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The need for discovery

It was 1942. World War II was raging. Somewhere in academia, a man named Abraham Maslow wanted to understand what motivates people. Maslow believed that people are motivated to satisfy certain needs, some more than others, and created a hierarchy. When one need is fulfilled, you are free to seek and fulfill the next one. It started with the basic survival needs: food, water, shelter, and safety. Once those needs were met, one was free to seek higher levels of need, such as relationships, intimacy, prestige, and curiosity. Finally, when all those were met, one was free to seek self-actualization, including leaving a legacy, charity, or creativity. In a sense, travel evolved under a similar hierarchy. We see it all the time. At the core survival level, I imagine cavemen had to meander here and there for water and food, then back to the cave. As people grow, their needs follow this path and one can argue that society at large has followed this path as well. Now, let’s fast forward through time from the caveman to Christopher Columbus. Society was working cooperatively, and we had farmers, cobblers, merchants, blacksmiths, and a host of other trades. Sailors were sent to far-off lands

to seek spices, metals, furs, and items not readily available in their native land. Of course, packaged with travel comes discovery, and certainly Columbus takes quite a credit for “discovering” America. I won’t get bogged down with arguments over this accolade, but simply make a point as it pertains to the hierarchy. Today, society has advanced much further. Through technology, discoveries, and a better sense of cooperatively working and living together, the lower level needs are much easier to meet. For most of us, as we progress through our lives and careers, that middle level of needs becomes less of a challenge and we start working toward that top tier. For many, helping their children develop falls into that category. For others, a better sense of financial freedom and job security changes one’s perspectives on travel. It becomes less related to work and survival and more related to vacation and satisfying curiosity. On the average person’s “bucket list” of 10 or 20 things they’d like to see or do before they die, travel destinations seem to have a very high representation. I am fortunate enough to have traveled quite a bit. Currently, I have been to more than 70 foreign countries on four continents and 40-plus states, and my bucket list still has a ton of travel: Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, Hawaii, Tahiti, Kenya … heck, it’s more like a barrel than a bucket! But, no matter how many palaces I go to, my curiosity still seeks more, and I still find amazing surprises on every trip, some large, some small, but always fascinating. I’ll likely never make a discovery like Columbus, but I’ll always find travel rewarding. I hope I can help you experience the same.

TABLE OF CONTENTS 5 ~ Publisher’s Note 6 ~ Editor’s Note 7 ~ Cruise Corner 8 ~ Travel Line 10 ~ Moonshine and more in Mecklenburg County 11 ~ Nelson’s tasting trails 12 ~ Southwest Virginia spirits and live theater 14 ~ Mountain biking at Massanutten 15 ~ Orange County vineyards 17 ~ Fall in the Historic Triangle 17 ~ New Shenandoah Spirits Trail 19 ~ Family Travel 20 ~ Artists’ Studio Tours 22 ~ Mid-Atlantic caverns 23 ~ Frederick County’s Wine Trail 24 ~ Charitable Choices 26 ~ Gettysburg’s Wine and Fruit Trail 28 ~ Mason-Dixon Wine Trail passport event 30 ~ Calendar of Events 34 ~ Wine and more in Washington County 35 ~ Longwood Gardens’ fall events 37 ~ Wine and beer in West Virginia 41 ~ Oyester festival turns 50 42 ~ Music Festival 43 ~ Culture 44 ~ Adventures in Taste 44 ~ Wine Doctor 46 ~ Hit the beach

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When we first started our October look at the adult beverage scene several years ago, it was all about wine and the wineries that were beginning to spring up from the mountains to the Piedmont to even the tidal flatlands of the Mid-Atlantic. Over the years, craft brewers seemed to follow suit. Many opened brew pubs while other stuck to production and some have achieved multistate distribution and national prominence. Another year, craft distillers made the scene, turning out vodkas, rums, whiskeys, and other spirits. Today, you can find enterprising distillers from the coastal areas to the mountains (where you’ll even find legal moonshine being produced). Still others across the region are creating ciders from fruit and mead from honey. Original wine trails now often include producers of these other beverages and some vineyards are actively producing beer, cider, or spirits as well. It all makes for interesting itineraries for an afternoon’s tasting or a getaway weekend. The varied landscape of the Mid-Atlantic is fortuitous for the lover of wine, beer, cider, or spirits. The hillsides and flatter land help to create growing conditions favorable to both red and white vines. The massive fruit production in Pennsylvania and in mountain areas of other Mid-Atlantic states means that wineries can cater to different tastes, from the dry reds from grapes to the sweet wine from almost any fruit imaginable. That same fruit production, particularly the apple crop, allows the area to capitalize on the growth of the hard cider movement. The diversity of end product means a wide choice for customers and different revenue stream for producers. 410-638-6901 fax: 410-638-6902 Mailing Address: 1607 Sailaway Circle, Baltimore MD 21221

Beer lovers can enjoy products made with local grains against the background of the German heritage prominent in many locales. A distillery in Gettysburg even uses grain grown on the historic battlefield, thanks to an arrangement with the National Park Service. But the smell of mash wafts through communities across the region, even in Williamsburg’s historic district. Check out the trails and tastes we cover in this month’s Recreation News and savor the idea of a tasting trip of your own. October also brings American Craft Week, actually the days from Oct. 1-16, and is the month in which we look at the fall artists’ studio tours around the region. No matter where you live or where you might be traveling, you can probably find an open studio tour. These self-guided open houses allow you to select the kinds of art or crafts that interest you and let you meet the artisans in their own element. There are art and artisan trails throughout the Mid-Atlantic that you can explore any time. Many include studios, galleries, restaurants, and other related properties.

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Carnival’s campaign at sea: Elect to take your kids on board It’s always nice to tie the cruise column to hot news, current events, or something seasonal. As we approach the presidential election, we have just the ticket. No, we aren’t going to say whether one of the candidates prefers a certain cruise line or destination. Nor will we opine about which candidate will be a better friend to the industry. In fact, we aren’t going to even have an adult perspective. Our election topic is about fun with kids and teaching them something along the way. Carnival Cruise lines has just the ticket with its newest program. With Election Day rapidly approaching, it turns out a new candidate has tossed a hat into the ring: Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat is running for president as the kids’ candidate. And, Carnival Cruise Line will serve as the Official Seagoing Headquarters for the cat’s presidential campaign. More interesting, he selected not one, but two running mates, Thing 1 and Thing 2. Like many candidates, he even has a new book, One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote. Elections can be filled with passion and emotion, and many children can easily get the wrong message. Voting is important, so let’s start them off on a happy note to establish some good thoughts on the concept at an early age. The concept is spread throughout the Carnival fleet. Each Carnival ship, now through the end of the election, has the Cat in the Hat doing all the typical campaign motions: shaking hands, passing out stickers, leading parades, and smiling for photo opportunities. It’s all part of his platform of “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” Carnival also offers a variety of educational activities that teach kids about the importance of voting and the election process. But it’s not all studious. It’s fun!

Onboard activities Activities such as patriotic face painting, arts and crafts sessions where kids create colorful posters, and a presidential parade led by the Cat in the Hat himself add to the fun. Kids

even get to vote in ballot boxes located in Camp Ocean/Camp Carnival on each ship. They vote for their favorite Dr. Seuss book and receive a certificate. Better yet, and more fun, kids can even star in the Cat in the Hat’s official campaign commercial, which will be shown on the in-cabin TV channels on each ship. Imagine their thrill as they see themselves on TV. “Carnival is the number one cruise line for families and we’re delighted to team up with our partner, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, to celebrate the release of this fantastic new book and the launch of the Cat in the Hat’s presidential campaign to help kids understand the importance of voting in a fun yet educational way,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We are so happy that Carnival is serving as the ‘Official Seagoing Headquarters’ for The Cat in the Hat for President, and we know the Cat will have fun on board as the kids’ candidate, showing kids that every vote counts,” said Susan Brandt, of Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP. Carnival’s Seuss at Sea program features exciting youth, family, dining, and entertainment experiences inspired by the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss. The program includes such popular activities as the Seuss-a-palooza Parade and Story Time and The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends, as well as character interactions, Dr. Seuss toys and games, and popular movies. Dr. Seuss Bookville, a colorful family reading venue, is featured aboard Carnival Freedom and the new Carnival Vista, which debuted earlier this year. Carnival has long been a leader in innovative ways to incorporate children’s learning and family fun into a vacation at sea. We applaud this timely learning experience for future voters.

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Sandhill cranes provide a beautiful sight in Nebraska Nebraska is known for its golden prairies, brilliant sunsets, and friendly people. Did you know the state also hosts the largest migration of sandhill cranes in the world? More than 500,000 of the birds fly through the Central Platte River Valley, a part of the Central Flyway (one of four major flyways in the United States) every spring. The valley is a resting area for millions of ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, pelicans, and other species during their annual migrations, as well as a major habitat for native prairie chickens. Ethologist Jane Goodall rates the area as one of the top 10 places to see animal migrations in the world. In March, several fellow travel journalists and I witnessed the migration spectacle and also saw the native prairie chickens in action. We spent the first night of our journey in McComb, where we enjoyed some fabulous Nebraska beef and rested for the unusual event we were about to see the next day. Dressed in layers to keep warm, we traveled by van from our motel to the bird-watching blind that’s located on private property early the next morning. We walked quietly along the path to the blind and were in our stations before the sun rose at 7:46am. Over the next two hours, without heat and bathroom access, our voices limited to whispers and the flashes and noise devices on our cameras off, we watched the chickens do their mating dance around the “leks.” (Leks are local areas where males meet every spring, from March through early May, to vie for the affection of the hens.) Dur-

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ing the mating ritual, as explained by our guides from Prairie Chicken Tours, the males make noises, ruffle their feathers, and leap a few inches off the ground facing their opponents until the dominant ones are determined. Taking a break from bird-watching the rest of the day, we traveled to Kearney, where we would see the sandhill crane migration the next day. Along the way, we stopped to see remnants of the original Lincoln Highway, the Gothenburg Historical Museum and Pony Express Station, and the Great Platte River Road Archway, which spans I-80 and tells the local history and settlement of the West through visual and sound displays. After resting in Kearney that night, we arose early the next day, departing for the Iain Nicholson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary in Gibbon. The sanctuary includes 1,300 acres of river habitat, wetlands, woodlands, and mixed grass prairie. Dressed again in layers for warmth, we were in the blind before sunrise, around 6:30am, waiting for the show. Seeing and hearing the migration that occurred over the next two hours proved to be an incredible experience. Just before dawn, the birds began to awaken and make noises, and then small groups began to fly toward the morning sky, their bodies like black dots filling the sky and their voices stirring the air with a cacophony of sounds. The mass migration continued until each flock of birds had flown away to the surrounding cornfields to feast on leftovers from the past growing season. Before sunset that day, we returned to Rowe Sanctuary for the return of the cranes. This time, we were allowed to talk during the first 45 minutes of the birds’ flight, but had to quiet down after they had settled on the sandbars for the night. The next day, we saw the early morning exodus of the birds at the Crane Trust property along the Platte River. Later, we visited its Nature and Visitor Center at Wood River, which provides detailed information about the birds and their habits via

displays, films, and educational talks. The trust was established in 1978 as a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and maintenance for the critical habitat for whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, and other migratory birds in the Big Bend Region of the Platte River Valley. It offers Crane Safaris, an eco-tourism program which includes three days of crane viewing and other activities on Crane Trust lands and two nights in the Legacy Cabins on site. A few travel journalists in our group went to the Harlan Reservoir near Alma to see the white pelicans and other birds also in migration. The American white pelican is the largest of eight species; adults weigh 10 to 20 pounds and have a wingspan of 9 feet. Thousands of pelicans pass through Nebraska in late winter and early spring and revisit the area in the fall. They live primarily on fish, frogs, and aquatic invertebrates. A few hundred pelicans spend the summer in the area, but none breed there. We visited a number of other attractions in Nebraska, including the Willa Cather State Historical Site in Red Cloud (Cather was the author of O Pioneers! and My Antonia, about life on the Great Plains), the Heritage Museum in Hastings (birthplace of Kool-Aid), actor Henry Fonda’s home at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, and Fonner Park and State Fair Grounds (also in Grand Island), where you can learn all about state-of-the-art farming in Nebraska. Every stop was interesting and informative, but the highlights of the trip were, without a doubt, witnessing the prairie chickens’ mating dance and the sandhill crane migration. (

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Explore a spirited start to fall flavors in Southeastern Virginia Years ago a Virginia vacation might have been centered on several attractions with a winery stop along the way. Today’s getaways, however, are even more focused on the imbibe scene, and for good reason. Virginia is now home to more

than 230 wineries, more than 100 breweries, and plenty of distilleries making their marks. The atmospheres and offerings vary throughout the commonwealth, but there are plenty of incredible options for every palate to sip in Mecklenburg County, where agritourism is growing faster than grapes on a vine.

