10 for the Road

Posted: May 01, 2011

10 for the Road

You can plan now to attend these weekend events, occurring within a few weeks and within a day's drive of Philadelphia.

1. National Road Festival. May 21-22. Farmington, Pa. Celebrate the National Road, the first highway in America, with a reenactment of a pioneer wagon train ride, period costumes, and ethnic food.

724-437-9877; www.nationalroadpa.org.

2. Chesapeake Jubilee. May 19-22. Chesapeake, Va. Annual spring celebration returns with 20 musical acts, plus fireworks, carnival rides, and an all-you-can-eat shrimp feast. 757-482-4848; chesapeakejubilee.org.

3. Lost Arts Festival. May 21-22. Grand Rapids, Ohio. Experience life in 18th-century Ohio, as costumed interpreters demonstrate blacksmithing, tanning, and silversmithing. Tour sod huts, log houses, and traditional taverns. 419-509-0095; www.seven-eagles.com.

4. Woofstock. May 21-22. Rumney, N.H. Treat your four-legged friend to a day in the park, with music, crafts, folk art, and leather products. 603-786-7433; www.woofstocknh.com.

5. The Connecticut Book Festival. May 21-22. West Hartford, Conn. Published authors will discuss their work and lead panel discussions. 860-704-2214; ctbookfestival.org.

6. Paddlefest. May 20-22. Old Forge, N.Y. Test-paddle hundreds of models of canoes, kayaks, and whitewater boats at the nation's largest on-water boat sale, held yearly in the Adirondack Mountains. 315-369-6672; www.adirondackpaddlefest.com.

7. Charlie West Blues Fest. May 20-21. Charleston, W.Va. Honor America's armed forces with this charity event featuring Southern cooking, handmade crafts,

and, of course, some old-fashioned

blues music. 304-389-1439; www.charliewestbluesfest.com.

8. Nantucket Wine Festival. May 18-22. Nantucket, Mass. More than 165 wineries are represented, with special events including celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, seminars, and an auction. 508-228-1128; www.nantucketwinefestival.com.

9. Rock the Farm. May 21. Frederick, Md. This kid-friendly festival features music by Everclear, a dance-party tent, rock- climbing, and moon bounces. Adults can enjoy beer from the Flying Dog brewery. 301-845-8099; www.crumland.com.

10. Wings, Waves, and Woods. May 20-22. Deer Isle, Maine. Spot birds on nature trails or guided cruises and sample fresh fish chowder. 207-348-2455; www.deerisle.com.

- Vinny Vella

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