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Tidewater Times December 2017

Miles River Homes Near St. Michaels

MILES RIVER/HAMBLETON COVE - Just outside St. Michaels near the new Pete Dye-designed golf course, this immaculate 1-level home is exceptional. It was designed to maximize the sunset views across the water. Sited on a high, beautifully landscaped waterfront lot, you simply have to see it to appreciate the quality of construction and attention to detail. It’s a “10!” $1,495,000

MILES RIVER/PORTERS CREEK - This 1-level brick rancher is sited on a wellelevated 1.5 ac., mostly wooded waterfront lot off Porters Creek Rd. near St. Michaels. The views looking across the Miles River are extraordinary. On a clear day, you can see Kent Island, 9 miles away. House is livable and a great candidate for renovation (or replacement). Priced at lot value. $699,000

MILES RIVER - 711 Riverview Terrace ... A prime St. Michaels address! Constructed in 1960, this brick home straddles two prime waterfront lots (100’ x 230’ each). Many options, including: 1. Remodeled & update the house. 2. Demolish and build a new house. 3. Build two houses. 4. Keep one lot, sell the other. Public water & sewer. No town taxes. Big views! $1,650,000

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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 66, No. 7

Published Monthly

December 2017

Features: About the Cover Artist: Scott Sullivan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Marie U’ren ~ An Appreciation: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Last Deadline ~ For Now: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Christmas in St. Michaels Tour of Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Local Craftsmen: Bethany Ziegler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Tidewater Kitchen ~ Healthy Holidays: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . 65 Covering Their Chins for Charity: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Heavenly Events: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 The Neighborhood Service Center: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Changes ~ Our National Pastime: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . 165

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 December Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Artist Scott Sullivan Scott Sullivan, with a degree in graphic design, was an art director at advertising agencies in Connecticut and New York city. He moved to the Washington, D.C., area and became a freelance photographer/illustrator. His clients included the Washington Post, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Barnes and Noble, McGraw-Hill, Electronic Data Systems, Hewlett Packard, and The National Zoo. Currently Sullivan is doing computer graphics and graphic design work out of his “Studioworks” agency, as well as traditional artwork and photography exhibited in several galleries in St. Michaels. Sullivan, an av id sailor, lives in St. Michaels and loves the atmosphere and character that the Eastern Shore offers.

This month’s cover artwork is titled “One Last Run.”

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Marie U’ren: An Appreciation by Helen Chappell

When you read this, Marie U’ren and her husband Bill will have left their house on Harrison Street in Easton and moved across the Bridge. They’ve retired and moved to Towson to be closer to family, especially their grandchildren. If you didn’t know Marie, you missed out on someone quite special. She is one of those people who do not just make a difference, but are a force of nature. I couldn’t let her leave without acknowledging and thanking her for her tireless and generous service. How could one woman do so much!? In the many years Marie was in Easton, she was an amazing volunteer, a mover-and-shaker with a whim of iron. She was “The Volunteer.” You didn’t say no to Marie when she wanted something. It was never for herself, but for the community she loved. There were very few things that Marie didn’t have a hand in. She was everywhere, and gave back so much to her community. It wasn’t just her time and effort that made her shine. It was her enthusiasm and her magic. She understood giving, and she gave of herself. Marie didn’t just talk the talk, like many people, she actually walked

the walk ~ and then some. Her retirement leaves a hole that will take several hardworking people to fill. I don’t think we would have such a vital and vibrant arts scene in Talbot County without Marie. Just a partial list of her contributions would fill this magazine. She served at the Academy Arts Museum in many capacities, from sitting on the board, to running the Marketplace Craft Shop that helps fund the museum. She worked with the ACE Mentor Program, and she wore so many hats at the local chapter of the American Heart Association that it’s impossible to list them all. During her stay here in Talbot County, she worked tirelessly for the Avalon Foundation, Cricket 9

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Marie U’ren Theater, Dance Harrison Street, Habitat for Humanity Follies, First Night Talbot, and Old Tyme Holiday Parade, and outfitted practically every performer. Marie’s Easton Costume Shop, as it was known, clothed and costumed many performers, including this writer in the annual production of Dickens’s classic, A Christmas Carol. Marie’s costume shop, cloistered in a secret location, was always a cause for wonder. Marie collected, maintained and curated a remarkable collection of dress for all periods and all events. She always had the perfect historical outfit for

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Marie U’ren

Film Festival in a rotation of roles. She was a producer and a board member of Community Alliance for the Performing Arts. She also served on the board at Main Street Easton, Easton Business Management, and ran many of their productions and parades. A tireless fundraiser, Marie was a founding member of the Eventful Giving Committee, which raises money for a variety of charities including food banks, the Academy Art Museum, Community Connections, CarePacks, the Neighborhood Service Center, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, St. Vincent DePaul, St. Michaels Community Center, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Chesapeake

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If your mind isn’t already boggled at everything she’s done for Talbot County, here are a few more of Marie’s accomplishments: She’s been active with the Mental Health Association, Talbot Mentors, Talbot Arts Council, United Fund, Wye Conservancy of Music, and the list goes on. She’s given so much of herself, and everywhere you go, you’ll see her imprint. Basically, you couldn’t have lived in this county for these many years and not have had your life touched by this woman in some way. She leaves big spaces to fill, but we were so lucky to have her here. She has truly made a difference, and she will be missed. I’d say enjoy your retirement, but I have a feeling Towson isn’t going to know what hit them.

Tina Mills, Jeffrey Messing and Jamie Merida with Marie U’ren at the annual Hospice benefit hosted by Bountiful. Children’s Book Festival, just to name a few of the many projects this group has sponsored. Marie was always very active in the annual Festival of Trees, one of the major fundraisers for the Talbot Hospice Foundation. She’s also been a guiding force in the annual Waterfowl Festival, another important county event.

Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels.

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Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters, Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air. We look at our world and speak the word aloud. Peace. Taken from the poem Amazing Peace, a Christmas poem by Maya Angelou

May Peace fill your hearts and homes this holiday season. Wink Cowee WINK COWEE, ASSOCIATE BROKER Benson & Mangold Real Estate 211 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663

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St. Michaels Rancher Enjoy fabulous sunsets from this southfacing rancher less than 3 miles from town. Large gathering room, sun room, 2 fireplaces, 2-car garage and many options to make this your dream home. Private pier (4’ mlw). $755,000

St. Michaels Victorian Immaculate and charming Victorian on sought after East Chestnut Street. Front porch, gorgeous interior and large family room with vaulted ceilings and French doors to brick patio and English garden. $645,000

Martingham Rancher Brick rambler on 1.49 acres is located adjacen t t o t he 6 t h f a ir way o f t he soon-to-be Links at Perr y Cabin. 4 bedr ooms, 3 ba t hs, k i tchen a nd bathrooms with granite counters. Easy living in St. Michaels. $425,000

St. Michaels Rio Vista Located in Riverview Terrace in Rio Vista, a waterfront community, this charming home has front and rear porches and a nice fenced yard (dog friendly) on .34 acres. Enjoy full or par t-time living. $305,000


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The Last Deadline, For Now by Dick Cooper

I str uggled w ith this month’s stor y more t ha n most. I w rote paragraph af ter paragraph and deleted them all. Then I realized I was committing a cardinal sin of journalism; I was burying the lead. After nine years of writing a story every month on these pages, this is my last regular contribution to the Tidewater Times. Steady work wasn’t on my mind in the fall of 2008 when I emailed a story about Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge to Publisher Dave Pulzone and Editor Anne Bailey Farwell for their consideration. I certainly didn’t expect it to turn into a long and rewarding relationship with you, the readers of this uniquely Eastern Shore magazine. My wife, Pat, and I moved to the Shore 11 years ago after we both took buyouts from our longtime employers in the Philadelphia area. We wanted to make a fresh start in the Land of Pleasant Living and, after moving to St. Michaels, we began to explore our new neighborhood. Blackwater was one of our f irst discoveries, and it made a lasting impression. We took a lot of photos of the abundant wildlife and made several return trips. An acquaintance at the Easton Y,

Dick Cooper who knew I had been a newspaper reporter and shared my fascination with Blackwater, suggested I write about it and send a stor y to the Tidewater Times. Having sailed the Chesapeake Bay for more than 40 years, I was very familiar with the magazine. A fresh copy was always in our nav station because it published the 25

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me a monthly gig, I readily acc epted. Before I bega n w r it ing ever y mont h for t he T idewater Times, I thought I had a prett y good handle on the people and the history of the region, but once I had a deadline to meet, I found I had only scratched the surface. Nothing sharpens a reporter’s senses more than a looming deadline. I began looking at the people and places around me as potential stor ies. I found that doors were quickly opened when I said I was working on a story for the Tidewater Times. People frequently told me, “Oh, I love that little magazine. I read it every month from cover to cover.” Early on, an Easton native told me about a book I needed to read.

Tide Tables every month on page 43. Here, I must confess to some Big City snobbery. I was reluctant to follow my friend’s advice. After all, I spent most of my career at The Philadelphia Inquirer, a major metropolitan daily that sold 450,000 papers a day and more than million copies every Sunday. The Tidewater Times was a physically small, regional publication with a limited circulation that was given away for free. But, he prevailed. My story, accompanied by some of Pat’s great photos, ran and I suddenly started to get a lot of positive feedback. When Publisher Pulzone offered

Snow geese in a swirl at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. 26

PRIME LOCATION 4.6 +/- ac. off Oxford Rd. 4 BR, 3.5 BA, gourmet kitchen, outdoor entertainment area w/pool, bar, fireplace, sport court, stable, paddocks and more! $950,000

WATERFRONT FARM 87+/- acres, excellent hunting and fishing, 4,000 sq. ft. house, heated pool and spa, pier, tillable impoundment. $1,395,000

WATERFRONT FARMETTE 20+/- acres, 5 BR house, 3 BR guest house, 6 stall barn, dock with lift. Licensed vacation rental. $1,250,000

PRIME END UNIT ON CAMBRIDGE CREEK Unit has been meticulously maintained and is move-in ready! 2/3 bedrooms, FR, DR, and K. Priced to Sell - $249,500

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The Last Deadline He sent me off to the Unicorn Book Store in Trappe, where owner and fellow Tidewater Times contributor Jim Dawson produced a vintage copy of Rivers of the Eastern Shore: Seventeen Maryland Rivers by W. Hulbert Footner. Footner, a successful novelist by trade, traveled by boat and land up and along the rivers and tidal bays of the Eastern Shore 80 years ago. He gathered stories, legends and local lore, described life on the Shore and painted word pictures of a place where the 20th century was slow to arrive. His book was published in 1944 and has been in print ever since. Part of the book’s longevity

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The Last Deadline is spelled out in the publisher’s blurb: “Today, each new arrival to the Eastern Shore ~ a ‘come here’ [from somewhere else] ~ gets his or her copy of this time-tested Footner learn-how-to manual to guide them directly to the heart of the land of pleasant liv ing. A s it turns out, Footner ran a little fast and loose with the facts, but his retelling of three centuries of Eastern Shore history supplied me with numerous leads, many of which have found their way onto to the pages of Tidewater Times. Over the years, my Tidewater Times assignments have enabled me to meet some fascinating people, from shipwright Mike Vlahovich, who has rebuilt more skipjacks than anyone else, to Howard Hughes, who makes peppermills that are actually functional pieces of art, to the late Carl Langkammerer, w ho help e d de velop Ny lon for DuPont and spent his later years playing jazz piano for his friends. I inter v iewed Santa Claus, who

disguises himself for most of the year as Tom Campi. I have been onboard the M/V John C. Widener as it tended buoys on the Choptank River, watched Tom and Judy Bixler as they piloted the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry across the Tred Avon, covered my ears as lumbermen ran a 100-year-old sawmill, and felt the wind in my face at 65 miles an hour in the front seat of a 1913 RollsRoyce roadster. I have delved into a story about vaudev illians on the Choptank, chronicled building of a new motor

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Watch the sunrise over your deeded deep water boat slip in Bachelor Point Harbor, and the sunset with horizon views over the broad Choptank River. This spectacular Oxford property delivers the very best of Eastern Shore living along with town water, sewer and services. Fantastic attention to detail and quality throughout, including an awardwinning kitchen and compelling views from every area of the home. $2,495,000 · Visit

Stunning waterfront home on 5.5 +/- acres overlooking the Wye River with 440’ +/- water frontage. Unheard of and well-protected 8+ feet of MLW at private pier, rip-rapped shoreline and easterly views. Me�culous a�en�on to every detail in this 6,000 +/- square foot custom-built home with amazing architectural details, open floor plan, superb kitchen and main-level master suite. Parking for three cars. $1,995,000 · Visit