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October is Virginia Wine Month and you can start it off right by discovering a little bit about Mecklenburg’s vivacious viticulture. Rosemont of Virginia in Lacrosse sits on 450 gorgeous acres, 22 of which are dedicated to the estate-grown grapes that are used to create Rosemont’s premium wines. There’s a bottle for every imbiber, from the bright Virginia White, to the dry, elegant rosé, to the sophisticated cabernet franc. There are even a few sweet varieties in the mix, including the popular Lake Country Sunset and the jammy Blackridge Red. ( Those craving the sweet, nostalgic scuppernong or muscadine varieties will feel right at home during a visit to Three Sisters of Shiney Rock Winery in Clarksville. Owned and operated by three sisters and their families, the winery produces three varieties, scuppernong, muscadine, and blackberry, with the entire process — picking,

processing, and bottling, done on the farm. ( The folks at American Way Country Wines in Chase City are crafting some fascinating batches of fruit-forward varieties, including apple, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, elderberry, pear, peach, persimmon, plum, pumpkin, raspberry, strawberry, tomato, and watermelon. They take pride in creating products with minimal sulfites and no preservatives — and made with plenty of love and attention. (

Get in the spirit While you’re in Chase City, pay a visit to Bondurant Brothers Distillery (bondurant, paying homage to Virginia’s history of moonshining one bottle at a time. Last December, Robert Bondurant started production on his first batch of moonshine, and it’s been in stores since April of this year. Retail availability has already doubled. Even though Bondurant is pleased at how the business is going so far, his mission all along has been to honor the history of making moonshine, and he does this by using the same methods as his grandfather.

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Try one of 22 tempting tastings along Nelson County’s trails Picturesque Nelson County, Va., three hours south of Washington, D.C., is a magnet for brewers, distillers, winemakers — and folks who enjoy the fruits of their labors. With 10 wineries, five breweries, two cideries, a kombucha maker, and four distilleries, this rural district offers more variety of locally produced beverages per square mile than any other Mid-Atlantic county. Despite the burgeoning growth of the craft beverage industry, this region south of Charlottesville remains beautifully rural; county roads spool out mile after mile of pastoral scenery. With excellent local beverages and produce in abundance, new tasting, dining, and lodging opportunities are popping up like mushrooms after a rain.

Some of biggest and best breweries Devils Backbone, the state’s largest and most award-winning craft brewery, can turn out 60,000 barrels of craft beer a year at its two locations. Located on 100 acres tucked into a Blue Ridge Mountain valley off Route 151, the original Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows draws throngs patrons to its 400-seat beer garden. Those patrons include fans of live music, mountain bikers, Appalachian Trail hikers, and, of course, beer

aficionados, who quaff Vienna Lager, Kilt Flasher, Skull Crushing Ape, tart Cran-Gose beer, and other Devils Backbone brews. Bold Rock Hard Cider, also located on Route 151, is one of the largest cider makers on the East Coast, turning out upward of 250,000 cases a year. Open daily for sales and free tastings, the pub offers light fare and welcomes picnickers with their own baskets as well. Visitors can learn about the production process through self-guided tours of the facility and at the Cider Museum.

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Virginia’s oldest and newest Nelson County’s Mountain Cove Winery near Lovingston is Virginia’s oldest continuously operated winery, producing cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, chambourcin, and other fine wines since 1973. Virginia’s newest distillery, Woods Mill Distillery, opened in September in Faber, Va. The distillery features corn whiskey made from locally grown corn, as well as bourbon and apple brandy from local fruit and grains. Colloquially, Woods Mill’s product is “moonshine,” although technically, its whiskey doesn’t quite fit that description. continued on page 18

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Wine, ‘shine, and live theater in Smyth and Wythe counties The hollows of Smyth and Wythe counties of Southwest Virginia were legendary for the making of illicit brews. Now this region, about five hours south of Washington, D.C., is fermenting and distilling legal beverages and doing it well. Mountain scenery, music, live theater, and outdoor recreation add to the mix that brings folks to this accessible area where I-81 and I-77 intersect. Appalachian Mountain Spirits Revelations, America’s first single-malt corn whiskey, was judged one of the nation’s 12 best whiskeys. The Marion-based distillery has garnered so many awards and grown so quickly that its farm distillery can’t keep up. Owner Scott Schumaker is starting a $1 million expansion. He’s also building “Virginia’s longest, highest, and fastest zip line,” part of Schumaker’s plan to become a destination distillery. At West Wind Winery, virtually every wine produced has been recognized in regional and national competitions. Rural Retreat Winery has generated on-premises lodging, as well as a deli featuring its wines in the ingredient list. Nearby Davis Valley Winery has spun off a distillery featuring moonshiner’s recipes.

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No one is more aware of the allure of Southwest Virginia spirits than Appalachian Mountain Spirit owner Schumaker, who revived a downtown department store

with barn boards and a small operating still to serve the traveling crowd. Schumaker buys his corn, barley, and rye from Virginia farmers; their quality is higher, he says. In addition to Revelations, Appalachian Spirits distills Sweetwater Moonshine and War Horn Whiskey. Perched atop a grassy hill with 360-degree views, Davis Valley Winery and Distillery, off I-81, Exit 54, gives visitors the sense of getting away from it all. Sample the celebrated Davis Valley cabernet franc, as well as chardonnay and other fine wines, at the tasting room’s aged oak bar. On the distillery side, visitors sip vodka, bourbon, and original-recipe moonshine, as well as fruity ‘shines with pie names: Apple Pie, Peach Pie, Strawberry Pie, and Cherry Pie. The tasting rooms are open seven days a week, except for major holidays.

‘Wining’ down The village of Rural Retreat, off Exit 60, is just that. The barber shop doubles as bluegrass venue and musical instrument museum, and the old train depot can be recognized in a classic Winston Link steam locomotive photograph. Rural Retreat Winery and its tasting room are located in two historic downtown buildings with a view of distant mountains. What better place to sip citrusy viognier or a dry white chardonnay? Winery owners Scott and Linda Mecimore have started a deli featuring homemade light lunches and desserts, such as their killer chambourcin chocolate cupcakes. And. if you don’t want to go home, you’re in luck — the winery rents a fully furnished suite over the tasting room. West Wind Farm Winery, a few miles off I-81,

Exit 80, uses age-old methods to craft small batches of wine that win awards every year. The combination of soil, climate, and drainage makes it an excellent spot for pinot gris and cabernet sauvignon, but their white riesling is what the crowds ask for most. They also sell sweeter wines, a blackberry and a peach. “We try to cater to everyone, from those trying their first wine to connoisseurs,” says owner Paul Hric. The winery is open daily for tastings and lists concerts or cooking demonstrations occasionally on its website. (

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■ TRIP TO A MAGICAL WORLD: WOHLFAHRT HAUS DINNER THEATRE What is a German theater doing in the middle of Wytheville’s commercial district? If you’re visiting Southwest Virginia and enjoy musicals, good food, and promising young thespians, put a visit to the handsome timberframe Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre on your itinerary. In addition to four-course meals served by actors, the theater offers fabulous costumes, rousing singing, and dancing guaranteed to put pep in your own step — a true escape to a magical world. This is exactly what owner Peggy Sutphin had in mind when she founded the theater in 1998. A local, Sutphin had season tickets to all

playhouses within 100 miles. When the fastgrowing pharmaceutical company where she was vice president went public, Sutphin realized her dream of bringing live professional theatre to Wytheville. “We’re all musicals, all the time,” says the theater’s Shane Terry. Wohlfahrt typically produces six musicals that range from contemporary musicals, like the upcoming Motown Sound, to classics and original revues such as the theater’s annual Christmas spectacular, which starts Oct. 27. The show is performed by an outstanding regional cast, some of whom show up on television or in New York theaters within a few years.

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Mountain madness awaits on 88 trails Take in the fall colors at a faster pace this year. Massanutten Resort in Harrisonburg, Va., is an ideal spot to enjoy an autumn getaway. Located at the southern end of the Massanutten Mountain Range adjacent the George Washington National Forest, the four-season resort features a variety of wooded single track mountain biking trails high atop the mountain ridge. The new lift-serviced biking park is perfect for beginners and experts alike, with six spectacular trails that weave through the canopy of trees. Completed in July, the park has a total vertical drop of 1,100 feet and

is serviced by two lifts. One for the bottom portion includes one intermediate and two beginner trails. A separate lift takes bikers to the upper portion of the terrain, with two advanced trails and one expert-only run. The beauty of lift-serviced trails is that they are mostly downhill. There’s very little in the way of pedaling. Take the lift up with your bike — and then it’s pure coasting fun. For an easy ride on a smooth dirt surface with wide turns, you can warm up on “Pistachio.” The trail continued on page 18


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Tour and taste in Orange County Orange County’s rolling hills hold lots of history. Montpelier, the home of James and Dolley Madison, brings the Colonial past to life. And there are plenty of reminders of the Civil War, as well as ample railroad heritage. There’s even cause to boast about the area’s fried chicken history. All are reasons to visit the area. Those same rolling hills also hold another reason to head to Orange County. The county’s wineries include some of Virginia’s best-known, as well as some smaller ones. And, the county’s fortunate location in Central Virginia’s winemaking region makes it a great hub for exploring a big part of the state’s libation scene. “Orange County wines are the heart of the Virginia wine industry,� said Leigh Mawyer, who promotes the area. “Barboursville has the history and Horton has the variety of grapes, but each of the five wineries offers a different experience.�

Visiting the vineyards Barboursville is among the bestknown of Virginia’s wineries and is located on one-time Virginia Gov. James Barbour’s estate, which includes the ruins of the mansion Thomas Jefferson designed. The Tuscan Tasting Room is open every day and pours a wide array of current vintages. The Library 1821 experience, available on weekends, offers a changing selection of flights of older vintages from the cellars paired with bite-sized culinary treats. Guests are encouraged to stroll, picnic, or taste the wines throughout the estate. Guided tours of the winery are offered on Saturday and Sunday, and are a great introduction to the history of the estate and the winemaking process. The Octagon Barrel Room has an exhibit about the estate’s signature wine. Onsite accommodations include the 1804 Inn and Cottages and the Palladio Restaurant completes the experience.

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Another well-known Virginia label is that of Horton Vineyards, which opened in its current Gordonsville location in 1988. By 1992 construction began on an underground winery that also included a vaulted ceiling tasting room with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Winemaker Michael Heny credits owner Dennis Horton with studying Virginia’s climate to find the best varieties of grapes to grow in the state. “He took risks in planting grapes that had never been grown between the Rhone Valley in France and California and, fortunately, we’re still growing many of those varieties today.� The Nov. 5 fall cellar tasting at Horton gives visitors a chance to taste the new 2015 and 2016 wines in the cellar. Regular tastings are available daily. Chateau MerrillAnne in Orange is an unpretentious boutique winery that combines a working farm’s country atmosphere with the opportunity to talk about wine directly with the owners. The renovated barn, deck, and open meadows enhance the experience. The first wine was released in 2013 and the tasting

room opened for business in 2014. Honah Lee Vineyard in Gordonsville is unusual in that it offers tastings of its own wines plus those from five other vineyards. Tastings are offered daily inside the farm market where jams, jellies, sauces, and baked goods are also available. Reynard Florence Vineyard and Winery in Barboursville is a small family-owned and -operated winery producing small quantities of handcrafted wines. The tasting room is open weekends and holiday Mondays. The family converted their former sledding hill and driving range into a vineyard driven by the owner’s exacting carpentry background. The winery produces a range of reds and whites. Central Virginia Wine Tours and Transportation in Orange offers a variety of winery tours in locations throughout Central Virginia that are generally six hours long. The company also offers brewery and distillery tours and a Local’s Favorite Tour.

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Five fall celebrations in Virginia’s Historic Triangle October is one of the best months of the year to visit Virginia’s Historic Triangle. In addition to the great weather, there is an endless variety of places to go and things to do for everyone in the family, from hands-on celebrations to taste-filled libations.

