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Tidewater Times

April 2017

Waterfront Listings Near Bozman

CAULK COVE - Facing west across the deep, protected waters of Caulk Cove... This attractive 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home has just been updated, including a fabulous new kitchen with all new appliances. This house is “turn-key!” High elevation. Outstanding sunset views. Waterside gunite pool. Private dock with 5’ MLW. JUST LISTED $1,195,000

BROAD CREEK - Just 5 miles outside St. Michaels... Absolutely charming c. 1920 Cape Cod sited on a premier, south-facing point of land. High elevation (house has a dry basement!). Four bedrooms, 3 baths. Brand new septic system. Waterside pool (heated). Deep water dock (6’ MLW). This is an exceptional property! $1,095,000

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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 65, No. 11

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April 2017

Features: About the Cover Artist: Lee Boulay-D’Zmura . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Shoes: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 New Talbot County 911 Center: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Changes ~ Research: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Robert Morris ~ Man About Town: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 A Place Apart: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Departments: April Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 April Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 David C. Pulzone, Publisher ¡ Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Artist Lee Boulay-D’Zmura Talbot County artist Lee Boulay D’Zmura is an award-winning botanical artist whose experience as a landscape architect enriches her watercolors. Having retired from teaching at the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art, she now teaches botanical art workshops at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely. Knowledge of plants and attention to detail are skills needed in both art and architecture. The transition from design to botanical painting was a natural extension of her knowledge and love of plants. Her watercolors are an attempt to capture the beauty and delicacy of individual specimens with botanical accuracy. The fine detail in her paintings is in part the result of years of technical drawing. Botanical art is the union of art and science. It is the artistic interpretation of a plant that captures the essence of the subject with botanical accuracy. It is a creative form that has evolved over thousands of years, arising from man’s need to identify plants and their uses and maturing into an art form in an information age. D’Zmura is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region, the Working Artists Forum and the St. Michaels Art League.

Magnolia Her work was recently published in American Botanical Paintings Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, has been exhibited at the United States Botanic Gardens and is in collections throughout the country. She maintains a studio in St. Michaels where she draws inspiration from her neighbors’ gardens and from the native wildflowers of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Locally her work can be seen at the TrippeHilderbrandt Gallery in Easton. The cover picture is of a double peony. 7



by Helen Chappell One of the reasons I like going to see one of my doctors, and at my age you have a lot of doctors, is to see the beautiful receptionist who always has the most fabulous shoes. She has a different pair every time, and all of them are stunning. Times being what they are, this slender and tall lady wears those high, high heels that are so fashionable. I’m too old and tired to wear four- and five-inch heels, but like a chaperone at a cotillion, I enjoy seeing young people having a good time. The first thing I say when I walk into the office isn’t “Hello, I’m here for my one o’clock,” it’s “Lemme see the shoes!” And she has them ~ always trendy, always fabulous. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her wear the same pair twice. She says she doesn’t know how many pairs she has, but she collects them with a passion, which I can understand. In my misspent youth, I too was a shoe junkie. Now, this was back in the day when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and Villager outfits were the dress of the day. Some of you will remember those Fair Isle sweaters, madras plaid, circle pins, wrap skirts and matchy-matchy

skirt-and-cardigan combos. And there were three kinds of shoes we all wore: tassel loafers, Docksides and f lats. Your f lats had to be plain, without ornamentation, and either Capezio or Pappagallo. We were, like most kids, conformists to our bones. Like a good high-schooler, I paraded around in my preppy gear, with my Peter Pan and buttondown collars, that circle pin at the ready. Beneath this demure, even innocuous look that presented the image of a good citizen, I also had a secret life as a rebel who often hung around with the wrong people, and I was an expert at forging my mother’s signature on excuse notes. I would cut classes and spend the day in the city, roaming 9

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Shoes from one movie theater to the next, a museum to an art gallery. What can I say? School was uninspiring, and a lot of what I learned came from my own choice of books and films. In school, I was often where I wasn’t supposed to be ~ in the art room or the yearbook office. No one suspects the clean-cut kid in a Villager outfit. If I’d teased my hair into a huge beehive and wore winklepickers, I would have been caught. But I learned to f ly under the radar ~ a good trick for any future writer. I had a wardrobe and a look ~ but more importantly, I had a



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had olive, hunter green, red and, heaven help me, about three pairs in different shades of yellow. What can I say? I loved yellow shoes, and I still do. I had pink, and orchid, and sky blue. Pappagallo came out with a new color every season, and I was there in the boutique, scraping together my earnings from my afterschool bookstore job to get a fix. My addiction was shoes, but there was no twelve-step program for a girl who saw those autumn russet f lats and spent her lunch money to get them. I really have no idea how many shoes I had. I had to hide some of them in the back of my closet so my mother wouldn’t find them and lec-

wardrobe of f lats. Pappagallo f lats in every known color, and some as yet unnamed. Every spare cent I got went to buying more shoes. I was a junkie for them. I had black, of course, and navy, and even a bone pair. But I also

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ture me about spending my college pizza fund on fripperies. Yeah, I was mainlining f lats. I knew I had a problem, but I couldn’t stop. If there had been a “Shoes Anonymous” program for girls with a heavy jones for various colored f lats, I would have been in there every Wednesday night,

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ESTATE LOT - First time offered - 20+ acres, 1,300 +/- ft. of shoreline on Harris Creek. Deep water. A setting worthy of a substantial home, perc approved and plat on file. $895,000

READY-TO-BUILD - On the quiet waters of Grace Creek, this 2 ac. lot accessed by a private road has 225’ of waterfront and 4 +/- ft. mlw. Perc approved for a 4BR house. $495,000



book, art and drama are not remembered. The legacy I left was about twenty-seven pairs of shoes, in every rainbow color. 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.

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St. Michaels Retreat Contemporar y water front home with sun room and basement located in Martingham. $1,040,000

St. Michaels Estate Stunning 39 acre waterfront estate with pool, hunting and private dock. Close to town. $2,995,000


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Perry Cabin Waterfront Enjoy the lifestyle of St. Michaels at this 3 BR, 2.5 BA townhouse. Wide views, boat slip (6MLW). $570,000

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Historic landmark estate. Georgian manor house set on 11 park-like acres and adjacent 54 acre field. First time offered in 50 years. Caretaker’s house, Har-Tru tennis court, 10 ft. MLW at Miles River pier w/res. boat house for waterfront entertaining. Outbuildings. $2,950,000



Perfect compound with 2 residences connected with a courtyard, brick paths, pool with pool house and garden. Outstanding views of harbor, Town Creek and Tred Avon River. High ground. Pier with 6 ft. MLW. Beautiful twinkling night lights. Recently fully renovated with architect supervision. $1,659,000

Enjoy panoramic views and sunsets from this 8800 sq. ft. home. 1st story MBR with walk-in closets and his/her offices. Great room, 57’x21’. Guest wing ideal for visiting friends & family, even an inspirational retreat. Attached 3-car garage & woodworking shop. Pool w/ heated spa. Pier with 6 ft. MLW. 4.75 ac. professionally landscaped rip-rapped point. Easton and Oxford nearby. $2,595,000


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All Emergency Units Linked by New System in Talbot County by Dick Cooper

Jobs in law enforcement and emergency response are constantly c h a ng i ng , but nowher e i s t h at change more obvious and extensive than in the work done by 911 dispatchers. The brand-new Talbot County 911 dispatch center on Port Street in Easton looks like Mission Control on the eve of a moon launch. Dispatchers, in their dark

blue unifor ms and for m-f it t ing headphones, mouse-click their way among eight to ten computer monitors, each displaying incoming calls, locations of police cars, fire trucks and ambulances, status of hospitals, an ever-scrolling list of statewide emergencies, live feeds from remote cameras, and the Weather Channel. In the large room that still smells

Clay Stamp, Holley Guschke, and James Bass in front of the Talbot County Operations Center on Port Street in Easton. 25

A UNIQUE WATERFRONT ESTATE AND PENINSULA ON THE CHESAPEAKE BAY The retreat is a special estate due to its unique privacy, unusual features and long, protected waterfront. Th is is a secluded and very private tract of land on 108 +/- acres with approximately one mile of natural waterfront, deep water and outstanding views. Zoned multi-use/agricultural with 60 +/- acres tillable. Th is retreat has a recorded subdivision with 100 ft . setback and 3 waterfront lots. Existing 4,200 sq. ft . house, pole barn and several outbuildings sit on 78 acres with extensive waterfront and woodland including a large deep water dock. $4,650,000.

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TASTEFULLY RENOVATED PRIVATE WATERFRONT RETREAT with top-of-theline fi nishes and details! Features 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, gourmet kitchen with Viking cooktop, sheltered boat basin with lift , separate 6’ wide pier with lift , crab shack, pool, full-size pole barn and DU built impoundment. A spectacular property overlooking Fishing Creek on 19 +/- acres! $1,249,000.

