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Tidewater Times

August 2013


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Bozman $889,000

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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 62, No. 3

Published Monthly

August 2013

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Kelly Cottingham . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Heat of Summer: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Patriot ~ A Floating Icon: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Fifty Shades of Blue: Bonna Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Rare Talbot County Map Comes Home: James Dawson . . . . . 51 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Plaques in the Park: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival: Amy Blades-Steward . . . . . 161 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Tidewater Traveler: George W. Sellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

Departments: August Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Queens Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 August Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Photographer Kelly Cottingham interest in photography while living in Colorado when she bought a camera to document her Rocky Mountain experiences for friends and family “back home.” An outdoor enthusiast, Kelly quickly found that photography was the perfect way to satisfy her creativity while enjoying her favorite outdoor activities. Her cover photograph is of the Choptank River Lighthouse located at Long Wharf Park (Water and High Streets) in Cambridge. To view more of her portfolio, please visit www.kellycottingham.com.

Kelly Cottingham of Trappe, MD, and Palmyra, PA, has spent most of her life on the Eastern Shore. A graduate of Easton High and the University of Mary Washington with a degree in environmental science, she is currently employed at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, as a Geographic Information Systems Analyst. Her résumé also includes working with a nationally known environmental consulting firm in Virginia and several summers spent as a wrangler for the C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, CO. Kelly first began developing an

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The Heat of Summer by Helen Chappell

sigh as you roll onto Kent Island in the middle of the night. In the summer you can turn the A/C off and roll the windows down and let the slightly less hot breath of the Shore roll over you, just long enough to fill your lungs with marsh gas and that intense, solid raspberry Jell-O known as Eastern Shore humidity. Yes, it’s like inhaling gelatin on an airless summer night. People who come over here in fall and spring have no idea exactly what summer is like here, unless they’ve lived in the Florida Keys, and even that has a nice breeze most of the time. There is no better description than it’s like breathing raspberry Jello-O. Not lime, although it looks

I read that the Bay Bridge toll has risen to a shocking $6. For that they should throw in someone to drive you across so you can relax and enjoy the great views of the Bay. Instead you are forced into a rattling, white-knuckled ride between a couple of eighteen-wheelers and a stoned teenager driving his graduation present Mercedes SUV between lanes while his friends’ bare feet hang out the open window. Since having someone drive you is not an option, the next best thing is heading eastbound and knowing at some point you will be back on the Shore where you belong. I get an overwhelming feeling of relief, especially coming home from the airport. There’s just this big happy

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sort of like it ought to be green. Not cherry, not orange, nor any other flavor known to science, but raspberry ~ thick, purple, choking and breaking you out in a sweat the moment you step out of the shower. Or the pool, or the river. This is the sweat that soaks your sheets at night. The sweat that, when you sit in church, all ready for a wedding, turns your immaculately pressed linen into a wrinkled dishrag. The kind of humidity where you need a kitchen spatula to scrape you off a lawn chair. Then there are the days that remind you why you’re here. When you drive down your favorite back road and the trees overhead tunnel into a hundred shades of green, from brightest lime to deepest velvet. The wildflowers, like browneyed Susans and devil’s paintbrush, spike up out of the weeds, splashing the world with color as perfect

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it as I observe the subtle changes from spring through early summer to midsummer to autumn, the way flowers bloom and seed, the way corn shoots up and soybeans spread across fields. Most of the time I’m rushing here and there, have to get to the store, the luncheon, the gym, the concert, the meeting, the hundred tiny errands that make up daily life. But coming home from town is a tiny bit like crossing the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge. Suburbia still gives way to country, to open fields and forests and marshes, and if you watch, you can see wonderful things on these back roads. Take the horse that came trotting past me, dragging a canvas

in any light of any day as a plein air painting. Day lilies poke their orange Turk’s turbans up everywhere, blooming for a day, then gone and replaced by yet another bloom. For a few minutes, a few seconds, summer holds its breath and is perfect. So beautiful, with fields of sprouting corn and soybeans stretching in the distance, and the stands of woodland where deer come out to graze at twilight, it is almost perfect. The Japanese have a phrase for this transitory beauty, the heartbreaking loveliness of things that come in their season and fade away. It is mono no aware. I feel

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The Patriot A Floating Icon on the Miles River by Dick Cooper

For more t ha n fou r dec ade s, the distinctive loud blasts of the Patriot’s horn ~ one long, three short ~ have been as much a part of St. Michaels’ background music as the bells of Christ Church. Two to three times a day, the horn signals the start of another cruise out of the historic harbor and up the Miles River, ferrying tourists and locals alike along the waters once plied by steamers, schooners, skipjacks and British invaders.

As the red, white and blue cruise boat backs into the harbor, Captain John Marrah’s booming voice can be heard telling passengers that the Patriot is the second oldest tourist attraction in town. For the next hour, the passengers learn about the histor y of the many historic homes that line the river and the lives of the people who built them. Kids sip sodas and eat hot dogs and take turns at the helm while Captain John stands over their shoulder giv-

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The Patriot

father, Jim, started Patriot Cruises in 1969, he based the old wooden boat first at the Crab Claw Restaurant and then at the fledgling Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum that had opened four years earlier. “Dad always wanted to work on the water, but he didn’t want to be a waterman. He was crazy about boats his whole life and was trying figure out how he could get a job and be on the river every day. All this tourism was new,

ing gentle instructions and making lasting memories. In many ways, the Patriots (there have been two of them) have come to represent the gradual transition of St. Michaels from a gritty working seafood and shipbuilding center to a more gentrified retail and travel destination. Ed Heikes recalls that when his

The original Patriot plying the waters of the Miles River in 1970.

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and he was looking for something that would fit in with that. Back when Dad got started, there were no places in town for people to even stay overnight.” In 1968, Jim Heikes found a 65foot fishing boat called the Miss Tek Ni Color for sale in Destin, Florida, bought it and brought it up the coast to St. Michaels, where he refitted it as a cruise vessel with a new pilot house and a fresh paint job. He wintered the boat in a slip dug into the banks of the Miles River at Belle Aire, his family farm on St. Michaels Road. “Being a wooden boat, he had it painted every year,” Ed Heikes says. Heikes says his father worked out deals with tourbus operators who brought visitors

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The Patriot

boats and water taxis in Baltimore’s developi ng In ner Ha rbor. The ownership changed hands two more time over the years before Marrah and his wife, Robin, took over Patriot Cruises four years ago. Now, the “new” Patriot, the steelhulled, bluff-bowed cruiser built in 1989 in Virginia, attracts almost 20,000 visitors a year and follows the same route up the river from St. Michaels Harbor to the Miles River Bridge and back. From May through October, bus-loads of visitors arrive almost daily from around the region for a smooth ride on the water. “The boat was designed to res emble t he old Bay s te a mer s,” Marrah says. “She weighs 197,000 pounds and most of it is at or below

says. “There wasn’t much uptown.” He remembers that his father penned out a narrative for those first tours on a yellow legal pad, timing his trip to be just off certain landmarks as he was explaining their signif icance over the loud speaker. “One day, a gust of wind went through the wheel house and the paper blew over the side and he had to retrieve it with a boat hook. Let me tell you, there was some panic going on. That paper had to be gotten.” Heikes says his father sold the boat four years later to Bob Lambdin, who grew the business and eventually ran other day-cr uise

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The Patriot the waterline and she is incredibly stable.” The boat has twin-diesel engines and massive generators to power the air-conditioning units. “We keep the air at 72 degrees and that makes the passengers ver y happy when it is 98° outside.” “We have a lot of repeat visitors,” Marrah says. “We have people who were married on the boat come back for anniversaries. We have a lot of fun with kids, including families that have taken pictures of their kids driving the boat at age three. They come back and take the same photo when they are four and the same picture when they are five.” The Marrahs have aggressively

Captain John Marrah allows Isabella McCormick of Abington, Pa., to take the wheel.

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The Patriot marketed the Patriot for a variety of new events. “We have a ‘resident’ pass where people pay $54 plus tax and ride the boat as often as they want. We find that a majority of those people are retired. They moved here because it is a boating communit y, but no longer have their own boat so they come with us. Sometime we see them every week. They wind up being almost like family.” The Patriot has become the VIP venue for the St. Michaels Wine Fest, combining top-f light w ine tasting with a river cruise. A fundraising cruise to aid the St. Michaels Fire Company has been added to the annual calendar, and the Marrahs have offered the boat several times to take wounded warriors out on the water to help out with the Herring Island Sailing Fleet’s Vet Sail program at the Miles River Yacht Club. “We like to use the boat as a social, charitable tool to help the community,” Marrah says. They regularly charter the boat for private birthday parties and wedding rehearsal dinners. “One event we have started that has been very successful is our Island Music Cocktail Cruise on Saturday nights,” Marrah says. “We play Jimmy Buffett going out and Bob Marley coming back, and chances are I will be singing on both of them, having fun with the mic.” 30


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Isabella McCormick and her dad Matt on the top deck of the Patriot.

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Marrah, who previously ran software companies, is clearly enjoying his job as a riverboat captain and local entrepreneur in St. Michaels. He has been active in service clubs and business organizations and is engaged in the plans to include the Patriot in the August commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the 1813 British attack on St. Michaels. “We are going to be the British,” he says with a broad smile. “I have already ordered the big British flag and the cannon.” Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. He and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be contacted at dickcooper@coopermediaassociates.com.

