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For whom the bell tolls Here I am, sitting on the top deck of a yacht docked in Venice, Italy, eating a slice of watermelon and waiting for the others to get ready for our afternoon adventure. The hour of noon is announced by the clanging of a bell, high in a church steeple. Perhaps this has occurred every day for the past 500 years or so, and, God willing, it will for another 500 years to come. Certainly, this wasn’t the reason we had an Italian yacht vacation planned. It was just another unexpected, yet welcome, surprise. I find I often travel seeking what is new and unknown or unfamiliar to me and I enjoy just seeing where it takes my mind. Just who is ringing this bell? Why doesn’t my town do this? Would someone be offended or annoyed by it? Do we in America just not appreciate tradition as much, or are we victim to it? Did there ever occur a time when the bell didn’t chime — perhaps during World War II or during an illness of the bell ringer’s? My mind drifted in so many directions as I pondered this — and I loved it! I can’t answer those questions, I can only ponder them. And perhaps that’s part of what a getaway is all about. After all, the mind is a zero-sum game. Space used for one thought is space not available for another. If I wasn’t away, perhaps I could be pondering my tax filings, the next customer’s needs, a home repair, or the needs of another family member. You get the picture. Is it possible to truly relax and flush the mind of its daily worries without finding other things to take their place? I don’t know. But I do know one thing. For me, true relaxation usually involves a change of place, a change of routine, and positive stimulation. This can be in the form of visual beauty, like that found in nature or an art museum. It can be the auditory beauty of music. Or, it can be just the addition of something new and fascinating to the mind, feeding the never-ending curiosity I seem to have. For me, I just know it works so that you and is worthy of the effort and cost. My hope is that our thoughts and stories will help others enjoy life more by both understanding the need
for relaxation and getaways and then providing a few ideas on how to satisfy that itch. Perhaps we’ll even prod you into action. We try this with one or two dozen stories each month. For now, I will drift back to my pondering of for whom the bell tolls … perhaps it tolls for thee.
On our cover The New River Gorge Bridge frames a fall color portrait in Southern West Virginia. (W.Va. Tourism)
5 ~ Publisher’s Note 6 ~ Editor’s Note 7 ~ Fall in Southern Delaware 10 ~ Travel Line 12 ~ Autumn Glory time in Garrett County 14 ~ Cruise Corner 16 ~ Rail and coal heritage 17 ~ Lancaster County getaway 20 ~ Civil War sites in Virginia’s Tidewater 23 ~ Paddling around Chesapeake 24 ~ Blue Ridge Fruit Loop WV-2 ~ Five fall color tours WV-4 ~ Harman’s luxury cabins WV-6 ~ Marathon and more in Morgantown WV-8 ~ West Virginia’s oldest festival WV-12 ~ Fall in the Eastern Panhandle WV-14 ~ When coal was king 25 ~ Pick an event in Fauquier County 26 ~ Virginia’s Northern Neck 28 ~ Virginia oyster events 30 ~ Zombies race in Wytheville 32 ~ Calendar of Events 36 ~ Racing returns to Shenandoah County 40 ~ Mid-Atlantic corn mazes 42 ~ Family Travel 43 ~ Plein Air in Bath County 44 ~ Adventures in Taste 45 ~ Wine Doctor 46 ~ Music Festival
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Tourism matters a lot During 2015, direct spending in the United States by resident and international travelers averaged $2.6 billion a day, $108.1 million an hour, $1.8 million a minute, and $30,033 a second, ac-
cording to the U.S. Travel Association. That should be enough to alert any business owner or government official to the importance of travel in America today. That spending supported 5.7 million jobs and generated nearly $100 billion in tax revenue without requiring major ongoing public outlays for schools www.calvertparks.org 410.535.5327 and many other taxsupported services. It also points to the huge, often-unseen, impact of Hiking Trails natural disasters, and even acts of terrorism, Picnicking on communities. Our new home is less than a mile from the Education Programs flood devastation that happened in Ellicott Interpretive Exhibits City, Md., just days before I wrote these words. Fortunately, we are on very high ground, but the businesses in historic Ellicott City, and their employees, depended in large measure on tourism. It will be a long time before those businesses will be rebuilt and the Howard Kings Landing Park County tourism folks, Canoe & Kayak Access whose offices and visiGroup Camping & Facilities tor center are in Ellicott City, have a tough job Flag Ponds Nature Park ahead of them. Chesapeake Bay Beach and Fossil Hunting Earlier this spring, floods also hit the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary Greenbrier River ValTrails Through a Bald Cypress Swamp ley of West Virginia, a prime tourism area for
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Travelers’ toolbox u The Anderson Design Group created another tribute to the National Park Service Centennial with a coloring book suitable for all ages. It captures iconic images from each of the 59 parks, plus five pages of favorite animals. Reference copies of original posters, some created by Depression-era Works Progress Administration artists, are also included. (adgstore.com) u Traveling with multiple adapters for different countries can be a pain. The folks at The Grommet are promoting the OneAdaptr Twist World Adapter, which is supposed to work in 150 countries. You twist the base to find the correct adapter and can power up to four devices at once. It contains two USB ports and an AC adapter for most plugs. (thegrommet.com) u ReliefBand is a wearable way to control nausea from motion sickness in planes, trains, automobiles, and boats. The FDA has approved it as a drug-free, over-the-counter device without side effects. It uses programmed pulses to stimulate the median nerve on the underside of the wrist and block waves of nausea. (reliefband.com)
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Five towns, many festivals for fall fun in the First State For charm, simple pleasures, and plenty of festivals, you can’t beat Delaware’s small towns. Lewes, the oldest town in the First State, attracts a crowd year-round. Scrapple puts Bridgeville on the map, and the town celebrates it with its annual Apple-Scrapple Festival. Seaford, off Route 13, boasts the Seaford Museum and the Governor Ross Plantation. Look for tiny Woodland near Seaford, both for its free ferry and its annual festival. Lewes has been attracting visitors since 1681, when Dutch settlers established a whaling station. Today, history buffs come for the 12 historic buildings of the Lewes Historical Society; the Zwaanendael Museum; Fort Miles, which guarded the seacoast during World War II; and the Lightship Overfalls, the last of the U.S. Lighthouse Service’s lightships. Nature lovers flock to the 3,143acre Cape Henlopen State Park for its sandy shoreline, walking and biking trails and the 80-foot Great Dune,
the highest sand dune between Cape Hatteras and Cape Cod.
Festival fun What could make a visit more fun? Festivals! Lewes has events for every taste. The Cannonball 5K, dubbed “The Most Beautiful Race Course in Delaware,” begins at 8:30am Sept. 11. The following Sunday, Sept. 18, 36 teams will compete in the Lewes Dragon Boat Festival. “Each of the towns along the Delaware coast has its own unique elements,” said Betsy Reamer, of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. “That’s great for visitors.” Bethany Beach turns its boardwalk into an open air arts festival Sept. 10. More than 100 juried artists, both local and from around the country, will be displaying jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, photography, basketry, woodworking, and other works. S eaford C h amber of C ommerce
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First State continued from page 7 Beyond coastal Delaware, Bridgeville hosts the annual Apple-Scrapple Festival and, this year, the World Championship Punkin Chunkin event. Near Seaford, the Woodland Ferry Festival celebrates one of the nation’s oldest ferries. Bridgeville’s Apple Scrapple Festival marks its 25th anniversary Oct. 14–15. The area is known for both apples grown by T.S. Smith and Sons Farm and the scrapple produced at RAPA Scrapple. The festival brings together 500 crafters and vendors, entertainment, and food. The Little Miss Apple Scrapple contest and a street dance get things rolling Friday night. On Saturday, live entertainment — including the Mayoral Scrapple Sling at 2:00pm — goes on until 10:00pm.
The festival’s stars are apples and scrapple. Scrapple takes center stage at the Union United Methodist Men’s breakfast on Saturday morning. Later in the day, indulge in apple dumplings with ice cream or a scrapple sandwich. The Punkin Chunkin World Championship returns to Bridgeville for the first time since 2013 and is set for Nov. 4–6. The popular event challenges human and machine to hurl pumpkins as far as they can, and it’s a hoot to watch. The Woodland Ferry Festival on Sept. 10 features free ferry rides across the Nanticoke River all day, plus craft vendors, food, music, and children’s activities. “It’s a family-friendly, oldfashioned event,” said Linda Allen, the festival coordinator. The event runs 9:00am to 4:00pm, but come early for breakfast at the Woodland United Methodist Church, served starting at 7:00am. Georgetown’s Wings and Wheels Festival on
Oct.1, 10:00am-4:00pm, includes activities on the ground like a huge car show, World War II encampments, and exhibits. In the air, there is a vintage plane “fly-in,” parachute jumping, plane rides, and pilot competitions. There’s all-day entertainment and craft and food vendors, too. (wings-wheels.com)
Across Delaware Bay Lewes is also one terminus of the ferry that connects Delaware with New Jersey’s own seaside charmer, Cape May. After the 90-minute trip across the Delaware Bay, rent a bike or hop on the shuttle into downtown Cape May. In Cape May, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities promotes lots of fall festivals: u The Cape May Food and Wine Celebration, Sept. 9–18, features winery tours, tastings, demonstrations, and food. u The Harvest Brew Fest is set for Sept. 17 at the
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Fall fun from Mid-Atlantic festivals to an Irish ferry Who doesn’t love a fair or a festival in the fall? As we begin the month of September, we think of the fall days ahead and all the blessings they bring — vibrant autumn colors, scenic drives along the coast and through the mountains, and festivals that celebrate everything from apples to pumpkins, cider to wine, handmade crafts to fine art. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, there’s a plethora of things to do this time of year, as revealed by this sampling of upcoming events: u The 2016 Heritage Festival at Monticello is set for Sept. 10 in Charlottesville, Va. To be held on the West Lawn, in the vegetable garden, and in the LEED-certified visitor center, it will focus on the restored gardens, as well as gardening, natural history, food ways, and the roles of the plantation community. The festival also will offer traditional tastings, workshops, hands-on demonstrations, interpretive walks, and a variety of garden tours and exhibits. Displays and sales of heirloom foods and plants will be available in the Marketplace, and some of Charlottesville’s best chefs will do cooking demonstrations. Educational programs on seed-saving, botanical medicine, heirloom varieties, sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, edible landscaping, regional cookery, and other aspects of sustainable
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NPS Centennial celebrations continue u Fort McHenry National Monument’s StarSpangled Banner Weekend, Sept. 9–11, includes concerts, a fireworks display, a symbolic ship-toshore “bombardment,” and reenactments. u Harvest Time at Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy, Va., Sept. 17, portrays life on a mid-19th century slave-holding tobacco plantation during the early fall harvest, where a culture of subsistence and cash-crop farming was similar to what Washington experienced as a child in slavery on the Burroughs Plantation. Visitors may visit the park’s structures, gardens, and grounds and learn about plantation life in the 1850s and 1860s. (nps.gov/bowa) u In Shenandoah National Park, near Luray, Va., look for steaming copper kettles at the annual Apple Butter Celebration, Sept. 17, at Skyland Resort, located between miles 41.7 and 42.5. Help stir the apples, sample the apple butter, and purchase a jar of the old-fashioned delicacy. Also enjoy barbecue pork sandwiches served with apple butter, hot or cold apple cider, and regional wine. (goshenenandoah.com) u Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Md., hosts living history weekends marking the 154th anniversary of the battle and its aftermath on Sept. 17–18 and 24–25. (nps.gov/anti) u Gettysburg National Military Park offers living history weekends each weekend in September and October, including a World War II Weekend, Sept. 17–18, at the Eisenhower National Historic Site with Allied soldiers, a German camp, and World War II jeeps and trucks. (nps.gov/get)
On the water The Lough Foyle Ferry, between Magilligan Point on the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland and Greencastle on the Wild Atlantic Way in the Republic of Ireland, recently began full service under the new management of Frazer Ferries. The service links two of the world’s great coastal drives — the Causeway Coast and the Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way is a picturesque 2,500-kilometer coastal route, known for its outstanding natural beauty and rugged coastline. The Causeway Coastal Route is a kaleidoscope of natural landscapes, imposing cliffs, bubbling mountain streams, and gushing waterfalls, through the gorgeous Glens of Antrim toward the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 15-minute sail replaces a 75-minute drive from point to point and also significantly reduces driving time between Belfast/Dublin and Inishowen. The crossing is a destination in its own right, with spectacular views of the Antrim cliffs, Binevenagh Mountain, the Inishowen hills and coastline, and outlines of Rathlin Island and Scotland in the distance. (loughfoyleferry.com) Holland America Line’s Explore4 promotion is back with four top offers on select cruises, January 2017–April 2018. Travelers booking a cruise or Land+Sea Journey for next year or beyond receive benefits such as complimentary beverages and specialty dining
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Fall’s splendor reigns over Maryland’s Garrett County
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The byways of Garrett County lead to beautiful fall colors no matter what route you choose.
Garrett County, Md., justly boasts excitement and discovery 365 days of the year with 90,000 acres of public land, seven state parks, and two state forests ensuring there is never a boring or slow time as the calendar turns from season to season. An estimated 1.1 million visitors annually play on and around Deep Creek Lake in all seasons. They climb, ski, boat, fish, ice skate, fly on snow boards, and even thrill to whitewater rafting. Add to all of this one indisputable truth: Garrett County is at its most stunning when wearing fall colors. And, there are plenty of activities to enjoy along with the natural scenery. The Deep Creek Lake Art and Wine Festival kicks off the seasonal calendar Sept. 9–11 in McHenry. This three-day celebration benefits the HART for Animals, along with the Garrett Lakes Art Festival. Friday’s big opening takes place in several local restaurants with wine-pairing dinners. Saturday and Sunday, the party moves to the Garrett County Fairgrounds, where tastings of more than 200 local and national wines delight the pallets of newbie and connesseur alike. When not sipping, visitors can browse and purchase the works of regional artists that include handcrafted wood works, jewelry, pottery, and oil paintings. No need to leave the grounds for a bite to eat. Arti-
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san foods are available to be eaten to the strains of live entertainment. (deepcreekwinefest.com) “This festival has grown into one of the top events in Garrett County,” said co-chair Paula Yudelevit. “Guests love the laid-back grass-roots atmosphere of the fairgrounds.” Insider tip: Festival lodging packages are available in local hotels and bed-and-breakfast establishments.
deep blue skies, followed by cool, crisp evenings that warrant a sweatshirt and fire.” The resort offers fall golfing on Loadstone Golf Course, pontoon boat tours, scenic chairlift rides, and whitewater rafting at Adventure Sports Center International. The beautiful fall foliage continues to form the backdrop for exploring other county offerings,
such as the Mountain Fresh Farmers Markets (mountainfresh.org) every Wednesday through Saturday through Oct. 29.
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Celebrating autumn glory Few words in the English language conjure such beauty in the mind’s eye as “autumn glory.” So, in this county of unparalleled natural splendor, why not have a festival to celebrate it? The 49th Autumn Glory Festival takes place Oct. 12–16 at multiple locations. “The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce puts on the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday of Autumn Glory, the craft show at the Garrett County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall and the … kickoff reception at Wisp Resort,” said the chamber’s Sarah Duck. “The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department puts on the Thursday Oktoberfest and Fireman’s Parade and the town of Oakland puts on the Maryland State Banjo, Mandolin and Fiddle Championships on Friday and Saturday night.” Additionally, the festival features fall foliage driving tours, concerts, art exhibits, the Maryland Tournament of Bands, and antique and craft shows. According to Duck, in 2015 “… Good Housekeeping listed Oakland as one of 50 small towns across America with the most beautiful fall foliage.” Lori Zalgoa, who promotes Wisp Resort, said fall is “… my favorite season in Garrett County. There’s just nothing like those warm days with
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twice. And, predictably, we were fascinated by the narrow streets, old buildings, and bustling activities. Of course, we did a gondola ride. And, who wouldn’t when in Venice, even if it is 80 euros, or approximately $90, for a half hour? But, we never really would have gotten the true flavor of the city had we not shown up on our own boat that we piloted ourselves. We really got to feel the vibe and see from the water just how the place functions. Deliveries of supplies to all the
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stores and restaurants are made by boat. Taxis are boats. UPS and DHL deliveries are via boat. The buses are boats. In fact, the only things you’ll find in Venice with wheels on them are delivery carts. This makes Venice a city like no other, unless you take into account the surrounding islands and their little cities. Our itinerary included visiting Venice, Murano (famous for glass making), Burano (known for its lace making), and several barrier islands that form part of the coastline of the Adriatic Sea. The first afternoon after our orientation and test drive, we slowly cruised from the yacht base through quiet waters filled with nature and interesting views into the Italian way of life along the coast. Harvesting the bounty of the sea is part of the lifestyle here, and there are many fishing villages and boats to see along the way. Clamming sites are staked out in the shallow areas of the lagoon. We saw boaters plying the water using the same method of poling their boats gondoliers use. We followed along the inner side of the barrier islands, where little towns full of colorful buildings delighted the eye and the ties to their religion were made obvious by the many “Ave Maria” signs and ribbons hanging from buildings. Throughout this part of Italy, there is a simplicity to the way of life, which we witnessed in Pellestrina, the first small town where we spent the night. We were able to dock along the quay in front of the Catholic church and walked to a local restaurant that served a variety of fresh seafood harvested that day. Spaghetti served simply with fresh clams, olive oil, and fresh parsley, whole grilled fish, grilled sardines, and shrimp, with salad and polenta, were some of the delicious meals offered that night. The locals were very pleasant and used to catering to tourists, but the town was very quiet, even on a Saturday night. The locals were going about their usual activities, like walking their dogs. Boys were kicking around a soccer ball. The next day, we set off for Venice, which is truly unique among European cities. It is filled with beautiful architecture, works of art, sculpture, museums, shopping, leather goods, and delicious food. It is a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds. Insider tip: Plan to see Venice while you are
young enough to walk a lot, since there are restrictions on the boats allowed to ply the canals. We moored for two nights in a very quiet, clean, and safe marina situated in a lovely residential area in the southern part of Venice. Our yacht did not have air-conditioning, which enticed us to sleep beneath the stars on the top deck, where the sound of the gentle lapping of the water around us lulled us to sleep. The breeze kept us cool and also kept any mosquitos away. We will never forget those nights, and it is an experience you could not find through any other means. After two days and nights of fully exploring Venice, with all of its boats, neighborhoods, shops, canals, and bridges over green-blue water, we sailed a short distance to Murano, famous for its glass. Colorful buildings and delicious pasta and seafood greeted us. We were absolutely amazed by the variety of the handmade glass items to be had: chandeliers, vases, jewelry, and kitchen and household goods. Everything under the sun was produced in colorful, dazzling glass by artisans who love this centuries-old craft. Burano was next, with its handmade lace making, a nearly lost art, and even more brightly colored homes of fisherman and artisans. The row houses are decorated this way, the legend goes, because it allowed the fisherman to tell their houses apart. Many other islands dot the lagoon, full of ancient history, waiting to be explored.
