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Tidewater Times

June 2015

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Features: About the Cover Artist: Donna Tolbert-Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Preserved for All Time: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Year After Year: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Sensory Pleasures of “Middle America”: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . 47 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Terms of Venery: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Billy James ~ Designated Driver: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

Departments: June Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 June Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Photographer Donna Tolbert-Anderson Donna Tolbert-Anderson shares her love of the natural world through her wildlife photography, allowing others to see the beauty and wonder of nature. Since she started bird watching at an early age, the transition to nature photography was an extension of her love of the outdoors. Birds are her most sought-af ter subjects, especially hummingbirds. The Chesapeake Bay region offers many rich, diverse habitats for a nature photographer, and the majority of her images capture the wildlife of the Delmarva Peninsula. Her trips to Florida, Texas, Arizona and other areas have offered opportunities to photograph other wild-

life not found locally on the Shore. Donna is a member of the Tidewater Camera Club, Academy Art Museum, Talbot County Bird Club, Adkins Arboretum and the Tucson Audubon Society. Her work has been published in various local magazines, exhibited at the Waterfowl Festival, and was juried into an exhibit at the Academy Art Museum. She is also a local vendor at the Easton Farmers Market, offering giclÊe canvases and fine art prints of her work. The image on the cover is of a Black Swallowtail butterfly. Donna’s work can be viewed on her website,

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“The past isn’t past. It’s not even over.” -William Faulkner 100 Years of Change on the Eastern Shore: The Willis Family Journals 1847-1951 is a real-life multi-generational farming family saga that captures the drama and the daily life of a time and place. Presented by the Willis family with several generations of family journals, historian and bookseller James Dawson set about transcribing a mountain of daily events, personal observations and historic proceedings witnessed from the countryside around Trappe. The Willises were, and are, a large Talbot County clan whose roots go deep into the past, from their plantation Clora Dorsey Farm on Island Creek Neck. Jim is no stranger to Trappe history, being a native. He has owned and operated Unicorn Bookshop since 1975, which specializes in secondhand and rare books and maps. Since 2002 he has written a monthly column on book collecting for The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles. Besides the Willis book, he edited Irregularities In Abundance, an anecdotal history of Trappe

District. He has also edited A Trappe Enterprise Sampler, which contains excerpts from an 1880s Trappe newspaper published by two teenagers; The Diurnal Journal of Dr. John Barnett of St. Michaels MD 1805-1806; and has written numerous articles on everything from Henry Thoreau to the Ford Motor Company. Dawson has also published three books by local author Gilbert Byron: Sun9

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my great grandfather kept, and they’re not much more than what the weather was on a particular day. No detail at all. “But I became more interested in them when I was working on my history of Trappe, MD. Particularly because Judy had mentioned an entry from 1802 about Native Americans visiting a local farm. That did sound interesting! She said I was welcome to read them, but by that time, because of her illness, she had passed them on to her son Rick. He said I could borrow them, but then he got sick and it just was never convenient for me to borrow them. By then I’d finished my Trappe history and had pretty much given up ever seeing the Willis family journals.

bathing With the Professors, Cove Dweller, and The Sight of a Marsh Hawk. The Willis journals were eagerly seized as his latest project. The journal keepers start in 1847. The torch, or should we say the pen, is passed from Nicholas and Kate Willis, who kept the journal from 1847 to 1899, to Charles F. Willis, Sr. - 1899 to 1935, and on to his son Charles F. Willis, Jr. from 1935 to 1951. Dawson tells the story ~ “I’d known Judith Willis Ingersoll for years, and she often mentioned the diaries that her family kept. I didn’t think too much of it because I had the farm diaries that


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continued, the more detailed and interesting they became. And some of them were so interesting that it was a shame just to make notes of them, so I started copying some out in full. And then I started copying more of them in full.” These diaries became not just a record of farm affairs, but entries about just about anything and everything that interested them. Nicholas Willis, the first keeper of the journals, recorded first-hand accounts of problems with his slaves, farm affairs, and family life. The Willises were very selfsufficient and could make almost anything they needed. They even built small boats and log canoes ~ and raced them. Nicholas entered

“Then one day, Rick’s widow, Chris, came in my bookshop bringing four boxes of what turned out to be the 62 manuscript journals that three generations of the family had kept daily for over one hundred years: from 1847 to 1951! And they were not at all like the diaries that my great-grandfather kept; the Willis entries were long and very detailed. “And as I started reading them, they became more and more interesting and detailed than I ever would have dreamed. Originally, I had just planned on making notes about any entries connected with local history that interested me. But as the entries

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ther had been, and he also wasn’t interested in farming. So, by then, the farm was rented out and he took a job in town, so there wasn’t so much to write about. “I estimate that the complete journals total probably 3 million words or more,” says Dawson. “This was far too much for me to copy, so my partial transcript is only about 240,000 words. And if the written record isn’t remarkable enough in itself, the book is illustrated with over 70 historic photographs from the family archives. “On my suggestion, Nick Willis, who inherited the journals, generously donated them to the Maryland Room of the Talbot County Free Library, where they came to

and nearly won the Oxford Regatta in 1866. These entries must be the earliest first hand accounts of log canoe building anywhere: everything from cutting the trees and hauling the logs out of the woods with oxen, to the secret recipe, which he called “stuff,” that he used to coat the bottom. Charles recorded all this and more, keeping up with the entries until a few days before his death in 1936. His son, Charles, Jr., kept the diaries until he voluntarily quit them in 1951. He wasn’t as devoted to that as his father and grandfa-

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Preserved for All Time be preserved, and will someday be digitized in their entirety. “The Willis journals must be a one-of-a-kind record. I know of no other like it in the state of Maryland, and probably anywhere. “A reader asked if I changed any of the wording and remarks they made about slaves and black farmhands. And, in truth, I wondered how I would deal with that, but, and this is most curious given the fact the Willises owned slaves and later hired black farm hands, but at no time in any of the 3 million words of their journals did I see any use of the N-word, or any derogatory, or any demeaning reference to black people other than sometimes calling his black help ‘boys.’ And that not done in a mean sense. That is certainly uncool now, but definitely not the worst thing that could have been said. “They interacted with the blacks that worked for them ~ loaned them money sometimes, and when their beloved house slave Cassie was sick, Willis had the doctor see her several times. When she died, Nicholas was nearly as inconsolable as when one of his own children died. She was buried on the farm, a black preacher conducted the funeral and Willis personally made her coffin and stained it with umber. “They often worked alongside

Nicholas Willis their slaves, and later their black help. They weren’t rich enough not to, but the Willises were certainly conscious of social classes, as was common then. Charles, Sr., may have sometimes worked alongside his black help, but you knew his status because he wore a hat, coat and tie! People back then dressed up to do anything, it seems. “In a time when it was legal to beat one’s slaves, children and wife, all being chattel property, an account of beating a disobedient slave with a black gum switch appalls a modern reader. “But let us allow the thing to speak for itself” says Dawson. From the diaries . . . 20

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Feb. 14, 1863 ~ “I made a coffin of white pine for Cassie, and stained it with umber.”

26 Lashes with a Black Gum Switch Feb. 9, 1847 ~ “went to Farm Nathan had become unruly and disobedient to Mr. Frampton about 12 o’clock. Mr. Frampton tied Nathan and gave him 26 lashes with a black gum switch, which humbled him, and he promised to do better. In the afternoon laid down the road fence stayed all night, set 60 posts on Tuesday came home about night.” [Note: Willis’ 1850 account lists a Nathan Mills as being a farm hand.] Feb. 13 1847 ~ “Nathan sick with gravel, took him to Doct. Kemp in the morning.” [Note: Gravel was probably kidney stones.] Feb. 13, 1863 ~ “With infinite sorrow and regret, I have to record the death of our coloured woman Cassie, she died this eve about 7 o.c. after a short but severe illness which baffles all medicine & skill. This is a sad bereavement to us, her death, & absence will long be felt and deplored by us.

Building and Racing a Log Canoe Feb. 25, 1865 ~ “I worked on the canoe & have got the washboards on and oiled, I have her seats and spars to make, also rudder &c. when the long & tedious job will be finished.” May 15, 1865 ~ “I worked on the canoe put iron on the bow & stern on the keel & a strip of oak about 1 inch thick on the bottom.” May 29, 1865 ~ “I gave the canoe a coat of paint and put a floor of slats in the stern.” June 5, 1865 ~ “went to Oxford in the canoe, wind light, there was to have been a race between the canoes on the creek but for want of a breeze the race did not take place. On our way home we had a small trial with C. Craig & ran away from him easily.” July 4, 1865 ~ “Independence day. Hands working the corn, and Tom following taking out suckers & weeds. I got the canoe ready, with the bottom on Tallow, with Kate,

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of our family have seen a shad this season. Willey, Morton and Kemp with five large weirs set off Mr. Kemp’s shore have caught only about 40 shad. The price of them has been so high that we cannot afford to buy even one ~ 60¢ a piece for roe and 50¢ for male. The Choptank looks black with weirs, and the failure of the shad is sure to come. We had last year’s salted herring for supper.” Apr. 13, 1905 ~ “I made 2 frames for the bee hives. We moved two hives from the west side of the front yard to the east side that the bees may have shade as well as sunshine. The Choptank River fishermen are catching so few shad that they cannot make expenses. Willey, Morton,

Nettie, John, Walter, Charles & several others, and we all went to Oxford to see the Grand Regatta canoe race. Twenty canoes started for the prize, two silver cups. My canoe was entered for the race by Mr. A. H. Barnett as a second class boat, she won the race easy, beating every boat. Capt. Martin’s canoe contested the race ever inch, and being a first class canoe took the first cup, although my canoe led her out several hundred yards. Pleasant, [W]id. S[out].” The Choptank Shad is a Thing of the Past Apr. 6, 1905 ~ “To this date none

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near the division fence the f lames burst through the roof and I saw the house would be lost. “I was the first white person on the spot and Jimmy Tarbutton joined me in a few minutes. We found the house was about burnt out in the sitting room and the two rooms above as the second floor was on the first and both in the cellar. The hall way and stair were a blaze of fire to the roof. The parlor door was closed and we broke the shutters open and Jimmy got in and handed out a few trifles which was all the room contained. “The parlor was soon involved and then the kitchen end. By 8.30 all was totally destroyed. After a nine o’cl’k breakfast I returned in a boat and took Sister Georgie, Lula and Catherine. We learned from the foreman, Robert Young, that Mr. Hopkins left fire in the “air tight” stove when he left for St. Michaels at 10 a.m. yesterday. He, Mr. Hopkins, was not at home last night nor up to 10 o’cl’k to day. “The house was built in 1864 to replace the former house burnt on February 10, 1864. The barn and all farm buildings on same farm were destroyed by fire on July 31st 1864. All of E. W. Hopkins personal effects that were in the house were destroyed by the fire. The colored family had ample time and saved all of their things.” [Note: The 1864 fires occurred when the farm was owned by Dr. A.

