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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 64, No. 2

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July 2015

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Monte Morton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Full Moon Follies: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Local Craftsman Brings Life to a Forgotten Classic: Dick Cooper . . . . 27 Froggy’s Pie Plate Breeze: Gilbert Byron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 A Vanished Island: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Telephone Pole Blues: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

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About the Cover Photographer Monte Morton Monte Morton, of Elkton, MD, has had a passion for photography since childhood. His uncle worked for Eastman Kodak and would visit every summer with his Rolleif lex camera and offer instruction. After taking a photography class in high school he was hooked. Monte’s photographic interests lie in capturing the Chesapeake Bay and the rural Pennsylvania landscapes, covered bridges and the unique lifestyle of the Amish people that live there. Although the Amish are typically hesitant towards outsiders, especially those who possess a

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Full Moon Follies by Helen Chappell

creates some strange behavior in earth’s creatures. If you don’t think we are affected by the full moon, just remember that we humans are about 70 percent water ~ the lunar effect ~ or so the sayings go. Ask anyone who deals with the public and they’ll tell you, things get busy, if not downright strange, during a full moon. Babies get born, crime goes up, corals breed, animals are active all night, and police and security guards tell me that things can get weird fast when that old Devil Moon is hanging large over the landscape. Of course, when the going gets

I love a full moon. It’s beautiful hanging in the night sky, illuminating the world in a wonderful soft light, and making everything more ... interesting. The ancients crafted myths around her, worshiping her and marking the passage of time by her waxing and waning. The human curiosity about this satellite orbiting our planet is so intense, we even sent humans up there to explore it. This congealed mass of burnedout star fragments, space dust and rock (thank you, Neil de Grasse Tyson) pulls our tides in and out and


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What we need are some 21st century full moon names. You know ~ memes that fit the times. Let’s take last May’s full moon. Now, according to the Almanac, that’s the Flower Moon. Sounds pretty ~ right? And of course, everything is blooming full force, from wild dogwood to azaleas, and it all looks fabulous. We were grateful for it after that long, ugly winter. However....everyone is irritable in May. Personally, I think it’s the pollen, which makes you crazy and miserable even if you’re not allergic, because everyone else around you is allergic and they’re making you miserable. Example: my BFF and I went out to lunch and spent the entire meal picking at each

weird, the weird get going, and I’m really affected by it. I’m sleepless, restless, my imagination goes into overdrive ~ you name it. Moonshine falls on me like a ton of soft, blue light. Sometimes, when I look up at the sky, I see that huge moon hanging over the trees and I think, “Oh, that’s it!” A full moon explains a lot of weirdness. According to the Old Farmers’ Almanac, Native Americans had all kinds of poetic, romantic, seasonal names for the full moons. They’re nice, highly evocative of a life much more in tune with nature than the one we live now in suburbia, but I think they’re outdated.


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and cranky. So May, for all its beauty, is definitely the Irritable Moon. June is supposed to be the Strawberry Moon. I have concluded that it should be the Bridezilla Moon because a lot of people get married in June, and many, many of those brides, who are otherwise pleasant and reasonable women, drink the Kool-Aid of the Bridal Industrial Complex and turn into monsters as they try to make their Special Day all about them. They are the center of the universe and display a general annoying egotism that causes sane people, like the groom, to want to run and hide. July is the Buck Moon, theoretically because deer are growing their antlers. Once Bambi has

other for no good reason. Just a pair of irritable belles bringing their issues to the table. Normally she vents, then I vent, we sympathize and then get down to the serious business of gossip. But this time we just couldn’t stop needling each other for no good reason ~ so much so that we carried our issues home and spent half the week needling each other by e-mail. Weird, because we’ve always been there for each other. A random survey of random people who deal with the public, from mental health professionals to retail clerks to law enforcement, revealed that everyone was irritable

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month you get those hot days and then those really cool nights that make summer so great.

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September! The Corn Moon, says the Almanac. This is when the field corn is as high as a raccoon can reach, and anxious observers watch to make sure it isn’t spiraling from drought. Fields of corn smell so good. A sweet sticky smell that reminds me of my childhood on the farm. A more modern name for September would be Back to School Moon, when kids are unhappy and parents overjoyed. Then comes October. Harvest Moon! So romantic, unless you’ve been on a harvester for the past 18


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to spend, spend, spend. How about Maxed-Out Visa Moon? Rolling into the new year, we have the Wolf Moon, for when the prey is limited in the mountains and the wolves come down to the village to sniff at your door. A January full moon on white snowfall creates a strange, almost supernatural light.

hours straight and you still have fifty acres to cut and your hemorrhoids are killing you. October is pretty. Leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down. However, the shorter daylight hours trigger seasonal affective disorder in a lot of people. But wait ~ there’s Halloween ~ best holiday of the year... so, we will call it the Halloween Seasonal Affective Disorder Moon. November, but the old reckoning was, I swear, the Beaver Moon. When was the last time you saw a beaver in these parts? I thought so. Otters, yes. November brings Thanksgiving and the first dysfunctional family reunion of the season where everyone brings a covered dish and an unresolved issue. But it also brings football season. Let’s call this one the Football Widows Moon. And who can forget December? The Neo-Pagans called it the Long Night Moon. People get up for work and school while it’s dark, and come home in the dark. The only time you get to see your family in the light of day is the weekend. And, the holiday adds that extra special Be Happy or Else pressure to Dysfunctional Family Reunion Part II. Whether you are celebrating Eid, Chanukah, Samhain or Christmas, you must buy into the retail hype

One night I was looking out my window at a snowy January landscape under that blue light, and I saw my neighbor out. In the shadow of the trees, he could have been a werewolf, instead of a guy looking for his dog. So, I’m going to call it the Werewolf Moon ~ hey, it could happen! February is the Hunger Moon, for obvious reasons. This is when the Native Americans turned the tables and killed and ate the wolves because they were starving, too. February is a hard, cruel month. 22



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Full Moon Follies This is when the snow birds head for the islands, and the rest of us just try to suffer through it. The only good thing about it is Valentine’s Day and all that chocolate. It is supposed to be the shortest month of the year, but it always feels like the longest because it is so gloomy, snowy, cold and thick. In short, February is Full Out Depression Moon. It should be celebrated with Lexapro martinis and shorter work days so people can hibernate as much as possible. March wants to fool you into thinking you survived the winter, but don’t pay any attention to it. It’s a trick! The Dakotah Sioux called it the Moon When Eyes are Sore from Bright Snow Moon. We usually have our biggest snowfalls around here during March. There is a bit more warmth in the air that draws the worms to the surface, but it’s also windy, stormy and bleak. It gets your hopes up with a couple of warmer days, then

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April than any other month. So, let’s call it the Suicide Prevention Moon. It is the month when people need to do some spring cleaning on their mental health. So, there you have it, my suggestions for the ironies of the postmodern, postindustrial society. Whatever you call it, as long as you are aware and prepared for it, a full moon can be enormous fun and full of splendor.

zaps you back into truculence with yet more winter snow. I’d call it the Wormy Moon, because it makes you feel wormy for wanting more spring than you’re going to get. Then comes April. The Almanac (I’m beginning to wonder if all these Native moon names are all made up) calls it the Fish Moon because spawning season begins now. T.S. Eliot wisely called it “the cruelest month” because all that spring glory contrasted so miserably with the mood of those who managed to survive winter by barely hanging on, and now that spring is finally here, they’re too tired to hang on anymore. As a matter of fact, as ironic as it seems, more suicides happen in

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Local Craftsman Brings Life to a Forgotten Classic by Dick Cooper The highly varnished mahogany of Ebby duPont’s latest masterpiece has its own inner glow: a luster that gives the rich wood a three-dimensional look and a soft-as-satin feel. The Chris-Craft runabout, Model #1 built in 1928 and nestled in its crad le in duPont’s shop behind his Bozman home, has style and elegance in perfect proportions. From the polished chrome cutwater

on its bow that could double as a shaving mirror, to the gold lettering on its transom, the boat is as much a piece of fine art as it is a functional watercraft. Its current state, however, belies its abused and misused past. It was scarred and charred when the barn it had been stored in burned. It had been pulled to safety, only to be crushed by a falling tree. “When

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most of the parts were accounted for, even if they were fragile or broken. When he loaded it on a trailer to bring it to the Eastern Shore, duPont had to strap the hull together to prevent the parts from falling off during the trip. And then the boat sat on duPont’s “to do” list for several years as he worked on other projects and recovered from a variety of health problems. “I guess it has been about seven years now that I have been working on this one,” duPont says as he runs his hand along the curving length of the bow. “It has been like working on a jigsaw puzzle, only

I first saw it, a tree was growing through the hull,” duPont says. duPont bought the damaged boat and all of its pieces in 2003 from Boyd’s Boatyard in Canton, Connecticut ~ a business that boasts on its website, “You will find no fiberglass boats in Canton, only wood, and because of a combination of philosophical and practical objections, Boyd has never traded in the recently manufactured reproduction runabouts.” While the boat was in very bad shape, the wood was not rotten and

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Hull #1425, he contacted the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, that has all of the early records of the Chris Smith & Sons Boat Co. of Algonac, Michigan. The company, whose Chris-Craft trade name has become almost synonymous with varnished mahogany boats, traces its roots to Christopher Columbus Smith, a professional duck hunter who made his first boat when he was 13 in 1874. By the mid- 1920s the factory across the St. Clair River from Canada, north of Detroit, was turning out hundreds of the speedy little powerboats. “There is a lot of information about Chris-Crafts, so you are not always walking around in the dark,” duPont says. “I have a complete set of drawings. They help,

Bow detail of the 1928 Chris-Craft. without a picture and with a lot of missing pieces.” Once he determined the boat was

