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The Dirty Grass Players to Headline Adkins Arboretum Beer Garden October 23

Local beer, food trucks, ice cream and music by The Dirty Grass Players are all on tap when Adkins Arboretum’s Beer Garden returns on Sat., Oct. 23.

A four-piece new-grass band from Baltimore, The Dirty Grass Players are known for having one toe-tapping foot in traditional bluegrass while pushing boundaries with their blazing musicianship. Their ability to transition seamlessly from down-home bluegrass to spirited improvisation makes each performance a singular experience. Add some Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd or a dash of southern rock, and you’ll quickly understand what they mean by “dirty grass.” The 2017 winners of the Charm City Bluegrass & Folk Festival Band Competition, the band recently released their second studio album, “Beneath the Woodpile.”

Bull & Goat Brewery and Ten Eyck Brewing Company will be pulling premium craft beer, complemented by fare from Blue Monkey Street Tacos and Chesapeake Celebrations food trucks and small-batch “cow-to-cup” ice cream from Nice Farms Creamery.

The Beer Garden runs from 2 to 4 p.m., but food trucks will begin serving at 1 p.m. Seating is limited; bringing chairs or a blanket is highly advised. Advance registration is required. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 3–18 and free for children ages 2 and under. Register online at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0  or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0

Photo: 2019 Beer Garden at Adkins Arboretum by Mike Morgan.

Shore Shakespeare to Bring A Little Touch of Shakespeare to Adkins Arboretum

Have you ever wondered what William Shakespeare was thinking as he wrote The Taming of the Shrew or Richard III? Well, who better to introduce Shakespeare’s plays than the Bard himself? Join Shore Shakespeare for A Little Touch of Shakespeare, an exploration of some of the playwright’s most famous works, Sept. 18 and 19 at Adkins Arboretum.

In this original production, seven actors take on roles in eleven scenes from ten of Shakespeare’s most famous works, including Richard IIIMacbethThe Taming of the ShrewMuch Ado About NothingTwelfth Night and more. Narrated by Shakespeare himself, the show takes the audience behind the scenes to see what the Bard may have been thinking as he wrote some of the wittiest, most charming and, in some cases, darkest dialogue ever. The scenes themselves explore the Battle of the Sexes and revolve around the theme of love, all while showcasing Shakespeare’s incomparable wit, wisdom and poetry. In addition, the show features seven of Shakespeare’s sonnets, also dealing with issues of love, placed strategically throughout the scenes.

Performances are Sat., Sept. 18 and Sun., Sept. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Arboretum Pavilion. Participants should bring a blanket or chair and are welcome to bring a picnic. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 3–18 and free for children ages 2 and under and can be purchased in advance at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

A Little Touch of Shakespeare was written by Shore Shakespeare Company co-founder Chris Rogers in 2012. Sadly, Chris passed away in June 2020. This production will serve as special recognition of his passion and legacy within the local theatre. Proceeds will benefit Shore Shakespeare and Adkins Arboretum.

Shore Shakespeare is a pan-community theatre group established to present the classic works of the theatrical repertoire and to encourage its audiences to support local community theatre all over the Shore.

Caroline County Tourism Businesses & Attractions featured in Radio Ads

The Caroline Office of Tourism was the recipient of a small grant from the Maryland Office of Tourism to promote tourism-related businesses and attractions in Caroline County. Through a partnership with iHeartMedia, the tourism office developed radio spots to air on markets in Salisbury and Baltimore featuring tourism-related businesses that expressed interest in participating.

Listen to the radio spots below to discover the great things happening in Caroline County!

Discover Federalsburg Radio Spot

Discover Greensboro Radio Spot

Discover Ridgely Radio Spot

Discover Preston Radio Spot

Discover the Homegrown Flavors of Caroline County Radio Spot

Explore Downtown Denton Radio Spot

Have an Agritourism Adventure in Caroline County Radio Spot

Journeys to Freedom: Birding & Boating Tours on the Harriet Tubman Byway

Delmarva Birding Weekends is teaming up with Harriet Tubman Tours and River Run Cruises this July to offer Birding and Boating Tours on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway! The tours will take place July 1st, July 15th, July 24th & July 29th from 2pm – 6pm and cost $85.

During the first two hours of our guided, self-driven tour, you’ll learn about the many daring escapes led by the famed freedom seeker and human rights activist known as “The Moses of Her People,” Harriet Tubman. In Caroline County, Harriet Tubman found shelter and assistance as she traveled along the Underground Railroad to Delaware.

The driving route courses through the farms, forests and significant Underground Railroad sites of Caroline County until you arrive at River Run Cruises in Denton, MD. From there, you’ll explore the upper reaches of the Choptank River during a two-hour cruise aboard a pontoon boat. Downriver, landings and points along the Choptank served as sites for perilous escapes by boat. The shallow waters of the Upper Choptank provided crossings for freedom seekers heading north towards Sandtown, DE.

Learn more and register at delmarvabirding.com/choptank-river-cruise-caroline-county!

