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Late Summer Festivals & Fairs in Wilmington, Delaware

The filet on a rice pillow surrounded by tasty grilled shrimp and scallops "gave me a "buzz." It was "Oh, so good!" Barb and our table mates also fared very nicely with fish, chicken and a N.Y.strip steak.
The filet on a rice pillow surrounded by tasty grilled shrimp and scallops “gave me a “buzz.” It was “Oh, so good!” Barb and our table mates also fared very nicely with fish, chicken and a N.Y.strip steak.

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Talk about Greek salad!
Talk about Greek salad!
APtravelnews–Wilmington, Del (May 14, 2015)…Wilmington welcomes more than 100 festivals each year and the fun continues through Spring and doesn’t end as the summer draws to its conclusion.  Here’s a round-up of some of the hottest events—both old and new:
Annual Peoples’ Festival 4PEACE &Tribute to Bob Marley (July 25) This ever-popular, one-day festival is a tribute to former Wilmington resident and reggae legend, Bob Marley.  The festival is held in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, which is conveniently located across the street from the Wilmington Amtrak Train Station.  From noon until 10PM, enjoy live reggae music on two stages.  Other highlights include the Children’s Village, International Food Court, Bamboo Rain Hut, Red Stripe Beer Garden and the International Market Place with arts and crafts from around the world.  www.peoplesfestival.comPennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fine Craft Fair (July 25 & 26) The Brandywine Valley’s largest premier fine craft fair returns to the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Described as an indoor shopping experience, the show features an unparalleled collection of beautiful items all of which are handmade in America.  Find one-of-a-kind clothing,  jewelry, ceramics, glass, sculpture and fine furniture and meet the artisans who craft them.  www.pacrafts.orgAmerica On Tap Craft Beer Festival (August 15) Fifty of the country’s finest craft breweries will showcase their new releases in Wilmington’s Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park on Saturday from 2:30 until 6PM.  Sample more than 100 exceptional beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, food and an assortment of great vendors.  Tickets to this open air event can be purchased online at a discounted price or at the gate on the day of the event for $35.00. Quarterly (August 23-30) The August Quarterly—or Big Quarterly—has the distinction of being the country’s  longest-running African American heritage festival.  The festival has evolved from a one-day meeting into a week-long celebration of religious freedom commemorating the founding of the Union Church of African Members by Peter Spencer in 1813.  This year’s celebration climaxes on August 30 with a 9AM Sunday service at the Chase Center on the Riverfront and afternoon festivities in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park from 2 until 9PM.  www.augustquarterly.orgArden Fair (September 5; Rain date is September 6) The Arden Fair is a time honored tradition in the Brandywine Valley.  Held on the Saturday before Labor Day on the Arden Gild Hall property in North Wilmington, it draws over one hundred twenty vendors offering hand-made crafts and jewelry and fifty antique and flea market dealers.  The day-long event runs from 10 until 6PM and features music in the grove, food, drink, amusement rides and children’s games. Blues Festival (July 31-August 2) This three-day event in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park features a stellar team of top blues artists.  This year’s exciting lineup includes Brandon Santini, Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Mississippi Heat and Low Rider band.  The fun kicks off on Friday afternoon at 4PM and continues through Sunday.

Brandywine Festival of the Arts(September 12 & 13) The Brandywine Festival of the Arts has been a perennial favorite for over fifty years.  Typically listed among the top one hundred national shows, this annual event in Josephine Gardens in Wilmington’s Brandywine Park attracts hundreds of visiting artists and craftspeople from the East Coast and beyond.  Although the show is juried for quality, it is not pretentious.  Remarkable, one-of-a-kind pieces in a wide variety of media are available at an equally broad range of price points. In fact, the festival is considered to be one of the foremost places in Delaware to purchase original pieces of art that are sure to satisfy both the casual consumer and the avid collector.  Live music, a food court and free admission to the Brandywine Zoo are added bonuses.  Admission is $5.00 and children under 12 are free.

The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization founded in 1978, chartered by the Governor of Delaware, the New Castle County Executive and the Mayor of Wilmington. Its mission is to serve as the community’s customer-focused destination marketing organization, generating economic growth through leisure travel and meetings development by aggressively marketing attractions, facilities, amenities and services for visitors.

Lyn Lewis 100 West 10th Street, Suite 20 Wilmington, DE 19801 P: 302-295-2212 F: 302-652-4726

Savage River Lodge Was Our Treat! Loved this Place!

Aptravelnews-April 3rd, Savage River Lodge worth a visit! Barb and I spent a few days here and loved everything about this place! Take a look at their website or give them a call and also check out their new Yurt cottages!

Save the Dates!
Call us at 301-689-3200 or email for more information, or to reserve a spot!
5th – Easter Brunch
25th – SRL’s first cabaret, “John Holt – Voices of the Stars”

9th – Wine Tasting with FireFly Farms

10th – Mother’s Day Brunch

Wedding Bells
If you’re like us, your summer calendar is already filling up with weddings, weddings and more weddings! What better gift than an SRL gift card?
A unique gift that the couple will both enjoy, gift cards can be made out in any denomination.
Visit our website for more info.

Day Trips

Art & Nature
Let us plan your day trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob houses with our   Art & Nature Package. We’ll send you on your way with tickets and a gourmet picnic lunch to enjoy while taking in the beauty of the grounds! The houses have opened for the season, so call us to book your package today!
Taste of Garrett
June 27-28 is the Best of Garrett weekend, with events all weekend long! Better yet, all proceeds support the mission of Garrett Trails.

