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Tidewater Times February 2018

Waterfront Homes Near St. Michaels

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

BROAD CREEK - Attractive brick home features over 3,800 sq. ft. of living space, all on one level. Features include as 48’ x 22’ “Great Room,” with 13’ ceiling and glassed “River Room,” which provides outstanding sunset views across the water. Attached 3-car garage. Pier with 6’ MLW! $995,000

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

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February 2018

Features: Frederick Douglass ~ Talbot’s Native Son: Debbi Dodson. . . . . . . . . . . 7 Welcome to Mallard Bay: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 An Afternoon in Havre de Grace: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Notable Trees of Talbot: Jim Dawson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Global Vision 2020: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Running Memory Laps: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Changes - A Dog’s Life ~ Hamish: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

Departments: February Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 February Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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Frederick Douglass: International Hero and Talbot County’s Native Son

Celebrating 200 Years by Debbi Dodson

Born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, Frederick Douglass changed the way Americans thought about democracy and slavery. An editor, author, orator, statesman and reformer, Douglass was among the most prominent African Americans of his time and one of the most inf luential lecturers and authors in American history. He was a U.S. Marshall, an Ambassador and, at the Republican National Convention in 1888, he became the very first African American to have his name placed into nomination as a presidential candidate for the United States. A champion for racial equality, he worked tirelessly for human rights and became a friend and advisor to President Abraham Lincoln and one of the most revered leaders of this time. Douglass is a man for all generations, and his words and examples continue to inspire people around the world. Douglass’s literar y and social accomplishments seem to be just as significant today as they were during his lifetime. He survived unimaginable personal struggles,

witnessed a nation in wrenching conflict, shaped unity among women and men, and worked endlessly for “freedom and justice for all.” A young slave who learned to read, he saved money to purchase a copy of the Columbian Orator and read each speech over and over until he could deliver every word flawlessly and passionately. He became such an articulate and eloquent speaker that William Lloyd Garrison pub7


Frederick Douglass lished his lectures in the Liberator. After numerous attempts, Garrison convinced him to pen and publish his memoirs. His biography, titled Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, circulated in 1848. Publication of the biography met with favorable response but also created controversy regarding his status as a runaway slave. Dodging the consequences, Douglass traveled to Ireland and Britain. His powerful speeches resulted in many friendships, and his ultimately his freedom. After his return to the United States, Douglass published severa l newspapers advoc at ing the abolition of slavery, including Freder ick Douglass Paper, The North Star, New National Era and Douglass’s Monthly. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, named one of the “88 Books That Shaped America” by the Library of Congress, helped change the course of the U.S. Abolitionist Movement and continues to change lives around the world. Douglass wrote in one of his memoirs, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, “I have never met with a slave who could tell me with any certainty how old he was. Genealogical trees did not flourish among the slaves.” Throughout his life, he believed that he was born in 1817, and it was not until the year of his death

(1895), when he traveled to Baltimore and met with the grandson of his former owner, that he learned he was born on February 14, 1818 ~ two hundred years ago. Harriet Bailey, his mother and a field worker, left her son when he was just a few months old. He rarely saw his mother and was raised by his maternal grandmother. At the age of six, she walked him twelve miles and left him at the Wye House plantation. A few years later, his mother died. Frequently he overheard whispers that his father might be a white plantation owner. By the age of eight, he was sent to Fells Point to become a slave companion to the son of Hugh and Sophia Auld. Shortly after his arrival, Sophia realized he was a gifted child and began to teach him to 9

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read, although doing so was illegal. Her husband stopped the lessons, as he believed that if a slave learned to read, he would no longer be satisfied to remain a slave. Douglass continued to read in secret and gradually embraced the importance of justice and equality from his readings. Soon, newspapers and political literature captivated his attention and shaped his clarity and desire to share wisdom and knowledge with other slaves. The more he learned, the more he realized he could not exist as a slave. He escaped Baltimore with the help of a free black woman, Anna Murray. They settled and later married in Massachusetts.


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Frederick Douglass American Hero and Our Native Son. The Frederick Douglass Honor Society will host several bicentennial events in February, starting with the Frederick Douglass Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, February 10, at the Milestone Eastern Shore Event and Catering Center starting at 8 a.m. The guest speaker is Reverend Clarence Wayman, and music is by tenor John Wesley Wright and guitarist Danielle Cumming. Tickets are available online at Mid-Shore Community Foundation (mscf.org) or by sending a check ($20 per person) to the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, P.O. Box 2321, Easton, MD. A wreath-laying ceremony will

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Welcome to Mallard Bay: The Mysterious World of Cheril Thomas by Helen Chappell

The plaque at the entrance of the property said Delaney House ~ Circa 1670. But what Grace Reagan actually bought was twenty-four rooms of crumbling plaster and the truth about her past. The old mansion came complete with oddball relatives and a grave in the back yard. Her family’s story came with a murder. This is the teaser for Squatter’s Rights, Easton-based writer Cheril Thomas’s latest mystery offering, first in her new series. Grace Reagan inherits a ramshackle old mansion in the small town of Mallard Bay from her estranged grandmother. When the Washington-based lawyer from a white-shoe firm comes to the Shore for the first time, she finds a whole new life for herself in addition to a handful of trouble from her estranged family, some interesting new friends and a world she didn’t know existed. Squatter’s Rights offers all the elements of a good mystery. There are family secrets and lies, a longburied corpse and a host of Eastern Shore characters who promise to

challenge Grace’s poise, as well as her patience, with a different way of life. It’s a far cry from what she’s used to in the city. The culture shock is a large part of what makes this book so much fun. Over a string of lunches in Easton, warm and friendly Cheril reveals her excitement about launching her first novel, as well as the path that


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Cheril likes to keep that part of her life separate from her creative world. But when she talks about her husband, their son and daughterin-law, and especially when she talks about her two grandsons, she opens up a little more. Indeed, looking at this pretty blonde woman, it’s hard to believe she’s a grandmother, but she has the photos to prove it. “A minister’s daughter raised in North Georgia. You don’t get any more dramatic than that. I’ve been married to a saint since God was a baby. The man puts up with a lot, I’m telling you. We have one son of whom we are extraordinarily (and justifiably) proud, a beautiful and loving daughter-in-law and the most perfect twin grandsons God ever put on earth.”

led her to Grace and the fictional landscape of Mallard Bay, which would be somewhere near Easton, in the fictional Kingston County. Like many other fiction writers, going back to William Faulkner, she found the real landscape didn’t fit her storytelling needs, so she created her own. “I love small towns,” Cheril admits. “For most of my childhood, I was raised in places so small Easton would look like New York in comparison. But the little towns I love most are in Talbot County, which is why my husband, Ron, and I still live here 34 years after we first moved to St. Michaels. We travel as often as possible, and every time we come home we say wherever we’ve been doesn’t hold a candle to Easton and the Eastern Shore. I wanted Mallard Bay to give readers that feeling of home. In my mind, it’s a village a little bigger than Oxford proper, not as prosperous as St. Michaels and dependent on Easton for everything a villager needs but doesn’t have. People in Mallard Bay don’t willingly go over the bridge. They shop local, look after each other and have long memories. If you’re from here, chances are you never leave unless you have to. If you come here and the locals let you stay, you’re golden.” Although her day job involves working for local government, 24

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Cheril Thomas Only a strong work ethic and a love of writing keep her telling her stories. Like many other creative people, she adheres to a schedule. “Out of necessity, I write from 4:30 (or 5) to 7 a.m. each weekday morning and 5 a.m. (or 6) to 10 or 11 on the weekends. Many weekends see a writing marathon,” she reports. The other question writers are always asked is where they find their ideas. “They find me.” Cheril reports. “I always seem to see the ‘what ifs,’ and a story is born. The only taboos are my family (unless it’s really funny and then they’re fair game) and my Mondaythrough-Friday work (no exceptions).” Happily, her real family is a lot closer and a whole lot less dysfunctional than the Delaney clan, one of those old Southern families where the blue blood has started to turn a pale and watery indigo over the generations since the money thinned out and the cunning doesn’t work so well anymore. Of course, it’s the conniving and the battiness that make the Delaneys Grace’s cross to bear and the reader’s delight. Like most writers, Cheril has her share of trunk novels, so-called because they’re such false starts and juvenilia that they end up hidden in a trunk. On the origins of her protago-

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lished. I wrote my first mystery series in the early 1990s. Back then, you needed an agent and a publisher. I spent three years trying to sell that series before letting life pull me in a different direction. When I went back to writing fiction in 2011, I stayed with short stories, relearning the craft and exploring a lot of topics. All the while, I kept drifting back to mysteries. I love a story with a twist. The questions you didn’t know were there; the surprise you didn’t see coming; the truth sitting right in front of you disguised as something else.” She leans in. “In the years I wasn’t writing fiction, I was studying genealogy. My mother’s family is fascinating ~ to me, anyway. They arrived in Virginia in 1740 and settled in western North Carolina and (thankfully) stayed in one general area for the next couple of centuries. I tracked down some wonderful stories, but found many more mysteries. Some of those unanswered questions sparked modern storylines for me. My notes from a summer vacation spent traipsing through country graveyards could keep me writing for years. “The biggest challenge for me is just doing the writing ~ finding the time is hard. Believing that you’re making a good use of your time is the hardest thing of all. There are so few hours and so much to get done. Prioritizing your writing into one of the top slots of your day

nist, Cheril says, “Grace has been trying to materialize for a long time. Twenty-five years ago, her name was Claire and she had a three-book set of adventures. (Again, on the closet shelf.) I was speaking to a book club last month and referred to Grace as Claire. One of these days, I’m going to have to brush Miss C off and give her a life. “The dysfunctional Delaney family pushed their way into the book, and I encouraged them by asking ‘why’ over and over. They are a talkative bunch.” She takes a sip of her iced tea. “In that first version, Grace was younger and sillier (good grief, she may have been Claire!). But by the end of the first draft I could see she was older and damaged and still grieving the loss of her mother. It was my 28-year-old niece who told me Grace was 37, and I saw immediately that she was right. “None of which answers your question. The real answer is ‘I don’t know.’ Mostly, they all showed up, I asked them what was wrong and the result was the story in Squatter’s Rights.” Cheril’s been writing for a long time, long before the publication of Squatter’s Rights. “I’ve been writing mysteries for most of my life. I have a closet full of manuscripts, only a few of which were ever pub30

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Grace Reagan mysteries. “I love history, period. Old places fascinate me, and I always want to know what happened before I got there. Every time my mother saw a derelict house or roof less barn, she’d say, ‘What would make somebody walk away from their home?’ I never forgot that, and it always comes to mind when I see an abandoned property. “Stories like Under the Tuscan Sun fascinate me. Not the people story ~ the house story. Rescuing a building with a history is an adventure I never tire of. “To me, home is a nest. A sanctuary. It can have ten people under one roof, all talking at the same time, all going in different directions, but at the core, there is security and peace ~ if it’s a happy home, that is. If it isn’t, then it’s fodder for writers like me!” Squatter’s Rights is available online and in paperback. Grace’s second adventure, Commission on Murder, will be available in the spring of 2018.

