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Preston Holiday House Tour set for December 1st

The Community Club of Preston will host a Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 1st, its first such tour since 2014. Seven Preston area homes will open their doors to help welcome the Christmas season. 

The Dalton Home is the oldest home on the tour, construction began on the Greek Revival/Palladian style home in 1908.  Many original features remain including beautiful woodwork, moulding, and windows.  The two main floor parlors are decorated to reflect each of the homeowners’ personalities, and at Christmas they add decorations that make the home a favorite gathering place for holiday festivities.  A dining room decorated in blues and silvers add sparkle, and the large two level foyer which opens to an upper gallery houses a lovely Christmas tree that many people admire when driving by on December evenings.

The James home is the second oldest home on the tour, a 1937 Cape Cod style home.  The owners chose the home due to its original woodwork and period features.  Mr. James is an exceptional handy man and has been able to renovate and update the home while maintaining its original charm.  Christmas is celebrated with decorations collected over the years, some created by their children, and represent memories of the family at the various stages of their lives.

The Brookhart home is one of two homes on the tour located in a relatively new subdivision in Preston.  The Brookharts retired to the area in 2007 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.  They enjoy the proximity to their family and all that living on the Eastern Shore offers, and being able to celebrate Christmas with them in this home, which features two Christmas trees and a large Christmas village display in the morning room off of the kitchen.

Across the street from the Brookharts is the Gayhart home.  This family also moved to the area, in 2005, to raise their family in the relaxed setting the Eastern Shore offers.  Many upgrades have been done to the home, including a brick wall in the family room, and granite countertops in the kitchen.  The backyard, viewed from the breakfast nook off the kitchen, offers views of an incredible garden oasis designed by Mr. Gayhart, and includes a fire pit and four distinct water features.  The Gayharts celebrate Christmas with a live Christmas tree and a variety of decorations throughout the house.

The Coulbourne home is just a short drive from town, and is a charming Salt Box Colonial farmhouse with front and back porches that are particularly inviting.  Inside, the home welcomes you with its French County style with an outstanding collection of antiques, heirlooms, and memorabilia.  A quilt made by Mr. Coulbourne’s mother has squares which depicts his family’s history.  Mrs. Coulbourne’s artistic talent is obvious in the original artwork displayed throughout, along with works by local artists Greg VandeVisser and the late Peggy Blades.  Christmas trees throughout the home are decorated with Mrs. Coulbourne’s collections of dolls and birds, representing family memories and her love of nature. 

The Helgason home is traditional on the outside, with a stately brick front, but inside the modern style of this young couple and their family is represented by updated cabinetry, masonry, and renovations including a shiplapped wall in the kitchen.  A large sunroom serves as the family’s gathering spot and offers views of mature landscaping, a large deck, and swimming pool.  A nine foot Christmas tree in the sunroom and a nativity set, purchased by Mrs. Helgason’s grandparents while visiting Israel, are just two of the many ways this family will celebrate their first Christmas this year in this new-to-them home.

Situated on a beautiful lot overlooking the Choptank River, the Woodward home was designed and built by the couple, who moved into the home in 2016, and it allows their grown children and their families to gather throughout the year to enjoy vacations and holidays.  A ten foot Christmas tree welcomes you into the home, where family antiques combine with coastal inspired décor to make the most of waterfront living. Antique Christmas ornaments that hung on Mrs. Woodward’s grandparents’ tree,  and the Christmas village which originally was displayed under the tree, along with photos of the Woodward’s children and grandchildren with Santa, all combine to connect the generations at Christmas.

