Vintage Virginia shows off the state's best wines


May 29, 1994|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

Wine festivals are popular events in Virginia. There are about 150 of them held throughout the year. One of the big ones is Vintage Virginia, which attracted crowds of 30,000 people last year to Virginia's Hunt Country. Now in its 13th year, the festival will be held Saturday and next Sunday at the Great Meadow Field Events Center in The Plains.

Sponsored by the Virginia Wineries Association, the festival will run both days, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festivalgoers can enjoy three separate stages of musical entertainment while they sample wines from 39 wineries. The music will range from rock to reggae, jazz and blues. A variety of foods will be provided by restaurants and caterers from Virginia and Washington. There's also a craft show with works by more than 80 artists and crafts people, hourly wine seminars and grape-stomping contests for all ages. Each day at 4:30 p.m. there will be a polo match featuring some of the region's top professional and amateur players.

Children will have their own areas at the festival. On the children's stage will be performances by the Ki Children's Theatre, entertainment by a juggler and comedian, storytelling and sing-alongs. Other attractions include train and pony rides, a petting zoo and sand sculpting.

Tickets cost $14 for adults; $5 for those under 21. Take Interstate 66 west to Exit 31 (The Plains). Go left on Route 245 south. Great Meadows is about 1.5 miles on the left. For information, call (800) 277-CORK.

Landis Valley Fair

Parents can take their children to an old-time fair in Lancaster County, Pa., that is fun and educational. The 38th annual Landis Valley Fair will be held Saturday and next Sunday, rain or shine, at the Landis Valley Museum near Lancaster from noon to 5 p.m.

Families can attend a magic show, visit an 18th-century hunting camp, take part in a cakewalk or spelling bee, join a sack race, listen to folk music, make old-fashioned toys and see early Pennsylvania crafts. A Civil War encampment will depict camp life and medical practices of the period, and there will be skits showing how women lived during the war. These are a few of the more than 65 activities and events offered at the fair.

Landis Valley is the largest of the Pennsylvania German museums. It consists of historical buildings, including a farmstead, tavern, craft shops and soon-to-open firehouse. There are farm animals, a large selection of heirloom plants to buy and lots of Pennsylvania Dutch food.

Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for those age 60 and over; $5 for those age 6 to 17; free for children 5 and under. The museum is on Route 272 north of Lancaster. Call (717) 569-0401.

McHenry festival

The seventh annual McHenry Highland Festival will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Garrett County Fairgrounds on Route 219 in McHenry.

The grand-opening ceremonies include a parade of clans dressed in tartans, massed pipe bands and the Scottish Military Heritage Society. The schedule continues with amateur athletic competitions, sheep-dog demonstrations, Scottish Highland and country dancing, military encampments, sheep-shearing demonstrations and harp and bagpipe workshops. Scottish wares and food will be for sale. Admission is $5.

In the evening you can attend a Scottish party with food and entertainment at the Wisp Ski & Golf Resort beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is $3. On Sunday a Kirkin' O' the Tartans will take place at St. John's Episcopal Church in Deer Park at 9:30 a.m. After the service the Garrett Community College Pipes & Drums will perform. Call (301) 334-1948.

Remembering D-Day

Virginia Beach, Va., will be the site of the largest D-Day Normandy commemorative event in the country this week. Events run from Wednesday to Sunday. Highlight of the 50th anniversary celebration will be a large-scale re-enactment of the landing, at Fort Story at 2 p.m. There will also be a parade through Virginia Beach. Actor Van Johnson will be grand marshal. Also, a Stage Door Canteen Show, reminiscent of the old wartime USO shows, will take place on the beach.

A series of seminars by leading historians and retired military officers will take place throughout the five-day event at the Virginia Beach Sheraton Hotel. There will be displays of period planes, jeeps and other military vehicles and memorabilia at Camp Pendleton. Other events include a black-tie Operation Overlord Victory Dance Friday at the Oceana Naval Air Station and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cape Henry Monument next Sunday at 10 a.m. Reservations are necessary for the dance and the seminars. Call (804) 247-8523. Other events are free. For a complete schedule, call (800) VA BEACH.

Civil War encampment

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