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Maryland State Park First Day Hikes 2015

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

Maryland State Parks First Day Hikes 2015

Would you like to start the New Year off with a new tradition?

On January 1st Maryland State Parks are leading 27 different First Day Hikes at parks across Maryland. The hikes are free, and there is sure to be one for your activity level.

Dogs are welcome at many hikes! Be sure to RSVP so the rangers know who to expect!
http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/firstdayhikes.aspx

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

Assateague State Park First Day Hike

Ilia Fehrer / Judy Johnson Memorial Beach Walk

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Assateague State Park concession building

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families of all ages. The guided hike will take place on the beach toward the north end of the island.

Length of Trail: One mile round trip

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking. Hot chocolate will be served on the concession deck following the walk.
RSVP: Call Assateague State Park at 410-641-1094 to register

Additional Information: Join Ranger Bill Yates and Volunteer Interpreter Chris Seymour for this year’s hike “Finding your own Island?”

Assateague’s eco-zones provide unique ways to experience the island. While the ocean provides one of the largest habitats around the island, there are many other on the interior of the island you may not realize exist. You’ll explore the island from its sandy beach to its salty marshes exploring each habitat as its own mini island and taking a moment to realize that they offer unique experiences for humans that sit there a spell and absorb the sights and sounds of that particular zone.

The first Assateague Beach Walk was held on January 1, 1970. The newly formed Committee to Preserve Assateague Island hosted the inaugural event to draw attention to Assateague’s wild beauty. The committee was created by Ilia Fehrer, Judy Johnson and a few friends who had organized to rally against early plans for development of Assateague Island, which included a 25-mile highway and a number of commercial enterprises, and the Ocean Beach resort, much like Ocean City. A series of 1962 nor-easters interrupted construction, and eventually National and State Parks were established. The committee became the organization, Assateague Coastal Trust, who along with Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park sponsor the New Year’s Day walk each year.

Cedarville State Forest First Day Hike
A Winter Hike in the Forest

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the park’s headquarters office parking lot on Bee Oak Road.

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families.

Minimum Age for Children: Age 5, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Length of Trail: Three miles on the Orange and White Trails. Hike will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

RSVP: Call Cedarville State Forest at 301-888-1410 to register

Additional Information: Join the Friends of Cedarville State Forest on a steady winter hike in the forest and make a fresh start in the new year. Hot chocolate and refreshments will be provided in the headquarters office after the hike.

Cunningham Falls State Park First Day Hike
Lower Falls Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Call the park at 301-271-7574 to register and for details on the meeting location.

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families.

Minimum Age for Children: None. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Length of Trail: 1 mile round trip

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for
drinking.

RSVP: Call Cunningham Falls State Park at 301-271-7574 to register

Additional Information: Follow a stone dust path, smooth enough for jogging-style strollers, all the way to Maryland’s longest cascading waterfall. Allow 20 minutes at the falls for photos, rest and relaxation.

Dan’s Mountain State Park First Day Hike
A Sunset on a New Year

Time of Event: 4 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the fishing pond parking lot on Water Station Run Road

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike along farm roads and single-track trail. This trail contains natural features that become more challenging when ice and snow are present.

Length of Trail: Approximately 1 mile.

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the outdoors, and water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Dan’s Mountain State Park at 301-895-5453

Additional Information: Complete your New Year’s Day with a sunset hike along the Dye School Trail. Dusk on Dan’s Mountain is ideal for quiet reflection and wildlife viewing. A ranger will lead the group and remark on the natural and cultural history of the park. If weather permits, participants can drive to the top of the park on Recreation Road to witness an Appalachian sunset. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Deep Creek Lake State Park First Day Hike
Hike the Discovery Center

Time of Event: 10 a.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Discovery Center

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families of all ages. The guided hike will take place in and around the Discovery Center mainly dictated by the weather of the day.

Minimum age for kids: Age 5

Length of Trail: 1 mile round trip.

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the outdoors should the weather permit, and can bring camera and binoculars. Hot chocolate will be served at the Discovery Center following the walk.

