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Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 62, No. 2

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July 2013

Features: About the Cover Artist: Nancy Tankersley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Namesake: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The “C” is for Careful: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Easton Artist’s 9-Year Streak: Ann Dorbin-Frock . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Why Gilbert Byron Really Came to St. Michaels: Jacques Baker . . 61 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 That Fellow Dessy: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Tidewater Day Tripping: Bonna Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Tidewater Traveler: George W. Sellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

Departments: July Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Queens Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 July Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Artist Nancy Tankersley Tankersley is a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, a Signature Member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. One of the primary founders of the highly successful Plein Air Easton! Competition and Arts Festival, she continues to advise other fledgling plein air competitions and has helped to foster the growth of plein air painting in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The painting on this month’s cover is Meditation. To contact Nancy, tel: 410-770-8350 or visit

Nancy Tankersley and husband Carl were owners of the South Street Art Gallery in Easton from 2004 until its conversion to a guild in 2012. In 2009, she co-founded the Easton Studio & School, where she serves as director and also teaches workshops and classes. She likes to paint both in the studio and en plein air. “I think it is important for contemporary artists to capture the land and the people as they are today. I do not try to romanticize or invent my subjects, but I do try to show the beauty of the ordinary.” In addition to exhibiting in many one-person shows in the past decade, in 2009 she was honored to be selected as one of two painters from the Eastern Shore to be part of a show titled “Making Art: Explorations in Process” at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, which included notable American artists from the 19th and 20th centuries and works borrowed from major museums including the National Gallery of Art and the Brandywine River Museum. In 2004, her painting, “The Pink Scarf,” was chosen as one of twelve to represent the 3000 member Art League of Alexandria during their 50 Year Anniversary Gala celebration.

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by Helen Chappell It’s a tremendous honor to have someone named for you. So when Kathy and Dale had their first baby and named her Helen Ann, I was delighted and f lattered. And, I’ll admit, a bit wary. It’s eighteen years later. Helen is graduating from high school and moving on to college out in Ann Arbor. She’s everything you could want in a namesake and an honorary great-niece. A natural blonde, a brilliant student, popular, adventurous and just a lot of fun, she’s everything I would have loved to have been when I was her age. She’s excited about cutting the ties and moving into the first phase of her adult life. And let’s face it, when you’re ready for college, you’re no one’s baby anymore. You’re mostly a grown up. Of course, you’re not as grown up as you think you are, or as grown-up as you’ll be at the end of four undergraduate years, but that’s a part of life. In celebration, perhaps in rebellion, perhaps as a marker of the new person she will become when they hand her that diploma this month, she’s changed her name from Helen to Ellie. In the extended family, I’m Auntie Helen and she’s Helen Ann, just

Helen of Troy to tell us apart when it’s time to sit down at the table for crabs. I think she’s done pretty well with the name Helen, and when people ask me if I’m offended she’s changed it, I have to laugh. Of course I’m not offended. She’s establishing a new, grown-up identity for herself, and of all the nicknames for Helen ~ Nell, Nelly, Elle, El and so on ~ Ellie seems like a decent choice. I think she’ll wear it well and I hope she parties through the olive groves of academe and freakytown of Ann Arbor and does it honor. The world needs more Ellies. And if she ends up as Elle, well, so much the better. At least she wasn’t named Destinee or Tiffani or Madyson or Witnee or something else 9




ests? Does she collect ceramic frogs or is she a chess master? We don’t know. We just know she’s pretty, and that’s all that counts. She has absolutely no say in her own fate, and believe me, you will never hear the end of the great good looks of Helen of Troy. Which, if you are no Helen of Troy, is a constant annoying thorn in your side, a reminder you’re less than a magazine cover, like you need any reminders. My mother’s name was Helen. She was brunette, stylish and graceful. She was a good Helen. I wasn’t. From the time I was born, I thought my name should have been Nancy or Susan. I still do. Being stuck with your parent’s name, and appended with the middle name

that pretty much guarantees you a career in pole dancing. Helen has some gravitas to it, some substance and even style. When you are named Helen, however, it does come with burdens. First, there’s that whole Helen of Troy thing. The face that launched a thousand ships, etc. The way I read the Trojan War, she’s pretty much a mindless pawn. First she’s the trophy wife of one guy, next thing you know she’s been kidnapped by another jerk because gosh darn it, she’s just so damn beautiful. Is she a good conversationalist? What are her hobbies and inter-


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Namesake Louise, like every other baby girl in my generation, it’s no wonder I experimented early and often with different names. I know I’ll never hear the end of this, but my childhood nickname was Weezie, like every other post-war girl baby middle-named Louise. There are a lot more of us out there than you might think, but I was the one who carried the name all the way through high school and into college. People who have known me from grade school through my post-grad years still call me Weezie. It’s okay. I like it. For a while, when I was about 10 or eleven, I wanted to be Leslie,


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Namesake tered what passes for the professional world in the literary racket. Maybe I should have stayed with Weezie. The image I’d always carried of Helen ~ someone cool, crisp, professional in pearls ~ was one I was never going to achieve. I’m more like a lab than a greyhound, more like Kathy Bates than Grace Kelly. Grace Kelly is, of course, the perfect Helen, an aristocrat in a Chanel suit and pearls. I could never live up to that image. But Helen and I came to grips with each other as the years passed. It’s a low key, traditional name that doesn’t attract a second glance, which is actually A Good Thing. Imagine being a Eugenie, a Eulalia or even a Bertha. I actually knew a Bertha, and even I, a Helen, felt sorry for her. What a terrible thing to do to a baby. Helen Hunt, a wonderful actress you’d never see in rehab or homewrecking, helped a lot. Helen Hayes. Helen Keller. Helen Mirren, one of my goddesses. Helen Gurley Brown, who carved a path for women in the ’70s and ’80s. As I grew up, I grew into being a Helen. Maybe it is a name you have to grow into. Or maybe the images I always conjured around the Helens of this world were just dead wrong, products of my childhood culture and my reading. Then I started to think: Senator

Dame Helen Mirren Helen. Dr. Helen. Reverend Helen. President Helen. You have to admit it sounds a lot better than President Tyffani. Anyway, it’s not quite as awful as I used to think it was. Helen is a name you can cut a gem out of, faceting it to suit yourself. I guess I’m just conservative enough to think I need to dance with the one who brought me. Anyway, it’s too late to become Nancy. Or Rebecca or Elizabeth or Queen Marie. I can barely remember the name I have now. I don’t know whether Ellie will go on being Ellie, become an Elle, or even a Karma or Lindsay Sunblossom. Or whether she’ll go back to being a Helen. The great thing is, the choice is all hers. Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels. 20

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The “C” Stands for Careful by Dick Cooper

The man in the old black and white photo is wearing a grin that is about to break into a laugh. He is proudly holding his first grandchild on his lap. Ralph C. Cooper has been dead for almost five decades, but whenever I think of him, I can still hear his strong bass voice and see his great, square-jawed face. I am the infant in that 1947 photo. Of his early life, I can only recall the warm, but enthusiastically told stories of growing up on the family farm in Western Michigan around the turn of the 20th century. One story that has stayed with me is the harsh tale of how he came to leave the farm and his family and start a new life in the city. He was 25 a nd had been work ing f rom before dawn until dusk, seven days a week, ever since he dropped out of the one-room Star School in the third grade. His wages were the food he ate and the clothes he wore. That summer, which would have been about 1915, he hired out to a neighboring farmer who paid him a dollar a week to help with late evening chores. After a month’s work, he received his first pay: $4 cash. When he got home, he dug into his overalls, pulled out three dollars and gave them to his father.

Grampa Cooper with baby Dick. “Where’s the rest of it?” his father demanded. “I thought I would keep it for myself,” Grampa replied. “As long as you live in this house, everything you earn is mine,” his father said. The next morning, with the dollar in his pocket, Ralph Cooper packed a small bag and walked the 10 miles to Grand Rapids. His first wife, my father’s mother, died of cancer when my father was ten and his twin brothers were seven. After a respectable time, and pos23

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turned on and the radio was set to religious music on the local Christian broadcasting station. Grampa was a Christian and was not afraid to show it. He did not curse or drink. His only reading materials were the Bible, church publications and daily scripture meditations that were read after breakfast and supper. Grampa’s long prayers before supper were master pieces. In a rumbling, singsong voice that was so typical of a working man addressing his God, he would pray almost w ithout ceasing, or so it would seem. He would pray for anything and everything that came to mind. He was thankful for his food, clothing, the warmth or the coolness of the day; the rain that watered the

sibly out of economic expedience, for it was in the depths of the Great Depression, he married the woman who had been his housekeeper while his wife was dying. She was a stern woman who bossed him about for the rest of his life, but whom he and the rest of the family grew to love dearly. She was my Gramma, and of her, I will tell more later. Memories that flood back include active, crowded, holiday feasts and quiet Sunday af ter noons at his home. Sunday was the focal day for our family. They were filled with churchgoing, Bible study and family togetherness with little outside influence. The television was not

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The “C” Stands for Careful fields where the food was grown did not escape his thanks. The prayers were full of “Thee’s” and “Thou’s” and other Old English words that had been the prayer language of the devout for centuries. While they were formal, they were heartfelt: a loving son talking to a feared but caring father. And they were long. A little boy with a short attention span would take a quick peek every once and a while. What he saw was Grampa, his big hands folded and his eyes pressed firmly shut against temptation, praying on and on as the steam rose from the full platters of meat, potatoes, gravy and vegetables that covered the kitchen table. He announced the end of his prayers with a strong “Amen” and began to eat with a passion. Grampa loved to eat, and it showed. Photographs of him in his 40s and 50s show a heavy man who carried 250 pounds on his six-foot frame. He did not appear to be obese, for he was broad in the chest and shoulders, but he was never again as trim as the day he walked off the farm. To be a supper guest in the home of Ralph C. (he had no middle name and took to using the C to distinguish himself from another Ralph Cooper in town; the “C,” he said, stood for “Careful”) Cooper was to eat until everything was gone. If you did not eat enough to satisfy him, he would load up your plate, even over protests against

A young Ralph Cooper takes a load of hay to market circa 1915. more Brussels sprouts. It was a sin, he said, to waste good food, and he was against sin. One cold, gray day in late November, 1955, Grampa and Gramma took me on a drive into the country. I rode in the big, high back seat of their beautiful new, blue and white Che v y Bel A i r a nd w atche d t he brown fields of cut corn stalks and leaf less trees slip by the window. Our mission was to buy chickens for Thanksgiving. Grampa, being a farm boy, did not have much faith in store-bought chickens; there was just no telling what they had been raised on or how fresh they were. The chicken farmer, a friend of Grampa’s from the old days, waded into the run and grabbed a half dozen good-looking birds, stuffing them into a cage of wooden dowels, which was to be returned. The cage was put in the trunk of the Chevy as the brisk wind of the coming winter blew white feathers around the car. The chickens complained about their plight all the way home. I was still caught up in the adven28