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that advances in emergency medical science have shown time is a critical factor in saving lives and that it is up to them to make all the parts come together as smoothly as possible. To speed up the response times and stay ahead of advancing technology, Talbot County has just completed a $12 million total upgrade of its emergency radio, telephone a nd c omputer d i s patc h e qu ip ment, says Clay B. Stamp, Assistant County Manager and Director of Emergenc y Ser v ices, who oversees the Communications Center, Emergency Management and the county-wide EMS service. It also expanded its operations to include the Easton Police Department. Now, all emergency calls in the county are handled by one department rather than through the patchwork of radio transmissions and telephone calls previously needed to connect the various departments. The center is

of fresh wallboard and new paint, four dispatchers and their lieutenant calmly field cries for help and relay them to first responders with precise and practiced directions. Out on the streets of St. Michaels, Easton and Skipton, first responders are racing to their destinations, lights flashing and sirens screaming. Here, in the dim glow of dozens of computer monitors, there is little visible difference between “on” and “off” as the dispatchers move from a routine private alarm company call to the frantic pleas of parents holding their daughter who cut her head open in a fall. In even-modulated voices that come from intensive training, the 911 dispatchers move emergency equipment around the county like chess pieces, always t h i n k i ng t wo a nd t h re e move s ahead. They are critically aware

Dispatcher Jordan Hartlove talks to a 911 caller. 28

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Holley Guschke in the 911 Dispatch Center. now set up to handle about 50,000 calls a year. “It used to take a lot of phone calls to notify everyone needed during a major event, and that takes time,” says Holley Guschke, Chief of the County’s 911 Communications Division. Stamp adds, “On the radio side, we can now communicate with all of our resources within the county and also across the state.” Those resources include local power and utility companies, county school buses, emergency networks in neighboring counties and the Maryland State Police, and highway and corrections departments. Stamp says the system will be compatible with the next generation of service that will allow 911 to receive text messages and voiceover-internet phone systems as soon as the state rolls out that feature in the next few years. “That’s a big deal. If somebody

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also be ready to integrate into a new state-wide phone system aimed at incorporating all of the new telecommunication technologies. When a call comes in now from a land-based phone, the name, address and a list of nearby emergency services automatically pop up on a dispatcher’s computer screen. Cell phone calls relay the position of the caller, but internet calls come up blank. “When someone uses Vonage or one of the IP phone systems, we don’t get the same location information, so we are actually going backwards,” Stamp says. The home owner has to actively supply the emergency contact information in order for it to be registered. The computer-assisted dispatch

Lt. John Hrynyszyn monitors 911 calls on a Friday evening. breaks into your house at three in the morning, you don’t have to be whispering, ‘I hear him downstairs.’ You can send a text,” Stamp says. It will


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their neighbors of f leeing suspects. Responses to fire and ambulance calls that occurred on the outer edges of a district may have been handled more quickly by neighboring departments. Resources in one jurisdiction could be overloaded while those over the county line were sitting idle. In 1967, the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice recommended a single emergency number for the nation. The concept had been in use in Britain since the late 1930s when 999 was adopted as the universal emergency number. The President’s Commission recommended 911 because it was not being used as an area code or local number prefix and was easy to remember. It still took more than two decades for

system displays the location of all on-duty emergency vehicles in the county on a map in real time. “If we take a 911 call, we can see where the police officers are and will be able to dispatch the closest unit to the scene,” Guschke says. The new emergency communications system is just the latest in the long and dramatic evolution of 911 since its inception 50 years ago. By the mid-1960s, it became apparent to emergency workers that the disjointed system of communicating with police officers, firefighters and ambulance drivers was overburdened and obsolete. Criminals could easily outrun a radio signal and slip out of a jurisdiction before departments could notif y

Dispatcher Jordan Hartlove fills in a burn injury form on the computer as a 911 caller describes injuries suffered in an accident. 36


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first-aid instructions before help arrives. The new computer-assisted dispatch system has features designed to make the f low of information more seamless. The dispatchers follow rigid protocols, making sure specific questions are asked and answered. They can call up forms for various injuries and input the caller’s descriptions, which can be transmitted easily to the medical technicians in the field and give them a head start. Stamp says as more and more i n for mat ion is bei ng gat hered, the dispatchers are faced with the challenge of sorting it all out. “It is not about getting the information, it is about figuring out which information is germane. We have all of these screens; we just have to know what is important and what we really need.” In addition to dispatching Talbot County emergency responders, the Communication Center handles patc h i ng i n for m at ion b e t we en hospitals and paramedics in other jurisdictions. “If a paramedic in

the service to be rolled out across the country as municipalities and telephone companies often fought with the concept of giving up their local control. As communication methods have changed, so have the jobs of the dispatchers. Long gone are the days when the only training needed was how to answer and transfer an incoming call. “They refer to the 911 dispatcher as the ‘first first responder,’” Guschke says. “You never know what you’re are going to get when you answer the phone. It could be a person who has fallen and needs assistance getting off the ground, or it could be a major fire, traffic accident, police emergency or someone who is suicidal. It requires a dispatcher to be able to talk to that person.” Dispatchers undergo extensive, year-long training to learn how to obtain vital information from callers to help emergency responders get to the scene more quickly. They also have to give callers critical

Dispatcher Katelyn McNeal at her new work station. 38


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The dispatchers have to answer those calls quickly to glean any new information, but not get bogged down in the volume and miss a separate and unrelated call for help. One of the new features the dispatchers are looking forward to using is the visual display of all incoming 911 calls on their monitors. As calls come in, the new computer-assisted dispatching system will pinpoint them on a digital map, giving the dispatchers a visual image of where the calls are coming from. “If we get a lot of calls for an accident on Route 50 in Easton and you look at the map and all the red dots are in the same place, nine times out of 10 you will know they are calling about the same accident. But then you could have one dot that will show up in the Trappe area, and you will know that is going to be a second call that is not related. That’s something new, and that’s exciting.”

Pocomoke radios us to connect with Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, we connect them,” Stamp says. “We are paid by the state to do that for the entire Eastern Shore.” Across the hall from the dispatchers is a new Emergency Operat ions Center, t he commandand-control room to be used in the event of major emergencies such as hurricanes and winter storms. “Traditionally, we have had a few television screens and a few projections screens. You have information displayed visually, but it is static,” says Emergency Management Coordinator James R. Bass. “One of the new pieces of technology that we are going to have is a video wall with the ability to switch out different feeds pretty rapidly and customize what you can throw up on the screen much more efficiently than we have been in the past. You can focus on what you need to, and manage the new information as it becomes pertinent.” Just as the universal 911 emergency number changed the communications chain, digital cell phone technology has had a profound impact on the way emergency calls are made and received. “We used to have about 70 percent of the calls come in from landlines and 30 from cell phone,” says Guschke. “Now that is completely reversed. If a major accident occurs, we may get 20 or 30 cell phone calls about the same incident.”

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No matter what your perceptions, you have to admit that we are living through a very difficult, contentious time. A couple interesting items I ran into in the course of research won’t make you feel a whole lot better, but they will be helpful in putting 2017 in perspective, and perhaps even suggest a direction or two. “Research” can have a foreboding, academic sound to it, but for anyone with a reasonable quotient of curiosity, research can range anywhere from casual amusement to a full-on obsession. Every time you Google, or ask Siri, you are doing research. Research is always an adventure, and with today’s digitized libraries and online archives, the only danger is letting your fascination run rampant down so many interconnected rabbit holes that you totally lose your focus, or run into that lamp post. Because research has always been a vital part of what I do, I get mentally prepared before embarking on a research session, just as I would before sailing into blue water ~ mentally prepared to be both distracted and amazed. A project I’m doing has caused me to research what life was like in

America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Toward that end, I ran into a piece in the August 1873 issue of Harper’s magazine called “The Little Laborers of New York City,” by C.L. Brace. It turns out that in 1873, there were 100,000 children (under the age of 16) working in the factories of Manhattan and neighboring districts. Nationwide, the total was over 118 million. In New York, another 15-20,000 kids were called “f loaters” because they drifted from factory to factory. One-quarter of the children were under 15 years of age. Their aver-


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attending night school, of course. Artificial f lower manufacturers employed lots of kids, many of whom were five to seven years old. The string factories were the most dangerous. “The ‘hackling machines’ [for combing fibers] are generally tended by boys 10 to 15 years old.” Brace writes. “The boys’ attention must be riveted on the machinery or the danger to life and limb is imminent.” And many were the thumbs and fingers lost by young ladies working with the dangerous string-twisting machines. The advantage of child labor to employers was the cost. The children performed the same labor as adults for half the wages.

age earnings were $3 a week, the equivalent of $52 in 2016. The tobacco factories were a big employer of children as young as four years old. The “stripping” of the leaves required “skill and a delicate touch, and constant attention,” according to Mr. Brace. He reported that a girl of 16 could put up 13 gross packages of chewing tobacco in tinfoil, and 22 gross in paper packages, in one day. Paper box factories were big employers of children, even permitting their young employees to take home enough materials to do extra work. That prevented them from



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The Harper’s piece indicates there was some opposition to child labor in 1873, but the nature of the laws being drafted was to improve working conditions, not put an end to the concept. One suggestion was “No child under the age of 16 should be allowed to work more than 60 hours a week.” The first child labor law was passed in 1916, but struck down by the Supreme Court two years later because of an issue about regulating interstate commerce. Child labor wasn’t regulated until the Great Depression, when desperate adults agreed to work for the same wages as children. In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, placing limits on many forms of child labor (agriculture excluded). If some of the legislation that has recently been suggested deprives America of immigrants, many of whom perform the essential but menial jobs that keep America going, perhaps child la48

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America entered World War I, the demand skyrocketed for copper for transmission wires and cables. The major copper mining companies began enjoying huge profits, but little if any of the excess was passed on to the mine workers. By 1917, the beginnings of the organized labor movement in this country had been through some very vicious wars. New and improved unions like the IWW (International Workers of the World), founded in 1905, were making inroads among exploited labor forces, but it was tough going. Local businesses relied heavily on the mines and the miners they employed to survive. The mining companies called all the shots, and

