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Dorchester County Events in August
August 1 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm
Caroline-Dorchester County Fair
August 1 • 4-10 p.m.
August 2 • 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
August 3 • 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
August 4 • 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
4-H Park, 9194 Legion Road, Denton
The fun includes dress-a-goat contest, greased pig contest, baby contest, outhouse races, children’s pedal tractor pull, watermelon eating contest, pony rides, livestock and horse shows, and much more. Entertainment includes the Jones Boys on August 2; Mike Hines and the Look on August 3, and Sam Grow on August 4. Admission costs $2 per person. Free for ages 12 and under accompanied by adult. Admission does not include amusement area or games. Free admission for all on Wednesday, August 1. Visit www.caroline-dorchestercountyfair.org.
Cambridge Farmers’ Market
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 3-6 p.m.
Long Wharf, High and Water Streets, Cambridge
The Cambridge Main Street Farmers• Market operates from 3 to 6 p.m. at Long Wharf on Thursdays with local plants, produce, meats, seafood, coffee, wine, soap, and more. Watch for updates about the market on the Cambridge Farmers• Market on Facebook.
Opera: “Old Maid & the Thief”
August 4 • 2 p.m.
Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street, Cambridge
The Dorchester Center for the Arts hosts a one-act opera, “The Old Maid and the Thief,” by Gian-Carlo Menotti. Originally conceived as a radio-opera, it enjoyed so much success that Gian-Carlo reworked it for the stage. The Philadelphia Opera Company presented the first stage performance in 1941. At the DCA, the opera is presented by the Young Artists of WOW!, the Wye Opera Workshop. The director is Cambridge resident Bonnie Forgacs and the accompanist is Becky Zinser. Admission is free and open to the public, with donations welcome. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call 410-228-7782.
WWII Liberty Ship Visit
Port of Cambridge, near Governor’s Hall
August 4 – 12
The S.S. John W. Brown, one of only two remaining and operational World War II liberty ships, will dock at the port of Cambridge. The ship will arrive with a few hundred visitors from its day cruise, originating in Baltimore, and will remain open to the public the rest of the week from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The S.S. John W. Brown is maintained and operated in Baltimore by a corps of volunteers through Project Liberty Ship, which preserves the ship as an educational asset. The ship was originally one of 2,700 liberty ships manufactured as part of an emergency WWII shipbuilding program. After its tenure as an active cargo ship, the S.S. John W. Brown served as a maritime high school from 1946-1983. Now, it also acts as a venue for special events and weddings when it isn’t providing a regular slate of educational day cruises and docent-led tours. For more information, visit www.ssjohnwbrown.org.
Historic St. Mary Church Open
August 4 • 9 a.m.
St. Mary Church, 917 Hoopers Island Road, Church Creek
St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church has been chosen as one of the nine historic Pilgrim Churches to be featured during the 150th year Celebration (through March 2019) of the founding of the Diocese of Wilmington. The church, with its original historically restored Tubman Chapel, was founded in 1767. St. Mary Star of the Sea will be open to visitors the first Saturday of the month though March 2, 2019. The church buildings will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be displays, information, hospitality and tours. The chapel dates to 1767; the church was built in 1872. Passports for stamping and details for each church’s openings are to be found on the website of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington at www.cdow.org. For more information, contact Tom or Mary Jo Bosley at 410-397-3417.
Sail on a Skipjack
August 4, 11, 25 • 1-3 p.m.
Nathan of Dorchester, Long Wharf, High & Water streets, Cambridge
Experience a sail on the scenic Choptank River aboard the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, a traditional oystering vessel and an icon of the Chesapeake Bay. On most sails, watch the crew demonstrate dredging for oysters. Each sail is unique depending on wind, weather, captain and crew. For tickets or details, visit www.skipjack-nathan.org.
Horn Point Lab Tour
August 7, 14, 21, 28 • 10 a.m.
2020 Horns Point Road, Cambridge
Horn Point Laboratory invites the community to visit the world-class scientific research laboratory. This 90-minute walking tour is free and open to the public. Learn about the Bay, its health, and the vital role of Horn Point science. Graduate students will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of HPL. Explore oysters in the Atlantic Coast’s largest hatchery, physical oceanography, coastal resilience, water quality, and more. The tour begins at the Coastal Science Building. Park in the lot and enter at visitor reception. For details, contact the outreach coordinator at 410-221-8383 or email@example.com. Horn Point Lab is an environmental research facility of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
Cambridge Ghost Walk
August 11 • 8 p.m.