feels like an act of hubris, and yet if you don’t value your work that much, it will never be a reality.” Her fascination with family history is ref lected in the Delaney family’s stories. Still, creating characters is still a challenge. Those computer skills come in handy. “I work with an Excel spreadsheet. I have a questionnaire that I fill out with the traits I need them to have to make the story work, and as I write and they change, I make changes to the chart. They always change. After the first draft, I take a look at everybody and see who needs work. I look to see if anyone is superf luous and needs to be cut, or if anyone’s behavior is too jarring to let it go without some background. I always find a photo on the internet of someone who looks like I envision my character to be. All of the character bio charts have photos and the bits of trivia that pop up as I write.” The crumbling mansion that is Grace’s inheritance and the bone of her family’s dysfunctional resentment is as much a character in the book as any of the humans. Like a lot of people, Cheril loves shelter subjects, especially old houses with character and a story to tell. Old houses, carrying a history and desperately in need of a loving update, will be a theme in future

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A Mother-Daughter Afternoon in Havre de Grace by Bonna L. Nelson

I have a very special relationship with our only child, Holly. She lives in Perry Hall with her husband, R a ndy, a nd daug hter, Isabel la. Bet ween ma nag i ng her pr ivate ped iat r ic oc cupat iona l t herapy practice and her family life, you can imagine how difficult it is to schedule mother-daughter time. Add my commitments to the list, and it’s nearly impossible. We of ten chat and daydream about an extended mother-daughter getaway, but time never seems to allow for such luxury. Our last vacation away together was a four-day spa trip a few years ago. Recently, we decided that we should make the most of the few hours we do have here and there, rather than waiting for the opportunity to schedule a longer adventure. On a fall visit to Holly’s home, she suggested that we travel to nearby Havre de Grace for a quick e sc ape whi le Dad a nd Pop Pop played with Isabella. The historic town of Havre de Grace is situated at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the head of Chesapeake Bay. On the half-hour drive, Holly suggested that we begin

Holly and Bonna our outing at the Vintage Café on North Washington Street, one of the town’s main streets that is lined with shops and eateries. The Vintage Café ser ves tasty comfort food in a ’50s-style setting. The Café offers breakfast and lunch at small tables and at the soda fountain counter. The popular spot is known for its old-fashioned hand-dipped milkshakes, fountain sodas, and menu selections. Having enjoyed one of their milkshakes on a previous visit, Holly suggested I 35

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Jeannie Malott, and her mother, Laura Kolb. Natives of Havre de Grace, they have owned and operated the restaurant since September 2015. What better way to spend a motherdaughter afternoon than with another mother-daughter team? After purchasing a few gifts in the craf t y gif t shop, and armed with a map from Laura, we headed to the Visitor’s Center around the corner to learn what other sites we should include on our Havre de Grace adventure. Scott Hagar, the friendly volunteer in the Visitor’s Center on Pennington Street, filled a bag with brochures about the town’s most famous sites and f lyers on upcoming events. He marked our map to show us the most efficient route for sightseeing in the small town. He told us not to miss the Havre de Grace Promenade, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, and Bomboy’s candy store. Havre de Grace is a quaint historic town that can be enjoyed in an

order another, but with 15 tempting f lavors, it was a challenge. In need of some comfort food, I selected the sweet and gooey grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich, served with a side of popcorn, from the lunch menu. Holly sampled an equally gooey, but not so sweet, cheese omelet from the breakfast menu. Our selections suited us on that cold, dreary day as we caught up on our lives. Stomachs full and content, Holly introduced me to the proprietors, Holly’s friend from high school,



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by Smithsonian magazine as one of America’s best small towns to visit. We thought so too. The Havre de Grace Promenade is a good place to start a visit. We enjoyed the 3/4-mile river walk with interpretive signage about the town’s history and descriptions of the waterfront along the Susquehanna and Chesapeake Bay intersection. The walk is easy, flat and lined with trees and grassy areas. There are benches so you can sit and enjoy the view. Holly and I felt it was a bit chilly and windy to sit much, but that it would be a much better experience on a warm, sunny day. Concord Point Lighthouse, the iconic symbol of Havre de Grace, anchors one end of the Promenade on Concord and Lafayette streets. Built in 1827, the tower-type lighthouse is built of Port Deposit granite and is the second-oldest tower lighthouse still standing on the Chesapeake Bay. Concord Point served as a beacon for sailors on the upper Chesapeake Bay for more than 175 years before being decommissioned in 1975. There is

afternoon, or for a visit of a day or two. Located in Harford County, the town is named after the port city of Le Havre, France, which was once called Le Havre de Grace ~ French for Harbor of Grace, according to Wikipedia. The name is attributed to the French general, the Marquis de Lafayette, the Revolutionar y War hero, who said that the town reminded him of that beautiful port in his country. Havre de Grace was incorporated in 1785, and I was surprised to learn that during the First Congress of 1789, the town missed becoming the capital of the f ledgling United States by one vote! The area was originally inhabited by the Susquehannock Indians and was visited by Captain John Smith in 1608. A ferry terminal was established in 1695, and by 1772 the town developed a street grid pattern similar to Philadelphia’s, with Revolutionary War and French street names. The city was attacked by the British during the War of 1812; became a commercial hub for the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal traffic and railroads by 1840; became a sports hunting and fishing mecca by 1880; a racetrack attraction, 1912-1950; served as a bedroom community for Aberdeen Proving Ground, 1950s1960s; and in the ’70s began to capitalize on its history, small-town ambiance and waterfront location. In 2014, Havre de Grace was honored 38


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house, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum tells the story of the region’s rich maritime heritage. The 10,000 -square-foot, threestory modern museum and gift shop also includes a working boat shop, env ironmental center, galleries, classrooms, laboratories and meeting spaces. Established in 1988, it is open year-round for tours. If you are interested in boating and maritime history, you will enjoy a stop at this museum. Our time being limited, Holly and I vowed to return to spend more time browsing the engaging galleries, exhibits and boat models. The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum is located just up the hill. If you are a decoy fan, this is the place for you. Beautiful wildlife decoys

ample parking, and the attractive lighthouse is well maintained. The fully restored Lighthouse and Keeper’s House are open to the public on weekends from April to October. Across the street from the Light-

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Havre de Grace and hunting accoutrements used in the upper Chesapeake Bay region are on display, and occasionally a decoy carver is present. My husband, John, an avid waterfowl hunter, would for sure like to visit this museum. T he mu s e u m c e le br at e s t he unique folk art of decoy carving and the heritage of the town and the Bay. Established in 1986 and situated on the Susquehanna Flats, it is thought to house one of the finest collections of working and decorative Chesapeake Bay decoys. Being candy connoisseurs, Holly and I were glad that Mr. Hagar at the Visitor’s Center had recommended a stop at Bomboy’s on Market Street. A dizzying array of chocolates, fudge and other candies are made on the premises, with special ingredients and recipes that they claim will daz-

zle your taste buds. They were right. The scent of fresh chocolate filled the air when we opened the door. After sampling some of our favorites ~ dark chocolate caramels for me and dark chocolate-covered almonds for Holly ~ we purchased some special treats for Dad, Pop Pop and Isabella. Bomboy’s Homemade Ice Cream is housed across the street, but with the cooler temperatures, we passed on that, deciding instead to end our visit to Havre de Grace at the Vintage


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our conversation and planned our next outing. In addition to a multitude of historic sites, museums and wineries, Havre de Grace offers many shopping opportunities including antiques shops, clothing boutiques, book shops, and more. Eateries include seafood, Italian, pubs, cafés, taverns, bakeries and coffee shops. There are B&Bs, guest houses, inns and motels. There is so much to do in this quaint little town. For more information, visit explorehavredegrace.com.

Wine Bar. What better combination for two ladies celebrating time together than chocolates and wine? Coming full circle back to Washington Street, the Vintage Wine Bar was warm and inviting. The award-winning wine bar and bistro has one of the top wine lists in the country and is known for its 80 wines by the glass and upscale small plate dining selection. We toasted our successful, albeit brief, mother-daughter getaway with f lutes of crisp Prosecco and a small plate of freshly made hummus, tart feta chunks, pita slices and olives. In the warmth of the dark, quiet space, we continued

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A Heart-Healthy Menu for Two Since it is just the two of you, make it romantic and memorable by decorating the table with some fresh greenery and candles. Today’s new buzzword for appetizers is tapas. And, just so we are all on the same page, tapas hail from Spain, where eateries and taverns offer small portions of food. Tapas comes from a Spanish word that means “to cover.” The first tapa was a slice of ham served on a saucer atop a sherry glass, allegedly to keep out the dust and other nuisances. Many different types of tapas have emerged since then.

Valentine’s Day and the American Heart Association’s campaign against heart disease during February set the stage for me to feature a heart-healthy menu for two. Valentine’s Day is the time to share a special meal with someone dear to you. This menu boasts an appealing assortment of flavors and an eye-catching look. It combines simplicity and portions designed for two. You will find clean-up easier since you won’t have to worry about leftovers. To save time, prepare the white bean hummus, butternut squash curry soup, salad dressing and candied sweet potatoes the day before. The apple cobbler and sweet potatoes bake at the same temperature as the Cornish hens, so you can put the dessert and potatoes in the oven while the hens bake for the last few minutes. The vegetable medley only takes a few minutes to cook, and you can toss your green salad at the same time. Reheat the soup just before the rest of the meal is complete.

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1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/8 t. cayenne pepper (optional) Pulse garlic cloves in food processor 3 to 4 times or until minced. Add beans and next 5 ingredients; process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides. Pour olive oil gradually through food chute with processor running; process until smooth. Cover and chill one hour or overnight. Garnish with lemon zest in the center. To store in the refrigerator, press plastic wrap onto the surface of the dip. If you make more than you need, it freezes well. Serve with colorful veggies like purple caulif lower, carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas and radishes. BUTTERNUT SQUASH and CURRY SOUP Add a soup course to your spe50

cial dinner to excite the taste buds and whet the appetite. 2 T. coconut oil 1/4 cup onion, chopped 1/4 t. curry powder (more if you like) 1 cup vegetable broth 1/2 to 1 cup water 1/2 can full-fat coconut milk 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced into small cubes 1/8 t. dried thyme Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


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much better if you can get fresh ones. Prepare one hen per person. 2 1-1/2 lb. Cornish hens 1/2 t. sea salt 1/2 t. dried basil 1/2 t. dried tarragon 1/2 t. thyme 1/2 t. savory 1/8 t. freshly ground pepper 4 T. butter, melted 2 T. orange marmalade Remove giblets from hens; reserve for another use. Rinse hens with cold water and pat dry. Combine seasonings, mixing well. Sprinkle cavities with half the seasonings and close. Secure with skewers. Brush skins with one half

CORNISH HENS with ORANGE GLAZE Cornish hens make a very elegant main course; I love the delicate f lavor of these birds. They are



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of the melted butter and sprinkle with remaining seasonings. Place hens breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Place in upper half of oven, and bake at 325° for 45 minutes. Brush hens with remaining melted butter, and spoon 1 tablespoon of the marmalade on each breast. Bake an additional 35 to 45 minutes, or until juice runs clear when thigh is pierced with a fork.

