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Falling into fun in West Virginia
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West Virginia fall getaways • Virginia pull-out section • Lancaster beckons for fun • Wet weekend in Wilkes-Barre • Festive Southern Delaware • Exploring the Allegheny National Forest • Colorful Garrett County • Cruise Corner
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Create quality family time by exploring these Civil War treasures With the sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War winding down, there are still many ways to blend family time with local Civil War history. Beautiful and historic Leesylvania State Park is located on the Potomac River in Woodbridge, Va. For history buffs, the park is the former home of the Lee and Fairfax families, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Open year round, Leesylvania offers camping, canoeing and kayaking rentals, hiking trails, a visitor center museum, and playgrounds. On weekends, there are frequent children’s programs, including Junior Ranger day camps, children’s fishing tournaments, and guided historic and nature walks. A park spokesperson recommends the Lee Woods Trail for families. It’s a 2-mile trail that passes by a Civil War site and a cannon on Freestone Point. (dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/ leesylvania.shtml) Another Civil War treasure is Fort Ward in Alexandria, known as one of the best preserved Union forts, and one of a string of 28 forts and 21 batteries built to protect Washington, D.C., as the largest engineering project of the war. The Fort Ward Museum provides exhibits, edu-
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cational programs, and tours, all of which help teach an understanding of the role Alexandria played during the war. (alexandriava.gov/ fortward) Aside from Fort Ward, there are remnants of 10 forts and 10 gun battery emplacements visible today around Washington, D.C. Perhaps best known is Fort Stevens, located at 13th and Quackenbos streets NW and the site of the only Civil War battle fought within the District of Columbia. President Abraham Lincoln became the only sitting president to come under enemy fire when he observed the battle in July 1864. The fort was partially restored in 1937. (dccivilwarforts.org) Prior to the Civil War, Alexandria was a distinctly Southern town and hosted a flourishing slave trade. Today, you can visit Freedom House, once home to Franklin and Armfield, which was among the largest domestic slave dealers. The site interprets the local slave trade history. (nvul.org/ freedomhouse)
South to Fredericksburg In Fredericksburg, Va., check out the children’s walking tour starting at the visitor center. The self-guided tour was designed for and written by kids, with a variety of destinations. (visitfred.com/ things-to-do) The first stop on the tour is the Fredericksburg Area Museum, which provides information on the Civil War battles in and around the area, as well as the stories of slaves who crossed the Rappahanock River to freedom in 1862. The Battle of Fredericksburg was fought in December 1862 and was the first urban street fighting continued on page 31
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August flowers lead to surprising truths
Brightly colored flowers dot the New England landscape, from suburban household yards to the drives leading to country homes to the quaint streets of the numerous villages. Everywhere, there seem to be splashes of color. I commented to my wife, “This must be because they have such harsh winters that they really celebrate the joy of summer weather.” Michelle responded, “I noticed that, too, but thought it was because they don’t have to wrestle with flowers getting baked to death in the South’s repressively hot summers.” Like many things in life, there are multiple explanations to a phenomenon, and a bit of truth in each. That’s just one of the cool things you observe in travel. Some observations are inescapable, like salmon swimming up waterfalls during the spawning season. Others, like the flowers, you just stumble onto. Circumstance opens many doors of observation, as well. On a recent New England summer trip, we stayed at my sister’s cabin on a lake in Maine. The beautiful White Mountain National Forest clearly in view across the lake provided so that you relaxing sunset views and also obstructed any chance of a cell phone signal or Internet connection. This became a blessing in disguise, forcing me to
completely detach myself from the connectivity of work and truly relax, which was the whole purpose of the getaway. My normal routine would have been to bang out a few emails while my wife carried on her morning get-ready rituals. Not this time. Instead, I sat in a comfy Adirondack chair, watched the mist rise over the lake’s peaceful mirror-like surface, observed a loon disappear below the surface, pondered where he would resurface, and just absorbed the tranquility of the moment. I heard a rustling in the blueberry bushes by the bank of the water. I thought I must have startled a little critter, a chipmunk perhaps. It turned out to be some small birds foraging through the branches seeking their blueberry breakfast. Even planned travel can yield surprises. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen those bumper stickers proclaiming “This car climbed Mount Washington.” Invariably, I thought them rather hokey. But, on my most recent trip to New England, we made the trip ourselves. All I can say is “Wow!” What a sight: Steep granite ledges so tall they reached the tundra, or tree-free altitude area. It reminded me of Alaska. We drove through the cloud level, too, and were above the cloud line. All here on the East Coast. I was delighted to have underestimated the majesty of the mountain. Are you seeking wonder? The only thing you need to plan is to get away. The rest — simple observations, anticipated wonders, or stumbled-upon curiosities — all await. Following our New England getaway, our next trip is a cruise to England. We’ve made a list of our anticipated
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Simply St. Simon’s Island: A trip worth making Not being a surfer, I’ve always been partial to East Coast beaches, and the Mid-Atlantic has its share of good ones. However, sometimes, the road calls us to other locales to explore a place we’ve never been. So it was that Jane and I pulled onto I-95 in July after a detour to Virginia Beach and my father’s hometown of Edenton, N.C. We sampled some of the North Carolina barbeque Reed Hellman wrote about in the August issue, tasted South Carolina peaches, and spent a fun day and night in Savannah before hitting our beachside room on St. Simons Island, Ga. Part of the Golden Isles east of Brunswick, Ga., St. Simons is just north of Jekyll Island and about 40 minutes from St. Augustine, Fla. It is also said to be the westernmost of the East Coast barrier islands and lies almost due south of Cleveland, Ohio. Jane and I love the Historic Hotels of America and found wonderful accommodations at the King and Prince on St. Simons. Our first-floor cabana room in the historic building at the resort, which opened in 1935, included a sitting room that opened onto our private patio just steps from a romantic porch swing and the beach itself. Other buildings front the beach or cluster around multiple pools. The lobby area includes a bar and the oceanfront ECHO restaurant, which offers both inside and outside dining. There is a separate spa facility and there are interesting places
to explore as you move about the property, such as a courtyard garden and the nine stained glass windows depicting island locations. The resort also has an offsite golf course. The King and Prince is ideally located, and you can easily reach the island’s several shopping and dining areas within minutes. St. Simons has a lively restaurant scene, with several having been featured on the Food Network. Brunswick stew, she-crab soup, and anything with shrimp are menu staples. There are also well-known barbeque options. The Colonial Trolley Tour is a great way to get an insider’s view of the island’s history, people, and restaurants. The company’s owner gives all the 90-minute tours himself in William of Orange, an air-conditioned trolley. We learned that St. Simons was the southernmost outpost of the American colonies and visited Fort Frederica, where Spanish desires to expand north from Florida were crushed. The Wesley Gardens hold 4,000 species of azaleas; undoubtedly a gorgeous sight in springtime. The historic lighthouse is worth a climb for views of the islands. People throughout the island were unfailingly friendly and helpful and the beach was well maintained with a gentle surf. All in all, a trip worth making.
A traveler’s observation Though we traveled into the deep South on the heels of the shootings in Charleston, S.C., and the Confederate flag controversy at the state’s capitol, we found nothing but pride and respect throughout the tourism industry and among others we encountered. Regardless of race, everyone from managers to wait staff and bellmen went out of their way to be helpful and sought to give a good impression of their cities. Many tourism agencies offer hospitality training to those working in hotels, restaurants, and attractions, and that training was particularly evident in Savannah, St. Simons Island, and Lumberton, N.C., showing that the tourism industry can be a positive influence on race relations as well as on economic development.
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Corn maze craze keeps growing R egional f all f arm attractions h ost great f amily f un, f rom h ay rid es to petting zo os September brings the opening of corn mazes across the Mid-Atlantic with their zig-zag twists and turns that create great fun for families. Many of the farms offer a host of other family friendly activities as well and some offer flashlight options after dark. Here are a few popular mazes within easy driving distance. BACK HOME ON THE FARM Aug. 30–Nov. 1. Monday–Friday, 3:00–7:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am–6:00pm; Sunday, noon– 6:00pm. Corn maze, cow train, wagon rides, barnyard area, pig races, and many more family activities. 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg, Va. backhome-onthefarm.com BOWLES FARMS Sept. 26–Oct. 31. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am–6:00pm. A dozen activities, plus Southern Maryland’s largest corn maze. Petting zoo, barrel rides, kids’ slide, and straw maze. 22880 Budds Creek Road, Clements, Md. bowlesfarms.com CELEBRATION FARM Sept. 5–Nov. 1. Friday, 5:00– 10:00pm; Saturday, noon–1:00pm; Sunday, noon–5:00pm. Choose one or all three of the mazes for one price and visit the pick-yourown pumpkin patch. Moonlight Mazes on Friday and Saturday nights. 17638 Garden View Road, Hagerstown, Md. celebrationfarm.org
CHERRY CREST ADVENTURE FARM Through Nov. 7. Open Thursday through Saturday, with flashlight mazes on Friday and Saturday. Choose from 50 ways to have fun on the farm that appeal to all ages. Wagon rides, straw bale racer slide, and much more to do. 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, Pa. cherrycrestfarm.com COWS-N-CORN Sept. 19–Oct. 31. Friday, 6:00–9:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am– 9:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am–7:00pm. Hot dogs and hayrides on Friday nights with corn maze and farm fun all weekend. Old-fashioned barn dance and dinner Sept. 19. 5225 Catlett Road, Midland, Va. cows-n-corn.com LAWYER’S FARM AND MOONLIGHT MAZE Sept.19–Nov. 1. Friday, 5:00–11:00pm; Saturday, 11:00am–11:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am–7:00pm. Enjoy five mazes, two pumpkin cannons, hay rides, and other activities. 13003 Creagerstown Road, Thurmont, Md. lawyersmoonlightmaze.com STONER’S DAIRY FARM AND MAZE Aug.29–Nov.1. Saturday, noon–10:00pm; Sunday, noon– 5:00pm. The season opens with a pig roast and there are flashlight maze events most weekends, with haunted mazes Oct. 24 and 31. The Harvest Farm Festival is Oct. 3, and there are lots of other activities on the farm. 7678 Oellig Road, Mercersburg, Pa. stonersdairyfarm.com
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What you don’t know about Fox River area will surprise you Here’s a trivia question to ponder: What do Harry Houdini, Edna Ferber, Thomas Edison, Vince Lombardi, and Sen. Joe McCarthy have in common? The answer: They are all associated with Appleton, one of 20 cities in the Fox River area of Wisconsin. Escape artist Harry Houdini was born March 24, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary, but grew up in Appleton, where his father served as the town’s first rabbi. After the illusionist died on Oct. 31, 1926, his wife held seances on the anniversary of his death for 10 years in hopes of his return.
He never showed up, so the seances ceased. Edna Ferber, who won a Pulitzer Prize for So Big and also penned Giant, Show Boat, and Cimarron, which all became hit movies, attended high school in Appleton and worked as a reporter at the Appleton Daily Crescent before heading to Milwaukee and then New York. Thanks to inventor Thomas Edison, the country’s first hydroelectric power station began operations in Appleton on Sept. 10, 1882. The home of H.J. Rogers, a key player in the Appleton Edison Electric Light
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Company, was also electrified that year and today is open for tours. The great Vince Lombardi, who coached the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, has a steakhouse in Appleton that bears his name. Diners are surrounded by the more than 400 items related to Lombardi’s life that are on display at the restaurant. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, born near Appleton on Nov. 15, 1908, became a national figure for his stance against communism in the 1950s, but his popularity waned after the ArmyMcCarthy Hearings. Visitors may learn all about Appleton’s celebrities at the History Museum at the Castle, housed in a former Masonic Temple, itself an attraction. Neon: Darkness Electrified, which features more than 30 rare signs from the 1920s through the 1960s, opens Nov. 12 and is one of many special exhibits at the museum. Another interesting place to see in Appleton is the Paper Discovery Center, which tells the story of paper as a major industry in the Fox Cities. And, don’t miss the glass paperweight exhibit at the BergstromMahler Museum of Glass in nearby Neenah. Downtown Appleton is also home to the Trout Museum of Art, as well as a number of galleries and art shops, including the Fine Art Studio, where you can create your own art work. Chocolate and cheese have always been popular in the Fox Cities. High on visitors’ lists is Wilmar Chocolates, made of local butter, cream, fruit, and honey and handcut, hand-wrapped, and handpacked since 1956. Visitors can even make their own chocolate bars at
Wilmar. And, there’s more to learn about sweets at Vande Walle’s Candies, in business since 1974 and best known for its Heavenly Angelfood Candy. Another popular stop in Appleton is Simon’s Specialty Cheese, offering a great selection of Wisconsin cheeses, sausages, wines, and beers. You can see how beers and nonalcoholic beverages are made at the Stone Cellar Brewpub or watch the process of beer making and enjoy lunch at the Appleton Beer Factory. And, wine lovers might check out Kerrigan Brothers Winery. If you’re looking for something to do at night, attend an event at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, which hosts state premieres of Broadway shows and well-known music groups. Time permitting, enjoy a meal at Ione’s Dining Room at Fox Valley Technical College. (foxcities.org)
Around the Mid-Atlantic The annual Patsy Cline Music Festival in Winchester, Va., has a number of free events this year, including a showing of Patsy Cline: Remembering Patsy, Sept. 2 at 6:00pm at the Handley Regional Library Auditorium. There also will be musical performances at the Apple Blossom Mall on Sept. 4, 3:00–8:30pm, and a block party featuring entertainment, vendors, and tours of the Patsy Cline House, 608 S. Kent St., on Sept. 5, 10:00am–3:00pm. There also are ticketed events during the festival. The Patsy Cline Music Festival Dance, featuring the Robbie Limon Band, will be held at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Inn on Sept. 5. And, at Jim Barnett Park,
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enjoy the Rockin’ in the Park concert, featuring The Drifters, Bill Haley’s Comets, and the Texas Chainsaw Horns. Tickets are available at the Patsy Cline Historic House, G & M Music, and Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center. (540662-5555, visitwinchester.com) The Virginia Historical Society in Richmond will host Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times in its newly created exhibition space. Sponsored by the Altria Group, the exhibit, which begins in October and runs through JanuSpend anand afternoon cyclingfrom the ary, features 35 costumes accessories along winding country roads PBS show Downton Abbey. or exploring scenic, forested “We are excited to have Altria Group sponsor paths at Tuckahoe State Park. this nationally touring exhibition of Downton Abbey costumes,” said Paul Levengood, president and CEO of the Virginia Historical Society. “There are many real-life American connections to Downton
Abbey, and this exhibition complements the VHS mission to bring our history to life. “During the late 19th century, and right up to the outbreak of World War I, hundreds of American women visited England and Europe hoping to marry aristocrats. The series character Lady Cora, the Countess of Grantham, is one such American woman.” The exhibition and the two major exhibitions that follow it are part of the society’s $38 million The Story of Virginia Campaign. (vahistorical.org) Cass Scenic Railroad and State Park in West Virginia has some exciting rail trips during the month of September. Night with the Stars, Sept. 12 at 6:00pm, is a nighttime excursion with departures from Cass, Cheat Bridge, and Elkins to Spruce. Under the guidance of National Radio Astronomy Observatory staff members, train riders get to
study the stars with telescopes. And, on Steam Weekend, Sept. 19–20, visitors can celebrate geared logging locomotive history with two roundtrip departures from Whittaker Station and one departure from Cass to Bald Knob. And, if you don’t take the vintage train, you’ll find a number of other events to enjoy in the area at the end of this month, including the Freefall Festival, Sept. 25–27, at Snowshoe Mountain; the Autumn Harvest Festival, Sept. 26. in Marlinton; the RoadKill Cook-off, Sept. 26, in Marlinton; the Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch and Picnic, Sept. 26 in Spruce; Cass Harvest Day, Sept. 26, at the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park; and Cranberry Shindig, Sept. 27, at Cranberry Mountain. (cassrailroad. com)
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While you’re waiting to create your own ice cream flavor at the Turkey Hill Experience, explore the exhibits, like this original dairy delivery truck.
There’s no better time to delight in Lancaster County’s bounty than early autumn. Plentiful harvests yield piles of colorful produce at roadside farm stands and farmers markets, are a cause celeb at local wineries and breweries, and keep jam kitchens busy preserving the tastes of summer. All this makes a Lancaster weekend getaway a time to delight in the delicious flavors of the season. The region is a feast for the senses, from the lush landscape to be explored by bicycle or Amish buggy or even hot air balloon, to the wealth of artisans and craftspeople showcasing their wares in quilt and furniture shops, craft shows, and art galleries. Couples delight in the simple pleasures of poking around the region’s picturesque towns, strolling the shop-filled streets and sampling the local delicacies. And with cornfields stretched to their highest heights, the county is not only a patchwork of green, but the verdant fields also make for a puzzling challenge as visitors attempt to navigate Cherry Crest Adventure Farm’s corn maze or engage in any of the 50 farm-themed activities. Beginning a weekend adventure with a Friday night celebration in Lancaster City or one of the county’s small towns is a great way to get a lay of the land. The city of Lancaster hosts both a First Friday art gallery and restaurant event as well as a Music Friday event on the third Friday of each month. Both are a glimpse into the hip culture scene that lands Lancaster at the top of livable city lists. Arriving on a second Friday? Head to the chocolate-pretzel-beer town of Lititz, voted one of American’s coolest small towns. The Second Friday festivities feature the town’s tastiest restaurants, funkiest galleries, and sweetest shops. On a fourth Friday, Columbia is the place to be, with its plethora of antique shops and art showcases. Ch erry Crest
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All ages can enjoy the Straw Bale Racer at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm.
