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CHESTNUT STREET, ST. MICHAELS Sited on a premier double lot between the Harbor and Talbot Street, this delightful home has been professionally expanded and updated w/care to preserve the 19th century charm & character. Magnificent perennial gardens. Must see to appreciate. $599,900

PERRY CABIN DRIVE - Premier brick townhouse overlooking the Miles River. House features 3 BRs, 2.5 BAs, 2 fireplaces and a great floor plan. You will want to spend as much time as possible on the waterside deck, enjoying the fabulous water views. Conveys with deep water boat slip. $619,000

BOZMAN-NEAVITT ROAD - Just 5 miles outside St. Michaels, this 3.3 acre waterfront lot features high elevation, mature shade trees, driveway, well & dock. The sunset views across Harris Creek are exceptional! Replace the older rancher with your dream home. Approved 5-bedroom SDA. $619,000

HARRISON STREET, EASTON - Prime Easton address near downtown restaurants, museums & shops. This circa 1885 3 bedroom home features 9’ ceilings, original heart-pine floors and lots of charm. Private fenced back yard. Livable, but could use some updating. Priced accordingly. $299,000

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Features: About the Cover Photographer: Donna Tolbert-Anderson . . . . . . . . 7 Fishing: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Getting High ~ Road Trip Through the Rockies: Dick Cooper . . . . 25 Cycle of Inspiration ~ A Tale of Two Mentors: Sheila Buckmaster . . . 51 What to Do With the Time Given Us: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . 61 Tidewater Kitchen ~ Pies from the South: Pamela Meredith . . . . . 71 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 The Lottery: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival: Becca Newell . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Changes ~ The Man Project (Part 4 of 4): Roger Vaughan . . . . . . 163

Departments: August Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Caroline County ~ A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman ~ Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 August Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 David C. Pulzone, Publisher ¡ Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Photographer Donna Tolbert-Anderson Donna Tolbert-Anderson is a wildlife enthusiast and an eager photographer of the natural world. She grew up in a rural setting, where outdoor pursuits, especially birdwatching, became a passion that continues to this day. Through her photography, she shows not only the beauty of wildlife, but the behavior and varied habitats. The majority of her imagery comes from the Mid-Atlantic region and is prized by nature photographers for its abundant wildlife and diverse habitats. Winter trips to Florida allow her to photograph many of the same bird species found on the Delmarva Peninsula throughout the summer and fall months.

Her work has been published in various local magazines; she has exhibited at the Waterfowl Festival, and was juried into an exhibit at the Academy Art Museum. She has worked with Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage, providing images used in their publications. Donna has been a weekly vendor for eight years at the Saturday Easton Farmers Market, offering canvas, metal and fine art prints of her work. In addition, her work can be purchased at The Green Phoenix Gallery in Easton or viewed on her website, www. On the cover is a picture of a Ringbilled Gull on a sand dune.

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by Helen Chappell The older I get, the easier it is to recall things that happened years ago, even though I often have trouble reviewing the events of the previous week. They tell me this is a factor of aging, but considering that the past week including cataract surgery, a simple procedure that requires a lot of foresight (pun intended) on the part of the patient, maybe it’s just as well. A friend of mine reported on Facebook that a pod of dolphins has been playing in the Miles River, which is increasingly common as the water grows warmer.

Someone else reported spotting a shark out in the Bay ~ again, not common, but not unusual. One of the things we did as a family when I was a kid was go fishing, which I really enjoyed. Both my parents were avid fishermen, and my brother was really good at it, too. Usually, we’d just pile into our own boat, a 36-foot cabin cruiser, and fish around the Little Choptank and the creeks, and I’d get to helm the boat from time to time. I had my own pole, a green fiberglass rod I used for years. Icky as it was, I could cut up



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carried gunning parties and looked after a gun club my father and some other doctors used during the winter. I suppose there was nothing he didn’t know about the Bay, so getting to go out with him was a special treat for us kids. We’d get up before daylight to make the long drive from the Necks to Fishing Creek, and the sun would just be coming up when we’d put off from the Honga and head down the coast to wherever the drum were biting. The Honga was so shallow and so clear that you could see the bottom as Jess’s ducktail skimmed the few inches of low tide. Jess could probably have made that trip blindfolded. He’d been born and raised on the island,

my own peelers. I have to admit I’m a lousy caster, which is why I never tried f ly fishing, but you can’t have everything. A couple of times a season, we’d go down to Hooper’s Island, where my father’s friend Captain Jess Dean would take us down the Bay in his workboat in search of bigger fish. We were after drum, a very large fish indeed, which could only be caught way down past the island and out in the open water. Don’t ask me where we went. Jess and my father knew, and I was a kid, just along to do as I was told and stay out of the way. Jess was a waterman who also


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Fishing and aside from a few years he’d spent in the service during World War II, I don’t think he and his family ever lived anywhere else. It never occurred to me to feel anything but safe aboard his boat. Somewhere down below, I’m not quite sure where all these years later, we’d drop our lines over and troll for a while. With my luck, I’d get a toadfish on the line, and my father or Jess would have to work the hook out of its ugly, prehistoric mouth. Toads are dead weight on a line. They just drag with no fight, so you know what you’ve got before it breaks the surface. They were trash fish that ate up our bait.

If I was lucky, I might feel a tug and pull in a rockfish or a perch. That initial tug on your line, then the excitement as the tension increased and the fish began to

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depths. Which kind of scared me, too, because although I’m a good swimmer, I’m no mermaid. And Jess told us from time to time, he’d seen shark fins out there. I never did catch drum on any of the family trips, although you could hear the sound they make beneath the water. Both red and black drum make a thudding sound, like the beating of a conga during mating season, and you can sometimes hear it from the surface if you’re in shallow water, where they like to bottom feed. They can grow to enormous lengths, with scales the size and appearance of a big toenail. I know because my mother caught one big one. It was a dead weight on the line, and when it came up to the boat and was netted aboard, it was the length of my father’s arm and probably weighed more than 60 pounds. It was huge, but my mother was one strong fisherman, and she landed that big thing, all the while growling at the menfolk that

fight, gave me a rush. And I’d begin to reel it in, excited, trying not to let the line go slack lest I lose my fish, until it broke the surface and I got a first look at it. I think the adults were surprised that I was a good fisherman. I never lost patience or got restless, I didn’t make a lot of noise and I loved sitting on the washboard entering a kind of zen state, waiting for a bite that might or might not come. I didn’t care one way or another. I was just happy to be out on the water, in the sun, enjoying the perfume of fuel, wet wood and bilge. I don’t get nauseated when I’m seasick, but the rocking of a boat on the waves can put me into a sort of hypnotic trance. Sometimes, we’d see dolphins breaking water, but they were always out in the channel, far away from us. Still, we could see them with binoculars and admire their exotic beauty. Jess said they weren’t common, but they weren’t uncommon, either, and that they were generally good guides to follow, since they were feeding on a school of fish beneath the surface. I only remember seeing them two or three times, but it was something special and magical. I knew all kinds of strange and exotic creatures lived below the surface of the water. I could almost be lured to plunge into the 16


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lifeless and nasty. If I hadn’t been with two outdoorsmen, I probably would have panicked and screamed it was a monster.

It looked more like a gelatinous waterlogged wad of toilet paper than anything else, and those long trailing tendrils were something out of a science fiction movie. At first, we thought it was a ghost drift net, but a closer look revealed it was something else entirely. We passed over it silently, then cut the engines and watched it for a long time before it drifted away from us. No one wanted to poke it with an oar, for some reason. It was, pure and simple, a monster. What if all those annoying little jellies that stung and strung

she didn’t need any help, thank you very much. It was on the trip my mother landed her black drum that we saw a jellyfish as big as our kitchen table at home. We passed right over the thing, and its tentacles dragged for what seemed like the length of a phone pole. It was f loating near the surface,


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away from cold northern habitat, maybe caught on the Gulf Stream and carried by the current into the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. Since then, I’ve learned from biologists who study the Bay that Lion’s Manes, while rare in these parts, are not uncommon. Still, it’s not every day you go fishing and run into a monster. I didn’t get my drum, but I did get a story.

all over me were babies and that thing was the mother? If a sudden squall hadn’t blown up on our way back up the Bay, forcing those of us not macho men to huddle in the cabin down below, blown and buffeted by the rain and the waves, I might have been terrified by that thing. As it was, I was just happy we beat our way back up the Honga, past the lighthouse and into Fishing Creek without incident. There are a lot of strange things out in the Bay, but it was years later that I learned that it was a Lion’s Mane, a full-grown Arctic medusa that had somehow drifted

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Getting High: A Road Trip Through the Rockies by Dick Cooper

My wife, Pat, and I aren’t exercise wimps. We work out regularly at the St. Michaels Y, pushing ourselves into a cardio sweat almost every day of the week. But during our recent trip through the Rockies, we were quickly winded just walking through a parking lot. Of course, it was the parking lot at the base of Bear Lake, a pristine, forest-ringed body of water 9,450 feet above sea level. “Why does it feel like everywhere we walk, it’s up hill?” Pat asks as we near the first overlook on the trail

that winds its way around the edge of the lake. “Because it is,” I puff back, sitting down on a welcoming bench made from a split tree trunk. We were near the end of our first day in the mountains on our June driving tour around central Colorado and ~ between gasps for air ~ were humbled by the raw beauty of our surroundings. Being flatlanders from the Eastern Shore, where the highest elevation near our home is the crest of the Oak Creek Bridge on the St. Michaels Road, we were tra-

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donated to the St. Michaels Community Center and the Easton ReStore and the final batch of unused furniture filled the back half of the box truck that the Salvation Army sent to our door. We listed the house and the boats for sale and waited. And waited. And waited. The professionals kept telling us the markets were slow, so we waited some more. We came to the conclusion that life is too short to wait for other people to make up their minds, so we started to talk about trips we always wanted to take. Pat, who had booked extensive travel for executives in her previous life, star ted plugging dates and destinations into her desktop. Southwest Airlines was having a sale on nonstop f lights to Denver,

versing roads that switched back and forth up mountains until we were almost two miles up. It was daunting but exciting and often exhilarating. It turned out to be a great cure for the bad case of the blahs we were suffering through in May. We were several months into our new lives as full-time retirees and had pushed through a very long punch list of things we had to prepare for our next move to a climate that was warm in the winter as well as the summer. We sorted through decades of accumulated stuff packed away in file cabinets, drawers, closets, the attic, the garage and the shed. A half-dozen boxes of family photos and mementos were mailed off to our kids, six truckloads were

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Getting High where son Jeffrey lives, and Enterprise was almost giving away rental cars. Within hours, she had our airline tickets, car rental and hotels all confirmed. Within two weeks of the first mention of a trip, we were boarding a westbound plane. The first two days of the trip were spent visiting Jeffrey, touring, on fairly f lat ground, the colorful Denver Botanical Gardens and walking the streets of the city’s bustling downtown. The biggest adjustment was coping with the two-hour time d i f ferenc e i n a la nd where t he Nightly News and Jeopardy! are over and done by 6:30 p.m. The altitude was not a problem until we headed up into the mountains. Once we were above 8,000 feet, we quickly learned that living at high altitude requires drinking a lot of water, frequent rest stops and long, quiet moments to absorb the overwhelming vistas. What we saw was well worth any slight inconveniences we encountered.