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Fifty Shades of Blue by Bonna L. Nelson

360 islands (one for almost each day of the year) to explore, there is one to satisfy every desire. The Exumas are known for amazing powdery white sand beaches, every shade of blue water and sky, calm bays and sounds for sailboat retreats and regattas, flats for bonefishing, lively music, and wonderful Bahamian food. I wasn’t anticipating the magnificent fifty shades when I encouraged my husband to book a house on Great Exuma, one of the largest islands in the chain. He found a lovely home to rent for one of his “bucket list” trips, three weeks of

Aqua, azure, cobalt, turquoise, sapphire, etc. Imagine being caressed by fifty shades of breathtaking blue. There is a full spectrum of blues in sky and water, all the way to the horizon. Powdery white sand tenderly touches your toes, your soles and your soul. The tropical sun warms your skin. You are lost in nature’s beauty. A sensuous dream? No, a reality. We experienced fifty shades of blue in the Exumas, a paradisiacal island chain in the Bahamian archipelago that attracts lovers, sailors, families, snorkelers, explorers, divers and fishing enthusiasts. With over

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Fifty Shades of Blue bonefishing, on www.HomeAway. com. None of his fishing buddies could go, so I agreed to join him for two, not three, weeks. We started thinking about the roomy beach house ~ three bedrooms, large open liv ing space, porch, and pool ~ and we wanted our daughter’s family to join us. S o t he t h re e -we ek f i sh i ng t r ip bec ame a one -week family t r ip and a one-week romantic trip for two with John’s fishing excursions interspersed throughout. The E x uma s a re not li ke t he popular Grand Bahama or Paradise Island. There are very few resorts, no casinos, no high rises, no cruise ships and not many tourists. The islands are serene and secluded. The locals are extremely warm, welcoming, charming and gracious. We visited three of the Exuma i sla nd s ~ Gre at E x u ma, where we stayed, Little Exuma, reached by bridge, and Stocking Island,

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Fifty Shades of Blue reached by boat. There is only one small town, George Town, and several small villages on Great Exuma Island and a few small villages on Little Exuma Island. There are just a few beach restaurants and hotels on Stocking Island. Many of the 300+ other cays (islands) are not occupied. Some are owned by celebrities, including Johnny Depp. A few have resorts and snorkeling, others have swimming pigs, iguanas, and other wild creatures. All can be visited by boat as our daughter Holly and her friend Michele did (Holly’s husband, Randy, had to work). The island is quite safe and laid

John really enjoyed the bonefishing. back. For example, our rental car was arranged with just an e-mail from us to a local company. They trustingly left our car with the keys in it at the airport on a Sunday when the office was closed. No contract or money had passed hands at that point. We went to their office on

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per, or ribs accompanied by typical Bahamian sides like peas ‘n’ rice, cole slaw, stewed or grilled onions, corn, green peppers, plantains and tomatoes. We also enjoyed the Bahamian brewed beer, Kalik, and tropical rum punches. We usually dined outdoors, within view of the beaut if u l blue water a nd white sandy beach. Once we found a favorite restaurant, we went back several times for more delicious food, music and fun. Santana’s Grill in Williams Town on Little Exuma is a bright yellow and orange, open air cabana by the sea, and a party restaurant ranked number one by Trip Advisor. We started with Bahama Mamas, then dined on the best cracked lobster tails we have ever eaten. Dee, the smiling owner, shared her photo book of celebrities who have eaten there. Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom and the Pirates of the Caribbean crew enjoyed the lobster, shrimp, and grouper while

Fresh local lobster was one of our favorite meals. Monday to complete the transaction. The same was true of Sea Breeze, our house rental. We exchanged e-mails and a telephone call with Rose White, the Canadian home owner. We gave a bank check to our concierge, Jovan, who met us at the airport, showed us the house and gave us the keys. No deposit or advance payment. Sunday is kept a holy day in the islands w it h businesses most ly closed, including the food market. Jovan stocked provisions for us to hold us over until the deliveries of fresh food came in on the ferry boat. We found everything we needed in the market and home-grown vegetables and fruit at farm stands on Queen’s Highway, the main road on Great Exuma. We usually ate dinner out and enjoyed the local food. Rose keeps a notebook at Sea Breeze with the best dining, beaches, and sightseeing tips. Our favorite meals included fresh lobster, conch, grouper, snap-

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rum before wrapping. Age and poor health had slowed her down but not put her out of business. Her family helps her bake and run the shop. Exuma Point Restaurant is located on the northern tip of Great Exuma. Maryann and Elvis serve a buffet of delights on weekends only on the porch of a blue and white house overlooking a beach lined with swaying casuarinas trees. We devoured grouper fingers, spare r ibs, f r ie d snapper, a nd c onch fritters. We walked the beach, explored a limestone cave nearby, and watched fishermen, snorkelers and sailboats come and go.

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Our granddaughter, Isabella, thoroughly enjoyed her vacation. The Club Peace & Plenty resort serves a delicious Bahamian buffet accompanied by a local band playing “Rake and Scrape” music (a Reggae/Zydeco blend using homemade inst r ument s such a s ra ke s a nd saws). Our granddaughter, Isabella, age 3½, danced and played on the drums while Holly tried to keep up with her. Lest you think that all we did was eat, we also enjoyed the community pool near the house and explored t hree of t he islands. On Great Exuma we visited the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, built in 1802; the pink and white government buildings, the straw market, shops, eateries, docks, villages, and the dazzling secluded beaches. On Little Exuma we explored the crumbling remains of a cotton plantation house, the Hermitage, built in the 1700s, now taken over by goats and termites. We also stopped at the 46


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Sailors or yachties dinghy to the island to dine, socialize, re-supply, and enjoy. Lastly, the fishing report. John’s passion is fly fishing, sight-casting to bonefish in the shallow, sandybottomed, crystal clear Bahamian water. He enjoyed the sport on several outings with a guide, on his own in a kayak and walking the flats while I took photographs of the magnificent scenery, beach combed or lounged in a beach chair on the f lats.

Traveling by water was half the fun! historic Salt Beacon, a Roman-style column from the 1800s marking the beach where Colonial ships loaded salt from the nearby salt f lats. We w a l k e d on Pe l ic a n’s B ay Beach, also known as the Tropic of Cancer Beach, where a painted line on the cabana steps marks that latitude. We watched a kite surfer in the blue-hued pristine sea while walking on the crescent of deserted beach. We traveled by boat to Stocking Island to walk the nature trails and the roaring Atlantic Ocean beach. W h i le be achc ombing for shel ls I found a fossil called an oolite, from possibly the Jurassic period, embedded in the limestone. The Exuma Islands are composed of oolitic limestone and a reef-shelf of solid sea fossils, 20,000 feet thick. Stocking Island is also a safe haven and meeting place for sailors whose many vessels dot Elizabeth H a r b o r n e x t t o G e o r ge To w n .

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Rare Talbot County Map Comes Home by James Dawson

Soon we will see the return of the very rare 1858 Dilworth map of Talbot County to its home in the Maryland Room of the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. Less than a dozen copies of the map are known to exist, most of them in poor condition. The library has a good one, but it was starting to show its age, so Robert Horvath,

the Library’s Director, Scotti Oliver, Assistant Director, and Becky Ritti, the Maryland Room Librarian, wanted to have a full restoration done to ensure that it would be around for the next 150 years. Little is known about the cartographer William H. Dilworth. He was born in Port Pen, Del., in 1832 and was employed as a civil engi-

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Segment of the Dilworth map showing the St. Michaels region. neer for the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad and later, he surveyed the route for the Chesapeake and Potomac Railroad. He died in Hoboken, N.J., in 1887 and, as far as anyone knows, the map of Talbot County is the only map that he published. Fortunately, he did a great job. The map is an invaluable resource for historians and genealogists as it shows not only county topography, but locates churches, schools, mills, and hundreds of farms with the owners’ names as well. Over 900 points of interest are named. Also of interest are the vignettes showing the earliest known views of the 52


courthouse and stores along Washington Street in Easton. Strange to say, but Dilworth’s map was the first separate map of Talbot County that was ever done since the county was established about 1661, and only the second separate map of a Maryland county that had been published. Of course, there had been maps of the state, but they didn’t show the counties in any detail, nor were they very accurate. The announcement was made in the Easton Star that Mr. Dilworth would be calling on everyone while he was surveying and it was hoped that the public “will treat him with that civility which is due to a stranger engaged in so important a work,

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be soliciting them to purchase copies, so it was hoped that he “would be sufficiently encouraged to warrant the undertaking.” The April 20, 1858 issue of the Easton Star stated that the map would be 3 or 4 feet square and was to be well engraved, backed on muslin, varnished and on rollers to make it “a handsome ornament for the office, parlor and library.” A map this size was called a wall map for obvious reasons. Wooden rollers at the top and bottom not only supported the map when it was hung up, but allowed it be rolled up for storage. The editor of the Star predicted: “This map will be of great advantage to the county. The water courses, which bewilder while they delight the stranger...cannot be duly appreciated, even by our citizens, until the peculiar and intricate geography of the county shall be fully and intelligibly developed... By its exhibition of the extraordinary number of handsome sites or dwellings, and of the agricultural resources and advantages possessed by the county, how many valuable citizens will probably be induced to bring their wealth and settle among us. Ponder upon the influence which this map will exert, fellow citizens, upon the interests of Talbot at home, and her character and reputation abroad, and let us all en-

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a fairly large one, and since large copper printing plates were expensive and difficult to print from, the plate was cut into quarters so that one or more engravers could have worked on it using various sizes of cutting tools called burins. Once that was completed, it was a simple matter to ink the printing plates and then wipe the surface clean, leaving a trace of ink in the engraved lines. Then blank paper would be pressed against the inked plate in a printing press, resulting in an exact, but now reversed, reverse image (i.e., a positive image) the same size as the original. Then the printing plate would have to be carefully washed clean and reinked to print the next copy.

courage its early publication and extensive distribution.” Once Dilworth had finished his survey and drawn the master copy, he sent it to Rae Smith in New York City to be engraved and printed. The engraver would have moistened Dilworth’s original manuscript and then pressed it against a copper printing plate under pressure in what is called the wet ink transfer process. This would transfer some of the ink from the manuscript onto the printing plate in a reverse image so the engraver would know where to cut the lines. Because Dilworth’s map was

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The individual sections had to be printed one at a time, then assembled and glued to a piece of muslin and sometimes varnished to protect the surface. Then the top and bottom edges would be tacked to wooden rollers and the completed map would be ready for sale. It is not known what the edition size was, probably only a few hundred copies, just enough to fill the advance subscription sales, with some extras to be sold in shops. Unfortunately, since the pertinent newspapers are missing, we do not know when the map went on sale or how much it cost. Its size would have made it relatively expensive, so it is not known how many libraries or parlors it ornamented. Presumably, it at least made its expenses, but there is no guarantee of that since large wall maps like this appealed to a relatively small customer base. It could be a risky undertaking too, because what often happened was that after someone like Dilworth had done all the work, rival mapmakers would copy it to sell in smaller, cheaper formats and kill the market for the larger version. Simon Martinet, a Baltimore mapmaker, did just that in 1866, but his map lacked the hundreds of owners’ names. The map was state-of-the-art in 1858, but as the decades churned

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wood pulp paper that was coming into use just before the Civil War, the few copies that had survived the trash bin were all slowly and quietly disintegrating. All of these factors conspired to ensure that by the late 20th century, when the map was starting to be appreciated by historians and genealogists for the wealth of information on it, there weren’t that many copies left of it to be appreciated, and most of those were not easily available to the general public. Even the Talbot County Free Library, with its excellent collection, did not get a Dilworth until 1968,

on, the old Dilworth became more and more outdated, at least as far as the personal information on it went, and copies that were still hanging up in public view, perhaps in county offices and schools, would have become more and more tattered, worn and faded, most of them soon to be relegated to a closet or storeroom, or just thrown away. Also, since the paper on which the map was printed wasn’t the acid-free rag paper used up to the mid-19th century, but the less expensive and sometimes acidic

