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About the Cover Photographer Hal Roth Hal Roth was born in Cementon, a small manufacturing town in Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Lehigh Valley. After serving with the United States Air Force during the Korean War, he attended Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University, then moving to Maryland to pursue a career in public education. A longtime resident of Dorchester County, he lives on a small farm near Vienna where he has written many popular books of Eastern Shore history and folklore. Some of his titles include Conversations in a Country Store, You Canâ€™t Never Get to Puckum, and Now This is the Truth, and can be found on amazon.com. Hal was a monthly w riter for
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Christmas Creep by Helen Chappell
When you read this, it will be a few days after Christmas. As I write this, I’m preparing for trickor-treaters, and Thanksgiving is yet to come. And yet, back here, before Halloween, the Christmas stuff is already being put out in stores. Holiday awareness has extended the season over several months, much to the annoyance of practically everybody save a handful of happy holiday fanatics who can’t wait for Santa, mistletoe and the glittery bits and pieces that comprise the end-of-year celebrations. Now, I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as too many twinkly lights, shiny ornaments, and other red and green gewgaws with which to celebrate. No one enjoys a house decorated with a million lights, thirty-eight plastic light-up figures and blaring Christmas carols more than me. In fact, one of our holiday traditions is driving around in the dark of December, admiring the many, many over-decorated houses and displays of the seasonal glitz. Any homestead that f lashes, dashes and casts enough light to be seen from outer space is a big part of our traditional Oooooh Aaaaah Tour.
In this driveabout we look for the most glittery, illuminated places we can find. And when we drive past, the whole car goes “Oooooh! Aaaaah!” This is a holiday ritual that dates back to when we were kids. We were disciples of John Waters, and believed that nothing succeeds like excess, especially at Christmas. The more overdone, the better. Of course, Christmas is a season of light in the darkness, and the light is the hope of the return of warm weather and sunshine. Still, carried to the Ultimate, it’s as fabulous as a San Francisco drag review. Everyone should be fabulous at least once a year, and to those people who hang a tasteful wreath on the door and a string of those dull white twinkle lights and call 9
Christmas Creep it a day, I say pish tosh. This is no time to be tasteful ~ It’s Christmas! Bring out your inner tackiness and let go!! Put up that Elko Nine-Piece Nativity Set featuring a Melchior who looks like Bigfoot. Let it offend your neighbors! Attract rubberneckers from the tricounty area to clog your street. Go for it! You’re never going to be admitted to any of the yacht or country clubs around here, so get in touch with your inner WalMartian and live a little. While I am a firm believer in shiny, tacky excess around Christmas and New Year’s, I really do hate to see all that Christmas can-
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Christmas Creep over the Christmas trees in the lots around here? I sort of understand why ~ the day after Thanksgiving people actually camp out in front of big box stores, waiting for dawn to trample each other to get to the latest edition of Xbox. Retail stampede is a kind of sport for the shopping addicted. Give ’em a whiff of a $100 Wifi TV and they’ll trample their own mother in a sort of retail hysteria ~ which you can have ~ and a lot of people do, bless their hearts. Clever me, I shop the sales and the opportunities all year and pile it all up on the Dining Room Table of Unfinished Projects. And, I
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Local Craftsman Takes Time to Keep History Alive by Dick Cooper
The clocks that f ill Scott McCash’s Easton shop tell much more than time. The rhythmic ticks of the myriad machines speak of mystery and romance, ingenuity and discovery, success and failure. They chart several hundred years in man’s long-running attempts to keep track of time, and display it at a glance. For McCash, each clock in the shop has a story that he is quick to share: from the wood-works clock built in
America before metal parts were readily available, to the grandfather clocks passed down through generations, to the “murder clock” that was handcrafted in prison. “That’s one of the nice things about this area,” McCash says of the Eastern Shore. “It is filled with some really interesting stuff. I have clocks in my ‘stable’ that most of the people in my trade never see unless they go to museums, and that’s really fun.”
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Keeping History Alive McCash’s career restoring and repairing old clocks was more the result of osmosis than intention. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in the early 1970s and spent 15 years as a professional photographer in and around Baltimore. “Mostly advertising and studio work,” he says. After a family move to a new home in Washington, D.C., he met a neighbor, Craig Compton, a watchmaker whose family owned and operated a shop near the White House with a client base that included presidents. “We liked to talk and drink beer. Craig had a shop in his home, and I thought that was cool.” He says Scott McCash Compton let him work on clocks while he concentrated on watches. “That was fine with me,” McCash says. After two years of working with Compton, McCash spent three more years working in the clock-repair trade before branching out on his ow n and mov ing to the Eastern Shore. “I still do some work in Baltimore and Washington,” he says, but most of his business is local. Customers have also found his website, mccashclocks.com, and he now has clients who send him work from several other states. Eleven years ago, he moved the McCash Clock Company from his
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“I probably have the only carpeted woodshop in Talbot County,” McCash quips. “My son, Sean, is working with me now, and I hope to be able to spend more time making clocks as well as repairing them.” A few pieces of richly grained hardwood are stashed behind an office door. “This is Chechen rosewood,” he says, picking up a dark, dense piece. “Someday it will become a Vienna Regulator.” Sean McCash is assembling an antique grandfathers clock at the workbench near the shop’s front window. He says he is learning the business from his father after spending years working over open flames in the restaurant trade. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America,
home workshop to storefront space in the Carlton Station complex east of Elliott Road near Giant Foods. “I am the longest-living tenant here,” he says. “When I first moved in, I didn’t know what I would do with all of this space. Now we are always looking for places to put things.” The walls are lined with carved and inlaid clocks f lanked by vintage grandfathers standing tall in their cases. Tabletops are covered with antique shelf clocks, and the various cubicles in the shop are filled with more clocks. A side office is set up with cleaning machines and another with saws, drills and woodworking equipment.
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ness he picked up some mechanical skills. “I had to learn how to keep refrigerators running.” At the top of any hour, all conversation stops as a symphony of bells and chimes fills the shop. The sound ripples in full surround sound as the clocks compete for attention, some ringing while others clang, the sopranos are drowned out by the basses and frequently an odd ting sounds just a beat behind a loud bong. “I tell people not to call me at noon because I won’t hear the phone ring,” McCash says. When it is all over, the ancient French clock in the corner with the polished brass face strikes again just to make sure you
Sean McCash says his skills took him to interesting places including a stint in the kitchen at a high-end restaurant on the beach in Maui. He chose to work with his dad in Easton because he recently got married and the regular shop hours let him spend more time with his new wife and stepdaughter. He says some of the skills he learned in the kitchen are transferable. “It’s different, but in some ways it’s the same. You have to be creative. A lot of this stuff, they don’t make any more, so you have to come up with a way to fix it.” In the restaurant busi-
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Keeping History Alive are paying attention. “It is a double strike,” he says. “If you didn’t count the first time you hear it, you think, ‘What time was that?’ Then it strikes again so you remember to count.” For centuries, clock makers have searched for ways to improve their mechanical devices. Better pendulums, springs and winding techniques made clocks run longer without human intervention. “Anniversary” clocks with their ornamental balls constantly spinning back and forth get close to being perpetual motion machines. The Atmos clock, one of the more ingenious devices of the last century, uses subtle changes in atmospheric pressure that expand
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Keeping History Alive and contract sensors to wind the timepiece. The slight change in the temperature every day is enough to keep the clock running for years. The introduction of the electric motor a century ago struck a mortal blow to vast numbers of mechanical clocks, McCash says. “Before the electric clock, every office in Washington, D.C., had a Seth Thomas Number 2 on the wall. They replaced them all with electric clocks, piled the old ones in the Mall and set them on fire. That’s why those old clocks now sell for $2,000.” The digital watch and the ubiquitous time features on cell phones and computers are the latest changes to affect the sales of timepieces. “Clock sales are in the toilet and so are watches,” McCash says. “There is still a market for high-end watches in the $12,000 to $7 million range ~ man jewelry ~ but that is about it.” Despite those major changes in the marketplace, the fascination with and demand for old mechanical clocks remains strong. “Three of my favorite words are ‘it belonged to,’” says McCash. He gets a lot of work from clock owners who want to keep memories alive by restoring timepieces once owned by loved ones or famous people. Frequently, it is a clock’s provenance—its history, maker and backstory—that gives it value; which brings us back to the tale of the “murder clock” on McCash’s wall.