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men (the arms were provided by the mining company) that rousted the striking miners out of their beds pre-dawn. Two men died during the roundup. A miner shot a deputy who attempted to move him out. The miner was shot by another deputy. The rest, more than 1,180 men, were loaded at gunpoint into a line of waiting cattle cars that were inches deep in manure. (The mining company also owned the railroad). Two hundred armed guards also boarded the train with a machine gun mounted atop one car. Without food or water, the men were taken on a 16-hour ride across the steaming desert into Columbus, New Mexico. In Columbus, the commander of the local US Army post would not allow the cars to be unloaded

no one wanted to rock the boat. In Bisbee, even the newspaper was owned by the mining company. Working with the IWW, the Bisbee miners submitted a list of demands to the mining company. The list was rejected, with the war effort used as justification. A strike was called. Half the Bisbee work force walked off the job. Rumors were spread that the unions had been infiltrated by pro-Germans and that weapons and explosives had been stockpiled for sabotage. Vigilante meetings were held on both sides. Using members of an anti-union organization that had been formed during a previous labor dispute, and recruiting others from out of town, the Bisbee sheriff deputized a force of 2,000 armed



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All but one were dismissed. The one case that went to trial produced a “not guilty” verdict. Research! You’ll have to admit none of that is boring. We all know about child labor, but some of the numbers and details help illuminate that once legitimate practice. And the brutal way a protest was handled in 1917 is certainly criminal by today’s standards. Inhumane at best. But therein lies some of the value of research: it allows us to look back at what were obviously badly handled, abusive practices and situations ~ by today’s standards. It also sheds new light on current events, like the Dakota Access Pipeline protests over running an oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico through disputed Sioux Indian land, passing very close to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The pipeline will run approximately 90 feet under Lake Oahe, the primary source of drinking water for the Standing Rock

because there was no place for the men to go. The train retraced its path to another, more remote New Mexico area, where the men were dumped into the summer heat. Only emergency carloads of food and water dispatched from the US Army base in El Paso kept the men alive. President Woodrow Wilson created a commission to investigate what was called “The Bisbee Deportation.” While determining that the mining company was at fault, the commission could find no federal law that had been violated ~ it suggested such a law be written ~ and referred the business to the state of Arizona. No action was taken by Arizona against the mining company. There were 300 law suits filed by deportees against the railroad and the mining company. None came to trial because of outof-court settlements. Suits were also filed against 224 vigilantes.


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our technology has progressed in the last 100, even 50, years. We can turn our lights on and off by speaking to a small electronic disk on a side table. Proton machines working to eradicate cancer, cell by cell, are a reality. Genetic alteration techniques now exist. We are told a journey to Mars is not far off. But when we contemplate the likes of North Dakota House Bill 1203, written in 2017, research makes us think about how little progress we seem to have made in some areas over the last 100 years.

Sioux Tribe. Water cannons and tear gas have been used on the protesters. Five journalists have been arrested and charged with “engaging in a riot.” And a bill proposed by North Dakota representative Keith Kempenich (R), who owns a trucking company, would allow motorists to run down protestors who are in their way. North Dakota House Bill 1203 reads, in part: “…a driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway is not guilty of an offense.” We often marvel at how rapidly

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wooden box or festive container and nestle decorated eggs inside. Line the box with aluminum foil so that it doesn’t get your tablecloth messy. CARROT SOUP with FRESH GINGER 2 T. butter 2 cups onions, peeled and chopped 6 cups chicken broth 2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced 2 T. grated fresh ginger 1 cup whipping cream Salt and white pepper to taste Sour cream for garnish Parsley or mint sprigs for garnish

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In a 6-quart pan, over mediumhigh heat, add butter and onions. Cook, stirring often, until onions are limp. Add broth, carrots and ginger. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until carrots are tender when poked with a fork. Remove from heat and transfer to a food processor. Don’t fill the processor more than halfway as the hot liquid will expand and

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3 to 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, stripped from the stems 1/4 cup olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 loin lamb chops 1/4 cup olive oil

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Preheat oven to 325°. Place the garlic, bread crumbs, and rosemary in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds to chop, then add enough olive oil until a paste is formed. Season chops with salt and pepper. Press paste firmly onto surface of the lamb chops. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a sauté pan and brown each side of the chops, leaving undisturbed

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and 30 minutes (about 15 minutes per pound). Increase the oven temperature to 425°. Pour half of the glaze over the ham and brush to coat. If the water in the bottom of the pan has evaporated, add more. Return the ham to the oven and roast, basting every 10 minutes with the remaining glaze, until glossy and well browned, about 45 minutes more.

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Freshly ground black pepper Pinch nutmeg Preheat oven to 350°. Rub the butter around the inside of the baking dish. Peel and thinly slice the potatoes on a mandolin or vegetable slicer (about 1/8-inch-thick slices). In a medium saucepan, combine the garlic, butter, potatoes, halfand-half, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring, until the mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish. Shake the pan so the potatoes are distributed evenly. Bake the potatoes, basting occasionally, until lightly browned and bubbly, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Robert Morris: Man About Town by Michael Valliant

Most small towns in America have a Main Street. Oxford, Maryland, has a Morris Street instead. The street is named for Robert Morris Jr., often referred to as the financier of the Revolutionary War. At the north end of the street sits the Robert Morris Inn, Morris’ one-time home. As an historic figure, Morris doesn’t get the accolades or notoriety that George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, or Thomas Jefferson got, but his contributions to the young nation are substantial, and his story is worth telling. “When his namesake was still a toddler, the senior Robert Morris shipped out to the New World, dispatched by his employers to Oxford, a small trading port at the mouth of the Tred Avon River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” wrote Charles Rappleye in his biography, Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution. The younger Morris was born in Liverpool, England, in January 1734. His father moved to Oxford in 1738 and was a successful tobacco trader. Rappleye explains: “Over the course of a decade (Morris, Sr.) came to dominate commercial life

in Oxford, and helped to raise the port to a prominent position on the Chesapeake … When his son reached 13 years of age, Morris sent for him to join him in America. Young Robert arrived sometime in 1747 and lived brief ly in Oxford. He stayed in the handsome woodframe house his father maintained on the town’s main street.” The younger Morris was sent to Philadelphia to study, and became an apprentice at a shipping and


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banking firm. About a year later, Robert Morris Sr. was wounded when he was hit by the wadding from a ship’s cannon that was fired in his honor, and died from an infection. He is buried in a graveyard outside of Oxford and Trappe, at what is referred to as Hole in the Wall, next to Route 50 and Almshouse Road. A plaque on the church ruins (easier to read than the grave itself) says that Morris was an ironmonger in England before coming to Oxford and, becoming a successful merchant, connects him to his son, “the financier of the American Revolution” and acknowledges that “a grateful nation remembers.”

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Morris became known as the Revolution’s financier for good reason. He used his personal finances, his connections and his reputation to fund the war effort. In a report for National Public Radio, Steve Inskeep noted: “In 1781, Yorktown was the climactic battle of the American Revolution. Washington needed to march his army down to surprise and besiege British forces. And while Washington orchestrated the plan and the attack, Morris took care of everything else … Before Yorktown, the United States’ f ledgling new currency had all but failed, and the only medium of exchange with which to finance the revolution was Morris’s own personal credit… Morris had effectively become America’s treasury and banker.” Morris was not beyond reproach and his naysayers questioned his methods and personal profit. He was the subject of a Congressional inquiry, but was exonerated.

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released from prison, but suffered from poor health and died in Philadelphia in 1806. Morris’s story is intriguing, and speaks to modern times and interests. Rappleye’s biography is thorough and engaging. The younger Morris is connected more to Philadelphia than to Oxford; it was his father that made a name for himself in the Maryland town and on the Chesapeake. But the name of either Morris is largely absent in discussions of early American history or of Revolutionary War heroes. Morris is not a household name. No one in Oxford fields more

When the Revolutionary War was over and Morris was no longer a public figure, he used his fortune to buy real estate. Inskeep reported: “Morris was convinced that the masses of Europe would soon be f locking into the American hinterland ~ something that wouldn’t happen for at least another century. It was America’s first great land boom, a real estate bubble.” Morris went bankrupt and went to debtor’s prison in Philadelphia. When Congress passed the Bankruptcy Act of 1800, Morris was


questions about Robert Morris than Ian Fleming, owner of the Robert Morris Inn. A part of the Morris home was incorporated into the present day inn. When guests check in, Fleming says that older generations seem to make the connection to who Morris was when it is pointed out, but the younger generations often don’t. For their part, the inn provides a history of Morris the man and the inn with the guest information in each bedroom. Owning the inn has informed Fleming’s perspective on Morris. “It has led me to understand much more about the man, his accomplishments, and his role in American history,” Fleming said. “His is a cautionary tale, having gone from

being the ‘Bill Gates’ of his era, to ending his days in poverty as a consequence of speculation. His story is compelling and exciting; he was a man of wit, intelligence, resolve, and vision.” When you come to Oxford, you can’t help but say Morris’s name. It’s a part of the town from the name of the main street, to the iconic inn on the water’s edge. Morris was compelling enough that the late David Foster researched him and would greet groups and give tours dressed in character as if he were Morris himself. “It was a combination of being an actor and a historian,” Foster’s wife Fiona said. “David loved this area, and he was fascinated by the history of the town and Robert Morris.” Morris’s story got the attention of Rappleye, who dedicated years to telling it, and took on new meaning for Foster, who brought Morris to life. Fleming sees it on a daily basis. We might do well to take a closer look ourselves. Michael Valliant is the Executive Director of the Oxford Community Center. Valliant was born and raised in Oxford and has worked for Talbot County non-profit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Academy Art Museum.

