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Tidewater Times

April 2019

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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 67, No. 11

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April 2019

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Barbara Gilbert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Death and Taxes: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Aging is Like Traveling: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Changes ~ The Mighty Mini: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Tidewater Kitchen ~ Easter Breads: Pamela Meredith . . . . . . . . 65 Getting Ready ~ Gardens, Baseball & Boats: Michael Valliant . . . 63 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Tench’s Ride: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Richard Diebenkorn Exhibition: Amelia Steward . . . . . . . . . . . 159

Departments: April Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Caroline County ~ A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 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 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

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About the Cover Photographer Barbara Gilbert Barbara Gilbert is retired from the Air Force and is a former high school business and computer teacher. She lived in Washington State and Montana before moving to Easton in 2013. She has always loved photography, but didn’t get serious about it until she purchased her first DSLR camera in 2013 and began learning all she could about photography. She needed a hobby that she could do despite her physical limitations. Photography has been a way to bring her joy and peace as she looks for interesting subjects to photograph. When she moved to Easton and joined the Tidewater Camera club, she began printing and displaying her images. She has shown her work

at Chesapeake College, Kent County Library, Talbot County Free Library in Easton, Talbot County Community Center, Academy Art Museum, Veterans Administration (Perry Point) and the Dorchester Center for the Arts. Barbara has entered numerous photo competitions, the last being the Virginia Regional Arts Festival, in which she won first place for Old Hunting Lodge, a photo taken off Lakesville Road near Crapo. She also took second place for Save the Monarch. This month’s cover photo, titled Heron in Flight, was taken at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. View more of Barbara’s photos at facebook. com/gilbertsamateurphotography/.

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The box is sitting on the Dining Room Table of Unfinished Projects, which is sort of the place where my good intentions go to die. No one’s eaten off that table in a year, so the box, which is overflowing with paper, is just squatting there. Maybe I’m hoping it will blend in with the other stuff I’m going to get around to one of these days. Stuff like a box of designer mixing bowls for a marriage that has been delayed about six times in two years. Stuff that I just need to glue gun together to make a lovely craft project after I’ve lost interest. You know, that kind of stuff. Oh, I wish it would get lost in the shuffle, but it’s not going away, no matter how much I wish it would. It’s a year’s worth of bills, receipts and other ephemera I need to sort through in order to compile the numbers for my. . . TAXES. No one who’s not a billionaire looks forward to paying taxes, of course. But the Egyptians were right about death and taxes being the only certain thing in this life. So, it’s not just that, oh, no. The fact is, I’m terrible at math and doing your taxes sort of requires doing some math. Of course, I have an accountant, because I’m not a fool, but someone, namely me,

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So of course, I put it off until the last possible day, then spend several hours in misery with all those pieces of paper and dancing figures. If there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s procrastinate. I figure if I can put off vacuuming, for instance, maybe the elves and brownies will clean this place up while I’m asleep. And yet, and yet, I have only missed a couple of deadlines in my life. And believe me, I don’t want any trouble with the IRS. I’m a fool, but I’m not an idiot. So, instead of tackling that box of little pieces of paper, I’m procrastinating by writing a column about procrastinating. I’ve always been a fan of irony. Now, back in the old days, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I used to have to go through everything with a calculator, sorting the bills



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through all that paper. Sure, there’s still some paper to be ploughed through, searching for those elusive deductibles, but nothing like the bad old days. I still can’t balance a checkbook, but at least now I have pretty good idea of how much money I have left to spend, which is better than the stack of overdraft notices I used to get every month. Well, those figures aren’t going to add themselves up, and my appointment with my accountant is looming in the near future, so I guess I’d better close this column, take a deep breath, choke back a tear and get started. The sooner I do it, the sooner it will be over and I can go back to fun things like Netf lix and chill.

and I still use it, even though I have calculators in my desktop and on my phone. It’s my security calculator, I guess, and also, when I use it, I think fondly of Rowen’s Stationery, then I feel sad because I realize that I’m not getting any younger and that every year, Rowen’s and other local landmarks are receding into Those Were the Good Old Days nostalgia. And I’m not ready to be a geezer yet. Which makes the embrace of modern technology even better. Thanks to electronic banking, I can pay my bills online, and when the dreaded Tax Time comes around, most of the information is on my computer and I don’t have to sort

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ologists, proctologists, podiatrists, radiologists, urologists, orthopods, surgeons, physical therapists, receptionists, fellow patients and many other “ists.” Let’s not forget, there is exciting new gear to purchase ~ loose fitting clothes, wigs, sturdy shoes, compression socks, compression bands, heat packs, ice packs, hearing aids, reading glasses, wrinkle creams, shower chairs, grabbers, grab bars, wheelchairs, walking sticks, walkers and canes. Oh, and there is an exciting new language


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can’t do any more for you except to replace your (fill in the blank: knee, hip, shoulder, ankle)” and the next adventure begins. Like traveling, aging can certainly be exciting. Many writers have addressed the phenomenon of traveling through the last third of life with humor, strength, courage, grace and dignity. I recently enjoyed some literature on aging while recuperating from my second, and rather complicated, knee replacement during the winter, an uncomfortable, but successful, three-month episode in my aging journey. Both Bette Davis and Art Linkletter remarked on the strength it takes to age properly. Bette was first: “Old age ain’t no place for sissies,” she offered. Art wrote a book on

to learn, including acronyms and testing terminology like EKG, MRI, CAT scan, mammography and the d readed colonoscopy, a nd t hen there are exciting diagnoses and procedures, such as osteoporosis, osteopenia, osteoarthritis, stenting, quadruple bypass, vein stripping, joint replacement, aneurysm, CHF, LDL, HDL and functional blepharoplasty (drooping eyelid repair). Yes, aging is like traveling; there are always new stories to share with family, friends and neighbors about the latest health issue, ache, pain, doctor visit, surgery, therapy. Stories are swapped and specialists are recommended. At what age did we start doing that at every social gathering, 50s, 60s, 70s? “How is your blah, blah, blah? Well, I have been having a rough time with my blah, blah blah. Who did you see for your blah, blah, blah?” Some folks relate humorous stories, some medical minutiae, and others play show and tell with backs, shoulders, knees and hips, some of the most common victims of aging. We line up for cortisone shots and physical therapy to buy a couple more months before going under the knife. We wear and comment on the quality of the latest or best new joint compression bands and ice packs. We elevate and ice until the inevitable day comes when the orthopedic surgeon says, “Bonna, I 28

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be the most important word in the English language. It explains what makes us think and act like we’re forty on our seventy-fifth birthday or makes others behave as though they’re seventy-five on their fortieth birthday,” Art declared. He cited the actress, comedian, award-winner, producer and animal advocate Betty White, now age 97, as one of many inspiring examples of people aging well with humor and authenticity. Betty said, “I just make it my business to get along with people so I can have fun. It’s that simple…I may be a senior, but so what? I am still hot.” I want to be Betty when I grow up.

the topic, Old Age is Not for Sissies. Bette had a few more pieces of advice for us mature types: “The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.” And my personal favorite recovery advice from Bette: “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.” Prosecco for me. Several of Art’s missives on aging bear repeating: “Straighten up, shoulders back, sharpen your senses of humor, keep cont rol of your lives, and remember what Thomas Jefferson recommended: ‘A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.’” This, of course, comes down to attitude: “Attitude may very well

I next turned to that remarkable specialist on serious old-age matters, Dr. Seuss, in his book You’re Only Old Once: A Book for Obsolete Children. Dr. Seuss provides insight into the dreaded annual medical exam at the “Golden Years Clinic.” At the Clinic, “They’ll ask you point blank how your parts are all faring? And your grandfather’s parts? And please try to recall if grandma hurt most in the spring or the fall? Did your cous30

ins have dreadful wild nightmares at night? Did they suffer such ailments as Bus Driver’s Blight?” Sound familiar? This is the same drill we’ve all had to go through. We complete a 10-page questionnaire that never seems to get digitally recorded and retrieved for the next visit. Or, the system changes and a new 12-page form must be completed! And who remembers at our age what our grandparents’ ailments were? After several more unnecessary tests, Dr. Seuss advises, “Then into the New Wing! We’ll see Dr. Spreckles, who does the Three F’s-Footsies, Fungus, and Freckles.” Of course, Seuss continues naming more doctors and specialists to be seen, until NEW LISTING Easton Club Townhome - great location, featuring three bedrooms, bonus room and family room with fireplace, small office, screened porch and patio. This unit is perfect turn-key living, conveniently located off Oxford corridor. Community offers pool and tennis courts. $329,000

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Ephron shares, “I used to think my problem was that my disk was full; now I’m forced to conclude that the opposite is true: it’s becoming empty!” She thinks that we are lucky to live in a technological world. Now, she says, “You can whip out your iPhone and go to Google. The senior moment has become the Google moment and it has a much nicer, hipper, younger, more contemporary sound, doesn’t it?” I Feel Bad About My Neck is Ephron’s humorous take on some other trials of the aging woman. She intimately and frank ly discusses the various treatments we ex per i ment w it h to t r y to stop the clock. We travel to new places ~ spas, dermatologists, makeup

finally moving on to “…Fitzsimmons, Fitzgerald, and Fitzpatrick, too, all of whom will prescribe a prescription for you.” The book is a delightful, laughter-filled trip through the world of medical exams. Humor ist Nora Ephron g ives some useful adv ice on handling other phenomena of aging, such as “senior moments,” in her essay collection I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections. We all have those moments when we can’t remember names, dates, locations, book s, movies, addresses, travel details, where we left something or what we wanted to retrieve when we walked to another room.

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inhibited Eighties,” “the Nobility of the Nineties” and “the Celebratory Centenarians.” A s my t hree -mont h recover y winds down, I am putting away my rehab equipment: walker, rollator, cane, walking stick, shower chair, ice packs, grabber, compression socks and baggy clothes. I am putting away the humorous books about aging. I am driving instead of being driven. I am napping less but not stopping altogether. I am going to my excellent physical therapy sessions less. I am going back to my excellent gym more.

departments and athletic clubs ~ in the quest to make our neck and other body parts look younger. Author Lett y Cottin Pogrebin wrote the witty book Getting Over Getting Older when she turned 50 to explore the changes that take place in midlife and how to move past them and be grateful and better. Pogrebin advises, “Why hope to live a long life if we’re only going to fill it with self -absorption, body maintenance and image repair? When we die, do we want people to exclaim, ‘She looked ten years younger,’ or do we want them to say ‘She lived a great life’”? In New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time, popular author Gail Sheehy shares a similar philosophy. “If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing.” She says that gerontology experts “make a clear distinction between passive aging and successful aging…Your job is to revive your life energy to make the next passage.” Sheehy makes it clearer in these words of wisdom: “The decision to renew ourselves for a third age ~ from 65 to who knows? ~ requires a real investment of faith, risk, and physical discipline.” We can choose how to age, just as we choose how to travel. Sheehy respectfully names the last decades, “the Serene Sixties,” “the Sage Seventies,” “the Un36


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I am now rereading Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit and Sexy ~ Until You’re 80 and Beyond. I don’t know about the sexy part, but getting fit again after a three-month slump sounds good to me. The authors, Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D., are energetic cheerleaders for readers, and there is a male version as well for anyone wanting to jump-start their lifestyle program. The authors state that according to recent studies, millions of “Baby Boomers” will live until the age of 100 and beyond. It would be great to live that long in good health, in peace and with joy. Crowley and Lodge recommend that “If, as we age, we concentrate