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Sensa�onal private 16+ acre peninsula waterfront estate with over 2,000’ of shoreline. Renovated home offers the finest details and finishes, phenomenal floor plan, 3 floors of living space and broad water views. Top-notch kitchen, large family room, and main-level master suite with luxury bath. Enjoy 4 decks, 2 pa�os, waterside pool with pergola, pier, 2 li�s, and 5’ +/- MLW. Garage parking for 4. $2,495,000 · Visit

Gorgeous Cape Cod situated on 2.5+ acres in Cooke’s Hope. Open floor plan, lovely formal living and dining rooms, eat-in chef’s kitchen, large family room and main-level master suite with luxury bath. Upper level offers 3 addi�onal bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and rec room. Enjoy screened porches, beau�ful pa�o and water views. 2-car a�ached garage. Wonderful community ameni�es! $895,000 · Visit


The Last Deadline museum and featured community activists who are constantly working to make the Shore a better place with programs such as SOS Sink or Swim and SMASH. Tidewater Times has also allowed me to share some personal experiences, ranging from fishing trips to Panama and Aruba, to sharing the joy of my son’s marriage and reminiscing about my father and grandfather. But most of all, this magazine has enabled me to explore the rich and deep histor y of the Eastern Shore, a place where the past is never far from the present. The stories of this area are well preserved and extensively documented by the collections and resources

of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester public libraries, and the Talbot County Historical Society. Now, those records are augmented by d ig it a l new spaper a rch ive s, U.S. Census and countless other databases readily accessible on the Internet. An amateur sleuth can track down contemporaneous news accounts from the pages of the Easton Star-Democrat, the Denton Journal and the Baltimore Sun. It is a path that I have thoroughly enjoye d t r avel i ng a nd sh a r i ng with you. Readers of ten ask how I f ind stor ie s. In a pre v iou s l i fe a s a crime reporter, the stories usually came to me in police reports, court documents, street interviews and by chasing fire trucks and ambulances. At Tidewater Times, they have arrived much more subtly, frequently from readers who suggest profiles of interesting friends and neighbors, but a lso f rom a deep-seated curiosity of the history of local places and traditions. During my career as a newspa-

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Thanks to my wife, Pat, for being my muse and my copy editor. And thanks to you, my readers, for coming along on this ride.

perman, it was always as thrill to have a story displayed on the Front Page. At Tidewater Times, I always felt that having my stories wrapped around the Tide Tables was as good as being on page 1A. Time in and time out, I get more reader responses from the Tidewater Times stories than at any other time in my career. This is my 99th contribution to Tidewater Times. It may not be my last, but for now, it is time to step away from regular deadlines. Tha n k s to P ubl i sher Dave a nd Editor Anne for giving me the space.

Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizew i nni n g jo u r n a li s t. A n e B o o k anthology of his writings for the Tidewater Times and other publications, East of the Chesapeake: Sk ipjack s, Flyboys and Sailors, True Tales of the Eastern Shore, is now available at Dick and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be reached at

A somewhat younger Dick Cooper (left) celebrating his Pulitzer Prize. 38


CHOPTANK RIVER Simply exquisite 5 bedroom 7.5 bath home with broad views, richly detailed and elegantly appointed. 1st floor master suite with his-and-hers master bath and WIC. Gourmet chefs kitchen with butlers pantry, volcanic stone floors, family room with beamed ceilings and fireplace. 2 BR quest apartment with fully equipped kitchen. Elevator, GHP basement with wine cellar. 40 KW gen, exercise room, cedar closet 50’ x 15’ heated pool, great porches ~ Total perfection! $2,250,000

MASTERS VILLAGE PERFECTION! 4 BR, 2.5 BA home in the Easton Club. Open floor plan, featuring great room with stone FG, eat-in kitchen, formal DR, FR and separate office. Master bedroom suite with balcony. Screened-in porch, paver patio, extensive landscaping and 2-car garage. Community pool and tennis courts. $497,000

R ARE OPPORTUNITY IN HISTORIC DISTRICT All brick home circa 1910. Wonderfully renovated with modern conveniences. Custom kitchen and baths, 9’ ceilings, hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces. Close to the Choptank River and yacht club. Zoned general commercial. $218,500

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Christmas in St. Michaels Tour of Homes decorated for the holidays If you’ve ever walked the streets of St. Michaels and wondered what it would be like to peek into some of the unique and historic homes that dot the town, now is your chance. This year’s Christmas in St. Michaels Tour of Homes, December 9-10, features a mix of waterfront estates and waterman’s cottages in and around town. In a weekend packed with parties, parades and special events, the Tour of Homes is the highlight, drawing visitors from far and wide for a close-up look at the past and the present. Eight homes are featured on this year’s tour ~ six in St. Michaels and two in nearby Bozman. This year’s tour features several renovated old homes with modern interiors, new homes built to look old, and one house that played a role in the battle that gave St. Michaels its nickname ~ the Town that Fooled the British. Transportation is provided to all out-of-town locations. Tickets are $25 for both days.

Drawing by Anne Allbeury-Hock family and immediately fell in love with the town and with this house. Jennifer’s words upon her first stroll down Locust Street were, “Oh my goodness, there is the home of my dreams!” The house has had only two previous owners. The small cottage on the left is known as the Marshall House and is an original 200-yearold watermen’s home. The larger house on the right is a replica of one that was present circa 1870. In 2006, the replica was constructed, the Marshall House entirely renovated and the two connected to form a single home. The structure of the Marshall House was preserved during renovation, as were the f loorboards and ceiling beams upstairs ~ these remain the most historic

104 Locust Street After several years abroad, newlyweds Jonathan Dietrich and Jennifer Shatwell visited St. Michaels to celebrate Christmas with their 41



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From all of us at Campbell’s

Thank you for making 2017 a great boating year, and we look forward to working with each of you in 2018!

SHARP’S IS. LIGHT: 46 minutes before Oxford TILGHMAN: Dogwood Harbor same as Oxford EASTON POINT: 5 minutes after Oxford CAMBRIDGE: 10 minutes after Oxford CLAIBORNE: 25 minutes after Oxford ST. MICHAELS MILES R.: 47 min. after Oxford WYE LANDING: 1 hr. after Oxford ANNAPOLIS: 1 hr., 29 min. after Oxford KENT NARROWS: 1 hr., 29 min. after Oxford CENTREVILLE LANDING: 2 hrs. after Oxford CHESTERTOWN: 3 hrs., 44 min. after Oxford

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Spacious three-story Colonial home offers panoramic views across the river. Enjoy winding driveway, glassed river room, waterside pool, park-like setting, pier with 3’+ mlw and more. Easton $950,000


4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial features large corner lot with fenced yard, family room with fireplace and built-ins, kitchen with Silestone counters and tile back splash, and more. Easton $319,000



This 3,300 square foot building offers prime location on Talbot Street with great foot traffic and visibility, plus driveway. (Sale of real estate only) $550,000

Build your dream home on this 2 acre waterfront lot. Lot offers current perc for 4 bedroom home, open and wooded areas, plus good water depth. Bozman $295,000

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the back room became an office/ guest room. The couple oversaw a final, transformational renovation, increasing the home from its current 1,700 square feet to more than 2,700 square feet of living space, adding the sun room, plant room, exercise/ laundry room, four-season porch with an antique Franklin stove and an exterior deck with a pergola. The home features hardwood f loors, built-in cabinetry, a spiral staircase, a garden shed and beautifully landscaped grounds. The house and grounds were designed to fit into the historic small-town ambiance of Saint Michaels and is now a place that can be enjoyed every day of the year.

elements of the home, including the iconic narrow staircase. Cleverly, wood that separated bedrooms in 1800 was used to create closet doors in the modern building. The current owners have made no structural changes to the home since 2015 but have worked to strike a respectful marriage of colonial exteriors with contemporary interiors.

Drawing by Joan Cranor 104 West Chew Avenue In 1988, John and Kathleen Novak sailed to St. Michaels for one of their many weekend visits. They visited the home on 104 West Chew Avenue and immediately agreed it was a perfect retirement home in historic Saint Michaels. The house was built in the 1890s directly on a bed of oyster shells and was first renovated in 1996. Many of the interior walls were removed, creating an open and expansive first f loor. The side porch became the kitchen with two skylights and

Drawing by Diana Dardis 110 West Chew Avenue The owners’ love for the town of St. Michaels began nearly 40 years ago when they started sailing the Chesapeake Bay. St. Michaels quickly became a favorite destination. Built in 1890, the house at 110 West Chew Avenue has been en45

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many trips to St. Michaels and fell in love with the town. When the Cannonball House became available, they jumped at the chance to purchase this lovely historic home and become a part of the St. Michaels communit y. Built by shipw right William Merchant when Thomas Jefferson was president, the house is listed on the Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places. During the British attack on St. Michaels in August 1813, the house was hit by a cannonball that entered the house from the southwest dormer window and rolled down the stairs between the third and second f loors, leaving burn marks that are still visible today. The Flemish bond brick house has not been dramatically altered in the more than 200 years of its existence. The original yellow pine f loors that you see in the side hall entrance are also in the living and dining rooms. The triumphal archway in the entry hall, the scrollwork on the stairs and the herringbone design on the chair rails in the entr y hall and

larged and remodeled many times over the last 127 years, from a house with two apartments with a center staircase to its present state. Traditional, yet with a contemporary layout and modern amenities, it’s perfect for modern living and entertaining. The furniture fits right in ~ the 18th-century cherry slant-top desk in the living room is a family heirloom, and a collection of antique brass candlesticks came from the owners’ former brass restoration business.

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living room are typical of the Federal period. Many of the fireplace mantels are believed to be original to the house. The “porch” on the front of the house dates from the Victorian period and was enclosed in the middle of the last century. The remodeled kitchen and guest house construction were projects completed by the previous owner.

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216 E. Chestnut Street Construction of this charming home is estimated to have begun around 1850 when A aron Dyott held the title to the lot until he sold the property in 1854 for $500 ~ a price that suggests the lot had been improved. The property then

remained in the Dyott family until the early 20th century. The main facade is an asy mmetrical three-bay elevation with a side entrance featuring f lanking sash windows. Distinguished by a decorative turned-post front porch with sawn porch and eave brackets,

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there were none originally) now bloom with daffodils, hydrangeas, roses and perennials. Once inside, notice the Arts and Crafts-style interior accented by original oak millwork and original leaded glass cabinets between living and dining areas. The large dining room accommodated meals for the original owners and their children as well as two boarders who were local teachers. The current kitchen, remodeled to ref lect the home’s st yle, wa s one of t he boa rder’s rooms, and the adjacent family room housed the second boarder. The butler’s pantry/laundry room was the original kitchen.

the Aaron Dyott House is unusual for its two-story bay window on its right side. The front porch portion of the house appears to have been added during the 1870’s and, based on an 1877 St. Michaels town map depict ing t he cur rent T-shaped building, the house was fully completed by that time. The hou se ha s been upd ated during the past 100 years but still retains its interesting mid-to-late 19th century character.

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304 Railroad Avenue Built in the late 1920s, the blue bungalow on Railroad Avenue was originally a boarding house. The owners visited St. Michaels and the maritime museum on a date before their marriage and fell in love with the town. They purchased the bungalow 25 years ago and have worked since then on updating the gardens and interior in keeping with the Arts and Crafts style of the home. Extensive gardens outside (where

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“It’s very satisfying to … be a part of that whole history,” said McMartin. Calling it history is an understatement. Each piece of furniture at Government House is in the care and custody of the Maryland State Archives in perpetuity. This means that while each governor and their family members are able to use the pieces while living there, they stay in the house once new leadership is elected. And the folks at the archives are protective, too ~ they’re the stewards of furniture dating back to the 1700s, and maintain it all exceptionally well. “It’s a great feeling to know that, barring some calamity, they’ll be cared for for generations, centuries even,” Beggins said. “There’s

In the heart of Annapolis is the Maryland State House, the seat of our state government. Just across the street from that sits Government House, the official residence for the sitting governor ~ currently Larry Hogan ~ and his family. And just inside Government House, can be found a number of pieces of furniture that originated in Talbot County. All hand-crafted by McMartin & Beggins Furniture Makers, the most recent of these pieces ~ two walnut console tables ~ were delivered in September, just about a month after a Wye Oak center table went to the same place. This delivery brought the number of McMartin & Beggins pieces built for the State to a total of five, including the governor’s desk itself, a piece also made of the mighty Wye Oak, the official state tree of Maryland. The new center table boasts inlays of Black-eyed Susans, Maryland’s state flower ~ an appropriate tribute to its new home. For Jim McMartin and Jim Beggins, having built each of the state pieces is an honor.

