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Tidewater Times

July 2017

Waterfront Listings Near St. Michaels

SAN DOMINGO CREEK - This attractive, well-designed home is sited on a premier .75 ac. lot near St. Michaels. Professionally landscaped grounds are like a park and the views are extraordinary! 2 BRs, office, & 3 BAs down. 1 BR & 1 BA up. Community w/f pavilion & deep water dock (10” MLW), shared by just 5 property owners. Call TOM $925,000

CHANCE HOPE FARM - Facing west from a beautifully landscaped waterfront lot, this high quality “Daffin-built” home is exceptional! Geo-thermal HVAC, huge workshop, high ceilings, maple floors, fabulous sunsets. It’s a “Must See!” Call TOM $1,495,000

DRUM POINT - Contemporary “Eastern Shore Retreat,” overlooking the confluence of Barrett Cove and Edge Creek. Outstanding home with cathedral ceilings,3 fireplaces, fabulous screened porch, waterside pool and deep-water dock with boat lift. Call DEBRA $1,495,000

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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 66, No. 2

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July 2017

Features: About the Cover Artist: Erick Sahler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Mosquito: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Dead Tell Much About Local History: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . 25 Changes ~ Smart Guys: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 ‘Midst Shot & Shell ~ The Cannons of Talbot: James Dawson . . 65 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 The Wizard of Fairbank Village: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Summer on the Eastern Shore: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival: Becca Newell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

Departments: July Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 July Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Artist Erick Sahler “The Strand” is Erick Sahler’s fourth design saluting Oxford. The original artwork is a 10-color silkscreen print edition of 125 prints, hand-pulled by the artist. “This design is inspired by the fashionable sunhats I saw in Oxford last summer and the style recalls the elegance and sophistication of mid20th century travel posters,” Sahler said. “In the background are two Oxford regulars: a moored sailboat and the town’s iconic ferry. A steady breeze carries f lags and ribbons as the setting sun creeps toward the horizon. It is the Oxford Strand at its summertime best.”

The artist has created more than 70 silkscreen editions celebrating life on the Eastern Shore since launching Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co. in 2011. Sahler is a Salisbury, Maryland, native who graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in visual and performing arts. He has created artwork for clients across the Eastern Shore since 1983. In 2015, he was elected to the Society of Illustrators in New York. You can find his work in shops across Delmarva. For a list of sellers and upcoming events, or to order a piece online, go to ericksahler.com.




by Helen Chappell I just passed a landmark birthday, and the life I saw for myself has not come to pass. This should surprise no one, including me. I only remembered it because an old friend reminded me what my plan had been when I was a whole lot younger and dumber than I am now. Well, whether or not I’m as dumb as I was as a kid is debatable, but here is my childhood dream. I planned to retire to a trailer that used to exist on the Hoopersville side of the Hoopers Island Bridge. It perched between the way and the inlet, precariously on the eroding marsh. My idea was that I would become a hermit and live in that trailer. People who had heard of my aged wisdom would come from far and wide, knocking on my door. “Oh, tell me, Wise One, what is the true meaning of life?” They would ask. I’d look up from my soap operas and shout through the closed door, “No deposit, no return!” And that would have been my answer. As an answer to the true meaning of life, I still don’t think it’s a bad one. The soaps I planned to watch in my retirement are long gone, and so is that trailer, which I think fi-

nally washed away in Isabel. Hoopers Island, Upper, Middle and most of Lower, are still more or less there, but are slowly and inexorably eroding away. The gunning shore we had when I was a kid is also long gone, along with Swan Island, which gave it its name. After being remodeled by a new gunning club, it burned to the ground, and the land around it is mostly marsh, if it’s anything at all. So, as the saying goes, make plans and God laughs. I still get down there every once in a while to go to Old Salty’s, but the only constant out on the marsh is the mosquitoes. I understand they spray for them now, which at least keeps them down to a mere pest, instead of the horror they were when I was a kid. At our farm on Ross Neck, mosquitoes were a fact of life, and one I 9



Mosquito struggled with through most of my childhood. One of my first memories is the bottle of rubbing alcohol we used to keep by the back kitchen door. When my brother and I came in, we’d automatically stop and rub alcohol all over our legs, our arms and our faces to stop the itch of those bites. Not that it did any good. Those red welts covered our arms and legs through most of our youth. And they itched. Lord, did they itch. So we scratched, and had bright red bumps all over. Mosquitoes love me still. But back then, no one sprayed, and I couldn’t go outside without being covered in the nasty little things.

They were plentiful during the day, but by evening, they were like one of the plagues of Egypt. At twilight, you could look across Phillips Creek at the marsh on the other side and watch them rise like a big black cloud. Heading directly for me, of course. Thousands of them. Everywhere. Even in a drought, they were there, thirsting for my blood like a f lock of hungry vampires. STILL LIFE PET PORTRAITS LANDSCAPE/SCENES

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Mosquito The cars were parked about a hundred yards from the house, and just making it from that driveway to the house was like being strafed by dive bombers. It was about the same time they finally banned DDT, but it didn’t make a difference. They were still there. and they had a personal vendetta against me. I’ve read since then that mosquitoes are attracted to body smells and stinky feet. We were clean kids, but it didn’t make a difference. I must have some exotic body musk in my DNA that bugs just love the way I love chocolate. The fact we ran around barefoot all the time

probably didn’t help, either. Although everyone else in my family got bitten, I was a moving target. Add to that the green-headed deer f lies and the black f lies, both of which stung when they bit you, I could have been pretty miserable, but it was just a fact of life. I have since learned that there are sixty-odd different kinds of mosquitoes, and surprise, surprise, some of them are not inter-

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perfect for egg laying, and all the wetland wildlife providing tasty snacks. In those days, the skeeters down there weren’t just bad, they were evil. While I loved going down there with my father to see our friends, I dreaded the constant attacks that left me looking like a victim of the Black Plague. They were bad down there, really bad. Clouds of them. And if they weren’t biting me, they were singing in my ears, just to remind me they were there. It wasn’t until I started going out to Elliot Island that I understood I was amateur night compared to the folks who live out there. To begin with, there’s a long, long causeway

ested in me. There are mosquitoes that feed on birds’ eyes, and mosquitoes whose only interest is four-footed creatures like deer and cattle. There are mosquitoes that will crawl up a cow’s legs, just for a feed. Interestingly enough, only female mosquitoes bite. They need that blood for their eggs. Male mosquitoes feast on pollen. Going down to Hoopers Island in those days was always an event for me. The Island is on the Great Dorchester Marsh, which is like a Disneyland for mosquitoes, with all that standing fresh water so


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on the causeway to talk to a friend driving the other way to Vienna. As we stood there, talking, we were both covered in mosquitoes and black fl ies. Literally covered. They tell me now they spray by plane, but it doesn’t seem to make that much difference. I still spend my summers scratching my bites. When they say the Eastern Shore’s State Bird is the mosquito, believe them. Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels.

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The Dead Tell Much About Local History by Dick Cooper

boom that spawned suburban sprawl across the nation after World War II didn’t show up in earnest here for almost 30 years. Unlike their urban counterparts, where hundreds or even thousands of remains were relocated, small local plots, some with only a few ancient graves, simply began vanishing as farmland was paved into subdivisions. The disappearances caught the attention of members of the Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland, a group of amateur genealogists and historians who trace

On the Eastern Shore, the dead are always with us and often very close: down the street behind an ornamental iron fence, on a knoll in the middle of a farm field, in a copse of trees or in a shaded lot overlooking a quiet cove. For centuries, before large, dedicated cemeteries became popular gathering places for the dearly departed, interment was often a family responsibility. Churchyards were the traditional burying places for townsfolk, but for farmers and plantation owners, private cemeteries ~ more than 200 in Talbot County ~ were the practical choice. By the turn of the 20th century, in big cities with a constrained geography, such as Philadelphia and San Francisco, the sheer volume of the dead became a space issue as the land where they were buried became more valuable. In those cities, the inhabitants of cemeteries were dug up and carted out to the suburbs, where they would hopefully find eternal rest in less expensive real estate. As with most things, the march of time moves to a slower beat on the Eastern Shore, and the housing

Photo of the Tombstone Transcription Team: Genevieve Townsend, Debbie Rosewell, Ruth Russ, Bernice Leonard, Arline Schultz, Jean Kelly, Myra Kelly, Betty Seymour. George Seymour, photographer. 25

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Bay. In the late 1980s, the organization began a census of tombstones in Ta lbot Count y and compiled four volumes of the names, dates, locations and epitaphs on ever y grave marker they could find. Their efforts were published under the na me of Tombstone s of Talb ot County, Maryland, copies of which are in the archives of the Historical Society of Talbot County. In the foreword of the first volume that covered the Bay Hundred and St. Michaels election districts and was published in 1989, society member Walter E. Arps Jr. wrote that the books “could not appear at a more propitious time because some Marylanders, distressed by the relentless destruction of family bury-

Betty Seymour their ancestral roots to the towns and counties east of the Chesapeake

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Warrillow’s Exchange, the name given by the first European owner of their land, William Warrillow. He was granted a patent for the riverfront property by Charles, Lord Baltimore, in 1694. His land ran along the Miles River, then called the St. Michaels River, from Harrison Cove on St. Michaels harbor, south to Spencer Creek. She has a personal interest in recording the history that gravestones convey. Less than a mile from their home is a cemetery located ~ appropriately ~ near the intersection of Seymour and Radcliffe Avenues where two dozen members of her family are buried overlooking Harrison Cove. Listed in the first volume of the tombstone books as the Old Radcliffe Farm Cemetery, it is wedged between two newer homes ~ a constant reminder of the family’s deep roots. While the cemetery is listed as belong i ng to “R adcl i f fe Fa r m,” Seymour is quick to point out the

ing plots in the name of progress are pounding on the government chambers in Annapolis.” He lamented that in Howard County on the western shore, “overnight, farmland is being transformed into industrial parks.” Arps noted that the oldest local grave discovered during the project was that of Thomas Impey, who died on April 18, 1687 and was buried near Sherwood. Bett y Sey mour, the organization’s past-president and one of the graveyard census takers, recalls the arduous but often exciting task that sent her and her colleagues scouring the county for tombstones that told stories of life and loss through the centuries. Seymour, whose maiden name is Radcliffe, and her husband, George, are both descended from e a rly St. Michaels set t ler s a nd are genealogists and local history experts in their own right. They call their home on the Miles River

Bentley Hay Farmhouse on Radcliffe Road from old painting. 28

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The Dead Tell Much la nd w a s ne ver k now n by t hat name. When William Warrillow died without heirs in 1743, the land was granted to one of her ancestors, Edmund Blades, who named it Mat thew Circumvented for a reason that has been obscured by time. The Parrott family owned the land next and gave their name to Parrott Point, the spit of land that was fortified to protect St. Michaels during the British Invasion of 1813. Two years after the Royal Navy was repulsed from its shore, Seymour’s g r e at- g r a ndpa r ent s, Ma r y a nd Joseph Harrison, bought the land. “They were first cousins,” Seymour says of Mar y and Joseph. “That has been documented.” They a re bur ied in t he old cemeter y along with many of their offspring, including Seymour’s grandmother and grandfather, Anne and Joseph T. Radcliffe. “My g ra nd mot her d id n’t li ke the name ‘Matthew Circumvented’ and began calling the farm ‘Bent-

