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September 30, 2004

Wine on the beach

Want to feel the beach sand in your flip-flops one more time? Take one last trip to the Shore this weekend to have some fun in the sun at the ninth annual Wine Fest on the Beach in Ocean City.

A complimentary wine glass is your ticket to taste an array of wine offerings produced by various Mid-Atlantic vendors tomorrow and Saturday. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy entertainment on the sand stage from Bird Dog and the Road Kings and other local artists. Several vendors offer international cuisine to enhance the wine-tasting experience, while microbrewed beers are available for purchase.

Wine Fest on the Beach takes place tomorrow and Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. at the Inlet Park in Ocean City. Tickets are $20 at the gate for adults, and $5 for anyone under 21, but kids under 7 get in free with a parent. No one under 21 is allowed unless accompanied by a parent. For advance tickets or hotel information call 800-OC-OCEAN. For more information, call the Wine Line at 410-280-3306 or visit for a discount coupon.

Come sail away

Sail away this weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum hosts the 22nd annual event on Saturday at the Navy Point Campus.

Those who enjoy kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, rowing shells, sailing skiffs and prams can talk to boat owners and participate in boat-building demonstrations and paddling and rowing competitions. Those who prefer to sit back and relax can watch the one-of-a-kind boats race along the Chesapeake.

The festival takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum members get in for free. For nonmembers the festival price is included with museum admission of $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children ages 6-17. Kids 5 and under get in free. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is on Mill Street in St. Michaels. For more information, call the museum at 410-745-2916 or visit

Taste of Bethesda

Prepare your taste buds for a day of feasting at the 15th annual Taste of Bethesda on Saturday. Fifty restaurants will bring their fare to Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle, accompanied by four stages of entertainment.

The event, along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn avenues, features musical and cultural performances, as well as a children's area to keep youngsters occupied. Downtown Bethesda's largest event, the festival is part of "Best of Bethesda Day," which also includes Come Back to Bethesda, a car show and family day fund-raiser.

The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bethesda. Admission is free, and tickets will be sold onsite to "taste" different foods (a serving costs one to three tickets, and it's $5 for four tickets). Free parking is available in downtown Bethesda's public garages, and the free Bethesda 8 Trolley will transport visitors to and from the Bethesda Metro station and all public garages. Call 310-215-6660 or visit

- Meredith Lidard

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