South Mountain

Spring Festival 2018

April 28th, Saturday - 10am-4pm

April 29th , Sunday - 12pm-4pm


This is our 3rd annual South Mountain Spring Festival.  This is a self guided tour around the area featuring our working pottery and craft gallery along with some of our very talented and interesting neighbors. For more information about each stop please click on their name and it will take you to their website.  Most venues will have special events and/or music.

van Gilder Pottery

20834 Townsend Road

Gapland, MD 21779

We have been busy this winter and the gallery is full of new pots!  You will also find Jonathan's Spoons, earrings by Mullanium and Keith Lewis, hand crafted cutting boards by local woodworkers, handblown glass and more!







Caprikorn Farms

20312 Townsend Road

Gapland, MD 21779

Caprikorn Farms raises award-winning Saanen dairy goats. Come sample our awesome goat cheeses. Visit our petting paddock where your kids can meet our“kids”.  In addition to touring our goat milking facility, you can try your hand at milking a goat. We will also be selling grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.







Distillery Lane Ciderworks

5533 Gapland Road

Jefferson, MD 21755

We know hard cider. Our handcrafted ciders are naturally tart, aromatic,and never sweet. With over 3,000 trees nestled at the base of South Mountain, in late April our blooms rival the Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition to cider tastings we will have bee keeping demonstrations, guided orchard tours and for the kids a Junior Orchardist Scavenger Hunt.







Orchid Cellar Winery

8546 Pete Wiles Road

Middletown, MD 21769

Get out–and join us along the South Mountain Trail for a fun-filled weekend! During the tasting, we will be blind sampling a new unreleased mead and if you can guess the prominent ingredient (other than honey) then your tasting is FREE! Come test your palate! We will be opening up our doors a bit earlier than usual on Saturday - 10am. Who's going to judge you? Tour all the best that the South Mountain area has to offer! Fun activities, tours, and refreshments. All are welcome.






Penguin Forge

1143 Valley Road

Knoxville, MD 21758

Blacksmith, David Dufficy transforms plain bars of iron into pieces of functional beauty using the traditional coal forge and anvil.  His pieces take inspiration from the traditional scrollwork of the past and the organic forms of nature: leaves, flowers, birds and animals.  Come experience why blacksmithing is truly a magical craft.







Big Cork Vinyards    

4235 Main Street

Rohrersville, MD 21779    

Big Cork Vinyards invites you to stop by and enjoy our spectacular vistas and award-winning wine.  We offer a selection of both red and white wines in a beautiful contemporary tasting room.  Big Cork Vinyards - where we lilke to think big and have big fun doing the little things that make life grand.         


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