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September 15, 2005|By Sarah Yurgealitis

Here's a chance to visit all nine Md. lighthouses

History buffs and maritime enthusiasts can participate in the third Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, sponsored by the Chesapeake chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.

On Saturday and Sunday, participants visit as many as they wish of the nine lighthouses and one lightship on the self-guided tour.

Participating lighthouses are Turkey Point, Concord Point, Seven Foot Knoll and the Chesapeake Lightship, Hooper Strait, Drum Point, Cove Point, Piney Point, Point Lookout and Fort Washington.

At the first lighthouse visited, participants will receive a brochure detailing the challenge and directions to the other stops, as well as a souvenir wooden coin, depicting the lighthouse visited.

Visitors will collect another wooden coin at each stop, and those who visit all stops receive a final coin commemorating their visits.

This is the only time that all of Maryland's land-accessible lighthouses are open to the public at the same time.

The challenge is free for all ages, and participants must provide transportation from site to site.

The U.S. Lighthouse Society's Third Annual Lighthouse Challenge sponsored by Chesapeake chapter will take place Saturday and Sunday. Admission fees apply at some locations. For a list of address, directions and more information, call 410-326-2042 or visit www.cheslights.org.

Thomas the Tank Engine is back

Thomas the Tank Engine stops in Strasburg, Pa., on Saturday for a stay through Sept. 25. Day Out With Thomas 2005: The Celebration Tour includes storytelling, arts and crafts and live music unique to local history, as well as a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine.

Proceeds will be used for preservation of railroads and train restoration.

The Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends tour will be in Strasburg, Pa., on Saturday through Sept. 25 at the Strasburg Rail Road, Route 741, east of Strasburg. The cost is $16 for ages 2 and older. Train rides take place rain or shine between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, departing every 30 minutes. For tickets, call 866-468-7630 or visit www.ticketweb.com/thomas. For more information, call 717-687-8421 or go to www.strasburgrailroad.com.

Winterthur Gardenfair is starting tomorrow

Everyone from green thumbs to brown thumbs can check out the second Gardenfair at the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in Winterthur, Del.

This event, tomorrow through Sunday, is sponsored by Horticulture magazine and allows participants to speak with experts in various areas from across the country, and the opportunity to browse hundreds of artisans' wares such as jewelry, outdoor furniture and garden tools.

Gardening lectures, exhibitions and a demonstration of terra-cotta pot throwing are also scheduled.

Winterthur Gardenfair will run tomorrow through Sunday at the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in Winterthur, Del., Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington. Admission is $15 to $35, and children 12 and younger are admitted free. For additional information, call 800-448-3883, 302-888-4600 or go to www. winterthur.org.

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