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    Hot Air Balloon Festival Contest Winners

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Turf Valley is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival Photo Contest.

    We asked festival attendees to submit their photos capturing the Dusk Balloon Glow, Glow of Dawn, Turf Valley Aloft, and Festival Favorite.  One winner from each category, selected by a panel of judges, will receive a canvas of their winning photograph, a $25 iTunes Gift Card, and a Limited Edition 2014 Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival Pin.

    And the winners are…

    Dusk Balloon Glow - Jinal Contractor

    Glow of Dawn – Paul Denbow

    Festival Favorite - Philip Reely

    Turf Valley Aloft – Twitter User @lkp773

    Congratulations to our winners! To claim your prize, please send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

    Thank you to those who shared and submitted their Hot Air Balloon Festival photos with us on Facebook and Twitter. Check out our official 2014 Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival album on Facebook! 

    Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival at Turf Valley

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Turf Valley’s annual Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival, to be held May 15-17, 2014 (weather permitting) is perfect for children and those young at heart. Enjoy hot air balloon launches, craft and food vendors and live entertainment!

    Tethered hot air balloon rides, dawn and dusk balloon launches, pilot demonstrations, and a walkabout hot air balloon are just a few of this year’s activities.  There will also be plenty of kids’ activities, including the Roaming Railroad and sand art, handmade crafts, retail and food vendors, and live entertainment.  We’ll also a large variety of food vendors, including La Pearl Waffles, Keep It Smokin' BBQ, and Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies.

    New to this year’s Hot Air Balloon Festival is the participation of the Maryland Army National Guard, bringing a rock climbing wall, several armored vehicles, and a helicopter for display. In celebration of Armed Forces Day, the festival will culminate with a special color guard presentation, small band performance, and the flight of Wounded Warriors in the Army-dedicated Eddie & Rickenbacker hot air balloon on Saturday, May 17th at 6:30 am.

    For festival information and weather updates, call our Special Events Hotline at 410.465.1500 ext. 2874

    Admission and Parking

    Admission to the event is free; activities are available for purchase.

    • Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16, 2014, 4:00-9:00 pm Balloon Festival
    • Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May, 16, 2014, 6:30 pm Balloon Launch

    Parking will be provided at the Howard County Fairgrounds, with a $10 fee per car to benefit the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association.  Shuttle buses to Turf Valley begin at 3:30 p.m., and the last shuttle will depart Turf Valley at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

    • Friday, May 16 & Saturday, May 17, 2014, 6:30 am Balloon Launch

    For the 6:30 a.m. balloon launches on Friday and Saturday, all parking will be at Turf Valley.

    Schedule of Events

    Thursday, May 15 (Park at Howard County Fairgrounds):

    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Vendor Exhibits Open (Food, Retail and Craft Vendors) 
    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Tethered Balloon Rides - Go up to 60-80 feet in a hot air balloon - $20 adults & $10 children under 12. 
    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Walkabout Balloon - Fun for kids, adults, & families of all ages - $2 fee
    • 6:30pm - Mass Ascension - Book your flight now/pay at flight time - 410-442-5566 - $220 per person
    • 8:30pm - Balloons Stand Up and Glow - 20 minutes

    Friday, May 16 

    Morning Activities (Park at Turf Valley)

    • 6:30am - Mass Ascension - Book your flight now/pay at flight time - 410-442-5566 - $220 per person 

    Afternoon Activities (Park at Howard County Fairgrounds)

    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Vendor Exhibits Open (Food, Retail and Craft Vendors) 
    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Tethered balloon Rides - Go up to 60-80 feet in a hot air balloon - $20 adults & $10 for kids 
    • 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Walkabout Balloon - Fun for kids, adults, & families of all ages - $2 fee
    • 6:30pm - Mass Ascension - Book your flight now/pay at flight time - 410-442-5566 - $220 per person
    • 8:30pm - Balloons Stand Up and Glow - 20 minutes

    Saturday, May 17 (Park at Turf Valley):

    Special activities celebrating Armed Forces Day

    • 6:30am - Mass Ascension - Book your flight now/pay at flight time - 410-442-5566 - $220 per person. Festival ends at 8:00AM

    Balloon-Related Activities

    • Walkabout Balloon - Available 4-8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15th & Friday, May 16th  - $2 fee
    • Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides - Available 4-8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15th & Friday, May 16th - $20 adults & $10 children under 12. 
    • Hot Air Balloon Flights - Available 6:30 p.m. on Thursday May 15th, 6:30 a.m. & 6:30 pm on Friday, May 16th, and 6:30 am on Saturday, May 17th - Book your flight at 410-442-5566 - $220 per person 

    Photo Contest

    Be sure to enter our Photo Contest! A lucky winner in each of our four categories will receive a canvas of their winning photograph, one $25 iTunes Gift Card, and a Limited Edition 2014 Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival Pin. Snap, hashtag ?#‎TurfValley and win! Visit our Facebook page for more details.

