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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 67, No. 1

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June 2018

Features: About the Cover Artist: Lee Boulay-D’Zmura . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Vanishing Islands: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 South America & Antarctica ~ (Part 3): Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . 31 A Tour of Talbot County in 1845: James Dawson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Nicknames: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Changes ~ The Man Project (Part 2 of 4): Roger Vaughan . . . . . . 153 My First Building Boom: John Carroll. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman ~ Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Caroline County ~ A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 June Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Artist Lee Boulay-D’Zmura

Talbot County artist Lee Boulay D’Zmura is an award-winning botanical artist whose experience as a landscape architect enriches her watercolors. Having retired from teaching at the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art, she now teaches botanical art workshops at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely. Knowledge of plants and attention to detail are skills needed in both art and architecture. The transition from design to botanical painting was a natural extension of her knowledge and love of plants. Her watercolors are an attempt to capture the beauty and delicacy of individual specimens with botanical accuracy. The fine detail in her paintings is, in part, the result of years of technical drawing. Botanical art is the union of art and science. It is the artistic interpretation of a plant that captures the essence of the subject with botanical accuracy. It is a creative form that has evolved over thousands of years, arising from man’s need to identify plants and their uses and maturing into an art form in an information age. D’Zmura is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region, the Working Artists Forum and the St. Michaels Art League.

Petunia Her work was recently published in American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, has been exhibited at the United States Botanic Gardens and is in collections throughout the country. Lee’s current show, Wabi Sabi will be on view at Adkins Arboretum from June 5 through July 28. It explores the natural cycles of growth and decay in plants. Locally, her work can be seen at The Trippe Gallery in Easton. The cover picture is of a radish (Raphanus sativus).

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Vanishing Islands by Helen Chappell

makes up most of the southern part of the county. You turn on DeCoursey Bridge Road and pass the DeCoursey Bridge. In spite of the late spring this year, fishermen are out, hoping to catch some perch or sunnies. On the power lines overhead, trails of gear hang like Spanish moss, memories of bad casting that have hung there for as many years as I’ve been traveling this road. I’ve made drawings of those dangling hooks, lines and sinkers for one of my books. I wave to the fishermen as I roll down the road past the last of the

To get to Elliott’s Island the back way, you turn off Route 50 and follow a series of two-lane blacktops. You go out past the trailer park on Bucktown, past the airport and over the railroad tracks. Gradually, the suburbs of Cambridge thin out until you pass a farmhouse here and there, and fields of winter wheat and stands of hardwood. You head on past a road named Indian Bone (for reasons I have never discovered). Now you are at the edge of the Great Dorchester Marsh ~ that vast and increasing wetland that

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Vanishing Islands high ground and into Greenbriar Swamp. Once upon a time, there was a town here, with a store and post office, but it’s sunk into the soft ground. Like everything else down here, tide, rising water tables and wind have gently sunk this peninsula. Even the skeletons of the abandoned houses are gone now, although there was a time when you could see them hidden in the trees. Traveling the twists and turns in the road, and through the woods, there’s no sign of people or houses. An abandoned church, the graveyard full of long-forgotten dead on the high ground on the other side of the road, looms out of the woods. After a while, you come to Henry’s crossroads and a village. There, you turn and head out to Elliott’s Island. At first, there’s some high ground and hardwood, then gradually the landscape turns to dying pine and open marsh. The road to Elliott’s Island is more like a causeway between the Nanticoke and Fishing Bay. Savannah Lake,

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Vanishing Islands once a contained body of water, has merged with the Nanticoke River, and fresh water has now turned brackish and salty. Sometimes the winding road twists and doubles back on itself to take advantage of every piece of high ground, though the tide will still wash up over the asphalt. If it’s so deep you can’t see the lines in the road, you get out and take a look to make sure your car can make it without stalling out. In storms and spring tides, the road can sometimes be impassible, leaving the village of Elliott’s Island stranded for a day or so, unless you come and go by boat.

It’s here in this open marsh that this place becomes magical for me. It’s a drive I take when I need to think, or get away, or just appreciate the beauty of f lat, sinking land and wildlife. It’s neither land nor water, but something in between. Sometimes, but not often, you’ll pass a truck going the other way

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scattered population of the island is only about 64 souls, including weekenders. Having spent a childhood being eaten alive by blackflies and mosquitoes, I’m not anxious to repeat the experience. But the islanders seem to, if not love it, at least endure it for the beauty and isolation of the island. Cross over the bridge, and you’re in the sparse village of Elliott’s Island. Once you move here, you are automatically a member of the Volunteer Fire Department, and every resident has a key to the firehouse. De Harrison, whose parents Bill and Betty were friends of mine, has opened an old store on weekends. It’s her retirement project. While she doesn’t sell milk and bread, what De has is a wonderland of antiques, junk, odds-and-ends and all kinds of treasures called the Upper Store. People are starting to come out to the store as a destination, after they’ve seen the Harriet Tubman Visitor Center and toured Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. I’m sure, as they brush the mosquitoes and flies off their faces, they wonder how anyone could live out here. And yet people do, and love it. I’m going to visit one of my friends who wouldn’t live anywhere else. Head on past Miss Nora’s Store, once the subject of a famous PBS documentary but now closed for years, Miss Nora Foxwell having gone to her eternal rest, but immor-

and you’ll wave. But today, I see no one, just the hunting lodges boarded up for the season, and the sad deserted places on the bits of high ground. There used to be islands out on the marsh ~ Green’s Island, Grey’s Island, Snake Island. People lived out there, wresting a living from the water. But those islands have sunk, too, and not even the skeletons of abandoned houses are there anymore. After a bit more driving, civilization begins to reappear: a new house, I am told, built by weekenders in the style of Key West bungalows. It doesn’t look like any house I’ve ever seen in the Keys, but be that as it may. It’s not that it’s done well or poorly, it’s that it’s done at all out here that is cause for comment. You see, in the summer, if you stopped in the middle of this marsh and got out of your car, you’d be covered in biting f lies and hungry mosquitoes. Literally covered. I made this mistake once, and only once. That’s probably why the

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P. Smith Rue. But I’m also here to visit a woman who has carved out a life for herself in this place. She’s devoted herself to chronicling the history of Dorchester, Cambridge, Elliott’s Island and now Holland Island. She says the people who knew these places back in the day are going, and their stories need to be preserved. She loves her life out here, and I envy her courage and determination to make this her home, and writing about these places her raison d’être. “I moved from D.C. to Elliott’s Island decades ago,” Ann says, “fleeing city life to a land where multi-tasking is an alien concept. I jumped without a parachute, after falling right in love with the islanders of my parents’ generation. I wanted a chance to live among them before it was too late. “Even today, the island is physically isolated, but life here had changed rapidly after WWII, when electric and telephone lines were run to the island and parts of the road from Vienna got paved. A bus started carrying children across the

talized as the keeper of a remarkable country store. Pass the ruins of the old post office and the well-kept Methodist church and cemetery full of Greys, Greens, Abbots and Walleyes ~ the major clans of the island. Turn down an oystershell road and knock on the door of author and island resident Ann M. Foley.

