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2018 Ridgely Strawberry Festival

The Ridgely Lions Club invites you to the 39th Annual Strawberry Festival on Sunday, May 27th at Martin Sutton Memorial Park in Ridgely, Maryland from 9am to 5pm.  This annual event is the largest fundraiser for the Ridgely Lions Club, who partner with many of the community’s volunteer and service organizations to make it one of Caroline County’s premier events. All proceeds raised by the Lions Club through the festival are used to support community service projects and local charities.

The festival kicks off at 9am with a non-denominational church service led by the Fish Locker Ministries. Starting at 8am is the 8th Annual Strawberry Chase 5K Run/Walk. All proceeds from the Strawberry Chase are donated to support the Maryland Ronald McDonald House and the Caroline County Super Summer Day Camp.

The festival gets into full swing at 10am with musical entertainment, food and craft vendors, and children’s entertainment.  The Strawberry Festival Parade kicks off on Bell St. at noon, and ends at Martin Sutton Park. The afternoon continues with raffle drawings, awards for the best parade entries, and presentation of the 2018 Ridgely Lions scholarships.

Pre-registration for the Strawberry Chase is available online at for $20 until May 25.  After May 25, fees for all runners and walkers will be $25.  Kids age 12 years and younger can register for $10.  You can also register as a sleepwalker for $25 and support the Ronald McDonald House and Caroline Super Sumer Camp from the comfort of your bed.

For more information on the Strawberry Festival or the Ridgely Lions Club, please contact Lion John Voshell at 410-634-2214 or or at

Get Social Delmarva: Social Media Training for Artists, Crafters & Makers

The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) has announced the launch of Get Social Delmarva, a new marketing training conference for artists, crafters, and makers of all types. The conference will take place on Friday, April 27th at Chesapeake College.

Get Social Delmarva will present social media and digital marketing training specifically designed to help artists launch or grow a creative business. Although familiarity with social media will be helpful, the conference is intended to help small business owners who have little or no experience using social platforms for business purposes. All instruction will be provided at an introductory level.

“Our goal is to empower artists and crafters to grow their business using affordable marketing tools and strategies,” said Marina Dowdall, Executive Director of the Caroline County Council of Arts, the parent organization of FACES. She said that most artists and small business owners do not have the resources to hire a marketing agency. “With today’s technology, artists can ‘DIY’ their own marketing, which allows them to grow their business more quickly and reach customers all over the world.”

Get Social Delmarva will include a keynote address on Marketing 101, which will cover the fundamentals of developing a cohesive and effective marketing strategy. The address will include an interview with Steve Konopelski and Rob Griffith, owners of Turnbridge Point, a bed and breakfast and custom bakery in Denton. The couple will share insights about what they’ve learned about growing their business using digital marketing tools.

The conference will then break out into workshops on a variety of topics. The workshops are categorized in three tracks, though attendees do not have to stay within a single track. Tracks include Facebook for Business, Visual Media, and Web Presence. Examples of workshop topics include Facebook Advertising, Selling on Etsy, and Introduction to Instagram for Business.

Conference attendance has been limited to 100 people to ensure smaller class sizes in the workshops. Attendees will also have the opportunity to eat lunch with instructors and ask them questions in a small group setting.

FACES has received grant funding from Rural Maryland Council to help launch Get Social Delmarva. Rural Maryland Council supports projects that foster economic growth in the rural areas of the state. The arts are a key component of the tourism and downtown development strategies for small towns throughout the Eastern Shore and broader Delmarva region. The headline sponsor of Get Social Delmarva is Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, an organization that promotes the heritage and unique communities of the Mid-Shore.

Registration for Get Social Delmarva is now open at Tickets are $79 per person. There is a 20% discount for FACES members.

Enter the Spring #CaptureCaroline Photo Contest

Do you have amazing photos of Caroline County? Enter them in the Caroline Office of Tourism’s March/April photo contest! Every two months, a new photo contest will be announced on the Caroline County, MD Facebook page. 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 Entries are due by 12pm noon on April15th. 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 April 16th, 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 May 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 March/April photo contest categories are:

• Spring 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.

