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Adkins Arboretum Announces 2020 Soup ’n Walk Program Schedule

Adkins Arboretum has announced the 2020 lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms and wildlife, ephemeral flowers, sure signs of spring, meadow grasses, fall color and plants that feed animals through winter. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s forest, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief talk about nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided, and all gift shop purchases on these days receive a 20% discount. This year’s offerings include:

Winter Greens & Distinctive Bark
Sat., Feb. 15, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Look for green plants that seek the winter sun and trees with telltale bark. Plants of interest include mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves and the green stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: hearty chili, sweet and tangy sauerkraut salad, dill rye bread with spinach spread, Black Forest cake.

Early Blooms, Songbirds & Spring Frogs
Sat., March 21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Listen for songbirds and spring frogs while searching for early purple, pink and white blooms. Plants of interest include skunk cabbage, paw paw, spring beauty and bloodroot. Menu: borscht beet and cabbage soup, curried sweet potato and apple pilaf, pumpernickel bread with strawberry glaze, amaranth date bars with orange glaze.

Spring Ephemerals & Pollinators
Sat., April 
18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Look again! The blooms of ephemeral plants, trees and shrubs are here and gone in the blink of an eye. Look for pink white and yellow blooms and early pollinators. Plants of interest include pink spring beauty, may apple, dogwood, golden groundsel, spicebush, sassafras and white beech. Menu: ginger sweet potato soup, Eastern Shore crunchy coleslaw, spiced pumpkin bread with apple butter, baked pineapple.

Tuckahoe Creek, Beavers & Beyond
Sat., May 
9, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Observe the beautiful Tuckahoe Creek view and look for signs of beavers. Plants of interest include mountain laurel, beech, tulip tree, pink lady’s slipper, Solomon’s seal and may apple. Menu: kale, apple and lentil soup, roasted red beets and carrots, zucchini herb bread with mint jelly, cinnamon crunch apple cake.

Sunny Meadows, Bluebirds & Dragonflies
Sat., Sept. 19, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Walk the meadows in search of golden brown grasses and yellow and purple flowers while watching and listening for bluebirds and dragonflies. Plants of interest include milkweed, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, Indian grass, big bluestem and sumac berries. Menu: split pea soup, quinoa, green bean and tomato salad, anadama oatmeal bread with orange marmalade, old-fashioned pear cobbler.

Dazzling Fall Color
Sat., Oct. 17, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Fall colors dazzle the eye and pique the appetite. Listen for migrating birds and woodpeckers while watching for changing color on red and orange sweet gum, sassafras, tupelo, sumac, dogwood, yellow paw paw, hickory, beech and tulip trees. Menu: creamy tomato-basil soup, black-eyed pea salad, whole wheat flaxseed bread with cherry jam, tasty peach and berry crisp. 

Nutritious Berries, Nuts & Seeds
Sat., Nov. 
21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Enjoy the autumn harvest as we hunt for nutritious berries, nuts and seeds and check for signs of beaver. Plants of interest include dogwood, hibiscus, partridge berry, oak, loblolly pine, juniper, verbena, ironwood and strawberry bush. Menu: Mediterranean black bean soup, apple-date salad, rye walnut bread, ginger oatmeal walnut cookies.

Soup ’n Walk programs are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Early registration is recommended. Visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 to register or for more information.

Denton’s Shop Small Passport Day & Pop Up Business Event

Downtown Denton invites you to their Shop Small Passport Day & Pop-Up Business Event on February 8th from 10am – 4pm. Participating businesses will have a Shop Small poster in their window. These businesses will have something to share with you as a thank you for showing your support, and they will also stamp your passport. Passports will be available to pick up at any participating store.

The event will also include several pop-up shops at 323 Market St., 12 S. 3rd Street and 214 Market Street (Joviality).

For more information, please visit


Adkins Arboretum Offers Nature Fun for Preschoolers

Snowflakes, foxes, pollywogs and more! Welcome 2020 and engage your young child with nature with Adkins Arboretum’s Acorn Academy Nature Preschool programs. The series of 10 classes for three- to five-year-olds is offered in either Wednesday or Thursday sessions beginning Feb. 26 and 27.

Programs run from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and include nature walks, stories, songs, snacks and an art project to take home. The fee for the 10-class series is $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Thanks to a generous grant from the PNC Foundation, the fee is waived for residents of Caroline County. Advance registration is required, and early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Programs include:

Journey of a Snowflake
Feb. 26 and 27
Let’s pretend we’re snowflakes journeying through the winter sky! We’ll make a glittery snowflake craft, look for Jack Frost in the forest and warm up with hot chocolate and the beloved children’s book A Snowy Day.