CANDIED SWEET POTATOES 2 small sweet potatoes 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 T. pecans, chopped 4 T. pineapple or orange juice 1/8 t. ground cinnamon 1 T. butter Cook sweet potatoes in boiling water for 20 minutes or until tender. Let cool; peel and cut into 3/4inch slices. Arrange sweet potatoes in a lightly greased 9-inch glass dish. Combine sugar and next 4 ingredients, mixing well. Pour mixture over sweet potatoes. Dot with butter. Bake uncovered at 325â—Ś for 30 minutes.

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Remove any limp outer leaves from the Romaine and discard. Break remaining leaves off the core; rinse with cold water. Shake off excess water and blot dry with a kitchen towel or paper towels. Tear leaves into bite-size pieces. In a medium glass or wooden bowl, place the Romaine, onion rings, olives, and pepperoncini. Drizzle with salad dressing and toss until evenly coated. Sprinkle cheese and croutons over the salad and serve immediately.

1/8 t. freshly ground pepper Combine all ingredients in a jar, cover tightly, and shake vigorously. Chill thoroughly. Shake well before serving. Serve over tossed green salad. Yields 1/4 cup.

SPICY CORNBREAD MUFFINS These can be made the day before, covered with foil and heated the last few minutes the hens are baking.

SALAD 1 bunch Romaine lettuce 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup pitted jumbo ripe olives or pitted Kalamata olives 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced and separated into rings 4 pepperoncini, sliced 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup seasoned croutons (optional)

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1/4 cup canola oil, expeller pressed 1 8-oz. carton plain yogurt Vegetable cooking spray Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine egg whites and next 3 ingredients. Stir

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The Wye Oak and Other Notable Trees of Talbot County by James Dawson Talbot County has had more than its fair share of great trees. Fred Besley’s booklet Big Tree Champions of Maryland, published by the Maryland Forestry Association and the State Department of Forests and Trees in 1956, was a list of the largest trees of the principle species in the state. Of the 155 trees listed from the 64 species, 23 were in

Talbot County. Besley was the State Forester from 1906 to 1942, and he knew his trees. As Besley wrote, “Trees are the outstanding feature of the Maryland landscape, and are among the largest and oldest of living things. Trees in excess of 400 years old have been reported in the state.” Big tree champions might be

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The Wye Oak (circa Oct. 1540June 6, 2002) is, was, and ever shall be our most famous tree. The Wye Oak got statewide attention when The Ba lt imore Sun published a photo and article about it on July 4, 1905. It was called the Russum Oak then, after Dr. Sydenham Thorne Russum, who had once owned it. Dimensions in 1905 were: 111 feet high, 19 feet, 6 inches circumference of the trunk at 5 feet high, but 60 feet, 8 inches at ground level. What made the tree so unusual were the huge, knobby protrusions around its base. It finally received national attention in 1919, when it was the first tree to enter the Hall of Fame of American Forestry Association. The Sun did another article about it with two photos on February 1, 1920: Ancient Wye Mills Oak - Giant Patriarch of the Forest on Eastern Shore Probably Witnessed Colonization of Maryland by H. Stevenson Clopper, Tree Surgeon. Clopper w rote t hat t he oa k’s horizontal spread from tip to tip covered about one third of an acre, which would be that of eight ordinary

found almost anywhere. There were five state champion trees on the Myrtle Grove estate near Easton alone. Several of Talbot’s trees were national champions as well, like the giant white oak near the Wye Mill in Wye Mills.

Wye Oak - 1930

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trees. “The tree is on a concrete road about nine miles from Easton...It is easily accessible by motor, and is well worth the trip of many miles to see.” One limb removed many years ago because it hung over the road was four feet in diameter, the article continued. Its abnormally large base was thought to have been caused by horses hitched to the tree while their riders shopped at a nearby store. The pawing of their hooves injured the bark, thereby stimulating callous grow ths resembling large knots. In 1921, the Sun crowned it the King of American Oaks. The State of Maryland purchased the Wye Oak for $5,000 in 1939 to create a state park, and it became the official state tree on June 1, 1941. In 1940, its age was estimated to be 400 years. In 1956, it was 95 feet high, with a girth of 27 feet, 8 inches at 4 feet, 6 inches above the ground, with a crown of 165 feet. A. Aubrey Bodine, the Sun’s renowned photographer, took many photographs of the Wye Oak in all four seasons. Local artist John Moll also sketched its portrait. The tree got its own biography when Dickson Preston wrote Wye Oak ~ The History of a Great Tree in 1972. Since the nineteen-teens, the tree had inspired a number of picture postcards, some of which were for sale in a little building nearby. A stereopticon card was issued by the

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Come with me to Maryland to honor and revere, a giant so serene on highway two thirteen. ’Neath the kind and gentle boughs the children love to play. For ever there to dream, beyond an old mill stream... Live on noble white oak majestic and grand, The Giant of Wye in Maryland... (Note that until Route 50 was built in the early 1950s, Route 213, before it was rerouted, was the main road to Easton, and it went right under the branches of the Wye Oak.)

Keystone View Company about 1940, titled Gigantic Wye Oak, near Wye Mills, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. A stereo card was an oblong card containing two nearly identical photographs, one for each eye, that when put in a hand-held viewer created a primitive 3-D effect. Wye Oak even got its own song when A.A.M. Dewing of Centreville published the sheet music for his The Giant of Wye. It went something like this:

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And pilgrims to idyllic shores preview a realm benign/ When they descry against the sky this famed and living sign. And it went on. But nothing lives forever, not giant forest oaks, nor even state-sanctioned tree poetry. The Wye Oak was sick. On October 6, 1953, a big limb dropped across Route 213. It sounded like a cannon had gone off. Friends of the old oak feared its demise after another huge 75-footlong limb, estimated to weigh 20 to 30 tons, tore off with an awful cracking noise at about 6:30 a.m. on April 28, 1956. That “limb” was larger than some trees! It was made into gavels, crosses and paperweights. Sadness Over Wye Oak mourned the editorial in the August 31, 1956 Easton Star Democrat. Wye Oak Given Six Years to Live was the headline of an October 26,

In 1963, Senator North passed Senate Resolution No. 9 to honor “a very noble composition... by John Levin Burris, a resident of Kent County, in commemoration of the Wye Oak, and his contribution to the Tercentenary of Talbot County.” It began: ODE TO WYE OAK, symbol of the Eastern Shore. Ere the rays of morning sun gild the waves of Chesapeake/ They urge the rosy dawn to west and jubilantly seek/ The enchanting vistas of a happy land/ Sculpted in verdant, low relief by an idealizing Hand/ As the glowing orb moves to the distant, western sea/ It lights no scene in all its course like this ancient, oaken tree/

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nance provided by Wye Tree Experts. True, the limbs could be reinforced by steel cables, but when a 25-ton limb dropped, steel cables snapped like threads. Preston predicted that the same fate could, and would, happen to the Wye Oak, which might last another four centuries, or fall next year. Another mammoth 25- to 30-ton limb broke off in June 1984, giving the tree a lopsided appearance and increasing the chances the unbalanced tree would fall. 450-Year-Old Wye Oak May Be Ready to Die headlined at article in the November 29, 1991, News Journal. Despite all the odds, it was not only alive, but still growing, and was featured in an article titled The Quiet Giant in the January/February 1994, issue of Maryland Magazine. A thunderstorm finally toppled the Giant of Wye the night of June 6, 2002. “Dick” Orrell, a neighbor, said that it was just like a member of your family was gone. Mac McGrane, curator of the Old Wye Grist Mill, said she was a majestic lady, and she went out quietly. “She just laid down as if not to hinder or hurt anyone.” [“A tree topples, and a town mourns” June 17, 2002, CNN.com] I heard about the tragedy on television the next morning, went straight there and saw the storm victim broken apart on the ground, roped off with yellow crime scene tape. Only a jagged stump remained upright. Sadly, there would be no more Wye Oak leaves

1956 article when it was feared that a slight wind might blow it over. But the old tree lived on. The Wye Oak was featured in the U.S.P.S. American Trees First Day Cover series on October 9, 1978. It was on the cover of the December 1982 Tidewater Times that featured an article by Dickson Preston titled Requiem for an Oak Tree, in which he mourned the loss of one of the big trees at Myrtle Grove, estimated to be between 350 and 400 years old. It had been a national champion swamp chestnut oak until felled by strong winds on October 25, 1982. Preston naturally mentioned Wye Oak and called it Myrtle Grove Oak’s sister. Many of these ancient oaks, like the Myrtle Grove Oak and the Wye Oak, were actually hollow, because their interiors had long rotted away and they were only supported by thin living outer shells a few inches thick. Wye Oak even had a manhole cover installed in its side to provide access for spraying and other mainte-



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Mosley. A children’s book, While A Tree Grew by Elaine Rich Bachmann and illustrated by Kim Harrell, was published in 2009. It was said that the Wye Oak had attracted 50,000 visitors a year. Over the years, many Wye Oak saplings had been sold, meaning that there are Wye Oak Juniors around. The state even cloned the tree. Not sure how that went because possibly the most remarkable thing about this amazing tree was not its DNA, but that no one had cut it down in four and a half centuries, but who knows? In any event, the new clone, planted in 2006, is growing in the old spot, so good luck to it. And you can see an 8-foot section of the old trunk in a nearby pavilion. The Department

to rake, but some of us filched a few for souvenirs when the cops weren’t looking, because you had to put them back if you got caught. State property and all that. I mean, there were only about 207,900 Wye Oak leaves there (believe it or not, there is a formula for calculating the number of leaves on a tree), but apparently the state couldn’t spare a few, although later, after some complaints, they relented and put some out in a small box for the public to take. I framed mine. On Aug. 11, 2002, the Star Democrat dedicated a full page to the tree that featured memories, photos, a water color by Rosanna Harris, and a memorial poem by John Gunther

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of Wye M.E. Church celebrated our big, old oaks: “My head I bow with sacred awe./ For majesty is here,/ These kingly trees my childhood saw/ In manhood I revere./ While days and seasons come and go,/ And years are flying by,/ These landmarks of the long ago,/ Still stand the Oaks of Wye.” But, alas, one by one, the reign of the kingly oaks was ending. The state champion post oak by Trappe’s United Methodist Church fell in 1973, as have many of the other big tree champions Besley listed and all but one of the big old oaks in Wye M.E. churchyard. The Mid-Shore had truly once been the “land of the great oaks” for its unusual concentration of large oak trees.

of Natural Resources’, John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery in Preston sells descendant seedlings every two years. Wood from the old tree was distributed to as many as 40 artists and craftsmen. McMartin & Beggins Furniture Makers created a desk for the Governor, which cost $25,000 to make and was paid for with private funds. Fortunately, the wood was free. You can buy pens and other items made from wood from the Wye Oak, “Maryland’s Oldest Citizen,” from Olde Wye Pen Company at the Amish Country Farmer’s Market in Easton. Such is fame. In the June 23, 1894, issue of the Easton Gazette, Prof. Robert H. Skinner’s poem The Oaks

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I’ve listed some other notable Talbot County trees below, but while Besley concentrated on size, these are not big tree champions, just unusual ones:

The Hanging Tree on Miles River Rd. The trunk makes almost a 90-degree turn out over the road and then another near 90-degree turn and continues straight up again. It has inspired a legend that slaves were hanged from it in pre-Civil War days. This tale seems to be a recent invention, as no documentation has been found to support it. So, while it makes for a great story, truth is, the tree is probably not that old, and its odd shape is the result of its being cut off during road building or utility line work many decades ago and it just grew back in this odd shape. That said, IF you wanted to hang someone, this would be the perfect tree for it (not that I’m advising that, of course).

