An Insider's Guide to celebrating the arrival of summer 2019 on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware!
Secrets of the Eastern Shore presents a Month of Fun Days!

light shows

The Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Association has two sunset cruises this season (first up, Sat., June 1) and several daytime cruises (first up Sat., June 22). Yes, you can climb up the Harbor of Refuge Light pictured here on the daytime trips. Details.

crazy days

• The stroke of Main Street mad genius that is the Bathtub Races returns to downtown Berlin, Md. on Fri., June 14. Details.
• The annual Running of the Bull in Dewey Beach, Del. is an absurd & ridiculous affair. That’s why it’s so popular. Sat., June 29. Details.

big tickets

• The Blue Angels headline Ocean City's (Md.) Air Show, June 15-16. Details.
• Here is the lineup for the Firefly Music Festival, June 21-23 in Dover, Del. Details.
• New in Ocean City this year, the Jellyfish Festival is a mix of music, skateboarding, bicycling, art, and more. June 21-23.  Details.


The streets from this old postcard will be hopping during the annual “Smyrna at Night” block party on Sat., June 8. More than 20 bands are involved. Details.

The best fests: Spirits, beer, Blues, & More

• Celebrate all manner of local spirits at the Drink Maryland block party along pretty Lawyers Row in Centreville, Md. on Sat., June 15. Details.
• The Downtown Salisbury (Md.) Festival is June 7-9. Carnival, live music, much more. Details.
• The Seaside Craft Show on Sat., June 1 will unfold along the boardwalk and in downtown Bethany Beach, Del. Details.
• Drink up at the St. Michaels (Md.) Brew Fest on Sat., June 1. More than 100 brews, plus 10 bands. Details.
• The Crabby Blues Festival at Central Park in Cape Charles, Va. on Sat., June 1 is just that--crabs & blues. Details.
• The family-friendly Federalsburg (Md.) Frog Festival is Sat., June 22. Fishing derby, carnival games, much more. Details.


Join expert birders on a cruise out to a brown pelican colony near Smith Island, Md. Six different dates in June. A meal on the island is part of the deal. Details.


Thousands of reptiles will be on display during Repticon weekend at the Salisbury, Md. Civic Center June 22-23. Yup, you’ll be able to touch and hold some of the critters. Details.

goat island!

This year’s edition of the “Return to Goat Island” paddling race and community festival in Snow Hill, Md. is Sat., June 22. Details.


Small-town bliss in Sussex County, Del.: The 61st annual Old Timers Day in Selbyville will have classic cars, old tractors, and antique emergency vehicles lined up along Church Street. Music & vendors, too. Sat., June 15. Details.

SAIL AWAY: Kalmar, Crabs, skipjacks, log canoes

• The spectacular replica tall ship Kalmar Nyckel sails out of Cambridge, Md. the weekend of June 14-16. Details.
• The musical themes for the various Crab ’n’ Cruise feasts out of Crisfield, Md. during June include Motown, hip-hop, old school R&B, and 80s MTV. Details.
• Take a sunset sail aboard the Skipjack Nathan on Sat., June 15 in Cambridge, Md., or on one of two other dates later in the season. Details.
• Watch the log canoe races in St. Michaels from aboard an oyster buyboat on Sat., June 29; Sun., June 30; or on several other dates later in the summer. Details.

WW2 air power

World War II is center stage at the Air Power History Tour, June 3-5 at the Salisbury Airport. Featuring a B-29, a B-24 and several other historic gems. Both ground tours and flights will be available. Details.

old school

• The Hebron (Md.) Fireman’s Carnival opens up on Wed., June 5 and runs into early July. Details.
• The Chincoteague (Va.) Firemen’s Carnival runs between June 28 and July 27. Details.


• Renowned treasure hunter Dale Clifton of the fascinating DiscoverSea Museum in Fenwick Island, Del., will be talking about shipwrecks and salvages at the Ocean View (Del.) Historical Society on Wed., June 5. Details.
• Writer Mike Morgan will be telling stories featured in his new book, Deadly Storms on the Delmarva Coast, at the Rehoboth Beach (Del.) Museum on Thurs., June 6. Details.

family fare

• “Antique Tractors & Ice Cream” in Wyoming, Del. on Sat., June 1 is an inspired bit of teamwork by Tre Sorelle Dolce and the First State Antique Tractor Club. Details.
• The Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival is at the Talbot Free Library in Easton, Md. on Sat., June 8. Details.
• Dress for Camelot days at the Adkins Arboretum Medieval Forest Faire near Ridgely, Md. on Sat., June 15. Archery, foraging, outlaws' den, etc. Details.