RSVP: Call Deep Creek Lake State Park at 301-387-7067 to let us know you are going to join us!

Additional Information: Join naturalists Sam Dixon and Alana Morgan as you “Hike the Discovery Center.” Tour our displays, discover fossils in our building, tracks in our walls, tour the indoor mine, meet animals up close, venture outside to our aviary. If the weather permits, we will walk to the beach and back discovering the uniqueness of nature in winter.

Elk Neck State Park First Day Hike
Beaver Marsh!

Time of Event: 1 to 3 p.m.

Meeting Location: Beaver Marsh trailhead in the Rogue’s Harbor area

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike for families

Length of Trail: Approximately 2 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Elk Neck State Park at 410-287-5333

Additional Information: Join a park ranger on an invigorating two mile trek on the Beaver Marsh Trail, exploring upland forests and marshy habitats along the way.

Fair Hill NRMA First Day Hike

Time of Event: 11 a.m. Hike may cover some rocky and steep terrain

Meeting Location: Covered Bridge Parking Lot

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families of all ages

Length of Trail: 4 miles round trip

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Fair Hill NRMA at 410-398-1246

Additional Information: Set to reconnect with the natural world as we journey to and from Centre School, a one room schoolhouse that has been restored and was last used in 1924. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Fort Frederick State Park First Day Hike
The Civil War comes to “old Fort Frederick”

Time of Event: 11 a.m. Hike will last approximately 2 hours

Meeting Location: Fort Frederick State Park Visitor Center

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families

Length of Trail: Approximately 2 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Fort Frederick State Park at 301-842-2155

Additional Information: Join a park ranger and learn about the activities of the 1st Maryland Infantry, USA during the winter of 1861-1862 while they garrisoned “old Fort Frederick.” While stationed there, the 1st was involved in several skirmishes with Confederate troops including Christmas Day 1961 and New Year’s Day 1862. Other aspects of the war at the fort will be discussed as well.

Gambrill State Park First Day Hike
Green and Black Locust Trails

Time of Event: 4 p.m. Hike is not stroller accessible and not appropriate for adults carrying children in backpacks.

Meeting Location: Call Gambrill State Park at 301-271-7574 to RSVP and for meeting location.

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike.

Length of Trail: 1/2 mile round trip

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking, and a camera.

RSVP: Reservations are recommended. Call Gambrill State Park at 301-271-7574

Additional Information: Join a Park Ranger on the Green and Black Locust Trails in the High Knob area, which follow the contour of the mountain to three beautiful overlooks. Take advantage of the rare chance to view these spots at sunset. Make sure to bring your camera.

Greenbrier State Park First Day Hike
Winter Wonderland Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m. Hike around the lake will last approximately 1.5 hours

Meeting Location: Meet at the Greenbrier Visitor Center

Degree of Difficulty: We are offering two hikes this year – an easy hike around the lake for all ages and a moderate-to-strenuous, hilly hike for more experienced hikers

Length of Trail: The lakeside hike is about 1.5 miles, which will take about 1.5 hours and the more strenuous hike is about 3 miles and will last 2-3 hours

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking, and a camera (optional).

RSVP: Reservations are recommended. Call Greenbrier State Park at 301-791-4767

Additional Information: Join Park Rangers on New Year’s Day at Greenbrier State Park for a “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” hike around the lake. Two hikes will be offered this year. Take the easy lakeside trail hike and learn about the lake, trees and wildlife, including bald eagles, white-tailed deer, squirrels, chipmunks and red-tailed hawks that make their habitat in and around the state park. More experienced hikers can take the 2-3 hour, 3-mile hike on Greenbrier trails and enjoy a steady hike through the woods in the winter.

Gunpowder Falls State Park First Day Hike
Hike at Jerusalem Mill

Time of Event: 1 to 3 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Blacksmith Shop in Jerusalem Village

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families. This trail contains natural features that become more challenging when ice and snow are present.

Length of Trail: Approximately 1.75 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Gunpowder Falls State Park at 410-592-2897

Additional Information: The Friends of Jerusalem Mill will lead hikers along the Little Gunpowder Falls. The hike will cover some wet or uneven terrain. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop in Jerusalem for refreshments before the hike. Please call to register.