I’m here to talk to her about her latest book, Holland Island: Lost Atlantis of the Chesapeake, a book she wrote with collaborator

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Nora’s Store,” Ann recalls. “When I first began store-sitting, fresh from the city, I couldn’t follow much of anything ~ not the accent, nor the names of places, nor what alias attached to whom. Folks knew I made a living working in a crab house or driving a mosquito spray truck or whatever, but not about my writing sideline.” She still works as a substitute mail carrier, bringing the mail from the post office in Vienna out to the island. “I never intended to rock the boat by writing anything close to home, but I was so obviously fascinated with the local lore, an older guy called Dick said, ‘What are you doin’ here? The CIA must’ve sent you.’ Dick had worked ‘up on land’ for years and knew he’d grown up in a special time and place. He’s the one who always took time to clue me in well enough that I could follow the conversation. Wylie Abbott was another neighbor who took time to explain local life to me, and how things worked on the water. If the day was too windy for work, with prodding from the rest, Wylie held the floor in Nora’s.” Ann’s oral history of Wiley Abbot, Having My Say, was published in 2006. Wylie, the patriarch of the Abbot clan, was an outdoorsman and champion storyteller of the sort loved in country stores everywhere. He had quite a bit to say, and it’s a rich read about a time and place.

marsh, to schooling beyond seventh grade. Channel 16 came in a few hours every evening from Salisbury. “The older of my neighbors felt their isolated life ebbing away and wanted some memories of their old ways to survive them. They felt, as an Irish Blasket Islander said, ‘Our like will not be there again.’ Eventually they caused me to switch from freelancing magazine profiles to joining my neighbor Freddie Waller to chronicle the history of our home place.”

Thus was Elliott’s Island: The Land that Time Forgot was born. Together with the late Freddie Waller, a native, she compiled stories and collected photographs of a time past, and an era that will not come again, as the land sinks and suburbia creeps inexorably outward. Like a lot of regional writers, including this one, “I had received higher education sitting in Miss 22


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Both are rich with photographs and memories. “One thing I learned early on is that photos are worth much more than my deathless prose. I’ve often traveled with a laptop and scanner, to set up shop on someone’s kitchen table and copy family treasures inhouse.” Ann advises. Holland Island was drowned by the Chesapeake many years ago. Like Sharp’s and Poplar, it had villages, churches, stores and a thriving seafood industry. Bit by bit, it washed away. People put their houses on barges and carried them to high ground on the mainland. Churches and old graveyards sank beneath the waves. Eventually, all that was left was a gunning club, and that was the last to go. Many people will only be familiar with Holland Island because of a famous photograph of a house thrust up from the water, the home of pelicans. It was the last piece of the vanishing island to go, and was last used as a gunning lodge until it finally collapsed into the water. Even I know people whose families came from there, but the island itself is long gone. Recently, Ann gave a talk on her Holland Island book at the Talbot County Free Library, and many people spoke afterwards about how they, or their families, had come from the island. Clearly, Holland Island touches a memory alive today. “A former co-worker, P. Smith

“Freddie and I had spent five years in the ’90s researching The Land that Time Forgot,’” Ann recalls, “Digging in state archives and assorted museum libraries for scraps about Elliott’s Island ~ scraps that curators didn’t know they had. Now such records are digitalized and Google-able. In the words of my late local mechanic, Bill, I can keep ‘more meat on my tires.’ But there’s nothing like interviewing face-to-face, establishing mutual trust.” In 2002, she and Gloria Johnson Mansfield were commissioned by an historical publisher to produce Cambridge and Dorchester County, about the town and the county. 24


which faced waves building across the widest reach of Chesapeake Bay. Other portions weren’t yet threatened, but eastside families were eventually too few to sustain the church, stores and school. Those last islanders relocated in 1918. An overstatement held, ‘They loaded their houses aboard their boats and sailed whichever way the wind was blowing.’ Of course, disassembling a dwelling and relocating needed careful planning, but island families did indeed scatter. Their Victorian houses cluster today from Tilghman Island to Cambridge and on to Crisfield.” I once stayed in a house on Holland Island Sound that had been

Rue, has a soft spot for islands and for years clipped articles and collected photos from all the local islands. He showed up one day with the first of several cartons of clippings and asked if I would write about his collection. “I ultimately zeroed in on Holland Island and its people: their heartbreaking loss and their indomitable spirit. By that time, I felt qualified to attempt to do justice to the people of Holland Island. This year is the 100th anniversary of the dissolution of their community. Erosion gradually forced Holland Islanders to dismantle their homes and sail for the mainland, beginning with houses sited on the western ridge,

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barged across the water. The floors were never plumb again. For anyone who loves the history of this “gently sinking peninsula,’”as John Barth once described it to me, Ann Foley’s books are a great read and addition to any collection of Eastern Shore literature. More information on Ann’s work and signed/personalized copies are available at www.HollandIslandBook.com, where there is also a link to watch the 30-year-old video “Miss Nora’s Store.” The books are on sale at the historical societies of Kent and Dorchester counties, Easton’s News Center, Bay Country Shop in Cambridge, and online booksellers.

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South America and Antarctic Adventure (Part 3) Antarctica, The White Continent by Bonna L. Nelson We were about to begin the final leg of our journey, crossing the Drake Passage to Antarctica. This cruise was two years in the planning, and visiting the world’s last frontier, Antarctica, would be the highlight. Traversing the Drake Passage is considered an initiation rite for travelers as it is the only water route from South America to Antarctica.