Celebrate Spring at the 13th Annual Arbor Day Run

Dust off your running shoes and start training to hustle for the herd! Runners, walkers, families and nature enthusiasts are invited to Adkins Arboretum’s 13th annual Arbor Day Run on Sat., April 7. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s goat herd, used for targeted grazing of invasive species.

Featuring 5K and 10K races, a free One-Mile Fun Run/Walk and a free Healthy Kids’ 100-yard Dash, the Arbor Day Run is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an early-spring morning in nature. Participants will pass the Arboretum’s goat herd on the cross-country course plotted along a network of scenic, easily navigable trails.

Check-in and day-of registration begin at 8 a.m. The Healthy Kids’ Dash begins at 8:50 a.m., followed by the 10K Run at 9 a.m., the 5K Run at 9:05 a.m. and the One-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 9:10 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the overall male/female master winners and to the top two male/female winners in categories 15 and under through 70 and older in 10-year age groups. Bluepoint Race Management will provide chip timing for the 5K and 10K races. Post-race festivities include refreshments, an awards ceremony with one-of-a-kind tree ring medals and a native tree raffle

Registration is underway, with a discount and an Arbor Day Run T-shirt for those who register for the 5K and 10K by March 25. Fun Run and Healthy Kids’ Dash participants may order T-shirts for $10 each. For fee information or to register, visit or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

The Arbor Day Run is generously sponsored by Bay Imprint of Easton.

Wonders of the Tuckahoe Kayaking Trip

Kayaking on the Tuckahoe

Discover the beauty of Caroline County’s river trails on a guided kayaking trip on the Tuckahoe on Saturday, April 21st! Maximize your confidence prior to trip departure with basic boat handling and safety instruction starting at 2:25pm, and launch from the Hillsboro Boat Ramp at 3pm.

The excursion includes includes snacks, trained guides and up to 2-3 hours on the river. Kayaks are provided, and the fee is $25 for the general public or $15 if you bring your own kayak and for YMCA members. The reservation deadline is the Wednesday before the trip. Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to paddle south on this beautiful river! For more information, contact 410-479-8120 or Visit

2018 Juried Art Show at Adkins Arboretum

The Scout - Klinedinst

There’s a powerful sense of the spirit of the Eastern Shore in Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Adkins Arboretum’s nineteenth annual Juried Art Show. On view in the Arboretum Visitor’s Center through March 30, the show celebrates the Arboretum’s conservation mission and captures multiple aspects of our landscapes and waterscapes, from the familiar to the playful to the stunningly beautiful. 

The show was juried by Benjamin T. Simons, director of Easton’s Academy Art Museum. Both he and the artists will be on hand for a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 10 to talk with visitors about the work in the show.

From 115 entries submitted by 45 artists from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Georgia and Washington, D.C., Simons chose 23 works for this show. 

“I was mindful that the works would cohere as an exhibit and also relate to our landscape,” he explained. “There are various traditions represented, like plein-air, pastel, oil and sculpture, and I was glad to see there’s an etching because we’re introducing etching at the Museum, and there are some nice drawings, as well. A skillful drawing is really a pleasure.”

Simons awarded the annual first-prize Leon Andrus Award, named in honor of the Arboretum’s first benefactor, to Baltimore artist Karen Klinedinst for her three haunting photographs shot and processed on her iPhone. Although her work was new to him, Klinedinst is a frequent visitor to the Arboretum, photographing its grounds and teaching workshops in iPhoneography. Taken at the tidal Black Marsh Natural Area in the upper Chesapeake, this trio of photographs focuses on egrets in the expanse of their native habitat and calls to mind the radiant beauty and nuanced details of nineteenth-century Romantic paintings. 