Town events mark the fall season Each of these towns also will be hosting special events this fall. The annual Fall Artwalk in downtown Lancaster, Oct. 3–4, is a self-guided stroll of more than 100 galleries, museums, and shops that has been a favorite for 50 years. The annual Lititz Craft Beer Fest on Sept. 27 features a homebrew championship contest and more than 100 different craft beers from more than 50 local, regional, and national breweries. And, the annual Bridge Bust in Columbia on Oct. 3 is a unique event where more than 300 arts and crafts vendors line the historic ColumbiaWrightsville Bridge over the Susquehanna River. This year, Columbia also will host a Fall Feast and Biergarten event Oct. 24, featuring dozens of food trucks. No visit to Lancaster County is complete without carrying the best flavors home. If you come for a weekend, make a trip to Central Market the Saturday morning priority. For weekend visitors, Saturdays are also great days to explore the
county’s roadside farm stands, or to visit the preserved delights of Kitchen Kettle Village in the hamlet of Intercourse. Note that these destinations are all closed on Sundays. To learn more about the area’s Amish heritage, be sure to visit The Amish Farm & House, which also offers van tours of the area, and The Amish Village with its one-room school and other elements of Amish life. Saturday afternoons and evenings are made for tastings. The region boasts a number of craft breweries, wineries, and even a distillery. Many, like Waltz, Grandview, and Nissley, offer tours and have tasting rooms. Some wineries also feature concerts in the vineyards. And, for fans of Elizabethan England, the Mount Hope Vineyard even hosts the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire on its grounds. Among the many lodging options is the Eden Resort, with more than 300 rooms and suites, restaurants, and onsite activities — it even has a “reconnect” package for couples. The Fulton Steamboat Inn is among
the most unusual of Lancaster accommodations and offers nautical or Victorian-themed rooms, as well as Huckleberry’s Restaurant and Tavern. Sundays in Lancaster County are made for brunches, which offer a chance to delight in a farm-to-table experience at many local eateries. Burn off those calories with a hike or bike in the county’s extensive nature preserves and parks, or paddle
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Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is a unique small town with a beautiful main street, a lively arts community, and wonderful shops, restaurants, and hotels. Just three-and-one-half-hours from Washington, D.C., and even closer to Baltimore, Wilkes-Barre makes for a perfect weekend getaway — especially for those who like their fun on the water. The town is situated on the majestic Susquehanna River, which runs 476 miles through New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland before emptying into the Chesapeake Bay. To get the most out of this scenic waterway, take a tour with Susquehanna Kayak & Canoe Rentals. The company offers kayak and canoe rentals and a variety of tours, ranging from two-hour mini-excursions to half-day and full-day trips and overnight 15-mile-long kayak and camping adventures. On the 5-mile Kayak Wine Tour, you start at one of the most serene sections of the river. The calm flowing water winds along forested cliffs where eagles and raptors soar. Blue heron wade along the riverbank hunting for fish. Turtles bask on rocks in the sun. The three-hour paddling journey passes small islands where the water runs a little faster, and ends at a paved boat ramp allowing for an easy exit. From here, paddlers are shuttled back to their cars — after stopping for a tasting at Bartolai Winery. The winery features a dozen wines made using traditional methods handed down through four generations of Italian winemakers. It also sells a variety of pastas and sauces, cheeses, and amazingly delicious cold-pressed olive oils. The entertaining owners will guide you through the tasting with stories about the history of the wines and winery.
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More wet fun For even more wet fun, kayaks and canoes are available for rent at several state parks, including the 165-acre lake at Francis Slocum State Park and the 245-acre lake at Ricketts Glen Park, which also feature a 600-foot-long swimming beach. Ricketts Glen is also renowned for its waterfalls — 24 of them! A 4.4-mile hike allows access to 21 of the waterfalls, which range in height from 11 feet to nearly 100 feet. Sit under the torrents of water, swim in the catch pools, and even jump from a small cliff into one of the deeper pools. It is undoubtedly one of the most fun ways to spend a hot day and should be on your bucket list. Start the hike by following the Highland Trail for almost a mile before turning south onto the Falls Trail down the Glen Leigh to frolic in eight of the falls. Continue south after the Waters Meet, where two streams converge, to see three more waterfalls. Then, return uphill and bear left at the confluence of the creeks and up the Ganoga Glen to explore the remaining cascades and complete the loop. To simply enjoy the view of the Susquehanna, take a stroll along the new River Common Park in the center of Wilkes-Barre. The park includes treelined paved pathways, a fishing pier, an amphitheater, gardens, and a wide array of places to kick back and take in the beauty of this charming town on the river. And, don’t forget Fido. The Best Western Genetti Hotel in Wilkes-Barre is pet-friendly, allowing two pets in limited rooms for an additional $15 per night.
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The special gifts of Kinzua bring spectacular fall activities Exploring sites named “Kinzua” within the Allegheny National Forest of northwestern Pennsylvania brings outdoor adventure and history to-
gether. Late summer and early fall are beautiful times of the year to explore this region as prime fall color adds to the beauty during the last
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two weeks of September and the first two weeks of October. Kinzua is a word from the Seneca Tribe of Native Americans which translates as “fish on a spear” or “land of many fishes.” Today, the word Kinzua, pronounced “Kin-zoo,” is used in the name of many of the area’s natural and manmade attractions. Kinzua Gorge is located in the Allegheny Plateau near the village of Mount Jewett, Pa. Its narrow valleys and steep ridges have their own mystique, changing moods with the passing clouds.
European settlers gave these places colorful names such as Thundershower, Kettle Creek, and Young Woman’s Run. Or, they simply adopted the names the natives had given them: Susquehanna, Tionesta, Tunungwant, and Kinzua. Kinzua Creek rises, tea-colored, near the village of Cyclone in McKean County and flows westward for 26 miles where it empties into the Allegheny (Kinzua) Reservoir. The Kinzua Valley was formerly part of the homelands of the Seneca Nation, one of the six tribes of the powerful Iroquois Confederation. Before
The river winds through its namesake Allegheny National Forest.
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Enjoy the amazing vistas of brilliant fall color from the Kinzua Sky Walk. Plan a relaxing getaway; tour a winery, take a hike, or cruise scenic Route 6 and the Longhouse National Scenic Byway to enjoy the beautiful fall colors of scarlet, orange and gold.
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Water sports, from kayaking to fishing, are popular at the Allegheny Reservoir.
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the sale of those lands at the second Treaty of Fort Stanwix in 1784, few Europeans had ventured into the remote valley. Yet less than 100 years after Chief Cornplanter and other Seneca leaders signed the treaty, the first Kinzua Viaduct, built of iron, spanned its precipitous gorge.
Kinzua Bridge State Park Both Kinzua Gorge and Kinzua Creek can be viewed and hiked at the Kinzua Bridge State Park. The free-admission day-use park offers picnic tables, hiking trails, and the amazing Kinzua Sky Walk, built on the historic towers of the Kinzua Viaduct. The park is accessed by the Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway (Lindholm Road on a GPS unit), along which you have a very good chance of seeing wild turkey or white-tailed deer. The Kinzua Sky Walk reaches out 624 feet into the Kinzua Gorge. It
has an amazing 300-foot-high overlook with a partial glass floor from which you have a 360-degree view of the Kinzua Gorge. The skywalk is built on the original six towers of the Kinzua Viaduct, commonly called the Kinzua Bridge, which was the highest and longest railroad viaduct in the world until a tornado in 2003 toppled 11 of its towers. Visitors can hike a trail down the side of the gorge at the Kinzua Bridge State Park to view the fallen towers and to fish the stream. The Kinzua Dam holds back the waters of the Allegheny (Kinzua) Reservoir and is one of the largest dams east of the Mississippi River. The reservoir stretches from Pennsylvania into New York and is perfect for kayaking, sailing, fishing, or motorized boating. Although a little complicated for licensing (you need a Pennsylvania, New York, or Seneca Nation license depending on your location) the A llegh eny N ational F orest R egion
12,000-acre Allegheny Reservoir offers world-class fishing for walleye, bass, muskie, and catfish. Red Bridge Campground is located along Route 321, just north of where Kinzua Creek enters the reservoir, and is a favorite for those seeking to fish the “the land of big fishes.” Nearby is Paul’s Trading Post, where you can buy a fishing license
and supplies, plus have a chance to speak to the locals who routinely fish the local streams and the reservoir. A free Allegheny National Forest Visitors Guide with recreation maps, trail information, and information on hotels, lodging, camping, attractions, and restaurants is available by calling 800-473-9370 or at visitanf.com.
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wine pairings, and great music, adding another dimension. And, as it turns out, this cruise, featuring Paul Cullen, is being repeated, for the most part, in October. In addition to Paul’s seminars on wine and cooking and his interaction with the chefs (for groupspecific gourmet meals paired with his selection of wines), you learn to appreciate these culinary delights by going on tours of vineyards, often tasting the wines you’ll be consuming that night. There is still time to book a cabin on this outstanding cruise experience, which will surely raise the bar for all of your future cruises. The cruise line, Oceania, is one of the most luxurious cruise lines to travel aboard. The ports of call include some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful and glamorous cities, including Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Monte Carlo, and Portofino, Italy. The scenery is stunningly beautiful and the touring is fun-filled because it exciting and relaxing at the same time. Traveling with Paul and his lovely wife, Bonnie, creates an instant sense of belonging to a group of people who are all ready and willing to make
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FROM VIRGINIA WITH LOVE Touring Hampton Roads O Check out the Great Dismal O Virginia Beach surprises See the Eastern Shore like a local O Wythe County views O Tastes of Mecklenburg Preserving mountain folkways O Wine and oysters on the Northern Neck
The Miss Hampton II sails past the Virginia Air & Space Center Courtesy Hampton Tourism
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Living like the locals: Loving it in Newport News and Hampton Two smaller Hampton Roads cities sit between quieter Williamsburg and noisier Virginia Beach. Newport News and Hampton have been carving out a niche for economical fun as bases for visiting all of the Hampton Roads area.
sary of the Virginia Living Museum with 50 special events between this September and November 2016. Join the locals who have long appreciated the museum as a home for endangered animals — the bald eagle, red wolf, barking tree frog, and nine others — as well as its use of native wildlife Excitement from bald eagles to heighten awareness of the living world. It is one of only 10 institutions in the U.S. accredited by to a brew house both the American Alliance of Museums and the Newport News is celebrating the 50th anniverAssociation of Zoos and H ampton Tourism Aquariums. Fall exhibits at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News include American Scenery: Different Views in the Hudson River School of Painting, through Oct. 18. This show features 116 luminous landscapes by artists such as Frederic Edwin Church and Jasper Francis Cropsey, who were among the artists working in the Northeast durThe Miss Hampton II sails past the Virginia Air & Space Center on its tour ing the period of 1825 to 1875. of Hampton Roads.
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Insider Tip: On view Oct. 30–Jan. 17 will be “Virginia Made,” celebrating contemporary Virginia artisans and their interpretations of traditional crafts. Artworks comprising of woodworking, glass, and ceramics, will be available for holiday gift giving or as memorable souvenirs of this sampling of contemporary Virginia art. The folks at Endview Plantation are supplementing the attraction’s Civil War history with an emphasis on nature. A new walking trail brochure will highlight the plants and trees of two distinct natural habitats, as well as a natural spring in the stream that bisects it. The trail work is the culmination of more than a year’s effort by scores of volunteers to clear brush, redefine the pathway of the 1/4-mile trail, and identify 40 varieties of trees and plants. Locals are also looking forward to the opening, in late fall, of Tradition Brewing Company, a 20-barrel brew house in Newport News’ centrally located Oyster Point district. In late June, Ironclad Distillery — which plays off the history of the Battle of the Ironclads for its bourbon brand — began making small-batch whiskey in a new downtown venture housed in a 102-year-old dry goods warehouse. continued on page VA-5
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Check out aircraft carriers and submarines at Norfolk Shipyard As the Victory Rover starts up its engines for a tour of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, music on the public address system begins with a military march and then changes into big band sounds. Engines rumble as the vessel heads out into Virginia’s Elizabeth River (named for the sister of King Charles I of England) for a two-hour trip past dry docks, coal piers, loading cranes, and container terminals. But the payoff is seeing a series of huge warships lined up in the water. Paddle-wheel ferries shuttle passengers between Portsmouth and the Norfolk dock. From there, it’s a short walk across Town Point Park to board the tour boat outside the Nauticus Museum. The shipyard’s mission, supported by 9,000 personnel, is to repair and maintain the Navy’s battleships, submarines, destroyers, support craft, and aircraft carriers. Home of our nation’s Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk is also home to one of the world’s largest naval base shipyards. Of the various maintenance facilities, the Navy operates five dry docks and three service piers, but other work is contracted to private companies. Behind the berthed vessels is a 585-acre land complex for Navy housing, schooling, shopping, and recreation. As we near the shipyard, the height of loading cranes becomes shorter due to restricted air space. Net barriers in front of the bows of the berthed ships underscore security concerns. Our captain begins identifying each ship by hull number, firepower capability, and other features. It’s a seascape of battleship gray.
The captain calls out No. 19, for example, to identify the USS Mesa Verde, an armed troop transport named for the Colorado national park, and No. 77, the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, the last of the nuclear-powered behemoths. It had been under construction at Newport News during my previous visit. Overhead, E2C Hawkeyes, early warning aircraft, fly low in the distance.
Board a battleship While you can’t disembark to board any military vessels in the Navy yard, the battleship USS Wisconsin is on display next to the Nauticus Museum and offers an unusual opportunity to visit the huge vessel, which saw service in World War II, the Korean War, and the first Gulf War. Its size — almost as long as eight football fields — boggles the imagination. An admission charge includes a tour within the ship, but visitors are free to wander around on the deck. Inside the Nauticus Museum are Navy and maritime exhibits on three floors. I especially liked the displays on a sailor’s life, off duty and on duty. Although the facility is named Norfolk Naval Shipyard to avoid confusion with a Navy yard in Portsmouth, Maine, it’s actually located in Portsmouth, Va., and the building that chronicles its history is named the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum. The museum features ship models, uniforms, and military artifacts. Equally interesting are the statistics that tell an amazing story of prodigious effort.
During WWII, construction crews built 101 U.S. Navy ships, including the battleship USS Alabama, while others did repair and maintenance work on 6,850 U.S. and allied ships. The last ship built in the shipyard was completed in the early 1950s. Victory Rover operates daily from March through December. Passengers may sit in an open-top deck or an enclosed cabin below with snack bar, beer, and wine. Adult tickets
are $22; children 12 and younger are $14. From Hampton, the vessel Miss Hampton II offers a three-hour tour that also covers Norfolk’s massive Navy base.
For more information Victory Rover tours: navalbasecruises.com Norfolk Tourism: visitnorfolktoday.com
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Naval ships berthed at the Norfolk Naval Station.
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Norfolk’s Nauticus museum traces the area’s maritime heritage and includes the battleship Wisconsin.
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The federal government and the Nature Conservancy helped to preserve the Great Dismal Swamp’s important ecosystem.
