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Featured Trips in Maryland
The local Piscataway tribe will be alternating between performing traditional dances and demonstrations, including basket making, doll making, and oyster roasting. Additional events include a local art show, hayrides, and a Scales & Tales display. Light refreshments will be served. Nov. 10, 11am-2pm; Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Upper Marlboro. More information.
An ultimate experience for sporting and outdoor enthusiasts. Outdoor events include dock dog competition, retriever demonstrations, raptor demonstrations, fly fishing demonstrations, and for kids: a fishing derby, waterfowl calling and decoy painting. Works of art will be on display and available for purchase including carvings, paintings, photography, and sculpture. The World Waterfowl Calling Championship will be held during the festival with proud duck and goose callers representing at least 16 states and Canada. There will be live music inside and outside throughout the weekend, ranging from jazz to brass to fiddlers. A wide range of food will be available with seafood a specialty. $15 for the weekend; children under 10 free. November 9-11; Easton. More information and tickets.
Enjoy a scenic ride on the rails! This train departs from Cumberland to Frostburg. Dining class guests enjoy a lunch and a signature dessert of chef’s choice while riding in vintage dining cars. Standard coach general seating is also available. A snack bar is available to all passengers. Boarding begins at 11:00am; train departs at 11:30am. This 3-hour excursion includes a one hour layover in Frostburg and will return to Cumberland at 2:30pm. Nov. 9-11 and Nov. 16-18; Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Cumberland. Tickets and more information.
Join the Baltimore Birding Club for a half-day trip for winter waterfowl, raptors, and passerines. The half-mile trail leads to a point overlooking Dundee Creek. Recommended for young birders and their parents. Boots advisable, telescopes useful. Nov. 11, 9am-12pm; Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore. More details.
Use your senses to discover night life on an evening hike at Pickering Creek Audubon Center! Listen for barred owls calling, “Whoooo cooks for youuu,” identify the rambunctious hoots of the great horned owl, and awe at the whinnies coming from our smallest, the eastern screech owl. $5 per person. Nov. 9, 5:30pm-7:30pm; Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. More details and registration.
Commemorate Veterans Day at Fort McHenry. Help rangers raise and lower the 48-star flag and learn about the origins of Veterans’ Day and Fort McHenry’s role during World War I as General Hospital #2. Stop by the World War I Centennial Room inside the Star Fort where living historians will be dressed in WWI era attire. At 11:00am there will be a moment of silence inside the fort to honor veterans. Free. Nov. 11, 9am-4pm; Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore. More details.
Featured Trips in Virginia
Celebrate “Virginia Cider Week” at Monticello and taste unique hard cider blends and late-season apple varieties with Peter Hatch, Monticello’s Director Emeritus of Gardens and Grounds, and Charlotte Shelton. They will discuss the history of cider making while guests enjoy tasting heirloom apples and sipping Jefferson’s “precious refreshment.” $24 per person. Nov. 10, 10:00am-12:00pm; Monticello, Charlottesville. More information and reservations.
Toast Virginia’s agricultural pride! Join in for Hops in the Park, a premiere hops and harvest festival celebrating agriculture and the long and rich history of brewing in Virginia. Hops in the Park features over 40 Virginia craft beers, brewing demos and presentations, farmers market, food, and Virginia history. Come out and learn from Virginia farmers and taste delicious Virginia brew. Bring the whole family – children’s activities will be available! Free admission. Nov. 10, 12pm-6pm; Henricus Historical Park, Chester. More information.
Visit with colonial artisans who demonstrate and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and food. Watch 18th-century shows, including a puppet show, a fire-eating act, and a balloon launch and listen to colonial music. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! Potomac River sightseeing cruises are available at half price (while supplies last). Rain or shine. Nov. 10-12; Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Tickets and more information.
