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Features: About the Cover Photographer: Donna Tolbert-Anderson . . . . . . . . 7 Pearl Clutching: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 National WWII Museum: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Winter Running - Escaping the Ordinary: Michael Valliant . . . . . . 45 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Disney Cruise Magic: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 A Valentine Promise: Becca Newell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 The Bungalo Mystery - Part II: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Life in Easton in 1796: James Dawson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Oxford Maryland Polar Dip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

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About the Cover Photographer Donna Tolbert-Anderson Donna Tolbert-Anderson shares her love of the natural world through her wildlife photography, allowing others to see the beauty and wonder of nature. Since she started bird watching at an early age, the transition to nature photography was an extension of her love of the outdoors. Birds are her most sought-af ter subjects, especially hummingbirds. The Chesapeake Bay region offers many rich, diverse habitats for a nature photographer, and the majority of her images capture the wildlife of the Delmarva Peninsula. Her trips to Florida, Texas, Arizona and other areas have offered opportunities to photograph other wild-

life not found locally on the Shore. Donna is a member of the Tidewater Camera Club, Academy Art Museum, Talbot County Bird Club, Adkins Arboretum and the Tucson Audubon Society. Her work has been published in various local magazines, exhibited at the Waterfowl Festival, and was juried into an exhibit at the Academy Art Museum. She is also a local vendor at the Easton Farmers Market, offering giclÊe canvases and fine art prints of her work. The image on the cover is of two mute swans in a snowstorm. Donna’s work can be viewed on her website, capt uringnat uresimages.com.

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Pearl Clutching by Helen Chappell

Clutching one’s pearls has become the new byword for shock and dismay in a world that has become increasingly shocking and dismaying. If you don’t have pearls to clutch in reaction to some social horror, go out and buy yourself a set. You’re going to be needing them. If you haven’t watched The Crown on Netf lix, you really must. In this five-part series on the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II, three generations of British queens all wear pearls. Tons of pearls. Pearls for every event and every occasion. Apparently, if you are mid-century royalty, you wear pearls. One strand, two strands, three strands, or, in the case of rigid Queen Mary, about 16,000 strands. The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret all had their pearls, too. In this reality-based soap opera, if you don’t have pearls, you’re a peasant or a man (although it wouldn’t have surprised me if some of the men in this series wore pearls, too. Just not in public.) Then, back in the girdled ’50s, royalty’s sudsy life was that of some highly beaded birds in a gilded cage. Controlled and corralled

by some old men who kept the royals rounded up and behaving majestically, Elizabeth and Margaret, especially, were prisoners of the myth and the straightjacket of propriety. And, like good obedient girls, they toed the line. About the only time any of the queens showed emotion was by touching those damned pearls. Extreme emotion was clutching the pearls. So I’ve decided it would make a

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great drinking game. Every time Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, or Princess Margaret wears those pearls, you take a shot. And, by the end of the series, you’d be ready for rehab. Confession: I have pearls. I have a single strand, which I bought for myself, and a three-strand number I inherited from my mother. You say pearls are quaint and outdated? I think not. What else are you going to wear to funerals, weddings and court? And, believe me, I’ve worn my pearls to all three events. They give you an air of respectability you desperately need in these situations. Add some pearl earrings, and you’re ready to testify! So, yes, I do have pearls, and I will metaphorically clutch them when confronted with acts of lesse-majeste. If you had the minimum of home training during the middle of the last century, and a lot of us did, you

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Pearl Clutching learned certain things were Done and certain things were Not Done. You learned this stuff at the knees of your female relatives, and it was drummed into you. Happily, a lot of these conventions have fallen by the wayside. I am not sorry to see hats and white gloves fall from fashion, and I have been known to put my elbows on the table, I’m sorry to say. As an avid reader of advice columns, I’m interested to note that I’m not the only one who is unsettled by receiving invitations with a list of gifts expected, and registries printed right on the card. When did a wedding or shower be-

come a greedy gift grab? Not that I begrudge giving a gift, mind you, but I really hate to feel as if I’m being commanded to produce a place setting in the Regency Futurama pattern, or I’m to bring a pack of diapers to a baby shower or be denied admittance.

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Pearl Clutching When the invite comes with a list of wanted gifts stapled to it, I do wonder if someone was raised by wolves. (The answer, often, is yes). So, yes, I clutch my pearls. I’d say it was just me, and I’m old fashioned and a curmudgeon, but those advice columns are filled with similar tales of woe and puzzlement, from people confronted with the gift grab. Take the Mother of the Bride who commands that a gift cost at least the $75-a-plate of the reception dinner. Think of the poor bridesmaid who finds herself shelling out not just the $400 for the dress, but also airfare and ho-

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DEAR SO AND SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFT. BUBBA AND I WILL ENJOY IT! LUVTIFFANY

There is such a sense of entitlement when it comes to the Bridezillas and Pregzillas anymore. The advice ladies (and they are all at least nominally female) must get exhausted from repeating how wrong the Greedy Gift Grab is ~ what poor manners! And yet it continues, as does the pearl clutching. Whatever happened to the discreet inquiry as to where the celebrant is registered, and what is on the wish list? Mothers of the bride and groom used to handle this chore, but no more. And you can wait until hell freezes over for your e-mailed, form thank-you note.

If this trend continues, and I have no doubt that it will, many of us will wear out our pearls with all the clutching we’ll be doing. Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels.

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The National World War II Museum A Tribute to Courage by Dick Cooper

My wife, Pat, and I were in the National World War II Museum’s Road to Tokyo exhibit, under the palms of a simulated tropical island with the sounds of sporadic gunfire and men shouting in the background, when I felt a lump rise in my throat. There, on a map of the South Pacific island of Guadalcanal, known by soldiers as the “Green Hell,” was Henderson Field. In my mind, the name of this remote jungle airstrip was synonymous with fear and disease. That’s

where yellow fever almost killed my dad. During the few times he talked about it, he would try to make light, saying he was so sick that when the enemy bombs fell he wasn’t sure if he should jump into the foxhole or the latrine. Dad was not big on war stories. Neither was Pat’s father, a bombardier who f lew numerous combat missions over Europe in a Mitchell B-25. One of the few stories he shared with his family was how,

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what our fathers went through in those formative years of their lives. Fortunately, for our and future generations, the museum is much more than a repository for important artifacts of a monstrous time in world history when 65 million people died at the hands of others. The curators have designed a massive, interactive collection of war stories using creative physical, visual and sound techniques. Thou sa nd s of or a l h i stor ie s of veterans, many of them collected by the late author and historian Stephen E. A mbrose, one of the museum’s founders, were used to construct linear narratives of both the European and Pacific theaters

while on sentry duty in North Africa, he was under orders to shoot anything that moved. He shot at a rustle in the dark only to discover in morning he had wounded another soldier’s laundry hanging on the line to dry. Like so many young men and women who served in World War II, our fathers did not talk about the war in polite company, and especially not with their children. The nation had been at war, they were called, they did their part, they came home. Period. One of our reasons for visiting the museum during a recent trip to New Orleans was to learn more about

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Take the elevator to the catwalks, and you can look into the cockpit of My Gal Sal, a four-engine B-17, or be on eye level with a .50 caliber with a gunner at the ready. On the main f loor of the building, you can

of the war. A mbrose sought out regular GIs, much like our fathers, who did amazing things in defense of freedom. The museum skillfully weaves their personal experiences with violence and destruction to bring history close to the surface. The museum encompasses six acres and includes five buildings w ith plans for ex pansion. They are large buildings designed to showc ase ver y big objec ts. The U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, is a soaring, glass-fronted building where bombers and fighter planes hang from the ceiling like so many models in a boy’s bedroom.

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Cit y is the home of the Higgins Industries, the company that built the iconic World War II landing craft that made large-scale troop invasions from the sea possible. According to t he museum’s website, n a t i o n a l w w 2 m u s e u m . o r g, the company had 75 employees before the war and 25,000 by the time the Japanese surrendered in 1945. They built 20,000 small boats for the military, including P.T. boats as well as several types of landing craf t. In 2003, Congress designated the museum as the national World War II Museum, and private and federal funds have fueled its grow th. It is now ranked one of the best museums in the country by Tripadvisor.com. At the star t of War World II, most A mer ic a ns lived in sma l l tow ns and farms, and when the men were drafted, they were usu-

experience the Final Mission of the U.S.S. Tang, the most decorated submarine in U.S. naval history. As you enter the exhibit, you are given a name tag and a duty station. The sight-and-sound simulator gives you a sensation of motion as the vessel attacks a Japanese convoy. Then, in a heart-wrenching moment, you realize the last torpedo has boomeranged and is heading your way. When it slams into the sub, the room rocks. All but nine of the Tang’s crew were killed. As you leave the “sub,” you face a wall of photos of the crew and are asked to see if your sailor survived. None of those on our visit made it out alive. The World War II Museum originally opened in 2000 as the national D -Day Museum. It was built in New Orleans because the Crescent

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Pullman train car at the museum. ally moved by train. It is fitting t hat a f ter get t ing a t icket, you board a “train car” complete with hard wooden bench seats. As the car begins to sway and rural scenery f lashes by the windows, guests sign in to a touch screen and are

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in the battle-torn forests until you reach the end of the War in Europe. Another escalator takes you to the Road to Tokyo. There, using the same mix of artifacts, videos and oral histories, the story of the war at sea and from island to island is made personal. The most memorable part of our visit was the 4-D movie Beyond All Boundaries that plays every hour in the Victory Theater. An advanced warning told us that the violent and graphic content may not be appropriate for children and that people with pacemakers should not sit in the electrified seats. Narrated by Tom Hanks, and with an A-list of voice actors, the production is much more t ha n a mov ie. Pa nora mic

given the name of a veteran and his war history. An escalator and a bridge take visitors to the Campaigns of Courage Building. The first f loor houses the Road to Berlin exhibit and continues the use of personal stories as visitors wind through full-scale dioramas of North Africa and Italy. At every turn, there are kiosks that show short interviews with veterans telling their stories. Videos of inter v iews and black-and-white films are projected on the “ruins� of European villages or on the walls of Quonset huts. L anding craf t unload on the beaches and are met with bullets and bombs. Snow falls

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we were almost blinded by a silent f lash of white light followed in seconds by a thunderous roar, the violent shaking of our seats and then we were hit by a rush of air. The entire audience was at f irst unner ved and then silenced by the experience. As Tom Hanks brought the experience to a close in a f lurry of patriotic salutes, there were few dry eyes in the audience. When it was over, we all filed out quietly, deeply moved by what we had all just seen, heard and felt. Our generation, the Baby Boomers who were born right after the war, grew up with the fear that another World War could break out at any moment. Fallout shelters were marked on public buildings, and we

sweeps of multiple cameras trick your brain into thinking you are in the middle of the action. The story of the World at War unfolds before you in sight and sound. Newsreel footage takes on new life as color and action race before you. I almost dived under my seat when a Panzer came out of nowhere and ran over my foxhole. Brutality and man’s inhumanity to man were on the screen for all to see. From the bodies of soldiers tossing in the surf on a Normandy beachhead to the atrocities of the Holocaust, there was no attempt to sugar-coat or glorify war. When, near the end of the production, atomic bombs are dropped on

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might have wanted to shelter us from the horrors they saw. But we both felt that this museum’s collection of the war stories of others helped memorialize the sacrifice they and their fellow servicemen made to give us the lives we have enjoyed. The sur vivors of World War II are now in their late 80s and 90s. Every day, 372 of them die. The museum serves as a reminder of what they did and that it takes a unified nation, working together, to preserve and protect our democracy.

were taught in grade school how to hide under our desks in case of nuclear attack. But, for the most part, our parents sheltered us from the knowledge of how bad World War II really was. The war stories we remember were told by Hollywood and were cleaned up and spun to make it all a little softer than reality. Pat and I both were struck by how t he museu m c onveyed t he fact that almost ever y aspect of daily life was consumed by and focused on the war effort. About one out of every eight Americans served in World War II. We could also understand why our fathers

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WWII Museum aspects of the museum before they visit. It also provides a deeper dive into information about the war for students of history. Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. An eBook anthology of his writings for the Tidewater Times and other publications, East of the Chesapeake: Skipjacks, Flyboys and Sailors, True Tales of the Eastern Shore, is now available at amazon.com. Dick and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be reached at dickcooper@coopermediaassociates.com.

