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Family movie night, arts event, candy and wine offered this weekend in Harford

Candy, an arts event, a free showing of a Dr. Seuss movie and a chance to sample wine and craft beer in support of higher education are some of the high-profile things to do this weekend to brighten the winter blues in Harford County.

Though the annual Bel Air Chocolate and Candy Festival isn't until next weekend, a prelude event is planned for tonight (Friday) centered around the Bel Air Reckord Armory building on Main Street.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the armory for the main event, a free showing of "The Lorax," the animated movie based on the Dr. Seuss storybook. In addition to there being no admission charge, it also includes free popcorn and treats.

Free movie night is billed as a prelude to the chocolate and candy festival, as is another event planned mostly on Main Street in the county seat from 5 to 8 p.m., a new Chocolate & Art Walk.

The walk features more than a dozen downtown Bel Air shops, boutiques and salons staying open late and hosting local artists in their businesses to display and sell their artwork. In addition, each business participating will feature samples of sweet treats from local restaurants and a few of the Chocolate & Candy Festival vendors. The shops, boutiques and salons will be open until 8 p.m.

The 12th annual Chocolate & Candy Festival is planned next weekend, on March 2, at the armory from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5.

Each paying visitor receives four sample tickets allowing them to sample from the chocolatiers, candy-makers and sweet treat merchants. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free and receive two free sample tickets.

Wine festival

On Sunday, and a few miles to the east, the 14th annual Harford Community College Wine Expo is on the boards for 3 to 6 p.m. in the APG Federal Credit Union Arena, the college new 3,200-seat sports venue that opened in the fall.

The event is the main fundraiser for the HCC Alumni and Friends Association, and proceeds benefit Alumni and Friends Association programs and scholarships. The association is partnering with Wine World Beer and Spirits of Abingdon to put on the event.

Tickets, available only to those 21 and older, are $40 each in advance and $50 each at the door. Anyone who wishes to be a designated driver can purchase a ticket for $20, and will receive a designated driver wristband.

About 50 vendors are expected to be on hand in the arena where those attending will be able to taste samples of wine and craft beer.

Among the Maryland producers expected to be on hand are: Boordy Vineyards, Linganore Winecellars of Mt. Airy, Knob Hall Winery of Washington County and the DuClaw Brewing Co., which operates brewpub restaurants in Bel Air, Bowie, Anne Arundel County and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The event isn't billed as a local product showcase, so it will also feature libations from across the U.S., as well as Germany, Italy, Spain and other countries.

There will also be a selection of hors d'oeuvres and desserts available to ticket holders at the event.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or at Wine World, 406 Constant Friendship Blvd. in Abingdon.

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