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Welcome to the online home of travel columnist Donald D. Groff, who has dispensed advice  and stories since 1988 in such publications as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Newark Star-Ledger, The Kansas City Star, Newsday, Salon, Condé Nast Traveler, Consumer Reports Travel Letter, The Boston Globe, and Endless Vacation magazine.




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Oct. 25-26 & Nov. 1-2, 2008

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1. Punkin' Chunkin'. Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Bridgedale, Del. Pumpkins fly thousands of feet at 23rd annual World Championship Punkin' Chunkin' Competition, east of Bridgedale, Del. Charlie Daniels Band on Oct. 31. Directions.; www.punkinchunkin.com.

2. Reading crafts show. Nov. 1-2. Reading, Pa. The 59th Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen Holiday Craft Show offers traditional and contemporary crafts made by juried artisans. Berks-Lehigh Campus, Penn State. www.rbcrafts.org/rbg.htm

3. New York City Marathon. Nov. 2. New York. The world's largest marathon runs through all five boroughs of New York City. 212-423-2249; www.nycmarathon.org

4. Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Somerset, N.J. About 300 fine artists and crafts designers present and demonstrate their work in a longstanding festival. Garden State Exhibit Center. 800-210-9900; sugarloafcrafts.com/festivals/somerset/fall/

5. Apple & Cider Day. Nov. 1-2. Franklin County, Mass. The 14th annual Franklin County Apple & Cider Day celebrates sweet and hard cider, apple jelly, apple pies, cheese from local dairies, cheese-making demonstrations, cider pressing, orchard tour, home cider-making instruction, tastings. Various locations; 413-773-5463; www.ciderday.org.

6. Toy Soldier Show. Nov. 2. Hackensack, N.J. East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale offers 300 exhibitor tables of soldiers from tin models to G.I. Joe. Farleigh Dickinson University. Location. 973-831-8900; www.vintagecastings.com.

7. Northampton Film Festival. Oct. 24-26. Northampton, Mass. This 14th annual festival features scores of innovative films and videos by independent artists, including documentaries, animation, comedy and drama, celebrity speakers, seminars. Academy of Music and Pleasant Street Theater. 413-582-1832; www.northamptonfilmfestival.com.

8. Conn. Pet Expo. Oct. 25-26. Hartford, Conn. Connecticut Pet Expo includes a cat show, rare dog show, AKC exhibitors from multiple kennel clubs, dog weight-pull competition, breeders, groomers, educational groups, more than125 vendors. Expo Center. 860-563-2111; www.osbornejenks.com

9. Providence fine furnishings. Oct. 24-26. Providence, R.I. More than 200 furniture makers and designers from 30 states display furniture and accessories in gallery/showroom setting. Convention Center. 401-841-9201; www.finefurnishingsshow.com.

10. Civil War Show. Oct. 25-26. Gettysburg. Autumn Gettysburg Civil War, Antique Gun and Militaria Show has more than 300 tables of uniforms, guns, swords, personal effects and relics from American military history from 1865 and older. AllStar Sports Complex. 717-642-6600; www.thomaspublications.com/show.asp

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  • Weekend of July 29-30, 2006

  • 1. Chincoteague Pony Swim. July 27-28. The 80th annual Pony Swim (July 26) & Auction (July 27) revolves around a roundup of wild ponies and the 15-minute swim from barrier island to mainland. All month, weekend carnival, related events. 757-336-6161; www.chincoteaguechamber.com.  

    2. July 28-30. Lancaster. Pa. Guild of Craftsmen presents over 250 hand-made craft exhibitors, gallery exhibit, kids’ activities. Franklin & College

    3. Melville July 31-Aug. 1. Mystic, Conn. The seaport observes Herman Melville’s birthday with a 24-hour reading of Moby Dick aboard the Charles W. Morgan, said to be the last wooden whaling ship in the world. Mystic Seaport. 1-888-973-2767 or 860-572-5323.; www.mysticseaport.com.

    4. Crab Days. July 29-30. St. Michaels, Md. Eastern Shore tradition includes steamed crabs and crabcakes, live music, boat rides, kids’ activities, trotlining and chicken necking. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. 410-745-2916;  www.cbmm.org  

    5. Poconos Blues Festival. July 28-30. Blakeslee, Pa. This year’s lineup includes more than 20 acts with continuous performances on three stages. Big Boulder Ski Area. 1-800-468-2442; www.jfbb.com.

    6. Foster Old Home Days. July 28-30. Foster, R.I. Old-fashioned fair includes horse shows, children’s games, operating blacksmith shop, crafts demonstrations, tractor pulls. Town House Grounds. 401-647-5522; Old Home Days.

    7. Lowell Folk Festival. July 28-30. Lowell, Mass. Annual celebration offers seven stages of traditional music, dance, crafts, and storytelling; street parades, ethnic foods, dance parties. Citywide and along the historic canals.  978-970-5000; www.lowellfolkfestival.org.

    8. Midsummer Festival. July 29. Old Lyme, Conn. The town is transformed into a country French outdoor market offering flowers, vegetables, fruits, breads, educational projects. Lyme Street, Griswold Museum. 860-434-5542; www.flogris.org.

    9. N.J. Festival of Ballooning. July 28-30. Readington, N.J. One of the Northeast’s largest balloon events has more than 100 hot air balloons, major concert acts, arts and crafts. Solberg Airport

    10. Barnstable County Fair. July 21-29. Falmouth, Mass.   Annual country fair includes agricultural exhibits, carnival rides and games,  stage shows, crafts,  food, and flower exhibits. Fairgrounds. 508-563-3200; www.barnstablecountyfair.org.

     

  • Weekend of June 24-25, 2006

    • 1. St. Peter's Fiesta. June 21-25. Gloucester, Mass. Annual "blessing of the fishing fleet" includes religious activities, music, food, sporting events, parade. St. Peter’s Square. 978-283-1601; www.stpetersfiesta.org.

      2. Marbles galore. June 24-25. Millville, N.J. Marble Weekend offers demonstrations of marble making in glass factory, marble shooting, exhibits, dealers offering antique and contemporary marbles. Wheaton Village. 856-825-6800, ext. 2735; www.wheatonvillage.org.

      3. Patch Town Days. June 24-25. Weatherly, Pa. Anthracite heritage festival features crafts, ethnic traditions from coal-mining days, living history programs, food tent. Eckley Miners’ Village. 570-636-2070; www.eckleyminers.org.

      4. Washington barbecue. June 24-25. Washington, D.C. National Capital Barbecue Battle. Dozens of barbecue teams from around the country compete for cash prizes, plus multiple music stages, food samples, cooking displays, children’s activities. Pennsylvania Avenue from 9th-14th Streets. 202-828-3099; www.bbqusa.us.

      5. Forksville Folk Festival. June 24-25. Forksville, Pa. Annual festival offers folk music, storytelling, arts and crafts, cultural exhibits, children's shows and activities, with daytime entertainment on outdoor stage and a Saturday evening concert inside the grandstand building. Sullivan Country Fairgrounds. 570-924-4142; www.forksvillefolk.org.

      6. Snake hunt & parade. June 24-25. Cross Fork, Pa. Annual snake hunt, fireman’s parade and field day includes barbecue, flea market, snake-sacking contest both days. 67 miles northwest of Williamsport. Firehouse Lane. 570-923-0848; www.crossfork.com.

      7. Delmarva Chicken Festival. June 23-24. Snow Hill, Md. The 56th annual festival crows over chicken, with poultry exhibits, chicken capers, carnival, arts and crafts, home show. Byrd Park. 302-856-9037; www.dpichicken.com.

      8. Pa. wine & food festival. June 24-25. Lake Harmony, Pa. Great Tastes of Pa. Wine and Food Festival includes nearly 30 wineries, three stages of music; more than 100 food and crafts vendors. Resort at Split Rock. 1-800-255-7625; www.splitrockresort.com.

      9. Old Songs Festival. June 23-25. Altamont, N.Y. Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance features folk, traditional, Celtic and world music, with 120 workshops, a juried craft show. Fairgrounds. 518-765-2815; www.oldsongs.org.

      10. Windjammer Days. June 27-28. Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Festival includes windjammers, harbor food contest, harborside concerts, fireworks, street parade, antique boat parade. 1-800-266-8422; www.boothbayharbor.com.

       

  • Weekend of June 10-11, 2006

    •  
      • 1. Americade. June 5-10. Lake George , N.Y. Americade Touring Rally draws tens of thousands of motorcyclists to the resort area, with vendors, seminars, rodeo, stunt show. 518-798-7888; www.tourexpo.com/data

      2.  Capital Pride. June 2-11. Washington , D.C. Promoted as the country’s fourth-largest gay pride event, it includes a parade on June 10 and street festival on June 11. DuPont Circle, Pennsylvania Avenue, other venues. 202-797-3510; www.capitalpride.org.

      3. N.J. Fresh Seafood Festival. June 10-11. Atlantic City , N.J. Festival includes seafood and other fare, tall ships, marine educational exhibits, live fish exhibits. Gardner 's Basin. 609-347-4386; www.njfreshseafoodfest.com.

      4. Pa. State Laurel Festival. June 10-18. Wellsboro , Pa. Annual salute to the state flower includes bike race, pet parade, arts and crafts show June 16-18, parade and queen’s coronation June 17. Various locations. 570-724-1926; www.wellsboropa.com.

      5. Three Rivers Arts Festival. June 2-18. Pittsburgh . Big annual festival spotlights visual and performing arts, with painting, sculpture, photography and video, artist market. Performances daily on two stages at Point State Park . 412-281-8723; www.artsfestival.net.

      6. Irish festival. June 9-11. Canton , Mass.    Irish Connections Festival includes more than 500 people on multiple stages celebrating Irish culture with music, dancing, literary readings, exhibits, sporting events. Irish Cultural Center. Canton is south of Boston . 1-888-464-7474; www.irishculture.org/festival.

      7. Beer & seafood. June 10. Richmond , Va. Annual River City Beer and Seafood Festival presents more than 40 kinds of imported, micro- and craft-brewed beer, plus seafood and live music. Brown’s Island . 804-788-6466; www.citycelebrations.org.

      8. Discover Jazz Festival. June 2-11. Burlington , Vt. Performances include Irma Thomas, Maceo Parker, Dianne Reeves, Ahmad Jamal, and many other top performers.  Multiple venues. 802-863-7992; www.discoverjazz.com.

      9. Chamber Music Festival. June 4, 8, 9-11, 14, 16-18. Eastern Shore , Md. Internationally acclaimed musicians perform classical and contemporary chamber music at this 17th annual Eastern Shore festival. Venues in Easton , St. Michaels, Queenstown, Chestertown. 410-810-0380; www.musicontheshore.org

      10. Heritage Days Festival. June 10-11. Cumberland , Md. The 38th annual festival includes 250 arts, crafts and ethnic foods booths; demonstrations; entertainment; encampment; historic tours, steam train excursions. Washington Street Historic District. 301-722-0037; www.heritagedaysfestival.com.

       

  • Weekend of May 20-21, 2006

    • 1. Gettysburg bluegrass. May 18-21. Gettysburg, Pa. Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival includes dozens of performers on main and workshop stages, crafts, food. Granite Hill Campground. 717-642-8749; www.gettysburgbluegrass.com.

      2. Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend. May 20-21. Jim Thorpe, Pa. Tenth annual festival celebrates the life and athletic legacy of the namesake for the towns formerly known as Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk. Music, performances, tours. Packer Park. www.jimthorpe.org.

      3. Virginia wine festival. May 20-21. Charlottesville, Va. Ash Lawn-Highland Virginia Wine Festival takes place at Ash Lawn, the estate of James Monroe, with music, tours, tastings. 434-293-9539; www.ashlawnhighland.org.  

      4. Rural Life, early 1900s. May 20-21. Rhinebeck, N.Y. Antique Machinery, Truck & Motorcycle Show features costumed volunteers demonstrating life in the early 1900s, plus gas and steam engines, antique tractors, appliances. Fairgrounds. 845-226-5212; www.cmvca.org.

      5. Nantucket Wine Festival. May 17-21. The island’s 10th annual festival offers food and wine seminars, wine tastings in grand houses (many are sold out), winery lunches and dinners, grand tastings. Various locations. 508-228-1128; www.nantucketwinefestival.com.

      6. Queen’s Great Boat Race. May 19-21. Lake George Lake George’s sightseeing boats face off, plus music, hot air balloons, boat show, fireworks, arts and crafts fair, more. Lake, nearby locations.   518-668-5755; www.lakegeorgeinfo.com.

      7. Newport Spring Boat Show. May 18-21. Newport, R.I. Annual show presents more than 165 watercraft, including many one-of-a-kinds, mostly in and out of water. Yachting Center . 401-846-1115; www.newportspringboatshow.com.

      8. Rhubarb Festival. May 19-20. Intercourse, Pa. The 23rd annual festival includes music, festivities, pie contest, quilting bee, rhubarb race car derby, rhubarb-inspired foods, baked goods, beverages, jams. Kitchen Kettle Village . 1-800-732-3538;  www.kitchenkettle.com.

      9. N. Va. Fine Arts Festival. May 20-21. Reston, Va. About 180 painters, sculptors, crafters and jewelers present their work for show and sale, plus live music on a main stage and hands-on activities in Children’s Art Tent. Reston Town Center. 703-471-9242; www.restonarts.com.

      10. Fine Arts Fiesta. May 18-21. Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Visual and performing arts festival includes juried adult and student art shows, artists’ market, demonstrations. Public Square. 1-888-905-2872; www.fineartsfiesta.org.   

  • Weekend of April 29-30, 2006

    • 1. International Azalea Festival. April 24-30. Norfolk Va. The 53rd annual festival saluting NATO has a "Celebrating Canada" theme, offering flowers, parade of nations, galas, music festival, wine tasting, NATOfest, more. 757-282-2801; www.azaleafestival.org.

      2. Tribeca Film Festival. April 25-May 2. New York. The annual film festival organized by actor Robert De Niro and others includes more than 200 screenings of features and shorts – many world premieres -- plus workshops, panels, and children's screenings. Also, the Family Festival Street Fair April 30 on Greenwich Street. 1-866-941-3378; www.tribecafilmfestival.org

      3. Delmarva Birding Weekend. April 28-30. Eastern Shore. Birding weekend features viewing of migrating and nesting birds, guided and self-guided explorations. 1-800-852-0335; site. 

      4. N.J. Daffodil Show. Morris Plains, N.J. April 28-29. The annual NJ Daffodil Show includes more than 700 daffodils and other bulbs, wild flowers, and flowering branches entered for competition and displayed for public viewing. Frelinghuysen Arboretum. 973-326-7600. www.arboretumfriends.org.

      5. Tap, NY. April 29-30. Hunter, N.Y. Microbrew festival and competition in the Catskills features craft beers from across New York state, with more than 80 individual beers from dozens of breweries competing for trophies and bragging rights. Hunter Mountain. 518-263-4223 or 1-888-486-8376; www.tap-ny.com.

      6. Vintage clothing & antique textiles. April 28-29. New York. Manhattan Vintage Clothing & Antique Textile Show features more than 80 top vintage design sources offering a large range of clothing for sale, plus an exhibit saluting Edie Sedgwick and the Warhol era entitled "Warhol Factory Fashion Frontier." Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th St., between 6th and 7th Avenues). 518-434-4312; www.manhattanvintage.com.

      7. Spring International Art and Antiques Show. April 28-May 3. New York. Annual show features about 100 dealers offering American, English, French, Oriental and Continental furniture, accessories, decorative arts, ancient arts, and more. 7th Regiment Armory (Park at 67th). 914-698-3442; www.nyinternationalantiquesshow.co.

      8. Daffodil Days. April 15-30. Bristol, R.I. More than 50,000 daffodils, hundreds of tulips, plus scilla and crocuses cover the 33-acre seaside estate at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum. 401-253-2707, ext. 16; www.blithewold.org.

      9. Md. International Kite Exposition. April 28-30. Ocean City, Md. Competitions, celebrity kiters, mass ascensions, stunt kiting, attempts to break world records. On the beach, Division to Sixth Street. 410-289-7855; www.kiteloft.com/expo.shtml, www.ococean.com

      10. Cape May Spring Festival. April 28-May 7. Cape May , N.J. The Victorian city offers tours, vintage dance events, craft shows, living history experiences. Various locations. 1-800-275-4278; www.capemaymac.org.

  • Weekend of April 22-23, 2006

    • 1. Smithsonian Craft Show. April 20-23. Washington. Highly regarded show features 120 booths of artists, including 44 first-time exhibitors, selected from over 1,100 applicants, offering one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces. National Building Museum. 1-888-832-9554; www.smithsoniancraftshow.com.

      2. Cape May Jazz Festival.
      April 21-23. Cape May, N.J. This year's festival salutes Little Jimmy Scott, with performances by Little Jimmy Scott and the Jazz Expressions and more than two dozen other acts, including Hugh Masekela, Billy Paul, Carmen Lundy, Mike Stern, Eric Lewis, Nancy Kelly, Willie Martinez and La Familia, Edgardo Cintron, Keisa Brown and the Rolling Thunder Band, plus a Family Concert with Cape May Youth All Stars, and jam sessions and workshops. Multiple venues. 1-800-595-4849; www.capemayjazz.org.

      3. International Orchid Show. April 20-23. New York. Thousands of orchids from more than 100 growers and vendors from around the world. Also, orchid art. Rockefeller Center. 212-632-3975; www.rockefellercenter.com.

      4. Archery classic. April 22-23. Pittsburgh, Pa. The Stanislawski Open, a national field archery annual meet formerly held in Atlantic City, usually draws 1,000 archers and 50 trade show vendors, with male, female, collegiate, youth and other categories in amateur and money divisions. It is the third leg of the World Archery Festival 3 Star Tour.David Lawrence Convention Center. 1-800-811-2331; www.fieldarchery.com.

      5. Pear Blossom Festival.
      April 22-23. Milford, Pa. Historic Poconos community in northeast Pennsylvania celebrates spring with tent fair, parade, ball, bake-off, dining events, talent show, more. 570-296-8700; www.pikechamber.com.

      6. History Meets the Arts. April 20-23. Gettysburg. More than 75 historical artists, sculptors, authors and artisans present their work, representing all eras of American history, plus exhibits, tours, historical films, more. Various locations. 717-334-8151; www.hmtarts.com.

      7. Antique bikes. April 21-22 Copake, N.Y. Hudson Valley town hosts the 15th annual Bicycle Auction, one of the top bike auctions anywhere, with hundreds of antique and classic bikes. Swap meet April 21, auction April 22. Auction House. 518-329-1142; www.copakeauction.com.

      8. Eastern National Antiques Show and Sale.
      April 21-23. Harrisburg, Pa. Annual show includes a wide variety of antiques, including toys, watches, jewelry, games, clothing, furniture, collectibles. Farm Show Complex. 610-437-5534 or 717-787-5373; www.800padutch.com/z/pafarmshow.htm.

      9. Va. Historic Garden Week. April 22-29. Across Virginia. The state's 73rd annual garden week includes three dozen tours, more than 250 gardens, homes, landmarks in such cities as Alexandria, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, Richmond. 804-644-7776; www.vagardenweek.org.

      10. Spring Crafts Festival. April 22-23. Flemington, N.J. More than 300 craftspeople from 20 states offer clothing, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, stained glass, ceramic, fiber and metal sculpture, fine art, graphics and photography, painted silk, leather goods, more. Hunterdon County Fairgrounds. 607-265-3230. Flemington Crafts Festival.

  • Weekend of March 18-19, 2006

    • 1. Spring Craft Show. March 18-19. Allentown, Pa. The annual show includes about 125 exhibitors from 10 states offering a wide variety of crafts. Fairgrounds. 717-656-3208; www.handcraft-unlimited.com.  

      2. Triple Pier Antiques Show. March 18-19. New York. About 400 vendors stage an expansive antiques marketplace of Americana, country and modern furnishings, paintings and prints, textiles and quilts, folk art, 18th century to art deco furniture, art glass from every era, porcelains, jewelry, bronzes, silver, textiles and fashions, traditional and modern art. Piers 90 and 92 along 12th Ave., 48th to 55th St. 212-255-0020; www.stellashows.com.

      3. Boston St. Pat's parade. March 19. The 106th St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston salutes a big Irish heritage with music, dancers, floats, and shillelaghs. 617-635-4447
      www.bostonusa.com, www.irishmassachusetts.com.

      4. Holyoke's parade. March 19. Holyoke, Mass. The 55th annual parade, one of the nation's largest, also celebrates Irish community of western Massachusetts, where many immigrants settled. Kmart Plaza. 413-533-1700;
      www.holyokestpatricksparade.com

      5. New York's parade. March 17. New York's largest parade runs up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 86th Street, then to Third Avenue. Each of Ireland's 32 counties is represented. The parade begins at 11 a.m. March 17 is on a Friday. 718-793-1600.

      6. U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. March 14-19. Stratton Mountain, Vt. Hundreds of champions, Olympic medalists, and talented amateurs compete for the $200,000 purse, plus talent showcase for boarders 15 and younger. The 24th annual event. 802-862-4500;
      www.usopen-snowboarding.com.

      7. Springfest Flower & Garden Show. March 10-14. Augusta, N.J. Garden flower show includes more than 50 garden, commercial and educational exhibitors from the tri-state area; garden café, fine art exhibit featuring garden and landscape scenes. Fairgrounds. 973-948-3040; www.newjerseystatefair.org

      8. Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point. March 18. Warrenton, Va. This competition includes three timber races over wood fences, four steeplechase events, and two flat races. Airlie Farm, Northern Virginia. 540-347-1888.

      9. Antique Arms Show. March 18-19. Timonium, Md. Show put on annually since 1955 features 950 tables of muskets, swords and other antique arms and militaria. State Fairgrounds. 301-865-6804;
      www.baltimoreshow.com.

      10. Northeast Great Outdoors Show. March 17-19. Albany, N.Y. The 20th annual show features more than 100 fishing and hunting exhibitors, celebrity appearances, fly fishing seminars, deer-calling contest, boats, wildlife art, campgrounds. Empire State Plaza. 518-383-6183;
      www.edlewi.com/outdoorshow.

  • Weekend of March 4-5, 2006

    • 1. International Artexpo. March 4-6. New York. Big international show includes paintings, sculptures, original graphics and photography by hundreds of artists. Javits Convention Center. 1-888-608-5300; www.artexpos.com.  

      2. Tulipomania. March 4-19. South Hadley Mass. Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden’s annual spring flower show features hundreds of spring-blossoming bulbs and plants under the theme "Time for Reflection." Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116; www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/botan/show.htm.

      3. Irish Food Festival. March 2-5. Newport, R.I. This festival features chefs from Kinsale , Ireland , sister city of Newport , teaming up with area chefs, plus cultural marketplace, dancing. Various locations. 401-845-9123, 1-800-976-5122;  Festival of Fine Food.

      4. Sherlock Holmes Weekend. March 3-5. Cape May, N.J. Variety of Holmes events unfolds amid mystery and speculation, including a Search for Clues tour, costumed brunch, staged reading. Events priced individually or as a package. Various locations. 1-800-275-4278; www.capemaymac.org.

