Two top events crowd next weekend with possibilities


October 09, 1994|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

Two Maryland events have been selected to appear on the American Bus Association's top 100 events in North America for 1995, and this year they share the same weekend. The first is the 27th annual Autumn Glory Festival held in downtown Oakland and the surrounding area from Thursday through Oct. 16, and the second is St. Mary's County Oyster Festival at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown Saturday and Oct. 16.

The official Maryland State banjo and fiddle championships are among the highlights of Oakland's four-day Autumn Glory Festival, an exciting weekend that also includes an Oktoberfest celebration, two big parades, the Western Maryland Tournament Bands, a Tall Tale Liars' Festival, a baseball- and sports-card show, a heritage craft festivaland the 10th annual Gortner Airport Fly-In -- not to mention musical entertainment, square dancing, clogging, hayrides, games, crafts, antiques, turkey dinners and other food.

Shuttle service will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday between the Deep Creek Lake-McHenry area and downtown Oakland. Admission is charged for some events. For information or a free brochure, call (301) 334-1948.

During the last two days of the Oakland festival, the St. Mary's County Oyster Festival in Southern Maryland will be providing a feast for oyster lovers: The succulent mollusk will be served raw, fried, stewed and scalded. Those who aren't oyster fans can dine on seafood chowder, shrimp, crabs, stuffed ham (a Southern Maryland specialty), chicken, beef and homemade desserts.

Two stages will have continuous entertainment -- square dancers, a swing band, a 35-member barbershop quartet, jazz, bluegrass and other sounds. Other amusements include carnival games and rides, local arts and crafts, a flea market and children's activities. Highlights of the event are the National Oyster Shucking Championship Contest (both days) and the National Oyster Cook-Off on Saturday. Free oyster-shucking lessons will be offered throughout the festival, and past cook-off winners will be on hand both days to demonstrate their best dishes.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $2; free for children 14 and under. The fairgrounds are two miles south of Leonardtown on Route 5. Call (301) 863-5015.

Cranberry festival

Cranberries will be the main attraction at the 11th annual Chatsworth Cranberry Festival Saturday and Oct. 16 at the White Horse Inn in Chatsworth, N.J. The inn is all that remains of the 1904 Chatsworth Club, once a fashionable resort complex owned by the Italian Prince Ruspoli. This year's festival will focus on the club's history. Here some of the nation's wealthiest families gathered every autumn until World War I. The guest list ++ included the Astors, Biddles, du Ponts, Morgans and Vanderbilts, as well as statesmen and titled Europeans.

This year's visitors can take tours of the cranberry bogs; reservations are suggested. The Cranberry Cafe will offer cranberry tarts, pies, muffins and cookies. A cranberry pancake breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and a variety of musical groups will perform in the inn's courtyard. A flower show, with cranberry-colored arrangements, as well as handmade crafts, antiques and an antique-car show (Sunday only), are other festival attractions. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain dates are Oct. 22-23. Admission is a $5 parking donation. Take Exit 4 off the New Jersey Turnpike to Route 38 east to Route 206 south, and turn left on Route 532. Call (609) 726-1890.

Re-enacting Cedar Creek

The 130th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek will be observed with a living-history and re-enactment weekend Saturday and Oct. 16 on the battlefield in Middletown, Va.

Camps will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Last year's event drew more than 20,000 spectators, and even more are expected for this 130th anniversary event. Some 250 of this year's participants are related to soldiers who fought at Cedar Creek Oct. 19, 1864. Throughout the weekend there will be drills, parades, symposiums, and infantry, cavalry and artillery demonstrations. Battle re-enactments are scheduled at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $8; free for children 12 and under. The battlefield is on U.S. Route 11, one mile south of Middletown. Call (703) 869-2064.

An 18th-century fair

Crafts people, peddlers, militia men, a tailor, farmers and musicians are among the people you will meet Saturday and Oct. 16 at the 18th-Century Autumn Market Fair at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run in McLean, Va.

Weather permitting, activities take place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fun includes hands-on crafts demonstrations, food, period music, dancing, 18th-century games and a Colonial puppet show for children. Admission is $3 for adults; $1.50 for seniors and children ages 3 to 12. The farm is at 6310 Georgetown Pike in McLean. Call (703) 442-7557.

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