GIVEAWAY: Monster Jam Brings BIG things to Hagerstown Speedway

This post has been sponsored by Feld Entertainment for Monster Jam. The following comments and opinions are my own.

As a mom, my first introduction to Monster Jam trucks were early last year for a Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshop with Noah. He built Grave Digger one week and Blue Thunder another. Ever since then, the kid has been hooked!

In addition, Hot Wheels partners with Monster Jam… and we all know that Noah is a SUPER Hot Wheels fan. So it should come to no surprise that he has the Hot Wheels Monster Jam Trucks too. I have had my eyes on their show for a while but because I know it gets loud, I wanted Noah to be a little older. But trust me, this kid is ready. He watches shows all the time on YouTube.

As you can see… these are twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound MONSTER machines on an obstacle track. You will witness these trucks speeding up to 100 mph, flying high as 35 ft and smashing through anything in their way! This competitive series is back this month at Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland for three days. There are 8 trucks* and drivers you can expect at the shows:

  • GRAVE DIGGER driven by Pablo Huffaker
  • MONSTER MUT driven by Kevin Crocker
  • HOT WHEELS driven by Scott Buetow
  • CAROLINA CRUSHER driven by Gary Porter
  • MUTANT driven by Steven Sims
  • EL TORO LOCO driven by Kayla Blood
  • STONE CRUSHER driven by Steve Sims
  • HOOKED driven by Bryan Wright

*Trucks/drivers subject to change.

Monster Jam HagerstonNoah has no idea that we are going. I am excited for him. Even more that I have the opportunity to share this experience with another family as well. Off The Potomac is giving away 4 tickets to one lucky reader. Do you know what’s even better? YOU get to choose which day you want to go! (However we are going Sunday… just saying. lol) Here are the performance dates:

Friday, July 28th – 8:00 PM

Saturday, July 29th – 8:00 PM

Sunday, July 30th – 4:00 PM

Don’t miss your chance to win! You can even increase your chances with multiple entries. so ENTER NOW!

Giveaway ends July 23rd 2017. Winner will be announced Monday, July 24th 2017.

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Hagerstown Speedway is located:

15112 National Pike, Hagerstown MD 21740

To guarantee your trip, you have four ways to purchase:

  1. Visit www.ticketmaster.com
  2. Visit the Hagerstown Speedway Box Office
  3. Call Ticketmaster at 1-800- 745-3000
  4. Visit www.speedwayshopping.com

***On the Day of Show, all ticket prices will go up $3.00***

You can also see the trucks up close and meet drivers with admission to the Pit Party: Pit Party Passes are available for an additional $10 at the Hagerstown Speedway box office in person, online, at TicketMaster.com or Charge by Phone at 800-745- 3000. Same day event ticket along with Pit Pass is required for entry.

For more information on the Monster Jam, log onto www.MonsterJam.com. or follow Monster Jam via Facebook or Twitter.

This post has been sponsored by Feld Entertainment. All comment and opinions were my own.

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Get Lost in the Sunflower Maze at Ladybugs Alive

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The only thing better than a corn maze is a sunflower maze! I know you have seen those dreamy photos online a people drowned in a field of Sunflowers? I have always said to myself that is a place I need to be. However, every year I would miss the calling at Ladybugs Alive. The thing with flowers is that they only hold up but for so long. That means you have to catch them blooming at the right time.

Then Summer 2017 rolls around and I almost miss my chance to go AGAIN. This week was the last week and the Sunflowers were down to about 70%, so I made a last-minute decision to just GO! And I am so glad we did. If you have time in the early Summer, make your way down to Chaptico, Maryland in St. Mary’s County for this unique treat. You might even be greeted by the owner Jerry. He planted and cut out the maze himself. That’s what makes this trip even more special. Here is a little taste of what you can expect:

 

Bees.

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If you want to be in a sunflower maze, you need to be tolerant and not allergic to bees. They are everywhere. But don’t worry, they have lots of other “beesness” to attend. Just let them work. We need them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than just sunflowers.

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Lots of different flowers in the butterfly garden right across from the maze.

Butterflies.

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And what’s a butterfly garden without the butterflies right?

Lots to learn.

Kids get their own clipboard so that they can go on a scavenger hunt for birds and insects throughout the property. Included is a magnifying glass to confirm their findings and a marker to check off all their discoveries. Pretty cool right?

Plenty of play.

On a hot day, everyone can come into the shed for some ice-cold water and puzzles to play. Once the kids get cooled off they can go back outside for a game of cornhole or memory. Noah did not want to leave this place. It was a struggle. lol

A beautiful sunset on the field.

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The property closes after 9pm. It is perfect to watch the sun set on the field and catch a few lightning bugs on your way out!