The Great Dismal Swamp: What a strange name for more than 112,000 acres of real estate. And, that number doesn’t even include 3,100-acre Lake Drummond, located in the heart of the swamp. Covering southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, this huge wildlife haven opens daily for hiking, biking, and bird watching on designated trails. Organized spring and summer activities include the Birding Festival each April and a butterfly survey for volunteers in July. There are guided nature walks on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, four-hour swamp safaris between Sept. 4 and Dec. 19, and guided canoe trips on Lake Drummond set to resume this fall at a cost of $35 a person. Tickets are required for some organized tours. Swamp safaris including snacks and beverages are $10, but only $8 for military
members and seniors; nature walks are $7 and $5. The annual Swamp Stomp, a half-marathon and 5K run along the Dismal Swamp Canal, returns in April 2016. From Portsmouth, Va., I took a 45-minute drive and toured the swampland in a van on former logging roads with naturalist Penny Lazauskas. Established 41 years ago as a federal property, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is said to be the largest such area in the Mid-Atlantic region, attracting about 90,000 visitors each year. Insider Tip: For a summer trail visit, bring bug repellent, sunscreen, food, and water. The wetland’s name comes from early European settlers who thought that the area was “uninhabitable,” thus “dismal,” explained our guide. Once used as hunting grounds for two native tribes, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, it became a refuge for runaway slaves. At the entrance to Railroad Ditch
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Road, an Underground Railroad Pavilion pays â€œhomage to the slaves,â€? said Lazauskas. The National Park Service has designated the swamp as part of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Despite its reputation as â€œuninhabitable,â€? the fugitives hid in the forest and set up communities. Fortunately for them, hired slave hunters could see only 15 to 20 feet into the swamplandâ€™s dense growth. A town, described as a work camp for logging, actually existed in the Great Dismal Swamp. At one time, there were a half dozen archaeological digs that turned up pieces of pottery and cedar shingles split on the site. Waterfilled ditches along the wetlandâ€™s roads were built to drain the area and transport cedar shake shingles on rafts. The refuge is home to more than 200 species of birds and 90 types of reptiles and amphibians, according to Lazauskas. Handy brochures about the bird species are available online, at trail heads, and at the refugeâ€™s office. Thereâ€™s lots of history here, too, as a young George Washington once surveyed part of it. Washington himself first recommended building the canal in 1793. The landâ€™s last owners had logged the area through the 1960s,
and then donated it to The Nature Conservancy, which deeded it to the government. During the tour, we stopped at Lake Drummond, where visitors can fish, kayak, or canoe in water only 4 to 6 feet deep, said our guide. The water is tannic-acid stained from deteriorated leaves and cypress trees grow eerily in the lakeâ€™s shallow waters. And, yes, wildlife abounds. Although we failed to see any black bears, there was ample evidence of their presence. The swampland is also the habitat of bobcats, beavers, river otters, coyotes, and deer. Lazauskas conducts tours for the City of Suffolk and for Natureâ€™s Calling, her own company. Selfdrive tours require permits available at the entrance to monitor vehicle traffic, but there are no entrance fees. Both the Suffolk, Va., and Chesapeake, Va. tourism sites have information about the Great Dismal Swamp.
For more information Chesapeake Tourism: visitchesapeake.com Refuge information: fws.gov Suffolk Tourism: suffolk-fun.com Natureâ€™s Calling Tours: naturescalling.org
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Harbor cruises and the race to space East of Newport News, in nearby Hampton, locals will insist you get an overview of the area via the breezy, narrated harbor cruise on the doubledecked Miss Hampton II. Local working fishing boats contrast with large cargo ships in harbor with the fleet of the worldâ€™s largest naval installation, Naval Station Norfolk. When Miss Hampton II docks, take a spin on the cityâ€™s antique carousel before a short walk to the Hampton History Museum, where you experience the cityâ€™s timeline â€” which includes pirate personalities, 17th-century Captain John Smith, and Americaâ€™s first astronauts â€” in 10 permanent galleries. Locals take great pride in their strong connection to the beginning of the Space Age. The Virginia Air & Space Center is the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. Featuring â€œAdventures in Flightâ€? and more than 100 hands-on exhibits, the center also showcases permanent displays of the Apollo 12 command module and Orion, Mercury, and Gemini test capsules. â€œSpace Racers: Adventures in Space Explorationâ€? â€” an interactive treat for the youngest space cadets in your party â€” was created with
the help of the animated childrenâ€™s series, Space Racers. Hampton University, founded in 1868 and situated close to downtown, has the oldest African-American museum in the U.S. Stroll through the galleries, comprised of more than 9,000 cultural artifacts, as well as traditional and contemporary artworks. Locals will tell you to visit Fort Monroe National Monument â€” located on Old Point Comfort, where the Hampton Roads harbor meets the Chesapeake Bay â€” in the afternoon for an easy transition to dinner and entertainment at the popular Paradise Ocean Club. The club has been privately developed since the U.S. Army left Fort Monroe four years ago. The renovated exhibits at Fort Monroe go far beyond the cell where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was held after the Civil War and highlight the fortâ€™s construction, its other roles in the Civil War, and even its connection to Edgar Allan Poe. Insider tip: If youâ€™re heading to other areas of Hampton Roads, locals advise avoiding traffic at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel by exiting I-64 East earlier onto Route 664 and the MonitorMerrimac Bridge-Tunnel.
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Colonial charm and dinosaurs are unexpected treats in Va. Beach Virginia Beach has its familiar miles of sandy oceanfront, motels, and boardwalk, but on our last visit we found two unexpected treats. Just off I-64 and soon after entering the city limits, we found The Founders Inn & Spa. Its Colonial red-brick architecture might seem decidedly non-beachy, but the four buildings are on a large campus set back from the major roadways, and sit across a pond from similar buildings at Regent University, giving the resort a Williamsburg air. More than 200 rooms feature a Co-
lonial style with up-to-date amenities and the buildings surround a beautiful formal English garden. The Swan Terrace and Hunt Room restaurants also look out on the garden and pond with its fountain. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet Abigail, the resident mute swan. We found her at the back of the spa, growing a bit impatient for her bowl to be filled at dinner time. Other times, she was swimming serenely in the pond and posing prettily for pictures. The inn’s full-service Flowering Marvi n B ond
Almond Spa offers a host of treatments and services, as well as an indoor pool. But the huge outdoor pool and waterslide attracted more visitors. Trees surrounding the pool offered welcome natural shade, an unusual amenity for a pool. “We offer a free shuttle to the beach, which is about 20 minutes away,” said the inn’s Melissa Georges. “But, many guests get here and discover all they need is right here.” The Founders Inn also provides two dog parks and has designated pet-friendly rooms so Fido can enjoy the vacation as well. The inn’s 25,000 square feet of meeting space are separated from the lodging rooms, but secure T1 lines are available for government meetings. Stroll through the garden, enjoy a drink on the patio, and wander through the antique-filled lobbies. You won’t regret the time you spend at the Founders Inn. Insider tip: The inn is also a great wedding venue, with indoor and outdoor sites, wonderful food, plenty of rooms for guests, and special suites for the bridal couple.
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The animatronic dinosaur exhibit at the Virginia Aquarium is one more reason kids love the attraction.
Across town, the Virginia Aquarium is a great family treat on either sunny or rainy days. There are so many possible activities it can be a bit mind-boggling.
Aside from the aquarium’s marine life, there’s the Living Planet area that exhibits wildlife that inhabited Virginia in earlier times, the Marsh exhibit and walkway, touch tanks, and even seasonal dolphin- or whale-watching boat trips. From large sharks to much smaller marine life, the aquarium’s tanks are an endless variety of color and activity. You’ll see a living coral reef and live coral nursery, as well as a sea turtle nursery. Six turtles were to be released into the wild shortly after our visit. But what drew us back to the attraction for this visit was a new dinosaur exhibit that will remain on view until January. The animatronic figures move and make sounds amid scenes of their natural habitat. Kids and dinosaurs are a natural mix, and the exhibit held several children in fascination while we were there. The aquarium’s Matt Klepeisz said the facility’s stranding response program will be the subject of a fall exhibit aimed at educating local residents and visitors to the aquarium’s professional response team, which should be called when marine animals are found in distress in the area. Virginia Beach offers welcome, if unexpected treats this fall.
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Stars to sea: Losing yourself on Virginia’s Eastern Shore Virginia’s Eastern Shore is full of contradictions. I’ve never been geographically lost here because I grew up on one of the peninsula’s produce farms, but by driving a few miles east or west, I’d run into a tangle of lanes and woodlands opening onto either the Atlantic Ocean or the Chesapeake Bay. I would then back up to find the turn I missed, often having an engaging conversation with a local resident in the process. It’s delightfully easy, on the other hand, to get lost in time and space on this, the East Coast’s longest stretch of undeveloped coastline. Another dichotomy is the area’s heritage and its culinary appeals. English mariners anchored in this part of the bay prior to Jamestown’s settlement in 1607 and I’ve read a sampling of the nation’s oldest continuous court records in Eastville’s courthouse. Yet, I’ve also seen 21st-century aquaculture and viticulture technology employed at aqua farms and wineries along the shore’s culinary trail. Insider Tip: October is Wine and Brine Month, combining local wines and oysters at events throughout the area. Now that summer crowds are gone, fall is the perfect time to explore — by car or by bike — the shore’s seaside and bayside roads, as well as Assateague Island’s nature trails. The wild Chincoteague ponies abound in small herds on the island and are in relaxed mode for photographers, with another year’s Pony Penning event behind them.
located on Route 175 heading onto Chincoteague Island — is a great place to explore. For an astronaut’s-eye view of the planets and moons in our solar system, see the Science on a Sphere Theatre with its stunning visuals produced from scientific data. Look online to find out which special events, such as the Sept. 28 total lunar eclipse, are happening before visiting one of the world’s oldest launch sites. Online planning also ensures visitors don’t miss island events appealing to landlubbers in the family — though the ocean remains an appeal during Virginia’s Indian summer. The Decoy Carvers’ & Artists’ Association Decoy Show over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5–6), as well as the island’s Second Saturday Art Stroll on Sept. 12, always draw visitors to Chincoteague. The upcoming Eastern Shore Birding & Wildlife Festival, Oct. 8–11 — with the annual Oyster Festival on Oct. 10 — appeals to the naturalist, paddler, hiker/biker, and artist (also the seafood-lover). The birding festival is a massive shore-wide event that provides access to locations not usually open to the public, as well as Ch incoteague Tourism
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From NASA’s New Horizons to nautical history With the New Horizons spacecraft hovering in the news for much of the past summer, Wallops Island Flight Facility Visitor Center —
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activities on public lands. Tucked as it is close to sea level, the Eastern Shore’s flat terrain makes it ideal for bicycling novices, as well as for those who want to race through 100 miles a day. On Oct. 24, the 23rd annual Between the Waters Bike Tour will be held. (cbes.org). History becomes more intimate in pastoral field-and-forest settings that haven’t changed much for at least 500 years. Four centuries’ architectural trends can be noted as bicyclists take bayside and seaside roads winding from the county seats of Accomac and Eastville. With its active arts, wine, bed-and-breakfasts, and boutique scene, Cape Charles — at the southern tip of the Eastern Shore — encompasses a hub of activity not seen since its frenetically busy ferry and railroad days in the first half of the last century. Eat fresh, raw oysters to your heart’s content by the water’s edge or in a nearby Irish pub, then pick up evening entertainment here or watch the sun sink slowly into the bay at the Sunset Beach Inn’s beachside cafe, not far from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel entrance. If you’re not traveling across the amazing bridge-tunnel right away, stay the night at Sunset Beach Inn & RV Park or a nearby B&B. Departure the following day leaves time for revisiting nearby Kiptopeke State Park, with its own campsites and amenities, as well as the Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge. I say “revisiting” because an old saying goes that once the sand gets in your shoes, you’ll be returning. I might add that once you taste the salt air and seafood — and see the stars in a pristine environment without a crowd of city lights — you’ll be lost in reverie, without any thought of contradictions.
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American symbols mark every step along the Northern Neck If you were guaranteed a romantic weekend escape just an hour from Washington, would you take it? East of Fredericksburg, a finger of land between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers has more romantic spots in nature peppered with legendary history than you can imagine. In Virginia’s Northern Neck, you
can spy on bald eagles at Caledon State Park, hunt for pre-historic shark teeth on Fossil Beach at Westmoreland State Park, and take in a fabulous culinary event at historic Stratford Hall. A weekend isn’t enough to discover this region’s small towns, local heritage museums, antique shops, and eateries, so plan to stay longer,
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or return to the area once you’ve discovered its pleasures. On the area’s northern border, you’ll find Colonial Beach, which rocks its beach-town feel on the Potomac River. Not far away are the birthplaces of George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Lee’s ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence and later helped forge the U.S. Constitution. They were born on a regal estate called Stratford Hall, which was named for a family home in England. Just east of Stratford Hall, George Washington was born on a farm now operated as a National Historic Landmark. Both places offer informative tours, great walking trails, and water views.
Sample the area’s oysters Taking advantage of September’s Indian summer, Stratford Hall will celebrate its ninth Wine and Oyster Festival, Sept. 19–20, beginning at 11:00am each day. A $20 tasting ticket lets you sample 14 area wines and tour the Great House. Food vendors prepare oysters every which way, and there’s guilt-free oyster slurping thanks to bay-area farmers who’ve succeeded with aquaculture. The once disappearing bivalve is making a comeback and cleaning the Chesapeake Bay to boot. continued on page VA-9
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Festivalgoers enjoy wine, oysters, and a host of vendors during Stratford Hall’s Wine and Oyster Festival.
Local oyster “farmers” bring their harvest to the festival on Sept. 19–20.
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Visitors to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia can aim for ghosts, art, or targets this fall. It’s the season, as Halloween approaches, for brave souls to test their courage by facing the supernatural. They may get more than they bargained for with “Haunted History and Legends of Martinsburg,” a two-hour walking tour of cemeteries and other ghostly sites. Martinsburg is about a 90-minute drive from the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas. Justin Stevens, a Martinsburg native, has been doing the ghost tours for two years. They encompass a wide area in town. “There are too many ghosts here to fit in to just have one set tour,” Stevens said. Martinsburg has 23 historic districts and thousands of historic homes. The tours include the Historic District Tour of old town Martinsburg; the South End Tour, where visitors can go to a haunted former jail; and the Scariest Place Tour, where the most active locations are investigated.
One tour features the Norborne Cemetery on South Queen Street, which Stevens said is the oldest in town, dating from 1772. “There is an entity in there that will push people down. It hasn’t happened to me, but a friend said she felt something behind her, then she said something pushed her. There’s a creepiness to the place. There’s a dark area like a black hole where a psychic told me she saw a Jack the Ripper kind of figure,” Stevens said. At the Green Hill Cemetery, located at Bulleye Road and East Burke Street, shadow figures have been seen amongst the graves. One tour even includes the Apollo Civic Theatre at 128 E. Martin St.
“There are all kinds of urban legends about the Apollo ghost. One is it’s a stagehand named George who fell to his death while working on lights above the stage. Another story says a man was killed while resisting arrest in the early 1900s outside the theater,” Stevens said. The tours cost $12 a person for those 13 and older. They start at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library at 101 W. King St. In the summer, the tours begin at 9:00pm; in the fall 7:00pm. For the fall season, the tours run every Friday and Saturday from Sept. 25– Nov. 7. Reservations are required.
A taste for art If your tastes are more of an artistic nature, Martinsburg’s Berkeley Arts Council Art Works Gallery on North Queen Street offers a Life in the Wild exhibit Sept.2–Oct. 4. This is a juried wildlife art exhibit to celebrate the beauty and diversity of life in the natural world and is the first of its kind in the area. The exhibit is free. “Artwork of all kinds will be featured, from paintings to photographs to 3-dimensional sculptures,” said Melinda Shavers, one of the founders of BAC. “Artists from all over the country have entries, so we will see a nice selection of work, not just from local artists.” About 44 artists have entered works. Rip Smith, a BAC board member, said about 95 pieces were considered by the judges. Another art exhibit, the third annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, runs Oct. 8–Nov. 8. The show will feature works from all media. It is open to local West Virginia artists from the Eastern Panhandle.
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Kick off the fall with leafpeeping in W.Va. state parks From that first speckled trout pulled from a mountain stream to the breathtaking view on a ski lift ride up a ridge to a relaxing soak at an historic spa, West Virginia’s
state parks offer a myriad of memorable experiences. There’s no better time than fall to make some memories of your own. Since West Virginia’s first state
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park, Droop Mountain Battlefield, was dedicated 97 years ago, the Mountain State’s holdings have grown to 36 state parks, eight state forests, and two rail-trail parks. These parks boast 10 lodges, almost 350 cabins, six golf courses, an early 20th-century railroad, and an Ohio River sternwheeler. West Virginia’s special packages and discounts make stays especially economical. Veterans and active military personnel, for instance, receive a year-round 10 percent discount on lodge rooms, cabins, and campsites.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park At serene Canaan Valley Resort State Park, high in Tucker County, guests 60 or older can overnight
Canaan Valley State Park’s renovated lodge features a variety of modern accommodations.
in a standard lodge room Sunday through Thursday for just $65 a night. An even bigger deal: Kids under 17 stay free when bunking with their parents. Canaan offers compelling reasons to visit this fall, including falconry demonstrations Labor Day weekend, day trips to Dolly Sods wilderness area Sept. 26, and the valley-wide Leaf Peeping Festival, Sept. 25–27. The 27th annual festival includes a golf tournament, pet show, duck race, 2K/5K run, car show, parade, Saturday Octoberfest, and, of course, an unimaginable number of beautiful autumn leaves. Even on an ordinary day, Canaan Valley offers dozens of fun things to do. Sporting clays are popular with families as well as
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serious sports people. The rainbow of fire-hued trees make the scenic chairlift ride a popular September activity, while others enjoy seeing the leaves at ground level from a hiking or biking trail behind the lodge. Bike rentals are available on site. Volleyball, swimming in the indoor pool, ladder golf, and corn hole toss are perennial favorites, as is simply gazing at the high valley scenery.
