The St. Patty’s Day 5K will be returning to Caroline County on Saturday, March 15th 2014! The race is a certified, fast, and scenic course through Denton neighborhoods that benefits community-based programs for children in Caroline County as well as animal services provided by the Caroline Humane Society. This is a perfect way to start your salute to the Irish!
Costumes are encouraged, and the event is open to all ages. Check-in starts at 7:30 am and race begins at 9am. Cost is $20 if registered by March 7 or $25 after March 7. Register online at seashorestriders.com.
Saturday, March 15th
Check-In at 7:30 am, Race at 9:00 am
General James F. Fretterd Community Center, Denton
Mary Claytor, co-owner of Joviality Gifts, has announced her retirement from the specialty gift shop in downtown Denton. Joviality will remain open under business partner and friend Abby McNinch, who co-founded the store with Claytor three years ago.
McNinch and Claytor opened Joviality, located at 406 Market Street in Denton, in 2011 following renovations to the historic property. They have since expanded, adding new items on a regular basis, and hosting events such as Fairy Forest Garden Party and Mommy’s Morning Out.
“We wanted to invest in our community by giving residents and visitors a place where they could find unique, high quality gifts and home décor,” says McNinch. “Mary has been incredible to work with, and I will miss her passion and great sense of style.”
For more information on Joviality Gifts, you can find them on Facebook or visit their blog at JovialityGifts.wordpress.com.
Adkins Arboretum has announced the winter and spring lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms, ephemeral flowers and sure signs of spring. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s woodland, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. Offerings include:
Seeking Sun and Winter Warmth
Sat., Feb. 22, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
On this wintry 90-minute walk, seek out green plants that cherish the warm winter sun. Plants of interest include mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, pine and red cedar needles, Christmas fern, and the green stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: caldo verde with turkey sausage, pasta primavera, pumpernickel bread with spinach spread, cranberry nut bread.
Early Purple and Pink Blooms
Sat., March 22, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Early pink and purple blooms are beginning to appear. Look for skunk cabbage, paw paw, spring beauty and bloodroot on this 90-minute early-spring walk. Menu: chicken soup with greens and sweet potatoes, broccoli bud salad, dill rye bread with mint jelly, gingerbread carrot cake with lemon sauce.
Sun., April 6, 12:30–3 p.m.
Appearing in early spring, ephemerals flower, fruit and die back in a short period of time. Join a 90-minute walk to catch glimpses of pink spring beauty, Mayapple, and dogwood blossoms, yellow trout lily, golden groundsel, sassafras and spicebush blooms, and white beech tree blossoms. Vegetarian menu: spring lentil soup, ginger carrot salad with cranberries, ancient grain bread with orange marmalade, fudge cake brownies.
Sat., May 3, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Enjoy the beautiful view along Tuckahoe Creek on this 90-minute walk. See mountain laurel, beech and tulip trees, black cherry tree blossoms, pink lady’s slipper and Solomon’s seal, and Mayapple fruit. Menu: Scallop and vegetable soup, roasted red beets and carrots, apple date walnut bread with apple jelly, fruity nutty oatmeal bars.
Each Soup ‘n Walk program is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for non-members. Advance registration is required. Register at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0. Sweet Bay Gifts, the Arboretum gift and book shop, is open during the program and offers a 20% discount to program participants.
To schedule Soup ‘n Walk programs for groups of 15 or more, contact Ginna Tiernan, Adult Program Coordinator, at 410.634.2847, ext. 27 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, located at 7 N. 4th Street in Denton, is pleased to present its latest exhibit: the Lucinda Reddington Cawley Quilt Collection. The exhibit, which examines what it means to be made on the Eastern Shore, is on display now through March 22nd, 2014
Though quilts of her home state, Pennsylvania, were her first passion, Lucinda Reddington Cawley collected quilts from the Eastern Shore during the time that she lived in Easton and Salisbury. What she found were some amazing examples of work that featured the wonderful fabrics of the area, due to its proximity to Dover, Wilmington, and Baltimore; resulting in traditional patterns in bright and vibrant hues. Accompanying the collection, are small quilts made in tribute to Cinda by her Eastern Shore Quilt Study friends. These quilts all began with a vintage album block from Cinda’s collection, but are re-imagined by modern quilters.
Lucinda Cawley, known to friends as Cinda, was a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her lifelong interest in history and her adult occupation of quiltmaking joined together to create a new passion—antique quilts. The rich history of Pennsylvania quilts led Cinda to the textile collections in historical societies and museums and resulted in the publication Saved for the People of Pennsylvania: Quilts from the State Museum of Pennsylvania, coauthored with Lorraine Ezbiansky and Denise Nordberg. During this time Cinda began collecting antique Pennsylvania quilts. She also joined the American Quilt Study Group, which publishes current research on the history of textiles and quiltmaking.
