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Tidewater Times

December 2015

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December 2015

Features: About the Cover Photograph ~ Edna Sprit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Adventures in Being Bad: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Conservation Center Brings New Life: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . 31 Christmas in St. Michaels Homes Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 ACE Mentor Program: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Cedar Grove: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 The Blue Bag: Roger Vaughan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Va-Va-Va-Voom!: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

Departments: December Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195 December Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 David C. Pulzone, Publisher 路 Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Photograph Edna Sprit nine-log bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, however some of the shipwrights took to calling her Sprit, (as in the bowsprit of a boat) and both names stuck. Edna now spends her days chasing mice and greeting Museum visitors. We do, however, need to keep raising money for her long-term care. Please consider donating to the CBMM Edna Sprit fund by sending a check to: CBMM Edna Sprit Fund c/o Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum 213 N. Talbot Street St. Michaels, Maryland 21663 You can also take Edna home with you with this 50th anniversary commemorative plush Edna Sprit. Pick one up in the Museum store or order online at http://shop.cbmm.org/ plush-edna-50th.html. The cover photo of Edna was taken by Tracey Johns, VP of Communications at CBMM.

Edna Sprit is the Chief Mousing Officer and Official CBMM Mascot. In October of 2013, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Boatyard Programs Manager Jenn Kuhn heard some pitiful meowing coming from underneath a cabinet in the Boatyard office. There she found a very tiny (and very hungry) kitten. Food and water was left out for her and after a few days, she began to venture out. After taking her to the local vet, it was discovered that she was around four weeks old, full of fleas, worms, and quite malnourished. CBMM staff pitched in for the first vet bill and within two weeks, she was free of fleas and worms, and was vaccinated. With the weather getting colder, the kitten spent her days curled up in the administration offices, the Museum store, or with the shipwrights as they worked in the boat shop. The name Edna was proposed, after the queen of the Museum’s floating fleet, the 1889 7


Adventures in Being Bad by Helen Chappell

Okay, this really happened. Even all these years later, I can’t believe it happened to me, but I was there. So it had to have happened. Back in the ’60s, I got kicked out of boarding school and had to go back to public school. Before you start tsk-tsking, I’d like you to re-read The Catcher in the Rye, which is sort of the classic on getting kicked out of private schools. It was a horrible uptight school in Virginia, full of bitchy Southern Belles and mean girls. I wasn’t too sorry I had to come home in disgrace. Of course, I had to hear about it for the rest of my life, but as much as I disliked public school, at least it offered me social companionship that went beyond mean girls. Although there are plenty of mean girls in public school, which is why I never go to any of the reunions ~ but that’s another story. My theory is, if you were happy and in the “in crowd” in high school, you’re doomed to an adulthood of being a small-town insurance agent, divorced and living in a trailer and, oh, just all kinds of hellacious afterlife. If, on the other hand, you were miserable in high school, your chances of leading a

reasonably content and productive adult life are pretty good. So far, nothing in my experience has changed my opinion. Anyway, there I was, back in public school ~ a small-town public high school. To begin with, it was a pretty mediocre school, with strong fears of godless commies, contempt for independent thought and a religious worship of all things sports related. The cliques were so stratified they might as well have been set in a cliff face. Not the best place to grow a creative, rebellious mind. You know the drill: the jocks and the cheerleaders at the top, then the 9



Adventures in Being Bad socially inept grinders, the hoods, and then the rest of us: the outsiders who didn’t belong anywhere. I didn’t belong anywhere. I wasn’t cute enough or interested enough in being a cheerleader or a jock, so bored by what passed for academia in that rabid post-McCarthy era that I didn’t make the Brain Trust and, well, not much of a hood. That left me adrift to shift myself all over the place socially. I had friends in every clique and, as a member of the minority arty crowd, got pretty good at using hall passes for the art room or the yearbook office to sneak around school. I was never where I was supposed

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in various girls’ rooms getting an education from the hoodie girls in Real Life and smoking. The hoodie girls were a source of endless fascination to me. They were far worldlier. While I had only the faintest idea where babies came from, a lot of them were already very, shall we say, active with their hoodie guy counterparts. I mean, they did more than just cut typing class and smoke Marlboros. Not a whole lot more, but from my sheltered perspective, enough. It was like they were from another, far more exotic planet. First, there was the hair. The hair was huge ~ bouffants that were teased, dyed and sprayed to dizzying heights. Some of them

to be, and I took a real pleasure in this rebellion. Because I was theoretically clean cut and attired in those matching Villager outfits (remember those?), Authority never suspected me. I sneaked below the radar. If I’d been a snarling hoodie guy, I probably would have spent my life in the principal’s office and study hall. As an invisible, innocuous boarding school dropout, no one looked at me twice. I was not a troublemaker. In fact, given my sheltered WASP upbringing, I was as naïve as they come ~ or so the unoriginal administration thought. What I was doing was hanging

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had trouble getting into their cars because their bouffants were at least eighteen inches high. The hair was an art form ~ a giant mold fashioned into styles known as the Lift, the Beehive and the Bubble that wouldn’t have moved in a hurricane. It was forbidden fruit to me, with my stubborn curls that wouldn’t take a tease and fell out of shape no matter how much Aqua Net I used. And the clothes. All black, with pointy bras and matching pointytoed shoes that could and might have put an eye out. They had leather coats and a wad of gum lodged tightly in their cheeks.

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Adventures in Being Bad Oh, and let’s not forget the Cleopatra eyes! There were layers of blue eye shadow, gobs of black mascara beading on their lashes and the heavy black eyeliner that swooped from the corner of the eye out to the temple. Little girls who attempt this look today just bore me. I’ve seen the original, and it was much more spectacular. The hoodie girls traveled with the hoodie guys. Menacing-looking hoods who lived for imitating Elvis, with the pomaded ducktails falling over their pimply foreheads, and long sides swept back in what was known as the duck’s ass. The hair, male and female, was a work of art.

Hoodie guys wore leather jackets and winklepicker boots. They rolled their jeans up with cuffs, and they rolled their Marlboros into the sleeves of their T-shirts. And they all talked a tough

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Adventures in Being Bad game. Sometimes there were fights in the school parking lot and behind the shop class garage (guys) or in the girls’ room with hair pulling and scratching. Watching with the detachment of an anthropologist, I found the hoods really interesting because they were bad and dangerous and smelled like Right Guard. I really thought they were scary. Outside of school they got into rumbles and cut each other over stealing boyfriends or hubcaps. Since they sort of tolerated me, and I knew not to ask any questions, I was just sort of there, like a mascot ~ which was fine with me

Winklepicker boots were the “in” style for the hoodie guys. ~ until one day, amid the stench of Marlboro smoke, Aqua Net and Right Guard, in the third floor girls’ room, I got sucked into an adventure. “Yeah, we’re gonna get her,” one of my hoodie friends said. Her name was Linda. They were all either Linda or JoAnn, and the guys were all Ronnie or Chet. “She can’t steal Chet from you, JoAnn. You’ve got his ankle bracelet.” JoAnn, a vision in sky-high black beehive and white lipstick, sat on the radiator, dragging on her cancer stick. I couldn’t tell for the smudge of black eyeliner, but I think she’d been crying, or at least picking a ball of mascara out of her eye.



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Adventures in Being Bad “She ain’t gettin’ away with this,” JoAnn proclaimed to the crowd of girls who had gathered around her sympathetically. There were murmurs all around. The crowd was restless. Apparently, someone named Brenda, from another school, had poached the appealing Chet. This Brenda, finding his acne, his snarl, and his vocabulary of about fifty words, most of which referred to moving engine parts, too hard to resist, had had the nerve to dance with him at the hop. I never attended these carefully chaperoned dens of sin, but I heard tales. “Brenda and her gang all hang out to the Dairy DeeLicious after school,” one of the Lindas thoughtfully provided. “They think it’s their territory.” I hardly saw how a rundown soft ice cream place at the edge of the next town could be anyone’s territory. I’d seen rats in the parking lot there. But, the next thing you know, all the JoAnns and Lindas were getting into their full battle gear to go over to the Dairy DeeLicious and “get that no-good man-stealing slut Brenda.” They really worked themselves up into a snit, and off we went, out a side door of the building and into one of the Lindas’ dad’s huge old Pontiac. There were about six of

us crammed into the car, and I had sort of gotten swept out with them. I’m guessing there were a few empty seats in business accounting class that day, but as sneaky as I was, and as many things as I’d done, AWOLing from school was sort of scary. If I got expelled again, my mother would kill me ~ for real this time. A howling, bloodthirsty mob of ratted-up hair sped across the county toward the Dairy DeeLicious. Threats were uttered, and rattail combs were brandished. I was genuinely afraid I’d get back to school just in time to miss the bus and have to explain why I walked home. The Pontiac skidded to a halt on the gravel of the dilapidated Dairy DeeLicious, and my gang of Madame DeFargeses piled out, looking for the man-stealing tramp Brenda. The place was packed with high schoolers, and Brenda might have been in there, but first, the hair needed to be seen to, and the JoAnns and Lindas trooped into the dingy ladies’ room for a touchup of hairspray and white lipstick. 26

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Adventures in Being Bad You can’t kick ass if you aren’t looking your best. There was already a small woman at the sink, working on her eyeliner. She was a hood chick to end all hood chicks. Her bouffant was not just suicide platinum, dyed by her own hand, it was fully three feet tall and involved an airlift, a beehive and a bubble. Marie Antoinette couldn’t have achieved a more complex ‘do on her best day. This vision’s eyeliner swept out to her temples, and she had three shades of blue. The clumps on her mascara were the size of apple seeds. She wore the most pointed-toe kitten heels ever seen on human feet, and her jeans were painted on. Her pleather jacket was impeccably discount store, and her suitcase-size black pleather purse balanced precariously on the edge of the filthy sink. The posse halted, clearly stunned by this greaser goddess. She was perfect in every hoodie way ~ just a vision in sullen teen drama. “We’re lookin’ for Brenda,” one of the Lindas managed to say. Greaser Goddess slowly turned from the mirror. As she did so, her giant pleather purse spilled into the sink. As we watched, a giant Bowie knife spilled out of the pocketbook into the rusty bowl. It lay there for a moment, sharpened and glittering. The Goddess

swept it and the other contents back into her bag. “I’m carryin’ it for my boyfriend,” she drawled, as if everyone carried a giant knife. “I’m Brenda. Who wants to know?” With that, we all backed out of that dingy bathroom, slowly at first, then, as panic set in, as fast as we could. We were back in the Pontiac headed for home before anyone even breathed. And that was my brush with hoodiness. I had to quit after that. It was just too much drama ~ even for me! Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels.


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Conservation Center Brings New Life to Easton Landmark by Dick Cooper

The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy has been preaching a strong sermon with a central theme for years: Save the countryside and concentrate growth in and around the existing towns and villages. So, when the non-profit organization outgrew its old quarters in a converted stable just off the Wye River in rural Queen Anne’s County, it started to look for a new home in a town center. “It is clear that the only way to have a long-term sustainable economy and environment here on the Shore is to grow in our towns. We have to get most of our population where services can be provided efficiently,” says ESLC Executive Director Rob Etgen. “It was really a no-brainer that we needed to get in town. We had a Board of Directors committee to look at all of the county seats, and we decided on Easton.” The committee examined several town locations before settling on the vacant McCord Laundry Company complex on South Washington Street. “This building was the most ambitious,” Etgen says. “We were looking for 7,000 square feet to take us through 2050. The McCord building is 24,000 square feet.”

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Executive Director Rob Etgen. Such an undertaking would have been unthinkable when the ESLC was founded in 1990 as a vehicle for using new laws and regulations to preserve open space. Since then, it has steadily grown in inf luence and stature. Over the last 25 years, it helped acquire conservation or farmland easements on more than 47,000 acres up and down the Eastern Shore. To m a k e t he Mc C or d bu i ld ing move possible, ESLC officials looked outside their organization. They came up with the idea of bring31

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house offices for the Town Creek Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited. ESLC raised $7.6 million, evenly divided between public and private sources, for the development that has turned a blighted block into a productive and vibrant part of the town. The main, red-brick McCord building has long been an Easton fixture. The Brick Row that served over time as residences and offices dates to the middle of the nineteenth century. According to a history written by Bill Thompson, Walter “Duke” McCord was 22 when he started his laundry business in 1925. “During the subsequent decades, branch offices were opened in St. Michaels, Denton, Chester, and Cambridge,” Thompson wrote. “Centreville had a

ing in other like-minded groups and putting them under one roof. “We looked at (the McCord property) and considered the transformative effect it would have on the neighborhood. With input from our partner conservation organizations and the funders, we felt it was a doable project,” Etgen says. “Having all of our partners in the same campus was really too good of an idea to pass up.” In late October, after three years of planning and almost a year of constr uction, ESLC moved into the complex that now includes the restored laundry and the neighboring historic Brick Row building into what is now called the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. The buildings

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McCord agent, while farther up the road in Kent County, Chestertown was selected as the site for a second McCord plant. Generations of customers relied upon a McCord (or McCord’s, as locals preferred) delivery man to arrive at their houses in a white panel truck to pick up or drop off bundles of clothes. Generations, too, found work in McCord’s expanding plant, which at one time was regarded as the county’s largest year-round employer.” McCord died in 1981. The business officially closed in 2009. When ESLC arrived on the scene, the building was vacant and gutted. The interior was dark and dank. Behind a heavy vault door secured with a combination lock were racks of once valuable but long forgotten clothing ~ ball gowns, fur coats, formal wear, favorite sweaters and jackets ~ that had been kept safe from moths and climate as part of McCord’s customer service.