American Indian Powwow On Oct. 1–2, Jamestown Settlement presents an American Indian Intertribal Powwow with song and dance, storytelling, children’s activities, and a film. Visitors will enjoy a parade of dancers and a “Birds of Prey” program featuring bald eagles, falcons, and other raptors. There will also be basket-making workshops each day (registration required). Native American Music Award-winner Kevin Locke will treat the Saturday evening audience to traditional songs from his albums.

Yorktown in the fall The Yorktown Wine Festival on Oct. 1, noon-6:00pm, brings wineries from throughout the commonwealth, plus art and food vendors, to the Riverwalk Landing along the York River. ( On Oct. 8, gather the family together and head down to Yorktown to enjoy the Fall Festival, a fun-filled day of hayrides, face-painting, and children’s games and activities. There will be pumpkins and mums, plus other fall marketplace specialties such as mouthwatering baked goods, fresh produce, meat, and seafood. You’ll also find cut flowers, quality art for sale, and entertainment to set the tone for the day. Yorktown Market Days continue on Saturdays through early November. Oct. 15 and 16, the Watermen’s Museum is the site for the York River Maritime Heritage Festival, 10:00am-5:00pm. It’s two days of family friendly fun with reenactors, sea chanties, music, displays crafts, and vendors.

Revolutionary War victory celebration The 235th anniversary of America’s 1781 Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will also be celebrated on Oct. 15 and 16. “We are excited to welcome the public to the debut of exhibition galleries and films on Oct. 15 and to tell the amazing story of the American Revolution in a unique and exciting way,” said Peter Armstrong, of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, referring to the blend of immersive gallery settings, artifacts, films, and interactive displays featured in the 22,000-square-foot exhibition space. Outside, you can visit the Continental Army Encampment where there will be musket and artillery firings and visitors can learn about soldiers’ provisions and sleeping quarters and the alwaysfascinating topic of espionage. You can also expect military music to be in the air on this special day. At nearby Yorktown Battlefield, you can witness the firing of a Revolutionary War cannon. And on Oct. 15, a volunteer unit representing the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment, which saw action at the Siege of Yorktown, will present artillery programs used by the American Army during the Yorktown battle.

AleWerks Brewing Co., as well as the Brass Cannon Brewery. Colonial Williamsburg’s historic taverns and restaurants offer a different opportunity to imbibe with actual 17th-century libations.

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Recharge with food and drink In addition to the wine at the Williamsburg Winery, you’ll find casual fare at the Gabriel Archer Tavern, fine dining at the Country Hotel, or, for creative, fresh cuisine, Café Provencal. Wherever you choose to eat, you can also treat yourself to favorite wines. If you prefer stronger spirits, you might want to stop by the Copper Fox Distillery near the Historic District for a taste of handcrafted whiskey. Just around the corner on Second Street is the Virginia Beer Company. York County is home to the

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Shenandoah Valley Spirits Just in time for the annual October Virginia Wine Month, tourism offices, wineries, craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries in the Northern Shenandoah Valley launched the Shenandoah Spirits Trail. The trail spans the area from Winchester and Frederick County through Shenandoah and Rockingham counties and the city of Harrisonburg. The trail’s website,, provides details on the 14 vineyards, nine craft breweries, two cideries, and two distilleries involved, but a printed pocket guide with maps is also available. “We’ve seen tremendous growth in these industries and visitor interest in these products over the last several years,” said Shenandoah County’s Jenna French. “It was a natural fit to package them together to enhance those partnerships.”

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“There’s nothing fancy about my distillery,” he says. “Everything is done by hand; I was roasting barley just this morning.” His barley is grown locally in Mecklenburg County, and all the grains come from Virginia. The Bondurant family is no stranger to ’shine. In fact, the 2012 movie Lawless was loosely based on Robert’s grandfather and great uncles who sold moonshine during Prohibition. “I’m looking forward to letting people know the Virginia history, the Chase City history, the family history,” he says. Beginning in October, the distillery will offer tastings in different ABC stores to give folks the opportunity to try the product for themselves. Soon Bondurant hopes to have a tasting room and tours open to the public. After that, he plans to offer various flavors of ’shine, including cinnamon, peppermint, peach, and spiced apple, as well as peach and apple brandies, all while maintaining their humble presence and old-school methods. “It’s done like it was done back in the day,” he says. “It’s pretty neat, I think.” Make a weekend of it by soaking up the Southern charm at The Berry Hill Resort & Conference Center, located in nearby South Boston. Choose from 92 well-appointed guest rooms, each one furnished with Italian handcrafted queen canopy beds or double sleigh beds. It’s an ideal spot for resting, relaxing, and reveling in Southeastern Virginia’s sipping scene. (

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A stay at the wineries is the perfect romantic weekend or relaxing getaway. With easy access to the Route 29 corridor, DelFosse Vineyards and Winery offers a hideaway cottage on the property. Along Route 151 are Veritas Vineyard and Winery, with a cottage and farmhouse, Cardinal Point Winery’s lovely farmhouse, and Afton Mountain Vineyards retreat. Here you can sip an evening glass of wine made from the grapes off the vines that fill your view.

Happy trails Finding one’s way among these breweries, wineries, and distilleries is no problem, thanks to Nelson County’s beverage trails. For designer beers, the Brew Ridge Trail ( is the road most taken. The route winds through Blue Ridge Mountain backdrops from Afton, home of Blue Mountain Brewery, south along Route 151 to Wild Wolf Brewing Company in Nellysford and Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Wintergreen. Or, mix it up on the Red, White, & Brew Tour of wineries, breweries, distilleries, and some cideries. Some visitors begin at Afton Mountain Vineyards, where wine is stored in a cave, then head to Silverback Distillery, where premium vodka, gin, whiskey, and bourbon are the fare. For those who want to stay in western Nelson County, there’s the Nelson 151 Trail. And, if you’d rather let someone else do the driving and navigation, check out the limo and bus companies offer-

slopes with views of the surrounding countryside. The intermediate trail “Nutten Better” amps the ride up with a few rollers, rises along the trail, and some steeper, banked switchback turns. Advanced riders will love the 850-

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foot vertical drop on steep tracks with big rollers and jumps galore. The trail “Creamy” has 50 natural features for getting big air. “It’s my favorite trail,” said park manager Kenny Hess. The other two advanced trails, “Crunchy” and “World Cup,” are for those who enjoy bone-jarring rides down narrow, rock-strewn single tracks where the jumps, twists, and turns come at an unrelenting pace. Insider tip: The park also features rentals and lessons for those who wish to learn how to tackle the more extreme elements of this mountain bikers’ mecca. The park is open Fridays through Sundays until Oct. 30.

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The lift-serviced park is only a part of the mountain-biking fun at Massanutten. The resort also includes more than 30 miles of riding enjoyment on 82 cross-country trails. The trail system, built by the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition Volunteers, is best explored on three different blazed loops. The Green Loop combines gravel roads and single track. It climbs up to a serene mountain pond and opens to views of Lairds Knob, the highest point on the mountain. The downhill portion passes meadows with even more picturesque vistas. The Blue Loop is a straightfor-

ward, mostly single track trail that is suitable for beginner and intermediate riders. The Pink Loop has the greatest degree of difficulty. Starting at a scenic overlook, the trail includes its fair share of rocks, switchbacks, and steep, steep climbs that will get those thighs burning.

More to do After riding, don’t forget everything else the resort has to offer. There’s the 42,000-square-foot indoor water park with slides, a lazy river, a Flow Rider surfing area, and hot tubs. Or, go for full indulgence after a tough day’s ride with a visit to the Massanutten Spa for a deep tissue, hot stone, or sports massage. The resort’s Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8, has it all — live music from local bands, an arts and crafts show, and wine tasting featuring the best of Virginia wineries, including Prince Michel, Horton, and Mattaponi Vineyards. There’s a beer garden and great food, with barbecue, crab cakes, fresh kettle corn, ice cream, and more. Plus, $3 dollar scenic chair lift rides are available if you want to see the autumn colors without riding a bike or hiking.

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Two places in Pennsylvania where it’s great to be a kid

Dutch Wonderland and Cherry Crest Adventure Farm bring out the kid in everyone Roller coasters, bumper cars, a corn maze on steroids, jumping pillows, and days of magical adventure for the entire family are just a short car ride away in Lancaster County, Pa. Dutch Wonderland and Cherry Crest Adventure Farm offer acres of excitement and fun for the entire family.

Dutch Wonderland Known as a “Kingdom for Kids,” Dutch Wonderland is a magical place for families with small children who want to have fun for a day. The park’s castle, moat, and drawbridge entrance set the tone, and there is a kiddie roller coaster, a flume ride, and a big roller coaster (must be at least 36 inches tall for the big one) offering plenty of thrills, plus a water park known as Duke’s Lagoon. Some of the enchantment of Dutch Wonderland comes from its nostalgic rides that moms and dads can now experience with their own children. The Turtle Whirl — which hearkens back to the tilt-awhirl carnival rides of my childhood — is a classic. But there are also old-fashioned bumper cars, a miniature whip-it for kids, potato sack slides, those awesome cars kids can drive on a metal rail, and the infamous house that flips over and makes you dizzy. The park also offers entertaining shows for kids (we always catch the high dive act), a marching band, and a fun train ride.

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Experience farm life from the 1850s to the present during the annual Harvest Festival at the Agricultural History Farm Park, 9:00am–4:00pm on Oct. 1. Enjoy hands-on activities, games, crafts, music, food, and farming demonstrations, as well as down-home fun on the farm with hayrides, candle-making, scarecrow-making, a corn maze, farm tours, farm animal demonstrations, farmhouse tours, an archaeology dig, and garden tours. The farm is situated on 455 acres of land in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. Admission is $15 per car, with additional fees for some activities, and is cash only. — ami neiburger-miller


u Check out the just-opened Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Items relating to Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Louis Armstrong, and James Brown are among the museum’s 37,000 objects. Timed passes are needed. ( u Enjoy the new exhibition “In the Tower: Barbara Kruger” in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Tower Gallery, which recently reopened after a three-year renovation. ( u Stroll through the Eastern Market to see an array of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and flowers. On weekends, arts, crafts, and antiques are added to the mix. ( — gwen woolf

Special holiday dates Dutch Wonderland is open Oct. 15–30 on Saturdays and Sundays for Happy Hauntings, when children in costumes can trick-or-treat down a special trail and families can enjoy the rides. The park is open Nov. 19–Dec. 30 on select weekends and weekdays for Winter Wonderland, with thousands of lights twinkling to music in a royal light show. Dutch Wonderland was recently awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. (

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm I have never been a huge fan of corn mazes. But, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm really blew my socks off and impressed me with the enormous, elaborate, and well-thought-out corn maze. Mazers can choose from easy, intermediate, and advanced games to play in the maze. Each team gets its own flag to carry in the maze from place to place. You follow clues in the maze, based on the game you are following, to collect pieces of the map that are hidden in little mailboxes throughout. My 6-year-old loved running through the maze (we did the intermediate search, which takes about 45 minutes), finding the puzzle pieces, and completing her map. I saw several

TRAVEL LINE continued from page 8 than 100,000 high-resolution images in the public domain. Many of the images show locations in the southeastern United States. The website is the result of a six-year collaboration between Clemson University and the National Park Service. “We have been struck by the relationship people inherently have with parks as stewards, visitors, investors, or previous inhabitants,” says Rachel Whittmann, metadata architect at Clemson University Libraries. There’s still plenty of time to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, including Yosemite National Park in California. Karen Foreman, who manages Tuolumne County’s visitor centers, advises visitors to see the iconic views of Yosemite from the Valley Floor first, but to arrive early to avoid crowds and traffic. For a quiet hike in the wilderness, she recommends Tuolumne Meadows. She also provides several tips for visiting the park: u Plan your visit in advance and secure the help of local guides, such as Yosemite Family Adventures (, YExplore (, or O.A.R.S. rafting adventures ( u Stay overnight, preferably outside the park where lodging is plentiful and more affordable. ( u Eat local in Tuolumne County, where big city chefs have affordable leases and appreciative patrons. u Instead of driving yourself, take YARTS, the

families with teens playing the advanced level. The maze is also loaded with fun photo opportunities, a café, and play areas. At the end of your game — whether you are playing the 20-minute easy version or the three-and-a-half-hour-long super difficult one — you all end up in the Golden Kernel, where you can collect any missing pieces for your puzzle, laminate it, and get a photo (for a fee) to celebrate your success. In addition to the corn maze, there are 59 other activities to do at the farm. In the petting zoo area, you can hold a baby chick, milk a mechanical cow, and watch the goats climb high above you. The child- and teen/adult-sized pedal carts are loads of fun to race around on and they have their own tracks (marked out by hay bales, of course). There’s lots of old-fashioned fun, with games to play, swings, and slides. Any parent of a tiny child will appreciate the two jumping pillows (one for big kids, one for little kids). If you remember sling shots — or just wanted one as a kid — you can shoot tennis balls with giant slings to your heart’s content. The Strasburg Railroad stops at the farm, too. You can also tackle the maze at night by moonlight (bring a flashlight) in a series of 16 flashlight mazes that run every Friday and Saturday, 7:00–10:00pm through closing day, Nov. 5. (