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the frantic and seemingly useless actions of someone who did not know what they were doing; but I had never given any thought to its origin. Grampa reached into the cage and caught the first chicken. He placed the bird’s neck between the two nails on the block and raised his hatchet. I fled into the basement workshop and hid just inside the doorway, pushing my back against the cool, whitewashed wall. From my sanctuary, I heard the hatchet fall, followed by the sound of wings beating against the side of the box. The sequence of sounds was repeated as Grampa quickly dispatched the chickens. The final whack of the hatchet signaled the end, but then Grampa began shout-

ture of it all when we got back to Grampa’s house and he began to get things ready for the killing and cleaning of the chickens. The process fascinated me. He had a chopping block that had two nails set in it a few inches apart. Next to the nails was a jagged, stained groove in the block, about the width of a hatchet blade. Below and off to the side of the block was a large cardboard box with the top ready to be slammed shut as soon as the hapless chicken’s body dropped in. “You have to do that or else they’ll run around like a chicken with its head cut off,” he said with a laugh. I had heard that expression many times. My mother used it to describe

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told the story of the grandfather and the large family gathered around the holiday table much like ours. “There was one drumstick left on the platter, and the old man asked if anyone wanted it,” he would say. “Each person around the table said, ‘Oh, no, Grampa, you have it, we’re f ull.’ Just then, the lights went out. When they came back on, old Grampa had the drumstick, all right, but he also had seven forks stuck in the back of his hand.” We all knew the stor y, but we laughed anyway, partly because of the funny way he told it and partly because we loved to see him have such a good time. I started to cut Grampa’s lawn when I was about 10. I was paid

ing and Gramma let out a yelp. The last bird had missed the box. I pushed harder against the cellar wall, not daring to look in on the death scene. The racket came in my direction, and suddenly the headless chicken, wings flapping, came running into the workshop. Grampa was trying to grab the doomed bird, which as if it still had eyes, dodged his every move and ran back into the outer part of the cellar. There it stopped and rolled over dead. I ate turkey that Thanksgiving Day without giving the platter of chicken a second look. It was at that Thanksgiving dinner, and many others, that Grampa


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The “C” Stands for Careful $1.25 for the weekly task. At the time, it seemed like a lot of money, but then a quarter would buy a real chocolate malted milk at the local dairy bar around the corner from my grade school, with plenty left over to buy a couple of packs of baseball cards with a big slab of stale gum in each one. The lawn was not large, even to a 10-year-old boy, but I was surprised during a recent visit to the house to see how much it had shrunk over these decades. Every Thursday after school, I would walk the few blocks to Grampa’s house, start my chores by opening the refrigerator (they still called it an icebox then), and digging out a snack from the myriad of covered dishes and waxed-paper-wrapped leftovers. A few bottles of ginger ale were always on the shelves. Grampa and I used to spend this time sitting at the porcelain-topped table in the kitchen where he would quiz me about school or talk about baseball. He was eager to hear about the latest ball games I had played in and was quick to bring up the stories about his brief school days. After about 15 minutes of idle chatter, Gramma would shoo me out the door. “Ralph, you’re too easy on that boy,” she would say. “He’s laz y enough as it is without you keeping him from his work. He’s not getting paid to sit here and talk about ball games.”

The Cooper Clan, 1947, Grampa front row with hat, Gramma Cooper, Dad holding me, Mom behind Dad. My aunts and uncles in back row. By the time I was in junior high, Grampa was starting to show the signs of the arthritis that was slowly turning his powerful body into a gnarled, pain-filled shell. He would pull himself up from his chair, using a heavy wooden cane, and ease himself down the back stairs to join me outside. A small wooden bench, covered with layers of white paint was just outside the back door, and it was there that Grampa would take up his position as a maintenance supervisor. He held that title when he retired after 40 years of service for the local power company. With his cane as a pointer, he would show me were the mower had missed a tuft of 34


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The “C” Stands for Careful grass here and a weed there. Grampa’s mild-mannered instruction ended abruptly when Gramma came out to check on progress. She would go straight to the back of the garage, knowing that because Grampa could not see the back from his bench, it was probably not trimmed. She was always right and with a harsh tongue, she would order the work completed before any payment was made or refreshment served. “Ralph, you have to watch that boy closer,” she would scold. When the grass was clipped, raked and neatly trimmed, Gramma would authorize payment. When she was not looking, Grampa would press an extra, pocket-warmed 50-cent piece into my palm with a sly, unseen hand. Through the late 1950s and early 1960s, the arthritis grew more painful; cataracts obscured his vision, and the aspirin that he swallowed by the handful to dull the knives in his joints ate the walls of his stomach. He chased the aspirin with Maalox. Yet, he never complained, never cried out and never questioned why he had been so afflicted. I think the first time I realized that Grampa suffered so much was when my Gramma had to go into the hospital and I, being the eldest grandchild, was assigned to live with him while she was gone. Before that, I had always thought 36

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The “C” Stands for Careful other into the tub. I moved in a trance as I helped him wash, lifted him out of the tub, toweled him dry and dressed him. I never looked at Grampa again, without a f lash of that day in the bathroom. He had never seemed mortal to me. His strength of character was still there, but now I knew that he would die. I prayed hard that night, asking God to relieve Grampa’s pain and make him well and strong again. As I look back now, I can see that my prayers were answered. Grampa was not physically healed, but he had a way of living with his pain and making others forget about his discomfort. He had a big, green upholstered chair near the front door in the living room where he sat most of the day. The chair was built up on risers so he would not have far to go when he wanted to stand. When he did, he would call to me, “Dickie, get me my sticks.” With a cane in each hand, he would sit in the chair and stare across the room, and then he would start to whistle, not really a tune, just a long, high note. With a shove of his still powerful arms, he would vault up on his canes. The whistling did not cover the sharp, unoiled sound of his joints grinding together as he rose. He would stand for a moment, his face red and the whistle growing thin, until the wave of pain would pass. He would then look at me and say, “You hungry? I’m starved. Let’s 40

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The “C” Stands for Careful see what’s in the icebox. Did I ever tell you about the boy who grabbed on to the bull’s tail and then was pulled all over the barnyard because he was afraid to let go?” I was on a vacation trip with my parents, brother and sister in the East when Grampa died in the summer of 1966. We had planned the trip to Gettysburg, Washington and New York for several months. Just before we were to leave, Grampa was scheduled to go into the hospital to have his cataracts removed. He hoped that he would be able to drive again if he could see better. (Grampa had refused to give up his Chevy BelAir. It was still just as pretty as the day he bought it. It had been his first brand new car. On the occasions when he drove it, he would not shift again once he got it into third gear. Gramma would tell him when the lights changed and he would slip the clutch in third gear until the car jerked ahead.) He assured us that the operation was routine and there was no reason to postpone our trip, and the doctor concurred. So, with Grampa in the hospital and a list of our destinations left with an aunt, we loaded the car and camp trailer and headed for Gettysburg to tour the Civil War battlefield. In the early evening of the second night, the owner of the campground drove up to our camper and told my Dad that there was a message to call his aunt. A bolt of fear ran through

I was 19 when my Grampa died. us and he and I went up to the camp office and called home. I could tell immediately from the look on Dad’s face that Grampa had died. There was a thick feeling in my throat and hollowness in my chest. The tears came at once. Grampa had died in the hospital from complications caused by his ulcers that were brought on by the aspirin he ate to dull the arthritis pain. We struck camp within an hour and I drove t hrough t he night, spelled brief ly by my mother, as we made the 700-mile trip back to Grand Rapids. Exhausted and sick with grief, I stretched out on my bed and cried. I remembered the recent Sunday afternoon when I had not gone to visit Grampa because, at 19, I was too old to sit in his living room 45

The “C” Stands for Careful and just make small talk. The guilt was heavy but I finally slept. The hardest part was the night of the viewing, looking in at his cold, made-up and waxy face. From the start, I was surprised at the number of people who came to pay their respects. There were hundreds of them. They came from his neighborhood, his church and from the power company. They came across town and from out of town. And they all talked about what a fine, Christian man he was. They had stories of how he helped them during the Depression when he had so little himself. They talked of going to visit him at his home in later years, hoping to cheer him up and get his mind off his pain, but finding him far from downcast. Often he cheered them up and had them laughing and praying before they left. Ralph “C” Cooper was a simple man with little material wealth. His formal education was meager, yet he was a man who knew the importance of life and how to live and love. After all these years, I still miss him. Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. He and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be contacted at 46



Easton Artist’s 9-Year Streak by Ann Dorbin-Frock

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Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA). He was selected as an Artist of Recognition in 2001 by the Portrait Society of America. He exhibited his work in the 63rd Annual Juried Exhibition in 2003 at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. Griffin was honored to be juried into the 2004 “Sunlight and Shadow” exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausaw, WI. His portrait commissions include “Mural of Justice” for the Hatboro, PA, District Court, and a portrait of Edward F. Burns, Mayor of Bensalem and member of the State of Pennsylvania Legislature. Griffin is best known for portraits and landscapes, especially of Chesapeake Bay and New England boats.

Griffin studied at the prestigious Pen n s ylva n ia Ac ademy of F i ne Arts in Philadelphia. His studies have included classical painting and architecture with Alvin Holm AIA; Impressionism at the Cape Cod School of Art founded by Henry Hensche in 1931; and classical drawing and design at Barnstone Studios in Coplay, PA. In 1993, he moved to Maryland to study with renowned portrait artists Cedric and Joanette Egeli. He says studying with the Egelis, in particular, shaped his Impressionist style. Griffin is a member of Classical A mer ic a, t he Mar yland Societ y of Portrait Artists; and the Mid-


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Easton Artist’s Streak “My paintings manipulate reality to create a new reality,” he says. “I love to capture the beauty and spirit of the Eastern Shore ~ dialects of people, the way the wind runs up the water, the shapes of boats that are designed for specific purposes. There is no other place like it.” Griffin’s landscapes capture the distinctive light caused by the high humidity of Maryland summers. He says, “The light has to go through the haze and it sets up beautiful screens of atmosphere. I paint what I see in nature, capturing the emotion of the moment in a way that will move the viewer.” Creating beautiful art is Griffin’s profession and his passion. “Art is a vital part of humanity,” he says. “In every civilization there has always been art. People and cultures have a critical need to express themselves through their art.” Griffin has expressed himself in this way at Plein Air–Easton! since 2005. When asked about returning to the event after winning two awards in the first year, Griffin replied, “Return? I want to move here!” Soon after, attracted by a vibrant arts scene, rich culture, and profound brain trust, Griffin moved his home and studio to Easton. At that time, when he asked Plein Air–Easton! organizer Al Bond for thoughts on another artist coming to Easton, Bond replied simply,

Stephen J. Griff in talk s with Jessica Rogers and Andy Smith of the Avalon Foundation during the 2012 Collectors’ Preview Party. “More is more.” Griffin made the move and never looked back. He now exhibits his work at Grafton Galleries on Dover Street in downtown Easton. Griffin says one of the best aspects of Plein Air–Easton! is the opportunity to meet artists from across the United States and around the world. “As I travel to various events, I find myself bumping into the same painters. I’ve had people from as far away as Hawaii say they envy my hometown. Everywhere I go, people talk about their admiration for Plein Air–Easton! and the communit y and organizers who make it so successful. “It is very exciting to be part of the biggest plein air competition in the world, an event that is at the forefront of the modern plein air movement. I want to stress how proud and fortunate I am to be involved for all nine years. The event is extremely well organized, and the 54

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Preview Party. As paintings sell, replacements will be added, so be sure to stop by several times throughout the weekend to see this evolving wealth of plein air artwork. The popular Quick Draw event features more than 150 artists in a fast and furious race to complete an entire painting in just two hours. The “Local Color” Exhibit & Sale at the Tidewater Inn highlights the work of some of the best artists from the Delmarva Peninsula. Plein Air–Easton! The Next Generation and the Children’s Quick Draw offer expanded, hands-on art activities for children. The Out of the Box Exhibition & Sale features artists and mediums that vary from traditional plein air artwork. Take

community really comes together. It is an A+ event ~ it’s the best!” 9th Annual Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival July 15-21 This weeklong event produces some of the best representational art in America today, created by the nation’s top plein air painters. Artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts alike come together for the Mid-Atlantic region’s hottest art sale of the year. The festival features a national competition, museum exhibit featuring sales of freshly made paintings, and an exclusive Collectors’

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Easton Artist’s Streak in performing arts with live music and three performances of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. A full complement of local gallery exhibits, Sunday Gallery Walk, art talks, and demonstrations will run throughout the festival. Most events are free and open to the public. Plein Air–Easton! is the work of the Avalon Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide diversified arts and educational programs that improve the quality of life in the Mid-Shore region. The competition exhibit is held at the Academy Art Museum, an accredited museum. Plein Air– Easton! is supported by various corporate, media, and community sponsors, including the Friends of Plein Air–Easton! and the Talbot County Arts Council. Strong community support and sponsorships have been key components in the great success of this event. For more information during the festival week, stop by the Plein Air– Easton! Information Center located at Red Hen Café, 5 Goldsborough Street in downtown Easton. For full itineraries, artists’ bios, registration for ticketed events, and festiva l scheduling, v isit www., email info@ ple inairea ston.c om or c a l l t he Plein Air–Easton! Hotline at 410822-7297.