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Local Craftsman but they don’t tell you everything.” With that, he pulls out a small piece of metal that has 90-degree bends at each end. “I found two of these. I figured they must do something, so I kept them and scratched on it for a while. When I finally figured it out, it was like a whole month of Christmases.” The pieces connected the throttle lever on the steering wheel with a rod that went back to the engine. It changed a turning motion on the lever into a push-and-pull motion to adjust the speed. “I probably could have found it online, but I don’t do the computer,” he says. The hull card for his boat shows

The detail on the instrument panel is magnificent. duPont that it was shipped from Michigan to New Jersey on April 12, 1928. It was equipped with an 82-horsepower Model JM Chrysler engine with a serial number 6084, had blue leather upholstery, two f lag poles, wrapped, and sold for $2,235. With the 106-horsepower engine it would have sold for an


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turned into boats. “They bought it by the freighter-load,” duPont says. Now, a single clear board can cost more than $250. duPont says the 1928 runabout is just a little older than the boats he prefers to work on. “I typically hang out in the Depression Era because they are the height of design. It was the design that was selling boats. Hacker and Gar Wood were st i l l a round, a nd t hey were a l l fighting for the few discretionary dollars that were still out there during the Depression.” These boats were never a poor man’s watercraft, even when they were new. A boat like duPont’s would have cost almost half the annual salary of a good-paying job in the late 1920s. It would have been

additional $260. “I put a 106 in it because I always like a little more power,” he says. duPont says most of the classic A merican-built boats of the era were built of Philippine mahogany. “It is not rea lly ma hogany, but in those days the boats had to be all made from materials from the country of origin to compete for the Harmsworth Cup, which was sort of like the America’s Cup for power boats.” The Philippines were then a territory of the United States, so the manufacturers made the stretch to include its fine wood in their boats. Photos of the Chris-Craft factory taken in the 1920s show tall stacks of t he dark wood waiting to be

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boats is often a solitary endeavor it is not a singularly held passion. The Antique and Classic Boat Society has a far-f lung membership and sponsors rendezvous and boat shows across the country almost every weekend of the summer. The Chesapea ke Bay Chapter holds its annua l weekend show every June at the Chesapeake Bay Mar itime Museum and at tracts upwa rd s of 2,500 v isitors. The Museum docks are lined with old boats that look as if they just came off the showroom floor, their decks varnished to perfection and their throaty engines all tricked out. “It is a perennial favorite,” says CBMM Vice President Tracey Munson. duPont has three completed re-

out of sight and way out of mind during the Depression, when workers lucky to have a job often had to get by on a dollar a day. The fact that these boats have survived for almost 100 years attests to the skill and quality of their construction “The wood was book-matched,” duPont says, pointing out minute inter na l ma rk i ngs i n t he wood that can be seen on corresponding planks on opposite sides of the boat. The boards were sliced lengthwise, and the sides of the boat were built in mirror images. It was not just cosmetic, he says. “It helped with the balance.” While the restoration of antique


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Restoring one of these old boats is a labor of love for duPont. stored boats in his garage. The 1928 Model #1 he is finishing off will take the place of the rough-looking hull he has stored in the last remaining bay. “The next project is right here,” he says, pointing under his workbench to the mahogany bow of a 1929 Chris-Craft sticking through the wall of his shop. “It’s already trying to get inside.”

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Froggy Hewes knew that he ought to go home. His ma needed him to kill the chicken for their Fourth of July dinner. From his perch in a tree, he listened as the orator droned on and on. “Fellow Americans, in closing,” the gentleman said, and the crowd stirred hopefully, “may I repeat my opening thesis. It is my carefully considered opinion that we stand on the threshold of a century which offers life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the greatest abundance to all of us, from the poorest plowboy to the richest merchant ~ so long as we cast our ballots as true Southerners always have.” The band played Dixie and the crowd dispersed with a wild rebel yell. Froggy knew that he ought to go home. Instead, he headed for the river. The package of pie plates, which he had borrowed for his ma, tinkled as he ran. On the beach, six log canoes were being fitted for the afternoon race to Bloody Point Light and return. The Mary Rider’s keel paralleled the sky, and her crew gave her bottom a final smoothing with sand and water. Two men were scrubbing the topsides of the Magic. Others were lacing the sails on the masts of the

Gilbert Byron Island Blossom. Discarded jackplanes told of last-minute efforts to fair the lines ~ all of the boats were sailed to win ~ no one wanted to be the last to finish. The slowest boat was awarded a ham; perhaps her crew would grease their canoe and do better next time. Froggy would have given anything he had, even the giant firecracker that waited in his pants’ pocket, for a chance to sail in the race. He sat down on an over-turned rowboat and listened to the men talk. 45

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“Weuns could leave the boy guard them,” said Captain Ed. “You reckon he’s old enough?” Froggy knew he ought to go home, but here was his big chance. Maybe if he guarded the canoes, Captain Ed would take him with them on the Magic. “I’m going on thirteen,” he said. Captain Ed nodded. “Don’t you touch anything, lad,” he said, “just drive off any cats or dogs and if one of them city fellers come poking around with a picture-taking box, toss a lighted firecracker under his stern.” This tickled Froggy. He fingered the big cylinder in his pocket and saw it exploding in close proximity to a city dude. Captain Ed would return just in time to witness the

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foremast gave a narrow bar of shade. Boy, it was hot, only the smooth log bilge was cool and damp. Froggy had another idea. He crawled far up under the bow deck. The men had just finished scrubbing her out, and the log was still wet. Froggy rested his head on the stack of pie plates. Froggy slept. Suddenly, he awoke to the sound of voices and the movement of the Magic’s keel through the sand. “Don’t let her stop, boys,” said Captain Ed. “Five more feet and she’s wet.” Froggy wondered if he was still asleep and dreaming. There was a splash! Jerusalem! He was awake all right ~ he was sailing in the Fourth of July race as a stowaway on the Magic. “Hold her there, lads,” said Captain Ed. “Don’t let her go down.” There were other splashes. Frogg y pict ured t he scene. Si x lean canoes with their clouds of white sails, crews aboard, held upright by their backers, waiting for the starter to give the word. Each canoe was handicapped.

explosion and his reward could only be one thing. The captain paused and looked back to where Froggy was standing, as stiff as a sentinel. “But don’t get the idea we’re going to take you with us in the race,” he said, ”You’re too puny.” Froggy sighed and sat down in the shade of the Magic’s hull. That speaker didn’t know what he was talking about, a boy his size didn’t have a shadow of a chance to pursue happiness, at least not in a sailing canoe. A breeze stirred the middle of the river, but a dead calm lay on the beach. Froggy was sleepy but the sand flies pestered him until he had an idea. Picking up the package of pie plates, he climbed aboard the Magic. He sat down in the stern sheets and placed his hand on the long tiller. Boy, what he wouldn’t give to sail the Magic in the race. Too puny, huh! The sun beat down on the boat and the helmsman. He deserted his post and moved to a spot where the


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Meekins. “She’s getting plenty. Four men are riding her board.” Froggy listened to the cascade. Faster and faster, the old waterbird f lew toward the broad reaches of Eastern Bay. “It’s puffy past this point,” Ollie reported. “The Island Belle just took some over the rail.” “The Island boys don’t know how to sail,” said Joe. Frogg y could see Captain Ed, his bare feet braced against the washboard, his arm resting on the long tiller. “The Island Blossom is the one we’ve got to beat,” the captain said. “How’s she doing?” “She’s a bit oversailed and yawing.” “They’re figuring the breeze will die with the sun,” said Captain Ed. “There goes the Mary Rider past Tilghman’s Point,” Ollie reported. “Five men were riding her board.” Froggy watched the tight foot of the foresail and the press of the mainsail against the long sprit. He listened to the straining of the jib’s tackle. He counted the pairs of bare feet and added two for the man on

“Are you ready, Island Bride?” the official called. “Ready!” “Sail away!” Froggy heard the run of the water along her keel, voices fading in the distance. One by one the canoes started on their long run to Bloody Point Light. The last to slide away was the Magic. Froggy listened to the gurgle against her forefoot. The voices on the shore became fainter until the only sound was the rush of the canoe through the river. He slid to the leeward when the Magic caught an offshore puff and heeled. “Joe and Jim on the spring board,” Captain Ed called. Froggy could see the plank as they slid one end under the washboard. The men mounted the weather end and the canoe resumed a more level flight. “Slack off the main sheet a bit,” the captain ordered. “The Island Bride has rounded Deepwater Point,” a voice called from above Froggy. That was Ollie

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“Come on down and bail her out, Joe,” Captain Ed said. Froggie curled against the Magic’s stem. “How’s the Island Blossom doing, Ollie?” asked Captain Ed. “Only the Mary Rider is ahead of her.” Froggy sat with his back against the windward log of the Magic. The canoe was well heeled and f lew along like a wild swan. “Here we go by the Island Belle,” said Captain Ed. “Tell them, lads.” “Hurrah! Hurrah!!” the crew of the Magic shouted as they swept to the windward of the Island entry. The Island Belle’s crew looked the other way. Toward t he west, Old Bloody

the springboard. There was a crew of ten, not counting the stowaway. Captain Ed looked toward the w i ndw a r d . “ T h r e e men on t he board,” he suddenly called, and six feet disappeared. “Trim sails!” Froggy figured that they were passing Tilghman’s Point and about to start the close reach to Bloody Point Light. Suddenly, a strong southwest gale almost knocked the Magic down. The stowaway looked aft and saw only Captain Ed’s feet ~ the rest of the crew were riding the board or the windward rail. Water ran down the smooth inner log and wet the seat of Froggy’s britches.

