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Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 65, No. 7

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December 2016

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Barbara Cook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Bible: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Christmas in St. Michaels: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Christmas in St. Michaels Homes Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Mid-Shore Pro Bono: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Tidewater Review: Jodie Littleton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Bennu: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Chesapeake Treatment Services: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . 157 The Evolution of Christmas: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 December Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 David C. Pulzone, Publisher ¡ Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Photographer Barbara Cook After a 45-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Cook retired to the Eastern Shore. Photography had been an advocation for over 30 years, so now she had time to fulfill her creative side and realize a lifelong dream. As a member of the Tidewater Camera Club, her trademark image “Red Tulips” was selected as the photograph of Year 2007 by the Club. Most of Cooks photographic endeavors have been directed at the many beautiful and exciting subjects of the Eastern Shore. The vastness of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries offer an unlimited source of beautiful inspiring images to be

photographed. Travel photography has also added an element of variation. She has traveled to the west coast, Canada, Florida, and Ireland. Digital photography allows one to look past the obvious photo image and embrace the powerful meaning of variations of shapes, colors, surfaces, and light. The cover image, “Chr istmas Gazebo” was shot in Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. Cook’s work can currently be seen on exhibit at LeHatchery Galleria in Easton and The Shops at Sea Captain’s Cottage in St. Michaels. or at




by Helen Chappell So there I was on the treadmill, huffing and puffing away, when the lady next to me asked me what I did. “I’m (huff puff) a writer,” I said. “(Huff puff) Do you write Bibles?” she asked. That took me back for a second. I was about to tell her the Old Testament had been written six thousand years ago, more or less, and the New Testament about two thousand years ago, and there had been a number of rewrites, including the King James Version circa 1630 or thereabouts, but I realized not only did she not want or need a lecture on the history of the Bible; what she meant was did I write religious texts. I huffed and puffed and told her I had written forty-two books and a column for Tidewater Times, but I don’t think she got it. By that time, we were both huffing and puffing, for one thing, and for another, a friend of hers came in and climbed on the other treadmill, so that was the end of that conversation. No, I don’t write bibles. Now, at one point, in another life, I spent a brief and gloriously overpaid six months in California writing for a long-defunct soap opera. And that, like all serial stories, has a bible.

The soap bible is basically the backstory of every character and every event that has ever happened on that drama. If the soap has been on the air for as long as, oh, say, General Hospital (not the soap I worked on), which has got to be more than fifty years old, you’re talking about a soap bible probably thousands and thousands of pages thick, with more being added every week. Now, I imagine it’s all stored on a computer somewhere, but in those





forever. And when you joined the writing staff, your head writer had charge of a copy you were allowed to consult, but not remove from the writers’ room. I think they were afraid you’d steal their plots and sell them to Agnes Nixon or something. Anyway, together with about a dozen other writers, I labored away pretty happily on my assigned characters and storyline. We were under the watchful eye of the head writer and the producer, and it was rare that any of our breathless original dialogue or storylines ever came from any actor. Everything was revised and revised and revised again by at least five or six people, including

Agnes Nixon days, it was all hard copy, and it was huge. And they called it a bible for a good reason. You had to adhere to the continuity of the storylines come hell or high water. Characters, actors, stories came and went, but that bible went on



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Bible the actors, before it actually went in front of the cameras. But I was making more money than I’d ever seen in my life, living in Venice, California. At the time, in spite of living in SoCal, I thought I was in high cotton. Of course, it didn’t last. The ratings sagged slightly, and since writers are at the bottom of the entertainment industry pile, we were all pink-slipped. Only the head writer, who couldn’t write his way out of a wet paper bag, was retained. And that was the beginning and the end of my Bible writing. But since that lady asked (huff, puff), if I were to write a Bible, it

The cast of Search For Tomorrow. would be short and pithy. There would be about three commandments, and that would be it. The first commandment would be: Play nicely. Treat other people the way you’d like to be treated. The second commandment: Put on your big girl panties and deal with it. Life is not easy, and it’s

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not fair. But after you take your fifteen minutes of whining about how awful and unfair and utterly rotten it all is, you have to get it together and deal with it. At least try to solve the problem. Sometimes there is no solution. You deal with that and have a Plan B. The last commandment is the most serious, and the most tradi-

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Notice I didn’t say No Stealing, because we stole. We stole mercilessly from every source, from Shakespeare to other soaps. I’ll let you in on a secret. Nothing is original. Even Shakespeare stole from other writers. It was a great earn-while-youlearn situation, and I was sorry to lose the paycheck, although not sorry to come back east. The soap, which shall remain nameless even though it’s been off the air for years, is probably still in bible form in a safe deposit box somewhere. But just like the real Bible, you can bet writers are still recycling plotlines from it over and over again. The big difference is that now the stories are on at night.

different actor on Monday, drug addiction, secrets and lies, blackmail, terminal illness, amnesia (at least once a year someone had amnesia, although it’s so rare in reality that textbooks are written about documented cases), more secrets and lies, more adultery, alcoholism and terminal diseases. We did ’em all, and somehow sucked people into following the misadventures of our town, which we referred to as Pain Valley).

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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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parade down Talbot Street, Santa’s visit and the tours of local homes are ingrained in the community’s year-end calendar. But unlike other “traditions” that pop up for a few days and then get put back in the attic until next year, Christmas in St. Michaels, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has a deep and lasting impact on area residents.

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environmental causes and even help the Fourth of July fireworks light up the sky over the Miles River. Cassandra Vanhooser, director of tourism for Talbot County, says she has fond memories of Christmas in St. Michaels from her years as a travel writer and Southern Living magazine editor. “I remember covering it as a journalist. It is this wonderful community event that also has an appeal to tourists. Those are the best types of events because everybody wins. It shows off the local charm of a small town.” She says that throughout the fall, Talbot County towns attract visitors starting with the Waterfowl Festival in Easton in November. “That is an awesome event and we just build, build, build with events in all of our great small towns until Christmas in St. Michaels. That’s the crowning event.” “A great place to visit is almost always a great place to live. This is an event that really characterizes that.

Mary Lou McAllister and Linda Seemans prepare for CISM’s 30th anniversary. Ever since Peg g y Rogers and Mar y Lou McA llister gathered a small group of friends in 1987 to find a way to help finance day care for working families, Christmas in St. Michaels (that’s its full legal name, but it is often referred to simply as CISM) has made good things happen. More than $1.2 million has been poured back into dozens of programs, big and small, that touch almost every aspect of local life. It has spread to include formation of the St. Michaels Community Center, the building and operation of the Bay Hundred Community Pool and numerous other programs that help children and their families and enrich the region. Each year, money from CISM goes to stock the local food pantry, teach kids how to swim, pay for library improvements, support the police and fire departments, encourage

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It embodies the spirit of a small tow n,” Vanhooser says. “Events that don’t grow and change, die off. Clearly, the community has embraced this event, and 30 years for any event is a major achievement.” F r om it s or i g i n a l t h r e e - d ay schedule, CISM, chaired this year by Barbara Rose, has added new features to help increase its revenue. For the past 13 years, local artists have designed collectible Christmas ornaments for sale that depict icons of the region, from the Hooper Strait Lighthouse to a bushel of crabs. This year’s ornament celebrates the beautiful Friesian horses and carriage that have been a regular feature of the parade. The Marketplace at the Grange Hall features the work of a variety of local artisans. Professional and amateur pastr y chefs vie for honors in the Gingerbread House Competition. Kris George remembers that one of her first duties as the new executive director of Critchlow Adkins Children’s Center last year was to attend the CISM grant presentation ceremony. “I was there with some amazing organizations, non-profits t hat a re doi ng t he work of t he community, making people’s lives better, and they are all able to do this because of the event that these volunteers work on year round. “We could not have opened our St. 30


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1990, and since that time, they have always been supportive of the youth programs.” She says that funding from CISM has enabled the community center to offer after-school tutoring and arts programs, sponsor a junior basketball league, give culinary classes and provide lunches for seniors. “We offer support for people in crisis,” she says. “That runs from toddlers to seniors and wherever there is a need. Without (CISM) it would be impossible to do what we do.” One of the unintended consequences spun off by that small group of founders was the creation of an organization that itself has grown

Michaels site without the support of Christmas in St. Michaels,” she says. “It was critical to opening that site, which now serves so many families in the Bay Hundred area, and also the teachers who work there. They are part of our history.” That history includes founding the St. Michaels Community Center, another non-profit that has greatly expanded CISM’s original goals while staying true to its commitment to local families and children. “Christmas in St. Michaels was among the founders of the Community Center,” says its director, Trish Payne. “They started it in

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ticket and vending booths throughout the weekend, and help organize the parade. “The beautiful thing is that none of t hem are get t ing paid,” says Critchlow Adkins’ George. “Their reward comes from knowing the impact they are making in the community. They are all volunteers, working every year to give of their time and talent for this cause that impacts so many organizations.” Sitting at the kitchen table of her St. Michaels home, Mary Lou McAllister pauses to look back at what motivated her to gather her friends and start that first Christmas in St. Michaels celebration three decades ago. “I have been so blessed, and I

into a sizable enterprise. Each year, CISM uses the skills of hundreds of volunteers to plan, design and enhance the upcoming events and administer the money they raise. “It ties this community together,” says Bev Pratt, a past CISM chairman. “It introduces newcomers to people and places. The byproducts of this event, to the good of the community, are astounding.” Linda Seemans, who has handled the books for CISM almost from the start, says that more than 120 people are members of formal committees and hundreds more offer their time to be docents during the tours of eight local homes, staff

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Marketplace at Granite Lodge on St. Mary’s Square Friday, Dec. 9 - Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual parade is a huge attraction for young and old alike.

Viewing Times for Gingerbread Houses and Trains Woman’s Club on St. Mary’s Square Friday, Dec. 9 - Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

think you must give back” she says. “When you see needs in the community, you must try to meet those needs, and that is what we did.” More information about Christmas in St. Michaels can be found at its website, christmasinstmichaels. org, by e-mail, or by phone at 410-745-0745.

