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Nanticoke River Jamboree PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Thursday, 16 June 2011 17:05


Celebrating one the Bay’s Most Beautiful Rivers


Long ago, all of the Shore – both shores – was like this: quiet rivers flowing to the Chesapeake unmarred by development; wildlife scurrying, swimming, rooting, burrowing; eagles and ospreys soaring; the breeze weaving through the salt marshes; the mosquitoes merrily buzzing in the afternoon humidity (hey, even Eden had a snake).


By some happy accident, the Nanticoke River maintains much of that pristine elegance. From its headwaters in southern Delaware to its mouth on the Chesapeake, it is one of the healthiest and least developed tributaries of the Chesapeake. It has among other things, the highest concentration of bald eagles in the Northeast US, and paddlers and birders are enraptured by its peacefulness, vistas, and abundance of wildlife.


There are several groups dedicated to protecting the Nanticoke. This Saturday, June 25, one of them – the Nanticoke Historical Preservation Alliance – hosts the Nanticoke River Jamboree, a day-long celebration of the “history, culture, and natural wonders of the Nanticoke River.” (Actually, the event kicks off with an overnight paddling trip, but the main events are on Saturday.)


The schedule calls for paddling trips, bike tours, and walks along and near the river. Groups and agencies setting up displays and holding activities include the Phillips Environmental Center’s mobile aquarium, Horn Point’s ‘Touch Tank,’ the Dorchester Garden Club, National Park Service, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, the Underground Rail Road Museum, and the Coast Guard. There will be a native plant sale; David Harp, whose photos capture the Bay in all its dimensions, and Tom Horton, whose chronicles of the region are required reading will both be on hand, as will Daniel Firehawk Abbott, who will be interpreting Native American life in the region.


Admission is $2 per person, $5 per family. The schedule of events runs from 10-5 at Handsell House on Indiantown Road in Vienna. For more information, including the overnight paddle, go to www.nanticokeriverjamboree.com.

Delmarva Chicken Festival PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Thursday, 16 June 2011 16:09


The world’s largest frying pan, the world’s fastest chicken-picker, and the world’s most extensive chicken menu.

It’s time for the 62nd annual Delmarva Chicken Festival.

The annual homage to Gallus domesticus is this Friday and Saturday, June 17 & 18 in Georgetown, DE. It started as an adjunct to an industry meeting and competition for poultry growers. That event lasted just one year, but the local organizers realized the festival had a broad public appeal, so they announced a chicken cooking competition, and added a carnival, craft exhibit, home & trade show, and live entertainment. Traditional games like the egg toss and egg-and-spoon races were added for kids. An elimination round of the Mountaire Chickin’ Pickin’ Championship will test the nimble fingers of people picking and shredding of over-roasted chickens.

As a reminder of just how important chickens are to Delmarva, exhibits will focus on the 1700 chicken farms which produce over 500-million tons of chickens each year. You can watch chicks hatch in an incubator, check out antique and modern poultry equipment, and learn about the industry and the environment.

And, of course, there is food. Don’t even think about hamburgers. There are chicken pizzas, chicken cheesesteaks, chicken hot dogs, chicken quesadillas, chicken on a stick, chicken tenders, chicken BBQ, chicken wraps, and – of course – fried chicken. Sizzled to perfection in the world’s largest frying pan. Measuring 10 feet in diameter with an eight foot long handle, the current pan is a replacement for the original, which was retired a few years ago. Like its predecessor, it needs 180 gallons of cooking oil to fill it and can fry up 800 chicken quarters at a time. Between the two pans, they’ve fried over 200 tons of chicken in the past 60 years. Colonel Sanders would be proud.

The Delmarva Chicken Festival runs from 10-8 both days on the grounds of the Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown (which is where the first festival was held in 1948). Admission is free, but there is a $1 charge for parking. For directions, a schedule, and other information, www.delmarvachickenfestival.org.

Eastern Shore Hot Happenins' June 16-July 3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Monday, 13 June 2011 19:56


June 16

“Caribbean Cornucopia” Riverfront Concert, Custom House, Chestertown (Water & High Street), Calypso, reggae, zouk (French Caribbean dance music) Free. Bring your own chair. 410-810-7161.


