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Tidewater Times July 2018


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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 67, No. 2

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July 2018

Features: About the Cover Artist: Olena Babak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Summer Sloth: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Harriet Tubman and Bella Travers: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . 23 Threat Assessment 5.18.10: Will Howard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 The Skipjack Rebecca T. Ruark: James Dawson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 View from the Shore: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Oxford’s Fire Dept. ~ Continuing to Serve: Michael Valliant . . . . 151 Changes ~ The Man Project (Part 3 of 4): Roger Vaughan . . . . . . 153

Departments: July Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Caroline County ~ A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 July Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 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 Olena Babak

Russian schools, and their emphasis on keen observation and exploring the limits of lighting and color thus capturing mood and enchantment in the changing landscape, are evident in her award-winning artwork. Olena’s work has most recently won awards such as: Best Marine; Artists’ Choice; First Place Quick Draw & People’s Choice Award; Best Representation of Rocky Mountain National Park; First Place. Her work has also been featured in the Strokes of Genius series, the Poet’s and Artist’s: 100 Great Drawings, and the Classicist, as well as in Plein Air magazine. The cover image is titled First Light. You can view more of her work at olenababak.com.

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Summer Sloth by Helen Chappell

We have don’t have spring and fall anymore. We just have summer and winter. One day it’s snowing, the next day it’s shorts weather. So here we are in May, and it’s in the 90s and I’m in no way prepared for this. It’s not just adjusting my attitude, which is perpetually bad, according to some people. It’s adjusting my internal temperature and my mindset. And, horror of horrors, it’s seasonal household chores. I abhor putting the air conditioning units into the windows of this hundred-plus-year-old house, which I blackmail my friend Jim into doing for me. I just put the duct tape around them again and again and again, as it never sticks. And, oh, that first night I have to turn on the unit in the bedroom, all I can think about is those cartoons where the dollar bills f ly out the window. But anything is better than the summer humidity on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, which,

in its prime, is like breathing and moving through raspberry Jell-O. And then, there’s the most dreaded chore of all, and this year it’s a real doozy: putting away the winter clothes and getting out the summer duds. And this season, it’s culling out the stuff that goes to the thrift shop. I have my donation trash bags ready. At least I’ve gotten that far. I am not a huge hoarder. I am my orderly mother’s child, and I do get rid of stuff. (Her obsession with cleanliness made Joan Crawford look like a slob, but I didn’t inherit that gene). Also, I once helped friends clean out a 17-room farmhouse after their hoarder parents died, and it was a Life Lesson and Subject for Another Column. I have quite enough stuff, thank you, and 9


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Summer Sloth if one more thing comes into this house, two things are going to the thrift shop. But sorting those winter and summer clothes is a job I could procrastinate for the rest of my life. All that folding and sorting and moving around and opening and closing the huge, heavy drawers in my Chester County highboy ~ well, just thinking about it makes me tired. So, piles of (mostly) folded clothes are sitting on the stairs next to the washer and dryer, awaiting the sorting. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as anal about it as I should have been


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the thrift shop, and someone will be delighted. Even though I have black silk pants and brown silk pants that will take me to every wedding and funeral I will ever attend again, I’m still hanging on to a couple of dresses, and I have no idea why. Everything is stored in cedar, and it smells that way. If I had to wear a dress for something, I’d waft the scent of Eau de Storage wherever I went. And then, there are all those shirts. I am partial to knitted tops, long and short sleeved. And if I find a style I like, I will buy it in several colors. Even colors that match nothing I have if they’re on sale. So, I must have 50 knit tops in various colors, which is cool. After all, when Jackie Onassis saw a style she liked, she, too, would buy it in multiple colors. And who am I to go against fashion icon Jackie O? I’d hate to think how many shirts in how many col-

last fall, and a lot of summer stuff never quite made it into the drawers. It looks like the sorting room of a charity shop in that area of the house, and I am doing my very best to ignore it. Unfortunately, it is sitting there like Jabba the All-Natural Fiber Hutt, silently reminding me that my mother is spinning in her grave. All those knits and linens and cottons getting even more wrinkled, waiting for me to sort, sort, sort, fold, fold, refold, stack and wrestle those huge old drawers open to stash this stuff out of sight in neat piles, hang that stuff neatly in the closet. Until, of course I need a certain color shirt and have to dig through it all to find it, usually in a hurry. My problem is, I love clothes. Since I stopped working in an office, they’ve mostly become casual, but one does have to go out, and one cannot simply appear in one’s around-the-house sweatpants and stained T-shirt at an event. Well, one could, but one does have some pride, and one does love to collect shirts and pants and look halfway presentable in public. So, I don’t need the dresses and skirts I used to wear, but they still hang in my closet ~ Just In Case. Although why I have hung on to those Laura Ashley skirts for all these years, I have no idea. I promise myself, they’re going to 16


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Do I look like a deadly sin to you? For some reason, I haven’t sorted my sock drawer in quite a while, and I still have some of those white, slouchy numbers that were last fashionable around 1995. Why? Sloth. Pure and simple sloth. Yes, I know it’s one of the seven deadly sins, but hey, it’s better than lust and gluttony. But I promise myself, Gentle Reader, that having made this confession, I will tackle that sorting. Hopefully, before next winter. 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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Harriet Tubman and Bella Travers Emancipator and Junior Ranger by Bonna L. Nelson

I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say ~ I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger. ~ Harriet Tubman, 1896 Marshall, the first African-American Supreme C our t just ice, for her second-grade class. On the day we visited the park a young female African-American park ranger gave a presentation about the connection between the Dorchester County landscape and the Underground Railroad. In the slide show, the ranger showed us how the marshes, wetlands, islands, for-

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Harriet Tubman ests, farm fields, rivers and creeks in the low-lying Eastern Shore county provided a wealth of opportunity for runaway slaves to find abundant food (seafood, wildlife, berries, fruit, corn and potatoes), stay well hidden and travel the road to freedom. Harriet Tubman, the most famous c onduc tor of t he Under g rou nd Railroad (UGRR), knew well the topography of Dorchester County, having been a slave there her entire life. Tubman’s knowledge of the Choptank River area and what is now the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (which surrounds the Visitor Center) assisted her in navigating the landscape to emancipate 70 slaves,

Bella taking the pledge as a Junior Ranger. including family and friends, during 13 courageous return trips to the Eastern Shore as a conductor on the UGRR after her own escape in 1849. Following the topographical discussion, we met with the park rang-

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Tubman and to apply lessons learned to their own lives. We stepped into the darkened exhibit space to begin our tour following Harriet’s journey and the UGRR. The permanent exhibit includes dioramas that depict scenes from Tubman’s life, including her childhood as a slave and her eventual escape. Sculptures depict Tubman within the dioramas at various ages. Placards and murals tell her life story as well as quotations from Tubman and acquaintances such as Frederick Douglass. Audio stations provide the opportunity to learn more detail about particular exhibits. Films about Tubman and t he UGRR can be v iewed inside the exhibit. Spiritual music plays in

ers at the reception desk to obtain information about the Visitor Center and exhibits. An informative film shown in the theater included various Tubman descendants’, dignitaries’, scholars’ and observers’ testimonials to Tubman’s bravery and lifelong commitment to human rights. A ranger gave Bella a HTUGRR Junior R anger Activ it y Book to complete while browsing the selfguided, interactive exhibits in the Visitor Center. The book is designed to help young visitors understand and appreciate the legacy of Harriet





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the background. A film with more testimonials from community leaders included U.S. Representative and civil rights leader John Lewis. He called Tubman an international inspiration and a courageous warrior, leader and fighter. Bella was impressed by Lewis’s advice to all of us: “Speak up, have courage, find a way to get in the way.” Bel la le a r ne d t hat A r a m i nt a “Minty” (later calling herself Harriet) Tubman was born a slave in 1822 to Harriet “Rit” (her mother) and Ben Ross (her father). Harriet was one of nine children, some of whom were sold sout h or were moved to other properties of their

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was drawing a self-portrait. On her drawing of herself in a T-shirt, she wrote, “Girls Rule the World,” from the graphic on the T-shirt that she was wearing. Bella also had to answer a series of questions about Tubman. In addition to Tubman’s roles as an UGRR conductor and abolitionist, Bella cited her later roles in the Civil War: nurse, spy, scout and military leader for the Union Army. Bella learned that Tubman was a very religious and spiritual person who relied on God and prayer to keep her safe in all of her endeavors. In later life, she married, moved to Auburn,



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cellar or underground storage) to the next. Runaway slaves rarely traveled by rail but were more likely to journey by foot, horseback, wagon, and boat using disguises and fake papers. Many headed north to Canada or south to Florida and Mexico. Tubman missed her family and friends. Risking her own safety, she returned to Dorchester County many times to free her people, including her parents, brothers and friends. Bella read that Tubman sang the spiritual hymn “Go Down Moses” to let her passengers know that it was safe to come out from hiding and to travel. Her bravery earned her the nickname “Moses.” Tubman navigated her passengers to freedom by following the North Star, saying in 1865: “God set the North Star in the heavens; He gave me the strength in my limbs; He meant I should be free.” Bella learned that Harriet Tubman was recognized with her image on U.S. postage stamps. Her likeness will also appear on newly minted twenty-dollar bills in 2020. Tubman’s courage and legacy continue

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Harriet Tubman to inspire people around the world, over one hundred years after her death from pneumonia at the remarkable age of 91. One of the last exhibits is a statue of Harriet Tubman, the American heroine, sitting serenely on a bench. Bella sat on the bench and, in a tender moment, she held Harriet’s hand. After completing the exhibit tour and Junior Ranger Activity Book, Bella approached the park ranger at the information desk. He asked Bella to raise her right hand and to repeat the Junior Ranger Pledge: “As a Junior Ranger, I promise to discover all I can about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Rail-

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buildings, three for exhibits and one for administration. The buildings are shaped like the barns that slaves slept in on the road to emancipation. The buildings are oriented toward the north, the direction in which Tubman led slaves to freedom. Their windows provide views of the surrounding fields and marshes of the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, which hasn’t changed much since Tubman’s time. A legacy memorial garden and walking path surrounds the Center, of fering oppor tunities for quiet meditation. A large pavilion with picnic tables and a stone fireplace may be reserved for groups. In addition to the interactive exhibits, the Visitor Center includes a research library and a Museum store with educational products related to Harriet Tubman and the UGRR. Books are featured prominently for children and adults. Sculptures, flags, DVDs, T-shirts and stickers are also sold, allowing visitors to carry Tubman’s story home with them. The HTUGRR Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for a few holidays. Search online for the HTUGRR State Park and Visitor Center for more information and directions or call 410-221-2290.

cultural, historical and recreational resources of my public lands for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” When Bella’s second grade class discussed Harriet Tubman the following week, she was ready to share her newly gained wisdom. Bella discussed Tubman’s life, praised Tubman’s courage and suggested that the class visit the HTUGRR Visitor Center to learn more about Tubman and the UGRR. She proudly shared her Activity Book, Junior Ranger badge and Harriet Tubman trading card given to her by the park ranger after taking the pledge. The Visitor Center, which opened a little over a year ago, comprises four

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Threat Assessment 5.18.10 Former Hamas Terrorist Mosab Yousef, Author of Son of Hamas to speak in Easton by Will Howard