The “Murder Clock” and a Seth Thomas clock. The banjo-style clock was built by E lmer O. Stennes, a ma ster cabinet- and clockmaker from Weymouth, Massachusetts, whose work is greatly valued for its design and craftsmanship. He was also, by many accounts, a mean SOB. According to a history written by Jeanne Schinto in 1997, Stennes shot and killed his wife, Eva, on December 2, 1968 when she confronted him about an infidelity. He was allowed to remain free while awaiting trial and continued making clocks, inscribing them with the letters “OOB” for “Out On Bail.” When he was sent to prison on a manslaughter conviction, he 32
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was again allowed to continue his business and signed those clocks “M.C.I.P,” ostensibly for the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Plymouth. Some believe the letters also stood for “Made Case In Prison.” Schinto reported that Stennes was released from prison and remarried, only to be shot to death in his own bed during a home invasion in 1975. McCash says the wife of the local owner of the Stennes clock wanted it out of her house when she learned its history. The “murder clock” is now being offered for sale. Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. An eBook anthology of his writings for the Tidewater Times and other publications, East of the Chesapeake: Skipjacks, Flyboys and Sailors, True Tales of the Eastern Shore, is now available at www.amazon.com. Dick and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be reached at email@example.com. 34
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There is something in the cadence of his words ~ intentional, elaborate ~ that makes it seem as though he is always telling a story, even if you’ve only asked for the time. His dark eyes twinkle during his expectant pauses, scanning his audience eagerly to see if they’ve understood, if they’re deserving of the next sentence. And the draw of the great Captain Richard Griffiths is that even if you have only asked for the time, you suddenly find yourself wanting to know more and
before you realize it, time has become immaterial and it is 1967 and you are sailing from England to Greece on Rosalind, the Captain’s pride and joy, which in reality is docked behind him at the Brewer Oxford Boatyard. He landed in Oxford, this beautiful speck of a town not far from St. Michaels, fifteen years ago. There’s something almost incongruous about his being here, as if the tranquil village isn’t quite suited to accommodate fifty years
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paid owned her or not. He gave him three hundred dollars, and later someone told Griffiths he’d paid two hundred dollars too much. Looking at him today, it’s hard to imagine there was a time when Griffiths didn’t know a ship’s true value. He’s almost always dressed the same, in threadbare blue jeans and an old white dress shirt, splattered with varnish. Even on warm days, you can see the long sleeves of his undershirt poking out from the ends of his shirt cuffs, but the double shirt adds almost no bulk to his slight body. At barely over 5 feet tall and rail thin, the wind seems as if it could blow him away, but his years as a sea captain have taught him how to harness the breeze and use it
land and had never set foot on a boat when he came upon Rosalind, half submerged in the mud. Like much of England’s fishing f leet, the lugger had been abandoned when the Second World War broke out, and by the time the Captain found her in 1959, she hadn’t been to sea in twenty years. The boat had no mast, no rigging, which worked fine for Griffiths, who was an art teacher at the time and was only looking for a cheap place to live. “I’d never been to sea, never left the shore. I can’t swim. I hated the water. Still do,” he chuckles. He found someone to buy her from, though he was never actually sure if the man he
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too much irony even for a storyteller. Eventually Griffiths refitted the old ship and learned to sail. In 1967, he was coming up on thirty. He’d been working as an art teacher for eight years. His first fiancée, a beautiful woman named Ruth, had been taken from him by his best friend. In turn, he took a different woman from her husband, had a son, Julian, with her, and decided it was time to go to sea. They pulled out an atlas and decided, largely randomly, on Greece. It was warm there, much warmer than England, and it was somewhere they’d never been. When they arrived, broke and knowing no Greek, Griffiths drew on his rel-
instead to his own advantage. He is seventy-seven years old ~ ”I’m sniffing eighty,” he says, more than a bit indignantly ~ and his hair is gray, or brown, or perhaps both, though it’s difficult to say. He has a wispy beard and a sea captain’s full mustache, and his voice is kind and rough and just slightly garbled, the result of recent throat cancer that ultimately left him without a section of his tongue. It is more than a bit ironic that life took a piece of such a consummate storyteller’s tongue. But the great Captain Griffiths knows better than most how to sail in whatever direction the wind takes you, and how the heartache of losing something you cherish can lead you somewhere unexpected, ultimately, and perhaps most importantly, laying the groundwork for a magnificent tale. This is the thread of his life: unpredictable, unexpected, almost inconceivable to a common cruiser. But the Captain has a way of drawing any audience in and setting their imaginations on fire. And as with so many great storytellers, from Odysseus on, Griffiths finally found his way to the sea. Beneath Rosalind’s battered body was a beautiful boat, meant to ride the waves. Living on such a vessel, unable to leave port, with the wide world calling just across the water proved
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use a new adventure, and a raise. He recounts the story as if he is still a bit amazed at his luck. “On the previous boat, I’d been earning two hundred dollars a month. You couldn’t spend that amount in Greece then. So I thought I’d go for the big time, right? I said four hundred a month. He said, ‘Oh no! I couldn’t possibly pay you that. I pay my office boy six hundred. How about a thousand a month?’” The Captain took the job. His new American boss sent him to Amsterdam to look at the boat, and told him he would buy it, sight unseen, if Griffiths deemed it a worthy vessel. The ship was a sister ship to the Dutch royal yacht, and Captain Griffiths, despite his youth and his travel-worn appearance, was wined and dined by the richest men in the country, at a hotel where, he says, “the doormen were all dressed up, looking like Mussolini in their uniforms.” He told the American owner to buy the boat. But life, especially one belonging to a master storyteller, always
atively new sea-going experience to work as a deckhand, eventually making his way up to captain. He met Clive Cussler, who was not yet famous; and Charlton Heston, who very much was; and he led a National Geographic expedition to Peloponnesus, working with the MIT professor Dr. Harold Edgerton, who had reached acclaim pioneering the photographic technique that captured images of a bullet piercing an apple or a balloon in mid-pop. “This,” Captain Griffiths says, “is when I became a little bit famous.” But he was also heartbroken. His lover, the mother of his son ~ and, in a strange detail worthy only of a Captain Griffiths story, a direct descendant of the notorious buccaneer Henry Morgan ~ had in her own turn left him for another man, taking Julian with her. So when a wealthy American offered Griffiths a job as captain of the yacht the man was thinking of buying, Griffiths decided he could
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and being taken to the best places.” He is quiet for a moment. “I was the most romantic man you’d ever met. And they loved me. And Rosalind and the life [...] They loved the great Richard Griffiths and the sailing and the friends and the this and the that.” Now, though, the this and the that of the great Richard Griffiths is a bit quieter, a bit more in tune with the gentle pace of life on the Eastern Shore. He rises to work on his boat early, at six. In the summer months, he toils before the full heat of the sun suggests a retreat to his rack on Rosalind; in the winter, the yard is quiet in the morning, save for the slow slap of halyards on masts. “I wouldn’t have liked it [here] thirty or forty years ago,” he muses. “I was ~” He pauses, amused again. “Y’know, the old Irish song, ‘I was a rover, seldom sober.’” And though his face is lined now, his beard grayer, you can’t walk away from the Captain entirely unconvinced that there is still not a bit of that rover in him, even now. He seems aware of this. His sea stories stay with him, connecting him forever to a young man, hearts broken and mended, an artist looking for a new masterpiece on the ocean. “It’s lovely,” he says, his voice a bit gravelly, the lines around his eyes crinkling. “But sometimes I feel I’m the youngest person in Oxford.”
