Wicomico County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 8480 Ocean Highway, Delmar, (410) 548-4914, www.wicomicotourism.org.
Wicomico County Web site, www.wicomicocounty.org.
Pemberton Historical Park, Pemberton Drive, Salisbury, (410) 548-4900, www.dnr.state.md.us/baylinks/27.html. The park is located on the western bank of the Wicomico River and features a plantation house, artifact museum, and nature trails that sprawl along the 207 acres of fields, ponds, and forest.
Poplar Hill Mansion, 117 Elizabeth St., Newtown Historic District, Salisbury, (410) 749-1776. This Federal-style mansion is surrounded by a lot of Victorian neighbors, and that's because the house survived fires in both 1860 and 1886 while most of the surrounding houses did not.
Salisbury Zoological Park, 755 S. Park Drive, Salisbury, (410) 548-3188, www.salisburyzoo.org. Enjoy watching the ocelots, prairie dogs, bears, jaguars, waterfowl, bobcats, alligators, and more at the Salisbury Zoo. It's free.
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 S. Shumaker Drive, Salisbury, (410) 742-4988, www.wardmuseum.org. Before wandering in off of the boardwalk in OC and buying that cheesy M R Ducks T-shirt, stop in at the Ward Museum and see our fine feathery friends up close and personal. Then go buy the mallard shirt.
Chesapeake Bay Asthma Ride Bike Tour, June 6-8, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Ave., Salisbury, (800) 642-1184, www.marylandlung.org/events/chesbay.htm. Go for a ride to benefit the American Lung Association. Cyclists collect pledges or donations and ride along a 100-mile route with scenic views of beautiful farmland and Assateague Island's wild ponies. Wild ponies! Saturday evening features a crab fest and victory celebration.
East Coast Minis Truck Show, Aug. 3, Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, 500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, (410) 548-4911, www.eastcoastminis.com. What could be more entertaining than watching a bunch of guys show off how they tricked out their mini trucks? Maybe the bikini contest? Trophies will be awarded in 35 classes and best of class will garner cash prizes.
Red White, and Blue Charity Cotillion, 5:30-11:30 p.m. June 21, Carriage House in Winterplace Park, Salisbury, (410) 749-1633, $100. Break out that hoopskirt and petticoat and take a horse-drawn carriage ride to the 1860s-themed charity cotillion. The event boasts a barbecue, carriage rides, gourmet desserts, champagne, and period dancing. Proceeds benefit the Joseph House and Christian Shelter.
Sharptown Firemen's Carnival, 7 p.m. July 31-Aug. 23, Routes 313 and 348, Sharptown, (410) 883-3131, www.shoreweb.com/sta14/carnival.htm. Delmarva's largest fireman's carnival is one of only two firemen's carnivals still operated by the fire company itself. The 14 amusement ride event has happened every year since 1926. And, as if you need more convincing, a new car is raffled off on closing night.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Delmarva Shorebirds, Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, 6400 Hobbs Road, Salisbury, (410) 219-3112, www.theshorebirds.com. They may be an Orioles minor-league affiliate, but these birds like to stand on their own two feet beside their goofy orange and yellow mascot. What is that purple thing on its head anyhow?
Nutters Crossing Golf Course, 30287 Southhampton Bridge Road, Salisbury, (410) 860-4653, www.nutterscrossing.com. The course is the area's self-proclaimed best-conditioned golf course. After you lose your ball in the various water or sand traps, go relax in the brick Colonial-style clubhouse and have yourself a Glenlivet on the rocks.
Chesapeake East Ceramic Studio, 501 W. Main St., Salisbury, (800) 320-7829, www.chesapeakeesast.com. Handmade pottery and ceramic thingamajigs--from bird houses to clocks, candlesticks to elephants. One of the ceramic pots made here was featured in Titanic, when "Old Rose" is making a pot.
The Country House, 805 East Main St., Salisbury (800) 596-4666, www.thecountryhouse.com. Skip the outlets and pick up not-quite-completely-homogenized-yet-still-over-priced doodads. With categories like Americana and Garden and Flags, you're sure to find that gimcrack that's been evading your family room's otherwise perfect décor.
Market Street Antiques and Collectibles Center, 150 West Market St., Salisbury, (410) 749-4111, www.msantiques.com. Books, antique furniture, vintage clothing, figurines, china, folk art, and just about anything else can be found in one of the 95 shops on this strip.
Salisbury Pewter, 2611 North Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, (410) 546-1188, www.salsiburypewter.com. Pewter is just a better name for tin, but it still makes for some fine pieces of artwork. Handmade pewter pieces of everything from picture frames to bowls to trays and accessories can be found here.
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