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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 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.

July Happenings at Martinak & Tuckahoe State Parks

Last month, visitors to Martinak were getting their exercise by cycling on our new cruiser bikes that are available free at the Martinak Nature Center. If you have not had a chance to try them, come to our Easy Breezy Rides, Cruiser Time, or stop by the Nature Center on the weekend and feel like a kid again!  This month there are plenty of day camps for kids, Park Pals, and Jr. Rangers.  In addition, be sure to check out our full moon party on July 27!  We have all kinds of after dark activities for everyone in the family!  For more information, call the park office at 410-820-1668.

WALK and HIKE

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, July 9, 16, and 30 at 4:30 PM.

Go the Extra Mile: Join a relaxing guided walk at the end of the day at the Martinak State Park Amphitheater on Mondays, July 9, 16, and 30 at 5:00 PM.

Senior Stroll: Meet up with others to walk the paved fitness trail on Tuesdays and

Thursdays, July 5, 10, 12, 17, 26, 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 July 6 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 July 7, at 10:00 AM.

Dog Walk: Meet with fellow dog lovers to walk at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor Center at 9:00 AM, on July 5.  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 and Saturday July 18, 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!

Evening Walk: A good way to end the day is with a 2-mile walk through the park on Wednesday July 18, at 7:00 PM.  Meet at the Martinak Nature Center.

YOGA

Yoga Practice: Improve your flexibility, core development, and balance. Tuesdays and Thursdays July 5, 10, 12, 17, 26, 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, July 9, 16, and 30 at 7:00 PM.

Sun Rise Yoga: Come out for Vinyasa Flow Yoga, at 7:15 AM at the Martinak State Park Amphitheater and connect with nature. This class provides mind and body fitness at your own pace.  Call Caroline County Recreation and Parks to register at 410-479-8120. 

SPECIAL EVENTS, CAMPS, AND MORE

Full Moon Party:  Come to Martinak State Park on Friday July 27 at 8:30 PM for the first full moon celebration!  Participate in a full moon paddle, night hike, drumming circle, dancing and glow in the dark games!  Call 410-820-1668 to register for the paddle.

Fishing Derby:  Spend July 4 at Martinak and Tuckahoe State Parks fishing from 10:00 – 12:00 PM.  Free loaner poles for the first 15 children. Call 410-820-1668 for more information.

Aviary Tour: Learn about our various birds and feeding habits on July 4, at 4:00 PM at Tuckahoe State Park Aviary located beside the park office.

Eating for Life:  Healthy eating is important, and every now and then, we need help with new recipes.  Meet at the Martinak Nature Center at 9:00 AM on Tuesday July, 10, 17, 24, and 31 to learn about portion control, the new food pyramid, and more.

Caterpillar Counts: Participate in a citizen science project for measuring variation and abundance of foliage.  Meet at Tuckahoe State Park Cherry Lake Pavilion on July 6, 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!

Adventure Camp: 5-day camps will run Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for youth ages 8-14. Participants will explore Tuckahoe by canoe, mountain bike and on foot. In addition, learn about raptors and reptiles. Other activities will include archery, fishing, nature art, and ropes course.  Call 410-820-1668 to register.

Jr. Rangers: Provides youth (ages 7-12) with conservation information, environmental education and fun recreational experiences Wednesdays at Martinak State Park from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, from June 24 to July 29.  Call 410-820-1668 for more information and for registration.

Park Pals: This program is for children 4-6 years old and features games, snacks, stories, and other nature related activities.  It is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 -7:00 PM at the Martinak State Park Nature Center from June 24 to July 29.  Call 410-820-1668 for more information and registration.

Stay’N Play: This is a wrap around program for campers. Enjoy the free activities offered on the weekend and then on the weekdays, the kids will spend the day canoeing, learning about wildlife, practicing archery and completing the Challenge Course! Call 410-820-1668 to register.

BIKING, PADDLING AND VOLLEYBALL

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, July 28, at 9:00 AM behind the Caroline County Courthouse.

Easy Breezy Ride: Borrow a beach bike and join the group for a ride at Martinak State Park on Mondays, July 9, 16, and 30 at 6:00 PM and Thursdays, July 5, 12, and 26 at 9:00 AM.  Meet at the Martinak Nature Center.

Peddle Power:  Meet at the Martinak Park Office on Tuesdays July 10 and 24, at 5:00 PM and meet at Tuckahoe State Park Lake on July 17 and 31 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.

Cruiser Time:  Borrow bikes from the Martinak State Park Nature Center to ride through the park.  6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday July 11.

Volleyball Meet Up:  For students ages 14 to 18 meet Hannah at the Tuckahoe State Park beach volleyball court at the lake on Wednesdays starting on July 11 at 3:00 PM to practice your skills. 

Kayak Meet Up: Bring your kayak and gear to paddle Watts Creek on July 12 at 5:00 PM.  Meet at the Martinak State Park boat ramp.  Life jacket required.      

 

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 Parks

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 Into Summer #CaptureCaroline Photo Contest!
Do you have amazing photos of Caroline County? Enter them in the Caroline Office of Tourism’s Spring Into 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 August 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 August 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 September 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.

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 CarolineChamber.org or contact the Chamber office at info@carolinechamber.org 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 adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0. Information about the production is also available at shoreshakespeare.com.

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 adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.