10 Nearby road trips and quick getaways

Farm to fashion

New York. Explore the 18th-century techniques of turning wool into cloth at historic Philipsburg Manor, with hands-on activities, including wool dyeing and weaving. Border collie herding demos, storytelling, workshops, interactive exhibit, and colonial garments on display. Sheep-to-Shawl Festival, Sleepy Hollow, April 16-17. www.hudsonvalley.org/events/sheep-shawl

Marine motoring

Maryland. If you feel the water calling, this show offers more than 200 powerboats of all sizes on display. Check out new and used fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, luxury cruisers, kayaks, inflatables, and others. Bay Bridge Boat Show, Stevensville, April 15-17. www.annapolisboatshows.com

Food truck fun

Delaware. More than a dozen food trucks serve up specialties and vie for votes at Harvest Ridge Winery. Live entertainment, wine tastings. Food Truck Competition, Marydel, April 15-16. www.harvestridgewinery.com

 

Handcrafts

New Jersey. Stroll Main Street for this juried arts show with original handmade items. Photography, paintings, fiber art, jewelry, pottery, metal and stone works. Kids' crafts area, live music, local restaurants with outside dining. Downtown Somerville Arts & Crafts Fest, Somerville, April 17. www.visitnj.org/nj-events/somerville-downtown-arts-crafts-fest

 

Signs of spring

Connecticut. More than 35,000 bulbs bloom in succession at a grand Colonial Revival home. Designer-created garden open for browsing during season. Colorblends House & Spring Garden, Bridgeport, through May 15. www.colorblendsspringgarden.com

 

Sunday market

Pennsylvania. Perfect destination for a Sunday drive: a farmers' market with goods from 28 local producers. Seasonal produce, goat milk cheeses, bison and chicken, pies, breads, maple syrup, flowers, bedding plants, and more. Live music, cooking demos. Emmaus Farmers' Market, Emmaus, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays , April through December. www.emmausmarket.com

Chili contest

Maryland. With competitions in red chili, green chili and salsa categories, this event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Tastings, beer tent, music. Main Street Heat Chili Cookoff, Mount Airy, April 16. www.mountairymainstreet.org

Heat and light

Delaware. Photography exhibit at the Carvel State Office Building highlights use of color infrared technique to capture heat energy and create unusual effects. Spirit of Eden: Nemours, Wilmington, weekdays only through April 29. www.delawarescene.com/event/16370

 

War reenactment

New Jersey. Step back in time at the Abraham Staats House to a reenactment of a Revolutionary War battle and encampment. See marching, drilling, and street fighting, walk through troops' living areas, tour historic home, enjoy colonial music and other presentations. Battle of Bound Brook, South Bound Brook, April 9-10. www.staatshouse.org

Printmaking via Poland

Pennsylvania. Works by several award-winning Polish artists, in Zug Hall at Elizabethtown College. Tradition and Contemporaneity: Prints and Drawings from Krakow, Elizabethtown, through May 20. www.discoverlancaster.com/event/details/18010