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Christmas in the Woods
Nov. 2 – Dec. 2
Rockfield Manor
Bel Air, Harford County Antique Bottle Show and Sale
Nov. 4
Singerly Fire Hall
Elkton, Cecil County
Maryland Irish Festival
Nov. 9-11
Timonium fairgrounds
Baltimore County Festival of Wreaths
Nov. 10 – Dec. 1
Dorchester County Salute to Veterans Parade
Nov. 11
LaPlata, Charles County Winterfest of Lights
Nov. 15 – Jan. 1
Ocean City
Christmas on the Potomac
Nov. 16 – Jan 16.
Gaylord National Resort
Prince George’s County Amish Quilt Auction
Nov. 17
St. Mary’s County Ornament Show and Sale
Nov. 20 – Jan. 1
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Solomons, Calvert County Turkey Cluster All-Breed Dog Shows
Nov. 22-26
West Friendship, Howard County Frosty Friday
Nov. 23
Frederick Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
Nov. 23-24
Historic St. Mary’s City
St. Mary’s County Festival of Trees
Nov. 23-24
County fairgrounds
McHenry, Garrett County Santa Express/ North Pole Express
Weekends, Nov. 23 – Dec. 23
Western Maryland Scenic Railraod
Cumberland, Allegany County Victorian Christmas Weekend
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Historic Berlin
Worcester County

Rich Smoker painting a decoy

Chesapeake Bay art evokes the spirit of the region – an area known for its natural splendor, maritime culture and recreational choices. Visit 50 artist studios in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties during the River Arts Studio Tour, Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4. Discover treasures at the Eastern Shore Sea Glass Festival, Nov. 3 in St. Michaels, and the Fall Sea Glass Festival in Queen Anne’s County, Nov. 16-17. And, immerse yourself in bay culture at the classic Waterfowl Festival, Nov. 9-11 in Easton.

Maryland Traditions photo (above): Rich Smoker is a master decoy carver who lives in Somerset County.

Bay traditions
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels celebrates all things oysters at Oysterfest, Nov. 3. The Maritime Republic of Eastport – established in 1998 – stages its annual Tug of War with “Annapolis Proper,” also on Nov. 3. In Queen Anne’s County, the Kent Narrows Holiday Boat Parade is Nov. 17. And, the Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic – the season’s largest rockfish tournament (organized by Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen’s Association) – runs Nov. 17-18.

Holiday crafts
Find a hand-crafted gift for yourself or for holiday-giving at one of these seasonal shows:

Howard County Crafts Spectacular, Nov. 2-4, fairgrounds, West Friendship
Needleart 2012, Nov. 2-25, Montpelier Mansion, Laurel, Prince George’s County
Christmas Market and Craft Handmade Show, Nov. 3 – Dec. 15, Westminster, Carroll County
The Potter’s Guild Holiday Show, Nov. 10-11, Meadow Mill at Woodberry, Baltimore
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Nov. 16-18, Gaithersburg, Montgomery County
County Crafts Guild Fall Arts & Crafts Show, Nov. 23-24, Rock Hall Fire House, Kent County

Train Caboose

Train exhibits
Indulge your nostalgia for model trains and the real thing. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum – where you’ll discover why this Western Maryland town was called “Hub City” – presents The Trains of Christmas, Nov. 16 – Feb. 24. The Fire Museum in Baltimore County opens its Holiday Train Garden, Nov. 24. Also, the B&O Museums in Baltimore and Ellicott City – two locations tied to the origins of American railroading – stage annual exhibitions: Holiday Festival of Trains & Toys, Nov. 23 – Dec. 31 in Baltimore, and Holiday Festival of Trains, Nov. 23 – Jan. 27 in Ellicott City.

Civil War stories
Civil War Trains Exhibit at Hagerstown’s Discovery Station Museum, Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, is an authentic scale-model display that depicts how railroads were used during the war. At the Nov. 15 meeting of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable (at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick), author Tom Clemens discusses “Antietam in Their Own Words.” Also, an exhibit of photography at Antietam, Bringing the Story of War to Our Doorsteps, runs to Dec. 1 at Antietam National Battlefield’s Pry House Museum.
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