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Winter Running Escaping the Ordinary by Michael Valliant

It was nine degrees as the sun came up at Tuckahoe State Park. Five runners were pulling on hats and gloves and lacing up shoes to go mess up the new snow on the wooded trails. There is an exhilaration that comes from winter running that can’t be found by any other means. Let’s take a step back. Before we convince ourselves to run in the winter, why run in the first place? I ran three miles for the first time when I was 15 years old. I went out for the high school cross country

team because I was tired of playing soccer. I circled back to running to get myself in shape in my 20s, and again in my 30s and 40s. I began running marathons and ultramarathons (any distance longer than 26.2 miles) as a way to adventure, as a way to stretch my body and soul, and as a way to combat middle-aged couch sitting. Dean Karnazes, who wrote the book Ultramarathon Man, has long been a source of inspiration for me and others. “I run to breathe the fresh air. I

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Winter Running run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary,” Karnazes wrote. “I run… to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.” There are a few types of runners: those who go inside and run on a treadmill for the winter; those who trade in their running for another pursuit when it is cold out; and those who carry on regardless of the season or the weather. Some people may be a combination of all three. Those who run for the reasons Karnazes mentioned will likely still be seen on the side of the road or running through town through the

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awake. They toughen the skin. They make sweat from a winter run feel better earned than money. Adventures are made up largely of cold bones, and shelter was invented because of cold bones. In the winter, cold bones remind me I am alive. But that’s me. Not all runners run for soulful reasons. Some run to keep in shape or get in shape. Winter is the season of New Year’s resolutions. Here are some tips that are worth following whatever your reason for running in the winter. “The biggest thing for running in the winter is to stay hydrated,” said Jason Chance, running and triathlon coach and, with his wife, Laura, owner of Tri Cycle and Run in St. Michaels. “It’s easy not to realize how much you have been

winter months. I once ran during the middle of a blizzard through the streets of Easton with a pediatrician and a physician’s assistant, each of us shunning the common sense that said to stay inside. “Running in the snow has its own special qualities ~ softness, quiet, the white landscape ~ and it can make you feel like a kid again,” according to runner and author Claire Kowalchik. She is my kind of winter runner: a kid turned loose in the cold and snow. Winter running makes for cold bones. There is something about cold bones that can call us to action. Cold bones shake the soul

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to running comfortably all winter. Layers allow you to be warm at the start of a run, and then you can easily shed them as you warm up.” Run with a pack. If there is anything I have learned about winter and bad-weather running, it’s that finding training partners for motivation and accountability is key. I am a whole lot more likely to get up and brave the cold if I know someone is going to be waiting for me. There have been many mornings where camaraderie has been the motivation to get up and go meet in the early hours to run. Winter is also a great time to mix in some off-the-road running. Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area in Wye Mills has a

sweating when it’s cold outside.” Layering your clothes is also a key to comfortable winter running. A long-sleeve shirt (made of technical fabric or merino wool) and light jacket to combat the wind, gloves and a winter hat, as well as tights or running pants are in most outdoor winter running kits. Wool running socks have saved my feet during more winter runs than I can count ~ I used to give Smartwool socks to anyone who got into trail running with me. “When dressing for chilly temps, remember that once you get moving that your body heats up fast ~ leaving you too warm if you’re bundled up,” writes Susan Paul in an advice column for Runner’s World magazine, a great read and resource for anyone getting into running. “Dressing in layers is the key

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combination of gravel and dirt roads as well as wooded trails and open fields. Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely has been our band of runners’ preferred winter running location for more than a decade, with abundant single-track trails, as many hills as the Eastern Shore has to offer, and even a creek crossing for those foolhardy enough to brave it (not recommended).

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newfound appreciation for the warmth of going back inside. I don’t know if John Steinbeck was a runner. But he could have been talking about winter running when he wrote, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

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Fondue ~ A Family Favorite! Fondue night was one of my family traditions growing up, and we still love it. Along with lava lamps and shag carpeting, fondue is making a comeback. This unassuming little dish from Switzerland is coming back into fashion. Its resurgence is unmistakable in gourmet magazine articles and kitchenware stores. The concept couldn’t be easier. In the middle of the table goes a communal pot filled with melted cheese (the classic fondue), oil (for fondue bourguinon) or melted chocolate (for a sinful dessert). Into the pot go spears of bread, beef cubes or fruit. How much easier can a host have it? Fondue is perfect for a large party, or an intimate Valentine event for couples. You can station different fondue pots around the room, each one offering a different combination. If you aren’t in a party mood, fondue makes a perfect weekday meal. Cheese fondue goes from stovetop to table in about 10 minutes. And the best part is, kids think it is way cool. So, whether it is a romantic

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When considering which pot to purchase, think about what you are going to prepare. For instance, if you like hot oil or broth fondue (where you dip food into the hot oil and cook it), you’ll need a cast-iron or other heat-retaining pot. A ceramic one won’t be able to withstand the intense heat. However, a ceramic pot is the perfect choice for cheese and chocolate fondues, or any recipe that tends to scorch easily. A copper pot wins style points, but a stainless steel set is versatile enough for any recipe ~ just make sure it has a thick bottom to evenly distribute heat. The most versatile heat source is canned heat or Sterno. A portable gas burner is great because it heats the oil quickly and you can turn it off. With electric you must remove the pot from the burner or it could scorch your fondue, since it takes a while to cool down. Canned heat is portable, without any cords to worry about. Last, but not least, you’ll need some fondue forks. Try to find ones with differently colored handles. This way, guests can keep track of

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sun-dried tomatoes or olives * For a dessert fondue, mandarin oranges, whole strawberries and cubes of pound cake make ideal dippers

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Transfer pot to a fondue burner with a high f lame. Allow guests to cook their beef until browned around the edges and cooked through. Dip in sauce before eating.

to let the f lavors blend. The sauce can be prepared up to 1 day ahead, covered and refrigerated. Serve at room temperature. Melt enough shortening in a metal fondue pot to come halfway up the sides. Heat on the kitchen stove over high heat until a deepfrying thermometer reads 375°.

ADDITIONAL SAUCES Aioli: Combine 1 cup mayonnaise with 1 garlic clove (or more) ground through a press. Roquefort Mayonnaise: Combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 1/2 cup sour cream, 3 oz. crumbled Roquefort cheese and 1/4 t. ground pepper. Mustard: For heat lovers, combine dry mustard, preferably Colman’s, with enough water to make a thick paste.

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to a cutting board and chop them coarsely. Reserve the porcini and soaking liquid. Melt the butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shiitake mushrooms and sauté until tender (about 3 minutes). Add shallots; sauté 1 minute. Add the porcini mushrooms and soaking liquid, leaving any sediment from the liquid behind. Increase the heat to high and simmer until the liquid evaporates. Toss the cubed Brie with cornstarch to coat in a large bowl. Add wine to mushrooms. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the cheese to the mushrooms in small batches, whisking after each addition. Be sure to wait un-

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Rub the inside of a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan with the garlic; discard the garlic. Add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a bare simmer over medium heat. In a medium bowl, toss the Gruyere, Emmentaler and Appenzeller cheese with the cornstarch. A handful at a time, stir the cheese into the wine, stirring each batch until it is almost completely melted before adding another. The fondue can bubble gently, but do not boil. Stir in the kirsch and season with nutmeg and pepper. Transfer to a fondue pot and keep warm over a burner. Serve with cubes of crusty bread, boiled new potatoes, chopped vegetables, or other dippers of your choice. Note: If you can find only one or two of these cheeses, don’t worry. Use about 1 pound of whatever you can get.

til the cheese melts before adding more. Continue whisking until mixture is smooth and just begins to simmer. Do not boil as this will cause the fondue to separate. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the mixture to a fondue pot. Set pot over candle or canned heat burner. Serve immediately.

CLASSIC SWISS THREE-CHEESE FONDUE Serves 4-6 1 garlic clove, peeled 1 cup dry white wine 1 T. fresh lemon juice 8 oz. Gruyere cheese, with the rind trimmed and discarded, cheese shredded (about 2-1/2 cups) 8 oz. Emmentaler cheese, rind trimmed and discarded, cheese shredded (about 2-1/2 cups) 3 oz. Appenzeller cheese, cut into small cubes (about 1/2 cup) - See note 4 t. cornstarch 1 T. kirsch A few gratings of fresh nutmeg Freshly ground pepper to taste

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tard, salt, hot sauce and Old Bay. Gently fold in the crabmeat until just blended. Spoon the mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle with the panko mixture. Bake on the top rack until the topping is browned and the filling is hot and bubbly, 35 minutes. Serve with celery and your favorite crackers.

Preheat oven to 375°. Spray a small 6- by 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the panko, cheese and parsley in a small bowl. Whisk the cream cheese in a large bowl or food processor until completely smooth. Stir in the mayonnaise, milk, shallot, chives, lemon juice, Worcestershire, mus-

EASY FONDUE with VEGGIES 12 fingerling potatoes, cut in half (1-inch baby potatoes may be substituted) 1 T. extra-virgin olive oil 1 shallot, finely chopped 1 cup half-and-half 8 oz. cream cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

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and reduce heat to simmer. To a heavy saucepan over moderate heat, add 1 tablespoon oil and the chopped shallots. SautÊ shallots for 2 to 3 minutes, until they begin to get golden brown. Add half-and-half to the pan and reduce heat to low. Cut cream cheese into 1-inch slices and add to the pot. Allow the cream cheese to slowly melt into the half-andhalf, 5 minutes. Add Parmesan and shredded Gruyere or Swiss to the sauce and stir until cheese is melted and fully incorporated. Stir in lemon juice. Season sauce with nutmeg and black pepper. Transfer cheese sauce to fondue pot or place saucepan over wire rack and burning candle. To simmering salted water, add broccoli and cook f lorets, covered, 3 minutes. Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon to a plate and add asparagus tips. Cook the asparagus tips 2 minutes, then remove with tongs to a plate. If you would prefer not to cook the veggies, you don’t have to. Arrange the items for dipping on a large serving platter. Garnish the cooked potatoes with chives. Set the cubed baguette on the opposite end of the platter, to balance the color. Between the potatoes and the bread, arrange cooked broccoli, asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Set out fondue forks or bamboo skewers for dipping.

