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Christina Lippincott

The Dirty Grass Players to Headline Adkins Arboretum Beer Garden October 23

Local beer, food trucks, ice cream and music by The Dirty Grass Players are all on tap when Adkins Arboretum’s Beer Garden returns on Sat., Oct. 23.

A four-piece new-grass band from Baltimore, The Dirty Grass Players are known for having one toe-tapping foot in traditional bluegrass while pushing boundaries with their blazing musicianship. Their ability to transition seamlessly from down-home bluegrass to spirited improvisation makes each performance a singular experience. Add some Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd or a dash of southern rock, and you’ll quickly understand what they mean by “dirty grass.” The 2017 winners of the Charm City Bluegrass & Folk Festival Band Competition, the band recently released their second studio album, “Beneath the Woodpile.”

Bull & Goat Brewery and Ten Eyck Brewing Company will be pulling premium craft beer, complemented by fare from Blue Monkey Street Tacos and Chesapeake Celebrations food trucks and small-batch “cow-to-cup” ice cream from Nice Farms Creamery.

The Beer Garden runs from 2 to 4 p.m., but food trucks will begin serving at 1 p.m. Seating is limited; bringing chairs or a blanket is highly advised. Advance registration is required. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 3–18 and free for children ages 2 and under. Register online at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0  or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0

Photo: 2019 Beer Garden at Adkins Arboretum by Mike Morgan.

Shore Shakespeare to Bring A Little Touch of Shakespeare to Adkins Arboretum

Have you ever wondered what William Shakespeare was thinking as he wrote The Taming of the Shrew or Richard III? Well, who better to introduce Shakespeare’s plays than the Bard himself? Join Shore Shakespeare for A Little Touch of Shakespeare, an exploration of some of the playwright’s most famous works, Sept. 18 and 19 at Adkins Arboretum.

In this original production, seven actors take on roles in eleven scenes from ten of Shakespeare’s most famous works, including Richard IIIMacbethThe Taming of the ShrewMuch Ado About NothingTwelfth Night and more. Narrated by Shakespeare himself, the show takes the audience behind the scenes to see what the Bard may have been thinking as he wrote some of the wittiest, most charming and, in some cases, darkest dialogue ever. The scenes themselves explore the Battle of the Sexes and revolve around the theme of love, all while showcasing Shakespeare’s incomparable wit, wisdom and poetry. In addition, the show features seven of Shakespeare’s sonnets, also dealing with issues of love, placed strategically throughout the scenes.

Performances are Sat., Sept. 18 and Sun., Sept. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Arboretum Pavilion. Participants should bring a blanket or chair and are welcome to bring a picnic. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 3–18 and free for children ages 2 and under and can be purchased in advance at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

A Little Touch of Shakespeare was written by Shore Shakespeare Company co-founder Chris Rogers in 2012. Sadly, Chris passed away in June 2020. This production will serve as special recognition of his passion and legacy within the local theatre. Proceeds will benefit Shore Shakespeare and Adkins Arboretum.

Shore Shakespeare is a pan-community theatre group established to present the classic works of the theatrical repertoire and to encourage its audiences to support local community theatre all over the Shore.

Caroline County Tourism Businesses & Attractions featured in Radio Ads

The Caroline Office of Tourism was the recipient of a small grant from the Maryland Office of Tourism to promote tourism-related businesses and attractions in Caroline County. Through a partnership with iHeartMedia, the tourism office developed radio spots to air on markets in Salisbury and Baltimore featuring tourism-related businesses that expressed interest in participating.

Listen to the radio spots below to discover the great things happening in Caroline County!

Discover Federalsburg Radio Spot

Discover Greensboro Radio Spot

Discover Ridgely Radio Spot

Discover Preston Radio Spot

Discover the Homegrown Flavors of Caroline County Radio Spot

Explore Downtown Denton Radio Spot

Have an Agritourism Adventure in Caroline County Radio Spot

Announcing the Summer 2021 Capture Caroline Photo Contest

Enter the Summer 2021 Capture Caroline Photo Contest
Do you have amazing photos of Caroline County? Enter them in the Caroline Office of Tourism’s Capture Caroline Photo Contest! From your favorite activities and cherished places to one-of-a-kind events, show us what makes Caroline County special to you! Participants are invited to enter up to five photos in the contest. The winning photographer will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Caroline County business of their choice, and the two runners up will receive a $25 gift certificate to their Caroline County business of choice.