Excerpt from Will Howard’s new book A Kaleidoscope Memoir. It was my job to help organize the logistics for a very high profile speaker for a bible study group. We meet each week with numerous businessmen for lunch at a restaurant and have an outreach speaker every quarter. Our latest, who just happened to have not one but many death “fatwa” contracts on his head, had accepted. He had recently appeared on “60 Minutes,” “Larry King Live,” “Hannity.” According to the internet, the biggest contract to kill him was $62 million. I wasn’t sure if the internet information was correct, but I didn’t want to investigate. I contacted the Easton and state police to let them know that Mosab Hassan Yousef would be speaking to our group. As I was shaving one morning, I looked down and saw there was an early-morning message on my iPhone. “Mr. Howard this is Captain Mark Waltrup, Commander Special Operations of Easton Police Department, I need to meet with you in person today if possible as I have a meeting this afternoon with the

Maryland State Police on handling your event on May 18th.” I promptly returned his call, suggesting we meet at the Tidewater Inn to show him the room that our speaker would be using. I sat in the white rocker just outside the front 41



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you and the state police to keep anything from happening,” I said. “We can’t stop a car bomb on a building located on two public streets in the middle of the day,” he said. “We’ve done a threat assessment with Homeland Security. Jihadis will likely put a 21- or 22-year-old kid all fired up in a car with 200 pounds of explosives. This won’t be like Times Square. If the bomb doesn’t go off, the kid will keep trying until it does. It will destroy the Tidewater, killing everyone. It will also destroy the Avalon and all the buildings around here. It will damage stores all the way to the courthouse. “Is the satisfaction of hearing a great speaker worth that risk?” he asked.

door of the Inn. Captain Waltrup and Chief Spencer crossed Harrison Street with quick strides. “We need to speak in complete privacy,” said Capt. Waltrup after greeting me. We walked through the lobby, peeking into the Crystal Room as employees were setting it up, then into the John Moll Room. Waltrup locked the door behind us. After asking me a lot of questions about the time of the event, how many people, etc, Chief Spencer spoke up. “Will, you have a reputation for doing good things for Easton. Why in the world would you put this town in such danger?” I was floored! “That’s why I called


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He was right here in the Tidewater, where no one would suspect him. “But now they know, and he is still one of their top targets,” said the chief. “After we finish the threat assessment this afternoon with the state police, we will be meeting with the mayor, and I can tell you he’s not going to want this to happen. The town would never recover.” I withdrew our request. “After your explanation, we will not be having it here. Thank you. Where do you suggest we have it?” I asked. Captain Waltrup picked up his cell phone and dialed a pr ivate security team we were also working with. “I am glad you changed it from the Tidewater,” said the leader of the group. “I suggest you have it on private property with a long lane where we can check out everyone’s identity, check it against your invitation list and have one of your people with me.” Not my house, I thought! “Or, have it at a church. Don’t tell anyone where it’s going to be.

“No,” I sa id, “I ne ver gave a thought that there could be a car bomb. I was just worried about a possible sniper.” Captain Waltrup spoke up. “I’ve got no problem with snipers. We can deal with them.” I noticed he had a “Swat Team” medal among the many on his shirt. The chief added, “Besides, Jihadis would love an excuse to hit the Tidewater. They hate Dick Cheney.” “What does Dick Cheney have to do with the Tidewater?” I asked. “They wanted to kill Dick Cheney right after 9/11. Remember when he disappeared to a non-disclosed place? Do you know where that was?” “No,” I said, “No one knew.” “You’re sitting in it.”

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with to film in Beirut and Egypt, had offered to f ly Mosab in from Los Angeles first class to make the event. Mosab was anxious to do the speech. He was doing it for free, though others had paid him $60,000 to do so. Ron picked him up at 6 a.m. in Baltimore and took him to his house for a nap. May 18 was rainy w it h lower than normal temperatures. As I approached the Crystal Q meeting facility, I saw two unsmiling men in hunting garb. I pulled up to see that my colleague CB Nagel was with them. “He’s OK,” CB smiled in his raincoat. The men didn’t smile. I could see there was lots of room for firearms under their jackets. A car sitting at the top of the hill 300 yards from the building was positioned to oversee the arrival from a distance. I was later told it was equipped with weapons capable of destroying a vehicle traveling at high rates of speed if it were suspected of carrying a car bomb. “You are to park your car through the barricades behind the building,” one of the men said, “beside the blue car.” “Okay,” I said, “where’s Les?” Les was in charge of securit y inside the facility. “You’ll see him inside.” The man was very serious. I drove into the back parking lot and spotted one of the police of f icials I had met w ith before. He was standing in a camouf lage

Have everyone arrive in a parking lot, park their cars and board a bus. Take the bus on a ride so we can make sure no one is following you, and go to the church.” “I am going to have to meet with our committee to see if we are going to have it at all,” I said, thanking them both. “I’ll keep you informed, no matter where it is.” “If it’s not in the town of Easton, we DON’T want to know,” said the chief. I called Ron Ensminger, who had arranged for our guest speaker. “After what I have just been told, we should cancel this event! I don’t think it is a good idea for him to be anywhere in Talbot County,” I said. Ron disagreed, telling me that he himself had been threatened by Jihadis and had informed the police. “I think we need to find a private residence in the county, get a private security detail and just invite our group,” he said. “It’s not worth the danger!” I insisted. “I’ll think and pray about it.” The next morning, I got another call from Captain Waltrup. “I wanted to let you know wherever you decide to hold this, I and a few of my men will lead your private security detail. We have access to Homeland Security barricades, which we will set up and secure the event. No one will get in who is not on the list,” he said. Ron, a friend whom I had traveled 48

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he was talking to a group, three tall men in trench coats whisked quickly by me. I zoomed in behind them. These guys were not local! Instead of going toward the ticket table, they moved to the left toward Les’s guys. There was Les! “Who are these guys?” I asked Les. Two overheard my strained whisper and f lipped out FBI IDs. The other pulled out a Maryland State Police badge and ID. Mosab arrived without really noticing the security. He stood outside shaking hands. We got him inside. I sat at the table with the FBI and state police in the back right corner of the room. In the left corner of the room I recognized two police officers ~ one male and one female - in plain clothes. Behind the speaker was a door with three private security officers ready to take swift action and snatch him out of danger. Outside, every corner of the building was covered. The wall of windows was taped over with brown paper all the way to the ceiling. It was done so neatly that no one seemed to realize it. “If you hear one of our people shouting a code during the speech, things will happen very quickly,” Les warned me. He nodded toward several of his people positioned in the room in plain clothes. I was filming the event in the back of the room. I clicked the camera’s record button to “on” and sat down.

jacket talking to another man also in hunting gear, in a truck. “Hey, Jim, how are you doing? Great to see you here!” “I’m NOT here,” he said with a plain, blank expression. “Neither is he,” he said, pointing to the guy in the truck. He pointed to the blank spot beside the blue car through the barricades. “You should park over there.” “Will do,” I said, recognizing their seriousness. There were two other guys in bulky hunting outfits, each on the corner of the building. They knew my name and pointed to the back entrance. Once inside, I witnessed a beehive of activity. Les was nowhere to be found. I was to establish a perimeter at the front door. I asked Dale Kulp, my f light instructor, to join me. I knew after 40 hours of his teaching me how to f ly that he had no fear. “Les wants us to stand out here and check to make sure that only the people invited come in,” I told him. He agreed. “Hi, Will,” a couple said as they came up. “Hey, great to see you,” I said, “just go right on in.” “Who were they?” Dale asked as he checked his sheet. “You know I just don’t remember names. I am just a terrible person for this,” I said. It happened several times, and Dale seemed pretty frustrated. As 50

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crucifix and a white turtleneck had a topcoat. He was in his late 60s. “I’m sorry, sir, do you mind taking off your coat?” I asked. “No.” he said as two guards standing behind him instantly whisked it off with a whoosh. The unarmed man was shocked, and the guard quickly took his coat to the cloakroom. Mosab spoke of the danger of Islamic extremism and the hope of the gospel of Christ moving into the hearts of Muslims, both radical and nominal Muslim followers. The speech took about an hour. The crowd of 98 gave a standing ovation. Ron produced a box of 20 books as thanks for the security force. Mosab signed each one and stood with each recipient, smiling for a photograph. Ron brought his car to the front door, and Mosab left for a f light out of BWI Airport. Mosab was unaware of the unmarked vehicles that escorted them past the county line. I went home and just wanted to take a nap. Thank God it was over.

I had fixed a wireless lavaliere microphone to the speaker’s stand. As he was being introduced, I felt the full imprint of a hand pressing on my back. I turned, and there was the second-highest-ranking member of the MSP force. He motioned for me to go with him. In the lobby there were two elderly gentlemen who were late. Three plain-clothes guards surrounded them. “These gentlemen said they had reservations.” All the volunteers were now listening to the speech. I examined the log, and their names were both there. I took their sweaty $20 bills and allowed them in. I was entering the room when two more men came in. Les stopped me at the door and said, “Do you know both of these guys?” “No,” I said. “I know one but not the other.” “He’s wearing a topcoat!” he exclaimed with a strained whisper. The man wearing a

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Watermelon - The Coolest Sweet in Town Summer and watermelon go together like peas and carrots! We get the triple whammy of burning sunshine, relentless heat and dripping humidity. Everyone looks for a way to stay cool while being reminded to stay hydrated. To me, this means diving into some watermelon for sweet relief. Lime is a great complement for watermelon. The two f lavors contrast deliciously in a simple summer side dish or dessert of a bowl of watermelon sprinkled with lime zest. Many people, especially in the South, salt their watermelon. If you have been told to cut down on salt, try lime. It has the same effect. A dash of balsamic vinegar on watermelon is also a great contrast. It totally transforms the watermelon. You can either sprinkle the vinegar over a bowl of watermelon or reduce the vinegar to a syrup by boiling it. This is also good with ice cream. Speaking of ice cream ~ vanilla

ice cream and watermelon are surprisingly good together. Cut a wedge of watermelon and top it with the ice cream. It is also good with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Melons are showing up at the farmer’s markets and produce stands. Here are some guidelines for picking the perfect watermelon: · Look for the yellow patch on the bottom where it has been sitting on the ground. If it is a creamy yellow color, it’s ripe. · Whack the melon with your thumb. It should sound deep. A dull sound means it’s not ready yet. · Look at the stem. It should be brown, indicating the watermelon 55

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Prepare the grill for direct-heat grilling. Cut the watermelon into 1/2-inch-thick triangles. Do not remove the rind when cutting, as you will need that to turn the watermelon with tongs and to serve. Combine the sugar, lime zest and red pepper f lakes in a small bowl and sprinkle on both sides of the watermelon slices. Gently rub it to create an even coating. Grill about 3 minutes per side, until grill marks appear. Serve with lime wedges. You can also top it with Greek yogurt to make a side dish, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make a dessert.

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and 1/4 cup of the Prosecco in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl or pitcher. Divide the mixture into two glasses and top with the rest of the Prosecco. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a mint leaf.

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1 t. orange zest 3/4 cup sliced red onion 1/2 t. sea salt 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice In a medium bowl, combine shrimp, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/4 cup lime juice. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until the shrimp are pink and opaque. The citrus “cooks” the shrimp. Drain and discard the juice. In a large bowl, fold together the watermelon, red onion, jalapeño pepper, orange and lime zest, and remaining orange and lime juices. Sprinkle with salt, then add the shrimp, cilantro and mint. Combine gently. Cover and refrigerate an additional 30 minutes to allow the f lavors to meld. 58

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WATERMELON PIZZA This is a great dessert!