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Global Ambassadors Adrift by Roger Vaughan “I’ll send an SOS to the world I hope that someone gets my Message in a bottle” ~ The Police and I’d been impressed. Now I had a chance to look at the underbody of this sleek design and study what made it so sea-kindly and maneuverable. Out of the corner of my eye, something else caught my attention. Propped against a wall of the shop was a rack of model sailboats: ten or more identical hulls

If you’re lucky enough to be invited to the annual open house at Mathews Brothers in Denton, Maryland, it’s a great chance to get up close with the elegant 29-footers they build. I spent a day on one while patrolling the Star World Championships held at Oxford’s Tred Avon Yacht Club last October,

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quality of the little boats. I hefted one, and it must have weighed around 30 pounds. It wasn’t a racy shape, more like a sturdy cruising boat. Dave Iglehart joined me. Dave is the general manager at Mathews Brothers. He said Mathews was building the small boats for a group in Maine called Educational Passages. They had ordered 100 of them. The boats are five feet long, weigh 40 pounds when ballasted, and carry 390 square inches of an un-trimmable, diamond-shaped sail on a 40-inch mast. The mast is stepped way forward. There’s a keel mounted far aft, but no rudder. The robust boat travels at the whim of wind and current. On board is a GPS device that tracks the boat’s

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Dave Iglehart meandering path. Anyone can buy one of these mini boats for around $2,300 and send their SOS, or a more benign message, to the world. But the main focus of Educational Passages is placing the minis in schools for educational purposes. The mini boat project was started in 2008 by a retired singlehanded sailor from Maine named Dick Baldwin. Having spent much of his life on the ocean, Baldwin wanted to stay connected with the environment he loves. He began tinkering in his shop and came up with the mini concept. “Dick read about

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coming across the minis on beaches or on the rocks, rescuing them from certain destruction, opening their deck hatches (per instructions laminated to the deck), and being delighted at the contents. “A colorfully decorated mini is the most curious piece of marine debris you’ll ever find,” says Cassie Stymiest, the Jill of All Trades at Educational Passages. Cassie interacts with schools, baby-sits dozens of projects, runs social media and the tracking system (check it out at events/atsea/) and takes frantic calls at all hours from teachers, parents, harbor pilots, ship captains and beachcombers at her home base in New Hampshire. “We have a good recovery rate,” Cassie says. “We follow the minis with GPS and alert people when they land. A guy

us in the literature on GPS ocean tracking,” says Erin Pelletier, who runs Educational Passages as well as the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, both well-established nonprofits. “At the Foundation, we put drifters in the ocean to collect data about currents,” she says. “The GPS units we use are what Dick wanted for his new hobby. That’s how we got together. He started the project, then he stepped back and we took over.” Since 2008, Educational Passages has supported the launching of more than 175 mini boats. Unlike the storied bottles, most of which are lost at sea, the mighty minis most often arrive somewhere. Scores of people in 20 or more countries have been involved in

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The Mighty Mini walks the local beach, finds one, and reads, ‘open me, take me to the nearest school.’ And he does.” When a class, usually a middle school class, decides to do a mini project, it receives a 20-page manual that instructs teacher and students how to finish the kit they have received: hull, keel, sail, mast and electronics unit. The teacher can focus on whatever elements he or she feels would be most effective and engaging, including oceanography, biology, international relations, geography, nautical history, stewardship and conservation, or all of the above, and more. Meanwhile, the class is ballast-

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ing the keel and attaching it to the hull with epoxy, applying antifouling paint, installing the GPS unit, decorating sail and hull to their liking, and stuffing the hold with all sorts of goodies: candy, school logo pencils and pins, photos, f lags, shirts and assorted treasures. More people have to get involved to launch a mini, since minis can’t just be f loated off a beach. They need to be launched in open ocean. That’s how Bay and River Delaware pilot Andrew Parish, of Easton, Maryland, became a mini devotee.

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“They asked me if I could launch a boat,” Parish says, an innocent enough question that would turn him into an enthusiastic promoter of the program. He has since arranged the launching of 14 minis prepared by Radcliffe Creek and Kent schools in Chestertown, Maryland, and the Country School in Easton, Maryland, from ships he has piloted on Delaware Bay. To launch a mini, a ship has to slow to a crawl. A 100-foot length of leech line (f lag halyard) is passed through a pad eye on the mini’s transom and the little boat is lowered from the deck into the water. The free end of the line is released and runs out the pad eye, and the mini is off on its adventure. The

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returned. A reporter found the boat and got it to Providençiales, Turks & Caicos’ biggest island. Finding a way to bring it north has been a problem since then, but Parish reports he ran into a couple planning to vacation there who have agreed to bring it back. He’s delighted. “I want Country School to do one more boat while my son is a student,” he says, “and I want Cougars back to show the kids the little boat that circumnavigated the North Atlantic.” The minis have a powerful way of generating strong, emotional attachment. The Old Breton prayer ~ “Oh Lord, my boat is so small and Your sea is so great” ~ has perhaps found its ultimate example in the minis that are venturing forth on

The Kent boat went ashore in Wales after three months. It was found and delivered to a nearby middle school whose students contacted Kent. The Radcliffe Creek boat also sailed north, entered the fjords of Scotland, was blown onto the rocks by a storm and destroyed. The first Country School boat, Cougars, launched in 2016, sailed a northerly course across the Atlantic, then took a major dive south toward the Azores and west into the Trade Winds. It came ashore 15 months later at Salt Key, Turks & Caicos. Salt Key had been evacuated before it was flattened by hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017, and it was months before the residents



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what this is. I fell in love instantly. I immediately started scheming how I could make this into a program I could take to the schools.” Sandel had money left over in his budget, so he put out a notice about the program that would be fully underwritten by the museum. He was swamped by 82 applications from schools in the nine-county area around Astoria. He whittled them down to a manageable few. Sandel’s method is to provide each class with two boats. That ups the odds of one of them surviving, and with 30 kids typically in a class, he feels one boat isn’t enough. Given the nature of ocean currents and prevailing winds, most of the boats

our planet’s immense, rolling seas. The seemingly impossible, random passage-making attempted by the little boats has an irresistible, romantic attraction. The minis take on personalities, with qualities like “brave” and “courageous” being applied to them. Ask Nate Sandel. Sandel is the education director of the Columbia River Museum in Astoria, Oregon. A few years ago he was attending a symposium for science and math teachers. He was chatting with colleagues when he saw his first mini. “It stopped me in mid-conversation,” Sandel says. “I said excuse me, I’ve got to go see

Nate Sandel, education director with the Columbia River Maritime Museum, works with students to apply the epoxy. 54

sponsored by the museum have landed in British Columbia or Alaska. When Sandel contemplated the large amount of debris ~ including one entire fishing boat ~ that had landed on the Oregon beaches after the 2011 tsunami in Japan, he realized minis should be launched in Japan. He went to the Japanese consulate in Portland, identified two likely Japanese schools and brought boats to them. “It’s a goodwill gesture,” Sandel says. “I pay for everything. We raise the money at the museum. It gets people involved.” There were construction problems that caused the first Japanese boats to stop transmitting, so the following year, Sandel brought

Lisa Swanson teaching a middle school science lesson. each of those schools another boat. “The mentality in Japan is that failure is shameful,” he says. “The minis provide a real lesson in per-

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class.” A few minis his schools have launched off the Panama Canal have traveled a long way. “One made it almost to the Philippines,” he says, “before it turned around, went almost all the way to Hawaii, then turned around and started heading back to the Philippines before it stopped transmitting.” The data provided and the questions raised by such untoward tracks are educational. Sandel often wishes working with the mini program was his fulltime job. “I’ve stayed up all night when a boat seems to be in danger,” he says. “One day a boat was ‘navigating’ a 15-foot channel in the Vancouver Islands. A previous boat had

severance, proving that ‘failure’ is simply a step toward the end game. The Japanese admire Americans as risk takers, people not afraid to take a chance and fail. The Japanese teachers loved being able to work on that.” Sandel’s museum project has launched 18 minis. One of them hugged the Vancouver coast and then sailed around British Columbia and into Alaska Sound. Another crashed in Sitka, Alaska. “After dozens of phone calls, I went up there,” Sandel says, “got it, fixed it and relaunched it from there with Sitka’s entire seventh-grade

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approached her with the mini boat idea after reading about it in a boating magazine. The first boat her sixth-graders launched hit pay dirt, fetching up on Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands off the northwest tip of France. “We did some Skyping with the school where the boat ended up,” Swanson says, “and it was a real eye-opener for classes on both sides of the ocean about how different life can be depending on where you live. Morristown is a bedroom community for New York. Most of my students’ parents commute, and the kids are lulled into thinking everyone lives as they do. The boat opened a window for them on what life is like on a tiny island in

wrecked there. I had concert tickets that night, but I sent my wife and daughter without me. I had to sit there and see what happened.” All manner of commercial vessels have launched minis, and their crews are just part of the mass of students, parents, teachers, finders and collateral friends and neighbors whose lives have been indelibly touched by the mini boats. Seven years ago, Lisa Swanson, dean of the middle school at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, New Jersey, joined that growing mass of mini fans. One of Morristown-Beard’s board members who had a son in the school

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The Mighty Mini the English Channel. And those kids got to see American suburbia. It’s amazing that a little mini boat can provide so many connections for kids across an ocean.” Having such an exciting initial success stimulated the Morristown-Beard program. The kids have contests for naming the boats, discussions about what the instructions laminated to the deck should say and the design of paint job and décor, and what to put in the hold. This year Swanson says there is a baseball, an M-B school jersey, a complete collection of States of the Union quarters, and sand from Jersey Shore beaches. Given the

Morristown-Beard Middle School mini after having been repaired by a French vocational class. Gulf Stream and the North Atlantic Current encountered by minis launched in the Atlantic, the instructions are written in French, Spanish, Portuguese and English. One of the Morristown boats crash-landed in Scotland’s Shetland Islands, another in Spain, near Gibraltar. Both opened up engaging dialogue and pen pal activity between distant classrooms. Meanwhile, the first boat had been put on a scrap metal ship that passed by Guernsey and relaunched. It landed in France, where it was picked up and brought to another school. “We connect-

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en years ago will be delivered to New Jersey before the kids who launched it graduate.” Morristown-Beard Middle School has only lost one of the seven boats their classes have launched. “It made it across the Atlantic to Portugal,” Swanson says, “then skirted along the Portugal coast before it started heading back. At that point, the GPS conked out. But we haven’t given up. We’re still waiting for that surprise phone call: ‘We’ve found your boat!’” Roger Vaughan has lived, worked and sailed in Oxford since 1980.

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medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Add f lour and salt, all at once, stirring vigorously over medium-high heat until mixture leaves sides of pan and forms a smooth ball. Remove from heat and cool 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly with a wooden spoon after each addition. Add cheese; beat until dough is smooth. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Cool puffs away from any draft. Just before serving, cut top third off puff; pull out and discard soft dough inside. Spoon chicken salad into puffs and replace tops. Garnish with sliced olives. Tip: Bake the puffs as soon as the dough is made; the longer you wait to bake them, the less they will rise. You can bake the puffs a day ahead and store them in an

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CLOVERLEAF ROLLS Yields 2 dozen 1 pkg. dry yeast 1 cup warm water (105-115°) 3 T. sugar 2 T. shortening 1 egg 1/2 t. salt 3 to 3-1/2 cups f lour 1/4 cup butter, melted

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Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl; let stand for 5 minutes. Add sugar, shortening, egg, salt and half of the f lour; beat at low speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually stir in enough of the remaining f lour to make a soft dough. Place dough in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. If you are not ready to make the rolls yet, the dough can be covered and refrigerated for up to five days. (If refrigerated, let return to room temperature before proceeding). Punch dough down; turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 4 to 5 times. Lightly grease muffin pans. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 3 balls in each muffin cup.

