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Foodie Fun and Air-Raising Activities at the Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Like many balloon festivals, the Third Annual Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival scheduled for August 1st & 2nd, 2014 will feature an exciting array of fantastic balloons for lighter-than-air travel enthusiasts. They have a foodie kick-off contest I’ve never seen before, that should earn it a place on Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods America.

Four Chefs from Easton, MD restaurants will meet in front of the Washington Street Court House and battle it out in the “Scossa Balloon Burner Bake Off Cooking Contest.” Yawn, another cooking contest, so what? Chefs will heat their dishes using a 15 million BTU Hot Air Balloon burner. The public is invited to watch. Yeah right. How many of them are going to singe their eyebrows or flambé their hats? Last year, at least one chef came prepared; his gloves look a lot like my suede fireplace gauntlets.

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

“Scossa Balloon Burner Bake Off Cooking Contest” Thursday, July 31st from 5 to 6 p.m.

The Balloon Festival itself will feature at least 15 hot air balloons, skydivers, balloon rides, and a giant walk-through hot air balloon for children and adults. The event will take place Mistletoe Drive, off Glebe Road behind Aqua Pool in Easton.

It benefits Talbot County Paramedic Foundation, and is sponsored by Tri-Gas & Oil and Aqua Pool.
Balloonists will gather at Mistletoe Drive Friday, August 1st at 5 p.m. preparing for launch. Two hot air balloons, tethered to the ground will offer rides ($20 adults $10 children under 12) up to 60 feet in the air; and a large balloon will be inflated on the ground for children & adults to venture into the center of the colorful balloon ($2 per child). A special shape balloon will be premiering this year “Eddie & Rickenbacker” balloon featuring the history of Army aviation.

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Skydivers from Baltimore Skydive will jump into the event at 6 p.m. just before the ascension of the balloons. Aqua Pool’s Glow will begin a half hour past sunset with balloons glowing through the colorful balloon envelopes.

Saturday morning, August 2nd, a Presentation of Colors will take place at 6 a.m. Balloons will begin inflation immediately following with a massive ascension. At 8 a.m. Chic-Filet will present a “Cow Drop” when a hundred miniature cows will parachute from the sky to the crowd. Each cow will have a coupon for a free sandwich from Chic-Filet.

Limited number of boarding passes to ride in the launch is available for $225 each. Persons wishing to make a reservation should contact Balloonmeister Ron Broderick 410-442-5566. Food and beverages will be available for sale during the events. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The event is free to the public with plenty of parking.

For more information go to http://www.GreatChesapeakeBalloonFestival.com

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Spectacular Fireworks Celebrate Hunterdon County 300th Birthday

Image Courtesy of Best of NJ

Image Courtesy of Best of NJ

Hunterdon County will celebrate its 300th birthday on Thursday, August 7, 2014 with a concert and fireworks, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

This celebration was originally scheduled for July the 3rd, but the fireworks had to be cancelled because of stormy weather.

The concert will feature the 18-piece Vince Pettinelli Orchestra popular with area residents and known for playing a wide selection of musical styles and eras.

The celebration will take place in the Deer Path Park, located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Flemington. To make getting to and from the park easier, LINK shuttle buses have been organized to run between the park and various locations in Flemington.

Everyone is invited to bring blankets, chairs, picnic dinners, friends and family to the celebration.

There will also be a concession stand run by local food vendor, Pudgy’s Street Food. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed at this event.

For updates check http://www.hunterdon300th.org/ or call (908)782-1158 after 3:00 p.m.

The concert will come to a grand climax with a spectacular fireworks display sponsored by the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee and the Flemington Raritan Parks and Recreation Committee.


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Christmas in July on Union Street in Alexandria, VA

Image Courtesy of Visit Alexandria

Image Courtesy of Visit Alexandria

Ever wonder where Santa and the Mrs. spend their summer vacation? On Saturday, July 26, 2014, they’ll be stopping in Old Town to celebrate Christmas in July on Union Street in Alexandria, VA at the Union Street Public House and The Christmas Attic.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming for a summer visit. There’ll be storytelling, cookies and milk, and a little of Santa’s special magic. But we expect nothing less from Santa. Everyone, young and old can tell Santa what’s on their list tomorrow, and enjoy face-painting and more!

Why should the kids have all the fun? Special-priced seasonal brews and Christmas Punch for the adults ALL day.

Christmas in July on Union Street
July 26, 2014 – July 26, 2014
Times: 10am-3pm and onwards
Venue: Union Street Public House
121 South Union Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Phone: 703-548-1785
Visit Website: http://www.unionstreetpublichouse.com/


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Print Tickets for Free Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum in Atlantic City, NJ

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Ticketmaster has confirmed that ticket holders can now print tickets for both the Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum free concerts in Atlantic City.

Please note all general admission tickets are for Zones 3 – 12; please disregard any section/seat number listed on your ticket.