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direction, the lake’s surface mirrored the snow-capped mountains of the Continental Divide. Walking back to the car was much easier. It was one of the few times in the next several days that we would be walking downhill. Estes Park, the year-round tourist destination at the northern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, served as our first night stop. It has grown exponentially since I was there six decades ago, but it maintains its distinctive western charm and warm hospitality. When we returned to our motel after dinner, several guests were gathered around a fire pit listening to a guitar player in a cowboy hat singing country songs. Early the next morning, we drove back into t he pa rk a nd headed southwest. The road was lined with wildflowers in full bloom ~ so many, in fact, that it looked as if park vol-

When we decided to start our ad ve nt u r e i n R o c k y Mou nt a i n National Park, a long-forgotten image suddenly f lashed in my mind’s eye. It had been tucked away in the dusty archives between the folds of my brain that hold major childhood memories. I was 12 when my family took a two-week camping trip through the Rockies in 1959. Dad took hundreds of photos, and over the years we spent hours reliving it through a slide show he put together. One of his more memorable images was of Bear Lake. From our bench on the water’s edge, the lake and the mountains looked remarkably like Dad’s slide. In the distance, Hallett Peak still rose mightily above the tree line, its jagged rock top sheared at a rakish angle as if it had been lopped off by a giant’s cleaver. In the other

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rails, which make it easier for the plows to push the snow off the road and down the mountainside. A f ter numerous stops to take photos of the ever-changing, but always stunning scenery, we came out of mountains onto a wide meadow where the shoulder of the road was lined with parked cars and RVs. A small crowd had gathered to watch a herd of elk as it moved through the w ildf lowers grow ing near a fast-r unning stream that is the embryonic Colorado River. The elk seemed oblivious to the gaper delay they were causing. In the resort town of Grand Lake, the main street is sharply angled inward to the centerline, where catch basins have been placed to carry away snow melt and sudden mountain downpours. After lunch at a burger stand overlooking the lake, we headed off to our next destination, Glenwood Springs. The cit y of 10,000 in central Colorado is most noted for its spas and hot mineral-spring pools where the wealthy and infirm have found fresh air and relaxation for the last 150 years. It also is the last resting place of Wyatt Earp’s sidekick John Henry “Doc” Holliday. L oc ated at t he west end of a dramatic canyon cut deep by the now,raging Colorado River, the city is going through a major revitalization. It has an active gallery and art scene, and on the Friday night we arrived, jazz musicians were busk-

unteers had spent the spring sowing seeds along our path. We pulled over at a roadside stop that led to a walkway through a marsh and along a crystal-clear stream. On a low rise next to a copse of trees, a lone elk with velveteen antlers grazed in the morning sun. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States, reaching a height of 12,183 feet above sea level. Eleven miles of the road are above the tree line. It winds up, down and around mountains for 48 miles, from Estes Park to Grand Lake at the southwestern park entrance. The road is usually closed by snow in the winter, and sudden storms can shut it down any time of the year. As I drove through the tight turns and switchbacks, Pat pointed out the 10-foot-high wooden stakes embedded regularly along the pavement’s edge. “That’s how the snowplow drivers know where the road is,” she said. We also noticed that there are few guard 36


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forests and eventually to arid scrub. We ended that day in a very nice motel just outside Gunnison, home of Western State Colorado University. The stores, restaurants and bars that line its main street all have classic western façades and folksy names. One of the shops advertised an eclectic mix of merchandise that included Indian jewelry, pottery, guns and ammo. We had dinner in the Ol’ Miner Restaurant, a woodpaneled local favorite whose décor could only be described as Early Taxidermy. The next morning, our route had us climbing up past a chain of large reservoirs into the San Juan Mountains. As we drove into Lake City, a village that once boomed as a supply hub for gold and silver miners, two young deer were having their breakfast in the dewy grass in front of the school in the middle of town. From Lake City, we began climbi ng ste eper road s t ha n we had experienced anywhere else on the trip. The sharp, banked sw itchbacks slowed to us to a crawl, and the shoulder of the road fell away to sheer drops hundreds of feet b elow. Grove s of wh ite -ba rke d aspens crowded close as we continued up through Slumgullion Pass, elevation 11,529 feet. At the top of the pass, a side road led up to an overlook. Across a wide arc of the horizon, we could see mountain tops streaked white with snow left from the winter. The ground around

ing on the street in front of several busy restaurants. The next two days in the mountains were a moveable feast of scenic delights. We headed south, following state roads past mountains named Ragged Peak, Bull Mountain and Jumbo Mountain. We saw boaters tow ing speed boats through mountain passes as they made their way to the Paonia Reservoir, a deep green-blue body of water that looked more like a wide river than a lake. We drove by the Mountain Coal Company with its mine-shaft towers and aerial conveyers built high above the valley. The road suddenly turned into a sharp, 15-mile-anhour curve through the hamlet of Somerset, a collection of old clapboard houses wedged between the road and a railroad track with a road sign that boasted “A coal-mining town since 1891.” Coming down out of the mountains, we watched the foliage change from pine to mixed and deciduous

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the college and agricultural town of Alamosa, we set out for our final destination of the day, the Great Sand Dunes Nationa l Park. Pat had been trying to get me there for years. The park had been closed last time we drove through the region a dozen years ago. Now it was high on our list. It is a natural wonder that the largest sand dunes in the United States are landlocked behind a mountain range a thousand miles from the nearest beach. The prevailing westerly winds pick up the sand from the valley f loor and push it toward the mountains, which act like a huge snow fence and prevent it from blowing over their peaks. The road to the park is straight and f lat. A s you get w ithin f ive

our feet was covered with a bed of hearty dandelions. It was all downhill from there, and w ithin a few hours we had worked our way out of t he R io Grande National Forest and we were in a high desert with straight roads lined with dusty potato farms and little scenery. We stopped for lunch at Boog ies Restaura nt, a dinner in Del Norte that claimed it was famous for its homemade pies. It featured 20-ounce soda drinks, domestic beer for a buck a bottle and sandwiches that weighed two pounds apiece. After checking in to our hotel in the middle of the high desert outside

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and shape over time. We met two young couples who were loading their backpacks before heading out to spend a few nights camping in the dunes. There are no services in the dunes, and everything going in has to come out. “This has been on my wish list for a long time,” said one of the campers as her boyfriend unloaded food and camelback water packs from their car. On the way back to our hotel, we stopped at Calvillo’s Mexican Restaurant in Alamosa, a locally owned eatery with a full parking lot that was advertising a dinner buffet for $12.99. When we were seated, the waiter pointed out the buffet was only $10.99 for seniors. We left fat and happy and with a few extra bucks in our pocket. The penu lt imate stop on our

miles, the dunes come into view at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. They look like low hills when seen against the backdrop of mountains with 12,000- to 14,000foot peaks. Even when you arrive at the visitors’ center, they don’t look that impressive. Then, suddenly, you realize that the little ant-like figures moving on the face of the dunes are people, a lot of people, trying to climb the 750-foot-high front dune. We arrived in late af ternoon, a guidebook-suggested time, just as the shadows from the lowering sun began to play across the ridges of sand. We watched from several different vantage points as the dunes appeared to change color

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In the cool of the evening, we stood on a bluff overlooking the gardens as the sun set behind the mountains. We watched with some trepidation as rock climbers worked their way to the top of the natural red-rock obelisks, giving new meaning to a “walk in the park.” The town of Manitou Springs is a historic spa town with naturally carbonated spring water pouring from public fountains. Shops and restaurants fill the first f loors of 150-year-old buildings, all in the shadow of Pikes Peak, probably the most famous of the 53 Colorado mountain peaks above 14,000 feet. I was chatting with a fellow at our motel pool about our trip. He asked me how we were adjusting to the elevation. I told him we had discovered you need to drink a lot of water and take things a little slower. He seemed to draw a geographic blank

circuit of the Rockies was Manitou Springs and the Garden of the Gods Park just west of Colorado Springs. The Garden of the Gods has long been one of Pat’s favorite places in the world. Before we were married, I had been there once on that 1959 family trip, but in the last 14 years we have visited every time we go to Colorado. This time we spent two days walking the park at all times of the day. It is a place of quiet nature in the middle of a crowd. It is heavily used by tourists and locals, but it has a way of absorbing people as well as sound. You can step off a busy sidewalk and find a private piece of nature where scrub jays and magpies f lit by. Rabbits, lots of rabbits, munch on wildf lowers, and a f lock of sw if ts dar ts through the air chasing mosquitos.

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capped everything off with front-row seats at a very good jazz club. After hugs and goodbyes and a three-anda-half-hour flight, we were back home on the comfortably flat lowlands of the Eastern Shore. Now we can walk a steady pace for miles without encountering an incline.

when I told him we lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Adding that it was on the Chesapeake Bay didn’t seem to help. To give him some perspective, I told him our house was just nine feet above sea level. Something must have clicked because he asked, “Is your house on stilts?” “No,” I replied, “My lawn is nine feet above sea level, and we are not in a f lood zone.” The last leg of our trip took us to a high-rise hotel in the middle of Denver’s downtown. We met up with Jeffrey again and enjoyed some urban treats. We caught a movie at a 15-screen megaplex that featured luxurious reclining lounge chairs and

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“Here’s an idea. I can take Dulce on the Rails-to-Trails path to the silos ~ that would be a great subject for a photo,” Merrilie tells Jazmine (“Jaz”). Both women are mentors, and they are discussing an exciting photography-and-poetry project their mentees ~ Dulce (10 years old) and ’Lai (8 years old) ~ are enjoying. Dulce and ’Lai are benefiting from the guidance of two individuals who have known each other for a long time. And under very interesting circumstances. You see, 12 years

ago Merrilie (now an 80-year-old Long & Foster real estate agent who paints her nails two shades of blue) became Jaz’s mentor. Now 24, Jaz ~ who works at Talbot Mentors ~ has had ’Lai under her wing for a year and a half. The girls draw pictures while their mentors talk with me about their ever-widening mentoring experiences. “Do you still consider yourself Jaz’s mentor?” I ask Merrilie. “A little bit,” she says, “though she teaches me as much as I teach her.”

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Cycle of Inspiration What I see are two equals, two mentors devoted to widening the horizons of two girls who clearly revel in their attention. Merrilie and Jaz banter like best friends, finishing each other’s sentences, validating ideas, and smiling a lot. Each never seems to miss a chance to extol the other’s virtues. What has Jaz learned from Miss Merrilie? Are there things she picked up that now inform her own style of mentoring? “Patience,” she offers. “That’s interesting,” Merrilie adds. “I don’t consider that my strong suit. It’s nice to know that I am seen as someone who exercises patience!” “Kindness. . .how to be a good listener,” Jaz continues. Merrilie jumps in: “Jaz is a good listener. On a bus ride to New York City, many years ago, we talked ~ and listened ~ for hours. When we drove to D.C. on art trips, we never turned on the radio. We had conversations.” Steering the conversation to the nuts and bolts of mentoring, Jaz notes that the crux of it is not grand excursions to D.C. or New York but rather “just being together, in the moment,” she says. “When I was a young mentee, we would walk Miss Merrilie’s dog. I loved that. I also remember a trip to the post office, where I got to go behind the scenes.” Fast forward to the present: “One day with ’Lai, I started to sing, some-

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viewers will note something very fun and endearing as they watch. Spoiler: It’s the footwear. “I knew Jaz had sparkly tennis shoes - she actually wore them with her prom dress,” says Merrilie. “When I found a pair at St. Vincent de Paul, I bought them immediately! ‘Why not wear them for the video?’ I said to Jaz.” Among the challenges Jaz has faced on the job, perhaps none has been more intimidating than matching Merrilie with a mentee. Jaz recalls, “I felt that as your mentee, pairing you with a mentee was. . .” “I guess you wanted to please me,” Merrilie breaks in.” The all-grown-up mentee ended up making quite a match. It’s only several weeks into Dulce and Merrilie’s mentor/mentee relationship. It’s amazing how fast a bond can form. Getting together one or more times a week, they have thus far taken advantage of local cultural offerings ~ including a Friday-night gallery walk through Easton followed by a stroll through the Tidewater Inn, and an Earth Day art project at the Academy Art Museum. Add to that the photography-and-poetry project, a six-week affair with mentors and mentees getting together once a week. Each mentee was given two disposable cameras and a “scavenger hunt” list of things to shoot, from family members to scenics. Beyond the list, the kids could photograph whatever they like. Merrilie

thing that is not my strong suit!” ’Lai, marvelously unfiltered, started to laugh at her, but Jaz wouldn’t stop singing ~ “poorly” ~ until she herself succumbed to giggles. That was a moment. It’s collections of small moments ~ between adult and child ~ that powers mentoring. Jaz joined Talbot Mentors in 2015 as an AmeriCorps service volunteer. Today, in her staff role as Match Support Specialist, she screens mentor and mentee applicants, helps with mentor training, makes match decisions (she calls it “initiating friendships”), and supports the relationships along the way. She and her colleagues on the TM team are available to help the volunteers to become stronger mentors. “Being a matchmaker,” Jaz says, “involves looking at personality traits, interests, and location.” Let me add that it also hinges on having a great big heart and a passion for helping others. Indeed, being “part of the solution” seems to be in Jaz’s genes. She is a natural-born giver. In order to receive her high school diploma, for example, she had to complete 75 hours of community service; she graduated with more than 700 hours to her credit. Merrilie ~ a former Talbot Mentors board member ~ and Jaz star in a 12-minute “See Our Story” video that can be seen on the TM Facebook page and YouTube. Careful 56