Herrington Manor State Park First Day Hike
Start the New year with Mystery

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Herrington Manor Ranger Station. Hikers will caravan to the trailhead located approximately 3.5 miles from the Ranger Station.

Degree of Difficulty: A moderate hike for families. Recommended for ages 7 and above.

Length of Trail: 1.5 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Herrington Manor State Park at 301-334-9180

Additional Information: Hike with a park ranger through the state forest to one of the best kept secrets in Garrett County. This hike will feature a unique destination that is definitely high on the COOL factor. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Janes Island State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at camper check-in lot near the park store and nature center

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families.

Length of Trail: 2 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Janes Island State Park at 410-968-1565

Additional Information: Join park rangers for a leisurely hike through the park grounds in search of deer, turkeys and bald eagles. The hike includes views of some of the park’s 30 miles of water trails, a reclaimed agricultural field and a portion of the campground.

New Germany State Park First Day Hike
Healthy Parks, Healthy Hemlocks, Healthy You!

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the New Germany Lake House

Degree of Difficulty: A moderate loop hike with approximately 120 feet of elevation change along a singletrack trail. A short section of the hike will be on a paved road. The hike should take no longer than an hour to complete.

Length of Trail: 1.5 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking. Weather depending, snowshoes are recommended and available to rent.

RSVP: Call New Germany State Park at 301-895-5453

Additional Information: Start your New Year off right with an invigorating winter hike that either jump-starts or supports your healthy lifestyle. A ranger will lead hikers along trails showcasing park history, scenic views of Poplar Lick Run, and lush hemlock forests. Well behaved dogs on a leash are welcome.

Patapsco Valley State Park
Hike for Your Health at Hollofield

Time of Event: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Meeting Location: Hollofield – Headquarters parking lot

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families. Recommended for children ages 12 and older

Length of Trail: Approximately 1 mile

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Patapsco Valley State Park at 410-461-5005

Additional Information: Start the New Year off healthy in your own back yard. Learn how to get the most out of your hike and live a healthier lifestyle. This is the first in a series of ranger lead “Hike For Your Health” to show guests different trails throughout the park.

Patapsco Valley State Park
Orange Grove History and Cascade Falls Trail Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Meeting Location: Orange Grove parking lot

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate to dfficult hike

Length of Trail: Approximately 2.5 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Patapsco Valley State Park at 410-461-5005

Additional Information: Hike the Cascade Falls loop and learn about the history of Orange Grove, the mill town, flour mill, swinging bridge, Civilian Conservation Corps and camping in the 1920’s. This hike will be moderately difficult so wear sturdy boots.


Patapsco Valley State Park
Sunrise Hike at Hollofield Overlook

Time of Event: 6:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Meeting Location: Hollofield parking lot to the right of the ranger station

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families

Length of Trail: Approximately 1 mile
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Patapsco Valley State Park at 410-461-5005 or Mark Jennys at 410-917-2239

Additional Information: Meet at the Patapsco Valley State Park State Park Hollofield area before sunrise to photograph the sunrise of the new year. The class discusses the dangers of photography in direct sunlight. After the photo shoot you will learn how to process your photos. Tripods are recommended but optional. Registration is required.

Pocomoke River State Park First Day Hike

Time of event: 10 a.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Shad Landing Administration Building

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for all ages

Length of Trail: 2 miles round trip

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and sturdy hiking shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Pocomoke River State Park at 410-632-2566

Additional Information: Where can you experience native stands of loblolly pines, stands of mixed pine/hardwoods, and a cypress swamp all in a 2 mile trip? Right on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at Pocomoke River State Park. Join a ranger and travel down the Hudson Tract to see the Cypress swamp in winter. You may even encounter an overwintering Bald Eagle or catch a glimpse of a Wild Turkey. This is a great way to start a New Year.

Rocky Gap State Park First Day Hike
Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Time of Event: 2 p.m.