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Antarctic Adventure In the Passage, water currents from the Atlantic and Pacific are squeezed between the land masses of South America and Antarctica. Temperature compounds the turbulence generated by the water pressure at this bottleneck. The warmer waters of the subpolar Atlantic and Pacific converge with the frigid polar Antarctic waters from the south, resulting in swells as high as 33 feet and cold gale-force winds. I made the mistake of watching too many YouTube videos of disastrous Passage crossings before we departed for our cruise. The worst was of a ship swaying from side to side over gigantic swells. People and furniture slid back and forth across a dining room while water flowed in under the ship’s doors. The videos were unsettling, but I reassured myself that I had survived the passage between Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand, and it is probably the second most volatile sea passage. A rmed w ith prescription motion sickness medication and sea

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were so excited about finally arriving in Antarctica that sleep did not come easily for us. We arose early, dressed warmly, grabbed cameras or cell phones, and headed out on deck to see what we could see. Quiet and still, except for the rumbles of moving, melting glaciers, the immense icy cathedral that is A ntarctica is f illed w ith worshippers ~ black, gray and white spectators lounging on the beaches and gliding into the sea. Multitudes of penguins, seals and whales occasionally interrupt the silence here on the bottom of the world. Our water-loving companions gave life to the imposing vastness. MickeyLive, our onboard naturalist, offered view ing and photography tips as he narrated our three-day excursion through the bay s, cha n nel s a nd st ra it s. He gave excellent daily lectures, and

bands on both wrists, I was ready to finally visit my seventh continent, Antarctica. Although we prepare for the worst, the Passage ~ though not calm ~ was not too bad. We had a moderately rough sail overnight, pitching and rolling with 15-foot swells. We did not roll out of bed or get seasick. The return trip across the Passage was not as friendly, but that’s another story. We rose early at the halfway point of the Drake (a two-day voyage) and enjoyed breakfast with a charming couple from India. We watched albatross and petrels circling the ship, and then we headed for the gym.

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Heav y white and gray clouds drooped down to touch the snowcovered mountains, glaciers and icebergs t hat sur rounded us. A soft light snow fell, and mist hung over the mountains in the distance. The summer temperature was in the low 30s. We had arrived, seen our f irst glaciers and icebergs, and it was spectacular. Pods of minke whales escorted us into the Schollart Channel, which is at the northernmost part of the continent. Chinstrap and gentoo penguins glided through the water at a distance, hunting krill. A humpback whale rose above the water, twisted and smashed its tail in greeting as it nose-dived back into the gray sea. Like our fellow travelers, we were

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miles, according to MickeyLive). It is a windswept, frozen, pristine wilderness, with ice thousands of feet thick cover ing the land. Humans could not easily settle in Antarctica’s harsh, frigid, inhospitable climate. It felt like we were on another planet. It looked like we were on another planet. There is such immensity that it is hard to comprehend. Wit h our fellow ex plorers on deck, there was a hush in the air ~ reverence, respect and awe. We felt a spiritual connection with nature. Brilliant white snow-covered mountains, glaciers and icebergs enveloped us. John took a photograph

speechless and overwhelmed by the remarkable beauty of the icescape. We were deep inside a wild, primordial scene, so rare that few people on earth are blessed to experience. The great w ilder ness st retched across five million square miles of icy terrain and jagged mountains ~ a sight like nowhere else on earth. A ntarctica has no indigenous p opu lat ion, no p ol it ic s a nd no economy. It covers almost 10 percent of the earth’s surface ~ making it 1.5 times the size of the United States (5.4 million square miles compared to 3.6 million square

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a closer look at the otherworldly grandeur surrounding us. In the center of our group, tears f lowed as a fellow passenger from Scotland played “A ma zing Grace” on his bagpipes. The music was so appropriate to the experience shared with fellow travelers from all over the world. We were together on the continent of peace and tranquility, owned by no one.

of the passengers leaning on the ship’s railing and framed against the mountains and glaciers. He thinks that photograph humanizes the scene without spoiling the majesty. All was silent. We were in nature’s church ~ a church that few people ever attend. Regulations established to protect the environment limit Antarctica travelers to approximately 40,000 per year. We only passed one other small ship during the three days of our voyage. We sailed out of the Schollart Channel, where the currents are strong enough to move icebergs, and on to Paradise Bay. Whalers sought refuge from storms there. Paradise Bay’s spectacular scenery included rugged mountains, mammoth glaciers and iceberg calves and f loes. Penguins and seals played on shore, on the icebergs and in the Bay, oblivious to the ship. The ship’s captain announced that he was opening the helicopter landing deck for travelers to get

We le a r ned t hat g lacier s a re composed of dense compressed ice accumulated from snow falling on Antarctica over millions of years. Since ice contains air and is less dense than water, glaciers can float. Glaciers constantly move under their own weight as gravity pulls them, scourging and grinding rocks and pebbles along the way toward the sea. Glaciers break at coastlines, a process called calving, and create icebergs that can break into smaller pieces called growlers and bergy bits. Glaciers cover Antarctic land and mountains and depress the land into the ocean with their weight. Amazing to me is the fact that 40


Peninsula. Most glaciers are white. Blue glaciers are the oldest, most compressed ice, and red contain areas of algae. Compressed ice appears blue because water molecules absorb other colors more efficiently than blue, and the old, compressed blue contains fewer air bubbles than white. The brilliant blue ice shimmers amid the luminous white ice of glaciers and icebergs.

