Friday Nites in Caroline presents New Moon Theater’s “The Old Man and the Bay”

Friday Nites in Caroline
February 7, 2015

Friday Nites in Caroline proudly presents “The Old Man and the Bay”, a New Moon Theater production, on Friday, February 27, 7:00pm at the Caroline County Public Library’s North County Branch in Greensboro. This free performance is a great way to introduce children to live theater!

Explore the history of the Chesapeake Bay with explorers, pirates, settlers and watermen, told in tale and song. Singer and actor Tom Zielinski spins the tales, sings the sea chantey sing-a-longs, and keeps audiences actively engaged in history.

Stories include tales of 17th century settlers, the dangers of shipwrecks, and how real pirates and privateers started their adventures in the Chesapeake Bay.

Singing songs such as “Blow the Man Down”, “The Coast of High Barbary”, “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, “Roll Alabama Roll” and “The Star Spangled Banner”, children learn how important music is to seafaring life and American history.

For more information, contact the Library at 410-479-1343 or
Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts and the Caroline County Public Library; is sponsored by Caroline County Recreation and Parks, Tri Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Maryland State Arts Council and is FREE for all attendees.

Adkins Arboretum to Host Backyard Bird Count on February 14, 2015

Adkins Arboretum
February 2, 2015

Join efforts to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds when Adkins Arboretum hosts a Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) walk on Sat., Feb. 14. Jim Wilson and student co-leaders from Centreville Middle School and Kennard Elementary School will lead a bird walk to identify and count the birds seen and heard in the Arboretum meadows and woods. All ages are invited to participate in the two-hour walk that begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Visitor’s Center bird feeders. Admission is free, and binoculars will be available for participants. The walk will be canceled in case of inclement weather. Participants are encouraged to register in advance at

A truly international event, the GBBC is a joint effort of the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Last year, more than 142,000 people from 135 countries reported more than 4,200 species and more than 17 million individual birds, providing an incredible snapshot of winter bird populations and distribution in North America and beyond. In 2014, India ranked third in the number of checklists submitted, behind the U.S. and Canada.

For more information about the walk, call the Arboretum at 410.634.2847, ext. 0 or Jim Wilson at 410-758-3717. For more information about the GBBC, visit

Adkins Arboretum Announces Winter/Spring 2015 Soup ’n Walk Program Schedule

Adkins Arboretum
January 2015

Adkins Arboretum has announced the winter and spring lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms and wildlife, ephemeral flowers and sure signs of spring. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s woodland, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief talk about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. Offerings include:

Seeking Sun and Winter Warmth
Sat., Feb. 21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

On this wintry 90-minute walk, seek out green plants that cherish the warm winter sun and trees with distinctive bark. Plants of interest include mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, pine and red cedar needles, Christmas fern and the green stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: kale, corn and black bean soup, Eastern Shore coleslaw, ancient grain bread with spinach spread, and dried fruit compote.

Early Blooms, Songbirds and Spring Frogs
Sat., March 21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Early pink, white and purple blooms are beginning to appear. Look for skunk cabbage, paw paw, spring beauty and bloodroot while listening for early songbirds and spring frogs on this 90-minute early-spring walk. Menu: pasta and garbanzo bean soup, potato salad with red beans and orange carrots, wheat bread with blackberry jam, and blueberry peach smoothies.

Fleeting Ephemerals
Sat., April 18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Appearing in early spring, ephemerals flower, fruit and die back in a short period of time. Join a 90-minute walk to look for pollinators and to catch glimpses of pink spring beauty, mayapple, and dogwood blossoms, yellow trout lily, golden groundsel, sassafras and spicebush blooms, and white beech tree blossoms. Menu: carrot and ginger soup, berry almond spinach salad, ancient grain bread with goat cheese and orange marmalade, and yellow cake with red and blue berry sauce.

Tuckahoe Creek and Beyond
Sat., May 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Tuckahoe Creek is a beautiful, tranquil spot that provides views of a wide variety of flowering plants. On this 90-minute walk, look for box turtles in addition to mountain laurel, beech and tulip trees, black cherry tree blossoms, pink lady’s slipper orchid and Solomon’s seal blooms, and mayapple fruit. Menu: zucchini apple soup, green bean salad with mango dressing, apple date wheat bread with cherry jam, and berry cobbler.

Each Soup ’n Walk program is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for non-members. Advance registration is required. Register at or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0. The Arboretum gift and book shop is open during the program and offers a 20% discount to program participants.

To schedule Soup ‘n Walk programs for groups of 15 or more, contact Ginna Tiernan, Adult Program Coordinator, at 410.634.2847, ext. 27 or

Photo: Adkins Arobretum docent Julianna Pax points to an item of interest during one of the Arboretum's popular Soup 'n Walk program.