WHEAT GERM BISCUITS Yields 1 dozen 1-1/2 cups f lour 1/2 cup wheat germ 1 T. baking powder 1/2 t. salt 1/4 cup shortening 3/4 cup milk Combine f lour, wheat germ, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add milk; stir until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a wellfloured surface, and knead 6 times. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 10 to 12 minutes, or until biscuits are lightly browned. A longtime resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith, formerly Denver’s NBC Channel 9 Children’s Chef, now teaches both adult and children’s cooking classes on the south shore of Massachusetts. For more of Pam’s recipes, visit the Story Archive tab at 72


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Getting Ready Gardens, Baseball & Boats by Michael Valliant

With apologies to Forrest Gump, life might be more like gardening, boating, or baseball than a box of chocolates. And the key to any of those three things, and maybe life, is what happens in the spring. Gardens don’t happen without planting seeds. Whether you are growing flowers, fruit, or vegetables, it starts with no glory, just clearing and caring for the beds, planting seeds, and making sure you help create the best conditions for growth. We live in a results-now, instant gratification world. We want everything packaged and handed to us now. Harvest, please. But Robert Louis Stevenson gives us another take when he writes, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Spring is also a time for planting seeds in ourselves ~ spring cleaning and planting for our souls. The growth and rebirth going on around us can remind us and help us model those same processes. And if we want to create or grow something all new, we need new thoughts or seeds to make it happen. Trappist monk, poet, and writer

Thomas Merton has been a lifeline for me. There have been times in my life, feeling like I am hanging on by a thread, when his words have carried me, picked me up, and given me something to stand on. In his book, New Seeds of Contemplation, he talks about making new choices and thinking new thoughts.

“We will learn to take the risks implied by faith, to make the choices that deliver us from our routine self and open us to the door of a new being, a new reality,” Merton wrote. “The mind that is a prisoner of conventional ideas, and the will that is the captive of its own desire cannot accept the seeds of an unfamiliar truth and a supernatural desire.” Sam Calagione went from being 75

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preneurship. After brewing his first batch of beer in New York and having a party for people to try it, Calagione knew what he wanted to do. “I began considering new ingredients and different methods... I also started thinking that, while maybe I would never actually write the great American novel, I might be able to make the great American beer,” he wrote. “That evening I stood up, with Ricki Lake as my witness, told everyone in the room I was going to be a professional brewer.” Planting unconventional ideas and having them take root and grow. Spring is for growing both plants and dreams. Spring is also the beginning of baseball season. It’s a time when Major League Baseball players and coaches report for spring training; when young players work toward trying to realize their dreams of playing profes-

an English major in college who thought he wanted to be a writer to founding Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Rehoboth Beach, which has become one of the biggest names in craft brewing. He wanted to know more about good beer, worked in a restaurant in New York City that served great beer, found out he loved making beer and was good at it, and changed his whole way of thinking and his life. He planted seeds of opening a brewery, nurtured them and grew his ideas into reality. You get a sense of his excitement in his book, Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Entre-

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were in a few years ago, when veteran player Ryan Zimmerman was a young player and superstars Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper were drafted. Washington has watched some of its seeds take root and grow, while others have been transplanted. Nationals fans are hoping to see their team go deep into the playoffs. But in both cases, baseball brings with it a springtime hope that James Earl Jones’ character in the movie Field of Dreams put into words: “The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past. It reminds us of all

sional baseball; and when baseball fans can dream about their favorite teams winning a World Series. Fans of our area baseball teams, the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals, have different kinds of hopes for this season. The Orioles’ hope is based on rebuilding, planting seeds in the form of new players, a new manager, and a new general manager. The familiar players are gone, the team is committed to a process of starting over and they have leaders in place who have overseen this process before, and won doing it. It gives us as fans a chance to watch it happen from the beginning, to watch the team and the players grow. This is a place the Nationals



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time Museum, waiting until spring to begin getting a boat ready means you’re already missing out. “The truth of the matter is that the really serious sailors are putting on those maintenance coats of varnish, a fresh coat of copper bottom paint, and a bit of buffing one the topsides by early April, because the best sailing on the bay is in April and May, and then again in the fall,” Lesher said. Spring is a time for preparation. It’s a time for new life and new ideas. It marks a return of warmer weather, a green landscape, baseball season, and boats on the water. And the things spring, and life, prepare us for can be the best stuff. Whether or not you sail, use Gary Paulsen’s image in Caught By the Sea: My Life on Boats as a metaphor: “This beginning motion, this first time when a sail truly filled and the boat took life and knifed across the lake under perfect control, this was so beautiful it stopped my breath...”

that once was good and that could be again.” Boats are an integral part of the Eastern Shore ~ its landscape and its legacy. Spring is when boats come back to life after a winter’s slumber. Boatyards in Oxford are getting boats in the water and boat owners begin their adventures anew. But not without putting the work in first. If you can’t have flowers or vegetables in a garden without planting seeds, you can’t enjoy the rivers or the Bay by boat without putting the work into getting it seaworthy. If you ask Pete Lesher, the chief curator at the Chesapeake Bay Mari-

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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at 83


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Welcoming Spring with Flowers With the arrival of spring, color is now starting to burst forth from the drab winter landscape. April can still be a tricky month weather-wise, so don’t rush your planting efforts. It is still too early to put out warm-season annual vegetables and f lowers, but you can add some bright seasonal color in your

landscape beds with cold-tolerant f lowering annuals. April is the perfect month to plant pansies. Pansies and their relatives, Johnny-jump-ups, are cool-season f lowers. Pansies provide interest in the f lower bed, as they come in many colors and with a variety of markings and f lower sizes. The


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wittrockiana), and they come in an array of colors and f lower patterns. We usually think of pansies as yellow and purple in color, but there are white varieties and even orange ones. Plant breeders have introduced several newer varieties in the last few years.

The “Majestic Giant� series is more tolerant of heat and cold. They exhibit a free-flowering habit and boast flowers that are 3 to 4 inches across, all with faces. They have heat tolerance bred into them, so they last longer in the landscape, going through June and early July. By the way, pansy flowers are edible! I have always liked pansies for their multitude of f lower colors and ease of care. Other than occasionally requiring the removal of dead f lowers, pansies take care of themselves. There are countless uses for pansies in the landscape. You can brighten up your front door with pots of transplanted pansies or place them in outdoor beds as mass plantings. It is best to buy large transplanted plants that

difference between regular pansies and Johnny-jump-ups (Viola cornuta, Viola tricolor) is that the Johnny-jump-up’s f lowers are much smaller. They f lower heavily and are more heat-resistant than pansies. Johnny-jump-ups are ideal for planting around bulbs and larger f lowers. If you planted pansies in the landscape last fall, they may or may not have overwintered, depending on where they were in the landscape bed and what protection they might have had. According to the National Garden Bureau, there are more than 250 cultivars of pansies (Viola x 86 SINCE 1949 SALES · SERVICE · RENTALS · PARTS Turning the earth into a better place

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Mulching your pansies with a 1to 2-inch layer of mulch will help retain soil moisture and reduce any weeds that may compete with your plants. When the pansies have run their course and decline with the summer heat, pull them out and replace them with heat-tolerant annuals like petunias, celosia and geraniums. I have found that you can still find annual f lower transplants at the local garden center or big box store in July. You just need to be diligent in picking out healthy transplants. The snapdragon is another cool-season annual f lower you may want to try as a mass planting in the landscape bed. The National Garden Bureau has declared

will give a good show before hot weather arrives. When planting pansies, space your transplants 6 to 10 inches apart. They prefer a well-drained and fertile soil location ~ the best place in the landscape is an area that receives morning sun. Add granular 5-10-10 fertilizer, a granular slow-release fertilizer or organic fertilizer into the soil as you are planting the pansies. Avoid using a high-nitrogen fertilizer with pansies as excess nitrogen can make pansies susceptible to rot. Supply adequate water to ensure that the pansy transplants become established and form good root systems.

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adding a sweet aroma in the area where they are planted. Did you know that snapdragons are native to the Mediterranean region and parts of the Middle East and North Africa? According to the National Garden Bureau, “Snapdragons come in a range of heights: dwarf (6-10 inches tall, 10-12 inches wide), medium (1624 inches tall, 12-18 inches wide) and tall (24-30 inches tall, 14-16 inches wide). Dwarf types are currently the most common snapdragons found at garden centers. Their compact habit makes them ideal for sales in packs and pots, and for multiple applications in gar-



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f lowers come in a range of colors, including red, yellow, pink, burgundy, bronze, orange, white and multi-color. One use for snapdragons is to plant them in mass beds in front of evergreen shrubs for the best landscaping effect and to show off their colors. A nice f lower combination in the landscape is using snapdragons with pansies and ornamental kale or cabbage. You can also plant them close to beds of spring-f lowering daffodils. As the foliage of the daffodils dies out, the snapdragon plants will fill in. If you grow the tall series of snapdragons, be prepared to stake them, as their heavy f lower display will cause them to fall over. They prefer well-drained, organic-rich beds prepared much as you would for pansies. Snapdragons are not that hard to grow. Deadhead to keep f lowers producing. The daffodils popped out early, so pay attention to how they do. Over time, they may become shaded by trees or larger shrubs. If this occurs, consider moving the bulbs to a new, sunny location or prune back the surrounding tree limbs or shrubs. After the bulb foliage has died down, dig up the bulbs and separate them in July. Cut flower stalks back to the ground on daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring-flowering bulbs as the flowers fade. Do not cut the foliage until it dies naturally. The

leaves are necessary to produce strong bulbs capable of reflowering. To keep the planting going, you can fertilize bulbs upon the emergence of foliage with a 10-10-10 fertilizer, using a rate of 1 to 3 pounds per 100 square feet. Repeat the application after the bulbs have bloomed.

In April your overwintering chrysanthemums pop up in the flowerbed. As soon as these green shoots appear, it is recommended that you lift, divide and replant them. To thicken up the plants, pinch out the top when they are about 4 inches high. You can also take chrysanthemum cuttings now through midJune for flowers during fall and winter in the greenhouse. Besides chrysanthemums, many popular perennials can be divided now, including phlox, fall asters, Shasta daisies, baby’s breath and liriope. Set up a plant exchange with friends and neighbors to share the excess. Late April is a good time to plant dahlia tubers in the f lowerbed. 91

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tested every few years to make sure the pH is 5.5. or below. To maintain proper soil moisture and prevent weeds from growing around them, mulch the plants with 2 inches of pine bark, pine needles or shredded hardwood mulch. If adequate mulch is already present, do not add additional inches! Over-mulching is the quickest way to kill shallow-rooted plants like azaleas. A mulch layer higher than 2 inches will cause the plants to make a secondary root system in the mulch at the expense of the primary root system. When the mulch dries out, the roots will die, and the plant will suffer. Many times, all you need to do is gently “f luff up” the existing mulch to make the plants look nice. There were times when I was the County Extension Agent in Talbot County that I was asked to look at a homeowner’s landscape where their azaleas were dying. It was easy for me to pull over-mulched azaleas out of the landscape bed and show the homeowner the “secondary” root system that had sprouted into the mulch. April is also rose care time. If you haven’t fertilized your roses yet, apply a quarter cup of 5-1010 or 5-10-5 fertilizer around each plant or 3 pounds per 100 square feet of bed area. If you don’t want to use a chemical fertilizer, there are specialty organic fertilizers on the garden center shelves that

Install plant stakes to support the plant’s height at the time of planting to avoid injury to tubers. If you dug up and stored dahlia tubers over the winter, one easy way to determine if they have survived storage is to sprout them indoors in a warm, lit spot before planting.

