Day trip on tap: Wine, beer, cheese and Meow Meow
Cabaret star Meow Meow performs at the Virginia Arts Festival. (Karl Giant Photo, Baltimore Sun / March 12, 2013)
Barrel Futures Tasting at Paradise Springs Winery
Get to taste wines directly out of the barrel. The Paradise Springs Winery lets patrons taste last year's vintage, which won't be available in bottles for several years, at the Barrel Futures Tasting. Learn how certain types of oak influence taste.
The Barrel Futures Tasting is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24. Tastings are on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is $25 and includes nine wine samplings and food pairings. Go to paradisespringswinery.com.
Baby chicks, ducklings, sheep, bunnies, Mother Goose and more will be out at the 3 Palms Petting Zoo's EggStravaganZoo. Children will get to pet these Easter classics, and go searching across the zoo for Easter eggs, a great way to get practice in before the Bunny's visit.
The EggStravaganZoo runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Zoo admission is free that day, and the Easter egg hunt is $2 per child. Donations are appreciated. Go to 3palmspettingzoo.com.
Beer & Cheese
Craft beers and artisanal cheese just belong together. Experience these pairings at the Wine School of Philadelphia's Beer & Cheese. Learn how to make these perfect pairings with advice from Philadelphia's biggest beer experts and cheesemongers. Perfect for date night, guys' night, or girls' night out.
Beer & Cheese starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Wine School of Philadelphia. Cost is $56.98. Go to vinology.com for more information.
Hailing from the Sado Island in the Sea of Japan, the Kodo Drummers are bringing the tradition of taiko drumming to New Jersey. Based on the tradition of the Samurai, the Kodo Drummers attack their instruments with warrior-like intensity. The largest of these drums weighs over 900 pound. Guaranteed to be a spectacle.
The Kodo Drummers perform at Prudential Hall at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Tickets range from $25 to $90. Go to njpac.org.
"In this show, you may not be moved, but you will be touched," says cabaret star Meow Meow about her act, which evokes a traditional cabaret feel with modern twists. This sexy diva performs songs from the 1920s to modern rock. Hilarious with an incredible voice, Meow Meow has garnered praise from around the world.
Meow Meow will be performing for the Virginia Arts Festival at the Robin Hixon Theater, March 19 through March 24, with most performances at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced from $20 to $35. Go to ticketmaster.com