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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.


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 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.








































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.


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 or contact (410) 479-0009,

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

Third Thursday on February 18th 2016

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments



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, February 18th from 6pm – 9pm.









































Adkins Arboretum Announces Soup ’n Walk Program Schedule

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Adkins Arboretum Announces Soup ’n Walk Program Schedule

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:

Winter Greens
Sat., Feb. 20, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

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, and the green stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: hearty chili, sweet and tangy sauerkraut salad, brown rice bread with spinach dip, dark chocolate chewy cookies.

Early Songbirds & Spring Frogs
Sat., March 19, 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. Menu (vegetarian): borscht beet and cabbage soup, Waldorf apple salad, pumpernickel bread with strawberry jam, amaranth date bars with orange glaze.

Spring Ephemerals
Sat., April 23, 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 walk to look for pollinators and to catch glimpses of pink spring beauty, may apple and dogwood blossoms, golden groundsel, sassafras and spicebush blossoms, and white beech tree blossoms. Menu (vegetarian): ginger sweet potato soup, Eastern Shore crunchy coleslaw, spice pumpkin bread with apple butter, cinnamon crunch apple cake.

Tuckahoe Creek & Box Turtles
Sun., May 22, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Tuckahoe Creek is a beautiful, tranquil spot that provides views of many flowering plants. Look for box turtles along with mountain laurel, beech and tulip tree blossoms, pink lady’s slipper and Solomon’s seal blooms, and may apple fruit. Menu (gluten free and vegetarian): kale, apple and lentil soup; roasted red beets and carrots; quinoa, green bean and tomato salad; almond coconut cupcakes with lemon frosting.

Each Soup ’n Walk program is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for non-members. Advance registration is required. Register at 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 at 410.634.2847, ext. 27 or

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature, conservation and gardening. For more information about programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.


Chocolat to benefit Chesapeake Culinary Center

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

Chocolat to benefit Chesapeake Culinary Center

Indulge your senses at Chocolat, a decadent event to benefit the Chesapeake Culinary Center on February 12th 2016 featuring a chocolate-inspired gourmet menu and cocktails.

The event will take place at 7pm at the Chesapeake Culinary Center, located at 512 Franklin Street in historic Denton, Maryland. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Culinary Center.

Reservations are required. To reserve your seat, visit









Third Thursday in Denton on January 21st

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Tourism News | 0 comments

Third Thursday in Denton on January 21st