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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.

Adkins Arboretum Announces 2019 Soup ’n Walk Program Schedule

Adkins Arboretum has announced the 2019 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. 16, 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: red beet and cabbage soup, orange walnut bread with citrus, anadama bread with spinach dip, blueberry peach smoothies. 

Early Blooms, Songbirds & Spring Frogs
Sat., March 16, 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: kale and chicken soup with lemon, sweet and tangy sauerkraut salad, wheat bread with raspberry jam, Black Forest cake with cherries.

Spring Ephemerals & Pollinators
Sat., April 20, 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: carrot and ginger soup, black-eyed pea salad, ancient grain bread with jam, coconut almond cupcake.

Tuckahoe Creek & Beyond
Sat., May 18, 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, corn, black bean and parsnip soup, apple Waldorf salad, dill cottage cheese bread with apple butter, lemon apple tart bars.

Sunny Meadows, Bluebirds & Dragonflies
Sat., Sept. 21, 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: minted cantaloupe soup, cauliflower, potatoes and peas Indian style, dill rye bread with cream cheese and jam, Pfefferneuse cookies.

Dazzling Fall Color
Sat., Oct. 19, 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: squash stew with beans and kale, potato salad with beets and carrots, double oat bread, pumpkin spice bars with lemon.

Nutritious Berries, Nuts & Seeds
Sat., Nov. 16, 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: spicy sweet potato soup, broccoli carrot raisin salad, pumpernickel bread, yellow cake with apple cranberry sauce.

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

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:  Facebook.com/events/613162435782634/

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 info@adkinsarboretum.org 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 prestonmdhousetour.eventbrite.com, 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 info@adkinsarboretum.org for gallery hours.