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ily have been lost to the casual observer, but Etgen says that the engineers and designers from Gipe Associates, Inc. saw what could be done. During a tour, he points out all of the measures that were taken to make the builds both environmentally friendly and efficient. To keep the original brick façade in place, thermal barriers were installed on

The Brick Row, which may at one time have been four row houses, suffered an extensive fire and was incorporated into ESLC’s plans when it was donated to the organization by its owner, Helaine White. The building’s potential as stateof-the-art office space could eas-

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where McCord’s seamstresses once repaired damaged clothing. The other conservation agencies have smaller offices and share a conference room and lounge area near the main entrance. A larger conference area can be configured to handle 50 around tables or set up as an auditorium to seat 125. Etgen leads the way across an open courtyard that will serve as an outdoor gathering place and the al fresco dining area for a café that is expected to open in the complex. The first floor of the Brick Row has been configured as offices with a view of the courtyard, and the second floor has been converted into four, onebedroom apartments for rent.

the inside. The single-pane windows in metal frames remained but were backed up with new double-pane interior windows. The heating and air conditioning systems that were installed included high-tech sensors that detect how a room is being used. “They manage temperature for heat and cool but also airf low. So if you have 50 people in the room and the temperature is perfect, it is still going to be pumping fresh air in because it manages the carbon dioxide content in the room,” Etgen says. ESLC’s offices are located in a large open room under skylights

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revitalization of the town. “It was a good feeling to see a first-class project taking place there,” he says. “When you remember what the old McCord building looked like and how it had gone into disrepair and you see what it looks like now, it is just a world of difference. It is a really healthy start for what is going on in that part of town.” Developing t he C onser vat ion C enter projec t f rom concept to completion has been a ver y big under ta k ing for t he Boa rd a nd staff of the ESLC and has given the organization a new skill set it hopes to use, Etgen says. “We don’t see ou r selve s a s a developer, but we see old, fallingdown structures in our towns and a need to improve our streetscapes,” he says. “We feel we have developed some expertise, and there is an educational component we are definitely going to share.”

The ESLC office space is a large open room with plenty of skylights. The new regional office of Ducks Unlimited has a freshly minted look with a touch of rustic décor. The high-backed chairs around the office’s small conference table are upholstered in camo. Jake McPherson, a Ducks Unlimited biologist, says their new office puts the organization in the center of its local constituency. “There is a strong waterfowl heritage on the Eastern Shore. This is a great location, and it is well situated in our priority area. This is where a lot of our supporters are,” he says. “Most of our projects in Maryland right now are between here and Cambridge. It is more convenient for us being here to get our work done.” Easton Mayor Robert Willey says he sees the Eastern Shore Conservation Center as a major piece in the

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One of t he h ig h l ig ht s of t he Christmas in St. Michaels weekend is the Tour of Homes. This year, both historic homes in the village and some very special countryside homes are featured in one of the longestrunning home tours in Maryland. The houses in town are within walking distance of each other, giving visitors a great opportunity to stroll through town and soak up the historic atmosphere. Most of the homes, built in the 18th and 19th centuries, were at one time the residences of watermen and seafarers. Many of these homes have since been restored, expanded, and adapted for modern living. T h e c o u nt r y s i d e h o m e s a r e located just outside of town, often situated in expansive waterfront s e t t i ng s. T he s e hou s e s shou ld not be m i ssed, a s t he y employ exquisite architectural details and are set against the backdrop of the stunning Eastern Shore landscape. Visitors reach the country homes via professional licensed shuttle bus service, which is included in the price of the ticket. The buses leave from the Crab Claw parking lot, with the last bus departing at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Drawing by Jane Bollman The owners selected this home in 2011 for its location on Harrison Cove, off the Miles River overlooking St. Michaels Harbor, and its proximity to St. Michaels. The property is part of the 1683 Bentley Hay Grant of 50 acres. The Cape Cod house suited them well, but needed improvements. A new kitchen and maintenance-free deck of Ipe Brazilian hardwood with a modern aluminum and stainless steel railing was completed in 2013, as well as three bathroom renovations, a cast iron wood burning fireplace and, in the master bedroom, a gas fireplace. Inside the front door is a collection of Royal Crown Derby paper weights displayed in a deaccessioned cabinet from Anderson House in Washington, 45

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Drawing by Diana Dardis The John H. H. Wales House was built in 1911. A two-story traditional house features a stepped profile and wrap-around porch. The construction of this house is dated by an entry in the April 22, 1911, Star-Democrat issue stating that John H. H. Wale esquire had almost completed his new house on East Chestnut Street. The period features are essentially intact, which adds to the 19th century character. John H. H. Wales had inherited the town lot from his father in 1896. His father, John H. Wales, had purchased a house and lot in 1874 for $800, according to the Maryland Historic Trust. Today the home is owned by Rick and Laurie Johnson, who updated the interior while preserving the integrity of the exterior of the home. This year the home is decorated with a sense of whimsy for a Christmas get-away.

Drawing by Nancy Shuck In 2006, the Menditchs fell in love with the gracious arts-andcraf ts-st yle cot tage t hat sat on this lot, thinking a “few simple updates” would make the house the home of their dreams. That illusion quickly turned into a major remodel, resulting in a home whose exterior remains true to the original dwelling but whose interior is filled with the updates and roominess they were seeking. The foundation, sub-flooring and front wall of the original structure are about all that remain today of the old house. The new walnut f looring is from refinished barn wood. A n Ind ia na f r iend made all the cabinetr y, including the

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a new kitchen and bathroom on the first f loor. The work took 16 months from star t to f inish, and t he ow ners moved in November 2014. Some of the original features of the house are the stairway bannister, which is made from one single piece of wood. The front door is original to the 1840 construction, as are the hardwood floors in the master bedroom and upstairs hallway.

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S. Harrison in the late 1840s. The original house consisted of t wo r o om s: one up a nd one dow n . A n addition in the 1880s added a second upstairs bedroom and downstairs kitchen and dining area (now the dining room). A second addition around 1910 added a firstfloor kitchen, an upstairs bathroom, (the first indoor bathroom) and a third upstairs bedroom. By 2013, when the current owners bought the home, it was in need of a complete renovation. A local general contractor carried out the extensive renovation that included: removing three layers of exterior siding (tar paper from 1910, shingles from the 1930s and aluminum installed in the 1960s) to expose the original horizontal wood siding, replacing the original brick pier foundation, new electrical and plumbing as well as new heating and air conditioning, rebui ld ing t he br ick chimneys, restoring all existing windows, and

Drawing by Jenny Johns Bu i lt i n 1860, t he house ha s a large center hallway, ten-foot ceilings, and much of the original woodwork and doors are still in use today. The current owner’s aunt and uncle, Helen and Ed Newman, purchased the house in 1957. He has been coming to this house through most of his life and was fortunate enough to purchase the home in 1998. It wasn’t until 2009 that he was able to live here full time. While Aunt Helen lived here, a master bath was added on the first floor, as well as a few updates to the 48


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The Wilsons fell in love w ith the long waterfront and views of Broad Creek, Balls Creek, and the Choptank River. The house takes maximum advantage of water views. T he hou s e w a s r enov ate d i n 2007-2008. The second and third f loors were added, and the first floor was redesigned by enlarging the kitchen, living space and adding a game room. T h e o r i g i n a l “O ld O r c h a r d” consisted of corn and soy, but now the owners harvest apples, pears, peaches, plums, and grapes for pies and wine.

kitchen. The master bath has been remodeled, and the back porch was incorporated into the 2015 kitchen r emo del. T he s tor y-a nd-a-h a l f “service area” wing includes the kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and back stairs leading to the living quarters on the second floor. This corner property at Cherry and Cedar is one of the largest in St. Michaels. On each corner of the lot are some green Japanese split leaf maples. Surviving many storms, these trees are believed to be over 100 years old.

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Drawing by Camile Woodbury Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Long Point is one of the earliest homes built on the Eastern Shore. Surveyed in 1663, it pre-dates the establishment of the United States by 113 years. Long Point was a 50-acre land grant to Ralph Elston from Cecillius Calvert, Lord Baltimore. Elston’s first heirs built the modest brick manor house from ballast brick used in English sailing ships around 1705, replacing a

Drawing by Anne Pilert Originally known as “Old Orchard Point” (and still identified as such on fishing maps). The name was changed when Ernest and Pamela Wilson bought the property in 1997 from the original owners, who built the house in 1968. Fox Haven refers to the playful litter of fox kits frequently seen on the property each spring. 50


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infrastructure and amenities. Long Point boasts a zero carbon footprint, much as it did in the 1700s, through the use of a solar farm located in the barn complex and geothermal systems w ithin the home. L ong Point is a fine example of historic pr e s e r v at ion a nd mo d e r n - d ay sustainability.

simple wooden cabin-style structure. Long Point has a long history of three families in particular. Ralph Elston married a widow Ball, for whom Ball’s Creek is named. The property became part of the Ball family for several generations. In the 19th century, the property changed hands to the Harrison family for over 100 years. In the 20th century, the Kilbourn family acquired the property after several short-term owners. It remained a family legacy for nearly 50 years. Lovingly restored by Dana and Randy Fairbank in 2013, every effort was made to preserve various period elements while adding key modern

Long Point 1981 House

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This home was built facing due east to capture the full expanse of the 2 miles across the aptly named Broad Creek. The house encompasses the owners’ love of the water and sense of privacy. The open floor plan provides an ideal showcase for the collection of 18th century furniture amassed by the owners during their 58 years of marriage. The f i r st f loor ha s a ma ster bedroom suite and library that can serve as a guest room. Upstairs you will find two guest bedrooms and bath located over the great room with water views from all angles. The water views offer an ever-changing display of waterfowl and wildlife. T icket s a re $25 u nt i l 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and $30 during Christmas in St. Michaels weekend. You r t icket prov ide s: one -t i me a d m i s s i o n t o a l l t o u r h o m e s; transportation to the countryside homes; a detailed tour guide booklet with lots of local information and complete descriptions of each home on the tour along with other major landmarks in St. Michaels; and admission to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum both Saturday and Sunday. Order online, via mail or in person. For more information visit christmasinstmichaels.org.


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I will never forget him. For me his story goes back to 2004, before we moved to Easton. Charlie and Carolyn Thornton kindly offered us accommodations and shared their thoughts on the best communities, stores, restaurants and medical personnel in the Talbot County area. My husband, John, vice president with Whiting-Turner Contracting, headquartered in Towson, MD, had ma ny commercia l const r uc t ion projects underway in the area. He was in the process of opening a new branch office for his company, and we were in the process of relocating. One night over dinner Charlie (Charles H. Thornton, PhD), a world renow ne d st r uc t u r a l eng i ne er, entrepreneur, consultant, educator and mentor, told us a bit about his early years and early inf luences. Charlie’s dad was a bricklayer. Charlie worked for his dad in the summers when school was out. New York City summers were brutally hot. It seemed even more so to a young teen at a construction site, Charlie told us. Then to perform the manual labor involved in brick laying, well, as a teenager he found it difficult, and he had a newfound admiration for his dad who worked without complaint to provide for his family.