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The Lyre Tree, also called the “Halfway Tree” or the “Praying Tree,” on Royal Oak Road near Rigbylot Road. This tree also has an unusual shape in which the trunk splits, with each half curving outward and then inward before continuing upwards again. Dr. Claggett called it the “Lyre Tree” because that section of the trunk was shaped like a lyre, and “Halfway Tree” because it is halfway between Easton and St. Michaels, but I was told that my great-grandmother, who passed by this tree frequently on the way to her farm in Bozman, called it the “Praying Tree” because it looked like someone standing with their arms upraised praying to heaven. My great-grandmother died in 1926, so this tree has had this shape

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Oxford’s Odd Cedars - Have you seen the two little cedar trees on the Oxford side of the ferry landing across from the Robert Morris Inn? I just happened to be standing there recently staring blankly at these two trees, looking at them but not really seeing them, until it finally hit me that something strange was going on. While all of the other trees in the neighborhood were growing straight up (you know, like trees usually do) these two side-by-side cedar trees were each growing at a 45-degree angle. I’ve never seen anything like it! Talbot has certainly had some odd and interesting trees, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few.

Gabriel Sailes’ Holly Trees - Two holly trees that were planted at the head and foot of the grave of Gabriel Sailes when he died in 1769 on his farm on Almshouse Road. A local character, Sailes had directed that he be buried in an oak coffin with both ends open and a jug of whiskey inside. His reasoning was that when the Devil came in one end of the coffin to get him and stopped to take a drink, he would make his escape out the other. Like Sailes himself, these twin hollies are long gone.

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They Can See Clearly Now Global Vision 2020 by Michael Valliant

“This is going to change the world.” That’s what Dr. David Friedman said about Global Vision 2020’s “USee” diagnostic tool. That statement carries some weight when you realize that Friedman is the director of the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Global Vision 2020 (GV2020) and the USee glasses distribution kits,

the brainchild of Easton’s Kevin White, are a means to help people in developing countries see more clearly. And it’s working. White traveled the world as a United States Marine Corps officer, retiring from active duty in 2009 with the rank of Major. In 2005 and 2006, White’s job was Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Director, focusing on Africa and Eastern Europe, overseeing

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Global Vision 2020 a budget of $16 million. While in Morocco giving away eyeglasses, he had a defining experience. “Not being able to see well is a huge issue ~ it affects learning, if you can’t see the chalkboard, it affects driving and thereby people’s safety. It’s such an important mission, helping people to see,” White said. “As a professional logistician, I was offended with how inefficient the process was: we brought in 1,000 pairs of used eyeglasses and could only give away 100 pairs. The rest were thrown out.” Another realization he had was that people in these Third World countries didn’t understand how glasses work. There was a woman who was given a pair of Farrah Fawcett-style glasses with her correct prescription. She asked for a pair in a different, more simple style, but they didn’t correct her vision. She thought that glasses were the same, just the frames were different. It was during that time that White met Josh Silver, who had

Lack of clear vision causes much societal and personal hardships. created fluid-filled eyeglasses. They were adaptable for self-refraction, allowing the glasses to be modified on the spot to more easily correct different vision problems. This procedure can be especially effective in countries where there aren’t many optometrists or eye care profession-


From 2009 to 2013, White continued his work of bringing eyeglasses to people who needed them, starting GV2020 as a nonprofit organization. But he did so as a hobby and a passion, in his spare time, while working other jobs. And then in 2013, while looking through a pair of progressive lenses, where the prescription is different in different parts of the glasses, he got the idea for what is now called the “USee.” White put together a kit that anyone could take anywhere to help someone get the eyeglasses they need. USee is a diagnostic tool, where a patient turns a dial and can find what prescription they need for each eye. A pair of inexpensive cor-

als. In sub-Saharan Africa, there is approximately one optometrist per 1,000,000, whereas in the U.S. that number is one per 8,000. “What we were doing was taking eyeglasses out of the hands of the optometrist and putting them in the hands of the infantryman, as it were, in the field,” White said. Working with Silver’s fluid-filled glasses, their success rate was much better. When White retired from active duty in 2009, the program had given away some 40,000 pairs of glasses. But there are 2.5 billion people in the world who need glasses and don’t have access to them. He realized the military program wasn’t scalable to the need.

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are planning events in Zambia, Haiti and Malawi as well. Last year was a big year. GV2020 was awarded a National Geographic “Chasing Genius” Award for Global Health, and, during the same month (September), White was one of 12 innovators to present at the United Nations, selected out of roughly 9,000. One of GV2020’s people in the field is Greg Wiens, a Mennonite pastor from rural Saskatchewan, Canada. Wiens first heard about White by reading an article in National Geographic in 2009. This past November, Wiens was in Myanmar on a mission trip. “I gave out 170 distance glasses and about 250 readers over 13 days,” Wiens said. “We gave the glasses to teachers in the local villages that we are helping (we are building

rective glasses can then be snapped together on the spot. Through networking, White was teamed up with IQ Design and PolyOne, who have helped design and build the first prototype. White also teamed up with the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins to conduct clinical trials. When the center’s director says, “this is going to change the world,” you know you are on to something. Since the USee has been in the field, the results and feedback have been remarkable. GV2020 has delivered more than 2,500 pairs of glasses in countries around the world, including Ghana, Tanzania, rural China, Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa, Lesotho, Nicaragua and the Philippines. This year, they

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community how to do what GV2020 is doing. He wants to leave behind the capability so that it can be sustained locally. It’s a compelling vision: a world that can see clearly. For more information about Global Vision 2020 or to donate, visit their website at gv2020.org.

new permanent school buildings and helping them start junior high schools). And we tested and gave away the glasses to senior citizens.” GV2020 is gearing up as 2018 gets underway. In Mozambique, there are 25 million people, 2.5 million of whom need glasses. Through the work they have been doing there already, GV2020 is on the cusp of becoming a widespread solution. White knows what they need to accomplish their short-term goals. “Our immediate goal is to raise $45,000 to get injection molding done,” he said. “And we need to hire someone to run the Mozambique program, rolling it out through the high schools.” White’s vision is to teach each

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by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.

Preparing for Spring As I write this column, the East Coast and the Delmarva Peninsula have gone through winter storm Grayson, and the Weather Channel reports that parts of the central and eastern United States have experienced one of the coldest late-December through early-January on record. I don’t know what February and March will bring, but hopefully it will not be more severe weather. I think when spring arrives, we will start to see some evidence of plant damage in the landscape ~ split bark and branches, poor flower display because of frozen flower buds, etc. I don’t even want to think about all the frozen water pipes! The good thing is that we know spring is coming, and we can anticipate getting back outside and doing our gardening activities. So, to get a jump start on spring, why not brighten your winter home by forcing some spring-blooming shrub branches? Generally, it takes two or three weeks to bring to blossom such items as pussy willow, for-

sythia, Japanese quince, f lowering almond, azalea, magnolia, European birch and red maple. February is the time to start plants indoors for setting out later in the spring. Good examples are tuberous begonias. Start them in late February or early March so you can set them outside for summer-long f lowering in pots, beds or hanging baskets. Sprout the tubers by placing them, hollow-side-up, close together in shallow, well-drained pans. Use a mix of equal parts 83

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portant to understand their growth habits. Brambles have perennial crowns and roots with only biennial canes (produces for two growing seasons). The vegetative shoots that come from the crowns are called primocanes during the first growing season. In the late summer, f lower buds are formed on the primocanes and remain dormant through the winter. During the second growing season, these buds f lower, fruit and then die. This two-year pattern is typical of all brambles, except for the fall-fruiting raspberries such as Heritage. In fall-fruiting raspberries, the cane growth and fruiting are similar, but compressed so that fruiting begins during the first growing season. Initiated on the top third of the primocane, the buds f lower in late July and begin fruiting in August. These canes finish fruiting with the first frost. After fall-fruiting raspberries

perlite, sphagnum, peat moss and vermiculite, or chopped sphagnum moss and perlite. This should be kept damp ~ not soggy ~ in a shady window with a temperature in the lower 60s. Transplant the tubers to pots or baskets when growth starts, normally within three weeks. Place outside only after all threat of frost has passed. Also start slow germinating seeds such as alyssum, coleus, dusty miller, geranium, impatiens, marigold, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, vinca, and verbena in early February. If you have small and tree fruit plantings in the garden, they will need some attention. Sometimes gardeners get confused about how to handle their bramble plantings. February is a good time to do some pruning. Red, black, and purple raspberries, and both thorny and thornless blackberries, are referred to as brambles. To understand how and when to prune your brambles, it is first im84


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Tidewater Gardening When pruning diseased branches, sterilize tools in between cuts with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Dry your tools at day’s end, and rub them lightly with oil to prevent rusting. While you are pruning, make sure that you pick off and destroy any old, diseased fruit left over from last year. Give the ground around the trees a good clean up, and rake to remove old fruit and disease-infested leaves. Dispose of any clean-up debris in the trash ~ not in the compost bin. This sanitation practice will help reduce disease problems next year. Check out the University of Maryland Home and Garden Information Center website for fruit disease and insect control recommendations ~ https://extension. umd.edu/hgic/fruit-disease-andinsect-pest-control. Established fruit trees can be fertilized once the danger of frost is past. Use about one-half pound of 12-12-12, or a similar 1 to 1 to 1 ratio fertilizer per tree, per year of age, up to a maximum of 10 pounds fertilizer per tree. Broadcast fertilizers over the root zone, staying at least one foot from the tree trunk. Late February and early March is also a good time to get your grapevine plantings under control, especially if they put out a lot of new growth last year. Remember to save

the prunings for making attractive wreaths and other craft items. Depending upon how the winter is progressing, we may see signs of growth in early spring bulbs in late February. When foliage is one inch high, gradually start removing mulch. Cloudy days are best for the initial exposure of the leaves to strong sunlight, as it can burn tender foliage. Pinch off early buds from developing pansies to encourage plants to branch and form more buds. Don’t remove the mulch from perennials too early. A warm day may make you think spring is almost here, but there may be colder weather yet to come. During the winter months, it is important to avoid walking on frozen grass and groundcovers. Ajuga can die back, leaving bare spots for 88

the spring. The frozen leaves are brittle and easily damaged. Surprisingly, even though there might be rain or snow, the soil dries out against a house under the

eaves where rain rarely reaches. Be sure to water well under the shrubs to prevent loss of plants. Your plants still require water during the winter to replace water lost due to wind desiccation and lack of rain or snow. During those nights when there is nothing good on television, start preparing for the vegetable garden by making labels for your spring garden. Plastic milk jugs or bleach bottles, cut in strips of 1 inch by 6 inches, work well. Use permanent ink markers to write on them. Don’t forget to start building up your supply of gardening aids, such as plastic milk jugs for hot caps and orange juice cans to make guards to stop cutworms.

