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Tidewater Times

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Features: About the Cover Photographer: Kathy Bosin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Sisters: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sheriff Warns Pill Abuse Can Lead to Heroin: Dick Cooper . . . . 25 Talbot’s Clocks and Bells: James Dawson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Tidewater Kitchen ~ Perfect Pasta: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . 55 Mariah’s Mission: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Abby ~ The Boy With Six Names: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Hey, Sister! Ports of Oxford and Wells: Ian Scott . . . . . . . . . . . 155

Departments: February Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 February Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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by Helen Chappell “Look at her. She’s 60 if she’s a day, and she dresses like a little doll,” my Aunt Ha would say. From the vantage point of her secondfloor porch, she had an excellent view of both the Presbyterian and Episcopalian churches across the street. It was a front-row seat for weddings, funerals and church services, and we spent many hours sitting out there, sipping iced tea while my female relations observed unfolding events. My aunts were named Wahalla Arintha, Pearl Hazel, and Aurora Zora. My mother was Helen May, but family legend said my grandfather wanted to name her Hyacinth until my grandmother put her foot down. So, Mom was Helen, and I was Helen, too, narrowly missing being named Hyacinth, Jr. Collectively, my mother and my aunts were a force of nature. Sure, there was an uncle at either end of the Bruckart family succession, but it was the women in the family who wielded the power, as far as I could see. This was a good thing, because I never thought I couldn’t do anything a man could do. “Oh, here comes the bride now! Doesn’t she look pretty?” Pearl would say. “Look at all that lace!”

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in a ladylike way, tough as nails. Take the time one of my boy cousins, who had no home training, got into some trouble with graffiti at his school. To a woman, those sisters may have deplored what he did, but they were there in court to support their brother, sister-in-law and my wayward cousin. I’m sure their collective glare scared the judge, but it also scared my cousin. He behaved after that, at least when they weren’t looking. Family get-togethers were my favorite memory. All the sisters showed up in their Sunday best, each one bringing a covered dish and an uncle. While the men sat in the living room and watched football with a drink in hand, the children were exiled to the basement, outside or a bedroom, and the sisters went to work. A large piece of meat, usually a turkey or a ham, was roasted, peas were cooked, coleslaw was chilled, potatoes were scalloped, and the ubiquitous snowflake rolls, without which no WASP high holy day is complete, were warmed. There would be stringbean casserole and a Jell-O mold. Everyone was in a good mood. We girls set the table with the good tablecloth, the linen napkins and the good silver and crystal. Good silver and crystal were only dragged out for very special events, and it was to be treated like the

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Sheriff Warns Pill Abuse Can Lead to Heroin by Dick Cooper

Joe Gamble looks at his job with a linebacker’s eye. He watches the action unfold and then runs straight at it hoping to make an impact. Since he was elected Sheriff of Talbot County just over a year ago, he has focused his attention on the pervasive and sometimes deadly use of drugs, especially prescription pharmaceuticals and heroin. Gamble, a career Mary-

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worse,” he says of drug problems in Talbot County. “I’ve talked with addicts in recovery and they all tell the same story,” he says. “They started drinking early, often in middle school. They smoked marijuana regularly and then they moved to pills from their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinets. When they couldn’t get pills, they tried heroin; it’s cheaper.” Across the country, heroin has made a major comeback, sweeping into rural areas that have previously not seen its extensive use and easy availability. The street drug has moved in parallel with the illicit use of pain-relieving prescription medi-

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Sheriff Warns paigning there to address the issue. The drug-use trend is tracking a pattern of medical and scientific discovery followed by widespread abuse that dates back thousands of years. In the United States, it is almost as old at the nation itself. Opium smoking was fairly commonplace in our formative cities and even on the frontier, where a pipe full of opium (the origin of the slang phrase “pipe dreams”) was often as available as a bottle of rotgut whisky. When morphine was derived from opium in Germany in 1804, it was heralded as the long-sought grail in the pursuit of relief for human discomfiture. Its very name is derived from Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams. It was used as cure for whatever-ails-you and manufactured and marketed by a small German apothecary company named E. Merck of Darmstadt. Before long, it was being overused and abused. Newspaper accounts dating to the 1820s report accidental overdoses of morphine used to cure a chronic sinus

Washington Post illustration from 1917 showing a “Morphine fiend using the hypodermic needle.” ailment known as “catarrh.” It was also a common and readily available method of suicide. During the Civil War, morphine was used extensively to mask the pain of the wounded, with long-lasting addictions to follow. Laudanum, a solution of morphine,


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Sheriff Warns alcohol and herbs, was found in most patented medicines for decades. At the turn of the 20th century, drug addiction in America was rampant. Headlines from Louisiana to Ohio and Denver to Washington, D.C., screamed about the dangers of “Narcotic Drugs and Misery.” Then a brief ray of hope appeared when another German discovery promised to solve it all. In 1900, American newspapers began carrying detailed stories of salvation from over the ocean. One ran in the Cincinnati Enquirer under the headline “HARMLESS. Substitute for Morphine. Said to have been Discovered by a Berlin Doctor. Kaiser Uses It for his Periodical Ear Aches. The Formula as Yet a Secret.” The new drug was named for the boldness of heroes and patented as “Heroin.” The story went on to claim that not only did it replace morphine, tests on patients showed no ill effects or any potential for addiction. That prediction not only proved false, but within 10 years heroin, which was being manufactured by Bayer, the aspirin company, and sold cheaply over the counter in most pharmacies, had become the latest plague on society. “Deadly Drug in ‘Happy Powder’ Makes Thousands Unhappy,” reads a banner headline in a 1914 edition of the Oakland Tribune in California. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported “Recruits for Drug Habit in Brooklyn

Bayer Heroin bottle. Found in Schools...Children Lured to Ruin.” In the 1920s, addicts in New York were stealing and scrapping any metal they could find to pay for their drugs, earning them the nickname “junkies.” In 1924, the federal government banned the manufacture and sale of heroin, pushing the drug into the black market, where it has periodically languished and flourished ever since. As Sheriff Gamble points out, the latest incarnation of heroin use in Talbot County and the Eastern Shore frequently begins with the abuse of legally prescribed painkillers. “With the prevalence of opiate prescription drugs in the late ’90s and early 2000s, there were tons of people getting addicted,” he says. “There was a crackdown by the 34


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federal government, the DEA, the state police and the local police on doctors who were over-prescribing and selling prescriptions and the pharmaceutical companies were getting into trouble for their advertising of this stuff. As the supply went down, the natural thing to go to is heroin.� One thing that is different in this current wave of addiction is how it is viewed by society. According to a recent report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “It is often mistakenly

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ment at a crossroads. “There is the old school mentality that they (addicts) made their decision, if they die, it’s on them. Now there is a belief that this is a health issue. There are those who are predisposed to addiction to drugs and alcohol. But when that intersects with quality of life issues ~ when your neighbors’ son is addicted and steals out of your shed or off your boat ~ then the health issue warrants law enforcement attention.” While law enforcement officials are intensifying their pursuit of drug dealers who sell for profit, they also recognize the users’ need for help. Gamble says his deputies refer every user they encounter to health professionals. “We even volunteer to make the call for them,” he says.

assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.” Gamble says he sees law enforce-

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Talbot’s Clocks and Bells by James Dawson

Talbot County has a number of interesting clocks and bells in public places. The most notable is, of course, the clock in the cupola of the Talbot County Courthouse. The Courthouse dates to 1794, but surprisingly, it did not get a clock until 1898. Some claim that the Courthouse had a clock by 1835 that was located in the center of the front projecting pavilion and separate from the bell, which was in the cupola on the roof. The source for this story is said to be an 1835 lithograph of Easton showing the Courthouse. However, this writer knows of no such 1835 lithograph. The earliest image he has seen of the Courthouse is on the 1858 Dilworth map of Talbot County, but an enlargement of it doesn’t show a clock in the front center projecting pavilion or anywhere, for that matter. This is because the only town clock Easton had then was a sundial. As noted in the March 18, 1899 Denton Journal, “The new town clock… is the first public timekeeper Easton has had since the Spencer sun-dial, which was for many years on the south wall of the old brick hotel and removed by the improvements made in the build-

ing in 1870.” Prof. Mathew Spencer of the Easton Academy had made it about 1850. Citizens had been trying to get a town clock for Easton for years. Finally, the Town Clock Committee was created in 1894 to raise money to purchase a clock and a larger bell for the Courthouse. The Courthouse was remodeled in 1898, and improvements to the cupola allowed for maximum sound projection, so it was thought the bell would be heard at least two miles away.

