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July Events in Dorchester County
July 1 @ 8:00 am - July 28 @ 5:00 pm
Choptank River Lighthouse
July 1-31 • 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.
July 1 • 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
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 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. 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
July 11, 18, 25 • 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.
Firecracker Kids’ Triathlon
July 4 • 8 a.m.
Dorchester Family YMCA, 201 Talbot Avenue, Cambridge.
The Firecracker Kids’ Triathlon welcomes children ages 5 to 15. Organized by Cambridge Multi-Sport, the 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, visit cambridgemultisport.wordpress.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 with donations welcome. There will be food available for purchase by Pete’s PeteZa food truck. However, families are allowed to bring their own food and set it up like a picnic. Be sure to bring chairs and blankets. The spot also offers a great view of the Fourth of July fireworks, which start after 9 p.m. over the Choptank River.
Fourth of July Bash
July 4 • 8 p.m.
Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park, Cambridge.
Enjoy a night of dancing, music, drinks and fireworks on the Choptank River. Live music by Mike Hines, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and Best Fourth of July outfit contest. Must be 18. Tickets cost $35 at the door. For more details, call 443-225-6283.
July 4 • 4-8 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, 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.
Sail on a Skipjack
July 6, 13 • 1-3 p.m.
July 20, 27 • 10 a.m.-Noon
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.
Adult Jam – July 12 • 6 p.m.
Open Mic – July 19 • 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.
Snakehead Mayhem Tournament
July 13-14 (and September 14)
This is the third 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. 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.
Second Saturday and Art Walk
July 13 • 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.
July 13, 26 • 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.
“The Jungle Book”
Groove Theatre, 447 Race Street, Cambridge.
Groove Theatre presents “The Jungle Book,” a familiar yet engaging tale of adventure. Mowgli the man cub has only ever called the jungle his home. But as he gets older and the vengeful tiger, Shere Khan, threatens the balance of the jungle with his ever-growing bloodlust, Mowgli must either leave forever and return to man, or use everything he has learned to defend his family and his home. Visit groovetheatre.com for details.
Admiral Byrd Regatta
Cambridge Yacht Club, Cambridge.
The Cambridge Yacht Club hosts the 104th regatta featuring Opti and Laser team racing. For more information, contact Tom Kranz at 804-402-6529.
Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour
Dorchester Family YMCA, 201 Talbot Avenue, Cambridge.
Choose from a variety of distances in this ride, organized by the Dorchester County Family YMCA. The proceeds benefit YMCA scholarships. Visit ymcachesapeake.org.
Music on the Nanticoke Concert
July 20 • 4-7 p.m.
Waterfront Park, Water Street, Vienna.
Enjoy live music in this beautiful waterfront setting. Food will be available from the Vienna Volunteer Fire Company. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a picnic. Call 443-239-0813 for more information.
Nikki Hill Band Concert
July 20 • 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Groove City Studio, 516 Race Street, Cambridge.
With her stylish look and unique chemistry with the band, the audience will feel like they are in a juke joint back in 1954. There will be rockabilly shouts, Sunday gospel, and some rebel punk and down in the basement blues. For details, visit groovecitystudio.org.
Thunder on the Choptank
July 27-28 • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Great Marsh Park, 1 Somerset Avenue, Cambridge.
Watch boats, including inboard, J Hydro and vintage boats, race on Hambrooks Bay off the Choptank River. Hosted by the Kent Narrows Racing Association with help from the Cambridge Power Boat Racing Association, this is an APBA-sanctioned race.