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the windward. “The bay is calming down to the southward,” he said. “Looks like some of you boys better swim over to the skipjack when we pass her,” the captain said. “”Either that or you may have to swim all the way to St. Michaels later.” Under the deck, Froggie shivered. He couldn’t swim very far with the breast stroke and kick that gave him his nickname. Would they toss him overboard if they found him? Maybe it would be better to crawl out and take the chance of swimming to the skipjack with the rest of them. “Where will you be if she blows again?’ asked Ollie. “Suit yourself,” said Captain Ed. “Only if she goes dead calm again, the five heaviest are going overboard.

raised a sooty red finger. As the lighthouse lifted itself out of the bay, the Magic passed the Island Bride and the Belle M. Crane; she closed the gap on the Mary Rider and the Island Blossom. The two leaders approached a skipjack anchored off Bloody Point Bar. The larger boat served as a racing buoy and a watching post for judges. “The wind is beginning to fade,” Captain Ed said. ”We’ll be setting the light sails after we round the mark.” Froggy watched the men working on the canvas. A bundle of sail rested beside the foremast’s step, so close to where he crouched. Ollie must have been looking to

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canoes before losing it. The three racers wallowed in the swell, in hailing distance of one and another. “I guess the flood tide will take us home,” Captain Ed said. “Set the light staysail.” Froggy saw bare feet coming his way. Joe stretched a long arm under the deck, and his eyes followed. He saw the huddled stowaway. “Who’s that?” he growled. “It’s me, Froggy Hewes.” Joe grabbed the boy and slid him out into the open. All eyes focused on him. “How’d you get under there, boy?” Captain Ed demanded. Froggy’s lip trembled. “ The boy ’s fear f ul,” Joe said. “What’s the matter, bub?” Froggy gulped and pointed toward the shore. “I can’t swim that far.” “He thinks we’re going to toss him overside,” Joe said. Captain Ed grinned. “You keep from underfoot and you can sail for awhile, as long as you don’t Jonah us.” “I ain’t no Jonah, Captain Ed,” said Froggy. The Magic’s crew had momentarily forgotten about the race. Now their eyes turned to the Mary Rider, becalmed some two hundred yards to the north, and the Island Blossom, perhaps twice as far away. The crews had poled out the sails in hopes of catching the faint breeze. The Island entry was making the best of it and was gradually moving away from the others.

’Course you can take the springboard with you.” Froggy knew that they were nearing the skipjack. He could hear the waves pounding the beach beyond the bar. “I’ll take my chances with the Magic,” Ollie said, and the rest agreed. So did Froggy. He saw the white tip of the skipjack’s mast and heard her gear rattling in the swell. “Give them a cheer as we go by, lads,” said Captain Ed. This time the cheers were returned. “Let’s put the big jib on her,” the captain ordered. There was a patter of bare feet and the rustle of canvas as the big triangle was raised and trimmed. Froggy felt the Magic give an answering leap. “The Mary Rider and the Island Blossom are sailing neck and neck,” Ollie said. “How are we doing?” asked Captain Ed. “They can’t be more than a quarter of a mile ahead, now,” said Ollie. The Magic was running with a light breeze over her starboard quarter. Captain Ed looked toward the south. “We’re carrying the last of the wind in our pockets,” he said. “Set the watersails and we’ll see how long we can keep it.” The light canvas flew below the main and foresails. The Magic carried the last of the breeze, and she caught the leading 56


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“Toss some water on the sails,” said Captain Ed. The Island Blossom increased her lead. “What has she got that we don’t have?” Ollie asked. All eyes watched the Island canoe. Her sails and pennants sagged listlessly, but she moved steadily through the water. “You might think she might have one of them new engines in her,” Joe said. “Con the three islanders on the lee rail,” Captain Ed said. “Do any amongst you see what I see?” Ollie came up with the proper answer. “They are paddling with their hands!” “That’s it,” said Captain Ed. “Two can play at that game. Three of you long-armed fellows see what you can do.” The Magic began to move. Only the Mary Rider, resting between the other two, could not sail without a breeze and without detection. Froggy had been quietly watching ~ now he had an idea. He remembered the pie plates and held them aloft. “Paddles!” he said. The captain was at that point where any strategy was worth trying. He chose a plate and made an experimental pass. “You fellows might try them for a while.” The men palmed the plates; the Magic began to move. 58

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“You don’t reckon they’d dare ram us, do you?” This from Joe. Frog g y had a not her idea. He reached in his pocket and brought out the giant firecracker. “ W here’d you get t hat c a non cracker, boy?” said Joe. Froggy watched the island swimmers. They were only fifty yards away now. He pointed the f irecracker in their direction. “Light it, Ollie,” Captain Ed commanded. “This boy has more brains than the rest of us put together.” Ollie struck a match, and the fuse sizzled. Froggy measured the distance and tossed it with deadly accuracy. The big red cylinder described a mild parabola and exploded just as it hit the water, in the midst of the islander invaders. A great mushroom of smoke and foam towered sk y ward and t he men f rom t he Island Blossom disappeared in the haze. When the cloud lifted, they could be seen sw imming w ildly toward their canoe. After the terrific blast, the Magic steadily increased her lead. Two hundred yards from the finish line, they quietly dropped all of the pie plates overside and coasted home. “Tell them, boys,” said Captain Ed, and this time the hurrahs had an added higher note. The spectators on the beach gave an answering cheer. Froggy searched the crowd for a familiar face, and he was not disappointed. Standing on the beach,

“Don’t get too speedy, lad s,” warned Captain Ed. “Somebody might think we are cheating.” “All we need is a pack of firecrackers and folks would think we had an engine,” said Ollie. Froggy thought of the big cylinder in his pants’ pocket. A s t he y rou nde d T i lg h m a n’s Point, the Magic caught the Island Blossom and they moved abreast of one another, in hailing distance. “There go four of the islanders overboard,” Ollie said. “They’re swimming this way.” The y w atche d t he s w i m mer s pushing the springboard ahead of them. Their course was aimed at intercepting the Magic. “If they see the pie plates we’ll be disqualified.” Captain Ed said. “Let four of us take our springboard and have a little party with them,” Ollie said “I don’t want nobody to get hurt,” said the captain, “but maybe the four fattest better get ready.” The men began to peel off their clothing, watching the island swimmers. 60


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Caroline County A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at www.tourcaroline.com. 79

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



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While July may be a popular vacation month, our gardens and landscapes do not take a vacation, so there is still plenty to do. Now is a good time to pay attention to how your perennial garden is doing. You can divide and replant bearded iris now. Dig them up carefully, and throw out the diseased and borer infested rhizomes. Iris leaves that are wilted and chewed are probably suffering from iris borer. The affected rhizomes are mushy and have a foul odor. Separate the rhizomes and dust the cut ends with sulfur to reduce potential rot problems. Plant the iris in full sun locations with the top of the rhizomes barely showing above the ground, and then water regularly. Do not use a mulch around iris as mulching tends to attract iris borers. Perennials, like yarrow and salvia, can be cut back now to encourage re-blooming later this summer. Just like we do with annual flowers

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Rhododendron adversely affected by Phytophthora. in germinating because of the high temperatures. Try lowering the soil temperatures by covering the seed bed with a f loating row cover like “re-may” or some other shading material. Succession plantings of green beans can go in until the first of August, and you can get in another seeding of summer squash for fall production. Wait until August for the fall planting of peas. July is the time to renovate your strawberry planting. Select the most vigorous strawberry plants for next year’s crop. Remove other plants, including runners, that developed over the last year, to ensure that all the plant’s energy goes into the development of the primary plants. Cut the foliage one inch above the ground to eliminate insect and disease problems. Be careful not to cut the crown of the plant, how-

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Tidewater Gardening that are warm, wet and have a pH range of between 4.5 and 6. You can prevent the spread of this disease, and protect your azaleas and rhododendrons, by following a few recommended and approved cultural practices. First, always plant these plants in well-drained soil where water never collects. For many homeowners, this may mean planting in raised beds to get the proper drainage. Second, plant your azaleas and rhododendrons on the north, east, or northeast sides of your home or landscape. This way they will be shaded and the soil will remain cool. A common planting mistake

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larger, predatory mites (who eat the other mites) on the paper. Don’t be too anxious to spray the plants. Sometimes applying an insecticide will make the problem worse. The easiest control for spider mites is to spray the plants with a strong, directed spray from the garden hose. This will wash the mites out of the plant. Be sure to direct the spray to the undersides of the leaves or needles where the mites are located. Avoid the use of Sevin insecticide when you can, as this will also kill off the beneficial insects that feed on mites, thus making the problem worse. July is the time when many retail garden outlets use a mid-summer clearance sale to rid their yards of ornamental plants left over from

leaf surface. They deposit black fecal spots on the lower leaf surface. Try controlling these pests first with horticultural oil or soap. Very heavy infestations may need treatment with a systemic insecticide. Another pest that shows up in July, when the weather turns hot and dry, especially on needled evergreens like yews, is spider mites. Plants in hot, dry locations are particularly vulnerable to this pest. To determine if you have spider mites, hold a piece of white paper under a branch and lightly tap it. Check the white paper closely to see if you see anything crawling around on it. Sometimes you will also see

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and mulch to conserve moisture. Container-grown plants, because they are grown in a bark and peatbased potting soil, will dry out in the landscape quicker than balled and burlaped shrubs and trees grown in soil. It is important that you monitor your newly planted container plants and make sure that when you water you deeply soak the entire root ball. If the plant is planted in heavy clay soils, however, be careful not to over-water. I would be skeptical of buying clearance plants where the sale of plants is a side income at the retail operation. Most times they do not have the proper set-up to take care of the plants, and little attention has been paid to the proper care of this material while it is on the lot. When selecting sale plants under these conditions, make certain that the plants are alive. Check the root systems to make sure that they have bright white roots. Regardless of what the sales clerk tells you, horticultural scientists have not yet discovered a method of reviving dead plants. Happy Gardening!

