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Tidewater Times

February 2020


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Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 68, No. 9

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February 2020

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Kathy Shirk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Crime Reporter: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Gulf Coats Beauty ~ Panama City Beach: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . 25 Planting Seeds in Winter: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 The James Adams Floating Theater: Ann Foley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 The Tilghman's Island Series (Part II): Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . 137 Celebrating Extraordinary Women: Nancy Tabor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Changes ~ All-American (Part V): Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

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About the Cover Photographer Kathy Shirk Kathy Shirk is a lifelong Maryland resident who acquired her passion for nature growing up on a small farm in Harford County, where her love of animals took root. Visiting her grandparents on the outskirts of Pocomoke City, she experienced what the Eastern Shore has to offer. After graduating high school, she attended Harford Community College and studied photography while working in the medical field as a secretary. Later, she had a successful real estate career. She now works for a physician in Havre de Grace. Kathy lives in Cecil County with her husband, John, in a small water community located on the North East River. She finds numerous opportunities to capture nature at its best ~ a visit from a bluebird grabbing a holly berry, the stance of a lone blue heron, an osprey bringing home fish to its nest or the early-morning light of the sunrise. K at hy loves t he advent ure of sailing, kayaking and boating on Chesapeake Bay water ways and tr ibutar ies. She enjoys grow ing vegetables and flowers in her gardens, attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. She photographs the subtle beauty the environment has to offer and documents the essence of nature that many may take for granted.

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Most writers go into fiction writing from a career in non-fiction. If I had a nickel for every newspaper person I’ve met who wanted to write the Great American Novel, I’d own a waterfront estate on the Miles. I sort of backed into journalism the other way. This was twentysome years ago, maybe more, back when newspapers were still thriving. I’d had a fairly decent career writing novels and publishing a fiction column on the Op-Com Page of the Baltimore Sun. I always thought I was getting away with something by writing short, humorous stories for a serious editorial page in a major urban daily. I even had fans!

People knew my byline! I thought I was hawt, which is always a bad thing to do to yourself, because hubris. I was famous for 15 minutes back then. The fact that I’d published a number of books didn’t seem to matter much around here, since no one reads. Which may be just as well. So, when my friend Jane quit her job at the Talbot Banner to follow her husband back to Louisiana and offered me her slot on the Easton paper, I jumped on it. In the go-go ‘80s and ‘90s, the venerable Cambridge Daily Banner felt confident enough to open an Easton office. At one point, it had had several people


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on staff, but by the time Jane was packing to go back to Cajun country, it was down to a dinky one-room office in the Stewart Building with just me as editor/reporter/photographer. With scant experience from a brief stint at a paper in Coatesville, PA, I got hired because no one else wanted to do it. That lasted about a year before the chain closed the Talbot edition and threw me out of work, but at least it beefed up my journalistic resumé to the point where I could string for the Sun and, later, the Washington Post. A stringer basically works on call, covering subjects and areas where


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He’d been sheriff, and he knew that old building inside and out. He told me how the sheriff used to stand on the porch roof and auction off foreclosed property, and how the gallows used to stand in front of the courthouse a hundred years ago. He even whispered that the ghost of an innocent man, wrongly hanged, was said to roam the lobby of the first floor. He winked when he said it, but at one or two in the morning, when the jury came back and I was headed across the street to file my story, I used to feel as if something was watching me. While nothing I covered would reach the level of national drama, it was still enthralling to get caught up in the testimony, the cast of characters and the dramatics of the lawyers, many of whom are frustrated actors. While I was there because I was getting paid, I did notice that some people will come to court because it’s great entertainment. There are as many frequent flyer visitors as there are defendants, and I got to recognize both of them outside the courtroom. A lot of the trials were drug cases, which are sad and smudged. And you can always tell the defendants because they don’t seem to own a jacket and tie; they show up, no matter what the weather, in a sweater, something I never understood. Sometimes, I’d be shopping down at the old Safeway after work, and former defendants, freshly sprung,

But I found out what I loved was court and crime. It wasn’t quite the courtroom drama of Law and Order or Perry Mason, but as pure theater, a really good trial is great entertainment. I started out working from the funky Stewart Building, right across the street from the Talbot County courthouse, so it was just a few steps from my office to the show. I was very lucky that the Hon. William S. Horne was on the bench in Circuit Court in those days. Bill liked my writing and took a shine to me. He and his office guided me through the process of a trial, and I will always be grateful to them for their kindness and patience in saving me from most of my mistakes. Not all, but most. Bob Gerlock was bailiff then, and he could entertain me for hours with his history of the courthouse. 18


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eral Street door, but that was when we were still a small town. Waiting for the jury to return, the lawyers and the cops and I would be eating dinner across the street at the Pub, and we’d get the call. We didn’t even have time to box the remains of our dinner before we scrambled back into the courtroom. I learned to play tonk, a jailhouse card game, waiting for a jury to come back. There were some trials that would bore me silly. Two retired alpha males from Oxford, one of them suing the other in Circuit because the new deck blocked the morning sunlight in a corner of the other’s bedroom. Bill, who did not suffer fools gladly, had some pretty cut-

would say hello because they recognized me from sitting in the gallery. A law office next door to the Stewart Building had a door that led into the second floor, where my one-room show was located, and sometimes, some attorneys would come over and sit down and gossip about people and cases. If you don’t think I wasn’t enjoying this, you don’t know me. I felt as if I was a part of the show, and when Bill’s clerk would call the office to let me know a jury had returned with a verdict, I would fly across the street. At one point, I even had my own key to the Fed-



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poisoned her husband at Harbortowne and tried to set fire to his bed while she was attending the play. She could not have had any idea that two of the actors in the drama were the State’s Attorney and the Assistant State’s Attorney for Talbot. Then again, if she hadn’t gone around her workplace asking for advice on poisons and life insurance. . . in real life, most criminals aren’t that bright. At least the ones who get caught. One morning when it was so foggy I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face, I had to white-knuckle it to the Lower Shore, where a man was being tried for killing his mother- in-law, dismembering her and burying the parts under a shed in her backyard. You don’t file a story, you don’t get paid, but I took my life in my hands on Route 50 until the fog lifted around Salisbury, and I swear there were people passing me doing 70 who couldn’t see anything either. Why they didn’t postpone or open a few hours late, I don’t know. They do things differently down there. Anyway, I got there and got a chair just as they seated the jury, and I was lucky, because they had a full house for this one because the victim was quite well known. Testimony went on all morning and all afternoon, and all I can tell you is, by the end, I was in perfect accord with the defendant. Backed up by

ting things to say about that wasting the court’s time. But it was the homicide trials I really enjoyed, because I was planning to write me some mysteries, and let’s face it, murder, as long as it’s not happening to you or someone near you, is interesting, at least in the abstract. But when you see how it affects the victim, their family and friends, it’s not so amusing. It’s sad and sordid. I covered a trial where a woman was shot with her own gun while struggling with her boyfriend in a car. The boyfriend enlisted his baby mama to follow him across the Bay Bridge in his own car while he drove his girlfriend’s body in her car to a Roy Rogers on the service road outside White Hall. It was July, and the body lay in the car for several days before Roy’s employees investigated it. And that’s how I met some really hardened cops from Millersville who looked like nine miles of bad road and had some stories. Interestingly enough, the jury was fed dinner by the jail kitchens while they deliberated. The State’s Attorney later told us they were served fried chicken, which for some reason we all found hilarious. Then there was the murder at the Murder Mystery Weekend. Longtime residents will remember the woman from the western shore who 22

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Crime Reporter witness after witness, he finally offered this defense: “She needed killin.’” And since they were all under oath, and the late victim was allegedly so vile, I had to agree. She did need killin’. Some people really do. And most of the gallery agreed with me. As I recall, he got a fairly light sentence, but everyone agreed he shouldn’t have chopped her up like that, no matter what. There were several other trials, but they were unpleasant and often so awful I don’t want to recount them here. A pair of thrill killers who made me physically ill. I’ve seen evil now, an evil against which all other evil can be measured. A woman who set fire to her abusive boyfriend. She should have gotten a slap on the wrist. She got fifteen years. Sad, tragic things I’d like to forget. But I still rank the one in Lower Delaware as the very height of stupidity. A group of guys, high on meth, playing Russian roulette with a semi-automatic. Like I say, a lot of stupid criminals. It’s just the stupid ones who get caught. By the time newspapers started their long slow decline, replaced by cable news, the bosses were cutting back on coverage and staff, and stringers were the first to go. I was starting mysteries then, so

I wasn’t terribly upset. At least I could write books in my home, rather than driving up and down the peninsula. Just one more thing. One night in Easton, as I came down the stairs from the courtroom and headed for the office to write and file my story, I could swear I saw the ghost who wasn’t there crossing the lobby f loor and heading out the front door. That’s when I turned in my key and turned my attention back to fiction, where people think I make this stuff up. Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen names, Rebecca Baldwin and Caroline Brooks, she has published a number of historical novels.




Gulf Coast Beauty Panama City Beach, Florida by Bonna L. Nelson

The slogan “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” is what enticed us to give Panama City Beach (PCB) a try. It was my son-in-law Randy’s turn to select the family spring vacation destination. PCB’s blue skies, water sports, entertainment, dining options, warm spring weather and 27 miles of sugar-white sandy beaches on the Florida Panhandle made the decision easy. We were not concerned about the area recovering from Hurricane Michael damage from six months prior (more on that later). We agreed that we would be contributing to the recovering economy. Trip Advisor, listed PCB as one of the top five beaches in the United States. The site also provided a list of more than 30 enticing eateries, and its list of “Things to Do in PCB” had something that appealed to each of us: husband John, daughter Holly, nine-year-old granddaughter Bella and son-in-law Randy. With beaches bordering the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, an average of 320 days of sun each year and average temperatures of 74 degrees, PCB has long been a popular destination for families and spring breakers. My family was

speechless when we opened the door to our third-f loor condominium with sliding glass doors and two balconies that overlooked the stunning beach, the Gulf and a nearby fishing pier. Just below us on the ground f loor, there were two pools encircled by lounge chairs under palm trees. We threw off our coats and northern spring garb, pulled on swimsuits and settled in with good books. PCB is situated close to the center 27

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Gulf of Mexico on its southern border. The Panhandle seems to exude more Southern culture, hospitality and charm than the rest of Florida. The area is also referred to as the “Emerald Coast” for the unique crystal-clear, jewel-toned Gulf of Mexico waters. Our PCB adventures included a mermaid encounter, a catamaran snorkeling trip, dolphin watching, fishing, beach walking, shelling, pool lounging, miniature golfing, shopping and delicious food experiences. We also traveled to Shell Island and St. Andrews State Park. And from our condo we watched gorgeous sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Everyone was in the mood for some famous Southern barbecue the first night of our PCB adventure. Moe’s Original Bar B Que, ser ving Alabama-style meats smoked in house over fruit wood, was the consensus. The c asua l, rela xed restaurant on Beach Front Road had indoor and outdoor dining ~ we chose the quieter indoor option. We queued up to order and the food was brought to the table while

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Bella selected a restaurant of special interest to her: Sisters of the Sea & The Dive Bar, famous for awarding-winning dishes and mermaid encounters. Located at Pirates Cove Marina, Sisters of the Sea has waterfront dining overlooking the Grand Lagoon and a swimming pool ~ perfect locations for mermaids to frolic. (Bella has been known to swim with her own beautiful mermaid tail, very popular with little girls these days.) As we entered the dining room at Sisters of the Sea, we were immediately surrounded by all things mer ma id , i nclud i ng pa i nt i ng s, murals, sculptures, wall hangings and signage. It was astounding, I couldn’t stop taking photographs. A large scallop shell was the background for a mermaid lounge chair, the site of the mermaid encounter sche du le d to o c c u r du r i ng ou r brunch; we timed our reservations well. The saltwater pool was closed, as the weather was a bit under the weather, spritzing and cool. But the attractions weren’t just for kids. The first stop for me was

a Bingo caller handed us plasticcovered Bingo cards to play while we ate. We all thought the food was scrumptious. I tr ied the r ich and f lavor f ul sliced smoked turkey, smoky slowcooked greens and luscious, gooey mac and cheese. Ribs and pulled brisket with tasty homemade sides of green beans and baked barbecued beans were a hit with the family. We all savored the freshly baked corn bread slathered in butter. We ended the meal with a favorite, tart but sweet Key Lime Pie. The place was packed, but packed with fun. A f ter we ex plored t he c ondo proper t y and got a good night’s sleep, it was time to eat again. A theme of most of our vacations is eating at unique local spots, and Sunday brunch was no exception.


