Adkins Arboretum has announced the winter and spring lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms and wildlife, 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 talk about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. Offerings include:
Seeking Sun and Winter Warmth
Sat., Feb. 21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
On this wintry 90-minute walk, seek out green plants that cherish the warm winter sun and trees with distinctive bark. 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: kale, corn and black bean soup, Eastern Shore coleslaw, ancient grain bread with spinach spread, and dried fruit compote.
Early Blooms, Songbirds and Spring Frogs
Sat., March 21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Early pink, white and purple blooms are beginning to appear. Look for skunk cabbage, paw paw, spring beauty and bloodroot while listening for early songbirds and spring frogs on this 90-minute early-spring walk. Menu: pasta and garbanzo bean soup, potato salad with red beans and orange carrots, wheat bread with blackberry jam, and blueberry peach smoothies.
Sat., April 18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Appearing in early spring, ephemerals flower, fruit and die back in a short period of time. Join a 90-minute walk to look for pollinators and 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. Menu: carrot and ginger soup, berry almond spinach salad, ancient grain bread with goat cheese and orange marmalade, and yellow cake with red and blue berry sauce.
Tuckahoe Creek and Beyond
Sat., May 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Tuckahoe Creek is a beautiful, tranquil spot that provides views of a wide variety of flowering plants. On this 90-minute walk, look for box turtles in addition to mountain laurel, beech and tulip trees, black cherry tree blossoms, pink lady’s slipper orchid and Solomon’s seal blooms, and mayapple fruit. Menu: zucchini apple soup, green bean salad with mango dressing, apple date wheat bread with cherry jam, and berry cobbler.
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. 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 email@example.com.
Indulge your senses at Chocolat, an evening to benefit the Chesapeake Culinary Center featuring a chocolate-inspired gourmet menu and cocktails on Friday, February 13th! With offerings that include a decadent chocolate fountain, chocolate-inspired cocktails, white chocolate risotto, beef tenderloin and chicken mole and cocoa roasted vegetables, this is one evening you aren’t going to want to miss!
Tickets are $35 and including two drink tickets. For reservations, please call 410-479-2144 or reserve your spot on the Chesapeake Culinary Center’s Calendar of Events.
Come rediscover downtown Denton as restaurants and businesses extend their hours and offer specials on the 3rd Thursday of every month. January’s event will take place on Thursday, January 15th from 5pm – 7pm.
Patti’s Petals Florist Garden and Gifts will have a preview of Valentine’s Day gifts and arrangements, Joviality will be hosting a Sip and Shop, Black Anchor Tattoo will be hosting an Open House and Harry’s on the Green will have live music by Tina. The Caroline County Public Library will also be offering MegaLEGOthon. There’s something for everyone in Denton!
The Chesapeake Culinary Center will be hosting a Breakfast Breads Class on Saturday, January 24th from 9am – 12pm.
Learn to make an assortment of breakfast quick breads, perfect for any breakfast or brunch occasion, including Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Muffins, Orange Currant Scones, Corn Bread with Spiced Honey Butter, Parmesan Chive Biscuits, Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake and Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.
Participants will leave with one dozen assorted breads. Cost is $45/person. To reserve your spot, call 410.479.2144 or register online at chesapeakeculinarycenter.com.
Caroline County has a new restaurant! D & R’s Restaurant, located at 103 S. Main Street in Greensboro, Maryland, is now open for business!
Find out more about D & R’s on their Facebook page or by calling (410) 482-4620.
The Choptank Grille at Caroline Golf invites you to their New Year’s Eve Dinner on December 31st. Seatings start at 4pm, with the last seating at 9pm. This four-course meal is 47.95 per person, and offerings include Stuffed Risotto, Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, Baked Brie, Filet Mignon, Lobster Tail, Chicken Chesapeake, Swordfish and an assortment of delectable desserts! Reservations are required and can be made by calling 410-479-0373.
Download the New Year’s Eve Menu.
The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), located at 7 N. 4th Street in the Denton Artsway, invites you to their Fiber Arts Bazaar: A Celebration of Craft. The exhibit runs through January 3rd and features handcrafted items from local artists. From scarves and wall hangings to purses and jewelry, you will find something for everyone on your list.