June 17-18

62nd Annual Delmarva Chicken Festival, Lewes. At the Delmarva Christian High School. Annual celebration of Delmarva’s poultry industry. Lots of chicken to eat, live entertainment, home and trade show, arts & crafts, industry displays. 10-8 each day. www.delmarvachickenfestival.com


June 17-19 & June 24-26

Short Attention Span Theater; Prince Theater, Chestertown. Fantastically fun and creative event. An evening of new, original 10-minute plays (suitable for ages 15 and above). $15 adults; $5 students. 410-810-2060. www.princetheatre.org


June 17

Rock Hall Cruise Night. Relive the 60’s in and around the dock and town. 7pm. 410-639-7280. www.rockhallcruisenightsbysmilinjakes.blogspot.com


Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Freeman Stage at Bayside, Fenwick Island. 7pm. Kids free. $10. 302-436-3555. www.freemanstage.org


June 18

Chincoteague Water Heritage Festival, Robert Reed Waterside Park, 10-4. Oystering, decoy carving, crab pot making, clamming, boat building, knot tying, net making, eco-tours. www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.com

Frederick Douglass Statue Unveiling and Celebration. Easton. Weekend of commemorations, lectures, and presentations. 410-770-3751 for schedule and locations.


June 19

Kapriole! At The Mainstay, Rock Hall. Netherlands-based group performing European dance music, traditional tunes, modern music inspired by the Renaissance, world music, and festivals on flute, accordion and many other instruments. $15. Reservations recommended. 410-639-9133. www.mainstayrockhall.org


June 22-25

Trappe Family Fun Festival. Carnival rides, game booths, pit beef, crab cakes.


June 23

“Virginia’s Musical Traditions on Record” Barrier Islands Center, Machipongo. 7pm. Lecture and ‘concert’ of 78 rpm records of some of Virginia’s earliest and signature musical traditions: gospel, string band, Piedmont blues. Bring your own records to share. 757-678-5550. www.barriersislandscenter.com

Kenya Safari Acrobats, Freeman Stage, Bayside, Fenwick Island. 7pm. Gymnasts perform balancing, human pyramids, limbo, hurling through hoops, and other exciting feats. Free. 302-436-3015. www.freemanstage.org


June 24-25

“A Day in the Life of the Islands” Photo Contest. Annual event recording life in and around Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Photos must be taken on Friday & Saturday and submitted by Saturday evening. Prizes awarded Sunday morning. $20 registration fee covers submission of two photos. Separate category for kids under 12 (no registration fee for them). Cash prizes. www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.com


June 25-26

Thunder on the Narrows, Chester, MD. Two days of high-speed racing. Hydroplanes and skiffs at 100mph. 6 classes. Doors open 10am. Races start at noon. $7; kids under 12 free. 410-643-5851. www.kentnarrowsracing.com


Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, Lewes Historical Society, Lewes, DE. $5. 302-645-7670. www.leweshistoricalsociety.org


June 25

Great American Family Campout. Kiptopeke State Park, Virginia. 757-331-2267


Nanticoke River Jamboree; Vienna, MD. Celebrate one of the last pristine rivers on the east coast. Paddling, biking, walking, birding. Food. Native American presentations. Native plant sale. $2 per person; $5 per family. 10-5. www.nanticokeriverjamboree.com


Cardboard Boat Races, Oxford. “How long can you tread water?” Participants try to navigate waters around Oxford in homemade cardboard boats. Classes include rivalries for fire/law/Coast Guard; local merchants & businesses; funny boats; kids 5-12; teens. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics. www.cardboardboatrace.org


Tilghman Island Seafood Festival. Where else to get the freshest crabs and seafood than from the watermen themselves? 11am. 410-886-2677


July 1

First Friday, Chestertown. Monthly celebration of the arts is special in July. Many more openings, receptions, artist demonstrations, and gallery events than usual. Also coincides with the Chestertown Independence Day Celebration in the town square. 5pm-9pm.


July 2

Cape Charles Volunteer Firemen Seafood Festival. Cape Charles (Cape Harbour). 5-10pm. $40, $10 (kids 3-10). AYCE fish, clams, shrimp, BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers. Beer for sale. Live music. Proceeds benefit fire department. www.capecharlesvfc.com 757-350-5020


Ice Cream Social and Raptor Show, Pocomoke River State Park, Snow Hill, MD. 2pm. $3 Meet at the camp store. 410-632-2566.


July 3

Kent County Waterman’s Day, Rock Hall. 1pm. Anchor toss, workboat docking contest, most patriotic workboat float. Proceeds benefit scholarship for watermen children. $1. 410-778-1127

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Wicomico's Geocache Dash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Monday, 06 June 2011 10:24


Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt? The high-tech version is the ‘geocache.’ Using a hand-help GSP, you go to coordinates and look for the ‘cashe.’ It’s some kind of a box or marker to prove you’ve found the spot. It’s become hugely popular, with thousands of caches squirreled away all over the country and more being created every day. Dedicated geocachers keep logbooks of their finds and spend weekends with their friends both enjoying the outdoors and indulging in geeky-ness.