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Easton Points of Interest Historic Downtown Easton is the county seat of Talbot County. Established around early religious settlements and a court of law, today the historic district of Easton is a centerpiece of fine specialty shops, business and cultural activities, unique restaurants and architectural fascination. Tree-lined streets are graced with various period structures and remarkable homes, carefully preser ved 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 www. avalontheatre.com. 4. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information for historic Easton and the waterfront villages of Oxford, St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit www.tourtalbot.org. 5. BARTLETT PEAR INN - 28 S. Harrison St. Significant for its architecture, it was built by Benjamin Stevens in 1790 and is one of Easton’s earliest three-bay brick buildings. The home was “modernized” with Victorian bay windows on the right side in the 1890s. 105

Easton Points of Interest 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit www. waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and an annual craft festival, CR AFT SHOW (the Eastern Shore’s largest juried fine craft show), featuring local and national artists and artisans demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their crafts. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org.

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Easton Points of Interest 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit granite. 9. TALBOT HISTORICAL SOCIET Y - Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773 or visit www.hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the


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Easton Points of Interest Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcf l.org. 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early


1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial Hospital is part of the Shore Health System. www.shorehealth.org. 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 www.pickeringcreek.org. 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist� mill has been lovingly preserved by


Easton Points of Interest The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds f lour to this day using two massive grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. For more info. visit www.oldwyemill.org. 26. W YE ISL A ND NATUR AL RESOURCE MA NAGEMENT 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 www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/wyeisland.asp. 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 www.wyeparish.org. 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.

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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. For more info. visit www.harbourtowne.com. 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit www.milesriveryc.org. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit www.perrycabin.com. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,


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

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

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

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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. TOWN DOCK RESTAURANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. For more info. visit www.towndockrestaurant.com. 25. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is

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St. Michaels Points of Interest supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing flour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on S. Talbot St. across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.




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

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

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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. 143



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A Vanished Island by Gary D. Crawford

Did you know that much of Delmarva is aeolian? I know that makes it sound all mythic and classical, but actually it just refers to our dirt. It seems that a good part of our soil is made up of angular, fine-grained particles created by wind erosion far away on the piedmont and then transpor ted here by the w inds. Hence, aeolian, from Aeolus, the Greek ruler of the winds. Such aircreated soil is known as loess, a German term pronounced much as Superman referred to his girlfriend. As the most recent glacial period came to an end, great currents of air f lowed down off the massive Laurentide ice sheet that still covered New York and much of Pennsylvania, its vast weight denting the earth’s crust. These katabatic (“dow nhill”) w inds scoured the hills to create these fine particles and transport them away. Tons of airborne sediment drifted over our area from the northwest to southeast, building up the tidewater soils and the Delmarva peninsula. The Susquehanna River was able to keep up with the loess falling from the sky, for in those days it was a fastmoving torrent carrying immense amounts of fresh ice-melt f lowing out from beneath the glacier.

Aeolus ~ Greek god who was the keeper of the winds. Delmarva grew up layer by layer. Plants then contributed vast amounts of organic matter, covered the loess and kept it from blowing into the Atlantic. Over the ages, it became the lovely peninsula we know today, its soil, as we are well aware, rich and fertile. Loess has a property, however, that isn’t so terrific for those who live along the shores. When exposed repeatedly to wave action, it breaks apart and mixes with the water. It doesn’t dissolve like sugar (or it would be gone entirely), nor does it quite emulsify (as cream does in water to make milk). But the particles do form a colloid; that is, they go into suspension and f loat for a time. And once churned into a soup, currents can then transport


A Vanished Island tons of soil downstream and into the Bay. It’s one reason why the Bay is so shallow, a mere nineteen feet on average, or so I’m told. The shoreline of the Chesapeake consequently is in a constant state of f lux because our shorelines are gradually melting, even if the sea level weren’t rising, which it is. W hat i s i mpor t a nt to shore dwellers is not the sea level itself or the rise and fall of the land, but the combined effect of the two upon the waterline ~ the point where the water meets the land. If the land is going up as the sea level rises, the waterline may not change it all; ditto if both are dropping. But if the land

subsides as the water rises, the effect upon the waterline is additive. And that, unfortunately, is what is happening around here. There is some debate about how fast the waterline is rising in the Chesapeake, and why, but it is rising, though the rate varies somewhat f rom location to location. The impact on our shorelines can be dramatic. If all our shores were great high earthen banks like Calvert Cliffs, that would be one thing. But the gradient of the Eastern Shore ~ the slope of the land ~ is very shallow. Raise the waterline by just a few inches, the Delmarva shoreline may move inland by a hundred yards or more. All Chesapeake shores are sub-



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A Vanished Island ject to this persistent erosion, but islands in the Bay are the most vulnerable because the waves can nibble at all sides. Many of these off-shore lands are now gone, and others are going. Sharp’s Island, just outside the mouth of the Great Chopta n k R iver a nd t he model for Michener’s Devon Island, finally washed away altogether in the 1960s. Most of Sharp’s is somewhere down around Cape Charles City, I suspect. Poplar Island nearly disappeared, too; just five acres were left in 1995 before the Army Corps of Engineers began rebuilding it as a containment area for dredge spoils. The heavy erosion at Kent Island and Tilghman’s Island has been slowed by bu l k he ad s a nd riprap. Other methods, like “living shorelines,” are now being employed in suitable places. Islands down the Bay are threatened, too. Smith Island is nearly awash, and there was talk a few years ago about relocating that community. Nowhere, however, is the plight of the islander more dramatically revealed than at Hollands Island.

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A Vanished Island Nearly everyone has seen pictures of the “Last House,” as it slowly became entirely isolated by the Bay, standing as a solitary monument to the entire lost community. Stories have been written about it across A merica. It is a fascinating but heart-wrenching story. The plight of t he L ast House certainly wrenched the heart of Stephen L. White. He bought the property and desperately tried to save it, as a tribute to those who had lived and died there over the years. (See http://www.savehollandisland.com/wildlife.html) Today, Hollands Island is virtually gone. Only a marsh remains. Kate Livie, the education director for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, has on her blog Beautiful Swimmers an article entitled “Holland Island, Against the Tide.” She describes the island’s long struggle and includes some dramatic present-day photos by David Harp.(See http://beautifulswimmers.tumblr.com/search/ holland+island) But more than the loss of the island or the struggle to save the Last House, it is the fate of the Hollands Island community that most captures my imagination. When did it all begin? What sort of community did they build out there, and how did it evolve? What was their reaction to the erosion problem? When they finally pulled out, did they go family

by family, or in groups? I wonder who was the last to leave? And, of course, where did they all go? The answers to many of these questions still elude me, though much source material has turned up. But deadlines loom and editors must move forward. So, unashamedly, I offer some reasonable guesses. Perhaps readers of the Tidewater Times will help to correct this sketch. Here goes.

The island was first granted to Thomas Courtney in 1667, two years before the founding of Dorchester C ou nt y. L ater it wa s ow ned by


Haney Holland, and over the years it came to be known by his name. An apostrophe rarely appears, but there is absolutely no agreement about whether it should be written Holland or Hollands. The 1910 census reads “Hollands Island,” so I’m going with that. We don’t know whether the owners lived on the island or leased it out. Nor do we know how many families were in residence in the 18th and early 19th centuries. One can assume that someone lived on this beautiful island and enjoyed the good farming, fishing and hunting. Details of this first 150 years are very sketchy. After the Civil War, however, big things began happening around

the Bay. Maryland lifted the ban on oyster dredging in 1865, canning machines had become available, and there was a growing network of ra i lroad s. The simu lta neous combination of larger harvests and vast new markets sparked a massive boom in the oyster business. The Maryland harvest ramped up annually, reaching its peak in 1884 at 15 million bushels. The Bay could not withstand such an onslaught, and the catch quickly declined to around 2 million bushels by 1915. I suspect the people on Hollands Isla nd responded to t he oyster boom much the same way others did: they jumped aboard. Farming continued, of course, but many men began to “follow the water” as their

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A Vanished Island primary occupation. This transition happened in many communities around the Bay, so it is reasonable to suppose it happened on Hollands Island, too. After all, nearby Tangier Sound is still one of the best oystering grounds anywhere. As the oysters went out, new settlers came in, attracted by the lure of “white gold.” By 1868, a school for 12 children was established on Hollands Island, which suggests at least five families were in residence. And that means there was a community on the island by this time, founded, probably, around 1864.

Our first definite picture of the island community appears in the wonderful Atlas of 1877. That map showed not only the island but the buildings upon it ~ and who owned

them. The island’s name appears as both “Courtnays Island” and “Hollands Island.” We can see the school, a church, and nine homes: three Parks, two Duncans, a Cannon, a Dise, a Bradshaw, and a Todd. (The locations of these buildings proved useful to me later.) Pharmacist Charles “Chuck” Kelly Jr. of Craig’s Pharmacy in Cambridge is the son of Charles Kelly, Sr., a Hollands Island native now 98 years old. Chuck’s wife, Karen, has done some genealogical research and has accumulated a number of useful records which she was kind enough to share with me. She says the Hollands Island church record dates back to the 1870s, which could be when it began. In the marriage records she found a clue. W hen Mi ner va D ise ma r r ied in 1881, she listed her birthplace as Hollands Island. If we suppose her bir th year might have been around 1861, that would make her family one of those original five or six families. My hunch is that little Miss Dise was one of those 12 children for whom the school was built. The Dise home appears on the 1877 Atlas map, midway down the western shore. Wit h t he oyster boom in f ull swing, we can presume the populat ion of Hol la nd s Isla nd g rew rapidly from 1880 to 1900, as it did elsewhere. (The population of Tilghman’s Island nearly doubled during that same period, from 492 to 871.)