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growth occurs. Choose a new container that is only one or two inches larger in diameter than the old pot. Begin to fertilize house plants as they show signs of new growth. Plants that are still resting should receive no fertilizer yet. Another task for this month is to get all your gardening tools in good shape for the spring. Give them a proper cleaning and sharpening

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Dorchester Points of Interest bridge in Maryland after the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A life-long resident of Dorchester County, Senator Malkus served in the Maryland State Senate from 1951 through 1994. Next to the Malkus Bridge is the 1933 Emerson C. Harrington Bridge. This bridge was replaced by the Malkus Bridge in 1987. Remains of the 1933 bridge are used as fishing piers on both the north and south bank of the river. HERITAGE MUSEUMS and GARDENS of DORCHESTER - Home of the Dorchester County Historical Society, Heritage Museum offers a range of local history and gardens on its grounds. The Meredith House, a 1760’s Georgian home, features artifacts and exhibits on the seven Maryland governors associated with the county; a child’s room containing antique dolls and toys; and other period displays. The Neild Museum houses a broad collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts, including a McCormick reaper (invented by Cyrus McCormick in 1831). The Ron Rue exhibit pays tribute to a talented local decoy carver with a re-creation of his workshop. The Goldsborough Stable, circa 1790, includes a sulky, pony cart, horse-driven sleighs, and tools of the woodworker, wheelwright, and blacksmith. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit dorchesterhistory.org. 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 96

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

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

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Dorchester Points of Interest 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. HARRIET TUBMAN VISITOR CENTER - Located adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center immerses visitors in Tubman’s world through informative, evocative and emotive exhibits. The immersive displays show how the landscape of the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance of her faith, family and community. The exhibits also feature information about Tubman’s life beginning with her childhood in Maryland, her emancipation from slavery, her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and her continuous advocacy for justice. For more info. visit dnr2. maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/tubman_visitorcenter.aspx. 100


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

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

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

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


University of Maryland Shore Regional Health System. For more info. tel: 410-822-100 or visit umshoreregional.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. (Now under renovation) 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit www.milesriveryc.org. 4. 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 would

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


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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 25. GR ANITE LODGE #177 - Located on St. Mary’s Square, Granite Lodge was built in 1839. The building stands on the site of the first Methodist Church in St. Michaels on land donated to the Methodists by James Braddock in 1781. Between then and now, the building has served variously as a church, schoolhouse and as a storehouse for muskrat skins. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit 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. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, and providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts. For more info. visit classicmotormuseum.org. 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 30. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - This 1.3 mile paved walkway winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk. 127


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

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

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

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


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


Running Memory Laps by Gary D. Crawford

We talk about memor y all the time, don’t we? “Oh, heck, now what was her name?” “My memory isn’t what it used to be.” “I’m having a senior moment.” “It just slipped my mind.” “I came in here to buy something ~ but what was it?” A lmost from the beginning of consciousness, we are aware of “memory,” that curious ability to recall (or not) something we once knew ~ names of things and people, events, explanations, advice. Isn’t it curious, then, that we know so little about memory itself, about what it is, exactly, and how it works? We recall things constantly, and without giving it much thought, until it doesn’t work and we have a memory lapse. I

define that as a something we know but cannot immediately recall. Most memory lapses are just temporary and annoying, though they sometimes can cause big trouble: “I didn’t forget, Mrs. Pritchard, honest! The doggie ate my homework.” Of course, it is easy to confuse a memory lapse with a lack of concentration, of being so distracted by what you are doing that you “lose track” of something impor tant. When I was four years old, my Dad suddenly needed a new hacksaw blade to finish a project he was working on. So together we drove over to the hardware store, a place I really enjoyed exploring. When he returned home 20 minutes later, Mom asked, “Where’s Gary?”


Running Memory Laps One of the most common and annoying lapses for me is forgetting someone’s name just a few seconds after they tell it to me. The name simply didn’t stick anywhere in my noggin. The f leeting sound is like a stone skipping across the surface of a pond before settling to the bottom, into the memory ooze, lost utterly. Usually I can get by without remembering the fellow’s name, of course, until a friend comes over and says, “Hi, Gary, say, who’s your friend?” Then I am pinned to the wall like a butterf ly. After an awkward pause, the new guy sticks out his hand and says, “Hi, my name’s Chester,” with a sidelong glance at me to see if maybe this time I will be bothered to pay attention. But what explains this “in one ear and out the other” phenomenon? I once had the honor of working at the Foreign Ser vice Institute, the Department of State’s training facility in Arlington, Virginia, where diplomats and other U.S. government employees go to prepare for

overseas assignments. FSI’s School of Language Studies offered training in 66 different languages, taught by some 250 native speakers and assisted by a team of language training specialists. One of those specialists was Dr. Earl Stevick, whose research into memory processes, as they relate to acquiring foreign language skills, enabled the faculty to improve their teaching methods. Mastering a foreign language to a required level of proficiency was one of the biggest challenges in preparing for an overseas assignment. Certainly, it was the most time-consuming training element and, naturally, some progressed

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more quickly than others. In order to assist them, we needed to know why. A great many factors were involved, including good hearing, but Dr. Stevick was convinced that memory was a central issue, and he became intensely curious about how our memories work ~ or don’t. There are clues in our speech, in the way we talk about remembering. Dr. Stevick pointed out that the phrase “It’s on the tip of my tongue” carries at least three messages: I can’t remember it, but I know I know it, and the answer isn’t buried deep. Other phrases are useful, too. “Wait, hang on, it’ll come to me.” “Hmm, I’ll have to think about that one.” “No, I can’t remember that one, but I would know it if I heard it.” “Sorry, I can’t

remember, but I could pick it out of a list.” “Sorry, I don’t have a clue.” These memory “reports” can be placed on a scale, with “tip of the tongue” at one end and “no clue” at the other. Our ability to sense how close we are to remembering something demonstrates that human data storage and retrieval is different from that of machines. After all, how can we possibly sense that a memory, one we do not have available at the moment, is somehow “close” or “far”? One day, a clerk stepped into our office with a package in her hand and a big grin on her face. “There’s a package here for a Professor Carl Stench,” she announced. We all laughed as Dr. Stevick reached out

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Running Memory Laps for it and examined the return address. “Yes,” he nodded, “it’s for me. I met this fellow at the conference in Vienna last month and he said he would send me a copy of his book.” Someone said, “Wow, he sure didn’t get your name right, did he? He said Carl Stench!” Dr. Stev ick nodded, then ob served, “Well, he didn’t really forget it, either, did he?” He pointed out that “Carl Stench” is quite like “Earl Stevick” in several ways. Both “Carl” and “Earl” are one-syllable names, and both end in “ARL.” “Stench” and “Stevick” both begin with “STE.” “He didn’t have a rich memory of my name ~ just the sounds he had heard a few times.” We developed a simple memory game that reveals much about the nature of memories, how we store them, and how we retrieve them. The idea is to sit down with someone and try recalling the name of a person you both know but now cannot remember. One evening, I asked my wife if she remembered the first name of the guy we had bought a four-poster bed from, some six years earlier. He worked in a funky shop and was quite a character, so we both remembered him, but we had forgotten his name. Susan expressed doubts about being able to remember it. Then I asked the critical question: “Would you know his name if

you heard it?” She was pretty sure she would recognize his name, and I was, too. So we gave it a try. I bega n by a sk i ng, “ Wa s it a foreign-sounding name?” No, it was unusual, but not foreign. “So it was an English name?” We both agreed it was, but couldn’t say anything more. “OK, let’s try this. How long was the name?” We thought for a bit, then agreed his name had more than one syllable. “Did it have more than two syllables, liked Wellington or Benjamin?” No, we were pretty sure the name had just two syllables. “Was it a modern name or an older name?” No, it wasn’t a modern name, like Logan or Ryan. But it wasn’t ancient, either, like Joseph or Edmund. We were surprised how easily we came to agreement. We were getting impressions of the guy’s name, somehow, from somewhere, even though we still couldn’t remember it. This was fun, so we pushed further. Now both of us were asking even more questions.


“Did it start with a vowel, like Edward or Arthur?” No. “Did it end with a vowel?” No. “Did his name begin with a T?” No. “With a W?” No. “TH?” No. “J?” No. “Are you sure?” Yes. What the heck was going on? We were pulling up features of the name ~ its shape and sound and various other associations. We mulled over the alphabet in our minds. “Didn’t it start with a B?” Susan suddenly asked. Yes! That sounded right to me, too. “Something like Bentley? Or Burton?” Hmm, maybe so. That’s get ting closer. “OK, how about Boynton?” No, no. The B wasn’t followed by a vowel sound. It was “BL” or “BR” or something like that.

“Was it Bradley?” I asked. Susan looked up, “Oh. Yes, that’s close. But it’s not quite right, is it?” I said the name aloud several times. She was right. We sat in thought, minds racing because we knew we were that close….. Suddenly, one of us said “Bradford!” The other said, “Yes. His name was Bradford.” Quite certain that we had pulled up the right name, we smiled at each other in wonder. How had we done that? We had gotten to the specific memory because we could remember aspects of it, various characteristics of the name Bradford that enabled us eventually to home in and grab it. Anyway, it seemed that way to us. Doing the recall together and talking it through

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Running Memory Laps made us much more aware of the retrieval process. By the way, I highly recommend this little exercise to everyone. It helps to understand one of the great mysteries of our minds ~ the way we store and retrieve the things we know. Back at the School of Language Studies, we came to think of all those associated aspects of a memory as “images.” Susan and I had pulled “Bradford” from the depths by somehow examining a stack of “images” we had associated with that guy and his name. By “feeling along the sides” of that stack of images, we had gotten the clues that led us to the name itself. While some memor y “images” are visual, many are not pictures because all our other senses are involved. Sound, of course, but also feel, taste and even smell. The scent of lavender, for exa mple, usually makes me think suddenly of Grandma. Without being con-

sciously aware of it, the distinctive fragrance is in the stack of memory-images that make up my “Grandma” memory. Dr. Stevick suspected that such subt le memor y-i mage s ex pla i n that unsettling sensation of having lived through this moment before. The French call it déjà vu, “already seen.” Something does trigger a memory, but it is something below the level of awareness that we cannot identify. We really haven’t been in that little restaurant before, but the remembered odor of mint and jasmine (from another restaurant) tricks us into thinking we have. All this curiosity and experimenting with memory, you understand, was in the search for improved teaching methods. Being able to remember the new sounds, words and phrases of the foreign language is one of the primary talents of the good language learner. Teachers can present the language and explain it, but the student must retain it and be able to recall it. After all, if porte, the French word for “door,” isn’t available when you need it, do you really “have” that word, even though you can pronounce it, spell it, read it and translate it? Methods for teaching foreign languages often stress repetition, and most still do. Say the phrases over and over, so they “stick.” Repetition does help, of course. Repeating porte several times helps to perfect pronunciation. But pounding the


word porte into my head may not help me recall the word when I need it, especially if all the other French words I have “learned” were pounded in just the same way. Besides, repetition is deadly dull for both children and adults. A f ter a l l, we don’t le a r n ou r first language through repetition, so why is it t he way to lea r n a second language? Babies hear the word “door” in various contexts, many times over. It comes up in the stories we tell them, and they hear us talking about doors all the time ~ room doors, front doors, garage doors, car doors. We may never take the time to “teach” the word, but one day, for some reason or other, the kid points to one and

says, “Door.” This miraculous acquisition of language, without any teaching involved, is how children acquire their native language before they arrive for their first day of school. One day, as my family drove by a little pasture with a stream and a few cows, my very young brother suddenly exclaimed, “Rabbits!” We all looked eagerly for the bunnies he had spotted, but none were to be seen. We a ssu med t hey had vanished quickly, but my brother was adamant, pointing and saying “Rabbits, rabbits! There!” A few hours later, on the way home, he again insisted that he could see rabbits in the field. The kid was bright, but a bit stubborn (and still is), so