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each dial facing a different direction. It was also set up to strike the hours on the new bell, which had been cast for Easton by the Meneely Bell Co. in Troy, N.Y. in 1898. The clock committee members’ names were cast into the bell. Pains were taken to get the adjustment of the bell hammer just right. The dials were illuminated with gas instead of electricity. Even though gas lighting cost $30 extra, the Easton Gas Plant was just a short distance away and, at this time, gas was probably more reliable than electricity. The clock would turn the gas lights off and on without any assistance from

By Dec. 22, 1898, enough money had been raised to purchase a #1 striker round top model tower clock serial #1986 with self-oiling escape wheel and four sectional illuminated 5 ft. dials, from E. Howard & Co. in Boston, Mass. It cost nearly $1,000. Tower clocks were made for placement in towers and cupolas of public buildings and steeples of churches. The works were weightdriven and swung a pendulum to keep time like a grandfather clock, only on a larger scale. Easton’s tower clock would control the hands on four clock faces,

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Talbot’s Clocks and Bells the clock keeper, who only had to wind up the heavy weights with a hand crank once a week to keep the clock running. One weight was for the time and the other for the striking. You can watch an interesting video, “How Tower Clocks Work,” featuring a Howard tower clock, on YouTube. The clock was in place by Dec. 31, 1898. Just in time to ring in the new year, but as it was not fully functional yet, it wasn’t officially started until Jan. 7, 1899, which was still in plenty of time to ring in a new century. It was probably the largest and finest town clock on the Delmarva peninsula, and Mr. Witham, the clock expert, and his two assistants had worked hard to get it set up and running as soon as possible. Aside from some complaints of poor timekeeping around 1910, erratic striking in 1942 and 1979, and once in 1944 when two of the dials displayed a different time, Easton’s Courthouse clock has had a good record. However, a 1942 inspection showed that the cables supporting the weights had worn so thin that they were about to snap. Had that happened, several hundred pounds of clock weights would have come crashing down to the basement. The cables were supposed to last only 7 years, so the 43 years they had been in service was stretching

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tail, was kind enough to give me an escort to climb up and see it. The clock is accessed by ascending a narrow stairway on the second f loor, and then it’s a game of hide-and-seek through the welter of ductwork to find the clockwork. I wouldn’t have found it without his help. It is in the attic just below the cupola and connected to the dials in the cupola by a thin shaft. The works have been cleaned and restored and look great. Then it’s up a narrow ladder to the cupola where the bell lives. It’s a tad dusty, which is completely understandable given its lofty and

things a bit. At this time, the clock was modernized and the pendulum and weights replaced with two electric motors, but the rest of the gearing is original. The clock is still running today and is very accurate, its timekeeping only interrupted by an occasional power outage or when the minute hands freeze up in icy weather. It needs only routine maintenance. Cpl. Mike McDonough from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Dept., while on Courthouse security de-

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drafty perch, but otherwise is in fine working condition, too. It is a good-sized bell, and loud, so I was glad my visit wasn’t coincidentally at the top of the hour. The original Courthouse bell was cast by John Wilbank in Philadelphia in 1823 and had been rung at noon and, in slavery days, at 9 p.m. to announce the curfew for slaves to be back in their quarters, and on Sundays for church, also for fires, special events and sometimes for funerals. John Fleming was the first bell ringer. Later, Solomon Barrett, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, was caretaker of the Courthouse, so it was authorized that he be paid 7 cents per ring for his added duties as bell ringer. It was said that he spent much of his salary on whiskey, so it is not known how reliable this arrangement was. Mrs. Margaret Valliant was the last to hold the position before it became the bailiff’s job. The 1823 bell was moved to the cupola of the firehouse at 11 S. Harrison St. during the remodeling and used as a fire bell until it was supplanted by a siren in 1923. That building is now the Talbot County Office of Tourism and Welcome Center, and there is a plaque by the front entrance commemorating the bell, which is likely Easton’s oldest. But despite what the plaque states, the old bell is there no longer, as it

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was moved to the new firehouse on Aurora Park Dr. where it can be seen today, safely at ground level in the lobby. It is a beautiful bell. The bell now in the cupola of the old firehouse is a replacement, but still an impressive sight from street level. And let us not overlook the grandfather clock that was installed in the lobby of the Eastern Shore Branch of the Farmer’s Bank of Maryland on Washington Street the day the bank opened on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1805. That bank became the Easton National Bank,

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which, after one move and several mergers, is now the Bank of America, but is still on Washington Street The clock has been in the bank for more than 210 years, although it is not currently running. Grandfather clocks were originally called tall case clocks, and at 8 1/2 feet this is one of the tallest. An impressive clock with an impressive record. Another interesting clock, trumpeted in a large ad in the June 9, 1917 issue of the Easton Star Democrat, was purchased by the Talbot Bank on Dover Street. Made by the McClintock-Loomis Co. of Minneapolis, Minn., it was nine feet tall and three feet wide with two large dials facing up and

down the street. It was electrically powered and played chimes on five tubular bells at every quarter, half, three quarter and full hour. No word on what the neighbors thought about all that tintinnabulation. This clock was replaced in the late 1950s by the one there now, which itself was overhauled in 2007. Talbot Bank celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2015. In May 1941, Mrs. J. Harper Skillen gave a grandfather clock in memory of her late husband to the Talbot County Free Library. The dial of the clock is signed “Isaac Grotz Easton,� and dates to 18101830, but some research shows that the clock was made in Easton, Pa., not Easton, Md. Nevertheless,



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shipwrights, many of whom did not own watches. The St. Michaels Museum also has on display the 1888 bell from the high school. And last, but certainly not least, is the wonderful circa-1900 folk art shelf clock owned by the Oxford Museum. This clock is pure Eastern Shore, the case having been embellished with, can you guess? Oyster shells! Big dinosaur-sized oyster shells, too, not the puny kind we have now. This may be Talbot County’s most unusual clock!

it was a wonderful gift, whichever Easton it was from, and is still ticking away in the library near the circulation desk. The Kemp family descendants recently gave an exceptionally nice grandfather clock to the library which can be seen in the Maryland Room. The clock is signed “William Thompson Baltimore” and dates to the last quarter of the 18th century. It was brought to Talbot County in 1813. St. Michaels has its 1842 Ships Carpenter’s Bell, now in St. Mary’s Square, which was rung at 7 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to measure out the day for carpenters and

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Mariah’s Mission by Cliff Rhys James

“The lives of the dead shine bright in the memories of the living.” ~ Cicero Sounding like the hideous monster he was, Josef Stalin once said, “One death is a tragedy, but thousands of deaths are only a statistic.” Unsurprisingly, he was as wrong about that as he was about most things in his wretched life, for as any decent soul knows, thousands of deaths become thousands of tragedies for tens of thousands of loved ones who are left behind to live with memories of the departed. This is especially true for the legions lost to the scourge of substance abuse. You see, there’s a serial killer on the loose, and sadly, while it still stalks the mean streets of our inner cities, it has more recently expanded the geographic reach of its swath of destruction. Increasingly it culls its victims from the ranks of our sons and daughters ~ young men and women from small towns and suburbs who were healthy and happy and who once glowed bright with the promise of many tomorrows. In 1993, at the age of eleven, artistically gifted Mariah Albee was a loving child with many friends in

Mariah Albee the midst of a happy childhood. She not only competed on the swim team and cheerleading squad, she studied flute and ballet. She not only enjoyed the distinction of being the youngest member of the Anne Arundel Community College Concert Band, she even performed with the Ballet Theater of Annapolis in several Nutcracker Suite productions. 69

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My childhood lullabies were replaced by bent spoons I woke to the nightmare of looking through bars I knew I could no longer reach for the stars I finally had to face a scary reality No one could change this situation but me. I have learned its okay to think and feel. To go through life without the needle Now I can reach for the stars. ONE DAY AT A TIME. (Postscript: Maybe you can understand me a little better now. I love you mom, dad and grandpa! – Mariah)

In 2007, at the age of 25, she wrote the following poem to her parents and grandfather while in drug rehab: When I was little my dreams were so bright I never imagined my life wouldn’t be alright. Like any little girl, I played and went to school Taught to always live by the rules. My mind was filled with dreams and hope Unaware of the nightmare of dope. Somehow, somewhere, my dreams went up in smoke With real life I could no longer cope. With drugs and danger I began to flirt After all, who could I hurt? Whenever there was pain or anger to feel It was stopped and stif led by little pills. Oh, but I made some progress didn’t I? I found stronger drugs to get me high. My dreams turned to hallucination. My world was empty of imagination. If my visions were to become real There was always another pill. Slowly, all my hopes and dreams were destroyed by addict schemes. My morals and values were tossed aside As I deserted my hopes and dreams

In 2012, at the age of 29, Mariah’s parents, family and friends gathered to commit her spirit, honor her memory and celebrate the shining moments in a life tragically cut short by a heroin overdose. What happened before 2012 is a moving, cautionary tale of mountain-top highs and rock-bottom lows, of joy and sorrow, of love and remembrance. What happened after 2012 is the story of a courageous mother’s determination to help others avoid the torment she’d suffered by sounding the alarm about a ravaging disease ~ a disease which has reached epidemic proportions not only across the whole of our state but across much of our nation. The looming specter of heroin and the pale horse of death upon which 70

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Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD Admission is free and open to the public Dr. Volandes believes that a life well-lived deserves a good ending. In his book, he argues for a radical re-envisioning of the patient-doctor relationship and offers ways for patients and their families to talk about the difficult issue of end-of-life choices to ensure that patients will be at the center and in charge of their medical care. Dr. Volandes’s presentation will kick off Talbot Hospice’s communitywide, year-long initiative to encourage and assist as many people as possible in understanding their choices at the end of life and completing their advance directives paperwork stating their wishes. This event is Talbot Hospice’s gift to the community for their 35 years of support. To learn more about Dr. Volandes and The Conversation, visit his website at angelovolandes.com. For more information about this event, visit talbothospice.org or contact Kate Cox at 410-822-6681 or kcox@talbothospice.org.

