Midsummer Bliss: Scores of fun events and cool happenings coming up this month on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware!
Secrets of the Eastern Shore presents a Month of Fun Days!

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"Road Trips #2"

My new book is perhaps a month away from landing in stores! The 26 trips inside range from lowermost Virginia to uppermost Delaware and all over Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are lots and lots of fun stories from days gone by, too!

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Get a personalized dedication & autograph, too, if you like. Keep scrolling through this newsletter if you want to read some free excerpts.

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The biggest week of the year in storied Chincoteague, Va. runs July 20-26.

Pony roundups on Saturday and Sunday, ponies walking the beach on Monday, ponies swimming into town on Wednesday, and then the big pony auction on Thursday. Details.

fair games!

• The Talbot County Fair is July 11-13 in Easton, Md. Details.
• The Kent County Fair is July 18-20 in Chestertown, Md. Details.
• The Cecil County Fair is July 19-27 in Fair Hill, Md. Details. 
• The Somerset County Fair is July 22-28 in Princess Anne, Md. Details.
• The Greensboro (Md.) Fire Company Carnival runs July 8-13. Details.

morning glory

Wearing pajamas and slippers is definitely encouraged during the Ice Cream for Breakfast Day festivities on Wed., July 17 at the Scottish Highland Creamery in Oxford, Md. One of the flavors involved: Fruit Loops! Details. 

ya' gotta eat: Delmarva's midsummer food fests

• The Tilghman Island Crab Feast is Sat., July 13. Parade, crab races, vendors, & more. Details.
• The Taste of Cambridge (Md.) on Sat., July 13 is two events in one—a free street festival and a crab-cooking competition among area chefs. Yes, you can taste all the entries and vote for “People’s Choice” winners! Details.
• The Tawes Crab & Clam Bake, a historic midsummer schmoozefest in Crisfield, Md. that ranks as the state’s biggest annual seafood festival, is on Wed., July 17. Details.
• Stock up on peachy treats at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Peach Festival inn St. Michaels, Md. on Sat., July 6. Details.
• The Chincoteague Island (Va.) Blueberry Festival is the weekend of July 19-21 at the Chincoteague Center. Details.
• The Indian River Seafood and Arts Festival is Sun., July 14 at the marina in Delaware Seashore State Park, below Rehoboth. Details.
• Keftedes, dolmathes, & spanakopita will be on the menu at the Ocean City (Md.) Greek Festival on the weekend of July 26-28. Dancing, music, & crafts, too. Details.

Boom times for the fourth

Here is your handy-dandy guide to the various parades, festivities, & fireworks shows on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware during this year's long Fourth of July weekend. Details.

Photo by Jill Jasuta Photography.

go to camp 1

The 132nd (!) Smith Island Campmeeting runs July 28 to Aug. 4, with special boat-transport services built around the worship schedule  in this Methodist affair. Details. 
PS: The photo shows the faithful arriving on the Island Star back in the day.

go to camp 2

On Fridays from now into August, Delaware Seashore State Park hosts Day Camp for Grownups. Paddling, hiking lunch, happy hour. Details.


How many times in life do you get the chance to float down a lazy river atop an inner tube and end up in the midst of a downtown street festival with music, crafts, food, and more? The Nanticoke Riverfest in Seaford, Del. is Sat., July 13. Details.

way back machine: Journeys to days gone by

• Watch a vintage baseball game at Pemberton Park outside of Salisbury, Md. on Sun., July 7. Details.
• During two Tavern Talks on Fri., July 12 in Lewes, Del., you can sip craft beers while engaging with living-history performers out of Delaware days gone by. Details.
• Walk with historian John Mulller in the footsteps of abolitionist hero Frederick Douglass, an Eastern Shore native, on Sat., July 13 in downtown Cambridge, Md. Details.
• Watch the reenactment of an old-school breeches-and-buoy shipwreck rescue at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum below Rehoboth Beach, Del. on Thu., July 18. Two dates in August as well. Details.
• Learn about the incredible history of Eastville, Va. by watching the documentary, “The Last Jail on the Northampton Court Green,” at the Palace Theatre in Cape Charles, Va. on Sun., July 28. Details.

paint The bus!