Antarctic glacial ice is the largest reservoir of fresh water on earth, accounting for 75% of the world’s fresh water. Glacial mass changes are considered sensitive indicators of climate change and a major source of sea level rise. According to National Geographic scientists, Antarctica is undergoing significant warming, which is causing glaciers to retreat and shrink and large floating ice shelves to break apart. Polar ice keeps the planet at the right temperature, and 90% of the earth’s ice is in Antarctica. The continent is important for earth’s survival. Of the 500 named glaciers on the frozen continent, 195 distinct g lac ier s h ave b e en m app e d on the northern tip of the Antarctic

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ers (for the noise they sometimes make when trapped air escapes) and smaller, swirling ice chunks. Many Antarctica travelers are wildlife lovers and come to see the diversity of wildlife on Antarctica, including penguins, seals and marine creatures in addition to the ice structures. Penguins thrive in raucous colonies with thousands of birds. We mostly saw two-foot-tall chinstrap penguins, identified by their pink feet and a row of black feathers that runs like a strap under the chin. We also saw gentoo penguins, two feet tall, with orange feet and beaks. Penguins spend 75% of their time in the water porpoising for food such as krill, shrimp and squid. They swim at high speeds under water

Icebergs, the spawn of glaciers, fall along coasts where ice shelves and glaciers break off into the sea. John’s favorite sight in Antarctica was a blindingly white iceberg encasing a beautiful blue ice grotto. Generally, 10% of a large iceberg is visual above the sea. We spotted gargantuan bergs as well as smaller pieces of icebergs, bergy bits, growl-

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clouds ranging over ragged black mountains coated with snow. The heavy fog shrouding the island lifted by mid-morning. Elephant Island was named for its elephant-head shape and for the seals that live there. It is another favorite spot for humpbacks, minkes, chinstraps and gentoos. The crew of Sir Ernest Shackleton was stranded on Elephant Island in 1916 while the explorer went for help with five others after their ship became trapped in sea ice. He did return and saved every crew member. Antarctica is protected by the Antarctica Treaty System signed in 1961 by the 12 nations active in the region: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the former Soviet Union, the UK and the US. The treaty defines Antarctica as all of the land and ice shelves south of 60 degrees South latitude and preserves freedom for scien-

and are slow but smart on land. We watched chinstraps and gentoos sw imming toget her in a group, which we were told is a rare sight. We spot ted black a nd brow n A ntarctic f ur seals lounging on ice f loes and beaches. The tan and brown southern elephant seal, one of the largest seals we saw, has an island name after it. Though seals can be aggressive, we did not witness this behavior. Primary whale visitors included gigantic humpbacks breaching the sea around the ship with their attention-getting tails slapping the water. The smaller minke whales, with slender, torpedo-shaped bodies, were fast moving with a prominent dorsal fin and looked like large dolphins when viewed from the ship. Our last stop on our third day in Antarctica was Elephant Island, framed by leaden skies and low slate

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A Tour of Talbot County in 1845 Gleanings from the Country by Bob Random by James Dawson of Cambridge, beautiful in all that constitutes the true charms of village scenery; the stately elms and poplars throw their umbrageous shadows over the neatly painted wooden houses, while f lowers of varied hue and odor greet the eye and spread their grateful perfume on every side; everything denotes thrift, care, intelligence and refinement. Nor should I suppose that these appearances are conf ined to ‘the upper ten thousand,’ [Note: Now called the upper one percent. Some things don’t change.] as is the case in many other villages I have visited in Maryland. “You and your city readers are bound to congratulate me upon my escape from the glare of hot bricks and city bustle, to this delightful retreat, and if there be any taste among you for the beautiful, the sweet and the refreshing, you will not fail to pay Cambridge a summer visit. Here may be found, in three well conducted and amply provided inns, all that the most fastidious could desire in the way of comforts for the inner man; among them a temperance hotel, under the

The following series of fascinating travel letters, published in the Baltimore Sun in 1845, provides an intimate look at Easton and its environs at a very early date. The author’s name, “Bob Random,” is certainly a pseudonym, but if so, nothing is known about him. Whoever he was, his letters are bright, chatty and informative, even snarky and hilarious at times. He didn’t like Easton very much. He thought it had a bilious, jaundiced aspect to it, not to mention a lack of clean towels in the hotels and an abundance of f lies everywhere from the nearby marshes, but he liked Oxford. These letters are given here with very little editing, but I have added occasional notes for clarification, which are in brackets. Many thanks to Phillip Hesser for sharing these wonderful letters with me. And now, on with the tour! CAMBRIDGE “On the great Choptank river, and about fifteen miles from its mouth, stands the beautiful village 51


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sea of gold, and now the growing corn clothes the land with unbroken verdure, while here and there the towering forest intervenes, and the neat and elegant country seats of the most prosperous, enterprising and intelligent farmers of this State, peep through the dense foliage of ornamental and forest trees, giving evidence of the thrift and care and wealth of the Talbotese. “Thirdhaven Creek is a narrow and shoal inlet from the Choptank, up which the steamboat must force her way to Easton, and from the mud thrown up in the wake of the Maryland, I should judge that she was not far behind those Arkansas boats which are said to be able to go where there is a little moisture. The landing is a mile from the town, and the traveller gets there the best he can.” [Note: The Maryland was one of the first steamboats on the Chesapeake Bay and was in service from 1819 to 1865, and the landing was at Easton Point.] “Easton is not a pretty town, though one of considerable size; a part of it wears the brick and mor-

management of a true Maryland gentleman, W.H. Yates, Esq. [Note: Whoever “Bob Random” was, he was a member of the Temperance Society which meant that he didn’t drink alcohol.]…Yours in haste. Bob Random.” Baltimore Sun June 13, 1845 EASTON Easton- Its AppearanceImprovement-HotelsChurches-Schools-EnterprizeHarvest-Weather, &c.

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to the whole town, which may in part account for the character which it has sustained as one of the most unhealthy on the peninsula. As regards this matter, however, the municipal authorities have commenced, perhaps effected, an improvement. “They have recently turned their attention to draining the extensive marshes which skirt the town on the north and west, and the citizen will no doubt receive much benefit from the improvement; they should not stop here, but cleanse, purify, and whitewash the town; lime cannot be too freely used about Easton. There are three hotels in this place, none of them very good. One, at which I stop, is a temperance house, and if not supplied with every luxury, is at least quiet and orderly and superintended by as kind and attentive host, as can be found in a full moon’s journey.

tar aspect of the city, but without its life, while the rest is filled up with small wooden houses, with here and there a larger and better finished dwelling of the wealthier class. The whole wants whitewash or paint, and lacks cleanliness altogether; the little painting done exhibits a singular taste, many of the larger houses and some of the small are stained a most melancholic hue of yellow, or something approaching it, as near as addled eggs would be. A bilious, jaundice aspect is thus given

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and as for the rest, the luxury of a fresh clean towel every morning does not cost much, let it be provided, and the proprietors must prosper.” [Note: J. Moore ran a store in Baltimore.] “There are three churches in this place-a very neat edifice belonging to the Methodist Protestants, and a new Episcopal Church-a very pretty building, except that a parcel of workmanship like dovetailed hen coops, surrounding the t urrets, surrounding the whole steeple.” [Note: Christ Church at 111 Harrison St. was built in the early 1840s. Designed by Philadelphia architect William Strickland, the so-called chicken coops are still to be seen at the base of the steeple.