Yosemite Area Regional Transit System, offering daily transportation to the Yosemite National Park’s valley floor and connecting to a free shuttle. The cost includes children younger than 12 free with a paying adult, and park admission. ( u Bring the family. She recommends stopping at one of three visitor centers: the Chinese Camp Visitor Center on Highway 120, the main visitor center in downtown Sonora, and the newest visitor center on Highway 120 Groveland. (

Other travel news Three elevators in the Empire State Building now feature one-of-a-kind mini-shows with sound that are displayed on the ceiling of the elevator cars on the ascent and descent from the 86th floor observatory. The ascent shows transports visitors back in time to the construction of the building, spotlighting workers, machinery, and materials in a fanciful depiction of the construction process. The descent show showcases different features of the art deco masterpiece lobby, with floating features that form the iconic mural that adorns the Fifth Avenue entrance. ( Friends of The Preservation Society of Charleston welcome visitors inside the interiors of the city’s most historic homes during the 40th Fall Tour of Homes, Oct. 6–30. ( Carol Timblin welcomes travel news at ctimblin@ I october 2016 I recreation news 19

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Regional artists on display at annual open studio tours Every fall, artists and galleries throughout the region organize self-guided studio tours. They are a great way to meet artists in the surroundings that inspire their creativity. It’s also a great way to combine a weekend enjoying the autumn colors with some early holiday shopping. Here is a round-up of tours in the region. All of the tours are self-guided, and most are free. Maps can be downloaded on most sites, and many now offer mobile-phone-friendly downloads.

DELAWARE Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tours Nov. 25–26, 10:00am–4:00pm The 15-member “ever-evolving” group of established and new artists, from Dagsboro to Bethany Beach, open their studios. Paintings, collages, and woodturning are among the media. Raffle tickets for artworks benefit community art projects. The downloadable map includes information about each artist’s preferred media and a bio.

MARYLAND Mountain Maryland Art Sale and Tour Oct. 22–23, 29–30, 11:00am–5:00pm With 25 locations in Allegheny and Garrett counties, the tour runs for two consecutive weekends. Every type of media is represented, and many artists will demonstrate their techniques. A booklet with tour information is available throughout the area. The map and mobile link is on the website.

PENNSYLVANIA Artists’ Open House Weekend Oct. 8–10 Works by 27 artists are displayed at 22 stops in Susquehanna County. Included are painting, bird carving, stained glass, furniture, and collage. On Monday, many artists actually demonstrate their crafts. The brochure highlights “friends” of the weekend, including restaurants, lodging, and shops (including a chocolatier). Follow the map or the hot pink directional arrows.

Potters Tour Oct. 15–16 This may be the most unusual tour, in that all of the artists are potters. Nearly 20 potters in western Pennsylvania’s Indiana County demonstrate the many forms that simple clay can take at nine locations. Demonstrations of the potter’s wheel and other ways of working clay are part of the visits. Fall foliage should be at its peak that weekend. Download a Google map to the sites.

VIRGINIA Clarke County Studio Tour Oct. 1-2, 10:00am–5:00pm Some 30 artisans at 22 stops in and around the Berryville area welcome visitors 10:00am-5:00pm on Oct. 1 and 2. You’ll find woodworking, fabric, acrylic, watercolors, and repurposed architectural salvage decorative items, among other media.

Great Falls Studio Art Tour Oct. 15–16 Meet the artists in their “natural habitats” according to the website — converted barns, traditional studios — in towns or in the country. The headquarters of the tour is the library at 9830 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls. Samples of all of the artists’ work are on display and staff there will help you design a route.

Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour Nov. 5–6 This is the only tour for which there is a charge. The $10 fee goes to an arts fund. Some 50 juried artists offer glimpses of their creative process and a tour of the Rappahannock County foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The map and tickets are available at the Old Schoolhouse, 567 Mount Salem Road, Washington, Va.

Artisans Studio Tour, Charlottesville Nov. 12–13, 10:00am–5:00pm One of the more prestigious of the studio tours, as all the artists are juried and must submit their work for review in order to be included. This year’s tour is also one of the largest, with 42 artists in 23 locations. The tour has some special features, including an emerging artists program. A popular part of the weekend is the “Passport” program. Have these papers stamped at each location and be entered into a drawing for artwork or gift certificates. Map and directions are found on the website.

Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour Oct. 22–23, 29–30 A long-running and very large tour on the Eastern Shore, it features some 50 artists from Rock Hall to Galena and Betterton to Church Hill. The Chestertown RiverArts Gallery, in downtown Chestertown, has examples of each artist’s works, as well as maps. The weekend of Oct. 29–30 coincides with the Downrigging Weekend Festival of tall ships in Chestertown.

Valley Craft Network Studio Tour Nov. 19–20 Artists in the Middletown and Pleasant Valley areas in Frederick and Washington counties open their studios for the 34th annual tour. In addition to the usual arts, a media mosaic artist, iron forger, cider-maker, and cheese-maker participate.

Carroll County Artists Studio Tour Dec. 3–4, 10:00am–5:00pm Follow the trail from Taneytown to Sykeville with 11 stops and 13 artists on the 10th annual open studio event. Wood turning, handspun yarn, and forged ironwork are among the less-common works displayed. A mobile-friendly downloadable map is on the website.

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Berkeley Springs Studio Tour Oct. 22–23, 10:00am–5:00pm At the height of fall foliage, the artists open their studios. Contemporary and traditional art and fine crafts are on display, with demonstrations by many of the artists and crafters. The mobile-friendly map is online.

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Nine locations in the Charles Town and Shepherdstown area showcase work by 24 artists. Some of the lesser-seen media are featured, like Appalachian-inspired stained glass scenes, paper cut and book art, gourd art, heirloom wooden toys and handcrafted wooden bowls, and reproduction furniture. Download the map or use the mobile link.

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“Creativity Where It Lives” is the theme of this tour, which winds through the back roads of the area around Martinsburg. There are 10 studios and 15 artists on the tour, including a clockmaker and basket weaver. If you visit all studios, you are eligible for a drawing for a gift certificate for any of the artists. The downloadable brochure includes photos of artists’ work as well as maps and directions.

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Five along the Frederick Wine Trail It’s harvest time at the five wineries participating in the Frederick Wine Trail. Grapes hang heavy from the vines as the aromas of new wine fill the air. You don’t even have to like wine for a visit to become a memorable experience. Bring a picnic, your friends, maybe your dog, for a convivial afternoon among the grapevines. “You cannot beat the view from the wineries in the fall,” said Melissa Muntz, who promotes Frederick County. “Many years of winemaking experience are right here in Frederick County,” said Lois Loew, who owns Loew Vineyards with her husband, Bill. Berrywine Plantations/Linganore Winecellars, Frederick County’s oldest winery, features a spacious tasting room and daily tours. Festival season lasts through harvest time. “It’s a great time for photo opportunities,” said the winery’s Jessica Garcia. Set on 240 scenic acres in Mount Airy, Berrywine produces 30 wines, from fruit-based semi-sweet wines to drier reds and whites. While the winery has been around for 40 years, it is also the site of the newer Red Shedman Brewery. Also in Mount Airy, Loew Vineyards is the work of a family that was making wine in 19th-century Europe. Wines are produced almost entirely from grapes grown on the property, Loew said. “Each of our wines has its own specific personality.” The vineyard, on 37 gently roll-

ing acres on Liberty Road, is quieter than most — no special events, just wine and sunshine. Visitors seem to like the serene atmosphere, Loew said. Picnics, dogs, and children are always welcome. Elk Run Vineyard and Winery’s 25 acres of vines stretch along both sides of Liberty Road. Picknickers are welcome to relax under tents set up on the property, but should leave the dogs at home. The winery is a little too close to the road, owner Carol Wilson noted. The winery hosts Wine Down Fridays and weekend music and festivals. Check out the label when Claire Underwood opens a bottle of wine on the Netflix series House of Cards. Elk Run wines have been featured in the last two seasons. “On the show, she’s drinking ours,” Wilson said. In Thurmont, Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery is surrounded by 140 acres of grapevines and lavender. The tasting rooms for both wine and spirits are in the yellow clapboard barn behind the 1774 stone house now used as an inn. Stop for a tasting, a distillery tour, or wander among the lavender fields which bloom around Father’s Day and then again into early fall. Don’t worry about bringing a picnic; Springfield Manor serves food, according to owners Amy and John St. Angelo. Dogs are welcome on the patio. Set on the Route 15 scenic byway, fall is a great time to visit, according to the St. Angelos.


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In Gettysburg they turn the fruit into liquid gold for all to enjoy A glass of cold, sharp, tart hard apple cider or a glass of full red wine — either way, you have an amazing view of the orchards, vineyards, and farmlands of the Gettysburg area at the wellknown Hauser Estate. And, either way, you are enjoying local products from that rich countryside. Located in Biglerville, just 8 miles west of Gettysburg, Hauser Estate has a 360-degree glass-enclosed tasting room where visitors can sit indoors or on the patio and enjoy one of the many featured wines or ciders.

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Follow the trail in the fall — the perfect time to visit and pay homage to Gettysburg’s apple heritage. The region is a leader in apple production. That means it is the perfect place for cider — both the kind that is popular with kids of all ages and the grown-up version. Hauser Estate hosted the first Pennsylvania Cider Fest this past summer recognizing the growing popularity of hard cider. Taking advantage of the estate’s own apple orchards, Jonathan Patrono, grandson of the farm founders, Gettysburg Tourism decided to start producTake in the 360-degree views from the patio or the tasting room at Hauser ing hard cider in 2008. Estate Winery. Brian Bolzan, the chief cider maker at Hauser, said it was a natural step for the farm and winery. “I love working with all the fresh fruit available to us here in this part of Pennsylvania, especially the apples that come from our orchard. We are really hands-on here. We’re pressing Waynesboro Market Day Chambersburg Renfrew Institute the apples and other fruits ourselves, which Oktoberfest Oktoberfest I think makes us more mainstreet intentional in crafting a product that we can be proud of,” he said. Pumpkins, Look to the east from the patio at Hauser and hayrides, corn you will see the unique mazes & more! Historic Round Barn and Farm Market, also on the Reynolds Farm Renfrew Pumpkin trail. This beautiful old round barn was built in Festival 1914 and is one of just *Country Creek a few round barns still Produce Farm standing. Visit the goats and donkeys while stopping for local fruit, veg*Stoners Dairy etables, and gift items. Farm (Corn Maze The Mason-Dixon Distillery joined the food Weekends) and beverage scene in Gettysburg in late July. The property was the result of a two-year reconstruction of a fur866.646.8060 | | niture factory to house the distillery, bar area,

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kitchen, and dining room. The small-batch distillery offers both vodka and rum. In addition to signature drinks such as The Commonwealth (named after Pennsylvania, of course), Lavender Lemonade, and NYMM (Not Your Mother’s Margarita), Mason-Dixon Distillery will also feature small-plate dining. Mason-Dixon Distillery has a lot in common with other local wineries and ciderworks — the distillers use local grains. Marrying history with local agriculture, the grains used in the process are grown on the Gettysburg battlefield thanks to a farm lease with the Gettysburg National Military Park. Another stop for spirits is the Battlefield Brew Works and Spirits of Gettysburg Distillery. Located in at the historic Monfort Farm, site of a Confederate field hospital after the battle of Gettysburg, the brewery opened in 2013 and features several appropriately named beers, including Lincoln Lager, Red Circle Ale, and Robert E. Lee IPA. Spirits of Gettysburg Distillery opened in 2015 and offers Rye Smile Rye Whiskey, Burnt Bum Rum, Far Gin Movement, Discount Unicorn White Whiskey, Chambersburg Peach Brandy, and Biglerville Apple Pie Moonshine.

