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Features: About the Cover Artist: Jan Kirsh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Dinner Party: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 St. Michaels’ Other Museum: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Speechless at the Pantheon: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 A Tale from Windy Hill: Bill Kennedy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival: Becca Newell. . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Local Music: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Continuing the Dream: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Documenting Maryland’s Biodiversity: Michael Valliant . . . . . . 175
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About the Cover Artist Jan Kirsh Sculptor and landscape designer Jan Kirsh, has announced her exhibition, “RIPE! Fruit and Vegetable Perspectives.” The free show will be on display from September 10 to October 29 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, with a public opening reception on Thursday, September 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The RIPE! exhibit will feature a hand-picked sculpture selection that captures the breadth of Jan’s work and the freedom afforded by digital technology in the creation of scalable art in various shapes, sizes and materials. Vegetable and fruit sculptures of vivid color and sensuous form will be showcased, including newly
completed work, “Pomegranates,” “Patricia’s Carrots,” and “Caper Plates,” a line of vegetable-inspired dinnerware. Jan will also display wearable art, such as her Pear and Onion pendants ~ small, elegant versions of the original larger forms. Jan’s landscape projects are found throughout Mid-Shore Maryland. Her sculpture is represented by galleries in Aspen, Co., SoHo, New York, and the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland. A full portfolio of her work is available at JanKirsh.com. Jan is a resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Her studio is minutes from St. Michaels. 410-745-5252.
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The Dinner Party by Helen Chappell
versation other than themselves? They don’t even ask your name, or your occupation or anything else that might hint that they had the least interest in you as anything other than a sounding board. They just launch right into the Hagiography of Me, without so much as a remark on the weather or any other topic of general interest that might make good conversation. Now, I have been raised not to discuss religion or politics at parties, or with strangers anywhere, but there must be a million other general topics that can safely be volleyed about over the salad course. The weather, what’s on TV, sports, outdoor activities, nature, and even Etruscan burial customs? I can field a lot of stuff, because I have eclectic interests and I like to learn new stuff. I didn’t shut down my brain when I got to a certain age. I keep learning all the time. If I ever reach the stage where it’s “All About Me,” and I have no dinner conversation that doesn’t involve Acme Widget and my ohso-great sporting accomplishments in high school, please, I beg of you, shoot me or don’t invite me, because I have outlived my usefulness. The Good Old Days that these
I must be dragged, kicking and screaming, into old age. Or even late middle age. And here’s one reason why. If you’re at all familiar with Internet memes, or you just read stuff, I’m sure you’ve encountered the rant about how we survived as kids without seat belts, helicopter parenting or playing outside from dawn until the street lights came on at night, the good old days, etc., etc. And we all had manners in those days and showed respect. Did we turn out just fine? Did we learn manners? After being seated, for the 11th time, next to a retired man whose entire dinner party conversation consists of memories of his illustrious career at [Acme Widget/ fill in the name of a company here], I’m starting to wonder about just how terrific The Greatest Generation was. Is it just my luck that I happen to be seated next to the party bore time after time, or are men my age so selfobsessed that they have no con-
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We just survived to tell the tale. Remember how when you stuck your head out of a car window, your parents would warn you about the little boy who did that and was decapitated by a phone pole? That kid didn’t live to discuss his career at Acme Widget. When I look at some of the stuff we pulled as kids, it’s a wonder I’m still alive. Although expressly forbidden to play out by the reservoir, I did it, and even met some other kids wandering around who were doing the exact same thing. They’d been forbidden to do it, too. We were smart enough not to swim in it, like the kid who drowned there. By today’s standards, it’s a wonder we weren’t kidnapped and
folks keep talking about weren’t that good, even when seen through the rigid, gripping fear of change. No seat belts? Riding in the back of pickups? Sure, we did that. A lot of people did. And quite honestly, a lot of kids died because of no seat belts and pickups slamming into two-ton semis. It wasn’t all that great for everyone.
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The Dinner Party killed by some wandering serial killer. There were people out there we knew to stay away from. But they were people our parents trusted. The funny uncle, the religious leader, the maintenance man at the school who was always trying to put his hands were they didn’t belong. Sure, we knew about these men, all the kids did, but if you tried to tell your parents there was a good reason to avoid them, they wouldn’t believe you anyway. The one time a stranger offered me candy in the Five and Ten in Cambridge, my mother was standing right there, and I still backed off and shook my head,
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And the creek. Well, it was more of a freshwater spring that flowed into a creek, which in turn flowed into a river, but it drew us like magnets. It had a special, muddy smell of leaves, decay and water that provided endless hours of exploration with pointed sticks and the tip of your sneakers. There were freshwater crayfish living in the high banks of the creek, and tiny minnows that darted in and out of the rocks that we used as stepping stones over the water. It was narrow and shallow, but it was a lesson in botany and biology, especially on hot summer days when the water was cool and swift. Of course, we weren’t supposed to fool around there, and we definitely weren’t supposed to wade in it or poke at the wildlife (black widow spiders!), but we did it anyway. And as far as I know, we’re all still here to tell the tale. But I wonder if the kids in the old neighborhood are even allowed out of the house. It still amazes me, though, that folks that could have so much fun with a stick and some imagination could end up being such boring dinner companions.
or molested by an adult who was supposed to be taking care of them. But we never said anything because no one would believe us. Those things happened to other people, not People Like Us. Sure, we went out right after breakfast and came home, between lunch and dinner breaks, when the streetlights came on, but if our parents knew some of the stuff we were up to, they would have had heart attacks. Houses under construction may have been forbidden territory to us, but once those workmen went home in the evening, we kids were all over those construction sites like flies. Dug-out basements? You could walk over them on two-by-fours full of exposed nails, tainted, no doubt, with tetanus. Those standing studs? Like a jungle gym that we could climb all over, risking life and limb as we scrambled up to the bare bones of the future attic and swung like monkeys over the unfinished cellar two stories below. We came home full of scratches and splinters and smelling of raw wood, but no one seemed to notice. The same with downed trees. When an old tree blew over in a storm, the neighborhood kids were all over that, too. Eventually, some adult would stick a head out the door and admonish us, but we’d come right back to those sappy, leafy branches as soon as we were left alone.
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Local History is the Focus of St. Michaels’ “Other” Museum by Dick Cooper
In the old towns and villages of the Eastern Shore, where cemeteries hold more names than the Census, the past cohabitates with the present. Historic ar tifacts are regularly uncovered in attics, barns and sheds, or simply float to the surface in backyards. The region abounds with museums ~ public, private and nonprofit ~ built to house and display those man-made fragments and turn them into new memories for future generations. They help anchor the lives of the living on the firm holding ground of their forefathers. Tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined street in the middle of St. Michaels’
resident ia l neig hborhood is a n eclectic collection of 19th-century buildings that make up the first museum in town. Unlike its nationally renowned neighbor, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the St. Michaels Museum on St. Mary’s Square, founded in 1964, does not have a parking lot full of tour buses off-loading visitors by the score. The buildings are in a serene setting with understated signage surrounded by native-plant gardens. On a weekday, it is as if they are hiding in plain sight, something the Museum Board hopes to change. “We just had the entire staff of the
The Chaney and Sewell Houses on St. Mary's Square. 23
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healthcare. The local newspaper, The Comet, regularly told them what they already knew but filled in the blanks with some regional and national news, frequently lifted from other newspapers, that arrived on the boats or trains that moved seafood and farm produce out and brought finished goods into town. “We just realized our collection of The Comet papers is second only to the Enoch Pratt (Free Library in Baltimore),” says St. Michaels native and Museum Board member Betty Seymour. “We preserved them just this year. That sort of makes me feel all puffed up.” High on the “just plain unusual” list is the “Glass Mountain.” At first glance it is a big green layered glob under a heavy Plexiglas dome. But close inspection, aided by a display placard, reveals an intriguing
Easton High School for a tour, more than a hundred people,” Museum Curator Kate Fones says. “And all of the third and fourth graders from Tilghman Elementary School came through as well,” adds Board President Lynn Freeburger-Partridge. Once inside, visitors are drawn to a wonderful collection of the old, the rare and the just plain unusual. Each piece tells a story about a remote, self-sufficient village tenuously connected to the outside world by boats and trains. It was a place where the residents all knew each other, often because they were related by birth or marriage, but also because they interacted daily. The shops on Talbot Street were filled with food, dry goods, hardware and sundries. Three doctors handled the villagers’
Museum officials Marie Martin, Lynn Freeburger-Partridge, Kate Fones and Betty Seymour. 24
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about 1875 by the three sisters. It is a totally unique artifact. Someone from the Smithsonian said, ‘Do you know how valuable this is?’ so we immediately covered it up.” The three buildings that make up the campus were moved to the grounds of the old St. Michaels High School piece by piece over 40 years. The first structure was the Sewell House that stood on Mill Street, east of North Talbot Street. It was donated to the fledgling museum and was moved to its new location with $400 left over from the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of St. Michaels. The Teetotum Building, named for its four-square resemblance to a child’s toy top, was a commercial building on Willow Street across from the Christ Churchyard
familial bond among three local sisters. Annie, Ermina and Josephine Graham lived in a portion of the building that now houses the Ostrowski Funeral Home at Talbot and Grace streets. Each year, they secretly fashioned miniature dioramas in small boxes depicting fairy tales and familiar stories made out of dough and paper and painted with homemade dyes. They presented them to each other at Christmas and on birthdays. The small “rooms” were formed into layers on a cheese box and finished off with painted woolen rags to resemble the grass on a mountain. “It is one of our prized possession,” says Fones. “It was started
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regularly change and update the displays. One major presentation highlights the African-American Communit y, another focuses on the medical doctors who practiced in the village and a third features key events in the life of Frederick Douglass. “We want the lens of St. Michaels history to be from more than one perspective,” FreeburgerPartridge says. About a decade ago, the museum began expanding its presentations outside of its buildings, using the entire village as a demonstration project by leading scheduled walking tours open to the public. Freeburger-Partridge adds, “We have a waterfront tour, a Frederick Douglass tour focusing on the three years he spent here as a teenager, and we will do special tours during the week
that housed a variety of enterprises over the years, including funeral parlor, barbershop, jail and bank. It was moved to make room for a parking lot behind the “new” bank building on Talbot Street. The final piece was the Chaney House, a classic two-story, two-room house that dates to 1850. It was moved from Fremont Street to the museum in 2003. The house was built and occupied by three free African American brothers, Charles, Samuel and George Chaney, who were farmers and watermen. “Their mother was free, but their father was a slave,” Freeburger-Partridge says. “With the money they earned from their work, they were able to buy their father’s freedom.” The museum’s volunteer staf f