If you have any questions about your tickets reach out to Ticketmaster Customer Service at 800-653-8000 or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/h/customer-service.html. and provide them with your ticket confirmation number.
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A Steamy Weekend with Eastern Shore Threshermen in Federalsburg, MD

The history of agriculture runs deep through the heart of Maryland, and without it the region would be bereft of the tales of dedication and hard work it took for farming families to get food to our tables.

Mickey Stant replacing tubes in the Farquhar portable steam engine. Image Courtesy of Threshermen.Org

Mickey Stant replacing tubes in the Farquhar portable steam engine. Image Courtesy of Threshermen.Org

The Eastern Shore Threshermen & Collectors Assoc., Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and demonstrating antique farm machinery including: Steam Engines, Antique Tractors, Gas Engines, Stationary Engines, Threshers, Implements, Steam Models, Antique Cars, Miniature Steam Train, Antique Machinery, Shingle Mill, and Rock Crusher.

The history of the organization goes back several generations to tell the tales of families who worked from sun-up to sun-down using the machines and equipment collected and demonstrated at the 54th Annual Wheat Threshing, Steam & Gas Engine Show held on August 1,2 &3, 2014.

The 54th Annual Wheat Threshing, Steam & Gas Engine Show makes a great family outing for those with children who love the big tractors they while traveling. Bright, big and green they tower over the smaller lawn tractors they see in suburbia. Kids of all ages will enjoy seeing how the massive machines work, the kind of work they are able to do, and how steam power made work easier. The show may spark the imagination of a future engineer.

The YouTube clip gives you an idea of what you’ll see. I like the big belt driven equipment, since I used to work in a belt driven machine shop. I like to play with the big toys too!

Admission and parking is free. Food is available for sale; breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m.

The 54th Annual Wheat Threshing, Steam & Gas Engine Show
August 1, 2, 3, 2014
Rt. 313 between Denton and Federalsburg, Maryland
Official opening 10 AM each day. Events throughout each day.
FREE ADMISSION – FREE PARKING
PARADE OF EQUIPMENT 5 PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 4 PM SUNDAY
FREE EVENING ENTERTAINMENT
http://www.threshermen.org/index.htm


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OC Beach Lights Spectacular and Fireworks Schedule for 2014

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Image Courtesy of OC Beach Lights

Returning to Ocean City MD Summer 2014 is the fun, and exciting free event for the entire family, OC Beach Lights Spectacular. These shows feature lasers, lights, video, music and special effects all displayed on a five-story tall giant beach ball.

The shows will be lighting up the beach at North Division Street three times every Sunday from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Show times are 9:30pm, 10:00pm and 10:30pm. The premier show will be a special patriotic show Saturday May 24, 2014.

New this year the Beach Lights shows will display fireworks.

In addition, Monday and Tuesday nights starting July 7th and continuing through August 26th, there will be fireworks on the beach. The Beach Fireworks will be lighting up the sky over the south end of the boardwalk starting at 10pm. The fireworks will also feature a musical presentation.

For information on the Beach Lights or Beach Fireworks:
410-798-6304
http://ocbeachlights.com/
Sundays from June 1 – August 31; 9:30pm, 10:00pm and 10:30pm
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

For weather delays, check: https://www.facebook.com/OcBeachLights

Plus there’s more. The Grand Finale of the Sundaes in the Park event will display fireworks. Sundaes in the Park take place at Northside Park, located at 127th street, and is a free family concert series offered Sunday evenings in July and August from 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. For a small fee enjoy your own ice cream sundae creation as you listen to your musical favorites and watch the sunset over the beautiful Assawoman Bay. The show concludes with a fireworks display at 9pm.

All events are brought to you by the Ocean City Mayor and City Council along with the Tourism Advisory Board.

For additional information on Sundaes in the Park visit:
ococean.com/events/sundaes-in-the-park
1-800-626-2326.

SEE ALSO: Music, Fireworks, and Sundaes in the Park in Ocean City, MD
https://midatlantictravel.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/music-fireworks-and-sundaes-in-the-park-in-ocean-city-md/


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Music, Fireworks, and Sundaes in the Park in Ocean City, MD

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

Sundaes in the Park is a free family concert series offered Sunday evenings in July and August from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Weather permitting, there will even be fireworks. For a small fee, enjoy your own ice cream sundae creation as you listen to your musical favorites and watch the sun set over the beautiful Assawoman Bay.

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

Bring your picnic basket and beach chairs to Northside Park at 127th Street and the Bay in Ocean City, MD; the lineup of entertainers for the 2014 season is something to cheer about.

Sundaes in the Park in Ocean City, MD
Northside Park 127th Street and the Bay
July 13 – August 24, 2014.
Sunday Evenings 7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/specialevents.html

See also: OC Beach Lights Spectacular and Fireworks Schedule for 2014

https://midatlantictravel.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/oc-beach-lights-spectacular-and-fireworks-schedule-for-2014/