February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t loaded with fun events! Delmarva doesn’t slow down for wintertime hibernation (despite the notably frigid temperatures so far this year); in fact, there is something for everyone to enjoy this month, including oyster festivals, fundraisers, wine tastings, gumbo crawls, art strolls and more. Snow Hill, Berlin, Salisbury, Ocean City, Lewes, Rehoboth…all of our favorite towns are battling the cold with winter events that are sure to warm your soul, fill your belly, delight your senses, or entertain your entire family. Enjoy!
11th Annual Tri-County Go Red for Women
Thursday, February 5, 5pm-8pm
Join local health department and hospital representatives this Thursday, February 5 for the 11th annual, tri-county event. Each year, the event provides local women with the opportunity to learn about heart disease, risk factors, and preventative measures. This year’s guest speaker is Alishia Louis-Potter, an African-American female motivational speaker. Free health screenings will be held from 5pm until 6:30pm. There will also be food, giveaways, and cooking demos.
Pet Portraits ALOC
Saturday, February 7, 11am-4pm
The Art League of Ocean City, along with spotlight artist Sara Timmons and caricature artist Jim Rehak, presents pet portraits for a good cause this Saturday! Create a lasting memory with your furry family members while helping benefit the Worcester County Humane Society. Bring your agreeable pets for a quick caricature or a photography session. Call 410-524-9433 to reserve your spot, appointments are every 15 minutes.
Granville Trimper Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, February 8, 8am-Noon
It’s that time of year! Every February in OCMD, the Granville Trimper Pancake Breakfast is held in honor of the late Vice President of Trimper’s Rides. Sponsored by the Downtown Association of Ocean City, this is the 7th year for the AUCE breakfast, which will be held at the Ocean View Grille on 16th Street and the Boardwalk. Tickets are $7 a person with children under 5 dining for free. Proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the Downtown Association of Ocean City.
Taste of Main Street Berlin
Friday, February 13
Berlin is infusing their 2nd Friday Art Stroll with a whole lot of love this month! The Indulge in Berlin event is primed to be their sweetest stroll yet, with great food, sweets, and shopping in Historic Downtown Berlin. It’s the perfect pre-Valentine’s Day date night, with arts, entertainment, and more! Register at the Welcome Center and you will be entered to win a “Love Berlin” basket.
LoveFest at the Pour House
Friday, February 13, 6pm-late
Come celebrate love in OCMD with a local musical fundraiser to benefit Mike Armstrong! To be held at the Pour House in downtown Ocean City, there is a $10 donation at the door, along with a silent auction. Five bands will be performing, including Tranz Fusion, Wes Davis, Smooth & Remy, Old School, and The Mood Swingers with Mike Armstrong. By now you all know how much we love local benefits and community support, so you can be sure you will be seeing us there!
Barkfest Yappy Hour
Friday, February 13, 5pm-7pm
Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant is going to the dogs once again this year, hosting the annual Barkfest Yappy Hour! The event takes place on the restaurant’s heated porch and is for dogs and people who like to “yap.” It’s a terrific opportunity for pets and their owners to mingle while enjoying delicious food and refreshing drinks. Give the Mutt-tini, Cat-atonic, or the Bark-tini a try! Irish Eyes donates 10% of their total food sales for the entire day to the Delaware SPCA in Georgetown. The SPCA will also be in attendance, hosting a ‘fill the van’ for people to donate blankets, sheets, pet food, kitty litter, toys, dog bones and bleach. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, with proceeds benefiting the SPCA. All dogs should be on a leash with one dog per one handler.
Assateague Island Presents: For the Love of Birds!