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for people who a re i ntere sted.” The museum has “long recognized that our three museum buildings are meant to showcase artifacts from St. Michaels History but, in fact, the whole Historic A rea of town is in itself a living museum,” according to its website, stmichaelsmuseum.org. “With this in mind we have developed a series of docent guided walking tours to present our history in its natural setting.” The St. Michaels Museum on St. Mary’s Square is open on weekends from May through October. Admission is $3. Scheduled walking tours, times and themes are listed on the museum’s website. For reser vations or information, e-mail stmi-
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Speechless at the Pantheon, Parthenon and Pompeii by Bonna L. Nelson
Ibn Battuta, a 14th-century Moroccan traveler and scholar, said, “Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” My first travel experience was on the wings of my grandfather’s collection of dog-eared National Geographic magazines when only a child of eight. While the adults
enjoyed cocktails, I curled up on the sofa to travel around the world. I was preoccupied with travel in high school and college, too. Studies about world history, world religions and sailing around the Mediterranean Sea competed with thoughts of boys, parties and sailing around the Severn River. Family trips to
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and stories. My words cannot do our experiences justice, but I will try. O u r t ravel s to world-fa mou s wonders included four days exploring Rome ~ a Mediterranean cruise with a taste of Naples; Pompeii; Malta; Ephesus, Turkey; the Greek Islands of Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos, and Crete; Athens on the Greek mainland; and three days exploring Venice and Treviso. Speechless, we stood smiling at each other on the top row of the Colosseum in Rome, on the top of a volcanic cliff in Santorini, on the top of the Acropolis in Athens, and on the top deck of our cruise ship sailing into Venice. We followed in the footsteps of the Minoans, Mycenaeans, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Turks
historic sights including Baltimore’s Fort McHenry and Virginia’s Williamsburg, while fascinating, paled in compar ison to studies about ancient Greece and Rome. When the day finally came, my first “real” international travel with college professors, I found myself speechless at Stonehenge in England, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. By then, I was totally consumed by travel. Fortunately, my husband John, loves to travel too. We recently returned from an amazing trip and are still processing the adventure. We brought back wonderful memories
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in ancient Rome, completing what Rick Steves calls the “Caesar Shuff le,” imagining ourselves as two of 55,000 roaring spectators as we climbed the marble steps of the remarkably well-preserved Colosseum (AD 80). We strolled through the Roman Forum, as had ancient Romans in religious and triumphal processions, past crumbling arches, basilicas, gates and temples. We climbed up the Palatine Hill overlooking the Eternal City and explored the ruins of emperors’ luxurious palaces, some with mosaics, frescoes and marbled f loors. We breathed even easier when touring on our own the next day. We arrived early at the 2,000-yearold Pantheon, the best-preserved ancient building in all of Rome, originally a temple to all Roman gods, converted to a Roman Catholic Church in the seventh century and still in use. The 39’ high by 5’ round columns lining the portico are solid Egyptian granite. Seated in a pew in
and Christians, including apostles Peter and Paul, along with thousands of other travelers, as we explored the Eastern Mediterranean. My f lights of fantasy with National Geographic came to life on our first day in Rome, when we completed what I call the “Pope’s Shuff le.” At a snail’s pace, smashed against the people in front of us, we shuff led through Vatican City sites, including the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica (which holds 60,000 standing worshippers); the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s glorious frescoed ceiling; and the magnificent collection of sculptures, paintings and tapestries in the Vatican Museum. The inside tour, though holy, spellbinding and spiritual, is not for the claustrophobic. We breathed easier outside in St. Peter’s Square, where worshippers receive the Pope’s blessing. We experienced less shuff ling
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we would return to Rome as Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck did in Roman Holiday. John climbed the 18th-century Spanish Steps while I tossed a coin into another fountain nearby, doubling our chances for a return trip. We finished off our day with our first of many rich, creamy chocolate gelatos. Our first stop after departing the Eternal City was Naples, with menacing Mount Vesuvius looming in the background. On a walk over cobblestoned streets in the nearby sixth centur y BC Roman town of Pompeii, we observed more examples of Roman technical expertise and entertainment. We strolled down remarkable chariot-gouged streets and passed villas, shops, taverns, baths, shrines, fountains and an amphitheater, agora and forum. An amusing visit to a Lupanare, or brothel, revealed walls decorated with erotic mosaics and frescoes depicting various services offered, and corridors lined with built-in stone beds and pillows.
The open oculus of the Pantheon is the only source of interior light. the rotunda, we admired the altars, paintings and sculptures and prayed while rain fell through the open oculus (the only source of light) in the 142-foot-high dome to a drain in the marble floor below. The largest unreinforced concrete structure in the world is an incredible monument to human achievement. W h e n t h e s u n e m e r ge d , w e stopped at an outdoor cafĂŠ and enjoyed shrimp, spinach and olive oil over sweet potato gnocchi, with amazing bread and wine. We strolled to the famous Trevi Fountain (c. 1762) and tossed in a coin, as tradition dictates, in hopes that
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by the Turks. The honey-colored limestone wa l ls, for t if ic at ions, palace and cathedral sparkled and glowed at sunrise and sunset as we sailed in and out of the harbor. The breathtaking beauty of Malta made it one of my favorite ports. Ephesus, Turkey, dating from the 10th century BC, is an archaeological showpiece, one of the best preserved Greco/Roman classical cities in the Eastern Mediterranean. Unlike Rome and Athens, there are no distracting modern buildings surrounding the site. We roamed about the ancient city soaking up the atmosphere on marble streets lined with terraced villas, remarkable baths and latrines, temples, gates, a gymnasium, stadium, theatre and the famous Library of Celsus, which once stored 12,000 scrolls. St. Paul, the Christian apostle, preached in Ephesus, and it is believed that Jesus’ mother, Mary, died nearby. We visited a chapel dedicated to Mary and filled a Turkish handmade vessel with holy water from the fountain at the chapel. The water is believed by Catholic and Muslim pilgrims to have healing powers. I rubbed some water on my sore knee and it helped, of course! The sun-drenched Greek Islands wer e d r ap e d i n b ou ga i nv i l le a , decorated with hillsides of olive and lemon trees and vineyards, and enveloped by brilliant blue skies and blue seas. Each island has a unique personality, geography and history.
Plaster-cast replicas of skeletal remains, pottery and other artifacts recovered during excavations were on display in a site museum of this astonishingly well-preserved ancient city, covered in ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Our next stop was a panoramic tour of the golden and coralline limestone island of Malta, including the Dingli cliffs overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean. We visited charming fishing villages and churches. The glittering capital, Valletta, was built in the mid-1500s by the crusading Knights of St. John to protect the island from invasion
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as the sun set, we enjoyed the view of the volcanic rim that is Santorini from the ship’s balcony. Santorini’s glittering beauty is firmly imprinted in my memory and calls me back like a Siren. R h o d e s To w n , R h o d e s , l i k e Valetta, Malta, is a walled, gated citadel of honey-colored limestone filled with narrow, winding streets, towers and a palace also built by the St. John’s Knights in the 1300s. Like the other Greek Islands, Rhodes’ beaches, shops and historic sites attract many visitors. On a scenic island drive around the island of Mykonos, we stopped at beautiful bays and beaches; picturesque, white-painted, scarlet-roofed villages; thatched windmills; and
On our “Zeus Shuff le,” we arrived on Santorini on The Sunday of Orthodoxy. Church bells rang and lambs were roasting on spits for Easter dinner. We meandered through Oia and Fira on marble streets lined w ith whitewashed domiciles, terraces and the iconic blue-domed chapels all perched high above the sea-filled crater, or caldera. We admired the golden icons and altars in the churches and nibbled on baklava in a café on a 900-foot cliff overlooking the azure blue sea where our ship awaited. Instead of taking a funicular down to the harbor, we decided to walk down on the 580-step donkey path. Later,
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a 16th-century monastery. We finished our tour by sampling a highly recommended rich, creamy chocolate pie at a seaside promenade. We spent our anniversary on the island of Crete, exploring crumbling ruins of an ancient Minoan site and walking the beach at a picturesque seaside village. John strolled out on a cross-shaped jetty to a small white, blue-domed chapel perched on the sea, and then we v isited another chapel nearby to view the icons of Jesus and Mary, a peaceful, spiritual, candlelit retreat. Last we shopped for gifts in the old market in Chania Town at the harbor. By the time we docked in Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities on mainland Greece, we were on ancient ruin overload. But, after the strenuous 200-step climb up the 100-foot-high limestone cliff to the Acropolis plateau, we had an attitude adjustment. With sensational views of the city and beyond, the Acropolis is a universal symbol of classical Greek civilization and ac h ie vement . A s c u lpte d gate way leads to three monumental temples, including, at the highest point, the white-marbled, multicolumned Parthenon (c. 450-400 BC), a beautif ul, serene temple honoring Athena. We also contemplated magnificent statuar y, sculptures, pediments, tools, pottery and temple artifacts recovered from the Parthenon and other buildings on the
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Speechless at the Pantheon Acropolis in the New Acropolis Museum at the foot of the mount. In Athens’s oldest neighborhood, Plaka, we dined on Greek delicacies including tzatiki, a yogurt, garlic and cucumber dip; a Greek salad with fresh feta cheese and tomatoes; and spanakopita, a spinach pastry; accompanied by ouzo, an anisef lavored liqueur. Nothing can compare to sailing into Venice while perched on the highest deck of our ship on Mother’s Day with a f lute of champagne in one hand and a camera in the other. In the crystalline light of the sun, w ith a fresco-blue sky overhead and the scent of the salty sea in the air, we passed the city’s 118 islands, gondola-lined canals, the Byzantine domes and spires of the 900-year old St. Mark’s Basilica, and the shimmering, pink-marbled Doge’s Palace. After a vaporetto water taxi ride from ship to town, we toured the
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Palace and Basilica and cheered with the crowds in cobblestoned St. Mark’s Square when the Bell Tower chimed, while live chamber music soared. We watched the creation of a beautiful Murano glass vase and took a romantic gondola ride through Venice’s maze of canals and waterways, under bridges and alongside palaces. On our last day, to get away from the crowds, we trekked to the small Venetian town of Treviso, known for its delicious Prosecco. We also sampled the radicchio, cooked in a sauce over pasta, for lunch. The walled and canal-lined town was
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A Tale from Windy Hill by Bill Kennedy
It is a wonderful late-spring day, sunny and bright with a gentle breeze to keep things quite comfortable. My son and I are off on what I hope will be an educational journey for us both to the place that brings me many enjoyable remembrances of my childhood. I have reached the age where, like many others, I have begun to ref lect on my life and seriously consider my own mortality. That is the reason for the road trip. My son and partner for this journey is rapidly approaching 40. Since he got all of the good genes from me and his mother, he is much more fit than I was at that age. He is fully 6’4” tall and maintains his college football weight, a muscular 245 lbs., more or less. From my home in Taneytown we’ll be off toward, but skirt, the big city. We will head due east through the outskirts of our state capital, Annapolis, and on to U.S. Route 50. We will cross the wide expanse of the Chesapeake Bay via the William Preston Lane Memorial bridge, simply known in these parts as the Bay Bridge. I remember taking the ferry across the bay before the bridge was built in the early 1950s, (origi-
