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Chocolat: A Decadent Evening to benefit the Caroline Culinary Arts Center

Indulge your senses at Chocolat, an decadent evening to benefit the Caroline Culinary Arts Center on February 8th. Guests will be treated to heavy hors d’oeuvres, local oysters, live stations, chocolate-inspired cocktails, beer & wine, decadent desserts, s’mores bar and more!

Menu Highlights include cocoa seared filet, a macaroni and cheese bar, shrimp cocktail, seared scallops, local cheese and charcuterie! Must be 21 to attend.

Friday, February 8th 2019 | 7pm – 10pm
Chesapeake Culinary Center, 512 Franklin Street, Denton, M
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM

Tickets are $60 and are available online here:

Small Worlds, Photographs by Paige Billin-Frye, on View Beginning Dec. 4 at Adkins Arboretum

The exquisite beauty of seeds and fading flowers graces Paige Billin-Frye’s photographs as she captures plants at the end of their life cycles. In her show Small Worlds, on view in Adkins Arboretum’s Visitor’s Center Dec. 4 through Feb. 2, this Washington artist finds velvet-toned elegance in a bit of seaweed and spunky energy in a teasel’s bristling seed head. There will be a reception to meet Billin-Frye on Sat., Dec. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m.

You might assume that photos of dead plants would be depressing, if not downright ugly, but not once you’ve seen Billin-Frye’s striking portraits of seedpods, flowers and seaweed. With an eye for capturing the beauty of plants in their end stages, she presents impossibly delicate starbursts where seeds once clung to a sprig of fennel, and a patch of moss that forms a magical world of shimmering textures as frail stalks bravely extend seedpods into the air.

In finding the unique qualities of each of her subjects, Billin-Frye reveals remarkable depths of character and quirkiness that most of us would have overlooked. There’s a memorable richness about her photographs, sensitively printed on soft Japanese kitikata paper, that tells of the individuality of each plant.

Although Billin-Frye has made her career as an illustrator of children’s books, photography has been important to her since she was a child and helped her father set up a darkroom in the family’s pantry. Now, although most of her work involves digital printing, she loves to experiment with historical photographic processes such as cyanotype, gum bichromate, platinum and palladium printing, and salt printing.

In 2010, a sunrise visit to the tidal pools at one of her favorite places in Maine led to her Small Worlds series, in which she began photographing plants isolated against white backgrounds.

“I found myself drawn to shells and rocks that had barnacles attached and seaweed winding through,” she said. “By photographing these objects separated from their backgrounds, their scale became a bit indecipherable and they looked to me to be self-contained worlds. I like the sense that you’re not sure whether it’s something big or small.”

In a photo of a tiny tomatillo fruit weathered down to its intricate veins, Billin-Frye plays with the mysteries of scale. Although the tomatillo was only a few inches in size, it seems much larger in the photograph, making it easy to imagine it as being as big as anything from a pumpkin to a planet. The bare veins emphasize the fullness of its spherical shape so that it takes on a very sculptural presence. As with many of her images, Billin-Frye has muted the color to an almost golden sepia, a choice that she sees as a natural by-product of working with the late-in-life remains of plants.

Isolated against empty backgrounds, the gentle, lush tones of her plants turn her images into meditations on discovering the ravishing beauty of imperfection and decay.

Billin-Frye noted, “It’s a practice that I deliberately pursue as a way to make myself stop and pay attention to what is around me.”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Feb. 2 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or for gallery hours.

Created in Caroline Tour set for Thanksgiving Weekend

Don’t fight the crowds on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Instead, 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 hard cider to all things lavender – experience the best of Caroline’s own on Friday, November 23rd & Saturday, November 24th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.

Tour Locations and Artist Info

All locations will be open both days.

Download the tour mapguide here.

Capture Caroline Photo Contest Entries

We received some fantastic entries in our Summer #CaptureCaroline Photo Contest! Our winning entry was TipToes at Martinak State Park by Ashley Ruggiero-Eason, receiving 62 votes on Facebook. Check out all of the great entries below!

Film on Harriet Tubman shot in Caroline County

The James Webb Cabin and Linchester Mill were among the locations filmed for an upcoming production on Harriet Tubman. L.A.-based Aperture Films recently finished shooting the final scenes for the video, which will be released in the winter of 2019. The final film will be used as an introductory video at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center.