“Speaking of hotels, I will make a suggestion or two which will not, I am sure, be taken amiss by those it is intended to benefit. Let their tables be less loaded with meats, but let rice or other light diet take its place-let them select good sugar in Baltimore, if their own town will not afford it. It is a shame to spoil a good cup of Java by splinters of pine scraped from sugar hogsheads.” [Note: Java is slang for coffee, and was sold in wooden bar rels, so someone at the hotel was supposedly scraping the bottom of one to get all the sugar out.] “Let them send to J. Moore for a leaf to put out of the way the swarms of flies which infest the table, and threaten to fill your mouth whenever it is opened;

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and accomplished gentleman. His school prospers, I am told, and truly deserves to do so. “ There is a total want of enterpr ise in this place. The Odd Fellows’ Encampment was about to go down, and an agent of the Order from your city was here to resuscitate it, or take their charter.” [Note: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Miller Lodge No. 18 did survive. Its current building at the corner of Washington and Dover dates from 1879. It has a pointing hand on the roof gable.] “Temperance was on the decline. The military were drumming up last night, preparatory to the Fourth ~ it is the only time, I am told, that they show signs of life. Indeed, the only spirit is among the juveniles ~ they have a grand fancy ball tonight, and last night gave Congo concert. I am informed that they even surpassed the real grit Ethiopians.” [Note: A Congo Concert must have been a minstrel show in which white actors blackened their faces with burnt cork to portray stereotyped black people.] “Farmers are in the midst of their wheat harvest; the grain now ripe is good, and yield better than usual; we have now, however, a continuance of dull, damp, murky weather, which may prove detrimental to the late seeding. “The news of the death of Gen. [Andrew] Jackson excites no feeling, at least I have seen no demonstration thereof, among his many

To be fair, it should be noted that others considered the building to be the gem of the Eastern Shore.] “The old Episcopal Church has been converted into a school room, lecture room, etc.” [Note: The original c. 1800 Christ Episcopal Church, also on Harrison Street became the Baptist church c. 1900.] “There are several schools here, and an academy under the charge of Mr. Neely, formerly of Baltimore, a male and female primary school, both located on a back street, and in the back room of an old dwelling house, thrust as much out of the way as possible. Besides these, a most excellent private female Seminary is taught by Mr. Thomas Pierson, a teacher by profession, a native of this county, and a polite 56


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“My last was from Easton; I now write from the country. Who does not love the country, its quietude and repose, its forest and glen, its field and brake, the passive happiness of its gentle herds, and the melody of its ten thousand gay-plumed choristers? No country can surpass Talbot in the richness of its scenery; there is nothing to inspire ideas of the sublime and awful: no rugged mountains, f rightf ul precipices or impetuous torrents; but there is something in the far stretching plain, now verdant with luxuriant vegetation, and now bending under the golden harvest, far more pleasing to the lovers of the placid picturesque than can be found in more mountainous districts. “The people of this county are the best farmers in the State; not but that there are many equally as good elsewhere, but here you find none bad: the spirit of improvement is apparently everywhere, and not, as in other places, confined to a few of the more wealthy landholders. The crop of wheat has not been so

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threw the rider and killed him; while one of the witnesses swore that he saw Tyler beating the dead man with something he held in his hand, he knew not what. “Tyler’s own son was witness against him, and the first to throw suspicion on his father. The old man had property, which the son would have at his death. The verdict of the jury upon the first trial was one singular enough: they returned a verdict of “guilty,” but they did not say of what. “A motion for a new trial was successf ully made, the result of which was an acquittal. The old man has since left the State. The prisoner’s counsel were, J.A. Stuart Esq., of Cambridge, and Col. P. Francis Thomas, of Easton, with other associate counsel, whom I did not hear named.” [Note: Francis Thomas would become the 28th Governor of Maryland in 1848].

abundant for many years as now, though, from the effects of the fly, three times the usual quantity will be lost.” [Note: The Hessian f ly, so called because it was believed to have been brought to the U.S. in the bedding of Hessian troops during the American Revolution, caused extensive damage to wheat then]. “I have examined some stalks, which were nearly eaten through at the root, and the head being heavy, a very slight addition of weight from the atmosphere, or other cause, lays it prostrate, and renders it difficult to save. I should suppose that the loss on fifty acres would pay for a reaping machine, which prevents any loss. “A trial of no little interest has bee n dete r mined in the Talbot County Court, An old man, by the name of Tyler, was tried at a former term of the court for the murder of a man named Hamilton. “The murder was committed in Dorchester, and a change of venue granted to Talbot County Court. Tyle r i s re pre se nted a s a man of hast y temper, and had made threats against the deceased; they were seen riding in the road together, and after passing through a dense wood, and in the open road the dead body was found, with the skull crushed and the thigh broken. Tyler alleged that the horse of the deceased took fright, ran away,

OXFORD “Oxford, in this county, is a place of great beauty, and unsurpassed for health by any spot in the State. It is situated on Third Haven river, and is a stopping place for both steamboats on the downward bay route. I am informed that it is designed to erect a hotel at this place for the accommodation of traveller and visitors; if carried into execution, I do not see why Oxford should not become a place of f requent resort to those desirous of escaping 60


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cutting from the Isle of Jersey to his brother in the early 1800s. The huge grapevine lived into the 20th century but has since died. The ox horn is still in the possession of the Willis family, who no longer own the house. Thanks to Nick Willis for the photo of the ox horn.]