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at the same time, good design is good design, regardless of whether you’re doing contemporary or traditional,” said McMartin. “You have to have a sense of line and proportion, and all of those things apply. It’s just a different style with many of the same parameters.” The duo has been in business since the 1990s, though neither originally set out to become a furniture maker. Both started out as boatbuilders ~ McMartin in Annapolis and Beggins in Long Island, N.Y. ~ and found their way to furniture more out of a need for challenging and satisfying work than anything else. “Really my wife suggested that I think about furniture, and I poohpoohed it, but I was so disillusioned with the boat business that I thought, ‘well, maybe I should look at it,’” McMartin said. “I had hand skills from doing all the boat work, and I knew I wanted to work on good things … preparing antiques, restoring antiques, was sort of a natural jump to make.” After making that jump, McMartin started working with an antiques dealer in Annapolis, teaching himself how to restore them, and eventually gaining the confidence to begin designing his own wooden furniture. He still does all the design for McMartin & Beggins, calling himself more of a designer/ artist to Beggins’ engineer, though their work is fully collaborative.

The intricate Black-eyed Susan inlay work is made from English boxwood. no reason some of these pieces couldn’t continue to be used. They’re built to last.” The three newest tables McMartin & Beggins contributed were commissioned about a year ago, and each is built in historically accurate Federal style with complex joinery and impressively detailed inlays. Federal furniture ref lects the styles created in the period just after the Revolutionary War. It’s a niche in which McMartin & Beggins (who also specialize in antiques restoration) have excelled, though that’s not all they can do. Lately they’ve been seeing an uptick in requests for more modern, contemporary design, and are happy to grow with changing tastes. “That’s not our background, but, 56

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I grew up in, and then I helped a man built a sailboat next to my dad’s house. So, I was always building things,” Beggins said. “If you can build a boat, you can build furniture.” Both Jims will tell you that hand skills, like those they learned from the boatbuilding trade, are incredibly important to their business model. It’s one of the things that helps their custom pieces stand out among a world of other furniture options. “We’re trying to give people a product that will be ~ I hate to use the word heirloom, but that’s what it is ~ something that you can be proud to give your children and your grandchildren,” Beggins said.

As for Beggins, he found his way to St. Michaels first and his way to furniture second. He and his wife sailed to the area and, while looking for work, heard about an opening with McMartin, who figured his skills would probably translate. “My dad built the house that


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out all the kinks and then the second one is better, and by the time you do the tenth one, you’ve got it down,” McMartin says. “We don’t ever get that. They’re built right, but it’s a matter of how much time it takes.” “But then you talk to other people who are building the same thing over and over again and they say, ‘I would so much prefer to do what you’re doing,’” Beggins re-

McMartin & Beggins’ work is all commission-based, meaning their customers come in and ask for something to be made just for them rather than picking it out of a catalog. Everything they do is a prototype, and they rarely duplicate a design, which they said has its ups and downs. “With a prototype, you work

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you’re really removed from it,” McMartin said. “It’s usually a very happy thing. We deliver it to their home … and it’s a good experience for everybody. We drop it off, they’re delighted, we get paid.” To see some of McMartin & Beggins’ latest work, stop by their showroom in Wittman, visit, or follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.

plies. “It’s all relative. The grass is always greener.” That business model is one that the men say allows them to enjoy a close relationship with each of their customers. People come in with a general idea of what they want, but they also have to really trust the craftsmen to design and deliver it. And that literally means deliver ~ the pair say they “wear a lot of hats” and take it upon themselves to make sure each piece gets safely into its new home. “It’s very personal. We’re small volume, and we get to know our customers in the process. It’s not like being a wholesaler, where

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Healthy Holidays holiday meal is to select your favorite entreé ~ perhaps a turkey or salmon ~ add a crunchy salad with two or more fruits and vegetables, bread and a delectable dessert. When planning a menu, remember to include an array of colors, shapes and textures. If one vegetable is a starch, such as mashed potatoes, select a vegetable such as Brussels sprouts or Asian vegetables to go alongside it. If the menu already has a wide array of flavors, add a simple kale salad or a firm fruit salad such as a cranberry ring.

Since the holidays are bound to bring plenty of casseroles and treats, I am including some tips to help you maintain healthy habits and a healthy weight throughout the season. To cope with the gastronomic demands, it is imperative that you maintain exercise and continue to eat healthfully so you can splurge when you want and have your favorite holiday foods. TIPS • Don’t skip meals. • Savor your meal in smaller portions. • Drink water throughout the day, as dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger. • Delegate responsibility ~ ask others for help. • Make time for yourself. • Get the entire family involved by taking walks together. • Exercise at least 15 minutes a day to help reduce stress.

HERB-ROASTED TURKEY BREAST Serves 6-8 1 6-lb. bone-in turkey breast, halved, skin removed 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, pressed 1 T. fresh sage, or 1 t. dried 1 T. fresh thyme, or 1 t. dried 1 T. fresh rosemary leaves, or 1 t. dried 1 t. sea salt

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and roast until the juices run clear when pierced with a fork or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 170° ~ approximately 1 to 1-1/4 hours. Let rest, covered with foil for 10 minutes, before carving.

1/2 t. freshly ground pepper Preheat the oven to 375°. Rinse the turkey breast and pat dry. In a small bowl, combine the oil, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture into the turkey breast. Transfer to a roasting pan

SALMON FLORENTINE Serves 4 Quick and simple, but also elegant, this is a main course for any occasion. The salmon must not be dry, so be careful not to overcook it.

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cut into bite-sized pieces (or substitute left-over turkey 1 t. extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced 1 15-oz. can Northern white beans, rinsed and drained 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 1 15-oz. can white baby lima beans, rinsed and drained 1 4-oz. can chopped green chilies, drained 2 t. ground cumin 1/4 t. chili powder 1/8 t. cayenne pepper Sea salt and ground pepper to taste 1 14-oz. can reduced-sodium chicken broth or 2 cups vegetable stock Garnish: 2 avocados, diced 2 scallions, finely sliced 1/4 cup cilantro leaves lime wedges

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4 t. Earth Balance - an organic whipped buttery spread 2 t. freshly ground pepper 1-1/2 t. lemon rind 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese, grated Preheat oven to 400°. Combine the olive oil and Brussels sprouts in a large bowl; toss well. Place Brussels sprouts in a single layer on a sheet tray coated with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Combine parsley, buttery spread, pepper and lemon rind, stirring well. Add buttery mixture to baked Brussels sprouts and toss well. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

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Soft unsalted butter, to taste Salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste 8 garlic cloves, peeled and slowly sautĂŠed, then mashed and mixed with a little milk or cream Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with lightly salted water. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain the potatoes, return them to the pan and a cook over moderate heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring. This helps to remove any excess moisture. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Beat in driblets of hot milk and/or cream, alternating with soft butter. Add salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste. Stir in the mashed garlic.

Let stand for 10 minutes. Heat a skillet over medium heat and cook pumpkin seed kernels for approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add kernels, onions and cheese to the greens; toss and serve.

KALE SALAD 1 T. fresh lemon juice 1 T. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 t. honey Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 4 cups torn kale leaves, stems removed 2 cups torn Swiss chard leaves 4 t. unsalted pumpkin seed kernels 2 green onions, sliced 1 oz. shaved pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese

CRANBERRY RING Serves 10-12 This holiday fruit salad adds an array of color, shapes and textures to your holiday table. 2 3-oz. packages raspberry-f lavored gelatin 3 cups boiling water 1 16-oz. can whole-berry cranberry sauce 1/4 t. ground cinnamon 1/8 t. ground cloves 2 T. grated orange rind

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Covering Their Chins for Charity by Michael Valliant

It started as a drive-by compliment. Joel Shilliday drove by the Avalon Theatre and yelled out his window to a friend that he had the best beard in Easton. Five years and more than $60,000 raised to support local causes for children, veterans and animals since then, Cover Your Chin for Charity has become one of the most successful and entertaining local fundraisers of its kind. What took it from a passing thought to a charity fundraiser was a conversation between Shilliday, Adam Theeke, and Andrew Southworth. On the sidelines of a Talbot Field Hockey game, they kicked around the idea of shaving beards and growing them back for a contest to see who, in fact, would have the best beard from a level growing field. “What made it stick was when we decided that if we were going to do it, we should raise money and give it away,” Theeke said. “All the money we make each year, we give away.” To help create a means to raise funds for charity, the group went to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, who set up the fund and created the online vehicle for donations. Shilliday and his wife, Liz,

are multimedia and web designers, so they have been able to create and grow the online and social media presence for Cover Your Chin. The first couple years required a lot of meetings to figure out how to build awareness and momentum and to determine what organizations to support. The first year’s charities were Camp Possibilities, a summer camp for kids with Type 1 diabetes; Baywater Animal Rescue; and The Veterans Fund program at the Mental Health Association in Talbot County (MHATC). These charities were chosen because the three founders are passionate about the causes. They have use this criteria for choosing charities each year: children, veterans, 77

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money, which was won by Theeke. Over the years, the categories have expanded to include best mustache, best partial beard, and best existing beard (for those not inclined to shave), to go along with best beard, and the year’s official champion is the biggest fundraiser. The best fundraiser honors have gone to Eric Milhollan (2015), Ron Vener (2016), and Will Chapman (2017). The success of Cover Your Chin stems from a winning formula: it’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s entertaining. Beard growers often post pictures, make comical pitches for donations, turn out at local bars or functions, and keep it top of mind that all the funds raised go to local charities.

Joel Shilladay and animals, marketed memorably as “kids, pets, and vets.” The first year’s contest recognized two category winners: best beard, which was won by Ryan Finch, and the beard grower who raised the most


kids, pets, and vets, and we have been successful enough that local organizations come to us to ask to be selected.” That was the case with CarePacks of Talbot County. Founders Megan Cook and Emily Moody recognized Cover Your Chin’s efforts to raise funds for local kids and saw the alignment with CarePacks,mission to make sure Talbot County students are better able to focus on academic success because they are no longer distracted by hunger or by concerns about where their next meal is coming from. So they contacted Cover Your Chin last year and were selected as one of this year’s charities. “CarePacks is in every school in Talbot County except for Easton

Ryan Finch (kneeling), the first year best beard champion, with Craig Behrin, Dave Ferraris and Josh McCall. Other charities that have been chosen and supported in the past include Character Counts, Chesapeake Cats and Dogs, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Pet Pantries, and Talbot Mentors. The charities for the 2017-2018 drive and event are CarePacks of Talbot County, the Nate Southworth Humanitarian Fund, The Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary, and the Veteran’s Fund at MHATC. “One of the things that keeps Cover Your Chin going and fresh is spreading the money around by choosing new charities,” Theeke said. “We keep our core causes of

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Covering Their Chins High School,” said Cook. “We finished last year feeding over 400 kids each weekend, and this year we’re starting with around 350 each weekend. The awareness and support that come from being one of the charities for Cover Your Chin goes a long way in helping us accomplish our mission.” The charity aspect makes Cover Your Chin worthwhile. The final event and judging at the end is part of what makes it so fun and memorable. By selecting a beard grower and a charity to support and making even a minimum donation of $25, donors are invited to the final party, where there is music, food, a silent auction, and beard contestants create a stage routine set to music to display their beards. Each year, hilarity has ensued. A panel of judges selects the winners, and the fundraising champion is crowned. The final party for the

current drive is on Jan. 20, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Waterfowl Festival Building in Easton. “It started out as a thing amongst friends that seemed like a cool idea,” Theeke said. “It was destined to grow ~ you give money to great local causes and have a big party, a charity function that the common man can afford to go to. Each year, we see new faces and we have a great time.” To learn more about Cover Your Chin for Charity, go to their website at or go to their Facebook page at Cover Your Chin for Charity.

Cover Your Chin founders Shilliday, Southworth and Theeke presenting a check at the 2017 event.

Michael Valliant is the Assistant for Adult Education and Newcomers Ministry at Christ Church Easton. He has worked for nonprofit organizations throughout Talbot County, including the Oxford Community Center, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and Academy Art Museum. Echoing writer Jim Harrison, he hopes to be astonished tomorrow by he doesn’t know what.