1 12-oz. can lemonade concentrate, thawed 8 cups seedless watermelon, diced 5 cups water 2 T. sugar 1/2 cup fresh mint, packed

1 watermelon 1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced 1/2 cup raspberries 1/2 cup cherries 1/2 cup blueberries Honey

Combine and blend the lemonade concentrate and watermelon. Pour over a fine mesh strainer and drain. Combine the watermelon mixture with water and stir. Place mint leaves and a bit of sugar in a small bowl. Crush or bruise the mint leaves to release their oils and add to the lemonade. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to meld f lavors.

Using a sharp knife, slice the watermelon down the middle. Cut the halves into 2-inch-thick slices. Using a spatula, spread an even layer of yogurt around the watermelon, leaving the rind naked. Layer the fruit on top of the yogurt, as you wish. Add different kinds of fruit, if desired, such as mango, kiwi, banana and pineapple for a tropical pizza. Drizzle the top with honey.

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The Rebecca was built by Moses Geoghegan on Taylor’s Island for Wi l lia m T. Rua rk in 1886, a nd named for his wife, Rebecca Travers Ruark (1831-1912). It is said that she (the boat) was originally a twomasted schooner, but, documentation dating from 1887 describes her as a single-masted, gaff-rigged sloop w ith a square sail, and it wasn’t until the early 1900s that she acquired her current two-sail skipjack rig. Now for some technic a l boat talk: the Rebecca is not like most skipjacks in that she has a round chine and is fore-and-aft planked, whereas what would become the traditional skipjack design has a hardchine, V-bot tom, cross-planked hull. Chine is the intersection of the bottom and sides of a boat. This nontraditional construction

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white gold, and oystermen reaped huge profits from over-harvesting the succulent bivalves. At this time, the Chesapeake Bay supplied 40% of the world’s oysters. 1885 had seen an all-time high, with an oyster harvest of 15 million bushels. And, as shown in this newspaper article from 1892, oyster boat captains sometimes weren’t too careful about how they got their crews, which they desperately needed to hand crank the windlasses that raised and lowered the oyster dredges, shovel and cull the oysters.

is typical because early skipjacks like the Rebecca were built in the formative years before the design became fixed. The round U-shaped bottom is more expensive to make and repair than the V-bottom, but it is faster and handles better, whereas the V-bottom is cheaper and easier to build and repair than the round bottom. In fact, it has been said that if you can build a house, you can build a V-bottomed skipjack. Many hundreds were constructed, and the skipjack became the quintessential boat for oyster dredgers. It seemed everyone had the oyster madness then, and the huge demand spawned a very profitable industry of catching, culling, shucking, canning and shipping them, which gave employment to tens of thousands of people and made some people very rich. Crisfield was an not only an oyster town ~ it was literally built on oyster shells. Cambridge and Tilghman Island were also oystering communities. Oysters were called

A CAPTAIN TRIED FOR ASSAULT Capt. William Ruark, of the oyster schooner Rebecca T. Ruark, was tried in the United States District Court on the charge of assaulting James Gunn, a dredger. The jury had not agreed when the court adjourned and were given leave to bring in a sealed verdict this mor ning. Gunn shipped on the schooner Lydia A. Claville and the alleged assault occurred when it was attempted to transfer him to the Ruark against his wishes. Capt. “Bud” Lewis, of the Claville, who was convicted on Tuesday, was a witness in the case. Captain Lewis, who was sent to jail to await sentence, complained yesterday that he was not f urnished with dinner or supper at the jail. United States Marshall Airey sent a letter to Warden Constantine in refer64

ence to the matter. Gunn, who has been in jail for some time as a witness, stated that on one occasion he was placed in a dark cell for complaining of the food.” ~ Baltimore Sun Jan. 28, 1892

cies of fish that skip and leap over the surface of the water. They were also called scrape boats because they dragged the oyster dredges that scraped and collected the oysters off of the bottom. Even then, there was concern about overfishing, and the state put restrictions on how, where and when oysters could be caught, and also what size. Oysters that were too small had to be culled out and thrown back. And, as would be expected, many oyster boat captains bent the r ules to increase their profits, so in 1894, the Rebecca was in trouble again:

Capt. Ruark was conv icted of assault and sent to jail for ten days. William T. Ruark died in 1891, so this William Ruark was his son. Calling the Rebecca T. Ruark an oyster schooner wasn’t technically correct, as schooners have at least two masts, but the name skipjack wasn’t in common usage yet. The designation probably came from the way the boat, which was fast and agile, resembled one of several spe-

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the Chesapeake Bay area the rest of the time. They were the trucks and pickups of their day, with the Chesapeake Bay as their highway, especially in the decades before paved roads and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Sometimes the Rebecca sailed out of Baltimore, Crisfield or Cambridge. In the early 1900s, she also hauled wheat. In 1910, the Rebecca was sold by Samuel H. Mills and others, who had acquired her in the meantime, to William Alvin Cook for $450. Meanwhile, 1910 continued the steady decline of oyster harvests, which were down to 3.5 million bushels. Oyster boat captains often trolled the waterside saloons and bars in Baltimore for their crews, a practice so commonplace that a law was passed making it illegal to sign up a drunken man. Capt. William G. Ruark on another skipjack just could not stay out of trouble.

police sloop Julia Hamilton, surprised a f leet of ten scrape-boats working by moonlight in the Upper Choptank on Monday night and capt ured the Rebecca T. Ruark, Captain William Ruark; the Ollie P. Smith, Captain Burd Cannon; the Sweepstakes, Captain Joseph Meekins, and the Pearl, Captain Matt. Travers… Captain Harper has preferred four charges each against the captains arrested-dredging at night, having unculled oysters on board, dredging in forbidden waters and having [oyster license] numbers concealed…” ~ Baltimore Sun, Feb. 21, 1894

SHANGHAIING CHARGED Captain Ruark Arrested And A. Lincoln Dryden Says There May Be Other Cases Captain William G. Ruark, master and half owner of the oyster schooner Virgil P. Travers, was arrested by A. Lincoln Dryden, navigating office of the Tarragon, police boat of the Department of Commerce, and brought to Baltimore yesterday on the charge of shanghaiing James Murphy, of this city, and taking him to the oyster grounds in the Honga river…

Note that in these accounts, the name of the boat is usually given first, followed by the name of the captain and then her home port. Since oystering was limited to just part of the year, oyster boats also hauled produce, crops, shingles, lumber and other supplies back and forth to Baltimore from all over 66


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instances and used intoxicating liquor to get the men in the notion to sign articles and go on board.” ~ Baltimore Sun Nov. 18, 1913 The case was dismissed, but it was only recently that the law against shanghaiing was even enforced at all. Some oyster boat crews had cruel captains who worked them in near slavery. They suffered brutal treatment, and some were even murdered. In rare cases, the crew of a skipjack mutinied and killed their captain, but at least the Rebecca and her new captain stayed out of trouble. The next we hear of the Rebecca T. Ruark was when her captain, still W.A. Cook, of Cambridge, entered her in the first-ever Chesapeake Bay Championship Workboat Races on July 2, 1921. The race was held by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club in an attempt to revive interest in workboat races. It was touted as the biggest workboat race ever held in Maryland waters, if not the entire count r y, d raw ing a n e st imated 7,000 spectators. There were four classes of boats: 26 Bugeyes in two classes, 20 entries including the Rebecca in the Skipjack class and seven entries in the work canoe or log canoe class. Oyster tongers worked in shallow water and used the smaller log canoes, while oyster dredgers needed the larger bugeyes and skipjacks to pull the dredges in deeper water.

It was stated that Murphy, who had been drinking, had been led to a shipping office on October 21, given more whiskey and knew no more until he awoke aboard the schooner… The captain admitted that Murphy was drunk when he was shipped, but said that he “walked to the boat on his own legs and signed his own name on the shipping articles” and he supposed it was all right. He did not know that it was against the law to ship a man when he was drunk. He had no counsel and was released on bail for a further hearing on Wednesday morning. According to information gathered by Mr. Dr yden in the last few days f rom boat men on the Eastern Shore, he reported to the Department of Commerce that the “statement seems to be justified that shipping agents at Baltimore, during the t wo weeks of act ive shipping of crews on oyster dredge boats in the last half of October, resorted to their old practices in many 68


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two of the spectator boats collided. Nevertheless everyone else had a great time and the race became an annual event. A photo was taken from an airplane, but it is impossible to tell which boat is the Rebecca. In 1939, W.A. Cook sold the Rebecca to his son Herman L. “Pinky� Cook for five dollars. By mid-century, oystering was in decline when the Rebecca was mentioned in an ar ticle by N.T. Kenney, who wrote about the aging workboats: Cambr idge ha s probably the largest f leet of oyster dredges on the bay. Lovers of the Chesapeake sail types should not fail to see them gathered together here as their skippers paint them and patch them and tend their rigs, for they are dying one by one, and it will not be long before the last of them will have vanished from a bay that was once dotted with their sails. ~ Baltimore Sun May 30, 1950

Each class started 15 minutes apart to race the nine-mile triangular course in Eastern Bay off Claiborne. The event was a tremendous success, despite the lack of wind that made it more of a drifting contest than a race, so the winning time for the skipjack Agnes was 6 hrs. 36 m. 25 s. which is approximately 1.3 miles per hour, or about as fast as a baby can crawl. The Rebecca came in third. Many people watched from boats. Six people were thrown into the water and had to be rescued when

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boat, let alone an 1886 wooden workboat ~ is high, and Capt. Todd couldn’t maintain her any longer. By 1984, the Rebecca was showing her age when Capt. Wade Murphy of Tilghman Island purchased her rotted-out hull for $21,000, selling his skipjack Sigsbee to help pay for the purchase. The Rebecca was in bad shape, but Capt. Murphy had had his eye on her for some time, knowing that with her round-chined, fore-andaft-planked hull she could out sail and out oyster any other skipjack on the Bay, so he could make his money back. Capt. Wade is a third-generation waterman. It is not known if Capt. Wade Murphy is related to the James Murphy who was shanghaied in 1913. Capt. Todd cried when the Rebecca left and called Capt. Murphy several times to see how the old boat was doing. Unfortunately, the repairs, which Capt. Murphy thought would be about $30,000, turned out to be nearly $80,000, a stunning amount of money that took him 12 years to pay off. Capt. Murphy had to beg, borrow, and steal (oysters), plus mortgage everything he owned, but it was worth it, and in 1985, the Rebecca T. Ruark was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Talbot County. A lso in 1985, the skipjack became the state boat of Maryland when the Mar yland General Assembly voted that “Nothing better

t a i n, ma ny were aba ndone d i n marshes and left to rot. In 1951, Herman Cook sold the Rebecca to Emerson G. Todd, again for f ive dollars. Capt. Todd had her rebuilt in Deltaville, Virginia, in 1969, and on Dec. 16, 1973, a photo of the Rebecca published in the Salisbury Daily Times showed the Christmas tree that Capt. Todd nailed to the mast each year. With oysters bringing $5.50 and $6 a bushel, he was hoping for some real Christmas cheer that year. C apt. Todd wa s proud of t he Rebecca and said that she “can go anywhere on the Chesapeake Bay ~ in rain or shine or heavy fog. It’s the best.” Tragedy struck in 1979, when crewman John S. Horsey of Deal Island was lost off the Rebecca. His body was found the next day, and his sad funeral was a reminder that oystering on the Bay could be a very dangerous occupation. The maintenance on a boat - any 72

