For 37 years and counting, the Dorchester Center for the Arts has shut down a gorgeous stretch of High Street in Cambridge on the fourth Sunday of September to present their annual Arts Showcase. The focus is on displays of juried arts & crafts by artists from around the region, but there’s a whole lot of other stuff going on as well.
Churches and community organizations will serve up Eastern Shore foods. There’ll be a variety of music performances, including some by talented local youths. Kids activities are in the works. They’re trying to add in a plein air painting element this year for the first time.
The stretch of High Street where the event is held is gorgeous, a run of stately old trees and elegant old houses that ends down on the Choptank River waterfront at Long Wharf Park. There, you can tour the replica Choptank River Lighthouse or enjoy a free one-hour sail on the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. (Be warned: the skipjack cruises are likely to be very popular, and admission is first come-first served at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm. So get down there early if you’re interested.)
You might also want to stroll up from Long Wharf to the Cambridge Yacht Club, just about a block up at Mill Street. They’re holding the Maryland Boatbuilders & Dealers Expo, which showcases custom-built boats made by amazing craftspeople in Maryland boatyards–most of those participating are on the Eastern Shore, in face. There’ll be dealer boats and marine accessories on display as well.
The Showcase event runs noon-5pm on Sunday Sept. 21, with exhibits and events held between the 300 block of High Street and the waterfront. There’s lots of free parking in lots and along streets in the downtown area. The Center’s phone is 410.228.7782.