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

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day will be radiated back out to the atmosphere, and temperatures will drop. So be prepared to cover the plants that you’ve set out. You can, however, seed or set out cool season plants including peas, cabbage, broccoli, onion sets, potatoes, lettuce and root crops like beets and carrots. Flowers in this cool season group include pansies, sweet peas and larkspur. Last frost dates are important, but what is often overlooked by gardeners is soil temperature. One of the reasons you do not plant warmseason vegetable transplants like tomatoes in early to mid-April, or

Finally! Another winter is behind us and we can look forward to a beautiful spring. There’s lots to do outside, but let’s not rush the season ~ especially for warm-season f lowers and vegetables. The average last frost date in Caroline County is April 17, and in Talbot it’s April 16. But remember, this is an average, not the exact date. The average frost date can vary as much as 5 to 10 days depending on your location in the county and proximity to a body of water such as a river, creek or the Bay. It has been my experience, however, after living on the Shore for over 34 years, that we can get a killing frost the first week of May, so be prepared to protect early plants with a fabric cover, basket, or similar covering. The full moon is April 11 and May 10. I have observed that on full moon nights, with a clear cloudless sky and temperatures forecasted in the low 30s, frost damage is most likely to occur. Any heat from the


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necessary to produce the nutrients the bulbs will need to store to provide energy for next spring’s f lowers. To keep these plants going, you can fertilize bulbs upon emergence of foliage with a 10-10-10 fertilizer, or an organic equivalent rate of 1 to 3 pounds per 100 square feet. In April, we start to think about putting our houseplants back outside for the growing season. I would be a little careful about this. Make sure you know what temperature range the specific houseplant tolerates before setting it outside. Many tropical houseplants are sensitive to low temperatures. My sister is in the process of moving her plumbing/HVAC business to a new office, and I was out looking for a new houseplant to green up her office space. I needed to get something she couldn’t kill

plant seeds of warm season vegetables like zucchini, is that the soil needs to be above a certain temperature ~ at least 55 degrees or more ~ for the seeds to germinate or the transplants to grow. Planting in cold, wet soil is an invitation for the seeds to rot. Even cool season crops like peas, if planted in soil with a temperature below 40 degrees, will have problems germinating. Soil temperatures in specific locations in your landscape can be inf luenced by several factors. Clay and silt soils warm up more slowly than sandy soils. South- and eastfacing locations warm up more quickly. Soil close to buildings or exposed to wind or shade will be cooler. I recommend that home gardeners purchase an inexpensive soil thermometer through a garden supply catalog and use it to determine optimal planting times. With the warm temperature spurts we had in mid-winter, daffodils and other early spring bulbs popped out early. These bulbs are pretty hardy, so frost damage to their exposed leaves is not necessarily a problem. However, I do recommend cutting the f lower stalks back to the ground on daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring f lowering bulbs as the f lowers fade. Do not cut the foliage until it dies naturally. Leaving the leaves is 84


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with over-watering. Carolyn is one of five women who hold a Georgia unrestricted Master Plumber license ~ she has the “blue” thumb, and I have the “green” thumb in the family. Well, I purchased a bromeliad plant because, as a group of plants, bromeliads are easy to manage and don’t need a lot of water. Bromeliads are interesting plants, as they are members of the pineapple family Bromeilaceae. They are perennial herbs that lack woody stems and typically grow on other plants or substrates. “Air plants” are part of this group. As tropical or subtropical plants,

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now, including phlox, fall asters, Shasta daisies, baby’s breath and liriope. Set up a plant exchange with friends and neighbors to share the excess. Planted now, Sedum spectabile and Hosta tardifolia or H. plantaginea will brighten your f lower bed in the fall. Late April is a good time to plant dahlia tubers. If you dug up and stored dahlia tubers over the winter, one easy way to determine if they have survived the storage is to sprout them indoors in a warm, lit spot. Proper preparation of the dahlia planting bed is important. Dahlias are heavy feeders, so prepare the garden bed by spading or rototilling to a depth of as much as 8 to 10 inches. Working compost or

with a loose, well-drained potting mix, such as one part peat, one part bark, and one part coarse sand. During April, our chrysanthemums will have popped up in the f lower bed. Now is a good time to lift, divide, and replant them as soon as the shoots appear. Each rooted shoot or clump will develop into a fine plant for late summer bloom. To thicken the plant, pinch out the top when it is about 4 inches high. If you have too many divisions, give some away to family and friends for their f lower beds. Besides chrysanthemums, many popular perennials can be divided

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manure into the garden will provide for a desirable slow release of nitrogen for dahlia growth. This is also a good time to work in a fertilizer such as 5-10-5 or 5-10-10. Apply it at about 2 pounds per 100 square feet. Dahlias use large amounts of potash for root development, so add extra potassium if soil tests indicate low levels. Testing your garden soil is a recommended procedure for dahlias and many other garden crops. Dahlias are full-sun plants but usually do well if they receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of sunlight each day. They also require a lot of water. In planting the dahlia roots, dig a hole large enough to lay the root down with its sprout about 3 inches from the surface. Drive a 4to 6-foot stake into the ground at the end of the hole. When roots are planted directly, most large types should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart in both directions. Because dahlia plants can become very large, they need sup-

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Tidewater Gardening port. The large f lowering types become very tall and, because of the succulent nature of their stems, require support to prevent plant breakage and loss of large blooms. Once the plant has sprouted, tie the stem to the stake. If you use string or soft twine, tie the string tightly to the stake, but loosely to the stem to avoid constricting the developing plant. Start tying dahlias when they are about 1 foot tall, and continue to tie them at intervals of approximately 1 foot throughout the growing season. Individual stalks should be tied when buds begin to form and enlarge. When I was the county extension agent in Talbot County, each April homeowners would show up at the office with pill bottles or plastic bags with what looked like ants. The insects were found swarming

inside the house. Unfortunately, the insects usually turned out to be termite reproductives, and not ants. When the weather warms up, some of the winged, reproductive members of each termite colony leave their old colony and disperse, swarming to locate a new place to settle down. If you notice a swarm of insects in the house, examine some of them closely. If their bodies are “pinched,� or constricted in the middle, they are ants, not termites.


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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 98


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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. HARRIET TUBMAN VISITOR CENTER - Located adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center immerses visitors in Tubman’s world through informative, evocative and emotive exhibits. The immersive displays show how the landscape of the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance of her faith, family and community. The exhibits also feature information about Tubman’s life beginning with her childhood in Maryland, her emancipation from slavery, her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and her continuous advocacy for justice. For more info. visit dnr2.



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Dorchester Points of Interest 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 HANDSELL HISTORIC SITE - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, the site is used to interpret the native American contact period with the English, the slave and later African American story and the life of all those who lived at Handsell. The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. Visitors can view the exterior of the circa 1770/1837 brick house, currently undergoing preservation work. Nearby is the Chicone Village, a replica single-family dwelling complex of the Native People who once inhabited the site. Special living history events are held several times a year. Located at 4837 Indiantown Road, Vienna. For more info. tel: 410228-745 or visit 102


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Easton Points of Interest now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American 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 seasonal events. 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 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. Founded in 1692, the Parish’s church building is one of the many historic landmarks of downtown Easton. The current building was erected in the early 1840’s of Port Deposit granite and an addition on the south end was completed in 1874. Since that time there have been many improve-

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Easton Points of Interest 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St. on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers all came to town and shared rooms in hotels such as this. Frederick

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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 inf luences 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 Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private)

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Easton Points of Interest 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. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit 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. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial


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Hospital is part of the Shore Health System. 22. THIRD HAVEN FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (Quaker). Built 1682-84, this is the earliest documented building in MD and probably the oldest Quaker Meeting House in the U.S. William Penn and many other historical figures have worshiped here. In continuous use since it was built, today it is still home to an active Friends’ community. Visitors welcome; group tours available on request. 23. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. Near Easton 24. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by

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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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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, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when

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St. Michaels Points of Interest acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665. The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors

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St. Michaels Points of Interest would come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper

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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and 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 RESTAUR ANT - 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 supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410-745-9561 or 126

St. Michaels Points of Interest 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 f lour 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 www. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TR AIL - 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 Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Although already settled for perhaps 20 years, Oxford marks the year 1683 as its official founding, for in that year Oxford was first named by the Maryland General Assembly as a seaport and was laid out as a town. In 1694, Oxford and a new town called Anne Arundel (now Annapolis) were selected the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Until the American Revolution, Oxford enjoyed prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations. Today, Oxford is a charming tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of just over 700 and is still important in boat building and yachting. It has a protected harbor for watermen who harvest oysters, crabs, clams and fish, and for sailors from all over the Bay. 1. TENCH TILGHMAN MONUMENT - In the Oxford Cemetery the Revolutionary War hero’s body lies along with that of his widow. Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman carried the message of Cornwallis’ surrender from Yorktown, VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the

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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 the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989



Oxford Points of Interest 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand.

