Showing posts with label tourism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tourism. Show all posts

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Delmarva Discovery Center ~ See What's Happening Today !

SATURDAY  10:00  TO 4:00
SUNDAY  1:00   TO 4:00
Stop by and say hi to Gary the box turtle!
Enjoy the many exhibits
See what's new in the museum gift shop!
Downtown Pocomoke City

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Olive Lippoldt Tidal Wetland Garden

The Olive Lippoldt  Tidal Wetland Garden
 Cypress Park
Pocomoke City, Maryland

Very shortly after my first visit to the Olive Lippoldt Memorial Tidal Garden.

A group of sailors from  the Wallops Island Station were the first to volunteer to assist in the completion of the  foot bridge over the tidal garden.  Last fall they were on hand to volunteer their services for work needed for the extension of the Nature Trail located in the back of  Cypress Park.

Please take the time to get out and visit Cypress Park.  This is your park and the extrance fee costs nothing.  Cypress Parks provides a place for chidren to run, an  area for a picnic and plenty of shade or sunshine and fresh air.   Don't forget to take a walk across the footbridge to see what living creatures my be there.  The plaques around the garden will provide you will all the infomation you need.  See what you can discover.  Take a photo of what you find, send it to me and I will post it for everyone to see.  And even if you find nothing send me a photo of  your  family member on the bridge and I will post that also.

The wonderful group of Sailors that have given their free time to volunteer in a town far from their own hometown will never be forgotten.  The gracious woman, Olive Lippoldt, that the tidal park was named in honor of will never be forgotten.  So Pocomoke it's time  for you  to sign up and be part of the plan. 

Let's continue  with the plans made to make the  Olive Lippoldt Tidal Wetland Garden and  Nature Trail even better than it is.

Volunteer your time.
Here's the link to previous photos of the garden.


Museum Program & Luncheon

Tickets are on sale for the Purnell Museum's special program Maids & Mistresses at the Nassawango Country Club on May 19th.

Live models will help us explore the realities of Victorian women's lives by taking a close look at the styles they wore.

An elegant lunch is included in the ticket price of $25. Call the museum for more details: 410-632-0515.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Pocomoke Restaurant Construction Moving Right Along

These are the latest photos I have on the Pocomoke City restaurant being constructed.

The New Pocomoke City Restaurant

Pocomoke City, Maryland

Updated Saturday, February 18, 2012

Construction seems to be moving right along......

Friday, February 17, 2012

Progress on the New Restaurant- Downtown Pocomoke City, Maryland

Friday, February 10, 2012
Pocomoke City, Maryland

At this point all windows have been installed....
you can tell that they have been covered.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Visit To the Delmarva Discovery Center Jan. 20, 2012

The Delmarva Discovery Center hadn't been included in the plans Councilman Malloy and I had previously discussed for last Friday. Jan. 20)  We ran into Brian Garrett the Director of the  Delmarva Discovery Center and when he found out I had never seen the inside of the center it was a GO.  I went!

This is indeed another of the pride and joys in Pocomoke!  (I shudder to think how many memberships I may have bought by now if my son were still a young boy.)  Children and adults will enjoy it greatly!

The bear was the first thing I saw.  I knew absolutely nothing about bears being on the Eastern Shore (or don't remember) and unless it's Yogi Bear and Boo Boo I don't want to know too much else.  He's a little fuzzy in this photo but he is beautiful.

Believe it or not signs of the Beaver have been found along the Pocomoke River. 

These fish are actually larger in the tank. And there are plenty more! Catfish live in the aquarium along with the Bass and many more.   On Wednesday and Friday at 2:00 pm  every  week a SCUBA diver goes into the 6,00 gallon tank to feed the fish.  So when you visit try to see that. 

The tank is filled with the same type of fish that call the Pocomoke River home.  This was especially enjoyable to me because the waters of the Pocomoke River are so dark you can't see a thing.  The aquarium gives one the chance to watch them in  in their own habitat to see just exactly what it is they do all day....which isn't much except swim around and entertain.
This tank is filled with living coral of just about  every color you can imagine.  Those tiny fish look as if they have been hand painted.  Be sure to find out what type of fish they are....I didn't.