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The myster y was solved a few months later when, passing the same pasture with the stream running through it, my brother pointed again and said, quite clearly, “Rapids!” We looked at one another. “Do you mean the little waves in the stream, the white water?” “YES! Rapids!” We had no idea he knew that word or where he could have picked it up in f lat Ohio farm country. Clearly, it was not through repetition. He had been exposed to the word somewhere, and it had made an impression, a rich image. So our ability to recall depends not only on our “recording/recalling” capabilities, but upon characteristics of the memories themselves. Some are easier to recall because they are somehow more “vivid” or “richer” or something; some are downright unforgettable. All of us can recall times of great joy, or sadness, or fear, or love. Never will I forget a climb I made 45 years ago, up a knife-like ridge on the Mexican island of Todos Santos ~

but few memories are that dramatic. If memories are (something like) a stack of photos, then each time we encounter the thing, another photo of that thing gets added to the stack. Each is a picture of the same thing, but taken from different angles or at different times. A big stack, with lots of different images, makes a memory “rich” and, because you can hook on to it at so many different places, a rich memory is easier to recall. There is a curious parallel here in the world of photography, called “focus-stacking.” The problem is that the closer the object is to the camera, the more difficult it is to get the focus just right. Whatever focal distance you choose, those parts of the object beyond that distance will be slightly blurred, and so will those closer in. By focus-stacking, you take a series of photos focused at dif ferent distances and t hen combine them.

The photo on the left is focused on the fly’s head; the center photo is focused on his tail. The photo on the right is the layered combination of the two, in effect, a “richer” image. Perhaps that “tip of the tongue” feeling we have is our recognition that the memory we seek is “rich,”


with such a big stack of varied images that one will surely lead us to the memory of the thing itself. (Of course, we’re not always right about that.) Relating this concept back into the French class and the teaching of the word porte, it became clear that if a student’s only “image” of the word porte is that word written on the chalkboard and the teacher’s voice, then that is a weak image. And if 200 other French words are stored in this way, each with only a few and very similar images, students will have difficulty finding the right memory that means “door.” We began seek ing to prov ide learners with “richer” images. For example, the teacher could take

him across the room to the door, have him touch it, hold up her arms in the doorway and say “portal,” then porte. He repeats porte once to confirm his pronunciation. That may be all that is needed. And since his classmates are watching and listening, they may not even need to get up and touch the door. What Dr. Stevick helped us grasp was that learners remember better if they are presented with “rich” memories of the language. This is the concept underlying that old adage about “hands-on” learning. If you just tell them about it, they may forget, but have them do something with it and they may remember. It’s for that reason that Kelley Cox, the Director of the Phillips Wharf En-



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teachers see themselves as rehearsal partners rather than teachers. The course consists of situational lessons, like little plays, in which the student tries to cope with a situation, such as getting directions to the train station, despite having only a limited number of words and phrases. The teacher always plays the part of a native speaker speaking natively. Each situation is introduced by learning a simple dialog, but as the course progresses and the student picks up more of the language, the rehearsals become increasingly complex and lifelike. The same situation may be tackled many times and with different teachers, but there is little repetition because the rehearsals play

out differently each time. Getting the words and phrases in a lifelike context generates lots of “memory images” for the students and makes their recall better and quicker. Now, let’s close with a little quiz. Earlier in this article, I provided you with a fairly rich memory, with a number of memory-images. Now, even though they were secondhand images, can you still recall the name of the guy who sold us that four-poster? Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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A Dog’s Life: Hamish Part 1 (of 2)

by Roger Vaughan For a couple years, I had been hearing about the problems my friend Nina was having with her dog, Hamish. Every time we spoke on the phone, she had a new story, and it usually wasn’t good. I’d met the dog a few times. Hamish is a Miniature Schnauzer, weighing in at around 15 pounds. He’s an independent sort, friendly enough, but I found him a little distant, preoccupied. He’s small enough to be a good lap dog, and he will occasionally sit in your lap, brief ly. I got the sense he needed to be free of contact so he could concentrate. He was cat-like in that regard. Standing or sitting, he always seemed to be at attention, eyes darting around, his body tense. Nina was confounded by his behavior, which included digging holes in the wall of her bedroom. She persuaded me to spend some time with her and Hamish because, as she said, she really had to do something before he drove her nuts. But they’d been together five years. Getting rid of your dog after five years is as traumatic as any divorce. Before she did anything rash, Nina said she

needed a second opinion from a friend who loved dogs. Country It was a Saturday morning, a typical mid-December day on the f lat, sprawling farmlands of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The temperature was 40, barely. A chilling, misty rain was being driven into the bones by a persistent wind that danced with impunity across 60-acre fields of winter wheat.


A Dog’s Life Hamish was sitting on the wet dirt driveway of Joyce’s farm, listening to Nina tell Joyce about what a bad week it had been. Hamish was trembling like a leaf. He stood up. “Get him,” Joyce said quietly. Joyce is a dog trainer and animal psychologist. She is trim, 40-something, tight-lipped. Her hair is cropped bristle-short in front, long enough to braid in back. She is alert as a pointer. She speaks with the f lat, rapid delivery of a military instructor. “Sit!” Nina commanded, giving a reinforcing jerk on the leash as she had been taught. “Stay!” Hamish sat, his neck tingling, his eyes smarting. A pull like that would cow a Great Dane. Nina outweighs me eleven to one, maybe more, She’s put on a few pounds lately. Hamish shook his head. Why don’t they go inside? Why stand around in this weather? That’s not the worst of it. I’m looking at three horses in the field next to the driveway. Horses mean corn and grain. Corn and grain means rats and mice. I can sense them. Haven’t they read the book? “The Schnauzer is quick with rats and eager for battle in fox or badger earth…able and ready to fight to the death.” Hamish shifted slightly behind the impact of that description he had memorized at his mother’s in-

sistence practically before his eyes had opened. Bringing it to mind always caused mixed emotions. There was the initial mother pang followed quickly by the powerful reminder of his heritage, a swelling of pride. It always helped him cope with whatever the current situation. He took stock: Behind the house is a pen full of Joyce’s Jack Russell terriers. Eight of them. Couple Labradors as well. Big blonds. Slow and stupid. They’d be fun. The Jack Russells I could take one, maybe two at a time. But what if they all got out. Hamish trembled. Mice and rats. Sit. Stay. Mice and rats. “He’s cold,” Joyce said. “A little,” Nina said. “Mainly he’s nervous. He knows we are reevaluating our relationship.” Me, nervous? The tight curls of Hamish’s coat vibrated with tension. “It started on Monday,” Nina said to Joyce. “He woke up groaning.” “Groaning?” “That’s what it sounds like. Sort


of a low growl, but more like a groan. It’s always a bad sign. Sunday night was awful. An apartment building burned on our block in Washington. All night there were sirens and f lashing lights. He hates the noise. He didn’t sleep. Monday morning I couldn’t get him off my bed. I tried to put the leash on him, and we had a fight. He showed his fangs, snapped at me, came very close to biting me. I sprayed him with the water bottle, then put a pillow on him until I could get his leash on. I had to drag him off the bed and down the stairs for his morning walk in the alley. “When I got home from work Monday night, he didn’t come to the door to greet me. He had the

telltale plaster dust on his whiskers. Sure enough, he’d dug another hole in the wall. The Arts and Entertainment channel had a very good series on dogs that week. He enjoyed that. But it was very tense between us until Thursday. It was like living with a terrorist.” Hamish shifted as a strong scent passed, but he stayed. He’d had enough neck wrenching for the moment. Joyce asked Nina some questions. Nina said that Hamish was never a problem on weekends when they drove to her country place on the Eastern Shore. It was just during the week in Washington when he acted up. She said he didn’t like the city noise. Her neighborhood in


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A Dog’s Life Adams Morgan bordered on an active commercial street. Gunshots were all too often among the night sounds. Joyce began talking to Nina about the need to keep a leash on Hamish at all times when she was home so he’d know she was in control. She mustn’t allow Hamish to do what he wanted. He was too smart. He’d soon be in total control. Even if Nina couldn’t grab the leash, she could always step on it, reel the dog in. Then the conversation took a serious turn. Joyce was talking about crates. “They really are a good solution to the problem you have,” Joyce told Nina. “The dog feels comfortable in the crate, it’s his own place. He can stay in there when you are at work. Your cleaning woman can let him out when she arrives, take him for his walk, then put him back in when she leaves. The most he’d be in the crate is four hours, maybe five.” Nina didn’t look enthusiastic,

but told Joyce she’d consider it. Hamish shivered. A crate. You mean a cage! Five hours at a crack! The apartment is bad enough, the back of the couch where I can see out the window, the spot on the stairs where I can look through the balustrades into the living room and the kitchen, and the bedroom…the bedroom…I know they are in there. A sharp tug on the leash brought Hamish out of his reverie. “Come!” Nina was urging him toward Joyce’s van. Uh oh, strange vehicle. Better than the wet driveway and the wind. Very distracting, the wind carrying confusing smells from miles away. Hope Joyce can drive. Nina scares me in the sports car. Two weeks ago when she was on the phone, she got so close to that semi I thought we’d had it. Later she ran the stop sign. I can still hear the squealing brakes. Learn to drive. “We’ll take him over to the Christmas tree farm,” Joyce was saying as she pulled out. “There’ll be lots of distractions and some


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new noises.” Joyce looked pleased at the prospect. A dozen cars and pickups were parked at the edge of the sprawling tree farm that bordered a big field of wheat. Families were wandering around carrying little hand saws in search of their perfect tree. Some had brought their dogs along. A tree-wrapping machine was in operation, its gasoline engine huffing away as trees passed through a tunnel, emerging bundled with strong twine. Joyce put a 20-foot lead on Hamish and showed Nina how to work him. Nina took over, getting Hamish to heel, then sit and stay while she walked around him. She worked him through the people and dogs and past the wrapping machine. Joyce rolled a tennis ball past Hamish that he was supposed to ignore. He did well, but he was trembling the whole time. New kind of torture. Frightening machine. Bad sound. Huge field. Corn in summer. Full of rats and mice. Got to be hundreds of them. Other dogs dull. Damn fool

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Sit, stay, heel. Sit, stay, heel. Boring. Let me loose in that field if you want to see action. The tennis ball ploy is cute. Hey, I’m trying, all right? Trying to make the best of a bad situation. I’m well fed, I sleep on Nina’s bed. Yes, it could be worse, don’t tell me. “This is a Harvard dog, not a community college dog,” Joyce was saying to Nina as she watched Hamish. “He’s so smart you have to keep on him. Now let him have the ball, let him play.”

