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Apple Butter Festival in Berkeley SpringsDark and...


Apple Butter Festival in Berkeley Springs

Dark and spicy apple butter will be slowly simmering in giant copper kettles in the center of town square in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., during this weekend's Apple Butter Festival. Constant stirring is a must and passers-by are encouraged to take a turn with long-handled, spoon-bill stirrers. A parade featuring more than 100 entries, ranging from bands and floats to drill teams and marching children, kicks off the 28th annual event Saturday morning. Colorful booths will line the streets as more than 200 vendors offer everything from traditional crafts to home-canned goods. There will also be musical entertainment, jugglers, fire eaters, turtle races, hog calling and apple-bake competitions - all framed by colorful mountain scenery.

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Berkeley Springs is located in West Virginia's eastern panhandle, off Interstate 70. Admission is free. Call 800-447-8797.

Small Craft Festival in St. Michaels

More than 100 canoes, skiffs, kayaks, rowing shells and prams will be on display in the water and on land at the 19th annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival Saturday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Throughout the day, there will be sailing, rowing and paddling races. Also offered will be workshops on a variety of subjects, including rowing, kids' model building and sailing, coracle building, spar-making for small boats, and macrame/hemp jewelry. And the museum's nine exhibit buildings will be open for touring.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is on Mill Street. Admission is included in museum entry of $3-$7.50. Call 410-745-2916.

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