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A Vanished Island One of the very best sources of reliable information about the island in its heyday is an account given by Capt. Irving Mace Parks, a Hollands Islander. His manuscript entitled “Vanishing Island” was written in Cambridge in 1971 and later typed up by Maurice Dunkle, who ran off 45 mimeographed copies and distributed them to Delmarva libraries. Capt. Parks provides a wonderful description of community life on the island, at home, in school, at church, and on the playground.

Best of all, he also gives us an invaluable house-by-house list of who lived where, in detail. For example: “Next to his home was Capt. Preston Fields who moved to the Island from Fruitland, Maryland, and married the daughter of Capt. James Duncan…The next home was Capt. Wood Sommers who had a large gear of fish nets and a skipjack named the Mollie E.….The next home was my Great-Uncle Jake [Jacob T.] Bradshaw…..” What he doesn’t provide is a map ~ which is where I stepped in. In 2002, Capt. Parks’ daughterin-law Carolyn Parks gave me per-

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A Vanished Island mission to reprint his account as a booklet, which is now available at all fine nautical bookstores on Tilghman’s Island. For the booklet, it seemed a diagram was needed. So, using the 1877 Atlas map as a starting point, I put in each home where

he described it ~ I think. Anyway, here is the result. The Atlas structures are shown in black. If it’s not right, please let me know. Determining the population of the community at its peak presents something of a problem. When was the peak? We know the community was growing rapidly in the 1890s.



A Vanished Island We also know that some people began leaving the island in the early years of the 20th centur y. Capt. Parks lists 41 homes, suggesting a population of perhaps 225. But what year does his list depict? He says he left Hollands Island when his family moved to Cambridge in 1918. He also says, “I was 18 years old when I left from there but still went back in the spring and summer for 17 years.” Others say that in 1910 there were 360 people on the island and 60 homes. Karen Kelly says she has counted 51 households in the 1910 census. But how could Capt. Irving omit one-third of the homes? He was there in 1910 and stayed on for another eight years. Was he describing the island after some 20 houses had been moved off or washed away? Perhaps, though I believe he would have mentioned such gaps. Since we can’t resolve the discrepancy, let’s just say the population topped out about 50 homes and around 250 people. What we do know, for certain, is that by the 1890s the Bay was rapidly eroding the western shorelines of all the Bay islands. Sharp’s Island was losing a hundred feet each winter. Poplar and Tilghman’s islands lost hundreds of acres. According to Steve White, concern on Hollands Island became so great that they bought stone from quarries near the

mouth of the Susquehanna River. “Five barge loads were brought to the Island and the arduous task of placing the stone by hand, along one-and-three- quar ter miles of shoreline, tested their w ill and stamina.” We can only imagine the effort that would have taken in the days before power excavators. The remedy was only temporary, however. They didn’t know that unless mesh of some sort is placed under the rocks, wave action will scour under them until they sink into the mud. Waves soon began coming over the rock barrier. The exact chronology of events is unclear. People began to leave, some took their homes with them, others abandoned them where they stood. I have good reason to believe that Jacob Bain Bradshaw and his family left in 1902. Senator Earl Bennett recalled that his father, William C. Bennett, and their family cleared out i n 19 04 . Bot h t hei r home s stood on Bay Shore Ridge, the more threatened west side. It is reasonable to assume, t herefore, t hat people began moving off the west side early and eventually that part of the island was lost altogether. According to Capt. Irving Parks, his family didn’t move off until 1918. Their home was on the more secure east side. But that too was going fast, for Steve White writes, “By 1922, most of the residents of Holland Island were forced to leave.” The community was gone, but



A Vanished Island what remained? Oh, for a photo of Hollands Island in 1925! This image comes to mind: a strip of land surrounded by water and marsh, with a dozen or so worn and abandoned homes. Just one, Capt. Parks’ family home, was still being used seasonally as a family getaway. As late as 1953, as this photo by A. Aubrey Bodine shows, the place and its dock appear well maintained.

But the people were gone. And where did they go? Some moved away to Bishops Head, to Hooper’s Island, to Cambridge, and elsew her e . S ome d i sm a nt le d t hei r homes, numbered the windows and doors, packed them aboard scows, and hauled them to new locations. Others simply abandoned them; many were sold for unpaid taxes in the 1920s. And now we come to why I am so interested in Hollands Island. It is because we live in one of the remnants of the Hollands Island community. By my count, no fewer than

six families migrated to Tilghman’s Island. One, Merle Evans, settled “up the island” in Tilghman Village, but all the rest settled here ~ at the south end, in the village of Fairbank on Black Walnut Cove. One possible reason for this odd pattern is that one Hollands Island native, Capt. James Duncan, bought a sizable farm here prior to 1880. He prospered both as a farmer and an oysterman and raised a large family. In the 1880 census, Duncan’s household included another Hollands Islander, William Bradshaw, as a “boarder.” This suggests that he and others may have followed Capt. Jim in the hope of getting some assistance in their resettlement. Those who migrated to Cambridge tended to cluster, too. Another reason for the settlement in Fairbank village was suggested by Gary and Joyce Fairbank. Gary’s grandfat her ow ned t he land on which the village now stands, and Joyce recalls hearing that he was sympathetic to the plight of the Hollands Islanders and made house plots available to them at reasonable prices. Whatever the reason, Capt. Earn Jenkins, Capt. Nathan Parks, Capt. Wood Sommers, Capt. Adam Price, and Capt. Jacob Bradshaw all moved here. Woods, Parks and Sommers brought their houses with them ~ and they are still here. My wife and I live the Bradshaw house. In 1971, Capt. Irving Parks wrote


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Ever ybody had moved away and after we would not go back any more we sold the place.” His parents were Grant and Ella Parks. Steve White names Grant Parks as the last resident of Hollands Island. It was their house White purchased many years later, the house he tried to save. Irving’s childhood home was the Last House. When he and his family moved aw ay i n 1918, who wou ld have bet that it would last another full century? Well, it almost did. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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marbled rock, through gorges, and cascaded down waterfalls into a twenty-acre lake where swimmers swam and boaters boated in the summer, and skaters skated in the winter. Add in a zoo, picnic grove, swimming pool with bathhouse, and the largest wood-constructed dance hall in the nation at the time, and it’s easy to see why people from all over western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio boarded special excursion trains for this beguiling destination. Cascade Park could accommodate 25,000 people at a time. By the early 1930s few cities the size and age of New Castle, Pa., could claim anything like it. Many decades later, people would

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Telephone Pole Blues look back and agree that despite the swath of human suffering gouged out by the great depression and the Second World War, Cascade Park was the zenith of the city. By the early forties, the smooth jazz of the big swing bands propelled the shouting and laughing of eager couples dancing the jitterbug or the Lindy Hop. Here the spark was struck ~ the flame of life was lit by the living and held high against the hot breath of war. New Castle, in these times, offered a good hard life best lived all out by the hardy livers holding down durable jobs in the tin mills and potteries; in the factories and rail yards, on the farms and in the coal mines. They sweated all day, and then took a hot bath at home, changed into clean clothes and went to Cascade Park. Whether you were on good or bad terms with reality, this was a place to nudge life’s gritty coarseness aside if only for a few hours, in favor of fun, excitement, a touch of whimsy and a little romance. For Billy James it was a chance to throw back his head, wave his arms, kick up his heals and spin around the dance floor on an unofficial date with Ruthie Sanfilippo. He was still working toward the good graces of Frank and Mary Sanfilippo, and because of his provisional status, formal dates with their daughter were not yet permitted. But there was no harm in the

occasional chance encounter ~ right? She would arrive at the park with her girlfriends and then, at a designated respectable hour observed by all good girls, she’d leave and return home with those same friends. In between she and Billy would jump aboard some of the midway rides, share ice cream and pop, dance up a hurricane, and then take the paddle boats out to where the light of summer’s full moon was obscured by the night shadows cast from lakeside trees. And if you pulled your little boat to the bank and disembarked beneath the limbs of these trees there were emerald grassy knolls perfect for unrolling and spreading out soft blankets on which promises had been made and lies exchanged for generations. Dick Ridenbaugh had ended up that evening with no ride home. So he gladly accepted the offer of a ride on the back of Billy’s motorcycle. Dick’s own motorcycle was temporarily out of commission due to an unscheduled encounter with a fire hydrant. And while most of


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Telephone Pole Blues his friends, including Billy James, laughed long and hard at the retelling of this misadventure, on a more serious note, and as one motorcycle driver to another, Billy and Dick agreed that it was a stupid place to put a fire hydrant ~ even if it was painted bright red. The city planners should have known that any self-respecting motorcycle driver would have to take a twenty-mileper-hour curve at forty-five with the throttle cracked open and the wind in his face. There was another reason why Billy offered his friend a ride home that evening: Dick lived in Ruthie’s neighborhood. After dropping his friend off, he’d be able to slowly rumble past her front porch where she might still be sitting up with friends. Under other circumstances, he would have taken such an opportunity to show off by roaring up the street, leaving in his wake a vortex of sound and smoke. But knowing that her parents might also be on the front porch, Billy would take this op-

portunity to wave politely to Ruthie, as if he’d never seen her earlier that evening, and to impress all with eyes to see, that he, Billy James, despite whatever they may have heard or read, could carefully glide below the posted speed limit like any other responsible young man obeying all rules of the road. Such a demonstration, when repeated at regular intervals, could go a long way in improving his image with Frank and Mary Sanfilippo. Of course, once he was several blocks away, out of sight and earshot, it would be another matter entirely. There, safely beyond the reach of the Sanfilippos, he would raise high the siren song of speed and adventure loud in the night. As it often was on this primary east/west thoroughfare, the traffic was busy that evening along East Washington Street. The big green and gold Indian, with Billy at the controls and Dick on the back, rumbled east away from the park entrance toward town. Billy shifted smoothly between surges of acceleration, and side street after side street disappeared behind them; Clarence and Temple avenues


