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The Many Treasures in Frederick, MD

Provided by John Cowgill You likely have heard of Frederick, Maryland.  It is that town that you pass by while you drive along U.S. 15, or you think of it as where you catch I-70 to head west.  Have you ever thought about stopping by and seeing what is in Frederick?  You are wondering what could possibly be in Frederick.  …

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Three Cooking Schools to be Held at the Swag in 2016

Provided by Werner Public Relations The Swag, an award-winning 14-room hideaway tucked high above the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina will offer three mountaintop Cooking Schools in 2016.  Under the direction of The Swag’s Executive Chef Ernest Bledsoe, the two day (two or three night) Cooking Schools will feature favorite dishes served at The Swag. Taking place …

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A Stroll through Solomons, MD

Provided by John Cowgill Solomons, Maryland is a town that sits on the Patuxent River at the southernmost end of Calvert County. Although the town center is on the mainland, most of the people go to the island where most of the waterfront is located. People flock here for its beautiful vistas of the river as they stroll along the …

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Twenty years later, Discovery Museum still inspires young learners

Provided by Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is pleased to announce its Twentieth Anniversary Celebration, sponsored by Shenandoah Smiles. The event is scheduled for April 9, 2016 and is offered at a reduced admission rate of $5.00 per person and is free for members of the museum. The celebration will begin at 9:00 a. m. and …

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The ‘York’ Returns to Baltimore

Provided by John Cowgill In 1831, the original York steam locomotive was built at the Mount Clare Shops in Baltimore, Maryland, and it went into service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.  A replica was later built in 1927 for the two week long ‘Fair of the Iron Horse’ in Halethorpe, Maryland celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Baltimore and …

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A Stroll Down King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Provided by John Cowgill Alexandria, Virginia is one of the most storied cities in America.  Every step you take is a place where one story after another took place.  At one time, it was the fifth largest waterfront in America.  It has always been a very busy place, and it gets busier every day.  The many shops and restaurants are …

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Discover Prince William and Manassas, FY15 Annual Report

An incredible year for local tourism The numbers are undeniably impressive…visitors to Prince William & Manassas generated $593 million in direct expenditures in 2014, a collective increase of 3.8% compared to the previous year.  Prince William County continued its recovery from the federal government shut-down and sequestration of the preceding year with hotel occupancy tax collections increasing by 7% to …

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The Railroad: In the Beginning

Provided by John Cowgill So you love railroads.  You love the toot of the horn, the sound of the roaring engine, the sounds of the wheels, and you count the cars as they go by.  Whether you are at the junction at Wellington Road in Manassas or at one of the VRE stations in Woodbridge, you are always drawn to …

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A Drive to Dover, Delaware

Provided by John Cowgill When you think about where to go on a day road trip, you would have to admit that Dover, Delaware would not be on too many lists. You are wondering what there is to see in Dover other than the state capitol and the Dover Downs Slots which also includes the speedway that hosts a Nascar …

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Meet Santa on the Virginia Railway Express Train

Provided by Virginia Railway Express Trains have long been part of the holiday season, whether it’s a 150-ton train bringing loved ones home to celebrate the holidays with family or a toy train set circling underneath a decorated tree. On Saturday, December 12, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Virginia’s commuter rail service, along with Operation Lifesaver, will continue the tradition by playing host to Santa, …

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