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“A Stitch in Time: Our Stories in Quilts” at Preston Historical Society

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

“A Stitch in Time: Our Stories in Quilts” at Preston Historical Society

The Preston Historical Society invites you to “A Stitch in Time: Our Stories in Quilts,” a quilt exhibit on Saturday, May 7, 2016  at 167 Main Street in Preston. The exhibit will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Local quilt historians Kay Butler and Cathy Spence will be on hand the day of the exhibit to share their knowledge with attendees.

With an emphasis on antique quilts (quilts more than 100 years old) and vintage quilts (quilts made between 1920  to 1950), the quilts tell the stories of the quilters and the times in which they lived through their fabrics, styles, and stitches.  There will be over 60 quilts on display, and each room will feature a certain genre of quilts. Show highlights  include red/green 1860 quilts, an 1870 Pennsylvania signature album quilt, depression era 1930s quilts, a 1930s quilt that portrays biblical stories, and local vintage quilts from Caroline County, including a 1936 signature quilt from Smithson (Hog Creek) Homemakers Club bearing the names of many local families.

There will be a $5.00 admission fee the day of the exhibit.  For more information on the exhibit please visit the PHS website, www.prestonhistoricalsociety.com, the  Preston Historical Society Facebook page or call 410-673-2775.

 

Explore Downtown Denton during Third Thursdays on April 21st

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Explore Downtown Denton during Third Thursdays on April 21st

Downtown Denton invites you to spend a spring evening exploring its downtown community on Thursday, April 21st from 5pm – 7pm during Third Thursdays, where restaurants, businesses and organizations extend their hours and offer specials on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

For the month of April, the Market Street Public House will be offering a Rubber Soul Brewing Company Tap Takeover, featuring four of Rubber Soul’s brews on tap.

Harry’s on the Green will have live music by Tina and Jeri’s Three-Course Summer Suppers. Each course will be paired with a tasting of summer wine. Offerings include a first course of blackened scallops with gorgonzola dill sauce or lollipop lamb chops on cranberry walnut bread pudding, a second course of spicey gazpacho or strawberry and brie salad with lemon vinaigrette, and a third course of honey-fried chicken or grilled nicoise salad.

Joviality, now located at 214 Market Street, and Jan Baker’s Fourth Street Gallery will both be hosting Sip and Shops. Shop for unique gifts, artwork, home décor and more.

Patti’s Petals Florist, Garden and Gifts will be hosting a Preview Party for Administrative Assistant’s Week, which takes place from April 24th through April 30th. Preview and pre-order gifts and arrangements for your administrative assistant.

Stop by Black Anchor Tattoo for their Open House or drop into Energy in Progress to try out a $5 Drop-In Yoga Class. Be sure to where loose clothes – yoga mats will be provided.

Turnbridge Point invites you to learn the secrets of making perfect croissants at their Croissant Class with chef Steve Konopelski.  Pre-registration at Turnbridgepoint.com is required for this 3-hour class, which costs $80.

The Foundry Community Arts Gallery is hosting a Paint Night with artist Janice Knauss from 6pm – 9pm. All materials will be provided to paint a cat in a garden. Pre-registration is required, and the event costs $25 for CCCA members and $30 for nonmembers. Registration is available online at FoundryArtsGallery.com or by contacting 410-479-1009  or ccartscouncil@verizon.net.

For more information on Third Thursdays, visit downtowndenton.com.

 

 

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Motors for Mutts to benefit the Caroline Humane Society

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Motors for Mutts to benefit the Caroline Humane Society

The Caroline County Humane Society in partnership with the SGA of the Caroline Career & Technology Center invites you to the “Motors for Mutts Car Show” on Saturday, April 30th from 10am – 2pm. The show will be in downtown Denton on the 2nd and 3rd block of Market St. Open to cars, truck and motorcycles, categories will include best paint, best interior, most modified, muddiest (trucks), best suspension mods (truck), nicest engine (motorcycles), most unique (motorcycles) and overall favorites.

Winners will receive awards and there will be a “Top Dog” trophy for Best in Show, “Motor Mutt” Trophy for Best Rat Rod, “Cruisin’ Canine” trophy for farthest distance traveled and a Most Novel trophy Sponsored by Combined Technology Solutions .

This is a family friendly event that will feature a bounce house, DJ, food vendors, dunk tank, face painting, cake wheel, food, games, vendors, adoptable pets, auto meet & greet and more!!

All monies raised benefit the animals of the Caroline County Humane Society.

Car show: Pre–register $10, at the show $15. To pre-register for car show or for information on how to become a vendor email info@carolinehumane.org or call 410-820-1600. No rain date or refunds

Adkins Arboretum Announces 2016 Native Plant Nursery Opening, New Hours

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Adkins Arboretum Announces 2016 Native Plant Nursery Opening, New Hours

Adkins Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery, offering the Chesapeake gardener the largest selection of native plants for more than 20 years, marks its 2016 season with new weekend hours and a special Opening Day sale for members on Sat., April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All members are invited, and new members are welcome to join on the day of the sale.

