The holiday season is upon us, and for those of us lucky enough to live on the Eastern Shore, that means we have a fantastic selection of activities to help us get into the spirit. In this month’s blog post, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite family-friendly events taking place across the peninsula so you can fill your weekends with holiday cheer.
Ring in the season at this month-and-a-half-long festival that includes an ice skating rink, a 1.5-mile drive-through Lights Spectacular, hayrides, and a Christmas village complete with carnival rides, games, a Christmas tree farm, food trucks, craft vendors, and Santa’s Workshop. Opening day kicks off on November 16 with a 5k Run/Walk and one-mile Fun Walk through the lights display (you can pre-register online). Feel extra warm and cozy knowing that proceeds from Wonderfest go to local charities; since 2016, the festival has raised over $140,000 for local non-profits! For dates, hours and discounted tickets, visit the festival’s website.
Looking to entertain visiting family members Thanksgiving weekend? What could be more perfect than a tree lighting festival in one of America’s favorite small towns?! Stroll the decorated streets and shops, enjoy local artists and musicians, and go for a carriage ride with Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself. Be sure to stop by Stevenson UMC for some holiday caroling before winding your way to the Calvin B. Taylor Museum for a candlelit tour. Activities last from 5:30PM to 9PM, with a 6PM tree lighting in front of the Atlantic Hotel. See Berlin Main Street’s website for more details.
Winter Wonderland festivities begin Wednesday afternoon with a senior dinner (55+) and continue into the weekend with a Friday night holiday dance (adults only) and a family-friendly open house at Governor’s Hall that features a Festival of Trees, visits with Santa, live music, a craft show, and food and beverages. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Eastern Shore and a local family. For more information, visit the event’s facebook page.
Easton offers an abundance of holiday events throughout November and December, but this particular weekend offers the most bang for your buck! The weekend starts with Moonlight Madness on Friday, December 6 from 4-10PM. Enjoy music in the streets, pictures with Santa, special in-store events, and giveaways totalling over $10,000! The fun continues on Saturday with the annual tree lighting in Thompson Park at 6PM, followed by a holiday parade complete with holiday floats, classic cars, bands, and more. Don’t forget to wind your way over to the Waterfowl Building, where the third annual Arts & Crafts Marketplace will feature fine art and crafts from regional artisans all weekend long. For a complete list of activities, visit the Discover Easton website.
We couldn’t leave this oldie-but-goodie off the list! Christmas in St. Michaels is back for its 33rd year, celebrating with historic home tours, a gingerbread house competition, the holiday Marketplace & Sweet Shoppe, Santa’s Wonderland, and the Saturday-morning Talbot Street Parade, which kicks off this year with a one-mile Santa Dash fun run. Grab your Santa hats and join the festivities! View a complete list of activities here at the Christmas in St. Michaels website.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be setting up shop at the Salisbury Zoo for one day, and they’re looking for some creative little helpers to work on over a dozen holiday craft projects! Bring the kids for a fun-filled day of crafting and peruse an assortment of local artisan booths for last-minute holiday gifts. Don’t forget to visit all the animals to wish them Happy Holidays! Visit the Zoo’s website for more info.
We hope you have an opportunity to enjoy at least one of these great events! Let us know what you think, and feel free to add to our list with your favorite local festivities. However you celebrate, we wish you and your family a happy holiday season!
It’s that time of year when it’s important to be prepared for hurricanes and tropical storms! Our area can experience flooding and power outages during and after major storms. We’re sharing a hurricane preparedness checklist to help you and your family stay safe! The first items on the list are things to have on hand – especially if the Eastern Shore is in the path of a major hurricane. The second part of list tells you what to do before, during, and after the storm. Stay safe, everyone!
Items to Stock
Battery powered TV
Battery powered Radio
First aid kit
Extra prescription medicine
Nonprescription medicines like pain relievers, cough cold and flu, decongestant, etc.
7 gallons per person
2 gallons additional water for cooking and sanitation per person
Portable water filter
Ice chest and bags of ice for storage of food and medicine
2 weeks’ worth of non-perishable foods requiring little or no preparation, cooking or water, baby food and formula
Snacks that do not increase thirst
Hard candies for diabetics needing glucose balance
2 weeks of pet food
Extra cash and credit cards
Candy and gum
Juices and sports drink
Cards, books, games
7 days of clean clothes
(Store these items in waterproof container and have them ready for evacuation if necessary.)