Breakfast with Santa Children 3 to 8 years old Saturday, Dec. 10 - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Town Dock Restaurant, 125 Mulberry Street $10 per child Tickets: Order online or via mail

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HOME TOURS Saturday, Dec. 10 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25 until 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 $30 during CISM weekend Tickets: Order online, via mail or in person Online until 4 p.m. Fri., Dec. 9 Purchase in person at the following stores on Talbot Street: The Christmas Shop Chesapeake Trading Company Chesapeake Bay Outfitters Charisma During the CISM weekend, pick up pre-purchased tickets or purchase tickets at Granite Lodge on St. Mary’s Square: Friday, Noon -3 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 304 S. Talbot Street Tickets: At the door Turkey Dinner Saturday, Dec. 10 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out Union United Methodist Church Parish Hall, 100 Fremont Street $18 per person; no reservations needed unless group of 20 or more 410-745-2557 Tickets: At the door HOLIDAY PARADE Saturday, Dec. 10 - 10:30 a.m. Talbot Street from Perry Cabin south to Seymour Avenue SANTA’S WONDERLAND Children: 3 to 11 years old Saturday, Dec. 10 Following Parade until 2:30 p.m. St. Michaels School Campus on Seymour Avenue $2 admission each child Tickets: At the door

HOLIDAY MUSIC Mid-Shore Community Band Saturday, Dec. 10 - 10 a.m. to noon Corner of Railroad Avenue and Talbot Street Jackson Jubilee Singers Saturday, Dec. 10 - 1:30 p.m. Union United Methodist Church Fremont Street and Railroad Ave. Celebration of Choirs Sunday, Dec. 11 - 6 to 7 p.m. St. Michaels High School Auditorium - Seymour Ave.




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decorated for the holidays O ne of t he h ig h l ig ht s of t he Christmas in St. Michaels weekend is the Tour of Homes. This tour ~ one of the longest running in Maryland ~ features both historic homes in the village and some very special countryside homes. The houses in town are within walking distance of each other, which provides a great opportunity to stroll through town and soak up the historic atmosphere. Built in the 18th and 19th centuries, most of the homes were at one time the residences of watermen and seafarers. Many have since been restored, expanded, and modernized. Located just outside of tow n, the countryside homes are often situated on expansive waterfront properties. Their exquisite architectural details and their settings amid the Eastern Shore landscape shou ld not be m i ssed. V i sitor s reach the country homes via professional licensed shuttle bus service, which is included in the price of the ticket. The buses leave from School Complex parking lot on Seymour Avenue, with the last bus departing at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Drawing by Jane Anderson 928 Riverview Terrace The property was purchased by the current owners in 2007. The original brick rancher had to be demolished, and the construction of a new home was completed in 2008. The house boasts magnificent views of the Miles River from nearly every room. A waterfront patio, fire pit, and boat dock make this house a perfect place for entertaining. There are expansive views of the water from both the kitchen and the dining area. A wood-burning fireplace makes this home cozy even in the winter. The beautiful sunrises and glorious sunsets are just incredible! 929 Riverview Terrace The ow ners of 928 R iver v iew 41



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rent owners moved to St. Michaels in 2009 and bought Patriot Cruises. In 2013, they began the process of buying Swan Harbor, a beautiful lot just south of Parrott’s Point on the Miles River that had a 1950s brick ranch. Renovations were so restrictive and extensive that they decided to build a new home. With four children and three grandchildren, the owners wanted a home where everyone could come for the holidays. They worked with a designer to fine-tune the plans for this modular-built home. The house was built on the original basement of the previous home, and it includes a wine cellar.

Drawing by Jane Bollman Terrace purchased this property in 2014 with the intent of having a guest house for their friends and family who love to visit St. Michaels. An existing structure was moved and the guest house was completed in 2015. The owners’ love of the Chesapeake Bay waters and waterfowl is exhibited in both of these gracious homes.

Drawing by Scott Sullivan 605 Landing Road After purchasing a 1950s rambler in Rio Vista, and evaluating renovation versus new construction, the present owners opted to build a new house. Completed in 2004, this home was designed by the homeowners to convey the cottage feeling of their prior weekend home on East Chestnut Street. While they loved living

Drawing by J. Cranor 715 Riverview Terrace After visiting family and friends in the area for over 25 years, the cur44

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in town, they could not pass up the magnificent views of the Miles River that this property provided. The owners have incorporated their love of food, cooking and international dining in the design and décor of their home. Their collection of menus from some of the places they have dined hangs in the entrance hall. The Italian marble dining room table, designed for their former home in Virginia, has been the setting for many great dinner parties.

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Drawing by Diana Dardis 214 East Chestnut The current owners purchased this property, known as the Aaron Dyott House, in 2002. Based on historical records, the home is one of the oldest on the south side of East Chestnut, built circa 1850. The home has a spacious family room, beautiful water views from the front porch and lovely landscaping. Multiple renovations have added a sunroom and spiral staircase. Two attractive fireplace mantels were

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also added, one in the original living room, and one in the family room. The home is decorated with antique furniture and lovely artwork with a marine theme. There is a brick patio on the east side of the house, with a unique two-sided fence providing privacy.

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The Fairbank family owned the house for 112 years, until 1984. Oliver and Rachel can be seen in the circa-1890 photo of the house that hangs near the front door. The house is known as the Fairbank House. More recently, the home served as a bed and breakfast. It was known as the Water Chestnut Cottage due to its location on the corner of Water and Chestnut streets. The present owners are pleased to maintain that name.

Drawing by Nancy Shuck decided to head south permanently. They were thrilled to discover St. Michaels and decided to buy a home on Water Street. The Maryland Historical Trust describes the home as “one of the few three-part telescope dwellings to remain standing in St. Michaels.� John Dorgan, a blacksmith, purchased the lot in 1784 and erected a single-story utility building with wrought-iron nails. When Oliver and Rachel Fairbank purchased the home in 1872 for $50, rather than demolish the utility building, they incorporated it in the front section of the two-story main block.

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charmed by the Eastern Shore since the 1960s. Family summers were spent here, and visits became more frequent over the years. After she found the Arianna Sears home for sale, relocation soon followed. The home was built in 1860 with two rooms on the main f loor and two upstairs. The unique staircase was created in the 1880s. Although it has been expanded over the years, make sure to take note of the height of the rear doors in both rooms and remember to duck when heading under the landing toward the kitchen!

Drawing by Valerie Sunderland 104 N. Harbor Road In 2008 the current owners relocated to St. Michaels because of their love of the Chesapeake and sailboat racing. By 2013, they had broadened the scope of renovations, hiring an architect and a local builder to “raise the roof.” They removed interior walls that separated the kitchen, living room and loggia in favor of an open living area. The kitchen, the heart of the home, has a large, black granite counter that easily seats eight. A new front porch completed the exterior improvements. A 1950s Lionel train circles the Ch r i s t m a s t r e e a long w it h t he owner’s childhood nativity set. A Christmas tree in the loggia features a collection of Official White House ornaments. For more info. about the tour, tel: 410-745-0745 or visit

Drawing by Mary Grimes 103 Cherry Street This Victorian home was built in the 1880s by Edward N. Dodson, a prominent steamboat captain. At various times during the twentieth century, the home was configured into four apartments and also served as a local beauty salon. Restored by the current owners, the interior of the house retains much of the original features from the door casings and moldings to the wide plank yellow pine flooring. 49

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3 oz. dark chocolate, broken in pieces 1/4 cup sugar pinch of ground cinnamon 1/2 cup marshmallows 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream Pour the milk into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate, sugar, cinnamon and marshmallows. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Meanwhile in another bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until it forms soft peaks. Using a whisk, beat the milk into the saucepan until frothy. Pour into

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each addition. Continue cooking candy mixture, stirring frequently, until thermometer registers 240 degrees. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface. It will take 45 to 50 minutes after syrup first boils. Remove from heat and add vanilla and nuts. Pour into prepared pan. Allow to stand several hours before serving.

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ened cocoa powder 1/4 t. salt 1 large egg white, lightly beaten 1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts Filling: 10 (1” x 1/2”) plain caramels, unwrapped 2 T. heavy cream Chocolate Drizzle: 3 oz. fine-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the f lour until mixed together. Knead on a board with f lour and roll into a log. Cut log in half. Pat half the log into a rectangle and roll out. Cut rectangle into about 30 pieces. Put Red Hots candy in the center of each piece. Red Hots will give them a little extra punch. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes on a light aluminum pan. Do not use a dark pan, as it will get the shortbreads too brown. Turn the oven down to 325° for 20 to 25 minutes. While hot, score again to separate the cookies.

Beat together butter, sugar, yolk, milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until well blended. Stir in f lour, cocoa and salt. Beat on low speed until mixture forms a dough. Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm (for at least 30 minutes). Preheat oven to 350°. Roll scant tablespoons of dough into balls, then coat them with egg white, letting excess drip off, and roll into nuts to coat. Arrange balls 1-1/2 inches apart on greased baking sheets and press your thumb into

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Christmas Sweet Treats the center of balls to f latten, leaving a depression. Bake in batches in the middle of the oven until puffed slightly but centers are still soft, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press centers of cookies again, using the handle of a wooden spoon. Transfer onto racks to cool. Make filling while cookies are cooling. Heat caramels and cream in a small saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and mixture is smooth. Spoon into centers of cookies and cool completely. Make chocolate drizzle one hour before serving. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring until smooth. Cool to warm and pour into a heavy-duty sealable plastic bag. Snip one corner to form a small hole. Drizzle chocolate over cookies and let stand until set, about 30 minutes.

about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the stove and slowly whisk in sifted sugar until smooth. Add peppermint extract. Spoon into molds of choice. After mints are set, begin heating the chocolate over a double boiler for about 6 to 7 minutes. Only dip half the mint in the coating chocolate and set on waxed paper to let cool. For quicker results, place chocolate dipped mints in the refrigerator so the chocolate will harden immediately. These are great for after-dinner mints. THE ULTIMATE OATMEAL COOKIE Makes 16 cookies 1-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose f lour 3/4 t. baking powder 1/2 t. baking soda 1/2 t. salt 1-1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (I use multi-grain oats from Trader Joe’s) 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

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Christmas Sweet Treats 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped to size of chocolate chips 1 cup sour dried cherries, chopped 8 T. unsalted butter, softened 4 T. milk 1 cup packed brown sugar, preferably dark 1 large egg 1 t. vanilla extract

In a standing mixer fitted with a f lat beater, beat butter, milk and sugar at medium speed until no sugar lumps remain, about 1 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add egg and vanilla and beat on medium-low speed until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. With mixer still running on low, gradually add your oat/nut mixture; mix just until incorporated. Give dough final stir with spatula to ensure no f lour pockets remain and ingredients are evenly distributed. Divide dough evenly into 16 portions, each about 1/4 cup, then roll between palms into balls about 2 inches in diameter. Stagger 8 balls on each baking sheet, spacing them about 2-1/2 inches apart. Using hands, gently press each dough ball to a 1-inch thickness. Bake both baking sheets for 12 minutes, rotate them front to back and top to bottom, and then continue to bake, 8 to 10 minutes longer, until cookies are medium brown and edges have begun to set, but centers are still soft. Cookies

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a baking sheet. Refrigerate them until firm, about 10 minutes. Bake for 8 minutes, or until they are crisp, but not dark. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack, then decorate as desired.