I believe it was in this tiny building  there were several hand crafted skip jacks.  When you visit the DDC please be sure to take a look at them.  They are just as elegant when small and hand made as they are sailing the Chesapeake.  One thing to keep in mind as you tour this magnificent place is that many of the items on display are tools and equipment actually used  at one time.  Many kind hearted persons have either loaned or given items to the Discovery Center because they recognize the importance of  educating those that do not know about this small part of the Eastern Shore or the Eastern Shore as a whole.
 This looks very much like a scene I see every day.  In fact, in the small "village" very near my own home motorists have to stop most mornings while the ducks cross the narrow road.  They don't move for you and they don't bother to fly away.... every day .....they've done it for years.  It isn't too bad sitting there waiting if you think about those on the highway or freeway trying to beat the clock to get to work on time.  In some places on the Eastern Shore traffic jams include ducks.  Yets, here we are at times,  (in the boonies Councilman Malloy calls it), waiting for ducks.  Doesn't get much better than that.
 Ladies and gentlemen, this is a female Diamond Back Terrapin. (Thank you, Jenny Somers).  I didn't know.  My son  brought turtles home in his lunch box, his pants pockets and in paper bags many times as a child.  I've seen them in our yard and a few years ago a female snapping turtle made herself comfortable and laid eggs in a pile of sand near our brand new garage....then she left.....hissing all the way down our drive.  I had never seen a Diamond Back and was really thrilled to see that this one was so active and didn't mind showing off.  Be sure to stop by and see her.

A work shop that represents the decoy carvers on the Eastern Shore.  Steve and Lem Ward, of Crisfield came to my mind when I saw this.  The Ward Brothers were friends of my in-laws.  In the dining room there were  framed ink sketches created by one of the brothers  and a couple of decoys in the livingroom.  My  children never wanted to leave Crisfield unless we road by the old workshop.  Did you know that the Ward Brothers were actually both barbers?

Today there are many decoy carvers withing the local area and I'm sure we all know who some of them are.  In fact, in the past many local carvers have set up displays in the DDC for the public to view.  Check the DDC website for upcoming events. 
Watch for the  the Oyster Toads (that's what Councilman Malloy said they were).  The aquarium has quite a few of them.  Cute little things but they always  look like they were having a bad day....Good defense...I wouldn't bother anything that contrary looking either.

This was at the end of our visit.  For those of you that like boats but don't like the water this might be the thing to try.  There is actually two speeds of  'wind' to blow the sail.  Jump in and hit the button!

Going through the Delmarva Discovery Center was great fun!  I didn't take time to see all of it.but I will go again.  My photos can not begin to bring you the true beauty of the display.  The entire center is amazing and seems to actually capture all of the things that make the Eastern Shore unique.  If you were born and have lived on the shore all your life you understand what I'm speaking about.

There are also hands-on learning stations for anyone that wants that experience. 

A steamship gives anyone the opportunity to go aboard, walk through and even go to the top deck.  The setting around the steamship is quite in line with what would be done during its use many years ago. 

The Delmarva Discovery Center truly  IS a "showcase of the regions cultural and environmental heritage".
And if you were born and raised on the Eastern Shore it is YOUR cultural and environmental heritage that is showcased there.  Spend the time and the money to see it.  Most of you will be able to identify with all of the exhibits and you will be amazed at the beauty of it all stretched out under one roof. 

An excellant way to see the Eastern Shore without being bothered by the summer heat, humidity and bugs.  There's also no marshy smell.

And you might just learn something new!

Sleepovers and birthday parties are welcomed there too!  For more information call the Delmarva Discovery Center - 410-957-9933 or go to   The center also has a page on Facebook with tons of photographs and information.  The website and the facebook page will enable you to be constantly updated.  And pass the word around ~ The DDC is looking for volunteers.  If you are interested give Brian a call.

If you have never visited the Eastern Shore and are planning to be in the area I would certainly reccommend the Delmarva Discovery Center to be the best museum to visit  to get good lesson about  the surrounding area. 

Thank you so very much Brian Garrett for allowing me to visit the Delmarva Discovery Center. I am impressed and it is quite plain to see that great amounts of hard work and time were taken to make the center the showcase it is. Everyone that had a hand in making the DDC the showcase it is should be very proud.  I will be back to visit very soon.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Aquarium Comes To Life At Delmarva Discovery Center In Pocomoke

POCOMOKE CITY -- The final step in the installation of Delmarva Discovery Center's 6,000-gallon freshwater aquarium is just days away.

A dedication ceremony for the aquarium is scheduled for Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m. and will call attention to a $250,000 grant from the Fulton Owen Foundation, which made the purchase and operation of the tank possible.

Staff and volunteers are ready to show off the exhibit to the public, after working to install the tank and prep and introduce the fish to their new habitat.

"(The tank) is a great opportunity to highlight the ecology of the Pocomoke River and the unique fish that live in it," says Executive Director Brian Garrett. "We just want to recognize their generous donation and acknowledge the positive impact it's having on the discovery center."