nally it was only one lane in each direction). Once on board the ferry, the trip took fully 45 minutes or so, and my usual treat for the trip was a half-pint container of chocolate milk, which I savored. We continue on U.S 50 past the f lat farmland, and the ever increasing housing developments that have replaced much of it, until we reach Easton, which has exploded with growth since I regularly visited there as a youngster in the ’50s and ’60s. We pass through the outskirts of the Talbot County seat, and our turnoff, once landmarked by an old dilapidated barn but now identified by an auto dealership and sporting a traffic signal, comes into view. A left turn onto Landing Neck Road, and almost immediately we’re engulfed by stands of tall pines. Acres of field corn and marketable vegetables crisscrossed by creeks and separated by marshes are also part of the landscape. The winding two-lane road, where my grandfather would drive slowly and search the roadside for the wild asparagus growing there in season, wends its way for nearly five miles until we come to the crossroads village of my youth, 51
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Bruceville. A dozen or so of the older houses of my memories still stand, as does the church and the general store, which has changed corners since my childhood. The two-story wood-shingled house with the wrap-around screened second-f loor porch ~ the house that the family occupied for the first four years of my life ~ still stands next to the old church. I relate the story of my very first memory. One night, as a toddler, I was awakened by my mother. Since my father was away from home driving his truck, she slept during the day, fearful of being alone with a small child during the dark hours. She sent me across the road to the home of the store owner, Mr. Whitely, since he was the closest and one of the few nearby with a telephone. My instructions were to have him call the State Police. Mommy had smelled cigarette smoke coming from a bed-
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A Tale from Windy Hill room that was used as a walk-in closet. I did as instructed, and in a short time the troopers arrived and the burglar jumped through a porch screen and was quickly captured. My earliest recollections of life in Bruceville just happened to be pretty exciting. After a quick stop at the general store, seeking some information on whom to contact concerning the Windy Hill Cemetery, we headed down Windy Hill Road to where it meets the upper Choptank River. This is where I taught myself to swim, and where my grandfather taught me to fish and use a drag net to catch soft crabs and a “crab pot” to get the large blue crabs. After boring my son with a couple of reminiscences, we head back from whence we came, stopping at “The House That Built Me” (as the country song says). It’s the house that I came to visit every summer for much of my youth. It was the home of my paternal grandparents, William “Bill” Kennedy, for
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blue sneakers. Somewhat slight in stature but surprisingly strong, both physically and emotionally, she was the queen of her domain. Cooking was usually done on a big wood stove, except for during the hottest of the dog days of summer when she would use the propane stove in the summer kitchen that Pop built by enclosing a side porch. Her fare was simple country cooking. Breakfasts of bacon or sausage with pancakes or fried bread (French toast) and eggs fresh from the chicken coop. Dinners consisted of fresh vegetables from her garden plot, fried chicken (from her f lock), possibly a rabbit that Pop and I had caught in a simple box trap, freshly caught
whom I and my son are named (but always “Pop” to me), and Bertie Louise, “Bert” Kennedy (nee: Price), affectionately known as “Old Mom.” There is a simple and, I think, slightly humorous story behind the nickname. When I became verbal as a toddler, I called her “Mom” at first, but one day she smiled lovingly and said gently to me, “I’m too old to be your mom,” to which I quickly replied, “Then you’re Old Mom,” and it stuck until the day she passed away. She was a simple farm wife of the age, her gray hair kept in a bun during the day and in a single long pigtail for sleeping. Her usual attire was a simple f lower-print house dress with a bibbed apron and plain
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new vehicle was a couple feet too long to fit in the garage. The next weekend, he gathered the materials and created a bump-out at the rear of the garage to accommodate the new car. Being quite thrifty, he took the pick-up bed from the old Model T and built a trailer that could be hitched to the new car to transport whatever needed hauling. One summer, I may have been 7 or 8, he decided that a new small rowboat was needed for us to fish the nearby river, so he gathered the lumber and built one in less than a week in his meager spare time. A fine craft it was, simple in design but completely practical for its designed use, and we used it a lot. He could repair anything from plumbing to electrical to automotive and otherwise mechanical. He could carve toys for his young grandson to play with, since there were no other children near and I had to use my imagination in my solitary play. He taught me to fish and farm and use a rif le. When I was old enough, I was taught to drive the tractor, and I became first mate on his crab boat, stringing out the trot line baited with pieces of brined eel (crab traps were not allowed for commercial crabbers in those days) and dipping up the bounty with a wire net and measuring the crabs to make sure they were males and of legal size. Other than the practical
fish, or crabs, or simple soups and stews, but all of it nourishing and delicious. My Pop was an amazing man. Standing about 6â€?4â€? tall and ever fit, he seemed like a giant to me when I was small. He was bespectacled, with a ruddy complexion that was mostly due to his daily shave with the old straight razor. He sported a hairline that slowly receded as he grew older, so he usually wore a cap of some kind. His usual uniform was matching Dickies long-sleeved work shirt and pants in khaki or olive green. He had little or no formal education, and Old Mom eventually taught him to write his name in his later years. He was interested in and kept up with the goingson in the world by listening to the morning and evening newscasts on the radio. There was no TV. Old Mom subscribed to the weekly county newspaper and read to him the things that he needed to know. His practical knowledge was immense. He could build structures, like his garage, with only the plans in his head. In 1950 he bought a new Ford sedan, which was to provide Old Mom with a more comfortable ride on the weekly trip to the market in Easton than she had in the old Model T pickup. On getting the new car home for the first time, Pop discovered that the 56
skills ~ and, as I discovered as I grew older, much more important ~ he taught me by example what it was to be a man, a loving husband and a doting grandfather. My father had left my mother and me when I was ready to begin school, which is when we moved away from Bruceville to the city to live with my maternal grandmother. I only saw him one more time, about five years later, and then he was out of my life. As a young man, Pop operated one of those smoke-belching, fire-breathing, loud-as-thunder monster steam tractors on farms all over the Eastern Shore, plowing, sowing seeds, and reaping the crops. For a period of time,
he was a sawyer, meaning he operated a large saw at a local lumber mill. In that capacity, he had to look at a log and quickly decide how it should be cut in order to get the greatest yield. That was a great responsibility not easily earned. Later, he found work as an apprentice plumber, and finally he turned to fishing and crabbing in the bountiful rivers and Chesapeake Bay. All the while, he farmed his small plot, growing things for the family and also for sale to a local market. During the growing season, we would load up the trailer with all manner of produce, sweet corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, cabbage and so much more for the weekly trip to
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A Tale from Windy Hill the market, where the proprietor would carefully write down in his small notebook what we delivered and the price to be credited. No cash changed hands, as during the winter months, Old Mom could get her staples from the market and the cost would be simply deducted from the balance credited during the growing season. I was hoping to meet the family living in the simple house now, but no one was home, so I wandered through the yard remembering the places I used to play, the trees I climbed, and the evenings in the front porch swing. Our next stop was only a short distance away, on a side road. It was the Windy Hill Cemetery, where I was hoping to discover some of the family that came before Pop and Old Mom, whose final resting place I had been to several times before. I wanted to find earlier generations of the family, or Popâ€™s siblings who are reported to be interred there, Great-Granddad Patterson and his wife, Frederika, and possibly their parents as well. The earliest graves were farther back from the road and were slightly more randomly placed. The newer plots were laid out in a more planned fashion, making the finding of graves much easier. After touring the small cemetery and making a few discoveries, we headed back
Inside Faith Chapel. to Bruceville so that I could possibly find someone from the church who might be able to help me with securing what I hope to be my final destination among the family. Once those arrangements are made, my son and I will head back home, stopping for a fine meal of local seafood and fresh vegetables on the way. The trip hasnâ€™t happened yet, but I feel confident that the trip will go as I have imagined for the most part and my remembrances will come f looding back. I want to pass on what I know of our heritage to my son. Even though he has no children to pass the knowledge to, itâ€™s his family history too, and I think he should be aware of it. As a teacher, of history no less, maybe it will stir up some interest in our ancestors on his part. I plan to pass on the information to my daughter and grandson so that they know this part of their history as well. Upon his birth, my 58
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The Sweetest Peaches 6 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced 1 large Vidalia onion, peeled, halved and sliced into thin crescents Juice of 1 large lemon 1/8 t. cayenne pepper 1/2 t. sea salt Freshly ground pepper 1 large bunch fresh arugula, rinsed well and dried Combine peach and onion slices in a large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice, cayenne, salt and pepper. Toss thoroughly and refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving, or up to a day in advance. Arrange a small bed of arugula on each salad plate and top with the chilled peaches and onions. Drizzle the juices from the bowl over the salad and serve immediately. PEACH MUFFINS Makes about 2 dozen 2 cups sifted all-purpose four 1/2 t. salt 1 T. baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1 cup milk 1/2 stick (4 T.) melted butter 1-1/2 cups fresh peaches, peeled, seeded and diced Preheat oven to 425Â°. 68
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Sift f lour, salt, baking powder and sugar together into a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and add milk and melted butter. Add the liquid to the f lour mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon just enough to combine the ingredients without over mixing. Fold diced peaches into the batter. Pour batter into well-greased muffin tins, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake about 18 to 20 minutes, or until nicely browned.
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8 large, firm ripe peaches 3 oz. finely ground blanched almonds, lightly toasted (see note) 4 T. powdered sugar 1 t. grated orange rind 2/3 cup sherry Whipped cream 1/2 t. almond extract Peel and halve fresh peaches. Place cavity side-up in a buttered baking dish. Combine almonds with sugar and orange rind. Place into peach cavities, then slowly pour on the sherry. Bake uncovered at 350° for about 30 minutes, basting several times with sherry in bottom of dish. Serve barely warm, garnished with slightly sweetened
whipped cream f lavored with 1/2 t. almond extract. Note: To toast almonds, bake at 275° for about 15 minutes. You can also do it in a sauté pan, but make sure you don’t burn them. For baked chutney peaches, stuff each peach with 1 tablespoon chutney. Sprinkle with a dash of curry and bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
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meal in the topping give it an extra crunch, too. You could also pair the peaches with blackberries or raspberries. 3-Grain Crumb Topping: 1/4 cup f lour 1/2 cup stone-ground cornmeal 1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 5 T. butter, chilled and cut into large chunks 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats Pie: 5 cups peeled, pitted and sliced peaches (about 4 large) 1 pint blueberries, stemmed and rinsed 1 T. vanilla extract 1 T. fresh lemon juice
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even layer of the crumb mixture. Bake until the fruit juices come bubbling up though the crumb topping and the crust is browned, about an hour. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting. Serve warm. Note: Arrowroot is a great help in thickening fruit pies, tarts, puddings, and sauces. It is twice as effective as f lour and is tasteless. Use a combination of f lour and arrowroot to thicken the juices in pies made with fruits like peaches and strawberries. Arrowroot also keeps indefinitely.