tance is just less than 1 mile, and the tour time is approximately three hours) Savor Gettysburg also offers a Wine, Cider, and Dine Tour for guests 21 or older. Guests visit four local wineries and a restaurant to sample the local wines and delicious foods. Featured stops on a recent tour included Adams County Winery, Hauser Estate Winery, Knob Hall Winery, Reid’s Orchard and Winery, and Food 101. The total walking distance is less than 1 mile for this tour. (

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Take a food tour To make it easy for visitors looking for good food and beverages with a dose of history, Savor Gettysburg Food tours offers a Historic Downtown Food Tour, with stops that feature foods that are uniquely Gettysburg. A variety of foods, wine, hard cider, and desserts are featured with locations varying on the tours. And, in between all of the great eating, guests have a narrated walking tour of downtown Gettysburg. (Total walking dis-

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Gallop through the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail grapevines this fall What do CrossWinds in Hershey, Pa., Four Springs in Seven Valleys, Pa., High Rock in Hanover, Pa., and Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Md., have in common? The answer is a tasty one. These are four of 17 wineries in two states participating in the annual MasonDixon Wine Trail’s “Wine Just Off The Vine” fall event. It takes place over two consecutive weekends, Nov. 12–13 and 19–20. “For just $20, visitors will sample hand-selected wines and hear about the results of this year’s harvests firsthand from 17 family-owned wineries across Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland,” said Louise Heine, who promotes the trail and the York, Pa., area. “Food samples and snacks will also be available during the event.” Ticket holders also receive a souvenir wine glass and a 10 percent discount on purchases. Visitors must be 21 years or older to purchase a ticket and the wineries strongly suggest the use of a designated driver

when exploring the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. “The wine will be the star,” Heine continued, “but guests will surely enjoy the scenery as they visit quaint wineries in rustic country settings, as well as vineyards with ample grounds to explore.” Fiore Winery, in Pylesville, Md., certainly fits that description. In operation since 1986, the views from the arched porticos atop the rolling hills offer superb vistas, while delightful gardens beckon long walks. A former vineyard owner in Italy and co-founder of the MasonDixon Wine Trail, winery owner Mike Fiore’s 2007 Sangiovese was the recipient of the 2010 Maryland Governor’s Cup, the top prize for a Maryland wine, as well as numerous international silver and bronze medals. In addition to this award-winner, Fiore carries six other red wines, dry whites, sparkling wines, and semisweet and sweet and fruity wines. “When I left Italy in 1962, the last words I said to my mother (were) ‘I

never want to see another vineyard as long as I live,’” Fiore said, laughing. “But, I felt it was very uncivilized to have a meal without a glass of wine.”

First-time participants A freshman player in the November event, Galloping Goose Vineyards, in Hampstead, Md., is one of four wineries participating in the “Wine Just Off The Vine” event for

the first time. “A friend of mine, Jeff, from Thunder Ridge said he had a good experience and thought I should try it,” said owner Diane Hale. Her winery began growing grapes in 1995 solely to sell to other area vineyards. However, in 2000, the operation began to focus on winemaking, too. And while they still grow 80-plus tons of grapes to sell commercially,

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they keep 20 tons for their own use. “This year, we have a really nice petite verdot, which is excellent with steak,” Hale said. “And, we’re going to show off (our) Rose’ of Cabernet, which goes nicely with salmon.” As a special feature of the wine weekends, Galloping Goose Vineyards will be offering samples from three or four of its barrels and have each customer choose a favorite. “We’ll bottle that one and have it ready for Tour de Tanks (another trail

event) in the spring,” she said. Tour tickets can be purchased at, where you can find more information on each winery. The website also lists lodging packages connected with the wine trail.


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. ( ■ Penn’s Cave offers the only allwater cave tour in the region and is open daily March through November, and weekends in December and February. A 90-minute aboveground Farm-Nature-Wildlife tour is available daily April through November. From June through November, a two-hour off-road Jeep tour takes you up the mountain (advance reservations only). Prospector Pete’s Miners Maze is a 4,800-square-foot labyrinth to explore. (

continued from page 22 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. 14–15, 21–22, and 28–29 beginning at 5:30pm. The cave is open through Nov. 30.

Wine festival Shenandoah Uncorked, 10:00am– 4:30pm on Nov. 12 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 caverns.

Caves open all year Each cavern’s experience is unique and offers reasonably priced fun for the whole family. Tours generally last about an hour, but check websites for specific hours that may vary seasonally. Many caverns close or have limited hours during the winter. The caves listed below are open 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.

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 closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays in November and March and open only weekends during December; hours in January and February are by appointment only. ( ■ Lost River Caverns’ tour is a

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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 with 44 dealers. ( ■ 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, and Toy Train Junction. The gem mine sluice, 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 and the Yellow Barn’s country-themed exhibits. ( ■ Skyline Caverns, at the north entrance to Skyline Drive, reveals rare anthodites and three streams, as well as the Painted Desert, on its tour. You can take a miniature train ride or navigate the Mirror Maze for

Frederick continued from page 23 Six miles away, boutique winery Catoctin Breeze produces small batches of varietals and mead. The tasting room is open daily with vineyard tours offered twice a day. Picknicking is encouraged and bands perform on weekends adding to the vibe. “It’s a nice area with a view overlooking the vineyard, apple oran additional fee. Kids will enjoy the scavenger hunt sheet they’ll receive. (

chards, and the Catoctin Mountains,” said owner Wojciech Fizyta. Harvest time is a great time to enjoy wine close to home but Frederick County is also home to a growing number of distilleries and farm and craft breweries. Find out more about them at homegrownfrederick. com.

For more information Frederick Wine Trail: camping, fishing, mountain biking, and gemstone mining, and claims to have West Virginia’s largest gift shop. (

WEST VIRGINIA ■ Lost World Caverns is unusual for its self-guided 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 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. (organcave. com) ■ Smoke Hole Caverns offers a cavern tour that includes gravitydefying helictites and flowstone formations. It also provides cabins,

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INDIANA BOOK FEST Oct. 1, 2:00–4:00pm. The event will feature five local authors who will offer a lively panel discussion about the experience of writing, where ideas come from, and what it takes to get their work produced and out into the world. Indiana Free Library, 845 Philadelphia St., Indiana, Pa. 724-465-8841, MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL Oct. 1–2. The event transforms the Kings Contrivance Village Center into an international destination, featuring free live entertainment by the region’s most popular ethnic musicians and dancers, delicious foods from around the globe, handmade crafts, a children’s activity area, guided church tours, and a wine and beer garden. The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew, 7271 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia, Md.

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BELLEFONTE FALL FESTIVAL Oct. 14–16. Features creating your own scarecrow, carving pumpkins, telling ghost stories, music, and food. University Park, Pa. HALLOWEEN TODDLER TIME E Oct. 26. Children enjoy Halloween story and craft time, a kiddie train ride, and a costume parade through the B&O Roundhouse — all included with paid admission. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-752-2490, PHIL’S TRICK OR TROT Oct. 29, noon–3:00pm. Gobbler’s Knob, 1548 Woodland Ave., Punxsutawney, Pa. 814-618-5591,


MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Weekends through Oct. 23. Travel back in time as you immerse yourself in the culture of a 16th-century English village, complete with King Henry VIII and his court. 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, DAYTON DAYS AUTUMN CELEBRATION Oct. 1, 8:30–4:00pm. Indulge in the culture, arts, and handmade crafts of more than 300 vendors from numerous states. Attendees also enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods, specialty shops at the Dayton Farmers Market, and other local unique shops. Dayton, Va. 540-246-4272, FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL Oct. 1, 11:00am–4:30pm. Artisans and crafters, hay rides, inflatables, festival food, children’s activities, annual Pumpkin Derby, and special musical entertainment. 120 River Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 540-658-5116, FALL CRAFT FAIR Oct. 1, 9:00am–4:00pm. More than 60 talented artisans exhibit and sell a variety of media ranging from metalwork to woodworking. During the fair, patrons enjoy live festive music, a delicious lunch, and cool sweet treats. Cape MayLewes Ferry Terminal, 43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, Del.


ARTS FESTIVAL READING Oct. 1–2. Patrons can shop for the unique and unexpected at as many as 60 high-quality visiting artisans´ booths, browse through more than 30 GoggleWorks artist studios, and enjoy demonstrations throughout the buildings. GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St., Reading, Pa. GREAT AMERICAN FOOD FEST Oct. 5, 3:00–7:00pm. Sample some of the area’s best food and drink, and view a beautiful fireworks show. 900 City Park Drive, Chesapeake, Va. 757-382-6159, COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL Oct. 6–9. More than 380 craft vendors and 38 food vendors. Free parking, admission, and entertainment. Elysburg, Pa. CHINCOTEAGUE OYSTER FESTIVAL Oct. 8. Delectable oysters will be served every way imaginable beginning at noon, along with clam chowder and clam fritters, hushpuppies, hot dogs, appetizers, and desserts. Live music by local favorite Island Boy. Tom’s Cove Park, 8128 Beebe Road, Chincoteague, Va. 757-336-6161, FALL FESTIVAL Oct. 8, 10:00am–5:00pm. More than 400 juried crafters and food vendors will be selling their wares. Children’s activities, Toucha-Truck, All-American Lumberjack Show, amusement rides, three stages of music, and entertainment for all ages. Fairfax, Va. 703-385-7858, FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL Oct. 8–9, noon–4:00pm. Archery, earth-oven pizza, cider pressing, rope making, hayrides, storytelling, family games and crafts, children’s “farmers market,” pony rides, music, apple pressing, apple butter making, beekeeping, family games and crafts, food, face painting, and 4-H festivals. Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Baltimore, Md. 410-887-2503,

GREAT FALLS STUDIO ART TOUR Oct. 15–16. Meet the artists in their “natural habitats” — converted barns, traditional studios — in towns or in the country. The headquarters of the tour is the library at 9830 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls. Samples of all of the artists’ work are on display and staff will help you design a route. Great Falls, Va. POTTERS TOUR Oct. 15–16. Nearly 20 potters in western Pennsylvania’s Indiana County demonstrate the many forms that simple clay can take at nine locations. Demonstrations of the potter’s wheel and other ways of working clay are part of the visits. Fall foliage should be at its peak that weekend. Indiana County, Pa. MOUNTAIN MARYLAND SALE AND TOUR Oct. 22–23, 29–30, 11:00am–5:00pm. Every type of media is represented, and many artists will demonstrate their techniques. A booklet with tour information is available throughout the area. The map and mobile link is on the website. Allegheny and Garrett counties, Md. CHESTERTOWN RIVER ARTS STUDIO TOUR Oct. 22–23, 29–30. Some 50 artists from Rock Hall to Galena and Betterton to Church Hill will open their studios. The Chestertown River Arts Gallery in downtown Chestertown has examples of each artist’s works, as well as maps. Chestertown, Md. BERKELEY SPRINGS STUDIO TOUR Oct. 22–23, 10:00am–5:00pm. At the height of fall foliage, the artists open their studios. Contemporary and traditional art and fine crafts are on display with demonstrations by many of the artists and crafters. Berkeley Springs, Va.

NOW SHOWING WORLD WAR I AIR SHOW Oct. 1–2. The show takes guests back to the days of The Great War for a weekend of flying, colorful World War I aircraft, live performances, and elaborate reenactor encampments. Virginia Beach, Va. 757-721-7767,

VENDEMMIA DA VINCI WINE FESTIVAL Oct. 9. Gather in beautiful Bellevue State Park to celebrate the harvest of the grape during one of the premier Italian American Wine and Food festivals on the East Coast and Wilmington’s biggest fall party. Wilmington, Del. OYSTER FESTIVAL Oct. 16, 12:30–5:00pm. Enjoy food, live music by local artists, unique crafts, face painting, and demonstrations showing the vital role oysters play in maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, Md. 410-867-4486,

FLEET WEEK AND AIR SHOW Oct. 10–17. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will take to the skies above Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry in two extraordinary air shows. Other highlights include the Fleet Week festival at the Inner Harbor, featuring food and drink, and entertainment. Baltimore, Md. maryland-fleet-week-and-air-show-baltimore

FALL FESTIVAL OF INDIAN ARTS Oct. 21–23. International guest artists Indira Kadambi, Rehan Bashir, and Ashwati Nair will join Dakshina / Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company for D.C.’s signature Fall Festival of Indian Arts. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, Washington, D.C. 202-6565679,

U.S. POWERBOAT SHOW Oct.13–16. The nation’s oldest and largest in-water powerboat exhibition features everything from luxurious motor yachts and trawlers to high-performance boats and offshore fishing machines. City Dock, Annapolis, Md. 410-268-8828,

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SOUTHEASTERN GUNS AND KNIVES SHOW Nov. 26. The best assortment of firearms and related products together for home defense, collecting, and sport shooting. 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va. 757-315-1610,

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ARTISTS’ OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND Oct. 8–10. Works by 27 artists are displayed at 22 stops, featuring painting, bird carving, stained glass, furniture, and collage. On Monday, many artists actually demonstrate their crafts. The brochure highlights “friends” of the weekend, including restaurants, lodging, and shops. Susquehanna County, Pa.

