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Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 66, No. 11

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April 2018

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Mary Konchar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Long Lost Friend: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 High Tide in Dorchester: Tom Horton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 South America & Antarctica - Part 1: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Chamber Music Competition: Amy Steward . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Something New in Easton: Peter Arnold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Sook: And Ye Shall Find: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Changes ~ Domination: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159

Departments: April Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 April Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 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 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Photographer Mary Konchar Show at the Easton Waterfowl Festival in 2009 and 2013, and a Highly Honored winner in the mammal division of Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International contest. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries and shows in several Maryland locations, and many are incorporated in the displays at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center. The cover photo is titled Whitetail Fawn. Her work is available for purchase at Trumpeter Swan Antiques in her home town of Easton, and via personal contact at marykonchar@gmail.com.

Mary purchased her first camera on the birth date of her grandson, over twenty years ago, and has never looked back. Having had a lifelong interest in nature, wildlife, and all things outdoors, it was completely natural for her initial subjects to be insects, flowers, birds, mammals, and the landscape. Over time, her photographic interests have grown to include portraiture, architecture and event photography. Mary does all of her own work, from capture to print. She also works closely with other artists to create large format prints of their own work, be it photography or fine art reproductions. Although Mary does most of her photography near her home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, she has also done work at Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Shenandoah, Acadia, and Great Smoky National Parks, and at several National Wildlife Refuges, including Blackwater, Bombay Hook, Prime Hook, Chincoteague, Umbagog, Bear River, and Canaan Valley (where she served as “Photographer in Residence” over three one-month periods during 2009-2010). Mary’s awards include Best in

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The Long-Lost Friend by Helen Chappell

Not too long ago, I was approached by a practicing psychologist from the Lower Shore with a strange observation. “You know, I see a lot of people who believe in witches,” he told me. “To this day, they believe in hexes and magic.” Since his practice included a lot of people who weren’t young or well educated, I was still surprised. I’d heard stories of people who were superstitious, but this was the first time I’d heard people still believed in witches and magic, at least around here. Of course, I pressed him for more details, but we were in a large crowd, and there wasn’t a lot of time to collect information, even if he’d wanted to give it to me, which he ethically couldn’t. And then I thought back to a brief, unhappy year I’d spent at a state college in Berks County, Pennsylvania. It was my fallback school. (Can you imagine Bennington not wanting me?) A lot of the local population were Amish, of one denomination or another, the kind of folks tourists gawk at as they ride down the road in their horses and buggies. And, chances were good if you weren’t Amish, your people were Pennsylvania Dutch, descended

from a wave of 18th century German immigrants who came to that area from the Palatine in search of good farmland and an escape from the military drafts. I am descended on my mother’s side from Pennsylvania Germans, so Berks County wasn’t as fascinating for me as it was for my friends from Philadelphia and other, less rural areas who found the singsong accent and the ham-and-potato diet exotic. The college was located in a small town in the middle of nowhere, so there wasn’t much to do if you weren’t a member of the college “in” crowd or a townie. But a group of coeds found ourselves attracted to a secondhand bookstore run by a guy who was decidedly eccentric, even for that area. It was on the sleepy main street between a mom-and-pop grocery 9


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name, it is not of Native American derivation. It is believed to have been brought over to America by German immigrants who practiced folk-magic. “This little book includes healing spells, binding spells, protective spells, talismans, wards and benedictions. As for the home remedies, we don’t recommend you try any of them (e.g., if you have scurvy we suggest that you get some limes. And if your livestock are sick, please have a veterinarian look at them.) The text is also of historical interest, as it paints a vivid picture of the miseries of rural American life in the early nineteenth century. The original is very rare.”

Turns out the bible for the magical thinking sect was a pamphlet called Pow-Wows or, The LongLost Friend. Somewhere, I probably have a copy, buried deep in a box, deep in a closet, but happily, I found it online at a site called sacredtexts.com: “Written by a Pennsylvania Dutch healer in the 1820s, this book is a rambling collection of rural home remedies and folk invocations. Pow-wow is a unique creole of Christian theology and a shamanistic belief system. It is still practiced in some rural areas of Pennsylvania. In spite of the

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fish, this one should be quite useful:

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Take rose seed and mustard seed, and the foot of a weasel, and hang these in a net, and the fish will certainly collect there.

If you are calumniated or slandered to your very skin, to your very flesh, to your very bones, cast it back upon the false tongues. +++ Take off your shirt, and turn it wrong side out, and then run your two thumbs along your body, close under the ribs, starting at the pit of the heart down to the thighs.

Good luck getting a weasel to lend you a foot. Probably easier to buy a half- dozen peelers, but what do I know? Got a headache? Try this: CURE FOR THE HEADACHE Tame thou flesh and bone, like Christ in Paradise; and who will assist thee, this I tell thee [name] for your repentance sake. + + + This you must say three times, each time lasting for three minutes, and your headache will soon

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I’ll leave you with this, because who knew there were so many uses for peaches?

cease. But if your headache is caused by strong drink, or otherwise will not leave you soon, then you must repeat those words every minute. This, however, is not often necessary in regard to headache. This sounds to me as if it would give you a headache, but aspirin would be easier and take less memorizing and muttering. A better cure for a hangover is a Bloody Mary and a hot bath. Got yourself into a court date? All that backbiting and carousing wasn’t going to lead you into anything good, so here you are.

PEACHES The flower of the peach-tree, prepared like salad, opens the bowels, and is of use in the dropsy. Six or seven peeled kernels of the peach-stone, eaten daily, will ease the gravel; they are also said to prevent drunkenness, when eaten before meals. Whoever loses his hair should pound up peach kernels; mix them with vinegar, and put them on the bald place. The water distilled from peach flowers opens the bowels of infants and destroys their worms.

TO RETAIN THE RIGHT IN COURT AND COUNCIL Jesus Nazarenus, Rex Judeorum. First carry these characters with you, written on paper, and then repeat the following words: “I (name) appear before the house of the Judge. Three dead men look out of the window; one having no tongue, the other having no lungs, and the third was sick, blind and dumb.” This is intended to be used when you are standing before a court in your right, and the judge not being favorably disposed toward you. While on your way to the court you must repeat the benediction already given above.

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eroding for centuries as wind and wave and ice take their toll. But there’s a new ballgame now. Emerging climate science has documented an ominous acceleration of the sea level rise that formed the Chesapeake over thousands of years since the last Ice Age retreated. The latest sea level rise projections for the Chesapeake region are two feet or more by mid-century, and as much as six feet by century’s end. That’s a combination of higher water and sink ing land around the Bay. The threat still seems distant to most of the millions of Marylanders and Virginians along the Chesa-

I’m making a film in the Chesapeake Bay landscapes of my boyhood, posing for a close-up with ball and glove where sixty years ago I shagged flies out front of my dad’s fishing cabin. The camera backs away and I’m ass deep in salt water ~ this is where center field used to be. The tall piney woods around the long-gone cabin, thick enough I worried then about getting lost, are skeletal now, falling into the water. C i nematog rapher Dave Ha r p and I are longtime collaborators on Chesapeake projects and knew what we’d find. The great estuary’s 11,000 miles of tidal shoreline have been

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and needlerush, tidewater sparkling up through them, offer a boundless canvas for the romp of light, rippling to the wind’s passages beneath a horizon-spanning dome of sky. But Dorchester’s hundreds of thousands of acres of land, ranking fourth largest among Maryland’s 23 counties, will shrink to 14th by century’s end as nearly half the county turns to open water. A l r e a d y s c i e nt i s t s w i t h t h e Chesapeake Audubon Society are documenting severe declines in the county’s black rails and salt marsh sparrows, species that depend on t he highest and dr iest par ts of wetlands that are now growing soggier. Proliferating are red-headed woodpeckers, which enjoy the rapid expansion of dead forests.

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and ebbing. But “tide” in Dorchester is rich with meaning: school bus schedules and shopping trips revolve around it; emergency responders reposition ambulances, and property owners truck in soil on which to park their cars, grow vegetable gardens and install septic tanks. In the lower, southern portions of the county you can easier come by a bushel of crabs than a wheelbarrow load of dirt, Mike Draper, a recent home buyer near the tiny settlement of Crocheron, observed. We filmed as he jacked his house seven feet in the air and built a low dike around the yard while his son, Dan, prepared to fish tasty blue crabs from the tidal ditch along their road frontage.

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now it’s four times that, at least.” And while you can raise a house if you’ve got the money (it cost Draper about $38,000, including the new foundation), you can’t raise the long, lonely marsh roadways serving populations throughout the lowerlying half of Dorchester. At least, you can’t raise them easily. Dorchester has roads where the pavement is up to five feet thick ~ layer after layer applied, a couple inches at a time, as the road slowly sinks. The county has its own asphalt plant, “which has proven a good arrangement,” says Ricky Travers, the county council president. Every inch helps, says a county paving contractor. “Just a quarter inch or half an inch of tide over the

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come “Lake Blackwater” as thousands of acres of marshes have turned to open water. The refuge, sinking in the center, has been expanding outward, acquiring wetlands up other county river systems 20 miles or more from their headquarters. Along with Chesapeake Audubon and other par tners, Black water N WR has also recently pumped sediments from the river channel across some 40 acres of wetlands in a pilot project to raise the marsh by about half a foot. Results to date indicate this can restore habitat and buy a few decades of reprieve from sinking. Dave and I, along with filmmaker Sandy Cannon Brown, began this film to educate people to the threats of climate change; but it became an education for us in how science might better communicate such complex information to local citizens. We knew going in that phrases like “global warming,” “sea level rise” and “post glacial rebound (the sinking of lands around the Bay)” would never pass the lips of most of our interviewees. A woman whose family took my late wife and me fishing nets at 4 a.m. on our first date (she married me anyway) stubbornly refused to go on camera. Eventually, she said what was on her mind: it would be too easy for us to “put me between two PhDs and make me look like a fool.” Besides, “I just hate how the media puts fear in our hearts,

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complicate my journalistic attempts at simple explanations of what’s happening on the Chesapeake, I turn to “Dr. Tide.” Bill Boicourt is an oceanographer emeritus with the University of Maryland and a lifelong kayaking buddy.

talking about the land sinking and humans changing the climate.” We talked some more, and she gave us an inter v iew about how forests that once blocked her view of her church were gone now, about how the tide seemed to come over the land so much more frequently. Many other people just did not want to get into the notion of the seas rising; but yes, erosion did seem to have gotten worse than ever, some said. Many are watermen, the Chesapeake term for commercial fisherman. They believe what they see, focus on where to fish tomorrow, not on the century ahead. “They’re not wrong about erosion. It’s happening very quickly and it is very noticeable,” said Mike Scott, an environmental hazards expert in the geography depar tment at Salisbury University, one county over from Dorchester. “Sea level rise at this point, unlike erosion, is happening very slowly. . . slight enough up to now that it’s actually very difficult to measure unless you’re taking very precise measurements.” But the two processes are not separate, Scott explains. R ising seas make erosion worse, and the former is accelerating dramatically as melting glaciers in places like Antarctica have begun augmenting thermal expansion of the oceans. Whenever I want a scientist to

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says, “if we can get hold of this in the next five to seven years, we have time to fix it that way. If we wait, then we will be in crisis mode and things are going to have to happen in a very shocking and upsetting way.” The county recently revised its building codes to require higher elevations for new building in floodprone areas. It’s just a start. The county is partnering with university anthropologists to better understand community perceptions of climate risk, says Anna Sierra, Dorchester’s Emergency Services director. The biggest challenge, she says, is that “people are so tied to their culture and history here. . . incredibly proud of it, and they should be. Dorchester is a story of survival and adaptability to storms and f looding since the 1600s. “It’s very challenging to recognize. . . long term, it may all be inundated.”

