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Tidewater Times

April 2016

Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage Queen Anne’s County - April 30 Talbot County - May 14

MILES RIVER Sited on a prominent point, with 8-mile views on one side and a deepwater dock on the protected side, this contemporary home is a “Must See!” High-quality $450,000+ renovation just completed last year. $1,795,000

LONG HAUL CREEK Located in Martingham near St. Michaels. Attractive 4-BR home features high ceilings, heart-pine floors, fabulous kitchen, waterside screened porch. Two 2-car garages. Deep water dock. Sunsets! $1,495,000

BROAD CREEK Located between St. Michaels and Bozman, this charming 4-bedroom Cape Cod (circa 1920) is sited on a prominent south-facing point of land. Over 600’ of shoreline, high elevation, waterside pool, deep-water dock and fabulous views! $1,295,000

ST. MICHAELS HARBOR Historic home, “Radcliffe,” located on a well-elevated waterfront lot, just outside the town limits (no town taxes!). Detached garage w/guest apartment above (very nice!). Waterside swimming pool. $1,195,000

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Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 64, No. 11

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April 2016

Features: Binge-Watching: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Saving Chesapeake Traditions: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Queen Anne’s County House and Garden Pilgrimage . . . . . . . 41 The Case for CASA: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition: Amy Blades Steward . . . . 71 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Lost to the Bay: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Tavormina Photography Exhibition: Amy Blades Steward: . . . . . 171 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Odd Names on the Map: James Dawson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .187

Departments: April Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 April Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 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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Binge-Watching by Helen Chappell

I am a serious student of television. A lot of times I turn it on and ignore it. It’s white noise in the background that allows my conscious mind to focus on writing, or reading, or doing the dishes, or brushing the cat, or whatever. I’m aware it’s there, and it takes less effort than music or NPR. In fact, from where I type, I can’t really even see the TV, unless I crane my neck. But I can listen to it and sort

of follow along, which is okay, because I can get the gist of what’s going on, and if it’s really interesting, I can twist around and watch it. I have friends who think television is The Great Satan. Some of them don’t even have an idiot box, and for some reason they’re proud of this, as if it makes them better human beings if they never watched The Sopranos, or caught an episode of, say, Modern Fam-

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of some old program on archeology or rural law enforcement, or a New York City shop that specializes in the weird, the unusual and the downright macabre can keep me entertained for hours and hours. There are some shows that are just not for me, like the Kardashians, the talent shows and housewives stuff. That kind of media-whoredom bores me senseless. If I want to see rich people behaving stupidly I can watch the political debates. No, my tastes are more subtle ~ even subversive. I am a student of television, not a junkie. I can hold my Simpsons. That said, there are few things better on an open weekend than sitting down in front of the tube, folding

ily. This is, of course, their choice. Maybe they just watch a lot of movies on Netf lix ... I don’t know. I do know that being ignorant of a lot of the cultural currency of your fellow humans can make you dull company, and leave you out in the cold when we all start talking about how much we hate Barry Krepke. Not that I don’t watch movies, because I do. And I can even watch them on my Kindle Fire, on that tiny screen while I’m lying in bed. As far as I’m concerned, if it’s on a screen, it’s TV. For something as cluttered as television, it has an oddly soothing effect on me. The white noise


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Binge-Watching laundry or line editing, and bingewatching my favorite, often weird, cult-like, or just plain odd shows. Because, in my old age, I nod off around nine o’ clock at night, I tend to record a lot of stuff that I would otherwise either sleep through, or miss totally because it’s shown at 4 a.m. Last week, for instance, I bingewatched about seven episodes of Big Bang Theory, then about three hours’ worth of North Woods Law, then Peter O’Toole’s cult classic The Ruling Class. God bless TMC! They show the oldies ~ it might not be until 1 a.m., but they show them ~ so you record it, ever y bit of it. Binge-watching is good for snow

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ters. They’re oddly comforting ~ like visiting friends, only better, because you don’t have to bring a hostess gift or clean up after yourself. Besides, there might be story ideas there I can steal. Downton Abbey was created for binge-watching. Get a whole season on tape and wallow in the immortal Maggie Smith, and enjoy

of Maine game wardens tracking down poachers, rescuing wildlife, and doing good deeds. And some of them are pretty hot ~ in an outdoorsy sort of way. Another good thing is that you don’t have to watch the screen in all these cinema verite law enforcement shows. For some perverse and inexplicable reason, I find this stuff more fascinating than all the stiletto-heeled Botoxed belles in the world. I find watching my favorite sitcoms in huge chunks a good bit of fun. I like ensemble comedies with several parallel story lines and interesting, quirky charac-

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Binge-Watching Hugh Bonneville and Brendan Coyle ~ the thinking woman’s hotties. The other great thing about binge-watching is that you can sit there all day in your pajamas with your unkempt hair, and no one can criticize your poor grooming habits, housekeeping neglect, and undone work because you are all alone with your popcorn, your idiot box, and your total lack of any serious thoughts. Like most indoor sports, you don’t have to look your best. Sure, you might be brain dead after watching twelve straight hours of The Simpsons, but you’ll know more than you want about the state of American culture, subversively delivered with outrageous satire and yellow cartoon characters. As a godchild of mine says, when you’re tired of The Simpsons, you’re tired of life. And it’s a pretty big cult. We recognize one another by our ability to toss off Simpson’s quotes and identify obscure plot lines and characters. Better five straight episodes of Springfield than a dull hour of

something as pretentious as, say, Homeland. Right now, the best show you’re not watching is Lucifer. Unless you have absolutely no sense of humor (and I know who you are), this wickedly clever satire of the police procedural genre, where an eccentric amateur detective teams up with a law enforcement professional to solve the crime, is diabolically good. It’s funny and it’s fun, and we fans know that unless more people watch, it’s too good to last. So, if we can’t get at least a thirteen-episode contract, the binge-watch won’t be half as much fun. Take a tip from Auntie Helen, the serious student of television, and tune in to Lucifer. Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels. 24



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By the 1970s, the hard-calloused life of the Pacific Northwest salmon fishery, with its long tradition of rugged fishermen going to sea in stout wooden boats, was rapidly disappearing, and a young Mike Vlahovich didn’t like it one bit. Catching fish and building the boats to do it was his birthright. His father had followed a long line of Croatian fishermen who left their island homes in the Adriatic for the waters of Puget Sound, lured by the promises of the New World and a seemingly endless supply of big fish. Vlahovich had every intention of continuing in the family business of fishing and boatbuilding, but “progress” was running ahead of his ambitions. The familyowned businesses were being swallowed up by conglomerates, and the distinctive fleet of wooden trawlers was being replaced by steel-hulled company ships. It was about that time that Vlahov ich read a best-selling novel about a distant, romantic place with a poetic name that also had a rich history of watermen who fished from wooden boats. “I read Michener’s Chesapeake, and everything I read was extremely

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with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and taught scores of apprentices the intricacies of boat building. Since 2004, he has worked through the Coastal Heritage Alliance, a non-profit he founded to preser ve working family fishing f leets. Throughout his career, he has rebuilt or repaired 12 skipjacks in a fleet that was once given up for almost dead. Last fall, he completed the extensive two-year-long rebuild of the historic 1901 skipjack Kathryn. It was a job that gave him great satisfaction but left him with the feeling that it was time to step back. “My wife, Paula, always said I would never retire, but I am going to prove her wrong,” he says. “I no longer have a desire to pick up my tools, at least for now.” Sitting at the kitchen table of his St. Michaels home, Vlahovich has a relaxed smile on his weathered face as he thinks back over his life of crisscrossing the continent in search of his dreams, the chance meetings and new friendships that shaped his career.

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of the factories that rendered the herring-like fish into oil and fertilizer, a process that blanketed the region with a strong and foul odor. “If you said anything about it to the locals, they would say, ‘That’s the smell of money.’” While he was there, the yard built a schooner hull and converted an old Navy ammunition barge into a paddle-wheel excursion boat. “It was a great opportunity for me because no one in the Pacific Northwest was ordering anything out of wood anymore.” The Rice Brothers’ Boatyard was frequented by watermen from Smith and Tangier Islands who regularly ran across the Bay to have their boats serviced. Vlahovich built a prototype

In 1983, while living in Washington State, he saw another want ad for a Chesapeake boat carpenter, this time at the Rice Brothers’ Boatyard in Reedville, Virginia. “They were looking for someone to take the yard to a new level,” Vlahovich says. “I didn’t realize the connection this yard had to skipjacks. I had never seen a skipjack in real life before. The City of Crisfield, the Somerset and the Fannie L. Daughtery were all built there before my time. They offered me a job, so I moved the family out.” Reedville in the 1980s was the very active homeport of Virginia’s menhaden fleet. It was also the home




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he finished a major insurance repair on a 60-foot cabin cruiser that had not fared well after colliding with a tugboat. That job gave him the nest egg he needed to start a business back home building cabin interiors for large vessels. Within a short time, he had 25 employees. “We went from taking in $30,000 a year to taking in a million a year,” he says. During the 1990s, Vlahovich was instrumental in the revitalization of Tacoma’s waterfront, starting the city’s Maritime Fest and co-founding the Working Waterfront Museum. He bought a 1926 purse-seiner, the Commencement, and fished it for a while. “The last year I fished, the state only let us go out for seven days.” He then refitted the boat for

of a Chesapeake Bay deadrise crab boat on spec to help the yard get back into that market. It was similar in size and appearance to the traditional boats, but Vlahovich built it stronger and heavier. “Lonnie Moore, a successful crabber from Tangier, and several of his buddies caught wind of it and came over to check it out,” he says. “Lonnie bought the boat, and the boat did well, probably because Lonnie was such a good waterman, but the boat got a good reputation.” After three years in Reedville, Vlahovich moved his family back to the Tacoma area to be closer to family and friends, but not before

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east. He worked for Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for a few years before deciding again that he would rather be on his own and formed the Coastal Heritage Alliance non-profit. Grant writing became yet another skill he had to add to his toolkit. Throughout his life, Vlahovich has seen the shifts and changes that occur as tourism bumps into working waterfronts, changing cultural values along with property values. Too of ten the family f isher men were left out of the process. With the help of several other Chesapeake non-profits, he put together the Watermen’s Heritage Tourism Training program that gave classes in how to make money off the influx of curious outsiders. “It has always

passengers and took charters up the coast. While that was going on, he made trips to the Chesapeake to work on the skipjack Stanley Norman for CBF, where his old friend Lonnie Moore was then working. Vlahovich says he began to realize that his real calling was being a boat carpenter and not a business manager, so he cut way back on the outfitting business. During a 2001 trip back to work on the Stanley Norman at Severn Marine on Tilghman Island, the Baltimore Sun wrote about Vlahovich’s skills. That led to his being hired for the Skipjack Restoration Project and a second and final move of his family

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nity outreach into uncharted waters. Inmates from the Eastern Shore Correctional Institution worked side by side with college students, volunteers and apprentices to restore the old dredger and get her ready to return to the Oyster Fleet. Vlahovich says he and Paula now call St. Michaels home and have roots and strong family ties to the Eastern Shore. He says that while he is not planning to build any more boats he is not leaving the water. He is designing cultural and environmental cruises in the Pacific Northwest on board his old fishing boat, Commencement, while working on

been more about the people than the boats,” he says. Mark Wiest, owner and operator of Deadrise Maritime, a boat building and repair business, was one of Vlahovich’s apprentices a dozen years ago. “I went out and started my own business, thanks to his help and training. He made a huge difference in my life, teaching me how to make a living working on boats. Mike gives you encouragement and makes you jump right in and do it yourself.” The rebuilding of the Kathryn allowed him to expand his commu-

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the final stages of a master’s degree from Goucher College that will allow him to lead accredited collegelevel expeditions. In late spring, he is headed to Croatia to take part in a maritime skills program sponsored by the Croatian-American Society. “I’m not dead in the water yet,” Vlahovich says. “These other opportunities are just too exciting not to give them some time and attention.”