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nately, whoever patched it did not do anything bad that might have caused further damage, which was often the case as acid free materials weren’t always used by restorers in years past. After Ken removed the muslin backing, he saw that the map had been printed in four pieces. This aided the restoration because it was easier to work on the smaller quarter sections than if the map had been printed in one large piece. Ken put the sections of the map on a special vacuum table to help flatten out some of the buckles and kinks. The paper had to be gently moistened first to make it flexible enough so that the fragments didn’t shatter when they were flattened and reattached and when Japanese mulberry tissue and methyl cellulose adhesive were used for repairs. The process was very time-consuming as Ken had to go over the map inch by inch, reattaching loose and flaking fragments using archival adhesive with a tiny artist’s brush. And when you consider that the map has a total of 1,936 square inches, each with its own problems, it contained quite an expanse of many challenges that included scrapes, stains, flaking, peeling, tears and holes. Some of the old repairs and patches had to be removed, which is why the restoration of a map this size takes hundreds of hours. Although the map had its share of creases, scrapes and missing

Washington St., Easton, ca. 1858. when Mrs. Lester Parker gave her copy to the library where it would go on display in their then-new Maryland Room. Fast forward to the present: realizing the map’s historic value, the library made arrangements for the map to be conserved and restored by Kenneth M. Milton Fine Arts Conservation Center in Chestertown. Ken has been in Chestertown since 1974 and over the years has restored many works of art. This map was a particular challenge, not only because of its size, 44 x 44 inches, but the fragile condition of the paper. Restoration is a time-consuming process that cannot be rushed. First, Ken had to gently remove the muslin backing. When he did, he was surprised to discover that not only was the muslin backing not the original, but that the map had been restored, or at least stabilized and patched, several times before, possibly as long as 75 to 100 years ago. Fortu62


areas, they were relatively minor and Ken was able to retouch some of them. Fortunately, most of the damage was to the decorative border and not to the actual map image itself. Although the borders are not crucial to the map, Ken considered duplicating the design using a state-of-the-art copy machine on acid free paper. Once the four sections have been restored and attached to sheets of acid free rag paper, it is a relatively simple matter (when you know what you are doing, that is) to put them back together in perfect alignment and glue them to a new piece of muslin. Then the muslin will be attached to stretcher strips and the map will be put into a new frame under conservation glass to protect it from light. When this process is complete, the Dilworth map will be ready for the next century and a half and more. Please come and see it! If you want your own copy of the map and can’t find an original, the Talbot County Free Library will be happy to sell you a nice reproduction. The poster print replica of its 1858 Dilworth map measures 24” x 24”, sells for $10.00, and can be purchased in the Maryland Room or at the Circulation Desk. For a link to view the map online, go to http://www.mdslavery.net/html/ mapped_images/tad1.html.

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The 7th annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance will take place on Sunday, September 29, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge. “The waterfront 18th fairway of the golf resort’s signature hole will rival the most scenic setting of any concours event in the country” said George M. Wal-

ish, Jr., chairman and founder of the event. Once again this year, the Concours d’Elegance will feature rare coachbuilt automobiles from the golden age of motoring, 1900-1942. It will also feature a unique collection of sports cars from the postwar racing era of 1948-1963. This year there will also be a class of

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wood-bodied cars dating to 1953. This event began in 2007 at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels. “As the event continues to grow, we simply need more space, and the 400-acre Hyatt Regency property provides that,” said Walish. “We are very excited to be a proud partner in this prestigious event,” said Ted Kanatas, general manager of the Hyatt Regency. “We look forward to hosting the 2013 Concours d'Elegance and providing entrants and attendees a very special experience at our resort.” The beneficiary of the 2013 Concours d’Elegance is the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Founded in 1992, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation provides grant support to charitable organizations addressing the needs and improving the lives of Mid-Shore residents and is the major provider of scholarships in the region. “I cannot think of a more worthy cause than to assist the deserving residents on the Mid-Shore” said

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Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit www.qac.org. 69


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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 inf lux 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, ref lects 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 www.tourcaroline.com. 71


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From Field to Table It is easy to find local in-season produce all over the Shore this time of year. Whether it is from a farmer’s market, a roadside stand, or fresh out of your own garden, it just tastes better. It is also so much better for you! Veggies that have to be trucked in from around the globe are picked long before they are ripe. Local fare is more nutritious because it’s ripe when you pick it. Other advantages of buying locally are the savings in energy costs for long-distance hauling and the positive economic impact for area farmers. When buying fruits and vegetables that were not produced in the area, about 10% of the profits stay in the community, whereas if you go to a farmer’s market, about 95% of that dollar stays on the Eastern Shore.

Lima bean and corn salad. 1 cup fresh lima beans 1/2 roasted red bell pepper, diced 1 T. fresh basil, chopped 1 T. fresh lemon juice 1/2 t. sea salt 2 T. pimentos Sauté corn kernels in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until tender; add lima beans and cook for several more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Toss together the lima bean mixture, bell pepper, and the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and chill for at least one hour.

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Tidewater Kitchen Tip: Instead of throwing those corncobs away, release the flavor by making this delicious corn broth. It can be used in place of vegetable broth in your favorite recipes. CORN BROTH 6 corncobs, kernels removed 8 cups water 1/2 t. salt

Green bean potato salad. Combine potatoes and water to cover in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for 13 minutes. Add green beans and cook for 7 minutes more, or until potatoes are tender. Drain and rinse in cold water. Cut each potato into 8 wedges. Whisk together the vinegar and the remaining 6 ingredients in a large bowl; add potato wedges and green beans, tossing gently to coat. Cover and chill for at least two hours or longer.

Bring corn cobs and water to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Add salt. Pour broth through a fine wiremesh strainer into a large container, discarding the cobs and pulp. Cover and cool. Store in refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for several months. GREEN BEAN POTATO SALAD Serves 8 Enjoy the warmth of summer by serving this cool salad plate outside on the patio or on the boat.

GAZPACHO Serves 12 Take a break from the kitchen and the heat with a nice no-cook summer soup. It makes a great start to a light meal or a main course when it is served with a crisp green salad and warm rolls.

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Tidewater Kitchen 1 small onion 3 large garlic cloves 1 (46-oz.) bottle V-8 low sodium juice or vegetable broth 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 t. sea salt 1 t. paprika 2 t. hot sauce (taste-check after 1 t.) 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, optional Toppings: parsley, fresh mint, sliced tomatoes, sliced green onions Peel tomatoes and cucumbers. Cut tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and onion into quarters. Remove and discard cucumber and bell pepper seeds. In a blender or food processor, process vegetables, jalapeño pepper and garlic. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in V-8 juice or vegetable broth and add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and chill overnight, or at least 8 hours. Serve with desired toppings.

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Watermelon soup. 1 T. honey (optional) 1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt Process the first 5 ingredients and honey, if desired, in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides. Cover and chill for one hour. Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of yogurt. SUMMER SQUASH with BASIL Serves 6 This is a new twist on an old favorite. You can use either patty pan or yellow squash for this dish. 1/4 cup chicken broth 1 lb. patty pan squash, cut in half 1/4 cup butter 1 T. sugar 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1/2 t. Creole seasoning 1/2 t. sea salt 1/4 t. freshly ground pepper 2 T. fresh basil, chopped 77


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1 large green, red or orange bell pepper, cut into strips Florets from 1 head of broccoli 3 T. extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, (optional) Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Fresh thyme and oregano, chopped

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Tip: Alternate the vegetables to include seasonal changes and any special requests from your family. I like to add thick slices of tomato or slices of fennel bulb, parsnips, asparagus, or even slices of potato.

Bring broth to a boil in a large skillet. Reduce heat to low; add squash and next 5 ingredients. Cook, covered, for 12 minutes or until squash is tender and liquid evaporates. Stir in salt, pepper and basil.

Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange all the vegetables in one layer in a large shallow roasting pan. The pan should be large enough so that there is only one layer of veggies. If they are piled up on top of each other, they won’t caramelize as well. Drizzle them with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Add chopped herbs. Roast vegetables, stirring every ten minutes, for 2o to 30 minutes,

Tip: 2 lbs. of yellow squash can be substituted. Cook for 10 minutes. ROASTED VEGETABLES Serves 6-8 When I learned the secret of roasting vegetables, a whole new world of cooking opened up to me. The roasting process adds enormous flavor. 2 medium zucchini, ends trimmed, sliced lengthwise 2 carrots, peeled and sliced lengthwise 1 medium eggplant, ends trimmed, sliced lengthwise 2 large Vidalia onions, thickly sliced

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or until tender. I use a metal spatula to flip them over. HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE During this glorious season we are often given tomatoes, or growing our own, and trying to decide how to use them before they spoil. Roasting the tomatoes in the oven before making this sauce brings out a wonderful depth of flavor. You can freeze this sauce, or jar it and use it in place of canned sauce. So delicious! 4 lbs. ripe plum tomatoes 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 12 garlic cloves, peeled 2 T. extra virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 2 T. chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, rosemary, dill, oregano, chives or parsley

Homemade tomato sauce. around the tomatoes. Drizzle them with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Roast the tomatoes for 50 minutes or until they are lightly browned and the garlic is tender when pierced with a fork.

Preheat oven to 400째. Cut the tomatoes lengthwise into quarters, and arrange them in one layer in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle the onion and garlic

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Mound 1/8 of the filling in the cavity of each zucchini boat. Return zucchini to the oven and heat for 10 minutes. Top each with 1/8 cup of tomato sauce and equal amounts of mozzarella cheese. Bake for 5 more minutes.

Zucchini: 4 medium zucchini, each about 8 inches long Vegetable oil spray 1 cup homemade tomato sauce or your favorite brand 3 oz. mozzarella, grated Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl, toss all the filling ingredients with salt and pepper to taste. Cut off the ends of the zucchini and halve them lengthwise. Using a spoon, remove the seeds. Arrange the zucchini halves, cut side down, on a sheet pan that has been sprayed with vegetable oil, and roast them for 10 minutes or until they are just tender.

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August Gardening Angst August is the height of vacation season for most of us. It’s also the time when numerous problems pop up in the garden. On the vegetable side, a garden that weeds itself has not yet been developed. However, by mulching as much as possible and controlling the weeds before they go to seed, you can reduce your weeding time. With the hot, humid weather comes disease problems. Two different kinds of mildew ~ downy and powdery ~ will affect vinetype vegetable crops at this time of year. Downy mildew will be a problem on beans, cucumbers and cantaloupes. This fungus disease causes yellow-to-dark areas on the upper surface of older leaves. Turn the leaf over and you’ll see a whitishor gray-colored mold in patches on the under surface. The mold may also occur on bean pods. Affected vines may be scorched and killed. Powdery mildew appears as a

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fect fruit. Severely infected plants will turn yellow, wither and die. There are a few measures you can take to control either downy or powdery mildew. Use resistant plant varieties whenever possible. Don’t plant non-resistant varieties in the shade. Improve air circulation by thinning and pruning. Overcrowding keeps the humidity high around the plants and favors the development and spread of the diseases. Destroy the affected crops in the fall, since they may serve as a source of new infections next year. For control it is also sometimes necessary to use fungicides. Check the garden center shelves for fungicides specifically for vegetables and that list mildews on their labels. Be sure to read the label of any pesticide before using it to insure proper application. It is important to remember, whenever you apply pesticides, to not spray when temperatures are

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over 85° or when it is windy. Certain insecticides like Sevin© will burn plant foliage when applied in high temperatures. Other liquid pesticides contain a solvent that will also burn if applied in high temperatures. Powdery mildew also affects a number of ornamental plants in the landscape, especially lilacs and annual flowers. This infection occurs when the day temperatures are hot and the nights cool. As with control in the vegetable garden, growing mildew-resistant cultivars of plants is your first line of defense. Good culture and sanitation are also important for control.

