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Adkins Arboretum’s Beer Garden Returns September 28

Local beer, fresh seafood, ice cream and music by The High & Wides are all on tap when Adkins Arboretum hosts its second annual Beer Garden on Sat., Sept. 28.

Like the large-haul trains for which the band is named, The High & Wides project a big, driving sound—mountain music reimagined for a new century. Regional favorites hailing from Chestertown, the group released its debut album, Lifted, to widespread acclaim in 2018. Dubbed the “apostles of hillbilly boogie” by The Washington Post, the group draws from its members’ extensive bluegrass backgrounds to take the music to a place all their own, recalling an era when old-time, rockabilly and proto-rock ‘n’ roll coexisted in a murky soup of hillbilly string band music.

Centreville’s Bull & Goat Brewery will be pulling premium craft beer and homemade root beer, complemented by fresh seafood from Centreville’s family-owned Bay Shore Steam Pot and small-batch “cow to cup” ice cream served by American Corner’s Nice Farms Creamery.

The Beer Garden runs from 4 to 6 p.m. As the day cools down, guests can dance to the band, take a woodland walk or join in games. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 18 and free for children ages 2 and under. Beer and food are an additional fee. Seating is limited; please bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the event.

Advance registration is appreciated. To register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

July Pollinator Programs at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum will host a trio of programs this month aimed at educating about pollinators, their needs and ways to increase their vital habitat. All programs will be led by Melinda Fegler and Lindsay Hollister of Pollinators Prospering People (PX3), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainable pollinator habitat. Programs include:

Befriending Bumblebees, 1–4 p.m. on Sun., July 14. Learn about the bumble’s importance for wildlife and for humans’ edible gardens. Participants will learn Maryland bumble ID and how to design a garden to attract bumblebees, as well as build a bumblebee hive box.

Solitary Bee Beginnings, 1–4 p.m. on Sun., July 21. What is a solitary bee? Learn about the ecology, life cycles and groupings of these lone workers. Participants will also learn about garden additions for solitary bees, build a solitary bee condo and practice identification.

Caterpillars to Butterflies, 1–4 p.m. on Sun., July 28. Learn about the mysteries of and threats to these beautiful pollinators and the important role they play in the natural world. Participants will build a chrysalis tree, learn to use identification resources and practice skills during a NABA butterfly count.

Each program is $35 for Arboretum members and $40 for non-members. All three sessions count as continuing education for Master Gardeners and for Maryland Master Naturalists. Advance registration is required at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

New Murals in Downtown Denton

On Saturday, May 11 a new mural, which also acts as official town signage, was unveiled at the Community Garden in downtown Denton, MD. This project, funded by Downtown Denton Main Street and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, features artwork by local artist Nicholas Tindall.

Goals for this project include welcoming visitors to Denton, as well as bringing members of the community together to participate in activities and entertainment in the Community Park, which features a performance stage and new vegetable gardens.

The new mural sign consists of six different large scale painted panels, each featuring unique floral artwork and native species of Maryland. “We spent time thinking about the specific content of the mural and decided that it should feature floral specimens native to our State. Of course, we had to include the Black-Eyed Susan, in addition to several other interesting and colorful varieties,” says artist Nicholas Tindall.

Denton hosted their annual event, Spring Thing, featuring local artisans, live music, and an outdoor Plein Air painting competition involving youth participants as well as known professional artists from the area.

Donations were collected to raise money for local causes and awards were given to best paintings from the event. A dedication ceremony for the new mural and official town signage took place that afternoon to conclude the festivities.

You can visit the new Community Garden in Denton on Gay Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets. Various activities and performances will take place throughout the year.

For more information about upcoming community events, visit: DowntownDenton.com and CarolineArts.org.

Nicholas Tindall is a self-taught local artist from Easton, MD. To view more of his projects and upcoming events, visit NicholasTindall.com.

 

Forest Music Returns June 6 to Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum joins the National Music Festival in presenting a unique improvisatory performance in the Arboretum forest on Thurs., June 6 when the NewBassoon Institute performs Forest Music.

Positioning themselves throughout the forest, within hearing distance though not necessarily within sight of one another, these innovative musicians will engage in a musical conversation that winds throughout the trees. Following the forest performance, there will be a brief concert at the Visitor’s Center. The program begins at 4 p.m.

Forest Music is free, though donations are welcome. Light refreshments and a cash wine and beer bar will be available. Advance registration is appreciated atadkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

The NewBassoon Institute is an annual workshop taught by “bassoon supergroup” Dark in the Song. The workshop focuses on contemporary bassoon literature, performance techniques and pedagogy, with the aim of teaching a new generation of open-minded players and bringing the bassoon and bassoon ensembles to the forefront of 21st-century music-making.