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Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage Queen Anne’s County April 30 ~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Rain or Shine) Special Project: Queen Anne’s County Garden Club has selected The James E. Kirwan Museum (circa 1889), Chester, MD, as its Pilgrimage Project for 2016. Kirwan House experienced quite a bit of water damage as a result of Super Storm Sandy and, while the external damage has been repaired, the interior is in desperate need of restoration. This property is an important historic landmark in the county ~ a valuable peek into one man’s rich and full life here on the Eastern Shore. Lunch: A box lunch may be purchased for $12 at St. Paul’s Church, Centreville. Advance reservations and payment for groups is requested. Please contact Luncheon Chairman Arline Mayer at 410-758-0173 or by e-mail at Restrooms are available at this location. TALENTS COVE This red brick Georgian home was built in 1996 on the historic property formally called Wye River Farm, the homestead of Governor William Grason from 1814 to 1868.

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The Case for CASA by Cliff Rhys James

She didn’t do anything wrong. Nobody’s perfect, and we all make mistakes, but surely this is not justified. Still, she wonders what happened and why, and just how it all had come to this. What a piece of work is man. She looks out from behind the isolation at the passing world, wondering if it is, fearing that it might be, indifferent to her plight ~ but she’s wrong. It’s not. “Gather the courage to send a signal,” the wee small voice of an angel says. “For there are many who walk among you with souls of servants and helping hands to boot ~ if only you’ll help them help you ~ if only you’ll gather the courage to break the awful silence. They can’t change the past,” the angel whispers, “no one can, not in this world. But they offer shelter from the storm, respite from the present pain and overflowing hope for good measure for as far as the eye can see into a bright new future. Their hearts burn with the warmth of a thousand suns, enough to drive off the chill. Help them help you, for there is deliverance from this broken road, and we ~ you, me, them ~ all of us, we will change the shape of things to come.” Then out of the thin light a hand reaches toward her. It’s an adult

hand, but this one isn’t raised to strike, this one isn’t clenched into an angry fist. She wants to trust it, but experience is a hard teacher, and it has taught her many hard lessons. “Help them help you, reach for the helping hand,” the angel whispers. And so she does, and ~ whoosh ~ for the first time in a very long while, perhaps for the first time in living memory, there’s a kind and caring adult standing next to her holding her hand. The angel was right, she feels the warmth of a thousand suns. She reached out to the world, and the world reached back. If her young mind could conjure new impressions from an old rock anthem, she might think: Something is happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear. ……. Stephen Stills (For What it’s Worth) To whom does that adult hand be57

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lunch or the movies ~ to the library or the park ~ sometimes even to the dentist or doctor. They spoke with her teachers, lawyers and case workers, to relatives, neighbors and foster care agencies. They persevered, even when she was afraid to trust; even when she was slow to believe that she mattered. “CASA’s pre-service training is excellent and quite extensive. It really helps to guide and sustain a person,” CASA volunteer Bonnie Morro tells me. “But this is vitally important stuff, and what you find is that nothing can totally prepare you for the first time you go out into the field to get personally involved in your first case.” The state’s official machinery of benevolence, as noble as it is, overheats, coughs and sputters beneath the burden of a heavy load. Resources are stretched thin; a social worker has multiple cases, a court-appointed attorney has many clients. Staff personnel come and go as part of the normal turnover of any organization. Things fall through the cracks. CASA alone offers the stable continuity of a

long? The Child Protective Services Unit of the Department of Social Services? The Circuit Court? The local police or sheriff? Charitable foundations? Well, yes, they can all be attached to that hand, but if this child survived the infliction of pain and suffering that is the destroyer of innocent worlds and then, despite it all, somehow grew into a healthy and productive member of society, chances are very good she will tell you the strongest and warmest hand, the hand that she squeezed tightest of all, belonged to her CASA volunteer. It belonged to Bonnie or Bob ~ Alison or Lori ~ Linda, Richard or John because they took the time to know and understand her. They unfailingly stood by her ~ persistently, consistently, ever so patiently. Rain or shine, sleet or snow, they came to see her; they took her to



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her foster home, Carlie initially refused to speak. So the CASA volunteer went to work getting to know Carlie’s foster parents, caseworker and teacher in order to learn more about the sad little girl. After many months of consistent visits, Carlie began to trust her CASA volunteer, who would also help her with homework assignments. A local hairdresser cut and styled Carlie’s hair at no cost. Eventually happy in her foster home as well as proud of her new haircut and improving academic performance, Carlie for the first time in her life began to flourish. But she still couldn’t ride a bike. Finally, with encouragement from her CASA volunteer, the financial assistance of a local church and the support of her foster parents, Carlie was seen in the neighborhood proudly riding her new purple bike. Something is happening here.

one-on-one relationship so essential to establishing trust. And no, we’re not talking weeks or months. Meaningful investments in humanity are not short-term propositions. In fact, through all the seasons of the year, the average CASA case circles the sun three times. Many extend three to five years, and some have lasted a decade or more. E l e v e n- ye ar - ol d C arli e w a s placed into foster care after it was determined that she was not safe at home. Her young life had been f raught with neglect as well as emotional and physical abuse. She had lived in 14 different homes, wore ill-fitting clothes, had no friends, was struggling academically and her hair was horribly matted. And, oh yeah, adding to it all was her embarrassment that she could not ride a bike, a skill that most of her schoolmates had mastered years earlier. When her newly assigned CASA volunteer began visiting in

When abuse, neglect and abandonment come crashing down into a child’s life, the seeds of sorrow find fertile ground from which to grow. Once rooted, a grim fatalism can begin to flourish in the mind of a desperate child. Amid this desolation, innocent and vulnerable children balance precariously atop a precipice beyond which a steep descent leads to the broken land of lost hope. Some kids are rescued near the top, others slide a long way down before they’re saved. Some don’t survive. The law has an official designation 60


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for them: CINA ~ Children In Need of Assistance, and regrettably, across our nation they are legion. (In 2012, over 10,000 Maryland children were under court protection due to maltreatment. In 2009, 1,770 innocent children across the nation perished due to abuse, neglect and abandonment.) But through it all ~ the good, the bad and the ugly ~ local communities weighed in the balance and, not found wanting, are offering helping hands to these next generations rising in our midst. Of these several outreach channels, one of the most effective and important is a private, non-profit coalition of toughminded, tender-hearted neighbors. Regardless of background or station in life these generous-spirited people know one true thing ~ their cups are not half full, their cups are not half empty, their cups are running over. They know it deep in their interior reaches, which is all that matters, and upon that unshakable fact they’ve chosen to act. They too have an official designation: CASA ~ Court Appointed Special Advocates. They don’t want to save the world, they just want to make a difference. And so they do ~ one child at a time. Knowingly or not, they subscribe to the axiom:


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the CASA volunteers themselves. Walt Whitman once wrote about them. He said: Behold, I do not give Lectures or a little charity. When I give, I give Myself A nine- or ten-year-old girl was raised in deplorable conditions. Her clothes didn’t fit, her personal hygiene was poor, she needed glasses, had no self-esteem and lacked social graces. Things were very bad when she came into the foster care system. After a while it became apparent that reunification with her family was simply not an option, and in the process she grew very close to her CASA volunteer. Several years later, she ended up in the hospital in serious condition. When given the chance to call someone, she chose her CASA volunteer. While always wanting to be encouraging, the CASA volunteer, who above all else must remain honest, said to her, “I can’t bring you the light at the end of the tunnel, but I will stand with you and by you until together we figure out where the light is and how to get there.” She ended up living with a family member but always kept in touch with her CASA volunteer. When her case closed, she sent a thank-you card that read: “There are no words to express what joy you have brought into my life. You have helped me in so many ways. I

Do you like that quote? I do. I like it a lot. I wish I’d thought of it and that I could claim it as my own. But I didn’t, and so I can’t. Still, that didn’t stop my shameless self from using it above did it? No, it didn’t, because if that adage applies any where, it surely applies here at CASA of the Mid-Shore, where its self-evident truth reverberates with the shock of recognition. In fact, some folks not only like it, they live it out fully every day ~ folks like Executive Director Robin Davenport, Development Director Kelly Simonson and Outreach Coordinator Jane Crawford, as well as the handful of others on this small, dedicated staff. Folks like Mary Griffin - President; Christine McWilliams - Secretary; Richard Potter and the other members of an exemplary Board of Directors. Folks like the nearly 500 generous donors of in-kind services and allimportant cash ~ some who make annual contributions of $10, others who make annual contributions of $20,000. And, most of all, folks like 64


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says to the CASA volunteer, ‘you are my hero.’” What? Facts, you say - you want some facts? I’ll give you some facts:

know that you have always believed in me, and I appreciate that. I also know it seems at times that I’m not grateful – but I am. Thank you for helping me to become a much stronger person. Love, **** Something is happening here.

For Fiscal Year 2015, CASA of the Mid-Shore: *86 children served by 69 CASA volunteers *58% of children were male; 42% were female. *44% were Caucasian, 36% were African American, 8% were Latino, and 12% were bi-racial. *50% of CASA cases involve children 12 and over. *The majority of children served were victims of multiple forms of maltreatment. *CASA volunteers authored over 1,000 written recommendations to the court regarding the best interests of their appointed child. 94% of those were accepted by the court. *11 children adopted into safe, loving homes *9 new CASA volunteers joined the ranks. *The average CASA volunteer spends 8 to 12 hours per month supporting their assigned child.

