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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.

This Week’s Festive Fun in Caroline County: December 7th – 13th

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.

  • Head to Ridgely to check out their 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.
  • Don’t miss Greensboro’s Lighting of the City and the Whoville Holiday Village on December 12th! The Whoville Holiday Village will run every Friday and Saturday evening from 5-9pm through January 2nd. This event follows the protocols of COVID-19 and social distancing. Masks are required.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Take a candlelit tour of historic Exeter, located at 408 Old Denton Road in Federalsburg. This tour is hosted by the Federalsburg Historical Society and takes place Saturday, December 12th from 4pm – 7pm.
  • Learn to make your own giftwrap at the Foundry Gallery in Denton on December 12th from 1-3pm as part of Second Saturdays! This event is free, but registration is required to save your spot! This event is free, but registration is required to save your spot! There will be assigning time slots. Social distancing and masks are required.
  • 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 12pm – 4pm.
  • 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.

Caroline County Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season, it’s more important than ever to support our local small businesses and organizations. Our downtowns are full of shops and stores where you can find everything from holiday décor and clothing to toys and antiques. We encourage you to shop local this holiday season. Below are a few unique and one-of-a-kind Caroline County gift ideas!

If you are a Caroline County business and have a gift you’d like to have featured, we’d love to include it! Please email info@visitcaroline.org.

  • Give a one-of-a-kind, Maryland-inspired gift with a Savor Maryland Box! Savor Maryland was created by Shore Gourmet, a non-profit that promotes Maryland farmers and entrepreneurs to bring awareness to the great products they create in our beautiful state! From “Bee Maryland” to the “It’s a Shore Thang,” these boxes are packed with local flavor and can be ordered from the comfort of your home!
  • Shop for fragrant gifts made from lavender at Smokey Cat Lavender Farm’s online store. From relaxing neck wraps to rejuvenating eye pillows, they have just what you need for the lavender-lover on your list! Visit the online store at www.smokeycatlavender.com.
  • Nice Farms Creamery is now making handcrafted soap from their creamline milk! From their soft and smooth Peppermint Bar to their gentle, exfoliating Coffee Bar, they have a variety for everyone on your list! Order online here.
  • Give the gift of local flavor with a gift card to a Caroline County restaurant that can be enjoyed later! Some restaurants have gift cards that can be purchased online, including the Market Street Public House.
  • Looking for a gift for those who love the great outdoors? How about a gift membership to Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre preserve and public garden. Members receive unlimited free admission to the Arboretum, discounts on programs, trips, native plants, and gift shop purchases, and invitations to special events. Family memberships are $75/year. Learn more here.
  • Do you have adventure seekers on your list? Give the gift of a tandem skydive from Chesapeake Skydive! Enjoy breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coastline, followed by a freefall for nearly a minute where you’ll reach speeds up to 120 mph. After the parachute opens you will glide through the sky towards the earth for 5-7 minutes. Learn more here.
  • Brighten up someone’s table with a beautiful holiday-inspired floral arrangement! Contact your hometown florist to place your order!
  • Order a custom-made wreath from the Cawley Family Farm! Place your order online and then pick up your custom wreath at the farm, located at 24320 Willow Pond Road in Denton.  Order your wreath here.
  • Give a Blades Orchard CSA share for a gift that keeps on giving! Recipients will enjoy six months of fresh picked strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, apples, melons, apricots, plums, blackberries, melons, ciders, butters and honey from this Preston orchard. You receive 8-10 pounds of locally-grown goodness twice a month. Find out more here.
  • Adopt an alpaca for a year from Outstanding Dreams Farm in Preston! This program makes the perfect gift for alpaca lovers of all ages! Adopted alpacas stay at Outstanding Dreams Farm, where they take care of all the work! Recipients receive a Certificate of Adoption, a 4×6 photo of your adopted alpaca, a voucher to come learn about your alpaca, a $20 gift certificate to their Farm Store, and birthday card from your alpaca. Learn more here.

Connecting Kuumba Through Community: Black Fiber Artists Showcase

The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) invites you to join them in a celebration of black fiber artists from around the Eastern Shore at the “Connecting Kuumba Through Community: Black Fiber Artists Showcase.” 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 from November 5, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

“Kuumba” means creativity in Swahili and is the sixth principle of Kwanzaa, an African American celebration of family, community, and culture. The purpose of kuumba is to use our creativity to enrich and beautify our communities. Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, an Eastern Shore native, in 1966 as part of the black liberation movements happening in the United States during that time. Kwanzaa occurs from December 26th to January 1st.

Come out and support black fiber artists and learn more about Kwanzaa!

FACES hours:  Thursday, 12-4:00pm, Friday, 12-4:00pm, Saturday, 12-4:00pm

Contact:  Kathleen McCulloch
Phone:  443-448-4611

 

Email:  info@fiberartscenter.com

 

Weekend Fun in Caroline County: Halloween Edition!