ALMOST HERE: Eastern shore road trips #2

Thank you one & all for the unbelievable support you gave my first two books. My third, Eastern Shore Road Trips #2: 25 MORE One-Day Adventures on Delmarva is deep into proofreading, and I’m moving as fast as I can!

I put three excerpts from the draft up on the website last month:
• Lewes, Del.: False Starts for the First Town
• Port Penn, Del.: ‘A Remarkably Ugly Fish’
• Tilghman Island, Md.: Boom Times on Tilghman

Cover photo by my favorite Jill Jasuta Photography! As soon as I have a publication date, I’ll let you know!


If you are into hand-crafted pottery, there will be demos, classes, competitions, and more during Clay-a-palooza weekend in Ocean City, Md., June 22-23. Details.

sea glass!

The Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival is coming up in Lewes, Del. on the weekend of June 22-23. The 10th edition of the event will feature more than 70 artists. Details.


• Oxford, Md. has a garden tour on Sat., June 1. Details.
• Smokey Cat Farm in Federalsburg, Md. has a Lavender Festival on Sat., June 15. Details.
• The Lewes (Del.) Garden Tour is Sat., June 15. Details.


New this year at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is Maritime Day on Sat., June 1—the focus is on shipwrights at work in the boatshop, with lots of demos and presentations. Details.

TREASURE HUNT: planes, boats, AUCTIONS, & more

 • I am going to try and make it out this year to the big Amish Spring Auction event on a farm near Hartly, Del on Sat., June 8. Details.
 • The Massey Aerodrome in Kent County, Md., has an Antique Airplane Fly-In on Sat., June 8. Details.
 • The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. has its Antique & Classic Boat Festival on Father’s Day weekend, June 14-15. Details.
 • The Poplar Hill Mansion Festival puts a spotlight on the Federal period in regional history. Salisbury, Md. Sat., June 15. Details. (Click "events" at the link.)


Abbott’s Mill near Milford, Del. is celebrating the anniversary of its 1981 ribbon cutting on Sat., June 8. In addition to the old mill, there is a millpond and nature center. Free canoe paddles, guided nature walks, a bonfire, and more. Details.

in the dock

• The annual boat-docking contest in Cambridge is coming up on Sun., June 2. Details.
• A boat-docking competition is part of the Watermen’s Day festivities in Rock Hall, Md. on Sun., June 30. Anchor tossing, too. Details.

movie magic

Every summer, dozens of aspiring filmmakers visit Cape Charles, Va. and make 12 short films in two short but intense weeks. Public events on Sat., June 22 and Sat., June 29. Details.

surf test

Teams from all over the country will be coming to Ocean City, Md. the weekend of June 8-9 for the OC Surf Fest. Events & competitions will be held at the 37th Street beach. Details.

tunes of june: bluegrass, jazz, metal, & More

• Lots of public music performances in interesting locations happen during the classical-oriented National Music Festival in Chestertown, Md., June 1-15. Details.
• At Godfreys Farm in Sudlersville, Md., it’s Bluegrass in the Berry Patch on Sun., June 23. Details.
• The big Clifford Brown Jazz Festival on Rodney Square in Wilmington, Del. runs June 19-22. Details.
• An all-girl AC/DC tribute band (Shoot to Thrill, pictured) is one of several fun acts lined up for the 41st annual June Jam at G&R campground Houston, Del. on Sat., June 15. Details.
• The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Opera Delaware team up for a summertime “Starry Night” show at Freeman Stage in Selbyville, Del. on Fri., June 14. Details.
• The first-ever Eastern Shore of Virginia Ukelele Fest is coming up in Cape Charles on the weekend of June 14-16 Beach jam, workshops, swap meet, more. Details.
• The Serafin Summer Music series in Wilmington, Del. features eight chamber ensembles performing between June 20 and June 30. Details.
• The Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival runs June 4-15 this year with concerts in Easton, Oxford, and Cambridge, Md. Details.
• “Party Like It’s 793” at a Viking-themed party at Brimming Horn Meadery in Milton, Del., June 7-9. There will be heavy metal involved. Details.
• The U.S. Navy Commodores will be performing al fresco on Harrison Street in Easton, Md. on Sat., June 15. Details.
• The Hoedown at Hitchen’s Homestead in Laurel, Del. on Sat. June 8 is fun with a purpose, raising money for an farming museum in the works there. Details.
• Music will be front and center at the Eastern Shore Juneteenth festivities in Salisbury, Md. on Sat., June 15. Details.


As always, thanks so much for spending time with this newsletter. Both Jill and I greatly appreciate your interest in this enterprise of ours. Please feel free to forward it along as you see fit!

Happy summertime to you and yours!
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