Ask me what CASA is all about, and I could provide you with something like their mission statement: CASA of the Mid-Shore is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the best interests of Children In Need of Assistance ( CINA ) who are under the protection of the Circuit Courts of Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Or I could simply repeat what some folks have publicly said: “CASA volunteers are the spark of hope for children,” The Honorable Stephen Kehoe, Talbot County Circuit Court Judge. “CASA volunteers act as the eyes and ears of the Court,” The Honorable Paul Bowman, Kent County Circuit Court Judge. “I’ve got to say, you folks are my heroes,” a Circuit Court Judge said as he addressed a CASA pre-service class. It doesn’t get much better than that,” Robin Davenport tells me. To which CASA Outreach Director Jane Crawford adds, “The only thing that’s better is when a child

CASA of the Mid-Shore has earned a well-deserved reputation for credibility and performance. And because our region of small villages enjoys the happy combination of low population density and an active volunteer base, every Child in Need of Assistance is blessed with a CASA 66

volunteer. Understand, this is the exception across the land, not the rule. But it’s good news for local children under the protection of the court because recent scientific studies reveal what judges and social workers have known for decades ~ namely that there’s a world of difference in outcomes between the kids who have a CASA volunteer and those who don’t. And, unsurprisingly for CINA cases, CASA involvement sooner is much better than CASA involvement later. That’s called organizational effectiveness, and it largely explains why an organization that began 25 years ago with two part-timers (Robin and a secretary) grew to serve nearly 140,000 people across 1,450 square miles in Talbot, Dorchester,

Queen Anne’s and Kent counties. In other words, this is also the story of organizational success and the expansion in scale and scope that accompanies it while rising to the challenge of ever-growing needs. This is why Robin can humbly say without a trace of braggadocio, “We have always remained true to our mission. We say what we are going to do, and then we do it.” It’s also why her attitude remains one of gratitude: “It’s amazing how supportive Talbot County and the expanding Mid-Shore communities have been to this organization.” “What a truly unique volunteer opportunity this is,” chimes in Jane Crawford, who has spent over six years with CASA. “There is nothing

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else like it. The people who make commitments as CASA volunteers are amazingly inspirational. They have huge hearts.” “I’ve had the honor and privilege of being involved with this over the past 25 years,” Robin continues, “and I can say with great confidence that CASA is one of the most empowering forces for good in our community and for its long-term health.” Then, with a sweeping gesture, she adds, “This is a lovely group of dedicated people. Our executive assistant has been here almost 20 years, Our assistant director, who also supervises cases, is going on 15 years. They are here for all the right reasons.” Near the end of our discussion, Robin pulls out a small red ceramic heart suspended from a ribbon and holds it up for me, Kelly and Jane to see. “Many years ago, I purchased a handful of these in the Rehoboth Beach area. Any way, I was once working with a little girl who had been sexually abused by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend in horrendous ways. As we were driving to court, I handed her a red ceramic heart, saying, ‘This is from Bill and me (Bill was the prosecutor), and it’s not only to let you know we care about you but also to give you heart throughout today because today is a tough day.’ Then, just before we’re about to walk into the courtroom, she asks for a safety pin, and I’m 68


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mother and her mother’s boyfriend. I still have vivid memories of that. Anyway, the mother and boyfriend are convicted and this child goes on to live with relatives out of town, and I figure this is where the story ends. But years later the girl stops by to visit, saying, ‘I want you to know that I’m doing really well and that I still have that heart.’ ‘You do?’ I say. ‘Yes, but I dropped it and it broke into pieces ~ too many for me to glue back together. But I wrapped them in tissue paper and keep them in my jewelry box, and every once in a while I take them out to look at them.’ It was such a powerful statement that this small gift meant so much to her and that she kept it all these years ~ even after it was broken. And so I flew home, pulled another red ceramic heart out and gave it to her.” Something is happening here.

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Trio takes its name from the Latin “caerulum,” which stands for heavens and sky. Their performance attire usually reflects the hues of the sky. In addition to performing the standard literature for clarinet, viola and piano, the trio also expands its repertoire by incorporating its own transcriptions and newly commissioned works. Highlights of the 2015-2016 season include performances on 91.5 WFSQ-FM radio, which was aired nationally; the Monticello Opera House; collaborations with the Southern Shakespeare Festival; educational outreach in schools; and performances at universities throughout the Southeast. Its members, who have performed all over the world, maintain active orchestral careers, performing with ensembles such as the Sarasota Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf-Coast, and the Orlando Philharmonic. The Daraja Ensemble (, one of the Fellowship ensembles at the University of Maryland School of Music, is a music collaborative committed to introducing performers to audiences worldwide. The ensemble seeks to spread the love of music through outreach projects and adventurous, exciting programming. Collectively, this wind quintet holds a wealth of performance experience; members of the ensemble have concertized on nearly every

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sic as well as their shared Hellenic heritage, the Olympus Piano Trio performs a repertoire of classical masterpieces and champions the music of native Greek and diaspora composers. Since its formation, the Olympus Piano Trio has been heard in concert throughout the New York City metropolitan region. On November 5, 2015, the Trio had its Merkin Concert Hall debut sponsored by the Onassis and HellenicAmerican cultural foundations, to critical acclaim. The Olympus Piano Trio has performed throughout Greece at such venues as the National Conservatory in Thessalonica, Athens Megaro Concert Hall, and the Kefalonia Music Festival.

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as 21. A preliminary judges’ panel of eight notable musicians headed by J. Lawrie Bloom, founder and artistic director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, pared the field of 41 down to five finalists in a blind review of applicant CD submissions. Mr. Bloom comments, “We were asked to judge an outstanding field of applicants. They were extremely well-prepared.” The five finalists will be judged by Marcy Rosen, founding member of the world-renowned Mendelssohn String Quartet and artistic director of Chesapeake Chamber Music; Tara Helen O’Connor, founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble and head of the wind department at Purchase College Conservatory of Music; and Robert McDonald, recital partner for many years to Isaac Stern and a member of the piano faculty at The Juilliard School since 1999. The audience attending the Competition on April 9 will also have an opportunity to judge each ensemble at the end of each concert. The winner of that poll will receive the Audience Choice Award, announced along with the Gold and Silver prizes at the end of the evening. Following the April 9 Competition, each finalist group will present an individual public concert at

Dedicated to reaching out to non-traditional and underprivileged members of the community, the Olympus Piano Trio has participated in a wide variety of programs, including an initiative in spring 2016 at St. Basil’s Academy, a program for disadvantaged children in upstate New York. The members of the Olympus Piano Trio have taught at Juilliard, SUNY Stony Brook, and Hunter College, and have recorded for Sony, Innova, LP Classics and Tzadik labels. The Olympus Piano Trio’s debut album is scheduled for release in 2017 on the LP Classics label. The Chamber Music Competition, sponsored biennially by Chesapeake Music, draws qualified applicants from all corners of the world. The average age of an ensemble must be under 31, and some have included members as young

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a local venue on Sunday, April 10, 2016. These include BLOCK4 at 1 p.m. at Temple B’nai Israel, 101 West Earle Ave. in Easton; Excelsa at 2 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 502 S. Morris St. in Oxford; Cerulean Trio at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Methodist Church, 100 Peachblossom Road in Easton; Olympus Piano Trio at 4 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 601 Church Street in Cambridge ($10 per person/students free); and Daraja Ensemble at 4 p.m. at Christ Church St. Michaels, 103 Willow Street in St. Michaels. The Gold Medal prize winner will be further honored with additional concerts, including a featured appearance during the 2016 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival on June 17. Tickets to the Chamber Music Competition on April 9 are $12 per person and free to students. Tickets will be sold at the door at the Avalon Theatre beginning no later than 12:30 p.m. The program starts at 1 p.m. For further information, visit or call the Chesapeake Music office at 410-819-0380. The Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition is underwritten by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and private benefactors.

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April Arrives with Bulb Flowers and Bees! I am so glad that spring has finally made its appearance! We can now enjoy the landscape color around us after the drab and gray winter. The spring-flowering daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are all in bloom. While you enjoy beautiful outdoor flowers of the many types of tulips available, you can also cut them and bring them inside to brighten up the house, especially on those rainy April days. A bunch of cut tulips from your yard will last six to eight days indoors. When cutting the tulips, use a sharp knife and cut the tips of the stems off at a slight angle. This will help the stems take up water. Unlike most cut f lowers, tulips keep growing in the vase. In addition, as they grow taller ~ often an inch or more ~ they tend to bend toward the light. Most people enjoy the unpredictable twists and turns of the tulips. However, if you want to re-

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Tidewater Gardening Most bulb flowers respond well to the addition of cut flower “food” or floral preservatives to the water. Tulips are the exception. Keep the tulips fresh and full of vigor by adding fresh cool water to the vase every day or so. Fresh tulips will last a good week or more in the vase with a little help. For the longest flower life, keep tulips in a cool spot in the room, out of direct sunlight. Keep them away from heat sources.

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with small holes. You can make it yourself, or buy them commercially. If you want more detailed information on making your landscape pollinator friendly, check out the Million Pollinator Gardens website at If you did not do it in March, your herbaceous perennial bed will benefit from a good cleaning and liberal fertilizing. Perennial gardens can most easily be cleaned by raking with a good steel lawn rake. Old plant tops that are not removed by raking should be cut with a sharp pair of grass clippers. If you mulched your perennial bed last fall, as you should have, avoid raking and simply clean each plant by hand so as not to disturb the mulch. After you have cleaned your garden, examine it carefully to make certain that each plant will have sufficient room to grow. If your plants appear to be crowded, now is the time to divide them, and probably give a few to your friends and neighbors. Fertilize the perennial bed with two to three pounds of 5-10-5 or 5-5-10 fertilizer, or its organic 1-21 or 1-1-2 ratio equivalent, per 100 square feet of bed. Water the fertilizer in after application. Avoid applying a high nitrogen fertilizer to the bed as it will promote leaf growth at the expense of f lower production. Spring is a good time to increase the variety of perennials in your

linator favorites. Check with your local garden center for suggestions for the best pollinator-attracting plants for your area. To attract pollinators, it is important to plant f lowers in groups. Choose one type of f lower and plant them in a group covering 10 square feet or more, increasing the chances pollinators will see them and drop in for a visit. It is also important to find the best location for your plantings. Make your f lower bed suitable for pollinators by situating them in a sunny place with minimal disturbance from wind and foot traffic. Providing shelter for the pollinators is important. Encourage pollinators to live nearby so they visit often. Beehives are just one option. Many pollinator species create tunnels and nests underground or in trees. Leave a patch of bare ground for pollinators to dig nests, or provide a wood block drilled


garden. Hardy chrysanthemums are one of those perennials that need to be divided periodically. They have a tendency to spread by underground stems. This multiplication of plants increases the demand for water, light and nutrients. Over time, crowded mums will result in smaller flowers. If you want your chrysanthemums to produce the large flowers they once did, it is important to divide them now. To divide the mums, simply dig up each clump as soon as you begin to see new young plants growing near the base of the old stems. Shake as much soil from the roots as possible to facilitate dividing. Next, pull apart small clusters of young plants from the large clump. Small

groups of plants are much simpler to divide than an entire clump. Separate these small clusters into individual plants or into groups of two or three plants each. Make certain that each plant, or group of plants, has adequate roots for transplanting. Replant them in the bed, or move them to new locations in the yard.

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Late April is vegetable growing time. The last planting of cool season crops such as carrots, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and turnips can be done. If you want to have a vegetable garden but have limited space, such as an in-town lot, here are some ideas to maximize your garden plot. Keep walkways to a minimum. Paths between every row often aren’t necessary. Plant in beds, rather than in individual rows. Intercrop your plantings. Mix slow-growing and fast-growing vegetables in the same row so that the “speedy” vegetables have matured and been harvested before the slow one needs the space. Inter-planting carrots and radishes is a good example. Stagger plantings. Alternating plants between rows allows more plants in a given area than evenly spaced rows. Raise vine-type crops vertically. Grow cucumbers, tomatoes and pole beans on fences, trellises or stakes to save space. Sequence your plantings in the garden. As soon as a row of vegetables is used, cultivate the ground and replant with another crop that will mature before the frost. Replace early cool season vegetables with warm weather ones as the first mature and are harvested. In mid-August, start cool season crops again for fall harvest. Garden in containers. If space is very limited, you can grow vegeta-

The only thing that you need to do to the lawn in April is tune up the lawn mower and sharpen its blade. For cool season grasses like tall fescue, it is important that you mow the grass at 2 inches or higher. Do not fertilize the lawn now. Fertilizing in April with a lot of nitrogen will push extra top growth. You will have to mow more frequently, and the grass plants will lack food reserves heading into the most stressful season for Eastern Shore lawns ~ summer. The grass plants will need an energy reserve to help them recover in the early fall from the normal summer drought and high temperatures.