After your azaleas finish flowering, it is important that you fertilize and mulch them. They will benefit from an early spring application of one pound of ammonium sulfate fertilizer per 100 square feet of bed if you have regularly been fertilizing. Apply 2 to 3 pounds of 5-10-5 fertilizer per 100 square feet if your plants have not been fed for the past couple of years. Sprinkle the fertilizer on the surface of the soil around the plants and water in. It is always a good idea to have the soil in azalea and rhododendron beds 92

To prevent rose borer from getting into the top of cut rose stems, place a thumbtack on the top of the stem. Also, if you did not do it last fall, clean up around your roses. Remove all dead leaves on the soil surface and cut off any old f lower “hips.” Sanitation is the best way to reduce rose disease problems like black spot and mildew. Happy Gardening! Marc Teffeau retired as Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs at the American Nursery and Landscape Association in Washington, D.C. He now lives in Georgia with his wife, Linda.

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Dorchester County is known as the Heart of the Chesapeake. It is rich in Chesapeake Bay history, folklore and tradition. With 1,700 miles of shoreline (more than any other Maryland county), marshlands, working boats, quaint waterfront towns and villages among fertile farm fields – much still exists of what is the authentic Eastern Shore landscape and traditional way of life along the Chesapeake. FREDERICK C. MALKUS MEMORIAL BRIDGE is the gateway to Dorchester County over the Choptank River. It is the second longest span 95

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

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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 410-228-1000 or visit or SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - A tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. High Street is also known as one of the most haunted streets in Maryland. join a Chesapeake Ghost Walk to hear the stories. Find out more at www. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit CHOPTANK RIVER LIGHTHOUSE REPLICA - The replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse includes a small museum with exhibits about the original lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse, located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, is open daily, May through October, and by appointment, November through April; call 410-463-2653. For more info. visit DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High 97

Dorchester Points of Interest Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424 Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 98

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

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

Easton Points of Interest now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and seasonal events. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. Founded in 1692, the Parish’s church building is one of the many historic landmarks of downtown Easton. The current building was erected in the early 1840’s of Port Deposit granite and an addition on the south end was completed in 1874. Since that time there have been many improve-

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Easton Points of Interest ments and updates, but none as extensive as the restoration project which began in September 2014. For service times contact 410-822-2677 or 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 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.



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 The Prager Building. 14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the Star-Democrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its inf luences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roofline. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GR AND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building where they first met is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. 17. FOXLEY HALL - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Easton’s Federal dwellings. Former home of Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private)

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Easton Points of Interest 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf 21. U. of M. SHORE MEDICAL CENTER AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s as the Memorial Hospital, now a member of

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On the broad Miles River, with its picturesque tree-lined streets and beautiful harbor, St. Michaels has been a haven for boats plying the Chesapeake and its inlets since the earliest days. Here, some of the handsomest models of the Bay craft, such as canoes, bugeyes, pungys and some famous Baltimore Clippers, were designed and built. The Church, named “St. Michael’s,” was the first building erected (about 1677) and around it clustered the town that took its name. 1. WADES POINT INN - Located on a point of land overlooking majestic Chesapeake Bay, this historic inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Thomas Kemp, builder of the original “Pride of Baltimore,” built the main house in 1819. For more info. visit 117

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. (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 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 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,


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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly

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St. Michaels Points of Interest hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665.The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors 122

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

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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest nonball 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 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,

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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 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 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit 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 Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Although already settled for perhaps 20 years, Oxford marks the year 1683 as its official founding, for in that year Oxford was first named by the Maryland General Assembly as a seaport and was laid out as a town. In 1694, Oxford and a new town called Anne Arundel (now Annapolis) were selected the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Until the American Revolution, Oxford enjoyed prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations. Today, Oxford is a charming tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of just over 700 and is still important in boat building and yachting. It has a protected harbor for watermen who harvest oysters, crabs, clams and fish, and for sailors from all over the Bay. 1. JOHN WESLEY METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - Built on a tiny patch of land outside Oxford, this unassuming one-room building without a steeple and without indoor plumbing, once served as an im-

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Oxford Points of Interest portant place of worship and gathering for generations of Talbot County African-Americans. It was an abolitionist and integrated church community in a county which was slave-holding since 1770. Talbot County was at the center of both legal manumission (the freeing of a slave) and Fugitive Slave Act enforcement. The African American community was 50% free and 50% enslaved. It was also the center of Union recruitment of slaves for the U.S. Colored Troops. 2. OXFORD CONSERVATION PARK - The park’s 86 acres stretch out on the southern side of state Route 333, near Boone Creek Road, and features walking trails, wetland viewing areas, native bird species, and open landscapes. 3. TENCH TILGHMAN MONUMENT - In the Oxford Cemetery the Revolutionary War hero’s body lies along with that of his widow. Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman, who was Gen. George Washington’s aide-de-camp, carried the message of Cornwallis’ surrender from Yorktown, VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Maria Tilghman.

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


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by Gary D. Crawford Most everyone has heard of Lieutenant Colonel Tench Tilghman, right? He was the aide-de-camp to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. (If you haven’t, well, now you have.) But who among us can answer these five questions about him? 1. What the heck kind of name is “Tench,” anyway? 2. Where was Tench born, and where is he buried? 3. Besides being Washington’s personal assistant, what else did Lt. Col. Tench do? 4. There also was a General Tench Tilghman. If these are different guys, how are they related? 5. Who was Tilghman’s Island named for, Lt. Col. Tench or Gen. Tench? Enquiring minds want to know such things, so I looked into it. Here’s what I have gleaned from the records. You sure don’t hear the name “Tench” much anymore, do you? In fact, according to one website about baby-naming, only five kids (all boys) in the U.S. have been named Tench since 1914! But back in the day, in the mid-1700s…oh, my, there were rafts of them. Several families, not just the Tilghmans,

seemed to have a Tench or two in every generation. To avoid dragging you into that genealogical quagmire ~ where I’ve wandered for far too many hours ~ let’s cut to the chase. (Ready?)

Tench is a fish. Yep. And its Latin name, believe it or not, is Tinca tinca, though some early books name it Tinca vulgaris. A carp-like fish, the tench grows to around 33 inches in length. Its native habitat covers most of Europe, including the British Isles, and parts of western Asia. For ne a rly 150 ye a r s t he y ’ve been in the States, too. The U.S. Fish Commission brought some in from Germany in 1877, apparently for use as a food and sport fish, and spent several years learning to culture tench. Once they knew the tricks, they ramped up; during the


Tench’s Ride 1886-1896 decade, the Commission planted more than 138,000 tench across North America in 36 different states. Shortly thereafter, the agency discontinued working with tench and turned over their hatchery ponds to the rearing of bass. Why they switched from tench to bass isn’t clear, but here’s my guess. The tench has ver y small scales embedded deeply in a thick skin, making it as slippery as an eel. Folklore has it that this slime cured any sick fish that rubbed against it. The earliest book on f ly fishing, A Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle, published in 1486, states that the tench “heelith all manners of other fysshe that ben hurt yf they maye come to hym.” Tench are bottom feeders, and they help to keep waterways clean. They can live in polluted water, but they tend to pick up the pollutants in their body oil, which of course affects their taste. Though tench c aught in clean water are good eating, and are consumed in vast quantities worldwide, in the U.S. they are mostly ornamental pond fish, like carp. Enoug h about f ish, perhaps? Though it does leave one wondering: Why would anyone name their kid for a slimy fish? My researches suggest that Tench Tilghman wasn’t named for the fish, but for an ancestor whose last name was Tench.

Well, then, how does someone get the surname “Tench?” I suspect it is a n “oc cupat iona l na me” ~ like Miller, Archer, Cooper, Cook, Thatcher or Fisher. In the old days, all the large houses in England had large fish ponds, and the tench, with its ability to grow quickly, was a popular species. So, in the same way the family of the guy who lays brick for you came to be known as the Masons, I suspect the tench farmer became Mr. Tench. However it came about, the Tench surname goes back a very long way. The first recorded spelling of the family name seems to be Alan Tenche in 1193, during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart. Back here in Maryland, the first instance of “Tench” that I could find, in any way connected to Lt. Col.


Tench Francis, Sr.

Tench Tilghman, was Ann Tench. Born in Ireland about 1675, she married the Very Reverend John Francis of Dublin. They named their first-born child Tench Francis, in honor of Ann’s family name. This is the first instance I have found of “Tench” as a given name. But, boy, did John and Ann start something! Tench Francis studied law in London and then came to Maryland, to Kent County, to serve as an attorney for Lord Baltimore. In 1724, he married Miss Elizabeth Turbutt and they produced a passel of kids, nine in all. The first son on their little baseball team they named John, to honor Tench Francis’ father. Next came their first daughter, Ann, named af-

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Tench’s Ride ter Tench’s mother. Among the other seven was, of course, another Tench, Tench Francis, Jr. As it turns out, however, it was that first daughter, Ann Francis, who linked the “Tench” name to the Tilghman family.

Ann (Francis) Tilghman When she was just 16 in 1743, Ann Francis married James Tilghman of the “Hermitage” in Chestertown; James was 27. The couple settled at Fausely, on Glebe Creek near Easton in Talbot County. When she delivered their first child, on Christmas Day in 1744, they named the little boy to honor her father, Tench Francis. Christened Tench Tilghman, the child was the first of that name, so far as I can determine, though many would follow.

Ann eventually produced an even larger family than her own ~ at least ten. (One writer says a dozen, but he didn’t name all the girls.) Clear as mud? Maybe a picture would help (see graph on next page). Anyway, this is our guy, and he definitely was born on the Eastern Shore. So now, having traced our Tench ~ etymologically, genealogically and geographically ~ let’s get to know him a bit. As a child, he developed a close bond with his father, a relationship that was to be sorely tested because of their political differences. Like many other children of Maryland’s gentlemen farmers, his early training was in a plantation school; later, he was tutored by Rev. John Gordon of St. Michaels. He was, by all accounts, an apt pupil and good at languages. W hen he r e ac he d t he a ge of fourteen, his maternal grandfather (and namesake), Tench Francis, Sr., stepped in. The Francis family was now located in Philadelphia, and grandpa generously of fered to sponsor young Master Tench at the Academy there, which soon would become the Universit y of Pennsylvania. So, in 1758, Tench left the Eastern Shore and moved to Philadelphia, where he immersed himself in four years of hard study in the classics, religion, French, philosophy, mathematics and law. Philadelphia had, by t his time, become a center of wealth, arts, science, sport, fashion and good food.


