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Northern Neck plans Winterfest

Virginia’s Northern Neck will mark “Winterfest 2014” from Feb. 14-17 with events celebrating recreation in the Northern Neck in winter, and the legacy of the region where three presidents were born.

All 10 wineries in the Northern Neck will be open for tours, tastings and cherry-themed delicacies. Outdoor events will feature geocaching at Belle Isle State Park, the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail Sweetheart Half-Marathon, “Stratford Under Your Feet” guided fossil walk at Stratford Hall, and a “Menokin Illuminated” moonlit walk of the grounds surrounding the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee outside Warsaw.

The second Friday Art Walk will be held at Colonial Beach, and the Owl Prowl will take place at Caledon State Park. On Monday, George Washington Birthplace National Monument will be celebrating Washington’s Birthday with cake and living history demonstrations, in addition to hosting 4-H activities.

Inside events will include Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association’s oyster-growing demonstration tanks at the Visitors Center at Westmoreland State Park, a book-signing of Vanessa Wedding’s An Uncivilized Yankee at Oak Crest Winery, a Valentine’s dinner at Jacey Vineyards and productions of Boeing Boeing at the Lancaster Players Theatre in White Stone.

Various heritage guilds—blacksmithing, woodworking, spinners and weavers—will be active at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville.

For details, contact the attraction where the event is being held as some charge fees and require registration, A complete schedule of events for the four-day Winterfest is available here or by calling 804/333-1919.