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Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 63, No. 9

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February 2015

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Jay Fleming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Maryland Eye: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Vet Sail Program Runs Its Course: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . 25 Fantasyland on the Persian Gulf: Gugy Irving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Swashbucklers of the Bay - Part 2: Cliff James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Railroading: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Disparate Voices: Harold O. Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157

Departments: February Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 February Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 David C. Pulzone, Publisher 路 Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Photographer

Jay Fleming Jay Fleming’s work showcases his passion for the Chesapeake Bay and photography. Whether it’s a sunrise over the marsh or a waterman hand tonging for oysters, the enthusiasm for his craft is obvious in every photograph. Jay comes from a family of passionate photographers. His father, Kevin Fleming, is a former National Geographic photographer who has circled the globe to capture timeless images. “Instead of reading me children’s books, my parents showed me photography books,” he remembers. Jay shooting photographs in a pound net Using a hand-me-down off Hoopers Island. Photo by Burl Lewis. rig, a Nikon film camera and manual focus 300mm lens, ing Department at the Maryland Jay accompanied his dad to a Department of Natural Resources rookery island in Delaware. His and in Yellowstone National Park. picture of a great egret won grand Jay Fleming’s work is regularly prize in a national EPA Wildlife of published in the Mid-Atlantic and Wetlands photography competi- across the country. Jay is available tion. That award-winning photo, for commercial, editorial, wedding snapped at the young age of 14, re- and portrait photography and may mains one of his most memorable be contacted at 410-279-8730 or e-mail at jaypfleming@gmail.com. photographs. Jay graduated from St. Mary’s Please visit his website www.jayCollege of Maryland in 2009 with flemingphotography.com. The cover photo is of a Hooper’s a degree in economics. He has pursued a career in photography while Island Marsh Sunrise. working with the Seafood Market7


Maryland Eye - Kenneth Basile by Helen Chappell

Eased between two banks of green and ferny upland woods, the Gunpowder River, a mere creek up in the mountains, tumbles over rocks and rapids, heading toward the Bay on a day in the high and sunny summer. The green is so lush and the water so clear, it’s almost magic. Staubs anchoring fishing nets rise out of the Bay festooned with rope, while other staubs on land hoist purple martin houses over a yard on Hooper’s Island. Water lilies bloom in a freshwater creek in Lusby. Windmills dot the horizon in Carroll County. Each photograph is both a visual treat and a narrative that beckons you to tell the story. This is Ken’s second book of photographs. His first book, Mexico City: Out and About, was produced by Ken and his wife, Karen. It is a stunning visual treatise of color, life and culture in Mexico City, and was published in 2011 to very good reviews. Ken’s third book, Chesapeake Bay Panoramas, is due out later this year. Ken and his family moved to the Eastern Shore over forty years ago, when he worked at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Mi-

It is said that the best things come in small packages. You can hold Kenneth Basile’s latest book of photographic studies in one hand, yet each picture is a story, a meditation and a statement. Maryland Landscapes, the latest book from the Director Emeritus of the Ward Museum, is a small treasure that opens some very large and beautiful vistas of our state.

A sunrise breaks the dawn of a Maryland river in studies of blue and gray highlighted by the thousand pinks and oranges and yellows of a new day, reflected in the mirror of the water. Ghost boats, towed up a Smith Island gut, rest on the yellow marsh grass, with a canopy of the vast and open sky arching over the landscape. The isolation is almost palpable. 9



Maryland Eye chaels. They now live in Nanticoke. “I started photographing when I was four. Of course I don’t remember this, but I do have a photograph of me with a camera at that age. I got my first darkroom at the age of twelve. I don’t know that any one event in my life inspired me to make pictures, I’ve just always done it,” Ken says of his lifelong work with photography. “When I photograph, I’m looking for contrasts and variations in the landscape. Many people relate this type of photography to looking at a musical score. If it is done right, you do get a good musical sense from the image,” he says. “I’m also into semiotics, or the study of image making and communications. If you photograph enough, you notice that symbolic imagery keeps repeating itself. Over time, you have the development of language. You can take this all the way back to the earliest human attempts at making images. Early cave paintings are a good example of this. It becomes very evident when you start looking at the interface between the built (human) environment and the natural environment. Much of what I’ve done with this book, and my work in general, is about looking at this interface or contrast.” A sharp mountain rock cliff ends at the edge of a dangerous curve in



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Maryland Eye the road where crosses have been painted on the granite surface. Folk tributes to those who didn’t navigate the tricky place where the road ends in Luke, Maryland. Evidence of the human imprint on the landscape shows up again where the new road diverts around a carefully restored covered bridge near Northeast. A boardwalk winds though a shaded cypress swamp in Bowens, Maryland. The hint of humanity is everywhere and nowhere. The sense of something or someone there but unseen is often evoked in Ken’s work for me, as if a living being had just stepped out of the frame.

“I decided to do a book on the Maryland landscape because of its accessibility,” Ken recalls. “I could just step out my door and photograph. The state is small enough and has great physical variations, from the mountains in the west to the flatness of the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland. It’s a great area to investigate. I’ve lived

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Maryland Eye in Maryland most of my life and seem to have developed a love affair with the region. We have traveled throughout the state of Maryland to do the book. It was great. The whole experience was an adventure.” A rainbow rises out of the rain over the Baltimore cityscape. The fossils are trapped in the rock at Calvert Cliffs. In Havre de Grace, a red silhouette of a crab tells the world Cap’n Bob sells soft shell crabs out of his house, a few blocks from the Susquehanna. A giant lizard, a roadside attraction on the beach route 404 through Denton, beckons the tourists. The color jumps off the page. Color is a relatively new innovation for serious photographers. Technology has improved the color process, and it’s now less expensive and easier to do. For years black and white was considered the standard for art photography, but that’s changed now. “I specialized in color photography when I was in graduate school. At that time, early seventies, most of the emphasis in university photography programs was on black and white photographs. After finishing school, I noticed that fungus had attacked the color emulsion on my photographs. I switched to b&w,” Ken explains. He holds a master’s degree in

art with additional work in museum studies from the University of Delaware, and also studied photography at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore. “Color does add an additional complication to the structure and impact of the image. I don’t know that visually one type of image is any more difficult. I’m able to switch back and forth between b&w and color with some ease. When a project requires nothing but color images, I just start thinking that way. In the midst of a project it can be difficult for me to make the switch, though.” Although Ken is well known as a photographer with many shows to his credit, many people know him from his time with the Ward Museum, his position as Director of Cultural Affairs and Museum Programs at Salisbury University, and his work with the Calumet Photo20


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Successful Vet Sail Program on the Miles River Runs Its Course by Dick Cooper Once a month for the better part of seven summers, Wounded Warriors would hobble, wheel and walk their way onto a waiting bus near their Washington, D.C., hospital to start the 80 plus mile trip across the Bay Bridge to the Eastern Shore. They had signed up for Vet Sail, a day on the water in St. Michaels. “The signup sheet said we were going on a boat ‘cruise,’ so I wasn’t sure what to wear,” said a soldier

from Wyoming who came dressed in casual slacks and a spiffy sweater. “ That was t he big gest br idge I have seen in my life,” said a GI from the Midwest. “I didn’t think we would ever get across.” “Where are we?” asked yet another soldier. For world t raveler s who had fought in foreign wars, this flat and fertile part of their homeland was uncharted territory. For most, the

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from our events here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland,” LeTowt wrote in the e-mail. “As the summer progressed, matters with D.O.D. and Walter Reed (Hospital) deteriorated further. No Vet Sail events were held in 2014.” LeTowt, in his typical low-key ma n ner, fa i le d to ment ion t he frustrating and often infuriating pencil-whipping, report-filing and fiscal accounting required by government bureaucrats faced by those who would dare to do good deeds. In a system where one form will not do when 10 are available, LeTowt had to routinely renew his applications to give Wounded Warriors relaxing outings on the water and a good mea l. The applic at ions bec a me

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who donated almost $25,000 over the course of the program to fete the Warriors. LeTowt said he got the idea to start Vet Sail after attending a fund raiser for the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a charity that supports Wounded Warriors and their families. “They talked about taking Wounded Warriors hunting and golfing. I don’t hunt, and I haven’t played golf in a long time, but I know a little about sailing.” He said the Yellow Ribbon Fund helped him make a contact at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, but he knew he had to work his idea from two angles. If Walter Reed would help transport soldiers to the Eastern Shore, he still needed to find local sailors to support his idea.

without paying for it. I was not going to do that.” And so Vet Sail ended by attrition and starvation. But looking back at his efforts, LeTow t said there is a real sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in a job well done. More than 250 soldiers, sailors and Marines and their family members par ticipated in Vet Sail since it started. More than two dozen local sailors, most of them from the Miles River Yacht Club and its racing contingent, the Herring Island Sailing Fleet, volunteered their vessels, crew and time. Financial support came from more than 175 people from throughout the area