Saturday, February 14, Noon-3pm
Join Assateague State Park and the Maryland Conservation Corps at the Assateague Island Visitor Center for a free, fun focus on our fantastic feathered friends! The Maryland Conservation Corps will present “Scales and Tales.” The 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count will also be underway. Pick up a bird list at the Visitors Center, count birds for at least 15 minutes, return your list, and you’ll be entered in the official count at ebird.org, a citizen-science website for the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Oyster Garden at Fager’s Island
Saturday, February 14, noon-4pm
Representatives from local companies that are cultivating and raising oysters will be on hand to shuck, serve, and educate. The Oyster Restoration Project will also be available to answer questions and discuss local oyster initiatives. Both Flying Dog and Evolution will be featuring craft brews made with oysters. Also included are ribs, chicken, and live entertainment courtesy of Pressing Strings. Tickets are $39 in advance and $44 at the door.
Seaside Boat Show
The Seaside Boat Show returns to Ocean City, MD with 350 boats, 50 boat dealers, and 140 exhibitors. This year will mark the 32 year for the event, which is held each year at the Ocean City Convention Center. Show hours are: Friday, 11am-7pm, Saturday, 10am-7pm, and Sunday, 10am-5pm.
Brown Box Theater Presents: Echoes
Our friends from the Brown Box Theatre Project return to the Ocean City Center for the Arts this month, with a two-night performance of ‘Echoes,’ a play written by N. Richard Nash and directed by Kyler Taustin. You most likely know Brown Box for their free Shakespeare in the Park series that is performed across Delmarva every year at the end of summer. The traveling theatre group is based out of Boston, but brings shows to the Eastern Shore as often as they can. Tickets are $25 per person.
Gumbo Crawl Rehoboth Beach Main Street
Sunday, February 15, 2pm-5pm
Rehoboth Beach Main Street is bringing Mardi Gras to you with their Downtown Gumbo Crawl! 12 restaurants will be participating – simply purchase your $5 voting ballot and taste at least 5 different gumbo samples. Cast your ballot for your favorite gumbo by 5pm. The winner will be announced at The Purple Parrot on February 17 at 8pm. Participating restaurants this year include Café Azafran, Dos Locos, Fins, Hobos, Lula Brazil, Mariachi, Mixx, The Pond Bar & Grill, Purple Parrott, Papa Grande’s, Rigby’s, and the Seafood Shack. Ballots can be purchased in advance or the day of the event in the participating restaurants (except Papa Grande’s).
Grand Wine Tasting at Liquid Assets
Saturday, February 21, noon-3pm
The only thing better than a grand wine testing, is a FREE grand wine tasting! Liquid Assets invites you to attend their annual event, which will include a wide selection of wine and craft beer. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss!
Little Beat 5k
Saturday, February 21, 10am-noon
February isn’t the ideal time to be running outside, but for the Mended Hearts Feet for the Little Beat Run, we’ll bundle up and enjoy the brisk run! The annual run will be held Saturday, February 21 at the Links at Lighthouse Sound Golf Course. There will be options for a 5k run or a one-mile walk. To register, visit octrirunning.com.
Reptile Festival at the Delmarva Discovery Center
Saturday, February 21, noon-4pm
The Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum is hosting a Reptile Festival on February 21, with live animal presentations at 1pm and 3pm, brought to you by Reptile Wonders’ Nature Center on the Go, as well as a live animal presentation at 2:15 by the Salisbury Zoo. What’s more, the event is free!
OC Fiber Fest
This is the second year for the Ocean City Fiber Fest, which will be held at the Grand Hotel in Ocean City. Admission is $3 a day or $5 for the weekend. Vendors will gather to educate and promote the natural fiber industry, including wool, fabric, wood, reed and more. There will also be classes and workshops, including easy knitted headbands and fingerless gloves, spiral knit hats, and soap felting, to name a few.
5th Annual Snow Hill Oyster Roast
Sunday, February 22, 1pm-5pm
The Snow Hill Area Chamber of Commerce presents their annual oyster roast, an all-you-can-eat event featuring oyster stew, oysters casino, oysters Rockefeller, Malibu oysters, fried oysters and roasted oysters. Tickets are available at www.snowhillchamber.com and are $40.
Harlem Globetrotters at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center
Tuesday, February 24, 7pm
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will return to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center this month, bringing the family-fun event to residents and visitors of the Eastern Shore. Tickets are on sale now at the box office or a wicomicociviccenter.org.