You'll find an unusual number of events taking place around the state next weekend, from the Maryland Wine Festival in Carroll County to the Dorchester Showcase, a fall celebration in Baltimore County, lots of outdoor activity at Remington Farms near Chestertown and a Sunfest celebration in Ocean City.
The Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster always attracts a large crowd. More than just a wine festival, this two-day event, Saturday and next Sunday, offers a wide assortment of entertainment, lots of food, farm tours and old-time craft demonstrations.
There will be continuous entertainment both days along with grape-stomping demonstrations, strolling jugglers and a strolling violinist. Among those scheduled to perform Saturday are Whirligig, the Smith Sisters, the Bob Fields Jazz Ensemble, the Maryland Pacesetters, the Swing Central Band, the Bourbon Street Ramblers and a mime presentation by Imagimime. On Sunday, Eastern Standard Time, Sentimental Journey, the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, the Monumental Brass Quintet and the Bourbon Street Ramblers will be featured.
Several area restaurants will be on hand with hors d'oeuvres, salads and sandwiches, seafood platters, raw bars, pit beef and pastries.
The farm museum's 19th century mansion will be open to tour and craftspeople will be in the farm outbuildings to demonstrate traditional 19th century craft skills.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. A $10 admission for anyone of legal drinking age entitles the ticket holder to 10 samples of wine, produced by Maryland's 12 vineyards, and a souvenir wineglass. Children accompanied by a paying adult are admitted free.
/# For information, call 876-2667.
National Hunting and Fishing Day recognizes the contribution hunters and fishermen have made to the conservation of the nation's wildlife and wild places. It will be celebrated on Saturday with the annual open house at Remington Farms, a 3,300-acre wildlife management area near Chestertown.
Craftspeople, collectors, artists and conservationists will set up exhibits on the lawn of Broadnox, the farm's Colonial mansion. Here you will find everything from antique guns and early hunting weaponry to antique decoys, as well as crafts, photography and painting exhibits, all relating to outdoor themes. There will be shooting ranges, where visitors can try their skill at a variety of events, including archery and black powder muzzle-loading. There will also be a fishing clinic; demonstrations of safe gun and boat handling; retriever demonstrations; experts to discuss turkeys, birds and waterfowl; and food for sale. The event will be held, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Take Route 20 out of Chestertown toward Rock Hall for about eight miles and watch for signs. For information, call (301) 778-1565.
On Sunday the Dorchester Art Center will sponsor Dorchester Showcase, a giant arts and crafts festival from noon to 5 p.m. with more than 100 participating artists and craftspeople. Their booths will line High Street in Cambridge from Court Lane to the water. You can see such demonstrations as crab pot making, fabric dolls, fabric and wood painting, basket making, spinning, stained glass, dried flower arrangements, quilting, rug making and building reproductions of bay work boats.
There will be a children's area with hands-on art activities and entertainment geared to children's tastes. Adults can watch square dancers and various musical performances. There will also be lots of Eastern Shore seafood, such as crab cakes and oyster fritters, as well as Maryland beaten biscuits, sweet potato pie and other foods. Admission is free. Rain date is Sept. 30.
On Saturday a parade and band concert will be held at Long Wharf Municipal Park by the local high school marching band, beginning at 3:45 p.m. That evening a reception will be held at Christ Episcopal Church Parish House for all showcase exhibitors. The reception is open to the public by reservation. Admission is $5.
For information, call (301) 228-7782, weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
"Sunday in the Park," Baltimore County's annual fall festival, will take place at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville next Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This is a free, family-style event. There will be live entertainment on five stages with music ranging from pop to folk to big band, as well as puppeteers and storytellers for children.
An antique car show, arts and crafts, a farmers' market, pony rides, hayrides, sky divers, the Maryland State Chili Cook-off, exhibitions by county police and fire personnel and a variety of food and drink are other attractions.
Continuous free shuttle service will be available from Hunt Valley Mall. Rain date is Sept. 30.
/# For information, call 887-2757.