This weekend is chock-full of spook-tacular Halloween fun! Here’s what’s happening in Caroline County! For information on how to keep your family safe while enjoying Halloween activities, click here. 

Trick or Treating in Caroline County
Below are the recommended hours for Trick or Treating in Caroline County. 
Town of Preston: Saturday, October 31st, 6pm8pm
Town of Denton: Saturday, October 31st, 6pm7:30pm
Town of Ridgely: Saturday, October 31st, 6pm8pm
Town of Greensboro: Saturday, October 31st, 6pm8pm
Town of Federalsburg: Saturday, October 31st, 6pm7:30pm
Town of Hillsboro: Saturday, October 31st, 5:30pm7pm

Hillsboro’s Halloween Pet Costume Contest
Saturday, October 31st, 2pm – 4pm
Hillsboro Park
Dress up your pet in the perfect Halloween costume and enter this fun-filled contest for your chance to win prizes! Meet at Hillsboro Park for pictures and viewing! Pets and owners will be socially distanced on the walking track. Contest judges will announce the winner on the town’s website and Facebook! Don’t have a pet? Bring a lawnchair and watch the fun! Find out more here!

Book Signing by Robyn Brown, Author of SAM: A Ghost Story
Saturday, October 31st, 10am – 1pm
What’s New Shop, 224 Market Street, Denton
The What’s New Shop invites you to a book signing by Robyn S. Brown, author of SAM: A Ghost Story. Robyn is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church and currently serves as a pastor at two churches in Kent County, and is also a Hospice Chaplain. Learn more about the book signing here.

Federalsburg Trunk or Treat Hosted by VFW Post 5246
Saturday, October 31st, 2pm – 4pm
VFW Post 5246 Parking Lot, 2630 Veterans Drive, Federalsburg
Come out to this free, fun-filled afternoon where you can “Trunk or Treat” at decorated cars! There will be games, food, fun, and prizes for the best decorated car! Contact: Lacy Whitby, 410-463-4855

Pumpkin Patch at Rawlings Farm
Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st, 10am – 4pm
Rawlings Farm,14700 Greensboro Road, Goldsboro
Head to Rawlings Farm for the final weekend of the season and grab your last-minute pumpkins and mums! Find out more at Facebook.com/RawlingsFarmMD.

Greensboro’s Halloween House Decorating Contest
Saturday, October 31st
Greensboro is hosting a Halloween House Decorating Contest! The Greensboro Police Department will be judging and awarding prizes for the top three entries! Take a drive or stroll through town and check out the haunted decorations! Find out more here.

Preston Historical Society’s Haunted Porch
Saturday, October 31st, 6pm – 8pm
Preston Historical Society, 167 Main Street, Preston
If you are out Trick-or-Treating in Preston on Halloween, be sure to stop by the Preston Historical Society’s Haunted Porch (if you dare)! Candy will be placed in individual treat bags and placed on socially distanced tables so everyone can have a safe, but still fun, Halloween experience. Find out more here.

Preston Historical Society to host Veterans Roundtable Ceremony

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 11 AM, Preston Historical Society will host the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #648 of the Mid-Shore as they present a Roundtable Ceremony in memory of all veterans who lost their lives while serving in the military, as well as those designated as a POW or MIA. The ceremony will be narrated by Roland Boggs, president of Chapter #648, with a representative of each of the five branches of the military participating. The public is invited to attend this ceremony, which takes place at the Preston Historical Society Museum located at 167 Main Street in Preston.

Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced when on the premises. For more information on this and other historical society events, visit www.prestonhistoricalsociety.com, Facebook, or call 410-943-1891.

Mactoberfest 2020

Do you love mac and cheese? Do you love a road trip? Then this event is for you! Join the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce for their 2nd Annual Mactoberfest! This year’s event will feature a journey through beautiful scenic Caroline County where you will taste the best mac and cheese from our local chefs and help select the Big Cheese 2020! A digital map to the 10 mac and cheese stations will be provided! Along the routes there will be entertainment, great food, raffles, freebies, selfie stations and more! Do not miss this one of a kind event!

Road Trip Locations: Preston Automotive, Outstanding Dreams Farm, Caroline Culinary Arts, Nich’s Coffee, Cafe’ Paradiso, Pete’s Peteza Food Truck, Roadhouse 313, Tenchi Spanish American Kitchen and Ridgely Pharmacy

Purchase tickets to the event here.

Preston Historical Society’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

The Preston Historical Society will celebrate its 5th anniversary of the opening of its museum, located at 167 Main Street, Preston, on Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  The museum first opened on Saturday, October 17, 2015, and since that time the museum space has expanded to include the second floor of the museum and the opening of its Agriculture Building, featuring farming memorabilia and a room devoted to the hunting, trapping, and fishing history of the Preston area.

