Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Courthouse, Prince Frederick, (800) 331-9771, www.ecalvert.com.
Calvert Cliffs State Park, Rte. 765, Lusby, (301) 872-5688. Hike through 1,460 acres of woodlands to Calvert Cliffs, a great place for picnicking and fossil hunting.
Cove Point Lighthouse and Marine Museum, Rte. 497, Lusby, (410) 326-2042. This lighthouse, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the oldest continuously working lighthouse in Maryland. Learn about the long maritime history of Calvert County with boats, aquariums, fossils, and a recreated salt marsh. In addition, you can catch a cruise on the only Coast-Guard licensed log-hulled vessel in the United States, the Wm. B. Tennison. Do we know what a log-hulled vessel is? Not exactly, but Maryland has the only one in the United States and that's cool.
Kings Landing Park, end of Kings Landing Road, (410) 535-2661. Go canoeing, kayaking, or swimming at this 260-acre park. For the land-dwellers out there, check out the meadows, woodlands, and wetlands atop a nice, dry boardwalk.
One-Room Schoolhouse, beside Christ Church on Broomes Island Road, (410) 586-0482. And you thought the Baltimore City Public School System was under-funded. Come to this historic one-room schoolhouse in Port Republic and you will instantly feel better about the City School Board.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
"Eyeglass" Golf Tournament, 7 a.m. June 7, Twin Shields Golf Club, Dunkirk, (410) 586-3150. Tourney proceeds go to purchase eyeglasses and hearing aids for county residents. There will also be a drive to recycle old eyeglasses, sunglasses, and hearing aids.
Sunshine 1-Mile Run and Life's a Beach 1-Mile Run, 7 a.m. July 10, Cove Point Park, Lusby, (410) 586-1101, $6. For people who enjoy getting up at the crack of dawn to put themselves in physical pain, these two runs are perfect. "Life's a Beach" is for people over 18; "Sunshine" is for the youngsters.
Tour de Solomons, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. June 12, Solomons Island, (410) 326-1950, $16-$35. 65K and 100K bike tours to kick off the island's recreational season. Also enjoy games, face painting, art, and food.
Crab Cake/Fried Chicken Dinner, 1-6 p.m. July 24, Trinity United Methodist Church, (410) 535-1782. The name basically says it all. Mm-mmm, greasy good.
North Beach Bayfest, noon-8:30 p.m. Aug. 28-29, North Beach Waterfront, (410) 286-3799. See some antique cars and street rods, and while you're there, grab some food, listen to live music, and see what the craft vendors are crafting.
Ocean Day Festivities, noon-5 p.m. Aug. 28-29, Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, (410) 326-2042, ext. 17, www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. A fun and educational day peppered with a craft area where you can make milk carton propelled boats, a science tent with watershed experiments, and from 1-3 p.m., author Priscilla Cummings signs her book, Chesapeake Rainbow.
Shakespeare's A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7-8, Kings Landing Park Wooded Amphitheater, Huntingtown, (410) 535-2661. It ain't Broadway, but it's as close as you'll get to it in Calvert County. OK, that doesn't sound too impressive, but it's still Shakespeare.
Singles Night (40s and over), 5-7 p.m. June 10, 14556 Solomons Island Road, (410) 394-6400, free. Having trouble meeting new people? Still looking for "The One?" Come to this singles night.
Calvert Country Market, 98 S. Solomons Island Road, (410) 414-9669. This market is chock-full of local goods from produce and seafood to the work of local artisans.
Chesapeake Antique Center, 4133 Seventh St., Queenstown, (410) 827-3153. You can't really visit Calvert County without going to a few antiques stores. This is a damn good place to start.
Coffee, Tea and Whimsey, 4109 Seventh St., North Beach, (410) 286-0000. This place boasts of being "the most unusual store on the shore," and it probably is. The store somehow manages to mix coffee and tea with a nautical theme and soaps, candles, and oils. Strange? Yes.
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