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Tidewater Times

April 2015

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Features: About the Cover Artist: Lee D’Zmura . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Central Florida: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Swim, Not Sink: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Through the Eyes of a Waterman: Kathi Ferguson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Paul Reed Smith ~ Blows Against the Empire: Cliff Rhys James . . . 57 Sinatra Centennial Celebration: Amy Blades Steward . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 New Horizons: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Departments: April Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 April Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 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 Artist

Lee Boulay-D’Zmura Talbot County artist Lee Boulay D’Zmura is an award winning botanical artist whose experience as a landscape architect enriches her watercolors. Having retired from teaching at the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art, she now teaches botanical art workshops at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely. Knowledge of plants and attention to detail are skills needed in both art and architecture. The transition from design to botanical painting was a natural extension of her knowledge and love of plants. Her watercolors are an attempt to capture the beauty and delicacy of individual specimens with botanical accuracy. The fine detail in her paintings is in part the result of years of technical drawing. Botanical art is the union of art and science. It is the artistic interpretation of a plant that captures the essence of the subject with botanical accuracy. It is a creative form that has evolved over thousands of years, arising from

Oak Leaf Hydrangea man’s need to identify plants and their uses and maturing into an art form in an information age. D’Zmura is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region, the Working Artists Forum and the St. Michaels Art League. Her work was recently published in American Botanical Paintings Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, has been exhibited at the United States Botanic Gardens and is in collections throughout the country. She maintains a studio in St. Michaels where she draws inspiration from her neighbors’ gardens and from the native wildflowers of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Locally her work can be seen at the Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery in Easton.

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Central Florida by Helen Chappell

I was really looking forward to getting out of the cold, gray, dead Chesapeake country and getting on the blue and orange bird headed for Florida. I’ve covered the waterfront here on the Eastern Shore for on to forty years now, sometimes passionately, sometimes with the great detachment of a really good anthropologist. I’d like to say I know my beat pretty well, but a chance to visit my family in Florida is a great opportunity to take a look at another culture entirely. I love, and feel so grateful for going to see them, because they

treat me like visiting royalty. It’s a chance to cement the family bond, and when we’re together, we eat at all their favorite restaurants. I gain a ton of weight, and I get to watch local TV. As a serious student of TV, I’m fascinated by what local TV shows a visitor about the region. It seems Daytona and Orange County are on the news a lot. And, you know, if it bleeds, it leads! When you’re up north, bouncing against the Smith and Wesson Line, Florida sounds as if it’s all tropical beaches and palm trees, and parts of it are, but it was just

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far north, but you don’t start seeing it until lower North Carolina. In the subtropics, the ground covers are palmettos, sawbladed palms about two feet high that give the ground beneath the canopy of the trees a lush, verdant look. Everywhere, even along the interstates that whizz the snowbirds away from Yankee cold, there are bodies of water. Catch ponds, impoundments, even natural bodies of water, and they all seem to have sprout aerators ~ fountain-like devices to keep the water moving and the mosquitoes down. In tales told around the back patios, it’s said that alligators lurk in those ponds, together with piranhas that people have released

my luck to hit the state in the middle of a central Florida cold snap. The weather was a balmy 65. Which, actually, compared to the balmy 27 I was leaving behind at BWI, was a pretty good deal. I find Florida fascinating because it’s so different from here, and in many ways so much like here. It’s flat, Atlantic coastal plain with lots of conifers, for instance. It is low, marshy, and full of wetlands with brackish rivers that run into the Atlantic Ocean. On the other hand, it has Spanish moss, which I think is very cool, hanging from the trees and giving the area a haunted look. I wish Spanish moss grew this


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Central Florida from their aquariums when they got too big. Also, it is said, if you go into the wetlands, if the gators don’t bite you, or the piranhas don’t skeletonize you in seconds, the high levels of killer bacteria will leave you looking like the Creature from the Black Lagoon ~ or so they tell me. I probably need to do some serious research into this eco-folklore and natural history, but for now, I’m just telling you what I heard and experienced. The few open patches of undeveloped land are said to host Florida scrub jays. This is a bird I’d like to put on my life list. Oh, and there are rattlesnakes. I believe the rattle-

It’s not a good idea to go swimming in just any pond down in Florida. You don’t know what might be lurking just below the surface. snakes are a released exotic, but they’re out there crawling among the palmetto dunes, just waiting for you. As you probably know, Florida has a big problem with exotics.

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Central Florida Like most warm climates, it seems to attract a certain subspecies of humans who think it’s great to collect big snakes, lizards, non-native species of plants and animals, that quickly escape or are released into the wild and grow fruitful, multiply and become pests. I think the same might be said of some of the human transplants. Since I was in Ormand Beach on a family visit, I was also fascinated by the architecture and cross-cultural mixtures of buildings, businesses and neighborhoods. My brother and sister-in-law live about a block from the ocean, which remained angry and cold during my end-of-January visit. That didn’t seem to stop the truly dedicated swimmers, or even the more totally dedicated surf fisherpeople out there with the Father Frost wind right up in their faces as they cast into the surf. It also did not stop the kids in my family from getting into the backyard pool. I went in up to my knees and cried “enough!” and they all laughed at the silly auntie from Maryland who couldn’t tolerate what those kids all thought was a nice bracing 75 degrees. My sister-in-law loves to browse houses and neighborhoods. She has a real sense of place and belonging in this area, so she made a great guide to Ormand and Fla-

One of the McMansions built in Ormand Beach. It’s for sale for $8,540,000, if you’re interested. gler beaches. I was fascinated by the freshly constructed, right on the dunes McMansions, as big and pretentious as something from a prime time soap opera, and just as ugly. Without the patina of age or style, they were, on the whole, utterly lacking in charm, a mélange of late 20th century mock Georgian and Spanish Colonial that screamed noveau riche. And yes, I’d take one if you offered it to me. It is my understanding that many of these places were built by Brighton Beach Russian mobsters, which, of course, made it even more fascinating to a writer. Across the highway heading inland, things were more modest. My family lives in a nice neighborhood on a nice street. Their house backs up to a wildlife preserve protected by a high fence. Whether the gators and snakes are protected from us, or we from them, I don’t know. My favorite thing about their house is that the mailbox pillar is a dolphin. I want one desperately for 20


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Local Foundation Teaches Kids to Swim, Not Sink by Dick Cooper Finley Carter loved to splash and play with his parents in the shallow end of the Bay Hundred Community Pool in St. Michaels, but until last summer those were the outer limits of the six-year-old’s aquatic adventures. Now, thanks to a new program, Finley and 274 other area children can swim the length of the pool on their own, a skill that gives

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Swim, Not Sink and hopes to expand it to Easton. “We are excited about it again this year,” said Trish Payne, Executive Director of the St. Michaels Community Center that administered last year’s inaugural program. “Everybody who participated learned how to swim, from the little ones who were 18 months old to the older kids who were a little afraid. By the end of the two weeks, they were jumping in the deep end and swimming all over the place.” Foundation Chair Sherry Manning said the idea for SOS came from the group’s planning meeting at the Inn at Perry Cabin in January 2014. The Foundation was formed in 2010 to support and promote youth sailing and swimming and other water-connected sports and competition on the Chesapeake Bay. It grew quickly, and over its first three years became a funding charity for a wider field of interests. It has dispensed more than $150,000 to 23 worthy organizations and endeavors. But its members decided they needed more focus. “We wanted to decide if we had independent goals because at that point we had become a pass-through organization,” Manning says. She said once the group decided to concentrate on teaching children how to swim, they began to do research. “We wanted to find out if maybe everybody already was a swimmer.

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Swim, Not Sink What we found was that there was a great divide and even though we had a great public pool there was a large body of young people who were not part of the community of swimmers.” She said their research showed t hat 19 people had d row ned in Maryland the previous year. Members also recalled the tragic events near Federalsburg in 2012 when three boys drow ned in a creek. “We felt we hadn’t done our job in our community until every one of our little kids knows how to swim. They need it as a survival skill, as a joy, as fun, and as an element of self-reliance…there are just so many

The S.O.S. float in the St. Michaels Christmas Parade. important aspects to knowing how to swim, and that is what we are excited about.” The Foundation was able to come up with the idea and the money, but the members knew they needed help implementing their plans. For that they turned to a familiar partner,

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Swim, Not Sink

center for the swimming lessons. Foundation Member Rayonna Bennett said they soon discovered that the need was greater than they had anticipated. “Our initial goal was to get 100 kids through the program and we ended up having 275,” she said. The expansion of the program f its nicely into the Foundation’s long-term plans, she said. “All of the things we support are connected to the necessity of children knowing how to swim. We took a step back and recognized that it was a crucial foundation for kids around the water. All it takes is one drowning in the news to drive the point home that children, and not just little children, but older children and adults as well, are out

the St. Michaels Community Center. “We were fortunate they came to us to handle the administrative part of their program,” said Payne. The Center’s Youth Coordinator, Pam Phillips, designed the program at the Bay Hundred pool, built the lesson schedule, arranged for the instructors and worked closely with the St. Michaels school administration to get children registered. “It was a fantastic partnership,” Payne said. “Without their funding we could not have done it,” she said of the Foundation. Manning said that the Critchlow-Atkins Children’s Center also helped to register the children in its St. Michaels day-care

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Swim, Not Sink on the water and don’t know how to swim.” Bennett said Foundation members are now looking to the future of the program’s growth. “Exponentially might be a little ambitious, but we are working on a longer term plan on how to expand each year.” Part of the plan is to work w ith other groups and agencies that provide swimming lessons in the county. “We will be looking to partner with those groups the way we have with the St. Michaels Community Center.” Manning said it costs $47 to teach one child how to swim. Most of that money covers the pool time and the hourly fees for the swimming instructors for two weeks. The cost includes an SOS T-shirt and a certificate of completion at the end of the lessons for each child. “They were really working hard to get those T-shirts,” Manning said. At the end of the SOS program last year, the Foundation threw a party for all of the children and their parents to make the celebration a family event. Shawn Carter said his son Finley, who had started out last summer leery of the pool, learned how to tread water, dog paddle and swim across the pool. “By the end, I had to remind him to leave his shoes by the fence before he dashed off and jumped in,” Carter said. His oldest son, eight-year-old

Everyone enjoys learning how to swim! Blake, who had some basic water skills at the beginning of the summer, wa s s w i m m i ng t he crawl, breast stroke and backstroke after his lessons. This summer, it will be two-year-old Kellan’s turn to join his older brothers when SOS starts again at the Bay Hundred Community Pool. Contributions to the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation’s SOS: Sink or Swim program can be sent to the Foundation at 606A North Talbot Street, St. Michaels, Mar yland, 21663. Credit card donations can be made through the Foundation’s website at Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. He and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels. He can be reached at dickcooper@ 34