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Vet Sail Program L eTo w t c r e d i t s t h e l a t e S i Boettner, a St. Michaels businessman who was the head of the Herring Island Sailing Fleet at the time, with fully embracing the project. Her r ing Island sailors not only volunteered their boats, but made financial contributions to the Vet Sail fund. T i m i ng t hen i nter fere d w it h the initial start of the program. “I submitted my application to Walter Reed in April of 2007 right before the first reports of deplorable conditions in the rooms at old Walter Reed that put Congress into an uproar,” he said. “So my application went nowhere because they weren’t going to let anyone go any where until those things were resolved.” Two months later the first Vet Sail was held, and it was the start of a very good run. Throughout that year and for the next six summers, LeTowt organized five Vet Sails each season. “We had one soldier who enjoyed it so much he came back three times,” LeTowt said. The soldier had never been sailing before, and his trip to St. Michaels inspired him to take sailing lessons. “He thought this was one more thing he could learn.” Sailors frequently exchanged e-mail addresses with soldiers and shared photos of their time spent on the Miles River or hanging out at the Miles River Yacht Club. Club members, who had not gone on the sail-

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For a few years, LeTowt successfully worked with staff members at both hospitals to coordination transportation for the soldiers to and from St. Michaels. Then in the spring of 2013, with the major federal government budget cuts caused by the Sequestration looming, LeTowt said he got a call from one of his hospital contacts that transportation from Fort Belvoir would be discontinued. The trips from Walter Reed, however, were continued through the year. “We did have five events in 2013 and in one of those, people from Fort Belvoir did show up,” LeTowt said. His eyes brightened and he smiled as he remembered that incident. “A Marine at Fort Belvoir said, ‘The Army can’t tell me what to do.’ He

ing part of the day, frequently joined the soldiers back at the club and sat with them during the dinners to express their thanks. The events became so popular that on some occasions the club’s Trophy Dining Room was filled to capacity. When oppressive August heat threatened to cancel a few events, Captain John Marrah of Patriot Cruises took the Wounded Warriors out on the water in his air-conditioned vessel. Midway through the Vet Sail run, the military opened a new Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and divided the Wounded Warriors between that facility and the Veterans’ Administration hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

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took a 14-passenger Marine van and loaded it up and thumbed his nose at authority. Sure enough, we had one event with Wounded Warriors from Fort Belvoir.” Through the winter of that year, LeTowt worked with Walter Reed per son nel to a r ra nge t he 201 4 schedule, but then in the spring of last year, he was told that all transportation for Wounded Warriors was being limited to events within 50 miles of the hospital. “That was pretty much the death knell for Vet Sail,” he said. “Everyone I talked to could not believe that these Wounded Warriors and their families were being treated like this.” LeTowt said the reserve funds held for Vet Sail by the Miles River Yacht Club have been dispersed to five organizations that continue to support veterans and Wounded Warriors. “I feel good about Vet Sail, even though it had less than a brilliant conclusion,” LeTowt said. “I enjoyed doing it and it was a labor of love. I felt it was making some small contribution to help out our troops.”

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Fantasyland on the Persian Gulf by Gugy Irving

The UAE comprises about nine million people, but only about 1.4 million are Emirati. Dubai has 2.2 million people and is the largest city and serves as the center for business, trade, tourism and fantasy land in general. In the early 1950s, Dubai was a sleepy, poor fishing and pearl diving village. With Japan’s invention of cultured pearls, the economy had gone south. Dubai’s location was instrumental in its development as a center for trade. The airport was built and offshore oil was discovered in 1966, which allowed for the development of necessary infrastructure for the Emirates. Before I left for India, I easily

After a visit to India last November, I decided to break up the return flight by spending four days in Dubai. I am embarrassed to admit that I really didn’t know if it was a city, a kingdom, a country, or just what. Back in December 1971, six independent emirates (the seventh joined in February 1972) formed the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This union was necessitated by the termination of Great Britain’s security assistance, which had been in place since 1892. Each of the seven retains its own hereditary rulers, and from them an overall head of state for the UAE is selected. The ruling family in Dubai has been in charge since 1833.

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that were just inches off, and open to, the side walk. I did locate a very nice sit-down inside restaurant/café near the souks. At first I was the only diner, and I ordered jujeh kabab (boneless chicken), bottled water and two American coffees for US $15.50, which I hope included the tip. While I was waiting for my food, a man came in with the manager wearing the traditional white fulllength garment called a dishdasha with white headdress called a ghutra. The white headdress indicates the man is an Emirati national, and the black double cord, the igal, on the top of the head was traditionally used to tie the front feet of your camel to prevent it from straying.

found, via the Internet, a nice hotel close to Dubai Creek and an easy walk to the older part of town. It cost about $200 per night and included a very good breakfast and helpful doormen. Arrival from Delhi and check-in were complete by 8 a.m., and I took off on foot along the busy docks where I saw about 30 large heavy wooden dhows loading and unloading various cargo. I made my way along the north side of the creek and found the gold souk (market) and the spice souk. I started looking for a lunch spot but was only finding very small one or two-table mom-and-pop places

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The man and manager left and returned 30 seconds later with a woman (almost certainly a wife) wearing the very lightweight black cloak known as an abaya and a head scarf, the shayla. They were seated about nine feet from me. I must have looked a little suspicious, as the waiter immediately brought a carved wooden hinged self-standing black screen that was put up around the couple’s table. I do admit I became curious and snuck a peek and was able to see the women kept her shayla on while eating, which can’t be too easy. Except for this restaurant, I didn’t see what I’d call local cuisine. I think this could possibly be explained by the international nature of Dubai

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As amazing as the Dubai Mall complex is, there are numerous other major malls, including the Mall of the Emirates. I specifically went there to see and perhaps ski the 242,000-square-foot, five- slope indoor skiing venue. The basic cost of $55 including equipment was very reasonable but having grown up in Talbot County, I am more familiar with water skiing than snow skiing. I skipped the Emperor penguin experience also. I did get a snack at the St. Moritz restaurant complete with high definition TVs, set inside of faux fireplaces, playing very realistic looping videos of log fires. I didn’t spend all of my time indoors, as I went on a “safari� that consists of riding in sevenpassenger Toyotas badged as Land Cruisers, although they looked like a smaller model, perhaps the Sequoia. Later that evening I embarked on

The building houses a hotel, restaurants, swimming pools, offices and 900 private apartments. Outside are beautiful fountains designed by the same company that constructed the fountains in front of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Except during a recent visit to China, I have never seen so many high-rise buildings under construction. The architects must have been given free rein to design the wildest buildings possible. I can imagine the structural engineers must have nightmares. I saw one building, of approximately 80 stories, that twists as it rises. I read about a building in Abu Dhabi that resembles a flying saucer on its side stuck in the ground. Several buildings in Dubai look like sailboat spinnakers (the parachute-like sails).

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an adventure called “Dune Bashing,” which takes place about 14 miles south of the city. There were about 30 vehicles driving over the very fine and steep sand. The procedure is to let half of the air out of the tires for better traction. I knew it was going to be a fun ride when our driver handed out barf bags. I thought the 12-year-old girl in the back would not have enjoyed the ride, but she laughed the whole time. After the dune portion, all the vehicles rendezvoused at a fake Bedouin camp for a good shish kabob dinner, belly dancing, camel rides and a falconer with bird; we even had beer! Another event I recommend is the 50-minute ride around the city

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camel museum, did not deep sea fish, shoot, scuba or sky dive, etc. I wish I had gone to the Autodrome, where one can rent various high performance cars and drive on the three race courses. Notwithstanding a recent terrorist act in next door Abu Dhabi, I felt very safe. According to a front page article of the November 9, 2014 Washington Post, the UAE is a very good ally in the war against extremist ideology. They fly F-16s against the likes of ISIL, and we, the French, and maybe other nations, are allowed to base assets at nearby Al Dhafra Air Base. I recommend a visit to this area

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Swashbucklers of the Bay - Part II

Privateers from the American Revolution to the War of 1812 by Cliff Rhys James

limited naval forces of the 13 colonies were far out-numbered and seriously out-gunned by England’s Royal Navy, which ruled the seas protecting commercial sea lanes so critically important to that island nation. In fact, in 17 76 only 31 American ships of all classes were in commission, and even that small number was swiftly reduced by capture and blockade until at last, by 1781, a paltry seven ships sailed un-

Down through history’s ghostly procession of high seas exploits, from the early 17th century origins of the new world colonies to the American Revolution and the War of 1812, audacious swashbucklers sailing from the Chesapeake Bay checkmated and outmaneuvered the superior navies of several European Empires ~ not least of these Great Britain. During the colonial period, the

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Islands to the Mediterranean and from Baffin Bay to Brazil. And if the ships were tough, the men who sailed them were tougher still. They were a rough-hewn but skillful breed of briny seamen ~ a tenacious, often reckless lot, unafraid to battle anyone or anything coming at them through the misty fog of Poseidon’s realm. From the wrath of foreign navies to the fury of Mother Nature’s battering seas, and from European marauders to Barbary Pirates, theirs was a boisterous attitude of “bring it on.” O c e a n goi n g c olon i a l i s t s r e mained undaunted by the seven seas turmoil caused by the wars of England with France and Spain that had spilled over throughout much

der the flag of the American Navy. The fearsome flaming broadsides of the British nav y strictly reinforced the centuries-old doctrine holding t hat, “ the Monarch s of Britain have a peculiar and sovereign authority upon the oceans granted them by God and the laws of Nature.” Or so the Brits thought. Just before the revolutionary war, the commercial sailing f leet of the American colonies numbered well over 400 ships. Despite the fact that many, if not most, of these vessels displaced less than 100 tons, they had for decades boldly sailed the crashing oceans in the hard march of New World Man from the Canary