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tions near buildings and fences that cast long shadows. Particularly stay away from trees and shrubs that not only cast shade, but whose roots also remove moisture and nutrients from the soil. If you are in doubt about the amount of light the spot will get, grow lettuce, parsley or some other leafy vegetable that can get by with a little less sun. Happy Gardening!

bles such as eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes on the patio in containers. There are now even compact varieties of cucumbers that can be grown in small spaces. Check the descriptions in the seed catalogs or on the back of the seed packet to see how much space they require. Finally, use your flower beds to grow vegetables. There is no rule that says you can’t grow vegetables in a flower border. Some can make attractive additions. In selecting a site for vegetables, make sure that they will get sunlight. Most plants require six hours of full sun per day. Remember when planning a garden to avoid loca-

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

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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 410-228-1000 or visit or SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - a tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called


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Dorchester Points of Interest Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. High Street is also known as one of the most haunted streets in Maryland. join a Chesapeake Ghost Walk to hear the stories. Find out more at www. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit CHOPTANK RIVER LIGHTHOUSE REPLICA - The replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse includes a small museum with exhibits about the original lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse, located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, is open daily, May through October, and by appointment, November through April; call 410-463-2653. For more info. visit DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424 100

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Dorchester Points of Interest Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African

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American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide


Dorchester Points of Interest so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. For more info. visit HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., offers daily tours of the winemaking operation. The family-oriented Layton’s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit 104

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Easton Points of Interest 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit www. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and an annual craft festival, CR AFT SHOW (the Eastern Shore’s largest juried fine craft show), featuring local and national artists and artisans demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their crafts. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit

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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

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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


Easton Points of Interest The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds f lour to this day using two massive grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. For more info. visit 26. W YE ISL A ND NATUR AL RESOURCE MA NAGEMENT AREA - Located between the Wye River and the Wye East River, the area provides habitat for waterfowl and native wildlife. There are 6 miles of trails that provide opportunities for hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. For more info. visit 27. OLD WYE CHURCH - Old Wye Church is one of the oldest active Anglican Communion parishes in Talbot County. Wye Chapel was built between 1718 and 1721 and opened for worship on October 18, 1721. For more info. visit 28. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - The original structure was built before 1690. Early 18th century rector was the Reverend Daniel Maynadier. A later provincial rector (1764–1768), the Reverend Thomas Bacon, compiled “Bacon’s Laws,” authoritative compendium of Colonial Statutes. Robert Morris, Sr., father of Revolutionary financier is buried here.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bayview Restaurant and Duck Blind 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



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 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. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.

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Oxford Points of Interest 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 Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989


Oxford Points of Interest the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 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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Lost to the Bay by Gary D. Crawford

We know the Bay is beautiful. There’s no doubt about that. John Smith, the first Englishman to see and describe it, was struck by this marvelous estuary, teeming with life in, above, and around its waters. He wrote, “heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation,” and af ter his many travels he put the Bay Country at the top of his list, saying it “may have the prerogative over the most pleasant places knowne.” The Bay can be cr uel, too, as Smith quickly learned from a stingray he encountered. It gave him such a jolt that his men feared their leader was dead. S ome w h at mor e r e c ent ly, i n August 2013, I wrote about a small monument in Kronsberg Park across from the Tilghman Fire Hall, on which five bronze plaques are displayed. One commemorates the gift of the park to the community by the Kronsberg family; one lists the doctors who served the island, another is a tribute to George C. Harrison, manager of the Tilghman Packing Company; a fourth plaque expresses appreciation to those who served in our nation’s wars. Then there’s the other plaque. It reads: “IN MEMORY OF THE

TILGHM A N WATER MEN W HO L O S T T H E I R L I V E S ON T H E CHE SA PE A K E BAY A N D SU RROU N DI NG WAT ER S, 1891 TO 1979,” with 32 names below this inscription. Nothing indicates how these men perished, where, or even when. Their stories live on in the memories of family and friends, of course. But time passes, and so do those who hold those memories. Out of respect, it seems worthwhile to gather any information we can, now, about the names on the Watermen’s Plaque. W hat fol low s i s, ad m it te d ly, neither complete nor proven fact. I apologize in advance, for these are sensitive matters, but my hope is that readers with additional infor-


Lost to the Bay mation will send it along. Corrections, especially, would be appreciated []. Many people have assisted with this task, including Mr. Stanley Covington, Mr. Larry Gowe, Capt. S t a n le y L a r r i more, Mr. C a lv i n Lewis, Mr. David McQuay, Capt. Wade Murphy II, and Judge John C. North. (The three drawings are by the late Bill Cummings, a waterman-artist who many years ago permitted me to photograph some of his working sketches.) Everyone’s help is much appreciated. The mistakes, omissions and misunderstandings are mine alone, of course. One of the primary written sourc-

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es was a pamphlet prepared for the dedication ceremony in October of 1980; happily, this “Program” provides the dates as well as the names. Another source is a list compiled by the late Antoinette Covington, a local teacher, historian and author. This “List,” in her own hand, was loaned to me by her brother-in-law Stanley Covington. She provides the same names and dates (nearly so), but also a brief note about each incident. For many incidents, these notes are all we have. In addition to the Program and the List, I also consulted a record kept by the late Ada Jane Ridgeway Harrison. She made notes of local events for over forty years, beginning on June 9, 1938. Her “Journal” helped to pin down dates and other information. Taken together, the record consists of 26 incidents involving 33 men. The most common mishap was falling overboard (13), followed by capsizing (10). Three dropped dead in their boats, one was run over by another boat, two were asphyxiated, one was electrocuted in a boat, one drowned while swimming ashore for help, and two died from unknown causes. Every village around the Chesapeake Bay has stories of its men lost to her waters. These are ours. The first name is Robert Thomas (1891). Miss Antoinette’s List reads simply “fell overboard,” but Stanley Covington recalls this tale. Capt. Jim Duncan and his crew were



Lost to the Bay dredging from the bugeye M. A. Somers off the western shore. Some ugly weather suddenly blew up, and Capt. Duncan asked Thomas to go forward to free a line so they could get underway. The bugeye took a sudden lurch in the rough seas, however, causing Thomas to lose his balance and fall overboard. By the time Duncan was able to tack back to the spot, Thomas was gone. He was an experienced black waterman and a regular member of his crew. It is said that Capt. Duncan was much affected by the accident and refused to take that dredgeboat out ever again. He sold the Somers to his son-in-law, Capt. Lindale Collins. About the second name, William W. Richardson (1892), the

List says only that he was “Sharp’s Island Light Keeper.” U.S. Lighthouse Service records confirm that he was Assistant Keeper in 1889-90 and Keeper 1890-1892, though it appears he did not complete his full term. Whether he fell from the lighthouse or drowned in some boating mishap, we do not know. Oddly, another Richardson is the third name: Thomas E. Richardson (1895). Whether they were related, I have not discovered. The List quotes from the Januar y 5, 1895 edition of the Easton Gazette: “On Thursday of last week [January 3], Thomas E. Richardson was knocked overboard from the bugeye Virginia Belle, Capt. Joseph Willis, and drowned.” We presume he was knocked overboard by a boom, a common mishap in the days of sail. Two deaths are listed in the first year of the new century. The List notes that George Wilson (1900) drowned “while trying to board the dredge boat in Dogwood Harbor, the waves swamped the small boat.” Wilson is the only man on Covington’s List who does not appear on the Plaque. That same year another man, James Dolley (1900), “fell from Jim Duncan’s dredge boat.” Stanley Covington says he never heard of a second man going overboard from the M. A. Somers, though it may have been an accident aboard another of Capt. Jim’s several vessels. Number 6 is Andrew Dudrow


(1902), who “fell from crab boat.” No other details have been located. The same is true for Alfred Crockett, who “fell from crab boat” five years later. The eighth name is James Henry Murphy (1913), about whom the List says simply that he “fell from dredge boat out of Baltimore.” However, a pr ivately published genealogy (The Murphys of Tilghman’s Island) provides a fuller and more interesting account. Murphy, the original settler of that name on the island, was described as a jealous husband who had beaten up a man he suspected of having made advances to his wife. Sometime later, just before Christmas, the 54-year-old Murphy left for Baltimore on a dredge boat ~ but he never arrived. The man he had beaten was believed to have been in the crew of that boat, and foul play was suspected. Murphy’s body was discovered the next spring on the western shore and buried nearby. He was identified by a tattoo, but some family members questioned the identification. His grandson Wade Hampton Murphy, Jr. (“Capt. Wadie” of the Rebecca T. Ruark) says his father, Wade Sr., was just 13 years old at the time of the incident. Ernest Sinclair (1926) died “in Choptank River.” Presumably he drowned. The List is similarly brief regarding Robert R. North (1937), saying only that he “fell in the Bay while 151

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fishing.” Fortunately, his grandson Judge John C. North of St. Michaels recalls the incident well, though he was just seven years old at the time. R ob er t Nor t h w a s a n oy s ter dredger at the turn of the century, captain of the bugeye Rasmussen, but he moved his family to Easton so his academically promising son John could at tend high school. In Easton, he and his wife, Noda, established a restaurant and ice cream shop on North Washington S t r e e t . W hen son Joh n g r aduated from Georgetown University in 1920 (perhaps the first Tilghman’s Islander to achieve a universit y degree), the family moved back to Bay Hundred. Near the ferry landing in Claiborne, they established the Sea Gull Inn, where they lived and worked. Judge North says he answered the telephone that Sunday when his distraught grandmother called to say her husband was missing. He had gone out fishing in his motorboat that morning, but later

his boat was found adrift. Despite a thorough search, he could not be found. Several days later, his body came to the surface, dislodged by the wake of the ferryboat from Kent Island. It is assumed that Robert North had a heart attack and fell overboard. A water man named Dav id Crockett (1942) had a heart attack when on his boat passing through Knapps Narrows. Stanley Covington recalls that Crockett’s boat was a double-ender (“shaped like on old iron”) with a one-cylinder engine that had parts identical to those in a Model T Ford engine. Crockett’s death is given in the Program as 1946, and his name appears on the Plaque in that position; the Covington List says he “fell in boat” but gives no date. Fortunately, Ada Harrison gives the date quite precisely: March 2, 1942. Her daughter Roberta H. Marshall, who compiled the Journal, noted: “The headline in the Star Democrat contained the worst typo I ever saw: ‘Dav y Crockett Dies while Pissing through the Narrows.’” Henry Harrison (1945) “fell in Baltimore Harbor,” though the circumstances are not known. Next is a double accident, involving Cleveland “Cleve” Jackson and War f ield “Warr y” R ichardson (1947). It is said that they went off fishing together, across the Choptank to Cook’s Point. On their way back, both were in the cabin


and fell victim to carbon monoxide fumes, whether from the engine or a cabin heater is not clear. Cleve was the brother of Frank Jackson, the island’s pharmacist and the founder of Jackson’s Pharmacy, which once stood on the Main Road beside the old bank, now a bookstore. The Program and the List both date this incident in 1946, but Harrison’s Journal places it, convincingly, on February 18, 1947. Kenneth “Mac”Malkin (1948) was a Canadian who during WWII became friends with Roy Harrison of Tilghman’s Island. Malkin came to the Chesapeake and took a job r unning an oyster buy-boat for the Tilghman Packing Company. In the winter of 1947-48, he was sent out with a bag of money to buy oysters from the watermen in the Broad Creek area. As he prepared to head back, “Snap” Jones and other watermen in Neavitt begged him not to go, saying he had a very full load and a wind was rising out in the Choptank. Malkin decided he could make it and set out for home. As he came out of Broad Creek at

sundown, off Nelson’s Island, the wind suddenly slammed into him; seas came over the side, and the boat swamped. When news reached Tilghman, the Company immediately sent boats to search. They found the buy-boat sitting upright on the bottom, with her mast sticking up above water. Mac was found lashed to the mast with his belt. Charles Faulkner (1949) was “found in boat.” He was the son of Charles Faulkner, the storekeeper in Bar Neck. The cause of his death is not recalled. Capt. Stanley Larrimore and he were cousins, their mothers being sisters, and he recalls that Charles was found by Buck Murphy ~ who also was found dead in his boat later the same year.