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~ a burning ring of fire, and it burns, burns, burns, tormenting all who get too close. Usually slowly, sometimes suddenly, but more often than not it takes its victims. Many a famous songwriter has penned a poignant lyric about the ghastly plague of heroin addiction, about being singed by the hot breath of the Angel of Death which hovers nearby, beating its leathery wings in cruel anticipation.

it rides is coming to a neighborhood near you. Or, more likely, it’s already galloped into town and is loose in the land of leafy sidewalks, ponds and picket fences ~ you just don’t know it yet! Heroin addiction is a death sentence ~ that is, unless the condemned are pardoned by the tough love of swift and effective intervention, and even that can be insufficient. While many of us are just now awakening to this new and harsh reality, the blight of that addiction has descended upon one community after another in all its glowering malevolence, leaving death and destruction in its wake. It’s a ring of fire

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And I won’t make it any other way. ~ James Taylor (Fire and Rain)

relievers and heroin) has increased 200%. The heroin death toll has more than quadrupled in the past decade. More people die from drug overdoses, according to the CDC, than in road accidents. How big is that number? Just under 33,000 people died in traffic accidents last year! But because of people like Valerie and Rick Albee and the many neighbors, friends and supporters who’ve rallied to their side, elected officials who have themselves been touched by the epidemic are now speaking out and directing resources toward the problem. “I know the devastation it can cause for families and communities,” said Maryland governor Larry Hogan, who lost a close cousin to

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Mariah’s Mission heroin. “Everywhere we went during my 2014 election campaign, we were saddened by stories of how just under the surface of every community, heroin was destroying lives.” The problem is so bad that, once elected, Hogan declared a statewide emergency to create the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. “I have some personal experience with this,” said Jeb Bush to a town hall-style meeting in Merrimack, N.H. His daughter Noelle was jailed twice while in rehab, once for possession of prescription narcotic pain pills. Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and current presidential contender, tells audiences that she and her husband “buried a child to addiction.” New Jersey governor Chris Christie released an ad in a hard-hit region, declaring, “We need to be pro-life for the 16-year-old drug addict who’s lying on the floor of the county jail.” Finally, in April of 2015, the U.S. Justice Department launched a National Heroin Task Force to help address the emergency. Says one Maryland law enforcement professional, “I’ve been a police officer for 27 years and worked narcotics for the last 15, and this is the worst I’ve ever seen.” But unlike past national drug epidemics, this time around there are many more young adults of both sexes from middle class homes who have

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and prescription drugs. And yet she soldiered on as a cheerleader, football manager and member of the Maryland Youth Symphony and Choir. She also spent time helping those less fortunate. “When she was Mariah, she was Mariah,” Valerie says in a voice filling with emotion, “just so talented and loving and giving. Despite her condition, she regularly worked to help the homeless ~ that’s the kind of wonderful person she was. She would go with me on the trucks at holiday time to donate food, clothing and blankets to the poor, the homeless and the less fortunate families, and there she encountered a lot of desperate people of the streets ~ people with undiagnosed mental illnesses, people who were self-medicating with any thing they could find ~ alcohol, drugs ~ anything.” Near ing t he end of her rope, Valerie, with raw emotions close to the surface, was one day visiting yet another counselor seeking help without Mariah present when the woman finally shook her head slowly and said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t help you.” But then, in that crushing moment of despair as Valerie broke down crying, the woman continued, “but you’re not leaving here until we set up an appointment with a specialist who can help you. I think Mariah has a mood disorder and is bipolar.” A week or so later, after a five hour examination that very same specialist formally diagnosed Mariah as

$1 per milligram or $20 per single dose. A stamp bag of heroin, on the other hand, can be had for $8. Of course, once use begins and tolerance builds, the need for increasing amounts of the stuff becomes a fait accompli. “Once addicted to opioids, most people c annot stop,” says Mandy Larkin of Pathways Substance Abuse and Treatment Center. “It’s an evil, sickening withdrawal, so they’re going to need help.” Or, as one addict said, “I’m no longer chasing a high, just chasing normal ~ but even that normal is but a shell of my former self.” “Mariah loved kids and worked odd jobs, including babysitting, to earn $2500 eventually spent for a used Honda Civic,” Valerie tells me (Mariah’s parents matched her savings toward the purchase of the car). “But going into middle school, some of the bullying started and I could see her struggling with anxiety and depression. I knew she was hurting in different ways, and I began to wonder if she was bipolar because that disease runs in my family. We went to half dozen or so counselors and therapists. Some said she was just acting out and being rebellious. Others felt she had ADD or ADHD and prescribed Ritalin.” In high school, seeking shelter from the perfect storm of bullying, anxiet y and depression, Mariah began self-medicating with alcohol 76


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named, took his life at the age of 42. Valerie’s younger brother, also bipolar, regularly self-medicated with alcohol and drugs until at last he was hospitalized in a manic state of exhaustion. In 2003 Mariah was using heroin, prescription drugs and alcohol in a desperate attempt to wash away the pain. That year she also entered drug rehab for the first of many times. In the years following, while she would valiantly rebound for periods of health, happiness and productive endeavors, she was in fact losing her fight against this dreaded adversary. In a war of heavy attrition, she was slowly slipping away. In t he af ter mat h of Mar ia h’s death, Valerie and her husband, Rick, were absolutely devastated. No parent should have to bury their child. But, she adds, “My life was saved by the support I received and the solace I found among a group of fellow sufferers ~ a bereavement group of parents who had also lost

being bipolar. Leaving the exam, Mariah herself broke down, sobbing, “Mom, at least now I know what’s wrong with me.” Valerie hugged her daughter and said, “no honey, there’s nothing wrong with you, you simply have a disease.” Mariah was 17 years old at the time. Even after the salubrious effects of a proper diagnosis and medication, the pain and uncertainty of psychological imbalance manifested itself in daily life. There are no magical solutions ~ not in this world ~ at least not yet. Mariah would sometimes take off and leave. Other times, she would dutifully accompany her mother to the weekly Johns Hopkins doctors’ visits. When Mariah was a sophomore in high school, a friend committed suicide by jumping off the Bay Bridge. Mariah kept the newspaper article in her room for the longest time. She graduated from high school in 2000 but was so depressed by that time that she had to be home schooled for part of the academic year. “That was a very difficult period for her and for us,” Valerie says. Valerie Albee is no stranger to the pain and anguish that mental illness visits upon a family. Who among us is? Certainly not this writer. I have at least one relative who is bipolar. My paternal grandfather, a brilliant but tormented man after whom I’m

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the Mid-Shore Community Foundation; Pat Chrisfield, a neighbor, invited her to the local book club, whose members got involved; an enthusiastic planning committee bloomed; Sheriff Joe Gamble threw his support behind the group; an enormously successful silent auction was planned, organized and conducted; generous donors stepped forward; funds were raised; Mike Campbell and Jennifer Wagner donated the use of their Ouvert Gallery space in St. Michaels for support group meetings ~ an unstoppable high speed train of good will and good deeds had picked up speed and was roaring down the tracks. “We were simply overwhelmed and blown away by the response,” Valerie

children to substance abuse.” Then in 2013, after Valerie and Rick moved to the Eastern Shore for a new start, she encountered something unexpected. Whereas she previously feared the cruelty and stigma of being judged by others perhaps less sympathetic toward substance abuse, in Easton and, more specifically, in Easton Village, she met a group of neighbors who not only embraced her, but jumped in to help make a difference. “Suddenly, it was like it was meant to be,” Valerie says with astonishment still lingering in her voice. Local writer/activist Amy Blades Steward gently encouraged her to share her story; Mariah’s Mission was formed as a component fund of


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tells me. “Frankly, neither Rick nor I was accustomed to such displays of compassion or generosity of spirit.” Today Mariah’s Mission Fund, in addition to the original Pasadena/ Severna Park grief support group, sponsors and helps underwrite the costs for two Eastern Shore support groups led by professionals: “Together – Positive Approaches” helps families currently struggling with loved ones suffering from substance abuse. And “Together – Silent No More” helps individuals grieving the loss of a loved one due to substance abuse. The mission of the fund is to provide resources for worthy organizations that support families who

[Note: As a public 501(c)(3) charity, gifts to the fund are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. For more information call 410-8208175, go to www.mscf.org, or send an e-mail to mariahsmission2014@ gmail.com.] Cliff James and his wife have been Easton residents since September 2009. After winding down his business career out west, they decided to return to familial roots in the Mid-Atlantic area and to finally get serious about their twin passions: writing and art.

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As the Worm Turns The other day, my wife Linda and I got into a discussion about earthworms. I do not remember what prompted the topic, probably something obtuse or unrelated to the subject. But anyway, being the erudite literary fellow that I am, an Emily Dickinson poem came to mind, the first verse being: A bird came down the walk: He did not know I saw; He bit an angle-worm in halves And ate the fellow, raw.