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of the 18th century. They remained stubbornly resolved to sail and trade as they pleased across the great blue watery expanse. And why not? American whalers and merchantmen, after all, had been attacked and shot at in international waters for decades ~ a form of live-fire training that steeled them for conflict. Ultimately, 174 private American vessels armed with 2,000 cannon and manned by 9,000 American privateers sailed under Privateering Commissions and Letters of Marque during the Revolutionary War. They were seafaring guerillas cunning enough to avoid the overwhelming firepower of the Royal Navy’s Ships of the Line, but daring enough to plunder British Merchant ships, depriv ing that nation of needed resources and forcing the Royal Navy to divert war ships for convoy protection. These privateers played a much larger role in winning the Revolutionary War than is often recognized on this side of the Atlantic. However, their impact was widely acknowledged in Britain, where Lloyd’s of London jacked up insurance rates and newspapers like the London Spectator ran articles bemoaning the serial successes of the daring American sea raiders. One such ar ticle lamented in par t, “Were we able to prevent the ir going in and out or stop them from taking our trade ~ even within sight of our garrisons? Were

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Swashbucklers of the Bay they not in the English and Irish Channels plucking our homeward bound trade, sending their prizes to French and Spanish ports to the great dismay and terror of our merchants and ship owners?” In Salem, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, scarcely would a shipmaster arrive in port than he’d receive orders to clear his decks for mounting heavy batteries and the slinging of hammocks for a hundred eager privateers, many of whom had just signed articles in a dockside tavern. And so out would come the barrels of molasses and sugar, or loads of logwood. And in would go nine pounders, muskets, pistols, cutlasses, boarding pikes, tomahawks and all kinds of cannon shells including, but not limited to, grape, canister and double shot. Topsail schooners and square riggers armed with letters of marque and bristling gun ports would then up anchor and drive out to sea like hawks to “bag a Britisher.” And bag them they did: 733 British merchant

Captain Thomas Boyle vessels were taken as prizes and over 10,000 English seamen were captured during a time when they were desperately needed in the Royal Navy. American privateers were in fact so disruptive to England’s trade with its West Indies colonies that one merchant from Grenada wrote, “F rom a f le e t of 6 0 me r c hant vessels that departed Ireland, no



Swashbucklers of the Bay more than 25 arrived in this and neighboring islands. The others were taken by American privateers. God knows, if this American War continues much longer, we shall all die of hunger.� But without a strong Navy the colonies could not prevent reciprocal losses from their own ranks ~ including hundreds of American ships captured or sunk. During the early years of the War for Independence, 40 or 50 hardy adventurers would often set sail in smaller craft with a handful of cannons. But if experience is a hard teacher, the seafaring Yanks were quick learners. They grasped well and true the hard lessons of survival of the fittest. So much so that by the mid-point of the conflict, privateer ships were more often than not manned by over 100 men and armed with as many as 20 guns, at which point sea battles involving privateers began to resemble classic naval warfare. Yes, some portion of privateers of all nationalities were little more than scurv y rascals loose on the high seas ~ pirates, really. And while the American privateers fought for private gain as well as public good, they, for the most part, adhered to a rough code of conduct that prohibited sinking ships with crew and passengers aboard ~ especially when their ranks included women and children. More importantly,

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Royal Navy to the zenith of its power and prestige. With a f leet of well over 500 ships, 85 of which were stationed off the American coast, and manned by more than 130,000 seaman ~ including 30,000 marines ~ her navy was every bit and more the dominant global force she’d been for centuries. Once again, the fledgling 18-yearold American Navy was feeble by comparison, able to put fewer than 20 ships to sea. Of these, only nine were heavy, well-armed ships: three frigates of 44 guns, three of 38 guns and three of 32. The next rung down in the echelon of firepower was oc-

their success, regardless of mixed motives, played an indispensable role in America’s victorious War for Independence. But a hard teacher like experience grades on a steep curve. And so the lessons learned by the upstart Americans in the revolution were put to good use not many years later in the War of 1812. Once again, Britannia ruled the seas. In vanquishing the combined French and Spanish f leets at the legendary Battle of Trafalgar seven years earlier, Lord Nelson had elevated the

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cupied by two schooners carrying 18 and 20 guns. Nonetheless, because most of America’s 7,000,000 citizens lived in c oa st a l st ate s, t he bu rgeoning nation’s maritime traditions had been wel l established by a centur y’s worth of seafaring activities including fishing, whaling and trading, not to mention runins with the likes of Calico Jack, Blackbeard, or that other ruthless breed of brigands from North Africa whose corsair raids prompted the creation of the U.S. Navy ~ the Barbary Pirates. Thu s, onc e aga i n, t he you ng American republic, this time under President James Madison, had no choice but to rely heav ily on privateers who were a far greater threat to both British Trade and the Royal Navy than was the woefully outnumbered U.S. Navy. But unlike in the War of Independence, where New England dominated ocean-going activities, the center of gravity for the new republic’s merchant trade had shifted south to the Chesapeake Bay area, and

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w it h t hat shif t Ba lt imore c ame to displace Salem. Just as importantly, America, particularly the shipyards of the Chesapeake Bay, had advanced the state of the art of s h ipbu i ld i ng a nd h ig h s e a s handling to such an extent that even England herself grudgingly acknowledged their abilities. Because of its trade and commercial impor tance and as seat of t he federa l gover n ment, t he Chesapeake Bay region was a vital economic and political hub. The beating heart of an upstart nation, it was here that the British threw up blockades as well as directed their attacks on both land and sea. B e t w e e n Fe br u a r y 181 3 a nd March 1815, the British not only enforced an effective naval blockade of the Chesapeake Bay, the Royal Navy dominated its entire length from Norfolk, Va., to the mouth of the Susquehanna River where they seized ships, impressed thousands of US citizens into naval service and raided towns on both shores. (Two bat t les, seven sk ir mishes and at least 14 raids were inf licted

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other was even more reason for the British to focus on the Chesapeake, which they had long regarded as a “damnable nest of pirates.” But any talk of the nimble topsail schooners called Baltimore Clippers must invariably lead to one man ~ Captain Thomas Boyle, and to one ship ~ the Chasseur. Boyle, who moved from his Massachusetts birthplace to Baltimore as a teenager, was a fighting seaman of the first order. At age 11 he went to sea, and before celebrating his 17th birthday he assumed his first command. He cut a fine figure at the helm of his ships, whose crews he rallied by means of his overf lowing confidence, Irish humor and so much pluck that he often f lew a flag reading “Catch me if you can” when in sight of the Royal Navy. The Chasseur was built by Thomas Kemp, a young Quaker shipwright, at his Fells Point shipyard near Baltimore and launched in 1812. Kemp, who originally hailed from St. Michaels, demonstrated a particular genius for building fast and agile ships and is credited with

on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. St. Michaels was famously attacked twice.) And just for good measure, they plundered plantations and torched tobacco stores before expropriating goods they needed in a two-year campaign of terror and destruction. As a result, the Chesapeake Bay area sustained more enemy raids, property losses and economic damage than any other region in the War of 1812. Its devastating losses would have been even more severe, and indeed the very outcome of the war might have been quite different, had it not been for privateers ~ which is where t he fa mous Ba lt imore Clipper ships come in. These were essentially the fastest and most m a ne u v e r a ble me r c h a nt s h ip s rea r med for nava l wa r fa re a nd driven hard for all the speed that was in them. The fact that most of the clipper ships were built near Baltimore, then A merica’s third largest city, and that more privateers sailed from that port than any

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him to a grateful nation that would forever after hail his ship as “The Pride of Baltimore.” It was deep into the July swelter of 1814 when Captain Boyle, propelled by his native courage, an appetite for action and a full sail of wind, slipped through the British blockade like a phantom setting course for the British Isles via the Grand Banks. His trusty sea stallion was the 356-ton topsail schooner Chasseur that he aimed straight at the heart of England. Over the course of this extended voyage he not only seized 18 prizes, he haunted their coasts, preyed on ships and taunted their officials. In so doing he delivered a stinging rebuke to King George III by way

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Swashbucklers of the Bay of a c apt ured Br itish merchant ship released just for that purpose. Boyle’s written proclamation, which was posted on the door of Lloyd’s of London, sent the English merchant shipping community into a state of panic, caused insurance rates to soar and forced the Royal Navy to recall 17 war ships from stations in the Chesapeake Bay in order to protect British commercial interests. It read partly as follows: ...By virtue of the power and authority in me vested and possessing sufficient force, I do hear-by declare all the ports, harbors, creeks, rivers, inlets, outlets, islands, and seacoast of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in a state of strict and rigorous blockade. And I do further declare that I consider the force under my command adequate to maintain strictly, rigorously, and effectively the said blockade. Boyle’s proclamation went on to require all officers under his command to strictly adhere to his orders by enforcing the blockade. He also publicly warned and forbade vessels of every nation from attempting to enter or exit. Boyle knew a thing or two about how to make a world power snap to and pay attention because the King, Princes and Lords, not to mention the insurance men with Lloyds of London, had no way of knowing for certain whether these were the