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Transfer sauce to small fondue pot or f lameproof ceramic bowl. Set pot over candle or canned heat burner. Serve with fresh fruit. CLASSIC CHOCOLATE FONDUE Serves 4 to 6 3/4 cup heavy cream 12 oz. high-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 1-2 T. cognac, brandy or liqueur (optional)

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In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the cream until very hot. Add chocolate and let stand until softened, about 3 minutes. Add cognac and whisk until smooth. Transfer to a ceramic fondue pot or ceramic chaffing dish and keep warm over a candle. Serve immediately with the dipping ingredients of choice. A longtime resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith-Doyle, formerly Denver’s NBC Channel 9 Children’s Chef, now teaches both adult and children’s cooking classes on the south shore of Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and son. For more of Pam’s recipes, visit the Story Archive tab at www.tidewatertimes.com.

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Disney Cruise Magic by Bonna L. Nelson

“Nana, this was the best vacation ever!” ~ Isabella “Bella” Travers, age 7 Mickey and Minnie Mouse greeted us with hugs in the Miami Port Terminal, posed for photographs and gave autographs. This was an exciting initiation to the magic of a family Disney cruise over a year in the planning. Registration was quick and easy, as we had downloaded all the paperwork prior to boarding. Luggage was whisked away by porters to be delivered to our rooms, and we boarded with just our totes and backpacks. Friends asked why we had chosen a cruise instead of going to Disney World. We planned our trip with Disney Travel Specialist Cameron Fisher, who came highly recommended and was ver y ef fective. Cameron steered us in the cruise direction based on granddaughter Bella’s desire to meet the Disney princesses and Mickey Mouse and friends. There is more access to Disney characters and princesses on the cruises, with a zero- to fiveminute wait, as compared to two hours or more at Disney World. Plus, there are always characters walking the ship unannounced. We t houg ht t he cr uise wa s a better deal financially as well. The

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took a quick tour of the Disney Magic. In our party with Bella were John (Pop Pop) and me (Nana), and her mom and dad (Holly and Randy). We entered the multi-storied atrium decorated for Christmas with an eight-foot-tall gingerbread house, a sparkling 15-foot Christmas tree, and boughs of pine draped on the curving staircases. Next, with a wide-eyed, smiling Bella, we explored the Oceaneer Club for children age 3 to 12, only open to grown-ups on sail-away day. We wandered through several rooms dedicated to arts and crafts, games, science and toys. We registered Bella and the four adults authorized to drop off or pick her up. She enjoyed the tour and asked to visit the Oceaneer Club several times during the cruise, giving the adults a bit of a break. After one visit, she returned beaming and

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Disney Cruise Magic with a queen bed, sofa bed, two bathrooms, a desk, large closet, cabinetry and television. The room staff made up the sofa bed for Bella every night while we were at dinner, and pulled a dividing curtain. The rooms were cleaned daily, and special toiletries were provided. The staff greeted us by name every day. After a mandatory safety drill, most vacationers went to an upper mid-deck to watch the Sail Away Party. We took photos of the Miami Port with its rich blue water and sky, and swayed with the Disney characters dancing on a stage above one of the pools. Bella was all smiles as she rocked and rolled with Mickey and Minnie.

Turkey. After the first night, they knew our drink preferences and had them ready before our arrival. Bella looked forward to seeing Cindy and Emrah every night, and they always gave us a carton of almond milk for the room refrigerator. This was Bella’s beverage of choice due to allergies to cow’s milk. Every evening Cindy and Emrah gave us dining recommendations and tips about the evening’s entertainment and the following day’s events. On t wo evenings, Cindy had the chef prepare special Caribbean dishes just for us. We had jerk chicken, spicy and falling off the bone, with rice and beans. We had shared with her our fondness for the Caribbean islands that we had visited and how much we loved the food. We enjoyed nightly entertainment, including two Disney musical theatrical productions of Cinderella and Tangled (Rapunzel), the firstr un show ing of the new Disney movie Moana, and the highlight of the week, Pirate Night.

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For Pirate Night, everyone dresses in pirate garb in some fashion, from the free bandanas (delivered to our rooms), striped shirts and eye patches, to full-f ledged Captain Hook-type gear. Even Mickey and the gang dressed like pirates, and danced and sang on the outdoor stage. Captain Hook and Mister Smee dropped down to the stage on ropes. The evening culminated in spectacular fireworks over the ocean. Disney Cruise Line is the only one that provides a fireworks show. The look of amazement on the children’s faces was priceless. One of Bella’s favorite activities was the Bibbidi Bobbidy Boutique experience, where fairy godmothers change little girls into princesses.

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Disney Cruise Magic two other gowns from home, thanks to a wise tip from Cameron. The costume prices onboard were four times as much as at home. Bella pranced and posed around the ship and showed her crown to Cindy at dinner.

on the island. Beverage and ice cream machines were also nearby. While Bella was in the water and I sat in a chair at the water’s edge watching her, she expressed her feelings about making the trip ~ “Nana, this was the best vacation ever!” This proclamation made all the planning so worthwhile. I also asked John, Randy and Holly about their favorite Disney cruise experience, and the consensus was spending family time together. Joh n l i ke d b ei ng a r ou nd a l l the k ids and hav ing dow n time for reading. Holly liked the beach excursions, the shows, and Cindy. Randy loved the food and shows. For me, in addition to spending a quality week with family, it was the smile on Bella’s face when she saw the Disney characters come to life. It was the best family vacation ever for me too, Bella! To contact Disney Travel Specialist Cameron Fisher, e-mail cameron@destinationstoexplore.com.

We visited three Eastern Caribbean islands, all tropical paradises, on this seven-day cruise ~ Tortola, St. Thomas and Disney’s own Castaway Cay in the Bahamas. We chose beach adventures on the first two islands. The beaches were gorgeous, clea r blue sea s a nd pure white sands. Guided van trips to and from the ship gave us the opportunity to learn about the island’s history, towns, nature and people. After the ship docked at Castaway Cay, we rode trams to the lovely beach, carrying Disney-provided beach towels, and found lounge chairs and umbrellas waiting. Make sure you leave the ship early to find a prime beach spot! This trip was included in the original fee. Lunch was via buffets at several picnic pavilions

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A Valentine Promise An Unforgettable Night with Allan Harris by Becca Newell Serenade or reminisce with that special someone and make this Valentine’s weekend an unforgettable one with an evening of Love Songs and More, courtesy of jazz musician Allan Harris. “We’ll deliver a show with a little bit of movement, a little bit of funk, a little bit of jazz improv. But we’re always going to come back to the notion

that it’s Valentine’s Day,” Harris says, describing his plans for the show. A program of Chesapeake Music, Jazz on the Chesapeake is staging the annual Valentine celebration with the guitarist-singer-songwriter on Saturday, February 11 at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Harris was introduced to music at young age ~ his mother was a classical

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we are,” he says, adding that he’s also a fan of the freedom within the genre. “Every night when we do a song, we do it differently. We keep the template of what it is, but try to stretch it a little bit.” Harris is known for his eclectic approach to songwriting, taking components of country, R&B, blues, and more ~ an ability he credits to his aunt. From Tony Bennett to Nat King Cole and Arthur Prysock to Elvis Presley, her taste in music, he says, knew no bounds. “I gained a lot of that in my writings and my compositions,” he adds. “I put a lot of that into my words and into my melodies.” It’s certainly evident in his most recent album, Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better, which steps away from the t y pical conf ines of jazz and ref lects on musical musings from the past. “My producer [Brian Bacchus] said, ‘Let’s do something like how it was 40-50 years ago when everyone sat around the radio and it wasn’t just one sor t of music you were hearing,’” he says, listing the artists,

pianist; his aunt, a vocalist; and his great-aunt ran a soul food restaurant down the street from the Apollo Theater in Harlem. “I couldn’t run from this vocation that I have with jazz and music,” he says. “It was just inbred in me as a child.” While studying at California State College, Harris performed at coffee houses and other local establishments, performing rock n’ roll and R&B numbers. Still, he combined elements of jazz in his performances, paying tribute to his roots. “I finished up school and decided to make my mark as a jazz vocalist and guitar player,” he says. Harris refers to jazz as the true American art form. He mentions its role in America’s history and describes the genre as a melting pot, combining white and black cu lt ure ~ a blend of neoclassical sounds and African rhythms. To Harris, jazz speaks to what it means to be American. “Jazz is a great expression of what

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from the The Temptations to Pink Floyd, that would f lood listeners’ living rooms. “[Bacchus] said, ‘Let’s bring that back and do it in a way that keeps you fresh.’” While he’s really excited about his new album ~ he says it’s one of the records he’s most proud of ~ his upcoming show won’t stray too far from the Valentine’s theme. He says he’ll throw in a few songs from past releases and perhaps one or two from his newest album, but he wants to pay homage to the holiday. “I want you to sit there and be enamored by what I’m doing and, hopefully, with the person you’re with,” he adds with a laugh. Accompanying Harris will be pianist Pascal Le Boeuf, bassist Leon

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Encouraging Butterflies Right after Christmas, Linda and I decided to take an overnight trip to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. They have a holiday light display that, per at least one national list, is among the top ten holiday light displays in the United States. We were not disappointed! The trolley ride is five miles

long, with many themed light displays and music along the way. People who are familiar with Calloway Gardens usually think of it for the azalea display in the spring, or the golf course. While we were there we went to the Cecil B. Day Butterf ly Center. It is an amazing place ~ a

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tropical garden inside an ornate greenhouse with lots of different butterf ly species f litting about. This leads me to segue into talking about the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™ ~ butterf ly weed, a.k.a. butterf ly milkweed, and botanically known as Asclepias tuberosa. Each year the Perennial Plant Association selects a different perennial to promote, and for 2017 it is the butterf ly weed.