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The Dead Tell Much ley Hay,’” she says. “That was the name of a proper t y a long what is now East Chew Street, but she liked it better.” The name stuck to the neighborhood that now covers part of the colonial farm. The inscriptions on the weathered stones in the Radcliffe cemetery tell a story often repeated in the tombstone books that Seymour and the other volunteers recorded a quarter century ago. “J. Oliver Harrison, Only son of Oliver and Ellen J. Harrison, Drowned April 6, 1866 in the 16th year of his age.” A stone placed less than two years later memorialized Oliver and Ellen’s daughter, Florence, “Whose spirit passed from Earth Feb. 2, 1868, age 19.” Even a quick read of the four volumes reveals how common childhood death was in the not-so-distant past. The census-takers recorded

Nace Hopkins Historical Marker Route 50 and Barber Road, Trappe. stones in the small Valliant family cemetery at the “Claylands” on Ferry Neck, near Bellevue, that tell of the unspeakable trauma that befell parents John and Mary Valliant in 1836. On October 23, their daughters, eight-year-old Sophia Ellen and five-year-old Mary Emelia, died. The next day, their one-year-year old son, Adam James, died, and on October 30, their three-year-old, John Henry Clay Valliant, was also dead. In the introduction to Volume II of t he ser ies t hat covers t he southern part of Talbot County, Seymour wrote about the genealogical society’s efforts to record burial sites “in this 330-year-old county before more of our earliest private cemeteries are lost through erosion into our rivers or through destruction by plow or bulldozer.

The Radcliffe-Harrison family cemetery in St. Michaels. 32


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the largest in the county. The fourth is a log of the gravestones the group found in the northeast part of the county, including Wye Mills, Cordova, Unionville, Copperville and the rest of Easton. “Buried throughout the cemeteries are solders of the Civil War, Union and Confederate; the Spanish American War; World Wars I and II and the Korean and Vietnam conf licts.” Despite all of the society’s work, Sey mour says the book s do not claim to have found all of the burial plots in Talbot County. Many of the older cemeteries have few or no decipherable headstones, and unsolved mysteries abound. She said the Methodists had a

“The graves of 1,800 white and black Talbot Countians are recorded, many in small cemeteries nestled near the banks of the Choptank and Tred Avon R ivers. Histor ically prominent families appearing are Bozman, Hopkins, Hughlett, Goldsborough, Kerr, Harrison, Morris, Tilghman, Trippe and Willis.” Among the notables whose graves they recorded is Nathaniel “Nace” Hopkins of Trappe, the former slave, Union Army soldier and community leader who is buried in the small cemetery at the busy intersection of Route 50 and Barber Road. The third volume covers graves in Spring Hill Cemetery in Easton,


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Changes: Smart Guys At play in the reality distortion fields by Roger Vaughan

In 2007, I wrote about Silicon Valley and the early development of the computer by following the track of a man we’ll call John Smith, who went from MIT to Stanford to the insane rigors of a start-up to Apple and finally to Dell. Funding for publication dried up. For writers, that’s collateral damage ~ an occupational hazard. “Reality distortion fields” was coined in 1981 by an Apple employee named Bud Tribble in an effort to explain then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ charismatic effect on people. It is defined as follows: “To be passionately committed to possibly insane projects without regard to the practicality of their implementation, or the competitive forces in the marketplace.” Here is an excerpt from Smart Guys. ~ ReV THE MOUSE ated by Stanford after World War II as an interdisciplinary center, and now he said he was often out at a place called Xerox PARC working with 20 of the top people in the world. I’d never heard of Xerox PARC, but my intuition was that great things were bound to happen with that much talent and focus. Xerox PARC sounded intriguing and I wanted in.”

For his master’s project at Stanford, John Smith had to pick an advisor. He had interviewed all the mechanical engineering professors who offered fairly standard technical problems to work on, then he came to Jim Fadiman. “I asked him what he was doing,” Smith says. “Fadiman said he was hanging out in Product Design pretending to be an engineer, but what he really did was go around and get people to communicate with one another. He said in high tech there were lots of smart people, but they didn’t know how to talk, so he hooked them up. He’d worked with scientists at the Stanford Research Institute, cre41



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shape in 1969, when Xerox Corporation purchased Scientific Data Systems. SDS’s chief scientist, Jack Goldman, submitted a proposal for an Advanced Scientific & Systems Laboratory to do research in computing and solid state physics. A little more than a year later, Xerox opened PARC more or less along the lines of Goldman’s proposal. In his book Dealers of Lightning – Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age, Michael Hiltzik lists four factors that made PARC one of “the most unusual and prolific... and explosively creative... research centers in history: • Xerox’s money, a seemingly limitless cascade of cash f lowing from its near monopoly on the office copier [Xerox reported revenues of $500 million in 1965]. • A buyers’ market for high-caliber research talent [the Vietnam War and a recession were cutting into military and corporate research budgets]. • The state of computer technology [....never before or since would computer science be poised to take

“Intriguing” turned out to be a colossal understatement. At the time, Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) was arguably the best collection of technological minds ever gathered under one very large roof. It began taking


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crete and dark-tinted glass building in Palo Alto that crouches on a hill like an enormous bunker, or maybe an alien space craft. Fadiman introduced his student volunteers to Bill English, the electrical engineer who had built the first mouse.

such great leaps of understanding in so short a period]. • And management... PARC was founded by men whose experience had taught them that the only way to get the best research was to hire the best researchers and leave them unburdened by directive, instructions, or deadlines.” The researchers assembled at PARC were in no way expected to become involved with Xerox’s products. Their sole mission was to explore uncharted territory. Fadiman took John and two other students who had also expressed interest in doing a project at Xerox PARC out to the facility, a slightly ominous-looking single-story con-

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a few. “I was totally surrounded by brilliance,” John recalls. “I was the only guy in the place with an IQ under 180. I was overcome. I was also overjoyed. I figured some of it had to rub off.” Fadiman knew Bill English through his friendship with Doug Engelbart, the visionary/pioneer who in 1950 visualized the computer much as we know it today, and who is best known for inventing the mouse. Engelbart did the initial sketches of the mouse in 1963, when he was at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). It was Engelbart who first created a computer display with text and graphics. It followed that some sort of pointing device would be required to navigate the display. Bill English, who worked with Engelbart for years at SRI, did the testing and analysis of Engelbart’s concept, then actually constructed the device. The 90-minute demonstration Engelbart, English, and 16 other researchers from SRI put on at the Fall Joint Computer Conference held at the Convention Center in San Francisco on December 9, 1968, is remembered as the mother of all demos. It was a daunting lash-up, with line-of-sight transmission facilities installed across the chain of mountaintops bridging 30 miles from Palo Alto into San Francisco, and a receiver hooked to NASA’s most advanced f loor projector (using an arc light and oil dispersion film) that beamed a

technology,” Smith recalls. “The mouse is one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century.” In offices close by were Butler Lampson, a Microsoft researcher who did the first work on time sharing and the original project that became the internet; Charles Thacker, coinventor of the Ethernet and designer of the first computer timesharing system; Alan Kay, whose fascination with the way children learn led him and his assistant, Adele Goldberg, to invent an early computer language called Small Talk ~ Kay is also known as the father of the laptop; Bill Newman and Robert Sproull, who came up with the idea of putting graphics on a computer; Stu Card, the guru of human-computer interaction; Gary Starkweather, inventor of the world’s first laser printer ~ to name


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demo that would change the world. “The thing I recall about meeting Bill English,” Smith says, “is that he was so un-heroic, so low key. I was basically an intern, and Bill was my advisor. The first thing this man who built the first mouse said to me was that the device had a lot of problems. That was impressive. I’m sure he was proud of his accomplishment, but okay, enough of that, let’s get on with it. He said you couldn’t sketch with his mouse, and it tended to get lost on the desk which wasn’t good because you had to keep coming back to it, but first you had to find it. English suggested we take a critical look at the mouse and explore doing something more interesting

clear image onto a 40-foot screen in the hall. It was the debut of the mouse, hypertext (word processing), object addressing, dynamic file linking, and shared-screen collaboration involving two persons at different sites communicating over a network with audio and video interface. After the demo, the audience of 1,000 computer professionals were on their feet applauding, whistling, and howling, delirious over what they had seen. Engelbart demonstrated word processing beginning with a blank page, showing text entry, cuts, and copying; file creation including name, date, and creator; and so much more. It was a

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Smart Guys with the pointer idea. Build a better mouse, in other words.” John took the lead in his group, mainly because his two fellow students weren’t that infatuated with Xerox PARC. The unstructured feel of the place and the futuristic nature of what was going in that reality distortion field wouldn’t have appealed to students concerned with more mundane things, like grades and careers. But it suited John, who would have slept at Xerox PARC if they’d let him. Not only was there a techno rock star behind every office door, every so often they all gathered in the conference room for an intellectual frolic. They were an unwieldy bunch, non-conformists to the extreme, so bright that some of them were virtually tongue-tied. The big table and all the chairs in the conference room had been replaced by a bunch of bean bag chairs where the scientists would f lop and talk about projects. Or just sit and


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paper use. It has had the opposite effect. But back to Alto: its creation was testament to what can be accomplished when diverse talent and ability of extraordinary proportions are harnessed to a common goal. In 2007, Bill English was still low key. Financially comfortable, revered in the high-tech community, for several years he and his wife chose to live on a houseboat in Sausalito, California’s famed floating community. He kept a 42-foot trawler yacht moored to the houseboat for pleasure cruising. The Englishes finally moved ashore in 2007. English agreed to meet us at the Sausalito Yacht Club. A trim man just under six feet, English

prohibitive. Today, an equivalent, but much more powerful PC costs well under $1,000. One of PARC’s goals was to achieve a “paperless” office. “They had printers,” John says, “but everyone was encouraged not to use them. If you had to print, you failed. Even in the artificial reality they created, going paperless freaked everybody out.” Going paperless was a useful experiment, and it was proven possible, but the concept is no more successful now than it was then. Man, it seems, can’t function without paper. The advent of the computer age was supposed to cut down on

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there and forgot about the degree. That’s where he met Doug Engelbart. It was a working match made in heaven. Over the years, the two names ~ Engelbart and English ~ have become as linked in the world of technology as Anheuser and Busch are in the beer business. When he moved on to Xerox PARC, English became the builder of choice for a bevy of architects and theoreticians.