Charles H. Thornton, PhD One day, when Charlie took a break for some water and to mop his brow, he happened to notice some young men dressed in crisp khakis and blue oxford cloth, button-down shirts entering one of the air-conditioned trailers where t he management and engineers worked. He learned that they were new graduate engineers. He looked down at his dust-coated overalls. A light bulb went off. Eureka! That’s what I want to do, he told his dad. And so he did. Eventually, with dedication and hard work, he re57

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structures, including two of the tallest, Taipei 101 in Taiwan and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, he is supremely proud of his mentoring activities and the establishment of the ACE Mentor Program. ACE , t he A rch ite c t u re, C onstruction, and Engineering Mentor Program, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded by Charlie in 1993 to offer guidance, training and scholarships to high school students interested in the construction disciplines in cities across the United States, including students in all three Talbot County high schools. Charlie said in his autobiography, Charles H. Thornton: A Life of Elegant Solutions (co-written by Amy Blades Steward), that ACE had a twofold mission from the beginning: “To enlighten and motivate high

ceived a PhD in structural engineering, co-founded a preeminent engineering firm, Thornton Tomasetti, and became a leader in the design, construction, and analysis of billions of dollars’ worth of commercial projects worldwide. Charlie is also a recognized expert in collapse and structural failure analysis; has taught structural engineer ing at universities and colleges nationwide; has established additional engineer ing consulting firms; and has won numerous awards. And, yes, he mostly wears crisp khakis and blue oxford cloth, button-down shirts. Of all his incredible experiences, like leading the structural design for some of the world’s most significant

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scale and estimating the cost of a job, skills that their mentors utilize in performing their daily professional duties.” The ACE Program hopes to inspire students, freshmen through seniors, searching for a career path, to consider the building industry. The Program is the construction industr y ’s fastest-grow ing high school mentoring program. Over 8,000 students in 106 cities are mentored annually, and since 1994, ACE national has awarded over $14 million in college scholarships. According to acementor.org a remarkable ACE benchmark impact study was conducted in 2010 and the results revealed the highly positive influence that ACE has on program

school students towards careers in architecture, construction, engineering and related fields and to provide the appropriate mentoring and scholarship opportunities for students so that they could become the future designers and constructors of our country.” Charlie also said “The structure of ACE is that students would be recruited from both public and private high schools, with special effort to reach those, especially women and minorities, who might otherwise not be aware of the challenges and rewards of careers in the design and construction industries… Among the skills they learn are drawing to



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participants. Participants graduate from high school at a greater rate than non-ACE students; ACE increases diversity in architecture, construction, and engineering program enrollments; female ACE participants enter college engineering programs at double the national rate of non-ACE students; more minorities are enrolled in the ACE Mentor Program than other af terschool programs; and more low-income students are enrolled in the ACE Program than other af terschool programs as a whole. Locally, according to board members Lindsey Hill and John Nelson, in 2004, the ACE Mentor Program of Maryland’s Eastern Shore began serving the needs of Talbot County students with mentoring teams at

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t hose f ields, t he st udent teams create site plans, architectural and engineering designs, sketches and working drawings using the latest interactive technologies, conceptual models and other materials to visualize and present their project ideas,” she said. The annual ACE Mentor Program of Maryland’s Eastern Shore Presentations and Awards Ceremony showcases the projects prepared by the students, which usually focus on improving, restoring or creating a site in the Talbot County area. One parent told me that the weekly ACE meeting is the highlight of her son’s school week. The annual presentations and awards ceremony is held in March and is open to the public. At the event, the students present their project designs using Power Point presentations. The audience includes ot her teams, fa milies, teachers, school administrators, ACE board members, ACE mentors, ACE alumna, local dignitaries and guests. Each team member talks about their role in the project and the project objectives. The teams work on various creative local concepts. Past projects included “Port Street Park,” “Easton Point Revival Plan,” “Automated Parking Garage for Easton,” “Project Sky Rail,” “St. Michaels Clinic,” “New Saints Peter and Paul High School,” and “Chesapeake Cancer Recovery Center.” In addition to learning about the details of project

Easton, St. Michaels and Saints Peter and Paul high schools. Since the initiation of the local ACE Program, 200 students have participated in the Program and over $189,000 has been awarded in scholarships. Local ACE board chairwoman Lindsey Hill described the process that takes place from September to March. “The ACE teams meet after school for approximately fifteen, two-hour sessions. In addition to the team sessions, there are also all-team activities such as field trips to construction sites and tours of college campuses. Guided by mentors from local design and building industry firms and retirees from

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of the ACE mentoring work and the scholarships for local students. They want to encourage more businesses and individuals in the community to donate scholarship funds for worthy students. All of the money raised goes directly to the scholarship program. This past summer, Charlie and Carolyn Thornton hosted an “ACE Friend Raising Party” to celebrate the success of the local ACE Mentor Program and its eleventh anniversar y. ACE students, parents, alums, mentors, board members and friends, old and new, were invited. After an introduction by Charlie, a lu ms, pr i ncipa ls, pa rent s a nd students spoke to those gathered. One ACE alumna who spoke at the party, Linda Seymour, St. Michaels High School ’06, led her ACE team project throughout her four years

design and development, they learn to prepare and make presentations, a valuable skill in any field, as well as for college entrance interviews. In March 2015 the local ACE board distributed approximately $20,000 in scholarship funding to help with college expenses to 20 students active in the ACE Program. The recipients must apply for the scholarships and be selected by a committee comprising members of t he Boa rd of Di rec tor s w it h input from team mentors. That is an average of $1,000 per student. Wonderful, but a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of a four-year college education. The local ACE board is working to raise awareness of the importance

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tended Chesapeake College and the A. James Clark Engineering School, University of Maryland, is working as an intern for Easton Utilities. Lia Pantusa, Easton High School ’11, graduated from Manhattan College and is working at Thornton Thomasetti as a structural engineer. I learned that many mentors remain in contact with their mentees in college and after. They act as advisors and sounding boards as the students move forward on their career path. Many mentees return to their roots to inspire local high school students and encourage their participation in the ACE program. The alumni share their views about the influence the ACE Program has had on college, internships and work experiences.

of high school. With the help of the ACE mentoring experience, a small ACE scholarship, an inter nship with Whiting-Turner Contracting and mentor recommendations, she attended and graduated with a 4.0 from MIT. She is now working for Exxon Global Engineering in Torrance, CA, and is looking into establishing an ACE Mentor Program in her community. Other bright and inspiring student s who spoke included Br ia Smith, Easton High School ’05, who attended University of Maryland majoring in computer science. She now works for NSA. Alec Chosta, St. Michaels High School ’10, who at-

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for donations made between now and then.” For mor e i n for m at ion ab out t he ACE Ea ster n Shore Mentor Program, to donate, to learn how a student can participate, to volunteer and to mentor, visit http:// www.acementor.org/index.php/affiliates/maryland/eastern-shore/ about-us/. You may also contact Lindsey Hill at eastonmd@acementor.org or at 443-497-1945.

During the 2015-2016 semesters, 23 Talbot County high school students are participating in the local ACE Program with nine mentors assisting them. I am looking forward to their presentations on March 2, 2016, and hope that you can join us and help the local program raise scholarship funds for these students. ACE founder Charlie Thornton set a funding objective and commitment. “Our goal is to raise $40,000 by February 1, 2016 to distribute more scholarships to more students at our Ma rch 2016 schola rship event.” He added, “I will donate up to $20,000 in matching funds

Bonna L. Nelson is a Bay-area writer, columnist and photographer. She resides with her husband, John, in Easton.



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New Twist on Holiday Appetizers The holiday weeks can be a frantic time for the weight-conscious person whose palate and patience are tempted beyond good reasoning and discipline. Your first thought might be to decline an appetizer to save the calories. Fortunately, appetizers don’t have to be a threat to your diet if you keep a few tips in mind. An appetizer can actually help you eat less. Warm soups and beverages start the digestive juices flowing and can help fill you up before you have the entree. The key is to eat slowly. Instead of rushing through the appetizer, moderate your pace. Reduce the temptation to overindulge with pick-up appetizers. Decide what type and amount of food you will allow yourself beforehand; then prepare your plate. If you are the one preparing the appetizers, remember that simple unadorned fare is easier on the taste buds and takes less preparation. Leave off the deep-fried bat-

ters and fancy morsels laden with sweeteners and heavy cream. Use the extra time to enjoy your guests. Here are some appetizer hints and ideas for the Christmas holidays. Easy Appetizer Planning Tips My years of catering have certainly been helpful, as have the ideas from Ken Upton of Annapolis, and my sweet mom, when it comes to preparing to entertain. When planning a party, I find it best to make five or six different appetizers. Choose three or four that can be made ahead and either served cold, at room temperature, 73

Holiday Appetizers or can be easily reheated quickly. Include a few dips or a cheese platter that can be placed out as soon as guests arrive, while you attend to last-minute details. Count on eight to ten bites per person. For a party of ten, that means 80 to 100 bites total. So, if you are making five appetizers, make 16-20 pieces of each appetizer. I always go with more, rather than less. I like to put out a few bowls of nuts and nibbles. Trader Joe’s is my go-to place as they have a nice assortment of spiced nuts, if you don’t want to make your own. Make sure you write down your menu, make a shopping list and print out your recipes. Jot down any garnishes you want to include with the appetizers. One step that a lot of people forget is to make sure all of your platters are clean. I always get them out a few days ahead so I know what I have and what I need to purchase or borrow. Write down a schedule of what needs to be done the day before and the day of the party. My mom really got me into a routine with scheduling, so with that I am a little anal. I even write down what needs to be done hour-by-hour the day of the party, working back from the start time. That way, if anything comes up, you have notes so you can have someone help.


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Mix together the soy wasabi dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Add two tablespoons of the dressing to the chopped avocado. Line an 8-ounce ramekin with plastic wrap. Spoon a fourth of the crab meat into the ramekin and press down with a spoon. Add a fourth of the chopped avocado on top of the crab meat and press down with a spoon. Invert the ramekin onto a serving plate. Spoon some tomato basil mixture on top. Repeat three more times with remaining crab meat, avocado and tomato mixture. Drizzle a little more of the soy wasabi dressing on top of the appetizer.

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1/8 t. black pepper 1/8 t. salt 2 cups roasted or poached chicken 1/2 cup Frank’s hot sauce 1/2 cup shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese

ROASTED OLD BAY SHRIMP Serves 6 3 lbs. jumbo shrimp (15 count), peeled and deveined 1-1/2 T. extra virgin olive oil 3-4 cloves garlic, minced 2 t. Old Bay seasoning Your favorite cocktail sauce Lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 350°. Place cottage cheese in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Add dill weed, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Process until blended. Transfer to a bowl. Add chicken and hot sauce. Mix well. Spread in a pie pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the olive oil, garlic and Old Bay seasoning. Transfer to a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 10 minutes, until the shrimp are just cooked through. Set aside to cool. Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.

DATES WRAPPED in PROSCIUTTO with a GLAZE Serves 6 20 Medjool dates 1 small log goat cheese 10 thin slices prosciutto 1/2 cup balsamic glaze Pomegranate seeds for garnish

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Holiday Appetizers 1/4 cup red onion, chopped 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 1 large avocado, diced 2 T. fresh lime juice Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients and gently stir. Serve with tortilla chips.

BASIL HUMMUS Serves 6 1 15-oz. can chickpeas 1 garlic clove Juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup tahini 2 cups packed basil leaves Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

HOLIDAY CAPRESE Makes 20 20 mozzarella balls 20 fresh basil leaves 20 grape tomatoes Balsamic glaze Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup olive oil Skewers

Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Put them in the bowl of a food processor, along with the smashed clove of garlic. Process the chickpeas for several minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. I like to process the beans first to get them as smooth as possible. Add the tahini and lemon juice. Process and puree briefly to combine. Add the basil and process for another couple of minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. You want it to be really smooth. While the machine is running, drizzle in some ice water to loosen the hummus. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Spread the hummus out into a

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and pepper. Add cheese and stir until crumbly and oil is absorbed. Add chickpeas and toss to coat. Spread chickpeas on a baking sheet and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until golden and crispy.

shallow bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of paprika, and a lemon wedge.

CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN PROTEIN BITES Makes 24 balls 1 cup raw almonds 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats 1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped about 6 1/3 cup pumpkin puree 1 serving vanilla plant-based protein powder (Complete by Juice Plus) 1 t. pumpkin pie spice 4 T. raw unsalted pumpkin seeds 2 T. miniature chocolate chips

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Amaryllis, Cyclamens & Kalanchoes Tired of giving poinsettias for Christmas? There are other ~ and I think nicer ~ options. Consider the lovely amaryllis. Amaryllis, a.k.a. Hippeastrum (its correct name), can be purchased at any stage of development, from a single bulb, all the way to the “puffy bud” stage. When considering the amaryllis there sometimes seems to be confusion surrounding its name. Hippeastrum is the plant’s scientific name, while amaryllis is it’s common name. It is often confused with another bulbous plant from South Africa, the Amaryllis belladonna, that is the only species in the genus Amaryllis. What we refer to as an amaryllis has 4 to 6 large flowers on a hollow stem, while the Amaryllis belladonna has 6 to 12 smaller flowers on a solid stem. Although the Hippeastrum can be grown outside in the garden in climatic zones 9 and 10, this bulbous plant is still much more suited to flowering indoors.

