Here comes Summer Reading at the library!

Caroline County Public Library

Beginning June 1, kids, teens and adults are invited to read, win prizes and attend fun programs at the Caroline County Public Library all summer. Stop by any library location or visit our website, for a complete list of all the Summer Reading fun.
Summer Reading 2015

Special Guests Visit 2015 Chrome City Ride at Benedictine

Benedictine School
RIDGELY, MD – MAY 15, 2015

This year’s 14th Annual Chrome City Ride at the Benedictine School in Ridgely, MD, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature two special guests – actors from the classic movie “American Graffiti.” Actors Bo Hopkins, who played Pharoah Joe, and Candy Clark, who played Debbie and who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress that year, will be on hand to greet guests and sign autographs, adding to the event’s walk back in time. Hundreds of gleaming motorcycles, awesome street rods, and classic and custom cars from all over Maryland and Delaware will gather at designated registration locations in Seaford, DE, Grasonville, Easton, Laurel, Salisbury, and Annapolis, then cruise in convoys with police escorts to the Benedictine School campus.

Photo:  Benedictine can always find room to park more motorcycles at Chrome City Ride.

Benedictine can always find room to park more motorcycles at Chrome City Ride. – Contributed Photo

Benedictine can always find room to park more motorcycles at Chrome City Ride. – Contributed Photo[/caption]The event draws nearly 1000 people and raises about $100,000 each year for tuition assistance for children, and supports opportunities for adults with disabilities to work and live in the community. According to Event Chairman Spud Blake, the event is organized and produced by volunteers primarily from state and local law enforcement. He comments, “We are so appreciative of the committee members who put this event on year after year. This is a family event – we want everyone to come experience the roar of the vehicles as they come down the Mile Drive to the Benedictine School. Seeing the residents’ reactions is something you won’t forget. Plus, this ‘feel good’ event is about introducing people to what Benedictine does and about having a good time!”

This year’s event will also include the return of favorites “Rockin’ Elvis” and Big Daddy P and DJ Chris, as well as motorcycle demonstrators who entertain the crowds. Law enforcement agencies participating include officers from Seaford, DE; Salisbury; MD and DE State Police; and other local law enforcement agencies. The $25-per-rider registration fee provides each rider with an official Ride T-shirt, a delicious catered lunch, and entertainment (including a chance for prizes and trophies), and a day of fun showing off their chrome to an appreciative crowd. Spectators are also welcome, and their $25 registration fee also provides them with an official Ride T-shirt, lunch and a day of fun. Everyone goes home with something! The riders are expected to arrive on campus around 11:30 a.m.

Sponsors of the event to date include BMW of Fairfax, VA; Callahan’s Gas & Appliances, Centreville, MD; MOC Products Company, Inc., Pacoima, CA; Old Glory Harley Davidson, Laurel, MD; and WBOC-TV16, Salisbury, MD, who is the event’s media sponsor.

For online registration and further information on the 2015 Chrome City Ride, visit You may also call the Benedictine Foundation at 410-634-2292 for information on times, rally point locations, registration, and more. The sister event to the Chrome City ride is the “Cops Ride” in June of each year in Upper Marlboro.

Providing opportunity to live meaningful, productive lives in communities of choice, Benedictine helps children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their greatest potential without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, or age. Like Benedictine School on Facebook.

For more information about Benedictine, please call 410-634-2292 or visit us online at

Photography Walk and Soup Program Offered June 6, 2015 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—May 18, 2015)

Capture stunning images of spring and enjoy a tasty and healthy lunch when Adkins Arboretum offers a Photography Walk and Soup program on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Bring your camera and join photographer Josh Taylor for a morning walk along the Arboretum’s woodland and meadow paths. During the walk, Taylor will assist participants and give pointers on capturing landscapes and close-up images.

Following the walk, participants will be treated to the Arboretum’s signature Soup ‘n Walk fare of zucchini apple soup, green bean salad with mango dressing, apple date wheat bread with cherry jam, and berry cobbler. During lunch, Taylor will give a brief talk and share his photographs from a variety of nearby gardens.

Taylor has presented photography workshops at the Smithsonian National Orchid Show, the U.S. National Arboretum, the U.S. Botanic Garden, and for public gardens, preserves and horticultural societies across the region. In addition to teaching in the Smithsonian Studio Arts Program and at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, he exhibits his work regularly and speaks to camera and garden clubs.

