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Salisbury Zoo: The best small zoo on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

A few months after we moved to Delmarva the warmer weather rolled in and we got to meet our neighbors.

Salisbury Zoo, Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The neighbor behind us brought her daughter by one day to play. As we were standing in the backyard, watching the kids play, she told me about the Salisbury Zoo. It is was just about an hour away from where we live, but well worth the drive. Best of all, she told us, it was free.

Sold. As a mother of three children, I can tell you that I welcome all things free. A trip to the movies to see the latest Disney flick can cost our family about $100 between the price of admission and buttered popcorn. When you have three kids costs add up quick.

I cannot speak enough praises about the zoo. It also has a great playground next door complete with a huge sandbox and castles.

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The kiddos had off from school one day so we decided to hop in the road-tested minivan and head out for the Salisbury Zoo. Armed with the GPS on my phone, we had no trouble finding our way. For those of you who would like to do the same here is the address: 755 South Park Drive, Salisbury, MD.

Animals Seen

We passed an Alpaca farm on the way from our house in Delaware. The farm will likely be a future road trip. We made it to the zoo in no time. It was well worth the trip. We paid no admission and we had the park nearly all to ourselves. The fall or spring is a great time to visit the zoo.  We got to see some cool animals, too. The kids got to hang upside down like a loveable slough. We wondered who among the adorable spider monkeys got along. We shouted argh matey to the parrot who lives next to the flamingos. We saw bears and we watched an alpaca eat a pine cone. The zoo is actually getting a new bear from Ecuador. We need to go after he arrives.

Alpacas, Bear and Jaguars also call the zoo home.

We also got to stop by the gift shop and buy a pair of binoculars.

The kids loved the zoo. They could act like explorers and they loved to ham it up taking pictures next to the statues placed throughout the zoo.

Great Day Trip

The Salisbury Zoo is a great day trip, particularly if your kids are sick of the beach and want a diversion. It is small. It is walkable. It is within an hour’s drive of the beaches. Did I mention again that it is free? So is the parking. The tour of the zoo takes about an hour. Next door to the zoo is an awesome playground. The first time we visited the zoo, we did not have time to stop by the playground. On our second visit, we made it a point to check it out. We spent about an hour there as my kids played in the castle and in the giant sandbox. The only thing that could have made it better is if someone had a cart selling pretzels, sodas, and coffee. Hum? Maybe, I should do that.

If You Go

If you plan on going, bring snacks, or better yet, pack a picnic. The concession area was closed both times we visited the zoo. Make sure you bring your camera or your phone. You are going to want to take lots and lots of pictures.

Great, free day trip for kids on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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Fall is the best time to visit Delmarva

Before my husband and I had kids we loved visiting Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach in the fall.

Hotel and house rentals were suddenly much more affordable. The crowds were substantially less, and the weather was generally perfect.

We made it a point to head to a beach on Delmarva every September until the kids arrived and school became the priority.

 

It never dawned on me when we lived outside of Baltimore that we should head to the beach for a  weekend with the kids in September, or even in October for that matter. I wish we would have. Beyond the bargains and the perfect weather, there is still plenty to do and see on Delmarva during the start of fall and the end of summer.

The beach and the boardwalk are still options. The water is still warm, and a lot of stores and shops, at least at the Delaware Beaches, are staying open a little bit longer to try and extend as much of the “season” as they can. This is also the time of year where you can get bargains at the speciality shops that line the streets of Delmarva’s beach communities. I could easily go broke in downtown Rehoboth Beach. The shops have the cutest things.

Nanticoke 40th Annual Powwow Millsville, Delaware

Cultural festivals and special events also are in full swing. The weekend after Labor Day my kids and I hit the  40th Annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow in Millsboro. Then later that same afternoon, we headed over to Rehoboth Beach to the Sand Castle competition. The weather was perfect and it was just a really great day.

We were outside. We got to see dancers from different Native American tribes. We got to learn a little history and experience a different culture. We also got to ride on a tractor. Less than 20 minutes away, we got to hang out on the beach and check out the different sand sculptures. Teams crafted mermaids, crabs, sandcastles, of course, and even the Mystery Machine from Scooby Do. A really smart girl carved out the state of Delaware. She won in the kids’ group. She was sweet and let my youngest take a picture holding her trophy.