Avoid use of high nitrogen fertilizers at this time of year as they promote lush foliage growth that is very susceptible to mildew. Treat the plants with a fungicide on an as needed basis. Fruit plants also need your attention now. Fertilize your strawberries in August. For plants set out this past spring, apply 4 to 6

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Tidewater Gardening ounces of ammonium nitrate, or 12 to 18 ounces of a 10-10-10 complete fertilizer per 25’ of row. Spread the fertilizer uniformly in a band 14� wide over the row when the foliage is dry. Brush the fertilizer off the leaves to avoid leaf burn. For plants in the second year of growth, increase the application rate to 6 to 8 ounces of ammonium nitrate or 18 to 24 ounces of 10-1010 per 25’ of row. Strawberries set their fruit buds in the late summer to early fall for the next year, so they need plenty of fertilizer now. If you do not want to use an inorganic fertilizer, there are some organic, slow release fertilizer prod-

It is important to adequately water your fruit during the dry season. ucts available. Just follow the label directions as to application rates. It is very important to maintain adequate water for strawberries, blueberries and bramble crops in August. A slow, long soaking with the water hose around the plants during the dry spells of August will

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pest population next year. Worms hide in the fallen fruit and then pupate in the soil, ready to lay eggs next year. If you shred or cut up the fruit before composting, you will speed the process and also physically destroy the pests. If slugs are a problem in your garden, here is a quick and easy method of reducing the population, especially if you are squeamish about the critters. Put out squares of cardboard in your garden each night. In the morning, pick them up, and if slugs are clinging to the underside, discard the whole square in the trash. The number and size of the squares depends on the size of your garden and how heavy your infestation

ensure good fruit bud production for next year’s crop. Don’t forget to prop up branches of fruit trees that are threatening to break under the increasing weight of ripening fruit. Be sure to make a mental note now to thin next year’s fruit crop in June to reduce the number of fruit the tree is carrying so as to improve the size and quality of the remaining fruit. Watering is also critical for fruit trees at this time, especially for late-season peaches. To get the flesh to swell and to produce large fruit, be sure the trees get adequate water about two weeks before the fruit is to be harvested. Make sure you pick up and compost all fallen fruit to reduce the

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Now is also not the time for any extensive fertilizing that will stimulate growth. This new tender growth is soft and easy to kill with the first frost. Fertilizing now can also stimulate the plant into growth if we have an Indian summer later this fall. If this happens, you can almost guarantee that your plants will not be able to survive the winter. If you must fertilize, wait until sometime around the first of November or after the first or second hard frost. Avoid deep cultivation in your flower beds. Loosening the soil under hot dry conditions reduces water uptake by increasing the loss of soil water and damaging surface roots. Plants often look much

is. This eliminates the process of hand picking each one. Late summer is not the time to prune your ornamental trees and shrubs. The removal of large branches, unless they are dead, will tend to stimulate new branches to grow. Because of their late start, these new branches will not be able to acclimate themselves before the first frost and subsequent cold weather. The results will be winter injury and dying of these new branches, as well as injury to the whole tree. If your hedge is looking a little shaggy, however, there is still time for a light summer trim.

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Tidewater Gardening worse after cultivation than before. Some unusual f lowers that you may see thriving in the heat of August include acidanthera (also called Abyssinian Gladiolus) which bears fragrant white f lowers with dark lilac centers and resemble gladioli; crocosmia, 24- to 30-inch tall yellow, orange or scarlet flowers; and Galtonia candicans (summer hyacinth) with a loose white hyacinth-like inflorescence. Mums will start to appear at the garden center in late August. The best time to buy chrysanthemums is in late summer, as soon as they become available. For a longer blooming period, choose plants

Acidanthera that are just coming to bud, instead of those already in full bloom. If your cutting garden is looking bedraggled, clear out the annuals that have finished blooming

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ageratum, marigold, stock, impatiens, and snapdragon from seed. Petunias vary their growth habits according to temperature and day length. At 62° and below, petunias will be branched, bushy, compact and multi-f lowered. From 63° to 75°, day length affects growth. If plants receive less than 12 hours of sunlight at these temperatures, petunias will be single-stemmed and have a single f lower. With more sunlight, petunias branch and increase f lowering. At over 75°, day length has no effect and the plants will be tall, leggy and bear few f lowers. Plant autumn-flowering crocus, sternbergia, colchicum, and other fall-flowering bulbs as soon as they

or are overgrown. Don’t let your hybrid, annual f lowers go to seed. This weakens the plant and reduces bloom. In addition, the seed is not desirable to save because the resulting seedlings usually will be very different from the parent and often of a poorer quality. Mulch the empty areas to deter weeds. Oriental poppies can be safely planted, transplanted, or divided this month. Plant these hardy, long-lived perennials in welldrained soil and in full sun. Take cuttings of favorite annuals, or sow seeds in pots for winterflowering indoors. The following bedding plants root easily: coleus, geraniums, impatiens, wax begonias, and fuchsia. Plant calendula,

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Colorful plastic golf tees can be stuck in the ground to mark the location of dormant plants, such as spring bulbs or perennials. For the chrysanthemums that you already have in your landscape, disbudding ~ removal of multiple flower buds ~ will limit the number of flowers per stalk and produce larger blooms. Most mums, except spray types, respond well to disbudding. Happy gardening!

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Dorchester Points of Interest bridge in Maryland after the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A life-long resident of Dorchester County, Senator Malkus served in the Maryland State Senate from 1951 through 1994. Next to the Malkus Bridge is the 1933 Emerson C. Harrington Bridge. This bridge was replaced by the Malkus Bridge in 1987. Remains of the 1933 bridge are used as fishing piers on both the north and south bank of the river. LAGRANGE PLANTATION - home of the Dorchester County Historical Society, LaGrange Plantation offers a range of local history and heritage 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, horsedriven sleighs, and tools of the woodworker, wheelwright, and blacksmith. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit dorchesterhistory.org.

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Dorchester Points of Interest so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit www.fws.gov/blackwater. EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. HURLOCK TRAIN STATION Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM The Vienna Heritage Museum displays the Elliott Island Shell Button Factory operation. This was the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturer in the United States. Numerous artifacts are also displayed which depict a view of the past life in this rural community. The Vienna Heritage Museum is located at 303 Race St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., opened in 2010 as Dorchester County’s first winery. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com. 102


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Easton Points of Interest Historic Dow ntow n Easton is the count y seat of Talbot Count y. 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 www.avalontheatre.com. 4. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information for historic Easton and the waterfront villages of Oxford, St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit www.tourtalbot.org. 5. BARTLETT PEAR INN - 28 S. Harrison St. Significant for its architecture, it was built by Benjamin Stevens in 1790 and is one of Easton’s earliest three-bay brick buildings. The home was “modernized” with Victorian bay windows on the right side in the 1890s. 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory 105


Easton Points of Interest is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit www.waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and an annual craft festival, CRAFT SHOW (the Eastern Shore’s largest juried fine craft show), featuring local and national artists and artisans demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their crafts. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended hours on Tues., Wed. and Thurs. until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.art-academy.org. 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The

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Easton Points of Interest Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit granite. 9. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TALBOT COUNTY - 25 S. Washington St. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses and a museum with changing exhibitions, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Museum hours: Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (winter) and Tues. through Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (summer), with group tours offered by appointment. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773 or visit www.hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts located at 30 S. Washington Street. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10-4 and Sun. 11-4. Consignments accepted on Tues. or by appointment 410-820-7525 Proceeds support HSTC. 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.

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Easton Points of Interest 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. 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 Fed-

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eral 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 Douglass stayed in the Brick Hotel when he came back after the Civil War and gave a speech in the courthouse. It is now an office building. 14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the StarDemocrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its influences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roofline. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GR AND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building where they first met is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour.

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Easton Points of Interest 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) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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. 115


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St. Michaels Points of Interest for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. 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. All the rooms have a view of the harbor. 13. MILL HOUSE - Originally built on the beach about 1660 and later moved to its present location on Harrison Square (Cherry St. near Locust St.). 14. 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. 15. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877. 16. 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.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 26. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing flour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, winery, artists, furniture makers, a baker and other unique shops and businesses. 27. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated, it has overnight accommodations, conference facilities, marina, spa and Harbour Lights and Harbour Lights Club Room. 28. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk. 29. ST. MICHAELS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT - Est. in 1901, the SMVFD is located at 1001 S. Talbot Street with a range that includes all areas from Arcadia Shores to Wittman, covering 120 square miles of land area, and 130 miles of shoreline.

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Oxford Points of Interest VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - 200 Oxford Road. The Oxford Community Center, a pillared brick schoolhouse saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents, is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, dinner theater and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 3. BACHELOR POINT HARBOR - Located at the mouth of the Tred Avon River, 9’ water depth. 4. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410-226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 4A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.

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Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Summer hours are Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. THE BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for the officers of a Maryland Military Academy built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989

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

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

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Steeped in history, the charming waterfront village of Oxford welcomes you to dine, dock, dream, discover... ~ EVENTS ~ Saturday, August 3 Coast Guard Day in Town Park Saturday & Sunday, August 10 & 11 Oxford Regatta Sunday, August 11 Pancake Breakfast at OVFD 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. August 15 ~ September 1 Tred Avon Player’s production of “The Fox on the Fairway”

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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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Plaques in the Park by Gary D. Crawford

Memories are funny things ~ they tend to fade, like photos exposed to the sun. Those of yesterday, the Fourth of July, 2013, are still fairly bright and sharp. But many of us took photos to hold onto those images a while. With the passage of years we know the events themselves will become blurred, and one day all those who witnessed them will depart. Second-hand memories will remain, but they are less sharp and

less accurate. The stories will be passed along for a while, and then they are lost. We are left saddened, realizing that now we will never be able to identify those other people in the photo with our grandparents or what the occasion might have been. Communities, too, try to retain the memory of those people and events in which they take pride for one reason or another. Sometimes they seek to memorialize their past with statues and monuments. Even

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Plaques in the Park monuments about catastrophes can help to recall the courage of the people in response to them. But like the family photo, eventually a monument becomes a curiosity, too. A statue of Chester A. Arthur, for example, might remind us of our little-known 21st U.S. president, but only if it is labeled as such; otherwise, not one in a thousand would recognize him. In fact, Arthur was quite a remarkable fellow. Hugely distrusted by nearly everyone, thrust into the White House suddenly when Garfield was assassinated, Arthur surprised everyone by championing civil service reform and rejuvenating the U.S. Navy,

which had dwindled from 700 ships after the Civil War to just 52. Arthur was never elected president, however; after finishing Garfield’s term, he chose not to seek election. Because he is so obscure, Arthur’s statue wouldn’t serve much of a purpose unless there were a storyboard or plaque somewhere nearby to tell us about him. Well, it may surprise some of you to learn that Tilghman’s Island has a modest monument with no fewer than five plaques, and each tells a tale; some tell more than one. The monument is a simple affair and it’s easy to overlook, especially when Bird Dog and the Road Kings are playing some knock-down country music at the June Seafood Festival.