1 large egg, room temperature 1/2 cup molasses One recipe Royal Icing In a large bowl, sift the f lour, baking soda and baking powder. In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until f luffy. Add the spices and salt, then the egg and molasses. Finally, add the f lour mixture to the mixer at low speed. Divide the dough and chill for at least 1 hour. Heat the oven to 350°. On a f loured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Brush off any excess f lour and transfer the shapes to

ROYAL ICING Royal Icing is the edible adhesive used to construct a masterpiece. 3 egg whites 1 lb. powdered sugar 1/2 t. cream of tartar Food coloring (optional) Beat egg whites until foamy. Sift together the powdered sugar and cream of tartar. Add gradually to egg whites while beating

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Mid-Shore Pro Bono Making Our Community a Better Place by Bonna L. Nelson “Life has become so complicated that I don’t know how people can get by without being an attorney or having access to one.” ~ Dick Tettlebaum, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney “We are not as well known or popular as some of the other local non-profits with fabulous missions, and we’re not in the news, but we are so necessary for the health of the community,” said Sandy Brown, Executive Director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc. (MSPB). “We are under the radar of local donors in a field of hundreds of wonderful non-profits on the Mid-Shore. But we have an important mission. We provide low-income individuals and families with critically needed civil legal services. We provide access to justice for the most vulnerable and under-served segments of the community.” Sandy shared her story with me while we sat side-by-side on bikes in a local indoor cycling class. Funny how we make these connections in day-to-day life, and can become more aware of a need for help in the community during a casual conversation. Sandy said that MSPB is an invisible organization, serving an invisible population, with the goal

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sumer Protection and Community Conferencing. In fiscal year 2015, MSPB handled 1,959 case intakes including 280 housing; 214 family; 214 consumer/finance; 138 wills, powers of attorney and trusts; and many other types of cases. Of these cases, 791 individuals were helped through legal clinics with brief legal advice and referrals. All of its clients are first screened for income eligibility using Mary-

The non-profit provides a direct benefit to our community by identifying its most vulnerable citizens, such as low-income children and the elderly, and developing programs to address their needs. Once civil legal problems are identified, they are referred to volunteer attorneys, pa ra lega ls or ot her communit y resources as appropriate for free. For t he pa st severa l ye a r s, I have collaborated with the editor and publisher of Tidewater Times to share information about local nonprofits with readers. Our hope is that you will learn about “underthe-radar” groups that contribute much to our community but aren’t as well known as other non-profits. This year, our hope is that during this holiday season you w ill consider giving time or making a donation to MSPB. MSPB pr og r a m s i nc lude t he Law yer Referral Program, Legal Services Clinic, Family Law, Child Advocacy, Elder Law, Foreclosure Prevention, Debtor Assistance, Con-

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timistic Sandy when I interviewed her in her Easton office. “We help to keep people in their homes, help with contested divorce, complicated child custody issues, and end of life issues, just to name a few.” I learned that MSPB is Mar yland’s first regional pro bono organization and continues to be the only pro bono referral agency on the Eastern Shore. MSPB volunteer attorneys and paralegals conduct monthly legal clinics in all f ive counties and at Chesapeake College. The organization regularly

land Legal Services Corporation guidelines. MSPB prov ided over 7,500 hours of service though private attorney involvement in 201415. That equates to over 1.8 million dollars of legal services to our community. The benefits to Mid-Shore residents are priceless. “We help families, moms, dads, kids, grandparents, the elderly, the disabled and the mentally ill with compassion, confidentiality and respect,” said an energetic and op-

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Mid-Shore Pro Bono collaborates with courts and local state agencies as well as schools, churches, senior centers, libraries, colleges and numerous social service organizations throughout the Mid-Shore and across the Bay to assist clients. Legal clinics held at the Chesapeake College campus are staffed by student paralegals with MSPB volunteer attorney oversight. These clinics provide legal services to the community and college students and provide the student paralegals w ith hands-on learning exper iences, a win-win partnership I met an enthusiastic MSPB volunteer, Jimmy Persels, a retired but still certified attorney, in the meeting with Sandy. He shared stories about the folks that he has helped in legal clinics, such as the elderly lady in her 70s with a physically and mentally challenged son. She was the primary caregiver for her son and had mounting medical bills for him. She was in jeopardy of losing her house as a result. Additionally, she realized that she needed to make arrangements for her son’s future when she was no longer able to provide for him. They had no other family for support. Jimmy coordinated assistance with organizations in the community and helped with the client’s legal needs. Thanks to MSPB and other community organizations, her son will be cared for properly when the time comes.

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One of MSPB’s most interesting and beneficial projects is the Community Conferencing Project, also called an Alternate Dispute Settlement. The Project, a powerful social justice process bringing together everyone involved in, and affected by, crime and conf lict, focuses on keeping our region’s youth out of the juvenile justice system. The Project, led by Alicia Meyers, brings victims and of fenders together to reach agreements while still holding the offender accountable for restitution. With a trained facilitator, the victim has the opportunity to make the offender realize the effect the action has had, and the offender has the opportunity to take responsibility and make restitution. For example, a young man pranks a neighbor by damaging his mailbox. He is referred to MSPB by the justice system, and a conference is scheduled with all parties, including the offender’s parents. MSPB facilitates the discussion to

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complex dealing with these issues can be for ourselves and our loved ones. MSPB puts seniors at ease by taking care of their legal concerns with compassion, confidentiality, respect and dignity. Dick has also been very involved, as are other attorneys, with foreclosure cases. He said, “Banks can be so intimidating in a foreclosure situation.” MSPB helps clients deal with banks, lenders and courts to save their homes and restore order in their lives. Sandy said t hat many people don’t see problems such as contested divorce, child custody, foreclosure, financial issues, wills, illness, etc. as legal matters. These challenges can be ver y emotional. She said that MSPB has to do an enormous amount of education and outreach to social services, retirement communities, churches and other community groups, including giving presentations, radio talks and workshops in order to reach the people who need the most help. According to MSPB’s 2014-2015 Annual Report, “MSPB is all about building bridges and making community connections. Some partners send clients and some use its services, making MSPB a multi-lane span bridging gaps between clients, lawyers, community services and the generous donors and funders who make it all possible. MSPB is an advocate, a voice, a resource, a connector. It is a member of the community, it

Volunteer attorney Dick Tettelbaum with Elder Law Project client Lois Space. Coordinator, talked to me about the Elder Law Clinics held in each county (one-on-one, prescreened, prearranged meetings with a volunteer attorney or paralegal) that focus on legal issues of concern to seniors. Kim and Sandy reminded me that the idea to add Elder Law ser vices came from Dick Tettelbaum, the husband of my friend Fran. When his dear mother, Sally, was preparing her end of life documents, he realized how complicated and emotional that process can be and that MSPB should add that program to its roster. Dick and Jimmy and other volunteer attorneys help their clients with decisions and documents, including powers of attorney; advanced directives; trusts; wills; Social Security; pension issues; landlord/tenant issues; elder abuse and neglect; adult guardianships; scams and other civil matters. We all know how 74

volunteers, it listens, it supports.” MSPB is an efficient steward of all donations. Contributions to MSPB have an economic and stabilizing benefit to the community. MSPB works to prov ide qualit y of life in the community, to keep people in their homes, to keep families together and to protect the elderly, women and children and at-risk populations. MSPB faces increasing demands for services while competition for scarce funding continues. Donors, f unders and volunteers make all of MSPB’s work possible. In the spirit of the season, help supp or t MSPB’s ef for t s on b e half of the most vulnerable in our community by sending a check to Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc., 8 South West Street, Easton, MD 21601. Or, donate securely online at Volunteers are essential to MSPB. Attorneys, paralegals, administrative suppor t, w r iters and clinic greeters-please contact MSPB as stated above, or call 410-690-8128, or e-mail Sandy at Your tax deductible gifts and time will help continue the good work of this organization and bring hope, stability and well being to their clients and to our community.

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took her to raise as one of their own. Cavalry agents forced her return by threatening to cut off rations, and so the Kiowa sold her for fifteen blankets and a set of German silverware. Johanna is tr uly in no -man’s land: little of her previous life remains; she has fully embraced the earth, nature, and the ways of the Kiowa; and she is desperate to get back. She speaks no English and is unwilling to speak at all. She eats with her hands, can shoot a revolver, is utterly miserable when stuffed

Captain Kidd had not lost any sons in the war and that was because he had all daughters. Two of them. He knew girls. He didn’t know Indians but he knew girls, and what was on that girl’s face was contempt. In this short but eminently satisfying novel, we meet Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd. He has lived through three wars, fought in two, and hopes never to see another in his lifetime. It’s 1870, and Kidd travels northern Texas reading newspapers to audiences who pay ten cents a head to learn the news of post-Civil War America and far-distant places. At 71, the widowed captain is weary, and the news of the world “age[s] him more than time itself.” Following a reading in Wichita Falls, the captain is offered a $50 gold piece to ferry a 10-year-old girl to relatives in San Antonio, 400 miles to the south. Johanna has lived among the Kiowa Indians since the age of six, when raiders killed her parents and sister and 77

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men, the captain is sure they are goners. Joha nna’s cunning a nd resourcefulness save the day and surprise Captain Kidd. The relationship evolves as “Cho-henna” begins to trust the “Kep-dun.” I’ll let you discover the ending on your own, but I’ll tell you that this is a classic story of good guys and bad guys, with both appearing in likely and unlikely forms. I hadn’t heard of Paulette Jiles or her previous work, but I’m so glad I picked up this book on a lark. A finalist for the National Book Award, News of the World is both captivating and beautifully told.