The Gloucester Fox Hunting Club was created in 1766 and Tench, an accomplished horseman, joined up. Tench graduated in 1761, in a distinguished class of thirteen. Soon thereafter, he went into a business partnership with his uncle, Tench Francis, Jr. It was a profitable collaboration, and Tench acquired some real assets from it. But the 1760s were a troubled decade, as trade suffered badly due to British interference. The growing dissension between supporters of the King and advocates for independence tore some families apart. Tench’s father, James, was a Loyalist, as were all of his children but one ~ the eldest, Tench. James urged his son to resist

those calling for a break with England, a course he considered both treasonous and life threatening to his beloved son. Tench, however, could not be dissuaded. He did everything he could to maintain the relationship with his father, but finally had to ask (respectfully) that they not discuss politics. Tench’s mot her, A nn, pa ssed away in 1771. As his business affairs wound down, Tench turned to other pursuits. In 1775, the Continental Congress appointed three commissions to secure support of the Indians against the British. The commissioners for the northern conference included Col. Turbutt Francis and his nephew Tench Til-


Tench’s Ride ghman. They traveled up to Albany, then west into the Mohawk Valley. The 31-year-old auburn-haired paleface must have made something of a hit, for he was admitted into the Onandago tribe. The chief adopted Tench as his son and gave him the name Teahokalonde ~ a powerful deer with antlers ~ which the tribe considered an emblem of strength, v ir tue and courage. Tench took some ribbing from his friends about being given horns, and, though he admitted finding some of the Indian girls “pretty and extremely cleanly,” there is no indication that he accepted the offer to choose one for a bride. Events then began to move very quickly for Tench. The week after returning to Philadelphia, the Second

Continental Congress convened on September 13, with the Maryland delegation headed by his uncle Matthew Tilghman, his father’s younger brother. Unlike James, Matthew was outspoken in his defiance of the British Crown; some considered him an incendiary. Yet even during this Congress, while Matthew was in Philadelphia he stayed in James’ home, as did Tench, revealing how close the Tilghman family ties were despite their deep political differences. This time in Philadelphia also brought Tench into close contact with his Uncle Matthew. Tench’s links with him would be forged during the Revolution. When war was declared in 1776, Tench immediately joined a Philadelphia volunteer regiment as a lieutenant in the 3rd battalion; the force was soon incorporated in


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the Continental Army, and Tench was made a captain. In August, he joined General Washington’s staff as an aide-de-camp, essentially serving as his personal assistant and secretary. (Alexander Hamilton was another aide.) Tench may have volunteered personally for the job, as he never accepted any pay for his years of military service. The young man was known to General Washington through his father, James, who had dined at Mount Vernon, as Washington did in Tilghman’s Philadelphia home. Tench reported to Washington’s staff in New York just three weeks before the Battle of Long Island. Tilghman went into combat during the first day’s fighting. It proved a catastrophe for the ill-led Continental Army, and by the time General Washington arrived from Manhattan and took over command from General Putnam, he realized defeat was inevitable. Over a hundred British warships were in New York Harbor waiting for a fair wind to bring in reinforcements. Skillfully and secretly on the night of August 29, Washington extricated all 9,500 of his men, with all their baggage and equipment. The one bright spot in this early American defeat was the part played by the Maryland Regiment. They held their part of the line when the center broke, then played a decisive role by charging a superior 148

British force six times to give their comrades a chance to escape ~ and get to safety themselves. Space does not permit a recitation here of all of Tench Tilghman’s exploits and contributions during the war. As L. G. Shreve put it in his biography of Tench, “for the next seven years, Tilghman was to give the best of his strength and abilities to his commander-in-chief, not only having a hand in everything of a confidential nature but also relieving Washington of a thousand and one detailed matters.” He was with Washington throughout: at Valley Forge, at the crossing of the Delaware, at his victories and his defeats. Tilghman rarely took leave, but on one rare furlough in 1779, after spending some time with his father in Chestertown, he paid a visit to his Uncle Matthew at Rich Neck Manor, near the present village of Claiborne. There he became reacquainted with his cousin Anna Maria Tilghman, 11 years his junior, whom he had not seen since she was a teenager. Now 24, she made an immediate and favorable impression. As we all know, the war ground on. In the south, Savannah fell to the British near the end of 1779 and after a one month siege; Charleston surrendered in the following May. Then, in July of 1780, 5,500 French troops landed at Newport, Rhode Island, under the command of the Comte de Rochambeau. Washington and Rochambeau soon developed 149

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Tench’s Ride a strong par tnership and began debat i ng st r ateg y. Wa sh i ng ton badly wanted to liberate New York City, but the British defenses were formidable and the Royal Navy had a sizable f leet there. As Rochambeau’s troops linked up w it h Washing ton’s at White Plains, New York, their leaders were considering a southern campaign. The British had 8,000 men under General Cornwallis, solidly entrenched at Yorktown, Virginia, where General Lafayette was keeping them under close observation. When Washing ton received t he news in mid-August that a French naval fleet might be coming up from the Caribbean to help, the decision to go south was made. He and Rochambeau began moving their troops rapidly out of New Jersey, onto transports to cross the Chesapeake, and into Virginia. Even before they arrived, the French f leet, under Admiral de Grasse, showed up at the Capes ~ just in time to turn back a smaller British f leet sent from New York to relieve Cornwallis. Badly mauled on September 5, the British f leet went back north; meanwhile, the French f leet entered the Chesapeake and blockaded it. Washington realized, as he and Rochambeau rode toward Yorktow n, that he had some 15 ,000 troops at his command against a

well-entrenched Cornwallis with just 8,000. This could be that decisive victory he had sought for so long, the crushing defeat that would force the British to realize they could not prevail and would have to relinquish their American colonies once and for all. And so it was. After bitter fighting and a deadly bombardment from land and sea, Cornwallis surrendered on October 19, 1781. Washington dictated the terms and got signatures. This was the decisive victory that could end the war ~ but only if the Continental Congress knew of it, officially, and immediately. T he R e volut ion a r y Wa r h ad dragged on far longer than anyone on either side had expected. By 1781, A merican morale was ebbing in many quarters; even the most committed American patriots were tired and apprehensive. To end hostilities and get on with the business of establishing our new nation, we needed the British to concede and withdraw.

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We needed a significant British surrender ~ and now we had one. Washington fully understood the critical importance of informing the Continental Congress immediately of the surrender. If misinformation should arrive before his official dispatches proclaiming a victory, all manner of mischief was possible. He knew Congress could not act without his official written dispatches. Admiral de Grasse of fered to send a message up to Annapolis in one of his smaller ships, for forwarding to Philadelphia. That was helpful, but unofficial. At that critical moment, General Washington turned to the man who had been at his side for five years, always ready to do whatever needed

to be done, and more. He entrusted the task to Tench Tilghman. He knew Tench was willing, courageous and an excellent horseman who knew the route through Delmarva to Philadelphia, for it ran through Chestertown, his family home. He also knew his way around the big city, and would not be deterred by anything and anyone. Tench was, of course, honored to take the official dispatches. However, the troops on both sides were exhausted. The constant exchange of artillery barrages, day and night, then the bombardment by the French fleet in the Bay left everyone sleepless and uneasy. Some were also sick, having contracted malaria from the clouds of mosquitoes in the Tidewa-


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ter area. (They’re still around, by the way: just last July, the Virginia Gazette reported 19 cases of malaria in 2018.) Tench, too, was suffering from chills and fever, as well as exhaustion. Nevertheless, he made ready and helped Washington quick ly write out his historic dispatches. Tench knew that the first part of his journey would be by water, from the Yorktown waterfront, down the York River to the Bay, then north to Annapolis. He would have a night to recover his strength before some hasty meetings in Annapolis and jumping aboard the regular packet across the Bay to Rock Hall. That voyage, too, would give him a few hours of recovery time before the long overland trip on horseback.

They dropped down the river on Saturday, October 21, expecting to reach Annapolis the following morning. But out on the Bay, they enc ou nter e d nor t hwe s t w i nd s, forcing the captain of the schooner to tack across the Bay and back. On one port tack, he reached too far to the east and ran hard upon the shoals there. The jolt awakened Tilghman from his deep, and much needed, sleep. He was furious, but there was nothing he or the captain could do until the rising tide floated them off. As he later described the event to General Washington in a note from Philadelphia: “I lost one whole night’s run by the stupidity of the skipper, who got over on Tangier Shoals.” Even the winds were against him. They came up the Bay on Sunday morning with a fair wind until they were nearly in sight of Annapolis, when just off Sharp’s Island the w ind died ~ and there they sat, becalmed, all day. Tench didn’t arrive in Annapolis until Monday morning, October 22. After briefing the Council of Safety there, which provided him with horses, he went back to the water f ront to board the sizable packet-ferry to Rock Hall, usually a cross-Bay sail of less than three hours. This time, the trip took the whole day. When the packet finally docked that evening, Tilghman was the first off. He raced to Edesville (3 miles),


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Tench, of course, saw none of this. After a few hours of sleep, he was off again early on Tuesday morning ~ 10 miles to Kennedyville, another 5 to Locust Grove, then 8 miles farther to Georgetown. He rode all day and on into Tuesday evening, proclaiming the news and swapping horses whenever he could. It is said that when his horse began to fail, he approached the nearest farmhouse, shouting: “Cornwallis is taken; a fresh horse for the Congress!” When and where he rested and ate, I do not know, but he went a further

40 miles to Clifton Mill near New Castle, DE, then on to Chadds Ford in Pennsylvania, another 22 miles. It was now Tuesday midnight and Tench had been in the saddle since before dawn, some 20 hours. Although he must have been on the verge of collapse, given his condition, Philadelphia lay just 30 miles ahead. He pressed on and by 2:30 a.m. entered the outskirts of the city. He rode through the dark and quiet town and down High Street to Second Street, where he knew Thomas McKean lived, the president of the Continental Congress. At 3 a.m. on Wednesday, October 24, the man into whose hands Washington’s dispatches were to be placed w a s aw a kene d by a n i nc e s sa nt pounding on his door. The household awoke, Tench was recognized and admitted, the critical papers were given over. While Tench took refreshments, McKean eagerly read Washington’s account of the victory and terms of surrender. A f ter a morning’s rest, Tench reported to Congress and answered detailed questions about the terms


of surrender. Then he went to bed for a week to fight his fever. So, how does his ride compare to Paul Revere’s? Well, unfortunately for us, Longfellow didn’t write a poem about Tench’s ride, but surely a one-evening r ide by a gallant silversmith to warn townspeople that the British were coming isn’t in the same league with our Maryland hero’s astonishing 175-mile journey by land and water to announce that a nation had just been born. Consider: Tench left his parents’ home in Chestertown on Tuesday at 5 a.m. and arrived at McKean’s home in Philly by 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, a distance of about 115 miles in 22 hours over roadways of varying quality, much of it in utter darkness. Can he have taken many rest stops? Even fresh horses can gallop only for short distances. It is the “trot,” a two-beat diagonal gait, that horses can manage for extended periods. Speeds vary, as does the terrain, but a trotting horse averages about 8 miles per hour. That entire journey from York tow n to Philly was re- enacted in 1967 by one Walter Volker, a 43-year-old Chester tow n insurance salesman with no experience on horseback. Sailing in a modern ketch, and traveling modern roads during daylight hours only, Volker made it in eight days. Excluding the time Tench was becalmed or aground in the Bay, he did it in three. 155

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Tench’s Ride Washington kept in touch with Tench af ter returning to Mount Vernon. In 1782, his fondness for the young man was evident in a reply to one of Tench’s letters, which included these words: “ have no friend who wishes more to see you than I do.” To wrap up Tench’s story, he left the army in 1783 due to failing health. Nonetheless, he restarted his business after the war, shipping wheat, tobacco and other American products to Spain and importing wine and manufactured products from Spain to Baltimore. On June 9, 1783, in St. Michael’s Parish, Tilghman married Anna Maria Tilghman, his first cousin and Uncle Matthew’s daughter. Their first child, Anna Margaretta, was born the following year, May 24, 1784. Tench’s health continued to decline, however, and he passed away in Chestertown on April 18, 1786.

