The Pennsylvania Maple Festival, one of the oldest in the nation, brings visitors to Meyersdale in the foothills of southern Somerset County, Pa. The festival celebrates its 44th year April 6 and 7 and April 10-14 with activities ranging from maple sugaring demonstrations to a horse pulling contest, a Queen's Ball and a maple run.
The hub of activity will be at Festival Park on Meyers Avenue, where you can visit a small maple camp and see demonstrations of the sugaring process from the tapping of the trees to the finished product. Pure maple sugar products will be for sale in the park and at other locations throughout town. The park also contains an authentic cobbler's shop, reputed to be the most complete one east of the Mississippi, an antique doctor's office, an old-fashioned country store and historic Maple Manor.
About 100 craftspeople will be demonstrating and selling their -- wares and country. Bluegrass musicians and cloggers will perform on the park stage both Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the park and all the activities is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, $1 for ages 13 to 18, free for children 12 and under.
The Lions Club will sell pancake and sausage dinners at the community building two blocks from the park. The cost is $4 for adults and $2.75 for those under 12. The annual festival quilt show has moved to the second floor of the new fire hall, across the street from the community building. Admission to the show is Other events include the Queen's Ball on Saturday; a pony and horse pulling contest, a street rod and classic auto show, and the annual maple run, all scheduled next Sunday; the Grand Feature Parade on April 13 at 5 p.m.; and an antique auto show in the uptown area April 14.
For information, call (814) 634-0213.
Lectures, clinics and tours are expected to bring over 400 gardening enthusiasts and horticultural professionals to Colonial Williamsburg April 7-10 for the 45th Williamsburg Garden Symposium. The event is sponsored by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in conjunction with the American Horticultural Society.
"Garden Earth," theme of this year's event, focuses on individual gardeners caring for their portion of the environment. The keynote address, "Enhancing Garden Earth Through Science and Education," will be given by Charles Hess, assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Roger B. Swain, host of PBS's "Victory Garden," will discuss wildlife in the garden; Kenn Stephens, international lecturer and president of International Design Symposium, will demonstrate color and style of flower arranging; and Warren Schultz, editor-in-chief of National Gardening magazine, will give a slide presentation on Soviet gardens.
Additional activities include an early-morning bird walk, wildflower walks, daily teas and coffees, tours of herb gardens in Williamsburg's historic area and a walking tour of the grounds and gardens at Carter's Grove.
The registration fee for the symposium is $200. Individual lecture tickets for evening presentations and morning lectures will be available at the door for $10 on a space-available basis. For information, call (804) 220-7255.
Richwood, W.Va., known as the "Ramp Capital of the World," will host its traditional "Feast of the Ramson" on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Richwood High School. Past festivals have attracted people from as far away as California.
For those unfamiliar with the ramp, it has the appearance of a green or spring onion. Some say ramps taste like sweet green onions, while others report that they have a taste all their own. Ramps will be served fried or raw so you can judge for yourself. The feast also includes ham, bacon, fried potatoes, brown and white beans and corn bread. Sassafras tea, the traditional drink, will be one of the beverages served. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children. Old-time music and dance will be performed throughout the day, and arts and crafts displays by more than 60 of the region's best artisans will be set up in the school gym. For information, call the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce, (304) 846-6790, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The 17th running of the Marlborough Hunt Club's annual point-to-point races will be held next Sunday at Roedown Farm, historic home of Mrs. John Begg in Davidsonville.
A program of nine races, includes a two-mile open hurdle race, a three-mile timber race, races on the flat and a pony race for young riders. The first race begins at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $5, including parking.
Roedown Farm is 20 minutes from Annapolis at Harwood and Wayson roads near Davidsonville. For information, call (301) 798-5040.