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Panama City Beach the all-you-can-drink, make-yourown Bloody Mary bar, which included the usual hot sauce, cocktail onions, olives, green beans and pickles as well as steamed shrimp to adorn the Marys. Holly tried the f lights of a variety of Mimosas. For our entrĂŠes, we shared the Harlem Chicken ~ buttermilk-soaked fried chicken resting on t wo Belgian waffles smothered with warm maple syrup ~ and the Big Bad Breakfast Bowl, which included homemade hash browns, bacon, sausage, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese crowned with two fried eggs. As I said, there was plenty for the adults to enjoy. Suddenly, it was mermaid time. A lovely blond mermaid covered in shells and jewels and wearing a shimmering pale blue tail appeared

on the mermaid lounge with the large scallop shell. Bella, dressed in her mermaid leggings and large hair bow, joined the short line of darling little girls lining up to have their photo taken with the beautiful, magical creature from the sea. After photos were taken, Bella chatted with the “Sister of the Sea� and then rejoined us with a big smile and a smaller appetite due to the rush of excitement. On the drive to and from the mermaid spectacular, we took note





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opened in PCB, the challenge was finding staff. Many homes were damaged by the storm, and the local labor force, mostly renters in those areas, were displaced. They had to move to find other work and housing. Despite PCB’s continuing storm challenges, we found fully staffed, friendly, fun-loving people at every location. The next morning, we woke to the excitement of a flock of pelicans flying by our windows. It was sailing and snorkeling day. We slathered on the sunscreen and donned bathing suits, cover-ups, sunglasses and hats. We packed a sma ll cooler with snacks and drinks and drove to board the 50-foot Island Time catamaran for a cruise to Shell Island, including dolphin watching,

of what the beach town looked like p o st-Hu r r ic a ne Michael. S ome structures looked unscathed, either completely renovated or had not receive much damage. Other buildings were under renovation or being reconstructed, while just a few appeared to be damaged and closed. Most restaurants, stores and enter tainment spots looked fine when we visited in spring 2019. According to reports, Hurricane Michael achieved Category 5 status with peak winds of 160 mph as it approached the Florida Panhandle. The hurricane made landfall near Mexico Beach, southeast of and 35 miles from PCB, on October 10, 2018. Mexico Beach and nearby Port St. Joe suffered catastrophic damage from extreme winds and storm surge. Numerous homes were f lattened, trees were downed and power outages occurred in the entire Panhandle area, including PCB. By the following spring, when we visited, local papers said that though most businesses had re-


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Panama City Beach snorkeling and shelling adventures. Under full sail, we cruised on St. Andrews Bay and passed St. Andrews State Park, a nature habitat and campground. John had fished this area the day before without success. Just outside the Bay, we had success in spotting a pod of playful dolphins frolicking near a few small boats. The captain slowly motored the boat so that we could all dolphin watch and take photos. Their sleek gray bodies breached t he water, seemingly dancing a graceful pirouette for the excited people watching. Bella was thrilled. We all were. Continuing the cruise, the crew played island music and passed out delicious rum punch ~ only to adults, of course. Our next stop was the seven-mile-long, quarter-milewide Shell Island, with crystal-clear water, a beautiful sandy bottom and white-sand beach. Shell Island is a barrier island

that separates the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay. We anchored, disembarked via a ramp and each set out on different adventures. The boat provided snorkel gear, and Bella enjoyed her first snorkeling experience with help of John. Holly enjoyed going off snorkeling on her own and collecting some starfish, sand dollars, shells and urchins, as did others. The crew carefully put the collection in a large container with water for all to see before returning them to the water when we left the island. I strolled and beachcombed in the knee-high water near the glistening quartz beach. We all had a blast, and Bella won the hula hoop contest on the sail back to port. After a few quiet days of beach and pool lounging, we were ready for some more action. Holly and Randy picked a beachfront restaurant known for its great food, views, service, rum punches and fun. We dropped Randy and Holly off to have some adult time alone while we took Bella to play her first game of miniature golf at Goofy Golf’s. She played brilliantly on the goofy, 38


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French fries but also a unique, sweet pineapple cole slaw, which was a hit. The adults tried a few of the 13 ~ yes, 13 ~ different selections of frozen cocktails, including daiquiris, margaritas and Pineapple Willy rum and coconut drinks. Yes, it was good food, drinks and fun for all. Bella was happy to take home a souvenir Pineapple Willy’s cup to remind her of our wonderful family vacation in Panama City Beach. On the flight home, we starting kicking around ideas for our next beach vacation.

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The Chinese bamboo tree takes five years to break the ground. For five years, it bides its time underground with no visible signs above that anything is happening. Once it breaks ground, it grows 90 feet tall in just five weeks. In a talk that brings tears to my eyes, author and motivational speaker Les Brown boils it down. “Now the question is, does it grow 90 feet tall in five weeks or five years?” Brown asks. “The answer is obvious: it grows 90 feet tall in five years. Because at any time, had that person stopped watering and nurturing and fertilizing that dream, that bamboo tree would have died in the ground.” I’m not here to talk too much







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“We cannot force someone to hear a message they are not ready to receive, but we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed.” That’s an unattributed quote that has been stuck in my head. It applies to parenting, for sure, but it is just as easily self-directed ~ there have been many messages or signs that I wasn’t ready for until years later. And I am grateful for the seeds that were planted by others that took a while to take root in my own mind or heart. Seeds are planted in us, if we are lucky, and we have the ability to plant seeds in others. Joe Kettinger was a retired Navy captain who lived in Oxford. He was active at Christ Church Easton, and it was in his heart to be a light and a presence in the recovery community. He worked with addicts and people getting clean, and he showed up, over and over, when and where people were in need. Joe was known for meeting people at Rise Up Coffee, where they talked, they brainstormed, and he listened. He planted seeds. Joe helped people have hope, some of which he saw grow and blossom, some he didn’t. He passed away three years ago, and the seeds that he planted are evident in the church’s recovery ministry and in the number of people who point to him as being someone who was there, who encouraged them, who listened to them. Joe

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Planting Seeds Ten Boom knew darkness more than most. Of trust, faith, and darkness, she said, “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” Ten Boom cast light into the world that continues to shine. She planted seeds by ministering to the needs of others. We live in a time that is focused on the harvest ~ focused on results and getting them immediately. We’re not very good at the necessary beginning of planting seeds, at the work that goes on, largely unnoticed. Without taking the time to plant and cultivate seeds, there is nothing to harvest, there are no flowers. February is a month known for being cold and dark. It’s also frequently the month that the season of Lent begins, which asks us to make some changes, to clean out or give up ways of thinking and being that aren’t serving us. And maybe

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The James Adams Floating Theater by Ann Foley

From 1914 to 1940, through war and peace, Prohibition and Great Depression, the most exciting vessel on Chesapeake Bay was an ungainly barge ~ one that labored to convey a floating theater from hamlet to town, propelled by two tugboats, Elk and Trouper. The tour brought professional entertainment through inland waters, from North Carolina well up into nearly every river feeding Chesapeake Bay. After Nina Howard of St. Michaels bought the vessels in 1933, they harbored in Maryland, wintering over at her

estate on Long Haul Creek off the Miles River. Initially, the theater was the James Adams Floating Theater. In later years, Nina Howard renamed it The Original Floating Theatre. Each owner also changed the name for a few years from “Floating Theater” (or the British “Theatre”) to “Show Boat,” though it was neither British nor a boat. Edna Ferber’s 1926 novel Show Boat had become a best-seller, inspiring the recordbreaking Broadway musical revived for seven different runs ~ so irre-


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theater electrified hamlets around Chesapeake Bay. James Adams (1873–1946) lived in heavily forested Michigan, where most incomes derived from lumbering. No sawmill could contain Jim Adams. Late in the 1800s, he met his future wife, Gertrude, and they trained together as high-flying aerialists. Before long, Jim and Gertie hooked on with a circus and left town for life on the road, later joining carnivals, vaudeville and repertory tent theaters. Gertie suffered a fall in 1904 and retired her high-wire act, but Jim’s business ventures provided thrills enough. When financially able to fulfill their dream, they brought elements of all their adventures to the James Adams Floating Theater, launching a 128-foot barge with a quite-plush auditorium. Instead of a parade announcing arrivals circus-style, a band outfitted in colorful uniforms sailed upriver playing from the theater or tugboat roof. Ferber described in her autobiography Peculiar Treasure how “the country people for miles around would . . . know the show boat folks were in town.” Once the barge tied up, no dull moment was allowed, from townfolks’ first encounter with a Coca Cola-guzzling black bear chained near the gangway, to a show that might include jugglers, acrobats, sing-alongs and, of course, bearwrestling. At intermission, in-

sistible that Hollywood produced three “Show Boat” films: first a silent, dramatic film in 1929, then in 1936 and 1951 the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein musical.

Aspects of these presentations originated on the James Adams Floating Theater, where Ferber spent a week researching life among the performers. In its first iterations, Ferber’s story depicted a theater afloat on a barge, not a Mississippi paddle-wheeler. If the fictional Cotton Blossom captivated New York and Hollywood, imagine how arrival of the actual floating 54











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many Bayside preachers leery, but actually Jim was weary of the nomadic life associated with seamy dance attractions and games of chance. He intended to offer family entertainment out of personal preference, as well as to allay suspicions along his route, where Baptist and Methodist preachers officially disapproved of their flock attending any theaters. (Adams’ little dogs, Sodom and Gomorrah, were named from a preacher calling theater a “Hell-Hole of Iniquity.”) Titillating titles such as “Why Girls Walk Home” belied tame morality plays. After the play, a confused reviewer might ask, “Why did girls walk home?” The standard reply was, “Ask the playwright. We only follow his script. It’s a good title anyway.”

character cast members hawked Cracker Jacks to earn extra income. (“A prize with every package.”) And these were just time-fillers. The main attraction was a drama starring Jim’s kid sister, Beulah, and her husband, Charles Hunter. The audience was seated comfortably in the main house, private boxes or a wrap-around balcony. At the time, the separate “Colored Only” entrance to balcony seating was considered progressively inclusive. With sell-out audiences, upwards of 800 people were aboard. Actors, musicians and crew lived on the boat, taking their meals in a low-ceilinged kitchen located beneath the stage. Adams’ flashy appearance made


Director and leading man Charlie Hunter said, “The play with the tear is sure to be popular ~ the one that ends happily, of course, but allows people to leave the theater smiling through a mist, furtively wiping their eyes. . . . We tried all sorts of things, musical shows, comedies, vaudeville. And we’ve found that the drama with the tear is the one that makes a real hit.” Many were variations of Cinderella. The female lead of every play was Jim’s young sister Beulah, a winsome ingenue in the mold of Ferber’s Magnolia Ravenal. Ferber remarked on Beulah’s “good and guileless face,” but it was said the tiny dark-haired, blue-eyed actress’s greatest asset was her voice:

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f lecting on Elk’s captain, one cast member joked, “He can find more sand bars in Chesapeake Bay than anybody in the world. His chief ambition is to land us high and dry in the middle of nowhere on some dark night and wait for the tide to get us af loat again.” Through trial and error, the schedule was adjusted from year to year and the theater enjoyed considerable success. Beulah’s husband, Charles, became artistic director after Jim began taking time off in 1917. Jim brought his older brother Selba Adams east from a Michigan sawmill to manage dayto-day details. Despite Selba’s Cagney-like mannerism of hitching on his trousers with his elbows, his genial personality welcomed arriving patrons and engaged them with small talk before curtain-time. Jim still followed much of the tour in his yacht and, in season, indulged his fondness for hunting at a private gunning club on Kent Island. One “dark and stormy night” around 1920, they were off Tangier Island, crossing the Bay on the Fourth of July, when the theater’s tow rope parted in the storm, leaving it tossing helplessly before the wind, waves cresting to the upper story. Then one tug’s engine failed. Powerless, it was forced to untether from its partner. Selba was aboard the functional tug, desperate to join the terrified players stranded on the barge. He