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Why Gilbert Byron Really Came to St. Michaels by Jacques Baker

Most people who are familiar w ith the writings of Gilbert Byron (1903-1991) are aware that he shares a July 12th birth date with Henry David Thoreau. His readers may also know that, Thoreau-like, Byron lived alone about two unpaved miles from St. Michaels in near isolation in his small self-built house near San Domingo Creek. What may or may not be as well k now n, howe ver, i s t h at w h i le T h or e au l i v e d i n h i s “ r e l at i v e solitude” by Walden Pond for two years, two months and two days, Byron lived and wrote alone by Old House Cove for nearly 45 years. He w rote and spoke f requent ly a nd publicly about his rea sons for c omi ng t here: rea sons t hat changed little over the years and t y pically focused on “seek ing a broader margin for my life,” or the need to concentrate totally on his writing. From notes prepared for a talk on Rober t Frost’s poetr y about four years after his arrival, Byron summarizes his reasons for coming to and remaining by his cove. These explanations, often repeated by Byron over the years, however,

Gilbert Byron are neither personal nor satisfying ~ nor are they entirely accurate. ...I suppose a few folks must have wondered why anyone, especially a so-called educated man, would choose my mode of ex istence ~ why would a man live alone in a woodland cabin, without modern conveniences and on a low standard of living? ...I am going to try to answer that question briefly: 61

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living more primitively is particularly needed by sedentary workers, such as writers. For years I have admired Henry David Thoreau and his idea. ...I often wanted to test his theories on the simple life. So I have, though sometimes I have found it far from simple. So I made a choice: the same choice which Frost describes in his poem, “The Road Not Taken.”

I came to the woods in the summer of 1946 because it seemed that my writing had reached that point where it deserved a first position. ...In May 1946, I had my first bid from a major publisher ...could I, by any chance, be considering a book. ...I decided to return to the Chesapeake scene and write that book. ...while the ...contract did not materialize, I have gone on with my writing. ...I have found the woods and their solitude a good place to write. This mode of living costs little and this matches the small income from my writing. The physical labor involved in

Byron’s answers to his self-posed questions seem plausible enough ~ e specia l ly when applied to a struggling writer’s circumstances. Other questions of interest about his background and circumstances, however, would never be raised,

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Gilbert Byron let alone fully answered by Byron himself: Had he ever been married? Why were the little house and dock already in place when he arrived? Why did he come by himself to the cove? What was it really like living alone in the woods? Did he ever think about leaving the cove? Why did he stay? During the early months of World War II, Byron and his wife, Edna, bought three small cove-front lots near St. Michaels, and there erected a 9’ x 12’ one-room cabin and dock. It is probable that this was to replace a Sassafras River summer campsite no longer available to Edna’s family. An unfinished room was added in 1945.

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By the end of World War II, the 18-year union of Byron and Edna was showing signs of major stress ~ probably bec au se By ron wa s depressed by the wartime loss of some of his students, while Edna entertained soldiers from the Dover Army Airfield. Also, Byron had resigned his teaching position at the end of the 1945 school year; he was seeing some of his poetry and prose published; both his aunt and his mother had recently died; and a major publishing house had asked if one of his first-published “Noah” short stories was part of a novel he was writing. The inqu i r y f rom Houg hton-

[This] letter set me off like a firecracker. By the end of June I had written fifteen more stories about the same characters and scene, a total of some 60,000 words ~ an output that I have never equaled since. I was also reeling, and decided to vacation in a little two-room cabin I had previously built on a wooded cove near St. Michaels, MD. ...and to also complete the book there... August 18, 1966 ~ Talk given at Wye Institute camp for young writers. This state of affairs ~ his rela-

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tionship with his wife and the book publisher’s interest in his writing ~ along with small inheritances from his Aunt Carrie Byron, and more recently, from his mother, impelled Byron, close to his 43rd birthday, to leave Dover with his dog and cat for his Chesapeake cove. Here he would someday complete what would become his seminal novel, and, ultimately, here is where he would spend the rest of his life.

In August, I added a fireplace and chimney to the cabin, and when the weather became cooler in September I returned to the book. Sometime that fall, I sent twentyfour stories or chapters to Houghton Mifflin. This was followed by a letter acknowledging receipt and a long silence. August 18, 1966 ~ Talk given at Wye Institute camp for young writers.

I bought a two-wheeled trailer that could be towed by our Chevy, loaded it with everything I needed, and with our collie, Tuppie, riding in the front seat, and our cat, Mama

As summer blended into fall, Byron prepared his cabin for winter;

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Gilbert Byron weathered a late September hurricane and again turned his attention to his writing. During the evening of December 31, 1946, Byron wrote “The Lights of St. Michaels.” This was to be the first of forty-five New Year’s Eves alone at his cove-side home. Soon after writing the words of this poem, he must have had second thoughts about his decision to remain in the little cabin by himself, for as he later recalled:

Byron’s Cabin [On] that June [1947] day... I returned to the cove, bearing the knowledge that now I was separated for good ~ or worse ~ from all that had been my life before I had taken to the woods. I was down and almost out, very much alone, yet there was the clear, clean feeling that comes when inevitable decisions are finally made ~ or in this case, made for one. Undated “Decisions,” Unpublished MS chapter fragment

I went to Dover twice and twice failed to make any headway reconciling with Edna ... I do make mistakes. When Edna’s mother fell and broke her hip in 1947, I should have returned to Dover, found a job, and helped her take care of her mother. Edna was very good to my mother and I should have repaid this ~ in spite of everything Edna might have done previously. ...This is my sin since coming to the cove. December 18, 1949, Letter to Betty Talbot

You ask why did Edna and I separate. ...We just drifted apart. Edna enjoyed the company of the successful and gave them her homage and I struggled along with the writing, a garden, chickens, the sail boat, etc. There were human factors earlier in our marriage which cancelled our love for one another but then I am sure that if the love had been right, nothing could have cancelled it. We married very young, with a brief courtship. People who marry later in life should have a better chance. But certainly it was probably more my fault than Edna’s since I gave up my job and placed all on a nag I still

Byron made the first of his brief journeys to Dover during an extremely cold January. He stayed with his wife for most of the month before going back to the cabin. His second attempt to change Edna’s mind was apparently made later in the spring, and again he came back to Maryland alone: 70



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on the cove: “...there was a book in my experience here, a twentieth century Walden...” Terrill replied that he was “... enthused [and] I think it exactly the type of thing that Little-Brown would like as a follow-up to The Lord’s Oysters. There is, it seems to me, even the chance that such a book, which would certainly have no slightest taint of fiction, might well prove the winner of next year’s Atlantic Monthly ~ Little, Brown non-fiction award...” A lmost exactly one year later, however, after considerable effort and correspondence among author, agent and publisher, the project was halted; both publisher and agent had done all they could to convince

believe in [his writing skills?]... No one will ever know whether or not ~ would the nag have won ... had Edna dared to go with me. Two people can travel much f urther than one, though it takes longer to prepare for the journey. September 3, 1950 Letter to Frankie Lane The t r ue rea sons for By ron’s coming to and remaining half a lifetime on his cove will likely never be known for certain. In August 1956, while The Lord’s Oysters was in production, Byron himself proposed to his agent, Rogers Terrill, that he tell the story of his life

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same engaging warmth and appeal which readers so admired and responded to in The Lord’s Oysters; and he has lost none of his magic in describing the wildlife, the woods, and the shore of Eastern Maryland. However what seems to be absent is a sense of conflict and struggle in his decision to leave an urban existence and return to the Eastern Shore and there build his cabin. ...somehow there does not seem to be sufficient explanation and understanding of his motives and inner turmoil, which I am sure existed. I should like to see him probe deeper into himself and tap those feelings of regret and those specific moments of sacrifice which he must have undergone. There should be more

the author to reveal why he had given up his “normal” life and taken to his woods instead. Byron would not or could not tell that part of his story. In an Aug ust 22, 1957, let ter to Terrill, Little, Brown Director Seymour Lawrence expressed the reasons why the publisher was not going any further w ith the cove book: “It is because Gilbert Byron has made such an aff irmative start with his first book that we were s o c onc e r ne d ove r the p ar t ial manuscript of “The Sight of a Marsh Hawk.” There is, once again the

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Despite Byron’s “public” explanations for his decision to come to live by his cove, it is fairly certain that a conf luence of events, occurring over a considerable period of time, rather than any sort of well thoughtout plan, led this overly sensitive individual to “take to the woods” and remain there for half of his life. Initially, Byron had gone to his two-room cabin near St. Michaels to complete what would eventually become his first autobiographical novel, The Lord’s Oysters. He may have had every intention of quickly completing the story and returning to Dover. But he never did return to Delaware to write, work or live ~ with the exception of those few weeks in early 1947 ~ because Edna simply wouldn’t let him stay. At that point in his life, he had no marriage; no job; no family support; and limited funds. He simply had no other place to go but back to the cove ~ with its fireplace, but without potable water, electricity, plumbing, or telephone. Byron returned there and survived there and stayed there for the remaining years of his life ~ stoically accepting his situation while producing an astonishing body of literature relating to the two great bays that bracket Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Gilbert Byron of a dramatic and human struggle, more of his personal deprivations and wants expressed. ...I do not know how much he would want to go into his domestic life; but somehow I feel that this element would be meaningful to a great many readers, and if properly and sensitively treated, it would have a human appeal without lapsing into a breach of taste or invasion of privacy. It is so important for Mr. Byron, if he is to continue his writing and establish his reputation and thereby live by and from his writing, to make sure that his next book should be as outstanding or even better than The Lord’s Oysters. Anything less than that would not only be a disappointment to his readers, but to himself as an author. ...”

