Dorchester Message Wall

Posted 11/29/23

Local groups are reaching out to spread the word about their events and schedules. The Banner compiled a list of announcements over the previous week, which follows:

Church Night

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Dorchester Message Wall


Local groups are reaching out to spread the word about their events and schedules. The Banner compiled a list of announcements over the previous week, which follows:

Church Night

The Dorchester County Historical Society will host Church Night on Nov. 29 from 5-7 p.m. Learn about a new book by author Paul Yoder, featuring information on historic churches, including 23 in Dorchester, and see a display of local church plates. Also check out library resources on local churches. This event will be held at 1003 Greenway Drive, Cambridge. Please don’t park on the left side of Greenway Drive or obstruct neighboring properties. Admission is $5, or free for historical society members. For information, visit or call 410-228-7953.

Cambridge-Dorchester County Christmas Parade

The Cambridge-Dorchester County Christmas Parade is proud to present this year’s parade – the 74th annual themed for the 2023 season: “Snowflakes on Parade.” This year’s parade will grace the streets of downtown Cambridge on Dec. 2, starting from Long Wharf at 5 p.m. 

The parade is 100% donor funded. If you have not yet donated, now is the time! Donating is easy, either by mail or online via PayPal.

The Cambridge-Dorchester County Christmas Parade is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

We are looking for floats of all types, sizes and creativity. You can easily enter online by visiting the web page,

Salisbury Christmas Parade

Mountaire Farms presents the 77th Annual Salisbury Christmas Parade, hosted by the Salisbury Jaycees on Dec. 3. Rain date is Dec. 10.

The Salisbury Jaycees Christmas Parade in partnership with the City of Salisbury will return the parade back to its former route ending at City Park on East Main Street. The parade will begin at the corner of Civic Avenue and Mt. Hermon Road and continue down to East Main Street.

Hurlock Christmas Parade

The 2023 Town of Hurlock Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 9 down Main Street, starting at noon. The theme is “May the Joy of the Season be Felt Worldwide.”

There will also be a Christmas Fair on Dec. 9 from 12-4 p.m. at Unity-Washington United Methodist Church at 112 North Main St. There will be craft and vendor tables, as well as food and drinks.

Immediately after the parade, there will be Cookies with Santa, at the Hurlock Volunteer Fire Company at 300 Charles St. The event will be hosted by the Hurlock VFC Auxiliary. For information, call 410-943-4181.

Public library

The Dorchester County Public Library has changed the hours of its Cambridge branch. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Legislative Preview Business Lunch

The Dorchester Chamber’s Legislative Preview Business Lunch will be at noon Dec. 5, at the Chesapeake Grove Intergenerational Center, 108 Chesapeake St., Cambridge. The state legislative team will let attendees know what to expect in the 2024 Legislative Session in Annapolis. All four representatives for District 37 will be in attendance: Sen. Johnny Mautz, Del. Christopher Adams, Del. Tom Hutchinson and Del. and Speaker Pro-Tem Sheree Sample-Hughes.

Register by 5 p.m. Nov. 29: Members: $20, non-members: $25. As of Nov. 30: Members: $25, non-members $30. Registration can be made by emailing, or by calling 410-228-3575. Registration is required.

AARP lunch

The Dorchester AARP Chapter 1278 will meet Dec. 6 at the Cambridge American Legion Post #91, 601 Radiance Drive, Cambridge. This is our Christmas luncheon and you will be admitted if you have paid in advance.

‘The Nutracker’

Eastern Shore Dance Academy announces the 2023 holiday production of “The Nutcracker.” The performances will be held at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School in Cambridge on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Advance tickets are suggested, and available at the Eastern Shore Dance Academy studio at 3123 Airey’s Spur Road in Cambridge. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.  Prices are: adults - $16 if purchased in advance and $20 at the door; children under 11 are $12 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit for more information.