Preston Holiday House Tour set for December 1st

The Community Club of Preston will host a Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 1st, its first such tour since 2014. Seven Preston area homes will open their doors to help welcome the Christmas season. 

The Dalton Home is the oldest home on the tour, construction began on the Greek Revival/Palladian style home in 1908.  Many original features remain including beautiful woodwork, moulding, and windows.  The two main floor parlors are decorated to reflect each of the homeowners’ personalities, and at Christmas they add decorations that make the home a favorite gathering place for holiday festivities.  A dining room decorated in blues and silvers add sparkle, and the large two level foyer which opens to an upper gallery houses a lovely Christmas tree that many people admire when driving by on December evenings.

The James home is the second oldest home on the tour, a 1937 Cape Cod style home.  The owners chose the home due to its original woodwork and period features.  Mr. James is an exceptional handy man and has been able to renovate and update the home while maintaining its original charm.  Christmas is celebrated with decorations collected over the years, some created by their children, and represent memories of the family at the various stages of their lives.

The Brookhart home is one of two homes on the tour located in a relatively new subdivision in Preston.  The Brookharts retired to the area in 2007 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.  They enjoy the proximity to their family and all that living on the Eastern Shore offers, and being able to celebrate Christmas with them in this home, which features two Christmas trees and a large Christmas village display in the morning room off of the kitchen.

Across the street from the Brookharts is the Gayhart home.  This family also moved to the area, in 2005, to raise their family in the relaxed setting the Eastern Shore offers.  Many upgrades have been done to the home, including a brick wall in the family room, and granite countertops in the kitchen.  The backyard, viewed from the breakfast nook off the kitchen, offers views of an incredible garden oasis designed by Mr. Gayhart, and includes a fire pit and four distinct water features.  The Gayharts celebrate Christmas with a live Christmas tree and a variety of decorations throughout the house.

The Coulbourne home is just a short drive from town, and is a charming Salt Box Colonial farmhouse with front and back porches that are particularly inviting.  Inside, the home welcomes you with its French County style with an outstanding collection of antiques, heirlooms, and memorabilia.  A quilt made by Mr. Coulbourne’s mother has squares which depicts his family’s history.  Mrs. Coulbourne’s artistic talent is obvious in the original artwork displayed throughout, along with works by local artists Greg VandeVisser and the late Peggy Blades.  Christmas trees throughout the home are decorated with Mrs. Coulbourne’s collections of dolls and birds, representing family memories and her love of nature. 

The Helgason home is traditional on the outside, with a stately brick front, but inside the modern style of this young couple and their family is represented by updated cabinetry, masonry, and renovations including a shiplapped wall in the kitchen.  A large sunroom serves as the family’s gathering spot and offers views of mature landscaping, a large deck, and swimming pool.  A nine foot Christmas tree in the sunroom and a nativity set, purchased by Mrs. Helgason’s grandparents while visiting Israel, are just two of the many ways this family will celebrate their first Christmas this year in this new-to-them home.

Situated on a beautiful lot overlooking the Choptank River, the Woodward home was designed and built by the couple, who moved into the home in 2016, and it allows their grown children and their families to gather throughout the year to enjoy vacations and holidays.  A ten foot Christmas tree welcomes you into the home, where family antiques combine with coastal inspired décor to make the most of waterfront living. Antique Christmas ornaments that hung on Mrs. Woodward’s grandparents’ tree,  and the Christmas village which originally was displayed under the tree, along with photos of the Woodward’s children and grandchildren with Santa, all combine to connect the generations at Christmas.

Tour hours are 10 AM to 3 PM.  Tickets purchased in advance are $20.00.  Tickets may be purchased online at, the link closes at 12 noon on November 30.  Tickets may be purchased by check or money order, payable to Community Club of Preston, and mailed to Community Club of Preston, Post Office Box 4, Preston, Maryland 21655.  Mailed payments must be postmarked by November 30.  All tickets will be picked up during tour hours on Saturday, December 1, at Preston Historical Society at 167 Main Street in Preston, where refreshments will be available to tour guests.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the Historical Society the day of the tour for $25.00, cash or check only.  High heeled shoes and interior photography are not permitted, and children under 12 will not be admitted.  For more information visit Facebook at “Community Club of Preston, Maryland” or call either 410-310-5454 or 301-675-6755.