1/2 cup sugar 3 T. f lour 2 T. arrowroot (see note) 1/4 t. nutmeg 1/4 t. salt 1 pie crust 1 egg white, lightly beaten with a fork Combine the f lour, cornmeal, and brown sugar in a food processor. Add the butter and oats and pulse to get a uniform coarse meal, with the chunks of butter no larger than small grains of rice. Refrigerate until ready to use. In a large mixing bowl, toss the peaches and blueberries with the vanilla extract and lemon juice. In a small bowl, stir the sugar, f lour, arrowroot, nutmeg and salt together. Add this to the fruit and toss to coat evenly and thoroughly. Place the pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate, crimp the edges and brush generously with the egg white. Spoon in the fruit mixture and generously sprinkle the top with an
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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at www.tourcaroline.com. 77
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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. 79
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The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival is back and it’s better than ever! This Labor Day weekend come see the sensational Monty Alexander, along with past festival favorites and some newcomers. Presented by Jazz on the Chesapeake, this three-day festival offers high-caliber performances that will delight concert lovers and jazz aficionados alike. The festival, now in its seventh year, boasts an extraordinary lineup, sure to appeal to a wide range of music enthusiasts ~ meaning you should get your tickets now before they sell out! The festival kicks off Friday evening with “The Magic of Gershwin,” featuring Ted Rosenthal, renowned as one of the leading jazz pianists of his generation, and accomplished vibraphonist Chuck Redd. Rosenthal’s 2014 release, “Rhapsody in Gershwin,” presented his arrangement of the American composer’s 1924 Rhapsody in Blue. The album reached the number one position in jazz sales at iTunes and Amazon. Redd’s vibraphone work ~ referred to by the Jazz Times as “exquisite” ~ in addition to his skillful drumming, has been featured on more than 70
recordings. He is currently a faculty member at The University of Maryland School of Music in College Park, Maryland. The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band take festival goers into the weekend with a free concert on Saturday, September 3rd at the Avalon Theatre. The morning performance will showcase the 23-piece ensemble’s diverse repertoire, including big band swing, Latin, contemporary jazz, popular tunes, and Dixieland. The dynamic and energetic show is fit for all audiences, from young to old. Dominick Farinacci returns to Easton for a Saturday afternoon concert. Dubbed a “trumpeter of abundant poise” by the New York Times, Farinacci is set to release his Mack Avenue Records debut “Short Stories” on June 10th. This soul80
Closing out the weekend is pianist Cyrus Chestnut, performing in a Sunday afternoon concert. Born in Baltimore ~ his father was the organist at his local church ~ the composer and producer says he’s always believed in the deep connection between jazz and God. His works unabashedly demonstrate this concept, seamlessly blending facets of jazz with elements of gospel, R&B, and classical genres. Chestnut will be joined by Afro Blue, Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble. Jazz on the Chesapeake is a program of Chesapeake Music. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 410-819-0380 or visit Chesapeakejazz.org.
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Harvesting and Preserving Herbs Growing herbs in containers is a popular practice among many gardeners and cooks who appreciate the quality and freshness of just-picked herbs. We all know that fresh herbs are much more f lavorful that those we have sitting around in the kitchen cabinet for months at a time. My wife has
basil, dill, two types of parsley, and rosemary in pots on the back porch. Growing herbs in the garden also has an added benefit of attracting pollinators, butterf lies and hummingbirds. So what is the proper way to harvest herbs? It is important that herbs be harvested when the oils
shatter (open). Collect herb f lowers, such as borage and chamomile, just before full f lower. Herb f lowers have their most intense oil concentration and f lavor when harvested after f lower buds
responsible for f lavor and aroma are at their peak. Herbs acquire their fragrance and f lavor from oils that evaporate into the air when the leaves are crushed. Proper timing depends on the plant part you are harvesting and the intended use. A little study on each herb you are growing is always helpful. There are some general guidelines you might want to follow when cutting your herb plants. For example, herbs grown for their foliage should be harvested before they f lower. Herbs that are grown for seeds should be cut as the seed pods change in color from green to brown to gray, but before they
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Then, tie the stems into small bundles with twine or string and hang them upside down in a warm, dry, airy place out of the sun. Be sure to make small, loose bundles and allow for good air circulation around each bunch. UV rays from the sun and moisture from dew and frost can discolor and severely reduce the quality of many herbs. Thus, it is best to dry herbs indoors in a large empty closet, attic, or unused corner of a room. Drying herbs look quite attractive in a kitchen or pantry. If none of these places are practical, herbs can be dried in a barn, shed, or (least desirable) under the cover of a porch. Sage, thyme, summer savory, dill, and parsley are easy to dry. Basil, tarragon, and mints may mold and discolor if not dried quickly. An alternative to hanging herbs to dry in bunches is to spread the herbs on window screens. Suspend the screens over sawhorses or the backs of chairs. Turn the leaves often to ensure even drying. To air dry herbs with seeds, tie the herbs in small bundles and suspend inside a paper bag with holes punched in the sides. Suspend the bag in a dark area with good air circulation. Collect the seeds when they are dry, and store in rigid light-proof containers. Microwave drying is a quick and easy method to dry small amounts of herbs. Lay a single
herbs can be harvested until frost. For woody perennial herbs such as rosemary, you can take snips at any time during the growing season for fresh use. It is recommended that you stop snipping after the first of September. Later pruning could encourage tender growth that cannot harden-off before winter. Time of day is also important when it comes to harvesting herbs. Harvest early in the morning, after the dew dries but before the heat of the day; the plant oils will be at their peak this time of day. Herb f lowers harvested to dry for craft purposes should be picked just before they are fully open. Drying is one, and certainly the most traditional, method of preserving herbs. If the herbs are clean, do not wet them. Otherwise, rinse dust and dirt from the foliage, shake off the excess water, and spread the herbs to dry on paper towels or dishcloths until all surface moisture has evaporated. Remove any dead or damaged foliage.
layer of clean, dry leaves between dry paper towels, and place them in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes on high power. Drying will vary with the moisture content of the herb and the wattage of the microwave oven. Let the leaves cool. If they are not brittle, reheat for 30 seconds and retest. Repeat as needed. Thick leaved herbs may need to be air dried for several days before microwaving. Low moisture herbs are suitable for air drying, and these include sage, thyme, savory, dill, bay leaves, oregano, parsley and marjoram. Basil, lemon balm, tarragon and mints have higher moisture content and are more likely to mold if not dried quickly, so an oven or
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herbs in a cool, dry place away from sunlight, moisture, and heat. Many herbs can be kept for a year if stored properly. You can also freeze herbs to preserve them. Rinse the herbs quickly in cold water, shake off the excess, then chop coarsely. Place generous pinches of herbs in water-filled ice cube trays and freeze. Transfer herb-cubes to plastic bags or airtight plastic containers. Another method for freezing is to spread the herbs loosely onto a cookie sheet to freeze, then transfer the herbs into a large plastic bag and seal. When they thaw, herbs will not be suitable for garnish, but can be used in cooking. Do not re-freeze herbs after thawing. August is the height of the vacation season for most of us. Unfortunately, it is not a time that we can take a vacation from the vegetable garden and the landscape. This season has been somewhat unusual with the amount of rainfall early
in recipes. Spread the herbs on cookie sheets, and dry at the lowest temperature setting possible. Home food dehydrators also do an excellent job of drying herbs. Follow the directions provided with the dehydrator. Herbs are sufficiently dry when they are brittle and crumble easily. When the leaves are dry, separate them from their stems and package the leaves in rigid containers with tight-fitting lids. Glass or hard plastic are best, although heavyduty zip-lock plastic bags can be used. To preserve their full f lavor, avoid crushing the leaves until you are ready to use them. Store dried
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in the spring. Disease problems especially seem to be more prevalent this year. With the hot, humid weather come disease problems in the vegetable garden. Two different kinds of mildew ~ downy and powdery ~ are currently affecting vine-type vegetable crops. The first of these, 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 youâ€™ll see a whitish or 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 white or brownish talcum-like growth on leaves and young stems of squash, pumpkins, cantaloupes and cucumbers. Look for it especially on the upper surface of leaves. It will also sometimes affect fruit. Severely infected plants will turn yellow, wither and die. To control either downy or powdery
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cluding camellias and rhododendrons, are starting to set f lower buds for next season’s bloom at this time. Immature berries of pyracantha and hollies may drop if the plants are water-stressed. Start seeds of cool weather vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, caulif lower, collards and lettuce in order to transplant to the garden in early September. Plant bush beans now for your fall crop. Happy Gardening!
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Dorchester Points of Interest Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. harriettubmanorganization.org. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit www.spocottwindmill.org. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African
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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. For more info. visit http://eastnewmarket.us. HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., offers daily tours of the winemaking operation. The family-oriented Layton’s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com. 102
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Easton Points of Interest 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit www. waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and seasonal events. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. academyartmuseum.org. 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840,
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Easton Points of Interest 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St. on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers all came to town and shared rooms in hotels such as this. Frederick
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Douglass stayed in the Brick Hotel when he came back after the Civil War and gave a speech in the courthouse. It is now an office building. 14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the Star-Democrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its inf luences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roofline. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GR AND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building where they first met is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. 17. FOXLEY HALL - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Eastonâ€™s Federal dwellings. Former home of Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private)
Easton Points of Interest 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit trinitycathedraleaston.com. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcf l.org. 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early
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Easton Points of Interest The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds f lour to this day using two massive grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. For more info. visit www.oldwyemill.org. 26. W YE ISL A ND NATUR AL RESOURCE MA NAGEMENT AREA - Located between the Wye River and the Wye East River, the area provides habitat for waterfowl and native wildlife. There are 6 miles of trails that provide opportunities for hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. For more info. visit www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/wyeisland.asp. 27. OLD WYE CHURCH - Old Wye Church is one of the oldest active Anglican Communion parishes in Talbot County. Wye Chapel was built between 1718 and 1721 and opened for worship on October 18, 1721. For more info. visit www.wyeparish.org. 28. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - The original structure was built before 1690. Early 18th century rector was the Reverend Daniel Maynadier. A later provincial rector (1764–1768), the Reverend Thomas Bacon, compiled “Bacon’s Laws,” authoritative compendium of Colonial Statutes. Robert Morris, Sr., father of Revolutionary financier is buried here.
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St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bayview Restaurant and Duck Blind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course. For more info. visit www.harbourtowne.com. 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit www.milesriveryc.org. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit www.perrycabin.com. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,
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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. parsonage-inn.com. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly
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St. Michaels Points of Interest hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or www.thecrabclaw.com. 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit www.patriotcruises.com or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson,
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a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit www.victorianainn.com. 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit www.hambletoninn.com. 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665. The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. www.snuggery1665.com. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors
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St. Michaels Points of Interest would come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org. 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper
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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. TOWN DOCK RESTAURANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. For more info. visit www.towndockrestaurant.com. 25. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is
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St. Michaels Points of Interest supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on S. Talbot St. across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.
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Oxford Points of Interest cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 3. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410-226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 3A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 4. CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY - Founded in 1851. Designed by esteemed British architect Richard Upton, co-founder of the American Institute of Architects. It features beautiful stained glass windows by the acclaimed Willet Studios of Philadelphia. www.holytrinityoxfordmd.org. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.
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Oxford Points of Interest Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. and hours tel: 410-226-0191 or visit www.oxfordmuseum.org. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for officers of the Maryland Military Academy. Built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989
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Oxford Points of Interest the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or www.robertmorrisinn.com. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure.