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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 inf lux 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, ref lects 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 77


Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit 79


Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance Kent County is a treasury of early American history. Its principal towns and back roads abound with beautiful old homes and historic landmarks. The area was first explored by Captain John Smith in 1608. Kent County was founded in 1642 and named for the shire in England that was the home of many of Kent’s earliest colonists. When the first legislature assembled in 1649, Kent County was one of two counties in the colony, thus making it the oldest on the Eastern Shore. It extended from Kent Island to the present boundary. The first settlement, New Yarmouth, thrived for a time and, until the founding of Chestertown, was the area’s economic, social and religious center. Chestertown, the county seat, was founded in 1706 and served as a port of entry during colonial times. A town rich in history, its attractions include a blend of past and present. Its brick sidewalks and attractive antiques stores, restaurants and inns beckon all to wander through the historic district and enjoy homes and places with architecture ranging from the Georgian mansions of wealthy colonial merchants to the elaborate style of the Victorian era. Second largest district of restored 18th-century homes in Maryland, Chestertown is also home to Washington College, the nation’s tenth oldest liberal arts college, founded in 1782. Washington College was also the only college that was given permission by George Washington for the use of his name, as well as given a personal donation of money. The beauty of the Eastern Shore and its waterways, the opportunity for boating and recreation, the tranquility of a rural setting and the ambiance of living history offer both visitors and residents a variety of pleasing experiences. A wealth of events and local entertainment make a visit to Chestertown special at any time of the year. For more information about events and attractions in Kent County, contact the Kent County Visitor Center at 410-778-0416, visit www. or e-mail For information about the Historical Society of Kent County, call 410-778-3499 or visit For information specific to Chestertown visit 81


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Pests and Problems in July We are now in the active gardening season. The cool, somewhat wet spring has passed and we are now busy harvesting our gardens and maintaining the landscape. Now is the time to watch out for those seasonal pests. The hot dry weather in July brings out red spider mites on many ornamental plants. Inspect roses, evergreens and marigolds in particular, for pale green leaf color. Since spider mites are so small, the easiest way to determine if they are causing problems with your plants is to do the paper test. Hold a white sheet of paper underneath a leaf and briskly tap it. Tiny, crawling mites will drop onto the paper if they are present on the leaf. If you take your finger and squash the mite, it will leave a red streak on the paper. If the infestation is light, discourage mites with a forceful, direct spray of water aimed at the underside of the leaves. Mild to heavy

Magnified red spider mite. infestations can be controlled by spraying the plants with a summer horticultural oil, horticultural soap, or a miticide. Severely infested annual plants should be removed and destroyed. Japanese beetles are also showing up now. A non-chemical method of reducing their damage is to remove all flower blossoms as soon as they begin to fade and all fruit as soon as it is ripe. Japanese beetles are especially fond of overripe fruit and deteriorating flower blossoms. After taking these preventative steps, go out to your garden daily 83

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As with doctors, the first rule is “do not harm” ~ the same practice should be put into place in the garden. During periods of very hot, dry weather, sometimes the best course of action is to do nothing. Don’t prune, apply fertilizer or spray the plants. Plants compensate for stress by relative inactivity. Cultural practices which encourage growth, instead of being beneficial, can induce further stress. If you are one of the many homeowners who have jumped on the bandwagon of container gardening, you are likely to have a container or two of vegetables or f lowers on the patio or porch. Container grown vegetables and f lowers can dry out quickly, however, especially if they are on a deck or concrete patio in full sun. Daily watering may be necessary. Apply water until it runs out the drainage holes. Clay pots permit additional evaporation from the sides and watering must be done more often than when plastic pots are used. Small pots also dry out

Container grown vegetables and herbs are perfect for people with limited garden space. faster than larger planters. Feel the soil in containers at least once a day and twice on hot, dry days to be certain that the plants are getting enough water. During periods of extremely hot weather, it may be advisable to move the containers to a cooler spot or shade them during the hottest part of the day. Sunlight reflected from the concrete or pavement can raise the temperature of the container 20 to 30 degrees warmer than the air temperature.

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Remember that in the summer, dry conditions may make working the soil difficult and inhibit seed germination. Plant your fall vegetables when the soil is moist after a rain, or water the area thoroughly the day before you plant. Seeds may be planted in a shallow trench to conserve moisture. Cover the seed about twice as deeply as you do in the spring. Early maturing varieties are best for late planting. If you are growing vine crops like cucumbers you can stop vine crops from taking over your garden or lawn by pinching off the fuzzy growing tips. This also directs the plant’s energy into ripening fruit rather than producing more vine. When I was the county extension

Also, watch the weather report for prediction of severe afternoon or evening thunderstorms and prepare to move the container to a more sheltered location, if possible, during heavy rain or wind storms. Don’t forget about the vegetable garden. Continue to make successive plantings of green beans, beets, and sweet corn (early maturing varieties) throughout the month of July. For a fall harvest of cabbage, broccoli, caulif lower and Brussels sprouts, set transplants in late July. For a fall harvest of lettuce, radishes, turnips, kale and spinach, sow seeds in late July to early August.


agent in Talbot a few years back, homeowners would come into the office with samples of funky looking tomatoes and ask what was the problem. Well, there are a couple of environmental factors that cause problems in tomatoes during the summer. Temperature and water may cause abnormalities in the fruit. The most common disorder is blossom end rot. It is caused by the interaction of several factors, primarily the water supply and a calcium imbalance. A small watersoaked spot forms near the blossom end of the fruit. It then becomes dark, leathery and sunken. The affected area may vary from a small spot to over half of the fruit.

Discard all “cat-faced� tomatoes. This problem always stressed out the gardener because he or she was eyeing harvesting the first tomatoes of the plant. Blossom end rot is more of a problem on the first fruit set and is most severe when periods of hot, dry weather following periods of excessive rainfall. Certain varieties of tomatoes seems to


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low temperatures (below 55°) at flowering, excessive nitrogen fertilizer and herbicide damage. Tomatoes transplanted before warm weather are more likely to produce cat-faced fruit. To reduce cat-facing problems, avoid the use of any 2,4-d herbicides near the garden, don’t transplant early and use minimal nitrogen fertilizer until the third cluster of fruit has formed. Discard all cat-faced fruit. While we are talking about vegetables, start your broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower seeds now so you can set them out as fall transplants in August. It is difficult to locate fall vegetable transplants in this area as most greenhouse growers are oriented to the spring season.

be more prone to blossom end rot. Cultural practices that may reduce this problem include making sure that your soil pH is correct and that enough calcium is present. Incorporate compost into to the soil to improve water retention. Mulch to conserve soil moisture, and to moderate f luctuations in soil temperate and moisture loss. Cat-facing is a disorder that results in malformed fruit which have deep indentations and cavities extending into the blossom end, and brown scar tissue in bands between the lobes. This condition results from interference in the normal fruit development. These include

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For any annuals that didn’t make it, remove them and add them to the compost pile. You can replant beds with hardy annuals or perennials such as pansies, calendulas, globe thistles, or sea pinks. Pinch back snapdragons after blooming to promote a second flush of flowering. July is the time when your bearded iris should be divided and replanted. Dig them up carefully and throw out the diseased and borer-infested rhizomes. Separate the rhizomes and dust the cut ends with sulfur to reduce potential rot problems. Discard the old center portion and plant with the top of the rhizome barely showing above the ground. Cut the leaves or “fans” back to 8 inches.

Pinch back snapdragons to keep them blooming. Mid- to late July is a good time to direct seed lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots and turnips into the garden. They may be a little slow in germinating because of the high temperatures. Try lowering the soil temperatures by covering the seed bed with a floating row cover like “re-may” or some other shading material. Succession plantings of green beans can go in until the first of August. Wait until August for the fall planting of peas. On the flower side, the annuals in the landscape in mid to late July usually start to fade. You can rejuvenate them by cutting them back to approximately half their height, then fertilize them with a liquid fertilizer and apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch.

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If you want to keep some geraniums over the winter, cuttings should be made in late July to start plants for winter and spring indoor bloom. To make the cuttings, use the tip of branches about four inches long. Cut off the bottom leaves and stick the cuttings about 1/3 of their length in a moist sand-peat mixture. Roots will develop rapidly and new plants should be ready for potting in about four weeks. When pruning away twiggy young growth from rose bushes, make use of the prunings by rooting them and producing new plants. Treat stem bases with a rooting hormone, stick them in soil in a cold frame that is out of the sun, and water them well. If some die before

You can use your prunings from rose bushes to root new plants. rooting ~ no great loss ~ just toss them into the compost pile. Holly, azalea, and camellia cuttings can also be rooted in a sandpeat moss mixture set in a cool, shady location.

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July is the time when many retail garden outlets use a mid-summer clearance sale to rid their yards of plants left over from the spring sale season. In properly managed sales yards, when plants have been watered and fertilized and where insects and diseases have been controlled, plants are still in good condition. They will tolerate transplanting at this time of the year providing that they are balled and burlaped or container grown. Do not attempt to transplant bare-root plant material now. Be careful about buying clearance plants where the sale of plants is a side income source. Most of the

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Dorchester Points of Interest 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 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 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. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide


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Dorchester Points of Interest 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 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. 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 Vienna Heritage Museum displays the Elliott Island Shell Button Factory operation. This was the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturer in the United States. Numerous artifacts are also displayed which depict a view of the past life in this rural community. The Vienna Heritage Museum is located at 303 Race St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., opened in 2010 as Dorchester County’s first winery. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit 102

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

Easton Points of Interest 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 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Association 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, CRAFT 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 Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended hours on Tues., Wed. and Thurs. until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The




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Easton Points of Interest Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit granite. 9. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TALBOT COUNTY - 25 S. Washington St. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses and a museum with changing exhibitions, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Museum hours: Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (winter) and Tues. through Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (summer), with group tours offered by appointment. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773 or visit Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts located at 30 S. Washington Street. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10-4 and Sun. 11-4. Consignments accepted on Tues. or by appointment 410-820-7525 Proceeds support HSTC. 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.

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Easton Points of Interest 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times. 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 Fed-

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eral streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers all came to town and shared rooms in hotels such as this. Frederick Douglass stayed in the Brick Hotel when he came back after the Civil War and gave a speech in the courthouse. It is now 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 StarDemocrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its 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.

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Easton Points of Interest 17. FOXLEY HALL - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Easton’s Federal dwellings. Former home of Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL - 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

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Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial Hospital is part of the Shore Health System. 22. THIRD HAVEN MEETING HOUSE - Built in 1682 and the oldest frame building dedicated to religious meetings in America. The Meeting House was built at the headwaters of the Tred Avon: people came by boat to attend. William Penn preached there with Lord Baltimore present. Extensive renovations were completed in 1990. 23. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. Near Easton 24. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit 25. WYE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds flour to this day using two massive grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. For more info. visit 26. WYE ISLAND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AREA Located between the Wye River and the Wye East River, the area provides habitat for waterfowl and native wildlife. There are 6 miles of trails that provide opportunities for hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. For more info. visit 27. OLD WYE CHURCH - Old Wye Church is one of the oldest active Anglican Communion parishes in Talbot County. Wye Chapel was built between 1718 and 1721 and opened for worship on October 18, 1721. For more info. visit 28. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - The original structure was built before 1690. Early 18th century rector was the Reverend Daniel Maynadier. A later provincial rector (1764–1768), the Reverend Thomas Bacon, compiled “Bacon’s Laws,” authoritative compendium of Colonial Statutes. Robert Morris, Sr., father of Revolutionary financier is buried here. 113

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St. Michaels Points of Interest On the broad Miles River, with its picturesque tree-lined streets and beautiful harbor, St. Michaels has been a haven for boats plying the Chesapeake and its inlets since the earliest days. Here, some of the handsomest models of the Bay craft, such as canoes, bugeyes, pungys and some famous Baltimore Clippers, were designed and built. The Church, named “St. Michael’s,” was the first building erected (about 1677) and around it clustered the town that took its name. 1. WADES POINT INN - Located on a point of land overlooking majestic Chesapeake Bay, this historic inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Thomas Kemp, builder of the original “Pride of Baltimore,” built the main house in 1819. 115

St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bay View Restaurant and Duckblind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course. 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. 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. The Inn is now a member of the Orient Express Hotels. 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 1874, Dodson, along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for “the old Parsonae house.”

