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Father’s Day weekend … what to do?!? Bring dad down to the National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival and let him get his power-tool fix!
The carver’s arrive on Tuesday at the Addison Community Park to fire up their blades and start creating phenomenally detailed sculpture that is ready for auction on Saturday afternoon. The public is welcome to peruse the grounds and enjoy conversation with the artists, carving demonstrations, and food booths. On Friday night be entertained by our hometown parade and an awesome fireworks display by Addison VFD and Little Big Shots. Saturday afternoon brings the Silent Auction winner announcement, raffle drawing, and the carving auction. The net proceeds from this event benefit the Somerset County Blind Center. Thank you Confluence Lions Club!

http://www.carvingfest.confluencelions.org/

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Whew! We are finally catching our breath after a rather hectic season opener. Normally we get off to a gradual start, but our spring bookings emulated the weather and came in torrents! Yay! Our first guests were gracious enough to be ‘guinea pigs’ and try out some new recipes, so we have added to the menu with three new taste-tempting treats. Come on over and have a bite!

Hartzell House is grateful to have received the honor of a very generous grant from the Somerset County Tourism Agency grant program, and has broken ground on our extensive landscape project at last. In response to numerous guest requests, we hope to have the new gardens and outdoor common areas ready for small parties and receptions by next Spring!

We enjoyed a lovely Mother’s Day breakfast of ginger-pear stuffed French toast and rustic frittatas with our first-time guests and returning friends, some all the way from California! We were graced by a light dusting of snow just after breakfast and are seeing patches of blue that we hope will grow into a beautiful day!

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who loves someone maternally!

I just got a tasty little e-mail from my friends at the Savage River Lodge, www.savageriverlodge.com, who tell me of a wine tasting event that will take place on Saturday, March 13, from 3 – 5 pm. They will be tasting 8 different wines from Chateau St Michelle and serving light appetizers. I believe the cost is $35 pp. Please call 301.689.3200 for reservations as space is filling up. If you haven’t experienced the fine dining and atmosphere at Savage River Lodge, you are missing out on possibly the best dining in our beautiful tri-state area.

On a little aside, our resident chipmunks are out and about; teasing the dogs and stealing the birdseed. It should be 60 degrees today and I plan on getting some sun as I shovel the snow in the parking lot. We have a couple of rooms available this weekend, so come up and see us!

Top ‘O the Mountain to you!

Come up in March and experience the  green as Spring breaks forth in all her glory! We are hoping for the snow to fade into a wonderful memory of skiing, sledding, and hot mugs by the fireside, and usher forth blue skies, budding trees, and an abundance of opportunities for adventure and excitement. Start the season off with a stay at Hartzell House and a visit to Christian Klay Winery!  Check out their website for more alluring events in the upcoming months!

Celtic Fest at Christian Klay Winery

March 14, 2010

Please note that this event is on Sunday, March 14, 2010.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Celebrate the coming of St. Paddy’s Day with the live music of Mike Gallagher and complimentary wine tastings! $15/person, plus tax. Advance, pre-paid reservations are required. Ticket price is refundable up to 48 hours prior to the event.

Visit http://www.cwklaywinery.com or call 724.439.3424 for more information or to purchase your tickets.

Christian Klay Winery

Hello from the beautiful Laurel Highlands!

We are enjoying a beautiful 36+” blanket of snow up here on the mountain and had some very determined guests trek in this past weekend to take advantage of the snow. They set out early and made the twenty-minute drive down to the Wisp Ski Resort in Deep Creek, and enjoyed a full day of “the best ski conditions ever!”. They then had an awesome dinner at the Pine Lodge Steakhouse before coming back to snuggle down next to the fire with a nice glass of wine.

It looks like the skiing will continue to be great at Wisp and Seven Springs as well as the many cross-country ski trails in the area, so bring your skis and head on up! Your home-away-from-home is waiting for you!