Tidewater Times December 2018

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Tidewater Times

December 2018


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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 67, No. 7

Published Monthly

December 2018

Features: About the Cover Artist: Jill Jasuta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 A Christmas Memory: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Talbot Special Riders: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Christmas in St. Michaels Tour of Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Beastie Boy Bouillabaisse: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Aylwin ~ A Past Present: Peter Brittin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 How Adam Changed History: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Benny Meets Artie with Strings: Becca Newell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Changes ~ Fishing - No Rose Garden: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . 161

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman ~ Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Caroline County ~ A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 December Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 David C. Pulzone, Publisher ¡ Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Artist Jill Jasuta “Season’s Egretings” is a photo illustration created by graphic designer and photographer Jill Jasuta. It was originally designed as a greeting card. Jill was making greeting cards from the time she could first pick up a pencil as a way to bring smiles to her family members. By the time she was in her 20s, she was handcrafting dozens of custom designs each year for friends and family, from paper cut-outs to three-dimensional popup cards. While spending much of her career as a writer, first for a newspaper and then for a communications firm, she always had a passion for design and photography. It’s only been in the past decade that her professional

work has evolved into the visual realm. Now, as a mostly self-taught designer and photographer, she has returned to creating greeting cards, this time as a way to bring joy to people by celebrating her adopted community of the Eastern Shore. She and her husband Jim Duffy, who live in Cambridge, Maryland, are the founders of Secrets of the Eastern Shore, a venture they began in 2014 to celebrate the Delmarva Peninsula in photos, greeting cards, books, and more. See more of Jill’s work at Jill Jasuta Photography on Facebook and Instagram, as well as at SecretsoftheEasternShore.com.

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sional foray to the legendary Wilmington Dry Goods, a discount store in a dubious neighborhood, where last season’s brand labels were sometimes on sale, if you knew the right people, and my aunt knew the right people. But the Philadelphia day trip was something just for my mother and me. We’d board the bus in the morning, dressed to the nines, because in those days, you always dressed to the nines to go shopping, especially in the city. I can remember pressing my nose up against the glass windows of the bus as

Every year around Christmas, my mother would share a treat with me. She would take me out of school for the day and we would take the bus to Philadelphia to see the store windows and the Christmas decorations and maybe have a little retail therapy. In those days, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, stores didn’t put up their Christmas stuff until after Thanksgiving. As a sheltered smalltown girl, going to Wilmington was a basic shopping experience. Strawbridge’s and Wanamaker’s knew us well, with my aunt making the occa-


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the countryside slowly gave way to the exurbs, then the suburbs, then the city. The buildings, the people, the fast pace of the city was a big thrill, and when we got off the bus downtown, I’d hold my mother’s gloved hand as we tripped along the crowded sidewalks full of shoppers, heading for the big Wanamaker’s and Lord and Taylor and a handful of other upscale stores. The streets were decorated with strings of lights and tinsel strung from light post to light post across the streets jammed with traffic. Store windows were filled with gold and silver glitz and glitter, red and green ribbons and greenery. Santas


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tail display. The windows would be full of wonderful, moving things. Santa and his reindeer literally flying above a miniature village, where smoke poured from their cottage chimneys. In another window, the Sugar Plum Fairy danced with the Nutcracker above the Mouse King and the tiny automated ballet dancers. In another window, children slept beneath elaborate quilts, while a jolly Santa rose and descended from a chimney nearby and a dog scurried around the stockings hung by the mantel. In another window, a toy train traveled around and around a track, through a tiny town where a f lagman waved and his red lantern

haunts me still, even after all those years in Manhattan, where I would see far worse. I clung to my mother’s hand and pressed closer to her fur coat as we made our way down the street. She was an expert at city walking. Eyes straight ahead, brisk step, never making physical contact with another human being. She was the epitome of a classy lady to me. Everything I know about being a lady, I learned from my mother and my aunt. Not that I’ve used these skills all that much, but they’re good to have. Eventually, we’d reach Wanamaker’s and hit the big time in re-



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eryone who worked there insane, but kids aren’t that picky, and we’re easily pleased. The movie A Christmas Story captured the childhood magic pretty well, which may be why it’s on marathon showings every holiday. And my brother and I both actually got Red Ryder BB guns one year. While we didn’t put an eye out, mine got taken away from me pretty soon after I got it. But yes, A Christmas Story really captured the magic of childhood and the season. Making every Christmas after you grow up a giant, depressing disappointment, because the enchantment is gone, leaving behind some tacky half-priced day-after memories and a sense that somehow, some way, we’ve been cheated out of

went on and off as he signaled. In every window, there was some automated mise-en-scène that celebrated a fantasy of Christmas. From somewhere, it seemed as if the whole city was filled with the sound of Christmas music. Doubtless, it blared from every loudspeaker downtown and drove ev-

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A Christmas Memory something. It helps if you have kids around you, but. . . Anyway, once my mother and I examined every single window at great length, we went into the store. The big-city Wanamaker’s always smelled faintly of Chanel N0. 5, since the cosmetics and perfume counters were on the first floor. It all seemed very grown up and glamorous, that scent and mascara and other mysterious adult lady stuff. At Christmas, the window dressing fairies outdid themselves with decorations and lights and trees and reindeer and elves and every other piece of glittery dreck you could think of that would put you in a retail mood.

The other thing that fascinated me was the ancient, rickety wooden escalators that creaked you to the upper floors of the store. My cousin once acidly remarked that they’d probably been installed about the same time Marie Antoinette was guillotined, and I almost believed her, since she went to University of Pennsylvania and was, to my mind, the very epitome of sophistication. We’d do some Christmas shop-


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those years and felt as if I were at the Plaza. The special treat from the Crystal Tea Room was the petits fours. I don’t know if they make them anymore, but they were little layered cakes, about two inches by two inches, covered in icing, with a little twist of confectionery on top in the shape of a rose. They came in colors like pink and green and were just so chi - chi you could just die from biting into one. I felt so special, sitting there like a little lady with all the other little ladies and their grownups, all of us dressed to the nines. It wasn’t until I was a grown-up myself that I realized adulting isn’t all it was cracked up to be. After tea, my mother slipped her shoes back on and we headed down the rickety escalator again, past the Christmas dreck and the scent of the holidays and Estee Lauder, and out the door. One last look at the automated windows, and we climbed on the bus headed back home. It was gathering twilight by the time we left the last suburbs, and I fell asleep in the darkness, completely satiated with adulting at Christmas.

ping, which I found to be a dead bore unless I was turned loose in the toy department, which was a sort of paradise for kids. We really weren’t there for the retail, as much as for the Christmas Experience. The highlight of our visit to the big city was our lunch in the Ivy Room, the very genteel tea room where exhausted shoppers could slide off their heels beneath the chintz tablecloth and relax with a light luncheon. The waitresses dressed like maids in a French farce: black dresses with lace collars and frilly little tiaras, which I thought was so sophisticated. My mother would allow me to have a cup of tea laced with milk and sugar. Tea made me feel very grown up too, sipping from painted china cups with my pinkie extended. I was in my Eloise phase in

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of the many organizations that she volunteers for is the Talbot Special Riders (TSR). TSR is a therapeutic horseback riding program serving the Mid-Shore area. During a drive with Rita to Timber Grove Fa r m, home to TSR ,

Rita Connolly is a sidewalker and Bernie Miller is the horse leader as they assist a rider. 25

Talbot Special Riders for her regular Tuesday volunteer commitment, we chatted about her interest in the organization. It was a typical Maryland summer day, 95 degrees, sunny, cloudless and humid. I had always thought that Rita volunteered for TSR because her daughter owned horses and was an avid rider. Rita, not a horse rider, explained that she connected with TSR because of its focus on the riders, not the riding. As a teen, she had helped a neighbor care for seven special needs kids. She also worked as a one-on-one aid to special needs children in the public school system for two years on the Shore. TSR

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Talbot Special Riders gives Rita the opportunity to assist special needs children again. Rita said that she enjoys helping the TSR students and observing the changes that riding provides the riders over time, including increased confidence, strength, joy and calmness. Rita has volunteered with TSR since 2002 as a “side walker” and also served on the board of directors for a few years. A side walker is responsible for the safety of the rider and walks beside the horse during riding sessions, offering words of encouragement and physical support to the rider. There are usually two side walkers and a “horse leader” who grooms and preps the horse for riding and leads the horse in the ring during riding sessions to ensure the safety of horse and rider. After parking, we walked to the TSR office with dust from the dry ground blowing on us in little swirls, accompanied by flies looking for a meal. I was glad that I had worn long pants and shoes, not sandals, as Rita had recommended, to observe riding sessions at Timber Grove Farm on that sweltering day. In the TSR office, I was enthusiastically greeted by Sandy King, TSR co-founder and Board President, and Kim Hopkins, Executive Director/ Therapeutic Riding Instructor and owner of Timber Grove Farm. Kim directs the 501(C)3 non-profit TSR program, which provides horseback

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I watched as Kim and Rita assisted the riders with mounting the horses, made easier with a wooden platform that places the rider level with the horse’s back. Kim, Rita and the other volunteers, along with the rider’s support staff, therapists, aids, parents, etc., worked quietly and calmly with the horse and rider to achieve a successful mount. Then lessons began in the horse ring with Kim directing the rider and volunteer tea m a round va r ious markers in the ring, using hoops and sequencing turns to promote ease, confidence, accomplishment and challenge as the rider learned to

riding therapy to approximately 70 clients ages four to 84 on six even-tempered, gentle, well-trained horses. Kim, who started riding horses at age four, has been a riding instructor for 40 years. She is also certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Inter nationa l (PATH), whose mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equineassisted activities and therapies for people with physical, emotional and learning disabilities as well as victims of abuse and trafficking.

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control the horse. If a rider was a bit anxious when mounting the horse, that soon disappeared and was replaced by smiles, joy and laughter as the riding group circled the ring. Those smiles made me happy that I had chosen to highlight TSR in the December issue. Each year, we highlight a local nonprofit organization during the holiday season in hopes that readers are inspired to volunteer w ith and donate to an organization that is making a difference in the community and

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therapy means treatment with the help of a horse (from the Greek word “hippos,” which means horse). The movement of the horse is used by physical, recreational and occupational therapists and speech language pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromuscu loskeleta l dysf unction. The program is one part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional goals. The movement of the horse improves the patient’s neuromotor function. Equine facilitated learning (EFL) is the partnering of riders and horses to develop and enhance life skills and growth. The program provides a combination of unmounted and mounted horsemanship lessons that encourage a unique bond between

Riding equipment, boots and helmets are required for all TSR riders. is in need of assistance to continue its mission. According to Kim, Rita and Sandy King (who also rode horses at an early age and was a riding instructor), TSR began to of fer equine therapy in Talbot County in 1981. As interest in the organization grew, TSR decided to move to Timber Grove Farm in 2016 (near Harmony in Caroline County) to expand its program offerings. The program now includes three components: Therapeutic riding ~ recreational riding lessons are provided by a certified instructor and adapted to individuals with special needs to promote relaxation, coordination, confidence, well-being, improved muscle tone and improved sensory and motor skills. Hippotherapy ~ therapy conducted using the horse’s movement as a treatment strateg y. Hippo-

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Haley explained that riding stimulates muscles of paralyzed limbs, prov ides physical and cognitive balance and stimulates movement through the motion of the horse. Riding also stimulates neurological and physical pathways affected by an individual’s disability. Riding provides a sense of freedom and connection to nature and establishes an incredible connection between rider and horse. Haley mentioned obser ving improvements in TSR students’ posture, trunk control, strength, range of motion, ability

rider and horse. EFL is used during group therapeutic sessions to build relationships, trust and communication and coping skills and to promote emotional and physiological well-being and confidence. On the day I visited the facility, I also met with Haley Miner, PT, DPT and staff from Benedictine Programs and Services (an organization helping individuals with disabilities) who were supporting a student during his riding session.

