Category Archives: Recreation

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

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

Adkins Arboretum Announces ‘Native Table’ Raffle

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD—May 22, 2016)

Winner will receive exquisite dining experience for 20

Early-afternoon brunch en plein air with fall leaves drifting lazily to the forest floor…a sunset dinner on the wetland overlook set to a serenade of spring peepers…indulgent desserts in the Native Plant Nursery’s lush greenhouse. These delights are what winners of Adkins Arboretum’s Native Table raffles can anticipate.

Beginning this spring, the Arboretum will hold two Native Table raffles annually. Winners will receive a seasonal dining experience for 20 inspired by the Arboretum’s wild edibles. Only 100 tickets will be sold per raffle, with proceeds used to support the Arboretum’s mission of conserving the Chesapeake Bay region’s native landscapes.

The winner of the first Native Table raffle will receive Brunch Under the Branches, a decadent brunch for 20 catered by chef Steve Konopelski of Turnbridge Point Bed & Breakfast. Guests will indulge in offerings inspired by the field and forest, including wild onion frittata, banana and black walnut muffins, sassafras sweet tea, highbush blueberry cobbler, and field greens garnished with wood sorrel in a sumac vinaigrette.

Konopelski is a classically trained pastry chef and couture wedding cake designer who graduated at the top of his class from the prestigious French Culinary Institute. A former Broadway performer, he infuses his creations with passion and artistry. His love of performing and ability to connect with people have made Konopelski a popular teacher whose love of teaching is almost matched by his love of baking. Konopelski and his husband, Rob Griffith, own and operate Turnbridge Point, an upscale bed and breakfast and event venue in Denton.

Brunch Under the Branches will be held under the Arboretum’s new education pavilion on Sun., Sept. 18 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ticket sales are underway and will end on Thurs., June 30 or when all 100 tickets are sold. The winner will be selected by a random drawing on Fri., July 1. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0. for more information.

Photography Walk and Soup Program Offered June 6, 2015 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—May 18, 2015)

Capture stunning images of spring and enjoy a tasty and healthy lunch when Adkins Arboretum offers a Photography Walk and Soup program on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Bring your camera and join photographer Josh Taylor for a morning walk along the Arboretum’s woodland and meadow paths. During the walk, Taylor will assist participants and give pointers on capturing landscapes and close-up images.

Following the walk, participants will be treated to the Arboretum’s signature Soup ‘n Walk fare of zucchini apple soup, green bean salad with mango dressing, apple date wheat bread with cherry jam, and berry cobbler. During lunch, Taylor will give a brief talk and share his photographs from a variety of nearby gardens.

Taylor has presented photography workshops at the Smithsonian National Orchid Show, the U.S. National Arboretum, the U.S. Botanic Garden, and for public gardens, preserves and horticultural societies across the region. In addition to teaching in the Smithsonian Studio Arts Program and at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, he exhibits his work regularly and speaks to camera and garden clubs.

Photography Walk and Soup runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Advance registration is required by May 28, 2015 at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.


Denton Little League General Membership Meeting is September 23, 2014

Denton Little League, MD

Our general membership meeting will be this coming Tuesday September 23 at 7 pm at the Denton Fire house.

If you are willing to volunteer in any way to help with Little League please come out!

Learn about the Science of Resilience at Adkins Arboretum’s Fourth Annual Tent Symposium, Nature Lessons

Adkins Arboretum
August 19, 2014

Forests strangled by invasive vines, severe storms and frequent floods, massive wildfires in the West, loss of pollinators—it’s easy to be discouraged by the changes we see in our environment. While change is inevitable, there exists the potential to adapt to a changing environment and develop innovations that will allow us to thrive. Experience a day of education and inspiration when Adkins Arboretum hosts its fourth annual fall symposium—the Tent Symposium—on Sun., Sept. 28.

