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Trips: Road Trips, Regional Events

September 23, 2004

Rock Hall FallFest

Nestled next to the Chester River, the normally quiet and quaint town of Rock Hall bustles with activity during its annual FallFest. This year, the festivities start tomorrow night with an evening concert by the Deanna Bogart Band, which specializes in blues music.

Saturday, several roads downtown close to traffic and open to street artisans, crafts people and roaming musicians. Near the river, watermen display their workboats, skipjacks, crabbers, oyster boats and clammers. Watch the oyster-shucking contest, milk a goat and stop by the Tolchester Beach Revisited Museum. A boogie woogie and blues performance by Daryl Davis and his band caps the festivities Saturday night.

The seventh annual Rock Hall FallFest is free and runs all day Saturday. Call 410-778-0416 or visit www.rockhallmd.com/events/fallfest for details.

Spooktacular

This announcement is brought to you by the letter S:

Starting this weekend, Sesame Place theme park throws its eighth annual Count's Halloween Spooktacular, which continues every weekend through Oct. 24. During the Spooktacular, children can trick-or-treat, paint pumpkins, ride hayrides or try to find their way out of the hay maze.

The park presents its annual costume contest, open to all ages and costumes, on Oct. 24. Contestants compete for prizes in three categories: best boy's, girl's and family costume.

Count's Halloween Spooktacular starts this weekend at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa., and runs through Oct. 24. Admission to the park is $38.95 per person, $35.05 for senior citizens and free for children under 2. Call 215-752-7070 or visit www.sesameplace.com.

O.C. Sunfest

The Ocean City Sunfest is the definition of fun in the sun. Starting today and spanning four days, it's a great way to simultaneously soak up some culture and some rays (or a last-ditch effort to save your fading summer tan).

This year, you can watch live entertainment, go on a beach hayride, join a pie-eating contest or search for buried treasure in the Adeler Jeweler's Treasure Hunt. Today, a parade starts on the boardwalk near 12th Street at 9:30 a.m. and continues to the Sunfest grounds at 10 a.m. for the ribbon-cutting.

Browse the 180 arts and crafts booths, and catch musical guests, including the Beary Hobbs' Drifters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters, Marvelettes, Neil Sedaka and the Len Grazier Orchestra.

Sunfest is free and runs 10 a.m.-10 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday on Ocean City's boardwalk. Tickets for the headlining musical acts, $10-$35, are available at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center box office at 40th Street and Isle of Wight Bay. Call 800-626-2326.

Harvest Faire

Celebrating both the fall season and the autumnal equinox, Spoutwood Farm is throwing its first Mother Earth's Harvest Faire Saturday.

Celebrating healthful living, the fair's activities include natural arts and crafts vendors, performances by folk musicians and dancers, pony rides, children's crafts, cooking demonstrations and storytellers. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed as an Earth Spirit.

Spoutwood Farm is located near Glen Rock, Pa., on Pa. Route 216 south of York, about 45 minutes north of Baltimore. Parking on the same road as the fair is $4, and admission is $5 for children and adults. Volunteers can request a two-hour job assignment and waive the admission fee. Call 717-249-1805 or visit www.fairiefestival.net.

- Sam Sessa

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