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Miracle on Market Street Returns to Denton Dec. 13th

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Miracle on Market Street Returns to Denton Dec. 13th

Downtown Denton invites you to celebrate the season at Miracle on Market Street, an all day celebration on December 13th in historic Denton.  This family-friendly event will feature the Holiday Marketplace, Santa & Mrs. Claus, gingerbread house making, decorated holiday windows, carolers and more!

 

Miracle on market online

Denton will become illuminated as merchants decorate their storefronts as “Christmas on the Choptank.” Many downtown businesses will be staying open late, so you can do some holiday shopping as you stroll along Market Street.

Chesapeake Culinary Center will be offering an all-inclusive Gingerbread House workshop from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at 512 Franklin Street. Attendees will be able to enter their creations into the Gingerbread House Contest. Gingerbread entries will be on display at the Holiday Marketplace, located at 300 Market Street, and judging will take place from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, located at 7 N. 4th Street, will be offering free ornament-making with artist Alida Greenhalgh from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. They will also be hosting an Open House at their Holiday Bazaar throughout the day, featuring gifts crafted by local fiber artists.

The Foundry, Caroline County’s community arts gallery, will be hosting a book launch party from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm for “Story Tellers”, a collection of stories selected from the Short Story contest and the recently formed Write On! club. The book will be available for purchase, and featured authors will be on hand to sign copies.

Joviality Gifts, located at 406 Market Street, will have carolers and sweet treats by the fire from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, as well as holiday specials on stocking stuffers. Cindy Draper & Associates’ Center for Conscious, Healthy Living will be open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm for gift certificate sales.

Patti’s Petals Florist Garden & Gifts, located at 219 Market Street, will be hosting an Old Fashioned Christmas Wreath Making Class at 6:30 pm. Bring your creativity and create a beautiful wreath from fresh greens just in time for Christmas. The class is $30 per person, and reservations are required by December 5th. To reserve your spot, call Patti at 410-479-4445.

Finish the evening at Harry’s on the Green with their “Christmas Wish.”  Get cozy by the crackling fire and enjoy live renditions of Christmas classics such as Santa Baby, festive cocktails, and a holiday-inspired menu.

Don’t forget to stop in to see Santa and Mrs. Claus at 300 Market Street from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm and check out the Holiday Marketplace, a seasonal market featuring numerous vendors. The marketplace kick off on Thursday, December 4th, the night of the Denton Holiday Parade, and will be open Fridays through Sunday for the first two weeks of December. The hours are:

Thursday, December 4th: 5pm – 9pm 

Friday, December 5th: 5pm – 9pm

Saturday, December 6th: 11am – 6pm

Sunday, December 7th: 1pm – 5pm

Friday, December 12th: 5pm – 9pm

Saturday, December 13th: 11am – 8pm

Sunday, December 14th: 1pm – 5pm

The Santa Chase 2-Mile Fun Run & Walk will also take place on December 13th at Martinak State Park in Denton.  Registration opens at 6:00 pm, and the race begins at 7:30 pm.  Creative costumes are encouraged at this pet-friendly event to benefit the vision-care service mission of Lions International and the pet pantry at Caroline County Humane Society. The course will be marked with traditional candle luminaries. Pre-race activities will take place from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm and include Santa’s Magic Workshop and hayrides through the Enchanted Forest.

For more information on Miracle on Market Street, please visit downtowndenton.com or contact Patti Wood of Patti’s Petals Florist Garden and Gifts at 410-479-4445 or pattispetals@comcast.net.

 

Third Thursdays in Downtown Denton

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Third Thursdays in Downtown Denton

Rediscover downtown Denton as restaurants and businesses extend their hours on the 3rd Thursday of every month as part of  Third Thursdays!  November’s event will take place on Thursday, November 20th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

November’s offerings include a Holiday Open House with refreshments and drawings at Patti’s Petals Florist and Gifts, a Sip & Shop at Joviality Gifts 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!

Harry’s on the Green will be have live Jazz and Show Tunes by Tina Holt, and Champion Realty will also be hosting three Open Houses that night from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  At each Open House, visitors will be able to enter their names into a drawing for a chance to win a gift certificate to any participating business. The addresses for Champion’s Open Houses are 800 Market Street, 1107 Osprey Lane (Mallard Landing) and 1303 Blue Heron Drive (Mallard Landing).

There is something for everyone in Downtown Denton! Find out more at downtowndenton.com.

 

Third Thursdays

Country Christmas House Tour in Preston

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Country Christmas House Tour in Preston

The Community Club of Preston, Maryland, will help you catch the holiday spirit with their Country Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  Five waterfront homes near Preston will open their doors that day from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to welcome you to their homes and the Christmas season.