Immerse yourself in a full day at the Arboretum for Nature Lessons: Looking Toward a Resilient Future. Nature Lessons explores the science behind resilience—in plants and animals, in our climate, and in our communities. Enjoy insightful and inspiring presentations by Dr. Sylvan Kaufman, Holly H. Shimizu and Larissa Johnson. The day’s proceedings will be moderated by renowned photographer Dave Harp and environmental studies professor and legendary nature writer Tom Horton. Participants may also stroll along woodland, meadow and garden paths, visit the Native Plant Nursery and view both the seventh biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitational exhibit and Burn Time, an event-specific installation by artists Howard and Mary McCoy.

Kaufman will present “The Resilient Environment,” a look at how biodiversity matters in establishing resilient ecosystems, and how climate change forces us to reassess traditional approaches to conservation and restoration. Kaufman consults, writes and teaches about ecology, botany and restoration topics through her business, Sylvan Green Earth Consulting. Co-author of Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species, first published in 2007, she teaches as an adjunct professor for George Washington University’s Sustainable Landscapes Program and participates on the Maryland Invasive Species Council and Maryland Invasive Plant Advisory Committee. She has worked as a researcher on invasive plant and climate change projects at Harvard University and as the curator and land manager of Adkins Arboretum.

Shimizu, a nationally recognized horticulturist with a rich background in plants and gardens, will present “The Impact of Climate Change on Gardening,” a look at the tremendous opportunities for gardeners to play an important role in plant conservation and contribute to the health of our natural environment. She served as director of the United States Botanic Garden for 14 years, during which time the Botanic Garden experienced a renaissance that included renovation of the Conservatory, completion of the National Garden and countless inspiring and innovative projects. Often recognized as a host of the popular television show Victory Garden, Shimizu has worked in gardens around the world. She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Thomas Roland Medal for outstanding contributions to horticultural education from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

Johnson has dedicated her life to working with and for communities: helping people create sustainable, walkable, bikeable, healthy neighborhoods that cultivate hale and hearty children and invigorate the communities’ livelihood. She currently serves as Coordinator of Climate Change Outreach and Communication for Maryland Department of the Environment. As a leader within the climate movement in Maryland, she is working to cultivate meaningful relationships that will benefit Marylanders from the mountains to the coast. Johnson will present “Climate Change Maryland,” highlighting the accomplishments of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan.

Harp and Horton have collaborated on numerous projects, including three books of Harp’s photographs featuring essays by Horton in addition to Swanfall, Horton’s book for children. A lifelong Marylander, Harp operates a corporate and editorial photography business in Cambridge. He also served as photographer for the Baltimore Sun Magazine for nearly a decade. He was awarded the Andrew White Medal by Loyola College in 2004 for his Chesapeake Bay photography and was appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to the Maryland State Arts Council.

Horton, one of the most respected nature writers in the U.S., is a professor of practice in environmental studies at Salisbury University. He has received the John Burroughs Award for the best book of nature writing, as well as the David Brower Award from the Sierra Club. He is the author of eight books about Chesapeake Bay and covered the environment for the Baltimore Sun for 35 years. He recently paddled his kayak 550 miles around the Delmarva Peninsula and co-teaches a summer kayaking/camping course: “Exploring Delmarva: A Water’s Eye View.”

The fourth annual Tent Symposium is Sun., Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided walks will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery, Visitor’s Center and gift shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A catered lunch is included in the registration fee of $45 for members and $55 for non-members.

Advance registration is required at or by calling 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Institute for a Healthiest Maryland Sponsors Playworks Training in Caroline County Schools

University of Maryland, Baltimore
March 20, 2014

Recess will never be the same, at least if the folks at Playworks have anything to do with it. On Monday, March 24, the Oakland, California-based non-profit will train educators from two Caroline County schools how to get the most out of every kid, in every recess.

Playworks believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid,” says Sean Keelan, senior national trainer for Playworks. “We create a place for every kid on the playground – a place where every kid belongs, has fun and is part of the game. My goal is for the schools to be confident in creating a recess that expands the opportunities for safe and inclusive play.”