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found

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St. Michaels Points of Interest on the Museum’s website at or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-745-2900 or 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 or call 410745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence

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St. Michaels Points of Interest for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. 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. All the rooms have a view of the harbor. 13. MILL HOUSE - Originally built on the beach about 1660 and later moved to its present location on Harrison Square (Cherry St. near Locust St.). 14. 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. 15. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877. 16. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper office, post office and telephone company.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 17. 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. 18. 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). 19. 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. 20. THE INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). 21. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 22. 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. 23. 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. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. Open May-October, Mon., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fri., 1 to 4 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. Other days on request. 410-745-9561 or 25. 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.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 26. 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, winery, artists, furniture makers, a baker and other unique shops and businesses. 27. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated, it has overnight accommodations, conference facilities, marina, spa and Harbour Lights and Harbour Lights Club Room. 28. 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 South Talbot Street 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. 29. ST. MICHAELS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT - Est. in 1901, the SMVFD is located at 1001 S. Talbot Street with a range that includes all areas from Arcadia Shores to Wittman, covering 120 square miles of land area, and 130 miles of shoreline.


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Oxford Points of Interest Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Although already settled for perhaps 20 years, Oxford marks the year 1683 as its official founding, for in that year Oxford was first named by the Maryland General Assembly as a seaport and was laid out as a town. In 1694, Oxford and a new town called Anne Arundel (now Annapolis) were selected the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Until the American Revolution, Oxford enjoyed prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations. Today, Oxford is a charming tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of just over 700 and is still important in boat building and yachting. It has a protected harbor for watermen who harvest oysters, crabs, clams and fish, and for sailors from all over the Bay. 1. TENCH TILGHMAN MONUMENT - In the Oxford Cemetery the Revolutionary War hero’s body lies along with that of his widow. Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman carried the message of Cornwallis’ surrender from Yorktown,


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Oxford Points of Interest VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - 200 Oxford Road. The Oxford Community Center, a pillared brick schoolhouse saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents, is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, dinner theater and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or 3. BACHELOR POINT HARBOR - Located at the mouth of the Tred Avon River, 9’ water depth. 4. 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 4A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.

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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. Summer hours are Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. THE BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for the officers of a Maryland Military Academy built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989


Oxford Points of Interest 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. 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.

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Oxford Points of Interest 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. 139

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That Fellow Dessy & The Martin Point by Gary D. Crawford

That Fellow Dessy You never know who’s going to walk into your bookstore, do you? Usually it’s someone you’ve never laid eyes on before; occasionally it’s an acquaintance you haven’t seen for years; sometimes one of the regulars drops by. The other day it was one of the regulars, a spry gent who likes to challenge things I’ve said or written, or to ask me questions. To protect the guilty, we’ll just call him Mr. Frazer. The other day Frazer burst through the front door with a flourish (as he always does) and stepped over to my desk where I was working quietly on the computer. Fortunately this happened during one of those (brief) moments between the waves of customers who so often plague us down at the end of Bay Hundred. (But, hey, we’re directly over the center of the earth!) “Who is Fello Dessy?” he demanded. “What fellow are you talking about?” I replied, buying time as I was unprepared for this query. “Not fellow. Fello. Fello dessy.” “Um, how do you spell it?” “F-e-l-o, d-e, s-e. Fello dessy.” Thinking quickly, I engaged my razor-sharp intellect and said,

“Huh?” He glared. “Look. I was reading about a court case where the big question the jury was trying to decide was whether some guy was a fello dessy. I just don’t know what a fello dessy is.” “Ah,” I said, “a court case. So, maybe this is Latin? What were you reading?” Frazer grinned impishly and said, “It’s right in here,” he announced, taking an enormous tome out of his bag and dropping it onto the counter. It was one of those big volumes of the Maryland Archives. This one contained transcripts of court cases from the 1670s. “So you just happened to be browsing through this and..?” “Yep,” he replied with a twinkle, “and I stumbled on this fello dessy question. Figured you might know.” Now, I know this guy Frazer pretty well. He is up in his 80s now, but still sharp as a tack, as he’s always been. So when he asks me questions, I sometimes have the sneaking suspicion he’s hoping he’ll stump me. I try, therefore, not to be stumped ~ or at least I pretend I’m not. But this question about “felo dese” had me perplexed. I read the


That Fellow Dessy court case in question. It seems an indentured servant had died under suspicious circumstances. After being beaten by his master, he ran off and was later found drowned in a creek. The judge was intent on determining if the man had died a felo dese. Wait a tick! Maybe that “a” isn’t the English indefinite article. Maybe it was part of the Latin phrase we were trying to figure out. Perhaps it was “a felo dese,” as in “a priori” or “a propos.” Unfortunately, my Latin (all very vague) wasn’t up to this judicial challenge. Very reluctantly, I had to confess that I hadn’t a clue ~ which made Frazer look, if not

happy, at least pleased. Later, I did what scholars down through the ages have done ~ I Googled. And what I learned turned out to be more interesting than I had imagined. First off, it’s really four words. To die a felo de se is to die “a thief [a felon] of oneself.” In other words, it means dying as a suicide. So the question that troubled the court in 1672 was whether the guy found in the creek had taken his own life or whether it was an accidental death. (Nobody seemed to consider that his Gentleman master might have murdered one of his own servants, though I’ll bet Columbo would have been on that guy like a dog on a bone.)

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That Fellow Dessy A whole page of the court transcript was given over to the a felo de se consideration, which seemed curious. Why labor over whether it was a suicide or an accident? Who cares, really? Well, as it turns out, everybody cared in those days. Taking your own life was a mortal sin. That meant you could not be buried in the churchyard, which I remembered reading somewhere. But there was more to it. The suicide was to have a stake driven through his heart, I guess so that, like a vampire, he couldn’t f loat off to heaven. And he was to be buried outside the village, at night, at a

crossroads, in an unmarked grave. But here’s where it gets serious. All the property of a suicide was to be confiscated and, in England, forfeited to the Crown. (In colonial Maryland, the winnings presumably went to the Lord Proprietor.) This made the a felo de se determination really important, and not just to the court, but to the de-


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That Fellow Dessy ceased’s family as well. No wonder they proceeded with diligence. (One report had it that the penalty for an unsuccessful suicide was life in prison, while the successful suicides were executed without trial ~ but that can’t be right.) Maryland law was changed some years later, by the way. A new legal option was established: dying non compos mentis, meaning with “not a composed mind.” It didn’t replace a felo de se, mind you. If it could be established that you were entirely sane when you decided to end it all, you were still a candidate for one of those midnight stake-outs.

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That Fellow Dessy set, I patiently waited for his return. Sure enough, a week or so later, Frazer walked in. We chatted about various things for a half hour or so. Then I mentioned that I was tired of seeing those two books under my printer and asked Frazer to pull one of them out as I picked up the printer. Off-handedly, I asked him which book it was. Oh, I did so enjoy seeing his eyes widen, as he slowly looked up at me, the wheels turning, then the grin …. Well, it was no more than he deserved for asking me a Latin question. After all, I’m still working on English.

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That Fellow Dessy **** The Martin Point Now, at my exalted age, I figure I’ve seen it all. Well, not all, of course, I know that. But it isn’t very often that I am confronted with something unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The other day I was reminded of an old “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which Steve Martin pokes his head into the frame, gazes intently at something he’s seeing behind us, and then, with a puzzled look he says, “What the heck is that?” He then shrugs, disappears, and we are left with an empty stage. Suddenly he pops back into view, wrin-

kles his brow, squints, and says, “Well, what the heck is that, anyway?” The bit continues through about twenty iterations, with Martin looking more and more puzzled, and asking the same question over again with slight variations. It sounds stupid, and it was. But it also was quite impossible not to laugh at Martin’s persistent curiosity and his clever rephrasing of the same question, by turns in anger, astonishment, puzzlement, and frustration. We in the audience wait expectantly to learn what it is that he finds so intriguing but can’t quite make out, but in vain. We are never shown what he is looking at, which gives the simple little skit its perfect ending.

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That Fellow Dessy As I said, this came to mind again just a few weeks ago as I stood in a darkened room in the Academy Art Museum in Easton. My wife and I had just felt our way carefully along a pitch-black corridor between the wall and a newly built partition running almost the length of the Lederer Gallery. We had come there to see, for our first time ever, one of James Turrell’s lightworks ~ I don’t know what else to call them ~ in the f lesh, as it were. Images in books or on the computer screen give you the idea of what he creates, but not the feel, and certainly not the sensation. The distinction is akin to seeing the written score of a Bach fugue and actually hearing it played on an organ in a great hall. I’m not going to spoil the effect for you. Go see it for yourself. But I can tell you a bit about my experience. When seeing a completely unknown painting, a work you never knew existed until that moment, it is still recognizable as a painting, however unfamiliar the subject matter or technique. After all, to “recognize” something means to “re-know it,” to know it again. Something that is unlike anything we’ve ever seen, therefore, cannot be recognized. It can only be experienced. Mind you, you don’t get that

James Turrell feeling right away as you come out from behind the partition. You see something “attractive” hanging on the far wall. That makes perfect sense, for this is an art gallery. It is bright and beautiful and, as it is too far away to make out, it draws you closer. (You’re pretty much on your own in there, as they never allow more than six persons into the gallery at the same time.) But here’s the curious thing ~ and Turrell has planned this to a nicety. If you take a few steps forward and stop to allow your eyes to adjust to the new volume of light they are receiving and to the expanded size of the object in your field of vision, and do that repeat-



That Fellow Dessy edly, you will have a series of opportunities to perceive the exhibit. Once or twice I thought it pulsed, sort of, but I’m pretty sure it was my eyes reacting, not the whatzis on the wall. Then I discovered something. Standing directly in front of the exhibit, there is a point where you are close enough to see it quite clearly and yet far enough away to be able to take in its entirety without moving your head. For me it may have been about ten feet from the wall; for you, it may be different. But I now think of that spot as the Martin Point, for when I stopped just there, I suddenly realized I didn’t

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That Fellow Dessy your experience is heightened. Turrell calls his creation “St. Elmo’s Light,” which derives from a natural phenomenon known in English as St. Elmo’s fire. It occurs when there is a large voltage difference between two objects, such as a cloud and a church steeple, and the electrical field ionizes the air molecules. They then glow like the gas inside a neon sign. Sailors at sea in a thunderstorm sometimes see glowing points of light standing atop the tips of the masts or yards. Because of the nitrogen and oxygen in the air, St. Elmo’s fire usually is blue or magenta or rose. But I can only put words on pa-

per. Come to the Academy Art Museum and see for yourself. (There is more to this retrospective look at Turrell’s long career, by the way.) These creations aren’t portable; they are meticulously designed and cost tens of thousands of dollars to construct. Since we’ll not be seeing another in these parts anytime soon, you might want to drop in before they turn it back into a picture gallery again. See if you can find the Martin Point. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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BANANA BERRY MUFFINS Makes 18 The combination of ripe banana and fresh berry flavors is a big hit with children, and the yogurt here provides not only moisture, but also a nice nutritional boost. These muffins are very moist and will keep well in an airtight container for several days. The batter itself keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, which means you can scoop out enough for a few fresh muffins each morning. 1 stick unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 3 large bananas (1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas) 1 t. vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 t. baking soda 1 t. baking powder 1/2 t. sea salt 1 cup plain yogurt 1 heaping cup fresh raspberries, stemmed blueberries or blackberries, gently rinsed and drained