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people will buy an amaryllis already planted in a pot and well on the way to flowering. Once a flower bud emerges from the bulb, flowering is normally guaranteed. As compared to other spring bulbs like tulips and hyacinths that are forced into winter flowering, amaryllis do not require a cold treatment “chilling” period of 10 to 15 weeks. Amaryllis are usually started in late October or early November for a Christmas flowering. If you are looking for another amaryllis Christmas present option, buy the bulb and give it as a present. Many are sold in a box that contains a pot and the potting soil required to bring the bulb into flower. An amaryllis is ideal for people who have little time or inclination to spend on high-maintenance f lowers and plants. Amaryllis bulbs must be commercially cultivated for three to five years before they can be marketed The length of cultivation depends on several factors, such as the cultivar and the growing meth-

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ods. Three countries that produce significant numbers of amaryllis bulbs are Israel, the Netherlands and South Africa (Swaziland). The bulb size and the cultivar are factors determining the number of flower stems that will develop. Most bulbs sold are larger than 8 inches in circumference. The bulbs produce 2 to 6 flowers per stalk with the average being 4. The bigger the bulb is, the greater the chance that it will produce two flower stems with several flowers to a stem. Bulbs listed as being size 20-24 (these size figures are the number of centimeters around the bulb) usually produce one and sometimes two stems; a size 28 bulb will definitely produce two stems, and sometimes three. A second flower stem always develops later than the first one, therefore it will bloom later than the first. The stem usually measures 18 to 36 inches, depending upon the cultivar, the country where the bulb was grown, and the



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home forcing conditions. Prices for these bulbs depend on the bulb size, the cultivar, and the country in which they were produced. The flowers of ordinary varieties measure 8 inches in diameter, while the miniature varieties display flowers measuring 5 inches across. Flower colors include red, white, pink, orange, salmon and bi-colored (mostly whites with pink or red flushes). Since the flowers do not bloom simultaneously, the total flowering period lasts a fairly long time. There are a number of cultivars of Amaryllis that you might want to consider. Large f lowering cultivars include ‘Apple Blossom,’ that is a deep pink on a white background, ‘Hercules’ that is magenta

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Tidewater Gardening Whether you give one as a Christmas present, or pick one up for yourself, amaryllis is a good alternative holiday plant. The cyclamen is another alternative Christmas plant. It is an attractive plant with heart shaped leaves often with white markings. The wide color range of its abundant flowers ~ white, pink, lavender, purple, red, and bicolor ~ resemble shooting stars. Many plants will come loaded with blooms and also have many buds capable of producing extended color for three to four months. When selecting a location in your house for a cyclamen, choose

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plant. Make sure that the plant has lots of color and little or no dead f lowers. African violets are always popular as a holiday gift plant, but have you considered purchasing a close relative ~ the Gloxinia? They are

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or more buds and will continue to flower for three to four weeks if properly cared for. If you allow the plant to dry out, or you have located it in a room that is too dark, the flower buds will fall off. Gloxinias come in a wide color range including whites, purples, pinks, and bi-colors. Colorful fruiting plants are also popular holiday plants. Ornamental or Christmas pepper plants are dwarf pepper plants with more colorful fruits and foliage than the standard hot pepper varieties. The ornamental peppers display vivid yellows, reds, and oranges as fruit colors. A plant in full production may have fruit of different colors in different stages of ripeness. These plants will retain their fruit longer than many of the holiday flowers. Provide even soil moisture to the plant. Do not let it dry out. Whether you buy a flowering

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Dorchester Points of Interest Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. harriettubmanorganization.org. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit www.spocottwindmill.org. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African


American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide


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

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Easton Points of Interest 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit www. waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and an annual craft festival, CR AFT SHOW (the Eastern Shore’s largest juried fine craft show), featuring local and national artists and artisans demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their crafts. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org.


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Easton Points of Interest 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit granite. 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: 410-822-0773 or visit www.hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the

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Easton Points of Interest site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times. 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St. on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers

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Easton Points of Interest Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 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. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcf l.org. 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early

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


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


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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. TOWN DOCK RESTAURANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. For more info. visit www.towndockrestaurant.com. 25. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is

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Oxford Points of Interest the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or www.robertmorrisinn.com. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in

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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 143

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Cedar Grove The Founding of Newcomb Village by Gary D. Crawford

The rural communities of the Eastern Shore have roots that in many cases go back to colonia l times. While these histories may have little significance today, they do have interest and ought not to be forgotten entirely. And it can be fun to tease them out. Rec ent ly, I bega n wonder i ng about a place I pass several times a week, called Newcomb Village. It lies on the western side of Talbot County between the towns of St. Michaels and Easton, at the mouth of Oak Creek just off the Miles River. As one approaches the Oak Creek Bridge coming from St. Michaels, it’s on the right. There’s a county landing there and a little post office. So far as I know, no one ever called it the “triangle village,” but it wouldn’t have been so wrong to do so, for Route 33, Route 329, and Station Road form a nearly perfect triangle at the heart of the old village. Other parcels have been added outside the triangle recently for planning purposes. A proper history of Newcomb Village has yet to be written, but some research was done in the 1980s. From that and other sources, I have

managed to piece together these few notes. The story begins with the colonial period, of course. The first settlers were, by and large, real estate developers. Each new settler in the colony was permitted 100 acres initially, and upon arrival, they began scouting the countr yside for promising places to establish homes and farms. Water access was essential, of course, as there were no roads. Native American trails


Cedar Grove allowed travel by horseback, but freight hauling had to be by water. When a likely spot was found, the interested party asked the Lord Proprietor to grant him rights to it. Persons who sponsored others to settle to Maryland ~ servants, tradesmen, women ~ were allowed additional land grants. Soon properties were being bought and sold, combined, and subdivided. It goes on today. The history of Newcomb Village is linked to that of Royal Oak. This neighboring community grew up at a key spot. It is there that the road out to Bay Hundred connects with the road down Ferry Neck, where by 1683 a ferry was established to give access to the town of Oxford, one of the Colony’s ports of entry. (That ferry is still running, though a newer boat is now in use and some of the personnel have changed.)

This spot, where the roads intersect in Royal Oak, was a propitious location because it lies within easy reach of five important waterways. At its doorstep, Oak Creek links directly with the Miles River. Just a few hundred yards away to the southwest lie Edge Creek and Broad (or Second) Creek, and to the east is the Tred Avon (or Third Haven) River. The first landowner in the Oak Creek area appears to have been one A nt hony G r i f f i n w ho w a s granted land t here in 1659. He called it “Halling Creek,” perhaps a reference to it being so narrow one could be heard (hailed) from the opposite shore. The western side of Oak Creek, however, where Newcomb came to be, was settled by the Spencers and Bensons. Robert Spencer and his brother Nicholas ar r ived in Virg inia in 1657, accompanied by the brothers Washington, Lawrence and John.



Cedar Grove (John was the great-grandfather of General George, though he didn’t know it yet.) Nicholas settled in Virginia, but Rober t sought his fortune in Barbados; a son, James, was bor n t here in 1667. When Robert died in 1678, young James came to Talbot County and settled on the Miles River. He married a girl named Isabella. A not he r you ng m a n a r r i ve d in Maryland about this time, the 21-year-old James Benson. Five years later, in 1679, he married Margaret “Mary” Withers (24). Both these couples then set about doing what settlers did ~ having children and acquiring land to sup-

port them. Spencer acquired several hundred acres east of St. Michaels, including parcels near Oak Creek. His son established the Spencer Hall estate just outside St. Michaels at Maiden Point, beside a creek that now bears his name. In 1688, Benson acquired his first parcel, some 100 acres along the shore of Oak Creek, from the Miles River to the Oaks Waterside Inn, formerly the Pasadena. He called it proudly “Benson’s Choice.” A few years later he was granted 750 more acres extending toward St. Michaels, to which he gave the interesting name of “Benson’s Enlargement.” From these two couples sprang a host of children and their descen-



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Cedar Grove dants. James and Isabella Spencer had four boys and two girls; James and Mar y Benson had four boys and four girls. They used the same names over and over, which makes it quite conf using, so we’ ll not go further into this genealogical trivia, Gentle Reader. To add to the muddle, the families became linked when James Spencer, Jr. married Ann Benson. (Keep Ann Benson Spencer in mind.) Just two points before we leave the Spencers and Bensons. First, one of Benson’s sons (Nicholas) had a granddaughter named Anna Maria who married William Tow nsend. (We’ll come back to her, too.) Second, another of Benson’s sons (Perry) married the widow Russell and she brought the “Wheatland” estate into the family. One of Benson’s great-grandsons (also Perry) was the famous “General Perry,” the twice-wounded Revolutionary War hero. General Perry Benson now lies in

Newcomb Village along with some relatives, though why he was moved from Wheatland to this charming spot beside Oak Creek I have not discovered. It is nice for us, however, as the little cemetery plot is open to the public. It really is worth a stop, folks. Pick a nice day and give it a half-hour. It’s quiet there, and they have a bench. Now, we really must move on. So what happened to those properties acquired on the west side of Royal Oak? Remember Ann Benson Spencer, wife of James Spencer, Jr? When he passed away, she conveyed severa l proper t ie s to t hei r son Nicholas, including Spencer Hall and part of Benson’s Enlargement. Then, when her brother Nicholas Benson passed away in 1775, she made sure that his son Perry Benson came into possession of 84 acres of “Benson’s Choice,” 21 acres of “Benson’s Enlargement,” and 15 acres of “Bogg’s Hole.” This parcel is where Newcomb Village one day would develop. In time, the farm was inherited by Perry’s son, James Benson, who made his home there. Apparently he ran into financial difficulties, however, and had to borrow money from Samuel Harrison. Many others were in trouble, too, as there was a sharp recession in 1836. When Benson defaulted on his payments, Harrison took him to court. And this is where the Townsend family enters the Newcomb picture.


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Cedar Grove Remember Anna Marie Benson, who married William Townsend? At a sher i f f ’s sa le i n 1837, t he Townsends purchased those tracts known as “Benson’s Choice,” “Benson’s Enlargement,” and “Bogg’s Hole” for the sum of $3,000. There were two Townsend children, Alpheu s a nd A n n ie, who i n 1866 inherited the entire property as tenants in common. It consisted of 175 acres known as “Benson’s Choice” or “Cedar Grove.” As this is the first mention of the name “Cedar Grove,” it is likely that the Townsends gave the farm this name. Alpheus and Annie soon began cashing in their inheritance. In

1867, they sold the northeast portion, 27 acres along the Miles River, to James C. and Emily Dukes for the sum of $1,620. Annie Townsend (now married to Richard Trippe) and her brother Alpheus Townsend remained co-owners of the remaining 121 acres of “Cedar Grove.” To pick up the next thread of our story, we need to jump up to Canada and meet the Halls and the Browns. (Yes, Mildred, Canada!) In 1846, A zariah Hall of New York and Sarah Hodges Boley of Ohio got married across Lake Erie in Ontario, where Hall had roots. There they settled and raised a family: four girls (Inez, Mary Ann, Permela, Harriet) and, lastly, a son, Ernest Parker.



