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Featured Events This Week



Sotterley Plantation Plant Sale
Historic Sotterley Plantation is hosting a plant sale and free plant exchange, sponsored by the Sotterley Garden Guild. The community plant exchange will take place on Saturday from 10:00 am until plants run out. Bring one of your own plants to exchange for other annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, bulbs and seeds! April 27, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sotterly Plantation, Hollywood. More details.

Southern Maryland Celtic Festival & Highland Gathering
The Annual Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering is the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland. The Festival highlights Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Manx, Breton, Cornish and British heritage. More than 50 clans and societies have information to share. Three performing stages offer continuous music and dance featuring internationally known recording artists and groups. Watch craft and country-dance demonstrations and listen to harp, and Scottish fiddling while storytellers weave tales alongside historical displays, crafts and food. There is a Celtic market place for foods and gifts that provide an old world atmosphere. All-day competitions include pipers, fiddlers, highland dancers, athletes, drummers, pipe bands and Celtic Harpers. After closing ceremonies, join in for the free evening ceilidh (dance party with live music until 9:00 pm. April 27, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum; St. Leonard. Tickets and more information.

Patapsco Family Fun Day
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites everyone to Patapsco Valley State Park for Family Fun Day, a free annual event that encourages a love for the outdoors, along with volunteering and stewardship of our state’s public lands. Enjoy games, horses, hikes, ice cream, live music, nature programs and other fun-filled activities as you learn about volunteer activities at Maryland state parks and partner organizations. Park admission is free with attendance to the event. April 28, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Patapsco Valley State Park – Hilton Area, Catonsville. More details.

Chicone Village Day
In honor of the Native People of Delmarva you are invited to Chicone Village Day at Handsell on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Featuring Daniel Firehawk Abbott, native interpreter from Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown and designer of the Chicone Village at Handsell.  Returning this year is the Pocomoke Indian Nation and the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians, plus tours of the Handsell House. The Chicone Village at Handsell was created to celebrate the history and culture of the First People of the Mid-Atlantic Woodland Period by demonstrating their life skills through living history interpretations. April 27, 10:00 am to 5:00 PM; Handsell House, Vienna. More details.

Adkins Arboretum Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale
Prepare for spring in the garden! Shop the region's largest selection of landscape-ready native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses for spring planting. Guided walks, discount for members. April 26-27, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm;  April 28, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Adkins Arboretum; Ridgely. More details.

Pride of Baltimore Maritime Heritage Sail
While you’re at the Fells Point Maritime Festival come aboard America's most authentic Baltimore Clipper replica for a two-hour sail. You may lend a hand to raise the sails and imagine life as part of the crew in the 1800s or just relax and enjoy the sail. Either way, you will learn about Baltimore’s rich maritime history and enjoy seeing the city from the water while sailing on "America's Star-Spangled Ambassador.” April 27, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Baltimore. Tickets and more information.

Audubon’s Spring Baltimore Birding Weekend
Audubon’s award-winning urban birding festival will consist of an exciting itinerary of bird watching field trips entirely in and around the city limits of Baltimore. This year, we are bringing back some of our favorites field trips, such as Patterson Park and Fort McHenry, and adding new experiences, including a boat and bus trip to Hart-Miller Island and a hike through historic Green Mount Cemetery! 135 species were tallied during the 2018 event! To get early bird pricing, register before May 1. Birding weekend is May 17-19. Complete schedule and registration.

18th Century Market Fair
Now in its 25th year, the Fort Frederick Market Fair features the best artisans, craftspeople, and sutlers together with an 18th century encampment. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Frederick State Park. Admission Fee $5 for adults, $2 ages 6 to 12, and 5 and under free. April 26-27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and April 28, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Fort Frederick State Park, Big Pool. More details.

National Aquarium Baltimore City Nature Challenge
The National Aquarium is calling on citizen scientists to help explore, identify and document urban wildlife throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. All observations made in the following counties and uploaded to iNaturalist during the challenge will automatically be counted towards Baltimore's City Nature Challenge totals: Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Queen Anne's Counties. More information and sign up. April 26-29. More information, signup.

Upper Bay River Sweep
Make a difference this Earth Day by helping the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway cleanup the shoreline of the Upper Bay, Susquehanna and North East Rivers, and their tributaries. Locations include Havre de Grace, Port Deposit, Conowingo, Perryville and Charleston. Boaters, kayakers and canoers are welcome to participate in cleaning the main shorelines as well as Garrett Island. April 27, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm; Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway. More details.



Mount Vernon Historic Plant and Garden Sale
Before he was our first president, George Washington was a plantsman and a farmer. The same plants grown on his estate can now adorn your garden! At the Mount Vernon Historic Plant and Garden Sale, historic trees, shrubs and plants as well as a wide variety of annuals, perennials, heirloom tomatoes and herbs — each carefully nurtured in the Mount Vernon greenhouses—will be available for purchase. Spectacular hanging baskets grown at Mount Vernon will be available in limited numbers. Under the shade of the gardening tent, you will find books, tools, seeds and decorative items perfect for yourself or for that special garden enthusiast in your life. April 27 to May 27, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, Mount Vernon. More details.

Paradise Creek Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day in Portsmouth with a tree give-away, bounce house and games, arts & crafts, nature walks, food vendors, farmers market and more. Plus, celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new TowneBank River Playground. April 27, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Paradise Creek Nature Park, Portsmouth. More details.


National Arboretum Garden Fair & Plant Sale
Carefully curated offerings include rare and hard to find plants as well as tried and true favorites – you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. In addition to hand-selected offerings, the Arboretum will offer expert advice on-site to guide you through selecting plants for that tricky spot in your garden. Free admission. April 27, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm; April 28, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; U.S. National Arboretum. More details.

April 20, 2019

Main image: Caitlyn Johnstone, Chesapeake Bay Program
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