“She could sound like Judy Garland doing Dorothy, with a sob and a cry, or she could ring out like Ethel Merman.” The Saturday Evening Post called Beulah the “Mary Pickford of the Chesapeake Bay,” comparing her to “America’s Sweetheart” of film. Beulah continued playing ingenues well into middle age. *** Powered by the tugs, the theater cast off on its maiden voyage in 1914, apparently without adequate familiarity with its announced itinerary. After stops in North Carolina and lower Virginia, they aimed to stop mid-Bay at Tangier Island. Underway with no audience aboard, the theater/barge drew only fourteen inches, but its tugs ran out of water well short of Tangier’s harbor. According to a newspaper account, “ they got a whole fleet of little oyster and fishing boats, built for those particular waters, and hitched on.” As one crewman recalled, “It was a mosquito fleet for fair. I reckon those boats carried about half-a-horsepower engines. But they got us there ~ at flood tide. And when the tide went out ~ well, we were very much there!” Despite the glamour, the theater was an ungainly vessel, helpless without Elk and Trouper. The larger Elk had a draft of 5.2 feet, precluding many potential stops. Re58

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ordered the tug draw alongside the barge’s pitching deck, then leapt aboard, striking his head on landing. A crewman grabbed hold of the dazed manager, preventing his washing overboard. Before the tug could draw off safely, the pitching barge struck it above the waterline and punched a hole in the its side, forcing the leaking tug to abandon the theater and run for the western shore before it would sink. A so-called “fishing smack” left shelter on the lee side of Tangier to aid the remaining tug and the theater, but she too became disabled and had to be rescued by a second


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her late husband’s chauffeur, Milford Seymoure. The young man had once worked on the Grace Line, and Nina decided to plunge into show business, entrusting nautical aspects to Milford. Life in show business was far from placid for Nina, but serenity wasn’t her prime motivation. Described as a “tall, vigorous, dignified lady,” the wealthy widow became known as “the showboat mother.” She subsequently kept the theater af loat through seven Depression years, preceding the tour by automobile with several cocker spaniels who preferred traveling by road. Before opening the 1933 season under new management, Nina had the theater repainted from white to red and renamed Original Floating Theatre. Within two months, the historic August Storm of ’33 struck the refurbished barge. They were tied up by Gwynns Island, Virginia, when the storm struck with unparalleled ferocity, battering the fresh red paint against the wharf and greatly alarming a cast unaccustomed to life afloat. A week of performances was lost in repairs and regrouping. Perhaps out of nautical superstition, before the 1934 season, the theater was returned to its original colors of white with green trim. Placid weather ensued. Business, however, was declining, so new stops were explored. Winters, the

kitchen below. However, complete disaster never occurred, despite audiences in the hundreds gathered inside an eight-foot entryway. In an age of Coast Guard inspectors and fire marshals, the floating theater would never have sailed, but in simpler times it encountered no such officials so long as it didn’t stray into large cities. *** After many profitable years, James Adams saw handwriting on the wall. The Great Depression had spread through Bay country. Moving picture “talkies” vied for each spare dime. In 1933, Jim put the theater and tugs on the market. Nina B. Howard, a widow settled near St. Michaels, had taken a fancy to the theater, occasionally following the tour in her 43-foot yacht, Jennie M. II, captained by


The Hunters were still perennial favorites in more conservative local hamlets. After 21 years, Charlie and Beulah jumped ship in Georgia at the end of the 1936 season. Two other longtime cast members left with them to establish a tent theater. In 1937, the Show Boat revue grew yet racier. For the first time, unmarried women were allowed in a chorus line of ten, “The Streamlined Stylettes,” eight of whom wore short skirts. Presumably one of the more modestly clad dancers was Rachel Seymoure, Milford’s wife, who had become quite a trouper, despite her protests. When she first left St. Michaels, she manned the box office and kept the books, but under duress, of necessity she

theater was towed to Long Haul Creek outside St. Michaels and moored at Nina’s estate (now the Miles River Yacht Club). Charlie and Beulah Hunter stayed on with the new management, starring in productions and supplying show business savvy otherwise lacking, but artistic differences arose. Nina, a New Yorker, was open to wider travels and racier presentations in hopes of reviving business. In 1936, the Wiz-Bang Review came aboard, bringing more modern material, including a chorus line and risqué skits. “Ten Nights in a Bar Room,” a perennial temperance melodrama, was still presented, only played for laughs in Prohibition tidewater towns.


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aboard, perhaps causing Rachel’s reluctant debut as leading lady. Luckily for Joan Thayer, she had already departed when the barge struck a snag, puncturing its bow while under tow early one morning in the Roanoke River. Badly damaged, the theater rapidly began sinking, forcing the cast to huddle on the roof while the tugs attempted to push it to shallow water. Trouper became caught under the sinking bow of the barge. The crew yelled for help and, while all hands rushed to push them apart, the unattended Elk slipped off from the barge and began running itself downriver. Once freed, Trouper went to pursue the out-of-control Elk, which suddenly swung around and headed toward a hard collision with the theater. Luckily, Elk swerved at the last moment, just grazing the already-sinking theater. Two quick-thinking crewmen

morphed into dancer and, ultimately, leading lady. Even without the Hunters aboard, something of a split personality remained. Ads for larger cities on the expanded itinerary promised “A Bevy of Beautiful Girls,” with a picture of the chorus line captioned “Girls, Girls, Girls ~ Sing, Swing, Sing.” Ads for their traditional small community stops were more subdued. The 1938 tour got off to a relatively uneventful start, opening at its St. Michaels homeport, then moving to Tilghmans Island before traveling south to the mouth of the Chesapeake. At the Rappahannock River, the phobic leading lady, Joan Thayer, disembarked for good, unable to conquer her morbid fear of crossing the gangplank. No amount of coaxing could lure her back


jumped aboard the passing Elk and brought her under control. Alarm cries roused sleeping actors, who raced disheveled to safety on the theater roof. There they found the theater’s veteran cook, Rose, already ahead of them. Rose slept in a cabin next to the kitchen, two decks below the cast, but this wasn’t her first sinking. Whenever the theater was being relocated, she packed her belongings in a cardboard box and bedded down clothed and shod, prepared for any emergency. Carl “Pop” Neel didn’t even bother getting out of bed. The most senior trouper, 80-year-old Pop had signed on the theater’s second year as a floating musician. Decades later, failing teeth rendered him unable to play his coronet, so Jim bought him a bass fiddle and built him a little rooftop room they called The Dog House. Another veteran of sinkings prior to the Roanoke incident, Pop said, “I knew that the only thing to do was to go up on the roof, and I was already there.” Howard persevered through increasingly hard times for two more

seasons before putting the whole outfit up for auction in the spring of 1941. The buyer, E. H. Brassell of Savannah, Georgia, owned a commercial towing company. With the United States inching closer to war, he had use for the tugs. He planned to scrap the theater and haul refuse on the bare barge, but fire burst out as it was being towed to the demolition site. Three men escaped to the tug as the theater became engulfed in f lames. The Morning News reported, “At first the fire . . . was confined to the inside and hull of the craft, causing smoke to billow from the many windows in the vessel’s sides.” Nearby boats attempted but failed to douse the fire. “The blaze was very spectacular and many persons were attracted to the municipal wharf .” *** The entire history of the theater is chronicled in Richard Gillespie’s The James Adams Floating Theatre, a labor of love he researched between 1970 and 1989 in what he admitted became something of an

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obsession. He concluded the spectacular blaze was a fitting end for a beloved theater that had outlived its time. Rather than survive to haul refuse, she drew a large audience to crowd the wharf one last time to witness her fi nal act. Gillespie interviewed Maisie Waldorf Comardo, a musician’s daughter who grew up in Pasquatank County, North Carolina, original winter home of the theater. She called herself a “stand-in child” for the Adams couples, who allowed no children to tour. Maisie’s extended family of troupers acted out past adventures at spring reunions, old hands regaling newcomers with nautical tales. One skit recreated a true tale of schooner captains, who traditionally hailed each other in passing, identifying their vessels and locations: From Maisie’s part of North Carolina, a man named Crank freighted lumber to Virginia’s Piankatank River. On one trip, a schooner loomed out of the fog and its skip-

Ahoy, who goes there? The Annie Crank! Who’s the skipper? Thomas Crank! Where’s she from? Pasquotank! Where’s she bound? Piankatank! What’s her cargo? Pine plank! As the other schooner drifted off into the fog, Crank heard its skeptical skipper shout back, “Go to hell!” After co-writing pictorial histories for Arcadia Publishing with Gloria Johnson (Cambridge and Dorchester County), Ann Foley wrote Having My Say: Conversations with Chesapeake Bay Waterman Wylie “Gator” Abbott; A Dorchester County Scrapbook: “That Reminds Me of a Story” (with Terry White); and, most recently, Holland Island: Lost Atlantis of the Chesapeake (with P. Smith Rue).


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Ginger Cream: 2 T. sour cream 2 T. heavy cream 1/2 t. fresh ginger In a saucepan over mediumhigh heat, melt the butter. Add the shallots and sautĂŠ until soft, about 3 minutes. In another saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add the edamame and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and add the edamame to the saucepan with the shallots. Whisk in the cream and add the chicken stock. Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree the soup in the saucepan until smooth. Pass the soup through a strainer into 72

Thread 3 pieces of asparagus onto each toothpick, turning each piece one quarter-turn so the bundle can stand upright with the toothpick at an angle. Arrange on the platter and serve. LETTUCE CUPS WITH PORK Serves 18 1/2 cup fresh orange juice 1/4 cup soy sauce Zest from one orange 1 t. kosher salt 1 T. brown sugar 3/4 cup water 2 T. freshly grated ginger 3- to 4-pound boneless pork tenderloin 2 T. olive oil 1 head Bibb lettuce, thoroughly

washed and leaves separated Toppings: Chopped fresh cilantro Lime wedges Hoisin sauce Crushed peanuts To make the marinade, combine


Tidewater Kitchen all ingredients except the pork in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and stir until blended. Pour over the pork in an oven-safe pan and marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours (or up to 8 hours). Drain the marinate into a saucepan and heat until the liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Bake the pork in a 375° oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 155°; when it cools, it will reach 160. Slice the pork or shred with two forks, whichever is easier. Add reserved marinade. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the pork into each lettuce cup and garnish with cilantro, peanut and a squeeze of fresh lime juice and hoisin sauce.

32 oz. canola oil for frying 3 eggs 3/4 cup all-purpose f lour 3/4 cup cornstarch 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch bite-size pieces 2 lemon wedges

LEMON BITE-SIZE FRIED CHICKEN Serves 8 Citrus fruits are a sign of good fortune in Chinese culture. Since gold is known as the color of money, fruits with an orange or yellow tint are associated with wealth. The citrus peel in this dish brings prosperity to those who eat it, while serving a plate of oranges at the end of a buffet table symbolizes the host’s wishes for their guests’ good fortune.

Preheat oven to 200°. In a good stock pot, heat canola oil to 375°. Crack 3 eggs in a bowl and whisk. Mix the f lour and cornstarch together and place in another bowl. Dip each piece of chicken in the beaten eggs, then toss in the f lour mixture to coat. Transfer to a plate. In batches, fry the chicken until golden brown, crispy and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. 74

Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels and keep warm. Thread each piece of chicken onto a toothpick and arrange on a platter. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over. Make-ahead Tip: The chicken can be cut into pieces up to a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate until ready to fry. SHRIMP SATAY with PEANUT SAUCE Serves 8 Satay is said to be a variation of grilled kabobs introduced by Arab traders visiting the Indonesian island of Java in the 12th century. Javanese cooks adapted the dish by seasoning the meats, poultry or seafood with indigenous spices. Over time, it became very popular throughout Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. Peanut sauce is a popular and delicious accompaniment. 1/2 cup coconut milk 3 T. brown sugar 1 t. freshly grated ginger 2 T. chopped fresh cilantro 1 T. curry powder 2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined Peanut sauce for dipping Fun toothpicks for serving In a large bowl, stir together the coconut milk, brown sugar, ginger, cilantro and curry powder. Add 75

RICE PUDDING COCONUT BRÛLÉE Serves 8 Beloved by cooks around the world since ancient times, rice pudding is one of the world’s oldest comfort foods (and one of my dad’s favorites). It is one of the special sweets served at festivals and other celebrations in Asian cultures. Throughout Southeast Asia, where coconut palms are abundant, rice pudding is often prepared with coconut milk, which imparts a tropical f lavor and a rich, creamy texture.

