Thursday, May 17, 2012

Big Weekend On Tap in HoCo

While world leaders encamp at Camp David in Frederick County this weekend and world class thoroughbreds compete at Pimilico in Baltimore, in HoCo we’ll just be doing a whole lot of eating and drinking.

For the past twenty years spring revelers have converged on Symphony Woods for a weekend of wine, food, music and crafts at Wine in the Woods. This year a record thirty three Maryland wineries will set up tasting tents in the woods surrounding Merriweather Post Pavilion.

This year, on Saturday, there will also be a show at Merriweather during Wine in the Woods. The Route 29 Revue which features Lucinda Williams and the Drive-By Truckers with Justin Jones will begin at 6:30 PM. Your Saturday Wine in the Woods ticket is also be good for general admission lawn seating for the show.

If you are more into beer than wine you might want to check out the 2nd Annual Clyde’s Craft Beer Tasting and Festival at the Town Center lakefront from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM instead. There will be over fifty craft brews, live entertainment and festival food like fish tacos and brisket sliders.

And speaking of food, if alcohol and music fueled festivals are too much for you, consider taking in lunch at the Franciscan Friars Novitiate in Woodbine. The Maryland Home and Garden Pilgrimage will include three stops in HoCo on Saturday, including lunch in the Refectory of the Shrine of St. Anthony. This is a rare opportunity to see inside this 1931 monastery. According to this story by Jacques Kelly in The Sun “All the main rooms have enormous hearths lined with herringbone-pattern bricks.”

No matter what floats your boat, get outside and enjoy. The weather this weekend is supposed to be close to perfect.
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