Day trips: Delaware tunes and zip lines by full moon
Jerod Putnam, one of the founders of West Virginia Irish Road Bowling, throws from the start line as WVU Mountaineer Jay Hatfield guards the road at Coopers Rock State Forest. Irish road bowling in West Virginia. (Baltimore Sun / August 5, 2012)
Delaware Music Festival
Four stages, 22 bands, no cover charge — and did we mention it's at the beach? If this sounds like fun, head to the Delaware Music Festival. Since 2003, this festival has showcased performances by some of Delaware's best bands. Enjoy dancing, singing and a preview of summer fun all weekend at the Rusty Rudder.
The Delaware Music Festival begins Friday, March 29, at 9 p.m. and continues until 1 a.m. March 31. The event at the Rust Rudder is free to the public. Band performance times are available at deweybeachfest.com
Bruceton Mills, W.Va.
Irish Road Bowling
Never heard of it? Well, neither had we. It is an old Irish sport that was played by Civil War troops stationed in West Virginia. The fewest throws of a cannonball to the finish line wins. Anyone can play this weekend at Coopers Rock State Forest, and cannonballs will be provided.
Irish Road Bowling starts at 12:30 p.m. March 30 at Coopers Rock State Forest. Registration begins at noon and is open to the public. No experience necessary. Go to coopersrockstateforest.com.
Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
Full Moon Zip Line Canopy Tour
Imagine watching the sunset over the Potomac River while dangling more than 50 feet in the air. On Harpers Ferry Canopy Tour's Full Moon trip, guests get to travel along 200- to 800-foot zip lines more than 65 feet in the air — all in the dark of night. Watch the sunset, stargaze and speed around Harpers Ferry, an adventure fit for just about anyone.
Times for the Full Moon Zip Line Canopy Tour vary depending on sunset times. Call 800-326-7238 for reservations and schedule. Tours cost $109. Go to harpersferryzipline.com
Secretariat's birthday celebration
Secretariat's team is returning to The Meadow, the Virginia farm where the legendary stallion was born, for a birthday celebration and to mark the 40th anniversary of his Triple Crown victory. All weekend, there will be events celebrating Secretariat's birthday including special memorabilia. Secretariat's descendants will make appearances and visitors can take tours of the farm featuring the foaling shed where Secretariat was born and a petting farm for the kids. Penny Chenery, Secretariat's owner and "first lady of racing," will be there too.
Secretariat Birthday Celebration is March 29-30. Saturday's events are $10 for general admission tickets, and Friday's event prices range from $25 to $100. Go to secretariat.com for tickets and more information about the event.
Springtime in Hersheypark
With Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of an early spring, Hershey, Pa., is gearing up and giving a sneak peek to this summer's activities. HersheyPark will open with dozens of rides, live entertainment and discounted ticket prices. The Spa at The Hotel Hershey is offering three new facials; Hershey's Chocolate World is having March Madness games for kids and other events are scheduled all around town.
Springtime in Hershey is offering multiple events across town. Hersheypark will open on the weekends of March 29-31, April 6-7 and April 13-14. For information on events, go to hersheypa.com.