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Through the Eyes of a Waterman The Art of William E. Cummings by Kathi Ferguson

An easel stands in the corner of Bill Cummings’ sunroom displaying a detailed sketch of several fishermen who appear to be going up against some pretty rough water. “Believe it or not,” Cummings explains, “this picture still has a ways to go. Takes me awhile before I get everything the way I want it, but it will turn out to be a nice painting.” Working entirely from memory, this talented, yet humble, Tilghman, Maryland, native has cap-

tured history and life as a waterman through his art for more than 45 years. “It’s all up here, in my head. I don’t work with photographs. If I get a picture, it will come from somebody else. Most of the things I paint are from my life.” Like most young boys who were raised on Tilghman’s Island during the 1930s, William E. Cummings pretty much grew up on the water. Times were simpler then. The roads were mapped with oyster shells,

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William E. Cummings

A portrait of Cummings painted by Nancy Tankersley. and dozens of working boats made the Island their home. Tourists enjoyed the pleasures of hunting and fishing, and the local Tilghman Packing Company was a major employer. Located in the middle of the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the island was ideally suited for the then thriving seafood industry. A family like Bill’s depended on the bounty of the Bay to make its living. “My father, Earnest ~ ‘Keenie’ for short ~ was a waterman, as were his family before him,” says Bill. “He wasn’t an educated man - could hardly write his name. But he was so intelligent. My dad was my teacher. He taught me

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to play or off to school and home again for lunch. “Mom would pack a couple of sandwiches for Dad to take on the boat,” Bill recalls. “We didn’t have indoor plumbing and had to wash up in the basin outside before we sat down for meals. We were sure to answer ‘Yes, sir’ or ‘No, sir’ when spoken to, and hats came off before coming to the table. Good memories.” As far as he knows, Bill was the only artistic one in the family. His passion for drawing began as a child. Bill remembers vividly, “In the evenings I’d sit with a little notepad and draw whatever came to mind ~ just play with it ~ people

so many things, and I always looked up to him.” Many of those lessons were learned working on board Old Ben, his dad’s boat. “I learned how to oyster when I was about 12 years old. In the summer months, we’d go seine hauling. Now, that was hard work, but I loved it!” Bill smiles, “Lots of my paintings tell stories of the seine haulers.” Bill was born in 1927, 11 years after his only sibling, Elizabeth. “Lib pretty much raised me after Mom got real sick,” Bill says affectionately. The family always had breakfast together, and then it was outdoors

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to get warm. “No, you’re not,” his dad replied emphatically. “If you’re gonna work on the water, you’re staying out here. There’s no money to be made hiding below.” The disillusioned young fisherman quickly responded, “If you’ll take me home, I’ll go to school!” Lesson learned. Bill was the first Cummings to graduate from high school. Learning became addicting for Bill. After high school, he enrolled in some classes. “I took navigation, math, income tax, things like that,” Bill said. “I wanted to learn everything!” At 18 years of age, he enlisted in the Navy but was discharged a year later since his help was needed at home. The tables had now turned and

in different positions, moving them around, sometimes trying to put a picture together. I always had a pencil in my hand.” It was not until adulthood that this self-taught artist would use his talent as a means to preserve a piece of history. Growing up, young Bill proclaimed that school was not for him ~ he wanted to work on the water. “Okay, then,” his father told him, “Go pack up your lunch. We’re going fishing.” Off they went. It was a cold one that day, and the temperature seemed to drop by the hour. It was not long before Bill laid his oyster rakes down and announced that he was heading to the cabin



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William E. Cummings Bill was caring for his father, who had lost both of his legs to diabetes. The physical loss, however, could not dissuade Keenie’s yearning to get back on the water. Using his inherent strength and a waterman’s determination, Bill found a way to make that happen. “In the morning I would take Dad out of the house in his wheelchair, hoist him up into the front seat of the truck, put the wheelchair in the back of the truck, unload the chair, get him back into it, wheel him down to the boat and then hoist him, wheelchair and all, on board ~ manually!” Bill would haul in the oysters and his father would cull them. “I wouldn’t take him out if the weather was bad and that never went over too well. He didn’t speak to me for days!” Despite the attempts made by Bill’s parents to discourage their son from becoming a commercial fisherman, it was to no avail. He was destined for a life on the water. On board “his baby,” the 42-foot Zaca (named for his wife’s favorite actor Errol Flynn’s schooner in the 1952 film, Cruise of the Zaca), the 25-year-old Cummings set his sights on the day’s catch to make a living. But Bill’s love for art was never lost. Throughout his years as a waterman, he began to realize that times were changing and “things from my life were passing me by.”

Out of Nowhere This is what drove Cummings to learn everything he possibly could about art so that he could record his own history through it. On one of Bill’s visits to the museums of the Smithsonian, he became fixated on a large painting by Rembrandt. “It took my breath away; it really did,” he said, shaking his head in disbelief. “I was amazed at its beauty and what it must have taken to create such a thing ~ how in the world did he do this?” That was the moment when Bill decided he was going to find out for himself. Cummings began to immerse himself in books about anatomy, the Old Masters, color, values, design, and composition – anything pertaining to art. “In my spare time, I’d practice things like mixing colors, or learning how a piece of clothing should fall on a figure. 48

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on a path to taking this thing very seriously.” Acrylics became Bill’s medium of choice, although he continued to work in watercolor and dabbled a bit in pastel. “I started out working with oils, but the smell of turpentine made my wife feel sick, so I switched to acrylics,” he explains. “But I managed to make them look like oil paintings by learning how to mix a varnish and applied it as a finish.” At the time, Baltimore was the closest place to purchase art supplies. Knowing her husband was eager to start his first works on canvas, wife Jeanne offered to make the trip north and brought back the materials. Working out of his mod-

Books were my lifeline to the art world. I read them cover to cover and tried to copy the Masters. The Impressionists were my favorites,” he smiles. It was not until Bill was in his 40s that he began to paint in earnest. Although he continued to fish, doctor’s orders led him to take a hiatus, and he began to work as a bridge tender on Tilghman Bridge. Daughter Tootie recalls, “Dad’s first paintings were done from that bridge house. Most of them were watercolors, but his first one on canvas was in black and white. He got inspired from looking out the window at the scenery. I think that really put him



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constructed outdoor picture, features Eakins’ friends, and includes a self-portrait. It would stand to reason that it had a strong influence on the outcome of this picture. Impressed by his knowledge of anatomy and strong sense of design, friend and accomplished professional artist Nancy Tankersley marvels at Cummings’ tenacity and dedication to his craft. “It is extremely challenging to recreate something from memory and have it come together as a painting,” says Nancy. “Bill was an ambitious painter and always striving to improve ~ that’s the sign of a serious artist.” While viewing the delightful painting Knucks Down Tight, we are reminded of the days when the children on Tilghman enjoyed shooting marbles after supper; a young Bill and his friend are portrayed listening intently to an older, more experienced fisherman about what it takes to mend a hole in a net in The Pupils; and in the painting called The Partners, the two buddies can be seen catching soft crabs near the shoreline. Working on the water can bring both chaos and calm to the commercial fisherman, and Bill was able to portray both in his work. He had learned how to capture the essence of a scene with a strong composition and careful rendering. “It’s important to me that there is action in my paintings, and one of the best ways to achieve that is with

est home studio any chance he got, Cummings began to paint his memories. He started each piece with multiple black and white drawings, followed by a preliminary watercolor sketch before tackling what would be the final painting. “Until I get things the way I want them, I’m not going to finish it,” Bill asserts. “The picture has to describe what I am trying to tell people.” The chapters of Cummings’ life began to emerge as he painted a variety of subjects ranging from harvesting oysters on his beloved Zaca, to seine-hauling and pound-netting, or watermen telling tall tales after a long day on the water. With each work would be a story written by Bill to accompany it. In the painting entitled Last One in is a Rotten Egg, Cummings portrays the anticipation and sheer joy of racing to the end of Buzzard’s Lane to go skinny dipping after school. “We’d throw our clothes up on the trees before jumping in so they didn’t get wet and try to be the first one over the bank,” Bill says, chuckling. “I’m the blond-haired one with my arm up in the air.” Interestingly, renowned American realist painter Thomas Eakins (18441916), a favorite of Cummings, painted one of his finest studies of the nude in his piece entitled The Swimming Hole. The work is said to be the artist’s most successfully 52


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boats docked at Knapp’s Narrows on an overcast day. William E. Cummings has painted more than just pretty pictures. He has painted the heart and soul of Tilghman’s Island and the Chesapeake region. There is integrity in his work, just like the man ~ steadfast, proud, and principled. Simply stated, “My paintings are my history, and this is how I hope to preserve it.” William E. Cummings passed away in September of 2014. His paintings are owned and cherished by many fellow watermen as well as private collectors. An active supporter of the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum, Cummings contributed the rights to produce and distribute prints of his works to the organization. There are currently more than 20 prints available on a limited edition basis, and a short film about his life is soon to be released. Tilghman Watermen’s Museum celebrates the culture and heritage of the Island’s watermen and their families. You can see more of his work at

The Partners the brush strokes I put down,” Bill explains. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is found in the work entitled Out of Nowhere. The paint is boldly applied in different directions throughout the piece ~ even exaggerated ~ using short and long strokes of color that envelop the troubled skipjack as it weathers a sudden turbulent storm. Common themes can be seen throughout Cummings’ work, as depicted in pieces such as The Oyster Harvesters, The Seine Haulers I, II and III, and The Pound Netters, where figures have been drawn with conviction and placed thoughtfully throughout each painting. At the same time, this artist has the ability to reflect the serenity and calm that life on Tilghman offers in his loosely painted watercolors that highlight a small flock of geese landing near the shore, or work-

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Paul Reed Smith Blows Against the Empire by Cliff Rhys James

In this highly refracted world, Carlos Santana and Ted Nugent probably don’t see eye to eye on much when it comes to life, religion or politics, but these two famous guitar slingers do agree on one thing: Paul Reed Smith designs and builds the slickest playing, best sounding, most aesthetically pleasing guitars money can buy. Terrible Teddy (one of Nugent’s many sobriquets) may have been one of the first of the high profile string benders to embrace Smith’s creations, and Carlos Santana is perhaps the most universally acclaimed guitarist to do so, but the play list of legendary ax men who insist on PRS as their main ride is long and illustrious, and one that grows over time. From the classical arpeggios of formally trained acoustic musicians, to the cool sizzle of jazz guitarists or the signature rock riffs that turn listeners into writhing air guitarists, PRS guitars deliver the kind of sonic effect sought out by virtuosos and journeymen alike. “People get ready, there’s a train a comin’…”

