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Supper at Sunset set for September 26th

Article by Sherry Perkins

Six years ago, Downtown Denton Main Street, local farmers, and chefs—in collaboration with Farm to Table—planned and hosted “Supper at Sunset.” Their shared goal was to use the best, local farm fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats to create a distinctive, and scenic dining experience for patrons. Over time, “Supper at Sunset,” became a singular event, much anticipated by area diners.

“Supper at Sunset” now showcases the talent of our community chefs using locally sourced foods when possible or selected wholesale foods when local is not an option. Traditionally, “Supper at Sunset” has been held on Market Street. A section of road was temporarily closed in preparation for the meal. Party lights were strung, and tables were placed end-to-end so one continuous setting could be accomplished while encouraging a true community meal and while appreciating the sunset and scenery of the historic district.

Occasionally, the supper has been held elsewhere. One year, the Visitor Center provided a different, scenic setting beside the Choptank River. This year, because COVID 19 has presented its unique challenges, the community dining concept has been re-imagined for health and safety purposes.

Rather than tables being placed in an uninterrupted line, smaller tables accommodating parties of two to six diners, will be used. The yard at the Culinary Center is this year’s selected locale since it allows for the necessary physical distancing. The supper date is set for September 26th with a rain date of September 27th.

The meals will be served in four courses instead of family-style service, another health-smart practice. Wine will be paired with each course, the selections provided and reviewed by Triple Creek Winery. Patti’s Petals will be dressing the tables and adding florals. The Downtown Denton Main Street Board of Directors will be acting as wait staff.

The menu includes bruschetta appetizer, garden salad, beef filet and shrimp entrée, and a berry cobbler dessert. Tickets can be purchased at $60 per person or $110 for a couple. If you have special dietary need such as vegetarian or gluten free options, please provide that information at time of ticket purchase. Net proceeds from the supper will help fund numerous mini grants for Downtown Denton Main Street businesses affected by COVID 19 restrictions.

“Supper at Sunset” is the primary fundraiser for Downtown Denton Main Street businesses and community ventures. Other events are planned for the year, including a Halloween event on Saturday, October 24th. Shop Small Saturday & our Annual Holiday Window contest will kick-off the holiday shopping season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The always anticipated Holiday Market starts the first weekend in December, following the Holiday Parade.

Purchase tickets for Supper at Sunset here.

Adkins Arboretum Announces Fall Native Plant Sale—Online!

Prepare for fall in the garden! Adkins Arboretum, offering the Chesapeake gardener the best selection of landscape-ready native plants for more than 20 years, announces its Fall Native Plant Sale. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s rich variety of education programs, scheduled to resume in 2021, that teach about the Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

Due to recommendations regarding COVID-19, the fall sale will be conducted entirely online. Orders will be accepted through Thurs., Aug. 27 at adkinsarboretum.org and will be fulfilled via timed pickup. There will be no in-person shopping at the Arboretum.

Fall is the best season for planting, and the Arboretum offers the Chesapeake region’s largest selection of ornamental native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns and grasses for the fall landscape. Many native plants produce seeds, flowers and fruit in fall that attract migratory birds and butterflies. Brilliant orange butterfly weed and stunning red cardinal flower attract pollinators to the garden, while native asters add subtle shades of purple and blue. Redbud and dogwood dot the early-spring landscape with color, and shrubs such as chokeberry and beautyberry provide food and habitat for wildlife.

For those not sure how to integrate native plants into their landscape, the Arboretum’s Native Landscape Design Center has launched a new service targeted to smaller areas. In a 90-minute smartphone or video call, professional landscape designer Christina Pax will meet with participants to help devise beautiful and sound ideas for an area targeted for design. The ideas will incorporate native plants, support practices that clean and reduce runoff, and bring colorful support for pollinators and birds to the landscape. At the end of the meeting, participants will have a plant shopping list and a sketch that shows where to plant the plants. The fee for this service is $240. To learn more or to sign up, send email to design@adkinsarboretum.org.

As always, Arboretum members receive a generous discount on plants that varies according to membership level. Leon Andrus, the Arboretum’s first benefactor, lived to the age of 101. In honor of his long and fulfilling life, the Arboretum is seeking 101 new members during 2020. To join, visit adkinsarboretum.org or contact Kellen McCluskey at kmccluskey@adkinsarboretum.org.