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Telephone Pole Blues on collision with their motorcycle at a closing speed of one hundred and ten miles per hour. Billy leaned hard to the right, jerking the handlebars in that direction, at the same time hoping that Ridenbaugh could both hold on and, either by seat-of-the-pants feel or instinct, throw his weight in the right direction. It was happening too fast, and without thinking he flew into a series of responses designed to avoid certain death. They were now streaking toward the right curb at a forty-five-degree angle. The oncoming headlights and grille were impossibly close but moving past them on a slant. Beyond the curb lay a narrow grass strip and then the sidewalk. Behind the sidewalk was a row of brick store fronts. Between downshifting and braking, their forward speed had dropped to forty-five mph. The front wheel slammed into the curb and the motorcycle bucked upward like a prancing horse rearing back on its hind legs. “Hold on,” Billy yelled, “we’re taking off.” The continuous blast of the car’s horn grew in volume and pitch as it approached them. Had he wanted to, Billy could have reached out and down with his left hand touching the left front fender of the car as it hurtled past them. How the car missed the left rear side of the motorcycle and avoided crushing

Ridenbaugh’s leg would, depending on your outlook, remain a mystery or reflect a miracle. Now their back wheel struck the curb. The rear of the bike shuddered violently upward. Ridenbaugh held on as they went airborne, sailing over t he grass st r ip. Somehow, they landed upright on both wheels twenty feet away at the ragged edge of the sidewalk. But they were still traveling forty mph, and to avoid the brick storefronts Billy and Dick instinctively coordinated their lean, which left them skimming along the top of the curb like an unsteady monorail. Up until this point, it had been an incredibly lucky escape act brilliantly executed. But that was all before they arrived a second later at the intersection of Beckford and East Washington Street, where a telephone pole stood firmly planted. The front tire of the motorcycle na r rowly missed, but t he r ig ht handlebar grip clipped the pole at thirty five mph, which wrenched the front wheel v iolently to the right. This catapulted Billy over the handlebars into a tumbling somersault through the air. The bike’s mass and forward momentum caused it to continue wobbly but upright into the intersection with Ridenbaugh now sitting precariously on the back of a driverless machine. Unfortunately, the action of the right handlebar grip impacting the telephone pole bent the throttle control into a wide-open position so that



Telephone Pole Blues now, once again reaccelerating, the unstable motorcycle plowed across the intersection where it struck another curb. At this point Ridenbaugh’s frantic backseat balancing act came to an abrupt halt when the careening machine skidded and flopped over onto its side. But the improbable journey was not yet over. Engine still roaring in the wide-open throttle position, rear wheel spinning, Ridenbaugh now lay pinned beneath the motorcycle in the middle of the intersection with cars flying past while Billy lay crumpled and damaged thirty feet away on a sidewalk. Thrashing about desperately,

Ridenbaugh fought to keep his limbs out of the rotating spokes of the rear wheel and free of the furiously churning drive chain. He managed to extricate himself, but the roaring motorcycle continued slowly spinning on its side as it rocked and flopped like a wounded animal between the bent handlebars and the foot peg. He bent down and grabbed the handlebars as they swung past his feet and heaved the machine into a leaning, almost upright position, only to have the rear tire catch traction. This caused the big Indian to re-launch itself with a sudden burst of tire smoke and peeling rubber. The unexpected acceleration flung Ridenbaugh sideways over the seat as the machine lurched back across

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The consistently revealed patterns of their life’s experience since the birth of their son William Rhys James had preconditioned them to just this sort of independent but simultaneous reaction. There was something about the urgency of wailing sirens in the dark skies of a New Castle night that called to mind shuddering visions of their reckless son Billy.

the intersection on a wobbly path until the engine finally stalled and the whole mess came to a crashing halt. Dick Ridenbaugh was once again pinned beneath 400 pounds of metal, but this time the motorcycle was mercifully silent and still. It was 9:05 p.m. when police and ambulance sirens could be heard across the east side, rushing to the scene of the accident. Two blocks farther east and two blocks north; less than a half mile as the crow flies, Cliff and Myrtle James heard the sirens from their living room chairs. Their quick glances collided across the top of his newspaper, then just as quickly drifted off at oblique angles. They said nothing. Nothing needed to be said. Cliff sighed heavily and rattled his paper. Myrtle, who seemed to be holding her breath, went back to her knitting. They had had the same thought at the same instant, and each recognized it in the other.

Myrtle rolled over in bed at 11:45 p.m. to confront the cause of the jangling noise. The anxious trill of the telephone had ripped her from deep sleep, instantly depositing her into the reeling darkness of a semiconscious struggle. Like a swimmer kicking toward the sur face, she fought upward through the murky depths of slumber as she reached for the receiver. She could only hope that the worst fears prompted by her maternal instincts were wrong, but with each passing millisecond, she knew she was not dreaming. Next to her, Cliff stirred and then moaned as he wearily propped himself up on one elbow. “Is Billy here?” “I don’t think so,” she whispered between rings of the phone. “Do you know where he is?” “No.” “I have a feeling we’re about to find out,” he mumbled “Hello,” she said into the receiver ... “Yes, yes it is.” ...“What?” ...“Oh dear.” ... “Are you sure?” ...“I see.” ...“Yes of course.” ... “What time is it now?” ... “Okay then, probably around



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ankle.” She wrapped her robe closed as she moved toward the bathroom. “A wheel spoke puncture wound with bruises and thirty-five stitches. I’ll go with you to pick him up.”

twelve thirty, twelve forty-five.” ... Yes, thank you.” Myrtle hung up. Cliff wedged a pillow behind the small of his back as he sat up leaning against the headboard. “Let me guess. That was either the police, or the hospital.” He rubbed the sleep from his eyes, but then continued before his wife could respond, “or an angry neighbor, or one of Billy’s friends. Well, am I right?” “You pretty much covered the waterfront. Yes, it was…” “No wait. Don’t tell me. Let me guess. The police.” “Jamison Hospital,” she said. “Good Lord,” he moaned. “Another motorcycle accident. Has to be.” He tried to read the expression on his wife’s face. “What happened? Let me have it.” “I don’t know Cliff.” She swung into a sitting position on the edge of the bed, “All they said was Billy was in a motorcycle accident, but he’s okay now. They set his broken wrist in a cast and then there was something about a puncture wound in his

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pe a ke Her it age a nd V isitor s Center, Kent Narrows. Food and beverages will be available for sale. 7 p.m. For more info. visit queenannescountyarts.com.

410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 2 Blood Drive by the Blood Bank of Delmarva at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 1 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 301-354-7416 or visit delmarvablood.org. 2 Family Unplugged Games for all ages at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 2 Summer Concerts at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels features Blues DeVille. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends, family, neighbors and picnic baskets (alcoholic beverages are prohibited). Concer ts w ill be cancelled if weather conditions are unfavorable. Call 410-7456073 af ter 3 p.m. for the announcement. 2 Concert: String recital of violin and viola featuring renowned musicians Eva Cappalletti Chao and Philippe Chao in the Sanctuary at Oxford’s Holy Trinity Church. 7 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-226-5134. 2 Concert: 21 Horses at the Chesa-

2,7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30 Adult Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com. 2,9,16,23,30 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Dog Walking with Vicki Arion at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 9:45 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 2 ,9,16,23,30 Cambr idge Main Street Farmers Market from 3 to 6 p.m. More than 20 vendors sell locally grown and made products from mid-May to mid-October at t he beaut if ul L ong Whar f Park at the end of historic High Street. For more info. e-mail cambridgemktmgr@aol.com.



July Calendar 2,9,16,23,30 Open Mic & Jam at R AR Brewing in Cambridge. 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443225-5664.

present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 3 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: 410-221-1978. 3 Fireworks at Dusk: Oxford and Rock Hall.

2-Aug. 30 Exhibit: Montana Paint at the Main Street Gallery, Cambridge, featuring a collection of plein air paintings by East Coast artists including Joanna McCoy, Nancy Tankersley, Barbara Watson, Elinor Peterson, Na nc y Dav is, Ca rol Sa rgent, Polly Tonsetic and Judy Bittorf. Receptions on July 25 and Aug. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. visit mainstreetgallery.org. 3 Nancy Tankersley - Weekly Painting Sessions at Easton Studio, Easton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-770-4421. 3 First Friday in downtown Easton. Th roug hout t he e ven i ng t he art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists

3-25 Exhibit: The Artistic Process at S out h St reet A r t Ga l ler y, Easton. Guild ar tists explore the germination of an idea with an exhibit of studies, plein air sketches, and completed studio paintings. For more info. tel: 410 -770 -8350 or v isit southstreetartgallery.com. 3,7,10,14,17,21,24,28,31 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511. 3,10,17,24,31 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490 or visit passport-


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admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org.

tothearts.org/friday-morningartists/. 3,10,17,24,31 Friday Morning Drop-In Art Classes for children at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. $30 per session includes all materials and a tour of museum exhibits. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 3,10,17,24,31 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.

