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A free, large-scale, three-day outdoor event, the National Folk Festival celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture. It features over 350 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers, craftspeople and other keepers of culture in performances, workshops, and demonstrations. Plus there will be children’s activities, savory regional and ethnic cuisines, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades, and more. Music includes sacred steel guitar, bluegrass, blues, Irish, go-go, Tlingit, Hawaiian, tejano, zydeco, Appalachian and old-time, funk and R&B, cowboy, Brazilian cavaco and more. Maryland Traditions Folklife Area demonstrators will include Black hair braiding, Black doll making, wool work, top-water oyster farming, mast carving, maple syrup and many more. August 26-28, Salisbury, MD. More information.
Join the Sierra Club for a moderate 7-mile conservation hike to one of the watershed’s most scenic areas. Because of its geological interest and striking beauty, Sugarloaf Mountain is a Registered Natural Landmark. The total elevation change is about 1400 ft. at a pace of 2 to 2.5 miles per hour. A voluntary contribution of $2 per person to support the club's many volunteer-led activities is appreciated. Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dickerson, MD. More information. 
Enjoy a relaxing tube float on the Shenandoah River and learn about the flora, fauna, geology and history of the region. The day begins with a roughly 20-minute wagon ride to the launching point. The fee is $5 per person; standard parking or admission fee applies. Ages 8+. Aug. 6, 13, 20, and 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Bentonville, VA. More information and registration.
Paddle through the northernmost stand of bald cypress trees in the U.S. Learn why this type of swamp occurs no further north than Trap Pond and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of this unique ecosystem. No experience necessary. Minimum age of 12 with accompanying adult. Register online. $15 per person. Aug. 24, 5 p.m.; Trap Pond State Park, Laurel, DE. More information and registration.
Fort Dupont is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this month, so grab your chairs and blankets and join the National Park Service for an evening filled with family-fun and FREE, live music. You won’t want to miss this year's lineup of local and national R&B, jazz and go-go musicians. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and live performances begin at 7 p.m. for all concerts. Tickets are not required. Aug. 13, 20, 27, and Sept. 3.; Fort Dupont Park, Washington, DC. More information.
These informal gatherings provide an opportunity for musicians and listeners of all ages to share and enjoy traditional folk, bluegrass, and other “old-time” Appalachian music in the mountains of Western Maryland. Admission is free. The jams will take place in an outdoor setting and may be cancelled in the event of severe weather. Aug. 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pythian Pavilion, Dans Mountain State Park, Lonaconing, MD. More information.
Step into an 1890's logging camp! Watch blacksmithing, log hewing, or fence-building demonstrations and learn about period logging and blacksmithing tools. There will be something different happening every day. Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Cherry Springs State Park, Coudersport, PA. More info.
Nudge around the shoreline and coves of Leight Park’s Otter Creek to discover the rainbow of flowers that thrive in a “wet feet” environment. $15; ages 8+, under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult. Aug. 6, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, MD. More information and registration.
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Dazzling Sunsets, Pristine White Sand Beaches
Janes Island State Park is located just outside of Crisfield on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The mainland component of the park has cabins and camping; the island portion includes over 2,900 acres of saltmarsh, over 30 miles of water trails and six miles of gorgeous, isolated white sand beaches – and is only accessible by boat. If the photograph above and the main photograph aren’t enough to make you want to pack up for a visit, reading

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Our noisy Carolina wrens eat mosquitos, but they can't get 'em all.
DIY Mosquito Traps – Save Our Pollinators!
Insects, including mosquitos, are at the base of the food chain and are relied on by birds and other creatures. That’s why Douglas W. Tallamy, an entomologist at the University of Delaware, joins the Audubon Society in suggesting that we should be controlling mosquitos at the larval stage instead of the adult stage – a change in strategy that will reduce the use of insecticides that indiscriminately kill. All you need to build a mosquito trap is a bucket, straw or hay, water and a mosquito dunk containing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Doug says the traps really work! More information on mosquito larva traps.

Head out on the water and learn firsthand the experiences of Captain John Smith's Voyage on NOAA's Chesapeake Bay interpretive Buoy System. CBIBS provides real time weather and environmental information, as well as a glimpse into living Chesapeake Bay History. You can also download the app for your Android or iPhone from the website. Note: some buoys may be offline with no data currently available.

Take a virtual tour of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail from your computer or mobile device! To help you plan your trip before you go, the Chesapeake Conservancy partnered with Terrain360 to bring you virtual tours of the trail’s great rivers. Sit back and virtually explore the Elk, James (sponsored by the James River Association), Nanticoke, Northeast, Patapsco, Patuxent, Potomac, Rappahannock, Sassafras, Susquehanna, and York rivers. Check out some of the Chesapeake’s special places like Werowocomoco, Fones Cliffs, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Mallows Bay. We hope to eventually bring you a virtual tour of the entire Chesapeake Trail! Explore the Chesapeake's great rivers on our website.

Chesapeake Trips and Tips is a partnership publication of National Park Service Chesapeake Gateways and Chesapeake Conservancy.
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