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Tidewater Gardening USA are the common earthworm (“nightcrawler”) and the red earthworm (Lumbricus rubellus). How does one tell one species from another ~ inquiring minds want to know? One way is by counting the number of rings or segments of the body. The common earthworm has about 150 segments, while red worms have approximately 95. Worm sex is also interesting. A good dinner discussion topic on Valentine’s Day. Earthworms are hermaphroditic (each individual possesses both male and female reproductive organs). However, they usually do not self-mate. You gotta have two for the process exchang-

ing sperm. Given the right soil conditions, one acre of land can contain more than a million earthworms, so they can be very prolific. Scientists who study earthworms have found that different species of earthworms inhabit different parts of the soil and have distinct feeding practices. They can be separated into three groups, depending on how they feed and

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the soil and organic matter, they actually stimulate more microbial activity. Many more microorganisms are present in their feces or casts than in the organic matter they consume. As organic matter passes through their intestines, it is broken down and inoculated with microorganisms. This enhanced microbial activity results in the cycling of nutrients from organic matter into a chemical form that is readily taken up by plants. Anecic earthworm activities also help to improve the water-holding capacity of soils through their breakdown of organic matter, their burrowing to allow additional oxy-


are ideal for optimum plant growth in a landscape or garden will also be ideal for earthworm activity. Earthworms are also soil temperature sensitive. Temperatures above 70° or below 40º will discourage earthworm activity. Providing a food source in the form of organic matter is also important. Mulching grass clippings into the lawn, putting down a layer of organic mulch in beds, amending the soil with compost, and turning under a green manure crop or animal manure are all excellent ways to feed earthworm populations. Some gardening practices can be detrimental to earthworm activity in the soil. Overuse of synthetic

soluble in the soil water and readily taken up by plant roots. As gardeners, we want to encourage a good earthworm population in our soil by creating and maintaining the optimum condition for their growth and reproduction. There are several gardening practices that we need to do on a consistent basis, and some practices that we need to avoid. Critical to earthworm survival is having soil that is neither too dry nor too wet. Earthworms breathe through their skin and must be in an environment that has at least 40% moisture (damp as a wrungout sponge). If their skin dries out, they cannot breathe and will die. Maintaining moisture levels that

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commercial fertilizers, especially ammonium-based materials, can contribute high levels of salts into the soil that will injure the worms. If we till and cultivate the soil too often, this will result in the destruction of the worm burrows and cut the worms in half. Be careful with tilling the garden soil in the fall because many of the earthworms are in the upper layers of the soil and do not move lower until the soil temperature drops. Tillage also stimulates drying the surface soil and wide day/night temperature fluctuations. Tillage brings earthworms to the surface where they are subject to predators such as birds.


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

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Dorchester Points of Interest Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. High Street is also known as one of the most haunted streets in Maryland. join a Chesapeake Ghost Walk to hear the stories. Find out more at www. chesapeakeghostwalks.com. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org. CHOPTANK RIVER LIGHTHOUSE REPLICA - The replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse includes a small museum with exhibits about the original lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse, located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, is open daily, May through October, and by appointment, November through April; call 410-463-2653. For more info. visit www.choptankriverlighthouse.org. DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit www.dorchesterarts.org. RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit www.richardsonmuseum.org. HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424 98

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


Dorchester Points of Interest 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit www. fws.gov/blackwater. 100

EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. For more info. visit http://eastnewmarket.us. HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., offers daily tours of the winemaking operation. The family-oriented Layton’s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com.


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

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


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


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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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

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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. A MELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. TOWN DOCK RESTAUR ANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. For more info. visit 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: 410-745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 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 f lour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www. harbourinn.com. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TR AIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on S. Talbot St. across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk. 128

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

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Oxford Points of Interest Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. and hours tel: 410-226-0191 or visit 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 Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989


Oxford Points of Interest the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or www.robertmorrisinn.com. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 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. 134

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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


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Abby: The Boy With Six Names by Gary D. Crawford

In the January 2016 issue, we presented the story of Dr. Absalom Thompson, the extraordinary fellow who founded the first hospital on the Eastern Shore in 1832. As sometimes happens when researching an article, interesting material turns up that is outside the scope of the task at hand. In this case, it was the story of Dr. Thompson’s son. Information has continued to come to light about this fellow, though his record is far from complete or, indeed, certain. But with much help from my friends Pam Covington and Ron Frampton and my brother Brian, here is what I have learned p to this point. Absalom and Anthony Thompson were brothers ~ and we need to keep them straight, as their lives are intertwined. Absalom studied at Harvard, practiced surgery in Boston, traveled to Europe and elsewhere, then returned to his family home in Dorchester County. His younger brother Anthony had trained as a doctor, too, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. By 1816, the brothers apparently were ready to settle down, for both wed in that same year. Dr. Absalom, then 27, married a local girl, Miss Ann Gurney, 21.

The Thompson family owned farms and woodlands throughout the area we now call the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, from Madison Bay in the north to Parson’s Creek in the south. Absalom and Ann lived there somewhere for five years until their son was born in 1821. Tragically, records indicate that Ann passed away the same year, suggesting she may have died in childbirth. Dr. Absalom chose to name his baby Anthony, honoring his father and his brother. Then he tacked on four middle names: Christopher, Columbus, Americus, and Vespucius. How he connected with these two early explorers of the New World, we


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Abby can only guess. Americus Vespucius is the Latin form of Amerigo Vespucci, a Florentine adventurer and cartographer who also sailed across the Atlantic. In 1497, he discovered Brazil, the River Plate, and several West Indian isles. These revelations led to the recognition that Vespucci and Columbus had discovered not just another route to Asia, but a fifth continent. When “Amerigo” appeared on a 1507 map of this new world, the name stuck and the continent has been “Amerigo” (America) ever since. Giving his son the names of these two daring fellows is a ref lection of Dr. Absalom’s pride in his first-born

~ and perhaps some of the aspirations he had for that little boy. Did he imagine that his son, too, might one day sail across the oceans of the world? (Well, as it turned out….) Certainly it’s a grand name, if a bit unwieldy, and the Tidewater Times is a fine but smallish magazine. Therefore, from here on out, we shall refer to A.C.C.A.V. Thompson simply as “Abby.” (“But why Abby?” I hear you asking. “Wouldn’t Tony make more sense?”) Have patience; I shall explain. Ann’s passing left Dr. Absalom alone with an infant son. His family and their female slaves undoubtedly helped care for the little boy. One of those slaves was “Rit” (Harriet), owned by Absalom’s father; she was

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married to another Thompson slave, Ben Ross. It is entirely possible, and indeed likely, that Rit cared for baby

Abby ~ as she did for her own baby, a girl born the following February. That girl, Araminta, born a Thompson slave, would one day escape to become a conductor on the Underground Railway and a leader of the abolition movement. When she married, the girl took her mother’s given name, becoming Harriet Tubman. Here was Abby’s first brush with the abolition movement. As we shall see, it would not be his last. As mentioned above, Absalom’s you nger br ot her A nt hony a l s o married in 1821, when he was 23 and probably just out of medical school. His bride was a Talbot girl, Martha Kersey. She was just 16, the fourth and youngest daughter of John and Ann Kersey. The Kersey

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Abby home was an ancient property just south of Wade’s Point, patented in 1641 and known as “Webley.” Kersey combined “Webley” with several adjacent properties in 1805, resulting in a fine estate of 560 acres. They named it “Mary’s Delight” because their second daughter loved it so. Kersey passed away three years l ater, le av i ng no w i l l. A c c or dingly, his estate was divided into four equal portions, one for each daughter, Ann, Mar y, Elizabeth, and Martha. As Martha’s husband, Dr. Anthony came into possession of her share. He established a medical practice in St. Michaels and they resided at “Mary’s Delight.” Now back to Dorchester County to Absalom and Abby. The boy was growing up and nearly ready for schooling. Occasionally, he and his dad would have visited Uncle Anthony and his Kersey in-laws. (From home to home it is 75 long miles by land, but just a short sail by boat.) The third Kersey daughter, Elizabeth, was unmarried, and in 1826, she became the second Mrs. Absalom Thompson. He was 37; she 28. So, two brothers, both doctors, had married two sisters. Dr. Absalom then bought “Mary’s Delight” from his brother and the other Kersey heirs. He and Elizabeth made their home there, and he may have taken over his brother’s medical practice in St. Michaels. Dr. Anthony moved

his family back to Dorchester, where he set up a practice in Cambridge. Abby was now f ive years old, living in a new home, with a stepmother in place of the mother he never knew. Some records show that Elizabeth gave birth to three children, but only their birth dates have turned up. As we shall see, there is reason to believe all three may have died in childhood, so Abby may never have had siblings to play with. We know almost nothing about his childhood, though he probably had a private tutor from an early age. Dr. Absalom had big plans for “Mary’s Delight.” He went about fitting it out as a hospital where pat ients could come for a w ide range of treatment, including new and dar ing surger y. His “Inf irmary” opened in August of 1832. Coincidentally, four months later, on January 1, 1833, Thomas Auld of St. Michaels sent one of his slaves to the Bayside to serve for one year on Edward Covey’s farm, just beside “Mary’s Delight.” Covey was known as a “slavebreaker,” and the 14 year-old slave was Frederick Bailey. Abby, then 11 years old, occasionally encountered him on t he road, as bot h later recalled. Abby thus came into direct contact, for the second time, with one of the most inf luential leaders of the abolition movement. (Bailey later changed his surname to Douglass.) We really don’t know anything


