Star-Spangled Banner Weekend in Baltimore

Fort McHenry in Baltimore will host a three-day encampment with more than 100 War of 1812 re-enactors, parades, military bands, fireworks, a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment and much more Sept. 13–15.

Events begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13 with a musket and cannon firing salute from Federal Hill. After the ceremony, the re-enactors will board sailing boats and return with a 30-by-42-foot replica flag to Fort McHenry.

A program starting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 features a concert, musket-firing tactical demonstration with volunteer re-enactors from all over the country (narrated), a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment and evening fireworks show. Other activities on Sept. 14 and 15 include children's programs, historic boats, military encampments/demonstrations and a visit by Pride of Baltimore II. For details, visit

VA Outdoor Summit for Young Adults in VA

Virginia State Parks, in partnership with Outdoor Nation, the millennial-led movement championing the outdoors, will offer youth summits this summer for young adults, ages 18–28, who have been identified as "millennial leaders" to connect with local peers to identify regional outdoor issues, develop strategies and get leadership training. Summits take place at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach July 12–14 and Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield Aug. 1–3.

There is no cost to attend the Outdoor Nation Summits — food and materials are provided. Participants are responsible for their travel to and from the event.

Campsites are available, but participants will need to bring a tent, sleeping bag and personal items. Tents can be provided upon request.

To register for a summit, visit

Oh, Say Can You Sew?

The Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore has recruited experienced tailors to guide a project re-creating a 30-by-42-foot flag like the one that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words to the national anthem.

The flag is being made totally by hand, and in six weeks, like the original.

The public can join in and contribute a stitch or two. Public sewing days are scheduled Aug. 3 and Aug. 11. For details, visit:

Take a Tour of VIMS Labs, Collections

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester is offering Summer Public Tours 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. most Fridays through August. The tours, for ages 9 and older, generally include a visit to the VIMS Visitors Center and Aquarium, a VIMS research laboratory and the VIMS Teaching Marsh or Fish Collection.

Reservations are required by Wednesday of the tour week. For a list of dates, or to register, visit or call 804-684-7846.

Susquehanna Gateway Flatwater Challenge

The Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area is sponsoring the Susquehanna Gateway Flatwater Challenge on July 20 for amateur canoeists and kayakers.

The event is based at Indian Steps Museum near Airville, PA. Details are available at