The ceremony will include a speech by Garrett, in addition to a presentation of the tank, acknowledgment of the donors, a short speech by representatives of the Snow Hill-based Fulton Owen Foundation and a casual reception.

The tank is designed to look similar to the underwater world of the Pocomoke River and has been stocked with native fish, including Atlantic sturgeon, largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegills.

Garrett expects the tank to increase learning opportunities for area residents as well as the attractiveness of Pocomoke City as a regional tourist destination.

"For this summer, between June 1 and the end of August, we had 3,600 general admissions," said Garrett. "We are on pace to put between 7,500 and 8,000 through the center this year."

After the ceremony has ended, staff at the Discovery Center are expected to get to work on their next big project. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore recently donated a 1,500 gallon tank for a Chesapeake Bay ecological exhibit.

Garrett says before moving forward on that, the Discovery Center needs to secure additional funding, to ensure once the tank is installed there will be enough money to keep it operational and allow for the care of marine life.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rome's Colosseum Opens Gladiator Pits

Rome’s Colosseum has opened the underground pits where gladiators and wild beasts waited before being winched from darkness into the light of the killing ground, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Friday.

At the same time, the famed monument is also reopening its third story, closed since the 1970s, which offers a breathtaking view of Rome.

The two new attractions aim to boost visitor numbers at the site, which is already Italy's single most visited monument at some 19,000 people a day.

Crowds were already flocking to get up to the 33 meter (108 feet) third ring to enjoy its spectacular views Friday, while fans of ancient bloodletting will have to wait until Tuesday when groups of 25, strictly by reservation, will take the first steps by members of the public into the underground pits.

According to Colosseum site director Rossella Rea, the gladiatorial areas are all the more fascinating because "they were completely buried in the 5th century AD and have been perfectly conserved."

"They never suffered the depredation which the surface parts of the monument were victims to," ANSA quoted her as saying.

The so-called 'hypogeum' (literally, 'underground') has been restored in a project that has also installed new, muted lighting.

Rea said the aim was to recapture "some of the atmosphere" of the breathless moments before the games commenced, when the armored or naked fighters and the wild animals were hauled up through 80 trapdoors.

The visit starts from the Porta Libitinaria, named after the goddess of the dead Libitina, through which the gladiators marched in and from which their corpses were taken out, ANSA said.

Construction on the city's iconic monument started between 70 and 72 AD under the Emperor Vespasian.

It was completed in 80 AD by his son Titus. Titus inaugurated it with 100 days of games including the recreation of a sea battle between Romans and Greeks.

Friday, September 3, 2010

This Weekend In Crisfield

63rd National Hard Crab Derby
Schedule of Events 2010
At Somers Cove Marina grounds
7th Street, Crisfield, Maryland 21817


Friday, Sept. 3rd
9:00 a.m. – Crab Cooking Contest – Baptist Church, Somerset Ave.

6:00 p.m. – Grounds open: rides, games, food, arts/crafts.

7:00 p.m. – Live Entertainment - the "Funsters" - classic rock, country, Jimmy Buffet - type music

Saturday, Sept. 4th
7:30 a.m. – 10-K Race/Walk
9:00 a.m. – Lions Club Swim Meet – Marina Pool
11:00 a.m.–Street Parade – Main St.
12 noon - Gates open on grounds
12:30 – 1:30 – Skiff Races – Crisfield City Dock
2:00 p.m. – Governor’s Cup Crab Race – Crab Bowl
2:30 p.m. – 63rd Annual National Hard Crab Derby Race – Crab Bowl
3:30 p.m. - Crab Picking Contest – Crab Bowl
4:30 p.m. – Arm Wrestling Contest – Crab Bowl
7:00 p.m. - Live Band - "Draw The Line" - AEROSMITH Tribute Band - tickets sold in advance; call 1-800-782-3913

Sunday – Sept. 5th
8:00 a.m. – Open Air Religious Service – Crisfield City Dock
12 noon- Gates open on grounds
1:00 p.m. – Boat Docking Contest – Crisfield City Dock, end of Rt. 413 - admission $15.00 (also gives access to Crab Derby grounds)
7:00 p.m. – "Crisfield Idol" - admission fee
9:00 p.m. – Fireworks!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Assateague Closings

BERLIN — Assateague Island National Seashore is telling all campers to leave by noon Thursday and will close its visitor centers on Friday.

The park made the announcement on its Twitter page, @AssateagueNPS, as Hurricane Earl came closer to Delmarva. On Wednesday, park rangers had told campers in remote campsites accessible only by canoe or kayak to move out.

The park also closed its off-road vehicle areas, used by surf fishermen, to any traffic.