As the largest yachting event on the Chesapeake Bay, the 18th annual Yachting Governor's Cup captures the attention of boating fans as well as those who enjoy a festive party atmosphere. The race begins at 6 p.m. on Friday in Annapolis and finishes the next morning in St. Mary's City, where a day of celebration is planned.
Although the start of the race cannot be seen from shore, there will be a good view of its finish from the St. Mary's waterfront. The race features 14 classes, with over 300 yachts expected to participate. It will be sponsored for the second year by Yachting Magazine, which also sponsors a second race, the Yachting Governor's Cup South, from Hampton, Va., to St. Mary's City. The first boats will arrive before dawn, but others will finish
throughout the early morning hours.
The public is invited to join the post-race festivities at St. Mary's .. College waterfront. Folk music can be heard in the morning and a reggae band will perform in the afternoon. Food and refreshment will be available in the waterfront area all day. An awards dinner will be held for race participants, but the preceding cocktail party is open to the public. The day concludes with outdoor dancing to a swing band from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Gates will open at the college waterfront at 7 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 13 to 20. For information, call (301) 862-0291. The mountains of Western Maryland will resound with musias the Rocky Gap Country Bluegrass Festival returns to Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland next weekend.
This is the third year for the festival, which attracts people for three days of performances by top country stars, musical workshops, Appalachian crafts and children's activities. This year's stellar lineup features Willie Nelson on Friday; Joe Diffie, Alan Jackson and Jerry Lee Lewis on Saturday; and Pam Tillis, Tammy Wynette and Waylon Jennings on Sunday.
Workshops and entertainment on a smaller scale will be held in individual tents. Performers include folk singers, fiddle champions, guitar pickers, dulcimer builders, unicyclists, jugglers, magicians, storytellers and up-and-coming bluegrass bands. There is also a juried crafts show featuring work and demonstrations by artisans who specialize in the Appalachian folk craft tradition, as well as a food area. The park encompasses 3,200 acres and swimming and picnicking are also available.
Tickets are $20 Friday, $25 Saturday and $20 Sunday, $2 for children 8 and under. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Friday, 11 JTC a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The park is on Interstate 68 just east of Cumberland. For information, call (301) 724-2511.
Two favorite summer foods are corn on the cob anwatermelon, and at the Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival at the Union Mills Homestead on Saturday you'll find both and an opportunity to eat all the roasted corn you wish.
Corn is roasted in its husks on iron stoves just as it was in the early 1800s at the Homestead, where corn festivals and watermelon frolics were a traditional with the Shriver family to celebrate a good harvest.
Saturday's event will be hosted by the Union Mills Homestead Foundation and the Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club from noon until 6 p.m. In addition to the corn, a chicken dinner with sliced tomatoes, applesauce, a roll and beverage costs $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12. Locally grown watermelon will also be for sale.
Visitors can tour the 1797 mansion and its grist mill for a small fee. The blacksmith shop and new tannery will also be open from noon to 5 p.m.
The Homestead is at 3311 Littlestown Pike near Westminster. For information, call 848-2288.
The Virginia Highlands Festival, which opened yesterday anruns through Aug. 11, is a good reason to travel south. Held in Abingdon, Va., it is one of the oldest and more popular festivals in the state.
This is an event that offers something for every age and taste, from musical entertainment to antiques, a quilt workshop, photo competition, theater performances, historic films, craft demonstrations, hot-air balloons and carriage rides.
The annual antique market brings over 140 dealers from all over the east and southeast. The market is set up under two huge tents on the grounds of Virginia Highlands Community College. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A double-decker London bus offers shuttle service between the market and the downtown festival.
A range of crafts demonstrations from traditional to modern takes place daily on Barter Green. Among the 75 artists and craftspeople are bird carvers, papermakers and furniture and musket makers. You'll also find two herb gardens displayed on Barter Green. One is designed for fragrance to attract birds and butterflys and the other as a culinary garden.