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1 cup canned coconut milk 1/2 cup whole milk 1/4 cup shredded coconut, lightly toasted, plus a little extra for garnish if you’d like 1/2 cup sugar, plus 8 t. to sprinkle on top for the brûlée 1/4 t. salt 1 T. cornstarch 1 whole egg, plus 1 egg yolk 1-1/2 cups cooked short grain white rice, cooled to room temperature

the shrimp and stir to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 hours. Preheat the grill to mediumhigh heat. Spray the grill grates with nonstick cooking spray. Discard the marinade and cook the shrimp on the grill until opaque throughout, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and serve with peanut sauce and toothpicks so your guests can dip the shrimp in the sauce themselves. Enjoy. 76


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temperature, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cooked rice and divide among 8 ramekins. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours or up to 1 day. When you are ready to serve, place 1 teaspoon of sugar on each pudding. Using a culinary torch, move the f lame in small circles over the surface until the sugar browns. Garnish with coconut.

In a saucepan over mediumhigh heat, combine the coconut milk, whole milk, coconut, 1/4 cup sugar and salt. Cook for 5 minutes or until bubbles start to form on the sides. Remove from the heat, let stand for 20 minutes. Pour the coconut mixture through a mesh strainer over a bowl to extract the liquid and discard the coconut. Return the milk mixture to the pan, place over medium-high heat and cook another 5 minutes. In a heatproof bowl, combine the cornstarch and the other 1/4 cup sugar until blended. Add the whisked egg and egg yolk. With a kitchen towel, form a ring around the bottom of the bowl, so when you are whisking it stays on the counter and does not move. Gradually add the hot coconut mixture, whisking constantly, until it is all mixed together. Return the mixture to a medium-low heat and cook while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula, just until the custard coats the back of a spoon. Your finger should leave a path when you swipe it across the back of the spoon. This should take about 5 minutes ~ do not allow the mixture to boil. Pour the custard through a mesh strainer set over a clean bowl. Nestle the bowl in a larger bowl filled halfway with ice and water and cool the custard to room

JADE FIZZ Serves 1 12 fresh mint leaves Crushed ice as needed 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice 1/2 cup ginger ale Lime slices with mint sprigs for garnish. In a double old fashion glass, using a muddler or a wooden spoon, crush the mint leaves about 10 times. Fill the glass with the crushed ice. Add the lime juice and ginger ale and stir gently to combine. Garnish with lime slice and mint sprig. A longtime resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith, formerly Denver’s NBC Channel 9 Children’s Chef, now teaches both adult and children’s cooking classes on the south shore of Massachusetts. For more of Pam’s recipes, visit the Story Archive tab at tidewatertimes.com. 78

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Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit www.qac.org. 81


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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at www.tourcaroline.com. 83

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by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.

Reading Seed Catalogs The landscape in February is pretty dull. The promise of spring is there, but we still have to wait many days for it to arrive. It is encouraging to note that we are past the Winter Solstice, and the daylight time is slowly becoming longer. I used to dread getting up and going to work

in the dark and then coming home in the dark. One of the promises of spring is the arrival of the seed catalogs. All the seed companies have websites where they display their many varieties of vegetable and annual f lower seeds, and you can order


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HOA would approve of me turning my backyard into a large greenhouse! These seed catalogs offer a wealth of information about the different flower and vegetable varieties: how they grow, pest resistance, or how to store the vegetables. Also, in terms of vegetables, their best use as fresh, canned or frozen. For the annual flowers, where they best perform in the landscape ~ full sun, partial sun or shade. What annuals are suitable to grow for a cutting garden. What water and soil requirements they have and if they have some disease resistance. If they do well as a container plant on the patio or a hanging planter plant. Well-known seed companies that cater to home gardeners include companies like Burpee, Parks and Harris. There are several smaller niche companies like Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Johnny’s Select Seed, Renee’s Garden Seeds and Seeds of Change. The smaller niche seed companies are family owned. They may specialize in seeds for specific geographic areas of the

through the website. The seed company websites also have information sources, like instructional videos, to support your gardening efforts. I do use these websites, but I am still “old school,” as I prefer to get the printed seed catalogs in my hand.

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country, heirloom seeds, non-GMO seeds or a particular vegetable like peppers or tomatoes. At retail stores, you’ll find a standard line of vegetable and flower seeds in the rack as well as transplants, grower supplies and “introductions” that the growers are promoting for the upcoming season. You can also purchase transplants through the seed companies’ websites and catalogs. If you do not grow your own transplants, this is an excellent way to get some of the more unusual varieties not found at retail centers. Having ordered vegetable transplants directly from the seed companies in the past, I have found them to be of excellent quality. They can, however, be more expensive

Novice gardeners perusing seed catalogs or seed companies’ websites for the first time will encounter terms that may need some explanation. Words like “hybrid,” “F1,” “open-pollinated” and “heirloom” refer to the pollination process that produces the seed. Seeds described as “open-pollinated” re88

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nition of the word states that an heirloom is “a valuable object that has been given by older members of a family to younger members of the same family over many years.” So, in applying the most exact definition of the word to seed varieties, a true heirloom is a cultivar or type that has been nurtured, selected and handed down from one family member to another for many generations. No matter how one defines “heirloom,” however, they all must be open-pollinated. We can say, then, that “heirloom” varieties have a family history and are openpollinated. In contrast to open-pollinated varieties, plants referred to as “F1”

sult from random pollination that occurs from wind or insect activity. They may appear to look like the parent plant. Still, they actually have minor differences that are referred to as “variability.” Over the last 20 years, there has been an increase in interest in what is termed “heirloom” varieties. There is no agreed-upon “official” definition of what an “heirloom” variety is. Some definitions cite age, or a date, like from 50 or 100 years ago. Extensive plant hybridization took off after World War II, so some people consider “heirloom” plants those that were introduced before WWII. The Cambridge Dictionary defi-


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a unique or superior plant, such as increased vigor, disease resistance, flavor, flower color or consistent growth. Hybrid seed may cost more than open-pollinated types. A significant difference between open-pollinated and hybrid or F1 varieties is whether the seeds come “true” to type when grown out. If you save the seeds of hybrid plants, the resulting plants may have some similarities to the hybrid parents, but appearance and growth are usually different. This is why, if you plant different varieties of squash together, save the seeds from the various fruits and then plant those seeds the next year, you can get some pretty weird-looking plants and fruits! Insect pollinators are

or “hybrids” are the result of controlled, known crosses of plants that produce the same results each time. Mankind has been “crossing” plants in a controlled manner by hand and creating hybrids for thousands of years. These hybrids often have characteristics that make them

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done by humans for thousands of years ~ since the domestication of agriculture. The Austrian monk Gregor Mendel laid the groundwork for our understanding of this genetics process with his research on pea plants in the 19th century. Plant breeders have just become more sophisticated about how to speed up this natural process. GMOs, genetically modified organisms and GM seed, however, are produced in the laboratory through specific gene splicing and manipulation techniques. Sometimes, asin the case of BT field corn, genes of one unrelated species ~ the BT (bacillus thuringiensis) fungus ~ a naturally occurring fungicide ~ is “spliced” into the genome of a variety of field corn. This results in the corn plant being able to “manufacture” the BT toxin that kills corn earworm when the insect feeds on the corn plant. I know there is considerable controversy regarding GMO crops. I am not going to comment on that controversy in this column. However, you will not find GMO vegetable varieties in home gardening seed catalogs. There is a straightforward economic reason for this. The plant breeding companies that engage in the development of GM crops spend millions and millions of dollars in their research and development and the USDA regulatory process to develop these crops. That is why GM

not discriminating in their collection of pollen and will transfer the pollen between different varieties. Therefore, if you desire the features of the hybrid plant, purchase and plant new seed each year. A point of confusion that I find among home gardeners, even among some of my fellow Master Gardeners, is the difference between a hybrid or F1 cultivar and “GMOs.” They are not the same thing or equivalent! The creation of hybrid or F1 varieties is a natural process of pollen transfer between plants, usually within the same botanical family, to create specific desirable characteristics. As I mentioned earlier, this process has been


crop varieties have been developed for field crops like soybeans, field corn, rice and wheat. It is in the sale of billions of these GM seeds that

the companies recover the costs associated with creating those cultivars. Home gardeners who like to grow tomatoes are likely to see the terms “determinate,” indeterminate” and “semi-determinate” in seed catalogs and on seed company websites. Indeterminate varieties are those that continue to grow the entire growing season, starting from mid-season on. They are vine-type tomatoes and will need some type of support like a cage or staking to keep them off the ground. They need a lot of space to grow and usually produce volumes of fruits until the first frost. Determinate tomatoes are the opposite in growth habit. These

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varieties produce shorter, bushier and more compact plants. They are suitable for small garden sites and containers. Determinate tomatoes produce a fruit set and then stop growing. As a result, they have fewer but larger fruits. Semi-determinate tomatoes are

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Dorchester County is known as the Heart of the Chesapeake. It is rich in Chesapeake Bay history, folklore and tradition. With 1,700 miles of shoreline (more than any other Maryland county), marshlands, working boats, quaint waterfront towns and villages among fertile farm fields – much still exists of what is the authentic Eastern Shore landscape and traditional way of life along the Chesapeake. FREDERICK C. MALKUS MEMORIAL BRIDGE is the gateway to Dorchester County over the Choptank River. It is the second longest span 97

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

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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 410-228-1000 or visit www.visitdorchester.org or www.tourchesapeakecountry.com. SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www. sailwindscambridge.com. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - A tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. High Street is also known as one of the most haunted streets in Maryland. join a Chesapeake Ghost Walk to hear the stories. Find out more at www. chesapeakeghostwalks.com. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org. CHOPTANK RIVER LIGHTHOUSE REPLICA - The replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse includes a small museum with exhibits about the original lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse, located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, is open daily, May through October, and by appointment, November through April; call 410-463-2653. For more info. visit www.choptankriverlighthouse.org. DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High 99

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 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 100

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

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Easton Points of Interest Historic Downtown Easton is the county seat of Talbot County. Established around early religious settlements and a court of law, today the historic district of Easton is a centerpiece of fine specialty shops, business and cultural activities, unique restaurants and architectural fascination. Tree-lined streets are graced with various period structures and remarkable homes, carefully preserved or restored. Because of its historical significance, Easton has earned distinction as the “Colonial Capital of the Eastern Shore” and was honored as #8 in the book, “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” Walking Tour of Downtown Easton Start near the corner of Harrison Street and Mill Place. 1. HISTORIC TIDEWATER INN - 101 E. Dover St. A completely modern hotel built in 1949, it was enlarged in 1953 and has recently undergone extensive renovations. It is the “Pride of the Eastern Shore.” 2. THE BULLITT HOUSE - 108 E. Dover St. One of Easton’s oldest and most beautiful homes, it was built in 1801. It is now occupied by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. 3. AVALON THEATRE - 42 E. Dover St. Constructed in 1921 during the heyday of silent films and vaudeville entertainment. Over the course of its history, it has been the scene of three world premiers, including “The First Kiss,” starring Fay Wray and Gary Cooper, in 1928. The theater has gone through two major restorations: the first in 1936, when it was refinished in an art deco theme by the Schine Theater chain, and again 52 years later, when it was converted to a performing arts and community center. For more info. tel: 410-822-0345 or visit avalontheatre.com. 4. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information for historic Easton and the waterfront villages of Oxford, St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit tourtalbot.org. 5. BARTLETT PEAR INN - 28 S. Harrison St. Significant for its architecture, it was built by Benjamin Stevens in 1790 and is one of Easton’s earliest three-bay brick buildings. The home was “modernized” with Victorian bay windows on the right side in the 1890s. 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is 107

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

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14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the StarDemocrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its inf luences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roof line. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GR AND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building where they first met is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. 17. FOXLEY HALL - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Easton’s Federal dwellings. Former home of Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,”

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Easton Points of Interest 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. 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. U. of M. SHORE MEDICAL CENTER AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s as the Memorial Hospital, 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. WYE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds f lour to this day using two massive

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On the broad Miles River, with its picturesque tree-lined streets and beautiful harbor, St. Michaels has been a haven for boats plying the Chesapeake and its inlets since the earliest days. Here, some of the handsomest models of the Bay craft, such as canoes, bugeyes, pungys and some famous Baltimore Clippers, were designed and built. The Church, named “St. Michael’s,” was the first building erected (about 1677) and around it clustered the town that took its name. 1. WADES POINT INN - Located on a point of land overlooking majestic Chesapeake Bay, this historic inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Thomas Kemp, builder of the original “Pride of Baltimore,” built the main house in 1819. For more info. visit www.wadespoint.com. 119

St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. LINKS AT PERRY CABIN - Located on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course - Links at Perry Cabin. For more info. visit www. innatperrycabin.com. 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit www.milesriveryc.org. 4. 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.innatperrycabin.com. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,


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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. parsonage-inn.com. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or www.thecrabclaw.com. 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit www.patriotcruises.com or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when 122

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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 come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org. 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 124

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit www.twoswaninn.com. 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a 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. GRANITE 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 126

St. Michaels Points of Interest and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing flour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. 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.

