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Transport your weekend plans from bland to bold with a simple click on today's Groupon. Rarely has Groupon so perfectly planned your entire upcoming weekend, but hey, you work hard, and we're looking out for you. Save your "oh, nothings" for next week's water-cooler questions. Today's Groupon gets you two days (September 12 and 13 from noon to 6 p.m.) of unlimited wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music, and a souvenir wine glass at Great Grapes Wine Arts & Food Festival. Advance two-day tickets to Great Grapes normally cost $30, so today's deal gives you enough extra dough to get tickets for fellow foodies or your weird oenophilic uncle. Want to go but can't leave the kids at home in a timeout all weekend? Great Grapes has you covered with free admission for children under 12 and a kid-friendly crafts and activities area.
As you roam through the elegant, breezy Reston Town Center, you can stop at each of the local wineries' exhibits to sample 150 different wines. Impress your friends with your newfound knowledge of wine and food pairings after a chat with local food and wine experts such as Jason Meringolo of Vinifera, Christopher Clime of Passion Fish, and Teddy Folkman of Granville Moore's Gastropub and the Food Network.
An impressive assortment of exhibitors will introduce you to culinary gadgets that you never knew existed but are sure to become essential weapons in your cooking arsenal, as well as an assortment of local arts and crafts to consider stocking up on for early holiday shopping. As you browse, enjoy the main-stage live musicians, including Looking for Lester, David Bach Consort, Carl Filipiak, and Junk Food. Check out Great Grapes's schedule to further plan your weekend, and get ready to fill your glass with wine and pile your plate with culinary knowledge.
Note: The 2-day ticket is valid for one person on two days only. You cannot use it for two people on the same day.
“Great Grapes!” was one of Doctor Laff’s catchphrases on the early ‘80s children’s program, Learningship. Dr. Laff was always eager to teach children about science and history—when the kids weren’t busy sneaking up behind him! Here are a few more of Dr. Laff’s memorable catchphrases:
- You kids had me confuzzled!
- You darn kids! Give me back my [insert object]!
- Why are you kids even here? Don’t you have school? I have bills to pay, I can’t be bothered now.
- Get out now! You’re not even listening to me. I’m trying to tell you about Sir Isaac Newton and you’re talking about rollerskates and blue jeans! I never want to see you again! Ooh, ice cream!
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Chesapeake Crab & Beer Fest
At Chesapeake Crab & Beer Fest, the air is filled with the cracking of crab shells, the uncapping of beer bottles, the popping of wine corks, and the beats of local bands. More than 65,000 crabs are set to be boiled, topped with seasonings, and slathered with butter during the festival, which also offers hearty sides and vegetarian options for sale. Beyond the food, drink, and music, the event also fills tents with arts and handicrafts for sale, as well as with activities for kids and families to enjoy together.