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Abby about Abby’s life from 1832 to 1840. We may assume he continued his schooling. Did Abby, too, aspire to be a doctor like his father and uncle? During his teenage years, Abby may have helped out around the Infirmary in some way, perhaps learning something about hospital operations, patient care, medications, and perhaps bandaging. But we don’t know. About Abby during this period we know just one thing for sure ~ and it’s pretty amazing. In 1839, the follow ing act was passed by the Maryland Legislature: “Passed Mar. 26, 1839. Be it enacted by the General A ssembly of Mar yland,

That Anthony Christopher Columbus Americus Vespucius Thompson, of Talbot county, shall henceforth be called and known by the name of Absalom Christopher Columbus Americus Vespucius Thompson, and none other, and shall be at all times and in all respects be entitled to use the name Absalom Christopher C olu mbu s A mer ic u s Ve spuc iu s Thompson, as if the same had been given him in baptism.” Thus, at the age of 18, Abby is given his father’s Christian name ~ which explains why I call him “Abby” rather than “Tony.” But who suggested this change ~ and why? It reminds me of that old joke about the guy named Joseph Vomit who asked a judge to let him change his

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Abby name. “Well, Mr. Vomit,” the judge said, “I can certainly see why you’d want to change it! What would you like to change it to?” “To Kevin, your Honor.” But the laughs stop here, for Abby suddenly disappeared. It happened around 1840, I think, when he was 19. Apparently he went missing from Baltimore, though why he was there and what happened is not clear. What we do know is that he dropped out of sight without informing his family. Did something go wrong at home or did he just want to see the world and “went walkabout”? His family concluded that he must have been the victim of foul play.

Whatever happened, Abby was gone and his father didn’t know whether he was dead or alive. Presumably Dr. Absalom took steps to locate his son, but whatever they were, the search proved fruitless and Abby was not found. At this point, his story (and ours) might end ~ but it doesn’t. We don’t know anything about the relationship bet ween father and son, but there are some faint clues that Dr. Absalom was never the same thereafter. He may have lost interest in the Infirmary, for this reference has turned up: “Isaac Dick son. Educated at F ranklin Academy, Reisterstown MD, University of Maryland 1838. Practiced with Dr. Absalom Thompson



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Abby at Bay Hundred, Talbot County, succeeding Dr. Thompson in 1840.” Was his hospital venture not a success, his medical career ended? Or was he just tired and broken, devastated by the deaths of his and Elizabeth’s babies ~ and now Abby’s disappearance? Absalom may have turned back to his roots, as a landowner and agriculturalist. An article about wheat diseases, referring to “eleven of his farms” was published in the Easton Gazette on July 23, 1842. Whatever went wrong, it hit him suddenly. Just a few weeks later, on September 22, Absalom drew up his last will and testament. Two days later he was dead. The will, recorded in the Talbot County Courthouse, is a telling document. Absalom describes himself as being “sick and weak of body but of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding.” Then, in light of “the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof,” he proceeds to make his bequests. He begins: “I bequeath as follows: Items I give and bequeath all my estate, both real, personal, and mint, of every sort and description, to my dearly beloved son Absalom Christopher Columbus Americus Vespucius Thompson, provided he shall be found alive, who is supposed to be dead, except the legacies hereinafter given.”

This is heart-rending and informative. It shows that Absalom remained committed to his son and left everything to him if he were found alive. We also learn that nothing has been heard from Abby, yet this wording demonstrates that Absalom has not given up hope. The family may suppose Abby to be dead, but a man who accepts that supposition as fact would never have begun his will by leaving everything to the boy. Even more tragic is what the will does not say. It reads as if Dr. Absalom had no immediate family. There is no mention of his wife Elizabeth or of any other children. He names his brother Anthony as Executor. A ll the properties and slaves he leaves to Anthony, and his children, though each bequest includes the phrase “provided that my son shall not return.” But Abby had not been heard from for two long years, so Dr. Anthony wasted no time in disposing of the various properties. This notice appeared 35 days after his brother’s death. It announces a public sale of the personal estate of Dr. Absalom Thompson, deceased, except for “the negroes and growing crop.” Included a re horse s, live stock , farming utensils, furniture, and “a variety of other articles too numerous to mention.” The sale took place at “Mary’s Delight Hall” on Wednesday. November 9, 1842. Then, out of the blue, a letter arrived. It changed everything.



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The letter, addressed to the late Dr. Absalom, was given to his executor, Anthony. We have not found that letter, alas, and do not know whether is still exists. Fortunately, however, the Cambridge Chronicle ran a story about it, on the last day of 1842, under the headline “The Dead Alive, The Lost Found.” According to “a source entitled to full credit,” the letter was from “Absalom C. C. V. Thompson.” In it, Abby explains that he left Baltimore and went to New York where he was

ill for a few weeks. Upon recovery, he went up to Massachusetts where he signed aboard the ship Cadmus for a whaling expedition to the Pacific. The report says Abby wrote the letter from the Pacific and that he expected to be home the following spring (1843). This astonishing let ter threw everything into a cocked hat. It also answers a number of questions. First, there was no misadventure in Baltimore, as Abby seems to have gone a-whaling of his own free will. Second, although it does not explain why Abby would skip the country without dropping his dad so much as a postcard, it does make clear that having done so, he was entirely unable to communicate for a year or more. We may suppose that the Cadmus exchanged mail with other Yankee


whalers when they happened to encounter them. The outbound ship brought letters from home and the inbound ship would carry their mail back. Such encounters were not planned, of course, for the ocean is vast and the vessels went wherever the whales took them. Whaling voyages in the 1840s could last three years or more, so a letter written from the Pacific whaling grounds might take six months or more to reach New England. The article doesn’t say when Abby wrote his letter, but we can pin it down to sometime between January and August of 1842. How do we know that? Well, given the name of the vessel, we were able to discover that she had sailed from Fairhaven,

Mass., in November of 1841, with twenty officers and crew under the command of Capt. Edwin Mayhew. (Herman Melv ille left from this same port just ten months earlier, by the way.) So, with good sailing weather, the Cadmus might have reached the Pacific sometime in January 1842 and begun moving northwest in search of whales. Unexpectedly, we know precisely where Abby was on August 3, 1842 ~ in latitude 23 º 10’ south, longitude 137º 8’ west. We know this because that night, Cadmus ran aground on an uncharted reef (now known as Cadmus Atoll) and went to pieces. A ll her crew were saved, a long with one whaleboat, some water, and a few provisions. The captain

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Abby and five men then sailed over a thousand miles in this open boat to Tahiti, where they arranged for the rest of the crew to be picked up. (Herman Melville was so impressed with the story of the Cadmus wreck and rescue that he used it in his chapter “The Town-Ho’s Story” in Moby Dick.) How Abby got back to the States and when he returned to the Eastern Shore, we have not discovered. But he managed it somehow, for in May of 1844, Abby married Miss Sarah Ann Haddaway of Talbot County. He then became a schoolteacher. By 1845, they are in Wilmington, Del., where their first child, Anne, was born; their second, Sarah, came along the following year. While in Wilmington, Abby came

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across a copy of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” a firstperson account of the horrors of slavery, purportedly written by the escaped slave himself. Abby was f labbergasted. One portion of the Narrative depicts the Bay Hundred area in which Abby grew up and describes in detail the terrible treatment meted out by slave owners there ~ people Abby himself knew. When he read of Edward Covey, the man who farmed the property next to “Mary’s Delight,” he was able to identify whose story he was reading ~ the slave boy he knew as Frederick Bailey. Immediately he published a detailed rebuttal, entitled Falsehood Refuted, in which he made two main points. First, he denounced the entire Narrat ive as a hoa x, insisting that a white abolitionist must have written it because the slave he knew was unable to write, certainly not grammatically. Second, he objected strenuously to the characterization of the men named in the Narrative as being vicious, uncaring and brutal in their treatment of slaves, for he knew them to be good Christian men. His reaction was hardly surprising, but some aspects of Abby’s rebuttal are curious. For one thing, although irate about the “hoax,” his tone is quite reasoned; Falsehood Refuted is not a rant. Clearly, Abby recognized that the Narrative would do great damage to the institution of slavery ~ if it were believed


to be true ~ as well as an aw ful representation of his home and his neighbors. A serious and persuasive reply was what was called for. Abby tried to lessen the sting of slavery, writing: “I was raised among slaves, and have also owned them, and am well aware that the slaves live better and fare better in many respects than free blacks.” He went on, making an extraordinary admission:“Yet, I am positively opposed to slavery, for I know it is a great evil; but the evil falls not upon the slave, but upon the owner.” Abby reveals here how conflicted he was about the morality of slavery. He denies that the slave owners he knows are evil, yet he concedes that slavery makes them evil. Even faced with this dilemma, he could not accept abolition. In Scotland, Douglass read Abby’s rebuttal with glee and penned a most telling reply. He thanked Abby for proving beyond question that his autobiography was valid, that there really was a slave Frederick Douglass (formerly Bailey), that Edward Covey and his farm really

existed, as did all the rest of the men he named. Douglass wrote: “I wish I could make you understand the amount of service you have given me…You have done a piece of antislavery work which no anti-slavery man could do.” He noted that while many people would not believe him, “they will believe you ~ they will believe a slaveholder.” Douglass even expressed concern that Abby would not be much thanked by those he defended. “I am almost certain they will regard you as running before you were sent, and as hav ing spoken when you should have been silent,” he wrote. Wit h a st roke, Doug la ss d ismissed Abby’s claim that the evil of the system does not fall upon the slave but upon the slaveholder. “This is like saying that the evil of being burnt is not felt by the person burnt, but by him who kindles the fire up around him.” As to Abby’s claims that the slave he knew in Bay Hundred wasn’t capable of writing the Narrative, Douglass admits that to be true, saying “I feel myself almost a new

