July In Maryland 2012
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ISSUE 68 • JULY 2012
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July 4 Celebrations Free Outdoor Movies
Chautauqua 2012: Maryland and the War of 1812
July 5 – 13
Multiple locations
African-American Festival
July 7 - 8
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Annapolis Irish Festival
July 14
County Fairgrounds
Anne Arundel County Guided Walk (native plants)
July 14
Adkins Arboretum
Caroline County Sharkfest!
July 14
Calvert Marine Museum
Solomons, Calvert County
Pirate Fest Weekend
July 14-15
Susquehanna Museum
Havre de Grace, Harford County
Tri-State Festival, Auction and Cruise-In
July 20-21
Garrett County Fairgrounds
McHenry Cecil County Food & Wine Festival
July 21
North East Community Park
Baltimore Restaurant Week
July 27 – Aug. 5
Chesapeake Folk Festival
July 28
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
St. Michaels, Talbot County
German Festival
July 28
Timonium State Fairgrounds
Baltimore County
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool Football Club
July 28
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore Tidewater Archaeology Weekend
July 28-29
Historic St. Mary’s City
St. Mary’s County Set Sail for Baltimore… AGAIN!
Book now for exclusive discounts at Baltimore hotels and area attractions, including the Baltimore Harbor Pass, offering a total savings of 35%. Offers available through June 30, 2012 for travel between July 1 and September 2, 2012.

Harvesting grapes at Boordy
Maryland’s annual Buy Local Challenge, July 21-29, promotes eating fresh, seasonal food from local sources – a practice that supports family farms and sustainable food production. Howard County’s Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks, July 18 – Aug. 6, and the Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, July 28-29, both coincide with the Buy Local Challenge. More ways to enjoy local Maryland fare: farmers’ markets, homemade ice cream from Maryland farms, Chesapeake Bay seafood, and Maryland wine and beer.
 photo of steemed crabs Maryland seafood
Two waterfront Eastern Shore towns serve up Maryland’s signature bounty. Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off, July 14, is an annual street festival that features local chefs preparing crab dishes in a celebrity-judged event and a crab-picking competition. The 36th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is July 18 in Crisfield, "the crab capital of the world."
Power boat racing On the water
Fishermen vie for $500,000 in prize money at the 25th annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament, July 13-15. Watch dockside weigh-ins each festive evening. Point Lookout Lighthouse Preservation Society hosts a July 14 open house at the lighthouse, located in Southern Maryland. And, powerboats race along the Choptank River, July 28-29 at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge in the Cambridge Classic Powerboat Regatta.
painter outdoors Art al fresco
Nature and art blend in perfect harmony. A photography workshop, Nature’s Images, runs July 7 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel. Regional artists offer their works at Art in the Park, July 14-15 at the Discovery Center in Deep Creek Lake State Park. Plein Air – Easton!, July 14-22, is an artists’ competition ($20,000 in prizes) and arts festival. And, Artscape – largest free arts festival in the nation – marks its 31st year in Baltimore.
Old photo Civil War stories
Get new perspectives on the Civil War at these living-history events during this sesquicentennial of the war's Maryland Campaign.

  • Retreat through Williamsport, July 13-15, Springfield Farm and Museum, Williamsport, Washington County
  • Civil War Encampment, July 14-14, Rose Hill Manor Park, Frederick
  • Day in the Park/Battle of Funkstown, July 20-22, Funkstown, Washington County
  • Civil War Encampment and Living History, July 21-22, Union Mills Homestead, Carroll County
  • Children’s Civil War Experience Weekend, July 21-22, Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Antietam National Battlefield, Washington County
  • Amusement park ride County fairs
    What’s summer without cotton candy, carnival games and rides, and livestock exhibitions? Enjoy the season at these yearly expositions.

  • Talbot County Fair, July 11-14, Agriculture and Education Center, Easton
  • Baltimore County 4-H Fair, July 12-15, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium
  • Allegany County Fair and Ag Expo, July 14-21, County fairgrounds, Cumberland
  • Kent County Fair, July 19-21, Agricultural Center, Tolchester
  • Cecil County Fair, July 20-28, Fair Hill
  • Washington County Ag Expo and Fair , July 21-28, Agricultural Education Center, Sharpsburg
  • Somerset County Fair, July 23-28, Princess Anne
  • Harford County Farm Fair, July 26-29, Equestrian Center, Bel Air
  • Carroll County 4H and FFA Fair , July 28-Aug. 3, Agriculture Center, Westminster
  • Garrett County Fair, July 28-Aug. 4, County fairgrounds, McHenry
  • Martin O’Malley, Governor • Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor
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