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Oxford Points of Interest Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Although already settled for perhaps 20 years, Oxford marks the year 1683 as its official founding, for in that year Oxford was first named by the Maryland General Assembly as a seaport and was laid out as a town. In 1694, Oxford and a new town called Anne Arundel (now Annapolis) were selected the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Until the American Revolution, Oxford enjoyed prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations. Today, Oxford is a charming tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of just over 700 and is still important in boat building and yachting. It has a protected harbor for watermen who harvest oysters, crabs, clams and fish, and for sailors from all over the Bay. 1. JOHN WESLEY METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - Built on a tiny patch of land outside Oxford, this unassuming one-room building without a steeple and without indoor plumbing, once served as an

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Oxford Points of Interest important place of worship and gathering for generations of Talbot County African-Americans. It was an abolitionist and integrated church community in a county which was slave-holding since 1770. Talbot County was at the center of both legal manumission (the freeing of a slave) and Fugitive Slave Act enforcement. The African American community was 50% free and 50% enslaved. It was also the center of Union recruitment of slaves for the U.S. Colored Troops. For more info. visit johnwesleychurch.org. 2. OXFORD CONSERVATION PARK - The park’s 86 acres stretch out on the southern side of state Route 333, near Boone Creek Road, and features walking trails, wetland viewing areas, native bird species, and open landscapes. 3. TENCH TILGHMAN MONUMENT - In the Oxford Cemetery the Revolutionary War hero’s body lies along with that of his widow. Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman, who was Gen. George Washington’s aide-de-camp, carried the message of Cornwallis’ surrender from Yorktown, VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Maria Tilghman.

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Oxford Points of Interest 4. 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 visit oxfordcc.org. 5. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410-2265193 or visit dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 6. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 7. 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. 410-226-5134 or visit holytrinityoxfordmd.org 8. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School. Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989


Oxford Points of Interest 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. 9. 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: 410-2260191 or visit oxfordmuseum.org. 10. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 11. BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for officers of the Maryland Military Academy. Built about 1848. (Private residence) 12. 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) 13. 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) 14. 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 visit robertmorrisinn.com. 15. 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. 16. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 17. 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 132

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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


The Tilghman’s Island Series by Gary D. Crawford

NOTE This is the second portion of a revised and expanded edition of my 1992 book, Tilghman’s Island: An Exploration. Last month, in the first installment, we examined the geography of Delmarva, the evidence of prehistoric Native Americans living on Choptank Island (now Tilghman’s Island) and the exploration of the Atlantic Coast by various Europeans. So far, the English knew nothing of our little island, and life went on here much as it had for dozens of centuries. But all that was about to change…. ~ GDC Fairbank Tilghman’s Island EUROPEANS ARRIVE IN THE CHESAPEAKE The first English attempt to settle in the unclaimed lands, between the French in the north and the Spanish in the south, was an expedition in 1585 to Roanoke Island, in what is now North Carolina near Kitty Hawk and Nag’s Head. Self-financed by Sir Walter Raleigh, the project ended badly, and nearly 20 years would elapse before anyone tried again. In 1606, the British Parliament created two joint-stock companies aimed at promoting English settlement in the New World. A group of L ondon-based investors was granted the southern portion of the new territory, called “Virginia,” which included the Chesapeake Bay and, hence, our little island.

A second company, based in the cities of Exeter, Bristol and Plymouth, was to settle in the northern portion. (Actually, these two parts of Virginia overlapped.) The London company established a settlement on the James River in May 1607. Theirs was a very different endeavor from the Puritan set tlement in Massachuset ts 13 years later, for no women or children accompanied t his band of rather quarrelsome adventurers. They came to explore the economic prospects of the Bay. At the top of their list of interests were finding gold, silver and a route to China. Second, they sought arable land to develop; they were prepared to be landowners but not farmers. The expedition suffered from a


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remembered for is his extraordinary exploration of the Chesapeake Bay to the north of the James River and the magnificent map he later published. He would be coming close to us on his trips up the Bay and, naturally, we must wonder whether perhaps he discovered our little island. Let’s look at the evidence.

lack of competent and consistent leadership. Captain John Smith had the skills for leadership, but he was a commoner, and the Company turned to him only as a last resort. Although he became an American legend for his a lleged roma nce with the princess Pocahontas, that is mostly fable. She did eventually marry one of the Englishmen, but when she met Smith, Pocahontas was just 12 years old. What Capt. Smith ought to be

JOHN SMITH’S FIRST TRIP After their terrible first winter, the spring of 1608 brought a new optimism to the Jamestown settlement. The 28-year-old Smith could not sit still. The area of the James a nd York r iver s h ad b e en wel l charted, but the Bay itself was still just a vast expanse of water stretching north as far as the eye could see. The Company ship Phenix, Captain Martin, was returning to England that spring, and Smith arranged to have a ship’s boat towed dow n t he r iver to t he V i r g i n ia Capes. There, he and 14 of his fellows hopped into “an open barge of two tunnes burthen” ~ probably about a 30-footer ~ and set off on the Bay to see what was there. On the morning of June 2, they sailed across the mouth of the Bay to explore Cape Charles. Finding little of interest there, they began working their way up the Eastern Shore of the Bay. A f ter several rather unpleasant days seeking water and shelter in the region of Tangier and Smith islands (yes, he named it), they discovered the Wicomico


and Nanticoke rivers and explored the latter to its headwaters. Brief ly returning to the islands, where they were forced to wait out a storm, Smith and company then crossed over to “Richard’s” (now Calvert) Cliffs on the western shore, thereby missing the mouth of the great Potomac River. They proceeded up the Bay, staying close to the western shore. At about this point, Smith would have been nearly within sight of Choptank Island ~ if he had known where to look. On that June day over 400 years ago, however, the men complained loudly of the heat. From their vantage point a mile or so off the western shore, Choptank Island would have been no more than a faint line of green on the

horizon eight miles away, glimpsed through the summer haze. Even if he had cruised up the middle of the Bay, the tip of the Bay Hundred peninsula could not have been seen as an island, for it was separated from the mainland by a narrow and shallow waterway only a few yards wide. What Smith undoubtedly would have seen was the island that stood in the mouth of the Great Choptank River and masked the largest river


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Tilghman's Island on the Eastern Shore. That island, later known as Sharp’s Island, stood several miles out in the Bay, both closer to Smith and easier to distinguish as an island. Nevertheless, there is no mention in his journal account of what t hey may have noticed across the Bay to the east. Just how far up the Bay they went on this first trip is in some doubt. Although Smith believed he traveled as far as the site of Baltimore, he sometimes overestimated his distances. It is more likely the party turned back at the Severn River. THE SECOND TRIP Smith’s second trip began shortly after he returned from the first. Again he went up the western shore, in two long hops as far as “Bolus,” which was probably t he Sever n River. These long nonstop distances suggest they kept going during the night, entirely understandable in late summer. Smith this time was determined to fi nd the Bay’s limits and settle, once and for all, whether the Chesapeake connected to the fabled Northwest Passage. He pushed all the way to the conf luence of the Susquehanna, Elk, Northeast and Sassafras rivers, where t he f reshness of t he water put all hopes to rest: none of those waterways led to an ocean. At this point, Smith began his most detailed geographical observations, 142

taking the sights and bearings that enabled him later in England to draw his remarkably accurate map of the Bay. The record of the explorations in the north and their dealings with the Indians thereabouts is extensive, but very little is said about t heir t hree-week ret ur n voyage down the Bay, when once again they would have passed by Choptank Island. In all likelihood, however, Smith and his party traveled south by the familiar route close to the western shore, for they failed to discern several major r ivers on this side of the Bay. They missed the Chester, the Miles and even the

Great Choptank River ~ four miles wide at its mouth ~ though they passed it by twice on each trip. THE WINSTONE ISLES Fortunately, Smith’s splendid map provides some additional evidence about what he might have seen over our way. Smith was careful and meticulous, marking how far he went up every river on the western shore by placing a Maltese cross at that point. The map explains that what lies beyond those crosses was known only “by relation.” In other words, by what local Indians told him. Here is where he went in the upper Bay area. I have circled the five


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crosses in this vicinity, only two of which are on the Eastern Shore. We can see that he explored three rivers at the head of the Bay ~ the Susquehanna, the North East and the Elk. The cross in the center suggests he went far up the Sassafras. And we know that earlier,

down south, he had followed the Nanticoke River to its headwaters, as indicated by the cross on the left. But right here in Talbot County, we find no crosses. Smith simply didn’t come here. Of course, he certainly looked over this way as he passed by our c oa st, fou r t i me s. C u r ious a nd thorough, Smith did record what he could see at a distance. Let’s zoom in closer and see what he pictures here.

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Tilghman's Island ed land to the east, apparently, which Smith named “Brooke’s Forest.” And out in front of that forested shoreline, he pictures three quite distinct islands. He named them “Winstone’s Isles” for a friend back home. C o u ld one o f t he s e i s le s b e Choptank Island? Maybe, but the identification of these three islands has been the subject of endless debate, as there are several plausible possibilities. If we compare Smith’s drawing with today’s map of the middle Bay, the answer seems obvious. One is tempted to equate them with the three islands we know today. From north to south, they might be Kent, Poplar and Tilghman’s.

But there are several problems with this theory. Smith pictured the three isles as roughly equal in size, yet Kent is vastly larger than

Poplar. It was 20 times its size even in Smith’s day. Second, all three isles are shown standing well out from the distant mainland, yet Tilghman’s Island does not stand out from the mainland at all. Rather, it is an extension of the Bay Hundred peninsula. Let’s try this again, keeping in mind that in Smith’s time there was another sizable land mass in this area, namely Sharp’s Island. Standing well out in the Bay and consisting of about 1,000 acres, it was comparable to Poplar and an ideal candidate for one of the Winstone Isles. But if Winstone No. 1 is Poplar, and No. 2 is Sharp’s, and Tilghman’s Island doesn’t qualify because it would appear linked to the mainland, then what is Winstone No. 3? It might be James Island, for Smith shows a large river just to the south of it. Maybe so, but there is another and, I think, better alternative. It is entirely possible that Smith couldn’t ma ke out any of t hese small islands against the green backdrop of “Brooke’s Forest.” All might have disappeared in the summer haze. He did see something prominent, which he recorded as the three Winstone Isles. We should remember that he had explored the western shore with great care, where he found river mouths occasionally breaking up an otherwise f a i rly “smo ot h” c oa s t l i ne . O u r side of the Bay is quite different,


a hugely indented shoreline with wide slow rivers and deep bays. Here’s what Smith might have seen and mistaken for islands ~ the three great headlands of Kent Island, Bay Hundred and Dorchester.

Remember that Kent was nearly connected to the mainland; the Indians referred to the shallows we now call Kent Narrows as “the wading place.” One final clue is that Smith left three blanks in the coastline here, something he did nowhere else on his map. It could explain why he missed the Great Choptank River: Sharp’s was in the way.