Light and Life, Plein Air Oil Paintings by Diane DuBois Mullaly at Adkins Arboretum

There’s something magnetic about Diane DuBois Mullaly’s tiny plein air oil paintings in her show Light and Life, on view in the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center through Dec. 1. At only six inches square, their energy and color entice you to take a closer look. At the show’s reception, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 20, this Easton artist will explain why she came to the Arboretum again and again over the past year to paint its trees, meadows and wetlands in all kinds of light and weather.

Whether flooded with brilliant sunlight or glowing with the suffused light of an overcast day, these little paintings are all about the different qualities of light, color and texture she found. While many of them show wide vistas of autumn meadow grasses or paths winding into the forest, as Mullaly grew more and more familiar with the Arboretum’s landscapes, she also began to paint some of the things that make it special, including gourds hung up for nesting purple martins, the rainbow picket fence of the children’s garden, a tree decorated for last year’s Candlelit Caroling event and even one of the Arboretum’s goats.

Mullaly paints with a palette knife, troweling the paint on, sometimes scraping it back, sometimes adding more on top, until each painting hums with textures and layers of surprising color. Each one is a fleeting portrait of a specific place in the Arboretum at a specific time in a specific season. On another day—or even a few hours later—each scene would have been different.

The idea for this series of paintings grew from the Daily Painting movement, which began a dozen years ago when artist Duane Keiser began posting a new painting each day and offering it for sale online. Mullaly learned about the movement and was subsequently able to study with another of its leaders, Carol Marine. Marine’s book Daily Painting helped define the process as a practice of creating a small painting every day by working in a fresh, loose manner with the emphasis on spontaneity and experimentation.

“Part of the whole point is making it a daily habit,” Mullaly explained. “It takes away the ‘preciousness’ of each one so that if you fail, it’s fine because you’re going to do another one tomorrow. It’s a good way for artists to create an income, too.”

Daily painting practice can help an artist overcome procrastination and gain confidence. Painting so often also can lead to a steady stream of ideas and self-discovery.

A graduate of Tyler School of Art of Temple University and an award-winning plein air painter, Mullaly teaches workshops in Daily Painting at Easton’s Academy Art Museum. In addition, she recently completed Maryland Master Naturalist training at the Arboretum.

“With the Master Naturalist training, I was here a lot,” she noted. “I wanted to do that to figure out a way to connect art and science, and it was so interesting to learn everything that was taught.”

With this new perspective and her artist’s eye, Mullaly found a seemingly infinite variety of things to paint in the landscape she was coming to know so well. Many of her paintings were created outdoors, but when weather or her schedule didn’t allow, she worked in her studio using field studies, memory and photos for reference.

“It was just a joy to do this,” she said. “It’s amazing what I found here.”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Dec. 1 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410–634–2847, ext. 0 or for gallery hours.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People: November Happenings at Martinak & Tuckahoe State Parks

Check out the November happenings at Martinak and Tuckahoe State Parks!


Paint Afternoon: Paint a lovely nature scene and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Sunday, November at 2:00 PM.  The cost is $15.00 per canvas. Light refreshments included. RSVP by calling or texting 410-924-1529.

Environmental Concerns: Join a new group of like minded people concerned about the environment at Nich’s Café on November 28 at 7:00 PM.  Begin planning how you can be a part of the solution.



Senior Stroll: Meet up with others to walk the paved fitness trail on Tuesdays and Thursdays in November at 10:30 AM, at the Martinak State Park Office.

Nich’s Rise-Up Walk: Meet at Nich’s Coffee Shop, 5N 3rd St. in Denton on Wednesday, November 28 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!

Mind Over Miles: How many steps equal a mile, and how many miles can you walk at a moderate+ pace? Need to tone up? Meet at the Martinak Nature Center at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 1, 15 and 29 for walking and body weight exercises.

Tuckahoe Trek: Meet for a fall evening 3+ mile hike at the Tuckahoe Park Office on November 2 at 4:30 PM and On November 30 at 9:00 AM.