Following the members’ sale, the Nursery will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July. The Nursery will close August 1 and will reopen for September’s Fall Open House.

Plants for sale on the Opening Day and throughout the growing season include a wide selection of landscape-quality perennials, ferns, vines, grasses, and flowering shrubs and trees. 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.

The Arboretum is a participating nursery in the Marylanders Plant Trees native tree discount program. For any native tree valued at $50 or more, shoppers will receive a $25 discount. Some of the special larger trees available for this discount include birch, dogwood, buckeye and several cultivars of redbud.

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

 

Paddlefest on the Choptank on May 21st 2016

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Paddlefest on the Choptank on May 21st 2016

Plans are underway for the 7th Annual ‘Paddlefest on the Choptank’ hosted by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce from Greensboro to Denton on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  The event will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

The course will be a 7.7 mile paddle down the Choptank (going WITH the current) and ending at the Choptank River Yacht Club in West Denton where the festival will begin at 11:00 a.m..  You can enjoy live music with 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, the MD Dept of Natural Resources Scales and Tales, and the Paddle Poker awards presentation, all on the beautiful Choptank River.

On-site registration and check in for paddlers will begin at 8:00 am at the Boat Launch in Greensboro followed by the launch which will begin at 10:00 am.  Shuttle buses will be available in the morning to take paddlers from the parking area near the finish in West Denton back up to the start in Greensboro.

Fore 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 info@carolinechamber.org or annjacobs@carolinechamber.org

Celebrate Spring with Adkins Arboretum’s Eleventh Annual Arbor Day 5K Run

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Celebrate Spring with Adkins Arboretum’s Eleventh Annual Arbor Day 5K Run

Dust off your running shoes and start training! Runners, walkers, families and nature enthusiasts are invited to Adkins Arboretum’s eleventh annual Arbor Day Run on Sat., April 9.

Featuring a 5K race, 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 catch glimpses of spring as they run or walk the cross-country trail plotted along the Arboretum’s network of scenic forest and meadow 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 5K Run at 9 a.m. and the One-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 9:05 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the overall male/female master winners and to the top three male/female winners in categories 10 and under through 70 and older in 10-year age groups. Bluepoint Race Management will provide chip timing for the 5K race. Post-race festivities include refreshments, awards 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 by March 26. Fun Run and Healthy Kids Dash participants may order T-shirts for $10 each. For fee information or to register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0

Adkins Arboretum’s eleventh annual Arbor Day Run is sponsored in part by Unity Landscape Design/Build, CNB, Choptank Electric Trust, Joanne Shipley Graphic Design, Lake|Flato Architects, The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, PNC Bank, the Star Democrat, Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, Babikow Greenhouses, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, Royal Farms, Clear Ridge Nurseries and 96.7 WCEI.

Third Thursday in Denton on March 17th!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Third Thursday in Denton on March 17th!

Explore historic downtown Denton during Third Thursdays, where restaurants and businesses extend their hours and offer specials! This month’s event will take place on Thursday, March 17th from 6pm – 9pm.

 

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Ribbon Cutting for James H. Webb Cabin

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Ribbon Cutting for James H. Webb Cabin

The Caroline Office of Tourism, in partnership with the Caroline County Historical Society, invites you to the ribbon cutting of the James H. Webb Cabin c.1852, located at 23459 Grove Road in Preston, Maryland on Friday, March 11th  2016 at 2:30 p.m. After almost a decade of various grants (DHCD, Maryland Historical Trust, Preservation Maryland, Maryland Heritage Area Authority, Bartus Trew), and support from the Caroline County Recreation and Parks, the Caroline County Commissioner’s, the Fluharty family, Webb Family descendants, donations from local contractors, as well as volunteers, the rare c.1852 James H. Webb Cabin is restored!  Please join us along with the Maryland Secretary of Planning, David Craig and Executive Directors of these funding agencies, and elected officials who will be in attendance.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

James H. Webb purchased a 31-acre parcel near Preston, MD in 1852.  The Webb Cabin is believed to be the only surviving log cabin on the Eastern Shore of Maryland built by a free black prior to the Civil War.  James H. Webb, a free African-American farmer, built this hand-hewn log home and lived there with his enslaved  wife and their three children.  He purchased his wife and each child out of slavery and increased his land to over 100 acres.  The family were members of nearby Mount Pleasant Church where Harriet Tubman’s parents, Ben and Rit Ross, were members.  The one-room home, with its “food pit”, open fireplace, and loft accessed by ladder, was built of materials found nearby.  The structure is typical of the housing of most African-Americans during that period.  Cleverly built on ballast stones from ships, it stands near the Choptank River, Hog Creek and several roads, including Harriet Tubman’s possible Underground Railroad route from Poplar Neck.

