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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, 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, 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 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

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 or contact Kellen McCluskey at

Adkins Arboretum Releases Field Guide Series, Virtual Education Materials

Want to learn more about native trees and plants? Adkins Arboretum has released a series of family-friendly field guides as an introduction to some of the more than 600 species of native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses and vines found on the Arboretum site.

While the Arboretum’s public education programs are on hold due to safer-at-home advisories, grounds are open daily for exploring. The new Adkins Field Guides provide a helpful starting point for exploring the natural world or introducing a young naturalist to the wonders of the wild.

Each guide includes a video and printable support activities with select points of identification and examples of each species’ ecological benefits and cultural significance. All allow ample opportunity for exploration. Currently, guides are available for American beech, paw paw, shining sumac and white oak.

The field guide series was produced by Schoolhouse Farmhouse of Cordova and was made possible through generous funding by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area. Music for the first four guides was performed by National Music Festival musicians during the Arboretum’s 2019 Forest Music program. The bassoon composition, titled “Arboretum,” was written by Brad Balliett specifically for this performance.

The Adkins Field Guides comprise just one of several initiatives to make outdoor education accessible, both to those who visit the grounds in person and those who visit online. Each Thursday, staff release a new, family-friendly “Take It With You!” activity that visitors can use to add an extra layer of fun and adventure to their walks at the Arboretum. Visitors can download a PDF or simply snap a photo of the activity with their phones. A paper copy is posted on the back door of the Visitor’s Center, along with other information to keep members and friends up to date.

Sylvan Kaufman, the Arboretum’s science advisor and the principal of Sylvan Green Earth Consulting, has developed a series of short education videos about the natural history of some of the plants on the Arboretum grounds. Each video is packed with information on identification, plant-animal interactions and some human uses for the plant. In addition, monthly “What’s in Bloom?” guides, information for birders, and the Arboretum’s recently revamped Native Plant Database provide valuable resources for exploring nature at Adkins and beyond.

The Adkins Field Guides and all other virtual resources are available at

Weekend Fun in Caroline County!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here are a few ways to get out and about in Caroline County!

  • Pick your own lavender at Smokey Cat Lavender Farm, 5090 Long Swamp Road, Federalsburg, or check out their gift shop for handcrafted items! They are open for u-pick Saturday from 1-4pm.
  • Go for a hike! Hit the trails at Martinak or Tuckahoe State Parks and enjoy some fresh air!
  • Enjoy a meal and refreshing drink at one of our fabulous restaurants that are now offering outdoor dining, including the Market Street Public House and Harry’s on the Green in Denton, Tenchi in Greensboro, or 9 Central Diner in Ridgely.
  • Head to the strawberry patch! First Class Farms, 21719 Dover Bridge Road, Preston, is open for u-pick Saturday from 10am ­– 3pm. Strawberry season is short and sweet – don’t miss it!
  • Find the perfect gift for grads and dads! Many of our shops have reopened, and with graduation season upon us and Father’s Day right around the corner, now’s a great time for some retail therapy!

Capture Caroline: Great Outdoors Photo Contest

Enter the Capture Caroline: Great Outdoors Photo Contest through June 30th, 2020!

Do you have amazing photos or videos of Caroline County? Enter them in the Caroline Office of Tourism’s Capture Caroline: Great Outdoors photo and video contest! Participants are invited to enter up to five photos or videos in the contest. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Caroline County business of their choice. From hiking and biking to paddling and birdwatching, show us your favorite way to get outside in Caroline County!

How to Enter
Photos and videos may be entered by posting them to the Caroline County, MD Facebook page with the hashtag #CaptureCaroline or by emailing them to Entries are due by 12pm noon on June 30th, 2020.

All eligible entries will be posted in an album on the Caroline County, MD Facebook page on July 1st, where the public will be invited to vote on them by liking the photo of their choice during a two-week open voting session. The winner will announced on the Facebook page on July 15th, 2020.

Videos should be no longer than three minutes in length and showcase the best of the outdoors in Caroline County. When submitting an entry, please provide a title for the photo or video and share details such as the location, the date taken and/or event name. Please make sure that your submitted photo or video is high resolution. Contest winners will be asked to submit a high-resolution file. Photos with watermarks are not eligible. If the photograph or video includes a recognizable person, a model release must also be completed and submitted. Model releases can be downloaded here.

Note: By entering your photograph(s) or video(s) in the Caroline County Capture Caroline Contest, you acknowledge and grant permission for it to be used by the Caroline Office of Tourism in a variety of promotional materials, including newsletters, advertisements, brochures, media kits, websites, social media sites and other print and digital communications.

Cover Photo: Entrance Garden at Adkins Arboretum by Kellen Simpson McCluskey

Adkins Arboretum’s Spring Membership Drive Now Through May 30

There’s never been a better time to become a member of Adkins Arboretum! Amid closures and stay-at-home orders, the Arboretum is committed to keeping its paths open for the many dog walkers, bikers, runners and nature enthusiasts who seek solace in fresh air, open space and the health benefits of spending time outside. Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk.

These health benefits are numerous. Studies show that time in nature reduces stress, improves mood, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep, accelerates recovery from illness and boosts the immune system. Forests play a particularly important role in healthy immune systems—when we breathe in fresh air, we breathe in the same chemicals that plants release as protection against insects. These chemicals, in turn, help us fight disease.

By joining the Arboretum, members support their health and the health of the greater community. In addition, members enjoy free admission throughout the year, as well as discounts on native plants, programs, events and gift store purchases. Although many 2020 programs and events have been canceled due to COVID-19, the Arboretum is re-envisioning its offerings to include creative, self-directed activities for visitors to enjoy on their own. These will be highlighted in a forthcoming calendar and on the Arboretum’s website.Even as the Arboretum looks to the future with optimism, closures and cancellations are presenting financial challenges. This means that member support is more important than ever. To learn more about membership and all that the Arboretum has to offer, visit New members will receive a $10 discount if they join by the end of May.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. For more information, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, MD 21620

Let’s Get Virtual – A Free Workshop Series

Even though our heritage sites may be physically closed, we can still offer exciting experiences.  Learn how to offer virtual experiences – a wander through a historic house, a view of favorite exhibits, or offer behind the scenes peeks of a heritage site – in the Stories of the Chesapeake workshop series: Let’s Get Virtual. This free three-part series will focus on content, technical requirements, equipment, and best practices for building a rewarding virtual experience without breaking the bank.

The series schedule is:

May 11, 2020,  10AM  |  Step 1: Websites

May 18, 2020, 10AM  |   Step 2: Virtual Exhibits

June 1, 2020, 10 AM  |  Step 3: Virtual Tours and More

Robert Forloney and Raven Bishop will lead the workshops.  Mr. Forloney is a Program Developer & Cultural Institution Consultant with extensive experience working with both large and small heritage sites including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum,  South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of the City of New York.

Ms. Bishop is an Instructional Technologist at Washington College and is also a National Board-Certified Visual Arts Educator with over 15 years of experience in project-based curriculum and instructional design.  She leads the new Virtual/Augmented Reality Digital Imaging Studio [VARDIS] in Washington College’s Miller Library where her work explores augmented & virtual reality in instruction, particularly as it applies to museum instruction for small, rural, community-curated museums.  Her work in this field has won she and her collaborators the 2018 Campus Technology Education Futurists IMPACT Award and a 2018 National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Innovation Award.

To register for the workshop and obtain login information, please contact the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area at or 410-778-1460.