Discover Maryland In the state this month, almost every road leads to something interesting


September 13, 1992|By Dottie Fleetwood | Dottie Fleetwood,Staff Writer

Next weekend would be a good time to discover Maryland. You'll find events in every corner of the state. One route leads to a wine festival in central Maryland, another to a candlelight tour -- on the Eastern Shore. You could take the road west to a Civil War remembrance in Washington County, or how about a maritime weekend in St. Mary's County or a country fair in Ellicott City?

One of the favorite events of the fall season is the Maryland Wine Festival Saturday and next Sunday on the grounds of the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster. Ten of the state's wineries will offer their wines for tastings. The best will be awarded the Governor's Cup Trophy. The American Wine Society will sponsor wine education seminars every hour, along with continuous demonstrations on winemaking and an amateur wine judging.

From the festival stage, you'll hear a variety of musical sounds, including country, jazz, Dixieland, folk, swing, steel band and classical, while a barbershop quartet, violinist and juggler roam the grounds. Arts and crafts with wine-related themes will be offered for sale, and area restaurants will sell everything from cheese snacks to gourmet meals.

Costumed guides will conduct tours of the farm museum, and traditional craft demonstrations can be seen in the museum's outbuildings.

For the second year, the American Lung Association of Maryland will sponsor a Maryland Wine Festival Bike Tour, a 10- , 25- or 50-mile cycle through Carroll County on Saturday. For a $15 registration fee and $50 pledge minimum (a benefit for the Lung Association), participants will receive free admission to the festival, preferred parking, a commemorative wine glass, a T-shirt and wine coupons. Participants can register in advance or at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults of legal drinking age; free for children accompanied by a paying adult. Admission includes 10 wine tastings and a logo-engraved wine glass. The museum is located at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. For information, call (410) 876-2667.


During the 18th century, Chestertown was the busiest port on Maryland's Eastern Shore. As a result merchants and ship owners settled there and built grand homes. Today Chestertown boasts a large number of restored and preserved buildings. Some can be seen on the 1992 Candlelight Walking Tour on Saturday, rain or shine, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sponsored by the Historical Society of Kent County, the tour features 16 historic homes and properties. Half were built in the 18th century, such as the Hynson Ringgold House, the residence of the president of Washington College; a rare Federal period house at 117 High St. with a redesigned patio and boxwood garden; and the White Swan Tavern. Also on tour are five 19th century homes, including Fort Belvedere, an imposing home with a magnificent river view, and three 20th century structures -- a restored train station, an English country cottage and a black Methodist Church consecrated for worship in 1914.

Complimentary refreshments will be served during the tour at the Geddes Piper House, 101 Church Alley. Tour tickets cost $15 and can be purchased on tour day at designated ticket booths. For information, call (410) 778-3499.

Ellicott City country fair

For a day of fall fun, take the children to the 12th annual Country Fair in Ellicott City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Activities will include pumpkin painting, face painting and a scarecrow workshop. There will be performances by a pirate who sings sea chanteys, a clown, an old-time string band and cloggers.

You can also watch a living history presentation of the Revolutionary era or visit the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin or Firehouse Museum. There will be more than 90 juried arts and crafts displays and a variety of foods.

The fair will be held in the Ellicott Mills parking lot next to the fire house on Main Street. Park free at the county government office complex and take the free shuttle to the festival. Admission is $1. Rain date is Sept. 20. For information, call (410) 313-2762.

Maritime heritage celebrated

The maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay will be celebrated Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the site of Maryland's first capital in historic St. Mary's City.

Traditional small craft such as the Maryland Dove, a replica of the 17th century ship that brought the first settlers to Maryland, and the DEE of St. Mary's, a skipjack that will offer cruises on the St. Mary's River, will be part of the festivities. Children can learn knot-tying, working with a block and tackle, and other nautical chores. There will also be demonstrations of gunnery, navigation and sail furling and setting. Food will be available at the museum's outdoor restaurant.

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