Caroline County was a vital corridor for freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad in Webb’s neighborhood.  Ben and Rit Ross, the parents of Harriet Tubman created an UGRR station in their log home in Poplar Neck only a few miles from the Webb’s residence.  Tubman’s logical route taking slaves to freedom from Poplar Neck would have passed the Webb cabin.  Although there are no documented links between the cabin and the UGRR, it is interesting to note that Tubman’s description of her parents log house is almost an exact description of the Webb cabin.  Additionally, the unusually large plastered brick food pit below the floor is typical of the pits that served as hiding places for escaping slaves. When visiting this log cabin, one can imagine what life was like for Tubman’s parents and others who lived in a one-room home.

In restoring the Webb cabin, craftsmen used a sensitive approach to re-creating the specially milled weatherboard siding to protect the original logs and flooring.  The Cabin is owned by the Caroline County Historical Society and will be open to the public daily. The ribbon cutting is 2:30p.m. Friday, March 11th,   at 23459 Grove Road, Preston, MD.

Upcoming Exhibits and Classes at FACES

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Upcoming Exhibits and Classes at FACES

Check out the upcoming  exhibits and classes at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES). The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) is a program of the Caroline County Council of Arts and is located at 7 N. Fourth Street, Denton. Visit the current exhibit Thursday to Saturday from 12-4pm.

Exhibit Information
Downton Abbey Mystery Quilts, January 15th – March 26th, 2016. Inspired by the hit PBS series and the fun of making a mystery quilt, a group of local quilters met at FACES this summer and individually completed their own versions of a Downton Abbey Quilt. See the results on display at FACES.

Knitting: The Everyday Art, January 15th – March 26th, 2016. Let’s celebrate this most noble of fiber arts! Knitting is such a common presence in our everyday that we forget just how amazing it really is. The women and men that knit today are artists with yarn and create warmth and beauty in everything that comes off their needles. We are honored to present a few of these local artists and showcase the diversity of the world of knitting.

Class Information

FACES First Saturday Applique Bee; Saturday , March 5, 9am-12pm; $5 /members, $10/non-members; for adults. Follow up on former applique classes and complete your projects. Led by FACES applique instructor, Kay Butler.

FACES First Sunday Meet & Sew; Sunday , March 6, 1 pm-4 pm; $5 /members, $10/non-members; for 16 and up. Do you have a sewing or quilting project that’s just not getting done at home? Want to reduce the items in your mending basket, finish that quilt, sew the final bit of that dress? Meet like-minded individuals, help each other, and have fun finishing your projects!

Sit & Sew at FACES; Instructor led sewing projects on the second Saturday of every month from 2:00 pm – 4:00pm; Instructor Lynn Davis; $10/members, $15/non-members; for ages 16 and up; supplies included. Drop-ins welcome to observe.

  • Saturday, March 12, Memory Shirt Pillow
  • Saturday, April 9, Wine Tote
  • Saturday, May 14, Tote Bag
  • Saturday, June 11, Pillow Case

Beginning/Intermediate Applique – Maddie’s Legacy Quilt; Friday, March 16, 6pm-9pm. Instructor – Kay Butler; $35/members, $40 non-members; for adults. Eliminate the need for templates. Learn to needle turn hand applique the easy and perfect way using the back basting method. Emphasis will be on working with a cutwork design with smooth, round edges and points.

Learn all the steps from tracing your pattern to sewing the block by hand. No sewing machine necessary.

Beginning Hand Quilting; Wednesday, March 23, 10am-2pm; Instructor – Kay Butler; $25/members, $30/non-members; for adults. Start the new year by learning a sewing skill of yesteryear. There’s much to be learned including the use of proper tools, basting and quilting stitches, types of batting, thimbles, marking tools, thread, hoops and frames as you stitch a lovely 18″ wholecloth quilt.

For more information and to register for classes visit www.fiberartscenter.com or contact (410) 479-0009, info@fiberartscenter.com

St. Paddy’s Day 5k and 10K

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

St. Paddy’s Day 5k and 10K

Start your salute to the Irish on this certified fast and scenic course through Denton and Martinak State Park (10K course) Saturday, March 12th at the St. Paddy’s Day 5K and 10K. Finish line production by Seashore Striders.

The event also features “The Lil’ Leprechaun Dash,” a thrilling 300-foot chase exclusively for youngsters under the age of 5 from the Denton Child Development Center to the finish line and cheering crowds. Lucky gold medals and rainbows for the top finishers. Dash will be at 8:45 before the St. Paddy Day race and cost is $5 in advance and $7 on site.

To register for the 5k/10K or for more information, please visit http://www.seashorestriders.com/race-schedule/9th-annual-st-patricks-day-5k-10k-200m-dash-new-team-competition.