Mitten Mice
March 4 and 5
Do you have a mouse in your mitten? We’ll read Jan Brett’s classic children’s story The Mitten and sing a song about Mimi Mouse. In the forest, we’ll look for signs of animals and find out how they keep warm when mittens aren’t an option.

Fox Trot
March 11 and 12
Where do foxes go when the cold wind blows? In their cozy dens, of course. Follow a winding trail to an Arboretum fox den, sing and dance to the “Fox Trot” and make pop-up fox finger puppets during this fun-filled class.

Seed Starters
March 18 and 19
It’s time to start thinking about your summer garden! Learn how seeds grow, dissect seeds and plant flowers in a nifty egg carton tray. Then visit the Arboretum greenhouse and enjoy a picnic snack.

Bunny Hop
March 25 and 26
Spring is here, are so are the rabbits! Have a thumpin’ good time exploring the world of the bouncy cottontail. We’ll dance the Bunny Hop, munch on rabbit snacks and meet our friend Hoppity Rabbit.

Which Nest is Best?
April 1 and 2
The birds are busy building nests for their babies! Take a peep inside the Arboretum’s bluebird houses, hold a nest in your hands and learn about the different ways birds build their homes. We’ll sample a bird’s nest snack and try building our own nests with mud and twigs.

Pollywog Adventure
April 8 and 9

No need to feel stuck in a bog—it’s peeper time at the Arboretum! We’ll stomp our feet to the “Pollywog Wiggle,” make a frog craft and use nets to scoop up tadpoles and other critters in the wetland.

Garden of Giants
April 15 and 16

Let’s make some garden magic and grow a giant beanstalk! We’ll learn about plant parts and enjoy a healthy picnic snack at Emily’s Play Garden, with a stop at the goat enclosure to say hello to the Arboretum’s goats.

Spring Beauties
April 22 and 23

April showers bring May flowers…along the Arboretum’s woodland paths! We’ll look for Virginia bluebells, lady slippers and spring beauties in the forest, stopping to play at First Light Village. A crunchy tissue paper flower craft will be perfect for Mother’s Day.

Wiggling Worms
April 29 and 30

Welcome to the wiggly world of worms! Did you know that worms are a gardener’s best friend? Enjoy a walk to Emily’s Play Garden, where we will peek into a composting “worm hotel” and dig for worms in the soil. We’ll also sing a “Wiggle and Waggle” song and snack on garden veggies.

Holiday Events at the Preston Historical Society

Preston Historical Society

Preston Historical Society will celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas Open House Weekend, December 7 and 8, 2019, at the Preston Historical Society Museum, 167 Main Street, Preston.  The event takes place on Saturday, December 7, from 10 AM to 2 PM, and on Sunday, December 8, from 1 PM to 3 PM.  The Museum will be decorated inside and out for the holiday, and a Christmas Train Garden will be on display.  Refreshments will be offered to all guests and children will receive goody bags.  Stock up on holiday baking needs by shopping the bake sale table. There is no admission charge for either day.

Beginning at 3 PM on Sunday, December 8, the Historical Society will be serving free hot chocolate on the front lawn for those attending Preston’s First Annual Christmas Parade, which will travel down Main Street past the Historical Society. Watch for a float entry from Preston Historical Society!

For more information on PHS and its events visit, Facebook at “Preston Historical Society,” or call 410-924-9080.

Adkins Arboretum to Hold Holiday Wreath Sale and Open House

Ring in the season with local greenery for a beautiful Eastern Shore holiday! Adkins Arboretum will hold its annual Holiday Wreath Sale and Open House on Sat., Dec. 7 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center in Ridgely. Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shop for handmade evergreen wreaths crafted from the bounty of the Arboretum’s forest and gardens. Handmade greenery sprays will also be for sale.

The Arboretum gift shop will be open during sale hours and will feature a pop-up art and pottery shop with the work of Irene and Paul Aspell. Shoppers are invited to peruse nature-inspired gifts and enjoy a guided walk in the woods at 10 a.m. Members receive a 10% discount on gift and book purchases.

For more information, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For more information, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Created in Caroline Arts Tour 2019

Find unique, handmade gifts for your holiday giving and support local small businesses while you enjoy a pleasant self-guided driving tour of Caroline County’s amazing and unique artists and artisans. From fine arts to one-of-a-kind crafts – experience the best of Caroline’s own on Friday, November 29th & Saturday, November 30th from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

Download the tour brochure featuring artists, studios and more here!