Speaking of the luminescent quality of Klinedinst’s work, Simons said, “To me, it has a kind of ‘nature-photography-meets-Civil-War-era-photography’ feeling, and that’s what I found so appealing about it. They’re printed on vellum with white gold leaf, which gives them really a special glow.” 

Simons awarded the Leon Andrus second prize to Francesca Blythe of Potomac for “Wood Shell,” a sweeping driftwood sculpture burnished with velvety smoothness to a deep warm brown.

“She’s seeing something there that’s very spectacular,” he said. “It’s got an elegance of line to it, sort of a pointing finger quality, kind of an ancient hand, or a dragon head.”

Simons also awarded three Honorable Mentions, choosing two paintings and a drawing. The drawing, “Silhouette: Caledon Marsh I” by Donna Frostick of Henrico, Va., is a very unusual work made with a Sharpie marker. Drawn with intricate strokes of stark black on bright white paper, it hums with energy.

It’s a strange effect that that produces,” Simon commented. “It’s funny because you get a reflection off the water just by leaving it blank.”

The two paintings he chose are very different from one another. “Pioneer Point,” by Washington artist Carol Rowan, is a skillful and meticulous rendering in oil paint of a traditional Eastern Shore scene with two workboats moored in a quiet cove. “Foggy July (Leonard Cove, Trappe, MD),” by David Leonard of Easton, is also an oil painting, but its loose, spontaneous style captures a momentary impression of a small dock and pilings shimmering in the heat and humidity of a summer day. Simons was pleased to find such singularly varied approaches to the Eastern Shore landscape.

“That’s probably what unifies the show the most, the sense of place,” he commented. “Almost all of them convey a sense of place that’s one of the most powerful parts of living 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 March 30 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 for gallery hours.

Friday Nites in Caroline: Walt Michael & Co.

Caroline County’s concert season continues at the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library in Denton with the sounds of hammered dulcimer virtuoso Walt Michael & Co. on Friday, February 16 at 7:00 pm.  Admission is free.

Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt Michael’s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian to Celtic.  His 35 years of musical performances ranged from the coal camps of Appalachia to the White House to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games.  Walt is the Artist in Residence at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, as well as founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill, an international traditional arts organization that seeks to promote interracial harmony through the traditional arts.  For a preview of Walt Michael’s music, visit his web site,

For more information, contact the Library at 410-479-1343 or  

Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Caroline County Public Library, and Caroline County Recreation and Parks.  Additional support is provided by Caroline County Public Schools, Tri Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, Eastern Shore Regional Library, and the Maryland State Arts Council.  It is FREE for all attendees (donations are welcome).

Friday Nites in Caroline: The Bumper Jacksons

Caroline County’s concert season continues at the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library in Denton with the roots jazz, country swing and street blues sounds of The Bumper Jacksons on Friday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

The Bumper Jacksons’ sound is hot and sweet folk music, reflecting the colors of America’s diverse music scene from the streets of New Orleans to the hollers of the Appalachian mountains. They boldly and elegantly pay homage to the roots and traditions of American music from jazz to swing to blues.  Don’t miss this unique musical experience! For a preview of The Bumper Jackson’s music, visit their web site,

For more information, contact the Library at 410-479-1343 or   Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Caroline County Public Library and Caroline County Recreation and Parks.  Additional support is provided by Caroline County Public Schools, Tri Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, Eastern Shore Regional Library and the Maryland State Arts Council.  It is FREE for all attendees (donations are welcome).

Vote for Your Favorite #CaptureCaroline Photos!

Martinak in the Wintertime

Voting is now open for the Winter #CaptureCaroline Photo Contest! View and vote on your favorite photos by visiting the Winter Photos Contest album on the Caroline County, MD Facebook page and liking the shots that you think are best. Every like counts as a vote, and the submission with the most votes will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Caroline County business of their choice!

Voting is open from January 15th 2018 to January 31 2018. The winner will be announced February 1st.

Check out just a few of the great entries below, and then go vote for your favorite!