Adkins Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery will open its doors on Fri., Sept. 9 for a Night Out at the Nursery event. The public is invited for light fare, live music, a cash wine and beer bar, a raffle, a silent auction and shopping in a fun and festive atmosphere. The Nursery offers the Chesapeake region’s largest selection of ornamental native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns and grasses.
Following the Night Out event, the Nursery will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 10 for a Fall Open House and Plant Sale. All members, including those who join during the Open House, receive a significant discount on plant purchases.
Brilliant orange butterfly weed and stunning red cardinal flower attract pollinators such as bees, birds and butterflies 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 aronia and beautyberry provide food and habitat for wildlife.
Fall is the best season for planting. Trees and shrubs planted in fall have a chance to set roots before the heat and stress of summer. The Arboretum participates in the Marylanders Plant Trees program, an initiative by the State of Maryland to encourage residents to plant native trees. The program offers a $25 coupon toward purchase of native trees that retail for $50 or more.
Open House visitors can also learn about the Arboretum’s Native Landscape Design Center, a unique offering that pairs homeowners with a landscape designer to create a beautiful and affordable native landscape that benefits wildlife and the environment.
Proceeds from plants sold at the Fall Open House benefit the Arboretum’s education programs. For more information, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
Guaranteed to lift the spirits even in the sultriest days of summer, Julia Sutliff’s small oil paintings are joyous, fresh and playful. In Four Seasons, her fourth solo show at Adkins Arboretum, on view through Sept. 30, you’ll find bright flowers dancing among meadow grasses, water glinting under trees heavy with summer leaves, and cattails standing brave and brittle in thin winter sunshine. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Sat., Aug. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Sutliff paints outdoors. She finds it doesn’t work for her to paint from photos or from memory, so she searches out pockets of nature surviving in the suburban sprawl near her home in Cockeysville, north of Baltimore.
“I try to catch nature in a free state, without interference from us,” she said. “So I haunt woods, ponds, streams and fields, looking for images that express the riotous celebration of life all around me.”
She often paints in places someone else might pass and never even notice, but Sutliff has honed her eye to see the magic of fleeting moments of light and color. She finds weather and the changing seasons constantly renewing the landscape and celebrates the shifting scenes they create, painting milkweed plants caught in the full sunlight just as their seedpods are swelling, then later as their color fades under cloudy autumn skies, and again in winter, stark and brittle against the snow.
Like many artists, she returns to similar themes to explore them in depth. Again and again, she paints cattails, branches leaning over water, and fields scattered with wildflowers. The changing seasons offer her infinite variety, and she delights in discovering something new and energizing in familiar scenes.
Two skills, developed over many years of painting, make Sutliff’s landscapes so lively—the lightness of her brushstrokes and the ability to use color to remarkable effect.
Late autumn flowers in luscious shades of orange sing out against the lime and grass green reeds around them and the soft shades of gray water behind in “Water’s Edge, Tangerine.” In “Patapsco, View of Ridge,” brushy strokes of color turn into a symphony of contrasting greens as light shines through the summer trees.
Sutliff’s color range is exceptionally broad. While many of her paintings burst with colors in mischievous combinations, others are achingly subtle. She has a particular mastery of the nuanced hues of winter. Her paintings of cattails capture an infinite range of lighting effects, from silvery reflections glinting off the ice, to the warmth of sunset’s glow, to the softness of overcast snowy skies.
These skills bring freshness to each painting. It’s as if you’re seeing something for the first time—catching a precious, intimate glimpse of nature as each new scene materializes from her quick, playful brushstrokes.
“I need to express grandeur, beauty, respect, awe,” Sutliff explained. “But I think playfulness trumps them all because it’s powerful enough to overcome the frustration of trying to get something ‘right,’ and to somehow let you participate in the beauty around you.”
This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Sept. 30 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 email@example.com for gallery hours.
You’re not going to want to miss this month’s Third Thursday in Denton on August 18th from 5-7pm! Head downtown for this monthly event where businesses and organizations extend their hours and offer specials on the third Thursday of every month. August’s offerings include a 3-Course Wine Tasting Dinner at Harry’s on the Green, a Burley Oak Tap Takeover at the Market Street Public House, a Sip and Shop at Joviality, a $5 Drop-In Yoga Class at Energy In Progress, $20 limited-edition “Tattooing to Save Babies” t-shirts to benefit the March of Dimes at Black Anchor Tattoo, and 20% off coupons to be redeemed in September for those that stop into Parlour 7 & co. Salon.
