Cecil County Tourism, 1 Seahawk Drive, North East, (800) 232-4595, www.seececil.org.
C&O Canal Museum, Chesapeake City, (410) 885-5622, free. Can't make it to Venice to see the canals? This is the next best thing. Exhibits and artifacts from the busiest canal in the country.
Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area, Routes 273 and 213, (410) 398-1246. Do you spend all day watching Oprah on TV? Well, get off that couch and come to what was once the set of Beloved, starring Oprah Winfrey. You might even stand on the very ground that the Great One stood on. There's biking, hiking, and horseback riding too.
Millburn Orchards, Appleton Road, Elkton, (410) 398-1349. Fruits and vegetables in the supermarket come from "farms," although the ones at Safeway prolly don't come from one as charming as this one. You can pick your own cherries and apples, then buy jellies, jams, and other fruit in the shop.
Canal Day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 26, South Chesapeake City, (410) 885-2415. Celebrate the long history of the CandD Canal with a street fair, antiques, food, and music.
Cecil County Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 23-31, Fair Hill Fairground, (410) 392-3440. "County fair, county fair, everybody in town'll be there, so come on, we're goin' down there . . .". Agricultural displays, entertainment, rides, and a lifetime of being able to relate to the Springsteen song.
Chautauqua, 7 p.m. July 9-11, Cecil Community College Cultural Center, 1 Seahawk Drive, North East, (410) 771-0652, free. During this educational festival, experts play the roles of Henry David Thoreau on July 9, Theodore Roosevelt on July 10, and Rachel Carson on July 11.
Summer Music in the Park, 6-8 p.m. Sundays in August, Pell Gardens, Bohemia Ave., South Chesapeake City, (410) 392-5740. Lay down a quilt, listen to some good ol' rock 'n' roll, bluegrass, country, folk, etc.
Black Swan Antiques, 3rd and Bohemia avenues, Chesapeake City, (410) 885-5888. This, one of many antique stores in Cecil County, sells boat models, decoys, furniture, stoneware, toys, and tools.
Eagle's Perch, 35 Perch Creek Road, (410) 398-1045. Antique glassware, lamps, mirrors, and silk and dried flower arrangements.
Victoria's Touch, 32 S. Main St., North East, (410) 287-2975. No secret here. This store specializes in Victorian-era antiques, garden accessories, and gifts. Located at the Shoppes of Londonshire, along with Where Butterflies Bloom.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Diamond in the Rough Triathlon, 8 a.m. July 10, Perryville Community Park, Rte. 7, (410) 642-6066. Swim, run, and bike at this internationally sanctioned triathlon. And if you're not interested in racing 33 miles across land and water, there are excellent places for spectators to watch the racers.
Elk Neck State Park, Rte. 272 south of North East, (410) 287-5333. Campsites for tents and motor homes, 2,200 acres of forest right along the water, and 10 miles of hiking trails through the park.
Jackson Marine Sales, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 13-15, 230 Riverside Drive, North East, (410) 287-9400. Buy yourself a boat and then you can go sailing all the time. You'll get lots of fresh air, can fish as much as you want, and you'll have a great tan.
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