Friday, November 8, 2019

Things To Do on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

In every season, there are plenty of things to do on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Activities include outdoor events, tent shows, arts and crafts expos, and many more.

A trip to Ocean City is one of the most popular things to do on the Eastern Shore.

This family-oriented beach resort is located within a few hours of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and other cities of the Mid Atlantic region.

Ocean City is known for its beaches, amusements, fishing, food, and other attractions.Ocean City hosts a wide range of annual events including Springfest, Sunfest, Bike Week, Winterfest of Lights, and many others.

Each Winter, the East Coast Commercial Fishermen's and Aquaculture Trade Expo is held in Ocean City. The event is the largest commercial fishing - aquaculture trade show in the Mid Atlantic region.

Held annually in April, the World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival attracts carvers and visitors from across the world. The event includes judging, seminars, demonstrations, family activities, auctions, and exhibits of artisans and supplies.

Just a few miles south is Assateague Island. The island is known for its natural beauty, including beaches, wild ponies, waterfowl, and other scenes.

A bridge from the mainland provides access to Assateague Island State Park and/or Assateague Island National Seashore. The state park has beach access, a boat launching facility, pier, and other assets. The larger national park also has beach access, camping, RV parking, hiking trails, and more.

Chestertown is a favorite stop for boaters and nautical history enthusiasts. Held each fall, the annual Chestertown Downrigging Weekend is the town's biggest attraction. Featuring tall ships and other classic boats of all sizes, the event draws mariners from across the region.

In Easton, a multi-day waterfowl festival attracts carvers, collectors, art lovers, and waterfowl enthusiasts. The festival is held each year in November.

Another popular destination for day trips or weekend getaways is St. Michaels. Located on the Miles River, this historic waterfront town is home to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Micheals Museum, and scores of historic homes.

Nearby, the Oxford - Bellevue Ferry offers a scenic ride between two historic waterfront communities.

A few miles south, near Cambridge, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is known for its eagles, ospreys, waterfowl, and more. The refuge is home to three paddling trails totaling over 20 miles.

During winter, the Cambridge waterfront becomes a prime location for viewing wild ducks, geese, and other birds.

On Deal Island, skipjack sailboat races are a local tradition. Held annually over Labor Day weekend, the race showcases wooden skipjack sailboats from around the Chesapeake Bay. Over the weekend, participants share information, network, and learn about these historic sailing vessels. In addition to the skipjack race there is a large craft show, yard sales, local foods, and other side events.

Another popular destination for boaters, fishermen, and seafood lovers is Crisfield, Maryland. This small waterfront town is home to the National Hard Crab Derby, Boat Docking Contest, and other events.

Also at Crisfield, visitors can explore the town dock and catch a boat to nearby Smith Island or Tangier Island.

In Snow Hill, the annual Blessing of the Combines is one of the state's most popular agri-tourism events.

Not be overlooked are the many opportunities that are available in state and county parks on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Campers and day trip explorers can choose from dozens of interesting parks and other destinations.

Near Hillsboro, Tuckahoe State Park is a great location for camping, fishing, paddlesports, hiking, horseback riding, and other activities. Below the dam, hikers and horseback riders will find stunning views of Tuckahoe Creek and surrounding hardwood forests.

Along the upper Choptank River, Martinek State Park provides camping and water access. Just down the road is Adkins Arboretum where miles of trails wind through trees, wildflowers, and other native plants.

Located on the lower Choptank River in Cambridge is Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park. The property includes piers that extend from both banks of the river, running parallel to Rt. 50. Popular activities on the piers include walking, crabbing, fishing, and birdwatching.

Things To Do (listed by season)

Winter

waterfowl watching, hunting
Ocean City Winterfest of Lights
Christmas parades
East Coast Commercial Fishermen's and Aquaculture Trade Expo

Spring

Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
Ocean City Springfest
fresh strawberries

Summer

Fourth of July Fireworks Displays
National Hard Crab Derby
Blessing of the Combines
boat docking contests
beach excursions
fishing
Deal Island Skipjack Race

Fall

Ocean City Sunfest, Bike Week
Chestertown Downrigging Weekend
Easton Waterfowl Festival

Related Information

Things To Do in Ocean City MD

St. Michaels

Deal Island Skipjack Races

Things To Do in Maryland 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Maryland Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund Projects

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will undertake restoration projects at lakes throughout Maryland under the new State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund, which provides $1 million for each of the next three years to improve state-owned lakes.

Governor Hogan approved the total $3 million fund in May 2018. DNR was tasked with determining priorities and a work plan for the funding.

Five public open houses were held around the state in the fall of 2018 to solicit project ideas, and the department’s lake managers also helped identify the most pressing needs to protect and restore the water bodies under their care.

Each of the lakes will benefit from at least one project. Deep Creek Lake, the largest state-owned lake and the economic driver for Garrett County, will receive approximately $420,000 divided between three projects. At least 41 projects will be funded statewide.

The funds will be used to remove sediment, treat contaminated sediment, prevent the spread of invasive species, improve ecological and recreational value, and any other action the department deems necessary.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Maryland Books - Book Reviews



Books about or related to Maryland USA can be found online or in almost any local bookstore in the state. Subjects include history, ghost stories, nautical, seafood, nature, and many more.

Books related to the Chesapeake Bay are always popular among Marylanders. Books about the estuary explore history, water-based recreation, seafood, commercial fishing, boating, and other subjects.

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At Chesapeake-bay.org, readers will find Chesapeake Bay Book Reviews as well as an online store featuring Chesapeake Bay books.

Another website offers a review of The Chesapeake Watershed: A Sense of Place and a Call to Action

For those interested in Charm City (Baltimore), another website showcases books about Baltimore.

For readers that enjoy fishing stories,Wet and Hungry: An Atlantic Fisherman's Life is worth looking into.

Other sources of information about Maryland themed books are numerous. Online audiences will find information about relevant books at sites such as goodreads.com

Another good way to find books about Maryland is to attend local events such as the Baltimore Book festival.

For old and used book enthusiasts, there are thrift shops, flea markets, yard sales, specialty book stores and other sources.

Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will be held on May 19th and 20th, 2018 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, MD.

This year's performers include: Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Delbert McClinton, Keb' Mo', Doyle Bramhall II, Shemekia Copeland, Mike Zito, Heather Gillis, Mr. Sipp, Brandon Taz Niederauer, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, and others.

Chesapeake Bay Events is pleased to announce that Deanna Bogart will travel from her home on the west coast to appear at the 20th Anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival (CBBF).

Deanna is an award winning, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, singer, songwriter, producer, pianist and sax player.  She combines the best of Boogie-Woogie, contemporary Blues, Country and Jazz into a blend that she calls "blusion".

She has 22 WAMMIES (Washington Area Music Awards) and 3 BMA Awards for Horn Instrumentalist of the Year.

She has played for US Troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt.

Deanna appeared at the very first festival in 1998 in the pouring rain.

Deanna is scheduled to perform with a full horn section on Sunday, May 20th, 2018.