Tour hours are 10 AM to 3 PM.  Tickets purchased in advance are $20.00.  Tickets may be purchased online at prestonmdhousetour.eventbrite.com, the link closes at 12 noon on November 30.  Tickets may be purchased by check or money order, payable to Community Club of Preston, and mailed to Community Club of Preston, Post Office Box 4, Preston, Maryland 21655.  Mailed payments must be postmarked by November 30.  All tickets will be picked up during tour hours on Saturday, December 1, at Preston Historical Society at 167 Main Street in Preston, where refreshments will be available to tour guests.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the Historical Society the day of the tour for $25.00, cash or check only.  High heeled shoes and interior photography are not permitted, and children under 12 will not be admitted.  For more information visit Facebook at “Community Club of Preston, Maryland” or call either 410-310-5454 or 301-675-6755.

Light and Life, Plein Air Oil Paintings by Diane DuBois Mullaly at Adkins Arboretum

There’s something magnetic about Diane DuBois Mullaly’s tiny plein air oil paintings in her show Light and Life, on view in the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center through Dec. 1. At only six inches square, their energy and color entice you to take a closer look. At the show’s reception, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 20, this Easton artist will explain why she came to the Arboretum again and again over the past year to paint its trees, meadows and wetlands in all kinds of light and weather.

Whether flooded with brilliant sunlight or glowing with the suffused light of an overcast day, these little paintings are all about the different qualities of light, color and texture she found. While many of them show wide vistas of autumn meadow grasses or paths winding into the forest, as Mullaly grew more and more familiar with the Arboretum’s landscapes, she also began to paint some of the things that make it special, including gourds hung up for nesting purple martins, the rainbow picket fence of the children’s garden, a tree decorated for last year’s Candlelit Caroling event and even one of the Arboretum’s goats.

Mullaly paints with a palette knife, troweling the paint on, sometimes scraping it back, sometimes adding more on top, until each painting hums with textures and layers of surprising color. Each one is a fleeting portrait of a specific place in the Arboretum at a specific time in a specific season. On another day—or even a few hours later—each scene would have been different.

The idea for this series of paintings grew from the Daily Painting movement, which began a dozen years ago when artist Duane Keiser began posting a new painting each day and offering it for sale online. Mullaly learned about the movement and was subsequently able to study with another of its leaders, Carol Marine. Marine’s book Daily Painting helped define the process as a practice of creating a small painting every day by working in a fresh, loose manner with the emphasis on spontaneity and experimentation.

“Part of the whole point is making it a daily habit,” Mullaly explained. “It takes away the ‘preciousness’ of each one so that if you fail, it’s fine because you’re going to do another one tomorrow. It’s a good way for artists to create an income, too.”

Daily painting practice can help an artist overcome procrastination and gain confidence. Painting so often also can lead to a steady stream of ideas and self-discovery.

A graduate of Tyler School of Art of Temple University and an award-winning plein air painter, Mullaly teaches workshops in Daily Painting at Easton’s Academy Art Museum. In addition, she recently completed Maryland Master Naturalist training at the Arboretum.

“With the Master Naturalist training, I was here a lot,” she noted. “I wanted to do that to figure out a way to connect art and science, and it was so interesting to learn everything that was taught.”

With this new perspective and her artist’s eye, Mullaly found a seemingly infinite variety of things to paint in the landscape she was coming to know so well. Many of her paintings were created outdoors, but when weather or her schedule didn’t allow, she worked in her studio using field studies, memory and photos for reference.

“It was just a joy to do this,” she said. “It’s amazing what I found here.”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Dec. 1 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410–634–2847, ext. 0 or info@adkinsarboretum.org for gallery hours.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Fall Happenings at Martinak & Tuckahoe State Parks

Fall is here and the change can be felt in the air. That means it is time for the Martinak State Park Fall Festival with freshly made apple butter, scarecrow making, hayrides, and games.  Entertainment includes Driven Women, Square Dancers, and the Choptank River Big Band! The Fall Fest will be held on Saturday, October 20 from noon until 4:00 PM. 