was wearing a pair of dark cotton slacks and a patterned shortsleeved shirt. As we sat down with him at a table looking across the Bay at the City of San Francisco clumped on a hill, one got the feeling he was wishing he were somewhere else. Bill English is quite obviously more comfortable doing rather than talking, even in retirement. Well into his 70s, he sat with his large hands folded, waiting for John or me to initiate conversation. John had told me he is a builder and tinkerer, not a theoretician, a fact English confirmed. “Building things and making things happen is in my blood,” English said. “My father got his degree in electrical engineering in 1906. It wasn’t a very esoteric field at the time. He taught me from childhood to be interested in electrical things. After getting my electrical engineering degree from University of Kentucky, I started out at the Sandia Corporation where I built a wonderful device to test bombs without blowing them up.” [Wholly owned by Lockheed Martin Corporation, Sandia is a major U.S. Department of Energy Lab. Its primary mission is nuclear weapons research.] English laughed ruefully. When he was casting about for a place to get his PhD, he heard about Stanford Research Institute. He landed a job

Engelbart and English “The first thing I did at Xerox PARC was build a system of terminals. We had the MAX computer. Xerox wouldn’t let us buy the machine we wanted, the best one available, the PDP-10” [Programmed Data Processor, model 10, made by Digital Equipment Corp.]. No one wanted the Xerox machines that were available, so we built the MAX to simulate the PDP-10. Wait....how did he know how to build a terminal system? “In the Engelbart Project at SRI, I built this system to emulate a 58

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challenged everyone. A lot came out of them. It was an interesting approach. As various things came up, people would say, ‘I can do that.’ We talked about MAX and how to access it. I said I did something similar at SRI and I’m sure I can do it here. That’s how it happens. You just go do it. What you lack in technology or proper materials, you make up for with will and commitment. You somehow make it happen.” John Smith recalled writing his thesis on the Alto system using Bravo text editor [invented and written at PARC]. “I’ve had two ‘a-ha!’ experiences in my life,” John told English. “Using a Macintosh was one. But the first was using Bravo. Here I was editing on screen!

personal computer. There were a central set of displays that generated video, then a TV set and a keyboard. So at PARC, I put together a video terminal system that ran individual work stations on MAX to give the user high speed access. We used that until it was replaced by Alto.” When English saw my slightly glazed look, he smiled and went on. “If something needs doing,” he explained patiently, “you sort of look at it. At PARC, we’d get in a group and talk about it. Those seminars, with all of us gathered around in the bean chairs, always had a topic. The sessions were informal, but they


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committed to the same goal. It was the same at SRI with the Engelbart system. We were all behind it. The managers at PARC had a lot to do with how smoothly the place ran. George Pake, Rick Jones, Mel Beyer....it was a small group that kept a low profile. They were totally accessible, and they worked to get us what we needed. And of course we had a common enemy, the rest of Xerox. That probably helped our focus. Xerox was doing its thing and wouldn’t listen to us. They were doing their stand-alone word processing systems in Dallas. We told them we had the best pointing device. The mouse. We’d proved it a number of times. They wouldn’t listen. Typically at Xerox that was true. A lot of people wouldn’t listen. They came out with their own pointing device they called ‘The Cat.’ It never worked very well.”

I came from MIT, where we used punch cards. That was then the state of the art. Same at Stanford. Then I went to PARC and here’s a screen that looks like a piece of paper, with fonts, move this here, replace this with that, and that was in 1973-74. I did 125 revisions. No one believed me. They said it would take me a day to mark it up and reprint it. I did a revision, printed it, reviewed it, had dinner, then did another one. I was wasting half my life trying to get my thesis perfect because it was so easy to change.” English couldn’t resist topping that. “In 1968,” he said with a f licker of pride, “a student working at SRI did his thesis on the Engelbart system. It worked fine, and was fairly easy to use. He took it to the committee for review, and returned the next day with the changes in place. They couldn’t believe it.” John said one thing that always impressed him at PARC was the apparent lack of internal competition. “There was certainly a high intellectual standard maintained,” he says. “No one could make a statement that wasn’t challenged, but it was never personal, meanspirited, or motivated by jealousy.” “No one there was looking for points,” English said. “It was just... get it done. No one was after personal recognition. We were all

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‘Midst Shot and Shell The Cannons of Talbot County by James Dawson No one knows why or when Gentleman George showed up in Talbot County, but it is quite possible he was on the barge Terrible, which citizens of the county fitted out at their own expense and donated to the Maryland State Nav y during the American Revolution. The Terrible, and possibly George, too, saw action in the Battle of the Barges off Tangier Island

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on November 30, 1782. Then, during the War of 1812, George was said to have been one of the cannons guarding Easton at Fort Stokes on the Tred Avon River, just below Easton Point. Gentleman George got his name because a local dandy named George was given the honor of firing the carronade to celebrate the British leaving the Chesapeake Bay at the end of the war in 1815. But his clumsy efforts to fire the cannon set it off prematurely, and the recoil knocked the self-professed cannon expert to the ground, so naturally the cannon was named after him. After the war, George the cannon, not George the dandy, was a featured speaker at Fourth of July parades. Somehow George escaped being confiscated in 1861, possibly because he was small and easily concealed. Later, George participated in the centennial celebration of Easton and other civic events. An 1885 newspaper account called him the “town pet.” Shortly thereafter, someone overloaded him with black powder and

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there. Fort Stokes was never attacked, but St. Michaels was. The other two cannons the Feds took from the Easton Armory were the six-pounders that Jacob Gibson had given to St. Michaels that had been used to defend the town when the British attacked on the morning of August 10, 1813. These cannons had come to town as a result of a prank that Gibson played on St. Michaels. In April, he had been seized and held captive by the British when they caught him trying to remove his livestock from Sharps Island before the Brits got them. Admiral Warren turned him loose after a couple of days. While sailing home to St. Michaels, Gibson hid below deck while flying a red flag

scrap drive. In fact, the paper did report that the American Legion had donated the old cannon to the scrap drive, but it obviously wasn’t George. George has led a charmed life, hav ing escaped being exploded, confiscated and scrapped, and today he can be seen guarding the new American Legion headquarters on Canvasback Drive. There had been other cannons at Fort Stokes in 1813. There were half a dozen field pieces, under the command of Captain Clement Vickers of the Talbot Volunteer Artillery Company, set up on the embankments to help repel the British. The cannons are gone, but the earthworks are still

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currently on display at the museum. There had been other cannons in St. Michaels the morning of the battle, probably four in the little fort on Parrott’s Point. One of them was a nine-pounder, and doubtless there were a few others around town. These old smooth-bore cannons were usually rated by the weight of the cannon ball they threw, thus a six-pounder fired an iron cannon ball that weighed six pounds. One Battle of St. Michaels cannon, a six-pounder, somehow ended up being used as a boundary marker between the lands of Walter Chaplain and the heirs of Samuel Wrightson. It was rescued, given to the town, and set up in St. Mary’s Square in St. Michaels, just in time for the centennial celebration of the Battle in 1913, where it can still be seen today. Yet another Battle of St. Michaels cannon, mentioned in a September 13, 1946, article in the Star Democrat, was found in the harbor when dredging for the wharf for Longfellow’s Restaurant, now the Lighthouse Oys-

from the mast. It looked something like a Union Jack. One of the deckhands beat on an empty barrel like it was a drum. Panicked townspeople feared it was the herald of a British attack. The militia massed on shore and were just about to shoot when Gibson suddenly appeared on deck laughing. Needless to say, no one else thought it was funny, and it’s a wonder he wasn’t lynched. Gibson bought two cannons from the Principo Iron Works in Cecil County and presented them to the town by way of apology. These were the cannons that were taken to Fort McHenry in Baltimore for safe storage, and then presumably lost or misplaced amongst all the other cannons. We never forgot the loss of those cannons and had been trying to get them back as long ago as 1899 with no success. We again tried to get them back for the 1963 sesquicentennial of the Battle, but were told they couldn’t be located. Finally, probably to shut us up, the National Park Service gave St. Michaels two replicas in 1975 that can be seen in Muskrat Park. They are fired on special occasions. Through the determined efforts of Peter Lesher and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the original Gibson six-pounders were located at Fort McHenry in time for the bicentennial celebration of the Battle of St. Michaels in 2013, and are 70

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It was forgotten until Mr. and Mrs. Van Lennep spotted it in 1961, and it, too, was set up that November in St. Mary’s Square, just in time for Talbot County’s tercentennial celebration in 1962. R. Hammond Gibson identified the nine-pounder as a Revolutionary War “Long Tom.” The cannon memorializing Talbot’s Civil War dead buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Easton was restored by the E. E. Streets Memorial Post 5118 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was rededicated on Memorial Day in 1958. Ironically, the cannon is guarding the remains of eight Union soldiers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, some of whom may have been on the Shore confiscating cannons.

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would expect to see on an original Civil War cannon barrel. This is a true canonical mystery indeed. But what good are cannons without cannon balls? We’ve got a few of them, too. There are two War of 1812 cannon balls on display in the Newcomb Post Office, of all places. Then, there are two large cannon balls by the front walk of the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam funeral home at 200 Harrison Street in Easton. They have been there for so long that no one knows now why they are there or where they came from. Unless the house was fired on by a rival funeral home, they were probably brought there for decoration after the Civil War. Mike Newnam remembered that kids used to roll them down the street for Halloween prank, so they had to be set in concrete. A nd let ’s not for get Ad m i ra l Franklin Buchanan’s cannon balls. In 1861, then-Captain Buchanan was home on his estate, The Rest,

This cannon has been in the cemetery since at least the 1930s, but the date of its original installation is a mystery. The soldier’s grave closest to it is dated 1913, so perhaps that is a clue. The gun carriage has had the wooden parts replaced with cast concrete, but with the original iron fixtures reattached. The wooden wheels rotted away decades ago but were replaced in a recent restoration. It looks much better with wheels. There is some indication that the cannon bar rel there now is not the one that was there in 1958. Two sources remember that the old cannon barrel was marked “Ames,” which was the name of the maker, and it had a serial number. One source speculated that it probably would have had a 69-inch tube with a 3-inch bore, and that the old barrel was rusted and pitted from years of exposure to the elements. The current barrel is 55 inches long, has a 2-1/4-inch bore, and it has no markings at all. It looks fairly new and may very well be a modern copy that, for unknown reasons, replaced the old cannon in the last 10 years or so. Either that, or the old barrel has been resurfaced so extensively that, while grinding away the rust, all the markings were removed. But even so, the bore of the current cannon barrel does not look rusted or pitted, which you 74