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During the month of December, most people’s thoughts and activities are focused on preparations for the upcoming holiday season. Gardening activities are not on the to-do list for most people. There are some things we can do, however, that fit in quite nicely with our holiday plans. How about pruning hollies, pines and other evergreens for Christmas decorations? Now is the time to work on that overgrown holly with the tall “rat tail� branches that spiked up from a late-summer f lush of growth. If the pruning is done properly, you will have the needed decorative 83

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We can’t talk about Christmas gifts without also mentioning plants as gifts. Everyone is familiar with the poinsettia that are now available at retail locations. The array of colors that plant breeders have developed over the years is truly amazing. With genetic engineering, I would not be surprised if in the future you could special order a poinsettia color that matches the color of your room décor. If you are looking for an alternative Christmas plant, there are several others that can serve in the role of “holiday” plants. Many of them are available at f lorist shops, garden centers, supermarkets and greenhouses for the Christmas season. One such plant is the ama-

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sure that one-third of the bulb is above the soil line in the pot. Place this bulb in a sunny, warm location and watch the leaves unfold and the f lower stem stretch. Keep the growing medium on the dry side. Don’t over-water it. Since the amaryllis is a tropical plant, keep the room temperature above 60° and in high intensity light. If the plant does not receive enough light, its leaves and f lower stem will stretch too much and fall over. It takes an average of four weeks from the time the bulb is planted until it f lowers. When you see the first f lower bud begin to swell and turn color, it will only

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where the wood stove is located) or drafts from the nearby radiator or heat vent, this plant will do well. You can even forget to water it sometimes, though f lowering will be reduced if you do. When choosing a kalanchoe, look for a minimum of two to three f lower clusters on a fourinch plant, and four or five on a six-inch plant. Make sure that the plant has lots of color and few or no dead f lowers. If you, or someone you know, likes begonias, consider getting a Rieger begonia. They look very much like the garden tuberous begonias. Riegers are relatively tolerant of sun exposure and temperature. They do prefer a slightly moist, but not sopping wet, media to grow in. Single and double f lowers can be found on the same plant. The measure of a high-quality plant will be one that is at least half-covered with f lowers. African violets are always popular as a holiday gift plant, but have you considered their close relative

Kalanchoe is another holiday plant that is tough and can endure in our homes for a couple of months during the winter. If you compare the leaves of the kalanchoe to the common jade plant, you will notice a resemblance. They both have thick, firm, f leshy leaves. However, the kalanchoe’s are more f lattened and tightly packed than the jade plant’s. The kalanchoe likes it hot and dry. If you need a plant that can take being in a hot room (like

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If you allow the plant to dry out, or if the plant is located in a room that is too dark, the f lower buds will fall off. Gloxinias come in a wide color range, from whites to purples and pinks, along with bicolors. Most people who try to keep the gloxinia growing after f lowering don’t have too much luck. They need extra care, but you can always try. Happy Gardening, and Happy Holidays!

~ the gloxinia? They are large, lowgrowing and spreading plants with small, trumpet-shaped f lowers. You can treat gloxinias like African violets. Avoid high-intensity, direct sunlight, and water them from the bottom of the pot with warm water. Never water African violets or gloxinias from the top of the pot as this will encourage stem rot. Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged. Avoid cold and hot drafts. Look for plants that have at least three to five open f lowers, and at least that many more buds growing in the center of the plant. A six-inch gloxinia will have a dozen or more buds and will continue to f lower for three to four weeks if cared for properly.

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

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



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


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

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


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

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


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

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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 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit 4. 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 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,


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

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

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a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665. The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors

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



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

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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 RESTAUR ANT - 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 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 supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410-745-9561 or 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TR AIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on S. Talbot St. across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.



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Saturday, December 3 continued • Oxford Market Wine and Cheese Tasting - 3 to 6 p.m. • Santa arrives in Town Park Official Tree Lighting Oxford Park - 5:30 p.m. • Homemade Soup Supper Tree, Wreath and Crafts Sale Oxford United Methodist Church 5 to 7 p.m. • Music at Robert Morris Inn Claire Anthony - 7 p.m. - Free

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

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


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Oxford Points of Interest the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure.


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Oxford Points of Interest 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court “pitcht upon” to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures. Some have described Cutts & Case Shipyard as an American Nautical Treasure because it produces to the highest standards quality work equal to and in many ways surpassing the beautiful artisanship of former times.

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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 141



by Gary D. Crawford Sometimes, we just have to lift up our eyes. Beautiful as our countryside is ~ and the magnificent Bay ~ there are wonders in the sky ~ and beyond ~ of which we must not lose sight. Just the other night, several cars and a passle of neighbors on foot came to the county wharf in Black Walnut Cove at the foot of Fairbank Road. It’s a pretty spot for stargazing, but they came for something else. An Antares spacecraft was being launched from the station at Wallop’s Island, a mission to re-supply the International Space Station. Wallop’s Island is way over on the other side of Delmarva, you understand, on the Atlantic coast down nea r Chincoteag ue in Virg inia. That’s 100 miles or so from here as the crow f lies. Still, the wharf provides a nice vantage point to see the lift-offs from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility ~ if the weather cooperates. This time it did and, sure enough, at 7:45 on Monday evening, October 17, a glow appeared on the southern horizon. Then a red column extended up, followed by a long white streak curving up into the darkness. The rocket delivered to the folks in the International Space Station some 5,000 pounds of needed sup-

plies ~ peanut butter and so on, we imagine. It was all over in a few seconds, and everyone soon went on their way. Nevertheless, though brief, it was an homage to the miracle of space travel and the amazing places that exist above the surface of Earth ~ good old Sol 3. This launch had a particular significance, for it was the rebirth of

Antares launch from Wallops Island, October 17, 2016.


Bennu the “Mid-Atlantic Regional Spacepor t’s Pad 0A .” In 2014, one of the Antares rockets blew up there, destroying much of the facility and cancelling further launches until it was redesigned and rebuilt. That work is done now and we’re glad they’re up and running again. We heard later that the launch went successfully. It’s important for the local economy and the commercial firms that have partnered with NASA. And it’s nice for our sky over the Chesapeake Bay to be part of the space program. Another Antares launch is scheduled early in 2017, by the way. One might ask why space explo-

ration is so important. Well, it’s all about learning “What’s Out There,” isn’t it? We want to know ~ we need to know ~ because we are some part of all that. But what part? Did the stuff necessary for life on Earth come from someplace Out There originally? Has that stuff gotten to other planets, too, or are we alone? Could humans survive someplace other than on the surface of Earth? These are some of the reasons we explore space. Plus, of course, we’re just plain curious. We can learn about What’s Out There in just two ways, basically: (1) We can look at it and draw inferences from what we see, and (2) We can examine it directly. The f irst method ~ looking ~


may seem pretty limp, but it has gotten a lot better lately. At first we could only gaze into the sky with telescopes, those optical devices that magnify the light coming to us through the atmosphere. Great guy, Galileo, and his observations answered a lot of questions and led to a zillion others. Astronomers all over the world are still peering through telescopes. Now ad ay s , how e ve r, w e c a n “look” with all manner of other detectors, too: x-ray telescopes, radio telescopes, spectroscopes, and so on. And with the Hubble telescope, we can look without having to peer through the curtain of our atmosphere. It is precious, it sustains us, and it protects us, but it sure does get in the way of our looking. So now we can look, with lots of eyes, at lots of stuff being emitted from Out There, not just the visible light. We can tell whether objects are moving away from us or coming at us, and at what speed. We can even know what materials are emitting the light by breaking what we “see” into a spectrum. (I realize I am simplifying, Gentle Reader, but I want you to stay with me on this. There are a few surprises coming.) Still, the second method of knowing What’s Out There ~ directly examining ~ is ever so much better than merely looking at stuff in various ways. If you actually have it on your workbench, you can grind

it up, freeze it, boil it, irradiate it, mix it with other chemicals to see the reactions, whatever. Best of all, with a variety of microscopes, you can examine it right down to the atomic level.

Lunar Object #15145, the “Genesis Rock.” So, when the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969 came f loating down under a parachute, clutching a bag with 48 pounds of rocks and soil they had gathered on the Moon, the scientists went crazy. Finally we had something from Out There right here in our hands! And five more bags of Moon rocks were collected on Apollo missions 12,14,15,16, and 17. (Apollo 13 went wrong, as you may remember, though it made for a great movie.) Three Soviet Luna missions managed to bring back 11 ounces of lunar material. In all, our guys managed to bring down a whopping 840 pounds of rocky material in just three years. It was a great start. But here’s


Bennu the astounding fact. (Grab your hat, Mildred.) It was also the end. Since Apollo 17, do you know how much stuff we have brought back from Out There? Nothing, zilch, nada. When Commander Gene Cernan stepped off the Moon and into the Lunar Module, at 12:41 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 14, 1972, we have not gotten anything from anywhere Out There ~ not from the Moon, not from any of the planets, not from the many objects f litting about the solar system that we call asteroids and comets. And Apollo 17 was 44 years ago. Ye gods. Of course, some things from Out There do arr ive here unbidden, sometimes catastrophically. Besides planets, the solar system is full of stuff, objects big and small, and some of them fall to Earth. Actually, lots of this stuff enters into our atmosphere every day. Most of it burns up and falls as a fine dust. A few bits are big enough to survive the burning (we see them as meteors in the

night sky) and they drop all over the world, mostly into the oceans. Some are large, and the great heat causes them to explode in the atmosphere. One meteor, probably a near-Earth asteroid, came down over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013. Although it was only about 50 feet in diameter and exploded about 18 miles above the city, it injured over a thousand people and broke windows for miles around. And we all know about the Big One that snuffed the dinosaurs. Those bits that fall to earth and are recovered we call meteorites and, yes, we can examine them. Remember, though, what we are examining is basically a cinder remnant, not the original stuf f. Some chunk s of the Moon have been blasted into space by impacts there, some of which have fallen to Earth. We can recognize them as “lunar” meteorites because we have examined the Moon rocks. We have stuff coming in from places other than the Moon, but we can only guess where it may have originated. Recently, we have determined that some meteorites