Cycle of Inspiration and Jaz let the girls lead the way, offering suggestions gently. What made Merrilie jump into a mentoring position again? It’s simple. “Mentoring has enriched my life.” In addition, after her tenure on the Talbot Mentors board ended, she “missed everyone ~ the staff, the mentors, the kids.” Plus, there’s Jaz’s role as a mentor herself. Merrilie saw a new way of enjoying what she and Jaz had successfully experienced through the years. (Not surprisingly, with what can be called “mentor’s pride,” she relishes seeing Jaz in her new roles as TM staff member and mentor.) Dulce joins us at the table. “What’s it like having a mentor?” I ask her. “It’s good. It’s really good. Miss Merrilie takes me to new places. We do projects. We have fun.” Dulce goes on to say that Merrilie is “kind, smart, helpful, beautiful, and nice.” Merrilie sets up her dates with Dulce via texts to her mom. “I write in English and it automatically gets translated into Spanish,” she says. Yet tech prowess, sparkly tennis shoes, and blue nails aside, Merrilie is a smidge old-fashioned. For one, she’s not happy that today’s kids aren’t taught cursive writing and plans to teach Dulce how to write a few things in cursive, including her name. Dulce is game. And she

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What to Do With the Time Given Us by Michael Valliant

Frodo Baggins had reached a point in his life and his quest where he didn’t want to carry on. In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo wished things weren’t the way they were. His wise advisor Gandalf replied, “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to de-

cide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Gandalf’s words made their way into a sermon Fr. Bill Ortt gave at Christ Church Easton and have since assimilated themselves into my mind as a kind of mantra. Decide what to do with the time that we have. And no one knows how much time that is.


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make the most of our lives. Holding onto and following our own passions, dreams, and desires ~ those things that make us uniquely ourselves ~ would seem key. That said, maybe there are some things that wise folk have found that can help guide us to make the most of our time. There were a few years when a number of us got up at ridiculously early times to go running in the still dark and sunrise hours. The conversations had and memories made on those runs will stay in my bones and soul. One morning, pediatrician and friend Landy Cook and I met at 3:30 a.m. to run 20 miles. On our way up St. Michaels Road from Easton, we got talking

That’s a heartbreaking aspect about life; we don’t know how much time we have, or how much time our loved ones have, which should make the time we have more precious. So what do we do with that? How do we make the most out of the time we have here? The poet E.E. Cummings wrote, “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” I use that as background to say that each of us is different; we are each going to have our own way to

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suous, David Abram describes walking out of a hut into the rice paddies of eastern Bali. It is dark, the sky is full of stars and they are reflecting off the water, which puts him in the middle of this incredible place, not knowing where sky ends and the water begins. And then he notices lightning bugs all around him and becomes part of the whole scene, brought into it fully. Beyond the wonder of it, Abram is connecting wholly to something larger than himself, the earth, the universe, in his case. In our case, it could be something that profound, or it could be connecting with family, or community, friends ~ a group of likeminded folks. For some, that might be church, for others a fire department, a community center, arts organization, or environmental cause. It’s making a meaningful connection with something outside ourselves. Viktor Frankl was an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor. He used the horror of his experience to distill thoughts on happiness, success, and love. “For success, like happiness, can-

If you watch a curious child, or one who gets enthralled in something ~ from skipping stones, to building Legos, to reading, or climbing a tree ~ they can get lost in the moment, not worrying about the future or what’s next. As adults, we need to be intentional about giving ourselves a chance to have those moments. Being on the water for a sunrise or sunset, just to let the changing colors of the sky wash over you; walking through a garden and being caught up in the scents and sights around you; eating a hot dog at a baseball game ~ what the moment is is up to each of us, it’s a matter of being wholly present for it. In his book The Spell of the Sen66

not be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself,” Frankl wrote in his book Man’s Search for Meaning. We have to get out of our own way. To be most fully ourselves ~ to give ourselves to something more ~ we have to admit and surrender to the idea that it’s not about us. Faced with a circumstance few can imagine, Frankl finds something even more profound. “For the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers.

The truth ~ that love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.” Pausch was facing his own mortality; Frankl, unspeakable evil, imprisonment, and almost certain death. It speaks to me that so many people throughout the ages, in different parts of the world, when putting their minds, hearts, and lives around what matters most, come to this same place. Love, not just as romantic love, but love for life, love for family, love for pets, love for ourselves, love for other people, and the world.

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of buttermilk or squash pie? In the South, we love our cakes, cobblers and banana puddings, but pie provides the sweetest memories. My mom, who prepares a lot of crusts every year, has shared some of her tips: First, add ice-cold water ~ if you start with the water before adding the dry ingredients, you won’t have to mix as much because you aren’t


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quires a pre-baked crust, preheat the oven to 350°. Line crust with aluminum foil and fill with beans or rice and bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 350° for shell to be fully baked to a golden brown. Cool before filling. Variations: For a 10-inch shell, use 2 cups all-purpose f lour; 2 t. sugar; 1 t. salt; 2/3 cup vegetable oil and 3 T. milk.

the recipe and roll out a top crust. The mixture is just too tender to transfer from the pastry board or cloth to the pie tin. 1-1/2 cups plus 3 T. all-purpose f lour 1-1/2 t. sugar 1/2 t. salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3 T. cold milk

HOLLY’S FRESH PEACH CUSTARD PIE Serves 8 3 cups ripe peaches, sliced 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup f lour 1/2 t. nutmeg 1/3 stick butter, melted 2 eggs, beaten 1 t. vanilla extract 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell or patin-pan pie crust recipe.

Place the f lour, sugar and salt in the pie pan and mix with your fingers until blended. In a measuring cup, combine the oil and milk and beat with a fork until creamy. Pour liquid all at once over the f lour mixture. Mix with a fork until the f lour mixture is completely moistened. Pat the dough with your fingers, first up the sides of the plate, then across the bottom. Flute the edges. The shell is now ready to be filled. If you are preparing a shell to be filled later, or your recipe re-

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Combine all ingredients and pour into in the pie shells. Preheat oven to 425°, then turn the heat down to 350° and bake for 40 minutes. MOM’S AMAZING SQUASH PIE Serves 8 1-1/2 cups cooked squash, strained 1 cup sugar 1/2 t. salt 1 t. cinnamon 1/2 t. nutmeg 1/2 t. ginger 3 eggs, beaten 1-1/2 cups milk (or 1/2 Carnation and 1/2 milk for a firmer pie) 2 9-inch prepared frozen pie shells, defrosted, or use the sweet dough recipe.

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LEMON CHESS PIE Serves 8-10 2 cups sugar 1 T. f lour 1 T. fine yellow cornmeal 4 eggs 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 2 T. grated lemon zest 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice with pulp 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell or sweet dough recipe 1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Preheat oven to 375°. Evenly divide the filling between the two pie shells. Bake until the filling is set, 45 to 50 minutes. Let the pies cool to room temperature before slicing and serving.

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In a large bowl, combine the sugar, f lour and cornmeal. Blend well, then add the eggs and combine well. Add the milk and mix. Stir in the melted butter, lemon zest and juice. Pour this filling into the crust, then cover the edge of the crust with foil to prevent it from burning, taking care not to touch the filling. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes, removing the foil after 30 minutes. Cool and serve or refrigerate overnight. If it has been refrigerated, make sure you let the pie warm to room temperature before serving. Serve with dollops of whipped cream.

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BASIC BERRY PIE Unsweetened frozen berries can be used in this recipe, but if you are fortunate enough to have a source for wild berries, use them. Otherwise, try cultivated varieties such as raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries. You’ll want to vary the amount of sugar and add some lemon juice, according to the tartness of the fruit.

Roll out large half of the pie crust and use it to line a 9- or 10inch pie plate, letting excess hang over edge of pan. Combine berries, sugar, lemon juice (if used), and cornstarch in a large bowl and toss to coat berries evenly. After baking the crust in a 400° oven for 12 to 15 minutes, cool and use a pastry brush to paint the inside of the pie or tart with a thin layer of melted currant jelly. Fill pie shell with berries, heaping them slightly in center. Roll out remaining dough for top crust. Seal and f lute edges of dough. Cut a round vent or 3 or 4 small radiating slashes in center of crust. Pie may be prepared to this point and refrigerated several hours before baking. Preheat oven to 400°. Place pie on baking sheet on lowest shelf of oven. Bake 15 minutes, reduce heat to 375°, and bake until golden brown and bubbly (another 25 to 30 minutes). Cool on wire rack before serving. This is definitely a favorite around our house!

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out the pat-in-pan pie crust into a large circle. Roll the dough from the center outward. Be gentle and patient; it’ll take a little time to get the dough completely rolled out. If you think the bottom is really sticking to the surface below, use a nice, sharp spatula to loosen the dough and sprinkle some extra f lour on top. Then f lip it over to finish rolling. Remember to roll from the center in single, outward strokes, no back-and-forth rolling. Again with a spatula, loosen and lift the dough and carefully place the circle on a large baking sheet. Place the apple and pear mixture on crust. Fold over the edges of the crust so that it covers 2 to 3 inches of the apple and pear mixture. The more rustic, the better. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. If the crust appears to brown too quickly, cover the edges with aluminum foil for the remaining baking time. Allow to cool slightly, then slice into wedges.

EASY APPLE-PEAR PIE 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 3 pears, peeled and sliced (use your favorite - Bosc or Bartlett) 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 T. all-purpose f lour 1/4 t. cinnamon 1/4 t. ginger pinch of freshly ground nutmeg 1/4 t. salt Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 recipe pat-in-pan pie crust

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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 81


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August Web Wars and Aspirin for your Tomatoes If you drive through the countryside in August, you might notice large bags of white stuff at the ends of tree branches. No, we are not experiencing an invasion of large mutant radioactive web-making spiders. These “webs” are made by fall webworm larvae devouring the leaves at the ends of tree branches. Many species of forest, shade, ornamental, and fruit trees are hosts to fall webworms. We commonly see these webs on the ’Shore in hickory, oak, elm, mulberry, sweet gum, willow and other deciduous hardwood trees. The caterpillars contained within the webs are about an inch long and are usually yellowish white with black heads or brown with red heads. Both color types are covered with long, silky gray hairs. Fall webworms are considered a nuisance insect infestation on the tree but normally do not do any major damage. Some gardeners like to prune the webs out and dispose of them in the trash. You

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and gently tap the leaf. Wait a few seconds and see if there are any tiny spots moving around on the card. Take your finger and press on the moving spots. If they smear, you have spider mites.

than 75 different predators feed on these larvae. While the “webs” of the fall webworm are very noticeable, the webs of spider mites are harder to detect. These very small critters are not insects but have 8 legs and are related to spiders. They like to suck the chlorophyll out of the undersides of the plant. This feeding behavior gives the leaves and needles an off-white or brown color. A heavy spider mite infestation will kill a plant if not properly controlled. Spider mites feed on a wide variety of annual, perennial, deciduous and evergreen f lowers, shrubs and trees. A heavy mite infestation will produce a spider web-type netting between the plant leaves or needles. There are many different species of spider mites with colors ranging from red to yellow-green and brown to gray. Some, like the two-spotted spider mite, have spots on their bodies.