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Oxford Points of Interest 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court â€œpitcht uponâ€? to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures. Some have described Cutts & Case Shipyard as an American Nautical Treasure because it produces to the highest standards quality work equal to and in many ways surpassing the beautiful artisanship of former times.
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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 143
by Gary D. Crawford The hills were a live w it h t he sound of music! Well, not the hills so much, actually ~ hills being a bit scarce in these parts. But at one time there sure was lots of music. In the days before TV and iPods, live music was very popular. Young and old enjoyed singing and dancing whenever an opportunity presented itself ~ at the schoolhouse, at the fire hall, at bars and restaurants, at boarding houses, even at private homes. And, of course, there was church music ~ adult and youth choirs, and gospel groups. Bands traveled to nearby towns to enter tain and prov ide dance music, even to small islands in the Chesapea ke. On T ilghman’s Island, dances were held at Jackson’s Riverdale Inn (now Har r i son’s Chesapeake House) and other locations, including the movie theater. As Mrs. Lillian Mortimer recalled in a 1990 inter v iew w ith Helen Chappell, “There was Sam and Ed Tennant, who played the violin and bass viol. And then later there was Carleton Benny from Cambridge, and his band. He’d get the band to play ‘Somebody Stole My Gal,’ and he would have a wooden razor, and he would run through the dancers, pretending to look for the gal some-
one stole. Oh, he was funny, that one. That was a big time when they had Carleton Benny’s band.” Whole families went to these soirees. “People would just bundle up their children and go to the dances,” said Miss Lil. “The children would play and people would dance. My parents could never go to a dance w ithout being asked to do their cakewalk.” Then, realizing modern readers might not recognize the term, she added, “That was a dance, you know.” There were many local musical groups. One Tilghman Band rehearsed in the basement of the old bank years ago. According to Willy Roe, Oscar Haddaway was on d r u m s, Ha r r y Dav i s playe d trombone, Margaret Wilson was on the piano, Mitchell Howeth played violin, and the pharmacist, Frank Jackson, played cornet. One oldtime resident remembered peeking down through the windows at them and lying on the grass to listen to them play. Children took music lessons, and some continued their musical interests into high school and beyond. The members of the 1923 Tilghman High School orchestra pose here on the front steps of the school.
At the top, looking like a Broadway impresario, stands Vernon Dobson. Below him to the left is the teacher, Dorothy Jackson. On the right is Maggie Ridgeway. Alone on the step below, her face partially hidden, stands Rowena Jones. On the bottom row stands Olive Lowery, and beside her is Eugene Rude. Gazing coolly into the camera with arms folded is Lula Mae Sinclair, who studied to be a teacher and returned to Tilghman School, where she taught for 43 years. She had the uncanny ability to recognize and name anyone who had been a student of hers ~ and there were many. She passed away in 2005 at the age of 96. How long their musical careers
Local Music continued we can only speculate, but we know that Maggie Cummings was a life-long violinist, for in later years she was a member of the Senior Aires.
In this 1934 photo, we see Nora and Oscar Sinclair, the smiling proprietors of what is now the Country Store, one of the oldest structures on Tilghman’s Island. Below a sign advertising Corn Flakes (2 packets for 13¢), we can just make out a poster advertising an “Old Time Dance” at the Movie Hall on December 13. This meant (I am told) that the music would consist of a fiddle, banjo, harmonica, etc., rather than
modern dance-band instruments. Sounds like an evening of squaredances, polkas, and other frolics. The operator of the mov ie hall, Mr. Haddaway, would let in whole families for just a dollar. “Hootenanny Holler” was little more than a screened-in garage at Chester and Margaret “Mog” Lowery’s place on the Main Road just down from the church. Not only was there some expert horseshoe pitching, but some good music came from there, too. Their son Carroll played the accordion and bass guitar, and grandson Doug Fluharty sure could make that piano sing. One group of high school kids got the idea of forming a barbershop quartet to try some of those tricky close harmonies. The group didn’t have a name, but Herman Haddaway, Chester Haddaway, Elmer Lowery, and David “Bunky” Miller sure had a lot of fun singing. Bunky is still performing today. Later there was a surge in gospel music spurred by popular revival meetings. Tilghman hosted “Jesus on the Island” celebrations for sev-
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eral years. Southern gospel quartets were formed in many churches, sometimes more than one. At one time, Tilghman had no fewer than five quartets. They performed locally, of course, but they also traveled throughout the region, singing at each other’s churches and at various civic events. Doug Fluhar t y, Dav id Miller, Charlotte Fluharty and Roseanne D a m a r t c a l le d t hem s el ve s t he Christian Crusaders. A women’s gospel quartet was formed consisting of Mrs. K itt y Swartz, Mrs. Anna Leonard, Mrs. Marybelle Miller and Mrs. Betty Boda, the pastor’s wife. They called themselves The Tilghmanaires. Another island group was One
Accord, made up of Barbara and Herman Haddaway, Bunky and Marybelle Miller, with Carroll Lowery accompanying on the guitar and Mrs. Boda on piano.
Age was no barrier. In this photo we see the group known as the Senior Aires. That’s Edith Harrison on harmonica, Helen Prettyman tickling the ivories, and Otto Fairbank and Maggie (Ridgeway) Cummings
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Local Music fiddling around over on the right. One of the most popular male ensembles was known as The New Creations. Started by Larry Gowe and Dav id “Bunky” Miller, w ith Elmer Lowery and Tim Fluharty, they were accompanied by Carroll Lowery on bass guitar and Donald Gowe on rhythm guitar. The group became very well known and traveled a l l over t he Mid-At la nt ic , sometimes as the opening act for a famous performer. The group endured. Va r ious others sat in, including Bill Lyons, Bill Bradshaw, and Jeff Stevanus. In later years, when founders Larry Gowe and Bunky Miller were joined by their sons ~ Larry Gowe, Jr. and David Miller ~ they took the name Fathers and Sons. They have been performing regularly at church and civic events ever since.
In the 1980s, music became the cause of some, shall we say, dischord? When a new outside deck was opened at Harrison’s Chesapeake House, the nighttime music of the live bands was not appreciated by all the nearby residents. Some said the music was played too loud, too late at night, and too often. Apparently not satisfied with the Harrisons’ response to their concerns, a group of ten residents took the matter to the authorities ~ the Talbot County Board of Appeals. It was the Board who had granted permission for open-air live music. The Board had agreed to use of the deck for a live band on Saturday nights and to the “nostalgic music” the Harrisons planned to provide. In hearings in the fall of 1983, the complainants said the bands played until af ter midnight on Fr iday, Saturday, and even some Sunday evenings. Moreover, the music was
Local Music so loud they could hear the band even with the windows closed and air conditioners running. And the music was “raucous.” To complicate matters, other neighbors said they did not find the music objectionable and sometimes opened their windows to enjoy it. Capt. Buddy Harrison had said he had intended to offer “nostalgic music,” but his customers demanded country and western, sometimes even a bit of rock and roll ~ and he was always committed to making his customers happy. The Board ruled that Harrison needed to abide by t he agreedup on ter m s: out side l ive ba nd
music only on Saturdays and none after midnight. Some adjustments were made. It seemed to some that the real problem was the type of loud music and the personalities involved. An uneasy truce prevailed for a while, but when Harrison sought permission for a massive expansion of his restaura nt a nd ba r, t he group of ten insisted he be denied. They claimed the activity at Chesapeake House already was a nuisance on summer nights and that the proposed expansion was completely out of scale for that location. A f ter several fr uitless hearings, the ten took the matter to court. One Tilghman resident, Charles
Faulkner, Jr., spoke up, objecting to the objections. He advised the complainants to consider c are f u l ly. I n a let ter to t he e d itor, Faulkner wrote: “To the 10 angry, wear y residents of T ilghman Isla nd, a la nd where G od shed his grace and blessed every table with an abundance of seafood by the most dedicated sea-farmers of about 3 centuries, I have just two thoughts: one is music, the heritage of the island; and two, the children of the island.” He stated t h at mu s i c g r a c e d t h i s I s l a nd ~ both spiritual and dance hall music ~ since before he was born (“68 years ago”) and then went on to tick off some examples. ▪H i s g r a nd mo t he r, L au r a Faulkner, held dances on the weekend s at her b oa rd i ng hou se i n Fairbank. The music was loud, with the windows open, but no one in Fairbank complained. ▪There was music and dancing at Tilghman High School on many weekends the year round, events attended by many people of several generations. The music was loud and the windows big, but there were no complaints, “not even from the sanctified,” wrote Faulkner. ▪Mrs. Leona Garvin held dances at her boarding house, “The Elms,” too ~ sometimes outside in her big front yard ~ without complaints. ▪Mrs. Lola Harrison on Gibsontown Road across from “Blue Haven” had dances in her home. 153
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Local Music ▪There were dances at Harrison’s Chesapeake House and at the Rod and Reel Club before that. ▪Frank McCarty had a restaurant and bar beside the store run by his wife, Mary. People danced in an open pavilion in the rear and in the restaurant itself, with windows wide open. ▪Dances were held at Mr. Birmingham’s place, w ith both his daughters attending, and no complaints were lodged. ▪People went to Elsie Harrison’s restaurant at the br idge, where dances were held nightly. People even danced on the docks in the summertime, and there was always noise with no complaints. Faulkner stated that dancing had been a tradition on the island for 70 years and more. “The only one who couldn’t dance,” quipped Faulkner, “was me.” He went on to point out that young people have to learn to make their own choices in life, that all we can do is provide advice and guidance. His point was that it would be better for kids to be dancing (and even drinking) here on the island rather than someplace else “over the bridge.” He said the results of seventy years of music and dance here were pretty impressive. They had produced: ▪Two members of the MD Legislature (“Hootch” Harrison and Walter Weber)
▪Two C ou nt y C om m i s sioner s (Percy Harrison and his son Linwood Harrison) ▪A Sheriff, a Clerk of the Court, and County Treasurer (his father, Tom Faulkner, Sr.) ▪A Federal and State employment officer (Ted Weller) ▪Many school teachers and principals, including Pauline Jenkins, Lula Mae Weller, and Antoinette Harrison) ▪Many nurses, including Louise Wheatley (who was raised by Tom’s grandmother, Laura Faulkner) ▪Numerous prominent businessmen, e specia l ly i n t he se a food industry ▪A nd, of course, many distinguished servicemen. He concluded his good-humored cautionary note by suggesting that the ten complainants take their wives over to the Chesapeake House for an evening of dinner and dancing. He was sure Capt. Buddy would be happy to see them and would treat them well. Faulkner was trying to def late the controversy, but it didn’t work. Dissatisfied with the Harrisons’ response, the complaint mushroomed and ended up in court. The struggle would last for six years.In 1988, Circuit Court Judge J. Owen Wise ruled that regular live outdoor music was in violation of the ordinance and had to stop; he dismissed the charge that Harrison had created a public nuisance, however, and indicated
Local Music that outdoor music could be offered at certain specific special events to be worked out. [My thanks to Bonnie Messick, who kindly dug out the newspaper accounts of this long conflict.] Despite such occasional controversies, music continued to be part of island life, as it does in many communities throughout the Eastern Shore. And the beat goes on. Just last year, the Tilghman United Methodist Church launched a new Saturday evening concert series. Offered every other month throughout the year, they have presented a wide range of music and musicians ~ Brazilian choro music, country blues and gospel, Christmas selections by brass
and vocal choirs, Broadway music, and some nice guitar and vocal tunes. This new concert series kicked off on March 28, 2015 with an evening of southern gospel music. Guess who? Yep, the Fathers and Sons, with Larry Gowe, David “Bunky” Miller, his son David Miller, and Tyde Mowers, accompanied by Pat Donahue on bass and Patrick Donahue Jr. on drums, and featuring young Isaiah Embert on the piano. So the isle is alive with music again. Now, if we just had some hills. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.