Adkins Arobretum docent Julianna Pax points to an item of interest during one of the Arboretum’s popular Soup ‘n Walk program. – Contributed Photo

Story Tellers: Stories by Writers from Caroline County

Caroline County Council for the Arts
January 2015

For the last twelve years residents of Caroline County, Maryland have been invited to submit entries to the Short Story Contest presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts. Many motivated writers have participated, ranging from kindergarten to adult. Community educators volunteered to read each entry, and cash prizes were awarded during a literary reception held at the Caroline County Central Library in downtown Denton. This past year those volunteers compiled a collection of their favorite winning stories. Those selections appear in the first section of this book.

The selections appearing in the remaining part of this book were culled from pieces written by the Write On! club. This writing group was formed in the fall of 2013, under the sponsorship of the Caroline County Council of Arts. The club meets twice a month throughout the year, and is open to any adult with an interest in writing. No formal instruction is offered, but there is much support and encouragement freely given. During each Write On! meeting a “trigger” word or phrase is announced for members to include in their writings; which explains why several of the pieces chosen have the same topic or title. They include essay, memoir, fiction, or verse.

The book can be purchased at The Foundry, 401 Market St, Denton for $10.00 + tax. Orders can be made directly online at CreateSpace for $8.50 plus shipping.

Participating Authors:

Short Story Contest Winners
Natalie Arnold (2011, 1st – 2nd grade)
Valerie Brey (2013, Adult)
Ashley Houtz (2007, 11th – 12th grade)
Olivia Litteral (2009, 7th – 9th grade)
Dreama Stafford (2010, 9th – 12th grade)
William Sparks (2010 & 2011, Adult)
Phillip Varady, Sr (2014, Adult)

Write On! Club Members
James Bradley, Denton, MD
Patricia Bradley, Denton, MD
Valerie Brey, Preston, MD
Anne C. Chambers, Denton, MD
Saundra Jo Hayman, Greensboro, MD
Judy Hodges, previously from Denton, MD
Elina Agüero McPherson, Ridgely, MD
Keith L. Shaffer, Denton, MD
Phillip Varady, Sr., Federalsburg, MD

See Caroline County Council for the Arts Web site for more information

MD State Police Recover Large Quantity of Stolen Merchandise

Maryland State Police Press Release
01/24/2015 09:06


(Federalsburg, MD) – Members of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore, assisted by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Dorchester County man at his residence last night where a large amount of stolen goods were recovered.

Robert Francis Palmer, 44 of the 5600-block of Fooks Avenue Federalsburg, Dorchester County Maryland is being charged with theft 10,000 to $100,000, theft Scheme 10,000 to $100,000, and burglary 4th degree. Palmer was arrested at his residence without incident and taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial court appearance.

Investigators, along with members of the JCPenney Loss Prevention executed a search and seizure warrant at Palmer’s residence. Upon execution of the search warrant numerous items were located belonging to JCPenney, to include clothing, shoes, kitchen appliances, and a tag sensor remover. JCPenney investigators approximated the value in excess of $20,000 in stolen merchandise recovered.

An ongoing investigation revealed one of JCPenney’s contracted drivers had been removing merchandise from the trailers he was hauling since June of 2014. Additional investigative measures were put in place to track the thefts.

Palmer was arrested without incident and taken before a District Court Commissioner in Dorchester County Maryland. The investigation is ongoing.

Further inquiries related to this investigation are to be directed to Trooper First Class Brian Dadds of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Easton Barrack 410-819-4747.

Stray Dogs and General Rabies Information; Rabies Found in Stay Dog

Caroline County Health Press Release —————————————————————————————————
Leland Spencer, M.D., MPH Attillio Zarrella, Th.D
Health Officer Deputy Health Officer
PRESS RELEASE January 8, 2015

From: Caroline County Health Department
Re: Stray Dogs and General Rabies Information
In late December, a stray puppy approximately 10 weeks old was found in the 3000 block of Seaman Road in Preston and later tested positive for rabies. The puppy exhibited classic symptoms of rabies: aggression, excessive salivation, vomiting, and slight paralysis. The Caroline County Health Department is currently investigating this incident. If you or anyone you know has any information relating to this incident, please contact the Health Department at 410-479-8045 as soon as possible.

Rabies is an acute, progressive viral infection that nearly always results in fatal encephalitis.

An exposure to the rabies virus may occur when a person is bitten by or exposed to saliva of a rabid animal. The disease is prevented with a four dose rabies vaccine series administered over a period of 14 days and a dose of rabies immunoglobulin given at the beginning of the series. Each year, approximately 900 Marylanders receive preventive vaccinations after exposure to a rabid or potentially rabid animal. Animals with rabies often show changes in behavior. Wild animals may act friendly, domestic animals may become aggressive, and animals that are active only at night may appear during the day.
Rabid animals may stagger, drool, or become paralyzed. The diagnosis of rabies is made by examining brain tissue from the suspected rabid animal.