The easiest way to control a mite infestation is with a strong spray of water directed at the undersides of the leaves. This will wash the mites out of the foliage. Rainfall is a natural control for mites. Lack of rainfall usually results in an increase in spider mite infestations during the hot, dry periods of summer. Besides regularly “washing” the undersides of the plant needles or leaves, spider mites can be kept under control with a horticultural oil spray or insecticidal soap. Do not use horticulture oil on blue spruce. Make sure that you apply the spray to the undersides of the leaves or needles. If you are looking for Internetbased gardening information, All-America Selections (AAS), the seed industry group that trials new cultivars of f lowers and vegetables, has announced its YouTube Channel gardening video series. It is

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namental plants in the landscape. They do their feeding at night and early morning when it is cool and hide out during the daylight hours. The soft, new growth of low-lying plants is preferred over the mature foliage, and their damage appears as small to large ragged holes that appear overnight. One clue that slugs have been around is their shiny, dried “slime trails” on land-

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With hot, dry August weather upon us, don’t forget to water the landscape plantings, especially those that f lower next spring. Water shrubs deeply once a week during August. Many plants, including azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and lilacs, are setting f lower buds now for next spring’s f lower display. Water early in the morning and apply the water to the base of the plants, not the foliage. Watering the foliage wastes water and can cause the spread of foliar diseases like powdery mildew. In the vegetable garden, start transplants of broccoli, cabbage, caulif lower, Brussels sprouts and lettuce varieties for transplanting in early September. Pick your pro-

the pan is also covered loosely with a board or f lat stones. Another control method is to lay a board, f lat stone or bundle of newspaper on the ground. This will give the slugs a place to hide during the day and provide a trap to collect them. Remove and destroy the pests you collect by dumping them in a can of soapy water.

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Make one more planting of an early maturing green bean variety in early August. Root crops like beets and turnips can be seeded now for a fall crop. Plant a crop of Sugar Snap or Sugar Ann edible pod peas for a harvest this fall. You can plan to do some planting in August for fall f lowers and next year’s early spring f lowers Order peony roots now for planting in September. Plant about a month before the average first frost date in your area. Planting should be completed before the first killing frost occurs. Plant autumn-f lowering crocus, sternbergia, colchicum and other fall-f lowering bulbs as soon as they become available at garden centers. Crocus and sternbergia need full sun; colchicum can be planted in areas that receive light shade.

Bulbs of hardy amaryllis or magic lily can be planted in August as soon as received. They will produce foliage in the spring that dies down by late summer. Clusters of six to nine pink, lily-like f lowers borne on 3-foot stalks appear in August. The bulbs will live almost indefinitely and will grow better if not disturbed. August is a good time to sow perennial seeds, especially of plants like lupine and delphinium. Pansy, forget-me-not and English daisies can also be sown this month. August is not the time to be pruning ornamental trees and shrubs. The removal of large branches, unless they are dead, at this time of year will tend to stimulate new branch growth. Because of their late start, these new branches will not be able to acclimate themselves 90

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deadhead old f lower seed heads of lilac and crape myrtle. Now is also not the time to do any extensive fertilizing of trees and shrubs in the landscape. Like lateseason pruning, late-summer fertilizing will stimulate new growth that will be soft and easily killed by the first frost. In addition to producing soft growth, fertilizing now can stimulate the plants into growth if we have an Indian summer later this fall. If this happens, you can almost guarantee that your plants will not be able to survive the winter. If you neglected to fertilize your trees and shrubs this past spring, continue to neglect them until sometime around the first of November or after the first or second hard frost. Happy Gardening!

for the first frost and subsequent cold weather. The results will be much winter injury and the death of these new branches as well as injury to the entire plant. However, if your hedge is beginning to look a little shaggy, there is still time left to do light summer pruning or shearing. If you did not get around to pruning your woody plants this spring or early summer, forget about them until next March or April. Do not prune spring f lowering shrubs. Pruning them at this late date will remove the f lower buds for next year. If you did not get around to it earlier in the summer, you can still

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


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

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Dorchester Points of Interest BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. For more info. visit HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., offers daily tours of the winemaking operation. The family-oriented Layton’s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit HANDSELL HISTORIC SITE - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, the site is used to interpret the native American contact period with the English, the slave and later African American story and the life of all those who lived at Handsell. The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. Visitors can view the exterior of the circa 1770/1837 brick house, currently undergoing preservation work. Nearby is the Chicone Village, a replica single-family dwelling complex of the Native People who once inhabited the site. Special living history events are held several times a year. Located at 4837 Indiantown Road, Vienna. For more info. tel: 410228-745 or visit 102


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Easton Points of Interest The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds f lour to this day using two massive grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. For more info. visit 26. W YE ISL A ND NATUR AL RESOURCE MA NAGEMENT AREA - Located between the Wye River and the Wye East River, the area provides habitat for waterfowl and native wildlife. There are 6 miles of trails that provide opportunities for hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. For more info. visit 27. OLD WYE CHURCH - Old Wye Church is one of the oldest active Anglican Communion parishes in Talbot County. Wye Chapel was built between 1718 and 1721 and opened for worship on October 18, 1721. For more info. visit 28. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - The original structure was built before 1690. Early 18th century rector was the Reverend Daniel Maynadier. A later provincial rector (1764–1768), the Reverend Thomas Bacon, compiled “Bacon’s Laws,” authoritative compendium of Colonial Statutes. Robert Morris, Sr., father of Revolutionary financier is buried here.

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

St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. LODGE AT PERRY CABIN - Located on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course - Links at Perry Cabin. For more info. visit www. (Now under renovation) 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit 4. INN AT PERRY CABIN BY BELMOND - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,


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

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hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when


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

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

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

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lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or 25. GR ANITE LODGE #177 - Located on St. Mary’s Square, Granite Lodge was built in 1839. The building stands on the site of the first Methodist Church in St. Michaels on land donated to the Methodists by James Braddock in 1781. Between then and now, the building has served variously as a church, schoolhouse and as a storehouse for muskrat skins. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house,

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St. Michaels Points of Interest constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, and providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts. For more info. visit 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit 30. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - This 1.3 mile paved walkway winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.


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

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Oxford Points of Interest cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or 3. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410-226-5193 or 3A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 4. CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY - Founded in 1851. Designed by esteemed British architect Richard Upton, co-founder of the American Institute of Architects. It features beautiful stained glass windows by the acclaimed Willet Studios of Philadelphia. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.

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


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

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


The Lottery

by Gary D. Crawford Nope, sorry. You didn’t win it. (Maybe next time.) Actually, though, this article isn’t about Maryland’s modern game of chance at all. Rather, it’s about some rather deadlier gambles ~ ones that were played out around here over 200 years ago. But to learn about them, we’ll need to jump back to 1790. Ready? (Hold on!) There! The 18th century was drawing to a close. It was Washing ton’s second term, and our new country was still a teenager. The respective responsibilities of the states and the federal government were still being worked out, and Congress was short of cash. The only source of federal funds was from tariffs, the duties paid on imported goods, and a Revenue Service soon was created to curb cheating. The lack of federa l money made it quite impossible to maintain a standing army or navy. Even the modest nav y we had built up during the Revolution, with the help of Philadelphia shipbuilder Joshua Humphrey, was long gone. Humphrey deserves to be better known, by the way. Like all Quakers, Humphrey was a pacifist, so when he was asked to switch from building merchant vessels to ships of

war, he had a difficult choice. When he agreed to help build a navy, it moved him outside the community of Friends ~ a process they call “disuniting.” Humphrey was passionate about the revolution, however, and managed to provide the Continental Congress with a small fleet of new or converted warships. After the war, however, the navy vessels were sold off as the nation turned to domestic issues. Fortunately, for a few years, it didn’t much matter. By 1790, a number of international difficulties were brewing. The war between Great Britain and Revolutionary France was drawing many other countries into the conf lict. Washington declared the U.S. neutral in 1793, making it unlawful for any American to assist those at war. Nevertheless, American ships at sea were running into trouble. For hundreds of years, the coun-


The Lottery tries along the North African coast ~ Morocco, Algiers, Tripoli, and Tunis ~ had been seizing merchant vessels of all nations and enslaving their crews. Rather than go to war with the states behind these “Barbary corsairs,” the European powers preferred to pay “tribute” in exchange for safe passage. For a time, Portugal blockaded the Strait of Gibraltar to keep the Barbary pirates bottled up within the Mediterranean. When they lifted their blockade in 1793, the pirates sailed into the Atlantic and captured 11 American merchant ships and more than a hundred seamen. Our “mother country” was paying us very little respect. As Napoleon gathered strength, Britain’s conf lict with France developed into a long and costly war. The Royal Navy blockaded the French ports to prevent other nations ~ especially the United States ~ from bringing aid to the French. This shut down commerce with our former ally and a most lucrative trading partner. In 1795, we came to a peaceful agreement with Great Britain on several of these issues. Unfor tunately, Revolutionar y France interpreted this pact as a violation of our alliance with them. This led to a two-year conf lict with France known as the “quasi-war.” For their part, France was plagued by massive crop failures in the late

1790s and was desperately in need of grain and ot her supplies. In response, the French government commissioned numerous “privateers” who legally (and illegally) c apt u red c a r go f rom mercha nt vessels of every nation engaged in foreign trade with Britain. Approximately 300 American ships were captured by the French Navy and by privateers sailing under a Letter of Marque issued by the government of France. As Thomas Jefferson noted, although America had successfully fought its war of revolution, it had yet to win its independence. Our sovereignty as a nation was not yet fully established, especially on the high seas. Despite the grow ing threat to American ships, the United States was wholly unprepared for a naval war. With a mere handful of sloops and gunboats, we could barely enforce customs regulations. Finally, Congress appropriated money for six new naval frigates, one to be built in each of six states. A “frigate” was a naval vessel attached to a fleet but much smaller than the regular “ships of the line,” those immense three-deckers armed with 100 cannon or more. Frigates had just one gun deck and carried only 24-36 guns, but they were more maneuverable and could operate in shallower waters. At times, a frigate would be detached from its assigned f leet and directed to roam the seas, a


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The Lottery freedom that delighted the younger naval officers. The U.S. Navy turned once again to Joshua Humphrey to design its six new warships, and he responded with a brilliant design, a nice compromise between the new nation’s limited resources and the demands of naval warfare. Humphrey’s frigates were longer and narrower than those of other navies, and they were more heavily armed, carrying 50 guns or even more. The hulls were reinforced with diagonal bracing, both to maintain their shape under stress and to make them better able to resist the impact of cannonballs.