Tickets are $15.00 (cash or check only) and may be purchased in advance by calling 410-310-5454 or 410-673-7193.  No high heels, interior photography, or children under 12 permitted.  Updates may be found on Facebook on their “Country Christmas House Tour” page.  Tickets may also be purchased the day of the tour at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 155 Main Street, Preston, where tour guests may enjoy free refreshments and live Christmas music.  Christmas cookies baked by the Club members will be available for sale, perfect for holiday hostess gifts, teacher gifts, or your own enjoyment.  Garden flags will also be available for purchase.  In addition, Katie Mae’s Restaurant in Preston is offering lunch specials to tour guests the day of the tour, during tour hours.  Tour guests must present their wristbands to take advantage of the lunch specials.

Once you have enjoyed refreshments and music at the church begin the tour starting at any house you wish.  Each house is unique and all have wonderful views reflecting the best of Eastern Shore waterfront living.

Sue and Joe Bredekemp’s home is located in the village of Choptank across from the public marina.  Built in the 1890s, it has retained much of its original flooring and windows.  The house has a charming back staircase and its original claw foot tub.  Paintings by local artists are on display, including many featuring local landmarks such as Chance’s Country Store.  This home is dressed for the holiday with seasonal plants, greenery, and a live tree, reminiscent of how Christmas may have been celebrated in this home over 100 years ago.

In the subdivision of Belmont Acres, a couple of miles from Choptank, is the home of Becky and Al Turner.  This brick home was built for the couple in 1971, and has undergone numerous renovations over the years resulting in a lovely home located on a waterfront lot with southwestern exposure on the banks of the Choptank River.  The couple enjoys the views the water provides, whether it is the waterfowl that come and go through the year, or watching boaters out on the river.  They have raised three sons here and the home now serves as a gathering spot for their seven grandchildren. For Christmas the homes features three Chrismas trees indoors, and one outside on their pier.

Also located in Belmont Acres is the home of Tammy and Kevin Coulbourne.  This mid-sixties rancher received a total renovation in 2012, with an eye to making the most of the home’s wide southern view of the Choptank River.  In addition to heirloom pieces of furniture, there are many items on display that remind them of their connections to their ancestors, including baptism and marriage certificates.  A family tree is featured on their sunroom wall, created using their daughter’s artwork and family photos going back six generations.  Christmas decorations include vintage ornaments, Santa Claus figurines, and mica cardboard Christmas houses.  With close family ties to the community of Bethlehem, there are a variety of vintage Christmas cards on display, many of which were processed at the Bethlehem Post Office, receiving its unique Christmas postmark.

Sandy and Ken Gentry’s home is located just over the Hunting Creek Bridge. The home backs to Hunting Creek and has an excellent view of the bridge, in addition to views of the Choptank River. This home has antique furniture and an incredible assortment of heirloom items, including wedding gowns worn by many generations of family brides, mementos from Sandy and Ken’s time as school teachers, as well as dolls that belonged to Sandy’s grandmother and great-aunt.  Five Christmas trees featuring a wide variety of decorative themes are in the home, including a special tree that remains up year round in the master bedroom. This home serves as a warm and welcoming backdrop to the family’s Christmas celebration that includes three children, their spouses, and eight grandchildren.

The Bayne home, purchased by Nancy and Carl in 2005, is situated on the Choptank River and has western views of the river.  The couple can enjoy the water views year round in either their sunroom, on their screened porch, or open deck.  Inside the home are collections that reflect their love of life on the water, whether it is aboard their boat or fly fishing.  Extensive travels to locations all over the world including Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Central America has led to a collection of artwork that commemorate their visits to these locations.  Set among these treasures is a traditionally decorated Christmas tree that represents the best of the holiday season.

Holiday Open House at Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Holiday Open House at Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm invites you to get a head start on your holiday shopping at their 4th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 6th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The event, which will take place at their farm at 24480 Pinetown Road in Preston, will feature a raffle, farm tours, unique holiday gifts, a book signing of Backroads and Byways of Chesapeake Bay, seasonal refreshments and more.

From luxurious Alpaca clothing to toys crafted from Alpaca fiber, you’ll find a gift for everyone on your list at this family-friendly event. Alpaca fleece is a soft and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities.  At the Farm Store, you will find an array of products, including men’s golf sweaters, scarves, hats, sweaters, vests, children’s toys, raw fiber and the wonderfully soft and warm Paca-Socks!

Those who come to the Holiday Open House will also have a chance to meet the alpacas of Outstanding Dreams Farm.  Phil and Vickie, owners of the farm, are eager to share their love and knowledge of the gentle animals with visitors.

This year, the Liske’s will also be offering a Holiday Gift Wish List, where you can leave recommendations on items you’d like to receive from that special someone.

