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Outfitting Outlander: What’s Under Those Kilts? Find Out at the Prince Frederick Library, MD

Image Courtesy of Calvert Library

Image Courtesy of Calvert Library

Legions of fans revel in the fabulous storytelling, unforgettable character and historical detail found in Diane Gabaldon’s New Your Times bestselling Outlander series. The depth of passion and history has earned the praise of critics and fans alike, as they follow the adventures of two star crossed lover, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser.

The popularity of the novels have spurred interest in STARZ Network Outlander TV series. Just how accurate are those props though? Join Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory Federal Curator Sara Rivers Cofield at the Prince Frederick Library May 7, 2015, and find out how the Outlander program’s costumes and objects compare to 18th century artifacts recovered by archaeologists throughout Maryland such as table glass, medicine containers, horse tack, architecture, weaponry, clothing, and more.

For more information http://calvert.lib.md.us/events.html

Location: Prince Frederick Library

850 Costley Way | Prince Frederick, MD | (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862

Cost: Free

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Mt. Vernon Discount Tickets

Image Courtesy of Mount Vernon

Image Courtesy of Mount Vernon

Trying to plan another snow day activity for kids out of school? Mount Vernon will open today, March 6, 2015 at 11 a.m., and they’re extending their special Teacher Work Day offer to local parents. On Friday, March 6, and Monday, March 9, pay for an adult admission and bring up to 2 kids ages 18 and under for free. Mention this offer at the gate or use promo code WORKDAY2015 to book online.


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Charles County Maryland Operating Status Updates for March 6, 2015

Image Courtesy of Cecil County and Steven Ball

Image Courtesy of Cecil County and Steven Ball

Charles County Government is closed tomorrow, Friday, March 6 due to inclement weather. Essential personnel and employees required to maintain operations during inclement weather are to report to work as scheduled.

The following Charles County facilities and services also are closed or canceled today:
• Crain Memorial Welcome Center
• Tri-County Animal Shelter
• All scheduled recreation programs, sports practices, and activities at school-based community centers
• Lackey and North Point High School indoor pools
• Port Tobacco Recreation Center
• Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center
• Senior Centers
• Nanjemoy Community Center
• Meals on Wheels Program
• Charles County Public Schools (code red for employees)
• Charles County Department of Health
• Charles County Board of Elections
• Charles County Public Library (all branches)
• Charles County Circuit Court
• District Court of Maryland for Charles County

The following facilities and services are scheduled to operate on a delayed or modified schedule tomorrow, weather permitting:
• VanGO Transit Service (all routes will begin at 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. from transfer points
• College of Southern Maryland (all campuses opening at noon, updates may occur)
• Capital Clubhouse will open at 9 a.m.
• Charles County Landfill and Recycling Centers will open at noon
• Pisgah Recycling Center will open at noon

For further updates, visit: http://www.charlescountymd.gov/alerts


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Snow News is Good News for Poconos Dog Sledding

Image Courtesy of Arctic Paws and SIH Photography

Image Courtesy of Arctic Paws and SIH Photography

For a decidedly different twist to travel, book and adventure with Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours . Their premier dog sled adventure is located at Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Enjoy the team of professional and friendly huskies who take you on the pristine dog sled trails at Skytop Lodge to the Indian Ladder Waterfall. Best of all you and your family mush the sled (stand on the back and drive the dogs sled.)

They are open, operating and booked for this weekend, but still have a view spaces available for March 14, 2015

One hour tours include:
•Learning how to dog sled
•Meeting the amazing huskies
•Taking photographs
•Riding on the back of the sled and sitting in the basket
•Enjoying the incredible scenery on a pine tree lined trail to a waterfall

Schedule:
•Friday afternoons 2 – 4 PM (reserved for our Bring Your Own Dog Program)
•Saturday & Sunday 9 AM – 4 PM
•Presidents Day 16 February 2015 9 AM – 4 PM


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Travel Alert For Mid Atlantic Region

Image Courtesy of Historic Kennett, PA, where snow emergency has been declared.

