Virginia, Pennsylvania play host to wine festivals


May 30, 1993|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

Two large wine festivals are scheduled next weekend. One is set in the heart of Virginia's wine and hunt country; the other takes place in Bucks County, Pa.

"Vintage Virginia '93" will be held Saturday and next Sunday, rain or shine, at Great Meadow near the Plains, Va. The festival offers two days of wine, food, music, fine arts, crafts and children's activities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is one of the largest wine festivals in the country and attracted more than 25,000 people last year.

Thirty-five of the state's wineries will be there with more than 125 wines to sample. You can attend wine and food appreciation seminars, sponsored by the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia and Fern Street Gourmet in Alexandria and Burke, Va., or enter a grape stomping contest. There will be a large selection of fine arts and crafts and three stages of live entertainment. The stages will be set up near the food pavilions so while you dine you can listen to bands playing jazz, folk, blues or reggae. Food will be provided by local restaurants. Pony rides, clowns, jugglers and other activities are planned for children.

Admission is $15; $3 for under 21; free for children under 2. Take Interstate 66 to Exit 31 (the Plains/Old Tavern) and follow signs to Great Meadow. A "wine shuttle" is available from the Vienna Metrorail station by advance reservation. For information, call (800) 277-CORK.

Bucks County festival

The Bucks County Balloon and Vineyard Festival is a brand-new event scheduled from Friday to Sunday at Quakertown Airport in Quakertown, Pa.

You can watch some 50 hot air balloons in "hound and hare" races, attend an air show with sky diving, stunt and precision flying acts, look at exhibits of vintage aircraft, and see military flyovers and messages written in the sky. In the evening the hot air balloons will be lined up along the runway and illuminated from the inside.

Eight vineyards from Bucks County and the neighboring area will offer tastings of their wines for $3. On Saturday and Sunday there will be arts and crafts, food and live musical entertainment. For children there will be visits by Bert and Ernie from Sesame Place and the Mall Mice from Franklin Mills Mall, a magic show and in-line roller-skating. Fireworks are scheduled Saturday evening at 9:15 p.m.

Activities run from 6:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 9:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday and 9:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for children. Parking costs $2. Quakertown Airport is off Route 663 between Route 309 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike extension. Call (215) 538-3055 or (800) 836-2825.

Landis Valley Fair

The Landis Valley Fair, one of the big events of the year at the Landis Valley Museum near Lancaster, Pa., will be held Saturday and next Sunday, rain or shine, from noon to 5 p.m.

The museum depicts the lifestyles of early Pennsylvania

Germans with its many historical buildings, farm animals, orchards and gardens of heirloom plants. Weekend activities include more than 60 traditional crafts demonstrations, such as roof thatching, pretzel soup making, knife making, bookbinding, paper making and historical gardening. Children can participate in craft projects, spelling bees and old-fashioned games.

There will be entertainment -- folk music, a magic show, a ventrilo

quism show on Saturday and a snake exhibit on Sunday -- as well as Pennsylvania Dutch food.

Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for ages 60 and over; $5 for ages 6 to 17; free for ages 5 and under. The museum is on Route 272 (Oregon Pike), 2 1/2 miles north of Lancaster. Call (717) 569-0401.

Porch, garden tour

The Cambridge Woman's Club is sponsoring its 2nd annual Porch and Garden Tour on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Six private gardens will be open for tour, along with the Historical Society of Dorchester County, where you'll see a unique herb garden. Tickets cost $8, which includes complimentary refreshments. Rain date is the following day. Call (410) 228-1394.

Children's festival

A Children's Colonial Festival will allow children ages 5 and up to experience life in Colonial times at the William Paca House and Garden in Annapolis next Sunday.

Sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation, children and their parents will be taken on a children's discovery tour of the house and garden between noon and 5 p.m. They will help prepare Colonial foods, grind herbs and sugar, learn to write with a quill pen, engage in period games, try on 18th-century clothing and enjoy storytelling, puppets and music. Complimentary lemonade, iced tea and cookies will be served on the terrace.

Admission is $10 per child; $6 per adult. Reservations, scheduled for one of seven entrance times (every half-hour between noon and 3 p.m.), are necessary. The address is 186 Prince George St. Call (410) 269-0432.

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