That is the thing about Delmarva, you could go to a powwow in the morning and end up at a sandcastle competition in the afternoon. There always is something going on; even when there is nothing going on.

Here are some other perks of visiting Delmarva in the fall:

  • Free parking: the meters, thankfully, have been turned off. Park wherever you like, it is free!!! If you have visited the beaches during the summer, then you know, this is huge! The parking meters in Rehoboth, for example, are expensive and annoying. Just charge me $20 for the day and be done with it. The meters are turned off in Rehoboth Beach and most other places by the second Sunday after Labor Day.

 

  • Dogs allowed: Starting Oct. 1st leashed dogs are allowed on practically all of the beaches. This is great news for us because we just got a rescue dog from First State Shelter in Camden. Our dog loves the beach and swimming. People on Delmarva LOVE dogs, so you will find most outdoor restaurants will allow you and your pup to sit outside. A lot of restaurants even put out water bowls and dog treats for furry tourists. Plenty of hotels and even rentals will let you bring your dog.

 

  • Less traffic: If you have ever driven down to the Delaware beaches or Ocean City, Md. from Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York  and have used Coastal Highway during the summer you have experienced the “beach traffic.” Immediately following Labor Day weekend, the traffic is far, far less. You can pretty much zip along to anywhere you want to go with little to no waiting. Yay!

 

  • Inexpensive lodging: Whether you are staying a hotel, inn, renting a beach house or staying at a cabin at one of the state parks, the rates are going to be substantially lower because it is now the off season.

 

  • Deals abound: Now is the best time to stroll the streets of the downtown beaches. Most of the shops, if not all, are still open and they have substantially marked their goods down. If you are going to towns such as Bethany Beach or Rehoboth Beach, you are going to find a lot more than beach towels. We are talking one-of-a-kind art work, clothes, jewelry and toys.

 

  • Fewer crowds: This is the best part. There is plenty of elbow room. There are still a lot of people  taking advantage of the off-season rates and weather, but there is room to move. It is, dare I say it, the best time of year at the beach.

 

  • Fall Festivals: Once summer is over, the chambers, nonprofits and farms hold events such as Rehoboth Beach’s Sandcastle Competition, outdoor movies on the farm, the Sea Witch Festival, Zombiefest and evening hayrides at Killens Pond State Park. The list goes on and on.

 

  • Nature Trails: Delaware is largely underdeveloped. Nature centers abound once you cross the bridge from the northern part of the state. Delaware Bay and the nature centers like Dupont Nature Center outside of Milford and Prime Hook outside of Milton attract all sorts of shore birds on their way to or from the North and South. Dolphins can be seen jumping in the bay waters off Lewes and Rehoboth.

 

  • Historical Sites: Delmarva is rich in culture and history. In Cambridge, Maryland, people can visit places such as the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad. In Lewes, Delaware, Fort Miles still has the barracks and towers that were used by U.S. troops keeping the East Coast safe during World War II. In Virginia, learn about life on the eastern shore at the Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown. There is a lot of history on Delmarva. Now is the perfect time to discover it.

 

  • Federal Parks: Delmarva is home to some amazing federal parks. In Maryland, Assateague is amazing. You can see wild horses in their habitat. In Delaware, Prime Hook is a great place to fish and watch birds. In Virginia, Chincoteague has a lighthouse and wild horses. It is cool.

There are probably at least 20 more reasons to love Delmarva in the fall, but these are just a few.

 

What’s On Tap?

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Last week, we became the tourists and headed out of Delmarva and on up to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Sometimes, you just have to discover something else besides Delmarva. Our apologies. We also experienced a few technical difficulties. Summer is in full swing, and if you are in need of some ideas to get the most out of it here are just a few coming up this week on Delmarva. We are going to include some events that are happening through the week, because, well, why not?

Delaware

Saturday, July 22nd, The Seafood & Arts Festival is from 10 am to 6 pm at Delaware Seashore State Park at 39415 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach.

Sunday, July 23rd, Darrius RuckerDelaware State Fair. The show is from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm I have only heard Darrius Rucker’s country stuff a few times, but I once saw him play with Hootie and The Blowfish at Elon University. It was a great show.

Monday, July 24th, Gabriel Iglesias,  Delaware State Fair at 8 pm to 10 pm 18500 S Dupont Hwy, Harrington, Delaware 19952. Go see Gabriel Iglesias in case you are in need of a laugh.