U.S. SAILBOAT SHOW Oct. 6–10, 10:00am–6:30pm. Includes Brokerage Cove, presenting an array of pre-owned boats and East Coast brokers; a Takethe-Wheel program of classes and boat demos; Vacation Basin presenting charter companies, destination resort locations and charter boat ownership; tasting and hospitality areas; a Preview Day gala; and a Premier Launch Party. City Dock, Annapolis, Md. 410-268-8828,

5114 Ritchie Rd., Bealeton, VA Adults $15 • Children $7 The Flying Circus is a 45 minute drive from the Capital Beltway. It is located 14 miles south of Warrenton or 22 miles north of Fredericksburg off Rt. 17 on Rt. 644 near Bealeton. Watch for the Flying Circus signs.

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MARYLAND HOME AND GARDEN SHOW Oct. 14–16. More than 300 exhibitors, Twiggy, the waterskiing squirrel, unique uses for home products with Joey Green, landscaped gardens, Maryland fall craft show, and model train display. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. 410-863-1180,


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SENECA VALLEY SUGARLOAFERS Oct. 1. Start the walk between 9:00am and noon; finish by 3:00pm. Start/finish point is at the Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-385-0054,

MUDDY A.C.C.E. RACE Oct. 1, 8:00am. A 5K, 20-obstacle mud obstacle course race designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. Giles County, Va. 540-921-2079, STAR GAZING PARTIES Oct. 1. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park invites visitors to view and learn about the nighttime sky. Thoburn Redoubt property, located on Bowman’s Mill Road, Middletown, Va. 540-869-3051, HEALING HEROES RIDE Oct. 1. The 100-mile motorcycle ride through the scenic Piedmont and Shenandoah valleys is a popular “high stakes” poker run, which raises money to support Boulder Crest Retreat for military and veteran wellness in Bluemont, Va. The ride begins at Patriot Harley Davidson, Fairfax, Va. CHESAPEAKE BAY SCHOONER RACE Oct. 10–16. Sailing to promote awareness of the Chesapeake Bay’s maritime heritage and to encourage preservation and improvement of its natural resources, the schooners and the crews will sail from Baltimore to Portsmouth, Va. The public is invited to tour the schooners. Baltimore, Md. GARDEN TALKS WITH MASTER GARDENERS Oct. 14, 1:30–2:30pm. Master Gardeners show you a variety of gorgeous perennials, shrubs, and trees in rich gold, burnt orange, brilliant burgundy, and vibrant red shades that you can add to your existing plantings for remarkable fall beauty. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703642-5173, BALTIMORE MARATHON Oct. 15. The course travels through the many diverse neighborhoods of Baltimore, including the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area, historic Federal Hill, and charming Fells Point. Baltimore, Md. 5K RUN/WALK Oct. 15. All proceeds support the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Educational Programs. 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, Md. 410-586-8501, NATURE QUEST FEST AT LAKE ROLAND Oct. 16, noon–2:00pm. Activities will include canoeing, dam tours, and live animals. Lake Roland Park, Baltimore, Md. 410887-2503, GLOW IN THE DARK GLOW RUN IN HERSHEY 5K Oct. 22. Costumes are encouraged. Cocoa Beanery Coffee Shop & Cafe, 1215 Research Blvd., Hummelstown, Pa. 717-649-5907, 5K RUN AND TRICK-OR-TREAT WALK Oct. 29. The popular children’s area features activities such as bounce houses, costumed characters, balloon art, face painting, and a costume contest for the kids. Harford Community College, Bel Air, Md. MARINE CORPS MARATHON Oct. 30. Known as “the best marathon for beginners,” the MCM is largest marathon in the world that doesn’t offer prize money, earning its nickname, “The People’s Marathon.” Alexandria, Va. APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Leads hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and conservation events in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. 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, CENTER HIKING CLUB Various hikes and locations in the D.C. metropolitan area. 703751-3971, FREESTATE HAPPY WANDERERS Various walking trails and locations in Maryland. 410-437-2164, MOUNTAIN CLUB OF MARYLAND Leads weekly day hikes, overnight backpack hikes, bike and canoe trips, cabin, car, and tent camping, and the maintenance of trails. POTOMAC APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB Leads weekly hikes and work trips in greater Washington, D.C., area. Contact PATC for more information. 703-242-0965, QUANTICO ORIENTEERING CLUB Hosts map and compass activities most weekends in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Suitable for all ages and skill levels; free beginner instruction. WASHINGTON AREA ROADSKATERS Year-round; check website for dates and times. Skaters leave from the White House, Washington, D.C.

WANDERBIRDS HIKING CLUB Sundays. Various hikes and locations in Virginia. 703-242-0315,

MUSIC Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Oct. 8, 8:00–10:00pm. Award-winning violinist and 2016-17 Helwig Distinguished Artist Pinchas Zukerman joins Maestro Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they return to Indiana for a breathtaking night of music. Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center, Indiana, Pa. CHEE-YUN PLAYS THE FOUR SEASONS Oct. 8–9. The soloist for the evening, violinist Chee-Yun, has enraptured audiences on five continents with her flawless technique, dazzling tone, and compelling artistry. The National Philharmonic, North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100,

Popular/Other OLD TOWN HALL PERFORMANCE SERIES Oct. 14, 8:00pm. As the opening concert for this year’s Old Town Hall Performance Series, The Hot Lanes will be performing wellknown swing, Latin, and jazz pieces. Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. 703-385-7858,

Theater SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Through Oct. 30. Reason and passion collide in Jane Austen’s beloved tale of sisterhood and romance. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, TAP KIDS Oct. 1, 8:00pm. New York Stage Original’s production tells the story of high school students coming of age. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va. 703-790-0123, ZOMBIE PROM Oct. 6–30. Based on a story by John Dempsey and Hugh M. Murphy. Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Road, Wheaton, Md. 800-838-3006, THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES Oct. 15, 2:00pm. Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender, and laugh with Dog, featuring the Puppet Theatre of Scotland. The Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va. COMEDIANS JULIE SCOGGINS AND DAVID WINGFIELD Oct. 19, 8:00pm. AMP, powered by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100,

Dance SUNDAY BALLROOM DANCE One Sunday each month, 4:00-6:00pm. Dance instructors teach specific dances, followed by an open dance session where participants can practice what they’ve learned or refine steps. Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle St., Manassas, Va. 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 Featured Exhibitions CHILDREN’S BOOK ART Through Oct. 9. Displays the broad range of subjects, styles, and working methods that make children’s book illustration a remarkably creative, lively world. The Brandywine River Art Museum, Chadds Ford, Pa. 610-388-2700, MAIL CALL Through Oct. 16. This traveling Smithsonian exhibit explores the history of America’s military postal system, and examines how even in today’s era of instant communication, troops overseas continue to treasure mail delivered from home. College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, Md. 301-864-6029,

BACK TO FORT SCOTT Through Oct. 30. This exhibition examines the realities of life under segregation in 1950s America, as seen through the lens of groundbreaking photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006). The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804340-1400, WILL AND JANE Through Nov. 6. Merchandising, parodies, and spinoffs through the centuries have put William Shakespeare and Jane Austen on a first-name basis with the world. Explore the stories of “Will” and “Jane” and the nature of literary celebrity. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-5447077, BARTERING FOR A CONTINENT Through Dec. 10. The importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists, from the founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution, and the role of Virginia in the development of a new world of exchange in goods and commodities in North America is explored in this special exhibition. Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, Va. 888-593-4682, WINE AND SPIRITS IN DELAWARE Through Dec. 31. The exhibit utilizes graphics as well as historical objects from the collections of the state of Delaware to tell the story of Delaware’s wine and spirits trade from the time of European settlement to the present day. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. 302-645-1148, DECO JAPAN Through Jan. 1. The exhibit explores how the Japanese interpreted art deco and transformed it through their own rich art and craft traditions. Hillwood Museum, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-686-5807, THE NEW WORLD DISCOVERS ASIA Through Jan. 8. The first large-scale Pan-American exhibition to examine the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the Colonial Americas. Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del. 302-888-4803, NO MAN’S LAND Through Jan. 8. Large-scale paintings and sculptural hybrids by 37 contemporary artists from 15 countries appear in this exhibition, organized by Miami’s Rubell Family Collection. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-783-5000, ECHOES FROM JAPAN’S GOLDEN AGE Through Jan. 15. The BMA presents an exquisite selection of late 19th- and mid-20th-century kimonos and obis that have never been shown before. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, JOHN WATERS’ KIDDIE FLAMINGOS Through Jan. 22. The 74-minute video shown on a continuous loop in the Black Box gallery features adorable kids wearing wigs and suggestions of the original costumes as they evoke the legendary performances of Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, and others. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, FRONT ROOM: GUERRILLA GIRLS Through Mar. 12. This group of anonymous women artists have produced, over the course of 30 years, a body of work that includes posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film, and culture at large. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700,

Autumn Shores Getaway at Delaware Seashore State Park November 18-20 $165 per person Includes all activities, boat and bus transportation, two breakfasts, and one lunch. For out-of-towners, there is an option of a discounted stay at the Indian River Marina cottages. This package is recommended for ages 12 and up. Enjoy a guided hike, beach bonfire, Burton Island naturalist tour, pontoon boat ride, make your own walking stick program, bike tour of Fort Miles, and a guided tour of Gordon’s pond.

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JUST DESSERTS Oct. 3–31. This exhibit is open to the public and will feature works of art by the members of St. Michaels Art League created for the theme of desserts. The St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Library, St. Michaels, Md. POPUPS BY COLETTE FU Oct. 14–Feb. 26. This focus exhibition presents works from her series Haunted Philadelphia, inspired by eerie historical sites in her hometown, and We are Tiger Dragon People, her visual explorations of the culture in China’s Yunnan Province, her ancestors’ homeland. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-783-5000, ART AND EXPERIENCE IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE Oct. 16–Jan. 8. This international loan exhibition brings together more than 100 paintings, tapestries, metalwork, manuscripts, and prints from museums in the United States and abroad, including masterpieces from the Walters’ collection. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, THE ART OF JOHN SLOAN Oct. 21–Jan. 28. Explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his famous depictions of New York City, his lively views of Gloucester, Mass., and his fascinating studies of Santa Fe, N.M. The Delaware Museum of Art, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Del. 302-571-9590, MATISSE/DIEBENKORN Oct. 23–Jan. 29. More than 90 paintings and drawings by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) show the French modern master’s enduring influence on one of the greatest post-war American painters. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700,

INTERTRIBAL POWWOW Oct. 1–2. Featuring song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling, and a film presentation. Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, Va. 757-253-4838, THE BATTLE OF HUPP’S HILL Oct. 8, 2:00pm. Join park ranger Jeff Driscoll as he describes this important, yet largely forgotten, fight and its impact on Cedar Creek six days later. Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park, 33229 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg, Va. 540-869-3051, LIVING HISTORY AT ANTIETAM BATTLEFIELD Oct. 8–9. Living history volunteers will portray the 124th New York Infantry recreating the life of a Civil War soldier. Weapons demonstrations will be held both Saturday and Sunday, with ongoing interpretation in the camp throughout the weekend. Sharpsburg, Md. THE BATTLE OF CEDAR CREEK TOUR Oct. 14, 4:00pm. Join park ranger Shannon Moeck for a special three-hour in-depth tour of the battle. Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main St., Middletown, Va. 540-869-3051, HIKES AND A MOVIE AT MONOCACY BATTLEFIELD Oct. 15. Walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers who fought at the Battle of Monocacy. Rangers will lead hikes through the battlefield, highlighting the tactics and troop movements that saved Washington, D.C. Afterward, enjoy a showing of The Outlaw Josey Wales at the Thomas Barn. Frederick, Md. YORKTOWN VICTORY CELEBRATION Oct. 15–16. Hands-on military experiences, artillery firings, and a preview of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, with the debut of the new introductory film and exhibition galleries. Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, Va. 888-593-4682,

ON PAPER: FINDING FORM Oct. 30–Apr. 30. This exhibition celebrates one of the strengths of the BMA’s collection: contemporary drawings that combine an interest in pure, refined geometric form with a desire to use materials expressively. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700,

COLONIAL FESTIVAL AT MOUNT HARMON Oct. 29–30. See history come to life at the Mount Harmon Revolutionary War Reenactment and Colonial Festival, featuring British and Patriot encampments, a Colonial marketplace, hearth cooking, manor house tours, and more. Earleville, Md.


