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Halloween Around the Mid-Shore

by Mary McCarthy
I am a bit of a Halloween freak. Here's a picture of my Centreville 1881 Addams-family-looking Victorian at Halloween. The ghosts in the windows were drawn (on painters' dropcloths) by local artist Brian Draper, who I worship!
Some local folks have attended my Halloween parties- adult costume galas held in my neighborhood once a year, though I have to admit to this year's being a bit smaller (I hate the recession!). The competition for costume prizes is fierce, to say the least.
Many of the articles I write professionally are Halloween oriented. I am even Hallo-crazy enough to have my own Halloween website, Creative Halloween. This year, I am excited to announce I put together a Halloween book called Adult Halloween Parties in honor of the groan-up parties I've had at my house over the last decade. So if you are looking for food, decor, drinks, costume or other Halloween ideas, I hope you'll check out the book.
So what are some ways to celebrate this most spooktacular of seasons around the area? Well, I recommend visiting Adkins Arboretum for any of their fantastic fall events. The haunted trail is awesome! If you don't mind traveling just a bit (under an hour)- I wholeheartedly suggest taking a trip up to Middletown, Delaware to visit Frightland. I went this past weekend and came home hoarse from screaming in fear! It is a TON of fun- not for the faint of heart or young of child though! Also they have a carnival with carnival food including cheese fries. Cheese fries. Need I say more?!



Saturday, October 10, 2009
Annual textile festival includes vendors with handcrafted items, exhibits, children’s activities, animals, food & more. Festival admission free. Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Claire Otterbein, 410-632-0515. www.purnellmuseum.com.
Purnell Museum
Snow Hill
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Princess Anne Days/1812 Heritage Festival

52nd Olde Princess Anne Days/1812 Heritage Festival

Saturday, October 10, 2009 - Sunday, October 11, 2009
features a historic house and garden tour, craft demonstrations, military encampment, music, kids' activities, and more.
Teackle Mansion Museum
Princess Anne
Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.

Chincoteague Oyster Festival

2009 Chincoteague Oyster Festival

Saturday, October 10, 2009
All you can eat from Noon to 4 p.m. OYSTERS, OYSTERS, OYSTERS... on the half shell, steamed, single fried, fritters, clam chowder, clam fritters, steamed crabs, cole slaw, potato salad, hush puppies, hot dogs, Pepsi.  
Maddox Family Campground
Chincoteague, Virginia
$35; children under five are free

Apple Scrapple Festival

Friday, October 09, 2009 - Saturday, October 10, 2009

18th Annual Apple Scrapple Festival 

welcomes over 25,000 visitors annually. Festivities include a carnival, food court, street dance, kids activities, live entertainment, contests, car show, tractor pull, trade show, health fair, craft shows, food, and scrapple chunkin', scrapple carving,' and over 250 crafters and vendors. At Bridgeville, Delaware. Fri., 4 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. Visit applescrapple.com for complete information. 302-629-9582.

Pickering Creek Annual Harvest Hoedown

Bring the whole family to the farm to enjoy music, craft and foot stomping family fun! Artisians, vendors, food and live music all day long!
11am -4pm Oct. 11th $10/carload

Crabtoberfest celebrates October on the Shore!

Oktoberfest goes to the crabs October 17 in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, MD—German beer, bratwurst, folk dancing... and Maryland crabs? Only at Crabtoberfest, which brings together all the fun of a German Oktoberfest with all the joys of Eastern Shore culture on Saturday, October 17 in Cambridge. The fourth annual Crabtoberfest features an authentic German biergarten (and wine), German and Eastern Shore cuisine (from bratwurst and wienerschnitzel to steamed crabs and corn), and lots of music and dancing on two stages.

Highlights include America’s No. 1 German festival band Die Schlauberger, the folk dance troupe Enzian Folkesdansegruppe, and blues musician Swamp Dog. Twenty different maritime, agricultural, and historical displays will showcase Dorchester County’s heritage. Plus the Kids’ Area will offer crafts, games, moon bounces, and more.

Crabtoberfest celebrates the sister relationship between Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Düren County, Germany. The festival happens Saturday, October 17, noon until dark at Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park, on the waterfront in Cambridge. General admission is $5. Free parking. More details at vụ đánh bạc trên mạngwww.crabtoberfest.com or 410-228-3575.