Hit the Trails in Caroline County

Hit the trails in Caroline County! Below you’ll find links to trail maps for top spots to get outside and go for a hike! Please remember to practice social distancing while on the trails.

Adkins Arboretum
12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, MD
410-634-2847 |  Website
Adkins Arboretum Trail Map
Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve dedicated to promoting the appreciation and conservation of the rich and diverse native plants of the Delmarva Peninsula. Miles of interpretive paths lead visitors through a diverse setting of woodlands, meadows, wetlands, streams, and display gardens. The grounds remain open for your enjoyment from dawn to dusk. The Visitor’s Center, however, is temporarily closed, and no public restrooms are available on site. All programming is suspended until further notice.

Idylwild Wildlife Management Area
4404 Houston Branch Road, Federalsburg
410-376-3236  |  Website
Idylwild Wildlife Management Area Trail Map
Surrounding the headwaters of the Marshyhope Creek, Idylwild Wildlife Management Area consists of approximately 4,000 acres of diverse and unique recreational forest, including 27 miles of trails for bird watching, hiking, hunting, canoeing and kayaking. The trails are closed to motorized vehicles. Alongside of the Marshyhope Creek is Federalsburg’s four-mile long Greenway, which is paved for hiking and biking.
Please note: Hikers should be aware of open hunting seasons and visit accordingly. Trails are maintained but not actively marked. 

Lynch Preserve
Parking area at the end of Robin’s Creek Road, Preston
Lynch Preserve Trail Map
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Lynch Preserve offers around 2 miles of hiking trails along the Choptank River and Robin’s Creek.

Martinak State Park
137 Deep Shore Road, Denton, MD
410-820-1668  |  Website
Martinak State Park Trail Map
Enjoy a peaceful hike at Martinak State Park. Located along the Choptank River and Watts Creek just south of historic Denton, Martinak State Park is the perfect place to stroll through forest trails or take in views of the river.

Tuckahoe State Park
13070 Crouse Mill Rd, Queen Anne, MD
410-820-1668  |  Website
Tuckahoe State Mark Trail Map*
Tuckahoe State Park has more than 20 miles of scenic trails perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding. A 60-acre lake feeds the Tuckahoe Creek, which winds through the length of the park.
*The Little Florida Trail is currently closed. Printed trail maps are available for hikers at the Park Office. 

Adkins Arboretum Releases Field Guide Series, Virtual Education Materials

Want to learn more about native trees and plants? Adkins Arboretum has released a series of family-friendly field guides as an introduction to some of the more than 600 species of native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses and vines found on the Arboretum site.

While the Arboretum’s public education programs are on hold due to safer-at-home advisories, grounds are open daily for exploring. The new Adkins Field Guides provide a helpful starting point for exploring the natural world or introducing a young naturalist to the wonders of the wild.

Each guide includes a video and printable support activities with select points of identification and examples of each species’ ecological benefits and cultural significance. All allow ample opportunity for exploration. Currently, guides are available for American beech, paw paw, shining sumac and white oak.

The field guide series was produced by Schoolhouse Farmhouse of Cordova and was made possible through generous funding by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area. Music for the first four guides was performed by National Music Festival musicians during the Arboretum’s 2019 Forest Music program. The bassoon composition, titled “Arboretum,” was written by Brad Balliett specifically for this performance.

The Adkins Field Guides comprise just one of several initiatives to make outdoor education accessible, both to those who visit the grounds in person and those who visit online. Each Thursday, staff release a new, family-friendly “Take It With You!” activity that visitors can use to add an extra layer of fun and adventure to their walks at the Arboretum. Visitors can download a PDF or simply snap a photo of the activity with their phones. A paper copy is posted on the back door of the Visitor’s Center, along with other information to keep members and friends up to date.

Sylvan Kaufman, the Arboretum’s science advisor and the principal of Sylvan Green Earth Consulting, has developed a series of short education videos about the natural history of some of the plants on the Arboretum grounds. Each video is packed with information on identification, plant-animal interactions and some human uses for the plant. In addition, monthly “What’s in Bloom?” guides, information for birders, and the Arboretum’s recently revamped Native Plant Database provide valuable resources for exploring nature at Adkins and beyond.

The Adkins Field Guides and all other virtual resources are available at adkinsarboretum.org.

Business Opening Status Survey

As Maryland entered Phase 2 of Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery, Governor Hogan has permitted additional industries and activities to resume. The Maryland Office of Tourism would like to know if your business is open or remains closed. Your answers will help us promote your business, inform visitors, and provide accurate information to the public and stakeholders. The survey will take 5 minutes to complete.