 

Maryland

Saturday, July 22nd, The Peach-Fuzztival. Get it? Hosted by the Ocean Pines Farmers’ Market 239 Ocean Parkway, Berlin, Maryland 21811. The event will also feature music and other entertainment.

Sunday, July 23rd, Greese, the movie starts at 8:30 pm at Stephen Decatur Park and Town of Berlin Maryland. The park is located at Tripoli St. & Route 113 in Berlin. Long for simpler times? Go see Greese.

 Thursday, July 27th,  Next Generation at Richardson Maritime Museum.
This is a historical event. The event is from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. The Richardson Maritime Museum is located at 401 High St., Cambridge
Virginia

Sunday, July 23rd, The 92nd Annual Chincoteague VFD Carnival and Pony Penning. The carnival is from 7 am until 11 pm

Monday, July 24th, at 6 am Pony Beach Walk in Chincoteague. In preparation for Wednesday’s Pony Swim, at day break, the Saltwater Cowboys will move the ponies from the Northern Corral out to the beachfront then south along the Atlantic Ocean. Be at the Assateague Beach by 6 am Park in the beachfront parking lots and follow the crowds.

Thursday, July 27th, The Pony Auction. The auction begins at 8 am. The auction takes place at the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival.

 

What’s on Tap?

It is Friday night. We are way, way behind in posting what is going on this weekend. Summer is most assuredly in full swing. A LOT of people are visiting this week. We are starting to wonder if this is really slower lower. It’s been a little busier than usual. Perhaps that is because half of New Jersey decided to visit. We don’t blame them. The beaches here are beautiful. They are open and they are free. Nope. You don’t need badges here. We also have a great governor. He is really very nice. No lie. We have met him. Anyway, if you procrastinate or you just want some ideas of different things to do during your visit here are some options.

Delaware

Saturday, July 8th: The 37th Annual Sandcastle Contest. The contest starts at 9:30 p.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. at Delaware Seashore State Park. The park is located between Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach. The annual Sandcastle Contest at the South Inlet Day Area. There will be a professional sand sculptor demonstration, beach-themed crafts and activities for children, the 50th-anniversary park history exhibit, and a special demo put on by the State Park Beach Patrol! The whole event (including contest entry) is free to the public with paid park entry! For more information, call (302) 227-6991. This is a bargain and your kids will love it.

Saturday, July 8th: The 23rd Annual Nanticoke Riverfest. This is an all day event in Seaford and it sounds like fun. It starts at 9 a.m. and wraps up around 9 p.m. There are canoe and kayak races, float-ins, a car show and a youth fishing tournament. It seriously sounds like there is a bit if something for everyone. We may have to check this out.

Sunday, July 9th, Moon Circle is being hosted by Dimitra Yoga.  Yoga, Singing Bowls, Shamanic Ceremony, Meditation, and Bonfire. This event is $35. It runs from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Lewes Beach on Savannah Road, just across from the Dairy Queen. The special Moon Circle gatherings are timed with the phases of the moon so you can experience first-hand the transformational energies of our celestial neighbor. Attuning yourself to the phases of the moon can become a powerful touchstone for setting intentions, navigating the stresses of tumultuous times, and for discovering NEW actions that you can to support yourself and the world you so deeply care about.

Maryland

Sunday, July 9th, Maryland Dove visits the Chesapeake Bay Maritime MuseumThe Maryland Dove, Historic St. Mary’s Floating Ambassador.   This event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at213 N Talbot St, Saint Michaels, Md. The Maryland Dove arrived at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Thursday, July 6, and can be seen out on the Miles River and dockside through Monday, July 10. Local school groups will be touring the ship, with Dove open for boarding to all CBMM guests from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. July 8 – 10. Free public access will be available on July 8 from 5 – 8:00 pm.

Sunday, July 9th, Berlin Concert on the Lawn _ Chesapeake Brass Band. This event is hosted by the town of Berlin. The concert is being held at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum at 208 N. Main St., Berlin.