Heartland Quilt Guild of the Eastern Shore will be hosting it’s 8th annual One Stop Shop Hop on Thursday, August 4 at the Denton Volunteer Fire Hall, Denton, MD from 2-8 pm. There is a nominal admission fee of $4, which includes an entry ticket for a fantastic door prize provided by Sulky. With over 20 vendors, door prizes, silent auctions, and our Scrap Bag Bonanza our Shop Hop again promises to be fun and exciting. Inside the firehouse you will find vendors from the Mid-Atlantic region, including quilt and fabric shops, crafters, long armers, raffle quilts, door prizes and so much more!
This year we’ve added an extra day and two new events:
On Thursday a Listen & Learn – Thread Jazz for Quilting and Embellishing, plus Needle and Thread Know-How lecture presented by Sulky. This is a free lecture with limited seating. Its from 11-12:30 at the Denton Library ( which is having a quilt display, too!) We encourage those interested to visit our website www.heartland-quilters.com to register and for more information.
On Friday we’re sponsoring a “Vintage Quilting” class with featured instructor Jane Hauprich. In this class you will take a vintage hanky (one of your own or choose one that she has available for a small fee), and learn to make it into a work of art that you can display instead of keeping those vintage linens tucked away in a drawer!! Visit our website www.heartland-quilters.com to register and for more information.
Just blocks away from the firehouse, there is an antique quilt display located at Caroline County’s Rural Life Museum held in conjunction with Heartland Quilter’s Shop Hop on August 4th. Visitors can take a step back in time and enjoy a garden of botanical quilts spanning over 100 years of quilting history. In addition there will be patriotic quilts to complement the WWII display currently at the museum. As an added bonus visitors will see doll and crib quilts. The display will be at the museum July 15th through August 17th. Heartland Quilt Guild members will be available August 4th and 5th to discuss the quilts and their history.
Then, be sure to visit the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) to view “Tangled in Wool — The Art of Felt”. As the world’s oldest form of fiber art, felting has been through many transformations. Modern felt artists have taken the media to a new level and are using it to paint, sculpt, and adorn. Make your way into the gallery to be delighted by the creations by our local artists. You will be surprised!
Heartland Quilters, currently with a membership of 55, was established to bring together persons interested in quilts and quilting. We support and encourage the art of making, studying and enjoying quilts. Throughout the year, we offer a variety of programs, lectures, and classes/workshops related to quilting. We meet the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Choptank Electric Meeting Room (Alt 404 & Rte 328) in Denton, MD.
Caroline Summerfest is a free two-day family arts and entertainment festival including three stages of entertainment, interactive arts activities for kids and adults, fireworks, antique and customized car show, craft vendors, and plenty of festival foods. The theme for 2016 is “Jazzin’ Up The Streets”. Dates are Friday, August 19 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, August 20, from 12 to 9 p.m. For more information call 410-479-8120.
For the best event parking spaces, consider being a part of the annual Car Show Friday, August 19 and Cruise-In Saturday August 20. The Friday evening judged Car Show and Saturday Cruise-In put you right in the heart of the downtown festival with perfect seats for “people watching.”
Dash plaques awarded for the first 50 registrants and many choice awards will be presented.
Registration forms will be posted on www.carolinesummerfest.com under the Entertainment tab or contact Caroline County Recreation and Parks at 410-479-8120.
River Run is a fun open 2-mile paddling event for children and adults of all ages (under 18 must be with an adult). Any type of paddle craft is eligible for this “POKER RUN” with the top six hands winning prizes. The event is Saturday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m. starting at Martinak State Park and ending at the Choptank River Yacht Club in West Denton. Call Recreation & Parks for more information or to get a registration form. Cost is $15 pre-registered and $20 the day of the event.
The 7th Annual “Paddlefest on the Choptank” hosted by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 6th 2016.