Meeting Location: Rocky Gap State Park Nature Center parking lot

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families

Length of Trail: 1 mile

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and encouraged to bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Rocky Gap State Park at 301-722-1480

Additional Information: Rocky Gap State Park and the American Cancer Society invite you to join us for our annual First Day Hike. This partnership promotes healthy lifestyles and the importance of daily physical activity. Donations are $5 per person with children 12 and under free. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Allegany County, which helps raise funds for cancer research and patient programs. Dogs on a leash are welcome.


Sandy Point State Park First Day Hike
Hound-dog Hike

Time of Event: 10 a.m.

Meeting Location: East Beach shelter area

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families

Length of Trail: approximately 1 mile
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and encouraged to bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Sandy Point State Park at 410-974-2149

Additional Information: There’s nothing better to help get your year started on the right path like a hike with your favorite K-9 along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Hikers without pets are welcome. After the hike toast the New Year with sparkling cider and treats for your pet.

Seneca Creek State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the park office

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for all ages

Length of Trail: 1.5 miles round trip

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and encouraged to bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Seneca Creek State Park at 301-924-2127 to let us know you are coming

Additional Information: Join the rangers of Seneca Creek State Park for a hike near the historical Woodlands area of the park. The hike will follow a portion of Great Seneca Creek for some fantastic photo opportunities. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. Afterward, warm up with hot cocoa in the park office.

Seneca Creek State Park First Day Bike Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the park office

Degree of Difficulty: Easy for all ages

Length of Trail: 1.5 miles round trip

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to bring their own bike, helmet and water for drinking, and to dress appropriate for the weather.

RSVP: Call Seneca Creek State Park at 301-924-2127 to let us know you are coming

Additional Information: Start the New Year with a leisurely bike ride on the roads of Seneca Creek State Park. We will view the 90-acre lake and see evidence of some of the winter critters that live in the area. Afterward, warm up with hot cocoa in the park office. Please note: this event is weather-dependent. If the roads are deemed unsafe by park staff, registrants may participate in the hike that is scheduled at the same location and time.

Smallwood State Park First Day Hike
Sunrise at Smallwood

Time of Event: 7 a.m.

Meeting Location: Sweden Point Discovery Center

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike for families
Length of Trail: 2.5 miles round trip

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and encouraged to bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Smallwood State Park at 301-743-7613

Additional Information: Join a park ranger on a brisk nature hike through the park exploring beaver and duck habitats. After the hike enjoy warm beverages and danish. This trail is stoller accessible, but jogging strollers are highly recommended. Dogs on a leash are welcome in the park, but are not permitted in the Discovery Center.


St. Mary’s River State Park First Day Hike
A New Year for Nature

Time of Event: 10 a.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the parking lot of St. Mary’s River State Park

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike along the shoreline of St. Mary’s Lake

Length of Trail: 3 to 4 miles

Things to Bring: Participants should come prepared to be outside for an extended period of time in possibly very cold and windy weather conditions. Please bring water for drinking and wear sturdy shoes. Bring a camera to remember the beautiful scenery.

RSVP: Call St. Mary’s River State Park at 301-872-5688

Additional Information: Start the year off right and reconnect with nature as you journey along the lakeside with a park ranger. The forested area around the lake provides an excellent opportunity to catch a look at the local wildlife. The guided portion of the hike will be about 3 miles of the 7.5 mile loop; you can return with the ranger or continue the trail at your own pace and leisure. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Susquehanna State Park First Day Hike
Explore the Greenway

Time of Event: Noon

Meeting Location: Meet at Fisherman’s Park below the Conowingo Dam at the end of Shures Landing Road.

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families

Length of Trail: 2 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Susquehanna State Park at 410-557-7994

Additional Information: Start your New Year off right with fantastic views of the Susquehanna River. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Tawes Garden First Day Hike
A Winter Walk Through “Maryland in Miniature”

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Garden’s weekend entrance on Herbert M. Sachs Drive between the Courts of Appeals building and the Maryland
Judicial Center.

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families with children of any age. Trail is a combination of paving, boardwalk and pavers. This hike is stroller friendly and well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.

Length of Trail: Approximately 1/2 half mile round trip.