Do-it-yourself adventure While it’s nice to live vicariously and enjoy the benefits of other people’s adventures, nothing beats doing it on your own. No prior boating experience? Actually, that’s not a really big deal. If you have the cash or credit, and it really isn’t that much, you will be briefed in basic operation and basic navigation, and then placed on a boat designed for ease of use. The boats only go about as fast as an average human can run, about 10 mph. They are surrounded by bumpers, almost like floating bumper cars, and everyone else with experience can see it’s a rental boat and pretty much stays clear. The trickiest part is parking, and you just take it slow. The staff at the marina will spent a great amount of time training you, helping with your itinerary,
and providing helpful tips. They truly custom build the plan for your trip and your comfort and skill level. Our advice? Ask questions, repeatedly if necessary, to make sure you understand everything. Don’t just say yes to be polite. Have at least two people attend the briefing — one will likely remember what another may have forgotten. Take notes, too. Have one person drive, while another makes the navigation decisions. In other words, the captain makes sure that the ship doesn’t hit anything and is safely going on the correct trajectory while the navigator reads the maps and offers directions — “Head straight toward the lighthouse and bear left where that sailboat is right now,” for example. Our boat was an 11.8-meter (about 40 feet) Penichette, equipped with three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with stove, oven, sink, refrigerator, and freezer, interior driving station, and a dining room table. On the upper deck, we had a sun cover, seating for about eight, and driving controls, as well as plentiful sun lounging area. It was just like a floating camper, allowing you the freedom to visit many different areas, with all of the conveniences you need, at the pace you desire. This is great for having lots of time to bond as a family, sharing the experience of navigating the water, experiencing a new country and culture, and, at the end of a day of touring, relaxing on board your own private home-away-from-home. It is an amazing trip to take with another couple — or more, depending on the size of the boat you rent — allowing some cost sharing. All things considered, it can be a very economical holiday when all the costs of a hotel, food, and transportation (no need to take public or private water taxis to explore the Venice lagoon and surrounding islands) are tallied up and compared to renting a canal yacht for the week.
What to rent There are multiple boat sizes from which to choose, with a variety of layouts. Most come with two to four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom (complete with a shower and plenty of hot water). We like the type that has a bridge on the top deck, as well as inside, where the fresh air and scenery can be enjoyed by captain and the crew alike. In addition to Venice, there are a wide variety of locations in Europe that are available to explore by canal yacht. The time of year is also something to consider. Summertime is the most popular, and therefore the time with the highest fees, but we have found the spring and autumn to be very beautiful (and cooler) times of year to visit, as well as less expensive. The crowds fade away, the hustle and bustle diminishes, and people relax, enhancing the experience of meeting the locals. Insider tip: Pack a small electric fan or two for summer trips. For more information on a variety of countries, boats, and locations for your holiday, visit locaboat.com/en. Bon voyage!
The upper deck of this Locaboat yacht has room to drive and dine and take in the views. A variety of boat configurations are available.
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Three sites where history comes alive in Northeastern Pennsylvania Reading history from a textbook can teach us a lot, but experiences give us a much better appreciation for a region’s heritage. Three familyfriendly sites in the greater Wilkes-Barre and Scranton region of northeastern Pennsylvania offer great opportunities to learn about its past.
Explore railroad history at Steamtown Rail enthusiasts travel from miles around to learn more about the history and technology of
steam railroading at Steamtown, located in downtown Scranton. Operated by the National Park Service, the 65acre site operates at the former Scranton yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. NPS developed Steamtown by using existing portions of the roundhouse (the oldest dating from 1902) as part of the museum complex, adding to it a visitor center, theater, technology, and a history museum. The 250-seat surround-sound theater at Steam-
town offers visitors a glimpse into the life of a railroader with its 18-minute film, Steel and Steam. The history museum provides guests with a railroading timeline from the early days of rail through the 1980s, and the technology museum houses a steam locomotive, caboose, and boxcar, and explores some of the more technical aspects of railroading from using steam, to operating signals, to learning railroad jargon. A highlight of a visit to the only NPS site dedicated to steam railroading is the 30-minute ride on a vintage train. (nps.gov/stea) continued on page 47
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Lancaster blossoms in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country Take it from Maria Tomassetti, the artist whose works adorn the walls at Aussie and The Fox restaurant in her native city of Lancaster, Pa. “If you haven’t been to the city in the past five years, you haven’t been to Lancaster. So much growth has taken place with new galleries, shops, restaurants, and breweries.” When we visited in 2011, we spent our time in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country surrounding the city. The delights — including horse-drawn carriages and comfort food that charmed granddaughters aged 6 and 12 — couldn’t have been better. But on this year’s visit by ourselves, my husband and I discovered a revitalized downtown Lancaster — plus refurbished older attractions such as the North Museum of Natural History and Science, whose $3.5 million renovation adds appeals such as the new planetarium. Spirit-filled Lancaster has more events and spontaneous activity going on for its size — population about 60,000 — than any place we’ve visited recently. The Tuesday-Saturday Central Market, housed in a 120-year-old red-brick building on a 275-year-old site in city center, makes the point not only with its more than 60 vendors — selling crafts and collectibles, coffee and tea, homemade to-go items, groceries, and ethnic foods — but also through its last phase of renovation, where the courtyard invites shoppers to stay for entertainment. The compact downtown area meant we covered a lot of territory during a weekend stay. Most of the places we wanted to visit we marked off within a seven-block area of a map. Use a smartphone or grab a gallery guide for quick selection of traditional and avant-garde arts venues. Want funky shops? Pop into a couple on North Queen Street. History lovers shouldn’t miss Wheatland, home to James Buchanan for 20 years following his 1856-
Now through November 5 Just in time for election season, come see the hit musical Josiah for President, live on the Bird-in-Hand Stage. Scandal, back-stabbing and politics-as-usual are center stage until an unlikely encounter changes the course of the country. Can a plain man of faith truly turn the tide of politics and become the leader of America?
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Outside the city Just south of Route 30, about a 15 minutes’ drive from downtown, is The Amish Village. It has added, within the past five years, the 90-minute narrated Backroads Bus Tours, Jeep Tours, and Luxury Tours. Capture the sights, sounds, and smells of Amish life: talk to the Amish teacher in
the one-room schoolhouse, visit the blacksmith and the farm animals around the barn, and see the windmill and water wheel operating the barnyard pump in the absence of electricity. A 10-minute drive on Route 340 east of the city found us at Kitchen Kettle Village — a thirdgeneration business of specialty shops (with artisans on site), kitchen-canning (while we watched),
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stuffers and gifts in advance of the holidays. Insider tip: One place to experience the holidays year-round is at the National Christmas Center in Paradise, where you’ll find unusual exhibits as well as shopping. Fewer than 5 miles northeast of the city lies the Landis Valley Village and Farm, which spans building styles of nearly 200 years, blending the intertwined stories of farming, home life, domestic arts, and religion. Check out special events for this month, which
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Heading west, less than a half hour from the city, is the Turkey Hill Experience, a different approach to factory tours (where no factory is present). Learn interactively how to make your own ice cream flavor and iced-tea products, star in your own TV commercial, and milk mechanical cows.
Where to stay If you’ve had a busy day, consider retreating to the Fulton Steamboat Inn or Eden Resort Inn, both conveniently located off Route 30. With one taking on the romantic appearance of a steamboat — in homage to Robert Fulton, born a few miles from the site — and the other
offering suites and villas, choices abound, but both feature indoor heated pools and varied dining experiences. The Lancaster Marriott Penn Square is distinctive for incorporating artifacts from Lancaster’s heritage: the 19th-century façade of the landmark Watt and Shand depart-
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n T H A T ’ S E N T E R T A IN M E N T ! 1–Dec. 31, a musical comedy about tradition, unexpected guests, and the real meaning of Christmas. Play, meal, and accommodation packages are available. (bird-in-hand.com) Varied performance venues, including the Fulton Theatre and Lancaster Marionette Theatre, are within a walk of downtown hotels — meaning plenty of entertainment options. The Fulton is offering the thriller Veronica’s Room (by Ira Levin, the author of Rosemary’s Baby), Oct. 11–30. Take one of the theater’s Friday tours to learn about its resident ghost, then come back for Beauty and the Beast and ’Twas the Night Before Christmas in November or December. (thefulton.org) An 1850s historic building on North Water Street houses the 26-year-old marionette theatre, performing Peter Pan through Nov. 5, Calling All Spirits, Oct. 29–31, and Cinderella’s Christmas in late November. Arrive at least 20 minutes before the show for a behind-the-scenes tour. (hiwpuppets.org)
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Lancaster County is full of performing arts options from comedy and dinner theaters to music venues to historic venues. Among the best known is the Sight and Sound Theatre, which premiered Samson this spring. The play runs through December and brings the Biblical story to life. (sight-sound.com) “That was an amazing show,” said Melvin Boyd, who stopped at the theater with his wife, Lynette, on their way home from Niagara Falls. “I’d never seen anything quite like it.” The couple enjoyed their stay at the Fulton Steamboat Inn, as well. “It was a great way to experience the Lancaster area. We thoroughly enjoyed it," Boyd said. The Smucker family operates a variety of accommodations and attractions in Bird-in-Hand. The Bird-inHand Stage offers the election year spoof Josiah for President, a musical about a Lancaster County Amish farmer drafted as a write-in candidate. It runs through Nov. 5 and is followed by Our Christmas Dinner, Nov.
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Three Civil War cities in Coastal Virginia that saw action Hampton, Newport News, and Norfolk are cities where the sacrifices of the American Civil War are remembered and honored. Tucked into the southeastern corner of Virginia, these now-thriving cities and surrounding waterways were once war-torn battlegrounds. Today, they provide visitors with a unique opportunity to see authentic remnants from the past and glimpses of the life and death struggles that helped mold our nation. On March 9, 1862, the USS Monitor and the USS Merrimack, newly dubbed the CSS Virginia, lit the skyline with explosions. Horrified residents witnessed the sound and fury of the first great battle of the ironclads. Stroll along the shoreline of these cities and imagine the most important naval battle of the Civil War being fought within sight just offshore.
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You can walk down a mock deck and see the CSS Virginia being built for battle, walk the deck of a full-scale reproduction of the vessel that changed naval warfare, and see the actual turret, as well as the battle action in the theater. Other Civil War sites in Newport News include Endview Plantation and Lee Hall Mansion, 1-mile apart. Both of these well-preserved homes offer tours. Endview, built in 1769, was used as a Confederate hospital during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Later, Federal troops invaded the area and occupied the house. Only three years after Lee Hall’s completion, the Peninsula became one of the first battlegrounds of the war, and the new mansion briefly became the Confederate headquarters. “Annual programs and events at both sites include a spring Civil War reenactment, guided van tours of Civil War sites, and on-site and outreach programs,” said Laura Willoughby, historic site coordinator for both properties. A guided evening walk at Endview Plantation highlighting Civil War history takes place Oct. 21.
were granted refuge, establishing a concept that had a far-reaching impact during the war. A new exhibit chronicles the “Contraband Decision” of 1861 which resulted in not only giving escaped slaves refuge as “contrabands of war,” but also gave them wages for their labor and created camps where they could live. Admission to the fort and museum are free. Much of the city of Hampton was burned on
Aug. 7, 1861, during the Confederate evacuation. Although partially burned, the walls of St. John’s Church, Queen’s Way, built in 1728, survived and the church was rebuilt. Enjoy a walk through this lovely old church which stands today as a testament to the rebuilding of our nation after the horrors of a civil war. continued on page 22
Hampton Although Virginia seceded from the Union on April 17, 1861, Fort Monroe in Hampton remained a Union stronghold throughout the war. “For many,” Robin Reed, Casement Museum director, said, “Fort Monroe is the eye of the hurricane for the American Civil War.” The Casemate Museum, located within the largest stone fort in America, features exhibits on the very spot where some of the described events occurred. See weapons and uniforms, peer through bars into the room where Jefferson Davis was held prisoner, and see where three escaped slaves
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The Mariners' Museum is filled with fascinating stories, captured in the priceless artifacts that celebrate the spirit of the open sea. • View maritime art, handcrafted ship models and rare figureheads. • Hike the Noland Trail or picnic at Lions Bridge overlooking the James River. • Explore small craft from around the world. • Discover the USS Monitor Center, home of the Civil War ironclad’s iconic gun turret. • Experience a 3D film in the Explorers Theater.
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Norfolk Only a year after Virginia became a Confederate state, the city of Norfolk was re-occupied by Union troops, and Fort Norfolk was seized from the rebels and used as a prison. The fort, authorized by George Washington in 1794, stands on the banks of the Elizabeth River looking much as it did during the Civil War. Visitors are welcome to walk along the grassy mounds, stepping into old brick buildings, now
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painted a gleaming white, and imagine what life as a prisoner within those walls might have been like. Walk along Norfolkâ€™s Cannonball Trail and view many Civil War sites, including the circa-1807 home of Dr. William B. Selden, surgeon general of the Confederate Army, at 351 Botetourt St. The imposing white house once served as a headquarters for Union occupation troops. In 1870, after Seldenâ€™s return to his home, he hosted a grand reception for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. One of the many notable sites in Norfolk is the West Point Monument in Elmwood Cemetery. It is a rare tribute to African-American veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish American War. The soldier depicted on the monument is Norfolk native Sgt. William H. Carney, the first black
soldier to receive the Medal of Honor and whose regiment was the basis for the movie Glory. Nearly 100 African-American veterans are buried in Elmwood Cemetery on East Princess Anne Road. The U.S. Custom House, circa 1858, on Main Street was used as a federal dungeon during the war. The Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House, features interesting exhibits describing the Union Occupation.
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n S E E L IV IN G F O S S IL S A T T H E V IR G IN IA L IV IN G M U S E U M The Virginia Living Museum offers a window into the strange and diverse origins of the 250 living species of fish in the state with its â€œliving fossilsâ€? exhibit. The bony-plated sturgeon is part of a freshwater group of fish called chondostreans that exhibits several primitive traits that often cause people to mistake them for sharks: an asymmetrical tail (forked, longer on top), leathery un-scaled skin, and the same fin positioning as sharks. Two other unique species common in Virginia are the bowfin and gar. Both have â€œbonyâ€? skeletons, not cartilaginous ones, but have several primitive traits of their own: armor-like ganoid scales and, astoundingly, the remnants of an airbreathing lung that allows them to gulp air at the surface when the oxygen levels become fatally low for other fishes. They are not only ancient, but tough! Each of the exhibits tells a story, including the camouflage abilities of the flounder; the invasive, but beautiful lionfish; and the com-
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hether your interest is in the causes for Confederacy, the struggle for Union or the fight for Freedom, youâ€™ll find it at The American Civil War Museum. In Richmond and Appomattox.
