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Christina Lippincott

Adkins Arboretum to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Cake, Membership Drive

On Sun., May 17, Adkins Arboretum will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its official opening with free admission and cake all day! The public is invited to visit and join in the celebration.

Spring is a particularly beautiful time at the Arboretum: frogs call from the wetland, and wildflowers bloom along the forest paths. Visitors may want to pack a picnic to enjoy before exploring the grounds. Children will love the gnome home and sandbox just behind the Visitor’s Center, as well as the nearby goat herd, wigwams and Children’s Play Garden.

Located near Ridgely in Caroline County, Adkins Arboretum encompasses 400 acres of native woodland, meadow and forest habitats. Five miles of paths crisscross the Blockston Branch, a small stream whose waters eventually flow to the Chesapeake Bay. Each year, some 18,000 visitors are welcomed at the Arboretum, which is host to a variety of environmental programs and events.

Known as “Recognition Day,” May 17 offers an opportunity for the Arboretum to recognize its primary benefactor, Leon Andrus. Andrus was a Queen Anne’s County philanthropist who loved trees. After a successful Wall Street career, he left his home in New York to settle in Maryland, where he purchased a local newspaper, the Queen Anne’s Record-Observer. Andrus eventually retired to his farm at Cheston-on-the-Wye, which had several champion trees.

On learning in 1975 that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources had plans to build an arboretum on the Eastern Shore, Andrus donated 1,200 shares of Alcan Aluminum stock to initiate the project. Revenue from the sale of the stock enabled the state to create a special fund to be used exclusively by the Arboretum. Andrus asked the state to name the Arboretum for William Adkins, his trusted lawyer and friend.

Adkins Arboretum is located within Tuckahoe State Park. In 1998, the Arboretum’s Board of Trustees was granted a 50-year lease by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This lease gives the Arboretum’s board and staff full responsibility for operating and funding the Arboretum as a non-profit organization.

An arboretum—pronounced “ar-bor-ee—tum”—is a place where trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. Adkins Arboretum defines itself as a place where native trees, plants and community grow.

Andrus, the man who loved trees, lived to the age of 101. In honor of his long and fulfilling life, the Arboretum has set a goal of 101 new members for its spring membership drive. The drive will kick off at the reception for the Arboretum’s March 8 Yarn Storming event and will end on May 23 at its Jazz at Woodland’s Edge concert. Membership benefits include free admission throughout the year and discounts on programs, events, native plants and gift shop purchases. New members will receive a $10 discount when they join during the drive.

To learn more about Adkins Arboretum and Leon Andrus, visit or call 410-634-2847. The Arboretum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Adkins Arboretum Announces 2020 Soup ’n Walk Program Schedule

Adkins Arboretum has announced the 2020 lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms and wildlife, ephemeral flowers, sure signs of spring, meadow grasses, fall color and plants that feed animals through winter. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s forest, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief talk about nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided, and all gift shop purchases on these days receive a 20% discount. This year’s offerings include:

Winter Greens & Distinctive Bark
Sat., Feb. 15, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Look for green plants that seek the winter sun and trees with telltale bark. Plants of interest include mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves and the green stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: hearty chili, sweet and tangy sauerkraut salad, dill rye bread with spinach spread, Black Forest cake.

Early Blooms, Songbirds & Spring Frogs
Sat., March 21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Listen for songbirds and spring frogs while searching for early purple, pink and white blooms. Plants of interest include skunk cabbage, paw paw, spring beauty and bloodroot. Menu: borscht beet and cabbage soup, curried sweet potato and apple pilaf, pumpernickel bread with strawberry glaze, amaranth date bars with orange glaze.

Spring Ephemerals & Pollinators
Sat., April 
18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Look again! The blooms of ephemeral plants, trees and shrubs are here and gone in the blink of an eye. Look for pink white and yellow blooms and early pollinators. Plants of interest include pink spring beauty, may apple, dogwood, golden groundsel, spicebush, sassafras and white beech. Menu: ginger sweet potato soup, Eastern Shore crunchy coleslaw, spiced pumpkin bread with apple butter, baked pineapple.

Tuckahoe Creek, Beavers & Beyond
Sat., May 
9, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Observe the beautiful Tuckahoe Creek view and look for signs of beavers. Plants of interest include mountain laurel, beech, tulip tree, pink lady’s slipper, Solomon’s seal and may apple. Menu: kale, apple and lentil soup, roasted red beets and carrots, zucchini herb bread with mint jelly, cinnamon crunch apple cake.

Sunny Meadows, Bluebirds & Dragonflies
Sat., Sept. 19, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Walk the meadows in search of golden brown grasses and yellow and purple flowers while watching and listening for bluebirds and dragonflies. Plants of interest include milkweed, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, Indian grass, big bluestem and sumac berries. Menu: split pea soup, quinoa, green bean and tomato salad, anadama oatmeal bread with orange marmalade, old-fashioned pear cobbler.