Image Courtesy of Historic Kennett, PA, where snow emergency has been declared.

Another winter storm is dropping heavy snow throughout the region. Call your destination before venturing out. Some locations are closed for today, Thursday, March 15, 2015, and have already announced closings for Friday, March 16, 2016. If you’re out and about, be safe.

Image Courtesy of Kings Gap Environmental Center, PA

Image Courtesy of Kings Gap Environmental Center, PA

Image Courtesy of  Odyssey Cruises - Washington DC

Image Courtesy of
Odyssey Cruises – Washington DC


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The 47th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival, Lewes, DE

Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware

Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware

The weather may be frightful, so think warm thoughts and brush off your kite building skills in anticipation of the 47th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park on Friday, April 3, 2015.

There is no entry fee for competitors. The competitions are in three age categories: Children-Up to age 12; Teens-13-17 and Adults-18 & older. Within each age category, kite flyers are judged by the type of kite they are flying — home-made or store-bought. The Special Class awards include the Open Individual Ballet (free flight performance accompanied by music which the entrant provides), Individual Precision (compulsory figures including “The Square,” “The Mount,” and “Ladder Down” judged on technical execution), Most Senior Flyer, Youngest Flyer, Flyer Furthest From Home, Smallest Kite and Largest Kite.

The Highest Kite Award category is open to all ages and takes place at approximately 12:15 p.m. There is no charge to watch. Entrance fees apply for cars to enter Cape Henlopen State Park which will be collected at the entrance to the park – $5 per car for Delaware license tags and $10 per car for out-of-state tags. The Jolly Trolley will transport spectators at no cost to the competition field from the state park’s beach parking lot and handicap parking is available at the Seaside Nature Center parking lot.

For those who have not made their own kites and want to participate, Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company will be on-site selling a wide variety of kites with amply space adjacent to the competition field to practice in advance of the competitions which begin at 10 a.m. Additionally, there are food vendors, a face painter and community organizations set up surrounding the field.

I may have to get my kites out. Back in the day, my high school had kite flying contests, and I took first place in two different categories two years in a row- once for smallest kite and once for highest flyer. Kite day was held half-day on a school day, and I missed about an hour of class winding my kite back in. If other students had known they would be excused from class, they might have entered.

Those kites are long gone, so I may take by dragon kite out for a whirl in 2015!

Schedule
10:00 am Registration begins
11:00 am Egg hunt
11:30 am Competition begins
12:30 pm First awards ceremony
1:15 pm Egg toss
1:45 pm Adult competition begins
2:15 pm Stunt flying demonstrations
2:45 pm Final awards ceremony
See more at: http://www.leweschamber.com/event/great-delaware-kite-festival#sthash.1BBHV2ih.dpuf


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Mid Atlantic Air Museum 2015 WWII Weekend in Reading PA

Image Courtesy of MAAM

Image Courtesy of MAAM

Tickets for the 25th Anniversary Mid Atlantic Air Museum WWII Weekend, “A GATHERING OF WARBIRDS,” are already on sale. This extremely popular event, scheduled for June 5, 6 & 7, 2015, draws visitors from across the United States.

The weekend event is packed full of activities. The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team of Frederick, Oklahoma will make their premier appearance at the 2015 World War II Weekend. Show attendees will be able to watch as the paratroopers “chuting-up” in correct WWII uniforms and equipment. On Saturday and Sunday a full stick of paratroopers will execute a static line jump from the ADT’s combat veteran C-47 “Boogie Baby”.

Additionally, 32 WWII veterans are scheduled to appear as special guests.

Image Courtesy of MAAM

Image Courtesy of MAAM

While there is plenty to see at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend, visitors also have the rare opportunity to fly in one or more of the most famous and successful aircraft of World War II. Seats will fill quickly and some may sell out prior to the show, so make your reservations early. You can choose to fly in an open cockpit Boeing Stearman N2S-1″Kaydet”, a Fairchild PT-19 “Cornell”, a SNJ-4B “Texan”; Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless among others.

To see the schedule and buy advance tickets, go to:
http://www.maam.org/maamwwii.html