Photography Walk and Soup runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Advance registration is required by May 28, 2015 at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.


Mana Saxophone Quartet to Perform Forest Music June 12, 2015 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD — May 12, 2015)

Adkins Arboretum joins with the National Music Festival in presenting a unique improvisatory performance in the Arboretum forest on Fri., June 12 when Mana Saxophone Quartet performs Forest Music. Positioning themselves in various places in the forest, within hearing distance though not necessarily within sight of each other, these innovative musicians will respond to each other’s playing in a musical conversation that winds through the trees. Following the forest performance, they will give a brief concert in the Visitor’s Center. The program begins at 4 p.m.

Mana Quartet - Promotional Photo

Mana Saxophone Quartet – Promotional Photo

Championed by Chamber Music Magazine as “Saxophone Ambassadors,” the Mana Quartet has presented fresh interpretations of twenty-first-century repertoire and many virtually unheard-of twentieth-century masterworks since its inception in 2007. Using vintage instruments built to the specifications of the saxophone’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, Mana’s passionate presentations offer audiences a chance to view the saxophone in a new light—a striking aesthetic characterized by intrinsic warmth, dynamic range of character and absolute versatility. Mana redefines the saxophone quartet and the saxophone’s place in classical music.

In 2009, Mana Quartet became the first saxophone quartet in history to receive the coveted Grand Prize at the Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, quickly elevating them to the professional chamber music arena. Since then, the group has taken on a growing list of residencies at major music festivals and universities, as well as countless community outreach concerts and events throughout the United States and Europe. Mana is repeatedly featured on NPR’s Performance Today, with orchestras across North America in featured concerto appearances, and maintains a high profile on the chamber circuit.

Mana is currently the Resident Chamber Ensemble at the National Music Festival, held May 31 to June 13 in Chestertown.

This program is free. Gallery seating for the Visitor’s Center concert is limited; early registration is highly recommended. Register for Forest Music at, or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.


Caroline County Police Week Candlelight Vigil

Show support for the local police officers in Caroline County and those from around this nation that have paid the ultimate price keeping our communities safe.

Candlelight vigil will be held in support of National Police Week. The vigil starts on the steps of the Caroline County Court House @ 7PM.

Caroline County Library Card Design Contest!

Caroline County Public Library
May 5, 2015

How do you turn your artwork into everyone’s favorite accessory? Put it on their library card, of course!

Artists of all ages are invited to submit their designs for the Caroline County Public Library’s two new library cards, one for adults and one for children.

Entry forms, templates and guidelines are available at any Caroline County Public Library location, on our website,, and through Caroline County Public Schools and Caroline County Recreation and Parks.

Paper entries may be submitted at any library location. Email digital entries to

The deadline for submission is May 30, 3:00 pm.

For more information, visit our website or call 410-479-1343, Ext. 1.

MD State Police Reports Impaired Driving Crash in Federalsburg

Maryland State Police Press Release


(Pikesville, MD) – Troopers investigated several crashes involving impaired drivers and arrested even more over this past weekend across the state.

This past weekend, April 24 through April 26, 2015, troopers investigated 12 collisions involving suspected impaired drivers. They also arrested 58 motorists suspected of operating a vehicle while impaired. Troopers remind everyone that impaired driving crashes are completely preventable by never driving after you have been drinking.

These collisions included:

Caroline Co. – Route 307 at Route 313, Federalsburg, MD – 3:20 p. m. – April 24 – Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash involving a car that ran off the roadway into a ditch after striking a curb. The driver was transported to the hospital and is suspected of DUI. Charges are pending.

Teen Writing Group forming at the Caroline County Public Library

Caroline County Public Library
April 2015

No essay questions! No BCRs or ECRs! Write what you are inspired to write!

A creative writing group for teens entering grades 9-12 is forming at the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library in Denton.

If you love writing, sharing short stories, poetry, or creative nonfiction, you won’t want to miss this. Come to any or all of the scheduled creative writing sessions.

Sessions are scheduled for the following Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 pm:
June 3 & 24;
July 1 & 22;
August 5 & 19;
and also the following Saturdays from 1-2 pm: June 13; July 18; August 29

No registration is required. Please call Amanda Courie at 410-479-1343 for more information.

Adkins Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps Begin June 15, 2015

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD—April 2015

Summer belongs to children. For the past ten years, families and children have grown with Adkins Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps. The camps provide extraordinary ways for children to enjoy summer the old-fashioned way—outdoors.