proves to be more complicated. The American f lew him over to his house in Providence for the weekend to discuss Griffiths’ job. “I only came here for the weekend on business,” he says, his proper British accent still intact. “I’m still here, forty-five years later.” The American gave him the news. The sale of the yacht in Amsterdam had fallen through, but there was a third sister ship, currently in Connecticut, and he had bought it. He wanted the Captain to stay in America. “He said, ‘Listen. We’ll spend the summer in New England. You’ll love it. And then we’ll go to the Mediterranean.’” But the trip to the Med never happened. Griffiths pauses in his storytelling and looks pensive for a moment. “That’s why I’m still here.” “[When] I came to America,” he says, “I stopped being famous, but I became a legend.” For thirty years, the Captain cruised up and down the East Coast, captaining first the Dutch yacht Bandaris, and later the William Fife-designed Cotton Blossom. He eventually returned to Greece to bring his Rosalind to America, living on her when he wasn’t sailing some other ship. He had months in the warm south, nights in Newport with beautiful women on his arm ~ “With my big convertible car, and y’know, money and restaurants 48
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Matthew Hillier - Artist and Teacher by Amy Blades Steward
For his students at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, accomplished wildlife and marine artist Matthew Hillier is the great motivator. After creating an extraordinary career as a painter both in Europe and America, Hillier added teaching to his repertoire. His life journey has been an interesting one and has con-
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the inspiration for painting water and birds – two of his favorite subjects. In addition to Europe, his travels took him to Africa, India and Southeast Asia in search of subjects to paint, including big cats and rhinos. As an illustrator, his artwork appeared on book and magazine covers. For many years, he was a regular contributor to the wildlife section of the Guinness Book of World Records. During the early years of his career, he was best known for his gouache paintings. His journey to America came after an interesting encounter with a stranger in England. He recalls, “One day I received a knock on the door and it was a Hare Krishna who wanted to sell my paintings in the
and develop their own styles.” Hillier, who was brought up in West Sussex, England, began art at an early age, drawing and painting animals. His father, a museum designer, taught him the rudiments of painting with watercolor. He studied at Dyfed College of Art in Carmarthen, West Wales. Three of his paintings were accepted by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition before his 18th birthday. His skills in watercolor paid off in his twenties when he became an illustrator while caretaking a beach house between Brighton and Portsmouth on England’s south coast. The scenery there gave him
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U.S. I remember being hesitant to let one of my paintings go to a stranger, but he offered me his Rolex watch as collateral for my painting to guarantee his word. Three weeks later, he showed up on my doorstep with the money from having sold the painting. From that point on, he represented me and my art in the U.S.” His acrylic paintings were well received in the U.S., and Hillier soon had several exhibitions in large country estates. He eventually got into a number of prestigious U.S. art shows and galleries, and Mill Pond Press began selling his prints. Eventually, the World Wildlife Fund used his artwork in a calendar and for greeting cards and prints. His career was launched. Hillier met his wife, Julia, an
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Great Blue Heron the Academy Art Museum when he arrived. After taking a short sabbatical, he recently returned to teaching at the Museum. He adds, “I think the education offerings at the Museum are wonderful. Katie Cassidy is a terrific support to all the teachers, and there is a camaraderie between the teachers and the staff that is lovely.” The Academy Art Museum offers teaching for every medium and every level of experience. For Hillier, this has been particularly rewarding. The small classes of 56
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Ahead of the Storm nitely changed. Because he is a finished artist, he had taught me a tighter, more realistic portrayal of subject matter. His studio demonstrations are very important to the students’ learning.” Teaching has become an important aspect of Hillier’s life. He comments, “Teaching helps me understand the process of painting. It’s good for me to re-learn the process and start with the building blocks ~ composition, value, tones, pattern, and technique. Understanding the 60
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Namaste from India! by Bonna L. Nelson
Namaste is a Hindu greeting that means I bow to you, and that my divine soul recognizes the divine soul in you. The greeting is done with hands brought together, fingertips touching, at the heart. The gesture of respect can be used as both a hello and a goodbye. We received and gave many Namastes during our two weeks of exploring exotic India. At dusk on our second day, we met beautiful Indian women dressed in sarees in dimly lit rooms near the Samode Palace. Swaths of goldtrimmed colorful silk in shades of turquoise, orange, amber, coral, lavender and r uby were strew n about the rooms. The lovely ladies wrapped, pinned and draped us in the silk sarees, put matching glittering bangles on our arms and placed jeweled bindis in the center of our foreheads. The nine of us felt like princesses. White-attired, red-turbaned Indian men holding f laming torches and playing drums and f lutes escorted us two by two to wooden camel-drawn chariots. We lounged on cushions and greeted smiling, wav ing families along the route through the town leading to the palace. When we arrived, the sky
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When seated at the table in the golden, mirrored and mosaic-tiled, cavernous hall we were served the first of the many delicious, aromatic, spicy Indian dinners sampled on the trip, including korma, dal, curries, chutneys, bir yani, dosa and naan. Fish, chicken, tofu, vegetables, rice, sauces and lentils, all with spices, were the main features of the Indian dishes we tried, accompanied by refreshing lime water, Indian Kingfisher beer and tea. Next, we were escorted across the glorious hall to pink silk lounging sofas at the opposite end of our dining venue. Our lovely lady saree dressers/greeters became our entertainers, dancing in circles in front of us accompanied by the â€œPied Pipersâ€?
bindis on our foreheads. The Samode Palace shimmered and glowed with small white lights, reminding me of the magical palace where Cinderella lost her slipper. We followed our tour guide, Luv, to a highly decorated marble and tiled room where we were served cocktails, wine and tea with petite appetizers of grilled chicken, caulif lower and mushroom bites. The open arches surrounding the cocktail room overlooked our dining venue on the f loor below. Looking over the balcony we could see a table set just for us, chandeliers and candles blazing in an amazing, massive and otherwise empty banquet hall.
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on flute and drum who had led us to the palace. After giving us a few minutes to digest our Indian fare, the dancers invited us to join them and we all learned how to dance Indian style! Finally, we were led to an outdoor patio surrounding a glistening pool. Spicy, fragrant Indian masala tea was served and more fireworks lit up the night as Luv announced that the second fireworks were to commemorate the birthdays of three ladies on the trip, including mine! Yes, I celebrated my birthday in exotic India with its amazing riot of lights, colors, sounds, sights, tastes and movement. Our tour, ably coordinated by the Talbot County Chamber of Com-
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Getting to know my elephant before mounting him for the safari. the elements of beauty, riches and wealth and sadness, poverty and homelessness. Thatâ€™s life. At this point in my life I want to travel to expand my global consciousness and perspective, that and spend time with my family and friends. In addition to experiencing a country, I have a passion for studying its people, histor y, culture, art, architecture, geography and religion. The India excursion gave me the opportunity to meet a warm, smiling, f r iend ly people; st udy and explore historic forts, tombs, mausoleums, gardens and palaces; attend museums, musical performances and crafts demonstrations; and pray in Hindu, Sikh and Bahaâ€™i temples.
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Just in case one elephant excursion wasn’t enough, Luv took us for a tour of Jaipur’s Amber Palace, riding up to the hilly perch on elephants and down on speedy jeeps. You see the world differently while swaying on the top of an elephant looking down on the Maota Lake. The pale yellow and pink sandstone a nd wh ite ma rble roya l pa lac e and for t are massive, imposing structures on the landscape. Tiny mirrors and f loral alabaster relief cover ceilings, and appropriately placed marble screens allow cool breezes to pass through the artistic Hindu-styled buildings, gates and courtyards. That day, my bir thday, ended w it h Luv present ing me w it h a birthday cake at the hotel and a serenade of the traditional song
In Jaipur, India’s pink city, with buildings painted pink by a Maharaja for Queen Victoria’s visit in 1876 and since maintained that way, the adventure continued with an elephant safari. Mylene and I climbed a flight of steps to the top of a wall where we stepped onto a lounging platform on a brightly painted Indian elephant. The parade of elephants marched through the forest as we swayed on our lounge while spotting monkeys, peacocks, water buf fa lo, white c at t le and doves. This unique experience was followed by an outdoor luncheon on a shaded patio and a visit to a local handicrafts association for a demonstration of carpet making from camel wool.
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Namaste from India by fellow travelers and hotel staff. Twice riding an elephant in two days, astonishing! Twice visiting the Taj Mahal in one day, unbelievable. We arose at 5 a.m. for the ride in our normal mode of transportation on the tour, a luxury bus with AC and bottled water, lectures on histor y and culture from Luv, a protective driver and assistant and comfortable, roomy seats. We were at the front of the line to enter the Taj Mahal at sunrise near our Agra hotel. (All of our hotels were four or more stars, beautifully equipped with lovely gardens and pools and delicious international and Indian breakfasts every morning.) The Taj Mahal, an iconic symbol of love recognized the world over, is actually a domed marble and crystal mausoleum. The Taj Mahal commemorates both the builder, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, and his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died delivering her 14th baby. The Taj is surrounded by reflecting pools and gardens and is guarded by four minarets. The marble structure changes color as the sun traverses the sky from sunup to sundown. Luv engaged a professional photographer to photograph our group on a marble bench in front of the shimmering Taj in the morning light when the area was less busy. We visited the two tombs inside and closely examined the sparkling
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On a free morning in Delhi, Mylene, a few other gals and I walked from our hotel past homeless people of all ages, from babies to the elderly, camping on sidewalks around a small Hindu temple. They weren’t begging, no hands out, just going about the business of life in their homes on the street, eating, sleeping, rocking babies and washing. After leaving our shoes outside the temple as requested, we wandered through the structure, which i ncluded a lc ove s ador ne d w it h Hindu god and goddess statuary including Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesh and others. Marigold necklaces draped their necks and at their feet worshippers left small gifts, rupees and f lowers. A local English-speaking
precious gemstones embedded in the marble, carved f lower panels and calligraphy. Monkeys romped across the small marble wall enclosing the rear platform overlooking the R iver Yamuna and gardens, where we returned at dusk to see the sun setting and moon rising over the famous monument to love. There was a meditative quiet inside the Taj during the morning visit and a quiet hush in the gardens in the moonlight with only the sounds of birds singing and filling roosting trees for the night. We spent our last few days in Delhi viewing government buildings, gardens and parks in New Delhi and stopping for ref lection at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial and monument.