      5. Spring Flower Show. March 4-19. South Hadley, Mass. "On the Dutch Waterways" is the theme for this annual show featuring hundreds of spring-blossoming bulbs and plants, including fragrant hyacinths, freesia, narcissus, and pansies. Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden 413-538-2116; www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/botan/show.htm.

      6. Home, flowers, crafts. March 3-5, 10-12. Timonium, Md. Maryland Home and Flower Show and Maryland Spring Craft Show beckon homeowners and decorators, with landscaped gardens, home products, seminars. Fairgrounds. 410-863-1180; www.mdhomeandgarden.com

      7. St. Patrick's parade. March 5. Belmar, N.J. The 33rd annual Belmar St. Patrick's celebration, promoted as the state's largest, features armed forces entries, marching bands, pipe bands, floats. 732-280-2648; www.belmarparade.com.  

      8. Mid-Atlantic Garden Show. March 2-5. York, Pa. Combination flower and garden show includes flowers, musical entertainment, seminars, natural craft demonstrations. Fairgrounds. 717-755-8115; www.midatlanticgardenshow.com.

      9. Gramercy Park antiques. March 3-5. New York. Gramercy Park Antiques & Fine Art Show includes 80 exhibitors offering antiques, paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry, accessories. 69th Regiment Armory, Lexington at 26th Street. 212-255-0020; www.stellashows.com.

      10. Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. March 3-4. Arlington, Va. The 31st annual show features 75 dealers offering rare books, maps, prints, autographs, plus restoration demonstrations. Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge. 301-654-2626; www.wabf.com.

  • Weekend of Feb. 25-26, 2006

    • 1. Pa. Horse World Expo. Feb. 24-26. Harrisburg, Pa. Annual expo draws tens of thousands of enthusiasts to see horses, horse shows, riding clinics, vendors. Also, on Feb. 24-25, Theatre Equus, A Musical Equine Revue. Farm Show Arena. 301-916-0852; www.horseworldexpo.com.

      2. NYC antiquarian books. Feb. 24-26. New York. Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair features more than 50 dealers offering rare and out of print books, photographica, autographs, ephemera. Public School 3, 490 Hudson Street. 212.925.3910; www.gvabf.org.

      3. Atlantic City Classic Cars. Feb. 23-26. Atlantic City. Show billed as the country's largest indoor classic-car event presents more than 600 vehicles, hot rod alley, big swap meet and flea market. Convention Center. 1-800-227-3868, 856-768-6900; www.acclassiccars.com.

      4. Pa. Homebuilders Show. Feb. 25-March 5. Harrisburg, Pa. About 350 exhibitors present home-building, renovation and furnishing products, plus a Designers Expo. Farm Show Complex. 1-800-281-5539; www.pahomeshow.com.

      5. Fine Craft Show. Feb. 24-26. Baltimore. Show promoted as the country’s largest juried, indoor fine craft show includes over 700 exhibitors. Convention Center. 1-800-836-3470; www.craftcouncil.org/baltimore.

      6. Springfield Sportsmen's Show. Feb. 23-26. West Springfield, Mass. Show features fishing and hunting outfitters, guides, charter boat operators, retailers, and manufacturers, plus demonstrations, seminars, birds of prey, trout ponds, casting pool. Eastern States Exposition. 413-467-2171; www.osegsportsmens.com.

      7. Stowe Derby. Feb. 26. Stowe, Vt. One of the country's oldest combination downhill/cross-country skiing events, held since 1945, attracts amateurs, children and international competitors gliding over 10 miles from the top of Mount Mansfield to village of Stowe. Stowe Mountain Resort. 802-253-7704; www.mmsc-stowevt.org/stowederby/home.html.

      8. Empire State Games. Feb. 24-26. Lake Placid, N.Y. New York winter athletes compete in cross country skiing, alpine skiing, biathlon, ski orienteering, snowshoe racing, figure skating, women's ice hockey, ski jumping, bobsled, and luge. Olympic Center. 518-474-8889; www.empirestategames.org/winter

      9. Conn. Flower & Garden Show. Feb. 23-26. Hartford, Conn. The 25th annual show with "Gardens of Zen & Now" theme includes 18 landscaped gardens, plus floral demonstrations, plants, flowers, seminars, garden-related products. Expo Center. 1-866-529-2123; www.ctflowershow.com.

      10. The Modern Show. Feb. 24-26. New York. Annual show includes 100 U.S. and European exhibitors offering 20th century antiques, Art Deco and other designer furniture, art, textiles, glass, ceramics, silver, jewelry, books, photography. 69th Regiment Armory. 212-255-0020; www.stellashows.com

  • Weekend of Feb. 18-19, 2006

    • 1. George’s birthday. Feb. 18-20. Mount Vernon, Va. Washingon’s estate notes his 274th birthday anniversary by offering his favorite breakfast, cooked over an open fire, on Feb. 18-19, parade, 18th-century music, farm animals, and, on Feb. 20, the annual free day at Mount Vernon. 703-780-2000; www.mountvernon.org.

      2. Jazz festival. Feb. 16-20. Rockville, Md. The 15th annual East Coast Jazz Festival offers dozens of jazz performances on multiple stages, plus dancers, vocalists, jam sessions. Walter Johnson High School, Doubletree Hotel. 301-933-1822; www.fmjseastcoastjazz.com.

      3. Sleigh rally. Feb. 19. Forksville, Pa. Sullivan County Sleigh Rally is one of only a handful of such events in the U.S. and Canada, featuring juried horse and sleigh competitions, bobsled rides, steaming food. Sleigh contest categories include multiples, single light horse, single pony, single horse or pony, Currier & Ives, single draft-type horse or pony, single horse/pony championship, timed obstacle class, double jeopardy. Montanvale Farm. 570-946-4160; Endless Mountains.

      4. Newport Winter Festival. Feb. 17-26. Newport, R.I. Annual festival features more than 150 events, including scavenger hunt, hayrides, ice and sand sculpture competition, musical performances, children’s fair, drink contests, beach festival day, other entertainment. Citywide. 401-847-7666; www.newportwinterfestival.com.

      5. Conn. River Eagle Festival. Feb. 18-19. Essex, Conn. Seventh annual event features environmental activities revolving around the bald eagles that fish the lower Connecticut River. Parade, eagle tours, nature programs, carriage rides. Main Street, elsewhere. 1-800-714-7201; www.ctaudubon.org/about/eaglefestival.htm.

      6. Seaside Boat Show. Feb. 17-19. Ocean City, Md. Large power boat show with fishing boats, electronics, motors, fishing tackle, accessories, nautical artwork. Convention Center. 1-800-626-2326; 410-632-3676. www.ocboatshow.com.

      7. New England Boat Show. Feb. 18-26. Boston. More than 600 boats, from large yachts to dinghies, fill the exhibition hall floor, plus accessories and new products. Bayside Expo Center. 1-800-225-1577; www.naexpo.com.

      8. Hunting & fishing show. Feb. 16-19. Hartford, Conn. Sixth annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Expo includes hundreds of fishing- and hunting-related exhibitors, seminars. Connecticut Expo Center. 860-529-2123; www.northeastpromo.com.

      9. Super 8 & video festival. Feb. 17-19. New Brunswick, N.J. U.S. Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival screens work from around the world, including features, short subjects, documentary films and video. Rutgers University. 732-932-8482; www.njfilmfest.com

      10. Dance Flurry. Feb. 17-19. Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Dance Flurry is a festival of traditional dance and music featuring more than 700 performers, plus workshops and crafts, at eight venues. 518-292-0133; www.danceflurry.org

  • Weekend of Feb. 11-12, 2006

    •  1. Maymont Flower & Garden Show. Feb. 9-12. Richmond, Va. "Table for Two" is this theme of this annual show, where each landscape includes an intimate seating arrangement in the garden. Also, experts offering garden tips. Convention Center. 804-358-7166; www.maymont.com/events/annual.asp.

      2. Wildfowl art & decoys. Feb. 11-12. Brick, N.J. The 22nd annual Ocean County Wildfowl Art & Decoy Show includes more than 125 artists, carvers and suppliers from around the country. High School. 732-341-9622, ext. 2214; www.ocymca.org.

      3. Cabin Fever Festival. Feb. 11-12. Frederick, Md. Arts and crafts festival features 200 professional artists and juried craft exhibitors showing traditional and contemporary work in six buildings and heated tents. Fairgrounds. 301-898-5466; www.cabinfeverfestival.com.

      4. Hot Rod and Custom Car Show. Feb. 10-12. Ocean City, Md. Custom car show features hot rods with more than 150 awards in the Street Show Division with more than 30 various street classes, plus commercial vendors, live entertainment, special attractions. Convention Center. 410-798-6304. www.specialeventpro.com./hotrod.html

      5. North American Home Show. Feb. 9-12. Foxborough, Mass. More than 500 exhibits from decorators, contractors and suppliers for building or refurbishing homes. Gillette Stadium. 1-800-225-1577; www.naexpo.com/homeshow/attendees.htm.

      6. Camping & leisure show. Feb. 10-12. Allentown, Pa. Eastern Pa. RV Camping & Family Leisure Expo offers RV models and exhibits geared to RV camping. 610-336-9100; www.bmgevents.com.

       

  • Weekend of Feb. 4-5, 2006

    • 1. Saranac Winter Carnival. Feb. 3-12. Saranac Lake, N.Y. Winter festival billed as the oldest in the eastern United States has a "Roaring ‘20s" theme for this, it’s 109th year, including snow and ice sculptures, curling and other sporting events, concerts, fireworks and more. 1-800-347-1992; www.saranaclake.com/carny.shtml.

      2. Chocolate Lovers Festival. Feb. 4-5. Fairfax, Va. A Taste of Chocolate offers vendors, plus Chocolate Challenge arts extravaganza, acrobatics, chocolate-covered fairytales, tours, open houses, chocolate history. Old Town Hall, elsewhere. 703-385-1661; www.chocolatefestival.net.

      3. Okemo Valley Winter Carnival. Feb. 4. Ludlow, Vt. Chamber-sponsored festival includes snow sculptures, parade, snowmen decorating contest, bonfire and fireworks. 802-228-5830; www.okemo.com.

      4. Winterfest. Feb. 4-5. Troy, Pa. Festival has snowmobile radar run and drag races, vintage sled show, variety auction, horse-drawn wagon rides, winter sports vendors, skating, ice sculpting. Alparon Park. 570-297-4305; www.winterfestpa.com.

      5. Lake George Winter Carnival. Feb. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. Lake George, N.Y. The festival includes snowmobile drag races, chowder cook-off, 1700s encampment, winter games and contests. Shepard Park, elsewhere. 518-240-0809; www.lakegeorgewintercarnival.com.

      6. World of Wheels. Feb. 3-5. Baltimore, Md. Annual World of Wheels is a custom hot rod, classic and custom show, plus BMX extreme performers, guest appearances. Convention Center, 248-373-1700; www.autorama.com/casi/baltimore.htm.

      7. Toboggan competition. Feb. 3-5. Camden, Maine. U.S. National Toboggan Championships offers more than 200 teams competing in 2-, 3- and 4-person toboggan races, plus Chili & Chowder Challenge, other activities. Camden Snow Bowl. 207-236-3438; www.camdensnowbowl.com.

      8. Saratoga Winterfest. Feb. 2-5. Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Events include indoor and outdoor winter activities, games, chowderfest, culinary treats and demonstrations, activities for kids, sleigh rides. Various locations. 518-587-3241; www.saratoga.org.

      9. Garden State Home Show. Feb. 3-5. Somerset, N.J. The annual show features exhibitors for home improvement, remodeling, interior decorating, landscaping. Convention Center. 1-800-332-3976; www.macevents.com.

      10. Power boats. Feb. 1-5. Atlantic City, N.J. The big Atlantic City International Power Boat Show offers yachts, sport fisherman boats, trawlers, performance boats and sport boats. Convention Center. 609-449-2000; www.atlanticcityboatshow.com.

  • Weekend of Jan. 28-29, 2006

    • 1. Boston Wine Expo. Jan. 28-29. Boston . More than 440 wineries from 18 countries tout their vintages in event billed as the largest consumer wine event in the country. Also, cheeses and samples from chefs. 1-877-946-3976; www.wine-expos.com.

      2. Outsider Art Fair. Jan. 27-29.
      New York . This show features the work of self-taught, visionary and intuitive artists from more than 30 U.S. and international exhibitors. Puck Building . Lafayette Street (Prince & W Houston ). 212-777-5218; www.sanfordsmith.com.

      3. Groundhog Day events. Jan. 28-Feb. 3.
      Punxsutawney , Pa. A whole range of family-style events revolves around Groundhog Day on Feb. 2, including woodchuck whittle carving show, ice carving, music, food. Townwide. 814-938-7700; www.groundhog.org.

      4. Early Bird Sports Expo. Jan. 26-29.
      Bloomsburg , Pa. Hunting, fishing and outdoor show includes exhibits, seminars, Pa. state turkey calling championship, indoor archery contest, kids' casting contest, bass tub. Fairgrounds. 570-799-0896; www.earlybirdexpo.com.

      5.
      Brookfield Ice Harvest. Jan. 28. Brookfield , Vt. Annual event features harvesting of ice from Sunset Lake using traditional equipment, with group participation. Also, ice sculpting and an ice-hauling contest. Brookfield Floating Bridge . 802-276-3959; www.vtliving.com.

      6. Northeast International Auto Show. Jan. 26-29.
      Providence , R.I. Hundreds of new cards, trucks, minivans and SUVS cover the floor of the Rhode Island Convention Center . 717-566-6100; www.motortrendautoshows.com.

      7. Primitive biathlon. Jan. 28-29. Jeffersonville, Vt. Smugglers' Notch Primitive Biathlon pits competitors - many garbed in historical clothing -- using wood-frame snowshoes and muzzle-load firearms. Sterling Ridge Log Cabins. 802-644-8232; www.primitivebiathlon.com

      8. Bluegrass festival. Feb. 5. Waretown, N.J. The Ocean County Bluegrass Festival offers five hours of music from noon to 5 p.m., with a new act each 30 minutes. Albert Music Hall. 609-971-1593; www.alberthall.org.

      9. Chautauqua sleigh rides. Now through early February. Chautauqua, N.Y. Horse drawn sleigh - or wagon -- rides are held each Saturday and Sunday through early February on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution, weather permitting. 716-357-2151; http://bookstore.ciweb.org.

      10. Paper Americana Show. Jan. 28. Elkton, Md. The 19th annual show includes more than 35 dealers of antique books, advertising, postcards, photographs, ephemera, collectibles, and trading cards. Singerly Fire Hall. 410-398-7735.

  • Weekend of Dec. 3-4, 2005

    • 1. Pageant of Peace. Dec. 1-Jan 1. Washington , D.C. National Christmas Tree, usually lighted by the President, goes on Dec. 1. Each night thereafter, choral performances and lighted trees represent each state and territory. On the Ellipse. Park service, 202-619-7222; ellipse visitors center: 202-208-1631; www.pageantofpeace.org.

      2. Main Street at Christmas. Dec. 2-4. Stockbridge, Mass. The Norman Rockwell town decks out Main Street for the holidays, with tours, luminaria walk, music, and on Dec.  4 the famous Rockwell painting is recreated as Main is closed to all but antique cars. 413-298-5200; www.stockbridgechamber.org.

      3.
      Cape May tours. Dec. 3, 10, 17. Cape May, N.J. Christmas Candlelight House Tours are self-guided evening tours of festively decorated homes, inns, hotels and churches. Washington Street Mall info booth. 1-800-275-4278; www.capemaymac.org.

      4. Mount Vernon Christmas. Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, 9-11. Mount Vernon , Va. Mount Vernon by Candlelight, an evening program, includes historical characters and Washington family traditions. 703-780-2000; www.mountvernon.org.

      5. Hawley Winterfest. Dec. 9-11. Hawley, Pa. Festival features nonmotorized Victorian parade, Victorian barn dance, costume gala, brunch with costumed readings from Dickens, train excursion, caroling, bonfires, music, carriage rides, more. 570-226-3191; www.hawleywinterfest.com.

      6. Steamtown Christmas story. Nov. 26-27; Dec. 1-4, 8-10. Scranton , Pa. Children take a steam train ride to the "North Pole" while listening to the story Slocum Hollow's Christmas Magic, followed by cocoa and cookies. Each evening at 5, 6:30 , 8.  Steamtown. 1-888-693-9391, ext. 5204; www.nps.gov/stea.
       
      7. Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination. Dec. 3. Sharpsburg , Md. Volunteers place more than 23,000 candles on the Civil War battlefield, each representing a casualty from "the bloodiest one-day battle in American history.” Antietam National Battlefield. 301-432-5124; www.nps.gov/anti/Luminary.htm.

      8. Scottish Walk Weekend. Dec. 1-3. Alexandria , Va. Hundreds of bagpiping clansmen march in holiday finery Dec. 3, plus historic home tours, holiday parade of boats, Christmas marketplace. Old Town , waterfront. 1-800-388-9119; www.funside.com.

      9. Crafts at the Castle. Dec. 2-4. Boston .  About 150 juried exhibitors feature work in clay, glass,  metals, fiber, wood, leather and paper. Expanded show now at the Hynes Convention Center .  617-523-6400;  www.fsgb.org/catc.htm.

      10. Antiques & Fine Arts at the Armory. Dec. 8-12. New York . Annual show features 100 dealers offering furniture, decorative accessories, prints, posters, porcelain, jewelry. 7th Regiment Armory, Park Ave. at 67th St. 914-698-3442; www.wendyantiquesshows.com.  

  • Weekend of Nov. 12-13, 2005

    • 1. Cape May Jazz Festival. Nov. 11-13. Cape May, N.J. Festival offers more than 20 acts, including Herbie Mann’s Band led by Geoffrey Mann, Hubert Laws Quintet with David "Fathead" Newman; Gerald Veasley Quintet, Bobby Watson’s Horizon with Terell Stafford, Charlie Hunter, Andy Bey, Mary Stallings, and others performing jazz, gospel, blues, reggae. This year’s festival honors the music of Herbie Mann. Also, a memorial service for Oscar Brown Jr. Various locations. 609-884-7277; www.capemayjazz.com.

      2. Antiques at Bloomsburg. Nov. 12-13. Bloomsburg, Pa. More than 75 exhibitors offer thousands of items at event billed as the area's largest indoor antique show and sale. Fairgrounds. 570-323-5108; www.cmtpa.org.

      3. Rehoboth film festival. Nov. 9-13. Rehoboth Beach, Del. Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival includes more than 200 feature-length and short films from many countries. Movies at Midway. 302-645-9095: www.rehobothfilm.com.

      4. Chocolate Show. Nov. 10-13. New York. Chocoholic fantasy festival includes more than 50 chocolate exhibitors, dozens of culinary demonstrations, tastings, chocolate showpieces. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. 1-866-246-2692 or 212-307-7171 for tickets; www.chocolateshow.com.

      5. Equine Affaire. Nov. 10-13. West Springfield, Mass. Horse exposition that attracts tens of thousands of visitors includes evening entertainment – horse routines set to music -- clinics, demonstrations, seminars, breed pavilion, youth pavilion, trade show, horse training. Eastern States Exposition. 740-845-0085; www.equineaffaire.com.

      6. Victorian Christmas Tours. Nov. 10-13. Newport, R.I. First weekend for the annual holiday tours at the Astors' Beechwood Mansion, with festively decorated mansion, wassail sipping, caroling. Tours most days to Dec. 30. 401-846-3772; www.astors-beechwood.com.

      7. Triple Pier Antiques Show. Nov. 5-6, 12-13. New York. Six hundred exhibitors offer huge range of antiques each weekend. Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 88, 90, 92. 212-255-0020; www.stellashows.com.

      8. Waterfowl Festival. Nov. 11-13. Easton, Md. Annual show includes carvings, paintings, sculptures, and decoys from about 400 artists and craftspeople, plus duck calling, and music. Multiple sites around the historic town. 410-822-4567; www.waterfowlfestival.org.

      9. Boston International Fine Art Show. Nov. 10-13. Boston. More than 40 international galleries offer paintings, works on paper, ancient art, sculpture, photography, tribal art, furniture, prints. Boston Center for the Arts. 617-787-2637. www.bifas.net.

      10. McLean Antiques Show & Sale. Nov. 10-12. McLean, Va. The 29th annual show features 60 quality dealers offering American, English and European antiques, decorative accessories, furniture, folk art,  porcelains, silver, paintings, prints, linens and more Community Center. 703-790-0123; www.mcleancenter.org.

     

  • Weekend of Oct. 22-23, 2005

    • 1. Extreme jack-o-lanterns. Oct. 22. Keene, N.H. Costume party and other events surround the big task: exceeding the Guinness record of 28,952 lighted jack-o-lanterns, set in 2003. Keene Pumpkin Festival celebrants add their own carved pumpkins with votive candles. 603-358-5344; www.pumpkinfestival.com.

      2. Head of the Charles Regatta. Oct. 22-23. Cambridge, Mass. The 41st regatta, among world's largest rowing events, includes more than 4,500 rowers in dozens of races. Charles River. 617-864-8415; www.hocr.org.

      3. Gay & lesbian film festival. Oct. 13-22. Washington, D.C. Reel Affirmations Film Festival presents more than 125 films by, about and of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Lincoln Theatre, other venues. 202-986-1119; www.reelaffirmations.org.

      4. Polkafest.
      Oct. 21-23. Scranton, Pa. Annual festival features ethnic foods, pierogi contest, dance contest, music but such groups as the GB’s from Milford, N.J.; Ray J and the Carousels from Pittsburgh, and the Great Chuck Pendrak Orchestra from Philadelphia.  Scranton Cultural Center. 570-344-1111; www.scrantonculturalcenter.org.

      5. Halloween in Hershey. October 14-16, 21-23, 28-30. Hershey, Pa. Hersheypark in the Dark offers themed rides, entertainment, fall foods, storytelling, children's activities. Admission free, but pay-as-you-go for select rides, entertainment. 1-800-437-7439; www.hersheypa.com.

      6. Crafts & cuisine. Oct. 21-23. Morristown, N.J. CraftMarket and Fancy Food Fest includes juried, handcrafted work in many media, gourmet food area. Morristown Armory. 973-631-6277; www.morristowncraftmarket.com.

      7. Arabian Sights Festival. Oct. 14-16, 21-23. Washington, D.C. Series offers 19 viewings of films from today's Arab world, all with English subtitles. Loews Cineplex Wisconsin Avenue. 202-628-3456; www.filmfestdc.org/arabian/index.asp.

      8. Horror Film Festival. Oct. 27-30. Providence, R.I. Rhode Island International Film Festival hosts short- and feature-length horror films in observance of Halloween. Columbus Theatre. 401-861-4445; www.film-festival.org.

      9. Iroquois festival. Oct. 22-23. Rhinebeck, N.Y. Iroquois Indian Festival includes social dancing and singing, Native American crafts, demonstrations, children's activities. Fairgrounds. 845-876-4001; www.dutchessfair.com.