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bocce ball, as well as boat rentals and 7 miles of hiking trails. For those who need even more incentive to make the four-hour drive from Washington, D.C, the Appalachian Fall Festival, held here Sept. 19–20, offers a host of activities, from apple butter making to wine tasting, hayrides, a craft fair, and glass-blowing demonstrations. If you’re a budding naturalist, consider visiting Oct. 2–4, when guests can help experts with banding and surveying migrating birds. Learn to identify fly-
ing fowl by sight and sound. The park teams up with the New Tygart Flyer, Oct. 9–10, to offer a beautiful fall foliage day trip on a mountain railroad. Breakfast and lunch are included in this jaunt to the High Falls of the Cheat River by rail. Overnight and walk-in packages are available, but registration ahead of time is required. Call 304-265-6144 to reserve your seat. continued on page WV-11
Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s neighbor in the valley, Blackwater Falls State Park, will capitalize on its peaceful, rural location Oct. 1–4 with its 26th annual Astronomy Weekend. During the dark skies shortly after the new moon, the park hosts a bevy of astronomers to help visitors appreciate the beauty of the night skies. The weekend includes workshops, speakers, and night star parties for novices and professionals alike.
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Tygart Lake State Park Tygart Lake State Park, located 30 minutes from Morgantown, near Grafton, lies on the shores of 10-mile-long Tygart Lake. Walleye, musky, crappie, perch, and catfish, as well as prized West Virginia golden trout, lurk in the cooler fall waters. Visitors can enjoy volleyball, horseshoes, and
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Find the unexpected on a West Virginia getaway Sure, you can drive the interstate to get from here to there in the fastest time, but taking the back roads gives you a closer look at nature and quirky places that make any trip memorable. That’s certainly true of West Virginia. When was the last time you came across a gardener who sings
to his lemon trees? An insane asylum tourism attraction? A restaurant in a church? A giant metal rooster? One way to enjoy the state’s twisting roads and spectacular mountain scenery is atop a motorcycle. For several riders, a recent trip from Charles Town in the eastern panhandle southwest
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The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum attracts history-lovers and ghosthunters alike.
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to Charleston, the state capital, involved many stops for sightseeing and hearty meals. Routes 50 and 60 were among favorite roads during the five-day journey. Charles Town wasn’t much fun for abolitionist John Brown, who was hanged there in 1859, but today it’s a mecca for thoroughbred horse racing and gambling enthusiasts. Adding to the mix at Hollywood Casino is a new event center that features concerts and comedy acts. A pretty drive by the Shenandoah River leads to the Bloomery Plantation Distillery, where moonshine is turned into the distillery’s tart SweetShine. Free samples of the 10 liqueurs, including hard lemonade, black walnut, and chocolate raspberry, are served in the cozy tasting room of the 1840s building. In the greenhouse, gardener Jim Rick sings to the lemon trees to encourage growth. “These trees have heard everything from Abba to Zappa,” he said. In Fairmont, return to frontier days at Prickett’s Fort State Park. Originally a refuge for settlers from Indian raids in 1774, the reconstructed log fort has lots of nooks and crannies to explore. For a return to a 1950s atmosphere, eat at Poky Dot restaurant. Steaks and seafood are noteworthy at Aquarium Lounge, restored after a devastating fire. Another spot for a tour, meal, spirits, and music is Heston Farm Winery and Distillery. Its Foxfire restaurant and summer courtyard concerts make for a fun evening. The unofficial “greeter” is Jade, a former bomb-sniffing dog in Iraq. And, for a sip of old-fashioned mead (wine made with honey), seek out Mountain Dragon Mazery, where owners Tom and Ruth Ann Maltby are dedicated to “bringing back lost flavors.”
Insanely interesting A fascinating stop is the TransAllegheny Lunatic Asylum. With its massive and foreboding stone
exterior and barred windows, it looms like a vulture in Weston. A guide dressed like Nurse Ratched locks the heavy wooden doors behind you as you begin the tour. You’re led through a maze of wards, corridors, and stairways in the hospital, which was in operation from 1864 to 1994 and once held up to 2,600 patients. Peeling paint and sparse furniture highlight most rooms, but an abundance of natural light reduces the creepiness factor. There are solitaryconfinement rooms, a building for the criminally insane, and a gloomy medical building complete with morgue. The administration building and one ward have been restored. The guide has stories about a murder at the institution, female patients being wrongly committed by mean husbands, and methods once thought as curative for mental illness, such as lobotomies and electroshock. The tour arouses many emotions, especially sadness, and it’s a relief to be back outside in the fresh air. It’s no surprise the asylum is said to be haunted; the brave can take an overnight paranormal tour. After lunch at the highly rated Thyme Bistro, watch a glassblowing demonstration at Appalachian Art Glass. The gift shop has a dazzling collection of glass objects, including flowers and friendship balls. The stone-cut Lambert’s Winery has rocking chairs available for free tastings. Insider tip: Wednesday nights offer a rollicking good time with pizza, wine, and music outdoors. The Stonewall Resort is a place to pamper yourself. Take a relaxing cruise on the lake, and enjoy the luxury resort’s many amenities, such as a spa, fishing, hiking, and golf.
Picturesque vistas Fayetteville is another highlight, especially for meals. Enjoy thick whole-grain pancakes beneath the stained-glass windows at Cathedral
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Lively music resonateS at American Mountain Theater “We do ask that you hold your applause until we do something,” says Kenny Sexton, his voice dripping with Southern honey. The host sets a humorous tone at the outset of the show at the American Mountain Theater. The audience sits back to enjoy an evening of pure entertainment. For nine years, a talented troupe of professional musicians and singers — mostly related by blood or marriage — have churned out wholesome Branson-style variety shows in the little town of Elkins, W.Va. The shows change every year, but follow a winning formula of diverse musical genres and comic relief. The premier two-hour show features the band playing a variety of instruments, with individual performers spotlighted in solos or different groupings. The music ranges from country to rock to gospel to patriotic. Two of the performers are Sexton’s wife, Beverly, and her sister, Susie, who are show biz veterans. Sexton and Denny Franks banter between
songs, and comic impersonations of James Brown, Frank Sinatra, and The Monkees are hilarious. “It makes us laugh and it’s contagious,” says Sexton about the comedy. Besides the premier show, the theater also has a “History of American Music Show” on selected dates and a “Christmas Spectacular,” Nov. 27–Dec. 20. Two concert series with southern gospel and bluegrass themes bring in outside groups. The theater draws some 30,000 visitors during the season, which runs from April to December. The audience sits in a roomy auditorium. Veterans, those with birthdays, and special groups are recognized at intermission. There’s popcorn and a gift shop in the lobby, and the cast comes out to greet patrons after the show. “Did you have fun?” a troupe member asks a little boy after a recent show. The child happily hops up and down in response. “We’re not plastic. The show is real,” says
Sexton, when asked about the key to the theater’s success. The theater owns the nearby Isaac Jackson Hotel and 1863 Grill and offers various package deals. Get a box of the Grill’s out-of-this world cinnamon rolls to go. If you prefer a dinner theater, Elkins also has the Gandy Dancer Theatre & Conference Center. Performers showcase a variety of musical styles from the 1950s to the present, along with family-friendly comedy.
Artifacts to art shows Elkins, about a 200-mile drive from Washington, D.C., has other cultural highlights. One is the little-known Stirrup Gallery inside the Myles Center for the Arts at Davis & Elkins College. The nucleus of the gallery is the Darby Collection, some 10,000 items donated to the college in 1943 by Hosea M. Darby, an Elkins architect. Ranging from the Stone Age to the early 20th century, the artifacts include American
Nestled in the heart of the Appalachians, Randolph County, WV offers dazzling activities to compliment the beautiful fall scenery with hundreds of miles of mountain views and lush river valleys that offer motorcycle enthusiasts the rides of a lifetime,
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Our spectacular Route 33, that runs through the county, offers 11 stops that guarantee to thrill a family including the Town of Elkins, which was named in the Top 100 Best U.S. Small Art Towns, Mountain Rail Adventures aboard any of the four train excursions, wonderful Fall Festivals including the Mountain State Forest Festival, one of West Virginia’s oldest events plus two live, “Branson Style” Musical Theaters that provides wonderful family entertainment. History, heritage, music and art, combined with some of America’s most beautiful mountain forest, are all reasons to visit Randolph County in “Almost Heaven” West Virginia. For more information: 1.800.422.3304
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Indian pottery and baskets, firearms and other weapons, glassware, metalware, and Americana items. The gallery’s collection of 300 powder horns is considered among the best in the country. Visitors are invited to handle some items, says curator Mark Lanham. The college’s Augusta Heritage Center, which is on West Virginia’s Mountain Music Trail, hosts a variety of performances, classes, and folklife programs. Its next event is October Old-Time Week and Old-Time Fiddlers Reunion, Oct.
18–25, featuring live music, fine craft, and homegrown items. Downtown Elkins will be the scene of the Mountain State Forest Festival, Sept. 26–Oct. 4, with fine arts and crafts, live music, and parades. The Randolph County Community Arts Center, housed in a former church, also offers art exhibitions. While you’re in Elkins, pick up a brochure for a self-guided tour of the historic district, which has many turn-of-the-20th-century buildings. A variety of excursions aboard the vintage pas-
senger trains of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad leave from the restored Elkins train depot. Among them are scenic rides, children’s events, dinner trains, and murder mystery trips.
For more information American Mountain Theater: americanmountaintheater.com Gandy Dancer Theatre: gandydancertheatre.com West Virginia Tourism: wvtourism.com
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On target If you want to see some of the best marksmanship in the world, head for the 2015 NRA World Shooting Championship, Sept.24–26, at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Gerrardstown, located about 12 miles outside of Martinsburg. Peacemaker National Training Center is the largest shooting sports complex on the East Coast. The facility has 17 ranges to support every type of competitive and recreational firearms use. The Eastern Panhandle’s eclectic array of fall activities can suit just about everyone’s taste.
For more information Ghost tours: 304-261-7470 Martinsburg Tourism: travelwv.com World Shooting Championship: peacemakernational.com
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Leaf Peeping For Less! Our brilliant colors are on display this fall! Start your breathtaking tour on our rail trail where reflections in the mighty Monongahela River deliver twice the color. Hike to Coopers Rock for a spectacular fall display 1,200 ft. above Cheat Canyon. Then ride through the colorful canopy on our three zip lines. Combine your autumn tour with a fall family event below!
Make Reservations at tourmorgantown.com Morgantown Marathon Sept. 19-20
Wine & Jazz Festival Sept. 19-20
Preston County Buckwheat Festival Sept. 24-27
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Find cowboys and fall colors in Tucker County S teve S h aluta
Fall foliage frames Blackwater Falls, one of West Virginia’s most photographed spots.
This fall, there are many reasons to visit scenic Tucker County, W.Va., where colorful leaves arrive sooner because of the high altitude and the travel time is an hour less thanks to recently completed highways. Some of the happenings center around Timberline Four Seasons Resort (timberlineresort.com), including a Pro Mountain Bike Race on Sept. 6. It’s the fourth stop for the 2015 Maxxis Gravity East Series, the East Coast’s preeminent downhill race series. Timberline adds a fourth state to the 9-yearold series and more than 1,000 vertical feet to the ride. Many top mountain bikers have used the series as a training ground. Timberline returns to the Old West for its annual Summer Frontier Weekend, Sept. 25–26. Gussy up in your western-style clothes to watch a live shootout on horseback, experience an authentic cow camp and a chuck wagon with barbecue ribs, and square dance to old western and mountain music by the Saddle Tramps. On Sept. 26, view the fall leaves on horseback during the Autumn Color Mountain Trail Rides. Chairlift rides and mountain biking are available both days. The Canaan Valley Resort State Park (canaanresort.com) hosts the annual Leaf Peepers Festival Sept. 25–27. Activities include 2K and 5K runs, a food and craft fair, Oktoberfest, car show, parade, golf tournament, and plenty of fall foliage to enjoy. As the locals say, you can “Get Tucker’d” exploring the county’s many hiking and biking trails, including several rail trails. Both
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Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls state parks offer interpretive hikes on their trails. You can give your feet a rest while rafting on the Cheat, Dry Fork, and Laurel Fork rivers. Or, take to some of the quieter waters for a canoe, kayak, or float adventure.
Whatever your outdoor pleasure, there are outfitters ready to help with gear, maps, recommendations, and trips.
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The focal point of Berkeley Springs has always been the warm mineral springs where George Washington once bathed. In fact, his stone “bath tub” still sits in Berkeley Springs State Park. The Roman bath house, modern spa, and the springs museum are all draws to the historic town, but on Sept. 20, Oct. 4, and Oct. 18, an additional attraction enters the equation: Art in the Park. In its ninth year, Art in the Park showcases the nationally known artists living in this eclectic artsy town. Exhibits run 10:00am– 4:00pm, rain or shine. Know how to summon a hog? Find out at Berkeley Springs’ annual Apple Butter Festival, Oct. 9–11. Hog-calling is just one of many activities. Mike Colyer and the Tonehounds will be opening the festivities Saturday morning with blues, swing, jazz, and a bit of rock ‘n’ roll. Visitors can participate in apple butter making and sampling, as well as browse an array of crafts, produce, and antiques laid out along the streets surrounding the park.
For more information Leaf peeping is an art form in Tucker County, W.Va.
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The name of another popular local restaurant, The Secret Sandwich Society, makes you want to check it out. Go to Pies & Pints for creative craft pizza and beer. When you see the gristmill,
rushing water, and giant boulders at Babcock State Park in Clifftop, you’ll understand why it’s among the most photographed spots in the state. Likewise, a large metal rooster outside River Expedition’s W V Tourism
Red Dog River Saloon has inspired more than one tipsy photographer. Stay in cabins or tents at the adventure resort, which features whitewater rafting, zip lining, mountain biking, horseback riding, and paintball. A scenic drive takes you past the dramatic New River Gorge, where Bridge Day draws thousands in October, and Hawks Nest State Park. In Charleston, it’s pleasant to hear live bands at an outdoor amphitheater on Friday nights in summer. Shop at Capitol Market for produce, flowers, and other treats. This group of motorcyclists joined other riders at the annual Run for the Wall rally at the West Virginia Capitol honoring veterans. Read about many of the state’s heroes in the West Virginia Division of Tourism’s new booklet, “West Virginia’s Military Heritage.”
For more information Lambert’s winery is among West Virginia’s growing number of vineyards.
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Every fall has a tale to tell; spend a chapter in Ranson. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, Ranson boasts sun-sational options for families, couples, or group getaways— just an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C.
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Northern Neck continued from page VA-8 Four area oyster growers will be at the Stratford Hall festival and, if the pairing of oysters and wine isn’t enough, the event will offer children’s activities, everything Harley-Davidson, local artists’ and craftsmen’s wares, gardening and beekeeping displays, and creative food choices. Tickets are discounted for non-tasters. Lodging is available on the estate and a packaged tour to other key area attractions may be purchased through the end of September. Another great place to overnight is the casually elegant Tides Inn of Irvington. Known as a golfer’s haven surrounded by tidal creeks and estuaries, the Tides offers romantic cruises, tennis, quiet relaxation, and delicious, traditionally prepared meals. The Tides is more than a stone’s throw from George Washington’s birthplace, but still close, especially without freeway traffic. Special discounts are available for veterans. Up Route 3 from Irvington in Warsaw is Menokin, where an engaging archaeological project is in the making. This grand house was built in the mid-1700s for Francis Lightfoot Lee, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The Menokin Foundation calls the ghost of a home that now exists “Rubble with a Cause.” Harvard architecture grad school students have taken up the cause and are designing a glass structure for visitors to examine one of the most sophisticated residences of Colonial America. Today, you
can see an orientation video, tour the estate, and watch and talk to archaeologists. A recent traveler said, “Menokin makes a great day trip for anyone from the most casual traveler to the serious scholar interested in American history, architecture, or preservation.”
Watch eagles soar If wildlife watching is your passion, you’ll find plenty to satisfy you in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Three state parks, the Virginia Birding Trail, a national park, historic estates, and wide-open farmland protect waterfowl, birds of prey, migratory songbirds, and mammals. The bald eagle roosts in the trees at Caledon State Park. Just outside the window of the visitors center there’s a re-created bald eagle’s nest nearly 8 feet wide that provides startling insight into the majestic habitat of the eagle. Great illustrations and taxidermy in the visitors’ center teach
important lessons about old baldy. Find out about the many state park events in the Northern Neck at dcr.virginia.gov. The Westmoreland County Museum offers an insight into more than just local heritage with its exhibits relating to luminaries ranging from William Pitt to Lord Fairfax to Robert E. Lee. A newly created Artisan Trail leads to area crafters, jewelers, painters, furniture makers, and more.