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A Dog’s Life Hamish with a tennis ball is a blur of motion. He batted it back and forth between his front paws too quickly for the eye to follow, then rocketed off, changing directions in a f lash, controlling the ball, slick as a hockey player on a breakaway. Just imagine if this thing had four legs and a tail, then you’d really see some action. Back at the farm, Joyce put Hamish in an exercise pen for a run off the leash. She knew he couldn’t be let off the leash in the open because he would go deaf. Retrieving him could take hours. Later, on the way back to Nina’s car, she and Joyce took Hamish down the walkway between the dog pens. The Labs and Jack Russells came out of their houses and hosed Hamish with the blank, dangerous stares of gang kids secure in their own hood. Hamish stood f lexed at full height, glaring back. Nina and Joyce were engaged in conversation, not watching as Hamish ambled over, lifted his leg, and marked the gate of the blond Lab’s pen. The Labs went crazy, pawing at the fence and barking with bared teeth. Joyce scolded them and they retreated. “Look at him, he thinks he can take them all,” Joyce said, annoyed. “He’d be surprised by Larry, there,” Joyce said, indicating a wary-looking Jack Russell in the end pen who

was pacing, head down, obviously eager to have a go with the arrogant visitor. “He’d have his hands full. I’ve seen Larry in action.” So let him out. Hamish made a move toward Larry’s gate. Joyce angrily snatched him away before he could mark. City It’s impossible to drive into Washington, D.C., without taking a few ridiculous precautions. Roll up the windows, lock the doors, don’t stop for gas, keep your eyes front ~ don’t gawk at street activity. Ridiculous because stray bullets won’t be stopped by auto glass or sheet metal. Washington usually makes the top ten US cities on the murder rate scale. Carjackings are down, but still much too common. The day I went to call on Nina and Hamish, there was a city-wide water crisis. Something about disturbed sediment in the reservoir. Nina was right on time, unlocking the door of her building as I arrived. Hamish was waiting behind the door. Before she had her coat off, Nina was talking about the past week, another bad one. She’d driven back from the Eastern Shore on Sunday for a cocktail party. She and Hamish had had another fight. He’d left a deposit on her bed, which was puzzling. He never did that unless she had a party. Then it was to be expected.


Hamish was lying atop the couch back cushion he’d made his own. He needed a clip. His small eyes were practically hidden, making him even more inscrutable than usual. Don’t ask. She says guard the house, then she brings ten, fifteen people in here, they’re wandering all over the place, they’ve got no respect, they talk too loud, they drink too much, they treat me like a dirty sock. I get stepped on. I lose it, crap on the bed. Guard the house…in this neighborhood? Look at me. Fifteen pounds soaking wet. I’m no Doberman. I do what I can. Nina says I’m her alarm system. What a laugh. The crooks around here shoot it if it moves. Nina wants a guard for this place, she

should get a grizzly bear. Hamish jumped up and roamed. He moved around the apartment more like a cat than a dog ~ nimble, f luid ~ along the back edge of the couch, up and over chairs, into Nina’s lap, brief ly. He went halfway up the stairs and sat, looking at us through the balustrades. He approached my shoes with caution, smelling my dog and cats. In a few minutes, he was on my lap. Brief ly. Nina took me upstairs to show me the holes in the bedroom wall. There were nine of them. All but one had been carefully spackled and painted, but in the right light all of them showed. They weren’t holes, exactly, but deep abrasions caused by repeated hard scratch-

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ing of the front paws. The new one, barely a week old, revealed the gray inner material of the wall board. Hamish sat in Nina’s TV chair and watched us examine his work. If he felt remorse, it didn’t show. We left Hamish in the apartment and went across the street to a restaurant. Nina pointed out

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the school, and the public housing development halfway down the block that is a frequent source of trouble. The waiter said sorry, no mixed drinks. Bad water, bad ice. Beer and wine only. Nina said she thought Hamish’s problem was the apartment. She loved the apartment. “How many duplexes can you find in D.C. for reasonable money?” But she admitted to being unhappy with the neighborhood. Worried about it. Anxious. She confided she was quietly looking for a new place. She wasn’t advertising, but the duplex was on the market. Hamish was waiting behind the door when we returned. Nina dutifully clipped on his leash, as instructed. She gave him a tennis ball, and for a while he raced around, playing hard, a blur of activity. Then he sat on his couch pillow and stared out the window. Did she tell you about the break-in upstairs? Two weeks ago, broad daylight. I heard it. There’s never anyone home up there during the day. I kept real quiet, hoping they wouldn’t decide to stop by here on the way out. That was a day. There are four condos in this building. I’m the only one home every day. Want to trade places? Next: Hamish saves Nina’s life, and his own. Roger Vaughan lives, works and sails in Oxford. He is in between dogs at the moment.


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February Calendar 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27 Tai Chi at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. with Nathan Spivey. $75 monthly ($10 drop in fee). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-2265904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 1,6,8,13,15,20,22 ,27 Mi xed/ Gentle Yoga at Everg reen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 1,8,15,22 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 1,8,15,22 Thursday Studio ~ a Weekly Mentored Painting Session with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Full day: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ($150/4 weeks for members). Half day: 9:30 a.m.-12:30

p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($95/4 weeks for members). Drop-in fee (payable directly to instructor): $45 full day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); $25 half day (10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1,8,15 ,22 Ma hjong at t he St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 1,8,1 5 , 2 2 Careg ivers Suppor t Group at Talbot Hospice. 1 to 2:15 p.m. This weekly support group is for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org.


1,8,15 , 22 Kent 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. 1,15 Classical Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 12:30 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 2 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Is Your Password “Password”? with John Stumpf at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all. 2 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. 2 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. 2 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Art galleries offer new

shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 2 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 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementar y School on Eg y pt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and obser vers are f ree. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410221-1978, 410-901-9711 or visit wascaclubs.com. 2 Concert: High & Wides in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights, and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit choptankbowling.com. 2,9,16,23 Meeting: Friday Morn-


February Calendar ing Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490.

at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A wide variety of gently used books will be available in the Fellowship Hall. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534.

2,9,16,23 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.

3 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.

2,9,16,23 Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 2,9,16,23 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 Waterfowl Walk in the Sanctuary areas at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Guided walks beg i n at 8 a.m. w it h a loc a l birding expert. Registration is limited to the first 20. Children over 12 are permitted, but no dogs. Free. For more info. tel: 443-691-9370 or visit http://bit. ly/2vWPDBt. 3 St. Luke’s Winter Used Book Sale

3 Cooking demonstration ~ My Best Fuel with master chef Mark S a lter at t he Rob er t Mor r i s Inn, Oxford. 10 a.m. Two-hour demonstration followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass of wine. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Dietary requirements can be accommodated if we are notified a week in advance. Demonstrations and recipes can be subject to change. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 3 Gigi’s Playhouse (Dow n Sy nd r ome A ch ie vement C enter) grand opening celebration at


129 Lubrano Drive, Suite L104, A nnapolis, f rom 2 to 4 p.m. Gigi’s Playhouse is a place where families can come for resources and networking, where kids and adults with Down syndrome can be the leaders, where we can celebrate our diagnosis. Meet the volunteers and learn about the purposeful programs that will be offered. The ribbon cutting will take place at about 3:20 p.m. For more info. visit gigisplayhouse. org/annapolis.

822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 5 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels, with Dr. Stephen Goldman on 500 Years of AfricanAmerican History. Dr. Goldman is a retired periodontist and the author or co-author of several books that use newspaper front pages to tell the story of a particular theme (Titanic disaster, Wild West outlaws, Civil War).

3 A “Scary Dinner” with Mindie Burgoyne at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 6 p.m. Join us for an evening of magical storytelling, tales that chill yet entertain and food fit for a final meal. $68 per person for the evening. Does not include beverages, tax or gratuity. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 3 Concert: The Tom Principato Band in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-

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February Calendar For 7 years he was the author of a column on historical newspapers for the publication Collectible Newspapers. He has been a very serious collector of rare and early newspapers, building one of the largest collections of historical newspapers in private hands. The Friends of the Library are sponsors of the speaker series, and everyone is invited to bring their lunch or a snack and enjoy coffee and dessert provided by the library. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 5 Coloring for Teens and Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 5 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Speaker Mark Goldman on Sports Photography. Mark has been a photojournalist specializing in sports for over 35 years, covering a wide range of sporting events and portraiture in the D.C. and Baltimore areas. His work includes coverage of all the major professional and collegiate teams in the area. The public is encouraged to attend.

7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org. 5 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 5

Meet i ng: L ive Play w r ig ht s’ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060.

5-6 Creepy Crawlers class (Bones, Tracks and Scat) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonv ille. Creepy Crawlers classes are open to 2- to 5-yearolds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class includes story time, craft, hike, live animals (or artifacts), and a snack. Creepy Crawlers is held rain or shine, and everyone should dress for the weather. All hikes will be stroller-accessible. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org/creepycrawlers. 5- March 30 Exhibit: Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. This juried show is open to original two- and three-dimensional fine arts in all mediums, including outdoor sculpture and installations. Reception on February 10


apeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all.

from 3 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesd ay s at Un iver sit y of Ma r yla nd Shore Reg iona l He a lt h Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 5,12,19,26 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. 6 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Hiking the Appalachian Trail f rom Georgia to Maine with Robert Messick at the Ches-

6 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695. 6 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. 6,13,20 Class: Three Lessons for a More Beautiful Watercolor with Steve Bleinberger at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $160 members, $192 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6,13,20,27 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Beginner’s Calligraphy ~ Foundational Script with Mary Wilson at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Enrollment limited to 10. $30 members, $45 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all. 6,1 3 , 20, 27


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Medical Center at Dorchester. Every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential support group for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral reasons. For more info. tel: 410228-5511, ext. 2140. 6,13,20,27 Acoustic Jam Night at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your instruments and take part in the jam session! For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.

ing Exploration Evenings with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays f rom 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $88 members, $105 non-members, plus $30 materials fee for papers and ink s. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6,13,20,27 Tai Chi at the Oxford Communit y Center. Tuesdays f rom 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. w it h Nathan Spivey. $37.50 monthly ($10 drop in fee). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Bridge Clinic Support Group at the UM Shore