Riders on the course with volunteers. Notice that there are three volunteers per rider, plus Kim overseeing the action. 36


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of each lesson and is working well above grade level in school. One young woman who participated in the TSR EFL program for survivors of abuse wrote a note to her horse thanking him for teaching her how to trust again. I met a few more impressive TSR volunteers that day at the farm. Sally Cockey is a graduate of the Benedictine School and TSR. Sally was all smiles as she organized the TSR riding equipment on shelves in the office. TSR provides riding boots, helmets and waist belts (for side walkers to grasp) to students when they arrive to ride. In between riders, Sally was busy sweeping the dust out of the office and off the porch. Bernie Miller has been volunteering with TSR for close to four years. Bernie helps groom the horses, is a horse leader and maintains the buildings. They call him a “go-to” guy for anything that needs to be done. Ashley Hopkins, Kim’s daughter and TSR’s Equine Manager, participated in her first horse show at age two. Ashley manages the TSR horses, providing daily grooming, feeding, dietar y care, medicinal care and cleaning stalls. She said she treats the horses as if they are hers. Ashley trains the horses, takes them on maintenance rides and practices mounting and dismounting with them. She specializes in training young horses and also has her own separate business buying and consigning horses. Ashley showed me

to follow directions and confidence. The students also have so much fun that they don’t realize they are working and learning too. TSR PATH-certified instructors and volunteers provide creative, fun and safe programming, tailored to each rider’s needs and abilities, that enables riders to progress at their own pace. TSR partners with various local agencies such as social services, group residential homes, transitional homes, rehab facilities, therapy centers, schools, doctors and private individuals. Riding sessions include six-week sessions in winter and summer and 10-week sessions in spring and fall. Weekday, evening and weekend hours are offered. Kim shared a few of many heartwarming stories about TSR riders’ experiences: A hearing-impaired child who could not communicate with family or friends turned her life around after her TSR experience. Her interpreter learned about her love of horses, used horse themes in her school lessons and saw her test scores greatly improve as a result. The interpreter offered the student a visit to a horse farm in exchange for working hard in school and then enrolled her in a riding session with TSR. After her first lesson, the young girl rode down the lane crying tears of joy. She continues to ride with TSR, rides independently for part 38


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Rocky Love, a handsome horse that she is selling. TSR always needs volunteers, especially horse leaders and side walkers, to provide more opportunities for more riders in the various programs. Volunteers range in age from 14 to 80. No horse experience is required to volunteer, and training is provided. Additionally, volunteers are needed in the office, in the barn and for special events. Join Rita, Sally, Bernie and other volunteers for a joyful, rewarding experience helping others and making new friends as a TSR volunteer. Many of the volunteers experience some of the same benefits that the riders do, including a sense of relaxation and calm while working with horses. Spread the word in your community and to friends and family about the benefits of equine therapy for students and volunteers. Several TSR fundraisers are held throughout the year. The Spring Fling Horse Show and a Fall Fest Horse Show are held yearly at Timber Grove Farm. The TSR Spring Biking Classic is an event with bikers riding 25 or 50 miles starting and ending at Easton Middle School. I recently attended a TSR fundraiser at Ledo Pizza in Easton. A percentage of the dining proceeds went to TSR, and they held a silent auction at the same time. The TSR staff and volunteers mingled with

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diners, and everyone had an enjoyable evening while fundraising. Funds are needed to offer more student scholarships, to maintain the horses, barn, horse ring and office, to purchase more TSR horses as horses age out and to purchase riding equipment. A helmet and boots for one rider are $100. A full scholarship for one of the many students who cannot afford the tuition for the spring or fall session is $400. Caring for the six TSR horses costs more than $3,000 per month. This doesn’t include any medications, supplements, farrier or veterinary work, or emergency care. Additionally, TSR would like to begin a riding program for veterans. Donations may be sent to Talbot

Special Riders, P.O. Box 391, Easton, MD 21601, or be made through the TSR website at talbotspecialriders. com, where you may also find additional information about TSR and a wish list for program needs. You may also contact Kim Hopkins, TSR Executive Director, at 443-239-4953 or at tsrhopkins@gmail.com for more information about TSR therapeutic riding programs, scholarships, donations, volunteering and visiting the farm. Timber Grove Farm is located at 6292 Statum Road, Preston. Bonna L. Nelson is a Bay-area writer, columnist, photographer and world traveler. She resides in Easton with her husband, John.

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During a weekend packed with parties, parades and special events, the Christmas in St. Michaels Tour of Homes is one of the highlights, drawing visitors from far and wide for an up-close look at the past and the present. This year’s tour, December 8-9, features a mix of waterfront estates and waterman’s cottages in and around town. W het her you li ke old house s with new interiors, new houses that look like fine antiques or faithfully renovated historic homes, you will find something on the tour to pique your interest. Seven homes in all are featured on this year’s tour ~ f ive in St. Michaels and two in Martingham. This year’s tour features a particularly unique historic St. Michaels home ~ the Horace Turner house on Dodson Avenue. Designed and built by A f r ican-A mer ican car penter Horace Turner, the house has been completely renovated while hewing closely to its historic roots. Aside from the 18” brick foundation and modest alterations to the windows and landscape, the house appears today much as Horace Turner envisioned it in 1904. A ll of the in-tow n homes are

226 Dodson Ave. by Victoria Chandler within walking distance of each ot her. O ut- of-tow n home s a re reachable by a free shuttle bus that runs frequently from the Crab Claw parking lot. 102 W. Chestnut Street Built around 1877, the home is centrally located and has seen its share of lively and youthful occasions, as well as many family gatherings. In the foyer, the square newell posts and large finials of the intricately carved staircase suggest the original owners’ prosperity, as does the decorative carving on the foyer fireplace. The ‘Christmas Room’ on the right boasts substantial pocket doors on two sides of the room. The 45

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joyed putting her personal touches on the home. 215 E. Chestnut This charming Victorian waterfront home dates to at least 1870, with a recorded deed indicating a pre-existing structure. When the home was renovated in 2016, the renovation process revealed the 18th century construction methods that defined an original 510-squarefoot structure. The home was expanded to 1,590 square feet in the late 19th century. In 2015, after years of thoughtful planning, the owners undertook an ambitious 16-month expansion and restoration of this significant historical home.

102 W. Chestnut Street by Pat Hanlon house has two chimneys and three open fireplaces. 207 Mulberry Street The current owner fell in love with the home at an open house more than a decade ago. Having grown up in St. Michaels, she saw the open house sign and decided to take a look. While standing in the kitchen, she told her mother, if I ever have a vacation home, I want it to be just like this. The owner is an art enthusiast and interior designer who has en-

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dolphins topping the pillars f lanking the driveway. Hambleton Cove After 21 years in the Army and living in 11 different homes, the owners had a pretty good idea of what they did and did not want in their retirement home. After finding a lovely property on Hambleton

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Crimson Cranberries ~ Jewels of the Season What would the holidays be without cranberries? For one thing, holidays would be less nutritious. Cranberries add dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin C while also adding character, color and flavor. The natural tartness of cranberries can be tamed with sugar, but don’t use too much or it will detract from their distinctive flavor. Cooking them with apples, oranges or bananas will subdue their sourness while preserving the tangy taste. As cranberries cook, their skins burst, releasing their high pectin content and causing them to thick-

en and gel as they cool. Cranberries Jubilee and the sauce for Cranberry Pork rely on this pectin, omitting the need for a thickening agent. Don’t limit your imagination during the holidays. Cranberries are wonderful in baked casseroles, sweet side dishes and salads. These ruby-red treasures are also great for breads, pies, sauces and beverages. For festive color, line your turkey or pork platter with greens or lettuce and cranberries. Dip fresh cranberries in egg whites and then in sugar to make clusters on the greens. It seems a shame to relegate cran-


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day sandwiches. It is best made a day ahead so the f lavors can fully develop. With a little sour cream, it makes a zesty topping for baked sweet potatoes!

1 cup sliced fresh ripe strawberries 1 cup frozen cranberries 1-1/2 cups plain yogurt 1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced 1 cup fresh orange juice Garnish: whole strawberries

1 medium onion, chopped 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded, deveined and chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1-1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries 1/2 small orange, unpeeled, quartered and seeded 3 T. wine vinegar 1 T. sugar 2 T. fresh orange juice 1/2 t. sea salt

Place the fruit, yogurt and orange juice into a large blender and blend at high speed until smooth. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with whole strawberries. CRANBERRY SALSA This raw salsa is delicious with corn or sweet potato chips. The garlic, vinegar and jalapeño make it a real wake-up call for turkey at Christmas, especially in post-holi-

Combine onion, jalapeño and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add the cranberries, orange quarters, vinegar, sugar and orange juice, and pulse until coarse and chunky. Season to taste with salt. Rest at room temperature for 30 minutes to meld f lavors. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

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Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with banana, mixing well after each addition. Fold in cranberries. Pour batter into a 9” x 5” x 3” loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 60 minutes, or until bread tests done, shielding the last 15 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack.

Toss cranberries with 1/4 cup f lour; set aside. Combine remaining f lour, whole wheat f lour and next 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine the orange juice and the next 4 ingredients. Add to dry mixture, stirring just until moistened. Stir in chopped cranberries. Spoon batter into miniature muffin pans coated with cooking spray, filling three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes.

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CRANBERRY FRUIT BAKE Serves 12 1 15-oz. can pear halves 1 15-oz. can peach halves 1 15-oz. can apricot halves 1 20-oz. can pineapple slices 1/4 cup butter 1/3 cup brown sugar 3 T. Dijon mustard 1 14-oz. can whole-berry cranberry sauce Drain fruit; cut pear, peach and apricot halves in half, and pineapple slices into quarters. Combine fruit in a 12” x 8” x 2” baking dish; set aside. Melt butter in a small saucepan; add brown sugar and mustard. Cook over low heat until sugar dissolves. Add cranberry sauce and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. 56

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3 T. brown sugar 1 t. orange rind 1/2 t. ground allspice 4 4-oz. boneless pork loin chops Cooking spray Combine the first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cranberries

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the alcohol, or the fumes will evaporate and the alcohol will not ignite. The alcohol vanishes completely as it burns, and only the f lavor remains. Those who don’t care for alcohol may still enjoy the dessert, just without the pyrotechnics.

are tender, stirring often. Remove from heat and keep warm. Trim fat from pork. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add chops and cook on each side for 5 minutes, or until meat thermometer registers 160°. Transfer to a serving dish; spoon cranberry sauce over pork chops and serve.