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We also prayed at the cavernous Bahaâ€™i Temple, also called the Lotus Temple, an architectural wonder named for its exterior in a white lotus flower shape with 27 immaculate white marble petals. The lotus is a symbol of purity, and the Temple is beautifully surrounded by nine sparkling pools of water. All along the highways and street ways throughout the trip from Delhi to Samode, Jaipur, Agra and back to Delhi, we spotted roaming, sacred cattle, goats, sheep, monkeys and pigs. Women wore brightly colored sarees in the farm fields, in street markets, for business, for festivals
Homeless camps near the Hindu Temple. woman approached us and gave us a tour and explained the worship process. We observed people praying in prostrate positions. We prayed and offered gifts hoping they would be given to those in need living on the sidewalks nearby, donned our shoes and walked across the street to a gold-domed imposing structure, a Sikh temple, surrounded by gleaming pools. The Sikh temple also required removal of shoes. Again, a friendly E ng l i sh- spe a k i ng lo c a l woma n helped us with the entry process at this site, which included washing both feet and hands. The large inter ior temple wa s f i l led w it h worshippers seated cross-legged in four groups facing the center, where the spiritual leader was reading scripture and praying. Again we prayed silently, walked silently and offered gifts.
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The Academy Art Museum announces the opening of Robert Rauschenberg: ROCI Works from the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition will be on display through March 6, 2016. This is the first exhibition of ROCI artworks in Maryland. Robert Rauschenberg (1925– 2008), one of America’s most iconic 20th-century artists, was a painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the Pop Art movement. He is best known for his Combines of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. The Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI, pronounced “Rocky,” the name of the artist’s pet turtle) began its international tour in 1985 to enable and support Rauschenberg’s collaborations with artisans and workshops abroad and to promote world peace and understanding. Over a six-year period, Rauschenberg created works in host countries all over the world to be included in exhibitions in each country and donated a work of art to each location. The various exhibition catalogues included contributions by local poets, writers and journalists.
Rob er t Rau s chenb e r g , Ba c h’ s Ro ck s, 1 9 9 0. Announced at the United Nations in December 1984, ROCI involved the artist making and presenting his work while traveling with a team of assistants through 11 countries, including China, Tibet, the U.S.S.R., and former East Germany, as a way to foster cross-cultural dialogue. Some works remained in their original sites as gifts, and others traveled with the ROCI team to be shared with future participants. Rauschenberg personally funded the project, which concluded with the exhibition Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange, com79
ROCI Works Debut prising over 125 works at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in 1991, attracting 414,000 visitors. “He is trying to introduce the world to itself,’’ said ROCI artistic director and Easton resident Donald Saff. Dr. Saff has agreed to speak on Rauschenberg as part of the Kittredge-Wilson lecture series on January 29 at 6 p.m. I have worked closely with Harry Cooper, Curator of Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art, to establish the loan of 8 artworks to come to Easton. This will be the first time that these ROCI artworks have been exhibited together since the presentation in Washington, DC, nearly a quarter of a century ago. The Academy Art Museum will produce a catalog to accompany the exhibition. In addition to Robert Rauschenberg: ROCI Works from the National Gallery of Art, the Museum is hosting a second exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg: Kyoto, Sri Lanka, and Thai Drawings, on display through March 6, 2016. I have worked closely with David White, senior curator at the Rauschenberg Foundation, to create this exhibition. The Foundation agreed to loan 17 ROCI-related drawings, made by the artist in Kyoto, Japan; Sri Lanka; and Thailand. A new aspect of the exhibition is The ROCI Road to Peace: Experi-
Robert Rauschenberg, Thai II, 1990. ments in the Unfamiliar, organized by Nicole Bray, graduate of the MA Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, and winner of the inaugural Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition (2014). Bray has brought The ROCI Road to Peace to the Museum as a contemporary extension of the exhibition. The exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council, with support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. As Senior Curator I will lead free tours of the exhibitions at the Museum on Friday, January 15, at noon and Tuesday, February 9 at noon. For further information on the exhibitions, visit academyartmuseum. org or call 410-822-2787. 80
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er returns to prevent freezing by exposure. For your fruit plantings in the landscape, you can prune grapes in January or February. If this job is left too late in the season, bleeding from cut ends will occur. Train them onto a one or two-wire fence. It is still too early to plant strawberries, so wait until late February or March to do that. Now is a good time to remove brown raspberry and blackberry canes that bore fruit last year. Be sure to tie up green canes for this yearâ€™s fruit. Spray dormant oil on fruit trees, per label instructions. Late January is a good time to prune apple and pear trees. Remove the dead limbs first, then the pencil-sized,
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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 â€“ 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 93
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
Dorchester Points of Interest Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. High Street is also known as one of the most haunted streets in Maryland. join a Chesapeake Ghost Walk to hear the stories. Find out more at www. chesapeakeghostwalks.com. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org. CHOPTANK RIVER LIGHTHOUSE REPLICA - The replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse includes a small museum with exhibits about the original lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse, located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, is open daily, May through October, and by appointment, November through April; call 410-463-2653. For more info. visit www.choptankriverlighthouse.org. DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit www.dorchesterarts.org. RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit www.richardsonmuseum.org. HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424 96
Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. harriettubmanorganization.org. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit www.spocottwindmill.org. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between
Dorchester Points of Interest 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit www. fws.gov/blackwater. 98
EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. For more info. visit http://eastnewmarket.us. HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTONâ€™S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., offers daily tours of the winemaking operation. The family-oriented Laytonâ€™s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com.
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Easton Points of Interest 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit www. waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and an annual craft festival, CR AFT SHOW (the Eastern Shore’s largest juried fine craft show), featuring local and national artists and artisans demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their crafts. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org.
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Easton Points of Interest 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit granite. 9. TALBOT HISTORICAL SOCIET Y - Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773 or visit www.hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the
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Easton Points of Interest site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times. 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St. on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers
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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 an office building. 14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the Star-Democrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its influences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roofline. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GR AND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building where they first met is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. 17. FOXLEY HALL - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Eastonâ€™s Federal dwellings. Former home of
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Easton Points of Interest Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcf l.org. 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early
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St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bayview Restaurant and Duck Blind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course. For more info. visit www.harbourtowne.com. 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit www.milesriveryc.org. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit www.perrycabin.com. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,
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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. parsonage-inn.com. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly
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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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,
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a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit www.victorianainn.com. 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit www.hambletoninn.com. 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665. The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. www.snuggery1665.com. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors
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St. Michaels Points of Interest would come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org. 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper
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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit www.twoswaninn.com. 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and
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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. TOWN DOCK RESTAURANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. For more info. visit www.towndockrestaurant.com. 25. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing flour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on S. Talbot St. across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.
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Oxford Points of Interest cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 3. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410-226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 3A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 4. CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY - Founded in 1851. Designed by esteemed British architect Richard Upton, co-founder of the American Institute of Architects. It features beautiful stained glass windows by the acclaimed Willet Studios of Philadelphia. www.holytrinityoxfordmd.org. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.
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Oxford Points of Interest Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. and hours tel: 410-226-0191 or visit www.oxfordmuseum.org. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for officers of the Maryland Military Academy. Built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989
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Oxford Points of Interest the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or www.robertmorrisinn.com. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court “pitcht upon” to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures. Some have described Cutts & Case Shipyard as an American Nautical Treasure because it produces to the highest standards quality work equal to and in many ways surpassing the beautiful artisanship of former times.
