It’s a long weekend here at the beach thanks to President’s Day, bringing the first wave of visitors from out of town for the year. Hotels are offering a variety of packages for the occasion, and with Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year, restaurants are celebrating as well with plenty of romantic specials. That’s not all that’s happening on Delmarva, there’s also the Seaside Boat Show, the Lunar New Year Celebration in Easton, and the annual Oyster Garden at Fager’s Island. It may be cold out, but we still know how to bundle up and have a little fun!
Seaside Boat Show
When: Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14
Where: Ocean City Convention Center
What: The #1 boat show on the Eastern Shore returns to Ocean City this month, bringing over 350 boats, electronics, dock builders, boat lifts, crafts, canvas, archery displays, fishing rods, tackle, paddle boards, artists, food vendors, and more to the Ocean City Convention Center. Admission is $10 for adults; $1 for children. Hours are 11am-7pm on Friday; 10am-7pm on Saturday; 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Sweetheart Tea at Poplar Hill Mansion
When: Thursday, February 11 @ 11:30am
Where: Poplar Hill Mansion, Salisbury
What: Poplar Hill Mansion is hosting a Sweetheart Tea this month, which will include a menu of fruit cup, homemade soup, assorted tea sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, assorted sweets, and Lady Gray tea. Price is $22 and reservations are strongly encouraged as it is the one of the most popular tea events of the year at the historic mansion. The afternoon will also include a fashion show, raffle, music and more.
When: All Month-Long
Where: Worcester County Humane Society
What: The WCHS is celebrating love this month by encouraging locals to open their hearts and love not one, but two cats. The Two of Hearts adoption campaign will continue throughout the entire month of February and any two cats who arrived at the shelter together will have a reduced adoption fee of $100 for the pair. All cats will be spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped.
Lunar New Year Celebration
When: Saturday, February 13, 2pm-5pm
Where: The Country School, Easton
What: It’s the Eastern Shore’s largest Asian New Year Celebration, which will mark the third year for the event. Held at the Field House at The Country School, activities for the entire family will be available, including a live performance of Chinese acrobats who are currently touring the U.S. Tea tastings, Asian foods, crafts, music and an informal dragon parade will also take place.
Fager’s Oyster Garden
When: Saturday, February 13, 12pm-4pm
Where: Fager’s Island, OCMD
What: Each year we look forward to the Oyster Garden event at Fager’s Island, which features all you can eat oysters and select craft beers from Evo and Flying Dog, along with BBQ ribs and chicken, and music from Pressing Strings. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.
Valentine’s Horse & Carriage Rides
When: Saturday, February 13 & Sunday, February 14
Where: Boardwalk, Ocean City
What: Celebrate your Valentine’s Day weekend with a romantic horse & carriage ride along the Boardwalk in OCMD. Pricing is $40 per couple and includes a box of chocolates, a rose, and a glass of bubbly for the ride. Rides are available from 11am until 5pm and take guests from the Inlet Lot to 4th Street and back. For reservations call 443-783-1409.