In addition, Healthy Parks and Healthy People’s fall calendar reflects the cooling temperatures and the diminishing sunlight so make sure to read the details below.   Many of our walking and yoga programs will continue, but the Monday evening programs have shifted to Tuesday evening and the time has changed.  For children, a Park Discovery program has been added to engage children in the outdoors.  Art in the Park, Disc Golf, Star Gazing and Tuckahoe Treks are programs returning to the calendar.  A Tuckahoe Trail Bicycle Ride has been added for beginners.

It is a perfect time of year to step away from cell phones, begin a exercise routine or take a deep breath of fresh air.  See you at the park! 

MARTINAK STATE PARK FALL FEST OCTOBER 20, NOON TILL 4:00 PM

Bring the family to a free fall festival to enjoy the apple butter and children’s activities from 12:00-4:00 PM. Entertainment starts at 12:30 with Driven Women, Square Dancing and followed by the Choptank River Big Band at 2:00 PM at Martinak State Park.

WALKS

Senior Stroll: Meet up with others to walk the paved fitness trail on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October at 10:30 AM, at the Martinak State Park Office.

Nich’s Rise-Up Walk:  Meet at Nich’s Coffee Shop, 5N 3rd St. in Denton on Saturday October 27 at 8:00 AM for a 3 -mile walk.  Join the group for coffee after the walk. There is a .50 discount per cup for walkers!

Mind Over Miles: How many steps equal a mile, and how many miles can you do walking at a moderate+ pace?  Meet at the Martinak Nature Center at 9:00 AM on Thursday, October 4 and 25. Walk15 will be held in the Nature Center during inclement weather.

Tuckahoe Trek: Meet for a fall evening 3+ mile hike at the Tuckahoe Park Office on October 5 and 26 at 4:30 PM. Bring bug spray and water.

YOGA AND DANCE

Yoga Practice: Improve your flexibility, core development, and balance on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 4, 23, 25, 30 at 8:00 AM, at the Martinak State Park Amphitheater.  Bring a mat or towel.

Evening Yoga: Yoga is perfect for winding down after a busy day. Stretch major muscle groups, become flexible, and feel calm at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM.

Zumba Gold: Kathy Leary leads a perfect low intensity workout to music for adults on Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 9:00 AM at the Martinak State Park Nature Center.  Come join the fun!

Walk 15: Join a group exercise class for everyone of all fitness levels. Walk 2 miles to music in 30 minutes.  This is a great aerobic workout for busy people at the Martinak State Park Amphitheater on Tuesdays, October 9, 23, 30 at 6:30 PM.

Rock Painting: Join us at the Nature Center October 6 at 1:00 PM to paint your own rock! It’s fun for all ages so bring your friends and family and be ready to create your own masterpiece. 

Paint Afternoon: Paint a lovely nature scene and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 PM.  The cost is $15.00 per canvas. Light refreshments included. RSVP by calling or texting 410-924-1529.

Martinak Park Discovery: Children ages 6-10 can come to Martinak State Park on Tuesdays at 5:00 PM to complete nature activities, games, and crafts. The program is free. Call 410-924-1529 to reserve a space.

PARTNER PROGRAMS

First Saturdays: Discover native habitats at Adkins Arboretum. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, Free for members and Park RX holders on October 6 at 10:00 AM.

Dog Walk: Meet with fellow dog lovers to walk at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor Center at 9:00 AM, on October 4. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.

Fall Color, Fruits, Buds, and Bark Walk: Stroll through Adkins Arboretum with master naturalist Margen Glover on Sunday, October 7 at 1:00 PM.

The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.

Monarch Tagging: Join Adkins Arboretum naturalists for tagging as monarchs stop for rest and nectar during their migration to Mexico. Participate in the University of Kansas widespread Monarch Watch tagging program on Friday, October 12 at 3:00 PM, and learn how to protect monarch habitat in your backyard or community. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.

Family Bee Workshop: Master Naturalist Jay Falstad will share his expertise of honeybees and solitary bees with the entire family at Adkins Arboretum on Sunday October 14 at 1:00 PM. Get a close-up look at bees through an observation hive, and learn how bees pollinate the foods we love to eat. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.

