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What's Hot, What's Happenin', Nov. 22-28 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Thursday, 04 November 2010 11:59


November 22-28

Assateague Island Waterfowl Week. Chincoteague Island Wildfowl Refuge. Presentations, tours, workshops. Areas of the refuge usually closed are open to birdwatchers and photographers during the height of the annual southern avian migration. www.chincoteaguechamber.com.


November 25

Turkey Trot, Pemberton Park, Salisbury, MD. Pre-burn Thanksgiving feast calories with a 5K job, run, trot, or walk through Pemberton Park’s woodlands and fields. Prize for best Thanksgiving costume. Healthy snacks but also apple pie and ice cream. Trot starts at 9 a.m. $25 registration. 410-860-2447.


November 26

Deborah Waterfowl Show & Auction, Chincoteague. Over 100 carvers and artists exhibiting and selling their works. $3 admission, 1 p.m. www.chincoteaguechamber.com


November 26-27

16th Annual Southeastern Delaware Artists’ Studio Tour. Free, self-guided tour of some of Delaware’s most talented artists and artisans. 10-4. Free map. www.artstudiotour.com


November 26-28

8th Annual Artisans Guild Open Studio and Vineyard Tour, Eastern Shore of Virginia. Various locations Studios, galleries, workshops, vineyards and wineries will be open from 10 am to 5pm, Fri-Sat-Sun.Download map at http://www.esartisansguild.org


What's Hot, What's Happenin', Nov 15-21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Thursday, 04 November 2010 11:57


November 18-January 2

Winterfest of Lights, Northside Park, Ocean City. Ride a tram through a winter wonderland of over one-million lighted displays. 5:30-9:30 Sun-Thurs. 5:30-10:30 Fri-Sat. $4 admission. Under 10, free. www.ococean.com


November 19

Grandastic Jamboree, Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. Music by Bird Dog Walker and the Road Kings, Arty Hill, and The Long Gone Daddys. AYCE buffet of oyster fritters, soft shell crabs, crab soup, pit beer, beans, slaw. Dollar Drafts. In support of the Grand National Waterfowl Association. 4 p.m. $40 at the door. www.grandnationalwwaterfowl.com


Third Friday, Salisbury. Downtown merchants and restaurants open late with specials. Art displays in buildings. Street performers. 5-9 p.m. Main Street, Salisbury.


November 19-20

Blue Crab Bay Company Holiday Open House, Melfa, VA. Get an early start on holiday gifts and stock up on goodies you need for those holiday parties. Sample the award-winning dips, snacks, and mixers created by this locally owned, operated, and created small business. 9-5 Friday; 10-5 Saturday. Shop is in the Accomack Airport Industrial Park. Look for the directional signs on Rt. 113. www.bluecrabbay.com


November 20

Birding Field Class, Wallops Island, VA. Guided tours of the marshes, back country of Assateague Island, and other hot spots at the height of the annual southern avian migration. Organized and conducted by the Marine Science Consortium. Tour begins at 8:30a.m. $35 includes transportation to sites, birding guide, and lunch. Reservations required. 757-824-5636. www.msconsortium.org


21st Annual Turkey Trot, Denton Elementary School, Denton, MD. 2-mile walk, run, or trot for all ages from the school to Martinak State Park & back. Festival also has turkey raffles, crafts, special Lil Pilgrim short walk for toddlers, and the Turkey Dinner Relay. (Gotta get there to see and appreciate it!) 8 a.m. – noon Registration $12 per person, $36 for family of 4. Please bring a donation item for Hospice House. www.carolinerecreation.org.


Anna Ella Carroll Appreciation Day, Various locations in Dorchester County. Events recognizing the woman who served as a military and political advisor to Abraham Lincoln, but who has been largely overlooked by history. Starts at 9 a.m. at Old trinity Church in Church Creek and ends with the Premier of The Lost River, a motion picture about her, at the Hyatt Resort in Cambridge. Details, schedule, and prices for events at www.friendsofannaellacarroll.org


November 20-28

Assateague Island Waterfowl Week. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Annual open house during the peak of the annual bird migration. Programs, events, areas of the refuge normally closed are open to bird watchers. 757-336-6161


Delmarva's Seasonal Disorder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 20:03


I finally took down my hanging baskets this afternoon. I’m a ‘summer will last forever’ person, but the few blooms still peeking out from the tangle of brown leaves and dying vines look just plain tired. Winter is on its way. Which leads to what a friend of mine calls “The Delmarva Bi-polar Disorder.” And I don’t mean choosing between Santa at the North Pole and Penguins at the South.


Just how bad is this winter going to be, and how much preparing should I do?


All of the catalogs are coming in from L.L. Bean, The North Face, Duluth Trading Co., Woolrich, Winter Silk – all of them warning of cold and snow and ice and misery and promising to protect me from the elements with their sweaters and thermal underwear.


Then there are the ‘stuff’ catalogs and the displays showing up at Ace Hardware and Home Depot. Can I survive without an ergonomically correct snow shovel? Propane-powered de-icer? Snow chains for my truck tires? Fat wood for my fireplace? How many packets of hand-warmers do I need?


Decisions. Decisions.


The Old Farmer’s Almanac isn’t much help. Whatever it calls for in the Mid-Atlantic doesn’t take into consideration the unique climatology of the Eastern Shore. Remember a couple of years ago when the Western Shore was buried in drifts up to the top of the Washington Monument and the Governor declared a state of emergency and ordered everyone off the roads? Except that over here we only got a couple of flurries, not even enough for a 2-hour school delay. What’s the point of spending the cash for a new snow-blower if it’ll be rusted past the point of use before it’s needed?