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The James River exhibit enhances the experience at the Virginia Living Museum. plex interrelationships of the animals and plants that inhabit a cypress swamp, including the bowfin and gar. Visitors can touch famous Chesapeake Bay creatures, plus enjoy hands-on activities at three discovery centers. Outdoors, a lakeside boardwalk winds through the trees, past coastal birds, beavers, otters, coyotes, red wolves, and other animals in naturalized habitats. Garden, landscape, and exhibit plantings display the largest collection of native plants in Virginia. (thevlm.org)
Where 19th-century culture mingles with the ghosts of the Lincoln assassination story. 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735 Phone: 301-868-1121 www.surrattmuseum.org
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Paddle among the Great Dismal Swamp’s 112,000 acres If ever a place was misnamed, it’s the Great Dismal Swamp. “Great” it may be — some 112,000 acres spread across southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina — but “dismal?” Hardly. For paddlers and people-powered boaters, this big slice of Virginia’s Tidewater offers nearly endless opportunities. Along with miles of waterways, the refuge has received both the Virginia and Globally Important Bird Area designations, and the National Parks Services’ National Natural Landmark and Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site designations. Lake Drummond, in the center of the refuge, is one of the region’s most popular paddling destinations. Access to the lake is either by a 3-mile-long feeder ditch off the Dismal Swamp Canal to the east, or a road through the refuge from the west. Paddling the feeder ditch is a trip back into history. This area was orig-
inally surveyed by George Washington’s company, and retains a nearly prehistoric look and feel.
Other paddling sites, too The refuge is not the only waterway that makes the Chesapeake, Va., area ideal for canoes, kayaks, and other human-driven craft. Kevin Kaul, head of Outdoor Programs for Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism, and a devoted water sport enthusiast, also recommends Northwest River Park and the tidal marshes surrounding the Great Bridge Locks. Located on the banks of the Northwest River, the 763-acre Northwest River Park is known for its abundant birds and wildlife. Kaul reports seeing “... six bald eagles playing in the treetops. Then, not two minutes later, we saw 16 of them flying in perfect formation right above us.” Insider tip: Along with exceptional paddling and wildlife watching, the C h esapeake T ou rism
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Eleven fall stops on Nelson County’s Blue Ridge Fruit Loop In addition to offering sensory pick-your-own fun, some orchards along the Blue Ridge Fruit Loop make and sell freshly pressed cider and other tasty jam and jelly fruit products. It’s a great reason for a
getaway to the Virginia mountains. Begin at the visitor center in Lovingston by picking up a card to have stamped at each orchard. (nelsoncouunty-ca.gov) After getting the lay of the land,
set out for the most delectable fresh fruit in the region. Since you’re traveling a loop, it doesn’t matter where you begin or end. The first three orchards closest to the visitor center are in a southerly direction. n Silver Creek Orchards, Tyro scso.com, 434-277-5824 Silver Creek Orchards raises about 25 varieties of apples, as well as wine grapes. While not generally open to the public, families are invited on two fall weekends: Saturday, Sept. 10, 9:00am–4:00pm, and Sunday, Sept. 11, 11:00am–4:00pm, for Red and Gold Delicious, Virginia Gold, Mutzu, Jonagold, and Empire, and Saturday, Oct. 8, 9:00am–4:00pm and Sunday, Oct. 9, 11:00am–4:00pm, for Rome, York, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Arkansas Black.
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The Blue Ridge Fruit Loop includes orchards and related farm markets.
n Seamans’ Orchard, Roseland seamansorchards.com, 434-277-8130 With scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Seamans’ Orchard is a fourth-generation farm featur-
ing pick-your-own strawberries and cherries in spring, blueberries in the summer, and apples on only Saturday, Sept. 17, 7:00am–4:00pm, and Sunday, Sept. 18, 11:00am– 4:00pm for Red and Gold Delicious, Empire, and Jonagold. Half-bushel and bushel sales only; containers provided. n Drumheller’s Orchard, Lovingston drumhellersorchard.com, 434-263-5036 Drumheller’s Orchard is now run by fifth-generation family members and holds festival weekends Sept. 24–25 and Oct. 15–16. The festivals include hayrides, a pumpkin patch and corn maze, two apple sling shots, craft and food vendors, live music, fresh cider, and apple pies and cakes. Country ham, side meat, and other goodies are also sold at the event Drumheller’s Farm Market sells continued on page 37
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WEST VIRGINIA FALL GETAWAYS Fall color drives • Leaf-peeper & Forest festivals Autumn activities in Eastern Panhandle Try fishing at Harman’s Luxury Cabins Morgantown Marathon & more Coal heritage on view
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Five fall color tours to enjoy in the Mountain State this season As you might expect, West Virginia’s mountains put on quite an autumn show. You might not realize those yellow, gold, and orange colors appear at different times across the state. The West Virginia tourism folks provide information on five different fall color tours, based on likely peak color in the area. The frost comes early in the Canaan Valley, where the Mountain Magic Tour begins. Plan a late September trip to see the five-story Blackwater Falls framed in color. Take time to mosey around the towns of Davis and Thomas, which now offer eclectic dining and nightlife as well as local advice on enjoying the area’s trails. Heading south, you pass through the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area and you can stop for hiking or rock climbing at Seneca Rocks, where the sandstone outcropping stretches upward for 900 feet. The area also includes Seneca and Smoke Hole caverns, where the underground passages are also full of color. At Green Bank, the focus is star
gazing, with huge radio telescopes and a visitor center that explains the scientific work conducted there. Not far from Green Bank, you can catch one of Cass Scenic Railroad’s steam locomotives and travel nearly a mile high to the top of Bald Knob for spectacular fall views. Back in the car, drive over the Highland Scenic Highway, West Virginia Route 150, which offers 22 miles of plateaus and valleys viewed from 4,500 feet. At the highway’s southern end is Cranberry Glades, a natural botanical garden of bog vegetation that exists far south of its normal location.
Scarlet heartland Also in late September, Mother Nature visits the area around Morgantown, so if you’re not watching a West Virginia University football game you can appreciate the colors at the university’s arboretum, Coopers Rock State Forest, or along the Cheat River Gorge.
By mid-October, the central part of the state comes alive with color, making it a great time to visit picturesque places such as Philippi Covered Bridge, site of the first land battle of the Civil War, or Stonewall Jackson’s boyhood home at Jackson’s Mill. West Virginia’s western reaches, along the Ohio River, usually hit their color peak in mid-October. Parkersburg offers a sternwheeler cruise to historic Blennerhasset Island, where Aaron Burr allegedly hatched a plot to create an empire in the Southwest. East of Parkersburg, view the color on a bike along the North Bend Rail Trail that takes you through towns and 13 tunnels.
Golden gateway In late October, the Eastern Panhandle of the state dons its fall color and nearby places like Harpers Ferry, Charles Town, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, and Berkeley Springs are surrounded by shades of amber and gold along the Potomac
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and Shenandoah rivers and across the mountainsides. A trick of geography means that West Virginia’s southernmost regions are touched with nature’s paintbrush at the same time as its northeastern region. Arteries like I-64, I-77, and U.S. Route 19 take you through places like the state capital of Charleston and historic Lewisburg. Along the way, you can visit West Virginia’s artisan showcase at Tamarack and cross the New River Gorge.
Oct. 15 brings visitors to one of the bestknown West Virginia festivals: Bridge Day in Fayetteville and the New River Gorge Bridge. Said to be the largest extreme sports event in the world, Bridge Day was first celebrated in 1980 to mark completion of the world’s second-longest single arch bridge. BASE jumpers leap from the bridge more than 800 feet into the New River Gorge while other adventurers are skydiving and rappelling. Vendors line both ends of the bridge and there are additional events, including the Bridge Jam Music Festival and a chili cook-off.
can also be seen on one of the state’s scenic excursion trains. Mountain Rail Adventures (mountainrailwv.com) provides excursions departing from historic depots in Elkins, Durbin, and Cass through December. Trips range from all-day excursions on the Cheat Mountain Salamander to half-day trips on the New Tygart Flyer and Mountain Explorer dinner train. You can even spend the night in the Castaway Caboose or the Bald Knob Caboose and catch the train back the next day. The Wild Heart of West Virginia Adventure package offers a combined ride on two trains, the Cass Scenic Railroad and the Cheat Mountain Salamander, with overnight options in Elkins and Cass. The Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad provides narrated excursions through unspoiled countryside and “The Trough,” a narrow mountain valley with the South Branch of the Potomac River running below. The Trough is also known as the eastern home of the American bald eagle and sightings are common. The excursions depart from Romney, W.Va., and run through Oct. 30. (potomaceagle.info)
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Petersburg “Fall Foliage Specials” South Side Depot to South Moorefield. 1 1/2 hour trips Month of October. Saturdays 8, 15, 22 Departs 10am, 12:30pm & 3pm. Sundays 9, 16, 23 Departs 12:30pm & 3pm. Ticket prices: Adults $20, Seniors (60+) $15, Kids $10.
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Harman’s surprises with trophy trout fishing and honeymoons
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Anglers proudly show off their catches at Harman’s Luxury Cabins.
For some vacationers, paradise is a rustic cabin next to a mountain stream. But, paradise can always be improved. Building on that basic picture, let’s have the stream flow through a canyon of stunning rock cliffs, and make it home to some of the East’s finest trout fishing. Add in a few forest trails and picture-perfect views. As a final touch, let’s make the cabins deluxe dwellings with modern amenities. We have just created Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins. Harman’s — established in 1939 and still family-owned — is located in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of West Virginia, one of the state’s scenic hotspots.
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Matt Smith discovered Harman’s while looking online for honeymoon destinations. “It’s hard to find a place like this. It’s perfect,” said Smith, who is from Pennsylvania. “Why go to the beach and deal with the crowds? This was close to home. We’ve been relaxing here all week.” It’s not difficult to see why Harman’s has become popular with honeymooners and others seeking a romantic or family getaway. The cabins are made of knotty pine and convey a warm ambiance. Each comes with a fully equipped kitchen and spacious living area. The bedding is the same as that used in the best Vegas hotels. Outside, guests can take in the crisp, mountain air and enjoy a soak in their private hot tub.
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The 21 cabins all have a riverside view, and can accommodate from two to eight people. The larger cabins are good for groups and corporate retreats.
Weddings and honeymoons Harman’s is having a good year, according to general manager Ed Wooten. “We’re up from last year. We’re getting more honeymooners, and we’re actively booking weddings,” Wooton said. Complete wedding packages and a full-time coordinator help things go smoothly. “We can take all the stress out of planning a destination wedding,” Wooton said. “We use our beautiful riverside deck, and set up a big tent in the grass overlooking the water.” Clayton and Megan Good recently spent their honeymoon at Harman’s. “This place is a well-kept secret. We love it here. There’s a lot to see and do,” Clayton Good said. Attractions within an easy drive include the Dolly Sods Wilderness
Area, Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob, and Canaan Valley State Park. The newlywed Goods began their day hiking at Seneca Rocks, then went zip lining at NROCKS Outdoor Adventures in nearby Circleville. They got in some trout fishing before retreating to their cabin to prepare a steak dinner for two. As the evening light faded, they dined outside by a crackling campfire. How’s that for an unforgettable day?
of the guides. He spent a day on the water with the Goods. Megan Good had never fly fished before. While Clayton Good was already an experienced fly-fisher, this trip gave him a chance to test his skills on a stream managed for trophy trout. They both caught and landed some nice fish. But, it was the bride who scored big by landing
a 4-pound-plus rainbow. Wooton quickly took a picture of her holding her catch, while behind her, in the dusk, more trout dappled the water, rising to a hatch of mayflies. It was a peaceful ending to another exceptional day at Harman’s.
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Shining feature If there’s a single feature that makes Harman’s special, it’s the trophy trout fishing. “Our main appeal is private water fishing at your door,” Wooton said. “We also have a fly shop and guide service.” Harman’s stocks a 1.75-mile stretch of the North Fork with thousands of pounds of trout each year — mostly rainbows, but also brown, brook, and golden trout. All fishing is catch and release. “There are 10-pound fish in here, and plenty in the 3-to-5-pound range,” said Wooton, who is also one
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A marathon and two festivals make for an exciting September Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that things are slowing down around Morgantown, W.Va. September is full of fun events, whether you like running, wining and dining, or drinking beer at the ballpark.
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The WVU Medicine Morgantown Marathon, Sept. 17–18, is for athletes and non-athletes alike. On Saturday, runners can participate in the Mountain Mama 8K, followed by a post-race celebration at Tent City. Sunday’s events include the Morgantown Thirteener and the Tour Morgantown Marathon, as well as a Tent City celebration. The Massage Envy Health and Wellness Expo will be held at the National Guard Readiness Center on both days. Now in its second year, the race is the brainchild of Jamie Summerlin, who raced across America four years ago. “I got tired of not having a marathon in our town,” he explained,
adding that last year’s event attracted 1,263 runners from 36 states and three countries. Approximately 1,500 runners are expected to race through all seven wards of the city this year. “We don’t advertise this as one of the 10 fastest courses in the U.S.,” laughed Summerlin. “Unlike most races, this one finishes uphill; during the course of the race, runners gain 1,800 feet of elevation. “You can run a fast, flat marathon any weekend, but this won’t be one of those,” he added. All proceeds from the race go to support Operation Welcome Home, a veterans’ facility in Morgantown. Last year’s event raised $65,000. (morgantownmarathon.com)
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This is where your story begins. Take in all of our breathtaking scenery from the water, in the forest canopy on a zip line or with an evening walk along the river on the rail trail. Combine the great outdoors with these festivals and events for the perfect weekend getaway! Sept. 17-18 WV Wine and Jazz Festival Sept. 17-18 Morgantown Marathon Sept. 24 Home Run and Hops Craft Beer Festival Sept. 29-Oct. 2 Preston County Buckwheat Festival Oct. 7 Arts Walk
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Mountain State Forest Festival has been luring visitors for 80 years Ever seen a lumberjack competition? The Mountain State Forest Festival in West Virginia’s Randolph County promises that and much more as it observes its 80th anniversary Oct. 1–9 with the theme of “Celebrate!” The state’s oldest and largest festival, the event brings more than 100,000 people to the scenic mountainous region at a time when autumn leaves are in their glory. Live music, parades, pageantry, arts and crafts, competitions, a carnival — and West Virginia food, craft beer, and wines — are among the attractions at the festival that is centered around the town of Elkins, a 195-mile drive from Washington, D.C.
“It’s the perfect time to come to West Virginia,” said the festival’s Breanna George, citing the natural beauty of the turning leaves. “It’s kind of the state’s homecoming that brings everybody back.” The festival kicks off Oct. 1 with 5K/10K runs, a “Strongest Man in the Forest” competition, Irish road bowling, and “Celebrate Appalachia!,” a new event that includes an old-time banjo and fiddle contest, burger cook-off, and beer. Other festival week activities include: a children’s parade, pet parade and show, juried art shows, photography show, quilt show, forestry and wood exhibits, horseshoe tournament, Christian and gospel music concert, talent show, dance show, and vendors in City Park. Get the schedule at an information booth at Davis Avenue and Third Street or check the website. (forestfestival.com)
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exhibition, antique and classic street rod car parade, special units and log truck parade, monster truck exhibition, and tailgate party. In the evening, disc jockey Larry Groce will host a Mountain Stage radio show with multiple guest musicians that will be broadcast on NPR. The festival closes Oct. 9, with a buckwheat cake and sausage “feed,” 3-D target show, hike at Timberline Resort, and muzzleloading contest. Five U.S. presidents — Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter — have attended the festival, which began in 1930, but took a hiatus during World War II. Elkins also offers Branson-style music shows by the well-known American Mountain Theater and Gandy Dancer Theatre, and, a recent addition, the Franks Family Music Show. Excursion train rides are available from the historic
Leaf peeping in Tucker County If you really relish the eye-popping colors of fall, check out the Sept. 23–25 Leaf Peepers Festival in Davis in the Canaan Valley. The leaves turn color faster there than elsewhere because of the valley’s high elevation. The new U.S. Route 48 has greatly reduced drive time from Washington. Festivities include a parade, inflatable rides, food and craft fair, 2K/5K run, pet show, photo contest, “duck” race, Oktoberfest with live music, car show, and golf tournament. Lindy Point and Pendleton Point overlooks in Blackwater Falls State Park and the chairlift ride at Canaan Valley Resort State Park are particularly good leaf-watching spots. Another way to enjoy the foliage is to play cowboy atop a horse. Coinciding with the leaf festival, the Fall Frontier Weekend sponsored by Timberline Four
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Seasons Resort is a family-oriented Wild West event benefiting the local fire department. Members of the Saddle Tramps Old Western Heritage Club, decked out with 1880s-era cowboy attire and weapons, host a chuck wagon breakfast on Saturday and then guide an extended horseback ride through Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. You can bring your own horse or rent one. That night, relax at a “cow camp” with a campfire, barbecue chuck wagon, mock cowboy robbery, frontier games, and Western music.