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Christmas Cacti - Not from the Desert Most people know that poinsettias are a tropical shrub found from Mexico on south. My middle son, Andrew, and his wife live in Davenport, Florida, just south of Orlando, and he has a couple of large poinsettia shrubs in his back yard that turn a brilliant red just before Christmas. But what about other possible Christmas-f lowering plants available from garden centers and local retailers for the holidays? Don’t just limit yourself to the tried ~ or should I say ~ tired and true poinsettia. How about a “Christmas” cactus instead? While poinsettias are still the number-one Christmas holiday gift plant, Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are also very popular. A member of the Cacti and succulent group of plants, Christmas cacti have been kept as a holiday plant since the 1800s. The ancestors of today’s Christmas cactus were discovered in southeast Brazil in 1819. The first to be found,

When I say a f lowering Christmas plants, what do you picture? Probably a poinsettia. Poinsettias are the number-one f lowering indoor plant purchased between Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can buy poinsettias to decorate your home, use them to brighten up the office, or give them to relatives and friends, especially when showing up at a Christmas party. Plant breeders have developed many different color shades for these plants. You can get “addons” with glitter and other decorative enhancements on the f lower brackets.


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Schlumbergera russelliana teeth with fibrous hairs in the leaf joints. The plant is not a true cactus and is not quite as drought tolerant as the name infers. However, it is a succulent plant and can store a reasonable quantity of water in the leaves. Proper care of Christmas cacti is the subject of frequent debate among gardeners. They can and do thrive for many years. It is not unusual for 40- or 50-year-old plants to outlive their owners. They are often passed down to the next family generation, e.g., grandmother’s plant or Aunt Mary’s Christmas Cactus. These long-living plants will develop what appears to be bark and reach a size of several feet with hundreds of blossoms during the annual f lowering period. There appears to be much confusion about these unique tropical cacti regarding care, maintenance and, especially, on how to get them to re-bloom. All the holiday cacti have similar

Schlumbergera truncata Schlumbergera truncata, f lowers in October and November and became what is now called the “Thanksgiving cactus.” Another, the Schlumbergera russelliana, discovered in 1837, blooms between February and April and became the “Easter cactus.” A hybrid of these two became the first “Christmas cactus.” Besides f lowering at different times, the leaves of these plants are slightly different. Christmas cacti have f lattened leaves with rounded teeth on the margins as opposed to the pointed teeth of the Thanksgiving cacti. Easter cacti have pointed 84


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places and other sources of hot air. Drafts and temperature extremes can cause the f lower buds to drop from the plant before they have a chance to open. Since Christmas cactus is a tropical-type plant, it may, drop f lower buds if the soil gets too dry. The plants will wilt when under drought stress. Water thoroughly when the top inch or so of soil feels dry to the touch. The length of time between watering will vary with the air temperature, amount of light, rate of growth and relative humidity. The plant does not particularly need to be fertilized while in bloom, but most gardeners enjoy the challenge of keeping the plant after the holidays

Tidewater Gardening cultural requirements. We typically think of cacti as being heat tolerant, but Christmas cacti will keep their blossoms longer in cooler temperatures. The Christmas cactus prefers humid conditions, and homes are often dry. One way to raise the humidity ~ just for your cactus ~ is to place the pot with its drip pan on top of a small container filled with pebbles. Pour water over the pebbles, but do not allow the water to rise above the bottom of the top layer of pebbles. The water will evaporate, increasing the humidity around the cactus. Keep the plant in a well-lit location away from drafts, heat vents, fire-

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rect sunlight can actually burn the leaves or may cause them to become limp. When it’s time to bring the plants back inside in the fall, slowly adjust the plants to life indoors by gradually increasing the number of hours they spend indoors each day. If your plant tends to dry out and/or wilt frequently, it may be time to repot into a slightly larger container. Christmas cacti f lower best when they are a little pot bound, however, so don’t go overboard on the larger pot size. Well-drained soil is a must for Christmas cactus. Use a commercially packaged potting mix for succulent plants or mix your own

for re-bloom the next year. While plants are actively growing, use a blooming houseplant-type fertilizer and follow the label directions for how much and how often to feed. While the Christmas cactus can adapt to low light, more abundant blooms are produced on plants that have been exposed to more light intensity. Keep your plants in a sunny location indoors. Plants can be moved outdoors in summer, but keep them in a shady or semi-shady location. Leaves may start to turn a bit red if exposed to excessive light. Too much di-


by combining two parts plain potting soil with one-part clean sand or vermiculite. Pruning your Christmas cactus after blooming will encourage the plant to branch out. Remove a few sections of each stem by pinching them off with your fingers or cutting with a sharp knife. These sections can be rooted in moist vermiculite to propagate new plants. The Christmas cactus is a thermo-photoperiodic plant. The formation of the f lower buds is dependent on a particular combination of day length and temperature. In the Northern Hemisphere, these plants will began the blooming process when the length of the day is approximately equal to the

length of the night and when the temperature is in the range of 50 to 60 degrees F. Christmas cactus will bloom if given long, uninterrupted dark periods, about 12 hours each night. Begin the dark treatments in about mid-October to have plants in full bloom by the holidays. You

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Tidewater Gardening can place the plants in a dark closet from about 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. each night for 6 to 8 weeks or until you see buds forming. Christmas cacti will also bloom if they are subjected to cool temperatures of about 50 to 55 degrees F, eliminating the need for the dark treatments. Plants should be blooming for the holidays if cool treatments are started by early November. Kalanchoes are another succulent holiday plant that are tough enough to endure in our homes for a couple of months during the winter. If you compare the leaves of the kalanchoe to the common

jade plant, you will notice a resemblance. They both have thick, firm, f leshy leaves. However, the kalanchoe’s are more f lattened and tightly packed than those of the jade plant. The kalanchoe likes it hot and dry. If you need a plant that can take being in a hot room (like where the wood stove is located) or drafts from the nearby radiator or heat vent, this plant will do well. You can even forget to water it sometimes, but f lowering will be reduced if you do. When choosing your kalanchoe, look for a minimum of two to three f lower clusters on a four-inch plant and four or five on a six-inch plant. Make sure that the plant has lots of color and little or no dead f lowers. Kalanchoe is a genus of about 125 species of tropical, succulent f lowering plants mainly native to Madagascar and tropical Africa. Most are shrubs or perennial herbaceous plants, but a few are annual or biennial. Note that Kalanchoe are in the same family as sedum, but not

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How about giving a jade plant for Christmas? Another succulent, the jade plant or tree (Crassula argentia) has bright green, waxy leaves can grow to be five feet tall with stems several inches in diameter. Jade plants are tough, easy-togrow succulents. They grow well in containers and like the warm, dry conditions found in most homes. Happy Gardening! Marc Teffeau retired as Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs at the American Nursery and Landscape Association in Washington, D.C. He now lives in Georgia with his wife, Linda.

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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


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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or 25. GR ANITE LODGE #177 - Located on St. Mary’s Square, Granite Lodge was built in 1839. The building stands on the site of the first Methodist Church in St. Michaels on land donated to the Methodists by James Braddock in 1781. Between then and now, the building has served variously as a church, schoolhouse and as a storehouse for muskrat skins. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, and providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts. For more info. visit 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit 30. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - This 1.3 mile paved walkway winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk. 128

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

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

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Oxford Points of Interest 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989

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

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


Heavenly Events by Gary D. Crawford

One of my jobs is to take the trash can out to the road on Thursday evenings. Often, I forget this chore (until gently reminded), by which time it’s pitch black out there. After stumbling through the yard and parking the can, I always look up. The heavens are truly astonishing. We may become accustomed to seeing that spectacular array of twinkling points of light, scattered across the velvety blackness of the firmament, but we should never fail to appreciate those wonders. I mean, what if they weren’t there? Can you imagine? A writer did just that, in a story I read when I was in junior high and lapping up science fiction. As I recall it now (a few years later), the story took place on a curious planet with multiple suns and a big problem. Every 5,000 years or so, something really awful happened that caused their civ ilization to crash. They knew about these disasters, just as we have some idea about the building of the pyramids, but instead of history moving along continuously, they found evidence of chaos, fires, and destruction, which knocked things back 50 centuries or so. Eventually things got restarted, but nobody knew what might have

caused those repetitive catastrophes. Weat her? Disease? War? Could it happen again? People were getting very worried. The main character of the story was an astronomer, and he was on the verge of making a momentous discover y. Their planet revolved around a sun, just as we do around Sol, but their sun was one star in a six-star system. This meant that sunlight from at least one sun was falling on the planet at all times; at least two suns were in the sky together, sometimes more. In other words, there was no night. Every few centuries, things lined up so that the sky grew dim, like during a partial eclipse here. But at least one of the suns was always above the horizon. The astronomer was going over his calculations very carefully, for they showed that something truly extraordinary was about to happen. (You’ve guessed it already, right?) Yep, a very rare alignment


Heavenly Events of the suns was about to occur, something that happened only once every 5,000 years. He realized that the planet would go dark for about 12 hours ~ completely dark. A s news of this event spread, people became desperately afraid. After all, that five-millennium mark was approaching. Was this what had happened in the past? But what was it? OK, so the sky goes dark. And then…what? Would they see something unexpected? Would something come crashing down on them? The religious orders feared t hat whatever happened would challenge their basic understanding that they were the center

of all Creation, the only possible intelligence any where. After all, they were the only planet orbiting their sun, and no planets orbited the sister suns. But suppose the darkening sky would reveal another sun? Or maybe even another planet, one they could never have seen before? That would mean they might not be alone! That was unthinkable to many and, as dusk began to fall for the first time in 5,000 years, a mob with torches marched up the mountainside to the observatory. They couldn’t imagine what the astronomer was going to do, but they were terrified that their entire civilization would be torn away. The last sun was setting, and the glow of dusk was dying away.


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And then…the stars came out! Great story, right? It is Nightfall, by Isaac Asimov, and it still comes to mind each Thursday night when I look up and am stunned all over again. I recommend this experience at least once a week, by the way, with or without the trash can. Besides, here on Delmarva, on the Chesapeake Bay and away from city lights, we have an especially wonderful opportunity for star-gazing. Unlike the poor folk s in t hat sci-fi story, we know the universe is a truly vast affair and that most of it is so far away it can be seen only w ith telescopes. Still, even without a telescope, we do see a whole lot of stars, don’t we? But what exactly are we seeing when

we look up at the stars with the unaided eye? The surprising fact is that nearly every one of those individual points of light is a star in our own galaxy. As you know, galaxies are big collections of stars that cluster into various shapes and sizes. Ours is a f lattened pinwheel affair w ith several arms and a medium bulge in the center that we call the Milky Way because it looks like a shining path of light across the sky. Our sun, the star Sol, with various little bits and pieces spinning about it, is zooming around the pinwheel with the rest of our galactic neighbors. Actually, our solar system is located about half way out from the center of the galaxy,



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We are zooming along at roughly half a million miles an hour, which gets us around once every 230 million years. Why so long? Well, the ride may be wonderfully fast, but it is a very, very big merry-go-round. Let’s stick with the merry-goround for a minute. From our perch on the pink giraffe two rows in, we can look out across the thing in various directions. If we look in toward the center, with all the mirrors, lights and music, it is very bright and dense; we can’t see through it. If we scan from left to right across the center, we see other riders strung out in a row. That’s how the Milky Way looks when we look across it ~ brightest when we look at the center, then thinning out at the ends.

But if we look straight ahead (past the giraffe’s neck), we see only the two or three riders ahead of us. To the rear, the view is much the same. If we look away from the center, we see a few riders on the merrygo-round outside of us. Timmy is riding a blue pony just beside us, and just beyond him little Russell is hanging onto a green llama out on the very edge. Some things are above and below the creatures and riders ~ paintings on the ceiling and peanut shells on the deck. All those things are together on the same merry-go-round.