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belated visits to the lost and forgotten shrines of the original prophets of Boom in Anaheim, Santa Ana, Fullerton and parts of Los Angeles, California, where the names of Adolph Rickenbacker, George Beauchamp, Paul Bigsby and Leo Fender still echo, however faintly, down the dimly lit corridors of time. They were the searchers and seekers; the guys who set out to renovate sound and expand the echo; the advance scouts probing for passageways on the electric frontier. For the longest time, I never realized these pioneers wrestled with the unknown inside that twenty-mile radius. Like most folks, I knew the Beach Boys created southern California’s surf music vibe only thirty-odd

scent of jasmine, and with klieg lights carving up the darkness like a 1939 Hollywood premier, I could look out at the Disneyland fireworks far off in the distance. At times there was an otherworldly feel to it ~ like some nocturnal dreamscape rising into wakeful reality. Any way, in the movie Field of Dreams, the main character played by Kevin Costner obeys a voice that whispers to him, “Build it and they will come.” My personalized corollary that applies to musical pioneers is, “Build it and Cliff will come ~ maybe later rather than sooner ~ but eventually, he will come.” That was the case with each of my

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Mid-Atlantic States, I’ve come for one of my belated visits to a shrine ~ only this one isn’t lost and forgotten. This one is a flourishing temple of tumultuous expression in Stevensville, Maryland. Or wait! Maybe it’s where the wizards of wood and steel harness free electrons to conjure up the magic and ride the lightning. Okay, okay… you see, I’m pretty sure Paul Reed Smith heard the same voice as that Costner character because he sure enough built it, and sure enough they came ~ lots of them, from all over this highly refracted world. And now, later rather than sooner, but better late than never, I’ve come as well.

miles west of me. And I knew that not too many years after that, everyone from country/folk rockers to lizard kings, and from psychedelic trippers to the bluesy vanguard of the British Invasion, cruised up and down Sunset Boulevard between the Whiskey a Go Go and Laurel Canyon on that magical mystery tour. But it took me awhile to discover where, decades earlier, those latter day luthiers and seminal electron boys tore it up each day trying to decode the future. Which is a long way of saying: now that I’ve moved back to the

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century European ancestors, these latter day luthiers were never content to grind away at inherited tradition. No, this enterprising crew was something else, and nothing if not bold. They were a hurtling high speed trainload of idiosyncratic perfectionists called by fate and compelled by larger forces to live out their lives at the sonic intersection of art and science ~ of music and technology. And just when everyone figured all was quiet on the western front, these mavericks delivered heav y ordinance down range on an unsuspecting culture. I call it the original shock and awe campaign that shattered the peace and challenged the established order of music, of culture, of just about everything. It was time for

How long does it take for the great wheel to go around? Let me drill down a bit to explain. Burning through the restless generations of two centuries, all across this American continent, there’s been a long line of musical trailblazers. They were a mix of tool-and-die men, scrappy business promoters, poets, musicians and tinkerers, all powered by a hungering spirit. And they stumbled down that lonely road of discovery to freedom’s beating heart. For some it was the road to ruin. For others it was a road of reward. For many that road led one way ~ west to where the nation shouldered up to the Pacific. But unlike their 16th and 17th

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Ludwig van Beethoven to roll over in his grave because Johnny B. Goode was fixin’ to dial it up. When the smoke cleared and the dust settled, a slow dawning realization took hold. They had not only captured thunder and lightning in a bottle and called it the electric guitar, they’d lit off the wildfire of rock ’n roll that burned coast to coast before leaping the North Atlantic fire break to ignite blazes in Britain and eventually most of Europe. These were blows against the empire ~ serious blows. “And it burns, burns, burns ~ that ring of fire…” They all shared an urgent need to seize the audible world and jack it up with the big sound of some-

thing bold and new ~ with all that crackling power. They were a strange brew standing astride the chasm that divides musical genres ~ that separates the status quo from the great unknown. And if they were haunted by questions, they were also fortified with enough true American grit to dig down deep and discover the answers. In man’s never-ending search for meaning, they found theirs in building a better beast, and in composing the soundtrack of many lives ~ even if it was heavily distorted and drenched in electronic feedback. The basic tools were simple enough. The first was an amplifier/speaker. The second and most subversive tool of all was looked upon by some

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the launch pad way up in the northcountry of Kalamazoo, Ted McCarty blasted off into outer space. They both dared ~ big time. And so does Paul Reed Smith; he dared while wandering around Bowie, MD, with a handful of wood and a head full of dreams. Eventually he double dog dared fate itself when he moved his operation east across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Stevensville in 1995 and built a fortress from which to take on the world and deliver blows against the empire. But I have my doubts. I have a working hypothesis that I’ve repeatedly tested against observable reality over a lifetime of encounters. It posits that deep in the interior reaches of successful, hardworking and friendly men like Paul Reed Smith there’s a bubbling cauldron ~ a fire in the belly that won’t be denied. That’s not to suggest that he’s hard or mean spirited. I don’t mean that at all. What I do mean is that Paul Reed Smith is not easily displaced from the trajectory of his will. That’s my hypothesis, anyway, and I’m here today meeting him for the first time to test it. Jeanne Nooney, Public Relations and Events Coordinator for PRS, is taking me on a fascinating tour of their production facilities. She’s a very hospitable, well-informed guide and a ready source of answers. (Full Disclosure: in a previous life I managed several factories and plants for a famous Fortune 50 company,

as the weapon of choice, but by others as the preferred instrument of redemption. For all of them it represented the cranked-up, fully charged electrified future. It lit up the radar screen and set off all the alarm bells; it upset the neighbors and in the days before and after the thermonuclear Genie escaped the bottle, it scared hell out of the Russians. The guys who strapped it on to ride the lightning called it an Axe, but to everyone else it was the electric guitar. This lineage is a messy meandering, one strewn with the wreckage of failed attempts and blind runs down dark alleys, of miscalculation and confusion because that’s the nature of innovation. It’s also nature’s way of dishing out challenges to all comers seeking to disrupt the status quo: “You see the immensity of all this?” Nature seems to taunt. “You want some of this immutable mind-boggling stuff present at the creation that is matter and energy and musical vibration all bound up by the weight of history? Come and get it ~ if you dare.” Well…Adolph Rickenbacker and George Beauchamp dared; they lit the fuse in Los Angeles. And F.C. Hall dared; he pushed the envelope in Anaheim. Leo Fender, he dared more than most in Fullerton, CA, where they named a street after him. And after Orville Gibson built 64


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tight ~ where blows are delivered against the empire. But almost without exception, I encounter something here that strikes me as clearly outside my past experience with production facilities; everyone seems intensely absorbed and genuinely committed to what they’re doing in a friendly, dare I say almost joyous, kind of way. This place is like a dedicated home for an extended family of craftsmen, craftswomen and music lovers from across the generations and genres for whom this is much more than a paycheck. Jeanne and I stop to observe a… is he a craftsman? Or maybe he’s an artist. Actually, he’s both, and he’s applying a beautiful rich handrubbed color coat to the guitar body that makes the wood’s natural grain pop to life. Even after I tell him he reminds me of Ozzy Osbourne he continues to expertly rub gorgeous color into the wood for another ten seconds before finally smiling and saying, “I’ll take that as a compliment.” Jeanne tells me that he’s personally created and customized many of the blends. Moments later, in what I call the “winding department,” I quickly inspect the custom-built machine that winds various strands of copper wire around the iron core to create the guitar pickups ~ the electromagnetic devices that start the induced conversion of vibrating strings into sound. This is home of the hum-

and so I have an experienced eye for industrial engineering and manufacturing processes.) On the one hand I find state of the art industrial gear like Computerized Numerical Control machine tools that rough cut the wood stock, and temperature controlled industrial ovens that drive the Chesapeake Bay area’s high humidit y down to 6% or less in all processed wood. If there’s an element of engineered precision and automated production ~ this is it. At the same time Jeanne leads me through department after department where specialists and job shop-type craftsmen lovingly customize each guitar on individual work benches. Here, small batches of like models are broken dow n into single instruments for detailed hand work. This is the place where a long list of PR S -per fected innovations are built into each and every “axe” that carries the PRS headstock signature. It’s where art meets science ~ where the readyto-go kinetic energy gets wound


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Paul Reed Smith bucker, as well as other kinds and styles of pickups. The tour ends in the clean and quiet room where each guitar has a final inspection, is briefly played and is expertly tuned before being laid tenderly in a customized case for shipping. You see, when you buy a PRS guitar you can take it out of the case, walk on stage, plug in and rock. Or, you can sit down alone in your kitchen and noodle away. Waiting in the hallway outside the closed door to Paul’s office, my mind wanders back over random bits of article research: his involvement in charitable causes like raising money for cancer research with Johns Hopkins Medical Center and…. Suddenly the door f lings open. When I see Paul Reed Smith in person for the very first time, he’s coming at me like, well, like a hurtling high-speed train. Veering off at a slight angle, he speeds past a group of us in the hallway with that bigeyed grin of his, saying to everyone and no one alike, “You wanna hear a great-sounding acoustic guitar?” But of course it’s a rhetorical question, and besides, he’s not waiting for an answer. “Follow me,” he shouts excitedly. And so we do; Jeanne and I and several others fall into line like boxcars behind a locomotive, and the next thing I know we’re all standing inside a room where some master luthiers are talking in hushed tones.

