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Recreation The Official Publication for Government Employees Associations & October 2015

Volume 33/Number 10



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Artists’ studio tours I Mid-Atlantic caverns I History and adventure in the Cumberland Valley I Ghostly Gettysburg I Fall in Charles County I Following Mason and Dixon’s footsteps I Aboard the Queen Mary 2 I Loudon Farm Tour

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Experiences are the only things that you truly own in life

“Money can’t buy me love.” We’ve all heard the famous Beatles lyrics both as a song and in numerous philosophical meanderings. People also try to buy happiness with “things.” Recently, the term “The Experience Generation” has been getting tossed around a lot. The term is used to describe the trend of seeking fulfillment in life via experiences rather than attempting to find fulfillment in acquisition of more “things.” Countless studies verify satisfaction with life has far less to do with spending power, and far more to do with life experiences and relationships. I see this more and more among society and it’s refreshing to see such a positive trend. I’ve also had a chance to reflect upon it as I was handling the estate of my recently deceased mother. Furniture, kitchenware, holiday decorations, and personal items of all sorts that once mattered to her are now trivial items seeking a new home. I doubt she’d really miss any of it. Every happy picture of her had nothing to do with a new sofa or car. They were all about experiences: travels to neat places, family gatherings, reunions, vacations, or even a picnic with friends at a state park. It’s kind of wise when you think about


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it — experience is the only thing you truly own. Experience ranks high in many aspects of life. You don’t want a rookie surgeon “practicing” on you. You don’t want your jet flight to a vacation destination piloted by a firsttime solo aviator. People don’t hire managers who simply studied textbooks on managing people: They want people who’ve experienced working with and leading workers. Relationships don’t even exist without experience. Hollywood is replete with movies on the aging parent who realizes he has little if any relationship with his children and now that they are tied up in their own world, it seems too late to fix it. You can’t sell experience, and you can’t buy it. It only exists if it is real. Best of all, experience comes in many price ranges. For a few wellheeled travelers, the lure of a private citizen space ride can be had. No doubt, it’s an A-list experience. On the other hand, for a few dollars in gas, or perhaps a state park entrance fee, there are bargain experiences too numerous to list. Believe me, we tout at least two dozen new ones every month and have been doing that for decades. I remember biking the C&O Canal listening to birds chirping away, pull-




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Tourism is people, as well as places I first met Vicki Gardner in the spring of 2008 while identifying new areas to explore for our readers. Vicki heads the Smith Mountain Lake, Va., Chamber of Commerce and is a passionate advocate for the area. She realized the value of the Recreation News readership as potential visitors, and she and her staff have worked with us ever since to promote the lake’s outdoor recreation and events. It was Vicki’s passion for Smith Mountain Lake that led her to be at work extra early on Aug. 26 to do a “live shot” interview for a Roanoke TV station. What happened during that interview has been replayed countless times on national television and the Internet: We saw a reporter and cameraman shot and killed and Gardner seriously wounded. Thankfully, Vicki is now home from the hospital and recovering, and we look forward to working with the good folks at the chamber on the lake’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2016. Across the Mid-Atlantic region, hundreds of talented people work to promote their localities every day in tourism offices and chambers of commerce operations. Thousands more provide the services and experiences that create the memories we take home from a day trip, getaway, or vacation. Tour guides, wait staff, front desk personnel, and all types of people you never even see in attractions, restaurants, and lodgings contribute to

the experiences we cherish after we return home. While Vicki Gardner’s case is certainly extreme, people in the tourism industry solve problems every day that ensure travelers’ experiences are the best they can be. So, as you scan this issue of Recreation News to check out regional wine trails, Gettysburg’s ghost tours, artists’ studio tours, or our famous caverns, remember that there are people behind those places and events working hard to promote them and to keep them operating smoothly. Aside from knowing Vicki herself, the shooting struck home for me in another way, showing how times have changed. Earlier in my career I was interviewed on hundreds of television live shots covering everything from fun previews of presidential inaugural parade floats to serious topics such as tax protesters, moonshiners, and labor issues. Never did I think that violence could be part of the equation. Those of us in the Recreation News family continue to send prayers and best wishes to Vicki Gardner and her family so that she can return to promoting her beloved Smith Mountain Lake.

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Peek behind the creative curtain during a fall artists’ studio tour

MARYLAND Countryside Artisans Studio Tour Oct. 9–11; Tours are also held the first two weekends in December by a group of cottage artisans in suburban Washington. There are 15 stops on the selfguided tour. Home and garden furniture, wrought ironware, woodenware, original prints, handblown glass, pottery, knitted and woven apparel, and jewelry are among the offerings. Mountain Maryland Art Sale and Tour Oct. 18–19 and Oct. 25–26; There’s a lot of ground to cover, with 22 locations in Allegany and Garrett counties, so two weekends are devoted to the tour. You’ll find various kinds of paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, metal, and mixed-media items. This year, 34 artists are participating. The sponsor, Allegany Arts Council (301-777-ARTS), has a free guidebook available. Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour Oct. 24–25 and Oct. 31–Nov. 1; Make a weekend of it on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at this 16th annual tour, where you can meet the artists and buy original work at studio prices. Some 50 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. Valley Craft Network Studio Tour Nov. 21–22; The Middletown and Pleasant Valley areas in central Maryland are home to many artists and artisans who put on the tour, which is in its 34th year. Pottery, paintings, wood, metal, fiber art, and goat cheese are among the specialities of the 14 participating artisans, who include a cider maker. The

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Carroll County Artists Studio Tour Dec. 5–6; It’s a good time for holiday shopping on this Carroll County tour. There are 11 stops and some 15 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.

Artists’ Open House Weekend Oct. 10–12; For the 19th 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 21stop tour will include work by 27 artists and



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Fall tours of artists’ studios around the MidAtlantic offer a great opportunity to meet artists where they work and to get a jump on holiday shopping, too. Choose a tour in a familiar area or venture into lesser-known locales, but either way, the fall foliage as well as the different art forms will make an interesting day trip or weekend getaway. Here are some of the studio tours in the region. Check out the websites for detailed information. Many of them have downloadable brochures and maps so you can make individual studio choices in advance.

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Wines, vines, and a new Trump lodging in Charlottesville Invited guests and members of the press anxiously awaited the arrival of Donald J. Trump for the opening celebration of Albemarle Estate near Charlottesville in mid-July. Suddenly, his helicopter circled the mansion before landing on a pad at the bottom of the hill. Waving to the crowd, he disappeared into the mansion and then reappeared minutes later on the front porch with his son Eric and state officials. “I am honored to officially unveil the Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery,” Trump said just before cutting the ribbon. “This magnificent hotel, situated on over 1,300 incredible acres right next to Monticello and Ash-Lawn-Highland, has been transformed to the highest standard of luxury and five-star service — there is truly nothing else like it,” he added in typical Trump fashion. Eric Trump, president of Trump Winery, added: “I am absolutely thrilled to officially open what will undoubtedly become the best boutique hotel in America. When combined with our incredibly sought-after and award-winning wines, we have created the ultimate destination on the East Coast.” Trump sparkling wine was served to guests as they entered the front door for a tour of the 26,000-square-foot mansion and its luxurious guestrooms. Designed by architect David Easton and constructed for Patricia Kluge and her late husband, John Kluge, during the early 1980s, the classic Georgian-style mansion is considered “one of American’s true treasures.” Located on a site originally owned by Robert “King” Carter, the house and surrounding gardens were inspired by Palladio’s Villa Rotunda in Vicenza, Italy — as was neighboring Monticello. The dining room, where guests are served breakfast, features a 22-foot-high hand-carved plaster ceiling, antique English rococo mantel with ornate gilding, and hand-painted wallpaper. The living room is equally stunning, with its 1760 handblown Waterford crystal chandelier, 18th-century marble mantle, and antique Steinway grand piano. The English oak library has a large-screen TV, surround sound, billiards table, and bar. Guest rooms feature king beds, Italian marble bathrooms, Bellino linens, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso beverage machines, in-room safes, plush bathrobes, and Trump bathroom amenities. Five suites are located in the mansion and four suites in the pool house — all named for U.S. presidents Artisans’ Studio Tour

Randy Bill’s pitcher is among the works to be found on the Artisans’ Studio Tour in the Charlottesville area.

except the William and Mary Suite. (The rustic log cabin also houses guests.) Guests are encouraged to enjoy the gym, indoor sauna and hot tub, outdoor pool and hot tub, private movie theater, croquet lawn, and gardens. The average beginning rate is $309. “We just want (guests) to feel welcome, feel relaxed,” said Derek Hunt, director of hospitality. “Honestly, from the moment they pull up in our driveway to the moment they leave, we just want them to feel like they’re at home.” With 195 acres planted in vines on Carter’s Mountain, it is Virginia’s largest winery. It produces a variety of sparking, red, and white wines using traditional and innovative winemaking techniques. A two-time winner of the Monticello Cup, Trump wines have also earned national and international gold medals. Tastings are offered at the Trump Tasting Room for $10 per person and include a Trump Winery logo Riedel wine glass. (

The Monticello Wine Trail The Monticello Wine Trail includes 29 other wineries in the Charlottesville area that have been inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision of winemaking. ( Thomas Jefferson and Filippo Mazzel established a vineyard on land adjoining Monticello in 1774. Though their efforts were not successful, there is a vineyard on the same site that bears Jefferson’s name and produces award-winning wines today. The region has been voted one of the “Top 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations” by Wine Enthusiast and one of the top five destinations in the country by Luxury Travel. This fall is an ideal time to explore the trail and enjoy some of the events taking place at various wineries. A sampling of events includes: u Eats & Beats at Keswick Vineyards will take place Oct. 10, 17, and 24. The vineyards will also host Around the World in a Glass: Wine 101 on Oct. 16 and Wine Down with Chamomile & Whiskey on Oct. 21. ( u On Oct. 17, Jefferson Vineyards will host the Sunsets Become Eclectic Music Concert featuring Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts, an alternative band from Dayton, Va., that performs up and down the East Coast and in Australia. The concert is free with a wine purchase. (jeffersonvineyards. com) u On Oct. 24–25, Barboursville Vineyards has scheduled an Autumn Vertical Tasting. The event, which costs $35 per person and requires no advance reservations, focuses on older vintages — along with a traditional sampling of new Octagon from the barrel — and also features award-winning artisan cheeses from Caromont Farm and fresh breads from Palladio Restaurant. The site includes the ruins of a home designed by Thomas Jefferson. ( u Trump Winery is offering a harvest celebration, Nov. 1–2, with a tethered hot air balloon ride, plus an afternoon of live music and wine at the Trump Winery Pavilion. A gourmet picnic menu is available for pre-order and wines will be available by both the bottle and glass. A special cocktail of cru and spiced apple cider is an option. (

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Williamsburg Area Events This fall, the Williamsburg area offers a plethora of activities. Williamsburg Fall Arts continues through Oct. 18, featuring more than 130 special events. Visitors are invited to experience a variety of arts experiences, ranging from gallery crawls to symphonic concerts, in James City County, York County, and the City of Williamsburg. ( arts/arts-events) Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg promises plenty of thrills and frights this Halloween season, with the addition of three new haunted houses: “Unearthed – Scarlett’s Revenge,” from the producer of “The Blair Witch Project,” “Cornered,” and “LumberHack.” Other haunted houses include “Bitten,” “Catacombs,” “Cut Throat Cove,” and “Deadline.” Visitors can also enjoy five “Terror-tories,” three live shows, themed dining, shopping, and behind-the-scenes tours. Howl-O-Scream continues Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Nov. 1. (buschgardens. com) The 2015 Williamsburg Harvest Celebration, Nov. 11–15, takes visitors and culinary enthusiasts on an authentic gastronomic journey that started more than 400 years ago and honors the land used to shape our nation and the culinary lifestyle found in the kitchens of America. Visitors are invited to eat, drink, and learn at 40 culinary-inspired, allthings-Virginia events featuring chefs, farmers, artisans, foragers, authors, brewers, winemakers, and culinary historians. The event is a collaborative effort involving the City of Williamsburg, James City County, York County, and the Williamsburg Winery, overseen by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance. (

Elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic Items Left at The Wall: The Virtual Collection is an online collection of items left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and cataloged by the National Park Service. ( The memorial was built in 1982, through the efforts of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, to honor Vietnam veterans and to heal the wounds of a nation. Now, the organization is seeking financial support to build an education center at The Wall to teach future generations and honor America’s legacy of service.

Kudos to the nation’s oldest city Birthday wishes to St. Augustine, Fla., which turned 450 last month. The oldest continuously inhabited European city in America, founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles on Sept. 9, 1565, threw a big festival that featured national recording artists, historic reenactments, and fireworks. Catholic archbishops from across the U.S. and Cuba attended the commemorative mass, an important part of the celebration, and King Felipe VI of Spain came to St. Augustine for the U.S.-Spain Council International Summit. ( Carol Timblin welcomes travel news at ctimblin@





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New York City: So close, so affordable, so much to do! New York City is known for its lights, busy streets, tall buildings, and iconic tourist attractions. In a city so rich with entertainment, knowing the right attractions to choose can be challenging, so we decided to share a few favorites. Here are three family favorites when visiting the city: u First, New York and pizza go hand in hand, right? So, it stands to reason when in town you want to taste the best. That’s why we recommend A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tours. This iconic four-hour tour will allow you to taste your way through Brooklyn, and all of its famous locations. See the sites while enjoying delicious pizza along the way. It’s amazing! u Want to catch a show? We hear you! Visit our friends at The Ride New York. Jump on their theaterseat, glass-sided bus to enjoy multiple on-street performances while learning about the rich history of the city. This NYC favorite is a for-sure hit for the entire family.

u Don’t forget when in the city to visit Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium. This is the largest Ripley’s in the world, with strange and appealing attractions you’ve never seen. Getting to New York is easy thanks to Tripper Bus and Washington Deluxe, the premiere D.C. coach transportation lines that carry passengers direct into the heart of Manhattan. Tripper Bus offers multiple daily departures from Arlington and Bethesda direct to Penn Station, and Washington Deluxe picks up from Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Dupont Circle, and Union Station. With ticket prices starting at just $22 each way, an affordable weekend is well within reach. To book, visit or washingtondeluxe. com. For discounted tickets for A Slice Of Brooklyn Pizza Tour, use the code “TripperBus” to receive $5 off each ticket; for The Ride NY, use code “RDTRIP” for $24 off each ticket.