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by Bonna L. Nelson cal temperatures hit the 90s with 14 hours of daylight. We cruised south through downwardly spiraling temperatures, all the way to 20 degrees with snow and 20 hours of daylight in Antarctica. We donned bathing suits, sunscreen and f lip f lops in Argentina and thermal underwear, down jackets, hats and gloves for the icy continent of Antarctica. It was an

My husband, John, and I began our journey with a robust bottle of Argentinian malbec, a delicious grass-fed steak and a sultry tango. To our delight, the great adventure ended much the same way. We embarked on our 5,000-mile round-trip adventure in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The subtropi-

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South American Adventure adventure of contrasts in climate, geography and wildlife, and even in spirituality and emotions. Buenos Aires (BA), our driver informed us, means “good air.” For as long as anyone can remember, its residents have been called portenos, or “people of the port.” Established in 1526, the Argentinian capital is a sprawling metropolis of almost 2,000 square miles and more than 13 million people. Situated on the caramel-colored R io de la Plata estuary, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean, BA is glamorous and gritty, historic and sensual, modern yet charming--called by many the “Paris of South America.”

Buenos Aires skyline. Smaller, but just as attractive is its sister city to the northeast, Montevideo (MVD), the capital of Uruguay, settled in 1724. The city is home to more than 1.3 million people and is also situated on the Rio de la Plata. Unlike BA, which is 150 miles from the Atlantic Ocean,

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rhythms of their mother countries when entertaining or spending time with ladies of the night. The haunting dance of passion and soul was accompanied by music and lyrics about nostalgia, loneliness, lust and betrayal. The sensuous dance is simultaneously suggestive and aggressive. Eventually the dance captivated hig h societ y in bot h cit ies a nd later was the rage in the European capitals. As we witnessed at the La Ventana Theater, our first stop after arriving in BA, the dance has become the language of BA and MVD dance shows for tourists and locals with elegantly costumed men and women accompanied by piano, bandoneon (similar to an accordion),

M V D is located direct ly on t he Atlantic, and its modern skyline is fronted by beautiful sandy beaches. The two cities are just 2-1/4 hours apar t across the 100 -mile-w ide Rio de la Plata estuary, one of the widest estuaries in the world, by hydrofoil ferr yboat. Most locals that we encountered in both cities spoke English and accepted US dollars and credit cards. Both cities have retained historic architectural f lavor in older districts and in artists’ enclaves. BA and MVD disagree over who invented the passionate, rhythmic dance, the tango, the essence of Latin style. Though tango dancers now attend academies to learn the intricate steps, the dance originated in the slums, bordellos and cafÊs of BA and MVD in the 1880s. Mediterranean, Eastern European and West African immigrants brought their music, dances and cultures to the two cities. In the evenings, after hard days of labor, workers created new music and movements from the

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la Plata and Delta and Tigre rivers the next day exposed us to how portenos spend their time outside of the city. The Delta and Tigre are a lush maze of narrow waterways lined with villas, cottages, gardens and beaches built on islands. No roads connect the laby rinths of rivers and islands to the city in this 1920s-era residential and vacation area. All transport of people, mail and goods are accomplished by boat. Portenos smiled and waved to us from beaches and boat piers as we passed water taxis, small motor boats and kayakers. Our tour boat docked at the town of Tigre, named after the South American tiger, the jaguar, also a vacation destination by boat or car.

impressive performance. Soloists, colorfully dressed folk dancers and a gaucho rope dancer also provided entertainment. At the richly decorated historic La Ventana, we were also initiated into the Argentinian malbec wine, steak and chicken tradition. Malbec lovers before we traveled to Argentina, we found that the red wine tasted richer and fuller in the countr y where the grapes are grown and the wines are vinted. The grass-fed meat and poultry were tender, sweet and juicy. John, a steak lover, said Argentinian beef was the best he has ever eaten. A two-hour cruise on the Rio de

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Thirteen days later, after cruising to Antarctica, my seventh continent, and back, we docked at the MVD port and toured the city, noticing the similarities to BA: green spaces, parks, high rise buildings, w ide avenues and a main plaza encircled by government buildings. Both cities’ main plazas included bronze sculptures of historic figures surrounded by lawns and benches, and both have named their tree-lined main avenues af ter their day of independence from Spain, such as BA’s Avenida 9 de Julio, one of the widest avenues in the world but still mostly clogged with traffic. Both cities worship the florid, in-

A large amusement park overlooked the Tigre River and the marina. We enjoyed empanadas, a local dish of baked pastry pockets with various fillings, at Restaurant Vivanco before exploring the town markets and boarding a van to the colonial site of San Isidro, where we stopped for an interior visit in the beautiful neo-gothic cathedral. San Isidro still retains its traditional colonial architecture with pink and salmon colored villas, black wrought iron balconies and lush gardens, in contrast to the modern skyline of BA, to which we returned for dinner and wine at the best wood-grilled steak house (parrilla) in the city, Calden del soho.

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of the tango’s history and evolution between dances. Finally, we stopped at an MVD market to buy souvenirs. Our guide recommended purchasing a mate set. Mate, pronounced “MAH-teh,” is a popular traditional beverage in both sister cities, a pastime shared with friends and family. The bittertasting yerba mate herbal brew is sipped communally at all hours. The brew is made in a gourd-shaped container. The one I purchased is actually a small, hollow pumpkin r i m med i n si lver. Hot water i s poured over the dried, chopped herbs, and the caffeinated beverage is sipped through a f iltered metal straw. We disembarked from the cruise early on the last day for a tour of BA, a tour of an estancia (cattle ranch) and lunch in the Argentinian Pampas before an airport drop-off for the eleven-hour f light plus six hours of waiting, transferring and driving home. The trip home provided ample time for us to reflect on the magnificence of our adventure. A tour of cosmopolitan BA’s cultural touchstones included the city center, “El Centro,” and the 220-ft obelisk, “El Obelisco,” a symbol of the city and site of historic events. We strolled through Recoleta, a va st, wa l led c emeter y c omplex w it h b e aut i f u l m au s oleu m s of granite and bronze adorned with sculptures. The most famous tomb at Recoleta houses the remains of

tense, dramatic tango. After touring the vibrant, eclectic MVD city center, its iconic landmarks including an obelisk, government buildings, soccer stadium, stat uar y and a coastal beach drive, we stopped at the Primuseum. The restored historic home houses an antique collection that form part of the story and culture of MVD. We were treated to a tango performance while sipping wine in the intimate setting. A dazzling couple performed the intricate tango steps accompanied by a pianist, a bandoneón player and a storyteller who shared the story

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Argentina’s favorite first lady, Eva (Evita) Duarte Peron. Our final destination before the airport was the Argentinian Pampas. The usually lush and verdant grasslands were dusty and dry on that hot, humid day, but that didn’t diminish the excitement of experiencing South America’s wild west on an estancia. We were greeted with music and beverages and entertained with dances including the tango and the milonga. Handsome John was invited twice to dance the milonga with a lovely señorita, a dance similar to the tango, though thankfully for him, he said, slower and more relaxed. Estancia-produced steaks and chicken were gr illed over open wood-fueled fires and served by local gauchos with grilled vegetables and malbec. A f ter the asado, a typical Argentinian barbecue, music and more dancing, the gauchos demonstrated their horsemanship and ranching skills. Cows, sheep, horses, ducks and peacocks roamed freely on the ranch as we ended our last day of summer adventure in the Southern Hemisphere before returning home to the chilly winter up north.

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After the first hour, baste the ham every 15 minutes with orangehoney glaze. Garnish before serving. HAM with APRICOTS Serves 4 1 15-oz. can apricot halves 3/4 cup chicken broth 1/4 cup sugar 3 T. Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) 2 T. butter 1 lb. cooked ham, cut into strips 1 green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/4 cup chicken broth Hot cooked rice

1/2 t. ground nutmeg 1 t. ground cinnamon 1 7-9 lb. smoked, fully cooked, whole boneless ham Whole cloves Garnishes: 2 oranges, sliced Sprigs of rosemary Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Remove 1/4 cup of the mixture and combine with the cornstarch, stirring until smooth. Add the cornstarch mixture back to the orange juice mixture in the saucepan, stirring until smooth. Add mustard, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from heat. Score fat on ham in a diamond pattern, and stud with cloves. Place ham, fat side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2 hours or until the meat thermometer registers 140°.

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Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Draws Musicians from Across U.S. by Amy Steward

Five world-class ensembles will compete for one of the world’s largest chamber music prizes at the upcoming 2018 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, to be held at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton on April 7 starting at 1 p.m. The applicant trios, quartets and quintets represent a wide range of instrumental combinations: winds, strings, brass and mixed instruments, including percussion, as well as some of the finest young professional chamber music performers in the world. This year’s ensembles include District5 of Washington, DC; Merz Trio of New York City; Sapphirus Quartet of Ann Arbor, MI; Trio Jinx of Baltimore, and Trio St. Bernard of Taos, NM. The average age of an ensemble must be under 31, and some have included members as young as 21. The finalists will compete for the Lerman Gold Medal prize of $10,000 and the Silver Medal prize of $5,000. This biennial Competition is sponsored by Chesapeake Music. District5 (district5quintet.org) is a daring wind quintet that specializes in new music and new transcriptions.

District5 Quintet They are recipients of a 2016 CMA Classical Commissioning Grant with composer Evis Sammoutis. District5 has recently performed at the U.S. Department of State, Library of Congress, Barns at Wolf Trap, DC Kosciusko Foundation and the Washington Arts Club and frequently collaborate with composers and other ensembles. Trio Jinx (triojinxmusic.com) has been hailed as “turning the classical concert into a jam session” by KTEP radio broadcaster Dennis Woo. While classical at its core, the trio brings double bass, viola and flute into a distinctive sound world that is orchestral in scope and draws from elements of folk, jazz and improvisation. Its members are 69

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Recognition Award at the 2017 Plowman Competition and was a finalist for a 2017 Tarisio Young Artists Grant for their show Macbeth. In 2018, Merz Trio travels to Melbourne, Australia, as one of eight trios selected to compete in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Merz Trio’s

Trio Jinx graduates of Peabody Institute and are proud to call Baltimore their musical and artistic home. Merz Trio (merztrio.com) is a collaboration between a pianist, violinist and cellist. The trio received the Judges’ Special

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Hsin-Yun Huang. Trio St. Bernard is proudly named after the Hotel St. Bernard in the Taos Ski Valley, where the Taos School of Music has been hosted every year since its inception in 1963. A preliminary judges’ panel of eight notable musicians headed by J. Lawrie Bloom, founder and artistic director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, pared the field of applicants to five finalists in a blind review of applicant CD submissions. The five finalists will be judged by Marcy Rosen, founding member of the world-renowned Mendelssohn String Quartet and artistic director of Chesapeake Chamber Music; Tara Helen O’Connor, founding member of the Naumburg Awardwinning New Millennium Ensemble and head of the wind department at Purchase College Conservatory of Music; and Thomas Sauer, pianist and founder and director of the Mannes Beethoven Institute

projects promote dialogue between seemingly disparate musics, texts and artifacts.