     

    About Preakness® Celebration

    Preakness® Celebration, Inc. is an organization established in 1988 to produce events in and around Baltimore that celebrate horse racing’s famed Preakness® Stakes. Preakness® Celebration stages a series of events, including hot air balloon ascensions and glows, the Preakness® 5-K Run at Pimlico and other special festivities. Throughout its 25 year history, Preakness® Celebration has accomplished its mission "to create and promote a unique series of fun and diverse events that enhances the Preakness®, engages the community, entertains residents & visitors alike, and generates positive economic impact to the City, region and State."

    About Turf Valley

    Turf Valley is located in the Baltimore/Washington Corridor and features 40,000 square feet of event space, guest rooms, meeting rooms and public areas the Turf Valley Spa, and 36 holes of Championship Golf.

    Last Minute Mother's Day DIY Gifts

    Last updated 4 months ago

    With Mother’s Day only a few days away, finding the perfect gift to show Mom how much you care is down to the wire. But, we have you covered! Give your mom a handmade gift this year that she’ll cherish. Here are some of our favorite do-it-yourself Mother’s Day gift ideas that Mom is sure to love.

    [Gardening Gift Basket | Vanilla Rose Sugar Scrub | Homemade Cookies in a Mason JarHomemade Tea with Custom Made Tea Tags | Teacup Candles]

    Be sure to craft your handmade gift with love! For more DIY holiday gift ideas and crafts, be sure to follow Turf Valley on Facebook and Twitter!

    May Events at Turf Valley

    Last updated 4 months ago

    It’s hard to believe that May is just a day away! We are excited about each of our upcoming events this Spring. From celebrating Preakness® with hot air balloons to fun with painting and wine, there is something for everyone at Turf Valley to keep you entertained.

    Party on the Patio | Every Friday, Beginning May 2nd | 5:00pm - 9:00 pm

    Party on the patio every Friday at Alexandra's Restaurant!  Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm, food and drink specials, and live music. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Call 410.480.2400 for more information.

    Mother's Day Buffet – Cameo Ballroom| Sunday, May 11th | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Join us in the Cameo Ballroom for a Mother's Day to remember! Enjoy all this buffet has to offer, from traditional breakfast favorites to the elaborate display of dessert. Show Mom how much you care!

    Reservations are required; please call 410.423.0813. View menu

    Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival | Thursday, May 15th through Saturday, May 17th

    • Thursday, May 15th | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Balloon Launch at 6:30 pm)
    • Friday, May 16th | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Balloon Launches at 6:30 am & 6:30 pm)
    • Saturday, May 17th | Balloon Launch at 6:30 am

     Enjoy our annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, perfect for young children and those young at heart. There will be family activities, handmade crafts, retail and food vendors, and live entertainment. Balloon-related activities will include tethered hot air balloon rides, a walk-through of an inflated hot air balloon, pilot demonstrations, balloon launches and the nightly Balloon Glow at dusk.

    On Saturday, May 17th, the Balloon Festival will culminate with a special Armed Forces Day Presentation and the launching of the balloons at 6:30 am.

    Admission to the Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival is free and open to the public. Balloon rides and flights will be fee-based. All public parking will be off-site at Howard County Fairgrounds. $10 per car, to be paid in cash upon arrival. Payment will be collected by the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association.

    Call 410-465-1500 ext. 2874 for more information and event-day updates. View flyer

    Black Ankle Wine Dinner | Saturday, May 24th | 6:30 pm

    Enjoy wines of complexity, subtlety and nuance at our Black Ankle Wine Dinner. Experience Chef Russell Svoboda's five-course menu featuring and paired with wines from Frederick County's Black Ankle Vineyards. Reservations required; please call 410.480.2400.

    Wine & Canvas at Alexandra’s | Wednesday, May 28th | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Join us in Alexandra's Restaurant and Wine and Canvas will bring the party to you! Making painting easy and exciting, their talented artists will instruct you step-by-step through re-creating the featured painting of the day. At the end of the event, you’ll take home a work of art that you created.

    Advance registration and payment is required. Visit the Wine and Canvas Event Calendar and select "Exotic Sunset" on May 28th to sign up.

    This event is managed through an outside party. Please contact Wine and Canvas directly with any questions at 443.255.9986 or infobalt@wineandcanvas.com.

    Stay connected with Turf Valley on Facebook and Twitter for more special events and posts!

    DIY Spring Spa Treatment

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Treat yourself to fresh Spring skin without stepping foot from your home.  Spring is a time for rejuvenation and renewal, and this do-it-yourself Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub is the perfect treat to refresh your skin.

    Body scrubs are important to exfoliate your skin, removing dead skin cells. Using natural oils allows your scrub to dually act as an exfoliant and moisturizer. Here’s all you need to make your own Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub, from heygorg.com.

    • 2 1/2 cups sugar in the raw
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 4-5 tablespoons vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup almond oil

    After mixing the ingredients, apply a small amount to a washcloth and scrub gently in a circular motion.  Be careful not to apply too much pressure, which may cause skin irritation and scratches.  After applying, rinse off and apply your favorite moisturizer. 

    This body scrub will also make an excellent homemade gift! Package in a mason jar and wrap with ribbon or twine.

    The Spa at Turf Valley, located in Ellicott City, MD, offers a variety of relaxing spa treatments, including massages, facials, and body treatments.  If you’re in need of a spa day away from home, call 410.203.2755. Stay connected with Turf Valley on Facebook and Twitter for more spa treats!

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