Sunday, July 9th, Full Moon Yoga.  Hosted by Assateague Island Alliance (AIA) The event is being held from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Experience Assateague’s peaceful surroundings, clear your mind and exercise your body while the full moon rises over the ocean. Practice is led by our amazing instructor Chrissy Ehrhart of Zenna Wellness Studio. Free but park entrance fees are in effect. All levels welcome! BYO beach towel, insect repellent is recommended just in case. Meet at the shade pavilion in North Beach parking lot. 6633 Bayberry Dr. Berlin, MD 21811 If you can’t make it this Sunday they will have two more sessions this summer! August 7 at 8 pm and September 7 at 7 pm. Very zen.

Virginia

Saturday, July 8th, Chincoteague Island KOA, Christmas in July, noon until 6 p.m. Spend time with Santa poolside and snap your holiday vacation photo. Trim a palm tree to make him feel at home while he’s away. Enjoy a fireside Christmas story with S’mores for the kids, and decorate your campsite for the Christmas decorating contest. All in all, this will be a great family fun weekend to help spread the yuletide cheer this summer while Santa is on vacation! KOA will be collecting canned foods to donate to a local charity this weekend as well!

Saturday, July 8th, Star gazing at Wise Point Boat Ramp! Hosted by Eastern Shore of VA and Fisherman Island NWR. This event is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Telescopes will be provided for visitors to view stars and planets. Feel free to bring your own. Bring bug spray as well. This event is Free and open to all ages. The event is going to be held at 32205 Seaside Road, Cape Charles, Va.

Sunday, July 8th, Art in a Barn by Experimental Film Virginia. Hosted by Art Soaked Weekends.   This event is from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. This is being held at Bill Parr’s Seaview Creek Farm at 24021 Seaside Road, Cape Charles, Va. 23310.  Live Music & Performances with special guests. Local Food, Wine, Beer for purchase. Tickets $10, free admission 18 and under (includes performances, one drink ticket, and free wine tasting). Rain or Shine. 6 PM-10 PM (757.331.GEAR)

This is a casual event, takes place at a 100-year-old restored barn. Come ready to enjoy picnic-style food with local wines and beers featured at our cash bar. Meet people from the Virginia Oyster Trail, the Virginia Film Office as well as special guests. Performances happen throughout the evening featuring the international and local talent of Experimental Film Virginia including Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer (presenting the interactive media and dance film piece called “Truck”), Italian artist Stefano Giorgi, Virginia Opera’s Ann Carolyn-Bird, Italian dance company Balletto Teatro di Torino and harpist Federica Magliano.

It is a great chance to mix and mingle with all the artists of Experimental Film Virginia, in residence for two weeks making films in and around Cape Charles on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

So, if you are looking something that goes beyond the boardwalk or the beach here are but a few suggestions. Have a great weekend.

 

What’s on Tap?

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What’s on Tap? Well, the Fourth of July and fireworks. There is actually plenty of other stuff going on, too.  But if you have kids or grandkids, you probably want to know where you can go see the fireworks. We don’t blame you one bit. We love the Fourth of July and the fireworks. How could we not? Delmarva includes the first state and the first town. Delmarva is nothing if not independent. So here are some spots where you can take in the fireworks. Happy Fourth to all!

 

Delaware

Saturday, July 1st: Millsboro Stars and Stripes at Cupola Park. The event starts at 6 p.m. with food vendors and a DJ. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Cupola Park also has a playground. This is perfect if you love fireworks and don’t want to fight beach traffic.

Sunday, July 2nd: Rehoboth Beach Fireworks: head to the Bandstand on the boardwalk. The Funsters will play at 8 p.m. The fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. The city is advising that people take the DART buses to the fireworks.

Tuesday, July 4th: Bethany Beach. Ok, this may be the one to go to. Bethany Beach has about 12 bands, including a downtown Dixieland band and a German Oompah Band ( I can’t help but think of Willie Wonka.), and other activities planned, including a trivia contest with none other than a Ben Franklin look-alike. (we love this.) The fireworks start at dusk. Check here.

Sunday, July 2nd and Monday, July 3rd, The Cape-May Lewes Ferry. This is way too late for us, but this would be a fantastic way to see the fireworks. The ship leaves the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal at 7:15 p.m. to view the fireworks in Rehoboth on the second. The trip on Monday goes to New Jersey. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children per trip.

Maryland

Saturday, July 1s: Family Fun for Independence Day Celebration. This event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sturgis Memorial Park Snow Hill, Md. The fireworks display will be at Sturgis Park on River Street. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the Independence Day fireworks display at dusk. Neon glow sticks, necklaces, and bracelets will be sold.  410-632-2080.  Click here.

