Ed Okonowicz, “Ghost Stories,” Dorchester County Historical Society, Cambridge, MD. One of the most prolific chroniclers of Delmarva’s folklore entertains with the myths, legends, and spooky events of the Shore. 7 PM, FREE http://www.tourdorchester.org/event.php?eventid=960
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, Holloway Hall, Salisbury University. Internationally acclaimed ensemble of classic Indian dance. The name means “Dance Village.” 7 PM. FREE. http://www.salisbury.edu/newsevents/fullstoryview.asp?id=4476
Stargazing at the Seashore, Delaware Seashore State Park. Enjoy the night sky, learn to recognize constellations and hear stories about the ancient and current night sky. Telescope, binoculars, and star maps provided. Bring a blanket and pillow so you can lie down on the beach. $5 per person. Call for reservation. 302-227-6991. Meet at the Indian River Life Saving Station. NO FLASHLIGHTS!!
Books Café book sale, St. Lukes Church Queenstown. Oh be still, my book-loving heart! Annual sale of over 15,000 books, most at 90% off the cover price. Proceeds benefit the Wye Parish Episcopal Church and St. Luke’s Curch. Hours: 3-6 on Thursday, 10-6 Friday, 10-5 Sat. 9-2 Sunday. 410-827-8484.
1st Friday, Chestertown, Easton. Special events, gallery openings, artist receptions. 5-9 PM.
Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival, Convention Center, Rehoboth. Every confection, baked good, candy, cookie, cake, pudding… all chocolate. Contest divisions for restaurants, bakeries, amateurs, kids. Hey, what with flavenoids, calcium, and anti-oxidants, chocolate is a health food! Doors open at 11:30. Sale continues until the chocolate runs out or 3:30, whichever comes first. Entry is $2, samples of chocolate are 50 cents each. No carry out. More information and download the form to enter the contest:
Dog Ball, Melfa, VA. Benefit for the SPCA at the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club. Live music, carving table, 50/50 raffle, cash bar. Tickets $50 per person/ $95 couple. Contact Barbara Hall:
Reconciliation Day “Joy of Community,” Prince Theatre, Chestertown, MD. Sponsored by the African American Heritage Center and Prince Theatre, it celebrates the ability of the arts, cultural heritage, and spiritual expression as catalysts to unification. 6 p.m. FREE. www.princetheatre.org.
Mardi Gras Masqued Ball, Denton, MD. Annual event to benefit the Caroline County Council of the Arts. Live New Orleans music, Creole food, live and silent art auctions, cash bar, Masque contest. Tickets $50 in advance $60 at the door. 410-479-1009.
Gumbo Cookoff, Rehoboth Beach, DE. Stroll through Rehoboth Beach, sampling gumbo at 12 restaurants competing for the title of Best Gumbo North of Nawlins. Ballots are $5 and available at participating restaurants. Jolly Trolley providing transportation between the restaurants if you are too stuffed to walk on your own. Other good foods – beignets, Po’ Boys, Etouffe. Enjoy it now; Lent beings on Wednesday! www.downtownrehoboth.com