      10. Fall Harvest Family Days. Oct. 22-23. Mount Vernon, Va. Harvest celebration offers dancing, blacksmithing, wagon rides, bake sale, pumpkins for children under 11. Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. 703-780-2000; www.mountvernon.org.

  • Weekend of Oct. 15-16, 2005
    • 1. Pa. National Horse Show. Oct. 13-22. Harrisburg, Pa. Show billed as the country's largest multi-breed indoor show, includes nearly 1,500 horses, $340,000 in prize money, and 11 national championships, plus boutiques, draft horses, terrier races. Farm Show Complex. 717-770-0222; www.panational.org

      2. Rehoboth jazz. Oct. 12-16. Rehoboth Beach, Del. Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival includes Heads Up Super Band, The Original Funk Brothers, Al Jarreau,
      Booker T and the MG's, Al Green, Jazz Attack, and others, Grand Jam, food and wine tasting, more. Venues in Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. 1-800-296-8742; www.rehobothjazz.com.

      3.
      Atlantique City . Oct. 15-16. Atlantic City. Atlantique City fair, promoted as the largest indoor antique and collectibles show, includes more than 1,600 booths of collectibles. Convention Center. 1-800-526-2724; www.atlantiquecity.com.

      4. Poconos balloons. Oct. 14-16. Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. Fall Foliage Balloon Festival includes mass ascensions, tethered rides, music, crafts, food, children's entertainment. Shawnee Inn. 1-800-742-9633; www.shawneeinn.com.

      5. Waterfront seafood. Oct. 15-16. Newport, R.I. Bowen's Wharf Waterfront Seafood Festival is a restaurant celebration with seafood, live entertainment, pony rides, juggling, wine tasting, pumpkin pie contest. Bowen's Wharf. 401-849-2120; www.bowenswharf.com

      6. N.J. Lighthouse Challenge. Oct. 15-16. Eleven New Jersey lighthouses open their doors, including Sandy Hook, Sea Girt, Barnegat, Absecon, Tinicum, Hereford Inlet, Cape May. (609) 884-5404; www.njlhs.burlco.org.


      7. Black Bear Film Festival. Oct. 14-16. Milford, Pa. Annual festival celebrates independent films and filmmakers, with feature films, many shorts, lectures, two tents with free film salon. Various venues. 570-409-0909; www.blackbearfilm.com.

      8.
      Tilghman Island Day. Oct. 15. Tilghman Island, Md. Chesapeake Bay community celebrates its heritage with oyster tonging, clamming, crabbing, skipjack cruises, crab-picking and oyster-shucking contests. 410-886-2677; www.tilghmanisland.com.

      9. Sheep & wool festival. Oct. 15-16. Rhinebeck, N.Y. New York State Sheep and Wool Festival features about 150 sheep and wool vendors, state bred ewe show and sale, fleece sale, llamas, alpacas, angora rabbits, colored sheep show, sheep dogs. Fairgrounds. 845-876-4001; www.sheepandwool.com.

      10. Cranberry Festival. Oct. 15-16. Chatsworth. The 21st annual festival salutes New Jersey's cranberry harvest and Pine Barrens culture with 160 arts and crafts vendors, 35 antiques dealers, antique and classic cars, the Bullzeye Band. Downtown. 609-726-9237; www.cranfest.org.

       

  • Weekend of Oct. 1-2, 2005

    • 1. Apple festival. Oct. 1-2, 8-9. Arendtsville, Pa. National Apple Harvest Festival features apple products, live music, arts, crafts, antique autos, orchard tours, more. 10 miles north of Gettysburg. S. Mountain Fairgrounds. 1-800-337-5015; www.appleharvest.com.

      2. Chowderfest Weekend. Oct. 1-2. Beach Haven, N.J. Annual festival on Long Beach Island includes a merchants mart on Oct. 1 and a chowder cook-off on Oct. 2, plus entertainment. 9th Street & Taylor Avenue. 1-800-292-6372; www.discoversouthernocean.org.

      3. Topsfield Fair. Sept. 30-Oct. 10. Topsfield, Mass. Fair promoted as the longest-running fair in the country offers agricultural exhibits and contests, fall flower show, arena entertainment, wildlife exhibition. Fairgrounds. 978-887-5000; www.topsfieldfair.org.

      4. Chesapeake Celtic Festival. Oct. 1-2. Snow Hill, Md. Festival has continuous performances, art, music, bagpipes, pageantry, Celtic dancing, ethnic foods. Furnace Town. 410-632-2032; www.celticfest.net.

      5. Sheep & wool. Oct. 1-2. Essex Junction, Vt. Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival offers more than 70 exhibitors, contests for mohair fleece, llama fiber, handspun yarn. Featured breed: the Angora goat. Champlain Valley Expo. 802-453-6467; www.vermontsheep.org. 

      6. Barbershop singers. Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Wildwood, N.J. Barbershoppers Mid-Atlantic District Convention spotlights old-fashioned barbershop quartet harmony competition, quartet and chorus performances. Convention Center. 1-888-729-0033; http://mad.spebsqsa.org.

      7. Fryeburg Fair. Oct. 2-9. Fryeburg, Maine. Renowned Fair includes more than 4,000 animals, carnival, agricultural exhibits, traditional events such as the skillet throw. Fairgrounds. 207-935-3268; www.FryeburgFair.com

      8. Nantucket Arts Festival. Oct. 1-9. Nantucket, Mass. The island plays host to its annual show of performing, visual and literary arts, with plays, readings, concerts, dance and crafts. Various venues. 508-325-8588; www.nantucketchamber.org.

      9. Crafts on Columbus. Oct. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. New York. Annual outdoor show features about 150 fine craft artisans each weekend along Columbus Avenue from 77th to 81st Streets. 212-866-2239.

      10. Crafts at Rhinebeck. Oct. 1-2. Rhinebeck, N.Y. Juried show features about 350 artists offering jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, wood and leather goods. Also, children's activities, music. Fairgrounds. 845-876-4001; www.dutchessfair.com.

  • Weekend of Sept. 17-18, 2005

    • 1. Classic cars in Wildwood. Sept. 22-25. Wildwood, N.J. Boardwalk Classic Car Show offers more than 1,500 vehicles on display and competing, including custom, classic, muscle cars, street rods, antiques, Corvettes. Boardwalk. 609-523-8051; www.njhra.com.

      2. Bloomsburg Fair. Sept. 24-Oct. 1. Bloomsburg, Pa. The 151st fair includes agricultural exhibits, arts and crafts, dog show, demolition derby, big-name acts, harness racing, horses, cattle, free stage. Fairgrounds. 570-784-4949; www.bloomsburgfair.com.

      3. Decoy & gunning show. Sept. 24-25. Tuckerton, Md. Hundreds of vendors and exhibitors salute baymen’s heritage and lifestyle with wildlife art, decoys, crafts, contests, food. Tip Seaman Park, other venues. 609-971-3085; www.co.ocean.nj.us/parks.

      4. Highland games. Sept. 23-25. Bethlehem, Pa. Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival features the music, arts, dance, and athletic competitions of the seven Celtic nations. Caber tossing, haggis eating, bagpipe contests. 610-868-9599; www.celticfest.org.

      5. Swamp Yankee Days. Sept. 24-25. Westerly, R.I. Festival includes antique tractors, chain saws, cars, hay rides, food, crafts, rides, displays, live music. Crandall Field. 401-539-0120; www.visitwesterly.com.

      6. Harley open house. York, Pa. Sept. 22-24. Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. offers tours at its assembly plant on Route 30 each day 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and events at the Expo Center on Sept. 23-25, including demo rides. 717-243-7855; www.yorkopenhouse.com.

      8. Taste of Rhode Island. Sept. 24-25. Newport, R.I. Over 40 restaurants and caterers sell appetizer-size portions, plus culinary demonstrations, wine garden, oyster festival, entertainment stages. Yachting Center. 401-846-1600, ext. 200; www.newportfestivals.com/Taste_of_RI.

      9. Elk expo. Sept. 23-24. Kersey, Pa. Northwest Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo offers entertainment, seminars, contests, wildlife calling, outdoors equipment market, arts and crafts, elk-watching shuttles. Elk County Fairgrounds. 814-834-3723; www.pagreatoutdoors.com.

      10. Rock Hall FallFest. Sept. 23-24. Rock Hall, Md. Festival includes blues, bluegrass, and folk music; pony and wagon rides; crafts; working Eastern Shore watermen; food and drink. Main Street. 410-778-0416; www.kentcounty.com.

  • Weekend of Sept. 17-18, 2005

    • 1. Pa. RV & camping show. Sept. 14-18. Hershey, Pa. Promoted as the largest RV show in the country, it has more than 1,200 RVs and 200 vendors, plus seminars. New location this year, Hersheypark Entertainment Complex. 1-888-303-2887; www.prvca.org.

      2. Wings 'n Water Festival. Sept. 17-18. Stone Harbor. The 23rd annual wildlife arts festival includes wildlife and maritime art, bird and fish carvings, watercolors and photography, bird walks, boat cruises, kayaking, children's nature games, more. Wetlands Institute. 609-368-1211; www.wetlandsinstitute.org.

      3. International Children's Festival. Sept. 17-18.
      Vienna, Va. This big outdoor arts celebration for families features several stages of performances, craft and other workshops, and student performers from around the world. Wolf Trap Farm Park. 703-642-0862, ext. 5; www.artsfairfax.org.

      4. The Big E. Sept. 16-Oct. 2.
      West Springfield, Mass. The Eastern States Exposition showcases all six New England states, including big-name entertainers, products from each state, the Farm-a-Rama, international plaza, horse show, livestock shows and farm displays. 413-737-2443; www.thebige.com.

      5.
      Antietam
      observances. Sept. 16-17. Hagerstown, Md. Hikes, ceremony, torchlight tour mark the 144th  anniversary of the Civil War battle. Reservations needed for some events. Antietam National Battlefield. 301-432-5124; Antietam National Battlefield.

      6. Comics convention. Sept. 17-18.
      Baltimore. Spiderman, X-men, Batman, Superman and other comic book heroes figure into the sixth annual Comic-Con, featuring  comic book and toy dealers, comic book writers and artists, small press area, guest panels, autograph sessions. Convention Center. 410-526-7410; www.comicon.com/baltimore.

      7. Boats in Newport . Sept. 15-18. Newport, R.I. The 35th annual Newport International Boat Show, largest in the Northeast, features sailing and power boats from hundreds of companies, plus demonstrations, workshops, music, more. Yachting Center, adjacent marinas. 401-846-1115; www.newportboatshow.com.

      8. Small farm expo. Sept. 17-18. New Paltz, N.Y. Northeast Small Farm and Rural Living Expo is aimed at those interested in farming and country living, with more than 50 workshops, farmers market, demonstration gardens, farm animals.
      Ulster County Fair Grounds. 845-677-8223; www.smallfarmexpo.org.

      9. Cranberry celebration. Sept. 17-18.
      South Harwich, Mass. Annual festival includes block party; music, fireworks and parade; children's events; hundreds of juried arts and crafts exhibitors. Various locations. 508-430-2811; www.harwichcranberryfestival.com

      10. Four Town Fair. Sept. 15-18.
      Somers, Conn. Connecticut's oldest fair - 166 years - offers pulls, parade, livestock shows, raffle, chicken barbecue, bingo, midway, stage entertainment, lots of exhibits and displays. Fairgrounds. 860-749-6527; www.somersnow.com/fourtownfair.  

  • Weekend of Sept. 10-11, 2005

    • 1. Maryland Seafood Festival. Sept. 9-11. Annapolis , Md. The 39th annual festival features continuous music, seafood, crab soup cook-off, crafts, family activities, swimming, at edge of Chesapeake Bay. Sandy Point State Park. 410-266-3113; www.mdseafoodfestival.com.

      2. Nanticoke
      Indian Powwow. Sept. 10-11. Millsboro, Del. Nanticoke Indian Association powwow features tribal groups from around the country taking part in native dancing in traditional regalia, plus food, crafts, jewelry. Oak Orchard. 302-945-7022 or 302-934-6777; www.millsboro.org.

      3.
      Hudson Valley
      Wine Fest, Sept. 9-11. Red Hook, N.Y.  More than 30 wineries take part in festival set in the country’s oldest wine-growing region, with gourmet food vendors, corn maze, tastings. 845-658-7181, ext. 12; Hudson Valley Wine Fest.

      4. Alexandria
      Festival of the Arts. Sept. 10-11. Alexandria More the 150 juried U.S. artists offer paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, pottery, jewelry, ceramics, more. King Street. 1-800-388-9119; www.funside.com.

      5. Star-spangled weekend. Sept. 9-11.
      Baltimore. Events commemorate the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, bombardment of Ft. McHenry, and Defender's Day, with drills, demonstrations, reenactments, cannon firings, tours, fireworks. Fort, Inner Harbor . 1-877-225-8466, 410-962-4290; www.baltimore.org.

      6.
      Belvidere Victorian Days. Sept. 10-11. Belvidere Celebration includes porch and garden parties, Victorian house tours, classic car show, antiques and crafts, entertainment, vintage fashions, picnic basket auction. Second Street. 908-475-4124; www.victorianbelvidere.com.

      7. Clothesline Festival. Sept. 10-11.
      Rochester Annual arts and crafts festival, largest in central New York, features more than 600 artists and craftspeople from 27 counties in western and central New York. Memorial Art Gallery Grounds. 585-473-7720; http://mag.rochester.edu/visit/clothesline.

      8. Flax Scutching Festival. Sept. 10-11.
      Stahlstown
      Festival revolves around making linen from the flax plant, which is demonstrated, plus homemade food and pastries, entertainment, crafts, wagon train, encampments. Monticue’s Grove, route 711. 724-238-9244; www.laurelhighlands.org

      9. Boston
      Film Festival. Sept. 9-13. Boston . Many American independent and contemporary world cinema works get their U.S. or world premiers during this festival, with about 40 feature-length films and 25 short subjects. Loews Boston Common, Copley Place. 617-331-9460; www.bostonfilmfestival.org.

      10. Ligonier Highland Games. Sept. 9-11.
      Ligonier Pa. Scottish fair offers its premier events Sept. 10, including massed bagpipe bands, international entertainers, children's activities, athletics, more. Park

     

  • Weekend of Sept. 3-4, 2005

    • 1. Johnstown FolkFest. Sept. 2-4. Johnstown, Pa. Festival features more than 70 hours of free music and dozens of performances on four stages, plus dozens of ethnic and festival food vendors. At the new Festival Park . 814-539-1889; www.jaha.org.

      2. Long's Park Arts and Crafts Festival. Sept. 2-5. Lancaster, Pa.  Highly regarded festival features 200 fine artists and craftspeople chosen from around the country, plus music, food court, kids corner. Long's Park. 717-295-7054; www.longspark.org.

      3. Crab, crabs, crabs. Sept. 2-4. Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby and Fair features crab cooking and picking contests, crafts, rides, games, boat docking. Somers Cove Marina. 1-800-782-3913; www.crisfieldchamber.com/crabderby.htm.

      4. Waterfront Irish Festival. Sept. 3-5. Newport, R.I. Festival celebrates traditional and contemporary Irish music with five stages of top musicians, step dancers, and bagpipers. Yachting Center . 401-846-1600; www.newportfestivals.com.

      5. Stamp fiesta. Sept. 2-4. Hunt Valley Md. Balpex, the Baltimore Philatelic Society’s annual stamp show, attracts exhibitors, dealers, collectors and the curious for viewing and buying. 410-472-1700; 410-761-6891; www.balpex.org.

      6. Bluegrass extravaganza. Sept. 2-4. Woodstown N.J. The 34th annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, one of the nation’s oldest bluegrass parties, spotlights bands from near and far. Fairgrounds. 302-475-3454; www.delawarevalleybluegrass.org.

      7. Gloucester Schooner Festival. Sept. 2-5. Gloucester Mass. The fishing town’s No. 1 marine event draws vessels from Halifax to Norfolk , with large schooner race and dozens of vessels racing in other classes. Fish fry, lighted boat parade, music, fireworks. 978-283-1601; www.capeannvacations.com/schooner.

      8. O.C. arts & crafts. Sept. 2-4. Ocean City, Md. Annual Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival includes about 200 local and East Coast artists and craftspeople. Convention Center. 410-352-5851; www.ococean.com.

      9. Rhythm & Roots Festival. Sept. 2-4. Charlestown, R.I. Eighth annual festival includes dozens of musical performers, dancers, and demonstrations, including Keb’ Mo’, Little Feat, Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth, Slaid Cleaves, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans. Daytime lessons in Cajun, zydeco and swing dancing, with fais do do dances evenings on Sept. 3 and 4. R&R film fest, fiddle academy for children. Ninigret Park

      10. Windjammer Weekend. Sept. 2-4. Camden Maine . Largest single gathering of Maine’s windjammer fleet includes music, performances, boat parade, fireworks, films. Various locations. 207-236-4404; www.windjammerweekend.com.

  • Weekend of Aug. 27-28, 2005

  • Weekend of Aug. 20-21, 2005

    • 1. International Celtic Festival. Aug. 20-21 .  Hunter, N.Y. Festival features acts on three stages – Andy Cooney, The McCabes, Searson, Seamus Kennedy, others – and bagpipe competition, sheep herding, a caber toss, Irish Step Dancers. Mass March on Aug. 21 features hundreds of bagpipers and drummers. Hunter Mountain . 1-800-486-8376; www.huntermtn.com.

      2. Travers Festival Week. Aug. 20-28. Saratoga Springs , N.Y. Special events celebrate running of the Travers Stakes on Aug. 27, including chili cook-off, arts and crafts festival, dance shows, Victorian and tailgate picnics, dog show, pony parade, street festival, more. 518-584-3255; www.saratoga.org.

      3. Gloucester Waterfront Festival. Aug. 20-21. Gloucester , Mass.    Annual festival includes more than 170 juried arts and crafts exhibitors, whale watches, ethnic food, pancake breakfast, lobster bake, more. Gloucester Harbor . 978-283-1601; www.capeannvacations.com.

      4.  Zucchini in Vermont . Aug. 20-21. Ludlow, Vt. Ninth annual State Zucchini Festival celebrates the vegetable with cooking, carving and coloring, plus biggest zucchini contest, craft shows, rides. Bandstand Green. 802-228-5830; www.okemovalleyvt.org.

      5. Classic Boat Festival. Aug. 20-21. Tuckerton , N.J. Annual festival displays dozens of Chris Crafts, Elcos and other venerable models at Tuckerton Seaport, plus contests, food and craft vendors, exhibitions. 609-296-8868; www.tuckertonseaport.org.

      6. Gem Miners Jubilee. Aug. 19-21. Lebanon, Pa. Gem show features beads, gems, jewelry, minerals and fossils, with more than 70 U.S. retail and wholesale exhibitors, demonstrations, classes. Expo Center .  301-565-0487; www.gem-show.com.

      7. Clearwater Festival. Aug. 20-21. Asbury Park , N.J. Annual event is billed as the largest eco-fest in the state, with two stages of entertainment, environmental exhibits, children's area, food. Sunset Park . 732-872-9644; www.clearwatermc.org.

      8. Railroad Circus Days. Aug. 17-20. Strasburg, Pa. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania hosts scale model replicas of circus trains and equipment by the Circus Model Builders International. 717-687-8628; www.rrmuseumpa.org.

      9. Rockingham County Fair. Aug. 15-20. Harrisonburg , Va. Traditional fair includes livestock, thrill show, grandstand entertainment, pulls, contests, midway. Fairgrounds. 540-434-0005; www.rockinghamcountyfair.com.

      10. Bridgewater Country Fair. Aug. 19-21. Bridgewater , Conn.   Annual fair opens with firemen’s parade down Main Street on Aug. 19, lumberjack show, border collie herding demonstrations, pedal tractor pull for kids 10 and under, Star Family Circus. Fairgrounds. 860-354-4730; www.bridgewaterfair.com  

       

  • Weekend of Aug. 13-14, 2005 

    • 1. Bard Music Festival. Aug. 12-14, 19-21. Annandale-on-Hudson , N.Y.   Festival of orchestral and chamber concerts salutes Aaron Copland and his legacy, with talks, panel discussions, symposiums.. Bard College . 845-758-7410; www.bard.edu.  

      2. Big Thursday Festival. Aug. 11-13. Millsboro , Del. Festival includes antique and classic car show, farm equipment show, horseshoes, antique tractor pull, crafts, live shows, children’s entertainment. Downtown. 302-934-6777; http://www.millsboro.org/SpecialEvents.html.  

      3. Havre de Grace Seafood Festival. Aug. 13-14. Havre de Grace , Md. Dining from more than a dozen local and out-of-state vendors, plus more than 65 art exhibitors. Nearby, classic cars. Tydings Memorial Park on Cheasapeake Bay . 410-939-1525; www.havredegracemd.com.  

      4. Eagles Mere Arts and Crafts Festival. Aug. 13-14. Eagles Mere, Pa. The 35th annual festival includes more than 100 juried artists, plus live entertainment, food. Village Green.  570-525-3503; www.eaglesmerevillage.com.

      5. Mystic Outdoor Art Festival. Aug. 13-14. Mystic, Conn. The 48th annual sidewalk art show presents 300 juried artists. Also, food and entertainment. Downtown. 860-572-9578; www.mysticchamber.org.

      6. N.J. wines & food. Aug. 13-14. West Windsor , N.J. Festival offers hundreds of wines from at least a dozen New Jersey wineries, plus food prepared with N.J.-grown ingredients. Market, seminars, demonstrations. Mercer County Community College . 609-588-0085;  www.newjerseywines.com.

      7. Colonial Street Festival. Aug. 14. New Paltz , N.Y. Once known as Stone House Day, this festival salutes the Huguenots who settled here and built the Huguenot Street houses from 1692 through 1890. 845-255-1660; Colonial Street Festival.

      8. Antique & Classic Car Meet. Aug. 12-14. Stowe , Vt. The 48th annual Stowe Antique & Classic Car Meet includes more than 800 cars, a car corral, flea market, parade of antique vehicles, fashion judging contest. Nichol's Field. 802-253-7321;  www.gostowe.com.

      9. Lifesaving championships. Aug. 11-13. Virginia Beach , Va.   U.S. Lifesaving Association Championships brings more than 1,000 lifeguards from around the country to compete in face-offs such as the rescue board race, surf swim, run-swim-run, surfboat, and beach relays. Beach. 757-428-1546; www.usla.org.

      10. Fall River Celebrates America . Aug. 11-14. Fall River, Mass. Waterfront festival includes a parade of ships, street parades, international food fair, desserts fair, children's center; fireworks, concerts; arts and  antique collectibles. Battleship Cove, Heritage State Park . 508-676-8226; www.fallrivercelebrates.com.