He was just 41. (Originally buried in Baltimore, he now lies at peace in the Oxford cemetery.) When Tench’s youngest brother, Thomas, wrote to George Washington with the news, he received this reply from Mount Vernon: May 10th 1786 Sir; Being at Richmond when your favor of the 22d Ulto came to this place, is the reason of its having lain so long unacknowledged. I delayed not a moment after my return, to discharge the Balance of your deceased Brother’s acct against me, to Mr. Watson, according to your request. As there were few men for whom I had a warmer friendship, or greater regard than for your Brother ~ Colonel Tilghman ~ when living; so, with much truth I can assure you, that, there are none whose death I could more sincerely have regretted, and I pray you, & his numerous friends to permit me to mingle my sorrows with theirs on this unexpected & melancholy occasion ~ and that they would accept my compliments of condolence on it, I am ~ Sir Yr most Obedt Hble Servt Go: Washington Naturally, the 31-year-old widow was devastated by her husband’s untimely death. Undoubtedly her grief resurfaced anew when, six months later, she gave birth to their second child. Her plight was keenly felt by


her loving father, and in 1787 Matthew purchased “Plimhimmon” for her and his little granddaughters ~ a home near Oxford across the road from her cousins, the Chamberlaines. Anna Maria would preside there 56 years. In 1812, she adopted her grandson when her elder daughter passed away at the age of 28. Anna Margaretta, like her mother, had married a cousin named ~ (wait for it) ~ Tench Tilghman. Their fi rst child died in infancy, but their second would live to the age of 64 and sire ten children. They named him ~ (can you guess?) ~ Tench Tilghman, and it was he who came to live at Plimhimmon with his grandmother, widow of the hero, Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. Grandson Tench graduated from

West Point and served in the U.S. Army with distinction. Later, he went into business and in 1842 bought Choptank Island, making it once again “Tilghman’s Island,” as it had been known since his greatgrandfather Matthew first inherited it. During the Civil War, he became a general of the Maryland militia. While married to his first wife, General Tench sired ten children, the first of whom was christened….. Oh, why go on, when you already know his name? Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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Academy Art Museum’s Richard Diebenkorn Exhibition by Amelia Steward

Audiences today generally know the career of Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) in three periods: the Sausalito, Albuquerque, Urbana and “early Berkeley” periods of Abstract Expressionism; the Berkeley figurative/representational period; and the famous Ocean Park and Healdsburg series of abstractions. Yet Diebenkorn’s earliest work remains largely unknown. An exhibition, Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955, will be on view at the Academy Art Museum in Easton from April 26 to July 14, 2019 ~ the only venue on the East Coast. The public is invited to attend a reception on Friday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue aim to present a comprehensive view of Diebenkorn’s evolution to maturity, focusing solely on the paintings and drawings that precede his 1955 shift to figuration at age 33. Included in the exhibition are 100 paintings and drawings from the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, offering a full picture of the young artist’s achievements. Certainly, many of the elements

that came to define Diebenkorn’s mature work are present in his earliest paintings and drawings, which evolved rapidly from representational landscape scenes and portraits of military colleagues, to semi-abstract and Surrealist-inspired depictions of topography and the human form, to mature Abstract Expressionist paintings that he made while living in California, New Mexico and Il-

Richard Diebenkorn in the U.S. Marine Corps with two untitled works on paper, Camp Pendleton, 1945 © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.


The Diebenkorn Exhibition linois. The exhibition reveals the forces that shaped Diebenkorn as a young artist, including his teachers and mentors, most notably painter David Park, whose artistic and paternal guidance lasted until Park’s early death in 1960. It also evidences the influence of artists he admired, including Arshile Gorky, Joan Miró and Willem de Kooning, as well as the writings of art critic Clement Greenberg. In 1955, the artist abandoned the non-objective purity of Abstract Expressionism and, while retaining its painterly language, made a return

to representational painting. He reversed course yet again in 1967 after moving to Santa Monica, California, where he produced a new, highly acclaimed series that he called Ocean Park. Some of the works in Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955 have neither been seen by the public nor reproduced, except in the context of the artist’s recent catalogue raisonné (Yale University Press, 2016). Together, these drawings and paintings offer a fuller picture of Diebenkorn’s precocious achievements. Dorsey Waxter, partner at Van Doren Waxter, New York, whose gallery represents the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, states, “This exhi-

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, 1943, Watercolor, graphite and tape on paper, no. 449, Collection of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. 160

bition is an exceptional opportunity to see the nascent work of an artist who became a giant in American art. For anyone who admires Richard Diebenkorn, the paintings and works on paper in this exhibition will offer a window into the artist’s early explorations that are so important to understanding what became his mature period. This is a must-see exhibition for all ages and audiences who want to understand how an artist becomes one.” The exhibition is organized by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum and is curated by Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. The Richard

Diebenkorn Foundation expands knowledge and fosters appreciation of the artist and his role in central artistic developments of the 20th century. The Foundation increases public access to Diebenkorn’s work and understanding of his legacy and times through support of exhibitions, loan of artworks, research, publications, archival services and digital initiatives. The new provides unprecedented public access to the artist’s work and archives. The exhibition opened in 2017 and traveled from the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, to the David Owsley Museum of Art, Muncie, IN, the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, and The Frederick R. Weisman

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The Diebenkorn Exhibition Museum of Art, Malibu, CA, before coming to the Academy Art Museum, its sole East Coast venue. The exhibition is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council and the Star Democrat. The Academy Art Museum will

offer associated programs, including a lecture and book signing by Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator, Crocker Museum of Art and author of the exhibition catalogue, Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955, on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. On Saturday, June 1, Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, daughter of the artist, will

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled (Magician's Table), 1947, gouache and graphite on hardboard, no. 1032, Collection of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. 162

be introduced by Dorsey Waxter, Partner of Van Doren Waxter, New York, and will present the lecture “My Father: Richard Diebenkorn.” The Museum is located at 106 South Street is one of Easton’s historic landmarks ~ deeply tied to the educational community in Easton since the early 1800s. Its permanent collection includes important paintings by Gene Davis and Anne Truitt, among others, and is especially strong on works on paper by modern American and European masters. The Museum holds drawings, photographs and prints by artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Robert Rauschenberg and Martin Puryear. Welcoming over 50,000 visitors and participants annually

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Thru April 30 Exhibit: A variety of photos from B. J. Gilber t’s photography on display at the LeHatchery Galleria, Kemp Lane, Easton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. visit or tel: 406-214-5384. Thru April 7 Exhibition: Matthew Moore ~ Post Socialist L and sc ape s at t he Ac ademy Art Museum, Easton. Moore is an Associate Professor of Photography and the Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Anne Arundel Community College. His current project was born as an investigation on the rural and urban landscapes of countries that were once occupied by the


April Calendar Soviet Union. Free docent tours on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit

1 Lunch & Learn at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Maryland Sports History with Jeff Korman, retired manager of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Mar yland Department, at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. He will share stories of Maryland’s iconic sports teams and the great athletes who have played for them. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 1 Read with Wally, a Pets on Wheels Therapy Dog, at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book to read with Ms. Maggie Gowe and her therapy dog, Wally. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

Thru April 7 Exhibition: Recent Acqui sit ion s ~ Photography at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Recently acquired works of photography, including works by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Tom Baril, Ed Clark, William Eggleston, Lisette Model and Bruce Nauman. Free docent tours on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

1 Meeting: Bereaved Parents group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 1st Monday of the month at Compass Regional Hospice, Grief Support Services Wing, Centreville. For more info. visit 1 Lecture: Dark of the Loon with Dr. Paul Spitzer at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Spitzer, a professional biologist and world-class birder, will describe the life history of this iconic bird known for its haunting calls. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit



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Distribution at the St. Michaels C om mu n it y C enter on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Open to a ll Ta lbot County residents. Must provide identification. Each family can participate once per week. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit

1 Movie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 1st Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 1 Bluegrass Jam at St. Andrew’s Episcopa l Church, 303 Main St., Hurlock. 1st Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. Bluegrass musicians and fans welcome. Donations accepted for the benefit of St. Andrew’s food bank. 1 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. 7 p.m. Guest speaker: Fred Silber on Fine Art Photography. Fine art photography is first about the artist, second about the subject and third about technique. The public is encouraged to attend. For more info. visit 1 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1st Monday at 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 1 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Societ y at t he Ga r f ield C enter, Chestertown. 1st Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,24,29 Food

1,6-8 Groove Theatre presents Red Riding Hood, a new interpretation of a classic tale, at 447 Race Street, Cambridge. Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets available at the door on online at 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. Mondays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit 1,8,15,22,29 Monday Night Trivia at t he Ma rke t S t r e e t P ubl ic 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. 2 Chesapeake Film After Hours ~ Discriminating Tastes reception at Piazza Italian Market, Easton. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets, including hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary glass of wine, are $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Guests w ill watch nationally renowned TV pastry chef Steve


Konopelski, proprietor of Turnbridge Point in Denton, create a culinary work of art that will be auctioned during the event. For tickets visit 2

Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Support Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 1st Tuesday at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695.

2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25,30 Steady a nd St rong exercise cla ss at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit

2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25,30 Mixed/ Gentle Yoga at Everg reen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 2,5,9,12,16,19,23,26,30 Free Blood Pressure Screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fr idays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Medical Center, Cambridge. 2,9,16 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m., with program repeating at 11 a.m., for ages 5 and under accompanied

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April Calendar by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 2,9,16,23,30 Tai Chi at the Oxford Communit y Center. Tuesdays from 9 a.m. with Nathan Spivey. $35 monthly ($10 drop-in fee). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 2,9,16,23,30 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778.

2,9,16,23 ALL Class: Enlightened Philanthropy ~ Black and White in 19th Century Talbot County with Phil Hesser at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Enrollment is limited. $31.50 members, $45 non-members. For more info. e-mail lseeman@, tel: 410-745-4947 or register online at 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Bridge Cli nic Suppor t Group at t he U M Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential support group for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral reasons. For more info.

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of Pl a c e ~ A n In t r o d u c t i on with Charles Edward Yankers at the Chesapeake Bay Marit i me Mu seu m, St. Michael s. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Enrollment is limited. $31.50 members, $45 non-members. For more info. e-mail, tel: 410-745-4947 or register online at

tel: 410-228-5511, ext. 2140. 2,9,16,23,30 Healing Through Yoga at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. This new complementa r y t herapy g u ide s pa r t icipa nt s t h roug h mindfulness and poses that direct healing in positive ways. Participants will learn empowering techniques to cope with grief and honor their loss. No previous yoga experience necessary. Yoga mats will be provided, and walkins are welcome. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or bdemattia@ 2,9,16,23,30 ALL Class: A Sense

2,9,16,30 Class: Printmaking Explorations Session 3 with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (No class April 23.) $100 members, $125 nonmembers. Materials fee $25 payable to instructor. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit



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observe. No Macs, please. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 2,16 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center, 5th floor meeting room, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5700 or visit 2,16 Afternoon Chess Academy at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4:30 p.m. Learn and play chess. For ages 6 to 16. Snacks ser ved. Limited space, please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 2,16 Cancer Patient Support Group at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-254-5940 or visit 2,16 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218.