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don’t go looking for them without permission). Speaking of Wye House, in the 18th century, Colonel Edward Lloyd III (1711-1770) ordered two small brass signal cannons from London for use on one or more of the three large schooners that he named for his children: the Eddie Lloyd, the Betsy Lloyd, and the Dickie Lloyd. He specified that they should give a thunderous report. Nothing but the best for Colonel Lloyd #3, so the craftsmanship of these cannons is impeccable. Two tiny leaping dolphins adorn the top of each barrel, and the cascabel (the knob at the back of the barrel) is a pineapple design. In the 18th century, the pineapple was a symbol of hospitality, wealth and power, as only the rich could afford them. The small-wheeled gun carriages are made of lignum vitae, a rare and exotic wood from the Caribbean. The wood is so dense it is nearly indestructible, with the result that the carriages are in virtually the same condition as the day they were made more than 250 years ago. The barrels are two feet long, have a one caliber or one-inch bore, and were loaded with gunpowder and a wad only, as they were used to signal port authorities when entering a harbor, and not intended to fire projectiles, although they probably could. Somehow t he Feds didn’t get

on the Miles River, when authorities came to confiscate two large cannon balls, big 12-inchers and mementos of the Mexican War, that he had mounted on his gateposts. Richard Tilghman tells the story that the soldiers were in the act of prying the cannon balls loose when Buchanan saw them from his window, threw on his uniform jacket, ran out and ordered the soldiers to stop, which they did when they saw the captain’s stripes on his sleeves. Buchanan resigned his commission in the U.S. Navy, joined the Confederacy and attained the rank of Admiral. Famously, he was captain of the C.S.S. Virginia (a.k.a. the Merrimack) during the battle w it h t he Monitor of f Ha mpton Roads, Virginia. A lthough the Admiral was on the wrong side of history about the Civil War, he had the last laugh. His cannon balls mark his grave at Wye House (which is private property, so


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It was surrendered without a fight and sent to Fort McHenry to join the other Talbot County cannons. After years of effort, the family finally got it back, and later presented it to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where it is now. With all the hoopla that went on here for 200 years about our munitions, it’s amazing that Talbot County has any cannons left at all!

them, either, and they are still at Wye House, but now safely inside, guarding the sofa. Unfortunately, someone tattled that there was a cannon at Myrtle Grove, the ancestral home of the Goldsboroughs on the Miles River. The stor y is that the authorities showed up en masse with horses, wagons and equipment to confiscate this dangerous piece of artiller y. It turned out to be a small brass swivel gun captured by the Americans in the 1803-1805 Tripoli Campaign with the Barbary pirates, brought here as a souvenir and presented to R. H. Goldsborough by Commodore Kennedy.

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Dixie Tornado Alley, and it is not uncommon for tornadoes to spring up from severe thunderstorms. I tell people that when we moved from the Eastern Shore to north Georgia, we exchanged hurricanes for tornadoes. Other Native American tribe names for July include the heat month, the not month, squash is ripe month, and the full buck moon month. The native Cherokee here in Georgia call it the ripe corn month.

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Tidewater Gardening Caladiums prefer a rich soil and shade. Grown mostly for their interesting foliage display, they perform well in garden borders and containers. Fertilize caladiums in the landscape once a month with a balanced fertilizer with a 1-1-1 ratio, like an 8-8-8 or a 10-10-10. For plants in containers, use a liquid plant fertilizer at half the recommended rate, once a month. Caladiums are true tender bulbs, and since they do not overwinter in Maryland, they must be dug in the fall and stored dry at 70 to 75 degrees. The tubers are replanted in the spring after the last chance of frost. Most caladium cultivars

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Tidewater Gardening blooming perennials now. Be sure to stake tall perennials to keep them from falling over. Cut the first f lowers of lavender to encourage a second crop. Helpful hint ~ try rubbing your hands with lavender leaves to remove strong odors, such as garlic or onion. Cut back and fertilize delphinium and phlox to encourage a second show of bloom, and be sure to pinch chrysanthemums for the last time in mid-July. Annuals start to fade in the landscape in mid- to late July. You can rejuvenate them by cutting them back to approximately half their height, then fertilize them with 1/2 cup of 5-10-10 per square yard of planted area, water and apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch. You can also apply a liquid fertilizer or a manure compost “tea” to given them a “shot in the arm,” so to speak. Remove any annuals that didn’t make it, and add them to the compost pile. You can replant beds with hardy annuals or perennials such as calendulas, globe thistles, or sea pinks. Fall webworms (FWW) appear in late July. These larvae feed on more than 100 species of fruit, shade and forest trees. The larvae are pale yellow in color, with dark heads. They live in conspicuous webs of silk that they spin on the

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Dorchester Points of Interest Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. harriettubmanorganization.org. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit www.spocottwindmill.org. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide 100

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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bayview Restaurant and Duck Blind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course. For more info. visit www.harbourtowne.com. (Now under renovation) 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit www.milesriveryc.org. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit www.belmond.com/inn-at-perry-cabin-st-michaels/. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,

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hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or www.thecrabclaw.com. 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit www.patriotcruises.com or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when

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St. Michaels Points of Interest acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit www.victorianainn.com. 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit www.hambletoninn.com. 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665.The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. www.snuggery1665.com. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors would

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



St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 25. GR ANITE LODGE #177 - Located on St. Mary’s Square, Granite Lodge was built in 1839. The building stands on the site of the first Methodist Church in St. Michaels on land donated to the Methodists by James Braddock in 1781. Between then and now, the building has served variously as a church, schoolhouse and as a storehouse for muskrat skins. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, and providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts. For more info. visit classicmotormuseum.org. 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 30. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - This 1.3 mile paved walkway winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk. 128



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

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

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Oxford Points of Interest 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or www.robertmorrisinn.com. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989


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

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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 141


The Wizard of Fairbank Village by Gary D. Crawford

Sometimes I amaze even myself. Here’s the latest example. But first, let me explain. You see, I was a teacher by profession, not a blacksmith or carpenter or waterman. Still, my father was handy around the house, and he showed me how to do simple maintenance tasks. Years later, when my wife and I lived in the city, I finished off the unfinished half of our basement, creating a pottery studio for her and a nice workshop for me. I fancied myself quite the DIY wizard. Over the years, I have acquired a nice array of hand tools, power tools, equipment, parts, and supplies. All of which came down here when we moved in full time a few decades ago. A new workshop enabled me to continue my puttering. Last year, I noticed that one of my long orange extension cords, a 75-foot No. 10, had a bad cut in it, perhaps damage from a careless weed-whip. Determining that it was too risky to use in that condition, I set it aside until I could repair it. The cut was only about eight feet from one end, so I could cut that end off, fit a new plug and, as they say in the orchestra ~ voila! ~ a salvaged c(h)ord. Some months later, I remembered to buy a new plug. For the Wizard,

this cord repair was duck soup, of course. He clipped through the cord cleanly and discarded the damaged end. He then cut off the outer cover a few inches back and then stripped ¾” of insulation off the three wires. He t h r e ade d t he c or d t h r oug h the base of the new plug, screwed down the three wires ~ green to the ground, the (hot) black wire to the brass, the (neutral) white wire to the silver ~ and fastened the plug closed. He pulled hard on the new plug and found that it was good and tight. Another job well done by the Wizard of Fairbank. In mid-May this year, I was at our bookstore. Susan had made clear that the overgrown bushes out front were scaring off customers and making little children burst into tears. Into the truck went lopping shears, trash bags, gloves, and the electric hedge trimmer. No need to bring up an extension cord, however, because the newly repaired ~ but still unused ~ cord was already there. Upon arrival, I retrieved the cord, plugged it into a wall socket, and tossed it out the door and down the steps. As I brought the hedge trimmer over from the truck, I glanced at the electrical connection and knew immediately that there was a


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blasted adapters, the thingy that lets you connect a three-prong male plug with a two-hole female receptacle. (I recalled my father trying to explain to me, at a very early age, why they were called male and female, but let’s not go into that here.)

problem. There were just two prongs sticking out. “Uh-oh,” I thought, “I’ll bet the cord is a three-pronger.” I picked up the end of the cord and ~ sure enough, there was a three-prong plug ~ that nice new one I had installed last year.

How many times has this happened to you? You’re all ready to get to work; you have the tool, the cord, the electricity, but can’t connect. The W i z a rd qu ick ly re a l i z e d that he needed to find one of those

So he tramped back inside and rummaged for that ever-elusive 3-2 electrical adapter. He looked everywhere, in parts boxes, tool boxes, on shelves ~ until he remembered there was one on the power strip under the work table. Aha! Problem solved. The Wizard was not to be foiled this day!

Smugly, he traipsed back down the steps, fitted the adapter to the end of the cord and picked up the hedge trimmer.


Suddenly, inside his head, he heard a jarring, screeching sound ~ that upsetting noise a phonograph record player makes when its arm is bumped. What the hey? Now he was confronted with two prongs ~ but in both hands! Prongs to prongs? Oh-oh.

Hmm. Was it the wrong adapter? Did he need to f ind a ma le -to female, or a female-to-male, or… or. Hold it. Wait, how can this end of the cord have prongs on it at all? The other end of the cord, the male end, is stuck in the wall socket. So how could this end also be male? You’re way ahead of me, I know. Yes, there is only one way that could happen. Some idiot would have to cut off the female plug, go to a store and buy a new male plug, and neatly replace it ~ thereby creating a device of no use whatsoever.

II Actually, at that point I had a f lashback, one of those déjà v u moments. “I’ve done this before, somewhere,” I mused. Then I remembered! When Hurricane Isabel came through in 2003, she slammed some driftwood against our well casing and knocked it out of service for a few days. A neighbor two doors up kindly offered to let us hook up to his house temporarily. Another job for the Wizard! He gathered all our garden hoses, linked them end-to-end and dragged them across two yards to the outside faucet where the kindly neighbor was standing, waiting. O f c ou r se, at ou r hou se, t he Wizard already had connected the

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Wizard of Fairbank Village hose to an outside faucet at our house, right? Naturally, the end he dragged over to the neighbor’s house looked like this.

“You can hook up right here,” he said helpfully, and the Wizard eagerly stepped forward to do so. If he could get the water running again, the wife would be very pleased.

Now, all outside faucets have male ends, right? And garden hoses have female fittings at one end and male fittings at the other; right? (That’s how the Wizard could link t hem toget her, end to end, you see.) The Wizard stood there, f lummoxed, gazing at the male hose end

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Wizard of Fairbank Village that couldn’t possibly be connected to the male faucet. The neighbor (rather unhelpfully) suggested that the Wizard had hooked up the hose backwards at his house. He said he needed to reverse the hose. Uncertain and pondering, the Wizard trudged away, pulling the hose. Happily, this time the Wizard was not so easily duped. Instead of dragging 250 feet of garden hose around in circles, he sought advice from an older and wiser neighbor across the street. Mr. Buzz said brightly, “Oh, sure, I’ve run into that problem, too. You just need a female-female connector. I’ve got one.” Problem solved. The Wizard may be sharp as a tack about some things, but this male-female thing often gets him muddled ~ as, I suspect, it does all of us from time to time.

III We have a small pier, a bit less than f ive feet w ide w ith planks running cross-ways. Sometimes these need to be refastened, because during a high-water storm, the big waves surging beneath can prise them up. When a board comes completely loose, it afterwards has to be retrieved from where it has become nestled amid the storm-wrack and shoreline vegetation. Usually it’s just a matter of putting the board back down and replacing the rusted nails with stainless steel screws. Each year, however, some of the planks are just too worn to put back down; they need replacing.

