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) 287-2659, www.northeastchamber.org.
Mount Harmon Plantation, Earleville, (410) 275-8819. What's a tobacco prize? If you think it's a little plastic toy in a pack of Marlboros, you're wrong. It's a large wooden screw that compresses tobacco leaves. Get the correct answers to other plantation-related questions by visiting this 350-acre Colonial-era plantation. The grounds are now used as a nature preserve, so there's lots of wildlife about.
Upper Bay Museum, town park, North East, (410) 287-0672. This museum chronicles not the upper bay itself, but the lives of the people who have fished and hunted in it and along it.
Cecil County Fair, July 19-27, Fair Hill Fairgrounds, Fair Hill, (410) 398-8544, www.cecilcountyfair.org. Everything you'd expect at a county fair: 4-H displays, family entertainment, rides, food.
Eagles Nest American Indian Celebration, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 1-2, Perry Point Veteran's Administration, Perryville, (410) 885-2800. This annual confab brings Native Americans and their Euro friends together for two days of drumming and dancing.
Jackson Marine Annual Boat Show and Flea Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 16-18, Jackson Marine Sales, Hances Point, North East, (410) 287-9400. Shiny new boats and dusty old collectibles, all in one place.
July Fourth Extravaganza, July 4, Meadow Park, Elkton, (410) 620-7964. More than just fireworks--this annual Independence Day event has pony rides, a carnival, and a car show.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Elk Neck State Park, 4395 Turkey Point Road, North East, (410) 287-5333. Loop trails guide you through hardwood forests, across a human-made dike, and to the Turkey Point Lighthouse. If you don't feel like walking, how about boating or fishing? Camping and cabins are available.
Fair Hill Natural Resources Ranch and Area, routes 273 and 213, Fair Hill, (410) 398-1246. Bike, hike, or horseback-ride along Fair Hill's 40 miles of wilderness trails.
Chesapeake City Gift and Gourmet, 208 George St., Chesapeake City, (410) 885-2025. The gift part includes pottery and herbal soaps. The gourmet part: edibles and drinkables such as fudge and coffee.
Day Basket Factory, 714 S. Main St., North East, (410) 287-6100, www.daybasketfactory.com. The Day brothers have been weaving their 100 percent white-oak baskets for more than a century, and people have been buying them for just as long.
Prime Outlets at Perryville, exit 93, Interstate 95, Perryville, (410) 378-9399. Chain-store shopping at (supposedly) bargain prices.