This weekend, you can join in the fun with the first Wicomico Geocache Dash. Starting at 8 am, geocachers will seek out 22 caches scattered throughout the county. They’re hidden in parks, historical sites, museums, and marinas. Two of them are accessible only by boat or kayak (but there are watercraft available on shore to help you reach them). When you find a cache, you snap a photo of you with the container and head for the next one. You don’t have to follow any order, although there are prizes for being the first to find a cache. If you find 18 of the 22 caches, you win a special trackable geocoin, and everyone is eligible for cash and door prizes.


The dash begins and ends at Pemberton Park. If you are new to the sport, you can take “Geocaching 101” from 8-9 am. It’s free and explains how geocaching works. You need a handheld GPS or a GSP-enabled Smartphone and camera or a Cellphone/Camera Combo.


After the dash, there’s a great crab feast and celebration at Pemberton Park from 5-8 pm. Cost is $25 and includes food, prizes, and entertainment.


For more information, go to www.wicomicotourism.org

Eastern Shore Farmers' Markets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 05 June 2011 17:49


One of the best things about living in Delmarva is availability of fresh, good, wholesome, home-grown, often organic food. This has always been an agricultural area. Where else will you find a town called “Fruitland?” Pick-your-own berries and fruit open up as the season allows; local farmers are raising grass-fed beef and lamb, free-range chicken, and natural foraging pigs; seafood? Nah, ‘round here, it’s just Mrs. Pauls. Not.


Roadside produce stand dot the highways, but even better are the farmers’ markets. Produce picked that morning; bread and pastries sometimes still warm; plants and cut flowers; honey and jams; local cheeses – who needs supermarkets when food’s this fresh? Each market has its regular customers and the weekly market is as much a community gathering as shopping experience. You catch up on the gossip, talk about the weather, give advice about cooking something unfamiliar. There’s something deeply satisfying about knowing the people who grow your food and taking home their harvest.


Here are all of the farmers’ markets in Delmarva. Grab a tote bag and wander. Even odds you will end up buying enough for a feast. So pick up a bottle of wine on the way home and invite your friends over.



Bethany Beach: Garfield Highway & Pennsylvania Ave. Sunday 8-12.

Delaware State University: State College Road (Near DSU Campus & DE Ag Museum) Sat 10-2

Fenwick Island: Coastal Highway & East Essex St. Monday/Friday 8-12

Georgetown: Town Park (North Bedford & Edward Streets) Friday 3-6

Harrington: Byler’s Supermarket Parking Lot (Rt. 13S) Thursday 1-6

Lewes: Historical Society Complex (110 Shipcarpenter St.) Sat. 8-12 (At Shields Elementary School 6/25,7/9,8/6,10/1)

Milford: Riverwalk Park (N. Walnut St.) Saturday 9-1

Milton: 624 Mulberry St. Friday 3-7

Rehoboth: Grove Park. Tues. 12-4

Seaford: W. Sussex Boys & Girls Club (310 Virginia Ave.) Sat. 8:30-12



Berlin: Atlantic General Hospital (9733 Healthway Dr.) Thurs. 12-4

North Main St. Wed. 10-3; Fri. 10-3

Cambridge: Main Street (Academy & Muir St.) Tues. 8-7; Thurs. 3-6

Centreville: Lawyer’s Row. Wed. 9-1; Sat 9-1

Chestertown: Park Row at Fountain Park. Wed. 12-5; Sat. 9-12

Denton: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (Franklin & 5th St.) Tuesday 8-12

Main Street Market (4th & Gray) Wednesday 3-6

Easton: Parking lot on Harrison St. Wed 8-1; Sat. 8-1

Ocean City: Phillips Parking Lot (142nd & Coastal Highway)

Tues. 8-1; Thurs. 8-1; Sat. 8-1; Sun. 8-1

Pocomoke: 3 Market St. Fri. 7-1

Princess Anne: Manokin River Park. Thurs. 3-6

St. Michaels: Muskrat Park. Sat. 8:30-11

Salisbury: Asbury Methodist Church, Camden Ave. Tues. 3-6 (open year round)

Parking lot on E. Market by the river. Sat. 8-1

Snow Hill: Municipal Parking Lot. Tues. 2-6


Cape Charles: 110 Blue Heaven Rd. Sat. 1-5

Cheriton: Main. St. Sat. 9-1

Chincoteague: 4113 Main St. Wed/Sat 9-12


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