2 cups cranberries 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1/2 t. ground cinnamon 1/3 cup chopped pecans 3 T. rum Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

CRANBERRIES JUBILEE Serves 6 The most common way to f lame desserts is to use liquor. To f lame desserts in this manner, heat the alcohol quickly, just until fumes are produced; then remove it from heat, ignite and pour evenly over the dessert. When heating the alcohol, remember that it is the fumes that ignite, not the alcohol. Don’t overheat

Combine sugar, water and cinnamon in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for about 5 minutes. Add cranberries and return to a boil. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in pecans. Remove from heat. Heat rum in a saucepan long enough to produce fumes (do not boil). Remove from heat, ignite and pour over cranberries. When f lames die down, spoon over ice cream or yogurt. CRANBERRY CREAM PIE Serves 6-8 Cranberries are one of my favorite holiday foods, as their intense color and f lavor make a spectacular pie. It will be an eye-catching addition to your holiday table. Crust: 1-1/4 cups cinnamon cracker crumbs 60



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electric mixer until light and f luffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix in vanilla and Grand Marnier. In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold into the cream cheese mixture and spoon into the cooled crust. Refrigerate for several hours, or until well chilled. Topping: Cook the sugar, 1 tablespoon water and cranberries in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a full boil and the berries start to pop. Remove the pan from the heat. Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water and stir into cranberries. Add marmalade. Return to heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Spread over cream cheese layer. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

2 T. sugar 1/2 cup chopped pecans 6 T. butter, melted Cream Cheese Filling: 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup powdered sugar 1 t. vanilla 2 T. Grand Marnier 1 cup whipping cream Cranberry Topping: 1 cup sugar 3 T. water 2-1/2 cups cranberries 3 T. orange marmalade 2 heaping T. corn starch

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or music that we have come of age with, and that have, in turn, made up large parts of the soundtrack of our lives. Over time, our lives and our soundtrack all become part of the same stew. This fall, Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horowitz (Ad-Rock), the remaining two members of the band, released Beastie Boys Book, which went straight to number one on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover non-fiction and

We were sitting in the Records Plus parking lot in Easton when it opened. It was the summer of 1989, and we were waiting for the new Beastie Boys album, Paul’s Boutique. For the next several days, we listened to it on a loop while we painted the inside of an office building. We took the money we made and the album to Ocean City and returned with the album, memories, our sides hurting from laughter, but with no money. We all have bands


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combined print and e-book sales. The book’s introduction and all the talk about its publication centers on Adam Yauch (MCA), the band’s third member, who died in 2012 after a three-year battle with salivary gland cancer. “Adam Yauch was… a oncein-a-lifetime type of friend. The friend that makes it happen. The friend that inspires you to go big,” Horowitz writes. “He was a puzzle. A conundrum. A labyrinth of ideas and emotions. An enigma… A wild card… Yauch wanted to see the world. So he did. He went to India and looked around. Saw things, met people. While on trips there, he got

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in touch with the plight of the people of Tibet. He was so moved by their culture and what they had endured, and continue to endure, he came home and wanted ~ needed ~ to let people who didn’t know know.” The book is a 571-page mixtape ~ bringing together essays, memories, photographs, odes, asides, both from the band and from acclaimed writers Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, and Saturday Night Live and movie star Amy Poehler. The book is a lot like the band’s music, a patchwork or mosaic of different threads and pieces, made the way the band saw fit. Horrowitz likened their overall approach and style to their punk rock beginnings. “Punks do it all themselves. That’s what real punk is about ~ doing it yourself and building a community where people share ideas and share creativity,” he said in a New York Times interview. “I feel like we always tried to get back to that.” 67

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Decades later, driving my younger daughter to daycare, she would ask for songs from that same album by name. In 1992, I was sitting in my college dorm room at N.C. State, listening to independent radio, when the DJ played songs from a new (third) album from the band. It sounded completely different ~ funk and 1970s-style guitars, adding a whole new layer to what fans had come to expect. I went that day to Schoolkids Records on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, N.C., and bought the album immediately. A couple months later, I went with friends to see the Beastie Boys live at the Raleigh Civic Center. To this day, it’s one of the best live shows I have seen.

I was 14 years old when the Beastie Boys’ first big album, Licensed to Ill, came out. My life at that time was punk music and skateboarding. And here was a band of three Jewish kids from New York City, who had been a lackluster punk band, turned rappers. But they were funny, novel, borrowed music from classic rock and quickly became the main thing that everyone listened to. It was the Beastie Boys’ style of punk meets rap, with intelligence and humor, that helped me see things differently and embrace writing, running and reading during my early teens when skateboarding was the only thing that mattered.



Beastie Boys Rather than changing directions, it always seemed like the band was adding a new layer to their sound ~ making it richer, deeper, more complex ~ while maintaining their humor, erudition and ability to write songs that you sing over and over again in your head. “It never dawned on us to not make music that was inclusive of whatever influence came to us,” Diamond said in the NYT interview. “Thankfully we got to make records over a good period of time, because you’re not going to discover everything at any one time.” In my mid-20s, working as a line cook in the kitchen at Latitude 38, the Beastie Boys’ song Intergalactic was an anthem. It came on the radio frequently, and you could watch the entire kitchen, of different ages, from chef to dishwasher, bobbing and nodding their heads to the beat. It was during that same time

that we studied the poet T.S. Eliot in modern literature at Washington College. As we started to pull apart his poem The Waste Land, where he borrowed lines, thoughts and references from other, earlier writers, I immediately thought, “like the Beastie Boys.” Obviously, that’s chronologically backwards, but they taught me that concept first. And it put them in a literary tradition ~ they were working with and inside of a modern world landscape, where existing art was part of the palette. The book feels like their music. You pick up something new, or some nuance, anytime you flip through it or read another essay. You add something to the mix, another ingredient, maybe. Eliot famously wrote, “And the end of our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time.” Let’s go back to the summer of 1989 and the album Paul’s Boutique. The album ends with a 12-minute opus called B-Boy Bouillabaisse, which has 70

been studied, revered and held up as a song the same way Eliot’s poems have been viewed. Last week, I ran up Rails to Trails in Easton listening to the song, thinking about the Beastie Boys and the book, not giving thought to the fact that I was running by the houses and neighborhood that were built out of the office that we painted those days in ’89, listening to the same song we listened to then. I wasn’t thinking that I was running by that same friend’s old house, which has since been torn down, where we used to listen to the same album, sitting on his skateboard ramp. Instead, I was thinking of Adam Yauch (MCA), whose memory and presence are everywhere in the

book, and whose voice my daughters, teenagers now, can identify as the one in the band who died. Instead, I was listening to MCA’s lyrics, which I hadn’t really caught before: Fishing for a line for a line inside my brain And looking out at the world



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through my window pane Every day has many colors ’cause the glass is stained Everything has changed but remains the same So, once again the mirror raised And I see myself as clear as day

And it all comes together ~ time, then and now, music, memories, spirituality, writing, the book the adds something new, lives lived and lost, and getting something brand new from a song I’ve listened to for almost 30 years.

And I am goin’ to the limits of my ultimate destiny Feel as though somebody, somewhere, is testin’ me He who sees the end from the beginning of time Looking forward through all the ages Is, was or always shall be

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Aylwin: A Past Present by Peter B. Brittin

For several years, I could not figure out, could not sift through the varied pieces and reach a comfortable meaning that settled and held true. On its face, it was a simple coincidence that made me pause to reflect. As years passed, however, the realization grew that this nagging coincidence was anything but simple. Instead, it slowly became clear to me that what had happened touched upon some bedrock that defines who I am, where I come from, and where I stand.

Then I saw her sheer line and felt her grace. Standing there in the cold of February, I quickly came to the conclusion that I would try to own this boat one day. After I bought her, I sailed my 32’ sloop for a couple of years without a name. In my book, naming a boat is important stuff ~ a decision not to be lightly made. The name just had to be right. When it hit me, I knew

It began one bleak and very cold day in February. I was alone in a boatyard just north of Burlington, Vermont, wandering around, f linching at the raw weather off Lake Champlain. It was a tough period in my life; I was just coming out the other end of a painful divorce. I wanted and needed solitude for just an afternoon. Having spent many happy summers working at sea while in prep school and college, boats felt good to be around, even in February. Wandering in thought and in space, I trudged through the snow drifts and ducked under the occasional bow or stern, barely distinguishing one boat from another.

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Aylwin there was no question: Aylwin. I was excited about the name; it was the name of the destroyer that my father and three other boat ensigns and a skeleton crew managed to get underway and clear of Pearl Harbor as the Japanese struck on 7 December 1941. When I contacted him to tell him of my name choice, my father shared my excitement. As we spoke, he promised to see what he could do to get me some history and information about his Aylwin. Several months later, I received a packet from the Navy Department. Inside was a photograph of my father’s Aylwin (DD-355) and copies of some pages of the History of American Naval Fighting Ships. With great interest, I read the materials. I was quite unprepared for the surprise they contained.

I learned my father’s destroyer was the third warship in the U. S. Navy to bear the name Aylwin. All were named after John Cushing Aylwin, who was born in Canada on 14 June 1778. Deciding early in life that his destiny lay at sea, John Aylwin moved to Boston, where he shipped out aboard British merchants, gained valuable blue water experience and rose through the ranks to the position of Mate. While recuperating from illness in Boston between voyages, John Aylwin was recruited and commissioned a Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy and appointed as Sailing Master of the United States Frigate Constitution. He served gallantly in that capacity as the famous Constitution battled the British in the War of 1812. On 29 December 1812, the Constitution fought its historic engagement with the British Frigate Java. Mortally wounded in that encounter, John Cushing Aylwin died on 2 January 1813, a hero to a fragile nation. As noted, my father’s Aylwin was the third ship to bear that name. After Pearl Harbor, my father and DD-355 began a wartime career in which they took part in every major operation in the Pa-

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stars for her Pacific service. Her battle pennant, chronometer box, and likeness in oil now rest in my father’s house. The charmed life did not go with my father when he was reassigned from Aylwin late in the war to take the Executive Officer position on another destroyer. He was on the bridge of the Kidd on 11 April 1945 when she was struck by a kamikaze. The attack incapacitated the Commanding Officer and killed and wounded many other shipmates. Despite being seriously wounded in that attack, my father took over command and led the effort to save the Kidd. For his actions in that engagement, Burdick H. Brittin received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

cific Theater: Coral Sea, Battle of Midway, the Aleutians, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, PalauYap, Truk, the Marianas and Okinawa. Aylwin bore a charmed life and suffered only minor casualties and damage in her long and distinguished career, receiving 13 battle

Burdick H. Brittin The second Aylwin, I learned, had been another destroyer (DD47), commissioned in January 1914. With the outbreak of World War I, she began patrols off the Virginia Capes. Early in 1918, she joined British forces in U-Boat patrols out of Portsmouth and Devon78

f leet, Aylwin participated in the historic Battle of Plattsburgh Bay. This pivotal U. S. Naval victory, which culminated in two hours of slaughter and destruction on a Sunday morning, effectively prevented the British from using the nautical highway of Lake Champlain to invade the United States from Canada. Aylwin, the name I had selected for my 32’ sailing sloop on the waters of Lake Champlain, suddenly brought me up short. On a dark summer afternoon of 4 August 1992, my Aylwin was about to enter the waters of Plattsburgh Bay. My wife and I were celebrating our fifth anniversary on board. By chance, a tack had brought us

port, England. After the war’s end, she inspected German Baltic ports and otherwise showed the f lag. The unsettling coincidence is rooted in the first Aylwin. It startled me to read that she was a galley gunboat built in Burlington, Vermont, in June or July of 1813. The first Aylwin formed part of Commodore Thomas Macdonough’s f leet on Lake Champlain. On 11 September 1814, as part of that


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nuity of men like John Cushing Aylwin on the Constitution, the crew of the gunboat on Lake Champlain, the men of DD-47 in the Atlantic in World War I and, finally, my father and his shipmates onboard DD-355 at Pearl Harbor and throughout the Pacific in World War II. All of these men had sacrificed to make it possible for me to enjoy an afternoon sail on what were once waters where cannons roared and are now the safe harbor of the strongest nation on earth. Somehow I know that the crews of all Aylwins would approve of the fact that my small sloop is armed for comfort rather than combat. My father, whose generosity made it possible for me to attend prep school in Hawaii, where I one day sailed a small skiff in the same waters of Pearl Harbor where he and his Aylwin rose to the chal-

within yards of Crab Island at the entrance of Plattsburgh Bay. It was on this now barren island that the American survivors of the historic battle buried their dead shipmates and erected a crude makeshift hospital to treat the wounded. Perhaps some members of the original Aylwin were treated at the hospital on Crab Island; perhaps others now rest there in peace. Jeanette and I raised a glass of champagne to the crews of all Aylwins as we passed Crab Island, close to starboard, with the now quiet waters of Plattsburgh Bay just over our bow. Here, I suddenly knew that Aylwin really was, for me, the inexorably intertwined threads of freedom and family: the freedom won with the toil, blood and lives of the conti-

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Postscript: The gauntlet of preserving peace and freedom in our day has been passed to the newest Aylwin (FF-1081), commissioned in September of 1971. The 291 crew members of this fast frigate, a proud member of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet, forge yet another link between the name Aylwin and the commitment of those who serve under that name to safeguard liberty for us all.

lenge on 7 December 1941, had been aboard my Aylwin on Lake Champlain. His silent, knowing smile said much of a father’s love and the self less patriotism of the other now long forgotten crews of past Aylwins who made my place and time.