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

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

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by Gary D. Crawford The Eastern Shore has never been quite “where it’s at.” Wait, wait ~ let me rephrase that. To everyone (except those of us who live here) the Eastern Shore has always been “over there” ~ a vague land across the water, a distant shoreline, sort of a place apart. Now let’s get some terms straight. I don’t consider the Eastern Shore to be the same as Delmarva. And what is “Delmar va,” any way? It was invented in 1913 when some folks down in Chincoteague chose “Delmarva Heat, Light, and Refrigerating Corporation” as the name of their new company. The term was gradually picked up in the 1920s, and we needed some name to refer to the peninsula, so it has proliferated since. Still, it makes no sense to me for Rehoboth or Ocean City to be considered part of the “Eastern Shore.” After all, they’re on the Atlantic shore. That’s the East Coast, not the Eastern Shore. How often have we tried to explain this simple fact to friends from the Midwest? Look, the Bay has two shores, one of which is the mainland. We over here refer to that as the “western shore” ~ though no one else does ~ and it is never capitalized. Besides, the mainland

isn’t really a place, is it? How can it be? It runs all the way to California! But the Eastern Shore, now that is a place, a realm. It deserves capital letters. It runs from the town of North East to Cape Charles City. It has a history that began even before the Pilgrims arrived up there in cold and rocky Massachusetts.

Ind ia n T imes ~ The Native Americans considered the Eastern Shore a far land, a separate region. Their word for it was “Accomack” ~ meaning “on the other side.” This is not to say that they found it too remote to be useful, for when the English arrived, Delmarva appears to have been populated from top to tip with numerous tribes. Before the arrival of the English i m m ig r a nt s ~ w hol l y u ndo c umented aliens, I might point out ~ the Eastern Shore was populated with Indians of various tribes and groups. They were related to the


A Place Apart Indians on the western shore and mostly spoke variations of the same language, Algonquian. They visited one another, traded now and again, and undoubtedly intermarried. But the Eastern Shore Indians lived a bit differently from those on the western shore, not because of tribal preferences, but because lifestyles were shaped to a great extent by the available food sources. If there was enough f lat, open ground with decent soil, they could plant crops and stay put, maintaining more or less permanent villages of somewhat more elaborate construction. This is how they lived on the Eastern Shore down south, in Virginia and

t he sout her n pa r t of Ma r yla nd. Farther up the peninsula, agriculture was more difficult and the Indians made great use of “emergent” plants ~ ones such as arrowroot that grow in standing water and provide edible stalks and tubers. Such edible wild plants were more plentiful in the higher reaches of the Bay, where the salinity is lower. To make use of such wild plants, however, family groups had to move from place to place, visiting f looded areas at certain times of the year and harvesting oysters and other seafood in seasonal cycles. Consequently, these Indians were less settled and, when their food sources were encroached upon by Europeans, they were easier to move out.

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A Place Apart The Indians who lived in the northern reaches of the Bay, where there are hills and (in those days) deeply forested valleys with lots of beavers and larger game, devoted much of their time to hunting and trapping, as these game animals were an important food source. The number of Indians that could be supported in each of these areas was limited by the availability of food sources. Larger villages were to be found in the southern agricultural region, but overall the population density was quite low by European standards. In the early 1600s, for example, approximately 2,000 Indians lived on the entire Eastern Shore of Virginia. They were governed by Debedeavon, known as “The Laughing King,” paramount chief of the Accomack clans. The English changed all that, of course, squeezing the Indians into smaller and smaller enclaves and finally making it necessary for them to vacate the Eastern Shore altogether. The original inhabitants

moved north and west, where they joined other groups. By the time Talbot County was settled in the 1660s, there were few Indians left. Colonial Times ~ When colonists came down the James River and crossed the Bay, they found fine lands and established settlements. Accomack County is one of the original eight Virginia districts, established as a shire in 1634 and as a county in 1663. The seat of Mar yland government was established in 1634 ~ on the western shore, of course. They set tled near the mouth of the Potomac River and named it St. Mary’s City. Like the Virginia Company to the south, Lord Baltimore’s administration was quick to see opportunities across the Bay on the Eastern Shore and, apparently, a second county was soon created. Just eight years later, on August 2, 1642, the colonial records mention the “Sheriff of Kent County.” For two decades, there were only t hese t wo civ il div isions of t he Province: “St. Mary’s” and “Isle of


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Kent.” Then, in 1661, several commissioners were appointed “for that part of the Province lying south of the Choptank River…called the Eastern Shore.” In other words, all the lands north of the Choptank were considered Isle of Kent County, not the Eastern Shore. As more settlers arrived, further civil divisions were required for efficient administration and the vast “Isle of Kent County” began to be carved up. “Kent County” was established in 1642, and another portion went to form the new “Baltimore County” in 1659. Talbot was created in 1662. By 1669, the “Eastern Shore County” was divided into the counties of Somerset and Dorchester, thus freeing up the term “Eastern

Shore,” which soon came to refer to all the counties on the east side of the Bay. Other adjustments were made to divide the territory into manageable units, until finally in 1706 the current layout was fixed (more or less). In an effort to make clear all the boundaries, both new and old, the 1706 resolution stated that the several off-shore islands ~ Poplar, Sharp’s, Choptank (Tilghman’s), Bruff’s ~ would be part of Talbot County. In later years, this phrasing was misinterpreted to mean that those islands were to become part of Talbot, when the meaning really was that those islands were to remain part of Talbot, as they had been all along. For this reason, one


A Place Apart sometimes reads that these islands were “established” in 1706. Oxford was one of the colony’s two official Ports of Entry, where customs fees were collected, but commercia l ac t iv it y f lour ished more on the western shore. Event ua lly A nnapolis was made t he capital of the province, in 1694. The Eastern Shore was prospering, too, however, w ith many plantations and f ine estates. A lthough still considered “over there,” many of the most wealthy and inf luential families had their home base here on the Eastern Shore ~ the Carrolls, t he L loyds, t he T ilghmans, t he Goldsboroughs, and others.

Recent Times ~ Jumping over a few hundred years, the Eastern Shore was still “Accomack” ~ over there. Despite all the progress of the modern era ~ efficient ferry service, railroads, and improved highways ~ it remained a rather distant place. It wasn’t so far it couldn’t be reached, of course, but for mainlanders it was a “destination,” a curious place to visit. The population of the Eastern Shore had risen markedly after the Civil War, in response to the oyster boom in the years 1870-1890. Many coastal communities had shifted from farming the land to harvesting the Bay. A wonderful resort and amusement park was created at Tolchester Beach in 1877, and thousands of

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A Place Apart visitors f locked aboard Baltimore steamboats for the weekend excursions. It was on the Eastern Shore and looks like it was great fun, but after all, it was just a playground, a sort of a pre-Disneyland. The real Eastern Shore was fami l ie s of fa r mer s a nd w ater men and the services to support them. Around the turn of the 20th century, a significant new business began to build ~ the tourist trade. Many sportsmen were attracted by the splendid opportunities for hunting and fishing on the Eastern Shore; women and families welcomed the opportunity to relax at a “get-away,” which really wasn’t so very far away, after all.

Eastern Shore watermen soon were organizing fishing parties and running “head boats.” They had the equipment and were skillful guides. Large homes were built to provide accommodations for these visitors. Some were equipped modestly with small bedrooms for the sportsmen. Others were handsome resorts suitable for families, who would come for a week or more to escape the heat of the cities, their husbands joining them on the weekends. This brochure from the 1930s shows no fewer than sixteen touristrelated businesses operating on T ilghman’s Island a lone. Ever y community offered much the same. Entertaining visitors was an important source of income for the Eastern Shore, supplementing incomes


during the oyster off-season. Rest, relaxation, and good food were the primary attractions ~ though one had a pier with two-story gazebo at the end; the second level was for dancing under the stars. The trick, of course, was advertising and transportation.

the white “X,” is where a large guest house once stood ~ Faulkner’s. In the early years of the 20th century, Faulkner’s Guest House could

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Faulkner’s Guest House accommodate several dozen guests, offering them good food, fishing, boat excursions, rest and relaxation. Capt. J. Lowery Faulkner and his wife, Laurah, owned the property. He took parties out fishing, while Miss Laurah ran the domestic side of the operation. In the summer, she employed local girls to assist with the cooking, cleaning, and washing. One day in May of 1938, the Baltimore Sun’s Sunday Magazine decided it was time to get a report about what was happening “over there.” They sent a reporter, Avery McBee, on a trip to the end of the world, the very tip of Tilghman’s Island, to find

out about life down here in such a remote spot. He was accompanied by a photographer named A. Aubrey Bodine, who would become internationally famous as Maryland’s premier photographer. The point of the article, it seems, was to find out how people in the Bay Hundred felt about a recent change in the cross-bay transportation system. Fortunately for us, these two 32-year-old journalists decided to do more than just talk to locals, but also to get their feet wet, so to speak. McBee and Bodine jumped on a ferry in Baltimore one afternoon, arriving at Claiborne about three

Avery McBee and A. Aubrey Bodine


hours later. From there, they drove down to Tilghman’s Island, where arrangements had been made for an overnight stay at Faulkner’s Guest House and to go fishing the next day. As McBee pointed out, this year of 1938 was to be an important one for the hospitality trade on this part of the Eastern Shore. “Where but two ferries have been landing at neighboring Claiborne a day,” wrote McBee, “there are six, now that the new shuttle service has been set up.” Ferries had been coming across the Bay to Claiborne since 1897, where passengers could board a train and go all the way to Ocean City. Naturally, all the communities along the way benefited from this service. The Talbot County villages in Bay Hun-

dred were happy, too, since people coming their way could step off the train at the first stop, at McDaniel Station, and be met there by friends or taxis to take them on to their destinations in Wittman, Wade’s Point, Bozman, Neavitt, Sherwood, and Tilghman’s Island. However, as motorcars proliferated and highways improved, many motorists preferred to land on Kent Island, at Love Point on the northern tip or at Matapeake Landing on the west side. From either point they could drive directly to the highway for Ocean City, now Route 50. So, by the mid-’30s, as McBee noted, only one line was serving Claiborne, and just twice a day. To prevent the ferry service from