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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams And live the life you have imagined. ~ Henry David Thoreau The guy is a pain in the neck, not because he’s grim or disagreeable ~ he’s neither of those. In fact, he’s friendly, even animated, and always eager to share his unfolding dreams: dreams made tangible by brains, muscle and sweat; adrenaline dreams of slammed-back-inyour-seat acceleration and speed like a peregrine falcon in a vertical dive; triumphant dreams of reciprocating beasts w ith f lat torque cur ves and mountains of power
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Continuing the Dream of this beast otherwise known as the International Headquarters of Wingard Motor Sports. It’s an unassuming place tucked away in a nondescript industrial park on the edge of what I suspect is a totally unsuspecting Crofton. And it’s probably best if we just leave it that way. [Note: Peregrine falcons can reach maximum speeds approaching 240 MPH in high speed dives of pursuit.] “Do the Russians, NASA, the Air Force, or even the town council, for that matter, know you’re building intercontinental ballistic missiles in this place?” I ask him, deadpan as can
be. “Shhh.” He presses his index finger vertically to his lips in the international sign for silence. “The less they know, the better, although I’m sure the CIA has this place bugged and surveilled 24/7.” I burst out laughing for two reasons: (A) I like that kind of humor, and (B) it’s laden with irony because when Bob isn’t blasting down the backstretch or powering through the curve of some race track in one of his curvaceous roadsters with his hair on fire, he works a day job as an aerospace consultant for Goddard, providing systems engineers for unmanned earth science and deep space missions. That’s right, the guy’s a satellite engineer who dreams less about international space stations than he does of ways to leave very expensive Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches in the dust. In fact, there are few things that ring his bell more than beating up on prestigious European auto marques backed by hundreds of millions of dollars in R&D and advertising. Got to show you something That’ll go right through your head… ~ Spirit
It’s 1970 or maybe 1971 ~ I think. Hell, I can’t remember, and besides, it doesn’t matter. The first bright rays of a newly rising sun f lood the tranquil sky, and yet I’m amped up with anticipation as I stand on this hard, f lat expanse that usually 160
serves as an airport runway. Patches of ground fog drif t through the quietude of a new day being born. I rip back the pull tab on a can top. “POP – SSHHH.” I take a gulp. “Ahhh.” Old German Beer, it’s not just for breakfast anymore. Dietary regimens like this are quite normal because I’m a college sophomore or junior ~ I think. Hell, I can’t remember, and besides, it doesn’t matter. What I do remember quite well is that I and several accomplices camped out all night with some persons of interest of the female persuasion so that we could grab premium viewing spots for the weekend Sports Car Club of America road races ~ that and other things. And now, despite my bleary-eyed
condition, I find myself serenely located amidst the pastoral splendor of Western Maryland’s summer of 1970, or ‘71 or whenever. But I know the stillness won’t last, and sure enough, I’m right again because first I hear, then I feel, the ferocious roar of a finely tuned big block American V8. Oh, there’s nothing like the heavy metal sound of American muscle in the morning ~ sounds like victory. The fearsome echo of raw power cracked open reverberates off the surrounding mountains and, for one fine moment, chills sluice through me with an electric tingle. Like a fully immersive experience, bigger than the sky, bad as can be, loud as hell, brighter than a thousand suns
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Continuing the Dream and twice as hot ~ see that dot on the horizon bearing down on us like ordnance shot from a cannon? See it? It’s hurtling up to us low beneath the blue firmament, through the wind and light and mounting heat like a force of nature set free. And now I……ahh, ahem, WAIT! Sorry, people; I know it’s politically incorrect to publicly acknowledge things like this, but once upon a time I was very fond of fast cars, screaming guitars, w ild women, good cigars and strong whiskey ~ not necessarily in that order. And, oh, yeah, motorcycles and airplanes, too. Uh huh, all of it happened in the unheeded days of what I can only describe now as my misspent youth. But, truth be told, lo these many years later, some of those diversions tempt me still and I….WAIT. FULL STOP! Did I say that, or was I just thinking that? Either way, the jury is instructed to disregard those last comments, or thoughts, or whatever they were because under the terms of the Fifth Amendment I’m constitutionally protected against self-incrimination. Anyway, back to the SCAA road races in 1970 or 1971 or whenever. You see, Not only can I hear the sound and feel the shockwaves of the approaching presence ~ now I can see it. And what once was a mere dot on the horizon is coming in low, fast and loud like as speeding
locomotive. But in a world where cause precedes effect, this thing jars expectations and jolts all the operating assumptions about form and function. You see, this low, deep, menacing roar is not coming from a hulking drag strip monster built to do nothing but burn down time itself on a quarter-mile stretch of asphalt and then pop a parachute to bleed off the speed. Amazingly, shockingly, the bellowing comes from a sleek, low-slung design with strong hints of classic European sophistication. It’s a riot of beauty and seductive curves that sweeps you up from any angle. In fact, it’s my first exposure to the legendary Shelby 427 AC Cobra Roadster, and while I can’t remember certain people, places or events from those years, I do remember this. I remember it well. Fif t y-t wo years ago, not long after gaining international fame at the wheel of the winning car in the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans (he drove with a nitroglycerin pill under his tongue due to serious heart problems that aff licted him even then), a straight-talking, hard-charging Texan by the name of Car roll Shelby cemented his iconic status in the world of high performance car design and racing. He wedged a modified Ford V8 engine into a curvaceous, lightweight British sports car built by AC Auto Company. Tweaked and tuned, it was the fastest production vehicle ever built when displayed
at the 1962 New York Auto Show. It was a lethal-looking, thoroughly American game changer with bulging curves in all the right places, a powerful engine under the hood and low-swept pipes to channel the thunder. It not only rushed blood to the back of your brain when you put the pedal to the metal, it could outcorner, out-accelerate, out-break and out-drift Europe’s finest road racers. Best of all, it could win on the international sports car circuit, where it shocked the establishment grandees and changed the sports car world forever. It was elegantly sleek yet ferociously powerful. It was the legendary Shelby AC Cobra roadster. Then, in early 1963 at Southern California’s Riverside International
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Continuing the Dream But Carroll Shelby could cheat death only so long ~ even when you’re a la r ger -t ha n-l i fe Tex a s legend. It was true; he’d given the Grim Reaper one hell of a run for the money throughout a lifetime filled with many close calls and near misses. Yet when the inexorable specter of his earthly demise came calling for that final reckoning, it was not in the place or manner that most had expected. No, the man’s ghost did not rise from a smoldering pile of twisted wreckage on the hairpin turn of some winding ribbon of famous asphalt where men hurl themselves and their machines against the laws of physics. It rose
silently into a western sky ablaze with shooting stars when the man’s transplanted heart locked up after a long illness in the still quiet of his hospital bed near the humble place of his birth on the windblown f lats of Texas. Carroll Shelby died on May 10, 2012 at the age of 89. And when he did, more than a few wondered what would become of his legendary creation. Or, if you prefer, where would the spirit of Carroll Shelby go, and to whom would it whisper? In my sometimes magical way of thinking, I’ve concluded that it soared high, hovered a bit, and then drifted northeast to a town in Maryland, where it found a restless kindred spirit of the f lesh and blood kind. Which is where Annapolis resi-
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Continuing the Dream 77 frames in production,” Bob says, “and then I had it all shipped on a f leet of tractor-trailer rigs back to Crofton. I’m glad I had the opportunity to buy and preserve it,” he continues. “It’s my way of keeping history alive. Besides,” he pauses for a moment’s ref lection, “If I hadn’t done it, no one else would have, and I just couldn’t let that happen.” Between 2007 and late 2015, Bob
Shelby Cobra being assembled at Wingard Motor Sports.
Wingard and his small team of dedicated gear heads operated under the name of FII Roadsters, primarily doing two things: they provided repair and modification services for owners of Shelby Series I sports cars but also went on to design and build a slightly larger, nominally different version of the famous Shelby AC Cobra and called it the FII Roadster. Both cars offer a choice of carbon fiber or aluminum bodies built on the same heat-treated and forged aluminum frames with honeycomb f loors and side walls. Amazingly, these frames are stiffer and stronger than the current Corvette’s yet weigh in at only 154 pounds. (The a luminum body c a rs a re ha ndmade in t he tr uest sense. They are brush finished and gas welded jewels requiring an exquisitely high level of craftsmanship almost impossible to find in today’s disposable, high-tech world. His current aluminum-body sculptor/artisan is a gentleman who hails from the Baltic nation of Lithuania.) Fast forward to today, and I can attribute Bob’s altered state of feverishly dream-like enthusiasm to two recent developments: (A) Upon successful completion of negotiations, Wingard Motor Sports is now the solely authorized worldwide manufacturer and distributor of Shelby CSX 5000 Series II sports cars and the service center for the original Shelby Series I sports cars for the next ten years.