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Plaques in the Park But it is right there, in plain sight, just behind Bird Dog. As the sign says, the little park across from the Tilghman Fire Hall is Kronsberg Park. There is a raised platform in the middle of the park, about 20 by 14 feet, called by some the speaker’s platform. On it stands an impressive beveled stone, presenting its smooth face to the morning sun. It is a fine surface on which to fasten bronze plaques, and the community has done so over the years. Residents pass the old monument every day, but there’s really not much to see from the road. You need to stop, get out of your truck

(one or two guys down here actually own cars), and walk up close to read the plaques. The stone bears, as I said, five bronze plaques, each a reference to an important aspect of Island history. The Dedication Plaque is in the center of the top row. It names the park itself and whom it honors. This was the first plaque, placed on the monument when the Park was dedicated in 1964. It reads: “THIS PLAYGROUND DEDICATED TO THE CITIZENS OF TILGHMAN ISLAND IN MEMORY OF ABE AND LENA KRONSBERG, BY THEIR SONS, 1964.” Thoughtfully, the Kronsbergs left room for other plaques to be added later.

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Plaques in the Park Abe and Lena Kronsberg were merchants here in the early part of the 20th century. They had a shop selling clothing & dry goods on Main Street near the present Fire Hall. The Kronsbergs were newcomers to the Island, but they worked hard and were fair to their customers, and soon were accepted. They were also Jewish, which, in that time and place, was quite remarkable. The Kronsbergs were deeply grateful for the acceptance and affection shown to them by this solidly Methodist community, and it was the family’s appreciation of that which motivated the gift of the Park. All of us can take pride ~ and a lesson ~ from this little plaque in the park in celebration of the virtue of tolerance. Not such a bad thing, I think, to be at the center of our Island. On the top left is the Veterans Plaque. It reads: “IN MEMORY AND HONOR OF ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN ALL THE WARS FROM TILGHMAN AND BAY HUNDRED.” I do not know who sponsored this plaque or when it was placed on the monument. From its position on the top left, we might guess it to be the second plaque to be put in place. We do know it was there by 1980, as we shall see later. The plaque on the top right prob-

ably was the third one installed, and I find it quite unusual. The Doctors Plaque is dedicated to the twelve medical men who served in this area from the end of the Civil War through 1967. It reads: “IN MEMORY OF THE DOCTORS WHO SERVED TILGHMAN AND BAY HUNDRED.” Then they and their years of service are listed. Dr. James Seth 1865-1901 Dr. Bob C. Lowe 1875-1896 Dr. Robert Dawson 1890-1912 Dr. Arthur Glascock 1890-1894 Dr. S. Kennedy Wilson 1894-1922 Dr. Joseph B. Seth 1900-1929 Dr. James H. Hope 1906-1946 Dr. Louis H. Seth 1910-1938 Dr. S. Denny Willson 1913-1953 Dr. J. R. Sudler 1922-1924 Dr. Philip B. Lewis 1931-1960 Dr. Guy M. Reeser, Sr. 1924-1967 As you see, some of the Bay Hundred doctors overlapped with others. Not surprisingly, there has never been more than one doctor at a time on Tilghman’s Island ~ and we were lucky to have them. The first in 1890 was Dr. Glascock, but we are told his wife did not appreciate the delights of Eastern Shore life and he left after four years. Fortunately, his successor, Dr. Kennedy Wilson, had a more amiable wife, and they came to stay. They built a fine home on Harris Creek just at the mouth of Dogwood Cove. It wouldn’t become Dog-

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Riverview. wood Harbor until it was dredged some 80 years later. The doctor’s home was sizable and handsome, with a porch around three sides decorated with splendid balusters. They named it Riverview. It was a spectacular location. To take full advantage of it, Dr. Wilson built a gazebo at the end of a long

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Riverdale. Jackson, who constructed a most impressive new guest house just across the water, on the other side of Dogwood Cove. Jackson was a landowner, businessman, schoolteacher, and the island’s pharmacist. His wife, Elsie, ran the hotel, which they called Riverdale. It is now Harrison’s Chesapeake House. Which came first, Riverview or Riverdale, I do not know, but we do know that Mr. Jackson and Dr.

Wilson were good friends. The two posed for this picture when their families took a holiday together in Atlantic City. When Dr. Wilson departed after 28 years, the island was left without a doctor for two years. Then Dr. Guy Reeser arrived. He took up residence at Riverview and embarked on a career that spanned more than 40 years. His informal approach combined with a fierce dedication to the wellbeing of his patients made him the stuff of legend. Who produced the Doctors Plaque, or when, I do not know. My guess is that it was soon after the beloved “Doc Reeser” retired in 1967. Sadly, Riverview burned to the ground one evening, and Dr. Reeser passed away not long after. But his grandson, Guy Reeser, III, continues the family’s medical tradition with Reeser’s Pharmacy in St. Michaels.

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Plaques in the Park The next plaque to appear on the monument is one that deeply touches so many local families. A written program issued at its dedication ceremony states: “As of today, October 19, 1980, there are three plaques on the monument in the center of the 20x14 speakers’ platform.” After listing the three, the program continues: “Today, October 19, 1980, we dedicate the fourth bronze plaque, made from shafts and propellers of Bay boats.” This is the Watermen’s Plaque. It is in the center, just below the Dedication Plaque. The inscription reads: “IN MEMORY OF

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Plaques in the Park of those whom the Bay decided to keep as her own. 1891 ~ Robert Thomas 1892 ~ William W. Richardson 1895 ~ Thomas E. Richardson 1900 ~ James Dolley 1902 ~ Andrew Dudro 1907 ~ Alfred Crockett 1913 ~ James Murphy 1926 ~ Ernest Sinclair 1937 ~ Robert North 1942 ~ David Crockett 1945 ~ Harry Harrison 1947 ~ Cleveland “Cleve” Jackson 1947 ~ Warfield “Warry” C. Richardson 1948 ~ Kenneth (“Mac”) Malkin 1949 ~ Charles Faulkner 1953 ~ Edward Larrimore, Sr. 1956 ~ William Lowery, Jr. 1957 ~ Charles S. Murphy 1959 ~ Charles Lowery 1960 ~ Hugh J. Haddaway, Jr. 1961 ~ Edward Gowe, Sr. 1961 ~ Nadell Sinclair 1968 ~ Roy M. Cummings, Jr. 1968 ~ Orem Haddaway 1968 ~ Herman Lednum 1969 ~ R. Milton Cummings, Sr. 1977 ~ Daniel Lednum 1979 ~ Albert “Rusty” Cummings 1979 ~ George Cummings 1979 ~ Muir Cummings 1979 ~ Thomas R. “T.R.” Cummings 1979 ~ Garland Phillips

enth of his forty years as president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association; Simms passed away last March. There wasn’t room on the plaque for the dates to appear, but as they were given in the Program I have included them here. (Bonnie Messick of St. Michaels provided the correct dates for Cleve Jackson and Warry Richardson.) The last plaque to go on the monument honors George Harrison. No, boys and girls, not the late great George Harrison of the Beatles. This was George T. Harrison, the son of Skinner Harrison, who, with his brother Camper, founded the Tilghman Packing Company in 1897. Mr. George took over the firm and served as its general manager for over three decades. He also was active in many civic organizations, including the Maryland Watermen’s Association, served on

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Plaques in the Park many county and state committees, helped get various projects launched (like the much improved Tilghman bridge), and during WWII participated in the planning of wartime food production. The plaque was presented to him by the Governor of Maryland, William Preston Lane, Jr. of Bay Bridge fame. That ceremony was broadcast live by Baltimore radio station WFBR, who also made 78 rpm recordings available. (Digitized copies are for sale at all fine nautical bookstores on Tilghman’s Island.) It’s fun to hear the voices of these people, to have that long-ago event brought back to life to create new

secondary memories. Many people said nice things about Mr. George on that day, particularly Judge Goldsborough of Carroll County. The Governor also admired Mr. George, though I fear he worked a bit too hard on his speech. The plaque carries Harrison’s portrait and this inscription: PR ESEN TED TO GEORGE T. HARRISON BY THE WATERMEN AND BUSINESSMEN OF TALBOT COUNTY IN APPRECIATION OF HIS UNTIRING AND UNSELFISH EFFORTS IN THEIR BEHALF. 1949.” The Tilghman Packing Company was 52 years old at the time and in its heyday. Kronsberg Park, however, was still 18 years in the future. His son George Heller Har-

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Plaques in the Park rison reports that the plaque first hung in his father’s office, then moved to one Harrison home or another until it finally came to rest on the monument as the fifth and last plaque to be installed. That was sometime after 1980, obviously, but I haven’t yet learned when. To sum up, my best guess is that

plaques were placed on the monument in this order and in approximately these years. (I would be happy to be corrected.) It is an unpretentious monument, but it is handsome and seems just right. Lots of history is packed into one small space. But please don’t take my word for it. Stop by the Park and take a look for yourself. Bring the kids. Tell them the stories. Maybe one of them will be so appreciated by their community that it will be their plaque that goes into the sixth and last place. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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Monty Alexander Jazz Festival Featuring a Salute to Dizzy Gillespie by Amy Blades Steward

The 2013 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival w ill open at the Avalon Theater in Easton on Friday, August 3 0 w it h a sk y r o c ke t i ng you ng saxophonist, Sharel Cassity, and close with a command performance by Dee Daniels singing jazz and gospel on Sunday, September 1. In between, an intriguing reunion on Saturday afternoon will bring back the music of Dizzy Gillespie as Festival goers anticipate Monty Alexander’s signature concert on Saturday night, August 31. If it’s Labor Day weekend in Easton, it’s the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival. Legendar y jazz pianist Monty Alexander, the Festival’s artistic director and namesake, headlines the Festival on Saturday night, August 31, at 8 p.m. and promises to bring down the house. Festival goers will also not want to miss S at u r d a y a f t e r no on’s c onc e r t , wh ic h of fer s a u n ique g l i mp se i n t o t h e mu s i c o f Jo h n B i r k s “D i z z y ” Gi l le spie ~ one of t he great A merican jazz trumpeters