Playworks trainers show teachers how to use games, play strategies and group management techniques to teach kids how to play well together, share, resolve conflicts and develop leadership skills. They say inclusive play and conflict resolution skills lead to fewer disciplinary actions and better classroom performance.

The training in Caroline County schools, and earlier training in Wicomico County schools, is part of a pilot program sponsored by The Institute for a Healthiest Maryland, a partnership between the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). IHM Executive Director Renee Fox, MD, says the physical payoff for kids is of paramount importance. The most recent data shows that more than 22% of school-aged Maryland children are obese. “Recently in Journal of the American Medical Association, there was good news about declining obesity rates in young children ages 2 to 5 years, which decreased 43 percent from 2003-04 to 2011-12. This decrease is heartening, but the trend was not seen in school-aged children,” says Fox. “One goal of this training is to increase physical activity for children during school time, to help develop lifetime healthy habits.”

About Playworks
Playworks is a national non-profit that teaches safe and inclusive play in schools. The group works with more than 350 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit, or watch their video at

About The Institute for a Healthiest Maryland
IHM’s mission is to measurably improve the health of Maryland citizens by supporting community transformation efforts, translating public health research into practice, and providing technical assistance to local health departments and community organizations. For more information about IHM, go to

Celebrate Spring with Adkins Arboretum’s Ninth Annual Arbor Day Run

Adkins Arboretum
March 11, 2014

Calling all runners! Adkins Arboretum will host its ninth annual Arbor Day Run Sat., April 5. Runners, walkers, families and nature enthusiasts are invited to enjoy this popular event at the Arboretum. Register by Sat., March 29 to save on registration fees.

Managed by TriSportsEvents and featuring a 5K Run, a 5K Walk, and a free Healthy Kids 100-yard dash, the Run is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an early spring morning in nature. Participants will catch glimpses of spring as they traverse the cross-country trail plotted along the Arboretum’s network of scenic forest and meadow paths.

Awards will be presented for all events, and all 5K participants will receive an Arbor Day Run T-shirt. Post-race activities include refreshments, a nature project for children and a native tree raffle. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the Kids’ Dash at 8:50 a.m. The 5K Run and 5K Walk commence at 9 a.m.

Registration is underway. For fee information or to register, visit or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Submitted Photo: Youngsters dash off the starting line at Adkins Arboretum’s 2013 Arbor Day Run. The ninth annual 5K Run, 5K Walk, and Healthy Kids 100-yard dash is Sat., April 5.

Youngsters dash off the starting line at Adkins Arboretum’s 2013 Arbor Day Run. The ninth annual 5K Run, 5K Walk, and Healthy Kids 100-yard dash is Sat., April 5. Submitted Photo

Denton Little League Prepares for 2014 Season with Opening Day Raffle

Denton Little League
Denton, MD
March 2014

Denton Little League is making preparations for the 2014 season. As it does every year, raising the funds to keep the league functioning weighs heavily on the minds of all of the volunteers. This year, the league decided to have one major fundraiser, their Opening Day Raffle. Winners will be drawn on Opening Day, April 12th at the Denton Little League Park.

“Little League is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, more than 2.4 million children participate each year. The role of Denton Little League is to provide the young men and women a positive team experience that teaches teamwork, sportsmanship and responsibility,” stated Mike Rorabaugh, President of Denton Little League. He then added, “Costs associated with league fees, uniforms, equipment, maintenance, and utilities are just some of the expenses a successful league is responsible for. Help from the community is needed and that is why it is so important to support our league by purchasing raffle tickets and have the opportunity to win some great prizes!”

Unlike other fundraisers, Denton Little League will receive 100% of all proceeds from ticket sales to offset all of the many expenses they face each year. This raffle would not be possible if not for the support and generosity of the businesses that donated the prizes.

