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Thursday, September 14

BEER GARDEN with New and Used Bluegrass is Next Weekend!

If you love fun, homegrown music, New and Used Bluegrass is a must-see! With their solid musicianship and tight harmonies, these local favorites have set toes tapping for years on the Eastern Shore and beyond. You won't want to miss them at the Arboretum's annual Beer Garden on Saturday, September 23.

Grab a hula hoop, take a walk, or just kick back with great music on a beautiful fall afternoon. Bull and Goat Brewery and Ten Eyck Brewing Company will be serving beer, and Lucky Heart Bakery, Scottish Highland Creamery, Jimmy's Fat Rolls, and Blue Monkey Street Tacos will be serving up sweets and savory fare. Beer and food sales begin at 1 p.m.; music starts at 2.

Beer Garden is $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and $5 for ages 3–18. Ages 2 and under are admitted free. Admission is capped at 400, and fees increase by $5 on the day of the event—early registration is strongly recommended!

Click here to join us!

Seating is limited, so bringing chairs or a blanket is highly advised. In case of rain, we'll reschedule for Saturday, September 30. Check out the band in the video below.

This event is generously sponsored in part by the Caroline County Council of Arts and Ampersand.

Fall Homeschool Session Begins Tuesday

Maryland's Eastern Shore has experienced tremendous change over time. Do you know that the dinosaur Astrodon thrived here in the Early Cretaceous? Or that early settlers used pokeberries to make ink? In the Arboretum's Time Travel for Homeschoolers! program, homeschool students ages 7–10 will explore Eastern Shore history throgh exciting hands-on activities, including a model archaeological dig, natural dye making, and target practice with handcrafted bows and arrows.

Classes meet Tuesdays, September 19–November 7 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The eight-week series is $110 for members and $135 for non-members. A sibling discount is available. Click here to register your student!

Photo by Kellen McCluskey

Marty Two Bulls, Jr.: Dominion

Later this month, a sculpture by Marty Two Bulls, Jr. will be on view at the Arboretum. Presented in partnership with the Academy Art Museum, the work is part of Dominion, Two Bulls' immersive installation that critiques American consumerism through a layered retelling of the history of the Oglala Lakota tribe.

Using the metaphor of the bison, one of the first American resources consumed almost to extinction, Two Bulls charts a complex wasteland out of everyday materials: trash cans, glass bottles, barbed wire, and paper plates. The ghost-like bison emerges from this landscape, advancing a story of eradication and survival and ultimately persisting in its sacredness and abundance. 


The artist invites visitors to delve deeper into the history of the bison as well as the Oglala Lakota through interactive QR codes found throughout the installation and to consider lessons from the past for our collective present. European settlers decimated bison populations in the mid- to late 1800s to deprive the Oglala Lakota of their livelihood, as the nomadic tribe would follow the migrating bison across the Great Plains to survive. Forced detachment from ancestral knowledge and ways of living was catastrophic for the Oglala Lakota and for other Indigenous peoples across America. In Dominion, Two Bulls offers both a lens to view and a mirror to reflect on the importance of conserving natural resources and striving toward a non-exploitative relationship with our environment. 

Two Bulls' pieces on view at the Arboretum and the Town of Easton Welcome Center will expand on the main Dominion exhibition at the Academy Art Museum. Dominion will be on view through September 1, 2024. Visit for more information.

*The image used here is an example of Two Bulls' work and does not reflect the piece that will be on view at the Arboretum.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Rooted Wisdom: Nature's Role in the Underground Railroad Walking Tour

Sunday, September 17

Rainbow Walk

Thursday, September 21

Bird Migration Walk

Saturday, September 23

Floral Design with Native Plants

Sunday, September 24


October 7

Plein Air Open Paint-Out #2

Sunday, September 24

Healing Walk

Friday, October 6

Pumpkin & Gourd Color Pencil

Friday, October 6

Intelligent Trees

Thursday, October 12


November 4

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