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Sizzlin Summer Calendar

Harford County

Posted 5/23/2001

INFORMATION

Discover Harford County Tourism Council, 3 W. Bel Air Ave., Aberdeen, (800) 597-2649, www.harfordmd.com.

Harve de Grace Tourism Commission, 712 Giles St., Harve de Grace, (410) 939-8810.

ATTRACTIONS

Concord Point Lighthouse, Concord and Lafayette streets, Havre de Grace, (410) 939-9040. Built in 1827, Concord Point is one of the oldest continuously operated lighthouses in Maryland.

La Felicetta Vineyard and Fiore Winery, 3026 Whiteford Road, Pylesville, (410) 836-7605, (410) 879-4007, www.fiorewinery.com. Fiore was Harford County's first winery and it continues the Old World Italian tradition today. You are invited to tour the winery, picnic in the vineyards, and sample until you find your favorite.

Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9570. Plan to spend a few hours wandering the 22-acre Ladew Garden--each of the 15 themed gardens, including the Formal Rose, Cottage, Water, and Berry gardens, is a different little world. The famous topiary sculptures, trees, and shrubs trimmed into ornamental shapes seem quaint, artistic, and old-fashioned, but in a good way.

Ripken Museum, 3 W. Bel Air Ave., Aberdeen, (410) 273-2525, www.ripkenmuseum.com. This museum celebrates the Ripken baseball legacy of Cal Sr., Cal Jr., and even little brother Bill, in the family's hometown of Aberdeen.

U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, (410) 278-3602, www.ordmusfound.org. This ordnance collection, which illustrates the evolution and development of military technology, includes thousands of artifacts, some of which are the sole remaining examples of their kind. Don't miss the neat-o 25-acre tank park.

EVENTS

Darlington Blueberry Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 21, Deer Creek Friends Meeting House, Darlington, (410) 836-9761. The Quaker community honors the humble blueberry with this event. Highlights include a white-elephant auction, a plant-and-flower sale, and every blueberry concoction imaginable.

Evening of Wine and Jazz, 7-11 p.m. June 16, Harve de Grace Community Center, Havre de Grace, (410) 939-4297. Feast on the region's gourmet food and drink a lot of wine as the Gentlemen of Jazz do standards and Mickey Light covers Sinatra. Bid on the auction items before you get tipsy.

Havre de Grace Art Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 18, Tydings Park, Harve de Grace, (410) 939-9342. More than 200 artists and craftspeople join vendors and entertainers for this art show overlooking the Susquehanna River. You'll appreciate the late-summer breeze coming off the river and the local artists will appreciate your interest.

GETAWAYS

Currier House, 800 S. Market St., Harve de Grace, (800) 827-2889, www.currier-bb.com. This house dates from the 1790s and has been home to the Currier family since 1861. Your stay in this B&B includes a waterman's breakfast.

Victorian Lady, 710 Edgewood Road, Edgewood, (410) 676-4661. More bedding and breakfasting.

SPORTS & RECREATION

Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, (410) 612-1688. According to its mission statement, the Leight Estuary Center aims to "increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuarine ecosystems through research, monitoring, and education." The fun part is that there is also canoeing and hiking.

Light Flight Hot-Air Balloons, Bel Air, (410) 836-1116. Along with romantic hot-air balloon flights, you can take a zippy trip in an open-cockpit biplane.

Rocks State Park, 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road, Jarrettsville, (410) 557-7994. Only eight miles north of bustling Bel Air, this 850-acre park offers ample opportunities for canoeing, picnicking, fishing, and hiking. The "Rocks" in the name are the impressive King and Queen Seats, rock formations where Indian chieftains are said to have once sat in tribal council. Celebrate Smokey the B's birthday 7 p.m. Aug. 3 with a fire-prevention lecture and cake.

SHOPPING

Spenceola Antique Marketplace, 1445 Rock Spring Road, Bel Air, (410) 803-0011. Need something old? You might find it here.

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