WHO NEEDS to vacation in Maine? (OK, the cooler weather would be nice.) But, there's plenty for the adventure-minded Marylander to do on our coastline in the next few weeks. To prove it, we've pulled together a few items:
Build a Beer Can Boat Regatta. We've always known that beer cans are an important part of the cargo of any private boat - but who knew they could also be an integral part of the structure?
The Chesapeake Outdoor Group sponsors its second Build a Beer Can Boat Regatta this month. Participants will build mini-boats from everyday materials and each boat will include a beer can. The race committee will hand out materials at skippers meeting is Saturday. The race is Aug. 27.
For more information visit www.chesapeakeoutdoor.org. Registration is $50 and includes materials to build boat.
Safe Boating Course. It might feel like driving a boat is just like driving a car ... but the rules on sea can very different. Brush up on them at a Department of Natural Resources boating safety course.
The next one will be at 9 a.m. Saturday and Aug. 27. The call will be at the Eastern District police station at 3700 Mountain Road in Pasadena. Call 410-255-3184 to register by today. Cost is $20 per person and includes books and course materials. Visit www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/safety for other courses in the next few weeks.
Fish Fry. The South River Federation, which raises funds to build oyster reefs, tests water for bacteria and sponsors other restoration work on the South River, will pat itself on its collective back at the South River Federation Appreciation Day Fish Fry from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 27.
The festivities will be at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center at 6 Herndon Ave. in Annapolis. Visit www.southriverfederation.net
Maryland Seafood Festival. Those still hungry can eat at the Maryland Seafood Festival from Sept. 9 through Sept. 11.
The event is at Sandy Point State Park. Admission is $10 for adults. Visit www.mdseafoodfestival.com or call 410-266-3113.
Cambridge Offshore Power Boat Challenge. This year's race will take place on the Choptank River in Cambridge on Sept. 24. Spectators can view the race from the old Route 50 bridge, the Cambridge Hyatt or from the water.
For more information visit www.cbpba.com.