Departing from High Spot Gastropub, 305 High Street, Cambridge
Walk along the most haunted street in Maryland. Learn the spooky and fascinating stories of lives lived and lost along this historic street. Stops include Christ Church graveyard, Richardson Maritime Museum, Governor Goldsborough’s House, Congressman Laird’s House, Manaydier House, LaCompte House, and more. Advance reservations are a must at www.chesapeakeghostwalks.com.
2nd Saturday & Art Walk
August 11 • 5-8 p.m.
This monthly celebration in downtown Cambridge features an Art Walk with free art gallery receptions, as well as specials in the independently owned shops and great dining. The Art Walk starts at 5 p.m. Live music is on tap at several restaurants later in the evening. Plenty of free parking. Updated information available at DowntownCambridge.org.
Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street, 410-228-7782.
Jewelry by Cottage Studio, 410 Race Street, 410-924-1356.
Main Street Gallery, 518 Poplar Street, info@MainStGallery.org.
Downtown Frame of Mine, 319 High Street, 410-228-7977.
Leggett Gallery at Chesapeake College, 416-418 Race Street, 410-228-5754.
39th Annual Seafood Feast-I-Val
August 11 • 1-6 p.m.
Sailwinds Park, Cambridge
Enjoy this all-you-can-eat feast to benefit the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company. Menu includes steamed crabs, fried fish, crab soup, fried clams, BBQ chicken, sweet potato fries, ranch fries, watermelon, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, hot dogs, cake and freeze pops. Soft drinks included. Cold beer is sold by the cup. There will be live music by Golden Touch, a car show, town tours, craft sales and entertainment for children. This is a rain or shine event. Gates open at 1 p.m. and food is served until 6 p.m. For details, visit www.seafoodfeastival.com.
Antioch Peach Festival
August 11 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Antioch UMC, 1742 Town Point Road, Cambridge
At this annual summertime favorite, enjoy sun-ripened peaches, mouth-watering pies, delicious fritters, home-made cobbler, authentic Eastern Shore crab cakes, cool refreshing peach ice cream, unique vendors and much more. For more information, call 410-228-4723.
Car, Truck & Bike Show
August 12 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Choptank Bowling Center, 1200 Goodwill Avenue, Cambridge
Free admission. Home-cooked food, music, pit beef, 50/50, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Registration costs $15 for the first vehicle; $10 for the second. First 75 vehicle registrants receive a free dash plaque. Proceeds to benefit Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care. Rain Date Sunday August 19.
Dank Day Beer Festival
August 18 • Noon-5 p.m.
Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park, Cambridge
RAR Brewing is organizing the beer festival, which will include new and old favorite RAR brews, a huge can release, tons of food, indoor and outdoor seating, live music and plenty of surprises. There are 48 breweries attending. Cost is $60. Buy tickets at rarbrewing.com.
Groove City Culture FEST
August 18 • 1-7 p.m.
Pine Street, Cambridge
Announcing the Groove City Cultural FEST that will take place between on Pine Street between Elm and Washington streets in Cambridge. The festival will promote cultural diversity and share Cambridge’s rich African American heritage. All are invited to join in for a day of celebration. The festival will feature two main stages, vendors, food, fun, and friends. For more information, email event chairman Sheila Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 25 • 6-10 p.m.
Yacht Club, 1 Mill Street, Cambridge
This third annual benefit features food, dancing, auctions, door prizes, and lots more fun, all within sight of the Lighthouse at the Cambridge Yacht Club. This will also be Light (It Up) Night, when the Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation flips the switch on a dramatic new exterior lighting array being installed at the Lighthouse this summer.
Concert with UpRizing
August 31 • 7 p.m.
Sailwinds Park, Cambridge
Welcome UpRizing to this free waterfront concert event. The band has a reputation of keeping the crowd moving with their mixture of funk and R&B classics combined with modern Top 40 hits with a splash of reggae. There will be wine/beer provided by the Wine Bar available for purchase.