The new American frigates cleverly broke the “rules,” for in size and armament they were between the British ships of the line and their frigates. If attacked by a ship of the line, the

American frigate could outrun it; if attacked by a frigate, the American could defeat it. With its new warships, the U.S. was able to settle its conflicts with the Barbary corsairs and the French, and hold its own against the other European powers in the West Indies and the Atlantic. Great Britain, however, was another matter, for the Royal Navy simply dominated the seas. Their war with France, begun in 1792, intensified when Napoleon came to power in 1799 and led to a further expansion of Britain’s already vast nav y. Captured commercial vessels were pressed into service to maintain their blockade of French ports, to keep the French navy in and foreign trade out. Full-scale warfare erupted in 1803 and lasted for a dozen years until 1815. By 1812, the Royal Navy had over 500 active warships, and eighty-five of them were stationed in American waters. Despite our ef for ts to remain neutral, America was having problems with British domination of the sea. We were unable to enter any port that might help France, and our merchant ships were being stopped and boarded; any sailor believed to be British was taken off and impressed into the Royal Navy. We complained but could do little. However, when an American naval vessel, the frigate U.S.S. Chesapeake, was fired upon and boarded, things began to come to a head. That and several other incidents at sea,


plus intense pressure from American expor ters whose trade w ith Europe was being strangled, finally persuaded President Madison to declare war in the summer of 1812. Like the French, we could not hope to compete w ith the Royal Navy, even with our five remaining super-frigates. (The President had been lost in North Africa.) And so, like the French, we turned to privateering. Or, rather, we returned to it, for around 700 licensed privateers had been active during the Revolutionary War. So how are privateers different from pirates? A pirate is a renegade ~ a thief and an outlaw. As such, he is subject to hanging upon capture. This is just what happened to


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The Lottery Captain Kidd when he was unable to prove he was a privateer, not a pirate, and sailing under a “Letter of Marque and Reprisal.” Losing his case, Kidd was put to death as a pirate. The British not only hanged him, they put his corpse in a metal cage and hung it on the shore of the River Thames, where every British seaman sailing past could watch him rot and fall to bits ~ and beware. So what exactly is a “letter of marque and reprisal”? Basically, it is a license that converts a private vessel into a naval auxiliar y. As such, privateers were subject to the laws of war, and, if captured, they were entitled to honorable treatment as prisoners of war. A letter of marque also was a contract between the licensing government, the captain and his crew, and the vessel’s owners. Prize percentages were agreed to in advance and in writing. Here’s how all that worked. Say King A is at war with King B. King A authorizes Captain Tom to go to sea to capture vessels of King B, in reprisal for the awful things King B has done against him. Captain Tom agrees to go out at his own risk and expense, promising that all vessels of King B that he captures will be brought to a port friendly to King A. King A then issues Tom a letter of marque. When a captured vessel is brought to port, a court decides whether the

captured vessel and its cargo should be condemned. A condemned vessel is then sold at auction, with the proceeds split between King A, Tom and his crew, and (if he does not own it himself) with the owners of Tom’s vessel. Unlike a navy crewman, who got a paltry prize for his part in capturing an enemy vessel, the crew of a privateer could strike it rich with one lucky voyage. We should not be surprised that there were plenty of American sailors ready to go aprivateering. Hundreds joined in, streaming into the Atlantic out of every port from Maine to Georgia. Natura lly, as A mer ica’s third largest city, Baltimore was eager to participate. We all know her fast schooners were capable of amazing feats of sailing ~ who hasn’t heard of the Pride of Baltimore? And there were plenty of daring men willing, indeed eager, to make the attempt. Unfortunately, by blockading the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore privateers could be bottled up.


It is rather remarkable how many of these private armed vessels managed to slip out of Baltimore and (sometimes) back again. The list totals a whopping 133 of them! As I glanced down the list, one caught my eye ~ a schooner built here in Talbot County. By this time, the little town of St. Michaels had grown into an active shipping port with a thriving shipbuilding industry that rivaled that at Fells Point in Baltimore. One of the St. Michaels shipwrights was Thomas L. Haddaway, whose home (circled here) still stands on Locust Street just behind Higgins Yacht Yard.

In the summer of 1811, Haddaway and his crew launched one of the sleek schooners for which t hey were known, of the type we now call “Baltimore clippers.” Their new schooner was 100 feet long ( just seven feet shorter than our modern Pride of Baltimore II), and her hull was pierced for 16 cannon. Her name was Lottery. 147

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The Lottery A few weeks later, on September 5, a wedding took place in Baltimore when the 24-year-old sea captain Mr. John Southcomb married Miss Margaret Holmes. Five years older than John, Margaret Southcomb would live until the Civil War. Her husband’s life was to end much sooner. Congress declared war on Great Britain the following year, on June 18. Immediately, t he ow ners of suitable vessels began applying for letters of marque and sending them off on privateering expeditions. Two prominent Baltimore businessmen, Michael McBlair and John Hollins, eventually would sponsor no fewer than fifteen privateers. One of them, owned jointly with two other partners, Samuel Smith and James A. Buchanan, was our Lottery. The owners engaged young John Southcomb as their captain and recruited a crew of 30 men. Lottery was fitted out for fast sailing, provisioned, and armed with six 9-pound carronades. Carronades, developed by the Carron company of Scotland, were shorter and lighter than cannon, had larger bores, needed less powder, and could be manned by a smaller crew. Although they were much less accurate than cannons, at close range, carronades could deliver a devastating blow. Most Baltimore privateers carried a combination of both cannons and carronades. Lottery was commissioned as a

Letter of Marque on July 23, 1812, just five weeks after the declaration of war. Captain Southcomb took her to sea the next day, bound for Brazil. Running through the West Indies, Southcomb met and took the English brig Preston, but she was of such little value that he let her go. Some months later, on her way back north, Lottery encountered the schooner Dolphin; again, the prize was not worth bringing in, and she was released. Southcomb returned to Baltimore late in 1812 and spent most of the winter there.

It was hardly a profitable first voyage, but Lottery had proved herself and was home safely. All realized that success was often a matter of chance and that privateering involved both high risks as well


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The Lottery as high gains. “Lottery” was an apt name for a privateer. The owners apparently still had confidence in Captain Southcomb, and Lottery was made ready for sea again. A crew of 28 was assembled under Southcomb’s lieutenant, Thomas Baker. This time, Lottery would be going out as a blockade runner, carrying a cargo of much-needed coffee, sugar, and logwood to France. Southcomb beefed up his armament, exchanging the six 9-pound carronades for 12-pounders. Although the war with Napoleon was at its height, the U.S. feared that the Royal Navy might cause trouble in the Chesapeake Bay during 1813 ~ and they certainly did, when Admirals Warren and Cochrane appeared with a massive fleet in April. But in late January, an advance squadron of four British warships slipped into the Chesapeake and came to anchor in Lynnhaven Bay, not far from Cape Henry. They were the frigates Junon, Statira, Maidstone, and Belvidera.

HMS Belvidera was commanded by Captain Richard Byron. The mission of the squadron was to prevent Baltimore privateers from reaching the Atlantic. The U.S. Navy in Norfolk had news of the British squadron, and contact was established between them. The senior officer in Norfolk was Captain Charles Stewart aboard U.S.S. Constellation. Meanwhile up in Baltimore, Lottery was being made ready for her second privateering voyage. Farewells were said, and on Saturday, February 6, 1813, Capt. Southcomb sailed down the Patapsco and into the Chesapeake, bound for Bordeaux. Having suffered some ice damage on the Bay, Southcomb put into Norfolk for some minor repairs. On Monday morning, as Lottery was running down toward the Capes, the British squadron spotted her to the northwest. Statira and Belvidera immediately launched several boats to give chase and board her. When Capt. Byron realized Lottery was well armed and superior to the first boats, a second group of boats was sent off, bringing the total to nine. Lottery was pulling away from British boats when the wind failed. Hopelessly becalmed, Southcomb had no choice but to turn and fight. At 1 p.m., she opened a well-directed fire from her stern-chasers upon the first group of boats, who then rested on their oars until their comrades came up. All nine boats


then rushed forward, bringing some 200 men through a very animated fire of round-shot and grape. They boarded the schooner but did not carry her until after a most obstinate resistance in which Captain Southcomb was mortally wounded. E ig hte en of h i s men a l so were wounded, two of them seriously.

Until he died two days later, Captain Southcomb was treated with the greatest attention by Captain Byron, on board whose frigate he had been brought. Captain Byron then had Southcomb’s body taken on shore, with every mark of respect due to the memory of a brave officer. Afterwards, he received a letter of thanks from Captain Charles Stewart of the 36-gun frigate U.S.S. Constellation, then lying at an anchor in the James River near Norfolk, watching for an opportunity to put to sea. The courtesy expressed by these rival naval officers was quite remarkable, and their exchange of correspondence appeared in the newspaper and was much praised.

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The Lottery Fortunately, the Baltimore American newspaper published an article on February 20, 1813, in which they described the loss of the schooner Lottery. Then, under the heading “THE BRAVE ARE ALWAYS GENEROUS,” appeared the following: “We have been politely favored with copies for publication of the following letters relating to the brave but unfortunate Southcomb, whose name is mentioned in the above paragraph.” In these days, when decorum seems to be so little valued, their exact words are worth reading. TO:

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FROM: Captain Richard Byron HMS Ship Belvidera ~ Lynnhaven Anchorage 11th February, 1813. Sir, I am glad in being able to get the little box of China for Mrs. Gould. Re st a ssu red i n ever y at tention being paid to the unfortunate Capt. John Southcomb and his two wounded men. Whatever vessel comes for them shall be treated with due respect, for which I have the Senior Captain’s authority. I am your humble servant, R. BYRON.

Captain Byron TO: Captain Richard Byron, Commanding his Britannic Majesty’s Ship Belvidera ~ Lynhaven Anchorage FROM: Captain Charles Stewart Commanding the U. S. Frigate Constellation ~ Norfolk Harbor February 13, 1813. Sir, Capt. Gould has handed me a note you addressed to him of the 11th inst. in which you state “by authority of the Senior Captain of his Britannic Majesty’s squadron in Lynhaven Bay, that Captain Southcomb and his two wounded men will be delivered to any vessel may come for them.”


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The Lottery I send a flag down to you for the purpose of receiving those unfortunate men and avail myself of this opportunity to thank you for your attention and humanity to the unfortunate. I have the honor to be very respectfully, sir, your obedient servant, CHARLES STEWART, Senior Officer at Norfolk. P. S. Doctor Ray goes with the flag to attend the wounded men should there be any necessity.

the coffin can be prepared. The two wounded men at their own request went up in the former cartel, which I am sorry to hear got on shore. I am extremely flattered with the part of your letter thanking me for attention and humanity to the unfortunate, which gives me the most perfect assurance of the generous feelings of Capt. Charles Stewart. I have the honor to be, With great respect, Your obedient servant, R. BYRON. TO: Hon. William Jones, Secretary of the Navy, Washington.

TO: Captain Charles Stewart Captain of the U. States’ Frigate Constellation, ~ Norfolk FROM: Captain Richard Byron Captain of HMS Ship Belvidera, ~ Lynhaven Bay February 15, 1813. SIR— I received your letter of this morning by Doctor Ray; it is with extreme concern I acquaint you the unfortunate and gallant Captain John Southcomb expired this morning. It will be satisfactory in some degree to his widow, to know he had truly a religious sense of his situation, latterly delirious, without the excess of pain that might have been expected. Capt. Gould and his Steward have charge of his effects. His body will be placed in the cartel, so soon as

FROM: Charles Stewart, Senior Officer, Norfolk, aboard the U. S. frigate Constellation February 16, 1813 SIR, At the solicitation of Capt. Southcomb’s friend I sent a flag down to the squadron of the enemy in Lynhaven Roads, to bring him and his two wounded men up to Norfolk, where their situation could be rendered more comfortable. Inclosed you will receive a copy of Captain Byron’s note to Captain Gould on the subject, as also copies of my letter to Captain Byron, and his answer. The Cartel returned last evening with the body of captain Southcomb; he was wounded in five places gallantly defending his vessel against a number of armed boats.


While such instances of braver y cannot but inspire the enemy with respect for the American character, I trust this instance among many others of the humanity and generosity of Captain Byron will not be forgotten by our countrymen. I have the honor to be, Very respectfully, sir, Your obedient servant, CHS. STEWART. And this appeared in the Norfolk Herald: “Capt. Southcomb, the intrepid commander of the Letter of Marque Lottery, breathed his last on board His Britannic Majesty’s dungeon the Belvidera, one of the blockading squadron now lying snug at anchor

in Lynhaven Bay, on Monday last, the 15th inst. “His remains were yesterday afternoon interred in the Old Burying Ground, with military honors, and every testimonial of civic respect. “The Officers of the Belvidera speak in terms of the highest commendation of the gallant manner in which the Lottery was defended, and in Captain Byron, her unfortunate commander found a brave, a generous and a humane enemy. Every means was essayed to administer health and comfort to him while he yet lived; nor would the worthy, the estimable Byron, suffer his body when lifeless, to be removed until he had enclosed it in a neat mahogany coffin, which he had ordered to be made for the occasion.