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me especially with a sense of relief. So I start out by saying, “This is a true story, and if you haven’t heard it before you’ll enjoy it.” Paul rocks back in his chair, glances over at Jeanne and decides to listen. “Neil Young was once asked by a music journalist to name the top ten rock guitarists of all time.” Paul stares intently at me. Now I’ve got his attention. “So Neil thinks for a moment and says, ‘it’s like a ten-story building and maybe I’m on the 7th floor, but guys like Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page ~ those dudes are on the 8th and 9th floor.’ But when the journalist says, ‘Neil, can I assume by the absence of his name that you’d put Jimi Hendrix on the 10th floor?’ Neil says, ‘no man, Jimi’s in another building all by himself.’” I chuckle

Paul grabs the guitar and starts picking and strumming it. His eyes swim with delight, and the grin on his face spreads wider. “Yeah, that’s beautiful,” he murmurs. He powers through some chords, throws a few licks into a brief solo and then holds the instrument up vertically, spinning it this way and that, showing off the rich and resonant sustain. A minute later we’re in Paul’s office, where I find myself sitting at the end of a long conference table. Jeanne is on my left and Paul is to the right. He eyes me up now as if for the first time, then looks at the digital voice recorder I switch on and says, “Okay, this interview is over!” Thank God he’s kidding, and we all laugh,


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I suddenly blurt out, “Good God, I just realized who you look like ~ Roger McGuinn ~ you know, Turn, Turn, Turn ~ Eight Miles High and all that.” Paul immediately counters, “Nah, people say I either look like Peter Frampton or Weird Al Yankovich.” Laughter erupts. The good-natured ribbing meanders around until we’re arguing over a late ‘60s TV talk show during which the host (Dick Cavett, I think) says to a guest named Jimi Hendrix, “so tell me, how does it feel to be the world’s greatest guitarist?” I recall Jimi saying, “I wouldn’t know, you need to ask Roy Buchanan.” Paul’s version of this is that Jimi said, “I wouldn’t know, you need to ask Rory Gallagher.” So back and forth we go, Roy Buchanan ~ Rory Gallagher ~ Roy Buchanan ~ Rory Gallagher, and as our voices rise in volume with each retort it occurs to me that maybe I’m pushing things a wee bit too far here. I mean, I just met this guy and I’m a guest in his office and this IS, after all, THE Paul Reed Smith! “Never mind Gallagher and Buchanan,” he mutters in exasperation, “That was then, this is now, and in the here and now the best guitarist breathing is Derek Trucks.” Aha, he’s talking about electric blues slide guitarists, I conclude, and then before I can throttle back my impulses, I’m leaning in pointing and saying a bit too loudly, “No way man, Trucks is good, he’s damn good, but he’s no Sonny Landreth.” But Paul’s having

with self-satisfaction because I like telling this story and besides, it naturally segues into my first question: “So tell me, Paul, how would you rank the rock guitar makers, the luthiers of all time?” Paul pauses for a moment to gather his thoughts, then leans in and says, “No, no ~ Jeff Beck is on the 10th f loor!” He’s still back on Neil’s building because it’s important to him, and wham, things are suddenly spiraling off into the spontaneous give and take of two people with similar interests but different views. It’s a riff I always find delightful. “Neil isn’t on the 7th floor anyway,” Paul says, “unless he’s there as a songwriter, in which case he may be higher than that.” Then he gradually unpacks his unique perspective, which leads to his version of the ten-story building. I hear names like Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt, Robert Johnson and Elvis Presley. I agree with some and disagree with others. B.B King and Little Richard and Chuck Berry are names we agree on, even if we don’t agree on which specific floor they occupy, all of which prompts Jeanne to interject, saying, “you two aren’t really talking about the same thing.” She’s right. Moments later, while quick ly touching upon the early country rockers around the L.A. scene like the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, 72


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none of it, “Derek Trucks, period, end of story,” he says with steel in his voice. So back and forth we go again: Derek Trucks ~ Sonny Landreth ~ Derek Trucks ~ Sonny Landreth. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I’m going off the rails again. Uh oh! Paul is up on his feet moving toward a phone. Is that a stare or is that a glare? I’ve finally done it ~ he’s calling security. I knew it. No, wait! I thought he was thrashing around in a state of great agitation, but maybe it’s visceral excitement because now he’s hunched over his computer stabbing at the keyboard and sliding his mouse around and then ~ BOOM ~ a super-sonic wall of sound rocks the room. You guessed right, it’s Derek Trucks tearing it up on a searing electric blues riff. A ll right… maybe, just maybe Trucks is better than Landreth, but I’m not admitting that to Paul Reed Smith, thank you very much. Paul leans back in his chair. His eyes close and his head starts bobbing and that big grin is spreading across his face again. In fact everyone is smiling and nodding. Ten, twenty, thirty seconds of smokin’ hot electric blues rock riffs fill every nook and cranny of the room until Paul re-enters the here and now. He bolts upright in his chair, punches a key and just like that the music stops. He g la nces at his watch. Everyone is on their feet and I hear

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Sinatra Centennial Celebration at the Academy Art Museum by Amy Blades Steward

Ol’ Blue Eyes is back! The Academy Art Museum has announced plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra with a series of events in 2015. “Sinatra is widely viewed as the twentieth century’s most remarkable singer of the Great American Songbook,” notes Museum Director Dennis McFadden. “We have lined up a great program of music, lectures, and films to honor this American icon.” The centerpiece of the program will be a gala celebration in May, “Come Fly with Us!” The renowned Smit hsonian Ja zz Master work s Orchestra will perform, with awardwinning vocalist Allan Harris singing Sinatra hits. As part of the celebration, the Museum is sponsoring a variety of community activities about Sinatra during the year, in line w ith its mission to support vibrant arts and educational programming on the Eastern Shore. To showcase Sinatra’s accomplishments in film, the Academy Art Museum and Chesapeake Film Festival will jointly host a Sinatra Film Festival at the Museum. There

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Spring Has Arrived! Exercise Time! After experiencing a rather nasty winter, home gardeners are anxious to get out there and start working in the landscape and garden. Since being cooped up for the winter, unless you actively exercise anyway, sedentary gardeners need to be careful not to strain muscles when starting to work outside. Do some stretches before you start digging and pruning. If you haven’t been exercising, check with your doctor first, especially if you have any kind of health issues. One nice thing about being retired, I now have time to exercise the way I should. I have taken up Tai Chi. I highly recommend it as a way to stretch and keep limber. With the warmer days in April, you might be anxious to get out there and do some digging. Don’t rush the planting season! No, it is not a good idea to go out and plant your tomato plants on the first 60° day of the year. If you try to get

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Tidewater Gardening dation for the planting of early vegetables. But “worked” needs to be defined. Working a sandy loam soil in Caroline County is quite different from working a heavy clay soil in Talbot. “Workability” depends on the soil and the season. Soils need to dry out from winter snows and rains before they can be cultivated. This may be mid-March one year, but mid- or even late-April for another, depending on the season and soil type. Well-drained, sandy loam soils dry out and warm up sooner than soils that are of a silt or silt/ clay composition. Remember that, in terms of dates, f lowers and vegetables can be divided into two groups: those that need a cool growing season and are frost hardy, and those that need warm soil to germinate and grow. Cool season vegetables include peas, cabbage, broccoli, onion sets, potatoes, lettuce and root crops like beets and carrots. Flowers in the group include pansies, sweet peas, and larkspur. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, petunia, marigold, and impatiens are some of the warm season crops. None of these are frost hardy. Planting them should be delayed until after the danger of frost has passed. Even when frost isn’t a factor, warm soil is necessary for good

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them in too early. Their roots will not grow in cold soil, and the air temperature has to get above 65° for them to set fruit. If you are a raised bed gardener, you do have a little advantage in getting certain crops in early. The soil tends to warm up more quickly in raised beds. The use of a floating fabric like Re-May will help the soil retain some heat as well. In normal years you will get a 10-day to 2-week start on the production of broccoli, cabbage, and summer squash by using these methods. In addition, the fabric will give you some early season insect control if you handle it carefully and keep the crops covered until it gets too warm during the day. April is the perfect month to plant pansies in the landscape. A number of newer varieties have heat tolerance bred into them so they last longer in the season ~ some lasting through June. You can brighten up your front door with pots of transplanted pansies, or place them in outdoor beds as

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Transplant your pansies approximately 8 to 10 inches apart. Alternate or stagger the planting pattern for the best effect and f lower display. A light mulching with straw or pine needles will prolong their f lowering period. Weekly removal of dead f lowers can keep them f lowering right up to the hottest weather. When we think of “geraniums” we usually think of the annual flower with white, pink or red blossoms. However, these plants are really of the Pelargonium genus of flowering plants. Confusingly, Geranium is the correct botanical name of a separate genus of related plants often called cranesbills or hardy geraniums. Botanically,

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both genera belong to the family Geraniaceae. So, when I refer to a “perennial geranium” you might scratch you head and say, “what?” The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) has named its 2015 Perennial Plant of the Year™ a perennial geranium, Geranium xcantabrigiense ‘Biokovo.’ This botanically named tongue twister has several common names, including Biokovo geranum and cranesbill Biokovo. According to the PPA, this plant was a “naturally occurring hybrid of Geranium dalmaticum and Geranium moacrorrhizum, in the Biokovo Mountains of the Dalmatia region of present-day Croatia.”

The plant is hardy from USDA Zones 4 to 8. If you would like to plant it in your landscape, choose a sunny to partially shady location in moderate to well-drained soil. The PPA recommends its use in the landscape as a ground cover, as it grows 6 to 10 inches high. Plant them in the front of the f lower border or in a rock garden. ‘Biokovo’ produces masses of delicate pinkish white f lowers in spring and reddish, scarlet and orange leaf colors in the fall. The f lowers also produce a nice scent, and the foliage is aromatic. Other nice features include that the plant tends to be deer- and rabbit-

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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



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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 Star-Democrat 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 GR AND 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 - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Easton’s Federal dwellings. Former home of

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Easton Points of Interest Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - 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 ref lects 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 www.tcf 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. 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 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 24. 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 dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist� mill has been lovingly preserved by

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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. For more info. visit 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. For more info. visit 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. For more info. visit 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 1877, Dodson,


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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. 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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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 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. 410-7452900 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 410-745-3100. 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,

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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 for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit 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. For more info. visit 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665. The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors

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St. Michaels Points of Interest would come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. 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. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 17. 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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. 18. 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. For more info. visit 19. 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). 20. 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. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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. 23. 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. 24. 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. For more info. visit 25. 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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or 26. 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. For more info. visit 27. 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, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit 29. 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 S. Talbot St. 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.

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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 - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or 3. 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 3A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 4. CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY - Founded in 1851. Designed by esteemed British architect Richard Upton, co-founder of the American Institute of Architects. It features beautiful stained glass windows by the acclaimed Willet Studios of Philadelphia.

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5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School. 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 preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. and hours tel: 410-226-0191 or visit 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for officers of the 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. 410-226-5111 or 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. 141

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New Horizons by Gary D. Crawford

Some years ago I produced a modest weekly “newspaper” for the Tilghman community. It was a simple one-pager, front and back, that we called the Island Flyer. Three hundred free copies appeared around the island every Friday morning. Over the years we received unsolicited donations for the ink and paper from 83 different individuals, mostly Tilghman residents, many of whom made multiple gifts. Together, we kept it going for 326 weeks.