Saturday, July 1st: Fireworks in St. Michael’s Harbor and Big Band Night at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This sounds simply picturesque. Watch the fireworks along the water in St. Michael’s, or anchor out on the Miles River to enjoy the display reflected in the water. Big Bound music will play Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at 7 p.m. You can also watch the fireworks from the museum’s campus. Bring a lawn chair, enjoy music and food vendors will be on site. Click here.

Tuesday, July 4TH:  CONCERT & FIREWORKS ON THE BEACH: Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on the beach at N. Division Street in Ocean City, Md. For more information, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.

Monday, July 3:  The Bulkhead Bayside Avenue Rock Hall, Maryland,  Kent County at 9 p.m. 410-639-7611. Click here.

Tuesday, July 4th: Red, White, and Boom at Wicomico County Stadium in Salisbury. A fireworks display held at Wicomico County Stadium. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.  Families can enjoy music from WBOC 102.5, bounce houses and food vendors. A Kids Kazoo Parade is at 8 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks, which start at 9:15 p.m. Free parking across the street at Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and Wicomico High School parking lots. Rain date is July 5. Click here.

Virginia

Saturday, July 1: Fireworks in Celebration of Independence Day The Pony Express will be operating 3 trolleys free of charge beginning at 5 p.m. and the Town of Chincoteague will offer shuttle bus services from the Chincoteague Combined High School to the Carnival grounds beginning at 6p.m. Visitor and citizens are encouraged to use these free services as there will be very limited parking. (Rain date 7/8). The fireworks are at 10 p.m. at the Carnival Grounds. They are being sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co. Click here.

Tuesday, July 4th: Cape Charles, Va. fireworks offer a small town parade with firetrucks beforehand. The festivities run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Go to Bay Avenue in Cape Charles to enjoy. Click here.

 

 

 

 

How to avoid parking tickets at the beach

 

It was good while it lasted. Summer is here and so are the parking meters.

They go up around Memorial Day weekend. I have gotten dinged twice. Each ticket costs $3o. I keep meaning to pay the tickets but keep forgetting. Perhaps I am being generous with the word “forgetting.” I just do not want to pay the tickets. But, pay I must for the fines will continue to increase if I don’t.

Whether you live here or you are just visiting, the parking meters are not to be fooled with. This is how beach communities make their money. There is no such thing as a grace period.

 

If you are local, then you have no doubt had a conversation about the dreaded meters and parking in downtown Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. I know in Ocean City, Dewey Beach similar conversations are being had.

So what is a tourist or a local with places to go, people to see, but no quarters to feed the meters to do?

You have a couple of options.

  • You can carry a boatload of quarters and set a timer and be sure you are not a second late feeding the meter. People are nice in Rehoboth and Lewes, but if you are second late you are getting a ticket.
  • Another option is to pay with your credit card. Some of the meters, dare I say most, accept credit cards. Not all of them do. The ones on Olive and Virginia Avenue in Rehoboth do not. Here is a link to Rehoboth Beach’s parking meter map. That is where I had just one quarter and got a ticket. You still have to go back and pay after the maximum amount of time has expired. I think it is three hours. Again, you have to pay attention and you have got to a set a timer on your phone.

A co-worker mentioned there is an app for paying parking meters, and some of the meters do allow you to use your smartphone to pay. That is right, you can continue to sit on the beach, relax and beat the meter maid or meter man as the case may be.

Parkmobile is one app that can be used at some of the meters in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Dewey. I have never downloaded the app and I have never used it, so I cannot claim first-hand knowledge. I am considering downloading one of the parking apps, but I am not there yet. I just got an iPhone after using androids for the last 10 years. I am not an early adapter.

I also don’t like the idea of having my credit card information on my phone. If I lose my phone, which happens sometimes,  I would panic. I will stick with quarters and credit cards when it comes to the meters.

Parking passes are also available, at least in Rehoboth Beach, people can buy a season pass for $75 or pay $10 per day, a bargain. People with passes can park in residential areas, not as close to all of the action.