for a while the din and turmoil of city labor. Oxford is by no means devoid of attraction in its present state.” [Note: “Bob Random” could have been a realtor.] “In the garden of Mr. N. Willis are found the rarest and most delicious fruits, and before his door stands a grape tree, throwing its magnificent shade over the whole of his front yard, which must arrest the attention of every one. Among other matters of interest, I noticed the horn of an ox, which, if proportionate to the animal who wore such a pair, must have made some of your streets sealed avenues to him.” [Note: The Grapevine House across the street from the Robert Morris Inn was once owned by John Willis. John’s brother Capt. Wm. Willis brought the 40-inch carved ox horn from Italy and the grape

ROYAL OAK “C r o s s ing the c ount r y f r om Oxford to St. Michaels, you pass through a village called ‘Royal Oak,’ the lion of which is the ‘oak’ itself, a comely, stately tree, from a bough of which is suspended by an iron chain, a cannon ball, said to have been discharged by the British during the last war, to frighten the good St. Michaelites out of their st ubbor nly rebellious not ions.” [Note: This cannonball and one other are now hanging in the Royal Oak post office.] “In commemoration of the event, they have suspended the complimentary present as aforesaid, to be and remain for all time, a specimen of the good will of John Bull to brother Jonathan, and an example of the profit and loss of the dealings of that day.” [Note: John Bull was the British equivalent of our Uncle Sam, and the Brits called us Brother Jonathans then.] “St. Michaels is a considerable village, numbering 6 or 700 souls, and is situated on the Miles river, (query- St. Michaels river?)” [Note: The Miles R iver was or ig ina lly named the St. Michaels River] ~ 62


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affable and courteous of Captains, and a crew to match; with a first rate table, a file or two of papers, and several Bibles for the use of those who take passage with him. Capt. [John] Turner is the man to please all who will be pleased, and he has the means to do it. Yours with respect. Bob Random.” Baltimore Sun, June 26, 1845

“Having but a short time to stay, I can only say that I found the people agreeable and the town improving. “A hotel is much needed at this place, as well as at Oxford and the Trappe. A neat and well conducted one would add much to the comfort of travelers, and give these villages much more of an oppidann character.” [Note: Oppidan meant more of the town than the country], “From St. Michaels the [steamboat] Osiris takes passengers to Wye Landing, West River, Annapolis and Baltimore. Of this boat I may be permitted to remark, that she is neat, beautiful, speedy and safe, with one of the most polite, obliging,

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ficient importance to reach the city, that is, the indefinite credit custom ~ the “pay after harvest” dealings, a period less definite, if possible, than the Scotchman’s understanding of “early candle light.” A system of business unfriendly to the prosperity of the country and disadvantageous to every one concerned. “The different divisions of Methodists [Note: Methodist Episcopal and Methodist Protestant] have here each a church ~ one of which, the Methodist Episcopal, I had the privilege of entering; it is a very substant ial building, and quite neat and comfortable in its internal arrangement. There is also a P rotestant Epi scopal Church [Christ Church] under the care of Dr. Spencer; the edifice wears a venerable aspect, and impresses one with the idea that it “could a tale unfold,” and no doubt its silent history is full of romantic interest. “An excursion party f rom the Monumental city [i.e., Baltimore] was here to-day; the visit was not expected, and of course no preparat ion had been made for their recept ion ~ more part icularly, as on a for mer occasion, af ter extensive preparations had been made, the friends at St. Michaels were disappointed. “I should judge from the little I have seen of the society in and about this place, that it was good ~ much about the right kind ~ not too near the don’t-care-a-fig free

the village of the same name; its appearance is rather irregular, but upon the whole neat and cleanly. The surrounding country, known as the Bay-side District, is esteemed the most fer t ile par t of Talbot county, and the farms adjacent, and on the road bear every mark of good cultivation and prosperity. I would not be thought to f latter the farmers of the bay side, for I have ever been of the opinion that f lattery should be administered strictly upon homeopathic principles, and I know that the agriculturalists of the Eastern Shore ~ even the best of them ~ are yet in the infancy of the spirit of improvement and enterprise. “In St. Michael’s are some five or six stores; too many by half, I should suppose, for the wants of the neighborhood, and certainly too many for the wants of those who keep them. This section of the State is so cut up by creeks and inlets from the Chesapeake, that there is hardly a farm but that can maintain a constant and regular intercourse with Balt imore, and in fact the people do draw the greater part of their supplies thence; consequently the commerce of small towns is limited to the supply of the immediate and pressing demands of the retail customer. The country store is also sure of another sort of custom, which is hardly ever deemed of suf66


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folk s get a st r ide of a post-hay fed horse, they can’t believe that a ge ntle man c an be othe r wi se situated? But I know their ma’s were anxious, not knowing that the y we re s t ill out, and thi s I presume is the cause that most of the youngsters of the Eastern Shore ride at such railroad speed. I know of no other reason unless it b e to show that the days of miracles are not ended, but that a beast hardly able to rise when down, or stand when up, may be made to vie with a Loper propeller [Note: Richard Loper patented an improved propeller in 1844]. There is a lesson which these young men, and perhaps others, ought speedily to learn. It is this: ‘The merciful man

and easiness of common rusticity, nor too closely allied to the stiffness and hauteur of city life, but a very pleasant modification of the two, with no small degree of intelligence in the whole. To make this society the most agreeable in the world, it is only necessary that they should take more newspapers. “I owe a particular expression of my thanks to a couple of nice young men-equestrian Jehus ~ whom I met not far from St. Michaels [Note: In the Bible, Jehu was mentioned as driving his chariot at full speed], and from whom I obtained so silly an answer to a civil question. Is it not strange that as soon as some

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murderer escaped with the effects of his victim on his person, among them his coat, on which were silver buttons, with the owner’s name engraved thereon; this led to his arrest, conviction and execution. He was gibbeted near the spot where he perpetrated the crime, and this button is the last of the kind ~ there is no more left. Yours respectfully. Bob Random.” Baltimore Sun, July 3, 1845

hath regard to the life of his beast.’ “Notwithstanding the moral tone which pervades this community, there is no place so remarkable for the perpetration of murders, The king’s English ~ I beg pardon ~ the people’s English, is daily butchered by the young aristocracy of Talbot. Dis-dat-dese-dose-dem-dar- are expressions as common as hoss and cawn, ( horse- cor n) ~ et it omne genus [i.e., Latin for “and all that kind”]. “A singular relic was found at this place not long since, in the ruins of an old house ~ a silver button ~ whereby hangs a tale. The spot was shown to me by a friend, where in days of yore was committed a murder most foul. The