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Abby man ~ freedom has given me a new life. I fancy you would scarcely know me. I think I have altered very much in my general appearance, and I know I have in my manners. You remember when I used to meet you on the road to St. Michael’s or near Mr. Covey’s lane gate, I hardly dared lift my head, and look up to you. If I should meet you now…I presume I might summon sufficient fortitude to look you full in the face.” How extraordinary! Who would have imagined that we would discover a report from an eyewitness, a man who actually saw our Abby, and he would be Frederick Douglass! We know something of the remainder of Abby’s life. After two years in Delaware, the Thompson family returned to Bay Hundred, where their third child was born in 1847. In the Thompson tradition, she was given a splendid name ~ Atlantis. Abby taught school in Wittman where, in 1852, Joseph Seth entered as a first-grader. When Set h published his memoirs 74 years later, he recalled his teacher with six names, though he mixed them up a bit. “My first teacher was Absolum Americus Vespucious Christopher Columbus Thompson. He taught this school for two years then went to Georgia to practice medicine.” (This is the first hint that Abby might have had some medical training.)

At some point, Abby developed a Georgia connection, perhaps as early as 1849. His name appears in an 1852 advertisement in the Easton Gazette, offering to sell 1,300 acres of land in Georgia. Then in November of that year, the Baltimore Sun reported that Abby and his family traveled by steamer to Charleston. Their fourth and last child, George, was born in Georgia in 1853. There is no evidence that Abby ever returned to Maryland. We lose sight of Abby for the next few years, during the run-up to the Civil War. Georgia seceded from the Union in January of 1861 and Abby, 40, enlisted on August 21. He joined the 3rd Regiment of the Georgia Infantry as 1st Sergeant. In 1862, on June 26, he was wounded at King’s Schoolhouse, near Richmond. That August he was appointed Assistant Surgeon, with rank of Captain. An “assistant surgeon” was not a physician, but this appointment suggests that Abby had some medical knowledge, if not formal training. He may have made use of his youthful


experience at his father’s Infirmary. As the war drew to a close in late February of 1865, Abby was repor ted sick and hospita lized. But we know he survived the long ordeal, for he and his family settled in Sandersville, Ga., northeast of Macon. He returned to teaching and may have been ordained as a Methodist minister during the 1870s. In 1876, Abby fell ill and the following May, this notice appeared in the Easton Gazette: Absalom C. C. Thompson now lies in the Old City Cemetery in Sandersville. And so ends the story of the boy with six names. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island. 155

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Hey, Sister! Port of Oxford/Port of Wells by Ian Scott

Called twins in Europe, sisters in the USA, both are anchored in the idea that towns and cities can contribute to international understanding by building bridges to towns and cities in other countries. Twinning/sistering began in Europe in the early 20th century. It gained momentum in the 1940s as people sought to bond war-shattered countries by linking urban communities. Seventy years later, more than 10,000 bilateral relationships link municipalities in the

European Union. In the USA, President Eisenhower proposed a people-to-people, citizen diplomatic initiative in 1956. More than 2,000 US and Canadian cities, states, and counties now have partners in 136 countries: Toledo, OH, is linked with Toledo, Spain; Vancouver, BC, with Odessa, Ukraine; Liberal, KS, with Olney, UK; Rochester, MN, with Knebworth, UK; each alliance rooted in similar economies, shared histories or common interests.

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Wells Harbor What do Oxford and Wells-nextthe-Sea have in common? More than you might think. Both are quintessential small towns. Wellsnext-the-Sea, Norfolk, England (pop. 2,200) is a bit bigger than Oxford (pop. roughly 1,600 including the Oxford Peninsula). Both have their feet in water. Oxford became one of two original ports of entry in Maryland in 1694; Wells has been a port for a thousand years. Wells was active in coastal and European trade when Oxford had major commercial ties to Europe. Both retain live links with the sea through commercial crabbing, sailing, and recreational boating. Both economies largely depend on tourism. Both live with significant flood r i sk s. B ot h h ave bu s y h a rb or s. Both rely on their communities for emergency services (Oxford has a volunteer fire company, Wells has

a volunteer Lifeboat). Both have military links (Oxford has a Coast Guard station, Wells was a naval base in World War II, and last May, Lucy Lavers, one of the “Little Ships” that rescued the British army from Dunkirk in 1939, sailed there again from Wells). And in the last 15 years more than a few Wells people have come to Oxford and more than a few Oxford people have been to Wells. What would sistering mean for the two communities? Toward the end of 2014, groups of like-minded people formed the Oxford-Wells Sistering Committee and the WellsOxford Twinning Committee. Sanctioned, respectively, by the Commissioners of Oxford and the Wells Town Council but set up as community organizations, their joint objectives are several fold. They intend to foster mutual understanding and appreciation between the communities of Oxford and Wells. It will be important to operate as independent bodies at zero cost to the Town of Oxford or the Wells Town Council. They also will develop specific projects reflecting mutual interests and priorities of both communities, including The Young Sailors Exchange Project, which in 2016 will enable young people with limited means to sail on each other’s waters and experience life in the other community. There will also be a Chef Ex-


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Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance Kent County is a treasury of early American history. Its principal towns and back roads abound with beautiful old homes and historic landmarks. The area was first explored by Captain John Smith in 1608. Kent County was founded in 1642 and named for the shire in England that was the home of many of Kent’s earliest colonists. When the first legislature assembled in 1649, Kent County was one of two counties in the colony, thus making it the oldest on the Eastern Shore. It extended from Kent Island to the present boundary. The first settlement, New Yarmouth, thrived for a time and, until the founding of Chestertown, was the area’s economic, social and religious center. Chestertown, the county seat, was founded in 1706 and served as a port of entry during colonial times. A town rich in history, its attractions include a blend of past and present. Its brick sidewalks and attractive antiques stores, restaurants and inns beckon all to wander through the historic district and enjoy homes and places with architecture ranging from the Georgian mansions of wealthy colonial merchants to the elaborate style of the Victorian era. Second largest district of restored 18th-century homes in Maryland, Chestertown is also home to Washington College, the nation’s tenth oldest liberal arts college, founded in 1782. Washington College was also the only college that was given permission by George Washington for the use of his name, as well as given a personal donation of money. The beauty of the Eastern Shore and its waterways, the opportunity for boating and recreation, the tranquility of a rural setting and the ambiance of living history offer both visitors and residents a variety of pleasing experiences. A wealth of events and local entertainment make a visit to Chestertown special at any time of the year. For more information about events and attractions in Kent County, contact the Kent County Visitor Center at 410-778-0416, visit www. kentcounty.com or e-mail tourism@kentcounty.com. For information about the Historical Society of Kent County, call 410-778-3499 or visit www.kentcountyhistory.org/geddes.php. For information specific to Chestertown visit www.chestertown.com. 165


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Reach ~ 50 Years of Collecting at the Chesapeake Bay Marit i me Mu seu m, St. Michael s. Artifacts ranging from gilded eagles to a sailmaker’s sewing machine, a log-built bugeye to an intimate scene of crab pickers. Entry is free for Museum members and children under 6, or $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children 6-17. This exhibition can also be viewed online at abroadreach.cbmm.org and includes images with interpretive text of the 50 objects in the exhibition, many of which were photographed by noted Chesapeake photographer David Harp.

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Thru March 6 Academy Art Museum Faculty Exhibition features artworks created by 14 of the Museum’s instructor-artists and represents the institution’s broad range of class offerings. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

from the National Gallery of Art at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI, pronounced “Rocky,” the name of the artist’s pet turtle) was established to enable and support Rauschenberg’s collaborations w ith ar tisans and workshops abroad. Curator-led tour on February 9 at noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

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L an k a, an d T h ai D r a w in gs at the Academy Art Museum, Ea ston. A s one of A mer ic a’s most iconic 2oth century artists, Rauschenberg was a painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the Pop Art movement. Curator-led tour on February 9 at noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 31 Exhibition: John Rupp er t ~ Grounde d at t he Academy Art Museum, Easton. Sculptor John Ruppert’s recent work on display at the Museum includes elegant shapes he forms from chain-link fabric and cast metals. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

genealogist. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 1 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club in the Talbot County Community Center’s Wye Oak Room from 7 to 9 p.m. Presentation by photographer Nikhil Bahl on “The Power of Simplicity and Expression.” Each year Nikhil leads numerous photography tours and instructional workshops in the United

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10 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 1,8,15,22,29 Fun and Friendship from 3 to 5 p.m. for ages 7 to 11 at the St. Michaels Community Center. Fun, games, music and food. Free. For more info. tel: 410-7456073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 1,8,15,22,29 Monday Night Trivia at t he Ma rke t S t r e e t P ubl ic House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a fun-filled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 2 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit shorehealth.org. 2 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A

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Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 2-March 22 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton, for children ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 2-April 1 2016 Juried Art Show ~ Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore at Ad k ins A rboret um, R id gely. T he ju r ie d show i s open to original two- and threed i men siona l f i ne a r t s i n a l l med iums, includ ing outdoor sc u lpt u re a nd i n st a l lat ion s. T h i s ye a r ’s ju r or, A n ke Va n Wagenberg, is senior curator

at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. There will be a reception on February 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25 Steady and St rong E xercise Class at t he Oxford Community Center with Janet Pfeffer, every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class or $50 per month. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25 Adult Ballr o om C l a s s e s w it h A m a nd a Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com.