FACES is open Thursdays through Saturday from 12pm – 4pm or by appointment.
Participating Artists Include:
Janice Davison – Felted soap
Pam Edwards – Crocheted scarves
Brenda Garrett – Dolls and leather work
Joanne Gelles – Recycled materials bags
Judith Gunter – Wall art
Marcia Haggie – Yarn and roving
Hartland Quilters – Bags, pincushions, and decorative textiles.
Amy Jacocks – Wire sculpture
Reba Kushner – Knitted sweaters
Barbara Martin – Kumihimo jewelry
Lisa Martin – Batik wall hangings
Alana Reynolds – Fabric and metal hair barrettes
Donna Sorce – Hand dyed scarves
Heidi Wetzel – Basketry
Judy Wolgast – Woven bags from Guatemala
Wende Woodham – Jewelry
Rediscover downtown Denton as restaurants and businesses extend their hours on the 3rd Thursday of every month! This month’s event will take place on Thursday, December 18th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
December’s offerings include a Holiday Party at Joviality Gifts, a Christmas Sale at Patti’s Petals Florist and Gifts, Christmas Music and Cocktails at Harry’s on the Green, extended hours for last minute holiday shopping at the Foundry and an Open House at Black Anchor Tattoo. The Caroline County Public Library will be offering a Family Game Night from 6 – 7:30 pm, and families are welcome to drop in and play a classic board game, supplied by the library!
Don’t forget to visit the businesses that are regularly open late, including the Market Street Public House! There’s something for everyone in Denton!
Enjoy the magic of caroling along candlelit woodland paths at Adkins Arboretum’s Candlelit Caroling Celebration, a special evening celebrating music, light and nature, on Sat., Dec. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.
This family-friendly event features caroling along candle-lined forest paths, sipping cider by a roaring bonfire, and uncovering the beauty of the winter sky with help from Delmarva Stargazers. Hayrides beneath the stars, stopping for hot chocolate, cookies and tree decorating at the children’s Funshine Garden, will add an Eastern Shore touch to these traditional holiday festivities.
Continue the magical and memorable evening in the Arboretum Visitor’s Center gallery with live music by Dovetail and Bells of Praise handbell choir, along with a wine bar, hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats.
Tickets for adults are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Children under age 18 are $6, and children 2 and under are free.
To reserve tickets for the Candlelit Caroling Celebration, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0
The Chesapeake Culinary Center invites you to participate in their Gingerbread House Contest! Enter your edible creations into the competition, which will be judged in three categories – Professional, Adult and Child. In addition to the contest, they will also be hosting a Gingerbread House workshop on Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, where you can create an edible entry for the competition.
Entries into the Gingerbread House Contest must brought to Denton’s Holiday Marketplace, located at 300 Market Street in Denton, on Friday, December 5th from 5pm – 8pm, Friday, December 12th from 5pm – 8pm, or Saturday, December 13th from 11am – 12:30pm along with entry form and $10/house entry fee. The judging will take place that day at 1:00 pm.
Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in three categories – Professional, Adult and Child. The winning Professional entry will receive $125, the top Adult entry will receive $100, and the second place Adult entry will receive $50. The prize for the top Child’s entry is $50, and second place in the Child’s category will receive $25. Prizes are sponsored by Centreville National Bank.
Gingerbread houses must be picked up from the Holiday Marketplace by 5pm on Sunday, December 14th. Participants may also choose to donate their entry to the Silent Auction to benefit the Chesapeake Culinary Center and Downtown Denton Main Street. The Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, December 13th from 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm. at the Holiday Marketplace.
Chesapeake Culinary Center’s Gingerbread House Workshop will take place on December 13th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and is open to all ages! Gingerbread, icing and candy will all be provided – just bring your creativity. The cost of the workshop is $15, and participants are welcome to enter their creations into the Gingerbread House Contest.
The cost to enter your house in the Gingerbread Competition is $10 per house, or $5 if you have taken the Gingerbread Workshop. Gingerbread Contest Entry Forms are available here. To reserve your spot in the workshop, please call 410-479-2144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by December 10th.
Download the Gingerbread Contest Entry Form.
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