The Festival features a Salute to Dizzy Gillespie. of all time, bandleader, composer a nd a r r a nger. T he c onc er t on S at u r d ay, A u g u s t 31 at 3 p.m . includes performances by bassist John Lee, who played with Dizzy, and returning percussionist Chuck Re dd, who tou re d w it h h i m i n Africa, as well as renowned jazz artist Greg Gisbert, who will take the master’s turn on the trumpet. L ee was a member of Dizz y ’s var ious bands, including t he Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, the 70th A n n iver sa r y Big Ba nd a nd t he Un ite d Nat ion O r c he s t r a u nt i l

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Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet, and has toured with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Dick Hyman, Frank Vignola, and Monty Alexander. The Salute to Dizz y Gillespie will be sandwiched between two electr if y ing concer ts on Fr iday night and Sunday afternoon. The Festival, in its fourth year, is also known for introducing rising stars in t he jazz scene. Sa xophonist Sharel Cassity, who performs with her quartet on Friday, August 30 at

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Sharel Cassity. 8 p.m., is no exception. Cassity, an Oklahoma City native, attended The Juilliard School and New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. She tours the world performing jazz and original music and is quickly mak ing waves on the New York jazz scene, including entertaining audiences at Dizz y ’s Club Coc a Cola, Blue Note, NBC’s Rainbow Room, and the West Village bop stop Smalls.

This year, she has completed a three-week European tour w ith the Dizzy Gillespie™ Afro Cuban E x per ience and par t icipated in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in DC. According to J. Hunter, All About Jazz, “Sharel Cassity has the potential to be one of the leaders of this genre’s next generation.” Re t u r n i ng onc e aga i n to t he Mont y A lex a nder Ja z z Fe st iva l is ja zz a nd gospel voc a list Dee Daniels, who will be joined by a lo c a l c om mu n it y c hor a l g r oup o n S u n d a y, S e p t e m b e r 1 a t 2 p.m. Daniels is a unique talent who transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, i n f u s e d w it h go s p el a nd blue s f lavoring, to the stage. One critic says, “Daniels’ voice has a hypnotic quality, delivering an impressive range that gives the romantic songs and verse of 50 years ago new life and raw emotion.” Last year, she mesmerized the audience with her gospel renditions. The Festival is presented by Jazz on the Chesapeake, a program of Chesapeake Chamber Music, and w ill be held at Easton’s historic Av a l o n T h e a t r e . T h e Av a l o n Theatre’s intimate setting and the lineup of world-class artists make The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival an Eastern Shore destination for Labor Day weekend. Weekend packages are available at Easton’s Tidewater Inn. The Inn w ill once again join in t he

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f e s t i v i t i e s b y o f f e r i n g a Ja z z Brunch on Saturday, August 31, play ing bet ween 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. The brunch will feature jazz percussionist Isabelle DeLeon a nd her t r io. DeL eon c apt u red the hearts of guests at last year’s Festival while playing barefoot on the stage (www.tidewaterinn.com). A Festival Pass will be available for $140 for premium seats, $110 for orchestra seats, and $65 for balcony seats. All Festival Passes include entrance to the Sunday concert. For further information or to purchase tickets for the Festival, visit www. chesapeakejazz.org or call the CCM office at 410-819-0380.

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A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unex pected Romance by Marlena De Blasi. Algonquin of C h ap el H i l l. Pap e rbac k . $13.95. 233 pp. Anyone who has been to Venice, or hopes to go there some day, will love this account of an American woman who not only spent several years in Italy on vacation, but also met and married an Italian man. Instead of part of a week spent in the city of canals, gondolas, beautiful architecture and mouth-watering food, Marlena spends 1,000 days immersing herself in the culture. She becomes the middle-aged bride of a middle-aged man who speaks very little English and is very set in his bachelor ways. Hollywood’s corniest screenwriters would blush at the scenario of a romance that begins when Fernando falls in love with the profile of an unknown American woman he sees on the street for a brief moment. She vanished completely until the following summer when ~

Poof! There she was again, walking down the street. Fernando began a furtive courtship that resembled the behavior of an adolescent stalker ~ finding the restaurant she often patronized, he telephoned her from the lobby, always too shy to approach her.

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Marlena returns to her home in St. Louis, only to find Fernando on her doorstep two days later with a marriage proposal. Along with her duties as a food writer, she is also a chef and owns a cafe in the city. During his visit Fernando helps her with her earlymorning baking and pasta making. Marlena is both drawn to him and uncomfortable with him. She refers to him in her mind as “the stranger� she is beginning to love. After a few weeks together, Fernando returns to Venice to begin the complex task of filling out the paperwork that will permit their marriage in Italy. Marlena is certain that her love for Fernando is as strong as his, so

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spends her mornings in the food markets and her mid-day meals at modest cafes w ith f ishermen and farmers who bring fresh produce every morning. She makes it a habit to eat where they eat. It can be awkward because she is an outsider and the old men are all friends. She is an intruder, but slowly they accept her presence and learn to appreciate her interest in their food. Her af ternoons are spent upgrading Fernando’s modest apartment and exploring the beautiful cit y that is her new home. She j oi n s “ t h e s t r a n ge r ” w h e n h i s work day is over and they become even more bonded as they dine and drink before returning to the

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Fernando and Marlena. apartment to discuss the frustrating business of marriage plans. Fernando is tasked with the job of maneuvering through the maze of bureaucrats and clerics who take a dim view of nuptials for a nonItalian, non-Catholic, to an Italian. After months of red tape, Fernando finally holds the precious papers in his hands and they become husband and wife. They still converse with their Italian to English and English to Italian books between them, but each is

improving. Other differences are annoying, however. Fernando is frugal to a fault, measuring small amounts of food when it is his turn to cook, and Marlena, whose passion is food, sometimes waits until he’s asleep, then cooks hearty amounts of pasta and eats it by herself. These small differences have no affect on their love for one another. E ac h of t hem adju s t s to t he other’s quirks and peace reigns in their lives. Just as Marlena falls more deeply in love with the beautiful city, the Queen of the Adriatic Sea, Fernando quits his long-term job at the bank. He wants to sell the apartment and find another home north of Venice. The two spend weekends touring and eventually choose a farmhouse w ith a two-year lease. Marlena scouted out the farmer’s market in the tiny village near the farm and cooked to her heart’s delight. Fernando mellowed in the sunlight and space. They were happy on the farm, but decided to move on to Tuscany when the lease expired. They were on the road again, in search of the perfect home. The 1,000 days in Venice were over. They were now embark ing on a new adventure. The hardcover of this romantic memoir was published 10 years ago and somehow I missed it. Instead, I re ad a nd re v iewe d Ma rlena’s sequel in the interim. The De Blasi couple were indeed

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yourself wishing you were there and finding a bank manager with blue eyes like the sky over a magic place. Maybe, just maybe, it could happen to you, too. Ciao! Anne Stinson began her career in the 1950s as a free lance for the now defunct Baltimore News-American, then later for Chesapeake Publishing, the Baltimore Sun and Maryland Public Television’s panel show, Maryland Newsrap. Now in her ninth decade, she still writes a monthly book review for Tidewater Times.

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Aussies and Kiwis - Part Four Sunday, February 17: Our destination today was Doubtful Sound ~ doesn’t sound like much, and it was doubtful if we would ever reach it ~ but it became an incredibly memorable experience. We left the St. Moritz Hotel in Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, and

traveled about two hours by coach halfway around Lake Wakatipu, passing through more mountainous pastureland. It is said that New Zealand has 3.3 million sheep. So far, I think we have seen all but six of them! Along the ride were dozens of

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ing scenic views, but keep in mind the first three legs ~ motor coach, boat, 4-wheel-drive bus ~ were just preludes to be able to reach Doubtful Sound. Was it worth the time and effort? Absolutely! Doubtful Sound is a glacially carved fjord with nearly vertical, tree-covered rock walls streaked by occasional tumbling streams that look like bluish white ribbons woven through the green foliage. The walls of the fjord reach to a height of about 400 meters (the length of more than four football fields) above the water, and the depth of the water in the U-shaped channel is about the same. More popular with tourists is Milford Sound to the north, an-

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asked Julie, one of the onboard hosts, if the day’s beautiful weather was typical. She told us it rains over 200 days each year ~ nearly twenty feet of rain annually ~ today was the best weather day she had seen all year! The Doubtful Sound cruise ended. We again climbed through the mountain pass in our 4-wheeldrive bus, cruised back across Lake Manapouri, drove past all the sheep and deer ranches and back around Lake Wakatipu. Wow! What a day! Absolute highlights of the threeweek trip so far: Mount Cook, New Zealand, and Doubtful Sound, New Zealand! Monday, February 18: Today was just an ordinary, amazing day of sightseeing ~ not over-the-top, incredible, sightseeing like at Mount Cook or Doubtful Sound ~ just run-of-the-mill amazing! We took a slow start and had a

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Aussies and Kiwis late breakfast enjoying the mountain views across Lake Wakatipu from our room and from our breakfast table. Observing the clouds across the lake this morning made it easy to understand why the early Polynesian settlers first referred to New Zealand as Aotearoa, translated to mean Land of the Long White Cloud. In the early afternoon we walked down the hill to the commercialized waterfront of Queenstown, where we boarded yet another boat. This time it was the 101-yearold coal-fired steamer called TSS Earnslaw. During the hour-long cruise we enjoyed the fresh air, lakeside mountain scenery, and a visit to the engine room, where we could watch the twin fireboxes get stoked with coal, watch the huge piston rods thrust in and out and watch the exposed cam shaft raise and lower the valves. OSHA would have a stroke! But it was refreshing to see an operation that was being managed safely within the realm of common sense and not encumbered by over-the-top, unreasonable safety restraints. At the north end of the lake we disembarked for an exploration of the Walter Peak High Country Farm. Red deer, alpaca, several variety of sheep, Scottish Highland Cattle ~ we petted them, we fed them, we photographed our-

TSS Earnslaw. selves with them. King, a friendly black and white sheep dog, seemed proud to entertain us by running up the hill, into the woods and, after a few minutes, returning with half a dozen adult sheep. Demonstrations in sheep shearing and wool spinning completed our farm experience. Halfway through the farm stay, we were invited to the patio of the farmhouse for tea and crumpets. By chance, we settled at an umbrella table where we met a couple from Lewes, Delaware. Back aboard the steamboat, we gathered around the piano and sang American folk songs all the way back across the lake. A leisurely stroll through downtown Queenstown, a bite to eat and it was time to climb the hill back to the St. Moritz. Tomorrow we f ly to Rotorua. Tuesday, February 19: The second f light of the morning was aboard a twin-engine propeller plane. The f light path took us north across the South Island of New Zealand, passing over the gulf that

