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Wings and Wheels Rescheduled to September 20, 2014

Image Courtesy of Bath County

Image Courtesy of Bath County

Save the Date! Wings & Wheels has been rescheduled for September 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. They will be contacting vendors, car show participants and the spectators that left their information with them first thing in the morning.

Image Courtesy of Bath County

Image Courtesy of Bath County

If the roar of an engine (be it car, plane or motorcycle) gets your heart racing and if family fun, good food and music sound like the perfect way to spend a Saturday, then the 6th Annual Wings and Wheels Car and Air Show is the place to be.

Set high atop Hot Springs, at Ingalls Air Field, Wings and Wheels is the largest car and air show in the Shenandoah Valley.

This year’s event promises a variety of activities. In addition to the car show, there will be all day performances by the 540Boyz Stunt Motorcycle team, a return engagement by Team Fastrax Skydiving Team, crowd pleaser Tiger Airshows, Tony Royal L-29 Jet and Skipper Hale AT-6 Acrobatics, as well as carnival and interactive games. Car show participants will be eligible to win People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice Awards, as well as special raffle prizes throughout the day.

The event runs from noon until 6:00. General admission is $5.00 per person, $3.00 ages 12 and under and Kids 3 and under are free. Show car registration is $15.00 thru July 25 and $20.00 the day of the event. For more information

“This year we have changed things up,” said Becky Skidmore Airport Manager, sponsor and one of the organizers of this very popular event. “We have pushed back our start time to noon, giving our families and our participants a little more time to get up the mountain and enjoy the day.”

“And we have added lots more activities for the kids,” explained Mark Nelson, Director of Parks and Recreation for the County of Bath as well as one of the four sponsoring partners. “We have invited K&T Entertainment to bring carnival and interactive games to the event. We will have a rock climbing wall, a mechanical bull, as well as a variety of carnival and arcade activities for the kids to enjoy. All for the single price of admission. ” Nelson concluded.

The Theme this year is “A Salute to Those Who Serve,” explained Maggie Anderson, Director of Tourism and Economic Development. “Our team wanted to say thank you to all the police, fire and rescue and military personnel who serve and protect us every day. We are going to have special raffle prizes just for attendees who serve as police, fire and rescue or are in the military—they will receive the raffle ticket when they purchase their tickets to get into the event. Throughout the day we will be giving out prizes just for them.” Anderson concluded.

“And, we have a special event planned to raise money for this year’s charity The Bath County Christmas Mother,” explained Céline Pritt, Tourism Coordinator. “Attendees will be able to vote with their dollars to determine which one of three people will parachute jump for Charity. Mark Nelson, Director of Parks and Recreation, Ashton Harrison, County Administrator and Sarah Rowe, Principal Bath County High School have all agreed to jump from a plane—if they receive the highest number of dollars donated. We expect the competition to be fierce.”

“Every year the event grows,” noted Emily Plecker, Executive Director for the County of Bath Chamber of Commerce. “Our attendance last year was over 4,000 and we expect even more families to join us this year. There will be plenty of food, vendors and music. And, Big Al will be emceeing all day,” Plecker explained.

The event is sponsored by the Bath County Airport Authority, the Office of Tourism, Parks and Recreation and the Chamber of Commerce.

For more information:
Ingalls Air Field
County of Bath, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

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Morey’s Piers is Going to the Dogs in Wildwood, NJ

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Image Courtesy of Morey’s Piers

Don’t forget one of your favorite family members this summer; take them with you to the Jersey Shore. Morey’s Piers is Going to the Dogs at their Raging Waters Water Park. On September 7, 2014 your pooch can paddle in the pools of Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers “Gone to the Dogs.” Your best friend can enjoy an evening swim from 5:00PM – 7:00PM (check in starts at 4:45pm) at Raging Waters Water Park, located at the rear of Morey’s Mariner’s Pier at Schellenger Ave. and the Boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ.

That evening, water bowls and free dog treats will be stationed throughout Raging Waters Water Park for dogs to recharge as they paddle around the river adventure or play in the fountain pool. A variety of activities are scheduled including a doggy swimsuit competition starting at 6:15 pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Wrecker’s Beach Grille.