In 2000, Cinda moved with her husband John to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She took advantage of the move to join two quilt study groups–Fran’s Vintage Friends in western Maryland and the Antique and Vintage Fabric Dating Club of northern Virginia. Cinda soon started the Eastern Shore Quilt Study Group, which meets quarterly in Denton, Maryland. Also during this time, Cinda began adding Eastern Shore quilts to her already sizeable textile collection and presented trunk shows and lectures for quilt guilds and the public on Pennsylvania quilts, the history of quilts in America, and twentieth century quilts. Antique quilt lovers around the world met Cinda through her internet posts of quilts seen in exhibits and study groups. Cinda was admired for her prodigious memory and her willingness to share her knowledge with others.
Visit the Quilts of the Eastern Shore exhibit which is on display through March 22nd. Information on our current show, upcoming shows, and classes can be found at www.fiberartscenter.com or by calling 410-479-1009. FACES is a program of the Caroline County Council of Arts (CCCA) whose mission is to enhance the cultural, educational, and economic growth of Caroline County through community arts development.
Support your four-legged friends at the Hopeful Hearts Dinner & Dance to benefit the Caroline County Humane Society on Saturday, February 8th from 6pm – 11pm. The evening will feature a catered dinner by the Chesapeake Culinary Center featuring stations of Turkey, Roast Beef, Ham, Appetizers, a Pasta Station, Caesar Salad and a dessert station featuring Chocolate Fondue. Music will be provided by Matt Spence, and the evening will also feature Texas Hold-em, Live, Silent & Chinese Auctions, a Cake Wheel, Buck-a-Shuck Oysters and a cash bar. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Caroline County Humane Society or by contacting 410-634-2303 or email@example.com.
Hopeful Hearts Dinner and Dance
Saturday, February 8th 2014 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Denton Fire Hall, 5th Avenue, Denton
Let the good times roll at the Mardi Gras Masqued Ball on Saturday, March 1st! This marquee fundraising event features a spectacular evening of Cajun-inspired cuisine and entertainment. Indulge in a Cajun-inspired gourmet fare, including crawfish dip, catfish bites, gumbo, a carving station, king cake, pecan pralines, and bourbon pudding. Back by popular demand is the Boonetown Stompers Dixieland Band. The event will also include dancing, a casino area, mask contest and a raffle for several high-end, experience-based packages. $35 per person. Contact: 410.479.1009 or www.carolinearts.org.
Mardi Gras Masqued Ball
Saturday, March 1st 2014 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Denton Fire Hall, 5th Avenue, Denton
The Caroline Weekly, an electronic newsletter produced by the Caroline Office of Tourism, features information on upcoming, family friendly events. Check out the January edition for the latest on what is happening here in Caroline. You can also subscribe to the newsletter so that it will be delivered to your inbox every month.
The Lily Pad Cafe will be hosting a Chili Cook Off of on Friday, January 24th, 2014 from 6-9pm.! Whether you can cook the best chili around or are interested in sampling the entries, head to the Lily Pad for this fun-filled evening! Go solo, grab a friend or team up to represent your business or organization!
Contestants can enter their prize-winning original chili recipe in one of three categories: Chef’s Choice, Vegetarian or Venison. Top prize in each category awarded by People’s Choice. The winning recipes will be determined by the chili with the most votes, so grab all of your friends and tell them to meet you at the Lily Pad to taste and vote for your award winning recipe!
Contestants must pre-register in order to enter contest. There is no entry fee required for contestants. To register, download the Entry Form, or call 410.479.0700.
The Lily Pad Café will charge a $5.00 cover for attendees to sample all contestant’s chili, with optional toppings from the toppings bar, for People’s Choice judging. There will be a cash bar (beer & wine) as well.
“Stitching the Stories of Freedom: A Byway Quilt Trail Honoring the Underground Railroad” is a public art project developed by the Caroline County Arts Council and the Caroline County Tourism Office with support from the Maryland State Arts Council. Sixteen quilt block replicas are being installed at significant sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway in Caroline County.
“Through this partnership, we have been able to honor the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman and tell the story of the Underground Railroad through public art,” says Marina Dowdall, Executive Director of the Caroline County Council of Arts.
Blocks include Chips and Whetstones at the Linchester Mill, Underground Railroad at the Leverton House, Tobacco Leaf at the Village of Choptank, Log Cabin at the Webb Cabin, North Star at the Williston Grist Mill, Whig’s Defeat at the Williston Community Church, Hole in the Barn Door at the 4H Park, Children of Israel at the Tuckahoe Meeting House, Sailboat at the Choptank River Heritage Center, Cotton Boll at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, Garden Maze at the Foundry, Wagon Wheels at the Greensboro Riverfront Park, Maple Leaf at the Tuckahoe State Park, and Pine Tree and Wild Goose Chase at Adkins Arboretum. A companion trail-guide will be available in the new year with quilt block locations, stories, and parking information for each site. Details about the project can be found online at http://www.fiberartscenter.com/quilt-trail/.