Turkey Trot: Join us November 17 for our Annual Turkey Trot fun run, walk, or jog! This event is a 2-mile walk, run, or jog for all ages from Denton Elementary School to Martinak State Park and back, includes gifts to the first 100 registrants, and everyone is entered in the free turkey raffle. Registration check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the event begins at 9:00 a.m. Other events include Turkey Dinner Relay, games, crafts, and refreshments. Flyers are available on our website and our office. For more information, call Recreation & Parks at 410-479-8120.

First Saturdays: Discover native habitats as you walk at Adkins Arboretum. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, Free for members and Park RX holders on November 3 at 10:00 AM.

Dog Walk: Meet with fellow dog lovers to walk at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor Center at 9:00 AM, on November 1. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.



Yoga Practice: Improve your flexibility, core development, and balance on Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 1, 6, 13, 14, 20, 27 and 29 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 Nature Center on Tuesdays, November 6, 20, and 27 at 7:30 PM.

Zumba Gold: Kathy Leary leads a perfect low intensity workout to music for adults on Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 9:00 AM at the Martinak State Park Nature Center. Come join the fun!

Walk 15: Join a group aerobic class for everyone of all fitness levels. Walk/dance 4,000 steps to upbeat music in 30 minutes.  This is a great aerobic workout for busy people at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Tuesdays, November 6, 20, and 27 at 6:30 PM.


Martinak Park Discovery: Children ages 6-10 will complete nature activities, games, and crafts at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM. The program is free. Call 410-924-1529 to reserve a space.

Turkey Rock Hunt: All children are invited to come to the Turkey Rock Hunt at the Martinak State Park boat ramp parking lot on Saturday, November 3 at 12:30 PM. The cost is $5.00. Children will be divided into 3 age groups and prizes will be awarded for the most rocks found.  Money raised will go to the Children Exploration Organization.



Caroline Cycles: Cycle 20+ miles on dirt roads.  Bike helmet required. Water, lights and bright clothing suggested. 13 mph ride. Call 410-924-7402 for more information. Meet on Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 AM at the Wal-Mart parking lot, the garden side in Denton, MD.  Call 410-924-7402 for more information.

Tuckahoe Trail Ride: Meet at the Tuckahoe Lake Parking area with a bike appropriate for off road riding to ride the trails in the park. Bike helmet required and water. This ride is for those experienced in riding a bike but new to trail riding.  November 4 and 18 at 11:00 AM Call 410-924-7402 for questions.


Park Quest:  Families have fun exploring with this self-guided nature art activity. Explore the Lore of the Land Trail at Tuckahoe. Bring pen/pencil. For more activities, borrow the Quest backpack from the camp store at the entrance to the electric loop.

Orienteering: Use your navigational skills to find locations at Tuckahoe State Park. Stop at the park office or go to the youth camp area bulletin board for more information.

Disc Golf: Come try it as you enjoy a beautiful walk on the Tuckahoe Disc Golf Course. Meet up for a round on Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 PM. (Loaner discs are available at the park office or camp store.)


Check our website for more park activities by clicking on the calendar of events at or like us on Facebook at Friends of Tuckahoe and Martinak State Parks

2nd Annual Greensboro Multicultural Festival

Celebrate the rich diversity of our area, learn about cultural differences, and share in unity at the 2nd annual Multi-Cultural Festival on Saturday, September 15, from 11am-3pm.  The festival, sponsored by the Caroline County Public Library, will be held at the Greensboro Community Center (in front of the North County Branch Library, MRDC & Head Start building).  Admission is free.

Enjoy dance from all over the world, with performances of West African dance from the group A Master’s Peace, the traditional Indian dance of Reno Retu Natayalaya and belly dance by Sammadi Dance Company, along with dance from local favorite To the Pointe Dance Studio. 

Enjoy the sweet sounds of gospel music from Friends in Faith, and taste diverse cultures with Muhammad’s Caribbean Kitchen, Tenchi’s Spanish American fare, soul food from Aretha’s Creative Touch, hot dogs from Dobson’s Dogs and sno-cones from Sno-Angels.

In addition, local agencies, organizations and small businesses will offer information, giveaways and items for purchase. 

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Greensboro Elementary School. 

For a full schedule of performers or for more information, please visit the library’s website,, or call 410-479-1343.

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 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 for information about sponsorship opportunities.