When Canning Was King: A Documentary by the Preston Historical Society

The Preston Historical Society will host a premier showing of their latest video production, the documentary “When Canning Was King,” at its membership meeting on Monday, October 21, at 7 PM. The story of the canning industry in Preston and the surrounding areas is told by way of interviews with locals Dick Christopher, Gene Harris, James Hubbard, Lorenzo Hubbard, and Virginia Sharp, and with photographs and published accounts.

The industry grew up at the turn of the 20th century, reaching its peak in 1920, when 41 canning houses could be found in and around Preston. While the canning business faded away due to changes in farming and technology, another industry it helped create, truck brokerages, which were instrumental in helping move the canned goods out of Preston and into markets around the country, still thrives in the region today.

The creation of this documentary was funded in part by Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area. Gail Karge served as Project Manager and provided narration, Producer and Script Writer for the documentary was Angela Rieck, Linda Fletcher provided a character voice, theme music was provided by Robert Karge Sr., videography, editing and a character voice was provided by Warren Brey of In Focus Video Production.

Preston Historical Society is located at 167 Main Street in Preston, and is open Saturdays from April to December, 10 AM to 2 PM, except for some holiday weekends, and by appointment. More information can be found at its website,, or on its Facebook Page, “Preston Historical Society.”

Eco Fest Coming to Preston on September 28th, 2019

Eco Fest debuts on Saturday, September 28, 10am-2pm, at the Preston Town Park, 105 Back Landing Road, Preston. The idea for Eco Fest originated with a couple members of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Preston. Concerned about the trash on the side of the roads and wanting to help improve their community, they decided to launch an effort to raise awareness of what each person can do to help make the world a better (and cleaner) place. Event chair Suzy Staehlin explains, “There are so many easy little things each and every one of us can do to make the world a better place. Our motto is ‘I refuse to do nothing.’ Just because we can’t do everything doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do something. Eco Fest is all about easy and practical steps we can each take to protect and improve the world around us.”

Kids and adults will find plenty to do. The Fish Mobile from Phillips Wharf Environmental Center will be on hand. The Fish Mobile is a bus-size portable aquarium featuring fish and aquatic species native to local waterways. Adkins Arboretum will have activities for children. Other activities for children include face painting, interactive displays, games, and Smokey Bear! Exhibitors will have information for homeowners on how they can help protect water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.   

Free hotdogs, live music, and giveaways make it a day for the whole family to enjoy, rain or shine. Eco Fest is sponsored by Bethesda United Methodist Church, Preston, MD. For more information, go to, or email, or call 410-673-7538.

Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims September as International Underground Railroad Month

Governor Larry Hogan today proclaimed September as International Underground Railroad Month, which recognizes Maryland as the most powerful destination for authentic Underground Railroad history. It also commemorates all those involved in the Underground Railroad, including Maryland’s courageous Harriet Tubman, the brilliant orator Frederick Douglass, and thousands of freedom seekers.

“Maryland has the most documented successful escapes, and was heavily active in the Underground Railroad,” said Governor Hogan. “Recognizing International Underground Railroad month in Maryland honors the heroism of many brave men, women, and children who took a dangerous journey along the Underground Railroad and those who fought for their freedom.”

Visitors can explore the powerful history and stories of courage through interpretive materials, tours, attractions, and guides as they visit Maryland’s Network to Freedom sites. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway provides visitors with the opportunity to walk in Tubman’s footsteps, while the “Following in His Footsteps: Maryland’s Frederick Douglass Driving Tour” traces Douglass’s story around the state.

Maryland, as a true epicenter of the Underground Railroad, was home to many of the Underground Railroad’s leaders. Throughout the state, partners have come together to tell the stories of Tubman and Douglass, as well as Henry Highland Garnet, Josiah Henson, the William Still Family, and J.W.C. Pennington.

“As the nation’s first ethnic commission, we are pleased to join Governor Hogan in recognizing the authentic history of the Underground Railroad whereby countless brave men, women, and children enslaved here in Maryland were able to escape to their freedom,” said Rev. Dr. Tamara England Wilson, chair of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. “Their stories which reveal cooperation across racial lines will inspire each of us today to do our part in ensuring that all people enjoy the freedoms that this nation affords.”

Today marks the 181st anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s self-liberation from Baltimore’s President Street Station. September 17, 2019 will mark the 170th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s self-liberation from Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

For more information and to plan the journey along the Underground Railroad, visit

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 or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.