& Kemp got only 19 shad from five large weirs yesterday. They say the Chesapeake is so crowded with nets that the fish cannot get in our river. This may be true, but I doubt the surmise. The fish must cease as the oyster crab, wild duck, and terrapins have done.” [Note: this is a remarkably early observation about the depletion of natural resources due to overfishing. The oyster crab is a whitish crab about half an inch long that lives in the gills of the oyster. Once a delicacy, it is seldom seen today.] Apr. 29, 1905 ~ “The Willey, Morton & Kemp fishing has been a total failure. From their 4 large nets they have caught less than 400 shad. About one third of the 400 were “hickory” shad or “slips” ~ a poor fish indeed. They have taken up two nets. From 2 today they got but 9 shad. The Choptank shad is a thing of the past ~ I think.” Bad Luck Farm Oct. 19, 1906 ~ “At 6:35 a.m. I left my room and went to the stable to see the mare Daisy. I found her well. As I looked towards E.W. Hopkins dwelling house I saw such a bank and body of smoke I suppose his house was well afire. I called to Tom and Crate and sent them on over there. I returned to the house to tell the family my suspicion and then I too hurried on there. When 26




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wind astern from it. She seems to me to be ashore for a long time. A bad, very bad piece of management on the part of those in the “tug boat” I regret to say. It rained very hard during the night.”

Matthews. As if three major fires on this farm weren’t enough, trees in Hopkins’ yard were struck by lightning four times: three times in one year, and lightning also killed one of his mules.]

Death of a Lighthouse Jan. 17, 1918 ~ “The storm of Tuesday night started the ice against the Benoni’s Pt. U.S. light house and pressed the whole structure towards the East. The Keepers left on the drifting ice abandoning their charge & reached Oxford on foot. Yesterday I felt sure that the “house” was out of plumb, but only heard to day of the serious mishap.” Jan. 19, 1918 ~ “...I walked across the creek to Ken’s at 1 p.m., but no one was at home. Later we went to the river shore and saw the piled ice near & at the mouth of Island creek on this & the north side far out on the flats. I never saw a more beautiful and impressive sight. The force of wind & tide is powerful. The light house seems in ruinous condition. The easterly piling is broken away. If the now river covered ice leaves from the action of a storm the house will be destroyed. The Ther. reg’d 19º at 7 a.m.” Jan. 20, 1918 ~ “ A hard cold North wind until near night. Sun out since noon. My mustache froze in my walk Home at 1.30 p.m. with the “Benoni’s Light” men and they report that the ice during the storm first came from S.E. then South

Stranded Schooner Apr. 2, 1908 ~ “I did several jobs and went to the Delta. On high water at 4 p.m. Capt. Rittenhouse got her afloat and out to her anchor ~ two chains length ~ but the wind blew so hard that in ‘heaving out’ the anchor the Delta was again driven ashore. I proposed to Mr. Rittenhouse that he buy our ‘house blocks’ for $5.00. He offered to exchange my choice of his running rigging blocks so I did so ~ taking his flying jib halyard blocks which have roller bearings and as good as new. He gave me additional about 80 ft. of the halyard for ‘falls.’ On my return I long spliced the falls in 4 places where it was chaffed ~ took the blocks apart ~ cleaned them ~ oiled the bearings and painted the set. “I returned at 4 p.m. to see them again try to get the Delta off at high water at 5 p.m. Jimmy Tarburtton was there in his gasoline boat and helped. His “wheel” fouled in the line leading to the anchor from the Delta and it was cut. The Delta at once was set adrift and she came ashore on a very high tide with the 28

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Large quantities will be taken from the quiet waters during really hot unseasonable weather, & a very low price rec’d - yet they make every effort to take all they can. More like a lot of swine (hogs) at a well filled trough of swill, then any other thing that I can liken them unto. When a “freeze-up” comes they live mostly upon charity - congregated about the stores of the ever nearby towns.”

& then West and that it pressed the house piling over and around & wrung off all the supports to the body, or house proper; that the ice is driven in among the piling and piled about the house - that storm or no storm, when the ice leaves, even by melting, the house will go down. They have removed to Oxford all the fixtures & furnishings of the house. This is only one instance of the damage done to beacons of the Gov.t .”

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Year after Year, the Pain is Still Worth the Gain by Dick Cooper I was crouched under the stern of my boat, scraping remnants of last year’s barnacles from the propeller, when the thought first crossed my mind. This is the 40th spring in a row that I have mucked about under boats getting them ready for sailing season. Actually, the thought came when I stood in an attempt to straighten the ache out of my back. That thought was quickly followed by the realization that the aches take much longer to pass than they used to when I was 28 and my boat was only 16 feet long. Spring boat work is a labor of love I look forward to all winter. There is a great sense of accomplishment when you pull off the last piece of masking tape and your vessel looks bright and crisp, and ready to sail around the world; or, in my case, across the Chesapeake Bay and back. It is a sure sign that another season on the water is beginning. Some of my earliest and fondest childhood memories of summer vacations include being near, in and on water. My home state of Michigan is surrounded by and filled with lakes, from the ocean-like Great Lakes

The prop is now all nice and shiny. to inland ponds. In places where lakes did not exist, early developers dammed up rivers and created them so they could surround them with cottages for sale or rent. And where there is water, there are boats. Our first family outings on the water were in 12-foot rowboats that came w ith the lakeside cottages that my parents and grandparents 33

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sail rig held up by aluminum spars no bigger than tent poles. Uncle Ran, my cousin, Scott, and I would sail the little boat all over Michigan’s Lake Charlevoix. The mast was stepped in a metal cup embedded in the Styrofoam and when we ran down wind, it would smack around in the cup. We named the boat Thumper. It was about that time I first read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. The book captured my imagination and started my love affair with all things nautical. I was working my f irst newspaper reporting job in Rochester, N.Y., in my early twenties when I was introduced to more ambitious sailing adventures. A friend took me sailing on his 25-foot sailboat

rented for a few weeks every year. Mom and Dad taught us to swim and Dad passed on his love for mechanical things by teaching us how to operate the rental boat with its Scott-Atwater 7.5-horse outboard. In the early 1950s, the outboard made us the envy of the other kids in the cottage resorts. My dad’s younger brother, Ran, always had to have the latest and best toys, and he introduced us to real speedboats and waterskiing. He was also my first sailing coach, which was interesting because he had no clue how to sail when he bought his first boat. It was a 10-foot slab of Styrofoam with a flimsy, lanteen

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the sails. I was young and limber, no Tylenol required. What started as a weekend hobby became an all-consuming avocation. I took boating-safety lessons from the Coast Guard Auxiliary, bought Moulton H. Farnham’s classic and aptly named instruction book Sailing for Beginners, started subscribing to sailing magazines, and decorated my walls with pictures of sailboats. (An electrician who was installing fixtures in my house once asked, “Are you a sailor, by any chance?” pointing to my artwork collection.) My move to Philadelphia in 1977 was partly influenced by its proxim-

on Lake Ontario and then invited me on a five-day cruise to Canada. Despite several incidents that should have discouraged f uture adventures at sea including a very nasty Great Lakes’ thunderstorm, a failing engine and close-encounters with ocean-going freighters, I was hooked from that moment on. Within a week of returning to U.S. soil, I bought my first boat, a 16-foot day sailer on a trailer that was so light I could tow it behind the family sedan. Spring detailing of that little boat amounted to a half-day’s work waxing the hull and washing

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An attempt to keep from inhaling the toxic red bottom paint. ity to the fabled Chesapeake Bay, a sailing location that has a wellearned reputation for being a wonderful place to cruise. Within a year, the 16-footer was gone, replaced by a compact little 23-foot cruising boat. My growing family quickly outgrew that boat, and we moved on to a 28-footer with standing headroom and a real marine head instead of a porta-potty. For 10 years, we sailed the length and breadth of the Bay, spending days sailing its waters and the nights anchored in quiet coves, or tied up to the docks in villages, cities and towns. Both of those boats were ready to be launched after a weekends’ worth of prep, chased down by an Advil or two. I first noticed the spring aches after I bought my 35-footer. It had a lot of teak trim, adding yet a new item to my annual checklist. I had to buy a whole range of new tools: 38

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person w ith the abilit y to learn from hard lessons, make adjustments and move on with life. Then I saw the magnificent 40-footer all trimmed out with exquisite tropical wood, a varnished teak steering wheel, wide decks and a gleaming custom-paneled interior. I went just a little crazy and bought it on the spot. One thing I have since learned about boats: their overall length is not a good measure of their actual size. Everything about a boat expands exponentially as it gets longer. Think of the difference between a baseball and a basketball. A baseball’s diameter is about three inches, and a basketball’s is just over nine and a half. The difference

sanders, heat guns, scrapers and chisels. That boat had a full keel, drew five and a half feet and seemed to suck up more than a gallon and a half of the toxic red bottom paint that by then cost way more than a half-week’s pay. Knuckles were busted, knees were bruised and clothing was ruined every spring. The pain-killer doses were extended to two pills, every four hours for at least two days. I was approaching my mid-fifties and was quite pleased with that old 35-footer. She had nice lines, was comfortable enough and easy for two people to handle. I have always considered myself to be a fairly sane

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the dock are equally important. But now that I am just this side of 70, I have to admit that the recovery time lasts almost as long as the spring to-do list. I have also noticed that while the dosage of pharmaceuticals has increased, they are not nearly as strong as they used to be. But after another spring of boat work , Bay bre eze s b e ckon, t he sanders are put away and it’s time for rail down sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.

is in the overall mass of the balls, and we all know that a basketball is way, way bigger than a baseball. So, I was midway through my fifth decade when I learned that a 40 -foot boat is way, way, way more g yhug ic t han a 16 -footer. Spring outfitting takes two weeks to complete. Now, I am not complaining about being fortunate enough to own a big, beautiful sailing yacht that turns heads every time we pull into a harbor. Sailing has always been a major part of my life. Doing it in style, looking sharp and shipshape while underway and being comfortable at

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civilization. There was a silence ~ a magical, mystical silence ~ with only the whispers of the tropical forest surrounding the city complex. We capped off the adventure in a Cancun restaurant where I tasted my first icy cold Corona capped with a lime wedge. We savored the freshcaught grilled lobster, dripping with melted butter and accompanied by spicy refried beans and rice. After ending the meal with a sweet, honeyed flan, we knew that we wanted to continue to explore this land of sensory pleasure. Since that first trip, we have em-

We fell in love with “Middle America” years ago while climbing a Mayan pyramid, El Castillo, on a trip to the ancient site of Chichen Itza, Mexico. El Castillo’s design is thought to relate to the Mayan calendar. Each of the four sides has a broad, steep staircase with 91 steps that ascends to the top platform. Counting the top platform as an additional step gives a total of 365 steps ~ one step for each day of the year. We stood at the top overlooking a broad plaza and a ritual ball game court, and thought about the amazing accomplishments of that old