How to Speak about Climate Change: Join Coreen Weilminster and Mary Helen Gillen at Adkins Arboretum to learn to speak effectively, accurately, and confidently about climate change on Wednesday, October 31 at 1:00 PM. The training will explore the social factors that influence opinions, beliefs, and perceptions of climate change. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.

Paddling Adventures: Discover the beauty of the Red Bridges to Greensboro Choptank River trail on October 20 by joining the Recreation and Parks paddle. Fee includes snacks, trained guides, up to 2-3 hours on the river and mugs of warm cider. Meet at the Greensboro boat ramp at 2:00 PM to shuttle boats and paddlers to Red Bridges. The cos is $25 and includes the kayak rental or $15 for Y members or if you bring your own kayak. Call Recreation and Parks at 410-479-812 for questions and for reservations by October 17.

BIKING, PADDLING, DISC GOLF AND STAR GAZING

Star Gazing: Come to Tuckahoe State Park Ball Field on Saturday October 6 at 7:00 PM and join the Delmarva Star Gazers to look at the night sky!  Bring blankets and flashlights.

Disc Golf: Join others to play a round of disc golf at the course at Tuckahoe State Park on Saturday, October 27 at 3:00 PM.  Beginners are encouraged to try it!  Discs can be borrowed from the park.

Easy Breezy Ride: Borrow a beach bike and join the group for a ride at Martinak State Park on Thursdays, October 4 and 25 at 9:00 AM.  Meet at the Martinak Nature Center.

Caroline Cycles: Cycle 25+ miles through country roads.  Bike helmet required.  Water, lights and bright clothing suggested. 13 mph ride. Call 410-924-7402 for more information.  Meet on Saturday, October 6 at 9:00 AM across from Mary’s Country Store on Route 16 in Harmony, MD.  Call 410-924-7402 for more information.

Tuckahoe Trail Ride: Meet at the Tuckahoe Lake Parking area with a bike appropriate for off road riding to ride the trails in the park at 12:30 PM.   Bike helmet required and water suggested.  This ride is suggested for those experienced in riding a bike but new to trail riding.  Call 410-924-7402 for questions.

Last Chance Paddle Meet Up: Drop everything and bring your kayak and gear to paddle Tuckahoe on Monday, October 8 at 10:00 AM.  Meet at the Tuckahoe State Park boat ramp. Life jacket required.  Call 410-924-1529 for questions.

Check our website for more park activities by clicking on the calendar of events at http://dnr.maryland.gov/Publiclands/Pages/outdooreduc.aspx

2nd Annual Greensboro Multicultural Festival

Celebrate the rich diversity of our area, learn about cultural differences, and share in unity at the 2nd annual Multi-Cultural Festival on Saturday, September 15, from 11am-3pm.  The festival, sponsored by the Caroline County Public Library, will be held at the Greensboro Community Center (in front of the North County Branch Library, MRDC & Head Start building).  Admission is free.

Enjoy dance from all over the world, with performances of West African dance from the group A Master’s Peace, the traditional Indian dance of Reno Retu Natayalaya and belly dance by Sammadi Dance Company, along with dance from local favorite To the Pointe Dance Studio. 

Enjoy the sweet sounds of gospel music from Friends in Faith, and taste diverse cultures with Muhammad’s Caribbean Kitchen, Tenchi’s Spanish American fare, soul food from Aretha’s Creative Touch, hot dogs from Dobson’s Dogs and sno-cones from Sno-Angels.

In addition, local agencies, organizations and small businesses will offer information, giveaways and items for purchase. 

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Greensboro Elementary School. 

For a full schedule of performers or for more information, please visit the library’s website, carolib.org, or call 410-479-1343.