The point is that when you look up at the night sky, nearly all of the gazillions of stars you see are in the Milky Way, just as we are. Would you care to guess how many of those objects you can see are not stars in the Milky Way? The answer may surprise you. The answer is: just one. All the stars outside the Milky Way are just too far away to make out, too small and too faint. Even the immense


galaxies, with their millions of suns blazing, cannot be seen with the naked eye ~ much less any of the stars in them ~ except for one. If your eyes are sharp and you know just where to look in the constellation of Andromeda, you can make out an odd smear of light. The closest galaxy to us and a near tw in of the Milky Way, it is the only galaxy visible to the naked eye from here on Delmarva. That’s it. Everything else we see is a star or star cluster in the Milky Way galaxy. Modern telescopes now reveal the universe to be chock-full of galaxies, all of them unimaginably far away. The distances are so vast that intergalactic travel ~ from the Milky Way to any galaxy, even our sister Andromeda ~ is quite impossible. That’s too bad, because we do so love it when the Millennium Falcon jumps into hyperspace or Jean-Luc calls for “Warp Factor 5.” But it’s all fantasy. Even at the speed of light, we could never go between galaxies because it would take too long. Andromeda may be just next door, but she is still 2.5 million light years away. It would take

5 million years just to get an answer to a radio message. Ok ay, now t hat we’ve got ten the big picture, and an important reality check about intergalactic jaunts, let’s get back to the Milky Way galaxy and our little part of it, the Solar System. It’s not so little, really. To get some idea of the distances within our solar system, let’s imagine that the Sun is located in Centreville and the Earth is 20 miles due south, in Easton, with Mercury and Venus somewhere in between. On that scale, Mars would be a bit further


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Heavenly Events down the road, just beyond Trappe. Some refer to these inner planets as “Zone One,” because they are fairly close together and it’s a big jump beyond Mars to the next planet. Jupiter would be in the next state, way down the road at New Church, Virginia, near the turnoff to Chincoteague. The sixth planet from Centreville, Saturn, is too far away to be placed on the Delmarva Peninsula. It would have to go at the far end of the Bay Bridge Tunnel, not far from the Cape Henry Lighthouse. The distances continue to stretch out. To place the next planet, Uranus, we have to go all the way to Raleigh, North Carolina. And the farthest planet, Neptune, lies an astonishing 600 miles from Centreville, in Santee, South Carolina. Keep in mind that these planets are almost never in a neat line like that; they circle Centreville at those distances in great circles. De spite t he si ze of t he sola r system, we are learning how to get around in it with our machines. We humans have made it only as far as the Moon, but with a f leet of clever spacecraft we have been able to explore much farther out, collecting great photos and other data from various points of interest. Here are some interesting heavenly events that are happening in and around the year 2017. The Mars Missions. The inner

planets ~ Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars ~ are in tight with the Sun. We’ve sent multiple spacecraft to our three close neighbors, some of which went into orbit, and a few even landed. Mars, naturally, gets most of our attention because it is so like Earth. We have gotten wonderful observations from Mars orbiters and those great little “rovers.” The rover Spirit went silent in 2010, but Opportunity is still going strong. Designed to operate for just 90 days and roam a thousand yards or so, in October of this year she logged 28 miles during her 13 years on Mars.

Next year on May 6, the Mars lander InSight will blast off for a landing next November and begin its work, which is not to scamper about the surface, but to drill into it. Finally, we will learn what lies beneath that rust-red soil, for InSight will probe 15 feet below the Mar t ian sur face. NA SA inv ited people to have their names sent to Mars aboard the InSight spacecraft, and as of this writing (October 25, 2017) the number of sign-ups had reached 2,032,371. By the time you


read this, the November 1 deadline will have passed. (Sorry.) The mission to Bennu. The Osiris-REx spacecraft is heading out to meet up with one of the asteroids, called Bennu, and not just to fly by or crash land. The plan is to approach Bennu’s surface ever so gently, squirt out some nitrogen gas to stir it up the soil, and then inhale a sample. Best of all, Osiris-REx will return with that material. It will be the first extraterrestrial stuff we have brought down to Earth since the Apollo 17 astronauts handed over the last moon rocks 25 years ago. Our Mars rovers and other devices have dug around and done some testing, but that’s a far cry from examining the stuff here on Earth in a proper labo-

ratory. The sampling is scheduled for 2020, and in 2023 the Osiris-REx return capsule will parachute into the Utah desert. Launched in 2016, Osiris-REx swooped around Ear th one last time this past September, picking up another boost of speed before heading out to the asteroid belt and its meeting with Bennu. During this close pass, it snapped this great shot of our Moon; it shows much of the far side, the part we cannot see from Earth. You can follow progress of the Bennu mission at The mission to Saturn. One of the most successful of all interplanetary missions was CassiniHuygen s. L au nched i n 1997, it

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reached Saturn seven years later. (That’s down at Cape Charles, remember.) Since 2004, Cassini has been swooping around the Saturn system, examining its moons (Saturn has 53 so far, and counting), the planet itself and, of course, those amazing rings. The Huygens part of the spacecraft, a small lander, was dropped onto the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Titan is immense, bigger than the planet Mercury, and its gravity allowed the Cassini team to change the speed and direction of Cassini many times without using precious fuel. It went around Saturn in every direction and made astonishing discoveries ~ such as completely unnatural hexagonal cloud formations at the north pole. Most excit i ng of a l l, C a ss ini got close-up photos of plumes of hydrogen gas spewing from cracks

in the icy moon Enceladus, suggesting that conditions for microbial life may exist in the ocean below ~ just as life has been found around hydrothermal vents in the depths of our oceans. Cassini eventually ran out of fuel, and rather than risk having it collide with one of the moons and contaminate it, the team who had guided the spacecraft for 20 years decided that Cassini had to go out in a blaze of glory. Just three months ago, in September of 2017, Cassini f lew between Saturn and her rings for the first time. After repeating the loop four more times, it dove into the giant planet and burned up in the atmosphere. The Cassini team cheered and cried.

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Heavenly Events If all goes well, New Horizons will rendezvous with 2014 MU69 on New Year’s Day 2019. The Voyager Missions. You may be too young to remember it, but two tiny spacecraft left Earth in the summer of 1977. Scientists had realized back in 1965 that Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune soon were going to be in the right position for a single spacecraft to visit each one in a “grand tour” f ly-by, which happens only once every 176 years. So, not wanting to wait until 2153, NASA began a crash program to design and build two spacecraft c apable of such a voyage. They blasted off 16 days apart in 1977, with Voyager 2 actually going up first. They took different routes through the outer solar system and gave us our first close-up look at the giant planets. They also took along pictures of humans and some music, as well as some clever hints as to where we are on the merry-go-round ~ you know, just in case. Astonishingly, both these spacecraft still communicate daily with NASA, and they continue to make history. Voyager 2 is still exploring the outer reaches of the solar system, a long way off, around Memphis, Tennessee. In 2012, Voyager 1 became the first spacecraft to reach interstellar space. It is now nearing Spokane, Washington, and this past July 7 clocked a record speed of 152

38,003 miles per hour. Then, in August and September, both Voyagers had their 40th birthdays. (I can remember when they were just kids.) Interstellar Voyages. As noted above, a voyage to another galaxy, manned or unmanned, is quite out of the question. If not intergalactic travel, what about interstellar voyages ~ to other stars within the Milky Way galaxy? Could that be possible? Do we know if any of the other stars on our merry-go-round even have planets circling them, as Sol does? Until fairly recently, the existence of such “exoplanets” has been pure speculation. After all, planets don’t shine; they are dark and small and impossible to see at interstellar distances. (It is only by ref lected sunlight that we can see our own

Moon, after all.) But in 1992, several planets were discovered orbiting a distant star. They are too far to be seen, even with the most powerful telescopes, but they can be detected. As they orbit their star, they cause it to “wobble” slightly, and the light from that star dims if the planet crosses in front of it. Our ability to detect them has much improved: as of October 19, 2017, the number of exoplanets reached 3,532. To make an interstellar voyage wor thwhile, however, we would need to find an exoplanet orbiting a nearby star. And it would need to be one in what is known as the “Goldilocks Zone” ~ the right distance from its sun to be not too hot and not too cold ~ where liquid water could exist on the surface. It would also need to have an atmosphere.


Heavenly Events But travel, even to the nearest stars, would require not just years, but generations. A nuclear-powered vessel theoretically could reach a speed of 10% of the speed of light ~ a snappy 62,000,000 mph. At that speed throughout the voyage, a spacecraft could reach a star 10 light-years away in 100 years. Of course, it would have to accelerate

gradually or the humans inside would be blood smears on the cabin walls, so the time to speed up and slow down might take another 50 years, making the trip to that star in, say, 150 years. Not quite impossible, perhaps, but nearly so. Some scientists speculate about an anti-matter engine that would push slowly but continuously for years, and possibly reach one-half the speed of light, the maximum speed humans could endure. (Go faster than that, and friction with random hydrogen atoms in space would overheat the ship and boil the crew.) Alpha Centauri, the closest group of stars, is a three-star group: Alpha Centauri A and B are a binary pair,


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and Alpha Centauri C is a faint red dwarf. The red dwarf sun is the closest of the three to Earth and so is known as “Proxima Centauri.” At half light-speed, a round trip of 4 light-years would take just 8 years, 16 years for a round-trip. Well, hey! But wait, we don’t have an antimatter drive, do we? Besides, there’s no reason to go there unless we discover a suitable exoplanet around one of the Alpha Centauri stars. Well, hold onto your hat, Martha, there’s some break ing news. In August of 2016, an exoplanet was detected orbiting Proxima Centauri! They call it “Proxima b.” Could it be one of those rare exoplanets that happens to be just the right distance from its sun, in that Goldilocks

Zone? Well, actually ~ yes. Does it have an atmosphere? Is it habitable? That may be too much to hope for, but the discovery of Proxima b is exciting nonetheless. It keeps alive that tiny possibility of an interstellar voyage, and that humanity might one day colonize another world. Earth is the only habitable planet circling Sol, and its ability to support life indefinitely is open to question. Might be a good idea not have all our eggs in one basket. It certainly gives us another reason to keep looking up. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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The Neighborhood Service Center Helping People Change Lives by Bonna L. Nelson

The Neighborhood Service Center (NSC), Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, ser ves the underserved, the low-income families and the elderly in Talbot County, Maryland. Located at 126 Port Street in Easton, NSC’s goal is to work toward eliminating poverty by empowering families to be self-sufficient, and to provide services and assistance for the total family. The Talbot County Community Action Agency, one of 17 agencies in the state serving low-

income residents, was established in 1969 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. According to Data USA, the 2017 poverty rate in Talbot County is 11.2%. The federal poverty level threshold for 2017 is a yearly income of $24,600 or less for a family or household of 4 persons. This means that 11.2% or 4,234 Talbot County residents live on $6,150 per person per year ~ or less. For the past several years, the

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NSC ~ Changing Lives Tidewater Times publisher, editor and I have collaborated on presenting a discussion about a local nonprofit organization in the December issue. We hope that by reading more about a highlighted local agency serving our community, you will be inspired to share your time and treasure with them. Toward that end, NSC deserves your attention. Who are the 4,234 people in our community who need assistance w ith basic necessities, housing, food, hea lt hc a re, ut i lit ie s, a nd c lot h i ng? W h at M a r i l y n Ne a l , NSC executive director, explained to me ab out ou r i mp over i she d neighbors may surprise you ~ it did me. You might guess that NSC

Steve Brooks loading boxes of fruit, part of a Maryland Food Bank Delivery. The fruit is then given to Talbot County residents currently experiencing food insecurity.

clients include homeless, addiction-challenged and mental healthchallenged people who, for various reasons related to those challenges, don’t have or can’t hold a job and therefore have limited income. You would be partly correct. Ms. Neal said that she likes to explain that NSC also serves the nurse caring for you in the hospital, the cashier ringing up your purchases, the policeman directing traffic and your child’s teacher. Yes, the population that NSC ser ves sur pr ising ly include s teachers, retail clerks, police, firefighters, medical personnel, veterans, hospitality personnel and the list goes on, with many living from paycheck to paycheck. Why? According to Nea l, t he high cost of living in Talbot County, one of the wealthiest counties in Mar yland, is a bar r ier for lowincome clients. A high cost of living means high costs for housing and necessities. Lack of public transportation is also a barrier in this fairly rural county. Transportation is needed to get to jobs. Childcare is a costly barrier and is needed to enable adult family members to get work. Caring for a sick child, parent or grandparent or a wage earner/ c a reg iver i l lness c a n equate to hefty medical bills and lost time from work and possibly being let go. NSC is a safety net for clients who have short- or long-term health,


caregiving or other emergencies a nd for t hose t hat a re work ing two jobs and still not making ends meet. So, indirectly, NSC serves the entire Talbot County community. What community services and programs are offered by NSC? A c c or d i ng to M s. Ne a l, NS C provides a wide range of services a nd a s si s t a nc e for low-i nc ome individuals, seniors and families in Talbot County. NSC strives to improve the quality of life of the county’s low-income population, both socially and economically. We have a l l read t hat Ta lbot C ou nt y ne e d s mor e a f for d able housing opportunities and homeless shelters. NSC work s to address the housing issues through

Volunteers working at the Benedictine School rearrange the food pantry on the second floor. The cans are being inspected to ensure they are not expired. it s Hou si ng S er v ic e s P rog ra m, which includes the Ridgeway House Transitional Homeless Shelter on Aurora Street. The year-round shelter for six adults (three male, three

