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Three days of activities at Pocomoke Fair this weekend

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(July 30, 2015) The Great Pocomoke Fair opens tonight with harness racing, tractor pulls, livestock exhibits, pageants and classic Eastern Shore food at the southern end of Worcester County. The fun begins today, Thursday, at the festival grounds at 2003 Broad Street in Pocomoke City, and continues Friday and Saturday, drawing hundreds of visitors each year, said Festival Treasurer Gloria Smith. Admission is free. “The displays and exhibits give people a glimpse into agricultural life – old and new,” Smith added. The fair will be open from 5-10 p.m. today where visitors will have the chance to visit the livestock barn and indoor exhibits all evening as well as watch a couple pageants going on. On Friday, July 31, the fair will take place from 5-10 p.m. with more livestock judging and a new Jeep demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Participants will drive through an off-road course in the infield of the harness track, and a family movie starts at 7 p.m. “We are hopin...
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‘Pup of the Pines’ contest to raise funds for dog park

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(July 30, 2015) Enter furry friends in the “Pup of the Pines” photo contest, sponsored by the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department. The contest runs Aug.1 through Oct. 1. The winner of the contest will be named “Pup of the Pines” at the Ocean Pines Halloween celebration on Oct. 31 and will receive a free 2016 Ocean Pines Dog Park registration. The pup will also be the official face of the dog park and will be featured in the Ocean Pines Activity Guide and other postings throughout the year. The entry fee is $5 per dog. Money raised from the contest will be used for upgrades and improvements to the dog park. Official entry forms are available at the Ocean Pines Community Center at 235 Ocean Parkway or online at OceanPines.org. For more information contact the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052.
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National Night Out returns Aug. 4 in Berlin

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 30, 2015) The Berlin Police Department will once again present the local incarnation of National Night Out, this year set for Aug. 4 from 4-7 p.m. at Henry Park. Free food, music and educational and information displays will highlight the annual event, which includes assistance from area churches, nonprofits and community groups in order to raise awareness for crime prevention. Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing said the event is an opportunity to strengthen partnerships between the community and law enforcement. “It gives us a chance to come together in a fun setting and network,” he said. “We have over 30 community partners that are involved with this, and then we throw in the community on top of it. “Government agencies can come out and promote themselves and network with the community, faith-based groups can network with the community, and we have business and private individuals,” Downing continued. “We’re talking about a fun t...
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Pine’eer Arts & Crafts Fest. comes to White Horse Park

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(July 30, 2015) The 38th annual Pine’eer Arts & Crafts Festival will take place on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at White Horse Park in Ocean Pines.   The festival, hosted by the Pine’eer Craft Club in partnership with the Ocean Pines Association, will feature more than 100 artisans and crafters selling handcrafted items. Parking and admission are free. In celebration of the 47th anniversary of Ocean Pines, the event will also include a live concert by The Honeycombs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children’s bounce house and bake sale. Food vendors will be selling refreshments and several community groups and civic organizations will be represented.   The Ocean Pines Farmers Market will also be open for extended hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with the festival. Farmers Market vendors will be selling seasonal fresh produce, meats, eggs, seafood, baked goods and other products. The Ocean Pines Farmers Market regularly operates every Sat...
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Artists to paint ‘en plein air’ during annual event, Aug. 6-9

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(July 30, 2015) Plein air: the quality of light and atmosphere out of doors as rendered in painting. That’s what the Art League of Ocean City will be about next week when it presents  its 10th plein air event, “Artists Paint OC.” Except that there will be money involved as these artists set up at various sites in the resort from Aug. 6-9 and compete for monetary prizes. “It’s neat … the White Marlin competition of paintings, which features artists specializing in different mediums and come from all around the country to paint,” said Rina Thaler, executive director for the Art League of Ocean City. “Local people join in for the camaraderie and it has a great energy to it.” The event will begin next Thursday with painting from 9 a.m. until dusk, followed by a reception for registered painters at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street. On Friday, participants will begin painting at 9 a.m. and will employ a variety o...
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Shore’s Community Foundation announces grant funding available

