This year's International Flower Show in Philadelphia… (GAIL FISHER, LOS ANGELES…)
International Flower Show
With a theme based on the islands of Hawaii, this year's International Flower Show brings a taste of the tropics to Philadelphia. White sand, palm trees and hula dancers all have a role as the show, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Scoiety, salutes "Hawaii: Islands of Aloha." Visitors can see a 25-foot waterfall, a beach wedding, floral volcanoes, surf shacks and traditional Hawaiian crops like pineapple and sugar cane. There's also a tribute to Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and floral-arranging competitions modeled after the "Iron Chef" TV show. And, of course, acres and acres of flowers, edible landscapes and more. There's even a Flower Show app available for download on iTunes.
The Philadelphia international Flower Show begins Sunday, March 4, and continues through March 11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets. General admission is $27 for adults and $15 for children when purchased in advance. Tickets at the box office are $30-$32 for adults and $17 for children. For details and hours, go to theflowershow.com.
Frederick Restaurant Week
If you've been waiting for a discounted menu at Bryan Voltaggio's Volt restaurant, you'll just have to keep waiting. But if you wanted to sample food from the culinary genius of "Top Chef" during Frederick Restaurant Week, you can stop in at Lunchbox, his new low-key, not-so-fancy eatery. Lunchbox is one of about 20 restaurants participating in the weeklong event offering fixed-price meals. Lunches are $15.12 for two courses and $20.12 for three courses. Dinners are $20.12 for two courses and $30.12 for three. Beverages, taxes and gratuity are additional.
Frederick Restaurant Week begins Monday and continues through March 11. Courtyard by Marriott Frderick is offering lodging specials in conjunction with the dining event. For more details and dining reservations, go to frederickrestaurantweek.com.
Take a guided "eagle prowl," get photography advice and enjoy demonstrations of birds of prey at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge's Eagle Festival. The refuge, near Cambridge, has one of the largest breeding populations of bald eagles in the U.S. The event also includes Native American music, activities for children and more.
The festival is Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is at 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge. No entrance fee.
Singer-songwriter Paula Cole, known for the theme song from the TV show "Dawson's Creek," as well as her hit "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone," brings her folksy style to the Barns at Wolf Trap in Virginia.
Wolf Trap is at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Tickets are $25. Parking is free. For tickets and information, go to wolftrap.org or call 877-965-3872.
Highland Maple Festival
Head out to the Shenandoah Valley for an event that the Library of Congress has designated a "Local Legacy." The Highland Maple Festival, a 54-year-old tradition, celebrates the sugary goodness of maple syrup-making. Visitors can tour sugar camps, watch the tapping of the trees and get a taste of rural life. Other highlights include pancake breakfasts, maple doughnuts, dinners featuring locally harvested trout, clogging, bluegrass music and more.
The festival is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10-11 and March 17-18 at Highland Center, Spruce Street in Monterey, Va. Go to highlandcounty,org.