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Joint Base Andrews welcomes fall Joint Base Andrews taps the keg for an Oktoberfest Sept. 25. The event features German cuisine, traditional live music, games, giveaways, cold beer, and a home brew competition. Participants in the home brew event need to sign up by emailing and bring two cases of home-brewed beer to be judged by local brewers. Joint Base Andrews also hosts a Neewollah event Oct. 31, 5:00–9:00pm, at the Community Commons. There will be free food, a “trunk-or-treat,” carnival games, and a haunted house, among other activities.

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Mid-Atlantic caverns add to season with fun fall events Most people think of a tour through an underground cavern as a summer event that offers relief from heat and humidity, but those same constant underground temperatures in the mid-50s can cool you on an Indian Summer day or even warm you a bit in chilly winter weather. Today’s commercial show caves offer educational tours and a host of additional entertainment options

ranging from wildlife parks to museums to camping and panning for gems. The caverns also offer gift shops that range from country chic to 1950s kitschy.

Halloween hauntings As Halloween nears, some caverns host special “haunted cave” events. In Huntingdon, Pa., Lincoln Caverns presents its 32nd annual

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Ghosts and Goblins tour, haunted trail, and hayride, Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 9–31, 6:00–10:00pm. There’s a new tour created each year. From 11:00am–5:00pm on Saturdays, families can enjoy a onehour 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 during which guides will entertain with ghostly tales and the history of the cave. The tours are Oct. 10, 16–17, 23–24, and 30, beginning at 5:30pm. The cave is open through November.

Fall living history Grand Caverns, near Grottoes, Va., hosts its Fall Festival and Living History event on Oct. 3. Reenactment groups representing Civil War, World War II, and Vietnam-era soldiers will present camp life. There will also be demonstrations of flintlocks and making soap and apple butter, as well as crafts and food.

Wine festival Shenandoah Uncorked, Nov. 14, 10:00am–4:30pm, at Shenandoah Caverns, brings Virginia wineries together with food and craft vendors, live entertainment, and many children’s activities for a day of family fun in the huge Yellow Barn. Attendees also get discounted admission to the onsite attractions.

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 on the next page are open year-round, although most are closed on major holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Day. Remember to take a jacket and good walking shoes.

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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 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; it offers a line of products for jewelry making. (

Virginia Dixie Caverns’ tour takes you up into the mountain, then down into its depths during a

45-minute tour. 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, the Luray Valley Museum, Toy Train Junction, and gem mine sulice. 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

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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 when 1,100 Confederate soldiers hid in the cave for three winters. 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, mountain biking, and gemstone mining, and claims to have West Virginia’s largest gift shop. (




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Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley well deserves its reputation as a stellar agricultural region. Although several notable cities and educational institutions add a cultural dimension, and industry followed the Interstate, the valley’s agronomy and husbandry still dominate large swaths of landscape. The recent rebirth of local

wine, beer, and spiritmaking continues a pastoral valley tradition begun on the frontier farms of the earliest European settlers. In the valley’s heart, Shenandoah and Rockingham counties have embraced the brewer’s, vintner’s, and distiller’s arts. During a closeto-home long weekend, a dedicated Shenandoah Co. Tourism

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connoisseur can sample those skills at nearly a dozen wineries, five craft breweries, two cideries, and a small-batch bourbon blender, while enjoying locally produced food, locally created art, and classic mountain vistas. “It’s a whole experience; each producer has a different focus,” said Vicki Ruckman, event coordinator for the “Taste of Shenandoah,” an annual farm-to-table event that pairs fresh local cuisine with locally produced libations. “The Shenandoah Valley’s soil content is extremely good for growing grapes,” she continued. “The elevation and slopes; the limestone soil, which drains water so well; and the low annual rain and snowfall totals … make the Shenandoah Valley such a good region. ... The Alleghenies to the west break up many storms that don’t re-form until they get on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge.”

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uses a minimalist approach to produce wines that emphasize the fruit character of the grape. North Mountain Vineyard and Winery near Maurertown presents a unique array of elegant wines exclusive to the vineyard’s terroir. The charming European architecture of the winery building and expansive decks overlooking the vineyards invite guests to sip a glass of wine, enjoy a locally made snack, and enjoy the mountain views. Muse Vineyard, on the banks of the Shenandoah River just outside of Woodstock, won the 2015 Virginia Governors Cup for its 2009 Clio, a red blend. Open only by appointment on weekends, Muse has also won awards at the Eastern Seaboard and Indy International Wine competitions. “We are starting to get national and international attention,” said Ruckman. She also noted that the valley has developed a specialty for cabernet franc, chambourcin, and vigonier, the official Virginia white wine grape. “Also, our red, Bordeauxstyle blends,” she added.

Shenandoah Winery, in Edinburg, is the oldest winery in the Shenandoah Valley and fourth-oldest in Virginia. It combines Old World Enjoy fall at techniques with Belle Grove Plantation! modern technology to produce several varietals and blends. Wolf Gap October 17 & 18 Vineyard, also outBattle of Cedar Creek Anniversary, Civil War side of Edinburg, Reenactments & Living History Demonstrations specializes in fullNovember 7 & 8 bodied, BordeauxAntique Appraisal Fair & style reds and Quilt Exhibit with the Virginia Quilt Museum light, crisp white December 4-30 - Christmas Tours ____________________________ wines. Located on Belle Grove Plantation a 50-acre estate, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645 (I-81 exit 302, near I-66 interchange) guests can enjoy 540-869-2028 mountain views Open for tours March-December while sipping popular vintages from the tasting deck. The Winery at Kindred Pointe is the first winery in the Shenandoah Valley to grow and produce malbec, a light and fruit-forward wine. Live music, 350 arts and crafts On 58 acres near exhibitors, and 75 food vendors, Mount Jackson, the plus the Dayton Farmers Market. winery also offers Tours of historic sites and free panoramic views, walking trails, a shuttle transportation. nearby wetland, and wildlife watching. Cedar Creek Winery, a boutique winery near Strasburg, focuses on cabernet franc and chardonnay, and offers a unique vertical tasting experience of different vintage years of their award winning wines. Cave Ridge, a family-owned-andoperated vineyard and winery located in the foothills near Mount Jackson,

Other libations, too For beer drinkers, Shenandoah County is home to the Woodstock Brewhouse, a craft brewery and tasting room located in a restored former denim plant in Woodstock. Swover Creek Farms, near Edinburg, grows hops and features a small farm brewery specializing in small-batch, craft, berryinfused beers. New to the region, Filibuster Bourbon, in Maurertown, uses a “dual cask” process and French oak barrels to blend “… a whisky so good, you won’t stop talking about it!” Harrisonburg and Rockingham County also offer a range of regionally produced libations. Bluestone Vineyard, in Bridgewater, is one of the valley’s newest wineries. Housed in a state-of-theart building designed to process 5,000 cases of wine each year, Bluestone is named for the continued on page 16

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continued from page 15 Valley’s limestone that helps produce such distinctive wines. CrossKeys Vineyards, in Mount Crawford, showcases classic varietal and hybrid wines including chardonnay, vidal blanc, chambourcin, petit verdot, and more. CrossKeys currently grows 10 varietals of grapes used to produce 11 different wines. A trio of craft breweries adds to Harrisonburg’s roster. Brothers Craft Brewing, located inside a renovated Coca-Cola bottling plant, runs a sophisticated operation that produces a rotating line-up of quality brews. Using the support of the local community, Brothers frequently hosts beer tastings, live music, and food trucks. Pale Fire Brewing Company, Harrisonburg’s newest brewery, is on track to brew some 3,000 barrels each year of up to 10 different flavors.

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The newly opened brew pub, in the re-purposed Ice House, features patio seating and local produce on the menu. Three Notch’d Brewing Company, originally from Charlottesville, opened its second location in Harrisonburg to test its brews in a different community. This “nano brewery” tries new recipes and releases a new beer every Friday. Calling itself “The Shenandoah Valley’s original hard cidery,” Old Hill Cider in Timberville is a recent addition to Showalter’s Orchard, a regional favorite for 40 years. Old Hill uses heirloom cider-specific apple varieties to make its five artisan hard ciders.

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Fauquier County: Canter your way through wine country Wine aficionados, as well as people looking to shed the stress of high-tech living, will enjoy a relaxing day trip to Fauquier County. The county offers 27 wineries, outdoor activities galore, and quaint towns for shopping, as well as world-class equestrian events. Area wineries offer a wealth of options for families and wine lovers alike. Barrel Oak Winery is both family- and dog-friendly, reflecting the desires of its owners, Brian and Sharon Roeder, who set out to build a winery with a community at its heart. They have surely succeeded. When we visited there on a Saturday afternoon, we found the outdoor patio packed with families soaking up the last few rays of sunshine, accompanied by their well-behaved and leashed pooches. But don’t let its welcoming atmosphere fool you. This is a serious winery that offers tours of its underground facilities for wine lovers who want to learn more. The estategrown varieties include traminette, seyval blanc, merlot, chambourcin, vidal blanc, petit verdot, and petit manseng. On the weekend, Barrel Oak also offers a farmers market and artisanal craft fair at the historic John Marshall Mansion. You can find not only fruits and veggies to take home, but also pony rides ($10 per child), a petting

zoo filled with farm animals, home décor, jewelry, and free wine tastings. The friendly staff will gladly give your canine a dog biscuit, offer you a free wine tasting, and even explain how to play corn hole outside by the picnic tables. If you want to intimately experience winemaking, the state-ofthe-art Boxwood Estate Winery gives visitors a unique bird’s eye view. This sleekly modern facility lets you enjoy a wine tasting with friends in the fermentation room, at the beautiful circular bar which overlooks the wine barrels in the aging room, or in the lovely outdoor courtyard. Boxwood produces red wine in three styles in the Bordeaux tradition. Grapes are harvested by hand, de-stemmed, and hand-sorted. Whole fruit is transferred by a gravity system to custom stainless-steel fermentation tanks ranging from 575 gallons to 1,750 gallons.

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views of beautiful vistas and produces wines with its 17,000 vines. Fauquier County’s wineries are quite varied — and there are many others to choose from. Molon Lave Vineyards is the first and only Virginia winery to make kosher wines. Cobbler Mountain Cellars produces a line of hard ciders, and Vint Hill Craft Winery offers the opportunity to “make your own wine.” A fun way to see the wineries is to use the Fauquier Wine Trail Passport program, which encourages you to visit eight wineries in the county. Mail in your completed passport and you can qualify to win special prizes. Twenty of the county’s wineries participate in the program. Insider tip: The second annual Fauquier County Wine Tasting and Competition will take place Feb. 27, 2016. The event sold out last year so make plans to get tickets early.

well known for hosting the legendary International Gold Cup, a premier event in steeplechasing being held Oct. 24. The world-class equestrian event is loads of fun, even for those who know little about horse racing, and fashion watchers know it attracts nearly as many delightful hats as the Kentucky Derby. But many people do not realize Great Meadow offers other activities on its 250 acres. You can enjoy twilight polo, the Virginia Scottish Games, or the Virginia Wine Festival at Great Meadow. The facility hosted the World Equestrian Preparatory Trials last year, attracting top riders from throughout the world. Great Meadow is in the process of constructing a new international level competition ring and course. The expansion bodes well for equestrian lovers and spectators.

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At Spencer Devon, you can sit at the bar to taste flights of craft beer or dine in the restaurant.

If you visit Fredericksburg, Va., be sure to meet Mary and George. Yes, the famous Washingtons come to mind, but the Bowmans are pretty special, too. “Mary” and “George” are huge copper stills at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, named for the matriarch and patriarch of the 80-year-old company. Mary, in fact, has her own unique design. The distillery is one of eight stops on the area’s Grapes and Grains Trail, which is special for its diversity — it also includes four wineries and three breweries, with two more sites soon to be added. You can set your own pace on the self-guided route. The $15 tickets don’t expire until you use them, so you can visit other area attractions over a weekend or on a return visit, punctuated by tastings. The tickets earn you tours, commemorative tasting glasses, discounts on tastings or merchandise, and a chance at a drawing to win a prize pack. “This is an experience not only of tasting, but a time to meet owner/ operators and learn the story behind their dream of running a winery and brewery,” said Deborah Aylor, who promotes Spotsylvania County. You’ll encounter everything from a Mediterranean-style villa and a dairy barn to an American Indian lodge and a one-time cellophane plant. Several have dining options, either restaurants or food trucks, and one even includes a river canoe trip option. If you want to familiarize your-

self with all of the trail’s offerings at once, a Nov. 14 festival at the A. Smith Bowman Distillery will feature many vendors and music. Last year’s event attracted 1,000 visitors. Some of the trail’s wineries will participate in the Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival, Oct. 3–4, at Celebrate Virginia.

Where spirits live The A. Smith Bowman Distillery is the oldest on the Eastern Seaboard. Known for distilling small-batch Virginia Gentleman bourbon as well as other bourbons, gin, vodka, rum, and a popular crème liqueur, the company offers a thorough tour and free tastings. The pleasant aroma of bourbon greets you as you enter a massive room that serves as a museum, bottling area, tasting bar, gift shop, and event venue. A knowledgeable guide tells the distillery’s history and shows the ingredients, botanicals, and charred white oak barrels that create the products’ flavors. In other rooms, you learn how the spirits are made, filtered, tested for alcohol proof, and stored vertically in barrels for aging between five and 15 years. The tour wraps up with samples and advice on tasting techniques. Within walking distance is the brewpub at Blue & Gray Brewing Co., another trail stop. Two newer additions to the trail are Adventure Brewing Co., in Stafford, and Spencer Devon Brewing in Fredericksburg.