But then…


Last winter.


It nibbles uncomfortably at the fringes of our consciousness like an upcoming visit to the dentist. It really isn’t going to be that bad. Really. Last year was just a fluke. Really. With global warming, winters will be milder now. Really.


But what if I’m wrong?


So I rationalize. Most of the stuff keeps, after all. I might get an assignment to write a story about dog sledding in Wisconsin, and I’d need long johns then. It might not snow, but we could get freezing rain. That’s kind of likely, actually. And that would take down power lines even faster than a foot of snow, so a generator makes sense. And I can carry the shovel in my horse trailer, where it will definitely see a lot of use year-round.


But isn’t it silly to get worked up over the ‘maybe’ of winter when you know it’s not going to happen? Spend that money when it can go towards other things, especially in this economy? Get caught up in the hype and hysteria of maybe mega-disasters?


But then…

What's Hot, What's Happenin', Nov. 8-14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 31 October 2010 14:01


Nov. 10-14

13th Annual Rehoboth Beach Film Festival. Fantastic celebration of cinema with a world-class schedule of indie and small-release films. Nirvana for film lovers and those who simply enjoy movies that are far beyond the multi-plex. Schedule and ticket information at http://www.rehobothfilm.com/


Nov. 12

Night out in Onancock, VA!

5 pm. 2nd Friday Art Stroll starts at 5PM. Shops & galleries open late with special events.

6-9 pm. The inaugural Eastern Shore Oyster Riot. at The Inn and Garden Café. AYCE fresh oysters, cheeses, ESVA wines, live entertainment. $45. www.theinnandgardencafe.com

8 pm. The Front Page, The North Street Playhouse. $18 adults, $10 students. www.northstreetplayhouse.org


Second Friday in Berlin. Shops and galleries open late. Look for specials. 6-9 p.m.


Nov. 13

Native American Festival, Chincoteague. At Robert Reed Waterfront Park. Cultural demonstrations: Corn grinding, needle basket weaving, drumming, dancing. Lots of interactive kids’ activities. 10-4. www.chicnoteaguechamber.com


Swine and Wine, Chatham Vineyards, Machipongo, VA. Roast pig (and chicken), live music, on the grounds of the vineyard. (Bet there will be some kind of wine tasting going along with that…) Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. www.chathamvineyards.net


Second Saturday Arts Stroll, Chincoteague. Galleries, shops open late. Lots of specials, artist on hand. 6-10 p.m. www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org


Second Saturday Art Walk, Rehoboth. Sponsored by MOSAIC, the cooperative of Rehoboth’s art galleries and studios,. 2-5 p.m. Each gallery presents an exhibition as well as hosts a gallery reception. www.rehobothmosaic.com


Second Saturday in downtown Cambridge. Gallery openings, late shopping hours. Dining. 5-9 p.m. www.cambridgemainstreet


Nov. 12-14

Easton Waterfowl Festival. The Ultimate Event for lovers of waterfowl, waterfowl art, waterfowl hunting, waterfowling dogs, and the waterfowl culture of the Eastern Shore. Venues throughout Easton feature art, demonstrations, decoy calling, kids’ activities. About 400 artists, crafters, and vendors participate. Great deal. $10 ticket is good for all 3 days. www.waterfowlfestival.org

What's Hot, What's Happenin', Nov. 1-7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 31 October 2010 13:57


Nov. 4

Return Day, Georgetown, DE. A wonderful custom! Political rivals gather on the town square for the official reading of the election results and the symbolic “Burial of the Tomahawk” by rival party chairman, signaling the end of the election season, no hard feelings, and pledging to work together for the betterment of their communities. Morning parade and entertainment, free ox roast after the ceremonies. www.returnday.org


Nov. 5

Harvest Brew Fest, Fisherman’s Crab Deck, Chester, MD. Best microbrews from the area and beyond. Food stations from Kent Island restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. $45 in advance $55 at the door. (202) 550-2902.


First Friday Art Walk, Easton. 5-9 p.m. Galleries and shops open late. Special events, lots of artist showings.


First Friday Arts on the River, Snow Hill, MD. 5-8 p.m. Lots of special events at galleries and shops. Live music at The Palette.


Nov. 5-7

World Champion Punkin’ Chunkin’ Bridgeville, DE. How far can you toss a pumpkin? It all depends on your equipment. An amazing assembly of catapults powered by unique and time-tested power sources try to break the world records in distance-pumpkin-tossing. (There are almost as many catagories as there are pumpkins in Linus’ pumpkin patch.) Just too much fun. (Bring earplugs, though. Punkin’ chunkin’ is a noisy operation!) Tickets are $9 each day. $2 parking. http://www.punkinchunkin.com/main.htm


Nov. 6

ESO Cabaret Series, Belle Haven, VA. Blues artist Chris English. Tickets $10 7:30 p.m. ESO is located in Belle Haven, VA on 15293 King St. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 757-787-3226 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Nov. 6-7

Artworks Studio Tour. Annual free tour of over 50 studios of artists in Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties. Pick up a free map at Artworks (306 Park Row, Chestertown) and plot your own route.10-4. www.artworkschestertown.org


Nov. 7

David & Ginger Hildebrand: Colonial Music. The Mainstay, Rock Hall. Appearing in period dress and performing on authentic and reproduction instruments, they play the Top 40 tunes that George, Ben, Betsy and the rest of the Founding Parents rocked to. (Actually, they are serious performers and researchers of Colonial music, but they have a lot of fun with it, too.) $15. www.mainstayrockhall.org


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