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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 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 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!


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 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 Spring #CaptureCaroline Photo and Video Contest through May 15th! 
Do you have amazing photos of Caroline County? Enter them in the Caroline Office of Tourism’s Spring photo and video contest! Participants are invited to enter up to five photos in each contest. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Caroline County business of their choice.

How to Enter
Photos and videos 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 May 15th 2019. When submitting an entry, please provide a title for the photo or video and share details such as the location, the date taken and/or event name. Videos should be no longer than three minutes in length and showcase the best of Caroline County.

All eligible entries will be posted in an album on the Caroline County, MD Facebook page on May 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 June 1st 2019.

Please make sure that your submitted photo or video is high resolution. Contest winners will be asked to submit a high-resolution file. Photos with watermarks are not eligible. If the photograph or video includes a recognizable person, a model release must also be completed and submitted. Model releases can be downloaded here.

The Spring contest categories are:

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

Note: By entering your photograph(s) or video(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.

Paddlefest on the Choptank 2018

The Caroline County Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 9th Annual Paddlefest on the Choptank on Saturday, June 16th! Enjoy a 7.7 mile paddle on the Choptank River, launching with the current from the Greensboro Community Boat Ramp and finishing at the Choptank River Yacht Club in Denton, on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore.

Enjoy live music with the bluegrass band Out of the Blue and the Lockerman Middle School Jazz Band. Food and beverages available from various food trucks and the Choptank River Yacht Club! Paddle Poker awards presentation will take place at 3:30pm.

On-site registration and paddler check-in will begin at the Greensboro Community Boat Ramp at 8am, followed by launch at 10am. Shuttle buses will be available throughout the event. Pre-Registration is $35 per paddler until June 15th. Day of registration is $45. To register, visit or contact the Chamber office at or call 410-479-4638.

Shore Shakespeare Presents As You Like It at Adkins Arboretum

Shore Shakespeare Company opens its spring season with three performances of the sparkling comedy As You Like It June 1, 2 and 3 at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely.

Directed by Christian Rogers, As You Like It is a compelling romantic adventure in which Rosalind and Orlando’s famous courtship plays out amid political rivalry, banishment and exile in the Forest of Arden. This light and most delightful comedy presents Shakespeare’s send-up of the pastoral genre popular during Elizabethan times: nobles abandoning court for the country, learning wisdom from the locals and returning refreshed and invigorated. In this, the Bard’s comedic version, the basic features are retained but are used as a backdrop for an exploration of love in all its many forms. All comes right in the end, of course.

With unforgettable characters, sparkling wit, slapstick comedy and eclectic song and dance, As You Like It has it all! Bring a chair or blanket, a picnic and a sense of humor for this entrancing game of love, lust and mistaken identity.

Performances are Fri. and Sat., June 1 and 2 at 6 p.m. and Sun., June 3 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0. Information about the production is also available at

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.

Adkins Arboretum’s Forest Fair scheduled for July 7th

Hear ye, hear ye! All are invited to revel in a day of forest fun when Adkins Arboretum celebrates its inaugural Forest Fair (with a Medieval Flair), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.on Saturday, July 7th.

Adventurers of all ages can embark on a forest quest, visit Robin Hood’s hideout and join in medieval games. Entertainment includes falconry and beekeeping demonstrations, ballads, dance, and performances by Shore Shakespeare. Archery and swordplay will add to the fun. The truly stout-hearted may visit the apothecary for a lesson on natural remedies or forage with a local peasant.

Medieval costumes are encouraged, and imaginations are a must. Forest Fair is $10 for ages 6 and over and free for ages 5 and under. Advance registration is appreciated. To register, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Shifting Shorelines on View at Adkins Arboretum

Not a single bird stays still in Susan Hostetler’s paintings, drawings and sculptures on view at the Adkins Arboretum’s Visitor’s Center through June 1. Titled Shifting Shorelines, her show is full of motion with an undercurrent of concern about climate change. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Sat., April 14 from 3 to 5 p.m.

You’ll find birds flying, perching, stalking and singing throughout this show, including one full wall covered with a sweep of individual ceramic birds. But Hostetler also touches on their varied habitats with swirling leaves, flowers, seedpods, intricate clumps of moss and brilliantly hued underwater plants.

Many of this show’s works were inspired by weekend retreats at Echo Hill Outdoor School, where she and a group of artists have gathered to draw and paint on the school’s grounds, which include farmland, marshes, forests and a mile-long sandy beach.

“I always gravitated to the ‘back waters’ of the swamp and wetland areas,” Hostetler said. “They are the quiet, forgotten places teeming with life. A small mound of moss near the water’s edge is a microcosm of biodiversity containing so many intricate layers of life.”

Whether drawing or painting with gouache or encaustics, she builds up layer upon layer so as to create a feeling of translucent depth that makes her works resound with a sense of close interrelationships between birds, plants, air and water. Although she sometimes limits her palette to shades of black and white, she has a fresh and surprising way with color, mingling exuberant shades of orange, turquoise, leafy green, rust red and golden yellow.

Hostetler notes that while she has a lot to learn about birds, she is fascinated by their flight and migration patterns. Her studio in a northeast Washington, D.C., warehouse is lined with windows so that her drawn and sculpted birds inside mimic the real birds just outside.

“For us city dwellers, the bird may be the only chance we have to feel close to a wild creature,” she said. “Soaring birds are symbolic of a universal emotion of uplift and a sense of freedom.”

Hostetler has traveled and exhibited extensively, launching a hand papermaking mill in Friedberg, Germany, and a studio in Barcelona, Spain, and her work is included in many collections. In addition to frequent shows in the Washington area, her paintings and sculptures can be seen in April in Chestertown at RiverArts and the Massoni Gallery.

She feels exhibiting in the Chesapeake Bay area is a way of celebrating the International Year of the Bird, an effort by National Geographic, Audubon and more than 100 other organizations to raise awareness of the dramatic losses among bird species around the world.

Hostetler said she chose her title, Shifting Shorelines, because it allows for various interpretations. “Though one could say that shorelines shift regularly due to tides and other natural occurrences, climate change is ‘shifting’ the shoreline, and not in a positive way.”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through June 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 for gallery hours.