A Place Apart ceasing altogether, a new scheme was devised that would serve travelers to and from Talbot County. It worked like this: you came across the Bay on one of the big ferries and landed at Matapeake along with everyone else. Then you drove across Kent Island to the other side, to Romancoke Landing on the east side. There, a smaller ferry zipped back and forth across the mouth of Eastern Bay, a mere four miles. This new service would permit visitors to come and go six times a day during the summer and connect w it h t he cross-Bay fer r ies s e r v i ng Mat ap e a ke . A s Mc B e e discovered, those in the hospitalit y t rade on T i lg h ma n’s Isla nd were delighted with the prospect, hoping for an up-tick in business that summer. Or, as McBee wrote it: “Eastern Sho’ Fishermen Expect ‘Right Smart’ of People.’ Upon arrival that May evening, McBee and Bodine settled in for some dinner and discussion. The food from Miss Laurah’s kitchen

apparently was a hit, for McBee described the island’s guest houses as large, with big dining rooms, where visitors “may gorge themselves on unlimited quantities of home cooked country food.” Capt. Lowery, 81, had retired from the water, so he cheerfully entertained the curious city boys all evening. It is not inconceivable that some social beverages were served that evening ~ though it should be noted that some folks find the speech of Tilghman’s Islanders to be rather dist inct ive. Whatever t he c ase, McBee misheard Lowery Faulkner’s name as “Larry Falconer.” As McBee admitted, “It was our fault that we kept him up until almost midnight spinning yarns.” And they soon paid the price, for three hours later they were awakened by a noisy alarm clock. After much “crashing of furniture and barking of shins” they were able to smother the alarm clock and find the light switch. To their dismay they found it was 2:45 a.m. ~ and time for breakfast with the fishermen who had agreed to take them out.

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A Place Apart So t hey arose and blundered through the dark to Capt. Bain Bradshaw’s home on the waterfront “a half mile away,” as McBee described it. Actually it is just 1,100 feet, or two-tenths of a mile, but undoubtedly it seemed much more after the night they’d had at the Faulkners’ (Falconers’). So never mind.

At long last, they saw a light and soon picked up the wonderful aroma of breakfast. They met Capt. Bain and his wife, Mary, their two sons, Bob and Lloyd, and Merrill Evans. All had f led to Tilghman’s Island years before when their homes on Hollands Island were threatened by the encroaching waters of the Bay. Capt. Bain was ill and was no longer going out, so a Tilghman man, Reynolds Larrimore, joined them. There was little conversation: it was too early, and there was much work ahead. McBee and Bodine were led

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out onto a narrow pier to a boat they could certainly smell but not see. The motor suddenly came to life, and they chugged out of the cove. As their eyes adjusted, they could make out the shapes of other boats. Bodine waited for some daylight; McBee, for an opportunity to chat. Two of the crew sat silently in the dark; the other two grabbed a quick nap in the cabin. As they arrived at the first of Capt. Bain’s pound nets, the first f lush of pre-dawn was just beginning to show in the east. The crew went to work. Two men jumped into the skiff they had towed along, two stayed with the boat, and together they hauled at the heavy pound net. As the two vessels came closer together, the trapped fish rose; finally, Bob called for them to begin dipping the fish into the boats. The work was hard and continuous. This was May, the time of the spring herring and shad runs, but t here were ot her f ish as well ~ croakers, trout, even the occasional blowfish. They culled out the shad and the trout, for they were sold separately by the pound, as the catch piled higher in the boats. With light, conversation began and Bodine went to work with his camera. (These poor images were taken from the old newspaper; how I wish I had the original photographs!) When they had harvested the last of their pound nets, Bob Bradshaw


headed for the Tilghman Packing Company to sell their catch. The boat was knee-deep in fish, and Bob was asked if it was a big catch. “Well, fair. ‘Bout 15,000, I would say. We’ve had around 30,000 in a morning this year.” At the plant, a surprised Oswald Harrison agreed to show McBee and

Bodine around. They watched the fish and the roe being processed, canned and cooked. They had to work rapidly to maintain the freshness of the perishable fish. Harrison repor ted they were turning out around 24,000 cans every day at this time. He explained that after the spring fishing comes the crab-

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A Place Apart bing season, and then they would be canning tomatoes and corn. The next line, however, came as a bit of a surprise, for McBee wrote: “For eight months of the year, the works are shut down.” Somehow he slipped over the oyster season, the very product on which the Tilghman Packing Company was built ~ literally. Never t heless, t he ar ticle was an otherwise accurate first-hand g l i mpse i nto t he work of some Eastern Shore watermen in the late 1930s. I was glad that the hospitality of the Faulkners and the Bradshaws was mentioned and that they had enjoyed some good local food while they were here.

Actually, in reading the account of that early-morning breakfast, I got a little shiver. You see, we live down that way. In fact, 42 years later, we bought the Bradshaw place. So that means that Avery and Aubrey were here ~ and I mean right here ~ where I am sitting now, as I finish off this article for you. Then in 1952, the Bay Bridge was opened and, though it is still a very special place, things were never the same. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance Kent County is a treasury of early American history. Its principal towns and back roads abound with beautiful old homes and historic landmarks. The area was first explored by Captain John Smith in 1608. Kent County was founded in 1642 and named for the shire in England that was the home of many of Kent’s earliest colonists. When the first legislature assembled in 1649, Kent County was one of two counties in the colony, thus making it the oldest on the Eastern Shore. It extended from Kent Island to the present boundary. The first settlement, New Yarmouth, thrived for a time and, until the founding of Chestertown, was the area’s economic, social and religious center. Chestertown, the county seat, was founded in 1706 and served as a port of entry during colonial times. A town rich in history, its attractions include a blend of past and present. Its brick sidewalks and attractive antiques stores, restaurants and inns beckon all to wander through the historic district and enjoy homes and places with architecture ranging from the Georgian mansions of wealthy colonial merchants to the elaborate style of the Victorian era. Second largest district of restored 18th-century homes in Maryland, Chestertown is also home to Washington College, the nation’s tenth oldest liberal arts college, founded in 1782. Washington College was also the only college that was given permission by George Washington for the use of his name, as well as given a personal donation of money. The beauty of the Eastern Shore and its waterways, the opportunity for boating and recreation, the tranquility of a rural setting and the ambiance of living history offer both visitors and residents a variety of pleasing experiences. A wealth of events and local entertainment make a visit to Chestertown special at any time of the year. For more information about events and attractions in Kent County, contact the Kent County Visitor Center at 410-778-0416, visit www. or e-mail For information about the Historical Society of Kent County, call 410-778-3499 or visit For information specific to Chestertown visit 159

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Thru Apr. 2 The American Society of Marine Artists 17th National Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum and the Chesapeake Bay Ma r it i me Mu seu m. T he exhibition traveled from Williamsburg, VA, to Easton and St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru April 9 Play: Witness for the Prosecution at Church Hill Theatre, Church Hill. Based on Agatha Christie’s short stor y, this whodunit is sure to keep you guessing right up until the end. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. For more info. tel: 410-556-6003.


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Through Making Art with Sheryl Southwick and Lauren Todd at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $85/$102. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

Thru May 19 Home School Art Classes with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For ages 10+. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru May 19 Home School Art Classes with Constance Del Nero at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For ages 6 to 9 (please do not register 5-year-olds in this class). For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit 1

First Sat urday g uided wa l k. 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

1 Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Decorating at the Oxford Community Center. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Bring an empty egg carton! For more info. tel: 410-226-5904.

1 Concert: Chesapeake Music and The Inn at Perry Cabin host the Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet at the Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels. The quartet’s versatility and artistic skills have paired them with such diverse artists as Itzhak Perlman, Misha Dichter and Chick Correa. 5:30 p.m. $85. For more info visit 1 Stayin’ Alive dinner and wine pairing at Scossa in Easton, to benefit Baywater Animal Res-

1 Spring Craft Show to benefit the Denton Volunteer Fire Company from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-714-9453 or e-mail 1 Workshop: Transcending Grief 162

cue, the Eastern Shore’s leading no-kill shelter. 6 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, four-course dinner with wine, silent and live auctions. $150/person. For more info. tel: 410-829-1518 or visit 1 Rodney Strong Winery Pairing dinner at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. Five courses and wine pairings. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111.




Motown Dance Night at the Oxford Community Center, featuring Comfort Zone. 7 to 10 p.m. $25 includes refreshments. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904.

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April Calendar 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-9138. 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30 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.

1,8,15,22,29 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 Citizen’s Association and are accompanied by Colonialgarbed docents. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. For more info. tel: 410901-1000.

1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, includes food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit 1,8,15,29 Intermediate Yoga with Suzie Hurley at the Oxford Community Center. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $18 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc. org. 1,8,15,22,29 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

1-30 Exhibition: A n exhibit of the original banner artwork by members of the St. Michaels Art League for the 2017 Talbot Street Banner Program will hang throughout the month of April at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library, 106 Fremont Street. For more info. visit


Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesd ay s at Un iver sit y of Ma r yla nd Shore Reg iona l He a lt h Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778.