The original Pride of Baltimore was designed by Thomas Kemp and launched on December 12, 1812. She was one of the fastest sailing ships of all time. Under the command of Capt. William Wade, she captured eleven enemy vessels and under Thomas Boyle, her next commander, twenty three. Her legacy continues in the reconstructed Pride of Baltimore II. ravings of a mad man or the warning shot across the bow from a determined and powerful foe who seemed to have half the empire lined up for destruction. At one point the British Admiralty dispatched six men-ofwar in a fruitless chase that lasted for months. A s Aeschylus noted 2,400 years ago, the first casualty of war is the truth. But true or not, Boyle’s proclamation was without question one of the most audacious acts in the history of armed conflict between nations. Upon her t r iu mpha nt ret u r n to Baltimore, Hezekiah Niles, the founding editor of the Niles Register, then the newspaper of record 68

for much of the United States as well as a daily reading requirement for the likes of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Andrew Jackson, saluted Chasseur as “The Spirit of Baltimore” ~ a label that would st a nd t he te st of t i me. “She i s perhaps the most beautiful vessel that ever f loated in the ocean and one of the fastest besides. Looking upon her, you may easily figure to yourself that she is about to rise out of the water and f ly in the air,” he wrote of her. Off the coast of Havana in 1815, a nd onc e a ga i n at t he hel m of Chasseur, Boyle encountered St. Lawrence ~ a Royal Navy Schooner. Chasseur could have easily outrun her foe, but this time Boyle stood up to the English war ship and shot her to pieces in less than twenty minutes. Ever the gentleman, he provided his English prisoners with not only humane treatment, but the utmost courtesy throughout their captivity aboard his ship. When he died at sea in 1825, he had fathered five daughters and one son. At one point in his life he lived next to Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the flag that f lew over Ft. McHenry during the British bombardment. So wide was his renown that his death made the obituary columns of many of the nation’s major papers. One of those, Philadelphia’s U.S. Gazette, wrote: “Captain Boyle was one of the most respected shipmasters ever to sail from the port of Baltimore.

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the frustrations of “the daring one who got away.” To the bitter end they chased but never caught Thomas Boyle and his Pride of Baltimore, at the top of whose mast streamed the maddening flag that mocked the world’s greatest sovereign power: “Catch me if you can.”

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Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions, salt and pepper. Sauté until the tomatoes and onion soften, about four minutes. Remove from heat. Fill a wide shallow pan with 2 to 3 inches of water and bring to a gentle simmer. Meanwhile, toast each tortilla on a bare skillet over high heat until heated through with some charring, about 15 seconds per side, or place them in a 400˚ oven for 4 minutes. Put the warm tortillas on plates. Spoon 1 tablespoon of salsa and 1 tablespoon of guacamole on each tortilla and spread to cover, leaving a 1-inch border. Divide the vegetable mixture over the salsa and guacamole. Add the lemon juice to the barely simmering water. With a wooden spoon, stir the water briskly to create a vortex in the middle of the pan. Crack an egg and break it directly into the center of the vortex. Stir the water gently again around the outside of the egg to help the white fold up around itself. Cook until the white is just set and the yolk is still very soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the egg from the water and dab on a towel to remove excess water before moving it to one of the wraps.

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Repeat this process with the remaining eggs. Slit the yolks and press on the eggs a bit so the yolks begin to run. This will make them easier to eat. Fold up the bottom of each tortilla and then fold in the sides, leaving the wraps open at the top.

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Trim the ends of the wrap with a serrated knife and then cut into one-inch slices, or larger if you like, up to 6 inches in length. Place the slices on a platter and serve immediately. You can also store the wrap, unsliced, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

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ASIAN LETTUCE WRAPS 2 t. vegetable oil 1 lb. ground beef 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated 2 scallions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 T. soy sauce 1 t. red pepper flakes 1/4 cup hoisin sauce 1/4 cup chopped peanuts Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated, cleaned and dried

Lay the wraps out on your work surface. Divide the chicken breast slices evenly among the wrappers. Spread each with 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Spoon a little salsa and fresh cilantro on each, then roll up. Microwave the wraps on high just until the cheese has melted, about 30 seconds. Once cooled, cut the wraps into thirds on a di-

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etables on top of one another atop the wrap. On two opposite sides, fold the wrap over 1/2 of an inch. Roll up one of the unfolded sides tightly to the end. Cut each wrap on a bias and serve.

GRILLED VEGETABLE HUMMUS WRAPS 1 red bell pepper, halved, seeded and deveined 1 green bell pepper, halved, seeded and deveined 1 medium eggplant, sliced into 1/4inch slices 1 red onion, sliced 1 zucchini, cut into lengthwise slices 4 mushrooms, wiped clean 1/4 cup olive oil 3 T. balsamic vinegar 1 cup store-bought hummus Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 4 flour tortillas of any f lavor

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Heat a grill or broiler to high heat. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the vegetables. Grill each of the vegetables until crisp tender, turning frequently so they don’t burn. Slice the bell peppers and mushrooms into thin slices. Spread a nice layer of hummus on each tortilla. Lay the sliced veg78

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and Parmesan to a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and mix well. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake until light golden brown, about 15 minutes. While the croutons are baking, mix together the Caesar dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside. To assemble the wraps, divide all ingredients evenly among the wraps. Fold up the bottom of each tortilla and then fold in the sides, leaving the wraps open at the top. STRAWBERRY-MASCARPONE WRAP with CHOCOLATE SAUCE Chocolate dipping sauce

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February - The Shortest Month The good news about February is that it’s the shortest month, and the promise of spring is just around the corner. If you can motivate yourself, there are some gardening activities that can be done inside and out on some of those milder February days. If you didn’t get to it earlier, you can prune hybrid tea roses now, removing old canes and lowering the plants to a height of 12 to 15 inches. Apply a drop of white glue or place a thumb tack at the end of the freshly cut canes to prevent borers from laying their eggs on the cut. This is a good time to apply a dormant spray of lime-sulfur and dormant oil before active growth appears. Make sure you clean the cut canes out of the rose bed. Discard old foliage and remove the old mulch that has weeds. Re-apply a fresh layer of mulch to the rose beds. Another outside activity is to prune your clumps of ornamen-

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and varieties so your garden won’t be ready for a full harvest when you are not at home. The other alternative is to invite family and friends to harvest your garden while you are gone. Check out the garden seed catalogs that you have received in the mail, and the companies websites, for new and interesting varieties that are available for your area. Put in your orders soon. I have found over the years that while the garden centers, big box stores, and other retailers carry a selection of vegetable varieties, they are usually the standard ones. If you want to grow something different, you

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Growing your own transplants can be a lot of fun. six weeks ahead of the expected planting date in the garden. This is early enough for the fast-growing species such as cabbage and broccoli. Eight weeks allows enough time for the slow-growing types such as tomatoes and peppers, especially since you need to wait to set these

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

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



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Easton Points of Interest 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit granite. 9. TALBOT HISTORICAL SOCIET Y - Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773 or visit www.hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the

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

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Easton Points of Interest Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcf l.org. 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early






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


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


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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. parsonage-inn.com. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or www.thecrabclaw.com. 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit www.patriotcruises.com or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when 120


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 www.victorianainn.com. 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit www.hambletoninn.com. 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665. The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. www.snuggery1665.com. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors

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would come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org. 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 office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit www.twoswaninn.com. 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out� and 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 can123

St. Michaels Points of Interest nonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. TOWN DOCK RESTAURANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. For more info. visit www.towndockrestaurant.com. 25. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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 www.kemphouseinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing flour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www. harbourinn.com. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on S. Talbot St. across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.

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


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 www.robertmorrisinn.com. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure.

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

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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 137



by Gary D. Crawford I’ve been fond of trains ever since I rode one, alone, from Dayton, Ohio, to my grandparents in Cleveland when I was five years of age. That fostered an interest in model trains, and I had a fine Lionel set that I was mighty attached to. It came as a Christmas present when I was 8 years old, though my dad, always a kidder, made me work for it.

L i k e R a lph i e , t h at k id i n A C hr i s t ma s S tor y, I w a s r e a l ly hoping ~ nay, ex pecting ~ t hat Santa would hear my heartfelt need that Christmas. I had even written to him about it. But Chr istmas morning didn’t begin well. I could tell almost at f irst glance there was no train set for me under the tree. No box was the right shape

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Railroading up and took it dow n. “What’s it say?” asked Dad, off-handedly. I ripped it open and read the card aloud. “Gosh, listen to this. It says, ‘Dear Gary. This is Clue #1. Clue #2 is in the piano bench. Merr y Christmas, Santa.’” I looked up, stunned. “Wow!” Sure enough, Clue #2 was right there on a stack of Mom’s piano music. On and on I went ~ racing in one room and out another, down into the basement, out onto the porch, around the back steps, then inside again, upstairs to my own room! There on my dresser was Clue #12. “Gary. I couldn’t get it down the chimney, so Clue #13 is

in the attic. Sorr y. Santa Clause.” Frantically, I cried out for help. Mom and Dad came up. “What’s t he mat ter?” my mot her asked. “Help me get the attic stairs pulled down Please, please?” I must have been hopping w it h excitement. Dad gr umbled something about all the bother, but he then he went into the hallway, reached up for the cord, pulled the trapdoor down and unfolded the ladder. “OK, there you go.” I jumped for the ladder, climbing ha nd over ha nd, unt il I f ina lly popped my head up through the hatchway. And there she was, laid out on the floor ~ a beautiful Lionel model train, a fine 2-6-4 engine with her



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headlight lit and puffing smoke, chugging around with her tender, four cars, and a red caboose! It was perfect. That Santa! What a guy. The point here is that I’ve been fond of trains for quite some time. Not a collector or train junkie, mind you, but I do enjoy seeing handsome model train sets moving through well-crafted scener y with clever features. Fortunately, there’s a fine one here in our area. Tw o y e a r s a go I v i s i t e d t he “Fe s t iv a l of Tr a i n s,” a ter r i f ic display set up each December over on Kent Isla nd in one of t hose big vacant outlet stores just over t he K ent Na r r ow s Br id ge. T he Festival is co-sponsored by the Museum of Eastern Shore Life and

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the Queen Anne’s Railroad Society. When MESL president John Harper invited us to attend the pre-opening celebration last year, I jumped at the chance. Once again, the show was great: dozens of trains of various gauges, huge layouts, ingenious stuff, and nice folks. They have a great train turntable built by John. He also has a knack for capturing photos of wonderfully dramatic night scenes. Here a re t h ree: a dozen t ra i ns waiting to get onto that turntable, a night diesel, and a 1950s snack bar at the Stardust Drive-In movie theater, all packed with cars.

