Only two more weekends to go before Labor Day reminds us that summer is coming to a close and families are focusing their attention on back-to-school events. So what better time to explore places on your 'to-do' list than this weekend.
Rather than choose just one locale, consider taking the trek from the Lafayette Trail in Havre de Grace which will (almost) lead you to the 48th Annual Havre de Grace Art Show. Over 250 artists and crafters display their talents at Tydings Park. This tree-covered park overlooks the sparkling Susquehanna River, and you can see clear out to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It's free, and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 18-19.
There's plenty to see and do in this historic, waterfront town in Harford County, so you could spend the entire weekend just exploring the Concord Point Lighthouse, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, and the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, and then amuse your taste buds with a refreshing dip (or more) of homemade ice cream and chocolates at Bomboy's.
Plenty of restaurants are all within walking distance of the art show, and one not to be missed for some light fare and stellar wines, is The Vineyard Wine Bar.
But if you want a more unique experience, consider continuing northward from Havre de Grace towards Chesapeake City. The Vintage Base Ball Club of Chesapeake City is dedicated to playing ball the old “gentlemanly” way, meaning underhand pitching and no gloves, according to rules written in 1864. In addition, teams that play in this league wear vintage uniforms.
On Aug. 19 at noon, The Cecils, formed in 1867 and honored Maryland's 2011 Vintage Base Ball Champions, is scheduled to play The Lewes Base Ball Club. For details, call 410-885-5995.
After the game, make you way across the C&D Canal Bridge to roam historic Chesapeake City. Along with browsing the many antique and gift shops, find your spot at the grandstand in South Chesapeake City for the Summer Sundays on the Canal from 6-8 p.m. Featured for the evening's entertainment is Acoustic Jam.
The event and parking are free. Contact 410-885-3186, or www.ccdca.org for details.
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