4 Big Band Night at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, S t . M ic h ael s , fe at u r i ng T he Shade s of Blue Orche st ra. 7 p.m. at the Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for an evening of music, dancing and fireworks. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale. $5 for CBMM members, $10 for non -me mb e r s , w it h ch i ld ren u nder 6 f r e e. R a i n date for concert and fireworks

3,17 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #2 43 . 9 a .m. I n for m at ion a l meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 4 Firecracker Kids’ Triathlon at the Dorchester Family YMCA, Cambridge, for ages 6 to 12. 8 a.m. Organized by Cambridge Multi-Sport. For more info. visit dorchesterymca.org. 4 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 202

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Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard.

is July 5. For more info. tel: 410-745-4960 or visit cbmm.org. 4 Fireworks at Dusk: Easton, St. Michaels, Cambridge, Chestertown, Kent Narrows. 4-5 Workshop: Quick Draw Workshop w ith Hai-ou Hou at the Chesapeake Fine A r t Studio, Stevensville. For more info. tel: 410-200-8019 or v isit chesapeakefineartstudio.com. 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels.

4 ,11,18, 2 5 E a s ton’s Fa r mer ’s Ma rket held e ver y Sat u rd ay until Christmas from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the town parking lot on N. Ha r r ison St reet. O ver 20 vendors. Live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Easton Farmer’s Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. tel: 410-253-9151 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 4,11,18,25 St. Michaels FRESHFARM Market from 8:30 to 11:30

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a.m. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs and honey. Events and activities throughout the season. For more info. e-mail StMichaels@freshfarmmarkets. org. 4,11,18,25 Historic High Street Walking Tour ~ Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Onehour walking tours are sponsored by the non-prof it West End Citizens Association and are accompanied by Colonial-garbed docents. 11 a.m. Fee. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000.

6 6th annual Eastern Shore Golf Classic to support Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake at the River Marsh Golf Club, Hyatt Regency, Cambridge. 11:30 a.m. check-in. For more info. tel: 410-543-2447 ext. 225 or visit biglittle.org/ESGC2015. 6 Family Summer Crafts for children 8 and older at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 6 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit liveplaywrightssociety.org.

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July Calendar 6-10 Class: Adventures in Drawing for ages 8 to 12 with Susan Horsey from 10 a.m. to noon at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $110 members, $120 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6,13,20,27 Family Monday Movies at Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 6th is Despicable Me 2, 13th is Boxt rolls, 20th is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and 27th i s St range Magic. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

7-9 and 14-15 Class: Having a Ball ~ Young Artists’ Clay Camp for ages 8 to 14 with Dawn Malosh from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $150 members, $160 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7-Aug. 18 Class: Advanced Painting Birds in Gouache with Ric Conn at the Queen Anne Center for the Arts, Centreville. Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to noon. (No class July 28). $125 members, $155 non-members. For more info. visit queenannescountyarts.com.

6,13,20,27 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 6,13,20,27 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 7 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at U M Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410822-1000 or visit shorehealth. org.

7,14,21,28 Tour of Horn Point Lab from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The community is invited to visit the fascinating world of a world-class scientific research laboratory. Best suited for ages 10 and older. No pre-registration necessary for groups less than 10. For more info. tel: 410-221-8383 or e-mail tours@hpl.umces.edu.


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July Calendar 7,21 Grief Support Group at the D or c he s ter C ou nt y L i br a r y, Cambridge. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 8 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more i n fo. e -ma i l r vanemburgh@ leinc.com. 8-9 GSK™ Science in the Summer, directed by Kim Johnson at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon for scientists entering grades 2 and 3; 2 to 4 p.m. for those entering grades 4 to 6. In-person registration begins on June 1. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 8,15,22 Class: HDTV, Movies and Music Using Your Smart Phone with Scott Kane from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $60 members, $75 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 8,22 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. 8,22 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at

the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 9 3rd A nnual Tilghman Island Pre-Competition Paint Out Exhibition and Sale. The artists will spend the day painting the village of Tilghman Island. Come out and see the paintings as they are created and interact with the artists. An exhibition and sale of the day’s work will follow. 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. painting and 6 to 9 p.m. exhibition and sale. For more info. tel: 443-521-4084 or visit pleinaireaston.com/events/3rdannual-t ilghman-island-precompetition-paint-out. 9-11 Workshop: Plein Air Workshop with Brandon Sills at the Chesapeake Fine A r t Studio, Stevensville. For more info. tel: 410-200-8019 or v isit chesapeakefineartstudio.com. 9 -19 Exhibit: Plein A ir Easton Grand Prize Winners Camille Przewodek and Stewart White at Studio B Gallery, Easton. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studiobgallery.com. 10 2nd Annual Cambridge PreCompetition Paint Out Exhibition and Sale. Painting around Cambr idge from 5 to 11 a.m.


Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends, family, neighbors and picnic baskets (alcoholic beverages are prohibited). Concerts w i l l be c a nc el le d i f we at her conditions are unfavorable. Call 410-745-6073 after 3 p.m. for the announcement.

Noon to 2 p.m. exhibition and sale. For more info. tel: 443521-4084. 10 Charity golf tournament at the Harbourtowne Golf Resort in St. Michaels to benefit the Phillips Wharf Env ironmental Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. w ith registration and box lunch. 12:30 p.m. shotgun star t. $125 per person. Golfers will also have the opportunity to win a spa from Aqua pools. For more info. tel: 410-886-9200 or e-mail info@ pwec.org.

10,17,24,31 Friday Film at One O’Clock at the Talbot Count y Free Library, Easton. 10th is Mulan, 17 is The Incredibles, 24th is The Mighty, and 31st is The Lego Movie. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

9 Summer Concerts at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels features The Bay Jazz Project. 6:30 to 8 p.m.

10,24 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at VFW Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. Meeting to help vets

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July Calendar find services and information. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 10 to Aug. 25 Exhibit: Concours D’Troika Show at Troika Gallery, Easton. Opening reception on July 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. 16 worldrenowned artists in one show. For more info. tel: 410-770-9190 or visit troikagallery.com. 11 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 11 Workshop: Pastels ~ Beautiful Beaches a nd Seasc apes w it h Katie Cassidy from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Academy Art museum, Easton. $60 members, $90 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 11 Second Saturday Nursery Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 3 p.m. Explore the tremendous diversity of plant material at the Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery with Eric Wittman. $5 for non-members, free for members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org.

11 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith a r t i s t s a s t he y demon s t r ate their work. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit carolinearts.org.

11 Taste of Cambridge Crab CookOff from 5 to 10 p.m. on Poplar and Race streets in Cambridge. Live music, family fun, great beer and crab creations from more than a dozen local restaurants. Ticket holders will be given a ballot to vote on each of the entries. $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. For more info. tel: 443-477-0843 or visit cambridgemainstreet.com. 11 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 cambridgemainstreet. com.


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July Calendar 11-19 Plein Air Easton competition artists Paint Out. 58 of the top plein air artists will be painting throughout Delmarva and competing for over $30,000. By the end of the week the artists will turn in nearly 600 fresh paintings for exhibition and sale. On July 19 the winners will be announced at the IG Burton BMW Competition Gallery Exhibit and Sale at the Academy A rt Museum and Waterfowl Building, Easton. The Exhibit and Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7297 or visit pleinaireaston.com/events/ plein-air-easton-competitiongallery-exhibit-sale-3.

11,18, 25 Sk ipjack Sail aboard the Nathan of Dorchester from 1 to 3 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $30, children 6-12 $10. Reservations online at skipjack-nathan.org or tel: 410228-7141. 11,25 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 12 Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8






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July Calendar to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410226-5110. 12 Skipjack Sail aboard the Nathan of Dorchester from 1 to 2 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Reservations online at skipjacknathan.org or tel: 410-228-7141. 13 Meet Super Pig presented by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 10:30 a.m. This program is supported with funds from the Talbot County Arts Council. For

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13-17 Class: Figure Drawing with Jonathan Crist for ages 13+ from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $110 members, $120 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 14 Plein Air in St. Michaels Starvi ng A r t i st s’ D i n ner at Tow n Dock beginning at 5 p.m. $30 per person (drinks not included) and reservations recommended. For more info. tel: 410-745-5577. 14 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the native flute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227.

Wed., July 15 will be Jim Thorpe portrayed by Mark Megehee. All performances are free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-685-0095 or visit MDHC. org.

14,28 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

13-17 Monster Mash Camp with Dawn Malosh for ages 8 to 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Explore the fun and fascinating world of monsters, mythical b ei ng s a nd i m a g i n a r y c r e at u r e s. $1 30 memb er s , $1 40 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

15 Maskerade ~ a mask-making program for ages 10 and older at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 15 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For


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15-16 Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Individuals and families with children over age 12 are welcome to participate and learn the basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. Pre-registration is required. 6 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit cbmm.org. 16 Meeting: Stroke Survivors Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 16 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a

16 Summer Concerts at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels features The Roadhouse Clams. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends, family, neighbors and picnic baskets (alcoholic beverages are prohibited). Concerts w i l l be c a nc el le d i f we at her conditions are unfavorable. Call 410-745-6073 after 3 p.m. for the announcement. 16 Paint the Sizzle, Not the Steak plein air painting demo by Stewart White at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818. 16 Create Your Own Comics with artists from PLB Comics for ages 6 to adult at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 17 Color Still Life demo with Camille Przewodek at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 10:30 a.m. to 12>30 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818. 17-19 “Local Color� art show, reception and awards at the Tidewater Inn, Easton. This show includes paintings in oil, acrylic, water-


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color and pastel. It is a juried and judged show open exclusively to artists living on the Delmarva Peninsula and to members of Working Artist Forum. Fri. noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-957-2398.