out to be both the best and worst day of her life. It was the second day of oyster dredging season and the weather report said nothing about a storm, but Capt. Murphy’s marine radio had not h i ng but st at ic a l l d ay. By that afternoon, the wind had picked up to 20, 30, 40 and then 50 m.p.h. Visibility was so poor that he couldn’t see the squall line coming, and when it hit, the main sail blew out. His radio wasn’t working, so Capt. Murphy called his wife on the brand-new cell phone that he had just gotten and told her to send help. When the wind gusted to 60, then 70 and maybe even 80 m.p.h., Capt. Murphy dropped anchor to point her into the wind in an attempt to prevent the 12-foot waves from broaching her, but despite anything that he could do, the Rebecca T. Ruark capsized off the mouth of the Choptank River two miles from shore. Capt. Murphy and his three crew members had been in the water about 10 minutes before help ar-

represents the way of life of Maryland watermen than the historic Che sapea ke boat k now n a s t he skipjack….” But the praise perhaps came a little late, as there were only about three dozen working skipjacks left by then. On Jan. 24, 1986, the Star Democrat published a full-page stor y by Anne Stinson, with photos by Bob Nichols, titled A Day With the Rebecca T. Ruark. A short film was also made about the Rebecca by Nat ional Geographic that same year, which was her 100th birthday. Meanwhile, the oyster population was being ravaged by two diseases, Dermo and MSX, plus the effects of pollution and sediment. In 1993, the oyster harvest was down to 80,000 bushels, a small fraction of what it was when the Rebecca was built, so not only was the skipjack in trouble, the oyster was as well. Nevertheless, the Rebecca T. Ruark was still hard at work dredging, planting oyster spat for the state and giving rides to tourists. That is, until Nov. 3, 1999, which turned


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crane working in southern Maryland to raise her, but it could not come till the weekend. There was a good chance that the Rebecca would be broken up by storm currents by then. Two smaller cranes were able to raise her, but couldn’t get her to the surface because she was too heavy, so they had to set her back on the bottom. That failed effort cost Murphy about $7,000. Capt. Murphy then called someone he k new in A nnapolis who talked to Gov. Paris Glendening. The governor sent a 50-ton crane the next morning to raise her. Incredibly, the only complaints about it were from two fellow skipjack captains, whom Capt. Murphy thought of as his friends, who complained about state money being used to help a small private business, but the governor was quick on his feet and said the $10,000 cost was okay under a small business grant that was available. The Rebecca was towed to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, where she was rebuilt at a cost of about $60,000

rived. Ten minutes in the Bay in November is a very long time. Ten more minutes and they would have died of exposure. Visibilit y was near zero, but they had been found by radar. Capt. Murphy’s cell phone call had saved their lives. Capt. Jason Wilson on the workboat Island Girl, along with Jason’s father, Robbie, on the Miss Brenda II, had come to the rescue. They were towing the Rebecca back home when suddenly she sank in 20 feet of water. Capt. Murphy was safe, but his heart was broken. He had a fortune invested in the boat, and she was on the bottom. Plus he had lost the 70 bushels of oysters that he had caught. The next day, he called a 50-ton



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w it h f r iend s a nd enjoye d it so much I went out again with another friend a couple of weeks later. Capt. Murphy is quite the showman, and his supply of great stories is seemingly bottomless. He knows just about everything about oystering, skipjacks and conservation and is a most genial and entertaining host. Of course, there is a generous sprinkling of tall tales as well. I have heard that Capt. Murphy is a hard taskmaster and does not tolerate laziness or sloppiness from his crew when oystering or racing, but he is astonishingly tolerant of landlubbers like me bumbling around on his boat on the tours. I got to help out with neat boat stuff like raising the main sail, and he even let me steer for a few minutes. It was one of the best days of my life! The boat is shipshape and obviously receives the best care. And it is true what they say about the Rebecca ~ that she basically sails herself. Or at least she appeared to while Capt. Murphy sat with us on lawn chairs and entertained us with stories and old clippings about Rebecca’s history, which he keeps in a three-ring binder with a picture of Batman on the cover. And all this while the Ruark was apparently sailing herself, yet I’d bet that no timber creaked nor any sail f lapped without Capt. Murphy sensing it. He could probably sail her blindfolded, at night, during an eclipse.

which was paid for with a combination of grants and fund raising. She was relaunched in June 2000. The sinking of the Rebecca T. Ruark brought national attention to the dwindling number of skipjacks remaining and led in 2000 to the establishment of the Save Our Skipjacks Task Force, which has helped restore the Rebecca and several other skipjacks. The Rebecca T. Ruark became a National Historic Landmark in 2003. Annual races have also raised skipjack awareness. Capt. Murphy i s ver y c omp e t it ive, a nd t he se races have been descr ibed as a blood sport. Since 1988, he has won the Deal Island race 11 times, more times than anyone else, and also the Cambridge race four times between 2010 and 2014. In the warmer months, Capt. Murphy gives two-hour tours out of Dogwood Harbor on Tilghman Island. Since her last rebuild, she is certified and inspected to carry 49 passengers. I took one of the tours last fall


Otherwise, they dredge using the old-fashioned sail. While dredging under sail is romantic and picturesque, it is not as efficient as dredging under power, but surprisingly, this inefficiency is one the reasons why the dwindling Bay oyster population is as good as it is, as it helps guard against over harvesting. Also, the push boat makes it easier to enter and leave port. Anyone can steer a boat once it gets going, but docking a seven-ton, 47-seven-foot-long, 131-year-old National Landmark on Tilghman Island Day in a crowded harbor would seem suicidal at best. As we chugged into the harbor, it was a traffic jam of boats going every which way until, just when di-

The sailing and the stories were great, but what impressed me as much as anything was docking the boat. Especially since, quite by accident, my second sail with him was on Tilghman Island Day and the harbor was jam packed with boats of all sizes zipping unexpectedly in all directions. We had lowered the sail and were coming in using the push boat, a large automobile engine mounted in a tiny dinghy not much bigger than the engine itself that is cleverly lashed to the stern of the boat and can be steered by pulling on some lines. The state allows skipjacks to use the push boat while dredging two days of the week while oystering.


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Rebecca T. Ruark saster seemed certain, they darted out of the way at the last moment. Then, before you knew it, some lines were thrown by a couple of fellows on the wharf, and with the help of the push boat, the Ruark swung her stern around 180ยบ and came to rest at her berth not only inches from the dock, but facing the opposite direction, all ready to go out on her next adventure. It was amazing to see, yet it was such an everyday event that no one paid it the slightest bit of attention. Perhaps the Rebecca T. Ruark can dock herself as well. Of the many books written about skipjacks, one of the very best is Skipjack by Christopher White, in which the Rebecca T. Ruark, Capt. Wade Murphy, and Tilghman Island are mentioned frequently. Most oysters are caught now by boats operating hydraulically powered patent tongers. The skipjacks are the last commercial sailing f leet in the U.S., and there are only about 10 working skipjacks left. The attrition rate is said to be as high as the loss of one skipjack per year, so against all odds, the Rebecca is still here. I encourage you to go sailing with Capt. Murphy on the Rebecca T. Ruark. James Dawson is the owner of Unicorn Bookshop in Trappe. 78

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Chores in the Garden We are now in hot, sticky July after a somewhat wet spring. With this weather, I find ~ maybe it is because of my age ~ that I like to do my gardening activities in the early morning and later in the evening and then chill out at the pool in the hot afternoon.

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established. I like to recommend a weak fertilizer solution when watering the transplants. Any of the powdered or liquid fertilizer mixtures at half strength will work. If you have perennials, like yarrow, salvia, delphinium and phlox, cutting them back now will encourage re-blooming later this summer. Chrysanthemums should be cut back halfway to encourage fall blooming. If not trimmed, they will bloom later this month and not in the fall.

bearded iris should be divided and replanted. Dig them up carefully and throw out any diseased and borer-infested rhizomes.

Iris leaves that are wilted and chewed are probably suffering from iris borer. The affected rhizomes are mushy and have a foul odor. Iris rhizomes can be dug, cleaned of affected parts and replanted now. Separate the rhizomes and dust the cut ends with sulfur to reduce potential rot problems. Re-plant in full sun, and water regularly. Plant the iris with the top of the rhizome barely showing above the ground. Using mulch around iris tends to attract iris borers. They are best left unmulched. This is not the best time to divide overgrown perennials, but if you must, make sure that you give them some extra attention after transplanting. Early evening is the best time to divide and re-plant. Always keep the root system moist, and water, but don’t overwater, the new divisions daily until they are

For other fall bloomers like goldenrod and asters, pinching out the early f lower buds now will result in bushy plants and a better fall f lower display. Sedums such as “Autumn Joy” tend to grow fast and tall. It will not hurt to cut them back about halfway to prevent them from falling over when in full bloom later this late summer and early fall. The lower leaves of lamb’s ear ~ Stachys ~ tend to die after a heavy rain. This forms ugly mats that will rot stems and roots. Pull away the yellow leaves to keep up air f low. If your perennials are looking a little 84


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movement to transfer pollen. If it is hot and calm for several days, gently shake plants to ensure pollen transfer and fruit set.

to add seed lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots and turnips to the garden. They may be a little slow in germinating because of the high temperatures. Try lowering the soil temperatures by covering the seed bed with a f loating row cover like “re-may” or some other shading material. Succession plantings of green beans can go in until the first of August. Continue to make succession plantings of green beans every two weeks to keep the crop producing in the fall. When planting green beans, or any type of bean or pea seed, be sure to inoculate them with nitrogen fixing bacteria ~ Rhizobium ~ which is available where the seeds are sold. Wait until August for the fall planting of peas. It is also not too late to plant early maturing varieties of sweet corn to extend your corn harvest season past Labor Day. Make a second planting of summer squash to extend the season and to replace plants damaged by squash vine borer. You can also seed early maturing sweet corn varieties to extend the sweet corn season. Since sweet corn is wind pollinated, be sure to plant your corn in blocks rather than long single rows. If your tomatoes seem to be in a “funk” now, they may need to be “shaken up.” Although tomatoes are self-pollinating, they need

Hot temperatures can interfere with blossom set. This is also the same for peppers. When we have a run of days over 90 degrees, peppers tend to stop pollinating. This is why your peppers seem to be more productive as the season progresses into the cooler temperatures of September. The time of day vegetables are harvested can make a difference in the taste and texture. For sweetness, pick peas and corn late in the day; that’s when they contain the most sugar, especially if the day was cool and sunny. Other vegetables, like lettuce and cucumbers, are crisper and tastier if you harvest them early in the morning before the day’s heat has a chance to wilt and shrivel them. Pick squash regularly to keep up production. If the vines wilt, check the base of the stem for “sawdust.” This means the plant has squash 90

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borers in the stem. Remove infected plants (thus removing the borers) and plant new seeds. If you have the space, it is good to change your planting location to hopefully prevent the new plants from being attacked. Check your azaleas, rhododendrons, mountain laurel and Japanese andromeda for lace bug infestations. Lace bugs are clear-winged sucking insects that are sometimes hard to find. You can find their damage by looking for small white or yellow spots on the upper sides of leaves and small black fecal spots on the undersides. Azaleas in full sun and stressed sites are

