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The start of summer 2010 brings lots of options for wine fans

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The weather might not be cooperating lately, but if the calendar is to be believed, Summer in Baltimore is just around the corner. For me, that usually means humiliating myself on a softball field, flinging myself down the Potomac River in a water tube, and amassing an impressive collection of big floppy hats to wear to Wine Festivals. What can I say? I’m a redhead that burns easily.
 
And June is just busting out all over with festivals in our area!
 
June 5 and 6, 19 and 20, and 26 and 27 is the Solstice Celebration at Cygnus Winecellars. This free event explores the Celtic traditions of the Solstice and features the delicious Cygnus wines. 
 
Every Thursday between June 10 and September 9, head up to Boordy Vineyards between 4 and 8 for their “Sustainable Happy Hour.” This farmers’ market features local musicians, locally grown foods, and Boordy wines for sales and sips. If you can’t make it on Thursdays, the summer concert series kicks off on June 12. Check out the Boordy Events page  for more information on both of these.
 
Great Grapes returns to Oregon Ridge Park on June 12 and 13. A two day ticket is $35 in advance online, while a single-day pass is $20 in advance or $25 on-site. Additional ticket options are available for designated drivers, and kids 12 and under are free! Pack a picnic and a couple of lawn chairs, and enjoy the music, arts, crafts, and wine of some of Maryland’s best.
 
The next weekend (June 19) brings Wine by the Water, a fundraiser for the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance. From 2-6 in the afternoon, you can enjoy wine samples, live music, food, a silent auction, and a children’s craft tent all at West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor (between the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Visitor Center). Tickets are available now at aMuse Toys in Fells Point, Ladybugs and Fireflies on Charles Street (cash only please at both locations) or online. Advance tickets are $25 for DBFA members and $30 for non-members. These both bump up an additional $5 on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free, those between 13 and 20 (and Designated Drivers) are $10.
 
Finally, if you want to mix a little history with your drinking, head up to Dove Valley Winery the weekend of June 26 and 27 for their Civil War Encampment weekend. Arts, crafts, and live artillery demonstrations! Seriously, who could ask for anything more?
Photo by Flickr User: Fast Forward Event Productions
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