       

  • Weekend of Aug. 6-7, 2005 

    • 1. Musikfest. Aug. 5-14. Bethlehem, Pa. Show promoted as the country’s largest music festival features more than 300 performers on 12 free and seven ticketed outdoor and indoor stages, including Donna Summer, Clay Aiken, Beach Boys, George Thorogood, Red Elvises, plus crafts, food. 610-332-3378; www.musikfest.org.

      2. Stone Harbor Art & Crafts Show. Aug. 6-7. Stone Harbor , N.J. Longtime show features 325 artists and crafters from 16 states, food court. 80th Street Recreation Field. 609-368-5102; www.stone-harbor.nj.us.

      3. Das Awkscht Fescht. Aug. 5-7. Macungie, Pa. Extensive exhibit of antique, classic, and sports cars also features arts, crafts, flea market, music, food and children’s shows on 42 acres. Memorial Park. 610-967-2317, 610-967-2317; www.awkscht.com.

      4. N.J. State Fair. Aug. 5-14. Augusta . New Jersey ’s largest agricultural fair features horse shoes, landscape competition, carnival, live performances, auto thrill show, timbersports, demolition derby. Also, Sussex County Farm & Horse Show. Sussex County Fairgrounds. 973-948-5500; www.njstatefair.com.

      5. Newport Folk Festival. Aug. 5-7. Newport , R.I. Annual gathering includes Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, Odetta, Kasey Chambers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jane Siberry, dozens of craft and food vendors. Fort Adams State Park . 401-847-3700 ; www.newportfolk.com.

      6. SoNo Arts Celebration. Aug. 6-7. South Norwalk , Conn. The 28th annual festival includes artists’ exhibits and live performances on three stages, plus food and giant puppets. Downtown. Sculpture race. www.sonoarts.org.

      7. Seafood Festival. Aug. 5-7. Charlestown, R.I. Celebration features chowder, clam cakes, lobsters, clams, and crabs as well as arts and crafts, strolling musicians, car shows, kite exhibit. Ninigret Park . 401-364-4031; www.charlestownrichamber.com.

      8. Maine Lobster Festival, Aug. 3-7. Rockland , Maine . Lobster, clams, shrimp, mussels and other summer fare dominate the menu, plus cooking and photo contests. Parade Aug. 6. Harbor. 207-596-0376;  www.mainelobsterfestival.com.

      9. Champlain Valley Folk Festival. Aug. 5-7. Ferrisburgh , Vt. Annual festival focuses on traditional music and dance, with folk music, participatory dancing, workshops, storytelling, jam sessions, family activities, crafts.  Kingsland Bay State Park . 1-877-850-0206; www.cvfest.org.

      10. World Boardgame Championships. Aug. 2-7. Bel Air, Md. Championships include 100 tournaments of international board game competition, the likes of Diplomacy, Axis & Allies, Settlers, Risk, Acquire, Battle Cry. Hunt Valley Marriott Inn.  410-893-0380; www.boardgamers.org.Aug. 2-7. Bel Air, Md. Championships include 100 tournaments of international board game competition, the likes of Diplomacy, Axis & Allies, Settlers, Risk, Acquire, Battle Cry. Hunt Valley Marriott Inn.  410-893-0380; www.boardgamers.org.Aug. 2-7. Bel Air, Md. Championships include 100 tournaments of international board game competition, the likes of Diplomacy, Axis & Allies, Settlers, Risk, Acquire, Battle Cry. Hunt Valley Marriott Inn.  410-893-0380; www.boardgamers.org.

       

  • Weekend of July 30-31, 2005 

    • 1. Chincoteague Pony Swim. July 27-28. Chincoteague, Va. The 79th annual Pony Swim (July 27) & Auction (July 28) revolves around a roundup of wild ponies and the 15-minute swim from barrier island to mainland. All month, weekend carnival, related events. 757-336-6161; www.chincoteaguechamber.com.  

      2. Pa. State Craft Fair. July 29-31. Lancaster. Pa. Guild of Craftsmen presents over 250 hand-made craft exhibitors, gallery exhibit, kids’ activities. Franklin & Marshall College. 1-800-684-7440; www.pennsylvaniacrafts.com.

      3. Melville Marathon. July 31-Aug. 1. Mystic, Conn. The seaport observes Herman Melville’s birthday with a 24-hour reading of Moby Dick aboard the Charles W. Morgan, said to be the last wooden whaling ship in the world. Mystic Seaport. 1-888-973-2767; www.mysticseaport.com.

      4. Crab Days. July 30-31. St. Michaels, Md. Eastern Shore tradition includes steamed crabs and crabcakes, live music, boat rides, kids’ activities, trotlining and chicken necking. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. 410-745-2916;  www.cbmm.org  

      5. Poconos Blues Festival. July 29-31. Blakeslee, Pa. This year’s lineup includes 21 acts with continuous performances on three stages, including Ruth Brown, Percy Sledge, Latimore, Lil’ Ed, Travis Haddix, Lonnie Brooks. Big Boulder Ski Area. 1-800-468-2442; www.big2resorts.com.

      6. Quilts in R.I. July 29-31. Narragansett, R.I. Quilt Show features more than 100 quilts from all over New England. South County Museum.  401-783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

      7. Lowell Folk Festival. July 29-31. Lowell, Mass. Annual celebration offers six stages of traditional music, dance, crafts, and storytelling; street parades, ethnic foods, dance parties. Citywide and along the historic canals.  978-970-5000; www.lowellfolkfestival.org.

      8. Midsummer Festival. July 29-30. Old Lyme, Conn. The town is transformed into a country French outdoor market offering flowers, vegetables, fruits, breads, educational projects. Lyme Street, Griswold Museum. 860-434-5542; www.flogris.org.

      9. N.J. Festival of Ballooning. July 29-31. Readington, N.J. One of the Northeast’s largest balloon events has more than 100 hot air balloons, major concert acts, arts and crafts. Solberg Airport. 1-800-468-2479; www.balloonfestival.com.

      10. Barnstable County Fair. July 22-30. Falmouth, Mass.   Annual country fair includes agricultural exhibits, carnival rides and games,  stage shows, crafts,  food, and flower exhibits. Fairgrounds. 508-563-3200; www.barnstablecountyfair.org.

  • Weekend of July 23-24, 2005

    • 1. Blueberry festival. July 23-24. Bethlehem, Pa. Burnside Plantation Blueberry Festival features blueberry dishes, Colonial demonstrations, crafts, tours, farm animals, entertainment, dance ensemble. Burnside Plantation. 610-868-5044.; www.historicbethlehem.org.

      2. Artscape. July 22-24. Baltimore. Festival offers music on four stages, plus visual arts, opera, chamber music, international dance, literary arts, readings, street theater. Boyz II Men, Shaggy, Drive By Truckers, Swingin' Swamis. Mt. Royal Avenue District. 1-877-225-8466; www.artscape.org.

      3. Virginia Scottish Games. July 23-24. Alexandria, Va. The 32nd annual games salute the city's Scottish heritage with one of the nation's largest exhibitions of Scottish culture, including the Retreat Parade with bagpipe bands, Highland dancing with hundreds of competitors, a British antique auto show, dog events, clan tents, concession stands and the kirkin o' the tartans church service. Episcopal High School. 703-912-1943; www.vascottishgames.org.

      4. Night in Venice. July 23. Ocean City, N.J. Big decorated boat and bayfront home festival features more than 300 homes, over 100 boats gliding from the food of Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue on the bay. Great Egg Harbor Bay, city lagoons. On July 22, Merchant in Venice Seafood Festival. 1-800-232-2465; www.oceancityvacation.com.

      5. Classic boats. July 23-24. Mystic, Conn. Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous: Mystic Seaport features restored wooden power and sailboats built before the 1950s, with July 24 Mystic River boat parade. Museum of America and the Sea. 1-888-973-2767; www.visitmysticseaport.com.

      6. Newport Music Festival. July 8-24. Newport, R.I. Citywide celebration of classical music features 64 concerts-three, four or five per day-in Newport's mansions, with U.S. and international artists participating. 401-846-1133; www.newportmusic.org.

      7. Orange County Fair. July 21-24. Montpelier Station, Va. Billed as the nation's only county fair held at a presidential home, this celebration of rural life is at James Madison's Montpelier. 540-672-2728; www.montpelier.org.

      8. Delaware State Fair. July 21-30. Harrington, Del. The fair offers a big carnival, agricultural exhibits, demolition derby and other motor events, grandstand performers. 302-398-3269; www.delawarestatefair.com.

      9. Colonial encampment. July 22-24. Coventry, Conn. Annual Colonial Encampment & Muster includes Colonial life demonstrations, battle skirmish, fife and drum muster, colonial crafts. Homestead tours. Nathan Hale Homestead. 860-742-6917; http://ursamajor.hartnet.org/als/nathanhale.

      10. Wine & Food Classic. July 21-23. Lenox, Mass. Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic includes the Wine Auction Dinner, wine seminars and tastings in private homes; meet the winemaker and chef receptions; winery dinners are local restaurants; the Grand Tasting featuring wines of more than 100 vintners, celebrity chefs and demonstrations. Tanglewood Grounds. 1-888-266-1200; www.tanglewoodwineandfoodclassic.com.

  • Weekend of July 16-17, 2005

    • 1. Central Pa. Arts Festival. July 13-17. State College. More than 300 booths, 100 performances, and two juried gallery shows highlight the big festival, Downtown, Penn State campus. 814-237-3682; www.arts-festival.com.

      2. SolarFest. July 16-17. Tinmouth, Vt. The 10th annual festival focuses on energy education through the arts, with solar-powered music and performing arts festival and renewable energy fair; workshops, exhibits. Among dance and music performances is Dar Williams. Forget-Me-Not-Farm. 603-847-9049; www.solarfest.com.

      3. Pennsylvania arts. July 14-17. Boalsburg, Pa. People's Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts includes nearly 200 Pennsylvania exhibitors, plus musical performances and family entertainment. Pennsylvania Military Museum. 434-636-4387; www.peopleschoicefestival.com.

      4. Green River Festival. July 15-16. Greenfield, Mass. Festival includes hot-air balloon launches, kids' activities, crafts, dancing, and performances on two stages, including Steve Earle, Paul Cebar & The Milwaukeeans, Tracy Grammer, Allison Moorer, nighttime balloon illumination, fireworks. Greenfield Community College. 413-773-5463; www.greenriverfestival.com.

      5. National Zippo Day. July 15-16. Bradford, Pa. Fans and collectors of Zippo lighters and Case knives gather at the Zippo/Case Visitors Center to buy and trade. Tours, fireworks. Also, Bradford Summerfest July 15-17. 814-368-2880; www.zippo.com.

      6. Bluegrass festival. July 14-17. Ancramdale, N.Y. Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival presents bluegrass and acoustic music in the Berkshire foothills, including the Seldom Scene, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, and three dozen other acts. Also, workshops, dance instruction, kids' talent show. Rothvoss Farm. 1-888-946-8495; www.greyfoxbluegrass.com.

      7. Just for Laughs. July 6-31. Montreal. Montreal International Comedy Festival offers Jamie Kennedy, "Daily Show . . . Secrets Revealed!" with Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert, Lee Mack and Harland Williams, Dame Edna, and more than 1,600 comedians from around the world presenting over 2,000 performances. 1-888-244-3155; www.hahaha.com.

      8. Black Ships Festival. July 17-20. Newport, R.I. Newport celebrates the Treaty of Kanagawa, signed by native son Matthew Perry, which set trade relations with Japan in 1854. Sumo wrestling, taiko drumming, kite-flying contest, sushi workshops. Citywide. 401-846-2720; www.newportevents.com.

      9. Pittsburgh Blues Festival. July 15-17. Lawrenceville. The 11th annual festival includes two stages with national and regional performers, including Edgar Winter, Duwayne Burnside & the Mississippi Mafia, Indigenous, Elvin Bishop, Shemekia Copeland, Dickey Betts & Great Southern. New location: Hartwood Acres. 412-460-2583; www.pghblues.com.

      10. Terre Hill Days. July 15-17. Terre Hill, Pa. Music, bingo, pie-eating contest, arts and crafts show, chainsaw carving, 5-mile run and walk, magic illusions, mountain man encampment, wagon rides, cruise night July 15. Terre Hill is 20 miles northeast of Lancaster. Terre Hill Park. 717-445-6678; www.terrehillboro.com.

  • Weekend of July 9-10, 2005 

    • 1. Sailfest. New London, Conn. July 8-10. Festival features three tall ships, major fireworks show July 9, rides, food booths, car show, art vendors, three stages of free entertainment, Fiesta Latina on July 8-9. Downtown.  860-443-3786; www.sailfest.org.

      2. Blues & barbecue. July 8-10. North Wildwood. State Barbecue Championship includes at least 30 barbecue teams from around the country, plus blues performances daily. Anglesea Fire Co. 856-881-8062; www.njbbq.com.

      3. Basin Bluegrass Festival. July 8-10. Brandon, Vt. Gathering features more than a dozen groups, including Lonesome Whistle, Blistered Fingers, Smokey Greene, The Martin Family, Cabin Fever, Tim Graves & Cherokee, and Andy Pawlenko & the Smokey Hollow Boys. 802-247-3275; www.brandon.org/bluegrass.htm.

      4. Wooden Boat Festival. July 9-10. Toms River. The 28th annual festival includes judging of antique and classic boats, nautical vendors, model boats, boat building demonstrations, tours of Seaport Museum and the tall ship A.J. Meerwald. Huddy Park. 732-349-9209; www.tomsriverseaport.com.

      5. Musclecar Madness. July 8-9. York. U.S. 30 Musclecar Madness is a salute to York US 30, a top drag racing site in its era, with more than 400 muscle cars from the '60s and '70s, plus drag racing memorabilia. York Expo Center. 717-755-5849; www.yorkus30.com.

      6. North Atlantic Blues Festival. July 9-10. Rockland, Maine. More than 12 blues artists, including Little Milton and The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, plus nighttime "club crawl" featuring blues bands. Harbor Park. 207-593-1189; www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com.

      7. Arts & Crafts. July 8-10. Wolfeboro, N.H. "On the Green" juried show includes about 200 exhibitors of arts and crafts with live music. Brewster Academy. 603-528-4014; www.joycescraftshows.com.

      8. Balloon festival. July 8-10. Stowe, Vt. The 19th annual Hot Air Balloon Festival includes about 25 balloons, launched to float over the scenic village, plus tethered balloons, music, food, children’s activities. Stoweflake festival field. 1-800-253-2232; www.stoweflake.com.

      9. Revolutionary War Days. July 9-10. Altoona, Pa. Reenactments, demonstrations and exhibits depict 1778 Pennsylvania frontier life. Also, food, crafts, dance. Fort Roberdeau. 814-946-0048; www.fortroberdeau.org; Westsylvania.

      10. Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival. July 9. Sutton, Mass. Third annual festival features two stages of continuous entertainment, including step dancers, Highland dancers, Glengarry Bhoys, Cherish the Ladies, falcons, sheep herding, Celtic tea tent, beer tent, more. Sutton is about 32 miles northwest of Providence, R.I. King Farm. 1-800-841-0919; http://celticfestival.blackstonevalley.org/  

  • Weekend of July 2-3, 2005 July 4th weekend

    • 1. Smithsonian Folklife Festival. June 23-2, June 30-July 4. Washington , D.C. The 39th annual festival’s themes include Food Culture USA ; Oman , Desert, Oasis and Sea; Forest Service, Culture and Community; and Nuestra Musica, Music in Latino Culture. National Mall between 7th and 14th Streets. 202-633-1000 www.folklife.si.edu/festival/2005/index.html.

      2. Civil War days. June 25-July 3. Gettysburg , Pa. Civil War Heritage Days features living history encampments, battle reenactments, period music concerts, book fair, collectors’ exhibits, other events. 1-800-337-5015; www.gettysburgreenactment.com.

      3. Boston Harborfest. June 29-July 4. Boston . The city’s Independence Day extravaganza offers more than 200 events, including parties, concerts, feasts, fireworks, chowderfest, clams. 1-888-733-2678 or 617-227-1528;  www.bostonharborfest.com.

      4. Montreal jazz. June 30-July 10. Montreal . The 26th annual Montreal International Jazz Festival offers more than 100 acts indoors and outdoors. Various locations. 1-800-361-4595; www.montrealjazzfest.com.

      5. Railroad Heritage Days. July 1-10. Strasburg, Pa.This event salutes Pennsylvania ’s railroads, with model train layouts, railfroad art, music, interpretive tours. Railroad Museum . 717-687-8628; www.rrmuseumpa.org.

      6. ‘50s & ‘60s Festival. July 2-3. Owl’s Head, Maine . Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show features hundreds of cars from that era and vintage airplanes. Owls Head is near Camden . Transportation Museum . 207-594-4418; www.owlshead.org.

      7. Airport antiques. July 2-3. Stormville, N.Y. Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market. More than 600 exhibitors offer antiques, collectibles, crafts, new merchandise. Airport, Route 216. 845-221-6561.

      8. Carlisle Summerfair. June 30-July 4. Carlisle , Pa. More than 30 events make up this festival, including bike ride, float contest, h-o-r-s-e hoops tournament, parade, aeromodelers show, crafts show, fishing derby, ice cream social. Various locations. 717-249-5373; www.carlislesummerfair.com.

      9. Lumber heritage. July 2-3. Galeton , Pa. The 31st annual Bark Peelers’ Convention salutes the state’s lumber heritage with crafts, music and traditional lumbermen’s contests. Pennsylvania Lumber Museum . 814-435-2652; www.lumbermuseum.org

      10. Asbury Park volleyball. July 2-3. Asbury Park , N.J. Greetings From Asbury Park Beach Volleyball Tournament. Asbury Park Beach . 732-502-8361; www.asburyparkconventionhall.com.  

  • Weekend of June 11-12, 2005

    • 1. Americade. June 6-11. Lake George, N.Y. Americade Touring Rally draws tens of thousands of motorcyclists to the resort area, with vendors, seminars, rodeo, stunt show. 518-798-7888; www.tourexpo.com/04.

      2. Taste of Hartford . June 10-12. Hartford, Conn. Annual outdoor festival features area restaurants offering specialties under tents, plus continuous stage entertainment. Constitution Plaza . 860-920-5337; www.tasteofhartford.com.

      3. N.J. Fresh Seafood Festival. June 11-12. Atlantic City, N.J. Festival includes seafood and other fare, tall ships, marine educational exhibits, live fish exhibits. Gardner 's Basin. 609-347-4386; www.njfreshseafoodfest.com.

      4. Pa. State Laurel Festival. June 11-19. Wellsboro, Pa. Annual salute to the state flower includes bike race, pet parade, arts and crafts show June 17-18, parade and queen’s coronation June 18. Various locations. 570-724-1926; www.wellsboropa.com.

      5. Capital Pride. June 2-12. Washington, D.C. Promoted as the country’s fourth-largest gay pride event, it includes a parade on June 11 and street festival on June 12. DuPont Circle, Pennsylvania Avenue, other venues. 202-797-3510; www.capitalpride.org.

       6. Irish festival. June 10-12. Canton, Mass.   Irish Connections Festival includes more than 500 people on multiple stages celebrating Irish culture with music, dancing, literary readings, exhibits, sporting events. Irish Cultural Center. Canton is south of Boston . 1-888-464-7474; www.irishculture.org/festival.

      7. Beer & seafood. June 11. Richmond, Va. Annual River City Beer and Seafood Festival presents more than 40 kinds of imported, micro- and craft-brewed beer, plus seafood and live music. Brown’s Island . 804-788-6466; www.citycelebrations.org.

      8. Discover Jazz Festival. June 3-12. Burlington, Vt. Performances include Madeleine Peyroux Quartet, Bill Charlap Trio,   Buckwheat Zydeco, ReBirth Brass Band, Guy Davis, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, McCoy Tyner Trio, Stanley Clarke, Béla Fleck, Jean-Luc Ponty. Multiple venues. 802-863-7992; www.discoverjazz.com.

      9. Bunker Hill Week events. June 11-17. Charlestown, Mass. Observance includes 18th -c entury military exhibitions, talks about the famous battle; musket firing; drills to field music; maneuvers; open house, parade on June 12; battle commemoration on June 17.  Charlestown Navy Yard, Bunker Hill Monument . 617-242-5641; www.nps.gov/bost/pphtml/events.html.

      10. Heritage Days Festival. June 11-12. Cumberland, Md. The 37th annual festival includes 250 arts, crafts and ethnic foods booths; demonstrations; entertainment; encampment; historic tours, steam train excursions. Washington Street Historic District. 301-722-0037; www.heritagedaysfestival.com.  

  • Weekend of June 4-5, 2005

    • 1. Strolling of the Heifers. June 2-5. Brattleboro, Vt. Salute to farming includes a parade June 4 with over 75 heifers strutting up Main Street, Farm Show and tours, Dairy Fest, hayrides, gallery walk, more. 1-877-887-2378; www.strollingoftheheifers.org.

      2. Jaws Fest. June 3-5. Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Festival celebrates the 30th anniversary of the release of the movie Jaws, which was filmed in 1974 on the Vineyard, known as Amity Island. More than 25 members of the cast and crew are to attend, as well as Peter Benchley, who wrote the novel on which the movie was based. 1-800-505-4815; www.mvy.com/jaws.

      3. World War II Weekend. June 3-5. Reading, Pa. Annual event includes an operating recreation of a WWII airfield, with restored vehicles and aircraft, military displays, swing music. Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, Reading regional Airport; 610-372-7333; www.maam.org.

      4. Jazz & blues. June 3-5. Red Bank, N.J. Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival along the Navesink River features live music on two stages, food, crafts, river cruises, children's area. Marine Park. 732-933-9473; www.redbankfestival.com.

      5. Blues festival. June 3-5. Hagerstown, Md. Western Maryland Blues Fest features more than 16 performances, including Marcia Ball, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Mose Allison, and Sonny Landreth. Family blues picnic June 5. Central lot, city park. 301-791-3246; www.blues-fest.org.

      6. Three Rivers Arts Festival. June 3-19. Pittsburgh. Big annual festival spotlights visual and performing arts, with painting, sculpture, photography and video, artist market. Performances daily on two stages at Point State Park, including the likes of Chick Corea, Nanci Griffith, the Holmes Brothers, Rickie Lee Jones. 412-281-8723; www.artsfestival.net.

      7. PolkaFest. June 1-5. Johnstown, Pa. The eighth annual Friendly City PolkaFest features hourly performances by local and national bands, plus polka-friendly cuisine. Central Park, Masonic Temple Ballroom. 1-800-237-8590; www.visitjohnstownpa.com/polkafest.

      8. Brewstock Festival. June 3-4. Boston. Annual celebration of local Boston beer, including Harpoon and UFO styles, plus bands and barbecue under tents outside Harpoon Brewery. 1-888-427-7666, ext. 3; www.harpoonbrewery.com.

      9. Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival. June 4. Elmer, N.J. Festival offers two stages of continuous music, including John Gorka, Madeleine Peyroux, Rufus Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, Lucy Kaplansky, Bet Williams, Aimee Mann. Appel Farm Arts and Music Center. 1-800-394-1211; www.appelfarm.org.