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow, cold). Bring along drinking water and binoculars for bird spotting. Hot cocoa will be served after the walk.

RSVP: Reservations are recommended. Call Tawes Garden at 410-260-8189

Additional Information: Get your New Year off to a refreshing start in this urban green space in downtown Annapolis. Join the park ranger and a naturalist for a leisurely walk through the Maryland Park Service’s only public garden and arboretum. You’ll hear how this once inhospitable lot was transformed to the 5-acre oasis it is today. We’ll scout for winter songbirds and other wildlife among areas that demonstrate Maryland’s native mountain west, central piedmont and coastal plain regions.

Tuckahoe State Park First Day Hike
Holiday Walk Up With Morning Sunshine

Time of Event: 11 a.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Lake Pavilion

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for all ages

Length of Trail: 2 miles

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking, and a camera (optional).

RSVP: Call Tuckahoe State Park at 410-820-1668

Additional Information: Hike will begin along the lake’s edge with great views of wildlife (maybe a bald eagle or two!) before heading into the woods with views of flooded woodlands and mature forests. Topics will include changing forests and wildlife habitats. The hike will last approximately 1.5 hours.

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Sunfest Celebrates Great Sunny Days in Ocean City, MD

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FIREWORKS: Thursday 10:05PM.
BEACH LASER LIGHT SHOWS: Saturday 9PM, 9:30PM, 10PM and 10:30PM
Rated #1 of the 100 Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the country by “Sunshine Artist Magazine
– America’s Premier Art & Craft Show Magazine”

Summer may be officially over, but there are still more sunny days ahead for beach lovers of all ages. September 18-21, 2014, be sure to check out Sunfest, celebrating its 40th year as Ocean City’s biggest and best festival.

Sunfest artists will delight your senses with their art and craft creations. Demonstrating artists will amaze you with their unique talents. Over 30 food vendors will awaken your taste buds with delicious foods from famous Eastern Shore delicacies to pit beef, gyros, Asian cuisine and many more. Enjoy free live entertainment on two stages all day long. Children will enjoy hayrides and inflatables on the beach. Sunfest 2014 has something for everyone.

Admission to the four-day event is free. All entertainment is free with the exception of the headline acts, which start at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, enjoy an evening of classic soul hits with the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley. Friday night is hot country night with Eric Paslay and Parmalee. Rick Springfield will be rocking the Sunfest tents on Saturday night. Tickets will be on sale at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center Box Office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by contacting TicketMaster at 1-800-551-SEAT or http://www.ticketmaster.com.

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For more information, call 800-626-2326.
Sunfest 40th Anniversary Ocean City MD
September 18 – 21, 2014
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunfest Transportation Sunfest Ocean City Maryland
The Sunfest Express offers direct service for festival attendees traveling from the Roland E. Powell Convention Center to the Inlet Parking Lot. This is a non-stop express route that takes you directly to the Sunfest grounds for only $3 all day or $1 per boarding. Parking is free at the Convention Center south lot. Shuttles departs the lot every 30 minutes from 9:00 a.m. until 30 minutes following the end of the evening’s last concert, Thursday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Ride the Boardwalk tram directly to the Sunfest grounds for only $3 per person one-way. The tram runs from 10 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Due to limited parking around the festival, and for your convenience, park your vehicle for free at the following locations and ride the bus –
It’s the way to go! $3 all day or $1 per boarding
* Northside Park on 125th Street
* Municipal Lot at 100th Street.

Take advantage of the Town’s Park & Ride location on Route 50 in West Ocean City. Park your car for free and hop on the non-stop shuttle to Sunfest $3 all day for $1 per boarding..
If you require special assistance with handicapped transportation, please call 410-723-1606.
While at Sunfest, be sure to visit the Official Event Merchandise Tent located just inside the Main Entrance. Don’t forget your official 2014 Sunfest tee. Youth and Adult sizes through 4XL are available. .