“Alpaca fiber is an affordable luxury,” says Phil Liske.  “This year, why not shop local and give that special someone a gift they will truly treasure for years to come.”

The Holiday Open House will also feature a book signing of Backroads and Byways of Chesapeake Bay by award-winning author Leslie Adkins. The book, which includes a feature on Outstanding Dreams Farm, highlights off-the-beaten-path day trips and weekend excursions in the Chesapeake region.

The Farm Store’s Holiday Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm and Monday by appointment by calling 410.829.2012.

For more information on the Holiday Open House, please contact Phil and Vickie at (410) 673-2002.  More information is also available at www.outstandingdreamsfarm.com.

Friday Nites presents Bay Country Chorus in Federalsburg

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Friday Nites presents Bay Country Chorus in Federalsburg
The fall season of Friday Nites in Caroline continues in November with The Bay Country Chorus at the Caroline County Public Library’s Federalsburg Branch, on Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:00 pm. Admission is free.
This is barbershop at this best! This all-male barbershop chorus, founded in 1995, is sure to delight. Classic four-part a cappella; with lead, bass, tenor and baritone…their music is in the style of “old songs” from the heyday of Tin Pan Alley.
For more information contact the Library at 410-479-1343 or info@carolib.org. Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Caroline County Public Library, Caroline County Public Schools and Caroline County Recreation and Parks; is sponsored by Tri Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, Eastern Shore Regional Library, and the Maryland State Arts Council. It is FREE for all attendees (donations are welcome).

 

Bayside Art Bee exhibits at FACES August 25 – November 15

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Bayside Art Bee exhibits at FACES August 25 – November 15

The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore invites you to explore Art from the Edge featuring the artists from the Bayside Quilters Fiber Arts Bee.  This exhibit showcases the quilters’ imagination and creativity, using every trick in the fiber artist bag. Working from concepts and ideas they have created one of a kind pieces that show us what it really means to think outside the box.

Participating artists include:
Monica Agapaloglou, Sandy Bemis, Sheri Burke, Jeanne Hechmer, Janie Kelting, Alice Malik, Phyllis Parker, Marge Pendleton, Margaret Roberts, Sylvia Snyder,  and Susan Williams.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, September 24, 2-4pm.  The exhibit is on display until November 15 during opening hours: Thursday to Saturday from 12-4pm, or by appointment. 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. For more information visit fiberartscenter.com or contact (410) 479-0009, info@fiberartscenter.com.

Halloween Bash at Chesapeake Culinary Center November 1st

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Halloween Bash at Chesapeake Culinary Center November 1st

Join the Chesapeake Culinary Center for a spooktacular time at their inaugural Halloween Bash on Saturday, November 1st from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The event, which will take place at 512 Franklin Street in Denton, will featuring a costume contest, frightfully-good food, spirits, children’s activities and more!

Come in costume for your chance to win the Costume Contest. Prizes will be awarded for funniest, scariest and most original costumes. There will also be children’s activities for the younger crowd, including Decorate-a-Cookie and a showing of a Halloween-themed kids movie.

Admission to the Halloween Bash is $10. Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Culinary Center, a community-driven facility that promotes a positive culinary learning experience for students, and a professionally trained workforce for the hospitality industry. Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling 410-479-2144

About the Chesapeake Culinary Center

The Chesapeake Culinary Center is a grassroots, nonprofit organization committed to the betterment of the community through job training and economic development. Established in the fall of 2004, this organization provides culinary training to youth and adults and offers many student-run programs, affording practicum-learning experience.  In 2014, the Chesapeake Culinary Center moved into the recently rehabilitated circa 1903 Caroline Schoolhouse. In addition to serving as the headquarters for the organization, the multi-use facility is home to the Career and Technology Center’s culinary arts classes. The center also features a Commercial Kitchen Incubator, where prospective clients, including caterers, bakers and farmers, are able to produce their culinary product in a health-approved commercial facility that provides a wealth of shared resources. For more information on the Chesapeake Culinary Center, please visit www.chesapeakeculinarycenter.com.

Walls of Bluegrass Reunion Slated for October 18th

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Walls of Bluegrass Reunion Slated for October 18th

An unprecedented reunion is set for Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the “Grassroots” bluegrass concert at North Caroline High School, near Denton, Maryland.  The three sons of beloved local banjo player Ed Walls will be reuniting after a 20 year hiatus as “The Walls of Bluegrass.”

Ed Jr., Mike, and Chris Walls are the sons of a popular bluegrass musician from Centreville who entertained local mid-shore residents since 1954.  Mr. Walls passed away in 2011 from Agent Orange related Leukemia, after serving three tours in Viet Nam during his 30 year Army career.  “Big Ed,” as many locals knew him played the mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo, entertained troops in Viet Nam, and was the founder of the Bay Country Gentlemen, now led by Clerk of the Court for Queen Anne’s County , Scotty MacGlashan, who was a close friend of Mr. Walls. (Mr. Walls served at Denton Town Manager in the early 1990’s.)