The graves of over 6,200 soldiers will be illuminated with tea light candles to honor troops who died at Petersburg and to recognize our military men and women on Veterans’ Day. Park staff and volunteers will be stationed at various grave sites to tell the story of individual soldiers who fought and died during the Siege of Petersburg, while park volunteer and bugler Bill Bjornes plays taps. Free. Nov. 10, 5:30pm-8:00pm; Petersburg National Battlefield, Petersburg. More information and parking.
Stratford Hall is partnering with the Rappahannock Astronomy Club for this unique stargazing event! Beginners are welcome. The club can provide expert advice and instruction on telescopes, accessories, books, and star charts, as well as how to observe the night sky. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will all be in the sky to observe. After Moonset, this is the time when the nearest galaxies are high in the sky to observe easily. The famous Andromeda Galaxy can be seen without a telescope from a dark sky like the one Stratford Hall has. There are other deep sky objects as well as the constellations of autumn to see. Free. Nov. 10, 6pm-11:30pm; Stratford Hall Plantation, Stratford. More details.
Gather at the historic Hillsman House location of the Battlefield before being led along the brand new Wheaton Hiking Trail, lit with hundreds of luminaries, where living historians will give personal accounts of the battles of Sailor’s Creek at various staging points. The first group will begin their guided tour at 6:00pm sharp. The second, and final, group for the evening program will begin their guided tour at 7:00pm. Parking will be in a designated grass field adjacent to the home site. The Wheaton Trail is approximately 7/10ths of a mile in length with varying degrees of elevation and terrain. This family-friendly program is free to the public. Nov. 10, 6pm-8pm; Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park, Rice. More details.
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Trip Of The Week
Experience Farm Life and How It Has Changed Over Time
The diverse history of Maryland and our national heritage can be experienced at Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm.Through hands-on activities and living history programs you can experience how the park evolved from a plantation home during the War of 1812, to a hospital farm, to the park you can visit today. Oxon Hill Farm is a wonderful place to take children (especially bored ones over the upcoming holidays). There are activities every day of the week that don’t require reservations. You can Meet the Dairy Cow and learn about cows, agriculture, and farm products during milking demonstrations. You can learn about chickens and their life on the farm, help feed them and check out the inside of the coop. The scenic Wagon Ride through the park provides a delightful excursion through park history that will delight every member of the family.
Tip Of The Week
Veterans Day Is Fee Free In Many of Our National Parks
Looking for a way to commemorate this coming weekend’s Veterans Day holiday? The National Park Service is offering free fees at select park sites in our area on November 11 to honor all of those that serve and have served in the United States military. Participating parks in our area include Antietam National BattlefieldAssateague Island National SeashoreC&O Canal National Historical ParksFort McHenryFort WashingtonHarpers FerrySteamtown National Historic SiteColonial National Historical ParkGreat Falls ParkPrince William Forest Park, and Shenandoah National Park. Year-round, active duty members of the military and their dependents can pick up a free annual pass to all national parks. Disabled veterans can get a free lifetime pass. The passes provide free entrance to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other federal recreational areas.
Head out on the water and learn first hand the experiences of Captain John Smith’s Voyage on NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay interpretive Buoy System. CBIBS provides real time weather and environmental information, as well as a glimpse into living Chesapeake Bay History. You can also download the app for your Android or iPhone or Dial-a-Buoy at 877-Buoy-Bay!
Take a virtual tour of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail from your computer or mobile device! To help you plan your trip before you go, the Chesapeake Conservancy partnered with Terrain360 to bring you virtual tours of the trail’s great rivers. Sit back and virtually explore the Elk, James (sponsored by the James River Association), Nanticoke, Northeast, Patapsco, Patuxent, Potomac, Rappahannock, Sassafras, Susquehanna, and York rivers. Check out some of the Chesapeake’s special places like Werowocomoco, Fones Cliffs, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Mallows Bay. We hope to eventually bring you a virtual tour of the entire Chesapeake Trail! Explore the Chesapeake’s great rivers on our website.