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“When the flag of truce bearing the corpse, departed, minute guns were fired on board the Belvidera, and her colors were lowered to half mast! Such sensibility, such noble, generous conduct to a fallen enemy, will give Capt. Byron a more conspicuous niche in the Temple of Fame, than the achievement of an hundred victories could entitle him to.” Indeed. And yet we were at war.

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9th Annual Monty Alexander Jazz Festival by Becca Newell

Jazz enthusiasts, rejoice! The energetic, ever-swingin’ Monty Alexander returns to Easton this Labor Day weekend for his eponymous festival, featuring an exciting lineup that boasts some of ~ if not the ~ best jazz musicians in the country. The Ninth Annual Monty Alexander Jazz Festival will be held Friday, August 31, to Sunday, September 2, at the Avalon Theatre in Easton.

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The festival kicks off Friday with a favorite, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, whom the NY Times calls a “trumpeter of abundant poise.” His most recent Avalon appearance was last November in the theatrical music experience, Modern Warrior Live. The masterpiece wonderfully demonstrated Farinacci’s versatile horn stylings and mix of international rhythms, as well as his mas-

tery of composition and knack for re-imagining familiar songs.

Joining Farinacci is his Modern Warrior Live co-star Shenel Johns. With powerful yet graceful vocals, Johns is known for her distinctive, eclectic style that sways effortlessly from jazz to R&B to gospel. The duo’s performance, aptly named “Lady Sings the Blues,” will celebrate the music of Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. Saturday’s packed program begins with a community concert ~ a free performance that was originally established to provide an introduction to jazz, familiarizing concertgoers with the incredibly diverse and somewhat misunderstood genre. This year, the stage will welcome a young musician hastily making a name for himself in the jazz world,


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pianist Matthew Whitaker. Blind since birth, the 17-year-old was recently named one of seven rising stars for 2018 by USA Today network’s 201 Magazine. Adding to the long list of accolades, Whitaker’s debut album Outta the Box, which was released last year, was named “one of the best debut albums of 2017” by New York City Jazz Record. This show starts at 11 a.m. Saturday’s matinee show highlights an extraordinary range of

American and Brazilian musicians, featuring tenor/alto saxophonist Harry Allen. With more than thirty recordings to his name, Allen has been called the “Frank Sinatra of the tenor saxophone,” and is renowned for his inventive tone that’s rooted in tradition. It’s only appropriate, then, that his 2 p.m. performance be a salute to Stan Getz and the Getz/Gilberto collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim, which resulted in an album by the same name ~ it’s the first jazz album to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The album’s single “The Girl from Ipanema” won the Record of the Year.

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Later that evening, Monty Alexander takes the stage. Considered one of the top five jazz pianists ever, Alexander’s musical expression combines elements of the blues, gospel, calypso and reggae. Known for his vibrant personality, magnetic charisma and breathtaking talent, Alexander is not to be missed. Unsurprisingly, tickets for this show continue to sell out faster each year, so heed this warning if you 160

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want to see this dynamo in action ~ and believe us, you do. Wrapping up the festival weekend on Sunday is Brianna Thomas, whose soulful voice is often likened to Mahalia Jackson ~ a comparison only achieved by the most gifted singers. The performance will blend two genres, jazz and gospel ~ a rather fitting theme for a Sunday afternoon. The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival is partially underwritten by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Talbot County Arts Council. Jazz on the Chesapeake is a program of Chesapeake Music. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 410-819-0380.



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by Roger Vaughan Letters from the Earth is a book by Mark Twain. In the title novella, the angel Satan is banished to Earth by the Creator as punishment. Once on Earth, he begins writing letters to his angelic friends, Michael and Gabriel, about what he finds. That element of Twain’s story forms the basis of this teleplay. In this story, Gabriel is a woman (Gabriella). Fearing that the negative letters being written by Satan will cause the Creator to cancel the Man Project, Gabriella has gone to Earth, confronted Satan, and engaged him in the first of a series of bets involving man’s ability to advance, or self-destruct. 31. INT. REGISTRY OF SOULS, RECYCLING DIVISION, CREATOR’S STUDIO WIDE on Jeanette and Louise at work as the phone rings. JEANETTE (Answering the phone) Soul Registry, Jeanette speakin’. Un huh. Un huh. Oh it’s you, Satan! Well, how’s the 163

incarceration going? (She laughs, listens). For you, anything. Got a number? Jeanette puts on her headset and moves to the computer. In the background, Louise whacks the glass tube to clear a soul jam. JEANETTE (Typing on the keyboard) Uh huh. Let’s see. Jimmy Smith. Not the jazz organist...too bad, love could have picked a less common name...wait, here we him.

The Man Project 32. INT. PLAZA HOTEL HALLWAY Satan is on his cell phone, scowling as he listens to Jeanette JEANETTE (Voiceover) Mmmm. Not bad. His unit is rated at point five seven, which means he is in the green sector, has potential, on the rise. Decent. 33. ON


JEANETTE Anything under point five oh can be, ahh, troublesome, shall we say. But your Jimmy Smith is okay.

Satan disconnects, immediately dials another number. 35. INT. JIMMY’S PICKUP, an old truck that’s obviously been cared for.

WIDE on Jimmy driving with his girl, Rachael. The music in the truck is loud. The two don’t talk, just groove happily to the beat as they cruise. Jimmy finally hears the cell phone when it rings. He turns down the music, answers the phone.

34. INT. PLAZA HOTEL HALLWAY ON Satan, listening, starting to smile JEANETTE (Voiceover) But Smith’s unit still has problems with pride and anger. And gluttony insofar as his ambition is concerned. He’s loyal, one of the saving graces, of course, and a little too diligent. One of the deadly virtues, as we all know. SATAN Oh, ho, ho, diligence, “d” as in deadly, tell me about it. Okay. Thanks, Jeanette.

JIMMY ‘Lo... Hi, Mom...out by K Mart, takin’ Rachael home...Yeah... Yeah...okay. 36. INT. PLAZA HOTEL HALLWAY ON Satan on his cell phone speaking in the voice of Jimmy Smith’s mother, Claudia. SATAN Now, there’s something I want you to do for me, Jimmy. ON Jimmy and Satan, split screen (scenes 35 and 36)


Jimmy is in the other one looking nervous. WIDE on the two, then various angles

JIMMY (Cautiously) Okay... SATAN I’ve arranged for you to see someone.

SATAN (Writing in a notebook) ...and your phone number?

JIMMY Hmmm. Who would that be, Mom?

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SATAN A counselor, now don’t say anything for a minute, Jimmy, just listen. It’s about the game incident and all the press and the suspension, and I know it was an accident and nothing is wrong, but there’s more pressure than you realize. I just want you to come out of this feeling okay about yourself. JIMMY (Rolling his eyes at Rachael) Mom, really, I... ON


SATAN This is a have-to, Jimmy. For your little mother. Do it for me, honey. I don’t ask much. It won’t hurt. Let me give you the address. Do you have a pencil?

SATAN (Closing the notebook) Okay. What’s up? JIMMY (uneasy) What’s up is my mother sent me. SATAN Ahh, mothers. Why’d she do that? JIMMY I dunno. She thinks there’s been a lot of pressure on me lately. Maybe there has. Maybe you’ve seen the papers. I play ball. A kid got hurt tackling me. They said I hurt him on purpose. Got arrested for assault. SATAN I did see that. Assault?? Football players assault someone every play, don’t they? JIMMY (Smiles) Yeah.

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The Man Project (Smile vanishes) Principal suspended me from the team. SATAN Guilty until proven innocent. JIMMY (Shrugs) That’s school. Kangaroo court. SATAN So, how you bearing up?

SATAN He won’t bother you after that, right? It’s football. Look for the advantage, take the advantage. What else can you do? So relax behind it. He would have done the same thing. 38. INT. SATAN’S ROOM, PLAZA ON hologram effect as it dissolves off Satan’s last words ON Gabriella, vexed GABRIELLA Oooooh… That dirty rat!

JIMMY Okay. Bummed at missing the rest of the season. SATAN Good. It’s good you’re okay. Because it’s pretty simple. Either it was an accident or you meant to hurt the guy. In either case, you have to ride it out. Accident? No problem. But let’s say, just for argument’s sake, you meant to hurt him. ON Jimmy, looking a touch wary SATAN He’d been dogging you all game, I understand. Cut short several big gains. Then you got a chance to put him away. So you did it. ON


In a state, she grabs her phone and dials, waits impatiently GABRIELLA Yes. I’d like to rent a car. 39. EXT., URBAN STREETS ON Gabriella visible through side window as she drives past at a good clip. CLOSER on Gabriella from inside the car as she tries the various devices, windshield squirters, radio, horn, automatic windows, brakes, obviously enjoying herself. WIDE on Gabriella’s car and Jimmy’s pickup as they approach a 4-way stop at the same time. ON Jimmy looking at Gabriella 166





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gunned it. (He points at Gabriella)

ON Gabriella looking at Jimmy

She saw me, we had eye contact, she saw me go, then she hit the pedal and wham, right into me. She did it on purpose, God damn it! Hey, lady, what’s your damn problem? You idiot. Look what you did to my truck. Shit!

ON Jimmy’s truck, accelerating through the intersection. ON Gabriella’s car, suddenly accelerating, hitting Jimmy’s truck on the front fender, hard enough to spin the truck.

Jimmy starts for Gabriella’s car. She hasn’t moved. The cops intervene, grab him. He’s still going off.

ON Gabriella, hands still on the wheel, looking smug. ON Jimmy, furious, leaping from his truck to assess the damage. He looks at the crumpled front end of his precious truck and freaks out, swearing a blue streak. ON a police car, pulling up. Two officers get out of the car. WIDE

ON tow truck pulling up. Satan gets out with a disgusted look on his face. Approaches Gabriella’s car, opens the door. ON

Satan and Gabriella

SATAN What do you think you’re doing...

on the scene.

GABRIELLA (Speaking softly so only Satan can hear) Don’t talk to me, “counselor.” You fink. Two can play this game.

JIMMY (Overwrought, to the cops) She did it on purpose, I swear to God. I started across, and she

SATAN You can’t go hitting people with cars. That’s against the rules here. GABRIELLA (Fierce) Rules! Ha! You? Talking about rules? He’s got insurance, I checked, and that engine was 168

gonna blow a head gasket within the next seven hundred miles. So big whoop. He’ll make out.

The man you hit seems to think you started moving after he was already in the intersection.

WIDE as the cops and Jimmy move toward Gabriella’s car. Jimmy is still overwrought. His girlfriend is with them. Gabriella gets out of the car.

GABRIELLA I may have, officer, but I think my gas pedal got stuck.


ON Jimmy, overhearing as he struggles toward Gabriella with the other cop restraining him

Cop #1 and Gabriella COP #1 Are you all right, ma’am?

GABRIELLA ( feigning faintness) A little shaky, but fine. Thank you. COP #1

JIMMY Stuck pedal, what a crock. There’s no stuck pedal on that car. I saw her face. She looked right at me, man. (To Gabriella) You hit me on purpose, you... lunatic!

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The Man Project ON Gabriella and Jimmy as she takes a step toward him, grabs his arm. He winces. She moves him easily out of earshot from the officers and Satan without noticeable effort. The officers don’t resist her. CLOSE on Gabriella eyeball to eyeball with Jimmy

41. INT. SATAN’S ROOM, PLAZA ON Gabriella and Satan at the laptop as they launch the hologram effect 42. INT. DA’s CONFERENCE ROOM, DAY As in Scene 24. Present are the DA, Mike Reynolds, Jimmy, Billy, their parents and their attorneys (Daley and Willet). ON

GABRIELLA (With full intensity) How does it feel?

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CLOSE on Jimmy, staring at Gabriella, taken aback 40.