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Maple as a Houseplant and Holiday Greenery A very interesting subtropical shrub known as a f lowering maple can be grown as a houseplant. I was introduced to this plant back in the spring by a fellow Master Gardener when she asked me to identify it. Known as the f lowering maple houseplant, a.k.a. Abutilon spp., it is called a f lowering maple because the plant’s leaves are similar in appearance to maple leaves. Other names for the plant are the Chinese bellf lower, Chinese lantern, or Indian Mallow. Abutilons are native to southern Brazil and are commonly found throughout South and Central America. An old-fashioned plant that fell out of favor with gardeners, Abutilons were popular during the Victorian era, hence another name, “Parlor Maple.” These f lowering plants were the first of the “softer” plants to be grown in chilly Victorian parlors. I came across the plant again in October when Linda and I were on a tour of the Biltmore Estate Gardens in Asheville, North

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Although called a f lowering maple because of their maplelike shaped leaves, these plants are unrelated to the maple tree species (Acer spp). The genus Abutilon is a large group of more than 200 species of f lowering plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae). The mallow family includes wellknown plants like cotton, hibiscus, hollyhocks, okra, rose of Sharon and the marsh mallows that we find in the wetland areas on the ’Shore. Besides being grown as a houseplant, these shrub-like plants can be used as an annual in the landscape and as container plants during the warm growing season in our area where they will bloom from June through October. Being a member of the mallow family, the f lowering maple house-

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ning of the growing season and again mid-season. Older f lowering maples tend to do better being somewhat pot-bound, as this encourages them to grow more vigorously and have a better bloom set. There are a number of Abutilon cultivars to choose from. They include Canary Bird, Fireball, Boile de Negie, Kirsten’s Pink, the Bella series and Kentish Belle. If you are interested in plants with speckled and variegated foliage, look for cultivars A. straitum thompsonii or Souvenir de Bonn. Back in the outside landscape, December is a good time to do pruning on narrow- and broadleafed evergreens for holiday decorations. Properly done, pruning can provide you with the needed

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each plant and the house. This often requires the removal or hard pruning of some branches. Doing such pruning now is a good way to get the longer greens you want. Short pieces of plant material are obtained by a type of pruning called tipping. This, as the name suggests, is the removal of the tip of the shoot. Tipping accomplishes two things: it shortens the branch and forces the growth of side branches, thus giving a more compact plant. Done with a pair of hand shears or a pruning knife, tipping should provide you with all the four- to six-inch pieces of greenery you need for decorating

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appear in the front yards of homeowners who don’t understand how to prune. Any evergreen can be used for Christmas greenery, but some kinds are better than other. Boxwood, with its dense, fine texture, is especially popular. But many Japanese hollies are a good substitute. All the hollies ~ American, English and Chinese ~ are excellent for use as greenery, and they have the desirable red or orange berries, depending on the species and cultivar. Of the pines, the fine, f lexible bright green needles of the white pine are best. But other pines are also very satisfactory. All the spruces make excellent wreaths, but the Colorado Blue spruce holds its needles better than the Norway. In pruning the larger evergreens like pine and spruce, get your greens by removing unneeded

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Dorchester County is known as the Heart of the Chesapeake. It is rich in Chesapeake Bay history, folklore and tradition. With 1,700 miles of shoreline (more than any other Maryland county), marshlands, working boats, quaint waterfront towns and villages among fertile farm fields – much still exists of what is the authentic Eastern Shore landscape and traditional way of life along the Chesapeake. FREDERICK C. MALKUS MEMORIAL BRIDGE is the gateway to Dorchester County over the Choptank River. It is the second longest span 95

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

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

Dorchester Points of Interest Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit www.dorchesterarts.org. RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit www.richardsonmuseum.org. HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424

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Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. harriettubmanorganization.org. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit www.spocottwindmill.org. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between

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


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Easton Points of Interest Historic Downtown Easton is the county seat of Talbot County. Established around early religious settlements and a court of law, today the historic district of Easton is a centerpiece of fine specialty shops, business and cultural activities, unique restaurants and architectural fascination. Tree-lined streets are graced with various period structures and remarkable homes, carefully preserved or restored. Because of its historical significance, Easton has earned distinction as the “Colonial Capital of the Eastern Shore” and was honored as #8 in the book, “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” Walking Tour of Downtown Easton Start near the corner of Harrison Street and Mill Place. 1. HISTORIC TIDEWATER INN - 101 E. Dover St. A completely modern hotel built in 1949, it was enlarged in 1953 and has recently undergone extensive renovations. It is the “Pride of the Eastern Shore.” 2. THE BULLITT HOUSE - 108 E. Dover St. One of Easton’s oldest and most beautiful homes, it was built in 1801. It is now occupied by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. 3. AVALON THEATRE - 42 E. Dover St. Constructed in 1921 during the heyday of silent films and vaudeville entertainment. Over the course of its history, it has been the scene of three world premiers, including “The First Kiss,” starring Fay Wray and Gary Cooper, in 1928. The theater has gone through two major restorations: the first in 1936, when it was refinished in an art deco theme by the Schine Theater chain, and again 52 years later, when it was converted to a performing arts and community center. For more info. tel: 410-822-0345 or visit avalontheatre.com. 4. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information for historic Easton and the waterfront villages of Oxford, St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit tourtalbot.org. 5. BARTLETT PEAR INN - 28 S. Harrison St. Significant for its architecture, it was built by Benjamin Stevens in 1790 and is one of Easton’s earliest three-bay brick buildings. The home was “modernized” with Victorian bay windows on the right side in the 1890s. 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory 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 waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and seasonal events. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 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 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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Easton Points of Interest 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit trinitycathedraleaston.com. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l.org. 21. U. of M. SHORE MEDICAL CENTER AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s as the Memorial Hospital, now a member of

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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 oldwyemill.org. 26. W YE ISL A ND NATUR AL RESOURCE MA NAGEMENT AREA - Located between the Wye River and the Wye East River, the area provides habitat for waterfowl and native wildlife. There are 6 miles of trails that provide opportunities for hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. For more info. visit dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/wyeisland.asp. 27. OLD WYE CHURCH - Old Wye Church is one of the oldest active Anglican Communion parishes in Talbot County. Wye Chapel was built between 1718 and 1721 and opened for worship on October 18, 1721. For more info. visit wyeparish.org. 28. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - The original structure was built before 1690. Early 18th century rector was the Reverend Daniel Maynadier. A later provincial rector (1764–1768), the Reverend Thomas Bacon, compiled “Bacon’s Laws,” authoritative compendium of Colonial Statutes. Robert Morris, Sr., father of Revolutionary financier is buried here.

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

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


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

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


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a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit www.victorianainn.com. 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit www.hambletoninn.com. 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665.The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. www.snuggery1665.com. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors would

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


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


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


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

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How Adam Changed History by Gary D. Crawford

Perhaps you were expecting a Biblical discussion? If so, my apologies. Actually, this is about another Adam. He, too, changed the course of history rather significantly, at least for a lot of people here on Tilghman’s Island. To understand just how he did so, we need to sketch in a bit of historical context. The demand for oysters grew throughout the 19th century, but the “oyster boom” really kicked off in 1866 when Maryland lifted its ban on dredging. Scraping oysters up from the bottom with a dredge proved several times more efficient than scooping them up in small batches with hand tongs. Schooners and other vessels soon were fitted out for dredging; new dredgeboats, the two-masted bugeyes, were developed and by the 1880s were in use everywhere. (Skipjacks came a bit later.) Gathering the wild oysters was challenging enough, but it was just the first step. Somehow these delectable bits of meat needed to get to markets in the big cities and beyond. The oyster’s protective covering, that hard and heavy shell, added to the transportation problem. In the 1870s, there were three basic solutions.

One option was for the oysterman to sail his fully loaded boat to Annapolis or Baltimore, where there were many shucking houses with access to railroads. For watermen near these ports, that was a possibility, though you will recall that in those days, oysters could be dredged only by sailing vessels. Being subject to wind and weather, voyages to market could sometimes be timeconsuming and costly. Once out of


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Adam Changed History the water, oysters don’t keep long. A second method was for the oysterman to sell his catch to a buyboat captain. Buyboats were motor vessels that could run between the oyster grounds and the shucking houses quickly with big loads of oysters. Naturally, the middleman took his cut, but the buyboaters provided an invaluable service. By not having to run to market, the oysterman could convert his load to cash without leaving the oyster ground and begin dredging again immediately. It didn’t take long for a third and more efficient way to develop: shuck the oysters, seal the meat in cans and dispose of those heavy shells.

But this method required oyster shucking houses within range of the oyster grounds, meaning all around the Bay and up the major rivers of the Eastern Shore. One of those many places was Tilghman’s Island, at the mouth of the Choptank River, where many fine oyster grounds were within a short sail. Small shucking operations sprang up at various locations around the island: at the north end in Tilghman and Avalon villages, as well as in the two southern villages of Fairbank and Bar Neck. Still, there was that one last link in the chain ~ moving the canned oysters from the island to the western shore for shipment to the big cities. Since colonial times, freight



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schooners had been moving farm produce from the Eastern Shore and bringing in passengers and freight. Some of those vessels specialized in the oyster trade. But a better solution was at hand. Following the Civil War, steamboats began running up and down the Bay, as well as back and forth across it. S ome c ompa n ie s ra n their steamboats up the major rivers to locations far inland. This map shows the steam route on the Choptank River from Cambridge and Denton ~ with 13(!) stops in bet ween for mov ing passengers and freight.

Here’s the elegant BC&A steamboat Joppa at the wharf in Denton. But all those stops up the river, or even the one in Oxford, did nothing

for the folks on Tilghman’s Island. Steamboats did stop on the Bay side, at Claiborne and Lowe’s Wharf, but the waters along the shores of the lower Choptank were too shallow for steamboat landings. OK, that’s the historical context and the economic situation in the 1880s. “But isn’t this essay supposed to be about Adam?” I hear someone complaining from the back of the hall. Well, true enough, and he hasn’t even made an appearance yet. I assure you, Gentle Reader, that Adam will be along in a moment ~ just as soon as we get two other characters onto the stage, namely Charles E. Shannahan and James E. Harrison. When Choptank Island (that is, Tilghman’s Island) was first put up for sale in the 1840s, one of the early buyers was James Shannahan. He purchased a large tract on the east side of Bar Neck, the southeastern corner of the island. Forty years later, another Shannahan bought land there.

