Dorchester County Events in May
May 1 @ 12:00 am - May 28 @ 12:00 am
Opening Day for Lighthouse
May 1 • 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Choptank River Lighthouse, Near the intersection of High and Water streets, 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.
Cambridge Farmers’ Market
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 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 – May 3 • 6 p.m.
Adult Jam – May 10 • 6 p.m.
Open Mic – May 17 • 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.
Six Pillars Century Cycling Event
Great Marsh Park, Cambridge.
The majority of this ninth annual bicycle ride is through the beautiful and picturesque Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. This is a show and go start event. The Blackwater Tour has three rides/courses: 37 Mile Fun and Fitness Course; 56 Mile Eagleman Ironman 70.3 Course; and 100 Mile Century Course. Questions? Call 410-819-0386 or email email@example.com. Find more info at www.6pillarscentury.org. The event will support Character Counts Mid-Shore, Inc.
Sail on a Skipjack
May 4, 11, 18, 25 • 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.
Cinco de Mayo Fishing Tournament
May 5 • 6 a.m.
Palm Beach Willies, 638 Taylors Island Road, Taylors Island.
Grand National Waterfowl Association hosts the Cinco de Mayo Fishing Tournament. Weigh in is at 3 p.m. at Palm Beach Willies, 638 Taylors Island Road, Taylors Island. For questions, contact Chelsea Dunnock at 443-521-6342 or the GNWA office at 410-228-0111.
May 6 • 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.
Family Movie Night
May 10 • 7:30 p.m.
Ampitheater at Sailwinds Park, 2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge.
Bring the family and join in the first free Movie Night of 2019, featuring Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair. The City of Cambridge is sponsoring the movie and providing free drinks and popcorn while supplies last. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunset Cruise on a Skipjack
May 11, 25 • 5:30 p.m.
Long Wharf, Cambridge (High and Water streets.)
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 email@example.com or 410-228-7141.
Great Chesapeake Wellness Race
Hyatt Regency, 100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge.
Join a 10K race, 5K race, or 1-mile Family Walk. Race entry fee includes a T-shirt, refreshments, post-race breakfast, and prizes. The event benefits the Eastern Shore Hospital Center Auxiliary. For more information, call 410-221-2358.
Maryland Freedom Swim
May 11 • 9 a.m.
Swim between the bridges from the Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park on the Talbot County side to the Sailwinds Park beach access point (near the Dorchester Visitor Center) on the Dorchester County side. This 1.7-mile trip across the Choptank River will be supported by paddle craft, motor craft and the U.S. Coast Guard. Experience is required. A portion of the proceeds from this race will go to ShoreRivers as well as the Water Safety program for third graders at the Dorchester Family YMCA. For details and registration information, visit runsignup.com/marylandfreedomswim.
Fun Dog Show
May 11 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn Street, Cambridge.
The annual Fun Dog Show is a fun, no-pressure event. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. The grand parade starts at 10 a.m. No pedigree is required, but your pooch must be six months or older. An entry fee of $5 is required for the first category entered. Then there is a fee of $4 for all additional categories. Categories include demonstrations of obedience, best groomed, best trick, best large dog, best small dog, dog that looks most like its owner, and more. There will be refreshments available, raffle items, and prizes for dogs and owners. This event is sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church of Cambridge. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Baywater Animal Rescue. For more information call 410-228-3161.
Second Saturday and Art Walk
May 11 • 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.
May 11, 24 • 7:30 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.
Cambridge Classic Powerboat Regatta
May 18-19 • 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hambrooks Bay, off the Choptank River, Cambridge. Viewing from Great Marsh Park, 1 Somerset Avenue.
The country’s longest-running powerboat races happen in Dorchester. This year marks the 109th Cambridge Classic Power Boat Regatta on the Choptank River. Some of these boats reach speeds up to 170 mph. The fleet ranges from the classic Jersey speed skiffs turning on their sides and going airborne at 70 mph to the 1,500-horsepower grand prix boats that reach speeds of 170 mph. Admission is free with a $5 a day charge for in/out parking. Food and drink will be available. Races are scheduled to run rain or shine although, if the wind is strong, the race organizers will make the call. There will be bleacher seating, as well as room for lawn chairs at Great Marsh Park. Spectators can also watch the Cambridge Classic from the water. The fleet will raft at Rooster Point. Visit cpbra.com.
Music on the Nanticoke Concert
May 18 • 4-7 p.m.
Waterfront Park, Water Street, Vienna.
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Boat ramp and overnight dockage are free. Concert is part of the Music on the Nanticoke Free Summer Concert Series; future concerts are July 20 and September 21. Water Street will be closed and a trolley will be running from the parking lot across from Millie’s Road House (200 Middle Street, Vienna). 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.
Saved By Zero Concert
May 24 • 6 p.m.
Sailwinds Amphitheater, 2 Rose Hill, Cambridge
Saved By Zero, one of Maryland’s premier high energy party bands, will be performing at a free waterfront concert. This event is part of the “At the Sail” series of events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beckwith Strawberry Festival
May 25 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Neck District Fire House, 954 Cook Point Road, Cambridge.
Enjoy lots of strawberry treats at the Beckwith United Methodist Church Strawberry Festival at the Neck District Fire House, Route 343, in Hudson. In addition to the strawberry festival, there will be a flea market starting around 7 a.m. Strawberries, strawberry pies, strawberry shortcake, homemade soups, chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs and more. Festival is held rain or shine. Call 410-228-7725.
Cambridge Wings & Wheels
May 25 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport, 5223 Bucktown Road, Cambridge.
Head to the airport to check out cars, motorcycles, and planes displaying, demonstrating, and competing. There will be food vendors, drinks, and live music. Admission is $5 per person; children 10 and under are free.
Horn Point Lab Tour
May 28 • 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 email@example.com.