      10. Chowder cookoff. June 4. Newport, R.I. Great Chowder Cook-Off features more than 30 restaurants competing for best clam, seafood, and creative chowders plus music, entertainment, culinary stage. 401-846-1600, ext. 229; www.newportfestivals.com.

  • Weekend of May 28-29, 2005 Memorial Day weekend

    • 1. Wildwood kites. May 27-30. Wildwood, N.J. Memorial Day weekend offers the International Kite Festival, the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships, and the Indoor Kite Competition on May 30. Beach, boardwalk. 609-729-9000, ext. 0, or 215-736-1850; 
      www.wildwoodsnj.com.

      2. Mayfair Festival of the Arts. May 26-30. Allentown, Pa. More than 250 performances are scheduled on five stages, plus street entertainers, more than 100 artist vendors. Cedar Beach Park. 610-437-6900; www.mayfairfestival.org.

      3. Lobsterfest. May 28-30. Mystic, Conn. Outdoor lobster bake on the banks of the Mystic River features lobster dishes plus sea chantey music, maritime activities. Mystic Seaport. 1-888-732-7678; www.mysticseaport.org.

      4. Street Performers Festival. May 28-30. Boston. Dozens of jugglers, magicians, musicians, and other buskers who won their places perform at Faneuil Hall, plus kids' parades, face painting. 617-523-1300, 617-338-2323; www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com.

      5. Pittsburgh Folk Festival. May 27-29. Pittsburgh. The 49th festival is a multicultural celebration of more than 20 nationalities featuring traditional ethnic entertainment, food and refreshments. Lawrence Convention Center. 412-278-1267; www.pghfolkfest.org.

      6. Memorial luminaria. May 28. Fredericksburg, Va. Luminaria are placed on each of the 15,300 graves at Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Evening event. Guided tours. 1-800-678-4748 or 540-373-6122; www.nps.gov/frsp/special.htm.

      7. Pungo Strawberry Festival. May 28-29. Virginia Beach, Va. Annual celebration in farm community of Pungo features strawberry dishes prepared dozens of ways, a parade, entertainment on multiple stages, 4-H displays, carnival, children's area, more than 100 arts and craft vendors. Pungo District. 757-721-6001 or 1-800-822-3224; www.vbfun.com.

      8. Sheep Shearing Weekend. May 29-30. Woodstock, Vt. Expanded annual event features the spring shearing of the farm's sheep, plus farm animal programs, craft demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Heirloom garden, working dairy farm. Billings Farm. 802-457-2355; www.billingsfarm.org/news/sheep_wkd.html 

      9. Balticon. May 27-30. Baltimore. Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention includes more than 300 science fiction authors, artists, musicians and scientists, with readings, art show, exhibits, concerts, dealers' room. Wyndham Inner Harbor. 410-563-2737; www.balticon.org.

      10. Rhinebeck Antiques Fair. May 28-29. Rhinebeck, N.Y. Nearly 200 exhibitors offer formal and country furniture, folk art, decorative arts, vintage jewelry, clothing. Indoors. Fairgrounds. 845-876-1989; www.rhinebeckantiquesfair.com.

  • Weekend of May 21-22, 2005 

    • 1. Shad Festival. May 21-22. Lambertville, N.J.   The Delaware River town overflows with shad dinners and other shad cuisine, arts and crafts, music, guided tours, shad seining demonstration. Downtown and riverfront. 609-397-0055; www.lambertville.org.

      2. Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend. May 21-22. Jim Thorpe, Pa. Festival celebrates the life and athletic legacy of the namesake for the towns formerly known as Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk. Music, performances, tours. Packer Park

      3. Virginia wine festival. May 21-22. Charlottesville, Va. Ash Lawn-Highland Virginia Wine Festival takes place at Ash Lawn, the estate of  James Monroe, with music, tours, tastings. 434-293-9539; www.ashlawnhighland.org.  

      4. Rural Life, early 1900s. May 21-22. Rhinebeck, N.Y. Antique Machinery & Rural Life Days features costumed volunteers demonstrating life in the early 1900s, plus gas and steam engines, antique tractors, appliances. Fairgrounds. 845-876-4001; www.cmvca.org.

      5. Nantucket Wine Festival. May 19-23. The island’s ninth annual festival offers food and wine seminars, wine tastings in grand houses (many are sold out), winery lunches and dinners, grand tastings. Various locations. 508-228-1128; www.nantucketwinefestival.com.

      6. Queen’s Great Boat Race. May 21-22. Lake George Lake George’s sightseeing boats face off, plus music, hot air balloons, boat show, fireworks, arts and crafts fair, more. Lake, nearby locations.   518-668-5755; www.lakegeorgeinfo.com.

      7. Newport Spring Boat Show. May 19-22. Newport Annual show presents more than 165 watercraft, including many one-of-a-kinds, mostly in and out of water. Yachting Center . 401-846-1115; www.newportspringboatshow.com.

      8. Rhubarb Festival. May 20-21. Intercourse, Pa. Annual festival includes music, festivities, pie contest, quilting bee, rhubarb race car derby, rhubarb-inspired foods, baked goods, beverages, jams. Kitchen Kettle Village . 1-800-732-3538;  www.kitchenkettle.com.

      9. Cruisin’ in NJ. May 20-21. Red Bank, N.J. Cruisin’ River Festival features 1,500 classic and specialty cars cruising downtown and in Marine Park , plus amusements, children’s activities, crafts, Navesink River cruises. Marine732-842-4244; http://visit.redbank.com/calendar.php.

      10. Fine Arts Fiesta. May 19-22. Wilkes-Barre . Visual and performing arts festival, with “Fiesta at 50” theme,  includes juried adult and student art shows, artists’ market, demonstrations. Public Square. 1-888-905-2872; www.fineartsfiesta.org.  

  • Weekend of May 14-15, 2005

    • 1. Preakness Celebration Week. May 14-21. Baltimore. Many events lead up to the 130th running of the Preakness Stakes on May 21, including a balloon festival May 6, parade May 14, Peewee Preakness on May 17, Constellation anniversary, concerts, crab derby. 410-837-3030; www.preaknesscelebration.org.

      2. Wagon train festival. May 13-14. Western Maryland. National Pike Wagon Train Festival features horse- and mule-drawn wagons going from Clear Spring to Hagerstown encampment; Hagerstown to Boonsboro. 301-791-3246; www.marylandmemories.org.

      3. Wine in the Woods. May 14-15. Columbia, Md. Maryland wine festival features the state's wines, gourmet foods, live entertainment, arts and crafts. Symphony Woods. 410-313-7275; www.wineinthewoods.com.

      4. Meet the artists. May 14-15. Milford, Conn. Meet the Artists and Artisans weekend is a juried art and handcraft show with 200 U.S. exhibitors who display, demonstrate and discuss their work. Milford Green. 203-874-5672; 
      http://www.meettheartistsandartisans.com.

      5. Mayfest. May 14-15. Smithville, N.J. More than 100 crafters take part in this annual craft show, which also offers family entertainment and an international food court. Village Greene. 609-652-7777; www.smithvillenj.com

      6. Battle of New Market. May 14-15. New Market, Va. The 141st anniversary of the battle draws 3,000 reenactors to a 300-acre battlefield in Northern Virginia. New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. 540-740-3101; www.vmi.edu/museum/nm.

      7. Vintage Machinery Show & Swap Meet. May 14-15. Farmingdale, N.J. Annual vintage machinery show and swap meet. Also, Pine Creek RR trains will operate. Allaire State Park. 732-938-5524; www.njmt.org.

      8. Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. May 12-15. Gettysburg. Annual festival includes a main stage and workshop areas, with acts including Dry Branch Fire Squad, Lonesome River Band, Del McCoury Band, The Seldom Scene, and others. Granite Hill Campground. 717-642-8749, 1-800-642-8368; www.gettysburgbluegrass.com.

      9. Shad Festival. May 14-15. Essex, Conn. Saluting shad fishing on the Connecticut River, including a RiverQuest boat excursion on the river May 14 and, on May 15, lectures and demonstrations of netting, fishing, boning, plus plank-cooked shad and a film on shad fishing. Connecticut River Museum. 860-767-8269; www.oldsaybrookct.com.

      10. Dogs galore. May 14-19. Lancaster, Pa. Tibetan Terriers National Specialty Show on May 18-19, preceded by the Chester Valley All Breed Dog Show on May 14; the Lancaster Kennel Club Red Rose Classic on May 16; top 20 competition on May 17. Lancaster Host Resort. www.ttca-online.org/2005National.htm

  • Weekend of May 7-8, 2005 

    • 1. Winterthur Point to Point. May 8. Winterthur, Del. Steeplechase horse races unfold on Winterthur's rolling terrain, accompanied by antique carriage parade, costumed dogs, genteel picnicking. Winterthur. 1-800-448-3883; www.winterthur.org

      2. Garden State Horse Show. May 4-8. Augusta, N.J. New Jersey's largest hunter/jumper show, with five rings, includes top-ranked horses and riders and the Garden State Grand Prix. Sussex County Fairgrounds. 973-948-5022, 508-698-6810; www.gardenstatehorseshow.org.

      3. Arts First. May 5-8. Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University's 12th annual celebration of the arts offers more than 200 music, dance, theater, film and visual arts events at more than 12 sites. 617-495-8676; www.fas.harvard.edu/~arts.

      4. Rockefeller Center Arts Exhibit. May 7-8. New York. About 120 exhibitors of fine arts and crafts set up in Rockefeller Plaza and indoors on the Concourse, including drawings, furniture, mixed media, photography, graphics, oil and acrylics, printmaking. 1-800-834-9437; www.americancraftmarketing.com.

      5. Boardwalk car show. May 5-8. Wildwood, N.J. The 13th annual East Coast Boardwalk Nationals Car Show showcases more than 1,500 classic and custom vehicles, many competing. 26th Avenue to Cresse Avenue. 609-523-8051; www.njhra.com.

      6. Make Way for Ducklings. May 8 Boston. Duckling Day Parade features hundreds of babies and children dressed as ducks to commemorate the route taken by the ducks in the book Make Way for Ducklings. Beacon Hill to Boston Public Garden. 617-536-5100, ext. 0; www.bostonusa.com, www.ducklingsday.org.

      7. Decoy & Sportsman Festival. May 6-8. Havre de Grace, Md. Exhibits by at least 160 wildfowl carvers and artists, decoy and fish carving contests, retriever demonstration, live auction. Decoy Museum, schools. 410-939-3739; www.decoymuseum.com.

      8. Herb and Garden Faire. May 6-7. Lancaster, Pa. Large sale of heirloom varieties of herbs, vegetables and ornamentals, with more than 90 vendors, outdoor art and crafts. Landis Valley Museum. 717-569-0401; www.landisvalleymuseum.org.

      9. Bethlehem Fine Arts Show. May 7-8. Bethlehem, Pa. Juried art show features more than 40 artists from several states, plus youth art contest and hands-on art for youth. Downtown. 610-867-3885; www.bfac-lv.org.

      10. Migratory birds
      . May 7-8. Chincoteague, Va. International Migratory Bird Celebration offers family activities, including workshops, birdhouse building, guided walks. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. 757-336-6122. www.chincoteaguechamber.com.

  • Weekend of April 30-May 1, 2005 

    • 1. N.Y. Antiquarian Book Fair. April 28-May 1. New York . Annual fair features 200 international exhibitors offering rare and collectible books, autographs, manuscripts, maps, documents, ephemera, more. Park Avenue Armory. 212-777-5218; www.sanfordsmith.com.

      2. Cape May Spring Festival. April 22-May 1. Cape May , N.J. The Victorian city offers tours, vintage dance events, craft shows, living history experiences. Various locations. 1-800-275-4278; www.capemaymac.org.

      3. Lewisburg Arts Festival. April 29-May 8. Lewisburg, Pa.   On April 30 more than 100 exhibitor tents line Market Street, offering paintings, textiles, pottery, photography and more, plus strolling entertainers, Medieval encampment, festival foods. 570-524-5221; www.lewisburgartscouncil.com.

      4. Delaware PopFest. Dewey Beach, Del. April 29-30. Pop music festival offers dozens of bands on seven stages. Rusty Rudder, Lighthouse, other venues. 302-227-3888; www.deweybeachfest.com/popfest.

      5. Md. International Kite Exposition. April 29-May 1. Ocean City, Md.   Competitions, celebrity kiters, mass ascensions, stunt kiting, attempts to break world records. On the beach, Division to Sixth Street. 410-289-7855; www.kiteloft.com.

      6. Sail Into Summer Weekend. April 30-May 1. Stone Harbor, N.J.. The 16th annual Boat Show and Seafood Festival unfolds at 96th Street . 609-368-6101; www.stoneharborbeach.com.

      7. Apple Blossom Festival. April 26-May 1. Winchester, Va. The 78th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival features more than 30 events, including a firefighters parade, circus, band contests, bluegrass, crafts show, oldies dance. 540-662-3863; www.sabf.org.

      8. Crafts on Columbus. April 30-May 1, May 7-8, 14-15. New York. Annual show features 150 artists and designers each weekend displaying along Columbus Avenue between 77th and 81st Streets. 212-866-2239.

      9. Kutztown Renaissance Faire. April 30-May 1. Kutztown, Pa. The 21st annual fair includes music, dancing, food, shopping, displays of combat and skill, handicrafts, Children's Faire. Kutztown University. 610-462-4856; www.geocities.com/kumrc2000.

      10. Five Boro Bike Tour. May 1. New York. Annual all-day ride draws tens of thousands of bicyclists to roll 42 miles through all five boroughs of the city. Departs from Battery Park. 212-932-2453; www.bikenewyork.org.  

  • Weekend of April 23-24, 2005 

    • 1. International Azalea Festival. April 18-24 Norfolk Va. The 52nd annual festival saluting NATO has a “Celebrating Norway” theme, offering flowers, parade of nations, galas, music festival, wine tasting, NATOfest, more. 757-282-2801; www.azaleafestival.org.

      2. Tribeca Film Festival. April 19-May 1. New York. The annual film festival organized by actor Robert De Niro and others includes more than 200 screenings of features and shorts – many world premieres -- plus workshops, panels, and children's screenings. Also, the Family Festival Street Fair April 30 on Greenwich Street. 1-866-941-3378; www.tribecafilmfestival.org

      3. Spring Crafts Festival. April 23-24. Flemington, N.J. More than 300 craftspeople from 20 states offer clothing, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, stained glass, ceramic, fiber and metal sculpture, fine art, graphics and photography, painted silk, leather goods, more. Hunterdon County Fairgrounds. 607-265-3230. Site.

      4. Archery Classic. April 15-16. Pittsburgh.  National Field Archery annual meet, formerly held in Atlantic City, usually draws 1,000 archers and 50 trade show vendors, with  male, female, collegiate, youth and other categories in amateur and money divisions. David Lawrence Convention Center. 1-800-811-2331; www.fieldarchery.com.

      5. Pear Blossom Festival. April 23. Milford, Pa. Historic Poconos community in northeast Pennsylvania celebrates spring with tent fair, parade, ball, bake-off, dining events, talent show, more. 570-296-8700; www.pikechamber.com.

      6. Delmarva Birding Weekend. April 22-23. Eastern Shore. Birding weekend features viewing of migrating and nesting birds, guided and self-guided explorations. 1-800-852-0335; site. 

      7. N.J. Daffodil Show. Morris Plains, N.J. April 22-23. The 30th annual NJ Daffodil Show includes more than 700 daffodils and other bulbs, wild flowers, and flowering branches entered for competition and displayed for public viewing. Frelinghuysen Arboretum. 973-326 - 7600 www.arboretumfriends.org.

      8. Eastern National Antiques Show and Sale. April 22-24. Harrisburg. Annual show includes a wide variety of antiques, including toys, watches, jewelry, games, clothing, furniture, collectibles. Farm Show Complex. 610-437-5534 or 717-787-5373; www.800padutch.com/z/pafarmshow.htm.

      9. Smithsonian Craft Show. April 14-17. Washington. Highly regarded show features 120 booths of artists, including 44 first-time exhibitors, selected from over 1,100 applicants, offering one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces.   National Building Museum. 1-888-832-9554;  www.smithsoniancraftshow.com.

      10. Tap NY. April 23-24. Hunter, N.Y. Microbrew festival and competition in the Catskills features craft beers from across New York state, with more than 80 individual beers from dozens of breweries competing  for trophies and bragging rights.   Hunter Mountain.  518-263-4223 or 1-888-486-8376; www.tap-ny.com.

  • Weekend of April 16-17, 2005 

    • 1. Cape May Jazz Festival. April 15-17. Cape May, N.J. This year's festival salutes Ray Charles and presents dozens of acts, including David "Fathead" Newman, Pieces of a Dream, Monty Alexander, Stefon Harris, AfroRican Latin Jazz Ensemble, Sara Gazarek, Lucky Thompson, Laura Theodore. Also, jam sessions. Multiple venues. 1-800-595-4849; www.capemayjazz.org.

      2. Boston Marathon. April 18. Boston. The 109th running of the oldest marathon in America and largest single-day sporting event in New England draws 500,000 spectators. Also, Sports & Fitness Expo April 16-17 at Hynes Convention Center (www.conventures.com). 617-236-1652; www.bostonmarathon.org.

      3. History Meets the Arts. April 15-17. Gettysburg. More than 75 historical artists, sculptors, authors and artisans present their work, representing all eras of American history, plus exhibits, tours, historical films, more. Various locations. 717-334-8151; www.hmtarts.com.

      4. Antique bikes. April 15-16. Copake, N.Y. Hudson Valley town hosts the 14th annual Bicycle Auction, one of the top bike auctions anywhere, with hundreds of antique and classic bikes. Swap meet April 15, auction April 16. Auction House. 518-329-1142; www.copakeauction.com.

      5. Doo Dah Parade. April 16. Ocean City, N.J. The 20th annual parade celebrates the end of the tax season with kazoos, fanciful marchers, scores of basset hounds and other pets strutting on Asbury Avenue from Sixth to 12th Street, then up the boardwalk to the Music Pier. 609-525-9300; www.oceancity-nj.com.

      6. Va. Historic Garden Week. April 16-24. Across Virginia. The state's 72nd annual garden week includes three dozen tours, more than 250 gardens, homes, landmarks in such cities as Alexandria, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, Richmond. 804-644-7776; www.vagardenweek.org.

      7. Daffodil Days. April 16-30. Bristol, R.I. More than 50,000 daffodils, hundreds of tulips, plus scilla and crocuses cover the 33-acre seaside estate at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum. 401-253-2707, ext. 16; www.blithewold.org.

      8. International Orchid Show. April 12-16. New York. Thousands of orchids from more than 100 growers and vendors from around the world. Also, orchid art. Rockefeller Center. 212-632-3975; www.rockefellercenter.com.

      9. Md. Early Music Festival. April 14-17. Annapolis, Md. The 18th century takes the spotlight at musicians, dancers, actors, and historians celebrate the Golden Age of Annapolis in some of the city's finest great houses, churches, and historic buildings. Presented by Chamber Music Annapolis and the Historic Annapolis Foundation. 410-849-2494, ext. 2, or 410-267-7619, ext. 8146; www.annapolis.org.

      10. Spring International Art and Antiques Show. April 15-20. New York. Annual show features about 100 dealers offering American, English, French, Oriental and Continental furniture, accessories, decorative arts, ancient arts, and more. 7th Regiment Armory (Park at 67th). 914-698-3442; www.nyinternationalantiquesshow.co

  • Weekend of April 9-10, 2005 

    • 1. Reading craft show. April 9-10. Reading, Pa.   Spring Fine Arts & Festival Juried Craft Show includes traditional and contemporary crafts from local and regional craftspeople, demonstrations. Kutztown University Field House. 610-678-6650; www.rbcrafts.org.

      2. Garden State Film Festival. April 7-10. Asbury Park, N.J. Third annual festival of independent filmmaking includes 10 feature-length films, 47 shorts, 19 documentaries, three music videos, and one public service announcement, with entries from nine states and nine other countries. Also, panel discussions, children's workshops, awards dinner, and opening and closing ceremonies. Paramount Theater. 877-908-7050; www.gsff.org.

      3. Spring Crafts at Park Avenue. April 8-10.  New York.  About 175 craft artists present ceramics, wood, jewelry, blown glass, wearable art, many other forms. Seventh Regiment Armory. 1-800-649-0279; www.artrider.com.

      4. Pa. Herb Fest. April 8-9. York, Pa. Seventh annual Pennsylvania Herb Fest, with theme of “The Oreganos . . . Herb of the Year,”  includes plants, herbal crafts, speakers, herb cuisine. York Fairgrounds. 717-642-6387; www.paherbfestival.com.

      5. Kitemania. April 9-10. Newport, R.I. Kiting retreat includes indoor and outdoor kite flying, kite making, and clinics, with  sport kite flying, competition, fighter kites. Seaview Inn, St. Michael’s School, Easton’s Beach. 401-846-3262; www.buyakite.com.

      6. Snakes alive! April 9. Havre de Grace, Md.Reptile show includes more than 80 tables of live reptiles and amphibians, plus supplies and equipment for sale. Community Center. 410-526-4184; www.mdreptilefarm.com/shows.

      7. Monmouth Festival of the Arts. April 9-13. Eatontown, N.J. The 35th annual festival offers works from more than 245 fine artists in all media, demonstrations, Sunday performance, workshops for children, art contests. Monmouth Reform Temple.  732-747 – 8278; www.monmouthfestivalofthearts.com.

      8. Wyeth studio tours. April 7-10. Chadds Ford, Pa.First weekend of this season’s N.C. Wyeth House and Studio Tours, departing in a shuttle bus at timed intervals each Wednesday-Sunday from the Brandywine River Museum. 610-388-2700; www.brandywinemuseum.org.  

      9.  Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. April 8-10, 2005. Gaithersburg, Md. More than 450 fines artists and craft designers sell, exhibit, and demonstrate their work. Fairgrounds. 1-800-210-9900; www.sugarloafcrafts.com.

      10. Cherry Blossom peak. April 4-9. Washington, D.C. Projected peak weekend for the cherry blossoms. The National Park Service’s “peak bloom date” is defined as the day in which 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino Cherry trees are open. www.nps.gov/nacc/cherry/index.htm.

  • Weekend of April 2-3, 2005 

    • 1. Smithsonian Kite Festival. April 2. Washington. The annual festival, themed “A Sky Fantasy,” includes competition in such categories as aerodynamics, beauty, box, cellular, delta, funniest, and patriotic, plus trick kites and fighting kites. National Mall. 202-357-3030; http://kitefestival.org.

      2. Pa. Maple Festival. April 2-10. Meyersdale, Pa.  The 58th annual festival includes pancake and sausage dinners, maple sugar demonstrations, historic tours, quilt show, arts and crafts. Festival Park.  814-634-0213;  www.pamaplefestival.com .

      3. Wildlife art show. April 2-3. Laurel, Md. The 16th  annual Patuxent Wildlife Art Show features more than 50 world-class wildlife artists and crafters, including exhibits and demonstrations. National Wildlife Visitor Center. 301-497-5789; www.friendspwrc.org.