It was nothing fancy: the usual calendar of upcoming events and reports on recent happenings. To keep costs down it was printed at home with black ink only, but on yellow paper to help brighten it up. Vol. 3 No. 24 was the sole exception. That issue had color photos of the Tilghman boys who won the Home Run Baker League Championship in 2006. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that occasionally the Island


New Horizons Flyer also ran articles on points of local history. Less edifying by a great margin were the groaner jokes used to fill bits of free space, tales involving a mythical waterman named Jimmy Sook and his curious family. Not everything was local, however. Every so often I went well outside our community for stories ~ a long way outside. Having been interested in astronomy since childhood, I have followed our exploration of the solar system with delight and wonder. NASA has a wonderful website called “APOD” (at apod/astropix.html), which stands for “astronomy picture of the day.”

Make it the opening page for your web browser and every morning you will be presented with a brief paragraph explaining a picture. And what pictures! They are selected from an endless array of possibilities: a Hubble deep-space photo, an auroral display seen over Finland, a snapshot of Martian rocks taken by one of the rovers, or a close-up of a comet or asteroid. APOD not only surprises and delights, it also helps us keep up with space missions that nobody else is reporting on anymore. It’s important that we should keep looking up in wonder, so, from time to time, articles would appear it the Island Flyer that helped keep us abreast of news from space. Remember the first two successful

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New Horizons Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity? They landed on opposite sides of Mars in January of 2004, after a six-month journey from Earth. These six-wheeled robots were designed to operate for a minimum of 90 Martianrotations (sols), or about 94½ Earthrotations (days). Everyone hoped they would go longer, of course, and they did. Indeed, they just kept going, for so long that the general media lost interest. Not the editor of the Island Flyer, however. When the rovers surpassed the 1000-day milestone ~ more than ten times their planned life ~ this story ran in our Thanksgiving issue, November 25, 2006. Mars Rovers Ever wonder how the rovers Spirit and Opportunity got their inspiring names? It’s an interesting story. Back in 2002, NASA conducted a Name-theRovers Contest for school-children. As one might imagine, they received lots of suggestions, over 10,000. One submission came from Sofi Collis, then a 9-year-old third-grader in Scottsdale. She was a Siberian orphan who had been adopted seven years earlier by an Arizona family. Sofi won the NASA contest handsdown with the following submission. I think you will agree it also is a poem of real Thanksgiving. I used to live in an Orphanage. It was dark and cold and lonely. At night, I looked up at the sparkly

sky and felt better. I dreamed I could fly there. In America, I can make all my dreams come true..... Thank you for the “Spirit” and the “Opportunity.”

Sofi Collis After that story ran, Spirit went on for another thousand days, and more. She functioned effectively for more than twenty times her planned life until she bogged down in the sand in 2009 and could not pull herself free. And what of her sister rover, Opportunity? Astonishingly, she is still going! She trundles about, exploring and sending back terrific photos. She even went down into a shallow crater. Designed to move just a few carefully programmed feet each day for a projected total of maybe 600 yards, last summer Opportunity passed the 25-mile mark. The mission is coming up on eleven years now, and counting. You go, girl! In 2006, readers of the Island Flyer were introduced to another exciting space mission ~ the attempt to reach


Pluto. Although just 2/3 the size of our Moon, Pluto is really very interesting for a number of reasons. No spacecraft has ever been in Pluto’s neighborhood, at least none built by Earthlings. Also, Pluto’s elliptical orbit is so huge that it circles the Sun only once every 248 Earth years. (It hasn’t made it halfway yet since it was discovered in 1930.) Then, because it’s so far away, we have no idea what it actually looks like. Even the best telescopic images, those taken by Hubble, show Pluto as a blue and brown blur.

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Pluto as seen by the Hubble. Pluto is the largest known KBO, which stands for Kuiper Belt Object. Let me explain. It seems, Gentle Reader, that we were misled as children. The Solar System isn’t quite as simple as the model we studied in school ~ nine planets happily going ’round the Sun, with a little band of crumbly stuff called the asteroid belt circulating between Mars and Jupiter. The picture now emerging is of a massive and complex system of space stuff all captured by the Sun’s gravitational pull and whirling about. 147

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New Horizons We now understand it to have four major parts. The first part, very close to the Sun, consists of four rocky Inner Planets, plus the asteroid belt made up of little rocky Inner-Planet bits. The second part is the four Outer Planets, all mostly swirling globes of gas. Beyond the outermost of the Outer Planets (Neptune) lies the third part. It’s another belt, but this one is big and made up of bits of frozen gaseous stuff, like ice. Called the Kuiper belt (pronounced “ky-per,” as he was Dutch), it is 20 times as wide and 200 times as massive as the asteroid belt. Pluto sometimes goes out into the Kuiper belt, then falls back in among the Outer Planets, sometimes even closer to the Sun than Neptune. Note also that Pluto’s orbit is tilted. Very strange.

To complete our new understanding, out beyond the Kuiper belt lies a fourth structure, one we know even less about. While the other three parts of our Solar system are fairly flat, this one is a huge spherical collection of frozen stuff, called the Oort Cloud (sorry, another Dutchman). The comets that come whizzing into our skies every few years originate in the Kuiper belt; the longer period ones like Halley’s Comet come from the Oort Cloud. Only a few of the objects in the Kuiper belt are big enough to have been seen from Earth. Remember, we are inside this mess, searching for tiny moving specks against a background of galactic stars. Though devilish hard to find, nearly a thousand have been spotted to date. The largest KBO we know of so far is our friend Pluto, the demoted planet.

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The Kuiper Belt from the outside. Its discovery in 1930 prompted the Disney people to give the name to Mickey’s dog. Pluto is also the most accessible KBO. Because of Pluto’s goofy orbit (oh, I do beg your pardon for that), we don’t have to go all the way out into the Kuiper belt to get at it. A rendezvous with Pluto lets us get a close-up look at one of these Kuiper Belt Objects for the very first time. Actually, we missed a great chance 38 years ago. A clever fellow named Gary Flandro noticed that the big outer planets ~ Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto ~ would soon be in just the right positions to enable a spacecraft to slingshot from Jupiter, to Saturn, and so on, picking up speed with each boost. Imagine runners on a track, each running in his own lane at his own speed ~ and you want to pass a baton from the innermost

guy to the outermost. Very tricky. This alignment, the Planetary Grand Tour, occurs just once every 175 years, so NASA immediately began developing the “baton.” They made two of them, Voyager I and Voyager II, and they were amazingly successful missions. To go these immense distances, they had to go tremendously fast or we wouldn’t be around when they got there. Such a spacecraft can’t possibly slow down enough to go into orbit. After traveling for many months, they zip by their targets in a matter of days. But a “fly-by” is better than nothing. Voyager I gave us our first close looks at Jupiter and Saturn, before its trajectory took it out of the Solar system. Voyager II went by another route that took it to all four outer planets. It is still the only spacecraft to visit Uranus and Neptune, but budget cuts made it necessary to strike Pluto from the itinerary. The Voyager mission was a triumph, many times over. We’re still in touch with both vehicles, by the way. Until about 2025. But poor Pluto! On that, we just gave up.

Two more Pluto missions were planned, but both were scrubbed for lack of funds. You can imagine my delight, therefore, when NASA


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New Horizons announced a new nine-year mission to Pluto! They called it New Horizons. The news made the front page of the Island Flyer, you can be sure! The New Horizons spacecraft launched in January of 2005, roaring away from Earth at 37,000 mph, passing the Moon in just nine hours. In March the following year, 2007, a follow-up article reminded people that New Horizons was aloft and moving faster. It needed even more speed if it were to chase down Pluto any time soon, so it dove deep into Jupiter’s gravity-well, slid by the giant planet, and went tearing away at 47,000 mph. I promised again to keep the readers posted. After the Jupiter slingshot maneuver, New Horizons was put to sleep to conserve energy. So, too, was the Island Flyer, a few years later, and

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for much the same reason. Still, I had made a promise, and this article fulfills it. Now let’s catch up. After Jupiter, the spacecraft flew on, passing the orbit of Saturn in 2008 and Uranus in 2011, though it didn’t come near those planets. Then it was another three years to Neptune; New Horizons crossed its orbit last August. There wasn’t much news to report for seven long years, just some speed adjustments and in-flight checks, and more sleep. But now hold onto your hat with both hands, Mildred! Do you remember that we said this was a nine-year mission? And that it began in 2006? Do the math. That’s right ~ we reach Pluto this summer! On December 6, 2014, mission controllers sent a signal for the craft to end its hibernation and begin regular operations. Radio transmissions take 4½ hours, so the team had to wait nine anxious hours for a reply. Finally, at 9:30 p.m. EST, it came: New Horizons said it was now awake and ready to go. Our speedy little guy ~ he’s about the size of a piano ~ is now rapidly overtaking Pluto. In early February, the long-range camera aboard New Horizons made visual contact and sent back photos of both Pluto and its moon Charon, as tiny specks of light. Charon is more than half the size of Pluto, though nobody can agree on how to pronounce its name. Since it comes from Greek mythology, my vote is for “care-on,” not “char-on.”



New Horizons These photographs enabled the mission navigators to begin choreographing the fly-by, so that it twists and turns in a way that captures the most data about both worlds. By May 5, images sent from New Horizons will be better than those from Hubble ~ and they will improve quickly. Please mark Tuesday, July 14, 2015 on your calendars. That is the day of closest approach, when New Horizons will flash past Pluto at more than 30,000 mph. It will skim within 6,200 miles of its surface, which is lower than the altitude of our GPS satellites. New Horizons will be snapping

pictures like crazy, right and left, and gathering piles of other data. Everything will have to be done very quickly, for at such speeds the close encounter will last only a few days. New Horizons then sails on, into the Kuiper belt. The initial highly compressed images will be transmitted to Earth within days; uncompressed data may take up to 9 months to transmit. Hey, I can’t wait to see those first images. I’ll keep you posted, somehow. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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The Charms of Chicken The dishes we make again and again are like old friends ~ familiar and reassuring. Foods like chicken cordon bleu and sweet and sour chicken have become classics because they appeal to nearly everyone, and they are easy to make. You could cook chicken every night for a year and never have to repeat a recipe. It’s amenable to all kinds of seasonings, from spicy to herbal. Without the fatty skin, chicken is very lean. Four ounces of uncooked chicken breast has about 3 grams of fat, and the same amount of leg meat has about 7 grams. It’s important to cook chicken safely, making sure the raw meat doesn’t touch other foods, and washing the cutting board and utensils in hot soapy water after use. Also, cook chicken to 170 degrees on a meat thermometer so there is no trace of pink in the center and the juices run clear. While frying chicken in fat goes against the new awareness of the importance of a healthy diet, there