Banana berry muffins. Preheat oven to 375째. Lightly grease 18 muffin cups. Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and f luffy. Add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Add the mashed banana and vanilla and blend in ~ the mixture will look slightly curdled, but it will pull together once the dry ingredients are added. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture in batches, alternating with the yogurt. Mix until all the dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in the berries. Fill the prepared muffin cups two-thirds full, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the muffins for about 2 minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack so they are bottom-side-


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Tidewater Kitchen whisk in the sugar, orange juice and cinnamon. Cook until slightly thickened for about a minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and set it aside to cool for about 5 minutes. Slice the apricots in half and remove the pits. Slice each half into thirds, and arrange them in a large overlapping circle in the skillet. Pile the blueberries in the middle and scatter some between the apricot slices. To make the cornbread batter, combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until light and f luffy. Add the egg and blend in. In another bowl, stir togeth-

er the cornmeal, f lour, baking powder and salt. Add this to the creamed butter mixture in batches, alternating with the milk. Blend until smooth. Spoon the batter gently over the fruit so as not to disturb the arrangement, and spread evenly. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the skillet from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Invert the coffee cake onto a serving platter. Serve warm, or at room temperature. Note: When fresh apricots are not available, substitute thinly sliced unpeeled nectarines or peaches. The flavor is still terrific! Stone-ground cornmeal is milled



Tidewater Kitchen without the heat that strips the germ from the grains, thus preserving more of the original nutrients, and it is therefore more perishable. It keeps very well in the refrigerator. TRIPLE BERRY SMOOTHIE Serves 4 Not only is this a completely virtuous and quick summer breakfast, but it can be frozen into popsicles! The sweet blueberries and strawberries get a dash of tartness from the cranberries, and the whole thing just goes in the blender. 1 cup fresh blueberries, stemmed 1 generous cup sliced fresh strawberries 1 cup frozen cranberries 1-1/2 cups plain yogurt 1 large ripe banana, peeled and sliced 1 cup fresh orange juice Whole strawberries, oranges slices and mint for garnish Combine blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, yogurt, banana and orange juice in a large blender ~ or do it in batches ~ and blend at high speed until smooth. Pour into tall glasses, garnish and serve. Note: A good rule of thumb is to fill your blender only half full, no matter what you are mixing, and no matter what size your blend-

Triple berry smoothie. er. That way, the churning action won’t push the contents over the blender edge. PINEAPPLE, PAPAYA, and BERRIES in FRESH LIME-CHILE DRESSING Serves 4 This excellent summer fruit salad, which gets a tiny unexpected f lavor explosion from the fresh chile peppers, is a good example of how things have changed. Until recently this combination of fruits would have been served as a dessert. The simple addition of lime juice and fresh chiles transforms it into a refreshing appetizer or luncheon salad. If you like cilantro, by all means substitute it for the mint.


1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes) 1-2 fresh Serrano chiles, deveined, seeded and minced (be sure to wear gloves) 1 T. chopped fresh mint or cilantro 1 large ripe papaya, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 cup raspberries 1 cup blueberries 1 head butterhead lettuce, rinsed and patted dry 1/2 ripe pineapple, peeled and cored Whisk together the lime juice, chile and mint in a small bowl. Combine the papaya, raspberries and blueberries in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the fruit and toss gently, taking care

not to crush the berries. Line four plates with the lettuce leaves. Slice the pineapple in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 2-inch spears. Scatter the spears over the lettuce and spoon the papaya mixture with juices on top. Serve immediately. A longtime resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith-Doyle, formerly Denver’s NBC Channel 9 Children’s Chef, now teaches both adult and children’s cooking classes on the south shore of Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and son. For more of Pam’s recipes, visit the Story Archive tab at

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Tidewater Day Tripping Mielke’s Work Horse Farm Rescue & Exotics by Bonna L. Nelson

I first met Barnum and Henry on a hot, humid night last summer. The handsome, gentle creatures were entertaining young and old alike. They were nibbling on offered grass and enjoying neck and back rubs. Kids, including our darling Isabella, were climbing to the top of the fence enclosure for an opportunity to pet a zebra and a camel. The Talbot County Fair Petting Zoo was the setting. Owners Nick and Diane Mielke brought their “pets” for fairgoers to enjoy. I asked for their business card and vowed to contact them to write their story. You can visit the Mielkes and their menagerie at the upcoming Talbot County Fair, July 10-13 at the Talbot Ag Center in Easton. The week before I toured the Mielkes’ Work Horse Farm Rescue & Exotics, I caught up with them at Easton’s Tractor Supply store during the store’s annual Animal Day. When we arrived, Barnum, Henry and their pal Sonny, the kangaroo, were surrounded by admirers. Kids, parents, grandparents and owners of other animals on display, including sled dogs, Humane Society dogs and cats, and alpacas and llamas, crowded around the Mielkes’ critter enclosures.

Nick and Diane Mielke with Dory. Why? It is not often that we can enjoy seeing a camel and a zebra side by side, or a huge tortoise, or kangaroos up close and personal. Maybe, just maybe, you might see these special creatures during a trip to a zoo or, if you are really lucky, on a bush safari in Africa or on a ride through the Australian Outback. But how many of us get to make those trips to another continent to see wildlife? We are fortunate to have the Mielkes on the Mid-Shore saving, protecting, raising and sharing their special domestic and exotic creatures with the community. Imagine conducting an interv iew sur rounded by anima ls in the middle of a beautif ul, lush, green woods. Peacocks screeched, roosters crowed, geese honked, and


Work Horse Farm horses neighed as I sat in a chair in the kangaroo and tortoise pen at the Mielkes’ 40-acre farm. It was a dream-like experience to be encircled by domestic and exotic animals in a wildlife paradise outside of the town of Denton. Creatures approached us, constantly in motion. Sonny nibbled on my husband John’s shirt and my pants while I asked questions and scribbled answers. Nick let me hold baby Alice, the wallaby, while a jealous blue and gold macaw, Dory, perched on a nearby tree talking to me and trying to get my attention. When we drove to the farm, I was amazed by what we saw, and I asked John to pull over so that I could take photographs. In the first buttercupfilled field that we passed, there were five Asian water buffaloes, cows, horses, miniature horses,

a miniature donkey, a long horn steer, alpacas, llamas, and emus grazing peacefully together in the grass. The donkey, Babette, whom we had met last summer at the fair, was a real sweetie. She poked her head through the fence for a pet and handful of grass. The Asian water buffaloes stopped grazing, united in a line and watched our every step, moving in unison, like the Ravens defensive line, as we walked along the fence talking to the animals and taking photographs. Back in t he c a r, we pa ssed a forest, and between the trees we spotted Barnum and Henr y and their workhorse (like a Clydesdale) pal galloping together through the woods. We could see streaks of black and white, caramel, and black as the buddies played hide and seek in and out of the trees. Dogs, cats, peacocks and geese greeted us as we drove close to the house. Bubba, a

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huge black pot-bellied pig, wandered past us sniffing the ground looking for food. Old MacDonald’s Farm? A zoo? A wonderland? No, just a beautiful, peaceful coexistence. During the interview, Sahara, a 200-pound-plus tan spur thighed tortoise, and his two fellow tortoises, who share the kangaroo and wallaby space creeped on the ground around us, confirming for me how slow tortoises really are. Their two bouncy, red kangaroos, pen mates, are native to Australia. Cousins, the wallabies, Alice and Mad Hatter, are also Australian natives. Other mates surrounding us included two South American Patagonian cavies, gentle creatures who love to leap and run. And, Petunia, a South American capybara, cousin to the guinea pig, came hopping by with Tripod, a three-legged rabbit. They rounded out the members of that condominium community. Nick and Diane Mielke both come 176

from farming backgrounds. Nick was raised on a dairy farm in Tunis Mills. Diane was raised on one of the last tobacco farms in southern Maryland. They established their rescue farm about ten years ago. They are passionate about saving neglected, old or abandoned animals and sharing them with the community. They take their critters to schools, day care centers, fire company events, churches and county fairs and sometimes set up petting zoos at those locations for no fee. Creating the appropriate habitats and feeding their hundred-plus animals is time consuming and costly. Nick works three jobs in the telecommunication industry to pay the bills while Diane manages

the homestead during the day with the help of their daughter, Tiffany, a high school senior. Managing the habitats, feeding, grooming and caring for their “Ark” of animals is more than a full-time job, it’s 24/7. The Mielkes have arranged for deliveries of a half ton of horse feed, eight round bales of hay and hundreds of dollars worth of exotic animal food weekly. They obtain kangaroo, dog, cat, guinea pig, and other food deliveries from the same supplier that provides feed for the animals at the Salisbury Zoo. I was curious about where the animals come from. Nick and Diane explained that they obtain animals from a range of sources, including private owners; animal auctions,


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Work Horse Farm one in New Holland, PA; word-ofmouth; Humane Society referrals; Internet contacts and networking; and zoos. They drive all over the country to pick up animals. Sam, the tortoise at my feet, was found practically frozen in his owners’ f looded basement. The Mielkes rescued him, warmed him and saved him. They also care for eight rescue dogs, rescue sheep, ducks, and over fifty geese. The Mielkes explained that many folks buy domestic and exotic anim a l s w it hout k now i ng how to properly care for them. Other folks aren’t able to care for the animals onc e t hey ta ke t hem home due to health or financial challenges. Many of the Mielkes’ animals come from such situations. An example of the work involved in caring for herds of animals is the foal I spotted in a nearby pen. The

week before we visited, Nick and Diane assisted with the birth of two foals. Both foals were scampering in the horse pen with their moms and dads when we watched Nick feeding the pasture animals. The Mielkes have researched how to raise each animal. Their farming backgrounds provided them with a good foundation. They also praise the help of veterinarian Dr. Steve Harris of Mid-Shore Veterinar y Service, who has assisted them with the challenges of animal illnesses, injuries and births. Other animal specialists assist with dental, farrier, chiropractic and other needs. Nick, a veteran, had always wanted to own an Asian water buffalo since he saw them in Vietnam. He said they were cherished and respected by Vietnamese families and were used to plow fields, for milk and for pets. They are mostly gentle. He has five now that two calves were birthed at the farm.

