One of the events during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC is the annual Blossom Kite Festival. This festival, formerly the Smithsonian Kite Festival, brings out hundreds of kite enthusiasts and competitors each Spring. This year 36 classes were available for both amateurs and professionals to compete in. Held on the National Mall, the grounds of the Washington Monument make for a great place to go fly a kite.
If you are looking at over three hundred of Philadelphia's finest show vehicles under one roof then you must be at the NorthEast Rod and Custom Car Show. This wonderful show was held for the 3rd time at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. It brought together hot rods, customs, trucks, motorcycles, race vehicles, and more in one place to entertain you.
Each year at the NorthEast Rod and Custom Car Show first time showing of a car in the Philadelphia area makes you eligible for the Elite 6 and the NorthEast Cup. Six vehicles are judged to be the Elite 6 and then compete for the NorthEast Cup. The NorthEast Cup winner takes home $8000 in addition to the $2000 from being named to the Elite 6. These cars are all high-end builds with over the top details.
Once again we hopped in the car in search of a Saturday road-trip. This time we headed north into the Catoctin Mountains on Rt. 15. We soon discovered that the sap was flowing at the 43rd Annual Maple Syrup-making Demonstration and Festival in Cunningham Falls State Park just west of Thurmont, MD. Every year, on the second and third weekends of March, volunteers demonstrate the process of making maple syrup, including tree tapping, boiling, and packaging. A $2 donation per person gets you into the festival which also includes games, stories and crafts for the kids as well as Appalachian music for your ears. For a few more dollars you can chow down on a delicious hot sausage and pancake breakfast. Don’t forget to pick up some Maryland made maple syrup, maple candy, or maple spread (our favorite).
Twice a year the Chesapeake Bay Insulator Club puts on a show around the Mid-Atlantic area. For this year’s March show the wife and I hopped in the car and traveled two hours to Shrewsbury, PA. The Shrewsbury Fire Hall is a very nice venue and allowed all the vendors to spread out. Time to start shopping for all those glass and ceramic electrical insulators.
If you are shopping for that next home improvement project or are looking to spruce up your landscape then you should check out the Maryland Home and Garden Show. Held twice a year at the Timonium Fairgrounds, this show brings many local contractors and landscapers to one location.