Farm Museum offers days of wine and music

September 16, 1992

There's more to do than just sip the juice of the vine at the annual Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum this weekend.

Maryland wineries will showcase and sell their wares, and allow the masses to sample some of the state's and the country's finest wines. But sponsors of this year's fete have planned events to appeal to all the senses, not just taste.

Festival-goers will be treated to country, jazz, swing, dixieland, folk, steel band and classical music. A barbershop quartet and a violin-accordion player will stroll the grounds.

Volunteer artisans will display and explain their talents as visitors browse through re-created shops where blacksmiths, weavers, spinners, tin smiths, quilters and broom makers practice their arts. Arts and crafts stands will dot the grounds, selling such wine-themed items as grapevine wreaths and winemaking supplies.

The second Annual Maryland Wine Festival Bike Tour, which benefits the American Lung Association, will give riding enthusiasts a chance to flex their leg muscles.

Bikers must pay $15 and pledge at least $50 in donations to ride in the tour and attend the wine festival. They will receive T-shirts, preferred parking and wine coupons for those over 21.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday for the ride-at-your-own-pace tour, which gives participants a choice of a 10-, 25- or 50-mile route.

While some may believe it was the logo-engraved wine glasses given out with every over-21 ticket purchased -- the festival ran out of the glasses before Saturday was over last year -- wine sampling will be the main objective during the two-day event.

The wineries, including three in the Mount Airy area, will pour out their spirits in one-ounce samples. Wine tasters will be able to buy the products they enjoy best.

Wine experts will give seminars to educate attendees about the art of wine tasting. The seminars will hold 100 people each session. Each person is allowed to attend only one session.

The festival is set, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon until 6 p.m. Sunday. It is sponsored by the Association of Maryland Wineries, the Maryland Grape Growers Association, the American Wine Society and the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Admission is $10 for adults of drinking age, which includes 10 tickets for wine samples. Children accompanied by a paying adult will be admitted free.

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