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NSC ~ Changing Lives female) for a maximum of 30 days is supported by state and federal grants. Stays may be extended for residents who are close to achieving self-sufficiency. NSC shelter staf f prov ide case management, life skills training, job and housing search assistance and resumĂŠ and computer skills training. Staff also offer clients budgeting training, and help networking w ith other community services, including substance abuse treatment and legal support, to assist in the movement of NSC homeless clients toward independent living. The Rental Allowance Program provides partial federal rent subsidies for a six-month period to those who are literally homeless or would be facing homelessness w ithout assistance from the program. Rent payments are provided for up to one

Janie Foster, a staff member of the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), assists an NSC client with paperwork.

year to provide safe and affordable housing. The Rapid Rehousing Program, a federal assistance program, provides financial assistance/services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless, and helps those experiencing homelessness to be quickly rehoused and stabilized. NSC owns three rental properties for those w ith low income. The newe st faci l it y at 36 We st Street, a private home donated to NSC, is undergoing renovations that will include individual rooms with a bed, closet, microwave and small refrigerator. There will be a community kitchen, lounge and bathroom spaces. Neal said that she is pleased with the progress and hopes to open the facility before the weather turns cold. She is hoping to bring homeless people off the streets, out of cars and other inhospitable places to re side i n a sem i-p er ma nent warm, safe environment. Twentyfour people are slated to occupy the building, and there are 60 people on the waiting list, such is the need. The property at 36 West Street will offer some shelter rooms, but it is ultimately more for those in need of low-income housing on a longerterm basis, those that cannot afford rent in Talbot County. Veterans are one such group, many of whom are living on Social Security disability payments. Federal, state, county, town and private funding, as well


as a loan, have enabled NSC to renovate and furnish the 36 West Street safe haven. Yearly state grants also enable NSC to help individuals get off the street, out of a shelter and into affordable housing. The funding helps to secure housing for people released after incarceration and those in need of substance abuse housing. According to the director, literature she provided and the NSC website, additional programs administered by the agency include the Emergency Services Program, Home Energy Programs, Food Programs and Youth Programs. The Emergency Ser v ices Program assists Talbot County residents with services such as evic-

tion prevention, utility disconnect notices, first-month rent, vehicle repairs, purchases of medicine, glasses and clot hing, and lega l identity papers. The Home Energy Programs use the Maryland Energy Assistance Program to provide heating assistance grants to fuel suppliers and utility companies for eligible applicants. The Electrical Universal Program provides assistance with electric bills. NSC Food Programs administers an emergenc y food pantr y t hat distributes nutritious food items to food-insecure individuals in the county. The pantry opens weekday mornings and afternoons to distribute bags of food. Holiday food

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NSC ~ Changing Lives baskets are prepared for Thanksgiving and Christmas. State and federal grants as well as donations from private individuals and community organizations support this program. Sad ly, t here a re 4 ,000 foodinsecure individuals in the county. The NSC appreciates the many local restaurants that donate surplus food for distribution. Neal would a lso appreciate receiv ing more donations of fresh produce from farms to increase the nutritional value of the food bags distributed. NSC Yout h Programs include afterschool programs for grades K though 6. The kids receive help w i t h home w ork , t ut or i n g , e n r ich ment ac t iv it ie s, f ield t r ips and sessions with speakers. They also receive nutritious meals and snacks. The summer youth program spans six weeks, and it too provides nutritious meals and snacks, arts and crafts, educational activities a nd f ield t r ips. In pa r t ner sh ip

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with schools and churches, NSC participates in the Adopt an Angel Program to provide a merry Christmas for children from newborns to age 12. How does the future look for NSC and the population it serves? On the positive side, Neal said that over the past five years NSC has seen a decline in individuals repeating the need for assistance as they move into more affordable accommodations. Also, as community support has increased, so has NSC’s ability to better support and encourage its clients. NSC plans to continue to strongly advocate for more affordable housing. But federal policy changes and funding cuts make for an uncertain future. Neal is concerned about the ability of community action agencies and other federally supported groups nationwide to continue to provide life-sustaining programs to the neediest among us. NSC coordinates and interacts with many other county nonprofits that we have featured in the Tidewater Times, including Mid Shore Pro Bono, For All Seasons, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Local church groups, cit y and count y of f icia ls, businesses, clubs and organizations also support NSC. Of course, more help is always needed. Time, volunteers, monetary donations and material donations will help your neighbors ser ved by NSC. Food, bla n ket s


and clothing are always needed, especially warm clothing, coats and outerwear for the coming winter. Monetary donations help with purchasing food and clothing for clients’ holiday baskets, furnishings, and cleaning products for shelters and low-income housing. The NSC ha s a w ish l ist for f u r n ish i ng s for the 36 West Street affordable housing units, including kitchen and bath ware, linens, small appliances and more. Computers, toiletries, gift cards and gas cards are always welcome. Ever y thing donated is distributed or used for needy families. Neal shared that she manages NSC with the help of the best staff and board of directors in the county

and a small dedicated group of volunteers. More volunteers are needed to assist program directors in all areas, from packing and distributing food and clothing to tutoring kids after school; from office assistance to donation assistance. Open your hearts and give in any way you can to this organization that accomplishes so much for so many, and with so little. Contact NSC at 410 -822-5015. Visit the offices at 126 Port Street or on the web at 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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Our National Pastime by Roger Vaughan

I felt slightly guilty writing this in the middle of what turned out to be a great World Series. Thanks in part to the record number of home runs being hit this year, one Sunday World Series game actually got higher ratings than the National Football League game that same night. But the truth is, baseball is no longer our national pastime. I’d say baseball has fallen to number three, behind basketball, in second place, and football, which has taken over in a big way. It was only a matter of time before football became number one. The pace of baseball is sedate. Other than the occasional collisions at home plate and second base, baseball is a non-contact sport. It doesn’t seem to represent our culture anymore ~ if it ever did. Our national pastime should match our collective, subconscious character, and that would be football, a directly violent game. America relates to football. There was a New Yorker cover some years ago that depicted 30 or so cartoon men in suits carrying briefcases. Each of them was wearing the helmet of a different National Football League team.

That said it all. In the game of football, condoning violence does seem to feed the fans, and it makes real money for the executives. There are more than 1,230,000 kids between ages six and 12 playing on “pee wee” teams; 1,300,000 high school students play organized football; and around 40,000 college students playing in one of 780 college football programs. Television coverage of the sport must be close to the saturation


Our National Pastime level. In fall, high schools play on Friday nights, and college games rule the airwaves on Saturdays. The National Football League is the big daddy, with 1,696 men playing on 32 teams. Despite the high cost of attending a game (an average of around $500 to $650 for a family of four, including tickets, parking, drinks and snacks), stadiums are unfailingly full. The NFL’s gross annual receipts are $7.3 billion. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual salary fluctuates between $35 and $45 million. The NFL is thus demonstrably very big business, with nationally televised games during the 16-week season on Thursday nights, Sundays (games at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.), and Monday nights, and an annual game in London to promote the sport in the overseas market. When the college season ends, the NFL adds a game on Saturday nights. Twenty-five million player jerseys, costing between $100 and $150 each, are sold to fans annually.

In 2017, the NFL owned the top ten most-watched sporting events in America. The Super Bowl ranked #1 with 111,320,000 viewers. Baseball ranked 38th, with 9.8 million tuned in to the All-Star Game. Like any big corporation, the NFL has its problems. Those problems are in constant, well-covered negotiation between Them (the League office run by the owners) and Us (players’ association) ~ or vice versa ~ and they usually involve the allocation of money: money to take care of players whose accumulated injuries often cripple them before they hit 50 years of age; money for research into the long-term, debilitating effects of repeated concussions (CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy); and revenue sharing, to mention a few. Behavioral issues also fall under Them-and-Us negotiations, issues like domestic violence, player misconduct, and the desire of some players to kneel during the National Anthem to protest racism and police brutality toward black people. The latter is also apparently about

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money. The owners have made it clear that all that matters about the pesky kneeling issue is the effect it has on revenue. I’ve been following the NFL since the 60s, when I used to watch the New York Giants play from the sidelines (I knew a guy). I was there on November 20, 1960, for the famous hit the Philadelphia Eagles’ big linebacker, Chuck Bednarick, laid on Giants receiver Frank Gifford. Badnarick caught Gifford, who was focused on catching the incoming football, up high and drove him into the turf on his back. Gifford’s head collided heavily with the turf. He suffered a concussion that caused him to miss the rest of that season, and the next. That was

thought to be okay at the time. A good, tough hit. Intimidation has always been a known factor with contact sports, and with that hit Bednarick put another notch in his gun, creating further distraction for those who would be assigned to trespass upon his territory. Fast-forward to the 2017 season with the lighter gear that has been developed, the increased fitness and speed of players that has evolved, the big money invested in players, and the scientific advancements that have shed so much light on the potentially deadly effect (CTE) of concussions. Those things have turned football into a different game, mainly with the writing of new rules designed to reduce

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injuries. In today’s game, a penalty and probable suspension will be given to an NFL player who “targets” ~ drives his helmet into the head of ~ a player with the ball. Late hits on quarterbacks or “defenseless” ball carriers and receivers are penalized. Tackles aimed at players’ knees are not tolerated. Kickoffs have been redesigned to reduce the number of injury-prone runbacks. Those are all good, wellintentioned rules, but they only go so far. As a college head coach said after one of his players was removed from the game for targeting (the college version of the rule), “It is difficult trying to change the behavior of the players.” No one makes anyone play football, or race downhill, ride the Tour de France, or race cars and motorcycles. People do these high-risk events because they want to. The promise of big money helps seduce people into all kinds of dangerous ventures. There’s very big money in football if you make The Show, so the guys who play must feel the risk is worth it. Getting hurt is the chance they take every time they step on the field. The average length of an NFL player’s career recently dropped from 4.99 to 2.66 years, according to The Wall Street Journal. One puts on the pads, cashes one’s checks, and hopes for the best. Just being on the aptly 168

named “gridiron,” part of a tangle of 22 large, athletic bodies fighting for physical domination, is highrisk. Twenty-two people is a mob, and bad things happen in mobs. Witness Giants’ super receiver Odell Beckham getting his ankle twisted under him in the game against Cleveland on October 8. Season-ending bad luck.

The key to any business is figuring out how to foster its sustainability. Since it is the players who have to deliver the NFL’s product, and since rules alone can’t ensure the players’ safety, that coach who spoke about the need to change his players’ behavior may have hit on the solution. I often start my day watching Mike & Mike on ESPN. Mike Greenberg is a well-spoken sports reporter from Chicago who went to Northwestern. Mike Golic is a former NFL defensive lineman who came out of Notre Dame. They are two smart, articulate guys. The great chemistry between a nerdy sports fan who eats BBQ ribs with a knife and fork and wears cardi-

gan sweaters, and a donut-gobbling jock in message T-shirts who hates vegetables, results in an awardwinning show. I’m usually okay with Golic’s take on things, but the day after the Green Bay Packers’ Davante Adams was brutally hit at full speed by the Chicago Bears’ Danny Trevathan while he was being held defenseless by two other Bears players, Golic said this is what football is all about. Suddenly the problem was crystalized. We’re talking about sport here, not a three-on-one beating in an alley. I had seen that game and that hit. I went back and watched the hit several more times. Even in the heat of battle, Trevathan had plenty of time to abort his headlong rush. It took him three steps to get to the immobilized Adams. Wham, he hit him, helmet to helmet. Adams’ neck snapped. His mouthpiece went f lying. He was out cold before he hit the ground. It looked very bad as they took him off on a


Our National Pastime stretcher. (Somehow, Adams recovered, didn’t miss a game.) That sort of unnecessary violence happens every week. A few games later, it was Green Bay’s stellar quarterback Aaron Rodgers getting hurt, put out for the season, on an obvious late hit that wasn’t called. Trevathan was suspended two games for the hit on Adams. What I don’t get is why any player is willing to hit a fellow, defenseless player hard enough to cripple or even, possibly, to kill him. Adams was in the grasp, definitely stopped. Trevathan had time to abort his rush. Why didn’t he? Why didn’t Minnesota’s Anthony Barr hold back on Rodgers, who had released the ball, instead of grabbing him, turning him, and driving his shoulder into the ground with his full weight? To

me, that looked like hitting to hurt. And it worked. Rodgers’ collarbone broke. It seemed Barr could have aborted that hit at any time. This unnecessary violence, the so-called cheap hit, is bad for the game. And it’s disrespectful, athlete to athlete. It’s basically one player saying to another, you are in an awkward position, hung out to dry, so I am now going to take your head off. It’s like stomping on a person’s fingers when he is hanging off the edge of a cliff. It seems cowardly. But the old guard thinks that’s a good idea. When you get a chance to line up the guy who has been running by you or catching passes all day and take his head off, get it done, enjoy it. That’s football. Really? We’re dealing with a profession here, a line of work. Why not have some respect for the other guy’s


ability to keep playing and earn a living? Why not have respect for the game you are playing, the product you are delivering? Will the season improve for the fans with star players out? As a viewer, I love a good tackle, a well-executed block, or great pass defense that involves contact just as the ball arrives. Knocking a guy silly is part of great football. But doing it when the guy is defenseless, or already out of the play, is bogus. A few weekends ago, in one NFL game I watched, a defensive back was praised in the booth for not delivering a vicious, blind hit on a receiver who already had one foot out of bounds. The back had the guy in his sights ~ we’ve seen that

hit a dozen times ~ but this player held back, avoided a penalty, and avoided possibly injuring the receiver. I wish we saw more of that behavior. Then again, perhaps the unwarranted violence makes for better revenue. Roger Vaughan lives, works and sails in Oxford.


