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New Murals in Downtown Denton

On Saturday, May 11 a new mural, which also acts as official town signage, was unveiled at the Community Garden in downtown Denton, MD. This project, funded by Downtown Denton Main Street and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, features artwork by local artist Nicholas Tindall.

Goals for this project include welcoming visitors to Denton, as well as bringing members of the community together to participate in activities and entertainment in the Community Park, which features a performance stage and new vegetable gardens.

The new mural sign consists of six different large scale painted panels, each featuring unique floral artwork and native species of Maryland. “We spent time thinking about the specific content of the mural and decided that it should feature floral specimens native to our State. Of course, we had to include the Black-Eyed Susan, in addition to several other interesting and colorful varieties,” says artist Nicholas Tindall.

Denton hosted their annual event, Spring Thing, featuring local artisans, live music, and an outdoor Plein Air painting competition involving youth participants as well as known professional artists from the area.

Donations were collected to raise money for local causes and awards were given to best paintings from the event. A dedication ceremony for the new mural and official town signage took place that afternoon to conclude the festivities.

You can visit the new Community Garden in Denton on Gay Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets. Various activities and performances will take place throughout the year.

For more information about upcoming community events, visit: and

Nicholas Tindall is a self-taught local artist from Easton, MD. To view more of his projects and upcoming events, visit


Forest Music Returns June 6 to Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum joins the National Music Festival in presenting a unique improvisatory performance in the Arboretum forest on Thurs., June 6 when the NewBassoon Institute performs Forest Music.

Positioning themselves throughout the forest, within hearing distance though not necessarily within sight of one another, these innovative musicians will engage in a musical conversation that winds throughout the trees. Following the forest performance, there will be a brief concert at the Visitor’s Center. The program begins at 4 p.m.

Forest Music is free, though donations are welcome. Light refreshments and a cash wine and beer bar will be available. Advance registration is appreciated or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

The NewBassoon Institute is an annual workshop taught by “bassoon supergroup” Dark in the Song. The workshop focuses on contemporary bassoon literature, performance techniques and pedagogy, with the aim of teaching a new generation of open-minded players and bringing the bassoon and bassoon ensembles to the forefront of 21st-century music-making.

The National Music Festival brings together inspiring mentors and the next generation of gifted musicians, providing education, scholarships and affordable, adventurous public performances in and around Chestertown, Md., for two weeks each June. This year’s Festival is June 2–15. Visit for more information.

Adkins Arboretum’s Medieval Forest Fair is June 15 

Revel in a day of forest fun when Adkins Arboretum celebrates its second annual Medieval Forest Faire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., June 15. Inspired by legends and lore of the medieval period, Forest Faire offers a wide variety of activities and entertainment for families in search of outdoor fun.

Adventurers of all ages are invited to embark on a forest quest and search among the trees for the Green Man of the ancient Celts. Some of the many activities planned include building with wattle and daub, guided foraging, archery practice, a labyrinth, cooking pottage over a campfire, medieval crafts and constructing “castles” with sections of tree stumps.

Medieval ballads and madrigals will be performed throughout the day by Ampersand and the Allegro Women’s Chorus. Fortunetelling and demonstrations by a local falconer will be ongoing, and the festivities will close with sword dancing by the Sammati Dance Company of Caroline County.

Fairegoers are encouraged to wear Camelot-inspired costumes and to bring their cameras for photos with notable nobles. Unicorn rides by Snapdragon Stables and refreshments, including ice cream by local Nice Farms Creamery, will be available for purchase.

Admission to Forest Faire is $10 per person for adults and children ages 6 and over. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Advance registration is appreciated. To register, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Greensboro’s 16th Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Mark your calendar for Greensboro’s 16th Annual Kids Fishing Derby on May 4, 2019. Registration opens at 8:30am, and fishing will begin promptly at 9am. Bring your own fishing pole and tackle – bait will be provided.

This is a free event for children 16 and under. Prizes will be given in several different age categories and everyone will go home with a t-shirt and free lunch provided by Greensboro Parks and Rec. Committee.

This is a great family event that everyone will love and there is no cost to you so bring the kids and the fishing poles and let’s fish! For more information please feel free to contact Greensboro Town Hall at 410-482-6222.

Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Open House, Native Plant Sale

Adkins Arboretum, offering the Chesapeake gardener the largest selection of native plants for more than 20 years, announces its Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale weekend, April 26–28. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

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.

Open House and plant sale hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fri., April 26 and Sat., April 27, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sun., April 28. Presale orders may be placed at through April 4.Simply place your order, and your plants will be ready for pick-up during the Open House weekend. Following the Open House, plants will be for sale at the Visitor’s Center throughout the growing season.

The Arboretum gift shop will be open during the Open House weekend and will offer books and nature-inspired gifts for gardeners. Members, including those who join during the Open House, receive a 10% discount on plant, gift shop and book purchases. Members at the Contributor ($100) level and above receive a 20% discount on plants.

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

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 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 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 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 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:

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.