Dazzling Fall Color
Sat., Oct. 17, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Fall colors dazzle the eye and pique the appetite. Listen for migrating birds and woodpeckers while watching for changing color on red and orange sweet gum, sassafras, tupelo, sumac, dogwood, yellow paw paw, hickory, beech and tulip trees. Menu: creamy tomato-basil soup, black-eyed pea salad, whole wheat flaxseed bread with cherry jam, tasty peach and berry crisp. 

Nutritious Berries, Nuts & Seeds
Sat., Nov. 
21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Enjoy the autumn harvest as we hunt for nutritious berries, nuts and seeds and check for signs of beaver. Plants of interest include dogwood, hibiscus, partridge berry, oak, loblolly pine, juniper, verbena, ironwood and strawberry bush. Menu: Mediterranean black bean soup, apple-date salad, rye walnut bread, ginger oatmeal walnut cookies.

Soup ’n Walk programs are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Early registration is recommended. Visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 to register or for more information.

Denton’s Shop Small Passport Day & Pop Up Business Event

Downtown Denton invites you to their Shop Small Passport Day & Pop-Up Business Event on February 8th from 10am – 4pm. Participating businesses will have a Shop Small poster in their window. These businesses will have something to share with you as a thank you for showing your support, and they will also stamp your passport. Passports will be available to pick up at any participating store.

The event will also include several pop-up shops at 323 Market St., 12 S. 3rd Street and 214 Market Street (Joviality).

For more information, please visit


Adkins Arboretum Offers Nature Fun for Preschoolers

Snowflakes, foxes, pollywogs and more! Welcome 2020 and engage your young child with nature with Adkins Arboretum’s Acorn Academy Nature Preschool programs. The series of 10 classes for three- to five-year-olds is offered in either Wednesday or Thursday sessions beginning Feb. 26 and 27.

Programs run from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and include nature walks, stories, songs, snacks and an art project to take home. The fee for the 10-class series is $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Thanks to a generous grant from the PNC Foundation, the fee is waived for residents of Caroline County. Advance registration is required, and early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Programs include:

Journey of a Snowflake
Feb. 26 and 27
Let’s pretend we’re snowflakes journeying through the winter sky! We’ll make a glittery snowflake craft, look for Jack Frost in the forest and warm up with hot chocolate and the beloved children’s book A Snowy Day.

Mitten Mice
March 4 and 5
Do you have a mouse in your mitten? We’ll read Jan Brett’s classic children’s story The Mitten and sing a song about Mimi Mouse. In the forest, we’ll look for signs of animals and find out how they keep warm when mittens aren’t an option.

Fox Trot
March 11 and 12
Where do foxes go when the cold wind blows? In their cozy dens, of course. Follow a winding trail to an Arboretum fox den, sing and dance to the “Fox Trot” and make pop-up fox finger puppets during this fun-filled class.

Seed Starters
March 18 and 19
It’s time to start thinking about your summer garden! Learn how seeds grow, dissect seeds and plant flowers in a nifty egg carton tray. Then visit the Arboretum greenhouse and enjoy a picnic snack.

Bunny Hop
March 25 and 26
Spring is here, are so are the rabbits! Have a thumpin’ good time exploring the world of the bouncy cottontail. We’ll dance the Bunny Hop, munch on rabbit snacks and meet our friend Hoppity Rabbit.

Which Nest is Best?
April 1 and 2
The birds are busy building nests for their babies! Take a peep inside the Arboretum’s bluebird houses, hold a nest in your hands and learn about the different ways birds build their homes. We’ll sample a bird’s nest snack and try building our own nests with mud and twigs.

Pollywog Adventure
April 8 and 9

No need to feel stuck in a bog—it’s peeper time at the Arboretum! We’ll stomp our feet to the “Pollywog Wiggle,” make a frog craft and use nets to scoop up tadpoles and other critters in the wetland.

Garden of Giants
April 15 and 16

Let’s make some garden magic and grow a giant beanstalk! We’ll learn about plant parts and enjoy a healthy picnic snack at Emily’s Play Garden, with a stop at the goat enclosure to say hello to the Arboretum’s goats.

Spring Beauties
April 22 and 23

April showers bring May flowers…along the Arboretum’s woodland paths! We’ll look for Virginia bluebells, lady slippers and spring beauties in the forest, stopping to play at First Light Village. A crunchy tissue paper flower craft will be perfect for Mother’s Day.

Wiggling Worms
April 29 and 30

Welcome to the wiggly world of worms! Did you know that worms are a gardener’s best friend? Enjoy a walk to Emily’s Play Garden, where we will peek into a composting “worm hotel” and dig for worms in the soil. We’ll also sing a “Wiggle and Waggle” song and snack on garden veggies.