For more information Northern Neck Tourism: northernneck.org
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Celebrating fall’s tasty harvest all around Mecklenburg County The concept of “farm-to-fork” fare has gained popularity in big cities as well as small towns, but in regions like southern Virginia, where pastures and edible plants far outweigh the plants of the industrial kind, farm-to-fork isn’t really a new approach to eating; it’s the natural thing to do. Mecklenburg County, south of Richmond along the Virginia-North Carolina border, displays miles of scenic woodlands, rolling pastures dotted with grazing cows, and crops that are lovingly tended and harvested. Keeping with the spirit of Southern hospitality, many farms aren’t just for viewing — they’re for visiting, too.
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From the farm Shopping is a treat at Grandfather’s Country Creations.
Start at Crickets Cove Farm &
Forge in Victoria, where Marianne Cicala and her husband, Jim Cooper, specialize in permaculture, a type of organic farming practice that uses no fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. “It makes a huge difference when you can literally walk through and see the partnership with plants and see how beautiful and delicious food is in its natural state,” Cicala said. You can learn more about natural gardening techniques by attending one of the farm’s workshops, which offer classroom-style instruction on sustainability, companion planting, biodynamics, and handson participation in garden layouts. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as primitive camping on the creek, are all included in the weekend. The next workshop is Oct. 9–11. (cricketscove.net)
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The President Requests the Pleasure of Your Company . . . Revolutionary War Hero; Ambassador; Congressman; Senator; Secretary of State; Secretary of War; Governor of Virginia; President of the United States; Author of the Monroe Doctrine. At the James Monroe Museum, explore the life and legacy of one of our nation’s most popular and respected public servants. The Fredericksburg area also offers excellent dining, shopping, and lodging, all within 50 miles of Richmond, VA and Washington, DC.
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Mighty Oaks Farm in Boydton offers free farm tours with opportunities to meet its dairy goats, freerange chickens, and honeybees. (mightyoaksfarm.net) In South Hill, you’ll find Hammten Farms, where you can buy the pork and poultry that is raised without the use of chemicals, pesticides, GMOs, soy, hormones, or antibiotics. (hammten farms.com) The Taylor-Wright Farm in Broadnax is a sixth-generation operation that encourages visitors to the 180-acre farm raising all-natural pigs, goats, turkeys, and chickens. The farm has earned an animal welfare certification. (thetaylorwright farmcompany.com)
To the fork Purchase your meat from TaylorWright to go, or simply pull up a stool at The Horseshoe Restaurant in South Hill. This seemingly holein-the-wall diner serves up an extraordinary selection of menu items, including peach and prosciutto pizza or blueberry balsamic pork chops — far from your typical diner fare. At Cooper’s Landing Inn & Traveler’s Tavern in Clarksville, patrons may savor a tasty brunch on the patio or a delightful dinner in one of their elegantly adorned dining rooms. The menu changes seasonally to incorporate local fruits and vegetables, so you can always expect
something fresh and memorable. (cooperslandinginn.net)
Spirited sips Nothing pairs with the fine flavors of southern Virginia like a glass of local wine. Rosemont of Virginia, located in LaCrosse, is a historic estate winery offering a spectrum of wines, from merlot and Bourdeaux to traminette and pinot grigio, with some lighter, sweeter selections also available. (rosemontofvirginia.com) Gravitate toward a sweeter selection at Three Sisters of Shiney Rock Winery in Clarksville, producing muscadine, scuppernong, and blackberry wines. (threesistersofshineyrock. com) American Way Country Wines in Chase City focuses on fruit wines crafted with ripe peaches, blackberries, cherries, elderberries, apples, and even pumpkins to create unique, fruitful batches. (americanwaycountrywines.com) Wine isn’t the only beverage fermenting in these parts. At Bondurant Brothers Distillery in Chase City, brothers Robert and Joe obtain corn and barley from local farmers for use in crafting apple and peach brandy, aged corn whiskey, and moonshine in an array of flavors. The Bondurant family is no stranger to stills and has quite the moonshining history; in fact, the movie Lawless was loosely
based on the brothers’ grandfather and great uncles who sold moonshine during Prohibition. Robert said they chose Chase City because of the excellent water quality and the town’s character. “There’s a world of people that drive through Chase City every day,” Robert noted. “We’re going to get them to stop.” The distillery will offer tours by appointment when it opens in the near future. (bondurantbrothersdistillery.com)
Fall fun Sip and savor to your heart’s content at the South Hill Wine Festival, Sept. 19, featuring regional wineries, artists, music, and food. You can enjoy moonshine and wine tastings
paired with live music at the Sept. 26 Shine & Wine Festival held at Chase City Municipal Airport. On Oct. 3, the first Big Buggs Island Blues Bash brings on the music 3:00–11:00pm in Clarksville, with a variety of blues performers, arts and crafts, and alcohol available for purchase. Southern Virginia makes it easy to follow your food from the farm to the fork, so roll up your sleeves to play in the dirt a little, then savor all that the region has to offer, from sumptuous plates to luscious sips — all of which are worth celebrating.
For more information Mecklenburg Co. Tourism: visitmeckva.com
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After exploring the tastes of Mecklenburg County, enjoy a romantic cabin at Occoneechee State Park near Clarksville.
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Wytheville: Enjoy views of wild and wooly southwest Virginia From almost anywhere in Wytheville, Va., you see mountains. In autumn, they flare up in gold, maroon, and orange. In fact, fall is a
wonderful time to roam this southwest Virginia area, sampling wine, visiting the exotic animal park, touring the reconstructed 1500s Indian
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village, taking in authentic old-time music, and hiking in the hills. Trails to magnificent views lie within minutes of downtown Wytheville and I-81 (about four-and-ahalf hours from Washington, D.C.). Sand Mountain, nestled up against south Wytheville like a protective mother animal, rises 3,721 feet just beyond town limits. The town recently developed a former mountain reservoir into 1,800-acre Crystal Springs Recreation Area. The 180-degree view from its cliffs, called High Rocks, is one of the best around. Hikers and mountain bikers have 13 miles of trail and a small waterfall to explore, as well as free camping at several primitive and more developed sites.
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The Big Walker Country Store is a longstanding landmark in Wythe County and part of one of Virginia’s oldest privately owned attractions.
Fort Chiswell Animal Park is only a few miles off I-81, but an outing there feels like a flash trip to another continent — although with wallabies, wildebeests, camels, ostriches, and
other exotics, it’s hard to determine which continent. Owner Jeff Archer converted a cattle farm to “outback” for at least 70 roaming animals. Visitors board a striped bus, feeding the critters that poke their heads through open windows for “zoo chow.” Expect to touch camels, water buffalo, bison, ostriches, wildebeest, and zebras. Zookeeper Heidi Crosky gives a running commentary with little asides such as “keep fingers away from the buffalo” and “the wildebeests have charged our bus,” that keep the trip interesting. Nearby West Wind Farm Winery 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 the white riesling is the most popular. Sweeter wines, a blackberry and a peach, are also available. “We try to cater to everyone, from those trying their first wine to conS u Clauson- W icker
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noisseurs,” said owner Paul Hric. The winery is open daily for tastings and holds concerts the first Saturday of the month.
Highland history and vistas North of Wytheville, the Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum at Bastian gives a glimpse of earlier history. The archeological remains of a village from about 1500 were unearthed during the construction of I-77. A re-created village, costumed interpreters, and a museum explain camp life from that time, including cooking and chores. If you take scenic Route 52 to Bastian, you’ll pass over Big Walker Lookout, a panoramic overlook at 3,405 feet. For $5, you can climb another 100 feet up the observation tower, where the wind is always blowing. If you prefer terra firma, hike the short trail to Monster Rock Overlook. Lookout General Store sells soap, preserves, needlework, and crafts by 30 local artisans as well as “tower high” ice cream cones daily. Owner Ron Kime ensures that apple butter simmers in a copper kettle over an open fire on fall weekends. Toe-tapping Crooked Road music and craft demonstrations entertain visitors here every weekend through October.
Tour, eat, shop The 1840 Fort Chiswell Mansion, perched serenely above the I-77/I-81 junction, boasts three levels of sumptuously furnished rooms, accessed by a central staircase. After the tour, lunch is farmfresh food, cooked or pickled in the winter kitchen and grown locally, often by owner/chef Chris Disibbio. Wythe County’s antique malls make this the spot to furnish your own mansion, whether it be with 18th-century German furniture, lace curtains, or watermelon kitsch. A $29 mink hat, $38 rose tea set, and $150 handmade wedding quilt are a few of the finds at Snooper’s Antique Mall and Old Fort Antiques, located along I-81 near Fort Chiswell. The Farmer’s Daughter in downtown Wytheville is a find in itself. This magical boutique, decked out in silk and parasols, is the place to get designers’ samples for ultra-low prices. Owner Tracy Holliday invites everyone to play her art-object piano in the center of the store.
Learn more Wytheville Tourism: visitwytheville.com
Nightlife Follow Wytheville’s live music trail for true-toits-roots bluegrass and old-time toe tapping tunes. At Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, the rock ‘n’ roll
d W Y TH E V IL L E ’ S W IL S O N Edith Bolling Wilson brought her commonsense Wytheville upbringing to Washington and then to the White House when she married President Woodrow Wilson 100 years ago, on Dec. 15, 1915. You can visit her birthplace and museum in Wytheville and learn more about her business acumen and how she aided her husband in running the country after he suffered a debilitating
era lingers, interspersed with country and gospel. Music, dancing, fabulous costumes, and tasty regional fare served by actors make the theater a magical evening or afternoon — a perfect cap to a magical weekend in mountain country.
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stroke while in office. (edithbollingwilson.org) The Wilson connection is also celebrated across the street at the Bolling Wilson Hotel, a boutique hotel in a historic building that has a definite contemporary flair and beds that visitors praise as the best they ever slept in. The hotel features a rooftop area with great views and the Graze on Main restaurant. (bollingwilsonhotel.com)
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Blue Ridge Folklife Festival shines among autumn pleasures Franklin County may be tucked away in its own idyllic corner of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, but the bounty of terrific attractions make a great getaway from the city. Rocky Mount rocks with top-drawer concerts at the new and acoustically brilliant Harvester B lue R id ge Institute
Performance Center — among the county’s lively stops along the Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail. High-quality, yet affordable, locally made creations from glassworks to oils to jewelry will fill your bags. For cool cultural lore, it’s hard to beat the Blue Ridge Institute’s exhibits about the “Moonshine Capital of the World.” Booker T. Washington National Monument brings biography and history to life. For outdoor recreation, you can paddle shaded, scenic rivers or cruise placid Smith Mountain Lake with its 500 miles of shoreline. At Bridgewater Plaza, rent a boat or dock one by the boardwalk to hit the shops and chow down at super-friendly Moosie’s or another local restaurant. You can even rent a houseboat to explore the lake for a weekend or a full week.
October brings the Folklife Festival But to completely jam-pack your getaway, visit during the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival on Oct.
24. Edged by spectacularly hued fall foliage, the acreage of Blue Ridge Institute’s 1800s-era living history Farm Museum, across the street from the institute’s quarters, blossoms into a carnival of heritage crafts and traditions. Guitar and harmonica workshops, moonshine still demos, moonshine maker and chaser tales, sheepherding, blacksmithing, and pumpkin butter and apple butter making are all on tap as 50 craftspeople preserve fine old ways of making useful things. You’ll also see dozens of classic and vintage cars, many of which roared along Franklin County’s otherwise peaceful country roads and made the area a hot rod hotspot. “The festival is special because the people participating in the festival are showcasing the folkways and customs that were handed down in their families and communities,” explains the institute’s Roddy Moore. “This is their heritage — not something that was learned in a classroom, but from people in their folk group.”
Making split oak baskets is among the traditional folk arts practiced at the festival.
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Young Folklife Festival attendees learn the art of weaving among the many different folk arts demonstrated at the event on Oct. 24.
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Ganell Marshall began making her delightful cornshuck dolls in 1960 and has been a festival draw since 1998. Visitors come from afar “to touch base with the way life used to be.” Here in southwestern Virginia, “if we wanted something in particular, we made it,” she explains. Al Stewart carves Blue Ridge Nature Sticks, beautiful walking sticks and canes embellished with animals carved and painted to look life-like. “Animals and nature go together,” he says, smiling. Another standout is the handmade quilts. Pleasant Quilters’ Libby Bondurant loves the festival for “unique
demonstrations that capture history of the area.” And, it’s one the whole family can enjoy together, right down to old-time games that engage mind and body in the sunshine. Food? Come hungry! Blue Ridge blue ribbon-worthy specialties include kettle coffee, flakey biscuits, cake donuts, mountain stews, fresh cider, crispy-sweet autumn apples, and even fried apple pie. The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival has been a prized fall tradition for four decades. Spread across Ferrum College’s campus and farm museum
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Guitarist Wayne Henderson entertains during the Blue Ridge Institute’s Folklife Festival.
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Festival continued from page VA-15 grounds, the festival is held rain or shine, is accessible, and raises money for area nonprofit organizations. Adult tickets are $10; ages 5 to 15 and 60 and older are $5. Parking is free. There’s plenty to see at the freeadmission Blue Ridge Institute, with exhibitions rivaling those of big city museums in fascination. The current exhibit spotlights Virginia’s rural family farm canneries, which operated seasonally from the late 1800s to the 1950s. The well-curated gallery displays vintage photos, canning equipment, and hundreds of beautiful labels, many designed by young art school graduates. The labels depict luscious
fruits and veggies, some delightfully animated. Representing yesteryear brands such as Pride of Franklin, Smith River Pie Peaches, and Bald Knob, they evoke nostalgia for mature visitors and enchant younger ones. The canneries operated 24 hours a day during the season; for many women, this was their only chance to make money. Leave time for the institute’s gift shop. Under-$5 apple-themed decor, Day-Glo moonshine T-shirts, oldschool kitchen gear, and other swag will make unique holiday gifts for friends, family, and yourself.
Before you go Franklin Co. Tourism: visitfranklincountyva.org Blue Ridge Folklife Festival: blueridgefolklifefestival.org
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Special programs to honor Antietam’s ‘bloodiest day’ The Sesquicentennial may be over, but recent events serve as a reminder that Americans are still “sorting out” the history and legacy of the Civil War. Perhaps no place provides a more appropriate setting for reflection than Western Maryland’s Antietam Battlefield, which is not only the site of the war’s bloodiest day, but the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with 23,000 casualties. At dawn on Sept. 17, visitors can join park rangers for a special sunrise program followed by hikes exploring the battlefield with its stunning and tragic, yet notable, landmarks. That weekend, Sept. 19–20, take in the living history programs at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum in nearby Keedysville. There, visualize real events while intermingling with veteran reenactors portraying Union Army of the Potomac officers and soldiers. For a more graphic representation of the war, visit Pry Farm’s original threshing barn, which was used as a field hospital after the battle. Members of the Blue and Gray Hospital Association, a Civil War medicine living history group of surgeons and nurses based in Pennsylvania, will demonstrate a variety of period medical practices, including emergency care, table surgery, and medicine continued on page 20
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hether your interest is in the causes for Confederacy, the struggle for Union or the fight for Freedom, you’ll find it at The American Civil War Museum. In Richmond and Appomattox.
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Antietam continued from page 19 manufacture. And, to really grab the imagination, be sure to check the on-site displays of medical tools and implements used during the Battle of Antietam and throughout the Civil War, pondering the efficacy of such devices compared to today’s
medical technology. The Civil War Impressionists Association will also be encamped on the Pry Farm, portraying Gen. George B. McClellan and his headquarters staff, which used Pry Farm as headquarters during the Battle of Antietam. Meet and greet the general, who will field your questions. And, be sure to keep a sharp eye out for his boss, President Abraham Lincoln, who is rumored to be coming to consult Little Mac in the battle’s aftermath. McClellan brought 90,000 troops to the first battle of the war fought on Northern soil, compared with Gen. Robert E. Lee’s 45,000 Confederates. While the battle was effectively a draw, it prevented Lee from advancing into the North and gave Lincoln the opportunity to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
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John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tours Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26. Follow the route John Wilkes Booth took from Ford’s Theater through Southern Maryland and into Virginia’s Caroline County, where he was killed. This is a 12-hour, fully narrated bus tour. (surrattmuseum.org)
Where 19th-century culture mingles with the ghosts of the Lincoln assassination story.
Your most vivid memory of this visit may be one you can take home and view time and again, because wet-plate photographer John Milleker will be demonstrating the Civil War-era collodion process of photography. For a unique souvenir, get imaged on a oneof-a-kind wet plate. And while there, linger a bit — you just might witness Milleker photographing Lincoln and McClellan in their epic meeting at Sharpsburg, where the president expressed his displeasure that McClellan did not aggressively pursue his foe.
Fall of Richmond Walking Tour Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. Explore what happened in the fateful last days of the Confederate capital and
the initial Federal occupation by visiting the places where major events took place. The walking tour covers about 2 miles, beginning at the Museum of the Confederacy. (acwm.org) Spirits of New Market Tour Oct. 31. Go along for a lantern tour of the New Market Battlefield on the evening of the battle during which cadets from Virginia Military Institute participated. Hear the thoughts of the participants.