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Extend your trip even farther into the countryside during fall’s annual foliage show. Neighboring Orange and Greene counties have several wineries, some of which are on the Monticello Wine Trail. In Orange, Barboursville Vineyards is on the grounds of an 18thcentury estate once owned by a Virginia governor. The winery produces Octagon, a renowned Virginia wine, and many other varieties. Its elegant Palladio restaurant has gourmet food, and the mansion’s ruins are the backdrop for Shakespearean plays. Accommodations are available in the estate’s 1804 Inn and cottages. Coming up Oct. 24–25 is the Autumn Vertical Tasting featuring older vintages. In addition, Horton Vineyards has a Fall Cellar Tasting on Nov. 7 and a Thanksgiving Open House Nov. 27– 28. Smaller wineries include Reynard Florence Vineyard, operated by a

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married couple at their homestead; Honah Lee Vineyards, which also has a farm market; and Chateau MerrillAnne, located on a working farm. Two big annual events in Orange County include wine festivals. The Montpelier Wine Festival in early May, held on the grounds of President James Madison’s home, includes tastings from many wineries, arts and crafts, specialty food vendors, live music, and children’s activities. The annual Constitution Day event at Montpelier in midSeptember also includes a Taste of Freedom wine festival. Greene County has Kilaurwen Winery, which originally grew grapes for other producers but has been making its own artisanal wines since 2009. The Kilaurwen Wines and Vines Festival is Oct. 18. Stone Mountain Vineyard, a boutique winery on the side of a scenic mountain, has a gorgeous tasting room and views; it celebrates new-release wines with a fall open house and music, Oct. 24–25. Autumn Hill Vineyard, which is open to the public two weekends a year, has a fall open house Oct. 17–18.


At Spencer Devon, sit at the bar and taste flights of its craft beers, or dine in its restaurant, which emphasizes locally sourced foods. The brewery’s shiny tanks can be seen through a glass wall. Ask owner Shawn Phillips about his background as a Marine, how he learned the principles of beer-making in his back yard, how he believes in community involvement, and to tell you the cute story of how the company got its name.


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Nelson County is now ‘party central’ on the Blue Ridge When the sun comes up in Nelson County during the month of October, the party choices are endless. To make it easy for people to pick their parties, whether they’re held on fruit farms or breweries, Nelson County locals have created several great trails, including the Brew Ridge Trail (, the Blue Ridge Fruit Loop (, and the Nelson 151 ( Maureen Kelley promotes the county and said people along these trails will be celebrating every day in October. In Nelson, Kelley added, American Craft Beer Week (Oct. 2–11) falls during Virginia Wine Month and Virginia Apple Month celebrations, so you’ll find excitement and innovative entertainment everywhere you go. The biggest event of the month will center around music at the Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows affiliated with Devils Backbone Brewery. The DB beers will be flowing all weekend here. Called the Festy Experience, the Oct. 9–11 event will feature Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt as headliners during three days of live music, camping, local foods, and beverages. Virginia’s critically acclaimed bluegrass musicians, The Infamous Stringdusters, conceived this Columbus Day weekend event where festivalgoers

will enjoy great food from chefs in truck kitchens onsite, as well as arcade games contests and disc golf. The fun of camping in one of the region’s most beautiful spots combines with days that start with gospel music and continue with fabulous bluegrass music. Festy Experience planners have options for every type of camper — those with or without tents, those who love their recreational vehicles, and even those who want to give back to a cause. Insider tip: You can buy a camping ticket that includes a tent, sleeping bag, and more, with an option to take your sleeping bag home or donate it to someone in need.

Check out the apples For families who want to return to the ages-old Nelson County tradition of apple picking, Dickie Brothers Orchard, Silver Creek, and Seamans Orchards invite guests to choose from as many as 14 varieties of apples. Drumheller’s Orchard Apple Festival attracts youngsters with inflatable jumping attractions and an apple slingshot event. Insider tip: There are plenty of lodging choices if camping is not your thing, but it’s important to get your dibs in early since many of the options are smaller bed-and-breakfasts and inns.

Wintergreen, the four-season resort which long ago established a reputation of being a place where you could golf and ski on the same day, is replete with all the expected comforts, including spa treatments and a large number of rooms. Nature’s real showcase in Nelson, in addition to fruits of the vines and trees, is the visual splendor of the thick forestland that spreads out before you along every roadway. It seems as if you can see every spectrum of color possible with the brilliant hues of magenta, gold, yellow, orange, red, and purple that unfold in this technicolor dream coat. Be sure to approach your chosen party spot from both valley and mountaintop perspectives for the full leaf-peeping extravaganza — the landscape looks entirely different in autumn among the variants in elevation. Whether you’re picking your own fruit, attending an orchard festival, fall foliage festival, Octoberfest celebration, or music festival, or just following one of the county’s featured trails, Nelson County is sure to furnish fall fun.

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Central Virginia wine country combines great food and drink Central Virginia is a gem of a wine region. Time spent here in search of vinous delights, culinary wonders, hospitality, and American history will not be disappointing. En route you might stop in at Boxwood in Middleburg and Philip Carter in Hume for a wine tasting. Try the violated, herbaceous 2011 Topiary cabernet franc/merlot blend from Boxwood, or the honey-dewed 2014 Viognier and juicy 2010 Cleve tannat/petit verdot blend from Philip Carter. You can stay at Philip Carter’s Inn at Vineyard Crossing, a beautifully quaint bed-and-breakfast, and have dinner prepared by chef Meredith Bearov. A certified sommelier, she’ll match the perfect wine with her outstanding fare. Alternatively, spend the night at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, where you can take in a play at the American Shakespeare Center, check out the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Presidential Library, or wander the living history homesteads at the Frontier Culture Museum. Staunton has a well-deserved culinary reputation and The Shack is an interesting example. Don’t be misled by the establishment’s low-key appearance. New York City-expatriate Ian Boden’s inspired cuisine will wow you. Further into state, the Blue Ridge Mountains play a huge part in this region’s terroir because of

granite-based soils. Snuggled up to the slopes of these mountains, the Monticello and Shenandoah Valley American Viticultural Areas are hotbeds of wine production. Historically, Thomas Jefferson spent a long time in Monticello trying to grow European grapes. Over the years many grape varieties, including viognier, chardonnay, vidal blanc, petit mansing, cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot, tannat, syrah, and norton, have flourished. In Fishersville, check out Barren Ridge Vineyards. Owners John and Shelby Higgs created the exotic 2013 Viognier and tropical-fruity 2013 Traminette that are mighty tasty. Two delightful producers are located in Crozet: King Family Vineyards and Stinson Vineyards. All King Family wines are superb. The clove-laden 2013 Merlot, smoky 2012 Petit Verdot, Bordeaux-like 2007 Meritage blend, and marmaladen 2013 Lorely are particularly noteworthy. At Stinson, be sure to try their strawberried 2014 Rosé; cedary 2013 Merlot, and peachy vidal blanc-based 2013 Sugar Hollow White. Charlottesville offers a great dining experience at The Local. Head chef Matthew Hart thoughtfully prepares all meals with flare and gusto. You might want to partake in some of the tasty vinos continued on page 24

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Mostly located in Washington County, the five trail members offer a diverse array of libations. Knob Hall, in Clear Spring, was settled by Jacob Siebert after the French and Indian War, two centuries before the first vineyard was planted. Today, Wine Down Fridays include live entertainment to go along with the wine. Music is also a tradition at Smithburg’s Red Heifer Winery, where wine and music mix on Saturdays in October. Orchid Cellar in Middletown specializes in red and white varietals, but also produces mead. Distillery Lane Ciderworks sits on a farm where Union soldiers camped


Learn the benefits of plant-based eating with vegetarian samples, beer, music, demonstrations, and speakers, including TV journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell, at DC VegFest Oct. 3 at Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront. ( ... Enjoy concerts by the Backroads Band on Oct. 15 and Phil Wiggins on Oct. 22 at the U.S. Botanic Garden, part of its “Roots” concert series. ( ... Look into the eyes of Brad Pitt, Katy Perry, and other luminaries at the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition, Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze, through July 10, 2016. ( — gwen woolf

before the Battle of Antietam. While the apple trees are much newer, the farm produces both heirloom varieties and ciders. It was Maryland’s first licensed cidery. Big Cork Vineyards also occupies land that hosted Civil War troops. After initially introducing white wines, Big Cork released its first reds in 2014. A six-hour tour of the trail is available from Roadrunner Services. (

Frederick Wine Trail There are also five members on the Frederick Wine Trail, including one of Maryland’s oldest and most active, Berrywine Plantations and Linganore Winecellars in Mount Airy. You can do a tour and tasting in the restored peg barn seven days a week or attend one of the five outdoor music festivals or numerous wine pairing events. The Autumn Reggae Wine, Music, and Art Festival is Oct. 10–11 and Christmas in the Barn is Dec. 6. In 2014 the vineyard added the Red Shedman Farm Brewery and Hop Yard. Also in the Mount Airy area, Loew Vineyards continues a family winemaking tradition that began in 19th-century Europe. Tours and tastings are available Fridays through Sundays, as are cheese plates for picnicking. Elk Run Vineyards near Mount Airy is known for intimate tours, tastings, and performances by local artists. In the northern part of Frederick County, among the Catoctin foothills, the Catoctin Breeze Vineyard in Thurmont takes ad-

vantage of the mountain breezes to provide relief from summer heat and humidity. The winery offers both public tastings of its wine and mead and private tours. Thurmont is also home to Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery, which offers a beautiful tasting room in the lower level of a bank barn as well as an outdoor terrace. The distillery is in the initial stage of production. (

Carroll Wine Trail The five members of the Carroll Wine Trail stretch from Manchester in the north to Westminster. Cygnus Wine Cellar in Manchester began production in the mid-1990s and is open on Saturdays and Sundays. Galloping Goose Vineyards in Hampstead is open weekends and celebrates the harvest with a Pawpaw Appreciation Weekend each September, utilizing the fruit George Washington declared his favorite dessert. Detour Winery overlooks the Catoctin Mountains in western Carroll County and focuses on organic fruit and dessert wines and is open Thursdays through Sundays for tastings. Two wineries in the Westminster area complete the trail. Old Westminster Winery, just south of town, released its first wines in 2013. A tasting room should be completed this fall. Serpent Ridge Vineyard opened in 2009 and offers tastings Wednesdays through Sundays. The winery produces red, white, rose, and dessert wines. ( what-to-do)

Studio tour continued from page 7 include paintings, photography, fused glass jewelry, woodcarving, ceramics, collage, sculpture, prints, bird carving, stained glass, furniture, and fieldstone walls. Potters Tour Oct. 17–18; More than 18 potters who put their own creative spin on their art will be featured in nine locations in Indiana County. Demonstrations will be going on at some of the studios. Driving between the studios in the countryside should be pleasant, as fall colors are often at their peak this time of year.

VIRGINIA Great Falls Studios Art Tour Oct. 16–18; This year’s tour has more than 40 artists in 25 locations in the Great Falls areas. Painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, and mixed media are among the offerings 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. 7–8; This tour features 35 artisans at 17 studios in the Charlottesville area. 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. Each studio also provides locally sourced refreshments. Open Studio Tour Nov. 28–29; Pop over to Virginia’s Eastern Shore for the annual Thanksgiving weekend tour. The tour route includes 13 studios or galleries. Some 26 artisans will be featured, with specialties such as pottery, painting, decoys, and fabric art.

WEST VIRGINIA Trails & Trees Studio Tour Nov. 7–8; Enjoy a drive at your own pace through the back roads of Berkeley County and get behind-the scenes tours of 11 studios where 16 artists are waiting to meet you. The show theme is “Meet Creativity Where It Lives.” Artists include painters, potters, a clockmaker, a basket weaver, 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. 14–15; Everything from baskets to bears will be featured by 24 artisans at workshops and studios in nine locations in Jefferson County. Fruit-covered majolica serving bowls, animal sculptures, polished wood tables, and Appalachian-inspired stained glass scenes are among the diverse offerings.

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Fall festivities are bountiful in Charles County, Maryland The change of seasons brings reasons to visit Charles County, in Southern Maryland. Often considered a commuter enclave for Washington, D.C., the county along the Potomac River has much more than housing developments and shopping malls along Route 301. Once off the highway, you’ll find picturesque scenery and waterside dining. The county has a 30-mile riding trail for bikers, and it works just as well for auto-touring. It passes plenty of farms, roadside stands, and shops selling furniture and crafts. Another driving option is the Heron’s Flight Trail from the Southern Maryland Trails Guidebook. It’s a ramble through the region, exploring the peninsulas and necks defined by the waterways and roads. Nicely illustrated with directions and descriptions, the guide highlights parks, studios, farmers markets, bed-and-breakfasts, inns, and restaurants. ( You’ll probably see farmers harvesting their final crops of the season during the drive. Harvest celebra-

tions are part of the rural traditions of the county. Two are worth adding to your calendar. Serenity Farms holds its annual Kasper’s Kastle party every weekend in October. Designed specifically for families with younger children, it’s an activity-packed, Halloween-themed play and adventure area. Kids (and parents) take a hayride to the Kastle, where there’s a “haunted” Halloween barn that’s suitable for younger kids — no gruesome ghouls or scenes from Freddie Kruger movies here. There’s a large petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, and a hay bale maze. Kasper the Friendly Ghost appears to hand out candy to the kids. ( The whole county comes out for Fallfest. This is the fourth year for the party, set for Oct. 24, noon–4:00pm, at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. The event gets larger every year, and brings together the community’s artisans, craftspeople, purveyors of food and drink, and musicians. Plus, there’s a Family Fun Zone play area for kids. Keeping in

mind that Halloween comes just a few days after the event, kids are invited to try out their costumes along the Trick or Treat Trail, which winds through the vendor area. There are plenty of stops at booths, where the kids get candy and their parents can look over wares and get in some early holiday shopping.