Charles Shannahan was a lawyer and dealt in real estate. He realized


Adam Changed History that the population of the island was increasing rapidly during the 1880s as a result of the oyster boom. Many new families were arriving and looking for places to live. Realizing they couldn’t afford big farm properties, he decided to meet their need by creating a city. Charles pooled resources with James Harrison, and together they purchased the plantation of the late Lloyd Valliant for $1,230 in 1883. This gave them ownership of a big chunk of land on the west side of Bar Neck. My colleague Bonnie Messick of St. Michaels turned up a copy of the May 19, 1885 Easton Star Democrat, which reported on Mr. Shannahan laying out a new town. It contained 115 building lots; its principal streets were Main, Porter, Post, Harper, Harrison, Landing Avenue and Oyster Shell Avenue. He even named the alleys: Port, Charles, James and Marshall. The newspaper reported that “the name of the place, as laid down on the map, is Charlestown.” It also noted that several lots had already been taken and that “building is expected to advance rapidly.” One week later, on the 26th, the paper amended its report, saying, “We understa nd t hat t he na me of Mr. Charles Shannahan’s new tow n on T ilghma n’s Isla nd has been changed from ‘Charlestown’ to ‘Island City.’” Whether this was

inspired by the success of Ocean City, or by James Harrison getting only an alley named for him, we can only speculate. Another critical piece of information was included, namely that a wharf company had been incorporated there, to be known as the ‘Island City Wharf Company.’ The notice concluded by say ing “the wharf will be built this summer.”

Their plat shows that it really was a city they had in mind ~ lots of narrow streets, blocks with eight lots each divided by alleys ~ 115 halfacre lots in all. I call your attention to the little arrow on the shoreline


pointing south toward the Choptank River. It is labeled, somewhat hopefully, as a “steamboat wharf.” Now, on the face of it, this was a silly plan. As Antoinette Covington pointed out in her book Tilghman’s Island Capers: “The men and women coming to Tilghman’s Island needed more space, for a large garden, space for chickens, pigs, fruit trees, grape orchards, cows, milk house, f ig bushes, woodshed, and children.” She also reminded us that families in those days had an average of five children. Two local men did step up. Perry Porter bought multiple adjoining lots to form a usable 4-acre tract. Addison Larrimore did the same, purchasing 6½ acres. But there the

enterprise came to a screeching halt. After a few years of unsuccessful marketing, Messrs. Harrison and Shannahan decided to break up their partnership. They divided the property; Harrison bought all the lots on the east side of Bar Neck Road, and Shannahan relinquished all further rights for one dollar. What remained of Island City was a very long pier ~ over a thousand feet long! Who built it I have not discovered, but it was a significant investment by someone; I suspect it may have cont r ibuted to t he Harrison-Shannahan company’s financial woes. In any case, the long wharf was there into the 1890s and was much used by local watermen. I do not


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Adam Changed History know what happened to this wharf and have never seen a photograph of it. But that arrow on the plat, reaching yearningly out toward the Great Choptank River beyond, is what brings Adam (finally!) into this tale. Adam Stierle (pronounced “steerl”) was born in Germany in 1844 and attended a preparatory school where he acquired the skills of a draughtsman. At age 20, he got a job in London but decided two years later to try the New World. He emigrated to Florida, where he worked as a surveyor in railroad construction. For health reasons, Adam moved north to Buffalo in 1869, where he found employment with the United States Engineer Corps. He served in various locations and roles. I lost track of him in 1905, when he was serving as the Superintendent of Public Works in Puerto Rico. In 1892, however, Adam was employed in Wilmington, Delaware, as an assistant engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers. Under the Rivers and Harbor Act, Congress had charged the Corps with the responsibility for overseeing and improving navigable waterways throughout the nation. Each year, money was appropriated for a variety of projects to improve rivers and harbors. When new improvements were put forward, men like Adam were sent out to examine the situation and determine whether the idea was worthwhile

and whether federal money should be used for it. One day, Adam got an assignment that brought him here ~ yes, to Bar Neck. It seems that someone (I haven’t discovered who, exactly) had applied to the Corps, asking for some dredging to be done to enable steamboats to reach the Bar Neck pier. In those days, the Corps moved quickly. Adam came, examined the physical situation, talked to lots of people, did some economic research and by August submitted his detailed report to General William F. Smith, the United States Agent for this part of the U.S. Now, we who pore over old maps and delve into obscure historical records sometimes stumble upon curious and surprising things. I do this occasionally, in between other more wholesome activities like running the Boston Marathon and skydiving. The other day (while re-packing my parachute, or something), I was browsing through a portion of the Congressional Record of the 52nd Congress of the United States, 1892. (Surely you do this, too, from time to time. Come on, now, confess.) The Congressional Record contains more than just the doings of the House and Senate; parts of the Record are marked “Ex. Doc.” These refer to executive documents, which are repor ts from var ious departments and agencies on all manner of things in which someone in the Congress has expressed an


interest. I happened to come across something that related to the village across the Cove here. It was a report to the Army Corps by an assistant engineer named Stierle. And that is how I met Adam. Here are some excerpts from his succinct but rather splendid report, which illustrate the thorough job he made of it and how his recommendation changed the island’s history. UNITED STATES ENGINEER OFFICE Wilmington, Del., August 20, 1892. SIR: In compliance with your instructions, I have the honor to submit herewith a report upon the preliminary examination of Black Walnut Harbor, mouth of Great Choptank River, Maryland. Black Walnut Harbor is on the southern extremity of Tilghman Island, in Talbot County, Md., on the north of and just inside the mouth of the Choptank River. It is a natural cove between two long points of land which project from the island, and is sheltered from all points of the compass except from the south and the southeast. The protected area of the harbor measures about threequarters of a square mile. The water is very shallow, the 6-foot contour running more than one-quarter of a mile from and parallel with the shore. About 2 feet is the average rise and fall of the tide. 147

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Adam Changed History Then, after a brief description of the island and the Bay Hundred peninsula, he described the problem at hand. About five years ago a company built a pier 1,300 feet long from the north shore into the cove in an almost southerly direction to the 6 foot depth in the harbor. This pier is much used during the winter season by small oyster vessels; its main object, however, was to induce the steamboats plying upon the Choptank River to land there. The depth of water at the head of the pier and from there out into the main channel was subsequently discovered to be insufficient for these steamers, whose draft of water generally exceeds 8 feet. Adam then stated the citizens’ request, which sounds (to me) as if he met with several groups of people about it. The inhabitants of the island and a large number living on the shores of adjoining creeks ask, therefore, that a channel 10 feet in depth be dredged f rom that depth in the Choptank River to the wharf, so that the above steamboats can land there at any stage of the tide. I see Adam hopping into someone’s boat and going out to investigate whether it was feasible and how

much dredging would be required. He wrote: From soundings taken on the spot, I infer that the length of the required cut would be not over 900 feet. The bottom is stiff blue mud and promises permanency in the channel, if made. So, the pier ended 900 feet short of the deep water. Why? Could Shannahan and Harrison simply have miscalculated? Maybe, though water depths along that shoreline and the draft of steamboats were both well known. Another possibility is that it became obvious that a 2,200foot pier in that location would be vulnerable to storms and ice. After all, just ten years earlier, the ice had sliced off the Sharp’s Island screwpile lighthouse and taken it and its Keepers for a wild and frightening 16-hour ride. Or, they simply ran out of money to build it out any farther. In any case, dredging from the pier to deep water would accomplish the same thing ~ and much more cheaply if the federal government could be persuaded to foot the bill. Having gotten some idea of the cost, Adam then turned to an assessment of the benefits and he did so with remarkable thoroughness. He determined that a steamboat landing would be a boon to Island City (of course), but also to Fairbank, Sherwood, Wittman, Bozman, Neavitt and three others that no longer exist:


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In the immediate vicinity of Black Walnut Harbor about 100 bugeyes and 300 canoes, both belonging to the smaller class of sailing vessels, are owned, which, when engaged during the oyster season in dredging and tonging oysters, employ about 1,300 men. As the output of a bugeye is about 4,000 bushels per season, and that of a canoe 800 bushels, the total earnings from this source amount to not less than $320,000 per annum. Furthermore, he recognized that an average of five bugeye dredgeboats were built on the island each year and some twenty stores were located in the country nearby, whose annual sales average about $10,000

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Adam Changed History each. Moreover, he recognized that there was no direct access to rail transportation. The nearest railroad station by land is McDaniels, on the Baltimore and Eastern Shore Railroad, and the nearest by water is Oxford, on the Delaware and Chesapeake Railroad, 10 miles to the eastward, which is also a regular landing place for Baltimore steamboats. A steamboat stops twice a week at Lows Wharf, a landing on the bay side of Bay Hundred, 8 miles north of Black Walnut Harbor. These are the nearest points from which freight is shipped and received, except that which is brought direct from or taken to Baltimore in small vessels. Now if those who applied for the government assistance could have been looking over Adam’s shoulder as he wrote these next lines, they would have been filled with glee. This engineer from Wilmington had dug deep enough to really see how important a steamboat landing at Bar Neck could be to the local economy. He truly understood, even sympathized. It is a heavy tax, both in money and time to the people, as the hauling by wagons and boats from and to these points adds greatly to the cost of the necessaries of life, building material, fertilizers, etc. A land-

ing, as a distributing point more centrally located in the district and giving frequent and better facilities for receiving and shipping freight of all kind, is urgently needed. It is stated that if deeper water could be made at the head of the pier in Black Walnut Harbor, a number of oyster-packing houses would be erected shortly, the location in the midst of thousands of acres of fine oyster beds which cover the bottom of adjoining waters being a most favorable one. Victory! With such a favorable and convincing report, Congress surely would appropriate the funds needed. Bar Neck would become the center of the island’s burgeoning oyster industry and the transportation hub for the surrounding villages! Island City would be reborn. But then came the final 37 words of his report: Notwithstanding the urgency of the case, it seems to me that the improvement asked for, which consists of dredging an artificial channel up to a wharf belonging to a private corporation should be left to private enterprise. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, A. STIERLE, Assistant engineer Stierle’s recommendation was seconded by General Smith, who






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ghman’s Island, but it did not come to Black Walnut Cove. It came instead to Dogwood Cove, on the northeast side of the island, where a 1,300-foot pier did reach deep enough water. Soon, as Adam foresaw, oyster houses sprang up nearby. A shellpile island was formed upon which three major packing houses were built, with other facilities on the shore and a new “Wharf Road” lined with homes led from the water to the main road.