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MARYLAND STATE FAIR Through Sept. 7. Rides and games, traditional fair and local farm fresh food, thousands of exhibits, live thoroughbred horse racing, and entertainment. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, Md. 410-252-0200, ext. 227, marylandstatefair.com MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Through Oct. 25. The festival includes entertainers, 10 stages, a 3,000 seat jousting arena, craft shops, food and beverage emporiums, games, and attractions. 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Md. 800-296-7304, rennfest.com
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MONTY ALEXANDER JAZZ FESTIVAL Sept. 3–6. A Labor Day Weekend tradition features Monty Alexander and a host of friends, including Rene Marie, Eric Alexander, Alicia Olatuja, and Caterina Zapponi, plus a free Saturday morning concert by the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band. Easton, Md. chesapeakechambermusic.org LABOR DAY GOSPEL SINGING Sept. 4–6. Bring your chairs to sit back and fill your heart and soul with live gospel bluegrass music at Dominion Valley Park. 481 Dominion Valley Lane, Stuart, Va. 276-694-4245, dominionvalleyllc.com LABOR DAY SPECTACULAR Sept. 4–7. Includes an arts and crafts show, chairlift rides, and live music. 11 Grassy Ridge Road, Wintergreen, Va. 800-2662444, wintergreenresort.com KENSINGTON LABOR DAY ART SHOW Sept. 5–7. Some 120 artists participating, with 500 pieces of artwork in all media on display. Kensington Armory, Kensington, Md. 301-807-6890, montgomeryart.org LABOR DAY CAPITOL CONCERT Sept. 6, 3:00–11:00pm. In addition to patriotic classics, the concert will include music that highlights the American landscape, from Stephen Flaherty’s American River Suite to the little town of Mudville in Casey at the Bat. U.S. Capitol West Lawn, First Street SE, Washington, D.C. kennedy-center.org
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NATIONAL HARD CRAB DERBY Sept. 4–6. Includes crab races and crab picking contests, a parade, boat docking, a carnival, arts and crafts, seafood, entertainment, and fireworks. 715 Broadway, Crisfield, Md. 410968-2500, nationalhardcrabderby.com EPICURIENCE VIRGINIA Sept. 4–6. Visitors can taste from more than 40 vendors and enjoy expanded food options. Wine seminars will be open for attendees in the education tent sponsored by Virginia Wine, and a VIP tent will feature exclusive tastings. Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, Va. 703-669-2002, epicvirginia.com AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL Sept. 4–6. An impressive cast of big name acts, featuring more than 30 bands over three days playing on a 60-footwide and 60-foot-tall stage on the beach. Virginia Beach, Va. beachstreetusa.com ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL Sept. 4–6. Fantastic foods, special children’s area, grand parade, cultural events, and queen’s pageant. Three stages of on-going entertainment. Clarksburg, W.Va. 304-622-7314, wvihf.com NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL Sept. 5, 10:00am–10:00pm. The festival will feature more than 100 distinguished authors across many fields and in all genres of writing, with audiences ranging from young readers to adults. Pavilions will be dedicated to children, history and biography, fiction and mystery, and other genres. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. loc.gov/bookfest
ARDEN FAIR Sept. 5, 10:00am–6:00pm. Vendors offering handmade crafts and jewelry and 50 antique and flea market dealers. The fair features music in the grove, food, drink, amusement rides, and children’s games. Wilmington, Del. ardenclub.org/about/arden-fair
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ART AND WINE FESTIVAL Sept. 11–13. Benefiting HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival. Features art, wine tastings, and music. Wine pairing dinners and lodging packages available. Garrett County Fairgrounds, McHenry, Md. 301-387-7729, deepcreekwinefest.com BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL Sept. 11–13. Great food, games, entertainment (including The Temptations), and cultural events. Clarksburg, W.Va. 304-6419963, wvbhf.com
BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT HOME Tuesday, Sept. 1, vs. Rays, 7:05pm Wednesday, Sept. 2, vs. Rays, 7:05pm Friday, Sept. 11, vs. Royals, 7:05pm Saturday, Sept. 12, vs. Royals, 1:05pm Sunday, Sept. 13, vs. Royals, 1:35pm Monday, Sept. 14, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Tuesday, Sept. 15, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Wednesday, Sept. 16, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Monday, Sept. 28, vs. Blue Jays, 7:05pm Tuesday, Sept. 29, vs. Blue Jays, 7:05pm Wednesday, Sept. 30, vs. Blue Jays, 7:05pm
Thursday, Sept. 3, vs. Braves, 7:05pm Friday, Sept. 4, vs. Braves, 7:05pm Saturday, Sept. 5, vs. Braves, 7:05pm Sunday, Sept. 6, vs. Braves, 1:35pm Monday, Sept. 7, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Tuesday, Sept. 8, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Wednesday, Sept. 9, vs. Mets, 4:05pm Thursday, Sept. 17, vs. Marlins, 7:05pm Friday, Sept. 18, vs. Marlins, 7:05pm Saturday, Sept. 19, vs. Marlins, 4:05pm Sunday, Sept. 20, vs. Marlins, 1:35pm Monday, Sept. 21, vs. Orioles, 7:05pm Tuesday, Sept. 22, vs. Orioles, 7:05pm Wednesday, Sept. 23, vs. Orioles, 7:05pm Friday, Sept. 25, vs. Phillies, 7:05pm Saturday, Sept. 26, vs. Phillies, 4:05pm Sunday, Sept. 27, vs. Phillies, 1:35pm
RIVERWALK FREEDOM FESTIVAL Sept. 11–12. Features the Smile for Freedom 5K, followed by “Operation Giveback” (to support active duty and veterans) with firework, live entertainment, and food vendors. Downtown Milford, Del. milfordchamber.com
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STEAM SHOW DAYS Sept. 10–13. Antique farm machinery, steam and gas engines, and antique cars. Working demonstrations. Flea market and food. 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880, ccgovernment.carr.org
The Orioles play home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., Baltimore, Md. Call 888-848-BIRD or visit baltimore.orioles.mlb.com.
FESTIVAL OF THE RIVERS Sept. 5–6. Free admission, with music, food, arts and crafts, and various other vendors. Freight Depot on Commerical Street, Hinton, W.Va. 304-309-4101
MIDDLE EASTERN FESTIVAL Sept. 5, 11:00am–10:00pm. 6200 Indian Run Parkway, Alexandria, Va. 571-278-7768, saintaphraim.org
INDIANA COUNTY FAIR Through Sept. 5. Weeklong event offers local farmers, 4-H members, and others the opportunity to show their livestock, crafts, and baked goods in numerous competitions. Other events, too, including tractor pulls, demolition derbies, live entertainment, a carnival, and food. 700 Carter Ave., Indiana, Pa. 724-479-8282, indianacountyfair.com
D.C. BLUES FESTIVAL Sept. 5, noon–7:00pm. The main stage will feature Jackson and Oziel, The Mojo Priests, Full Power Blues, James Armstrong, and Sharrie Williams. Carter Barron Amphitheater, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. dcblues.org
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BALTIMORE RAVENS AT HOME Sunday, Sept. 27, vs. Bengals, 1:00pm
The Ravens play home games at M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St., Baltimore, Md. Call 800-927-2795 or visit baltimoreravens.com.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT HOME Sunday, Sept. 13, vs. Dolphins, 1:00pm Sunday, Sept. 20, vs. Rams, 1:00pm
The Redskins play home games at FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, Md. Call 301-276-6050 or visit washingtonredskins.com.
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Tuesday, Sept. 15, vs. Arabe Unido, 8:00pm Saturday, Sept. 19, vs. Crew SC, 7:00pm D.C. United plays home games at RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. Call 202-587-5000 or visit dcunited.com.
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COWBOY UP Sept. 11–13. Lots of activities, including drill team demonstrations, barrel race exhibitions, horse tack auction, and more. Southeast Ag Center, Lumberton, N.C. nchorsecouncil.com FOOD AND WINE CELEBRATION Sept. 11–20. Enjoy winery tours, tastings, demonstrations, Chefs’ Dine-Arounds, and dinners. Cape May, N.J. 609-884-5404, capemaymac.org CHILDREN’S DAY Sept. 12, 11:00am–4:00pm. The entire family will enjoy this fun-filled day of learning and excitement featuring handson learning stations, educational presentations, crafts, singalongs, magic shows, and self-guided tours of the gardens and nature walk. Ladew Gardens, Monkton, Md. 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com HISTORY AND HOPS Sept. 12, noon–6:00pm. Regional and national craft breweries, local gourmet food, live music, and artisans on the grounds of the 246-year-old Wilson-Warner House. Odessa, Del. odessabrewfest.com CRAFT BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL Sept. 12, noon–6:00pm. Choose from more than 120 beers produced by regional and national craft breweries, attend educational seminars, and enjoy live music ranging from smooth jazz to island music, rock ‘n’ roll classics, and rhythm and blues. U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Md. 410-263-4012, theannapoliscraftbeerandmusicfestival.com ART, WORK, SHOP Sept. 12. Explore art venues and studios around Leonardtown for a full day of hands-on arts workshops with professional artists. Leonardtown, Md. stmarysartscouncil.com ANTIQUE CLASSIC BOAT SHOW AND FESTIVAL Sept. 12, 9:00am–5:00pm. Public boat show includes non-ACBS judging, youth judging, and participants’ awards dinner. Mariners Landing Resort on Smith Mountain Lake, 1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston, Va. 540-297-4900
NEPTUNE’S FALL WINE FESTIVAL Sept. 12–13. Popular features of the festival are the triathlon and surfing competitions, the arts and crafts show, the popular North American Sand Sculpting Championships, the Grand Parade, Youth Day, and three stages of entertainment. Virginia Beach, Va. neptunefestival.com FAIRWOOD ARTS FESTIVAL Sept. 13, 3:00–8:00pm. Art and food vendors will be onsite, along with activities for the kids. 12390 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, Md. 301-446-3232, pgparks.com SOLOMONS PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL Sept. 15–20. Enjoy plein air artists as they create masterpieces in the open air. View freshly painted canvases of Solomons, Chesapeake, Patuxent, and the countryside. 14550 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, Md. solomonspleinair.com ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FAIR Sept. 16–20. Booths feature everything from homemade wine and home-brewed beer to furniture and one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations. Kids will enjoy the amusement rides, illusionist show, 4-H Club animals, and interactive car racing. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville, Md. 410-923-3400, aacountyfair.org CHARLES COUNTY FAIR Sept. 17–20. Exhibits including livestock and arts and crafts, great entertainment, special events, and activities for all ages including pig races, a carnival, and pony rides. 8440 Fairground Road, La Plata, Md. 301-932-1234, charlescountyfair.com ARTS AND JAZZ FESTIVAL Sept. 19, 11:00am. Stroll the green and enjoy previewing the artwork of Delmarva’s finest artists, sponsored by Delaware by Hand. Pull up a chair and groove to some of the most talented jazz artists to ever play at the shore. Selbyville, Del. freemanstage.org SHINDIG MUSICAL FESTIVAL Sept. 19. Performers include Godsmack, Stone Temple Piolots, Clutch, Chevelle, Anthrax, Helmet, The Reverend Horton Heat, and more. Carroll Park, Baltimore, Md. theshindigbaltimore.com
BOARDWALK ARTS FESTIVAL Sept. 12, 10:00am. The popular one-day show features jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, photography, basketry, and woodworking. Boardwalk, Bethany, Del. bethanyfenwick.chambermaster.com/events
HARVEST BREW FEST Sept. 19. Celebrate the rich agricultural and cultural background of southern New Jersey during this all-day event featuring local food, local produce, local beer, local wine, and local talent. Cape May, N.J. 609-884-5404, capemaymac.org
MARYLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Sept. 12–13. Highlights include the Crab Soup Cook-off in a classic Maryland showdown, Xpogo professional pogo stick demonstrations, cooking classes, free stand-up paddle board and SUP yoga demonstrations, and an inaugural “Paddle for Betterment” event. Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Parkway, Annapolis, Md. 410-353-9237, mdseafoodfestival.com
SOUTH HILL WINE FESTIVAL Sept. 19. Regional wineries, music, artists, and food celebrate the season. South Hill, Va. visitmeckva.com
BRANDYWINE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Sept. 12–13. Remarkable one-of-a-kind pieces in a wide variety of media are available at an equally broad range of price points. Live music, a food court, and free admission to the Brandywine Zoo are added bonuses. Wilmington, Del. brandywinearts.com NANTICOKE INDIAN POWWOW Sept. 12–13. A weekend of sharing and learning the native culture and enjoying native foods, as well as shopping with 40 vendors from all over the United States. Storytelling, drumming, singing, and dancing. Millsboro, Del. nanticokeindians.org
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WINE AND OYSTER FESTIVAL Sept. 19–20. Sample 14 area wines, tour Stratford Hall, and enjoy oysters any way you can imagine. Plenty of other activities. Stratford Hall Plantation, Stratford, Va. stratfordhall.org KING STREET ART FESTIVAL Sept. 19–20. An outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork by more than 250 artists from the U.S. and abroad. Enjoy live music, an art giveaway, and interactive art activities. Old Town Alexandria, Va., on King Street from Washington Street to the Potomac River waterfront. 703-746-3301, artfestival.com
LEAF PEEPING FESTIVAL Sept. 25–27. Beautiful leaves plus 2K/5K run, car show, parade, Saturday Octoberfest, duck race, and many more activities. Canaan Valley State Park. Davis, W.Va. canaanvalley.org BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL Sept. 25–27. Author appearances and book signings, exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and food, beer, and wine. The Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Md. baltimorebookfestival.com KUNTA KINTE HERITAGE FESTIVAL Sept. 26, 10:00am–7:00pm. Enjoy this celebration of AfricanAmerican heritage that includes cultural music and dance, world foods, and a marketplace of African and Afro-centric wares. Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis, Md. kuntakinte.org INDIAN HEAD 125TH ANNIVERSARY Sept. 26, noon–6:00pm. Celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Naval Support Facility at Indian Head, Md. Time capsule opening, military exhibits, children’s activities, and live entertainment from the Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble and the Sam Grow Band. Indian Head Village Green Pavilion, Indian Head, Md. charlescountymd.gov/calendar SHINE AND WINE FESTIVAL Sept. 26. Moonshine and wine tastings are paired with live music at Chase City Municipal Airport, Va. visitmeckva.com CENTRAL PA RAGTIME MUSIC FESTIVAL Sept. 25–26. Rockhill Furnace, Pa. rockhilltrolley.org
RIVERFEST AT HISTORIC ST. MARY’S CITY Sept. 26, 11:00am–4:00pm. One hundred and one ways to protect and enjoy our waterways. Music, activities, and muster demos by St. Marie’s City Militia. Featuring a militia reenactment of the only English Civil War battle fought in the Colonies, the Battle of the Severn. St. Mary’s City, Md. smrwa.org/riverfest.html SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE WINE FESTIVAL Sept. 27, 11:00am–5:00pm. This year, 27 Virginia wineries will be participating, as well as 85 juried craft and food vendors. Three popular live bands will also be on hand to entertain festivalgoers. 14374 Booker T. Washington Highway, Moneta, Va. visitsmithmountainlake.com
NOW SHOWING DECOY SHOW Sept. 5–6. The Decoy Carvers’ & Artists’ Association puts on an always-popular show over Labor Day weekend. Chincoteague, Va. chincoteaguechamber.com MARYLAND HORSE AND PONY SHOW Sept. 9–13. Maryland’s oldest horse and pony show. 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, Md. 443-417-7976, marylandhorseandponyshow.com
ST. MARY’S COUNTY FAIR Sept. 24–27. Celebrate St. Mary’s County heritage at this traditional county fair. Livestock, home arts, flowers, field crops, 4-H Club and school exhibits, horse pulls, and a carnival. 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown, Md. smcfair.somd.com
MARYLAND RV SHOW Sept. 17–20. See thousands of new RVs from 85 brand names. See fifth-wheels, pop-ups, mini-mobile homes, and large RVs. A military ID gets free admission on Friday. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. mdrv.com
SMOKEOUT 500 BBQ FESTIVAL Sept. 25–26. Features barbecue professionals and amateur competitors, a large arts, crafts, and business vendor area, beer garden, and concert area. Delaware International Every Sunday Speedway, Delmar, Del. May through October delawareracing.com
OCEANA AIR SHOW Sept. 19–20. Everything for aircraft and aviation enthusiasts from flight demonstrations to parachute shows and pyrotechnics. Kids’ Fest offers children the chance to sumo wrestle, paint faces, play in bounce houses, and climb rock walls. Virginia Beach, Va. oceanaairshow.com
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The Amish Country Bike Tour on Sept. 12 around Dover, Del., is great for all ages and abilities.