  • Race Up the Face: a 400 meter foot race – up the
    black diamond ski slope of Wisp Resort!
  • Taste of Garrett: Enjoy tastes and treats from the area’s finest restaurants! Don’t miss our booth with goodies from Chef Tylor, and also from the Cornucopia Cafe!

Attention Fly Fishermen!
Fly fishing guide, Travis Gilbert is back for a limited time!

Available Tuesday through Thursday during April for full day, guided

fly-fishing trips!
Call 301-689-3200 to book him while you can!

April Green Tip: 
Bring on the Bees!

You don’t have to be a beekeeper to help improve the current bee-loss epidemic that’s sweeping the world. Planning your garden for the year? Consider adding a pesticide-free space for the world’s pollinators and growing a variety of their favorite native flowers like wild lilac, goldenrod and lavender. Pollinators affect a whopping 35% of the world’s crop production, and during this epidemic, those little guys need all the help they can get!

One of just a few APtravelnews-Best Places to Visit!!!

2015 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Ride Announces Waynesville as the Starting Host Town


Bicyclists can also enjoy the fly fishing trail through N.C. too!
Bicyclists can also enjoy the fly fishing trail through N.C. too! Bob E. Photo

APtravelnews-News Release from Waynesville, N.C-3/12/15—When Anna Smathers, Communications Manager for beautiful Haywood County, N.C. to tell me about her joy in having, after months of behind the scenes planning and coordinating, the North Carolina Amateur Sports organization and Cycle North Carolina recently announced that the Town of Waynesville has been named as the starting host town for the 2015 “Mountains to Coast” Bicycle Tour in September.  The organization made the official announcement on Sunday, March 8 at the opening reception of the North Carolina Governors Conference on Tourism in Pinehurst, NC. All participating municipalities and communities were announced and Waynesville received the distinguished title as the starting host town for the ride. “We are honored and excited to be selected as the host/start city for the event this year.  The tour will allow the 1000+ participants and their families to enjoy the mountains and scenic beauty of the area, and while they are here, gives Waynesville the opportunity to showcase its hospitality and charm,” said Marcy O’Neil, Town Manager for Waynesville.

Waynesville will serve as base camp for the initial kick-off and starting point for the cross state ride.  Participants are planned to arrive Saturday, September 26 or even earlier and will have free time to enjoy the local area.  They will begin their journey on Sunday, September 27 and travel 55 miles to neighboring Hendersonville, where they will spend the night before continuing on to Shelby.The “Mountains to Coast” ride provides participants with just enough introductions to each community to entice them to bring their families back for longer visits including vacations.

This event will bring One to two-night stays from 900+ participants, plus more than 4.6 million media/print impressions. ($250,000 value) benefits to the many communities that this event will be an Introduction of communities to participants throughout North Carolina, the U.S. and other countries. Additional revenues from concessions, catering, hotel stays, dining, shopping, attraction visits, etc. will accrue to participating businesses in this area of N.C.

The “Mountains to Coast” tour is major step in the right direction to grow this specific tourism market in Haywood County,” said Lynn Collins, Executive Director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. For more information on the event, visit
 Along with its picturesque beauty, Haywood County and its five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde offer year round activities and events centered around food, heritage, music, art and the outdoors. No matter what experience you choose, N.C. guarantees you will always experience Authentic Appalachian, Pure & Simple! For more information visit  or contact the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority at 800-334-9036. Note* Barb and I spent a week in this area and it was the best trip ever!!!!

To download a PDF click here: 2015 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Ride Announces Waynesville as the Starting Host Town

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band returns to Cataloochee Ranch

APtravelnews–Penny Redfern, Marketing Director, Cataloochee Ranch in North Carolina said : “On Tuesday night, April 21, Grammy winner Peter Rowan and his Grammy-nominated bluegrass band will return to Cataloochee Ranch for a special one-night performance.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (credit: Photo by Maria Camillo)

This is the legendary singer-songwriter’s fifth appearance at the Ranch in the past five years, and the intimate fireside event is expected to be a sellout.

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s first album, Legacy, with guest artists that included Ricky Skaggs, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Del McCoury, was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. The band’s second album, The Old School, was a 2013 nominee for IBMA Album of the Year. In addition to Rowan on guitar and lead vocals, current band members are banjo player Keith Little and bass player Paul Knight, both of whom have been with the band since its formation; mandolin player Chris Henry, who was featured on The Old School; and fiddle player Blaine Sprouse, the newest addition to the ensemble. The band has appeared in festival venues around the world, including Merlefest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Rothbury, Australia’s National Folk Festival and many others, and was featured in January 2015 on the PBS radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Peter Rowan first burst onto the musical scene in the early 1960’s as a member of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and the co-writer, with Monroe, of the bluegrass classic “The Walls of Time.” He later became involved in an eclectic variety of rock, folk and bluegrass projects, including a memorable collaboration with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Vassar Clements and John Kahn in the 1970’s bluegrass band Old & In The Way. He embarked on a solo career in the late 1970’s and still tours internationally as a solo singer-songwriter.

A limited number of tickets for the April 21 show are available, and reservations are required. The $60.00 ticket price also includes dinner before the show, with dinner at 6 pm and music beginning at 7:30. Special overnight package which includes dinner, show, lodging and breakfast is $140. For more information, please call Cataloochee Ranch at 828-926-1401. CONTACT: Penny Redfern Marketing Director, Cataloochee Ranch (828) 926-1919

NOTE* Barb and I spent several days in Maggie Valley and enjoyed the area immensely.  We especially enjoyed our stay at Cataloochee Ranch!