Sapphirus Quartet Sapphirus Quartet of Ann Arbor, MI, was formed at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Prizewinners at the 2017 Dale and Nancy Briggs Chamber Music Competition, the Sapphirus Quartet increasingly aims to push the boundaries of what it means to be a classical saxophone quartet through new music performances and premieres, while still remaining true to the saxophone’s 20th century French and European roots. Formed at the Taos School of Music, Trio St. Bernard (triostbernard.com) has gained acclaim for their creative and energized performance of the piano trio repertoire and their visionary programming of original arrangements. The trio was ensemble-in-residence at the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, where they performed with violist

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at Mannes College and a faculty member of both Vassar College and Mannes College, as well as a prodigious performer. The audience attending the Competition on April 7 will also have an opportunity to judge each ensemble at the end of each concert. The winner of that judging will receive the Audience Choice Award, announced along with the Gold and Silver Prizes at the end of the evening. Free public concerts will be held on Sunday, April 8 and will include Trio Jinx at 1 p.m. at Temple B’nai Israel in Easton; Sapphirus Quartet at 2 p.m. at Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford; District5 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Easton; and Merz Trio at 4 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge. Tickets to the Chamber Music Competition are $12 per person and free to students. Tickets will be sold at the door at the Avalon Theatre on April 7, beginning no later than 12:30 p.m. The program starts at 1 p.m. For more information, visit ChesapeakeChamberMusicComp etition.org or call the Chesapeake Music office at 410-819-0380. The Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition is underwritten by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council and private benefactors. 74



Something New in Easton by Peter Arnold

A communit y on t he Easter n Shore has such faith in the future that it is building a new house of worship. Although many members of t he c ong r e gat ion a r e you ng families, most congregants are ages 60 and above. What’s more, the new building, designed primarily for religious and educational activities, has major areas available for use by members of the wider community. Temple B’nai Israel, a Reform congregation located Mid-Shore in Easton, is completing construction of the new 9,400-square-foot syna-

gogue for its 200-member congregation. Its new full name is Temple B’nai Israel, The Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore, and it will offer a greater variety of religious and cultural programs for the congregation and the surrounding area. “Our new synagogue w ill give u s a n e w h o r i z o n w i t h m aj o r opportunities to better serve our members, and we w ill welcome every Jew on the Eastern Shore as part of our family,” says Rabbi Peter Hyman. “We will also enhance our

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passion for teaching, a deep love of Torah and a commitment to sharing the wisdom and beauty of Judaism. Among many awards, Rabbi Hyman has received the Belin Award for Outreach Program Excellence from the Union of Reform Judaism and the Silver Buffalo Distinguished Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America. According to Temple President A r na Me yer Mickelson, “O u r s y na gog ue i s a ne w home t hat w i l l c a r r y for w a rd t he h i s tor y and stories of Temple B’nai Israel as we create t he new stor ies of this warm, inclusive, progressive Jewish community. Our members include individuals and families with inter-faith marriages, varied religious experiences, alternative sex ua l or ient at ion a nd d iver se ethnic backgrounds.” “People are extremely welcoming at Temple B’nai Israel,” says Susan K oh , c h a i r of t he memb er sh ip committee. “Over the years, I have found that while some people join for worship, many join to make friends and build community.” As rare as it is to construct a new house of worship, there is something else distinctive about the new Temple B’na i I sr ael. T he c ong r egat ion raised $6 million, sufficient funds to pay for the building, the land and an endowment, leaving no debt. “This way, Temple B’nai Israel w i l l g ive even more opt ions to enrich family life and support the

leadership position whereby we are woven into the fabric of Easton and nearby communities.” Rabbi Hy man is the spiritual le ade r of Temple B’n a i I sr ae l . He graduated f rom the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1980, and he has also received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College. Before becoming the first full-time Rabbi at Temple B’nai Israel in 2007, he ser ved congregations in Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida. T he R abbi i s i nvolve d i n a l l a s p e c t s of s y n a go g ue l i fe a nd communit y relat ions. He ha s a



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These include inter faith shelter pr o g r a m s , i nter f a it h Pa s s over Seders, inter faith Thanksgiv ing services, a Yom Kippur Food Drive, and lunches for shut-ins. There are spir it ua l, cult ura l, educational and social experiences t hroug hout t he yea r, includ ing communal celebrations of holidays and festivals. T he temple w i l l c ont i nue to offer an exciting variety of adult educational programs for temple members and the wider community. These include the Susan and Barry Koh Lecture Series held weekly in February; the Hal Israel Lecture Series running each spring; as well as a Summer Institute, a film series and book discussions, too. Rabbi Peter Hyman will continue to teach weekly classes of Torah study. R abbi Hy ma n a l so le ad s t he Confirmation Class. Says one high school member of this class, “Rabbi Hy man is t he coach who keeps pushing me to be better.” Another comments, “I love the way the Rabbi discusses things.” A third teen says, “Even if some stories from the Bible might not be entirely true, they have impact and meaning. And it’s important to keep traditions alive.” Evaluating the value of these se ssions for him, a not her hig h school st udent states, “I li ke getting answers to my questions.” And one parent who observes the Conf irmation class adds, “A f ter class, I discuss everything with my

Jewish presence in the Mid-Shore, while we continue to have no fees to attend High Holy Day services,” says Meyer Mickelson. Among the many reasons to build a new synagogue are the temple’s growth in both membership and programming. These include worship services, where men and women participate equally in a blend of Hebrew and English using both t r ad it ion a l a nd c ontemp or a r y melodies that help congregants feel at home. The religious school program educates children in the traditions, practices, language, histor y and values of the Jewish faith. In addition, members practice extensive community outreach and participate in social action events.

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needs of the wider community.” Temple B’nai Israel was founded in Easton in 1951 and built its first sy nagogue at West Earl Avenue i n 19 5 2 . T h e o p e n i n g d a y s o f celebration for the new synagogue at 7199 Tristan Drive in Easton will be June 8, 9 and 10, 2018. For more information about the synagogue, i nc lud i ng t he w or sh ip s e r v ic e schedule and calendar of events, please visit www.bnaiisraeleaston. org or Temple B’nai Israel Easton on Facebook.

husband, who is not religious.” Frank Mendich was president of the Temple through two years of the building program, and he continues to be chair of the building committee. He says, “I really have enjoyed the construction process with Willow Construction of Easton as our partner. I also believe Levin/ Brow n, our Baltimore-based architect, has done an outstanding job of creating a utilitarian plan t h at i s a l s o a e s t h e t i c a l l y a nd architecturally pleasing.” Me ye r M ic ke l s on s ay s , “ T he new Temple B’na i Israel i s t he result of an effort by this Jewish communit y to create a building that is as useful as it is beautiful for our own needs and also for the


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April is the Cruelest Month crops in the vegetable garden. I know, the big box stores have them out for sale, but it is still too early to plant them in the ground. Although the air temperatures are warm, the soil is still cool, especially if it remains wet. Put off planting those transplants until early May. Even then you need to be prepared to protect them from a late frost. Cool season crops like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage transplants can be planted in mid- to late April. You might want to protect them from hard frosts with plastic milk jugs as “hot caps.” Remove the bottom inch of a plastic jug so that the sides are straight. Then cut around the jug below the

T. S. Elliot once wrote in his poem The Waste Land ~ “April is the cruelest month....” He was not referring to gardening, however, but to a person’s depression compared with the arrival of life in the spring. For us gardeners, April can cause us some consternation of our own ~ nice warm weather one day and nasty wet weather the next. We are anxious to get out into the landscape and start planting, but sometimes the weather just doesn’t cooperate. Be of good cheer, fellow gardeners ~ Spring has arrived! There is a lot to do, but don’t rush the season. Resist the urge to plant those tomato, eggplant and pepper plants and other warm-season


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and many different types of greens in early to mid-April. Speaking of beets ~ did you know that they originated around the Mediterranean? Having declared 2018 the Year of the Beet, the National Garden Bureau has some interesting information on this root crop. Beets come in red, but there are yellow and orange beets, and even a white beet named Avalanche. Yellow, orange and white beets are milder in taste than the traditional red beet, if you dislike the “earthy” taste. Some of the yellow and red beet varieties like Touchstone Gold and Chioggia Guardsmark have white rings internally. Beets are easy to grow. Just remember that each beet “seed” really contains 2 to 4 seeds, so you will need to thin the beets ~ eventually ~ to 3 inches apart. An added benefit is that you can eat the green leaves. As you thin the seedlings, don’t throw away the leaves, but add them to a salad. The warm weather we experienced earlier in the year caused some of the daffodils to

handle, leaving a half-inch uncut piece under the handle as a hinge. Place the jug over the seedling, pushing it deep into the soil, with the handle toward the prevailing wind. This reduces the chance of it blowing open. The jug serves as a hot cap to guard against frost, a translucent shield to prevent sunscald, and a wind barrier. When the plant is well established, the top can be folded back during the day and flipped into place when needed at night. When all danger of frost is past, cut off the top hinge, leaving the bottom to provide a reservoir for watering. You can still seed other cool season crops like peas, carrots, beets and other root vegetables,



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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 dorchesterhistory.org.


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Dorchester Points of Interest 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide 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. maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/tubman_visitorcenter.aspx. 100


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 www.fws.gov/blackwater. 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 http://eastnewmarket.us. 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 www.viennamd.org. 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 www.laytonschance.com. 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 www.restorehandsell.org. 102

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

Easton Points of Interest now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit waterfowlfestival.org. 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 academyartmuseum.org. 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 ments and updates, but none as extensive as the restoration project which began in September 2014. For service times contact 410-822-2677 or christchurcheaston.org. 9. TALBOT HISTORICAL SOCIET Y - Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. For more info. tel: 410822-0773 or visit hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times.