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As for Henry the camel, another wish of Nick’s came true when he found old Henry on a farm in Amish country in Pennsylvania. Apparently, the Amish raise camels to sell and the profit is good. Old Henry is sweet and calm and loves hanging out with Barnum the Zebra. I caught them kissing. They are kept together with one of the workhorse stallions. The three of them get upset if separated. Diane and Nick had always wanted a kangaroo, too, she mentioned as Sonny continued to nibble on John’s shirt. Diane fed the baby wallaby, Alice, from a bottle while we talked. For the Mielkes, the business is both joyful and exhausting. Helping to save and care for the animals brings

them both happiness and pleasure. They love sharing their animals with people, some of whom may never get to see them otherwise. Kids come up to them at events and hug and thank them. Some of their favorite visitors are from the Chesapeake Center in Easton. When I asked Nick how he knows which animals to house together, he said some choices are researched, some are trial and error and some experimental. A ll animals, like humans, have unique personalities and behaviors. Most are affected by how they were raised. Some of their rescue animals are too temperamental and don’t fit into the Mielke’s peaceful, tranquil setting. Sometimes he has to move critters

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around to find the perfect spot for them on the farm, and once he does they don’t want to be separated from their compatible companions. Diane is in the process of working towa rd t heir exot ic a ni ma l l ic en se a nd a 501C , non-prof it status. They have built more habitats and attended to other requirements of the license and status, which, if received, might enable them to host more visitors and accept volunteers and contributions for animal feed and care. Work Horse Farm Rescue & Exotics is surrounded by woods and fields on a pond and creek near the Choptank River on the Mid-Shore of Maryland. The sounds of peacocks, geese, horses and ducks filled my dreams the night of the interview. To learn more about this fascinating rescue farm, contact Nick and Diane at 410-479-9750. Visits to the farm are by appointment only. Stop by and see them at the Talbot County Fair in July or other county fairs this summer. Bonna L. Nelson is a Bay-area writer, columnist and photographer. With a master’s degree in liberal studies and English, she has taught both memoir and creative writing. She resides with her husband, John, in Easton, Maryland.


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Aussies and Kiwis - Part Three 10 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 ~ We just returned to our Sydney hotel room, having bid Jo & Kevin farewell. They f lew from Melbourne to Sydney for the weekend to spend some time with Kevin’s niece on Saturday and with us this evening. Early Monday morning they will fly back to Melbourne to return to work. They took us on an evening walkabout to see the area called Circular Quay ~ Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, etc. We then took a taxi to China Town and enjoyed a meal at The Eight, a traditional Chinese restaurant. It was huge and there was a big crowd celebrating the Chinese New Year. The day had started at Ayers Rock with a tour of the Olga Mountain cluster ~ another very unusual mountain outcrop in an otherwise flat desert. Following a short hike into one of the canyons, we were dropped at the airport to catch our flight to Sydney. We will be in Sydney for four nights at the Sir Stamford Hotel ~ a beautiful old colonial and well-preserved hotel. Monday, Feb. 11 ~ We boarded the

coach this morning for a tour around central Sydney ~ what a huge city! Many old buildings reflect 1800s British Colonial architecture. Many new, very modern buildings exist side-by-side with the old ones. The coach tour extended to some of the beach areas south of Sydney. In the late morning we boarded a luncheon-cruise ship in Darling Harbour where we had a wonderful buffet lunch and a 3-hour cruise that eventually ended at Circular Quay ~ just a short walk from our hotel. Tuesday, Feb. 12 ~ We boarded a bus this morning to continue

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Aussies and Kiwis touring the Sydney area. We are amazed at the incredible size of Sydney. First stop was at the Sydney Olympic Park, site of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. It is mind-boggling to imagine how much money is spent by a city to prepare for hosting the Olympics. It looks like most of the event venues have been converted for continued use by the community. Next stop ~ Sydney Koala Park. We all agreed that the park should be renamed “Cute Animal Park.” We hugged a koala, fed a kangaroo and peered in on many other unusual animals, including the rare kiwi. Last stop was Manly Beach ~ a little cool today, but there were still plenty of surfers to watch. We strolled a nearby pedestrian mall and had lunch in an open-air sidewalk café. We had grilled barramundi (a rock-like fish) and ‘chips’ (the Aussie word for fries). Wednesday, Feb. 13 ~ This morning we walked from the Sir Stamford Hotel to the harborside for a tour of the Sydney Opera House. What an incredible place! The history, the architecture, the engineering, the evolutionary politics, the sheer size, the acoustics of the many auditoria inside ~ all just amazing! We have never considered the place beyond its exterior appearance of the big white pointy sail-shapes. We were really sur-

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New Zealand’s South Island. Pilots often make the following announcement when landing in New Zealand: “Welcome to New Zealand. Please set your clocks back twenty years.” After meeting our Kiwi guide, David, we exchanged money and picked up some food to take aboard the bus. Our coach passed thousands of dairy cattle and sheep, and then made a stop for some New Zealand ice cream, said to be the creamiest and richest in the world. The most popular flavor is hokey-pokey. It was a long bus ride, about four hours, but as we rode, the mountains to the west became more prominent and the nearby land became more barren. When Mount

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Death at the Lighthouse by John Reisinger. Glyphworks Publishing. 250 pp. $14.95 John Reisinger is on a roll, churning out one af ter another of his accounts of forgotten crimes that happened on the Eastern seaboard nearly a century ago. To call his prose “churning” is inaccurate ~ he and his wife and research partner, Barbara, investigate ever y facet of the real-life cases they use as a framework for his series of crimes. They are all fictionally presented, but they actually happened in the roaring twenties. Reisinger and his w ife pored over the records of the trials and inserted the roles of the amateur detectives, Max and Allison Hurlock. To add to the excitement of Death at the Lighthouse, it happened in our neck of the Bay. Prohibition tempted many local watermen into the lucrative trade of delivering alcohol from farmers’ hidden stills or from the big operators offshore with top-grade Cana-

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Tidewater Review in summer. A switch to alcohol for a nighttime haul over familiar waters was no big chore. Trucks then moved the product to slake the thirst of Washington ~ including Congress and the White House. It was inevitable that some players in the game got hurt. Or dead. Reisinger has found a broad field of mischief in that scramble for opportunity and untaxed revenue. Throw in a generous serving of chicanery and the stage is set for danger. It must be noted from the outset that Reisinger uses a hefty number of characters, both good and bad guys, but he makes it easy for the reader to follow the story. The preface lists a cast for each group, those in St. Michaels, another batch in Crisfield, and a third group in Baltimore. This latter group provides some big surprises. The next page in the preface provides a map (or chart) of the Bay in 1924, with only the major ports in the story. It shows where the alcohol is transported and Devil’s Elbow Lighthouse off Crisfield, the scene of the crime. The map is simple, but it imprints the setting in the reader’s mind. Now that the stage is set, it’s time to open the book and shoo away anyone who might interrupt the pure pleasure of following Max and Allison pinning down the real killer(s). Oh, yes ~ Max is reluctant

John Reisinger to become involved, but two of his friends are in danger of being tried (and maybe fried) for murder. Max is friends with police officers and Coast Guard members up and down the Bay because he has solved cases that baff led the professionals so often that his friends and neighbors think he’s something of a genius where crime is involved. Ma x hate s t he c elebr it y t hat comes with the praise. Especially when A l lison tea ses him about it. He would gladly stay out of the fracas, but the previous day his waterman buddies, J.D. and No Whiskey (his proper name is Novitsky), stopped to talk to the lighthouse keeper, Jack Coleman. They told Max that something had to be very wrong. Coleman was edgy and worried about something while they were there. Not just worried ~ he seemed frightened.



Tidewater Review The Coast Guard verified that J.D. and No Whiskey’s boat was the last one they had seen on the day of the murder. They were vigilant about patrolling the area since Crisfield was a notorious take-off point for alcohol bound for the market across the Bay. In addition, they are further stymied by a fast boat that is mysteriously able to completely disappear when the Coast Guard is on its tail. Ma x ac c ept s a r ide w it h h i s friends to the lighthouse to see if any evidence would give him a clue into the murder. He notes that blood on the f loor could not have come from the victim, who had no

marks. A knife on the f loor was obviously custom-made. And he wondered what was the purpose of a new antenna wire running from the living quarters up to the light at the peak of the tower? In the meantime, Allison is writing a feature story for a magazine assignment. The core of her article will illustrate the arguments, pro and con, for communion with the dead. Her research includes a seance with the local spiritualist, so at the moment she’s not much of a fellow-sleuth with Max. When she becomes active in his case, her role fits her ability to get information from her women friends in know-itall jobs: the library, the post office, the phone operator or just plain gos-

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beloved is genuine. Now Allison can wrap up her magazine piece and concentrate on Max’s need for a partner. Count on Reisinger to make her role a scary one befitting the scale of the murder, which is now two murders. Thanks to Houdini, Ma x now knows how a large boat loaded with prime booze can seem to vanish into

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“Calendar of Events” notices - Please contact us at 410-226-0422, fax the information to 410-226-0411, write to us at Tidewater Times, P. O. Box 1141, Easton, MD 21601, or e-mail to The deadline is the 1st of the preceding month of publication (i.e., July 1 for the August issue). Daily Meeting: Mid-Shore Intergroup A lcoholics A nony mous meetings. For places and times, call 410-822-4226 or visit www. 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 July 4 The Easton Carnival will take place in Waterside Village near the Target shopping center. On the 4th of July there will be patriotic programming and live musical performances

by the Chesapeake Community Band and NightLife. Also on the 4th a grand fireworks display will take place at dusk in the grassy area near the carnival. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299. Thru July 7 Exhibit: Jan Kirsh ~ Forms From the Garden at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Kirsh, an award-winning landscape designer and artist, will have a solo exhibition featuring voluptuous and exuberant vegetable and fruit forms, pieces that reflect her desire to provide commentary on the human form mirrored in familiar vegetable shapes. For more info. tel: 410-745-5252 or visit


July Calendar Thru July 7 Exhibit: James Turrell Perspectives at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Turrell is an internationally acclaimed light and space ar t ist whose work can be found in collections worldwide. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru July 10 Exhibit: Kevin Fitzgerald at the Troika Gallery, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-770-9190 or visit

The Cedar Colonnade Thru August 1 Exhibit: Cedar Colonnade by Howard and Mary McCoy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Making arches with bare cedar branches, environmental artists Howard and Mary McCoy will create Cedar C olonnade i n t he Mu seu m’s courtyard. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit Thru Labor Day The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St.

Michaels is offering free general admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families. For more info. tel: 410-7454960 or visit Thru Oct. 31 The Choptank River L ig ht house of fers f ree, selfguided tours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The lighthouse features a minimuseum about the histor y of the original lighthouse and the area’s maritime heritage. It also serves as the dockmaster’s office for the Cambridge Marina. For more info. tel: 410-228-4031 or visit 1 Sherman the Shorebird at the Ta l bot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. Meet Sherman, the mascot of the Delmarva Shorebirds, and listen to some great baseball stories. 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit 1 Movies at Noon at the Talbot C ount y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Brave. Bring your lunch or a snack and enjoy a child-friendly film. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit 1-3 Workshop: Personal Mosaics w it h Jennifer Wagner at t he Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 8 to 11. For


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July Calendar more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Monday Night Trivia at t he Ma rke t S t r e e t P ubl ic House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a fun-filled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 2-31 Exhibit: the St. Michaels Art League will present “Red, White and Blue” at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. The exhibit will celebrate the War of 1812 anniversary.