To: Hon. S. B. ELKINS, Secretary of War And that, as they say, was that. As we know, just five years later a steamboat landing did come to TilEventually the Tilghman Packing Company took over the entire location, known as Avalon Island, and became the primary economic engine of the community. At the end of the long wharf can be seen what Shannahan and Harrison had so much wanted: a steamboat landing. And that is how Adam changed the history of our island. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island. 154




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Benny Meets Artie stage at Oxford Community Center. Chesapeake Music and OCC have joined in a harmonious partnership to present Benny Meets Artie with Strings. The show will celebrate the music of legendary big band leaders Goodman and his widely perceived competitor, Artie Shaw. The acclaimed clarinetists were renowned for pushing the boundaries of jazz, encompassing elements of other genres while maintaining impeccable technique: a feat it seems the Andersons, whom The New York Times calls “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” are on track to achieve ~ albeit without any rivalry! “We’re showcasing how special Benny and Artie were to American music,” says Will, explaining how their popularity as jazz musicians was unprecedented and their musical proficiency uncharted. “They were the pop stars of their day.” The Andersons, playing reeds, will be joined on stage by 15 string players, a pianist, a bassist and a drummer for an exquisite evening of imaginative renditions of old favorites. Conducting the performance, and playing vibraphones, will be Kyle Athayde, who also wrote all the arrangements. “He has a good sense for all this music and what we’re going for,” explains Will. “We’ve hand-picked musicians who we really know are

going to knock this out of the park, who have familiarity with both jazz and classical music.” While the performance will certainly pay homage to the original recordings, the twins will be putting their own spin on the setlist, which includes classics like Shaw’s Begin the Beguine and Goodman’s Stompin’ at the Savoy ~ and, without question, the one that started it all: Sing, Sing, Sing. “Their repertoire is so vast, it’s difficult to choose only some of them,” says Will, before playing one of the more unexpected selections, Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet. “It’s not as often played as some of his other hits, but it’s very epic,” he adds. “That’s going to be a highlight, I think.” Intentionally steering away from simply recreating the songbooks of Goodman and Shaw enables the ensemble to engage in longer improvisations, particularly when it comes to shining a spotlight on the strings. “These are brand-new, neverbefore-heard versions of what Artie and Benny played,” Will adds, excitedly. “We can’t wait!” In addition to Goodman and Shaw, Will says he and his brother were heavily influenced by musicians like Duke Ellington, who broke barriers by incorporating more modern elements into his music. “We love Benny and Artie, but it’s not all we love,” he says. “And at


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by Roger Vaughan Sal finished his cod fish, looked at his watch. He had 30 minutes to the next haul-back. That was the trouble with meals. They cut into sleep time. He climbed back into his bunk, pulled the sleeping bag over his head, found it was possible to lie on his hip and brace sideways with his knees. His fa-

ther must have turned the boat slightly as they neared the end of the three-hour run. The seas were quartering. The roll was worse, but the drops weren’t so bad. With a f lash of disgust, Sal felt the hot meal slosh in his stomach as the boat rolled through 60 degrees. Sal thought about the pilot


No Rose Garden house, his father’s routine. He would stand the next wheel watch. He knew his father got the most sleep when he steered. Sal was good. He had a feel for it. A natural, his father had told his Uncle Vinnie, who let it slip. Antonio was only two years from retirement, and Sal was daring to think that what the men said was true: when his father retired, the boat and the tradition would be his. Sal was superstitious enough not to count his chickens. But the job did feel like it was for real. It was important. He couldn’t imagine continuing to fish unless he was running the boat. He would never admit it out loud, but $30,000 a year be damned. It wasn’t worth it. Ten days out, three days in, year round, except for the festival in June and ten days at Christmas. And those three days in were eight-to-four work days, chipping paint and mending gear. It wasn’t worth it. For Sal to admit such a thing to his family would be unthinkable.

He would hesitate even with Tony. It was the women’s line, that it wasn’t worth it. The younger women were very outspoken on the subject. Not a day ashore went by that it wasn’t discussed. Even the stoicism of the older women ~ his mother, for one ~ was breaking down as the men got older, as life began to roll along

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No Rose Garden the short side. The women still held their heads high and played the martyrs with their virtuous dreary routine of cleaning and baking, never so much as going to the movies for fear of missing a call from the boat. But they were on their men, harping about longer vacations, trips to the old country, more time together. The boats are paid for, we’ve got all the money we need, relax a bit! The old habit was hard to break. Like bulldogs, the men hung on long after the quarry had given in. As skipper, Sal could make $50,000, as much as $75,000 in a good year ~ not bad even for college guys in the 1980s ~ and he could throttle back a bit, take more time off from the outset, train someone to fill in for him. Even $50,000 was no good if you couldn’t enjoy it. Hardly worth it even then, according to his wife, Maggie. He looked at his watch. Twenty minutes to haul-back. Sal and Tony had gone out for a beer one February night in Boston after the boat had come in late. They had to stay to unload first thing in the morning, so they took advantage of a night out. They hit a couple places, then stumbled into a music bar where folksinger Dave Van Ronk was playing. Tony ran into a friend who knew a friend of Van Ronk’s who said the folksinger would be stoked to meet a couple of by-then

half-loaded professional fishermen. So Sal and Tony went backstage. Van Ronk had asked them a mess of questions about the boat, the routine, and sung them a few verses from half a dozen sea chanteys. No, they told him, nobody on the boat sings when he works, or even when he isn’t working. They hadn’t heard most of the songs. When they were sufficiently amused, Van Ronk had asked, “Well, what the hell is codfish worth a pound?” They had laughed, but he was serious. “Twenty bucks? Thirty? A hundred?” He was practically yelling at them in his whiskey-rough voice, thrusting his bearded chin at them. It had sobered them up. Van Ronk had poked a finger at them like a mad evangelist. “Because I would want that much if it were me out there in the damn winter, that’s for sure,” and the singer had laughed himself into a coughing fit. In his bunk, Sal was smiling in half-sleep at the memory of Van Ronk berating them over the price of codfish when the haul-back horn shattered the hypnotic drumming of the diesel. The haul-back horn was the worst sound the men knew. Worse than fire horns or police sirens. It was the dive klaxon on submarines, the bellow of a drill instructor, alley cats inf licting serious damage on one another at midnight. It made the kind of terrible noise needed to arouse men


who have slept one-and-a-half hours out of every three, for days on end, to work on deck at 2 a.m. in the dead of winter in the wet. But this time Sal’s smile widened, even as the horn rattled him. The joke was on him, and the horn was the laugh buzzer. A buck-fifty if they were lucky and the market was good. That’s how much codfish were worth.

The men were up and dressing. Richie was nearly ready. The others were hustling. The skipper’s tolerance had a well-respected short fuse. Sal pulled wool pants over the ever-present long underwear and a sweater over his sweatshirt. Then boot socks under steel-toed rubber knee boots, foul weather pants and jacket with the hood secured over his visor cap. And rubber gloves that were still wet from the previous shift on deck. All they did was keep the wind off. Sal hung on with one hand against the violent motion, got dressed with the other. The effort always produced sweat and queasiness in the sweet, oily heat of the diesel stove. Awkward in several

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No Rose Garden pounds of clothing, Sal gratefully scrambled up the ladder to the fresh air. The deck lights were bright as day. The wind was still out of the north at 15, the seas six to ten feet. The air temperature was 24 degrees. The Winter Fishing Grounds is so called because a combination of tricky ocean currents makes it a relatively warm place. Tonight it was snowing hard. Hundreds of white seabirds seemed to be suspended motionless on either side of the boat against the snowsplotched, velvety blackness of the night’s oriental screen. Sal carefully traversed the wet, rolling deck and took up his position at one of the two large winches in front of the pilot house. Vinnie was already behind the other

one, waiting. They threw off the brakes at the same time to start the five-foot winch drums. The drums rolled fast, considering the load they were retrieving: a large net full of fish with its metal f loats and bottom-rolling gear, held open in its trip along the ocean f loor by two large steel-reinforced wooden doors weighing 1,800 pounds apiece that were attached to the vessel by ž-inch wire cables. The cables strained around the big 14-inch turning blocks with the sound of corn popping, then went onto the winch, their coils crunching against each other as they competed for space on the drum. With a CLUNGGG that shook the whole boat, first one door, then the other were raised up on its davit and slammed against the hull. With perfect timing, Tony passed the safety chain around the davit as


the door bounced away, threaded the chain through a metal loop on the door and secured it. Then he disengaged the towing cables. Richie had already taken one hitch around the net with his hoisting line. Vinnie had turns around a small, spinning winch drum. He took a strain, and the rollers and balls f lopped heavily on board. The second hitch was on the net itself. Richie signaled, then worked to keep the net off the hull as Vinnie hoisted it skyward, dropping a nearly solid wall of freezing water on Richie. Two more hoists, two more baths for Richie, and the great bag of fish came over the side. Vinnie held, waiting for the roll of the boat to swing the full

net over the fish pens. On the roll, he touched it to the deck on target. Richie, Tony, Rennie and Sal lined up on the release cord and heaved once, twice, cursed to encourage themselves, stumbled and broke it free on the third heave. Vinnie pulled his line taut on the winch, taking the bag up, spilling its contents into the pens. It was a good bag. About 5,000 pounds.

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No Rose Garden There was a rip in the net. Bat, the kid, went into forward stores and got the box of needles and mending twine. The rip wasn’t too bad. Richie, Sal and Vinnie pulled off their gloves and went to work. It was possible to mend the net with gloves on, but no skipper would allow it. Too slow. Sal felt the cold bite into his hands as he grabbed a hunk of the wet net. He looked up and saw the dark shadow of his father watching from the open pilot house window. He had been on deck for the hoist. Now he would be impatiently waiting to get the net back overboard. The three-hour tow started right away. How much time the men got below decks depended on how fast they cleared the deck. If it should take three hours, there would be no break at all. Sal had seen that happen for nearly 40 hours straight. Tony had managed to get below once and make coffee, and that was it for 40 hours. Coffee and some apples. There hadn’t been time to peel an orange.

Sal knew what his father was thinking. The old days. His father was fond of recalling that in the old days both sides of the boat had been rigged with doors, cables and net. Then if there was a rip, you could set back right away on the other side. No delay. Less time below, but what the hell, everybody knows that the fish come first. You can sleep at home. You bet. Iron Men. Sal’s hands were screaming. The prickly polypropylene twine of the net felt like flexible steel on his fingers. His section was almost done. Almost. Three more knots. He tied them off, tossed his big plastic needle to Bat and pulled on his gloves. Soaked. Damn. The others were finished. He watched as Vinnie winched the net into the air, watched as Richie and Tony helped heave it into the sea. Then the balls and rollers. Tony shackled the towing cables to the doors. At his winch, Sal took up enough to raise the door off its seat. Tony flipped the safety chain off, and Sal threw the brake, dropping the door into the sea with a concussion of fractured water. Vinnie took over both winch brakes so Sal could begin cutting fish with Tony and Richie. Sal grabbed his favorite knife out of the basket, gave it a cursory edge on a stone and climbed into the shallow pen, stepping on the mass of f lopping fish, shuff ling his feet as his boots worked their way through the fish bodies to the steel deck.


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No Rose Garden He looked around him. It was the usual bag. Mostly cod, haddock and pollock. Money fish. There were also a few halibut, some whiskered ocean catfish, skates bigger than restaurant trays and the ugly monkfish with gaping jaws showing nasty teeth. There were scorpionfish that croak like frogs, undulating starfish, spiny sea urchins that Vinnie liked to crack open and eat on the spot, disgusting sea cucumbers, whelk, scallops that were being stockpiled for a meal, sea clams, a couple large lobsters, hermit crabs, limpets that old timers like Richie (and his father and Vinnie too) coveted for their taste and their alleged effect on virility, seaweed and the occasional tire and aluminum can. A whole undersea community. Sal, Tony and Richie began cutting. They worked bent from the waist. Grabbing a fish by the gills with their cold-stiffened fingers,

they turned it belly up and plunged the tips of their knives between the two swim fins. If Sal hit it right, and it was rare that he didn’t, the knife cleanly missed the hard bone beneath the surface. Then he stabbed down, slashing out at the same time. It was all one motion, after which the fish’s innards seemed to burst from their scaly container as if there hadn’t really been room for them inside the fish. Practically before the knife had cleared the fish his left hand was tossing it into the next bin where Vinnie, Bat and Rennie were sitting, lined up along the rail. After a minute, after he had cut 20 to 30 fish, depending on their size (some of the bigger cod held him up), Sal’s yellow gear was spattered with blood. It was truly a slaughter, one Sal didn’t like to think about. But it was part of the job, and he was good at it. Only once had he made the mistake of really looking at the fish his left


hand had grabbed. Eye contact. The knife had stopped. For some reason, the fish looked feminine to him. He had gone below and started icing early that day. With three men cutting, there was soon a small mountain of bloodied fish slowly collapsing into the pen where Vinnie, Bat and Rennie were working, “ripping” fish. Their routine was to grab a fish by the gills and flop it across the knee, then reach into the stomach cavity and grab the most solid-feeling thing and pull the guts out. Then they would throw the fish, which was often still flipping, into the washing tank. From there it would slide down a chute into the hold. The accumulation of fish in-

nards was soon more than ankle deep. Soon it would be washed into the night sea to be feasted upon by the painted birds from the snowf lecked oriental screen. In the pilot house, Antonio was smiling. To show how pleased he was with the big bag of fish, with the proceedings in general, he put a tape in the player and punched in the deck speakers. The first song to come blaring through the slosh of water over the deck and the thrumming of the diesel was this one: I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. Roger Vaughan has lived, worked and sailed in Oxford since 1980.