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February Calendar 2,5,9,12,16,19,23,26 Free Blood P r e s su r e S c r e en i ng f r om 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511. 2,9,16,23 The Librar y CafĂŠ at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. The weather outside is frightful, so warm yourself up with some coffee or tea (on the librar y!), browse a magazine, read a book, or sit and chat. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 2,16 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambr idge. 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 3 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of explor-

ing nature. A different prompt presented in each session offers a suggestion for the morning’s theme. Bring a bag lunch and dress for both indoor and outdoor forest adventure. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 3 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8193395 or visit evergreeneaston. org. 3 Talk: Memories of World War II by Bill Spicer at the Robbins Heritage Center at the Dorchester County Historical Society, Cambridge. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-228-6175. 3 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800 -477- 6291 or v isit naranon.org. 3,10 iPhone Class with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $45 members, $75 non-members. Preregistration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 3,10,17,24 Meeting: Wednesday


Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 3,10,17,24 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org.

Limited instruction available. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4 OCC Goes to the Movies! February’s feature is The Gang’s All Here at the Oxford Community Center. Free. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.

3,10,17,24 Coffee Music Jam at San Domingo Cof fee, St. Michaels from 6 to 9 p.m. Open to all ages. Come and listen and join the fun! For more info. tel: 410-745-2049. 3-March 9 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Canasta is Back! with C y nthia Pr yon at the Ox ford Community Center. Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 3-March 16 Discover Your World at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Books, art and science for children 3 and up accompanied by an adult. Wednesays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 4 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.

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in the large conference room at Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Easton. Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org.

Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 4,11,18,25 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal w ith issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 4,11,18,25 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 4,11,18,25 Open Mic & Jam at RAR Brewing in Cambridge. 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443-225-5664. 4-March 3 After-School Winter A r t Club at the Academy A r t Museum, Ea ston. Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 4-March 24 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Great Decisions Discussion Program with Dawn Atwater and Richard Harrison

5 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 5 H i s tor y H app y Hou r at t he Bordley History Center, Chester tow n. 4 p.m. L e a r n more about Kent County and Maryland history while enjoying a glass of wine. For more info. tel: 410778-3499 or visit kentcountyhistory.org. 5 Spaghetti Dinner at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 4:30 to 7 p.m. All you can eat for $10 for adults, $5 children 5-12, children under 4 free, family package, 2 children and 2 adults for $25. For more info. tel: 410-228-4640. 5 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists.



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5,12,19,26 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m.

5 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge on the 1st Friday of each month. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. Enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711. 5 Concert: Cracker Unplugged at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 5 Comedian Drew Landry in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490.

5,12,19,26 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 6 Winter Waterfowl Walk at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. 8 a.m. (weather permitting). Walk will include Hail Creek, Shipyard Creek, Cedar Point and Panhandle Point, all sanctuary areas that are ordinarily off limits to the public. For more info. tel: 443-691-9370. 6 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 6 Cooking Demonstration by Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn featuring a “A Valentine’s Dinner.”


10 a.m. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Ticket includes two-hour demonstration, followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass on wine. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 6 Third Annual Chester Gras in Chestertown. 12:30 p.m. Family friendly Mardis-Gras style event in heated tent with a parade, gumbo, music, silent auction and children’s activities. At 7:30 there will be a Mardis Gras dance party at the Garfield Center for the Arts. Music and dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Costumes encouraged. King Cake will be served. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060 or visit garfieldcenter.org.

com/event/ghost-graveyardbus-tour-dorchester-2-6-16/. 6 Holiday Craft Saturday at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 6 to 12. Join the Museum staff for an afternoon of Valentine crafts. $5 per child. Pre-registration required. For

6 Ghost and Graveyard Bus Tour from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. led by Chesapeake Ghost Walks. Did you know that the marshy, forested blackwater region of Dorchester County has had two people vanish without a trace, coffins floating up to the door, a wild man seen in the marsh, two brothers locked in an attic, a location called The Seven Gates of Hell, and a UFO that was seen by scores of people ~ in some cases only feet from the hood of their cars? Hear these and over a dozen more stories about the haunted landscape of lower Dorchester County in the comfort of a luxury bus. For more info. v isit chesapeakeghost walk s. 177


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February Calendar more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6 Play: Compared To What? at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Judith Offer, awardwinning Bay-Area play wright and poet, captures a vital moment in the history of Oakland and civil rights with this smart, perceptive and engaging historical play. 7 p.m. $10 for DCA members, $12 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782. 6 Concert: Matt Hires in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard.

transpor tation, matinee performance ticket, lunch, snack on return trip and all tips & g r at u it ie s). P re -reg i st r at ion required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7 Lecture: Natural Building Design with Steve Layden at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Architectural designer and civil engineer Steve Layden is building a small home in Centreville using sustainable practices. Join Steve to learn about energy efficiency, natural building, and compact living. Visit dumbhome. com for more information about Steve’s building process. $15 members/$20 non-members.

7 Arts Express Bus Trip: East Coast Premier at Opera Philadelphia sponsored by the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Cost: $275 members per person, $300 nonmembers per person (includes 178


For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org.

Scout Troop #741. $6 per person or $18 per family. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076.

Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch). Limited instruction for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-7455877 or visit tcfl.org.

9 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the native flute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227.

8,10,15,17,22,24 Class: Cartooning Made Easy! with Chris Pittman for grades 4 through 8 at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 9 Academy for Lifelong Learning: “The Conversation” ~ a special forum hosted by Talbot Hospice w ith Lisa May. Clark Guthrie Center, Talbot Hospice, Easton. 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 9 Fa mily Winter Craf ts at t he Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Valentine’s Day crafts. 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 9 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at Christ Church, St. Michaels, and assisted by Boy

9,16,23 Class: How to Tame Your Camera - Beginning Photography with Sahm Doherty-Sefton at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $100 members, $130 non-members. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 9,23 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 9,23 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council


February Calendar Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 10 Early Morning Members’ Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Join Nursery Manager Joanne Healey and guest guides for an early morning walk. Dress for the weather. Must be a member to participate. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 10 Winter Walk in the Bayou at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 2 p.m. Explore Pickering Creek’s rarely seen 65-acre wet woods and walk beneath tower oaks and a variety of butt re ssed ha rdwood s. The oa k plant community in these woods is considered very rare for the Eastern Shore and hosts turkeys, wood ducks, woodpeckers, chuck wills widow and a host of other creatures. Rubber knee boots prov ided for those who need

them. For more info. tel: 410822-4903. 10 Valentine’s Day Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 to 4:30 p.m. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 10 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Hunters Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347.

10 Aviation Seminar by Chesapeake Sport Pilot at the Bay Bridge Airport, Stevensville. 7 p.m. Topics for this monthly seminar include Flying 101 ~ Ever Wonder How Those Little Airplanes Get Into the Air?; The Drones Are Coming to an Airport Near You; and The Auto Gyroplane and the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff, among others. Seminars are free, but geared toward adults. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410-604-1717 or visit airportprograms.com.


10,24 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 10,24 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 10-March 2 Academy for Lifelong Learning: From the White Rabbit to Rikki-Tikki Tavi ~ Books of British Victorian Childhood with John Ford, Kate Livie and John Miller in the Van Lennep Auditor ium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 11 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Me e t t he Aut hor: T he Sheldon Goldgeier Lecture Series

with Kate Livie and her book Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay’s Foundation and Future. 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 11 Soup Day at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 11 a.m. to


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The House on the Cliff, a classic mystery/comedy, at the Oxford Communit y Center. Directed by Jay Juppe. Per for ma nc e s are Fridays, Feb. 12 and 19 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays, Feb. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. T h r i f t y T hu r sd ay, fe at u r i ng two-for-one tickets, is Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. For tickets and info. tel: 410-226-0061 or visit tredavonplayers.org.

1 p.m. Homemade soup (vegetable, chicken noodle, dried lima bean), biscuits, dessert and beverage for $3.50. Carry-outs available. For more info. tel: 410-228-5773. 11 Lecture: What Novelists Know A b out R om a nc e T h at C ou ld E n ha nc e You r Relat ion sh ip, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Easton therapist and author Loriann Oberlin reveals fun information and romance tips from the world of literature. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 11 Concert: Bad Bad Hats in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 1 1- 21 T he Tr e d Avon Pl aye r s launch their 2016 season with

12 Meet the Bees at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton, for children in grades 1-3 accompanied by an adult. 1:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 12 Concert: The Susan G. Komen “Concert for the Cure” featuring the PRS Band at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. The Paul Reed Smith Band performs all over the world, including England, Germany, Japan, Canada, and Italy, and we are thrilled to have them at the Avalon Theatre! The band describes their music as “Chesapeake Gumbo” – an Annapolis/ Baltimore music style that is a combination of funk, rock, R & B, jazz, fusion, gospel,


and preserved in the WPA Slave Narrative Collection. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060 or visit garfieldcenter.org.