In addition to the frames, parts and other direct material inventory, Bob also owns all the molds, fixtures, tools, dies and jigs. So, as a practical matter, if you want to purchase a newly minted Shelby Series II roadster or parts and service for your Shelby Series I, your choices are Wingard Motor Sports or Wingard Motor Sports, and if neither of those works, try Wingard Motor Sports. And, (B) Under a new federal law passed this year for small auto manufacturers, Wingard Motor Sports can now sell complete turn-key cars ~ not just so-called “rollers” where the buyer must separately purcha se a n eng ine. Ma x imum output allowed under the law: 350
cars annually ~ a volume that Bob is unlikely to approach, at least as the business is presently configured. “We don’t do high volume and we’re not fast, but we make really nice cars,” he tells me. “We’re making a souff lé, not a cake, so when it’s done, it’s done ~ they’re ready when they’re ready.” You want the truth? This is what
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Continuing the Dream he loves: blowing up prestige low volume markets with high performance machines ~ designing and building, tweaking and tuning them into rock-solid, dialed-in primal perfection. In the case of his FII 427 roadster and Shelby Series I or II cars, this means almost perfect 50/50 front-to-back weight distribution; aluminum heat treated frames to provide lightweight high torsion strength; 600 to 800 ferocious horsepower to go fast; 13inch, six-piston disk brakes on all four corners to stop fast; gleaming custom-painted carbon f iber or
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aluminum bodies to turn heads; and fine hand-crafted leather interiors in which to get comfortable. Even standing still, these things scream Kinetic with a capital K. And, just as it was back in the unheeded days of my reckless youth in the year 1970 or 71 or whenever, more than a little of their allure stems from the hauntingly resonant question that still echoes through my mind: “How can this classically sleek, elegantly designed specimen of automotive art pack such awesome power and sound so raucously American all at the same time?” Because, make no mistake about it, light the fuse on one of these beauties and beneath all the seductive cur ves it’s a snarling, low-slung wash of adrenaline. So tell me. Do you want to strap on one of these stylish street-legal time machines? Do you want it with a hand-built, bullet-proof American V8 so that you can really “let out the dogs,” as Bob likes to say? Well, if you answered yes, then you’ll be pleased to know he also says you can have one for $150,000, give or take a few bucks, depending on your choice of options. Or perhaps you favor a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche that performs like this? You might be able to pick one up for between $300K and $500K on the low end, although prices run fast into the stratospheric range of $1 million to $4 million, depending upon just how exotic
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Documenting Maryland’s Biodiversity by Michael Valliant
Some people collect stamps, some collect bottles, and others collect art or baseball cards. Jim Brighton and Bill Hubick are ambitious in their collecting ~ with their Maryland Biodiversity Project, they are trying to collect data on every living thing in the state of Maryland. Since 2012, they have documented just under 17,000 species, taken more than 50,000 photographs and worked with
more than 600 scientists, contributors and editors across the state. Like many grand endeavors, MBP started with a conversation, and then a question Brighton and Hubick couldn’t answer. In June 2012, they were walking around Severn Run, a natural area outside of Annapolis. They were talking about how it would be cool if there was a resource where people in Maryland who loved nature
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Maryland’s Biodiversity could go to get complete lists of plants or animals. And then it happened. Brighton found a plant that he couldn’t identify. When he got home, he tried to find out what it was. It was then that he found out that Maryland was one of the few states that didn’t have an official plant list. “It frustrated me greatly,” Brighton said. “So, I called Bill that night and said this needs to be fixed. Let’s do what we were talking about and build it.” Within a few months, they had all the major groups up on their site, marylandbiodiversity.com.
They named their effort the Maryland Biodiversity Project and adopted a mission, to catalog all the living things in the state and to promote education and conservation by helping to build a vibrant general nature study community. The plant that Brighton found ~ the one that started the whole undertaking ~ was called whorled yellow loosestrife. Both Brighton and Hubick have day jobs. Brighton works for Campbell’s Boat Yard in Oxford, and Hubick is a web developer. Neither makes a living as a scientist or naturalist, but both have spent more than twenty years in the field, largely following the lead and soak-
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Whorled Yellow Loosestrife ing up the knowledge of a mentor, Jim Stasz, a storied Maryland naturalist. Stasz has been such an influence that the MBP website and project are dedicated to him. MBP is not just the work of two people; it’s more of a collective of contributors. That’s been a key to its success. “The community has really understood and bought into what we’re doing, and that it’s important,” Brighton said. “It’s integral to the project; we’re not experts in all this stuff ~ we don’t know fish or beetles, for example. So we have enlisted a lot of the ex177
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perts in these fields to help us out.” One of those experts is Wesley Knapp, an ecologist who works for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Program. How Knapp became involved, and how he has helped MBP, are indicative of how the project has grown. Knapp and Robert Naczi, both preeminent botanists, have been working on publishing an official plant list for Maryland, a list like the one Brighton was looking for originally. The list will likely be officially published next year, but Knapp and Naczi allowed MBP to use their documented list as part of the site. MBP is coordinating efforts and expertise, not duplicating it. While a lot of the work involves coordinating and gathering data that is being collected, both Brighton and Hubick still spend as much time in the field as they can. In July, Brighton was part of a butterf ly count in Garrett County where 178
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Maryland’s Biodiversity they documented 30 species of butterf lies in a weekend, with photos, all of which are being uploaded to the MBP database. Much of the formative work and data collecting have been completed. MBP’s lists of butterf lies, dragonf lies, plants and most of the vertebrates (birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians) are extensive and contain all the known species to have been found in Maryland. But there are some focus areas where they could use more knowledge and data: most notably, microscop-
ic species and species found in the ocean off Maryland’s coast. “Maryland’s ocean is no-man’sland,” Brighton said. “We have such a small section of coastline that a lot of study hasn’t been done in Maryland waters. So that’s one of the really hard areas; we have complete lists of all the crabs and shrimp that have been found, and we are gathering fish data, but we don’t have a lot of the pelagic invertebrates, such as sea slugs.” When it comes to the microscopic realm, Brighton has a box of 16 CDs on his desk that contain more than 6,000 organism photos taken
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it is and where it has been found throughout the state. The other part of MBPâ€™s mission is to build a vibrant nature community. They are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and part of how they are building such a community is to work with schools. Their biggest school outreach has been to the Jemicy School in Baltimore County, a school for students with dyslexia and other languagebased learning disabilities. MBP created a separate site called the Jemicy Biodiversity Project, where students document and photograph what they find on the school grounds. So far they have
Beach Plum through microscopes that were donated to MBP. There are still plenty to add to the species they have documented in the state. Beyond simply collecting data, MBP wants to make it useful and accessible. There will always be more data to gather. One of the ways they want the data to be used is to show every species distribution across the state: site visitors can find bar charts and highlighted county maps and, as of July, quadrant maps showing quadrant-level data. People looking for information on a specific species can find both what 182
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found 226 species and documented a new species of ant that hadn’t before been recorded in the state. MBP is a cooperative effort, and they are actively looking for people to help collect data from across the state. “We really want people to explore what’s around where they live,” Brighton said. “It can be as simple as taking photos of living things in their backyards and sending them in. They don’t even have to know what it is; we will identify it for them. If we get more people involved in sharing photos, we start populating more data sets across the state.” Brighton and Hubick started out hoping to create a nature com-
munity and become a resource for gathering and disseminating data. In four years, MBP has nearly 260,000 total records on their site and just under 5,700 people following their photographs and natural history facts on their Facebook page. They’ve come a long way from whorled yellow loosestrife. Michael Valliant is the Executive Director of the Oxford Community Center. Valliant was born and raised in Oxford and has worked for Talbot County non-profit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Academy Art Museum. Call Us: 410-725-4643
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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 email@example.com. The deadline is the 1st of the month preceding publication (i.e., August 1 for he September issue). Daily Meeting: Mid-Shore Intergroup Alcoholics Anonymous. For places and times, call 410822-4226 or visit midshoreintergroup.org. Daily Meeting: Al-Anon. For times and locations, v isit EasternShoreMD-alanon.org. 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. Thru Aug. 7 Exhibition: Peter Mi lton ~ Living Old Ma ster 185
at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Peter Winslow Milton’s work has been exhibited in most major museums in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the British Museum and the Tate Gallery, London; and the Bibliothèque
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Nationale, Paris. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru Aug. 7 Exhibition: Selections from the Grover Batts Collection at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Bat ts collec t ion includes works by renowned late 19th and 20th century American and European artists. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru Aug. 7 Exhibition: Ernie Satchell ~ A Few of My Favorite Things at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The exhibition
T h r u Aug. 30 Summer Qui lt Showcase at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore will have over 100 quilts on display in the library to promote the arts and literature. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 1
Irish Tea Party at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 1 p.m. Celebrate this Irish Bank Holiday w ith all things Ir ish. Create your ow n luck y charms, learn about traditional Irish dance, and end with a tea party. For ages 5 to 105! Registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
1 Minecraft Monday at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Beginners and experienced builders aged 8 to 12, get the chance to build in creative mode on our Mine186
craftEdu server. A new challenge each week. No registration is necessary, but space is limited. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,24,29,31 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesdays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 1,8,15,22,29 Fun and Friendship from 3 to 5 p.m. for ages 7 to 11 at the St. Michaels Community Center. Fun, games, music and food. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 1,8,15,22,29 Monday Night Trivia at t he Ma rke t S t r e e t P ubl ic
House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a fun-filled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 2 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit shorehealth.org. 2 The Wizard of Oz presented by the Hampstead Stage Company at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10:30 a.m. Supported w it h f u nd s f r om t he Ta lb ot County Arts Council. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
August Calendar 2 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25,30 Adult Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com. 2,5,9,12,16,19,23,26,30 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511. 2,16 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambr idge. 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 3 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. A different prompt presented in each session offers a suggestion for the morningâ€™s theme. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more info.
tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 3 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 3 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800 -477- 6291 or v isit naranon.org. 3,10 iPhone Class with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $80 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 3,10,17,24,31 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio
tou r s, a nd ot her a r t-relate d activities. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 3,10,17,24,31 Chair Yoga w ith Susan Irwin at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 3,10,17,24,31 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-7456073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 4 Arts & Crafts Group at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St.
Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, etc., or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Fabu lous You! at t he Ta lbot County Free Library, Easton. 1 to 3 p.m. For ages 10 to 14. Fashion advice, crafts, refreshments. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Hour of Code Workshop at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
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August Calendar 4 St. Michaels Community Center Summer Concert Series featuring Sunny Isle Blues Band at Muskrat Park. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 4,11,18,25 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal w ith issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 4,11,18,25 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Thursdays at 9 a.m. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 4 ,11,18,25 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn to play this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org.
4,11,18,25 Memoir Writing at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly folk. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 4,11,18,25 Cambridge Farmers Market at L ong Whar f Park. It’s one of the only waterfront farmers’ markets in the state. 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Ducks Unlimited - The Bay Hundred Chapter at the St. Michaels Community
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Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. Enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711. 5 Concert: Toby Walker in the Stoltz
5 Open House at Brewer Oxford Boatyard and Marina from noon to 4 p.m. Tours of the new clubhouse and boatyard improvements. Cocktail hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Many activities going on throughout the day. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410226-5101.
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August Calendar Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 5-7 56th annual Wheat Threshing Steam and Gas Engine Show in Federalsburg. Official opening at 10 a.m. and events throughout day. Get a glimpse of antique farm equipment in action. This event features antique car and equipment parades, a f lea market, a blacksmith shop, steam and gas engines, tractor games, refreshments, live entertainment and more. Free! For more info. visit threshermen.org.
5,12,19,26 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Dennyâ€™s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 5,12,19,26 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848.