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Tidewater Kitchen and lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink in the center. Serve with lemon wedges. SWEET and SOUR CHICKEN Serves 4 The flavor contrasts in this dish have made it an American favorite. The addition of pineapple, fresh ginger and garlic give it added zest, and snow peas and red peppers give it texture. Serve it over rice. 2 T. brown sugar 2 T. Tamari soy sauce 2 T. rice wine vinegar 2 T. dark sesame oil 1 lb. chicken tenders, cut in cubes

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and cut in half on a diagonal 1/8 t. red pepper flakes Sea salt to taste 4 cups cooked rice 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cashews Stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil in a bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes. Drain the marinade from the chicken into a small bowl. Add juice from the canned pineapple to the marinade, whisk in the cornstarch and set aside. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet or wok over high heat. Add garlic and ginger root and stir for about a minute until fragrant. Add the chicken and bell peppers. Cook for 4 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink. Add the snow peas, pineapple chunks and red pepper flakes. Stir reserved marinade so that the cornstarch that has settled to the bottom has mixed in. Add that mixture to the skillet. Stir for about 3 minutes until the sauce has thickened and it has heated through thoroughly. Season with salt. Serve over rice and sprinkle with cashews. OVEN BARBECUED CHICKEN Serves 4 The coating of sauce adds flavor to the chicken while keeping it from drying out as it bakes. The ketchupbased sauce has a traditional taste the whole family will love. Serve

with a shredded cabbage and carrot slaw. 2 1/2-3 lbs. chicken pieces ~ including breasts, thighs and drumsticks Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 2 T. expeller pressed canola oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 3/4 cup ketchup 3 T. cider vinegar 2 t. dry Colman’s mustard 1 T. Worcestershire sauce 1-1/2 t. brown sugar Preheat oven to 450°. Remove skin and fat from chicken pieces, and arrange in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and stir for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Stir in ketchup, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring sauce to a simmer and cook for about 8 minutes or until thickened, stirring often. Pour


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Tidewater Kitchen In a small bowl stir together the flour, salt and pepper, then coat both sides of each breast with flour mixture. In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté for 5 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Add chicken broth, lemon juice and sugar to the skillet. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened. Remove pan from heat and stir in parsley. Pour the sauce over the chicken.

CHICKEN MARSALA Serves 4 A classic recipe is one that is simple and easy to prepare, but always tastes terrific. The beef broth gives it the rich flavor that makes it appealing to just about everybody. 1 lb. chicken tenders 2 T. butter 1 T. oil 1 T. shallots or onions, minced

1/4 cup Marsala* 1/2 T. herbes de Provence, or any combination of herbs that can be used with poultry 1 cup beef broth 1/2 T. cornstarch blended with 1 T. water 1 8-oz. pkg. baby portabella mushrooms, sautéed In a large skillet heat the butter and oil over high heat. When the butter foams, add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes on each side until browned. Remove chicken to the serving platter. Add the shallots to the pan in which the chicken was browned (add more butter and oil if necessary), and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the wine and herbs. Stir with a wooden spoon, scraping the chicken pieces loose. Boil the sauce rapidly to reduce the liquid. Remove from heat. Add the beef broth and cornstarch mixture and simmer for 2 minutes, or until the sauce thickens. Add the sautéed mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve. *If you do not have Marsala wine, you can substitute cream sherry and sweet vermouth. CHICKEN with ARTICHOKES and MUSHROOMS Serves 4 Recipes for entrees that are quick and easy are probably the ones you


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Place one piece of chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Dredge chicken lightly with flour. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside. Add mushrooms to the drippings and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the artichokes, whipping cream, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat until the sauce has thickened. Add the chicken back to the pan, cover and cook for 5 minutes, then serve over noodles or rice. A longtime resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith-Doyle teaches both adult and children’s cooking classes on the south shore of Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and son. For more of Pam’s recipes, visit the Writers tab at tidewatertimes. com.



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Running Silver: Restoring Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations by John Waldman. Lyons Press. 304 pp. $20.18. Attention, local anglers! I’ve got a book for you that you won’t want to miss. Running Silver will make you eager to finish it before you pick up your rod and reel again. If you’re a certain age, you are aware of how fishing has changed since you were young. If you have ever made a living crabbing or oystering, you probably wouldn’t advise your kids to get in the business, would you? Waldman goes a bit further back in time, and he scarcely mentions crabs and oysters. His focus is on the near extinction of fish that are born in freshwater lakes, creeks and rivers on the East Coast, and then migrate to the ocean for their mature years. Some only spawn once in their lives, and they swim back into their birth water to do it. The author concentrates on five species in particular, all of them interesting in that they require both fresh water and salt water in their life cycles. But f irst, Waldman takes the

reader into a quick encapsulation of Ichthyology 101. The species he concentrates on are called anadromous, all of which leave freshwater to spend their adult life at sea, only to return to the freshwater stream or river where they hatched. Some in the list spawn yearly, but they all prefer home base. Atlantic salmon, striped bass, A merican shad, alew ife and Atlantic sturgeon are the five fish


Tidewater Review that Waldman treats as the most devastat ingly diminished since settlers arrived. They all hatch in fresh water and spend the next five years or so growing up. They’re big boys and girls now. In fact, they’re so much bigger they need more food than they can find in fresh water compared to the salty sea. All is not paradise on the continental shelf, however. There are more fish in that water, and more danger. Sooner or later, the urge to spawn tells them to turn around and go back home to where they were born. The arduous trip against the river currents f lowing toward the ocean drains their energy, but they try hard to get around the hazards on the way. The automatic “homing” instinct sounds like a good idea. It was a good idea for millennia. Then humans got in the way. We built dams for grist mills to grind f lour, etc. Many of the documents from the 16th and 17th centuries including letters, newspapers, and bills, reveal the incredible spring “runs” of the fish. A popular phrase in correspondence was “You could walk across the river on the backs of the fish!” Waldman collected a delightf ul number of quotations from letters and notes from observers. All along the Atlantic shore, the author’s calendar of salt-to-fresh water spawning is marked with what

John Waldman fish comes when. His account begins with February and rainbow smelt, a small boreal fish that strays no farther south than Massachusetts. On to a species we are more familiar with, alewives or river herring. Their runs are expected in March. They are little and oily and destined to be baitfish, except for Native Americans, who favored their oil to keep their hair from blowing in the wind, to keep rain off the scalp and to make hair shine. When a run of these little fish comes in from salt water, Waldman urges onlookers to “Peer from a the height of a run and you may see hundreds or thousands...of silver bodies.” April brings the spawning season in runs of American shad. In colonial times, shad were already important in dozens of rivers from Quebec to Florida. Described as “poor man’s salmon,” their only faults for the table were “too oily” and each shad has 700 fine bones.


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May brings the eagerly awaited striped bass, rated with Atlantic salmon as “a noble species.” In New Jersey the species was called “stripers.” Farther south, Waldman says, they were more often called “rockfish or rocks.” A document from 1800 says they were hunted on Chesapeake Bay’s shore on horseback with spears. The local account goes on, “The large fish coming to feed on the creek shores, overflowed by the tide, showed themselves in shallow water by a ripple before them. They were ridden on behind and forced into water too shallow for them to swim well, and were speared.” Striped bass, unlike Pacific salmon, do not die after spawning. Their trip back out of fresh water requires a second run in autumn. That’s when, in Waldman’s prose, “all Hell breaks loose.” Anglers dream of catching a “fifty,” a fifty-pound (or bigger) striper. The biggest bass are all females. Full-grown male stripers rarely weigh more than 25 pounds. The follow ing c a lendar announcement is June’s notice that it’s spawning time for sea lampreys, what the author calls “the black sheep among the anadromous family.” No wonder. Lampreys make the word “ugly” inadequate. A lamprey is an eel-like, primitive parasite with no jaws, but a sucking disc for mouth, that sucks blood out of its 172

Sea lampreys suck the blood of their prey until there is none left. prey and hangs on until there is no more blood. One recently (not for the first time) sucked a hole in the bathing suit of a swimmer making a record c r o s si ng of L a ke O nt a r io. T he swimmer felt a gnawing sensation at her middle. A sea lamprey had bored a hole in her bathing suit and bored into her f lesh. “I struck hard at it with my hand,” she said, “and my blow knocked it off.” That’s not the end of the story. She kept on swimming and completed the twenty-one-hour swim. That’s all I’m willing to write about sea lampreys; Waldman can tell you more. July is the month for Atlantic sturgeon runs. Waldman’s never at a loss for making a story come alive with this category of fish. He dubs them “the dinosaurs of rivers.” It’s also a primitive fish, which in scientific jargon means early in the evolutionary chart, not slowwitted and semi-stupid. Who would complain about a source of caviar, 173

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Tidewater Review for heaven’s sake?! It’s described as “armed with plated scutes along its flanks, sucker-like mouths and Salvador Dali’s barbels.” Fossils date to at least 100 million years ago. October brings “homing” for Atlantic salmon. One swallows a lump in the throat at the pathetic numbers still living. They fill the role of “acrobats of the Atlantic Ocean’s a nad romous f ishe s.” The na me salmon comes from the Latin word salar, which means “the leaper.” On the trip to spawning water, they leap out of the water in rapids and vault over sizable waterfalls. They fight the current to get to the most far reaches of the river or creek before they deposit their eggs. Distance means fewer predators. It’s interesting to know that the first mention of Atlantic salmon did not come from colonial papers. Instead, it is part of Norse history. Leif Erickson established the Vinland colony circa 995 at a site now known as L’Anse aux Meadows on the Newfoundland coast. (Eat your heart out, Chris Columbus.) Some salmon enter the rivers as early as March to wait for autumn spawning. In the long wait, “female fish prepare the gravel ‘redds’ by turning sideways and lashing the rubble with their powerful tails. After the eggs are fertilized, they lie in the gravel all winter and hatch in the spring.” The next step is to stay

in the stream for two or up to six or even more years. The urge for salt water takes them away from home and adaptation prov ides for the change. A few years in marine life fattens them up and they are ready to spawn. But here’s the difference w it h Pacif ic sa lmon ~ At la nt ic salmon do not die after spawning. They may repeat it in future years. A note to anglers who dream of fishing for salmon. American riverkeepers w ill keep you from daring to catching one of our few Atlantic salmon, but for a mere $10,000 a week you may fish where healthy runs still exist at lodges in Norway and Russia. Start saving your pennies. Waldman tries to be affable and hopeful with the difficulty of restoring the old waterways and the old impressive fish runs. It can’t be done without lots of help and lots of cooperation. In his chapter entitled “Billions of Fish in Hot Water,” he begins with the quote from Luna Leopold et al. (1964), “It has been said that streams are the gutters down which flow the ruins of continents.” Following a litany of recent housing developments with almost offensive name places that mock ruined waters and their missing fish, the author finds consolation in recent awareness of damage. He applauds the Clean Water Act of 1972 and sounds hopeful: “Today the postindustrial river lies wounded, but