Celebrate Talbot! Sample Sip & Savor launch party for Talbot Restaurant Week from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Tidewater Inn, Easton. Talbot County’s chefs and restaurateurs again invite residents and visitors on a culinary journey of discovery as they showcase their finest dishes and most creative cooking. For more info. tel: 410770-8000 or visit

3,10,17,24 Acupuncture MiniSessions at the Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Center in Easton. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $20 per session. Participation offered on a walk-in basis, first come, first served. For more info. tel: 410 -7 70 9400. 3,10,17,24 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medi-

2-8 Talbot Restaurant Week 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. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit 3 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26 Free Blood 165


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Creamery Lane at 7:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 4 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 4 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410820-9695. 4 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 4 ,6,11,1 3 ,18, 20, 25 , 27 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 4 ,6,11,1 3 ,18, 20, 25 , 27 Adu lt Ballroom Classes with Amanda


Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit 4 ,11 Stor y T ime at t he Ta lbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 4,11,18,25 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Bugs, Bites, and Banes ~ Insects vs. People on Delmarva with Phillip Hesser. 10 to 11:30 a .m. at t he Che sap e a ke Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. $30/$45. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ 4,18 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambr idge. 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 4,11,25 Art@Noon - From Rembrandt to Picasso w ith A nke Van Wagenberg, senior curator at the Academy Art Museum. Noon to 1 p.m. $28 member/$33 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 4-May 23 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Great Decisions Dis167

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5 Bus trip to Baltimore’s B&O Museum, sponsored by the Preston Historical Society. Bus departs Preston at 8 a.m. $60 includes museum tour, train ride, buffet lunch, tour of historic Mount Clare house and bus fee. For more info. tel: 410-924-9080 or visit PrestonHistoricalSociety. com. 5 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. A different prompt presented in each session offers a suggestion for the morning’s theme. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 5 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. 5 Concert: Richard Shindell in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours, and other art-related activities. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 5,12,19,26 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-7456073 or visit 5,12,19,26 Class: April Florals and Still Life in Pastel or Oil with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $165 members, $198 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 5,12,19,26 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 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 5-May 10 Academy for Lifelong L e a r n i ng: The Ar t, S c ie nc e, and Joy of Singing with Bozena Lamparska at the Talbot Senior C enter, Ea ston. Wed ne sdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $30/$45. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941

or e-mail 6 Audubon Wetlands Tour at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Learn about the 90 acres of constructed wetlands and the value of largetract habitat restoration while touring about two miles of trails on foot. This program is suppor ted through a grant from Waterfowl Chesapeake. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit 6 Collage Workshop: Scrap Happy Day with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $75 members, $90 non-members. For more

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info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 6 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Conversations ~ Analysis of the Election with Richard Harrison and guest speakers at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $5/$7.50. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ 6 Arts & Crafts Group at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 6

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6 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Native Plants for the American Cottage Garden with Julie Lowe at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $10/$15. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail 6 Workshop: Habitat Maintenance and Monitoring Techniques at E nv i ron ment a l C onc er n, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit 6,13,20,27 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 6,13,20,27 Thursday Studio ~ a Weekly Mentored Painting Ses-


sion with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Full day: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ($150/4 weeks for members). Half day: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($95/4 weeks for members). Drop-in fee (payable directly to instructor): $45 full day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); $25 half day (10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 6,13,20,27 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Thursdays at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit

6,13,20,27 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 6,13,20,27 Kent Island Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Ducks Unlimited - Bay Hundred Chapter at the St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels. 7 to 9 p.m.



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Me e t i n g : C a m b r i d ge Wom an’s Club. Guest speaker Kalla Kvalnes, an area scientist, will discuss her experience working w ith farmers in Caroline C ou nt y on t he Pe ople L a nd Water project during the past 3 years. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 610-306-3725.


F i r s t F r id a y i n d o w nt o w n Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip

6,13,20,27 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 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

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7 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. 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. 5 to 8 p.m. 7 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit 7 Member’s Exhibition Preview ~ Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s River at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nat ion’s Rive r follows the harvesting history from 18th century statesmen like George Washington, who wrote about memorable hunts of the Potomac’s stunning numbers of waterfowl, to the 20th century when the combination of Washington, D.C.’s growing economy and the rich Potomac environment spurred both commercial and sport markets for waterfowl. For more info. tel: 410-745-4991 or visit 7

Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winer y, Vienna. 6 p.m. For more


Laurie Forster, “The Standup Sommelier,” at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111.

7 Dorchester Sw ingers Square 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. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711. 7 Concert: Comedian Katherine Jessup in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit


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Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 7,14,21,28 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.

7 Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at Greensboro Elementary School. Kids will “hunt” eggs in the dark using only a f lashlight and their own night vision. Prizes for the special eggs. Parent or guardian must attend with their children. Hunt starts at 8:15 for 3-4-yearolds, and 8:45 for 5-10-year-olds. For more info. visit

7,14,21,28 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. 7-May 30 Exhibit: Spring Show at Troika Gallery, Easton. Opening reception April 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-770-9190 or visit 8 8th annual Crab Run sponsored

7-8,14-15,21-22 Lighthouse Overnight at t he Chesapea ke Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For yout h groups, child ren’s organizations, and scouts ages 8-12 (and their chaperones). For more info. contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or by email 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. 174

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Arboretum’s goat herd, which is used for targeted grazing of invasive plants. Check-in and day-of registration begin at 8 a.m. 100-Yard Kids’ Dash takes place at 8:50 a.m., followed by the 10K Run at 9 a.m., the 5K at 9:05 a.m., and the Fun Run at 9:10 a.m. Rain or shine. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or

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8 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 8

Work shop: Rain G arde n s ~ Landscaping for Water Quality at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. $20. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit

8 Family Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Your family will have a chance to explore CBMM through hands-on activities and family-friendly exhibits, perfect for a day of family fun. Kids of all ages can also take a “feet-on” approach to geography through the Maryland Geographic Alliance’s Giant State Map. What better way to explore the Old Line State than


Cooking Demonstration and Lunch with Master Chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. Mark’s Signature Dishes! Demonstration at 10 a.m. with lunch at noon. $68 per person. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111.

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April Calendar Local Newspapers and the Holocaust with speaker David Klevan of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 8 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith artists as they demonstrate their work. For more info. tel: 410-4791009 or visit 8 The Tilghman’s Watermen’s Museum’s annual fundraising event: SPLENDOR at t he T ilghman Island Volunteer Fire Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. SPENDOR will feature a variety of fine wines, raw bar, and hors d’oeuvres provided by

area restaurants. Live and silent auctions. $35 includes beer, wine and food. For more info. tel: 410886-2930 or e-mail twm6031@ 8 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 8 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. visit 8 Claire Anthony to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 8-9 Oil Painting Workshop: Painting the Ocean w ith Mat thew H i l l ie r at t he A c ade my A r t Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $190 members, $228 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 8-9 Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival in St. Michaels, showcasing over 30 artisans from all over the East Coast,


8-30 Exhibition: Barbara Jablin ~ Watercolor ist at t he A . M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels. This show and sale explores the 75-year art history of watercol-

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April Calendar orist Barbara Jablin. Opening reception on April 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-7455059 or visit amgravelygallery. com. 8,22 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel and 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

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast at the East New Market VFD. 7 to 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410943-3663 or visit


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 Meeting: Caroline County AARP #915 at noon, w ith a covered dish luncheon and bingo at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Come join the fun! For more info. tel:410-482-6039

10 Tails & Trails for Tots - Best Nests at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 1 to 2 p.m. Explore the outdoors with your young one. Story time followed by a tot-sized walk. Appropriate for ages 2 to 5. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit 10 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sew ing, knitting, crossstitch, what-have-you). Limited instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 11 Academy for Lifelong Learn-


Opera with Bonnie Forgacs at the Oxford Community Center, O x ford. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $20/$30. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ 11,25 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

ing: Six Centuries of Crime in America ~ From Blackbeard the Pirate to Enron on Wall Street with Stephen Goldman at the Oxford Communit y Center. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $10/$15. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail

11,25 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit

11,13,18,20,25,27 Class: Beginning Painting for Adults with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. $150 members, $180 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 11,18 Academy for Lifelong Learni ng: The Ar t of Li stening to 181

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9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e-mail 12 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.