To be admitted to this event you MUST bring the following:
Printed e-ticket for each guest and pooch
Completed release form
Proof of rabies vaccination

Please note that if you are missing any of the above items, you WILL NOT be granted access to this event.

No refunds will be given.

For the safety of our guests all dogs MUST be accompanied by a human and on a leash when not in the water. All 4 legged and 2 legged friends are $10 each with the proceeds benefitting the Wildwood Beach Dog Park.

For the first-time, Blue Palms Resort, located steps away from Mariner’s Pier and Raging Waters Water Park, is offering pet-friendly accommodations from September 5 through 9, 2014. The “Wildwood Unleashed” stay package, starts at $81 per night (Sunday & Monday), and includes a welcome “doggie bag” and pet-cleaning fee. Two-night minimum stay is required; limited space available. To book a reservation, call (609) 522-0606.

Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers “Gone to the Dogs”

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The National Apple Harvest Festival Celebrates its 50th Year

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Image Courtesy of The National Apple Festival

When we refer to a mother’s beloved child, we say he or she is “the apple of her eye.” When refer to a wholesome, down-to-earth, patriotic person, we refer to them as being as “American as apple pie. The apple holds a special place in American society, so it’s only fitting that there is The National Apple Harvest Festival.

Held during the first two full weekends in October, The National Apple Harvest Festival celebrates beautiful crafts, great music and wonderful food. The festival has something for everyone with hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands, and entertainment.

The festival is located in the heart of Pennsylvania Apple country, near historic Gettysburg, and is within a two hour drive of Washington DC, Baltimore MD, and Harrisburg PA.

Special Attractions Include: The Apple Auditorium and Antique Cars, Steam Engine Displays, Orchard Tours, Petting Zoo, Craftsman Demonstrations, and Appearances by PA Apple Queen.

National Apple Harvest Festival

Festival Address:
615 Narrows Road,
Biglerville, PA 17307 ‎
(717) 677-9413
92 Miles from Washington, DC
73.5 Miles from Baltimore, MD
53.8 Miles from Harrisburg, PA
10 Miles from Gettysburg, PA

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Free Family Fun at Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

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Image Courtesy of Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute presents Target Community Nights one night per month. Target Community Nights are from 5:00PM-8:00PM, usually on the third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise specified.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at these FREE educational and fun-filled science extravaganzas sponsored by Target. Experience The Franklin Institute’s famous exhibitions, special programs, and themed activities.

Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register. Doors open at 5:00PM. Check in at the registration table for a chance to win a free Family Membership.

Parking in the Franklin Institute garage is available at the discounted rate of $6.00 for the evening. The garage is located at 271 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Please note: Target Community Night does not occur in June or December 2014.

Target Community Nights:

Wednesday, August 20
Wednesday, September 17
Wednesday, October 15
Wednesday, November 19
Wednesday, January 21
Wednesday, February 18
Wednesday, March 18

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My Picks for Musikfest, August 2, 2014

Image Courtesy of Mucca Pazza
Image Courtesy of Mucca Pazza

Musikfest professes to have one of the most diverse genre venues around. It’s a claim many music festivals make, but IMHO, Musikfest meets the challenge. Where else can you find a music festival that features musicians playing everything from polkas to indie punk rock? The selections are so varied, it’s hard to choose who to see.

I’m always up for a new experience, so here are my two picks for tonight.

Mucca Pazza, 7:30 p.m. Volksplatz

This is a special shout out to all band geeks. Yes, I spent my time marching 8-to-5. We were bad; bad doesn’t even begin to describe it. There were no tryouts for our band, they were begging for warm bodies. For the first four or five home football games, I carried an instrument without a mouthpiece, just to help fill out the ranks. We did run-ons that were so chaotic the director told us “if you slip, bow. Make them think you meant it.” When the sousaphone player became enamored of one of the trumpet players, our director arranged Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia” with a sousaphone solo.

With that kind of background, I really need to see Mucca Pazza the rambunctious 20-piece circus-punk indie-rock marching band from Chicago that plays everything from Balkan brass to zombie mambo and demented arrangements of Dmitri Shostakovich. The group will lead a parade starting at 5 p.m. at Liederplatz and winding through the festival on the north side.

