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Summer Fun on Maryland’s Ice-Cream Trail

Opportunity to Win Free Ice-Cream

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

I’ve been on beer, wine, whiskey, bourbon and quilt trails, but I have never seen an ice cream trail. Now, Maryland has a trail everyone can enjoy. Maryland has eight dairy farms that offer fresh, delicious on-farm ice cream (from Washington County in Western Maryland to Worcester County on the Eastern Shore). Together, they make up the Maryland Ice Cream Trail.

First, download your passport and start eating ice cream. (I know it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. 🙂 )

Visit each of the 8 farms on the trail, answer a question and get a passport stamp at each stop. Once you have completed your passport, mail it in to the address on the passport. All completed passports will be submitted into a drawing.

If they pull yours out, you will win a $50 gift certificate to the creamery of your choice. In addition, you will receive DVDs of the first season of Maryland Farm and Harvest, a new Maryland Public Television series that highlights agriculture in Maryland, and a copy of the acclaimed cookbook Dishing Up Maryland by Lucie Snodgrass.

And incredible bragging rights!

There is no purchase necessary. Visit each creamery from now until September 15th and you may be named Maryland’s 2014 Ice Cream Trail Blazer.


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A Steamy Weekend with Eastern Shore Threshermen in Federalsburg, MD

The history of agriculture runs deep through the heart of Maryland, and without it the region would be bereft of the tales of dedication and hard work it took for farming families to get food to our tables.

Mickey Stant replacing tubes in the Farquhar portable steam engine. Image Courtesy of Threshermen.Org

Mickey Stant replacing tubes in the Farquhar portable steam engine. Image Courtesy of Threshermen.Org

The Eastern Shore Threshermen & Collectors Assoc., Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and demonstrating antique farm machinery including: Steam Engines, Antique Tractors, Gas Engines, Stationary Engines, Threshers, Implements, Steam Models, Antique Cars, Miniature Steam Train, Antique Machinery, Shingle Mill, and Rock Crusher.

The history of the organization goes back several generations to tell the tales of families who worked from sun-up to sun-down using the machines and equipment collected and demonstrated at the 54th Annual Wheat Threshing, Steam & Gas Engine Show held on August 1,2 &3, 2014.

The 54th Annual Wheat Threshing, Steam & Gas Engine Show makes a great family outing for those with children who love the big tractors they while traveling. Bright, big and green they tower over the smaller lawn tractors they see in suburbia. Kids of all ages will enjoy seeing how the massive machines work, the kind of work they are able to do, and how steam power made work easier. The show may spark the imagination of a future engineer.

The YouTube clip gives you an idea of what you’ll see. I like the big belt driven equipment, since I used to work in a belt driven machine shop. I like to play with the big toys too!

Admission and parking is free. Food is available for sale; breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m.

The 54th Annual Wheat Threshing, Steam & Gas Engine Show
August 1, 2, 3, 2014
Rt. 313 between Denton and Federalsburg, Maryland
Official opening 10 AM each day. Events throughout each day.

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OC Beach Lights Spectacular and Fireworks Schedule for 2014

Image Courtesy of OC Beach Lights

Image Courtesy of OC Beach Lights

Returning to Ocean City MD Summer 2014 is the fun, and exciting free event for the entire family, OC Beach Lights Spectacular. These shows feature lasers, lights, video, music and special effects all displayed on a five-story tall giant beach ball.

The shows will be lighting up the beach at North Division Street three times every Sunday from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Show times are 9:30pm, 10:00pm and 10:30pm. The premier show will be a special patriotic show Saturday May 24, 2014.

New this year the Beach Lights shows will display fireworks.

In addition, Monday and Tuesday nights starting July 7th and continuing through August 26th, there will be fireworks on the beach. The Beach Fireworks will be lighting up the sky over the south end of the boardwalk starting at 10pm. The fireworks will also feature a musical presentation.

For information on the Beach Lights or Beach Fireworks:
Sundays from June 1 – August 31; 9:30pm, 10:00pm and 10:30pm
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

For weather delays, check:

Plus there’s more. The Grand Finale of the Sundaes in the Park event will display fireworks. Sundaes in the Park take place at Northside Park, located at 127th street, and is a free family concert series offered Sunday evenings in July and August from 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. For a small fee enjoy your own ice cream sundae creation as you listen to your musical favorites and watch the sunset over the beautiful Assawoman Bay. The show concludes with a fireworks display at 9pm.

All events are brought to you by the Ocean City Mayor and City Council along with the Tourism Advisory Board.

For additional information on Sundaes in the Park visit:

SEE ALSO: Music, Fireworks, and Sundaes in the Park in Ocean City, MD

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Music, Fireworks, and Sundaes in the Park in Ocean City, MD

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

Sundaes in the Park is a free family concert series offered Sunday evenings in July and August from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Weather permitting, there will even be fireworks. For a small fee, enjoy your own ice cream sundae creation as you listen to your musical favorites and watch the sun set over the beautiful Assawoman Bay.

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

Bring your picnic basket and beach chairs to Northside Park at 127th Street and the Bay in Ocean City, MD; the lineup of entertainers for the 2014 season is something to cheer about.