Welcome Fall at Magic in the Meadow Gala: An Equinox to Remember

Celebrate autumn’s arrival and the splendor of nature at Adkins Arboretum’s Magic in the Meadow: An Equinox to Remember! Tickets are now available for this annual gala event on Sat., Sept. 22. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s education programs that promote the conservation and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay region’s native landscapes.

Set against the Arboretum’s backdrop of forests, meadows, wetlands and streams, Magic in the Meadow will showcase the magic and elegance of nature. As twilight falls, guests will enjoy signature cocktails on the wetland bridge and explore the meadow and woodland paths by foot or by tram. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, hoop dance performances and a lesson by Baltimore artist Melissa Newman (performing as Mina Bear) and a tantalizing array of silent auction items will add to the evening’s allure. World-class jazz by the Peter Revell Band and a moonrise over golden meadow grasses will set the stage for dancing and an unforgettable autumnal equinox.

Tickets are $75 per person ($50 tax deductible) and may be reserved at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Magic in the Meadow is generously sponsored by Shore United Bank and Avery Hall Insurance Agency, Inc. Contact Kellen McCluskey at 410-634-2847, ext. 34 or at kmccluskey@adkinsarboretum.org for information about sponsorship opportunities.

August Happenings at Martinak and Tuckahoe State Parks

Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Summer seems to be passing quickly, but we have new programs for you to enjoy as you continue your journey of becoming healthy.  This month we have added Yoga Nidra on Tuesday nights, a Learn to Series on Thursdays and a paint afternoon on a Sunday afternoon.  It’s your month to learn a new skill or take up a new practice so be sure to read the listings below to learn more or give us a call at 410-820-1668. See you at the park!

WALK AND HIKE

Go the Extra Mile:  Join a relaxing guided walk at the end of the day at the Martinak State Park Amphitheater on Mondays, August 6, 13, 20 at 5:00 PM.

Senior Stroll: Meet up with others to walk the paved fitness trail on Tuesdays, August 7, 14, and 21 and Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16, and 30 at 10:30 AM at the Martinak State Park Office.

Get Out & Hike:  Meet for a summer evening 3+ mile hike at the Tuckahoe Park Office on August 3 at 4:30 PM. Bring bug spray and water.

First Saturdays: Discover native habitats at Adkins Arboretum.  The cost is $5.00 for non-members, Free for members and Park RX holders on August 4 at 10:00 AM.

Dog Walk: Meet with fellow dog lovers to walk at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor Center at 9:00 AM, on August 2.  The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.

Nich’s Rise-Up Walk:  Meet at Nich’s Coffee Shop, 5N 3rd St. in Denton on Wednesdays in August and on Saturday August 25 at 8:00 AM for a 3 -mile walk.  Join the group for coffee after the walk!  There is a .50 discount per cup for walkers!

YOGA

Yoga Practice: Improve your flexibility, core development, and balance. Tuesdays, August 7, 14, and 21 and on Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16, and 30 at 8:00 AM, at the Martinak State Park Amphitheater.  Bring a mat or towel.

Evening Yoga:  Yoga is perfect for winding down after a busy day. Stretch major muscle groups, become flexible, and feel calm at the Martinak State Park Amphitheater on Mondays, August 6, 13, 20 at 7:00 PM.  Bring a mat or towel.

Yoga Nidra: Join Mary Gellen at the Martinak State Park Amphitheatre, which is the perfect setting to experience sound bathing!  It is a deeply relaxing sonic meditation with crystal singing bowls, on Tuesdays in August at 7:00 PM.  Bring a mat or towel.

AEROBIC DANCE

Zumba Gold: Kathy Leary leads a perfect low intensity workout to music for adults on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM at the Martinak State Park Nature Center.  Come join the fun!

Walk 15:  Join a group exercise class for everyone of all fitness levels. Walk 2 miles to music in 30 minutes.  This is a great aerobic workout for busy people at the Martinak State Park Amphitheater on Mondays, August 6, 13, 20 at 4:30 PM.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Aviary Tour: Learn about our various birds and feeding habits on Saturdays at 3:00 PM at Tuckahoe State Park Aviary located beside the park office.