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Bennu came from Mars, thrown out by long-ago impact events there. Not many, mind you, just 2/10 of one percent. Even though burned, it’s great to have some stuff from Mars actually in our hands. (Speaking of hands, I see one raised in the back of the room.) “If we haven’t brought anything back from Mars to examine, then how do we know these meteorites came from there?” It’s a good question, one that leads to another important point. While it’s true that we haven’t brought a scrap back from Mars to examine in our labs here, we have sent out robots to Mars to do some examining Out There. The f irst Mars rover was a little guy named Sojourner. Then there were those great little Mars rovers, Spirit and Oppor t unit y. Bot h had modest

sampling devices that they could poke into the ground. The data they sent back gave us some information about the composition of Martian soil and rock. Now there’s a new rover on Mars. He’s rough and tough and as a big as an SU V. Goes by the name of C ur iosit y, and we ex pec t great things of him. We’ve sent lot s of spacecra f t out to orbit or f ly by many objects in the solar system ~ Cassini to Saturn and its fascinating moons, last summer Juno went into orbit around Jupiter, and in 2015 the New Horizon spacecraft zipped past my favorite de-frocked planet ~ and yours ~ Pluto. These missions were all fascinating and provided a close look-see. But they were really just “looking,” weren’t they? It seems we can’t go out and bring stuff back to Earth anymore. Too

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Bennu expensive, I guess, though planning for a manned voyage to Mars is under way. Follow ing Apollo, NASA switched to having robots go Out There to do some very close “looking” and sometimes even a bit of “examining.” We recovered a few microscopic particles of the solar wind with the Genesis mission. The Stardust mission managed to bring back a few specks gathered from the tails of comets. Recently, a Japanese spacecraft named Hayabusa got up close to an asteroid and took great pictures. It was supposed to grab some material and bring it back to Earth, but the sampler failed. Asteroids have so little gravity that landers tend to bounce off. The Japanese are trying again with Hayabusa 2, scheduled to return material to Earth in 2020. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission went out to get a close look at Comet 67P. It also carried a small lander named Philae to transmit photos from the surface and test the soil. When Philae was sent down on November 12, 2014, it failed to grab onto the surface. Instead, it bounced, tw ice, then landed somewhere upside down. Lacking solar power, it shut down and was lost for a year and a half. Rosetta continued scanning for her lost Philae, however. Then, just ten days before she herself was to crash (intentionally) into the comet…

there she was! On September 5, 2016, Roset ta’s high-resolut ion camera found Philae wedged into a dark crack. Still, we haven’t succeeded in bringing back to Earth more than a few grains of material, not from the Moon or anywhere else, in the last 44 years. What a shame. Well, that may be about to change. Here’s the good news I promised. L ast September 8, just t hree d ay s a f ter Philae w a s lo c ate d , NASA launched the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. It is now headed for an asteroid named Bennu. A nd this isn’t a f ly-by or a robot lander. OSIRIS-REx is going to grab some material from the asteroid’s surface and bring it back to Earth. Protected by its heat shield, the sample canister will drop into the Utah desert. How NASA selected Bennu explains a lot about the mission itself. Remember, they had half a million asteroids to choose from. They narrowed it down cleverly.




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really do need to learn a great deal more about asteroids. Why, you ask? Here are the top three reasons. First, asteroids can be dangerous. Lots and lots of them are circling the Sun; over half a million have been identified and charted. Some come fairly close to Earth, and colliding with an asteroid of any significant size could be curtains for us. It would be nice to know how we might steer one away from Earth. Every six years, Bennu comes closer to us than the Moon! There is a 1 in 2,700 chance that these close passes will result in a collision around 2185. Second, asteroids could be valuable. They may contain substances worth mining for use on Earth. We


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can’t bring one down to Earth, but we might be able to send a crew out to do the mining on the asteroid itself and just bring back the fi nished stuff. Or we might drag chunks to a mining station in Earth orbit or on the Moon. Third, we suspect that asteroids

are time capsules. Unlike the planets, they are little changed since the solar system was formed. Lots of good clues are expected about what Earth was made of originally and how the stuff needed to support life may have gotten to Earth. Anyway, this go-out-and-bringback mission is going to be historic. The sample canister is scheduled to land on September 24, 2023, so mark that date on your calendars. Meanwhile, let’s keep looking up! And happy holidays to you all. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island. Call Us: 410-725-4643

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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at 155


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“If you are an addict, you are either using, clean or dead. There is nothing in between. Do I have another high in me? Yes. Do I have another clean and sobering up in me? I don’t know.� ~ Chris, 27 years clean Opiate: A naturally occurring narcotic analgesic derived from opium poppy. Examples include morphine and codeine. Opioid: A wholly or partially synthetic narcotic analgesic not fou nd i n nat u re (ma n-made or chemically synthesized in the lab). Examples include oxycodone (oxycontin) and hydrocodone (vicodin). More recently, the term opioid has expanded to include all opium-like substances, whet her nat ura l or synthetic, while the term opiate remains limited to only to substances derived naturally from the opium poppy, such as morphine.

called opioid receptors that are found on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and other organs of the body. When these drugs attach to their receptors, they reduce the perception of pain while producing a euphoric sense of well-being or pleasure. Dentistry is no longer the sometimes-dreadful process it once was. Waiting in the ER with a broken bone, while never comfor table, can now at least be tolerated. The grievous shock trauma visited upon the victims of violent accidents or battlefield injuries can be relieved by opiates.

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Chesapeake Treatment Opioids, on the other hand, are a double-edged sword, a highly addictive curse on mankind and the cause of great human suffering. An estimated 2.3 million Americans are hooked on them, and that number is growing at an alarming rate. In fact, the abuse of opioids has reached epidemic proportions, prompting new federal guidelines and recommendations. But while the epidemic is recent and the guidelines are new, the problem is an old if not ancient one. The great spinning disk of the universe wheels through space, time and circumstance, curving in upon itself where the end approaches the beginning. And, in completing the circle of life, it often deposits us back where we began. We’ve seen it all before and yet we see it again as if for the very first time ~ until the shock of recognition sinks in. True, this. Or, said differently: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” Fluctuating between the salubri-

ous effect of a prescribed medicine, and the toxic impact of an illicit drug, the regulatory history of opioids reflects the perilous balance between helping and harming people. What came first, humanity’s search for pain relief or for the pleasure of euphoric highs? Does it matter? As far back as 3,400 BC, the ancient Sumerians cultivated the “joy plant” from wild poppies. Leaping ahead to 1908, we find that a physician named Hamilton Wright was appointed by Theodore Roosevelt as the first Opium Commissioner in the United States. “Of all the nations of the world,” said Wright, “the United States consumes most habit-forming drugs per capita.” At the time, approximately one in every 400 Americans (or .25%) was addicted to opium, and over two-thirds of those were women. So, in 1914, the Harrison Act, which regulated and taxed the opium and cocaine supply chains, was passed and signed into law. In 1919, the Supreme Court upheld a law banning doctors from giving opiates to addicts except to wean them off the drug. These actions resulted in a dramatic drop in the number of upper class white women addicted to opium. What happened? They either cleaned up, switched drugs or died. Still, illegal drug use grew dramatically ~ especially among young men in minority and poor white communities where heroin often became the drug of choice around the age of 16.


“It’s like trying to constantly push back the ocean.” ~ Police Officer The U.S. government spent much of the 20th century trying to regulate opiates and other drugs: The Heroin Act of 1924, the Boggs Act of 1951 and the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 were but a few. In the meantime, pharmaceutical companies were developing a continuous stream of opioids: heroin, morphine, oxycontin, percocet, vicodin and, more recently, the extremely dangerous, outrageously potent, completely synthetic fentanyl (originally intended for use by late-term cancer patients) are some of the names you may recognize.

Eight y percent of all fentanyl seizures to date have come from ten states. Maryland happens to be one of them. This stuff is 100 times more potent than morphine, which makes it 50 times stronger than heroin. How strong is that? A quarter of one milligram can kill you. (A typical baby aspirin tablet is 81 milligrams.


Chesapeake Treatment Cut it into 324 equal pieces, swallow just one of those tiny chips and chances are very good you’ll die.) In 1990, an inf luential article in Scientific American titled “The Tragedy of Needless Pain” provoked a powerful paradigm shift in the med ic a l c om mu n it y. The piec e argued that millions of Americans needlessly suffered pain from old injuries, misidentified ailments or recent surgeries. The acceptance of this philosophy resulted in: (A) the creation of the “chronic pain movement” and, soon thereafter, (B) skyrocketing opioid prescriptions, followed by (C) an exploding epidemic of opioid abuse. None of t his is to ig nore t he plight of those who suffer with the very real problem of chronic pain. But when it comes to adjectives like moderate, severe and chronic, definitions of pain are loose and the difference between a therapeutic dose and a dangerous dose can be razor thin. A nd so, the song remains the same, but now we encounter the changing face of opioid abuse in America. Unlike the middle-aged upper class white women of the early 1900s, or the young lower income black men from the inner cities of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s ~ today’s typical heroin addicts are almost evenly split bet ween male and female. They typically start using at 24 and

are more likely to come from leafy suburbs, small towns and rural settings. Importantly, they often travel the road that ends in heroin addiction by starting with legal pain pill prescriptions. A startling statistic asserts that 80% of cur rent heroin abusers started out on opioid pain pills! But if modern opioid pain pills are powerful enough to relieve pain and produce a high state of euphoria, why would anyone transition to street heroin with all the inherent dangers attached to that notorious drug? After all, in addition to overdoses and death, heroin abuse leads to infections of the heart lining and valves, rheumatological diseases, not to mention the associated problems of needle use such as HIV, hepatitis and other blood diseases. Not only that, but the addict constantly runs the risk of buying impure blends laced with everything from horse and elephant tranquilizer (you read that right) to fentanyl. The effects are powerful, unpredictable and often deadly. Why, indeed. Because once the medical community, elected officials and government regulators realized that an epidemic gripped the nation, they took measures to effectively monitor and ultimately reduce the frequency of pain pill prescriptions, and voilà! ~ the immutable laws of economics kicked in. The lower supply of pain pills drove the price up and availability down, while a tor-