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boursville Winery in Barboursville. Owned by the famed Italian producer Zonin, it’s a real treat. Deciding what local wines to try here is hard, as all are excellent. Check out the chocolaty, red Bordeaux-like 2009 Octagon, sandlewooded 2007 Cabernet Franc, stewed-fruited 2008 Merlot Reserve, and savory 2010 Nebbiolo, to name but a few. Be sure to dine at their on-premise Ital-

ian restaurant, Palladio. The food is “magnifico.” Early Mountain Vineyards produces a floral 2009 Trump Rosé and melon-like 2014 Pinot Gris that are well worth the trip. If in the mood for rib-sticking grub, the German-inspired Bavarian Chef is the place to eat. Spend the night at the secluded Rockwood Farm and have the entire cottage to yourself, complete with a swimming pond. Albemarle County is home to Bluestone Vineyards. Winemaker Lee Hartman has a nice touch with his toasty 2013 Estate Chardonnay, red-berried 2013 Rosé, cassis and licoriced 2010 Meritage, cloven 2012 Houndstooth, and tropical-fruity ice wine-style 2013 Estate Blue Ice. And, if Rhone-style reds are your passion, be sure to visit Muse Vineyards, where husband-and-wife team Robert Muse and Sally Cowel dish out some real winners. Their barrelfermented nutty 2013 Roussane and spicy, black-berried, grenachebased 2013 Calliope please visitors, as do their butterscotchy 2013 Chardonnay and fleshy, dark-fruited Bordeaux-style red, Cleo. Central Virginia is a bit warmer than farther north in the state and benefits from a longer growing season. Generally, wineries at some-

continued from page 21 from Keswick Vineyards in Keswick. The fragrant 2014 V2 viognier/ verdelho blend, the smoky 2013 Chardonnay, a honeyed 2013 LVD Viognier, and a watermeloned 2014 Norton Rosé are worth the visit. You simply must stop at the Bar-

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Check out the arts Another option that combines arts, the outdoors, and holiday shopping is at Smallwood State Park. The park is the location of Smallwood’s Retreat, the home of Revolutionary War Gen. William Smallwood. The house is open for tours that show what life was like for a gentleman farmer in the 1780s. Also at the park is the Mattawoman Creek Art Center. Housed in a farm building renovated specifically for the center, the galleries, which overlook Mattawoman Creek, are light, airy, large, and ideal for displaying the works of 100 local artists and invited painters and sculptors. Through Oct. 18, the exhibition

Expressions of Nature and Wit is featured. The center holds its annual Multimedia Holiday Salon Oct. 23– Dec. 13. The event features fine arts and gifts. From the grounds of the art center, visitors can explore the bird watchers trail, which loops through the fields and woods, passing some of the sculpture exhibits. The park has other walking trails and a fishing pier. The park admission fee is waived for visitors to the art center. ( October is generally a gentle month for weather, so bikers can enjoy the scenery before the roads and weather turn foul. In addition to the Amish Trail, the newest bike adventure is along the Indian Head Rail Trail. The 13-mile-long bike-andhike path runs along an abandoned railroad right-of-way from Indian Head to Route 301 in White Plains. For more ideas on autumn activities in Charles County, check the county listing on the Destination Southern Maryland website,

what higher elevations in the region have slightly cooler temperatures, while those lower down or in the valley are warmer. Overall, the humidity is substantial, making grapegrowing challenging and resulting in an overall shortage of fruit and slightly higher pricing for wines. If you’re looking for “New World” California-type vinos here, you’ll be sadly disappointed. Styles definitely tend to lean to the “Old World,” with great expressions of their terroir and understated oak treatment. No question, Central Virginia’s an impressive wine-growing region with tons to offer the consumer. The next time you’re planning a trip to Virginia wine country, consider an overnighter and go a little farther into the state. Great wine, food, scenery, and history await you. © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2015. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, award-winning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine, and consultant. For more information, visit, drwineknow, thewinedoctor., docs-grapevine, or EdwardDocFinstein?fref=ts.

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Southern Md. sporting new stops At the picturesque Wine Cottage at Woodlawn Manor House in Ridge, Md., Tucker Grube-O’Brien will guide you through the finest bottles from Slack Winery. Not only is the tasting enjoyable, but getting yourself to the manor house inevitably involves a beautiful drive, bike, run, or hike, depending on your level of preferred adventure. Grube-O’Brien will fill you in on the latest wine news, and “there’s a beer shack in the works,” he said, so beer lovers will want to keep an eye out, too. Slack — which offers tastings, feasts, and live music, among other activities — has two locations to savor: Woodlawn Manor House in Ridge and Jubilee Farms in Leonardtown. It’s best to check out the website to schedule your visit since activities can vary around harvest time. (

Day trip, night trip, anytime trip Slack and several other vineyards are strung out like pearls in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties in Southern Maryland. The travel stress is minimal: It’s less than a 90-minute drive from the D.C. area, but you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to a friendlier, more relaxed place. Take the Port of Leonardtown Winery, for example. A highly unusual cooperative of 12 regional vineyards, it’s been pouring wine since 2010. One of the newest wines, Vidalacato, embodies the friendly sweetness of Southern Maryland. “We call

this wine fruit cocktail in a glass,” said easygoing Stephanie Kohut, as she poured a taste. “It’s a fun wine.” It’s a fun winery, too, offering live music on the patio as well as a winter “Wine and Dine” series. ( The winery and many other restaurants and shops in Leonardtown take part in First Friday, with live entertainment, demos, receptions, handson activities, and seasonal promotions. If you work in D.C., you hardly have to leave work early to catch First Friday — but why not leave at noon so you can see more, taste more, and do more? ( There are many more stops on the wine trail and a map is available at A good way to sample wines from Maryland is the Riverside WineFest at Sotterley Plantation, which hosts more than 20 Maryland wineries, live music, local food, kids’ activities, and an artisan marketplace. ( Local breweries such as Scorpion and Mully’s are bringing the craft beer movement to Southern Maryland, as well.

One county, five state parks St. Mary’s County is home to five state parks, including Maryland’s newest, Newtowne Neck State Park. All the parks are water-based and perfect for hiking, biking, and paddling. Less than 10 miles from Point Lookout State Park, hop aboard a Wa-

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termen Heritage tour and learn about the work of the watermen who are catching crabs, oysters, and other seafood you can enjoy at nearly every local restaurant. And, if oysters make your taste buds go pitter patter, head for the St. Mary’s Oyster Festival Oct. 17–18. Where else can you see the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships and National Oyster Cook-Off? ( For a unique and charming local experience, attend the tradition-laden “Blessing of the Fleet” Oct. 3–4. You can tour St. Clements Island, where the Calvert family’s settlers first landed in their new home, and the Blackstone Lighthouse, then stroll through the St. Clements Island Museum. St. Mary’s County kicks off the holidays with the Nov. 11 Veterans Day Parade. It’s the largest in the state, featuring marching bands, military units, bagpipers, dancers, horses, Scouts, antique cars, and a wreath-laying ceremony. And, if you want some seriously different — and wonderful — holiday shopping, check out the Amish Quilt Auction, where you can bid on quilts and other hand-stitched items in a traditional auction. It’s a great way to enter the holiday season in a place that hasn’t forgotten the meaning of friendship, small shops, and beautiful waterside relaxation.

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Following the footsteps of Mason and Dixon in Greene County, Pa. Back in the 18th century, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon were hired to survey the demarcation line between the colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Their work came to rest on Brown’s Hill in what became Greene County, Pa. A band of Native Americans who had guided the group through the unchartered wilderness came across a warpath and said they would not venture one step farther. Mason and Dixon made observations and marked the site with a pile of rocks. Now, a historical park spans both sides of the line between Pennsylvania and West Virginia to honor the achievements of these two surveyors and, arguably, the most famous boundary line in the nation. This October, visitors to Greene County will have the chance to walk in Mason and Dixon’s shoes as Peter Zapadka, an avid researcher of the Mason-Dixon Line, will lead a hike to the boundary stone placed by the explorers.

“We are walking in the footsteps of history,” Zapadka said. Greene County, found in the extreme southwest corner of Pennsylvania and a nearly four-hour drive from Washington, D.C., is steeped in historical tourism. From covered bridges, barns adorned with ancient “Mail Pouch” tobacco advertising, charming general stores, and old river towns, the county has ample places to visit by car, or by hiking boots. And a hike along the path traveled by Mason and Dixon is one of the more unique ways to experience this part of Colonial history. The hike will be held Oct. 18 at 10:30am at the Mason-Dixon Historical Park. Since he was a kid, Zapadka loved astronomy and later came to love the geography of his home state. That interest led to a fascination with the Mason-Dixon Line. Mason and Dixon used astronomy to lay out the line continued on page 29

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Searching for ghosts in haunted and historic Gettysburg, Pa. Few places in the country are more haunted than Gettysburg, Pa. During the three days of carnage in July 1863, 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing. That’s about one-third of the troops who fought there and about the same number of casualties of the entire Vietnam War. Not surprisingly, stories of shadowy apparitions, disembodied voices, smells of cannon smoke, and other otherworldly happenings began circulating before the last echo of the battle faded away. Para-

normal investigators say spirits often linger if their passing was sudden, traumatic, unexpected, or violent. The battle of Gettysburg qualifies on all counts. You hear about the phantom Confederate troops on Emmitsburg Road at the site of Pickett’s Charge, the appearance of an operating room in a basement at Gettysburg College, and lights and sounds of battle at Sachs Bridge. Residents of private homes and farms report that noises and apparitions are almost routine. If stories of Gettysburg ghosts in-

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trigue you, there are plenty of ghost tours to satisfy your curiosity and the website lists them. Each offers its unique take on the town’s ghostly history. Several companies offer tours that include instruction on using paranormal research equipment and visits to spots where activity is common. Here are some interactive possibilities: u Ghostly Images This is the only company that goes inside the Jennie Wade House and the Orphanage. Jennie Wade was the only civilian killed during the battle. The house is open for historic tours during the day, but no other ghost tours visit. The Orphanage was operating during the battle, but it was notorious for the abusive treatment of the children following the war and it was closed in the 1880s. The Paranormal Investigations tour includes equipment for detecting activity and a two-hour visit to one of those sites. Advance reservations are needed and the company recommends booking at least a month in advance. ( The company also has three other options, including the Ghost Bus, which visits sites outside of Gettysburg proper; Ghostly Encounters, in which a costumed guide takes the role of a spirit and “returns” to tell his or her story; and Midnight Adventures, which includes an investigation at a haunted site and visit by a ghost guide. This is not recommended for kids under 10. u After Dark Investigations Catering to small groups, all

tours are centered on investigations. Participants are outfitted with ghost-hunting gear, including voice recorders, infrared video cameras, temperature gauges, and EMF (electromagnetic field) detectors. Tours visit lesser-known locations. The Devil’s Hour after-midnight trip reports many encounters. The company also has bachelor/bachelorette parties. (afterdarkinvestigations. com) u Mason-Dixon Paranormal Society The tours are a blend of history and ghosts, with lots of “firsthand” stories by the guides. They may be spooky, but are not designed to terrify. There’s a Lincoln-themed tour, and both family-friendly and fullscale paranormal experience trips. There’s also the haunted Pub Crawl, where you are guaranteed to encounter spirits, if only at the bar. The society provides consultation to businesses and homeowners along the East Coast experiencing paranormal activity. The tours help offset expenses for these consultations and provide a way of educating people about the paranormal. ( u Haunted Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours and Paranormal Investigations In addition to a walking tour of downtown Gettysburg and another of its cemeteries, they offer the Xtreme Paranormal Investigation. Supplied with a complete array of equipment, the group visits the haunted Sachs Covered Bridge, where activity is almost guaranteed. (hauntedtours

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u Farnsworth House Ghost Walks and Mourning Theater This popular, elegant inn has more residents than those signing the guest register. Dressed in period costumes, guides conduct several tours, including one to buildings used as field hospitals. The Mature Tour has dramatic accounts of the unexplained and visits the very-haunted Grove (for ages 15 and older). The Ghost Hunt provides equipment and a visit to the Grove (for ages 10

and older). There’s a campfire ghost story program that’s more family-friendly. Perhaps the most unusual tour is the Mourning Theater. The basement of the inn is decorated like a Victorian funeral parlor, complete with caskets. Guides explain the funeral rituals of the period with some spooky stories thrown in. Paranormal Weekends, held monthly, include lodging, paranormal equipment, and time to investigate the inn. ( u Ghosts of Gettysburg The company offers three walking tours through the streets

and haunted sites in town, along the Confederate line, and at Gettysburg College. They also offer periodic paranormal investigation weekends. ( u Gettysburg Ghost Tours and the Gettysburg Paranormal Association Themed one-hour walking tours led by costumed storyteller guides visit the battlefield, town, and cemetery. There also are two paranormal investigation trips, including one during which participants receive a DVD of the investigation. (gettysburgghosttours. com)


Adams County, surrounding Gettysburg, is home to thousands of acres of fruit orchards and the site of the National Apple Harvest Festival at South Mountain Fairgrounds, Oct. 3–4 and Oct. 10–11. With all those orchards, it’s no wonder that the Gettysburg Wine and Fruit Trail features wineries specializing in fruit wines. But, the trail includes plenty of other experiences, including bakeries and food artisans, breweries, distilleries, and cideries, farm stands, craft and artisan venues, and lodgings. Many of the trail members offer special events during the apple festival. (gettysburgwineandfruittrail. com) Savor Gettysburg Food Tours provide Gettysburg cuisine with a side of walking exercise and history. The company now offers a Wine, Cider, and Dine Tour in addition to its food and savory sweets tours. (

Greene County continued from page 27 between Maryland and Pennsylvania, moving in a westerly direction from Philadelphia. Their goal was to reach 5 degrees longitude from the Delaware River — the original land grant William Penn was deeded from the king of England. Mason and Dixon got close, but it would be another two decades before a surveyor would complete the line, forming the end of Pennsylvania, Zapadka said. Zapadka holds the hike in October to commemorate the time in history when Mason and Dixon completed their work. The trek starts in West Virginia and follows an easy grade along Dunkard Creek. At some point, hikers will cross the unseen boundary into Pennsylvania. Zapadka takes his time in mentioning when the line is crossed and often ask people along the hike if they know which state they are in. “It’s kind of confusing not knowing what state they are in,” he said. But the hike eventually comes into the Keystone State and up Brown’s Hill, where a monument established in 1883 commemorates the place where Mason and Dixon ended their quest. “There is a spectacular view up there,” Zapadka said.