Caterpillar Counts: Participate in a citizen science project for measuring variation and abundance of foliage.  Meet at Tuckahoe State Park Cherry Lake Pavilion on Friday August 3 at 6:30 PM.

Nature Center Activities:  Join others on Saturdays at the Martinak Nature Center between 9:30 AM –5:00 PM for games, stories and other nature activities.

Roving Rangers:  Rangers will be walking the camp loops at Tuckahoe and Martinak State Park on Fridays from 6:00-8:00 PM.  See what creature is featured!

Summerfest: The free Family Festival in Historic Downtown Denton that provides free arts and entertainment is held on Friday, August 17 from 5 to 10 PM, and on Saturday, August 18 from 2 to 9 PM.

Learn to Series: Thursdays in August at 6 PM ($10/person/ program) come out to Tuckahoe State Park for our new adventure series! Learn some of the outdoor activities that you have always wanted to try under the direction of trained park staff. No experience or equipment is necessary! Preregistration required. Sessions will be offered in archery, paddling, disc golf and more!  Call 410-820-1668 to register and to learn more about the sessions.

Paint Afternoon: Paint a lovely nature scene and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Sunday May 20 at 2:00 PM.  The cost is $15.00 per canvas. Light refreshments included.  RSVP by calling or texting 410-924-1529.

BIKING

Caroline Cycles:  Cycle 25+ miles through country roads.  Bike helmet required.  Water, lights and bright clothing suggested. 13mph ride. Call 410-924-7402 for more information.  Meet on Saturday, August 11 at 9:00 AM at the Tuckahoe State Park Lake.

Easy Breezy Ride: Borrow a beach bike and join the group for a ride at Martinak State Park on Mondays, August  6, 13, 20 at 6:00 PM and Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16, and 30 at 9:00 AM.  Meet at the Martinak Nature Center.

Peddle Power:  Meet at the Martinak Park Office on Tuesdays August 7 and 21 at 5:00 PM and meet at Tuckahoe State Park Lake on August 14 to ride a 10+ miles on local roads. 10mph ride. Beginning road riders welcome. Helmets are required.  Water, lights and bright clothing suggested. Call 410-924-7402 for more information.

PADDLING

Kayak Meet Up: Bring your kayak and gear to paddle Tuckahoe Creek at 5:00 PM.  Meet at the Tuckahoe State Park boat ramp on August 16 and meet at Martinak State Park boat ramp on August 30.  Life jacket required.  Call 410-924-1529 for more information.

Choptank Rivah Run: Rivah Run is a fun open 2-mile paddling event for children and adults of all ages (under 18 must be with adult).  Any type of paddle craft is eligible for this “POKER RUN”.  Beginning at Martinak State Park boat ramp on August 18 at 9:00 AM each paddler stops at a series of checkpoints to receive a playing card, finishing at the Choptank River Yacht Club where prizes are awarded.  Call 410-479-8120 to register.

 

Programs are Free unless noted in the description.  Check our website for more park activities by clicking on the calendar of events at http://dnr.maryland.gov/Publiclands/Pages/outdooreduc.aspx or like us on Facebook at Friends of Tuckahoe and Martinak State Park

 

Full Moon Party at Martinak State Park

A Full Moon Party will be held at Martinak State Park on Friday July 27th. There will be plenty of moonlight activities for the whole family to enjoy. The evening begins at 7:30 PM with Amazing Bats, a presentation that will dispel myths and highlight the benefits of bats. Following the presentation, a high microphone will be used to listen for bats.

