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Caroline County Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season, it’s more important than ever to support our local small businesses and organizations. Our downtowns are full of shops and stores where you can find everything from holiday décor and clothing to toys and antiques. We encourage you to shop local this holiday season. Below are a few unique and one-of-a-kind Caroline County gift ideas!

If you are a Caroline County business and have a gift you’d like to have featured, we’d love to include it! Please email info@visitcaroline.org.

  • Give a one-of-a-kind, Maryland-inspired gift with a Savor Maryland Box! Savor Maryland was created by Shore Gourmet, a non-profit that promotes Maryland farmers and entrepreneurs to bring awareness to the great products they create in our beautiful state! From “Bee Maryland” to the “It’s a Shore Thang,” these boxes are packed with local flavor and can be ordered from the comfort of your home!
  • Shop for fragrant gifts made from lavender at Smokey Cat Lavender Farm’s online store. From relaxing neck wraps to rejuvenating eye pillows, they have just what you need for the lavender-lover on your list! Visit the online store at smokey-cat-lavender.square.site.
  • Nice Farms Creamery is now making handcrafted soap from their creamline milk! From their soft and smooth Peppermint Bar to their gentle, exfoliating Coffee Bar, they have a variety for everyone on your list! Order online here.
  • Give the gift of local flavor with a gift card to a Caroline County restaurant that can be enjoyed later! Some restaurants have gift cards that can be purchased online, including the Market Street Public House.
  • Looking for a gift for those who love the great outdoors? How about a gift membership to Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre preserve and public garden. Members receive unlimited free admission to the Arboretum, discounts on programs, trips, native plants, and gift shop purchases, and invitations to special events. Family memberships are $75/year. Learn more here.
  • Do you have adventure seekers on your list? Give the gift of a tandem skydive from Chesapeake Skydive! Enjoy breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coastline, followed by a freefall for nearly a minute where you’ll reach speeds up to 120 mph. After the parachute opens you will glide through the sky towards the earth for 5-7 minutes. Learn more here.
  • Brighten up someone’s table with a beautiful holiday-inspired floral arrangement! Contact your hometown florist to place your order!
  • Give a Blades Orchard CSA share for a gift that keeps on giving! Recipients will enjoy six months of fresh picked strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, apples, melons, apricots, plums, blackberries, melons, ciders, butters and honey from this Preston orchard. You receive 8-10 pounds of locally-grown goodness twice a month. Find out more here.
  • Adopt an alpaca for a year from Outstanding Dreams Farm in Preston! This program makes the perfect gift for alpaca lovers of all ages! Adopted alpacas stay at Outstanding Dreams Farm, where they take care of all the work! Recipients receive a Certificate of Adoption, a 4×6 photo of your adopted alpaca, a voucher to come learn about your alpaca, a $20 gift certificate to their Farm Store, and birthday card from your alpaca. Learn more here.

Connecting Kuumba Through Community: Black Fiber Artists Showcase

The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) invites you to join them in a celebration of black fiber artists from around the Eastern Shore at the “Connecting Kuumba Through Community: Black Fiber Artists Showcase.” This exhibit will showcase a diverse range of talents including quilting, crochet, fashion and accessory design, collage, and more, and feature creations made by local and regional artists, as well as heirloom pieces. The artwork will be on display at FACES in Denton from November 5, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

“Kuumba” means creativity in Swahili and is the sixth principle of Kwanzaa, an African American celebration of family, community, and culture. The purpose of kuumba is to use our creativity to enrich and beautify our communities. Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, an Eastern Shore native, in 1966 as part of the black liberation movements happening in the United States during that time. Kwanzaa occurs from December 26th to January 1st.

Come out and support black fiber artists and learn more about Kwanzaa!

FACES hours:  Thursday, 12-4:00pm, Friday, 12-4:00pm, Saturday, 12-4:00pm

Contact:  Kathleen McCulloch
Phone:  443-448-4611

 

Email:  info@fiberartscenter.com

 

Weekend Fun in Caroline County: Halloween Edition!

This weekend is chock-full of spook-tacular Halloween fun! Here’s what’s happening in Caroline County! For information on how to keep your family safe while enjoying Halloween activities, click here. 

Trick or Treating in Caroline County
Below are the recommended hours for Trick or Treating in Caroline County. 
Town of Preston: Saturday, October 31st, 6pm8pm
Town of Denton: Saturday, October 31st, 6pm7:30pm
Town of Ridgely: Saturday, October 31st, 6pm8pm
Town of Greensboro: Saturday, October 31st, 6pm8pm
Town of Federalsburg: Saturday, October 31st, 6pm7:30pm
Town of Hillsboro: Saturday, October 31st, 5:30pm7pm

Hillsboro’s Halloween Pet Costume Contest
Saturday, October 31st, 2pm – 4pm
Hillsboro Park
Dress up your pet in the perfect Halloween costume and enter this fun-filled contest for your chance to win prizes! Meet at Hillsboro Park for pictures and viewing! Pets and owners will be socially distanced on the walking track. Contest judges will announce the winner on the town’s website and Facebook! Don’t have a pet? Bring a lawnchair and watch the fun! Find out more here!