Tidewater Review recovering.” He brings in other issues that have sparked the environmental movement that inspired Clean Water. People responded to the shocking fire on the river at the Cleveland Cuyahoga River in 1969. They were omens that simply could not be ignored. Once beautiful rivers where cities grew up have become filthy with chemicals, dye, human waste; the garbage can for hordes of humans. Dams became so dense for factories large and small that in some stretches of water they were less than one mile apart the whole length of the river. The changes in the water’s content and the decline in fish did not go un-noted. Residents of towns along the water demanded that fish would have access to some opening in the dams to enable the runs to continue. Local politicians in the 1980s wrote laws ordering that fish ladders and canals were required, but none were successful. Dam builders ignored the laws without punishment. A s coal power replaced water power in manufacturing and home heating, the situation was not improved. Iron furnaces pumped toxic waters into the watershed, and coal breaking and cleaning turned the waters acid. Coal silt accumulated behind the dams. Edison’s success w ith light bulbs demanded bigger, stronger dams for power. The

strangling of rivers and fish not only continued, it increased. Not many Americans eat eels. In Europe and Asia they are craved. Waldman writes an incredible account on the rise of money for eels in just a few years after 2010. In the early 2000s, the price of elvers (baby eels) was about $25 a pound. At the opening of the 2012 eel run, t he pr ice wa s $2, 200 a pound. Waldman’s comment is bitter. “Today the dwindling young eels that attempt to pass into certain U.S. waters are hijacked to be sent as a luxury item in another country.” There’s more. Some of it is almost encouraging. The public has become more aware of the errors that have so distressed what was once grand. There’s a rise in anger at dams, at the waste of what was once beautiful and bountiful in this country. Read this book and see if you can’t join the efforts to reverse the waste. Waldman is a splendid writer, teacher and entertainer. Not one sentence is boring in this book, which will be a classic for years to come. Strongly recommended. Anne Stinson began her career in the 1950s as a freelance for the now defunct Baltimore News-American, then later for Chesapeake Publishing, the Baltimore Sun and Maryland Public Television’s panel show, Maryland Newsrap.



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Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit 179

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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 181

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Thru April 12 Exhibit: The Art of Greg Mort ~ Selections from the Hickman Bequest III at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit

Every Thurs.-Sat. Amish Country Farmer’s Market in Easton. An indoor market offering fresh produce, meats, dairy products, furniture and more. 101 Marlboro Ave. For more info. tel: 410-822-8989. Thru April 5 Exhibit: Africa Now!

Thru April 5 Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Grades K-8 opening reception on March 17 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Grades 9-12 reception on March 19 from 5:30


April Calendar to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. Thr u May 7 A f ter School A r t Club with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. $125 members, $135 non-members. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. Thru May 28 Memoir Writers at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share memories of life and family with a group of friendly people. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register for this program. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. Th r u May 31 E x hibit: Fr iday Mor ning A r t ists w ill be featured at the Talbot County Free L ibrar y, Easton. The ex hibit celebrates the many talents of t wo - a nd t h ree - d i mensiona l artists of the group. For more info. e-mail 1 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy writing as a way of

exploring nature. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 1 Baskets and Bunnies - Fa mily Easter Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 1 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800-477-6291 or visit www. 1 Rei k i Sha re at Everg reen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 1 Concert: The Steel Wheels in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. For more info. visit www. or contact Nancy at ncsnyder@ or 410-463-0148. 1,8,15,22,29 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.



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April Calendar 1,6,8,13,15 , 20, 22 , 27,29 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 2 Spring Art Plus for ages 6 to 10 at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $40. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit


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2 Stitch and Chat at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your own projects and stitch with a group. Limited instr uction available. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 2 Fa m i ly Spr i ng Cra f t s at t he Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Poetry Collage Art for all ages (children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 2 Meet the Author - Second Oysterback Farewell Tour by Helen Chappell at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Irrepressible author, journalist, columnist, misunderstood performance artist, and regional 186


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treasure Helen Chappell is too good to miss! For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. 2,7,9,14,16,21,24,28 Adult Ballr o om C l a s s e s w it h A m a nd a Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and Thursday nights. For more info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit www. 2,9,16,23,30 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where

2-26 Exhibit: Light ~ Dawn to Dusk by Edward Cooper at South Street Art Gallery, Easton. Reception on April 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-7708350 or visit 2-May 7 Class: Head Painting with Patrick Meehan at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $185 members, $215 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit 2-May 7 Class: Landscape Painting ~ Solving the Problems with Patrick Meehan at the Academy



April Calendar Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. $185 members, $215 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 3 Monthly Cof fee and Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 3 First Friday in downtown Easton. Throughout the evening the art galleries offer new shows and

have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of our local artists. 3 Karaoke Happy Hour at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 6 to 10 p.m. Bring your dinner or snacks to complete the night. Wine bar available. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit 3 Concert: Seth Glier in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.

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April Calendar 3 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Maple Elementary School, Egypt Rd., Cambridge. Refreshments provided. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978. 3,7,10,14,17,21,24,28 Free Blood P r e s su r e S c r e en i ng f r om 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliar y members. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511. 3,10,17,24 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton.

8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490 or visit 3,10,17,24 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. 3,17 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #2 43 . 9 a .m. I n for m at ion a l meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m.



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Teams ~ a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution entitled How Sports Shape America at the Federalsburg Area Heritage Museum, Federalsburg. No admission charge. Mon. thru Thurs., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fri. from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-924-7573.

4 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 4 Concert: The Tom Principato Band in t he Stolt z L istening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit 4,11,12,18,19,25,26 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. From 10 a.m. Saturday morning to 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 4,11,18,25 Historic High Street Walking Tour ~ Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Onehour walking tours are sponsored by the non-prof it West End Citizens Association and are accompanied by Colonial-garbed docents. 11 a.m. Fee. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. 4-May 23 Exhibit: Hometow n

5 Easter sunrise ser v ice at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The service is open to the public and scheduled to begin at 6:15 a.m. at the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Of f iciating this year’s service are the Reverends Celia Garrity, Mark Nestlehutt, William Wallace, and Marty Wiley. For mor e i n for m at ion, v i sit 5 2nd Annual Easter Festival at Black Walnut Point Inn, Tilghm a n. E a s ter br u nc h, E a s ter egg hunt, boot and bonnet contest, crafts, fishmobile, horse rides, lawn games, kite f lying and prizes. Noon to 4 p.m. $20



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April Calendar adults, $10 children under 12. All proceeds go to Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. For more info. tel: 410-886-2452. 6 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. For all ages (children 5 and under need to be accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

6 L ecture: Jim A strachan w ill speak to the Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot County Community Center, Easton. 7 p.m. Open to the public. Astrachan will speak on copyright, one’s rights if work is posted on the internet, permission releases, etc., and will be available to answer questions. For info. visit http:// or tel. 410-822-5441. 6,13,20,27 Friday Morning DropIn Art Classes for children at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. $30 per session includes all materials and a tour of museum exhibits. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 6,13,20,27 Open Portrait Studio with Nancy Reybold at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Museum membership required. For more info. tel: 410-822-0597.

6 Poetry That Confides ~ In celebr at ion of Nat ion a l Po e t r y Month, Bill Peak hosts a discussion of confessional poetry at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Copies of the poems to be discussed can be picked up at either branch of the library. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit

6,13,20,27 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit 6,13,20,27 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info.


tel: 410-479-4720. 7 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group f rom 10 to 11:30 a.m. at U M Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410 -822-1000 or v isit www. 7 Meet the Creatures at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 4 p.m. Live turtles, snakes and more from the Pickering Creek Audubon Center. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. 7,14,21 Collage Discover Workshop with Heather Crow at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $175 members, $205 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 7,14,21 Class: Blogging Basics with Susan Schauer John at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $95 members, $120 non-members. For more info. tel:

410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 7,21 Grief Support Group at the D or c he s ter C ou nt y L i br a r y, Cambridge. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 8 Library Cafe at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Refreshments, conversation, activities, and giveaways for pa rent s a nd t hei r you ng children. Please pre-register by April 6. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 8 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more i n fo. e -ma i l r vane mburgh@ 8,15 Class: iPhone 6/5S/5C with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $40 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit

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April Calendar 8,15,22 Class: Fruits and Flowers in Oil with Rita Curtis at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $175 members, $205 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 8,22 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. 8,22 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 8,22,29 Story Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 9 Blood Drive by the Blood Bank of Delmarva at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 1 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 301-354-7416 or visit 9 Poetry That Confides ~ In cel-

ebr at ion of Nat ion a l Po e t r y Month, Bill Peak hosts a discussion of confessional poetry at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Copies of the poems to be discussed can be picked up at either branch of the library. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 9-May 14 The Book ~ From Concept to Creation with Elizabeth McKee at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $370 members, $400 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 10 Member Night at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Member preview of the opening of Chesapeake Swan Song: From Commodit y to Conser vation. Reservations required by April 6. For more info. tel: 410-745-4995 or e-mail 10 Concert: Big Timing Comedy in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 10-13 Workshop: The Landscape, Inside and Out w ith Ken DeWaard at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Three days in the Museum painting studio and


one day at a private waterfront residence. $395 members, $445 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 10-26 Play: Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire at the Church Hill Theatre. Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Adults $18, members $15, students $10. For more info. tel: 410-556-6003 or v isit www.churchhilltheat re. org. 10,24 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at VFW Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services and information. For more info. tel:

410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 11 2nd A nnual Of f icer Michael S. Nickerson Memorial Sporting Clay Classic at Delmar va Sporting Clays and Rifle Range, Mardela Springs. $85 per shooter includes 100 targets/T-shirt/ Eastern Shore barbecue. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. For more info e-mail or visit www. 11 Arbor Day Run at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Join the 10th annual 5K along the Arboretum’s scenic forest and meadow paths. Family Fun Run/Walk and Kids Dash, awards, ref reshments.

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Stewart at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Museum membership required. For more info. tel: 410-226-5742. 11 Class: Children’s Craft Saturday ~ Celebrate Spring! from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $5. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more info. visit 11 Fr iends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2287331 or visit

11 Second Saturdays at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith a r t i s t s a s t he y demon s t r ate their work. For more info. tel: 410 -479 -1009 or v isit www. 11 Second Saturday in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants will feature live music. For more i n fo. v i sit w w w.c ambr

11 Project Clean Stream ~ Help clean up in East New Market during the annual Project Clean Stream event f rom 9 a.m. to noon. Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth are organizing the clean-up, and will provide bag s a nd g love s. Volu nte er s are welcome to join in to help clean up litter from waterways and ditches. For more info. visit

11 Concert: Sylvia Fletcher, Ventriloquist at the Todd Performing Arts Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 7:30 p.m. Hilarious ventriloquist performance that is like no other you will experience. $25 (adult performance). For more info. tel: 410-827-5867.