Then, you will have the opportunity to participate in a drumming circle with Ted Nichols, World Music Instructor from Salisbury University. Ted is intrigued with percussion and studies new styles and instruments. In the spring of 2005, Ted traveled to West Africa where he researched African instruments and rhythms. He has developed a drum circle which incorporating these world rhythms. Ted also served as a visiting artist performer for the Maryland Center for the Arts in 2009 and 2012 and led an African drumming workshop and performance with the Chris English Blues Band.   Join Ted in the drumming circle by bringing your own drum or learning how to bucket drum with the buckets provided.

Another activity is paddling in the moonlight down Watts Creek. Call to register for this activity because space is limited.  You may bring your own canoe/kayak, lifejacket and flashlight or register to rent a canoe for $10.00. All paddlers must register at 410-820-1668.  Lifejackets and flashlights or headlamps are required.

If water is not your thing, consider taking an easy guided night hike through the nature trails at Martinak.  Using other senses besides vision, you will experience nature uniquely learning about the animals that thrive at night.

In addition, a presentation about bats will be given featuring their unique hearing abilities.

Glow in the dark games will be available as well as a location to bring your telescope to view the moon. Activities begin at 7:30 PM. For more details or questions, call 410-820-1668.

Adkins Arboretum to Host Beer Garden Aug. 25

Enjoy local beer, delectable seafood and toe-tapping music when Adkins Arboretum hosts its inaugural Beer Garden with Bull & Goat on Sat., Aug. 25.

Specializing in craft beer brewed with premium malts, hops and yeasts, Centreville’s Bull & Goat Brewery will serve beer and homemade root beer. Bay Shore Steam Pot, also based in Centreville, will serve fresh seafood, and the Simmons Family will play bluegrass tunes and other favorites. Siblings Mary, Dave and Jon Simmons are known for their tight harmonies and virtuoso guitar and fiddle playing.

The Beer Garden runs from 4 to 7 p.m. As the day cools down, guests can take a woodland walk or join in games. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 18 and free for children ages 2 and under. Beer and food are an additional fee.

Advance registration is appreciated. To register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Local author Jim Duffy to speak at Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting

Jim Duffy will present “Underground Railroad Journeys on the Eastern Shore” at the Friends of the Caroline County Public Library’s Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 10am at the Federalsburg Branch, located at 123 Morris Avenue in Federalsburg.

Please join the Friends for this exciting presentation, a short meeting and light refreshments. Award-winning writer and storyteller Jim Duffy of Cambridge will share keystone stories, surprising finds, and life lessons learned from his work on the book Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva. The presentation will touch on a number of heroes of the Underground Railroad here on the Eastern Shore, including Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. Duffy will be signing copies of the books after the talk.

Duffy is the co-founder (with his wife, the photographer Jill Jasuta) of Secrets of the Eastern Shore, a local business that celebrates the heritage and beauty of the Delmarva Peninsula in words, pictures, and products. He is an award-winning magazine writer whose work has appeared in numerous regional publications. He is also the author of Eastern Shore Road Trips: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. The couple has lived in Cambridge since arriving on the Eastern Shore in 2004.

Both of Mr. Duffy’s books are available to borrow from the Caroline County Public Library. For more information about this event, please call the library at 410-754-8397 or 410-479-1343.

Capture Caroline Photo Contest

Enter the Summer #CaptureCaroline Photo Contest! Contest Extended to September 15th! 
Do you have amazing photos of Caroline County? Enter them in the Caroline Office of Tourism’s Summer photo contest! Participants are invited to enter up to five photos in each contest. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Caroline County business of their 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 September 15th. 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.

All eligible entries will be posted in an album on the Caroline County, MD Facebook page on September 15th, 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 October 1st 2018.

Please make sure that your submitted photo is high resolution. Contest winners will be asked to submit a high-resolution file suitable for print reproduction of at least 300 dpi at 8 x 12 inches (2400 x 3600 pixels). 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.

The Spring into Summer contest categories are:

  • Summer Fun
  • Art, History, Festivals & Events
  • Shopping and Dining

Note: By entering your photograph(s) in the Caroline County Photo 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.