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Lost to the Bay Charles S. “Buck” Murphy (1949) was the son of James Murphy (No. 8 on this list) and brother to Wade Murphy, Sr. Buck and his w ife “Miss Het” lived across on the main road in Tilghman, across from Covington’s garage. The brothers were quite close, according to Wade’s son, Capt. Wadie. “They worked together and they drank together.” The incident happened during crabbing season. On the morning of August 15, Buck and Wade laid their trot-lines out in the dark, more or less at right angles to one another. “Workboats didn’t have spotlights on them back in 1949,” Wadie explained, so his father and Uncle Buck brought their boats together and chatted while waiting to begin crabbing. At first light, they each went off on their first runs, then turned and came back. Trot-liners have to pay close attention to their lines, so Wade wasn’t watching for Buck until he returned to the head of his line. As he looked for Buck, Wade saw the Mary Hazel going in circles. He finally managed to get inside the boat’s tight circle and grab on. Jumping aboard, he throttled down and went over to Buck. He was lying on the bottom of the boat, his faithful black lab “Smut” hovering over him. Wade rubbed cold water on his forehead and wrists, but there was no response. He towed the Mary

Ha zel to the Tilghman Pack ing Company, where they telephoned for Doc Reeser, who pronounced him dead of a stroke. Edward “Bud” Larrimore, Sr. (1953) was “thrown out of outboard motor boat.” Capt. Larrimore explained that Bud was his uncle, his father Glendy’s brother. One day he went out in a small outboard motorboat but had trouble w ith the engine. He may have tried to start the motor while it was in gear and turned to one side, which then shoved the stern sharply around and threw Bud out. David McQuay happened to be swimming with a friend near the east end of Knapps Narrows that day, and they saw the boat going out, but they didn’t see what happened. Suddenly Larrimore was gone and the boat was empty. William “Bill” Lower y, Jr. (1956) is the only one whose death may have been caused by a Bay animal. A group of his wife’s relatives had come for a visit, and Bill took them out on his boat for a summer excursion on the Bay. They anchored offshore just south of Tilghman Beach, not far from where a second Naval Research Laboratory tower once stood. When it came time to leave, Bill was unable to get the engine started. But being a strong swimmer, he decided to swim the several hundred yards to shore for assistance. Why he didn’t make it is not clear, but most people suspect he ran into a mess of sea nettles.



Lost to the Bay After the party was brought in, Capt. Benny Gowe brought his haul-seine net and crew down to help find the body; spreading the net out wide, they then walked it in. Benny happened to step on the body, which immediately popped to the surface, face-to-face with him, and gave him quite a fright. Benny’s son Larry Gowe confirms this account and the presence of sea nettles. David McQuay recalls being up at the Narrows at Reeser’s Boatyard when they brought Lowery in. Stanley Covington recalls that when the boat was towed in, as the island’s chief mechanic, he was asked to find out what had gone

wrong w ith the motor. The boat had a six-cylinder Ford engine, he explained, which had the starter bolted to the engine. Covington discovered that vibration had loosened the bolts and the starter had become separated from the engine, so it had no ground and could not start. He recalls holding the starter in place and giving the bolts two little twists with a 7/16” wrench ~ “and she started right up.” He says he’s thought about that a lot since then, about how such small things could cost a man his life. Charles Lower y (1959) was Bill Lowery’s brother, both being sons of Joseph “Joe Suds” Lowery. Although Charles is named on the Plaque, he doesn’t appear in Miss


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Lost to the Bay Antoinette’s List, presumably because he was not “lost at sea.” He was electrocuted on a boat belonging to Levin Harrison, Jr., while docked at their oyster house beside the Tilghman Bridge, now the site of the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. Levin’s boat needed to be pumped out, so he sent Charles to get a pump from his brother Randolph Harrison’s boat. Stanley Covington recalls that it was an electric pump with just two wires, ungrounded, so that if there was a short anywhere, it would be dangerous. There was a short, apparently, for Charles was killed the instant he plugged in that old pump.

H u g h J . H a d d a w a y, J r. (1960). The List says only “fell in Knapps Narrows.” I have found no one who recalls him or this incident. Nadell Sinclair (1961) is another about which we know little. The List says only that he “missed step in anchorage.” Stanley Covington suspects Nadell, who liked his beer, may have fallen from a dock. Edward Gowe, Sr. (1961). Covington’s List says he “fell in Narrows while tonging,” but that is misleading. Capt. Larrimore confirms that in those days there were a fair number of oysters in the Narrows, especially around the Bridge, but he remembers that Ed was run over in his tonging skiff by Bobby Preston, an oyster buyer who worked for

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Woodfield in Galesville. Larry Gowe remembers this incident well, as Edward was his grandfather. He recalls coming home from St. Michaels on the school bus and coming over the bridge seeing police and others at the scene. He confirms that Bobby Preston accidentally ran his grandfather down in the buy-boat Jessie May as he came through the Narrows from the Bay. Preston was unaware of the incident and continued out into the Choptank. When they reached and told him the news, he was devastated, for he and Ed were close friends. Larry says Preston was never the same and soon left the water. Nex t on the Plaque are three watermen who went down together:

Capt. Herman Lednum, Orem Haddaway, and Roy M. Cummings, Jr. (1968). Miss Antoinette says they “went down in a gale, loaded with oysters,” and everyone gives a similar account. Capt. Lednum, an oyster buyer, had been over on the western shore, around Herring Bay, buying oysters. He and his crew were returning to Tilghman in company w ith another buyer, Buck Garvin; both boats had very full loads. A strong northwest wind was blowing that November day ~ around 30 mph, as David McQuay recalls. Large waves were building up as they approached Poplar Island, and both boats were now taking heavy quartering seas. Garvin’s boat was decked and could take


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the waves, but Lednum’s Alma was undecked. Garvin advised Lednum to run inside, to the calmer water between Poplar and the mainland, but Lednum chose the shorter outside route. Alma was fitted with a large twoinch centrifugal pump, according to Stanley Covington, who suspects L e d nu m may have b el ie ve d he could keep ahead of any water that came aboard. However, that pump later was found inside the cabin, as if somebody had been working on it. The Alma soon was taking on water, the crew pumping by hand and bailing, but she sank ever lower in the water, pulled down by the enormous weight of her oysters. As the boat foundered, the crew put on life jackets. The water was too cold, however, and all perished. Stanley Larrimore remembers that when George Harrison of Bar Neck

found Orem Haddaway on Lowe’s Point, he had on four life jackets. David McQuay added a footnote about the cargo of the ill-fated Alma. A lthough watermen managed to tong many of the oysters up from the wreck, the truck carrying them to market overturned on the road. Milton “Petelo” Cummings, Sr. (1969). Cummings, father of Roy Cummings lost on the Alma the previous year, was much distressed by his son’s death. On Wednesday morning, July 16, he went out crabbing in Harris Creek. When he failed to return that afternoon, his wife called for help and numerous boats responded. David McQuay still can hear Bart Murphy roaring out of the Narrows at dusk that day, his 455 Olds engine wide open. They found Cummings’ boat w ith his wallet on the engine house. His body was recovered two days later. Daniel Lednum (1977). The List says he “fell over while crabbing.” Stanley Covington recalls Daniel, the son of Marion Beaufort “Hunky” Lednum, was quite young, maybe 23. We now come to the last f ive names on the Plaque ~ the crew of the Hayruss IV. But that is a story for next month. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.




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Salads in a Jar It’s the season for carefree entertaining, and simple-fix salads are perfect for a picnic, workday lunch, backyard barbecue, or a romantic getaway just for the two of you. Only a few years ago, Mason jars were strictly for canning. Today they are as trendy as green juice and coconut oil. They make portable portion-controlled meals in a cinch. Who would have ever thought that salad looked even more appetizing stacked? There are five things to remember when packing your salad jar. The secret to great Mason jar salads lies in the layering, so always begin with the dressing. If you’re short on time, bottled dressing will do in a pinch, but homemade salad dressings are often more affordable and healthier than storebought dressings. Many contain just a handful of ingredients, which you likely already have on hand. Vinegars such as balsamic, red wine, apple cider

and rice vinegars, as well as olive, sesame, and nut oils are two of the three ingredients you will need. In order to make your vinaigrette more flavorful, add other flavors such as jam, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and mustard. If you are eating your salad within a day or two, the dressing can be put into the bottom of the


Salad in a Jar jar (about 4 to 5 tablespoons for a 2-quart size; 3 tablespoons for a quart-sized salad; 2 tablespoons for pint-size). If you’ll be keeping if longer than a day or two, consider storing the dressing separately in a small container. Use wide-mouth canning jars with tight-fitting lids: pint jars for side salads, quart jars for individual meal-sized salads, and 2-quart jars (or larger) for picnics and potlucks. Firm or solid vegetables are the next layer in the jar. They won’t get soggy, and can handle the pressure of having other, lighter ingredients layered on top. This layer should contain raw onions (sitting in the dressing will mellow them), red and green bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, snap peas, grape tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts,

cooked beets, and dried and fresh fruit like grapes and apple slices. If you are using apple slices, make sure you sprinkle them with lemon juice so they don’t turn brown. For your next layer you can add some protein. If you are including shredded cheese, proteins or soft fruits and vegetables, add these the on the morning you plan to eat the salad. Some proteins to consider are chopped hard-boiled eggs, diced chicken breast, diced beef, cubed tofu, canned tuna or salmon, and cooked beans or chickpeas. Your fourth layer will contain greens. Cover the firm vegetables and protein with a large handful of greens. Packing the greens tightly will keep all the ingredients in place. Darker varieties are more nutritious, so mix in dark greens like kale, spinach or spring mix with chopped romaine. Last but not least, leave a bit of room for your favorite toppings. I would suggest croutons, cheeses, pecans, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, lighter grains and more delicate ingredients like berries and sprouts. If you are making a salad with lighter, more absorbent grains like quinoa or rice, add them to this layer instead of with the beans. When you are ready to enjoy your Mason jar salad, pour it out onto a plate or into a bowl. The action of shaking the salad out onto the plate is usually enough to mix


the salad with the dressing. If not, toss gently with a fork.

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Salad in a Jar 1 whole avocado 1/4 cup water To make the dressing, place all of the dressing ingredients in a food processor. Puree until mixture is smooth. Set aside. Using a fork, shred the grilled chicken into small pieces. Assemble each Mason jar in the following order: 1/4 cup avocado dressing,1/4 cup corn, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/4 cup diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup chicken, 1/4 cup romaine lettuce. Store in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, shake jar’s contents into a bowl, toss and enjoy!