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in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.avalonfoundation. org. 11,25 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist Churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Si nat r a at t he A c ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Sat. from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sun. from 1 to 3 p.m. Prior to the Museum’s gala event in May, the Academy Art Museum and Chesapeake Film Festival will offer showings of T he Manc hur i an C andi date and From Here to Eternity (for which Sinatra won an Academy Award as best supporting actor), followed by a panel discussion exploring Sinatra’s film career and approach to acting. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

11,25 Cooking Demonstration and Lunch with celebrity chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 10 a.m. demonstration, noon lu nch. $68 per per son with limited guest numbers. 4/11 - Dessert Club Specials, 4/25 Spring on the Bay. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 11-12 Come Fly with Us! ~ Film festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank

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feature three young musicians from Russia and South Africa and w ill include Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70#2 (“Ghost”) and Brahms’ Piano Trio in C major, Op. 87. A reception will follow in River House. Free but limited seating. For more info. tel: 410-820-5433.

C o ole y ~ World V iew at t he Academy Art museum, Easton. Rosemary Cooley’s artistic vision, which she translates into the world of printmaking, has been shaped by traveling and living in Asia, Africa, and South America. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. 12 Pancake Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410226-5110. 12 Concert: The Aspen Institute will host a concert at 3 p.m. at the Inn adjacent to River House on the Institute’s Wye River campus in Queenstown. The concert will

12 Lecture: Book Talk by Larry Denton on his book Unionists in Virginia ~ Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War at the Oxford Community Center, Oxford. 4 p.m. and is presented in partnership with Talbot Historical Society. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904. 12 The Talbot Cinema Society presents The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-924-5752 or visit 12 Concert: Lucy Kaplansky in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 13-15 Accepting donations of gently used spring/summer clothing a nd household items for t he Christ Church, St. Michaels Parish Spring Rummage Sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parish Hall. For


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a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-1424 or visit www.stpaulscambridge. com.

more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 14 Spring Into Origami at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. for ages 8 and older. Prereg istrat ion is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 14 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the Native Flute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227. 14,28 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 14,28 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Bldg., Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 15 St. Paul’s Soup Day from 11:30

15 St. Michaels Book Club at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. 15 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 15-16 Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Individuals and families with children over age 12 are welcome to participate in our Boater’s Safety certificat ion pr og r a m a nd le a r n t he basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate


of Boating Safet y Education. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit 16 Meeting: Stroke Survivors Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 16 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 16 Concert: David Wilcox in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

17 “All Aboard” for a cocktail party and silent auction to benefit St. Vincent de Paul at the Oxford Community Center, Oxford. 7 to 9:30 p.m. All hands have been on deck preparing silent auction items that will give all voyagers a thrill while signing the bid sheet and hoping to be the lucky winners of fabulous gift baskets, weekend ret reats, week-long getaways, jewelry, golf outings and more. Tickets are $30 and are available for sale at the SVdP Thrif t Center in Easton. For info. tel: 410-829-7706 or 410770-4505. 17 Concert: Summer Snead in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

17 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Choose from three delicious soups for lunch. $6 meal deal. Each meal comes w ith a bowl of soup, roll and drink. Take out or eat in. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073.

17-18 Spring Rummage Sale at Chr ist Church - St. Michaels Parish offering incredible bargains on furniture, kitchenware, linens, spring/summer clothing for women, men and children, jewelry, books, and much more. Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076.

17 Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128.

17-18 Rock ‘N’ Bowl at the Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:50 p.m. Unlimited bowling, includes rental shoes, food and drink specials, blacklighting,


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18 Workshop: Shalagh Hogan will present a workshop titled The Why is the How ~ Intentional Blogging 101 at Evergreen - A C enter for Ba la nc e d L iv i ng, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to noon. The workshop is sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writer’s A ssociation. $35 for non-members; $25 for ESWA and Evergreen members. For more info. tel: 410 - 819 -3395 or v isit www. 18 Crabcake and soft crab sandwich sale at the Salvation Army in Cambridge. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandwiches are $6 each, drinks available. For more info. tel: 410228-2442. 18 Earth Day at the Spocott Windmill, Cambridge. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. D emon s t r at ion s, a rb or day tree giveaway, exhibits, activities, horseshoe tournament, music and more. Free admission. Rain or shine. 18 Birth ~ 3 Readiness Fair at the Ta lbot C ou nt y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. While enjoy ing fun activ ities, learn 206

about the services available free of charge for children in this age group from area agencies. Books and door prizes will be given away. This program is sponsored by the Talbot County Judy Center Partnership. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. 18 Lecture at the Talbot County F r e e L i br a r y, S t . M i c h a e l s , featuring Marie Martin, photography appraiser, on Family Photographs ~ Treasures or Trash? 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit www.tcf

Glory of Love at the Todd Perfor ming A r ts C enter, Chesapea ke College, Wye Mills. 7 p. m . T i c k e t s a r e $1 5 f o r adults, children through high school admitted free. For more info. tel: 410-739-1910 or v isit 18 Concer t: K im R ichey in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. Two shows ~ 7 and 9:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.

18 Lecture: Vintage Decorative Glassware at Tharpe Antiques, Easton. 5 p.m. This lecture covers the history, manufacturing, techniques and discussion on vintage glassware. Free, but seating is limited. RSVP via e-mail to tharpe@ or call 410-820-7525.

18-May 23 Class: The Landscape, Wild life and Lifest yle of t he Eastern Shore in Oil with Matthew Hillier at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $215 members, $245 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

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the Museum received a donation of 45 works on paper by Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. The collection includes 10 computer drawings, 6 prints, 18 drawings, and 11 paintings. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 18 - Ju ly 19 E x h ibit ion: C a rol Minarick ~ Beowulf and A Series-That-Is-Not-A-Series at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Carol Minarick melds ideas and substances in unexpected ways. Not believing in preplanning or sketching, she allows materials ~ from stones to tar paper ~ to emerge in new configurations. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit 19 Chicone Village Day from noon to 4 p.m. C ome to Hi stor ic Handsell on Indiantown Road

north of Vienna to see the Chicone Longhouse and Garden and witness life of the native people by cultural historic and native interpreter Daniel Firehawk Abbott. For a $10 donation, visitors can sample a large plate of native-inspired food and beverages – and NHPA’s “Native Cookbook” will be available for purchase, along with other Handsell items. Admission is free. For more info. visit 19 Christ Church Concert Series to f e at u r e R i c h a r d S t r at t a n a t 4 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-3161 or visit www. 19 Concert: Caravan of Thieves in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 20 Library Book Group Discussion: The Oblate’s Confession by Bill Peak at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. The Oblate’s Confession is an “entirely spellbinding debut novel.” Author Bill Peak will attend and participate in the discussion. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 21 Movie at Noon at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Mi-



April Calendar chaels. Million Dollar Arm is the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, the first major league players from India. For more info. tel: 410 - 822-1626 or v isit www. 22 Blessing of the Fleet at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 6 p.m. Join CBMM members, volunteers and boatyard staff for an official c eremony honor ing our ow n f loating f leet as well as other Bay working vessels and pleasure craft. The Reverend Kevin M. Cross from the Church of the

Holy Trinity in Oxford, MD, will offer prayers for a safe and bountiful season. Public is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-4991 or visit 23 Lecture: Travelers in Renaissance Italy by Stephen Campbell, PhD at the Academy Art museum, Easton. Campbell will explore the work of two painters from Venice, Carlo Crivelli (c. 1430-1495) and Lorenzo Lotto (c. 1480-1556). 6 p.m. $15 members, $20 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 23 Lecture: Talbot County Clean

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Water Forum in the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 23 Concert: Willy Porter in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

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23-26,May 1,-3,8-10 Play: The Tred Avon Players present The D ining Ro om at t he O x for d C om mu n it y C enter, O x for d . $15 adults and $5 for students w ith I.D. For show times tel: 410 -226 - 0061 or v isit www. 24 Lecture: State of the Rivers 2014 Report Card at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. Midshore Riverkeeper Convservancy releases their 2014 Report Card w ith the results of ex tensive water quality data from last year. Exper ts from their staf f w ill present, explain and interpret the findings. Guest speakers will be Tom Horton and David Harp, who will present excerpts from their upcoming book, Choptank Odyssey: Stories from a Great Chesapeake River, a visual and literary celebration of the scenic beauty, storied history and complex science of Delmarva’s largest river. For more info. visit 211

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Elks Lodge in Easton. Mariah’s Mission was established to provide resources for families who have lost loved ones to substance abuse and to raise awareness and education about substance abuse in our community. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available by e-mailing 24 Concert: Vance Gilbert in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 25 21st Annual Oxford Day ~ 9 a.m. to dusk. Plan for a full day of music featuring the Naval Academy’s Crabtowne Stompers, games, prizes, plant sale, parade, Talbot Humane’s Dog Walk, exhibits, book signings, raff les, skipjack rides aboard the Nathan-of-Dorchester, and so much more. For a full list of activities visit www.oxfordday. org. 25 Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show and Plant Sale at the Dorchester Career and Technology Center, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-521-3166 or v isit www.DCTCgreenhouse. com. 25 The Met: Live in HD with Cavalleria Rusticana by Pagliacci at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -822-7299 or v isit www. 25 Mariah’s Mission “Silent No More” silent auction event at the

25 Concert: Jennifer Knapp in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

25-26 Native Plant Nursery Spring Opening Weekend at Ad k ins Arboretum, Ridgely. Shop the reg ion’s la r ge s t sele c t ion of ornamental native plants. Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. noon to 4 p.m. Members-only day on Friday April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New members welcome! For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 25-26 Wes Lockfaw and the Easton




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April Calendar Choral Arts Society present A Night at the Opera at the St. Michaels High School auditorium, St. Michaels. Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. at 4 p.m. $20 and $5 for students. For more info. tel: 410 -200 - 0498 or v isit www. 25-July 5 Exhibition: From Rubens to the Grand Tour at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. On view will be Rubens’ work Agrippina and Germanicus, c. 1614, and other works. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

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Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 29, May 6,13 Class: TV, Movies and Music Using Your Smar t Phone with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $60 members, $75 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 30 Concert: Heather Maloney in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

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