3 We are Builders at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Enjoy STEM and build with Legos and Zoobs. For ages 6 to 12. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 3 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 to 8 p.m. 1st Wednesday. Support group for families and friends of addicts. For more info. tel: 800-477-6291 or visit 3-4 DNR-Approved Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 9 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 num-

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April Calendar bered or documented vessel on Maryland waters. Participants must be 10 or older. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit 3,10,17,24 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours and other art-related activities. For more info. tel: 410-463-0148. 3,10,17,24 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin in the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 3,10,17,24 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a well-prepared meal from Upper Shore Aging. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 3,10,17,24 Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit

3,10,17,24 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 3 to 5 p.m. Everyone interested in writing is invited to join. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 3,10,17,24 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 3,10,17,24 ALL Class: Don Quijote de la Mancha Part II with Raymond Vergne at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Enrollment is limited. $31.50 members, $45 non-members. For more info. e-mail lseeman@, tel: 410-745-4947 or register online at 4 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1st Thursday at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-6342847, ext. 0 or visit 4 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your own needlework projects, Zentangle pens, coloring books or anything else that fuels your imagination. Limited instruction for needlework. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit


on farms in both the present era and in pre-Civil War history. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

4 Award-w inning loc a l aut hor Barbara Lockhart to read from The Night Is Young at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 5 p.m. With lyrical prose, she captures the f lavor of the land and the people, ordinary folk living in small towns and

4 Pet Loss Support Group on the 1st Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. Hosted jointly by Talbot Humane and Talbot Hospice. Free and open to the public. For more info. contact Linda Elzey at lwelzey@ or Talbot Humane at 410-822-0107. 4,11 ALL Class: How the Mid-Fifties Transformed into the Wild Sixties with Gerald Sweeney at


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April Calendar the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Enrollment is limited. $21 members, $30 non-members. For more info. e-mail lseeman@, tel: 410-745-4947 or register online at 4,11,18,25 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 4 ,11,18,25 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 4,11,18,25 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice. Thursd ay s at 1 p.m. Th i s ongoi ng we ek ly suppor t g roup i s for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 4 ,11,18,25 Kent Island Far mer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30

p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit 4,18 Meeting: Samplers Quilt Guild from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. The Guild meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Prov ide your ow n lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-1015. 4,18 Classic Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit 5 Meeting: The Cambridge Woman’s Club will feature a Floral Workshop at 1 p.m., presented by Jeanne Bernard, President of the Dorchester Garden Club. The board will meet at 11 a.m., followed by a membership meeting at noon and refreshments at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited. 5 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 5 First Friday reception at Studio



April Calendar B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit 5 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Join us for our monthly progressive open house. Our businesses keep their doors open later so you can enjoy gallery exhibits, unique shopping, special performances, kids’ activities and a variety of dining options. 5 to 8 p.m.

Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 5-7 Workshop: Printmaking Solarplate Intaglio with Rosemary Cooley at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $185 members, $220 non-members with an additional $35 materials fee payable to instructor. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

Concer t: Jazz vocalist Sara Jones and her trio perform Jazz in Bloom: A Springtime Collection of Swingin’ Standards at the Oxford Community Center. 7:30 p.m. Composers include Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer. Tickets are $20. For reservations tel: 410-226-5904 or visit

5,6,12,13,19,20,26,27 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, C a mbr idge. Fr idays a nd Saturdays from 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit

5 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets 1st Friday at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410221-1978, 410-901-9711 or visit

5 ,12 A L L Class: The Wines of Spain and Italy with Joe Petro, Jr. at Sn i f ter ’s W i ne Bi st ro, Easton. 2 to 3 p.m. Enrollment is limited. $21 members, $30 non-members. For more info. e-mail, tel: 410-745-4947 or register online at


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8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets ~ Informational meeting to help vets find services. 1st and 3rd Fridays at Hurlock American Legion #243, 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock; 2nd and 4th Fridays at VFW Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. All veterans are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 5,12,19,26 Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Fridays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 5,12,19,26 Jeannie’s Community Café soup kitchen at the St. Michaels Community Center. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu changes weekly. Pay what you can, if you can. Eat in or take out. All welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit

5,12,19,26 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 6 Arbor Day 10K Run, 5K , Healthy Kids’ Dash and One-Mile Family Fun Run/Wa lk at Ad k ins Arboretum, Ridgely. Check-in and day-of registration begin at 8 a.m. Join fellow runners and nature enthusiasts for the fourteenth annual Arbor Day 5K/10K Run. Proceeds will benefit the Arboretum’s goat herd, which is used for targeted grazing of invasive plants. Post-race festivities include music, a “green” medal ceremony, and a native tree raff le. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 6 FREE learn to row clinic. Eastern Shore Community Rowers is a new masters (adult) rowing program offering free learn-to-

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April Calendar row sessions, 9 to 10 a.m., the f irst Saturday of each month until December. For more info. visit 6 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 6 Continuum Dance Spring Concert at the Oxford Community Center. 3 and 6 p.m. This performance honors the many individuals who have supported the organization over the past two years. For more info. tel: 410-200-7503 or visit 6 - 7 24th Spr ing Home 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. Event includes indoor farmer’s market, expert speakers, home improvement and craft vendors and more. Sponsored by the Star Democrat and Easton Utilities. For more info. v isit 6-7 The 8th annual Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Marit i me Mu seu m, St. Michaels. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 70 artisans will exhibit and sell coastal and sea glass-related jewelry, home décor, art and more. The festival also includes educational lectures about sea glass and its history along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit 6-June 29 Exhibition: Beach Finds of the Chesapeake at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The opening of the exhibit coincides with the 8th annual Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival that will be held on the Museum grounds this year. For more info. tel: 410-7452916 or visit 6,13,20,27 Anahata Yoga with Cavin Moore at the Oxford Community Center. Saturdays at 8 and 10 a.m. $12/class ~ drop-ins welcome. In Sanskrit, anahata means “unhurt, unstruck and unbeaten.” For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit


6,13,20,27 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-7458979 or visit

to 4 p.m. Help clean up trash in the Corsica River watershed. Report to Centreville Wharf. Sponsored by the Town of Centreville, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Corsica River Conservancy. Gloves and bags provided. For more info. e-mail

6,13,20,27 Historic High Street Walking Tour ~ experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Onehour walking tours on Saturdays, sp on s or e d by t he We s t E nd Citizen’s Association. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. Reservations not necessary, but appreciated. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000 or visit

7 Lecture: Designing with Natives with Chris Pax at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. This lecture is part of the Native Landscape Design Series. $15 member, $20 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit

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April Calendar C ou nt y C om mu n it y C e nt e r, Easton. 1 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the YMCA of the Chesapeake. Vendors include g roups t hat feat ure children’s programs: Camp Pecometh, Crash Box Theatre Company, Phillips Wharf Env ironmental Center, Camp Mardela and more. For more info. tel: 410-200-6469 or email 7-1 3 Ta lbot Restaura nt Week , sponsored by the Talbot County Office of Tourism and the Talbot C ount y Tour ism Board. Participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunches and dinners, many with special menus designed to showcase their finest dishes. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit 8 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at noon, with a covered dish luncheon, at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. We will enjoy the country sounds of Just Us. New members are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 8 ALL Class: Brighten the Garden with Summer and Fall Bulbs w ith Ruth Rogers Clausen at the Oxford Community Center. 1 to 3 p.m. $10.50 members, $15 non-members. For more info.

e-mail, tel: 410-745-4947 or register online at 8 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit 8 Meeting: St. Michaels Art League from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Christ Church Parish Hall, St. Michaels. The meeting features a presentation by award-winning plein air oil painter Debra Howard. Open to the public. For more info. visit 9 Advance Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advance healthcare planning and complete your advance directive paperwork, including the Five Wishes. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 to register. 9 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Healing from Traumatic Loss at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Tuesday f rom 6:30 to 8 p.m. This ongoing monthly support group is specifically for anyone impacted by a traumatic death, including accident, overdose, suicide or homicide. For more


info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 9 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300 or visit 9 An Evening with National Book Award Finalist Naomi Shihab Nye at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Nye talks about her life and work. Nye’s appearance is made possible by the Eastern Shore Regional Library. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

9 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit 9,16,23 Class: Watercolor ~ Trees, Trees and More Glorious Trees! w ith Steve Bleinberger at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $175 members, $210 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit 9,23 Bay Hundred Chess Class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners wel-


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10 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at Talbot Par tnership, 28712 Glebe Rd., Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 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 -ma i l mar 10 Meeting: Grief Support for Suicide group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Compass Regional Hospice, Grief Support Ser vices Wing, Centreville. For more info. visit 10 Meet ing: Bay water Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the A rts, Cambridge. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 10 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 10 Open Mic at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Theme: It’s Alive. Sh a r e a nd appr e c iate t he r ich t ape st r y of creat ivity, 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. Snacks provided; nominal charge for beverages. For more info. e-mail 10-14 Workshop: Metal Casting with Christian Benefiel at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $500, with a 20% discount offered to CBMM members. Ma-

terials included. For more info. visit 10,24 Bay Hundred Chess Club, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. All ages welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 10,24 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, C a mbr id ge. Ever yone i nter ested in w riting is inv ited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039.

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April Calendar 10,24 Dance Classes for NonDancers at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. $12 per person, $20 for both classes. For more info. tel: 410-200-7503 or visit 10-May 1 ALL Class: To See Ourselves As Others See Us ~ America Through the Eyes of Charles Dickens w it h John Ford and John Miller at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Enrollment is limited; sign up early! $31.50 members, $45 non-members. For more info. e-mail lseeman@cbmm. org, tel: 410-745-4947 or register online at 11 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Caroline County Senior Center, Denton. 2nd Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit 11

Young Gardener’s Club at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 3:45 p.m. For children in grades 1 to 4. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

11 Camp-In at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. For ages 2 through 8 accompanied by an adult. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Campingthemed games, crafts, scavenger hunt and more. Sponsored by the library at St. Luke’s School. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 11,25 Memoir Writers at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 12:30 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 12 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 2nd Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit 12 Award-winning writer Randy Overbeck will launch his latest mystery, Blood on the Chesapeake, with a book signing at The Robert Morris Inn from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A standout novel of suspense that takes place on the Chesapeake Bay, Blood on the Chesapeake is a spellbinding tale about lies, secrets ~ and what happens when past and


present collide. Published by The Wild Rose Press, Blood on the Chesapeake will be available wherever fine books are sold on April 10, 2019. For more info. visit or 12 Chesapeake College Storybook Series: Madeline and the Bad Hat at the Todd Performing Arts Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Avalon Foundation. Tickets are $20 (adult)/$10 (child). For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 12 Concert: Brooks Williams in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon

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Missy Corely will explain the basic permaculture principles, showing gardeners how to take advantage of what nature already provides. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit

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13 7th annual Spring Classic Bike Tour to benefit Talbot Special Riders. Approximately 400 cyclists are expected to converge on Easton to participate in a 25-, 50- or 62-mile ride around scenic Talbot County. Registration begins at 8 a.m. To register visit t ssic. For more info. v isit 13

Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10 adults and children ages 3+. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit

13 Plan Your Permaculture Garden at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Talbot County Master Gardner

13 eARTh Day Extravaganza! at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Use recyclables to make some great projects to take back home. This year the Museum is teaming up with Horn Point Laboratory to bring you great new projects. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 13 Family Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 4 p.m. All activities included with regular Museum admission. Educators may register at FamilyDayCBMM for free family admission. Get hands-on with our campus! Your family will have a chance to explore CBMM through activities and family-friendly exhibits, perfect for a day of family fun. For more info. tel: 410-7452916 or visit 13 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 13 CASA of Caroline’s 1st annual


Making a Difference: Through the Eyes of a Child fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Wharves of Choptank Visitor and Heritage Center. The highlight of this year’s event, which includes food by the Culinary Institute, beer and w ine, silent auction and raffle, will be photographs taken by some of the children we serve. Tickets are $25 and are available at Denton Pharmacy, Ridgely Pharmacy and online at 13 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 13 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 1 3-Nov. 1 E x hibit ion: Deconstructing Decoys ~ The Culture of Collecting at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Judy and Henry Stansbury, and the world’s leading decoy auction firm, Guyette & Deeter. Entry is free for CBMM members or with general admission. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit 13,20,27 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 13,27 Country Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e