The three brothers played professionally from their teens through their early 30’s locally, and competed regionally, winning several instrumental and group music competitions at bluegrass festivals.  All three boys were taught to play and sing harmony beginning at ages 5 and 6 by their father.   Ed Jr. plays rhythm and lead guitar, Mike plays mandolin, Chris plays bass fiddle, and their voices blend in close harmony, as only the voices of the same family can do.  Although they performed extensively for a number of years, when the boys married and began families and careers of their own, they rarely played in public, but would typically jam during family gatherings or at festivals.   The youngest son, Chris Walls, played for several years with the band Good Deale Bluegrass from Deale Island, MD.

Also performing with the Walls of Bluegrass are Jon Simmons on fiddle, and Wes Parks on banjo.  Jon has fond memories of his early bluegrass years playing with Big Ed and the boys, in addition to playing in his own family band with his brother and sister.   In recent years Jon was part of the local band Bitter Creek, and currently performs with New and Used Bluegrass.  Wes Parks has been described as a Delmarva bluegrass legend, and has performed locally with various bands, including the Timmons Family.  Wes also played banjo at Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The boys agreed to reunite as The Walls of Bluegrass for the October 18th concert to benefit the Caroline County Arts Council.   The headline band is “Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen,” whose recent album singles have zoomed to the top of the bluegrass song charts, including a song written by Chris Walls and his wife Karen.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen is the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s ‘Instrumental Group of the Year.” Frank was also nominated as male vocalist of the year, and mandolin player of the year.  Band member Mike Munford, from Baltimore, was again nominated as ‘Banjo Player of the Year’ after winning that honor in 2013.   Also participating in the evening concert will be Flatland Drive, another popular local bluegrass band.

Tickets may be purchased for the October 18th Grassroots concert at North Caroline High School auditorium by calling 410-479-1009 or purchasing on line at www.carolinearts.org.  Advance tickets are $20 and tickets at the door will be $25. Doors open at 6 p.m.

October 18th Third Thursdays in Downtown Denton

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Tourism News | 0 comments

October 18th Third Thursdays in Downtown Denton

Where can you enjoy Game Day food and drink specials, shop for Halloween and Fall décor, enjoy delectable dining or check out three Open Houses?  Downtown Denton during Third Thursdays!

Rediscover downtown Denton as restaurants and businesses extend their hours on the 3rd Thursday of every month. October’s event will take place on Thursday, October 16th from 5:00 pm  – 7:00 pm.

October’s offerings include a Fall and Halloween Sale at Patti’s Petals Florist and Gifts, an Open House featuring limited edition posters with art by Denton’s very own Ken Motter at Black Anchor Tattoo, a Sip & Shop at Joviality Gifts and Thursdays NFL Game Day Specials at the Market Street Public House. 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!

Harry’s on the Green will have live Jazz and Show Tunes by Tina, and Champion Realty will also be hosting three Open Houses that night from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  At each Open House, visitors will be able to enter their names into a drawing for a chance to win a gift certificate to any participating business. The addresses for Champion’s Open Houses include 110 S. 8th Street, 605 Randolph Street and 209 Kerr Avenue. The drawing will be held at 7:30 pm that evening at Harry’s on the Green, and winner must be present to claim their prize.

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

Haunted Ghost Walk in Denton October 8th!

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Haunted Ghost Walk in Denton October 8th!

Feeling brave? Chesapeake Ghost Walks will be leading a haunted stroll through Downtown Denton on Wednesday, October 8th. The walking tour, which will last about an hour, begins at 7:00 p.m. Sites on the Denton tour include the Caroline Jail and the ghost of Wish Sheppard, the old St. Luke’s Cemetery, Emerson House, Towers House, Taylor House, Dr. Knotts House, St. Elizabeth’ graveyard and the Courthouse Green where your guide will share stories about the old Indian tribes, the lynching of Marshall Price and the ghost of Annie Belle Carter.

COST: $15 per adult, $9 for kids 8 to 12 years old. 
Advanced Registration is required.

REGISTER: Register online at  chesapeakeghostwalks.com

TIME & WEATHER: Ghost Walk begins on time at 7:00 pm. Walks take place in all kinds of weather except heavy rain and thunder storms.  Dress for the weather and be aware that each ghost walk takes at least an hour and covers between 1 and 1.5 miles.

  • Bring your umbrella if it looks like rain
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Bring a flashlight and a camera.

 

For more information, visit cheseapeakeghostwalks.com.