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Cool Picnic Spots

by Mary McCarthy
Hey, welcome back, fellow Centrevillains!

This week, in honor of the end of the traditional school season (and the potential cries of “I’m bored!”) , we’re going to take a look at a few quick family summer picnic spots, each within a half hour of our lovely hometown of Centreville, Maryland.

Wye? Wye Not!

It’s one of the best-kept secrets of our local area, but have you had a chance to take your friend/family/self-and-book by the town of Wye Mills lately? It’s less than 15 minutes from downtown Centreville (take Rt 213, past Rt 50, and left when Rt 213 ends at Rt 662 in Wye Mills). You can park at the little fishing pond, visit the historic working Wye Mill, check out the site where the Wye Oak fell, and definitely stop at the Wye Mill Country Store, next to the post office, for sandwiches and snacks. You can have a picnic on one of the picnic tables under the trees behind the Wye Mill, with the stream babbling beside you. Don’t forget to watch the old waterwheel turn at the mill, and you can buy the fresh-ground flour and cornmeal! Also nearby (at the end of Carmichael Road) is Wye Island National Park, which has trails, fishing spots, and a tiny beach park at the end of a long wooded trail.

Lacrosse Camp

Shore Thing Lacrosse Camp set for July 6th-10th

The 3rd annual Shore Thing Lacrosse Camp will be held from July 6th-10th at North East Park for Boys and Girls ages 7-14. Directed by Stan Ross, assistant coach at The U.S. Naval Academy, and Trey Rider, head coach and director of Easton Middles lacrosse program, the camp will focus on all-around development by providing individual skill sessions, small group instruction, positional breakdown, team concepts and some techniques used at the college level.

The Search for Perch

Introducing a new generation to the joy of fishing on the Mid-Shore

Yellow PerchYellow Perchby Alex Likowski
As much as things change, thank goodness there are still some things you can count on. The coming of Spring is never so much about how you feel when you stand on your back porch, as it is about what you see and hear. It’s Springtime in Maryland when you hear the peepers, see the Osprey come back to the creeks, and of course when Shad and Perch (especially Yellow Perch) make their spawning runs.

Free Range Kids?

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson
Free Range ChickenFree Range ChickenAs parents we protect our children - it's our job. Are we keeping them so "safe" that they never get the opportunity to develop independence? I came across two writers today (thanks to Twitter) discussing "Free-Range Kids". Free-range is a hot topic these days, especially for chickens! Our chickens free-range in our fenced back-yard (and lay some awesome tasting eggs!)Yet the term also applies to chickens that receive a few minutes in a small outdoor cage, as well as the lucky chickens who range over 20 water front acres on my friend's farm.

Now let's consider "free-range kids". My kids play outside alone, on our property. This was a big thing when we moved to the Eastern Shore from Frederick, MD - my young children were NOT allowed out without me, even in the fenced backyard. (I couldn't see them from inside) Just last summer I let the older two (ages 9 & 10) ride their bikes to the beach when we visit Grandma. This is a private beach - but it was the first time I let them out of my sight. But I grew up free there, and wanted the same for my kids. [click "read more"]

Meandering Through Kent County

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Kent County, MDKent County, MDIt was a perfect day - filled with sunshine, country charm and joyful people. Which may explain why the streets of Rock Hall and Chestertown were overflowing with laughter, fun and people!

Kent County is the northernmost Mid-Shore county. It's off the beaten path - you don't tend to wander through on your way to somewhere else. However, as the many friendly residents and tourists will quickly inform you - it's worth the trip!

We began our day in Rock Hall. The quaint, charming village is perched on the end of a peninsula - which explains their famous seafood! Rock Hall offers intriguing events year-round, including music, festivals and the annual New Year's Eve "Rock-Fish Drop".

We wandered through the town and stopped at the Harbor Shack Waterfront Bar & Grill (20895 Bayside Ave.) for lunch. The place had a pretty good crowd, many folks opted to eat on the Bay-front porch or in the front room dominated by a large, wooden, guest-friendly bar.

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