Another option, for some, is to take the DART buses into Rehoboth Beach, Dewey or Lewes. People can park at the transfer stations and just not worry about getting a ticket. Another option is to buy the Delaware State Park season pass. We paid $30 for ours and we can go to Cape Henlopen State Park and not worry about quarters and credit cards. We can go to Gordon’s Pond, just down the road and nestled away from Rehoboth Beach. You can make it from Gordon’s Pond to downtown Rehoboth on a bike. The pass is also good at any other Delaware state park. That means access to Delaware Seashore State Park and more, so much more. If you are local, buy the pass, it is so worth it. If you are not local but plan on staying for a while or returning, buy the pass, it is so worth it.

I can’t tell you much about the parking situation in Ocean City, but I can tell you if you are coming for the Fourth of July and want to park, your best bet is to park at the Inlet parking lot. Ocean City just rolled out a program that allows you to pay a flat fee of $50 to park there from 6 a.m. until midnight. If you decide to park at 12 p.m., the fee is $30 and after 3 p.m., provided you find a space, it is $20. Ocean City recommends riding the bus. Can’t help you there, but a co-worker recommends it.

Just some thoughts. I am sure if you ask other locals there are plenty of others. One thing is or certain, if you get the ticket, pay the ticket.

In Rehoboth Beach, you can pay your tickets at any one of the red boxes, by mail or online. I am paid mine online this morning. I waited two weeks to pay mine and the fines went from $30 per ticket to $45 per ticket. Ouch. Enjoy my $92 City of Rehoboth. Yes, there is also a fee on top of the fine.  I am crossing my fingers that I do not get another ticket for the rest of the season.

 

What’s on Tap?

 

The traffic this week has been, well, not so great. It is the season and they say the population of Delmarva balloons overnight. I would say that is pretty true. The City of Rehoboth Beach alone gets to be about 50,000 strong in the summer months. While we locals, myself included,  grumble about the traffic, we totally get why you are here. We also really, really appreciate it. Who wouldn’t want to drive down from Wilmington, Philadelphia or come over the bridge from Baltimore or D.C. to Delmarva? It is pretty freaking awesome here. Still, there a lot of cars. There are a lot of people riding bikes and a lot of people walking. Dare I say not everyone is paying attention. If you have ever driven up or down Coastal Highway, you know exactly what I am talking about. There are a lot of fun things to do on Delmarva, but be safe trying to get them. Enough of the soapbox, here is a look at What’s on Tap this weekend.

 

 

Delaware:

Saturday, June 24th, Ansel Adams Step Outside the Studio Watercolor Hike. Hosted by Biggs Museum of American Art. The event starts at 8 AM and finishes up at 10 AM. Here is where: Biggs Museum of American Art 406 Federal St, Dover, Delaware 19901. If you have never been to Dover, stop by, it is the capital of Delaware and it is a pretty neat city. Pre-registration is required and there is a cost. Call the Briggs at 302-674-211 ext. 110.

Saturday, June 24th, Gardening for Water and Wildlife. This is hosted by the East Coast Garden Center. It starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. It is at the East Coast Garden Center at 30366 Cordrey Road, Millsboro. The center is teaming up with the Abbott Mill Nature Center. They will go give a presentation on Monarch butterflies and their habitats, rain gardens, bird sanctuaries and native plants.

Saturday, June 24th, The Stray Cat Lee Rocker. Did you like to rock this town in the ’80s? If you’ve got cat class and you’ve got cat style, go check out Stray Cat Lee Rocker. He will perform at 7 a.m. at the Freeman Stage at Bayside. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. Here is the address: 31750 Lake View Drive Selbyville, DE 19975. If you are in Ocean City, you are very close.

 

Maryland:

Saturday, June 24th, View from The Lighthouse: The Underground Railroad. The Choptank River Lighthouse will host a reception from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m for their new exhibit. It is free. This event at the Choptank River Lighthouse in Cambridge pairs nicely with other events associated with the underground railroad. You can find out more about these historical events by clicking here.

Friday, June 23rd, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., The 4th Friday Street Festival at Pocomoke City. The event offers local artists, food, beer, wine, vendors and live music. Pocomoke City has been dubbed the “friendliest town on the Eastern Shore.” Sounds like good family fun. Go see for yourself.

Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th, The Worcester County Fair. The fair is located at Bryd Park in Snow Hill. The event offers nothing but the finest fair food: Pit Beef, Ribs, Seafood, Kettle Corn, Cheesesteaks. The Worcester County Fair has it all, including a lot of fun activities for kids.