Free Advertising for Tourism Businesses in Caroline County

The Caroline Office of Tourism has received a grant to market small businesses that support Maryland tourism, including restaurants, entertainment, attractions and shops. This early-summer campaign will air on radio stations in the Baltimore and Salisbury markets. There are no expenses for participating businesses.

If you are interested in participating in this campaign, please email Executive Director Tara Hill-Coursey at director@visitcaroline.org. by close of business on Monday, June 14th.

Shaping the Future of Caroline County’s Parks: Survey

Caroline County Recreation & Parks is conducting a community-wide survey to collect information and assess the availability and quality of the county’s network of parks and open spaces and the recreation opportunities that are available in the county.  Click the image below to take the survey.  It should take no more than 10 minutes.

Parques y Recreación del Condado de Caroline está llevando a cabo una encuesta en toda la comunidad para recopilar información y evaluar la disponibilidad y calidad de la red de parques y espacios abiertos del condado y las oportunidades de recreación que están disponibles en el condado. Por favor ayude completando esta encuesta. No debería tomar más de 10 minutos.

Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Native Plant Sale—Online!

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

Due to ongoing recommendations regarding COVID-19, the spring sale will be conducted entirely online. Orders will be accepted through Thurs., April 8 at adkinsarboretum.org and will be fulfilled via timed pickup. There will be no in-person shopping at the Arboretum.

Plants for sale include a large variety of native perennials, ferns, vines, grasses and flowering trees and shrubs for spring planting. Native flowers and trees provide food and habitat for wildlife and make colorful additions to home landscapes, whether in a perennial border, a woodland garden or a restoration project. Native honeysuckle entices hummingbirds, while tall spikes of purplish flowers grace blue wild indigo. Milkweed provides critical energy for monarch butterflies on their winter migration to Mexico, and native azaleas present a veritable rainbow of colorful blooms.

As always, Arboretum members receive a generous discount on plants that varies according to membership level. To join, renew your membership or give an Arboretum membership as a gift, visit adkinsarboretum.org or contact Kellen McCluskey at kmccluskey@adkinsarboretum.org.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Caroline County 2021

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Caroline County! From the annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K to a Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt, here are a few fun and festive ways to celebrate this year in 2021!

St. Paddy’s Day 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Caroline County Recreation & Parks’ 13th Annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Run in Denton takes place Saturday, March 20th! The race is $27 for the 5K, $15 for 1 Mile Fun Run, and $30 for the Virtual option. Proceeds benefit the youth scholarship fund for CCRP summer programs. Preregistration is required, and masks must be worn. Learn more and register online here.

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Decorating Kit at Shore Gourmet
Have a shamrockin’ time this St. Patrick’s Day with Shore Gourmet’s Cupcake Decorating Kit! While we can’t offer you a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, this kit comes pretty close! It’s packed with chocolate gold coins, mint crumbles, fun sprinkles, creamy white and green icings, and six cupcakes. Order by 5pm on March 12th, and pickup on 12-5pm on March 16th or 12-6pm on March 17th. Order online here.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Market Street Public House
The Market Street Public House’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration takes place March 13th – 17th. The festivities start Saturday with Kegs-n-Eggs in the morning, live music with Bill Weiskopf playing traditional Irish tunes at 1pm and Josh Rose and Friends at 6:30pm. On Wednesday, March 17th, the Pub will be celebrating their 13th anniversary with live music by the Kindred Spirits duo at 6:30pm. Facemasks are required. The Pub is located at 200 Market Street in downtown Denton. Follow them on Facebook for the latest. 

Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt Downtown Denton
Patti’s Petals Florist Garden and Gifts is hosting a Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt in downtown Denton starting March 13th!  You can pick up the scavenger hunt guide at Patti’s Petals or the What’s New Shop. Learn more here.

CCCA’s Virtual Irish Step Dancing Concert
The Caroline County Council of Arts invites you to view an Irish Step Dancing concert on March 20th! Tune into their Facebook page or YouTube channel at 1pm to catch the show!

Yarnstorming Returns to Adkins Arboretum

Yarnstorming is back! For the second year running, Adkins Arboretum is partnering with local yarn artists and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) to create a whimsical and exciting visual experience in the trees around the Arboretum Visitor’s Center.

Also known as yarn bombing, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting and graffiti knitting, yarnstorming is an art form that employs knitted or crocheted yarn in place of paint or chalk. Fiber artists, both veterans and those new to yarn art, will adorn native trees with everything from pompoms to needle felted animals to branch and trunk wraps and hammocks for woodland creatures.

Yarnstorming creations will be on display March 6 through April 3 at the Arboretum, located near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. The public is invited to view the exhibit daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org.

Photo Credit: Kellen McCluskey

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

Located in Denton, the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore is a destination for the area’s many quilt and fiber art enthusiasts, visitors, and residents to view historic and recent works by quilters and fiber artists from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, visit fiberartscenter.com or call 410-479-0009.