Sat, May 27 2006 - Hiking & Caribbean Wine Festival (View Original Event Details)|
Kim Buhrman, Sarah Dannenfelser
|Participants:||Kim Buhrman, Diana Cramp, Jen A, Sarah Dannenfelser, Kimberly Engle, Terrick Khan, Cynthia Hildenbrand, Tom Reichelderfer, Ali Badii, Aimee Morris, Seth Young, Leo Seung, Herb Volker|
Clouds filled the sky on Saturday morning, but it turned out
to be the perfect weather day. The participants met at the carpool and
caravaned to Morgan Run Environmental Area. This was a new place for
most people and the parking lot was fairly empty. We began with a short
loop through a wide open meadow along grass trails. Everyone stayed
together as a group and many interesting conversations were heard. We
continued along the semi-mowed trail and hiked a second loop into the
woods. This trail passed old farm buildings and a very interested
cage..check out the picture! It was a good climb coming up the 2nd half of
the loop and the group stopped for a break under a large picnic table in
some shade. After the break, the hike continued through some more
meadows and woods. Along the way we encountered a few horses and stopped
to admire them. By then, the clouds still looked a bit threatening
above, but the sun would peek out for moments of hope. Everyone began
looking forward to the wine festival and we hiked briskly to the parking
lot (although a slight detour took place)!.
We caravaned to the Caribbean Wine Festival at Linganore Wineries.
When we arrived at the Wine Festival...we began by tasting some wines and
then grabbed a spot on the lawn. Most of us were also famished by
this time and quickly headed to get food ...while the thought of Caribbean
Jerk Chicken sounded fabulous, standing in line for 20 minutes and not
moving was not fun, so I think everyone ended up choosing a different
Several members choose to attend the wine tour. Linganore produces
60% of all Maryland wine and boasts 32 different varieties of wine.
Berrywine Plantations produces only berry wines, which we learned on the
wine tour, consists only of berries...no grapes allowed! The tour was
very informational and Linganore does a lot to support local businesses
and the environment.
This is a great wine festival because there are unlimited tastings.
But, a few of us bought bottles of wine to share on the lawn. Steel
drums bands played throughout the day and we heard several versions of
"Red, Red Wine" and "Stir it Up." There was a very relaxed mood in the
air. We shared some kettle cooked sugared almonds..delicious! There
were many different craft vendors, and one of our members, Seth, enjoyed
a masssage. The sun started kicking in, along with the wine, and by
5ish, we were ready to call it a day.
We couldn't have asked for a nicer group of people. We had a
wonderful time on this event and hope everyone else did as well. Thanks for
-Kim Buhrman and Sarah Dannenfelser
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