Stop by for Weekends at Mason to see country singer (and NBC's "The Voice" celebrity vocal coach) Blake Shelton's "Well Lit & Amplified" tour. Performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, on the campus of George Mason University, Shelton will be joined by rising star Justin Moore and Meg and Dia, a group founded by Dia Frampton, a finalist on "The Voice," and her sister, Meg Frampton.
The concert is at George Mason University's Patriot Center. Tickets range from $29.75 to $54.75. Call 202-397-7328 or 703-933-3000.
Close out Black History Month at George Mason University by celebrating the sisterhood and brotherhood bonds of the National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc.'s nine African-American Greek-letter organizations. Members of the organizations will perform at a show on Sunday, Feb. 26.
The show is at George Mason University's Center for Performing Arts. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the show. Go to cfa.gmu.edu.
Mud never sounded great until you visit the Amish community's mud sales. Join the crowds purchasing Amish quilts, tools, clothing, buggies, antiques, livestock and produce.
The mud sales, named for the normal condition of the ground during thawing from late February through early April, offer up to six simultaneous auctions located on the grounds and firehouse. Most sales begin at 8:30 a.m. sharp.
Food, including Pennsylvania Dutch favorites like chicken corn soup and homemade root beer, is also available.
The season begin Saturday, Feb. 25, with the Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale in Strasburg, Pa. For listings of other mud sales, visit padutchcountry.com/mudsales.
Tropical Rain Forest India
Venture into a new world as you learn about one of the most botanically diverse spots in the world at the new Tropical Rain Forest India exhibit at the Phipps Conservatory. Curators from Phipps traveled by boat, train and even elephant into the Western Ghats to prepare the vibrant, exotic display. The exhibit features the Ayurvedic healing gardens, cascading waterfalls, a field research station, a temple facade and cultural artifacts. The display is in the 12,000-square-foot Tropical Forest Conservatory.
Admission is free for conservatory members, $11 for students, $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 62 and older, $9 for children 2 to 18. Free for children younger than 2. The tour of the conservatory takes about 90 minutes. Go to phipps.conservatory.org.
DreamWorks birthday parties
Celebrate your child's birthday with a special surprise from a character from "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" or "Madagascar" at the DreamWorks Experience Birthday Celebration at the Gaylord National Resort. Package includes one night accommodations at Gaylord National Resort for a family of up to four, DreamWorks-themed in-room breakfast and a 11/2-hour DreamWorks-themed birthday party for your child and up to six friends. Party includes a T-shirt for birthday child, themed character cake and party favors, punch, ice cream, pizza, an appearance from a DreamWorks character of your choice, scavenger hunt and free valet parking.
The DreamWorks Experience Birthday Celebration is available weekends now through May 20 and seven days a week starting May 25. Parties start at $999 for one night. Call 800-320-8876 (online booking not available).
National Outdoor Show
Celebrate almost seven decades of preserving Dorchester County's heritage and educating newcomers and visitors about the area with the National Outdoor Show on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25. The weekend includes oyster racing for kids, silent auctions, muskrat skinning, duck carving, corn-shelling competition for adults and beginners, and trap setting for juniors and seniors.
The event is at South Dorchester K-8 School, 3485 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Go to nationaloutdoorshow.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun