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Tidewater Times April 2013

DIXON CREEK/TRED AVON RIVER Located at the end of a long, tree-lined lane, this vernacular “Eastern Shore Home” provides all the most-requested qualities: Privacy, mature trees, high elevation, great views, deep-water dock, close to Easton and St. Michaels, waterside pool and a charming “move-in” 4-bedroom home. $1,625,000 ~ Call Tom.

RIVERVIEW TERRACE A prime address near St. Michaels! Don’t let the photo deceive...this is a surprisingly spacious home on a double lot. New kitchen, art gallery, large studio/office, 2 fireplaces and an abundance of charm. Water Views! $625,000 ~ Call Debra

HANSON STREET, EASTON A prime Easton address! This attractive c. 1920s Cape Cod is also much larger than it appears. Wood floors, fireplace, brickfloored sun room and downstairs master bedroom. Private courtyard and 2.5-car garage/workshop in back! $450,000 ~ Call Debra

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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 61, No. 11

Published Monthly

April 2013

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Graham Scott-Taylor . . . . . . . . . 7 Social Media for the Dinosaur: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 An Unexpected Trip to the Heart of Darkness: Dick Cooper . . . 23 Queen Anne’s County House and Garden Pilgrimage . . . . . 45 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Island in Another Sea: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Blinky: Dr. Jack Scanlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Tidewater Traveler: George W. Sellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 The James Turrell Exhibition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Departments: April Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 April Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Photographer

Graham Scott-Taylor

was it ~ the seeds were sown, a new chapter had begun and now several cameras later and many dollars lighter, here I am.” Graham has photographed commercially for both print and web. His clients locally include; Maryland Life Magazine, Talbot Tourism, the Academy Art Museum, Talbot Hospice, and many others, both in the United States and around the world. He has exhibited in a variety of locations in the area and is a member of the Tidewater Camera Club. Graham believes in trying to give back whenever possible and enjoys helping to teach photography to beginners. The image on the cover, Purple Flowers, was taken in his backyard. He believes in looking all around for photo opportunities… “you just never know what is waiting for you, if you take the time to look!” For more of Graham’s images, visit his website at

Graham ScottTaylor came to the Eastern Shore 11 years ago from Wales in the U.K. He is a graphic designer by trade and a graduate of the Metropolitan University of Manchester. He started his business, daDa Design in North Wales, in 1995, before relocating to Easton with his wife Sian and their dog Jaz. Specializing in print design, where strong images are the cornerstone, served to increase his awareness of how images convey a message. During time spent as an art director, he would work with photographers to achieve the precise shot required. Happy with his work, he never considered doing anything else. Then, not long ago, a great friend suggested having “a play” with one of his old cameras, with a view to possibly taking images of his own. “Well, that


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Social Media for the Dinosaur by Helen Chappell

Well, here I sit, trying to join the 21st century, and as usual I’m a day late and a dollar short. I have a deep suspicion of technology, and I have to be dragged to new inventions kicking and screaming. For years my godchild Andrew programmed my VCR (yes!) and worked me out of places I’d backed into on my computer. When he was all of about 8, he corrected some stupid mistake I’d made in a computer game, turned, gave me the wise eye and said in all honesty, “Don’t you know anything, Auntie Helen?” Okay, he’s grown into a mad science genius who will probably resolve the space-time conundrum, but he was right. When it comes to technology, I don’t know anything. In the early ’90s I was forced to learn how to use a computer. I was working in a branch office of a newspaper, and knew less than nothing about the contraptions. The home office’s computer expert actually taught me how to word-process over the phone, step-by-step, on an old black and white Mac Classic. By then, I’d typed about thirtyfive books out of a Smith Corona typewriter, and didn’t want to change. But once I got the hang

of Word, well, you’d have to hold a gun to my head to make me go back to a typewriter. Slowly I began, by trial and error (mostly error), to learn other programs. I could lay out newspaper pages, for instance. Checking my spelling and grammar was particularly helpful. I learned the hard way to back stuff up after one hideous night when I completed a week’s worth of stories, about 5,000 words, and the power in the Stewart Building in Easton went out and crashed the entire oeuvre. The Stewart Building is another story, but it was there in a tiny office, muttering, cursing and crying softly to myself, I finally learned how to use a computer. A Mac. You’ll pry my cold dead hands off 9

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ciates and people who wanted me to order little blue pills from Canada. I don’t know where to start with what’s wrong with that! With e-mail, there came spam. Nigerian princes wanted to share their illicit fortunes with little old me. The novelty lost luster when I found the interwebs. Web surfing ~ I could sit there for hours, hopping from website to website reading about everything from haunted houses to Viet cuisine. I could have just cooked the web in a spoon and shot it into a vein. You didn’t have to wait for someone to get in touch with you via e-mail. From the vantage point of your own dusty office, you could travel all over the world with a few keystrokes.

my Mac. But I have learned how to do a PC. This is a religious schism that makes the beef between Luther and the Pope look like a ballet, so we won’t go there. Instead, we’ll move on to learning to use a modem. I really had no clue that you had to have an ISP. No one tells you this stuff. They just expect you to know it. And to this day, IT people sneer at you if you don’t know it. Except for my personal Mac guru, Mark, who never sneers. He just sits down and fixes it. So, anyway, then God said,”Let there be e-mail,” and so it was. Then came the barrage of electronic letters from friends, business asso-



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Social Media And then came shopping through the Internet. Thank you, Amazon, for encouraging my love of books and impulse buying. I owe my soul to the company store, especially when they branched into selling all kinds of stuff. Amazon is so comprehensive that librarians use it to check for books for patrons. Then came the clothes. I haven’t set foot in a department store in years. I do shop local, but I’ve got two or three online clothing boutiques where I order my wardrobe. And the hours you can waste on a certain site looking at millions of pairs of shoes ~ I mean I would never wear six-inch purple python


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Social Media even have to go out to lunch with them! Amy set me up and left me to my own devices about a year ago. It’s taken me that long just to figure out how to work the technology, and I’m still learning. This stuff isn’t easy for someone who came into the 21st century as a Baby Boomer. I’m an artiste, not an engineer, but I’m addicted to the point where FB is not only a neat little time killer, but it also allows me to stay in touch with my collection of friends from 15 to 85. It also allows me to hold my friends close and my enemies closer, which I enjoy. And now, because I want to follow the doings of the cast of Downton Abbey (I’m looking at you, Brendon Coyle) I’m learning about Twitter. I haven’t quite gotten the hang of it yet. Yes, dear Andrew, my dear genius, Auntie Helen doesn’t know anything, but she’s trying to learn. So as I slowly and painfully keystroke my way into modern times, maybe the next move is to tackle the new phone and learning how to text. Yikes! Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels. 20

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An Unexpected Trip to the Heart of Darkness and Back by Dick Cooper

Even in my drug-addled state, I can clearly see my pending heart attack in the “before” picture displayed on the large video screen looming over my head. The image of my coronary artery looks more like a fog-bound mountain stream clogged with glacial boulders than a vessel carrying vital blood to my heart. “Mr. Cooper. You’ve had a very good outcome,” the voice of a young doctor is saying. “That’s what your artery looked like. This is what it looks like now.” The “after” picture is of a straight, dark tube, clear of all obstructions. “We had to put in two stents to keep your artery open, but the good news is that you don’t have any blockage,” she says. Her words slowly soak their way through the post-op haze, and I begin to realize that this shor t, anxiety-ridden trip has come to a better ending than I had envisioned. It takes another 24 hours in a hospital bed before I truly believe it, but now I know I am a successful survivor of an amazing series of medical procedures perfected over the last two decades that have saved countless lives around the world. More

Pat and Dick Cooper enjoying a sail aboard Tusitala, their 1971 Hinckley Bermuda yawl. than 500,000 similar procedures are done every year in the United States alone. In one week, I went from the shocking diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, to the discovery of major, life-threatening obstructions, to having two significant procedures that have fixed the problem, hopefully for good. My wife, Pat, and I were on such an emotional rollercoaster it was hard to keep track of the ups and downs. But enough with the histrionics. To paraphrase an old Country/ Western song, “Just call me Tut, everybody, ’cause I’m the King of denial.” 23


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For months, I mentally explained away strange feelings in my chest as the effects of deadline pressure and self-induced stress. Pat always says I tend to over-report when I prepare for a story. I get very upset when everything doesn’t go exactly as I planned. The feeling in my chest was not a pain, so it couldn’t be my heart, right? It didn’t start when I worked out at the Y. When it did, like the time I was walking the beach in Florida with Pat after a big breakfast, I rationalized I must have heartburn, so I took a few Tums and it seemed to go away. I read that a sign of heart problems was often compared to an “elephant sitting on your chest.” I never felt anything that severe. My Father had heart disease, and I have taken a baby aspirin a day for years. Most of the time, I felt fine. I climbed stairs, walked on the treadmill and rode the stationary bike without problems. I was even getting back in shape. But in fact, the feelings were get t ing more intense a nd more frequent. So during my six-month checkup w ith my doctor in late January, I mentioned the feeling of pressure, sort of like someone pushing their hand against my chest. “Your heart sounds strong and you have a good pulse, but why don’t we schedule a stress test as a precaution,” he suggested. I reported to the office of Ches-

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apeake Cardiologists on Idlewild Avenue in Easton for my 8:45 a.m. Thursday appointment feeling good. It was Valentine’s Day, and I joked with Pat that this would be her present. It had been days since I had any of those strange feelings. I just pushed my heart rate to 130 beats a minute on the stationary bike at the Y. The doctor’s treadmill would be a snap. They only wanted me to reach 132 beats a minute and the test would be over. I wore my workout clothes so if I broke a sweat it would be no problem. Dye was injected into me, and I underwent a series of chest images. Now for the treadmill. Everything started as planned. The physician’s assistant monitored my heartbeat on a printout as the incline

The treadmill awaited my arrival. and speed of the mill increased. A nurse took my blood pressure and noted it was dropping. At 115 beats, the PA stopped the treadmill and asked me to sit down. I was breathing heavily, and she had a look of concern. “Mr. Cooper, I am

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anxiously as he read over my file that had grown to a half-inch thick in the last 24 hours. He examined me, checking my heartbeat from various angles, pushing and prodding here and there. He asked me questions about family and health history and the reason I was in his office. He said the test yesterday showed there was blockage in the arteries to my heart. He suggested a heart catheterization. A thin wire would be INSERT ED IN TO M Y ARTERIES as part of a diagnostic procedure. “I do them on Wednesdays. I would like to schedule you for one so we can get to see the nature of the beast.” I called my 90-year-old mother in Michigan to tell her I was going in for a test. Hopefully, it would show I needed new medications, more exercise and a diet to lose some weight. She lived through 30 years of my father’s heart problems, and she was not buying it. The next day she called with her own prescription. “I want you to read the 23rd Psalm three times a day, and I will read it three times a day.” I said,

afraid the test was positive,” she said. In my mind, I thought “positive” was good. But in this case, it was just the opposite. A good stress test score is “negative.” She took me to the front desk and scheduled a consultation with a cardiologist the next day. She handed me a prescription for nitroglycerin with the instructions: “If you feel pressure or chest pain, sit down and put one pill under your tongue. If that doesn’t work, take another, and if that doesn’t work, call 911 immediately.” My palms went wet. Two hours ago, I was fine, now I was walking around with nitro pills in my pocket and lights and sirens in my future. I called Pat, and she was upset. Her father had a long and unsuccessful battle with heart disease and my call had just pulled up a nightmare’sworth of bad memories. I assured her that it was just a precaution. “They just want to cover their bases,” I said, almost believing it myself. Friday morning Pat and I were in the cardiologist’s office watching

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to the staff of the Cardio Cath Lab. The procedure was almost outof-body. I heard people talking. I moved my head and took deep breaths on command. When it was over, I was in a small room with supplies on shelves and bad ceiling tiles (when you are on a hospital gurney, you notice all of the bad ceiling tiles) and a nurse was applying steady pressure to my groin. She was stopping the bleeding from my femoral artery where they had inserted the catheter to inspect my arteries. I felt good. A little goofy, but no problem. I figured I was good for some more medication, exercise and weight loss. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

“Yes, Mom. I love you.” On We d ne sd ay mor n i ng, Pat d rove us to Memor ia l Hospita l in Easton, where a pleasant staff helped me get prepped for the wire invasion of my heart. Ever yone was so calm you would think they do wire invasions of hearts ever y day. (The night before, I called Dillman, my good buddy for the last 45 years. Dillman had a stent implanted 12 years ago. He now rides his bike through the mounta ins a nd deser ts of Ca lifor nia just to break a sweat. His advice: “If they offer you drugs, take as much as they can give you.”) I followed his advice and passed it on

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and me and described how an angioplasty and stent were necessary. He made a call to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Within hours, we had a 9:30 appointment for the next morning at the sprawling hospital complex. Pat, strong as she is, started to show the strain. “Why didn’t you tell me about this? Don’t you ever keep something like this from me again. I need to know what is going on.” Thursday morning we made an early dash across the Bay Bridge into Baltimore to the blocks-square hospital campus. We arrived on time and I was whisked away. Pat was asked to take a seat in the waiting room while I was prepped. She was not happy with the directive but complied.

My cardiologist entered the room. His head was outlined by the fluorescent ceiling light. “Mr. Cooper, we found blockage in the arteries to your heart. One artery is completely blocked and looks as if it has been that way for some time. The heart has been able to compensate for that blockage, but a second artery is 80 percent blocked. The third artery is clear, but you need two. I am afraid there is danger of a major heart attack that will damage your heart.” Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Back in the recovery room, he went over the next step with Pat


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This graphic shows how a diamondtipped cutter goes through the blockage and a stent is inserted. Before I knew it, I was on a gurney heading down a long hall with Pat trailing behind. She kissed me goodbye and I glided down an overbright hallway into a starkly lit room with big video monitors and a long, flat, hard-looking platform. With a “humph” by the nurses, I was lifted to my new perch on the platform. The sedatives administered earlier were taking effect. Doctors and nurses introduced themselves by name, but they were a blur. I remembered to tell one nurse about Dillman’s instructions. “Don’t worry,” she said. “I am your bartender. I have drugs you can only get in the hospital.”

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Heart of Darkness My cup runneth over. The doctors, there were several, explained what they were doing. They prepped my right arm for an entr y into my arteries. They inserted a balloon that was supposed to push the blockage against the walls of my partially blocked artery, then insert a wire stent to keep it open. In an hour, my heart would have a strong flow of blood and the procedure would be complete. Thy rod and thy staf f, the y comfort me. I was not totally out during the procedure. The bartender was keeping me happy, but I could hear what was going on and it was not good. “I can’t get in,” someone said. “It’s bent,” said another. “We can’t get through. Maybe we can bring him back tomorrow.” Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. I heard the doctors huddling, talking about another procedure using a diamond-tipped cutter to blast through the blockage. My bartender served me another good shot. “Mr. Cooper,” said a new doctor’s voice. “I am here to help clear the blockage.” “Are you the Roto-Rooter man?” I asked. “Yes,” he said. In all of the rush and shift of gears in the Cath Lab, my loving wife had now waiting more than three hours for the results of a “one-hour proce36

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About the same time, my bartender slowed my intake and eased me into the world. In the harsh glow of the room, my doctor said, “Mr. Cooper, you’ve had a very good outcome.” Surely, goodne ss and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. He and his wife,

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dure.” A doctor finally emerged to apologize for the delay and brought her up to speed, telling her that the entire calcified blockage had been removed and my artery had been fully repaired.

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Queen Anne’s County House and Garden Pilgrimage Saturday, April 27 ~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Co-Chairs: Julie DeStefano and Janet Doehler Once again Queen Anne’s County will open its doors and welcome many Pilgrims to our little piece of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There will be a delightful succession of 12 very different homes stretching across 13 miles. These homes celebrate the spirit of adventure of each of the families who have chosen to steward them. Homeowners will be on hand at most of the properties. There are grand water front estate homes and historic in-town homes, each with differing personalities graced by gardens as unique as the owners. Join us as our homeowners showcase their commitment to their homes and we share the best of what Queen Anne’s County has to offer. 1. Queenstown Colonial Courthouse ~ The frame section of the structure dates to c. 1708 and is consistent with other Maryland courthouses in size, character and materials. The brick section was added c. 1820-40. Laws in the 18th century mostly were enforced by fines, but records show that more serious punishments were given. In 1718, a whipping post was erected at Queenstown. Records reveal that a Katharine Langton received 20 lashes, and others occasionally were subjected to time in the stocks, branding, or execution by hanging in Gallows Field, south of the courthouse. In 1782, when the county seat was moved to Centreville, the building was adapted to various uses. In 1977 the town purchased the building and a citizen-govern-

Queenstown Colonial Courthouse ment coalition restored the frame section to its original appearance. The brick addition was renovated to accommodate offices for the Board of Town Commissioners. 2. 7113 2nd Ave., Queenstown This house was built in 1907 by George Lane on land that was once part of the Bowlingly estate. Mr. Lane built several homes in Queenstown before building this home. He became enamored with the de45

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sign of Monticello and Thomas Jefferson’s fascination with natural light. Lane designed this house with multiple four-sided window spaces and curved architectural details. The house was occupied by Dr. R. Ford and functioned as both a medical office and a veterinary facility. He sold the home in 1914 to the Reynolds/Callahan family. The house remained in the Reynolds family for 72 years until the current owners bought it in 1986 and began its restoration. The front garden is a multiseasonal display of bulbs and native plants. The courtyard holds a sculpture by Kevin Box entitled Nest Pair #3. Box is known for his large public work given to the City of New Orleans post Katrina.


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The house was restored in 1961, when modern conveniences were installed. An 18th century acoustical ceiling was discovered above the first floor ballroom. The ballroom, a perfectly scaled architectural gem, is considered by some to be the most beautiful room in the county. The grand hallway runs through the house and affords a view of the Chester River across the fields. The garden, wall and terrace were designed by Barbara Paca, whose ancestor collaborated with Colonel Thomas Wright. Reed Creek is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

figure in the county and province, served as vestryman and warden of St. Paul’s Parish in 1698, a justice in the county court in 1707 and 1708, and as a member of the Assembly from Kent and Queen Anne’s counties from 1708 through 1715. The brick Georgian manor house, symmetrical and stately, was built by his son, Colonel Thomas Wright, in 1775. A section of the house may have been built as early as 1755. Colonel Wright was Commandant of a regiment for Queen Anne’s County in 1776, a member of the Committee of Correspondence in 1774, and a signer of The Association of Freemen of Maryland in 1775.

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Queen Anne’s Tour the high south bank at the head of the Corsica River, the property that consists of twelve acres with a Colonial and Georgian style farmhouse and guest cottage. The house was rescued from destruction, moved to its present site and faithfully restored by the late William Willis of Centreville in 1947. The oldest part of the house, which was taken down and rebuilt on this site, was originally built by Charles Blake about 1697, the year of his marriage to Henrietta Maria Lloyd, after he had inherited the 1,300-acre property “Sayer’s Forest” from his uncle, Col. Peter Sayer. The frame building, probably built in the mid-1700s, was lifted and moved here from its original site at the top of Greenspring Creek near Perry’s Corner on Bennett Point Road. Among the several 18th century houses on the Eastern Shore, most of brick construction, this house is notable because of its wooden frame and cladding. The framing

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Queen Anne’s Tour appears to be of poplar and is hand hewn and pit sawn, fastened with wooden pegs. The gardens have been developed using predominantly native perennials. They include two formal gardens ~ a small entrance garden and a traditional herb garden beyond the kitchen. A feature of the grounds is the archway and pergola leading to the pool area. 5. 205 Water St., Centreville ~ The town pharmacist built this three-story American foursquare in 1911 as a single-family house. The original carriage house was constructed from his old pharmaceutical crates.

Water Street During World War II, the family converted the house into two apartments to enable their daughter to live upstairs with her children while her husband was away at war. It remained apartments for years and subsequently sustained many years of tenant damage, and suffered from lack of maintenance.

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the Vestry Act of 1692. The original parish church was known as “Chester Church” and was built between 1640 and 1660 outside what is now the town of Centreville. The second church building on that same site began construction in 1697, and the vestry built a much larger church a third time after the Revolutionary War, and patterned after St. Paul’s in Philadelphia. In 1794, the town of Centreville was established, leaving the church across the river from its parishioners. In 1834, some of the ancient bricks of the Old Chester Church were removed and placed in the new building erected on the present site in Centreville. The church was extended in 1855

In 1998, the current owners bought the home and began the slow and painful task of cleaning, restoring, and renovating it back to one dwelling. 6. Garden at 301 S. Liberty St., Centreville ~ This 1794 house has a backyard garden featuring espaliered fruit trees, a fish pond, informal perennial gardens, a vegetable garden, a rose garden, and some plants not usually seen in town. 7. St. Paul’s Parish ~ St. Paul’s Parish observed its 300th anniversary in 1992, celebrating its official establishment as a parish by

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mains intact and the original carriage house still stands.

and again in 1892 to reflect the shape of the cross and stands today as the fourth building to serve the congregation of St. Paul’s Parish.

9. The Holton House Garden ~ Constructed in 1824 by Daniel Newman, Holton House is one of the few surviving houses in Centreville dating to the period 1815-1830. Boxwoods over 100 years old stand amidst a new garden pergola graced with white wisteria. A viburnum and dogwood border defines the property edge. The original carriage house is still in use today.

8. The Roberts House ~ The Roberts House was built in 1918 on land that was originally part of the Holton property. The garden is punctuated with architectural accents, including period cast iron pieces. Inside is a newly renovated kitchen with a collection of early samplers dating from 1730 to 1859, along with artwork and several other collections. All of the original woodwork re-

10. Tucker House ~ Tucker House is one of the first homes built in the Town of Centreville and is headquarters to the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society.

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Queen Anne’s Tour James Kennard built the home between 1792 and May of 1794. The original “double pile” plan consisted of two rooms, one behind the other, with a shared chimney on the north side. The combination of the “double pile” plan and gambrel roof is relatively unusual on the Eastern Shore, with only two other recorded examples in the county.

Wright’s Chance tionally fine paneled fireplace walls in the principal rooms on both floors. The handsome open-string stair, the unusual feather-edge paneled partitions on the second story, and the generous proportions of the second story stair passage show that this was among the finer frame houses of its period. In 1964, the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society rescued

11. Wright’s Chance ~ Wright’s Chance is an excellent example of an Eastern Shore manor house. Built in 1744, the five-bay façade and center passage plan are combined with a gambrel roof. The interior is notable for excep-

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will change it from one of the most inconvenient to one of the most desirable of our county buildings.” Aside from this reconstruction, that was accomplished for $6,800, the exterior of the Court House is virtually the same as it was when originally constructed. An interesting (and often overlooked) feature is the gold eagle that appears in the pediment of he main portion of the building. It is undoubtedly a reflection of the fervent patriotism of the early citizens of the County, who were less than a decade from the ratification of the Federal Constitution.

Wright’s Chance and moved it six miles from its original setting south of Hope Road to the grounds of the Goldsborough property. 12. Queen Anne’s County Court House ~ The Queen Anne’s County Court House was constructed at the time when the county seat was removed from Queenstown to Centreville. It was accepted by the County Court on June 1, 1796, and ordered to be “taken, held and deemed to be the proper Court House of Queen Anne’s County.” The Court House remained in its original state until after the Civil War. In 1876, plans were made to rebuild that structure “on a scale which

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Amazingly Asian Asians believe that a plate of well prepared healthy food rules the day. If you can’t stand the taste of bland, overcooked vegetables, try cooking the same vegetable with a little sesame oil, ginger and green onion, and you will ask for seconds. This age-old cuisine presents wonderful flavors along with ease of cooking. I love to cook Asian food because you can easily create unique dishes just by having the basic ingredients of the Asian pantry on hand. The basics are soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, rice noodles and basmati rice. These staples will allow you to expand your repertoire of fun and flavorful meals. Heart disease, cancer and obesity are more rare in Asian societies. Their diets are a model for healthy eating. What is it about the Asian diet that accounts for these healthy advantages? There is usually more emphasis on the starch than on the meat or fish. Rice or noodles usually make up nearly half of the meal. Rice is a common staple, and

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Cover the saucepan and cook for 20 minutes. Do not remove the lid until time is up. Add the frozen snow peas and stir into the rice. Replace lid and turn off heat. Let rest for 5 minutes until peas are warmed through. Garnish with cilantro.

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STIR-FRIED VEGETABLES with TOFU Serves 6 I love soy sauce and use it a great deal. Make sure you use only the finest quality soy sauce, such as Kikkoman or Tamari. Everyone enjoys this dish. By marinating the tofu in the same ingredients as a traditional teriyaki marinade, the tofu takes on a won-

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes, until soft. Add rice and cook for 1 minute. Add water and salt, stir and bring to a boil.

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Ginger is one of the most common ingredients in Asian cooking. 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the ginger. Using a slotted spoon, remove the tofu from the marinade, and set the marinade aside. Add the tofu to the pan with the ginger and cook over high heat until it is golden brown (about 3 minutes). Transfer to a plate and set it aside. Reduce the heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Add the red bell pepper and sautĂŠ until they are soft, 5 minutes more. Return the tofu to the pan and add the green beans, reserved marinade, vegetable stock and sesame oil. If you want a little heat, you can add an Asian hot pepper or two, depending on your taste. Stir the mixture constantly until it boils and thickens. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cashews. Transfer to a serving dish and serve with rice. 68

CREATIVE STIR-FRY with GLASS NOODLES Serves 4 This is a real family pleaser. It is tasty and filling, and children like the way the clear noodles look and taste, so they may overlook the fact that it has vegetables in it! 1 lb. glass noodles or 1 lb. rice 1 lb. boneless chicken breast or boneless chuck (you could also use round, flank steak or pork) 1/2 cup white wine (use a dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc), saki, beer or sherry 1 T. sesame oil, walnut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil or expeller-pressed canola oil 2 T. light soy sauce 1 T. honey 1 T. cornstarch 1 T. minced garlic 1 T. fresh ginger 4 med. carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on a diagonal 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced into strips 4 stalks celery, cut diagonally 6 scallions, thinly sliced 2 medium zucchini or 1 head of broccoli florets, or 1 lb. asparagus 1 red or green pepper, sliced 1 small hot pepper (optional) 1/4 lb. fresh sliced mushrooms (baby bellas) 2 T. expeller-pressed canola oil 1 T. sesame oil

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Slice all vegetables uniformly, in relatively small pieces that will cook quickly and evenly. Heat skillet or wok on mediumhigh heat. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 1 tablespoon expellerpressed canola oil. Add carrots, onions and celery and sauté for 3 minutes. Add green and hot peppers. Sauté for an additional 1 minute. Add broccoli and mushrooms. Sauté an additional 3 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to pan. Lift the meat from the marinade and place in the wok or skillet. Sauté until almost cooked (slightly rare for beef). Return sautéed vegetables to pan. Cook together for 1 additional minute. Turn off heat. Serve over rice or glass noodles. Divide the contents of the wok among 4 heated bowls and serve at once. Pass around the light soy sauce for additional use.

Glass Noodles ing water to cover noodles (have the same amount of boiling water ready for a second soaking). Let the noodles soak, swishing them around the bowl from time to time until softened, about 5 minutes. Cut noodles at both ends of the bundles, leaving 6-8 inch lengths. Drain. Cover noodles again with boiling water and soak 4 minutes more. Drain well in a strainer just before serving on a warm plate. In a bowl, combine wine, sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, cornstarch, garlic and ginger. Add the meat and set aside to marinate.

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Amazingly Asian soup. They are similar in texture to glass noodles. They are pre-cooked during the manufacturing process and only need to be softened by soaking them in hot water. They should be well drained. 2 T. olive oil 1/2 cup carrots, shredded 2 T. fresh ginger, thinly sliced 3/4 lb. boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces 6 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup light soy sauce 1 oz. angel hair pasta, uncooked, or rice noodles 3/4 cup sliced green onions 2 t. toasted sesame oil

Stir Fry Vegetables noodles instead of pasta, they can be softened quickly in the hot broth. Stir in green onions and sesame oil. STIR FRY ASIAN VEGETABLES Serves 4 The high heat and quick cooking of the stir-frying results in crisptender succulent vegetables.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. Add carrots and ginger; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add chicken; cook and stir 2 minutes. Pour in broth and soy sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add pasta to broth and simmer until pasta is tender. If using rice

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Combine the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus and cut into 3-inch pieces. Place them in a large bowl. Add the peas, bell pepper and onions; set aside. Heat oil in a wok over high heat. Add ginger, salt and garlic; stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add all the vegeta-

Peel, core and chop the pears. Melt the butter in a saucepan and allow to brown just slightly. Watch carefully and make sure that it

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that will cook quickly and evenly.  Strips or chunks of meat can be marinated to enhance flavor, and then brought to room temperature before stir-frying.  Before you begin, every element of the stir-fry recipe, down to the liquids, oils and seasonings, should be arranged near the wok in the order they will be used so that they are close at hand. Wok cooking is very quick ~ you won’t have time to chop or measure once things have begun to go into the wok.  Preheat the wok over high heat. Add a drop of water ~ when it sizzles away, the wok is ready. Then add oil to the wok, swirling to coat the interior.  Test the oil temperature in the wok by adding a small piece of food.

doesn’t burn. Add the pears, stir and cook for several minutes. Add water, brown sugar, lemon juice, zest and ginger. Cover and cook over low heat until pears are very soft. Mash the pears with a fork, or puree in a blender. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Top with the toasted almonds. POINTERS for ASIAN COOKING Because stir-fry recipes tend to require a lot of ingredients, the prep work is what takes the time, but once the prep is finished, the food cooks very quickly.  All the ingredients should be cut uniformly, in relatively small pieces

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If it sizzles, you are ready to cook.  Add the ingredients, starting with the most fragrant of flavors, such as ginger, garlic and green onions. These will season the oil.  Make sure you cook vegetables first, then the meat.  Add the more dense vegetables, followed in order by those that need progressively less cooking time. Remove the vegetables and cook the meat. Place the sautéed vegetables into the wok with the cooked meat and heat them together.  Toward the end of cooking, add the liquids and seasonings.  Finally, cornstarch dissolved in liquid can be added to thicken the sauce and lightly glaze the ingredients.


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Caroline County A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741 - 1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at 79


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April Activities Yea! Spring has arrived! I have to admit, however, that this past winter really was not bad. We only had a few really cold days in January. And we also received a decent amount of rain to help with the spring green-up. The only plants that I think suffered from the winter were the fall planting of pansies. Most of those plants were turned into green and multi-colored piles of mush in the landscape. But do not despair! There are spring transplants of pansies in the garden centers, so go out and replace them to provide some great color in the landscape until the weather really gets warm in June. The mild winter has a lot of our spring flowering plants jumping early ~ especially the spring flowering bulbs. Be sure to cut the flower stalks back to the ground on daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring flowering bulbs as the flowers fade. Do not, however, cut the foliage back until it dies naturally. The leaves are

Spring flowering plants are getting an early start this year. necessary to produce strong bulbs capable of re-flowering. Flowering bulbs do have nutritional needs, as many species feed quite heavily. It is important to remember that a plant that grows from a bulb can only take in nutrients while its leaves are green and the plant is growing. To keep the planting going, you can fertilize bulbs upon emergence of foliage with a balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10, its organic equivalent, or a liquid fertilizer. There are 83

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birds in the winter. Have you ever looked under the bird feeder in the spring? From the bird seed that has fallen on the ground, the area under and around the bird feeder experiences an explosion of little weeds in the spring. Thistles, sunflowers, millet, corn and other grains are starting to germinate from the spilled wild bird seed. The grass-like small grains will succumb to regular mowing. In flower beds or vegetable gardens, lightly scrape the seedlings off with a hoe, then replace the disturbed mulch. You may need to periodically pull or hoe additional seedlings over the next several weeks after the first ones appear. There is plenty to do in the perennial flower bed in April. Hardy chrysanthemums are one of those perennials that need to be divided in the spring. They have a tendency to spread by underground stems. This multiplication of plants in-

Flowering bulbs need a lot of balanced nutrition, so make sure you fertilize. also fertilizer mixes on the market that are specially formulated for use with bulbs. The important thing is, no matter what formulation or type of fertilizer you use, fertilize the bulbs in the spring before the foliage dies. Late April is a good time to plant dahlia tubers in the flower bed. If you dug up and stored dahlia tubers over this winter, one easy way to determine if they have survived storage is to sprout them indoors in a warm, well lit spot. If you have bare spots in your flower bed, why not consider moss rose portulaca. This annual’s flowers range from bright reds, oranges, yellows and purples to pinks. Moss rose grows 4 to 8 inches tall and spreads up to 2 feet, making it a great groundcover. Many of us like to feed the

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creases the demand for water, light and nutrients. Over time, crowded mums will result in smaller flowers. If you want your chrysanthemums to produce the large flowers they once did, it is important that you divide them now. To divide the mums, simply dig up each clump as soon as you begin seeing new young plants growing near the base of the old

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Carrots and radishes grow well together as radishes mature much faster than carrots. group of plants have adequate roots for transplanting. Replant them in the bed or move them to new locations in the yard. Pinch out the top when the plants are about 4 inches high to thicken the plant. You can also take chrysanthemum cuttings now through mid-June for flowers during fall and winter in the greenhouse. If you have an herbaceous perennial bed or garden, it will benefit now from a good feeding and a liberal fertilizing. Perennial gardens can most easily be cleaned by raking with a good steel lawn rake. Old plant tops that are not removed in raking should be cut with a sharp pair of grass clippers. If you mulched your perennial bed last

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some ideas to maximize your garden plot. First ~ keep walkways to a minimum. Paths between every row often aren’t necessary. Plant in beds rather than in individual rows. Second ~ intercrop your plantings. Mix slow growing and fast growing vegetables in the same row so that the “speedy� vegetables have matured and been harvested before the slow one needs the space. Inter-planting carrots and radishes are a good example. Third ~ stagger plantings. Alternating plants between rows allows more plants in a given area than evenly spaced rows. Fourth ~ raise vine-type crops vertically. Grow cucumbers, toma-

fall, as you should have, avoid raking and simply clean each plant by hand so as not to disturb the mulch. After you have cleaned your garden, examine it carefully to make certain that each plant will have sufficient room to grow. If your plants appear to be crowded, now is the time to divide them and probably give a few to your friends and neighbors. Spring is also a good time to increase the variety of perennials in your garden. Late April is also vegetable growing time. The last planting of cool season crops such as carrots, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and turnips can be done. If you want to have a vegetable garden, but have limited space, like an in-town lot, here are


Tidewater Gardening toes and pole beans on fences, trellises or stakes to save space. Fifth ~ sequence your plantings in the garden. As soon as a row of vegetables is used, cultivate the ground and replant with another crop which will mature before the frost. Replace early cool-season vegetables with warm-weather ones as the first mature and are harvested. In mid-August, start coolseason crops again for fall harvest. Sixth ~ garden in containers. If space is very limited you can grow some vegetables such as eggplant, pepper, and tomatoes on the patio in containers. There are now even compact varieties of cucumbers

Pine needles are a great mulch to use around your azaleas. that can be grown in small spaces. Check the descriptions in the garden seed catalogs or on the back of the seed packet to see how much space they require. Finally ~ use your flower beds to grow vegetables. There is no rule that says you can’t grow vegetables

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Give your transplants a “jump start” with a starter solution when planting. Use a water soluble fertilizer at half the label rate in a gallon of water. Pour a cupful of the solution around the base of each young seedling or transplant, being careful not to splash the leaves which could cause injury. The solution promotes root growth and gives the plants the extra energy needed for quick establishment. In the landscape shrub bed, now is the time to be fertilizing and mulching your azaleas. They will benefit from an early spring application of one pound of ammonium sulfate fertilizer per 100 square feet of bed, if you have been fertilizing regularly. Apply 2 to 3 pounds of

in a flower border. Some can make an attractive addition. In selecting a site for vegetables, make sure that they will get sunlight. Most plants require six hours of full sun per day. When planning the garden, remember to avoid locations near buildings and fences that cast long shadows. Particularly stay away from trees and shrubs which not only cast shade but also remove moisture and nutrients for the soil. If you are in doubt about the amount of light the spot will get, grow lettuce, parsley or some other leafy vegetable there that can get by with a little less sun.

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shallow rooted plants like azaleas. If you have a mulch layer higher than 2 inches, this can result in the production of a secondary root system in the mulch at the expense of the primary root system. When the mulch dries out, the roots will die and the plant will also. Many times all you need to do is a gentle “fluff up” the existing mulch to make the plants look nice. Happy gardening!

5-10-5 fertilizer per 1000 square feet if your plants have not been fertilized for the past couple of years. Sprinkle the fertilizer on the surface of the soil around the plants and water in. It is always a good idea to have the soil in azalea and rhododendron beds tested every couple of years to make sure that the soil pH is 5.5. or below. To maintain proper soil moisture and prevent the weeds from growing, mulch the plants with 2 inches of pine bark, pine needles or shredded hardwood mulch. If adequate mulch is already present, do not add additional inches! Overmulching is the quickest way to kill

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Dorchester Points of Interest bridge in Maryland after the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A life-long resident of Dorchester County, Senator Malkus served in the Maryland State Senate from 1951 through 1994. Next to the Malkus Bridge is the 1933 Emerson C. Harrington Bridge. This bridge was replaced by the Malkus Bridge in 1987. Remains of the 1933 bridge are used as fishing piers on both the north and south bank of the river. LAGRANGE PLANTATION - home of the Dorchester County Historical Society, LaGrange Plantation offers a range of local history and heritage on its grounds. The Meredith House, a 1760’s Georgian home, features artifacts and exhibits on the seven Maryland governors associated with the county; a child’s room containing antique dolls and toys; and other period displays. The Neild Museum houses a broad collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts, including a McCormick reaper (invented by Cyrus McCormick in 1831). The Ron Rue exhibit pays tribute to a talented local decoy carver with a re-creation of his workshop. The Goldsborough Stable, circa 1790, includes a sulky, pony cart, horse-driven sleighs, and tools of the woodworker, wheelwright, and blacksmith. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit


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Easton Points of Interest Historic Downtown Easton is the county seat of Talbot County. Established around early religious settlements and a court of law, today the historic district of Easton is a centerpiece of fine specialty shops, business and cultural activities, unique restaurants and architectural fascination. Tree-lined streets are graced with various period structures and remarkable homes, carefully preserved or restored. Because of its historical significance, Easton has earned distinction as the “Colonial Capital of the Eastern Shore” and was honored as #8 in the book, “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” Walking Tour of Downtown Easton Start near the corner of Harrison Street and Mill Place. 1. HISTORIC TIDEWATER INN - 101 E. Dover St. A completely modern hotel built in 1949, it was enlarged in 1953 and has recently undergone extensive renovations. It is the “Pride of the Eastern Shore.” 2. THE BULLITT HOUSE - 108 E. Dover St. One of Easton’s oldest and most beautiful homes, it was built in 1801. It is now occupied by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. 3. AVALON THEATRE - 42 E. Dover St. Constructed in 1921 during the heyday of silent films and vaudeville entertainment. Over the course of its history, it has been the scene of three world premiers, including “The First Kiss,” starring Fay Wray and Gary Cooper, in 1928. The theater has gone through two major restorations: the first in 1936, when it was refinished in an art deco theme by the Schine Theater chain, and again 52 years later, when it was converted to a performing arts and community center. For more info. tel: 410-822-0345 or visit 4. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information for historic Easton and the waterfront villages of Oxford, St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit 5. BARTLETT PEAR INN - 28 S. Harrison St. Significant for its architecture, it was built by Benjamin Stevens in 1790 and is one of Easton’s earliest three-bay brick buildings. The home was “modernized” with Victorian bay windows on the right side in the 1890s. 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is 105

Easton Points of Interest now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and an annual craft festival, CRAFT SHOW (the Eastern Shore’s largest juried fine craft show), featuring local and national artists and artisans demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their crafts. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended hours on Tues., Wed. and Thurs. until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit granite.

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Easton Points of Interest 9. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TALBOT COUNTY - 25 S. Washington St. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses and a museum with changing exhibitions, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Museum hours: Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (winter) and Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (summer), with group tours offered by appointment. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773 or visit Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts located at 30 S. Washington Street. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10-4 and Sun. 11-4. Consignments accepted on Tues. or by appointment 410-820-7525 Proceeds support HSTC. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the


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Easton Points of Interest site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times. 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St. on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers all came to town and shared rooms in hotels such as this. Frederick Douglass stayed in the Brick Hotel when he came back after the Civil War and gave a speech in the courthouse. It is now an office building. 14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the StarDemocrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its influences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roofline. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GRAND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building where they first met is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. 17. FOXLEY HALL - Built about 1795 at 24 N. Aurora St., Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Easton’s Federal dwellings. Former home of 110

Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion reflects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial Hospital is part of the Shore Health System.

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Easton Points of Interest 22. THIRD HAVEN MEETING HOUSE - Built in 1682 and the oldest frame building dedicated to religious meetings in America. The Meeting House was built at the headwaters of the Tred Avon: people came by boat to attend. William Penn preached there with Lord Baltimore present. Extensive renovations were completed in 1990. 23. TALBOT COUNTY VISUAL ARTS CENTER, INC. - TCVAC provides Talbot County artists with a venue to exhibit artwork to the public. Currently under renovation. For alternate venues and class information visit 24. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. Near Easton 25. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from

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dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-8224903 or visit 26. WYE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the flour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds flour to this day using two massive grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. For more info. visit 27. WYE ISLAND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AREA Located between the Wye River and the Wye East River, the area provides habitat for wintering waterfowl and native wildlife. There are 6 miles of trails that provide opportunities for hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. For more info. visit 28. OLD WYE CHURCH - Old Wye Church is one of the oldest active Anglican Communion parishes in Talbot County. Wye Chapel was built between 1718 and 1721 and opened for worship on October 18, 1721. For more info. visit 29. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - Only the ruins remain, but the churchyard contains the grave of the elder Robert Morris, who died July 22, 1750. The parish had a rector of the Church of England in 1690.



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St. Michaels Points of Interest On the broad Miles River, with its picturesque tree-lined streets and beautiful harbor, St. Michaels has been a haven for boats plying the Chesapeake and its inlets since the earliest days. Here, some of the handsomest models of the Bay craft, such as canoes, bugeyes, pungys and some famous Baltimore Clippers, were designed and built. The Church, named “St. Michael’s,” was the first building erected (about 1677) and around it clustered the town that took its name. 1. WADES POINT INN - Located on a point of land overlooking majestic Chesapeake Bay, this historic inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Thomas Kemp, builder of the original “Pride of Baltimore,” built the main house in 1819. 115

St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bay View Restaurant and Duckblind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course. 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. The Inn is now a member of the Orient Express Hotels. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1874, Dodson, along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for “the old Parsonae house.�


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St. Michaels Points of Interest 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found

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St. Michaels Points of Interest on the Museum’s website at or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-745-2900 or 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit or call 410745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence



St. Michaels Points of Interest for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. All the rooms have a view of the harbor. 13. MILL HOUSE - Originally built on the beach about 1660 and later moved to its present location on Harrison Square (Cherry St. near Locust St.). 14. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 15. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877. 16. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper office, post office and telephone company.


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St. Michaels Points of Interest 17. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. 18. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 19. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. 20. THE INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). 21. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 22. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 23. TOWN DOCK RESTAURANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. Open May-October, Mon., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fri., 1 to 4 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. Other days on request. 410-745-9561 or 25. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 26. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing flour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, winery, artists, furniture makers, a baker and other unique shops and businesses. 27. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated, it has overnight accommodations, conference facilities, marina, spa and Harbour Lights and Harbour Lights Club Room. 28. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk. 29. ST. MICHAELS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT - Est. in 1901, the SMVFD is located at 1001 S. Talbot Street with a range that includes all areas from Arcadia Shores to Wittman, covering 120 square miles of land area, and 130 miles of shoreline.

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Oxford Points of Interest Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Although already settled for perhaps 20 years, Oxford marks the year 1683 as its official founding, for in that year Oxford was first named by the Maryland General Assembly as a seaport and was laid out as a town. In 1694, Oxford and a new town called Anne Arundel (now Annapolis) were selected the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Until the American Revolution, Oxford enjoyed prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations. Today, Oxford is a charming tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of just over 700 and is still important in boat building and yachting. It has a protected harbor for watermen who harvest oysters, crabs, clams and fish, and for sailors from all over the Bay. 1. TENCH TILGHMAN MONUMENT - In the Oxford Cemetery the Revolutionary War hero’s body lies along with that of his widow. Lt. Tench Tilghman carried the message of Cornwallis’ surrender from Yorktown,


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Oxford Points of Interest VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - 200 Oxford Road. The Oxford Community Center, a pillared brick schoolhouse saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents, is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, dinner theater and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or 3. BACHELOR POINT HARBOR - Located at the mouth of the Tred Avon River, 9’ water depth. 4. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410-226-5193 or 4A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.


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Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the memories and tangible mementos of Oxford, MD. The Museum will close for the season on November 12 and will re-open on the 4th Saturday of April 2013. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. THE BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for the officers of a Maryland Military Academy built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989




Oxford Points of Interest 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure.

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Oxford Points of Interest 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court ‘pitcht upon’ to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures. Some have described Cutts & Case Shipyard as an American Nautical Treasure because it produces to the highest standards quality work equal to and in many ways surpassing the beautiful artisanship of former times.

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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 139


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When I was invited to write articles on a regular basis, the editors of this fine magazine expressed one concern. (Doubtless they had others, but this is the one they mentioned.) Not every story should be about Tilghman’s Island, my home and an endless source of interest and fascination for now a third of a century. The Tidewater Times, after all, is a regional magazine. I was astonished, as you can imagine. That some readers might not want to hear about T*** Island every single month came as rather a surprise. Nevertheless, I agreed to this curious restriction and in consequence, among the (very occasional) stories relating to T*** Island, some other islands have crept in. We have spoken of Poplar Island, Sharp’s Island (several times), and even a few islands in the Pacific. Here, then, is another tale, not about T*** Island. When I was young and very tired of schoolwork, I drained the dregs of my college fund and booked passage on a WWII Victory ship, then operated by NBBS, the Dutch student association. Her name was Groote Beer and, in those days, an ocean liner named “beer” sounded exactly right to someone of my so-

Goote Beer phisticated tastes. It means “Great Bear,” of course, but the Ursa Major tag never caught on with the 623 students who went sailing off in her for a summer in Europe. The voyage was a delight. Most were American undergrads, so rudimentary lessons were available in eight languages along with various other topics—plus the sun, the stars, the ocean, music, dancing, and some Great Beer (Oranjeboom). Did I mention there were four girls to every boy? Although managed by the Dutch, the stewards were Italian and the crew Greek. I gravitated toward the rear of the bus (or the stern as we nautical types say), where the Greek crew had their cabins and hung out when not on watch. They weren’t permitted to mingle with the passengers, but they invited


Island in Another Sea me to step over the little railing to sample some retsina with the gang. One guy’s name sounded like “Sew Kratas,” until it dawned on me that Socrates might still be a man’s name. They helped confirm a decision I was in the process of making. I was resolved to avoid the mistake so many Americans make on their first trip to Europe, the attempt to see everything. “It’s Tuesday, so this must be Belgium” simply did not appeal. With just three months to work with and virtually no cash, I resolved to visit two places only ~ England and Greece ~ but to try to “connect” with them somehow. I chose, therefore, first to

bicycle around southern England, then pass quickly through Italy in order to spend a week on the shore of some island in the Aegean Sea. And so I did. After my pilgrimage to Stonehenge, I raced by train to touch the soil of Scotland ~ the home of my ancestors. There, one fine day, I sat in Arthur’s Seat with two Norwegian kids who had climbed up with me and gazed out over bonny Edinburgh. We pledged to meet there on the same day 10 years hence, without fail. (They’re still waiting for me, I presume.) If this is sounding like a schoolboy’s reminiscence, well, yes, I suppose it is. However, Gentle Reader, an odd twist in the tale lies just ahead.


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Island in Another Sea The next day, realizing that a third of the summer had gone by, I bolted for Greece via night bus to London, train to Harwich (pronounced Hair-itch), by ferry back across the Channel to Rotterdam, then raced through France by night train (seeing nothing) and disembarked in Milan. (We travelers say Meelano.) Soon I stood with my backpack on an entrance ramp to the Autostrada del Sole, their big freeway to the south. There I met David, from California, also headed for

Greece. After a half hour with no luck, two American girls came along. They suggested we split into couples, the better to get rides and stay safe. Sure enough, the first truck screeched to a halt as soon as my partner put out her cute little thumb. Ruthlessly, I almost entirely skipped Rome. After strolling into the Coliseum for a peek (it has no floor!) and dropping some excess change into the Trevi Fountain, we were off again, north to Florence. At this point, I must interject a word of warning. If you ever plan to slip through Florence quickly,

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on your way to Greece or anywhere else, just give it up. If you have a soul, you cannot do it. At every turn, one is confronted by something of astonishing beauty or confounded by something of wonderful historical significance, or both. A guard in the Medici Palace allowed me to see inside one of the bedchambers normally off-limits to the public, where he pulled open a closet. Reverently, I brushed my fingertip on one of the petite and elegant gowns hanging there, wondering whose skin had once touched the other side of that fabric. Ten days later, David and I finally tore ourselves away from Florence and hitchhiked on down to Naples, then over to Brindisi on

the east coast. There a ferry took us to Greece, where we boarded a train for the short run into Athens. Here is where the strange twist begins, so please listen carefully. When David and I shouldered our backpacks and stepped out onto the platform, it was 10:30 in the evening. Unlike England, it was dark at that hour, though the air was soft and warm. Having no plan and very little money, we decided to look for a place to camp out. Just across the street from the station was a small park, with trees and shrubs and only a few street lights. In a darkish corner was a large bush, with a bench in front and a small patch of grass behind next to a stone wall. Bedding down

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Island in Another Sea there with our sheet sleeping bags, we gazed at the Greek sky and discussed the morrow. We agreed that, like Rome, Athens needed to be visited properly ~ but now wasn’t the time. We had to find our island soon or that opportunity would slip away. So we decided to wave our respects to the Acropolis the next morning and head straight for Pireaus, the port of Athens, where we would take a ferry to someplace in the Cyclades group. We wanted an island we could get to quickly and cheaply that wasn’t too touristy or heavily populated. We simply wanted to find a beach and spend a week eat-

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Island in Another Sea clades islands. One man who had a word or two of English took the lead for his group. [To speed this up, I’ll present the rest in English.] “A wonderful idea! Which island?” he asked. We shrugged and said we were thinking of somewhere in the Cyclades. Could he recommend one? Was there perhaps an island not so far away with not so many tourists? Our question provoked much discussion; finally a conclusion was reached. The man said, “Why not go to Syros?” (I wrote it down.) Then he added, “I’m going there, too.” This was fine news ~ now we had a connection with someone local.

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“Great!” we said. “We’re going tomorrow. You, too?” “No, I can’t go out on Saturday,” he said. “I go on Sunday. Want to go together?” David and I briefly considered a delay, but said, “No, our time is short. We have to go tomorrow. But we’ll meet you there on Sunday, OK?” “OK!” he smiled and shook our hands. Then he gave us detailed instructions. His name was Apostolous Kafouras. His family lived in the main town of Ermoupoli, where the ferryboats land. On Saturday, we could go meet his family. They lived up the hill from the harbor, he noted, not far from a big Orthodox church, called Anastasis. I repeat, this is what we understood, and I wrote it down. He also wrote his name in Greek on a scrap of paper for us. After a few minutes we said goodbye, they walked off and we lay back down. This time, it

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Island in Another Sea really was Hypnos who dropped by. Bright and early the next day, we took a bus to Pireaus, found the Cyclades ferry, went aboard, and enjoyed a fine day-long cruise in the Aegean. The vessel stopped briefly at several islands before dropping us on the wharf at Syros around sundown. After a simple supper at a café on the quay and poking around the town for a bit, we jumped over a sea-wall down onto a rocky beach in search of a place to sleep. We found a deserted cubical building with a low flat concrete roof; it was perfect. We clambered on top, dragged up our backpacks, and bedded down under the stars. Just as we were about to drop off to sleep, once again some unexpected visitors showed up. This time it was four teen-aged girls who strolled down the beach, walked a few feet out into the dark waters ~ and began softly to sing! Quite enchanted, we chose not to break the spell. We barely breathed for about twenty

minutes until the serenade ended and they walked away. They left the beach to us and the stars, and thus we drifted off to sleep, with the smell of the sea quite heavy around us. We awoke at dawn atop the sewage treatment plant. But we just laughed at that, went off for breakfast, bought some food to carry, then about noon we began the long climb up the stepped street toward the Church looming high above. About three-quarters of the way up the hill, we figured we might be in the right neighborhood, so we sat down to rest on a step. A flock of children soon gathered round, then a few adults joined the party. No one spoke English, but we conveyed the idea that we were looking for the family of a Mr. Apostolous Kafouras. We expected someone to point, “Oh, Kafouras? Sure, they live right over there, at No. 47.” But that wasn’t what happened. They drew a blank. I showed them the paper on which Apostolous had written his name in Greek. This produced nothing but much ani-


Syros mated chatter. They seemed perplexed. Someone went off to fetch a woman, but she was just as puzzled. We just couldn’t communicate. A child then appeared with an elderly gentleman in tow. He pointed to the man and said “English.” Indeed, he did speak some English and we finally were able to make ourselves clear. He asked us questions. “How do you know Apostolous?” I explained that we didn’t know him, that we’d met him just the night before, by chance, in a park in Athens. The mention of Athens had created quite a stir. “Who were the other two men?” 151

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Island in Another Sea We never heard their names. Then I said, “Apostolous told us to come to Syros. He said he was planning to visit Syros soon, on Sunday ~ today.” Another explosion of conversation followed. I wanted to know what the problem was. Why was everyone so confused? The man looked up in surprise. “Oh, I thought you understood. No one here knows any Apostolous Kafouras.” We were flabbergasted. Now we had questions. Is this the town of Ermoupoli? “Yes.” Is that the Church of the Anastasi up there? “Yes.” Is there anyone around here

named Kafouras? “Yes, the woman who sent for me is named Kafouras. But ~ no one in her family is named Apostolous.” Are there other Kafouras families? “Yes, two families, on the other side of the island.” David and I began to wonder whether we had misunderstood the conversation in the park. Maybe the guy wasn’t Kafouras. Maybe he was suggesting we look up Kafouras. But if there wasn’t a man here by that name, maybe our contact hadn’t been to Syros for a very long time? We gave it up. We were all just guessing. Besides, the mystery would be solved in a few hours when the man from the park got off the

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One of Syros’ narrow streets. penthouse on the beach. It wasn’t so bad, really. Next day we stocked up on fruit, jam, bread, and water, then trudged back up the hill. We stashed our backpacks with Mrs. Kafouras, had a little snack, and headed out of town. Within an hour, the road ended at another church, on a bluff, seemingly closed up. Beyond the wall surrounding the church property, a steep hill led down to the sea. We clambered down through the grass and scrub until we reached

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Island in Another Sea We thanked her and said goodbye. As an afterthought, I handed her my address in Ohio and then David and I walked on down to the harbor. Later, on the ferry, we watched Syros disappear into the sea and pondered. What had really happened in the park that night? The man certainly said Syros. We had a name on a slip of paper, but was it his name? If not his, whose? Did he really say he was coming to Syros? If so, why did he not come? If not, what did he say about Sunday? Was it all a prank, played on a couple of kids? And there we must leave the mystery, unsolved. I never learned

the answers to any of those questions. Now there was, however, one more turn of the screw. Soon I was home again. My parents were glad the trip was a success, and I was back safely with some rather bizarre stories about gowns in a closet and a man in a park. Then one day, the Letter arrived. It was from a Greek woman in Athens. She didn’t know English and a friend had written the letter for her. I cannot recall the exact words now, nearly fifty years later, except, of course, for the last line. But here was the gist of her message. She was from Syros originally but had lived in Athens for many years. On a recent visit to Syros, she learned of my com-

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some other David, someone from her past, someone she had lost and, for a fleeting moment, hoped she had found by sheer chance through a young American. I wrote down everything I could remember about the man in the park who told me about Syros, what I thought he said, sent it off to the return address in Athens ~ and never heard another word. A fondness for islands had begun. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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by Dr. Jack Scanlon Each year in mid-February, the dozen wood duck nesting boxes on our Dorchester County farm are inspected, repaired if necessary, then cleaned and refilled with wood chips. Each box prov ides clues about last spring’s nesting activity, and often holds a few surprises when its small wooden observation door is opened.

Frequently an Eastern Screech Owl (Magascops asio) has taken over the box for its own nesting activities. That was true again this year. Blinky was back. The meta l latching hook slid easily from the eye that had been screwed into the access door. It took some effort to raise the hatch and peer inside because a year had

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Blinky elapsed since the door had last been opened. Hopefully last spring a somber gray wood duck hen had laid fertile eggs that she incubated for a month. Duck down and shell fragments would inform about success. After the eggs hatched, she would have watched her tiny f luff balls climb the inside wall of the box, jump out and glide to the water below, ensuring another generation of these lovely waterfowl. A f te r w o o d duc k o c c up a nc y ceased, a variety of creatures might have sought haven in the wooden structure that hung over the woodland slough. Summer drought or aut u m n’s w i ndblow n br a nc he s made the box accessible to squirrels, opossums, raccoons, mice and snakes despite a metal predator guard under each box. Bees and wasps often build large colonies inside the wooden houses. Thankfully these waxy marvels are always unoccupied in February. All manner of f lying creatures, including bats and f lying squirrels, could

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Blinky and tiny birds, plus various small mammals, including bats. Like all owls, the Screech is a superb predator. Both gray and rufous phases, pictured here, have dark whorls and bars across the plumage. This coloration enables them to blend into their tree bark haunts. It is difficult to spot them at rest in the canopy during the day. However, almost everyone who has ventured out at night near an Eastern Shore woods has heard them. They are ubiquitous and vocal. Well named, screech owls make very loud whining or trilling calls that can make the hairs on your neck stand straight. To the human ear, such vocalizations sound as if some nearby unfortunate creature is being horribly mistreated. Descending or monotonic trilling are basic communication modes among birds. A loud descending trill or whine denotes territorial angst. But all these chilling noises are simply diminutive owls making their nocturnal rounds, or just talking. Screech owls breed in mid-winter. The courting male prepares a nest site, often a hollow tree cavity or an empty wooden nest box. He provides food, often the carcass of a small mammal, bat or bird, for the nuptial feast. He invites his potential bride to inspect their love

Audubon drawing of the Eastern Screech Owl. nest and dine with him. If the site is deemed to be suitable by her, they mate. The new bride lays eggs, then sits on them for 26 days. Mr. Blinky comes regularly to feed her. Screech owls are monogamous. Dad usually stays close by for protection during the entire incubation. Newly hatched owlets fledge out over 31 days, then leave the nest. Young birds disperse widely since their parents will stay near this nest site year round. Adult pairs will actively defend their 4- to 6-acre territory against screech owls or other potential threats.



Blinky Mortality for growing birds can be high since larger owls, crows, snakes and predator y mammals each take their toll. Life can be tough for naïve little owls. The Eastern Screech Owl was first described by Linnaeus in 1758. Ornithologists have been debating the exact taxonomic place for the 20 or so species of screech owls for almost 150 years. Based on recent DNA analysis, it would now seem that they are a novel North American bird with ancient links, mor phologically and vocally, to European owls. T he fo s si l r e c or d note s t h at screech owls have been around

North America for almost 5 million years. Thus this species must have adapted to many ecological variances that took place on our continent, including climate changes and shifting geographies. Screech owls seem to have done well with humans around, however. They will readily use man-made wooden nest boxes. And, as well described, the wood duck has made a big comeback in the East, in part due to wide deployment of artificial structures. May both little tufted owls and gaudy tree ducks live long and prosper.

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Say What? Who among us has not butchered the pronunciation of a place name while traveling? I clearly remember looking at a California highway sign in the summer of 1965 and proudly announcing, “Only ten miles to La Jolla!” (yes, I made a J-sound and an L-sound.) “George, it’s pronounced La Hoya,” corrected my West Coast cousin with a chuckle. It happens every time I travel, and thus I was motivated to produce the following: Six simple letters, C-A-I-R-N-S Is what you will see, on the signs and the maps. But, how do you say it, that north Aussie port? Great Barrier Reef gateway what do you say? It is easy to look at the word, and say Karns. If you do, the locals have looks of alarm. How about Carenz? Is that the right way? Not even close, says the man on the quay. So, what should I say, to avoid strange looks?

Kanz. Just say Kanz, And pretend that the R is not even there, This is the way, honest – I swear! Like the City of Balmur, without the T, Or, the State of Murlin, without the D! It’s like here on DelMarVa, we watch local TV, And the new weather girl says, Sal-IS-buree. Another word, that drives me up a tree Those quaint little islands, kway, kaye or key South Florida is easy. We always say Key. Key Largo, Key West what else could it be? But move out to sea, and look at the letters, Q-U-A-Y or C-A-Y-E. I think kway is out, that leaves key or kaye. Now, Mickey the Mouse, has Castaway Cay, But he calls it a key; that is his way. But back down near Kanz, on the Big Barrier Reef,


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Is Michaelmas Quay, and wouldn’t you know it, they call it a kaye! I thought it was settled ’til I said to an Aussie, Look at that sign at Circular Q-U-A-Y. How do you say it? “Key,” she chuckled trying not to be bossy. It is not a new issue for DelMarVans to claim, People come here from elsewhere, and butcher the names. Take the town of Vienna, my childhood digs. The hoity-toits from west of the bay Austriacize the name to say Vee-enna – oh no, not the way! Vee-enna – that’s a boy’s choir. The town on the Shore is called Vee-anna, By the people who live there or hold it dear. Anything else sounds kind of queer. More words to consider when you take trips – C-E-L-T-I-C. What comes from our lips? Is it Seltick or Keltick? Here are some tips. If you’re from Boston, where basketball’s big, Seltick it is; nothing else it could be. But everywhere else, Keltick’s the thing, Anything else 176


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Academy Art Museum to feature James Turrell Exhibition by Amy Steward

On April 20, the Academy Art Museum will open the exhibition James Turrell Perspectives, concurrent with the artist’s retrospectives at the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Los Angeles County Museum. James Turrell is an internationally acclaimed light and space artist whose work can be found in collections worldwide. Over more than four decades,

Turrell has pursued his fascination with the phenomena of light to create striking works that play with the perception and the effect of light within a created space. Beginning in 1974, Turrell has been converting an extinct volcano in Arizona, Roden Crater, into a monumental work of art. James Turrell Perspectives will provide a context for understanding Turrell’s work. The artist, who

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Turrell Exhibition resides part time on the Eastern Shore, and his team are collaborating fully on the project. The exhibition consists of three parts: an introductory overview, a gallery of holograms, and a site specific Aperture Space. Together, these three parts will focus on Turrell’s fascination with both the mechanics of visual perception and the metaphysics of light. The Museum’s Atrium Gallery will function as an introductory space with an overview of James Turrell’s career. Carbon prints and bronze models will represent his projects worldwide. The Roden Crater project in Arizona will be

central, but the Museum will also display works related to other projects. These works are intended to emphasize the scope of the large scale installations and especially the massive scale of Roden Crater. They will also introduce recurring themes in Turrell’s oeuvre related to geologic time and his efforts to give viewers a direct experience with the cosmos. A selection of approximately ten holograms will fill the Museum’s Healy Gallery, introducing visitors to ideas that have engaged Turrell for decades: the duality of light, visual perception, dematerialization, the physical property of light, as well as the spiritual quality of light. Viewers may learn more

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Turrell Exhibition about how Turrell tries to encode light with meaning. The third part of the exhibition will be an Aperture Installation entitled “St. Elmo’s Light” constructed in the Museum’s Lederer Gallery. This new installation belongs to a category Turrell calls “Space Division Works.” Viewers will experience an interplay of space, forms and tone in a carefully crafted projection of light. The projections work on visual perceptions and the sense of light as a real physical material. “I love making spaces that change as your looking changes. It’s not quite as if something’s looking back at you, but it’s about something that has a presence equal to yours, because the light inhabiting that space has a ‘thingness’ of its own,” says Turrell of his work. In addition to the direct visual experience, this installation has a strong conceptual component. Although often associated with the minimalist and land art movements that have been prominent since the 1960s, James Turrell also has an affinity with artists like Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Caspar David Friedrich and J.M.W. Turner, who were compelled to represent light in a way that also conveyed a greater meaning and conveyed something transcendent.

