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Eagle Festival at Blackwater Refuge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 18:28

I don’t care how often it happens, the sight of a bald eagle soaring overhead always takes my breath away. There is a pair that looks as though they’ve set up housekeeping near the stable and watching their aerial mating dance is a rare gift.


This weekend is the annual Eagle Festival at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. There’s a full day of nature activities focusing on the eagles, of course, but including most of the wildlife that call the refuge home. It starts with a bird walk at 8 AM. Bring binoculars and a camera and catch the birds while they are still getting started in the morning. Falcon, eagle, owl, and other birds of prey will be featured in programs throughout the day. Three eagle prowls will head out into the refuge to try to spot the bald eagles who are nesting on the grounds. Budding wildlife photographers can pick up tips during the workshop with John Lore. Native American music and lore will be provided by Ron Warren.


Kids activities start at 10:30 with ‘build your own’ blue bird box instruction, design and make your own t-shirt and buttons, an ‘endangered species’ puppet show, a chance to learn about what’s in an owl ‘pellet’ and how that tells you about the health of the bird, and constructing a ‘edible eagle.’ Birders will be outside to help kids spot and identify birds in the area.


Exhibitors include the Tri-State Bird Rescue and research and birds of prey from the Salisbury Zoo, Raptor’s Eye, and the Carrie Murray Nature Center. If you forget binoculars or decide that close-up birding is for you, Wild Birds Unlimited Optics will happily supply you with gear. Kathy Boyle Carvings and Jewelry will be selling a line of nature themed gifts. Food and drinks are also available.


The event is free and runs from 8:30-4 PM. For a complete schedule, check the website of the Friends of Blackwater: http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/Eagle_Festival_2011.pdf or call 410-901-6124.

The Globe Brings Home the Bacon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 17:49

The Globe Theater in Berlin is already one of my favorite places. The movie-theater-turned-restaurant-and-art-gallery is the heart of the social scene in Berlin and for good reason. Its schedule of family movie nights, live entertainment, trivia contests, and special events like murder mystery dinners and wine tastings means there’s something fun happening every night.

Now they have outdone themselves. Defying the dictates of healthy eating, they are celebrating one of the greatest culinary temptations known to man. Welcome to BACON NIGHT!

Every Wednesday, all of the Globe’s specials are bacon-centric. Bacon & BBQ Pulled Pork Panini; Jalapeno Bacon & Smoked Gouda Macaroni & Cheese; Brown Sugar & Orange Glazed Canadian Bacon; Apple Bacon & Brie Cake with bacon cream cheese frosting. If pure unadulterated pork is your passion, you can even order a straight up side of bacon.

Owner Jennifer David says one of her kitchen staff suggested the idea. Always looking for some new, fun thing to try and herself a bacon addict, she and her chefs came up with a bacon-wrapped menu. It’s a little bit like Iron Chef as they think up new ways to serve it up.

Bacon Night is only a few weeks old, but Jennifer says it’s already popular enough that she suggests reservations. Wednesday nights from 5-9PM. 410-641-0784.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 17:56
Harbingers of Spring on the Eastern Shore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Monday, 28 February 2011 15:57


I know we’re being set up. I know we always get one last big blast of winter in March (usually on St. Patrick’s Day). But the signs of spring are starting to appear.

  1. My allergies are acting up. I sneezed 23 consecutive times the night before last and my nose is dripping like a leaky faucet.
  2. The horses are blowing out their winter coats. The foal still looks like a Wooly Mammoth, but that’s Mother Nature’s way of protecting him from that last blast. But one pass along the neck of my big gelding and the nubs on the curry comb disappear. The sparrows are collecting the hair to line their nests.
  3. I passed a battered pick-up laden with unstable towers of crab pots rolling down Rt. 413 towards Crisfield.
  4. I heard a solitary spring peeper this morning and an osprey over the lake this afternoon.
  5. We’re expecting a thunderstorm.
  6. NPR was discussing the hunting technique of mosquitoes.
  7. The baby bald eagles are ready to hatch at Blackwater. (Watch them on Eaglecam!)


Yep, spring is in the air. But I’m not putting away the boots or snow shovel just yet. I know the adage of Eastern Shore weather: if you don’t like it, wait five minutes and it will change!