This was another job for the Wizard, and he began planning his trip up the road to purchase some new pressure-treated planks. He used to get them from Dale at Howeth’s Hardware in Wittman, but that store closed years ago. Now his supplier is the Lumberyard in St. Michaels, but since Dale now works there, it’s like old times. Before going forward with our stor y, a bit more background. It 148

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Wizard of Fairbank Village so happens that my ancestry, on me father’s side, is Scotch. (My great-grandfather came over to quarry sandstone near Cleveland.) Contrary to what is often said about us, the Scots are not cheap or skinf lints. (I did observe, however, that when my father took change out of his pocket to pay me my weekly allowance, I could see the buffaloes blinking at the light.) No, the Scots are careful about their money. We don’t mind paying for goods and services that are worthwhile. But we do so hate to waste money. Accordingly, we always measure and think carefully before purchasing.

It so happens that our pier requires planks that are 55¾ inches long, exactly, an odd length. The replac ement boa rd s, nat u ra l ly, must be neither too short nor too long, right? However, since I tend to forget the length of the deck planks, each year before going shopping (and with my heritage in mind), I always go out and re-measure. Now back to our story. It was time to install some new deck planks, and the Wizard strolled onto the



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Wizard of Fairbank Village pier and slipped the end of the tape measure over the end of a board. “Hmm, now, was it 57 inches long or 55 inches?” he muttered. He then pulled out the tape, stepping on it to keep it from moving. At the other end, he got a good reading. “Ah, yes. 55 and three-quarters inches. Just as I thought.” But, knowing that the number 57 was f loating around somewhere in his noggin, he left nothing to chance. He jotted down “55¾ inches” on a scrap of paper and slipped it into his wallet.

On the way up the road, the Wizard got to pondering. How many deck planks could he get out one board? Well, obviously, that depends on the length of the board, doesn’t it? Well, they sell lumber in various lengths. The smallest are probably 8-footers, he surmised. But that’s 96 inches, so just one deck plank and 40 inches of waste. No, he would need to buy longer boards, wouldn’t he? “Well, let’s see what they have,” he thought to himself. At the Lumberyard, the Wizard

stepped up to the counter to discuss it with Dale. After an exchange of pleasantries, he popped the key question: “So, I’m looking for topgrade, pressure-treated, two-by-six decking boards. What lengths do you have?” As always, Dale immediately had the answers. “We sell them in 8-, 10-, 12-, and 16-foot lengths,” he replied. “Which do you need?” Hmm. His mind whirring like a fine Swiss watch, the Wizard turned over the problem. He consulted the paper in his wallet, just be sure. Okay, each plank needed to be 55¾ inches long. So call it 56 inches for one, 112 inches for two, 168 inches for three, and so on. He’d already ruled out the 8-footers. Could he get four planks out of a 16-footer? Hmm, four would require something over 200 inches, and a 16-footer is, um, just 192 inches. So just three planks, but with 24 inches left over. Nope. Far too much waste. Quickly the Wizard realized that a 12-footer would be even worse. He could get just two planks, 112 inches, from a 144-inch board. That left a whopping 32 inches of the board unusable. That left just the 10-footers. Let’s see. Ten feet is 120 inches, and two planks require 112 inches. Hey, not bad! That’s just eight inches of waste, only four per plank! Instantly, the Wizard’s mind closed like a steel trap. Five boards would give him ten planks ~ the nine he needed


right away and one spare. Sweet. “Dale, my fr iend,” he said, “I would like to purchase FI V E of your best TEN-FOOT two-by-six pressure-treated pine boards.” After the order was written up and paid for, t he Wizard drove around back to the lumber shed to see to the selection of the five boards. Then he drove home, parked by his workshop, took the boards inside, set his table saw to 55¾ inches, precisely, and cut the ten planks ~

setting aside the five small pieces of scrap with a satisfied smile. Life was good. Gathering up his hammer, power screwdriver, and decking screws, he carried one of the new planks out onto the pier. Aha, there was the first missing plank. First, he pulled out all the old nails.

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But then came that awful screeching sound again. And all the other planks were now laughing uproariously at the new plank. For all of them, you see, were two-by-eights. Somehow, despite all the screeching and laughter, the Wizard could make out the sound of a lowland Scot wailing in pain. Stay tuned for more adventures of the Wizard of Fairbank. They keep coming, it seems.

Then the Wizard dropped the new plank into place. Yes! It was exactly the right length!

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July is Berry Time! Did you know that July is National Berry Month? This includes everything from blackberries to raspberries and blueberries. They are bursting with vitamins and minerals that are classified as antioxidants. The USDA found that blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are among the top 11 foods for antioxidant activity. Berries offer potential protection against cancer, a boost to the immune system, and a guard for the liver and brain. An American Cancer Society study of nearly 100,000 men and women found that those who ate the most berries appeared significantly less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. Berries, in all their colorful, sweet and f lavorful glory, are protective little antioxidant powerhouses. The issue shouldn’t be how you are going to get your one minimum daily serving, but rather how you are going to pry yourself

away from them? In your smoothie, as a dessert, on your salad, or just popped right into your mouth ~ they are nature’s sweets. Fresh berries, of course, are divine. My family enjoys pick-yourown outings, and then we freeze them in abundance. But are frozen berries as nutritious as fresh ones? Studies on cherries, raspberries and strawberries suggest that most of their nutrition is retained even when frozen. This is great news! I usually opt for frozen berries since they last longer, are available year round, and tend to be cheap-


Tidewater Kitchen er. You can keep a variety on hand in the freezer to throw in yogurt or to make a delicious smoothie with yogurt; rice, almond or soy milk; or maybe some orange juice with your fresh or frozen berries. Yum! BERRY SOUP Serves 4 This is very refreshing! 4 cups frozen berries or 4 cups strawberries - mashed and stemmed 1-1/2 cups fresh-squeezed orange juice 1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt Fresh mint leaves

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In a blender, puree the berries, juice and yogurt. Pour through a strainer into a large bowl. Discard the pulp and seed residue. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Serve in chilled bowls and garnish with fresh mint leaves and a sliced strawberry. Note: To freeze berries, rinse them judiciously, pat them dry, and pick through them for stems. Scatter them in a single layer on a sheet pan or pie plate and freeze completely. Once they are frozen, transfer berries to plastic bags or containers for freezer storage. The only trick is to keep them frozen. Don’t let them thaw out, especially if you are using them in a bread or muffin recipe. Keep them frozen and stir them in at the last minute so their juices won’t bleed into the batter. LEMON-BLUEBERRY BREAD Serves 12 1-1/2 cups all-purpose f lour 1 t. baking powder Pinch of sea salt 6 T. butter, softened


nately beat in the dry ingredients and milk. Stir in the lemon zest. Fold in the blueberries. Pour into a greased 4- by 8-inch loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Poke small holes in the top of the bread with a fork or wooden pick. Combine the lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Cook until the sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly. Pour evenly over the top of the warm bread. Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1-1/2 cups milk 2 t. grated lemon zest 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 3 T. lemon juice 1/4 cup sugar Preheat oven to 350°. Mix the f lour, baking powder and salt together. Combine the butter and 1 cup sugar in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and f luffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alter-

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1/2 cup white wine vinegar 1/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup honey 4-1/2 t. grated orange zest 4-1/2 t. grated lemon zest 1 T. mustard seeds 1 T. chopped canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce (about 1 chile) 1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. ginger Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 25 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. It will continue to thicken as it cools. Pour into airtight containers when cool. Note: Store leftover chipotle chilies in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Remove chile seeds for less heat. BLACK R ASPBERRY COBBLER Serves 8 Black raspberries have more 160

seeds, but I lean toward them when it comes to cooking. 4-5 cups black raspberries 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 T. all-purpose f lour 1/4 cup butter, cut in small pieces 2 T. lemon juice 1/2 t. grated nutmeg Dough: 1-1/2 cups all-purpose f lour 2 T. sugar 1-1/2 t. baking powder 1 t. salt 1 stick butter, cold 1/2 cup milk (might not need this much) 1/2 t. vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350°. Place the raspberries in a 1-1/2-quart greased casserole with medium-high sides. Add the sugars and f lour, toss. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with lemon juice and nutmeg. Bake for 15 minutes. While the berries are baking, make the dough. Place the first 4 ingredients in a medium-sized


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Tidewater Kitchen bowl. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender. Combine the milk and vanilla, and add to the f lour mixture. Stir with a fork until a stiff ball forms, then turn out onto a well-f loured pastry cloth or board and roll out to a 1/4-inch thickness. Shape the dough to fit the dish you are using. Roll dough back onto the rolling pin, and unroll on top of the warm fruit. Slash the dough for steam to escape. Continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes more, or until the juices bubble up through the slit and the crust is lightly golden. Serve warm. Goes great with vanilla ice cream! BANANA-BERRY MUFFINS Makes 18 The combination of ripe banana and fresh berry f lavors is a big hit with children, and the yogurt not only provides moisture, but is very healthy. These muffins are very moist and keep well in an airtight con-

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tainer for several days. The batter itself keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, which means you can scoop out enough for a few fresh muffins each morning. 1 stick unsalted butter 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 3 large bananas (1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas) 1 t. vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose f lour 2 t. baking soda 1 t. baking powder 1/2 t. sea salt 1 cup plain yogurt 1 heaping cup fresh raspberries, stemmed blueberries or blackber-

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ries, gently rinsed and drained Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly grease 18 muffin cups. Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and f luffy. Add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition, and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the mashed banana, yogurt and vanilla. Blend well. The mixture will look slightly curdled, but it will pull together once the dry ingredients are added. In another bowl, whisk together the f lour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture in batches. Mix until all the dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in the berries. Fill the prepared muffin cups two-thirds full, and bake for 2025 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the muffin cups for a about 2 minutes. Then turn the muffins out onto a wire rack so they are bottom-side-up, and allow them to cool for a few minutes more before serving. Note: When making an odd number of muffins, avoid overbaking them and protect the empty muffin cups by filling them halfway with water. 163

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PEACH and BLUEBERRY CORNBREAD COFFEE CAKE The peak seasons for peaches and blueberries coincide brief ly in July and August. Seize the moment and make this upside-down cornbread coffee cake with its beautiful caramelized topping. Fruit Topping: 3 T. unsalted butter 1/4 cup sugar 2 T. fresh orange juice 1/2 t. ground cinnamon 3-4 fresh ripe peaches 2/3 cup fresh blueberries, stemmed Cornbread: 4 T. unsalted butter 1/3 cup sugar 1 egg 2/3 cup medium-grain ground cornmeal 3/4 cup all-purpose f lour 2 t. baking powder


Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare the topping. Melt butter in an 8-inch ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Gently whisk in the sugar, orange juice and cinnamon. Cook until slightly thickened, for about a minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and set it aside to cool for about 5 minutes. Slice the peaches in half and remove the skins and pits. Slice each half into thirds, and arrange slices in a large overlapping circle in the skillet. Pile the blueberries in the middle and scatter some between the peach slices. Make the cornbread batter. Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until light and f luffy. Add the egg and blend in. In another bowl, stir together the cornmeal, f lour, baking powder and salt. Add this to the creamed butter mixture in batches, alternating with the milk. Blend until smooth. Spoon the batter gently over the fruit so as not to disturb the arrangement, and spread evenly. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the skillet from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Then invert the coffee cake onto a serving platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.