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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. 135
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by Gary D. Crawford There’s this guy, see. His name is Absalom Thompson. I keep crossing paths with him, which is strange since he died 174 years ago ~ in 1842, for crying out loud. Yet he just keeps turning up. A name like Absalom catches one’s eye even when you’re just skimming documents. I didn’t set out to research him, but he won’t go away. So I’d better share with you what I’ve learned about him so I can get on to other things. A fully researched biography of this gentleman is beyond my scope, and probably my abilities. Besides, who would read it; who cares about him? Nevertheless, I’ve learned to respect these kinds of coincidences (my wife has Welsh blood), so here goes. This is what has turned up so far about Absalom Thompson. My thanks to Ron Frampton, Pam Covington, and Brian Crawford for their assistance. And if you have additional information, please pass it along. (We’re in this together, Gentle Reader.) 1. It all began some years ago while glancing through the list of people who were the sole owners of Choptank Island, today known as Tilghman’s Island. It’s not a long list, just ten in all. Seth Foster became the first owner in 1659;
1. Seth Foster 2. Vincent Lowe 3. William Coursey 4. Jonathan Hawkins 5. John Hyde 6. Matthew Ward 7. Matthew Tilghman 8. Lloyd Tilghman 9. Absalom Thompson 10. Tench Tilghman the next two were Vincent Lowe a nd W i l l i a m C ou r s e y, Fo s ter ’s daughter Elizabeth’s two husbands. (One after the other, of course.) The fourth owner was Jonathan Hawk ins, Foster’s stepson, who raised money by mortgaging the island to a London merchant, John Hyde. When Hawkins defaulted on the note, Hyde foreclosed and sold Choptank Island to Matthew Ward, of Rich Neck Manor near Claiborne. Ward passed it on to his adopted son Matthew Tilghman, who passed it on to his son Lloyd. If you’ve been counting, that makes eight. When Lloyd passed away in 1811 leav ing no w ill, the island went jointly to his two daughters, Mrs. Ann Tilghman and Mrs. Henrietta Hemsley. They split the island between them. Then, after nearly 20
Absalom years, Absalom Thompson bought out the heirs of the two Tilghman daughters and reunited the property ~ making him the ninth sole owner. The rest is quickly told. When Thompson died four years later, in 1842, the island was purchased from his heirs by General Tench Tilghman, the tenth and last sole owner of the island. General Tench immediately embarked on an active campaign of real estate development; by 1865, the last parcel was sold. (Some years later, Susan and I eventually acquired a sliver of it.) Nine of them were readily identifiable, but I wondered about this Absalom Thompson fellow. Who
was he? Antoinette Covington, in her book Tilghman’s Island Capers, refers to him as “Dr.” Absa lom Thompson. But what kind of doctor ~ science, divinity, medicine? And what kind of a name is Absalom to hang on a kid, anyway? It’s Biblical, of course. Absalom was the third son of King David. He was known for his good looks and popularity, which went to his head, it seems. He led a revolt against his father, the king, and nearly pulled it off. But he got some bad advice and d id n’t pre s s home h is m i l it a r y advantage, giving Dad time to line up some allies and rally his troops. It all ended badly for Absalom, for somehow his beautiful flowing locks
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(or his head) became caught in a tree as he rode under it. Trapped and hanging in the air, Absalom found himself at the mercy of his enemies. They soon dispatched him in a number of unpleasant ways, but as this is a family magazine, let’s not go there. Let’s return to the Eastern Shore instead. 2. The se c ond t i me A bsa lom Thompson popped up was while I was working on an article for the January 2012 issue of the Tidewater Times, a piece called The Great Eastern Shore. That title was a little play on words, for the subject really was the vast new oceanliner Great Eastern. She was the largest movable object ever made by man at the time, and remained so for 50 years
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until the Titanic’s sister ship was launched. The Great Eastern visited the Chesapeake once, in 1860, where she was admired by thousands of astonished citizens. One of them was a ver y excited f if th-grader, Joseph Seth, on whom the vessel made an indelible impression. Sixty years later he described the sight in a fascinating little book, Recollections of a Long Life on the Eastern Shore, by Joseph Bruff Seth and Mary Walker Seth, 1926. Joseph was fifteen when he stood on the shore of Bay Hundred, in an area now known as Wittman. “Our school was in a wild state of excitement over the event,” he w rote, “a nd I wa s much d isap pointed t hat my fat her d id not visit her and take me with him [to Annapolis.]” Fortunately, when the Great Eastern hove anchor and made her return trip down the Bay, his teacher “allowed the school to adjourn to the Bay shore and watch her as she passed down.” Another of Seth’s vivid memories
was his first-grade teacher, whose n a me he fou nd e x t r aor d i na r y : “Absolum A mer icus Vespucious Christopher Columbus Thompson.” Hello! It must be the same guy. How many Absalom Thompsons were around here in our neck of the woods? But wait a tick; the timing isn’t quite right, is it? If our Absalom died in 1842, how could he be teaching a kid who wasn’t born until 1845? Hmm. 3. Next was the Infirmary Article. One day, whilst minding my own business and doing what we all do to pass the time ~ reading through issues of the 1832 Easton Gazette ~ I came upon a curious full-page article.
The article was long, over 4,000 words, and dense. Nevertheless, my attention was caught by the long opening sentence, which announced (to the United States in general) that a major new medical facility was
Absalom now open for business ~ right here in Bay Hundred. I read on about this new “Infirmary.” The article consisted of several parts: a statement of the founder’s credentials; a list of patient services (only Gentlemen and Ladies were admitted, no riff-raff, though there was a second facility on the premises for Servants and Free Blacks); a fee schedule (two-tiered); a description of eight of his successful surgical operations (with explicit details, including the names of the patients!); and clear directions for finding his place by land or sea. And who was this medical pioneer? To my a stonishment, t he
fascinating advert was signed “The P ublic’s Obed’t. Ser’t. Absa lom Thompson.” Here was our pal again, and these were his own words. They revealed a man of great confidence in his own abilities and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. We also glean some information about his life prior to this time. He wrote, “I completed my medical and surgical studies under t he super intendence and care of Professor John C. Warren, of the city of Boston, who is Professor of Anatomy and Surgery in the Harvard University, at Cambridge, near Boston ~ and Surgeon to the general Hospital in Boston, and one of the greatest operators in the world.” (Today, we might say “oper-
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Absalom in Colorado, Pam Covington. She kindly provided a raft of newspaper articles referring to Absalom and the Thompson family, which helped fill in the picture. It turns out he was a Dorchester boy, born near Madison on the Little Choptank in 1789. His parents, Anthony and Ann Thompson, named their baby after his grandfather. The Thompsons were a large and inf luential family from way back, and they owned lots of land and at least thirty slaves. Young Absalom stepped onto the stage of life just as the curtain was rising for the new century. He must have gone for his medical training and world travels during the first decade or so. He was married in 1816, we think, to Miss Ann Gurney, and the following year they had a son. At his christening, they bestowed upon this baby the unforgettable name of Anthony Christopher Columbus A mericus Vespucius Thompson. Years later, and for reasons we can only imagine, his name was changed ~ officially, by the Maryland legislature ~ from Anthony to Absalom, leav ing the other four names in place. This was the Absalom C. C. A. V. Thompson who was Joseph Seth’s first-grade teacher, which resolves the date problem. Anne died in 1821, and in 1826 Absalom re-married, to Elizabeth Kersey, nine years his junior. She
was the daughter of Judge John Kersey, who lived in a fine Federalstyle manor house (c. 1805) on the Bay side of Talbot County. Elizabeth and Absalom had four children. When John Kersey died, the property came to Elizabeth. It was this building that Dr. Thompson remodeled and opened as his Infirmary in 1832. Ten years later, in October of 1842, he died at age 54. His brother Anthony was appointed administrator of his estate. It is worth noting that around 1839 or 40, son Absalom (C.C.A.V.) went missing. He was thought to have been murdered in Baltimore City. To the astonishment of his family, a letter from this lost son arrived from the whaling ship Cadmus in the far Pacific. He wrote that he had left Baltimore for New York, fallen ill there, then moved to New Bedford, where he signed on for a whaling cruise. Sadly, the letter arrived two months after Dr. T’s death. We presume he came home as predicted in the spring of 1843 and settled in Bay Hundred ~ and began teaching school. Whether the Infirmary was a success or not has yet to be discovered. In any event, his heirs quickly sold the property. One final tidbit from the 1832 Infirmary announcement is worth noting. Under his signature, Thompson provided the name of the estate where the Infirmary was located: “Mary’s Delight Hall.” 4. The fourth link with Absalom
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occurred in the fall of 2014, when Kelley Cox, Executive Director of the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, asked me to design an invitation card. Some nice people were throw ing a social event at their home to help raise money for the Center. The event was to be held at “Webley,” so I looked it up. To my astonishment, I found it was also known as “Mary’s Delight.” So the Infirmary was here! 5. Not long after Dr. Thompson’s only daughter, Eliza, was born, another little girl came into the world, almost at Absalom’s own birthplace in Dorchester County. Her name was Araminta “Minty” Ross, and she was born a slave, the child of Ben and “Rit” (for Harriet) Ross. Like her mother and siblings, Minty was owned by Ann Brodess Thompson ~ Absalom’s mother. Her father, Ben, a skilled timber-man, was owned by Absalom’s father. When Mrs. Thompson died, Edward Brodess, her son by a previous marriage, inher ited R it and t he children. Edward split up the family, moving them ten miles away from Ben, and began selling them off. 148
In 1844, Minty married a free black man. Five years later, she gained her own freedom by escaping to the north, and embarked on an illustrious career of helping others to do so. By then Minty had changed her name to Harriet, perhaps to honor her mother. Her husband was John Tubman, so now she was Harriet Tubman. In a f inal coincidence, in the fall of 1834, the slave Frederick Douglass walked up the lane to the farm to which he had be sent by his master. “I came in sight of a small wood-colored building, about a mile from the main road, which, from the description I had received, at starting, I easily recognized as my new home. The Chesapeake bay ~ upon
the jutting banks of which the little wood-colored house was standing ~ white with foam, raised by the heav y nor t h-west w ind; Popla r Island, covered with a thick, black pine forest, standing out amid this half ocean; and Kent Point, stretching its sandy, desert-like shores out into the foam-crested bay ~ were all in sight, and deepened the wild and desolate aspect of my new home.” That was Edward Covey’s farm, a few hundred yards north of the Infirmary of Dr. Absalom Thompson. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.