INT. MICHAEL AND GABRIELLA’S OFFICE, CREATOR’S STUDIO Michael reading an e-mail on his monitor

MICHAEL (Voiceover) Anyway, that really got him. I have no idea where Satan got the tow truck. I don’t think you can rent those. But he was fit to be tied, as they say here. After that, it was all up to what they call “fate,” a word they use here to explain the way events develop when they seem to be out of man’s control. The next thing that happened was the DA announced his decision. That was a big moment. 170

REYNOLDS Thank you again for coming. I’ve considered these assault charges very carefully. I’ve watched the tape many times, we’ve taken depositions with the coaches, both boys, both parents, and the referee who did the game. And despite the action taken by Principal Rogers, who suspended Smith for three games, we do not see sufficient cause for prosecution. This case is closed as far as this office is concerned.

ON both sets of parents, attorneys as they react to the decision ON

Billy and Jimmy looking relieved.

43. INT. SATAN’S ROOM, PLAZA ON Gabriella as she writes on the laptop GABRIELLA (Voiceover) I liked the DA’s decision. The legal process here is a complex game in which the truth of situations often gets forgotten, or twisted and manipulated in the interest of winning the legal game. After a while, nobody remembers what the truth really is.

44. EXT. URBAN STREETS, DAY ON a van as it moves through the streets. We see Jimmy at the wheel. Jimmy drops Rachael at her house and continues on. GABRIELLA (Voiceover continues) Without the legal process, full responsibility stays in the hands of those who did the deeds instead of passing it off to lawyers. So I began tracking Jimmy, hoping against hope. The first day, nothing. Then, it happened. 45. EXT. GAS STATION, DAY ON the van as it pulls up to the


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BILLY Hey. (Indicating the van). Guess it’s true about your truck. JIMMY Yeah. Motor got wrecked. But it’s an insurance deal. BILLY ‘Sgood luck.

pump island. Jimmy gets out, swipes his credit card, puts the nozzle into the filler pipe and puts it on automatic. Then he strolls toward the garage, looking around. ON Billy, as he comes out of the garage bay wiping his hands on a rag. Billy wears a greasy team cap and a striped work shirt with his name on the pocket. ON Jimmy and Billy meeting. Billy’s arm is still in a sling.

JIMMY Yeah. (He hesitates, uncomfortable) Hey, man, I just wanted to say about that last game, I could have...


BILLY (Interrupting) Yeah. I know. JIMMY I dunno... BILLY (Interrupting) Happens. JIMMY

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Yeah. Well, I’ll see ya. BILLY See ya.

ON Jimmy backing up a few steps, then walking to the van, hanging up the nozzle, getting in, starting up, giving Billy a wave as he drives away. ON Billy walking over to the pump. ON

the pump dial that reads $3.14, 1.6 gallons.

CLOSE on Billy with a little smile 46.


WIDE on Gabriella as she cruises around the apartment looking at everything, being delighted and amused, turning lights on and off, checking out the kitchen and its equipment (turning the gas stove on and off), looking at the bathroom (flushing the toilet), etc.

GABRIELLA (Voiceover) And so Jimmy came through. I knew he would. Such a great feeling to see it work. Free will can be so wonderful. I’m really glad I came. And speaking of free will, I’ve moved out. Got my own little furnished place. It’s so funny with all the Earth stuff, the stove and refrigerator, and the toilet. Satan’s not happy about me moving out, but he’s getting obsessed with Earth sex, and he needs to be able to sulk by himself. 47. INT. GABRIELLA’S APARTMENT ON Gabriella looking in the phone book, then making a phone call. GABRIELLA Hello, I’d like to hire one of your… specialists…no, not for me, it’s for a friend. Yes, here in the city. 48. INT. SATAN’S ROOM, PLAZA NIGHT

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GABRIELLA No, but I do have a new project for us that I think would be interesting. Another little wager.

ON Satan lying on the bed watching WWF on TV. The phone rings.

50. INT., SATAN’S ROOM, PLAZA, NIGHT WIDE on room, with Satan on bed talking on phone, then the doorbell rings. SATAN Bring it on. What’s the situation? Wait a sec...

SATAN (Picking up the phone) Yeah... INT. SPLIT SCREEN scenes 48 and 49 Satan and Gabriella on the phone. On Satan’s end, we can see the wrestlers pounding on each other in the background.

Satan covers the phone, says “come in.” The door opens and a tall Exotic Woman enters carrying a large leather handbag.


GABRIELLA Oh, now, don’t we sound grumpy. SATAN Don’t get too cocky. Beginners’ luck, they call it.

ON Exotic Woman as she shuts the door behind her, unties her trench coat and flings it to the floor. She’s dressed in a black leather bra and studded panties and wears long black boots with high heels over black lace pantyhose. She pulls a riding crop out of her sleeve, plants one foot in front of her and gives Satan a heavy look.

GABRIELLA You should see my place. It’s so cute. It has a wonderful toilet. SATAN How’s the bed? Should I come over? 174

EXOTIC WOMAN I was told you wanted to see me. CLOSE

CREATOR’S STUDIO WIDE on Michael at his desk as Pia comes to the door, headset in place.

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SATAN (Wide-eyed, he speaks into the phone) Later. (He hangs up, looks warily at Exotic Woman) 51.


PIA Where’s Gabriella? I haven’t seen her in an hour.


~ The End ~

ON Gabriella looking puzzled, then smiling slyly as she hangs up. 52.



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Wednesdays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29 Food Distribution at the St. Michaels Community Center on Mondays a nd Wed nesdays f rom 12:30 to 2 p.m. Open to a ll Ta lbot County residents. Must provide identification. Each family can participate once per week. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Intermediate Tai Chi with Nathan Spivey at the Oxford Communit y Center. 8 a.m. $37.50 per month or $10 drop in. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours and other art-related activities. For more info. tel: 410463-0148. 1,8,15 ,22 ,29 Chair Yoga w ith Susan Irwin in the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. Wednesdays

1,8,15,22,29 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Commu n it y C enter, We d ne sd ay s from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a well-prepared meal from Upper Shore Aging. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Beginner Partner Ballroom Dancing, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Oxford Community Center. $50 per person. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit 1,8,15 , 22 , 29 Free Mov ies for Kids! at the Oxford Community


Center. 6 p.m. Bring your own picnic. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8193395 or visit evergreeneaston. org. 2 American Folk Tales and Songs ~ a Hampstead Stage Production at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10:30 a.m. Join us on an adventure as we travel from sea to shining sea discovering great American legends! For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf 2 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1st Thursday at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-6342847, ext. 0 or visit 2 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10

a.m. to noon. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 2 Wine and Cheese Book Review at Mystery Loves Company in Oxford from 4 to 6 p.m. Featured books w ill be The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey and Mile High Murder by Marcia Talley. Free, but pre-register at 410-226-0010. 2 Pet Loss Support Group on the 1st Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107. 2 Concert in the Park: Anthony “Turk� Cannon Project at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit


August Calendar 2,7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30 Tai Chi at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. with Nathan Spivey. $75 monthly ($10 drop-in fee). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 2,7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30 Steady a nd St rong exercise cla ss at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 2,7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30 Mixed/ Gentle Yoga at Everg reen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 2,9,16,23,30 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit 2,9,16,23,30 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Community Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this

ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 2 ,9,16,23,30 Caregivers Sup port Group at Talbot Hospice. Thursdays at 1 p.m. This weekly support group is for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ 2,9,16,23,30 Farmer’s Market at L ong W h a r f, C a mbr id ge , Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. visit events/215283019051530.

2,9,16,23,30 Kent Island Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit 2,16 Meeting: Samplers Quilt Guild from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge.


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August Calendar The Guild meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Prov ide your ow n lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-1015. 2,16 Classical Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit 3 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 3 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Join us for our monthly progressive open house. Our businesses keep their doors open later so you can enjoy gallery exhibits, unique shopping, special performances, kids’ activities and a variety of dining options. 5 to 8 p.m. 3 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit 3 Karaoke Happy Hour at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery,

Vienna. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit 3 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets 1st Friday at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410221-1978, 410-901-9711 or visit 3-5 Chesapeake Bay Balloon and Wine Festival at Triple Creek Winery, Cordova. Over 20 hot air balloons, food trucks, vendors, tethered balloon rides, live music, Kid’s zone, wine sales and much more. Festival grounds open from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday. Saturday begins with a mass balloon ascension from 6 to 8 a.m., with grounds opening from 2 to 9 p.m. Moon Glow from 8 to 9 p.m. Sunday begins at 6 a.m. with a mass balloon ascension and a 5K run. Festival open from 2 to 7 p.m. For more info. and tickets visit triplecreekwinery. com or 3-Sept. 30 Exhibit: Endless Summer featuring the works of the St. Michaels Art League at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels. The public is invited to a free


reception on August 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. visit 3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25,31 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit 3,7,10,14,17,21,24,28,31 Free Blood Pressure Screenings from

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fr idays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Medical Center, Cambridge. 3,10,17,24,31 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 3,10,17,24,31 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets ~ 1st and 3rd Fridays at Hurlock American Legion #243, 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock; and 2nd and 4th Fridays at V F W Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. All veterans are welcome.

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August Calendar Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 3,10,17,24,31 Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Fridays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 3,10,17,24,31 Aunt Jeannie’s Soup Kitchen at the St. Michaels Community Center. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu changes weekly. Pay what you can, if you can. Eat in or take out. All welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 3,10,17,24,31 Patio Party at the Oxford Community Center. 2 to 5 p.m. Enjoy live music. Beverages and baked goods for sale. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit

7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 4 Eastern Shore Community Rowers is a new masters (adult) rowing program offering free learnto-row sessions, 9 to 11:30 a.m., the first Saturday of each month until December. For ages 14 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Three-day clinics are also available for $75 throughout the summer. For more info. visit

4 Cars and Coffee at the Oxford C om mu n it y C enter. 1 s t S aturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit

3,10,17,24,31 Friday Flix! at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. Enjoy fun, family movies. 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

4 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

3,10,17,24,31 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

4 Little Bobbers Fishing Derby at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville for ages 5 to 12. Children must be accompanied at all times. 10 a.m. to 2



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p.m. All children will receive a goody bag, lunch, snacks, T-shirt and a chance to win awards and prizes. Free. Pre-registration online is required. For more info. visit 4 Book Discussion: What D id Ale xander Hamilton D r ink? On the Chocolate Trail - A Deliciou s Advent ure Connect ing Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao at Temple B’nai Israel, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Featured speaker is Rabbi Deborah Prinz, author of On the Chocolate Trail. Lecture to be followed by a sweet chocolate reception. Reservations required. $30 per person, $55 per couple. For more info. tel: 410-822-0553 or visit 4,11,18 Summer Challenge ~ A Painting a Day for 15 Days with

Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $118 members, $142 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 4,11,18,25 Easton Farmers Market every Saturday from mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured f rom 10 a.m. to noon. Tow n parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit 4,11,18,25 The St. Michaels Farmer s Ma rket i s a c om mu n it ybased, producer-only farmers market that runs Saturday mornings, rain or shine, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., April-November, at 204 S. Talbot St. in St. Michaels. For more information contact: We do accept SNAP.


4,11,18,25 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-7458979 or visit

Nathan of Dorchester. 1 to 3 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $35, children 6-12 $10; under 6 free. Reservations online at or tel: 410-228-7141.

4,11,18,25 Historic High Street Walking Tour ~ experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Onehour walking tours on Saturdays, sp on s or e d by t he We s t E nd Citizen’s Association. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. Reservations not necessary, but appreciated. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000 or visit

5 Opera: The Old Maid and the Thief at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 2 p.m. Admission is free and it is open to the public, but a donation of $10 is suggested. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more info. visit

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Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 6 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Societ y at t he Ga r f ield C enter, Chestertown. 1st Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060.

W. Brown, one of only two remaining and operational World War II Liberty Ships, will dock at the port of Cambridge and will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. visit 6 Family Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Back to School folders. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 6 Movie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 1st Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 6 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1st Monday at 7:30 p.m.