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the whole thing just goes in the blender.

Note: Stone-ground cornmeal is milled without the heat that strips the germ from the grains, thus preserving more of its original nutrients, and it is therefore more perishable. It keeps well in the refrigerator.

1 cup fresh blueberries, stemmed 1 generous cup sliced fresh ripe strawberries 1 cup frozen cranberries 1-1/2 cups plain yogurt 1 large ripe banana, peeled and sliced 1 cup fresh orange juice 1 scoop complete protein powder, like JuicePlus Whole strawberries and orange slices for garnish

TRIPLE BERRY SMOOTHIE Serves 4 Not only is this a completely virtuous and quick summer breakfast, but it can be frozen into popsicles! The sweet blueberries and strawberries get a dash of tartness from the cranberries, and

Combine blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, yogurt, banana, and orange juice in a large blender ~ or do it in batches ~ and blend at high speed until smooth. Pour into tall glasses, garnish and serve right away. Note: A good rule of thumb is to fill your blender only halfway, no matter what mixture you are going to puree, and no matter what size your blender is. That way, the churning action won’t push the contents over the blender edge. PINEAPPLE, PAPAYA and BERRIES in FRESH LIME-CHILE DRESSING Serves 4 This excellent summer fruit salad, which gets a tiny unexpected f lavor explosion from the spice of fresh chile peppers, is a


1 cup blueberries 1 head butterhead lettuce, rinsed and patted dry 1/2 ripe pineapple, peeled and cored

good example of how things have changed. Not too long ago, this combination of fruits would have been served as a dessert. The simple addition of lime juice and fresh chiles transforms it into a refreshing appetizer or luncheon salad. If you like cilantro, by all means, substitute it for the mint. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes) 1-2 fresh Serrano chiles, deveined, seeded and minced (be sure to wear gloves) 1 T. chopped fresh mint or cilantro 1 large ripe papaya, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 cup raspberries

Whisk together the lime juice, chile and mint in a small bowl. Combine the papaya, raspberries, and blueberries in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the fruit and toss gently, taking care not to crush the berries. Line four plates with the lettuce leaves. Slice the pineapple in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 2-inch spears. Scatter the spears over the lettuce, and spoon the papaya, berries, and juices on top. Serve immediately. If you are serving this at a brunch, you could also make a splash by hollowing out the pineapple and using it as a serving dish. A longtime resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith-Doyle, formerly Denver’s NBC Channel 9 Children’s Chef, now teaches both adult and children’s cooking classes on the south shore of Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and son. For more of Pam’s recipes, visit the Story Archive tab at www.tidewatertimes.com.



Summer on the Eastern Shore by Michael Valliant

I was a chicken-necker first. Not having a boat for crabbing, kids in our neighborhood took to a neighbor’s dock with chicken necks, string, and dipnets. It was how we first learned to catch Chesapeake Bay blue crabs. Crabbing was and is one of the great summer activities that has become an Eastern Shore tradition for many. As a kid, summer was a fresh start. It was a clean slate, sunshine, water and possibility. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had the familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” Summer is a state of mind. It is exhaling and feeling the sun. For many people on the Eastern Shore, summer means crabs. Watermen head out for crabs before sunrise and work the water daily to make a living supplying restaurants, seafood wholesalers, and backyard picnics with steamed crabs, crab cakes, and any other way people come up with to enjoy the meat of Chesapeake blue crabs. They provide an industry, a way of

life, and a tradition all their own. If you want to read about life on the water, read William Warner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Beautiful Swimmers. For our purposes, we’ll shine some light on recreational crabbing. The little red hen of the popular folk tale was on to something when she went through the process of making bread before sitting back to eat it. And there is something satisfying about catching and steaming the crabs you put on the


Summer on the Shore table. It connects you to them and makes you appreciate them in a whole new way. Andrew Southworth goes where the crabs are. He has crabbed rivers and creeks all over the Shore in his 17-foot aluminum jon boat with a recreational crabbing boat license. He crabs for a number of reasons. “I like being on the water, I like being with friends, and I enjoy the whole process of catching, steaming, and eating crabs,” Southworth said. “I really like taking people who have never done it and exposing them to something new.” Southworth uses a trotline, a heavy fishing line with bait at-

tached at intervals, with chicken necks or razor clams for bait. He often takes his family ~ from daughters and his wife, to siblings and parents. “It’s one of the few activities you can do with your family where you have to work as a team,” he said. “Everyone has a role, one dipping, one spotting ~ it’s forced family fun.” His advice to folks looking to try crabbing is to go early and stay out of the way of the commercial watermen who are out there making their living. And try to learn from those who know where the crabs are. Southworth is happy spending time on the water, but happier still when he comes home with a bushel of crabs. Crabbing isn’t the only reason

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people take to the water. The Eastern Shore earns its name by virtue of water, the Chesapeake Bay. And if you look at a map of Talbot County, it’s the rivers ~ Choptank, Miles, Tred Avon ~ and creeks that shape the county. It’s no surprise that boating in all its forms is one of the biggest attractions to the area. Sailing brings a number of people to Oxford and St. Michaels. The Miles River and Tred Avon yacht clubs have their weekly races and regattas. As kids we would pile onto boats or shoreline to watch Doug Hanks Sr. and Jimmy Wilson duke it out for bragging rights on Chesapeake Bay log canoes. It was the equivalent of NASCAR with old wooden boats.

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Summer on the Shore As I got older, the speed, freedom, and convenience of my 13foot Boston Whaler pulled me away from sailing. And cruising the rivers under power connects a number of people to the Shore. From sunset cruising, to creek exploring, to f loating rendezvous, to beachcombing, experiencing this place by water in the summer is to get to the very essence of what makes it special. Beachcombing gets to the essence of summer. It’s a matter of looking along the beach at what is scattered in front of you, strewn about by waves and tide, overlooked by almost everyone. And then to be selective, discerning with what to take home. “One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can

only collect a few,” Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote. “One moon shell is more impressive than three. There is only one moon in the sky.” Once you are on land, biking is the preferred summer mode of transportation. Summer biking is not about exercise, it’s about getting somewhere, but not in a hurry. It was a first taste of freedom as a kid growing up in a small town. Riding a bike is expanding parameters and boundaries. It is exploring, it is meeting up with friends. Ernest Hemingway wrote, “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” He wasn’t biking on the Eastern Shore, as there aren’t any hills, but he was on to something. You understand the back roads, the towns, the land, by taking summer bike rides,



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in a way you don’t when you drive your car everywhere. Whether you live here or are visiting, if you bike from one town to another ~ Easton to St. Michaels, St. Michaels to Tilghman ~ or cross over the Tred Avon on the Oxford Bellevue Ferry, you can claim a different experience and appreciation for the land.

On to land. My father had a small vegetable garden when I was growing up. He planted and grew a few simple things, with tomatoes being the most important. Once they were ripe, he sliced them, put them on a plate and added mayonnaise, salt and pepper, no need for anything else. At summer picnics, it was and is the tomatoes people have grown that produce the biggest smiles. Guy Clark sings that there are “only two things that money can’t buy, that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” I have limited gardening skills and space, but I plant tomatoes and have one daughter who loves to help water and tend them, and another who loves to eat them. For someone who is not a farmer and doesn’t have land, growing tomatoes is a simple pleasure tied to tradition. I smile when I say the word summer. It’s the season Talbot County comes to life with activity and tourism. It’s a season people take to boats, beaches, bikes, and gardens. It’s a season when life slows down, just a little. Michael Valliant is the Executive Director of the Oxford Community Center. Valliant was born and raised in Oxford and has worked for Talbot County non-profit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Academy Art Museum.





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The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival by Becca Newell

For some, Labor Day weekend can be a bittersweet occasion, symbolizing the unofficial end of summer. But for jazz enthusiasts across Maryland and beyond, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival. Now in its eighth year, the Eastonbased festival returns with the sensational and eponymous Monty Alexander, along with his hand-picked selection of musical companions ~ all newcomers, save for past festival favorite René Marie. The festivities kick off on Friday with trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skon-

berg, described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” The Canadian songwriter’s musicianship frequently draws comparisons to the legendary Louis Armstrong. The fun continues with Saturday’s jam-packed schedule, starting with a free community concert featuring the U. S. Navy Band Commodores at 11 a.m. The 18-member group, recognized as the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, will perform an eclectic mix of traditional big band music and exciting jazz vocal arrangements.

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Monty Alexander Trumpeter Sean Jones and his band will delight festival goers during a Saturday afternoon performance. Since childhood, Jones’ musical vision ~ influenced by Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis ~ has been intertwined with spirituality. In addition to mastering the art form, Jones is heavily involved in education. Most recently, he was named Chair of the Brass Department at Berklee College of Music. The day concludes with an 8 p.m. performance by jazz vocalist René Marie. With a style that borrows elements from folk, R&B, classical, and country genres, Marie’s body of work explores the human experi-

ence. Through her creative lyricism and sensual vocal delivery, Marie offers an electrifying experience for audience members. Considered one of the top five jazz pianists ever, Monty Alexander closes out the festival weekend on Sunday, September 3. The Jamaican-born musician is renowned for his vibrant personality and musical expression that combines elements of the blues, gospel, calypso, and reggae into an energetic, swingin’ performance that’s not to be missed. The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival is a program of Chesapeake Music. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Jazzonthechesapeake.com or call 410-8190380.

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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. 181


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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. 183

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Thru July 4 Easton Carnival and 4th of July Celebration off St. Michaels Road in Easton near Target. Carnival nights include rides, games and food vendors. 6 to 10 p.m. each evening except 4 p.m. until the close of fireworks on the 4th. July 4th includes an Independenc e Day prog ra m, Club Phred on stage, and culminates in fireworks at dusk. Thru July 9 Exhibit: FABRICation at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. FABRICation features seven artists (Erin Castellan, K r i s t y D e e t z , V i r g i n i a D er r yber r y, Reni G ower, R achel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith) who incorporate a tex-


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tile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru July 9 Exhibit: Parts and Labor ~ A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru July 16 Exhibit: Luminous Forms ~ Marble and Bron ze Sculpt ure by Shelley Robzen at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru July 19 Exhibit: Easton Abstract by Diana Kingman at the

Thru July 31 Exhibit ~ A Brush with Summer features members of The Working Artists Forum at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels. For this show, member artists of The Working Artists For u m w i l l d i splay or ig i na l pa i nt i ng s i n oi l, waterc olor, acrylic and pastel, along with works in pen and ink, mixed media and printmaking. For more info. about The Working Artists Forum, visit theworkingartistsforum.com. A reception for this show will be held on July 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5059, or visit amgravelygallery.com. Thru Aug. 28 Exhibit: Humanity at the Main Street Gallery, Cambridge. Humanity was inspired in par t by the 50th anniversary of the racial disturbances


1 Saturday Matinee at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Moana. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

in Cambridge, and in part by Barbara Lockhart’s novel Elizabeth’s Field. For more info. tel: 410 -330 -4659 or v isit mainstreetgallery.org. 1-31 St. Michaels Art Hunt sponsored by the St. Michaels Art League and the Talbot County Arts Council. Find 15 specific pieces of art throughout St. Michaels and be treated to an ice cream cone from Justine’s. For more info. visit smartleague.org. 1

Huge outdoor sales event at Denton Station Antiques Mall in Denton. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts, hou s ehold item s, f u r n it u r e , jewelr y, antiques, horse tack and more. For more info. tel: 410-310-8934. Rain date July 2.


