Dorchester County Events in June
June 1 @ 12:00 am - June 29 @ 12:00 am
Choptank River Lighthouse
June 1-30 • 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Choptank River Lighthouse, Near the intersection of High and Water streets in Cambridge.
The Choptank River Lighthouse kicks off a new season of visitation. From May through October, the replica lighthouse is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by for a self-guided tour of the lighthouse and browse the mini-museum with exhibits on the area’s maritime history. On Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays, volunteer lighthouse “keepers” will be on hand to serve as tour guides and visitor info resources. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Call 410-463-2653.
Snakehead Mayhem Tournament
This is the second of four tournaments in the 2019 Channidae Championship Trail (“Channidae” is the scientific name for snakehead, an invasive fish species). The cost is $50 to enter with five optional Calcuttas at $10 each. Submit the five heaviest snakeheads each day and the most total weight wins the tournament. Prize structure will be determined by the number of anglers entered. The optional Calcuttas to enter are: Heaviest snakehead harvested during the tournament, most snakeheads harvested in a single day (minimum of 8″), heaviest snakehead harvested by bowfishing, most snakeheads harvested by bowfishing (minimum 8″) and heaviest snakehead harvested throughout the entire Channidae Championship Trail. Also, the standings at the end of the tournament will contribute to the Angler of the Year prize, which is awarded to the angler with the most tournament points after all four Channidae Championship Trail tournaments. For official rules and more information, visit www.woolfordstore.com.
Youth Fishing Fun Day
June 1 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hog Range Pond, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge.
In partnership with the Friends of Blackwater and the Harriet Tubman State Park, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge will hold its 17th Annual Youth Fishing Fun Day. This family-friendly event will be held at “Hog Range” Pond behind the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, located off Route 335. Young people 15 years old and under can pre-register for the event by calling 410-228-2677 or at 8:30 a.m. on June 1 at the pond. Fishing will begin at 9 a.m. and end around 1 p.m. Bait and fishing equipment will be provided, or, bring your own. The number of “loaner” fishing rods is limited. Experienced adults will be available to assist. Parents should note that this is a non-competitive, catch-and-release event, meant to introduce children to the fun of fishing. Each registered youth will receive a free lunch ticket (hot dog, drink, and chips), and other “freebies” while supplies last. The first 100 registered anglers will receive a special gift. For further information and pre-registration, call 410-228-2677.
June 1 • 8 p.m.
Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street, Cambridge.
With a new list of 30 songs to choose from, each performance is unique based on the selection of that night’s audience. Upon arrival, each audience member votes for their top choices based on five categories: “Classics,” “Contemporary Musicals,” “Animation,” “Diva,” and “Written by Rockers.” Brown Box then curates that night’s show on the spot in this interactive, family-friendly evening. Arrive by 7:40 p.m. to cast votes. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $5 for students age 17 and under. For tickets, visit www.brownboxtheatre.org. Tickets will also be available at the door. For questions call 410-228-7782.
Sail on a Skipjack
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 1 p.m.
Long Wharf Dock, near the corner of High and 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, you can watch the crew demonstrate dredging for oysters. For details and to reserve by credit card, visit www.skipjack-nathan.org. Private charters are also available.
Chamber Challenge Boat Docking
June 2 • 11 a.m.
Long Wharf Park, Cambridge.
Boat Docking, also known as Waterman’s Rodeo, comes to Cambridge. The Dorchester Chamber of Commerce and Chesapeake Cowboys team up to host a boat docking contest starting at 11 a.m. Come see as these expert captains of all ages, some as young as 10, whip these work boats and charter boats into the docks as they compete for cash, prizes, trophies and, of course, bragging rights. In addition to the boat rodeo, there will be a bounce house, lawn games, face painting, ice cream, food, craft vendors, beer, crushes, and a cornhole tournament. General admission costs $10. Children 12 and under are free. For tickets or more information, contact the Chamber at email@example.com or 410-228-3575. The Chamber Challenge Boat Docking contest continues at: Suicide Bridge Extreme Boat Docking Contest – August 18; Taylors Island Boat Docking Challenge – August 25; and Hoopers Island Watermen’s Rodeo – September 8.