Paddlefest features a 7.7 mile paddle down the Choptank (going with the current) starting in Greensboro and ending at the Choptank River Yacht Club in West Denton with a festival beginning at 11am. Enjoy live music by Flatland Drive performing bluegrass, the Lockerman Middle School Jazz Band, a variety of food, displays and activities including the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Fish Mobile, Scales and Tales, and the Paddle Poker awards presentation, all on the beautiful Choptank River.
On-site registration and check in for paddlers begins at 8am at the boat launch in Greensboro, followed by the launch at 10am. Shuttle buses are available in the morning to take paddlers from the parking area near the finish in West Denton back up to the start in Greensboro.
For more information or to register as a paddler or vendor/exhibitor go to www.carolinechamber.org or contact the Chamber office at 410-479-4638 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
September is a busy month at the Preston Historical Society.
The museum, located at 167 Main Street in Preston, will be closed on Saturday, September 3, to allow all volunteers time to enjoy the Labor Day holiday weekend, and will resume regular Saturday hours, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on September 10.
On Saturday, September 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Preston Historical Society will host a reunion of Preston Trucking Company employees, the first reunion in eight years. Light refreshments will be served. All past employees are invited to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring memorabilia to share at the event, and can view the historical society’s permanent collection of Preston Trucking Company memorabilia as well. For more information on the reunion call 410-829-9078.
A membership meeting will be held on Monday, September 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the museum. The public is invited to attend. As part of the meeting, plans for the Society’s October 15 event, “Hometown Heroes, Honoring the Men and Women of the Preston Volunteer Fire Department,” will be shared. This event will take place at the museum from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., it will feature memorabilia and photographs highlighting the 89 year history of the Preston Volunteer Fire Department. Looking ahead to December, plans for the third annual Christmas open house on Saturday, December 3, will also be discussed.
For additional information on Preston Historical Society visit PrestonHistoricalSociety.com, it’s Facebook Page “Preston Historical Society,” or call 410-200-6547.
You’re not going to want to miss this month’s Third Thursday in Denton on July 21st from 5-7pm! Head downtown for this monthly event where businesses and organizations extend their hours and offer specials on the third Thursday of every month. July’s offerings include a Cornhole Tournament on Market Street, a 3-Course Beer Tasting Dinner at Harry’s on the Green, a Lagunitas Tap Takeover at the Market Street Public House, a Sip and Shop at Joviality, a $5 Drop-In Yoga Class atEnergy In Progress, an Open House at Patti’s Petals Florist, Gardens and Gifts where you can reserve your seat at the Supper at Sunset Farm to Table Dinner, $20 limited-edition “Tattooing to Save Babies” t-shirts to benefit the March of Dimes at Black Anchor Tattoo, and 20% off coupons to be redeemed in August for those that stop into Parlour 7 & co. Salon.
Play the Downtown Denton Poker Run for your chance to win $250! Shop at any participating Denton business from July 2nd – July 8th and make a purchase to collect a playing card. On July 8th, bring your cards to the DDMS booth at the Friday Night Cruise-In on Market Street at 6:30pm, and the best hand will win $250!
Participating Businesses: Turnbridge Point, Harry’s on the Green, Defining Moments, Market Street Public House, Joviality Gifts, Wright Real Estate, Patti’s Petals Florist, Garden & Gifts, Energy in Progress, Black Anchor Tattoo, Jan Baker’s Fourth Street Gallery
Thursday, June 16th is Third Thursday in historic downtown Denton! Rediscover Denton as restaurants and businesses extend their hours and offer specials on the 3rd Thursday of every month.
This month’s event will feature a Corn Hole Tournament on Market Street, Tattooing to Save Babies t-shirts for $20 at Black Anchor Tattoo to benefit the March of Dimes, Paint Night at the Foundry with artist Joanne Gelles, a Sip and Shop at Joviality Gifts, an Oskar Blues Tap Takeover at the Market Street Public House, a Wine Tasting Dinner at Harry’s on the Green, $5 Yoga Class at Energy in Progress, a Buy-One, Get-One Half Price Sale on all Dancing Waters Jewelry at Jan Baker’s Fourth Street Gallery and an Open House at Patti’s Petals Florist Garden and Gifts.
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