Take the survey here.

Weekend Fun in Caroline County!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here are a few ways to get out and about in Caroline County!

  • Pick your own lavender at Smokey Cat Lavender Farm, 5090 Long Swamp Road, Federalsburg, or check out their gift shop for handcrafted items! They are open for u-pick Saturday from 1-4pm.
  • Go for a hike! Hit the trails at Martinak or Tuckahoe State Parks and enjoy some fresh air!
  • Enjoy a meal and refreshing drink at one of our fabulous restaurants that are now offering outdoor dining, including the Market Street Public House and Harry’s on the Green in Denton, Tenchi in Greensboro, or 9 Central Diner in Ridgely.
  • Head to the strawberry patch! First Class Farms, 21719 Dover Bridge Road, Preston, is open for u-pick Saturday from 10am ­– 3pm. Strawberry season is short and sweet – don’t miss it!
  • Find the perfect gift for grads and dads! Many of our shops have reopened, and with graduation season upon us and Father’s Day right around the corner, now’s a great time for some retail therapy!

Capture Caroline: Great Outdoors Photo Contest

Enter the Capture Caroline: Great Outdoors Photo Contest through June 30th, 2020!

Do you have amazing photos or videos of Caroline County? Enter them in the Caroline Office of Tourism’s Capture Caroline: Great Outdoors photo and video contest! Participants are invited to enter up to five photos or videos in the contest. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Caroline County business of their choice. From hiking and biking to paddling and birdwatching, show us your favorite way to get outside in Caroline County!

How to Enter
Photos and videos may be entered by posting them to the Caroline County, MD Facebook page with the hashtag #CaptureCaroline or by emailing them to info@visitcaroline.org. Entries are due by 12pm noon on June 30th, 2020.

All eligible entries will be posted in an album on the Caroline County, MD Facebook page on July 1st, where the public will be invited to vote on them by liking the photo of their choice during a two-week open voting session. The winner will announced on the Facebook page on July 15th, 2020.

Videos should be no longer than three minutes in length and showcase the best of the outdoors in Caroline County. When submitting an entry, please provide a title for the photo or video and share details such as the location, the date taken and/or event name. Please make sure that your submitted photo or video is high resolution. Contest winners will be asked to submit a high-resolution file. Photos with watermarks are not eligible. If the photograph or video includes a recognizable person, a model release must also be completed and submitted. Model releases can be downloaded here.

Note: By entering your photograph(s) or video(s) in the Caroline County Capture Caroline Contest, you acknowledge and grant permission for it to be used by the Caroline Office of Tourism in a variety of promotional materials, including newsletters, advertisements, brochures, media kits, websites, social media sites and other print and digital communications.

Cover Photo: Entrance Garden at Adkins Arboretum by Kellen Simpson McCluskey

Adkins Arboretum’s Spring Membership Drive Now Through May 30

There’s never been a better time to become a member of Adkins Arboretum! Amid closures and stay-at-home orders, the Arboretum is committed to keeping its paths open for the many dog walkers, bikers, runners and nature enthusiasts who seek solace in fresh air, open space and the health benefits of spending time outside. Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk.

These health benefits are numerous. Studies show that time in nature reduces stress, improves mood, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep, accelerates recovery from illness and boosts the immune system. Forests play a particularly important role in healthy immune systems—when we breathe in fresh air, we breathe in the same chemicals that plants release as protection against insects. These chemicals, in turn, help us fight disease.

By joining the Arboretum, members support their health and the health of the greater community. In addition, members enjoy free admission throughout the year, as well as discounts on native plants, programs, events and gift store purchases. Although many 2020 programs and events have been canceled due to COVID-19, the Arboretum is re-envisioning its offerings to include creative, self-directed activities for visitors to enjoy on their own. These will be highlighted in a forthcoming calendar and on the Arboretum’s website.Even as the Arboretum looks to the future with optimism, closures and cancellations are presenting financial challenges. This means that member support is more important than ever. To learn more about membership and all that the Arboretum has to offer, visit adkinsarboretum.org. New members will receive a $10 discount if they join by the end of May.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, MD 21620

Let’s Get Virtual – A Free Workshop Series

Even though our heritage sites may be physically closed, we can still offer exciting experiences.  Learn how to offer virtual experiences – a wander through a historic house, a view of favorite exhibits, or offer behind the scenes peeks of a heritage site – in the Stories of the Chesapeake workshop series: Let’s Get Virtual. This free three-part series will focus on content, technical requirements, equipment, and best practices for building a rewarding virtual experience without breaking the bank.

