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Outdoor Movies on Delmarva PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Saturday, 04 June 2011 20:34

There was a time when the drive-in movie was a fixture of summer. Load up the car with the kids, hook the scratchy speaker to the car window, fill up with popcorn and hot dogs during intermission, and watch the latest movies on a massive screen under the stars.


They are gone now. The Diamond State Drive-in in Felton went dark a couple of years ago, and the deteriorating sign for a drive-in near Ocean City is rusting in the brush on Rt. 50. But the lure of watching films in the fresh air instead of in a metroplex has led to a revival of outdoor viewing. A lot of Delmarva communities are using portable screens to show movies outside on summer nights. All the films are family-friendly. Bring your own lawn chair and snacks. (And bug spray.)


CRISFIELD: Movies on the Dock. June 25, July 9, 23 August 6, 20. 9 pm at the dock. www.crisfieldevents.com


DEWEY BEACH: Monday Movies on the Beach. June 20-August 29. 8:30 at Dagsworthy Street and the Beach. www.beach-fun.com


EASTON: Cinema by Starlight. Fridays, July 1- August 26. 8:30 at Brewers Lane by N. Harrison St. (Across from the parking lot used for the Farmers’ Market) www.theavalonfoundation.com


LEWES: Cinema by the Canal. Thursday June 16, July 21, August 18 8:30 at Canalfront Park


OCEAN CITY: Monday & Friday, 8:30 at 27thy St. and the Beach; 8:30 Thursdays at Princess Royale Hotel on 91st St.; Wednesdays at the Carousel Hotel on 117th St. and the beach. www.ococean.com


REHOBOTH BEACH: Cinema by the Surf. Thursday July 7, August 11. 8:30 at the Bandstand. www.rehobothfilm.com

What's Heppenin' on the Eastern Shore June 1-15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 19:38

June 2-7

Tall ship Kalmar Kyckel visits Cape Charles. Free tours, 2 ½ hour sails ($60/adults; $40 under 17), on the recreated 17th century Dutch vessel, the state boat of Delaware. www.kalmarkyckel.org


June 3: First Friday, Chestertown/Easton. Shops, galleries open late. Artist receptions. Specials at shops and restaurants. 5-9 pm.

Art League of Ocean City. Monthly reception and show at the gallery, 94th Street, OC. 410-524-9433.


June 4-5

Ocean to Bay Bike Ride for MS. Begins and ends in Cape Charles. Over 600 riders through the back roads and towns of the Virginia Shore. Free shuttle from host hotels. 757-490-9627. www.bikevax.nationalmssociety.org


June 4

Music in the Park. EVERY SATURDAY THROUGH THE SUMMER. Fountain Park, Chestertown. 7-8:30 pm. Bring something to sit on and enjoy the concert. Rain location: Emmanuel Episcopal Chuch.


Patuxent Partners. High lonesome Bluegrass from a popular duo. Prince Theater. 8pm. $10. www.princetheatre.org


Fishing Derby, Martinak State Park. 9-12. Fishing, arts & crafts, lunch, refreshements. $5 registration. 410-479-8120


Grape Blossom Festival, Layton’s Chance Winery, Vienna. MD. Enjoy wines from 4 of the Eastern Shore’s wineries: Layton’s Chance, Bordeleau, Costa Ventosa, Fenwick Wine Cellar. Live music, food by the Rescue Fire Company of Cambridge. $20. www.laytonschance.com


14th Annual Wings and Wheels for Sight, Bay Bridge Airport, Stevensville. 10-4. Antique and classic cars, motorcycles, airplanes, and helicopters. Model rocket display, remote control airplanes. Airplane and helicopter rides. $10 per carload admission. Proceeds benefit sight-related charities. 410-604-1141


22nd Annual Strawberry Festival and Craft Show, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Easton. 10-5. 410-745-2534.


Clean the Bay, various locations throughout the Virginia Eastern Shore. Clean the beaches and trails of trash, cigarette butts, plastic bags, soda cans, and other debris. 9-12. Bags and gloves provided at some locations. Kiptopeke State Park contact 757-331-2267. Other locations: www.cdf.org


Old West Festival, Chincoteague. Robert Reed Waterfront Park. 10-5. Live music, best dressed cowboy/cowgirl contest. Western reenactments. 757-336-6271,


June 5-11

Rehoboth Restaurant Week. Twenty restaurants on Delaware’s Culinary Coast offering $25 7 $30 prix-fixe meals. List of restaurants at www.downtownrehoboth.com. 302-227-2772


June 5-19

26th Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. 13 events, 17 artists, 6 concerts, 5 artist recitals, 2 rehearsals open to the public. In Easton and other mid-Shore locations. 410-819-0380. www.chesapeakechambermusic.org


Ocean City Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants offer fixed price meals. For a list of restaurants, www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com. 410-289-6733.