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Walter Peak High Country Farm. separates North and South Islands. We flew over lakes and mountains, and observed one volcano that was actively spewing steam. As the wheels were touching the runway of the Rotorua Airport, Tracey posed a question. My immediate reply: “It wasn’t me.” At first I blamed it on exhaust fumes coming from the prop-engines as they were being throttled back, but as the odor grew stronger, it reminded me of the methane (rotten-egg) smell that comes from a fresh DelMarVa marsh. It turned out to be the sulphur smell of Rotorua’s thermal springs and lakes. We did not smell it the entire time we were in Rotorua ~ maybe we became accustomed to the odor. Beneath the entire Rotorua area, the earth is boiling, releasing its energy through geysers, boiling mud pots, hot mineral springs, and every few centuries a volcanic explosion. It is said that

in some areas if you dig down as little as a meter deep, you can hit boiling water. After checking in at the Rotorua Novotel, we boarded our coach for an evening at the Te Puia New Zealand Maori Cultural Center. The native people of the region are known as Maori. We walked through the gardens to see unusual plants and animals, including a pair of endangered Kiwi (a bird ~ not to be confused with the green fruit juice served at breakfast). In the park we encountered natural steam vents, small geysers and boiling mud pots. The evening continued with a visit to Maori wood-carving and weaving academies. Ancient clothing, dance, songs, tools and weapons were featured in a stage performance. The evening was capped off with a traditional hangi (earth-cooked oven meal), where kai (food) is steam-cooked by hot rocks in the earth, giving our food a delicious smoky flavor.

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Geyser at Rotorua. Wednesday, February 20: Slow start this morning ~ late breakfast ~ then boarded the coach for a short ride to the Rotorua Museum. We are not really big on museums, but this one was interesting. There was an extensive section on Maori history and culture. An overview video featured the development of Rotorua, including an earthquake that we saw on the screen and felt through our theatre seats (Disney must have had something to do with this!) Perhaps most fascinating was the building itself. It is said that the building was erected in the

early 1800s as a public bath intended to draw tourists to Rotorua, where they could take advantage of the healing and rejuvenating effects of mineral soaking and hot mud baths. In the afternoon we strolled the downtown area and settled on an early dinner at a sidewalk cafe in front of the historic Prince’s Gate Hotel, a beautiful old boutique hotel originally built in the countryside. About 100 years ago, the hotel was disassembled and moved to its current location, not far from the public bath house. The town of Rotorua then grew around it. Back at the hotel we went to the pool and hot tubs for a short soak. One of the tubs carried a very strong sulfur smell ~ I think we are rejuvenated! The evening was capped off with a stroll to Jane’s Ice Creams Shoppe. Yes, there really was an “S” on Creams. Tomorrow we get an early start for our last day of touring before flying back to the good ole USA. To be continued . . . May all of your travels be happy and safe! George Sellers is a Certified Travel Counselor and Accredited Cruise Counselor who operates the popular travel website and travel planning service www. SellersTravel.com. His Facebook and e-mail addresses are George@ SellersTravel.com.

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“Calendar of Events” notices - Please contact us at 410-226-0422, fax the information to 410-226-0411, write to us at Tidewater Times, P. O. Box 1141, Easton, MD 21601, or e-mail to info@tidewatertimes.com. The deadline is the 1st of the preceding month of publication (i.e., August 1 for the September issue). Daily Meeting: Mid-Shore Intergroup A lcoholics A nony mous meetings. For places and times, call 410-822-4226 or visit www. midshoreintergroup.org.

Thru Sept. 1 Exhibit: “People/ Places/Things” at South Street Art Gallery, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-770-8350 or visit www.southstreetartgallery.com.

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

T h r u L abor Day The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels is offering free general admission to all activedut y mi lita r y personnel a nd their families. For more info. tel: 410-745-4960 or visit www. cbmm.org.

Thru Aug. 18 Annual Members’ Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787 or visit www. academyartmuseum.org.

Thr u Sept. 2 E x h ibit: “F rom S t u d y t o S t u d i o” b y s e le c ted a r t ist s at Troi k a Ga l ler y, E a s ton. For mor e i n fo. tel:

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1 Concert: Summer Concert Series in Hollis Park, St. Michaels featuring Swamp Candy. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Alcohol prohibited but light refreshments available. For more info. tel: 410-745-0669.

“Sedona Afternoon” by Kirk McBride is a studio piece on display at Troika Gallery. 410 -7 70 - 9190 or v isit www. troikagallery.com. Thru Oct. 31 The Choptank River L ig ht house of fers f ree, selfguided tours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The lighthouse features a minimuseum about the histor y of the original lighthouse and the area’s maritime heritage. It also serves as the dockmaster’s office for the Cambridge Marina. For more info. tel: 410-228-4031 or visit www.ChoptankRiverLighthouse.org. 1 Stitch and Chat at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your ow n projects and stitch with a group. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626.

1,8,15,22,29 Cambridge Farmer’s Market from 3 to 6 p.m. on the waterfront at Long Wharf Park. Fresh produce, f lowers, meats, eggs, baked goods, craft items and more. For more info. visit w w w.c ambr idge main st reet. com. 2

Something About Mar yland Lunchtime Speaker Series at the Centreville Branch of the Queen Anne’s County Library. 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Topic: Dave Pantzer and Catherine McGuire of the Maryland State Law Library talk about www.people-law.org, the award-winning website of legal information for Mar ylanders. For more info. tel: 410-758-0980.

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Che s ter tow n’s F i r s t F r id ay. Extended shop hours with arts and entertainment throughout historic downtown. For a list of activities, visit: www.kentcounty.com/artsentertainment.

2 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Maple Elementary School, Cambridge. Refreshments provided. For more info. tel: 410-820-8620.

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St. Michaels. Fee includes a dedicated museum facilitator, the cost of program activities, two days admission, souvenir patch and a scenic river cruise aboard the Mister Jim. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941.

A view of some of the machines on display from the 2003 Threshermen’s show. Photo by Seldon Dix, Jr. 2-4 Get a glimpse of antique farm equipment in action at the Eastern Shore Threshermen’s 53rd Annual Wheat Threshing, Steam & Gas Engine Show in Federalsburg. This event features antique car and equipment parades, a flea market, a blacksmith shop, steam and gas engines, tractor games, refreshments, live entertainment and much more. Free! For more info. visit www. threshermen​.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Lighthouse Overnight Adventures at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum,

2,9,16,23,30 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 3 First Saturday Guided Walk at Ad k i n s A rboret u m, R idgely. Explore the Arboretum’s diverse plant communities on a guided walk led by a docent naturalist. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0. 3 Betterton Appreciation Day at Betterton Beach. 10 a.m. There will be food, parade, craft vendors, corn hole tournament, baby contest and cow plop bingo. For more info. tel: 410-348-5678.

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August Calendar 3 Communit y Conversations at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Interviewers (9 and older) are invited to select someone they know well ~ such as a parent, relative or neighbor ~ to interview. A video of the interview will be made, with one copy going to the interviewer and a second to permanent storage in the Talbot County Free Library Maryland Room’s Oral History collection. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org.

The farmer’s markets abound with tasty treats! flowers, plants and craft items. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harrison Street Public Parking Lot, Easton. Live music most Saturdays. For more info. tel: 410-822-0065.

F re e C onc er t S er ie s: Upp er Chesapeake Community Band at Washington St., Easton. 7 p.m. Rain venue is the Avalon Theatre. For more info. tel: 410 -822-7299 or v isit www. avalontheatre.com.

3,10,17,24,31 FarmFresh Market in St. Michaels in the municipal parking lot behind Sweeties Bakery from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs and honey. We also host events and activities throughout the season, including our Chef at Market events and a community cook-off. For more info. e-mail: StMichaels@freshfarmmarkets. org.

3,10,17,24,31 The Farmers’ Market in Easton is held every Saturday until December. Over 20 vendors offering a variety of fresh fruits, organic vegetables, bison meat & products, sauces, baked goods,

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August Calendar Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. Story time and crafts for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 5,12,19,26 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 6 F un w it h Fit ness, Food a nd Style at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Highlights of this program for ages 9 to 14 include a great race, a cooking corner, and “smile style.” Led by Patricia Mur phy, Universit y of Mar yland Extension Agent for Talbot County. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 6 C onc e r t : Joh n Mo c k at t he Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. Join musicia n a nd photographer John Mock as he performs an evening of original compositions on the guitar, concertina, and t in whist le, a ll accompanied by a photographic slide show documenting the maritime vistas that inspire his music. For

Knight of Caroline County, Dorsey “Buddy” Wooters, Jr., is a threetime State Champion and a member of the National Hall of Fame, as is his father. more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org. 6,10,13,17,20,24,27,31 Tour of Horn Point Lab, Cambridge. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. As part of the walking tour, visitors will have the unique opportunity to peer into state-of-the-art working environmental labs where researchers are studying environmental issues influencing our local environment. For more info. visit www.umces.edu/hpl/tours. 7 138th Annual St. Joseph’s Jousting Tournament and Horse Show at Old St. Joseph’s Church, Cor-

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8 p.m. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 7,14,21,28 Senior Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Noon. Learn to play American mahjong. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 7,1 4 , 21, 28 Meet ing: Wed nesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. For more info. visit www. wednesdaymorningartists.com or contact Nancy at ncsnyder@ aol.com or 410-463-0148. 7,14,21,28 Social Time for Seniors

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August Calendar at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 7,1 4 , 21, 2 8 S t . M ic h ael s A r t League’s weekly “Paint Together” at the home of Alice-Marie Gravely. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8117. 7,14,21,28 Oxford Farmers Market at the Oxford Community Center. 4 to 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904. 7,14,21,28 Teen Night at the St. Michaels Community Center, 5 to 7 p.m. Teens ages 12 to 17 are welcome for dinner, activities and entertainment. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 7,21 Plant Clinic offered by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners of Talbot County at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1244. 8 Lecture: Log Canoe Racing on the Chesapeake with CBMM’s assistant curator of watercraft, Richard Scofield, as he explores the history, culture, and craft of the iconic Chesapeake log canoe. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:30 p.m.