Book Signing by Robyn Brown, Author of SAM: A Ghost Story
Saturday, October 31st, 10am – 1pm
What’s New Shop, 224 Market Street, Denton
The What’s New Shop invites you to a book signing by Robyn S. Brown, author of SAM: A Ghost Story. Robyn is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church and currently serves as a pastor at two churches in Kent County, and is also a Hospice Chaplain. Learn more about the book signing here.

Federalsburg Trunk or Treat Hosted by VFW Post 5246
Saturday, October 31st, 2pm – 4pm
VFW Post 5246 Parking Lot, 2630 Veterans Drive, Federalsburg
Come out to this free, fun-filled afternoon where you can “Trunk or Treat” at decorated cars! There will be games, food, fun, and prizes for the best decorated car! Contact: Lacy Whitby, 410-463-4855

Pumpkin Patch at Rawlings Farm
Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st, 10am – 4pm
Rawlings Farm,14700 Greensboro Road, Goldsboro
Head to Rawlings Farm for the final weekend of the season and grab your last-minute pumpkins and mums! Find out more at Facebook.com/RawlingsFarmMD.

Greensboro’s Halloween House Decorating Contest
Saturday, October 31st
Greensboro is hosting a Halloween House Decorating Contest! The Greensboro Police Department will be judging and awarding prizes for the top three entries! Take a drive or stroll through town and check out the haunted decorations! Find out more here.

Preston Historical Society’s Haunted Porch
Saturday, October 31st, 6pm – 8pm
Preston Historical Society, 167 Main Street, Preston
If you are out Trick-or-Treating in Preston on Halloween, be sure to stop by the Preston Historical Society’s Haunted Porch (if you dare)! Candy will be placed in individual treat bags and placed on socially distanced tables so everyone can have a safe, but still fun, Halloween experience. Find out more here.

Preston Historical Society to host Veterans Roundtable Ceremony

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 11 AM, Preston Historical Society will host the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #648 of the Mid-Shore as they present a Roundtable Ceremony in memory of all veterans who lost their lives while serving in the military, as well as those designated as a POW or MIA. The ceremony will be narrated by Roland Boggs, president of Chapter #648, with a representative of each of the five branches of the military participating. The public is invited to attend this ceremony, which takes place at the Preston Historical Society Museum located at 167 Main Street in Preston.

Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced when on the premises. For more information on this and other historical society events, visit www.prestonhistoricalsociety.com, Facebook, or call 410-943-1891.

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. 

 

Photo: Family walking at Adkins by Kellen McClusky

Mactoberfest 2020

Do you love mac and cheese? Do you love a road trip? Then this event is for you! Join the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce for their 2nd Annual Mactoberfest! This year’s event will feature a journey through beautiful scenic Caroline County where you will taste the best mac and cheese from our local chefs and help select the Big Cheese 2020! A digital map to the 10 mac and cheese stations will be provided! Along the routes there will be entertainment, great food, raffles, freebies, selfie stations and more! Do not miss this one of a kind event!

Road Trip Locations: Preston Automotive, Outstanding Dreams Farm, Caroline Culinary Arts, Nich’s Coffee, Cafe’ Paradiso, Pete’s Peteza Food Truck, Roadhouse 313, Tenchi Spanish American Kitchen and Ridgely Pharmacy

Purchase tickets to the event here.

Preston Historical Society’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

The Preston Historical Society will celebrate its 5th anniversary of the opening of its museum, located at 167 Main Street, Preston, on Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  The museum first opened on Saturday, October 17, 2015, and since that time the museum space has expanded to include the second floor of the museum and the opening of its Agriculture Building, featuring farming memorabilia and a room devoted to the hunting, trapping, and fishing history of the Preston area.

To celebrate its first five years, the society will be hosting antique vendors on the front lawn the day of the anniversary celebration. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the anniversary celebration and items will be raffled off, including gift certificates and gift baskets.  Goody bags and balloons will be offered to children. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required when on the campus of the Preston Historical Society Museum.

For additional information on the event, and to check for any change of plans due to COVID-19, visit www.prestonhistoricalsociety.com, Facebook or Instagram at “Preston Historical Society,” or call 410-310-5454.

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.

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!