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

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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 410-228-1000 or visit www.visitdorchester.org or www.tourchesapeakecountry.com. SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www. sailwindscambridge.com. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - A tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. High Street is also known as one of the most haunted streets in Maryland. join a Chesapeake Ghost Walk to hear the stories. Find out more at www. chesapeakeghostwalks.com. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org. CHOPTANK RIVER LIGHTHOUSE REPLICA - The replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse includes a small museum with exhibits about the original lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse, located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, is open daily, May through October, and by appointment, November through April; call 410-463-2653. For more info. visit www.choptankriverlighthouse.org. DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High 97

Dorchester Points of Interest Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit www.dorchesterarts.org. RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit www.richardsonmuseum.org. HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424

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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

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Dorchester Points of Interest 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. HARRIET TUBMAN VISITOR CENTER - Located adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center immerses visitors in Tubman’s world through informative, evocative and emotive exhibits. The immersive displays show how the landscape of the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance of her faith, family and community. The exhibits also feature information about Tubman’s life beginning with her childhood in Maryland, her emancipation from slavery, her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and her continuous advocacy for justice. For more info. visit dnr2. maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/tubman_visitorcenter.aspx. 100

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Dorchester Points of Interest BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit www.fws.gov/blackwater. EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. For more info. visit http://eastnewmarket.us. HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., offers daily tours of the winemaking operation. The family-oriented Layton’s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com. HANDSELL HISTORIC SITE - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, the site is used to interpret the native American contact period with the English, the slave and later African American story and the life of all those who lived at Handsell. The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. Visitors can view the exterior of the circa 1770/1837 brick house, currently undergoing preservation work. Nearby is the Chicone Village, a replica single-family dwelling complex of the Native People who once inhabited the site. Special living history events are held several times a year. Located at 4837 Indiantown Road, Vienna. For more info. tel: 410228-745 or visit www.restorehandsell.org. 102


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

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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Easton Points of Interest 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit trinitycathedraleaston.com. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l.org. 21. U. of M. SHORE MEDICAL CENTER AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s as the Memorial Hospital, now a member of

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On the broad Miles River, with its picturesque tree-lined streets and beautiful harbor, St. Michaels has been a haven for boats plying the Chesapeake and its inlets since the earliest days. Here, some of the handsomest models of the Bay craft, such as canoes, bugeyes, pungys and some famous Baltimore Clippers, were designed and built. The Church, named “St. Michael’s,” was the first building erected (about 1677) and around it clustered the town that took its name. 1. WADES POINT INN - Located on a point of land overlooking majestic Chesapeake Bay, this historic inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Thomas Kemp, builder of the original “Pride of Baltimore,” built the main house in 1819. For more info. visit www.wadespoint.com. 117

St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. LODGE AT PERRY CABIN - Located on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course - Links at Perry Cabin. For more info. visit www. belmond.com/inn-at-perry-cabin-st-michaels/. (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. INN AT PERRY CABIN BY BELMOND - 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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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. parsonage-inn.com. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly

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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


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

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



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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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.

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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.oxfordmuseummd.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) Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989

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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 139


View from the Shore by Gary D. Crawford

One extraordinary dimension of the Eastern Shore is the view from t he shore. We are blessed w it h hundreds of miles of shoreline ~ Talbot County alone has 620 miles of it. Think of that. The entire State of C a l i for n ia ha s 840 m i le s of coastline. Other counties also have miles and miles of views ~ of rivers, creeks, and, of course, the Bay. I am blessed to have a desk facing south from the south end of Tilghman’s Island, looking out of Black Walnut Cove, across the Great Choptank River to Cook Point in Dorchester County, and past Black Walnut Point to the Bay itself. Naturally, I get very little real work done, as these essays so vividly attest. The scenes we on the Eastern Shore enjoy are, in my opinion, more interesting and varied than those sunny beaches on islands like “Saint Marie” ~ where there’s a murder in paradise every week. The visual array we all have, from our respective vantage points, is constantly changing with the weather, with the seasons, and sometimes with curious comings and goings. Here are a few that come to mind. One day my wife Susan glanced up and squinted at the horizon. “Wow,” she said. “There’s a really

unusual boat going out into the Bay.” I followed where she was pointing. “Oh, yes,” I said and reached for a pair of binoculars. Unusual she surely was. Of this centur y, she certainly was not.

“Let’s go take a look!” I cried, and we ran for our pier. Quickly dropping our little bow-rider into the water, we took off. Out by Sharp’s (where the island used to be, not the lighthouse), we caught up with the splendid vessel. Susan took the wheel as I snapped away with the camera. The light from the overcast sky emphasized her brilliant blues and grays. As we closed in on her, we could see that she was a vessel from the colonial era. Then I recognized her ~ she was Delaware’s Tall Ship, the Kalmar Nyckel.


View from the Shore We approached slowly and almost without speaking. Susan slipped across her modest wake and came up along the starboard side to see her bows. Her figurehead and paintwork were magnificent. A partially reefed spritsail, bent on a tiny yard, was cocked jauntily beneath the steeply angled bowsprit. She was ponderously heavy and magnificent! This was another of those Chesapeake Bay time-warps, I realized ~ like the time we watched Captain John Smith’s shallop come up the Bay and sail into Dogwood Harbor.

The Kalmar Nyckel is a splendid, full-scale replica of the ship that

brought Peter Minuit and the first permanent settlers to the Delaware Valley in 1638. The original made four documented round­t rip crossings of the Atlantic, more than any other ship of the era, giving her an historic significance rivaling that of the Mayf lower. I later learned that Kalmar Nyckel was Dutch built and ser ved for a time as a merchant vessel. In 1634, she was d ra f ted into t he Swed ish nav y, w he r e s he w a s a r me d w it h 1 2 cannon and manned by 40 sailors and 28 soldiers. The New Sweden Company acquired the vessel in 1637 for use in establishing a commercial colony in North America. Chartered by the Swedish government, the expedition was led by Peter Minuit and backed by a group of Dutch and Swedish investors. A large American ensign was on the stern flagstaff of this modern-day replica, while the colors of Sweden flew from the masthead. As the Kalmar Nyckel sailed on proudly, rolling gently with the swells, we turned for home, marveling once again about the wonders to be seen hereabouts.

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One summer afternoon, I looked out and saw a smart little sailboat, a sloop, approaching our cove. She was heeling slightly to the moderate breeze, and I watched her come about neatly as she tacked her way in. I hoped she didn’t draw too much, for the entrance to the cove is badly silted in. At high water, you can visit and anchor safely in our cove, but it could be a long wait for

another tide high enough to let you out again. This guy was small, though, so I could see no problem. Then I blinked. She was really, really small. The craft was much closer than I had thought at first. Now she was no more than 30 feet or so beyond our boatlift. Then I glanced to the left, and there stood our neighbor, Joe. He

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View from the Shore has a fondness for radio-controlled devices and was putting his new model yacht through her paces. The ever-changing weather also y ields an amazing array of seascapes, some astonishingly beautiful. Some are in black and white. Sunrises can be quite breath-taking, and winter sunsets are simply awe inspiring. If one were to do a painting of one of these afternoon light shows, no one would believe it. Other skies can be downright

frightening. One reminded us of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, with that immense spacecraft blotting out the stars. Another scene shows a complex layered storm front arriving from the western shore.

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bit of exercise. Here on the Eastern Shore, however, that event can take a somewhat different form. The water level is constant ly changing, of course, thanks to our moon and whatnot. But north winds also blow water out of the Bay, causing ebb tides to go very low. It works the other way around, too, naturally. South winds, blowing for long periods and combining

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View from the Shore area, and she caused massive damage to homes caught in the high waters. For t unately, Isabel was not also a major “wind event,” so not many structures were broken by the storm’s impact. But wooden f loors warped, electrical w iring shor ted out, and walls made of plasterboard wicked up water like a sponge. Many interiors had to be gutted and rebuilt.

This photo shows our yard transformed into a surfer’s beach. But we were lucky, for the water didn’t (quite) enter our home. Of course, everything under the house shorted out and we lost massive amounts of topsoil, two outbuildings were damaged, our pier was demolished and ~ as a playful afterthought ~ when it washed ashore it snapped off the well-head. It took two years to get everything back to rights. Still, others had it much worse. It is always interesting when some marine equipment moves into the cove. Recently, this little beastie

pulled in to pick up a truckload of wooden piles. We watched w ith admiration as the operator deftly lifted six at a time and swung them around to a neat stack on the barge behind him, ready to be taken to the site of a new pier. But that was nothing compared to the immense rig that arrived one day in 2005 to rebuild the county wharf. It simply dwarfed our little runabout. Some members of the family were too f labbergasted even to bark.

Sometimes we see strange and inexplicable things. Passing boaters sometimes forget the red-rightreturn rule about channel markers and upon entering the cove elect to run between the green marker and


the shore. Friendly villagers then mount fascinating rescues to pull the craft out of the mud or bring the boaters ashore.

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View from the Shore The breeze was light, so it was difficult to understand how it could be weather-driven. I took some video footage of it as neighbors stood and watched. My hunch was that some massive vessel coming up the Bay had displaced so much water that it created this disturbance. But why? Huge vessels run up and down the Bay all the time, and we’d never seen anything like this before. The next day, I heard that a waterman had reported seeing a great pod of porpoises in the vicinity of Sharp’s Island, frolicking and playing. Well, maybe. Of course, some things simply are too strange to be true. I thought about writing a take-off on The Perils of Pauline, a wildly popular series of short silent films made in 1914. The title character was a plucky lass who always got into terrible predicaments, yet managed to come through. The 20-episode serial was soon followed by The Exploits of Elaine. Clearly, the time was ripe for stories about women of daring and courage. Later, these films were frequently spoofed, and the “damsel in distress” became a cliché. “Would a modern-day audience like a sequel?” I wondered. We could call it The Perils of Susan. My wife was not amused by the idea, of course, and I never wrote a word of it. But I did do some smashing illustrations.

The caption under the first reads, “Out of the corner of her eye, Susan spotted the rare Chesapeake Flounder Whale, just as it dove out of sight (p. 304).”