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James Turrell, Aqua de Luz, Tixcacaltuyub, Yucatan. The exhibition, organized by Museum Director Erik Neil and Curator Anke Van Wagenberg, will be on display at the Academy Art Museum in Easton from April 20 through July 7, and is underwritten in part by the Dedalus Foundation, the Talbot County Arts Council and the MD State Arts Council, as well as Thomas and Robin Clarke and Robert and Marsha Lonergan. Van Wagenberg will provide curator-led tours on Friday, May 10; Thursday, May 23; and Friday, June 7, at noon. The Turrell exhibition will also be the centerpiece of this year’s


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A Joint Program of the Chesapeake Film Festival and Historical Society of Talbot County Thursday April 25 at 5:30 pm Historical Society of Talbot County Auditorium, 17 S. Washington St., Easton Meet filmmaker Mark Hildebrand, watch his new documentary about our National Anthem, and hear a panel discussion following the movie by local experts including Beth Hansen and Katie Moose on the era of the War of 1812. $20 per person

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Turrell Exhibition Academy Art Museum spring event and fundraiser, Light the Academy: Celebrating Exhibition Highlights Past and Present, on Saturday, May 4 in Easton. The event begins at the Avalon Theatre, with award-winning tenor and cabaret entertainer Dennis McNeil. Following the concert, guests will enjoy cocktails at the Waterfowl Building, where banners will highlight previous Museum exhibitions and events and Artful Adventures will be on display for purchase. The Museum’s Artful Adventures are rare opportunities to experience artful living in the region. The spotlight then shifts to the Academy for an exceptional dining experience. PNC Wealth Management joins Maxine and Bill Millar as Signature Sponsors of the Museum’s Annual Spring Event. The Corporate Patrons are Guilford & Company in St. Michaels and Avon Dixon. Corporate Donors are Shore Health System and Winchester Construction Company. The event supports the Academy Art Museum’s mission to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum’s expanding collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs for dance, painting, music and more. The Museum’s ArtReach and Art to Go

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Richmond, VA, Griffin offers a unique photographic interpretation of life and living. For more info. tel: 804-317-3392. Thru 28 Exhibit: Springtime in Ireland, paintings by Lani Browning and Valerie Craig at South Street Art Gallery, Easton. For more info. tel: 443-262-8806. Thru 28 Exhibit: Contemporary Realists ~ The Art of David and James Plumb at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. David Plumb moved to Talbot County to teach drawing and painting at the”Academy of the Arts” while winning top honors in the Annual Juried Show in both 1970


April Calendar and 1982. James Plumb was one of just 20 individuals selected from worldwide applications to attend the prestigious postgraduate studies at the AmsterdamMaastricht Summer University in 2001. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. Thru July 7 Exhibit: James Turrell Perspectives at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Turrell is an internationally acclaimed light and space artist whose work can be found in collections worldwide. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 1 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Noon. Roger Gavin will discuss The Gardens of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a fun-filled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 1,8,15,22,29 Fun & Friendship for kids ages 7 to 11 at the St. Michaels Community Center, from

3 to 5 p.m. Do homework, make snacks, play games and share friendship. No cost. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 2 Class: Brushing Up in Oils with Matthew Hillier at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 2 Academy for Lifelong Learning Spring Social at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 4 to 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25,30 Dancing on the Shore at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. Learn to waltz, swing, salsa, Argentine tango and more. For more info. tel: 410-482-6169. 2,9,16,23,30 Preschool Storytime at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 p.m. For children 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Pickering Creek will lead their Tiny Tots program. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 2,9,16,23,30 First Step Storytime at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 a.m. For children 3 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit


3 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This writing group will follow a different winding path through the Arboretum to quietly observe nature in detail and then write about it. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www. 3 Introduction to Computers at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Please preregister. Class size is limited. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 3,10,17,24 Class: Still Life in Oil and/or Pastel with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 3,10,17,24 Social Time for Seniors at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 3,10,17,24 Meeting: Wednesday

Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. For more info. visit or contact Nancy at or 410-463-0148. 3,10,17,24 St. Michaels Art League’s weekly “Paint Together” at the home of Alice-Marie Gravely. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8117. 3,10,17,24 Teen Night at the St. Michaels Community Center, 5 to 7 p.m. Teens ages 12 to 17 are welcome for dinner, activities and entertainment. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 3,17 Plant Clinic offered by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners of Talbot County at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1244. 3,17,24 Senior Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St.


April Calendar Michaels. Noon. Learn to play American mahjong. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 4 Stitch and Chat at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Bring your own projects and stitch with a group. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 4 Music and Tea at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1 p.m. The Peabody Honors Ensemble performs. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787 or visit www.

tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 5 Season’s Bounty at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Join Elizabeth Beggins to explore avenues for revitalizing yourself and your menu. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www. 5 First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Easton. 5 to 9 p.m. Easton’s art galleries, antiques shops and restaurants combine for a unique cultural experience. For more info. tel: 410-770-8350.

4 Academy for Lifelong Learning Memoir Writing Club with Joan Katz at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit www.

5 Talbot Mentors Partners In Art reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Easton’s Promise Art Gallery. View artwork created by students in partnership with local artists. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. For more info. tel: 410-770-5999.

4,11 Class: Adult Ballroom and Special Latin Class at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-4826169 or visit

5 Chestertown’s First Friday. Extended shop hours with arts and entertainment throughout the historic downtown. For a list of activities visit: www.kentcounty. com/artsentertainment.

4,11,18,25 Class: How to Achieve a Luscious Painterly Surface with Palette Knife and Brush with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info.

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April Calendar 5 Concert: The Grascals at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. The Grascals make bluegrass music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, while remaining immersed in the genre’s traditional values of soul and musicianship. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. 5,6,12,13,19,20,26,27 Lighthouse Overnight Adventures at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Fees include a dedicated museum facilitator, the cost of program activities, two days admission, souvenir patch and a scenic river cruise aboard the Mister Jim. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941.

by the Dorchester Family YMCA. The Crab Run duplicates the run course of the popular EagleMan triathlon race held in June. For more info. tel: 410-221-0505 or visit 6 Oxford Antiques and Uniques Sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. A sale of select quality decorative pieces, artwork, furnishings, collectibles, tableware, and other one-of-a-kind items. Dealers welcomed. Sponsored by Oxford Ladies Auxiliary to benefit Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. For more info. tel: 410-200-0902.

5,12,19,26 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848.

6 Talbot Special Riders Spring Bike Ride ~ a fully supported 50-mile half century recreational bike ride though beautiful Talbot County. A 25-mile quarter century and a 10-mile family fun ride will also be offered. The rides start at the St. Michaels High School complex. For more info. tel: 301-633-9944 or visit www.

6 Arbor Day Run at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m., start time is 9 a.m. Join fellow runners and nature enthusiasts. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit

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April Calendar ciation seminar with Lynn Schwartz: “Fiction ~ Ten Steps to a Great Tale.” 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Cathedral, Easton. $15 for ESWA members and $20 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-476-3917 or e-mail 6 First Saturday Guided Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Explore the Arboretum on a guided walk led by a docent naturalist. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0. 6 6th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament benefiting the Tim Kern Memorial Foundation at the Hopkins Game Farm in Kennedyville. Noon start. Registration begins at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-348-5287. 6 Class: Artist’s Image of the C h e s a peake Bay with Elaine Thompsen at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for ages 6 to 9. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 6 Academy for Lifelong Learning: A Guitar Jazz Summit with Tom Hollingshead at The Mainstay in Rock Hall. 3 p.m. until the music stops! For more info.

tel: 410-745-2916 or visit www. 6 Craft Saturday at the Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 6 NCAA Final Four on the Big Screen at Oxford Community Center. 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit www. 6 Cambridge Main Street’s fourth annual Spring Fling from 6 to 11 p.m. in downtown Cambridge, with music by The 19th Street Band, a live auction emceed by George Wittstadt, and much more. A celebration of the downtown Cambridge business community and its supporters. For more info. visit 6 Concert: Guggenheim Grotto in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. The Stoltz is the perfect venue for the soaring two-part harmonies and lyrical depth of this popular altfolk duo from Dublin. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit 6,13 2-part workshop: Make a War of 1812-Era Dress at Lilies of the



April Calendar Field Fabric and Quilting Store, Easton. 10 a.m. Be ready to commemorate the Battle of St. Michaels this summer in your own dress.$35 plus your own materials. Pre-registration required. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Talbot County. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773. 6,13,20,27 Historic High Street Walking Tour - Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Learn about the people who lived there, their homes, churches and commercial ventures. One-hour walking tours are sponsored by the non-profit West End Citizens Association and are accompanied by colonial-garbed docents. $8 (children under 12 free). 11 a.m. at Long Wharf, Cambridge, weather permitting. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. 7 Concert: Chesapeake Bay Community Band Annual Spring Concert ~ A Solo, A Duet and Four Dances. 2:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. $12 adults, $6 seniors/children. For more info. tel: 410-703-0755 or visit 7 The Talbot Cinema Society will present Dodge City (1939) at the

Avalon Theatre, Easton. Classic Warner Brothers ’30s western. Doors open and food served at 5:15 p.m., film introduction at 5:45 p.m., film starts at 6 p.m. followed by questions, answers and discussions. For more info. e-mail 8 The Tidewater Camera Club will host “An Introduction to Travel Photography” by Roger Maki from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wye Oak Room at the Talbot County Community Center in Easton. Roger will offer over 100 tips for improving the quality of travel photographs, including suggestions about what to photograph. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-5441 or visit 8,9,10 Accepting donations of gently used spring/summer clothing and household items at Christ Church - St. Michaels Parish Spring Rummage Sale. Drop off your treasures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parish House. Proceeds benefit charities. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 9 Pickering Creek Tiny Tots Program at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 p.m. The focus will be baby animals. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 9,16,23,30 Class: Beginning and


Continuing in Watercolor with Heather Crow at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 9,16,23,30 Class: Basic Drawing ~ Perspective, Proportion and Composition with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 9,23 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Bldg., Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371.

10 Learn How to Get an E-Mail Address at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. Learn the basics of e-mail and how it works. Please pre-register. Class size is limited. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 10 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Visit to Chesapeake Center with Donna Harrison. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 10 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Alan Taylor will lead a discussion on How Escaped Slaves Liberated the British at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 8 p.m. in the Van Lennep Auditorium.

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April Calendar Limited seating is available. $8 for CBMM members, $10 for nonmembers. Advanced registration should be made by calling Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941. 10 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. e-mail 10 An Evening of Compassion and Music featuring Jimmy Greenspoon, original keyboardist with Three Dog Night, at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 10,24 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 11 St. Michaels Art League announces Beginning Watercolor, the second art class series in its new partnership with the St. Michaels Community Center. The series of classes will run for four (4) Thursdays at the St. Michaels Community Center, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. No previous experience is required for this introductory watercolor class for beginners. For more info. visit

or contact valeriesunderland@ 11 Lecture: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Publication of the King James Bible with Judith Pittenger at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 11 a.m. to noon. Through word and image we will consider the history of the project authorized by King James in 1604. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. 11 Poetry Open Mic Night at the T a l bot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Bring your favorite poem or one you have written yourself, and share it with a room full of poetry lovers! For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 11,18,25 Academy for Lifelong Learning: You Gotta Have Heart Becoming Agents of Reconciliation in a Hate- and Fear-filled World with George Merrill and Esty Collet at Trinity Cathedral, Easton. 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 12 Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) will host its annual State of the Rivers Party at 5 p.m at the Talbot County Historical Society Auditorium, Easton. Nine-term U.S. Congressman, Wayne T. Gilchrest will be the guest speaker. Open and free



April Calendar to the public. For more info. tel: 443-385-0511 or visit www. 12 An Evening in Paris: The 4th Annual Society of St. Vincent de Paul Fashion Follies at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Easton. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live auction and silent auctions. For more info. tel: 410-745-2299. 12-13 Spring Rummage Sale at Christ Church - St. Michaels Parish offering incredible bargains on spring/summer clothing for women, men and children, shoes, kitchenware, linens, jewelry, books and more. Fri., 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sat., 8 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 13 Meeting: Oxford Ladies’ Breakfast at the Robert Morris Inn. 9:30 a.m. All ladies in the community, including friends and visiting guests, are welcome. $15 per person includes tax and gratuity. For more info. tel: 410225-0340. 13 Designing for Waterfront Landscapes Workshop at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to noon. Join landscape designer and native plant enthusiast Chris Pax for a look at plants that are good for waterfront landscape conditions.

For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 13 Class: Artist’s Image of the Chesapeake Bay with Elaine Thompsen at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 10 and up. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. 13 2nd Saturday at the Foundry at 401 Market St., Denton. Watch local artists demonstrate their talents. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009. 13 The Hurlock Volunteer Fire Company presents Mike Hines and The Look for a fundraiser/dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets available in advance as well as at the door. $25 per person includes one mixed drink or 2 beers with ticket purchase. For more info. tel: 410-829-3429. 13 Concert: -Mid-Shore Symphony Society brings the Baltimore Symphony to Chesapeake College’s Todd Performing Arts Center, Wye Mills. $40/adult, $10/student. 7 p.m. ~ pre-concert conversation, 8 p.m. ~ concert. For more info. tel: 410-827-5867 to reserve or purchase at the door. 13 Concert: An Evening with Véronneau in the Stoltz Listening


Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. French-Canadian vocalist Lynn Véronneau is well-known for her gentle, compelling, warm voice and her love of powerful melodies, while her multi-national band performs music inspired by jazz from around the world. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 13,27 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist Churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Menu: eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrapple, hash browns, grits, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice and coffee. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

2013 Anniversary Concert Season closes with two performances of Felix Mendelssohn’s powerful and passionate oratorio, Elijah. Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun. 3 p.m. For tickets tel: 410-200-0498 or visit 14 Pancake Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Dept. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 14 April in Paris: The 4th Annual Society of St. Vincent de Paul Fashion Follies at 11:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Easton. Stroll through a simulated boutique and cafe section

13-14 Native Plant Nursery Opening Weekend at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plan your dream garden! Shop the region’s largest selection of native ornamental perennials, flowering trees and shrubs, vines, ferns, and grasses. Members sale day is Friday, April 12. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 13-14 Concert: Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. The Easton Choral Arts 2012205


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16,23,30 Class: Brushing Up with Oils with Matthew Hillier at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787 or visit www. 16,23,30 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Beginning to Come on Dark - The Later Fiction of Mark Twain with John Ford and Kate Livie at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 16,23,30 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Great Decisions and Discussion Program with Jim Adams at the Londonderry Retirement Community, Easton. 5 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 16,23,30 Class: Experimental Handmade Paper with Heather Crow at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 17 Lego Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4:30 p.m. for ages 6 and up. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 17 Blessing of the Fleet at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 4:30 p.m. The public



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April Calendar is invited to launch this year’s boating season with an official ceremony to bless and honor CBMM’s floating fleet. The event is free, with reservations needed. For more info. tel: 410-745-4991 or e-mail 17,24 Class: Making a Good Impression II with Ebby Malmgren at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 18 Academy for Lifelong Learning: A Real Field Trip - Easton/Newnam Field with Mike Henry. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 18 Brown Bag Luncheon Series features Hunter Harris: Shoreline Shapes and Monsters of the Chesapeake at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Noon to 1 p.m. Shoreline Shapes of the Chesapeake is a book of unique images from around the Bay that will inspire the imagination. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 18 Travel the 38th Parallel with Book Authors! at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Join former park rang-

ers David and Janet Carle as they follow the 38th Parallel around the world in search of the cultural and environmental intersections between people and water. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 18 Meeting: Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group at the Chesapeake Woods Center, Cambridge. 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2211400, ext. 1217. 18,25 Academy for Lifelong Learning: First Mate with Jerry Friedman at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 to 10:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 18,25 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Faces of our Fathers with Dick Mattingly at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 19 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Choose from three delicious soups for lunch. $6 meal deal. Each meal comes with a bowl of soup, a roll and a drink. Take out or eat in! We deliver in St. Michaels. For more info. tel:410-745-6073. 19 Concert: Wayne Newton at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. Glitz and glamour come to Easton this spring when the legendary


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April Calendar Wayne Newton brings his classic stage show to the Avalon Theatre as only “Mr. Las Vegas” can! For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 19-21, 26,27 Easton High School presents Kiss Me Kate. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, April 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at the Talbot County Auditorium at Easton High School. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and are available at Easton High School, Old Mill Deli, Crackerjacks, Little Rascals, and Rise Up Coffee Roasters on Dover Street or by calling 410829-9811. 20 Workshop: Oil Painting Without Solvents with Margery Caggiano at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 21 2nd Annual Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure 5K & 1 mile Fun Walk starting at the Ocean City inlet parking lot. Course opens at 8 a.m. For more info. visit www.komenmd. org/oc. 21 Join Adkins Arboretum’s science

advisor Mary Travaglini on a walk to find early spring flowers, 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www. 22 Poetry About Children at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. In honor of National Poetry Month, Bill Peak will host a discussion on six poems about children. For more info. tel: 410822-1626. 23 The Talbot Garden Club presents Be-Dazzled, a garden symposium and luncheon featuring speakers Nan Sinton, Eric Haskell and Christie Hamilton. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Milestone, 9630 Technology Drive, Easton. $80 registration includes lunch and an opportunity to visit the Garden Gift Boutique and vendors. For more info. tel: 410-819-6931. 24 In-Service Day Activity at the Academy Art Museum, Easton with Constance Del Nero and Jen Wagner. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum instructors will lead a day of fun-filled art projects and other activities for students. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 24 Nature Journaling with Spring Ephemerals at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 3:30


p.m. This workshop with Lee D’Zmura focuses on spring ephemerals in bloom at the Arboretum. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www. 25 Special showing of the documentary “Anthem” about Francis Scott Key at the Talbot County Historical Society Auditorium, Easton. 5:30 p.m. Meet filmmaker Mark Hildebrand, watch the movie and hear a panel discussion by local experts on the era of the War of 1812. A joint program of HSTC and Chesapeake Film Festival. $20. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773.


Lecture: Kittredge~Wilson Speaker Series at the Academy Art Museum, Easton presents Signed in Blood ~ Caravaggio’s Beheading of St. John and the Knights of Malta with Prof. David M. Stone. 6 p.m. In a fully illustrated lecture based on years of research, Stone unravels the mysteries of this grand painting. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

25 Concert: The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra presents Joyous to Glorious at the Easton Church of God with a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. and concert at 7:30 p.m. For more info tel: 888-846-

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8600 or visit 25 Concert: Keller Williams at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Keller Williams has redefined the term “independent artist.” And his numerous recordings tell only half the story. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. 25-26 Workshop: St. Michaels Art League Presents Spring Bulbs in Colored Pencil and Watercolor Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Talbot County Library, St. Michaels Branch, in the Conference Room. Local artist Lee D’Zmura will conduct the classes in this botanical art, which is the union of art, science, drawing and botany. Previous experience in colored pencil or watercolor is recommended. Registration is required prior to April 15. For more info. tel: 410-745-9004 or e-mail To register, visit 25-28, May 3-5, 10-12 Play: The Tred Avon Players present “Enchanted April,” adapted by Matthew Barber from Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1922 novel and directed

26 Newbery Honor-Winning Author to read at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 a.m. Grace Lin, author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, will read from her book. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 26 Concert: Session Americana in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. This acclaimed Boston-based band is a big favorite at the Avalon. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 27 Oxford Day: All of the organizations and businesses in town will be working hard to prepare for this all-day family celebration. Invite your friends and family to visit, plan on staying home, put aside the yard work and errands. Just relax, walk around our wonderful town and enjoy all the activities. This year’s Oxford Day participants are asked to add an environmentally friendly element to their floats, displays,


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27 Concert: Queen Anne’s Chorale’s 25th Anniversary Concert ~ “From Stage and Screen” at Todd Performing Arts Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-758-3183. 27 Concert: MARS 4-tet Group in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. Effortlessly traversing between classic jazz to pop hits, the MARS 4-tet always offers up a generous jazzy serving of energy. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 27-28 The 4th Annual WineFest at St. Michaels promises to be better than ever! Noon to 6 p.m. Not only is this an amazing and popular destination for a fabulous weekend but it benefits local non-profits like St. Michaels Community Center. Many businesses will offer wine tastings, great food, retail specials, and much more. Wine aficionados will experience hundreds of highly rated US, international and Maryland wines. For more info. visit 28 Fair Plays vs. the Flemington Neshanock vintage Base Ball game at Mt. Pleasant Park, Easton. 1


28 Play: The Tred Avon Players present “Enchanted April,” with a delicious Tuscan Brunch at the Oxford Community Center. Brunch at 12:30 with the play beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more info. tel: 410-226-0061 or visit www.

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29 Academy for Lifelong Learning: How It Ends with Ron Lesher at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941.

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