MEDITERRANEAN BEAN SALAD in a JAR with GARLIC-LEMON DRESSING Serves 4 4 12-oz. Mason jars 1 cup cooked Israeli couscous prepared according to package directions 2 cups canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1 cup cucumber, diced 1 cup tomato, diced Dressing: 2 whole lemons, juiced and zested 2 T. shallots, finely chopped


1 whole garlic clove, minced 2 T. olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside. Assemble salad in each Mason jar in this order: 2 or 3 tablespoons of the lemon-garlic dressing, 1/4 cup cucumber, 1/2 cup garbanzo beans, 1/4 cup tomatoes, 1/4 cup cannellini beans, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/4 cup couscous, 1/4 cup feta cheese. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. TRIPLE BERRY and NUT SALAD in a JAR with SWEET CITRUS DRESSING Serves 4 4 12-oz. Mason jars 2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered 2 cups blackberries 2 cups blueberries 1 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped Dressing: 1/4 cup orange juice 1 whole lemon, juiced and zested 2 T. olive oil 1 T. honey Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside. Assemble salad in each Mason 167

Salad in a Jar jar in this order: 2 or 3 tablespoons sweet citrus dressing. 1/2 cup blackberries, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup almonds. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. CITRUS CHICKEN and ORZO SALAD with CREAMY CITRUS DRESSING Serves 4 4 12-oz. Mason jars 2 cups orzo, prepared according to package directions 1 whole chicken breast, grilled or poached 2 whole roasted red peppers, diced 1 cup red onion, finely chopped 2 cups fresh spinach Dressing: 2 T. Greek yogurt 1/4 cup orange juice 1-1/2 t. orange zest 1 t. balsamic vinegar 2 T. olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside. Using a fork, shred grilled chicken into small pieces. Assemble salad in each Mason jar in this order: 2 or 3 tablespoons creamy citrus dressing, 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, 1/4 cup red

onions, 1/2 cup orzo, 1/4 cup shredded chicken, 1/4 cup spinach. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. GREEK SALAD in a JAR with VINAIGRETTE Serves 4 4 12-oz. Mason jars 1 cup cooked cut-up chicken from 1 medium chicken breast 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted 1/2 cup chopped tomato 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion 1 cup salad greens, chopped Dressing: 1 T. red wine vinegar 1/2 T. fresh lemon juice 1/2 t. Dijon mustard 1/2 t. dried oregano 2 to 3 T. olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside. Assemble salad in each Mason jar using 1/4 of each ingredient in this order: 2 to 4 tablespoons vinaigrette, chicken, cucumbers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, onion, tomatoes, salad greens. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. You can keep it for 3 days if it includes chicken, or 5 days if you have left the chicken out.


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1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped 2 oz. blue cheese, crumbled Dressing: 2-1/2 T. sherry vinegar Pinch of sea salt Freshly ground black pepper to taste 3 T. olive oil Whisk together the vinegar, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Set dressing aside. Place the pear slices in the bottom of the Mason jar. Layer 2 cups of the spinach on top of the pear, then add the pomegranate seeds, another 1/2 cup of spinach, and the chopped pecans. Finish with the remaining 1/2 cup of spinach and the blue cheese. Make a small cup out of parchment paper at the top of the jar and pour in the vinaigrette. This time you don’t want to add the dressing until you are ready to serve. Seal the jar and refrigerate until ready to use. A longtime resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith-Doyle, formerly Denver’s NBC Channel 9 Children’s Chef, now 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 Story Archive tab at



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On April 23, the Academy Art Museum in Easton will open the first solo museum exhibition of the photography of Paulette Tavormina. The exhibition, Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty, will feature Tavormina’s photographs of still life arrangements that often recall the sumptuous detail of seventeenthcentury Old Master still life paint-

ers like Francisco de ZurbarĂĄn, Adriaen Coorte, and Giovanna Garzoni. Her meticulously orchestrated and beautifully lit photographs are boldly contemporary in their precision, capturing delphiniums, roses, lemons, figs, beetles and porcelain bowls. Tavormina invites the viewer to reflect on the ephemerality of existence and love,

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Tavormina Photo Exhibit and on the importance of savoring both at every moment. Tavormina’s photographs are in museum, corporate and private collections around the globe. She also has an active commercial practice that includes photographing art-

works for Sotheby’s, collaborating with The Fabulous Beekman Boys on three cookbooks, The Del Posto Cookbook, and commissions for The New York Times and National Geographic magazine, among others. Tavormina has also been a prop and food stylist for major Hollywood films, and her work has been

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Peonies, 2009 seen in The Perfect Storm, Nixon and The Astronaut’s Wife. Her first monograph, Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty (The Monacelli Press, New York, 2016), will be released in April 2016.

The book includes essays by art and photography scholars Silvia Malaguzzi, Mark Alice Durant and Academy Art Museum’s Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg, delving into the seventeenthand eighteenth-century sources of Tavormina’s inspiration, her stance on art photography, and how the conventions of yesterday’s paintings can transform to make visually stunning photographic art for today. This exhibition is sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council and Chesapeake Publishing. The exhibition will be on display through July 10, 2016 at the Academy Art Museum. Curator-led tours will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at noon and Wednesday, June 15 at noon. For further information, visit or call 410-822-2787. Archival digital pigment prints courtesy Paulette Tavormina.

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Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, NC. 320 pp. $25.95. This first novel by Ed Tarkington irritated me for longer than it should have done. It was published in January, but the publisher sent me a copy early on. It sat on my desk, ignored and scorned. I was simply turned off by the title ~ Only Love Can Break Your Heart ~ too much like a book written for teen-aged girls. Or maybe it would be a book like a romance novel, all with the same teasing itch, the same number of pages, ditto the girl meets boy. (It’s never the other way around. Boys and men wouldn’t be caught dead reading a romance novel.) She hates him, then adores him, they split the lovey-dovey, they part over some terrible calamity like a broken fingernail and copious tears, no sex before marriage, and other standard recipes to wind it up with wedding bells. If you love the way a romance novel is written and can hardly turn the pages fast enough, enjoy yourself. It’s not my cup of tea. So it sat on my desk, day after

miserable day. Eventually it was like going to the dentist. Just do it and have it over, finished, at least it’s better than squirming. So I read it. My prediction of boredom was flat-out blasted. Ed Tarkington is a first rate-writer. Okay, I was wrong. (Not about the title, I insist. It’s mawkish.) But the story, oh my Lord, the story is wonderful. I opened the book to the


Tidewater Review first chapter and was mesmerized until I finished the last page at a little after midnight.

The main charac ters are t wo half-brothers. The older boy, Paul, is sixteen and his little half-brother, Richard, nicknamed Rocky, is seven as the story opens in 1977. Paul’s mother is bad news. Paul loves her, but her marriage doesn’t last long. She’s mostly out of the picture. Eventually, the boys’ father, always called the Old Man, remarries. The new, much younger wife is Rocky’s mother. The Old Man loves both his sons, but his new wife resents Paul. She’s very religious and bristles at his reputation in town as a “bad boy.” He smokes and drinks beer, and drives his Chevy Nova around town with the radio at top decibels blaring Neil Young albums and with one

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ping story that I’m tempted to go on and spill the beans on the second half. But no. It would be unkind to ruin your curiosity at this point. It’s a rare thing to find a first novel so professionally written as this gem is. Tarkington prepared for his success with an MA from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State. His essays and stories have appeared in Nashville Scene, Memphi s C omme rc ial App e al, Post Road, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, and Southeast Review. That’s all very impressing, but stories and essays are not the same as novels. A novel is a big jump. If you don’t read this one, it’s your loss. I predict it w ill be a best-seller, one of those marvelous books that you’ll hesitate to lend to anyone unless you know positively that you’ll get it back. It’s that extraordinary. In my judgment, it’s bound to be a classic. Highly recommended. Anne Stinson began her career in the 1950s as a freelancer 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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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 410-4790655 or visit their website at 183

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Odd Names on the Map by James Dawson

Maryland place names span hundreds of years and several cultures from prehistoric days to modern times. They can be descriptive, unusual, odd, quirky and even hilarious. While few Native American names mark our landscape, hundreds of them dot our waterscape. An exhausting parade running through the alphabet would begin: Accowaytecoquin, Askiminikonson, Bauchitinaughton als Pokquatanguaton, Cohongaroota and so on. Native American names generally described notable characteristics of a place and have resulted in some impressively long assemblies of shorter words. And when you add old European spellings on top of that, which were capricious even under the best of circumstances then, the result would be a cacophony of variants for just one place like Wighcocomoco, Wighkawamecq, and Wighkowomeq and several more. These were way too complicated for European tongues and pens, and the resulting Wicomico is easier for us, but that probably wouldn’t make much sense to the original settlers. Many of our early names echo political and religious turmoil

in England. The Catholic King Charles granted Maryland to the Catholic Lord Baltimore, who was nice enough to invite the Protestants in to help settle it. The Protestants repaid the favor by kicking him out and taking over the place. But at least Lord Baltimore got to keep his head, unlike King Charles. Not many names from Lord Baltimore’s days have survived on our landscape, but the few we have are big ones: Maryland was named for Henrietta Maria, the wife of King Charles. St. Mary’s City used to be the capital of the colony. Charles County was named for the son of Cecil, Lord Baltimore (not for the King). St. Mary’s County and Calvert County also survive. And, of


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Anne Arundel Calvert course, Baltimore is our largest city. Interestingly, our capital, Annapolis, was originally named for Anne Arundel Calvert, the wife of the second Lord Baltimore, but it was changed in favor of Anna Stuart, who would later be Queen Anne. Yet the county is still named for Anne Arundel, so a city named for a Protestant Queen is in a county named for a Catholic Lady. But Maryland always had religious freedom and, despite some early tension, everyone gets along just fine now. That was not the only name that f lipped from Catholic to Protestant.

There is a river in Talbot County that was named the St. Michaels River, then had it’s name shortened first to the Michaels River, and finally to the Miles River because, it is assumed, local Quakers didn’t care much for Catholic saints dotting their landscape. However, on the western shore there are the towns of St. Leonards, St. Helena, St. Charles and a few more. Also, St. Clements Island. Actually, the first European name for the Chesapeake Bay dates from Spanish days, but la Bahia de Santa Maria, or St. Mary’s Bay, didn’t stick. The Chesapeake Bay was Chesepiooc sinus on John White’s map of 1590, but is spelled Chesapeake on Capt. John Smith’s 1612 map. Phonetically, these names sound very much alike, and Chesapeake is said to be the Native American word for Great Shellfish Bay, which aptly describes it. Or used to.



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Perhaps the most delightful name in the state is Tippity Wichity Island in St. Mary’s County which is said to be derived from Tipitwitchet, the Native American name for the Venus fly trap. Close runners-up would be Hollaca Snooze (also known as Hollow Cuts Noose) in Kent County, Wapplemander Creek in Dorchester County, and Winkledoodle Creek near D.C. And let us not forget Accident, Detour, Deadman Run, Chonk River, and Paddy Piddle Cove in other parts of the state. The Tred Avon River in Talbot County wins the prize for the record number of variant spellings for one place: 12 and counting. It appears in old documents as: Third

Haven, Tread Haven, Trade Haven, Threadhaven, Trad Avon, Treavon, Tred Aven, Tred Haven, Tredaven, Tredhaven and Trudhaven. Obviously, something got corrupted from something, but there the etymology goes cold. Likely these variants are due to the sloppy spelling of the period because they are basically the same, phonetically speaking, give or take a letter or two. Quirky names abound in Talbot County: Almost Neavitt Road is where you would expect it to be, and in other parts of the county we find Money Make Road, Latch String Lane, Judas Street, Tarzan Lane, Lover’s Lane, Thanksgiving Road, Cop Rock Road, Wink Lane, Buoy Boy Road, Crackerjack Lane,

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seum, Easton. Opening reception March 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. for grades K-8 and 5:30 to 7 p.m. for grades 9-12. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (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.