“It’s a hoedown atmosphere,” said Kim Bennett, of Mountain Trail Rides, which operates stables at Timberline and in Davis. She said the company will offer discount rides during the weekend to those who mention they’re there for the leaf festival. Tucker County is known for its outdoor recreational opportunities, including skiing, hiking, paddle sports, fishing, and mountain biking. (For those who like bike races, the Revenge of the Rattlesnake Ultra and Ultra Lite is Sept. 17.) With three breweries, the area is becoming a beer lover’s
will run on both days of the West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival from the WVU Mountainlair Student Union, and taxis are also available.
continued from page WV-6 more your speed. Now in its 22nd year, this mixture of good music, fine food, local libations, and the work of talented artisans attracts approximately 4,000 people to Camp Muffly, about 6 miles south of Morgantown. “We work with a lot of great people to put this together, including the West Virginia University School of Music and the city and county,” said Jerry Deal, one of the founders of the self-sustaining event. “It’s a great way to get together with friends over drinks in a beautiful place — nothing else really compares to it.” Eight wineries will be pouring at the event, which will include musical performances from 11:00am to 6:00pm both days. “A $20 ticket gets you music all day and free wine tastings,” said Deal, adding that people are welcome to bring a blanket or chairs, buy a bottle of wine, and just soak in the ambiance of the island-like setting. “We will also have food, but not fast food — we’ve asked restaurants to bring their best dishes.” Proceeds from the event are poured back into the community. To date, more than $374,374 has been used to provide endowed scholarships at the WVU School of Music, free concerts for students, and other benefits. Tickets are available in advance and at the door. (wvwineandjazz.com) Insider tip: Don’t want to drive? Shuttle service West Virginia’s Eastern Gateway is a history and outdoor lovers paradise! It’s time to discover Shepherdstown – the oldest town in WV – in all it’s Autumn splendor!
destination. Davis and Thomas offer art galleries, shops, restaurants, and live music.
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For beer lovers Another great outdoor event is the Homerun and Hops Craft Beer Festival, happening Sept. 24 from noon to 4:00pm at the Monongalia County Ballpark. Geared toward 21-and-over craft beer aficionados, a $30 ticket provides 20 3-ounce beer tastings from any of the more than 50 local and regional craft breweries on hand. “We wanted to find something that would attract people here on a non-game day,” said Matt Drayer, general manager of the West Virginia Black Bears minor league baseball team. “If you’re into craft beer, this is a really unique way to experience it.” Participants will have access to both the concourse level and field level of the ballpark, as well as a collegiate football game shown on the scoreboard screen. Oktoberfest-type foods will also be available at the concession stand. “People will actually be able to go down onto the field, which is a different way to see the ballpark than when you’re sitting in the stands watching a game,” said Drayer. “The event will go on rain or shine — of course, we’re hoping for shine.” (homerunandhops.com)
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It’s a different kind of race on the track at Charles Town on Sept. 17, as participants take part in the Race for the Ribbons event to support breast cancer research.
Are you a car fancier who enjoys looking at vintage cars or wants to learn how to drive like a pro? Do you love great beer, good music, and history? Do you want to test your metal as a shooter, run for a good cause, or watch racehorses do the running? If any of these activities tickle you fancy, you should be visiting West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, which is less than a two-hour drive from the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas. More than 400 cars from all different years will be on display at Charles Town’s annual Car Show on Sept. 3, 10:00am–3:00pm. If you come the day before, from 6:00– 8:00pm, you can see a variety of cars cruising down Fairfax Boulevard in
Ranson, not far from Charles Town. Duane Marcus, one of the volunteers who promotes the event, said it’s the largest car show in the area and Charles Town’s most heavily attended activity. “Main streets in town are closed for about six city blocks,” Marcus said. “Signs will be located all over town, telling people where they can park.” Registration is $20 if you want to bring your car and be part of the fun. People who register their cars vote for the top 50 cars in the event. Plaques are awarded, and there are also 14 specialty trophies handed out. Spectators can come to the event for free. A disc jockey will be on continued on page WV-15
Let the crisp, cool air take you to Ranson, West Virginia this season. Soak up the last warm rays while appreciating the colorful scenery on the Appalachian Trail, sip seasonal drinks at a local distillery or catch a history lesson on a guided tour. No matter what fall fun you’re looking for, it’s waiting for you in Ranson.
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The National Coal Heritage Area juxtaposes scenes of early West Virginia coal mining with a backdrop of breathtaking scenery. Covering more than 6,000 square miles in southern West Virginia, the area features back roads and small towns that are all a reminder of the era when coal was king. More than 100 years ago, thousands of men moved their families from across the world and from small farms in the South to mine coal and create a new life in the West Virginia mountains. Their lives changed overnight, as did the look and feel of this mountain wilderness. Within a few short years, rural America and the Industrial Revolution became intertwined as the sounds of raging rivers were drowned out by the roar of railroad construction, steam engines, and coal mining. Today, the picturesque beauty of the National Coal Heritage Area makes it difficult to visualize the rural industrial
Exploring is discovering what is meaningful to you and your friends. It can be a relaxing day fishing at the lake, racing ATVs over rugged terrain, a hike to the top of Pinnacle Rock, enjoying a craft beer at Oktoberfest in the Park, or a spooky tour of Lake Shawnee Abandoned Amusement Park.
world of a different time. However, lasting remnants of the not-too-distant past remain — from the former mining operations at Kaymoor and Nuttalburg, to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, to the many towns that boomed as a result of the industrial explosion of coal mining. Towns like Ansted, Fayetteville, Whitesville, Mount Hope, Logan, Williamson, Pineville, Welch, and Coalwood are lasting reminders of a day when money flowed from the coal fields. Plan a visit to the beautifully preserved town of Bramwell, the Coal Heritage Museum in Madison, the Princeton Railroad Museum, the John Henry Historical Park in Summers County, or the Whipple Company Store, or enjoy a trip down the Paint Creek Scenic Byway. No matter where you go, you will encounter friendly people, unique small towns, beautiful scenery, and fascinating history. Visit to experience the people, places, and events that built a nation.
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Eastern Panhandle continued from page WV-12 hand and plenty of food will be available. Located just a few miles from Charles Town, Ranson has its own car show and festival each June. The town is at the center of the Eastern Panhandle’s historical sites and cultural history, making it a good home base for tourists. Lodging in Ranson puts visitors in the center of their itinerary when visiting Jefferson County. (ransonwv.us) If you enjoy driving fast and want to gain the skills of a professional race car driver, try “Friday at the Track” at Summit Point Motorsports Park, just west of Charles Town. The track is a 2-mile road-racing circuit, and during Fridays’ instructional events, participants can drive their own cars on it. There is classroom instruction, skid pad instruction in the park’s cars, and four sessions of in-car instruction in the participant’s car. The sessions begin at 8:00am Sept. 9, Oct. 7, and Nov. 6 and cost $250. Summit Point Motorsports Park is also the site of the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center. The FASTC provides practical, security-oriented training for diplomats and diplomatic security personnel serving overseas in volatile conditions worldwide. The training center specializes in soft skills, like computer work, and hard skills like driving and hand-to-hand combat training. (summitpoint-raceway.com)
Music, beer, and more The Craft Beer and Music Festival will take place on Sept. 10, 11:00am–
6:00pm, at Happy Retreat in Charles Town. Happy Retreat is the historic home of Charles Washington, brother of George Washington and the town’s founder. The event will feature four regional touring bands, The Hillbilly Gypsies, The Woodshedders, Dale and The ZDubs, and The Woo Yeahs. In addition, there will be 20 regional and national brewers who will have more than 40 different varieties of craft beer to sample throughout the day. Food vendors will be on site and tours of the historic house will be offered. Tickets are available online for $20. The price includes a commemorative beer sampling glass and three beer sample tickets. Additional sample tickets can be purchased at the event. Non-drinking tickets are $15. (happyretreat.org) The world shooting champion will be crowned during the 2016 NRA World Shooting Championship, Sept. 15–17 at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Gerrardstown, just outside of Martinsburg. More than $250,000 in cash and prizes will be available. This is the third year for the competition, which gathers the top shooters in the world to compete in every type of major firearms shooting sport including pistol, rifle, shotgun, and combined firearm sports. Peacemaker National Training Center has 700 acres and 22 firing ranges. Cole McCulloch, the president and owner of Peacemaker, opened it in 2011. “People will see the ‘heavy weight champion’ in shooting sport,” McCulloch said. “They’ll also gain an understanding of how firearms should be used.” (wsc.nra.org) Nearby Martinsburg has plenty to offer visitors, including 23 historic
districts. Historical buildings open for tours include the Adam Stephen House built in the late 1700s; the Triple Brick Museum, which was constructed as housing for railroad workers in the mid-1870s and features artifacts and local history items; Boydville, an 1812 mansion; and the famous B&O Roundhouse Center. (travelwv.com) They’ll be hosting a different kind of race on the track at the Hollywood Casino and Racetrack in Charles Town on Sept. 17. Humans, instead of horses, will participate in the Race for the Ribbon Events to support breast cancer research. The events
include a 5K fun run, a track walk, a silent auction, and a night of thoroughbred racing. The 5K run starts at 8:30am and is open to all runners. Following the 5K is the ceremonial walk around the track at noon where each $25 donation for participation in the walk will come with a commemorative T-shirt. The Replenish Wellness and Massage Center will be providing massages on site. A silent auction begins at 5:00pm, as does the first race. The night of racing includes eight stakes races altogether and is headlined by the $350,000 Charles Town Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.
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Find a fall event in Fauquier County, Va. Sundays through October 23 The Flying Circus Airshow Bealton | flyingcircusairshow.com Catch the show, where expert pilots perform stunts in vintage biplanes and a wing walker will amaze you. Biplane and hot air balloon rides are usually available. Insider tip: See the calendar of events for a discount coupon.
September 3–4, 8:00am–6:00pm Virginia Scottish Games and Festival Great Meadow, The Plains | cascotishgames.org Highland athletic and dance competitions, piping competition and massed performance, living history, and a British car show
Saturdays through mid-September, 7:00pm Twilight Polo at Great Meadow The Plains | greatmeadow.org Join 20,000 fans who gather to tailgate and watch the two polo matches, followed by music and dancing.
October 1, 11:00am Warrenton-Fauquier Heritage Day Warrenton | visitfauquier.com A free event with Old Town Walking Tours, Civil War Field Hospital, encampments, book cellar and author’s area, plus a children’s corner.
October 8 Fall Farm Tour visitfauquier.com Visit farms on a self-guided driving tour to pick apples and pumpkins and enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, and demonstrations.
October 22 International Gold Cup Great Meadow, The Plains vagoldcup.com A full day of entertainment including nationally sanctioned horse races, terrier races, and tailgate contest.
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Sample the fruits of the bay, rivers, and vines in a region lost in time T aste th e h eritage of A merica at N orth ern N eck oyst er and wine fests If you haven’t heard, Virginians are harvesting oysters again in such huge numbers that you’d think you were living during the days when our founding fathers were born. To reclaim the oystering tradition, Chesapeake Bay area natives have found a way to de-sex oysters and
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grow them for annual harvest. Virginia has become the oyster capital of the East Coast, while its wineries have risen in popularity to superior critical acclaim. Joining one of the granddaddies of Virginia’s wine industry on the Northern Neck peninsula, Ingleside, are several
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wineries and oyster purveyors who want visitors to taste what they call the “merroir” and “terroir” affecting the tasty coupling of oysters and wines. They’ve created several funfilled events beginning in September and are hosting them at fascinating historical sites. According to Lisa Hull, who leads tourism promotion for the Northern Neck, “in my personal opinion, once
an oyster is fried, it tastes the same as other oysters, but if you eat it raw or sautéed, you’re able to taste the difference in the salinity of the water it came from.” The waters of Virginia’s Northern Neck have long been known as “brackish.” The neck is bound by both the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers, and both feed into the storied Chesapeake Bay. While the region
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OYSTER FESTIVALS AND EVENTS VIRGINIA’S NORTHERN NECK Wine and Oyster Festival, Sept. 17–18 Stratford Hall | stratfordhall.org/events Sat., 10:00am–6:00pm; Sun., 10:00am–5:00pm Virginia wines and local oysters, plus antique and Mustang cars, miniature farm animals, a grist mill, and self-guided tours of the Great House at Stratford Hall.
Oyster and Art Fest, Oct. 8 Heathsville | 4:00–8:00pm Oysters, music, beer, wine, and soda at historic Rice’s Hotel and Hughlett’s Tavern.
Fall Oyster Crawl on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, Nov. 12–13 chesapeakebaywinetrail.com/event | noon–4:00pm Sample wine and a variety of oyster specialties in tasting rooms at the trail’s participating wineries.
Mary Ball Washington Museum Oyster Roast: Shuckin’ on the Lancaster Green, Nov. 12 Lancaster | townofirvingtonva.com/events 2:00–5:00pm Oysters, Lancaster stew, and other fare, plus music and tours of historic buildings.
Reedville Fishermen’s Museum 26th annual Oyster Roast, Nov. 12 2:00–5:00pm | rfmuseum.org A classic oyster roast on the grounds of a museum that preserves the heritage of working watermen in the Northern Neck.
Taste by the Bay at the Tides Inn, Nov. 19
Irvington | tastebythebay.com 11:00am–5:00pm Sample wine, food, arts, and ale on the grounds of this beautiful resort. Music and artisan vendors, too.
Oysters and Oldies, Dec. 3 Historic Roanoke Farm in Heathsville 12:30–3:30pm Enjoy oldies and holiday music while savoring local raw or roasted oysters.
VIRGINIA OYSTER COUNTRY vaoystercountry.com Bay Seafood Festival at Camp Kekoka, Sept. 9
Chesapeake Academy Roast, Oct. 15
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Holly Point Art and Seafood Festival, Deltaville Maritime Museum, Oct. 15
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Abingdon Ruritan Seafood Festival, Oct. 10
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Bena | abingdonruritanclub.com/seafood-festival Tickets include all-the-seafood- you-can-eat, barbeque, all beverages, music, and dancing.
Oyster Roast, Deltaville Maritime Museum, Sept. 10
Morattico Oyster Roast, Morattico Waterfront Museum, Oct. 22
Deltaville | deltavillemuseum.com/events 5:00-9:00pm
Gloucester Wine Fest, Nov. 5
Guinea Jubilee, Sept. 23–24
Bena Delicious seafood and cultural activities to celebrate the community called Guinea.
Urbanna Wine and Oyster Stroll, Oct. 15
Urbanna | urbanna.com/events Virginia’s official oyster festival hosts 75,000 visitors and includes a juried art show, holiday house tour, concerts, street parades, boat parades, and fireworks.
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Gloucester | oystergardener.org Half shell and wine tasting by the Tidewater Oyster Growers Association.
Urbanna Oyster Festival, Nov. 4–5
Urbanna | urbannaoysterfestival.com Fri., 10:00am–7:00pm; Sat., 9:00am–5:00pm Lots of seafood and other fare provided by vendors and a festival village full of crafts and artwork. Come by boat or car.
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Island House Oyster Roast, Nov. 5 Island House Restaurant, Wachapreague | virginiawineandbrine.com 4:00pm–midnight Oysters and clams, plus pulled pork, bands, and a live auction. It all benefits The Navy Seal Foundation.
Saxis Island Oyster Roast, Nov. 5 esvatourism.org/oyster Indoor oyster event with table service for oysters and clams.
Chincoteague Chili-Chowder Cook-off, Sept. 24 Main Street Carnival Grounds | cvfc3.com Chili and fresh, local seafood, clam fritters (a specialty), music, and a car show.
Terroir and Merroir Oyster Extravaganza, Nov. 12 Chatham Vineyards, Machipongo | virginiawineandbrine.com 4:00–8:00pm Pairs Chatham Vineyard wines with oysters cultivated in the waters surrounding the winery.
Brew-N-Que (and Oysters Too!), Sept. 23–24 Sunset Beach Resort, Cape Charles | sunsetbeachbbq.com Professional barbecue competition, craft beer tastings, live music, and kids’ entertainment.
Blue Crab Bay’s Oysters a la Carte, Nov. 12
Chincoteague Oyster Festival, Oct. 8 Tom’s Cove Park | esvatourism.org/oyster noon-4:00pm Oysters every way, plus clam fritters, hush puppies, and hot dogs. Tickets sell out quickly.
Swine and Wine, Bill Parr’s Barn, Oct. 8 Cape Charles | swineandwineforthekids.com 6:00–10:00pm For those who might not cotton to oysters, enjoy roast pig and chicken.
Melfa | virginiawineandbrine.com 11:00am–3:00pm Oysters, oyster-and-vodka shooters, oyster and clam chowder, and shrimp. Free admission and holiday shopping at Blue Crab Bay Co.
Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast, Nov. 19 Barrier Island Center, Machipongo | virginiawineandbrine.com Roasted oysters and clams, and pork barbeque with a silent and live auction.
Exmore Rotary Oyster Roast, Oct. 21
Cape Charles Historical Society Oyster Roast, Nov. 26 virginiawineandbrine.com | 5:00–8:00pm Oysters and clam chowder, as well as fried chicken.