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Sensory Pleasures barked on multiple excursions to Mayan sites, fishing villages, resort towns, islands and beaches on both coasts of Mexico. We have also explored beaches and Mayan sites in Belize. Most recently we traveled to the Baja Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, as well as to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Our experiences in these countries with tropical temperatures, dramatic landscapes, historic sites, artistic traditions, comforting cuisine and warm beautiful people are addictive. No sooner do we come home than we are dreaming about our next trip. Cabo San Lucas is a Mexican beach town on the southernmost

tip of the Baja California peninsula. Cabo is known for its beautiful rock formations and El Arco, at Land’s End. There are water sports, sport fishing and caramel-colored beaches. By the way, it’s called Land’s End



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the picturesque gem, Todos Santos (All Saints). We enjoyed the beautiful streets lined with colorful artisan shops, restaurants and Colonial architecture. The centerpiece of the town was the Hotel California, with its traditional Mexican restaurant and gift shop. The hotel is rumored to be the one immortalized by the Eagles’ 1976 song of the same name, but this has not been confirmed.

because, as the crow flies, if you followed a line south from there, you would not touch land again until you reached the South Pole. The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez roll gently along its shores, and a promenade lines the beach upon which we strolled past restaurants, bars, craft markets, marinas, resorts and hotels. After a brief respite with salt-rimmed margaritas, corn chips and fresh guacamole, we were off to explore another town farther north. Driving up the long desert highway, we passed the Pacific Ocean on the left, bordered by dry brush and cacti with the mist-shrouded Sierra Laguna Mountains to the east. Our destination was forty miles north,

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Sensory Pleasures outside in the 80° tropical heat on a charming garden patio, serenaded by a guitarist. Along with several friends who accompanied us on the trip ~ Jay and Robbie Carey, Brian and Cherie Spector, and Mary Ann and Jerry Syzmonowicz ~ we savored a lunch of chicken and cheese quesadillas, pineapple and sugar milk-filled tamales, spicy rice and beans, fresh guacamole and more than a few chilled Coronas with lime. After visiting the mission church and a few jewelry and art galleries, we were back on the road. It was our lucky day! Five or six whales were spouting and breaching just off the coast. Gray whales migrate from the

northern Bering Sea to Baja’s Pacific coastline to mate and give birth in warm lagoons and estuaries off the Baja in the winter months. We pulled off the road to watch the joyful whales dancing in the air, a sight we will always treasure. Central American cooking is savored for its fresh ingredients, and

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craft markets, we relaxed in a beach front, thatched-roofed restaurant, Br isas Mar ina, overlook ing t he bay. There were some scrumptious local delights! Our helpful waiter suggested a platter that included grilled beef, pork, chicken, and fish, fried plantains, vegetables, cheese wedges, rice, beans, tortillas, salsa and dipping sauces. This was topped off with a Nicaraguan Victoria beer. Jerr y and Mar y A nn helped my husband John and me devour the delicious spicy morsels. We worked off our lunch running to catch a tour bus to another town, Rivas, where we were enchanted by local folk dancers, bought jewelry made from gourds, sampled coffee, and admired the twin volcanoes, Maderas and Concepcion, towering over Lake Nicaragua.

local markets are overflowing with colorful, fresh, sweet-smelling fruits and vegetables. As in Mexico, rice and beans accompany every meal. The beans are sautĂŠed with onions, peppers and spices. Rice is also sautĂŠed in oil with onions until toasted, then water and spices are added for more cooking. Maize is considered the most essential ingredient in Central American cooking, and is viewed as a life-giving element by the indigenous population. In San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, we were greeted by music and dancers. We were impressed with the bright fruits and vegetables artfully arranged in bins as if by a painter. After a walk through the central park, local cathedral, and open-air

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sold handicrafts at the market surrounding the central plaza to raise money for the school. John chatted about local customs with one of the moms watching her daughter dance. Costa Rica is a naturally beautiful country of rain forests, mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls and beaches, and it is one of the greenest and ecofriendliest countries in the world. According to our tour guide, there are 877 bird species, more than in the U.S. and Canada combined. On the drive to and from Esparza, we passed tropical forests, banana and plantain trees, flowering trees, and were shown orchids, tropical f lowers, gourds, cocoa pods and cantaloupe and watermelon fields.

We had a similar wonderful sensor y experience in Coast Rica ~ “Rich Coast.� It began with musicians serenading us as we walked past the open-air markets where we purchased pottery, carved rosewood bowls, shell jewelry, hand-painted book marks and coffee in Puntarenas. This is a small fishing village and port off the Pacific Coast in the Gulf of Nicoya. Head ing ea st, we v isited t he small town of Esparza and wandered through its park, plaza and cathedral. Local schoolchildren danced in traditional, brightly-colored costumes. Their parents and teachers

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delights including a pancake with beans and cheese inside; crispy, round Panamanian bread; and skewered and grilled shrimp, fish and sausage. We also sampled smoked beans and grilled zucchini squash. Where to next? Snorkling and fishing on the island of Roatan, Honduras? Exploring the extravagant Mayan site of Tikal in Guatemala? Or return to Costa Rica to enjoy its natural wonders? Guess we’ll have to do more research and planning with cold, lime-wedged Coronas in hand!

Back in Puntarenas we asked some locals to recommend their favorite restaurant. At the Imperial we enjoyed spicy, freshly made salsa and corn chips; arroz con camarones (shrimp and rice); and arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), accompanied by cold Cerveza beer, a Costa Rican brew. You simply can’t visit Costa Rica without sampling the coffee. It is grown up in the high cool mountains and is rated among the best five coffees in the world. It is Costa Rica’s number-one export. One taste of the smooth, f lavorful, aromatic brew lived up to its reputation. While traveling through the Panama Canal, we savored Panamanian

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Summer Pies and Tarts Dessert has always been my favorite course. Whatever the flavor, texture, shape or style, if it’s sweet, I love it! So, it only seems fitting that I should write about some of my favorite dessert recipes. I find that pies and tarts are perfect for summer. Each has its own personality, and offers a juicy change from some of the heavier desserts of winter.

1 t. sea salt 2 t. granulated sugar (for sweet filling) or 1 T. fresh herbs (for savory filling) 8 T. cold unsalted butter, cubed 6 T. cold vegetable shortening 5 to 6 T. ice water

BASIC PIE CRUST This crust is crisp and f laky. It is a good crust to use for any pie that has fresh fruit or custard, as it will hold up and not get soggy. There are a few things to remember when making a successful crust: Make sure not to over-blend the fat and flour. Have all of your ingredients chilled. Add only enough water so that you can roll out the dough easily, and DO NOT over-handle the dough. This will warm the dough and produce a tough crust. 2-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Combine the flour and salt in bowl. Add the sugar or herbs. Add the butter and shortening. Working quickly, cut the shortening into the flour mixture using a pastry blender, two forks or your food processor. When the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, sprinkle in the ice water until you can press the dough together with your fingers. 61

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Take about a cup of the mixture and place it on your work surface. With the heel of your hand, smear the mixture across the board to combine it. Repeat this with the rest of the dough and then form the entire amount into a ball. Divide the ball into two equal pieces, and slightly flatten each piece. Wrap the dough in waxed paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour. It is at this point that you can use it or freeze it. Preheat the oven to 375°. Roll out one ball of the chilled dough onto a lightly floured surface until it forms an 11-inch circle. Fold the circle in half, and then in half again. Transfer it to a 9-inch pie plate and unfold the dough. The pie can now be filled or prebaked, depending upon the recipe. This yields one double, or two 9-inch pie crusts.

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the dough and press it into the sides. Trim the edges by rolling your rolling pin over the top of the tart pan. Then, again, press the sides of the dough into the pan. Chill the dough again for about thirty minutes. For a fully baked tart crust, preheat the oven to 425°. Line the tart pan with aluminum foil and then weigh it down with beans, rice or pie weights. Bake for eight minutes. Remove the foil and the weights, and prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Continue baking for four more minutes for a partially baked crust, or eight to ten more minutes for a fully baked crust. The yields one 9-inch tart shell or six individual tarts.

10 T. cold unsalted butter, cubed 2 cold egg yolks 1 t. vanilla extract 2 t. ice water Sift the flour, sugar and salt into a mixing bowl. Cut the chilled butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender, two forks or your food processor. Combine the egg yolks, vanilla and ice water and add them to the flour/butter mixture. Combine quickly, then take the mixture, one cup at a time, and smear it together with the heel of your hand on the work surface. Do this until all of the dough is combined. Form the dough into a ball, then flatten it slightly into a disk. Wrap the dough in waxed paper and chill for two to three hours. Roll the dough out between two pieces of waxed paper or on a lightly floured work surface. Work quickly so that the dough doesn’t become sticky. Line a 9-inch tart pan with

MIXED BERRY TART with MASCARPONE CHEESE 1 basic tart crust (fully baked) 1 cup mascarpone cheese (about 8 oz.) 1/3 cup well-chilled heavy cream 1/4 cup sugar 1-1/2 cups small strawberries 1 cup raspberries 1 cup blueberries 64


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Mound berries decoratively on mascarpone cream. Tart may be assembled 2 hours ahead and chilled. Bring tart to room temperature and remove side of pan before serving.

1 cup blackberries 2 T. sweet orange marmalade 2 T. dark berry liqueur such as blueberry, blackberry, or cassis In a bowl with a whisk or an electric mixer, beat together mascarpone, cream, and sugar until mixture holds stiff peaks. Spoon mixture into shell, spreading evenly. Quarter strawberries, and in a large bowl combine with remaining berries. In a small saucepan simmer marmalade and liqueur, stirring, until reduced to about 3 tablespoons, and pour over berries. With a rubber spatula, gently stir berries to coat evenly.

FRESH PEACH and CUSTARD TART 1 basic tart recipe (unbaked) 3 cups peeled, pitted and sliced peaches 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter, room temperature 2 eggs, room temperature 1 t. vanilla

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Preheat the oven to 350°. Place peaches in a bowl. In another bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add this to the peaches and toss well. Pile the fruit mixture into the tart crust and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until it doesn’t shake. If the crust starts to get too brown during baking, cover the edges with aluminum foil strips.

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1 cup strawberries 1-1/2 cups fresh blackberries 1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries 2 T. fresh lemon juice 2 T. heavy cream 1 T. granulated or raw sugar 2 T. unsalted butter, room temp. Preheat oven to 425째. Roll out the pastry for the top and bottom crust. Line a 9- or 10-inch pie pan with the bottom crust and set aside. For a fancier presentation you can make a lattice top. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and arrowroot, and combine with the berries and lemon juice. Let the filling stand for a few minutes, then spoon into the pie shell and dot with butter.

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Pies and Tarts Brush the edges of the bottom crust with water, then gently lay the top crust over the berries. Flute the edges. Using any leftover dough, make some berry-shaped cutouts to decorate the top of the pie. Brush the top of the pie with the cream, and place the cutouts on top. Brush the cutouts with cream and sprinkle the entire top with some granulated sugar. Using a sharp knife, make a few small slits in the crust to allow the steam to escape. Bake for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake for another 30 minutes. The pie is done when the juices start to bubble slightly. Remember, if the crust begins to brown too much, cover the edges with strips of aluminum foil.

