North Caroline’s Kyra Warner Scores 27 in Win over Kent

Photo: North Caroline Girl's Basketball player Kyra Warner scores one of her baskets in route to 27 points against Kent County on December 18, 2014 - Photo SGAtkinson
North Caroline Girl’s Basketball player Kyra Warner scores one of her baskets in route to 27 points against Kent County on December 18, 2014 – Photo: SG Atkinson

Additional photos from the game can be found on the Facebook page

Sleepover Storytime at the Caroline County Public Library!

Caroline County Public Library
December 2014

Little ones from birth to second grade are invited to a special storytime program with bedtime stories, a craft, and a snack.

Bring your special stuffed friend to tuck in at the library for a library sleepover.

Then pick your friend up the next day, along with pictures of all the fun it had overnight at the library!

Sleepover Storytime will be held at all three locations from 4:30-5:30pm on these dates: Federalsburg Branch: December 29; North County Branch, Greensboro: December 30; Central Library, Denton: January 2, 2015

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

Ring in the Season Saturday at Adkins Arboretum’s Candlelit Caroling Celebration

Adkins Arboretum
December 8, 2014

Enjoy the magic of caroling along candlelit woodland paths at Adkins Arboretum’s Candlelit Caroling Celebration, a special evening celebrating music, light and nature, on Sat., December 13, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.

This family-friendly event features caroling along candle-lined forest paths, sipping cider by a roaring bonfire, and uncovering the beauty of the winter sky with help from Delmarva Stargazers. Hayrides beneath the stars, stopping for hot chocolate, cookies and tree decorating at the children’s Funshine Garden, will add an Eastern Shore touch to these traditional holiday festivities.

Continue the magical and memorable evening in the Arboretum Visitor’s Center gallery with live music by Dovetail and Bells of Praise handbell choir, along with a wine bar, hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats.

Tickets for adults are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Children under age 18 are $6, and children 2 and under are free.

To reserve tickets for the Candlelit Caroling Celebration, visit or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Caroling at Adkins Arboretum - Submitted Photo

Caroling at Adkins Arboretum – Submitted Photo

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm to Host Holiday Open House

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm
December 2014

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm invites you to get a head start on your holiday shopping at their 4th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event, which will take place at their farm at 24480 Pinetown Road in Preston, will feature a raffle, farm tours, unique holiday gifts, a book signing of Backroads and Byways of Chesapeake Bay, seasonal refreshments and more.

From luxurious Alpaca clothing to toys crafted from Alpaca fiber, you’ll find a gift for everyone on your list at this family-friendly event. Alpaca fleece is a soft and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities. At the Farm Store, you will find an array of products, including men’s golf sweaters, scarves, hats, sweaters, vests, children’s toys, raw fiber and the wonderfully soft and warm Paca-Socks!

Those who come to the Holiday Open House will also have a chance to meet the alpacas of Outstanding Dreams Farm. Phil and Vickie, owners of the farm, are eager to share their love and knowledge of the gentle animals with visitors.

This year, the Liske’s will also be offering a Holiday Gift Wish List, where you can leave recommendations on items you’d like to receive from that special someone.

“Alpaca fiber is an affordable luxury,” says Phil Liske. “This year, why not shop local and give that special someone a gift they will truly treasure for years to come.”

The Holiday Open House will also feature a book signing of Backroads and Byways of Chesapeake Bay by award-winning author Leslie Adkins. The book, which includes a feature on Outstanding Dreams Farm, highlights off-the-beaten-path day trips and weekend excursions in the Chesapeake region.

The Farm Store’s Holiday Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm and Monday by appointment by calling 410.829.2012.

For more information on the Holiday Open House, please contact Phil and Vickie at (410) 673-2002. More information is also available at


Downtown Denton to host Miracle on Market Street

Downtown Denton
December 4, 2014

Downtown Denton invites you to celebrate the season at Miracle on Market Street, an all day celebration on December 13th in historic Denton. This family-friendly event will feature the Holiday Marketplace, Santa & Mrs. Claus, gingerbread house making, decorated holiday windows, carolers and more!