Cedar Grove It is not clear why, in 1875, Azar iah and Sarah Hall decided to transplant themselves to Mar yland’s Eastern Shore. It seems a bold move for a couple in their sixties. Their youngest child was now 17 and presumably done with his schooling; the girls, all of whom married, probably were wed and out of the home by 1875. Another couple living in Kent County (Ontario) were William and Sarah Brown. They, too, became interested in the possibilities of Maryland’s Eastern Shore (we were getting good press at the time) and they agreed to help. In the spring of 1875, some or all of them came

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exploring in Talbot County. Quite naturally, they fell in love with the Oak Creek area. Learning that the Townsend heirs were prepared to sell, they made an offer of $7,000. They settled with Annie and Richard Trippe in August and acquired the other half-interest in February, 1876. That made the Halls and the Browns sole owners of all 148 acres of Cedar Grove, less the 27 acres previously sold to the Dukes. The Halls built a large home at the end of what is now Walnut Street. It is unclear whether the Browns ever actually lived in Maryland. All went well until 1882, when A zariah passed away. His death must have been sudden, for he left no will, which caused his half-share in Cedar Grove to be divided equally among his six heirs ~ wife Sarah, the four girls, and son Ernest Parker. Ernest had married a local girl, A nne Marie K ilmon, in the late 1870s, and they started their family in Ontario. Upon his father’s death, Ernest and Anne immediately returned to Cedar Grove. With help from his mother, Ernest set about acquiring rights to the entire Cedar Grove property. The Browns agreed to sell their half-interest for a modest $2,000, but putting the Hall portion back together proved more of a challenge. Ernest purchased the four shares held by his mother and sisters Inez, Harriet, and Permela by the end of 1883. But it wasn’t until 1908 that Mary Ann’s share,



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Cedar Grove bought from her son Walter Crowe, made him the sole owner of Cedar Grove Plantation. Why it took a quarter of a century, we can only guess, but such things sometimes do happen in families. Ernest and Anne didn’t wait for the last piece to begin developing the property. A whole town was laid out, and lots were put up for sale. When a new railway was proposed, connecting “Bay City” (Claiborne) with Ocean City, the Halls saw some real possibilities. They granted a right-of-way across a very large portion of their property ~ a half-mile long and over 90 feet wide ~ for the sum of just $1 and “the

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Now, for the first time, Oak Creek was spanned with a bridge ~ the railroad bridge. It opened in the middle to let boats through, but apparently no one was assigned to operate it. It stood open most of the time. When the train arrived from Easton, two men jumped out of the caboose, rowed a skiff across the creek, climbed up on the other side, and cranked a heavy winch to raise the counterweights (pieces of rail in bundles) and drop the drawbridge into place. The train then came across and pulled into Royal Oak Station, where the men climbed back aboard. The process was repeated going the other way. Later, when the highway crossing was built, they simply ran back and forth across the bridge. One old-time resident recalled the evening when the counterweight cable snapped and the rails flew up as the bridge came slamming down with a crash that shook the whole communit y. He said the installation of an electric winch in the 1930s made the bridge operation much easier. Although rail service to and from Claiborne stopped in the 1920s, it continued between St.




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Cedar Grove Michaels and Easton into (I think) the 1950s. Eventually, the whole line shut down and rails and bridge were removed around 1960, though some pilings can still be seen. Meanwhile, the Hall family was moving forward. As early as 1893, Ernest opened his parents’ large home to paying customers as the “Cedar Grove Boarding House.” He and Annie soon expanded the house. It was a splendid place in a prime location, with a lane running east to Oak Creek where a fine boat house invited guests to enjoy the water. Ernest and Annie operated the Cedar Grove Boarding House

successfully for a third of a century. Properties in Cedar Grove were bought up one by one. Businesses were founded and thrived. Ernest established an oyster house in the Cove at Oak Creek. The northwest portion of the farm was sold to the Boleys, who ran an establishment near the river known as Miles Haven. Across the tracks, at the mouth of the creek, the Burgess family had a home, a well-drilling business, and a boatyard with a marine railway. Various other stores and shops sprang up. By the turn of the century it was time to have a post office, one closer than Royal Oak several miles away. The Postal Service agreed to the idea, but a name was needed. Someone suggested “Oak Mouth,” and it was adopted. Why “Cedar Grove” was not preferred is difficult to understand, though Oak Mouth was better than “Bogg’s Hole.” Thankfully, the “Oakmouth, Maryland,” post office lasted for only three months. On January 29, 1903, it was given the name of a farm and small creek a few miles away to the east. And so, Newcomb, MD, was born. The post office has moved from place to place since then, from the railroad station to various nearby buildings. It now resides in a small house facing the spot where the old station once stood. Crystal Reedy says she has the best view of any postmaster in Maryland. (I think she’s right, but see for yourself.)


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Cedar Grove The Hall family was grow ing, too. By the turn of the centur y, Annie Hall presented her husband with the tenth (and last) of their children ~ a boy named Cordiff. All but one survived to adulthood. Cordiff ’s daughter Ruth married my friend Stanley Cov ington; it was he who suggested a Newcomb story. I should mention here that several other nice people helped me develop this article: Peggy Allen, Bonnie Sommers, Crystal Reedy, and Frank Cavanaugh.) The good times didn’t last for t he Ha lls, however. When hard economic times hit in the 20s, they were unable to repay their loans.

The bank foreclosed, and Cedar Grove Boarding House was sold in 1926; Annie passed away five years later. When Ernest Parker died in 1945, no one in the Hall family owned property in Newcomb. Still, they had created a village and they are remembered. Residents spin many fond tales about growing up in Newcomb in the 40s and 50s. A stor y is told about the station master’s son who once f lew his small airplane under the Oak Creek bridge. There were other colorful characters, of course. One was Leonard Hunt; he and Noble Seymour of St. Michaels were popular clowns in the fundraising shows put on by the Red Men’s Club. Clyde Burgess wrote of one cold

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winter afternoon, when he was suffering from the mumps at the age of seven and feeling very low. Unexpectedly, Uncle Leonard showed up and started talking business. The mumps were forgotten when he offered the boy a job picking potatoes. Clyde thought a moment and said, “Uncle Leonard, you can’t pick potatoes; you dig them.” Uncle Leonard replied, “I know that, son. But I planted these potatoes eyes down, and so they came up feet first. Now I need you to stand on my shoulders and pick them off the vines.” Clyde laughed as much as his swollen glands would allow ~ and still remembered this cheering up 67 years later. Royal Oak and Newcomb v il-

l a ge s now adjoi n one a not her. There seems to be some mysterious linkage with Royal Oak. Here’s another one. Do you remember Ernest Hall’s oldest sister, Inez? She grew up in Ontario and married a man named Joseph Conrad (not the author.) When they retired years later, the Conrads left Canada and moved to ~ where? You guessed right, to Royal Oak. But it wasn’t here. They settled in Royal Oak, Michigan.

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~ The Oxford RC Laser Fleet ~ Toy Boats Providing Vicarious Thrills by Roger Vaughan Most Wednesday evenings during the season, if you look out on the Tred Avon River near the yacht club, you’ll see one of the larger one-design f leets on Chesapeake Bay racing ‘round the buoys. Look again, and you’ll see it’s also one of the smaller one-design f leets, given the size of the boats. They are quarter-scale Lasers, 40 inches long. For sailors, these feisty little

boats prov ide as much f un and satisfaction as any toy anyone has ever tried. Many years ago, an older sailing friend of mine became wheelchair bound after a car accident. A bunch of us bought him a radio-controlled boat he could sail in a local pond. I don’t remember much about the boat, but I’m sure it came with one of the first radios. I do recall it had


The Blue Bag a little spoked wheel on the transmitter for rudder control. I used to go to the pond with my friend and take a turn sailing the boat. I’d been hooked on sailing for many years by then, but the day I first sailed that radio-controlled version, another hook was set. It was the best vicarious thrill I’d ever had. Fast forward to 2004, when a friend gave me an RC Fairwind kit for Christmas. The Fairwind is a cruising design with a full keel that has to be filled with five pounds of #12 lead shot. I built it (yes, the lead shot did escape once), sailed it some, then discovered the CR-914 ~ sleeker and faster, based on an International America’s Cup Class design ~ and I built one of those. Both were fun, but…? It wasn’t until I ran into The Blue Bag that my RC sailing took off in earnest. I discovered The Blue Bag one day seven years ago in the office of Dave Pulzone, publisher of this magazine. Dave races a J boat, and is known for his good taste in essential toys. At my query, Dave unzipped the bag, and there inside was everything one needed to sail a radio-controlled Laser. For me, it was the answer. With no skipper on board to keep the boat flat, the ballast of a long, fin keel with a shapely lead bulb on the end is an RC necessity. For the Laser, an extension on the top of the

keel slides into a slot in the bottom of the hull and locks neatly in place at the deck. But the rig is pure Bruce Kirby-designed Laser: a two-piece f lexible carbon mast that fits into the open luff tube of the sail. The boom slides into a clever gooseneck fitting molded onto the mast, and is held in place by the clew of the sail attached to the outhaul. The rudder snaps effortlessly into a tiller fitting connected to the steering servo. It’s altogether an elegant bit of engineering. No rigging! From bag to launch it promised to take five to eight minutes. Instant satisfaction! I quickly put my CR-914 up for sale, went to see Jim Karr, who had the RC Laser franchise, and became proud owner of RC Laser number 42.


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The Blue Bag Sa i l i ng a ny r ad io - c ont rol le d boat is f un, but t he responsive RC Laser provides an immensely satisfying experience. It only takes two thumbs that can be quickly educated. The left thumb handles the sail trim lever on the radio that transmits signals to onboardservos: lever up to ease, lever down to trim. The right thumb steers. Skippers quickly learn the secret of putting themselves in the boat, otherwise steering when the boat is coming at you (for instance) can be disorienting. Then you read the wind, and off you go. Reading the wind is key, because the RC Laser f lies four different-size sails. The A

sail is for light winds; B for 7 to 16 knots; C for 17 to 22 knots; and D for 23+. Sail selection is a vital part of race strategy. Sailing an RC Laser takes full focus, so it is a great getaway, a calming, meditative exercise when you are sailing by yourself. For me it never fails to be magical, exhilarating. Unlike a full-size boat, you can sail the RC version and enjoy the sight of it performing at the same time. With the Laser, one savors A-sail days because of the mesmerizing play of light on calm water, and the delight in discovering how little wind it takes to move this sensitive little boat. On heavy days, skippers revel in the robust nature of the Laser as it drives upwind into


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The Blue Bag waves under D-sail in 20 knots or more. The Laser is a boat for all conditions. There are scores of RC choices. The model boats display the same sailing characteristics of their fullsize big brothers, so one makes a choice. The Laser, for instance, maneuvers on a dime and accelerates quickly. And, as stated, it adapts well to a var iet y of condit ions. There are classic RCs, and in St. Michaels there’s a f leet of home-built bugeyes. The bigger, heavier race boats ~ like the EC12 (East Coast 12 Meter), with main, jib, full keel and adjustable rigging ~ carry lots

of momentum into tacks and mark roundings. The Star is an agile copy of the full-size version. And the top-of-the-line J-Class RC, which is eight feet long with a mast towering ten feet off the deck, takes plenty of room to maneuver. J-Class skippers on crossing tacks have to remember those masts that are carried like obliquely protruding lances on the heeled boats! The first thing you have to do after you acquire a J boat is buy a larger car. Then you need to convince at least one friend to help you launch the 90-pound vessel. On the full-size circuit, the Star and the Etchells are famous for always attracting the best sailors to their important regattas ~ from



The Blue Bag America’s Cup skippers to national and world champions in other classes. Because of its simplicity, the way it performs well in all conditions, and its pure, one-design quality, the Laser has the same sort of attraction for the best sailors from other RC classes. Ask many of those other top sailors what they sail, and in addition to RC Class X, the add-on will often be: “…and Lasers.” “I think it’s because the RC Laser class is well managed,” says Jon Elmaleh, who founded the class in 1995. “With no rigging, it’s simple to launch and sail, and there’s no development in the class. It’s easy to jump back to an RC Laser because it doesn’t change.” Others add that the performance of full-size onedesigns is dependent on crew weight and sail design. With its one-of-akind sails ~ and absence of crew ~ the RC Laser might be the most pure one-design of all boats, fullsize or RC. In the Oxford (MD) RC Laser Fleet, several of our skippers sail RC Stars, EC 12s, and one had a J Class for a while. But the Laser is king in Oxford, satisfying those of us who like the boat’s agility and acceleration. The Oxford f leet is 30-strong, with as many as 15 boats showing up to race on Wednesday evenings in season. The RC version is an accurate scale model of its big brother, bearing Laser designer

Bruce Kirby’s original lines as well as his stamp of approval. Like the Olympic version, the RC Laser was made for racing, and therein lies the fun. We launch and recover quickly, and of course, unless it’s raining, we stay dry regardless of conditions on the race course. I’ve long sailed and raced boats of all sizes, but racing RC Lasers has made me a better sailor. RC racing provides the broad perspective you always wish you could have from a big boat. Standing on a dock racing RC, you can see the whole race course. So race strategy becomes a more comprehensive, realistic entity. And those times you are the port tack boat on a cross, and you have to decide to tack or dip, the broad view of the course provides you with a lot more information for making that decision. The RC Laser is also fast, the equivalent of 30 to 40 knots on a C-sail day on a tearing reach. Maintaining control of the boat at such times is a challenge for the best skippers. Decisions have to be made quickly, under pressure. And at the start, instead of craning your neck to see down the line, or being blocked by boats on either side of you, the line is spread out before you like a wide shot from a helicopter. You can see the holes opening up, and you can tell if you are early, or spot on. Somehow, all this translates favorably when you get back on a big boat.



