The splendor of autumn is good reason for roadways to be packed with sightseers, and this week the road west leads to two colorful events.
The Autumn Glory Festival in Oakland has celebrated the season for 24 years. This year's four-day event from Thursday through next Sunday is packed with activities from antique shows to concerts to turkey dinners. The annual Oktoberfest dinner at the Oakland Fire Hall kicks off the celebration on Thursday with German-style food and drink. After dinner there's the fireman's parade featuring bands, antique fire engines and drill teams, with participating fire companies coming from 200 miles around. Then it's back to the Fire Hall for more food and drink and entertainment by a German oompah band.
The 18th annual Civic Club Antique Show and Sale opens Friday at the National Guard Amory. Saturday is the busiest day, with the 2 1/2 -hour Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade at 1 p.m., Heritage Craft Festival, Tall Tale Liar's Storytelling Festival, a baseball card show, square dance demonstrations, puppets, a bagpipe concert and turkey dinners. Shuttle service will be available on Saturday from the Deep Creek Lake-McHenry area to downtown Oakland. Other weekend highlights are the Maryland State Five-String Banjo Championship on Friday, the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands and the Maryland State Fiddle Championship on Saturday and a square and round dance on Sunday.
C7 For information or a brochure, call (301) 334-1948.
The small mountain town of Thurmont will bulge with tourists next weekend during the 28th annual Catoctin Colorfest. It's a craft shopper's paradise with some 350 artisans and lTC craftspeople in town to sell their handiwork Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The four designated craft areas are the Community Park, the Carnival Grounds, Thurmont Middle School and the Thurmont American Legion Park. Admission is free.
A number of other activities will be held in Thurmont and the surrounding communities, such as a Civil War encampment and battle re-enactment at Thurmont Conservation and Sportsman's Club Sunday at 2 p.m.; orchard tours at Gateway Orchard; turkey dinners at St. Anthony's Shrine in Emmittsburg; apple butter boiling, community fairs, entertainment and children's activities. Food and snacks can be found at various locations around town.
To avoid traffic congestion, park at one of the four park and ride areas. Free shuttle service is available from Catoctin High School on Sabillasville Road, Claire Manufacturing Company on Poplar Street, Thurmont Shoe Company on Apples Church Road and Thurmont Elementary School on East Main Street. Parking costs $2. For information, call (301) 271-4432.
Victorian Week will be celebrated in Cape May, N.J., Oct. 11-20. Activities planned the first weekend include historic house tours, an antique show, a sing-along, Victorian music, boat tours, a Victorian fashion show and tea party and ocean walks. Many of these activities will be repeated the second weekend along with a Victorian dinner and ball, at which guests can wear vintage costumes and enjoy a sumptuous Victorian buffet and period music; a crafts show; Victorian vaudeville; children's theater; and an ice cream social.
The week between offers a four-day symposium on topics ranging from Victorian morals and manners to flower arranging and fashion. There will be a full schedule of lectures and tours, a workshop on Victorian stenciling, two mystery dinners and a Victorian magic show.
For information, call the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, (609) 884-5404.
"Three Centuries of Kent" is a tour of houses in Kent County dating from the 18th to 20th centuries. Sponsored by the Kent Historical Trust, 10 homes will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Among the tour stops are the Perkins house, which has the date 1721 painted on its west gable, and the "Miller's house," built on the home and flour mill site of Revolutionary War hero Isaac Perkins. Refreshment will be served at the Geddes-Piper House in Chestertown following the tour.
Tickets cost $12; a $25 ticket includes tour, bus transportation and a box lunch. For information, call (301) 778-0416 or (301) 778-2552 (evenings).
An opportunity to experience Pennsylvania's rural past is available next weekend as Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, Pa., presents its 32nd annual Harvest Days. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine, in and around the museum's 20 historical buildings.
Visitors can taste hearth-baked pies, sip mead or crank a corn sheller. Apple butter making, blacksmithing, cabinetmaking, lace making, shoemaking and woodcarving are among the more than 75 living history and traditional craft demonstrations scheduled. You can also learn how foods were preserved, the art of sausage making, sauerkraut pickling, and how a brick and stone bake oven works. New features this year include a 1700s hunting camp, a rabbit exhibit and an activities area for children by the Conestoga Herb Guild.
Entertainment will be provided by the Lancaster County Folk Music and Fiddlers Society, and on Sunday a 1700s handcrafted reproduction rifle will be auctioned off.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for ages 6 to 17, free for children 5 and under. The museum is on Route 272 (Oregon Pike), a little over two miles northeast of Lancaster. For information, call (717) 569-0401.
Two Eastern Shore festivals, one in Pocomoke City and one in Parksley, Va., will be connected by a train excursion on Saturday.
The one-hour train rides depart Pocomoke City at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and from Parksley at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. In Pocomoke City you'll find the second annual River and Rails Heritage Day Festival, featuring a river and rails variety show, a model train exhibit, a street fair with arts, crafts and food for sale, boat rides on the river and tours of historic Costen House.
A layover in Parksley gives passengers time to attend the Fall '50s Festival, with rides, games and contests using a '50s theme, tours of the Eastern Shore Railroad Museum, food and live entertainment.
The train fare is $13 for adults, $8 for children. For information, call (800) 852-0335.
Columbus Day weekend will launch a yearlong national celebration commemorating the Christopher Columbus Quincentenary.
In the nation's capital, festivities kick off with a three-day festival of ethnic music and dance Saturday, Sunday and next Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A temporary stage will be set up near the marble statue of Christopher Columbus at Columbus Plaza in front of Washington's Union Station.
Continuous live entertainment offers a mix of cultures: music from Mexico, Trinidad steel drums, flamenco dancers, Irish folk, Chinese opera, a bagpipe band, American Indian singers and dancers and various other cultural groups. A wreath-laying ceremony Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. concludes the weekend. For information, call (202) 632-1992.
In Philadelphia the Columbus Quincentenary will be launched with parades, festivals and fireworks. Grand marshal Luciano Pavarotti will lead the Columbus Day Parade in a horse-drawn carriage through downtown Philadelphia. Exploration and travel will be the theme of the parade featuring floats of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, vintage cars, race cars, horses and hot air balloons. The parade winds up at Penn's Landing for a three-day festival of food, art, fashion and music as cultures of both the Old and New World mingle. A laser and fireworks show will conclude the festival each night. For information, call (800) 537-7676.