Posted On: 7/30/15
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(July 30, 2015) The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore announces it is offering grant opportunities through its Community Needs Grant Program and local nonprofit organizations are urged to apply.   The deadline for application submissions is Aug. 1 with grants being awarded in mid-October. This grant program has a $5,000 maximum award. These competitive grants are awarded to benefit organizations serving Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties at least twice each year. Grants are awarded to a wide range of nonprofit organizations that benefit health and human services, education, arts and culture, community development, environment and historic preservation. Guidelines and application forms are available at www.cfes.org. Copies of grant guidelines and forms are also available upon request by calling 410-742-9911. Celebrating more than 30 years of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) has been serving the needs of Wicomico, Worcester and ...
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Pizzamerica offers New York-style take on Italian classics

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Pizzamerica offers New York-style take on Italian classics (July 30, 2015) Biting into a fresh slice of pizza from Pizzamerica, a new shop in Ocean Pines, the flavors of homemade dough, molten mozzarella cheese and fresh-crushed tomatoes seasoned with garlic, oregano, sugar, salt and black and red pepper are immediately apparent.   Owner George Domostoy said those are the flavors of his childhood, first introduced to him by his mother during his upbringing in Uruguay. “There’s a lot of European and especially Italian people where I come from,” he said. “When I was little, my mother always used to make pizza, in real ovens, and she taught me. The sauce and the crust come from her.” Formerly Juliet’s, Domostoy took over the restaurant three months ago, calling it Pizzamerica in honor of his more than four decades, and extensive travels, in the United States. Domostoy came to the country with his family in 1980, moving around often and working in restaurants in Houston, Annapolis and eventually Harris...
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Annual Blessing of Combines returns to Snow Hill, Aug. 1

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(July 30, 2015) Combines are a familiar sight on the Eastern Shore, moving purposefully and efficiently through fields of grain, corn and soy beans, offloading their harvest into waiting trucks. But seeing a combine from afar is very different from being close enough to touch one. Snow Hill is the Home of the Blessing of the Combines, and the 17th annual event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 1   from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Free shuttle parking is at Byrd Park. Admission is free. Festivities begin with a parade led by a horse-drawn combine, followed by antique tractors, garden tractors, an antique fire truck, and combines of red and green. Following the “Throttle Thrust” Master of Ceremonies, Steve Hales will lead a program with presentation of colors by the Snow Hill JROTC,  singing of the National Anthem by Rachel Allmam and a dove release. The featured keynote speaker is Joe Bartenfelder, Maryland Department of Agriculture secretary. The program conc...
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OP eighth annual Flounder Fishing contest, Saturday

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(July 30, 2015) The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce will host its eighth annual Flounder Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 1. Cash prizes will be awarded for the largest flounder caught. The first-place winner will receive $500 and a trophy. The anger who reels in the second largest flounder will take home $300 and the third-place fish will earn the person who hooks it $100. There will also be an optional calcutta contest. The cost is $10 to enter and cash prizes will be awarded to the participants who land the first-, second- and third-largest flounder entered into the calcutta. Last year’s first place winner took home almost $2,000. The annual Flounder Fishing Tournament is a relaxing, fun contest. Participants can fish from the shore, pier, private boat, flounder party boats or charter boats–anywhere in Maryland and Delaware coastal waters between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the tournament day with the weigh in taking place at Pines Point Marina from noon to 4 p.m., lo...
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Karen McLain to paint Assateague Island wild horses

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Karen McLain to paint Assateague Island wild horses (July 30, 2015) Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), the friends group of Assateague Island National Seashore, announces the first Resident Artist Program, Oct. 26 through Nov. 8.   Based in Arizona, Karen McLain’s extensive body of work captures the wild horses of the west on canvas. She will bring her expertise painting en plein air to a coastal landscape for two weeks, painting the wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore.   Visitors may encounter her painting in the field during this and are encouraged to mingle with the resident artist. “Painting wild horses from life is the foundation for the work I do in the studio. I want to express the power, beauty and bonds that I see manifest in wild horses,” she said. “The freedom, risk and challenge that are inherent in living wild in nature are reflected in my process of working from life. They are not solely paintings of horses, but reflected communication of their experience and our journey.&...
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