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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at 173

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Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit 175


Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance Kent County is a treasury of early American history. Its principal towns and back roads abound with beautiful old homes and historic landmarks. The area was first explored by Captain John Smith in 1608. Kent County was founded in 1642 and named for the shire in England that was the home of many of Kent’s earliest colonists. When the first legislature assembled in 1649, Kent County was one of two counties in the colony, thus making it the oldest on the Eastern Shore. It extended from Kent Island to the present boundary. The first settlement, New Yarmouth, thrived for a time and, until the founding of Chestertown, was the area’s economic, social and religious center. Chestertown, the county seat, was founded in 1706 and served as a port of entry during colonial times. A town rich in history, its attractions include a blend of past and present. Its brick sidewalks and attractive antiques stores, restaurants and inns beckon all to wander through the historic district and enjoy homes and places with architecture ranging from the Georgian mansions of wealthy colonial merchants to the elaborate style of the Victorian era. Second largest district of restored 18th-century homes in Maryland, Chestertown is also home to Washington College, the nation’s tenth oldest liberal arts college, founded in 1782. Washington College was also the only college that was given permission by George Washington for the use of his name, as well as given a personal donation of money. The beauty of the Eastern Shore and its waterways, the opportunity for boating and recreation, the tranquility of a rural setting and the ambiance of living history offer both visitors and residents a variety of pleasing experiences. A wealth of events and local entertainment make a visit to Chestertown special at any time of the year. For more information about events and attractions in Kent County, contact the Kent County Visitor Center at 410-778-0416, visit www. or e-mail For information about the Historical Society of Kent County, call 410-778-3499 or visit For information specific to Chestertown visit 177







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“Calendar of Events” notices: Please contact us at 410-226-0422; fax the information to 410-226-0411; write to us at Tidewater Times, P. O. Box 1141, Easton, MD 21601; or e-mail to The deadline is the 1st of the month preceding publication (i.e., December 1 for the January issue). Daily Meeting: Mid-Shore Intergroup Alcoholics Anonymous. For places and times, call 410822-4226 or visit Daily Meeting: Al-Anon and Alateen - For a complete list of times and locations in the Mid-Shore a re a, v i sit ea ste r n shore Every Thurs.-Sat. Amish Country Farmer’s Market in Easton. An indoor market offering fresh produce, meats, dairy products, furniture and more. 101 Marlboro Ave. For more info. tel: 410-822-8989.

Thru Dec. 10 Exhibit: Hidden Beaut y ~ Exploring the Aesthet ics of Medical Science at the Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis. Sponsored by Chesapeake Medical Imaging. More than 60 medical science professionals present photographs of visually stunning patterns and different diseases. For more info. tel: 443-949-7447. Th r u Dec. 23 The Dorchester Center for the Arts presents the Wednesday Morning Artists & Friends for an ar tful holiday show a nd sa le in t he ga l leries. More than 20 artists and artisans are showcasing their creativity in a variety of mediums, festively displayed against


December Calendar a backdrop of origami cranes. Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on December 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include an Artists’ Reception and Holiday Choir performance. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782.

Thru Dec. 30 Exhibit: Two Artists - Two Techniques at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels. Artists Kathy Kopec and George Hamilton exhibit different approaches to oil painting. For more info. tel: 410-745-5059 or visit

Art Museum, Easton. Driskell is a noted artist and scholar of African-American art. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Feb. 4 Exhibit: Beth van Hoesen ~ Prints ~ Selections from the Permanent Collection at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Throughout her career, Beth van Hoesen distinguished herself as a draftsman and printmaker. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Feb. 25 Exhibit: The Caprichos - Goya and Lombardo by Emily Lombardo at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. A series of etch i ng s i s a n homage to Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos, 1799. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit

Thr u Dec. 31 E x hibit: Art f ul Giving at Main Street Gallery, Cambridge. 13 member artists to exhibit 8”x 8” artworks priced at just $64 each. For more info. tel: 410-330-4659 or visit

T h r u M a r c h 1 1 E x h i bit: T he Soothsayers - 3D Works on Paper by Emily Lombardo at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Soothsayers is an installation of sculptural prints. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

Thru Dec. 31 Exhibit: Renewal and For m, Recent P r ints by David Driskell at the Academy

Thru June 3 Exhibit: Bob Grieser’s Lens on the Chesapeake, a photographic exhibition featur-


ing both black-and-white and color images at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibit showcases iconic photos of life on the Chesapeake Bay, and of the Bay itself. For more info. visit 1 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 1 Meeting: Cambridge Woman’s Club at noon. The public is welcome. Guest speaker Emily Zobel on Bees and Pollinat ion. For more info. visit cambridgewomansclub/. 1 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. 181

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in-store experiences, and hear live entertainment and caroling throughout the night. Pictures with Santa at the Bullitt House from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. visit

Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 1 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 1 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit 1 Cocktails and Concert featuring The Suspicious Cheese Lords, an all-male a capella ensemble, at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. concert. $55 members, $66 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

1 Dorchester Sw ingers Squa re Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711. 1

Concert: A Very Slambovian Chr i st ma s in t he Stolt z L istening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

1 Oxford’s Holiday House Tour Prev iew Par t y at t he Ox ford Community Center. $75 includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar. For more info. tel: 410-2265904 or visit

1-2 17th annual Handmade from the Heart at Evergreen Easton. Fr iday f rom 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments and a cash wine bar, including mulled wine and hot cider, will be available on Fr iday nig ht whi le shoppers browse the show. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit

1 Moonlight Madness in downtown Easton. Come out to shop in dow ntow n Ea ston for t he chance to win raffle prizes, enjoy

1-2 Concert: Chester River Chorale’s 19th annual Holiday Concert at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown. Friday at 7:30


p.m. a nd Sat urday at 4 p.m. The 90-member Chorale will be joined by the Chester River Youth Choir. Suggested donation is $15. For more info. visit 1-3 Christmas Artisans’ Market at the Water fowl Building in Easton. For more info. visit

1-3 Chr istmas on the Creek in Oxford. This year’s event will include communit y caroling, Christmas bazaar, Oxford Library open house and gift book sale, wine and cheese tasting, tree lighting with Santa, homemade soup supper, break fast with Santa, special Christmas tea, holiday window decorations and sales throughout the town. For more info. visit 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 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 1,3 Concert: Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” along with seasonal favorites by the Easton Choral Arts Society, accompanied by harpist Rebecca Smith of the National Philharmonic Orche st ra at Ch r ist Chu rch, Easton. Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. For more info. visit 1,8,15 ,22 ,29 Meeting: Fr iday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 1,8,15,22,29 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.


December Calendar 2 Refuge Walk in the Sanctuary areas at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Guided walks beg i n at 8 a.m. w it h a loc a l birding expert. Registration is limited to the first 20. Children over 12 are permitted, but no dogs. Free. For more info. tel: 443-691-9370 or visit http://bit. ly/2vWPDBt. 2 Christmas Bazaar at Holy Trinity Church, Oxford. 9 a.m. to noon. Featured items to include decorated mini trees, handmade je wel r y, note c a rd s, hol id ay greeting cards, edible goodies, decorated wreaths, Christmas f lowers and much more. Raff le tickets for seasonal-themed baskets. Proceeds to support Holy Trinity’s missions. For more info. visit 2 Classic Cars and Coffee at the Oxford Community Center from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (weather dependent). For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit 2 Workshop: Electronic Navigation with Capt. Jerry Friedman at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon in the Van Lennep Auditorium. Capt. Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master, provides shor t non-technica l descr ip -

tions of how GPS, GPS char t plotters, radar, depth sounders, and automated identif ication systems work. $10 members, $20 non-members. Pre-registration required. For more info. visit bit/ ly/electronicnavig2017. 2 Mistletoe and Mimosas at Layton’s Chance Winery in Vienna. Enjoy bottomless mimosas while learning to make a wreath! Tickets include bottomless mimosas, danishes, donuts, coffee, materials and instructions for wreath mak ing. $75 per person. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit 2 Holiday Greens Workshop at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to noon. $40 members, $50 non-members. Craft an elegant holiday centerpiece with docent


Nancy Beatt y. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 2 Wreath Sale and Holiday Open House at Adkins A rboretum, R id ge l y. Shop for f r e sh - c ut greens and handmade evergreen wreaths crafted from the bounty of the Arboretum’s forest and gardens. Find the perfect gift in the gift shop and much more! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 2 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For

more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 2 Holiday Craf ts at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 10:30 a.m. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 2 Class: Hand-Painted Holiday Cards at Aesthetic Alternatives, Preston. Noon to 2 p.m. $25. All ages welcome and materials provided. For more info. tel: 410212-9320. 2 Workshop: O Wildlife Tree, O Wildlife Tree with Jenny Houghton at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 2 to 3:30 p.m. How do animals


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refreshments and snacks, and special sales all day and night during Midnight Madness. Enter a chance to win raff le prizes va lued at over $15 ,000 w it h every purchase from participating sponsors. Look for Midnight Mad ne s s spon sor poster s at your favorite shop, restaurant or lodging location. Drawings start at 11:30 p.m. and you must be present to win. For more info. visit

cope with the cold? Craft raisin icicles, cranberry wreaths, grapefruit baskets, and birdseed pinecones to feed birds and other small creatures. Hot chocolate, a reading of Night Tree, and a wintry walk to decorate the Arboretum’s wildlife tree will round out the afternoon. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 2 Midday Madness at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels from 2 to 8 p.m. Christmas boutique, used jewelry sale, gifts and baked goods. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 2 Class: Have a Ball! Clay Class at Aesthetic Alternatives, Preston. 3 to 5 p.m. $25. All ages welcome a nd mater ia ls prov ided. For more info. tel: 410-212-9320. 2 16th annual Midnight Madness in downtown St. Michaels. Shops will be open until midnight with

2 69th annual Cambridge-Dorchester County Christmas Parade and Crab Tree Lighting begins at 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “Peace on Earth.” The Parade route progresses from Long Wharf, where entr ies w ill be directed onto High Street, to Poplar, to Race, ending at Washington Street, by Haddaways. For more info. visit 2 Easton’s Annual Old Tyme Holiday Parade begins at 6 p.m. along the streets of Easton’s Historic Business District. 2 Concer t: Eileen Ivers Joyf ul Christmas in the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 2,3 Apprentice for a Day Publ ic Boatbu i ld i ng P rog ra m at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime


to 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

Mu seu m, S t. Michael s. P re registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 2-3 Oil Painting Workshop: From F ur to Fe athe r s ~ Paint ing Animals in the Studio with Julia Rogers at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $160 members, $194 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 2,9,16,23 Easton Farmers Market every Saturday from mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m.

2,9,16,23,30 August Classic Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels, cosponsored by Blue Heron Coffee and Rise Up Coffee. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit 2 ,9 , 16 , 3 0 , 3 1 C a r r i a ge r id e s through downtown Easton, cour-

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Room at t he T idewater In n, Easton. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4034 or visit

tesy of the Tidewater Inn. Dec. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m., Dec. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m., Dec. 16 from 3 to 6 p.m., and Dec. 30 and 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. The Tidewater Inn is offering the rides free of charge. For more info. tel: 410-822-1300. 3 Bird Walk at the Black water National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. 8 a.m. at the visitor’s center. There is no cost for this activity, and no preregistration is required. For more info. tel: 410-901-6124. 3

Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Pictures with Santa, gifts, crafts and baked goods available f rom the au xiliar y. Proceeds to benefit fire and ambulance services. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110.