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Virginia is promoting its position as the largest producer of fresh wild-caught and farm-raised oysters on the East Coast through the Virginia Oyster Trail, launched in November 2015 and recently expanded to eight regions. The regions produce distinctly flavored oysters, from the salts of the Eastern Shore to the sweet Rappahannock varieties. Check out the trail sites at virginiaoystertrail. com, where you can find information on tours, agriartisans, restaurants, lodging, and cultural and art venues along the trail. — jane and marvin bond
Fall Oyster Roasts Virginia Eastern Shore For details & tickets: www.esvatourism.org/oysters
SEPTEMBER 24: Sat, Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cookoff, Chincoteague 23-24: Sat/Sun, Brew-N-Que (& Oysters Too!), Cape Charles
OCTOBER 8: Sat, Chincoteague Oyster Festival, Chincoteague 8: Sat, Swine and Wine, Cape Charles 21: Fri, Rotary Soule Arnold Oyster Roast, Exmore
NOVEMBER 5: Sat, Island House Oyster Roast, Wachapreague 5: Sat, Saxis Island Oyster Roast, Saxis 12: Sat, Merrior & Terrior Oyster Extravaganza, Machipongo 12: Sat, Blue Crab Bay’s Oysters a la Carte, Melfa 19: Sat, Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast, Machipongo 26: Sat, Cape Charles Hist. Society Oyster Roast, Cape Charles
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Wytheville celebrates the soul of Southwest Virginia As the temperatures cool down, things rev up around Wytheville in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Bluegrass, gospel, and roots music echoes from Big Walker Lookout’s general store, where musicians and crafters ply their crafts on weekend afternoons. Dancers kick across the floor, too, if the mood strikes. Wytheville’s downtown, just off I-81, beckons with an assortment of new shops and eateries. Festivals abound, and with them the aroma of apple butter, molasses, and barbecue simmered over an open fire. These festivities celebrate a diverse array: food, music, history, heritage — and zombies. Yes, zombies. Runners in Downtown Wytheville’s Zombie Run will be aided by an extra surge of adrenalin Oct. 22 as they race along the town’s Main Street. Brain-eating zombies will be waiting to grab them. Participants in the 5K emerge exhausted after dodging the predators
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for blocks. Pre-race activities include children’s trick-or-treating and a costume contest, as well as a zombie parade. Runners and zombies can revel together at the post-race costume party. “We thought it might be a silly idea we’d try once, but it’s grown exponentially,” said Todd Wolford, of Downtown Wytheville.
Festivals and exhibits The Seed to Soul Festival draws folks to the 1839 Fort Chiswell Mansion for good-for-you food (grass-fed beef burgers, local food samples) as well as traditional craft demonstrations, music, and fun on Sept. 17. On the same day, a few miles away, Max Meadows Heritage Day features antique tractors, craft demonstrations, a flea market, and live music. The preceding Thursday, Sept. 15, is special to Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum in downtown Wytheville, where the former U.S. first lady’s birthday is celebrated with special events. The Wohlfahrt Haus Theatre continually celebrates musicals with its talented regional cast. In a Smithsonian traveling exhibition created especially for small towns, Wytheville’s museums document the professions that shaped America and are no more. “The Way We Worked,” runs through September at Wytheville’s Heritage Preservation Center. Spanning 1857 to 1987, the exhibition uses photographs, films, and recordings to bring to life workplaces, work clothing, working conditions, and even workplace conflicts. Photographs show small children operating looms at a Georgia textile mill and an all-woman crew working on a railroad locomotive during World War I, among other scenes. Wytheville’s downtown itself retains some of
the charm of yesteryear in its brick storefronts and high-ceilinged businesses, but offers a surprising collection of shopping options: a gaming parlor, a brick-oven pizza café, coffee shops, a smoothie café, several antique mercantiles, and the Black Horse Artisan Gallery. The magical Farmer’s Daughter shop offers oneof-a-kind designers’ samples for ultra-low prices. Owner Tracy Holliday invites visitors to plunk on her art-object piano in the store’s center. Another boutique, Rock Star Gems and the Button Babe, deals in vintage and modern clothes, gemstones jewelry, blend-your-own fragrances, and an inhouse seamstress who can alter clothes to suit your needs or whims. Look for special gifts, as well as special salad lunches in the 1776 Log House several blocks away. The restored four-story Bolling Wilson Hotel presides over Main Street, offering upscale lodging with breakfast delivered to your room in a basket. The hotel’s elegant restaurant, Graze on Main, offers a dozen micro-brewed beers on tap and is known for its Wednesday night music and wine specials.
Catch the views No trip to Southwest Virginia is complete without venturing into the surrounding mountains. 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 the observation tower, where a cool wind is always blowing. If you prefer terra firma, hike the short trail to Monster Rock Overlook. BW Country Store sells soap, preserves, needlework, and crafts by 30 local artisans, as well as “tower high” ice cream cones from Homestead Dairy. Williams Orchard is the place for agricultural
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adventure such as corn mazes, pumpkin picking, and hayrides. A family-owned farm for more than 70 years, Williams sells apples, corn, pumpkins, and other produce. Jim Lloyd’s barber shop, in the aptly named village of Rural Retreat, is a must-see for anyone who has an interest in bluegrass or oldtime music or antique instruments. And, yes, you can get a haircut here. Or a banjo lesson. Or hear an impromptu jam session; the mayor
keeps his bass here for just such purposes. While accomplished on many instruments, Lloyd is considered one of the best old-time rhythm guitarists in the world and is a master at clawhammer banjo. Whether telling stories or picking the banjo, Lloyd is an entertainer who represents the soul of Southwest Virginia.
For more information Wytheville Tourism: visitwytheville.com
Swamp continued from page 23 park also offers camping, an extensive trail system, picnic shelters, horse shoe pits, volleyball nets, a new “Dude Ranch” a miniature golf course, and an equestrian area for horse owners. The park is also a stop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. The tidal marsh surrounding the Great Bridge Locks also offers opportunities for paddlers to see different kinds of plants and wildlife. At the junction of the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal with the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, a Corps of Engineers’ lock separates the river’s salt water from the canal’s fresh water. The brackish mix of salt and fresh waters creates an ecosystem that produces rare and exotic flora and fauna. The 19-acre park offers an ADA-accessible kayak and canoe launch, a two-lane boat ramp, fishing and crabbing areas, picnic shelters with grills, a walking trail, and a playground. The park’s location on a small peninsula between the canal on one side and the river on the other offers a great view of the many yachts transiting the busy Intracoastal Waterway. The National Park Service added Great Bridge Lock Park to its “Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network” for its historic and ecological significance. “Visitors tell us that our waterways are beautiful,” said Kim Murden, who promotes Chesapeake. “There are not a lot of issues with the wind, and paddlers find our waters very comfortable and easy to navigate. And, with the variety of our waterways, you can have different experiences from one day to the next.”
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Chesapeake Tourism: visitchesapeake.com Great Dismal Swamp: fws.gov/refuge/great_dismal_swamp
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MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Weekends and Labor Day through Oct. 23. Travel back in time as you immerse yourself in the culture of a 16th-century English village, complete with King Henry VIII and his court. The festival includes entertainers, 10 stages, a 3,000 seat jousting arena, craft shops, food and beverage emporiums, games, and attractions. 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Md. 800-296-7304, rennfest.com
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NATIONAL HARD CRAB DERBY Sept. 1–4. Contests, entertainment, a parade, fireworks, and crab races highlight this annual festival in Crisfield, Md. visitsomerset.com FLEA MARKET AND GUN SHOW Sept. 2–5, 7:00am–6:00pm. Tent shops line the streets, with vendors selling antiques, guns, coins, comics, clothes, toys, jewelry, food, collectables, crafts, artisans, and contemporary items. 410 N. Main St., Hillsville, Va. 276-728-2128, townofhillsville.com LABOR DAY CAR SHOW Sept. 5, 8:00am–3:00pm. An open show featuring street rods, foreign, customs, antiques, trucks, muscle cars, and motorcycles. Enjoy great cars, food, and music. University Drive and SunTrust Bank Parking Lot, Fairfax, Va. 703-830-2129, labordaycarshow.org
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
MARYLAND STATE FAIR Through Sept. 5. Complete with daily home arts, farm and garden, livestock and horse exhibits, rides and games, fair and farm fresh food, live entertainment, and live thoroughbred horse racing. Timonium, Md. marylandstatefair.com
INDIANA COUNTY FAIR Sept. 1–3. Local farmers, 4-H members, and others to show their livestock and crafts, plus tractor pulls, demolition derbies, live entertainment, a carnival, and food. 700 Carter Ave., Indiana, Pa. 724-479-8282, indianacountyfair.com AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL Sept. 2–4. A cast of big-name acts, featuring more than 30 bands over three days. Virginia Beach, Va. beachstreetusa.com/ festivals/american-music-festival ORANGE STREET FESTIVAL Sept. 3, 9:00am–6:00pm. Featuring more than 180 vendors displaying handmade and local goods, and specialty food vendors. There will be a kids’ fun zone featuring activities and entertainment for children of all ages. Downtown Orange, Va. 540-6725216, orangevachamber.com BUSCH GARDENS BIER FEST Sept. 3–4, 10–11, 17–18. Raise your glass with a variety of draft beers and enjoy pulse-pounding coasters, traditional German food, and live music. Busch Gardens, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, Va. 800-343-7946, seaworldparks.com/en/ buschgardens-williamsburg HAMPTON BAY DAYS Sept. 5–7. Musical entertainment, 100 merchandise and craft vendors, a fireworks display, food, kids’ play and learn about the bay area, Tidewater Dock Dogs competition, and Bay Days 8K Run. Hampton, Va. 757-727-8311, baydaysevents.com NORTHERN APPALACHIAN FOLK FESTIVAL Sept. 9–11. Features the work of talented artists, craftspeople, and musical performers, as well as films, educational workshops, art exhibition, excursions, and creative theater performances. Downtown Indiana, Pa. northernappfolkfest.org CAPE MAY FOOD AND WINE CELEBRATION Sept. 9–18. A host of activities including winery tours, tastings, demonstration, and food. Cape May, N.J. capemaymac.org CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF ENGINE 23 Sept. 10, 10:00am–2:00pm. The fall muster features working apparatus, demonstrating how a ladder truck raises its ladder into the air and how water is pumped from a pumping engine. The Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Lutherville, Md. 410-321-7500, firemuseummd.org
QUE AT THE ZOO Sept. 10. Don’t miss live performances by The Bridge, E.L.M., People’s Blues of Richmond, and others. Plus, upgrade and get a chance to vote for Baltimore’s best barbecue. All tickets include full-day zoo admission. The Maryland Zoo, 1876 Mansion House Drive, Baltimore, Md. 410-396-7102, marylandzoo.org HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL Sept. 10. Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, focuses on its restored gardens, natural history, food ways, and the roles of the plantation community, with tastings, workshops, and tours. Monticello, Charlottesville, Va. heritageharvestfestival.com OLDE SALEM DAYS Sept. 10, 9:00am–5:00pm. Featuring more than 400 artists, crafters, and participants, as well as a food court, 150-vehicle antique car show, live music, and a kids’ fair. Main Street, Salem, Va. 540772-8871, oldesalemdays.org CHILDREN’S DAY Sept. 10, 11:00am–4:00pm. The entire family will enjoy this fun-filled day of learning and excitement featuring hands-on learning stations in the gardens and butterfly house, educational presentations, crafts, sing-a-longs, magic shows, and self-guided tours of the gardens and nature walk. Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com BOARDWALK ARTS FESTIVAL Sept. 10. Features 110 juried artists, a silent auction, live music, and an interactive mural. Bethany Beach, Del. visitdelaware.com/beaches/bethany-beach MARYLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Sept. 10–11, 10:00am. Highlights include a crab soup cookoff featuring Annapolis area restaurateurs and chefs, cooking classes, mouth-watering food, entertainment by local and soonto-be-discovered bands, kids’ activities, and competitive beach volleyball for adults. Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, Md. 410-353-9237, mdseafoodfestival.com BLACKSTONE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL Sept. 10–11, 10:00am–5:00pm. Arts and crafts vendors, food, live entertainment, pickles and preserves contest, huge tractor and car show, kids’ zone and petting zoo, Civil War reenactment, tours of Schwartz Tavern and the Robert Thomas Carriage Museum, wine tasting, and merchant mart. 121 N. Main St., Blackstone, Va. 434-292-1677, blackstoneva.com TAILGATING FESTIVAL Sept. 16–17. Great food events, crazy entertainment, and accommodations, all in Kitchen Kettle Village. Intercourse, Pa. kitchenkettlevillage.com LYNCHBURG BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL Sept. 17. More than 16 wineries and local craft breweries offer samples. City Stadium, Lynchburg, Va. lynchburgbeerandwinefestival.com
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WOMEN IN BUSINESS AND THE ARTS Sept. 17, 11:00am–6:00pm. Shop from female-owned food, wine, and craft vendors. View artists’ demonstrations and enjoy readings, musicians, and the Making Moves Dance Collective dance program. Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, Md. 301-464-5291, pgparks.com
KUNTA KINTE HERITAGE FESTIVAL Sept. 24, 10:00am–7:00pm. A celebration of West African heritage. Enjoy a full schedule of live performances, including traditional drumming and dancing. Try your hand at mask making and other crafts in the children’s tent. Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis, Md. kuntakinte.org
CHILDREN’S ART DAY Sept. 17, 9:00am–noon. This fun event is free and open to all children wanting to try painting under the coaching and guidance of art league member artists. The league supplies all materials, including acrylic paints, brushes, panels, and easels, for the children to create their own art work. St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 304 S. Talbot St., St. Michaels, Md. 410-310-8382, smartleague.org
HOMERUN AND HOPS Sept. 24, noon–4:00pm. Geared to 21-and-over craft beer aficionados, this event includes 50 local and regional craft breweries. Monongalia County Ballpark, Morgantown, W.Va. homerunandhops.com
ART AND JAZZ FESTIVAL Sept. 17, noon. Stroll the green and enjoy previewing the artwork of Delmarva’s finest artists while grooving to some of the most talented jazz artists to ever play at the shore. Freeman Stage at Bayside, 31750 Lakeview Drive, Selbyville, Del. 302-4363015, freemanstage.org A TASTE OF THE VINE Sept. 17, 6:30–9:30pm. There will be great wine, food, and silent auction items. Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Va. 703-591-5305, historicfairfax.org 43RD STREET FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Sept. 17, 10:00am–5:00pm. Enjoy a day of fine art, music, and food. Free. 43rd St. Gallery, 1412 W. 43rd St., Richmond, Va. 804233-1758, 43rdstgallery.com APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL Sept. 17–18, 10:00am–5:00pm. Live entertainment, antique car and truck show, kids’ zone, tap and cork area for hard ciders, crafts beers, and wine tasting, and apple pie baking contest. Pet-friendly. 155 Fairground Road, Clearbrook, Winchester, Va. 540-336-9114, winchesterrotary.com
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE WINE FESTIVAL Sept. 24–25. Features 29 wineries, 85 craft vendors, and live music. Crazy Horse Marina, 400 Crazy Horse Drive, Moneta, Va. 540-721-1203, visitsmithmountainlake.com FALL FOR THE BOOK FESTIVAL Sept. 25–30. Join more than 150 authors in the wonderful D.C. metro region; all events are free and open to the public. Events are held at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, the City of Fairfax, and at select locations throughout Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. fallforthebook.org
NOW SHOWING ART LEAGUE SHOW AND SALE Sept. 3–4. Demonstrations include pottery throwing and colored pencil drawing during the St. Michaels Art League show. Free and open to the public. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Talbot Street, St. Michaels, Md. 410-310-8382, smartleague.org OCEANA AIR SHOW Sept. 9–11. Features everything for aircraft and aviation enthusiasts, from flight demonstrations to parachute shows and pyrotechnics. Virginia Beach, Va. oceanaairshow.com
SMICKSBURG APPLE FEST Sept. 17–18. It’s all about apples — apple butter-making demonstrations, apple cider-making demonstrations, and locally grown apples for sale. Visit 20 specialty shops selling apple pies, apple dumplings, apple fudge, apple cider, and apple butter. Smicksburg, Pa. 814-257-0192, smicksburg.net
GO GREEN EXPO Sept. 10. An event for consumers and business leaders featuring eco-friendly products, interesting and educational speakers, and easy ideas for eco-living, no matter what your shade of green. 570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News, Va. 757-5914838, nngogreenexpo.org
NEPTUNE’S FALL WINE FESTIVAL Sept. 17–18. Enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase the wines you like by the bottle and case. Neptune’s Park, Virginia Beach, Va. neptunefestival.com
SOUTHEASTERN GUNS AND KNIVES SHOW Sept. 10–11 and Nov. 26. The best assortment of firearms and related products together for home defense, collecting, and sport shooting. 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va. 757-3151610, visithampton.com/hrcc
WINE AND JAZZ FESTIVAL Sept. 17–18. The West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival mixes good music, fine food, local libations, and the work of talented artisans. Camp Muffly, W.Va. wvwineandjazz.com GREAT FREDERICK FAIR Sept. 18–26. This great fair dates to 1822 and includes entertainment, rides, tractor pulls, and a variety of contests and food. Frederick, Md. thegreatfrederickfair.com ANNAPOLIS FRINGE FESTIVAL Sept. 21–24, 7:00pm. Fringe-goers will enjoy the spectacle of a rambunctious opening ceremony, dozens of street performers, live entertainment, a light show, and al fresco dining. West Street, between Church Circle and Calvert Street, Annapolis, Md. 410-280-1414, fringefestivalannapolis.com RIVERFEST Sept. 23–24. A collaboration presented by Chestertown RiverArts, Washington College Center for the Environment and Society, and Sandbox. Chestertown, Md. 410-778-0416, kentcounty.com CLYMER DAYS FESTIVAL Sept. 23–25. Enjoy a weekend of food, entertainment, games, and children’s activities. Clymer, Pa. clymerdaysfestival.com OKTOBERFEST Sept. 24. Live entertainment and tastings. Come out and enjoy all the fun. Downtown Indiana, Pa. downtownindiana.org SMITHSONIAN’S MAGAZINE DAY Sept. 24. Museums across the country emulate the Smithsonian Institution’s facilities and open their doors for free to those who download a ticket. Check website for participating museums. smithsonianmag.com/ museumday/museum-daylive-2016
FALL COIN SHOW Sept. 17. Features coin dealers from Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia. S&T Bank Arena, 497 East Pike, Indiana, Pa. 724-254-2471
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SEASONAL WALKS Through Sept. 30. Walks by Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club. Start/finish point is Safeway, Downtown Silver Spring, 909 Thayer Ave., Silver Spring, Md. 301-946-5496, sugarloafers.org ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALF MARATHON Sept. 2–4. Race events include a half marathon, 5K, and the Mile on the Sand. Kicking off with a free health and fitness expo, where more than 60 exhibitors offer free samples and showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, and health and nutritional information. 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, Va. 858450-6510, runrocknroll.com/virginia-beach
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CANNONBALL 5K Sept. 11, 8:30am. Enjoy “the most beautiful race course in Delaware,” according to promoters. Lewes, Del. visitsoutherndelaware.com ART IN OUR GARDENS Sept. 16, 6:00–9:00pm. The event highlights an art exhibition and sale of original paintings and sculpture, and a silent auction of original art works. Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com BIKE THE BRANDYWINE Sept. 17. The ride consists of a 40- or 80-mile loop in the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway. The ride starts and ends at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 N. Creek Road, Chadds Ford, Pa. 610-388-2700, brandywine.org/bikeride MONARCH FESTIVAL Sept. 17, 10:00am–2:00pm. Join the Friends of Patuxent as they celebrate the magnificent monarch butterfly. Visit Monarch Waystations and learn about monarch conservation through educational displays, family-friendly activities, games, and crafts. Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge, North Tract, Laurel, Md. fws.gov/refuge/patuxent 5K RUN/WALK Sept. 18. Includes a new 1-mile kids’ fun run. To benefit Baltimore County Department of Aging programs for seniors. CCBC Essex Campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore, Md. 410-8772594, getreadygetsetgetfit5k.com STAR GAZING PARTIES Oct. 1. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park invites visitors to view and learn about the nighttime sky. Thoburn Redoubt property, located on Bowman’s Mill Road, Middletown, Va. 540-869-3051, nps.gov/cebe APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB Leads hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and conservation events in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. amc-dc.org BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS SAILING CLUB Year-round. Offers day-sailing events and seminars in Baltimore and Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C., and sailing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay. Membership free. 410-394-9483, mdsailing.com CENTER HIKING CLUB Various hikes and locations in the D.C. metropolitan area. 703751-3971, centerhikingclub.org
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FALL GARDEN DAY AND PLANT SALE Sept. 10, 9:00am–3:00pm. There will be numerous local plant and garden craft vendors to satisfy your gardening needs. A silent auction, bake sale, live music, food, and kids’ table add to the festivities. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. 703-642-5173, fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring
5114 Ritchie Rd., Bealeton, VA Adults $15 • Children $7 The Flying Circus is a 45 minute drive from the Capital Beltway. It is located 14 miles south of Warrenton or 22 miles north of Fredericksburg off Rt. 17 on Rt. 644 near Bealeton. Watch for the Flying Circus signs.