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, SEPT 18
OUTDOOR
10:00 – Opening Ceremony
11:30 – Natty Beaux
1:30 – Frakie & The Pack
3:30 – Rick K & The Allnighters
5:15 – Teenage Rust
6:30 – Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis

INDOOR
10:30 – Rick K & The Allnighters
12:30 – Recreation Dancers
2:30 – Natty Beaux
4:30 – Frankie & The Pack
8:00 – Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley (ticketed performance)

FRIDAY, SEPT 19
OUTDOOR
11:00 – Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys
1:00 – The Stickers
3:00 – The Galaxy Collective
5:00 – Front Page News
6:30 – The Stickers

INDOOR
10:00 – The Janitors
12:00 – Rick K & The Allnighters
2:00 – The Janitors
4:00 – Richie Fields
8:00 – Parmalee & Eric Paslay (ticketed performance) – Tickets $25-$35

SATURDAY, SEPT 20
OUTDOOR
11:00 – The Stickers
1:00 – Sir Rod
3:00 – The Diamonds
5:30 – Separate Ways The Band “Journey Tribute”

INDOOR
10:00 – The Diamonds
12:00 – Bob Lougheed & The Memphis Mafia
2:00 – Richie Fields
4:00 – British Invasion Experience
8:00 – Rick Springfield (ticketed performance) – Tickets $25-$50

SUNDAY, SEPT 21
OUTDOOR
10:00 – The Diamonds
12:30 – Bluesman Tom Larsen full band
2:30 – Party Like It’s…
4:30 – The Reagan Years

12:00 – Lollipop the Clown (Roaming Entertainment)

INDOOR
11:30 – Poole & The Gang
1:30 – Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark
3:30 – Mike Hines and The Look


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BALTIMORE SUMMER ANTIQUES SHOW AUGUST 21-24, 2014

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Now celebrating its 34th year, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show will make its annual return to the Baltimore Convention Center August 21-24. The expansive show will present the spectacular collections of more than 575 international exhibitors, including an international book fair section – making it, once again, Maryland’s largest antiques event and the largest indoor antiques show in the country.

For the second year it will also include Art Baltimore 2014 – a show-within-a-show that features a spectacular selection of international fine art galleries at the Baltimore Convention Center. The diverse array of artworks and galleries have been carefully selected and integrated into the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, offering guests the opportunity to experience a variety of high quality fine art and an unrivalled art experience. Art Baltimore 2014’s objective is to highlight leading galleries showcasing fine art and sculpture spanning time, from old European masters to contemporary works.

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Fine art, antique and jewelry aficionados travel from all corners of the globe to explore the show’s exquisite array of rare treasures from the last several thousand years, including furniture, American and European silver, major works of art, Asian antiquities, porcelain, rare manuscripts and books, Americana, antique and estate jewelry, glass, textiles, and more.

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The Baltimore Sumer Antiques Show is much more than your average retail show, with an extensive array of prominent estate jewelers, antiquarian book dealers, and exhibitors offering everything from majolica to contemporary art, there is truly something for everyone at the show. Acclaimed as the most anticipated event of the season, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show offers guests full-service restaurants, coffee bars, and lounge areas on the show floor to offer a break while they are treasure hunting.

2014 Baltimore Summer Antiques Show
August 21-24, 2014
Thursday, August 21 12 pm – 8 pm
Friday, August 22 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, August 23 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, August 24 11 am – 6 pm
Tickets: $20 (each ticket is good for all 4 show days)

Go to their Facebook page for discount coupon. Must be purchased by August 9, 2014
https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreSummerAntiquesShow

Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(Two main entrances: West Pratt Street Lobby & Charles Street Lobby)
For More Information:
http://www.BaltimoreSummerShow.com
561.822.5440


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Get In The Mood at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum Swing Dance

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It was the era of a toe-stomping Chattanooga Choo Choo, a time when today’s World War II veterans were young soldiers fighting a major war. To honor these brave men and women, the B&O Railroad Museum is hosting a Swing Dance inside its 1884 Roundhouse.

Bumper Jacksons, recognized as the region’s “Best Traditional Folk Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards last year, are re-imagining early jazz and street blues with power and tenderness, in the spirit of a good old-fashioned dance party!