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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 trinitycathedraleaston.com. 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 l.org. 21. U. of M. SHORE MEDICAL CENTER AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s as the Memorial Hospital, now a member of


University of Maryland Shore Regional Health System. For more info. tel: 410-822-100 or visit umshoreregional.org. 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. thirdhaven.org. 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 pickeringcreek.org. 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. LODGE AT PERRY CABIN - Located on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course - Links at Perry Cabin. For more info. visit www. belmond.com/inn-at-perry-cabin-st-michaels/. (Now under renovation) 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 www.milesriveryc.org. 4. INN AT PERRY CABIN BY BELMOND - 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 www.belmond.com/inn-at-perry-cabin-st-michaels/. 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. parsonage-inn.com. 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 www.cbmm.org 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 www.thecrabclaw.com. 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 www.patriotcruises.com 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 www.victorianainn.com. 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 www.hambletoninn.com. 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. www.snuggery1665.com. 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 would

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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 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 www.twoswaninn.com. 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 www.oldbrickinn.com. 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. 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: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 25. GR ANITE LODGE #177 - Located on St. Mary’s Square, Granite Lodge was built in 1839. The building stands on the site of the first Methodist Church in St. Michaels on land donated to the Methodists by James Braddock in 1781. Between then and now, the building has served variously as a church, schoolhouse and as a storehouse for muskrat skins. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, 126


St. Michaels Points of Interest constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 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. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, and providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts. For more info. visit classicmotormuseum.org. 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 30. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - This 1.3 mile paved walkway winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.


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Oxford Points of Interest cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 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 www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 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. www.holytrinityoxfordmd.org. 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 www.oxfordmuseummd.org. 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

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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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Many years ago, I published a weekly “newspaper” for the people on and around Tilghman’s Island. Lots of us come-heres were moving in just a s t he Bay ha r ve st wa s declining, putting pressure on the island’s way of life. Not wanting to see this fine community break up into little neighborhoods where folks know only their closest neighbors, like in the city, I got to wondering what might help to bring us together. Not that the deep differences in our respective cultures could ever be eliminated, you understand, but I wondered how they might be bridged. One way people come to know and develop regard for one another is by working together on something. They might help with some project, or join one of our civic organizations, like the fire company or the church. The retirees living here full time could do that, if they knew how they might help and whom to contact. But many of the good folks buying property here were not full-time residents. As weekenders, they lacked a good way of knowing what was going on around town. Not knowing which weekends to come down, they missed out on a lot. Actually, many of us who did live here full time weren’t always

“in the loop,” either. Too often, we found out about events after they happened. (“Say what? Bird Dog and the Road Kings were at the fire hall last night? Aw, shoot!”) I began wonder ing if a sma ll newspaper would prove useful. Not everybody would be interested in all the local happenings, of course, but if they didn’t have news of them, then they didn’t really have the option. Our local organizations needed more public support, but without a regular, convenient and inexpensive communication tool, it was difficult for them to reach out effectively. What would it take to produce a newspaper myself? How much time would be involved? A daily would be far too much work and wasn’t needed any way. A monthly paper would lack that “bulletin” immediacy that seemed necessary to keep people up-to-date. I consulted several local people. Most were dumbfounded t hat I would attempt such a thing and just looked at me like I had a screw loose. Others worried that it couldn’t work unless I took in paid advertising, which I really wanted to avoid. A few people expressed downright concern: “Oh, man, you’ll get your taste buds shot off!” Most people


Sook: And Ye Shall Find just blinked, however, and reserved judg ment on whate ver I m ig ht produce. With such encouragement, I decided to tr y doing a week ly one-pager. So, firing up my laptop, humbly I leaped into the breach. On Friday, October 29, 2004, the community awoke (well, everyone but me had been up at daw n, or earlier) to discover copies of a new publication lying about in various locations. It was just a single 8½-by-11 sheet of paper, printed on both sides, in black ink only, to reduce cost. However, the paper we selected was a cheerful yellow, both to make it more eye-catching and to hint at yellow journalism. I called it the Island Flyer, as a little play on the word “flier” but also a tribute to those wonderfully swift log canoes for which Tilghman’s Island is still so justly proud. The banner had the name, a photo of Sidney Covington’s 1892 Island Blossom, a one-line statement of purpose, some contact information and the good news that the publication was free of charge. It looked like this:

The very first news item was this: “IN TRODUCTION. The purpose of this f lyer is to help residents of Tilghman’s Island learn about events of interest.” That pretty much said it all. Because the paper was intended for residents more than visitors, it focused on the activities of local organizations: the school, churches, fire company and, later, the environmental center and museum. In case you’re curious, the weekly cycle went like this. As information came in and articles were drafted, they were dumped into a two-column Word document that got longer and longer, like a sausage. When Thursday rolled around, the items were arranged and the sausage was snipped off at the right point, saving the rest of the material for possible use in a later issue. Then I stepped into a phone booth, doffed my civvies and became Pressman! Typically, we ran 600 impressions, 300 sheets printed on both sides. We purchased the 24-pound yellow paper by the case, and ink came from low-cost online sources; each issue ran about $25 for supplies.






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Sook: And Ye Shall Find Here’s how those expenses were covered. Actually, it was a rather si mple bu si ne s s model: People handed me money. Friends and neig hbor s, somet i me s people I didn’t know, began donating money “to keep the Island Flyer going.” The amounts ranged from $5 to $100, and not one donor asked to be identified by name. Nevertheless, I made a c a ref u l rec ord of t he n a me s a nd t he a mou nt s. E ac h issue of the Island Flyer carried a little boxed reference to these donations, acknowledging the gifts that sponsored the paper. Here’s one from June, 2007:

Below the box is one of my OOPS items, indicating that mistakes sometimes were made ~ and invariably pointed out by sharpeyed readers. Distributing the Island Flyer was fun. Each Friday morning, I would drive Susan around from place to place and she would run in with the new issue. Issues were dated from Saturday to the following Friday,

so presenting them a day early was just right to remind readers of the events of the upcoming weekend. The number of copies eventually reached 350 by mid-summer, of which 250 went into a stand in the Tilghman Post Office. In less than an hour, we were back home, having laid yet another issue at the feet of an unsuspecting public. After a few months, two friends made it possible to reach out to the weekenders living elsewhere. Our neighbor John Wilkins generously of fered ded ic ated spac e on h is company’s computer in New Jersey. Thereafter, a PDF copy of the Island Flyer was e-mailed to him every Thursday evening while the hard copies were coming off the press. Another friend, Wilson Roe, who maintained a website dedicated to the Tilghman’s Island Volunteer Fire Company and its doings, put an Island Flyer “button” on his home page. Magically, the Island Flyer went online ~ for weekenders and the world at large ~ and at no cost. The Island Flyer caught the eye of another friend, Barbara Reisert, who liked the idea so much that she launched a similar paper for her neighbors in Claiborne Village. She called it the Claiborne Clarion and proudly showed me a copy. I felt like a daddy! Now, here’s the point of all this background. Space in the Island Flyer was limited to 32 column-


inches: two 7-inch columns on the front and two 9-inch columns on the back. It looked like this:

You won’t be surprised to learn that the formatting didn’t always work out neatly. Sometimes I had nothing that would fill those last few inches of a column. Being of Scottish extraction, I couldn’t just leave them blank, now could I? So I would look around for “fillers.” Now, I like jokes ~ those little fictional stories with funny endings ~ so I began putting a few silly jokes into the Island Flyer to fill those spare column-inches. They weren’t original, mind you. I shamelessly ripped them off from anywhere. My only contribution was to put them into an Eastern Shore context. And that led quickly to Jimmy Sook. (It is common knowledge around these par ts, but in case y o u’ v e f o r g o t t e n o r a r e f r o m Wyom i ng , a m a le blue c r ab i s c a lled a jimmy and a fema le is called a sook.) My Jimmy Sook was a waterman, a nice guy with a rather interesting family. It was all just for fun and helped fill the excess space. Most jokes were chosen because they were real “groaners,” and the bigger the groan, the better. People I’d meet during the week would complain, “Man, that joke this week was really awful!” “Oh, did you think so?”I would reply with pleasure. Hey, at least someone was reading the rag, despite the dumb jokes. Regrettably, the Island Flyer is no more. On March 26, 2010, after five and a half years and 333 issues,


Sook: And Ye Shall Find I wrapped it up as suddenly as it began. The last item was a little poem by Rachel Field, entitled If Once You Have Slept On An Island. Ma ny e x pre s se d d i smay at t he demise of the paper, but no one took it on. Happily, after a time, the Tilghman Waterman’s Museum began a biweekly bulletin called What’s Happenin’? which serves to keep people infor med about upcoming events. By the way, the Claibor ne Clar ion out lived t he Island Flyer. I am pleased to report that it was used recently to gauge v i l la ge supp or t for a p otent ia l stormwater management project. May it continue to serve.

Now, although the Island Flyer disappeared utterly and without war ning, Jimmy Sook wouldn’t go away quite so easily. As early as 2007, a booklet appeared with the preposterous title of SOOK: And Ye Shall Find. The front cover identif ied it as “Nonsense from the first three years of the Island Flyer.” Well, who was I to interfere? A second edition of that booklet is still available in a ll t he best nautical bookstores on Tilghman’s Island. Here, then ~ although you really haven’t done anything to deserve such shabby treatment ~ are a few samples from that little pamphlet. Jimmy often isn’t the funny one in these gags. More of ten, he is

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the “straight man.” He observes or comments or asks questions. In this one, however, it’s Jimmy who pulls the trigger. IT’S GOOD TO BE PRECISE Down to the store, the law yer f rom Si lver Spr i ng, Br ad le y V. Hick le, he a rd t he boy s t a l k i ng about some Indian spear points and stone tools that sometimes turn up along the shore on the Bay side. “Does anyone know the age of those artifacts?” he asked. Jimmy Sook looked up. “Reckon I do,” he said.“They’re 12,507 years old.” “Is that so!” exclaimed Hickle. “How c an t hey be dated so precisely?”

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Sook: And Ye Shall Find HOW’S THAT AGAIN? After the big BBQ, Shirlene Sook complained that Jimmy didn’t seem to like her family. “Now, Shirlene, that’s not fair. I don’t hate your relatives,” replied Jimmy. “In fact, I like your motherin-law lots better than I like mine.” HUH? Jimmy Sook asked Arly to check in the newspaper for tomorrow’s weather forecast. “Man, I can’t figure this out!” exclaimed Arly. “It says it’s going to be twice as cold tomorrow as it was today.” “So? How cold was it today?” “Zero.” JIMMY SLEEPS ON HIS BOAT AGAIN Jimmy Sook’s mother-in-law, Melfa Bivalve, was on the Island all last week, visiting with her daughter Shirlene and grandson Oswald. S h i r l e n e ’s m o m i n s i s t e d o n preparing the Friday night dinner, even though cook ing had never been her strong suit. As they began eating, the family offered polite compliments on the meal. Smiling, Miss Melfa nodded and said, “Yes, I reckon the two things I cook best are meat loaf and apple pie.” “Which one is this?” asked Jimmy.

Ji m my ’s w i fe Sh i rlene m ade regular appearances. She was a hardworking gal, sometimes waiting tables at the Bridge Restaurant. A good wife and mother, Shirlene was always looking out for her family. SHIRLENE SOOK GETS STEAMED Shirlene Sook marched into the Church Annex last week to speak with Miss Ida, the Sunday School teacher. “Hello, Shirlene. How can I help you?” “Well, Miss Ida, I don’t mean to tell you how to teach your Sunday School class, but I really don’t like what I heard from my son Oswald. “Why, what did he say, dear?” “He said you were teaching them about a constipated cross-eyed bear. Well, I mean! That just doesn’t seem right to me!” declared Shirlene, looking a bit f lushed.