WHOOPING CRANE OBSERVATORY TOUR Sept. 4, 1:00–2:30pm. Take a guided tour to the Whooping Crane Observatory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to observe a pair of graceful and endangered adult whooping cranes. Find out more about the whooping crane population recovery program. Patuxent National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, Md. fws.gov/refuge/patuxent
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FREESTATE HAPPY WANDERERS Various walking trails and locations in Maryland. 410-437-2164, ava.org/clubs/freestate MOUNTAIN CLUB OF MARYLAND Leads weekly day hikes, overnight backpack hikes, bike and canoe trips, cabin, car, and tent camping, and the maintenance of trails. mcomd.org
APPLE BUTTER CELEBRATION Sept. 17. Steaming copper kettles turn out traditional apple butter and you can help. Also, enjoy barbeque pork sandwiches, hot and cold apple cider, and regional wine. Skyland Resort, Shenandoah National Park, Va. goshenandoah.com
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
HARVEST TIME Sept. 17. Portrays life on a mid-19th century slave-holding tobacco plantation during the early fall harvest, where a culture of subsistence and cash-crop farming was similar to what Booker T. Washington experienced as a child in slavery on the Burroughs Plantation. Booker T. Washington National Monument, Hardy, Va. nps.gov.bowa
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
WORLD WAR II WEEKEND Sept. 17–18. Allied soldiers, a German camp, and World War II jeeps and trucks invade the Eisenhower National Historic Site. Gettysburg, Pa. nps.gov.get
WASHINGTON AREA ROADSKATERS Year-round; check website for dates and times. Skaters leave from the White House, Washington, D.C. meetup.com/washington-area-roadskaters WANDERBIRDS HIKING CLUB Sundays. Various hikes and locations in Virginia. 703-242-0315, wanderbirds.org
National Park Days STAR-SPANGLED BANNER WEEKEND Sept. 9–11. Concerts, a fireworks display, reenactments, and a symbolic ship-to-shore “bombardment” recall the Battle of Baltimore and writing of the poem that became our national anthem. Fort McHenry National Monument, Baltimore, Md. nps.gov/fomc
Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral VIRGINIA SYMPHONY CONCERT Sept. 3, 6:00–9:00pm. Pre-concert performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town and a picnic. 425 Water St., Yorktown, Va. 757-890-3500, yorkcounty.gov VSO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: AN EVENING OF BRAHMS Sept. 7, 7:00pm. Join Virginia Symphony Orchestra musicians for an evening of some of Brahms’ most beloved works. 1 University Place, Newport News, Va. 757-594-8752, fergusoncenter.org MUSIC BY MOONLIGHT CONCERT Sept. 10, 7:00–10:00pm. Music provided by the Fredericksburg Big Band, benefiting Camp Happyland. Hurkamp Park, Prince Edward Street, Fredericksburg, Va. 540-371-4886 WORKS BY BEETHOVEN/SYMPHONY NO. 7 Sept. 17–18. This season-opening National Symphony concert kicks off with renditions of some of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular works, led by music director and conductor Piotr Gajewski. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. 301-5815100, nationalphilharmonic.org
BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT HOME
Friday, Sept. 2, vs. Yankees, 7:05pm Saturday, Sept. 3, vs. Yankees, 7:05pm Sunday, Sept. 4, vs. Yankees, 1:35pm Thursday, Sept. 15, vs. Rays, 7:05pm Friday, Sept. 16, vs. Rays, 7:05pm Saturday, Sept.17, vs. Rays, 7:05pm Sunday, Sept. 18, vs. Rays, 1:35pm Monday, Sept. 19, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Tuesday, Sept. 20, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Wednesday, Sept. 21, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Thursday, Sept. 22, vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Friday, Sept. 23, vs. Diamondbacks, 7:05pm Saturday, Sept. 24, vs. Diamondbacks, 7:05pm Sunday, Sept. 25, vs. Diamondbacks, 1:35pm 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.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT HOME Monday, Sept. 5, vs. Braves, 7:05pm Tuesday, Sept. 6, vs. Braves, 7:05pm Wednesday, Sept. 7, vs. Braves, 7:05pm Thursday, Sept. 8, vs. Phillies, 7:05pm Friday, Sept. 9, vs. Phillies, 7:05pm Saturday, Sept. 10, vs. Phillies, 7:05pm Sunday, Sept. 11, vs. Phillies, 1:35pm Monday, Sept. 12, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Tuesday, Sept. 13, vs. Mets, 7:05pm Wednesday, Sept. 14, vs. Mets, 4:05pm Monday, Sept. 26, vs. Diamondbacks, 7:05pm Tuesday, Sept. 27, vs. Diamondbacks, 7:05pm Wednesday, Sept. 28, vs. Diamondbacks, 7:05pm Thursday, Sept. 29, vs. Diamondbacks, 1:05pm Friday, Sept. 30, vs. Marlins, 7:05pm
The Nationals play home games at Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. Call 202-397-SEAT (7328) or visit washington.nationals. mlb.com.
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT HOME Sunday, Sept. 11, vs. Bills, 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 Monday, Sept.12, vs. Steelers, 7:10pm Sunday, Sept. 18, vs. Cowboys, 1:00pm
The Redskins play home games at FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, Md. Call 301-276-6050 or visit washingtonredskins.com.
D.C. UNITED AT HOME
Saturday, Sept. 24, vs. Orlando City, 7:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 28, vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30pm
THE BEATLES’ INVASION Sept. 10. A Beatles musical event featuring the nationally known tribute band Hard Day’s Night. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, St. Leonard, Md. 410-586-8515, friendsofjppm.org PETER MULVEY Sept. 29, 8:00pm. American folk singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey entertains at Baldwin’s Station, Sykesville, Md. uptownconcerts.com
Exhibits Resources and Institutions Directory 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. 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 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
Theater SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Sept. 13–Oct. 30. Reason and passion collide in Jane Austen’s beloved tale of sisterhood and romance. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, folger.edu/theatre SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK IN THE DARK Sept. 17, 7:30–10:00pm. Set in Ancient Britain, Cymbeline is based on legend. It deals with the themes of innocence and jealousy. Pell Gardens, Chesapeake City, Md. 443-880-4328, chesapeakecity.com
Dance FREE SQUARE DANCE OPEN HOUSE PARTY Sept. 22, 7:00–9:00pm. It’s 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. 301-7614108, rockvillesquaredance.com SUNDAY BALLROOM DANCE One Sunday each month, 4:00–6:00pm. Dance instructors teach specific dances, followed by an open dance session where participants can practice what they’ve learned or refine steps. Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle St., Manassas, Va. center-for-the-arts.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
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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THE TEXTILE MUSEUM 701 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-994-5200, museum.gwu.edu 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
Featured Exhibitions ARTISTS INTERPRET DIASPORA Through Sept. 4. In this juried and invitational exhibition, 44 artists share personal and universal stories of migration, from historic events that scattered communities across continents to today’s accounts of migrants and refugees adapting to a new homeland. The Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-994-5200, museum.gwu.edu MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS Through Sept. 5. It includes 72 objects, including 14 sculptures, spanning Martin Puryear’s career from his college days to the present. The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW, Washington, D.C. 202-633-1000, americanartsi.edu BROOMBERG & CHANARIN Through Sept. 11. Large-scale photographs show bullets that collided and fused midair during the Civil War along with high-precision prisms — the sort made in Germany during World War II that enabled scopes on firearms and the ability to kill an enemy from a great distance. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
IN THE LIBRARY Through Sept. 16. The exhibit presents more than 60 examples of literature related to the Paris Salon drawn from nearly 250 years of exhibitions. The National Gallery of Art, National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215, nga.gov THE CAPRICIOUS LINE Through Sept. 18. These drawings reflect the diverse issues Edward Koren addressed, ranging from parenting to man’s relationship with nature, during his career at The New Yorker. Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Del. 302-295-2212, visitwilmingtonde.com ANDY WARHOL ICONS Through Sept. 18. In these works, Warhol played on notions of celebrity in some of these most important works of pop art. Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. virginia.edu/artmuseum CHILDREN’S BOOK ART Through Oct. 9. Displays the broad range of subjects, styles, and working methods that make children’s book illustration a remarkably creative, lively world. The Brandywine River Art Museum, Chadds Ford, Pa. 610-388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org MAIL CALL Through Oct. 16. This traveling Smithsonian exhibit explores the history of America’s military postal system, and examines how even in today’s era of instant communication, troops overseas continue to treasure mail delivered from home. College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, Md. 301-864-6029, collegeparkaviationmuseum.com BACK TO FORT SCOTT Through Oct. 30. This exhibition examines the realities of life under segregation in 1950s America, as seen through the lens of groundbreaking photographer Gordon Parks (1912–2006). The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804340-1400, vmfa.museum WILL AND JANE Through Nov. 6. Merchandising, parodies, and spinoffs through the centuries have put William Shakespeare and Jane Austen on a first-name basis with the world. Explore the stories of “Will” and “Jane” and the nature of literary celebrity. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-5447077, folger.edu BARTERING FOR A CONTINENT Through Dec. 10. The importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists, from the founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution, and the role of Virginia in the development of a new world of exchange in goods and commodities in North America is explored in this special exhibition. Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, Va. 888-593-4682, historyisfun.org WINE AND SPIRITS IN DELAWARE Through Dec. 31. The exhibit utilizes graphics as well as historical objects from the collections of the state of Delaware to tell the story of Delaware’s wine and spirits trade from the time of European settlement to the present day. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. 302-645-1148, history.delaware.gov
History THE MARCH TO ANTIETAM WALKING TOUR Sept. 3, 3:00pm. The focus will be Frederick’s long, storied history from almost exactly 154 years ago. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, Md. civilwarmed.org POST-WAR SHENANDOAH VALLEY Sept. 9, 6:00pm. Park ranger Shannon Moeck will discuss how all the valley’s civilians, including former slaves and Confederate veterans, adjusted and adapted to their new environment and, while remembering their past, went about rebuilding their lives. 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, Va. 540-869-3051, nps.gov/cebe EXPLORE THE ENTRENCHMENTS AT CEDAR CREEK Sept. 10, 2:00pm. Join park ranger Jim Horn for a special walking tour that explores both the construction of these field fortifications and their role during the Battle of Cedar Creek. 7712 Main St., Middletown, Va. 540-869-3051, nps.gov/cebe CAPT. HENRY DUPONT Sept. 17, 2:00pm. Join park volunteer Chuck Barker as he examines the role of Capt. Henry DuPont and his 8th Corps batteries at the Battle of Cedar Creek. Meet at the Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main St., Middletown, Va. 540-869-3051, nps.gov/cebe HARVEST TIME Sept. 17, 11:00am–4:00pm. A fun and educational event for visitors of all ages that portrays life on a mid-19th century slave holding tobacco plantation during the early fall harvest. Booker T. Washington National Monument, 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway, Hardy, Va. 540-721-2094, visitvablueridge.com CANAL BOAT EXCURSIONS Through October. Board the Charles F. Mercer, a reproduction packet boat, to experience what it was once like to travel up and down the C&O Canal. Cruise on the historic canal at a mule’s pace and experience rising and falling 8 feet in a lock. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, Potomac, Md. 301-767-3714, nps.gov/choh OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, pgparks.com MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376
Lectures/Workshops/Classes STAR TREK ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Sept. 8. Head to The Dome for an engaging lecture at 6:30pm and a showing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at 8:00pm. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va. 804-864-1400, smv.org AVIATION SPEAKER SERIES Sept. 12, 7:00pm. Roger Miller relates the story of the World War II raids on the Ploesti oil fields, German oil refinery facilities located 30 miles north of Bucharest, Romania. The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, 701 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122 ADULT ART COURSES Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
DECO JAPAN Through Jan. 1. The exhibit explores how the Japanese interGALLERY TALKS preted art deco and transformed it through their own rich art Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and craft traditions. Hillwood Museum, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, FESTIVAL SYKESVILLE HARVEST and Sundays, 2:00pm. BaltiWashington, D.C. 202-686-5807, hillwoodmuseum.org more Museum of Art, 10 Art
TOURS U STREET WALKING TOUR Through Sept. 24. Explore the neighborhood that was shared by African-American intellectuals, business leaders, and families of all economic levels. Southwest Waterfront, Washington, D.C. 202-484-1565, washingtonwalks.com CAPITOL HAUNTINGS Through Sept. 24. You might discover that you’re sharing the neighborhood and the buildings with some otherworldly visitors. Learn more on this decidedly unnerving and historical walk. Southwest Waterfront, Washington, D.C. 202-484-1565, washingtonwalks.com 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
O THER GRANDPARENTS’ DAY WEEKEND Sept. 10–11. Take the grandkids out for a ride on a real antique trolley car, and tell them about your days of riding streetcars. Rockhill Trolley Museum, 430 Meadow St., Rockhill Furnace, Pa. 814-447-9576, rockhilltrolley.org WORLD SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP Sept. 15–17. More than $250,000 in prizes, plus the crowning of the world shooting champion. Peacemaker National Training Center, Gerrardstown, W.Va. wsc.nra.org HANGAR DANCE AND DINNER Sept. 17, 6:30pm. Attendees are invited to dress in their 1960s and 1970s fashions and /or United States military outfits and enter the best period attire of the evening contest. Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum, Martin State Airport, Middle River, Md. 410-682-6122, wingsovermaryland.org TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY Sept. 19, 3:00–6:00pm. Visitors can take “pirate talk” lessons and make eye patches and hooks. Author Mary Quattlebaum reads from her book, Pirate vs. Pirate, and Steve Buckley will be reading his book, Blackbear the Pirate. The Gaithersburg Community Museum, 9 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, Md. 301-258-6160, gaithersburgmd.gov NASCAR RACE WEEKEND Sept. 30–Oct. 2. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series. Dover International Speedway, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Del. 800-441-7223, doverspeedway.com
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Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. THE NEW WORLD DISCOVERS ASIA Historic Downtown Sykesville 443-573-1700, artbma.org Through Jan. 8. The first large-scale Pan-American exhibition to examine the profound influence of Asia on the of the WINE Co- FESTIVAL® THEarts MARYLAND SECOND SUNDAY lonial Americas. Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, September 17 5105 | 10 am-6 pm SPOTLIGHT TALKS Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del. 302-888-4803, winterthur.org September 18 | 11 am-6 pm Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art ROMANTIC ECHOES FROM JAPAN’S GOLDEN AGECounty Farm Museum Carroll Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410Through Jan. 15. The BMA presents an exquisiteWestminster selection of late 547-9000, thewalters.org 19th- and mid-20th-century kimonos and obis that have never been shown before. The Baltimore Museum ofCARROLL Art, 10COUNTY Art MuCORN MAZE STAINED-GLASS CLASS seum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org September 23-October 30Ongoing. Mat About You Gallery, 3774 Old Columbia Pike, JOHN WATERS’ KIDDIE FLAMINGOS Fridays & Saturdays | 5 pm-9pm Sept. 21–Jan. 22. The 74-minute video shown Sundays on a continuous | 1 pm-6 pm Ellicott City, Md. 410-313-8860, loop in the Black Box gallery features adorable kids wearing Carroll County Agriculturemataboutyou.com Center wigs and suggestions of the original costumes as they evoke Westminster TRADITIONAL ART CLASSES the legendary performances of Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Carroll County Farm Museum, and others. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, 500 S. FESTIVAL Center St., Westminster, 11TH MARYLAND MICROBREWERY Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org Md. 410-386-3880, carrollSeptember 24 | 11 am-6 pm FRONT ROOM: GUERRILLA GIRLS Union Mills Homestead & countyfarmmuseum.org Grist Mill Sept. 25–Mar. 12. This group of anonymous women artists have Union Mills produced, over the course of 30 years, a body of work that includes posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film, and culture at large. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, artbma.org NO MAN’S LAND Sept. 30–Jan. 8. Large-scale paintings and sculptural hybrids by 37 contemporary artists from 15 countries appear in this exhibition, organized by Miami’s Rubell Family Collection. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-783-5000, nmwa.org
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CARROLL COUNTY CORN MAZE September 23-October 30 Fridays & Saturdays | 5-9 pm Sundays | 1-6 pm Carroll County Agriculture Center Westminster
11TH MARYLAND MICROBREWERY FESTIVAL September 24 | 11 am-6 pm Union Mills Homestead & Grist Mill Union Mills
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‘They’re off’ at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock, Va.