This project has been made possible through the contributions of numerous volunteers, the Maryland State Arts Council, and by private sponsors. To sponsor a quilt block along the Stitching Stories of Freedom Byway Quilt Trail, complete the form online at http://www.fiberartscenter.com/quilt-trail/. Each $100 contribution will help maintain a quilt block throughout its lifetime. Sponsors will be recognized on the Byway Quilt Trail trail-guide, webpage and at the location of the block they have chosen to sponsor. For additional information on the Byway Quilt Block Trail or to get involved in the project, please contact Marina Dowdall at 410-479-1009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), located at 7 N. Fourth Street, Denton, is pleased to announce the following classes:
- Learn to Sew Basics; 9am-12pm; Saturdays Jan 11, Jan 25, & Feb 8; Instructor – Donna Hayes; $30; for adults. Students with a basic knowledge of using a sewing machine will be able to increase their knowledge. Topics to be explored will include how to identify and understand fabric, how to use paper patterns, and how to use your sewing machine to make basic items. Other topics covered will include hems, buttons, repairs, and minor alterations. Students will have a completed item such as an apron at the end of the course.
- Beginning Basket Weaving; 12-4pm; Sunday Jan 12; Instructor – Heidi Wetzel; $15; for ages 8 and up. Attendees will complete a pencil holder from the materials and tools supplied. This class is ideal for beginners, children (8 yrs. and up), and is a wonderful parent-child activity.
- Intro to Quilting; 9am-12pm; Saturdays Jan 18, Feb 1, & Feb 18; Instructor – Donna Hayes; $30; for adults. Gain a basic understanding of how to make quilts on the sewing machine. Techniques will include beginning level piecing, quilting, and finishing. It is recommended that you bring your own sewing machine but other basic tools and pattern will be on hand for student to test run. Students will have a completed lap quilt square at the end of the course.
- Painting With Thread; 12-6pm; Sunday Jan. 26, Instructor – Sylvia Snyder; $45; for adults.
Improve your free-motion machine quilting while learning thread painting and tips on how to create beautiful pieces of fabric. You will gain better control of your stitches while your quilting gets smoother. This class will teach you different thread painting techniques, such as three dimensional free-standing leaves, dimensional flowers, and a flat vase painted with two different threads through the eye of the needle. In addition, you will learn how to blend colors and balance your small project. The finished project will measure approximately 12” x 17”. A separate kit fee, made payable to Sylvia, will be required on the day of the class.
- Drop Spinning 101; 12-4pm; Saturday Feb. 8 or Mar. 8, Instructor – Drew Bogda; $20 plus kit fee; for ages 8 and up. In just a few hours, you can learn to make your own yarn on a drop spindle. Students will first make a “homemade” spindle then get started on learning the basics of understanding fiber. Then learn the basics of spinning without investing in a spinning wheel (yet!). Once you’re ready for a wheel, all of the skills you learn on the drop spindle will make you more successful. Supplies available for use during class include practice roving but students will have a working drop spindle to take home.
- Traditional Rug Hooking; 9am-12pm; Saturdays Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, & Mar 29; Instructor – Elissa Crouch; $100; for adults. Beginners will learn basic traditional rug hooking techniques and tips while making a “mug” rug. Students will choose their own colors and work at their own pace to complete up to four 4in. x 4in. rugs. More experienced rug hookers are welcome to join the class and bring their own designs or commercial patterns to work on while having the opportunity to ask questions and perfect their techniques.
- Creative Sewing; 12-6pm; Sunday Feb. 23, Instructor – Sylvia Snyder; $45; for adults. Create wonderful fiber art pieces using decorative stitches and embellishments. In this 6 hours class we will start with solid color fabric that will be painted and changed more with every decorative machine-stitch and couching yarn stitch. We will finish with quilting, beading, and hand embroidery stitches. A separate kit fee, made payable to Sylvia, will be required on the day of the class.
- Youth Sewing Basics; 9am-12pm; Saturdays Apr 5, Apr 12, Apr 26, & May 3; Instructor – Donna Hayes; $40; for ages 7 and up. Children and adults are welcome to join in to learn basics of sewing. Learn to use the sewing machine for basic projects. Students are encouraged to bring their own machine. However, a limited few are available for class, please arrange sewing machine rental in advance. Students will be able to take their knowledge into the follow up classes on either sewing 101 or quilting.
Visit www.fiberartscenter.com to register and for more information. The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) is a program of the Caroline County Council of Arts and is open Thursday to Saturday from 12-4pm. Visit the Quilts of the Eastern Shore exhibit which is on display January 9th through March 22nd. Please contact email@example.com or 410.479.0009 for more information.
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