Campers will make lifelong memories while exploring the Arboretum’s woodland, meadows, streams and wetland. From grazing on blackberries to splashing in the Blockston Branch, the Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps provide children with a truly enchanted experience.

Camp Bumblebee, for preschoolers ages 2 and 3, runs June 15–19. Campers will search for caterpillars in the Funshine Garden, gather juicy blackberries along the meadow’s edge, and visit the Arboretum’s goat herd. From splashing in the stream to hunting for tadpoles in the wetland, Camp Bumblebee is summer at its best! Adults attend this camp with their children and enjoy the experience of discovering nature together.

Camp Pollywog (June 22–26) campers ages 4 to 6 will enjoy a golden week in the great outdoors, floating leaf and twig boats down the Blockston Branch, creating leafy magic carpets on the forest floor, and mixing up gooey wetland “parfaits.” Stories, crafts and healthy snacks are combined with games and guided nature exploration.

In Camp Paw Paw (June 29–July 3), campers ages 7 to 9 will enjoy a week of “Arrowhead Adventure” as they walked in the moccasin-clad footsteps of early Native Americans. Campers will craft tools from ironwood, hunt for arrowheads along the streambed, harvest squash from the Three Sisters garden, explore the Arboretum’s wigwams, and much more. Healthy snacks, guided exploration, Native American crafts, and team-building will round out the week.

Ever wonder what it takes to survive in the wildness? In Camp Egret (July 6– 10), campers ages 10 to 12 will learn the basics, from navigating the position of the sun to purifying water over a campfire they build themselves. Along the way, campers will set snares, construct a waterproof shelter, and forage for native plants, all while building valuable teamwork and leadership skills.

Registration fees vary, and advance registration is required. Register at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Multiple Suspects Charged in 2014 Caroline County Murder

Maryland State Police Press Release
04/17/2015 11:10


(FEDERALSBURG, MD) – Five suspects were arrested and charged yesterday and early today in connection with the fatal shooting of a Caroline County man in November of 2014.

The first suspect is identified as Dayrius T. Garcia, 19, of Hurlock, Md. A Caroline County Grand Jury indicted Garcia on April 15, 2015 on the charges of first degree murder, second degree murder, robbery, first degree assault, second degree assault, first degree burglary, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. State Police investigators attempted to locate Garcia early yesterday at his residence. He was later brought to the Federalsburg Police Department by his father, where a State Police homicide investigator took him into custody.

Four additional suspects are identified as Christopher L. Eley, 18, of Hurlock, William N. Willis III, 15, of Federalsburg, Elijah J. Rosetta, 17, of Hurlock, and Markeith L. Jones, 21, of Federalsburg. Willis and Rosetta are being charged as adults. After consultation with the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office, each of these suspects was charged by State Police with first degree murder, second degree murder, robbery, first degree assault, second degree assault, first degree burglary, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Eley, Willis and Rosetta were arrested by State Police investigators throughout the day yesterday. Jones could not be located initially and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team located and arrested Jones early this morning.

All suspects were arrested without incident. Each was taken to the Caroline County Detention Center to await an initial appearance before a court commissioner.

The homicide victim was Travon L. Farrow, 23, of the 200-block of Morris Avenue, Federalsburg, Md. Farrow lived at the home where the shooting occurred, with his wife and two children.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on November 24, 2014, officers from the Federalsburg Police Department responded to a call for a shooting at the victim’s residence. Responding officers found the victim lying inside his home with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the upper torso. EMS personnel responded and transported the victim to the hospital. Assistance was requested from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and Criminal Enforcement Division investigators.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigation used information developed from numerous interviews, forensic testing, and other leads to identify the five suspects as those responsible for the murder. The investigation indicates the five were together on the evening of November 24th and decided to commit a robbery at the Farrow residence with the intent of obtaining money and or drugs. Farrow was shot by one of the suspects during an altercation, while other suspects searched the home.

The State Police Homicide Unit received investigative assistance from a number of allied public safety agencies. They included the Federalsburg Police Department, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office patrol, investigation and K-9 sections, the Caroline County Drug Task Force, the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Department, the Caroline County Department of Emergency Services, and Maryland State Police personnel including the Criminal Enforcement Division, Easton Barrack troopers, and crime scene technicians. The Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office worked with Homicide Unit investigators throughout the investigation.