First Sat urday g uided wa l k. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

1 Music and Dinner at the Oxford Communit y Center featur ing Philip Dutton & The Alligators. Dinner at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. $25 includes dinner. Menu includes authentic jambalaya, white beans and cornbread. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 1 Big Band Night and Fireworks at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The Shades of Blue Orchestra will play under the stars. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and


July Calendar picnic blankets for an evening of music, dancing and fireworks along the Miles River. Food, ice cream and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the event. 7 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. 1,8,15 , 22 , 29 Easton Fa r mers Ma rket ever y Sat urday f rom mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured from 10 a.m. to noon. Town parking lot on Nor t h Har r ison Street. O ver 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit avalonfoundation.org. 1,8,15,22,29 St. Michaels FRESHFARM Market is one of the loveliest market settings in the country. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Farmers offer fresh fruits and

vegetables, grass-fed meats and pastured eggs, honey, locally roasted coffee, cut f lowers, potted plants and more. For more info. v isit f reshfarmmarkets. org/st-michaels. 1,8,15,22,29 Intermediate Yoga with Suzie Hurley at the Oxford Community Center. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $18 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 1,8,15,22,29 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org. 1,8,15,22,29 Historic High Street Wa lk ing Tour in Cambr idge. Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. One-hour walking tours are sponsored by the non-profit West End Citizen’s Association and are accompanied by Colonialgarbed docents. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. For more info. tel: 410901-1000. 1,8,15,22,29 Skipjack Sail on the Nathan of Dorchester from 1 to 3 p.m. at Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $30; children 6~12 $10; under 6 free. Reservations online at skipjack-nathan.org. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141.


1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, includes food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights, and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit choptankbowling.com. 1,15 Grinding Day at the Wye Grist Mill, Wye Mills. It is the oldest continuously operated waterpowered grist mill in the U.S. and the oldest commercial structure in continuous use in the State of Maryland. Grinding on the first and the third Saturday of each month May to October

from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-827-3850 or visit oldwyemill.org. 2 Sunday Jazz Brunch at Pope’s Tavern, Oxford. 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Community Center. For more info. tel: 410226-5220 or visit oxfordinn.net 3 Mov ie s@Noon at t he Ta lbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Moana. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcf l. org. 3 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Soci-

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3,10,17,24,31 Acupuncture MiniSessions at the Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Center in Easton. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $20 per session. Participation offered on a walk-in basis, first come, first served. For more info. tel: 410 -7 70 9400. 3,10,17,24,31 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 3 Rock Hall Fireworks - dusk. 3 Oxford Fireworks - dusk. Rain date July 5. 3- 7,17-21,31-Aug. 4 CBM M’s S e a s S qu i r t s Su m mer C a mp for children 4-6 years of age. 9 a.m. to noon at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. $125 members, $150 non-members. Scholarships are available. To register visit bit.ly/ CBMMSeaSquirts17. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26,31 Free Blood Pressure Screening from

3 ,10,17, 2 4 ,31 Mond ay Nig ht Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a fun-filled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 3,17,31 Minecraft Mondays at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 2 to 4 p.m. for ages 6 and up. Beginners and experienced builders may build in creative mo de on ou r M i ne c r a f t E du server. Limited space. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support


Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit shorehealth.org. 4 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410820-9695. 4 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 4 Easton Fireworks - dusk. 4 Chestertown Fireworks - dusk. 4 Cambridge Fireworks - dusk. 4 ,6,11,1 3 ,18, 20, 25 , 27 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.

4 ,6,11,1 3 ,18, 20, 25 , 27 Adu lt Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com. 5 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. A different prompt presented in each session offers a suggestion for the morning’s theme. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5 Virtual Reality Roadshow! at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 to 6 p.m. Experience virtual reality on a variety of platforms ~ Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, etc. Coaches will guide you through the experience and library staff will tell you about opportunities to further explore virtual reality in our neighborhood. For more

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July Calendar info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 5 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 5-7 Children’s Class: Animal Art Adventures with Dawn Malosh for ages 7 to 13. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This includes a visit from the Salisbury Zoo. $175 members, $185 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

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5,12,19,26 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours and other art-related activities. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 5,12,19,26 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-7456073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 5,12,19,26 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 6 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 6 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework


and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

boarding to all CBMM guests from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maryland Dove is a re-creation of the late 17th century trading ship that brought the first settlers to what is now Maryland. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm. org.

6 Pet Loss Support Group from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107. 6 Concert: Blues Deville in Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. Weather permitting. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 6-10 The tall ship Maryland Dove will be at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Local school groups will be touring the ship, with Dove open for

6,13,20,27 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. 6,13,20,27 Thursday Studio ~ a Weekly Mentored Painting Session with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Full day: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ($150/4 weeks for members). Half day: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($95/4 weeks for members). Drop-in fee (payable directly to instructor): $45 full day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); $25 half day (10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6,13,20,27 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free.


July Calendar For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 6,13,20,27 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice at 1 p.m. This weekly support group is for caregivers who are taking care of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ talbothospice.org. 6,13,20,27 Cambridge Farmer’s Market at the 500 block of Race Street. 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. e-mail cambridgemktmgr@aol. com. 6,13,20,27 Kent Island Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit kifm830.wixsite.com/kifm. 6,13,20,27 Open Mic & Jam at R A R Brew ing in Cambr idge. Thursdays f rom 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: 443-225-5664. 7 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info.

tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 7 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 7 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. Featuring paintings by Grand Prize w inners Hiu Lai Chong and Stewart White; Betty Huang and sculpture by Rick Casali. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com. 7 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton.


at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For youth groups, children’s organizations, and scouts ages 8-12 (and their chaperone s). For more i n fo. contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or by e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org.

8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 7,14,21,28 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 7,14,21,28 Lighthouse Overnight

8 Classic Cars and Coffee at the Oxford Community Center from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 8 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more

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galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. visit historic.stmichaels.org.

info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 8 Nameboard Basics Workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join carver and model maker Ed Thieler in learning the basic skills necessary in carving a nameboard. Materials and tools provided. For more info. tel: 410745-4980 or visit cbmm.org. 8 Saturday Matinee at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Sing! 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 8 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith artists as they demonstrate their work. For more info. tel: 410-4791009 or visit carolinearts.org. 8 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit cambridgemainstreet.com. 8 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art

8 Ta ste of C a mbr idge ~ Ta ste of C a mbr idge i s a sig nat u re event not only for dow ntow n Cambridge, but for Dorchester County, featuring many area restaurants and their best recipes for crab dishes in several categories, all competing to win “Best of” crab soup, crab cake, crab specialty, and more! “Tasters” vote for their favorite in each category and then cast their ballot for the winner. Celebrity judges also make their choice. The event also features a crab picking competition among local crab house pickers, a watermelon eating contest and great music. Race and Poplar Streets in downtown Cambridge. Plenty of free parking available. 5 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-477-0843 or visit cambridgemainstreet.com. 8 Concert: Clean Water Concert Series featuring the XPD’s on


Harrison Street in Easton. Free outdoor concert begins at 7 p.m. The Clean Water Concert Series, organized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in partnership with the Avalon Foundation, offers free live music and family friendly, educational activities hosted by local environmental and community groups. Rain venue is the Avalon Theatre. For more info. visit avalonfoundation.org. 8 Firef ly Magic at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Stay up late to enjoy a magical summer evening w ith the A rboret um’s f iref lies. L ea r n about the lives of firef lies with an Arboretum naturalist, make a shimmering firef ly craft, and take a guided walk through the meadow to enjoy a firef ly light display. Please bring a flashlight. Members $5, non-members $7. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

8 - 9 Work shop: F unda ment a ls of Drawing with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.$110 members, $132 non-members, plus $15 materials fee payable to instructor. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 8,22 Countr y Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e United Methodist churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 9

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

9 A ll-You-Can-Eat breakfast at A mer ic a n L eg ion Post 70 in Easton (behind WalMart). 8 to 11 a.m. $9. Carry-out available. For more info. tel: 410-822-9138. 10 Mov ies@Noon at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Mon ster Tr uck s. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.


July Calendar 10 Meeting: Caroline County AARP #915 at noon at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Come join the fun! For more info. tel: 410482-6039. 10 Open Mic Night at the Academy A r t Museum, Easton. 7 to 10 p.m. Open Mic is a supportive spac e for ou r c om mu n it y to share and cultivate the creativity and talents that thrive here. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@ gmail.com. 10 -12 Chautauqua 2017 at t he Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Presented by Maryland Humanities, Chautauqua is commemorating the 110th anniversary of the United S t ate s’ ent r y i nto t he Gr e at War as three WWI-era figures come to life. On Monday, Bill Grimmette will portray W.E.B. DuBois, an African-American a c t i v i s t . O n Tu e s d a y, D o u g Mishler w ill por tray General

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John Pershing. On Wednesday, Judd Bankert will portray President Woodrow Wilson. 7 to 9 p.m. each day. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. 10 -13 Workshop: Fun w ith Tie Dyeing for ages 11 to 15 w ith Katy Trice at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $135 members, $145 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 10 -1 4 P up p e t- M a k i n g Wo r kshop for ages 6 to 8 w ith A lanna Berman at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $125 members, $135 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 10-14 Workshop: Medieval Castles, Art, and All the King’s People for ages 6 to 8 with Alanna Berman at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1 to 3 p.m. $115 members, $125 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 10-14 Band Camp for ages 7 to 10 with Ray Remesch at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $155 members, $186 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit


academyartmuseum.org. 11 Birding by Boat at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 8 to 10 a.m. Grab your binoculars and spend the morning bird ing by c a noe. Appropr iate for beginner birders. Some paddling experience is helpful but not required. Canoes, basic instruction, paddles, binoculars and PFDs provided. Advanced registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon.org. 11 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you under-

stand your options for advanced healthcare planning and complete your advance direct ive paperwork. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 11 Irish Culture Celebration at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 1 p.m. Irish craf ts, dancing and an Irish tea party w ith Megan Harper, director of the Harper Academy of Irish Dance. Pre-registration is required a nd space is limited. For all ages, but children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 11,18,25 Tour of Horn Point Lab,

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9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e-mail mhr2711@gmail.com.