Enjoy festivals, too For those who are in the festival mood, the Greene County Historical Society hosts its annual Harvest Festival Oct. 17–18, 10:00am–5:00pm, at the society’s museum in Waynesburg, located on what was once the county poor farm. Over the two-day event, more than 2,500 visitors will come to see historical reenactments and antique displays, view the work of local artisans, and learn about the role Greene County has played in energy production. “Our grounds are just beautiful, and they are a great place to spend an autumn day,” said historical society curator Eban Williams. October is perhaps one of the best months to visit Greene County. The rolling topography and mixture of hardwoods creates a fall vista that rivals New England. “History is very much alive in Greene County,” said Elizabeth Manhart, who promotes the county. “It’s a driving force in the majority of our events, as we celebrate where we’ve come from and how it’s shaped us into who we are.”

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History and the Appalachian Trail converge in Carlisle, Pa. Whether you prefer to travel by two legs or four wheels, the town of Carlisle, Pa., located less than two hours from both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., has a lot to offer. And, if you happen to be a history buff or military aficionado, you’ll find it even more intriguing. Carlisle was the site of many important battles, from the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 to the Battle of Carlisle in 1863. This Cumberland Valley town is still home to the Carlisle Barracks, which contains the Army War College, the second oldest U.S. Army installation in the country and its most senior education institution, as well as the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, where visitors can follow the Army story — one soldier at a time.

Army history on view Interactive exhibits within the center showcase U.S. Army history from the Spanish-American War through the Afghanistan War. Outside, the Army Heritage Trail, which covers about a mile, immerses visitors in the military experience, including a full-scale reconstruction of a section of the Antietam battlefield, a World War I trench system and an interpretation of a Vietnam War helicopter air assault. It’s worth a visit for anyone who served in uni-

form, or who owes their freedom to someone who did. A different kind of history can be found at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, where a historical walking tour enables visitors to learn about the area’s history as an industrial hub for producing iron. The imposing iron furnace still towers above the site; when the furnace was active between 1764-1895, it took one acre of wood per day just to fuel it. Other original buildings include the Ironmaster’s Mansion, which is now used for special events, including the Fall Furnace Fest, and a renovated three-story 1760 grist mill, which houses the Appalachian Trail Museum. The trail itself runs through the park, and thruhikers who have reached this roughly halfway point are often willing to share trail stories. The museum features displays honoring some of the trailblazers who helped popularize the 2,189-mile walk, including Grandma Gatewood, who first hiked the trail in 1955 at the age of 67, and was the first woman to thru-hike it more than once, and Earl Shaffer, who in 1948, became the first person to hike the Appalachian Trail in just one trip.

the Carlisle Fairgrounds to see one of the spring, summer, or fall car shows and auctions hosted by Carlisle Events. Even if you’re not a car nut, you will be fascinated by how quickly cars are moved on to the stage, auctioned, and replaced by others. Every bit as intense as a high-stakes art auction, the action is almost as fast as the Corvettes that cross the stage. Since 1974, collectors have come from all over the world to enjoy the vehicle displays, demonstrations, parts sales, and bidding excitement. All of this activity can easily build up quite an appetite, so a stop into 1794, the Whiskey Rebellion restaurant at Comfort Suites, is a great way to end the day. Opened in February of this year, this OpenTable Diners’ Choice winner features housecut, wood-fired steak choices, locally grown produce, and more than 50 domestic and international whiskeys. If wine is more your style, you might also want to stop into Castlerigg Wine Shop for a tasting, complemented by the Old World ambience of the 1890s building.

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Sample the wine off the vine on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail It’s become a tradition along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, which stretches from the Hershey area of Pennsylvania into central Maryland: On two weekends each November, the trail’s wineries celebrate the new harvest by inviting visitors to come and sample the new vintages. This year’s “Wine Just Off The Vine” event is Nov. 14–15 and 21–22. The biggest attraction is obviously the opportunity to taste some new wines, according to Louise Heine, who promotes the trail for the York County, Pa., tourism office. But, each year the group tries to add something different. This year, a new winery has joined the trail, increasing the number of participating wineries to 18. “Thunder Point, in Spring Grove, Pa., is the newest trail member and they specialize in dry wines, but also have some sweeter offerings from both grapes and other fruit,” Heine said. Another new offering this year is a scavenger hunt. With the event passport you get a sheet showing pictures of certain wine bottle labels. The hunt is to find the bottles that match the labels. Participants who do them all can send in an email and be included in a drawing for a great prize. You can purchase tickets online through the York County tourism website. Tickets are $20 and include admission to all wineries on both weekends, the wine tastings, light refreshments, a souvenir tasting glass, a 10 percent discount on wine purchases, and the scavenger hunt. Insider tip: Be careful when making your purchase, as you must indicate which winery you will visit first and your ticket will be waiting for you there. The Mason-Dixon Wine Trail encompasses not only varying geography but also different products. Many of the Pennsylvania wineries take advantage of the local orchards and produce a host of sweeter fruit wines, while others in the Keystone State and Maryland produce more traditional grape varietals.

If the thought of sampling the products of so many wineries seems like more than a Saturday day trip, there are at least a half-dozen hotels offering event-related packages that generally include accommodations, trail passports, and other gifts or amenities. You can find the details at Two of the wineries have wine shops in other locations. With such a large area, it’s important to plan your visit with the information on the website. Look at the locations, as well as the kinds of wines produced, to pick the wineries that are most suitable for you. If wine’s not your thing, check out the Susquehanna Ale Trail. It offers 16 craft beer establishments throughout the lower Susquehanna Valley. There’s also a Sweet and Salty Trail on which you can visit some well-known makers of snack foods as well as some lesser-known producers. York claims title to the Factory Capital of the U.S., so there are plenty of other factory tours to take as well. It all boils down to a tasty place to visit, for “Wine Just Off The Vine” or anytime.

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ZOOBOOO! Oct. 23–25. Come to the zoo dressed to impress and enjoy free trick-or-treating, costume contests, fun carnival games, crafts, live entertainment, and delicious food. Waterfowl Lake Pavilion at The Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, Md. 443-552-5275,

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HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HIKE Oct. 24, 6:30–8:30. Encounter witches, owls, snakes, and others as you try to solve a Halloween mystery. Bring your flashlight and treat bag to this somewhat scary event. Costumes are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Drive, Baltimore, Md. 410-887-4156 SPOOKY SCIENCE Oct. 25, noon–4:00pm. Hair-raising activities and creepy crafts are free with admission to the Maryland Science Center, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Md. ANTHEM WICKED 10K Oct. 31, 7:00am–noon. The event has become an annual favorite with locals and visitors and participants are encouraged to have fun, be creative, and dress up for the Halloween season. Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, Va. 757-412-1056,

EYE SPY HALLOWEEN TRAINS Oct. 10–16. Bring the kids for a ride on a miniature train all done up for Halloween. They will spy items in the woods as they ride. Cabin John Regional Park, Rockville, Md. 301-765-8670,

HALLOWEEN HOSPITAL HORRORS Oct. 31, 7:00–9:00pm. Join the Ben Lomond site staff for a funfilled evening touring the house and grounds where the dead of First Manassas are rumored to walk the earth to this very day. 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, Va. 703-367-7872

GHOSTS AND MORE IN ROCKY MOUNT Oct. 17, 24, 6:30–9:00pm. Ride a vintage tour bus around the town, meeting characters — some living, some not — who tell true stories of ghostly sightings and activity, murderous events, and intrigue. 345 Donald Ave., Rocky Mount, Va. 540-483-1890

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY Oct. 31, 9:00pm–midnight. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, 4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, Md.

FRIGHT LIGHT LASER SHOW Oct. 17, 31. It’s a howling good time in the Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium with this frightfully awesome mix of “terrorific” tunes. Wild and weird laser images accompany songs. Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, Va. 757-595-1900, FAMILY FRIGHTS Oct. 23–24, 6:30–9:00pm. A family night out at the museum with trick-or-treating, games and crafts, haunted house and ship, ghostly tales, and a spooky straw maze. Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, Va.


AFI LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL Through Oct. 7. More than 40 films from 20 countries. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, Md. MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Weekends through Oct. 25. The festival includes entertainers, 10 stages, a 3,000-seat jousting arena, craft shops, food and beverage emporiums, games, and attractions. 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Md. 800-296-7304,


PENNSYLVANIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE Weekends through Oct. 31. Experience the fantasy of bygone days and nights; hundreds of costumed merrymakers. Mount Hope Estate and Winery, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, Pa. 717-665-7021, MANDONNARI ARTS FESTIVAL Oct. 1–4. Experience Italian elaborate street painting while enjoying music, theater, dance, food, and wine. South High Street at Fawn, Baltimore, Md. 410-767-6341, ONE FIRE HOT YOGA FESTIVAL Oct. 1–4. Take a class from the experts, participate in workshops, and expand your knowledge of yoga. One-day passes also available. 7832 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md. 571-572-9583, U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY DRESS PARADE Oct. 2, 4:00pm. The Brigade of Midshipmen will perform manual of arms, render honors to the senior officer or civilian dignitary present, and pass in review before the official party and guests. Worden Field, U.S.N.A., Annapolis, Md. 410-293-1520, WINE ON THE BEACH Oct. 2. Wineries from across the Mid-Atlantic region, arts and crafts, and continuous entertainment on the stage in the sand. 809 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, Md. 410-289-2800, CHESTERTOWN HARRY POTTER FESTIVAL Oct. 2–3. The Colonial river town will host the celebration, featuring spectacular activities and events for children and adults — wizards and muggles alike. 210 High St., Chestertown, Md. 443-480-3376, FELLS POINT FUN FESTIVAL Oct. 2–4. Arts and crafts from more than 100 vendors, music, food, beer, and wine gardens. Thames Street at South Broadway, Baltimore, Md. 410-504-4140, TASTE OF BETHESDA Oct. 3. Bethesda’s famous food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Sample the great restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment, and check out the kids’ corner for face painting and arts and crafts. Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, Md. 301215-6660, MONARCH FEST Oct. 3, 10:00am–4:00pm. Enjoy a day of monarch butterfly crafts, activities, and opportunities to learn about the fascinating lifecycle of butterflies. Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, Va. 757-595-1900, DAYTON AUTUMN CELEBRATION Oct. 3, 8:30am–4:00pm. Live music, 350 arts and craft vendors, 75 food vendors, tours of historic sites, plus the Dayton Farmers Market. Free shuttle transportation. Dayton, Va. CAPITAL ALE HOUSE FESTIVAL Oct. 3. Choose from more than 100 craft and imported brews. Surrounding streets will be closed for live musical performances, German dance groups, and the family-friendly Kinderplatz, a kids’ space with giant inflatables and facepainting. 917 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, Va. 804-780-2537,

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT HOME Sunday, Oct. 11, vs. Browns, 1:00pm

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

WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT HOME Sunday, Oct. 4, vs. Eagles, 1:00pm Sunday, Oct. 25, vs. Buccaneers, 1:00pm

The Redskins play home games at FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, Md. For more information, call 301-276-6050 or visit washingtonredskins. com.

AT&T CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Oct. 3, 10:00am–3:00pm. A family festival filled with more than 100 creative and interactive activities, storytelling, hands-on workshops and educational displays, cultural experiences, arts and crafts, and costumed characters. Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Va. 757-441-2345, HARVEST FESTIVAL Oct. 3. Down-home fun on the farm with live animals, scarecrow making, hay rides, a corn maze, and live music. Agricultural History Farm Park, Derwood, Md. 301-670-4661

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Friday, Oct. 2, vs. New York City FC, 7:00pm Sunday, Oct. 18, vs. Chicago, TBD Sunday, Oct. 25, vs. Columbus Crew, 5:00pm DC United plays home games at RFK Stadium, 2400 E, Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-587-5000 or visit dcunited. com.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT HOME Saturday, Oct. 10, vs. Devils, 7:00pm Tuesday, Oct. 13, vs. Sharks, 7:00pm Thursday, Oct. 15, vs. Blackhawks, 7:00pm Saturday, Oct. 17, vs. Hurricanes, 7:00pm Wednesday, Oct. 28, vs. Penguins, 8:00pm Friday, Oct. 30, vs Blue Jackets, 7:00pm

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT HOME Saturday, Oct. 31, vs. Knicks, 7:00pm.

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

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MID-ATLANTIC SMALL CRAFT FESTIVAL Oct. 3–4. 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. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, Md. 410745-4953,

BLACK DOG BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL Oct. 10, noon–6:00pm. Enjoy the tail end of the outdoor season while dancing and enjoying wine with family and friends. Chateau Morrisette Winery, 287 Winery Road SW, Floyd, Va. 540593-2865,

ROANOKE GO OUTSIDE FESTIVAL Oct. 16–18. The festival combines the things outdoor enthusiasts love — camping, music, gear, races, demos, and a beautiful outdoor setting. 210 Reserve Ave., Roanoke, Va.

FREDERICKSBURG AREA WINE FESTIVAL Oct. 3–4. Enjoy 10 wineries from around Virginia, as well as a beer garden, live entertainment, and more than 50 vendors. 2150 Gordon Shelton, Fredericksburg, Va. 540-972-2749,

CHESAPEAKE VA WINE FESTIVAL Oct. 10. Local craft brews will be available to taste and purchase. Festival also features entertainment, award-winning art, wine apparel, and specialty food vendors. Chesapeake City Park, 900 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, Va. 757-373-8098,

SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL Oct. 16–18. More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, Md. 800210-9900,

FALL FESTIVAL Oct. 3–4. Games, crafts, and hands-on activities, as well as a blacksmith, carriage museum, candle dipping, tractor pulls, hayrides, farm exhibits, animals, and demonstrations. Rose Hill Children’s Museum, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, Md. 301-6001650,

HARVEST DAYS Oct. 10–11. Come for family-oriented demos, exhibits, live music, and activities, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides and a children’s discovery tent. Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, Pa. 717-569-0401,

RIVERSIDE WINE FEST Oct. 3–4. Sample more than 20 Maryland wineries while enjoying live music, local food, kids’ activities, and an artisan marketplace. Historic Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, Md. 301-373-2280,

FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL ART SHOW Oct. 10–11. More than 150 artists and fine craftsmen from around the country, including painters, potters, woodworkers, glass artists, and jewelers, will be showcasing their works. Main Street, Waynesboro, Va. 540-949-7662,

BUTLER’S ORCHARD PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 3–31. Pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides, hayloft jumping, food, crafts, animals, live entertainment, straw maze, and giant slides. 22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Md. 301-428-0444,

PATUXENT RIVER APPRECIATION DAYS Oct. 10–11, 10:00am–5:00pm. Arts and crafts, plus food vendors and live entertainment on two stages. Check on the health of the river and learn more about its ecology. Saturday features the Bounty of the Patuxent wine tasting and local produce market. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md.