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2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25,30 Dancing on the Shore at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. Learn to waltz, sw ing, salsa, Argentine tango and more. For more info. tel: 410-482-6169. 3 Firework s in Ox ford on The Strand at dusk. 3 Fireworks in Rock Hall over the harbor at dusk. 3,10,17,24,31 Senior Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Noon. Learn to play American mahjong. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 3,10,17,24,31 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. For more info. visit www. or contact Nancy at ncsnyder@ or 410-463-0148. 3 ,10,17, 2 4 ,31 S ocia l T i me for Seniors at the St. Michaels Communit y Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 3,10,17,24,31 St. Michaels Art League’s weekly “Paint Together” at the home of Alice-Marie Gravely. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8117. 3,10,17,24,31 Oxford Farmers


Market at the Oxford Community Center. 4 to 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904. 3,10,17,24,31 Teen Night at the St. Michaels Community Center, 5 to 7 p.m. Teens ages 12 to 17 are welcome for dinner, activities and entertainment. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 3,17 Plant Clinic offered by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners of Talbot County at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1244. 4 T he M id- Shor e C om mu n it y Band will present a free “AllAmerican 4th of July Concert” at Long Wharf Park, Cambridge at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks. Ple a se br i ng you r ow n law n chairs. For more info. visit www. 4 Concert: Summer Concert Series in Hollis Park, St. Michaels fea-

turing Blues DeVille. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Alcohol prohibited but light refreshments available. For more info. tel: 410-745-0669. 4 Fireworks in Easton at Waterside Village behind Target at dusk. 4 Fireworks in Cambridge, Long Wharf at dusk. 4 Fireworks in Chestertown from Wilmer Park at dusk. 4-Sept. 1 Exhibit: “People/Places/


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Adventures at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Fee includes a dedicated museum facilitator, the cost of program activ ities, t wo days admission, souvenir patch and a scenic river cruise aboard the Mister Jim. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941.

Things” at South Street Art Gallery, Easton. For more info. tel: 410 -7 70 -8350 or v isit www. 4,11,18,25 Cambridge Farmer’s Market from 3 to 6 p.m. on the waterfront at Long Wharf Park. Fresh produce, f lowers, meats, eggs, baked goods, craft items and more. For more info. visit www. 5 Chestertown’s First Friday. Extended shop hours with arts and entertainment throughout the historic downtown. For a list of activities, visit: 5 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Maple Elementary School, Egypt Rd., Cambridge. Refreshments provided. For more info. tel: 410-820-8620. 5,12,19,26 Lighthouse Overnight

5,12,19,26 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 6 First Saturday Guided Walk at Ad k i n s A rboret u m, R idgely. Explore the Arboretum’s diverse plant communities on a guided walk led by a docent naturalist. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0. 6 First Saturday Gallery Walk in downtown Easton (replaces 1st Friday Gallery Walk). 5 to 9 p.m. Easton’s art galleries, antiques


shops and restaurants combine for a unique cultural experience. For more info. tel: 410-770-8350. 6 Opening Night at the Dorchester Center for the Arts for the exhibit Land, Sea and Sky: Arctic Art. 5 p.m. Opening night is free and open to the public and will offer unique decor and appetizers that ref lect the exhibition. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782. 6 C oncer t: U. S. Nav y C ount r y Current on Washington Street, Easton at 7 p.m. Rain venue is the Avalon Theatre. The Navy’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble is nationally renowned for its versatility and “eye-pop-

U.S. Navy Country Current ping” musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 6 St. Michaels Fireworks from the Miles River Yacht Club at dusk.

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July Calendar 6 Big Band Night at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The Olney Big Band will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. with fireworks at the end. With the St. Michaels fireworks scheduled to launch after dusk, the museum’s Navy Point offers a great waterfront venue. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit 6,13,20,27 The Farmers’ Market in Easton is held every Saturday until December. Over 20 vendors offering a variety of fresh fruits, organic vegetables, bison meat & products, sauces, baked goods, flowers, plants and craft items. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harrison Street Public Parking Lot, Easton. Live music most Saturdays. For more info. tel: 410-822-0065. 6,13,20,27 FarmFresh Market in St. Michaels in the municipal parking lot behind Sweeties Bakery from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs and honey. We also host events and activities throughout the season, including our Chef at Market events and a community cook-off. For more info. e-mail:

6,13,20,27 Historic High Street Walking Tour - Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Learn about the people who lived there, their homes, churches and commercia l vent ures. One -hour walking tours are sponsored by the non-profit West End Citizens Association and are accompanied by colonial-garbed docents. $8 (children under 12 free). 11 a.m. at Long Wharf, Cambridge, weather permitting. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. 6,13,20,27 Skipjack Sail on the Nathan of Dorchester, 1 to 3 p.m., Long Wharf, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141 or visit 8 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Join a group and work on your needlecraf t projects. Limited instruction for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit 8-10 Chautauqua 2013 in the Talbot County Historical Society gardens - Turning Points in History is living history portrayals of Amelia Earhart, Jackie Robinson and Rachel Carson. Each evening will feature a different character. Free. For more info. and schedule tel: 410-822-0773 or visit



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8-12 Workshop: Graphic Design Sampler with Zac Del Nero at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 13+. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit 9 Teen Time Capsule at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 11 a.m. to noon. Enjoy a free pizza lunch while creating a time capsule that you will send to the future. Space is limited to 20, so pre-registration is required. Ages 13 and up only. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 9 Pickering Creek presents The Wo r l d Un d e r g r o u n d a t t h e Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 2 p.m. All ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcf 10 Didgeridoo Down Under at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 2 p.m. A high energy Australian theme show spons or e d b y t he E a s te r n Shor e Reg iona l L ibra r y. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcf 10 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info.

10,24 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 10,24 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Bldg., Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 10-12 Workshop: Oil Painting ~ The L a nd sc ape for A bsolute Beginners with Diane DuBois Mu l la ly at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. 10-13 Talbot County Fair at the Ta l b o t C ou nt y A g r ic u lt u r a l Center, Hiner’s Lane, Easton. Great food and fun for all ages. For more info. visit 11 Dig Into Legos at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 2 to 3 p.m. For ages 6 and up. L egos prov ided by t he Ma rk Callahan family in memory of Rebecca Callahan. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 11 Concert: Summer Concert Series in Hollis Park, St. Michaels


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1 to 4 p.m. Participants can go out on Fogg’s Cove on one of the Museum’s Apprentice for a Day sailing or rowing skiffs. The boats are perfect for up to two people, with instructions provided for beginners. Cost is $10 per session, with reservations recommended. For more info. tel: 410-745-4960 or visit

featuring the U.S. Navy Combo. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Alcohol prohibited but light ref reshments available. For more info. tel: 410-745-0669. 11 Claws for a Cause crab feast to benef it t he Q ueen A nne’s Emergency Center. 6 to 9 p.m. at Fisher man’s Crab Deck in Grasonville. Tickets are $90 in advance or $100 at the door. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ex t. 5481 or e-mail jpierce@ 13 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2287331 or visit 13 Gilbert Byron Birthday Celebration, 1:30 p.m. at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. Learn more about the poet and author of Great Bays Chesapeake and Delaware. Regional speakers, books, house tour, and refreshments. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit www. 13 Sailing Saturday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon and

13 Second Saturday in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants will feature live music. For more info. visit 13 Exhibit: Small Works/Big Impact at Main Street Gallery, Cambridge. Opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. For more info. tel: 443-477-3699. 13 Artist Loft Studios open at Joie de Vivre Gallery, Cambridge. 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine and browse the art. For more info. tel: 410-228-7000 or visit 13 2nd Saturday at the Foundry at 401 Market St., Denton. Watch local artists demonstrate their talents. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009.


13 9th annual Taste of Cambridge featuring Dorchester County’s top restaurants starting at 5 p.m. The event features live music and contests, craft vendors and much more! For more info. visit www. 13-Sept. 2 Exhibit: “From Study to Studio” by selected artists at Troika Gallery, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-770-9190 or visit 13,27 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist Churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Menu: eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrapple, hash browns, grits, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice and coffee. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. The Avalon’s dance floor will be open for this special show, so be sure to come out and see why, after all these years, The Beat goes on! For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. 15-16 Science in the Summer at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 9:30-11:30 a.m. for grades 2 and 3; 1-3 p.m. for grades 4 to 6. Hands-on science sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and GlaxoSmithKline. You must register in person. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

13-14 Log Canoe Races at the Chester River Yacht Club, Chestertown. For more info. visit www. 14 Pancake Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Dept. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 14 Concert: The English Beat at the 211

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July Calendar 15-17 Workshop: Artist’s Image of the Chesapeake Bay with Elaine Thompsen at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon for ages 6 to 9 and 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 10+. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit 15-18 Workshop: Drawing with Jonathan Crist at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 13+. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2782) or visit 15-21 9th Annual Plein Air-Easton! C ompet it ion a nd A r ts Fest ival throughout Talbot County. Plein Air-Easton! is the nation’s largest juried plein air painting competition. For 7 days, the competing artists paint. The resulting original works of art

are displayed in the Academy Art Museum, where awards are announced and paintings are sold throughout the final weekend. Please v isit for a full schedule of events. 17 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Visit Poplar Island with Poplar Island staff from 9 a.m. to noon. Boat leaves from Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410745-4941. 17 Jack and the Beanstalk presented by the Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit 17 Petunia the Pig Planter soda bottle craft program at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 4 to 5:45 p.m. With help from Sabine Simonson and Chris Eareckson, try your hand at creating a cute pig planter. Ages 10 to adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 17-18 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels is offering a two-evening boater safety course from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $25. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941.

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Group at Chesapea ke Woods Center, Cambridge. 4 p.m. Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia-related disorders are invited to attend. Free. For more info. tel: 410-221-1400, ext. 1217. 18 Concert: Summer Concert Series in Hollis Park, St. Michaels featuring Gypsy Collective. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Alcohol prohibited but light refreshments available. For more info. tel: 410-745-0669. 19 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Choose from three delicious soups for lunch. $6 meal deal. Each meal comes with a bowl of soup, a roll and a drink. Take out or eat in! We deliver in St. Michaels. For more info. tel:410-745-6073. 20 Historic Walking Tour of Oxford begins at 1 p.m. and meets at the Ferry dock. For more info. visit 21 Lecture: Who’s Buying Contemporary Realism: Why and How? with Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. 20-21 Log Canoe Races at the Rock Hall Yacht Club. For more info. 213


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visit 21 One-hour Skipjack Sails on the Nathan of Dorchester at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Long Whar f, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410 -228 -7 1 41 or v i sit w w w. 23 Dig Into Origami at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 a.m. For ages 8 and up. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 23 Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Make your own sand art bottle creation. Ages 6 and up. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 25 Tommy Buckets in concert at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. A drumming show with lots of audience participation. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit 25 Concert: Summer Concert Series in Hollis Park, St. Michaels featuring the Bay Jazz Project. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Alcohol prohibited but light ref reshments available. For more info. tel: 410-745-0669. 26 Concert: The Roadhouse Clams

in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. With the raw energy of Steve Earle, the Rolling Stones, and John Hiatt, the Clams put on shows that are pure juke joint, with devilishly clever lyrics. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 27 Two-Hour Ecology Sail aboard the Sultana in Chestertown. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-778-5954 or visit www. 27-28 Log Canoe Races at the Miles River Yacht Club, St. Michaels. For more info. visit


27-28 Cambridge Powerboat Assoc. C a mbr idge Cla ssic boat races. The Classic has been an integral part of the city and county heritage for 100 years. For more info. and race schedule visit 27-Aug. 18 A nnua l Members’ Exhibition at the Academy Art Mu s u m , E a s ton . Memb e r s’ reception and judge’s awards presented July 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. 29 Dig into Crafts at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. See what you

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