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Railroading One guy, Carl Hedges, managed to get a tiny little train set ~ plus a miniature village called “Egg Flats” ~ all stuffed into a frying pan! (He said he did it for the Delmar va Chicken Festival.) Strolling along, I admired a charming school and playg round. W hat c aug ht my attention was that the teensy little kids were swinging gaily back and forth ~ but how? “Um, John?” I asked. “Magnets underneath,” he grinned.

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The route map. to have real train sets. Two lines ran right across the peninsula, east and west. The one from Chestertown went through Centreville and all the way to Rehoboth. Other lines ran north and south, interconnecting all. Two brot her s na me d Ba r r ie, Ph i ladelph i a l aw yer s a nd av id yachters, wrote a book in 1909 about their cruises on the Chesapeake. One day at Oxford, they went ashore “for ice and telegrams.” There they received a message f rom Philly requiring one of them to return to the office, pronto. He got his gear, hopped the train to Easton, took another to Clayton, DE, where he to ok a nor t hbou nd t r a i n to Wilmington. Within hours, he was back in Philadelphia.

What fun that would be today! The other east-west line went between Claiborne and Ocean City. Think of that! You could go aboard a steamboat in Baltimore, cross the Bay in style, land at Claiborne, stroll across the platform onto a train, settle back and walk out onto the beach in O.C. a few hours later. The jetty where the steamboats docked and this rail line began still exists, though it has eroded badly. The railroad itself is gone entirely. Well, almost. You can just see… At this point I must offer a word of caution, Gentle Reader. You are at risk of being drawn into a little pastime that can squander gobs of your time. I refer to trying to locate the almost lost railways of


Railroading Delmarva. There are traces of rail lines here and there, and it is fun to look for them. I wondered, for example, how the track ran from Claiborne out to the road we now know as Route 33. With such f lat terrain, it could have gone almost anywhere and we might not be able to spot any indications of it today. When I mentioned this to Capt. S t a n le y L a r r i mor e , he s a id he remembered how it ran and offered to show me. We pi le d i nto h i s Mercur y, drove up to McDaniel, and turned down the Old Claiborne Road. He said the old St. MichaelsTilghman Road (let’s just call it “33”) made a big loop to the north

at that point, going around two sides of a triangle. Here’s that odd triangle, with old “33” shown in blue. A dirt track (brown) running along the bottom of the triangle could be used as a shortcut if you were young or in a hurry. The road from Claiborne (shown here in red) came into “33” just at the apex of the triangle and ended there. In later years, when “33” was straightened out, here and t here, t hey lopped of f t hat triangular loop and paved the dirt road. One side of the triangle then became “Old Claiborne Road” and the other “New Claiborne Road.” As we pulled up to this spot, now a four-way intersection, Capt. Stanley came to a stop. “That hump just

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ahead is where the track crossed,” he said, “just where old ‘33’ bent around to the right to run up to St. Michaels.” Hills are pretty rare in Delmarva, so once he pointed it out, even I could see it. (I’ve added yellow to show where the tracks ran.) A f ter le av i ng C l a i b or ne a nd crossing “33,” where did the rail line go next? Well, to the first stop, of course. Just t wo mi les f rom Claiborne was McDaniel Station, the first of no fewer than 25 stations between Claiborne and Ocean City.

A complete station list appears at the end of this article.* McDaniel Station served more than the village there, then known as McDanieltown. It also was the jumping- of f point for ever yone going anywhere in Bay Hundred ~ to Wade’s Point, Wittman, Poplar Island, Sherwood, and the several villages on Tilghman’s Island. All of these places had guest houses and accommodations for fishing and hunting parties. Families f leeing the heat of the cities spent weeks here, their husbands joining them on weekends. They came by ferry to Claiborne, switched to the train and hopped off again a few minutes later at McDaniel Station. (Locals traveled, too, of course.)

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McDaniel Station. McDaniel Station was planted between the railroad tracks and “3 3” ju s t a fe w hu nd r e d y a rd s N W of t he present Chesapea ke Landing restaurant. This grainy but fascinating photo from 1905 shows a crowd standing on the platform on the far side of the station, while others and their carriages wait in the parking lot. (It looks like the train is due any moment.) From there, the rail line and the road ran together until the road veered away near where is now an electrical substation. The train went st ra ig ht for St. Michaels, passing through a few blocks south of the main street, where the town’s nature trail now runs. From there the rail line went alongside “33” to Roya l Oa k, where it crossed Oa k C re ek on a t re st le br idge. It boasted this spectacular little drawbridge, complete with winch a nd c ou nte r w e i g ht . T he r oute onward is pretty obvious and easy to follow ~ until you get to Easton. And that is another matter entirely. Capt. Stanley remembers there wa s a ra i lroad br idge ~ over

The Oak Creek trestle bridge. Washington Street! See if you can spot where that was. I’ve given you fair warning, remember. This could get to be fun. *The 27 stations that were on the Claiborne-Ocean City line were: Claiborne, McDaniel, St. Michaels, Royal Oak, Kirkham, Bloomfield, E a ston, [crossed t he Chopt a n k River south of the Dover Bridge], Bethlehem, Preston, Linchester, Ellwood, Hurlock, R hodesda le, Reads Grove, and Vienna. A f ter crossing t he Na nt ic oke it went on to Mardela Springs, Hebron, Rockawalkin, Salisbury, Walstons, Parsonburg, Pittsville, Willards, Whaleyville, St. Martin’s, Berlin, and finally, Ocean City. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on 4. Tilghman’s Island.


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The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 246 pp. Paperback $14.95. A my Rowland’s f irst novel is based on her four years as a transcriptionist in a lone room on the 13th floor of The New York Times. It took some time before she was motivated to write it. “I wasn’t able to write it for a long time,” she says. “My time ticked by, and I was aware that I was witnessing the end of something at an immediate level, the end of a department (the transcription room closed in 2007, a few years after she left) and at a larger level, the decline of newspapers and the turbulent transition to a web-based news world.” The book will be chocolate cake for anyone who has worked in a newsroom, but just as fascinating to readers who haven’t. This is a novel, mind you ~ not the Times or the Star Democrat. It is set in a fictional cosmopolitan newspaper. The Record is fiction, with no attempt to indicate it’s the Times, the author makes clear. Even in the Star-Dem’s glor y

days, we never had the need for a desk that collected reporters’ stories on tape, directly from all over the world ~ political, economic, medicine, crime and obituaries ~ every day. We had a rattling AP teletype in the Star-Dem newsroom to collect news from places as distant as Crapo and Hurlock (just kidding),


Tidewater Review ready to go on the page. Our foreign reporters were nonexistent. Four women are on the transcription staff at The Record, one at a time, so the job is mostly solitary. Occasionally, a newsroom reporter takes the ancient elevator with a rush stor y to be transcribed on deadline, but most of Lena’s work comes via the telephone line. Recorded material comes in, or is dictated by reporters on the scene of the news. Lena is an excellent typist, and break ing stor ies require speed. Under her headset, the stories f ly from her ears to her fingers. There are occasional slow days when she

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with the story, and although Lena puzzles to think where they had met, she soon recognizes the face as the woman on the bus. Lena watches for days, but no obituary appears in the Record. She embarks on a search to find the grave of her bus companion. Her admiration of the courage of the lion’s victim haunts her. Lena’s isolation from the daily activity and pressure of the newsroom doesn’t provoke boredom. Once in a while she meets a group of writers for a drink at the end of the day, and dates one or two for short friendships. The difference

between her job and theirs is usually a gap not worth closing. Lena is a calm and intelligent girl. Essentially she’s a reporter who observes it all, but may save her observations for a book in the future. She’s very subtle at recognizing the sly pushers who strut their ratings, the ones who f lout the rules, cut the corners of truth, who have no goal except fame and celebrity. Women can be just as devious as men, Lena realizes. When she balks at sending a pushy female’s story with a false foreign dateline for a piece that Lena knows was produced that day in New York, all hell hits

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Tidewater Review the fan. Lena decides to send it as is, just as the writer demands, and lets the error be revealed. As Lena knew would happen, the Record’s integrity is smeared. Lena’s out of a job, and so is the liar. Rowland’s prose is more than capable. It’s lovely. Her characters come to life on the page. Rowland is also great at “the twist,” the revelation that the reader doesn’t see coming. She cleverly saves the best for last. Every page is a trip on a captivating path by a rare talent. The author brings believable compassion. She conveys the smell of a huge city with its stars and its quiet drones.

