfully, these large events are not the ideal environment to taste product. With folks constantly bumping into you, extraneous smells of perfume and aftershave, and — if there’s food, which there often is — the smell of cooking, all get in the way of your wine appreciation. However, there are some tricks available to you so you can get the most out of wine in these environments. Allow the “good doctor” to enlighten you. Whether it’s a large tasting, wine festival, or show, the best time to attend is right when it opens. At this time it’s still not crowded and, as these events tend to go on for hours, the exhibitors are fresh and more willing to chat. Later in the event, most exhibitors are tired and less likely to be as approachable. If it’s a wine event that’s on for several days, say from Friday to Sunday, the best time to go is on the Friday when it opens and be out of there by around 5:00pm. Even if you have to take off of work to attend, it will be in your best interest. If you can’t make it on a Friday, then get to the show

at opening time on the weekend, do your thing and vamoose. Later in the evening is when all the less serious wine lovers or party animals, who are more interested in quantity than quality, come out. Dinnertime is also a good time to avoid, as these events tend to turn into mobile buffets. Furthermore, when it’s too crowded, there is simply too much extraneous stimuli to properly focus on the wines. Most folks attending these events tend to wander from booth to booth tasting anything or as many products as possible. This is not a good idea and, when all is said and done, they wonder how much they really got out of the event. Before you actually start tasting, sit down with the show guide and plan your attack. Pick a varietal, vintage, wine style, country, region, etc., and concentrate only on the wines that fall into that category. At the end of the day, you’ll find you got a lot more out of the show and have a real sense of accomplishment. You most certainly will not have tasted everything, but you’ll end up with a pretty good handle on your chosen subject. This next trick is of utmost importance and I can’t emphasize it enough. Don’t swallow! After a few sips, the alcohol kicks in and your ability to decipher complexity of wine is shot. Besides, the alcohol will make you tired and less

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the impetus for the annual event, it’s the opportunity to meet the growers that makes it so popular. “This event allows people to meet the people behind the bottles,” says Helrich. “I think once you’ve talked to the person who makes your wine, it just tastes better.”

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Wine food pairings Some locations, like The Vineyard at Grandview in Mount Joy, Pa., offer wine and food pairings. “We have a special wine, cheese, and chocolate pairing that many of our guests enjoy. It pairs six wines with three locally made cheeses from Clover Creek Cheese Cellars and three chocolates from a local chocolatier, Spence Candies, a few miles from the vineyard,” says Dr. Fran Kratz, who helps her father in the family business. She says that, although her favorite pairing is the smoked Gouda with the vineyard’s merlot, the vineyard’s speciality pairing is “our cabernet sauvignon with a special cheese called ‘Winemaker’s Select,’ which is their special recipe cheese that is ‘washed’ in our cabernet sauvignon.” Not surprisingly, this is her father’s favorite wine. In addition to the estate wines made from grapes grown on the property, the vineyard has also become known for “Mom Kennel’s Blackberry” wine made from marion blackberries. Kratz suggests visitors research the wine trail to help plan their visit. “You will need several weekends to complete the entire trail so if you are limited on time, you will have to pick a few wineries. Knowing which wines they offer and something about the wineries will help to make the most of your time and ensure you visit the ones you will enjoy the most,” she says. And, she adds, “We always recommend having a designated driver to get you safely from one winery to another.” Although sampling the region’s harvest may be

likely to want to proceed. Speaking of not swallowing, there are often far too few “spittoons” available to dispose of your wine or there are simply too many people around to get at them. What I suggest is B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Spittoon). A plastic beer cup, jar wrapped in tin foil, or some other container will work. This certainly makes that part of the job a lot easier. Take lots of breaks as well. Don’t taste any more than four to five wines at a stretch, drink lots of water, and nibble food often. The final trick is optional, but consider bringing your own tasting glass to avoid using the oftenprovided, small, industrial versions that have the festival’s name plastered on them as a keepsake. These are usually not great for wine. So there you have it. I guarantee that if you follow some or all of these tricks for attending a wine show or festival, you’ll get much more out of it. Enjoy. © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2014. Finstein is an award-winning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine, and consultant. For more information:, drwineknow,; www., or facebook. com/EdwardDocFinstein?fref=ts




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