5,12,19,26 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 6 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 6 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6 Beach Crab Feast at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort Spa in Cambridge. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy all-you-caneat Maryland blue crabs along the Choptank R iver. Open to all. $50/adult, $25/child 6-12 years and those under 5 years are complimentary. Includes allyou-can-eat crabs, corn on the cob, coconut coleslaw, dessert,
and non-alcoholic beverages. For more info. tel: 410-901-1234. 6 Concert: The Kennedys in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 6-7 Workshop: Stand-Up Paddle Workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In this two-day workshop shipwright and surfing enthusiast J. Maris Connor will walk participants through what makes a good paddle. Participants will learn basic paddle constr uction, including bent shaft laminating and shaping
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and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 6,13,20,27 Easton Farmer’s Market every Saturday from midApril through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured from 10 a.m. until noon. Town parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton Farmer’s Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit avalonfoundation.org.
skills. Each participant will take home their own custom-tailored cedar paddle at the end of class. Materials and tools will be prov ide d . $175 memb er s, $20 0 non-memb er s. Re s er v at ion s required. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ cbmm.org. 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916
6,13,20,27 St. Michaels Farmers Market from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fremont Street. Rain or shine. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut f lowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs and honey. For more info. visit ffm.org. 6,13,20,27 Denton Farmer’s and Flea Market from 9 a.m. to noon. Shop for farm-fresh produce, plants, baked goods, crafts, antiques and more. For more info. visit DowntownDenton.com. 6,13,20,27 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org. 6,13,20,27 Historic High Street
Wa lk ing Tour in Cambr idge. Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. One-hour walking tours are sponsored by the non-profit West End Citizens Association and are accompanied by colonial-garbed docents. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000.
6,13,27 Skipjack Sail aboard the Nathan of Dorchester, 1 to 3 p.m., Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $30, children 6 to 12 $10, under 6 free. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141 or reservations at skipjack-nathan.org. 8 Read to Latte, a certified therapy
dog at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 8 Free Mov ie s @ Noon at t he Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. This month’s feature is Brother Bear. Bring your own lunch or snack. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l. org. 8 Book Arts for Teens and Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. Japanese Stab Binding Book. Explore the fascinating process of creating a personal journal. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 8 Minecraft Monday at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 to 4 p.m. Beginners and experienced builders, aged 8 to 12, get the chance to build in creative mo de on ou r M i ne c r a f t E du ser ver. A new challenge each week. No registration is neces-
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sary, but space is limited. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 8 Book Club Meet-Up at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Belong to a book club? This is your chance to meet with folks from area book clubs and crosspollinate. Hosted by Pat Bates, Karen Karydes, and Bill Peak. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 8-12 Summer Camp at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Medieval Castles, Art, and All the Kingâ€™s People with Deborah Scales for
8-12 Vacation Bible School at the Presbyterian Church of Easton. For more info., tel: 410 -310 8313. 9 Magician John Dodge at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. Enjoy a magic performance full of surprises. For all ages. Free tickets are required and may be picked up one week prior to performance. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 9 Make-It Workshop at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
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9 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the native flute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227. 9,23 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 9,23 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp 196
Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit twstampclub.com. 10 Early Morning Members’ Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 10 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e-mail email@example.com. 10 Summer Reading Celebration at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Music program and ice cream social with Mister Don. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 10,17,24,31 For the Pastelist: Summer Mentoring Sessions w ith Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members $110 - 4 sessions or $35 drop-in, non-members $140 - 4 sessions or $40 drop-in. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 10,24 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community
10 Grief support group meeting ~ Together: Silent No More at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 10 Peer support group meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group 197
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Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 10,24 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 11 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 4 p.m. Bring the whole family for an evening of board games and fun educational childrenâ€™s games. For all ages (children 5 and under need to be accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 11 St. Michaels Community Center Summer Concert Series featuri ng Ken & Brad Kolod ner at Muskrat Park. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 11-12 Concert: An Intimate Solo/ Acoustic Listening Performance by Citizen Cope at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. Copeâ€™s a oneman band, trying to make sense of all the nonsense that marks the 21st Century. Join him on this musical journey during a special, solo acoustic perfor-
11-14 12th Annual Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Reunion at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Early registrants for the St. Michaels leg of the reunion include 55th Virginia, East Hampton, F. D. Crockett, Iva W., Muriel Eileen, Nellie C rocket t, Peggy, P ropWa sh, Thomas J., Old Point and Winnie Estelle. Museum guests can see the buyboats, talk with their owners, and climb on board for dockside tours. For more info. visit cbmm.org. 11-14,19-21,26-28 The Tred Avon Players present A Man of No Importance, directed by Joe Tyler at the Oxford Community Center.
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August Calendar This critically acclaimed musical tells the story of Alfie Byrne, a bus driver in 1964 Dublin whose heart holds secrets he can’t share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. The play debuts Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. with “Thrifty Thursday,” featuring two-for-one tickets. Other performances are Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees Aug. 14, 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students with ID. For tickets, visit tredavonplayers.org or call 410-226-0061.
Wenches Fantasy Weekend hosted by the Greater Rock Hall Business Association and the Town of Rock Hall. Come by land or sea to a town-wide theme party you’ll never forget! Live entertainment, food, c ost u me c onte st s, 5K , Buccaneer’s Ball, treasure hunt, beach party, rum tasting, plenty of fun for the whole family. Decorated dinghy contest and parade on Saturday at noon at the Rock Hall Harbor. For more info. visit rockhallpirates.com.
11,18,25 Summer Challenge - A Painting a Day for 15 Days! with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $120 members, $150 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 11,18,25 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 with a group of friendly folk. Pre-registration requested. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
12 Concert: Frank Viele and Kentavius Jones in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org.
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ond Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 13 Antioch Peach Festival at the Antioch United Methodist Church, Ca mbr idge. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featuring sun-ripened peaches, mouth-watering pies, delicious fritters, home-made cobbler, authentic Eastern Shore crab cakes, cool refreshing ice cream, unique vendors, and more! For more info. tel: 410-228-4723. 13 15th annual Peach Festival at Preston Firehouse, Preston. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reminiscing, a ‘50s and ‘60s duet will be singing, face painting, free children’s activities, peaches, bake tables, craft and vendor tables, soft crab sandwiches, scrapple sandwiches and more. This festival is an endeavor of Preston Bethesda United Methodist Church. For more info. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
13 Seafood Feast-I-Val at Governors Hall, Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. 1 to 6 p.m. Enjoy an all-you-caneat feast and more on the shores of the Choptank River. The menu includes steamed crabs, fried fish, crab soup, fried clams, BBQ chicken, sweet potato fries, ranch fries, watermelon, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, hot dogs, cake, and freeze pops. Soft drinks are included in the price; beer is sold by the cup. Plus live music by Golden Touch, car show, historic town tours, craft sales, door prizes, and displays. Rain or shine. Free parking. For more info. visit seafoodfeastival.com. 13 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith a r t i s t s a s t he y demon s t r ate their work. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit carolinearts.org. 13 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High
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August Calendar streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit cambridgemainstreet.com. 13 T idewater In n C onc er t S e r ie s fe at u r i ng t he Del ma r va Big Band. Harrison Street between Dover and Goldsborough Streets. Rain Venue: Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. Bring a chair, a picnic dinner, or make dinner reser vations at the Tidewater Inn’s Hunters Tavern. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
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13,27 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 14 Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit fire and ambulance services. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 14 12th annual Waterman’s Appreciation Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pricing includes the boat docking contest, celebrity appearances, live music, children’s and family activities, and much more. Boat rides, steamed crabs, and other food and drinks are extra cost. This event is a joint fundraiser for the Talbot Watermen’s Association and the Chesa-
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Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch). Limited instruction for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit tcfl.org.
15 Book discussion on A Little Paris Book shop by Nina George at the Talbot County Free Library, E a s ton. 6:30 p.m. For more
info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 15-19 Summer Camp at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Papier Mâché Sculpture with Theresa Schram for ages 10 to 13. 10 a.m. to noon p.m. $100 members, $110 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 17 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in
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Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 17-18 Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Individuals and families with children over age 12 are welcome to participate in our Boaterâ€™s Safety certificat ion pr og r a m a nd le a r n t he basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. $25. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail email@example.com. 17,24 Class: Organizing, Storing and Sharing Photos with your Smar tphone w ith Scott K ane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $80 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17,24,31 Story Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 18 Midshore Riverkeepers Tour the Shore Paddle around Wye Island. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Paddle up the meandering inlets along Wye Island and hike through the
18 Tales for Pets on Wheels dog Wally with Miss Maggie Gowe at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. Bring your own reading material or pick out a book from the library to read to Wally in one of the 10 to 15 minute sessions. For ages 5 and older. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 18 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 18 St. Michaels Community Center Summer Concert Series featuring Chris Noyes at Muskrat Park. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 19 Concert: Danny Burns in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 19-Oct. 9 Membersâ€™ Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum,
Easton. The Academy Art Museum’s Annual Members’ Exhibition represents the best of the region’s artists. The media include drawing, painting, pastel, graphics, photography, mixed media, video art, jewelry, sculpture, and other applications. This year the judge will be Jack Rasmussen, PhD, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 19-20 Caroline Summerfest: Jazzin’ in the Streets in downtown Denton. Fr iday f rom 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. This family entertainment
festival in dow ntow n Denton features three stages of regional and local entertainment, a Friday pedestrian parade, Saturday fireworks show, strolling performers, artisans, free KidzArt activities, the Choptank Rivah Run, gaming and food vendors and more. This year’s theme is Jazzin’ in the Streets. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-8120 or visit CarolineSummerfest.com. 20 Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival on the banks of the Nanticoke River in Vienna. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. In past years, the festival has featured demonstrations of Punkin Chunkin trebuchets, the Mayors’ Challenge R ace, live
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music, watermelon rolling, peach pit spitting, blacksmithing, the Great Tomato Wars, and more. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit dorchesterhistory.org. 20 Concert: Country Gentlemen Tribute in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 21 3rd annual Extreme Boat Docking contest at Suicide Bridge Restaurant in Hurlock. Boat docking, also known as the water rodeo, is considered a water
23 Meeting: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411. 23 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946.
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25 St. Michaels Community Center Summer Concert Series featuring Covenant Choirs at Muskrat Park. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 25 Concert: Bumper Jacksons in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 26 Concer t: A nna Burgess and Jayme D in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
Matthew Hillier at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $190 members, $220 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 27 Tidewater Inn Concert Series featuring Mule Train. Harrison Street between Dover and Goldsborough Streets. Rain Venue: Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. Bring a chair, a picnic dinner, or make dinner reservations at the Tidewater Innâ€™s Hunters Tavern. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
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Celebrating 25 Years Tracy Cohee Hodges Vice President Area Manager Eastern Shore Lending
111 N. West St., Suite C Easton, MD 21601 410-820-5200 tcohee@ďŹ rsthome.com
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WM. HACKETT HOUSE ca. 1805 One of the most important and best documented Federal houses in Maryland. Magnificent staircase, ornate mantels. Huge yard with an easily maintained garden. Fine condition. $750,000
VILLA ROAD Minutes from Easton - classic 4 BR, 4 BA home set on 5 acres of park-like grounds. Glassed room on south side overlooking Glebe Creek. Super MBR with huge closet. Deepwater dock with boat lift. $1,595,000
OXFORD Two side-by-side properties on Town Creek (Oxford Harbor) with views to the Tred Avon River. Deepwater piers, detached guest quarters, pool, garages, high bulkheaded lots, gardens, charm and quality. $2,200,000 and $2,795,000.
BAILEY’S NECK, OXFORD RD. Newly remodeled 4,600 sq. ft. painted brick residence with super MBR suite. Modern kitchen with granite countertops. 5.6 acres offering expansive views of Trippe Creek. Dock with 8 ft. MLW. Just reduced to $1,695,000
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