To celebrate its first five years, the society will be hosting antique vendors on the front lawn the day of the anniversary celebration. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the anniversary celebration and items will be raffled off, including gift certificates and gift baskets.  Goody bags and balloons will be offered to children. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required when on the campus of the Preston Historical Society Museum.

For additional information on the event, and to check for any change of plans due to COVID-19, visit www.prestonhistoricalsociety.com, Facebook or Instagram at “Preston Historical Society,” or call 410-310-5454.

Supper at Sunset set for September 26th

Article by Sherry Perkins

Six years ago, Downtown Denton Main Street, local farmers, and chefs—in collaboration with Farm to Table—planned and hosted “Supper at Sunset.” Their shared goal was to use the best, local farm fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats to create a distinctive, and scenic dining experience for patrons. Over time, “Supper at Sunset,” became a singular event, much anticipated by area diners.

“Supper at Sunset” now showcases the talent of our community chefs using locally sourced foods when possible or selected wholesale foods when local is not an option. Traditionally, “Supper at Sunset” has been held on Market Street. A section of road was temporarily closed in preparation for the meal. Party lights were strung, and tables were placed end-to-end so one continuous setting could be accomplished while encouraging a true community meal and while appreciating the sunset and scenery of the historic district.

Occasionally, the supper has been held elsewhere. One year, the Visitor Center provided a different, scenic setting beside the Choptank River. This year, because COVID 19 has presented its unique challenges, the community dining concept has been re-imagined for health and safety purposes.

Rather than tables being placed in an uninterrupted line, smaller tables accommodating parties of two to six diners, will be used. The yard at the Culinary Center is this year’s selected locale since it allows for the necessary physical distancing. The supper date is set for September 26th with a rain date of September 27th.

The meals will be served in four courses instead of family-style service, another health-smart practice. Wine will be paired with each course, the selections provided and reviewed by Triple Creek Winery. Patti’s Petals will be dressing the tables and adding florals. The Downtown Denton Main Street Board of Directors will be acting as wait staff.

The menu includes bruschetta appetizer, garden salad, beef filet and shrimp entrée, and a berry cobbler dessert. Tickets can be purchased at $60 per person or $110 for a couple. If you have special dietary need such as vegetarian or gluten free options, please provide that information at time of ticket purchase. Net proceeds from the supper will help fund numerous mini grants for Downtown Denton Main Street businesses affected by COVID 19 restrictions.

“Supper at Sunset” is the primary fundraiser for Downtown Denton Main Street businesses and community ventures. Other events are planned for the year, including a Halloween event on Saturday, October 24th. Shop Small Saturday & our Annual Holiday Window contest will kick-off the holiday shopping season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The always anticipated Holiday Market starts the first weekend in December, following the Holiday Parade.

Purchase tickets for Supper at Sunset here.

Adkins Arboretum Announces Fall Native Plant Sale—Online!

Prepare for fall in the garden! Adkins Arboretum, offering the Chesapeake gardener the best selection of landscape-ready native plants for more than 20 years, announces its Fall Native Plant Sale. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s rich variety of education programs, scheduled to resume in 2021, that teach about the Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

Due to recommendations regarding COVID-19, the fall sale will be conducted entirely online. Orders will be accepted through Thurs., Aug. 27 at adkinsarboretum.org and will be fulfilled via timed pickup. There will be no in-person shopping at the Arboretum.

Fall is the best season for planting, and the Arboretum offers the Chesapeake region’s largest selection of ornamental native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns and grasses for the fall landscape. Many native plants produce seeds, flowers and fruit in fall that attract migratory birds and butterflies. Brilliant orange butterfly weed and stunning red cardinal flower attract pollinators to the garden, while native asters add subtle shades of purple and blue. Redbud and dogwood dot the early-spring landscape with color, and shrubs such as chokeberry and beautyberry provide food and habitat for wildlife.

For those not sure how to integrate native plants into their landscape, the Arboretum’s Native Landscape Design Center has launched a new service targeted to smaller areas. In a 90-minute smartphone or video call, professional landscape designer Christina Pax will meet with participants to help devise beautiful and sound ideas for an area targeted for design. The ideas will incorporate native plants, support practices that clean and reduce runoff, and bring colorful support for pollinators and birds to the landscape. At the end of the meeting, participants will have a plant shopping list and a sketch that shows where to plant the plants. The fee for this service is $240. To learn more or to sign up, send email to design@adkinsarboretum.org.

As always, Arboretum members receive a generous discount on plants that varies according to membership level. Leon Andrus, the Arboretum’s first benefactor, lived to the age of 101. In honor of his long and fulfilling life, the Arboretum is seeking 101 new members during 2020. To join, visit adkinsarboretum.org or contact Kellen McCluskey at kmccluskey@adkinsarboretum.org.