June 6-7

Creepy Crawlers Program, Chesapeake Environmental Center, Grasonville. Program for kids 1-5 years old held the first Monday and Tuesday of the month. 10-11:15am. Activities include story time, walk, craft, live animals, scavenger hunt, snack. Kid must be accompanied by an adult. $5 registration per child. 410-827-6694. www.bayrestoration.org


June 9

Thursdays at the Park, Millstream Park, Centreville. 7-9pm. Enjoy a variety of music each week. Bring a lawn chair. 410-758-2520.


June 10-12

MD Watermen’s Association Rockfish Tournament. Head out with the fleet or just watch the daily weigh-in at 4 pm. (Probably lots of rockfish specials at the local restaurants, too.) Top prize: $10K. Rock Hall. www.marylandwatermen.com


Paddle Clash 2011 – Games on the Eastern Shore. Martinak State Park, Denton. Weekend of wet fun, starting with games on Friday night (bring glow-sticks). Saturday is paddle races, ball games on the water, skill games for paddlers. $15 registration includes a community dinner, but not camping fees. 410-820-1668. Camping info: 1-888-432-2267.


June 10

Cruise In and Outdoor Movie, Denton. Classic cars on Market Street, DJ spinning classic oldies, then an outdoor movie. Fittingly, it’s The Gumball Rally. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and munchies. 6-10pm. 410-479-1545.


2nd Saturday art stroll, Onancock. 5-9 pm. Galleries, stores, open late. Special events.


June 11-12

“Gardens by the Sea” Tour, Stevensville. 10-4. Self-guided tour of waterfront gardens on Kent Island and surrounding area. Docents are at each garden, plein air artists and live music at some locations. $20 for both days. Tickets at Kent Island Federation of Arts or on-line. 410-643-7424. www.kifa.us


June 11

Second Saturday, Cambridge, Rehoboth Beach, Chincoteague. 5-9pm. Stores and galleries open late. Special events, artist receptions.


30th Annual Bay Music Festival, Centreville, Queen Anne’s 4-H Park. 2-10pm. Blues, rock & roll, Bluegrass, rockabilly. $25 at the gate, $19 in advance. Ticket locations and performer list at www.baymusicfestival.com


Sundaes at Sunset, Layton’s Chance Winery, Vienna. Enjoy a scoop with a dollop of Joes Cool Red (chocolate for the kids). www.laytonschance.com


Wicomico County Geocaches Dash, Pemberton Park, Salisbury, 8-5. Hi-tech scavenger hunt using hand-held GPS. Find 22 ‘caches.’ Prizes, awards. Free. Intro ‘course’ at 8 am at Pemberton Park. 410-548-4914. Crab feast party afterward. Charge for that.


Quilt & Art Festival. Cadbury at Lewes. 10-4. Handcraft works: photography, watercolors, wood working, pottery, jewelry, fabric art, and many beautiful quilts. 302-644-7998. www.cadbury.org/foundation

Ghostly Gathering in Greensboro PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 07:52


Students of the paranormal will share otherworldly experiences this weekend at the first Delmarva Paranormal Conference at the Riverside Country Inn in Greensboro. Hosted by the Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters, it has a roster of big names in the ghost-tracking community reporting on their investigations and evidence that supports their conviction that there’s a lot of activity on ‘the other side.’


Even the most ardent non-believer enjoys a good ghost story, and there will be plenty of those. Andy Nunez, author of three books about ghosts on the Eastern Shore, will be there, as will Russ Noratel whose book is about haunted places in Ellicott City.


Jonathan Williams, the Executive Director of the International Museum of Spiritual Investigations in Gettysburg is also coming. I met him a few weeks ago while in Gettysburg (reportedly one of the most haunted places on earth). The display at his museum traces spirituality and ghost beliefs around the world and throughout history, which makes the field of study more credible. (Did you know that Thomas Edison was working on a machine to make contact with those who’ve ‘passed?’ Or that King Charles II had an official ghost hunter/spiritualist?) There’s also an exhibit about paranormal photograph – how they are faked and how his group verifies them.


The setting at the Riverside Inn is perfect for the conference, since there are many stories about strange goings-on. Might be that the otherworldly residents will be attending the conference themselves (and getting away with not paying the registration fee.) Both Friday and Saturday nights, there will be a ghost hunt in the hotel with the investigators breaking out all of their devices which detect electromagnetic energy, take photos, and record sounds at unusual frequencies. (I went on a hunt in Gettysburg – not with Jonathan but another investigating group. I’m not saying this place was haunted, but there were some things that had no logical explanation…)


Doors open at 9 AM on Saturday. Admission is $20 for one day. The only activity listed for Friday is the ghost hunt. There’s a breakfast with the speakers on Sunday. More details are at the conference website: http://delmarvaparacon.webs.com/

The Perfect Meal on the Chesapeake Bay PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Monday, 16 May 2011 17:15


I recently read “The Man Who Ate the World.” The author is a restaurant critic in London who decided to tour the world’s finest, most famous, and most expensive restaurants in search of ‘the perfect meal.’ This would be the meal in which the menu was planned so that each course complimented and built on the others, every plate of food was ideally prepared and presented, the service attendant, the wines well-matched, and the surrounding appropriate, culminating in a near-religious experience.