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Sanctioned sulkey races will take place on five weekends at the Shenandoah County fairgrounds.
Pari-mutuel harness racing in Virginia has found a new home at Shenandoah Downs at Woodstock. For five consecutive weekends, Sept. 10 through Oct. 9, horses from across the country will compete on a newly remodeled track at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. “We’re really excited about it,” says the fair association’s Tom Eshelman. “I feel very strongly we’re going to have one of the premier half-mile tracks in the country.” The Virginia Equine Alliance and the Virginia Harness Horsemen’s Association will present the United States Trotting Association-sanctioned races on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 1:00pm. “We wanted them. They were looking for a home. It’s going to be a great marriage,” says Eshelman. According to the alliance’s Darrell Wood, harness racing took place at Colonial Downs in New Kent County from 1998 to 2014, and, after that track ceased operation, races were held last year at Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County. Now the plan is for Shenandoah Downs to be the new location.
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While this will be the 99th year the Shenandoah fair has run non-betting harness racing during fair season, the updated site will have a refurbished track and five pari-mutuel betting options: Win, Place, Show, Exacta, or Trifecta. Pari-mutuel bettors place wagers against each other instead of the house and, if lucky, could double or triple their investments. The alliance, which took a 20-year lease on the property, has poured nearly $750,000 into a major overhaul, widening the oval track from 48 feet to 65 feet, banking the turns, adding fencing, and relocating a concert stage and tractor pull strip. Spectators in the grandstand will have a close-up view of the horses warming up and racing. “It has a grassroots county fair feel to it,” says Wood. continued on page 38
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Nelson continued from page 24 peaches, apples, and vegetables through November, as well as ciders, jams, relishes, and salsas. Continuing west and slightly north on the loop, you come to the next seven stops in Nelson County. But, before you go north, consider crossing into Amherst County and visiting Morris Orchard. n Morris Orchard, Monroe morrisorchard.com, 434-929-2401 Morris grows apples, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and blackberries and presses apple cider. A Virginia Century Farm, it also operates a vacation rental house on site. Back in Nelson County, take in the rest of the taste sensation. To sustain your picking energy for the next seven orchards, choose a place to overnight. Lodging options range from camping cabins, country inns, and bed and breakfasts to the four-season Wintergreen Resort.
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Shenandoah continued from page 37 Harness racing involves standardbred horses called pacers and trotters who race with specified foot motions or gaits under the guidance of drivers seated on two-wheeled carts called sulkies. Eight horses can compete at a time. Races are usually two minutes or less, and the driver’s strategy is important. “To me — and I try to relay this to newcomers — the beauty of watching harness racing is to see good trotters compete,” says Wood. “The diagonal gait is tough to get accomplished at, especially at a young age (2 and 3 years old). When you compare the differences between a pacer and trotter, and notice the leg movements, that is something special.” The fair is doing its part to attract patrons to the track, holding special events on many race weekends, such as a Food Truck Festival, Hops and Hooves Festival, Wine and Trot-
ter Festival, and Seafood Fest. Race admission is free on weekends when there are no additional events. This year’s fair is Aug. 26–Sept. 3, with the non-betting racing Aug. 31–Sept. 3, transitioning into Shenandoah Downs’ inaugural five-week season. A longer season is envisioned next fall, according to Wood. The fair will also feature concerts by Scotty McCreery and the Brothers Osborne, as well as a rodeo at the fairgrounds off I-81, Exit 283, at Woodstock.
around the courtyard, according to Vicki Ruckman, of the Shenandoah Forum. The nonprofit raises funds through the event to support the agricultural and historic character of the county. Tickets are $25. (caveridge.com)
Learn more Shenandoah Downs: shenandoahdowns.com; virginiahorseracing.com Shenandoah Co. Tourism: visitshenandoahcounty.com
Taste of Shenandoah To soak up more of the scenic Shenandoah Valley, check out the 2016 Taste of Shenandoah on Oct. 15 from noon to 4:00pm at Cave Ridge Vineyard in Mount Jackson. With the backdrop of the vineyard, mountains, and live music, sample 15 pairings of locally produced cuisine and wine, beer, or cider. There also will be prepared meals for sale. The farm-to-table event will have even more vendors than last year and will spread out to the lawn from
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n Fitzgerald’s Orchard, Tyro 434-277-5798 Bushel sales only during apple season. Varieties include Red and Gold Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, Rome, Pink Lady, and Fuji. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm. Closed for lunch, noon–1:00pm.
n Dickie Brothers Orchard, Roseland dickiebros.com, 434-277-5516 The Dickie Brothers Orchard story dates to the mid-1700s when King George dedicated tracts of land to the current owners’ ancestor, James Dickie. Dickie paid 95 shillings for the tracts in the 1700s. The family proudly says they’ve been farming the land for 264 years. This is the eighth generation to help on the farm, which grows 20 different varieties of apples as well as peaches, nectarines, plums, blackberries, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and beef cattle. n Silver Creek and Seamans’ Orchards, Tyro silvercreekseamansorchards.com, 434-277-5824 Apple butter-making festivals attract leaf peepers Oct. 1, 15, and 29, 10:00am–4:30pm. Pumpkins are ripe for picking in October, too. Apple festivals feature live music, kids’ games, pick-yourown pumpkins, food, crafters, a corn maze, apple
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Stratford Hall is where Robert E. Lee was born. It boasts a history of brother against brother in the 18th-century political intrigue that created the U.S. Constitution. Lee’s ancestors were people who signed the Declaration of Independence, but didn’t agree when it came to the U.S. Constitution. Free, self-guided house tours are available with the purchase of an event ticket. (stratfordhall.org/ events) Oct. 8, the Oyster and Art Fest kicks off at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, a fascinating place in Heathsville on the Bay that dates to 1795. The tavern, located directly behind the Old Court House, is one of the oldest surviving wood structures on the Northern Neck. Named after John Hughlett, its builder, the tavern is on the Virginia and National Registers of Historic Places. (rhhtfoundationinc. org/events) Virginia has named November the month of the oyster in a nod to the traditional thought that oysters are better consumed after their breeding time. Now that the oyster catch is not as reliant on breeding, they can be consumed any time and restaurants serving oysters have popped up everywhere. “You can’t see everything on the Northern Neck if you stay a week, but if you only have a weekend, be sure to take a look at the itineraries we have on our website,” Hull said.
n Critzer Family Farm, Afton critzerfamilyfarm.com, 540-456-4772 The Critzers, who came to this area right after the American Revolution, have expanded their fifth-generation offerings of pick-your-own strawberries and blackberries to include seasonal vegetables such as squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, broccoli, and cauliflower. Visitors may also enjoy delicious ice cream made with fruit from the farm.
Wine is another draw at the Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Festival.
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n Blue Ridge Fruit Co., Afton blueridgefruitco.com, 540-456-6778 This weekend fruit stand on Route 151 in Afton features a variety of seasonal fruits from Dickie Brothers Orchard, plus apple cider in the fall.
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n Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery, Nellysford hilltopberrywine.com, 434-361-1266 “True to the fruit” wines are made here from blueberries, blackberries, plums, apples, peaches, and elderberries, but unique to Hill Top in the region is the authentic honey mead it makes by fermenting honey. Fruits are mixed with honey in some of the mead varieties.
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Corn maze craze continues to grow throughout the Mid-Atlantic September brings the opening of corn mazes across the Mid-Atlantic. With their zig-zag twists and turns, they 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 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg, Va. backhome-onthefarm.com Aug. 27â€“Oct. 31. Mondayâ€“Friday, 3:00â€“7:00pm; Saturday, 10:00amâ€“ 6:00pm; Sunday, noonâ€“6:00pm Corn maze, cow train, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, barnyard area, pig races, and many more family activities.
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Tackling a corn maze is fun for all ages.
ITâ€™S THE GREAT MAZE,
CHARLIE BROWN Farm Opens on Aug. 27th through Oct. 31st.
OVER 60 FARM FUN ACTIVITIES, GAMES AND RIDES plus Americanâ€™s longest-running
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Family fun on the farm Cows-N-Corn 540-439-4806 cows-n-corn.com 5225 Catlett Rd. Midland, Va.
2915 Willow Run Road Just off 42N. of Harrisonburg
NOV. 5 540-442-6493
22880 Budds Creek Road, Clements, Md. bowlesfarms.com Sept. 24â€“Oct. 31. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00amâ€“6:00pm A dozen activities, plus Southern Marylandâ€™s largest corn maze. Petting zoo, barrel rides, kidsâ€™ slide, and straw maze.
Find yourself in a corn maze
Corn maze open Sept. 16-Oct 31 Fri. 6-9pm, Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun. 11am-7pm
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Pick your own pumpkins, vegetables and Christmas trees.
Hayrides approved for Girl Scouts, jumping pillow and more
Fall Festival Weekends Sept. 10-Oct. 30 hartlandfarmandorchard.com 540.532.0436
Enjoy Friday night hot dog, hayride, campfire and corn maze!
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CELEBRATION FARM 17638 Garden View Road, Hagerstown, Md. celebrationfarm.org Sept. 3â€“Oct. 30. Friday, 5:00â€“ 10:00pm; Saturday, noonâ€“10:00pm; Sunday, noonâ€“5:00pm Choose one or all three of the mazes for one price and visit the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Moonlight Mazes on Friday and Saturday nights.
CHERRY CREST ADVENTURE FARM 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, Pa. cherrycrestfarm.com Through Nov. 5. Open Thursday through Saturday, plus holidays; 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.
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COWS-N-CORN 5225 Catlett Road, Midland, Va. cows-n-corn.com Sept. 16–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. 17.
HARTLAND FARM AND ORCHARD
LAWYER’S FARM AND MOONLIGHT MAZE
3205 Hartland Lane, Markham, Va. hartlandfarmandorchard.com Sept. 10–Oct. 30. Saturday, 10:00am–6:00pm; Sunday, noon– 6:00pm In addition to the corn maze, enjoy hayrides, pumpkin bowling, an apple cannon, and other activities. Pick your own vegetables and Christmas trees, too. Enjoy fresh kettle corn and caramel apples.
13003 Creagerstown Road, Thurmont, Md. lawyersmoonlightmaze.com Sept.24–Nov. 6. 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 indoor activities.
LIBERTY MILLS FARM 9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset, Va. libertymillsfarm.com Sept. 10–Nov. 6. Wednesday– Friday, 1:00–6:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am–6:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am– 5:30pm At Virginia’s largest corn maze, choose from one or all four trails. Weekend hay wagon rides, plus activity area and pumpkin patch.
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Friends help each other solve the corn maze puzzles at Liberty Mills Farm.
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New Kinzua Visitor Center offers Sky Walk and more You can still “walk across the sky” 235 feet above the Kinzua Gorge, but a new visitor center at the Kinzua Bridge State Park in Jewett, Pa., enhances that experience with two exhibit halls that highlight the innovative spirit of Gen. Thomas L. Kane and Octave Chanute, who built the original Kinzua Viaduct in 1882. At that time it was the world’s highest and longest railroad viaduct. One fun exhibit is an excursion railroad car where visitors can view videos showing what it was like to be a passenger on the excursion trains that once crossed the bridge. Windows in the visitor center offer a magnificent view of the Kinzua Sky Walk, rebuilt from six of the original steel towers that supported the viaduct after a tornado destroyed the bridge in 2003. From the Sky Walk, you can still see the twisted wreckage that resulted lying on the valley floor. Access to the Sky Walk is free. (visitanf.com)
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Photography Workshop Sept 9 -11 Olmsted Manor Ludlow, PA 814-945-6512
Wheel Around the Hub Bicycle Race Sept. 17 Smethport, PA 814-598-5811
12th Annual Wildcat Park Festival Oct. 1 10 AM-4 PM Ludlow, PA 814-945-6373
The Lodge at Glendorn Luxury Nature Resort 1000 Glendorn Drive Bradford, PA 800-843-8568
Kinzua Bridge State Park Fall Festival Sept 17-18 296 Viaduct Road Mt. Jewett, PA 814-778-5467
Flickerwood Wine Fall Festival Sept. 24-25 309 Flickerwood Road Kane, PA 814-837-7566
ARTAGEOUS Oct. 6 7:30 PM Bromeley Family Theater Blaisdell Hall Bradford, PA 814-362-2522
Eldred WW II Museum 201 Main Street Eldred, PA 814-225-2220
FREE Visitors Guide & Map
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Camping with kids: 16 places to experience the outdoors Get back to nature with your family and go camping at one of these lovely locations near Washington, D.C. You’ll find all sorts of activities and amenities, from fine dining and ice cream parlors to curling and river tubing. We’ve sorted camping facilities into three categories: “Roughing It” (for those who truly want to hike and haul their gear), “Pull Up and Unload” (for those who want to camp with a tent or RV without the trek through the woods with gear), and “Glamping” (for those who want to bring only a suitcase). Insider tip: Many campgrounds provide firewood, ask you not to bring your own firewood, or tell you to bring only store-bought firewood. This is because of the Emerald Ash borer threat, which poses a danger to trees throughout the area.
ROUGHING IT Cedarville State Forest, Brandywine, Md. dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/southern/cedarville.aspx Go primitive with your horse in the forest’s equestrian camping area. Hunting, fishing, picnicking, mountain bike riding, and horse trails offered.
Chopawamsic Backcountry, Triangle, Va. nps.gov/prwi/planyourvisit/ backcountrycamping.htm Hike to tent sites in the back country of the Prince William Forest. No sanitation or trash facilities provided. Hiking, biking, and picnicking offered. Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge, Va. dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/ leesylvania#general_information Primitive “paddle in” campsites offered. Boating, peer fishing, and hiking. Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, Va. dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/ sky-meadows#general_information Hike a mile from the parking lot to your campsite at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pit toilets, non-potable water, and firewood available. Tour the Mount Bleak House, hike 24 miles of trails, fish in Turner Pond, or pedal your bike down 9 miles of trails.
PULL UP AND UNLOAD Burke Lake Park Fairfax Station, Va. fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burkelakepark This campground offers 100 sites for tents and RVs. Ride the miniature train or merry-go-round, go hiking or biking, play golf or miniature golf, visit the ice cream parlor, or enjoy a rowboat ride. Campsites closed Oct. 31–April 15. Cherry Hill Park College Park, Md. cherryhillpark.com This campground boasts it is the closest campground to Washington, D.C. Rent a log cabin, yurt, or cottage. Swimming pools — and splash pad for the kids — café, miniature golf, Wi-Fi, dog run, laundry, and camp store. This park has 400 campsites and the majority are for RVs. Review the online camp map before booking. continued on page 43
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Camping spots at Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge, Va.