      4. Woodworking showcase.  April 2-3. Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Northeastern Woodworkers annual Fine Woodworking Showcase features amateur and professional woodwork, lectures, demonstrations, and tools and materials vendors. City Center. 518-370-0388; www.woodworker.org.

      5. Depression glass. April 2-3. Southington, Conn. This 28th annual Nutmeg Depression Glass Show & Sale features Depression era glass and pottery on display and sale.  High School. 203-237-6817; www.glassshow.com.

      6. Tattoo convention. April 1-3. Reading, Pa.  The annual Forged in Ink Tattoo Convention includes displays of premier tattooing, live tattooing, dozens of vendors and shops. Sheraton Reading. 1-888-290-8282; www.forgedinink.com.

      7. Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. April 1-3. Hartford, Conn. About 300 artists and craft designers sell, exhibit, and demonstrate their pottery, fine art, textiles, jewelry, metal, ceramics and other fine art.   Expo Center. 1-800-210-9900; www.sugarloafcrafts.com.

      8. Large scale model trains. April 1-3. York, Pa. Large Scale Train Show includes exhibits by manufacturers, dealers, tables for used items, seminars, club modular layouts. Promoted as the largest show for large scale and garden railroading on the East Coast. Expo Center. 304-263-3980; www.aristocraft.com.

      9. Science & engineering fair. April 1-2. Pittsburgh. The 66th annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair features more than 700 students, from grades 6-12, in 23 counties in Western Pennsylvania and three counties in West Virginia, competing for awards with science and engineering projects. Heinz Field. 412-237-1534; www.carnegiesciencecenter.org.

      10. Brew festival. April 2. Lake Harmony, Pa. Annual Great Brews From Around the World International Beer Festival, held indoors,  features suds from 30 breweries, plus music, crafts and international foods. Split Rock Resort. 1-800-255-7625;  www.splitrockresort.com/internationalbeerfest.  

  • Weekend of March 26-27, 2005 Easter Weekend

    • 1. White House Easter Egg Roll. March 28. Washington. The annual roll is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on the South Lawn. Timed tickets -- first come, first served -- available at 7:30 a.m. March 26, remainder at 7:30 a.m. March 28 from the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, 15th and E Streets. Limit 5. 202-456-7041; www.whitehouse.gov/easter.

      2. Cherry Blossom Festival. March 26-April 10. Washington, D.C. This year's observance marks the 93rd anniversary of the original gift of 3,000 trees from Tokyo. Parade and street festival are on April 9. 202-547-1500; www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

      3. Decoys & crafts. March 25-26. Chincoteague, Va. Easter Decoy and Art Festival and Auction features about 150 local and national carvers and artists. Civic Center. 757-336-6161; www.chincoteaguechamber.com.

      4. Great Delaware Kite Festival. March 25. Lewes, Del. Professional and amateur kite flyers compete in 37th annual festival, with prizes awarded in 40 categories. Registration 9 a.m. Cape Henlopen State Park. 1-877-465-3937 or 302-645-8983; www.visitdelaware.com.

      5. Easter crafts & kids. March 25-27. Ocean City, Md. Easter Art & Crafts Fair offers more than 100 vendors; Easter Kids Fair offers continuous events, activities such as egg hunts, coloring tables, puppets, clowns, sand art, face painting, moon bounce. Convention Center. 410-524-7020; www.oceanpromotions.info.

      6. Easter Sunday Promenade. March 27. Seaside Heights. Strutting of the Easter outfits, with entertainment and bike awards, corsages for the ladies. Franklin Avenue Stage and Boardwalk. 1-800-732-7467; www.seasideheightstourism.com.

      7. Easter in NYC. March 27. New York. Easter parades don't come any bigger than the wild-hat-filled procession on Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th Streets. 212-484-1200. 

      8. Sunrise service. March 27. Stowe, Vt. The 51st annual Easter Sunrise Service is a nondenominational church service at the top of Mount Mansfield. Stowe Mountain Resort. 802-253-3500; www.stowe.com.

      9. Easter Bunny Train. March 25-27. Strasburg, Pa. Strasburg Railroad offers five departures daily for this one-hour trip featuring an appearance by a railroad-savvy rabbit passing out treats to the kids. Reservations. 717-687-7522; www.strasburgrailroad.com.

      10. Spring Celebration. March 26. Berlin, Md. Annual party includes horse and carriage rides, pig race and pig calling contest, painting of the pigs, sack race, Easter bonnet parade. Main Street. Berlin is west of Ocean City. 410-641-4775; www.berlinmdcc.org.

      11. Dog show. March 25-26. Edison, N.J. New Brunswick Kennel Club's 51st All-Breed Dog Show & Obedience Trial includes more than 2,000 entries. Expo Center. 732-417-1400; www.nbkc.org.

  • Weekend of March 19-20, 2005

    • 1. N.H. Maple Weekend. March 19-20. More than 50 sugar houses across New Hampshire offer tours of maple orchards and sugar houses, syrup-making demonstrations, free samples, pancake breakfasts, sap-gathering, hayrides, barnyard tours. 603-225-3757; www.nhmapleproducers.com. New Hampshire sugar houses are listed here. 

      2. Pier Antiques Show. March 19-20. New York. About 400 vendors stage an expansive antiques marketplace of Americana, country and modern furnishings, paintings and prints, textiles and quilts, folk art, 18th century to art deco furniture, art glass from every era, porcelains, jewelry, bronzes, silver, textiles and fashions, traditional and modern art. Piers 90 and 92 along 12th Ave., 48th to 55th St. 212-255-0020; www.stellashows.com.

      3. Boston St. Pat's parade. March 20. The 105th St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston salutes a big Irish heritage with music, dancers, floats, and shillelaghs. 617-635-4447 www.bostonusa.com.

      4. Holyoke's parade. March 20. Holyoke, Mass. The 54th annual parade, one of the nation's largest, also celebrates Irish community of western Massachusetts, where many immigrants settled. Kmart Plaza. 413-533-1700; www.holyokestpatricksparade.com

      5. New York's parade. March 17. New York's largest parade runs up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 86th Street, then to Third Avenue. Each of Ireland's 32 counties is represented. March 17 is on a Thursday. 212-484-1200; www.nyctourist.com/info_stpats.htm.

      6. U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. March 18-20. Stratton Mountain, Vt. Hundreds of champions, Olympic medalists, and talented amateurs compete for the $200,000 purse, plus talent showcase for boarders 15 and younger. The 23rd annual event. 802-862-4500; www.usopen-snowboarding.com.

      7. Springfest Flower & Garden Show. March 11-15. Augusta, N.J. Garden flower show includes an Old Madrid Street theme; more than 50 garden, commercial and educational exhibitors from the tri-state area; garden café, fine art exhibit featuring garden and landscape scenes. Fairgrounds. 973-948-3040; www.newjerseystatefair.org

      8. Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point. March 19. Warrenton, Va. This competition includes three timber races over wood fences, four steeplechase events, and two flat races. Airlie Farm, Northern Virginia. 540-347-1888.

      9. Antique Arms Show. March 19-20. Timonium, Md. Show put on annually since 1955 features 950 tables of muskets, swords and other antique arms and militaria. State Fairgrounds. 301-865-6804; www.baltimoreshow.com.

      10. Northeast Great Outdoors Show. March 18-20. Albany, N.Y. The 19th annual show features more than 100 fishing and hunting exhibitors, celebrity appearances, fly fishing seminars, deer-calling contest, boats, wildlife art, campgrounds. Empire State Plaza. 518-383-6183.

  • Weekend of March 12-13, 2005

    • 1. International Wine Festival. March 12-13. Washington. More than 200 wineries from around the globe provide hundreds of wines for tasting; chef demonstrations, wine-food pairing seminars. Convention Center. 1-800-343-1174; www.wine-expos.com.

      2. Boston flower show. March 12-20. Boston. The 134d annual New England Spring Flower Show, with a theme of "A Fresh Perspective," features dozens of life-size gardens, seminars, contests, and 250-vendor market-place. Bayside Exposition Center. 617-933-4900; www.masshort.org.

      3. Berks Jazz Fest. March 11-20. Reading. Fifteenth annual festival offers more than 120 events, including shows by Maria Muldaur, guitarist Paul Brown, saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa, Spyro Gyra, Pieces of a Dream, Paul Taylor, and Al Jarreau. Various venues. 610-898-7298; www.berksjazzfest.com.

      4. Antiques in Alexandria. March 11-13. Alexandria, Va. Appraisals, book signings, lectures and workshops complement about 60 U.S. exhibitors. Flippin Field House, Episcopal High. 703-548-7469; www.antiquesinalexandria.net.

      5. RVs in York. March 11-13. York, Pa. Almost-spring RV Show includes dozens of RVs and about 50 representatives of campgrounds and recreation destinations. 610-767-5026; www.yorkrvshow.com.

      6. St. Patrick's parade. March 12. Seaside Heights, N.J. The well-attended annual parade strives to avoid gaps between the floats, which may be one reason it draws such crowds. This year's theme is "America: The Great Melting Pot." The 21st year. On the boulevard. 732-830-1847; www.americom.net/stpaddy.

      7. Chocolate Festival. March 12. Rehoboth Beach, Del. Family fun with great vendors, baking contest and tastes of sinful desserts baked by chefs, restaurants and chocoholics. Prizes for professionals and amateurs. Convention Center. 302-227-2772; www.rehomain.com.

      8. Film festival. March 9-12. Williamsburg, Va. Williamsburg Film Festival pays tribute to the films of Hollywood's golden age with screenings and appearances by TV and film stars of old. Holiday Inn-Patriot Center. 804-642-5858; www.williamsburgfilmfestival.org.

      9. N.J. furnishings show. March 11-13. Edison, N.J. Home Show offers more than 300 exhibitors and demonstrations for home improvement, remodeling, furnishings, landscaping, gardening, plus the Interior Design Expo. Expo Center. 1-888-581-3976; www.showoffice.com.

      10. Maple Syrup Festival. March 12-13, 19-20. Thurmont, Md. Annual demonstrations show the process from sap to syrup, plus pancake breakfasts and bluegrass. Cunningham Falls State Park. 301-271-7574.

  • Weekend of March 5-6, 2005

    • 1. International Artexpo. March 5-6. New York. Big international show includes paintings, sculptures, original graphics and photography by hundreds of artists. Javits Convention Center. 1-888-608-5300; www.artexpos.com.  

      2. Tulipomania. March 5-20. South Hadley Mass. Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden’s annual spring flower show features hundreds of spring-blossoming bulbs and plants under the theme “Time for Reflection.” Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116; www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/botan/show.htm.

      3. Irish Food Festival. March 3-6. Newport, R.I. This festival features chefs from Kinsale , Ireland , sister city of Newport , teaming up with area chefs, plus cultural marketplace, dancing. Various locations. 1-800-976-5122; www.gonewport.com.

      4. Sherlock Holmes Weekend. March 4-6. Cape May, N.J. Variety of Holmes events unfolds amid mystery and speculation, including a Search for Clues tour, costumed brunch, staged reading. Events priced individually or as a package. Various locations. 1-800-275-4278; www.capemaymac.org.

      5. Spring Craft Show. March 5-6. Lebanon, Pa. The 16th annual show includes about 125 exhibitors from 10 states offering a wide variety of crafts. Lebanon Expo Center. 717-656-4849; www.handcraft-unlimited.com.  

      6. Home, flowers, crafts. March 4-6, 11-13. Timonium, Md. Maryland Home and Flower Show and Maryland Spring Craft Show beckon homeowners and decorators, with landscaped gardens, home products, seminars. Fairgrounds. 410-863-1180; www.mdhomeandgarden.com.  

      7. St. Patrick's parade. March 6. Belmar, N.J. The 32nd annual Belmar St. Patrick's celebration, promoted as the state's largest, features armed forces entries, marching bands, pipe bands, floats. 732-280-2648; www.belmarparade.com.  

      8. Vermont Flower Show. March 4-6. South Burlington Vt. More than 75 exhibitors in professional competition, plus 22 seminar sessions such as “Put a Railroad in Your Garden” and “The Joys of Mushrooming in Vermont.” Sheraton Conference Center . 802-425-5117; www.vaph.org.

      9. Gramercy Park antiques. March 4-6. New York. Gramercy Park Antiques & Fine Art Show includes 80 exhibitors offering antiques, paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry, accessories. 69th Regiment Armory, Lexington at 26th Street. 212-255-0020; www.stellashows.com.

      10. U.S. Snowboard Cup. March 3-6. Lake Placid, N.Y. Top snowboarders in the world compete in men's and women's parallel giant slalom, superpipe and snowboardcross events.  Whiteface Mountain. 518-946-2223; www.whiteface.com.

  • Weekend of Feb. 26-27, 2005

    • 1. Pa. Horse World Expo. Feb. 25-27. Harrisburg. Annual expo draws tens of thousands of enthusiasts to see horses, horse shows, riding clinics, vendors. Also, on Feb. 25-26, Theatre Equus, A Musical Equine Revue. Farm Show Arena. 301-916-0852; www.horseworldexpo.com.

      2. NYC antiquarian books. Feb. 25-27. New York. Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair features more than 50 dealers offering rare and out of print books, photographica, autographs, ephemera. Public School 3, 490 Hudson Street. 212-675-8151; www.gvabf.org.

      3. Atlantic City Classic Cars. Feb. 24-27. Atlantic City. Show billed as the country's largest indoor classic-car event presents more than 600 vehicles, hot rod alley, big swap meet and flea market. Convention Center. 1-800-227-3868, 856-768-6900; www.acclassiccars.com.

      4. Pa. Homebuilders Show. Feb. 26-March 6. Harrisburg. About 350 exhibitors present home-building, renovation and furnishing products, plus a Designers Expo. Farm Show Complex. 1-800-281-5539; www.pahomeshow.com.

      5. ACC craft show. Feb. 25-27. Baltimore. More than 650 craft artists offer their work, including clay, glass, metal, paper, fiber, wearable art, furniture, toys. Convention Center. 410-583-5401; www.craftcouncil.org.

      6. Springfield Sportsmen's Show. Feb. 24-27. West Springfield, Mass. Show features fishing and hunting outfitters, guides, charter boat operators, retailers, and manufacturers, plus demonstrations, seminars, birds of prey, trout ponds, casting pool. Eastern States Exposition. 413-467-2171; www.osegsportsmens.com.

      7. Stowe Derby. Feb. 27. Stowe, Vt. One of the country's oldest combination downhill/cross-country skiing events, held since 1945, attracts amateurs, children and international competitors gliding over 10 miles from the top of Mount Mansfield to village of Stowe. Stowe Mountain Resort. 802-253-7704; www.mmsc-stowevt.org.

      8. Empire State Games. Feb. 25-27. Lake Placid, N.Y. New York winter athletes compete in cross country skiing, alpine skiing, biathlon, ski orienteering, snowshoe racing, figure skating, women's ice hockey, ski jumping, bobsled, and luge. Olympic Center. 518-474-8889; www.empirestategames.org/winter.

      9. Conn. Flower & Garden Show. Feb. 24-27. Hartford, Conn. The 24th annual show with "Nature's Playground" theme includes 18 landscaped gardens, plus floral demonstrations, plants, flowers, seminars, garden-related products. Expo Center. 1-866-529-2123; www.ctflowershow.com.

      10. The Modern Show. Feb. 25-27. New York. Annual show includes 100 U.S. and European exhibitors offering 20th century antiques, Art Deco and other designer furniture, art, textiles, glass, ceramics, silver, jewelry, books, photography. 69th Regiment Armory. 212-255-0020; www.stellashows.com.

  • Weekend of Feb. 19-20, 2005

    • 1. Dance Flurry. Feb. 18-20. Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Dance Flurry is a festival of traditional dance and music featuring more than 700 performers, plus workshops and crafts, at eight venues. 518-292-0133; www.danceflurry.org.

      2. Super 8 & video festival. Feb. 18-20. New Brunswick, N.J. U.S. Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival screens work from around the world, including features, short subjects, documentary films and video. Rutgers University. 732-932-8482; www.njfilmfest.com

      3. R.I. flower show. Feb. 17-20. Providence, R.I. Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show includes speakers, retail exhibits, competition. Convention Center. 401-421-7811; www.flowershow.com.

      4. Motorama. Feb. 19-20. Harrisburg. Annual races include Arenacross 2 & 4 wheel, go-karts, quarter midget, motorcycle trials; import car show Feb. 19; show cars, trucks, motorcycles. Farm Show Complex. 717-359-7056; www.motoramaevents.com.

      5. N.J. garden show. Feb. 17-20. Edison. Flower, Garden and Outdoor Living Show, focusing on flowers, landscape design, garden accessories, outdoor lighting. 13 display gardens. Convention & Expo Center. 1-800-332-3976; www.macevents.com

      6. Camping & leisure show. Feb. 11-13. Allentown. Eastern Pa. RV Camping & Family Leisure Expo offers RV models and exhibits geared to RV camping. 610-336-9100; www.bmgevents.com.

      7. RV & outdoor show. Feb. 18-21. Springfield, Mass. Springfield RV, Camping & Outdoor Show includes 35 RV companies, 100 campground and outdoor exhibits, more than 70 accessories exhibitors, plus seminars. Big E. 413-781-2267; www.springfieldrvcampingshow.com.

      8. Saluting George & Abe. Feb. 19-21. Cooperstown, N.Y. Array of Presidents Day Weekend events includes snow sculptures, exhibitions, hikes, cross-country skiing, tubing. Various venues. 607-547-9983; www.cooperstownchamber.org.

      9. Antiquarian books. Feb. 19. Wilmington. The 20th annual Delaware Antiquarian Book Show & Sale includes 40 dealers offering rare and out-of-print books. Arsht Hall, University of Delaware. 302-655-3055.

      10. Sleigh rides. Feb. 19-21. Woodstock, Vt. Sleigh Ride Weekend features horse-drawn sleigh rides through the frosty farm fields. Billings Farm & Museum. 802-457-2355; www.billingsfarm.org.

  • Weekend of Feb. 5-6, 2005

    • 1. Seven Springs Winterfest. Jan. 29-Feb. 6. Champion, Pa. Annual event includes ski races, snow tubing, celebrity olympics, torchlight parade, family activities. Seven Springs Mountain Resort. 1-800-452-2223; www.7springs.com.

      2. Chocolate Lovers Festival. Feb. 5-6. Fairfax, Va. A Taste of Chocolate offers vendors, plus Chocolate Challenge arts extravaganza, acrobatics, chocolate-covered fairytales, tours, open houses, chocolate history. Old Town Hall, elsewhere. 703-293-7120; www.chocolatefestival.net.

      3. Wildfowl Art & Decoy Show. Feb. 5-6. Brick, N.J. The 21st annual show includes more than 125 artists and carvers, plus carving competitions, free seminars, food, exhibits. Ocean County. Brick High School. 732-341-9622, ext. 2214.

      4. Winterfest. Feb. 5-6. Troy, Pa. Festival has snowmobile radar run and drag races, vintage sled show, variety auction, horse-drawn wagon rides, winter sports vendors, skating, ice sculpting. Alparon Park. 570-297-4305; www.winterfestpa.com.

      5. Lake George Winter Carnival. Feb. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27. Lake George, N.Y. The festival includes snowmobile drag races, chowder cook-off, 1700s encampment, winter games and contests. Shepard Park, elsewhere. 518-240-0809; www.lakegeorgewintercarnival.com.

      6. World of Wheels. Feb. 4-6. Baltimore. Annual World of Wheels is a custom hot rod, classic and custom show, plus BMX extreme performers, guest appearances. Convention Center, 248-373-1700; www.autorama.com/casi/baltimore.htm.

      7. Toboggans & Winterfest. Feb. 4-6. Camden, Maine. U.S. National Toboggan Championships offers more than 200 teams competing in 2-, 3- and 4-person toboggan races, plus Chili & Chowder Challenge, other activities. Camden Snow Bowl. 207-236-3438; www.camdensnowbowl.com.

      8. Saratoga Winterfest. Feb. 4-6. Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Events include indoor and outdoor winter activities, games, chowderfest, culinary treats and demonstrations, activities for kids, sleigh rides. Various locations. 518-584-3255; www.saratoga.org.

      9. Garden State Home Show. Feb. 4-6. Somerset. The annual show features exhibitors for home improvement, remodeling, interior decorating, landscaping. Convention Center. 1-800-332-3976; www.macevents.com.

      10. Power boats. Feb. 2-6. Atlantic City. The big Atlantic City International Power Boat Show offers yachts, sport fisherman boats, trawlers, performance boats and sport boats. Convention Center. 609-449-2000; www.discoverboating.com/atlanticcity.

  • Weekend of Jan. 29-30, 2005

    • 1. Boston Wine Expo. Jan. 29-30. Boston. More than 440 wineries from 18 countries tout their vintages in event billed as the largest consumer wine event in the country. Also, cheeses and samples from chefs. 1-877-946-3976; www.wine-expos.com.

      2. Outsider Art Fair. Jan. 28-30. New York. This show features the work of self-taught, visionary and intuitive artists from more than 30 U.S. and international exhibitors. Puck Building. Lafayette Street (Prince & W Houston). 212-777-5218; www.sanfordsmith.com.

      3. Groundhog Day events. Jan. 28-Feb. 2. Punxsutawney. A whole range of family-style events revolves around Groundhog Day on Feb. 2, including woodchuck whittle carving show, ice carving, music, food. Townwide. 814-938-7700; www.groundhog.org.

      4. Early Bird Sports Expo. Jan. 27-30. Bloomsburg. Hunting, fishing and outdoor show includes exhibits, seminars, Pa. state turkey calling championship, indoor archery contest, kids' casting contest, bass tub. Fairgrounds. 570-683-5360; www.earlybirdexpo.com.

      5. Brookfield Ice Harvest. Jan. 29. Brookfield, Vt. Annual event features harvesting of ice from Sunset Lake using traditional equipment, with group participation. Also, ice sculpting and an ice-hauling contest. Brookfield Floating Bridge. 802-276-3959; www.vtliving.com.

      6. Winter whale watches. Now through March 13. Virginia Beach, Va. Two-hour boat tours search for fin and juvenile humpback whales migrating off the Virginia coast. Virginia Beach Fishing Center. 757-4372628; www.vmsm.com.

      7. Primitive biathlon. Jan. 29-30. Jeffersonville, Vt. Smugglers' Notch Primitive Biathlon pits competitors - many garbed in historical clothing -- using wood-frame snowshoes and muzzle-load firearms. Sterling Ridge Log Cabins. 802-644-8232; www.primitivebiathlon.com

      8. Bluegrass festival. Feb. 6. Waretown, N.J. The Ocean County Bluegrass Festival offers five hours of music, with a new act each 30 minutes. Albert Music Hall. 609-971-1593; www.alberthall.org.

      9. Chautauqua sleigh rides. Now through early February. Chautauqua, N.Y. Horse drawn sleigh - or wagon -- rides are held each Saturday and Sunday through early February on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution, weather permitting. 716-357-2151; http://bookstore.ciweb.org.