Chesapeake Treatment rential flow from Mexico and China drove the street price of heroin down and availability up. The numbers vary a bit depending upon local market conditions, but pain medications can now cost $1 per milligram, or $60 for a 60-milligram pill, whereas an equivalent amount of heroin can typically be had for $8 - $12. So, while the crackdown on prescribed opioids was necessary, the unintended consequences have been enormously harmful. This might be news to you, but it likely is not to some of your neighbors, co-workers, friends and/or family members. Last year, the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte spent time trying to better understand their patients who were coming into detox for heroin abuse. In addition to all the young adults, they found middle-aged police officers, law yers, doctors, nurses, businessmen and ministers from some of the best neighborhoods in the area. Their common refrain? “We used to take pain pills, but now we inject heroin.” “Addiction is an indiscriminate stalker. It is the great equal opportunity destroyer of health, happiness - of life itself.” ~ Lane, 16 years clean. • 80% of the world’s pain pills are consumed in the United States which

has just 5% of the world’s population. • In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for opioids were written ~ more than enough to provide every adult in America with their own bottle of pills. • The number of accidental drug overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers in the United States has more than quadrupled since 1999. • Drug overdose is the leading cause of unintentional death in America. Someone dies this way every 19 minutes which is more than from car accidents. • Women may be become dependent on prescription pain relievers more quickly than men. • Between 2000 and 2010, prescription pain reliever overdose deaths increased more than 400% for women, compared to 237% for men. • Heroin overdose deaths among women have tripled in the last several years. “Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” ~ Victor Hugo This is where Dr. David Hill and Melissa Bishop - founder and director of operations, respectively, of Chesapeake Treatment Services on Marvel Court in Easton - enter the story. “I’ve been a local yokel most of my life ~ grew up here in Easton,” says


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Dr. David Hill Dr. Hill from across the conference room table. “My grandfather started Hill’s Drug Store ninety years ago, and it’s still chugging along with a loyal following. Anyway, after college I went to the University of Maryland Dental School and became a practicing dentist for sixteen years.” Knowing that he was the founder of William Hill Manor, I ask him how he went from dentistry to “nursing home” entrepreneur. “ T h e r e w a s a nu r s i n g h o m e across the street from my office,” he begins, “and whenever I’d look over there, I’d see all these people in wheelchairs lined up like cattle a rou nd a nu r se’s st at ion. The y

were being treated like a number in the system.” He pauses, looking into the middle distance as if recapturing the scene in his mind’s eye. “And so, over time, I thought that I wanted to do something to provide those needed services, but on a more humane level, and in a setting that didn’t feel like an impersonal institution where they warehoused people.” Sitting next to him, Bishop listens intently, occasionally smiling as if, like me, she is learning some of Dr. Hill’s personal history for the first time. “I don’t like the term assisted living, so I called it catered living,” he says with a laugh. “There was also full-time intensive nursing care, so we provided several levels of support. I had a great time and loved the entire process. In fact, some teachers and principals from my early school years ended up there, but thankfully,” he says with a chuckle, “they had all forgotten what a bad boy I was.” When our laughter dies, he turns serious, saying, “I started a bank, but in 1994 I got into trouble with cocaine and fell off my horse. It was a real epiphany ~ a wake-up call. With the love and support of many wonderful people, I got into recovery and got back up again. It changed me and, in fact, the years since then have been the best of my life.” I ask Bishop about her story. “I was raised in northeast Philly, and then moved to Delaware after high school


and I’ve been there ever since,” she says. “I was in my early 20s, and the move from a busy city to a rural area was not a good situation for me because I was bored out of my mind, not to mention a little wild, and so I ended up getting into trouble and creating my own problems. But after a while, I went back to college to earn a degree in behavioral sciences, followed by one in human services, and then fell into working with the drug court and first-time offenders. I really enjoyed working with the substance abuse population and continued over the years running multiple programs until one day a colleague of mine said, ‘Hey, there’s an opportunity over there working in a medically assisted treatment

program.’ At first I wasn’t sure it was something I wanted to do, but that was eleven years ago and I’ve never looked back.” Dr. Hill picks up the thread. “I had a friend who was in this field, and then when I started reading in the paper about people dying from opioids, I began to look around

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Chesapeake Treatment at various practices out there. My son Chad, who is involved in all my ventures, spent a day with Melissa observing how she ran her program, and we became convinced that she was not only on the right track, but had a lot of talent and experience, so we made her part of the team.” Medication assisted treatment (MAT), which includes, but does not exclusively rely upon, the prescribed use of methadone, suboxone or naltrexone, has revolutionized the treatment of people addicted to opioids. By controlling cravings and withdrawal symptoms without producing a “high,” these medications enable the patient to productively par t icipate in t he ot her phases of treatment, like individual and group therapy. They’re also better able to make healthier choices as their brain chemistry (natural production of endogenous opioids such as endorphins) rebalances and as their “brain circuits” (nerve cell opioid receptors) reset toward normal reward/self-control patterns. Scientific research has established that MAT programs decrease t he number of overdose deat hs from heroin abuse and increase the retention of patients in treatment, all while decreasing illicit drug use, infectious disease transmission, criminal activity, chronic unemploy ment and public healthcare costs. A 2005 study concluded that

every dollar spent on MAT yields $38 in related economic benefits. Unlike the old methadone clinics, MAT programs such as those at Chesapeake Treatment Services take a more holistic approach that includes much more than the dispensing of methadone or suboxone alone. Dr. Hill steps back into the discussion. “The traditional 12-step programs, like the one I went through, and which I love, are based on total abstinence from any substances during the entire time of treatment, and that worked for me. Then again, I wasn’t an opioid user,” he says. “What I’ve learned is that opioids are an entirely different animal, more dangerous in my view than cocaine. With cocaine, I experienced psychological withdrawal ~ you want more. But you don’t undergo the physiological changes or physical withdrawal symptoms. Or, take alcohol, which after many years of abuse can kill you slowly. But opioids ~ opioids will kill you tonight.” “ W it h opioid s you h ave t w o things,” adds Melissa. “The incredible euphoria of the high itself, as well as the dreadful fear that if you don’t get your supply you’ll plunge into withdrawal. I’ve sat with opioid addicts, and when talk begins about withdrawal, you can see sheer panic overwhelm them. This sounds terrible but many, if not most, would rat her d ie of a n overdose t ha n go through the agonizing hell of withdrawal.”


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Chesapeake Treatment What does it take to properly run a MAT program like Chesapeake Treatment Services? Besides Melissa, the staff includes a doctor/ medical director, nurse practitioner, two nurses, office manager, executive director, clinical supervisor and four counselors. And, as the patient population grows, so will the staff. And so, decades after transforming the local nursing home industry, Dr. Hill has set out to replace the impersonal, institutionalized onetrick-pony methadone clinic with an expanding network of more effective Chesapeake Treatment Service Programs modeled on MAT. Next up ~ Salisbury. After that ~ Ocean City. Will they expand beyond the Delmar va peninsula? “More people will get involved in this field,” says Melissa, “but if experience is any guide, many won’t do it right, and we want to make sure this is done right.” So, I’d say that parts west, north and south loom large on the horizon, dead center in the realm of possibilities.

Dr. Hill wraps it up with this: “I received a letter the other day from a grandmother in Ocean City telling me that we had saved her granddaughter’s life. She went on to say that the young woman had been poorly treated in other places and was losing hope ~ until she came here. Now she is getting the therapy she never got before, and is hopeful about life. That was a big one for me.” When I ask him how this compares to his previous ventures, he says. “This is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever been involved in because I know we’re saving lives. I know we are.” 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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From the Death Star to Dock Trees The Evolution of Christmas by Michael Valliant

For me, it was the Star Wars Death Star. That was the Christmas present that defined the holiday for my childhood. Coming downstairs, finding it put together in front of the tree at six or seven years old. It’s an image that will always be in my mind’s eye. Maybe most children have their iconic Christmas experience or picture in their heads, something that sticks with them through the years, that defines the holiday for them, and that they in turn want to help create for their own family or friends later on.

If life is defined by change, Christmas as a holiday can be looked at in the same way. As a child, Christmas is getting presents. It is the anticipation of Christmas morning, racing downstairs, and finding what surprises are under the tree. The image we associate with the holiday is Santa Claus: a kind and generous, magical stranger who delivers toys and happiness to children around the world. This aspect of the holiday, the Santa effect, Christmas as getting presents, fades as we get into teenage years and young adulthood.


The Evolution of Christmas There is still something about the holiday, but it changes. If we appreciate anything about it, it might now be spending time with family. If Christmas takes on a new icon, maybe it’s the Christmas tree, a symbol of the holiday in the home, a coming together of family. Family was the constant in our house. My grandparents drove from Towson and stayed with us for Christmas. Our family hosted dinner on Christmas Eve, and we went to my aunt’s house for Christmas Day dinner. The holiday became a feeling of being together; it was being off from school and the setting in of cold weather.

Christmas in my 20s seemed less significant. Life was more self-involved, and the holidays were less of a focus. And then came having kids. They were the game-changer. At first, it was a joy to have young children and watch them come into an understanding of the holiday. But the trap was getting caught up in the commercialization of it all. Christmas became pressure. It became making sure under the tree was overfull with presents, and it was altogether too easy to get sucked into it all. Bill Watterson, the writer and creator of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, captured it: “Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have

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the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer.... Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?” I hit a point where I bottomed out. What had generally been my favorite holiday had become a time of year that I had trouble dealing with. And then a couple things started to sink in. One was the newfound tradition of lighting Christmas trees along the docks of Town Creek in Oxford. It was an idea that started with my godfather and cousin, Doug Hanks, Jr. Doug wanted to extend the Oxford tradition of having a sailboat lit up at the head of the

creek. He decided that a creek full of lit-up sailboat spars would do it. Then he thought of trees. In 1996, Hanks wanted to surprise his stepdaughter, who was returning home from studying abroad in India. He talked to a group at Bates Marine, and they came up with the idea of creating a simple PVC pipe “tree” that could easily be placed and lit at the end of the docks along Town Creek. They put up 13 the night she arrived home and immediately started to get requests from others living on the creek. The first year, they lit 30 trees. The town was abuzz about it. The tradition was started. And when Hanks died of cancer in 2003, his friends and the town decided the dock lights would continue. Now it is a town-wide effort that touches both residents and visitors. It is a tradition that makes me think of family and community. Washington Irving said it well


when he wrote, “Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial f lame of charity in the heart.” Charity. Giving back. Making Christmas about more than just immediate or even extended family. Broadly speaking, Christmas has become more of a secular holiday than a religious one. There have been many years when that is how I approached it, even though I knew what it was and why it was celebrated. Maybe we all find ourselves identifying with Charlie Brown, wandering and searching for someone to remind us what Christmas is about. We are looking for Linus to shine some light on it: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore

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The Evolution of Christmas afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’” For me, that has been the turning point. Listening to Linus. Going back to the roots of Christmas, turning toward spirituality, gratitude, worship, and charity, in look-

ing at why and how to celebrate. In a sense, it has been looking at Christmas with new eyes, those of a child, both for my daughters and for myself. Charles Dickens seemed to know a thing or two about Christmas. I like the way he said it: “It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” Michael Valliant is the Executive Director of the Oxford Community Center. Valliant was born and raised in Oxford and has worked for Talbot County non-profit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Academy Art Museum.