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December Calendar around the suggested “60” theme in a ny med ium. Free docent tours ever y Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Star Democrat. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 2019 Exhibition: Kent’s Carvers and Clubs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibition shares stories of Maryland’s Kent County carvers and hunting clubs through a collection of decoys, oral histories, historic photographs and other artifacts. For more info. tel: 410-745-4960 or visit cbmm.org. Thru March 2019 Exhibition: Ex plor ing the Chesapeake ~ Mapping the Bay at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibition will view changes in maps and charts over time as an expression of what people were seeking in the Chesapeake. For more info. visit cbmm.org. 1 Holiday wreath sale and open house at Ad k ins A rboret um, Ridgely. Ring in the season with local greener y for a beautiful

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1 Preston Holiday House Tour featuring 7 Preston-area homes to help welcome the holiday season. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour begins at the Preston Historical Society. $20 early, $25 day of tour. Children under 12 not permitted. For more info. tel: 410-310-5454. 1 Out sta nd ing Drea ms A lpac a Farm’s Holiday Open House with farm tours, unique holiday gifts, seasonal refreshments and more. Attendees will also have a chance to meet the growing herd of Huacaya Alpacas and learn about the wonderful world of alpacas. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-673-2002 or visit OutstandingDreamsFarm.com.

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Midd ay Mad ne s s Ch r i s t ma s Boutique and Jewelry Sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels from 2 to 8 p.m. Lovely jewelry and accessories, holiday décor, gifts and baked goods. For more info. tel: 410745-2534.

1 Concert: Chester River Chorale 2018 Holiday C oncer t at t he Presbyterian Church of Chestertown at 4 p.m. Artistic Director Douglas Cox has put together a program spanning the ages to celebrate the season. Suggested donation is $15. For more info. tel: 813-494-1212 or visit chesterriverchorale.org. 1 70t h A n nu a l Ch r i s t m a s Parade and Crab Tree Lighting in downtown Cambridge. The Cambridge-Dorchester parade begins at 5 p.m. on High Street and ends at the intersection of Poplar and Race streets. This is one of Maryland’s largest nighttime parades. For more info. tel:

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1 Concert: The Queen Anne’s Chorale’s 30th anniversary winter concert ~ Peace on Earth featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria at the TPAC at Che sape a ke C ol lege, Wye Mills, starting at 7 p.m. As part of the Chorale’s 30th anniversary, there will be special pricing for tickets that include both the winter and spring concerts for only


ford ~ weekend of fun activities including Christmas bazaar at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford Library open house and gift book sale, and annual tree lighting. Come in on December 2 to the Oxford firehouse for a visit with Santa. For more info. visit tourtalbot.org/event/christmascreek/.

$30. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $20 for adults; children through high school attend for free. For more info., visit chorale.org. 1 Concert: The Anderson Twins ~ Benny Meets Artie with Strings at the Oxford Community Center from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Campbell’s B oat y a r d s a nd i s pr e s ente d jointly with Chesapeake Music and the OCC. A celebration of the work of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw in orchestral form. $50 general admission or VIP for $250. Tickets available through the Chesapeake Music website at chesapeakemusic.org. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 1 Concert: Motown & More ~ A Holiday Celebration at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 1-2 Christmas on the Creek in Ox-

1-2 Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Christmas in Caroline at the 4-H Park, Denton. Featuring artisan crafts, collectibles, gifts, wreaths, a silent auction, food, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a 5K Reindeer Run. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. visit visitcaroline.org. 1-28 December Art Exhibit: Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. An exhibit of plein air paintings by 23 local and regional members of the Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay. Opening reception on Dec.

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December Calendar 1 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and closing reception on Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 1-30 Christmas Train Garden at the Cambridge Rescue and Fire Company. Perfect for all ages! Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Refreshments are sold. For more info. tel: 410-228-5262. 1-2, 8-9 Lofting at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Join Jenn Kuhn for one or both weekends at CBMM’s offsite location for the lofting of the 1912 river tug Delaware. Lofting is the art of taking a set of offsets or measurements and drawing the boat to scale. It is from the loft that shipwrights pick up the necessary information needed to begin constructing the building molds. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $85 for one weekend, or $150 for both weekends with a 20% discount for CBMM members. For more info. tel: 410-7454980 or visit cbmm.org. 1,8,14,15,16 Concert: Front Porch Orchestra to per for m Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with a twist of bluegrass. The entire score for

the ballet will be played bar-forbar on banjo, violin, viola, two guitars, string bass and percussion. Dec. 1 at the Academy Art Museum, Easton; Dec. 8 at the Milton Theatre in Milton, De.; Dec. 14 at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn; Dec. 15 at the Church Hill Theater in Church Hill; Dec. 16 at Jammin Java in Vienna. All performance at 2 p.m. except Dec. 14. For more info. visit frontporchorchestra. bandcamp.com. 1,8,15,22 Easton Farmers Market every Saturday from mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured f rom 10 a.m. to noon. Tow n parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit avalonfoundation.org. 1,7,8,14 ,15 ,21,22 ,28,29 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and


drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit choptankbowling.com. 2 Firehouse Breakfast with Santa at the Ox ford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit fire and ambulance services. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 2 Guided Birding at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambr idge. Guides w ill help you enjoy the many species of birds that live in or migrate through the refuge. 8 a.m. at the Visitor Center. For more info. tel: 410901-6124. 2 Breakfast with Santa ~ We just he a r d f r om t he Nor t h Pole . Santa Claus will be back in the Crystal Room at the Tidewater Inn. 1st seating with Santa at 9 a.m., 2nd seating at 10:30 a.m.

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Poems with Sue Ellen Thompson at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Sue Ellen Thompson’s lecture will focus on the three great loves of Gilbert’s life and how they inf luenced his poetry. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

2 Concert: Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 2,5,9,12,16,19,23,26,30,2 Nativity Scenes from Around the World on display at the Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast in Cambridge. 2 to 5 p.m. $10 per person. Reser vations are required. For more info. tel: 410221-7700.

3 Lunch & Learn: The Passion Behind ‘Fine’ Storytelling with Paul and Holly Fine at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. The Fines, a prolific husband-and-wife documentary team, will share with you their experience as filmmakers. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 3 Lecture: The Man Who Loved Women ~ Jack Gilbert and His

3 Movie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 1st Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 3 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. 7 p.m. Guest speaker David Blecman presents Photographing Landscapes. Blecman currently shoots for magazines, clothiers, fashion designers and numerous other print and commercial accounts. The public is encouraged to attend. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub. org. 3 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1st Monday at 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 3 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Societ y at t he Ga r f ield C enter, Chestertown. 1st Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060.


3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26 Food Distr ibution at the St. Michaels Community Center on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Open to all Talbot County residents. Must provide identification. Each family can participate once per week. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 3,10,17 Meeting: Overeaters Anony mous at U M Shore Medic a l Center in Easton. Mondays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 3,10,17 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. 4 Family Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Holiday/Wintercrafts. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 1st Tuesday at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695. 4 Mid-Shore Community Band Holiday Concert at the North Caroline High School Auditorium, Ridgely. 7 to 9 p.m. Don’t miss the op185

December Calendar portunity to hear local volunteer musicians spread a little cheer through a mix of well-known and lesser-known holiday tunes. Donations to the Mid-Shore Community Band are encouraged. For more info. tel: 410-479-8120 or visit CarolineRecreation.org. 4-5 Creepy Crawlers class (Oh, Deer!) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class includes story time, craft, hike, live animals (or artifacts) and a snack. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org/creepycrawlers. 4,11,18 Tai Chi (a beginners class) at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays from 9 a.m. with Nathan Spivey. $37.50 per month or$10 d rop -in fee. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 4,6,11,13,18,20,27 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc. org.

4,6,11,13,18,20,27 Mixed/Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A C enter for Balanced Living in Easton. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 4,7,11,14,18,21,28 Free Blood Pressure Screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center, Cambridge.

4,11,18 Healing Through Yoga at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. This new complementary therapy guides participants through mindfulness and poses that direct healing in positive ways. Participants will learn empowering techniques to cope with grief and honor their loss. No previous yoga experience necessary. Yoga mats will be provided, and walk-ins are welcome. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 4 ,1 1 ,18 F r e e Blo o d P r e s s u r e Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays at University of Mary-


la nd Shore Reg iona l He a lt h Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 4,11,18 Meeting: Bridge Clinic Support Group at the UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential support group for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral reasons. For more info. tel: 410-2285511, ext. 2140. 4,18 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center, 5th floor meeting room, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5700 or visit shorehealth.org. 4,18 Afternoon Chess Academy at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4:30 p.m. Learn and play chess. For ages 6 to 16. Snacks ser ved. Limited space, please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4,18 Cancer Patient Support Group at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-254-5940 or visit umshoreregional.org. 4,18 Grief Support Group at the

Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 5 Class: Earring Frenzy with Melissa Kay-Steves at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $50 members, $60 nonmembers (plus $35 materials fee payable to instructor). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 5 Learn Microsoft Excel from a Pro w ith specialist R ita Hill at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their own PC laptop (no Apples, please). For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 5 We are Builders at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Enjoy STEM and build with Legos and Zoobs. For ages 6 to 12. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcf l. org. 5 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 to 8 p.m. 1st Wednesday. Support group for families and friends of addicts. For more info. tel: 800-477-6291 or visit nar-anon.org.


December Calendar 5,12,19,26 Intermediate Tai Chi with Nathan Spivey at the Oxford Community Center. Wednesdays at 8 a.m. $37.50 per month or $10 drop in. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours and other art-related activities. For more info. tel: 410-463-0148. 5,12,19,26 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin in the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 5,12,19,26 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a well-prepared meal from Upper Shore Aging. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org.