When we read the word “weed,” we gardeners usually think ‘ugh’ and something that I must pull up. Well, a weed is really a plant out of place. And, for many of our native perennial wildf lowers that have become a part of the landscape, a perennial is a weed with a pedigree. Labeling the butterf ly weed a “weed” really does it an injustice, for it is a great perennial plant for the f lower bed. It is also one of the best plants to attract butterf lies. Many of us have seen this wild-

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Tidewater Gardening f lower along the roadside or out in a field. It is a tough, droughttolerant native plant with intense orange f lowers in mid to late summer. It can tolerate a wide variety of soils, but prefers ones that are well-drained and somewhat dry. Butterf ly weed is a full sun plant and is long lived. The reason that it is drought tolerant is because it has a large taproot extending down a foot or more. Since this plant has a deep taproot, it is difficult to transplant. Decide where you want to place it in the landscape and leave it there. If you must divide it or move it, do it in the early spring before new

growth begins. As the plant ages, it will develop tillers (base shoots) that can be divided. When planting in the landscape, keep in mind that a mature plant has a two-foot spread and will grow two to three feet high. A standard maintenance recommendation for perennial f lower beds is to clean the bed up in the

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Butterf ly weed, or butterf ly milkweed, is one of 110 species of milkweed native to the United States. Milkweeds as a group produce a milky sap or latex that can be toxic to plant-eating birds and mammals. The level of toxicity depends on the individual species of milkweed. The Butterf ly weed produces a very low level of toxins. The butterf ly weed can be a mainstay of a pollinator or butterf ly garden, as it attracts many varieties of butterf lies, and is especially attractive to Monarchs. Its f lowers are a nectar source for many butterf lies, and the leaves are a food source for the monarch butterf ly caterpillars.

late fall and remove all dead f lower stalks. For butterf ly weed, this clean-up is best done in the early spring, before new growth appears. They are slow to emerge and show new growth in the spring, as compared to other perennials. Deadheading the spent flowers of the butterfly weed is also recommended. It promotes a second push of color later in the season, and keeps the plants more attractive. Butterf ly weed isn’t vulnerable to any serious insect or disease problems. An added advantage to using this plant in the perennial garden or landscape is that deer do not like it.

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programs and educational efforts to encourage the planting of pollinator-friendly landscapes. The main reason for the decline, specifically of the Monarch butterf ly, is the loss of native milkweed plants because of habitat destruction and the extensive use of herbicides in row crops. monarchjointventure.org monarchwatch.org millionpollinatorgardens.org If you would like to include more butterf ly- and pollinatorattracting ornamental plants into your landscape, there are a couple of basic, easy practices that you can do. Creating butterf ly habitats involves knowing the insect’s life cycle and its feeding

According to the Perennial Plant Association, butterf ly milkweed can be planted in large masses or individually. The Association recommends that you plant summer blooming phlox, hemerocallis, liatris, echinacea, salvia, along with the butterf ly weed, to make a garden that is attractive to native insect pollinators. There is an increasing concern among gardeners regarding the decline over the past few years of our native insect pollinator species, including butterf lies, moths, wasps and f lies. Many organizations such as Monarch Joint Venture, Monarch Watch, and Million Garden Pollinator Challenge have developed

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Tidewater Gardening preferences. By incorporating larval food plants, nectar-producing plants, and a water source such as a shallow pool of water into the f lower bed, you can be sure of regular visits by not only butterf lies, but also hummingbirds, moths, pollinating f lies, and beetles. To encourage and feed the larval stages of butterf lies and moths, you will need to provide plants that you do not mind getting eaten. A good example is the eastern black swallow tail. Its main host plant in the wild is Queen Anne’s lace, but they also eat garden plants in the carrot

family, including carrots, parsley, dill and fennel. So, plant or pot extras of these food sources that you are willing have eaten by the butterf ly larva. Other larval food plants include asters, violas, pipevine and sunf lowers. Certain species of butterf lies prefer specific host plants to eat. If you are interested in attracting specific types of butterf lies, do a little research to see what plants they like to munch on. Nectar-producing plants provide food for adult butterf lies and moths. Good nectar-producing plants have f lowers that are simple and open. The best colors are pink, yellow, red, purple or orange in color. Highly fragrant f lowers that have a sweet or pungent aroma are also attractive to these insects. Herbaceous perennials like Queen Anne’s lace, purple cone f lower and lantana are some of the nectar-producing plants. Annual f lowers include blanket f lower ~ Gaillardia, an-

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Tidewater Gardening nual mints, marigolds, sunf lowers and zinnias. Some gardeners might not be aware of the importance of a water source for the butterf lies. Butterf lies exhibit an interesting behavior called “mud-puddling.� It is not completely understood why they do this, especially males, but puddling seems to provide them with nutrients such as salts and amino acids, along with the water. They gather in mud puddles, as well as along stream beds, and on wet soil. Butterf lies do not drink from

open, deep water areas such as lakes and ponds. Providing one or more shallow-water sources for puddling in your landscape or f lower bed is very important. Wet sand or mud makes an excellent watering hole. The saucer designed to fit be-

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neath clay or plastic pots also makes an excellent water source ~ just add sand to make it shallow. A rock or other object in the center of the saucer provides a resting spot for the butterf ly. An alternative is to mix some clay soil with some water in a shallow dish. During hot, dry periods you should check and refill these water sources every day or two. Happy Gardening!

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


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

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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 410-228-1000 or visit www.visitdorchester.org or www.tourchesapeakecountry.com. SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www. sailwindscambridge.com. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - a tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called

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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


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Dorchester Points of Interest 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

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American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.belmond.com/inn-at-perry-cabin-st-michaels/. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,

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

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

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

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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. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. TOWN DOCK RESTAUR ANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. For more info. visit 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 flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www. 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.

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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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The Bungalo Mystery - Part II by Gary D. Crawford

Recap This is a bizarre tale of mystery and mayhem set here on the Eastern Shore, in a rural area west of St. Michaels in Talbot County. It is a true story that happened in 1909. Last month in Part One, we presented the rather extraordinary histories of its three main characters: Emmett, Edith, and Bob. Emmett Roberts is a quiet, softspoken man who arrived in the area some six months earlier. He took rooms at the home of George Taylor, the McDaniel stationmaster, who lives near the railroad station. A writer and former newspaperman from Denver, Emmett has become known and liked in the area. In March, his friends were pleased to hear that he intended to stay in the area permanently, and had purchased some land in Bozman, about five miles away. The property has a pleasant view of Broad Creek, and Emmett has begun to build a cabin there, where he plans to live when it is ready. Edith Thompson Woodill grew up on the Eastern Shore, not far from the McDaniel railroad station. Born Anna Pearl Witz, she was adopted at the age of three by the Thompson family ~ Colonel Charles, his wife,

Laura, daughter Carrie and son Charles, Jr. They renamed her Edith May Thompson. Edith was something of a local celebrity. Precocious and musically talented as a child, she impressed many important people in the nation’s capital, including Governor Brown of Maryland. Mrs. McKinley invited her to sing in the White House. Lyman Gage, then Secretary of the Treasury, sponsored her musical training in Baltimore, Boston, and Paris. The year before, at the age of 21, Edith met and married Gilbert Woodill, the young owner of a thriving automobile company in Los Angeles, where they now reside. Bob is Robert Eastman, a Wall

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The Bungalo Mystery Street investment banker who got himself into deep financial trouble during the stock market panic of 1907. He married actress Vinnie Brady in January of 1908, but is now estranged from her and their infant son. Boxed in by debts and harassed by creditors, Bob ran off with his company’s assets. He didn’t get farther than Chicago before being arrested. He was brought back to New York City in August to stand trial for his crimes. Before his first scheduled court appearance, however, he jumped bail and disappeared. In May of 1909, Edith and Gilbert Woodill came from the West Coast on their first visit to the Eastern Shore since their marriage. To welcome them home, the Thompsons (now just the Colonel and Carrie) threw a reception at their home. Emmett Roberts was invited, and he found the Woodills an engaging couple ~ especially Edith. At a later meeting, he and Gilbert fell into conversation about motorcars, which led to Emmett becoming a regular visitor to the Thompson home. After several days, Gilbert made a trip to Detroit and then returned to California, leaving Edith to enjoy a summer holiday with family and friends. Emmett Roberts continued to visit the Thompsons after Gilbert departed, and with her husband

now in California, Edith welcomed his kind attentions. Although more than twice her age and aff licted with a twisted foot, Emmett was handsome and urbane; he became a congenial escort for Edith as she visited friends and went on outings. As the days passed, Edith’s charm began to work on Emmett, and he did his best to gain her interest. When Edith mentioned she was going to see a dentist in Easton on Saturday, June 19, Emmett saw an opportunity for them to have some time alone together. He suggested that on her return from Easton she should get off at the Royal Oak railroad station beside Oak Creek. He would meet her there with his motor launch and bring her home to McDaniel by boat. She agreed. Saturday afternoon, Edith waited for Emmett at Royal Oak, but he was delayed by engine trouble and arrived late, in a buggy. They drove to St. Michael s, got the launch going, and went out into the Miles River. Because they had been delayed, they ran aground in the dark as they came in past Seth Point and had to borrow a rowboat to get ashore. By the time they docked and walked back to McDaniel, it was 11 o’clock and no lights were seen at the Thompson home. Emmett then persuaded Edith to spend the night with him in the “Bungalo,” his cabin in Bozman, rather than return so late to her home. They then “borrowed” a horse

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and buggy from Emmett’s landlord, George Taylor, and drove to Bozman. They made it to the Bungalo unnoticed just after midnight and (we suppose) fell into one another’s arms. Whatever transpired thereafter must be left to our imaginations. The conclusion of our story opens very early the next morning, Sunday, June 20. Dog-tired though he undoubtedly is, Emmett arises at first light. He knows the horse and rig outside w ill at tract unwanted at tention and wants to get them back before George Taylor notices them missing. Quietly, he slips outside and drives up the road. When he rolls into Taylor’s yard, he is surprised to see

George standing there. “Ha! Ha!” laughs Emmett. “I thought I could fool you. I took a woman to my place in the rig and wanted to get it back before you got up.” Taylor is surprised, but accepts his explanation and, after tending to the horse, they go in to breakfast. Emmett, who has been up for over 24 hours, goes to his room for a nap, knowing that Edith will be doing the same. He looks forward to rejoining her, but when he drops off, he goes out like a light and sleeps through the afternoon. Meanwhile, down in the Bungalo, Edith also is catching up on her sleep. She awakens around ten o’clock and sees Emmet t’s note about returning the rig. She fresh-

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The Bungalo Mystery ens up and finds a bite to eat. Waiting for Emmett to return, she begins thinking about the letter that she agreed to write to her sister, Carrie, so her family would not worry about her. She considers, and then, keeping it light and chatty, writes this note: Dearest Girl: A line only to say I am well and safely landed. I stayed in Easton with little Mae Bartlett and her aunt; Mrs. Emory. We had a fine time talking over old times. Dr. Smithers filled my teeth temporarily and I have an engagement with him for next week. I’ll get all fixed up in Baltimore, and if there is any traveling to be done, well, we’ll decamp together. By the way, would you like to come up now? Just say the word if you want to. My “face” is good in Baltimore, and I am expecting a check from Gilbert any day to make good. I don’t know how many days I will be in town. Write and tell me all the news ~ George, Mr. Roberts, etc. I may stay until Thursday and go with Edith H. to see “The Factory Girl.” But I am not sure. You know how it goes in Baltimore. I don’t know where to go first and what to do to keep step with the rush. Forward mail until you hear from me. Let me know if you have any

commissions to be executed in town. Love to all. As always, your baby sister, Edith. She reads it over. Asking Carrie for news of Emmet Roberts should prevent anyone from suspecting they might be in Baltimore together. Satisfied, she then addresses an envelope and sets both aside to show Emmett when he returns. Edith lies down for a nap, but as the afternoon slips away, she becomes increasingly annoyed. This is the second time Emmett has left her waiting ~ and he promised never to do so again. In the light of day, Emmett’s little cabin, the “Bungalo,” looks very much less romantic than it did last night by candlelight. Peeking outside, there is little to see but scaffolding and construction debris.

