Your handy-dandy guide to the best events, exhibits, parties, and more in the month ahead on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware ...
Secrets of the Eastern Shore presents a Month of Fun Days!

19 for 2019

Planning makes perfect!  I put together a list for you of 19 fun Delmarva events that you should  put on your 2019 calendar RIGHT NOW. Here it is.


The Eastern Shore Oyster Roast in Melfa, Va. on Thu., Jan. 17 will feature a performance by rising-star bluegrass quintet Town Mountain. Details.

live rodeo!

The fun Lone Star Rodeo makes its annual visit to the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. on Jan. 25 and 26.


Did you get one of those dreaded holiday fruitcakes this year? Don't throw it away yet! Bring it to Layton’s Chance Winery near Vienna, Md. on Sat., Jan. 27 for the Flying Fruitcake Fun event, where you will get to come up with creative ways to destroy it. Details.

GET OUT & GO in the great Wintry Outdoors

• On the weekend of Jan. 25-27, the Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend has fun, affordable half-day excursions through various avian hot spots in Southern Delaware and on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Details.
• Admission to the seven national wildlife refuges on Delmarva will be free on Mon., Jan. 21 in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Details.
• On Wed., Jan. 9, the folks at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Md. will be conducting their annual Mid-Winter Eagle Survey. Volunteer spotters are welcome. Details.

fire & ice!

There will be lots of winter fun, including ice skating, ice sculpting, bonfires, and much more, in Bethany Beach, Del. during the second annual Fire & Ice Festival on the weekend of Jan. 25-27. Details.


The Best Wings on the Shore Contest is coming up on Sun., Jan. 27 at the Crooked Hammock Brewery in Lewes, Del. Yes, you can buy a ticket to taste all the entries. Details.


I put together a list for you of the 10 most popular Delmarva stories from 2018 on the Secrets of the Eastern Shore website, which, by the way, set another record for number of annual visitors—thank you all! Here is the list.

spacing out

Life beyond the earth's atmosphere is the focus of this year’s “Invention Convention” at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Del. This kid-friendly affair is full of things like “Tinkering Tables” and other hands-on stations. Details.


• Retired Gen. James Adkins, an Eastern Shore native, will speak in Cambridge, Md. on Sun., Jan. 13 about his passion for exploring the stories of what happened on Delmarva during the Revolutionary War. Scroll down a bit here for details.
• Historian Phil Hesser will talk at the St. Michaels (Md.) library on Mon., Jan. 7 about the “Phoney Insurrection of 1855,” which involved false rumors of a slave rebellion in Dorchester and Talbot counties. Details here under Lunch & Learn.
• The du Pont family, which so famously revolutionized the chemical business, will be the subject of a talk in Dover, Del. On Sat., Jan. 5. Details.
• Lots of old pictures and postcards will be on display at the Paper Americana Show in Elkton, Md. on Sat., Jan. 26. Details.


There will be lots of gear and demos at the Commercial Fishermen & Aquaculture trade show the weekend of Jan. 18-20 in Ocean City, Md. Details.

Big don's bash

Radio legend Big Don O’Brien (left) throws his annual Egg Nog Ball on Sat., Jan. 5 in Cambridge, Md. The great Bird Dog & the Road Kings are playing. Proceeds benefit the local watermen’s association. Details.

chili 'n' pjs

At the 3rd Wave Brewing Company in Delmar, Del., it’s Pajama Party time again. This third annual affair, which also includes a big chili cook-off, is Fri., Jan. 18. Details.


Up at Longwood Gardens north of Wilmington, Del., the Orchid Extravaganza begins on Jan. 19 and runs into March. Details.


The Nabb Center in Salisbury has two interesting exhibits starting up at the end of the month. One focuses on photos of the Eastern Shore through the years, while the other tells stories behind some interesting objects in the Center’s collection. Both open on Mon., Jan. 28 and run into July.


It’s getting to be last call for “50 Finest Decoy Makers Before 1950,” a show at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Md. that closes on Feb. 17.

pop up thanks!

A big Secrets thank you to everyone who stopped by our recent Holiday Pop Up Shop in Cambridge, Md. We are so happy that so many of Jill Jasuta's wonderful photos ended up finding good homes this holiday season. What photos, you say?
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