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In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, then mix the two together. Place the batter into 2 greased loaf pans, or into greased muffin tins using an ice cream scoop. If you want you can mix together a small bowl of raw sugar and cinnamon to sprinkle on top. Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes for muffins or 50 minutes for the loaf. Muffins will spring back when done. These freeze great!
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She pitched and rolled, coming at you like a big ornery kid full of swagger, even though she was past her teens ~ well past. I wasn’t very good at judging ages at the time, but she had to be in her mid- to late fifties then. Yet her lively green eyes still hosted a playful gleam whenever Dad and I swung by to visit her on Saturday mornings. Finger-wagging feistiness was her specialty, and when that wasn’t enough to capture your attention, she’d up the ante by waving her cane around like some heroic mountaintop figure ~ sometimes for fun, always for effect. I would later learn that for years she held down a full-time tin factory job, baked pies at Bailey’s Truck Stop, kept house and raised three kids. She tried to be a good daughter, sister, wife and mother. And then one tumultuous evening a decade earlier, when her husband was unable to bear this world’s tribulations one minute more, he turned a rifle on himself with fatal results. Looking back, I expect lots of folks with whom she was well acquainted called her irrepressible. But in those days, I just called her Grandma James. Her legs bothered her from too many years of walking back and forth to work while standing ten-hour
shifts on a cold, hard cement floor between those factory walls. Sometimes, when things went smooth and easy, she’d ride the city bus. Other times, her oldest son, Billy, would drive down to the tin mill to pick her up, boosted by two fat pillows under his skinny butt so he could see over the steering wheel. He was eleven, maybe twelve years old, somewhere in that range, and saw no need to attend school five days a week when four suited him much better. Once, as he took a corner too fast, the pillows slipped out from under him and he disappeared with a thud on the transmission hump. “That was the time I became the front-seat passenger of a driverless car flying down Croton Avenue,” she cackled as her eyes filled up fast with laugh tears. Complaining about her legs, or about much of anything else, just wasn’t in her. She’d presently cackle with that inimitable laugh of hers, make a few adjustments here and there, set herself with sassy purpose and then power straight on through to the other side of whatever she was up against. That’s how she rolled ~ like a stubborn bulldozer locked in gear. Worries and problems got short shrift; they got a dismissive
Ode to Myrtle wave of her hand, which swept them aside like so much lint. Que sera sera ~ what will be will be! Grandma’s hard-won wisdom, like her panoramic perspective, was born of the certainty that we were all living on borrowed time. When she sat down to relax, she enjoyed a can of beer and a block of cheese with crackers better than any woman I’ve ever known. And I’d have to say that if I inherited one easily traceable weakness from her it would be my fondness for cheese and, oh yeah, a beer or two now and then. I need to point this out in order to create reasonable doubt regarding whether the heav y drinking others have attributed to me in my younger years was really my fault and thereby preserve whatever lame excuse I might claim from it. Ye a r s l ate r w he n t w o of my younger cousins, Doug and Rhys, would visit, Grandma would trundle around waving that cane like a fireand-brimstone preacher threatening to “crown them on the noggin but good” if they didn’t behave. And then she’d turn her back to these gone-pale grandchildren so as to hide her dancing eyes and mute that matchless cackle in her cupped hands. In my earliest memor ies, she lived in the two-story wood frame house on the corner of Winslow
and Stanton avenues in East New Castle, where Dad was raised. But around the time of my fifth birthday (I think it was), she left that behind and became the first person I ever knew to live inside modern walls of aluminum. It sat with a cluster of ten or so other house trailers on a gravel road near Bailey’s Truck Stop, where she baked the best pies in Pennsylvania part time. This new-fangled metallic neighborhood, I would later learn, was called a trailer park, and she lived in a brand-new one. To my wondrous eyes, it was futuristically low slung and way sleek as houses went. It was also wider than you might think. It even had a cement patio covered by a metal awning guaranteed not to rust under a thing called a ten-year warranty. “Ten years! That’s a long time,” she assured me. And if somebody had the gall to drive by too fast, stirring up dust while we sat on that nice patio in the shade of all that aluminum, she’d yell and shake her fist. But then, just as quick-like, she’d cover her face with one hand so the driver couldn’t see her gone all giggly in his rearview mirror. Ornery is as ornery does. Grainy cinematic-like images of sights and sounds still come skittering across the decades to me involving this place because I experienced a number of important firsts in my young life in that trailer. And I mean important stuff. For example, it was there I tasted my first black olive.
Why does that recollection stay with me to this day? My mother’s side of the family was Italian, and so I’d consumed more t han my share of green olives stuffed with red pimiento, but for some reason black olives had, up until that time, eluded me. I’ll tell you what: I liked them so much that Grandma James opened a whole can for me, which I converted to a bowl of pits in no time flat. Maybe my introduction to black olives anchors firm where memories collect because it was then I first heard about Dad’s crazy wild adventures when he was younger. Most of the time it was in the form of passing comments between Grandma and Dad, and I suppose the ease with
which they were raised and then dropped from their conversation convinced me they amounted to little more than ordinary events. But how could that be? There’s nothing here to see, folks ~ just move right along. Really? In fact, Grandma and Dad seemed almost blasé about them, but of course I wouldn’t have known what that meant at the time. What I can tell you is that I might have been working on my fourteenth black olive (I counted the pits out loud as I dropped them into the bowl to show of f my adva nc e d arithmetic skills) when Grandma said something like: Yeah, of course she remembered how years before Dad once brought her a whole box of glazed donuts from May’s Bakery
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Ode to Myrtle as a nice surprise. How could she forget? It was the same day he accidentally blew up Hite’s gas station over on the west end, which shook the entire town ~ and boy, oh, boy, those were the tastiest donuts she’d ever had ~ hot, sweet and sticky. Or ’round about the time the twenty-first black olive seed rattled into the bowl, I heard her say to him, “No, you’re wrong, Billy. Now you listen to me.” She paused. “Are you listening?” Dad nodded, yes, he was listening, so she continued. “The time your history and English grades suffered from all that truancy nonsense was before you were laid up in the hospital after your fourth ~ hear me, fourth ~ motorcycle wreck, not your third. I remember it like it was yesterday.” She poked her finger at him playfully. “That was the time you got knocked clean out of the bottom half of your clothes and were left bare naked from the waist down.” She rocked in her chair, laughing that crazy laugh. “Good Lord, it was like ‘The Wreck of the Hesperus,’” she sputtered. “Half of downtown New Castle was gaping at you.” Then she jabbed her finger into his shoulder, lightly the first time, but harder the second time for emphasis. “Remember?” she said. “They wrote you up in the newspaper all over again?” Yeah, Dad remembered now. I could tell by the way he shook his head slowly
while looking down with a smile ~ or was it a cringe? But the silence was short lived. “And don’t tell me that’s when all the girls at the accident scene proposed marriage to you,” she cackled while wiping laugh tears from her face. “Just remember who you’re talking to.” Fourth motorcycle accident? Half naked? Write-ups in the newspaper? Or how about this one as I gazed upon a heaping pile of olive pits, hoping Grandma would notice: “Oh, Billy, stop it now,” she exclaimed in response to something he’d said as she pushed herself up from the table. “It didn’t happen like that.” Was she moving toward the refrigerator to get a second can of cold black olives? I followed her movements, lost in anticipation, until she said to Dad, “Your father blew out half the hallway ceiling with one barrel of that shotgun, and then, sure, he chased after you yelling and swearing, but he didn’t pull the trigger on that second barrel.” She paused to think about this. “Or did he?” Forget the black olives. I gulped hard and stole a quick sideways glance at Dad. I might have been young, but I knew what a double barrel shotgun was. (Indeed, my grandfather discharged the second barrel into the air just over Dad’s head as he f led into the night. Had Grandpa missed Dad on purpose or only because he’d had too many boilermakers that night down at the
German Club before coming home? [A boilermaker, known to some as “a shot and a beer,” is a shot of whiskey chased down by a mug of beer ~ sometimes with a raw egg and salt mixed in for good measure.] Then she brought a fresh chunk of cheese back to the table and they moved right along to some other topic just as natural as can be. Now again, I was quite young and lacked any life experience or real world perspective for such things, but rampant truancy, spectacular motorcycle wrecks, arguments involving shotguns? Were these the normal “goings on” for that generation in that time and place? I had no way of knowing. I also had no way of knowing that their lives, hers as well as Dad’s, had been filled to the brim with more than their share of pain and suffering born of tragedy. I would learn about all that later, little bits revealed here and there down through the years. But in the meantime, I absorbed more and more casual references to what I eventually came to know as true accounts about colorful characters
with ungovernable impulses in a world fast passing from the American scene. A s f r e e , w i ld a nd c r a z y a s I thought my youth was ~ and indeed it was, compared to the selfimposed digital isolation of today’s gaming, texting, tweeting kids ~ my dad’s cohor t, which crashed through the thirties and forties, were w ilder st ill in ma ny ways k now n a nd some su sp e c te d. If life expands or contracts in direct proportion to one’s courage, then his crew of barnstormers blew the walls out. “That’s life, that’s what the people say, you’re riding high in April ~ shot down in May.” A brief word on these colorful real-life characters who populated the two prev ious generations of my fa m i ly. They were not selfabsorbed ac tors or pretent ious poseurs in search of their fifteen minutes of fame inside a culture of celebr it y. That k ind of thing would come many decades later. If anything, these folks were trying their damnedest to avoid the heat of official identification and blame.