1 basic pie crust recipe (baked) 1 small pkg. strawberry Jell-O 4 cups fresh strawberries or 3 peaches 1/2 cup sugar 2 T. cornstarch 1-1/2 cups water In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in the Jell-O until dissolved. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until slightly cooled. Fold the strawberries or peaches into the gelatin, then pour into the baked pie shells and refrigerate.

JACKIE’S PEACH or STRAWBERRY JELL-O PIE Yields 2 pies This was a favorite of mine during my childhood! It is also super easy to make.



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350° for 35 minutes, or until the center still wiggles slightly. HOLLY’S BUTTERMILK PIE 1 9- or 10-inch pie crust (unbaked) 1-1/2 cups sugar 3 T. flour 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup butter 4 eggs 1 t. vanilla 1-1/2 cups coconut (optional)

LAURA’S AMAZING BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE CHUNK PECAN PIE 1 9- or 10-inch pie crust (unbaked) 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate 4 T. unsalted butter 2 large eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup dark corn syrup 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream 3/4 t. vanilla 1/4 t. salt 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans 6 oz. best quality bittersweet chocolate

Combine all ingredients and put in a 9- or 10- inch pie crust. Bake for 10 minutes at 425°, and then turn the oven down to 350° and bake for 40 minutes.

Melt unsweetened chocolate and butter in double boiler over low heat. Cool. In a large bowl beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Beat in sugar and corn syrup until well blended. Beat in cream, vanilla and salt. Add this egg mixture to the cooled chocolate mixture. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chunks. Pour the entire mixture into a 9- or 10-inch pie crust and bake at

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In high school, the Dark Ages ~ that historical period from 600 A.D. to 1200 A.D. ~ gets attention for about one week, then classes get serious about the Age of Exploration. You remember: “In 14 hundred and 92, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” The boring period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the awakening of history, teachers thought, was a vacuum. Peasants eked out a living, almost nobody could read or write, wars between a king of a small area and another king in this little patch went on all the time. Christians and old pagan religions bred constant problems, plagues wiped out whole villages, life was not worth a farthing, if there were such a thing. The Dark Ages were, for a long time, rated not worthy of study. Michael Pye, the author of this fascinating book, disagrees. Historical research reveals both the awful conditions and the busy improvements on new ideas and their impact on the Renaissance. He makes witty 75

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smarty-pants Hansas introduced corporate business and monopolies. Each step up built gradual prosperit y. It wasn’t an easy way to banish the Dark Ages, but as Pye unravels the effects of the efforts, it changed the world. This is not a story of battles, and various kings, and the spread of Christianity. It’s about recovering a lost world, the life around the North Sea when water was the easiest way to travel. That’s Pye’s brilliant plan and accomplishment. His first chapter is a doozy. It tells how ordinary fishermen figured out money. The Romans had already used it, of course, but they were long gone. The Frisians lived on the coast of where today Belgium

sters.” Two double pages of maps on the covers illustrate the view west and the view east of the areas of seacoasts from Norway to Spain, and out in the ocean, or into rivers and lakes of present-day Russia. Mind you, as Pye often writes, pay attention to his division of who was the big group that brought light into darkness. The first smarties were Frisians (who remembers Frisians from high school?), smart sailors from 600 to 900 A.D. They were followed by the Vikings, who scared the bejabbers out of England, Ireland, and most of the European coast from 800 to 1200 A.D. From 1250 to 1550 the

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ends and the Netherlands begin. That’s marshland, all water, peat, peat piles above the tide, and not a tree on the horizon. Fish were sold, not bartered from their boats. They collected coins from buyers across the North Sea’s rivers, and learned how to use the money. The Frisians were then able to buy timber for their house roofs and bigger boats. Coins were power, then as now. Gold was available in Norway, where they minted more coins with higher values. Frisians began to be merchants with more than fish to sell. They crossed the Baltic and journeyed into Russian rivers as far down as the Black Sea. They learned languages from customers and flourished. Not everything was fine. In the year 686, the sun went dark behind the moon. It was a bad omen. Immediately the plague came from the sea. It killed quickly and filled cemeteries as quickly as it came. A young boy named Bede and the Abbot were the only people at the Numbrian monaster y who could read. The Abbot became ill and

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pirates in the seventh century, Pye writes. They came from the north on trips to trade skins, furs and walrus ivory. Their amber from the Baltic was almost as valuable as diamonds are now. It was inevitable that they would notice where riches were. Their advantage was that they didn’t rely on oars and men. They used sails and knew how to quickly tack and use the wind instead of muscle and a big crew. In everyone else’s opinion, the Vikings were robbers and thieves. The Vikings, however, had another side ~ curiosity and courage. The Danes were restless. So

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and grapevines. (Whoopeee! Wine!) He set up camp at several places, but at each he was met with hostile Indians threatening them. The new land wasn’t suitable after all. They abandoned the dream. Meanwhile, Pye writes, back in the old country, men were dressing like dandies. Women required luxuries, and silk from the Mediterranean Sea and A rab Middle East were in high demand. So were diamonds, ermines and furs. Fashion and prosperity ~ and contact with French buyers ~ made farmers look like royals and their wives like queens. Of course, farmers’ haircuts didn’t match the haircuts of their betters. Churches were appalled, but ignored.

Eric persuaded a group of likeminded men and women to move with him to the empty land. Farmers began to write their own version of Iceland to record their lives. It was a costly proposition, however, as first you had to kill between 50 to 100 calves to make the vellum. How much f ur t her c ou ld t he ocean stretch? Eric was eager to join his son, Leif Ericksson, but a riding accident sidelined him. Leif sailed into bad weather and had trouble finding the land beyond Greenland. Landing at Ireland he was dismayed, but Vikings never quit, so with a second try and three ships he bumped into Canada, sailed down the coast, and found grapes

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ditches, and eventually windmills to control and keep saltwater out. To e at, men had to cha nge t he landscape. The Black Plague returned in 1340. Again, dead bodies lay in the town streets. This time, there were not enough well people to bury the dead with dignity. At the same time, the Pope called for warriors to go on another crusade. Nobody came, Pye adds. Up on the Baltic Sea coast, sharp German fish merchants began to build a corporate business w ith sophisticated rules, practices and monopoly. The Hanseatic League, they were called Hansas, lasted three centuries and built the product line to include silk, jewels, furs, and, naturally, packed salted fish in barrels ~ all this during the Dark Ages, Pye notes.

The Dark Ages were no longer quite so dark. Religion had made the Rule of Law for centuries, with God as judge. Sentences were severe, and trials by ordeal were ghastly. Example: your hands and feet were bound and you were tossed in a tub of water. You sink, you’re guilty. Hold your breath and f loat and God indicates you are innocent. Literate non-clergy studied to become lawyers and make reasonable laws. The churches squirmed at that, too. Pye also found that chroniclers left accounts of the battles between man and nature. Floods, ocean storms, extreme tides, and violent winds wreaked havoc, especially on English and Dutch property. The Dutch used dikes, dams, canals,


Pye’s career has been as a journalist, a columnist, and a broadcaster in London and New York. His previous books are The Drowning Table and Pieces From Berlin. This book gets very high praise from me. You aren’t interested in Medieval life? It is far from boring, and there’s no exam. If for no other reason, read it to rejoice that you didn’t live in those times.

The author read documents includ i ng Papa l bu si ne s s, ne w s y letters that circulated from one monaster y to a not her. P ye was curious about conf licting sagas of Norsemen and Danes audacious enough to push their boats, wives and children out into the distant ocean where “there be monsters.” One chapter is an enlightening view of love and capital, how they are related, and medieval marriage customs that are not far from modern ones. It’s on the zesty side. M ic h ae l P y e w r ite s buo y a nt prose, and in his book he mostly ignores dates and lists of kings, particularly when there were kings at ever y crossroad s dur ing t he Dark Ages.

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sugar, especially if the day was cool and sunny. Other vegetables, such as lettuce and cucumbers, are crisper and tastier if harvested early in the morning before the day’s heat has a chance to wilt and shrivel them. Yellow crook neck or straight neck squash tastes best when 4 to 7 inches long. Pick them when they are yellow (rather than golden) and before the skins harden. Scalloped (patty pan) squash is best when grayish- or greenish-white (before it turns ivory white) and is still small ~ even silver dollar size. A final vegetable gardening hint: for very efficient, steady feeding of vegetables, sink a large can or bucket, with many holes in its

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keep to a regular spray schedule to control black spot and insects. The best non-chemical control of black spot is to not water the foliage when irrigating the plant. You should also remove last year’s infected leaves. Roses should be ready for a light application of 5-10-5 or a similar 1-2-1 ratio fertilizer now that their first blooming period is coming to an end. You can also apply a liquid fertilizer solution to the plants when watering to keep them healthy and blooming. Late spring and early summer is an important time for pruning many kinds of woody ornamental plants. Many have completed their growth for the spring and need to

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think that a bunch of elves or little gnomes live in the house. You can avoid this problem with proper landscape design, remembering the mature size of the plant. Shade trees can and should be pruned now. Low branches on old trees that interfere with mowing can be removed. The exception to this would be for trees such as spruce, holly or magnolia, where we want the low sweeping appearance of the branches. Check on your young trees to make sure that their form is developing correctly. Remove branches that may be rubbing or interfering with each other, or may be competing with the central leader, if a single trunk is desired.

be shaped, headed back or thinned to control their size. Needle evergreens like arborvitae, junipers, and yews can be pruned as soon as their growth is complete. You can cut back on the new growth, allowing only a few inches to remain. This pruning will slow the growth rate of the plant and make the foliage thicker. Unless you are growing a formal hedge, don’t shear the plants into balls, triangles or squares. Not only does this result in weird, unnatural-looking plants in the landscape, it causes the tips of the needles that were cut to turn brown and give the plant a sick appearance. Every time I see sheared or odd-shaped evergreens in the home landscapes, I


Tidewater Gardening Remember that treating pruning cuts with black tree paint or tar is no longer a recommended practice. The paint and tar will interfere with the callousing growth needed to cover the wound. You can even prune your fruit trees now. Remove over-vigorous, non-fruiting branches to better expose the fruit to the sun. Also, remove any suckers resulting from winter pruning. Summer pruning will give you many fewer suckers than winter pruning. If you transplanted trees, shrubs or perennials into your landscape this spring, make sure that they are provided with adequate water so they become established before the hot and dry months of July and August. Make sure they receive a thorough soaking each week. Soak the ground ~ do not sprinkle it lightly. It is also helpful to make a shallow depression around plants to collect water.

