Western Maryland celebrates the beauty of autumn
Gorgeous scenery, moderate temperatures and roadside )R stands heaped with autumn bounty are good reason for fall to be the choice of many travelers. If you head for Western Maryland next weekend, you'll come upon two fall festivals: Oakland's Autumn Glory Festival and Catoctin Colorfest in Thurmont.
The first provides four days of crafts, music, food and fun Thursday through next Sunday. Festivities get under way Thursday with an Oktoberfest meal from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Oakland Fire Hall, followed by the fireman's parade at 7 p.m. and an Oktoberfest celebration, an evening of German music and food with free admission.
Among the weekend's highlights are the Friday evening concerts by country music star Waylon Jennings and Saturday's Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade at 1 p.m.; the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands, the Maryland State Banjo Championship and Maryland State Fiddle Championships Saturday at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively, at Southern High School. An antique show, craft festival, bagpipe concerts, square dancing, turkey dinners and an antique car show are some of the other weekend attractions.
5) For information, call (301) 334-1948. The Catoctin Mountain town of Thurmont will be inundated with craft hunters during the 29th annual Catoctin Colorfest Saturday and next Sunday. About 350 artisans and craftspeople come to Thurmont each year to sell their handiwork under the giant trees of Community Park, at the Firemen's Carnival Grounds or Thurmont Middle School. Craft areas will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Other events take place in the surrounding communities, and food can be purchased at several locations.
Free shuttle service will be available from Catoctin High School on Sabillasville Road, Claire Manufacturing Co. on Poplar Street, Thurmont Shoe Co. on Apples Church Road and Thurmont Elementary School on East Main Street. Parking costs $2 per person; $5 per carload; free for children under 12. For information, call (301) 271-4432.
Kent County homes
Kent County Historical Trust will sponsor a tour of historic homes in upper Kent County Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All but one of the 11 buildings on the tour were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The 20th century home is a copy of the Moody House in Williamsburg, Va.
After the tour, refreshments will be served at the Geddes-Piper House in Chestertown. Tickets cost $15 for a self-guided tour; $25 for a bus tour. Tickets can be purchased on tour day at the White Swan Tavern on High Street in Chestertown. For information, call (410) 778-7292 (days), or (410) 778-0924 (evenings).
Harvest Days at the Landis Valley Museum near Lancaster, Pa., is a look at Pennsylvania's rural past. The event will be held Saturday and next Sunday, rain or shine, from noon to 5 p.m. in and around the museum's 20 historical buildings.
Here's an opportunity to find out about historical gardening, taste old varieties of apples, watch apple butter making and see more than 75 other activities that were performed by early Pennsylvania farmers. There will be many hands-on activities for all ages and children can enjoy a pumpkin-coloring contest, storytelling, and sing-alongs. The Lancaster County Folk Music and Fiddlers Society will provide entertainment, and traditional foods will be available.
Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for ages 6 to 17; free for those 5 and under. The museum is 2 1/2 miles northeast of Lancaster on state Route 272. For information, call (717) 569-0401.
Somerset County houses
Hostesses in 18th century dress will welcome visitors to Olde Princess Anne Days, a historic homes tour in Somerset County, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and next Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
The tour of 24 sites includes several plantation homes, historic churches, the Washington Hotel and old Teackle Mansion. Luncheon will be available on Saturday at the Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Company, and that evening a candlelight reception will take place at the Teackle Mansion from 8 to 9. The Wicomico Hunt will give a demonstration there at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tour admission is $10 for adults; free for those under 12. Tickets can be purchased on tour day at the courthouse or the Teackle
Mansion. For information, call (410) 651-1705.
River and Rails Day
Boat cruises and train excursions will be featured attractions during River and Rails Heritage Day on Saturday in Pocomoke City. You can board the "Maryland Lady" for luncheon, dinner or sightseeing cruises on the Pocomoke River. For reservations, call (410) 543-2466. You can also ride the rails in vintage railroad cars between Pocomoke City and Parksley, Va. Three round-trip excursions will be offered from Pocomoke at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Call (800) 852-0335 or (410) 957-1333. Street fairs will be in progress in both towns featuring arts, crafts, entertainment, food and fun for children.
5) For information, call (410) 957-0972.
A taste of Washington
Forty Washington restaurants will bring their international cuisine to the sidewalks of Pennsylvania Avenue, from 9th to 14th streets N.W., during the second annual "Taste of DC" next Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You can sample the cuisine of more than nine nations, everything from classic Chinese to spicy Jamaican, seafood to soul and Tex-Mex to Thai. Top performers of pop, reggae, rock, salsa, jazz, blues, country and gospel will provide 14 hours of free entertainment. There will also be storytellers, musicians, face painters and games for all ages. Celebrity chefs will demonstrate their famous dishes, and there will be a mini-fest of international, tap and modern dance and a video pavilion with video games, an outdoor video screen and futuristic exhibits.
Admission is free. Food is priced from 50 cents to $3.50. For information, call (202) 724-5430.
A Harvest Home Celebration will be presented on Saturday at the Godiah Spray Plantation in Historic St. Mary's City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hands-on activities, demonstrations and living history presentations will give visitors a view of harvest time in the Maryland colony during the 1600s. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for ages 6 to 12. St. Mary's City is off state Route 5 in Southern Maryland. For information, call (301) 862-0990.
Columbus Day weekend
The Columbus Day weekend in Philadelphia brings to a close the city's yearlong Columbus Quincentenary celebration with a giant festival, "Land Ho, Philadelphia!," the nation's largest Columbus Day Parade, and an international fireworks display.
The two-day festival Saturday and next Sunday at Penn's Landing features two stages of entertainment, an international crafts market and food festival from noon to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Highlight of the weekend is the parade down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Luciano Pavarotti, as grand marshal, will lead a "voyage of vehicles" from 1492 to 1992. The weekend concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the Delaware River, choreographed to music, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (800) 537-7676.