SPORTS CARD AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW Sept. 20, 10:00am–3:00pm. More than 50 of the area’s finest dealers. Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark, Del. 302983-2636, a2zshows1.com
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SOUTHERN MARYLAND CENTURY Pedal through hundreds of acres of gently rolling forested hills and tidal bottomlands to the panoramic vista of the Potomac River. Rides include 17-, 32-, 46-, 60-, and 100-mile options. 100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head, Md. 301-743-5511, ohbike.org/century AMISH COUNTRY BIKE TOUR Sept. 12. One of the top East Coast cycling events that meets the needs of all ages and abilities. Dover, Del. 800-233-5368, amishcountrybiketour.com FALL GARDEN DAY Sept. 19, 9:00am–3:00pm. There will be numerous local plant vendors to satisfy your gardening needs. A silent auction, bake sale, live music, and food add to the festivities. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-6425173, fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring SAVAGE MAN TRIATHLON Sept. 19–20. Two of the toughest triathlons tackle the terrain at Deep Creek Lake State Park, Md. savagemantriathlon.com FOSSIL FIELD EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS Sept. 19, Oct. 24. The program begins at the Cove Point Lighthouse at 9:00am, when a trained guide will help participants find and identify fossils. Solomons, Md. 410-326-2042, ext. 41, calvertmarinemuseum.com/215/fossil-field-experience U.S. WORLD CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS Sept. 19–27. During cycling’s pinnacle event, athletes will compete in 12 championship races across nine days. Richmond, Va. visitrichmondva.com AUTUMN COLOR MOUNTAIN TRAIL RIDES Sept. 26. Timberline stables will be open daily, or bring your own horses. There will be live western and country music on the deck of the main lodge in full view of Herz Mountain. Timberline Four Seasons Resort, 254 Four Seasons Drive, Davis, W.Va. 304866-4801, timberlineresort.com APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Leads hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and conservation events in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. amc-dc.org BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS SAILING CLUB Year-round. Offers day-sailing events and seminars in Baltimore and Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C., and sailing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay. Membership free. 410-394-9483, mdsailing.com
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CENTER HIKING CLUB Various hikes and locations in the D.C. metropolitan area. 703751-3971, centerhikingclub.org
JAZZ ARTIST MARSHALL KEYS Sept. 20, 4:00–6:00pm. Mead Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St., Alexandria, Va. meadechurch.org
FREESTATE HAPPY WANDERERS Various walking trails and locations in Maryland. 410-437-2164, ava.org/clubs/freestate
ALICE’S RESTAURANT 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Sept. 29, 7:30pm. Arlo Guthrie brings his tour to The Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, Pa. 717-337-8200, gettysburgmajestic.org
MOUNTAIN CLUB OF MARYLAND Leads weekly day hikes, overnight backpack hikes, bike and canoe trips, cabin, car, and tent camping, and the maintenance of trails. mcomd.org POTOMAC APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB Leads weekly hikes and work trips in greater Washington, D.C., area. Contact PATC for more information. 703-242-0965, patc.net QUANTICO ORIENTEERING CLUB Hosts map and compass activities most weekends in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Suitable for all ages and skill levels; free beginner instruction. qocweb.org WASHINGTON AREA ROADSKATERS Year-round; check website for dates and times. Skaters leave from White House, Washington, D.C. meetup.com/washingtonarea-roadskaters
SHAKESPEARE ON MAIN STREET Sept. 5. Performance by Brown Box Theatre of The Taming of the Shrew. 14 S. Main St., Berlin, Md. 443-880-4328, brownboxtheatre.org
MUSIC Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral FRANK SINATRA JR. Sept. 2, 8:00pm. Frank Sinatra Jr. keeps that elegant crooning style of jazz, swing, and big band alive with classics including Strangers in the Night and New York, New York. Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. 703-255-1900, wolftrap.org IMANI WINDS Sept. 18, 7:30pm. The Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, Pa. 717-337-8200, gettysburgmajestic.org SYMPHONIC DANCES FROM WEST SIDE STORY Sept. 19–20. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. strathmore.org
Popular/Other DIANA ROSS Sept. 15, 8:00pm. From girl band glory in the ’60s to a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Diana Ross — singing sensation, movie star, Broadway legend, and humanitarian — reigns supreme as a cultural icon and a national treasure. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. strathmore.org
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AN INSPECTOR CALLS Sept. 9–Oct. 11. The ultimate detective story. The respectable Birling family is at home hosting a dinner party in honor of the daughter’s recent engagement. An unforeseen knock at the door brings a sudden stop to the celebration. Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, Md. everymantheatre.org
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Dance SQUARE DANCE OPEN HOUSE PARTY Sept. 17 and 24, 7:00–9:00pm. An activity that combines fun, friendship, and physical and mental fitness into one and welcomes all ages, from 9 to 90. 303 Adclare Road, Rockville, Md. 301-761-4108, rockvillesquaredance.com HANGAR DANCE AND DINNER Sept. 19, 6:30pm. Emcee Ken Jackson, host of WYPR’s In the Mood big band radio program, and the 20-piece big band Ain’t Misbehavin’ will take partygoers back to the 1940s. Attendees are invited to dress in their 1940s-era fashions. Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122, wingsovermaryland.org ADULT DROP-IN DANCE CLASSES The Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-371-9656, danceinstitute.org DANCE PROGRAMS Weekends, 7:30–11:30pm. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. fridaynightdance.org THE WASHINGTON BALLET Call for performances and times. 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-362-3606, washingtonballet.org
Exhibits Resources and Institutions Directory Antietam National Battlefield marks America’s bloodiest single day Sept. 19–20 with special activities.
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR CENTER AT HISTORIC TREDEGAR 490 Tredegar St., Richmond, Va. 804-788-6480, tredegar.org
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AT THE KATZEN ARTS CENTER Ward Circle, at Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues, Washington, D.C. 202-885-1300, american.edu/cas/katzen AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, Md. 410-244-1900, avam.org THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org CARRIAGE HOUSE GALLERY AT EMLEN PHYSICK ESTATE 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J. 609-884-5404 or 800-2754278, capemaymac.org CARROLL ARTS CENTER TEVIS GALLERY 91 Main St., Westminster, Md. 410-848-7272, carrollcountyartscouncil.org HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, D.C. 202-633-1000, hirshhorn.si.edu LADEW TOPIARY GARDENS 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 410-263-5544, marylandhall.org MONTPELIER ARTS CENTER 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1993, arts.pgparks.com NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215, nga.gov NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-695-1864, civilwarmed.org THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-387-2151, phillipscollection.org REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM OF MARYLAND AFRICANAMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 443-263-1800, africanamericanculture.org
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SHAKESPEARE GALLERY Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, folger.edu SURRATT HOUSE MUSEUM TOURS Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Md., 301-868-1121, surratt.org THE TEXTILE MUSEUM 2320 S St. NW, Washington, textilemuseum.org
TUDOR PLACE HISTORIC HOUSE AND GARDEN 1644 31st St., Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 202-965-0400, ext. 109, tudorplace.org VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org
ANTIETAM LIVING HIOSTORY Sept. 19â€“20. Reenactors portray Union Army of the Potomac at Pry House Field Hospital and Pry Farm. Keedysville, Md. heartofthecivilwar.org POW/MIA AWARENESS DAY Sept. 19, 11:00amâ€“5:00pm. Guest speaker will be Jessica Lynch, a former U. S. Army soldier who served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. and allied forces. National D-Day Memorial, 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, Va. 540-586-3329, visitbedford.com COURT DAYS Sept. 19â€“20. When court convened in the 18th century, the town turned out. Take part in role-play trials as a juror, witness, or even the accused, and experience historic tax protests, militia musters, and artillery demonstrations. Yorktown Victory Center, 200 State Route 1020, Yorktown, Va. historyisfun.org FRONTIER WEEKEND. Sept. 25â€“26. A weekend in the Old West with cow camp, chuck wagon, and a live shoot-out on horseback. Timberline Four Seasons Resort, 254 Four Seasons Drive, Davis, W.Va. 304-866-4801, timberlineresort.com
TOURS HISTORIC TROLLEY FULL TOUR Through Sept. 10. Thirty-five-minute or 60-minute tour of historic Lewes, Del. 302-645-7670, historiclewes.org BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOURS Sept. 6, 3:30â€“4:30pm. Staff takes you behind the curtain, showing you the secret spaces at historic Montpelier Mansion. 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-446-3313, pgparks.com EVENING GARDEN TOUR Sept. 11, 5:30â€“6:30pm. Master Gardener docents highlight the summer sights, fragrances, and sounds at the end of the day, when changing light accentuates different plants and landscape features. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173, fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring TOUR DE SUSSEX Sept. 19, 8:00am. Southern Delawareâ€™s premier cycling event. Rest stop highlights include Dogfish Brewery, Irish Eyes, Papa Grandeâ€™s, and Trap Pond. Georgetown, Del. dtcc.edu
DELAWARE AND THE WAR OF 1812 Ongoing. Designed to raise awareness of the important role that the state played as the front line in the defense of the economically vital Delaware Valley, the exhibit utilizes maps, illustrations, and artifacts from the stateâ€™s collections to examine the history of the war within Delaware and its surrounding waters. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. 302736-7400, history.delaware.gov
OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, pgparks.com
POSEY QUILT, EARLY 19TH CENTURY Through Sept. 7. An early 19th-century American pieced quilt made of silk dress fabrics from a variety of early American women and Posey family members. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-337-2288, dumbartonhouse.org
AVIATION SPEAKER SERIES Sept. 7, 7:00pm. Features author Jon Guttman as he recounts the importance of aircraft during World War II. Lockheed Martin Auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd., Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122
THE YEAR OF FEAR Sept. 9, noonâ€“1:00pm. Joe Urschel, executive director of the National Law Enforcement Museum, discusses The Year of Fear, which is a thrilling true story of gangsters and lawmen. McGowan Theater, 700 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-357-5000, washington.org
MARYLAND BATTLE OF THE BEAST Through Sept. 30. Full-fledged rodeo, bull riding, and barrel racing. Bleacher seating, so bring a blanket to sit in comfort. Fun for the entire family. 10530 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge, Md. 301-898-9841, jbarwranch.com
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION Through Sept. 13. This exhibit explores how 20th-century photographers captured the immediate and the transitory, distilling key narratives into evocative images of the American experience. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-387-2151, phillipscollection.org WOMEN TO WATCH 2015 Through Sept. 13. This exhibition explores the relationships between women, art, and nature, examining contemporary women artistsâ€™ complex views and inventive treatments related to the theme of nature. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-7835000, nmwa.org FRONT ROOM: SARA VANDERBEEK Through September. Featuring sculpture and photography, the installation is inspired by VanDerBeekâ€™s research on the BMAâ€™s collection. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org ON PAPER: SPIN, CRINKLE, PLUCK Through September. This exhibition showcases eight prints and drawings whose images are the result of a specific action or intention rather than a depiction of the action. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, artbma.org FELIX BRACQUEMOND ďšź IMPRESSIONIST INNOVATOR Through Oct. 4. A selection of more than 80 works on paper and tableware objects, among them Bracquemondâ€™s most imaginative portraits, landscapes, and groundbreaking reinterpretations of the traditions of French art and decorative arts. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, vmfa.museum MOUNT VERNON IN 3ďšşD: THEN & NOW Through Nov. 20. The show features 20 rare historic images from Mount Vernonâ€™s collection dating from the 1850s to the early 1900s, presented in 3-D form. George Washingtonâ€™s Mount Vernon, Va. mountvernon.org/3D BEARD WARS Through Nov. 30. This photography exhibition faces off portraits of Civil War generals against those of League members. The Valentine, Richmond, Va. 804-649-0711, thevalentine.org INGENUE TO ICON Through Dec. 31. In this special exhibition, more than 60 dresses and perfectly paired accessories, archival materials, and portraits illustrate the evolution of 20th-century fashion through the lens of one of its most prominent women, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-686-5807, hillwoodmuseum.org
History WHATâ€™S COOKINâ€™ AT BANNEKERâ€™S CABIN Sept. 5, 1:00â€“3:00pm. Chat with costumed interpreters preparing dinner on the cabinâ€™s hearth. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville, Md. 410-8871081, benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com
MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376
HAWKS, EAGLES, AND FALCONSâ€™ MIGRATION Sept. 27, 1:00â€“4:00pm. Learn more about these mighty predators of the sky, bald eagles rebounding from near extinction and the numerous varieties of hawks that pass this way each year. 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, Md. 410-882-5376, marylandnature.org/nature-connections STAINED-GLASS CLASS Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860, mataboutyou.com ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, artbma.org SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md. 410-386-3880, carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org
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CAPE MAY, N.J. Historic district, moonlight trolley, and Cape May sampler tours. Cape May, N.J. 800-275-4278, capemaymac.org MARITIME HISTORY WALKING TOURS Second and fourth Saturdays, 10:00am. Fells Point Visitor Center, Baltimore, Md. 410-675-6750, preservationsociety.com
GRANDPARENTS DAY WEEKEND Sept. 12â€“13. Enjoy the trolleys with grandparents who may have ridden them. Rockhill Furnace, Pa. 814-447-9576, rockhilltrolley.org MARYLAND LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE Sept. 19â€“20, 8:00amâ€“6:00pm. Visit any or all of 10 Maryland lighthouses and receive a special souvenir at each. cheslights.org WOOL FROLIC AND YARN SALE Sept. 19, 10:00amâ€“4:00pm. Look for live animals, fiber vendors, and demonstrations on yarn dying, knitting, crocheting, spinning, and weaving, as well as exhibits and demonstrations of flax processing and shearing. Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster, Pa. 717-569-0401, landisvalleymuseum.org SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINEâ€™S MUSEUM DAY Sept. 26. Museum-goers can download one free ticket, good for two people. Participating museums nationwide. smithsonianmag.com/museumdaylive
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Start the fall season by â€˜cooling offâ€™ in Marylandâ€™s Garrett County Summer may be coming to an end, but itâ€™s not time to hibernate. Few places have â€œcoolerâ€? ways to enjoy the start of autumn than Western Marylandâ€™s Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County. Whoever said the ideal getaway is an ocean surrounded by mountains
might have been thinking of Garrett County, at the end of Marylandâ€™s western panhandle. While Deep Creek Lake is not exactly an ocean, its 69 miles of shoreline surrounding the nearly 4,000 acres of water are close enough for most visitors. The boating and fishing are good,
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and the view from the rental cabins and condos is beautiful in most any season. The Savage and Youghiogheny rivers (just call it â€œThe Youghâ€? â€” everyone else does) flow through Garrett County with outfitters offering all sorts of water adventures. It might be a bit brisk for tubing float trips, but thereâ€™s kayaking and many levels of white water rafting. Thereâ€™s even a mountaintop manmade kayak course at Wisp Resort.
Take advantage of fewer crowds and special packages at Wisp Resortâ€™s two golf courses.
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Also at Wisp, you can try canopy courses, Segway tours, disc golf, and ride the Mountain Coaster. Its Lodestone Golf Course was recognized as the No. 2 course in Maryland by Golfweek magazine. The lake is surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, with their wild, undeveloped beauty. Six state parks almost demand that you lace up hiking boots and take to the trails. Thereâ€™s also camping, nature activities, and boating. If youâ€™d rather let your car do the heavy climbing, download an available Fall Foliage Map from visitdeepcreek.com for a scenic drive. The Deep Creek Art and Wine Festival is Sept. 11â€“13, with Saturday offering the main events. Visitors can sip more than 200 wines, with an emphasis on Maryland vintners. At least 30 regional and local artisans will display their craft and art. Expect to find jewelry, wood carvings, furniture, pottery, and paintings for sale. Live music and kidsâ€™ activities round out the schedule. Non-drinkers and children are admitted for a flat $10 charge; kids under 12 are free. Check the website for ticket options for drinkers. (deepcreekwinefest.com)
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You need to escape, but not too far away! Check out this monthâ€™s events in Carroll County! THE MARYLAND WINE FESTIVALÂŽ September 19 | 10am-6pm September 20 | 11am-6pm Carroll County Farm Museum Westminster
WESTMINSTER FALLFEST September 24 & 25 | 6pm-10pm September 26 | 10am-10pm September 27 | Noon-6pm Downtown City Park
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once Maryland’s westernmost outpost, celebrates its 250th anniversary with a town-wide party, parade, and festival, culminating in a fireworks display on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the SavageMan Triathlon takes over Deep Creek Lake State Park with two events. On Saturday, it’s a 30.0 triathlon incorporating a .9mile swim, 22.98-mile bike ride, and 6.2-mile run, and that’s the easy contest. On Sunday, it’s the legendary 70.0 triathlon, considered the world’s most savage and beautiful. If you are into figures, it’s a 1.2-mile swim, 13.1-mile run, and 55.7-mile bike ride — in one day. Competitors bike the
“Westernport Wall,” the steepest climb in all triathlons with a maximum grade of 31 percent. Most competitors must walk part of it or take a slightly easier alternate route. (savagemantriathlon.com) The height of the seasonal celebrations is the Autumn Glory Festival, Oct. 7–11. Considered one of the top community celebrations in the country, it’s a weekend of casual, down-home fun, with two parades, concerts, performances from clogging
to puppetry, a tournament of bands, car show, dogsled demos, antique and craft shows and sales, church dinners, and Oktoberfest parties. Lodging packages and other ideas for a visit to Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake are at the very useful and easy-to-navigate website.
