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The Dirty Grass Players to Headline Adkins Arboretum Beer Garden October 23

Local beer, food trucks, ice cream and music by The Dirty Grass Players are all on tap when Adkins Arboretum’s Beer Garden returns on Sat., Oct. 23.

A four-piece new-grass band from Baltimore, The Dirty Grass Players are known for having one toe-tapping foot in traditional bluegrass while pushing boundaries with their blazing musicianship. Their ability to transition seamlessly from down-home bluegrass to spirited improvisation makes each performance a singular experience. Add some Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd or a dash of southern rock, and you’ll quickly understand what they mean by “dirty grass.” The 2017 winners of the Charm City Bluegrass & Folk Festival Band Competition, the band recently released their second studio album, “Beneath the Woodpile.”

Bull & Goat Brewery and Ten Eyck Brewing Company will be pulling premium craft beer, complemented by fare from Blue Monkey Street Tacos and Chesapeake Celebrations food trucks and small-batch “cow-to-cup” ice cream from Nice Farms Creamery.

The Beer Garden runs from 2 to 4 p.m., but food trucks will begin serving at 1 p.m. Seating is limited; bringing chairs or a blanket is highly advised. Advance registration is required. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 3–18 and free for children ages 2 and under. Register online at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0  or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0

Photo: 2019 Beer Garden at Adkins Arboretum by Mike Morgan.

Shore Shakespeare to Bring A Little Touch of Shakespeare to Adkins Arboretum

Have you ever wondered what William Shakespeare was thinking as he wrote The Taming of the Shrew or Richard III? Well, who better to introduce Shakespeare’s plays than the Bard himself? Join Shore Shakespeare for A Little Touch of Shakespeare, an exploration of some of the playwright’s most famous works, Sept. 18 and 19 at Adkins Arboretum.

In this original production, seven actors take on roles in eleven scenes from ten of Shakespeare’s most famous works, including Richard IIIMacbethThe Taming of the ShrewMuch Ado About NothingTwelfth Night and more. Narrated by Shakespeare himself, the show takes the audience behind the scenes to see what the Bard may have been thinking as he wrote some of the wittiest, most charming and, in some cases, darkest dialogue ever. The scenes themselves explore the Battle of the Sexes and revolve around the theme of love, all while showcasing Shakespeare’s incomparable wit, wisdom and poetry. In addition, the show features seven of Shakespeare’s sonnets, also dealing with issues of love, placed strategically throughout the scenes.

Performances are Sat., Sept. 18 and Sun., Sept. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Arboretum Pavilion. Participants should bring a blanket or chair and are welcome to bring a picnic. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 3–18 and free for children ages 2 and under and can be purchased in advance at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

A Little Touch of Shakespeare was written by Shore Shakespeare Company co-founder Chris Rogers in 2012. Sadly, Chris passed away in June 2020. This production will serve as special recognition of his passion and legacy within the local theatre. Proceeds will benefit Shore Shakespeare and Adkins Arboretum.

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.

Caroline County Tourism Businesses & Attractions featured in Radio Ads

The Caroline Office of Tourism was the recipient of a small grant from the Maryland Office of Tourism to promote tourism-related businesses and attractions in Caroline County. Through a partnership with iHeartMedia, the tourism office developed radio spots to air on markets in Salisbury and Baltimore featuring tourism-related businesses that expressed interest in participating.

Listen to the radio spots below to discover the great things happening in Caroline County!

Discover Federalsburg Radio Spot

Discover Greensboro Radio Spot

Discover Ridgely Radio Spot

Discover Preston Radio Spot

Discover the Homegrown Flavors of Caroline County Radio Spot

Explore Downtown Denton Radio Spot

Have an Agritourism Adventure in Caroline County Radio Spot

Journeys to Freedom: Birding & Boating Tours on the Harriet Tubman Byway

Delmarva Birding Weekends is teaming up with Harriet Tubman Tours and River Run Cruises this July to offer Birding and Boating Tours on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway! The tours will take place July 1st, July 15th, July 24th & July 29th from 2pm – 6pm and cost $85.

During the first two hours of our guided, self-driven tour, you’ll learn about the many daring escapes led by the famed freedom seeker and human rights activist known as “The Moses of Her People,” Harriet Tubman. In Caroline County, Harriet Tubman found shelter and assistance as she traveled along the Underground Railroad to Delaware.

The driving route courses through the farms, forests and significant Underground Railroad sites of Caroline County until you arrive at River Run Cruises in Denton, MD. From there, you’ll explore the upper reaches of the Choptank River during a two-hour cruise aboard a pontoon boat. Downriver, landings and points along the Choptank served as sites for perilous escapes by boat. The shallow waters of the Upper Choptank provided crossings for freedom seekers heading north towards Sandtown, DE.

Learn more and register at delmarvabirding.com/choptank-river-cruise-caroline-county!

Free Advertising for Tourism Businesses in Caroline County

The Caroline Office of Tourism has received a grant to market small businesses that support Maryland tourism, including restaurants, entertainment, attractions and shops. This early-summer campaign will air on radio stations in the Baltimore and Salisbury markets. There are no expenses for participating businesses.

If you are interested in participating in this campaign, please email Executive Director Tara Hill-Coursey at director@visitcaroline.org. by close of business on Monday, June 14th.

Shaping the Future of Caroline County’s Parks: Survey

Caroline County Recreation & Parks is conducting a community-wide survey to collect information and assess the availability and quality of the county’s network of parks and open spaces and the recreation opportunities that are available in the county.  Click the image below to take the survey.  It should take no more than 10 minutes.