When Emmett is still not back by 5 o’clock, Edith loses patience. Left all alone in this unpleasant little cabin, unable to step outside for fear of being seen by a neighbor, she now feels trapped and vulnerable. Edith is both disappointed and hurt. Emmett certainly is treating

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her shabbily today, after murmuring so many sweet things into her ear the night before. She wonders if Emmett is really the gentleman she thought he was. Edith grows curious, wanting now to find out what sort of a man he really is. She looks through the cabin, but there are no photographs, no indications of any family. There are a few business letters, but no personal ones. One document refers to properties in New Jersey, sold by someone named Robert E. Eastman. There are no letters addressed to Emmett Roberts. Then, in an envelope buried in a small trunk, she finds some newspaper clippings ~ about a New York stock broker arrested last year for theft who jumped bail and is now a wanted fugitive. That same name, “Robert Emmett Eastman,” pops out again. Her hear t pounds ~ Emmett? Scanning the article, she discovers Eastman had a nickname. They called him “Lame Bob” because he had a twisted foot….! Suddenly it all falls into place. Robert, Roberts.

So, he’s not a respectable writer but a wanted criminal? And his real name is Robert? She wonders what “Emmett” will say when she calls him that. Bob finally wakes up and gets a lift down to Bozman, but has to walk the last mile out to his home. It is nearly 6 o’clock as he steps through the door, footsore but very eager to see Edith. That feeling is mutual, but for a very different reason. Edith is furious. She has allowed herself to be compromised ~ and by a thief and a fugitive! She realizes her reputation may be damaged forever, to say nothing of her pride. “Well, Mr. Robert Eastman, what have you to say for yourself?” she demands. “What did you just say?” he exclaims, astonished. “How dare you trap me here like this all day?” she shouts. I’ve been kept in here since 4 o’clock this morning all alone. I didn’t dare to go out.” Her complaint is overheard by Bozman storekeeper William Sut-

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The Bungalo Mystery ton, who has come by to invite Eastman to attend the Sunday evening church services with him. When he hears a woman and a man arguing angrily, he leaves them to it and goes on his way. “It was no place for a churchgoer,” he would later say. At some point, their argument becomes violent and Eastman strikes Edith on the head with a piece of lumber. The blow is hard enough to cause a fatal wound, and there, on a bed in this rustic shack, Edith Thompson Woodill bleeds to death. Little Pearl, whose life began with a murder, now ends in murder. Lame Bob is now desperate ~ and thinking hard. Can he possibly get out of this? It is so much like that awful night last July when he tried, and failed, to get out of his financial mess. It is worse this time, however, much worse. This time, failure means a noose. There’s no place to hide around here, for everyone knows everyone. He can’t run; he is lame. He can’t ride; he has no horse. His launch

is aground off Seth Point, and he couldn’t get far in the skiff he has here. When the Thompsons start looking for Edith, this will be the first place they come. Her failure to return Saturday night after the dentist appointment was understandable. Stay ing in Easton on Sunday perhaps wasn’t much of a surprise, since Edith has many friends there. But if they hear nothing from her by Monday, they will start asking questions. Disposing of the body won’t help for long. There are so many questions he can’t answer. The police can dig up enough circumstantial evidence to hang him. No, even if they never find her body, he is a dead man. What, then? Is there any possible way to def lect suspicion away from himself ~ to someone else, perhaps? It seems impossible. Who would it be ~ some mysterious villain who snatched Edith out of his launch? No, even the trusting people around here wouldn’t believe that one. It is just after 11 p.m., too early to risk going out for fear of being seen.

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He knows he can’t delay moving the body for long because Eastern Shore folk are early risers. In despair, he begins gathering up Edith’s things. One of them is the letter she wrote to Carrie that afternoon to cover her absence for a day or two, the one he had planned to mail from Easton if he hadn’t slept the afternoon away. Pa inf u l ly, he remembers E d it h f linging the letter at him in fury, shouting “Look what I was willing to do for you!” As he reads it over now, the opening line suddenly catches his attention: “A line only to say I am well and safely landed….” Edith must have said it that way to assure Carrie that she was safe in Baltimore, knowing that the letter wouldn’t arrive until Monday morning. So Edith meant “I am landed by the time you read this.” Bob smiles, for it was a clever touch, though the Easton postmark (if it had gotten one) would show that it had been mailed from the Eastern Shore. But “I am safely landed” certainly sounds like she is already there. Then, in a f lash, Bob sees a way out. What if Edith’s letter were postmarked in Baltimore? Then the letter would do more than merely state her intention about going there. It would prove she actually had gone. Later, when she fails to turn up, the police will assume that whatever befell Edith, it didn’t happen this weekend. And it certainly didn’t happen here ~ where Bob has

been in plain sight all along. Eagerly, Bob scans the rest of the note, but it says nothing more about actually being there, just her plans and chit-chat. Damn! Still, it could work. He can take the ferry over tomorrow and be back on Tuesday. The letter should arrive on Wednesday morning, two days later than they had intended. Her father, Col. Thompson, soon will be asking questions, and by Tuesday he and Carrie will be looking everywhere for her. But the Baltimore postmark will be worth the risk. After all, the letter is in her handwriting. She even addressed the envelope herself, he notices gratefully. The delay can’t be helped. He just needs to keep them away from the Bungalo for two days. Bob looks over at Edith lying on the bed. She must disappear utterly and forever, or he is a dead man. He realizes a fresh grave anywhere in the vicinity would be discovered within hours, so it will have to be a burial at sea. He wonders how long it takes crabs to make a body unrecognizable. It is now after midnight, and he decides that by now all the neighbors should be asleep. Bob gets to work. First, he removes Edith’s jewelry, two diamond rings and a pearl brooch. Then he strips off all her clothing and wraps the body in a blanket. By 1 a.m., he is ready. Bob lifts Edith’s body onto the window sill, steps outside and slides her carefully down a plank into his

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The Bungalo Mystery wheelbarrow. As quietly as he can, he wheels her down to the shore and places her in his skiff. After returning the wheelbarrow to the Bungalo, he picks up a large kettle, several bricks, and some stout cord. When all is stowed, Bob climbs in and without a sound rows out of the cove and down Broad Creek. After an hour of silent rowing, he stops. Uncovering her body, he wraps the cord around her waist and wrists. He slides her over the side, ties on the brick-filled kettle, and watches her sink out of sight. Poor Edith, he thinks, so beautiful, such a waste. Bob slips back into the Bungalo, unnoticed, well before dawn. He sets to work removing all evidence of Edith ever having been there. Soon the only traces are the blood on the mattress, which he covers with a blanket, and on the f loorboa rds beneat h t he bed. Those stains he cannot get out, despite vigorous scrubbing and even scraping with a plane.

At first light, he starts a small fire at his trash pile and burns Edith’s clothes and the bloody sheets. Just as he is finishing up, he is annoyed to se e neig hbor G e or ge Powel l strolling by, looking over at the bonfire. He stirs the embers carefully then goes back inside. Bob gives the Bungalo one last check. The place should pass a cursory inspection, if it comes to that. Packing a small travel bag, Bob walks out to Will Sutton’s store. He chats there with neighbors for a while, then gets a lift up the road to McDaniel. After stopping off at his room to change clothes, he goes over to the McDaniel Station. He chats amiably with all who come by. Bob announces that he has some business in Baltimore and buys a ticket on the 9:45 train to Claiborne. Col. Thompson comes over to say he is getting worried about his daughter, that there has been no word from her. Bob replies smoothly, “Oh, I wouldn’t worry about Edith. She said she was going over to Baltimore.” The Colonel is surprised. “That’s odd. Why wouldn’t she have

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let me know?” Bob can only shrug. Soon the train comes through, and within fifteen minutes, Bob is aboard the ferry bound for Baltimore. Upon arrival, he immediately posts the precious letter and then checks into a hotel for some muchneeded rest. When he comes down to dinner, Bob makes a point of telling the waiter in the dining room how much he dislikes eating alone on these business trips. He wants no one to suspect he came over with Edith or met her here. He arises late on Tuesday morning and, after a hearty breakfast, takes Edith’s jewelry to a pawnshop. He needs the cash, and if her jewelry is ever identified, it will suggest that Edith was robbed and

killed here in Baltimore for her diamonds. While waiting for the afternoon boat, Bob reconsiders. Now that he is away from the scene, should he just make a run for it ~ jump on a train for somewhere? But that would be a clear admission of responsibility for Edith’s disappearance, and they would hunt him down. Even without a body, he could be tried for murder. No, he decides, the best way to demonstrate his innocence is to go back and join the hunt for Edith. Nevertheless, as Edith’s last known companion, the authorities w ill question him closely and seize upon anything suspicious. What will he be asked?

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The Bungalo Mystery What about the people who saw them together at Royal Oak and St. Michaels? That should be no problem. He will freely admit that he met Edith at the station, drove her to St. Michaels, and took her out for a boat ride. He will say when it got late he brought her back to St. Michaels, where he last saw her strolling up the street, to stay overnight at a friend’s house. Sorry, he didn’t get the name of the friend. And what about Joe Seth and the others who saw him run aground? Well, it was dark and they never saw who was with him in the boat ~ he had made sure of that. So, perhaps he can say that after Edith left him in St. Michaels, he went somewhere for dinner, and picked up a girl who agreed to go back to the Bungalo with him for a few drinks. That story may need some more work, he thinks. And he needs to have some explanation for Powell, the fellow who saw him burning something very early on Monday. None of this is very convincing, he realizes. But Edith’s letter to Carrie

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will bring these questions to an immediate halt. Whatever happened to Edith happened after Bob was back on the Shore, and it happened in Baltimore ~ where it will remain a mystery forever. Returning to Pier 4, Bob takes the Tuesday afternoon steamer for Claiborne, arriving at McDaniel on the 7:45 train. From George Taylor, he learns that the Thompsons now are desperately worried about Edith, and the Colonel already has asked the authorities to make inquiries. Bob is keenly aware of just how vulnerable he is for the next twelve hours or so ~ until that letter arrives. Back in his room at the Taylors’, he lies awake for some time, thinking, before dropping into a fitful sleep. Wednesday, June 23, 1909, is a momentous day for all concerned. Bob is up br ig ht a nd e a rly. He breakfasts with the Taylors and then settles his $400 debt with them. Together, he and George walk over to the station. As stationmaster, Taylor also operates the telegraph office there, and Bob spends all morning in his office with him. At 9:45, the No. 6 train from Easton br ings a sur pr ising and welcome piece of mail for Carrie Thompson. It is Edith’s letter, in which she says she is in Baltimore and all is well. Carrie confirms that the letter is in Edith’s hand. When told the good news, Bob simply smiles and says, “I told you so.”