Tickets are currently on sale. Each ticket is $5 and can be purchased from players and volunteers. Prizes include a Kindle Fire HD donated by Jimmie & Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill in Cambridge, a 2 night stay at Francis Scott Key Family Resort in Ocean City, a moon bounce rental from Tents 4 Rent Inc., Washington Nationals tickets, autographed baseballs, Delmarva Shorebirds tickets & merchandise, gift cards from Market Street Public House, Giant Food, Papa John’s Pizza, Hoppin’ Good Time Rentals & Inflatable Fun Center, Triton Movies, 404 Auto Repair, Earth Origins Market & more!

Please show your support for Denton Little League and purchase a raffle ticket or two. You just might win an awesome prize, and you’ll know that your hard earned money was spent on a very worthy cause. Winners will be drawn on April 12th, but do not need to be present to win. However, you shouldn’t miss the Opening Day Parade in downtown Denton that begins at 11 am, followed by all of the Opening Day festivities at the Little League Park throughout the day.

For more information, please email or call Jannelle Bramble at (443) 205-5036. Thank you for your support!

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Flyer: Denton Little League Raffle

Become Acquainted with the Unseen Forest with Adkins Forest Observation Series

Adkins Arboretum
October 15, 2013

Three-part series begins this weekend

Learn to develop a naturalist’s eye for observing flora and fauna when Adkins Arboretum offers Exploring Adkins Habitats, a three-part series designed to help participants develop the practice of sitting quietly alone in natural habitats, observing and documenting their experiences, and sharing those observations with others. The first program is Sat., Oct 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Subsequent sessions are Sat., Nov. 16 and Sat., Dec. 21.

Using Adkins Tent Symposium speaker David Haskell’s book The Forest Unseen as a guide, this workshop led by Maryland Master Naturalists will encourage participants to hone their observation skills and to express their experiences for mutual enjoyment and enrichment with the group and with readers of the Arboretum blog. They will be invited to help keep the Arboretum community abreast of trends in nature, sightings of flora or fauna that might be surprising, and even tracking phenomena of interest.

This program is free for members and free with admission for non-members. Advance registration is requested at or by calling 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Photo: Ann and Richard Rohlfing

Photo by Ann and Richard Rohlfing

Award-winning Author David George Haskell to Speak at Adkins Arboretum’s Third Annual Tent Symposium

Adkins Arboretum
September 16, 2013

Experience a full day of education and inspiration when Adkins Arboretum hosts its third annual fall symposium—the Tent Symposium—on Sun., Sept. 29.

Stroll along woodland, meadow and garden paths, visit the Native Plant Nursery and nature exhibits, and enjoy an insightful presentation by David George Haskell about his year’s observation of one square meter of forest. Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature, has been instrumental in galvanizing a renewed interest in observing and documenting nature among citizen scientists and nature lovers.

Haskell’s work integrates scientific and contemplative studies of the natural world. His research and teaching examine the evolution and conservation of animals, especially forest-dwelling birds and invertebrates. The Forest Unseen was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction and received the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award, the 2013 “Best Book Award” from the National Academies, and the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature. A profile in The New York Times says of Haskell, “[he] thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist.”

Haskell is a professor of biology at the University of the South, where he has served both as department chair and as an Environmental Fellow with the Associated Colleges of the South. His classes have received national attention for the innovative ways in which they combine scientific exploration, contemplative practice and action in the community. In 2009, the Carnegie and CASE Foundations named him Professor of the year for Tennessee, an award given to college professors who have achieved national distinction and whose work shows “extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching.” The Oxford American featured him in 2011 as one of the American South’s most creative teachers, and his teaching has been profiled in USA Today, The Tennesseean and other newspapers.

The third annual Tent Symposium is Sun., Sept. 29 from noon to 3 p.m. Guided walks will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the Arboretum’s native plant sale, gift shop and exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A catered lunch is included in the registration fee of $35 for members and $45 for non-members.

Advance registration is required at or by calling 410.634.2847, ext. 0.



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 and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, it will build the W. Flaccus and Ruth B. Stifel Center at Adkins Arboretum and a “green” entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.