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Superior Strawberries I will never forget the day I learned what “fresh” really means. I went to a local pick-your-own strawberry farm one summer morning. The farmer met me with baskets and pointed me in the direction of the berry patch. As I started to pick, the first thing that hit me was the fruit’s color; red had never been so brilliant! Then I noticed the pure, sweet aroma permeating the air. The longer I picked, the stronger the temptation grew to eat the strawberries ~ but a parental warning sounded in my head: “Always wash your fruit before you eat it.” Rationalizing that I was an adult, I popped a shiny red berry in my mouth. Still warm with sunshine, that juicy sample packed so much flavor, I immediately knew that this was what a strawberry was supposed to taste like. Grocery store strawberries pale in comparison. Strawberry season is one of my favorite times of the year, and if you love them as much as I do, you will

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Tidewater Kitchen Strawberries are a great way to wake up a bowl of cereal, a cup of yogurt or a morning smoothie. They are also great with savory foods. For a surprising pop, toss them into summer salads with balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of olive oil. If I’m in the mood for something sweet, I will use the strawberry-balsamic vinegar combination over vanilla ice cream. With grilling season underway, you may decide to put these ingredients to work with something meaty. The result might be a fantastic grilled pork tenderloin that is slathered with a strawberry-balsamic glaze. BALSAMIC-STRAWBERRY PORK TENDERLOIN Serves 6 For optimal f lavor, the pork gets slathered with balsamic-strawberry blend three times ~ as a marinade, as a glaze and as a sauce when served. 1 cup fresh strawberries, stemmed 2 T. extra virgin olive oil

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In a blender, combine strawberries, oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. PurĂŠe until smooth. Pour about a third of the mixture into a small saucepan and set aside. Pour another third of the mixture into a large glass bowl. Pour the remaining sauce into a small bowl. Slice the tenderloin into 1/2inch rounds. Place the rounds, a few at a time, between sheets of plastic wrap, then use a meat mallet to carefully pound them to an even 1/4-inch thickness. Place the pounded rounds into the glass bowl with the sauce, turning to evenly coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Heat grill to medium-high. Place the saucepan of strawberry mixture over medium-low heat on the stovetop. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, or until thickened. Cover and remove from heat. When the pork has marinated, oil the grill grates. Place the pork rounds on the grill and baste with the sauce from the small bowl. Grill 4 minutes, then f lip to the other side, baste again and cook for another 4 minutes. Divide the pork among 6 plates, then spoon some of the simmered sauce over them.

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1 banana (frozen bananas make it creamier and thicker) 2 cups milk or orange juice 1/3 cup Fage plain yogurt (optional) 2 scoops Vanilla Complete by Juice Plus+ (protein powder) 2 T. ground f laxseed Handful of spinach (for extra vitamins ~ you can’t tell it’s there ~ also optional)

CHAMPAGNE STRAWBERRY SALAD Serves 4 This salad is an alternative to the orange juice and champagne Mimosas served at most fancy breakfasts.

Blend until smooth, and enjoy!

1 pint fresh strawberries, stemmed and sliced 1-1/2 cups extra-dry champagne 2 T. sugar 24 oz. vanilla Fage yogurt Mint sprigs for garnish

BERRY SOUP Serves 6 This makes a delicious lunch, but I have often served it as a first course. Try it for that unexpected touch to a lunch or dinner.

Slice the strawberries and place in a small bowl. Pour the champagne over the berries, covering them, and let them sit for 30 minutes. Taste strawberries for sweetness and add sugar as necessary. Serve over yogurt, and garnish with mint sprigs.

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berries of the season, I know it is time for my favorite dessert ~ strawberry shortcakes. To keep them moist and delicious, spread strawberry jam onto the bottom cut sides of each shortcake before adding the strawberries and whipped cream. until smooth. Refrigerate. At serving time, pour the mixture into a glass bowl and fold in the rest of the strawberries. Serve in chilled bowls, and garnish with fresh mint leaves. The soup should be very cold when served.

1 pint fresh strawberries, stemmed and sliced 1/2 cup sugar, divided 2-1/2 cups f lour 4 t. baking powder 3/4 cup butter, cut into pieces 2 large eggs 1 cup sour cream 1 t. vanilla extract 1 cup heavy cream 1 T. confectioner’s sugar

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Preheat oven to 425°. Combine flour, baking powder and 1/4 cup sugar; cut in butter with a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly. Whisk together eggs, sour cream and vanilla until blended; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 8 times. Pat into 1/2-inch thickness, and cut with a 3-inch round biscuit cutter. Place dough on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 425° for 11 minutes, or until golden. When ready to serve dessert, beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in confectioner’s sugar until peaks form. Make sure not to overbeat, as cream will become butterlike. Remove shortcakes from oven and split in half horizontally. Combine strawberry jam and chopped mint; spread the bottom halves of shortcakes evenly with the jam mixture. When ready to serve, top evenly with half of the strawberry mixture. Cover this with whipped cream; top with remaining strawberry mixture and shortcake tops. Garnish with mint leaves and remaining strawberries.

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1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup sugar 2 T. sesame or poppy seeds 1 T. onion, minced (optional) In a large bowl, toss spinach and strawberries together. In a medium bowl whisk oil, vinegar, sugar and sesame seeds. Pour over spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat. STRAWBERRY VINAIGRETTE You can use this dressing anytime! 3 t. extra virgin olive oil 1 t. balsamic vinegar 2 t. strawberry jam Minced garlic to taste Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

other, it’s easy to find numerous excuses to enjoy them together. One of my favorite combinations is strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Both have a sweet, nicely acidic f lavor. They work well together and also pair up wonderfully with so many other foods. Often, I will make a simple vinaigrette and pour it over a salad and top with almonds. Yummy!

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1 pint strawberries, stemmed and sliced Mint sprigs In each parfait glass, layer 3 tablespoons granola, 1/4 cup yogurt and 1/8 cup strawberries. Repeat layers. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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June is For the Birds ornamental shrubs and trees in the landscape. They will provide food and sheltering opportunities for birds. The more diversity in a landscape’s plants, the more diversity in the types of birds attracted. Many birds like multi-stemmed shrubs that provide a dense canopy of branches and leaves for nesting places, provide protective cover from inclement weather like sun, heat, wind and rain and protection from natural predators.