The National Music Festival brings together inspiring mentors and the next generation of gifted musicians, providing education, scholarships and affordable, adventurous public performances in and around Chestertown, Md., for two weeks each June. This year’s Festival is June 2–15. Visit nationalmusic.us for more information.

Adkins Arboretum’s Medieval Forest Fair is June 15 

Revel in a day of forest fun when Adkins Arboretum celebrates its second annual Medieval Forest Faire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., June 15. Inspired by legends and lore of the medieval period, Forest Faire offers a wide variety of activities and entertainment for families in search of outdoor fun.

Adventurers of all ages are invited to embark on a forest quest and search among the trees for the Green Man of the ancient Celts. Some of the many activities planned include building with wattle and daub, guided foraging, archery practice, a labyrinth, cooking pottage over a campfire, medieval crafts and constructing “castles” with sections of tree stumps.

Medieval ballads and madrigals will be performed throughout the day by Ampersand and the Allegro Women’s Chorus. Fortunetelling and demonstrations by a local falconer will be ongoing, and the festivities will close with sword dancing by the Sammati Dance Company of Caroline County.

Fairegoers are encouraged to wear Camelot-inspired costumes and to bring their cameras for photos with notable nobles. Unicorn rides by Snapdragon Stables and refreshments, including ice cream by local Nice Farms Creamery, will be available for purchase.

Admission to Forest Faire is $10 per person for adults and children ages 6 and over. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Advance registration is appreciated. To register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Greensboro’s 16th Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Mark your calendar for Greensboro’s 16th Annual Kids Fishing Derby on May 4, 2019. Registration opens at 8:30am, and fishing will begin promptly at 9am. Bring your own fishing pole and tackle – bait will be provided.

This is a free event for children 16 and under. Prizes will be given in several different age categories and everyone will go home with a t-shirt and free lunch provided by Greensboro Parks and Rec. Committee.

This is a great family event that everyone will love and there is no cost to you so bring the kids and the fishing poles and let’s fish! For more information please feel free to contact Greensboro Town Hall at 410-482-6222.

Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Open House, Native Plant Sale

Adkins Arboretum, offering the Chesapeake gardener the largest selection of native plants for more than 20 years, announces its Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale weekend, April 26–28. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

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.

Open House and plant sale hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fri., April 26 and Sat., April 27, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sun., April 28. Presale orders may be placed at adkinsarboretum.org through April 4.Simply place your order, and your plants will be ready for pick-up during the Open House weekend. Following the Open House, plants will be for sale at the Visitor’s Center throughout the growing season.

The Arboretum gift shop will be open during the Open House weekend and will offer books and nature-inspired gifts for gardeners. Members, including those who join during the Open House, receive a 10% discount on plant, gift shop and book purchases. Members at the Contributor ($100) level and above receive a 20% discount on plants.

For more information, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

Hustle for the Herd April 6 at Adkins Arboretum’s 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 14th annual Arbor Day Run on Sat., April 6. 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 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 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 music, a “green” medal ceremony 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 26. Fun Run and Healthy Kids’ Dash participants may order T-shirts for $10 each. For fee information or to register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

The Arbor Day Run is generously sponsored by Bay Imprint of Easton and Bluepoint Race Management.

Blue Jean Ball to benefit Caroline County Humane Society

Pull out your favorite jeans or anything denim and come out to the annual Blue Jean Ball hosted by the Caroline County Humane Society and help save the lives of hundreds of animals in Caroline County. This year, the Blue Jean Ball will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 6 – 10 pm at the Greensboro Fire Department’s Community Building on Route 313 just north of Greensboro. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased at bluejeanball2019.eventbrite.com or by calling 410-634-2303. Price of admission includes a beer or wine ticket.

Steve Moody will be the host DJ for the evening. There will be a Photo Booth, Wine Grab, Chinese, silent and live auctions featuring a signed photo of Buzz Aldrin, sports tickets and more. Special performance by Bonnie Johnson and the local Belly Dancing Group with Jen Hodge. 

The meal will feature appetizer stations and a buffet dinner prepared by the Chesapeake Culinary Center. Adult beverages will be available for purchase.

The Caroline Humane Society is a 501c3 organization and each year CCHS must raise more than $300,000 to keep the its doors open for homeless pets.  While the Humane Society’s Shelter receives a funding allocation from  Caroline County Government each year, it isn’t even half of the money needed to keep this essential community service. The Blue Jean Ball helps to raise the funds necessary to keep the shelter doors open and address the needs of homeless animals in the county.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for the event as well.  Contact Joanne Shipley, 410-634-2303 or jshipley55@comcast.net if you are interested in becoming an event sponsor.