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

CANAL BOAT EXCURSIONS Through October. Board the Charles F. Mercer, a reproduction packet boat, to experience what it was once like to travel up and down the C&O Canal. Cruise on the historic canal at a mule’s pace and experience rising and falling 8 feet in a lock. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, Potomac, Md. 301-767-3714,


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

Lectures/Workshops/Classes ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000,

TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880,

TOURS ANNUAL GHOST WALK Oct. 21–22, 6:00–9:00pm. Sponsored by Chesapeake City Civic Association and North Chesapeake City Neighborhood Association. Chesapeake City Historic District, Md. 410-885-2415 DOORS OPEN BALTIMORE Oct. 22, 10:00am–4:00pm. A behind-the-scenes glimpse and the chance to tour buildings (or parts of buildings) not typically open to the public, as well as an opportunity to meet with architects and representatives of participating organizations. Tours are self-guided. Check website for a list of participating sites. Baltimore, Md. 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 NASCAR RACE WEEKEND Through Oct. 2. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series. Dover International Speedway, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Del. BLUE JEANS AND BOW TIE BALL Oct. 6, 6:00–10:00pm. Features interactive sports activities, a chance auction, plant and money wheels, music and dancing, heavy d’oeuvres, and food stations. The nonprofit assists women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. Club Level at Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen, Md. NORTH COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK Oct. 7–16. More than 20 restaurants in northern Anne Arundel County, Md., will offer lunch and dinner menus at fixed prices to highlight the diverse, high-quality dining experiences available in the area. OPEN BARN Oct. 8, 10:00am–3:00pm. Visit with the people-friendly llamas, take a farm tour, and learn about fiber, yarn, and other products. Posey Thisisit Llama Farm, Toms Brook, Va. PORT WINE TASTING PARTY Oct. 15, 4:00–6:00pm. Discover the history and flavor nuances of port and sample different styles of this versatile Portuguese wine with a range of foods from cheeses to chocolates to reveal your port palate. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173,

STAINED-GLASS CLASS Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860,

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT HOME Sunday, Oct. 2, vs. Raiders, 1:00pm Sunday, Oct. 9, vs. Redskins, 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. 2, vs. Browns, 1:00pm Sunday, Oct. 16, vs. Eagles, 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.


Sunday, Oct. 16, vs. NYC FC, 5:00pm D.C. 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 Sunday, Oct. 9, vs. Islanders, 5:00pm Saturday, Oct. 15, vs. Islanders, 7:00pm Tuesday, Oct. 18, vs. Avalanche, 7:00pm Saturday, Oct. 22, vs. Rangers, 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


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

The Giles County, Va., Muddy ACCE Race on Oct. 1 is a 5K, 20-obstacle course, including a floating bridge.

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You can count on fine times at Washington County vineyards The Catoctin Mountains of central Maryland are known for history and scenery, but scattered across the hillsides you’ll also find vineyards which produce both grape and fruit wines. The county has three traditional wineries and one “wine crafters” shop. Each has a special atmosphere and all offer tastings and events that complement the “wine lifestyle.”


Big Cork Vineyards A heavy-hitter on the national, as well as regional, wine scene, Big Cork produces big wines with intense flavors. The vineyard grows the familiar chardonnay, cabernet franc, and cabernet sauvignon grapes, as well as the less common barbera and petit verdot. It won more medals in the 2016 Maryland Governor’s Cup than the entire U.S. swim team did in the Olympics, including the Best in Show for its Black Cap NV. While most tasting rooms go for the “rustic country” theme, Big Cork’s is a display of chic, contemporary sophistication. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic or visit the Grab-and-Go Food Market. There are guided tours of the vineyards at noon and 1:00pm. The vineyard is family- and dogfriendly. (

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Not a vineyard, but an in-town winery, Blue Mountain uses grapes from regional growers to produce pinot grigio, malbec, and shiraz, as well as a lot of fruit wines. Owners Cindy McGee and Tim Rowe also offer classes in winemaking. During the three to four sessions over several weeks, students learn the basics of winemaking and produce a few bottles of their own personal label. The owners also offer classes in beer-brewing and their shop sells supplies for both pursuits. The website has information about the workshops. The store is found at 117 E. Baltimore St. in Funkstown, a popular area for antiquing.

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Sip, savor, stay, and play in the Brandywine Valley Fall is the perfect time to hit the road to revel in the beauty of the season. As the leaves turn, the nearby Brandywine Valley countryside bursts with fall color and the bounty of the autumn harvest. The southeastern Pennsylvania area entices you for a weekend getaway full of color, local libations, and boutique shopping. Longwood Gardens, often referred to as the “world’s premier horticultural showplace,” will celebrate fall with its spectacular chrysanthemum festival Oct. 22–Nov. 20. Horticulturists are carefully crafting the breathtaking display, which will feature 17,000 chrysanthemums in all shapes and sizes from balls to pagodas to spirals. The popular “Nightscape” returned to Longwood this summer and its colorful, musical evening program continues through Oct. 29. Conveniently located behind Longwood Gardens is Gayler Estate Vineyard and Winery. Heralded for

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Wine and beer in north central West Virginia When it comes to beverages and West Virginia, your mind might turn more toward moonshine than wine or beer, but the north central part of the Mountain State has its share of wineries and craft breweries. As a college town, you would expect Morgantown to be into the beer scene and you’d be right. Three local brewers satisfy the thirst for suds. Chestnut Brew Works started as a small beer brewery in the woods of southern Monongalia County, about 10 miles south of Morgantown, in 2013. When demand exceeded supply, the company expanded operations and added a taproom in the historic South Park area of Morgantown. Founder Bill Rittenour studied and loved the forests around Morgantown and named the company after the chestnut. In much the same way that small-town local beer breweries were severely crippled by Prohibition, the American chestnut was severely crippled by a fungal disease in the last century. Both the American chestnut and craft beer are experiencing resurgences, however, thanks to the dedication of creative scientists and creative brewers such as Rittenour. Chestnut Brew Works practices green policies, donating its spent grain to local farms for feed and continued on page 38

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West Virginia continued from page 37 handcrafting its tap handles out of salvaged wood. The tap room is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. Morgantown Brewing Company is a brewpub that offers a dining and micro-brewery experience by commemorating the days of old in recognition of the pioneering settlers, coal miners, steel workers, and others who shaped the city of Morgantown. The brewpub showcases that special history. The pub is open daily. Mountain State Brewing Company is one of the oldest West Virginia brewers. In addition to the Morgantown pub location, there is a brew house in Thomas, W.Va., that offers brewery tours, and another pub location at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland.

There’s wine, too Forks of Cheat Winery produces a wide variety of prize winning wines from French hybrid and American varietal grapes that grow on 16 acres of fertile mountain hillsides overlooking the white waters of the Cheat River. For more than 20 years, the winery has grown to produce more than 20,000 gallons of fine wines annually. Red, white, fruit, and some specialty wines are available.


The whole thing started when Jerry Deal was caught stealing a neighbor’s grapes to eat. A chastised Deal planted his own grapes, produced more than he could eat, and turned to winemaking. Lewis County, to the south, is best known for history as the birthplace of Stonewall Jackson and home of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (now a tourist attraction), the West Virginia Museum of American Glass, and Appalachian Glass, which still produces handmade glass products. But Weston, in Lewis County, also is home to Lambert’s Winery, established in 1992. The winery was built with handcut stones gathered from various parts of West Virginia, some weighing as much as 3,000 pounds. A comfortably furnished tasting room includes a 3-inch-thick bar top, cut in the 1950s in Canada. A fireplace is surrounded by three rocking chairs, creating an ideal place to enjoy a glass on a cold winter day. You can buy the West Virginia pottery that is displayed. Lambert’s offers a selection of red, white, and blush wines.

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U.S. Oyster Festival turns 50 Find competitions and oysters prepared every way imaginable at the festival Renowned as one of the largest and oldest oyster festivals in the country, the U.S. Oyster Festival in Maryland’s St. Mary’s County stands tall as an outstanding culinary adventure for gourmets, gourmands, and gastronomes of all tastes and palates. For two days, Oct.15 and 16, the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds south of Leonardtown will host the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championship, the National Oyster Cook-off, and a panoply of Southern Maryland’s best food, music, and entertainment. Begun in 1967 and hosted by the Rotary Club of Lexington Park, the festival benefits the local community. More than 15,000 visitors will enjoy 75 local artists, displays, vendors, and a range of live musical acts and entertainment. “There will be lots and lots of food,” promised Karen Stone, the festival’s administrator. “You can eat oysters any way possible and try other regional specialties such as St. Mary’s stuffed ham.” The 50th anniversary of the festival also offers a prime opportunity to view the exciting shucking com-

petitions and celebrate the county’s Chesapeake Bay heritage. You might even see Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan honoring the 50th year and helping to “crown” the champion shucker.

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Knob Hall Winery “Exactly how you want a wine to taste.” That was the comment of a judge at the 2014 Maryland Governor’s Cup Winemaster’s Choice Competition about the vineyard’s Prestige wine — a blend of merlot, cabernet franc, and chambourcin. An estate winery, it specializes in hearty blends or varietal wines which demonstrate the best qualities of that grape. Along with the familiar grapes, look for chambourcin, traminette, and vidot blanc. The Siebert family moved to this land during the French and Indian War, although it took nearly 200 years before they decided to devote 30 of their 300 acres to grapes. Wine tastings and events are held at the 200-year-old barn and overseen by the resident peacocks, guinea hens, and dogs. During the year, visitors enjoy guided tours of the vineyards and can participate in wine festivals, which include harvesting and stomping grapes and learning how to trim vines. Among the other events are “Wine Down Fridays” and “Mimo-

International shucking competition The shucking contest is one tier of an international competition. Shuckers come from all over the country to compete for the title of U.S. Shucking Champion and an opportunity to represent the United States in the International Oyster Opening Competition in Galway, Ireland. It’s not just about speed: Judges grade on presentation and how cleanly the oysters have been shucked, giving penalties for chipped shells, dirt left in the oyster, or cut oysters. The 2015 winner, Duke Landry, of Louisiana, shucked his 24 oysters in two minutes, 16.76 seconds. Landry’s 2015 win was his second championship in a row. This year, shuckers from 10 states will vie for the crown, starting at noon Saturday when amateur shuckers take the stage in the first com-

Red Heifer Winery Named after the sole resident of the property when Kevin Ford’s great-grandfather purchased it in 1940, Red Heifer has a range of sweet and dry wines for more “casual” drinking, picnics, and light meals. The owners have mastered the often-tricky pairing of wine with spicy foods and have several fruit wines, too. Oct. 22 marks the fourth anniversary of Red Heifer. Join the “Music on the Hill” celebration, featuring live music, barbecue, and kettle corn, for a $10 cover. Other weekends in October see a free music series every Saturday. (

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petition. The masters competition begins shortly after with a “friendly heat” of past national champions. The professional heats follow with a women’s and men’s competitions. The contest reaches its crescendo on Sunday with the final championship rounds.