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Disparate Voices A Critical Analysis of Sue Ellen Thompson’s

They by Harold O. Wilson Aunt Connie asked if I cut my hair this way on purpose ~ she’s hilarious. ~ Thomasin Parnes Sue Ellen Thompson’s They is uncommon for a book of poetry in that it distributes postcards written by her adult child, Thomasin, among finely crafted poems. By collecting and curating these postcards, the author tells a story with this book that lies beyond the capacity of poetry alone to capture. What is that story? What is Thompson wishing to tell us by crafting a narrative that speaks through two disparate voices? In narrative verse, Thompson struggles with the growing awareness that her daughter is not what she expected when the nurse placed the glowing package in her arms. “How could I know my child would be / something I’d not yet heard of, never seen?” This is the voice of the poet, describing, analyzing, and reflecting on her relationship with her daughter. It is true that all Thompson’s work in this book explores personal family relationships, but the intensity of the poems about her daughter takes us to a new place. Her

placement of the poems describes an arc that slowly reveals the poet’s awareness that her daughter is transgender. Her little girl sees, feels, and knows herself not to be a “she” or a “he,” but a “they,” even though the “they” manifests itself primarily as male. This poetry challenges our own gender security by placing us in a world where the old rules no longer apply and a new appreciation of gender identity is demanded. In “Anniversary,” we are at the celebration table with the poet and her husband as they unfold their daughter’s four-page, singlespaced letter confirming what they did not want to know: the letter whose secrets would require that we begin from birth again to know our only child. There is no bitterness in Thompson’s poetry; there is no rancor and there is no denial. She plays the cards she has been dealt. The book begins with a note of confu-


Disparate Voices sion and then slowly morphs into an attitude of longing: not a desire that the cards be shuffled and redealt, but that somehow a mother might reconnect with this child who is so different and so distant; whose words to her mother are so often “bitten off.” One can’t help but feel that this book represents an attempt to make this connection. An effort to define her child in a way that will enable the author to find some common ground; common ground on which to build an understanding with her child who is neither her son nor her daughter. In “Flood Zone,” water rising from an “adolescent rain” covers

the driveway and seeps into the garage where it threatens cardboard storage boxes and the trunk where Thomasin has stored items from her childhood. The poet opens the trunk to find: a few CDs, some photo albums, and in between these, the miniature pair of work boots she picked out herself when she turned five. The flood continues to rise in me as I gaze out over the broad, flat reach of this unnamed body of water. This rising flood of unnamed recognition offers more than a hint that common ground is going to be

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Disparate Voices hard to come by. Perhaps if a gender declaration was possible and Thomasin could confirm herself as a “he” or a “she,” the task might be easier, but a “they” significantly complicates the quest. How do I identify you, how do I call you, since “they,” for a singular entity, does not easily roll off the American tongue like it might a British? For that, Thomasin has no answer. A congruence of male and female genders has issued in a “they,” and she can be no other. She has named the unnamed body of water rising in her mother and cannot change who she is to stem its rise. This is made clear toward the end of the title poem, “They”: …Since neither “he” nor “she” is accurate, I should refer to her as “they.” Whether or not I’m okay with this is irrelevant. If I want to see her more than once a year, I may well begin by unlearning the rule of noun-pronoun agreement. In this school, I am the student; she, the teacher. They. In spite of this admonition, Thompson makes a difficult choice and does not choose to use the term “they” in the book. She refers to her child as her daughter and as a “she.”

Perhaps, in this choice, the author betrays an unintended prejudice or a discernible stubbornness by placing a grammatical obstacle on the path to a common understanding. But Thompson is nothing if not gutsy, and by choosing to refer to Thomasin as her daughter, has in a way declared her own independence. “At the Kitchen Window” ends with a silence that could fill a library shelf of books on personal strength. Thompson tells us that her father would sit with Thomasin on the porch in the evening and answer all her questions without saying a word about her tattoos, piercings and triangle of hair shaved off. That is, except one morning at the kitchen window when, watching her in the yard pitch windfall apples into the woods, he said: “If I didn’t know differently, I’d think she was a boy.” I poured some coffee I didn’t want or need into a mug as slowly as I could and then some milk, and stirred. I waited for that thought, and the mood it cast over me, to settle without a word. One would have to believe that with the publication of this slim volume, Thompson has broken her silence. That word is now spoken. And even if all we had were these poems, the poet’s voice defining


Thomasin and their difficult relationship, that would be enough. But there are these postcards. Single minded in content and addressed only to the grandfather, they are non-reflective and offer no comment on the relationship of the daughter to the mother. They stand alone, isolated among the poems like individual poppies sprung up in a well-manicured field of clover. The over whel m ing tone of Thompson’s poems expresses an attitude of longing, and the postcards capture the object of that longing. Their purpose appears to be to give voice to the relationship Thomasin had with her grandfather and to celebrate that relationship. This is made clear in the poem “Postcards.”

Thompson would find the cards to her father on the nightstand when she visited him. She tells us that they were the only way she had of knowing what her daughter was up to during the years her phone calls dwindled to almost nothing. The cards would be signed, “Thinking of you, Pop.” From these cards, the poet tells us she was under no illusion “which shelf he occupied / in the library of her affections.” “And how did that make you, her mother, feel?” a shrink would no doubt ask, and I would have to answer that it made me happy—happier, I think, than if those cards had been addressed


Disparate Voices to me. Here was a man who’d waited 19 years for a grandson, who had kept his wishes silent as six granddaughters were born. Here was a man who liked to spend a summer day fishing lazily along the Merrimack, winter weekends stacking cordwood, and here was a child who wanted to be at his side, doing what he did. They seemed to have an understanding: she would give him all the love that she could spare

for generations preceding her own and in return, he’d never say a word about her tattoos or her piercings or her boyish haircut, or ask her why she hid her breasts and let her mustache show. He would simply think of her as the grandson he’d been waiting for, and she would always think of him as the man she wanted to be like when she was old and had no grandson of her own. The understanding between Thomasin and her grandfather expresses in this poem a rapprochement that harmonizes their rela-

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tionship and allows for a give and take that implies acceptance. It indicates a mutual need and the ability of the other to satisfy that need. “Understanding” is a word well-chosen in the poem and perhaps might serve to define the relationship with her daughter the poet desires. So what, then, is the basis for this rapprochement, this understanding between Thomasin and her grandfather? Clearly Thomasin is comfortable with her grandfather, confident that he accepts her free of judgment. She will get no surprises from this grandfather. Rapprochement implies a common need: so what is the common need to be met in this relationship? The poet tells us it is her father’s desire for a grandson, and Thomasin fills this need. He embraces her unequivocally, and she has the confidence to enter that embrace. So what need, then, does Thomasin bring to their relationship? In the beautiful and moving poem “My Daughter Visits Her Grandfather During His final Illness” the poet intimates that Thomasin’s need is the affirmation she received from her grandfather. The poem suggests it was not an acceptance he expressed but one that he lived, one that Thomasin could feel. He keeps asking me when is she coming, when will she be here and I keep saying she’s on her way

from Philadelphia, probably in Connecticut now, in Manchester, barely a half-hour away, and there she is at the door. He doesn’t see what I see: a girl-boy, woman-man with a sparse mustache, with a chest made flat, with thrift-shop pants hanging off her ass. He sees his grandchild, who climbs in his bed and reads him his get-well cards and newspaper headlines, spooning egg into his neartoothless mouth, patting down the thin hair that the pillow pushed up, telling him easily and repeatedly what she hasn’t told me in years. There are no demands from Thomasin’s grandfather. Only that she be there. And this is perhaps Thomasin’s need: the freedom to talk and talk with the man she wants to be like: its reward, a silent affirmation. So one role the postcards play in this story is to sharpen the focus on the object of the poet’s longing. They are here to say, this is the relationship I want to have with my daughter. This is the voice I want to hear from my child. But might not the reader see it as an idealized relationship? One could argue that the insertion of this organized and curated