Virginia:

Friday, June 23rd, The Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival Opening weekend. This event offers rides, oyster fritters. This is Chincoteague, one of the neatest towns on the Eastern seaboard, just go. You will enjoy it. For details click here.

Saturday, June 24th, NASA launches Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket. The launch is scheduled for 9:07 and 9:22 p.m. The Nasa Visitors Center at Wallops Island will open at 8:30 p.m. People in other parts of Delmarva can watch on Facebook. Live coverage begins at 8:50 p.m. The mission will help scientists gather information over a larger area for a study on the ionosphere. Canisters deployed during the rocket’s ascent will release blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds about 4 to 5 minutes after the launch. The vapor tracers will allow scientists to track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible from New York to North Carolina.

Friday, June 23rd, Kiptopeke State Park, Take a wagon ride and explore the park. The Wagon rides begins at 5 p.m and finish at 6 p.m. Take a seat in our wagon as we explore the park. Discover the park’s trails and what’s hiding amongst them on this one hour ride. Register at the Park Office. Only 10 seats available. Free.

Hope you have a great weekend!

What’s on Tap?

What’s On Tap?

The season is in full swing. The schools here just finished on Wednesday. Everyone is at the beach. That means there are probably more things to do on Delmarva than you have time. Chose wisely. Here are a few options to consider this weekend. Whatever you decide to do, hope you have a great time doing it. Enjoy!

 

Delaware

Friday, June 16th: Firefly Festival is playing in Dover. 21 Pilots are playing. So is Weezer and Ok Go and a lot of other bands. Day passes are $129. We love us some 21 Pilots. Go enjoy.

Saturday, June 17th: Selbyville’s 60th Old Timer’s Day Classic Car & Truck Show. The show is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For details: click here.

Saturday, June 17th: Firefly Fireside Chat with Sam Calagione. This is the man who created Dogfish Head. If you like good beer and Indie music go talk with this man. The chat with Sam will take place between 10 AM – 11:15 AM at Dogfish Inn. The address is 105 Savannah Rd, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Lewes is beautiful. You will love it.

Maryland

Saturday, June 17th: Ocean City Air Show. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 10th-anniversary edition of the Ocean City Air Show on June 17-18, 2017. This year’s event will feature a wide variety of military demos including the USMC MV-22 Osprey and civilian performers like the GEICO Skytypers. Tickets at the Drop Zone Beach are $30 the day of the show. Kids are $14.

Saturday, June 17th: International Surfing Day. The event is being hosted by Surfrider Foundation – Ocean City Maryland Chapter. The event starts at 12 p.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Assateague Island Surf Shop. We don’t have a whole lot of information about this event, but it involves surfing and Assateague. How could you go wrong?

Saturday, June 17th: Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival. The festival is from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is being hosted by the Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival and Talbot County Free Library. The festival will be held at Talbot County Free Library. It is located at 100 W Dover St, Easton, Md.

Virginia

Saturday, June 17th: Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve Hike. The hike is from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is a special guided hike of Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve. Meet at t the visitor center. The group will carpool over to Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve. Bring what you need for the weather, including a backpack, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Saturday, June 17th: Stem Saturday: Engineering Challenge at NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center.  Visitors assemble a team of friends and family and they discuss a challenge Wallops’ engineers solve every day. Your team needs to work together overcome a similar type of engineering challenge. It lasts about an hour and is recommended for people ages 6 years old and older. Got a budding scientist? This is for you. It starts at 12 p.m. You need to register, so call ahead.

Well, that’s just what we know, but we are sure that there is a lot more. Hope you find something you like to do this weekend. Whatever that is, enjoy!

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What and where is Delmarva anyway?

 

Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia

When we lived outside of Baltimore I knew about Ocean City, Md. and I had also heard of Assateague, but that was about it. My knowledge of Maryland’s eastern shore was limited to Ocean City, Assateague, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that you had to drive over to get there.

Once my husband took me to Cape Charles, Va. and that might have been the first time I heard someone reference Delmarva. I am sure, like most people, I thought what the what? Then we moved to Delaware and decided that we would live at the beach. That is when we learned that not only do we live in Delaware, but we live on Delmarva.

Delmarva is a rather large peninsula on the East Coast of the United States.