“O h my,” l au g he d M i s s Id a . “You’re quite right. It is all wrong. The title of our lesson was The Consecrated Cross I Bear.” A SURPRISING CURE Shirlene Sook was pretty riled. “Doctor,” she demanded. “Why in the world did you tell my mother she was pregnant when she came to you for help? She’s really upset. After all, my mom is 58 years old!” “But do e s she s t i l l h ave t he hiccups?” ALWAYS HELPFUL A s t he y d r o ve o ve r K n app’s Na r row s br idge, Dr. P it t P r iv y and his wife Buffy (of Bethesda) disagreed about how to pronounce

the name of the Island. “It’s called TILIGman, I believe,” said Pitt. “ No, I ’m q u i t e s u r e i t ’s ‘TILGman’,” insisted Buffy, as they pulled into the Bridge Restaurant on the island side of the Narrows for lunch. When Shirlene Sook handed them their menus, Buffy asked, “Could you settle an argument for us, my dear? Would you please pronounce where we are, very slowly?” Shirlene leaned dow n and s a i d , “ S u r e , h o n e y. W e s a y ‘Brrrrrriiiiidddggge.’” One of our favorite characters was Jimmy’s cousin Arly, a pleasant fe l low w ho a lw ay s t r ie d to b e helpful. A rly had real dif f icult y

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WELL, IF IT WORKS “Was that you I saw out jogging the other day?” asked Jimmy Sook. “Yep. My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life,” replied Cousin Arly. “How’s that working out for you?” “Man, I think he was right. I feel ten years older already!”

holding a job, however, from which a whole series of jokes flowed. Later, he took to writing children’s books (he called it “kiddy lit”), though he often hit the nail on the thumb. COUSIN ARLY’S JOB TROUBLES J i m m y S o o k h e a r d t h at h i s Cousin Arly was out of work again. “I thought he just got a new job over to the muffler shop. What happened?” Jimmy asked his Uncle Hurlock. “Ji m, he sa id it wa s ju st too exhausting.”

MORE JOB TROUBLES J i m m y S o o k h e a r d t h at h i s Cousin Arly was out of work again. “What happened to his job at the orange juice factor y?” he asked Uncle Hurlock. “Well, Jim, he got canned. They said he just couldn’t concentrate.” ARLY THE AUTHOR “Say, Arly,” asked Jimmy Sook. “H ave y ou got t e n a ny of y ou r children’s books published?” Cousin Arly looked a bit glum. “Not yet. But I got a new one that I think will go real good.” “Oh? What’s it called?” asked Jimmy Sook. “It’s called Pop! Goes the Gerbil, and Other Great Microwave Games.”

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Jimmy and Shirlene’s t welveyear-old son was named Oswald. (Don’t ask; it was a name f rom S h i r l e n e ’s f a m i l y.) H e w a s a go o d k id , t houg h some t i me s mischievous. Occasionally, Oswald asked awkward questions. POINT OF INFORMATION T he m i n i s ter s to o d w it h h i s arms wide, a rapturous look on his upturned face. Fervently he said, “Oh, Lord! Without you, we are but dust!” Young Oswald Sook turned to his mother Shirlene and asked, in a loud whisper, “Mom, what’s butt dust?” Church was pretty much over at that point.

SCHOOL DAZE At dinner, when Shirlene Sook asked lit t le Oswa ld how school went that day, Oswald admitted he’d gotten in some trouble. “Why, what did you do?” asked Jimmy, sternly. “ N o t h i n g , P a ,” c o m p l a i n e d Oswald. “We were learning about how certain foods are better for you than others, and all that. And Miss Ida asked us if anybody knew what the difference was between Roast Beef and Pea Soup. So I put up my hand.” “And what did you say?” asked Shirlene. “I just said, “Heck, anyone can Roast Beef.’” SOUNDS RIGHT Oswald Sook, son of Jimmy and Shirlene, wanted to see the new pirate movie that was showing up in Easton. Shirlene asked how it was rated, so Oswald picked up the paper to check. “Mom, it says here that it’s rated Arrrrr.” Jimmy’s irascible Uncle Hurlock was the oldest member of the cast. He was getting a bit hard of hearing, but his seven decades on the Eastern Shore had g iven h i m a c er t a i n outlook. His Delmarva Three-Kick Rule became a classic.


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I’ve always said.” “What’s that?” “In this world, there’s just three kinds of people ~ them who can count, and them who can’t.” NEW BATTERIES MIGHT HELP Uncle Hurlock was walking down the street in St. Michaels one day with two of his oldest friends, Gus and Walter. “ W i ndy, i sn’t it?” sa id Uncle Hurlock. “Nope, it’s Thursday!” objected Gus. “So am I!” agreed Walter. “Let’s get a beer.” IT’S NOT SO DIFFERENT HERE A vacationing Texan dropped in to the Horseshoe Road Inn and began bragging about the size of his Texas ranch. No one paid him much mind, so finally he cornered an old gent and bought him a beer. “At my ranch,” he declared, “I can hop in my truck in the morning, drive like hell all day, and barely get to the edge of my property before the sun went down.” Uncle Hurlock nodded, took a sip of his Bud and said, “Yep, I had a pickup like that once” EASTERN SHORE TRADITIONS A big- s hot l aw y e r f r om D C , Bradley V. Hickle, was out duck hunt ing a while back. When he finally hit a bird, it fell into a nearby field. As he climbed the fence, Uncle 155

Sook: And Ye Shall Find Hurlock drove up on his tractor and asked him what he was doing. “I’m collecting my duck that fell over there,” replied the lawyer. “Hold on there,” said Uncle Hurlock. “This here’s my property, so reckon that’d be my duck.” Indignantly the lawyer said, “Look, I am one of the best trial attorneys in the United States. If you don’t let me have that duck, I’ll sue you for everything you own.” Uncle Hurlock grinned and said, “Calm down now, young feller. Reckon you don’t know how we do things ’round here. Little disagreements like this we usually settle with the ‘Delmarva 3-Kick Rule.’” The lawyer looked curious. “Oh yes? How does this 3-K ick Rule work?” he asked. “Well, first I kick you three times, and then you kick me three times, and so on, back and forth, until someone gives up.” Now, Hickle was young and fit. He figured he could easily take the elderly gent, so he smiled and said, “OK, mister, let’s settle this your way.” Uncle Hurlock climbed slowly dow n f rom his John Deere and walked up to the city feller. With his first kick, he planted the toe of his heavy work boot where it hurt the most, dropping Hickle to his knees. The second kick was a sharp blow to the side of the head. The third

kick caught the lawyer squarely in the belly, nearly lifting him off the ground. Hickle lay there trying to catch his breath. Then, summoning every bit of his will, he struggled to his feet. Glaring at Uncle Hurlock, he said, “Okay, you old coot, now it’s my turn.” “Naw,” smiled Uncle Hurlock, “I give up. You can have the duck.” Anyway, maybe you get the idea ~ and need some relief. I sure do apologize for all these dumb jokes. Still, I came to like those characters and, curiously, they keep hanging around. In fact, just as I was finishing up this article for you, Oswald stuck his head in the door. “Hey, Mr. Gary” he said. I smiled at him. “What’s up?” Oswald furrowed his brow. “Well, you know how they say that April showers bring May flowers?” I felt some t h i ng c om i ng but answered his question. “Yes, I know the saying. Why?” “Well, I was wondering about next month. What do you suppose May flowers would bring?” “No idea.” “Pilgr ims!” he shouted ~ and before I could get a-hold of him he was gone. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.


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from The Medal Maker: A Biography of Victor Kovalenko

by Roger Vaughan A champion in the Fying Dutchman, Ukrainian-born Kovalenko coached his teams to Ukraine’s first three Olympic sailing medals. Recruited by Australia in 1996 as their sailing coach, his teams have won 7 more Olympic medals, six of them gold. “Victor speaks to everyone who competes in any endeavor, at any level.” A coach is the ultimate spectator of an athlete’s performance. No one understands the perfection the competitors are striving for better than the coach, the expert who constantly urges them in that direction. And no one in the house or on the race course has a better seat than the coach. Every so often, the great athletes come tantalizingly close to touching their impossible goal. When they do, the coach is momentarily transported, and never forgets. “I have seen it with Ben Ainsle, watched his reading of the waves, boat, and conditions,” Victor Kovalenko says. “He was so fast, the f leet looked ten years behind him. I watched Tom Slingsby in the medal race of the Laser World Championships in Perth, 2011. His style was incredible. The next year he was Olympic champion. And in our last training day before the Olympics in London, I was watching my 470

stars Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page sailing upwind in 15 knots into a narrow wave angle and it was incredible. They were using four different styles at the same time. It was all about body kinetics. And I


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Mat Belcher/Malcolm Page (AUS) winning Olympic gold in 2012 - © OnEdition said this is the best sailing style I have seen in my life.” Belcher and Page were on an amazing roll. In the years leading up to the 2012 Olympics, they had won 17 straight regattas. At the highest level of competition where they race, and given the unfathomable effect Mother Nature can have on sailing, such a record is unthinkable, virtually impossible. It’s called domination. No one was mentioning domination after the first day of the 2012 London Olympics (sailed in Weymouth). With a third and a ninth in the first two races, Belcher/Page found themselves in a most unfamiliar position on the scoreboard. Belcher could sense the fleet ready to seize every opportunity to keep him from advancing. “We’d been on such a run we hadn’t had many of those bad moments,” he recalls. “At the World Championships that year we’d won

six races in a row. Half way through the event we’d won the regatta. This was kind of a first for us. I saw Victor at the end of Day One in Weymouth and told him we’ve never been in this position before. I didn’t know how to handle it.” Malcolm Page, who was Belcher’s crew at Weymouth, is ten years older than Belcher. With a gold medal to his credit, Page was providing a lot of experience and guidance for his skipper. But Belcher admits he was slightly stunned by his first Olympic race. “I had won three Worlds,” Belcher says. “I didn’t realize this would be different. I recall coming off the start thinking `I’m in the Games, don’t screw this up.’ It almost paralyzes you, the pressure. My body felt rigid, it was hard to focus. I thought I might drop something, like the tiller extension, or the mainsheet. It was a really interesting moment. I was in a race, subconsciously making decisions because boats were coming from all directions. But I felt like I wasn’t really there. My mind was wandering. It was a good couple of minutes before I began to free up.” Belcher/Page rounded the top mark first, and hit it ~ also a first for them. They did penalty turns (720), dropping to 6th place as a result. But they came back to finish third, not bad with a penalty. “Victor was very supportive,” Mathew says. “He could sense it had been a tough moment for me, and he knows Day


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Domination One in any big regatta is critical.” Belcher says he had a good start in Race 2, and accelerated well off the line. But both he and Page thought their number had been called for being over early, a premature start (OCS ~ on course side). They quickly had returned and restarted, and were now dead last in the fleet. “The wind was strong,” Belcher recalls, “and we were confident that in those conditions we are good fighters, we never give up. We got back to fifth. To this day, that was the best strong wind race I’ve ever sailed. We passed 23 boats. It was amazing. We got around the last

weather mark and were setting the spinnaker. I was excited. Both of us were feeling it, and were a little distracted. The set took longer than it should have. The dynamic wasn’t quite right. The spinnaker filled, and until the last second neither of us saw the Italian boat coming in from leeward. We were clearly going to hit them at speed. “We blew the spinnaker halyard and basically did a 180-degree turn in 25 knots of wind with the spinnaker flailing. We completely rounded up. Malcolm was able to get the chute down, get on the wire, and we were sailing upwind. We infringed upon the other boat, but we didn’t hit them or capsize or rip our spinnaker. I’m confident in



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saying that not another team in the world would have been technically able to do what we did without capsizing the boat. “We had to do a 720 (two turns). We lost four boats and finished ninth. It took an hour to sail back in after the race and it was pretty quiet in the boat. We’d been in some difficult situations, but I knew exactly what Malcolm was thinking: this is either gonna go downhill quickly, or we’re gonna be all right. He didn’t say anything, really. Ashore, Victor took me aside. We talked for some time. I don’t remember what he said, but I knew it was going to be all right. I know Malcolm didn’t have the same feeling.”