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shallows. The terrified boys ( just 11 and 8 years old) rushed into St. Michaels with news of their grisly discovery. The authorities quickly recovered the body and brought it into town. Bob cannot sit still. He immediately asks Taylor for a horse and rig. “I’m going into town, George,” he says. “I want to get this story for the papers. This will be a great scoop!” By 1 o’clock, Bob is at the Willey and Radcliffe Funeral Parlor, saying he is a reporter. Alexander Radcliffe, the coroner, is examining the body together with Charles Willey. As Bob steps up, he is vastly relieved to see that the crabs have indeed been at their work. The body is too mutilated to be identified. From Willey, who is also Justice of the Peace, he learns that there are two

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women currently missing ~ a Miss Plummer and Mrs. Edith Woodill. Bob tells the coroner that this cannot be Edith’s body because her family just got a letter from her this morning, saying she is in Baltimore. This is important news, and the authorities now concentrate on the Plummer case. Bob leaves quickly. He ret ur ns to McDaniel by 2 o’clock, relieved but badly shaken. If Edith had been identified, he realizes, his plan would fall apart utterly. The Baltimore letter he had been counting on to save him would send him to the gallows, for even if Edith did write the letter ~ who could have mailed it while she was f loating in the creek? Everyone would remember that he ~ the last

person to be seen with Edith ~ had gone over to Baltimore on Monday. He tells George that he is thinking of again going over to Baltimore, but when he asks for a ticket, Taylor advises otherwise. “Emmett, unless your business is pressing, I wouldn’t go to Baltimore tonight. You have missed the regular train and would have to go over by team to Claiborne to catch the freight boat.” Reluctantly Bob stays put, remaining at McDaniel Station. He is there when the phone rings again less than an hour later. This time it is Coroner Radcliffe, who asks George to bring Col. Thompson to St. Michaels to look at the body. He says it may not be the Plummer girl after all, so they need to be sure

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The Bungalo Mystery it isn’t Edith Woodill. George goes to the Thompsons’, notifies the Colonel, and soon they are on the road to St. Michaels. Bob feels the walls closing in on him again. As soon as they are gone, he goes to his room to do some thinking and some writing. If Edith is identified, he will be ar rested and t hey w ill tear t he Bungalo apar t and those bloodstains will prove she was murdered there. Could he pin the murder on someone else? Suppose there had been a drunken party there and she was killed by one of the others ~ not by “Emmett,” her good friend? How could anyone believe that? Grabbing a piece of paper, he scribbles out a note: It says that the writer and two other men are bringing some girls to the Bungalo for a party. Bob addresses the note to himself, signs it “Howarth,” and dates it the week before. Then he writes another letter, this time a thoughtful one, to his wife Vinnie. Realizing that all this may go terribly wrong, he tells her that all his property and possessions are hers. He assures her that he is not a murderer and spins the story about a drunken party. He claims that someone else killed her and he was left to cover up the crime. Bob sits back and considers. Then he packs a small bag with various papers, all his cash, the letters he

has just written, a .44 caliber pistol and, last, a bottle of rat poison. By 4 o’clock, Col. Thompson is gazing down at the body. The awful mutilations make her quite unrecognizable. “Mr. Radcliffe, we have had a letter from our Edith this morning saying she is in Baltimore so, thankfully, this poor woman cannot be my daughter. But to be absolutely certain, I ask that you contact our dentist in Easton, Norman Smithers. My daughter had an appointment with him last Saturday, and if she kept that appointment, Dr. Smithers will recognize his work.” When the coroner gets Smithers on the telephone, he agrees to come out immediately. Although the last train already has gone through, Smithers says he has a good horse and probably can do the twelve miles by around six thirty. As Col. Thompson leaves to return home, he points out to Justice Willey that if the body is Edith, t hen E m me t t Rob er t s mu s t b e questioned closely. “She was seen with him on Saturday afternoon, I have learned that he picked her up at the Royal Oak Station and drove her to St. Michaels. When I asked him about Edith on Monday, however, Roberts said she had told him she was going to Baltimore. “Roberts, the reporter?” exclaims Radcliffe. “Why, he was here just a few hours ago to look at the body! He told us it couldn’t be Mrs. Woodill because of the letter you got from her in Baltimore.”

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Col. Thompson shakes his head. “Yes, Carrie and I agreed that the letter was in her hand so she must be over there.” Justice Willey nods. “Well, Colonel, let’s hope that all is well and she’ll be back soon. When Doc Smithers gets here, he can rule her out immediately.” The coroner promises to telephone the moment he has any news. Thompson and Taylor ride back to McDaniel. Despite the letter, Col. Thompson is deeply concerned. Taylor tries to reassure him, but Col. Thompson says, “I just don’t understand why it took so long for her to get in touch.” “In a few hours,” observes George, “we’ll know for sure.” He pauses, then adds with a significant glance, “But I’ll tell you this. If the woman on that table is your daughter, then that letter has got to be queer ~ and Emmett Roberts is your man! Remember, he went over to Baltimore on Monday and came back last evening.” George resolves to keep a close eye on Roberts until the matter is settled. Back in St. Michaels, Justice Willey has called in Constable Alexander C. Mortimer and Bailiff E. O. Hambleton. He tells them to prepare for a quick ride. They may need to run out to McDaniel soon after Dr. Smithers arrives. At the Thompson place, Taylor drops of f t he Colonel around 5 o’clock, t hen t ur ns for his ow n home. On the way, he encounters

Bob limping along on the road and picks him up. “We just got back from seeing the body,” says George. Bob hesitates, then asks, “Did he think it was Edith?” George looks over at him. “No, she was in real bad shape, as you saw. But Thompson will soon know for sure. He has asked the coroner to bring in the dentist who worked on Edith last Saturday.” Bob, stunned, stares straight ahead. Again George wa r ns him aga inst going away. “O.K., if there’s any question I’ll be here,” replies Bob cheerfully. After putting away the horse, they walk to the house and step up onto the porch, where Bob asks George for a dr ink. When G eorge goes inside and down the hall into the kitchen, Bob is left standing on the porch. By the time George returns with the drink, Bob is nowhere to be seen. As George heads for the kitchen, Bob ducks quickly into his room and picks up the bag he had brought from the Bungalo. He knows he must get out of the area immediately, but how? Without a horse, it will have to be by water, but his launch is up at Seth Point where he grounded her, and his skiff is miles away at the Bungalo. Mov ing as quickly as he can, Bob goes down to the McDaniel Wharf on Harris Creek. He unties a skiff belonging to Hugh Dawson, George’s fatherin-law, pushes off and within mo-

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The Bungalo Mystery ments has slipped down the creek and around the first bend. Within minutes, Constable Mortimer and Bailiff Hambleton come riding in at full tilt. “Where’s Roberts?” they demand. “Why, what’s wrong?” asks Taylor. “ The dentist says the body is Mrs. Woodill! Now, where’s Emmett Roberts?” But Bob Eastman once again has vanished into thin air. The rest of this tale is quickly told. Where Bob spends Wednesday night and where he hides during the day on Thursday, we do not know ~ except that he was somewhere on Harris Creek, hidden in some secluded cove. The search for him goes on all day, but the intricacies of Harris Creek enable him to escape detection. By nightfall, he is tired, hungry and thirsty. There had been no time to take anything but the bag he had brought from the Bungalo. The police will be watching the trains and ferries, so his only chance is to get to a wharf and stow away on a freight boat. He heads down Harris Creek toward Tilghman’s Island. Bob is rowing silently down past the Bozman waterfront around 11 p.m., when he sees a light at the McQuay dock. He can make out the figure of a man, so he calls out of the darkness to ask for water. “I’m so thirsty,” he pleads. “Won’t you

give me a drink of water?” John W. McQuay, who is fully aware of the search for the fugitive, replies quietly, “Sure. I’ll fix you up. Come ashore. ” Bob is immediately suspicious, however, and rows off furiously, retreating back up the creek. McQuay dashes off to Tom Cooper’s house, who has a telephone, and they notify the authorities. They quickly assemble a seven-man posse, two of whom are armed; one carries a shotgun, the other a .32 caliber pistol. Led by Justice Willey, they race to Bozman. A f ter searching t he nearby woods, they borrow a boat. Several go aboard and row quietly up the creek; the others form a shore party. They play hide-and-seek for several hours until around three in the morning, when Bob, now utterly

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The skiff aground on the shores of Harris Creek. exhausted, finally is unable to row any farther and pushes the skiff into some tall reeds. Willey calls out to the skiff he can barely see in the dark ness, “Throw up your hands or I w ill shoot.”In reply, a shot rings out, followed immediately by a second shot. The armed men in the posse

return fire, blazing away at the boat. After this exchange, there is silence. They wait, listening intently for some time. Fina lly, Charles Payne, the only black man in the posse, says to Justice Willey, “Guess I’ll go see what’s up, boss.” Before anyone can restrain him, Payne heroically steps into the water and wades into the darkness toward the boat. There he finds Robert Emmett Eastman dead with a wound in his jaw and a big hole in his heart. Later, the bullets are found to be .44s, both fired from Eastman’s own gun. Once again, Bob has vanished. But not, this time, into thin air. Endnotes: As you might expect, the newspa-

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The Bungalo Mystery pers went wild with this story, first digging into the details of the murder. Then, when it was discovered that Roberts was really Lame Bob Eastman, they went crazy again. Others finally traced Edith’s past, back to Anna Pearl and the murder of her stepfather. The stor y ran in papers all across America and beyond ~ even Auckland, New Zealand. Some reporters tried to link Bob with Edith, either in New York or California; others tied him to a murder in Italy, and so on. Closer to home, some local residents remained conv inced t hat someone else killed Edith, as Eric Mills noted in his article on the murder (Tidewater Times - January 2005). What really happened is devilish hard to piece together from this welter of accounts. Early reports are contradicted by later ones; many mix fact with supposition; nearly all omit critical details. One key eyewitness even changed his sworn testimony. The task was to tease out

the most likely thread from some forty accounts. When two statements couldn’t both be true, I went with the more plausible one. Without the help of my brother Brian Crawford (who assisted from Ca lifor nia), I cou ld never have gotten all this put together. Bonnie Messick, my colleague in local lore, provided dozens of articles, recorded documents, and maps; she even took me around to get the lay of the land. Ron Frampton assisted with online research; my wife Susan contributed insights about Edith. Jo Friedrickson, a genealogist whom I have never met but who is distantly related to Edith, made all her clippings available to us. My thanks to them all. A Confession: Edith and Bob died without telling what happened between them, so I’m sure you have realized by now, portions of this story came out of my imagination. My account of Bob and Edith’s conversations, the details of what they both did on that fateful weekend, and Bob’s fevered thinking as he wriggled to escape ~ all that is fic-