Thr u Apr il 30 E x hibit: Massoniart presents The Unsettled Earth - The Art of Stewardship featuring work by Karen Hubacher, Heidi Fowler, Elizabeth MacDonald, Grace Mitchell and Deborah Weiss at the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown. For more info. tel: 410-778-7330 or visit

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Thru May 1 Exhibition: On the River - Sailboats, Skipjacks,


April Calendar Schooners and Log Canoes at Main Street Gallery, Cambridge. Featured artists are Fran Saunders, Janet Kerr and Ted Mueller. For more info. tel: 410-330-4659 or visit

Robert Indiana, ART, Color lithograph, 1973, Edition of 50. Signed in pencil, Gift of Grover Batts, 2015, AAM 2015.009 Thru Aug. 7 Exhibition: Selections from the Grover Batts Collection at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Bat ts collec t ion includes works by renowned late 19th and 20th century American and European artists. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 1 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois

Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 1 First Friday in downtown Easton. 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 local artists. 1 Karaoke Happy Hour at Layton’s Chance Winery, Vienna. Singing, dancing, and all-around good times. Bring your dinner or snacks to complete the night. Wine available at the bar. Table reservations taken on the day of the event only. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205. 1 Spring Movie Series at the Oxford Communit y Center featur ing Little Big Man starring Dustin Hoffman. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Beer and w ine available for purchase. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 1 Friday Nites in Caroline: Flatland Drive at the Caroline Count y Central Librar y, Denton. 7 to 9 p.m. Come and enjoy a free evening of music. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit


1 Dorchester Sw ingers Squa re Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. Enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711.

Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511. 1,8,15,22 Class: Using Negative Space to Improve Your Drawing Skills with Constance Del Nero at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to noon. $100 members, $130 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 1,8,15 ,22 ,29 Meeting: Fr iday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490.

1 Comedian Katherine Jessup in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 1-17 Play: Visit to a Small Planet by Gore Vidal at the Church Hill Theatre. For more info. on tickets and times tel: 410-556-6003 or visit 1,5,8,12,15,19,22,26,29 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of

1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 1,8,15,22,29 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. 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks


April Calendar Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 1,15 Judy Center 0-3 Playgroup at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for children aged 0-3, sponsored by the Judy Center. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

2 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 2 The Met: Live in HD with Madame Butterfly by Puccini at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 2 Tea Party, Fashion Show and Silent Auction at Trappe United Methodist Church. 2 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-476-3462.

2 Landscape Design Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Ad k i ns A rboret u m, R idgely. Three experienced landscape designers and avid gardeners will lead this all-day intensive design workshop that addresses the typical challenges of homeowners in the Chesapeake Bay region. $95. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 2 Antiques and Uniques Sale at the Oxford Community Center. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. visit

2 Family Bingo Night at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Adults 12 and older $10, children under 12 $5. For more info. tel: 410-228-4640. 2 Concert: Carrie Rodriguez in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 and 9:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 2-3 Chester River Chorale Spring Sing at Decker Theatre in Washington College’s Gibson Center for the Arts, Chestertown. Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Chester River Chorale teams up with actors from Shore Shakespeare and the Chester River Youth Choir to bring you Shake-


speare’s Songbook. $15 for adults, children and students free. For more info. tel: 410-928-5566. 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24,30 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 2,9,16,23,30 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit 2,9,16,23,30 Historic High Street Wa lk ing Tour in Cambr idge. Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. One-hour walking tours are sponsored by the non-profit West End Citizens Association and are accompanied by colonial-garbed docents. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. 2-May 14 Yoga at the Oxford Community Center with Suzie Hurley. Intermediate from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and beginner from 1 to 2:15 p.m. $18 per class or $105 for the whole series. For more info. visit

3-9 Talbot Restaurant Week: The annual event, sponsored by the Talbot County Office of Tourism and the Talbot County Tourism Board. Participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunches and dinners, many with special menus designed to showcase their finest dishes. Talbot Restaurant Week begins with a fabulous launch party, Celebrate Talbot! Sample Sip & Savor, on April 3, at the Historic Tidewater Inn’s elegant Gold Ballroom in Easton. Local restaurants and food businesses offer generous tastings of their finest dishes, and guests also get two drink tickets they can use for the beverage of their choice. The pr ice is $45 per person, w ith advance ticket purchase recommended. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit 4 Brown Bag Lunch: Sheriff Joe


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4 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club in the Talbot County Community Center’s Wye Oak Room from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 4 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit

Gamble on How Our Children and Grandchildren Become Addicted at the Talbot County Free L ibrar y, St. Michaels. Noon. Gamble will speak about substance abuse, which he sees as the biggest issue in Talbot County and surrounding counties on the Eastern Shore. The Friends of the Library are sponsors of the speaker series. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 4 Book Swap at the Sudlersville Senior Center, 605 Foxxtown Dr., and sponsored by the Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library. Noon to 2 p.m. Bring a book, take a book, bring a DVD, take a DVD. The book swap is open to anyone who wants to recycle books and DVDs and find new treasures to read and enjoy. For more info. visit friendsqaclibrary.

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4-May 9 Academy for Lifelong L ear ning: Z ero, One Pi w it h Ron Lesher. Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail

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5 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit 5 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 5-6 Mosaic Workshop with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 5 ,7,12 ,1 4 ,19, 21, 26, 28 Ste ady and Strong Exercise Class at the Oxford Community Center with Janet Pfeffer, every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class or $50 per month. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 5 ,7,12 ,1 4 ,19 , 21, 2 6, 2 8 A du lt Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t 201

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6 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8193395 or visit evergreeneaston. org. 6 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800 -477- 6291 or v isit 6 Concer t: Pat McGee 20 Year Reunion Show in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels


welcome. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 6,13,20,27 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 6,13,20,27 Coffee Music Jam at San Domingo Cof fee, St. Michaels from 6 to 9 p.m. Open to all ages. Come and listen and join the fun! For more info. tel: 410-745-2049.

your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 7 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Field trip to Easton’s Newnam Airfield with Mike Henry. 10 to noon. Enrollment limited to 20. The walking tour includes Spitfire LTD, a collection of beautif u l ly re store d W W II f ig hter craft. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ 7 Blood Drive sponsored 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

7 Bus Trip to see the Cherry Blossoms at the D.C. Mall with the St. Michaels Community Center. Visit the Tidal Basin. Extra time allowed for the National Gallery of Art. Lunch on your own. $45. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 7 Arts and Crafts Group at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and tatting. Bring your coloring book, Zen tangle pens, or anything else that fuels

7 Concert: Yarn in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 7,14,21,28 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 7,14,21,28 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Thursdays


April Calendar at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Ducks Unlimited - The Bay Hundred Chapter at the St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -886 2069.

7,14 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Tales of the Deep with Jay Harford. Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@

7,14,21,28 Open Mic & Jam at R A R Brew ing in Cambr idge. Thursdays f rom 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443-225-5664. 7,14,21,28 Piano Night at ArtBar in Cambridge. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Experience “Piano Night� with Brenda Gremillion every Thursday night. Liv Again/ArtBar at 317 High Street. For more info. tel: 443-477-6442. 7-May 26 Memoir Writing at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly folks. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

8 Concert: Joe Holt & Beth McDonald in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 8-9 Spring Rummage Sale at Christ Church, St. Michaels. Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. Proceeds benefit local charities assisting children, families and the elderly. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 9 3rd Annual Officer Michael S. N ic k e r s on Memor i a l S p or ting Clay Classic at Delmar va


Sporting Clays and Rifle Range, Mardela Springs. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., last squad out by 11 a.m. For more info. visit 9 Arbor Day Run at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8 a.m. registration. Rain or shine. Kids Dash for ages 10 and under begins at 8:50 a.m. Join fellow runners and nature enthusiasts for the eleventh annual Arbor Day Run! For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit

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9 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit

Colors of Cuba Exhibit with guest artists: Ted Mueller, Hai-Ou Hou, Beth Bathe and Betty Huang.

9 Litter Pickup for Earth Day at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the roads around Blackwater NWR. Individuals and groups are welcome. Gloves, bags, and tools are provided. Drinks and snacks provided by the Friends of Blackwater. To sign up or find out more about this event, please call Ranger Tom Miller at 410-221-8156, or e-mail 9 eARTh Day Art Extravaganza! for children at the Academy Art Mu205

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streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit

seum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5 per child (parents free). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 9 Cooking Demonstration by Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn featuring “My Signature Sandwiches.� 10 a.m. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Ticket includes two-hour demonstration, followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass of wine. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 9 Second Saturday 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 visit 9 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High

9-10 Eastern Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Art Festival will showcase over 30 artisans from all over the East Coast, from Maine to Virginia. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ophiurodea, 609 South Talbot Street, St. Michaels. The St. Michaels Winery w ill feature tastings of their Maryland-made wines. $5 for both days. For more info. visit 9-11 Workshop: Artistic Breakthrough ~ Taking Your Art to the Next Level with John Davis Held at M.E.B.A., St. Michaels Rd., Easton. The three-day workshop will focus on lifting the quality of your art to the next level. Sponsored by the St. Michaels


members, $240 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit

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9,23 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.

9,16,23,30 Class: Marine Painting Techniques with Matthew Hillier at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $210

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April Calendar Emily Chamelin Hick man in St. Michaels. April 30 topic is an Oyster Aquaculture Tour to Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company with Johnny Shock ley. For more info. tel: 410-690-4603, ext. 165. 10 Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit fire and ambulance services. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 10 Candidate Forum at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 2 p.m. Candidates for both major parties for the 1st District Congressional seat will answer non-partisan questions. Free. Sponsored by the Kent County League of Women Voters. For more info. tel: 410-778-2618. 10 Wine and Unwind at Layton’s Chance Winery, Vienna. 2 to 5

p.m. Come have a lazy afternoon sipping wine and enjoying live music by Double Nickel. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205. 11 Slow Art Day at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Museum focuses on engaging visitors with physical works of art - how paintings, sculpt ures, photographs and other media are perceived, considered, and experienced by the viewer. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 11 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Noon. New members are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-754-9794. 11 Book A r ts for Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Explore the fascinating process of creating a personal journal with beautiful hand-decorated pages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 11


Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch). Limited instruction for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit

11 Meet the Creatures of Pickering Creek at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 to 4:45 p.m. For all ages. Naturalists from the Pickering Creek Audubon Center present a display of living creatures. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 12 Flower Arranging Demo with Laura Dowling at the Oxford Community Center. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. visit 12 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. 12-13 St. Luke’s Preschool Open House at St. Luke’s School. St. Michaels. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participate in fun activities for 2- to 4-year-olds. For more info. tel: 443-924-6119. 12,26 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 12,26 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 12-May 3 Class: See It, Draw It! A Sketchbook Class with Katie C a s sidy at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $145 members, $175 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 13 Early Morning Members’ Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Join Nursery Manager Joanne Healey and guest guides for an early morning walk. Dress for the weather. Must be a member to participate. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 13 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Vol-


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Auto Gyroplane and the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff, among others. Seminars are free, but geared toward adults. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410-604-1717 or visit

13 Grief support group meeting ~ Together: Silent No More at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681.

13,20 Class: Art on your Tablet or iPad with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $80 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

1 3 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Hunter’s Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347.