To add salt to the wound of a bad day, it turned out that Belcher/ Page were not OCS. “They thought they were OCS,” Victor says four years later with a rueful chuckle. The start of a dinghy race with 28 of the best crews in the world jockeying for position is a Zen exercise that takes confusion to a new level. Boats are inches apart, with teams roll tacking and jibing and running the gamut of extraordinary boat handling skills, while desperately avoiding costly fouls. Meanwhile the countdown clock is resonating in teams’ brains as they struggle to achieve the position they want on the starting line while trying to time their acceleration to perfection. As Victor is fond of saying, “A second late is no good. A second early and you’re dead.” In the confusion of Race Two, Belcher/Page had thought they were dead and went back to restart. The logic is that it’s better to restart and hope to pass a few boats than be disqualified and receive points equal to the number of boats in the race. One of the worst moments in racing sailboats is turning around to restart after being called OCS, while the f leet rockets off in the opposite direction. At that moment, one really does feel dead. “Most teams who get an OCS shrug and say okay, this is not our race,” Victor says. “But Mathew and Malcolm said `no no no, we


will fight.’ They passed all those boats, they were 5th at the top mark, then they set the spinnaker and met the Italians. Yes. They did a 720. To have so many problems and finish in the top ten is amazing! They are great sailors, strong characters. I didn’t need to give them sympathy. Before London I had been working with Mathew for 12 years. How many times did we have difficult situations? We know those moments. We also know this, that you can’t lose a regatta in one day. You can’t lose your character or your skills in one day. A lot of people shook their heads, thought Mathew and Malcolm were finished. No, they were not finished. “After racing I was reminding

Mathew about these things, and about how we always fight to the end, never give up. In my notebook, the biggest section is psychology. We have very advanced psychological principles that cover many different situations.” Belcher says he had the best night’s sleep of his life. “Even though the British team had registered a 1-2 that first day,” Belcher says, “Victor made me really calm. That talk with him after the first day was a defining moment. He made me feel like everything was fine. Without him I don’t know how we would have finished. But we won five of the remaining eight races, finished with under 20 points, the lowest

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Australians Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page celebrate after winning the gold medal in sailing in the 470 class. -REUTERS score we’d ever done. We used the 9th as our throw out, and spent the next four days catching the British, slowly. We’d win, they’d be 2nd or 3rd. We finished 4 points clear.” After that frightful beginning, the gold medal in London turned out to be one of those 18 straight regattas won by Belcher. Domination. The problem is that to dominate, coach and team must pull out all the stops, reveal secrets; show their hands. “By dominating,” Victor says, “Mathew and Malcolm ~ now Mathew and Will Ryan, his partner since London ~ show new standards of sailing to other people. Four-time gold medalist Ben Ainsley, after winning the Olympics in 2000, was sailing only two regattas a year because he was so much in front. Mathew sails all regattas, and improves himself

and Will, and improves the f leet as well. It’s like when Bob Oatley [founder of Australia’s famed Rosemount Vineyards] became the predominant wine maker in the world. It was said that Chardonnay would never be the same after a certain vintage he released. Mathew is doing the same thing with sailing.” When asked about the pressure of keeping a long winning streak going, Victor shakes his head. There is a long pause as he struggles with how to express his thoughts. Then he talks about how the number one USA 470 team (Stuart Macnay/ David Hughes) won back to back regattas during the 2015 season. In the next regatta, they finished tenth, because even after winning just two regattas the pressure was disabling. Suddenly they needed to change channels, become comfortable as winners, be confident they could continue to sail according to their game plan and not let a raft of new expectations influence their decision making. How to keep the pressure created by the media, their teammates, friends, parents, and their own psyches from having an effect on their performance (and their lives) is a confounding dilemma. It takes incredible strength of character from the sailors, constant and incisive guidance from the coach, probably a good sense of humor on all sides, a bit of time, and some luck.


Even after having accomplished it, the very idea of winning 18 straight world-class regattas boggles the minds of Victor, Mathew, Malcolm, and Will. Victor shrugs when talking about it. “Some of the wins were well-deserved because we sailed well,” Victor says. “The overall strategy was good, the sails were right, the starts and tactics were good, the sailing technique top class. But we are not that brilliant all the time. Some we won because of good luck. This is not track and field,” Victor says, “this is sailing. A boat can come out of nowhere and hit you, bam, and you are finished. In many situations we ask God not for good luck, but to protect us from bad luck.”

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Domination find some small thing that has been overlooked. Victor compares it to detectives revisiting the crime scene for the nth time, trying to find the hidden clue that will break the case. To review, the 470 is only a 16foot boat with a mast and three sails (including the spinnaker), a rudder and centerboard, two shrouds stretched over spreaders, a forestay, and a tangle of control lines. Everything must measure in to one-design parameters. Even so, when every millimeter counts, the combinations of trim are in the thousands. Add the constantly changing, subtle

dynamic positioning of two human bodies reacting to the two unstable mediums (wind and water) in which this sport is practiced, and the possibilities become infinite. After winning his gold medal in the Sydney Olympics, Tom King made the startling statement that he saw more room for improvement in his sailing than at any point prior to that. “The more time we spent training with Mathew and Malcolm,” King said, “the more opportunities we saw to be better at what we were doing. That was exciting. That’s why we spent so much time with them, because it’s not a static process of maintaining a level. It’s finding ways to be better

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Domination and extending your advantage. Making improvements is limitless in every aspect of this sport, in tactical and strategic frameworks; in fitness; in techniques to make the boat faster on every angle of sail; in equipment and the refining of masts, hulls, foils…. Incremental gains in all those things add up to a lot. Most of it is in technique by virtue of making the boat go faster by what you’re doing as you’re sailing it. “The differences you can achieve in a 470 are staggering,” King says. “Different teams have different styles. We were very good at making the boat go low and fast upwind. Other teams have a tendency to pinch and sail slow and high upwind. You can set up the boat to make it work with your strengths, to give

your team a full range of options. As a heavy team able to sail fast, we had to use longer spreaders to make the mast stiffer sideways to give us a high groove sailing upwind when we wanted it. And we used a mainsail that was slightly fuller, slightly rounder toward the leech. “In the same way that the mast bends and the sails f lex from pressure on the rig, giving you responsiveness to changes in wind and waves, the centerboard f lexes as well. In the three Olympic Games of 1992, 1996, and 2000, the men’s 470 gold medal was won with as many different centerboards ~ maximum, medium, and minimum thickness ~ because each of those teams had different styles. The thickness of the centerboard and the amount it flexes changes the boat’s response to gusts, acceleration, and the way the boat points upwind.




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even further, and continue to do so every week, every day of practice. With thousands of top sailors, coaches, boat builders, sail makers, and technological experts of all nationalities working day and night to stretch performance envelopes, and new, space age materials constantly appearing on the scene, techniques for making boats go faster come and go at a frantic pace. Initially, all this development is done in secret. When it involves gear or equipment, as it did when Victor contributed suggestions to German builder Sebastian Zieglemayer for improving the 470 hull, it’s impossible to keep those innovations off the open market for very long. Business is business. “When we discover something,” Victor says, “we make agreements with those who supply us with masts, sails, hulls. We ask them to give us an advantage, keep the technology exclusive for us for one or two years before they make it generally available.” But the dynamics of actually sailing the boat are secrets perhaps Victor, even more than other coaches, is determined to keep locked away for as long as possible. Where Victor grew up, keeping secrets often meant survival. In Olympic sailing, secrets often mean success. The Medal Maker is available in print at Cardinal Publishing, or as an eBook at barnesandnoble.com. 173

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2 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-5210679. 2

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2-3 Creepy Crawlers class (The Strange and Amazing Bat) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental C enter, Gr a s onv i l le. C r e epy Crawlers classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class includes story time, craft, hike, live animals (or artifacts) and a snack. Creepy Crawlers is held rain or shine, and everyone should dress for the weather. All hikes will be stroller-accessible. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers.


2 , 4 ,9,11,16,18, 23, 25 ,30 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesdays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 2 ,9,16, 2 3 ,30 Mond ay Nig ht Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a fun-filled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 3 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695. 3 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 evergreeneaston.org. 3-June 1 Exhibit: The drawings at sculptures of Susan Hostetler at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Artist’s reception on April 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26 Tai Chi at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. with Nathan Spivey. $75 monthly ($10 drop in fee). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-2265904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26 Mixed/ Gentle Yoga at Everg reen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For

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3 -M ay 1 C l a s s: P r int m a k in g E x p l o r a t i o n E v e n i n gs w i t h Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays f rom 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $88 members, $105 non-members. A n addit iona l $30 mater ia ls fe e due to t he i n s t r uc tor at first class. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 4 Maker Space at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m . E nj o y S T E M (S c ie nc e , Te c h n o l o g y, E n g i n e e r i n g & Math) for children 6 and older. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel Un ite d Chu rch of Ch r i st, Ca mbr idge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 800-477-6291 or visit nar-anon.org.

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4,11,18,25 Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Noon to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

4,11 Class: Movies, Music & Smart T V ~ Ente r tainme nt for the Whole Family with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

4,11,18,25 We Are Makers at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. Create, explore, design and ex per iment w it h g uided i n s t r uc t ion . L i m ite d s p ac e , please register. 4 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

4,11,18,25 Meeting: Wednesday Mor n i ng A r t i s t s. 8 a .m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tou r s a nd ot he r a r t-r e l ate d activ ities. For more info. tel: 410-463-0148.

4 ,1 1,18 , 2 5 B e g i n ner Pa r t ner Ballroom Dancing from 5:30 t o 6:3 0 p. m . at t h e O x f o r d C om mu n it y C enter. $50 per person. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.

4,11,18,25 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at the St. Michaels Housing Authorit y Communit y Room, Dodson Ave. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-7456073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 4,11,18,25 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a well-prepared meal from Upper Shore Aging. For more

4,11,18,25 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8193395 or visit evergreeneaston. org. 5 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for


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5,12,19,26 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting

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performances, kids’ activities and a variety of dining options. 5 to 8 p.m. 6 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com. 6 Cocktails and Concer ts: The Verona Quartet at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. $55 members, $66 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6 Karaoke Happy Hour at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 6 to 10 p.m. Join the singing, dancing and all-around good times. Wine available at the bar. For more info. tel: 410-2281205 or visit laytonschance.com.