Disparate Voices group of stand-alone postcards in a book of finely crafted poems is simply another way for the author to confine her daughter to a single definition. Their placement, in isolation from any contextual word from Thomasin herself or her own perception of her relationship with her mother, separates Thomasin from the postcards, thereby reflecting the poet’s way of projecting a desired relationship with her daughter. This might be a compelling argument if the postcards were insouciant, but like the poems, they too are finely crafted. Carefully written, they are self-contained gems of expression that carry a literary weight of their own. In the poem “Postcards,” cited above, Thompson describes them as “row / after row of miniscule block letters / pausing patiently before the fenced-off plot / she’d set aside for sheltering his name….” The honesty and richness of these postcards, in style and content, overrides any conscious or unconscious control the poet might have exercised in their selection. Each card expresses an independent personality with its own unique and powerful voice. Postcard: Lakota Wolf Preserve, Columbia, NJ

away with some friends to the Delaware Water Gap, two hours north of Philly. We floated down the river in tubes all afternoon, camped for the night, then got up early for a “wolf watch” at a place nearby where 25 timber, tundra and arctic wolves now live. There were bobcats, who’d been someone’s pets, and two red foxes. All were either born in captivity or rescued from roadside attractions, so they weren’t afraid of humans. I was thinking about that cougar you once spotted in New Hampshire. Next time you see him, tell him there’s a home for him here in New Jersey ~ isn’t that where you spent your “wild youth?” I miss our early morning walks. Love, Thomasin. Immediately, we are surprised to hear a voice that doesn’t fit the daughter described in the poems. This is not the Thomasin we expected. Here is a person, full and complete in her own right: a person apparently comfortable in her own skin. The insecurity, defiance and bitterness we might expect do not exist. This voice is warm, caring, full of life and confident in itself. Open and free flowing, one does not find a nervous need for control or a reticence of expression. Postcard: Vintage Philadelphia

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iting last week with you and your two sisters ~ Anissa and I spent the whole ride home talking about how much fun it was hanging out with people in their 80s. Aunt Ruthie pinched Anissa’s arm and said it felt like it was made of rubber ~ guess there aren’t too many young people where she lives ~ and Aunt Connie asked if I cut my hair this way on purpose—she’s hilarious. Anyway, after listening to so many friends’ post-holiday complaints about their cold, offensive, older relatives, I feel particularly grateful that I have such energetic, charming ones! Stay warm and eat some vegetables. Love, Thomasin.

It is clear from the tone of the cards that Thompson has also placed them in the book to celebrate her daughter. In contrast to the difficult relationship expressed in the poems, Thompson is saying, this, this also is my daughter. Any grandfather worth his salt would walk through fire twice to have a grandchild like Thomasin. It wouldn’t matter her gender, the tattoos or piercings she displayed, or how oddly her hair was cut or her head shaved. In each card, she reaches out to her grandfather and takes him in. And even though the postcards might appear to be about herself, they are all, in fact, about him and for him. In every card she makes him a part of her experience.

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Disparate Voices In the last poem in the book, “Inheritance,” Thomasin’s grandfather has died and she is offered anything she wants to take from his house. What does she take? She takes items that are incredibly personal: yellowed handkerchiefs, a leather belt, the pajama bottoms he wore at his death, and finally a button that said, “I flew a B-24.” They are items of no commercial value and might well have found their way to the Goodwill box if not for Thomasin. But we can imagine from the poem that these items are of inestimable value because they carried the intimate imprint of her grandfather. So these are the two voices Sue Ellen Thompson offers us in her book They. One speaks to us of confusion and longing through the medium of poetry; the other exhibits a fully independent personality speaking through small pieces of paper sent through the mail. What story, then, is the author telling us with these two disparate voices? The dynamics of family relationships are terribly complex and almost impossible to figure out, even for the members involved. The story Thompson is telling us with this mix of poems and postcards is fairly straightforward, however: it is that of a woman longing to have a relationship with her daughter similar to the one she sees in the postcards. But the voices she offers us are disparate. We can see that they address the

wrong people. The voice of the poet speaks to us of a daughter who tells her mother little and seldom visits. The open, embracing voice offered of the daughter in the postcards is reserved for a grandfather who is now dead. We are optimists, however, and believe that something more than détente between a gifted mother and daughter is possible. But Thompson’s book ends with no reconciliation, no rapprochement, no understanding established. And perhaps that’s because we have only the poet’s perspective; Thomasin does not engage in the relationship with her mother. In the postcards it is never mentioned. If there are cards from Thomasin that speak of her relationship with her mother, we are not privy to them. What the author has given us are two independent, unrelated voices speaking past each other. The common element, however, the common ground that stands starkly before the reader’s eyes, is the grandfather. It is in this man ~ so dear to both mother and daughter, whose life and death are spread lovingly through the poems and postcards ~ we place our confidence.

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Thru March 1 Exhibit: Bill Viola ~ The Dreamers at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Bill Viola is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. Curator Tour on February 24 at


February Calendar noon. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 5 After School Art Club for grades 4-7 with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. $125 members, $135 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 8 Exhibit: Ellen Hill ~ Life Lines at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 27 Home School Art Classes with Constance Del Nero for ages 6 to 9 and Susan Horsey for ages 10+ at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $165 members, $175 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. Thru April 5 Exhibit: Africa Now! Sub-Saharan Artwork from the World Bank at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Curator Tour on February 24 at noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org.

Thru April 12 Exhibit: The Art of Greg Mort ~ Selections from the Hickman Bequest III at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28,1 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 2 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels to feature Professor Dale Glenwood Green on The Hill Community: Centuries of Life, History and Culture. Noon. The Hill Community is a ref lection on faith, family, finance, friendship and freedom. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www. tcfl.org.





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February Calendar 2 Brown Bag Dinner with Lady Macbeth! at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 5:30 p.m. Free screening of Roman Polanski’s Macbeth. Bring your dinner and the library will supply refreshments. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. tcfl.org. 2 Field Trip for GrownUps at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. Explore the Academy Art Museum in a hands-on way. $10. For more info. tel: 410 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. academyartmuseum.org. 2 Lecture: Peter Garfield to speak at the Tidewater Camera Club me et i ng at t he Ta lb ot C ommunity Center, Easton. 7 p.m. Garfield’s lecture is Taking the Wrong Road to Success. He will illustrate the process of pursuing thematic photographic ideas and showing his personal work to illustrate his lecture. Free and

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3 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Book Club ~ Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being with Margot Miller at the Talbot Senior Center Conference Room, Easton. (Session 3 of 3) 1 to 3 p.m. For enrollment details tel: 410-745-4941. 3 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Lawn Gone ~ How to Create Attractive, Sustainable Landscaping for Your Property with Julie Lowe in the Van Lennep Auditorium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 2 to 3:30 p.m. For enrollment details tel: 410-745-4941. 3,17 Grief Support Group at the D or c he s ter C ou nt y L i br a r y, Cambridge. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 3-March 27 Exhibit: 2015 Art Competition ~ Discovering the Nat ive L a nd sc ape s of Ma r yland’s Eastern Shore on display at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Reception on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org. 3 , 5 ,10,1 2 ,17,19 , 2 4 , 2 6 Adu lt Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and Thursday nights. For more info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit www. dancingontheshore.com.


4 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org. 4 Storytime at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. for children under 5 accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org.

“Samothracae,” a wooden sculpture by Jack Elliott of Ithaca, NY, was awarded first prize in Adkins Arboretum’s Art Competition ~ Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore last year. 3,6,10,13,17,20,24,27 Free Blood P r e s su r e S c r e en i ng f r om 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliar y members. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511. 3-March 24 Class: Building with Watercolor with Heather Crow at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. $220 members, $250 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org.

4 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800-477-6291 or visit www. nar-anon.org. 4,11,18,25 Social Time for Seniors at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 4 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Meet the Co-Author ~ Ron Lesher, Stamps Tell Stories in t he Van L ennep Auditor ium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. to noon. For enrollment details tel: 410-745-4941. 4 Reik i Share at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit www.evergreeneaston.org.


February Calendar 4 ,11,18,25 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. For more info. visit www. wednesdaymorningartists.com or contact Nancy at ncsnyder@ aol.com or 410-463-0148. 4-March 25 Discover Your World with Books, Art and Science at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for ages 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 5,12,19,26 Dog Walking with Vicki A r ion at Ad k ins A rboret um, R idgely. 10 to 10:45 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org.

5 Concert: Jake Schepps Quintet in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 5,11,24 Shipw recked! Speaker Series at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The three-part series will have experts in the field sharing and e x plor i ng Che s ap e a ke Bay ’s stories of sunken vessels, from Baltimore’s privateers to salvaged skipjacks and other vessels around the Bay. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Seating is limited, w ith advanced registration required. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941, visit www.cbmm.org or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org.

5 Stitch and Chat at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Bring your own projects and stitch with a group. Limited instruction available. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 5 Field Trip for GrownUps at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Explore the Academy Art Museum in a handson way. $10. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org.

Monterrey Shipwreck 5,12,19,26 Open Mic & Jam at R AR Brewing in Cambridge. 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or


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5,12,19,26 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit www.evergreeneaston.org. 6 Spaghetti Dinner at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. All you can eat from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Adults $10, children 5-12 $5, under 4 free, family package (2 adults and 2 children under 12) $25. For more info. tel: 410-228-4640.