13,27 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 or visit

13 Aviation Seminar by Chesapeake Sport Pilot at the Bay Bridge Airport, Stevensville. 7 p.m. Topics for this monthly seminar include Flying 101 ~ Ever Wonder How Those Little Airplanes Get Into the Air?; The Drones Are Coming to an Airport Near You; and The

13,27 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. 13,27 Peer support group meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at Ouvert Gallery, St. Michaels, f rom 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suppor t group for family members currently struggling with a loved one engaged in substance abuse. For more info. tel: 4 43-5214084.



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and boatyard staff for an official ceremony 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

14 Meeting: Caroline County AARP at the Church of the Nazarene, Denton. Noon. New members welcome. For more info. tel: 410754-9794. 14 Tales for Pets on Wheels dog Wally and Miss Maggie at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring your own reading material or pick a book from the library to read to Wally in one of the 10- to 15-minute sessions. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 14 Blessing of the Fleet at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. Join CBMM members, volunteers

14 L ecture: Three Episodes in Taxation in Nineteenth Century Maryland with Ron Lesher at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Lesher explores three episodes in the history of taxes in Maryland: the Supreme Court eliminated one, the people hated the second, and the third led Maryland to declare lotteries unconstitutional. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 14 Lecture: Margaret Andersen Rosenfeld to speak about Mystic Seaport’s Rosenfeld Photography Collect ion and her book, On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection at the Oxford Community Center. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc. org. 14 Concert: Van Williamson Quartet in the Stoltz Listening Room,


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14-May 5 Class: Book Arts - Words on a Page with Joan Machinchick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $235 members, $265 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

16 The Met: Live in HD with Roberto Devereux by Donizetti at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

15 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. 15 Concert: Jeff Miller in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 16 Lecture: Designed Plant Communities for the Chesapeake - Perennials That Can Take It! with Chris Pax at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 to 11 a.m. $15.

16 SPLENDOR at the Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. SPLENDOR is the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum’s annual fundraising event that features a variety of fine wines, a raw bar, and hors d’oeuvres provided by area restaurants. Live and silent auctions featuring artwork by artists Colleen Sadler and the late Bill Cummings. Chuck Livingston will auctioneer. $35 per person. For more info. tel: 410-886-2930 or e-mail tilghmanheritage@ 16 Lecture: The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center presents g uest spea ker Judy Wink on

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April Calendar Long and Short Legs. 7 p.m. at CBEC’s Education Building in Grasonv ille. Wink, Executive Director of CBEC, to speak on t hree common herons of t he Eastern Shore: the Great Blue Heron, the Green-Backed Heron, and the Black-Crowned Night Heron. Little-known facts, a bit of humor, and lots of basics. For more info. tel: 410-827-6694 or e -mail knel 16 Concert: Charlie Mars at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. K now n for his blend of folk, rock and acoustic soul, Mars has

played gigs at Austin City Limits a nd t he Sout h by Sout hwe st music festival, and has opened for Tedeschi Trucks Band, Steve Earle and, most recently, the Di x ie Chick s. $25 . For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 16,23,30 Easton’s Farmers Market every Saturday from mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured from 10 a.m. until noon. Town parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton Farmer’s Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit 16,23,30 St. Michaels Farmers Market from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on F r emont S t r e e t . R a i n or shine. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs and honey. For more info. visit 17 Class: Understanding Your Camera with Josh Taylor at Adkins A rboretum, R idgely. Noon to 4 p.m. $45. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 17 Concert: Pianist Sejoon Park at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral,



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Me e t i ng: S t . M ic h ael s A r t League meeting and pastel demonstration with guest pastel artist Lisa Mitchell at Christ Church Parish Hall, St. Michaels. 9:30 a.m. For more info. visit

18 Carpe Diem Arts FREE Lunchtime Concert featuring Laura Baron and Pat Quinn performing Jazz, Blues and Sw ing in C elebrat ion of E a r t h Day at Brookletts Place, Easton. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Lunch available with advance reservations. For more info. tel: 410-822-2869. 18 Library Book Discussion: Being Mortal - Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 19 Earth Day Crafts at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels at 3:30 p.m. For children of all ages (5 and under need to be accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

20 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Visit Poplar Island with the Poplar Island staff. Enrollment limited to 24. 9 a.m. to noon. Boat to Poplar Island leaves from Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail 20 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. 20 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 20 L e c t u r e: E nv i r on ment a l ly Speaking with Judy Wink, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, on t hree common herons of t he Easter n Shore. 7 p.m. at t he CBEC Education Building, Grasonville. $8 for CBEC members, $10 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-827-6694 or visit bayrestorat 20-21 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 certifica-


t ion pr og r a m a nd le a r n t he basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. $25. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail

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21 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. 21 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 4 p.m. Bring the whole family for an evening of board games and fun educational children’s games. For all ages (children 5 and under need to be accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 21 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

L e c t u re: K it t re d ge -W i l son Speaker Series at the Academy Art Museum, Easton, to feature Wendy A. Cooper, Curator Emerita of Fur nit ure, Winter t hur Museum. 6 p.m. $15 members, $20 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

21 Paint Uncorked at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6 to 9 p.m. $40 per person. Relax with friends and learn to paint. For more info. visit paintuncorked. com. 21 Concert: Willie Porter in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 22-24 WineFest at St. Michaels. Now in its 7th year, WineFest is Mar yland’s premiere w ine e vent , fe at u r i ng ne a rly 40 0


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April Calendar wines from around the globe. Experience hundreds of highly rated international, U.S. and Maryland wines at tasting venues located throughout the town of St Michaels. For more info. visit 22 Concert: Elise LeBarge in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 23 Talbot Hospice Memorial Walk at the Oxford Community Center. 8 a.m. $25 adults, students $10, children under 12 free. For More info. tel: 410-822-6681 or visit 23 Oxford Day! Enjoy such fun things as a dog walk and dog show, family hour in Town Park with games and prizes for young children, a unique parade, great music, lots of food, sk ipjack rides, sales and more. Rain or shine. For more info. visit 23 Cooking Demonstration by Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn featuring “My Signature Salads.” 10 a.m. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Ticket includes two-hour demonstration, followed by a two-course luncheon with a

glass of wine. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 23 Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along w ith a brief talk about nutrition. $20 members, $25 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 23 BAAM (Building African American Minds) Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at Idlewild Park, Easton. Informational booths, musical entertainment, dancing, giveaways, door prizes, food, and much more. For more info. tel: 410-714-3838. 23 Concert: Old American Songs by the Queen Anne’s Chorale at the Todd Performing Arts Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 7 p.m. $15 for adults; children through high school are admitted free. For more info. tel: 240-6505540 or visit 23 Concert: Taylor Hicks at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. Taylor Hicks, one of the most beloved and popular A MERICAN IDOL winners of all time, is returning to the Avalon stage! $30, $50 reserved seating first two rows with meet and greet. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299


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Harry Armistead. 8 a.m. Bring binocu la rs a nd f ield g uide s, and dress appropriately for the weather. There is no charge and no pre-registration. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677. 23-July 10 Exhibition: Paulette Tavormina ~ Seizing Beauty at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tavormina’s photographs are in museums, corporate and private collections, and have been exhibited in Paris, London, Moscow, Lugano, New York, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Boston and San Francisco. Tavormina currently photographs works of art for Sotheby’s and works as a commercial photographer. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 23- Ju ly 18 E x h ibit ion: Peter Mi lton ~ Living Old Ma ster at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Peter Winslow Milton’s work has been exhibited in most major museums in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the British Museum and the Tate Gallery, London, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit 24 Guided Bird Walk at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. Meet at the Visitor Center for guided bird watching with

24 Nat ure’s Interconnec t ions: Spring Ephemerals walk with Margan Glover at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 25 Spring Into Wellness speaker series sponsored by The Mental Health A ssociation in Talbot C ou nt y to fe at u re Real Talk about Heroin and Addiction by Daniel Brannon. Free an open to the public at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8220444 or visit 26 Tuesday Movies @ Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. This month’s feature is Sacred Planet. Br ing your own lunch or snack. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 26 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221000, ext. 5411.



April Calendar 26 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a st c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 27 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Meet the Author: The Sheldon Goldgeier Lecture Series with Bill Peak and his book Wilbur’s War. 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ 27 High School Student Concert at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 27 Class: Running your Smar t Home on your Android or iPhone Smar tphone w ith Scott K ane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $25 members, $55 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 28 Concert: Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra under Julian Benichou season finale ~ Romantic Legends. 7:30 p.m. at the Easton Church of God. For more info. tel: 410-822-5598.

28 C oncer t: John Hiat t at t he Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. This multi-talented, Grammy Award-nominated performer is a rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. $60. For more info. visit 28-May 1,6-8,13-15 Play: Light Up the Sky presented by the Tred Avon Players at the Oxford Communit y Center. The play takes place in the luxurious hotel room of a Broadway actress prior to the out-of-town opening of a brand new play. For tickets and info. tel: 410-226-0061 or visit 29 Bus Trip to Harrington Raceway and Casino. $39 gets you a $15 Free Slot Play, a $7 credit toward the delicious lunch buffet and round-trip bus fare. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 29 Concer t: Roadhouse Clams in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 and 9:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 29-30 27th Annual Geranium and Spring Flower Sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. Fri. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beautif ul potted geraniums in all colors, large hanging baskets


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Easton. Painter and printmaker, Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965), celebrated the lives of her African American neighbors living in the tiny historical black towns of Copperville and Unionville on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Free exhibition open to the public daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-245-5195.

and assorted bedding plants. Rain or shine. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 29-30 Queen Anne’s County Storytelling Festival at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. Performers will include nationally touring professional storytellers such as Andy Irwin and Dolores Hydock. The event will take place in three locations on the campus, with one venue highlighting the heritage of the Eastern Shore. The event will include food vendors and free parking. For more info v isit chesapeakestor ytelling. com. 29-May 21 Ruth Starr Rose Exhibit at the Waterfowl Building,

30 Queen Anne’s County Garden Club in conjunction w ith the Mar yland House and Garden Pilgrimage presents the Queen Anne’s County House and Garden Pilgrimage from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eight historic sites including four rarely seen waterfront properties and unique gardens. Tickets $30 in advance; $35 the day of event. Contacts and tickets tel: Anne Foss 410-827-8618, email or tickets online 30 Nursery Opening - Members’ Day at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Welcome spring with a special members’ day at the Native Plant Nursery! One perk of Arboretum membership is advance access to the Nursery’s wide and varied selection of plants. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 30 Workshop: Saturdays en Plein Air! with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum,


Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to members of the Museum. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

30 Talbot Hospice Barn Dance at Kirby Wharf Farm, Trappe. 6 p.m. $100 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or visit

30 Children’s Craft Saturday at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1 to 3 p.m. $5. Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. Scholarships available. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

30 Concert: Cowboy Junkies at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. They’ve appeared on countless major telev ision shows, from Sat urday Night Live to Late Night with David Letterman and the Tonight Show, with the haunting beauty of their sound featured in dozens of television programs and feature films. $40 For more info. visit

30 The Met: Live in HD with Elektra by Strauss at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

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First time offered in nearly 20 years, this is a rare opportunity to own a quintessential Oxford corridor estate on Peach Blossom Creek. The coveted location offers very convenient access to both the creeks and coves of the Tred Avon and Choptank rivers, while being just two miles from all the restaurants, shopping, art museum, Avalon Theatre, regional hospital, Easton’s jetport, and activities of historic downtown Easton, consistently voted one of America’s finest small towns. $2,995,000 · Visit


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