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Oxford’s Fire Department Continuing to Serve by Michael Valliant

A fire in the town of Oxford in the 1890s would have been a vastly different experience than that of today, and probably with a vastly different outcome. Today, Oxford’s fire department keeps up with technology and training to be able to respond to the town’s fire and emergency medical needs, as well as helping out nearby towns with a mutual aid philosophy. The spirit of volunteerism and helping the community has remained constant with all the small volunteer fire companies on the Mid-Shore. The Oxford Volunteer Fire Department was incorporated in June of 1927, but the town’s history of

firefighting goes back even further. In a history of OVFD, Harry Wilcox, one of the department’s original members wrote: “Going back in the memory of old residents to the 1890s, they had a hand-operated, levered pump which was pumped by three to four men on each side mounted on a four-wheeled, tongued wagon with a hose reel which was pulled to the fire by eight or more husky men… In addition, long ladders were kept in different parts of the town in large covered racks to be used when needed.” In 1921, the department purchased a 1915 Model T Ford fire


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Mike Greenhawk truck equipped with a three-piston pump, which was one of Talbot County’s first automobile-type fire engines. The fire siren to alert responders was also in an earlier form than today. “Manpower was summoned by the ringing of a bell in the center of the town on top of the Town Building, plus assistance from the

railroad engineer on duty at his locomotive at the pier,” Wilcox wrote. “If he saw a fire or heard the bell, he immediately started to blow the train whistle. Oxford had two trains a day at that time.” Mike Greenhawk grew up across the street from the Oxford fire house. He joined as a junior member in 1976 at age 14 and became a full member two years later. It was a family affair ~ his dad was a firefighter there for 60-plus years and long-time president of the organization, and his mom was an EMT. Greenhawk was hired as a professional firefighter for Anne Arundel County in 1984 and now serves as a battalion chief. He served as a past chief of OVFD for a total of 24 years. “When I started, we had one ambulance and a couple fire engines,” Greenhawk said. “In the mid-to-late 1980s, we bought our first ladder truck, and after training and learning with it, in 2007 we

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replaced it with a brand-new one, understanding what we needed and what it could do. Equipment has come a long way, things are much more complex ~ you can deliver water more efficiently, there are more enhanced safety features; the gear we wear is much more advanced than it was.� Greenhawk says the Oxford community has always been very responsive to the fire department. And that feeling is mutual: OVFD works hard for and with the people in the community to make the department one of the focal points for the town. You can see that on the second Sunday of each month, when the entire town turns out for pancake breakfasts. Community support is a hallmark for Oxford and for any volunteer fire company. Moving forward, Greenhawk sees bringing in new members as one of the most seriouschallenges for OVFD. “The biggest change is that everyone is so busy these days, it’s hard for people to make the time investment and commitment to be153

Continuing to Serve come a firefighter or EMT,” he said. “We used to see 15 to 20 people who would show up for every call ~ now we see between four and five on a regular basis. With the equipment and facilities we have, we are able to provide mutual aid, helping out other communities—we respond to Easton, Trappe or St. Michaels when they need help, and they help us. No one has the manpower we used to have, so we have to help each other out.” Finding and retaining members is a struggle for fire departments across the country. According to a 2014 report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), roughly 70 percent of America’s firefighters are volunteers, and 85

percent of the nation’s fire departments are all or mostly volunteer, with the smallest towns almost always having volunteer departments. Volunteer numbers were at their highest in 1986, hit a low in 2011, and departments continue to struggle to find members. Oxford’s current chief, Graham Norbury, is originally from a small town in southern England called Wimborne. In England, the fire brigades throughout the country are full-time, paid, career positions. Norbury found Oxford in 2003, when the mast of his family’s sailboat was struck by lightning. After living and working in town for a few years, he became involved, first as a firefighter and later becoming qualified as an Emergency Medical Responder, so he can be part of a team


that responds to ambulance calls. His time with OVFD has been full of memorable and meaningful calls. “Everyone remembers their first real fire ~ I hadn’t even finished my basic fire training when a landscaping company in Easton caught fire,” Norbury said. “We’ve responded to a lot of fire and medical calls, including a medical call for one of our staff at the Oxford Boatyard. I performed CPR for about 10 minutes until the ambulance arrived. We got him to the hospital okay, he was out after three days and back to work in three weeks. It’s nice to make a save.” In the time since Norbury has been a member, the department has seen some notable milestones. They’ve taken delivery of a new engine, number 25, a pumper, which is the first-line response for any fire call. They are setting up for a new brush truck and are in the process of looking at a new boat. Thanks to the help of the Oxford Fire Auxiliary, the mortgage of the new building has been paid off - one of the organization’s biggest achievements. The challenges facing volunteer

fire departments aren’t just on the front lines, putting out fires or responding to medical calls. There are also the administrative responsibilities for funding and maintaining the operation. According to the NFPA report, volunteer departments save municipalities and taxpayers roughly $140 billion per year in firefighting costs. Oxford’s own study showed that to pay for just three people to be on staff and on call 24 hours a day, every day, it would cost more than $1 million in payroll alone. But money isn’t what motivates

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people to get involved with the fire department. Former OVFD chief Henry Hale joined the department more than 25 years ago when he moved to town. He had never volunteered for anything before. It was a landmark decision, one that changed his life. “I love helping people out, I love making a difference,” Hale said. “Like when we respond to a cardiac arrest call where someone has died and is unresponsive, I like being

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able to help revive them, and see that person back to work in a couple weeks. Or when you stop a big fire, when you are able to contain it to one room and not lose the whole house. It’s an amazing feeling.” And then there are experiences that are just tough to describe. Not many people have experienced a BLEVE ~ a boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion ~ first hand. Hale and a group of Oxford firefighters responding to a barn fire were eyewitnesses. “We were about 100 feet away from a 500-gallon gasoline tank when it exploded,” Hale said. “Mike Greenhawk heard the liquid boiling and got everyone to get back. When it blew up, there was a huge mushroom cloud of fire over our heads. After the explosion, we went back in, contained the fire and put the barns out.” Whether in the 1890s, rolling a pump on a wagon, or being trained to respond with engines and ladder trucks to a barn fire in the 21st century, OVFD shows up. Michael Valliant is the Assistant for Adult Education and Newcomers Ministry at Christ Church Easton. He has worked for nonprofit organizations throughout Talbot County, including the Oxford Community Center, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Academy Art Museum.



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by Roger Vaughan Letters from the Earth is a book by Mark Twain. In the title novella, the angel Satan is banished to Earth by the Creator as punishment. Once on Earth, he begins writing letters to his angelic friends, Michael and Gabriel, about what he finds. That element of Twain’s story forms the basis of this teleplay. In this story, Gabriel is a woman (Gabriella). In Part 2, outraged by Satan’s email reports from Earth ~ terribly upset about how his nasty, negative comments could cause the Creator to cancel the Man Project ~ Gabriella ventures to Earth and engages Satan in a bet.

SATAN ...or use it, as is most often the case, to shoot himself in the foot, plunge himself further into the depths.

Gabriella goes to a pile of newspapers, grabs one at random and brandishes it GABRIELLA Okay. We find a story, a situation we both like about Man in crisis. Something that could go either way, where Man can either use his free will to advance, create a better, more soulful, productive life... 159

GABRIELLA Right. And if he advances, you shut up and I write the letter. SATAN And if he stumbles... GABRIELLA ...you write the letter. SATAN And we have sex. GABRIELLA Just stop it. SATAN One other thing. GABRIELLA (wary) What? SATAN We have to buy you some clothes.

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the computer screen as Gabriella finishes typing.

MATCH DISSOLVE to a hologram effect emerging from the screen that shows:

MICHAEL (voiceover) “...so we’ve made a wager. Together we pick the situations to examine. We can’t directly inf luence the outcome. But we can find ways to call attention to the choices and their significance. 23. INT. NIGHT SATAN’S ROOM AT THE PLAZA Satan is watching a cooking show on television as Gabriella types

24. INT. DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S CONFERENCE ROOM, DAY Present are the DA, Mike Reynolds; Jimmy Smith, his attorney, Jon Daley, and his parents, Carl and Claudia; Billy Jones (his arm in a sling), his attorney, Gloria Willet, and his parents, Peter and Phyllis. WIDE on the group watching a video tape ON the monitor that shows a high school football game in progress. A player (Jimmy) is running with the ball. He’s tackled by Billy. The two players get tangled up. The ball carrier flails at the tackler. ON Jimmy, impassive. ON

GABRIELLA (voiceover as she types) “It’s a fair wager. If I’m right about the potential of free will, it will shut him up. If not...well, I don’t want to think about that. Thanks for sending the hologram chip. It lets us be everywhere we need to be.”

Billy, impassive.

ON the monitor, as the players go down together, twisting and turning. ON Jimmy’s parents, wondering why there’s a fuss about this. ON Billy’s parents, upset. ON the monitor as the players



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an assault took place. I understand this game. I have two brothers who played. I’ve been through seven seasons of winning and losing, bruises and injuries, glory and despair. What I see here is beyond unnecessary roughness. ON

continue to struggle on the ground, but the referee partially blocks the shot. The ball carrier gets up and walks away. The tackler (Billy) remains on the ground, writhing in pain. The screen goes black. WIDE as the parents and the two attorneys begin shouting all at once. “This isn’t football, it’s a street fight for God’s sake...I can see you never put on the pads... Why not give him a club...That’s assault if I ever saw it...What a pansy-ass attitude...” Jimmy and Billy remain impassive, detached. REYNOLDS Quiet! Please. This is informal, but I insist on order. Miss Willet, why don’t you begin.

Jimmy, poker-faced as Willet continues.

WILLET I see intent to hurt. I see assault. ON


This tape was sufficient evidence for an arrest to be made for thirddegree assault. I deem it sufficient for the state to prosecute. Willet takes her seat. REYNOLDS Mr. Daley? DALEY (rising, speaking quietly) Every time a player walks onto the football field, there is the possibility of injury. Even debilitating injury. It’s part of this game. ON Billy doodling on his sling with a pencil as Daley continues

WILLET (rising) From what we have seen on the tape, I think it’s quite obvious that

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ON clip of video with the boys going down as Daley continues

Thank you all for coming. I’ll notify you of my intentions in a few days.

These two boys got tangled up. They landed awkwardly. One of them got hurt. End of story. ON

The DA rises and walks out. ON

Daley as he concludes

To claim assault is out of the question. It would be like ticketing a race car driver for speeding. REYNOLDS Anyone else? ON Jimmy’s parents. Carl starts to speak. Claudia restrains him. ON Jimmy, Billy ~ still impassive

Jimmy’s parents, looking frustrated.

ON Billy’s parents, anxious. ON Jimmy and Billy wishing they were somewhere else. 25. INT. NIGHT, A SPORTS BAR Satan and Gabriella are seated at the bar. It’s noisy. A TV is in the background with a football game in progress. Their beers are untouched.

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who is drunk.

ON Gabriella and Man #1 next to her, a tough-looking big guy

SATAN (Indicating the TV) So it’s war out there...

GABRIELLA (To the man next to her) Excuse me, could I ask a question?

MAN #2 You got that right. SATAN Anything goes? MAN #2 Damn right. The mud and the blood. No mud anymore. Astro turf. That stuff’ll kill ya. Still blood, though. Bloody game, football. Hell, I used to get bitten in those pile-ups. Face mask put an end to that.

MAN #1 (Relishing what he assumes is a come-on) Let me guess, honey. You want my phone number.

SATAN So what about that kid at the high school, Jimmy what’s ’is-name who got arrested for assault? You ever hear of that before?

GABRIELLA You mean 518-667-4392? MAN #1 (Surprised) How’d you...??

MAN #2 (Disgusted) Buncha crap. This is football, mister. You don’t assault somebody every play, you’re not in the game. Can’t take it? (He shrugs) Play golf.

GABRIELLA I have a football question. Several, actually. Did you play? MAN #1 (Still puzzled, tentative) Yeah...


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MAN #1 Every damn play hurts. If you mean injured, maybe average one or two a game bad enough for a guy to come out. But look at that... (he indicates the TV set) ON the TV: a slo-mo replay of a receiver running a pattern across the middle and getting blasted by a tackler as the ball arrives. Gabriella winces.

MAN #1 Clean hit. Is he dead? Maybe. Broken? Possibly. But it was a clean hit. That’s football. He’s okay, look at him bounce up. Probably doesn’t know where the hell he is. Thinks that’s his cell phone ringing. Tough dude. Gotta be. GABRIELLA They ever try to hurt someone? MAN #1 (Slightly uncomfortable) You can crack out there. It happens. GABRIELLA Like that kid at the high school?