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water. Plants wilt from a lack of oxygen, as well as a lack of water. When the soil is compacted, the plant’s tender feeder roots and root hairs suffocate. The problem is compounded when the well-meaning gardener assumes the wilting is a sign of water stress and immediately irrigates. Well-aerated soil, enriched with organic matter, allows both air and water to circulate freely about the root system for a vigorous plant. You can set many houseplants outside now for the summer. Make sure that you match the light requirements of the plants. Keep them out of full-sun locations until they are fully acclimated to outdoor conditions. While outside, make sure that you check the houseplants on a regular basis for insect problems like aphids, whitefly, scales and spider mite feeding. If spider mites are a problem, consider spraying with a labeled horticultural oil or soap and pyrethrum mix. When putting your houseplants outside, you might try combining them with flowering annuals in container plantings. Happy Gardening!

in a peat/bark media in the container, their root balls dry out quicker than the surrounding heavier landscape soil. Make sure that the root mass does not dry out, but at the same time, be sure not to over-water, especially in heavy clay soils. Mulch to conserve moisture. Make sure that the mulch is not right up against the plant stem, or stems, but does cover the top of the soil root ball. This will slow evaporation of water from the root ball to the surrounding air. Don’t make the mistake that some gardeners do, however, assuming that the wilting of the tree or shrub is always a sign that the plant needs

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

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

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


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Easton Points of Interest site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times. 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St. on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers

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1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial Hospital is part of the Shore Health System. 22. THIRD HAVEN MEETING HOUSE - Built in 1682 and the oldest frame building dedicated to religious meetings in America. The Meeting House was built at the headwaters of the Tred Avon: people came by boat to attend. William Penn preached there with Lord Baltimore present. Extensive renovations were completed in 1990. 23. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. Near Easton 24. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by

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Easton Points of Interest The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds f lour to this day using two massive grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. For more info. visit 26. W YE ISL A ND NATUR AL RESOURCE MA NAGEMENT AREA - Located between the Wye River and the Wye East River, the area provides habitat for waterfowl and native wildlife. There are 6 miles of trails that provide opportunities for hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. For more info. visit 27. OLD WYE CHURCH - Old Wye Church is one of the oldest active Anglican Communion parishes in Talbot County. Wye Chapel was built between 1718 and 1721 and opened for worship on October 18, 1721. For more info. visit 28. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - The original structure was built before 1690. Early 18th century rector was the Reverend Daniel Maynadier. A later provincial rector (1764–1768), the Reverend Thomas Bacon, compiled “Bacon’s Laws,” authoritative compendium of Colonial Statutes. Robert Morris, Sr., father of Revolutionary financier is buried here.


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St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bay View Restaurant and Duckblind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course. For more info. visit 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 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit 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. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly

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

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a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit 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 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. 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


St. Michaels Points of Interest would come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 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. 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 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 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and

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

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




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Oxford Points of Interest cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or 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 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. 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 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for officers of the Maryland Military Academy. Built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on

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Oxford Points of Interest the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 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. 141

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Terms of Venery by Gary D. Crawford

Now i m a g i ne t h i s. T he ye a r is 1354 . We are in Br itain, sitting together with a gathering of friends as they enjoy some wine and conversation. One of the young fellows, Thomas, says with a tinge of complaint, “Say, did you know that godfather Sir William corrected me today? He said I shouldn’t say ‘pair’ or ‘couple’ when referring to my two greyhounds.” “What’s the correct ter m?” inquired James. “Well,” replied Thomas, “according to Sir William, every gentleman knows that two greyhounds are a brace.” They all take a sip, digesting this news. James then asks, “I wonder what one calls a bunch of those nasty crows that are ruining our crops at t he moment? Be a st lylooking black things!” After another pause for thought, Thomas offers, “How about a murder of crows?” The party erupts in laughter, as everyone agrees that a murder of crows is just perfect. Like ravens and magpies, crows are loud, rambunctious, and intelligent. Farmers treat them as pests because they devour their seedlings. Crows are sometimes feared, even loathed, because people tend to associate their black feathers with death.

Now here’s the curious thing. That really happened. Of course, I don’t know the year, or what the fellow’s name was, but somebody did make it up. The silly term got passed along from household to household until it became the accepted term a mong gent lemen. Before long, to say a “f lock” of crows was very bad form, for it revealed one’s poor upbringing. One mark of the gentleman (and gentlewoman) was using the right word when referring to groups of animals. A great number of such terms were invented. They were called “terms of venery,” from the Latin venator (huntsman), venatorius (pertaining to a hunter), because they originally dealt with animals involved in hunting, whether the hunters (dogs, horses) or the prey (deer, pheasants). These invented terms referred to some observed characteristic of the animals in question, either their appearance or their habits: a Swarm of bees, a Descent of woodpeckers (from their tendency to land all together), a Surge of mallards (a rising-up), and many others. The number of terms grew and multiplied. Eventually, it became necessary to write them down.


Terms of Venery Not surprisingly, the terms of venery soon included more than just animals. People were impossible to ignore, and it was far too much fun to find terms that might characterize groups of them. Soon we find a Rascal of boys, a Bevy of ladies, and a Slate of candidates. A Superfluity of nuns and a Skulk of friars reflected the feelings of the day toward the clergy; the Reformation was coming. The inventing went on. I should like to meet the person who invented a Quiver of arrows. Linking the case that holds the arrows with the motion an arrow makes after striking its target is so precisely right. The earliest written list of terms of venery, the Egerton Manuscript, dates from 1450. Paper began to be available in England around 1400, and by 1455 movable type had been invented by Gutenberg in Germany. William Caxton set up a press in Westminster, and by 1476 he issued a few small pamphlets. Among them, the very first books printed in England in the English language, was a primer for young gentlemen on proper table manners. Another was John Lydgate’s The Horse, the Sheep and the Goose, at the end of which appears a long list of terms of venery ~ one hundred and six of them. And here is a sampling. an Herde of herdes an Herde of dere

an Unkindness of ravons an Herde of alle dere a Gagyll of women a Gagyll of ghees a Coveye of partrichs a Scoole of scolers a Siege of heyrons a Sourde of malardes a Murther of crowes a Noble of knyghtes a Noble of wolves a Flight of douves a Swarme of bees a Mutacion a Lytter of whelpes a Pryde of lyons a Skulke of foxes a State of princes a Surge of mallards a Lordship of monkes a Cluster of grapes I realize this is nearly impossible to read. The font is difficult, the Middle English spellings are unfamiliar, and many of these words simply no longer exist in Modern English. Still, take a look about half way down. Can you make out a Murther of crowes? Speaking of ravens, Baltimore has a wonderfully bad bird for its football mascot. Ravens have their ow n group term, which appears third on the list: an Unkindness of ravens. Their principal food is cereal grains, but they also eat the eggs of other birds. Say, has anyone else noticed that Joe Flacco has been sort of, well,


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evolving over the past few years? Caxton published a second edition of HS&G the same year. Ten years later, The Book of St. Albans appeared, written by Dame Juliana. It, too, was a primer for young gentlemen and for those aspiring to be seen as gentlemen. One section explains how to handle hawks for hunting, and another is about heraldry (how to understand family

crests). The third section is about proper behav ior while hunting, and it contains a whopping great list of 164 terms of venery. Her list became the definitive one, and it went through 16 editions in the next century. Simply put, The Book of St. Albans was a sixteenth century best-seller. Not surprisingly, 70 of the terms referred to people. Why, one wonders, did the proper term matter so much to our forebears? We must remember that their language (which we now refer to as “Middle English”) was still reeling from the invasion of French, brought in with the conquering Normans in 1066. It was a linguistic body blow. Unlike the Angles and Saxons, who brought in many Germanic terms



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Terms of Venery some 600 years later, the Normans didn’t assimilate into Britain. They conquered and they ruled. Norman French was the language of the King and his court, the landed gentry, and the rising classes of merchants and administrators. Two languages were heard in the land, and it took centuries for them to meld. The conquered Britons raised cows, pigs, and sheep. But the food that went on the Norman tables had different names: boeuf, porc, and mouton. (Curiously, we still distinguish the meat from the animal with those words ~ beef, pork, and mutton.) It was deer the Britons hunted in the forest, but the Normans dined

on venison. By the fifteenth century, the British class system was well established, and this is the garden in which grew the terms of venery. Those on top wished to remain on top, and others strove to clamber up. Putting the terms of venery down in writing was useful to both. Do we care about these words today? Well, perhaps not so much, though I really like some of the old ones. Others do, too, apparently. Remember the term invented by our friend “Thomas”? Roughly 600 years later, in 1999, a thriller movie appeared with the same title. One of the old terms I pondered was a Seige of herons. Why a siege? It didn’t make much sense until I recalled that in medieval times

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many castles simply could not be taken; they had to be surrounded and starved out. Laying siege to a fortress meant standing around outside and doing nothing ~ not moving, not attacking ~ just waiting patiently. How often have we watched herons doing precisely that? One phrase much used around these parts is a “mess of fish.” The old lists have a School of fish, or a Shoal, but not a mess. A Mess of pottage (porridge) does appear, however, and it gives us a clue. This is a Biblical reference to Esau, a rather hungry guy who gave away his inheritance for a bowl of soup. The term “mess” is still associated with food, as in messmates and the of f icers’ mess, which makes me

wonder just how many fish it takes to make “a mess.” One sometimes hears, “Nope, couldn’t catch a mess. Just enough to eat.” So perhaps the meaning is still related to food: perhaps a Mess of fish is “more than enough to eat.” New terms kept coming, of course. Here are a few. From 1611 we have a Cloud of w it nesses. That appea rs in t he King James Version of the Bible: “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight….” (Hebrews 12:1) Sh a ke sp e a r e i nvente d g r oup terms, too: “A Sea of troubles,” “a Wilderness of monkeys.” In recent times, a Phalan x of flashers came from the mind of Kurt Vonnegut, and George Plimpton contributed an Om of Buddhists. It may have been James Lipton, who wrote a whole book about terms of venery entitled An Exhalation of Larks, who came up with a Slouch of models and a Lurch of buses. Heck, even I invented one some years back , descr ibing a wonder f u l ly boisterous family of our neighbors as a Rollick of Russos. There are Games of Venery, where people sit around a table and try to invent new terms. The players are called “hunters” and each round of the game is a “chase.” The winner, the one who comes up with the most apt and clever terms, is awarded a “Juliana,” of course.


But something else about these terms is perhaps even more surprising. While many terms of venery have dropped out of our language, others have become so deeply imbedded that we no longer recognize them as such. It is fun to dig them out and brush them off. Did you know, for example, that a Barrel of monkeys isn’t just a phrase? It’s a term of venery half a millennium old. So is a Litter of pups. Does a Pride of lions sound modern? Look at Lydgate’s list; we see a Pryde of lyons. We also find the familiar Gaggle of geese. I conclude this little essay, as one does a fireworks display, with a veritable barrage of terms. Today Jim was having more fun

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At the outset of the evening, and by prior agreement, the three men took their assigned seats inside the ’37 Chevy sedan. In the front passenger’s seat sat the vehicle owner and lone father among them ~ thirty-eight-year-old Cliff James. Behind him in the backseat was a t went y-one-year-old U.S. Mar ine on leave, D.O. Dav ies. The other backseat position belonged to twenty-two-year-old Eddie Doran, a sailor also home on shore leave. A nd behind the wheel sat the confidently brimming personification of their sensible precautions. He was the ver y embodiment of t hei r w i se a nd jud iciou s w ay s, the designated driver. Under no circumstances whatsoever would he be allowed to consume alcohol for the duration of the evening. The men liked the fact that he had keen eyesight, quick reaction time and good hand-foot coordination. Just as importantly, he knew which side alleys were blind and which had exits ~ always useful information when pesky police cars were intent on prematurely terminating the night’s convivial celebrations. Most of all, the three men knew and trusted this driver.