New Orleans Meters, hiphop, and melodic instrumental music. The premium ticket ($75) includes a pre-concert reception in the theatre, which will begin at 6 p.m., including food and a drink and a chance to meet Paul and his bandmates. There will also be a live auction of a PRS SE Custom 24 guitar. General admission ($40) includes the concert only, with access to a cash bar. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 12,13 Voices of Freedom at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown. Voices of Freedom is a historical theater piece based on the lives of former slaves interviewed during the 1930s as part of the Federal Writer’s Project

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1 3 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 13 Open House at Le Hatcher y Galleria in Easton from 1 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the “Love of Art” where many of our artists will display ar t that in some way ref lects “Love.” Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-310-5070 or visit LeHatchery.Gallery. 13 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith a r t i s t s a s t he y demon s t r ate their work. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit carolinearts.org.

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February Calendar 13 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit cambridgemainstreet.com. 13 Trivia Night at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 7 to 9 p.m. DJ Rusty Griswald hosts trivia with over $200 in prizes awarded. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 13 Concert: Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. This note-for-note, cutfor-cut tribute to THE greatest classic rock album of all time is not by a cover band pretending to be the incomparable Pink Floyd. Instead, this special performance features some of the finest musicians in North America recapturing the very essence of Floyd’s groundbreaking musical landmark in a pitch-perfect, gimmickfree stage show. $40. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 13,27 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 Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit fire and ambulance services. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 14 Concert: Bill Frisell - When You Wish Upon a Star at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. With his “When You Wish Upon a Star” show, the ever-versatile guitarist Bill Frisell draws upon and celebrates the classic theme music we’ve heard on the large and small screens and how it shapes and informs our emotional relationships with them. $45. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 14-18 Winter Silent Retreat at Camp Pecomet h and Retreat Ministries in Centreville. The week kicks off with the Winter Silent Day, with an overnight optional stay available. Facilitated by Rev. Karen Moore and Anita Wood, you’ll experience a daily rhythm of prayer, simple meals,



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and so much more. For more info. tel: 410-556-6900 or visit pecometh.org/winter-silent-retreat. 16 CBMM Friend-Raiser at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., the Friend-Raiser open house will include complimentar y refreshments and the opportunity for prospective volunteers to learn more about docent volunteering opportunities. This social event is free, with registration required. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 16,23 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Who’s Driving Your Bus? with Lynn Sanchez. 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Van Lennep Audtorium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Explore the things that get in the way of us being in the driver’s seat of our own lives. For more info. tel: 410-

16-March 15 Class: Leap Year Challenge! 29 Small Watercolors in 29 Short Days with Heather Crow at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. $185 members, $215 non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17 Open House at St. Luke’s School in St. Michaels from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet the teachers and observe classes. Preschool program for ages 2 to 4 in a Christian environment. Snow date Feb. 24. For more info. tel: 443-924-6119. 17 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 17 Wednesday A f ternoon Book Club on Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 17 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.



February Calendar 17 Class: Running Your Smar t Home on Your Android or iPhone Smar tphone w ith Scott K ane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $25 members, $55 non-members. Preregistration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 18 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. 18 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Bring the whole family to the library for an evening of board games and fun educational children’s games. For all ages (children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult). 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 18 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. 18 Concert: Anders Osborne with

special guest Amy Helm at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals, and piercing guitar work, Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. $35. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 19 Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128. 19 Paintbrush Party: Friend and FUNdraiser to benefit Adkins Arboretum at the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, Centreville. 7 to 9 p.m. Uncork your inner artist and delight in making your own masterpiece while enjoying music, refreshments and good company. Step-by-step instr uction by local ar tist to complete painting. $45. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 19-28 Play: The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060 or visit garfieldcenter.org.


20 Rummage Sale at the Oxford Firehouse. 9 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 20 Cooking Demonstration by Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn featuring a “Mid-Winter’s Dinner.” 10 a.m. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Ticket includes two-hour demonstration, followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass of wine. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 20 The Tidewater Camera Club will host a travel photography workshop led by Roger Maki and Cal Jackson at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop

is free and open to the public, but adva nced reg ist rat ion is required by February 15 and is limited to the first 50 people. There will be a follow-up photo critique session of participants’ photos on Saturday, March 12. For more info. and to register tel: 410 -4 43 - 7031 or e -ma i l rmaki1948@gmail.com. 20 Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along w ith a brief talk about nutrition. $20 members, $25 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 20 Music: Claire Anthony plays at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. Talented folk/indie/acoustic musician Claire Anthony from Baltimore entertains in the Tavern. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 22-March 28 Academy for Life-

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February Calendar long L ear ning: Tr ue Stor ies, Well Told with Glory Aiken in the Dorchester House, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 23 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221000, ext. 5411. 23 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. 24 Lecture: The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center presents guest speaker Kate Livie on The Oysters and the Bay ~ Ties That Bind. 7 p.m. at CBEC’s Education Building in Grasonville. Livie is a writer, historian, and education director of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Her presentation will cover the history, culture and future of the Bay’s beloved bivalve. For more info. tel: 410-827-6694 or e-mail knelson@bayrestoration.org.

2 4-2 6 Work shop: Water c olor East and West w ith Or iental Brush painting artist Sihnja Ahn Whitely with the St. Michaels Art League. $200 members, $245 non-members. For more info. about registration and venue tel: 410-598-5548 or visit smartleague.org. 24-March 9 Academy for Lifelong Learning: What Were They Thinking? with Sam Barnett and Bob Lonergan in the large conference room at Eastern Shore L a nd C on s e r v a nc y, E a s ton . Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Take a look at ethical issues in business. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 25 Workshop: Book ’Em ~ How to Tame Your Photos with Lynn Reynolds at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $85 members, $105 nonmembers (materials included). Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS


(2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

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25-Ma r c h 17 L e c t u re s: Magnificent Movie Music II with Dr. Rachel Franklin at the Academy A r t Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This lecture series is a sequel to last spring’s wildly successful Symphony Study course on f i lm music. P re -reg ist rat ion required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

26-27 National Outdoor Show at the South Dorchester PreK-8 School in Church Creek. Enjoy a slice of authentic Dorchester County culture with oyster shucking, log sawing, muskrat skinning, duck calling, and beauty pageant during the 71st annual National Outdoor Show. The event opens Friday evening with a pageant to name Miss Outdoors, followed by the world championship muskrat skinning semi-finals. The event c ont i nue s on Sat u r d ay w it h Little Miss and Little Mister Outdoors, game cooking demo, police K-9 demo, duck and goose

26 Concert: The Jayplayers and The Quixote Project in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel:



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February Calendar calling contests, and more championship muskrat skinning. You can even taste muskrat prepared the traditional way (Saturday only; while supplies last). This one-of-a-kind event was featured in a PBS documentary, Muskrat Lovely. Adults $7, children ages 3 to 12 $3. For more info. visit NationalOutdoorShow.org. 27 Micro-Workshop: How to Varn i sh a nd F r a me you r O i l or Acr yl ic Pa i nt i ng w it h D ia ne DuBois Mulally at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $50 members, $80 non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 27 Workshop: iPhone Photography Basics with Karen Klinedinst at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 4 p.m. Learn camera techniques t hat a re exclusive to iPhone photography and discover which apps are best for image capture. $45 members/$55 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 27 Family Movies at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. The Railway Children at 2 p.m. For ages 7 and older. For

more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 27 6th Annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair from noon to 3 p.m. at the Annapolis High School Cafeteria and Auditorium. For grades 6 to 12+. The Marine and Maritime Career Fair is a unique 3-hour event that gives attendees the opportunity to network with professionals and entrepreneurs, attend social sessions with mentors from across the marine and maritime professions, learn about the education and training needed, and more. Student pre-registrations is open at eycfoundation.org. 27 Concert: Sarah Borges in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 28 Crawfish Boil and Muskrat Stew Fest at Cannery Way Park, Race Street, Cambridge. Noon to 5 p.m. The festival happens every year the day after the National Outdoor Show, a celebration of local culture with muskrat skinning championships that draw contenders from Maryland and from Louisiana, where muskrat are prevalent. (That’s where the crawfish come in.) The outdoor event features live music, food, libations, and a bottomless sup-


ply of t he tit le at tract ions ~ Dorchester County Muskrat Stew & Boiled Crawfish f lown in live from Louisiana. $5 admission charge. For more info. tel: 410228-0108 or visit facebook.com/ crabigras.

with different materials and are not formal art lessons. They are designed to spark creativity and to appeal to novices and professional artists alike. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

29 Field Trip for Grownups Winter Workshop at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Field Trips for Grownups are designed to a llow adults to ex per ience a Museum ex hibition in a new hands-on way. A FTGU consists of an informal tour/chat about the exhibition(s) on view and a related art project. Projects are designed to get adults thinking, ex per iment ing, a nd work ing

29-March 28 Academy for Lifelong Learning: From Script to Screen ~ How Movies are Made with Liza Ledford and Sandra Joh n s on i n t he Va n L en nep Auditor ium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime museum, St. Michaels. Mondays f rom 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ cbmm.org.

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