Jerry and Pheobe were awesome. Noah of course also kept them entertained. We will definitely try to make this a yearly visit.

If you would like more information and would like you plan your own visit to Ladybugs Alive, visit their facebook page before you go!

Have you ever been to a Sunflower Maze before?

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Take a Sip and Ride with Vino 301

It seems like people on reality TV are always on some fancy chauffeured trip to a vineyard. Aside from the catfights, I told myself that will be me and my friends. Then one day, Leslie from Vino 301 Wine Concierge offered a complimentary wine tour for two in Southern Maryland. How could I turn that down? It was my cousin’s birthday so it was the perfect treat! But when we were picked up in THIS… I knew it was going to be a Sunday Funday. Just like on TV. 😛

At the pick-up site, we were professionally greeted and gifted wine totes and a stemless glass. Guests are free to bring their own bottle for the ride. If not, there are courtesy refreshments on board. Bring special cheeses and meats to pair with any bottle you do bring. Vino 301 will gladly store it for you.

We were on the Heritage Region Tour and our first stop was Thanksgiving Farm Winery. If you like vineyards that feels like home, this is the one for you. The owners Doug and Maureen Heimbuch grow and make their own wine. As a result, our time with them was extremely informative and attentive. We loved being able to enjoy and learn about each wine.

Thanksgiving Farm
Left: Stephanie of dailyappetite.com | Middle: Ashlee of willdrinkfortravel.com

Our second stop was Running Hare Vineyard. The picture says it all. Since this a large/popular location, things move fast here. The tastings wasn’t as intimate and as Thanksgiving Farm but there was good music, views and vibes. Plus food trucks. That still equals good time!

There was surprise. The beer. I am not a beer drinker but I had my first beer flight at the Calvert Brewing Company bar on site and enjoyed it. It was included in the tour. My favorite was the Calvert Cream Ale.

 

With my cousin Dionne.
But before you go…There are a few things you should know about Vino 301 Wine Concierge:

  • You have options. Choose between a regional, chocolate, special vent or customize your own tour.
  • The more the merrier…especially when you bring your favorite music or wine for the ride. This kind of thing is perfect for group outings or celebrations.
  • There is a discount for non drinkers. Yay!
  • You will not only have a personal driver, but a separate and personal guide. Our guide Christina was extremely enthusiastic and resourceful. She was ready to answer any questions we had. Christina even contacted me the day before via text message to introduce herself and confirm our trip. Great service.
  • Wine drinkers should be prepared to buy a bottle or full glass of what they like. Remember…this is just a tasting. If you’re a wine drinker like myself, that won’t be enough. Since you won’t be driving for a while…HAVE FUN!
  • Speaking of having fun… Time will seem to fly. You will probably leave wanting more on a beautiful day like ours.
  • Plan to dine with you company before or after your trip. That’s what we did and it really completed the tour for me.

Good news: If you take a Regional Tour on a Thursday or Friday between June 1 and September 8, 2017 you can use code SUMMERTOURS for 10% off.

So give it a try and let Vino 301 know OTP sent ya! 😉

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ICE at Gaylord National Harbor

Chillin’ on ICE! at Gaylord National Harbor

ICE slide Gaylord National Harbor

We finally had a chance to see what ICE at Gaylord National Harbor is all about. ICE! is a holiday attraction featuring two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures. This year the theme is “Christmas around the world“. The ice is so well sculpted and colored that I often forgot everything was ice. We knew ahead of time it would be 9 degrees so we all came layered and prepared. I heard a lot concerns about the temperature but once we put on the BlueParka over our existing coats, we were perfectly fine. Just don’t forget your gloves!

Depending on your interest, you can be in an out of there as quick as 20 minutes anyway. 

Since ICE! is a self-guided show, there is more seeing than doing. The main attraction would be the ICE! slide.

ICE slide Gaylord National Harbor

You can go on as many times as you’d like but twice is probably more than enough. For what you get, the price may seem a little steep so it’s best to utilize a Groupon or discount if you can.

Once you leave ICE!, the real family fun begins with the rest of “Christmas on The Potomac”. Here is some of what you can expect: 

  • Hot Chocolate
  • ICE! Family Picture Review and Purchase
  • Village of the North Pole
  • Breakfast with Charlie Brown™ & Friends
  • The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt
  • Gingerbread Decorating Corner
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop®
  • Sights and Sounds of the Season Laser Show
  • Photos with Santa
  • Potomac Express Train, Christmas Carousel and Attractions
  • Story time with Mrs. Claus

Brace yourself people…everything is sold separately. None of this is included in your ICE! ticket purchase.

You might not feel the need to go every year but ICE! is definitely something you want to consider putting on your bucket list. It would also make a great staycation if you booked a room for the night. For more information, visit HERE and Enjoy!