To avoid being exposed to rabies:
Have your dogs, cats, ferrets, and livestock vaccinated against rabies

Keep your pet under your control at all times, especially when traveling

Enjoy wildlife from a distance and do not feed wildlife

Avoid sick animals and any that are acting in an unusual manner

Cover garbage cans securely and do not leave pet food outside

Do not relocate wildlife

Prevent bats from entering your home. If you find a bat in your home, do not touch it. Only let it go if you are sure no people or household pets have had any contact with it. If it is alive, you can catch it by placing a small box, bowl, or can over the bat once it has landed to
roost, and then slide a piece of cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside. Tape the cardboard to the container and contact Caroline County Health Department.

Report any suspected exposure immediately to the Caroline County

Health Department at 410-479-8045.

The schedule for Spring rabies clinics will be available in the coming months.

Local Author Bill Peak at the Caroline County Public Library

Caroline County Public Library
January 13, 2015

Local Author and Librarian Bill Peak discusses new book at Caroline County Public Library
Experience the man behind the book! Come and meet Bill Peak as he discusses and signs his recently published book, The Oblate’s Confession, dubbed by Kirkus Review as “an understated but entirely spellbinding debut novel,” on January 24 at 1:00 pm at the Central Library in Denton.

A young boy struggles with issues of loyalty and betrayal, torn between the family of his birth and the church family that has embraced and nurtured him.

Author Bill Peak is the Communications Manager at Talbot County Free Library and is a member of the Eastern Shore Writer’s Association. A book signing and question and answer session will follow the book talk.

For more information, contact the library at 410-479-1343 or

William Peak. Photo: Tom McCall

William Peak. Photo: Tom McCall

Adkins Arboretum Offers Winter Naturalists Series for Homeschool Families

Adkins Arboretum
January 13, 2015

Students will explore native plants and animals in their winter environment when Adkins Arboretum offers Winter Naturalists, a series of science programs for homeschool families.

In this six-week program, homeschool students will join Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton in collecting data about winter animal activity at the Arboretum, conducting insulation experiments, constructing bird shelters and identifying food sources for white-tailed deer. Activities also include creating winter nature journals, visiting a fox den and identifying trees by their bark and branches.

Designed for students ages 8 to 12, Winter Naturalists will meet Fridays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Advance registration is required. The fee is $55 for members, $70 for non-members for all six classes in the series. A $10 discount is offered for siblings. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Friday Nites in Caroline presents Bluegrass band Free Range

Caroline County Library
January 7, 2015

Friday Nites in Caroline proudly presents a free performance by Free Range, a Caroline County-based acoustic ensemble, on January 23, 7pm at the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library in Denton.

Free Range - Submitted Photo

Free Range – Submitted Photo

Comprised of Ali Reed Quillen on guitar and vocals, Steve Quillen on fiddle and vocals, Curt Fox on banjo and vocals, and Bryan Vance on bass, Free Range has a sound primarily rooted in traditional Bluegrass, seasoned with a bit of old-time Irish and Folk. Their performances and repertoire are authentic and engaging, with a style pleasing to aficionados of traditional music and general audiences as well.

For more information, contact the Library at 410-479-1343 or
Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts and the Caroline County Public Library; is sponsored by Caroline County Recreation and Parks, Tri Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Maryland State Arts Council and is FREE for all attendees.

Friday Nites in Caroline presents a signature event, The Lovejoy Group!

Caroline County Library
January 8, 2015

Friday Nites in Caroline proudly presents a free performance by The Lovejoy Group at Colonel Richardson High School on Friday, January 30 at 7pm. Relax and enjoy the jazz, funky blues and smooth Latin rhythms of this East coast aggregate as they bring their diverse musical experience and soulfulness to the jazz arena. Their songbook concert of sweet saxophone and sultry vocals is a loose historical sketch of how jazz met Broadway, creating musical magic.

The Love Group - Submitted Photo

The Love Group – Submitted Photo

This Jammie Award-winning group is fronted by vocalist and bandleader Karen Lovejoy, with support from sax and woodwind player Herb Smith, drummer Lawrence “Bubbles” Dean, lead guitarist Tony Harrod, bassist Bill Branch, pianist Jerry Allen, and Bob Shann on upright bass.

For more information, contact the Library at 410-479-1343 or

Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts and the Caroline County Public Library; is sponsored by Caroline County Recreation and Parks,Tri Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Maryland State Arts Council and is FREE for all attendees.