18 Batik Workshop with Bridget

17 Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128. 17,18 Pit Barbecue at the Linkwood Salem VFC in Linkwood. 10 a.m. until... Eat in or carry out. For

2015 Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe Racing Schedule

June 27-28: MRYC 4th of July Series - St. Michaels July 11-12: Chester River Yacht & Country Club Series July 18-19: Rock Hall Club Series July 25-26: Miles River Yacht Club Gov. Cup Series Aug 8-9: TAYC/CBYC Oxford Regatta Aug 22-23: Tred Avon Yacht Club Heritage Regatta Sept 12-13: Miles River Yacht Club Labor Day Series Sept 19: MRYC Higgins/Commodore Cups Sept 20: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Bartlett Cup 220

Jane Baker

www.stmichaelswaterfront.com 410-924-0515 · 410-745-0415 jbaker@bensonandmangold.com

Nestled on one of the most private lots in Cooke’s Hope and further secluded by mature, professionally designed landscaping, this delightful 4 BR, 3.5 BA cottage has it all. Open floor plan designed for today’s lifestyle, study with built-in bookcases, family room with fireplace, hardwood floors throughout, kitchen has upgraded appliances, an attached two car garage and a fully conditioned crawl space are just a few of the amenities that make this home special. A must see and offered for $779,000. Call today to arrange your tour.

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by-step through recreating the featured painting. By popular demand, the picture for this event is a Van-Gogh-inspired “Starry Night Sunflowers.” $45 per person ($40 members). For more info. tel:410-758-2520 or v isit queenannescount yarts. com.

Whited from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 210 S. Talbot St., St. Michaels. $80 per person. For more info. tel: 4 43-205-2760 or e -ma i l info@stmichaelsevents.com. 18 Crabcake and soft crab sandwich sale at the Salvation Army in Cambridge. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandwiches are $6 each, drinks available. For more info. tel: 410228-2442. 18 Starry Night Paintbrush Party at the Queen Anne’s Centre for the Arts, Centreville. 6 to 9 p.m. An instructor will guide you step-

20 Superhero Crafts for ages 3 to 6 accompanied by an adult at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 20 Library Book Group Discussion:


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for ages 10 to 13 with Garnette Hi ne s f rom 10 a.m. to noon at t he A c ademy A r t S t ud io, Easton. $115 members, $125 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 20-24 Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Ca mp w it h Chr ist y E dwa rd s and Maria Sage for ages 6+ from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $95 members, $105 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

All the Light We Cannot See by A nt hony D o er at t he Ta lb ot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 20-24 Class: Animation Studio

20-24 Class: Advanced Design Studio for ages 14+ with Garnette Hines from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $115 members, $125 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 21 Sign-a-Long Sing-a-Long with Kathy MacMillan at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Mi-

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Yachters Delight! Tilghman-On-Chesapeake Watch the yachts go by from this gorgeously appointed home. All the while, your yacht is right up the street at the community marina with clubhouse and waterfront pool ... this home is LUXURY ISLAND LIVING ... 3 bedrooms, 2½ baths, den, over-sized 2-car garage and a screened porch to take advantage of the Harris Creek breeze. $569,000 Investors ~ Take Note! Fantastic opportunity to own a commercial building in downtown St. Michaels with good visibility! Being sold “As Is.” $159,000

Cheri Bruce-Phipps c: 443-994-2164 · o: 410-745-0283 o: 410-260-2800 Annapolis 109 S. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 320 6th St., Annapolis, MD 21403 cheri@mris.com

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is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 23 Our Eyes: Window to Health at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Robert Abel, Jr., M.D, ophthalmologist, educator, and author, will amaze you with the many ways in which eye health can contribute to overall wellness. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 23 Summer Concer ts at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels features Flatland Drive. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends, family, neighbors and picnic baskets (alcoholic beverages are prohibited). Concerts w i l l be c a nc el le d i f we at her conditions are unfavorable. Call 410-745-6073 after 3 p.m. for the announcement. 24 Concert: The Accidentals in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 2 4- S ept. 7 A n nua l Member s’ Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Each member w ill have t he oppor t unit y to show one piece. Judge for this year’s competition will be Dennis O’Neil, Professor of Art at the Corcoran College of Art and


New Oxford Waterfront Listings

Bonfield Manor Cottage is the ultimate Old (c. 1825) Eastern Shore Retreat located on Boone Creek in close proximity to Oxford. Whether your interest is gardening, entertaining, boating, or relaxing, this property has everything for the full time or second home buyer. A 1st floor master suite, gourmet kitchen, river room, pool and 2-bedroom guesthouse $975,000.

C. 1860 Brick Waterfront home with sunset views on Tred Avon River in Oxford’s Historic District. 5 bedrooms, 3½ baths, high ceilings, 6 fireplaces, brick garden room and lovely waterside patio. Rip-rapped shoreline with 125’ pier. Separate guest apartment with living room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, and loft. 2 car garage. $1,450,000

Tucked back out of the way, this lovely 4 bedroom home with an enclosed waterside garden room, takes full advantage of sunsets and the Tred Avon River. Private gardens and a cozy house, great for entertaining, are located in the Historic District of Oxford. “Grace Cottage” is charming-the perfect home for a gardener or boater. $1,250,000.

Contemporary Design with Open Floor Plan, yet warm, traditional feel in each room. 1st floor bedroom with newly renovated full bath, 2 bedrooms with bath and ensuite master with sitting room on 2nd floor. Kitchen completely renovated in 2013 featuring stainless appliances. Deep water boat slip with 4.5’ mlw in Town Creek. $1,125,000.

Jane M. McCarthy ,



Benson & Mangold Real Estate

27999 Oxford Rd., Oxford, MD 21654 410-310-6692 (c) · 410-822-1415 (o)

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Bay River Marsh Golf Club. For more info. visit grandnationalwaterfowl.com.

De sig n. Member s’ re c ept ion and judges’ awards on July 24 at 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 25 Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour beg ins at 6 a.m. at t he Dorchester Family YMCA, Cambridge. For more info. visit active.com. 27 Grand National Waterfowl Association Golf Tournament at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake

27 LEGO free build at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, Easton for ages 6 and older. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 27-31 Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp with Alanna Berman and Maria Sage for ages 6+ from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $95 members, $105 non-members.

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Wm. H. Marquess IV “Skipper ”

29 E. Dover Street Easton, MD 21601

410-924-3212 - Direct 410-822-2152, ext. 305 skipper@exitlathamrealty.com

WILLOW OAK Situated on private point of land with unsurpassed views of Duck Cove and the Tred Avon River. This newly built home offers 4-ensuites, additional guest room, remarkable kitchen with a breakfast porch, pre-existing 3 car garage, waterside pool and deep water dock with a 13,000 lb. boat lift. $3,900,000

HILLS COVE FARM Remarkable, almost 100 acre farm is a hunter’s paradise with ponds, secluded woods and open fields. The gracious five bedroom main house features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters and center island, formal living and dining room, exceptional great room with fireplace, large barn and waterside pool. $1,950,000 229

July Calendar For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 28 Re d C ros s Tra i n i ng ~ The Pillowcase Project at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. For children 9 to 11. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Children learn about disaster preparedness in a fun, constructive way. Prereg istrat ion is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 28 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411. 28 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a st c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946.

29 Reptile Wonders at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 29, Aug. 5 Class: Organizing, Storing and Sharing Photos with Your Smart Phone with Scott Kane from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $40 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.




30 Summer Concerts at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels features Three Penny Opera. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, 230

5 and older. Create and wear your finest hat or crown. Preregistration is required. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

friends, family, neighbors and picnic baskets (alcoholic beverages are prohibited). Concerts w i l l be c a nc el led i f we at her conditions are unfavorable. Call 410-745-6073 after 3 p.m. for the announcement. 31 British Tea Party at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. For children ages

31 Chesapeake Folk Concer t at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Join Capt. Andrew McCown and Pres Harding in the Small Boat Shed for an evening celebrating the Chesapeake Bay in songs and stories. $12 for CBMM members or $20 for non-members. Prereg ist rat ion is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org.

Celebrating 22 Years Tracy Cohee Hodges Vice President Area Manager Eastern Shore Lending

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MAGNIFICENT WYE NARROWS ESTATE Extraordinary property, panoramic views! Well-appointed main house (sold furnished, art excluded) with 2 MBR suites, +5 BRs (most ensuite), 3-car garage, tennis court, heated pool, deep water pier with lifts and boat ramp, sandy beach, gazebo, extensive landscaping, tree-lined drive, caretaker house. www.455WyeIsland.com. $2,550,000

Tastefully renovated with open floor plan and flow. Spacious gourmet kitchen with large center island, gorgeous hardwood floors throughout. Inviting family room with custom built-ins. On town water & sewer but not city taxes! $279,000.

Historic District - Meticulously maintained turn-of-the-century home. Featuring 5 BRs, 3.5 BAs, formal living room & dining room. Master suite, gorgeous kitchen, wrap-around porch, private yard, studio space. www.312Oakley.com. $389,000.

Waterfront Estates, Farms and Hunting Properties also available.

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410-924-4814(C) · 410-770-9255(O ) Benson & Mangold Real Estate 24 N. Washington Street, Easton, MD 21601 kccamb@gmail.com · info@bensonandmangold.com


Point Coupée First time offered in 35 years. Discover the flavor of the Eastern Shore at its best. Handsome 4 bedroom, 4 bath residence dating to the 1700’s set on five private, partly wooded acres overlooking the Choptank River near Royal Oak. Fully rip-rapped shoreline, dock with lift, screened gazebo and other outbuildings including garage/barn. Superlative sunset views year-round. Always a breeze. Visit our website to view 30 photos, or call to arrange a visit. $1,350,000

114 Goldsborough St. Easton, MD 21601 · 410-822-7556 www.shorelinerealty.biz · info@shorelinerealty.biz

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