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Ode to Myrtle It’s just that they were totally authentic, achingly real people with little to lose ~ people who had their throttles stuck on wide open while they burned through each day and half the night. The world and all that it holds is, for some, an oyster. For them, it was highly combustible rocket fuel. And where they lived, the air was rich in oxygen. They were scuff lers and daredevils with a fierce streak of independence in and around western Pennsylvania when times were hard and damn near everyone was salt of the earth. They played the hand they were dealt as best they could. It was a time when men were just as likely to step outside to settle an argument as they were to help another’s family when the wheels came off ~ and wheels were coming off all over the place. It was a time when the slow strangulation of spontaneous life was still far off in the distance of a tamer, some might say better, but somehow lesser future. My earliest memories of Dad were of a lean and muscular, often excitable man of immense energy and determination. He was a nice guy most of the time, a hard worker all the time, as well as the sometimes proud, sometimes regretful owner/ operator of an explosive temper. When something str uck him as particularly funny, he could laugh loud with the high, wild sound of
a spooled-up siren. But he could also cry at unexpected times for reasons that seemed curious to a young boy. At the Welsh Congregational Church on the south side of New Castle, now and then, in the midst of a hymn, his voice would break, his eyes would well up with tears, and he’d go silent for a spell. Once, while watching a move about the life of Babe Ruth, I didn’t know what to do when, partway through the movie, he abruptly rolled over onto his stomach and began sobbing into a sofa pillow. At first I thought he was sick, but then I realized it was something else. I think some authority figure in the movie had just labeled the adolescent Babe as “incorrigible” before sending him off to reform school in Baltimore. It all made sense to me many years later when I learned that the same word, “incorrigible,” had been bandied about concerning a young Billy James and that more than once he’d come within a whisker of getting shipped off to Morganza ~ the ominous high-walled reform school for wayward boys down in Pittsburgh. But at times like that, you didn’t mess with Myrtle James. She was like a protective mother bear. There was no back-up ~ no back-down in her about some things. Regardless of all that, no officials of any kind, at any time, were going to take her boy away ~ not to a place like Morganza. So when she announced that fact while standing on the front
porch holding a locked and loaded double barrel 10-gauge, county officials said they’d happily reconsider their plans. Making sense of it all is not an easy thing to do, not when you’ve been fully engulfed by the flames. D e ep er me a n i ng s, l i ke g re ater truths, are heavy things, yet they fly on gossamer wings. We struggle with these imponderables. Maybe that’s it. Maybe it’s all about the struggle. Maybe the fullest lived life is one filled with earnest prayers and desperate striv ings and the hair-raising strife that accompanies both. Perhaps we become our fullest and best selves when we suffer our way to some higher place after we’ve made a choice ~ a choice to
either be consumed by the fire or cleansed by it. My final memories of Myrtle were of an 87-year-old woman lying in a hospital bed laughing even as death approached. Maybe she was laughing at death itself. Looking back, I expect lots of folks with whom she was well acquainted called her irrepressible. But in those days I just called her Grandma James. Cliff James and his wife have been Easton residents since September 2009. After winding down his business career out west, they decided to return to familial roots in the Mid-Atlantic area and to finally get serious about their twin passions: writing and art.
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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. 171
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Thru Jan. 29 Exhibit: The Art of Nature, works by Adkins Arboretum Botanical Art students at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Focusing on plant diversity of the Eastern Shore, this show presents a range of botanical art from beginning draw ings t hrough advanced botanical art pieces. Working in a variety of mediums, students in the program learn to observe and accurately document native species. For more info.
Every Thurs.-Sat. Amish Country Farmer’s Market in Easton. An indoor market offering fresh produce, meats, dairy products, furniture and more. 101 Marlboro Ave. For more info. tel: 410-822-8989. Thru Jan. 4 Exhibit: Friday Morn-
Thru March 6 Academy Art Museum Faculty Exhibition features artworks created by 14 of the Museum’s instructor-artists and represents the institution’s broad range of class offerings. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
Magnolia Leaf by Anna Harding tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. Thru Feb. 2016 Exhibit: A Broad Reach ~ 50 Years of Collecting at the Chesapeake Bay Marit i me Mu seu m, St. Michaels. Artifacts ranging from gilded eagles to a sailmaker’s sewing machine, a log-built bugeye to an intimate scene of crab pickers. Entry is free for Museum members and children under 6, or $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children 6-17. This exhibition can also be viewed online at abroadreach.cbmm.org and includes images with interpretive text of the 50 objects in the exhibition, many of which were photographed by noted Chesapeake photographer David Harp. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org.
Thru March 6 Exhibition: Robert R auschenberg - ROCI Work s from the National Gallery of Art at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI, pronounced “Rocky,” the name of the artist’s pet turtle) was established to enable and support Rauschenberg’s collaborations w ith ar tisans and workshops abroad. Curator-led tour on January 15 at noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 6 Exhibition: Robert Rauschenberg ~ Kyoto, Sri L an k a, an d T h ai D r a w in gs at the Academy Art Museum, Ea ston. A s one of A mer ic a’s most iconic 2oth century artists, Rauschenberg was a painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the Pop Art movement. Curator-led tour on January 15 at noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 31 Exhibition: John
Rupp er t ~ Grounde d at t he Academy Art Museum, Easton. Sculptor John Ruppertâ€™s recent work on display at the Museum includes elegant shapes he forms from chain-link fabric and cast metals. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 1 Dorchester Sw ingers Squa re Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge on the 1st Friday of each month. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. Enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711.
1,8,15 ,22 ,29 Meeting: Fr iday Morning Artists at Dennyâ€™s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 1,8,15,22,29 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 1,5,8,12,15,19,22,26,29 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center
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January Calendar at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511. 2 Winter Waterfowl Walk at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. 8 a.m. (weather permitting). Walk will include Hail Creek, Shipyard Creek, Cedar Point and Panhandle Point, all sanctuary areas that are ordinarily off limits to the public. For more info. tel: 443-691-9370. 2 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24,30,31 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 4 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels features local author Peter Hartjens. There will be a brief workshop on storytelling. If
Peter Hartjens you have any favorite stories you would like to hone, bring them along. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Meeting: Live Playwrightsâ€™ Society at the Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit liveplaywrightssociety.org. 4,11,18,25 Fun and Friendship from 3 to 5 p.m. for ages 7 to 11 at the St. Michaels Community Center. Fun, games, music and food. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org.
4,11,18,25 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon at University of Maryla nd Shore Reg iona l He a lt h Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 5 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit shorehealth.org. 5 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 5,7,12,14 ,19,21,26,28 Steady and Strong Exercise Class at the Oxford Community Center with
Janet Pfeffer, every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class or $50 per month. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 5 ,7,1 2 ,1 4 ,19 , 21, 2 6, 2 8 A du lt Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com. 5,12,19,26 The Library Café at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. The weather outside is frightful, so warm yourself up with some coffee or tea (on the librar y!), browse a magazine, read a book, or sit and chat. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 5,19 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambr idge. 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218.
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5-March 22 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton, for children ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.
6,13,20,27 St. Michaels Coffee Music Jam at San Domingo Coffee, St. Michaels from 6 to 9 p.m. Open to all ages. Come and listen and join the fun! For more info. tel: 410-745-2049.
6 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8193395 or visit evergreeneaston. org.
7 Stitch and Chat at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. Bring your own projects and stitch with a group. Limited instruction available. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
6 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800 -477- 6291 or v isit naranon.org. 6,13,27 Story Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. 10:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-7455877 or visit tcfl.org. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148.
7 Blood Drive sponsored by the Blood Bank of Delmarva at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 1 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 301-354-7416 or visit delmarvablood.org. 7 OCC Goes to the Movies! January feature is Ruggles of Red Gap at the Oxford Community Center. Free. 6:30 p.m. Ruggles of Red Gap is a comedy-romance from 1935. The movie was nominated
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for Best Picture. Charles Laughton plays an English manservant won in a poker game by American Charlie Ruggles. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 7 Comedian Randolph Terrance in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 7,14,21,28 Menâ€™s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 7,14,21,28 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 7,14,21,28 Open Mic & Jam at R AR Brewing in Cambridge. 7
to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443225-5664. 8-10 Workshop: Model Boatbuildi ng Work shop at t he O x ford Community Center. Build your ow n beautiful lapstrake skiff model. Skilled modelers will lead participants step-by-step. Fri. 6 to 9 p.m., Sat. 1 to 5 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $45. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 8-Feb. 12 Childrenâ€™s Class: Home School Art Classes with Cons t a nc e D e l Ne r o a nd S u s a n Hor s e y at t he A c ademy A r t Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 8 Concert: Arty Hill in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 2 shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
January Calendar 9 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 9 Cooking Demonstration by Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn featuring an “Early Winter’s Dinner.” 10 a.m. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Ticket includes two-hour demonstration, followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass on wine. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 9 Travel the World at the Academy Art Museum for children ages 6+ and their parents. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 9 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith a r t i s t s a s t he y demon s t r ate their work. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit carolinearts.org.
Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit cambridgemainstreet.com. 9 Trivia Night at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 7 to 9 p.m. DJ Rusty Griswald hosts trivia with over $200 in prizes awarded. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 9 Concert: Eric Byrd Trio in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 9-10 Chart Navigation Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Sat. from 10 a.m. to noon and Sun. from 1 to 3 p.m. with Captain Jerry F r ie d ma n, a US C G -l ic en se d Master. The course will cover re ad i ng, ident i f y i ng obje c t s and plot ting on a nav igation chart; determining latitude and longitude to identif y a boat’s location; using a compass rose, including the effects of deviation
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and variation; understanding the rules of the “road” on the water; identifying navigation aids such as buoys, lights, daymarks and ranges; and other instruction on planning a cruise. Participation is limited, with pre-registration required. $25 for CBMM members or $35 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail email@example.com. 9,23 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 10 Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410226-5110.
Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch). Limited instruction for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-7455877 or visit tcfl.org.
11-Feb. 15 Class: Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 11-Feb. 15 Class: Intermediate and Advanced Potter’s Wheel with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 12 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the native flute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227.
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that w ill showcase entrepre neurs, athletes, military heroes, and other inspirational figures sharing their unique journeys and insights that helped them to realize their individual successes. Confirmed speakers include Buck Showalter, Manager for the Baltimore Orioles; Mia Hamm, World Champion US Women’s Soccer Player; Marin Alsop, Conductor/Music Director for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Mark Butler, Chairman, President, & CEO of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Inc.; and First Sergeant (ret.) Matt Eversmann, hero of the epic film Black Hawk Down and co-author of The Battle of Mogadishu. Individual tickets range from $20 to $40 and are available through Ticketmaster. For more info. e-mail jhobbs@ pfamd.org or tel: 443-330-5370.
12,26 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 12,26 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 13 Pathfinders for Autism will be hosting their Second A nnual Leadership Conference at the SECU Arena at Towson University from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. “Finding Your Path Leadership Conference” is a one-day event
13 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at Hunters Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 13,27 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org.
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Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 13-Feb. 17 Class: Pastel Painting ~ Skies, Land and Water with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 13-Feb. 17 Class: Intermediate/ Advanced Hand Building Pottery with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
Michaels. Bring the whole family to the library for an evening of board games and fun educational children’s games. For all ages (children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult). 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 14 Paint Uncorked at Lay ton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 6 to 9 p.m. Paint ~ Sip ~ Socialize. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 14,21,28 Thursday Memoir Writers at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your
13-Feb. 17 Class: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 14 Soup Day at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Homemade soup (vegetable, chicken noodle, dried lima bean), biscuits, dessert and beverage for $3.50. Carry-outs available. For more info. tel: 410-228-5773. 14 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. 183
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14-Feb. 11 Workshop: The St. Michaels Art League and the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot Count y Free Librar y present Willie Crockettâ€™s video course Paint ing the C he sap ea ke in Watercolor. Thursdays in the library meeting room from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. visit smartleague.org. 15 Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128. 15 Concert: inGratitude at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
15-31 Play: Dinner With Friends at the Church Hill Theatre, Church Hill. In Dinner with Friends, a feast of laughter and drama, two married couples who have been friends for years learn that one couple is separating. For more info. about dates and times tel: 410-556-6003 or visit churchhilltheatre.org. 16 The Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA) will present a workshop on Flash Fiction at the Third Haven Meeting House in Easton from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Lynn Stearns, who currently leads the Flash Fiction and Memoir workshops at the Bethesda Center, will share her expertise with the Delmarvaâ€™s writing community. The workshop is open to the public. $30 for E SWA members, $40 for non-members. For more info. tel: 240-375-1305 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 16 Workshop: Extrapolations ~ Finding the Essence of What You See with Wendy Cohen at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 16 The Met: Live in HD with Les Pecheurs de Perle by Bizet at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299
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or visit avalonfoundation.org. 16 Family Movies at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Black Beauty at 2 p.m. For ages 7 and older. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 16 C over You r Ch i n for Cha rity 2016 grand announcement party at the Waterfowl Festival building in Easton. There will be beer, wine, appetizers, a silent auction, and music by DJ Erik â€œGround hogâ€? Hig g ins, a long with the prizes for Best Overall Beard, Best Partial Beard, Best Moustache, and Best Existing Beard. There will also be a grand prize for the contestant who has brought in the most money. Four local charities will benefit from the event. 7:30 p.m. Minimum donation of $25. For more info. visit coveryourchin.com. 16 Concert: Ken and Brad Kolodner in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 16-Feb. 13 3rd A nnual Winter Challenge ~ A Painting a Day for 30 Days! with Diane DuBois Mullaly and Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton.
18 Selma - Join the Oxford Community Center in remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous t h re e -mont h per iod i n 19 65 when Dr. King led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. 6:30 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 19 Winter Craf ts at the Talbot
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Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. For children of all ages. Recyclable Shrinky Dink Jewelry. 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 20 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 20 Wednesday Afternoon Book Club on All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 20 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 21 Meeting: Stroke Survivors Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 21 The Institute for Adult Learning at Chesapeake College will hold its Showcase of Classes from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Todd Performing Arts Center Lobby, Wye Mills. Attendees can enjoy wine and
21 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 2 1- 2 2 Work s hop: T he S t . M i chaels Art League presents Lee Dâ€™Zmura ~ Butterf lies I - Advanced Colored Pencil class. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Choptank Electric Cooperative, St. Michaels. For more info. visit smartleague. org. 22 Art Plus TCPS In-Service Day Activity from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Ages 6 to 10. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 22 Feeding Birds in Winter at the Ta lbot C ou nt y Free L ibra r y, Easton, for children in grades 1-3 accompanied by an adult. 1:30 p.m. This program is sponsored
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Cook ing Demonstration by Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn featuring â€œWinter Pasta.â€? 10 a.m. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Ticket includes two-hour demonstration, followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass of wine. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111.
23-March 5 Class: Large Studio Paintings with Matthew Hillier at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (No class on Feb. 6). For
more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 24 Eastern Shore Bridal Extravaganza at The Milestone in Easton. Noon to 3 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. The event will begin with a 30-minute bridal fashion show present ing t he latest trends in bridal gowns, presented by DelMarvalous Occasions. Follow ing the bridal fashion show, exhibitors will be located throughout the venue from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The show will end with the grand prize d raw ing. For more info. tel: 410-822-4653 or visit bridalextravaganza.org.
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Women, lo c a l bre a st c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946.
24 Sing along to Disney’s Frozen! at the Oxford Community Center. 2:30 p.m. This enchanted singalong with a full screening of the #1 animated film of all time ~ Disney’s Frozen! ~ is guaranteed to be perfectly magical! $8. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 26 Lecture: Eating the Landscape with Elizabeth Beggins at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 1:30 p.m. Beggins will pre sent a lec t u re on m i x i ng ornamental and edible plants to create beauty while putting food on the table. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club and free to the public. For more info. tel: 410-226-5184. 26 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221000, ext. 5411. 26 Meeting: Women Supporting
27 Lecture: The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center presents Come Meet a Bat w ith Leslie Sturges at the CBEC Education Building, Grasonville. 7 p.m. $8 members, $10 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-827-6694 or v isit bayrestorat ion.org/ speaker-series. 28-Feb. 18 Class: Introduction to Printmaking with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 29 3rd annual A mong Fr iends event at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 5:30 to 8 p.m. In honor of the library’s 90th anniversary, the theme of the evening is Among Friends ... 1925 - Characters and Conversations of the Era. Salon guests w ill enjoy libations and hors d’oeuvres. $50 per person before Jan. 15 and $60 after. For more info. tel: 703-424-6445 or 410770-4568. 29 Lecture: Robert Rauschenberg and the ROCI A r t works w ith
speaker Don Saff, PhD, at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 30 The Met: Live in HD with Turnadot by Puccini at the Avalon
Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 30 Concert: Annabelle’s Curse in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 31 Concert: Peter Dubois, organist, at Christ Church, Easton. 4 p.m. Dubois is in frequent demand as a recitalist around the U.S. and abroad. For more info. tel: 410822-2677 or visit christchurcheaston.org.
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