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL Oct. 4–5, Sat. 11:00am–8:00pm, Sun. 11:30am–6:30pm. Kings Contrivance Village Center is transformed into an international destination with live entertainment and delicious food, as well as crafts and a wine and beer garden. Orthodox Church of St. Matthew, 7271 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia, Md. AUTUMN GLORY FESTIVAL Oct. 7–11. Celebrate fall foliage with two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, fall foliage tours, and craft shows. Oakland, Md. 888-387-5237, RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL Oct. 9–11. The festival celebrates the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, and food. Richmond, Va. SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL Oct. 9–11. More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. 800-210-9900, FALL CLASSIC ART AND CRAFT FESTIVAL Oct. 9–11. Festival features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftsmen from across the nation. Roanoke Civic Center, 710 Williamson Road at Orange Avenue, Roanoke, Va. 336-282-5550, BALTIMORE BEER WEEK Oct. 9–17. A weeklong series of events promoting all the great beer you can in the Chesapeake region. 20 Market Place, Baltimore, Md. 410-244-8854,

OYSTER FESTIVAL Oct. 11, 10:00am. The 42nd event celebrating the famous bivalves features oysters, clams, and plenty of other food, as well as entertainment. Tom’s Cove Park, Chincoteague, Va. GERMANTOWN FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL Oct. 11, noon–4:00pm. Many fun family activities from pumpkin painting to a moon bounce, and food, too. Germantown Center, 19718 Germantown Rd., Germantown, Md. MOUNTAIN STATE APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL Oct. 15–18. The Martinsburg area celebrates its orchard heritage with a grand parade, arts and crafts, live music, car shows, tours, and even a festival queen. Martinsburg, W.Va. VIRGINIA CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL Oct. 16–17. Attendees have the opportunity to learn from and create with top authors in workshops for young children through adults. Longwood University Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville, Va.

DELAWARE WINE AND BEER FESTIVAL Oct. 17, noon–5:00pm. All 22 of the state’s wineries, breweries, meaderies, cideries, and distilleries will be present. There’s also a homebrew championship. Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, Dover, Del. OKTOBEARFEST Oct. 17, noon–4:00pm. Raise a glass to support the zoo and enjoy unlimited sampling of more than 30 fall-flavored brews. Plus, don’t miss live music and fare from food and artisan vendors. The Maryland Zoo, 1876 Mansion House Drive, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Md. CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Oct. 17–18. Live music sets the stage at the perfect outdoor setting for tasting some of the best craft beers. Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, Va. 757-491-7866, ST. MARY’S OYSTER FESTIVAL Oct. 17–18. The U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships and National Oyster Cook-off features music, food, carnival rides, arts, crafts, and general family fun. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown, Md. OYSTER FESTIVAL Oct. 18, 12:30–5:00pm. Enjoy food, live music by local artists, unique crafts, face painting, live crab races, and demonstrations. Captain Avery Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, Md. 410-867-4486, SEA WITCH FESTIVAL Oct. 23–25. Features costume parade, dog parade, sea witch hunt, live entertainment, 5K run, artisans and vendors, fiddler’s festival, and beach games. Rehoboth, Del. BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL Oct. 24. Features performers, artisans, foods, and activities not found at typical craft shows, fairs, and festivals. Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, 20 Museum Drive, Ferrum, Va. FALLFEST Oct. 24, noon–4:00pm. There are artisans, craftspeople, music, food vendors, and a Family Fun Zone for kids. Regency Furniture Stadium, Waldorf, Md.

RICHMOND OKTOBERFEST Oct. 16–17. Eat authentic German food and drink a variety of German and domestic beers. Dance to polkas, waltzes, American standards, and more. Old Dominion Building, Richmond International Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va. 804-342-0310


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NOW SHOWING AAM CRAFT SHOW Oct. 6–18. The show recognizes more than 60 of the nation’s master and emerging artists. 106 South St., Easton, Md. 410822-2787 UNITED STATES SAILBOAT SHOW Oct. 8–12. Bring the family to this world-famous sailboat show where you will find something for everyone: seminars, clothing and accessories, and boats of all sizes. Annapolis City Dock, One Dock St., Annapolis, Md. 410-268-8828, HOUSE MOUNTAIN HORSE SHOW Oct. 10–11. Come watch this two-day regional schooling horse show for hunter and jumper riders. Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, Va. 540-464-2950, UNITED STATES POWERBOAT SHOW Oct. 15–18. The show includes family cruisers, center consoles, inflatables, and the world’s largest power catamaran section. City Dock, Annapolis, Md. 410-268-8828, MARYLAND HOME AND GARDEN SHOW Oct. 16–18. Features expert antique appraisals, life-changing home technology, hundreds of knowledgeable contractors, and crafts. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. 410-863-1180, GEM, MINERAL, AND JEWELRY SHOW Oct. 16–18. More than 50 national vendors bring their merchandise to you. Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, Va. 804-642-2011, FALL THOROUGHBRED CELEBRATION Oct. 24–25. Two-day hunter jumper thoroughbred horse show. Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Rd., Lexington, Va. 540464-2950,

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES LAWYER’S FARM AND MOONLIGHT MAZE Through Nov. 1. Features five corn mazes, two pumpkin cannons, pumpkin patch and hayride, hay maze, hay port, and pedal cart track. 13001 Creagerstown Road, Thurmont, Md. 240315-8133, CHERRY CREST ADVENTURE FARM Though Nov. 7. More than 50 farm fun activities, games, and rides, plus the amazing maize maze. 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, Pa. 717-687-6843, SEAGULL CENTURY Oct. 3. The ride starts and finishes at Salisbury University. Various bicycle shops, clubs, and other vendors will be available throughout the weekend. 1101 Camden Ave., Salisbury, Md. 410-548-2772,

WILSON BRIDGE HALF MARATHON Oct. 4. Offers scenic routes along the George Washington Memorial Parkway and stunning views across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. National Harbor, National Harbor, Md. COLONIAL BEACH BIKEFEST Oct. 8–11. This event is scheduled to feature a variety of activities throughout the weekend including vendors, contests, live music, bike shows and demos, and an artwalk. 500 Washington Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 804-214-6880, NATURE CONNECTIONS: FOSSILS AND DINOSAURS Oct. 11. Experts will be on hand with displays and presentations; interactive children’s activities and crafts are also included. Natural History Society of Maryland, 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, Md. 410-882-5376, MARYLAND MILLION 5K Oct. 11. Participants will burst from the starting gate and run down the homestretch through the finish line in front of the Laurel Racetrack grandstand. Route 198 and Racetrack Road, Laurel, Md. 410-242-1515, ARMY 10-MILER Oct. 12. The 30th edition of the popular running event. Washington, D.C. PATUXENT WILDLIFE FESTIVAL Oct. 17, 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. 301-497-5887 MASON-DIXON HIKE Oct. 18, 10:30am. Hike the area where Mason and Dixon completed their survey and see the monument was established in 1883. Local historian Paul Zapadka leads the hike in MasonDixon Historical Park, Core, W.Va. FAMILY CAMPFIRE Oct. 23, 6:00–7:30pm. A park naturalist will read a nature story at the outdoor amphitheater as the fire burns. The naturalist will also bring an animal for participants to meet. 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND CENTURY Pedal through hundreds of acres of gently rolling forested hills and tidal bottomlands to the panoramic vista of the Potomac River. Rides include 17-, 32-, 46-, 60-, and 100-mile options. 100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head, Md. 301-743-5511, ohbike. org/century

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TOWSON UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE Oct. 9. The TU Jazz Faculty Ensemble will perform a concert of creatively improvised music featuring selections composed and arranged by members of the ensemble. 8000 York Road, Towson, Md. 410-704-2839,

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FREESTATE HAPPY WANDERERS Various walking trails and locations in Maryland. 410-437-2164,

FOSSIL FIELD EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS Oct. 24. The program begins at the Cove Point Lighthouse at 9:00am, when a trained guide will help participants find and identify fossils. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, ext. 41,

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CENTER HIKING CLUB Various hikes and locations in the D.C. metropolitan area. 703751-3971,

BACH FESTIVAL Oct. 4, 4:00pm. J.S. Bach’s Cantata 194, Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest, and Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No. 1 in G minor featuring violin. Zion Church at City Hall Plaza, Baltimore, Md.



BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS SAILING CLUB Year-round. Offers day-sailing events and seminars in Baltimore and Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C., and sailing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay. Membership free. 410-394-9483,

STEM 5K, 1-MILE WALK AND KIDS’ FUN RUN Oct. 24. Either run a 5K or walk the 1K for charity. A kids’ fun run is free for children age 5 and younger. 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen, Md. 443-206-0394,

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BANJO, FIDDLE, AND MANDOLIN CHAMPIONSHIPS Oct. 9–10. Musicians of all ages compete for prizes and the Maryland state title. Enjoy the sounds of the Appalachian Mountains, as well as special guests. 345 Oakland Drive, Oakland, Md. 301-334-2691,

JMU JAZZ ENSEMBLE AND JAZZ BAND Oct. 22, 8:00–10:00pm. Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, James Madison University, 147 Warsaw Ave., Harrisonburg, Va. 540-568-7000,

Popular/Other ARCHIE FISHER AND GARNET ROGERS Oct. 9. Contemporary folk music. The Cellar Stage, Faith Community United Methodist Church, 5315 Harford Road, Baltimore, Md. THE FESTY EXPERIENCE Oct. 9–11. Music, mountains, craft beer, and camping are front and center at this Columbus weekend festival. Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and The Infamous Stringbusters headline, but there are plenty of acts. Roseland, Va. JULIE FOWLIS: MUSIC OF THE SCOTTISH ISLES Oct. 17, 8:00pm. Julie pushes accepted musical boundaries with her adaptations of songs from her native Scottish Gaelic tradition and her clear, gently thrilling vocals. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean Va. 703-790-0123, VILLAGE PEOPLE Oct. 24. Re-visit disco with a performance by the Village People at Dover Downs, Dover, Del., AVETT BROTHERS Oct. 24. The nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, Va. 434-245-4910, DARRYL DAVIS Oct. 24, 9:00pm–midnight. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, 4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, Md.

BROADWAY IN ANNAPOLIS: CAROUSEL Oct. 9–10. A timeless story of love and sacrifice set to some of the most wonderful music ever written for the stage, this is the perfect show for the whole family. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 410-263-1906 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Oct. 16–24. For a wild night of love, laughs, and lunacy, enjoy the magical mayhem of merrymaking. Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, Md. 410-704-2792, WATKINS NATURE CENTER PUPPET SHOW Oct. 16, 2:00pm. The nature-themed puppet show will be followed by a meet-and-greet with the real-life animals that inspired the show. Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Nature Center, Upper Marlboro, Md.


YERMA Through Oct. 4. Adaptation by Fernando J. Lopez; in Spanish, with English surtitles. Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-234-7174, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Through Oct. 11 Shakespeare’s triumphant comedy of marriage and masquerade. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. AN INSPECTOR CALLS Through Oct. 11. The ultimate detective story. The respectable Birling family is at home hosting a dinner party in honor of the daughter’s recent engagement. An unforeseen knock at the door brings a sudden stop to the celebration. Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, Md. BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Oct. 6–25. Follow the inspiring true story of 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom. Opera House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 800-444-1324


HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, D.C. 202-633-1000, LADEW TOPIARY GARDENS 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. 410-557-9570, MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 410-263-5544, MONTPELIER ARTS CENTER 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel,



SQUARE DANCE LESSONS Begin Oct. 2, 7:00–9:00pm. Lessons by the Village Swingers Square Dance Club, 303 Adclare Road, Rockville, Md.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215,

INERTIA DANCE CONCERT Oct. 16–17. Inertia welcomes the artistry and collaboration of Towson University faculty, students, and alumni for this fall show. Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, Md. 410704-2760,

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-695-1864,

FOLK DANCES OF INDIA Oct. 17, 7:30pm. Enjoy a rich cultural experience of beautiful folk dance and music from India. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. 703-255-1900, ADULT DROP-IN DANCE CLASSES The Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-371-9656, DANCE PROGRAMS Weekends, 7:30–11:30pm. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.



Exhibits Resources and Institutions Directory AMERICAN CIVIL WAR CENTER AT HISTORIC TREDEGAR 490 Tredegar St., Richmond, Va. 804-788-6480, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AT THE KATZEN ARTS CENTER Ward Circle, at Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues, Washington, D.C. 202-885-1300,

CARRIAGE HOUSE GALLERY AT EMLEN PHYSICK ESTATE 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J. 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278,

Patty Leonard, who operates the popular Cows-n-Corn agritourism attraction in Midland, Va., also knows a thing or two about haunted farms. The farm she lived on in the 1960s was the site of a field hospital after the Second Battle of Manassas where countless limbs amputated on the kitchen table were quickly buried in the yard. Learn about the unexplained accidents and other happenings verified in Civil War letters and 20th-century diaries when you visit Haunted Hollow, open Saturdays and Sundays in October, plus Thursday, Oct. 29.

