Cecil County Tourism, 1 Seahawk Drive, suite 114, North East, (800) 232-4595, www. seececil.org.
North East Chamber of Commerce, 111 S. Main St., suite 210, North East, (410) 287-2658.
Milburn Orchards, Appleton Road, Elkton, (410) 398-1349. Go for cherries in June, peaches and summer apples in July, raspberries in August, and pumpkins at the end of September. Our mouths are watering already.
Mount Harmon Plantation, Earleville, (410) 275-8819. The 350 acres of this Colonial-era plantation are now used as a nature preserve; after you've toured the manor house you can frolic with woodland creatures. And since so many folks are addicted to it anyway, why not learn a little something about the infamous tobacco plant?
North East Racing Club, 2360 Pulaski Highway, North East, (410) 287-4303. Gentlemen--and ladies, too--place your bets at this "upscale" betting facility where you can yell for the horses, snack on light fare, and win lots of money. But despite what Bobby Ehrlich may say, don't forget that gambling's, like, bad and stuff.
Chautauqua 2003, July 11-14, Cecil Community College, North East, (410) 287-1023. Finally, we can experience all that history we missed out on because we weren't born yet. A different historical figure comes to life each night at this unique event. This year it's Frederick Douglass, Thomas Paine, Susan B. Anthony, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. So when are they gonna do Ozzy Osbourne?
Eagles Nest American Indian Celebration, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 7-8, Perryville, (410) 642-1091. American Indians honor veterans with a flag ceremony, drumming, dancing, and other special rituals.
Jackson Marine Boat Show and Flea Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 15-17, Hances Point, North East, (410) 287-9400. Lots of boats for sale and for show, both new and used. Maybe you can spend the summer saving up for one and learning to sail while you're at it.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club, North East, (410) 287-0200. This golf club is open to the public, and it boasts magnificent views, delicious restaurants, and a fully-stocked pro shop. Oh, and a great golf course too.
Elk Neck State Park, 4395 Turkey Point Road, North East, (410) 287-5333. You can rent a cabin for a rugged weekend in the woods, or a not so rugged one on the beach. See the Turkey Point Lighthouse, one of the Bay's oldest in continuous operation.
Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area, (410) 398-1246. There are 5600 acres of wilderness here in this pristine park. Hike, mountain bike, fish, or just picnic next to the historic Foxcatcher Farm Covered Bridge.
Beans, Leaves, Etc., 33 S. Main St., North East, (410) 287-8033. Satisfy your culinary desires in this mecca for lovers of fine coffees, teas, spices, and gourmet foods.
Canal Artworks, 17 Bohemia Ave., Chesapeake City, (410) 885-5083. This art gallery features original watercolors of historic Maryland, Delaware, the Chesapeake Bay, and other maritime scenes.
Kathy's Corner Shop, 100 S. Main St., North East, (410) 287-2333. The shop carries beautifully simple Shaker-style furniture made by the Amish of Lancaster County. Browse through pottery, eclectic jewelry, Tiffany lamps, wind chimes, and other nice finds.
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