Yes, it was true that he was considerably smaller than they, both shorter of stature and definitely on the lean, wiry side. But he was a good driver with a natural feel for anything on wheels, and to offset the height disadvantage he sat atop two plumped-up pillows. It was also true that he had only three years of driving experience under his belt, but that was three more years than most fourteenyear- old k ids had. Ac t ua lly, he wasn’t quite fourteen, but he was well beyond the thirteen-and-ahalf-year-old mark. Close enough that they felt justified in rounding up Billy James, the son of Clif f James, to the next whole number. Billy was an energetically rambunctious k id, and if there was one thing at which he was both ex per ienced and ex per t, it was driving a car. Especially when it c a me to chauf feur ing a load of sing ing dr unk s dow n darkened streets beneath the light of a New Castle moon from beer garden to beer garden until the f inal bartender announced last call. He had packed more driving experience into the almost three years since his eleventh birthday than most


Designated Driver people did in ten years of legally licensed driving. Billy would be the perfect designated driver this night, as he was on most nights, but no responsible father would allow his thirteengoing-on-fourteen-year-old son to sit alone in a car all night parked in front of one bar after another. These were often rough places in even rougher parts of town. Besides, a passing cop would almost surely stop to inquire why a boy so young was sitting alone at night behind the wheel of a car parked on Tavern Row. No, it was only proper that the boy join them inside each establish-

ment. There he’d be seated, per the agreed-upon rules of decorum, at his own table at least fifteen feet from the bar, where he’d be fortified with pop and potato chips—all the essential elements of any wellbalanced meal. His system had, over time, adjusted quite well to such a diet, and many an evening meal was based wholly on nutrients like these. By consensus among the three adults, the first stop of the night was to be the German Club down on the south side of town. Cliff was a member. He liked the people, the prices and the atmosphere and, as a result, over the course of many years, he’d become a loyal and frequent customer. After all, the club

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Designated Driver was active in the community, and for this reason alone it deserved his unf lagging and generous support. Perched at the bar of this place, t he men cou ld comfor tably engage in the relaxed camaraderie so essential to establishing the proper mood for searching minds to explore the true meaning and higher purpose of life. Ahem! Yes, of course. While Cliff was whip smart and usually the first to urge the discussions into new directions and deeper levels, it was D.O. who, after the second round of boilermakers, sug ge sted t hey move dow n t he street four blocks to a place called The Sons of Italy. He’d mumbled something about his creative juices flowing better where bartenders answered to names like Luigi or Guido. “That’s a private club,” said Cliff. “Yeah,” D.O. said, “and so is this.” “But I’m a member here,” Cliff countered. D.O. thought about this as he reached across to grab a handful of peanuts from the bowl in front of the man next to him at the bar. He’d been glancing hungrily at the bowl since they first took seats, and after two rounds of boilermakers his will to resist had evaporated. “I’m a member,” he said to Cliff as he tossed a handful of nuts into his mouth. “You are?”

“Hell, yes, I am,” he harrumphed before draining his beer mug. “I’m a member of the United States Marine Corps. How about you, Eddie? You a member?” “Damn straight, I’m a member. I’m a member of the U.S. Navy.” “Excuse me, sir,” the man on the other side of D.O. said, “I paid for that bowl of nuts.” “I know you did,” said D.O. as he grabbed another fistful. “You did a good job, and I appreciate it.” And with that, he leaned over, curled his hand around the side of the bowl and carefully slid it along the top of the bar until it was more or less beyond the man’s reach and now in front of Cliff. Eddie instantly leaned in to grab a handful. Cliff glanced down the bar toward the man next to D.O., but the fellow refused to make eye contact ~ at least directly. Instead he glared st ra ig ht a he ad i nto t he m i r ror behind the bar. It was difficult to determine the object of his focus, but there could be little doubt he was shooting ref lected daggers at one of the three of them. The bartender, cleaning a beer mug with a wet rag, looked at D.O. “You want me to put those nuts on your tab, soldier?” “Hell, no! Didn’t you hear the man say he paid for this bowl of nuts already? You running some kind of scam here, charging twice for the same nuts? A nd another thing ~ don’t ever call me a sol-


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Designated Driver dier. I’m a Marine, a United States Marine.” Eddie caught the bartender’s eye and held his attention. “He’s touchy about that.” “Not touchy,” D.O. complained. “Just proud.” “See what I mean?” Eddie mumbled as he shrugged and gave the bartender a bemused glance. The bartender carefully set the glass down on the counter behind the bar, then turned toward Cliff. “How about you, Cliff? You paying for the nuts?” “Stand down, D.O.,” Cliff said as he shoved the bowl back down the length of the bar to its original position. Cliff’s left hand clamped dow n on the top of D.O.’s r ight shou lder. “ Ta ke it e a s y, ok ay? Barry, hey Barry,” he motioned to the bartender. “Tab, please.” Then he turned to Eddie. “I’ll settle this check. You and D.O. head outside with Billy and have him warm up the car.” Cliff motioned again to the bartender. “Barry, put Billy’s pop and chips on there, too.” “Jesus, D.O.,” Cliff said a minute later as he slipped into the front seat of the idling car. “You and Eddie are heading back out in a week, but I’ve got to live in this town. Keep that in mind, will you?” When they rolled up in front of The Sons of Italy, Cliff turned in his seat. “Now listen, guys. Like I said,

this is a private club. Members have a key. We’re not members. So when we knock on the door, we’ll request they make a temporary allowance, you know, a one-time exception to the rules on account of you being home from the war. Got it?” “Sounds good to me,” Eddie said. “D.O.?” “Whatever works.” “Let me do the talking,” Cliff continued. “They probably know me.” Clif f thumped shar ply on the front door. It was the kind with a peep hole where the security doorman inside slides an attachment to one side to see who is knocking. Any knock on the door was a cause of some suspicion inside the establishment since members had keys to freely admit themselves. D.O., in his Mar ine unifor m, stood slightly behind and just off Cliff’s left shoulder. Eddie, dressed in Navy whites, occupied a similar position but to Cliff ’s right. The boys in uniform were braced for action. Billy brought up the rear to one side and, as instructed, stayed out of range of the peep hole. “Who is it?” a demanding voice boomed from inside. “Cliff James.” A pause during which Cliff glanced quickly at D.O. “Are you a member?” The voice that had moved to just behind the door sounded irritated and suspicious. “Open the door,” Cliff said with authority. “I can explain.”


A heav y deadbolt slapped into the open position. A moment later, a burly man with a tattoo on his muscular right bicep pulled the door half way open. His six-foot bulk f illed the door f rame. His eyes were red, his face bearded. He looked like a grizzly. “I asked if you were members,” he growled. “No,” Cliff said, “but these boys are home from the war, and we just…” “C a n’t c ome i n u n le ss you’re a member,” he cut Cliff off. D.O. stiffened. “Look, pal,” Cliff said. “We’re requesting that you…” “I’m not your pal, and I said you can’t come in unless…” But before the bouncer could complete his sentence, D.O. had heard enough. The next thing Cliff knew, D.O. throttled the guy by the collar, dragged him f lailing through the door frame, executed a judo-like move and hurled him down the front steps. As he stumbled out of control, the man’s head bounced off a wood column before he crashed into the sidewalk. Bi l ly ’s eyes went big, a nd he f lew into the excited frenzy of a practiced shadowboxing routine. He was bobbing and weaving in the light of the moon when, an instant later, he looked up to see a second hulking man charging through the door way, but Eddie sw ung into action, making quick work of him. Now two Sons of Italy doormen 161

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Designated Driver were lying stunned and bleeding on the sidewalk, where their groans were soon obscured by the shouts of more men rushing toward the door from inside. But, once again, D.O. stepped up and uncorked a wicked straight right, dropping the first attacker like a sack of wet sand. (Did I mention that at 185 pounds of sinew y musculature, D.O. Davies was one of the toughest street fighters in Wester n Pennsylvania?) Seeing t wo b ou nc er s s pr aw le d ac r o s s the sidewalk and one of their own moaning in a crumpled heap on the f loor, the club members were suddenly overcome by a wave of c ol le c t ive c aut ion a nd de c ide d that inasmuch as discretion was sometimes the better part of valor, they would let these fine gentlemen speak their peace. “ No w l i s t e n!” D.O. s ho u t e d . “K e ep t h i s up a nd we’ l l go a l l night. Me and Eddie here, we been fightin’ Japs out in the Pacific to protect your sorry asses, and if we want to have a peaceful drink in The Sons of Italy, then rules or no rules, we’re going to have a peaceful drink in The Sons of Italy. Is that understood?” Fists raised, he and Eddie planted themselves shoulder to shoulder. “Any more objections?” Yes, of course, it was perfectly understood. Naturally, the rules could be temporarily waived for a

good cause. And no, there were no more objections. At least not until one of the members pointed to Billy and said, “Hey, wait a minute, he’s too young to come in here.” “No, he’s not,” Cliff said. “But he’s underage,” the bartender protested. “We’ll lose our license.” “No, you won’t. You only serve him orange pop.” “A n d a l a r g e b a g o f p o t a t o chips,” Billy chimed in. “Wise potato chips,” he added as he danced around like a prize fighter throwing left jabs at the air. In what seemed like no time at all, Billy was seated at his very own table with a cold bottle of orange pop, but a disappointingly small bag of potato chips. He was hungry and hadn’t eaten dinner that night. Since D.O. and Eddie only had a limited amount of leave time, his father felt it was important that they get started in the afternoon—a few hours earlier than normal. And besides, Cliff had to conserve funds for the long night of bar tabs that lay ahead. And as he looked up to see the familiar back of his father f lanked by his older cousin D.O. and his best friend’s oldest brother Eddie Doran, he thought to himself that these places were all pretty much the same. The German Club, the Rainbow Gardens, the Dewdrop Tavern, even the Travelers Inn ~ he’d sat at his very own table in all



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Designated Driver of them with a bottle of pop and a bag of chips in the cool darkness listening to the men standing at the bar ~ their tales and laughter, their anger and shouts. There were other places, too, a long list of them, but these were the ones he frequented most often with his dad and his dad’s friends. And sometimes just with his dad. His friends were always crowding around with questions: What was it like inside? Did they let him sit at the bar? Was there a jukebox inside and would it take Indian nickels? Did they have beer on tap and from bottles, and what did Iron Cit y beer taste like? How about

Schlit z or Duquesne? Now he’d have a new one, The Sons of Italy Club, to add to his list of places to describe. The only folks who never asked were his older friends over on Croton Ave. at Bob Boyd’s motorcycle shop. That’s because they’d seen the inside of every bar and tavern strung out between New Castle and Youngstown, Ohio. They didn’t need to ask questions. They knew all the answers. Billy was shifting through the gears of his dad’s ’37 Chevy heading for the next bar when out of the car radio speaker came an instantly recognizable voice. It was Tommy Dorsey’s Band with Frank Sinatra out front on vocals crooning “This Love of Mine.”