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April Calendar 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. 14 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. 14 Spring Boat Sale at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This one - day sa le w ill br ing more than 50 boats to CBMM’s campus, giving guests a chance for an in-depth, in-person look at our inventory. All offers will be considered. CBMM accepts and sells donated boats all year round, and this event is a chance to get into a great boat at a great price. For more info. tel: 410745-2916 or visit 15 Special Film Presentation: A Night to Remember. RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City on April 15, 1912, 107 years to the day before this screening. Noon at

the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 15 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 3rd Monday at 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit 15 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Work on your favorite project with a group. Limited instruction for beginners. Newcomers welcome. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 15 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at Tilghman United Methodist Church. 3rd Monday from 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 1 5 The E a ston Book Group to discuss Tayari Jones’ book An American Marriage. 6:30 p.m. Open to all. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 16 Homeschool Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Homeschool students and accompanying adults are



April Calendar invited to either a morning or afternoon program to explore the animals, plants and environment of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. $5 per registered student or chaperone. Accompany ing you nger sibl i ng s age s 5 a nd under are free. All participants mu s t r eg i s ter i n adva nc e at 16 Family Craf ts at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Recycled plastic shrink y dink jewelr y. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 16-June 4 Meeting: Compass Regional Hospice’s Grief Support Group. Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kent County Public Library, Chestertown. Open to anyone 18 or older who has experienced the death of a spouse or partner. Program fee is $25, but no one will be turned away. For more info. tel: 443-262-4124. 17 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group. 3rd Wednesday f rom 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasa nt Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 17 Charts, Graphics and Pivot Tables with computer training specialist

Rita Hill at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Bring your own PC laptop or just sit and observe. No Macs, please. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 17 St. Michaels Library Book Club to discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. 3:30 p.m. Open to all. For more info. tel: 410-7455877 or visit 17 Child Loss Support Group at Ta lbot Hospic e, Ea ston. 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. This support group is for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 18 Sp e c ia l S tor y T i me: To ot h Fairy! at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3rd Thursday at 10 a.m. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 18 ALL Class: Genealogy 101 ~ Finding Your Roots w ith Michael Cone at the Chesapeake B a y M a r i t i m e Mu s e u m , S t . Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $10.50 members, $15 non-members. For more info. e-mail lseeman@, tel: 410-745-4947 or register online at


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April Calendar 18 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Ca re in Ca mbr idge. 3rd Thursday of the month. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit 18 Class: Framed at the Academy A r t Museum, Easton. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Academy Art Museum Framer and A ssistant to t he Curatorial Department, Sheryl Southwick, will present information about how to best preserve your art. She will explain terminology and show examples of matting and framing options. This is an important class for ar tists, students and ar t enthusiasts. $25 members, $30 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

Canoes, basic instruction and PF D s prov ide d. Ple a se we a r close-toed shoes. Space is limited, so reservations are required. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit 18 Meeting: Grief Support for Overdose Loss group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of the month at Compass Regional Hospice, Grief Support Ser vices Wing, Centreville. For more info. visit 18 Lecture: A Treasure Trove of Historic Photos of Talbot County with Historical Society Executive Director Larry Denton at the Talbot County Free Library, E a s ton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

18 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home dĂŠcor, 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. 18 Birds and Blooming Paddle at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 5 to 7 p.m. Come explore Pickering Creek from the water.

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or visit 20 4th annual Community Plant a nd S e e d S wap at P icker i ng Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. Native plants are highly encouraged. Bring plant divisions, cuttings, seeds or seedlings of your favorite native garden plants and exchange them for free with other community members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickering. 20 Soup ’n Walk: Spring Ephemerals & Pollinators at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The blooms of ephemeral plants, trees, and shrubs are here and gone in the blink of an eye. Look for pink, white and yellow blooms and early pollinators. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition. Copies of recipes

20 Concert: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit 20 Concert: Jenn Grinels at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 21 Easter 21 Easter Sunrise Service on the Miles River at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Coordinated and led by Bay Hundred Covenant Churches, the service is scheduled to begin at 6:15 a.m. For more info. visit 22 A LL Class: New Kid on the Block ~ The Classic Motor Mu-

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seum of St. Michaels with Linda Haddaway King at the Classic Motor Museum, St. Michaels. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $10.50 members, $15 non-member s. For more info. e-mail lseeman@cbmm. org, tel: 410-745-4947 or register online at 22 Oxford Book Club meets the 4th Monday of every month at the Oxford Community Center. 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 22 A Tribute to the Life and Work of Poet Mary Oliver at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Join a group of poetry lovers to discuss a selection of poems by Oliver, who passed away on January 17. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 22-23 Boater Safety Course: Capt. Bill Behlke is offering U.S. Coast Guard Certified Boater Safety Courses at Choptank River Yacht Club on River Landing Road in Denton from 6 to 10 p.m. $27. For more info. tel: 410-924-4604 or 410-924-0303. 23 Biennial Spring Symposium a nd Luncheon sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club at The Milestone, Easton. $90 includes the program, lunch and the opportunity to shop w ith 199

April Calendar merchants. Speakers include Stephanie Cohen, Jennie Love and four floral designers. To purchase tickets, mail a check to the Talbot County Garden Club, P. O. Box 1524, Easton, MD 21601.

anyone in the community who is grieving the death of a loved one, regardless of whether they were served by Talbot Hospice. 4th Tuesday at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail

23 Meeting: Grief Support group from noon to 1:15 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of the month at Caroline County Public Library’s Federalsburg branch. This is a lunch group, so participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Sponsored by Compass Regional Hospice. For more info. v isit

23 Peer Pilots: Fly into a Day in the Life of a High Schooler at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton 6 p.m. Meet current high school students and discover proven ways to make friends and inf luence teachers. For 8th grade students and high school freshmen. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

23 Class: Mulberry Paper Collage w ith Sher yl Southw ick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $25 members, $30 non-members, w ith a $6 material fee payable to instructor. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit

23-25 Work shop: Sophist icate Chaos ~ Watercolor with Ken Karlic at the Classic Car Museum, St. Michaels. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Art League. This workshop will include demonstrations, presentations, exercises, painting and more painting, feedback, critiques, music and fun, all to create an environment that anything is possible and everything goes. Class size is limited, so register early! $335 members, $380 nonmembers. For more info. visit

23 Coloring for Teens and Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 23 Monthly Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice. This ongoing monthly support group is for

24 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For



April Calendar more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 24 Challenge Island: Rainforest Zoo (STEM Learning Program) at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Discover the connection between recycling and protecting rainforest animals. For children in grades 1 through 5. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 2 4 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at UM Shore Regional Health at Dorchester, Cambridge. 4th Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 25 Class: Mulberry Paper Collage w ith Sher yl Southw ick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $25 members, $30 non-members, w ith a $6 material fee payable to instructor. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit

more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 25 Class: An Evening Critique with Katie Cassidy, Sheryl Southwick and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5 to 7 p.m. $10 per person payable at the door. Complimentary wine and snacks. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 25-28 10th annual Paint the Town Plein Air Festival in Chestertown. Talented artists will be coming f rom t hroughout t he Mid-Atlantic region and as far away as Connecticut and New Jersey to paint Chestertown and other local scenes. On Thursday and Friday, they will paint wherever they choose in Kent and Upper Queen Anne’s counties. On Saturday, the artists will be encouraged to paint in downtown Chestertown. The paintings will be framed and available for sale at the free “Wet Paint Reception and Sale” on Saturday from

25 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 202

5:30 to 8 p.m. at Chestertown RiverArts. Sunday morning is for “Quick Draw,” where artists have two hours to paint a scene. These paintings will also be for sale 11 a.m. to noon in Fountain Park. For more info. tel: 410-778-6300 or visit chestertownriverarts. org/events. 26 - Ju ly 1 4 E x hibit ion: Richard Diebenkorn ~ Beginnings, 1942-1955 at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue aim to present a comprehensive view of Diebenkorn’s evolution to maturity, focusing solely on the paintings and drawings that precede his 1955 shift to figuration at age 33. Reception on April 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free docent tours every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 26 Concert: Count Basie Orchestra at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 26 -28 Open House and Native Plant Sale at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Shop the region’s largest selection of native trees, shrubs, perennials and more. Fr iday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m. For more 203

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members of your family in the Dog Walk and Dog Show. Bring the young children to Family Hour for games, prizes and more. The Pa rade sta r ts at 11 a.m. Visit Town Park all afternoon for food, booths, Chesapeake Bay information, art and more while you are entertained with live music by that Eastern Shore favorite, Bird Dog and the Road Kings. For a full schedule, visit

info. visit nursery/. 26, 28 Concert: The Easton Choral Arts Society will present Songs from the Heart at Christ Church, Easton. Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. For more info. tel:410-770-5088 or visit 27 4t h a nnua l Ta lbot Hospice Memorial Walk from the Oxford Community Center to the Strand. Check-in and light breakfast at 7 a.m. Adults $25, students $10, children 12 and under free. Fee includes T-shirt and breakfast. Proceeds benefit hospice and grief support services in Talbot County. For more info. and to register visit events or tel: 410-822-6681. 27 25th annual Oxford Day. Start the day off with the Hospice Memorial Walk, grab breakfast to go at Town Park, enter the canine

27 Jalopyrama at the Talbot Community Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-1963 hot rod show featuring gassers, dragsters and race cars. Huge indoor swap meet. Admission is a $10 donation benefiting the ARC Central Chesapeake Region, Benedictine School, Mid-Shore Recovering Ve ter a n s Gr oup, a nd Ta lb ot Hospice. Children 12 and under and uniformed responders free. For more info. visit Jalopyrama. com. 27 Blessing of the Bikes at American Legion Post 70, 29511 Canvasback Dr. behind Walmart. 11 a.m. Music, food and drinks for purchase. For more info. tel: 410-570-1117. 27 Recommissioning Your Outboard Motor with Josh Richardson at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels.



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9 a.m. to noon. $45, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. Richardson will guide participants through checking their outboard motor’s running condition and temperature, ignition and starting systems. He will also demonstrate how to replace the engine’s fuel filter. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980. 27 Concert: The Queen Anne’s Chorale to celebrate 30 years with a concert at the Todd Performing Arts Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 7 p.m. Selections from folk, Broadway, spirituals and a whole lot more will fill the evening. Former Director Ann Turpin will guest conduct How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place f r om Br a h m s’ R e qu iem a nd will be joined by a guest choir from Queen Anne’s County High School. Reception with live music following the concert. Tickets are $20 for adults and free for children through high school age and can be purchased at the door or at

28 Kittredge-Wilson Lecture with A ssociate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Museum of Art Scott Shields on Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 19421955 at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Many of these pieces will be unfamiliar to the public. 2 to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 29 Read with Tiger, a certified therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose one from the library and read with Janet Dickey and her dog, Tiger. For children 5 and older. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 29 Lecture: Beach Finds of the C he s ap e a k e w it h Ma r y Mc Carthy at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. For beachcombers exploring the disappearing shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay, the

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30 ALL Class: “Understanding” Our Strange Universe with Rich Wagner at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10:3 0 a . m . t o no on . $10.5 0 members, $15 non-members. For more info. e-mail lseeman@, tel: 410-745-4947 or register online at

29 Lecture: Science After Hours with Horn Point Lab with Dr. Tom Fisher at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Free talk on Good News from the Choptank with an HPL scientist on current environmental topics. For more info. tel: 410-221-8408 or e-mail

30 Tuesday Movie at Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Free. Marshall, the true story of Thurgood Marshall. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

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