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For those of us who have grown up sailing dinghies, the RC Laser has to be most satisfying. Because of the boat’s agility, last-second tacks are part of one’s tactical array. Even downspeed tacking (several tacks in succession) can work to advantage if conditions are right. But timing changes dramatically; in an RC Laser, 20 seconds to the start can seem like an eternity. Two Oxford sailors, Roger Baldwin and Harry Henkel, created a long-distance “Cannonball” race two years ago that has been great fun for the fleet. Part of its success has to do with the portability and simplicity of the RC Laser. The river course is a mile and a half long. Skippers sail from chase boats. Many times during the race, sail changes are required that would be impossible on other boats. With the Lasers, skippers carr y their sail inventories with them, and make changes quickly (in well under a minute) while the chase boats are stopped, and in neutral.

At the end of the day, everything is rinsed, dried off, and back in The Blue Bag in under 10 minutes. As we head for the bar, thinking about sailors in other fleets fussing with stays, shrouds, spreaders, and turnbuckles, we try not to act too smug. That day when I first encountered The Blue Bag in Dave Pulzone’s office, I knew right away that the RC Laser was the boat for me. What took longer to discover was how important the friends I made sailing Lasers would become. It’s a mysterious and strong link that connects us, overcoming politics, religion, and other pesky differences. RC Laser sailors are very competitive, we all enjoy winning, but mostly we are tight as a neighborhood gang. Part of that can be ascribed to how sailing brings people together. But part of it has to do with the Laser’s proud history, and the robust, satisfying nature of the quarter-scale version. Roger Vaughan is an internationally published journalist and writer. With 14 books to his credit, and a variety of other work that includes a major film, a play, a musical pageant, and scores of maga z ine art icles, videos, and Internet reports, Vaughan’s major interest has always been writing about individuals who have had a strong influence on our culture.



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Va-Va-Va-Voom! by Cliff Rhys James

It was somewhere between a Rebel yell and an Indian war whoop. “Va-Va-Va-Voom!” It exploded out of him in unexpected bursts of enthusiasm. It could not be contained. “Va-Va-Va-Voom!” Leaning into it hard; furiously pumping those bike pedals for all we had in us, through the breathless heat waves rising off the blacktop roads of August; careening across t he m id- c ent u r y back ya rd s for no good reason other than to feel the wind in our faces; clawing our way to the top of one more dirt pile playing king of the hill; leaping off the high tree limb into a three-footdeep-above-ground pool so many times that we buckled the aluminum sides and f looded Mom’s garden, not to mention Lulu’s dog house ~ there was no telling when that highpitched banshee scream might split the air. It was Chuckie’s signature hoot. It belonged only to him. He invented it ~ and over time, he perfected it, until at last it was like the sound of excitement itself. When Chuckie screamed “VaVa-Va-Vo om!” you d id n’t k now what was coming next, but in those Western Pennsylvania days in and around Shenango Township, when

Chuckie and I were best-friend cousins, anything could happen ~ and usually did. Our summer days filled up fast with one thing leading to another because we were powered by a kind of spontaneous combustion fueled by heaping bowls of Cheerios swimming in chocolate milk. Some things just can’t be held back or bottled up. If you over-rev an engine it will roar like the mechanical monster it is. Boil water in a tea pot and it will whistle like a steam locomotive on a road of steel. And if you got my cousin Chuckie too wound up


Va-Va-Va-Voom! ~ he’d yell “Va-Va-Va-Voom!” ~ for the pure simple joy of the moment. No one knows what it meant or where it came from, least of all Chuckie. Once when I was about 7 and he was 5, I inquired about it. “What does that mean Chuckie, va-va-va-voom?” I asked him. He looked at me, shrugged and kicked at the gravel, then shrugged again and said it seemed like the right thing to do whenever we were having fun…which was just about all the time. You see, like most things, he hadn’t given it much thought because life was in the doing. During those wonder years, we had only

t wo speeds: all-out intensit y or sound asleep. Other kids would sometimes look at him sideways after one of his outbursts of frenzied excitement. Then they’d look at me like, “what the heck was that?” They didn’t understand Chuckie. But it mattered little to either of us. We didn’t seek understanding. Our lives made perfect sense. Trees are tall, the sky is big and the woods go on forever ~ when you’re young. When you’re young, time moves slowly and distances are vast. The world is an exciting, mysterious place… before you fool yourself into thinking you have it all figured out. That was the world Chuckie and I inhabited ~ frequent-

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ly along with my younger brother Dan and cousin Cindy. It was filled with foot races and bike rides; with dirt piles and comic book clubs. We swam in ponds and streams and sometimes even swimming pools. It contained pick-up games of baseball, dodgeball and football with no helmets ~ which could explain a lot of things. We devoured ice cream and watermelon for fear they might become obsolete. It allowed for watching Hercules Unchained at the Baden drive-in theater from the back seat of Uncle Chuck and Aunt Shirley’s car as well as Samson and Delilah at the old theater in downtown New Castle. O ne S u nd ay a f te r no on e ac h month was consumed by a mini reunion feast at Grandma Sanfilippo’s house, where I’d gawk in stunned amazement as my Uncle Chuck inhaled plates piled high with spaghetti and meatballs. Chuckie was especially proud of his dad, who was known across the entire East Side as the premier pasta consumer in Lawrence County. No one could eat spaghetti like Uncle Chuck. No one. I remember marveling at his breathing techniques, the way he would come up for air only two or three times per plateful and thinking that he’d probably be the best navy frogman ever to suit up. And just about any summer afternoon might include a walk up the back alley to Suzio’s with Grandma to help her carry home groceries. 177

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Va-Va-Va-Voom! Of course the real reason we went was for the extra-thin slices of fresh baloney handed out by Mike the butcher. But I think Grandma knew that and didn’t think any less of us for it. Who could blame us? Like a master craftsman, Mike expertly sliced the best baloney known to man right there for the world to see surrounded by his weighing scales, a meat cutter and wax wrapping paper. And he did it all in a white apron. I’ve talked about it before. I’ll never forget it. I had steadfastly saved ten Cheerios cereal box tops over a span of many long months and dutifully mailed them in to the designated place. Then, after an eternity, it finally arrived rolled up in a tube delivered to our front door. I grabbed the tube, rushed down the hall to my bedroom, carefully pried off the end cap, and unrolled my very own 18” X 36” Lone Ranger Poster. It was beautiful. The masked man leaned forward in his shiny black saddle high atop his mighty white steed, Silver, who was reared up on his hind legs pawing at the burnt orange swaths of the western sky with his front hooves. I admired the poster for weeks, then carefully inserted it in the shipping tube to take along to the annual family reunion out at Uncle Gust’s place. Wait till Chuckie sees this, I thought.

That day, after four or five foot races, at least three hot dogs, two slices of watermelon, a couple of cans of Orange Crush soda pop, and a run or two through the sprinklers, I pulled Chuckie aside and handed him my prized piece of art. “Look at this,” I said. “What is it?” he asked. “Go on, take a look,” I encouraged him. He took the tube. “Be careful,” I said. He popped the end cap. “Are your hands clean?” I asked. He showed me his hands. They weren’t exactly spotless, but I allowed as how they were good enough to proceed. He unrolled the poster and then, left hand on top, right hand on bottom, held it out at arm’s length, the way



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Va-Va-Va-Voom! you inspect a sacred scroll. I shifted around to his side so we could admire it together. After all, this was much more valuable than the Declaration of Independence, and it was surely more beautiful than a famous painting I’d once seen a picture of in Miss Schumaker’s classroom. I mean come on, a white horse, silver bullets, a black mask ~ the Mona Lisa had none of it. I was just about to point out some of the finer points on the poster, like the Lone Ranger’s pearl-handled six shooters… or the neat rows of silver bullets in his belt…or how Tonto was framed in the background…or….and that’s when it happened. Chuckie g la nc ed sideways at me w it h a crazed look on his face, and for an agonizing moment I shuddered as a terrible thought seized me. Oh, no! Chuckie, as I knew better than anyone, was given to sudden bursts of impulsive actions that could not be adequately explained to ordinary people, especially adults. Seized by the rush of enthusiasm, he might yell Va-Va-Va-Voom while thrashing about uncontrollably. But he wouldn’t do what I feared he was about to do…would he? Trying to remain calm, I slowly reached out for the poster. But it was too late. Chuckie’s right hand slid up to join his left hand at the top of the poster, and then, before I could move in, he ripped

down, tearing the poster in half. I was stunned. His right hand flew to the top, and again he tore at the poster. Then two more times he slashed at it. In a frenzied five-second burst of unhinged excitement, he ripped my poster to shreds. It made no sense. It was too much to bear.

So I punched him in the mouth, causing him to drop the last shredded piece of my once beaut if ul poster. It was the first and only time I ever hit my cousin. He turned to look at me in shocked amazement as if to say, “Why did you do that?” But I knew that he knew he had it coming. He blinked quickly and his eyes started to water, and then I felt bad for punching my best friend in the mouth, even as I watched the tattered pieces of my poster scatter in the summer wind. As serious an offense as this was, and in my mind at the time it was a capital crime, within a week all was forgiven if not forgotten, and Chuckie and I moved onto new and daring feats of wonder.


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Va-Va-Va-Voom! I didn’t know Chuckie well as an adult. I’m sorry for that. It’s one of those facts of life that slip up on you until the next thing you know you’re wondering, “how did that happen?” How it happened was that over the years, I had worked my way west, first to Arizona, then on to Southern California where I’d always dreamed of living. I became a quarter-century kinsman of the we ster n su n. Chuck ie, perhaps driven by similar impulses but in a different direction, headed northeast into the heart of New England. Gradually, the tyranny of distance and time, but mostly of our mistaken notions that we were too busy doing the important things adults do, kept us apart. When his health began to prematurely deteriorate, I called him on the phone long distance and sent him a card. Then, suddenly, he was gone from this world at the age of 55. Slam, bam, everything over within the wink of an eye. It was just like him. So most of my recollections of

Chuckie remain the bright shining kind formed by a childhood friendship shaped in a simpler time when we lived wholly in the now and forever present. It was the kind of stream of consciousness existence that slips beyond the grasp of adults as the birthdays pile up until at last it disappears ~ accessible only in the mystical chords of memory. Chuckie and I, we had no worries or plans for tomorrow ~ no regrets about yesterday. The here and now was all we had….it was all we could handle….it was more than enough. I’ll leave it to others to judge what kind of men Chuckie and I turned out to be. But one thing is damn certain: we were good at being boys. Chuckie, “Va-Va-Va-Voom!” Cliff James and his wife have been Easton residents since September 2009. After winding down his business career out west, they decided to return to familial roots in the Mid-Atlantic area and to finally get serious about their twin passions: writing and art.

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Tidewater Review She became an assistant to the literary editor of the Boston Herald Tribune. Her boss, a Boston Hill socialite, covered book reviews “in the fawning tones of a gossip column.” It was a time when news reporting was covered by men. Mary loved the noise from the newsroom. That’s where she wanted to be. It took a long time to get there, but when she did, she was an immediate star. After four years laboring over “gossip columns,” she got permission to write a story about her dog ~ an unruly pet “with the demeanor of the MGM lion with a hangover.” Readers loved it. Better yet, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, John Hutchins, read her work and asked her to send some of her reviews to his newspaper, but to continue at her job in Boston. This also turned into a move toward her goal. The follow ing year, Hutchins called her to alert her to the news t hat The Wa shington Star wa s looking for an assistant book critic. Was she interested? She leapt at the

Mary McGrory chance, went to Washington, was hired, and pocketed $29 a week. She would still be writing book reviews for the next 11 years, but she was moving up in the newspaper field. The nat ion’s c apit a l w a s not Boston. Mary felt free. “In Boston,” she said, “your name or your face froze you into place. In Washington, nobody k nows exactly who anybody is.” The war had turned the city into a boomtown. The Washington Star was considered the best paper in the city and one of the most important in the country. During those 11 years of book reviews, she was envious of the guys in the noisy pressroom. She had dates with reporters occasionally, but no


affairs. She was a devout Catholic and made friends with the nuns at St. Ann’s orphanage. Mary kept her promise to visit every week with the children, some of them disabled, some orphans, and others whose parents were abusers, drug users, and those rescued by the courts. Mary was patient and loving. In return, she was adored by all the youngsters who cheered her arrival every week. For years she donated to St. Ann’s, and made sure that every Christmas, every child had presents that she bought. She was very generous to St. Ann’s. Whenever there was a shortage of food, or there was a need to fix a broken f loor or light fixture, she reached into her purse and the problem vanished. Mary was now in her thirties, content to read books and include some wit in her reviews. It was now the 1950s, and she was poised for her big break. Her boss had been quietly admiring her writing skill ~ excellent vocabulary, a touch of humor, intelligent references to authors whose books were similar in content and style ~ in short, valuable to her readers. She was moved from book reviews to political writing. This was in 1954, the same time the Army-McCarthy hearings were going on, and she was told to cover them. Her column electrified readers with Joseph McCarthy’s exact words of outrageous charges of communism and homosexuality in government offices. 187

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effort not to miss a single voter. The chase gave Mary a thrill. She was chums with the boys on the bus, but aloof enough to get them to carry her suitcase and typewriter. Mar y was personally tilted to Democrats on campaigns, favoring men like her Irish father had voted for. One young man, whom she described as handsome, intelligent, and with broad shoulders, was her choice for the Senate. He was John Kennedy. When he wanted to be president, she balked. He was too young, his hair was too long and untidy, and he was smart, but not serious enough to run the country. She regretted that she had once accepted an invitation to date him when he w a s u n ma r r ie d a nd a congressman. Both were from Massachusetts, both were Catholics, but he was rich, a Boston “Brahman,” and her father had been a postal carrier. They would never be a couple. After his inauguration as president, they bumped into each other in a White House hallway. He invited her into the Oval Office, where he was pleasant but talked only politics. She was cool and chided him for never thanking her for four years of writing about his campaign, as he had ignored her when he publicly thanked all the other press reporters who were on the bus. Ma r y w a s pr obably t he on ly person in Kennedy’s short time as president who lectured him on his first day in office.