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Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit 179


Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance Kent County is a treasury of early American history. Its principal towns and back roads abound with beautiful old homes and historic landmarks. The area was first explored by Captain John Smith in 1608. Kent County was founded in 1642 and named for the shire in England that was the home of many of Kent’s earliest colonists. When the first legislature assembled in 1649, Kent County was one of two counties in the colony, thus making it the oldest on the Eastern Shore. It extended from Kent Island to the present boundary. The first settlement, New Yarmouth, thrived for a time and, until the founding of Chestertown, was the area’s economic, social and religious center. Chestertown, the county seat, was founded in 1706 and served as a port of entry during colonial times. A town rich in history, its attractions include a blend of past and present. Its brick sidewalks and attractive antiques stores, restaurants and inns beckon all to wander through the historic district and enjoy homes and places with architecture ranging from the Georgian mansions of wealthy colonial merchants to the elaborate style of the Victorian era. Second largest district of restored 18th-century homes in Maryland, Chestertown is also home to Washington College, the nation’s tenth oldest liberal arts college, founded in 1782. Washington College was also the only college that was given permission by George Washington for the use of his name, as well as given a personal donation of money. The beauty of the Eastern Shore and its waterways, the opportunity for boating and recreation, the tranquility of a rural setting and the ambiance of living history offer both visitors and residents a variety of pleasing experiences. A wealth of events and local entertainment make a visit to Chestertown special at any time of the year. For more information about events and attractions in Kent County, contact the Kent County Visitor Center at 410-778-0416, visit www. or e-mail For information about the Historical Society of Kent County, call 410-778-3499 or visit For information specific to Chestertown visit 181












































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Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Sponsored by the Wednesday Morning A r tists and friends, the show will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit

Daily Meeting: Al-Anon. For times and locations, v isit 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. 31 19th Anniversary Group Show at Troika Gallery, Easton. New works by all of our artists. For more info. tel: 410770-9190 or visit troikagallery. com.

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December Calendar 10th annual show and sale at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge. This show and sale full of gifts is very diverse, creatively designed, and priced for gift-giving. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit Thru Jan. 1 Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City. More than one million holiday lights sparkle throughout your favorite beach resort. Hundreds of animated light displays. Relax in the heated pavilion and tour the lights by bus. For more info. tel: 800626-2326. Thru Jan. 3 Exhibit: Members of the Working Artist Forum will exhibit their work in the lobby gallery area of the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. The exhibit showcases a variety of mediums and subject matter, and all art

is offered for sale. Open to the public during college hours and during all events at the Todd Performing Arts Center. Thru Jan. 15 Chesapeake City’s Winterfest of Lights. Enjoy the Victorian candlelight house tour, a horse-draw n carriage ride, Dickens carolers, ice-skating. Marvel at the holiday lighting displays. A nd don’t miss the Town Christmas Tree made entirely of crab pots. Thru Jan. 27 Exhibit: Bird Chronicles, works by Kevin Garber, at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Reception on Saturday, December 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. The watercolors, stone lit hog raphs a nd mono prints in Bird Chronicles are loosely sketched and brushed with colorful washes, yet they are also full of curiously precise details that clearly identify each species. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit Thru Feb. 26 Exhibit: The Myth Ma k e r s in Mar yl an d ~ T he Mighty Merganser with artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (a.k.a. the Myth Makers) at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The artists will build one of their iconic 16-foot-high sapling sculptures on the Museum’s grounds. For more info.


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Society. Curator-led tour on Dec. 8 at noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 1 Arts & Crafts Group at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Feb. 26 Exhibit: Jacob Kainen - Washington Colorist at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. This exhibit features works that reveal K ainen’s gradual shif t from figural to abstract forms. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Feb. 26 Exhibit: The Washington Por tfolio at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Washington Portfolio is a recent acquisition made possible with funds provided by the Collection

1 Blood Bank donation drive from noon to 7 p.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 800 -5484009 or visit delmarvablood. org. 1 Denton Holiday Parade from 6 to 8 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit with marching bands, Santa and the best of the season. Following the parade, watch the illumination of the Courthouse Green and enjoy a holiday musical performance. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-2050. 1 Class: Cocktails and Canvas at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $45. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 1 Free Movie Night at the Oxford Community Center. Top Gun.



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themed train display, now in its 82nd year. Created each year by the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company volunteers. Hours of operation are: Mon.-Fri. from 6 to 9 p.m., Sat. and Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Refreshments are sold. Donations of money, new toys, or non-perishable food items are welcome for their Chr istmas Drive. For more info. tel: 410228-5262.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 1-30 Christmas Train Garden at the Old Firehouse in Cambridge. Gaze in wonder at this holiday-

1-Jan. 31 Exhibit: Small Treasures at the 717 Gallery, Easton. Opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on the 1st. Small paintings, perfect for gift-giving. For more info. tel: 410-241-7020.

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December Calendar Thursdays at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn to play this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Ducks Unlimited - Bay Hundred Chapter at the St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -886 2069. 1,8,15,22,29 Open Mic & Jam at RAR Brewing in Cambridge. Thursdays f rom 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. 2 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 2 Soroptimist Festival of Trees at the Chestertown Firehouse.

No on. D i splay of Ch r i s t ma s trees decorated by local businesses, organizations, clubs and individuals. A beautiful way to start the holiday season. Free admission ~ come one, come all. For more info. tel: 410-708-5301. 2 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 2 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. 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


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of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 2 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit 2 Cocktails and Concerts featuring R achel Frank lin and SONOS at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 2 Karaoke Happy Hour at Layton’s Chance Winery, Vienna. 6 to 10 p.m. Wine available at the bar. Table reservations taken on day

2 Concert: Amy Black in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 and 9:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 2 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. Enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711.

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2-3 Caroline Hospice Festival of Trees at the Chesapeake Culinary School, Denton. The event kicks of f on Friday evening w ith a mixer featuring appetizers, wine, and open bidding on the beautifully decorated festive trees. Fri. 4 to 7 p.m. and Sat. 1 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-479-3500 or visit 2-3 Christmas at the Museum at the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum, Tilghman. The Museum will recreate a miniature Christmas village with a collection of lighted houses, train sets and dolls. Family fun holiday activities and light refreshments will be available. Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more info. visit 2-3 16th annual Handmade from the Heart at Evergreen Easton. Fr iday f rom 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments and a cash wine bar, including mulled wine and hot cider, will be available on Friday night with an acoustic set performed by local band Mule Train while shoppers browse the show. On Saturday, a selection of homemade baked goods will be for sale in addition to the

2-4 Christmas on the Creek in the town of Oxford. On Friday, there will be gospel music and community caroling at Waters United Met hod ist Church. Sat urday features a Christmas bazaar, live music, wine and cheese tasting, discounts at local shops, Santa arrives for tree lighting, and a soup supper at Oxford United Methodist Church. Sunday features breakfast with Santa at the firehouse, discounts at local shops and much more. For a full schedule visit 2-4 Winterfest Weekend in Chestertown. A weekend filled with holiday shopping, performances, tastings, open houses and crafts for kids and adults. For more info. v isit 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24,30,31 Rock ‘N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling


Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m. Un li m ited bowli ng, i ncludes, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit 2,4 Concert: The Easton Choral Arts Society Christmas Concert at Christ Church, Easton. John Rutter’s Magnificat. Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Magnificat is a bright and joyful canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary. $25 general admission, students free with pre-registration. $30 at the door. For more info. tel: 410-200-0498 or visit 2,6,9,13,16,20,23,27,30 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Fr iday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American

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December Calendar Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 2,9,16,23,30 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 3 Winter Waterfowl Walk in the Sanctuary areas at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Guided walks begin at 8 a.m. with a local birding expert. Registration is limited to the first 20. Children over 12 are permitted, but no dogs. Free. For more info. tel: 443-691-9370 or visit http://bit. do/winterwaterfowlwalks. 3 Annual Christmas Bazaar at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Oxford. 9 a.m. to noon. Mini decorated trees, decorated wreaths, homemade baked goods, elegant raffle baskets, crafts, jewelry, and needlepoint. 100% beeswax candles blessed by Fr. Kevin Cross. For more info. tel: 410-822-7236.

3 A Very Vintage Christmas with the Preston Historical Society. 3rd A nnua l Chr ist ma s Open House. The event features vint a ge C h r i s t m a s de c or at ion s throughout the museum, goody bags for children, door prizes, 50/50 raff le, cookies and live performances of Christmas music. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-5454 or visit 3 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 3 Holiday Greens Workshop at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to noon. Craft an elegant holiday centerpiece in this popular program led by floral designer Nancy Beatty. $35 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 3 C ook ing Demonstrat ion and Lunch with Master Chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. What’s Up Eastern Shore Favor ite s! Demonst rat ion at 10 with lunch at noon. $68 per person. For more info. tel: 410226-5111. 3 Wreath Sale and Open House at



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Market in the TalbotTown center in Easton from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate Piazza’s participation in the “Adopt-an-Alp” program. The program is to raise awareness of the tradition of transhumance, a seasonal droving of grazing livestock between the valleys in winter and the high mountain pastures in summer. Raffle, trivia contest, and more. For more info. tel: 410-820-8281.

Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop for handmade one-of-a-kind evergreen wreaths, fresh-cut greens, and stunning holiday centerpieces. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 3 Holiday Tea at historic Meredith House in Cambridge. Delectable sweets served by costumed servers and a group tour of the house and Museum spaces. $20 for Dorchester County Historical Society members, $30 for nonmembers. Reservations required. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or e-mail 3 Concert: A Chester River Holiday with the Chester River Chorale, joined by the Chester River Youth Choir at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. visit 3 Mid-Day Madness at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. Christmas boutique and jewelry sale from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. until closing. Lovely jewelry and accessories, gifts, and baked goods. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 3 Kick-off party at Piazza Italian


Olde Ty me Hol id ay Pa rade through downtown Easton. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Lighting of the town Christmas tree in Thompson Park at 6 p.m. Santa will be present to take pictures before the parade. After the parade, don’t forget to stop by and see Rudolph at TalbotTown! For more info. tel: 410690-4395 or visit discovereaston. com.

3 15th Annual Midnight Madness in St. Michaels. Great shops will be open ’til midnight with refreshments and snacks, and special sales all day and night during


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3 14th annual United Way Holiday Ball at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge. 6 to 11:55 p.m. Tickets are limited and will sell out. Black tie optional. For more info. tel: 410742-5143.

