Month: June 2018

Fireworks celebrations in Mid-Shore towns

• Easton Carnival and 4th of July Celebration: June 28 to July 4, Easton. Easton’s annual carnival and 4th of July Celebration. Located between the Easton Bypass and St. Michaels Road (near Target). 410-822-0345; www.avalonfoundation.org. • Fireworks in Rock Hall: Tuesday, July 3, 9 p.m., over Rock Hall Harbor. Rain date is July 5. 410-639-7719; mparry@rockhall.gov. • 4th of July Firework Celebration-Kent Narrows Waterfront: Tuesday, July 3 (all day), Chester. Rain date is July 5 with fireworks only. Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center 425 Piney Narrows Road; 410-758-0835. • Fireworks in Oxford, Tuesday, July 3, 9-10 p.m., Oxford. Fireworks celebrating the 4th of July in Oxford at the Strand will be starting at dusk, usually between 9-9:30 pm. For more information, visit www.portofoxford.com. • Independence Day Celebration, Wednesday, July 4 at 11 a.m., Queenstown at1800 Carmichael Road. For more information, visit info@qachistory.org. • July 4th Parade and Civic Center Event: Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m., Rock Hall. Parade participants will line up at 9 a.m. at the ball field on North Main Street. Located at Main Street and the Battlefield to the Civic Center. For more information, call 410-639-7719 or visit mparry@rockhallmd.gov. • Mid-Shore Forth of July Concert, Wednesday, July 4 at 7 p.m., Cambridge. This outdoor event on the waterfront is free to the public and will take place at the Sailwinds Amphitheatre. • Children’s Parade and Old-Fashioned...

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Thinking outside the (planter) box

I don’t like to use the word “nag,” so I’ll say this- I asked my husband on a frequent and consistent basis to get our old barns cleaned up because they were full of junk. Absolute junk! One morning, pigs started to fly and he started this project while I was out in the yard, trying desperately to find a spot to plant some flowers that I had impulsively bought without a sure place to put them. And as my husband schlepped out some old tires, well, the tires started turning in my mind. So many odd things can...

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A backyard to sink your teeth into

He holds a degree in landscape design and grew up on a farm. But Justin Glessner’s personal terrain management plan isn’t your garden variety growing scheme. This summer marks his second season transitioning the yard surrounding the 1930s era home in Vienna, Md., where he and his wife moved a year and a half ago into an “edible” landscape — a smorgasbord of greenery as appetizing as it is decorative — garnished with an abundant supply of salvaged and repurposed natural materials. Where once there was neatly manicured lawn, a bountiful crop of nitrogen producing white flowering clover was sown to best prep the groundwork for a future harvest of blackberries and blueberries. Tucked tastefully behind a corner border of tulips taken from his grandmother’s bountiful flower garden lies a tempting trove of onions, tomato and pepper plus herb plants which will create the couple’s beloved spaghetti sauce. Savory mint varietals including chocolate, strawberry, and spearmint will flavor their favorite teas. Nearby, nestled beneath a Sugar Maple tree’s shade branches, lettuce heads will emerge to provide verdant eye candy before becoming salad. The soil, meanwhile, serves up an ecofriendly habitat for worms, helping enrich the growing medium and increase the catch on future fishing trips. Festooned alongside the house exterior is a border composed of climbing spinach plants, while raised beds buttressing his screened porch house additional herbs and...

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Would your boy be up for a Jurassic Garden?

Gardening is the perfect boy activity: Dirt, tools and their mommy. While fairy gardens have garnered a lot of attention, when it comes down to it, it seems their ideas are more of adding in action figures rather than setting up a teeny-weeny tea party. And so, for the little green thumb in your life, why not try a Dinosaur garden? To get started, read some favorite dinosaur books for some inspiration on how you want to do your project and to get excited for a roarin’ good time. You likely won’t need much you can’t find at home. First, find your vessel, and make sure it’s big enough to “play” and get creative in. It doesn’t need to be a traditional flowerpot. A cake tin with drainage poked or an old lidless Tupperware works well, even a plastic planter liner if you aren’t planning on moving it often. (In our version, Landon and I settled on a cheese box we had lying around. We have lots of strange things lying around at the Milby household). Have an old sandbox or other outside kid play area? You could make a large-scale area for continuous play and use some larger dinos in it! If you haven’t gotten into dinosaurs yet, grab a cheap pack at a dollar store. While the grown-up in you may be looking for the perfect ones...

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Upcoming Events

  1. St.
 Michaels
 Farmers’ 
Market

    July 7 @ 8:30 am - August 25 @ 11:30 am
  2. Academy 
Art 
Museum
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 Edvard
 Munch,
 Color 
in 
Context 
Prints

    July 28 @ 8:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Cambridge
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’ Market

    August 2 @ 3:00 pm - August 30 @ 6:00 pm
  4. Sail
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    August 4 @ 1:00 pm - October 27 @ 3:00 pm
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of
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    August 9 @ 8:00 am - September 28 @ 5:00 pm