Copies of Driver’s license
Social security cards
Emergency phone #
Family records (birth, death, baptism, marriage certificates)
Copies of will, deeds, insurance policies, contracts, stocks, and bonds, next of kin notification phone #’s
Inventory and pictures of valuable household items
Any desired family photos
Map and directions to emergency shelters
Supplies and tools
Sleeping bags and pillows
Grill, charcoal or gas for grille
Disposable utensils and plates/bowls for eating
BEFORE THE STORM
Make a family plan
Complete a plan of action with the entire family. Make sure everyone knows evacuation procedures and preparations for inside and outside the home.
Get a current map and plan various evacuation routes, make sure all drivers know how to read the map.
Have a safe place to take your pets, evacuation center can’t take pets.
Make sure your pet is wearing updated ID.
Keep your evacuation vehicle gas tank full
Prepare your yard
Store loose outdoor items and furniture
Remove debris from yard
Trim dead branches from trees and shrubs
Protect pool filter motor
Secure small sheds
Park cars in safe place
When a hurricane watch is issued
Make sure your hurricane kit is complete
Stay tuned to WBOC for up to the minute reports
Board up windows
Remove furniture from window areas and cover with plastic sheets
Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings and keep closed
Disconnect propane gas line
Brace garage doors from inside
Make hotel reservations for evacuation. Pet friendly if needed
When evacuation order is issued (leave early and in daylight if possible)
Sterilize bath tubs and sinks and then fill with water
Put chlorine in pool and leave full
Notify trusted neighbors of your evacuation plan
Notify family members outside of evacuation area of your evacuation plan
Bring your driver’s license and utility bill
Bring your pets collar and ID
Pet carrier or cage for travel
Call local emergency management for shelters that can accommodate you if you have special needs.
DURING THE STORM
Stay in your home if you have not been ordered to leave
Secure and brace from the inside exterior doors
Close all interior doors
Take shelter in a small interior room
Stay away from glass windows and items that could become projectiles in strong winds
If you don’t have an interior room take shelter under a table
Cover your head with pillows or anything to prevent injury from flying debris
If you lose electricity, use battery operated lanterns or flashlights for lighting. Do NOT use candles or gas lanterns.
Use a battery-operated TV tuned to WBOC for storm emergency information.
If you don’t have a battery-operated TV tune your battery-operated radio to Cat Country 99.5 or 107.9 for storm emergency information.
AFTER THE STORM
Stay tuned to WBOC for weather reports, road conditions and alerts from authorities.
Remember, Chopper 16 may be your only reliable source for road information.
Do not attempt to drive across flowing water.
Do not enter water or allow children to play in water as there may be downed power lines that may be or may become energized without warning.
If you have evacuated, return home only after the all clear.
Use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns for lighting until your electricity is restored and declared safe to use.
Use bottled water for cooking, drinking and sanitation until authorities declare the water supply safe.
Take pictures to document the damage to your home and property.
Don’t wait for the government to clear your street. Obtain the assistance of able-bodied neighbors and clear the street for traffic and emergency vehicles.
Watch out for snakes, spiders, insects and other animals that may be seeking dry shelter.
Take reasonable steps to protect your property from further damage as likely your insurance policy requires.
Use EXTREME caution using chainsaws and other power tools to clean up debris and make repairs.
Meet Stephanie Bryan, a fresh
face in the local real estate industry! She recently decided to pursue her
longtime dream of becoming a real estate agent, and she joined the Powell
Realtors team in August. Stephanie likes many aspects of the industry, but she
most loves helping people find their dream home! She also enjoys seeing and working
with different styles of housing and appreciates the uniqueness of each home.
One of the main reasons Stephanie
decided to get into real estate was her drive to help people. She understands
being a home buyer is hard and offers advice about getting a wish list together
about what you want in a house. She also suggests that with almost every house
you have to compromise on something, so it’s important to have your priorities
straight. She also values criticism and offers home sellers advice to take
criticism as an opportunity to learn.
When Stephanie isn’t working
hard, she enjoys spending time with her husband and stepson. She has lived in
the area her entire life, and the warm and friendly community is what motivates
her to stay. Boating, water skiing, and fishing are a few of the water
activities she enjoys with her family. To Stephanie, cooking was never a chore
but more of a hobby; she loves the art of it. Although Stephanie adores doing
all of these things, traveling with her husband has to be on the top of her
This is a wonderful opportunity to own your own country store! The Reids Grove Country Store has been serving the community for more than 60 years. Recent updates include a Health Department-approved kitchen. Available now for a reduced price of $199,900!
There is a living space with the store, plus a cottage next door for additional income. This is truly a turn-key property!
Interior: 2,200 square feet | Lot size: 0.80 acres
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