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“You know how Sinatra learned breath control?” Cliff asked. He s e eme d s udde n l y e xc ite d , a nd before anyone could respond, he answered his own question. “By watching Tommy Dorsey play the trombone. That’s how.” “I heard you used to play piano with Dorsey’s band,” Eddie said. “Is that right, Cliff?” “That’s right.” “When?” D.O. wanted to know. “A long time ago. Back before he hit big on the national scene.” “Like when?” “Late twenties. Early thirties.” “Do you miss it?” “Hell, yes, I miss it,” Cliff said. “But there’s no sense dwelling on it.” Five minutes later, they all piled

out of the car and Cliff led the way up the sidewalk to the next establishment. He placed his hand on the doorknob but paused, turned to his friends and said, “Okay, gentlemen. No arguments, no fights, no trouble. Billy, you got any questions?” “Just one, Dad. Can I switch from potato chips to peanuts?” Cliff James and his wife have been Easton residents since September 2009. Upon winding down his business career out west, they decided to return to familial roots in the Mid-Atlantic area and to finally get serious about their twin passions: writing and art.

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Caroline County A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at 167

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Academy Art Museum, Easton. On view will be Rubens’ Agrippina and Germanicus, c. 1614, and other works. Curator Tour on May 8 at noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

Every Thurs.-Sat. Amish Country Farmer’s Market in Easton. An indoor market offering fresh produce, meats, dairy products, furniture and more. 101 Marlboro Ave. For more info. tel: 410-822-8989.

T h r u Ju ly 5 E x hibit ion: R ay Turner ~ Population at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Ray Turner began painting the portraits that comprise Population in 2007. Curator Tour on May 8 at noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

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June Calendar Art Museum, Easton. In 2013 the Museum received a donation of 45 works on paper by Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru July 19 Exhibition: Carol Minarick ~ Beowulf and A Series-That-Is-Not-A-Series at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Not believ ing in preplanning or sketching, Minarick allows materials ~ from stones to tar paper ~ to emerge in new configurations. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru July 19 Exhibition: Rosemary Cooley ~ World View at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Rosemary Cooley’s artistic vision, which she translates into the world of printmaking, has been shaped by traveling and living in Asia, Africa, and South A mer ic a. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Feb. 2016 Exhibit: A Broad Reach ~ 50 Years of Collecting at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Artifacts ranging from gilded eagles to a

Odyssey II by Rosemary Cooley sailmaker’s sewing machine, a log-built bugeye to an intimate scene of crabpickers. Entry to the exhibition is free for Museum members and children under 6, or $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children 6-17. For more info. tel; 410-745-2916 or visit 1 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 1-13 National Music Festival at Washington College, Chestertown. The National Music Festival brings together world-class



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1-30 Working Artists Forum Memorial Art Show at Heron Point of Chestertown. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more info. tel: 410778-3224.

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1,3 ,8,10,1 5 ,17, 22 , 24 , 29 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit 1,8,15,22,29 Monday Night Trivia at t he Ma rke t S t r e e t P ubl ic House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a fun-filled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 2 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at U M Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410822-1000 or visit shorehealth. org. 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25,30 Adult Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit



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2,16 Grief Support Group at the D or c he s ter C ou nt y L i br a r y, Cambridge. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 2- Ju ly 7 Class: Head Draw ing F u nda ment a ls w it h inst r uc t o r P a t r i c k Me e h a n a t t h e Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. $195 members, $225 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit 2-31 Exhibit: Water ~ Moving by Pegg y Fleming at the Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Fleming’s show of abstract photographs

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3-7 Avante-Garde Art Exhibit at the Kent Island Federation of Arts, Stevensville. Reception on June 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. with light refreshments. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-643-7424. 3,10 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 3,10,17,24 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: or 410-463-0148.

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with a group. Limited instruction available. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 4 The Four Seasons Garden Club to hold the District I Flower Show, Living Life Large, at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury. 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-944-9261 or 302-235-1462. 4 Concer t: New Sweden in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 4-July 9 Class: Head Painting with Patrick Meehan at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. $185 members, $215 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

4,11,18,25 Dog Walking with Vicki A r ion at Ad k ins A rboret um, R idgely. 10 to 10:45 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 4,11,18,25 Cambridge Main Street Farmers Market from 3 to 6 p.m. More than 20 vendors sell locally grown and made products from mid-May to mid-October at the beautiful Long Wharf Park at the end of historic High Street. For more info. e-mail

4-July 9 Class: Figure Drawing w it h Pat r ic k Me eh a n at t he Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $195 members, $225 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit 4,11,18,25 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 184

4,11,18,25 Open Mic & Jam at R AR Brewing in Cambridge. 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443225-5664. 5-July 31 National Inv itational Show at the 717 Galler y in Easton, featuring invited artists from across the country. Reception on June 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-241-7020. 5 Monthly Cof fee and Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10. For more info. tel:

410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 5 First Friday in downtown Easton. Th roug hout t he e ven i ng t he ar t galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 3rd a n nua l Hig h He el R ac e t hrough dow ntow n Berlin to support breast cancer awareness. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-5487880 or visit

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June Calendar 5 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Maple Elementary School, Egypt Rd., Cambridge. Refreshments provided. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978. 5 Concert: David Mayfield Parade at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 5 Comedian Ben Rosen in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 5-6 Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference. The annual conference theme is Freedom, Family, Faith & Community: Unsung Heroes of the Underground Railroad. The 2-day symposium includes opportunities for loc a l tou r s of site s a ssociated w ith Tubman and the Underground Railroad. For a schedule of events visit 5-7 Exhibit: Martha Hudson Retrospective at the Academy Art Museum, Easton, in conjunction with the St. Michaels Art League. Many of Martha’s patrons have graciously loaned paintings from their collections to make this

Martha Hudson exhibit available to the public. These paintings were completed from the mid-1960s until a few years before her death. Martha was known for her paintings of landscapes, wildlife and marine subjec t s. O pen i ng re c ept ion from 5 to 7 p.m. 5-7 Bayside Quilters “A Garden of Quilts” quilt show at the Oxford Community Center. Along with the show there will be a boutique of quilted items for sale. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton.



June Calendar 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2 49 0 or v i sit pa ss por 5,12,19,26 Friday Morning DropIn Art Classes for children at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. $30 per session includes all materials and a tour of museum exhibits. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 5,12,19,26 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer

Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 5,19 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #2 43 . 9 a .m. I n for m at ion a l meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 6 Neavitt Flea Market from 8 a.m. to noon. 20 tables of antiques, books, furniture, sports items and housewares. For more info. tel: 410-745-9127. 6 Kids Fishing Derby from 8:30

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a.m. to noon at Blackwater National Wildlife Ref uge, Cambirdge. For more info. tel: 410901-6124. 6 Youth Fishing Derby at Turner’s Creek Park, Kennedyville. 9 a.m. to noon. Join with area businesses, organizations and volunteers to teach children how to fish. Prizes, free lunch and goodie bags. Registrations required. For more info. tel: 410-778-1948 or visit 6 Photography Soup & Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take a morning photo wa lk w ith Josh Taylor to learn pointers on capturing stunning landscapes and colorful close-up images. Then enjoy the Arboretum’s signature Soup ′n Walk fare for lunch. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 6 Secret Gardens of Oxford Tour through eight beautiful gardens in historic Oxford. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15 early or $20 on day of tour. For more info. tel: 410-2265799 or e-mail nicholshouse@ 6 Plein Air Painting event at the Kent Island Federation of Arts, Stevensville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-643-7424. 189

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June Calendar 6 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 6 26th annual Strawberry Festival and Craf t Show at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. There will be loads of strawberries, good food, music and crafts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 6,20,27 Clean Water Concert Series on Harrison St., Easton. 7 to

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For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit 6,1 3 , 20, 27 Ea ston’s Fa r mer’s Ma rket held e ver y Sat u rd ay until Chr istmas f rom 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Town parking lot on N. Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Easton Farmer’s Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. tel: 410-253-9151 or visit 6,13,20,27 St. Michaels FRESHFARM Market from 8:30 to 11:30

6,13,20,27 Historic High Street Walking Tour ~ Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Onehour walking tours are sponsored by the non-prof it West End Citizens Association and are accompanied by Colonial-garbed docents. 11 a.m. Fee. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000.


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June Calendar 6,13,20,27 Skipjack Sail aboard the Nathan of Dorchester from 1 to 3 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $30, children 6-12 $10. Reservations online at or tel: 410228-7141. 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday morning to 4 p.m. Sunday a f ter noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard.

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7 Italy’s Republic Day 2 cooking class at Two if by Sea in Tilghman. Watch and taste as celebrity chef Henry Miller prepares a 7-course meal from around the world. $35 includes food and beverage. For more info. tel: 410-886-2447 or visit 7 C onc er t: The Wa i ler s at t he Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 7-21 30t h a n nua l Che sape a ke C h a m b e r Mu s i c Fe s t i v a l i n E a s ton. Th i s ye a r ’s Fe s t iva l season kicks off with a celebratory event, “Celebrate 30,” on Friday, June 5 at the Tidewater

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June Calendar Inn in Easton. Guests will enjoy a c abaret-st yle evening w it h live music, hors d’oeuvres and spirits. On Sunday, the Festival begins its t wo -week r un, offering six concerts, five Artist Showcases, and two rehearsals open to the public at no charge. For more info. on venues, etc. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit 9 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the Native Flute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227.

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9,23 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 10 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more i n fo. e -ma i l r vanemburgh@ 10 Concert: Steve Poltz in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 10,24 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 10,24 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 10-11 Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Individuals and families with children over age 12 are welcome to participate and learn the basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland wa-


745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ 11 Family Unplugged Games: Board games and fun educational children’s games for all ages at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Children 5 and under must by accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit terways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. Pre-registration is required. 6 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit

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10-Aug. 30 Boat Rental Program at the Chesapeake Bay Marit i me Mu seu m, St. Michael s. Wednesdays through Sundays. Hourly rates are $30 for sailing vessels and $20 for rowing vessels for non-members, with a $10 hourly discount given to CBMM members. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -


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June Calendar that are Ravishing Your Health at the Talbot County Free Library, E a s ton. Joyc e Wa l l ac e , R N, Integrative Health Coach, help you select foods to optimize your health and shares tips for maintaining new habits. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 11 Concert: Nellys Echo in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 11,18,25 Thursday Memoir Writers at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 12 Forest Music featuring the Mana Saxophone Quartet at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 12 Chestertown Blues Concert at the Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 8 p.m. Featuring nat iona l tour ing ar t ists. For more info. tel: 443-480-1987 or visit 12,13 Pit Barbecue at the Linkwood

Salem VFC in Linkwood. 10 a.m. until... Eat in or carry out. For more info. tel: 410-221-0169. 12,26 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at VFW Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. Meeting to help vets find services and information. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 13 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2287331 or visit dorchesterlibrary. org. 13 Art Mart at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to the general public. Cash and carry. The Museum’s Art Mart is a day to sell (or buy) gently used art products. If you are selling, you can rent a table for $20. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit 13 Second Saturday Nursery Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 3 p.m. Explore the tremendous diversity of plant material at the Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery with Eric Wittman. $5 for non-members, free for members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org.