3 68th Annual Cambridge-Dorchester County Christmas Parade at 5 p.m. This year’s parade theme embraces the nickname of Cambridge, “Groove City,” with the theme “A Rock N’ Roll Christmas.” Maces Lane Middle to be the parade’s Host Band. Don’t

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3,10,17,24 Easton Farmer’s Market every Saturday from mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured from 10 a.m. until noon. Town parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton Farmer’s Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit 3,10,17,24,31 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit 3-Feb. 26 Exhibit: Nanny Trippe ~ Trees, Majesty and Mystery at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Trippe, whose family has been on the Eastern Shore for many generations, has studied and created photographs since a young age. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 3, 4,10,11,17,18,31 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels.

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with guest speaker Steve Gottlieb, founder of Horizon Photography Workshops. His lecture is titled 24 Things to Think About BEFORE You Press the Shutter. 7 to 9 p.m. at the Talbot Community Center’s Chesapeake Room. For more info. visit

for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 4 Winter Wonderland at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Stroll through the Arboretum with master naturalist Margan Glover to admire the newly revealed “bones” of the woodlands, meadow and wetlands. Free for members, $5 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit

5 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060.

4 Scandinavian Cooking Class with celebrity chef Henry Miller at Two If By Sea in Tilghman. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Miller prepares a 7-course mea l. $35 includes food and beverage. Class size 15 to 20. For more info. tel: 410-886-2447 or visit 5 Brown Bag Lunch: Mary Kellogg will show a video and discuss the history and stories of local watermen at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Tilghman Tales shares five distinctive stories from the island. The Brown Bag Lunch is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring a lunch and enjoy coffee and dessert provided by the library. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 5 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club

5-2 9 A n nu a l Ma r t h a Hud s on Watercolor Show at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Martha was well known for her la nd sc apes, w i ld life, and mar ine watercolors. She endowed the St. Michaels Art league w ith an annual award for “Excellence in Watercolor,” and this event will showcase the Art League’s watercolor artists. Artwork will be for sale through t he a r t ist s. Th is prog ra m is funded in part by a grant from


p.m. or Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. The From Viewer to Doer approach consists of an informal tour-chat about the exhibitions, and the opportunity to work on a related art project. $10. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesd ay s at Un iver sit y of Ma r yla nd Shore Reg iona l He a lt h Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit 5,12,19,26 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 5 or 7 Class: From Viewer to Doer at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Monday f rom 6 to 8

6 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 6 An American Songbook Holiday Performance at the Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts, Chestertown. Dena Underwood is a vocalist, pianist, and jazz artist. 4:30 p.m. The performance will be followed by a reception with food and drinks courtesy of Chester River Wine & Cheese Co. 6 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit

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December Calendar 6,13 Class: Holiday Workshop in Pastel or Oil ~ The Magic of the Season with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $60 members, $72 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 6,20 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. 7 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. A different prompt presented in each session offers a suggestion for the morning’s theme. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 7 Doe Night in downtown Cambridge. Shops and restaurants open until 9 p.m. for Christmas shopping and a sample menu of wines at each shop. For more info. visit cambridgemainstreet. com. 7 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-

3395 or visit evergreeneaston. org. 7 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800 -477- 6291 or v isit 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours, and other art-related activities. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 7,14,21,28 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-7456073 or visit 7,14,21,28 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039.


8 Arts Express bus trip ~ Christmas in New York City with the Academy Art Museum. Depart Easton at 7 a.m., depart NYC at 7:30 p.m. Spend the day on your own schedule. $135 members, $162 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 8 Class: Holiday “Mosaic� Collage w ith Sher yl Southw ick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $40 members, $48 non-members with a $15 materials fee. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 8,22 Memoir Writing at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly folk. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 9 Stag Night in downtown Cam203

December Calendar bridge. Shops and restaurants open until 9 p.m. For more info. visit 9 Concert: Tidewater Singers at the Oxford Community Center perform a cappella Christmas favorites. 7:30 p.m. For more info. visit 9,10,16,17 Train Village at the St. Michaels Communit y Center, St. Michaels. Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday noon to 5 p.m. Christmas craf ts, kiosk sales and a raff le for prizes. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit

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9-11 Christmas in St. Michaels Capture the magic of the holidays in pic t ure sque St. Michaels. Christmas parade, Santa’s workshop, a display of gingerbread houses and music from the Celebration of Choirs. Shop at the Marketplace for unique Christmas gifts. Purchase tickets for the Yuletide Par t y, Breakfast w it h S a nt a , a nd t he a n nu a l Holiday House Tour. For more info. and a complete schedule of events tel: 410-745-0745 or visit 10 Countr y Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel and Trappe United Methodist churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 10 Enjoy a delicious breakfast at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels, in celebration of Christmas in St. Michaels. 7:30 to 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 10 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit


10 Semi-Annual Book Sale at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. until they’re all gone! For more info. tel: 410-7455877 or visit

10 Santa Swim for Care & Share at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge. Take a dip in the chilly waters of the Choptank for charity. Take a dip yourself, or pledge money for the

brave person who will. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. For more info. visit careandsharef und. com. 10 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith artists as they demonstrate their work. For more info. tel: 410-4791009 or visit 10 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. Enjoy the holiday spirit

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December Calendar with carriage rides, caroling, and prize drawings. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 10 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. visit 10 Candlelit Caroling Celebration at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 5 to 8 p.m. Ring in the holiday season with an evening of music, light and merriment. Live music by Nevin Dawson and Dovetail in the

gallery, hors d’oeuvres, cash wine bar, hot cider, roaring bonfire and view the winter sky with the Delmarva Stargazers. $20 members, $25 non-members, $10 children ages 3 to 18, 2 and under free. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 10 Greensboro’s Lighting of the City

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December Calendar at Greensboro River Park. 6 to 9 p.m. Annual parade followed by the lighting of the city, cookies, hot cocoa, pictures with Santa and more. For more info. tel: 410-482-6222. 10 Concer t: Tidewater Singers at Trinit y Cathedral, Easton, perform a cappella Christmas favorites. 7:30 p.m. For more info. visit 10 Concert: Girls, Guns & Glory in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 10-Apr. 2 The American Society of Marine Artists 17th National Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The exhibition travels from Williamsburg, VA, to Easton and St. Michaels. A A M Members’ reception on Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. CBMM reception on Dec. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 11 Christmas Basket Extravaganza at Crow Vineyard and Winery, Chester tow n. Noon to 4 p.m. Visitors will create a special gift box, basket or tote and fill it with

featured local vendors’ products. For more info. visit 11 Tidewater Singers Christmas concert at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 4 p.m. $10, students, free. Reception after the concert. For more info. visit 12 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at the Church of the Nazarene, Denton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 14 Early Morning Members’ Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Join Danny Poet of Caroline County Bird Club for an early-morning walk focused on birds. Dress for the weather. Cancellations only in extreme weather. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 14 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e-mail 14 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Silent No More at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance



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7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail

abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 14 Meeting: Baywater Camera Club at the Dorchester Centre for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 1 4 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Hunter’s Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 14,28 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 or visit 13,27 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 13,27 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit 14 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 6 to

14 Movie: Scrooge at the Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 7 p.m. Free. For more info. visit 15 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit 15 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. 15 Lecture: The Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series presents The New American Garden ~ On the Shore and Beyond with Eric D. Groft at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m. $20 members, $24 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 16 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic


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December Calendar at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128 or visit 17 Family Art Day at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free! Join the Museum staff for a fun morning of ornament-making. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

17 36th annual Christmas Luminaria Celebration in the town of Vienna. 5 to 9 p.m. The sparkle from the 1,500 luminarias lining the streets will await visitors on a special evening. Ride the free tram, visit Santa, enjoy entertainment at the churches, and find treats at the button factory and at the Vienna Heritage Museum. For $5, tour open homes beginning at the Vienna Heritage Museum, 303 Race St. Sponsored by Vienna Heritage Foundation and Chicone Ruritans. For more info. tel: 410-376-3413.

17 Caroling in the Park in Oxford. 5:15 to 6 p.m. Join Oxford residents as they raise their voices for the 16th year. Refreshments will be served at the Oxford Museum afterward. For more info. visit

18 3rd a nnua l Sa nt a Cha se at Martinak State Park, Denton. Spend a magical evening running or walking through Martinak State Park’s Enchanted Christmas Forest. This event is pet-friendly, with prizes awarded for costumes and dog-reindeer companions. Visit Santa’s Workshop. Produced in partnership with Lions International Clubs of t he M id- Shor e . P r o c e e d s benefit Lions’ International Vision Charities. Registration from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., race begins at 4:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-479-8120. 19 Book Arts for Teens and Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Ex-


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Kent County Community Center, Chester tow n. 5 to 9 p.m. Children will enjoy fun-filled activities such as crafts, group games, movie, and a special visit from Santa! For more info. visit

plore the fascinating process of creating a Fold-and-Cut book. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 21 Christmas Holiday Dinner at the St. Michaels Community Center. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A traditional seasonal buf fet of fered at no charge and open to the public. Donations of food or funds greatly appreciated. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 21 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190.

27 Meeting: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -822-1000, ex t. 5411. 27 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge.

21 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 22 K ids Holiday Bazaar at the


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6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 28 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at the Dorchester Family Y MCA, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 31 First Night Talbot ~ live music, entertainment, puppeteers, dancing, children’s crafts and Crab Drop in downtown Easton. 6 p.m. to midnight. For more info. tel: 410-822-5089 or visit 31 Rock Hall Crawl: Chasin’ th’ Blues to 2017. Bring in the new

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Benson & Mangold Real Estate 205 S. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663 Direct: (410) 443-1571 / Office: (410) 745-0417 216


Once magnificent manor house built by Henry Nicols shortly after his 1760 marriage to heiress Henrietta Maria Chamberlaine. The important Georgian interior features extensive raised paneling, moldings, six panel doors, and a three-story staircase with gentle risers and fluted posts. Six fireplaces, ten foot high ceilings. Stately trees, barn, old greenhouse, outbuildings. Twenty acres ideal for horses, a landscaping nursery, or future subdivision. Priced at $695,000 ~ below assessment. A once-in-a-lifetime restoration opportunity. First time offered in over sixty years. Please call Bob Shannahan for details 410-310-5745.


114 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD 21601 410-822-7556 · 410-310-5745 ·

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