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Tilghman's Island Whatever the case, we can be certain that Choptank Island was not one of the Winstone Isles. However romantic it would be to imagine a link with the mythic Captain Smith, he did not “discover” Choptank Island. Well, then, who did? WILLIAM CLAIBORNE The first Englishman to exploit t he possibilities of t he Easter n Shore was William Claiborne, an ambitious 21-year-old Englishman who arrived in Virginia in 1621. He quickly made a name for himself as an Indian fighter, and he soon became surveyor of the new colony and a member of the Governor’s Council. A s sur veyor, Claiborne

made exploring trips to the northern reaches of the Bay in 1626. In 1627, Claiborne came up from Jamestown again, this time with a specific purpose ~ to find a good location for his business. In the process, he examined three islands. Arriving first at Sharp’s, he gave it his own name: “Claiborne’s Island.” As we know, that one didn’t stick, but the other two did. The second island he named for his friend and associate, Richard Popely, which is how Poplar Island got its name. He then went on to the next and much larger island, which he named “Isle of Kent” after his home in England. Unlike most of the Virginia settlers, Claiborne was not an agriculturist, but a fur trader. This “bay trade,” as it was known, was an important source of income for the early colonists. Fur trading didn’t require large landholdings, as did the raising of tobacco or livestock. It did, however, require establishing a working relationship with some local Indians. This was not a skill most Englishmen possessed, but Claiborne did. He knew that the best source of furs, especially the highly prized beaver furs, were the Indians far to the north, the Susquehannocks. Southern Delmarva is too low and sandy to support large forests, and the water is too salty for beavers, the fur in highest demand. The Susquehannock Indians were more aggressive than many of the


local Indians, however, so Claiborne sought a defensible location that was much closer to the head of the bay than distant Jamestown. Kent Island suited his needs. It was a good location for his trading post and large enough to support a small settlement. Returning to Jamestown, Claiborne obtained rights to Kent and Poplar and enlisted others to join him there. Soon, Claiborne’s trading post on Kent was soon underway. Soon, they had homes built, farms laid out and livestock in the fields. By August of 1631, Claiborne and his friends had set up a permanent community on Kent Island, complete with a stockade. Nearby Poplar Island became a

farm to support the community with crops and livestock. The following year, Claiborne granted Poplar island to his cousin Richard Thompson, who had accompanied him to Kent Island. These islands in mid-Bay seemed much more pleasant and healthy than Jamestown and the southern villages. There were Indians on the

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Tilghman's Island nearby mainland, of course, and they did threaten the settlers from time to time. Indeed, it may have been a hard-fought battle with some Nanticoke Indians on the south end of Kent Island that gave rise to the name Bloody Point. Then, in 1634, everything changed. SETTLEMENT OF MARYLAND In 1632, King Charles I granted the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay to Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore. The province of Maryland was established as a “palatinate” with the Lord Proprietor, Cecil Calvert, having absolute authority over everything in the new territory and answerable only to the King himself. Cecil sent his brother Leonard over as the first Provincial Governor. They landed in Jamestown and informed the settlers there of the new Province of Maryland, after which they moved north to the Potomac River, where they founded St. Mary’s City in 1634. Everyone’s plans for the development of “North Virginia” were knocked to the ground by Calvert’s unexpected arrival. Naturally, the Calverts and Claiborne immediately were in direct conflict over rights to Kent and Poplar islands. Twenty years of conflict ensued, both here and in England, until Claiborne finally was forced to abandon his claim.

The Calvert family painted him as a villain, of course, but he was not. Claiborne proved to be a competent administrator and an effective leader in Virginia, despite his many reverses. After King Charles I lost his head and during Oliver Cromwell’s rule, the Chesapeake colonies laid low, awaiting developments. The Catholic Lord Baltimore lost his colony, and Claiborne himself served for a time as governor of both Maryland and Virginia. Those settlers on Kent and Poplar islands who accepted Lord Baltimore’s r ule were permitted to remain. Richard Thompson’s wife c ame out f rom England to join him on Poplar. By 1637, he and his wife and child, together with seven servants, were clearing land and planting crops. Like his cousin, Richard was in the Bay trade and occasionally went on fur trading expeditions to the head of the Bay. When he returned from one trip, Thompson was devastated to find his entire household murdered by a band of Nanticoke Indians. Thompson left the Eastern Shore and never returned. Poplar Island reverted to the Lord Proprietor. [End of Installment 2] Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.


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All-American Part V of a novel in many parts

by Roger Vaughan Previously: The year is 1998. Andy Thomas made an ill-advised tactical call during a race in 50foot sailboats that nearly caused a dangerous collision. His father Mitchell (at the helm) was livid. Later, at the awards dinner, a drunken Andy delivered a public declaration that made it virtually impossible for Mitchell Thomas, a well-known amateur sailor, not to mount a Volvo Round the World Race challenge. Mitchell is CEO of Moss Optical, a company inherited by his wife, Deedee Moss. He was thoroughly outraged by his son’s gaffe. At a board meeting of Moss Optical held in the company’s planetarium, a proposal for the company to sponsor the first American boat in the Volvo Race is presented, and accepted, much to Deedee’s delight. Colorful two-time America’s Cup winner Jan Sargent holds a press conference to announce he has been asked by Mitchell Thomas to skipper the Moss-sponsored All American. In his office, Andy is distraught, having learned he is expected to be part of All American’s

crew. He agonizes over this to his friend Jeff Linn, a Moss opticist. Linn jokingly suggests Andy shoot himself in the foot. Gloria, Andy’s secretary, buzzes to tell him his father wants to see him. * * * * “Yes, Gloria.” Andy treasured Gloria. She let him know what it would be like to have a sister. An older, very mean sister. Having Gloria close by reaffirmed his eternal gratitude for only-childhood. Gloria was such a company girl. And a knock-out, as bad luck would have it. If ever a woman should have been born ugly, it was Gloria. Her glossy plumage gave her terrible power. She was maddeningly efficient, totally capable. She had the energy of a squirrel in heat. She did Andy’s work, and more pool work than any other girl in the office. She had all the humor of a blackberry hedge. She ran five miles every day and was famous for beating the crap out of most of the men she was able to lure onto the tennis court. She had no trouble finding oppo-



murmuring “ow…ow…ow.” As he passed Gloria’s desk, her eyes nevnents. Gloria in a tennis dress was er left her computer screen. “Hurt yourself?” magazine quality. And her formula “Yes, I shot myself in the foot.” worked. The tougher the opponent, “Not the first time.” the more revealing the dress. She “And,” Andy said with a radiant was a spider woman. Toward the end of a match going in her favor, smile, “certainly not the last.” Gloshe would outwardly gloat. “Too ria looked up, caught the smile as bad,” she would say when an op- she rushed the net, and returned it ponent’s shot missed the mark. with a crisp backhand volley. Andy hopped all the way to his “Oh, too bad.” Talk about killer instinct. The cat with the mouse. The father’s office, a distance of 25 thought of having sex with Gloria yards that was thickly carpeted in was both stimulating and frighten- deep blue pile with patterns of varing. If anyone Andy knew had ever ious constellations interwoven in scored with her, it had been too silver thread. He hopped past the copier room, over the big dipper, painful for them to talk about. past the offices of “Now, Andy.” two vice presidents “Yes, Gloria.” He had no cards, with their tightly Andy got up, not one coiffed guard-dog snugged his necktie secretaries chained into place, put on a jacket, ran a hand through his hair. outside, over Uranus, past the huge No need being out of uniform. Not black-and-white photographs of that it mattered. He had no cards. Moss products, past a glass-walled conference room where a large Not a one. “I have no cards,” he said to Jeff. portrait of his grandfather was “I’ll try to think of something. I strategically hung for maximum impact and, finally, to his father’s will. Sorry about the foot idea.” “Hey, it’s not bad. This is an command compound, where Super emergency. And I can’t come up Woman and her sister f lanked the with anything better. So…” Andy entrance to Mitchell’s inner sancpointed an imaginary rif le at his tum. A pair of elite Mossad guards left foot, aimed with care and said, with Uzis hanging from their shoul“Bang.” He grimaced in pain, dra- ders wouldn’t have been more formatically feigned handing a gun midable than these women. Andy to Jeff, who, like a good buddy, had always wondered where Moss reached out and took it. Then Andy secretaries came from, especially hopped out the door on one foot, his father’s. If one left for some 158

reason, another from the same “Your father is waiting. Please go mold would appear as if by magic. right in. Can I bring you coffee, They were always tall, in their 40s, tea?” very sanitary. Their clothes were “How about a bone,” Andy said, tailored to uniform proportions. and hopped in to Mitchell’s den. They reminded him of the statu esque, imposing women from the ************ movie She, something he’d seen on Andy didn’t see much of Mitchell TV at 2 a.m. one sleepless night ~ at the office, mainly because Andy “She who must be obeyed.” Ursula didn’t spend a lot of time there. His Andress played the title role. But mother insisted he work for the those Amazonian babes were sex company, hoping against hope that on the roof. Both of his father’s he would get attached to the place secretaries were robotic, project- by osmosis. She thought it was just ing that same icy charm profes- as important to have a Moss on the sional killers have before they executive staff as it was to have one calmly shoot you between the eyes, on the board, and she and Andy nothing personal, pal. He was sure were all that was left of the line. they were cloned in a Mitchell hated the secret facility buried Your father is waiting, idea. He didn’t want beneath the fields Andy anywhere near go right in of a secluded farm the place. All he in the wastelands could manage to do of North Dakota. If the aliens ever was convince Deedee that to uptook over, it would start right here hold company morale, Andy had at Moss. How appropriate. It was to put in his time. If he didn’t, his an X-file waiting to be opened. paychecks would be withheld. That Andy hopped to a halt equidis- was a joke. Andy had plenty of his tant from the two women. They own money, and Deedee always looked up as one, and as one they slipped him extra from her perchose to ignore his one-legged ar- sonal account. rival, an exertion that was now Andy was smart. When he’d ficausing him to breathe heavily and nally started paying attention his break a sweat. He looked expec- last two years in college, he’d aced tantly from one to the other like astronomy, making the dean’s list a man overboard in need of a life and winning an academic award ring. in the process. People said he had “Hello, Andy,” said the one on a slice of his grandfather’s creative his left. Was there rank involved, bent. People who had known the or was it her turn? He never knew. old man said that in many ways 159


monkey’s paw links were displayed properly beyond the sleeves of Andy was just as eccentric. That his Armani double-breasted navy was the most polite word they blazer, put his elbows on the table used. Whether the office was a true and clasped his hands. It was his enigma to him, as it had been to his patented getting-ready move. Andy grandfather, or whether Andy was was always surprised when Mitchjust using that as a ruse to absent ell began with something other himself from the bother of work, than “My fellow Americans…” no one quite knew. Or maybe it was Mitchell began talking about the just Mitchell. race. He went on about Jan SarMitchell was looking out the gent, who had agreed to skipper the window with his back to the el- boat, and the two-boat program egant saloon that was his office. that designer Gibb Frey was diWhen he heard the thump, thump recting, and crew selection, on and of Andy’s arrival, he turned. on. The whole issue was so abhor“Something wrong?” rent to him that Andy had trouble “I shot myself in the foot.” focusing. Mitchell might have been A curious smile babbling in Latin. spread across Mitchell might have That this nightmare Mitchell’s face. Then fantasy was on the been babbling in Latin verge of becoming he laughed, a short, staccato burst. reality was too big “You don’t have the guts.” a leap for him. His body refused to “You’re right about that.” An- remain still. Mitchell went down a dy’s foot was suddenly cured. He long list, dwelling on small details placed it gingerly on the rug, put with great enthusiasm, seeming to some weight on it. It felt fine. He delight in Andy’s discomfort, pumshrugged. meling him in his best booming He watched as Mitchell slipped voice with words, numbers, facts, behind his French campaign desk names and decisions, tightening that was supposed to have been the snare with obvious relish. All lugged around by Napoleon’s lack- that was missing, Andy thought, eys ~ talk about the right piece of was a high-intensity light pointed furniture for this guy ~ and settled at his face. himself in his ornate captain’s chair Try as he might, Andy could that had come off the great schoo- not escape this verbal barrage. He ner Atlantic, transatlantic record scanned the familiar room, looking holder from 1905 to 1980. He shot for objects that might distract him, his cuffs so his gold Tony Correa but found nothing. The big antique 160



cover of all the yachting magazines. Big profile in The New York Times. globe in the corner was now embla- Interviewed on ESPN by Gary Jobzoned with a red circumnavigation son. On Nightline with Ted Kopple. line of the racecourse. From where You’d be a one-man media blitz. he sat, the red line came within You’d be famous even if you came in an inch of Antarctica. On an easel last, perish the thought. And what where Mitchell usually kept some if you won! Think of it. You’d have dowdy painting he was considering the first ticker tape parade on Wall buying, there was a f lip-stack of Street since the Stephens brothdesigns for the boat. Sample crew ers won the transatlantic race in clothing and foul weather gear 1931. Baba Wawa would come callwith Moss logos and the company ing. Letterman. Larry King. You’d slogan ~ Do you really see? ~ em- be the toast of the yachting world, broidered under the boat’s name, your name would be on everyone’s All-American, were draped over lips, Moss binoculars on every cofchairs. Race posters were spread fee table. What a coup…” Andy closely watched Mitchell’s out on Mitchell’s big table. face as he laid it on Finally the man shut up for a mo- Andy often thought his and saw nothing. Not a f licker. ment. The sudden father could strut “Kind of you to silence got Andy’s sitting down. paint such a gloriattention. From ous picture for me, Mitchell’s look, he was waiting for a response. He must Andy, and I have to admit that I have ended with a question. He had am sorely tempted by the chance to co-skipper with the likes of Sarto say something. “I don’t know, but it sounds gent. But unlike you, my boy, I have great, Mitchell. Really great. Lis- work to do, this company to run.” ten, I have an idea. Since you’re so Mitchell rubbed his hands together into it, why don’t you go? I’m just like a mechanic using a degreasing an also-ran, a nobody. I’m not cut cream. Andy often thought his faout for this stuff. But you, you’re ther was the only person he’d ever a cool sailor, the hottest amateur met who could strut sitting down. around, a Corinthian’s Corinthi- “How will you be able to continue an, everyone knows that. Think living in the manner to which you of what a feather in your cap this are accustomed if I let this old ship would be… amateur skipper of the sink beneath the waves? I know first American around the world having you away for so long will be boat. Mitchell Thomas! Ta-da! The a trial for all of us here because you 162



