Oxford Prepares for Plein Air 2017


The picturesque town of Oxford, Maryland will host 2017 Plein Air Easton artists throughout the day on Sunday, 16 July. This will be a great day in our watermen’s town, with artists painting at various historic and scenic places in Oxford. To mark this occasion, a full day of events has been planned for our locals and visitors alike. We hope your plans for the weekend include a stop in Oxford to watch this year’s Plein Air Easton artists paint one-of-a-kind scenes from the town and waterways.

The Oxford Business Association is sponsoring this event, with support from the local businesses. It will be a ‘family–friendly’ day, with music and activities for everyone. You can bring your pooch along, too; we even have a dog park for him. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair to relax in the park, or to take in the live music, which will be offered in the afternoon at the Oxford Community Center.

For early risers, the Oxford Market will offer ‘free coffee with purchase of a muffin’ to start the day. A short stop away you’ll find the Oxford Museum open from 11 am to 4 pm. Outdoor activities during the day include watercraft rentals at the Strand from Dockside Boat Rentals, 1 – 5 pm. No visit to Oxford is complete without a ferry ride. Be sure to hop aboard ($5.00 per pedestrian) and traverse the Tred Avon River to enjoy the scenery. The ferry is an iconic landmark not only in Maryland, but also on the entire Eastern seaboard. A walking tour of Oxford will leave from the Ferry Dock at 10 a.m. Join Oxford resident Leo Nollmeyer for the history of our town.

Thirsty? Stop by the Treasure Chest from 10 am to 4 pm; free lemonade will be available. You are sure to find a variety of unique gifts and artwork inside, as well. Yacht and Home, newly opened across from the Oxford Market, will be offering iced tea and Plein Air Sugar Cookies to their visitors.

Oxford is also home to Mystery Loves Company Booksellers – a truly special bookstore located conveniently next to the Oxford Town Park. To mark the occasion of the Second Annual Paint Oxford Day, author Stephanie Verni will be on-site (1-3 pm) and signing copies of “Inn Significant,” appropriately set on the Eastern Shore, of course.

Be sure to take a stroll down Tilghman Street to the Scottish Highland Ice Creamery, which will be open from noon until 8:30 pm. They will feature a special “Plein Air Sorbet” as well as several other original and tempting flavors of the day.

While you watch the artists at work around town, you’ll no doubt notice a variety of painted picket fences prominently on display. Be sure to pick up a Picket Fence Map at local business locations, and stroll through town to view another form of original artwork. There are 9 new picket fences this year, as well as several others from years past.

Towards day’s end, head to the Oxford Community Center to see the artists’ completed, framed accomplishments. Paintings may be on display as early as noon for viewing and purchase, but the full Artist Exhibition (accompanied by available nibbles and beverages) will be from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Capping off activities at that venue, the President of the Oxford Business Association will announce and present the coveted Artists’ Choice award.

By then, you’ll be just in time to enjoy dinner at one of our many fine restaurants before leaving town. Where will you be on 16 July? Why not ‘Come see why we love it here?’

For more information, go to portofoxford.com

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