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Dorchester County Events in July
July 3 @ 8:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm
Horn Point Lab Tour
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Horn Point Lab is an environmental research facility of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
Firecracker Kids’ Triathlon
July 4 • 8 a.m.
Dorchester Family YMCA, 201 Talbot Avenue, Cambridge
The Firecracker Kids’ Triathlon welcomes children ages 7 to 15. Organized by Cambridge Multi-Sport, the fifth annual Firecracker Kids’ Tri will be held at the Dorchester Family YMCA in Cambridge. This event will challenge kids to complete a swim, bike and run event in a highly supportive and motivating community environment. All proceeds from this event will go back to the YMCA. Each participant will receive a finisher medal and a T-shirt. Awards will be issued to the top male and female finishers in each age group. For details, email email@example.com.
Mid-Shore Community Band Concert
July 4 • 7 p.m.
Sailwinds Amphitheater, 2 Rosehill Place, Cambridge
The Mid-Shore Community Band is back with their annual Fourth of July concert event. This outdoor event on the waterfront is free to the public. There will be food available for purchase by the Lil’ Bit Bull BBQ food truck vendor. However, families are allowed to bring their own food and set it up like a picnic. Also, there will be wine and beer for sale by the Wine Bar. Be sure to bring chairs and blankets. The spot also offers a great view of the Fourth of July fireworks, which start around 9 p.m. over the Choptank River.
Cambridge Farmers’ Market
July 5, 12, 19, 26 • 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.
July 5 • 5-8 p.m.
Join retailers in Downtown Cambridge for the first Thursday of each month for a fun evening just for the ladies. Participating businesses include: Calista’s Boutique, Butterfly Boutique, Sunnyside Shop, Cottage Studio, Dropping Acorns, Craig’s Drugstore, The Wine Bar, Thomas’s Fine Jewelry, T’s Divine Sweets, Honey Bee Trading, Black Water Bakery, and more. Shops host specials and refreshments.
Historic Walking Tour
July 7, 14, 21, 28 • 11 a.m.
Begins at Long Wharf Park, near High and Water streets, Cambridge
Hear the fascinating stories: Napoleon’s involvement in Cambridge, the prominent woman who returned from the dead, the house that was cut in two, and more. The cost is $10 per person. Reservations are not necessary but appreciated at 410-901-1000. Walks are sponsored by the West End Community Association. Or, take a self-guided walking tour by picking up the Historic Walking Tour brochure at the Dorchester Visitor Center, 2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge. The visitor center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
July 7 • 8 p.m.
Groove City Studio, 516 Race Street, Cambridge
An eclectic blend of funk, rock, reggae, rhythm and bluegrass, Blackwater combines their influences into a unique and inviting sound. Formed in 2010 in Cambridge, Blackwater’s ever-expanding array of original songs and their own versions of not-so-familiar covers, assures something new with every show. The evening will be another in the Giving Back to the Community Benefit Concert Series at Groove City. Blackwater has chosen MidShore Meals Til Monday, a charitable organization working to end childhood hunger on the Mid Shore, to receive a portion of the proceeds from the evening. The performance in this funky intimate space inside WHCP Community Radio starts at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at groovecitystudio.org. Cash bar with beer and wine available.
Historic St. Mary Church Open
July 7 • 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
July 7, 14, 21, 28 • 1-3 p.m.
July 7 Sunset Cruise • 5:30 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.
Cambridge Ghost Walk
July 14, 27 • 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.
Second Saturday Book Sale
July 14 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dorchester County Public Library, 303 Gay Street, Cambridge
Get great deals on a huge variety of gently used books on the second Saturday of the month. For more information, call 410-228-7331, visit www.dorchesterlibrary.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Saturday & Art Walk
July 14 • 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.
Taste of Cambridge
July 14 • 5-10 p.m.