Holiday Events at the Preston Historical Society

Preston Historical Society

Preston Historical Society will celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas Open House Weekend, December 7 and 8, 2019, at the Preston Historical Society Museum, 167 Main Street, Preston.  The event takes place on Saturday, December 7, from 10 AM to 2 PM, and on Sunday, December 8, from 1 PM to 3 PM.  The Museum will be decorated inside and out for the holiday, and a Christmas Train Garden will be on display.  Refreshments will be offered to all guests and children will receive goody bags.  Stock up on holiday baking needs by shopping the bake sale table. There is no admission charge for either day.

Beginning at 3 PM on Sunday, December 8, the Historical Society will be serving free hot chocolate on the front lawn for those attending Preston’s First Annual Christmas Parade, which will travel down Main Street past the Historical Society. Watch for a float entry from Preston Historical Society!

For more information on PHS and its events visit, Facebook at “Preston Historical Society,” or call 410-924-9080.

Adkins Arboretum to Hold Holiday Wreath Sale and Open House

Ring in the season with local greenery for a beautiful Eastern Shore holiday! Adkins Arboretum will hold its annual Holiday Wreath Sale and Open House on Sat., Dec. 7 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center in Ridgely. Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shop for handmade evergreen wreaths crafted from the bounty of the Arboretum’s forest and gardens. Handmade greenery sprays will also be for sale.

The Arboretum gift shop will be open during sale hours and will feature a pop-up art and pottery shop with the work of Irene and Paul Aspell. Shoppers are invited to peruse nature-inspired gifts and enjoy a guided walk in the woods at 10 a.m. Members receive a 10% discount on gift and book purchases.

For more information, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For more information, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.


The CAROLINE OFFICE of TOURISM of the CAROLINE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION will hold a special meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 9194 Legion Road, Denton, MD.


  • Overall structure and responsibility of the board/members/Director
  • Business of the Corporation
  • Format of the monthly meetings
  • Discuss ways that various board members and/or the entities they represent can contribute to the promotion of Tourism in Caroline County
  • Closed Session: Discussion of the Performance of an At-Will Employee (Authority: 2014 Md. Code, State Government 3-305(b)(1))
  • Board Reconvenes in Open Session
  • Meeting Adjourn

Created in Caroline Arts Tour 2019

Find unique, handmade gifts for your holiday giving and support local small businesses while you enjoy a pleasant self-guided driving tour of Caroline County’s amazing and unique artists and artisans. From fine arts to one-of-a-kind crafts – experience the best of Caroline’s own on Friday, November 29th & Saturday, November 30th from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

Download the tour brochure featuring artists, studios and more here!

When Canning Was King: A Documentary by the Preston Historical Society

The Preston Historical Society will host a premier showing of their latest video production, the documentary “When Canning Was King,” at its membership meeting on Monday, October 21, at 7 PM. The story of the canning industry in Preston and the surrounding areas is told by way of interviews with locals Dick Christopher, Gene Harris, James Hubbard, Lorenzo Hubbard, and Virginia Sharp, and with photographs and published accounts.

The industry grew up at the turn of the 20th century, reaching its peak in 1920, when 41 canning houses could be found in and around Preston. While the canning business faded away due to changes in farming and technology, another industry it helped create, truck brokerages, which were instrumental in helping move the canned goods out of Preston and into markets around the country, still thrives in the region today.

The creation of this documentary was funded in part by Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area. Gail Karge served as Project Manager and provided narration, Producer and Script Writer for the documentary was Angela Rieck, Linda Fletcher provided a character voice, theme music was provided by Robert Karge Sr., videography, editing and a character voice was provided by Warren Brey of In Focus Video Production.

Preston Historical Society is located at 167 Main Street in Preston, and is open Saturdays from April to December, 10 AM to 2 PM, except for some holiday weekends, and by appointment. More information can be found at its website,, or on its Facebook Page, “Preston Historical Society.”

Eco Fest Coming to Preston on September 28th, 2019

Eco Fest debuts on Saturday, September 28, 10am-2pm, at the Preston Town Park, 105 Back Landing Road, Preston. The idea for Eco Fest originated with a couple members of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Preston. Concerned about the trash on the side of the roads and wanting to help improve their community, they decided to launch an effort to raise awareness of what each person can do to help make the world a better (and cleaner) place. Event chair Suzy Staehlin explains, “There are so many easy little things each and every one of us can do to make the world a better place. Our motto is ‘I refuse to do nothing.’ Just because we can’t do everything doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do something. Eco Fest is all about easy and practical steps we can each take to protect and improve the world around us.”

Kids and adults will find plenty to do. The Fish Mobile from Phillips Wharf Environmental Center will be on hand. The Fish Mobile is a bus-size portable aquarium featuring fish and aquatic species native to local waterways. Adkins Arboretum will have activities for children. Other activities for children include face painting, interactive displays, games, and Smokey Bear! Exhibitors will have information for homeowners on how they can help protect water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.   

Free hotdogs, live music, and giveaways make it a day for the whole family to enjoy, rain or shine. Eco Fest is sponsored by Bethesda United Methodist Church, Preston, MD. For more information, go to, or email, or call 410-673-7538.