Denton will become illuminated as merchants decorate their storefronts as “Christmas on the Choptank.” Many downtown businesses will be staying open late, so you can do some holiday shopping as you stroll along Market Street.

Chesapeake Culinary Center will be offering an all-inclusive Gingerbread House workshop from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at 512 Franklin Street. Attendees will be able to enter their creations into the Gingerbread House Contest. Gingerbread entries will be on display at the Holiday Marketplace, located at 300 Market Street, and judging will take place from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, located at 7 N. 4th Street, will be offering free ornament-making with artist Alida Greenhalgh from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. They will also be hosting an Open House at their Holiday Bazaar throughout the day, featuring gifts crafted by local fiber artists.

The Foundry, Caroline County’s community arts gallery, will be hosting a book launch party from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm for “Story Tellers”, a collection of stories selected from the Short Story contest and the recently formed Write On! club. The book will be available for purchase, and featured authors will be on hand to sign copies.

Joviality Gifts, located at 406 Market Street, will have carolers and sweet treats by the fire from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, as well as holiday specials on stocking stuffers.

Patti’s Petals Florist Garden & Gifts, located at 219 Market Street, will be hosting an Old Fashioned Christmas Wreath Making Class at 6:30 pm. Bring your creativity and create a beautiful wreath from fresh greens just in time for Christmas. The class is $30 per person, and reservations are required by December 5th. To reserve your spot, call Patti at 410-479-4445.

Finish the evening at Harry’s on the Green with their “Christmas Wish.” Get cozy by the crackling fire and enjoy live renditions of Christmas classics such as Santa Baby, festive cocktails, and a holiday-inspired menu.

Don’t forget to stop in to see Santa and Mrs. Claus at 300 Market Street from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm and check out the Holiday Marketplace, a seasonal market featuring numerous vendors. The marketplace kick off on Thursday, December 4th, the night of the Denton Holiday Parade, and will be open Fridays through Sunday for the first two weeks of December. The hours are:

Thursday, December 4th: 5pm – 9pm
Friday, December 5th: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, December 6th: 11am – 6pm
Sunday, December 7th: 1pm – 5pm
Friday, December 12th: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, December 13th: 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 14th: 1pm – 5pm

The Santa Chase 2-Mile Fun Run & Walk will also take place on December 13th at Martinak State Park in Denton. Registration opens at 6:00 pm, and the race begins at 7:30 pm. Creative costumes are encouraged at this pet-friendly event to benefit the vision-care service mission of Lions International and the pet pantry at Caroline County Humane Society. The course will be marked with traditional candle luminaries. Pre-race activities will take place from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm and include Santa’s Magic Workshop and hayrides through the Enchanted Forest.

For more information on Miracle on Market Street, please visit or contact Patti Wood of Patti’s Petals Florist Garden and Gifts at 410-479-4445 or

Chesapeake Culinary Center to Host Gingerbread House Contest & Workshop

Chesapeake Culinary Center
Denton, MD
December 4, 2014

The Chesapeake Culinary Center invites you to participate in their inaugural Gingerbread House Contest. Enter your edible creations into the competition, which will be judged in three categories – Professional, Adult and Child. In addition to the contest, Chesapeake Culinary Center will also be hosting a Gingerbread House workshop on Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, where participants can create an edible entry for the competition.

Entries into the Gingerbread House Contest must brought to Denton’s Holiday Marketplace, located at 300 Market Street in Denton, on Friday, December 5th from 5pm – 8pm, Friday, December 12th from 5pm – 8pm, or Saturday, December 13th from 11am – 12:30pm along with entry form and $10/house entry fee. The judging will take place that day at 1:00 pm.

Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in three categories – Professional, Adult and Child. The winning Professional entry will receive $125, the top Adult entry will receive $100, and the second place Adult entry will receive $50. The prize for the top Child’s entry is $50, and second place in the Child’s category will receive $25. Prizes are sponsored by Centreville National Bank.