be a detriment to the crew. I am an ant at this picnic. You must reconare such an important player. Yes, sider. I don’t know why you are so indeed, your absence will make it insistent that I go on the boat. Let difficult, but we’ll all pull extra me work on logistics, or sails, or hard and we’ll make it through.” run the shore team, whatever, but Andy let his head slump. He felt please, don’t put me on the boat.” like a man who’d just been told he Mitchell let Andy finish. He was had six months to live. No pos- sitting back in his chair, relaxed, sible cure. This was a done deal. looking at Andy with ill-concealed He was right. He had no cards. distaste. Andy had seen people His left foot twitched. This was look at a dog turd on their living so wrong, so misguided, like be- room rug with more warmth. Ining incarcerated for something side, Andy shivered. This chunk you couldn’t possible have done, of ice was his father. Mitchell the a classic case of mistaken iden- growler. And he was right in his tity. His mind was overcome with path. Unavoidable. It was difficult the heavy metal sound of barred to fathom. With a father like this, doors closing, dozens of them, one who needed enemies? behind the other. Mitchell leaned Begging was all that With a father like this, forward slowly, was left. This man, who needs enemies? put one elbow on his father, had to the desk, jutted his have a heart in there somewhere. head toward Andy like an animal In twenty-five years he’d never en- about to attack. His voice was low, countered it, but hell, the man had measured. a goddamn pulse, he’d seen his “Now listen to me, because I blood. He definitely wasn’t some am only going to say this once. kind of alien pretender. You have never in your life fin“Mitchell,” he began in his most ished anything you started. You desperate voice, lifting his head have never had the balls to tackle and meeting Mitchell’s cold eyes anything tougher than a glass of with considerable effort. “This expensive scotch. You have gone is not me. I am a square peg in through your pitiful existence a round hole when it comes to taking the easy way out time after the Volvo Ocean Race Round the time. You were born rich. You’re World. I’m totally serious. Asking a Mommy’s boy, and your sweet me to go on this race is like ask- little Mommy has bailed you out ing you to wear a dress to the next of every uncomfortable situation regatta party. It’s not a fit. I will you have ever gotten yourself into. 164

And there have been many. I have tried to stop her from doing this, and failed. But not…this…time.” Mitchell’s smile was thin and vengeful. It smacked of longawaited victory. “You are going on the Volvo. You will do every goddamn mile of this race, and you will either sink or swim. You will either be broken or survive. And afterwards you will thank me. I hold you responsible for getting me ~ and Moss Optics ~ into this mess. It will cost this company fifteen million dollars because of your loose, drunken mouth at that dinner two months ago when Alistair Koonce put on his little show. So you will go on the race and carry the f lag that was put up because you couldn’t shut up. And maybe if you are out there mid-ocean, and another boat is on a collision course with you, you will think twice about telling the skipper there is no fing problem when in fact the other guy is in a position to cut you in half. Maybe you will learn a lot of things out there.

“And if you should decide to bail out by shooting yourself in the foot or some other cowardly scam, I swear to you that I will pull the Moss sponsorship and scuttle the boat and I will let the whole world know that it was your doing. If that doesn’t have sufficient impact, you should know this: your dear mother is as insistent about you going as I am. No, actually, I would say that she is more insistent. And I know you wouldn’t dream of disappointing her. So there you have it. Case closed.” Mitchell sat back, observing Andy like a research assistant regards a rat he has just injected with a deadly virus. Andy’s head was swimming. He felt very bad. “I…need some time…” “Fine,” Mitchell Thomas said expansively. “You have until Monday, when crew training begins at the Outward Bound School in Maine.” Roger Vaughan lives, works and sails in Oxford, Maryland.

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February Calendar Thru March 1, 2020 Exhibition: On Land and On Sea ~ A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibition features the work of Morris and Stanley Rosenfeld, who created the world’s largest and most significant collection of maritime photography. This exhibition is sponsored by the Mar yland State Arts Council. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. Thr u Ma rch 6 Winter Af terSchool Art Club for grades K through 4 with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. $120 members, $130 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 31 Exhibition: The Tidewater Camera Club to exhibit their photography at the Todd Performing Art Center at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. Members include both professiona l a nd non-profe s siona l photographers. For more information visit tidewatercameraclub.org.

seum front yard. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bodyphones is an immersive insta llat ion by A aron Taylor Kuffner (1975), an Americanborn conceptual artist. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1 Talbot Bird Club half-day trip to the Oxford waterfront. Bring your scope. Meet at Oxford Town Park at 8 a.m. For more info. tel: 240682-3882 or visit Facebook.com/ groups/1239297776214359/. 1 Winter Walk at Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge. The walks provide a great opportunity to experience areas of the Refuge not usually open to the public, with a good chance of spotting waterfowl and wildlife. Guided walks start promptly at 8 a.m. Registration for each walk is limited to 20 participants, first-come, first-served. Children over 12 are permitted, but no dogs. Walks a re f re e, but t a x- de duc t ible donations payable to Friends of Eastern Neck are greatly appreciated to keep the program self-sustaining. For more info. tel: 410-639-7160. 1

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1 Talbot Chess Tournament at the Presby ter ia n Church, 617 N. Wa shing ton St., Ea ston. For children grades K-5. 10 a.m. Inperson registration required at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or e-mail lpowell@ tcfl.org. 1 Live at the MET in HD: Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 1 Yarn Storming at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 2 to 4 p.m. Assistant Director Jenny Houghton will explain the yarn storming phenomenon, and Krista CarterSmith of the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) will provide basic instruction for beginning knitters. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. Please come prepared with your own supplies; limited yarn will be available to share. Free. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or

visit adkinsarboretum.org. 1 Concert: Ken & Brad Kolodner in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 1-29 The Working Artists Forum of Easton, Maryland, showcases members’ art at the Tidewater Inn. The featured artist for February is Maggii Sarfaty. Artwork is hung in the Librar y Room each month by individual artists on a rotating basis. The public is encouraged to stop in at the Tidewater to see the paintings. Sarfaty’s art will be available for viewing and purchase during the hours at the Tidewater Inn throughout February. 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29 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

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every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit choptankbowling.com. 1,8,15,22,29 Anahata Yoga with Cavin Moore at the Oxford Community Center. Saturdays at 8 and 10 a.m. $12/class ~ drop-ins welcome. In Sanskrit, anahata means “unhurt, unstruck and unbeaten.” For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 2 Nature Sketchers at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Led by fine artist and Maryland Master Naturalist Diane DuBois Mullaly, this monthly nature walk along the A rboretum trails allow stops for sketching in graphite, ink or watercolor. Each walk will focus on what’s in bloom, budding or of interest along the paths. This program is free for members and free with $5 admission for nonmembers. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 2-March 27 2020 Juried Art Show Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore at Ad k ins A rboret um, Ridgely. This year’s juror, Heather Harvey, is an artist, Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Washington College.

3 Bluegrass Jam at St. Andrew’s Episcopa l Church, 303 Main St., Hurlock. 1st Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. Bluegrass musicians and fans welcome. Donations accepted for the benefit of St. Andrew’s food bank. 3 Meeting: Bereaved Parents group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 1st Monday of the month at Compass Regional Hospice, Grief Support Services Wing, Centreville. For more info. visit compassregionalhospice.org. 3 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1st Monday at 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 3 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Societ y at t he Ga r f ield C enter, Chestertown. 1st Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26 Core & More Fitness RX Class with instructor Mark Cuviello, owner of Fitness Rx Performance Training Studios, at the Oxford Commu-


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3,10,17,24 Minecraft Mondays at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 to 5 p.m. Mine for diamonds and battle creepers. For ages 10-16. Light refreshments will be served. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 3,10,17,24 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. Mondays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 3,10,17,24 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.

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tel: 410-479-4720. 4 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. 7 p.m. Guest speaker Michelle Guillermin focuses on telling the story of communitybased conservation efforts, highlighting the challenges faced by humans and animals attempting to coexist in limited space. Her primary love is East Africa, and she can be found lying on the ground w ith a camera near a herd of elephants many times throughout the year. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub. org.

Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Support Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 1st Tuesday at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695.

4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27 Tai Chi at the Oxford Community Center. Tues. and Thurs. at 9 a.m. with Nat ha n Spivey. $75 mont h ly ($10 d r op -i n fe e). For mor e info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 4 ,6,11,1 3 ,18, 20, 25 , 27 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. $60/10 classes or $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27 Mixed/ Gentle Yoga at Everg reen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

4 Read with Wally, a Pets on Wheels therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Maggie Gowe and her dog, Wally. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

4,7,11,14,18,21,25,28 Free Blood Pressure Screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center, Cambridge. 4,11,18,25 Healing Through Yoga at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. This new complementary therapy guides


participants through mindfulness and poses that direct healing in positive ways. Participants will learn empowering techniques to cope with grief and honor their loss. No previous yoga experience necessary. Yoga mats will be provided, and walk-ins are welcome. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 4,11,18,25 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 4,11,18,25 Story Time at the Talbot

County Free Librar y, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (program repeats at 11 a.m.) for ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4,11,18,25 Class: Printmaking Exploration Evenings with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 5:45 to 8 p.m. $125 members, $150 non-members, plus $30 material fee for papers and inks. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Bridge Clinic Support Group at the UM Shore

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February Calendar Medical Center at Dorchester. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential support group for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral reasons. For more info. tel: 410-2285511, ext. 2140. 4,18 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 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. 4,18 Afternoon Chess Academy at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4:30 p.m. Learn and play chess. For ages 6 to 16. Snacks ser ved. Limited space, please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4,18 Cancer Patient Support Group at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-254-5940 or visit umshoreregional.org. 4,18 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218.

5 We are Builders at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Enjoy STEM and build with Legos and Zoobs. For ages 5 to 12. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 5 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 to 8 p.m. 1st Wednesday. Support group for families and friends of addicts. For more info. tel: 800-477-6291 or visit nar-anon.org. 5,12,19 Ukulele Class for Youth at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. for ages 8 and older. Ukuleles are provided. Limited space, so please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l.org. 5,12,19,26 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. tel: 410-463-0148. 5,12,19,26 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin in the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org.


5,12,19,26 Class: Pastel Painting ~ Sharpening Skills with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $185 members, $222 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 5,12,19,26 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, Wednesdays from 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. 5,12,19,26 Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Everyone interested in writing is invited to join. For more info.

tel: 443-521-0039. 5,12,19,26 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 6 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1st Thursday at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 6 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and more. Bring your coloring books, Zentangle pens or anything else that fuels your passion to be creative. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 6 Free Family Law Assistance in the Library at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A lawyer will provide free consultations to patrons

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d ay s at 1 p.m. Th i s ongoi ng we ek ly suppor t g roup i s for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 6,13,20,27 Milk and Cookies and ... Chapter Books! at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. for ages 6 and up. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 6,13,20,27 Free Watercolor Instructional Video Course at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2 to 4 p.m. Six instructional videos by world-renowned watercolorist Eric Wiegardt will be shown: Connecting Shapes, Color Mixing, Using Color in Shadows, Landscape Theor y, Using Outside Edge Shapes and Area of Dominance. Free and open to everyone, no experience or registration required. Bring your ow n supplies and paint along or just observe. For more info contact Camille@tilmac. com or visit smartleague.org. 6,13,20,27 Kent Island Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit kifm830.wixsite.com/kifm. 6,20 Meeting: Samplers Quilt


Guild from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. The Guild meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Provide your own lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-1015. 6,20 Classic Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 7

and a variety of dining options. 5 to 8 p.m. 7 Movie at the Oxford Community Center: REBECCA , a 1940 Alfred Hitchcock f ilm starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier that won the Academy Award for Best Picture that year. The film is free, but if you want the $10 dinner prior, please RSVP. Guest Cook is John Tochko. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.