The series schedule is:

May 11, 2020,  10AM  |  Step 1: Websites

May 18, 2020, 10AM  |   Step 2: Virtual Exhibits

June 1, 2020, 10 AM  |  Step 3: Virtual Tours and More

Robert Forloney and Raven Bishop will lead the workshops.  Mr. Forloney is a Program Developer & Cultural Institution Consultant with extensive experience working with both large and small heritage sites including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum,  South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of the City of New York.

Ms. Bishop is an Instructional Technologist at Washington College and is also a National Board-Certified Visual Arts Educator with over 15 years of experience in project-based curriculum and instructional design.  She leads the new Virtual/Augmented Reality Digital Imaging Studio [VARDIS] in Washington College’s Miller Library where her work explores augmented & virtual reality in instruction, particularly as it applies to museum instruction for small, rural, community-curated museums.  Her work in this field has won she and her collaborators the 2018 Campus Technology Education Futurists IMPACT Award and a 2018 National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Innovation Award.

To register for the workshop and obtain login information, please contact the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area at infor@storiesofthechesapeake.org or 410-778-1460.

 

 

 

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Farm Fresh Pickup & Delivery in Caroline County

From milk and ice cream to pastured pork and produce, you can purchase homegrown products directly from the farmer! Below are just a few Caroline County farms offering delivery or pick-up. If you have a Caroline County farm that is offering delivery or farm pickup and would like to be included on the list, please email info@visitcaroline.org

Abundant Grace Farms 
Abundant Grace Farms is a veteran-owned and operated farm in Denton offering farm-fresh organic produce and pastured pork. They are your one-stop shop for sausage, chorizo, spare ribs, pork bbq, scrapple and more! Place your order through their online store. They are offering delivery or pickup at their farm.
7904 Clark Road, Denton
Facebook  | AbundantGraceFarms.com

Bartenfelder Farms
Bartenfelder Farms has fresh produce, flowers and more available seven days a week! High tunnel strawberries are in – get ’em while you can! They are also offering grab-and-go boxes filled with fresh fruits and veggies for $25. Call ahead and place your order, or stop in the store (one customer/family in the store at a time).
4110 Payne Road, Preston
(410) 913-2590  |  Facebook

Clayton Farms
You’ll find farm-fresh fruits and veggies, plants, flowers and locally-made specialty items at this seasonal farm market.
24370 Shore Highway, Denton
(410) 479-1317  |  Facebook

Enoch Farms
Enoch Farms is a direct-buy farm for pasture raised, heritage breed pork. They are committed to providing customers the same quality, natural, no-additive meats they serve their our own family. Family-owned and operated in Denton, they use a USDA processor and deliver directly to the customer. For more information or to place an order, please call (443) 239-9169 or email enochfarms@yahoo.com
(443) 239-9169  |  Facebook  |  enochfarms@yahoo.com

Farm to Fork Fresh Herbs & Veggies
Enjoy just-picked hydroponic spinach, arugula, kale and herbs! Place your orders and pay on their website here. They offer home delivery or pickup at their farm in Ridgely. You can also order by texting your name and order to (443) 831-3458.
12798 Crouse Mill Road, Ridgely
(443) 831-3458  |   Facebook
FarmToForkFreshHerbsVeggies.net

First Class Farms
First Class Farms offers farm-fresh seasonal produce, u-pick strawberries, greenhouse flowers and plants, and more. They are currently offering u-pick strawberries by appointment – sign up here.
21719 Dover Bridge Road, Preston
(410) 310-2409  |  Facebook

Nice Farms Creamery
Need farm-fresh milk, half & half, ice cream or yogurt? Check out Nice Farms Creamery’s online store! They offer home delivery or pick up at the dairy farm. You can also help someone in need by purchasing a gallon of milk that they will deliver to our local food pantries. Click here to donate!
25786 Auction Road, Federalsburg
(410) 829-4456  |  Facebook

Future Harvest’s Find-a-Farmer Directory
Due to a surge in demand for local food that can be delivered or picked up from a farm, Future Harvest has created a directory of local food resources. Check it out here!