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tion. It is plausible fiction, I hope, but certainly it is open to question. But the rest ~ the boat ride, the grounding, the evident murder in the cabin, the discovery of the body, Bob’s running back and forth to St. Michaels and Baltimore, his final f light, the chase up Harris Creek in the night, and Bob’s suicide ~ all that really did happen. The letters mentioned here actually were recovered by the authorities afterward and are quoted verbatim. The two most intriguing questions remain unanswered. Why did Edith go with Bob that night? And why did Bob kill her? There is no indication of strain in her marriage with Gilbert; on the contrary, everyone said they were devoted

to one another. Was she simple, or gullible, or sexually over-active, or morally f lawed? Was Bob naturally violent, as his failed honeymoon might suggest? Did Edith resist his advances, driving him into a rage of passion? Or, as I have imagined here, did she discover his true identity and was killed to prevent her from exposing him? So, was it hot-blooded passion or cold-blooded murder? And because we can never know, t he Bunga lo Myster y, af ter 108 years, lives on. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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Life in Easton in 1796 by James Dawson First-hand accounts detailing everyday life in Talbot County, Maryland, from the 1700s are uncommon, so the following letter, written by Jacob Fowle, is a rare exception. In it, Fowle offers a lively look at what life was like for him as a boarder in Samuel Swan’s boarding house in Easton in 1796. To set the scene, a nearly con-

temporary account of Easton can be found in Joseph Scott’s book A Geographical Description of the States of Maryland and Delaware, published in 1807. The Easton of 1807 would not have changed much from that of the 1790s. Scott wrote that Easton was a handsome town of about 200 dwellings and 1,000 inhabitants. There

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Life in Easton were five principal streets running north and south, the main one being Washington Street. It was nearly filled with houses for a quarter of a mile, and the downtown section had 16 or 17 stores and tradesmen’s shops. On the west side of the street, in the town square, was the commodious new courthouse building, just completed in 1794. It contained several courtrooms, clerk’s offices and the land office. The market house, located on the corner of the town square, was well supplied with meats, vegetables, a great abundance of fish and, of course, crabs and oysters in season. Samuel Swan and his wife ran a boarding house on Washington Street, in a building they rented from Colonel Robert Lloyd Nichols. One of their boarders was Jacob Fowle. Fowle worked as a bookkeeper or accountant, and had been in partnership with John Watts, but that partnership had been dissolved for unknown reasons. In 1795, Fowle had been living in Trappe, where presumably he met and befriended Thomas Barnett, a local farmer who lived on Island Creek Neck, and in whose family’s papers this letter was found. On October 8, 1796, Fowle was at the boarding house and took up his pen to thank Barnett and his family for some articles they had forwarded to him, and also to ask Barnett’s wife to send him a little honey to mix with vinegar as he was coming down with

a bad cold. Honey and lemon juice are still used as an effective home remedy for a sore throat, but as lemons were not readily available in 1796 Easton, vinegar was a good substitute. Most farms were self-sufficient, so Barnett would have kept bees and had his own honey. Just as Jacob finished and signed his letter, something happened downstairs that caused him to add a lengthy and detailed postscript. It is presented here just as he wrote it to keep the flavor of the original, except that the spelling, capitalization and punctuation have been very slightly revised. Jacob continued: When writing the preceding part of this letter, last Evening, there was such an uproar among Servants, Apprentices &c. that I was quite confounded & fell far short of what I intended writing you. I know you are anxious to be acquainted with my situation exactly as it is, ~ Why then my Lodging is rather indifferent, & I am afraid that when the Cold weather sets in, I shall rather suffer, as there is but one window frame in the Room, & that without a single pane of Glass, & the roof of the House quite open, so that should I be unfortunate as to remain here until the Snowy Season sets in, I must undoubtedly expect to suffer, & this I believe has been the cause of my catching the present cold, under what I now labour - but as their son sleeps in

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the same Room, I shall make no complaint unless I find my constitution likely to be more effectively hurt by it ~ As to my diet I cannot complain, as it is as good as They have themselves, & very passable ~ Swan himself treats me extremely politely, but he is not often in the House ~ She [Mrs. Swan] is a proper tarter, but by a little f lattery, &c. I keep pretty well on the soft side of her ~ Swan himself recollects the different situations we were under when in Baltimore ~ However that is neither hear [sic] not there as long as He treats me well. I will do the same to him ~ A Circumstance happened the other day which may in some mea-

sure give you an idea of one of the Heads of the family ~ The morning before this happened, I gave my shoes to be cleaned, which was the first time since I had been in the House, which was on last Thursday Morning. They were ret urned to me in much the same situation as when given with this exception, that One side of each appeared to have been rubb’d over with the Dirt Brush. I put them on unthinkingly, when One of the Boys exclaimed “Mr. Fowle only look at your shoes” at which I went in the Kitchen to see if I could find the Boy, who was then there, but they told me it was the other Boy, who was then gone out ~ at which I disirted ~ Call Us: 410-725-4643

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Life in Easton The next morning however Mr. Swan’s son was getting his shoes clean’d & some little altercation took place the Boy was passing by me & I caught him by the nab of the neck & gave him a clout, thinking (as I naturally must from the information I recd. it was the one who had the day before serv’d me so) ~ He set out crying as if Bedlam broke loose, when in came Mrs. Swan in the character of the Empress of Bedlam (if there is such a character) & swore that no person should touch one of her Servants,

that one Master & Mistress was enough ~ I told her I was misinformed by one of her own Servants ~ However I gave her some short answers, & that pretty tart & paid no farther attention to it ~ Mr. S. never said a syllable, or even gave the least signs of displeasure, if he had I was determined to have been up with him, for I had his Books then in a situation that no person on earth could have settled, as no other person knew then or knows now in what manner I intended to... The rest of the letter is missing. The open roof probably meant

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that Jacob’s room was in the attic and had bare rafters showing instead of a plaster ceiling. The boys, or servants, that Fowle mentioned are most likely slaves, as Swan is listed as owning three slaves in 1798. The apprentices would have been boys or young men learning a trade by working for local tradesmen or craftsmen. They got room and board in return for their education, but little else. The practice of having your shoes or boots cleaned and polished was common in hotels and boarding houses back in the days when paved streets and sidewalks were unknown and dirt and mud abounded. Possibly, though, the dirt brush rubbed on his shoes was not an accident, but a

bit of passive-aggressive revenge on the part of one of the slaves if Jacob had said or done something to tick him off. The Bedlam Jacob made reference to was an infamous insane asylum in London. Sadly, for Jacob’s finances, on November 28, 1796 he would take the unusual act to petition the Maryland General Assembly to be declared insolvent. Today, that would mean that he wanted to declare bankruptcy. The matter was referred to a committee, but I can’t find that anything was ever decided, so presumably the matter is still in committee. Thomas Barnett loaned Jacob one pound ten shillings and underwrote a note for the remainder of the over five pounds Jacob owned Swan for

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Life in Easton back rent as of January 19, 1797. Although we had our own money then, British currency was still in common use here. Jacob’s being behind in his rent likely did not help Mrs. Swan’s mood any. On March 22, 1797, Jacob wrote Barnett another letter, this one a rambling four-pager in which he slammed most of his former friends a s b ei ng d i shone s t , u n fa it h f u l and cowardly rascals, called a Mr. Cathcart, whose account books he was working on, one of the most ignorant men he had ever met, slandered the Eastern Shore as being unenlightened, hinted at retaliation against unnamed parties and

finished by outlining the qualities that he was looking for in a wife. It would be unfair to judge Jacob just on these two letters, else it would seem that he was a complainer who had a bad temper, but perhaps he was just going through a rough patch. In 1799, the Republican Star newspaper noted that Fowle was a merchant in Easton. His back rent was paid off in 1801, so things must have gotten better for him, but as far as we know, he did not write any more letters to Mr. Barnett. James Dawson is the owner of Unicorn Bookshop in Trappe that specializes in Eastern Shore and Maryland history.

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Second Annual Oxford Maryland Polar Dip February 12, 2017 It’s going to be all about cold toes and warm hearts at the Tred Avon Yacht Club when the community comes together to raise funds to send local children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to a retreat at Camp Sunshine. Area residents will have an opportunity to jump into the Tred Avon River to raise funds and awareness for Camp Sunshine. “These polar dips are irrational acts of significance,” said Michael Smith, Director of Special Events at Camp Sunshine. “Dippers throw away sanity with their robes, running head-on into freezing water, all so children with life-threatening illnesses and their families may experience the benefits of rest, recovery and recreation at Camp Sunshine.” This second annual Oxford, Maryland Polar Dip ~ where participants pledge a minimum of $100 to jump in ~ will give families from Maryland who have a child battling a lifethreatening illness the opportunity to enjoy a week at the award-winning camp on Sebago Lake in Maine. At Camp Sunshine, families on similar illness journeys can experi-

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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at www.tourcaroline.com. 169


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Theatre, Church Hill. Wildly comic and sometimes moving. For more info. tel: 410-556-6003 or visit churchhilltheatre.org. Thr u Feb. 26 Exhibit: Nanny Trippe ~ Trees, Majest y and Myster y at t he Academy A r t Museum, Easton. Trippe, whose family has been on the Eastern Shore for many generations, has studied and created photographs from a young age. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru Feb. 26 Exhibit: The Myth Ma k e r s in Mar ylan d ~ T he Mighty Merganser with artists Donna Dodson and Andy Mo-

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erlein (a.k.a. the Myth Makers) at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The artists will build one of their iconic 16-foot-high sapling sculptures on the Museum’s grounds. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Th r u Feb. 26 E x hibit: Avian Inspirations with artists Donna D o d s on a nd A nd y Mo erlei n (a.k.a. the Myth Makers) at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Moerlein, a n inter nat iona lly exhibited sculptor, takes inspiration from events in the natural world that leave visual marks that strike a narrative chord in

Thru Feb. 26 Exhibit: The Washington Portfolio at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Washington Portfolio is a recent acquisition made possible with funds provided by the Collection Society. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru Apr. 2 The American Society of Marine Artists 17th National

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Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

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Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $30 members, $36 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1 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. 1,8,15,22 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours, and other art-related activities. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 1,8,15,22 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-7456073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 1,8,15,22 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. 1,8,1 5 , 2 2 Meet i ng: Chopt a n k Writers Group from 3 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited

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Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 2 Arts & Crafts Group at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 2

1,8,15,22 Class: The Great Landscape with David Grafton at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. $95 for DCA members, $135 non-members. For more info. tel:410-2287782 or visit dorchesterarts.org. 1,8,15,22 Class: Yoga for Creativity with Kelli Remo at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 7 to 8 p.m. 10-visit pass is $148 for members, $185 non-members. For more info. contact the instructor at kelliremo@gmail.com. 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesd ay s at Un iver sit y of Ma r yla nd Shore Reg iona l He a lt h

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2,7,9,14,16,21,23,28 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. 2,9,16,23 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. 2,9,16,23 Thursday Studio ~ a Weekly Mentored Painting Ses-

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10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 2 ,9,16, 2 3 K ent Isla nd Fa r mer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit kifm830.wixsite.com/kifm.

sion with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Full day: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ($150/4 weeks for members). Half day: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($95/4 weeks for members). Drop-in fee (payable directly to instructor): $45 full day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); $25 half day (10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

2,9,16,23 Meeting: Ducks Unlimited - Bay Hundred Chapter at the St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-886-2069.