Cambridge. Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The community is invited on a 90-minute walking tour throughout the Horn Point facility. Best suited for ages 10 and older, groups and special tours may be arranged. For more info. tel: 410-221-8383. 11,18,25 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 11,25 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. 11,25 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit twstampclub.com. 12 Early-Morning Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dress for the weather. Cancellations only in extreme weather. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 12 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from

12 Reptile Wonders at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Regional Library. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 12 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Silent No More at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 12 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by


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12 Meeting: Baywater Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 12 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Hunter’s Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 12,26 Story Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 12,26 Bay Hundred Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 13 Foot Soldiers Collage Workshop with artist Jeffrey Weatherford at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 to 3:15 p.m. A family program. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Supported with funds from the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 201

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13 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games and fun. For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 13 5th annual Claws for a Cause crab feast to benefit the University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center in Queenstown. 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Fisherman’s Crab Deck in Grasonville. $90 in advance or $100 at the door. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5763 or e-mail alowe@umm.edu. 13 Concert: Delmarva Big Band in Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. Sponsored by the St. Michaels C ommunit y C enter. Weat her

13-15 Talbot County Fair at the Talbot County Agriculture Center, Hiners Lane, Easton. $1 per person, 12 and under free. Thursday night - free admission. 13,16,23 Guided kayak tour at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. No experience necessary. An estimated 2 hours of paddling time is scheduled. July 13 at 5:30 p.m., July 16 and 23 at 1 p.m. $15 for CBEC members and $20 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-8276694 or visit bayrestoration.org. 13,27 Memoir Writers at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life a nd fa mi ly. Pa r t icipa nt s a re invited to bring their lunch. For


more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

15 Paddle Palooza at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonv ille. This 3-mile, safet y-suppor ted paddle w ill give you a new perspective of CBEC as you paddle through waters of Cabin Creek , Kent Narrows and Marshy Creek and will offer a celebration of your aquatic Chesapeake adventure at CBEC’s Lakeside Pavilion following the paddle. $70 per person. For more info. tel: 443-995-5485 or visit dragonflypaddleleanandfitness.com.

15 Workshop: Boats and the Bay with Katie Cassidy at the Academy A r t Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $75 members, $90 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 15 Eastern Shore Jousting Association will have a joust at the Talbot County Fair, Easton, at 11 a.m. Classes consist of leadline, novice, amateur, semi-pro and professional. Open to the public. Admission cost is entry to the Fair. For more info. tel: 410-482-2176. 15 Tilghman Island Seafood Fest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Music in the park begins at noon w ith the Southbound Band. Fresh steamed crabs, crabcakes, soft crabs, clams, steamed shrimp and more throughout the day. 2 p.m. crab race, 3 p.m. cutest kid contest, and 4 p.m. firemen’s parade. Sponsored by the Tilghman Volunteer Fire Company. For more info. visit tilghmanvfc. com.

15 Workshop: An Introduction to Living Shorelines at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. $20. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 203

July Calendar 15 Saturday Matinee at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Fantast ic Beasts and Where to Find Them. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 16 Oxford Plein Air Paint Out Day t hroughout Ox ford. A r t work available for viewing and purchase at the Oxford Community Center from 4 to 6 p.m. For more info. visit portofoxford.com.

these models. For more info. email gnylander@atlanticbb.net. 16 Book Signing at Mystery Loves Company, Ox ford. Stephanie Verni to sign Inn Signif icant from 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-0010 or visit mysterylovescompany.com.

16 Model Skipjack Races from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The rad io - cont rolled (RC) sailing races are organized by CBMM’s Model Sailing Club, which meets regularly throughout the year to build and race

16 Historic Oxford Walking Tour from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Walk begins at the ferry dock. For more info. visit portofoxford.com. 17 Mov ies@Noon at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Lego Batman Movie. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 204

17 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sew ing, knitting, crossstitch, what-have-you). Limited instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 17 Book Discussion: Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17-23 13th annual Plein Air Easton Art Festival is the largest and most prestigious juried plein air painting competition in the United States. There w ill be 58 competing artists painting throughout Talbot County during the week. For more info.

17-21 Workshop: Papier Mâché Sculpture for ages 10 to 13 with Theresa Schram at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $120 members, $130 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17-21 Band Camp for ages 10+ with Ray Remesch at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $155 members, $186 nonmembers. For more info. tel:

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Crisfield. Noon to 4 p.m. All you can eat seafood, side dishes, beer and soda. $45. For more info. tel: 410-968-2500 or visit crisfieldevents.com/clambake.

tel: 410-822-7297 or visit pleinaireaston.com. 18 Gr ief Suppor t Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambr idge. 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 19 2nd annual Ice Cream for Breakfast at the Highland Creamery, Oxford. Join local residents and visitors starting at 9 a.m. Look for all your favorite breakfast flavors! For more info. visit portofoxford.com. 19 Read w ith Latte, a certified therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 11 a.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Lat te. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 19 J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake at Somers Cove Marina,

19 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 19 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 19 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 p.m. This support group is for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ talbothospice.org. 19 Salamander Search at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Trek through the woods on a search for salamanders and other amphibians. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon. org. 19 Workshop: Why Natives? at E nv i ron ment a l C onc er n, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Pre-registration is required. For more


If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, we can help. Talbot Hospice offers a variety of grief and caregiver support groups that are free of charge and open to the public. Individual and family consultation is also available in anticipation of or following a death. Summer Grief Support Group 4th Tue. of each month 5-7 p.m. June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26

Child Loss Support Group 3rd Wed. of each month, 6 p.m. June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20

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Nat ura l Resources-approved course are awarded a certificate that is good for life. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 20 Turtle Dance Music at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 10:30 a.m. Supported with funds from the Talbot Count y A r ts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 20 S t roke Su r v ivor ’s Supp or t Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410228-0190 or visit pleasantday. com.

info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 19-20 Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 10 p.m. $25. Individuals and families with children over age 12 are welcome to participate in our Boater’s Safety certification program and learn the basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland water ways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safet y Educ at ion. Graduates of our two-day Department of

20 Painting Prep and Picnic at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 4 to 7 p.m. Put on your painting clothes and prepare for the Paint Party. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon.org. 20 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 20 Free Demo at Studio B Gal-


lery, Easton, featuring awardwinning Maryland artist Rick Casali. Reception and light refreshment. 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com. 20 Concert: Bay Jazz Project in Mu sk rat Pa rk , St. Michael s. Sponsored by the St. Michaels C ommunit y C enter. Weat her permitting. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 21 Free Demo at Studio B Gallery, Easton, featuring awardwinning plein air artist Stewart White. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com. 21 Shore Kayak Series with the Mid-Shore Riverkeeper Conservancy. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Upper Choptank River. Leave from Greensboro and paddle past red clay r iverbanks and gravelly stream beds. $40 for non-members, $25 for members. For more info. tel: 443-385-0511 or visit midshoreriverkeeper.org.

21 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org. 21 Collectors’ Preview Party for Plein Air Easton at the Waterfowl Festival Building and the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. The Collectors’ Preview Party offers the first opportunity to see the entire competition exhibit. For more info. tel: 410822-7297 or visit pleinaireaston. com.

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tournament sponsored by the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce and Easton Little League. Shotgun start at Talbot Country Club, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-4653 or v isit talbotchamber.org.

morning tackling a variety of important painting projects around Pickering Creek. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon.org. 22 Eastern Shore Jousting Association will have a joust at the Kent County Fair at the Kent County Ag Center, Chestertown. 1 p.m. Classes consist of leadline, novice, amateur, semi-pro and professional. Open to the public. Admission cost is entry to the Fair. For more info. tel: 410-310-8934. 22 Saturday Matinee at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Zootopia. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcf l. org. 22 Concert: Tidewater Inn Concert Ser ies feat ur ing Girl s, Gun s & Glory on Harrison Street in Easton. Free. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 22,27 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 1 to 3 p.m. Free for CBEC members, $5 for nonmembers. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 24

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24 Movies@Noon at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Storks. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 24 Family Craf ts at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Summer crafts. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 24-28 Recording Arts Camp for ages 9+ with Ray Remesch at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $155 members, $186 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 24-28 Workshop: Play with Clay for ages 8 to 13 with Dawn Malosh at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $120 members, $130 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 24-28 and 31-Aug. 4 Kaleidoscope Summer A r ts Camp for ages 6+ with Maria Sage and Theresa Schram at the Academy Art


peake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. What better way to spend a summer evening than watching sailboat races from the beautiful At Play on the Bay Building next to the museum’s jewel, Nav y Point? These Wednesday Night Races are a lot of fun ~ competitive and good-natured from beginning to end. This will be an amazing evening with spectacular views. For more info. tel: 410-745-4991 or e-mail nwells@cbmm.org.

Museum, Easton. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. $105 members, $115 nonmembers per week. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 25 Meeting: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -822-1000, ex t. 5411. 25 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 26 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at the Dorchester Family Y MCA, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196.

26 Magic of Summer Wetlands at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Equipped w ith chest waders, boots, large seine nets and small hand nets, spend the

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July Calendar evening exploring and investigating the mysterious and wet world of frogs. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon.org.

800-548-4009 or visit delmarvablood.org. 27 Puppet Show: The 3 Little Pigs at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. The adventures of three little pigs and a wolf. Performed by the library’s own Ms. Carla. For ages 1 to 7, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 27 Workshop: BMP Options for Stormwater Runoff at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org.

28 Workshop: Milkweed for Monarchs at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 27 The Juggling Hoffmans at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 27 Blood Bank donat ion dr ive f r om no on to 7 p.m. at I mmanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. For more info. tel:

27 Concert: Band TBA in Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. Weather permitting. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 29 Log Canoe Cruises from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Enjoy a river cruise to watch the log canoe races on the Miles River from the buyboat Winnie Estelle. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit cbmm.org. 29 Saturday Matinee at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Jungle Book. 2 p.m. For more



July Calendar info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 29 Concert: Tidewater Inn Concert Series featuring Delmarva Big Band on Harrison Street in Easton. Free. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 29 - S ept. 4 A nnua l Members’ Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. This exceptional tradition represents the best of the region’s artists and offers an opportunity to view the creative talents of colleagues and friends. For more info. tel:

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410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 31 Mov ies@Noon at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Nine Lives. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 31 Coloring for Teens and Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 31-Aug. 4 Artful Adventure Trip to Ma i ne w it h t he A c ademy Art Museum. Visit the state’s le ad i ng mu seu m s, i nclud i ng the Portland Museum of A rt, the Farnsworth Museum of Art (where former A A M Director Christopher Brownawell serves as Executive Director), the Colby C ol lege Mu seu m of A r t , t he Bowdoin College Art Museum and more. Led by AAM Director Benjamin Simons and Senior



Curator Anke van Wagenberg. $3,950 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-8121 or visit academyartmuseum.org. 31-Aug. 4 Work shop: Su m i- e Painting for ages 8 to 14 (adults welcome) w ith Daw n Malosh at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $115 members, $125 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

31-Aug. 4 Workshop: Fun with Photoshop for grades 5 to 9 with Gar net te Hines at t he Ac ademy Art Museum, Easton. 1 to 3 p.m. $140 members, $150 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 31-Aug. 4 Band Camp for ages 7 to 10 with Ray Remesch at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $155 members, $186 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

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