Ocean City Convention and Visitors Bureau, 4001 Coastal Highway, (800) 626-2326, www.ococean.com.
Worcester County Tourism Office, 104 W. Market St., Snow Hill, (410) 632-3110, www.visitworcester.org.
Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., Ocean City, (410) 524-9433, www.artleagueofoceancity.org. The league has been around since the '60s and offers a variety of activities for both children and adults.
Carousel Ice Rink, 11700 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, (410) 524-1000, www.carouselhotel.com/iceskating.html. If you get too hot on the beach, take a breather on the ice rink and cool off.
East of the Bay Gallery, 11805-I Coastal Highway, Ocean City, (410) 723-0447. Year round art gallery with typical art gallery fandangle.
Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum, Old Furnace Road, Snow Hill, (410) 632-2032, www.furnacetown.com. Furnace Town used to be the hub of pig iron manufacturing on Maryland's Eastern Shore way back in the 1800s, but now it's a museum offering a glimpse of that time long gone.
Ocean City Skydiving Center, 12724 Airport Road, Berlin, (410) 213-1319, www.skydiveoc.com. If you're going to jump out of a plane, the view had better be damn good. Jumps are made with a USPA certified instructors so you should land safely (we hope).
All-American Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 28, Sturgis Park, Snow Hill, (410) 632-0515, www.purnellmuseum.com. Your typical down home festival celebration with an apple pie contest, arts and crafts, and a scavenger hunt.
Antiques by the Sea, Aug. 8-11, Convention Center, 40th St., Ocean City, (410) 289-3453, www.ococean.com. This year is the 59th annual occasion of this event by the seashore, which offers 60 different antiques vendors displaying all kinds of old goodies and trying to get you to buy them.
Berlin Village Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 14, Main St., Berlin, (410) 641-4775, www.berlinmdcc.org. The annual bathtub race is a must-see. The fair also features jugglers, a blacksmith demonstration, antique appraisers, and Pocomoke Indians.
Cypress Festival, June 12-14, Cypress Park, Pocomoke, (410) 957-1919, www.pocomoke.com. The description of this event promises "Local Eastern Shore Food," and while we're not quite sure exactly what that means, we assume crabs will be steamed and ready for cracking. Before, during, or after you eat, take advantage of the arts and crafts, carnival rides, Ducky Derby, and fireworks display.
Greek Festival, noon-11 p.m. July 25-26, noon- 9 p.m. July 27, Convention Center, 40th St., (410) 524-0990, www.ococean.com. Come out to this big fat Greek festival with its big fat Greek food, big fat Greek music, and big fat Greek dancers. Opa!
Jamboree in the Park, 1-10 p.m. July 4, Northside Park, 127th St., Ocean City, (410) 250-0125, www.ococean.com. Games, children's activities, food, arts and crafts, and all that old-fashioned Fourth of July fun. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Spring Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24-25, Convention Center, 40th St., Ocean City, (410) 213-0735. Local artisans hawk their works of country woodwork, jewelry, nautical clocks, candles, floral arrangements, and just about anything you can make with two hands and a glue gun.
White Marlin Open, Aug. 4-8, Harbor Island Marina, 14th St., Ocean City, (410) 289-9229, www.whitemarlinopen.com. The self-proclaimed "World's Largest Billfish Tournament" draws huge crowds every year. Squeeze in this year to watch as fishermen catch and release all varieties of big fish for cash prizes.
Worcester County Fair, Aug. 8-10, Furnace Town Museum, Old Furnace Road, Snow Hill, (410) 632-1972, www.worcestercountyfair.com. A county fair, beachy-style, with 4-H exhibits, a dog show, a classic car show, kiddie games, a pet fair, and a fashion revue featuring nothing but handmade outfits.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Angler Watersports, Talbot Street, Ocean City, (410) 289-7003. Rent various waverunners and other water sports equipment here, and then be careful. And never, ever drink and motor around on the water.
Frontier Town, Route 611, Ocean City, (410) 641-0880, www.frontiertown.com. Take a step back into the pioneer days and get wild at the Western Theme Park. The sissy non-maverick types can hang at the Golf and Waterpark while the rest of us wear cowboy hats.
Jolly Roger, 30th St. and Coastal Highway, Ocean City, (410) 289-3477, www.jollyrogerpark.com. This Ocean City staple has a variety of theme park rides along with a miniature golf course. This year they added a new Rain Forest section to the original water park.
Ocean City Paintball Beach Attack, 12605 Ocean Gatway, West Ocean City, (410) 213-2500, www.ocean-city.com/paintball/. This is real fun day or night, but it hurts.
Crafters by the Sea, 11944 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, (410) 213-9885, www.craftersbythesea.com. Assorted hand-crafted trinkets with which to fill up your sandy car trunk and take back home--never to be seen again. But the store probably has that yummy, new wood smell.
Kelly's Front Porch, 13th Street on the boardwalk, Ocean City, (410) 289-8134, www.kellysfrontporch.com. Old fashioned ice cream and candies. Try to find it among all of the other boardwalk stores and don't be fooled by imitators.
Ocean City Factory Outlets, Route 50 and Golf Course Road, Ocean City, (410) 213-7898, www.ocfactoryoutlets.com. For those of you who must shop inside Maryland instead of trucking up to the tax-free shops in Delaware, the Ocean City Factory Outlet stores will keep your credit card busy all day long.
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