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REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM OF MARYLAND AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 443-263-1800, SHAKESPEARE GALLERY Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, SURRATT HOUSE MUSEUM TOURS Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Md., 301-868-1121, THE TEXTILE MUSEUM 2320 S St. NW, Washington,



TUDOR PLACE HISTORIC HOUSE AND GARDEN 1644 31st St., Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 202-965-0400, ext. 109, VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000,

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DELAWARE AND THE WAR OF 1812 Ongoing. Designed to raise awareness of the important role that the state played as the front line in the defense of the economically vital Delaware Valley, the exhibit utilizes maps, illustrations, and artifacts from the state’s collections to examine the history of the war within Delaware and its surrounding waters. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. 302736-7400, FELIX BRACQUEMOND: IMPRESSIONIST INNOVATOR Through Oct. 4. A selection of more than 80 works on paper and tableware objects, among them Bracquemond’s most imaginative portraits, landscapes, and groundbreaking reinterpretations of the traditions of French art and decorative arts. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, MOUNT VERNON IN 3D: THEN & NOW Through Nov. 20. The show features 20 rare historic images from Mount Vernon’s collection dating from the 1850s to the early 1900s, presented in 3-D form. George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Va. BEARD WARS Through Nov. 30. This photography exhibition faces off portraits of Civil War generals against those of league members. The Valentine, Richmond, Va. 804-649-0711, NELSON MANDELA: MADIBA Through Dec. 5. An exhibit of some of South African photojournalist Benny Gool’s images portrays the inspirational story of one of history’s most respected and compelling leaders. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, Md. 443-263-1800, INGENUE TO ICON Through Dec. 31. In this special exhibition, more than 60 dresses and perfectly paired accessories, archival materials, and portraits illustrate the evolution of 20th-century fashion through the lens of one of its most prominent women, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-686-5807,

WOMEN IN ART, CRAFT, AND DESIGN Oct. 30–Feb. 28. The show presents more than 80 objects including furniture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and art. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

History CIVIL WAR STEAM DAYS WEEKEND Oct. 3–4. Take a steam locomotive train ride behind historic steam engine St. Elizabeth No. 4. Journey allows passengers to stop and watch a steam locomotive demonstration. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-752-2462, ext. 221, CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT WEEKEND Oct. 3–4. Experience a Civil War encampment at Camp Carroll, Baltimore’s largest Union encampment during the American Civil War. Take a tour of Mount Clare Museum House and learn its history during the war. 1500 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Md. 410-752-2462, ext. 221,



MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376

Lectures/Workshops/Classes AVIATION SPEAKER SERIES Oct. 5, 7:00pm. Features historian Roger Miller, with the story of the World War II raids on the Ploesti oil fields. Lockheed Martin auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd., Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122. ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700,

SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000,

OPEN COCKPIT DAY Oct. 10, 11:00am–3:00pm. A bonus open-cockpit opportunity; sit in the cockpit of historic planes. Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum, Martin State Airport, Essex, Md. 410-682-6122 THE CIVIL WAR IN 1865 Oct. 16–19. Seven outstanding scholars discuss pivotal events of 1865 at a weekend symposium. Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, 6125 Boyton Plank Road, Petersburg, Va. 804-861-2408,


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OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544,

WILLIAMSPORT WWII WEEKEND Oct. 9–11. Living history, military and homefront displays, veterans concert, fashion show, and swing band. 12 Springfield Lane, Williamsport, Md. 860-307-8700

Nothing brings back the yuletide spirit quite like the Maryland Christmas Show. For the twenty-ninth season visitors from near and far will discover the joys of shopping at Maryland’s premier Christmas event. The Maryland Christmas Show, located in historic Frederick City, brings together many fine artisans and merchants to make your holiday shopping an enjoyable event. SUN

YORKTOWN DAY Oct. 19, 9:00am–5:00pm. Ceremonies, a parade, fifes and drums performances, and special programs. Main Street, Yorktown, Va. 757-898-2410,

GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700,

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YORKTOWN VICTORY CELEBRATION Oct. 17–18. A variety of engaging hands-on military interpretive programs and tours and a commemorative ceremony and patriotic parade. Yorktown Victory Center, 200 Water St., Yorktown, Va. 757-253-4838,

CIVIL WAR CAMP LIFE Oct. 4, 11, 18, 15, noon. Visit with both Union and Confederate soldiers presenting living history camp life. American Civil War Center at Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond, Va.

AGE OF LAWYERS Through Jan. 5. This exhibition offers a close-up look at the rapid increase of lawyers and legal actions in Shakespeare’s Britain. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-544-4600,

ANDREW WYETH PLANT STUDIES Through Jan. 31. These botanical studies, rarely on public view, demonstrate Andrew Wyeth’s continual sense of discovery in exploring color and form and his abiding passion for nature. Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, Pa.

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STAINED-GLASS CLASS Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860, TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880,

TOURS GHOST WALKS OF HISTORIC CHESTERTOWN Oct. 25–31. Guides lead ticket holders by lantern light through Chestertown’s streets, sharing actual ghost stories and folklore and more than 300 years of history. 301 High St., Chestertown, Md. 410-778-3499, CAPE MAY, N.J. 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 VICTORIAN WEEKEND Oct. 9–12. The event features the Chocolate Tasting Tour, Private Homes Tour, Murder Mystery Dinner, living history programs, lectures, workshops, and performances. Cape May, NJ. 800-275-4278, TASTE OF THE TOWN Oct. 15. Sample food, drink, and desserts from a variety of restaurants, caterers, and bakeries in the Reisterstown, Owings Mills, and Glyndon areas. Event will also include a silent auction. 10 Painters Mill Road, Owings Mills, Md. 410-702-7073, CORVETTE WEEKEND Oct. 16–17. Corvette Weekend in Ocean City means fun shows, rallies, and a legendary boardwalk parade. Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, 10100 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md. 443-8657674, SCOTCH AND CHOCOLATE TASTING Oct. 17, 4:00–6:00pm. Adults 21 and older can get insight into combining single malts with complementary chocolate. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. DISNEY ON ICE Oct. 28–Nov. 1. Celebrate the legacy of Disney in this ice-skating spectacular as “mouse-ter” of ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of characters. Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Md. 800-745-3000,

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Eastern Panhandle celebrates Appalachia The beauty, history, and stories from Appalachia and the fun-loving nature of the people who live there all come to life in October and November in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. And, it’s all just 90 minutes or so from the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas. Shepherdstown, the oldest town in West Virginia, will be hosting the 20th annual Appalachian Heritage Festival Oct. 9–10. The festival begins with old-time stories from Appalachia by Sheila Kay Adams, a seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and clawhammer banjo player from Sodom Laurel, N.C. Adams is devoted to preserving and perpetuating her heritage, earning the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Brown-Hudson Award in recognition of her valuable contributions to the study of North Carolina Folklore. She will appear at 7:00pm at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies on the Shepherd University campus. There will also be an old-time string band competition for a $1,000 prize, and at 8:00pm, a community square dance. “We get people stomping and learning a lot of the old dances,” said Jan Hefer, who promotes the area. On Oct. 10, the Showcase Concert takes place at the university’s Frank Center, hosted by Adam Booth and featuring the High Ridge Ramblers,

poet Kirk Judd with Dave Bing, gospel artists the Como Mamas, and the final showdown between the top two bands of the string band competition. ( Preserving not only the unique environment of Appalachia but educating and inspiring people to become involved with conservation is the goal of the American Conservation Film Festival. The festival, which is in its 13th year, runs Oct. 23–25 and Nov. 1. The festival was founded by volunteers in Shepherdstown connected with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center and Shepherd University. It features independent, historic, publicly funded, and Appalachian films. Forty-six films are on the agenda in categories such as “Wild, Wonderful, Endangered WV,” “Broncos and Bison: Threats to Western Wildlife,” “Diversity and Destruction: Islands and Icebergs,” “Africa, India, Washington, and WV: Impacts of Intervention,” and “Better Living in the Urban Jungle.” The films will be playing in a variety of locations throughout Shepherdstown, including the Shepherdstown Opera House, the Shepherd University campus, and the National Conservation Training Center. ( continued on page 39

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Wine and spirits abound in the highlands of north central W.Va. Forks of Cheat Winery

Barrels hold a vintage waiting to be tasted at Forks of Cheat Winery and Distillery.

CHEERS! Here’s to spending the day with great wine in Mountaineer Country. Come experience a unique blend of awardwinning wines, breathtaking scenery, and exquisite gift shops … all within 70 miles. Please call for hours and group reservations.

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The highlands of north central West Virginia provide a variety of different libations available for tasting along the I-79 corridor. Forks of Cheat Winery and Distillery near Morgantown produces wine from French hybrid and American grapes grown on hillside vines overlooking the Cheat River. The winery also produces products from other fruit, as well as dessert wines. Forks of Cheat also boasts a distillery at its location. Both winery and distillery tours are available Mondays through Saturdays. ( Heston Farm Winery in Fairmont also includes the Pinchgut Hollow Distillery and a farmto-table restaurant with daily lunch specials. Both red and white wines are available to taste. The distillery is the only producer of buckwheat whis-

key in America. The winery, distillery, and restaurant are open every day but Sunday. ( Lambert’s Vintage Wines in Weston occupies a classic hand-cut stone winery building made of stone gathered from around West Virginia. The rounded-top doors lend a European feel to the building that holds the tasting room, fireplace, and West Virginia pottery for sale. Lambert’s offers red, white, and blush varieties to enjoy by the fireplace. ( Mountain Dragon Mazery makes a variety of mead products from West Virginia honey at its location near Fairmont. Its apiary by the Monongahela River supplies much of the West Virginia honey used to produce the mead. (mountainstatemazery. com)

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Ultimate picnic can be had at the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival Ranked this year as one of the Top 100 events in the country by the American Bus Association, the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival returns for its sixth year Oct. 17, noon–5:00pm. Held in the 19th-century farm village at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover, the festival is the only one to feature all 22 of the state’s wineries, breweries, meaderies, cideries, and distilleries. In a gesture of regional friendship, Chaddsford Winery, located in Chadds Ford, Pa., and Evo Brewing, of Salisbury, Md., also are participating. You’ll find familiar names, such as Dogfish Head and 3rd Wave Brewing, and fledgling operations that may become favorites. Sample Delaware-distilled rum, vodka, and gin; enjoy traditional ciders; and try alcoholic experiments from producers playing with ingredients like chili peppers and chocolate. In addition, there’s the Delaware Homebrew Championship, with 60 libation hobbyists competing in five categories: American Ale, Delawaregrown Fruit Beer, Belgian/French Ale, IPA, and Specialty. This is a serious competition with more than brewing bragging rights at stake. The contest is conducted under rules of the American Home Brewers Association with judges from the Beer Judge Certification Program. Winners receive close to $2,000 in cash awards and prizes. Not to be outdone, area restaurants, bakeries, and food trucks are competing in several “best of” contests. It’s an eclectic outdoor food court with seafood, barbeque, specialty sandwiches, designer cupcakes, Caribbean cuisine, cheesesteaks, and Polish sausage. All ticket buyers get one vote for free. Additional ballots are $1 a vote, with proceeds benefitting the Food Bank of Delaware. A farmers market will also operate so you can opt for buying fresh breads, cheese, and produce.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, or even a pop-up tent, then stake out a spot on the grounds along Silver Lake and picnic while listening to live music. Other entertainment to enjoy includes a keg-tossing competition and the “Beer-Lympics.” At the vendor area, you’ll find festival merchandise, including aprons, beer and wine glasses, beach bags, and bar accessories. You can stock up on wines with discounted prices for bottles and cases. The Artisan Faire features more than 50 crafters and artists selling a wide range of personal and household “must-haves.” Keep in mind that Delaware has no sales tax, so you can indulge freely (and maybe finish up some early holiday shopping).

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scenes look at local artists’ work at the fifth annual Trails and Trees Studio Tour. Sixteen artists are participating at 11 studios in Martinsburg, Gerrardstown, and Falling Waters. The cost is free and studios are open from 10:00am–5:00pm each day. “You can travel at your own pace from studio to studio,” said Anna Howard, one of the event’s coordinators. “Something new this year is quilting. Artists are also working with glass, wood, acrylics, and making jewelry. Visitors are given a ‘Passport to Creativity’ card that is stamped at each studio. If you visit all the artists, you can enter a raffle for a $200 give certificate you can use to buy works at the art studios.” ( Festivals, fun, art, and a great way to learn about Appalachia can be found not very far out of town.

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Martinsburg area apples and art Not to be outdone, Martinsburg has its own October festivities. The 36th annual Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, celebrating the acres of orchards in the area that have produced an important part of the region’s agricultural heritage, is scheduled for Oct. 15–18. The festival has its own queen, Queen Pomona, the Grand Feature Parade, arts and crafts, live music, car shows, agricultural tours, and contests. ( November also has its treasures for the area. On Nov. 7–8, visitors can get their own behind-the-

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Need to know The basic admission includes unlimited samples. Full pour options are sold for a separate amount. The VIP ticket includes the unlimited samples and admission to the homebrew competition. VIPs vote for the People’s Choice homebrew, and receive a souvenir glass and swag bag. There are a limited number of VIP tickets. You must be 21 to buy either general admission or VIP tickets. The discounted designated driver ticket is available to non-imbibers and to those under 21. It does not include any samples, and holders are not allowed to purchase full pours. To make a weekend of it and to avoid driving after sampling all afternoon, consider the Libations Fan Weekend Experience. The package includes two unlimited sample tickets, overnight accommodations at the Hampton Inn at Dover or Home 2 Suits by Hilton of Dover, continental breakfast on Sunday morning, and admission to the Sunday Brunch at Harvest Ridge Winery. It’s a full brunch buffet with (more) wine and spirits.