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who helps him up.

MAN #1 I’ll tell you, I didn’t see that game. I didn’t see the tape. I dunno. But with the fuss in the papers and all the legal bullshit, there’s only two people in the world who really know what went down.

RONNIE We miss you, man. Some bullshit.

GABRIELLA The two boys?

Jimmy whacks Ronnie on the helmet and gives him a good-natured shove back onto the field. WIDE as practice concludes and the team makes a beeline for Jimmy on the way to the locker room. Everyone says encouraging things to him as they pass by. Last is the coach, who gives Jimmy a friendly punch in the arm. They walk off together.

MAN #1 (Nodding) They are the only ones. (He takes a slug of beer, looks sidelong at Gabriella). So how’d you know my phone number? 26.

JIMMY Yeah. You’re lookin’ good, Ronnie. Lookin’ good.



ON Satan and Gabriella at the laptop as they launch the hologram chip. ON the hologram effect as it fades into


WIDE on Jimmy seated in front of the coach’s desk. Ed Roberts is the head coach. Roberts is in his late 50s, crusty. He speaks in staccato bursts, pacing behind

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tackle in question and Coach Roberts reacting on the sideline, yelling, flailing his arm in encouragement as Jimmy pummels Billy.

his desk. Plays are diagrammed on the blackboard behind him. All around the board are small identical stick-on signs in school colors that read, “HIT!”


ROBERTS (voiceover) You know somebody’s got a bad rib, hit ’em in the rib. Bad shoulder, hit ’em in the shoulder. It’s about survival. It’s about guts, and grit, how much you got...


ROBERTS (Chin out, controlling anger) Nothin’ I could say did any good.


Jimmy. He shrugs.


ROBERTS ...how hard you can hit. How bad you want it. It’s about life.

ON Roberts, Jimmy’s perspective ROBERTS They’ve never been on the field, any of ‘em. What do they know? Yet they suspend you three games. Rest of the season. Playing to the newspapers. City Hall. Don’t have the balls to back their own people. Roberts spits into his waste basket. ON

Jimmy looking down.


on Jimmy and Roberts

ROBERTS They don’t know people get hurt playing football? This game is about hitting. You hit, somebody’s gonna get hurt. It’s about opportunity, finding weakness.


ON hologram effect dissolving to 29. INT. SATAN’S ROOM, PLAZA HOTEL, SAME MINUTE ON Satan and Gabriella watching the hologram SATAN (Gleefully) All right. I like it. My kind of guy, Coach Roberts. That’s what it’s all about here. I’m glad you’re getting it first-hand. No need to believe me.

CUTS between the video of the

Satan leers at Gabriella, puts his arm around her. Sour-faced, she pulls away. He laughs. GABRIELLA


He hurt Billy on purpose. SATAN Duh. So what? You heard the man. That’s how it’s played. Done deal. (He’s gleeful) This one’s mine. GABRIELLA (Working the computer with determination) It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings.

WIDE on Billy seated on table with Doctor Bartlett looking at his arm. X-rays are displayed in a light box on the wall. The doctor gently manipulates Billy’s arm. He asks “Does that hurt? How about this? And this?” Billy winces each time with a tightlipped “Yep.”

SATAN (Laughing) Whoa...Where’d you get that? ON hologram effect emerging to show 30. INT. DOCTOR’S EXAMINING ROOM, DAY

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BILLY No. BARTLETT It sure looked to me like he could have avoided... ON

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Billy, listening, gently rubbing his elbow.


BILLY (Interrupting, polite) Doctor Bartlett, the lawsuit is my parents’ idea. A lot of guys get hurt playing football. I played football. I got hurt. That’s it. ~ End Part 3 ~

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than 1,500 works in the permanent collection for two sequential exhibitions. The Diamond Exhibition will showcase a representative range of works, including prints from Goya to Picasso, Rembrandt and Whistler, and selections of its holdings in other media, including painting, photography and sculpture. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

Thru July 8 Elizabeth Casqueiro: Ent ran c e s an d E x it s at t he Academy Art Museum, Easton. Casqueiro’s work, an exploration of masked identity, taps into the playful and entertaining origins of identity through a series of works involving the action hero, the stage actor and what she calls “the cheesy plot.” For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru July 8 New Photography:

Thru July 28 Exhibit: Wabi Sabi by Lee D’Zmura at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Wabi sabi is the Japanese art aesthetic that embraces beauty as imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847,



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Thru March 2019 Exhibition: Kent’s Carvers and Clubs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibition shares stories of Maryland’s Kent County carvers and hunting clubs through a collection of decoys, oral histories, historic photographs and other artifacts. For more info. tel: 410-745-4960 or visit cbmm.org.

Thru July 31 Exhibit: A Brush W ith S umme r fe at u r i ng t he Working Artists Forum at the A . M. Gravely Ga l ler y in St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410 -745-2235 or v isit workingartistsforum.com. Thr u Aug. 27 Exhibit: Out of Africa by South African artist Joss Rossiter at the Main Street Gallery, Cambridge. Reception on July 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-330-4659 or visit mainstreetgallery.org. Thru Sept. 3 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum offers free admission for military families through the Blue Star Museums program. Free general admis-

Thru March 2019 Exhibition: Ex plor ing the Chesapeake ~ Mapping the Bay at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibition will view changes in maps and charts over time as an expression of what people were seeking in the Chesapeake. For more info. visit cbmm.org. 1 Fireworks ~ Chesapeake City. 1-31 Art Hunt throughout St. Michaels. Art Hunt is a scavenger hunt for ar twork “hidden” in various businesses throughout town. Paintings by St. Michaels Art League members are placed in stores. Paintings are also for sale. For more info. visit smartleague.org.


2 Family Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Patriotic crafts. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 2 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Support Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 1st Monday at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695. 2 Movie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 1st Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 2 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public

Library. 1st Monday at 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 2 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Societ y at t he Ga r f ield C enter, Chestertown. 1st Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 2-3 Creepy Crawlers class (The R e m a r k a b l e O y s te r) a t t h e Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class includes story time, craft, hike, live animals (or artifacts) and a snack. Pre-registration is

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3 Fireworks at dusk ~ Rock Hall, Berlin, Oxford 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26,31 Tai Chi at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. with Nathan Spivey. $75 monthly ($10 drop-in fee). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26,31 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc. org. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26,31 Mixed/ Gentle Yoga at Everg reen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 3,6,10,13,17,20,24,27,31 Free Blood Pressure Screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fr idays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Medical Center, Cambridge. 3,10,17,24,31 Meeting: Bridge Cli nic Suppor t Group at t he U M Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential support group for individuals who


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3,17 Afternoon Chess Academy at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Learn and play chess. For ages 6 to 16. Snacks served. Limited space, please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

Firecracker Kids’ Triathlon at the Dorchester Family YMCA in Cambridge. This event will challenge kids to complete a swim, bike and run event. All proceeds to benefit the YMCA. For more info. visit cambridgemultisport. wordpress.com/july-4th-f irecracker-kids-triathlon.

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3,10,17,24,31 Open Jam Session at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your instruments and take part in the jam session! For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.

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5 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 5 Pet Loss Support Group on the 1st Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107. 5 Concert in the Park: Blues DeVille at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org.

5 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1st Thursday at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-6342847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

5-8 Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association Show in Easton. Operating daily with steam engines, antique gas tractors and engines, horse-draw n equipment, f lea market, music, food and more. $6 adults, children under 12 free. Musical guests include The Jones Boys, Flat Land Drive and Kings Ambassadors. For more info. tel: 410-822-9868 or visit tuckahoesteam.org. 5,12,19,26 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and open-



July Calendar ly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 5,12,19,26 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. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org.

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5,12,19,26 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. 5,19 Meeting: Samplers Quilt Guild from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. The Guild meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Prov ide your ow n lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-1015. 5,19 Classical Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. For more info. tel: 410-

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July Calendar 6 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com.

6 Sons of Pirates Summer Kick-Off Party at the Oxford Community Center. 6 p.m. $20. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 6 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets 1st Friday 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: 410221-1978, 410-901-9711 or visit wascaclubs.com. 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, C a mbr idge. Fr idays a nd Saturdays from 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, 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. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets ~ 1st and 3rd Fridays at Hurlock American Legion #243, 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock; and 2nd and 4th Fridays at VFW Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. All veterans are welcome. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 6,13,20,27 Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Fridays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 6,13,20,27 Aunt Jeannie’s Soup Kitchen at the St. Michaels Community Center. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu changes weekly. Pay what you can, if you can. Eat in or take out. All welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 6,13,20,27 Patio Party at the Oxford Community Center. 2 to 5 p.m. Enjoy live music. Beverages


program offering free learn-torow sessions, 9 to 11:30 a.m., the first Saturday of each month until December. For ages 14 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Three-day clinics are also available for $75 throughout the summer. For more info. visit ESCRowers.org.

and baked goods for sale. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 6,13,20,27 Friday Fix! at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Enjoy fun family movies. 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit tcfl.org. 6,13,20,27 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 Eastern Shore Community Rowers is a new masters (adult) rowing

7 Cars and Coffee at the Oxford C om mu n it y C enter. 1 s t S aturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 7 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5



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Pastel Work shop: Beaut if ul Beaches and Seasc apes w it h Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $70 members, $84 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

7 Sunset Sail aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. f rom L ong Whar f, Cambridge. Adults $75. Light fare and non-alcoholic beverages included. BYOB is permissible. Reservations online at skipjacknathan.org or tel: 410-228-7141. 7 Concert: Blackwater at Groove City Studios, Cambridge. 8 p.m. For more info. visit groovecitystudio.org.

7,14,21,28 Easton Farmers Market every Saturday from mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured f rom 10 a.m. to noon. Tow n parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit avalonfoundation.org. 7,14,21,28 The St. Michaels Farmer s Ma rket i s a c om mu n it ybased, producer-only farmers market that runs Saturday mornings, rain or shine, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., April-November, at 204 S. Talbot St. in St. Michaels. For more info. contact: stmichaelsmarket@gmail.com. We do accept SNAP. 7,14,21,28 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-7458979 or visit classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org. 7,14,21,28 Historic High Street Walking Tour ~ experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Onehour walking tours on Saturdays, sp on s or e d by t he We s t E nd Citizen’s Association. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. Reservations not necessary, but appreciated. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000 or



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visit cambridgemd.org. 7,14,21,28 Sail aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. 1 to 3 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $35, children 6-12 $10; under 6 free. Reservations online at skipjack-nathan.org or tel: 410-228-7141. 8

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.

8,19 Guided Kayak Trip at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 1 p.m. on the 8th and 5:30 p.m. on the 19th. $15 for CBEC members, $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org.