Oyster cookin’, too National Oyster Cook-off competitors also come from around the country — some as far away as Oregon — and compete in three categories: hors d’oeuvres, soups/stews, and main dishes. The contest begins Saturday morning as contestants have to race against the clock to prepare their creations. Professional chefs serve as the judges, although members of the public get a chance to vote on their favorite dish as well. The awards ceremony is held Saturday afternoon. Winning entries are collected into a cookbook available at the festival. Last year’s winner, Lynne Laino, of Downingtown, Pa., took the crown with her Oyster Tacos with Chipotle Crema. The cook-off is just one opportunity festivalgoers will have to appreciate the bivalves’ culinary versatility. Throughout the festival, you can partake of an authentic taste of Southern Maryland in the U.S. Oyster Festival Tasting Room. Oysters will be “served up raw, scalded, grilled on the barbie, on bread, on the half shell, stewed, nude, cooked

Brandywine continued from page 35 room located at the Market at Liberty Place, which is home to a bakery, a produce vendor, and casual dining establishments. The Pennsylvania beverage scene continues to evolve due to the the recent change in laws allowing wineries to sell local beers at their establishments, so Paradocx is now offering beer and hard cider at its tasting. Craft beer lovers have their own reason to visit. Victory Brew, one of the nation’s largest craft brewers, features a location in Kennett Square with a wide variety of beer choices. On the menu is an array of small plates perfect for pairing and shar-

in savory sauces, in salads, even in desserts, and just about every way imaginable … .” Purchase a “flight” of oysters and sample the different tastes of oysters locally caught from different Chesapeake Bay tributaries. “We are showcasing oyster farmers from different rivers,” explained Stone. “This is an opportunity to learn all about aquaculture.” Pair your oysters with Marylandmade craft beers — including an oyster stout — or with locally produced wines from the Port of Leonardtown Winery. Look for the special 50th celebration label. The festival serves more than 150,000 oysters. In case you are wondering what happens to all of those empty oyster shells, local environmental science students collect them and return them to the bay to help regenerate oyster reefs. Festival gates open from 10:00am– 6:00pm on Saturday, with a special evening concert at 6:30pm. The festival ticket is also good for the concert. Sunday’s events start at 11:00am and run until to 6:00pm. Admission is $5 for adults and no charge for children 12 and younger; there is plenty of free parking. The festival events continue rain or shine.

For more information U.S. Oyster Festival: St. Mary’s Co. Tourism: ing, including mussels, bruschetta, cheese, and charcuterie. Browse the boutique shops in Kennett Square for everything from accessories to home décor. And, you won’t want to leave the area without sampling the cuisine offered at the array of restaurants located in what is otherwise known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World.” Here, fabulous fungi are creatively incorporated into many a menu. The Brandywine Valley is also home to quaint and historic bedand-breakfasts that serve as perfect retreats after an indulgent day of sipping, savoring, shopping, and exploring.

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For sublime music, Bach is a classic in two concert series Bach rocks in Baltimore and Washington. Orchestras and choruses in the two cities are rolling out their

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The Bach in Baltimore concerts begin the 29th season on Oct. 2.

poser’s baroque music. The 29th season of the Bach In Baltimore First Sunday Concert Series runs from Oct. 2 to May 7 at various Baltimore-area churches, including Christ Lutheran Church. Concerts usually begin at 4:00pm and are free or low cost to make them accessible to a wider public. Cantatas and instrumental works by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, and their contemporaries will be performed by the 12-member Bach In Baltimore Orchestra and the Bach Concert Choir. Each concert will feature solos by singers and musicians. Music director T. Herbert Dimmock has a special treat for concertgoers wishing to better appreciate the music. He begins each concert with a 10-minute live demonstration and explanation of Bach’s musical language. This is designed to enhance the listeners’ comprehension during the actual performances. Dimmock, who thinks Bach is the best composer ever, says his music continues to resonate with people

not only for its “gorgeous” sounds and memorable melodies, but because of its deeper dimensions. “The music of Bach is almost unique, as it can, and does, appeal to people on more layers than anyone else I know,” he says. Using terms such as “melodic inventiveness” and “architectural marvel” to describe Bach’s compositions, Dimmock says one example of his genius is how he used the same instrument to communicate different concepts in a way that is “just perfect.” “Nobody’s better at sensitivity to sound,” he says of Bach. Concert dates in 2016 include Oct. 2, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4. In 2017, concerts are scheduled Jan. 1, Feb. 5, Feb. 10, March 5, April 2, and May 7. The highlight of the season will be the performance of one of Bach’s most popular major works, Mass in B minor on March 5 at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church. Dimmock says the work continued on page 43

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Art al fresco at two festivals Margaret G. Thorn turns the mundane into something magical. Collections of cereal boxes, shoes, doughnuts, corks, marbles, crayons, dolls, candy bars — even Peeps — are some of the things of ordinary life that become artistic fodder for the watercolorist from Lititz, Pa. She is one of 190 juried artists participating in the Bethesda Row Arts Festival Oct. 15–16 in Bethesda, Md. “I don’t ever paint to sell,” Thorn said. “I paint what excites me and what’s fun.” The nostalgia factor resonates with viewers. “People love them,” she said of her paintings. Thorn also paints coastal and water scenes, landscapes, still life, sunsets, and Lancaster County subjects. A former elementary school teacher, Thorn said her paintings are “without angst” and reflect her down-to-earth personality. Artists from multiple states will show and sell one-of-a-kind, topquality work in the 19th annual show, considered one of the leading fine art festivals in the Mid-Atlantic. Last year, some 45,000 visitors attended. Artists set up booths in a fourblock area in the Bethesda Row neighborhood around 4841 Bethesda Ave. Besides paintings, works will include ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture, digital art, mixed media, fiber, and wood. Prices range from $45 to $20,000. Hours for the festival are 11:00am to 6:00pm Saturday, and 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday. Admission is free. A special art sale benefits the National Institutes of Health children’s charities. There also will be live

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A chamber series of sonatas is performed live at 10th and G streets on Nov. 4, Feb. 24, and April 17. A free noontime cantata series, featuring the full chorus and orchestra and soloists, is offered at Church of the Epiphany on Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, March 7, April 4, and May 2.

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Bach in Washington, too The nation’s capital also has a concert series devoted mostly to Bach and his baroque contemporaries. The Washington Bach Consort offers a three-pronged approach of vocal and instrumental pieces. One series, featuring German and Italian composers of the early baroque era, takes place at National Presbyterian Church. Concerts are Dec. 4, March 12, and April 30.

Sculpture to scarves Another popular art festival coming up this month is Art on the Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Va. The show, which drew 50,000 visitors last year, is billed as a regional multicultural festival celebrating the community’s diversity. This year’s festival will place Oct. 1 from 10:00am to 6:00pm on Mount Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte and Hume avenues. Some 350 juried artists, mostly from Northern Virginia, sell paintings and sculpture, as well as handmade items including vases, hand-embossed leather belts, knitted and crocheted hats, tote bags and purses, woven scarves and shawls, wooden bowls, soaps, and wooden puzzles. Organizers work to keep the art affordable, with prices usually in the $10-to-$100 range. Visitors will be able to watch and ask artists questions in a demonstration area. There also will be interactive children’s activities, such as painting pumpkins and making scarecrows. Live music of different genres will be performed on four stages. Musical styles include everything from bluegrass, country, soul, rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and Irish folk songs to choruses and an orchestra. Food also will be a part of the festival. “Art on the Avenue celebrates all kinds of art,” according to festival

The concerts What: Bach In Baltimore When: First Sundays, Oct. 2 to May 7 Where: Various churches, Baltimore, Md. Info: 410-941-9262, What: Washington Bach Consort When: Oct. 4 to May 2 Where: Three locations in Washington, D.C. Info: 202-429-2121,

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Margaret Thorn captures ordinary objects like shoes in her watercolors. chair Pat Miller. “We have culinary art, with over 20 food vendors ranging from barbecue to crab cakes to subs to Indian to hot dogs to popcorn to doughnuts — many different kinds of foods.” Miller says the Del Ray neighborhood is the kind of “front-porch community” where diversity is celebrated and where you’ll probably

meet the owner when you visit a business. “We are the community known as ‘where the locals go,’” she said.

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Firing up the oven always leads to discovery at Landis Valley Museum Periodically, this column explores some facet of heritage cooking, looking to uncover the back-stories of our American gastronomy. Living in the formerly Colonial portion of our nation affords many opportunities to indulge in culinary time travel, and the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum stands as one of the best. Located north of Lancaster, Pa., Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum exhibits and interprets Pennsylvania German material culture and heritage between 1750 and 1940. Covering more than 100 acres, Landis Valley presents a singular collection of artifacts, animals, and buildings staffed by costumed interpreters and craftspeople. Founded by brothers Henry Kinzer Landis and George Diller Landis, the museum opened in 1925 at their Landis Valley residence. The area had been a small Pennsylvania German settlement since the mid-1800s, and the museum enables visitors to experience 18th- and 19th-century village and farm life in Lancaster County. The museum’s Shayla Carey met me at the visitor center and took me to the Log Farm, an 18thcentury log home with a separate bake house and smokehouse, a pig sty, spring house, sheep pasture, and a 19th-century Swiss bank barn occupied by two gargantuan cattle. Built in traditional German style, the cabin has a long, open hearth

and plenty of workspace in the kitchen. Local fire codes had dictated the building’s layout.

Baking the old-fashioned way Outside, Bob Siever, a long-time volunteer, was firing the bake oven in one-half of the small, detached building. Adjoining the oven, a smokehouse made up the rest of the structure. Ovens were frequently placed in separate structures to keep the heat and potential fire hazard away from the residence. “I fire the oven until the interior walls look clean,” he explained, “then I rake out the ashes and swab the baking surface with water to clean it. I’ll let it rest for a half-hour, then bake right on the shelf.” The heat contained within the oven’s masonry does the actual baking, and a good baker can stage several items to take advantage of every bit of heat. First, the breads go in, followed by pastries as the heat diminishes. After the pastries, drying fruits and vegetables and slowly cooking beans or other casseroles uses every calorie of heat. Going back into the kitchen, Siever prepared two kuchen, flattened, rectangular cakes with sweet or savory toppings. He coated one kuchen with apple butter, dried cherries, and kirsch; the second had fried onions, bacon, sour cream, and eggs. He used a flat wooden shovel, called a peel, to slide the kuchen into the hot oven. After baking for a half hour, the finished cakes are removed with the peel and set aside to cool. Siever also used the oven to bake two rounded loaves of sourdough and to dry a tray of peach slices. Landis Valley Museum is home of the Heirloom Seed Project, which focuses on preserving seeds from heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs, and ornamentals that have historical significance for Pennsylvania Germans from 1750 to 1940. Unlike

hybrid plants, gardeners can save seeds from heirloom varieties with the assurance that the fruit from each new generation of plants will bear fruit that is similar to the fruit from the past seasons. On Oct.8 and 9, Landis Valley will celebrate its Harvest Days, the museums’ oldest and biggest festival. Visitors can enjoy demonstrations, crafts, wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, and foods that will immerse them in the Pennsylvania German traditions. ( This month’s recipe is taken, with permission, from The Landis Valley Cookbook.

Zwiebelbrot (Onion Bread) 3 or 4 medium onions 2 cups pastry flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup buttermilk 3 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup lard 1 teaspoon baking soda Assorted fresh or dried herbs for topping, such as parsley, savory, and dill Peel and finely chop the onions. Fry in the butter until soft but not browned. Set aside; don’t drain the onions. Mix the salt and flour; then cut in the lard to make it crumbly. Mix in the baking soda and buttermilk, just until the buttermilk is incorporated. Spread the dough out into two lightly greased 8-inch cake pans. Divide the onions between the two loaves and sprinkle the herbs on top. Bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned, about 20 minutes. (Don’t substitute regular flour for pastry flour, which is available at gourmet food stores.) Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. Visit or email questions and comments to rhway2go@

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Studies tell us only part of the story Wine, especially red, has been studied quite extensively over the last number of years and much has been written about its health benefits. The majority of what has been touted about it has to do with “resveratrol,” a compound found in the skins of red grapes and other plants. Those plants that possess it use it to naturally fight off bacteria and fungi and to protect them from ultraviolet rays. Its power to fight off things carries over to humans as well. Check out all the benefits that moderate consumption of red wine can supposedly render: u Several universities in Spain report that it may reduce the risk of depression. u Scientists at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom say that it can prevent colon cancer. u Harvard Medical School claims it has antiaging properties. u Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that it prevents breast cancer.

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u A group of researchers at Loyola University Medical Center found that it reduces the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. u The University of Barcelona in Spain reported that it could protect against severe sunburn. u The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis touts that it can prevent blindness. u Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine concludes that it may prevent further damage in the brain after a stroke. u Dutch scientists reported that it improves lung function and can prevent lung cancer. u European researchers from various countries say it raises levels of omega-3 fatty acids in red blood cells and plasma. u A study conducted at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine concluded that it continued on page 47



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Researchers in Australia have been experimenting blending it with wine’s other components which appears to make it more effective. I wonder, will it come in different varietals? © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2016. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, awardwinning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine and consultant. For more information, visit,, thewinedoctor.,,

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