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Adkins Arboretum’s Enchanted Fairyfest

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—September 26, 2017)

Bring your wings and wands for a day of magic at Adkins Arboretum! The Arboretum’s second annual Fairyfest, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 14, 2017 celebrates fancy, fantasy and fun in the forest. Follow a trail of fairy houses along enchanted forest paths, and join in a meadow maypole dance. Search for gnomes in the Funshine Garden, craft magical treasures to take home, and wave to the Billy Goats Gruff from atop a hay wagon.

The event includes live entertainment throughout the day in the woodland theatre, shimmering fairy face painting, rainbow bubbles, archery and fairytale games. Unicorn rides provided by Snapdragon Stables and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Kicking off the fun, Master Naturalist Beth Lawton will offer a special Fairy Makers crafting program for ages 12 and up on Friday October 13, 2017. Crafted of felt, silk flowers, wooden beads and seed pods, the tiny acorn fairies made in the workshop will delight fairy lovers of all age. Each participant will create a one-of-a-kind fairy to take home. The workshop is $10 for members and $15 for non-members; spots are limited, and advance registration is required at adkinsarboretum.org.

Admission to Fairyfest is $10 for adults and children ages 3 and up. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free.

Contributed Photo: from last year's FairyFest

Contributed Photo: from last year’s FairyFest

Fairyfest is sponsored in part by Garden Treasures of Easton and Soistman Family Dentistry. For more information, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

9th Annual Alpaca Festival & Open House at Outstanding Dreams Farm

Outstanding Dreams Farm
September 5, 2017

Now in it’s 9th year, Outstanding Dreams Farm’s Alpaca Festival on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th in Preston, Maryland promises fun for the whole family. Tour the farm, meet and learn about their growing herd of alpacas, watch fiber arts demonstrations and enjoy live music while checking out the many craft and food vendors at this one-of-a-kind event.

Located on fifteen peaceful acres on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Outstanding Dreams Farm is home to more than 25 Huacaya alpacas and a Farm Store that carries a variety of products crafted from alpaca fiber. Owners Phil and Vickie Liske established the farm in 2007, and it has grown to be one of the top agritourism destinations in the region. In addition to offering Champion alpaca breeding services and sales, the Liskes frequently offer farm tours for groups of all sizes.

Outstanding Dreams Farm’s two-day festival offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with the gentle and lovable animals. In addition to the alpacas, the event also features live music by Silhouette Song, artisans and craft vendors, children’s activities, games and more.

Festival attendees will also be able to shop for a variety of products crafted from alpaca fleece – a luxurious and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities–at the Outstanding Dreams Farm Store. The shop carries an array of products made from the luxurious natural fiber, including clothing, hats, scarves, gloves, children’s toys, jewelry, raw fiber and the popular Paca Socks.

The Liskes are eager to share their passion for raising alpacas with festival-goers.

“One of our favorite parts of the job is introducing people to the wonderful world of alpacas and sharing our love and knowledge of these gentle animals,” says Liske.

The festival takes place Saturday, September 16th from 11am-5pm and Sunday, September 17th from noon – 4pm at Outstanding Dreams Farm, 24480 Pinetown Road, Preston, Maryland. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully appreciated. In addition to the Alpaca Festival, Outstanding Dreams Farm hosts a Holiday Open House in December. For more information on the Open House & Alpaca Festival or to arrange a tour of the farm, please contact (410) 673-2002 or visit OutstandingDreamsFarm.com

Outstanding Dreams Farm’s Alpaca Festival – Contributed Photo

Caroline County is Fed-Up

August 31, 2017

Residents of Caroline County are Fed-Up with the way that Heroin and other drugs have overtaken their county. On August 31st, on the National Overdose Awareness day Mid-Shore Restoring HOPE in Women led the 2nd Annual Fed-Up Rally in Denton Maryland on August 31st.

In 2016 only Baltimore City had more overdoses per capita than Caroline County. As one of the smallest county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore resources are slim. They are the only county on the Shore that doesn’t have a hospital withing their boundaries. Recovery Beds are in short supply.

Mark Mitsch and his mother Cathy Bowrey share a moment during the rally

Mark Mitsch, his mother Cathy Bowrey and a faithful group of volunteers organized the event. Mitsch struggled with drugs and more recently Heroin for 20 years. He is now in his 4th year of recovery and hope that the path to recovery for others will be easier than his, with more help and resources available.

Speaking at the event were people of all walks of life dealing with Heroin and addiction. Elected Officials, Law Enforcement, Judicial System, Service Providers and Recovering Addicts.

Caroline County Delegates, 36th District Jeff Ghrist and 37th District John Mautz, spoke that the government, under the state of emergency declared by Governor Hogan, is doing what it can. They do see that more needs to be done. (Video of Jeff Ghrist speaking at the Rally on our Facebook Page)

Caroline County Warden Ruth Colburn gave a fiery speech, not as an official but as a private citizen, saying that we can’t sit around waiting for results. We need to get out and help find the answers to get results.