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February Calendar 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 our local artists. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Joe’s Bagel Cafe in Easton. 8 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-673-1860 or visit www. FridayMorningArtists.org. 6,13,20,27 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. 6,20 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #2 43 . 9 a .m. I n for m at ion a l meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 7 The bicentennial celebration of the last battle of the War of 1812 to be fought on the Chesapeake Bay ~ The Battle of the Ice Mound. The ceremony will be held at the Taylor’s Island Volunteer Fire Company with a reenactment to follow. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. with the battle reenactment at

noon. For more event details visit www.visitdorchester.org/ events/battle-ice-mound-bicentennial/. 7 First Sat urday g uided wa l k. 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 www.adkinsarboretum.org. 7 Craft Saturday at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Ages 6-12. 1 to 3 p.m. $5 per child. Pre-registration is required. Scholarships available. For more info. tel: 410822-2787 or email cdelnero@ academyartmuseum.org. 7 The Country School’s Totally ’80s Celebration in the Field House at the Country School, Easton. In celebration of The Country School’s 80th year they will present a dance and silent auction fundraiser. This event is open to the community and will feature music from the decade of big hair and leg warmers, hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, and a live and silent auction featuring getaways, sports tickets, home and garden items and more. For more info. or to purchase tickets visit www.countryschoolauction.org. 7 Have a Heart Gala at the Hyatt


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February Calendar Re genc y Che s ap e a ke Bay i n Cambridge to benefit Baywater Animal Rescue. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-829-1518. 7 Concert: Roadhouse Clams in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.avalonfoundation.org. 7,14,21,28 ChesAdventures program at t he Chesapea ke Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. This program brings age-appropriate, Chesapeake themed, hands-on activities and a takehome ar t project to children ages 4 to 9. 10 a.m. to noon. Advanced registration required and participation is limited. For moreinfo. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 8 Pancake Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410226-5110. 8 Book A r ts Studio w ith Ly nn Reynolds at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1 to 4 p.m. Museum membership required. For more info. tel: 410-757-5542.

8 Vietnam’s “Tet Holiday” Cooking Demonstration and Tasting with celebrity chef Henry Miller at Two if by Sea Restaurant, Tilghman. 4 p.m. $35 per person. For more info. tel: 410-886-2447. 8 The Talbot Cinema Society presents Closely Watched Trains at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 924-5752 or v isit www. talbotcinemasociety.org. 9 Valentine’s Day Craf ts at the Ta lbot C ou nt y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 9 Fa mily Winter Craf ts at t he Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. For all ages (children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 9 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch, etc.). Limited instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 9-March 9 Exhibit: Watercolor paintings by Donna Winterling at the Tidewater Inn Librar y


Gallery in Easton. This exhibit is focused on local winter scenes and the beauty found in nature along Maryland’s Eastern Shore this time of year. For more info. tel: 301-717-2058 or visit www. donnawinterling.com. 10 Flute Circle at Justamere Tradi ng Post, St. Michael s. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Come and enjoy the Native Flute. Learn to play, or just listen. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227. 10,17,24 Academy for Lifelong Learning: The 1002 nd , 1003 rd , and Following Tales of Scheherazade with Ron Lesher in the Van Lennep Auditorium, Chesa-

peake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 2 to 3 p.m. For enrollment details tel: 410-745-4941. 10,24 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 www.evergreeneaston.org. 10,24 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Bldg., Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 11 Open House at St. Luke’s Preschool in St. Michaels. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. See classes and meet teachers. Preschool program is


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info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org.

for ages 2 to 4. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534 or visit www. stlukes-school.org. 11 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more i n fo. e -ma i l r vanemburgh@ leinc.com. 11,25 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 11,25 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 12 Combsberry Book Club to meet at 5:30 at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. Cost is $10 per session. Meetings to be held the second Thursday of the month. For more info. tel: 410-310-2277. 12 Poetr y and Music Open Mic Night ~ for teens only ~ at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 5:30 to 7:30. Read and/ or perform your favorite poem or play music in front of an audience of your peers. For more

12 Concert: The American Spiritual Ensemble at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Oxford. 7 p.m. The American Spiritual Ensemble was founded by Dr. Everett McCor vey to keep the A merican Negro Spiritual alive. Its members have sung in theatres and opera houses around the world. For more info. tel: 410-226-5134. 12-15,21,22,27-Mar. 1 Play: The Tred Avon Players present Night Watch at the Oxford Community Center. An ingeniously devised thriller written by Oxford’s own Lucille Fletcher and directed by John Norton. For show times and ticket information visit www. tredavonplayers.org. 12,19 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Keeping C a lm a nd C a rrying On ~ Growing Up in the United K ingdom Dur ing and After World War II with Dorothy



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Parker in the Van Lennep Auditorium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For enrollment details tel: 410-745-4941.

14 Family Craf ts at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. tcfl.org.

13 Chocolat - a decadent evening to benefit the Chesapeake Culinary Center, Denton. 7 to 10 p.m. $35 includes 2 drink tickets and a chocolate-inspired menu. For more info. visit www.tourcaroline.com.

14 The Met: Live in HD with Bluebird’s Castle by Tchaikovsky at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

13 Concert: Marc Cohn at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 13,27 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at VFW Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services and information. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 14 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2287331 or visit www.dorchesterlibrary.org. 14 Open Collage Studio with Susan Stewart at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Museum membership required.

14 Valentine’s Day Chocolate and Wine Pairing at Layton’s Chance Vineyard, Vienna. 1 to 5 p.m. $20 (pre-pay ment required). Bring an old world charm to your romantic celebration with wine and chocolate. Enjoy a selection of Layton’s Chance wines paired with delicious chocolates. Live music by acoustic soloist I.M. Wolske. For more info. v isit www.laytonschance.com. 14 Words of Love & Music of Romance at the Talbot County Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. Susan Jones presents a program to celebrate love, including music (on the clarinet), original verse, and narration. Mrs. Jones played with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra for nearly 14 years. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 14 Second Saturdays at the Artsway


from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith a r t i s t s a s t he y demon s t r ate their work. For more info. tel: 410 -479 -1009 or v isit www. carolinearts.org. 14 Second Saturday in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants will feature live music. For more i n fo. v i sit w w w.c ambr idgemainstreet.com.

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14 Concert: The Tool Gypsies at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 14 Concert: Katelynn Cherry in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 14 Concer t: The Joe A lter man Trio with featured vocalist Lena Seikaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Co-sponsored by Jazz on the Chesapeake and the Academy Art Museum. 8 p.m. $45 per person. Tickets on sale at www.chesapeakechambermusic.org. 14,28 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United

Methodist Churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 14,28 Cooking Demonstration and Lunch with celebrity chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 10 a.m. demonstration, noon lunch. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Feb. 14 ~ Tuna, Feb. 28 ~ Winter Pasta Dishes. For more info. tel: 410226-5111. 18 St. Paul’s Soup Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Cambridge.


February Calendar For more info. tel: 410-228-1424 or visit www.stpaulscambridge. com. 18 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 19 Meeting: Stroke Survivors Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 19 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.

$6 meal deal. Each meal comes w ith a bowl of soup, roll and drink. Take out or eat in. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 20 Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128. 20 Concert: Brooks Williams in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.avalonfoundation.org. 21 Rummage Sale at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department. 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the OVFD Ladies Auxiliary. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110 or visit www. oxfordfireco.com.

19 , 2 6, Ma r c h 3 A c ademy for Lifelong Learning: Traditional Arts in the Southwest with Rob Forlone y i n t he Va n L en nep Auditor ium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m.-noon. For enrollment details tel: 410-745-4941.

21 Soup ’n Walk - Seeking Sun and Winter Warmth at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seek out green plants that cherish the winter sun and trees with distinctive bark. Menu: Kale, corn and black bean soup; Eastern Shore cole slaw; ancient grain bread with spinach spread; dried fruit compote. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org.

20 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Choose from three delicious soups for lunch.

21 Tharpe Antiques Lecture Series: Monumental English Brass and Early American Tombstone



February Calendar Rubbings at Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts in Easton. 5 p.m. The lecture covers history, techniques, examples and hands-on demonstrations. For more info. tel: 410-820-7525 or e-mail tharpe@hstc.org. 21 Concert: Jeffrey Foucault in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.avalonfoundation.org. 24 Mystery Loves Company presents Lunch with Laura Lippman at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. Noon. Lippman will sign HUSH. RSVP for lunch and books at info@ mysterylovescompany.com. 24 Lecture: Bringing Nature Home to Us with Douglas Tallamy at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Tallamy will speak about the necessity of attracting diverse insects back into our gardens. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club. For more info. e-mail pvkeeton@ yahoo.com. 24 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.

24 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a st c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 25 Town Clerk Brown Bag Lunch at the Oxford Community Center. Noon to 1 p.m. The topic of conversation w ill be Oxford’s Challenges and Opportunities. Coffee and tea will be provided. For more info. tel: 410-226-5122. 25 Zion Soup Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-4910. 25, March 4,11,18 Music Lectures: Magnificent Movie Music presented by Dr. Rachel Franklin at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Series ticket (4) lectures: $100 Museum members, $125 nonmembers. Indiv idua l lect ure tickets: $30 Museum members. $35 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 25, March 4,11,18 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Is There An A mer ic a n Po e t ic Tr ad it ion? with John Ford and John Miller in the Van Lennep Auditorium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3


p.m. For enrollment details tel: 410-745-4941. 27 Concert: Annalivia in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. avalonfoundation.org. 28 Work shop: P ut Dow n Your Brush! with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60 members, $85 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 28 Eyewitness Dinosaur Movie at the Talbot County Free Library,

St. Michaels. 2 p.m. for ages 7 and older. Journey into the Jurassic to unearth facts behind the lost world inhabited by dinosaurs. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 28 Northern Italian Wine Dinner at Two if by Sea Restaurant, Tilghman. 7 p.m. Savor the foods and wines of Northern Italy. $55 per person. Reservations required. For more info. tel: 410-886-2447. 28 Concert: Joan Osbourne at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

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