Escape plan: Havre de Grace Decoy and Wildlife Arts Festival

See icons of the Chesapeake

May 02, 2011|By Brittany Santarpio, The Baltimore Sun

Originally designed to lure in waterfowl, these Chesapeake icons will attract more people than birds at the Havre de Grace Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival.

In its 30th year, the festival promises to deliver a sense of heritage to the region. Over a 140 artists will exhibit and sell their original work, while attendees enjoy retriever dog demonstrations, decoy carving competitions, live and silent auctions and children's activities.

The plan: Festival guests can come and go as they please with a free shuttle service to all venues. Once arriving at the event, visitors can marvel at the works of art produced by contemporary carvers. The day begins with a silent auction followed by Trick Bow and Retriever demonstrations. Later, stick around for judging of the decoy carving competition. Guests get the chance to win prizes in raffle drawings that are called throughout the day.

While you're in town visit the grounds of the Susquehanna Museum as the British charge Havre de Grace, just like they did during the War of 1812. The re-enactment includes drill formations, solider encampments, traditionally dressed participants, demonstrations and discussions of the War of 1812 and Havre de Grace's role during that time.

The details: The event takes place May 6-8. Fri: 6-9 p.m., Sat: 9-5, Sun: 10-4 at the Havre de Grace Middle School, Community Center and Decoy Museum. Admission is $8 valid for the entire weekend. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

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