      10. Paper Americana Show. Jan. 29. Elkton, Md. The 18th annual show includes more than 35 dealers of antique books, advertising, postcards, photographs, ephemera, collectibles, and trading cards. Singerly Fire Hall. 410-398-7735.

  • Weekend of Jan. 22-23, 2005

    • 1. Stowe Winter Carnival. Jan. 21-30. Stowe, Vt. The 30th annual celebration offers 20 events, including snow sculpture, ice carving, snowshoe race, costume night, snow golf competition, parade and party, fireworks. 1-800-247-8693; www.stowewintercarnival.com.

      2. Dirt Trackin'. Jan. 21-23. York. More than 120 race cars and street rods on display, plus 140 booths of memorabilia, collectibles, parts; remote-control race cars. York Expo Center. 717-860-6845; www.wisemotorsport.com.

      3. Chesapeake Bay Boat Show. Jan. 22-30. Baltimore. More than 100 exhibitors show hundreds of powerboats, from small flatboats to luxury cruisers, plus sand sculpture, fishing seminars. Convention Center. 410-649-7360; www.chesapeakeboatshow.com.

      4. N.J. Trailer & Camping Show. Jan. 21-23. Edison. Annual display features hundreds of RVs, from pop-ups to high end motor homes. N.J. Convention & Expo Center. 1-800-332-3976; www.macevents.com.

      5. Fete des Neiges. Jan. 22-23, 29-30, Feb. 5-6. Montreal. The city's famous snow festival includes a snow castle, tube sliding, ice skating, family dog sledding, huge ice boat, more. Jean-Drapeau Park. 514-872-6120; www.fetedesneiges.com/en

      6. Motorcycle BikeXpo. Jan. 24-25. Allentown. Northeast Motorcycle Expo featuring scores of custom motorcycles, live music, dealer showcase and marketplace, interactive games. Expo Center. 1-877-245-3397; www.nemotorcycleexpo.com.

      7. Flower & garden show. Jan. 21-23. Virginia Beach, Va. Landscape and floral displays will have an "International Gardens" theme, plus more than 25 vendors, flower market, classes, art show. Virginia Beach Pavilion. 757-853-0057; www.vafgs.org.

      8. Antiques at the Piers. Jan. 22-23. New York. About 600 dealers offer silver, art glass, porcelains, art, decorative accessories, jewelry, collectible objects at Passenger Piers 90-92 and 88-90, 55th Street & 12th Ave. 212-255-0020; www.stellashows.com.

      9. Antiques at the Armory. Jan. 21-23. New York. Show features 100 exhibitors of American & European antiques, period furniture, Americana, folk art, garden and architectural artifacts, fine art and prints. 69th Regiment Armory, Lexington Ave. at 26th Street. 212-255-0020; www.stellashows.com.

      10. Winter Carnival. Jan. 21-23. Bretton Woods, N.H. Annual festival highlighted by sleigh rides, dog sled rides, skiing, snowshoeing, skating parties, Snow Ball. Mount Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods ski area. 603-278-3300; www.brettonwoods.com.

  • Weekend of Jan. 15-16, 2005

    • 1. Adventures in Travel Expo. Jan. 15-16. New York. Travel and adventure show includes about 500 exhibitors, 70 seminars, world music stage, climbing wall, authors, nature and outdoor travel focus. Javits Center. 203-878-2577; www.adventureexpo.com.

      2. Tobyhanna ice harvesting. Jan. 15.  Feb. 19 [delayed, owing to mild weather]. Tobyhanna, Pa. Everyone helps cut ice from Mill Pond #1 and move 22-inch-square ice cakes to the ice house, which holds 45 tons. 570-894-8205. Also, Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, offers a rare winter excursion ride to the festival and back. 570-340-5204 or 1-888-693-9391; www.nps.gov/stea/exc.htm.

      3. Freestyle skiing. Jan. 14-16. Lake Placid, N.Y. Nature Valley Freestyle Cup competition attracts dozens of Olympians and aspiring Olympians in aerial and mogul skiing. Two venues. 518-523-1655; www.orda.org.

      4. Jersey Shore Home Show. Jan. 14-16. Lincroft, N.J. More than 125 manufacturers and sellers of home furnishings, window treatments, cabinetry, appliances, pools, spas, and cookware demonstrate their products and expertise. Brookdale Community College. 1-800-332-3976; www.macevents.com.

      5. Flintlock shoot. Jan. 16. Birdsboro, Pa. Hell or High Water Flintlock Shoot and interpretive program takes place at the Daniel Boone Homestead, featuring the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment, tours. 610-582-4900; www.danielboonehomestead.org.

      6. Lehigh Valley RV show. Jan. 7-9. Allentown, Pa. This 48th annual show includes a dozen RV dealers showing $3 million in inventory, plus campground representatives. Fairgrounds. 610-433-7541; www.allentownfairpa.org.

      7. N.J. outdoor sports show. Jan. 13-16. Edison, N.J. Billed as the largest outdoor sports expo in the Northeast, the Garden State Outdoor Sportsman's Show features hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventure exhibits and vendors, stunt bike show. Expo Center. 1-800-248-7469; www.gsoss.com.

      8. Annapolis Heritage Antiques Show. Jan. 14-16. Annapolis, Md. U.S. antiques dealers offer fine country and formal period furniture and decorative arts. Medford National Guard Armory. 410-267-7619; www.armacostantiquesshows.com.

      9. Nautical and Wildlife Art Festival. Jan. 15-16. Ocean City, Md. Juried exhibitors present sculptures, carving and fine art with nautical and wildlife themes. Also, North American Craft Show on same dates. Convention Center. 410-524-9177; 1-800-626-2326; www.donaldsduckshoppe.com.

      10. Winterfest. Jan. 14-18. Falmouth and Freeport, Maine. Dual-city festival with "Jester's Court" theme features ice and snow courts and contests, snow slide, live concerts, luge rides, meals. Various locations. 207-772-2811; www.mainewinterfest.com.

  • Weekend of Jan. 1-2, 8-9, 2005

    • 1. Moby Dick Marathon. Jan. 3-4. New Bedford, Mass. For about 25 hours, more than 150 readers, some dressed in 19th-century garb, read from Herman Melville's whaling novel. Also, coffee, cider, grog. Whaling Museum. 508-997-0046, Ext. 151; www.whalingmuseum.org.

      2. Pa. Farm Show. Jan. 8-15. Harrisburg. Promoted as the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country, the free show includes more than 5,000 head of livestock, food booths, sheep to shawl contest, biotech exhibits, more. Farm Show Complex. 717-787-5373; www.pda.state.pa.us.

      3. N.J. Antiquarian Book Fair. Jan. 7-8. East Hanover. More than 50 Mid-Atlantic and New England antiquarian book sellers offer rare and used books under the banner of the Antiquarian Book Sellers of New Jersey. Ramada Hotel. 1-800-556-3727; www.austinsbooks.com/NJABF.html.

      4. Northeast Regional Horse Show. Jan. 7-9. Schooley's Mountain, N.J. AHSA-rated horse shows for hunters, jumpers and equitation are held in an indoor arena for all ages and riding abilities. Snowbird Acres Farm. South of Hackettstown. 908-876-4200; www.snowbirdacresfarm.com.

      5. Polar Bear Plunge. Jan. 1. Brooklyn, N.Y. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club plunges into the surf regularly, but the Jan. 1 plunge, preceded by a procession with marching band, draws thousands of spectators to Coney Island's biggest off-season event. 718-356-7741; www.polarbearclub.org.

      6. N.Y. National Boat Show. Jan. 1-9. New York. The 100th annual show offers more than 1,000 boats, plus accessories, seminars, and scuba diving in a heated pool. Javits Center. 212-984-7000; www.nyboatshow.com.

      7. Papermania Plus. Jan. 8-9. Hartford, Conn. Show features 150 exhibitors offering antique paper goods, advertising, photographica from the Colonial period to the 1960s. Civic Center. 860-529-2234; www.papermaniaplus.com.

      8. Winter eagle watch. Now through mid-March. Southbury, Conn. Weekends and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., naturalists are on hand to monitor bald eagles gathering to feed at Shepaug Dam on the Housatonic River. Eagle Observation Area. Reservations. 1-800-368-8954; www.litchfieldhills.com.

      9. World of Wheels. Jan. 7-9. Boston. More than 300 cars take part in the 30th annual World of Wheels, a custom hot rod show, with celebrity appearances and BMX stunt shows. Bayside Expo Center. 248-293-1700; www.worldofwheels.com.

      10. Eden Hill Sleigh Rally. Jan. 2. Stockbridge, Mass. Annual rally attracts about 25 horse-drawn sleighs competing in 13 categories. Eden Hill. 413-298-3119; www.shootthathorse.com.

  • New Year's Eve "First Nights"

    •  More than 100 U.S. cities have New Year's Eve "First Night" celebrations offering family-oriented, alcohol-free arts performances at multiple sites. Here are several within a day's travel of Philadelphia. Some are free; for others, a single admission price entitles you to all performances. Other First Night programs for welcoming 2005 can be found through Web site www.firstnightintl.org.

      1. Boston. The original First Night, in its 29th year, features more than 200 performances and exhibits at over 30 indoor and outdoor sites, with music, dance, mime, theater, storytelling, puppetry, ice sculptures, environmental art, fireworks finale. 617-542-1399 or 1-888-733-2678; www.firstnight.org.

      2. Bethlehem. More than 40 performances and exhibits, including folk, hiphop, swing, blues, jazz and other music; skating; magic, and acrobatics at 21venues on both sides of the Lehigh River. 610-332-1050; www.firstnightbethlehem.com.

      3. Ocean City, N.J. The seaside city offers about two dozen performances at 15 locations, including magic, comics, Elvis, jazz, big band, folk, gospel, and other music; dancers, and boardwalk fireworks. Downtown and boardwalk. 609-525-9300; www.firstnightocnj.com.

      4. Wilmington. Rodney Square is center state for marionettes, dance, strolling entertainers, bands, ice skating, and more, starting at 4 and concluding at 10 p.m. with a fireworks finale. 302-576-2138; www.delawareonline.com/firstnight.

      5. Alexandria, Va. King and Washington Streets in the Old Town section are the setting for street-corner, storefront and indoor music and performing arts, with 28 venues of continuous entertainment, plus midnight fireworks at the Washington memorial. 703-838-4200, ext. 210, www.firstnightalexandria.org.

      6. Saratoga, N.Y. More than two dozen venues are the setting for bluegrass, swing, opera, percussion, folk, and other entertainment, plus horse and carriage rides, carousel rides, marching band, story telling. 518-584-8262; www.ymcasaratoga.org/firstnight.

      7. Hartford, Conn. The 16th annual celebration features entertainment from early afternoon until past midnight at 13 sites citywide, including events for all ages, fireworks, and a procession through the Arch at Bushnell Park leading up to midnight. 860-722-9546; www.firstnighthartford.com.

      8. State College, Pa. First Night State College includes four days of events, including a grand procession, puppets, fireworks, more than 100 ice sculptures, music, dancing, workshops, dozens of music performances at about 20 venues. Downtown and Penn State campus. 814-237-3682; www.firstnightstatecollege.com.

      9. Carlisle, Pa. Diverse acts such as Bayou Bandits, Popcorn Hat Players, Blind Joe Death, and Rhythm-n-Brews unfold at the Old Courthouse and 13 other venues, plus carriage rides, ice sculpture, food vendors. 717-243-4805; www.firstnightcarlisle.org.

      10. Annapolis, Md. Historic Annapolis becomes a stage for dance, drama and music, with scores of performances at more than 30 sites, including the statehouse, courtrooms, churches, and the Naval Academy. 410-268-8553; www.firstnightannapolis.org.

      11. Pittsburgh. More than 100 attractions unfold at 40 venues in the Cultural District, including rock, bluegrass, Caribbean and other musical shows; street performers; comedy; teen dance party, and fireworks over the Allegheny River. 412-456-6666; www.firstnightpgh.com 

  • Weekend of Dec. 25-26, 2004 Christmas weekend

    • 1. Cloister tours. Dec. 27-30. Ephrata. Candlelight tours of the Ephrata Cloister as it may have appeared in the 1700s, with guides period garb, followed by refreshments. Seven tours each night, reservations needed. 717-733-6600; www.Ephratacloister.org.

      2. Seven Gables in season. Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 26. Salem, Mass. "A Literary Christmas" at the House of the Seven Gables is a theatrical experience featuring scenes from classic stories filling the rooms of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion. 978-744-0991; www.7gables.org.

      3. Bethlehem by Night Tours. Dec. 2-5, 9-12, 16-23, 26-30. Bethlehem. Evening bus tours starts at Christmas Tour Center in the northside historic district, narrated by colonial-costumed guide. No tours Dec. 24-25. 1-800-360-8687; www.bethlehempa.org.

      4. Crossing the Delaware. Dec. 25. Washington Crossing, Pa., and Titusville, N.J. Reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware departs from the Pennsylvania side of the river at 1 p.m., landing on the New Jersey side. Rehearsal on Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Washington Crossing parks; 215-493-4076; www.spiritof76.net

      5. Christmas Eve service. Dec. 24. New York. Cathedral of St. John the Divine is setting for choirs, brass and organ music, sermon, candle lighting. 10:30 p.m. 212-316-7540; www.stjohndivine.org.

      6. Holiday Festival of Trains. Through Jan. 2. Baltimore. A large "O" gauge railroad display is set up on the 60-foot turntable in the Roundhouse of the B&O Railroad Museum, plus other exhibits. Closed Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31-Jan. 1. 410-752-2490; www.borail.org.

      7. A Washington Christmas. Dec. 26-Jan. 6. Colonial Beach, Va. Washington Birthplace National Monument is decorated for Christmas, and costumed interpreters demonstrate plantation activities. About 65 miles south of Washington. 804-224-1732; www.nps.gov/gewa.

      8. Christmas at the Farm. Dec. 26-Jan. 2. Woodstock, Vt. Late 19th-century rural Christmas traditions are observed in the restored farm house, tours of the farm, and horse-drawn sleigh rides, weather permitting. Billings Farm & Museum. 802-457-2355; www.billingsfarm.org.

      9. Gilded Age Christmas. Through Dec. 31. Staatsburg, N.Y. Staatsburg (Mills Mansion) Historic Site dresses up for holiday tours, with turn-of-the-century Christmas trees and décor. The 64-room Beaux Arts mansion is closed Christmas day. Dutchess County. 845-889-8851; www.staatsburgh.org.

      10. Houses of Worship tours. Dec. 26. Frederick, Md. Self-guided tour of churches and synagogue in historic Frederick includes 16 locations, some offering hospitality rooms with refreshments. Downtown. 1-800-999-3613; www.visitfrederick.org.

  • Weekend of Dec. 18-19, 2004

    • 1. Newport mansion tours. Now to Jan. 2. Newport, R.I. Three mansions -- The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House -- shine with period-inspired ornaments, decor, and fresh flowers. Choral performances on some dates. 401-847-1000; www.newportmansions.org.

      2. Christmas Revels. Dec. 10-12, 16-19, 21-23, 26-28. Cambridge, Mass. Revels offers 18 performances celebrating the winter solstice. This year's theme revolves around Quebec. Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. 617-972-8300; www.revels.org.

      3. Longwood Gardens Christmas. Nov. 25-Jan. 2. Kennett Square. The gardens sparkle with more than 400,000 lights, including 77 lighted trees and displays of azaleas, daffodils and lilacs fashioned from lights in the beds. 610-388-1000; www.longwoodgardens.org.

      4. Merry Tuba Christmas. Dec. 11. Baltimore. More than 200 tuba and euphonium players fill the harbor area air with traditional Christmas carols, 3:30 p.m. Harborplace amphitheater. 410-332-4191, 1-800-427-2671; www.harborplace.com.

      5. Santa Claus Express. Dec. 11-12, 18. Middletown, Pa. Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad runs the Santa Claus Special twice a day. Also, "Polar Express" on Dec. 4, 11, 18. Reservations. Middletown is southeast of Harrisburg. 717-944-4435, Ext. 0; www.mhrailroad.com.

      6. Woodworking Show. Dec. 17-19. Edison, N.J. Woodworkers, builders, remodelers, woodcarvers, do-it-yourselfers gather for exhibits, products displays, seminars. Expo Center. 732-417-1400; www.njexpocenter.com.

      7. Alexandria by candlelight. Dec. 10-12. Alexandria, Va. Historic candlelight tours include Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, Christ Church, and the Lloyd House in the Old Town district. 703-838-4242; www.historicalexandria.org.

      8. Lantern Light Tours. Dec. 3-20, Thursdays-Sundays. Mystic, Conn. Tours involve a stroll through an 1876-era village on Christmas Eve, with tavern dance, sailors in port for the holiday, other festive themes. Mystic Seaport. 1-888-973-2767; www.mysticseaport.org.

      9. Gingerbread houses. Now through Jan. 6. Lahaska. Gingerbread house competition and display has about 130 houses in such categories as traditional, authentic reproduction of a significant building, amateur, unusual three-dimensional creation, children's. Peddler's Village. 215-794-4000; www.peddlersvillage.com.

      10. Crossing the Delaware. Dec. 12. Washington Crossing, Pa., and Titusville, N.J. Dress rehearsal for annual Dec. 25 reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware. Washington Crossing parks. 215-493-4076.

  • Weekend of Dec. 11-12, 2004

    • 1. Newport mansion tours. Now to Jan. 2. Newport, R.I. Three mansions -- The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House -- shine with period-inspired ornaments, decor, and fresh flowers. Choral performances on some dates. 401-847-1000; www.newportmansions.org.

      2. Christmas Revels. Dec. 10-12, 16-19, 21-23, 26-28. Cambridge, Mass. Revels offers 18 performances celebrating the winter solstice. This year's theme revolves around Quebec. Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. 617-972-8300; www.revels.org.

      3. Longwood Gardens Christmas. Nov. 25-Jan. 2. Kennett Square, Pa. The gardens sparkle with more than 400,000 lights, including 77 lighted trees and displays of azaleas, daffodils and lilacs fashioned from lights in the beds. 610-388-1000; www.longwoodgardens.org.

      4. Merry Tuba Christmas. Dec. 11. Baltimore. More than 200 tuba and euphonium players fill the harbor area air with traditional Christmas carols, 3:30 p.m. Harborplace amphitheater. 410-332-4191, 1-800-427-2671; www.harborplace.com.

      5. Santa Claus Express. Dec. 11-12, 18. Middletown, Pa. Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad runs the Santa Claus Special twice a day. Also, "Polar Express" on Dec. 4, 11, 18. Reservations. Middletown is southeast of Harrisburg. 717-944-4435, Ext. 0; www.mhrailroad.com.

      6. Woodworking Show. Dec. 17-19. Edison, N.J. Woodworkers, builders, remodelers, woodcarvers, do-it-yourselfers gather for exhibits, products displays, seminars. Expo Center. 732-417-1400; www.njexpocenter.com.

      7. Alexandria by candlelight. Dec. 10-12. Alexandria, Va. Historic candlelight tours include Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, Christ Church, and the Lloyd House in the Old Town district. 703-838-4242; www.historicalexandria.org.

      8. Lantern Light Tours. Dec. 3-20, Thursdays-Sundays. Mystic, Conn. Tours involve a stroll through an 1876-era village on Christmas Eve, with tavern dance, sailors in port for the holiday, other festive themes. Mystic Seaport. 1-888-973-2767; www.mysticseaport.org.

      9. Gingerbread houses. Now through Jan. 6. Lahaska, Pa.  Gingerbread house competition and display has about 130 houses in such categories as traditional, authentic reproduction of a significant building, amateur, unusual three-dimensional creation, children's. Peddler's Village. 215-794-4000; www.peddlersvillage.com.

      10. Crossing the Delaware. Dec. 12. Washington Crossing, Pa., and Titusville, N.J. Dress rehearsal for annual Dec. 25 reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware. Washington Crossing parks. 215-493-4076.

  • Weekend of Dec. 4-5, 2004

    • 1. Pageant of Peace. Dec. 2-Jan 1. Washington. National Christmas Tree, usually lighted by the President, goes on Dec. 2. Each night thereafter, choral performances and lighted trees represent each state and territory. On the Ellipse. Park service, 202-619-7222; ellipse visitors center: 202-208-1631; www.pageantofpeace.org.

      2. Main Street at Christmas. Dec. 3-5. Stockbridge, Mass. The Norman Rockwell town decks out Main Street for the holidays, with tours, luminaria walk, music, and on Dec. 5 the famous Rockwell painting is recreated as Main is closed to all but antique cars. 413-298-5200; www.stockbridgechamber.org.

      3. Cape May tours. Dec. 4, 11, 18. Cape May. Christmas Candlelight House Tours are self-guided evening tours of festively decorated homes, inns, hotels and churches. Washington Street Mall info booth. 1-800-275-4278; www.capemaymac.org.

      4. Mount Vernon Christmas. Nov. 26-28, Dec. 3-5, 10-12. Mount Vernon, Va. Mount Vernon by Candlelight, an evening program, includes historical characters and Washington family traditions. 703-780-2000; www.mountvernon.org.

      5. Hawley Winterfest. Dec. 10-12. Hawley, Pa. Festival features nonmotorized Victorian parade, Victorian barn dance, costume gala, brunch with costumed readings from Dickens, train excursion, caroling, bonfires, music, carriage rides, more. 570-226-3191; www.hawleywinterfest.com.

      6. Steamtown Christmas story. Nov. 27-28; Dec. 2-5, 9-11. Scranton. Children take a steam train ride to the "North Pole" while listening to the story Slocum Hollow's Christmas Magic, followed by cocoa and cookies. Steamtown. 1-888-693-9391, ext. 5204; www.nps.gov/stea.

      7. Christkindlmarkt. Dec. 3-5. Hershey. Traditional Christmas festival and market includes dozens of artisans, German-inspired entertainment, family programs, festival café. Hershey Museum. 717-534-3439; www.hersheymuseum.org.

      8. Scottish Walk Weekend. Dec. 2-4. Alexandria, Va. Hundreds of bagpiping clansmen march in holiday finery Dec. 4, plus historic home tours, holiday parade of boats, Christmas marketplace. Old Town, waterfront. 1-800-388-9119; www.funside.com.

      9. Festival Noir. Dec. 11-12. Boston. Juried exhibit spotlights about 30 African American artists offering fine art, art-to-wear, leather, dolls, jewelry, Kwanzaa gifts, figurines, children's clothing, books, furniture. Hynes Convention Center. 508-877-8601; www.festivalnoir.com.

      10. Armory Antiques Show. Dec. 9-12. New York. Annual show features 100 dealers offering furniture, decorative accessories, prints, posters, porcelain, jewelry. 7th Regiment Armory, Park Ave. at 67th St. 914-698-3442; www.wendyantiquesshows.com.


  • Holiday lighting displays, 2004

    • 1. Koziar's Christmas Village. Nov. 1-Jan. 1. Bernville, Pa. Hundreds of thousands of tiny lights illuminate the Christmas barn and nearby countryside in one of the region's largest lighting displays. Christmas Village Road. 610-488-1110; www.koziarschristmasvillage.com.

