Truth be told, we aren’t sure what to expect this weekend…what with the wide range of weather predictions currently circulating on social media. We’ve seen everything from less than an inch of snow to full-blown apocalyptic blizzard warnings. The unexpected has caused a few weekend events to be canceled or postponed, so we’ll go ahead an extend our weekly happenings on through to next weekend. The rest of January is a hodgepodge of happenings, from the annual Ocean 98 Best Wings on the Shore Contest in Lewes to the Lone Star Rodeo and Monster Trucks in Salisbury. Delmarva Birding Weekend is on the way, followed by the ‘Bury Oysterfest at Brew River. Sleet, snow, wind, rain….nothing keeps us from having a little fun on Delmarva!
Ocean 98 Best Wings on the Shore Contest
When: Sunday, January 24, noon-3pm
Where: Crooked Hammock Brewery
What: It’s time for the third annual Ocean 98, Best Wings on the Shore Contest! This year’s throwdown will be held at Crooked Hammock Brewery in Lewes, with all the usual heavy hitters set to attend along with a few newcomers as well. You are the judge, with awards going to Best Overall, Most Creative, and Hottest. Admission is $10 at the door and will benefit the Ocean 98 Cash for College Fund. All ages are welcome.
Taste & Learn Chef Series
When: Monday, January 25, 6pm-8pm
Where: The Spice & Tea Exchange of Rehoboth
The Spice & Tea Exchange of Rehoboth will welcome 2016 with the first two of six in their Taste & Learn Chef Series. The evenings include a demonstration by an area chef followed by a tasting of each dish prepared. Up first for the month of January (both dates) will be Chef Lisa Difebo-Osias & Co. from DiFebo’s of Rehoboth! Tickets are $45 per person OR opt for the series 3-pack (choose 3 out of 6) for $120. The Taste & Learn Series will continue through March.
Maryland Coastal Bays/Lower Shore Land Trust Fundraiser
When: Monday, January 25, 6pm-11pm
Where: Burley Oak, Berlin
What: The Maryland Coastal Bays and the Lower Shore Land Trust are teaming up with Burley Oak Brewing Company in Berlin for their winter fundraiser. The event will include live music from Darin Engh and Nate Clendenen from Saltwater Stringband, along with Sean Loomis from Drymill Road. Guest bartenders Shelly Messick from West O Bottle Shop, Reagan O’Meara from Harrison’s Harborwatch, and Tom Creveling from Deep End Pool Bar will be behind the bar, donating half of their tips along with ten percent of the evenings bar ring. The evening will also include a silent auction, prizeboard, and 50/50 raffle…all to benefit Maryland Coastal Bays and the Lower Shore Land Trust.
Lone Star Rodeo: Wild Ride Tour
When: Friday, January 22 & Saturday, January 23
Where: Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Salisbury
What: The rodeo returns to town at the end of the month as the Lone Star Rodeo crew makes their annual visit to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Tickets are $17 for adults and $13 for children. Rodeo events include Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Brahma Bull Riding and Cowgirls’ Barrel Racing.
Cheese & Wine of Central Italy
When: Wednesday, January 27, 4:00-5:30pm
Where: Touch of Italy, Ocean City
What: Spend your winter afternoon learning about cheese and wine from the Central Region of Italy. Cheesemonger Bill Wilson will lead the class, pairing six cheeses with three to four wines and house made accompaniments, including bread, olives, nuts and various items from the Touch of Italy menu. Registration is now open, cost is $45.
Monster Trucks Winternational and Thrill Show
When: Friday, January 29 & Saturday, January 30
Where: Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Salisbury
What: Bigfoot, Monster Medic, Tow Mater, Illuminator, Rislone Defender, Saigon Shaker…all of the crowd favorites will return this year for the annual Monster Truck Rally in Wicomico County. Expect to see plenty of racing, wheelie contests, and freestyle car crushing, as well as feature motorcycle daredevil Ed Beckley. The general public will also be invited once again to take part in the Tuff Truck Challenge.
When: Saturday, January 30, 9am
Where: RAR, Cambridge
What: RAR, Downtown Cambridge Maryland’s local craft brewery, will be giving its customers a throw-back of sorts with their ‘Saturday Morning Cartoon’s for Adults’ event. RAR Brewing is inviting their adult patrons (i.e. 21 and over) to join them at 9am for adult beverages, breakfast bar, donut counter and more. Pajamas are encouraged!
Delmarva Winter Birding Weekend
When: Friday, January 29-Sunday, January 31
Where: Various spots across Delmarva
What: Looking forward to spring when the 21st Annual Delmarva Spring Birding Weekend returns? Well, you won’t have to wait as long this year thanks to the addition of a Winter Weekend. Participants will celebrate the amazing warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors that visit and live on Delmarva while enjoying boat and hiking trips. Registration is now available for the Winter Weekend.
When: Saturday, January 30
Where: Headquarters Live, Salisbury
What: Love TED Talks? Then this one is for you. TED has created a program called TEDx – a program of local, self-organized events that brings people together to share a TED-like experience. Locally, TEDxSBY will take place at the end of the month at Headquarters Live with a full day of speeches and programs put on by local experts, entrepreneurs, and locally-minded individuals. A final schedule of speakers has yet to be released but tickets are currently on sale at tedxsby.com.
Bury’ Oyster Fest
When: Sunday, January 31, 2-5pm
Where: Brew River, Salisbury
What: Brew River is primed and ready for their 2nd Annual ‘Bury Oyster Fest! The event features an all-you-can-eat buffet that includes oysters on the half shell, signature baked oysters, fried oysters, pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, potato salad and more. Live entertainment will include High 5 Swan Dive. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (if not sold out), with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.