Parques y Recreación del Condado de Caroline está llevando a cabo una encuesta en toda la comunidad para recopilar información y evaluar la disponibilidad y calidad de la red de parques y espacios abiertos del condado y las oportunidades de recreación que están disponibles en el condado. Por favor ayude completando esta encuesta. No debería tomar más de 10 minutos.

Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Native Plant Sale—Online!

Prepare for spring in the garden! Adkins Arboretum, offering the Chesapeake gardener the best selection of landscape-ready native plants for more than two decades, announces its Spring Native Plant Sale. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s rich variety of education programs, scheduled to resume later this year, that teach about the Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

Due to ongoing recommendations regarding COVID-19, the spring sale will be conducted entirely online. Orders will be accepted through Thurs., April 8 at adkinsarboretum.org and will be fulfilled via timed pickup. There will be no in-person shopping at the Arboretum.

Plants for sale include a large variety of native perennials, ferns, vines, grasses and flowering trees and shrubs for spring planting. Native flowers and trees provide food and habitat for wildlife and make colorful additions to home landscapes, whether in a perennial border, a woodland garden or a restoration project. Native honeysuckle entices hummingbirds, while tall spikes of purplish flowers grace blue wild indigo. Milkweed provides critical energy for monarch butterflies on their winter migration to Mexico, and native azaleas present a veritable rainbow of colorful blooms.

As always, Arboretum members receive a generous discount on plants that varies according to membership level. To join, renew your membership or give an Arboretum membership as a gift, visit adkinsarboretum.org or contact Kellen McCluskey at kmccluskey@adkinsarboretum.org.

Yarnstorming Returns to Adkins Arboretum

Yarnstorming is back! For the second year running, Adkins Arboretum is partnering with local yarn artists and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) to create a whimsical and exciting visual experience in the trees around the Arboretum Visitor’s Center.

Also known as yarn bombing, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting and graffiti knitting, yarnstorming is an art form that employs knitted or crocheted yarn in place of paint or chalk. Fiber artists, both veterans and those new to yarn art, will adorn native trees with everything from pompoms to needle felted animals to branch and trunk wraps and hammocks for woodland creatures.

Yarnstorming creations will be on display March 6 through April 3 at the Arboretum, located near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. The public is invited to view the exhibit daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org.

Photo Credit: Kellen McCluskey

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Located in Denton, the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore is a destination for the area’s many quilt and fiber art enthusiasts, visitors, and residents to view historic and recent works by quilters and fiber artists from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, visit fiberartscenter.com or call 410-479-0009.

This Week’s Festive Fun in Caroline County: December 14th – 20th

Make your days merry and bright! Here are a few festive and fun ways to celebrate the holidays this week in Caroline County!
Please be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing so that we can all have a safe and happy holiday. 

  • The town of Hillsboro invites you to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season as hundreds of luminaries light the streets of Hillsboro on December 19th from 5-8pm. There will also be a guided candlelight labyrinth walk and hot cider by the fire at the Retreat House from 6-8pm.
  • Update on Whoville Village Holiday Park:  Due to flooding and ice, the December 18th & 19th Whoville Village Holiday Park has been cancelled.
  • Head to the Federalsburg VFW Post 5246 for their Drive Thru Santa Event on Saturday, December 19th from 12-2pm. Santa and his elves will be collecting your letters and handing out cookies!
  • Santa will be making spirits bright at Ridgely Pharmacy on Saturday December 19th from 10am-12pm. Santa’s elves, Rudolph, The Grinch, and Mickey & Minnie will also be making an appearance! All COVID-19 regulations will be followed.
  • Santa will also be in Federalsburg on Sunday, December 20th at 5:30 pm for a special drive-through Christmas event at Chambers Park! The park will be decorated to bring holiday cheer to all!  Santa will be accepting letters, so be sure to remember to bring them! Find out more here.
  • Don’t miss Ridgely’s enchanting display of holiday lights at Railroad Memorial Park! The lights are on display every evening now through the New Year starting at 5pm. Walk through the illuminated park and on the Rails to Trails and stop at the “Selfie Stations” along the way! Share your photos on social media with the tag #ChristmasinRidgely.
  • The Ridgely Historical Society’s Christmas House Decorating Contest will be judged on December 20th! Take a walk or drive through town and enjoy the decked-out homes!
  • The Federalsburg Heritage Museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm through December 31, and they will also be open for the holidays on December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. Stop by the museum to learn about the local history, and then shop for holiday gifts wrapped in memories, including their annual pewter Christmas ornaments depicting local landmarks, books written by local authors, and Jack Sealman cards and prints.
  • Take a stroll through downtown Denton to enjoy the decorated storefronts and shop windows in Downtown Denton Main Street’s Holiday Window Contest. You can then vote for your favorite window online! Find out more here. 
  • The Denton Town Council is hosting a Holiday Decorating Contest this year. Nominate your favorite house by December 15th, and vote for your favorite house by December 22nd! The top three entries will be presented town proclamations and a gift card.
  • Check out “Connecting Kuumba Through Community,” the latest exhibit at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore. 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 through December 31, 2020. They are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12-4pm.
  • Take a winter walk through Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre nature preserve and native garden in Caroline County! Though their Visitor Center is currently closed, the grounds are open for your enjoyment! View a trail map here.
  • Support the small businesses in your community by shopping local this holiday season! Our downtowns are full of wonderful shops where you can find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while shopping so we can all have a safe and happy holiday!

Planning ahead? See the full December 2020 event calendar here.