How to Enter
Photos 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 August 31st, 2021.

All eligible entries will be posted in an album on the Caroline County, MD Facebook page on September 1st 2021, 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 September 15th, 2021.

When submitting an entry, please provide a title for the photo and share details such as the location, the date taken and/or event name. Please make sure that your submitted photo is high resolution, as contest winners will be asked to submit a high-resolution file. Photos with watermarks are not eligible. If the photograph 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) 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.

Journeys to Freedom: Birding & Boating Tours on the Harriet Tubman Byway

Delmarva Birding Weekends is teaming up with Harriet Tubman Tours and River Run Cruises this July to offer Birding and Boating Tours on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway! The tours will take place July 1st, July 15th, July 24th & July 29th from 2pm – 6pm and cost $85.

During the first two hours of our guided, self-driven tour, you’ll learn about the many daring escapes led by the famed freedom seeker and human rights activist known as “The Moses of Her People,” Harriet Tubman. In Caroline County, Harriet Tubman found shelter and assistance as she traveled along the Underground Railroad to Delaware.

The driving route courses through the farms, forests and significant Underground Railroad sites of Caroline County until you arrive at River Run Cruises in Denton, MD. From there, you’ll explore the upper reaches of the Choptank River during a two-hour cruise aboard a pontoon boat. Downriver, landings and points along the Choptank served as sites for perilous escapes by boat. The shallow waters of the Upper Choptank provided crossings for freedom seekers heading north towards Sandtown, DE.

Learn more and register at delmarvabirding.com/choptank-river-cruise-caroline-county!

Free Advertising for Tourism Businesses in Caroline County

The Caroline Office of Tourism has received a grant to market small businesses that support Maryland tourism, including restaurants, entertainment, attractions and shops. This early-summer campaign will air on radio stations in the Baltimore and Salisbury markets. There are no expenses for participating businesses.

If you are interested in participating in this campaign, please email Executive Director Tara Hill-Coursey at director@visitcaroline.org. by close of business on Monday, June 14th.

Shaping the Future of Caroline County’s Parks: Survey

Caroline County Recreation & Parks is conducting a community-wide survey to collect information and assess the availability and quality of the county’s network of parks and open spaces and the recreation opportunities that are available in the county.  Click the image below to take the survey.  It should take no more than 10 minutes.

Parques y Recreación del Condado de Caroline está llevando a cabo una encuesta en toda la comunidad para recopilar información y evaluar la disponibilidad y calidad de la red de parques y espacios abiertos del condado y las oportunidades de recreación que están disponibles en el condado. Por favor ayude completando esta encuesta. No debería tomar más de 10 minutos.

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.

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. 

 

Photo: Family walking at Adkins by Kellen McClusky

Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Native Plant Sale—Online!

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

Due to ongoing recommendations regarding COVID-19, the spring sale will be conducted entirely online. Orders will be accepted through Thurs., April 8 at adkinsarboretum.org and will be fulfilled via timed pickup. There will be no in-person shopping at the Arboretum.

Plants for sale include a large variety of native perennials, ferns, vines, grasses and flowering trees and shrubs for spring planting. Native flowers and trees provide food and habitat for wildlife and make colorful additions to home landscapes, whether in a perennial border, a woodland garden or a restoration project. Native honeysuckle entices hummingbirds, while tall spikes of purplish flowers grace blue wild indigo. Milkweed provides critical energy for monarch butterflies on their winter migration to Mexico, and native azaleas present a veritable rainbow of colorful blooms.

As always, Arboretum members receive a generous discount on plants that varies according to membership level. To join, renew your membership or give an Arboretum membership as a gift, visit adkinsarboretum.org or contact Kellen McCluskey at kmccluskey@adkinsarboretum.org.