June Calendar 13 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith a r t i s t s a s t he y demon s t r ate their work. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit 13 Second Saturday in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants will feature live music. For more info. visit cambridgemainstreet. com.

13 Federalsburg Historical Society annual Art Show and Sale from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Federalsburg Area Heritage Museum. Local artists will be featured, along with refreshments and music. $10. For more info. tel: 410 754-8974. 13 The Baltimore Improv Group in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 13,27 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist Churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of

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June Calendar “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 14 Eagleman Triathlon through Dorchester County, beginning and ending at Great Marsh Park, Cambridge. To volunteer, or for more info. tel: 443-786-0059 or visit events/americas/ironman70.3/ eagleman. 14 Pancake Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410226-5110.

14 Skipjack Sail aboard the Nathan of Dorchester from 1 to 2 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Reservations online at or tel: 410-228-7141. 14 Movie: Potomac ~ The River Runs Through Us at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 p.m. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 15 Work shop: Stop Senior E xploitation at the Talbot Senior Center, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lectures to educate the community about the risks and vulnerabilities that our seniors face. Sponsored by Talbot Bank, the State Health Insurance Prog r a m, Home I n s te ad S en ior Care, Talbot County Department

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of Social Ser v ices, the Mar yland Insurance Administration, Candle Light Cove and Memory Care. Free but registration required. For more info. tel: 410822-2869.

15 Library Book Group Discussion: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Edgar Award nominee, at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit

15 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress. Limited instruction available for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

16 Film: Glen Campbell “I’ll Be Me” at the Avalon Theatre, Easton.

15 Family Summer Crafts for children 8 and older at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

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June Calendar D o or op en s at 6 p.m., show begins at 6:30 p.m. The f ilm documents this amazing journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Glen’s progressing Alzheimer’s using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice. Proceeds to benefit the expansion services at the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Memory Clinic at Bayleigh Chase (formerly William Hill Manor). $25. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 17 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 18 Meeting: Stroke Survivors Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190.

18 Jim Gill in concert at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2 p.m. Music and movement for children. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 18 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. 18 Comedian Jason Saenz in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 19 Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128. 19-21 Antique and Classic Boat Festival at the Chesapeake Bay

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June Calendar Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Wooden classics, vintage race boats, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats come to the Museum. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS). Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. visit antique-classic-boat-festival/. 19 -21 The A r t s at Nav y Poi nt featuring more than 70 juried maritime artists and craftsmen

at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The Arts at Nav y Point features nautical- and maritime-related oil and watercolor paintings, sculptures, scrimshaw, photographs, wildlife carvings, jewelry, boat models and more. Open during the A ntique and Classic Boat Festival. For more info. v isit C he sapea keBay ACB or 20 AAUW (American Assoc. of University Women) bus trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. $110 with lunch on your own. Bus will leave Easton at 8 a.m. and leave Baltimore at 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-820-5607.

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June Calendar 20 Juneteenth ~ The Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Academy Art Museum sponsor a celebration of Emancipation Day and the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and ref lect on the common ideals that we share as a community. For a schedule of events v isit f rederickdouglasshonorsociet or tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 20 Nature-Inspired Writing Workshop by the Eastern Shore Writer’s Association at Evergreen - A Center for Balanced Living in

Easton. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $25 for ESWA/Evergreen members and $35 for non-members. Seating is limited. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 20 Introduction to Online GIS Workshop with Cathy Cooper at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 p.m. Workshop participants will do hands-on activities in an online geographic information system (GIS). Br i ng you r laptop, or tell librarian you would like to borrow one. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit

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June Calendar 20 Crabcake and soft crab sandwich sale at the Salvation Army in Cambridge. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandwiches are $6 each, drinks available. For more info. tel: 410228-2442. 20 Osprey Paddle with the Sultana Education Foundation on the Chester R iver. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $30 per person, no children under 12. Expedition costs are $30 per person and kayaks, paddles and lifejackets are provided. For more info. tel: 410-778-4531 or visit public-paddles/.

20 Lecture: Plants for Pollinators w it h Lisa Winters at Ad k ins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Winters will discuss her favorite plants to attract butterflies, bees, beetles, and others. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit

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Library, Easton. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 20 Pink Ribbon Fest to support breast cancer awareness at Layton’s Chance Winery in Vienna. 4 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-548-7880 or visit

22-26 Kid’s Summer Camp at the Kent Island Federation of Arts, Stevensv ille. 9 a.m. to noon. Each day a different artist will

20 Concer t: Bruit w ith special guest Sarah Hughes in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 22 LEGO Free Build for ages 6 and older at the Talbot County Free

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June Calendar teach techniques for ages 7 to 14. Space is limited. For more info. tel: 410-643-7424. 22-26 Petite Players Summer Camp at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. For students entering K-2. 9 a.m. to noon. Performance is June 26 at noon. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit 23 Writers Read Live at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 1 p.m. Authors will read from and discuss their work. Included: Bill Gourgey, Glor y

Aiken, Jerry Sweeney, and Brent Lewis. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 23 CBMM Eco Cruise aboard the Winnie Estelle w ith Director of Education Kate Livie at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit 23 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.

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The Little Red Cottage That Could!

In the heart of Oxford’s historic district and living way larger than it lets on from the outside, this enchanting home features several comfortable living spaces, a separate dining room, screened front porch, master suite with tiled bathroom and Jacuzzi tub, and three additional bedrooms. But wait ~ there’s more! Garage is connected to a studio space and sits just off the fenced stone and brick patio area ~ perfect for an al fresco get-together. With a history as an income-producing vacation rental you’ll quickly see that this property is both an excellent investment and a place to call home. Offered at $649,000.

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June Calendar 23 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a st c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 24 Red Cross Training: The Pillowcase Project at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. For children 5 to 8 accompanied by an adult. Children learn about disaster preparedness in a fun, constr uctive way. Sponsored by t he A mer ic a n Red Cross. Pre-registration is required. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit


25 Meet Choo Choo Blue from the B&O Railroad Museum at the Ta lbot C ou nt y Free L ibra r y, Easton. For children ages 2 to 6 accompanied by an adult. Free tickets are required for this program. Shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 25-Nov. 20 Exhibit: The Unseen Chesapeake ~ Capt uring the Bay’s Wild, Forgotten Landscapes by Jay Fleming at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Opening reception for members only will begin at 5:30 p.m., general public invited at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit


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Hambleton Meadows - Immaculate 4 BR, 2.5 BA Colonial on 2± ac. Large master suite with Jacuzzi tub and walkin closet. Open floor plan w/formal LR & DR, huge kitchen and very private screened porch. A must see! $339,000.

Impeccable 4th floor unit overlooking Shoal Creek. 2 BR, 2BA in the condos at Rivermarsh. Surrounded by golf course, nature trails and access To Choptank River and beach. $259,000.

Pristine Country Cape! 2+ acres w/ golf course view. 3 BRs. Close to town, renovated kitchen, family room with fireplace, large front porch & private rear deck. $280,000

Lodgecliffe, circa 1898, is a gracious waterfront home on the Choptank River. Successful B&B w/spectacular broad westerly views. 5 BR, 5.5 BA wonderfully restored home on 1.5 acres. $750,000.

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June Calendar 26 Read to Latte, a certified therapy dog at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit 26 Friday Film at One O’Clock featuring Big Hero 6 at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

27 Oysters and Indians Paddle with the Sultana Education Foundation at Still Pond Creek. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $30 per person, no children under 12. Expedition costs are $30 per person and kayaks, paddles and lifejackets are provided. For more info. tel: 410-778-4531 or v isit s

26 Concert: Black Dog Alley in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

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27 27th annual Cardboard Boat Race to benefit Maryland Special Olympics along The Strand in Oxford. The event is free to the public. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with first race beginning at 11 a.m. For more info. visit or e-mail

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Charming Victorian in Newcomb Village This renovated 3 bedroom, 3½ bath is ideally situated between Easton and St. Michaels. Enjoy the peaceful setting, water views of Oak Creek and the nearby amenities that this quaint waterfront village offers. Home also features a separate apartment above the 2-car garage. $349,000.

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27-28 Miles River Yacht Club 4th of July log canoe racing series. 29-July 2 Oil Painting Outdoors in Plein Air! with Diane DuBois Mullaly for ages 12+ at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Daily from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $125 members, $135 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit

tival opens at 11 a.m. Music in the Park begins at noon. Enjoy crabs fresh from the Bay, local music, crab race, vendors and much more. For more info. visit

29-July 3 Curtain Call - the Avalon Theatre Summer Camp for students entering grades 5-8. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Performance on July 3. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

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Breathtaking historic masterpiece just steps from downtown Easton. Meticulously & completely restored with every modern convenience. This spectacular home is a must see for anyone who wants to enjoy the very best of downtown living. Oversized corner lot with off-street parking and room for an approved carriage house or garage. Visit $1,295,000


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Teens: Intro to Adobe Photoshop with Garnette Hines at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For ages 10 to 13. 10 a.m. to noon. $115 members, $125 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

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29-July 3 Class: Digital Illustration with Garnette Hines at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For ages 10 to 13. 1 to 3 p.m. $115 members, $125 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit

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Watch the sunrise over your deeded deep water boat slip in Bachelor Point Harbor and the sunset with horizon views over the broad Choptank River. This spectacular Oxford property delivers the very best of Eastern Shore living along with town water, sewer and services. Fantastic attention to detail and quality throughout, including an awardwinning kitchen and compelling views from every area of the home. Visit $3,795,000

A spectacular 30+ acre country estate that embodies the laid back spirit of the Eastern Shore. Featuring a sprawling Dutch Colonial, a four-car garage with guest quarters above, waterside pool and deep water dock. Sunset views over Plaindealing Creek and long southern views toward Oxford. Visit $3,195,000


Controversie or The Isaac Atkinson House Handsome, perfectly maintained residence on Miles River tributary, minutes from Easton and St. Michaels. Private 4.9 acre site with mature trees, flowering shrubs and a profusion of perennial flowers. Dock with sailboat anchorage and lift for power boat. Southern exposure with about 500’ of stable shoreline. Telescope residence dates to the mid 18th century with a substantial ca. 1800 addition. History available. House sensitively modernized with central a/c, updated kitchen, deluxe master bath, family room and office wing addition. First story bedroom. $1,895,000

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