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3 O x ford Hol id ay Hou se Tou r f rom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., w ith seven houses, including Bonfield Manor and its adjacent counting house. The house tour is part of Oxford’s Christmas on the Creek celebration. $30. Tickets may be purchased at the Oxford Community Center on the day of the tour or ahead of time by calling 410-226-5904 or visiting 3 Walk: Woodland Architecture with Master Naturalist Margan Glover at Adkins A rboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. All ages welcome. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 3 Concert: Bells of the Bay, a community handbell choir, presents JuBellee! Christmas concer t at Immanuel United Church of Chr ist, Cambr idge, at 4 p.m. The concert includes traditional Christmas carols. It is free and open to the public, but contributions will be accepted to help the choir purchase and maintain t he bel ls a nd ch i me s a nd to purchase new music, equipment and supplies. For more info. tel: 443-786-9010.


3 Concert: Julian Brezon Quintet in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. Easton High alumnus Julian Brezon, who also used to work at the Avalon Theatre, returns with his quintet for this special show! 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 3,6,10,13,17,20,24,27,31 Nativity scenes from around the world on display at Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast, Cambridge. 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays through the holiday. $5 per person; reservations are required. For more info. tel: 410-221-7700.

4 Brown Bag Lunch: Words and Music ~ A Celebration of the American Songbook with local musician Judy A mdur at t he Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, St. Michaels. Come rediscover the songs that have enriched our culture in so many ways. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring your lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 4

Mitchell Gallery Book Club led by St. John’s College tutor Matthew Holtzman. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “Hidden Beauty” exhibition followed by a discussion of a related reading in “Objectivity” by Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-626-2556.

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December Calendar the relaxing process of coloring. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 4 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Speaker Steve Lingeman on Creating Your Own Personal Project. Photographers and artists who have a desire to extend their collection of individual images into a unified collection will be interested in this presentation. The public is encouraged to attend. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 4 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 4,6,11,13,18,20,27 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesd ay s at Un iver sit y of Ma r yla nd Shore Reg iona l He a lt h Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 4,11,18 Acupuncture Mini-Sessions at the University of Maryla nd Shore Reg iona l He a lt h Center in Easton. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $20 per session. Participation offered on a walk-in basis, first come, first served.

For more info. tel: 410 -7 70 9400. 4,11,18 Meeting: Overeaters Anony mous at U M Shore Medic a l Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit 4,11,18 Monday Night Triv ia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 5 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 10 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 5 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695. 5 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28 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: 410-2265904 or visit



December Calendar 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Bridge Clinic Support Group at the UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential support group for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral reasons. For more info. tel: 410228-5511, ext. 2140. 5,12,19,26 Acoustic Jam Night at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your instruments and take part in the jam session! For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 5,19 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at U M Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5700 or visit 5,19 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. First and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218.

portance and purpose of living collections, record keeping, and sharing of data. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 6 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Fall Speaker Series ~ Peter Lesher on the Life and Work of Robert de Gast. 2 p.m. in the Van Lennep Auditorium. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or e-mail 6 Maker Space at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Enjoy ST E M (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) for children 6 and older. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit


6 Living Collections: Plants as the Museum Pieces of a Botanical Garden with Sylvan Kaufman at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 to 11:30 a.m. This talk will provide an overview of the im192

Holiday Open House at t he Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 4 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to celebrate the holidays with caroling, children’s holiday crafts, light refreshments and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit

6 Open Boatshop Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Experienced and novice woodworkers work on a small woodworking project. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30 per session for CBMM members, $40 per session for non-members. Participants must be 16 or older unless accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit 6 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 6 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel

United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 800-477-6291 or visit 6 Concert: Glenn Miller Orchestra in the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours and other art-related activities. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148.


December Calendar 6,13,20,27 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-7456073 or visit 6,13,20,27 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 7 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 7 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 7 Fest iva l of Wreat hs Holiday Benef it Gala at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care Center, Cambridge. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Many tasty treats, live musical

entertainment, silent auction of trees and wreaths and much more. Free admission, but donations appreciated. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 7 Pet Loss Support Group from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107. 7 Workshop: Wetlands of the World at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit 7,14,21,28 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 7,14,21,28 Thursday Studio ~ a Weekly Mentored Painting Session with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Full day: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ($150/4 weeks for members). Half day: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($95/4 weeks for members). Drop-in fee (payable directly to instructor): $45 full day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); $25 half day (10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.). For more info. tel:


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December Calendar 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 7,14,21,28 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 7,14,21,28 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice. 1 to 2:15 p.m. This weekly support group is for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 7,14,21,28 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 8 Karaoke Happy Hour Christmas Edition at Layton’s Chance vineyard, Vienna. 6 p.m. Prizes awarded for best ugly sweaters. Wine available at the bar. Table reservations taken on the day of the event only. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit

8-10 St. Michaels Art League’s 2nd annual exhibition and sale will be held on “Christmas in St. Michaels” weekend at the Clark Gallery of Fine Art, 308 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels. League artists will show and sell their artwork in watercolor, oil, and pastel, including wonderful small works for under $100. This will be a perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping and visit St. Michaels. For more info. visit 8-10 The Tidewater Singers will present an a cappella concert featuring Randall Thompson’s A Peaceable Kingdom with other songs of the season on Friday, D e c emb er 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral in Easton, on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Oxford, and on Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge. Advance tickets for the Oxford and Easton performances may be purchased


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online at and at Crackerjacks in Easton. Info. and tickets for the Cambridge performance are available at 410-228-3161. 8-10 Christmas in St. Michaels 2017. This year’s event includes a gingerbread house competition and display, Marketplace, Yuletide party, Breakfast with Santa, Christmas parade, Santa’s Wonderland, tour of homes, holiday music and tree lighting, holiday meals and much more. For a full list of events, visit 9 Christmas in St. Michaels breakfast at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. 7:30 to 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 9 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

9 Ch r i st ma s Ba z a a r at Ch r i st Church, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fresh arrangements of live greens in wreaths and other beautiful f loral designs, homecanned foods and homemade cookies, attic treasures, jewelry and other gift items. For more info. tel: 410-745-5685. 9 Annual Book Sale at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 9 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit 9 Robert Morris Inn Cooking Demonstration with Executive Chef Mark Salter. 10 a.m. $68. For registrations tel: 410-226-5111. 9 Workshop: Gardening for Winter Interest at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. $20. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland. org. 9 Second Saturday at the Artsway


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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

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

9 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 9 Candlelit Caroling Celebration at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 5 to 8 p.m. Ring in the holiday season at Adkins Arboretum with live music by Dovetail and Nevin Dawson, hors d’oeuvres, a cash wine bar, and docent-led candlelit walks along the woodland paths. Sing carols and roast marshmallows over a roaring bonfire, view the winter sky with the Delmarva Stargazers, and top off the evening with a winter tram ride to see light displays around the meadow. Wildlife tree decorating and a gingerbread playhouse will be of special interest to children. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org.

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December Calendar the Holiday Season. The tree lighting and boat parade features fun for children and adults of all ages. 5:30 p.m. cocktail party at Characters Bridge Restaurant for the adults, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. cocoa and cookies with Santa at Phillips Whar f, 6:30 p.m. tree lighting at Phillips Wharf campus, 7 p.m. Boat Parade. For more info. visit phillipswharf. org/crab-pot-christmas-tree/. 9 Tavern Live: Diana Wagner to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-2265111. 10 Cambridge Woman’s Club 33rd a nnua l Holiday House Tour: Homes in City of Cambridge. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available from Cambridge Woman’s Club members, at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, and on the day of the tour at the clubhouse. Refreshments will be served. For more info. visit 11 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at noon, with a covered dish luncheon, at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. We will celebrate the season with music performed by Just Us. New

members are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 11 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch, what-have-you). Limited instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 11 Open Mic at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrives here. All ages and styles of performance are welcome. The event is open to all ages. 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@ 11 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 12 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advanced healthcare planning and complete your advance direct ive paperwork. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 12 Carpe Diem Arts free lunchtime concer t at t he Ta lbot Senior


Center, Easton, featuring Fatherson duo Ken and Brad Kolodner on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddle. Performance is free. Lunch is available at noon with advance reservation for $2.75. For more info. tel: 410-822-2869 or e-mail 12 Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 12,26 Meeting: Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for

Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 12,26 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit 1 2 -1 4 We t l a nd s B o otc a mp at E nv i ron ment a l C onc er n, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick one day, or do all three. Tues., Dec. 12 is Wow! Wow! Facilitator Course for $40. Wed., Dec. 13 is Pow! The Planning of Wetlands for $25. Thurs., Dec. 14 is Implementing Citizen Science in your

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December Calendar Outdoor Classroom for $25. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit 13 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e-mail 13 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 13 Minecraft at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 13 Cookie Decorating Program at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Stop in and decorate cookies! First come, first served. For all ages! For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 13 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suppor t group for those who have lost a loved one to substance

abuse or addiction. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 13 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail 13 Meeting: Baywater Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 1 3 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. 13,27 Bay Hundred Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 14 Book Discussion - Two Boomer Babes discuss Perfectly Seasoned at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit


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14 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games and f un. For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

16 Steel Dr um Program at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 1 p.m. Listen to steel drum music, hear the history of the instrument, and learn to play a complete song. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

14,23 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 1 to 3 p.m. Free for CBEC members, $5 for nonmembers. For more info. visit

16 Concert: The Allegro Children’s Chorus and Allegro Vocal Scholars at Trinity Cathedral, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-603-8361 or visit

14,28 Memoir Writers at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

16 Luminaries throughout the town of Vienna from 5 to 8 p.m. Come se e Sa nt a, c a nd lel it st re et s, home and historic building tours, refreshments, music and public trams. For more info. tel: 410376-3413 or visit

15 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128 or visit

17 Jazz concert to feature Chuck and Robert Redd at Holy Trinity Church, Oxford. 3 to 5 p.m. Free will offering appreciated. For more info. visit

15 Tavern Live: Alex Barnett to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-226-5111. 16 Class: Open Studio at Aesthetic Alternatives, Preston. Noon to 5

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


18 Bus Trip: A Longwood Christmas w ith Adkins Arboretum. Orga n sing-a longs, st rol ling carolers, and performances that fill the landscape with festive cheer. Delight in the holiday horticulture showcasing more than 6,000 seasonal plants. Noon to 9 p.m. $75 member, $100 non-member. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 18 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Competition meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 20 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.

21 Lunch & Learn: Online at Your Library! at the Talbot County Free L ibra r y, Ea ston. Noon. Learn about online classes, free tutoring, genealogy resources a nd much more. Br i ng you r lunch. Coffee and dessert provided. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 21 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit 21 Family Craf ts at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Make a yarn scarf. For more info. tel: 410-

20 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 20 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 p.m. This support group is for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 205

•Fresh coffee roasted on the premises. •Cold brewed coffee, iced coffee •French Presses, single cup pour overs, and tasting flights. •On-Site Parking Gift bags for the Coffee Connoisseur! 500 S. Talbot St., St. Michaels 410-714-0334

December Calendar

info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

745-5877 or visit 21 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 21 Teen Board Game Night at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Join us as we play real, live, face-to-face board games. For grades 6 to 12. Light refreshments. For more

24 Nine Lessons and Carols at Trinity Cathedral, Easton. 8 p.m. Program will feature the Cathedral Choir and a string quartet. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit 26 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387. 27 Meeting: Diabetes Support Group at the Dorchester Family YMCA, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 27 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946.

213A South Talbot St. St. Michaels 410-745-8072 “Super Fun Gifts For All!”

31 New Year’s Eve Boat Drop with a small replica of a deadrise ~ the traditional waterman’s workboat ~ dropping at midnight to bring in the New Year. The boat drop happens in the 500 block of Poplar Street in Cambridge. 31 First Night Talbot - A Celebration of the Arts to feature local and regional performers, especially 206

youth, during a long evening (6 p.m. thru midnight) fi lled with enter taining and meaningf ul per for ma nces in f ive indoor venues as well as on S. Harrison Street, Easton. There will be two Maryland Crab Drops ~ a 9 p.m.

“Midnight in the Mid-Atlantic” and the Traditional Countdown to Midnight. Performances will include gospel music, dance, juggling, clown comedy, a photo booth, face painting, craft tables, excitingly diverse music, and other surprises. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit tourtalbot. org/event/first-night/. 31 Rock ‘N’ the Hall in Rock Hall from 6:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The town of Rock Hall will host a hat parade, an epic lip sync battle, dancing, and at midnight the famous RockFish Drop. For more info. tel: 410-639-7611 or visit

Celebrating 25 Years Tracy Cohee Hodges Vice President Area Manager Eastern Shore Lending

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Captain & I had a great year thanks to clients & colleagues. Happy Holidays to All! Christie Bishop, Realtor Benson & Mangold Real Estate (c) 410-829-2781 ¡ (o) 410-770-9255

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