Full animal shelters

Baywater Animal Rescue and Dorchester County Dog Control are both full. We ask that you help animal welfare in our county. Please only consider surrender as your very last resort. You can help by rescuing, fostering, donating, volunteering or spreading the word to help us get more animals into loving homes. Thank you for supporting the rescue pets of Dorchester County.

Landfill Transfer Station

Landfill Transfer Stations at Golden Hill, Secretary and Chesapeake Drive are changing their hours of operation. Hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. These locations will accept only bagged trash and recycling during the new hours.

The Chesapeake Drive location will also accept residential bagged trash effective Jan. 2, 2024. There are no changes to the Neck District location at this time.

Permits are required for residential trash and will be available on location once fully operational. Recycling is still free of charge.

Town of Preston

Dec. 2 Christmasdaze 4-6 p.m.; Reagan Kent Vocalist 4-6 p.m.; Crafts, hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn machine, Christmas lights, food trucks, and more.

MidShore Meals til Monday

We have a food pantry in Vienna at the back of the white building across from Millie’s Restaurant every Friday from 3-6 p.m. If you have an immediate need, please contact 443-225-6789.

Choptank Writers

Are you interested in sharing your writing with a positive, supportive audience and receiving constructive feedback that may help you to improve writing skills, foster motivation, and gain fresh perspectives? If so, we invite you to join Choptank Writers. All genres are welcome.

Founded in 2009, Choptank Writers meet each Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge. Contact Judy Holland at

Talbot County Garden Club

All events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Questions about the programs should be directed to

Maryland Department of Health 

Maryland residents of any age or disability can receive free, gently used durable medical equipment through the Maryland Department of Aging’s reuse center. Items include wheelchairs, home hospital beds, shower chairs, walkers, and mechanical lifts. To request equipment or to donate, visit

Eastern Shore Maryland Archaeology

Visit for more information or to join our chapter.

Hurlock Lions Club

If you know of local youth who need a bike and can't afford it, we may be able to help. Please drop us note by U.S. mail. Please include size bike needed and age of child to: Hurlock Lions Box 456 Hurlock MD 21643.ww

For All Seasons Behavioral Health and RCC

Please know that we are here to support community members on many levels. We want to remind you that our Crisis Hotlines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

English – 410-820-5600

Spanish – 410-829-6143

Text English/Spanish– 410-829-6143

Please continue to be kind, caring, and patient with one another. You never know what someone is going through. Reach out and let someone know when you need a hand. Or extend your hand to someone else.

Mediation Center

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center is seeking volunteers to join our team of Community Mediators. Members of our community, just like you, make our work possible - 91% of our mediators are volunteers, dedicating personal time to support their neighbors through difficult conversations.

To become a community mediator, no experience is necessary. We provide all the training needed. To apply or for more information, contact 410-820-5553 or email

Volunteers Needed

Trappe Rural Life Museum is looking for energetic volunteers to be board members. The position requires only a few hours a year. Let’s keep Trappe’s history going. Call Donald Brown at 410-476-3574.

County Council

The County Council of Dorchester County meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month for a regular session.

Community Club of Preston

New members are always welcome. For more information on the Community Club of Preston, call 410-673-1119 or visit Facebook at “Community Club of Preston, Maryland.”

Choptank Community Health System

For Choptank Health patients with after-hours medical and dental emergencies, call 443-329-9920.


Town Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Planning Commission Meetings are held at least quarterly on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Public hearings, public workshops, special appeals hearings, etc., are scheduled as needed. Check the website at for updates or on Facebook.

Preston Historical Society

Preston Historical Society Museum, 167 Main St., call 410-330-3368 or email

Woman’s Club

The Cambridge Woman’s Club is at the historic Sycamore cottage on 417 High St. in Cambridge. CWC hosts lectures during the year by local artists, community activists, and educators. The hall is also available to rent, complete with kitchen and amenities. We are always looking for new members and supporters. For more info, call Katherine at 415-483-6969.

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