Amateurs receive a 30-minute dance lesson beginning at 7pm. Beer, wine, sodas and light snacks available for purchase. Costume or period dress encouraged but not required.

A portion of the proceeds benefit A Taste of Home, an apolitical and non-partisan organization that provides acts of kindness for Maryland’s sons and daughters in harm’s way.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 (One evening only!)
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Tickets:
In-advance: $20 for B&O Members, $25 for the General Public, $45 for Couples
At-the-door: $30 for B&O Members, $35 for the General Public, $60 for Couples
For advance tickets, call 410-752-2462 x 212 or http://www.borail.org/product/458.aspx

B&O Museum
901 West Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21223


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Party with the Pirates aboard El Galeón Andalucía in Ocean City, MD

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation

Are your children obsessed with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise? Are you hooked on the NBC series Crossbones that stars John Malkovich as Blackbeard? Do you long to talk like a pirate more than one day out of the year? If so, then El Galeón Andalucía, docked in Ocean City. MD from August 1 – September 1, 2014, invites you to step back in time and imagine the Golden Age of Pirates.

Best of all, El Galeón Andalucía was featured in Crossbones; now fans can walk her decks. El Galeón will be docked bayside at 3rd street and Chicago Avenue in Ocean City, Maryland and will be open to visitors August 1 – September 1, 2014 from 10:00 am until 6:00pm each day.

Travel back in time 500 years when you step onboard the magnificent El Galeón Andalucía, and experience first-hand what it was like explore the World in the 16th century. El Galeón Andalucía is a replica of the late 16th century fabled merchant vessels and war ships that made up the early navies of Europe. She is the only galeón class vessel sailing the open seas today.

The galeón class vessel was an ocean going ship type that evolved from the carrack in the second half of 16th century. Galeóns were constructed from oak, pine and various hardwoods for hull and decking. Hundreds of expert tradesmen, including carpenters, blacksmiths, shipwrights and pitch-melters worked day and night for months to make a galeón seaworthy.

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation

Image Courtesy of National Air, Sea and Space Foundation


Due to the long periods spent at sea and poor conditions on board, many of the crew perished during the voyage; therefore advanced rigging systems were developed so that the vessel could be sailed by a smaller crew.

On one special night, you can “Party with the Pirates” aboard the El Galeón Andalucía during a VIP event. Appetizers, soft drinks, beer and wine will be served during this rare chance for the public to experience El Galeón in the evening and enjoy the sunset onboard. Meet the Captain and crew and hear in their own words what it is like to sail on El Galeón. Learn about the vessel and its history from the perspective of those who sail on it. $75.00 per person.

Save 25% when you purchase your general admission tickets online in advance. Print-at-home or if you don’t have a printer, place your tickets in will-call and lock in the savings.

El Galeón Andalucía
Ocean City, MD
August 1 – September 1, 2014
10:00 am until 6:00pm

Party w/ the Pirates
Onboard VIP Event
August 29th, 2014
7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
$75.00 per person plus amusement tax and $1.00 fee

For more information including ticket purchase options, visit: http://www.tallshipevent.com/Ocean_City.html


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Fiber Arts Celebrated on MD’s Eastern Shore

Image Courtesy of Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore

Image Courtesy of Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore

Since I am a needle artist, I’m always on the look-out for exciting venues which feature both historic and modern fiber arts. As a result, I’m looking forward to the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), three-day celebration of the fiber arts featuring exhibits, workshops, classes, guest speakers, demonstrations, vendors, and a special viewing of the movie “Stitched.”

This FiberFest event takes place August 7th. 8th & 9th, 2014 in Downtown Denton.

The event kicks off on Thursday, August 7th with a “Lunch & Learn” event featuring two speakers, who will explore different aspects of the world of quilting. Heather Kojan, Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild founder, will discuss her journey from traditional to modern quilts; and Alden O’Brien, DAR Museum curator, will talk about three quilters from the early 1800’s. The event is from 10:30-2:00pm at the Fretterd Community Center and includes a catered bag lunch. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at door.