Some of the most emotional talks came from the recovering addicts themselves. They told their stories and doing their part to help. But in many eyes the sigma attached to recovery is a huge burden.

For more information on Mid-Shore Restoring HOPE in Women visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/restoringhopeinwomen

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Slideshow of Photos from the Fed-Up Rally in Denton on August 31, 2017. Photographs by SG Atkinson

Sweet Caroline Quarter Auction is August 26, 2017

Sweet Caroline
June 2017

Sweet Caroline is hosting a quarter auction to benefit our back to school, school supply drive and other Sweet Caroline projects. Come join us on Saturday August 26th, 2017 for an evening of fun. Doors open at 5:30pm Auction begins at 7:00pm. 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction also. Concessions, beer and wine provided by Denton Volunteer fire company available for purchase.

1st Paddle $10 additional paddles $3, All in paddle $45.

Looking for additional vendors and or donations. QUESTIONS Contact Ben Cahall 410-714-2001 or
Info@sweetcarolinemd.com

Come out and support the movement that is SWEETCAROLINE.

Event:
Sweet Caroline Quarter Auction
August 26, 2017 7pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
Denton Volunteer Fire Company
400 S 5th Ave, Denton, Maryland 21629

First Tri-County Prevention Walk

May 13, 2017

On a day when one may have been thinking that nature was crying at the thought of those who have been affected by substance abuse the Tri-County Prevention Walk went on at Church Hill Park on the morning of May 13, 2017. The Prevention Offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s County organized the walk to help combat Substance Abuse.

Photo by SG Atkinson: The walk organizers, from left Iris Carter, Sarah Burris from Queen Anne's, Annette Duckery, Avery Lundskow from Kent and Melanie Rodriquez from Caroline

The walk organizers, from left: Iris Carter, Sarah Burris from Queen Anne’s, Annette Duckery, Avery Lundskow from Kent and Melanie Rodriquez from Caroline

Around 40 people braved the cool rainy Saturday morning in May to walk the mile long path around the park. DJ Slick Rick played music to lighten the mood, Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company was their along with KidSpot from Chestertown.

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See more photos from the Walk on Facebook

Inaugural Tri-County Prevention Walk set for May 13, 2017 in Church Hill

Inaugural Tri-County Prevention Walk
April 13, 2017

Join the fight against alcohol abuse and drug use in our communities

CHURCH HILL, MD

The inaugural tri-county prevention walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Church Hill park in Church Hill, and supports efforts at keeping our communities drug- and alcohol-free.

The free walk is a collaborative effort from the prevention offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, with the theme, ‘Making a difference – one step at a time.’

“This walk is for anyone who’s had drugs or alcohol affect their lives,” said Annette Duckery, prevention coordinator for Kent County. “We’re working hard to prevent drug use and alcohol abuse in our communities, and this offers everyone the chance to support our efforts.”

The event includes fun for the entire family, with a live DJ, free back packs, snacks and games including corn hole. Registration is available online at Eventbrite.

The walk coincides with National Prevention Week, which is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders. This year’s prevention week is from May 14 until May 20, 2017.

“National prevention week offers the perfect opportunity to show our solidarity in the fight against substance use disorders,” said Iris Carter, prevention coordinator for Queen Anne’s County. “With several overdoses in our area each week, we’ve got to come together and support prevention efforts across our region.”

Prevention efforts start young, and can help keep drug use from starting.

“We all can invest in drug and alcohol prevention,” said Melanie Rodriguez, prevention coordinator for Caroline County. “Prevention really IS the best treatment.

For more information on the walk, please contact Duckery at 410-778-7918 for Kent County; Carter at 410-758-1306 ext. 4524 in Queen Anne’s and Rodriguez at 410-479-8164 in Caroline.

The Tri-County Prevention Walk is a collaboration between the health department prevention offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties. The walk also is supported by SAMHSA and the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration.

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Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Open House, Native Plant Sale

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—April 11, 2017)

Adkins Arboretum, offering the Chesapeake gardener the largest selection of native plants for more than 20 years, announces its Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale weekend, April 28-30, 2017. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

Plants for sale include a large variety of native perennials, ferns, vines, grasses and flowering shrubs and trees for spring planting. 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. Tall spikes of purplish flowers grace blue wild indigo, while native honeysuckle entices hummingbirds. Cardinal flower, ferns and Joe-pye attract frogs, butterflies and dragonflies, and native azaleas present a veritable rainbow of bloom colors. Presale orders may be placed at adkinsplants.com through April 16. Simply place your order, and your plants will be ready for pick-up during the Open House weekend.

All are invited on Fri., April 28, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. to shop in a fun and festive environment with live music, light fare, a silent auction, a cash wine and beer bar beginning at 4 p.m., and drawing of the winning ticket for the Arboretum’s Native Table raffle.

The Open House continues Sat. and Sun., April 29 and 30 with plant sales, music by Driven Women, guided walks, coffee, pastries for sale by Steve Konopelski of Denton’s Turnbridge Point Bed & Breakfast and much more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Following the Open House, plants will be for sale at the Visitor’s Center throughout the growing season.