For more information Garrett Co. Tourism: visitdeepcreek.com
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Step back in time with Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) as we relive life in the early 1800s. In 1814, war reached the shores of Southern Maryland. At the mouth of St. Leonard Creek, on property that is now part of JPPM, Maryland’s largest naval engagement occurred.
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50 Artists & Artisans open their studios Visit ChestertownRiverArts.org or call 410-778-6300 to learn more.
For information or tickets contact Carol Frederick at 410-586-8515
Money raised supports JPPM educational programs
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Autumn in Southern Delaware can’t be beat. Cooler air, less traffic, better prices, and fantastic festivals make this part of the First State a great fall getaway choice. Check out the latest festival, the SoDel Fest on Oct. 17. Dubbed the “hippest food, wine, and music event on DelMarVa,” SoDel Fest 2015 is an event that gives all three elements their due. Hosted by former Bad Company bassist Paul Cullen (now a food, wine, and music aficionado), the event promises an afternoon of fun featuring samplings and demonstrations by renowned chefs and foodies, a food truck gathering, wine pairings, local beer tastings, and a musical lineup of locally and nationally recognized talent. Sample cuisine from at least 10 of the areas greatest restaurants and enjoy cooking and food demonstrations by the Food Channel’s “Singing Chef” Neil Fuentes, James Beard-nominated chef Hari Cameron, and others at the top of their game. Pair the amazing cuisine with wines from vineyards in Italy, France, Spain, and California. Manfredo San Bonifacio, from Tuscany, offers a private look into a vineyard owner’s life. You can even hear how his family was intertwined with Romeo and Juliet. Relax with a tasting led by fine wine specialist Joseph Lertch. Next, take Wine 101 with local wine geek John McDonald and blind tasting with Level II sommelier Mike Zygmonski. Music for the event will be provided by Lower Case Blues, Vinyl Shockley, Bryan Russo, and Bruce Anthony, with a special appearance by Erin
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Beaches are just the beginning. We invite you to explore a place we call home. Experience the warmth of our friends and neighbors. Taste our multitudes of flavors. Get lost around the heart of our community, The Circle. You’ll see what we mean when we say: Georgetown, Delaware. Well Rounded.
Join us for these upcoming events. Georgetown Farmers’ Market/Concerts in The Park May–September 2015 Historic Georgetown Art Crawl/Farmer & Foodie Festival September 13, 2015 Wings & Wheels—A Fall Festival October 2–3, 2015 Georgetown Christmas Parade December 3, 2015
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Dickins from Manhattan Transfer. The festival is noon–4:30pm at Independence Hall & Grounds in Millsboro, Del. Tickets start at $75 per person and the event benefits the Rotary Club’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Meals on Wheels. (sodelfest.com) September also hosts many other events in Southern Delaware. Sept. 11 — The 15th annual Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival in Milford features the Smile for Freedom 5K, fireworks, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, bike and car show, and kids’ corner. Sept. 12 — More than 100 artists from around the country bring their creations to the 37th Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, which features jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, photography, basketry, and woodworking. Sept. 12–13 — The 38th annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow in Millsboro offers a weekend of sharing and learning Native American culture and enjoying native foods, as well as storytelling, drumming, singing, and dancing. Some 40 vendors from all over the country present a great shopping opportunity. Sept. 12 — The Woodland Ferry Festival in Seaford features pedestrian ferry rides, a silent auction, museum, children’s activities, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, and demonstrations. Sept. 13 — Historic Georgetown’s Art Crawl is a rain-or-shine juried art event, and features artists and artisans, area art leagues, and art guilds. It is held in conjunction with the annual Farmer & Foodie Festival, which celebrates local farmers continued on page 30
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The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Art Festival brings more than 100 national artists to Southern Delaware on Sept. 12.
Our rates have cooled, but the water is still warm. Fall means fun in Southern Delaware. Bike coastal trails that connect great beach towns. See wildlife while paddling throughout Nanticoke River Country. Enjoy our festivals, including SeaWitch, Apple Scrapple and Jazz. Taste scrumptious fare along our Culinary Coast™ of eateries. Rates cool off in the fall, so you can stay longer for a lot less. Plan your fall getaway right away. For a full calendar of events and getaway deals, go to www.visitsoutherndelaware.com/fall.
What’s your favorite fall thing to do in Southern Delaware? Tell us at www.twitter.com/VisitSouthDel. You could win a weekend for two!
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Southern Delaware continued from page 29 and their farm fresh foods. Sept 19 — Tour de Sussex, Southern Delaware’s premier cycling event offers ride distances of 1, 25, 62, and 100 miles. Registration fee includes SAG, T-shirt, lunch and drink coupons, maps, and rest stop
refreshments. Rest stops include Dogfish Brewery, Irish Eyes, Papa Grande’s, and Trap Pond. Sept. 19 — Boro Bash at Millsboro Little League Field features redneck games and kids’ games, craft and food vendors, and live entertainment. The Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular from Wisconsin will offer its zany take on science with stage shows and traveling shows around the park. Sept. 19 — The Freeman Stage
Arts and Jazz Festival in Selbyville is a great opportunity to stroll the green and enjoy previewing the artwork of Delmarva’s finest artists. Pull up a chair and groove to some of the most talented jazz artists to ever play at the shore, including Joe Baione Sextet, Catherine Russell, and Cyrus Chestnut. Sept. 20 — Milford Eat in the Street in downtown Milford features local cuisine, drinks, a four-course meal, vendors, wine and beer pairings, and entertainment. Sept. 27 — It’s time to jump ship with the Escape from Lewes Open Water Swim Classic in Lewes. The Delaware Breakwater in the National
Harbor of Refuge serves as the backdrop for this amazing open water swimming event. Swimmers of all ability levels will be able to test their skills in a one-of-a-kind event as they swim from the ferry. Throughout September there are also a variety of events at the US 13 Dragway and the Delaware International Speedway involving classic cars, bikes, barbecue, drag racing, crazy eights, and more on both dirt tracks and a drag strip. (delaware racing.com)
For more information Southern Delaware Tourism: visitsoutherndelaware.com.
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VISIT HISTORIC LEWES, DELAWARE Sept. 13 — Lewes Dragon Boat Races Sept. 18 — Lewes Oktoberfest Sept. 19 — Lewes Artists’ Studio Tours Oct. 2-4 — Merchants’ Fall Sidewalk Sales Oct. 3-4 — Boast the Coast/Coast Day Maritime Festival Oct. 23-25 — Children’s Fantasy Trail at State Park Call toll free 877-465-3937 or visit leweschamber.com
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“Beaches Are Just the Beginning” describes the way of life in the southern reaches of the nation’s First State. If you’re intrigued by what you’ve read about Southern Delaware, you’re like countless others who think about living there. With 26 miles of Atlantic coastline, and much more waterfront property along the Delaware Bay, the inland bays, and several lakes and rivers, there are many viable options in Southern Delaware for those who enjoy life by the water. But, for those who want to spend a little less money for a home and still live within a short drive of some of the nation’s finest small-town beach resorts, the central and western areas of Sussex County offer open spaces, close-knit communities, tons of local history, and good amenities. For the over-55 crowd, there are plenty of communities to choose
from that can be found in all areas of the county. Visit scaor.com and take a look a look at some of these communities to find out what your money can really buy in Southern Delaware. And then there are the taxes, or lack thereof. No matter what part of the county you plan on calling home, the taxes in Southern Delaware are some of the lowest in the United States. With no sales tax and extremely low property taxes (real estate values have not been reassessed in Sussex County since the early 1970s), your money truly can go a lot further than in other areas in the Mid-Atlantic. So, when you make the decision that living at or near the Delaware beaches is the right choice for you and your family, visit scaor.com to start taking a look at homes that are currently available.
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Fall on the Outer Banks There’s still plenty of time before cool weather sets in to take that last trip of the season to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a favorite destination for people who live in the Mid-Atlantic. Plus, there are many advantages to being there in the fall. With school back in session and summer vacations over, the Outer Banks is less crowded. That means more choices in accommodations and less waiting in line at restaurants for a table. Fall sales at boutiques, surf shops, and outlets are fantastic, too. And, the weather is almost perfect. Think temperatures in the low 80s in September and the 60s and 70s in October and November. Weekly rental rates are incredible — $600 to $1,000 for cottages and condos that go for three times as much during peak season. Fall is also a great time for shelling on the beach. Fishing is at its best, whether from a pier, in the surf, on the sound, or from a charter boat. Golf is wonderful, too, especially with less crowded courses and lower rates. And, don’t forget about the many opportunities for kayaking, wind surfing, and kiteboarding. (visitcurrituck.com)
family travel continued from page 4 for Americans. The Fredericksburg Museum has a permanent exhibit focusing on this battle, which includes personal stories and experiences from civilians and a selection of Civil War weapons from the Johnson Gun Collection. The Trail to Freedom is another self-guided walking tour. It tells the story of 10,000 slaves who walked to freedom across the Union lines. Some slaves found work with the Union army and others moved further north. Follow the tour to read words and hear stories of the slaves who crossed into freedom. (trailtofreedomva.com)
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Read all about it at the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival on Sept. 5, when more than 100 authors converge on the Washington Convention Center. (loc.gov) National and local acts highlight the D.C. Blues Festival on Sept. 5 at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park. (dcblues.org) The National Symphony Orchestra celebrates the opening of the Kennedy Center performing arts season with a Labor Day Concert on Sept. 6 on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn. (kennedy-center.org) — gwen woolf
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Chesapeake summer treats make the heat a bit more bearable Chesapeake summers — torrid, enervating, stifling, but as sweet as only a hometown summer can be. With a heat index of 105, equally outrageous humidity, and bay water temperature approaching that of blood, what could possibly make a Chesapeake summer so sweet? We have snowballs. The quintessential summer confection, coarsely shaved ice dowsed in flavored syrup, is sold in Styrofoam cups from roadside stands and neighborhood stores. The ice’s coarse texture helps it withstand the summer scorch as it simultaneously cools and quenches. We can trace the snowball’s roots back to the Industrial Revolution. Later in the 1800s, Baltimoreans began making flavorings to sweeten chips of ice cadged from transport wagons. The most common flavor — egg custard — is still popular, and has been joined by chocolate, Skylite (or “blue”), classic cherry (with or without chocolate sauce on top), cookie dough, tutti-frutti, and dozens of others ranging from sour apple and sweet tangerine to Smurf and Crunchberry.
Easy corn shucking That part of summer when snowballs become a daily survival tactic is about the same time that the first sweet corn ripens. Many people find shucking corn to be an onerous task — particularly removing the seemingly adhesive silks. Sidestep the
whole shucking process by microwaving the corn in the husks for four to five minutes per ear. Then, carefully hold the corn down on a cutting board and cut off the bottom just above the point where the stalk joins the ear and shake out the nearly silk-free, steamed-in-the-husk ear of corn. Along with Delmarva sweet corn, soft shell crabs are summertime hallmarks. Soft shells are the familiar blue crabs in the process of growing. A crab outgrows its shell and molts, shedding the hard chitinous case and the outer covering of its feet, eyestalks, and antennae. Soft, lethargic, and helpless, soft shells are also totally edible. Fried, broiled, or sauteed, soft shell crabs constitute an exceptional feast. “Soft shell crabs are truly one of the world’s greatest delicacies,” said internationally acclaimed wine critic Robert Parker. “... I think that it is an experience that visitors to Baltimore must have. That’s a magical experience.” My newest Chesapeake summer favorite is the fanciful watermelon carvings stuffed with seasonal fruits created by Dianne Carlson. Matching the “scene” to the fruit adds whimsy to her works, and she can take advantage of local melons and other produce. For a recent dinner party, Carlson crafted a beach scene from an upright, carved watermelon, complete with carved melon crabs and starfish arrayed on “beach sand” made from crushed vanilla cookie crumbs. Along with some cookie cutters, Carlson just uses a paring knife and a larger kitchen knife. “It
just takes some patience. And, it makes things special,” she said. “There is so much on the Internet; just Google “watermelon carving.”
Heritage cooking classes The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum in Oella, Md., will host two heritage cooking events, both open to the public. Located between Catonsville and Ellicott City, the park encompasses the 18th-century farmstead of the famed scientist, astronomer, mathematician, abolitionist, surveyor, farmer, and almanac publisher, opening a window into Banneker’s world and the beginning of a our nation. On Sept. 5, drop in during the afternoon to watch me and a team of historical interpreters demonstrate open hearth cooking. On Nov. 7, the team joins together again for “Happy Birthday, Mr. Banneker,” as we celebrate Ben’s birthday. Along with our open hearth cooking, Ben will tell the story of his life and visitors can explore the Banneker Farmstead as it comes alive with Colonial games, guided hikes, and hands-on family activities. (benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com)
Kitchen Guy Soft Crab Sandwich Buy cleaned soft crabs, or do it yourself by removing the eyes and the soft stomach just below and behind the eyes. Slice along each side of the crab; fold back the top skin and remove the devil fingers, the soft, spongy strips just under the back. Rinse the crabs in cold water. Servings: 4 8 soft-shell crabs 3 eggs 1 cup fine breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon Old Bay or seafood seasoning 1/2 cup tartar sauce 16 slices toasted white bread 8 large tomato slices 16 lettuce leaves Oil for deep frying In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs with 6 tablespoons of water. Spread the breadcrumbs and Old Bay on another plate. Dip each crab first in the egg mixture and then in the breadcrumbs. Repeat twice more to ensure that each crab is well coated. Fry in deep oil preheated to 375 degrees, 3 to 5 minutes, turning once during cooking, until both sides of each crab are nicely browned. Serve as sandwiches with tomato and lettuce, between toast slices spread with tartar sauce.
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Is it art or food? Watermelon carving can add fun to a summer table.
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Your nose will Know these defects Some wine defects are easy for everyone to ﬁnd When it comes to wine, unfortunately, there are bottles out there that are defective and should not be consumed. Sometimes the problem originates from the winery in its production or cellar management; other times it stems from sources beyond the winemakers’ control or from mishandling after the wine leaves the producer. Regardless, a defective wine is no fun. Wine defects actually fall into two categories: flaws and faults. A flaw is something in a wine that makes the wine atypical, a slight variance in character from the norm. In this case, any minor flaw might be considered “complexity,” and the wine will still be enjoyable. On the other hand, a fault is a major departure from the norm that spoils the wine and renders it undrinkable. A flaw that is extreme could easily fall into this category. There’s a fine line as to when a flaw is too much. Regardless of the intensity of the problem, most defects in wine show up via the nose rather than on the palate. Since we sniff a wine before tasting it, we can avoid putting it into our mouths if the nose is “off.” However, most drinkers will not notice a defect unless it’s extreme. For example, if you stick your nose in a wine and it smells like your dirty gym bag, you don’t have to be an expert to know there’s something wrong
Wine defects — and specifically odors — originate from a variety of sources. Several defects result from extensive use of sulphur-containing compounds used to kill germs on grapes and winemaking equipment. One of the most common of these is sulphur dioxide, which has a pungent smell and leaves an unpleasant effect on the tissues of the nose and throat. Another is hydrogen sulphide, which smells like rotten eggs. There’s also “mercaptan,” a very unpleasant odor that sometimes smells like garlic. Several wine defects result from the action of bacteria. One that I come across every now and then is butyric. This problem makes the wine smell like rancid butter or spoiled Camembert cheese. Lactic is an interesting problem, resulting in a sauerkraut-like aromatic. Acetic is a very common problem, smelling specifically like vinegar. There are many odor problems that result from other causes. One of the most prevalent is “corky.” The use of bad corks can result in TCA, or trichloroanisole, which renders the wine smelling musty like a damp basement. Another very common problem is oxidized wine, simply meaning it has been overexposed to air. The wine usually smells tired or sherry-like. A wine that smells moldy usually
is the result of using moldy grapes or moldy barrels. While filtering a wine, sometimes the filter-pads are not changed often enough and the result is a chalky, papery note on the nose. This defect is called “filterpad.” A really interesting fault is ethyl acetate, resulting from wine-spoiled yeast. Ladies more often than men will recognize this odor, as it resembles nail polish remover. Another fascinating fault is “geranium,” resulting from sorbic acid and smelling like the leaves of a geranium plant. A very common flaw, especially in California wines, is “brett.” The smell is very distinctive, almost like a barnyard or horse aromas.
Hopefully, I haven’t turned you off wine talking about some of these defects. It’s good to be aware of some of the possibilities the next time you smell a wine that is “off.” Remember, “Life’s too short to drink bad wine.” © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2015. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, award-winning author, TV and radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine, and consultant. (winedoctor.ca, twitter.com/ drwineknow, thewinedoctor. blogspot.com, winedoctor.ca/ docs-grapevine.html, facebook.com/ edwarddocfinstein?fref=ts)
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