It didn’t happen. Although he dined at legendary restaurant on food prepared by culinary masters, spending more on a single dinner than a family of four spends on a month’s groceries, he had only one meal which met his criteria, but it did not leave him feeling superbly and sublimely satisfied.


Which got me thinking about “what makes the perfect meal?” Does it depend on expensive ingredients and exotic techniques? Elegant surroundings? And if you do have a ‘perfect’ meal, do you never eat again because all else will be a disappointment?


Or is there something else that makes a meal memorable? As a travel writer, I’ve enjoyed meals at some fabulous places, but I honestly can’t remember many of them. What I do remember are some of the occasions and the people. Like one of my first press trips. It was in Florida. It was one of those rare occasions when you met a group of total strangers but before you’ve left the airport parking lot, you decided that you’d known and liked each other in a past life. Our last night was at a restaurant overlooking a lake. It was prom night and the kids were all there in tuxes and gowns, glowing with the excitement of the evening. When the wait staff handed us the dessert menu, we laughed and asked for one of each. Within minutes, a lazy Susan appeared on the table with one of every dessert and a spoon for each of us. I don’t even recall the desserts, although I’m sure that much chocolate was involved. But that was close to a perfect meal.


Living on the Chesapeake, we have lots of those meals. The first time my father met my soon-to-be husband – a Long Islander by birth. Hey, it’s not his fault! – there was some sizing up to be done. Ron is an engineer (“You’ll never starve”) and he drank his Jack Daniels straight (ice in good whiskey is an abomination). We were going to my sister’s for crabs that night. “Do you know how to pick crabs?” “Once you show me, I will.” Over a bushel of crabs and beer, they bonded. Or the time we took our British friend Nigel to The Red Roost on the 4th of July. Nigel used to captain supertankers. He’s eaten at every port in the world, but he'd never seen a steamed crab, much less eaten one. So we picked crabs as we watched the fireworks. Or my habit of taking a box or three of Berger cookies to every horseback riding clinic I attend and sharing them with new (and old) riding friends. Introducing a visiting farrier from Tennessee to stuffed rockfish at Boonies. The annual pot-luck for the CSA held at Westside Community Center in Tyaskin where everyone brings something made from veggies and chickens grown by local farmers.


When the kayak trails opened on Smith Island, a ferry full of media types and dignitaries cruised out to the island for a day’s paddling. When we arrived, the islanders greeted us with lunch: crab cakes made from crustaceans who’d been swimming in the Chesapeake that morning, homemade slaw, corn-on-the-cob, iced tea, and – of course – many varieties of Smith Island cake. We ate on picnic tables overlooking the Bay, enjoying each other’s company and the day’s adventure. The breeze was cool; the clouds were scuttling across the sky, the seagulls loudly reminding us that they were available for leftovers. If that wasn’t perfect, it was as close as I need to come. Who needs Michelin stars when the Bay is shining in the sunlight?

Happy Trails on Virginia's Eastern Shore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Monday, 16 May 2011 16:30


Volunteer fire departments are always looking for ways to raise money. About 15 years ago, the Northampton Fire and Rescue Company down in Nassawadox came up with the idea of a weekend of horseback trail riding. That it was successful is an understatement. There are now two rides a year, in May and September. The May ride was this past weekend. Limited to 250 riders, it fills up within days of registration opening, and there’s always a waiting list of another 100. People trailer in from as close as Chincoteague and as far as West Virginia and North Carolina for three days of riding, camping, riding, visiting, riding, partying, riding, eating, and riding. The horses stay in corrals and picket lines. The humans sleep in RVs, tents, and in the back of their pick-ups.


Trails are anywhere from three to 17 miles long. (That’s 1 to 6 hours in the saddle for the equestrian-speed-conversion challenged.) That includes a stretch *in* the Bay at low tide. The horses love it! All of the trails are on private land, and a lot has to be said for folks who are willing to have a cavalry riding across their property, no matter how good the cause. Their largess makes the ride a pure delight as the trails go along the edges of wheat fields, through glades lined with sweet-scented honeysuckle, into dense woods on narrow bushwhacked passages, and around ponds where turtles watch from half-submerged logs.


The work crews donate many hot, hard, tick-and-bug infested hours laying out, troubleshooting, clearing, and marking the trails so that no one gets lost or hurt. The office staff makes sure there’s a campsite or corral for everyone, and the kitchen crew makes sure there’s enough BBQ chicken to feed the mob of hungry riders on Saturday night. All of this for the modest registration fee of $35. All proceeds going to the fire & rescue company.


The next ride is the weekend of September 24. Registration opens in mid-June. Check out details at www.easternshoretrailride.com. I’ll be there. Look for the red Durango with the red bumper-pull (one sharp looking rig if I say so myself) and the big Dutch Warmblood with the Tobiano tail. Happy trails!


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