9 Open Mic at the Academy Art Mu seu m, E a ston. Sha re a nd appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive here. A ll styles of performance are welcome. The event is open to all ages. 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@ gmail.com. 9-11 Plein Air Workshop: Impression and Design with Ken DeWaard at the Studio B Gallery, Easton. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $475. For more info. visit kendewaard. com. 9 -11 C h au t au q u a 2 018 at t h e Chesapeake Bay Mar itime Museum, St. Michaels. Monday is Seek ing Ju st ice, with Frederick Douglass, Tuesday is

9 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at noon, with a covered dish luncheon, at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. For more info., tel: 410482-6039. 9 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Work on your favorite project with a group. Limited 190

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Seeking Justice, with Eleanor Roosevelt, and Wednesday is S eek ing Ju st ic e, with Thurg o o d Ma r s h a l l . A l l p e r f o r mances will begin at 7 p.m. and w ill be held outdoors. Please bring a folding chair. In case of s e ve r e w e at he r, pr o g r a m will be held in the Steamboat Building auditorium. For more information, visit cbmm.org or tel: 410-745-2916. Additional information about the Chautauqua Summer Series can be found at mdhumanities.org. 9 -13 Boychoir Camp at Chr ist Chu rch, E a ston. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp is open to boys in grades one through six. $100

per choirist. For more info. tel: 410-822-2677. 9,12 Learn Microsoft Excel from a Pro at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Computer training specialist Rita Hill will teach the second class of an intro-

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July Calendar ductory course. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 9,16,23,30 Monday Movie Matinee @ Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. July 9: Despicable Me, July 16: Leap, July 23: Nut Job 2 and July 30: Cars 3. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 10 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advanced healthcare planning and complete your advance directive paperwork, including the Five Wishes and Maryland Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 10 Summer Wetlands Exploration at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Come in water shoes and shorts, and prepare to get wet. $5 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 10 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel:

410-820-6800, ext. 2300 or visit umshoreregional.org. 10 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8226471 or visit twstampclub.com. 10,17,24,31 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m., program repeats at 11 a.m. For ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 10,24 Bay Hundred Chess Class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners welcome. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 10,24 Meeting: Buddhism Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 11 Arts Express Bus Trip to the Nationa l Museum of A f r ican American History and Culture sponsored by the Academy of Art Museum, Easton. Departure time is 8 a.m., return at 5 p.m., and w ill be re - conf ir med by


11 Meeting: Bayside Quilters, 2nd Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e -mail mhr2711@ gmail.com.

phone the week of the trip. The bus will leave from the Creamery Lane parking lot near the Easton Fire Department.$25 members, $30 non-members, $20 18 years and under. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

11 Workshop: Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes Workshop for Elementary School Educators at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop is designed to complement CBMM’s Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes immersive tour, with educators exploring the relationship between people and the blue crab,

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11 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ talbothospice.org.

and leaving with resources to implement the accompanying 5E Model Lesson in the classroom. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org. 11 Turtle Dance Music ~ an interactive inclusive musical performance w ith stuf fed animals, instruments, and music technology at the Talbot County Free L ibr a r y, E a s ton. 10:30 a .m. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore R e g ion a l L i br a r y. For mor e info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 11 We Are Makers at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Enjoy art and creativity ~ drawing, painting and collage. For ages 6 to 12. Limited space, please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l.org.

11 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail mariahsmission2014@ gmail.com. 11 Meet i ng: Bay water C a mera Club at the Dorchester Center for the A rts, Cambridge. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 11-12 Workshop: Summer Mos a i c s f o r A d u l t s a n d Te e n s w ith Sher yl Southw ick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $75 members, $90 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822-A RTS (2787) or


info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 11,18,25 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a well-prepared meal from Upper Shore Aging. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 11,18,25 Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

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11,18,25 Meet ing: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours and other art-related activities. For more info. tel: 410-463-0148. 11,18,25 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin in the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more 195

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11,18,25 Free Movies for Kids! at the Oxford Community Center. 6 p.m. Bring your own picnic. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.

11, 25 Da nc e Cla sse s for NonDancers at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $12 per person, $20 for both classes. For more info. tel: 410-200-7503 or visit continuumdancecompany.org.

11,18,25 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

12 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Caroline County Senior Center, Denton. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org.

11,25 Stor y Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

12 Communit y Ecolog y Cr uise aboard the Winnie Estelle at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Adults and children are welcome on this up-close and personal exploration of the Miles River and its unique habitat and ecology. Learn how to monitor the water quality of the river, try

11,25 Bay Hundred Chess Club, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. All ages welcome. For more info. tel: 410745-9490. 11,25 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts,


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12 Claws for a Cause crab feast to b ene f it t he Un iver sit y of Maryland Emergency Center at Queenstown. 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Fisherman’s Crab Deck, Grasonville. Tickets are $90 in advance,

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a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants must be current CBMM volunteers. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 1 2 , 2 6 Memoi r Wr iter s at t he Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 13 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org.

Talbot County Agriculture and Education Center, Hiners Lane, Easton. Come out and enjoy food exhibits, animal shows, amusement rides, a fashion show, good food, and fun. Thursday: pulled pork dinner, Friday: pit beef dinner, Sat urday: barbecued chicken dinner. For more info. and a schedule of events, visit talbotcountyfair.org. 12-Aug. 16 Docent and Greeter training at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10

14 Paddlepalooza at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This 3 mile, safety supported paddle will give you a new persp e c t ive of CBE C . For more info. visit bayrestoration.org/ paddlepalooza. 1 4 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 14 Child Loss Support Group Celebration of Life Commemorating Mother’s and Father’s Day at The



July Calendar Healing Garden at the Easton Club, Easton. 10 a.m. Please park on Clubhouse Drive, not on Oxford Road. If it storms, join us at St. Mark’s Church Fellowship Hall. For more info. tel: 410822-6681. 14 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. 14 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late.

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your favorites. For more info. visit CambridgeMainStreet.com. 14 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-9535 or visit townofstmichaels.org. 14,28 Country Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e United Methodist churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 15 Plein A ir Oxford Paint Day. Activities throughout the day. Paintings on display beginning at noon. Full exhibit and recept ion at 5 p.m. at t he O x ford Community Center. Live music on the lawn at 3 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org or pleinaireaston.com. 15 Book signing at Mystery Loves Company in Oxford, featuring Dana Kester-McCabe, author of The Delmarva Art School. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. visit myste-

15-22 Plein Air Easton Art Festival is the largest and most pr e s t ig iou s ju r ie d ple i n a i r pa i nt i ng c omp e t it ion i n t he United States. Approximately 6,000-8,000 people participate in the week-long festival. Artists from all over the US and beyond apply to this competition, and those who are selected paint throughout Talbot County during the Festival week. The resulting original works of art are then on display, awards are given, and the paintings are sold. Hig h l ig ht s i nclude t he Festival’s Quick Draw Competition and demonstrations, workshops, exhibits and lectures for all ages. For more info. v isit pleinaireaston.com.

16 Creepy Crawlers Gardening class (Bugs - Friend or Foe?) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers gardening classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accom-



July Calendar panied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class involves hands-on work in our garden, games or ar ts and craf ts, and a snack. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers. 16 Read with Latte, a certified therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. Bring a book or choose one from the library and read with Jane Dickey and her dog Latte. For children 5 and older. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 16 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth.net. 16 Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 16 Lecture: The Plankton Dilemma ~ Plant, Animal, or Both? with Hor n Poi nt L ab’s D r. D i a ne Stoecker at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

18 Uncle Devin’s World of Percussion at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10:30 a.m. Hear, see, and play different percussion instruments and explore musical creativity. Sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 18 J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake at Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield. All-you-can-eat seafood, side dishes, beer and soda. Noon to 4 p.m. $50 per person. For more info. tel: 410-968-2500 or v isit cr i sf ieldevents.com/ clambake. 18 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 18 Child Loss Support Group at


Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6:30 p.m. This support group is for anyone griev ing the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 18-19 DNR-Approved Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 10 p.m. each day in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium. $25. Pa r t ic ipa nt s c omplet i ng t he course and passing the test will receive a Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is valid for life and is required for anyone born on or after July 1, 1972 and who operates a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters. Participants must be 12 or older. To register visit bit.ly/safeboating2018. 19 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit pleasantday.com. 19 Creatures Rock! A Draw ing Program at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2:30 p.m. Author and illustrator Tim Young shows you how to draw amazing monsters, aliens and weird creatures. For ages 6 to 16. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 205

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July Calendar 19 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. 19 Concert in the Park: Bay Jazz Project at Muskrat Park, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. For more info. tel: 410745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc. org. 19-21 Kent County Fair on Tolchester Beach Road, Chestertown. Great food, 4-H and community exhibits, animals, tractors, games and entertainment. The focus of the fair is agricultural education and providing educational opportunities for county youth. For more info. tel: 410778-1661 19,28 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 10 a.m. on the 19th and 1 p.m. on the 28th. Free for CBEC members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org.

20 Concert: Joe NĂŠmeth and the Blue Dreamers at Groove City Studios, Cambridge. 8 p.m. For more info. visit groovecitystudio.org.

20-22 Local Color Art Show & Sale at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. 42 talented Eastern Shore artists will participate. Held in conjunction with Plein Air Easton, this show offers a delightful opportunity to browse and purchase art created exclusively by working artists from around the Eastern Shore. Proceeds will help fund The Working Artists Forum’s educational program for art classes in local schools. For more info. visit workingartistsforum.com. 21 The Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour takes you along several stops, including the Winery and the Chicone Indian Village. There are three ride choices: a 64-mile metric century, a 30mile tour, and a 10-mile family ride. The ride is organized by t he Dorchester Count y Family YMCA. For more info. visit active.com/cambridge-md/cy-


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21 Tilghman Island Seafood Festival ~ bring the whole family for a day filled with fun, sun and seafood. All proceeds go to the Tilghman Volunteer Fire Department. Free admission, all food items priced separately. 11 a.m. The festival will be held at the fire department and adjacent Kronsburg Park on Main Street, Tilghman Island. For more info. visit tilghmanmd.com or tilghmanvfc.com. 21 Cocktail Boat Racing at the Kent Island Yacht Club, Chester. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come enjoy watching the races. Full club facilities will be available. No admission fee. For more info. tel: 410-643-4101.

21 The Christopher Foundation Crab Feast at the Oxford Community Center from noon to 6 p.m. Crab feast, silent auction and motivational speakers. $65. For more info. visit Facebook. com/The-Christopher-Foundation-for-Life. 21 Historic St Michaels Bay Hundred (HSMBH) presents National Register St. Michaels Historic District: Past, Present & Future. Join us for a brief review of HSMBH’s mission, accomplishments and proposed 2018-2019 projects. ALL NEW interested parties and members welcome. Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Light refreshments. 21 Concert in the Country with Tranzfusion at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. $7 advance tickets, $10 at the door. Under 21 are free. Food available for purchase at all concer ts. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 21-Aug. 19 Exhibition: Reflections ~ Natural and Imagined featuring the St. Michaels Art League at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Free docent tours on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.


22 Concert: The Bells of the Bay handbell choir at All Faith Chapel, Tunis Mills. 4 p.m. Free admission and children welcome. For more info. tel.: 410-476-1161.

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23 The Oxford Book Club to meet at Holy Trinity Church at 10:30 a.m. This month’s book is A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Klein. All are welcome.

24 Monthly Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice. This ongoing support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. 4th Tuesday at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org.

23 Book Discussion: Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 24 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club

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27 Easton’s Allegro Academy will present Vivaldi’s Gloria at Trinity Cathedral, Easton, at 7 p.m. The performance will feature more than 40 singers from the Mid-Shore area, joined by a professional orchestra and soloists. For more info. tel: 401-603-8361 or visit allegroacademyeaston. com. 27 Concert: Cowboy Junkies at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 27-Oct. 14 Exhibition: Edvard Munch ~ Color in Context Prints from the National Gallery of Art at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Opening reception on the 27th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free docent tours on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 27-Oct. 14 AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition II at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Opening reception on the 27th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free docent tours on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 28 Saturdays En Plein Air! with


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