12 A r tsExpress bus trip to the Renw ick Ga l ler y for t he exhibit Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years. $55/$66. This is the first exhibition to focus on the early WOEK of Peter Voulkos, 19531968. Depart Easton at 8 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 12 Early-Morning Members’ Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dress for t he weather. Cancellations only in extreme weather. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 12 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from

12 Meeting: Baywater Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744.

12 Workshop: Butterf ly Gardening at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10 donation. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-


745-9620 or visit 12 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. 12 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail 12-13 Boater Safety Course at the

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 10 p.m. $25. Individuals and families with children over age 12 are welcome to participate in our Boater’s Safety certification program and learn the basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland water ways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required



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story on a twilight evening at the Arboretum! Local writer Amy Steward will share insights into the life of Arboretum founder Leon Andrus, gleaned from her interviews of his friends and colleagues, and the autobiography he began at age 99. Her personal connection to the story lends a twist. Light refreshments, cash w ine bar. $15/$20. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit

12,26 Bay Hundred Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 13 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Conversat ions ~ Disaster in Haiti with Richard Harrison and guest speakers at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $5/$7.50. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail 13 Story Circle with Amy Steward at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 4 to 6 p.m. Join us for a good

13,22 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 1 to 3 p.m. Free for CBEC members, $5 for nonmembers. For more info. visit 14 Concert: The Lonely Heartstring Band in t he Stolt z L istening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-


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to all. Donations are gratefully accepted, and food donations can be dropped off at 103 Railroad Ave. on April 13, 14 and the morning of the 15th. Menu to include ham, chicken, potatoes, green beans, applesauce, stewed tomatoes, rolls and a variety of desserts. For more info. tel: 410745-6073. 15 An Evening of Jazz with the Eric Felton Jazz Trio at the Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-2200. 15 Elon Blidon Sommeliers Top USA Picks dinner at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. Five courses and wine pairings. 6:30 p.m. For more

15 Soup ’n Walk ~ Spring Ephemerals & Pollinators at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Look for pink, white, and yellow blooms and early pollinators. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided. $20. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 15 Easter Holiday C ommunit y Dinner at the St. Michaels Community Center. Open and free 185

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info. tel: 410-226-5111. 15 Concert: The Weight at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 15,22,29 Easton 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 f rom 10 a.m. to noon. Tow n parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit 15,22,29 St. Michaels FRESHFA R M Ma rke t i s one of t he lovel ie s t m a rke t s e t t i ng s i n the country. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, grass fed meats and pastured eggs, honey, locally roasted coffee, cut f lowers, potted plants, and more. For More info. v isit f reshfarmmarkets. org/st-michaels. 16 Easter Sunday 16 Brunch Buffet and Easter Egg Hunt at the Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels. Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults $85, children $25. For more info. tel:

17 Book Discussion: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit 17 Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean with author Jonathan White at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 7 p.m. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging expert tour of the tides. This is a joint program with the Talbot Bird Club. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon. org. 18 Music@Noon: Michael Kannen and Friends at the Academy Art Museum. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 18 Talbot County Garden Club’s Putting on the Glitz biennial spr ing sy mposium feat ur ing t hree g uest spea kers, lunch, vendor/suppliers and a chance to connect the gardeners around the region. Featured speakers include Bettie Bearden Pardee, Paige R. Canfield, and Chris H. Olsen. For more info. tel: 302598-0291 or visit


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talbotcountygardenclub/. 18 Academy for Lifelong Learning: The Changing Portrayal of Women in Newspapers over the Past Six Centuries with Stephen Goldman at the Oxford Community Center. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $10/$15. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ 18,25 Class: Painting the Night Cityscape in Pastels with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $85 members, $102 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit 19 Spring Origami at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 11:30 a.m. Limited to 12 participants, ages 8 through teens. Patrons asked to pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

19 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 19 Ponding at Picker ing Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Use dip nets and buckets to discover the unique a nd fa scinat ing creat ures of Pickering Creek. Fun for all ages! For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon. org. 20 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Conversations ~ Ethanol in Gasoline with Richard Harr i son a nd g ue s t sp e a ker s at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $5/$7.50. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail

19 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190.

20 S t roke Su r v ivor ’s Supp or t Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410228-0190 or visit pleasantday. com.

19 Book Discussion: Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith. 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Talbot County Free

20 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrange-


ments, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 20 Art After Dark: Cocktails and C a nv a s at t he A c ademy A r t Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $45 includes 2 cocktails and all painting material. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 20 Workshop: Hydric Soil Basics at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or

visit 20 Concert: Micky Dolenz at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 21 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128 or visit 21 Alexander Barnett, guitarist, “Tavern Live” to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 21 Concert: Free Range in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Call Us: 410-725-4643

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Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 22 Dorchester Career and Tech Center Car Show and Ag Festival at 2465 Cambridge Bypass, Cambridge. Join in for the annual show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include car show, yard sale, bedding plant and perennial sale, food, petting zoo, tractor display, crafts, games and more. Admission is free. For more info. visit

22 Earth Day Art Extravaganza at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5 per child. Make some great projects with old cans, bottle caps and more. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit 22 Meet the Author and Book Signing at Mystery Loves Company, Oxford. Barbara Lockhart with her book The Night is Young. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-0010. 22 The Met: Live in HD - Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit


2 3 r d a n nu a l O x f o r d D a y throughout Oxford. 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, skipjack rides, sales and more. Rain or shine. Dog Walk sponsored by Talbot Humane begins at 7:30 a.m. Parade begins at 11 a.m. Ferry is Open! For more info.

22 10th Guest Artist Gala at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 10 p.m. Guest artists from the local area are paired with professional artists to create a work of art, which is then auctioned off. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit 22 Concert: Frances Luke Accord in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit



April Calendar 22-23 Workshop: Plein Air Oil Painting for Beginning or Ret urning Painters w ith Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $125 members, $150 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 22-23 Oil Painting Workshop: Fur to Feathers ~ Painting Animals in the Studio with Julia Rogers at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $160 members, $192 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit

22-May 30 Exhibit: Todd Forsgren ~ Birdwatcher and Ecologist at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Todd R. Forsgren uses photography to examine themes

of ecology, environmentalism, and perceptions of landscape while striving to strike a balance between art histor y and natural history. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 22-June 9 Exhibit: Parts and Labor ~ A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 22-July 9 Exhibit: FABRICation at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. FABRICation features seven artists (Erin Castellan, K r i s t y D e e t z , V i r g i n i a D er r yber r y, Reni G ower, R achel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith) who incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 22-July 16 Exhibit: Luminous Forms ~ Marble and Bron ze Sculpt ure by Shelley Robzen at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit 23 March of Dimes March for Babies at the Salisbury Moose




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April Calendar Family Center, Salisbury. 10 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-546-2241 or visit 23 Walk: Nature’s Interconnections ~ Spring Ephemerals with docent and Mar yland Master Nat ura list Margan Glover at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. The walk is free for members and free with $5 admission for non-members. All ages welcome. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 24-28 Workshop: Basic Wetland

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Delineation at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students and professionals cover the methodologies and protocols set forth by the Cor ps of Engineers. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit 25 Academy for Lifelong Learning: How to Sell on eBay with Stephen Goldman at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $10/$15. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail 25 Meeting: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -822-1000, ex t. 5411. 25 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel:

410-463-0946. 25-May 23 Academy for Lifelong Learning: The Value of Antiques and Objects of Art ~ Do You Know What You Own? with Dick Mattingly at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $30/$45. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ 26 Lecture: The Native Garden at the National Arboretum with la nd sc ape a rchitec t Ba rba ra McClinton at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $15/$20. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 26 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at the Dorchester Family Y MCA, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 26 Meeting: Cancer Support at

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plants. Volunteers encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch and stay for canoe cleaning and paddle afterwards. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit

Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 27 A r tsExpress bus trip to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens. $55/$66. The exhibit is Infinity Mirrors - Yayoi Kusama Retrospective. Depart Easton at 8 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 27 Gardening Day at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers of all ages welcome to weed, clean out garden beds and install new

27 Blessing of the Fleet at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. Join CBMM members, volunteers and boatyard staff for an official ceremony honoring our ow n f loating f leet as well as other Bay working vessels and pleasure craf t. The Reverend Kevin M. Cross from the Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford will offer prayers. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit


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27 Lecture: Author Martha Frick Symington Sanger talks about her book Maryland Blood: An American Family in War and Peace, the Hambletons of Maryland 1657 to the Present at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, E a s ton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 27 Concert: Count Basie Orchestra at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 27-May 7 The Tred Avon Players present Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig, directed by Zack Schlag at the Oxford Community Center. When a series of mishaps knocks out the world’s greatest tenor, the opera house manager is left with no choice but to persuade his assistant Max to perform in his place. For exact dates and times tel: 410-226-0061 or visit

Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 2 to 7 p.m. Mark your calendar for a fun afternoon and evening of light fare, live music, a cash wine and beer bar, a raff le, a silent auction, and shopping in a fun and festive atmosphere. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 28 Kittredge-Wilson Lecture: Bruce Ragsdale on The Farmers George ~ Washington, the King, and the Agricultural Landscape at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $20/$24. Pre-registration is suggested. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

27-May 11 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Square Dancing in Three Easy Steps (All Puns Intended) with Ann Fallon at the Talbot Senior Center, Easton. Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. $30/$45. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ 28 Night Out at the Nursery at 197

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28 Concert: Laura Baron Trio in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

29 Concert: Queen Anne’s Chorale at the Todd Per for ming A r ts Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 7 p.m. This year’s program is titled Juke Box USA. The Chorale will present a musical hit parade of great pop standards. $15 adults, children through high school admitted free. For more info. tel: 410-758-3183 or visit

29 5th annual Chicone Village Day at Handsell in Vienna. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome to come to Handsell on this special day designed to honor the historic culture of the Eastern Woodland Native People who resided on this location. The public can see the Chicone Longhouse and Garden and witness life of the native people by cultural historic and native interpreter Daniel Firehawk Abbott, the Pocomoke Indian Nation and representatives from the Lenni-Lenape of Delaware. Admission is free. For more info. visit 29 An Epicurean Journey dinner with Ian Fleming at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. Four courses and wine pairings. 6:30 p.m. For

29 Concert: Willy Porter and Trace Bundy at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 29-30 Open House at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prepare for spring in the garden! Shop the region’s largest selection of landscape-ready native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses for spring planting. Guided walks, discount for members. Sale days are crowded; please leave dogs at home. For

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