Race and Poplar streets, Downtown Cambridge
Enjoy a free street festival with a crab cook-off, music, kids’ activities, a professional crab-picking competition, gallery openings, late shopping, and more. Entry to the festival is free. Purchase a ticket to taste all entries in the Crab Cook-Off competition that has local top chefs competing in categories of best crab cake, crab soup, crab dip, and crab specialty dish – and then cast your vote for your favorites. The event happens rain or shine. Details at CambridgeMainStreet.com.
Admiral Byrd Regatta
Cambridge Yacht Club, 1 Mill Street, Cambridge
Cambridge Yacht Club’s racing tradition continues this year with the return of the historic Admiral Byrd Regatta. Compete in the same waters that generations of legendary sailors have sought to master in this historic race. CYC is the oldest yacht club on the Eastern Shore. For details, email MDcycmdregatta@gmail.com.
A Musical Evening with Ashley Watkins
July 20 • 7 p.m.
Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street, Cambridge
Cambridge native Ashley Watkins returns for an enchanted evening of music. Don’t miss the masterful sounds of this brilliant flutist. Ashley began her musical journey at 10 years old playing in the elementary school band. From that point, music began to take a prominent role in her life, starting with her first flute lessons offered at a local music store. In 2007, Ashley received an undergraduate degree in music performance at James Madison University, studying under Dr. Beth Chandler. She received a graduate degree in music performance from the University of Akron, under the tutelage of George Pope in 2010. She presently offers performances that cross many music genres and continues to share her love for music with her community and beyond. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
John Németh Concert
July 20 • 7 p.m.
Gallery 447, 447 Race Street, Cambridge
On July 20 at 7 p.m., one of the hottest stars in the musical firmament, touring nationally and internationally with his Memphis band, John Németh and the Blue Dreamers return to Cambridge. For tickets, visit groovecitystudio.org. There will be a cash bar. John Németh has established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers fearlessly crushing all barriers of style and genre. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, John creates music that is personal as well as universal. His songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor.
Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour
July 21 • 7 a.m.
YMCA, 201 Talbot Avenue, Cambridge
With over 1,700 miles of shoreline and 600 square miles of land, Dorchester County hosts a rich and diverse history. The Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour on July 21, 2018 takes riders along several of these stops including a winery and the Chicone Indian Village. There are three ride choices: a 64-mile metric century, a 30-mile tour, and a 10-mile family ride. The ride is organized by the Dorchester County Family YMCA. The event supports the Dorchester YMCA Bob Brannock Endowment Fund. Register on Active.com.
Music on the Nanticoke Concert
July 21 • 4 p.m.
Waterfront Park, Vienna
Enjoy a free waterfront concert by The Winstons, the World’s Greatest Motown Review, in the quaint, historic town of Vienna. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available or bring your own picnic. Boat ramp and overnight dockage are free. Concert runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Water Street will be closed down and a trolley will be running from the parking lot across from Millie’s Road House (200 Middle Street). There will be handicap parking spaces available on Water Street. The event and parking are free. Food available from the Vienna Volunteer Fire Company. Call 443-239-0813 for more information.
July 27 • 6 p.m.
Sailwinds Amphitheater, 2 Rosehill Place, Cambridge
Karen Somerville and Sombarkin’ is ready to take charge in this outdoor concert that is free to the public. Karen Somerville is a vocal stylist with 20+ years in the music entertainment field. In 2002, she recruited her longtime friends Lester Barrett, Jr. and Jerome McKinney and formed the a cappella trio group named Sombarkin’. The group is known for their dynamic vocal instrumentation and the polyphonic technique in which they deliver explosive performances in genres from Negro spirituals to contemporary jazz renditions. Food and beverages will be offered for sale.
Thunder on the Choptank
July 28-29 • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Great Marsh Park, Cambridge
Bring the family out and spend a weekend watching boats race, including inboard and vintage boats. The race, hosted by the Kent Narrows Racing Association with help from the Cambridge Power Boat Racing Association, takes place on Hambrooks Bay, off of the Choptank River.