6 Friday Nites in Caroline with the Colonel R ichardson High School Revolution Blues at the Federa lsburg L ibrar y. 7 to 9 p.m. The group incor porates lean rhy thm and vocals w ith powerhouse horns. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit CarolineArts.org.


6 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementar y School on Eg y pt 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: 410221-1978, 410-901-9711 or visit wascaclubs.com. 6 Concert: Brooks Williams in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 6 ,7, 1 3 , 1 4 , 2 0 , 2 1 , 2 7, 2 8 R o c k ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59

p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights, and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 ever y Fr iday and Sat urday n i g h t . Fo r m o r e i n f o . v i s i t choptankbowling.com. 6,13,20 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Chasing Venus ~ The F ir s t Inte r nat ional Collaboration to Measure the Size of the Solar System with Ron Lesher at the Chesapeake B a y M a r i t i m e Mu s e u m , S t . Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all.

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April Calendar 6 , 1 3 , 2 0 , 2 7 Me e t i n g : F r i d a y Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets ~ 1st and 3rd Fridays at Hurlock American Legion #243, 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock; and 2nd a nd 4t h F r id ay at V F W Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. All veterans are welcome. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 6,13,20,27 Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 6,13,20,27 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 6 -2 9 E x h i bit: L and s c ap e s of Emotion featuring Jill Basham at South Street Art Gallery in E a s ton . R e c e pt ion on A pr i l 6 f rom 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-598-1666 or visit southstreetartgallery.com.

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6-May 11 Home School Art Classes ages 10+ w it h Susa n Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $90 members, $100 nonmembers, sibling rates. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6-May 11 Home School Art Classes ages 6 to 9 with Constance Del Nero at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $90 members, $100 nonmembers, sibling rates. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7 2018 Arbor Day Run at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Check-in and day-of registration begin at 8 a.m. The 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. The One-Mile Run Run/Walk and Healthy Kids’ Dash are free. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext.


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7 Cars and Coffee at the Oxford Community Center. 9 to 11 a.m. (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 7 Workshop: Photographing Art w ith Sean McCor mick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $115 members, $138 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 7 Join Delaware Nature Society and Pickering Creek Audubon Center staff on a paddling adventure in Delaware’s Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. 4- to 5-hour paddle. $35 per person. Van transportation and paddling equipment provided. 7:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 7

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April Calendar live and silent auctions and a d raw ing for a 2018 Hy undai Sonata, provided by the Preston Automotive Group. For more info. tel: 410-310-7278 or visit shorekids.org. 7 Stayin’ Alive dinner and wine pairing at Scossa in Easton, to benefit Baywater Animal Rescue, the Mid-Shore’s No-Kill Animal Shelter. Your evening begins at w ith a Bay water Signature cock ta i l a nd hors d’oeuv res. Browse the silent auction and bid on your favorite items. The four-course wine pairing dinner blends Italian nouvelle cuisine w it h w i ne s f rom t he French c ou nt r y s ide . A l i ve auc t ion adds to the fun. 6 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit facebook.com/ BaywaterAnimalRescue/. 7 Tavern Live: Diana Wagner to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-2265111. 7

Spr ing Fling at Phillips Hardware Building in downtown Cambridge. The annual fundraiser for Cambridge Main St re et of fer s l ive mu sic a nd dancing, Heads or Tails fun, wine and whiskey pull, and cash bar. Tastings offered by downtown

restaurants, plus catered food by The High Spot. Each ticket includes one drink ticket. Cash bar includes beer, wine and rail drinks. Tickets are $70. For more info. visit cambridgemainstreet. com. 7 - 8 2 3 r d A n nu a l Che s ap e a ke Spring Home and Craft Show at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 per person or $5 per family. For more info. visit stardem.com/chesapeake_ home_expo/. 7-8 Concert: Continuum Dance presents All Connected at the O x f o r d C om mu n i t y C e nt e r. Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors. For more info. visit continuumdancecompany.org. 7,8,14,21,28 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime


Museum, St. Michaels. Learn traditional boatbuilding under t he direction of a CBMM shipwright. You can be part of the whole 24-week process or just sign up for those aspects of building a boat that you want to learn. For more info. tel: 410745-4980 or visit cbmm.org. 7,14,21,28 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 classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org. 7,14,21,28 Historic High Street Walking Tour ~ experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Onehour walking tours sponsored by the West End Citizen’s Association. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. Re ser vat ion s not ne c e s sa r y, but appreciated. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000 or visit cambridgemd.org. 7-May 12 Class: Birds, Boats and the Bay w ith Matthew Hiller

at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $210 members, $252 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 8 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. 8 Blessing of the Seeds at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-4640. 8 Concert: Chesapeake Chamber Music w inners in concer t at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-3161 or visit christchurchcambridge.org. 8 Concert: David Bromberg Quintet at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-

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speaker is Matthew Hillier. Nonmembers are welcome. For more info. visit smartleague.org. 9 Open Mic at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Theme: When It Rains It Pours. Share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive here. All ages and styles of performance are welcome. The event is open to all ages. 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@ gmail.com. 9,16, 23 Ac ademy for L ifelong Learning Class: Educating Our Youth and How Mentoring Can Help with Lynn Randle at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all.

9 Learn Microsoft Excel from a Pro with computer training specialist Rita Hill at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6 p.m. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

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410-819-8029 by Friday April 6 for planning purposes. Payment at the door will be accepted. 10 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -820 - 6800, ext. 2300 or visit umshoreregional. org.

Crenshaw at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm. org/all. 10 Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte. For ages 5 and up. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 10 Navy League Dinner at the Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford with featured speaker Captain Jeff Lock, Commanding Officer of Wallops Island Naval Facility. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. Nonmembers are always welcome. $40 per person. Please email boblawrence1@msn.com or tel:

10 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit twstampclub.com. 10,12,17,19,24 Class: Bridge Instruction at the Oxford Community Center. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $25. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 10,24 Bay Hundred Chess Class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners welcome. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 10,24 Meeting: Buddhism 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 evergreeneaston.org. 11 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Vol-


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more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or register at talbot-conversation. eventbrite.com. 11 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suppor t group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 11 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 mariahsmission2014@gmail.com. 11 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. 11

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11,25 Minecraft at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 11,25 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 12 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Caroline County Senior Center, Denton. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org. 12 Young Gardeners Club, sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3:45 p.m. For grades 1 to 4. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 12 Blessing of the Fleet at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Ceremony begins at 5 p.m. near the shipyard, and



April Calendar the public is invited to honor the working vessels and pleasure craf t of the Chesapeake Bay, including CBMM’s floating fleet. Prayers will be offered for boaters for safe and bountiful seas. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org.

Society at Christ Church, Easton. Speaker: Jay Falstad of Calico Fields Lavender on Bees and Lavender. Potluck dinner theme: Watermen’s Delight. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-8437 or visit chesapeakebayherbsociety.org. 12 Concert: Eric Taylor in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 1 2 ,1 3 C onc er t: Che s ter R iver Chorale’s 19th annual spr ing concert at the Chestertown Baptist Church. 7:30 p.m. Leaves of Bluegrass salutes American poets and presents the Eastern Shore premiere of Mortals and Angels, written in bluegrass style and backed by The High and Wides string bluegrass band. For more info, tel: 410-928-5566.

12 Lecture: Mark Bowden, author of Hue 1968 and Black Hawk Down at the Oxford Community Center. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 12 Meeting: Chesapeake Bay Herb

12,19,26 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: DNA, PCR, and Genomics ~ Impacting Everyday Life and the Future Scope of Medicine with Bob DeGour at the St. Michaels Middle/High School auditorium, St. Michaels. 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. $6 per session members, $8 per session nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all. 1 2 , 2 6 Memoi r Wr iter s at t he Talbot County Free Library, St.




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April Calendar Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 13 Concert: Comedian Max Rosenblum in t he Stolt z L istening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 13-15 Workshop: Painting Skies and Dramatic Light with Sara Linda Poly at the Calhoon MEBA E ng i ne er i ng S chool, St. Michaels. $325 members, $365 non-members. Fee for Friday evening lecture and demo only: $20 pre-registered; $25 at the door. For more info. visit smartleague.org.

1 4 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 14 Workshop: Planting for Birds at P icker ing Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Invite feathered friends to your yard with plants that prov ide birds w ith what they need. $20. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 14

C o ok i n g de mon s t r at ion ~ Spring in Mark’s Kitchen with master chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 10 a.m. Two-hour demonstration followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass of wine. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Dietary requirements can be accommodated if we are notified a week in advance. Demonstrations and recipes can be subject to change. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111.

14 Communit y Plant and Seed Swap at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Bring a few treasures and treats from your own garden and find the next new thing you want to try. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 198

14 The Met: Live in HD with Luisa Miller by Verdi at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 14 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 carolinearts.org. 14 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 CambridgeMainStreet.com.

14 Tour of Italy dinner at Immanuel Church of Christ, Cambridge. 4:30 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-4640. 14 Concert: Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 14-15 St. Michaels Daffodil Festival throughout downtown St. Michaels. Sponsored by the Town

14 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. tel: 410-745-9535 or visit townofstmichaels.org.

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April Calendar of St. Michaels, Maryland, the inaugural Daffodil Festival has planned activities including a Daffodil Weekend Parade, DaffyDog Costume Pageant, Daffodil Garden Tours, and more! For more info. tel: 410-745-3463 or visit townofstmichaels.com. 14,21,28 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 avalonfoundation.org. 14,21,28 The St. Michaels Farmers Market is a community based, producer only farmers market that runs Saturday mornings, rain or shine, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., April-November, at 204 S. Talbot St. in St. Michaels, Maryland. For more information contac t: st michael smarket@ gmail.com. We do accept SNAP. 14-March 2019 Exhibition: Kent’s Carvers and Clubs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The ex hibit ion sha res stor ies of Ma r yla nd’s Kent County carvers and hunt-

ing clubs through a collection of decoys, oral histories, historic photographs and other artifacts. For more info. tel: 410-745-4960 or visit cbmm.org. 14,28 Country Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e United Methodist churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

15 Workshop: Photographing the Landscape with Your iPhone with Karen K linedinst at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 4 p.m. $55 members, $70 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 15 Tavern Live: Alex Barnett to play


at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-226-5111. 16 Creepy Crawlers Gardening class (Composting for the Garden) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers gardening classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class involves hands-on work in our garden, games or arts and crafts, and a snack. These classes are held rain or shine, and everyone should dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers. 16 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth.net. 16 Book Discussion: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen at the Talbot County Free Library, E a s ton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 16 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Competition meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org.

17 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Talbot County Free Library ~ What Can We Do for You? with Shauna Beulah at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all. 18 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Pleasant Day Senior Center, Cambridge. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org. 18 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 18 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6:30 p.m. This support group is for anyone griev ing the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 18 Class: iPhone with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 18 Critters and Cocktails at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental


April Calendar Center, Grasonville, with Shannon Pederson on Bats, Busting the Bat Myths. Refreshments and beverages starting at 6:30 p.m. and the actual presentation from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Cost will be $10/session for CBEC members; $15/session for non-members.