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Plenty to do The cruise was extremely relaxing, but we never were bored. No rushing on and off the ship at ports of call. There are so many things to do during the day and at night, from informative lectures and classes by a wide variety of experts and celebrities to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art performances and acting workshop. There were exceptional jazz and musical offerings, shows, book clubs, a planetarium, a casino with a European feel, the Canyon Ranch Spa with everything you would expect a world-class spa to offer, several pools and whirlpools, sports courts, a gym, a 3-D movie theater, watercolor and computer lessons, shopping, a golf simulator, afternoon tea, and dancing in the world’s largest ballroom at sea or in the nightclub. We enjoyed waking up every morning with breakfast on our balcony, then either hitting the gym or walking all of those extra calories away on the refreshing promenade deck (three laps equal a mile), taking in the blue sky and sea, and then going to a lecture or class. We had a fabulous couples massage at the Canyon Ranch Spa where the staff was very accommodating. A cruise-long SpaClub Passport ensured that we could make a visit there every day after our morning exercise to loosen our muscles and rejuvenate our spirits in the Aqua Therapy Centre (with an aromatic steam room, Finnish sauna, herbal sauna, hot tub, huge aqua therapy pool, and more). We would lunch and then relax by the pool where there were always plenty of lounge chairs to go around, go to a class or movie, have a bite during afternoon tea, and then relax some more before it was time for dinner. Evenings always included a show, a short interlude in the casino, a walk on the deck to take in the

sunset, listening to the jazz trio in the Chart Room lounge, or taking in any one of a number of nightly entertainment offerings. A delightful surprise on the cruise was seeing whales swimming nearby, as well as dolphins, sea birds, and fish racing alongside the ship. We never tired of looking out to sea, and the weather was perfect during the last week of August. A couple of highlights were the superlative RADA performance of jazz and beat poetry in the Chart Room, a classical piano concerto, and a RADA performance of Pride and Prejudice. The dining, too, has a British slant, with plenty of beef dishes as well as a broad selection of continental-style dishes and higher-end cuisine on the menu. The main restaurant, Britannia, was very enjoyable, as it has superb acoustics. It was never loud and a small orchestra played throughout the meal. Canyon Ranch Spa selections on the menus ensure that healthy dining choices are always available. The wine and cocktail selections were excellent and our sommelier always helped us to make perfect pairings. There are also several alternate dining venues, including Asian fusion, Italian, and pub classics. Todd English, the upscale restaurant on board, features specialty Mediterranean dishes. Ready to cruise on the most magnificent ocean liner ever built? This phenomenal experience can be yours without breaking the bank. There are plenty of low-cost airlines that can make the return from a one-way cruise very affordable. You may even be able to make a deal for a round-trip cruise for less than the cost of flying. Reach out to one of the travel agents in these pages, or contact Cunard at Bon voyage!

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Feeling ‘Festy’? Virginia music Festival is truly an experience Mix music, mountains, craft beer, and camping and what do you get? The Festy Experience, a three-day music festival over Columbus Day weekend in Nelson County, Va. The Infamous Stringdusters, Lyle Lovett, and John Hiatt headline the Oct. 9–11 event at Devils Backbone Basecamp in Roseland, a 147-mile drive from Washington.

The lineup also includes the Sam Bush Band, Brett Dennen, the Larry Keel Experience, Cabinet, and Fruition. Bluegrass, country, Americana, folk, jazz, blues, and gospel will be among the musical genres. Two Virginia high school buddies, Justin Billcheck and Michael Allenby, along with The Infamous Stringdusters, founded the festival six years ago. Billcheck and Allenby run separate businesses: Justin Billcheck Productions and The Artist Farm, which both plan music festivals and other experiences. Craft beer from Devils Backbone Brewing Co.

and food vendors will be available. There also will be a run, yoga, outdoor-lifestyle workshops, home-brewing tips from Devils Backbone, a kids’ zone, hiking trails, and disc golf. Day-tripper tickets or a variety of camping packages are available.

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See great art in the great outdoors in Waynesboro, Va. Fall is the perfect time of year to get away to the mountains and enjoy the colorful leaves and crisp air. Waynesboro, Va., offers another good reason: The Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show, Oct. 10–11, will showcase more than 150 artists, live music, food, and craft beer. “It’s a quick, easy, and beautiful drive for a weekend of art and fabulous scenery,” said Piper Groves, of the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, which sponsors the festival. Waynesboro, near where the Blue Ridge Parkway joins Skyline Drive, is about a 140-mile drive from Washington, D.C. The festival — now in its 44th year — is the town’s biggest annual event and draws anywhere from 12,000 to 20,000 visitors over the weekend. Most years, the region is “full of color,” said Groves. The artists’ tents “turn downtown streets into 150 mini-galleries,” noted Groves. The juried show on Main Street and Wayne Avenue will feature fine arts and crafts by artists from the region and across the country. You can ask the artists about their techniques and inspirations, see demonstrations, and shop for unique creations. Easel art, such as oil, watercolors, and acrylic paintings, as well as



printmaking, pottery, wood, glass, jewelry, sculpture, and fiber will be among the specialties represented. Visitors are invited to try their hand at street art on the sidewalks and there will be face painting for the kids.

A variety of art Fiber artist Karen Shapcott, of Staunton, Va., will be participating in the show for the fourth year. She creates one-of-a-kind felted wearable art pieces, including scarves, shawls, and ponchos. She embellishes the articles, which are made from soft merino wool and other natural fabrics, with yarns, bamboo, and silk roving. She also creates needle-felted wool sculptures. Shapcott said she enjoys explaining her artistic techniques to the public and praises the show and the venue. “This is truly an art show with a great variety of artisans in many different and unique mediums,” she said, adding, “The Shenandoah Valley is one of the most beautiful areas of Virginia, especially in the fall.” A married couple from Buena Vista, Va., who go by their first names, Farhana and Rod, have been alternating appearances at the show

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for 16 years and have won awards for their work, including Best-in-Show. She is a watercolor artist and he is a ceramic artist. “My watercolors are done on handmade textured paper and it comes from a centuries-old style used by artists who produced Mughal miniature paintings. As Mughal miniatures were done originally with 24-karat gold, I had to research and develop my own technique in order to get the similar effect of gold color,” said Farhana. Rod said he makes hand-thrown and slabmade pots, platters, and tiles. After they are bisque-fired, each piece is decorated with underglazes, with Rod using brushes to build the desired effect. “Over the years we have seen that people have traveled from other states specifically to visit the show and happily make purchases,” said Farhana.

She thinks festivalgoers will have plenty to do. “They can participate in a marathon in the morning, attend the art show all day and eat at the restaurants in town, and then attend a wine festival before they retire for the day,” she noted. Insider tip: “An evening stroll to the ice cream parlor is a must,” Farhana advised. Roots music bands will perform throughout the day. Cutch Tuttle and Hound Dog Hill and the Jon Spear Band are two local favorites. Food trucks and craft beer vendors also will be available. Admission and parking are free. The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, a nonprofit organization that supports regional artists, will be open during the festival. The center has gallery exhibits, artist studios, and a gift shop. continued on page 44

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Farmers tackle food safety: “The product leaving here is perfect” Foodies notice trends; it’s a part of our culinary obsession. We’ve seen such recent movements as slow food, locovore, and farm-to-table. Another trend with an even greater impact frequently goes unnoticed by the consuming public. Stringent product safety, supported by newer technology, dominates much of a modern vegetable farmer’s time and attention. “I think it is imperative the consumer be aware of the food safety issues we deal with every day,” said Paul Townsend, as he pulled a thin mesh net over his hair, then shuffled his feet across a floor mat impregnated with iodine before entering his Georgetown, Del., vegetable processing plant.

Field to freezer Townsend’s integrated farming and foodprocessing operation is an example of the techniques and technologies used to ensure the safety of the foods we buy. A fourth-generation farmer, Townsend helps control the fate of 25,000 acres of Southern Delaware’s Sussex County. But, more than just farming the land, the J. G. Townsend Jr. Frozen Food company processes, prepares, freezes, and packages 12 million pounds of peas and beans each harvest season. Less than a mile west of the discount outlets, shopping malls, and beach-bound bustle of Route 1, on a 110-acre field owned by Townsend, a

massive mobile “viner” rolls along, cutting, raking, and inhaling ripe bean vines and all other greenery, down to the ground. “We go from field to frozen in maybe a couple of hours,” explained Townsend. As the viners wallow through the field, they periodically halt to allow hopper trucks to pull alongside. A chute from the viner lowers into the truck and delivers a spate of light-green beans. “Those are Dixie butter peas — very popular in the Southeast,” said Townsend. Looking like small limas, the hulls opened easily, and the pale emerald peas had a snappy green taste. “Our particular area of the food world is known as relatively low risk,” explained Townsend. Nevertheless, the hair net and iodine shoe wash are just preliminary steps in a complex process that ensures food safety.

bags and also has the capability to pack directly into wrappers supplied by other companies. The laser eye, metal detectors, temperature controllers, and anti-bacterial floor coverings are tools that can help ensure safe produce, but only if the people using those tools have committed to using them efficiently, effectively, and economically. Townsend Frozen Foods aligns with the Safe Quality Food code, a process and product certification standard based on a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points food safety and quality management system. “SQF came to the U.S. from Australia in 2009,” said Townsend. “In 2011, we brought in consultants. We toured the facility and established an action plan for changes and modifications. … It’s a series of daily credentials that prove that the product leaving here is perfect!”

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Outside the open bay doors of Townsend’s packing plant, a hopper truck, fresh from the field, backs to a conveyor system and begins to unload. Beans ride the conveyor up to an air cleaner and metal detector that removes any pebbles or other objects. Washing down into a 10,000-pound-capacity tank, the beans enter a blancher that cooks them and passes them along through an optical sorter. More than 20,000 pounds of beans every hour flash across the sorter’s laser “eye.” Too fast for human sight to follow, the sorter kicks out any stems, vines, weeds, and “all manner of trash” that manages to get this far in the process. Despite all the technology, a squad of humans, hand-sorting the washed, cooked, and alreadyinspected beans, performs a final quality control check. The beans then pass through a quick chlorine bath and into a huge freezer where they are individually quick frozen. Townsend packs his produce primarily in 20-pound boxes or 2-pound

1 pound freshly picked black-eyed peas Sufficient water to cover peas 1 cube chicken bouillon 2 diced onions 1 cup diced celery Red, white, and black pepper to taste Can of peeled, crushed tomatoes 16-ounce bag frozen leaf spinach 1/2 “horseshoe” kielbasa, approximately 8 ounces, sliced 1/2 inch thick on a bias 1/2 teaspoon medium hot sauce (optional) Bring the water and bouillon to a boil in a stew pot. Add peas, onions, celery, pepper, and tomatoes. Cook for 40 minutes. In a separate pan, sauté the sausage. One minute before the peas are done, add the frozen spinach and gently stir to mix. Serve with the sausage.

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Another big weekend of fine arts and crafts is coming up Oct. 17–18 in Bethesda, Md. Called the Bethesda Row Arts Festival after the neighborhood in which it’s held (one block west of Wisconsin Avenue), the outdoor festival will feature 190 juried artists from the Mid-Atlantic and other states. The types of art available will include ceramics, drawing, paintings, fiber, glass, printmaking, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, oil and acrylic painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, and wood. Admission is free.

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Loudoun Farm Tour offers loads of outdoor family fun Enjoying the bounty of agriculture and beauty of the outdoors is what the annual spring and fall Loudoun Farm Tour, in Loudoun Country, Va., is all about. With about three dozen farms and wineries participating, it’s easy to find something everyone can enjoy. The fall tour is Oct. 17–18, 10:00am– 4:00pm. Wine aficionados can join the wine tasting at the Philomont General Store with owner Madeline Skinner, where they can choose from 150 wines and beers to take home or try any of the wineries, which are conveniently interspersed near the farm stops. Several farms offer pick-your-own produce, sell meat and poultry, and give specialized tours and hands-on animal encounters. My family enjoyed the spring farm tour immensely. During the course of an afternoon, my 5-year-old daughter, Gabby, was kissed by an alpaca, picked fresh strawberries, fed a flock of chickens, and gathered eggs. Our first stop was Butterfly Hill Farm Store, where the owners had set up two corrals with alpacas from their nearby farm. You could pet and learn about the alpacas, see the weaving and spinning demonstrations, and admire beautiful clothes made from alpaca wool in their store. It was a learning opportunity, because we got to see what happened to the wool — not just pet the animals. When we got to Chicama Run, we made a pit

stop to enjoy their barbecue, which had amazingsmelling hamburgers. Our favorite was the homemade cherry pie. Next, we were off on the hayride around the farm, where we saw geese and free-range chickens. We signed up for the egg tour. The farm’s owner led us on a walking tour to see cows and goats, and then took us to the henhouse. Gabby fed chickens and collected brown eggs that we turned into cookies and omelettes at home. Fresh eggs and meat were for sale in their store. We wanted to pick strawberries, so we went to the new Wegmeyer Farms strawberry patch at Oatlands. What a treat! I got a $5 ticket for me (Gabby was free) to ride the hay wagon out to the field (brilliant idea; it would have been a long and hot walk). Tyler Wegmeyer drove the wagon and told us the history of strawberries at Oatlands, which were grown in the 1810 greenhouse on the grounds.

Fall Farm Tour More than 45 farms, wineries, breweries, and rural businesses will participate in the Fall Farm Tour. There will be new tour stops in all three categories: farms, craft beverages, and special events. A few highlights include: u Ayrshire Farm The 800-acre certified organic and certified humane farm, committed to traditional farming val-

ues, will have heritage breed livestock on display and a beekeeping demonstration. u Bridle Paths at Stone Horse Farm This nonprofit offers support and healing to individuals and families through high-quality equineassisted activities and therapies. Learn about equine communication and horse body language. Enjoy horseshoe painting, horses bobbing for apples, and barn trick-or-treating. u CEA Farms You can see the future of agriculture with the high-density, environmentally friendly growing system. Learn about chemical-free vegetables and certified all-natural beef, pork, and lamb grown on the farm. u Hope Farm This old dairy farm, with its historic stone manor home, bank barn, milking barn, and silo, is transitioning to a flower farm. A flower-arranging demonstration with local flowers will be offered. u Lost Corner Farm at Mom’s Apple Pie Hill High Learn how to use pumpkin meat in a variety of ways and the nutritional benefits of pumpkins and other foods grown on the farm. There are ongoing pumpkin preparations throughout the tour weekend. Mark your calendars for the spring farm tour, scheduled for May 21–22, 2016. (loudounfarms. org/farmtour)

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