After that, I’ll go for King Paris and His Hypnotic Guitar, 9 p.m. Volksplatz. Rick Vito, who was lead guitarist for Fleetwood Mac and Bob Seger in the 1980s and ’90s (and is a Kutztown University grad), takes his new turban-wearing persona to the stage. I spent my formative years in the San Francisco Bay Area. What can I say? His videos look like a couple of parties I attended. Besides, I’m totally intrigued by someone who pairs “Ring of Fire” with belly dancers.

If neither of those float your boat, you can find something more to your taste here.

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Astronomer Alert: Cherry Springs Park in PA Named Best Place to go Stargazing


Cherry Springs State Park in The PA Wilds has been named the best place on Earth to go stargazing by the Travel Channel. Named for the large stands of black cherry trees, the 48-acre park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. Its dark skies make it a haven for astronomers.

Bring a telescope for an evening of star watching. From May through September, volunteers offer free public stargazing evenings, and guided star tours for novices. Groups gather next to the camping area. Call or go online for camping reservations.

The Susquehanna Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking. A single-track mountain bike trail runs 15 miles from the state forest district office at Denton Hill to Patterson Sate Park and continues to Cherry Springs State Park.

Trail maps are available at the Bureau of Forestry and Lyman Run State Park offices.

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Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR, WV brings the Wild West to Life

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Image Courtesy of Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR

Western characters make surprise appearances during Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR Wild West Weekend. Their steam driven trains are tempting targets of robbers, but never fear, there hold-up is all in fun.

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR operate beautifully refurbished and historic locomotives that depart from both Elkins and Durbin depots, which allow travelers the opportunity to enjoy scenic West Virginia from an entirely new perspective — aboard any one of their four unique trains. From April to December, The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad offers Five Mountain Rail Adventures, each with its own unique journey, into some of the best scenery this side of the Rockies.

Their unique collection of trains roll through a potpourri of West Virginia mountain wilderness areas. Choose to chug alongside a clean, mountain river, and take in the sights of rolling meadows of wildflowers and the sounds of a genuine steam locomotive. Climb to over 4,000 feet in elevation in a powerful diesel, burrow under the mighty Cheat Mountain and negotiate the two sharpest mainline railroad curves in the U.S.

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Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR Wild West Weekend
AUGUST 9 & 10, 2014
Departs Durbin Depot 10 am & 2:30 pm both days
Ticket Prices:
Adults (Age 12-64) – $35
Seniors (Age 65 & Older) – $32
Children (Age 4-11) – $25
Children under 4 – Free

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Harlem Globetrotters Bring Four Games to Wildwood, NJ – August 6-9, 2014

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Image Courtesy of Harlem Globe Trotters

With 88 years of performing under their belts, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters know something about thrilling millions of fans, all the while innovating the game in exciting new ways. Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment, letting fans vote on new rules to be used in actual games. It was so much fun, they are doing it again, and there are cool new rules to choose from on our 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour.

You can get your chance to see the zaniness which is sure to result during their four new shows at the Wildwoods Convention Center from August 6-9, with games nightly at 7 p.m.

Learn to play like the Globetrotters at a special 2-hour Skills Clinic at the Convention Center. Designed for boys & girls ages 6-12, the clinic will be led by Globetrotter stars. Clinics take place every game day (Aug 6-9) from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants do not need prior basketball experience. A spot in the clinic costs $49.99 and includes a voucher for one complimentary ticket to any of the four games in Wildwood (valued up to $45). Space is limited.

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Sand Castle Competition at Rehoboth Beach, DE

Update: As of 10:00 a.m., the Sand Castle Competition was off to a soggy start!



Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware Tourism

Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware Tourism

Most kids and families enjoy building sand castles at some point during their beach vacation. For 2014, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce (RBDBCC) will be holding the 36th Annual Sandcastle Contest on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Over 100 teams are expected to meet the challenges and create fantastic sand sculpture. Past entries have included Swamp Animals, Mermaids, Pyramids, Crabs, Dolphins, Sharks and of course traditional sandcastles. Beachgoers are welcome to view the incredible creations free of charge.