Gingerbread houses must be picked up from the Holiday Marketplace by 5pm on Sunday, December 14th. Participants may also choose to donate their entry to the Silent Auction to benefit the Chesapeake Culinary Center and Downtown Denton Main Street. The Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, December 13th from 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm. at the Holiday Marketplace.

In addition to the Gingerbread House Contest, the Chesapeake Culinary Center will also be hosting a Gingerbread House Workshop for all ages on December 13th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm as part of Denton’s Miracle on Market celebration. Gingerbread, icing and candy will all be provided – just bring your creativity. The cost of the workshop is $15, and participants are welcome to enter their creations into the Gingerbread House Contest.

The cost to enter your house in the Gingerbread Competition is $10 per house, or $5 if you have taken the Gingerbread Workshop. Entry Forms for are available online at or To reserve your spot in the workshop, please call 410-479-2144 or email

Christmas Parades Abound This Weekend in Caroline

Every day beginning on Thursday continuing through Monday one can attend a Christmas Parade in Caroline County.

Denton Holiday Parade and Lighting of the Green 2014 will be on Thursday December 4, 2014 at 6p.m. in downtown Denton. Following the Parade and Lighting the Town of Denton will be holding an Open House at their new offices.

On Friday Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Greensboro at 6 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 for the town’s annual Christmas parade and Lighting of the City. The parade route will go down Sunset Avenue and end at the Old Carnival Grounds

Additionally it’s the Caroline County Public Library Greensboro’s 15th annual Toy Train & Model Railroad Exhibit on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th, from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm.

The Ridgely Lions Club will host its annual parade at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, December 6th. The parade will go down Central Avenue, concluding at the Town Hall.

On Sunday December 7, 2014 at 2pm the Marydel Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting it’s annual Christmas Parade. After the parade activities will be held at the hall.

Federalsburg will host its annual Christmas parade at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8. The parade will go down Main Street and feature Santa Claus who will visit with residents at the Federalsburg Historical Society.

Eagle Line Railroad Model Railroad Display

Eagle Line Railroad Model Railroad Display
12169 Ober Lane, Ridgely, Md. 21660
FREE to the public

Open December 2nd through January 8th
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Sundays 1 pm until 4 pm on December 21st, 28th and Jan. 4th

Santa visits on December 23rd!

Engineer: Talley Ober 410-634-2785

Natural Pairings, Works by Christine Neill and Lew Fifield, on View through January 30, 2014 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
December 2, 2014

A reception to meet the artists is Saturday, Dec. 6.

Artists Christine Neill and Lew Fifield are both compelled by the idea that everything in nature is connected, both visually and ecologically. On view through Jan. 30 in the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center, their mixed media works explore the natural world as well as the relationship between their respective ways of interpreting its beauty, diversity and fragility. There will be a reception on Saturday, December 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet the artists.

Fifield’s background is in graphic design, while Neill works in the fine arts tradition. The two met at Maryland Institute College of Art, where they are both on the faculty. Married in 1998, they each have a studio in their Baltimore home and in their summer home in a small, rural New Hampshire village.

“We work independently in our own studios,” Fifield explained, “but we naturally look at what each other is doing and comment.”

Neil concurred, “It’s inevitable if you are married to an artist that there will be that sharing of ideas. We both take a lot of photographs, so we’re often together when we’re photographing and get similar kinds of images. I think that we each deal with these images in a very different way.”

Neill enjoys the hands-on processes of drawing and painting, which she seamlessly combines with digital photography. Focusing mostly on plants, she may paint an orchid, bromeliad or kelp plant. She then prints a ghostly digital image, often of the plants’ home environment, either directly on the paper or on Plexiglas mounted slightly in front of the painting so that delicate shadows fall on the paper. The effect is of airiness and shimmering depth.