Crabtoberfest Schedule of Events

Fall Longaberger Basket and Vera Bradley Bingo

Chesapeake Cats & Dogs

Fall Longaberger Basket and Vera Bradley Bingo



Doors open at 12:00 PM    Bingo begins at 2 PM

American Legion on Route 8 South, Stevensville, MD

Tickets - $20 in advance   $25 at the door

Call the Center to order tickets (410-643-9955).

20 Regular Games, 3 Special Games & 2 Raffle Baskets

Bake Sale & Food to Purchase, 20 DOOR PRIZES


Come early and shop the Christmas Bazaar Vendors!

Deadline for Trappe-toberFEST Vendor Applications

Deadline Reminder for Trappe-toberFEST Vendor Applications  
The deadline for vendor registrations for Trappe-toberFEST is October 6, 2009
Booth space is available for food, craft, and product vendors. Standard booth space is 10 feet by 10         

feet, with registration fees ranging from $10-$30. Electricity and water hook ups are available for an extra charge. Corporations donating $250 or more are invited to set up an information booth. Select booths for nonprofit groups are available at no cost. Vendors are encouraged to register early to ensure a space and exclusive sales opportunity.

The 4th Annual Trappe toberFEST will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 17, in downtown Trappe. This small town fall festival celebrates the harvest season with a day featuring a street fair, plenty of food, live entertainment, children’s activities, demonstrations, animal presentations, a plein air paint


out, a cycling event, and more.

For more information or to register for a vendor booth, contact the Trappe Town Office at 410.476.3170 or trappeindex@verizon.net. Vendor applications are available on the Town website at www.trappemd.net.

photo by Ann Dorbin

Eat, Drink, Buy Art

by Mary McCarthy
Before I tell you about my awesome Eastern Shore weekend, I have three downtown Centreville business news items: a.) the new coffee shop (Joe Breeze) is open and fantastic with Village Bakery goods on the way from Chestertown! b.) the flower shop on the corner is open again! My kids have been saving their money for a new Webkinz. and c.) the new Pet Shop (Tails, Feathers and Fins) has opened next to Subway. Go visit the new businesses in town and support them!
Ok. Now.
There's this cool new tourist program on Maryland's Eastern Shore called Eat, Drink, Buy Art (EDBA). It was started at Maryland Life magazine as a way to encourage folks from all over the state to visit the Shore. EDBA chose 9 towns across the Shore to promote this year, they are: Chestertown, Berlin, Easton, Snow Hill, Denton, Salisbury, Cambridge, Princess Anne and Elkton. I am sucking it up and not whining about how there are no towns in (ahem) Queen Anne's County, because I am SURE they will be included next year and that Centreville will be spelled correctly on the map as well!
The EDBA deal is free and includes a passport (found in any participating business in the 9 towns with a sign out front) that you take around to shops, restaurants and art galleries in the different towns. You get your passport stamped and then for each stamp, you're entered another time for a drawing with great prizes from the participating towns. It's like a fun treasure hunt across the shore- I really encourage you to check out the website (above) and find some time this fall to visit these fantastic historic towns. Maybe I'll see you while I'm getting my passpport stamped!
This past weekend my bloggy friend Jen G. of Hip as I Wanna Be (check out her blog for more photos) and I visited Snow Hill and Berlin. We stayed at the gorgeous 1895 Atlantic Hotel in Berlin (pictured). Two movies have been filmed in Berlin- Runaway Bride and Tuck Everlasting. The reason? Berlin is gorgeous- buried power lines (like I wish we had in Centreville!!) create an original Victorian streetscape that's to die for- the restaurants, shops and art galleries are amazing. Berlin held their annual (huge!) Fiddler's Festival, so we got to meet banjo dudes and listen to cool bluegrass music.
Snow Hill has always been my favorite town on the Shore- the collection of Victorian homes and downtown commercial buildings is astonishing. (I'm a dork that I have one, but...) My favorite Victorian architect is Jackson Gott, and I was fortunate to visit Governor House, one of Gott's most amazing residences in Maryland (Gott also designed the Snow Hill Courthouse and a number of downtown Baltimore buildings as well). The owners took Jen and I through, and I was in awe at the tilework of the mantels alone- getting to see the inside of one of the best Victorian houses on the Eastern Shore was a true highlight of my weekend.

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