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8 Concert: Summer Concert Series in Hollis Park, St. Michaels featuring Chris Noyes. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Alcohol prohibited but light refreshments available. For more info. tel: 410-745-0669. 8,15,22,29 Memoir Writing at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 9 Denton’s Friday Night Cruise-In from 6 to 8 p.m., Market Street, Denton. Step back in time with a

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August Calendar Friday Night Cruise-In. Spend a summer evening strolling the streets of Denton and enjoying the classic cars parked along Market Street. There will also be a DJ spinning oldies tunes. For more info. tel: 410-829-6493. 9 Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour featuring Dan Frigolette and Mig uel Da lmau in t he Stolt z Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. avalontheatre.com. 9 Summer Jazz on Pine Street Series at the Empowerment Center, 600 Pine St., Cambridge. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Live jazz and food. $10. For more info. tel: 410-901-1397. 9 Program: Connections and Conversations at Evergreen, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3396 or visit www.evergreeneaston.org.

Rock Hall’s Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend is always a bodice-ripping good time. 9-11 6th Annual Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend in Rock Hall, sponsored by the Greater Rock Hall Business Association. New this year ~ Pirate Dinghy Poker Run on Saturday. There will be a decorated dinghy flotilla parade, Caribbean-style beach plunder par t y, grub, grog, giveaways, island music and contests. For more info. visit www.rockhallpirates.com.

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10 Sailing Saturday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Participants can go out on Fogg’s Cove on one of the Museum’s Apprentice for a Day sailing or rowing skiffs. The boats are perfect for up to two people, with instructions provided for beginners. Cost is $10 per session, with reservations recommended. For more info. tel: 410-745-4960 or visit www.cbmm.org. 10 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2287331 or visit www.dorchesterlibrary.org.

Come celebrate all things seafood at the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company’s annual Seafood Feast-I-Val. (adults) and $10 for children (ages 5 through 12). For more info. tel: 410-228-1211 or visit www.seafoodfeastival.com. 10 Community Conversations at the Talbot County Free Library,

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August Calendar nial. The town’s waterfront and historic district will transform to a time 200 years ago, with reenactments, boat rides, cannon firings, a Talbot Street parade, horse-drawn carriage rides, an art show and more. The events are free and open to the public, with food, beverages, and boat and horse-drawn carriage rides available for purchase. For more info. visit www.townofstmichaels.com. 10-11 Log Canoe Races at the Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford, for their annual regatta. For more info. visit www.blogcanoe.com

11 4th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day and Crab Feast at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Festivalgoers will enjoy hot crabs, cold beer, celebrity appearances, a boat docking contest, and live music beginning at noon with Bird Dog and the Road Kings. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org. 11 Petite Retreat at Evergreen, Easton. Women will experience a Petite Retreat and leave with a recipe for creating retreats in their own homes. For more info. tel: 410-819-3396 or visit www. evergreeneaston.org.

10,24 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist Churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Menu: eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrapple, hash browns, grits, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice and coffee. 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. 11 Pancake Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Dept. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110.

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August Calendar 12 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Join a group and work on your needlecraf t projects. Limited instruction for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 12 Purple Pride, Patriot Cruise and Tailgate Party to benefit the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Patriot dock, St. Michaels. $35 or two for $60. Refreshments include hot wings, nachos, subs, soda and water. There will be a game tickets and sport items auction. For more info. tel: 410-745-2079. 12 Lecture: Tour Antebellum Talbot County with Frederick Douglass at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Bill Peak will host a discussion of Frederick D oug la s s’s g rou nd-bre a k i ng autobiography. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. tcfl.org. 13 Arts Express Bus Trip sponsored by the Academy A r t Museum in Easton to visit the National Gallery of Art to see Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 19091929. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. academyartmuseum.org.

Frederick Douglass 13 Something About Maryland Lunchtime Speaker Series at the Centreville Branch of the Queen Anne’s County Library. 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Topic: Brent Lewis w ill share his knowledge and experience with collecting oral history in Maryland. For more info. tel: 410-758-0980. 13 Pickering Creek presents Terrific Trees at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 p.m. For ages 2-5. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 13,15,17 Tred Avon Players auditions for the musical romantic comedy She Loves Me. Tues. and Thurs. at 7 p.m. and Sat. at noon

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Group at Chesapea ke Woods Center, Cambridge. 4 p.m. Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia-related disorders are invited to attend. Free. For more info. tel: 410-221-1400, ext. 1217. 15 Seminar: Your Will, Your Way ~ How and Why, sponsored by the Memorial Hospital Foundation at the Caroline County Public Library, Denton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be JoRhea Nagel Wright, Esquire, of Charles T. Capute, LLC and Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Esquire, of Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kehoe, P.A. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000. 15 Concert: Summer Concert Series in Hollis Park, St. Michaels featuring Shelley Abbott. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Alcohol prohibited but light refreshments available. For more info. tel: 410-745-0669. 15 Meditation for Health and Wellbeing at Evergreen, Easton. 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3396 or visit www.evergreeneaston.org. 15-16 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels is offering a two-evening boater safety course from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $25. For more info.

15-18,23-25,30-Sept. 1 The Tred Avon Players present The Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig at the Oxford Community Center. Friday and Saturday, August 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, August 18, 25, September 1 at 2 p.m.; Thrifty Thursday, August 15 at 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-0061 or visit www. tredavonplayers.org. 16 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Choose from three delicious soups for lunch. $6 meal deal. Each meal comes with a bowl of soup, a roll and a drink. Take out or eat in! We deliver in St. Michaels. For more info. tel:410-745-6073. 17 Talbot Has Talent Show in the St. Michaels Auditor ium, St. Michaels. Auditions run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., show time is 7 p.m. Grand prize is $200. Tickets are adult $15, student $10 and under 6 f ree. A ll proceeds benef it programs and activities of the St. Michaels Community Center. For more info. tel: 410-745-2079. 17 Millington Day with a parade, car show, bike show, craft and food vendors, cornhole tournament, 5K run and more. For more info. tel: 410-928-3880.

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17 Free Concert Series: U.S. Army Volunteers at Washington St., Easton. 7 p.m. Rain venue is the Avalon Theatre. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. avalontheatre.com. 18 Picnic and music by the waterfront at Evergreen, Easton. Noon to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3396 or visit www. evergreeneaston.org. 19 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Visit Poplar Island with Poplar Island staff from 9 a.m. to noon. Boat leaves from Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410745-4941. 21,22,28,29 Class: Summer PaintIn at the Academy Art Museum, Easton with Bobbi Seger and Katie Cassidy. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 22 Something About Maryland Lunchtime Speaker Series at the Centreville Branch of the Queen Anne’s County Library. 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Topic: Tips for healthy living in Maryland with Tina Thelen-Squibb. For more info. tel: 410-758-0980. 22 Lecture: Tour Antebellum Talbot County with Frederick Douglass at the Talbot County Free Library, 211

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24 Overcoming Fatigue through Nutrition with Amber Golshani at Evergreen, Easton. 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-819-3396 or visit www. evergreeneaston.org. 24 Crab Cake and Key West Lime Pie Heatwave Fest in downtown Cambridge, sponsored by Crabi Gras. Traditional Eastern Shore c r ab c a ke s m ade w it h lo c a l crab meat provided by Lindy’s Seafood, authentic Key West key lime pies from Kermit’s Key We st Key L i me Shoppe, l ive music includes the Steel Ticklers Bluegrass Jam Band, local favorites Three Penny Opera, and Kentavius Jones Music. 1 to

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Avon Yacht Club, Oxford, for their Heritage Regatta. For more info. visit www.blogcanoe.com. 24-Oct. 13 Exhibit: Joint Heritage at Wye House at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Joint Heritage at Wye House is a major interpretive exhibition, drawing on new a rcheolog ic a l ev idence f rom the former slave quarters at the Green House (now called Orangery) at Wye House. The exhibition will contain unpublished archival sources, household objects, books, recipe collections, maps and artwork related to the people who lived and worked at Wye House. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 24-Oct 13 Exhibit: These Places That I Know by David A. Douglas at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Douglas has created a powerful collection of works w ithin a hy per-real universe

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31 16th Annual Boat Auction at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Gate opens at 8 a.m., auction begins at 1 p.m. Boating experts and novices alike have the same opportunity to bid on the boat of their dreams! Offering everything from wooden rowing skiffs to classic sailboats and modern power cruisers. Buy an affordable boat for a great price and support the Museum. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org. 31 War of 1812 Weekend: Caulk’s Field Remembered at the Inn at Mitchell House, Chestertown. An encampment, re-enactment, crafts, musicians, and vendors

will fill the woods and fields of this historic retreat, near the site of the Battle at Caulk’s Field. For more info. tel: 410-778-0416 or visit www.kentcounty1812.org. 31-Sept. 1 17th Annual Labor Day Weekend Show a nd A r t Sa le sponsored by the St. Michaels Art league at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. This exhibit showcases the work of many of its members and is free to the public. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Celebrating 20 Years Tracy Cohee Hodges Area Manager/Mortgage Specialist

111 N. West St., Suite C Easton, MD 21601 410-820-5200 tcohee@gofirsthome.com

www.tracycohee.com

NMLS ID: 148320

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Oxford French Country Perfection!

Extraordinary custom home in Oxford Road corridor on Island Creek. Premier location! Well appointed 4 bedroom brick home with great attention to detail. Meticulously maintained. 1st f loor master, gourmet kitchen. Open f loor plan. Waterside balcony and deck. Deep water pier with 3 lifts and 6’ MLW. www.4757SailorsLane.com ~ $1,595,000

McKeil Pointe

Spectacular Nantucket-style home offering contemporary floor plan. Designed for today’s lifestyle with soaring ceilings & walls of glass. Gorgeous inside and out. Detached 3-car garage with grand 2-bedroom apartment + 2-car detached garage with finished 2nd floor and boat barn. Pier with lift and 3+MLW on 8+ private acres. www.5113BrooksRd.com

$949,000

Talbot County Waterfront Oasis!

Great location on the Choptank River with huge views. Immaculate home with in-ground pool, pier, boat lift. Private setting, mature landscaping, open floor plan, water views from every room. 1st fl. master, fireplace, cathedral ceilings, too many amenities to mention. www.1724FerryPoint.com.

Well Priced ~ $675,000

Kathy Christensen

410-924-4814(D) · 410-770-9255(O ) Benson & Mangold Real Estate 24 N. Washington Street, Easton, MD 21601 kccamb@gmail.com · www.kathychristensen.com

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Talbot County At Its Finest Mediterranean villa, fenced yard, heart of St. Michaels $450,000 Handsome 4 BR home near park in Easton, 1.3 ac. lot $475,000 6.5 acre building site, large trees, Old Country Club Road $295,000 2 acre wooded site on Tred Avon tributary near Easton $895,000 21 acre building site on Hunting Creek, 5-6 ft. MLW $1,350,000 13 acres on deep Trippe’s Creek, 4,200 sq. ft. brick residence $1,495,000 30 acres with deepwater dock and 18th c. brick house $2,495,000 218 acre farm with 15,000 ft. shoreline, 8 wf parcels, 2 houses, barn.

114 Goldsborough St. Easton, MD 21601 · 410-822-7556 www.shorelinerealty.biz · info@shorelinerealty.biz


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