6-7 Creepy Crawlers class (Turtle Tales) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class includes story time, craft, hike, live animals (or artifacts) and a snack. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers. 6-8 Summer Camp ~ Sumi-e Painting for ages 8 to 14 (adults welcome) with Dawn Malosh at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1 to 3:30 p.m. $70 members, $80 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 6 - 9 Su m mer C a mp ~ Wonde r Women Artists Workshop for ages 13 to 17 with Dawn Malosh at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $95 members, $105 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit


6,13,20,27 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. Mondays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit 6,13,20,27 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720.

at 10 a.m. every Tuesday. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Cambridge will be open to the public for tours. All tours are on foot and are best suited for ages 10 and older. For more info. tel: 410-221-8383 or visit

7 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695.

7,14,21,28 Meeting: Bridge Clinic Support Group at the UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential support group for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral reasons. For more info. tel: 410-2285511, ext. 2140.

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August Calendar the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your instruments and take part in the jam session! For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit

8 Meeting: Bayside Quilters, 2nd Wednesday 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 mhr2711@

7,21 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center, 5th floor meeting room, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5700 or visit 7,21 Afternoon Chess Academy at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Learn and play chess. For ages 6 to 16. Snacks Served. Limited space, please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit


7,21 Cancer Patient Support Group at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-254-5940 or visit 7,21 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218.

C om mu n it y E c olog y C r u i se aboard the Winnie Estelle at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Adults and children are welcome on this up-close and personal exploration of the Miles River and its unique habitat and ecology. Learn how to monitor the river’s water quality, try your hand at water testing and explore the critters on an oyster reef. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit

8 We Are Makers at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Enjoy art and creativity ~ drawing, painting and collage. For ages 6 to 12. Limited space, please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit


8 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ 8 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail mariahsmission2014@ 8

Me e t i ng: B ay w ater C a mer a Club at the Dorchester Center for the A rts, Cambridge. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744.

8,15,22,29 Class: For the Pastelist ~ Summer Mentoring Sessions with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $110 for 4 sessions or $35 per session drop-in fee. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

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8,22 Stor y 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: 410745-5877 or visit 8,22 Bay Hundred Chess Club, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. All ages welcome. For more info. tel: 410745-9490. 8,22 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, C a mbr id ge. Ever yone i nter ested in w riting is inv ited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 8 , 2 2 Da nc e C l a s s e s for NonDancers at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $12 per person, $20 for both classes. For more info. tel: 410-200-7503 or visit 9 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Caroline County Senior Center, Denton. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128

9 Meeting: Chesapeake Bay Herb Society at Christ Church, Easton. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410310-8437 or visit 9 Concert in the Park: Joe Hickey at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 9,23 Memoir Writers at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life a nd fa mi ly. Pa r t icipa nt s a re invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 9,25 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 10 a.m. on the 9th and 1 p.m. on the 25th. Free for CBEC members, $5 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit 10 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public L ibra r y, Ca mbr idge. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410690-8128 or visit


quickly. To pre-register tel: 410745-6073. 10 -12 11th annual Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend in Rock Hall. Come by land or by sea for a town-wide theme party This is a premier swashbuckling family event! For all the details visit

10 Sip ’n Paint at the St. Michaels Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. with Josepha Price. Painting on a crab basket lid. $40 per person. The class will surely fill

10,31 Hot & Tangy chicken barbecue at the Linkwood-Salem Volunteer Fire Company, Linkwood, from 10 a.m. until sold out. For more info. tel: 410-221-0169. 11 Workshop: Woodworker’s Tool Sharpening at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Mi-

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potato salad, baked beans, roll and water for $9. To pre-order, call 410-943-6182. Live music by North Meets South. Lots of craf ts and vendors. Proceeds support the ministry of Bethesda United Methodist Church. For more info. tel: 410-673-7538 or visit

chaels. 9 a.m. to noon. Participation is limited, so advanced registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit 11 Antioch’s 34th annual Peach Festival at the Antioch United Methodist Church, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join in the celebration of this annual summertime favorite! Featuring sun-ripened peaches, mouth-watering pies, delicious fr it ters, homemade cobbler, authentic Eastern Shore crab cakes, cool and refreshing homemade peach ice crea m, unique vendors, and more! For more info. tel: 410-228-4723.

11 Bet hesda United Met hodist Church in Preston presents the 17th annual Peach Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Preston Fire Hall. Local peaches, ice cream, peach baked goods, burgers, scrapple sandwiches, hot dogs and sof t crab sandwiches. Eming’s chicken dinners consisting of 1/2 BBQ chicken,

11 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit 11 Workshop: Drop By and Mix It Up ~ Mixed Media with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $45 members, $54 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 11 Sisters in Crime authors and book signings at Mystery Loves Company in Oxford from 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410226-0010. 11 39th annual RFC Seafood Feast-IVal at Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. 1 to 6 p.m. 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


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11 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-9535 or visit

and freeze pops. Soft drinks are included in the price; beer is sold by the cup. There will be live music by Golden Touch, a car show, historic town tours, craft sales and entertainment for the children. Rain or shine. Adult tickets are $40 per person; Children (5-12) are $10. For more info. visit 11 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith artists as they demonstrate their work. For more info. tel: 410-4791009 or visit 11 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit

11-12 Workshop: Painting ~ Composition in Nature with Julia Rogers at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $170 members, $204 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit 11,25 Country Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e United Methodist churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 12 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. 12 2nd annual Car/Truck/Bike Show & S wap Meet at t he Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registra-


tion is $15 per vehicle, $10 for second vehicle. For more info. tel: 410-228-8645.

at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. For more info., tel: 410-482-6039.

12 9th annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day and Watermen’s Rodeo at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day will feature a spirited boat docking contest, steamed crabs and other regional food, live music, beer, boat rides, family activities and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit

13 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Work on your favorite project with a group. Limited instructions for beginners. Newcomers welcome. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l. org.


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13 Open Mic at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive here. All ages and styles of performance are welcome.

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August Calendar The event is open to all ages. 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@ 13-16 Summer Camp: Splatter, Spin & Spray ~ Making “Process� Art! at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 a.m. to noon for ages 3 to 5 years (children must be potty trained to participate). $125 members, $150 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 13-17 Summer Camp: The World I See ~ A Sketchbook Journal with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon for ages 8 to 13. $130 members, $140 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 14 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advanced healthcare planning and complete your advance directive paperwork, including the Five Wishes and Maryland Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). For more info. tel: 410-822-6681.

14 Bomani: Life of Frederick Douglass at the Talbot County Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. Bomani describes himself as a poet with hip-hop style. For ages 5 to 12. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit 14 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300 or visit 14 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-


6471 or visit 14,28 Bay Hundred Chess Class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners welcome. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 14,28 Meeting: Buddhism Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 15 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 1 to 2

p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 15 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6:30 p.m. This support group is for anyone griev ing the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 15-16 DNR-Approved Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 10 p.m. each day in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium. $25. Pa r t ic ipa nt s c omplet i ng t he course and passing the test will


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August Calendar receive a Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is valid for life and is required for anyone born on or after July 1, 1972 and who operates a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters. Participants must be 12 or older. To register visit 16 Libraries Rock Grand Finale! at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Oyster games, Sherman the Shorebird, refreshments, door prizes and the Libraries Rock grand prize drawing. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit 16 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit 16 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.

by the St. Michaels Community Center. For more info. tel: 410745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc. org. 16-17 Workshop: Watercolor Techniques and Applicat ion s for Landscape with Paul Allen Taylor at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $160 members, $180 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit 16,19 Guided Kayak Trip at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 5:30 p.m. on the 16th and 1 p.m. on the 19th. $15 for CBEC members, $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit 17-18 Caroline SummerFest - the Free Family Festival in Historic Downtown Denton that is “easy on the wallet” and high in arts and entertainment value. Three

16 Concer t in the Park: Young Bucks at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sponsored 206


August Calendar stages of live enter tainment, strolling performers, arts and crafts for the children, fireworks display, car show, and plenty of festival foods. Friday, 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday 2 to 9 p.m. Free parking and shuttle bus transpor tation w ill be available from the Health and Public Services Building off 6th Street (across from the Fire Hall) on both days. For more info. visit 18 Ask a Master Gardener at the St. Michaels Farmers Market from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Get free gardening advice from Talbot County’s University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners. For more info. tel: 410-822-1244. 18 Workshop: Matchstick Ink Line and Wash for Watercolor with Paul Allen Taylor at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $60 members, $72 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 18 Workshop: Learn to Carve a Nameboard at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $44 for CBMM members, $55 for nonmembers. For more info. visit

18 Smith Island Crab Skiff Racing at the Kent Island Yacht Club, Chester. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come enjoy watching the races. Full club facilities will be available. No admission fee. For more info. tel: 410-643-4101. 18 Concert in the Country with Beach Bumz at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 6 p.m. For more info. visit 18-19 Exhibit: Water, Water, Everywhere featuring the artwork of the Working Artists Forum at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on August 18. For more info. tel: 410 -745-2255 or v isit 19 Waterman’s Rodeo at Suicide Bridge Restaurant, Hurlock. 1 p.m. Work boats and char ter boats compete within their divisions for cash, prizes, trophies


and bragging rights. Captains of all ages welcome. For more info. visit or suicidebridge. com.

20 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit

20 Creepy Crawlers Gardening class (The Fruits of Labor) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers gardening classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class involves hands-on work in our garden, games or ar ts and craf ts, and a snack. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers.

20 Hawaiian Culture Party at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. Hawaiian crafts, music, volcano making a nd a luau. P re -reg ist rat ion required. For ages 2 to 12; children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

20 Read with Latte, a certified therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. Bring a book or choose one from the library and read with Jane Dickey and her dog Latte. For children 5 and older. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit

20 Book Discussion: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fanny Flagg at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 20 -24 Summer Camp: Plaster Sculpture and Design with Theresa Schram at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 10+. $115 members, $125 non-members.

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August Calendar For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit 22 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games and f un. For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 22 We Are Builders at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).



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Build with LEGO and Zoobs. For ages 6 and up. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 22 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at UM Shore Regional Health at Dorchester, Cambridge. 4th Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 23 Bilingual Book Club (Club de Lectura Bilingüe) at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, Easton 4:30 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a story and practice your Spanish and English. For children entering grades 1 and 2. Limited space. Please register. (Disfrute de un buen cuento! Practicand su español y ingles. Para niños de lero y 2do grado escolar. Espacio limitado, inscribase ya!) For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 23 A Sneak Peek at Talbot Goes Purple with Sheriff Joe Gamble at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Parents will learn how to spot behaviors and tendencies that might lead to addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 23 Concert in the Park: Comfort Zone at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit


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guests each year. Tickets cost $55 each and are available online at, or in person at the Dorchester C ou nt y V i sitor C enter (d a ily), t he Dorchester Chamber of Commerce (weekdays), and the Choptank River Lighthouse (Fri.-Sun.). For more info. tel: 410-463-2653. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation.

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25 2018 Homecoming fundraiser for the St. Michaels Community Center at the St. Michaels Inn. 8 p.m. to midnight. This year’s theme is the Golden Age of Hol-

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Company Boat Docking Challenge at Palm Beach Willy’s, Taylors Island. The best dockers will be there to show off their skills. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-521-3764. 28 Movie@Noon featuring Black Panther at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 28 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the SunTrust Bank (basement Maryland Room), Easton. 4th Tuesday at 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit 28 Monthly Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice. This ongoing support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. 4th Tuesday at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail

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28 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlew ild Ave., Easton. 4th Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411 or visit 28 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ 214

Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 30 Workshop: Is Your Password “Password”? at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. How to create passwords for your electronic devices that are more difficult to be broken, and how to remember them without a Post-It note on your keyboard. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 30 Concert in the Park: Drifter’s Union at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. For more info. tel: 410-

745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc. org. 31 Concert at the Sail featuring Uprizing at Sailwinds Amphitheater, Cambridge. Free. 7 p.m. This event is part of the “At The Sail” series of events. This band has a reputation of keeping the crowd moving with their mixture of funk and R&B classics combined with modern Top 40 hits with a splash of reggae. For more info. visit pg/upriZingband.

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