      2. La Salette Shrine Festival of Lights. Nov. 25-Jan. 2. Attleboro, Mass. Spectacle promoted as the largest religious thematic display of outdoor Christmas lights offers drive-through with more than 225,000 lights on 10 acres, crèche display. 508-222-5410; www.lasalette-shrine.org.

      3. Fantasy of Lights. Nov. 19-Jan. 6. New Haven, Conn. Drive-through route includes over 60 displays, some animated, ranging from 8 to 30 feet high. Lighthouse Point Park. 203-777-2000; ext 603; www.newhavengoodwill.easterseals.com.

      4. Christmas Magic. Nov. 26-Dec. 23, Dec. 26-31. York, Pa. Half-mile walking trail through an oak forest is lined with 250,000 lights, animated scenes, Santa, warming fires. Rocky Ridge County Park. 1-888-858-9675; www.yorkpa.org.

      5. Holiday Light Fantasia. Nov. 24-Jan. 2. Hartford, Conn. Two-mile drive is lined with animated light displays, including angels, a holiday castle, and other seasonal themes. Goodwin Park. 860-343-1565; www.holidaylightfantasia.com.

      6. Holiday Lights at the Beach. Nov. 19-Jan. 2. Virginia Beach, Va. A 25-block drive along the boardwalk includes more than 250 "Fanta-sea" light displays with hundreds of thousands of bulbs. 757-491-7866; www.beacheventsfun.com.

      7. Bright Nights at Forest Park. Nov. 24-Dec. 12 Wed.-Sun., then nightly Dec. 15-Jan. 2. Springfield, Mass. Drive-through lighting display includes Seuss Land, Victorian Village, leaping frog, horse wagon rides. Forest Park. 413-733-3800; www.brightnights.org.

      8. Winterfest of Lights. Nov. 18-Jan. 2. Ocean City, Md. Featuring thousands of dazzling lights, huge animated characters and ornaments along the beach, tram rides at Northside Park. Inlet Lot tunnel of lights. 1-800-626-2326; www.ocean-city.com.

      9. Lights on the Bay. Nov. 19-Jan. 2. Annapolis, Md. A 2.5-mile drive along the Cheseapeake Bay features more than 70 animated and stationary displays with the theme "Under the Bay." Sandy Point State Park. 443-481-3161; www.aahs.org, www.annapolis.com.

      10. Lights on the Lake. Nov. 25-Jan. 2. Altoona. Lakemont Park presents 51 acres of animated holiday light displays on a drive-through course, plus model train display, gift shop. 814-949-7275; 1-800-434-8006; www.lakemontparkfun.com.

  • Weekend of Nov. 27-28, 2004

    • 1. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Nov. 25. New York. The parade runs from Central Park West & 77th Street down Broadway to Macy's at Herald Square (34th Street) and Seventh Avenue. 212-494-4495; www.ny.com/nyc/holiday/thanksgiving.

      2. Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem. Nov. 26-28, Dec. 1-5, 8-12, 15-19. Bethlehem. Family holiday market teems with crafts, strolling performers, holiday and specialty foods, demonstrating craftspeople, St. Nicholas, under heated tents. 610-861-0678; www.fest.org.

      3. Dickens Days. Nov. 26-27. Clinton, N.J. This holiday fiesta has a Victorian twist, with performances, museum tours, crafts, music, exhibits, fairytale theater. Red Mill Museum Village. 908-735-4101; www.theredmill.org.

      4. Der Belsnickel Craft Show. Nov. 26-27. Boyertown, Pa. The 34th annual show features about 175 juried craftspeople presenting historical and traditional crafts as well as modern interpretations. Boyertown Junior High West. 610-367-5255.

      5. Holiday Craft Fair. Nov. 27-28. Lancaster. Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen fair features 165 juried craftspeople offering jewelry, handcrafted fashion, glass, folk art, basketry. Franklin & Marshall College. 1-800-684-7440; www.pennsylvaniacrafts.com.

      6. Chincoteague Waterfowl Show. Nov. 26-27. Chincoteague, Va. More than 100 decoy carvers and wildlife artists, some with national and international reputations, show work in competition and for sale. Chincoteague High School. 757-336-3478; www.chincoteaguechamber.com.

      7. Winter Flower Show. Nov. 26-28. Pittsburgh. Opening weekend for a display that runs through Jan. 9, with poinsettias, mums, azaleas, and evergreens, plus choirs and holiday lights. Phipps Botanical Gardens. 412-622-6914; www.phipps.conservatory.org.

      8. Antiques & trees. Nov. 26-28. Chestertown, Md. Eastern Shore town offers two events: the Chestertown Antiques Show and Sale at Chestertown Middle School, 410-778-0397, and a Festival of Trees at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. www.kentcounty.com.

      9. Holiday Shopper's Fair. Nov. 26-28. Ocean City, Md. Shopping fest includes crafts, photography, ceramics, toys, clothing, nautical items, children's activities. Convention Center. 410-289-8311; www.ocean-city.com/calendar.

      10. Trains, Toy & Hobby show. Nov. 27-28. Edison. Family oriented hobby show features model and toy trains, 200-plus tables of train, toy and hobby dealers, operating model railroads and presentations. Expo Center. 732-417-1400; www.greenbergshows.com.


  • Weekend of Nov. 20-21, 2004

    • 1. Antiquarian books. Nov. 19-21. Boston. Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair includes more than 150 dealers from the U.S., Canada and Europe offering rare, collectible and antiquarian books, modern first editions, manuscripts, maps, more. Hynes Convention Center. 617-266-6540; www.bostonbookfair.com.

      2. Washington Craft Show. Nov. 19-21. Washington, D.C. This top show features 180 artists from more than 30 states offering all handmade item for home and fashion, including silver, porcelain, wood, folk art furniture, tabletop objects. Convention Center. 203-254-0486; www.craftsamericashows.com.

      3. Gettysburg Address events. Nov. 19-20. Gettysburg. The 141st anniversary is marked Nov. 19 with memorial service at National Cemetery. On Nov. 20, parade, wreath laying, reenactors, luminaria display. 717-334-6274; www.gettysburg.com.

      4. Boston Snowsports Expo. Nov. 18-21. Show presents pre-season equipment sale, manufacturers' displays, travel destinations, winter-theme entertainment, resort exhibits. Bayside Expo Center. 617-825-5151; www.onthesnow.com/bewi.

      5. Holiday Preview Weekend. Nov. 19-21. Cape May, N.J. The Victorian town offers an evening wassail tour, "A Physick Family Christmas," brass band concert, wine tasting, more. Various locations. 1-800-275-4278; www.capemaymac.org.

      6. Thanksgiving festival. Nov. 19-27. Charlottesville, Va. Jeffersonian Thanksgiving Festival includes more than 60 events at locations in historic area and downtown mall, with reenactors, carriage rides. 434-249-4032; www.jeffersonthanksgiving.org.

      7. Great brews festival. Nov. 20-21. Lake Harmony, Pa. Great Brews of America Classic Beer Festival includes more than 50 U.S. breweries, homebrew competition, two stages of music, crafts, food. Split Rock Resort. 1-800-255-7625; www.splitrockresort.com.

      8. Rhode Island Cooks. Nov. 19-21. Providence, R.I. Gourmet food and kitchen expo offers cooking demonstrations, more than 100 exhibit booths, food sampling, recipes, kitchenware. R.I. Convention Center. 401-272-1690; www.rhodeislandcooks.com.

      9. International Pickle Festival. Nov. 21. Rosendale, N.Y. Rosendale International Pickle Festival celebrates pickles and pickling with contests, Japanese dancers, bluegrass, Senegalese drumming. Community Center. 845-658-9649; www.picklefest.com.

      10. Crafters Marketplace. Nov. 20-21. Princeton, N.J. More than 130 juried artists and craftspeople from the Northeast offer handmade jewelry, pottery, clothing, more. Princeton Day School. 609-497-2100; www.ywcaprinceton.org.

  • Weekend of Nov. 13-14, 2004

    • 1. Cape May Jazz Festival. Nov. 12-14. Cape May. Festival offers more than 15 acts, including Regina Carter, Oscar Brown Jr, Little Jimmy Scott, Top Groovers, Pearl Williams, and others performing jazz, gospel, blues, reggae. Various locations. 609-884-7277; www.capemayjazz.com.

      2. Antiques at Bloomsburg. Nov. 13-14. Bloomsburg. More than 75 exhibitors offer thousands of items at event billed as the area's largest indoor antique show and sale. Fairgrounds. 570-784-8279; www.cmtpa.org.

      3. Rehoboth film festival. Nov. 10-14. Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival includes more than 200 feature-length and short films from many countries. Movies at Midway. 302-645-9095: www.rehobothfilm.com.

      4. Chocolate Show. Nov. 11-14. New York. Chocoholic fantasy festival includes more than 50 chocolate exhibitors, dozens of culinary demonstrations, tastings, chocolate showpieces. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. 1-866-246-2692; www.chocolateshow.com.

      5. Pittsburgh arts & crafts. Nov.12-14. Greensburg, Pa. More than 200 booths of artists and craftspeople from more than a dozen states take part in Holiday Spectacular show. Expo Center. 724-863-4577; www.familyfestivals.com.

      6. Victorian Christmas Tours. Nov. 11-14. Newport, R.I. First weekend for the annual holiday tours at the Astors' Beechwood Mansion, with festively decorated mansion, wassail sipping, caroling. Tours most days to Dec. 30. 401-846-3772; 
      www.astors-beechwood.com.

      7. Triple Pier Antiques Show. Nov. 13-14, 20-21. New York. Six hundred exhibitors offer huge range of antiques each weekend. Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 88, 90, 92. 212-255-0020; www.stellashows.com.

      8. Waterfowl Festival. Nov. 12-14. Easton, Md. Annual show includes carvings, paintings, sculptures, and decoys from about 400 artists and craftspeople, plus duck calling, and music. Multiple sites around the historic town. 410-822-4567; www.waterfowlfestival.org.

      9. Boston International Fine Art Show. Nov. 11-14. Boston. More than 40 international galleries offer paintings, works on paper, ancient art, sculpture, photography, tribal art, furniture, prints. Boston Center for the Arts. 617-787-2637. www.bifas.net.

      10. Delaware Antiques Show. Nov. 12-14. Wilmington. Winterthur's annual show features more than 50 dealers of furniture and decorative accessories from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. Bank One Center. 1-800-448-3883; www.winterthur.org.

  • Weekend of Nov. 5-7, 2004

    • 1. Punkin' Chunkin'. Nov. 5-7. Millsboro, Del. Pumpkins fly thousands of feet at 19th annual World Championship Punkin' Chunkin' Competition, possibly the final one held in Delaware. Junction of Rtes. 305 and 306. 302-684-8196; www.punkinchunkin.com.

      2. Reading crafts show. Nov. 6-7. Reading. Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen Holiday Craft Show offers about 100 booths of traditional and contemporary crafts made by juried artisans. Berks-Lehigh Campus, Penn State. 610-678-6650; www.rbcrafts.org.

      3. New York City Marathon. Nov. 7. New York. The world's largest marathon runs through all five boroughs of New York City. Fitness Expo Nov. 3-6, Javits Center. 212-860-4455, www.ingnycmarathon.org.

      4. Traditional folk & dance. Nov. 6-7. New Haven, Conn. Annual NOMAD Festival of Traditional Folk, Dance and Music offers participatory dancing and singing, jam sessions, music and dance performances, workshops, crafts, food, family activities. Hill Regional High School. 203-372-3890; www.nomadfest.org.

      5. Apple & Cider Day. Nov. 6-7. Franklin County, Mass. Franklin County Apple & Cider Day celebrates sweet and hard cider, apple jelly, apple pies, cheese from local dairies, cider pressing, orchard tour, tastings. Various locations; 413-624-3481; www.ciderday.org.

      6. Annapolis by candlelight. Nov. 5-6. Annapolis, Md. Tour offers rare glimpses into a dozen private homes, plus public sites, in the Murray Hill area of Annapolis' historic district. 410-267-7619; www.annapolis.org.

      7. Providence fine furnishings. Nov. 5-7. Providence, R.I. More than 200 furniture makers and designers from 30 states display furniture and accessories in gallery/showroom setting. Convention Center. 401-841-9201; www.finefurnishingsshow.com.

      8. N.Y. State Snow and Travel Expo. Nov. 5-7. Albany. More than 100 exhibitors from the Northeast and elsewhere promote skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, other winter sports. Luge, biathlon, and cross-country skiing demonstrations. Empire State Plaza. 518-383-6183; www.edlewi.com.

      9. Fall Fest of Fine Art. Nov. 6-7. Ocean City, Md. Juried show includes fine art painters, sculptors, carvers, and high craft artists. Convention Center. 410-524-9177; www.donaldsduckshoppe.com

      10. Toy Soldier Show. Nov. 7. Hackensack. East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale offers 300 exhibitor tables of soldiers from tin models to G.I. Joe. Farleigh Dickinson University. 973-831-8900; www.vintagecastings.com.

  • Weekend of Oct. 30-31, 2004

    • 1. Sea Witch Festival. Oct. 29-31. Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. The 15th annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival includes pet costume contest, broom-tossing contest, spook shows, horses on the beach, more. Boardwalk. 1-800-441-1329, ext. 12; www.beach-fun.com.

      2. Birds in Cape May. Oct. 29-31. Cape May. Fall migration inspires migration watch, workshops, field trips, boat trips, programs with hawks, owls, speakers, wildlife artists, gear. Convention Hall. 609-884-2736; www.njaudubon.org.

      3. Sleepy Hollow Weekend. Oct. 29-31. Tarrytown, N.Y. The grounds of Philipsburg Manor become a haunted landscape with characters from Hudson Valley folklore, including the Headless Horseman. Also, day programs Oct. 30-31 at the manor and Washington Irving's Sunnyside. 914-631-8200, ext. 618; www.hudsonvalley.org.

      4. Antiques in Allentown. Oct. 29-31. Allentown. Great Eastern U.S. Fall Antique Show and Sale includes about 170 dealers and displays from the Bethlehem Steelworkers Archives, the Lehigh County Historical Society, and the Great Allentown Fair. Fairgrounds. 215-529-7215. 

      5. Village Halloween parade. Oct. 31. New York. The 31st annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, with 42 bands and hordes of large-scale puppets, runs up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 22d Street.; www.halloween-nyc.com.

      6. Artists of Rock Hall. Oct. 29-Nov. 4. Rock Hall, Md. More than a dozen Rock Hall artists exhibit paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and driftwood art. Mainstay on Main Street. 410-639-9133; www.kentcounty.com.

      7. Gifts & food. Oct. 29-31. Atlantic City. Gourmet Food & Gift Show includes appliances, wine pavilion, celebrity chefs, cooking contests, items for good living and dining. Convention Center. 609-398-4450; www.gourmetshows.com/ac.

      8. Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Oct. 29-31. Somerset, N.J. More than 250 contemporary fine artists and designer craftspeople gather from across the nation. Garden State Exhibit Center. 1-800-210-9900; www.sugarloafcrafts.com.

      9. Marine Corps Marathon. Oct. 31. Washington. Race drawing 40,000 runners begins and ends at Arlington National Cemetery, meandering through Washington and northern Virginia. Crystal City street party. 1-800-786-8762; www.marinemarathon.com.

      10. Virginia Film Festival. Oct. 28-31. Charlottesville, Va. Annual festival features scores of classic and premiere screenings and dozens of guest filmmakers and speakers. Various venues. 1-800-882-3378; www.vafilm.com.

  • Weekend of Oct. 23-24, 2004

    • 1. Extreme jack-o-lanterns. Oct. 23. Keene, N.H. Costume party and other events surround the big task: exceeding the Guinness record of 28,952 lighted jack-o-lanterns, set in 2003. Keene Pumpkin Festival celebrants add their own carved pumpkins with votive candles. 603-358-5344; www.pumpkinfestival.com.

      2. Head of the Charles Regatta. Oct. 23-24. Cambridge, Mass. The 40th regatta, among world's largest rowing events, includes more than 4,500 rowers in dozens of races. Charles River. 617-864-8415; www.hocr.org.

      3. Gay & lesbian film festival. Oct. 14-23. Washington. Reel Affirmations Film Festival presents more than 125 films by, about and of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Lincoln Theatre, other venues. 202-986-1119; www.reelaffirmations.org.

      4. Oktoberfest. Oct. 23-24. Shawnee-on-Delaware. Oktoberfest at Shawnee Mountain includes polka and German bands, dancing, ethnic food, crafts, chairlift rides. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area. 570-421-7231; www.shawneemt.com.

      5. Halloween in Hershey. October 15-17, 22-24, 29-31. Hershey. Hersheypark in the Dark offers themed rides, entertainment, fall foods, storytelling, children's activities. Admission free, but pay-as-you-go for select rides, entertainment. 1-800-437-7439; www.hersheypa.com.

      6. Crafts & cuisine. Oct. 22-24. Morristown. CraftMarket and Fancy Food Fest includes juried, handcrafted work in many media, gourmet food area. Morristown Armory. 973-631-6277; www.morristowncraftmarket.com.

      7. Arabian Sights Festival. Oct. 15-17, 22-24. Washington. Series offers 19 viewings of films from today's Arab world, all with English subtitles. Loews Cineplex Wisconsin Avenue. 202-628-3456; www.filmfestdc.org/arabian/index.asp.

      8. Horror Film Festival. Oct. 14-17, 30. Providence, R.I. Rhode Island International Film Festival hosts short- and feature-length horror films in observance of Halloween. Columbus Theatre. 401-861-4445; www.film-festival.org.

      9. Iroquois festival. Oct. 23-24. Rhinebeck, N.Y. Iroquois Indian Festival includes social dancing and singing, Native American crafts, demonstrations, children's activities. Fairgrounds. 845-876-4001; www.dutchessfair.com.

      10. Fall Harvest Family Days. Oct. 23-24. Mount Vernon, Va. Harvest celebration offers dancing, blacksmithing, wagon rides, bake sale, pumpkins for children under 11. Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. 703-780-2000; www.mountvernon.org.

  • Weekend of Oct. 16-17, 2004

    • 1. Pa. National Horse Show. Oct. 14-23. Harrisburg. Show billed as the country's largest multi-breed indoor show, includes nearly 1,500 horses, $340,000 in prize money, and 11 national championships, plus boutiques, draft horses, terrier races. Farm Show Complex. 717-770-0222; www.panational.org

      2. Rehoboth jazz. Oct. 13-17. Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival includes Dave Koz, Peabo Bryson, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Deana Bogart, Grand Jam, food and wine tasting, more. Venues in Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. 1-800-296-8742; www.rehobothjazz.com.

      3. Atlantique City. Oct. 16-17. Atlantic City. Atlantique City fair, promoted as the largest indoor antique and collectibles show, includes more than 1,600 booths of collectibles. Convention Center. 1-800-526-2724; www.atlantiquecity.com.

      4. Poconos balloons. Oct. 15-17. Shawnee-on-Delaware. Fall Foliage Balloon Festival includes mass ascensions, tethered rides, music, crafts, food, children's entertainment. Shawnee Inn. 1-800-742-9633; www.shawneeinn.com.

      5. Waterfront seafood. Oct. 16-17. Newport, R.I. Bowen's Wharf Waterfront Seafood Festival is a restaurant celebration with seafood, live entertainment, pony rides, juggling, wine tasting, pumpkin pie contest. Bowen's Wharf. 401-849-2120; www.bowenswharf.com

      6. N.J. Lighthouse Challenge. Oct. 16-17. Eleven New Jersey lighthouses open their doors, including Sandy Hook, Sea Girt, Barnegat, Absecon, Tinicum, Hereford Inlet, Cape May. (609) 884-5404; www.njlhs.burlco.org.

      7. Black Bear Film Festival. Oct. 15-17. Milford, Pa. Annual festival celebrates independent films and filmmakers, with feature films, many shorts, lectures, two tents with free film salon. Various venues. 570-409-0909; www.blackbearfilm.com.

      8. Tilghman Island Day. Oct. 16. Tilghman Island, Md. Chesapeake Bay community celebrates its heritage with oyster tonging, clamming, crabbing, skipjack cruises, crab-picking and oyster-shucking contests. 410-886-2677; www.tilghmanisland.com.

      9. Sheep & wool festival. Oct. 16-17. Rhinebeck, N.Y. New York State Sheep and Wool Festival features about 150 sheep and wool vendors, state bred ewe show and sale, fleece sale, llamas, alpacas, angora rabbits, colored sheep show, sheep dogs. Fairgrounds. 845-876-4001; www.sheepandwool.com.

      10. Cranberry Festival. Oct. 16-17. Chatsworth. The 21st annual festival salutes New Jersey's cranberry harvest and Pine Barrens culture with 160 arts and crafts vendors, 35 antiques dealers, antique and classic cars, the Bullzeye Band. Downtown. 609-726-9237; www.cranfest.org.


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For much of the past decade, variations of this column in The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Newark Star-Ledger  guided thousands of readers in the Mid-Atlantic and New England to hundreds of rewarding events.

The column responds to one of the most dramatic travel trends of the past 15 years: the shift from traditional vacations  to more frequent, shorter holidays, often long-weekend getaways.  The column's purpose  is to alert readers to worthy events within a five-hour drive of home, but generally beyond the near radius of events covered by other sections of  a newspaper, such as the weekend section.

Each of the 10 events described is scheduled to occur three weekends from the date of publication, a formula suited to the late planning exhibited by many people and families taking such trips. A Travel Industry of America study published in June 2001 found that 42 percent of weekend travelers choose a destination within two weeks of their trip and nearly 20 percent choose three to four weeks ahead. 

The same study found that half of all American adults -- nearly 103 million people --had taken at least one weekend trip, and that 30 percent of them took five or more weekend trips in the previous year. Thirty-five percent said their children joined them.

To the casual reader, 10 for the Road may seem to be simply a list of events. But it is far more to its many regular readers, one of whom wrote in March 2001:

"I have been following your 10 for the Road column for more than eight years. I have raised my three children to expect exploring weekends from your site suggestions. My children have seen mountains, caves, antiques, rodeos and so much more thanks to you. I cannot express my gratitude enough. In fact, my only daughter decided to join the Navy after a weekend at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station show. She followed through on that decision last year and is now a Naval Seaman stationed in San Diego. . . .

"I can tell you that we have met many people in our travels that were at these events because they read about them in your column as well," continued the reader, Larry DiAngelus of Media, Pa. "Thank you."

The events that populate 10 for the Road run the gamut from Vermont's One World Festival and Maine's Moosemania to Philadelphia's Equality Forum and the Marine Marathon in Washington.
 
To qualify for consideration, the events must be substantial enough to provide a solid anchor for the trip. An evening recital usually doesn't qualify; a two-day festival with six stages of continuous music does.  

The column's format is easy  to digest.  Besides a contact phone number, Web links are provided when available, giving wired readers a convenient way to get further details about tempting events.

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