6,20 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center, 5th floor meeting room, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5700 or visit shorehealth.org. 6,20 Cancer Patient Support Group at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-254-5940 or visit umshoreregional.org. 6,20 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. First and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 6-March 27 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Program re-


peats at 11 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 6-March 27 Afternoon Chess Club at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Learn to play chess for ages 6 to 16. Snacks served. Program organized by Mr. WalaNeh Labala, program coordinator

for school-based mental health with Eastern Shore Psychological Services, which contracts with Talbot County Public Schools. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or e-mail lpowell@tcfl.org. 7 Maker Space at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) for children 6 and older. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 7 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 800-477-6291 or visit naranon.org. 7,14,21,28 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

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February Calendar tel: 410-463-0148. 7,14,21,28 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. 7,14,21,28 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a well-prepared meal from Upper Shore Aging. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 7,14,21,28 Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Noon to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 7,14,21,28 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

7,21,28 We Are Makers from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Design and create gadgets and gizmos w it h g uided inst r uc t ion a nd a fun box full of supplies. For ages 6 and up. Limited space. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 8 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Tarot ~ A World of Art and History with Suzanne Sanders at Christ Church, Easton. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm. org/all. 8 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. 8 Concert: Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra at the Avalon Theatre, Easton, to per form Reaching Ever Higher in celebration of t heir 20t h anniversar y. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 888846-8600 or visit midatlanticsymphony.org. 8-March 1 Winter Speaker Series


a nd fa mi ly. Pa r t icipa nt s a re invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 9 Tavern Live: Alex Barnett to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-226-5111. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Mu seu m, S t. Michael s. Th i s year’s theme is Picked, Packed and Shipped: Tomato Canning Along the Chesapeake. L ong before refrigeration made crabs the juggernaut of the summer canning season, the tomato was the warm-weather king of Chesapeake packing houses ~ and the counterpart to the mighty wintertime oyster harvest. In this four-part series, participants will explore the fascinating ways that canning transformed the Chesapeake’s industry, culture, communit y, and agr icultural landscape of the 19th and 20th centuries through lectures, objec t s, f i lms, a nd communit y conversations. Cost per session is $6 members, $8 non-members; all sessions $20 members, $28 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. 8,22 Memoir Writers at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life

10 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 10 The Met: Live in HD with L’elisir D’Amore by Donizetti at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 10 Sailors Valentine Workshop with Candace Liccione of Wye River Designs Studio, at the A. M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels, from 1 to 4 p.m. $28 plus tax, 10 percent of proceeds will be donate d to t he S t. Michael s Museum. For more info. tel: 410745-5059 or visit wyeriverdesigns.com. 10 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith artists as they demonstrate their work. For more info. tel: 410-4791009 or visit carolinearts.org.


February Calendar 10 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. 10 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-9535 or visit townofstmichaels.org. 10 Tavern Live: Kenny Knopp to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-2265111. 10 Concert: Victoria Vox with Jack Maher in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton.

8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 10,24 Country Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e United Methodist churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 11 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. 11,25 All-You-Can-Eat breakfast at the American Legion, Post 70, Easton. 8 to 11 a.m. Carryout available. For more info. tel: 410-822-9138. 12 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: How to Find Out What You Have and What to Do with Things You Do Not Want with Joan Wetmore at the Ox ford Community Center. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Enrollment limited to 20. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all.


12 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at noon, with a covered dish luncheon at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Enjoy a fun game of Bingo! New members are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 12 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sew ing, knitting, crossstitch, what-have-you). Limited instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 12 200th Birthday of Frederick Douglass at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. The Museum will present a living history by Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, motivational speaker, and Maryland Humanities Council’s 2017 Chautauqua Scholar-Actor. Grimmette will take the audience on a journey through the life of Talbot County’s native

son. $12 members, $15 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 12 Open Mic at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive here. All ages and styles of performance are welcome. The event is open to all ages. 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@ gmail.com. 13 Arts Express Bus Trip to the American Visionary Museum, Baltimore to view It’s a Mystery! Sponsored by the Academy Art

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February Calendar Museum, Easton. $65 members, $78 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 13 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advanced healthcare planning and complete your advance direct ive paperwork. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 13 Cooking Class: Cooking with Larry at the Oxford Community Center. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Valentine dessert with guest “Chefanie Rose” of cultureconcierge.com. $30 includes refreshments. For more info. tel. 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 13 Member Night: Shipyard Archeology on Wicomico Creek at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. Chief Curator Pete Lesher’s illustrated talk is an exploration of the history around an 18thcentury Somerset County site explored by archaeologist Jason Moser about 10 years ago under the auspices of CBMM. A context for shipbuilding in the period and specific findings from the investigation will be provided.

Attendance is limited. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit cbmm.org. 13 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -820 - 6800, ext. 2300 or visit umshoreregional. org. 13 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit twstampclub.com. 13,27 Meeting: Sangha (Buddhist Study Group) at Evergreen: A C enter for Ba la nc e d L iv i ng, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410 - 819 -3 395 or v i sit e ve r greeneaston.org. 14 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. 14 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suppor t group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. Free and


open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 14 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. 14 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.

by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 14,28 Bay Hundred Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. All ages welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 14 ,28 Minecraf t at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up. For more info. tel: 410-7455877 or visit tcfl.org. 15

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February Calendar Easton. 1 p.m. Come learn about Talbot County’s most famous native son and the activ ities planned throughout the state to celebrate his bicentennial. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring your lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 15 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. 15 Winter Words w ith naturalist, educator, and writer Jenny Houghton is a celebration of winter poetry at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Pa r t icipa nt s w i l l read a loud

from a variety of inspiring winter poems, “fuel their muse” on a walk along the Arboretum’s woodland paths, then return to the classroom to write their own winter poetry. Coffee, tea, and cookies will help keep the creative juices flowing. $15 member, $20 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 15 Family Craf ts at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Make marbleized paper (wear old clothes). For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 15 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 15 The Women in Frederick Douglass’s Life at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6 p.m. Panel discussion of the women who supported Frederick Douglass throughout his long life and helped him to achieve all that he did. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit tcfl.org. 15,25 Guided Hike at the Chesa-


peake Bay Environmental Center, Gra sonv i l le. 1 to 3 p.m. Free for CBEC members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 15-18,22-25 The Tred Avon Players present Almost Maine by John Cariani, directed by Fiona Foster. A fun-hearted look at relationships in a small winter town as residents fall in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. February 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m.; February 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. or start the weekend ea rly w it h Th r if t y Thursday February 15th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit tredavonplayers.org.

or visit midshoreprobono.org. 16 Young Gardeners Club, sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club, at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For grades 1 to 4. Preregistration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 16 Concert: Driftwood in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 17 Winter Greens and Distinctive Bark Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to

15-March 8 Art Meets Music: An Exploration of the Deep Synergy Bet ween Visual Art ists and Composers with Dr. Rachel Frank lin at the Academy A r t Museum, Ea ston. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: Series ticket (4 lectures) $125 members, $150 non-members. Individual tickets: $36 members, $43 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 16 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 185

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1:30 p.m. Look for green plants that seek the w inter sun and trees with telltale bark. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided. $20 member, $25 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 17 Children’s Class: Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration with the Museum staff at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, but preregistration is suggested. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Eastern Shore’s Civil Rights icon by creating a fine art print fe at u r i ng one of h i s fa mou s quotes. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17 Cooking demonstration ~ All Things Pasta with master chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 10 a.m. Two-hour demonstration followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass of wine. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Dietary requirements can be accommodated if we are notified a week in advance. Demonstrations and recipes can be subject to change.

17 Lecture: Putting Them on the Map ~ Tracing African American Book History through GIS Technology at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. Dr. Alisha Knight, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Washington College, will speak about her work exploring the connection between African American book publishing and geographic technologies. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 17 Tavern Live: Diana Wagner to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-2265111. 18 Seafood and Canning Show and Sale at the East New Market Volunteer Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors and displays from Havre de Grace to the Eastern Shore of Virginia will be on hand for this first-ever agriculture- and heritage-related event. Collectors of canning and seafood-related memorabilia as well as those who love the history, art and culture of this time period in Delmarva history must plan to attend. Admission to this event is free, although donations to the Dorchester County Historical Society, a qualified nonprofit


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seum, Easton. Enjoy looking at art? Take your Museum viewing ex per ience one step f ur t her. Take an informal tour/chat to view the exhibitions and take the opportunity to work on a related art project. Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. or Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. $10. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

organization, are appreciated. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953. 19 Creepy Crawlers Gardening class (Wonderful Worms) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonv ille. Creepy Crawlers gardening classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class involves hands-on work in our garden, games or arts and crafts, and a snack. These classes are held rain or shine, and everyone should dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers.

21 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Making Italian Bread w it h Sa lvatore Si monci n i at Christ Church, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enrollment limited to 25. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm. org/all.

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

21 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190.

20 Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

21 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Who Wrote Shakespeare? with Bruce Hutchinson at Christ Church, Easton. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all.

20 or 21 Class: From Viewer to Doer (formerly Field Trips for Grownups) with Constance Del Nero at the Academy Art Mu-

21 Class: Break Glass Mosaic Class with Jen Wagner at the Oxford Community Center. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $65 includes all supplies,


wine and nibbles. Class limited to 20. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 21 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 p.m. This support group is for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 21 Critters and Cocktails at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, with Judy Wink on Coyotes, Friend or Foe? Ref reshments and beverages starting at 6:30 p.m. and the actual presentation from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Cost will be $10/session for CBEC members; $15/session for non-members. 22 Teen Board Game Night at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Join us as we play real, live, face-to-face board games. For grades 6 to 12. Light refreshments. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 22 Concert: Duke Robillard Band in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 23 Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Se189

ries: Against Germany ~ The Restitution of Nazi-looted Art with Wesley A. Fisher, Director of Research for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m. $24 members, $29 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

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February Calendar 24 Oxford Fire Company Auxiliary Rummage Sale at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Dept. 9 a.m. to noon. C ome ex plore t he household goods, furniture, tools, artwork, rugs and jewelry. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 24 The Met: Live in HD with La Boheme by Puccini at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 24 Concert: James Maddock in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 25 Delaware Appaloosa Horse Association 2018 Tack Swap from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Caroline County 4-H Park, Denton. For more info. tel: 302-526-6944 or e-mail dahashow@gmail.com. 26 An Afternoon of Films about People Who Inspire Change at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Noon to 7 p.m. Films will include Alice’s Ordinary People, a documentary look at an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 26 Book Discussion: Swing Times

by Zadie Smith at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 26 Meeting: Tidewater Camera C lub at t he Ta lb ot C om munity Center, Easton. Competition meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub. org. 27 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Sun Trust Bank (basement Maryland Room), Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit twstampclub.com. 27 Lecture: Bay-Wise Gardening in Talbot County at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 1:30 p.m. Come learn about the Bay-Wise program conducted by the Maryland Master Gardener program. Through the use of beautiful garden photography, presenters will share local gardens that are certified Bay-Wise and discuss t heir jour ney to become certified. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club. For more info. e-mail dorothyhoopes@gmail.com. 27 Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 5 to 6:30 p.m. This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one, regardless of whether they were


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.

served by Talbot Hospice. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 27 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411 or visit umshoreregional.org. 27 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946.

28-March 28 Class: Exploring Interior Spaces with Ink Washes with Daniel Riesmeyer at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $175 members, $210 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

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