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She was jubilant when Nixon’s role in the Watergate scandal proved that he was involved from the beginning of the crime. The Star was a v ict im of t he changes in the newspaper business. By 1981 it was losing so much money it had to be sold. Other papers tried to get Mary on their staff, but her heart was with the Star. Reluctantly she was persuaded to join the Washington Post. By this time, her success changed her attitude in the newsroom. There’s no way to describe it except royalty. She made imperial demands and had a temper that made even strong men stop arguing with her. Norris, the author of the book, wrote an entire chapter titled The Grande Dame. She was still following the presidential campaigns the hard way, on the heels of the candidate, writing his/her every word, as well as the words of the crowds that also smiled or frowned on the worth of the contender. She was disappointed with the Bush father and son presidents, gave both Bill and Hillary Clinton high marks, but many smacks in between.


Mary was 81 in 2000, and slowing down. All the new young reporters were deft with modern computers, and Mary hated change. Her old friends in the newsroom and in Congress were either retiring or dying. She was still breezing into the newsroom, as Marjorie Williams of the Post said, “in a wide-brimmed black hat and a wool cape ... the Katharine Hepburn of journalism.” The September 11, 2001, attack and destruction of both World Trade Centers sobered the entire country. Mar y’s coverage of the disaster suggested that President George W. Bush might have been w iser to return from Florida directly to comfort the country, rather than hop from one airfield to another.

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downtown Easton. This year’s schedule includes The Drag Race – Pump It Up for Hospice, Fashion Show, Run/Walk for Hospice, Dinner at the Crab Claw, Preview Party, Homes Tour, Candy Cane Lane, Mother/Son Dance, Father/ Daughter Dance, Communit y Holiday Bingo, which all occur around the Festival of Trees dates. For a complete schedule of events visit festival-of-trees.org.

Daily Meeting: Al-Anon. For meeting times and locations, visit EasternShoreMD-alanon.org. Every Thurs.-Sat. Amish Country Farmer’s Market in Easton. An indoor market offering fresh produce, meats, dairy products, furniture and more. 101 Marlboro Ave. For more info. tel: 410-822-8989. Thru Dec. 2 Festival of Trees in

Thru Dec. 8 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.


December Calendar Thru Dec. 17 Class: Beginning Conversational English at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A program to help adults new to the English language. This program is for adult beginners. No reading required. Drop-ins welcome. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

Victor-Nizovtsev - Still-Life Thru Dec. 31 18th Anniversary Gala Group Show at Troika Galler y in Easton. View original works by all 35 of the gallery’s renowned artists. Meet many of the artists at a Gala Champagne opening reception on Nov. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-770-9190 or visit troikagallery.com. Thru Dec. 31 Friday Morning Artists works on display at Clay Bakers in Easton. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490.

Thru Dec. 31 Wednesday Morning A rtists and Guest A rtists Holiday Show and Sale at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Shoppers and browsers will find original art designed and priced for gift giving. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit dorchesterarts.org. T h r u Dec . 31 E x hibit: Sma l l Works by Escobedo and Wilke at 717 Gallery in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-241-7020 or visit 717gallery.com. Thru Feb. 2016 Exhibit: A Broad Reach ~ 50 Years of Collecting at the Chesapeake Bay Marit i me Mu seu m, St. Michael s. Artifacts ranging from gilded eagles to a sailmaker’s sewing machine, a log-built bugeye to an intimate scene of crab pickers. Entry is free for Museum members and children under 6, or $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children 6-17. This exhibition can also be viewed online at abroadreach.cbmm.org and includes images with interpretive text of the 50 objects in the exhibition, many of which were photographed by noted Chesapeake photographer David Harp. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. Thru March 6 Exhibition: Rob-


ert Rauschenberg ~ Kyoto, Sri Lanka, and Thai Drawings at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. As one of America’s most iconic 2oth century artists, Rauschenberg was a painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the Pop Art movement. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 31 Exhibition: John Rupp er t ~ Grounde d at t he Academy Art Museum, Easton. Sculptor John Ruppert’s recent work on display at the Museum includes elegant shapes he forms from chain-link fabric and cast metals. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit shorehealth.org. 1-Dec. 30 Christmas Train Garden

at Cambridge Rescue and Fire Company in dow ntow n Cambridge. The display, now in its 79th year, is created each year by Cambridge Rescue Fire Company volunteers. It takes them weeks to create the Train Garden. The display runs December 1 to 30. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. For more info. tel: 410228-1211. 1-Dec. 31 Exhibit: The St. Michaels Art League will exhibit at the Calico Gallery at Le Hatchery in Easton. The public is invited to a reception on Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. visit LeHatchery.gallery. 1- Ja n. 29 E x hibit: The A r t of Nature for Adkins Arboretum Botanical Art students at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Reception on Sat., Dec. 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. Focusing on plant diversity of the Eastern Shore, this show presents a range of botanical art from

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December Calendar beginning draw ings t hrough advanced botanical art pieces. Working in a variety of mediums, students in the program learn to observe and accurately document native species. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 1,3,8,10,15,17,22 Adult Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesday and Thursday nights. For more info. tel: 410482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com. 1,4,8,11,15,18,22,29 Free Blood P r e s su r e S c r e en i ng f r om 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511.

to 2 p.m. $155 members, $185 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1,15 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambr idge. 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 2 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 2 Holiday Craf ts at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. For children of all ages. 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 2 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800 -477- 6291 or v isit naranon.org.

1,8 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 10 a.m. for children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

2 Reik i Share at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

1,8 Class: Painting the Landscape Snow in Oil and/or Pastel with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m.

2-31 Exhibit: The St. Michaels Art League will have a watercolor exhibit at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. This wa-


tercolor exhibit was established in 2008 by Martha Hudson, a renowned watercolor artist who passed away in 2014. The public is invited during normal library hours. For more info. visit smartleague.org. 2-Jan. 4 Exhibit: Friday Morning Artists at the Kent County Library, Chestertown. Reception on Dec. 2 from 5 to 6:30. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490 or e-mail tedmuellerphotography@gmail.com. 2 ,7,9,1 4 ,16, 21, 23, 28,30 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148.

2,9,16,23,30 Social Time for Seniors at the St. Michaels Communit y Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 3 Stitch and Chat at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Bring your own projects and stitch with a group. Limited instruction available. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 3 Blood Drive sponsored by the Blood Bank of Delmarva at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 1 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 301-354-7416 or visit delmarvablood.org. 3 Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care annual Festival of Wreaths from 5 to 7 p.m. Food, music, bid on wreaths, live auction. Benefits Pleasant Day clients. For more info. tel: 410-228-6590. 3 Lecture: Kittredge-Wilson Speaker Series features Carolyn Nagy,


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December Calendar Assistant Vice President at Sotheby’s Inc., in Philadelphia, on The State of the Art Market: Current Trends at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 3,10,17 Class: Beginning Conversational English at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This program is designed to help adults become comfortable w ith the English language. For adult beginners. No reading required. Drop-ins are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 3,10,17 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal w ith issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 3,10,17,31 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 3,10,17 Open Mic & Jam at RAR Brewing in Cambridge. 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music

by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443-225-5664. 4 Judy Center 0-3 Playgroup at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 4 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. 4 Karaoke Happy Hour at Layton’s Chance Vineyard, Vienna. 6 to 10 p.m. Singing, dancing and good times! Bring your dinner and snacks to complete the night. Wine available at the bar. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 4 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Da nc e f r om 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Maple Elementar y School, Eg y pt Rd., C a mbr id ge. Re freshments provided. For more


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at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown. Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Free, but suggested donation is $15. For more info. visit chesterriverchorale.org. 4-6 Workshop: Monoprints with Rosemary Cooley at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $185 members, $215 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 4-6 Christmas on the Creek in Oxford. On Friday, December 4 at 6 p.m. there will be gospel music & spirited community caroling at the Waters United Methodist

4-5 Handmade from the Heart: An Art and Fine Craft Exhibition at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. This year there will be 14 local artisans featured, along with a selection of homebaked goods. Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Complimentary refreshments and a cash wine bar on Friday night. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 4-5 Concert: The Chester River Chorale presents songs of Christmas and Hanukah in the annual Chester River Holiday concert 205

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December Calendar Church. On December 5 from 9 a.m. to noon, Church of the Holy Trinity will have a Christmas Bazaar. Oxford Library will have an Open House with Cider and Cookies; gift book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Treasure Chest gift shop: items will be 10-25% off and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Combsberry Inn: Christmas Wreath Workshops – Two sessions will be offered: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 20 people, and cost is just $15 per person and a gift for animals to Baywater Animal Rescue/Tom Cat Solutions (food, toy, treat, etc.). Or, you can simply pay $20 without bringing a gift for a needy animal. Mystery Loves Company offers a variety of literary selections, and will host a Jane Austen Christmas Tea on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $5. Please rsvp to info@myster ylovescompany. com or 410-226-0010. The Oxford Museum will have a festive holiday window display from 1

p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Santa Claus arrives in Town Park with treats, and the official tree lighting will be at 5:30 p.m. Oxford Methodist Church will have Homemade Soup Supper & Christmas Bazaar from 5 to 7 p.m. On December 6 from 8 to 11 a.m. the Oxford Fire House will serve Breakfast with Santa and the Ladies Auxiliary Gift Shop. The Treasure Chest gift shop: items will be 10-25% off, plus refreshments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5122 or visit oxfordmd. net. 4 - 6 W i nt e r f e s t i n do w nto w n Chestertown. Chestertown will sparkle with holiday spirit and entertainment during the second annua l Winter fest Weekend. The fun begins with December’s First Friday, when sidewalks will be lit by luminaria, carolers will serenade, and galleries and shops will brim with gift ideas. Weekend entertainment will include the Garfield Center’s staging of A Christmas Carol, the Chester River Chorale’s annual holiday concert, the Soroptimist Club’s Festival of Trees at Kent Center, a toy train exhibit at the library, and children’s activities such as cookie decorating and crafts offered at several venues. Of course, St. Nick will be in residence in his Fountain Park “Santa’s House” to greet children


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Trinity Church, Oxford. 9 a.m. to noon. Some of the items will be hand-crafted mittens, church mice, ornaments, mini trees, j e w e l r y, a r t w ork a nd o t h e r Christmas articles. To be raffled are 4 large festive baskets each with a different theme and filled w it h wonder f ul goodies. For more info. tel: 410-226-5134.

4,11,18 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. A ll disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 4,11,18 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 4,11,18 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848.

5 19t h A nnua l “Heck w it h t he Malls!” sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council at 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville. The Centre for the Arts will be transformed into an indoor artisan’s bazaar with jewelry, original artwork, carved gourds, soaps and fragrances, pottery,

4,11,18 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minet te Dick Ha l l, Ha mbrook s Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 5 Winter Waterfowl Walk at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. 8 a.m. Walk will include Hail Creek, Shipyard Creek, Cedar Point and Panhandle Point, all sanctuary areas that are ordinarily off limits to the public. For more info. tel: 443-691-9370. 5 Home Made for the Holidays Christmas Bazaar at the Holy 207

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December Calendar wood carvings, quilts, clothing and much more. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-758-2520. 5 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5 Holiday Wreath Sale at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for handmade wreaths crafted from the bounty of the Arboretum’s forest and gardens, along with fresh-cut greens and stunning holiday centerpieces.