2,9,16,23 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Thursdays at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 2 ,9,16, 23 Ma hjong at t he St. Michaels Communit y Center. 175

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2,9,16,23 Open Mic & Jam at RAR Brewing in Cambridge. Thursdays from 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.

3 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com.

2,13,27 Class: Yoga for Creativity with Kelli Remo at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 to 10 a.m. 10-visit pass is $148 for members, $185 non-members. For more info. contact the instructor at kelliremo@gmail.com. 3 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. 3 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 3 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents

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3 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. Enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711.

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3 Concert: Liz Vice in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25 Rock ‘N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m.

3,10,17,24 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 3,10,17,24 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.

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February Calendar 3,10,17,24 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. 3,10,17,24 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 4 Winter Waterfowl Walk in the Sanctuary areas at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Guided walks begin at 8 a.m. with a local birding expert. Registration is limited to the first 20. Children over 12 are permitted, but no dogs. Free. For more info. tel: 443-691-9370 or visit http://bit. do/winterwaterfowlwalks.

4 Landscape Design Workshop at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members $105, non-members $130, member couple $165. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 4

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4 Class: Telling Stories through Poetry with Sue Ellen Thompson at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $50 member, $60 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 4 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.

dorchesterarts.org. 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26 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. 4,11,18,25 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org. 6 Brown Bag Lunch: John H. Miller, Ph.D. on Amazing Grace: Slave

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phy provided a powerful means for expressing his vision of the world. Over the years, his love of the outdoors and photography as well as an aptitude for computer technology have morphed into a passion (some would say obsession) for capturing the elegance and majesty of the unique landscapes, w ildlife, and f lora of the United States. The public is invited to attend. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org.

Ships, Their Captains, Crew and Cargo at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. The talk will explore the stories and histories of slave ships. The Brown Bag Lunch is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring a lunch and enjoy coffee and dessert provided by the library. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 6 Family Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Fun creating Valentine’s crafts. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 6 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club with guest speaker Brian Zwit from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Talbot County Community Center’s Wye Oak Room. Over 40 years ago, Brian discovered that photogra-

6 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 6,8,13,15,22,27 Class: Cartooning Using Adobe Illustrator for students in grades 5 to 12 with Chris Pittman at the Academy A rt Museum, Easton. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. $85 members, $102 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6,13 Lecture: The Films of John Cassavetes at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. A review of Cassavetes’ greatest works, Husbands and A Woman Under the Inf luence. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 6,13,20,27 Acupuncture MiniSessions at the Universit y of

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Maryland Shore Regional Health Center in Easton. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $20 per session. Participation offered on a walk-in basis, first come, first served. For more info. tel: 410 -7 70 9400. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 6,13,20,27 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 7 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. 7 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit

evergreeneaston.org. 7-April 11 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 7,14 Librar y Café at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Drop in and enjoy the music and coffee and cookies. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 7,14,21,28 Movies@Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Feb. 7: Concussion, Feb. 14: Selma, Feb. 21: Pride, Feb. 28: I Am Ali. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcf l. org. 7,21 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.

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February Calendar 8 Early Morning Members’ Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dress for t he weather. Cancellations only in extreme weather. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 8 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from

9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e-mail mhr2711@gmail.com. 8 Lecture: The Winter Speaker Series at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, features the renowned team of writer

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Tom Horton and photographer David Harp on their latest work, Choptank Odyssey. 2 p.m. The cost per program for each session is $6 for CBMM members or $8 for non-members. Registration for all four sessions is discounted at $20 for members and $28 for non-members. To register, go to bit.ly/CBMMWinterSpeaker16. For more information, contact A llison Speight at aspeight@ cbmm.org. 8 Valentine Crafts at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Create from a variety of craft materials. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 8 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Silent No More at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 8 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail mariahsmission2014@gmail.com.

8 Meeting: Baywater Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 8

Me e t i n g: O p t i m i s t C lub at Hunter’s Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347.

8,15 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Players gather for f r iend ly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 8,15 Cla ss: iPhone Cla ss w it h Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

8,15,22 Story Time (often joined by Canine Companions for Independence dog, Vail) at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children

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brary, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Get in the Valentine spirit with the library’s own Ms. Carla. For ages 3 and older. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 8,22 Minecraft at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Explore Minecraft on the Library’s computers. For ages 5 and older. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 9 Soup Day at Christ Church, Cambridge. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3.50. Carry-outs available. For more info. tel: 410-228-3161. 9 Puppet Show: Will You Be Mine? at the Talbot County Free Li-

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9,16,23 Class: Tame Your Camera - Fundamentals of Photography with Sahm Doherty-Sefton at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $100 members, $120 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 9,18 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 1 to 3 p.m. Free for CBEC members, $5 for nonmembers. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 9,23 Memoir Writing at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record a nd sha re your memor ies of life and family with a group of friendly folk. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 10 Paintbrush Party with Sarah Lyle at the Goodwill Fire Company, Centreville, and sponsored by Adkins Arboretum. $49. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-6342847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

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10 Concert: The High and Wides in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 10,24 Judy Center 0-3 Playgroup at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

11 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. 11 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. visit historic.stmichaels.org.

11 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org.

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February Calendar 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. 12 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. 12 Freezin’ for a Reason 2017 Oxford Polar Dip at the Tred Avon Yacht Club. Noon. Help send children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to Camp Sunshine. For more info tel: 207-655-3800 or visit freezinforareason.com.

14 Gerdan: Soul of the Ukraine ~ Valentine’s Day Celebration at t he Ta lbot Sen ior C enter, Easton. 12:15 p.m. The acclaimed husband-and-wife duo of Andrei Pidkivka and Solomia Gorokhivska explore the rich classical and folk traditions of Eastern Europe. Free and open to the public. Lunch is available at noon with advance reservations for $2.75. For more info. tel: 410822-2869. 14,28 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. 14,28 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit twstampclub.com.

13 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at the Church of the Nazarene, Denton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 13 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress. Limited instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

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gram is for children ages 3 to 5. $60 member, $75 non-member, Caroline County resident, free; $50 member sibling, $65 nonmember sibling. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 14-April 18 Ornithology for Homeschool Students at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This program is for grades 6 and up. $70 member, $60 member sibling, $85 non-member, $75 non-member sibling. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 14-April 18 Time Travel for Homeschool Students at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This program is for grades 2 to 5. $70 member, $60 member sibling, $85 non-member, $75 non-member sibling. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 15 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 15 Book Discussion: Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg. 3:30 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Open to all. For more info. tel: 410-822-

1626 or visit tcfl.org. 15 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. 16 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit pleasantday.com. 16 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games and f un. For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 16 Young Gardeners Club, spons or e d by t he Ta lb ot C ou nt y Garden Club. 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. For grades 1 to 4. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 16 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

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extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 16-19,23-26 Play: The Tred Avon Players present The Cemetery Club, directed by John Norton at the Oxford Community Center. The play, written by Ivan Menchell, is a poignant comedydrama about three Queens, N.Y., widows who gather once a month to visit their husbands’ graves and talk about life and love. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, February 16 to 25, at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, February 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 16 is “Thrifty Thursday,” featuring two-for-one tickets. Tickets are

17 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org. 17 Concert: Susan G. Komen Concert for the Cure featuring The PRS Band at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 17-March 24 Home School Art Classes with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For ages 10+. For more info. tel:

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410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17-March 24 Home School Art Classes with Constance Del Nero at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For ages 6 to 9 (please do not register 5-year-olds in this class). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 18 Cooking Demonstration and Lunch with Master Chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. Authentic Curries from Around the World! Demonstration at 10 with lunch at noon. $68 per person. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 18 Winter Greens and Distinctive Bark Soup ‘n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Look for green plants and trees with distinctive bark. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch with a brief lesson about nutrition. $20

member, $25 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 20 Alexander Barnett “Tavern Live” to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 22 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at the Dorchester Family Y MCA, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 22 Class: Storing and Sharing Pho-

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February Calendar tos with your Smart Phone with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 23 Lecture: Magnificent Movie Music with Dr. Rachel Franklin at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Films include The Best Year of Our Lives, The Heiress, and Ben-Hur. Series ticket (4) is $100 member, $120 non-member. Individual lecture ticket is $28 member, $33 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 23-26 15th Annual Books CafÊ from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Lu ke’s Chapel, Q ueenstow n. Over 20,000 sor ted books in all categories on sale at 90% off cover price; bargain-priced lunches and snacks available.

For more info. tel: 410-827-8484 or visit wyeparish.org. 24 Friday Night Live: Winter Coffeehouse ~ Spoken Word, Story and Song at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 7 to 9 p.m. DCA offers a friendly, supportive atmosphere for acoustic musicians, poets and storytellers. For more info. tel:410-2287782 or visit dorchesterarts.org. 25 The Met: Live in HD with Rusalka by Dvorak at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 25 Alexander Valley Wine Pairing Dinner at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 25 Concert: Evidential Medium in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

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27 Book Arts for Teens and Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Japanese Stab Binding Book. Explore the fascinating process of creating a personal journal. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 27 Book Discussion: The Accidental Superpower by Peter Zeihan at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 28 Lecture: A Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening w it h Douglass Tallamy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the

University of Delaware, at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-226-5184. 28 Meeting: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411. 28 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946.

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

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Gabriels Sails B E AU T IF UL E ASTERN SHORE SE T T IN G & ARCHI TECTURE This elegant yet casual home captures the essence of Eastern Shore living. It’s private, with a waterside swimming pool, freshwater pond, expansive water views and southwest exposure. The open floor plan and walls of windows fill the home with light. Offered at $1,695,000

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Gene Smith - Fine Homes and Waterfront Properties Benson & Mangold Real Estate 205 S. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663

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“The Anchorage” A Talbot County landmark, rich in history, with park-like setting overlooking the Miles River. Stately 5,800 square foot Georgian residence offered with three parcels totaling 67 acres. Caretaker’s house, tennis court, windmill, Timberpeg boathouse for waterfront entertaining. Substantial pier with multiple deepwater slips, plus scenic stone chapel ruin. Fields provide hunting and room for horses. First time offered since 1962. Interactive TruPlace floorplan/ virtual tour available on realtor.com website. $2,950,000

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