It encompasses all of Delaware. Delaware is often a forgotten state sandwiched between Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. It is a slice of rural amidst densely populated Mid-Atlantic states. Delaware is three counties large and has less than 1 million people. When we moved here, people said that everyone knows everyone in Delaware. I have found this is pretty much true. Maybe that is why people are so nice here or maybe it is that they live at the beach? I don’t know, but I will take it.

So Delaware explains the Del in Delmarva, so what about the rest? Well, if you have ever looked at a map of Maryland you would notice that it is has a pretty odd shape and a body of water splits the state. The mainland has Baltimore, the D.C. suburbs, Annapolis, and Frederick. The land separated from the mainland by the Chesapeake Bay is Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Think Ocean City and Assateague. To get there from the mainland, you have to drive over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. For me that is scary, white-knuckle driving. I cringe every time I drive over it. Maryland’s Eastern Shore is the Mar in Delmarva. Maryland takes up a large middle chunk of the Peninsula.

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Virginia’s Eastern Shore looks like the tail. Virginia’s Eastern Shore is connected to Virginia by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel that connects the Peninsula to Virginia Beach., Va. The kids loved going through the bridge-tunnel. It is a 20-mile ride above the bay and under it. They did not talk at all when we took the bridge-tunnel. They were too busy taking it all in. If you have kids that tells you something about this engineering marvel. How do they build such things anyway? We were in awe. Virginia’s presence on the bottom of the peninsula puts the Va in Delmarva.

Some people believe that Delmarva comes from the U.S. Postal services abbreviations for the states. I looked it up. It doesn’t. Maryland has always been Md; not Mar.

Regardless of the name’s origin, it is an amazing place that seems largely unknown and unexplored and it is all located just two hours away from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Peninsula is nearly surrounded by water. The Chesapeake Bay is to the West of the peninsula. The Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is to the East. Delmarva is 183 miles long and 71 miles wide, according to the World Atlas.

We have not explored every inch of it, but we are trying. If you are intrigued like we are and want to visit. It is an easy drive from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. You can take a train down from NYC to Wilmington, DE and take a Dart bus down from there or drive. If you are flying into the area, most people fly into Philadelphia International Airport or Baltimore Washington Airport and rent a car.  You can also take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry if you are coming from New Jersey. You can drive your car, minivan or RV  onto the ferry and cross over the Delaware Bay.

Need some more encouragement to come explore Delmarva? Think about this: This is where Capt. John Smith docked his ship and explored many centuries ago. It was ripe for exploration when he arrived, and in many ways, it still is so many centuries later. Come see for yourself. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Our Delmarva Bucket List

Chincoteague

We have lived on Delmarva for about a year and a half now and we have done a lot. But, there is still a ton we have yet to do or see.

Like any good mom, I am making a to-do list.

1. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad: It really is important that my kids understand American history and appreciate what people endured and sacrificed for freedom. This is a must see for us.

2. Smith Island: It is remote and it has a delicious desert named after it. Need we say more? Well, it is said to be a great place to get off the grid. You can also stay in a B&B.

4. Tangier Island: I believe Tangier Island was the setting for a Patricia Cromwell book that I once read. It just sounds so remote and cool. It just feels adventurous. The island is also sinking into the bay. Word on the street is it will be swallowed up by the Chesapeake Bay in 20 years.

Chincoteague

5. Chincoteague: We fell in love on a day trip. It is worth staying over to really explore the town.

6. Berlin: People rave about it. We are told by many that it is the coolest small town in America.

7. Killen’s Pond: We went last year. It has water slides and a great pool. It also costs $4 to get in for the day. If you have more than one kid, this is a steal and well worth the trip. The food inside is pricey and service is a bit slow. They do not allow outside food and drinks.

8. Frontier Town: It is probably now or never for this one. The kids are still little enough to enjoy this kind of trip. This is also on the way to Assateague for us, so this will happen this summer.

 

Cape May-Lewes Ferry

9. The Ferry and a tour of Cape May, NJ. We love Cape May. We did the ferry once. But, it was hot and the kids were cranky. This time we will take our car on the boat, and make sure everyone is in a good mood before setting sail.

10. Fort Delaware State Park: Fort Delaware is on Pea Patch Island, near Delaware City. You can only get to the island by Ferry. It sounds neat, and we are always up for a good adventure.