Fifield also layers his imagery, but he works exclusively with digital photographs. In “Eukaryotic Apparition,” a transparent image of fungi is superimposed on top of a photo of gray duck feathers, so that the curves and textures interrelate. In the center, he has cut and folded the paper to create a kind of door revealing an image of a spiny cactus underneath.

He explained, “The concept behind these pieces is that the layering creates a back-and-forth visual dialogue. There’s more to them than what appears on the surface, so each person is challenged to see what they want to in each of the images.”

In their separate ways, both of these artists create images that focus on the beauty, complexity and interconnections found in the natural world. Both have an eye for subtle color and fascinating textures, and it is obvious from their work that they share a deep love and concern for nature as we face the challenges of our changing climate.

“We’re fervent about how climate change is affecting everything—all species including the human species,” Neill said. “It underlies all of the work. So it’s a celebration of the wonders of these very diverse plant and animal species and how they are surviving, but it’s also that the predictions are absolutely dire that our world is going to change. Well, it’s already changing.”

Natural Pairings is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Jan. 30 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or for gallery hours.

Submitted Photo: “Eukaryotic Apparition” by Lew Fifield is among the works of Fifield and Christine Neill on view through Jan. 30 at Adkins Arboretum.

“Eukaryotic Apparition” by Lew Fifield is among the works of Fifield and Christine Neill on view through Jan. 30 at Adkins Arboretum. Submitted Photo

December 2014 Events Calendar at Shore Regional Health

Shore Regional Health
December 1, 2014


Screenings, Classes, Support Groups, and Events

Free Blood Pressure Screenings – Every Mon & Tues, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Easton; every Tues & Fri, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding holidays).

Survivors Offering Support (SOS) – Program pairing women who have breast cancer with mentors who are breast cancer survivors. If you need support or would like to become a mentor, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Transition to Wellness Workshops – Ongoing workshops for breast cancer survivors and breast cancer patients who are ending treatment. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Carb Counting Class – Tues, 12/2, 1:30-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Overview of the most commonly-used method of meal planning for diabetics. Referral and advance registration required; contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Tues, 12/2, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Topic: “Know Your Diabetes ABC’s.” Contact: 410-479-2161.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tues, 12/2 & 12/16, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, Requard Social Center. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Diabetes Self-Management Class – Tues, 12/2-9-16, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Stroke Support Groups Holiday Luncheon – Thurs, 12/4, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. MidShore group and Queenstown group will convene for holiday event including a pot-luck luncheon and gift exchange; participants and guests are welcome. RSVP and inquiries for meal planning and gift exchange: 410-822-9962 or

Gestational Diabetes Classes – Thurs, 12/4, 12/11 & 12/18, 10am-12pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Single-session class addressing care during pregnancy and what to expect afterward. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III – Sat, 12/6, 8:30am-3pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Overview of pregnancy and birth for expectant mothers, spouses and birthing coaches. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Better Breathers Group – Wed, 12/10, 12:30-2pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Topic: Keeping Your Diet Under Control Over the Holidays. Presenters: Mary King, RD, CDE and Sherrie Hill, RN. Light refreshments. Free. RSVP: 410-778-7668 ext. 2222.

New Mom, New Baby: Safety and CPR – Sat, 12/13, 9am-1:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Learn about post-partum care, pain management, nutrition and more. Free. To register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Look Good … Feel Better – Mon, 12/15, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the wig room. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Cancer and Prostate Cancer Support Groups Holiday Event
– Mon, 12/15, 6pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. The two groups convene for a holiday event featuring a pot-luck dinner. Participants and their guests welcome; bring a covered dish. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thurs, 12/18, 6pm, UM Shore Nursing & Rehab Center at Chestertown. Contact: 410-778-4550.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Sat, 12/20, 9:30-11am, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Designed to help parents prepare their children for the arrival of a new baby. Free. Registration: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Mon, 12/22, 10am-12pm, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, UM SMC at Easton. For those who have completed diabetes education classes but want to take their self-care to the next level. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Please note: The next Safe Sitter class in Chestertown will take place Saturday, January 24. Registration is first come, first serve. Call 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.