Mother's Day Tea at Tudor Place
Celebrate Mother's Day with a view of the Potomac River at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden. The Georgetown mansion, formerly the home of George Washington's step-granddaughter, is set in more than 5 acres of gardens. Sample period teas, finger sandwiches and rich desserts with Mom while learning a little about tea etiquette from a costumed interpreter. Finish Mother's Day by creating a period craft for her.
The Mother's Day Tea is 11 a.m. to noon (the 2 p.m. sitting is sold out) on Sunday, May 13. Tickets are $20 for Tudor Place members ($25 for nonmembers) and $10 for children (recommended for ages 5 and older). Tudor Place is at 1644 31 St. N.W., Washington. Register for the event at tudorplace.org.
'Uncorked!' wine exhibition
Learn about the culture of wine in the new exhibition "Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition." Open through Jan. 6, the exhibition is a celebration of objects and images that have to do with the passion for wine. Explore how wine was marketed, consumed and enjoyed in America and England from the 1600s through the 1800s. Then step outside to admire Winterthur's 1,000 acres of gardens, streams, meadows and forests.
The Winterthur museum and garden are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. General admission for adults is $18; $16 for students and seniors (over 62); $5 for, children ages 2-11. Purchase tickets or make reservations by calling 800-448-3883 or 302-888-4600. Winterthur is at 5105 Kennett Pike (Route 5), Winterthur. More information: winterthur.org.
Drive out to the beach to enjoy Restaurant Week (it's a little more than that — 15 days, to be precise) at the resort town. Many Ocean City favorites will participate, offering fixed-price lunch and dinner menus of $10, $20, $30 or $40. Some participating restaurants are also part of a Bonus Bites & Beverages promotion and offer a discounted dessert, wine flight or a signature cocktail.
Ocean City Restaurant Week begins Sunday, May 6, and runs though May 20. The fixed-price menus do not include tip, gratuity or alcohol. Reservations are not required but are encouraged. For a list of participating restaurants and menus, go to oceancityrestaurantweek.com.
Pocono Manor, Pa.
Tough Mudder Pennsylvania
Craving a tough physical competition? Look no further — the Inn at Pocono Manor is hosting Tough Mudder Pennsylvania. This 11-mile endurance challenge features more than 25 military-style obstacles and was designed by British special forces. Obstacles include "Funky Monkey" (greased monkey bars), "Fire Walker" (a run through 4-foot-high flames) and "Electroshock Therapy" (a gantlet of 10,000-volt dangling wires). Dare to compete and support the Wounded Warrior Project, which assists severely injured veterans.
The Inn at Pocono Manor will host Tough Mudder Pennsylvania on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. You might not be able to participate — registration ($200) ends Saturday, May 5. But for $20 ($40 on the days of the event), you can watch others challenge themselves. The Inn at Pocono Manor is at 1 Manor Drive, Pocono Manor, Pa., about a 31/2 –hour drive from Baltimore. Registration, spectator tickets and other information: toughmudder.com.
KOA's Come Kamp & Care With Us
Enjoy the spring weather with a camping trip to benefit Kampgrounds of America Care Camps for children being treated for cancer. Campers who stay as paying guests on Friday, May 11, receive free camping the next night. Last year, more than $500,000 was raised, allowing these children to have fun at summer camps across the nation.
Nearby sites are the Hagerstown/Antietam Battlefield KOA (11759 Snug Harbor Lane, Williamsport) and the Capitol KOA (768 Cecil Ave. North, Millersville). More information: koa.com, koacarecamps.com.
The garden at Winterthur. (JED KIRSCHBAUM, Baltimore Sun / April 18, 2006)