5,12,19,26 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 3 to 5 p.m. Everyone interested in writing is invited to join. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 5,12,19,26 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 5,12,19,26 Open Jam Session at the Oxford Community Center, Wed nesdays at 8 p.m. Br ing your instruments and join in the fun. Free. For more info. visit oxfordcc.org. 6 St. Michaels Community Center bus trip to Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular. Trip includes ticket to 11 a.m. show featuring the Rockettes, time for shopping and sightseeing, and transportation to and from New York. $179 per person. Transportation only for $90. For

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to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107. 6 Denton Hol id ay Pa rade a nd Lighting of the Green in downtown Denton. 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: 410479-2050. 6-7 Workshop: Handmade Coastal Holiday Ornaments with Maggii Sarfaty at the Academy Art Museu m, E a ston. 10 a.m. to noon. $105 members, $126 non-

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members (plus $8 materials fee payable to instructor). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6,13,20,27 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 6,13,20,27 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 6,13,20,27 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice. Thursd ay s at 1 p.m. Th i s ongoi ng we ek ly suppor t g roup i s for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 6,13,20,27 Kent Island Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit

6,20 Meet ing: Samplers Quilt Guild from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. The Guild meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Provide your own lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-1015. 6,20 Classic Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 7 Meeting: Cambridge Women’s Club at 417 High Street, Cambr idge. Boa rd me et i ng at 11 a.m., general meeting at noon and refreshments at 12:30 p.m. Speaker: Alicia Coro Hoffman on The Dorchester Center for the Arts ~ What We Are and What We Do at 1 p.m. The public is invited. For more info. tel: 410221-0120. 7 2018 Holly Day! at the Fellowship Hall at Wesley United Methodist Church in Dover. Christmas cookie sale, silent auction and luncheon with homemade soups. Live Christmas music at lunchtime, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Proceeds benef it the mission of We sle y Un ite d Met hod i st Women and go toward programs


hibits, unique shopping, special performances, kids’ activities and a variety of dining options. 5 to 8 p.m. 7 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com. that benefit women, youth and children. For more info. email b.rafte@gmail.com. 7 Fresh Air Family Night: Reptiles in Winter at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Join Pickering Creek Audubon Center staff for this family-friendly indoor program to meet live turtles and snakes, discover where reptiles go in winter and how they survive the cold winter months. $5 per person. For more info. tel: 410-8224903 or visit pickeringcreek.org.

7 Ugly Sweater Karaoke at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 6 to 10 p.m. Wear your ugly Christmas sweater ~ prizes awarded for best ugly sweaters! Plus, a Christmas carol karaoke contest. For more info. tel: 410228-1205 or visit laytonschance. com.

7 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. 7 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Join us for our monthly progressive open house. Our businesses keep their doors open later so you can enjoy gallery ex191

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Yuletide Par t y, Santa’s Wonderland, Breakfast with Santa and the annual Tour of Homes. Enjoy a Holiday Breakfast and traditional Eastern Shore Dinner on Saturday or dine at local restaurants. For more info. tel: 410-745-0745 or visit christmasinstmichaels.org.

Concert: Glenn Miller Orchestra Holiday Show at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

7 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets 1st Friday at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410221-1978, 410-901-9711 or visit wascaclubs.com. 7 - 9 C apt u re t he mag ic of t he holidays at Chr ist ma s in St. Michaels. Enjoy a f u n-f i l led weekend for the whole family, including a Christmas parade, display of Gingerbread houses and music from the Celebration of Choirs and Jackson Jubilee Singers, all free of charge. Shop at the Marketplace and Christmas Bazaar for unique Christmas gifts. Purchase tickets for the

7- 9 A Dickens of a Chr ist ma s t hroughout dow ntow n Chestertown. Fire dancers, carriage rides, caroling, themed food, holiday house tour, street theater, children’s games, stilt walkers, f lea circus, Run Like the Dickens 5K and more fun for every age. Visitors and vendors are encouraged to dress in period costume for an authentic Victorian experience. For more info. visit dickenschestertown.org. 7,9 Concert: Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio by the Easton Choral Arts Society at Christ Church, Easton. Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. The Christmas Oratorio is an intimate work that requires five soloists, a chorus and small instrumental forces ~ an organ, a harp and strings. Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance online at eastonchoralarts.org. Students admitted free with reservation. Seating is limited. For more info. tel: 410200-0498.


7,14,21,28 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets ~ 1st and 3rd Fridays at Hurlock American Legion #243, 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock; and 2nd and 4th Fridays at V F W Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. All veterans are welcome. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 7,14,21,28 Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Fridays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 7,14,21,28 Jeannie’s Community Café soup kitchen at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu changes week ly. Pay what you can, if you can. Eat in or take out. All

welcome. For more info. tel: 410745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc. org. 7,14,21,28 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. 8 Christmas in St. Michaels Breakfast at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. 7:30 to 10 a.m. Serving home-cooked breakfasts at affordable prices. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 8 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 Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and e ver y Wed ne sd ay f rom 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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December Calendar 8 Annual Book Sale at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 8 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10 adults and children ages 3+. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org.

8 Wine & Design ~ Mistletoe & Mimosas at L ay ton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday decorating does not feel complete without the wreath hung on the door! Join us for a morning of wreath making; we are all a little craftier with a mimosa in our hand! Tickets include: bottomless mimosas, danishes, donuts, coffee, materials and instructions for wreath making. $75. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 8 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 carolinearts.org.

8 Santa Swim at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. and swim begins at 10 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Care and Share Fund, Inc. For more info. visit careandsharefund.org. 8 Class: Family Ornament Day at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

8 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit CambridgeMainStreet.com. 8 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-9535 or visit townofstmichaels.org.


9 Concert: An Evening with America at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 7 p.m. More than 40 years after they met in high school, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 10

Me e t i ng: C a r ol i ne C ou nt y A A R P Chapter #915 at noon, with a covered dish luncheon, at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Bob and Donna James bring us an inspirational Christmas program. New members are welcome. For more info., tel: 410-482-6039.

10 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth.net. 10 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3

to 5 p.m. Work on your favorite project with a group. Limited instruction for beginners. Newcomers welcome. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l. org. 10

Me e t i ng: S t . M ic h ael s A r t League from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Christ Church Parish Hall, St. Michaels. Open to the public. For more info. visit smartleague.org.

10 Free Screening of High Tide in Dorchester at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. The film was created to foster a conversation about sea level rise and erosion caused by climate change and to leverage that conversation into action. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 10 Open Mic at the Academy Art Mu seu m, E a ston. Sha re a nd appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive here. Topic: Airing of Grievances. All ages and styles of performance are welcome.

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December Calendar The event is open to all ages. 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@ gmail.com. 11 Advance Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advance healthcare planning and complete your advance directive paperwork, including the Five Wishes. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 to register. 11 Nav y League Holiday Dinner at the Talbot Country Club to feature the Queen Anne Chorale, directed by Bob Hunting ton. Social hour starts at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. Non-members are always welcome. $40 per person. For more info. tel: 410-819-8029 or email boblawrence@msn.com. 11 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Tuesday f rom 6:30 to 8 p.m. Suppor t group for those who have lost a loved one from overdose or suicide. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ talbothospice.org.

11 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300 or visit umshoreregional.org. 11 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8226471 or visit twstampclub.com. 11 Bay Hundred Chess Class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners welcome. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 11 Meeting: Buddhism Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 12 Meeting: Bayside Quilters, 2nd Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e -mail mhr2711@ gmail.com. 12 Draw F u n ny A n i ma l s w it h


children’s author and illustrator Tim Young at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 4 p.m. Learn and practice drawing wild, wacky and funny animals. For ages 6 to 12. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 12 Holiday Open House at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 4 to 7 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season & join us in the museum store with exclusive deals and complimentary gift wrapping, caroling, door prizes, light refreshments and more! For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. 12 Holiday Potluck Dinner at the Oxford Community Center. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a dish and enjoy a holiday production by our after-school kids. A wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with your friends and neighbors. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.

12 Open Boatshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $35 with a 20% discount for CBMM members. Have an idea for a woodworking project, but just don’t know where to start or don’t have the tools you need? Come to the boatshop to work on these projec t s under t he g uida nce of one of CBMM’s experienced shipwrights. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit cbmm.org. 12 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at Talbot Par tnership, 28712 Glebe Rd., Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e -ma i l mar iahsmission2014@gmail.com. 12 Meet ing: Bay water Ca mera Club at the Dorchester Center for the A rts, Cambridge. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. All


December Calendar are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 12 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 12,26 Story Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 12,26 Bay Hundred Chess Club, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. All ages welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 12,26 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, C a mbr id ge. Ever yone i nter ested in w riting is inv ited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 12 ,26 Dance Classes for NonDancers at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. $12 per person,

$20 for both classes. For more info. tel: 410-200-7503 or visit continuumdancecompany.org. 13 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Caroline County Senior Center, Denton. 2nd Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org. 13,22 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 10 a.m. on the 13th and 1 p.m. on the 22nd. Free for CBEC members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 13,27 Memoir Writers at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life a nd fa mi ly. Pa r t icipa nt s a re invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 14 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 2nd Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org. 14 Kittredge-Wilson Lecture: The Altering Eye ~ Photography at



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Centre for the Arts. Stefan Scaggiari is a musical treasure in our midst. A Centreville resident, Scaggiari is a pianist, composer, arranger, recording artist and vocalist. He has performed both nationally and internationally as a jazz and classical pianist. $20 includes music, wine and light hors d’oeuvres. For more info. tel: 410-758-2520 or visit queenannescountyarts.com.

the National Gallery of Art with Sarah Greenhough at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m. $24 members, $29 non-members (pre-registration is suggested). In 1990, Greenhough became the founding curator of the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art and has been responsible for establishing and growing the National Gallery’s collection of photographs, which now numbers more than 17,000 works made between 1839 and the present. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 14 Concert: Stef Scaggiari at the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, Centreville. 7 to 9 p.m. The concert is co-sponsored by the Friends of the QAC Library and the Queen Anne’s County

15 Holiday Cookie Decorating at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 p.m. Stop in and decorate cookies! First come, first served. Fun for the whole family. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 15 Winter Solstice Concert: A Winter’s Eve of Revelry at the Oxford Community Center. 3 to 5 p.m. Performer Moira Smiley will be joined by many new voices to celebrate the season. Tickets are $20, children under 12 free. Student and group rates available. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 16 Bingo! to benefit the Cambridge Women’s Club at the Cambridge Elks Lodge on Elk Lodge Road. 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more info. tel: 410-221-0120. 16 Holiday Jazz Concert: A Redd


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Christmas with Chuck and Robert Redd at the Church of the Holy Tr init y, Ox ford. 3 p.m. Charlie Byrd was an inf luential p er son i n t he e a rly mu sic a l careers of the Redd brothers, helping each to develop their own style and providing opportunities to perform with leading jazz musicians. Both Chuck and Robert have performed at the White House through Presidential invitations. A free offering will be accepted. For more info. tel: 410-226-5134. 17 Creepy Crawlers Gardening class (Beautiful, Beneficial Bees) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers gardening classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org/creepy-crawlers. 17 A Longwood Christmas trip with Adkins Arboretum. Noon

to 9 p.m. Delight in the holiday horticulture showcasing more t ha n 6,000 se a sona l pla nt s. Outside, the sounds of oohs and ahhs fill the air as illuminated stars t w ink le above, color f ul fountains dance to holiday music and a half-million lights brighten the night. $75 member, $100 non-member. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 17 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth.net. 17 Read w ith Latte, a cer tif ied therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose one from the library and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte. For children 5 and older. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 17 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at Tilghman United Methodist Church. 3rd Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail mariahsmission2014@gmail.com.


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December Calendar 18 Coloring for Teens & Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 18 Peer Pilots: Fly into a Day in the Life of a High Schooler at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Meet current high school students and discover proven ways to make friends and influence teachers. For 8th grade students. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 19 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 19 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6:30 p.m. This support group is for anyone griev ing the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org.

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December Calendar homes will be open to patrons with house tour tickets, which can be purchased at the Vienna Heritage Museum. The cost for the home tour is $5 per person; children under 6 free. All other activities are free of charge. For more info. tel: 410-376-3442. 24 Oxford Book Club meets the 4th Monday of every month at the Oxford Community Center. 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 26 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at UM Shore Regional

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