The Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival gives visitors a chance to get an up-close view of more than 20 hot-air balloon teams
from across the country, and then observe them in their natural habitat: the sky. The weekend-long festival is held on the grassy expanse of Meadow Event Park. The main attractions are the morning and early-evening
flights, when all 20 colorful vessels take to the air at once and gracefully interrupt the annual paper-plane migration.
On Saturday, a sweeping balloon-glow display will light up the night sky. Meanwhile, off-site rides instill wonder with dawn or near-dusk flights in one of the
balloons?and include transportation back to the grounds in the chase car. And yet balloons aren't the festival's only draw: regional
crafts vendors display their hand-made apparel and arts, while craft beer and wine tastings pair with food from local restaurants.
Throughout each day, live bands play classic rock and new wave, old-school jazz and R&B, and folk-infused country.
Five tattoo artists make River City Tattoo their sacred studio, and each one has an inking style all their own. A quick look at the team's portfolio highlights these subtle differences. Adam Marton, for example, emblazons skin with colors from across the spectrum, while Ashly's monochrome markings express just as much in black and white. Ranging from abstract to classic?and everything in between?the team's eclectic designs are nonetheless unified by the artists' dedication to self-expression. Of course, sometimes those expressions won't make sense in the future's arcane hieroglyphic language, so River city can also remove existing tattoos permanently.
Ashwood Gardens & Nursery is a family-owned-and-operated business offering a vast array of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. The majority of plants offered are raised and educated on Ashwood’s 2-acre, park-like land. Browse the greenhouse’s tropical plants, annuals, herbs, and beautiful hanging baskets, or stroll among 25,000 square feet of beds of shrubs and trees in the nursery section. Put your Groupon toward a flowering plant such as a 10-inch petunia basket ($15.99), a 3-gallon rhododendron ($32.99), or a 14-inch geranium tub ($34.99). Purchase an empty 14-inch ceramic pot to start your own planter or carnival beanbag toss game ($31.99). Ashwood Gardens & Nursery’s knowledgeable staff will help with questions about care, landscaping, and design.
Piano, Guitar and Voice instruction for all ages. Adult beginners are welcome! Yamaha Music School for children ages 4&5 -6&7. Qualified, experienced and patient teachers. We teach what you want to learn!
Recently founded with the intention of stocking a gift for every occasion, taste, and temperament, The Freckled Frog outfits present presenters with dinnerware, furniture, home décor, and wine accessories. Garden and house flags ($10.50–$25.99) add flavor to front yards and politely ward off literate insects, while a wide array of candles ($10–$22.99) can freshen up the home's long-forgotten oubliette. Otherwise, prep for upcoming dinner parties with wine glasses ($14.99–$19.50), cocktail napkins ($5.50), and an aroma-wafting Reed diffuser ($21.50) that spares hostesses the expense of hiring a department store perfume sprayer to spritz guests every time they leave the table.
Relay finds the tastiest local food businesses -- farms, bakeries, butchers, wine shops, restaurants, groceries, and more -- and hosts their offerings online at in-store prices.
Relay gathers your order and brings it to one of 15 pick-up locations all over town. You pick it up for free, or we deliver for a fee.