June 3 • 7-10 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 303 Main Street, Hurlock.
On the first Monday of every month, join in the Bluegrass Jam from 7 to 10 p.m. Bluegrass musicians and fans welcome. Donations accepted for the benefit of St. Andrews food bank.
Horn Point Lab Tour
June 4, 11, 18, 25 • 10 a.m.
Horn Point Laboratory, 2020 Horns Point Road, Cambridge.
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 give guests a behind-the-scenes tour. Explore oysters in the Atlantic Coast’s largest hatchery, physical oceanography, coastal resilience, water quality, and more. Tours are held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. from May 28 through the end of August. Tours are on foot and best suited for children age 10 and older. For details, contact the outreach coordinator at 410-221-8383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cambridge Farmers’ Market
June 6, 13, 20, 27 • 3-6 p.m.
Long Wharf, Cambridge, near High and Water streets.
Browse and buy fresh (and mostly local) produce, meats, eggs, as well as flowers, plants, crafts, and more every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. from May through October at Long Wharf in Cambridge, near High and Water streets. Free parking. Call 443-477-0843.
Student Guitarists – June 7 • 6 p.m.
Adult Jam – June 14 • 6 p.m.
Open Mic – June 21 • 6 p.m.
Overflow Café, 400 Muir Street, Cambridge
On the First Friday of each month, Overflow Cafe presents a performance by guitarists from 6 to 17 years old who are students at Mike Elzey’s Guitar Studio. On the Second Friday of each month, Overflow Cafe hosts a jam for adult musicians with local guitarist Mike Elzey. On the Third Friday of each month, Overflow Cafe hosts an open mic night for adults and children. All shows are free to the public. It is an alcohol- and drug-free environment.
Eagleman Welcome and Gerry Boyle Celebration of Life
June 7 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Dorchester Visitor Center at Sailwinds Park, Cambridge.
On the eve of race weekend for the IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman triathlon, all are welcome to celebrate the life and legacy of race director and Dorchester County resident Gerry Boyle, who passed away in late March. This celebration of life, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on June 7, also serves as a welcome ceremony for Eagleman triathletes and their supporters; it was an Eagleman event that Gerry himself planned. Athletes participating in the North American Tri-Club Championships will also be recognized. This event will feature performances by students from the Academy of Music Performance in Salisbury. Food truck will be available as well as a beer truck. In case of bad weather, event will be held inside at Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn Street. Questions? Call 410-228-1000.
IRONKIDS Cambridge Fun Run
June 8 • 9 a.m.
Great Marsh Park, 1 Somerset Avenue, Cambridge.
The IRONKIDS Fun Run on June 8 offers young athletes from 6 months to 13 years the unique opportunity to feel the excitement of competition while enjoying the outdoors and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Parents, family and friends are invited to cheer on the racers. The event happens the day before the IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon on June 9, so all Eagleman athletes and volunteers are encouraged to cheer on the kids. Distances includes one-mile, half-mile, Toddler Dot Trot (30 feet) and Diaper Dot Dash (15 feet). The cost is $20 per child; only credit/debit cards accepted. Packet Pickup and Onsite Registration: Friday, June 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the IRONMAN Village in Great Marsh Park; Saturday, June 8 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at The Dorchester County YMCA, located at 201 Talbot Avenue, Cambridge. Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Second Saturday and Art Walk
June 8 • 5-9 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. Live music is on tap at several restaurants later in the evening. More information is available at DowntownCambridge.org.
June 8, 28 • 8 p.m.
Meet at 305 High Street, Cambridge.
Learn why High Street is considered the most haunted street in Maryland while strolling along with Mindie Burgoyne, the author of Haunted Eastern Shore. RSVP at chesapeakeghostwalks.com.
IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon
June 9 • All Day
Event Hub is Great Marsh Park, End of Somerset Avenue, Cambridge.
Watch the excitement as triathletes from all over the world take on a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run. The triathletes swim 1.2 miles in the waters of the Choptank, cycle 56 miles through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and run 13.1 miles through the streets of town — 70.3 miles in all. More than 800 community volunteers help make the event happen. Most of the action happens at Cambridge’s Great Marsh Park (where the race begins and finishes, and where athletes transition from swim to bike and from bike to run). Great Marsh Park is located at the end of Somerset Avenue, on the banks of the Choptank River. Dorchester County is one of the few communities to host two official IRONMAN events each year; the other is IRONMAN Maryland, a 140.6-mile full triathlon in the fall.
Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel Visits
Long Wharf, 1 Water Street, Cambridge.
Experience sailing aboard the magnificent tall ship Kalmar Nyckel. Departs from Long Wharf in Cambridge on June 14, 15, and 16, with 2.5-hour morning, afternoon, and pirate sails. Wind, water, and sun – it’s the perfect combination for fun and relaxation on the water. Kalmar Nyckel will kick-off the weekend with an afternoon sail on Friday, June 14 from 1 to 3:30p.m. On Saturday, June 15 the ship offers 2.5-hour sails at 10 a.m. and again at 5 p.m. On Sunday, June 16, the ship offers a 2.5-hour sail at 10 a.m. For the more adventurous, Kalmar Nyckel offers a Pirate Sail on Sunday, June 16, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., when the ship’s crew wears pirate and sailor garb, and landlubbers “walk the plank.” Check times and buy tickets online at KalmarNyckel.org, or contact the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation office on weekdays at 302-429-7447. Sailing tickets cost $60 for adults, and $40 for youth under age 17. The original Kalmar Nyckel (Key of Kalmar) was a Swedish ship built by the Dutch, famed for carrying Swedish settlers to North America in 1638 to establish the colony of New Sweden. A replica of the ship was launched at Wilmington, Delaware, in 1997. The re-creation measures 94 feet on deck and 131 feet overall, with a 25-foot beam, a 12-foot draft, and a displacement of 300 tons. Today it serves as a floating classroom and an inspirational platform for education and recreation. The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a Wilmington, Delaware non-profit, volunteer-based educational organization that built, owns, and operates Kalmar Nyckel.
Sunset Cruise on a Skipjack
June 15 • 6 p.m.
Long Wharf, Cambridge.
Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Choptank River aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Passengers can also BYOB. Cost is $75 per person. Limited availability; reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-228-7141.
June 18 • 5:30 p.m.
Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn Street, Cambridge.
Eat, drink, and celebrate Dorchester County. Showcasing local restaurants featuring local ingredients during Celebrate Dorchester event beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. This is an annual event put on by the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce and is designed to allow Dorchester County residents to celebrate all we have to offer related to food and our heritage. Each year, local ingredients are gathered from purveyors in the county: fresh seafood, meat, poultry, grains, fruit and vegetables, all grown and raised in the region. Those ingredients are provided to local chefs who then produce a dish to serve attendees at the event. The chefs do not know what they will get and are competing with other local chefs to produce a dish worthy of the People’s Choice Award. Celebrate the freshness of Dorchester-produced foods, the artistry of our local chefs, the excellence of our county’s businesses, and the camaraderie of our friends and neighbors. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Call the Chamber at 410-228-3575.
Church Creek Car Show
June 22 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cambridge South Dorchester High School parking lot, 2475 Cambridge Beltway. Cambridge
Church Creek Volunteer Fire Company hosts its annual Car Show on Saturday, June 22 at the Cambridge South Dorchester High School parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is a $5 admission fee. Trophies to be awarded to first, second, and third places in each category; a judge’s pick, and a people’s pick. Show time for the cars will start at 10 a.m. and judges will make the rounds at noon. Watch for details on the Church Creek Car Show Facebook page.