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Maryland Wine Festival to be uncorked Saturday

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Maryland Wine Festival returns to the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster for the seventh consecutive year Saturday and next Sunday. Maryland's 11 commercial wineries will be represented. Wine experts will explain the art of wine tasting and festival-goers will have the opportunity to sample as many as 10 different wines, which are included in the price of admission.

But all is not wine. A juggler and violinist will stroll through the crowd, while a continuous round of entertainment will be performed on the farm stage. You'll also find wine-related items for sale, such as grapevine wreaths, homemade wine baskets and foods from cheese and crackers to more elaborate gourmet dishes. Tours of the farmhouse also will be conducted.

Saturday's entertainment includes Whirligig, the Smith Sisters, Bob Fields Jazz Ensemble, the Maryland Pacesetters, Imagimime, jazz musician Carl Filipiak, the Monumental Brass Quintet and the Bourbon Street Ramblers. Performing on Sunday will be Sentimental Journey, Eastern Standard Time, the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, Laurel Canyon, Swing Central and the Bourbon Street Ramblers.

Saturday the American Wine Society will sponsor an amateur wine competition and on both days there will be winemaking seminars and grape-stomping demonstrations. On Sunday at 1:45 p.m., the first annual Wines of Maryland Cup will be presented for the state's best wine.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. A $10 admission ticket for anyone of legal drinking age entitles the ticket holder to 10 samples of wine and a souvenir wine glass; children, accompanied by a paying adult, are admitted free. The museum is at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. For information, call 876-2667 or (800) 654-4645.

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The Historical Society of Kent County Inc. will sponsor the 22nd annual Candlelight Walking Tour of Historic Chestertown on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Since Chestertown was the busiest port on Maryland's Eastern Shore during the 18th century, many merchants and ship owners settled there and built grand homes along the Chester River. The tour features 16 architecturally significant and historic properties. Eight of the buildings on tour are 18th century structures, such as the Hynson Ringgold House, residence of the president of Washington College; Wickes House, a late Georgian brick mansion with a walled garden; the White Swan Tavern and 115 Water Street, a new addition to the tour.

The Rhodes House and Ellenhorn House are two examples of 19th century homes on the tour. Marshview, restored as an English country cottage, and a Queen Anne Victorian home, which was altered in 1923, are representative of the town's 20th century structures.

Throughout the evening refreshments will be served at the Geddes-Piper House, 101 Church Alley. The tour will take place regardless of weather. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased in advance from the Historical Society of Kent County or at designated ticket booths on tour day. For information, call (301) 778-3499.

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The old Eastern Shore town of Snow Hill is set for its annual Heritage Weekend Saturday and next Sunday.

Festivities begin with a musical evening Friday at All Hallows Episcopal Church. Saturday and Sunday's agenda includes an antique show, house tours, an art show, food and boat rides on the Pocomoke River aboard Tillie-the-Tug. Historic attractions, such as the Julia A. Purnell Museum, the Mt. Zion One Room School and Furnace Town will all be open.

A highlight of the weekend will be the train excursions between ** Snow Hill and Berlin both Saturday and Sunday. The train features seven vintage cars with spaces for 341 passengers, but reservations are advised. Once in Berlin you'll find historic walking tours, clowns handing out balloons and painting children's faces, a miniature kiddie train ride down Main Street and all kinds of food for sale.

For information on the festival, call (301) 632-3151 or for the train excursion (800) 852-0335.

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The Claude Moore Farm at Turkey Run in McLean, Va., will hold an 18th Century Market Fair Saturday and next Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.

The farm is a typical working-class tobacco farm of 18th century Virginia. You are invited to join the farm family for a weekend of games, food, music and dance. Visitors can help with the farm chores, stop at the milliner's stand to see the latest 18th century fashions, watch a Colonial puppet show, listen to period music or join the dancing.

Period food, beverages and wares will be for sale. Admission is $3 for adults; $1.50 for senior citizens and children, ages 3 to 12. The farm is at 6310 Georgetown Pike in McLean. For information, call (703) 442-7557.

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Indian Steps Museum in Airville, Pa., will host the ninth annual Indian Festival Saturday and next Sunday. You can meet members of such tribes as the Teton Sioux, Haliwa Saponi, Cherokee, Onondaga, Nanticoke, Tuscarora, Shoshone, Blackfoot, Delaware, Navajo and Mohawk among others.

The weekend begins with the setting up of the tepees on Saturday at 11 a.m. Other activities include tepee tours, the Blessing of the Grounds ceremony, American Indian dancing, a flint-knapping demonstration, an explanation of Indian dress, displays and sale of traditional crafts, fine arts and food. Artifact collectors will be present both days and visitors can bring their own Indian artifacts to be identified.

Donations of new clothing for infants at the Reservation of the Tuscarora Indians of Red Hills Community in Maxton, N.C., will be accepted. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The museum is situated on the Susquehanna River, just off Route 425, near Airville. For information, call (717) 751-1527 or (717) 862-3948, Thursday to Sunday.

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The 18th annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival opens today for two weeks of festivities, ranging from sporting events to craft shows, musical entertainment, carnivals, balls, air shows and many other activities.

The second weekend (Sept. 27-29) is when most of the action takes place. A giant Boardwalk Celebration offers fun for all ages. As you stroll along the boardwalk you'll find four stages of ++ musical entertainment, an art and craft show, a sand castle contest and midway rides. You can watch the catamaran races, enjoy a Heritage Day celebration and all kinds of ethnic and American cuisine. There's also the Neptune Festival Grand Parade down Atlantic Avenue on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. and fireworks from the 14th Street pier that evening.

The festival is a joint program of Virginia Beach Events Unlimited and the City of Virginia Beach. Some are ticketed events, but most are free. For information, call (804) 498-0215.

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Here's an opportunity to enjoy an autumn weekend in "Apple Country" at the 17th annual Apple Harvest Arts & Crafts Festival in Winchester, Va., Saturday and next Sunday. Sponsored by the Winchester Rotary Club, the event will be held in Jim Barnett Park both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The apple, of course, is the main attraction at this family-oriented event with the Virginia State Apple Butter Making Championship, apple pie baking contests, apple cider making, displays by the region's apple growers and a free apple to every visitor. Arts and craftspeople from all over the state and the mid-Atlantic region will offer demonstrations and sell crafts. Entertainment will include country music and Indian dancing.

Admission is $2 for ages 14 to 64; $1 for those over 65 and ages 6 to 13 (free for those accompanied by an adult); free for children under 6. For information, call (703) 662-3996 or (703) 665-8060 during the event.

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