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10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410221-1978, 410-901-9711 or visit wascaclubs.com. 7 Concert: Kat Parsons in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 and 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets ~ Informational meeting to help vets find services. Fridays at Hurlock American Legion #243, 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock. 9:30 a.m. All veterans are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 7,14,21,28 Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Fridays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 7,14,21,28 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:

8 Talbot Bird Club half-day trip to the Cambr idge water f ront and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Bring your scope. Departs Easton Acme at 7 a.m. For more info. tel: 410 -8222113 or v isit Facebook.com/ groups/1239297776214359/. 8 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10 adults and children ages 3+. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 8 St. Luke’s United Met hodist Church Winter Used Book Sale. There will be a wide variety of gently used books available in Fellowship Hall, St. Michaels, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more i n for m at ion ple a s e c a l l t he church office at 410-745-2534. 8 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 2nd Saturday at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 8 Concert: Imagination Movers at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org.


8 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 1 to 5 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. 8 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. 8 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. 8 John Wesley Preservation Society and the Oxford Community Center team up to present Evolution of Gospel Music. The program was created by Leroy Potter and Richard Potter, President of the Talbot Count y Branch of the NAACP. Evolution of Gospel music tells the story of gospel music chronologically, moving from Negro spirituals to spirituals to traditional gospel to contemporary gospel. The evening combines history and music for a full immersive experience. There will Call Us: 410-725-4643


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be free nibbles and refreshments along with cash bar. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free at the Oxford Community Center. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 8 Concert: Crack the Sky at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 8-9 Workshop: Sketch to Studio Painting with Bernard Dellario at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $125 members, $150 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academy-


8,22 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. 9

Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110.

9 Talbot Cinema Society showing of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief at Temple Beth Israel, Easton. 3 p.m. (Documentary, 2015, not rated). A devastating two-hour documentary based on Lawrence Wright’s book of the same name. The cult of scientology is laid bare by a film that skillfully knits together archival footage, dramatic reconstructions and testimonials from former members and

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high-ranking officials. Directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, it won three Primetime Emmys and was nominated for four more. For more info. tel: 410-924-5752. 9 The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance invites members and the public to our 12th Annual Meeting featuring Mr. Vincent Leggett, with a special presentation on “Black Watermen of the Chesapeake,” at the Robbins Center, Dorchester County Historical Society, 1003 Greenway Drive, Cambridge. “Meet and Greet” with soups and appetizers at 3 p.m. Brief Annual Meeting at 3:30, followed by the presentation and an update on Handsell, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free and open to the public. For more info. visit restorehandsell.org. 10 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 meet s at noon with a covered dish luncheon at the Church of the Nazarene

in Denton. New members are welcome. For more info. tel: 410482-6039. 10 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 2nd Monday, 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth.net. 10 Intermediate Excel Class at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Computer training with Rita Hill. Bring your own PC laptop or just sit and observe. No Macs, please. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 10 Very Birdy Craft Day at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Make birdfeeders for overwintering species, create beautiful and unique bird crafts and make some homemade binocular. Recommended for ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome! 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickering.audubon.org/ programs/upcoming-events.

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Ta l b ot Bi r d C lub me e t i ng at t he E a s ton Y MC A mu lt ipu r pose room. 7 p.m. Gue st speaker is Brian Prendergast on mosquito control. For more info. v isit Facebook.com/ groups/1239297776214359/.

11 Volunteer Fair at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Learn about the many ways to share your time and support our mission. With everything from public-facing interpretive roles to boatbuilding activities, exhibit support and behind-the-scenes efforts, CBMM has something for everyone. For more info. tel: 410-7452916 or visit cbmm.org. 11 Advance Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advance healthcare planning and complete your advance directive paperwork, including the Five Wishes. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 to register. 11 Family Craf ts at t he Ta lbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Winter crafts/ yarn scarf. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

11 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300 or visit umshoreregional.org. 11 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Old Railway Station on Pennsylvania Ave., Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 301-704-3811 or visit twstampclub.com. 11,25 Meeting: Buddhism Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 12 Meeting: Bayside Quilters, 2nd Wednesday 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. 12 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, St. Michaels at 10:30 a.m. For children ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-7455877 or visit tcfl.org. 12 Nature Photography for Be-


ginners at Adkins Arboretum, Easton. Join Kellen McCluskey, self-taught photographer and Adkins staff image creator, in a workshop-format class to review basic principles of camera settings and learn how to compose the images you’ve always wanted to make. 2 to 4 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

12 Meet ing: Bay water Ca mera Club at the Dorchester Center for the A rts, Cambridge. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 12

12 Meeting: Grief Support for Suicide group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Compass Regional Hospice, Grief Support Ser vices Wing, Centreville. For more info. visit compassregionalhospice.org.

O p en M ic at t he A c ademy Art Museum, Easton. Theme: Shadows. Share and appreciate t he r ich t ape st r y of creat ivity, 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. Snacks provided; nominal charge for beverages. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@gmail.com.

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February Calendar 12 Concert: Po’ Ramblin’ Boys in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 12,26 Bay Hundred Chess Class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners welcome. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 12,26 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, C a mbr id ge. Ever yone i nter ested in w riting is inv ited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 12 ,26 Dance Classes for NonDancers at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. $12 per person, $20 for both classes. For more info. tel: 410-200-7503 or visit continuumdancecompany.org. 13 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Caroline County Senior Center, Denton. 2nd Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org.

13-23 The Tred Avon Players present Charley’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas and directed by Alison Lynch. Oxford undergrads Jack Chesney and Charley Wykeham have found themselves helplessly in love with Kitty Verdun and Miss Amy Spettigue. However, it isn’t proper for young men to meet their loves without a chaperone, so they invite the ladies to meet Charley’s wealthy aunt from Brazil, “where the nuts come from.” Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for students (fees included). February 13 is Half Price Preview Thursday. Tred Avon Players is sponsored in part by revenues from the Talbot County Arts Council, which is funded by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. For more info. visit tredavonplayers.org. 13,27 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 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. 14 Open Botanical Art Studio at Ad k i n s A rboret u m, R idgely. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will receive individual in-


struction and critiques and learn about a new concept, technique, or plant species. $25 members, $30 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 14 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 2nd Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment, tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org. 14-15 Concert: Art Garfunkel at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

14-16 Chesapeake Fire & Ice Festival in downtown Easton. The festival will feature dozens of ice sculptures spread throughout Easton’s historic district. The Discover Easton signature event will kick off with a Friday night Ice Block Party. The celebration will feature live music, fire performances, entertainment and the unveiling of the weekend’s ice sculptures with a self-guided tour and light display. A grand ice carving demonstration, sponsored by Preston Automotive Group and Safehouse LLC, is the featured attraction during the Ice Block Party Friday evening. Watch as 3,000 pounds of ice are carved into a spectacular work of

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Bark Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Look for green plants that seek the w inter sun and trees with telltale bark. Plants of interest include mosses, cranef ly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, and the green stems of st rawber r y bu sh a nd g re enbrier. 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 prov ide d. $25 memb er, $30 non-member. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org.

art by the team of carvers from Ice Lab. The weekend festivities will include family fun activities throughout, complimentary events, entertainment, seasonal sales and shopping opportunities, restaurant specia ls and mor e to b e a n nou nc e d . T he celebration stretches into Sunday, when the team of carvers ends the festival during the Ice Breaker Party, where sculptors smash their biggest creations to pieces. For more info. visit discovereaston.com/fireandice/. 15 Great Backyard Bird Count at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 9 a.m. to noon. Work with experienced birders for a morning of bird watching and counting on a center-wide winter bird survey. Adult-only teams will cover most of our regular e-Bird monitoring routes that are covered on a monthly basis. A family-friendly bird walk is also scheduled, complete with a scavenger hunt for little ones. All visitors are invited to wrap up the morning’s activities with hot chocolate, coffee or tea at the Center office. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickering.audubon.org/program s/ upcoming-events. 15 Winter Greens and Distinctive

16 Talbot Bird Club all-day trip to Ocean Cit y and surrounding areas. Br ing your scope. Departs Easton Acme at 6:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-8206002 or v isit Facebook.com/ groups/1239297776214359/. 17 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 3rd Monday at 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth.net. 19 Me et i ng: Dorche ster C a re g ivers Suppor t Group. 3rd Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190.


19 Child Loss Support Group at Ta lbot Hospic e, Ea ston. 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 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. 20 S t roke Su r v ivor ’s Supp or t Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 3rd Thursday of the month. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit pleasantday.com. 20 Young Gardeners at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. For children grades 1 to 4 at 3:45 p.m. Fun, hands-on learning program. Space is limited, so please

pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 20 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home décor, 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. 20 Meeting: Grief Support for Overdose Loss group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of the month at Compass Regional Hospice, Grief Support Ser vices Wing, Centreville. For more info. visit compassregionalhospice.org.

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20 Concer t: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

22 Concert: Naked Blue & Christine Havrilla “Song Swapping” in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

22 Talbot Bird Club half-day trip to P icker ing Creek Audubon Center. Bring your scope. Meet at Picker ing Creek at 8 a.m. Br e a k f a s t ho s te d by B obbie Wells. For more info. tel: 410822-2113 or visit Facebook.com/ groups/1239297776214359/.

22-23 Workshop: Oil Painting ~ Ex pressive Br ushwork Techniques with Bradford Ross at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $125 members, $150 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

22 Workshop: Pruning at Adkins A rboret um, R idgely. 10 a.m. to noon. This program is free for members and free with $5 Arboretum admission for nonmembers. Join Terry Bohner and Garrett Dickle of Bartlett Tree in Stevensv ille to learn basic tree biology, how trees react to pruning cuts and how to properly prune small trees and shrubs to achieve desired results. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or

23 The Delaware Appaloosa Horse A ssociation is sponsoring an Annual Tack Swap from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Caroline County 4-H Park, 8230 Detour Road, Denton. Got tack lying around a nd ta k ing up space in your barn or trailer? Bring it to the swap! Need tack and supplies? Come check out our vendors. There’s something for everyone at the swap...from everyday tack to show tack in all disciplines. Open to all equine enthusiasts (rescues, equine clubs, jewelry, etc). For more info. tel: 302526-6944 or e-mail dahashow@ gmail.com. 24 Oxford Book Club meets the 4th Monday of every month at


the Oxford Community Center. 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 24 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Work on your favorite project with a group. Limited instruction for beginners. Newcomers welcome. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 24 Read w it h T iger, a Pet- onWheels therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose one from the library’s shelves to read with Janet Dickey and her dog, Tiger. For ages 5 and up. For

more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 25 Arts Express Bus Trip the National Portrait Gallery for the exhibit: John Singer Sargent ~ Portraits in Charcoal. $60 members, $72 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 25 Workshop: Scrap Happy Day w ith Sher yl Southw ick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. $45 members, $54 nonmembers, plus $8 material fee paid to the instructor. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or


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February Calendar visit academyartmuseum.org. 25 Monthly Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice. This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone in the community who is grieving the death of a loved one, regardless of whether they were served by Talbot Hospice. 4th Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 25 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlew ild Ave., Easton. 4th Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411 or visit umshoreregional.org. 25 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946.

26 The Climate Challenge at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Join env ironmenta l educ ator a nd naturalist Jenny Houghton to gain a basic understanding of how and why our climate is changing and what we can do to respond and adapt. Scientific evidence, the impacts of climate change on both society and global resources, how climate change will affect the Chesapeake Bay region, and mitigation and adaptation strategies will all be part of the conversation. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $15 member, $20 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 26 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at UM Shore Regional Health at Dorchester, Cambridge. 4th Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 27 Lecture Series: Five Giants of Romantic Music with Dr. Rachel Frank lin at the Academy A r t Museum, Easton. 11 a.m. to 12:30

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p.m. $24 members, $29 nonmembers per lecture and $90 members, $100 non-members for the series. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 27-April 2 Class: Intermediate Drawing w ith Bradford Ross at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $175 members, $210 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 29 The Tidewater Stamp Club will hold their Annual Stamp Show at the Easton Fire House, Leonard Rieck Drive, Easton, from 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. Free admission, free parking. 4-5 dealers to buy and sell stamps; displayed exhibits by members. For more info. tel: 410-310-1224. 29 Live at the MET in HD: Handel’s Agrippina at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 29 Concert: Rik Ferrell and Keith Thompson of Roadhouse Clams in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

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