Weekends through October, plus Labor Day, enjoy a visit to the Maryland Renaissance Festival, which is marking its 40th season in 2016. Nosh on a turkey leg, delight in Shakespeare, marvel at the jousting, shop for handcrafted items, and stroll the streets to eyeball incredible costumes. There is no limit to the possibilities for people-watching, eating, or entertainment. Special dates for children, seniors, pirates, and for American Sign Language interpretation. (rennfest.com) — ami neiberger-miller
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In the mood for blues? Check out the DC Blues Festival on Sept. 3 at Carter Barron Amphitheater, featuring local and national artists. (dcblues.org) … Latino heritage, highlighted by a parade, live entertainment, and international cuisine, is front and center at Fiesta DC, Sept. 17–18 on Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and 14th streets. (fiestadc.org) … More than 100 authors, including horrormeister Stephen King, will appear at the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 24 at the Washington Convention Center. (loc. gov) — gwen woolf
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Check out 30 artists creating plein air masterpieces in bath county Wilderness and culture converge in the fourth annual Bath County Plein Air Festival, Oct. 3–9 in Virginia. Some of the same attributes that lure outdoorsmen to this scenic region in the Allegheny Mountains — a four-hour drive from Washington, D.C. — also attract artists who find inspiration in nature. “Bath County is one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. It is an ideal setting for landscape painting and a major plein air festival,” said Al Gury, of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, last year’s festival judge. Thirty juried professional artists from Virginia and the East Coast will create paintings around the county while the public gets to observe the creative process. The festival offers a week of talks, demonstrations, exhibitions, dinners, receptions, book signings, and other opportunities to meet the artists and purchase their work. Some events are free; others require tickets. A percentage of festival sales will go to Preservation Bath. “I think the festival is wonderful for all parties,” said Bath resident Crit Richardson. “It is hard to say who benefits the most — the county, the artists, or the attendees.” Plein air, a term popularized by 19th-century impressionists, is French for “open air” and means painting outdoors from life. “Plein-air painters capture the essence of the landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color, and movement into their work,” explained Barbara Buhr, owner of Warm Springs Gallery, the festival sponsor. “A landscape caught from this exhilarating experience often has a freshness and liveliness that cannot be achieved in the studio.” But painting outside also can present challenges to artists, such as unpredictable weather, changing natural light, distractions, and bugs.
A place to create art Artists find the diverse nature of Bath an appealing backdrop. “The county offers an endless variety of farm buildings, rolling hills, flowing rivers, broad vistas, historic structures, private homes, and turning foliage,” said M. Stephen Doherty, of Waynesboro, Va., editor of PleinAir magazine and a past festival artist and judge. More than half of the county is protected by national and state forests and The Nature Conservancy. There are no stoplights and just 4,700
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Richard Oversmith paints at dawn at Ingalls Overlook during the Bath County Plein Air Festival. residents. Yet, The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, draws an international clientele. Garth Newel Music Center, a classical music venue, brings in world-class musicians. Gourmet restaurants, an arts district, and unique shops and bedand-breakfasts add to the charm. Though artist Crista Pisano enjoys living outside Manhattan, N.Y., she found rural Bath to be a refreshing change of pace at last year’s festival. “I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to get up every morning and see such beautiful undisturbed peaceful views,” Pisano said. “Painting outdoors is having the best office in the world. You get to see things happen in nature atmospherically change in front of your eyes along with all the creatures that live in it.” Past artists have taken individual approaches. Andrus J. Bality, of Richmond, Va., works the entire canvas at once, “applying little dabs of color
until it all seems to come together.” Pisano paints on a very small scale, although her paintings still take hours. Doherty starts with a quick pencil sketch on paper, then uses a thin mixture of oil color on a canvas to lock in the composition. Later, he builds layers of paint using various colors. “My vision is to show viewers of my completed paintings what I found to be so exciting about the location where I worked,” Doherty said. “That might be a momentary sunrise, a curious nighttime light, a romantic flow of misty clouds, or a barn that stands for a way of life. I want to show what might otherwise be overlooked, especially if it exists only for a few moments of the day or a specific time of year.”
Learn more Bath County Plein Air Festival: bathcountypleinairfestival.org Bath Co. Tourism: discoverbath.com
FAMILY TRAVEL continued from page 42 Downriver Canoe Company, Bentonville, Va. downriver.com This small and primitive campground for tent camping is reserved for canoeists booking a trip with the company. The site is located at picturesque Compton Rapid. Fire pits, portable toilets, fresh water, and picnic tables are provided. Park your car at the campground with your gear and canoe into camp. continued on page 45
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Pitch a tent and enjoy the views at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, Va.
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ad ventures in taste I reed h ellman
Enhance your diners’ experiences with artistic food presentation A well-conceived, properly prepared menu goes a long way to ensuring success for your next big festive meal. But, for a truly memorable repast, develop the added element: Presentation. Good food, well prepared, should look as good as it tastes. Presentation is an often overlooked or misunderstood element of preparing fine meals. There is more to it than simply plopping on some parsley or dribbling a sauce over the main course. How a dish looks can be as important as how it tastes, because people figuratively eat with their eyes. Even before the first taste or whiff of aroma, what people see forms their first impression of the food. How a meal looks can make people happy and excited about eating. Build a plan for your presentation, just as you would build a menu of dishes. Take into account the colors, shapes, heights, and textures of the foods, just as you would plan your flavors. Give some thought to the serving platters and serving utensils and how they can complement the appearance of the foods. For instance, present scallops on real scallop shells, bedded on rock salt on a black, glossy plate. The color contrasts are remarkable. You can overdo a good thing with too much embellishment. Build your presentation around one main ingredient in each dish.
For example, prepare a whole roasted duck, glazed with honey, blood oranges, and tangerines. Use the citrus to frame the bird, and the orange colors to complement the browned skin. The artistic elements function to keep the diner’s attention on the duck, the dish’s main ingredient. As another example, flank a red lobster with green beans and amber squash to capitalize on the vibrant colors.
Keep food shapes natural Use foods in their natural states. Cut a squash in half or roast it whole, keeping its natural shape. A whole pear poached in wine and port has more visual appeal than pear chunks. That whole roast duck has more “wow” to it than a plateful of pieces. Avoid obvious “manufactured” clichés like rosebud radishes or the recent trend to stacking or “vertical food.” Figuratively, “choreographing” your dishes can add to your guests’ experience. Many chefs begin their presentation with an amuse bouche, a small, delicate appetizer. Though no more than a mouthful, the amuse bouche is usually colorful and serves as an alert to diners, focusing their attention on the meal to come. Use the subsequent courses of the meal to build to the main course. Even a simple salad can combine full flavor and
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artistic presentation. Build an endive roulade by removing each leaf and lightly coating the concave surface with a blue cheese mousse. Reassemble the endive and slice it crosswise into rings. Circle the stuffed endive rings around a mound of frise lettuce piled on a crouton and topped with crumbled pancetta bacon. The overall effect is light and airy, with the green filigree of the frise complimenting the lighter green endive rings. The brown pancetta crumbles provide a contrasting texture and color. Experiment with recipes that can be potential candidates for artistic presentation. Each meal has a main element that can serve as a focal point. By paying close attention to the elements of the foods on your menu, you can add to your guests’ enjoyment.
KITCHEN GUY CHILLED STUFFED BEETS 6 medium beets 1 cup sweet peas, cooked and drained 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 green onion, chopped 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or creamy salad dressing 6 sprigs parsley, chopped Kosher salt, to taste Fresh ground mix of black, white, red, and green peppercorns, to taste Do not peel the beets or cut off roots or stems. Boil or steam young beets for about 30 minutes; older beets will require a longer time. When tender, cool the beets, slide off the skin under running water, and remove the roots and stem. Cut off the top of each beet and use a melon ball tool to scoop out the pulp, leaving the outside of the beet intact. Chop the beet pulp and mix well with the rest of the ingredients. Chill the mixture and the cored beets. Just before serving, fill the beets with the mixture. Garnish with orange pepper strips. Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. Visit reedhellmanwordsmith.com or email rhway2go@ yahoo.com.
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Wine news: French wine theme park, Millennials influence the industry Wine theme park Disney World has nothing on this place: It’s an adult theme park in Bordeaux, France, that’s dedicated to the nectar of the grape. This brand new wine amusement park, called “La Cité du Vin” (“the city of wine”) sits on the bank of the Garonne River in the heart of the famous wine region. It took seven years to complete, and every aspect and structure of the place is wine-related. You’ll find such things as wine swirling in a glass and gnarled grape vines. There are tastings led by experts, famous stories of drunkenness, and a place to purchase wine. Like other amusement parks, there are rides, too, such as a simulated boat journey on a wine merchant’s galley around the world. Virtually a fantasyland for oenophiles, it opened June 1 and admission is about $20. (laciteduvin. com/en)
Millennials and wine Who has the most influence on the wine industry today? There’s no question that it’s millennials (20and 30-somethings), more so than any other age group. From the styles and varietals they drink, when and how much they consume, and even how they buy it, their impact is huge. They’re much more willing to try new offerings and varietals and their love of rosé is putting this style through a renaissance.
FAMILY TRAVEL continued from page 43 Drummer Boy Camping Resort, Gettysburg, Pa. drummerboycampresort.com Enjoy camping with your RV or tent, or in a cabin or cottage just minutes from downtown Gettysburg. Two pools (one with a waterslide), camp store, arcade, playground, mini-golf, snack bar, and fishing pond onsite. Golf cart and tricycle rentals available. Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt, Md. nps.gov/gree/index.htm Tent camping for individuals, families, and organized groups is available at this beautiful “urban
Not surprisingly, young women are at the forefront of this revolution. And, unlike older generations who would enjoy a glass of wine only with dinner, millennials will sip numerous glasses anytime, even while watching TV. Winemakers are certainly noticing that millennials are the leading group of wine consumers today and spend much time and money catering to them.
Glass size affects amount consumed Do you think the size of wine glass you’re sipping out of can alter your drinking habits? Well, research has proven that it can affect how much you drink. For instance, 4 ounces of vino poured into a small 6-ounce glass looks like a lot more than that same amount poured into a larger 12-ounce glass. Aside from the obvious, it plays tricks on your mind, either making you think you’ve sipped much more or not that much at all. Restaurants have experimented by changing glasses from their regular size to either smaller versions or larger ones. The restaurants immediately noticed that their wine sales changed. With the smaller glasses, many folks would not order a second glass feeling that they may have had too much already, while with the larger glasses, they would definitely order more. Using a smaller glass might be a better way to control consumption.
oasis.” RVs are allowed (no hookups). Picnic areas, playground, and hiking available. Metro is a 2-mile walk. Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, Va. novaparks.com/parks/pohick-bayregional-park Tent sites and cabins are available, as well as RV sites with full hookups. Boating, kayaking, equestrian trails, disc golf, hiking, miniature golf, a waterpark, and paddle boarding offered. Shenandoah River Outfitters, Luray, Va. shenandoah-river.com Enjoy camping in a pristine setting at Camp Outback with your tent. Restrooms and hot showers are available, and firewood is for sale. The
Orange wine We’re all familiar with red, white, and rosé wine, but did you know that there’s another style of wine that is really trending right now? That would be “orange wine.” So, what on earth is “orange wine?” Normally, white wine is made without using the skins (skin contact). They are removed before fermentation begins. In this “newer” style, the grape skins are left to soak in the juice, releasing more color and perhaps complexity. This extended maceration on the skins gives the finished wine a golden pink to deep amber and burnt sienna color. Like rosé, it’s very visually appealing. Although this style appears new, the concept is ancient and has been around for some 8,000 years. It came to the foreground in the late 1980s when an Italian winemaker visiting Georgia resurrected the style. Now it’s hot, hot, hot, and countless restaurants and bars around the world are having fun with it. © Edward Finstein, “The Wine Doctor” 2016. “The Wine Doctor” is Edward Finstein, award-winning author, TV/radio host, renowned wine journalist, international wine judge, professor of wine, and consultant. For more information, visit winedoctor.ca, twitter.com/ drwineknow,thewinedoctor.blogspot.com, winedoctor.ca/docs-grapevine.html, or facebook. com/edwarddocfinstein?fref=ts.
campground borders George Washington National Forest and has a walking trail to the Shenandoah River. Enjoy canoeing and rafting. Cabin and cottage rentals, many with hot tubs, are also available.
GLAMPING Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, Va. novaparks.com/parks/algonkianregional-park Vacation cottages fronting the Potomac River are fully furnished with private kitchens and have decks. Four-bedroom deluxe cottages include hot tubs. Golf, waterpark (summertime only), and hiking offered. Front Royal Outdoors, Front Royal, Va. frontroyalcanoe.com Stay at your private rental home overlooking the Massanutten Mountain Range and the Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy canoeing and fishing, or explore the valley.
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State parks, like Sky Meadows in Delaplane, Va., have fall festivals and events to enjoy while you camp.
The Lodge at Glendorn, Bradford, Pa. glendorn.com These luxury cabins are loaded with charm. Activities include fly fishing, shooting sports, spa treatments, dining, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, curling, and more. Rose River Farm, Syria, Va. roseriverfarm.com Luxury rental cabins in a yurt style. This property focuses on western-style fly fishing.
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FUN weekend on tap as Kentucky Headhunters headline Bridge Jam While parachute jumpers and rappellers wow the crowds at the annual Bridge Day festivities over New River Gorge in Fayetteville, W.Va., The Kentucky Headhunters and other bands will keep things jumping at Bridge Jam 2016. The Oct. 14–15 music festival was expanded to two days this year, and tent and RV camping options were added. Rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass, and country groups will perform at Cascades Festival Grounds, a 50-acre pasture field in downtown Fayetteville. The grounds are 3 miles from Bridge Day, which falls on Oct. 15 and is one of West Virginia’s major events. Fayetteville is just about 313 miles from Washington, D.C., in the southern part of the state. “It’s a beautiful setting,” says the
music festival’s Bill Wells. The Kentucky Headhunters, called “the great American rock ‘n’ roll band” by Billboard magazine, have won Grammy, Country Music, American Music, and Academy of Country Music awards. They are known for such songs as “Dumas Walker,” “Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine,” and “Oh Lonesome Me.” The group will play on Saturday at 8:30pm. Other performers will be Grammy nominees The Grascals, John Ellison & The Carpenter Ants (known for “Some Kind of Wonderful”), Travers Brothership, John Ingram’s Slugfest, and Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns. Thumbnail profiles of the groups are on the festival website. (thebridgejam. com)
Concerts will be held 8:30pm to midnight on Friday and 12:30pm to midnight on Saturday. In addition, the Fayetteville Art Coalition will hold its Fall Arts Show at the festival. Yoga classes will be available, as well as food, beer, cider, wine, and merchandise vendors. Tickets are sold through the website. Children under age 6 get in free and those ages 7 to 15 get in for half price at the gate, when accompanied by an adult. Shuttle buses will run between festival grounds, the bridge, and various parking lots. A portion of Bridge Jam proceeds will benefit three nonprofit groups —
the Fayetteville Arts Coalition, Fayetteville Rotary Club, and New River Gorge Trail Alliance. Bridge Day usually draws 80,000 spectators to see jumpers tackle the 800-foot drop into the gorge. There also are booths and entertainment on the bridge. “It’s a great weekend all around,” says Wells.
The festival What: Bridge Jam 2016 When: Oct. 14–15 Where: Cascade Festival Grounds, Fayetteville, W.Va. Info/tickets: 304-382-7509, thebridgejam.com
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The Kentucky Headhunters are among the bands that will perform at Bridge Jam, Oct. 14–15, as part of the Bridge Day Festival.
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Experience the life of a coal miner Located a little off the beaten path in Weatherly, Pa., are the remains of what was once a mining village. Founded in 1854, Eckley Miners’ Village was typical of a “coal patch” town. The Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission maintains the site, which depicts the hardscrabble life of a miner during the days when coal was king. Guests view a short film, then take a self-guided tour to learn about the daily duties of those who worked in the mines, from the youngest “breaker boys,” who ranged in age from 7 to 12, to the adult coal miners. Afterward, visitors can drive or take a docent-led walk through the village. Brochures are provided and identify various structures, including the miners’ homes, the social hall, the churches, and the mine owner’s abode. Around the year 1970, Eckley captured the imagination of Hollywood filmmakers who visited the area to film The Molly Maguires. Vestiges of that visit still remain in the decaying coal crusher that was built onsite. For a more extensive immersion into the life of a miner, take a dark journey 300-foot underground via mine car into an anthracite coal mine on the Lackawanna Coal Mine tour, located in Scranton’s McDade Park. There, a guide shares the stories and struggles of those who toiled in
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Tour a historic meetinghouse Located at River Street and Wyoming Avenue in the Old Forty Fort Cemetery in Forty Fort, Pa., just north of Wilkes-Barre, is a historic meetinghouse dating back to 1806. Designed by Joseph Hitchcock, of New Haven, Conn., the Union Church was used by Congregationalists and Methodists. By 1837, the groups had gone their separate ways, and the structure has rarely been used since. In 1869, the Forty Fort Cemetery Association acquired the meeting-
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