Later on Thursday, August 7th, the Heartland Quilters of the Eastern Shore’s hosts the 6th annual One Stop Shop Hop at the Denton Firehouse from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This event will feature fiber arts vendors including quilt, antique quilt, fabric and yarn shops; wool spinners; long arm quilters; and much more. Admission to the Shop Hop is $3.00 at the door. All guests receive an entry gift and can look forward to door prizes throughout the evening, and raffle quilts from participating guilds. Food concessions will be available.

On Friday, August 8th, Heather Kojan will be presenting a modern improve quilt class from 9am -4pm at the Denton Library, $45 per person. Then, FACES will host a local Yarn Night featuring Janet Healey of Frivolous Fibers as she recounts her artistic journey with yarn. Participants are encouraged to bring their knitting and other hand-work from 6-8pm for this free event.

On Saturday, August 9th, FiberFest free activities include fiber-arts demonstrations from 9am-12pm at FACES; a viewing of the fun-filled documentary, “Stitched,” which follows three quilters racing to complete their entries for the International Quilt Festival, from 12pm-2pm at the Denton Library.

The Doll Family exhibit reception: meet the artists and view their whimsical collections of dolls, doll clothes, doll quilts, and doll houses, from 2-4pm at FACES. In addition to the Doll Family exhibit, FACES will host a regional fiber arts sale; and fiber art exhibits at The Foundry, the Museum of Rural Life, and the Central Library will also be on display.

The Caroline County Council of Arts is sponsoring this event with funding from the Maryland State Arts Council an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.


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Foodie Fun and Air-Raising Activities at the Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Like many balloon festivals, the Third Annual Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival scheduled for August 1st & 2nd, 2014 will feature an exciting array of fantastic balloons for lighter-than-air travel enthusiasts. They have a foodie kick-off contest I’ve never seen before, that should earn it a place on Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods America.

Four Chefs from Easton, MD restaurants will meet in front of the Washington Street Court House and battle it out in the “Scossa Balloon Burner Bake Off Cooking Contest.” Yawn, another cooking contest, so what? Chefs will heat their dishes using a 15 million BTU Hot Air Balloon burner. The public is invited to watch. Yeah right. How many of them are going to singe their eyebrows or flambé their hats? Last year, at least one chef came prepared; his gloves look a lot like my suede fireplace gauntlets.

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

“Scossa Balloon Burner Bake Off Cooking Contest” Thursday, July 31st from 5 to 6 p.m.

The Balloon Festival itself will feature at least 15 hot air balloons, skydivers, balloon rides, and a giant walk-through hot air balloon for children and adults. The event will take place Mistletoe Drive, off Glebe Road behind Aqua Pool in Easton.

It benefits Talbot County Paramedic Foundation, and is sponsored by Tri-Gas & Oil and Aqua Pool.
Balloonists will gather at Mistletoe Drive Friday, August 1st at 5 p.m. preparing for launch. Two hot air balloons, tethered to the ground will offer rides ($20 adults $10 children under 12) up to 60 feet in the air; and a large balloon will be inflated on the ground for children & adults to venture into the center of the colorful balloon ($2 per child). A special shape balloon will be premiering this year “Eddie & Rickenbacker” balloon featuring the history of Army aviation.

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Image Courtesy of Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Skydivers from Baltimore Skydive will jump into the event at 6 p.m. just before the ascension of the balloons. Aqua Pool’s Glow will begin a half hour past sunset with balloons glowing through the colorful balloon envelopes.

Saturday morning, August 2nd, a Presentation of Colors will take place at 6 a.m. Balloons will begin inflation immediately following with a massive ascension. At 8 a.m. Chic-Filet will present a “Cow Drop” when a hundred miniature cows will parachute from the sky to the crowd. Each cow will have a coupon for a free sandwich from Chic-Filet.

Limited number of boarding passes to ride in the launch is available for $225 each. Persons wishing to make a reservation should contact Balloonmeister Ron Broderick 410-442-5566. Food and beverages will be available for sale during the events. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The event is free to the public with plenty of parking.

For more information go to http://www.GreatChesapeakeBalloonFestival.com