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, redbud and magnolia.

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.

Native trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) and many other vines, trees, shrubs and perennials will be for sale at Adkins Arboretum’s Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale, April 28-30. Photo by Kellen McCluskey.

Native trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) and many other vines, trees, shrubs and perennials will be for sale at Adkins Arboretum’s Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale, April 28-30. Photo by Kellen McCluskey.

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm to Host Holiday Open House December 10th

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm
December 2016

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm invites you to celebrate the season at their Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event, which takes place at the Farm Store located at 24480 Pinetown Road in Preston, features farm tours, unique holiday gifts, seasonal refreshments and more.

From luxurious alpaca apparel to children’s 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, and the Farm Store is stocked with a fantastic assortment of new inventory. Shoppers will find an array of alpaca products, including scarves, hats, sweaters, vests, 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 growing herd of Huacaya Alpacas at Outstanding Dreams. Phil and Vickie, owners of the farm, are eager to share their love and knowledge of the gentle animals with visitors.

“We encourage everyone to come out and learn about the wonderful world of Alpacas,” says Liske. “But be warned, they will steal your heart.”

For more information on the Holiday Open House or to plan a visit to Outstanding Dreams Farm, please contact Phil and Vickie at (410) 673-2002. More information is also available at OutstandingDreamsFarm.com

Contributed Photo

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Homestead Manor Assisted Living Honors Veteran’s with Free Crab Cake Luncheon

Homestead Manor Assisted Living

“Offering Seniors Life in Full Bloom”

Denton, MD (October 6, 2016)

In honor of Veteran’s Day Homestead Manor Assisted Living is hosting a free crab cake luncheon for all veterans and anyone considering assisted living on Thursday, November 10th at noon. The luncheon will feature a short presentation along with a guided tour of the newly remodeled resident suites followed by the crab cake luncheon. Reserve your space today by calling Michelle Pepper at 410-479-2273.

This is the second annual Veteran’s Day luncheon Homestead Manor has hosted to honor veteran’s and raise awareness of their assisted living facility. “We liked to honor our veteran’s by hosting this luncheon and information session. Many veterans and their families feel they cannot afford assisted living or even know there is assisted living support provided by VA said Christine Harrington, Executive Director.

Homestead Manor Assisted Living is founded on the principles of acceptance, compassion, care, and love, Homestead Manor is an assisted living facility dedicated to providing a caring community environment across all levels of care associated with retirement living. Our mission is to support independence, comfort, dignity and safety in an individualized home-like setting resulting in a high quality life experience.


About Homestead Manor Assisted Living
Homestead Manor Assisted Living offers personalized care for your loved one. Over 50
spacious resident suites, each with their own private patio and fully accessible bathrooms.
State of the art infrastructure through Care Tracker and Medication Management assures your
love one is well taken care of along with on-site doctor visits and physical therapy. Residents
enjoy a full range of activities and social activities so they can live life in full bloom.
Homestead Manor is located at 410 Colonial Drive, Denton, MD 21629 For more information
call 410-479-CARE(2273) or www.homesteadassistedlivingdenton.com

15th Annual Chrome City Ride is July 31, 2016

15th Annual Chrome City Ride
RIDGELY, Md.

From custom and classic to a few concept luxury vehicles, the 15th Annual Chrome City Ride is set to take place on Sunday, July 31st 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benedictine School in Ridgely. All motorcycles, street rods and custom cars are invited to participate.

Each year the event draws hundreds of motorcycles, street rods and custom cars from around the region to raise money for Benedictine’s annual fund needs that includes tuition assistance, technology tools and renovation projects on campus.

Riders gathering at designated registration locations in Laurel, Annapolis, Salisbury and Easton will cruise in police escort convoys to the Benedictine School campus. Spectators will get the chance to hear the roar of vehicles as riders come down the mile drive onto campus.

On display at this year’s event will be a 1941 Willys Pro-Street Coupe, a unique donation from a New Jersey car collector with an appraised value of $72,000. The hot rod will go to the highest bidder through an online auction on Ebay Motors.

Scheduled activities include raffles prizes which include a weekend stay in an Affinia Hotel in New York City and the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Md., along with door prizes, car contests and foo. According to event chairman Spud Blake, the event is organized and produced by volunteers, primarily from state and local law enforcement.

“We are so appreciative of the committee members who help put on this event each year,” said Blake. “The excitement these folks have brought to the campus at Benedictine over the last fourteen years is impressive.”

The event’s $25-per-rider registration fee provides each rider with an official Ride T-shirt, catered lunch, and entertainment and a day of fun showing off their chrome to an appreciative crowd.

Spectators are also welcome, and their $25 registration fee also provides them with an official Ride T-shirt, lunch and a day of fun. Everyone goes home with something!

Riders are expected to arrive on campus around 11:00 a.m. The event ends at 2 p.m.

To register, visit Chrome City Ride at benschool.org or call 410-634-2292.