Laurel, Del. is the heart of Delmarva watermelon country. Head that way the morning of Sat., July 13 if you want to pitch in with their annual Community Watermelon Bus Painting. Details.

take the kids

• On Fri., July 12, see a marionette “Wizard of Oz” in Dover, Del. Details.
• Learn about the night sky, then gaze through big telescopes in Chincoteague, Va. on Fri., July 12. Details.
• The Delaware Seashore State Park   Sandcastle Contest is Sat., July 13. Details.
• See "The Jungle Book" in Cambridge, Md., July 19-27.  Details.


The Delaware State Fair is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. The notion of starting it up supposedly began in small-town small talk around a potbelly stove at the railroad station in Harrington. Reba McEntire and Gladys Knight are among the headliners. Demolition Derby too, of course. July 18-27. Details.

start a row!

Learn how to row in shells like these on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md. on Sat., July 13. Details.

WEB GEMS: Excerpts from the Road Trips 2 Book

I’ve published several excerpts in recent weeks from that new book I mentioned: 
Boom times on Tilghman Island, Md.
• False Starts in the “First Town in the First State,” Lewes, Del.
• "Notoriously Scandalous" at the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry in Talbot County, Md.
"A Remarkably Ugly Fish" along the Bayshore Byway in Delaware
More excerpts to come in the coming weeks. Here, again, is where you can learn more about Eastern Shore Road Trips #2: 26 MORE Adventures on Delmarva--and place a pre-order, too!

rock steaDy!

• The Ladybug Festival bills itself as the “Largest Celebration of Women in Music” around. It’s free, too! Thu./Fri. July 18/19 in Wilmington, Del. Details and lineup, including a special “Ladies of Soul” tribute. Details and lineup.
• The People’s Festival on Sat., July 20 is a tribute to former Wilmington, Del resident Bob Marley. Details and lineup.

get steamy!

The old-school steam engines will be rockin’ & smokin' at the Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association's annual show north of Easton, Md. on the weekend of July 11-14. Details.

skipjack at 25

The Skipjack Nathan will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with ceremonies and refreshments on Thurs., July 4 on the waterfront in Cambridge, Md. Details.

delaware City!

The streets will be full of square dancing, tango stepping, pie-eating, and many other festive activities during the 39th annual Delaware City (Del.) Day on Sat., July 20. The event ends with a fireworks show out at Veterans Point. Details.

 marketplace delmarva: Arts, crafts, antiques

• The Lewes Historical Society Summer Craft Fair on Sat., July 13 features more than 60 craftspeople showing off works in metal, wood, and much more. Details.
• The next NITE MRKT extravaganza at the fun Taco Reho in Rehoboth Beach, Del. is Thu., July 18. Twentyish artists will be showing works. Details.
• The Lewes (Del.) Antiques Show & Sale on the weekend of July 12-13 features 24 different dealers from around the region. Details.
• More than 100 potters, jewelers, carpenters, and other artists will show their stuff at the Angola by the Bay Craft Fair in Lewes, Del. on Sat., July 20. Details.

speed racers

• Lots of racing planned for the Admiral Byrd Regatta at the Cambridge (Md.) Yacht Club the weekend of July 19-21. A little partying, too! Details.
• The loud & fast boats will be making Thunder on the Choptank in Cambridge, Md. on July 27-28. Details.

plein air!

The 15th anniversary edition of the weeklong Plein Air Easton extravaganza is July 14-21. Artists from all over the country will be painting the waterways and landscapes of the mid-Eastern Shore. Visitors will have lots of chances to see painters at work, as well as to  check out the finished products. Details.


Edna Lockwood, the last of the sailing bugeyes, was built in 1889 on Tilghman Island, Md. She will be returning there July 19-21, docking at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. She also has stops coming up in Cambridge, Crisfield, Deal Island, and Oxford. Click “Tour Schedule” at the link for details.

thank you!

As always, thanks for spending a little time with this newsletter. I hope it helps you find your way to some midsummer fun! If you have friends, family, or co-workers who might enjoy it, please feel free to forward it along. See you next month!
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