Sundaes in the Park in Ocean City, MD
Northside Park 127th Street and the Bay
July 13 – August 24, 2014.
Sunday Evenings 7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.

See also: OC Beach Lights Spectacular and Fireworks Schedule for 2014

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Party Like It’s the 14th Century at Royal Rabbit Vineyards, Parkton, MD

Image Courtesy of Royal Rabbit Vineyards

Image Courtesy of Royal Rabbit Vineyards

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for something different to do on summer weekends. I love the beach, museums, public gardens, food festivals, fun runs,, but sometimes I’m in the mood for a good old Knight Fight. You know, Camelot, knights-in-armor, battles between good & evil, a chance to wear fancy dress and pointy hats?

We get our chance to cheer for the heroes and hiss at the villains at Royal Rabbit Vineyards Medieval Afternoon in Parkton, MD on Saturday, July 12,2014. The Count and Countess Gellene welcome everyone to enjoy a day of medieval hand combat, archery, music and fun.

The porta potty is in place. (Always an important consideration.) The lawn has been mowed. (Great) The poison ivy exterminated. (Double Great) A mister will be set up to cool off if anyone feels like they are getting over heated. (Knights-in-armor always make me hot!)


Make new friends. Dress up and be part of the dream. Drink your favorite Royal Rabbit Wines, have a burger, drink some more wine. Win the arm wrestling contest. Cheer for your favorite knight fighter.

Lively contests of olde include:

The best medieval garb (costume)
The best tavern/drinking song (to be sung in the tasting room)
The best musician(s) – bring your guitar, lute, or dulcimer

Entrance to the Medieval Afternoon is free

The amusement starts at 12 PM and continues until closing at 5 PM.

And to complete your royal day, try Royal Rabbit wines in their tasting room. I know I always sing and dance better after a couple of glasses of wine. 😉

For more information, and a discount coupon, visit:

Royal Rabbit Vineyards
1090 Jordan Sawmill Rd
Parkton, MD
(443) 721-6692

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Free Fishing Day & License Free Fishing Areas in Maryland!

Update: July 17, 2014
License Free Fishing Areas

You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through

Anne Arundel
•Annapolis–Maryland Route 450 old bridge at the Severn River.

Baltimore County
•Cox’s Point on Back River and Deep Creek. Directions: Eastern Blvd. (Rt. 150) to Riverside Drive south.

Baltimore City
• Canton Recreational Pier at Boston Street
• Hull Street Recreational Pier – Directions: Key Highway to Hull Street north.
• Middle Branch Park from fishing pier south of the Hanover–Pottee Street Bridges, to Hanover Street Bridge over Middle Branch. Directions: Route 2 to Middle Branch Park

Caroline County
•Denton–Pier associated with G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park on the east side of Choptank River north of Maryland Route 404 Bridge.

Cecil County
• Charlestown–Town-owned stone wharf on the Northeast River near the corner of Conestoga and Water Streets and the historic site of Charlestown Wharf.
•North East–North East Community Park at mouth of North East Creek.

Charles County
• Friendship Landing–County-owned pier and property adjacent to the pier off Friendship Landing Road southeast of Ironsides Riverside Road (Rt. 425) on Nanjemoy Creek.

Dorchester County
•Cambridge–Long Wharf from south end of city-owned bulkhead associated with the Municipal Yacht Basin within Cambridge Creek to the end of east breakwater at mouth of the Municipal Yacht Basin.

Harford County
•Havre de Grace–Tydings Memorial Park within designated area, and pier at the end of Congress Street.

Kent County
• Chestertown–Maryland Route 213 Bridge over Chester River.
•Worton–Bridge No. K-004 over Still Pond Creek on Still Pond Creek Road near Chestertown.

Somerset County
•Princess Anne – The Manokin River Park along approximately 350 feet of the south bank of the Manokin River west of the bridge at Somerset Avenue and the west side of that bridge.

Wicomico County
•Sharptown–Pier and town dock off Ferry Street on the Nanticoke River.
•Salisbury–Designated city-owned bulkhead on the Wicomico River between Mill Street and Division Street.
•Tyaskin Park–County-owned park on Wetipquin Creek west of Rt. 349 at Tyaskin.

Worcester County
•Pocomoke City–County-owned dock at Cedar Hall Landing near western terminus of Route 371 on Pocomoke River.
•Pocomoke City–City docks from Laurel Street boat ramp to U.S. Route 13 overpass and Winter Quarter dock on Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill–County bridge on Porter’s Crossing Road west of U.S. Route 113 and east of Route 354 and Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill-All city-owned riverfront property which includes Byrd Park, Sturgis Park, and city bulkheading adjacent to the municipal parking lot near the Route 12 bridge over the Pocomoke River.
•Ocean City – Northside Park – Town-owned pier and park at 125th Street.
•Ocean City – Chicago Avenue – Bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Streets.

For more information:

Image Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Image Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Friday, July 4 is the last of 2014’s three license-free fishing days in Maryland. No fishing license or trout stamps are required to fish on these days.
Take a friend and your kids and just go fish.
For information on species, fishing locations, and limits visit the online Maryland Fishing Guide: