August In Maryland 2012
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ISSUE 69 • AUGUST 2012
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Summer restaurant weeks
Howard County, July 18 – Aug. 6
Baltimore City, July 27 – Aug. 5
Baltimore County, Aug. 10-19
Carroll County, Aug. 19-26 Beach Party on the Square
Aug. 4
St. Mary’s County
Peach Festivals
• Aug. 4, Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, Berlin, Worcester County
• Aug. 4, Kent Fort Farm
Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County
• Aug. 11, Agricultural Center
Westminster, Carroll County Maryland State BBQ Bash
Aug. 10-11
Bel Air, Harford County Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend
Aug. 10-12
Rock Hall (town-wide), Kent County The Battle of Bladensburg
Aug. 11
Riversdale House Museum
Riverdale Park
Prince George’s County Dew Tour
Aug. 16-19
Ocean City Caroline Summerfest
Aug. 17-18
Denton, Caroline County
Mountain Maryland BBQ Competition and Festival
Aug. 17-19
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Ocean City Hotel Week
Aug. 19-30 Baltimore Summer Antiques Show
Aug. 23-26
Baltimore Convention Center
Aug. 25-26
Washington County
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Aug. 25 – Sept. 30
Annapolis Grand Prix of Baltimore
Aug. 31 – Sept. 2

Deep Creek Lake Vacation Sweepstakes
Enter to win a week-long stay (Sept. 8-15, 2012) in a three-bedroom cabin and much more! Hurry, entries must be received by Aug. 14.

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Mascot with Fans
Six-and-a-half-foot mascots, fireworks nights, player autographs and imaginative promotions are all signature elements of minor-league baseball. Maryland has six such teams and August is a great time to see them – the Aberdeen IronBirds, Bowie Baysox, Delmarva Shorebirds (Salisbury), Frederick Keys, Hagerstown Suns and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (Waldorf). Enjoy the show, watch professional baseball and get a glimpse of some future major-leaguers. Photo courtesy of Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
Picture of a crab Seafood festivals
Start with “the world’s largest crab feast” – 480 bushels of crabs at the Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast, Aug. 3 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. On the Eastern Shore, visit Seafood Feast-I-Val, Aug. 11 at Cambridge’s Sailwinds Park. Head to the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival (free admission), Aug. 11-12 with vendors, music, even a car show. The Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival is Aug. 18 at National Harbor. Back on the Shore, the 65th National Hard Crab Derby and Fair runs Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield.
People drinking wine Wine festivals
Enjoy Maryland wine with live music outdoors. Dove Valley Winery hosts the Cecil Art & Wine Festival, Aug. 4-5 in Rising Sun, just off I-95 N. This free event includes arts & crafts vendors, a silent auction and winery tours. Easterns Bayside Blues & Wine Festival, Aug. 18 in Middle River, offers 10 hours of blues performers and participation by more than a dozen wineries. Uncorked Wine & Music Festival, Aug. 25 at Rockville Town Square, features wine tastings, free cooking demonstrations and musical concerts on two stages.
Picture of Robert E. Lee

Civil War stories
Prior to the pivotal Battle of Antietam, Union soldiers in Frederick found a copy of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s instructions to his Confederate troops. See how this discovery shaped the 1862 Maryland Campaign.

• Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Special Orders No. 191 (Lost Orders) exhibit, opens Aug. 1, Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick
Clara Barton (living-history presentation), Aug. 9, Calvert Library, Prince Frederick, Calvert County
Thunder on the Mountain, Aug. 18-19, South Mountain, Fox’s Gap, near Middletown, Washington County
Artillery at Antietam (living-history demonstrations), Aug. 25-26, Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Washington County

A Sail Boat Sailing On the water
Celebrate a trio of Maryland maritime traditions. First, enjoy the excitement along the waterfront at St. Mary’s College of Maryland for the 39th Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, Aug. 3-4. Then, visit Harbour Island Marina in Ocean City for the festive daily weigh-ins at the 39th White Marlin Open, Aug. 6-10. And, Aug. 12, join the fun at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels for the Watermen’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast, featuring a Watermen’s Rodeo.
Funnel Cake Stand County fairs
Stroll through these summer expositions with cotton candy and popcorn. Take a whirl on the Ferris wheel. And, have a look at contest-winning livestock.

Garrett County Agricultural Fair, July 28 – Aug. 4, McHenry
Carroll County 4H and FFA Fair, July 28 – Aug. 3, Westminster
Caroline-Dorchester County Fair, Aug. 1-4, 4-H Park, Williston (south of Denton)
Howard County Fair, Aug. 4-11, West Friendship
Queen Anne’s County 4-H Fair, Aug. 6-11, Centreville
Montgomery County Fair, Aug. 10-18, Gaithersburg
Worcester County Fair, Aug. 10-12, Byrd Park in Snow Hill
Maryland State Fair, Aug. 24 – Sept. 3, Timonium, Baltimore County

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