For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 5 Holiday Greens Workshop at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to noon. Create an elegant holiday centerpiece in this popular program led by floral designer and Arboretum docent Nancy Beatty. Register early; this popular program always fills! Member $40, non-member $50. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5 First Saturday Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wright’s Chance and Tucker House in Centreville. Vintage toys and dolls,

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5 Midday Madness with a Christmas boutique and used jewelry sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in St. Michaels. Noon to 3 p.m and 6 p.m. to closing. Lovely jewelry and accessories, gifts and baked goods available. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534.

5 Cambridge Dorchester Christmas Parade ~ one of Maryland’s largest nighttime parades ~ begins at 5 p.m. Marching bands, floats, classic cars, horses, and more fill the streets with energy and excitement, as they have for more than 65 years. The parade route begins on High Street near Water Street in Cambridge. For more info. tel: 443-521-1671 or visit visitdorchester.org.

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December Calendar The Tree Lighting is at 6:30 p.m. and the Boat Parade follows at 7:30 p.m. The Prizes for the parade are awarded at 8:30 p.m. at Harrison’s Chesapeake House. For more info. tel: 410-886-9200 or visit pwec.org. 5 Mid nig ht Mad ness in dow ntow n St. Michaels. 5 p.m. until midnight! Great shops will be open ’til midnight with refreshments and snacks, and special sales for that day and evening. The town will be festively decorated for the season, and carolers will stroll the streets. You may even meet Santa... Best of all, with every purchase you’ll receive raff le tickets to WIN fabulous prizes! Last year lucky ticket holders won over $17,000 in gift baskets and special bonus prizes. Drawings start at 11:30 p.m. and you must be present to win. For more info. tel: 800-808-7622 or visit historic.stmichaelsmd.org/ events. 5 Olde Tyme Holiday Parade in Easton. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with the Mayor lighting the Christmas tree in Thompson Park (sponsored by Easton Utilities Commission). Santa will also be present to take pictures before the parade (so parents, bring your cameras)! The parade then

follows at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Easton. After the parade, don’t forget to stop by and see Rudolph at TalbotTown! For more info. tel: 410-690-4395 or visit discovereaston.com. 5 Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise aboard the Choptank River Queen out of Suicide Bridge Restaurant, Hurlock. 6 to 9 p.m. Show by Footlight Entertainment. Dinner menu: Garden salad, prime rib & crab cake combo, vegetable, potato, dessert. $60. For more info. tel: 410-943-4689 or e-mail info@suicidebridge.com. 5 Concert: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, concert artists of the Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, and internationally acclaimed soloists kick off the Eastern Shore’s Christmas musical season with a complete traditional performance of Handel’s Messiah at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 7:30 p.m. $40, students $10. For more info. tel: 410-827-5867. 5 Concert: Over the Rhine at the


Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 5-6 The Easton Choral Arts Society presents The Splendor of Christmas, a festive and awe inspiring musical journey of choral works, accompanied by a full orchestra featuring soprano Georgiann Gibson, tenor Patrick Mason and Bells of the Bay, the Mid-Shore’s premiere community handbell ensemble. Performances will be held at the Talbot County Auditorium at Easton High School, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 advanced sales and $5 for students, and $25 at the door. For more info. tel: 410-200-0498 or visit EastonChoralArts.org. 5-6 Soroptimist International of Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties presents Festival of Trees at The Kent Center, Chestertown. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A display of decorated Christmas

trees by local businesses, clubs, organizations and individuals. Live entertainment and refreshments available. For more info. tel: 410-708-5301 or e-mail weasie100@yahoo.com. 5-March 6 Academy Art Museum Faculty Exhibition features artworks created by 14 of the Museum’s instructor ar tists and represents the institution’s broad range of class offerings.For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 5-March 6 Exhibition: Robert R auschenberg - ROCI Work s from the National Gallery of Art at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Members’ reception on December 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI, pronounced “Rocky,” the name of the artist’s pet turtle) was established to enable and support Rauschenberg’s collaborations with artisans and workshops abroad. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS

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member family $20. How did the early settlers prepare for winter? We’ll build model log cabins, learn how our ancestors stocked their medicine chests with native plants, and track wild animals. Each family will make a beeswax candle to take home. Comfortable walking shoes and weatherappropriate attire are a must. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

(2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 5,6,12,13,19,20,26,27 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 5,12 Workshop: Have a Ball! A Ceramic Clay Hand-Building Workshop with Dawn Malosh at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Ages 8 to 14. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 5,12,19 Easton’s Farmer’s Market held every Saturday until Christmas from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the town parking lot on N. Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Easton Farmer’s Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. tel: 410-2539151 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 6 Outdoor Explorers: Little House i n t he Wood s at Ad k i n s A r boret u m, R idgely. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Member $5, non-member $7, member family $15, non-

6 Concert: The Choral Scholars of St. Andrews School perform an Advent Service - Lesson of Carols at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford. 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5134. 6 A Cajun/Creole Christmas Cooking Class at Two if by Sea Restaurant, Tilghman. 4 to 6 p.m. Watch and taste as celebrity chef Henry Miller prepares a 7-course meal from around the world. $35 fee includes food and beverage. Please call for your reservation, as class size is 15-20. For more info. tel: 410-886-2447 or visit twoifbysearestaurant.com. 6 Concert: Free Christmas concert featuring local choirs from New St. Johns and the Bay Hundred Christian Men, accompanied by Isaiah Embert, finishing with music by the Burnished Brass Quintet at the Tilghman United Methodist Church, Tilghman.


For more info. tel: 410-886-2881. 7 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels to feature local musician Judy Amdur with a talk about the artists and popular songs written by the great composers and lyricists of the 1930s through the mid-’60s. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 7

Stitching Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch). Limited instruction for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

7 Meet the Creatures of Pickering Creek at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 to 4:45 p.m. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 7 Concert: Feliz Navidad by the Queen A nne’s Chora le at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

in Denton. 7 p.m. A reception will follow in the large foyer. The concert will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Spain and the Caribbean. For more info. tel: 410-758-3183 or visit qachorale.org. 7 The T idewater C a mera Club presents Brian Zwit on Macro Photography from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Talbot Community Center’s Wye Oak Room. Mr. Zwit is a nature and outdoor photographer based in northern Virginia who is obsessed with capturing the elegance and majesty of unique landscapes, wildlife, and f lora throughout the United States. The public is encouraged to attend. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org. 7 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit liveplaywrightssociety.org. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Overeaters


December Calendar Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 7,14,21,28 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. 8 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the native f lute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227. 8,22 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 8,22 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 9 Dazzling Decorations - Make your own Christmas ornaments at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 a.m. Library staffers Chris Eareckson and Sabine Simonson show you how to make your Christmas sparkle. This program is for adults only. Pre-registration is required. All

materials are provided by the library. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 9 Queen Anne’s County Historical Society monthly meeting in the basement of Wright’s Chance, Centreville. 6 to 8 p.m. Open to all members. For more info. tel: 410-827-4132. 9 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more i n fo. e -ma i l r vanemburgh@ leinc.com. 9,23 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 9,23 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 10 Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Holiday Joy concert at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. Orchestral and vocal music, including old and new seasonal favorites. For more info. tel: 888846 - 8600, 410 -289 -34 40 or visit midatlanticsymphony.org.


10,17 Thursday Memoir Writers at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly people. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Patrons are asked to pre-register for this program. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcf l. org. 11 The Library Guy, Bill Peak, will read excerpts from his new book of collected library columns. 3 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

11 Concert: Bells of the Bay handbell choir at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. visit bellsofthebay.org. 11 Big Timing Comedy in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 11-13 Christmas in St. Michaels ~ This weekend-long event is held annually the second weekend i n De c emb er. Bot h f re e a nd ticketed events fill the weekend from Friday afternoon through Sunday night. These include a holiday gala, breakfast with

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12 Christmas in St. Michaels breakfast at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in St. Michaels. 8 a.m. to noon. Serving home-cooked breakfast at an affordable price. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 12 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 12 Santa Swim at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge. 10 a.m. to noon. Take a dip in the Choptank River to help the Care and Share Fund, Inc. raise funds for the needy in Dorchester. For more info. visit careandsharefund.org. 12 Appraisal Day at Tandem Antiques and Fine Arts Center, LLC in Easton, featuring Charlene Upham and Steve Blumenauer of Charlene Upham Estate Antiques, to benefit Baywater Animal Rescue. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. One appraisal for $5 or 3 for $10. For more info. tel: 410-829-3559


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FINE CRAFTS & FAIR TRADE GIFTS 12 Hu rlo ck Ch r i st ma s Pa rade begins at noon in dow ntow n Hurlock. Festiv ities are a lso scheduled at the Hurlock Volunteer Fire Company with cookies, photos with Santa, face painting, craf ts for k ids, and vendors. There will also be a decorated tree/wreath contest and auction at the Hurlock American Legion Post 243. For more info. visit visitdorchester.com. 12 The Met: Live in HD with The Magic Flute Holiday Encore by Mozart at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 12 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith a r t i s t s a s t he y demon s t r ate their work. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit carolinearts.org. 217

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December Calendar 12 Art For All at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge. 3 to 5 p.m. Discover your inner artist and try your hand at the ar t project of the month. No registration necessary. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. For more info. visit dorchesterarts.org. 12 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit cambridgemainstreet.com. 12 Candlelit Caroling at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with an evening of music and light! Enjoy live music by Bells of Praise, Nevin Dawson, and Dovetail, along with savories, sweets, and a wine bar in the gallery. Arboretum docents will lead candlelit walks along the Blockston Branch, stopping along the way to sing carols and sip hot cider by a roaring bonfire. Stargazers will be on hand to uncover the mysteries of the winter sky. Top off the evening with a winter hayride around the meadows and a stop at the Funshine Garden

for hot chocolate, cookies, and tree decorating. Member $20, non-member $25, children under 18 $6, children under 2 free. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 12 Concert: Bells of the Bay handbell choir at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. visit bellsofthebay. org. 12 Concert: Feliz Navidad by the Queen A nne’s Chorale at the Todd Performing Arts Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 7 p.m. A reception will follow in the large foyer. The concert will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Spain and the Caribbean. For more info. tel: 410-758-3183 or visit qachorale.org. 12 Concert: John Scofield and Jon Cleary at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 12,19 Breakfast with Santa at the Water’s Edge Grill, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resorts in Cambridge. 9 to 11 a.m. Meet and greet Santa. Parents are able to take photos with their own cameras. There is no cost for this event unless you dine for breakfast. For more info. visit visitdorchester.org.


13 Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410226-5110. 13 Concert: Maggie Sansone in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 13 Concer t: Tidewater Singers and Piano Christmas concert at Ch r i st Epi sc opa l Chu rch, Cambridge. 4 p.m. $10, students free. Reception after the concert. For more info. tel: 410-228-3161.

13 Concert: Bells of the Bay handbell choir at Christ Church in Denton. 7 p.m. For more info. visit bellsofthebay.org. 14 Carpe Diem Arts will present a free lunchtime concert at the Talbot County Senior Center in Easton featuring Joy Ike serenading with a heartwarming and festive program of songs for the holiday season. Noon. Lunch available at noon with advance reservations. For more info. tel: 410-822-2869. 14 Geminid Gazing and Star Stories at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Budding astronomers are invited to gaze at the

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December Calendar stars and experience one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year. A waxing crescent moon will allow for great viewing conditions. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon.org. 16 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 17 Meeting: Stroke Survivors Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 17 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. 17 Concert: Monument Brass at the Academy Art Museum, Easton, features cocktails and a concert. 5:30 p.m., concert begins at 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

Monument Brass 17 Exhibit reception and Christmas Party for the Queen Anne’s Count y Histor ical Societ y in Centreville. 6 to 8 p.m. Vintage toys and dolls and guest speaker. Wr ig ht ’s Cha nc e a nd Tucker House. For more info. tel: 410827-4132. 18 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Serving up three delicious soups for lunch. Each bowl of soup comes with a dinner roll and soft drink. Eat in or take out. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 18 Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128. 19 Holiday Craft Saturday at the Academy Art Museum, Easton, for ages 6 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. $5 per child. Join the Museum staff for an afternoon of holiday crafts,


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IRISH CREEK: Secluded Renovated Colonial, Pool, Outbuildings, Dock, 5’ MLW. $1,175,000 GLEBE CREEK: 5 Acres Of Park-Like Grounds. 5,000 Sq. Ft. Historic Residence. Dock W/4’ MLW. $1,595,000 TRIPPE’S CREEK: 5 Acres With 4,600 Sq. Ft. Brick Home In Top Condition. 8’ MLW. $1,875,000 HARRIS CREEK: 218 Acre Farm. Over 2 Miles Of Shoreline. 8 Parcels, 2 Houses, Barn. $3,495,000

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