18-19 DNR-Approved Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 10 p.m. each day in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium. $25. Pa r t ic ipa nt s c omplet i ng t he course and passing the test will receive a Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is valid for life, and is required for anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, and who operates a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters. Participants must be 12 or older. To register visit bit.ly/safeboating2018. 19 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult

Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit pleasantday.com. 19 Mid-Eastern Shore Counties Volunteer Fair at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 2 to 5 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live music, refreshments and the opportunity to connect with non-profit organizations that represent diverse community services. For more info. tel: 443-262-4112. 19 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 19 Camp-In at the Library at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, St. Michaels. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy stories, scavenger hunting, snacks, and crafts, with a c a mpi ng-i n-t he -w i ld t heme! Bring your own f lashlight and set of binoculars (optional, as we w ill have ex tras) for t his camping-themed event! For ages 2 to 8 accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 19 Concer t: CAL’s Pink Floyd’s



April Calendar The Wall at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 19-20 Workshop: Beginning Watercolor with Linda Luke at the Oxford Community Center. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $225. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.

20 Chesapeake Film Festival presents Swimmers at the Oxford Community Center. Filmmaker Doug Sadler will be in attendance. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at ChesapeakeFilmFestival.com or at the door.

19,28 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 10 a.m. on the 19th and 1 p.m. on the 28th. Free for CBEC members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 20 Opening Day at Emily’s Produce, Church Creek, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-521-0789 or visit emilysproduce.com.

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20 AAM@60: The Diamond Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Join the Academy A r t Museum for the opening reception to AAM@60: The Diamond Exhibition, our 60th Anniversary Exhibition celebrating the Museum’s growing permanent collection and the “gems” that are housed in that collection. 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 20-22 Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show at City Dock. Featuring Cruisers University and First


Sail Workshop. For more info. visit annapolisboatshows.com. 21 eARTh Day Art Extravaganza at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. eARTh Day Art Extravaganza is offered at the Museum in conjunction w ith the MidShore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) and was co-developed with Suzanne Sullivan, MRC’s education and volunteer coordinator. Free, but registration is recommended. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

21 Spring Equine Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Caro-

line 4-H Pa rk , Denton. P ro ceeds to benefit the Courageous He a r t s Hor s e m a n s h ip non prof it therapeutic riding and horsemanship program. $5 per person, 5 and under free. For more info. visit facebook.com/ Courageous-Hearts-Horsemanship-446200509099168/. 21 Family Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Explore the family-friendly exhibits and enjoy hands-on activities. The day’s activities are free for BMM members and are included with regular admission, with no advanced registration needed. For more info. tel: 410-745-4995 or visit cbmm.org. 21 Workshop: Fine Art Inkjet Printing with Todd Forsgren at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $100 members, $120 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.


April Calendar 21 Spring Ephemerals & Pollinators Soup ‘n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a del iciou s a nd nut r itious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $20 members, $25 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 21

BA A M (Building A f r ican American Minds) Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at Idlewild Park, Easton. Featured per formers are MAMA JAMA. There will be informational booths, musical entertainment, spiritual expe-

riences, food, door prizes and much more. For more info. tel: 410-714-3838 or visit BA AM’s Facebook page. 22 Workshop: Sumi-e Painting with Dawn Malosh at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Learn how to meditate and relax while painting the “chi” of the nature around you. Noon to 2:30 p.m. $35 members, $40 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 22 View of the Vineyard at Laytons Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. Join us for a complimentary tasting walk through our youngest vines, farm equipment will be on display, and live oldies music from Dan Serrano. If you planted a vine here in the past, come on out and see how far it’s come. 1 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 23 Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 5 to 6:30 p.m. This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one, regardless of whether they were served by Talbot Hospice. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 23 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support


Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411 or visit umshoreregional.org.

24 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Sun Trust Bank (basement Maryland Room), Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit twstampclub.com.

23 Poetry Reading by Joelle Biele at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Biele is the 2017-2018 Howard County Poetry and Literature Society Writerin-Residence. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

24 Monthly Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice. This ongoing support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org.

23 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.

24 Lecture: A Venerable Pile of Bricks ~ The Story of Old Trinity Church and Anglican Establishment in Colonial Maryland featuring Rev. Dan Dunlap at Trin-

24 Workshop: The Importance of Being Framed (Properly) with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $35 members, $42 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

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April Calendar ity Cathedral, Easton. 7 p.m. Fr. Dunlap provides a remarkable visual history of the church in its greater context,bringing fresh appreciation to the times and the character of a people who were among the first to practice their Christian faith on the Eastern Shore. For more info. tel: 410820-4264 or e-mail patrick@ dioceseofeaston.org. 24-May 8 Class: Beautiful Blooms ~ Painting the Garden in Pastel and Oil with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $175 members, $210 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 25 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 25 Meet ing: Diabetes Suppor t Group at UM Shore Regional He a lt h at D or c he s ter, C a mbridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 25 Workshop: Recommissioning Your Outboard Motor with Josh

Richardson at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 members, $35 non-members. For more info. visit cbmm.org/ outboardrecommission. 25 Cocktails and Canvas: Giorgio Morandi St ill Life w ith Constance Del Nero at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $45. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 26 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games and f un. For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 26 Wetland Wandering at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Discover the slipper y, slimy, scaly creatures that call the wetlands home. 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 26-29 RiverArts 9th annual Paint the Town: A Plein Air Festival in Chestertown. More than fifty talented artists will paint Chestertown and the surrounding c ou nt r y side a nd w ater w ay s. The paintings w ill be framed



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Waterfowl Armor y in Easton. 5 to 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the scientific research of Horn Point Lab. $50 per person. For more info. tel: 410-221-8408 or visit umces. edu/events/chesapeake-champion-2018.

and available for sale at the free Wet Paint Reception and Sale on Saturday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at RiverArts in Chestertown. For more info. tel: 410-778-6300 or visit chestertownriverarts.org. 27 Workshop: Featured Native Plants with Chris Pax at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 3 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 27 6th annual Horn Point Laborator y Chesapeake Champion celebration to honor Jerry Harris for his passion and dedication to marshland restoration, at the

27 Chesapeake Film Festival presents TRI at the Oxford Communit y C enter. C o -P roduc er and Casting Director Kimberly Skyrme will be in attendance. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at ChesapeakeFilmFestival.com or at the door. 27 L e c t u re: K it t re dge -W i l son Speaker Series featuring Tina Barney on Fine Art Photography at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 27 Concert: Janis Ian - Just Janis at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org.

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27-29 Spring Open House and Nat ive Pla nt Sa le at Ad k i n s Arboretum, Ridgely. On Friday, shopping begins at 10 a.m.; join us from 4 to 6 for an early evening of light fare, music, a cash wine and beer bar, a silent auction and shopping in a fun and festive atmosphere. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday is noon to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 27-29 Bay Bridge Boat Show at the Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville. Featuring more than 350 boats up to 75 feet in length! For more info. visit annapolisboatshows.com. 27,29 Concert: Easton Choral Arts presents its 40th annual season f inale w ith Brahms’ German Requiem on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. at Christ Church, Easton. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Students admitted for free with reservation. For more info. tel: 410-200-0498 or visit eastonchoralarts.org.

28 Talbot Hospice Memorial Walk, beginning at the Oxford Community Center, in memory, or in honor of, a loved one to benef it hospice ser v ices. A brief ceremony at 8 a.m. is followed by a 0.8-mile walk to the Strand, concluding with a dove release. Adults $25, students $10, 12 and under free. Fee includes adult size t-shirt and light breakfast. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or visit TalbotHospice.org/events. 28 24th annual Oxford Day 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. Parade begins at 11 a.m. Ferry is Open! For more info. visit Oxfordday.org. 28 Chicone Village Day at Handsell, Vienna, in honor of t he Native People of Delmarva. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour a replica Native American longhouse with demonstrations, native garden


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April Calendar and work shelter, presentations by the Pocomoke Indian Nation, native foods tent and much more. $2 for adults; children 12 and under free. For more info. visit restorehandsell.org. 28 Work shop: Recommi ssioning Your Inboard Motor with Josh Richardson at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to noon. $25 members, $35 non-members. For more info. visit cbmm.org/ inboardrecommission. 28 The Met: Live in HD with Cendrillon by Massenet at the Avalon

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Theatre, Easton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 28 Wine & Design - Bouquets with Jamie Taylor at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. Unleash your inner artist while sipping wine. Learn step-by-step bouquet arrangements from a local wedding f lower exper t. Tickets include class, materials, snacks and wine, of course! Over 21 only. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 28 Workshop: Art With the Grands with Linda Luke at the Oxford Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m. $45. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 28 Tavern Live: Kenny Knopp to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-226-5111. 28 Concert: Deadgrass at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 29 Bird Walk with Harry Armistead at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. 8 a.m. Join an expert birder for a guided bird watching trip through Blackwater. Bird walks are free, no registration required. Meet at the


Blackwater NWR Visitor Center. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677. 29 Concert: Frederick Douglass 200th Birthday Celebration with songs from four regional choirs at the Oxford Community Center. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 30-May 4 Class: Basic Wetland Delineation at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. Participants will focus on the technical aspects of wetland delineation using the individual wetland parameters of vegetation, soils, and hydrology. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org.

30-June 4 Class: Intermediate/ Advanced Pot ter y w it h Pau l Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $205 members, $246 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 30-June 4 Class: Intermediate and Advanced Potter’s Wheel with Paul Apsell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. $205 members, $246 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

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WATERVIEW VICTORIAN Carefully restored by the present owners, this home offers a spectacular kitchen, beautiful baths, 3 spacious bedrooms, garage and wrap-around porch. $400,000.

LIFE IS GOOD ON THE WATER 4 bedroom waterfront with 2 master suites, 3½ baths, gourmet kitchen, 2 family rooms. New dock, 3’ mlw and room for deck or porch. $422,500.

SUNSETS & BROAD VIEWS Private, 8+ acres, inground pool, pier with lift. Recent upgrades include a kitchen addition that opens to living/dining/ game room and waterside porch. 30’ x 50’ outbuilding. $1,195,000.

HISTORIC ST. MICHAELS Original 19th century home has been enlarged and now boasts 5 bedrooms, cozy den with custom built-ins & brick fireplace, wood floors. Private yard with patio, offstreet parking. $449,000.



Occupying one of the best points of land on the entire Miles River, this classic 5 bedroom residence offers delicate 3-story staircase, high ceilings and custom woodwork. Park-like setting with ornamental plantings and stately trees including mature oaks and American holly. Garages can accommodate 10 cars. Caretaker’s apartment. Stables, kennels and outbuildings. Substantial pier with 10’ mlw. High ground with rip-rapped shoreline. Hunting. 8+ acres including platted semi-wooded waterfront second lot. Easton - 3 miles, St. Michaels - 6 miles. Only 2 owners in the past 90 years. $2,890,000

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