Wisp Ski Resort opens its 'Winterfest'


February 21, 1993|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Staff Writer

Winter days are numbered. Before time runs out, consider trip to Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County and some fun in the snow. At Wisp Ski Resort you'll find 10 days of winter activities and family fun during "Winterfest," which opens Friday and runs through March 7. "Winterfest" celebrates its 20th year as one of the popular events of the season in Western Maryland.

It's an event that attracts skiers and non-skiers alike, with a variety of activities from serious competitions to just-for-fun events. Proceeds will be used to benefit philanthropic projects of the Deep Creek Lions Club and Habitat for Humanity.

The Lions Club will sponsor the kick-off party Friday evening at the Will O'the Wisp. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a cocktail buffet, live entertainment and the crowning of the Winterfest Queen. The Lions Club will also sponsor a Las Vegas Night at Uno Restaurant on March 6. Both events will benefit the Blind Skiers Program.

The competition begins with a two-part event, the the Maryland Governors' Cup Slalom on Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Giant Slalom on Sunday. The event attracts some of the Mid-Atlantic area's finest amateur skiers. Other weekend activities include a golf tournament; Ski for Heart, a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association, and an amateur snow-sculpting contest. The Maryland Special Olympic Winter Games are scheduled March 1 and 2. The final weekend is a busy one with fun races and competitions. Admission is free. There is, however, a charge to enter the various competitions.

Take Interstate 70 west to Hancock then follow Interstate 68 west to Route 219 south. (301) 387-4911.

WinterSong Festival

If you prefer indoor amusements, there's the 6th annual WinterSong '93 Festival in Frederick on Saturday, sponsored by the Mid-Maryland Folk Arts Council, the city of Frederick and the Frederick County Office of Tourism.

This is a event for all ages, offering a variety of workshops in dance, instrumental music and voice; live performances, children's activities and an evening dance. Daytime activities run from noon to 5 p.m. In the evening there will be a free contra dance workshop for beginners at 7 p.m. Dancing begins at 8 p.m. with music by the Mighty Possums.

The festival takes place at the Adult Recreation Center on Second and Bentz streets in Frederick. Daytime admission is $6 for adults; $3 for ages 3 to 12. There is a maximum family admission charge of $15. Dance admission is $6. (301) 663-8687 or (301)694-6794.

Black History Day

Black History Day will be observed at Stratford Hall Plantation in Stratford, Va., next Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Costumed performers from Colonial Williamsburg will present African music, dance and storytelling in front of the Great House. Performances are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Admission is free. The plantation is just off Route 213, 20 miles west of Route 3 and U.S. 301. (804) 493-8038.

Antiques Show

The 23rd annual Hunt Valley Antiques Show will be held next weekend from Friday through Sunday at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn. The show features fine period American and English furniture and antique decorative arts by 56 well-known dealers. American Indian art, early maps and illuminated manuscripts are new offerings this year.

A preview party is scheduled Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $70, which includes buffet, wine, catalog and continuous admission to the show. In keeping with the show's theme, "Celebrating the Grand Style," are an exhibit featuring objects associated with living in the grand style and two lectures.

The first, "Fifth Avenue Palaces: Their Lords, Ladies and Entertainments," will be presented Friday at 11 a.m. by John-Peter Hayden Jr., writer, lecturer and partner in the firm of -- Hayden & Fandetta, sellers of rare and obscure books.

"Entertaining From Four to Four Hundred" is the topic of the second lecture, at 11 a.m. Saturday, by John Loring, senior vice president and design director of Tiffany & Co. Tickets to either lecture cost $15, which includes show admission and catalog. A tour will be conducted by a decorative arts consultant before the show at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday. A $15 admission ticket includes refreshments and show admission.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7. Proceeds will benefit Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland. (410) 669-9000 or (410) 785-0960 (during show).

Crafts of the 19th century

The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover will present "One Day of 19th Century Crafts" on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Visitors can choose to attend one of three workshops in wheat weaving, soap making or butter making. The fee is $15. The museum is on U.S. 13 in Dover. (302) 734-1618.

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