Hot & Happenin' on the Eastern Shore Feb. 28-March 6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Sunday, 27 February 2011 16:41


March 2

Ed Okonowicz, “Ghost Stories,” Dorchester County Historical Society, Cambridge, MD. One of the most prolific chroniclers of Delmarva’s folklore entertains with the myths, legends, and spooky events of the Shore. 7 PM, FREE http://www.tourdorchester.org/event.php?eventid=960


Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, Holloway Hall, Salisbury University. Internationally acclaimed ensemble of classic Indian dance. The name means “Dance Village.” 7 PM. FREE. http://www.salisbury.edu/newsevents/fullstoryview.asp?id=4476


Stargazing at the Seashore, Delaware Seashore State Park. Enjoy the night sky, learn to recognize constellations and hear stories about the ancient and current night sky. Telescope, binoculars, and star maps provided. Bring a blanket and pillow so you can lie down on the beach. $5 per person. Call for reservation. 302-227-6991. Meet at the Indian River Life Saving Station. NO FLASHLIGHTS!!


March 3-6

Books Café book sale, St. Lukes Church Queenstown. Oh be still, my book-loving heart! Annual sale of over 15,000 books, most at 90% off the cover price. Proceeds benefit the Wye Parish Episcopal Church and St. Luke’s Curch. Hours: 3-6 on Thursday, 10-6 Friday, 10-5 Sat. 9-2 Sunday. 410-827-8484.


March 4

1st Friday, Chestertown, Easton. Special events, gallery openings, artist receptions. 5-9 PM.


March 5

Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival, Convention Center, Rehoboth. Every confection, baked good, candy, cookie, cake, pudding… all chocolate. Contest divisions for restaurants, bakeries, amateurs, kids. Hey, what with flavenoids, calcium, and anti-oxidants, chocolate is a health food! Doors open at 11:30. Sale continues until the chocolate runs out or 3:30, whichever comes first. Entry is $2, samples of chocolate are 50 cents each. No carry out. More information and download the form to enter the contest:



Dog Ball, Melfa, VA. Benefit for the SPCA at the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club. Live music, carving table, 50/50 raffle, cash bar. Tickets $50 per person/ $95 couple. Contact Barbara Hall: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Reconciliation Day “Joy of Community,” Prince Theatre, Chestertown, MD. Sponsored by the African American Heritage Center and Prince Theatre, it celebrates the ability of the arts, cultural heritage, and spiritual expression as catalysts to unification. 6 p.m. FREE. www.princetheatre.org.


Mardi Gras Masqued Ball, Denton, MD. Annual event to benefit the Caroline County Council of the Arts. Live New Orleans music, Creole food, live and silent art auctions, cash bar, Masque contest. Tickets $50 in advance $60 at the door. 410-479-1009.



March 6

Gumbo Cookoff, Rehoboth Beach, DE. Stroll through Rehoboth Beach, sampling gumbo at 12 restaurants competing for the title of Best Gumbo North of Nawlins. Ballots are $5 and available at participating restaurants. Jolly Trolley providing transportation between the restaurants if you are too stuffed to walk on your own. Other good foods – beignets, Po’ Boys, Etouffe. Enjoy it now; Lent beings on Wednesday! www.downtownrehoboth.com

SUP the Coast for Wounded Warriors and Ocean Health PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fran Severn   
Friday, 18 February 2011 18:17


Some people want to hike the Appalachian Trail. Mike Simpson and Will Rich want to stand-up paddle the east coast of America. On March 1, the two will leave from the famous ‘southernmost point’ buoy in Key West and head for Portland, Maine on stand-up paddles.


Stand-up paddling (SUP) is a new water sport that is catching on faster than a high-speed catamaran. It’s something of a cross between a kayak and a surfboard. You can stand. Or sit. Or straddle. You use a paddle similar to a kayak paddle to propel yourself along. I tried it last summer with Janis Markopoulis of Delmarva Board Sports last summer. It is impossible to fall off; I know because I tried.


But exploring the marshes and tidal waters of the Chesapeake and near-in coast line of the Atlantic is a lot different that paddling 30 miles a day in the open waters of the ocean. That’s what Mike and Will plan to do. Google maps makes that 2100 miles using the coastal roads. That’s about 70 days, not adding in anything for bad weather, sore arms, or damaged equipment.


The guys are making the trip to raise money and awareness for two causes. The first if the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports returning servicemen and servicewomen from their tours of duty. The second is SUP Cleanup, a worldwide organization dedicated to awareness of the health of oceans and waterways.


As part of their pre-trip planning, they are going to be at Harborside Bar & Grill in Ocean City tomorrow night, Feb. 24, from 7:30- 9:00. Janis has put together a meet and greet information session. They’ll be explaining more about who they are, what they are doing, and will be looking for sponsors (including people to put them up while they are in the area).


For more information about the guys and their mission, go to: www.supthecoast.com

To learn more about Delmarva Board Sports (Janis does a lot of intro sessions when the weather warms up): www.delmarvaboardsports.com

To get directions to Harborside Bar & Grill: www.ocharborside.com


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