SCULPTING DEMONSTRATIONS ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st– Sand sculpting artist Darrell O’Connor will be on the beach at Rehoboth Avenue & the Boardwalk, 5 – 7 PM on Friday, August 1st giving sculpting demonstrations & lessons. Learn some skills then put them to the test during the competition on Saturday.

COMMUNITY SCULPTURE – Spectators can join in the fun too. Sand sculpting expert Darrell O’Connor will begin work on a community sculpture at 10 AM. Spectators can assist Darrell with this creation; 2 assistants will be allowed in the sculpting zone on a rotating basis every 15 minutes. The sculpture will be completed by 3 PM.

Fisherman’s Beach at the north end of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, near the Henlopen Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Open to both adults and children.

Business, Adult (15 and older), Children (7-14) & Child (6 and under)

Sculptures may be started at any time on the day of competition, but must be completed for judging by 3:00 PM. Participants may register their entry anytime between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult to register. Registered teams will have the opportunity to purchase Event T-shirts at a discounted rate of $5.00 per shirt.

Begins at 3:00 PM; judges are volunteers for the RBDBCC. Winners will be announced at approximately 5:00 PM.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 Judge’s Favorites in both the adult and 7-14 child divisions. 1 Judge’s Favorite award will be given in the Business category. Special awards given to all participants in the 6 & under child’s division.

People’s Choice Awards – Two People’s Choice Awards will be given during this year’s contest. The general public can vote on their favorite ADULT and CHILD division creation, by completing an event evaluation. All regular contest rules apply.

The event is WEATHER DEPENDENT. In the event of bad weather, set up and registration may be delayed up until 10:30 AM. If bad weather continues, the event will be postponed until the following year. If bad weather occurs during the contest, participants may continue at will or at the discretion of lifeguards. Judging may be cancelled at any time if warranted by current weather conditions.

36th Annual Sandcastle Contest
Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00am to 5:00pm
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Party with the Pirates aboard El Galeón Andalucía in Ocean City, MD

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation

Are your children obsessed with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise? Are you hooked on the NBC series Crossbones that stars John Malkovich as Blackbeard? Do you long to talk like a pirate more than one day out of the year? If so, then El Galeón Andalucía, docked in Ocean City. MD from August 1 – September 1, 2014, invites you to step back in time and imagine the Golden Age of Pirates.

Best of all, El Galeón Andalucía was featured in Crossbones; now fans can walk her decks. El Galeón will be docked bayside at 3rd street and Chicago Avenue in Ocean City, Maryland and will be open to visitors August 1 – September 1, 2014 from 10:00 am until 6:00pm each day.

Travel back in time 500 years when you step onboard the magnificent El Galeón Andalucía, and experience first-hand what it was like explore the World in the 16th century. El Galeón Andalucía is a replica of the late 16th century fabled merchant vessels and war ships that made up the early navies of Europe. She is the only galeón class vessel sailing the open seas today.

The galeón class vessel was an ocean going ship type that evolved from the carrack in the second half of 16th century. Galeóns were constructed from oak, pine and various hardwoods for hull and decking. Hundreds of expert tradesmen, including carpenters, blacksmiths, shipwrights and pitch-melters worked day and night for months to make a galeón seaworthy.

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation

Due to the long periods spent at sea and poor conditions on board, many of the crew perished during the voyage; therefore advanced rigging systems were developed so that the vessel could be sailed by a smaller crew.

On one special night, you can “Party with the Pirates” aboard the El Galeón Andalucía during a VIP event. Appetizers, soft drinks, beer and wine will be served during this rare chance for the public to experience El Galeón in the evening and enjoy the sunset onboard. Meet the Captain and crew and hear in their own words what it is like to sail on El Galeón. Learn about the vessel and its history from the perspective of those who sail on it. $75.00 per person.

Save 25% when you purchase your general admission tickets online in advance. Print-at-home or if you don’t have a printer, place your tickets in will-call and lock in the savings.

El Galeón Andalucía
Ocean City, MD
August 1 – September 1, 2014
10:00 am until 6:00pm

Party w/ the Pirates
Onboard VIP Event
August 29th, 2014
7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
$75.00 per person plus amusement tax and $1.00 fee

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