Are you interested in attracting more birds to your landscape? Want to see a better variety of species visit your garden? Feeding them with bird feeders is one way to attract these feathered friends to your yard. However, if you want to attract and keep birds in your home landscape, you need to make sure that you provide three main ingredients: food, shelter/nesting and water. June is still a good time to plant

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Mid-Atlantic region. Some general criteria to be used in selecting specific shrubs and trees for birds include the time of fruiting ~ spring, summer, fall or winter, the length of the fruiting season ~ whether the plant is deciduous or evergreen, and the eventual mature size of the shrub or tree. How sophisticated you want to be in the plant selection process depends on your time and interest. Most planting guides for attracting birds to your yard will encourage you to conduct a simple inventory of shrubs and trees already present in the landscape. That inventory will address some of the selection criteria already listed, including your current mix of evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees, determining when fruiting occurs, and the length that those berries and seeds are available to the birds. The inventory should also evaluate the degree to which existing shrubs and trees provide shelter and protection for the birds as well as potential nesting locations. Your “inventory� may show that

When selecting different ornamental shrubs and trees to attract birds to your landscape, keep in mind that birds require shelter year-round. Bird-attractive landscapes should have a mix of deciduous and evergreen plants. Evergreen plants include broadleaf evergreens such as holly, and conifers such as red cedar. As much as possible ornamental shrubs and trees in your yard should provide birds a year-round food source. The use of native shrubs and trees will help ensure that appropriate fruits and berries are available for the local bird population. During certain times of the year when your plantings are not providing enough food, you can supplement with commercial bird seed mixes to help keep birds in the vicinity of your yard. There is a lot of information on the internet about designing bird attractive landscapes. When you consult those websites be sure that their recommendations are for the 84


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you might consider include sumacs, bayberry and witch-hazel. Winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) is an excellent food source for birds in the winter, and it’s a beautiful landscape shrub. The attractive bright red fruit of winterberry is eaten by small mammals and more than 48 species of birds. Since there are male and female hollies, it is important to plant both males and females within 40 feet of one another for adequate pollination If your current plant listing indicates that a food source is needed for the spring, but you have limited space, you might consider planting a hawthorn (Crataegus spp.). Also known as thorn apple or hawberry, hawthorns provide food and shelter for many species of birds and mammals, and the flowers are important for many nectar-feeding insects. Depending upon the type, hawthorns can either be large multistemmed shrubs or small trees. Two hawthorns noted for their excellent fruit displays are the Washington hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum) and Winter King hawthorn (Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’). Another native shrub, American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), is an excellent plant for the landscape and to attract birds. Also known as French mulberry, sourbush, bunchberry or purple beautyberry, this plant produces clusters of very attractive bright purple berries. It is an important food 86


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And let’s not forget crabapples. A few native and cultivated crabapples produce the miniature apples that the birds prefer. Most gardeners who want to plant a crabapple tree are looking for those cultivars that are either sterile or that produce small, non-descript fruit. They do not like the mess that the tree produces with the fruit landing on the driveway or the car. However, if you are looking for fruiting crabapples, some of the cultivars that the birds like best include Malus x zumi ‘Golden Hornet’ with its golden yellow fruit, ‘Golden Raindrops’, ‘Red Jade’, Sargent crabapple and the Japanese f lowering crabapple. Other crabapple cultivars that birds like

ries in fall and purplish fall foliage. Spicebush produces greenish yellow flowers in early spring and bright red berries in fall. Several small spring-flowering and fruiting native trees reliably attract birds. These trees produce either fleshy fruit or hard seeds that the birds like to consume. This list includes serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea), black cherry, sassafras, Amur maple, hop hornbeam, redbud and persimmon. Dogwoods that produce fruit enjoyed by birds include gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa), silky dogwood (Cornus amomum), pagoda dogwood and our native dogwood (C. florida).

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driveway and let it grow. It became very large over the course of 30some years. Each winter we enjoyed the time when, one day on their migration, a large flock of cedar waxwings would descend on the tree. It was a noisy couple of hours as this rowdy bunch of birds proceeded to strip every single crabapple off the tree. Then they were suddenly gone, their stomachs full, and were winging their way to their next feeding stop. Happy Gardening!

include ‘Snowdrift,’ ‘Indian Magic,’ ‘Profusion,’ ‘Adirondack,’ Harvest Gold, ‘Prairifire’ and ‘Ormiston Roy.’ Birds don’t like the fruit of ‘Adams,’ ‘Donald Wyman’ and Red Jewel. Remember that many flowering crabapples can get quite large ~ up to 30 feet tall ~ so consider the mature size of your tree when planting it in the landscape. When we bought our house outside of Bethlehem in Caroline County many years ago, there were a couple of native crabapple trees in the yard. I think that the previous owner had gotten them from the Maryland Wildlife Service in one of their free tree seedling giveaways. I transplanted one to the side of the

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

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


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

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Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. harriettubmanorganization.org. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit www.spocottwindmill.org. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affi liated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between

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


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


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


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Easton Points of Interest ments and updates, but none as extensive as the restoration project which began in September 2014. For service times contact 410-822-2677 or christchurcheaston.org. 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: 410822-0773 or visit hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times.

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Easton Points of Interest 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 all came to town and shared rooms in hotels such as this. Frederick

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

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University of Maryland Shore Regional Health System. For more info. tel: 410-822-100 or visit umshoreregional.org. 22. THIRD HAVEN FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (Quaker). Built 1682-84, this is the earliest documented building in MD and probably the oldest Quaker Meeting House in the U.S. William Penn and many other historical figures have worshiped here. In continuous use since it was built, today it is still home to an active Friends’ community. Visitors welcome; group tours available on request. thirdhaven.org. 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 pickeringcreek.org. 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by

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

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

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

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

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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit www.twoswaninn.com. 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 25. GR ANITE LODGE #177 - Located on St. Mary’s Square, Granite Lodge was built in 1839. The building stands on the site of the first Methodist Church in St. Michaels on land donated to the Methodists by James Braddock in 1781. Between then and now, the building has served variously as a church, schoolhouse and as a storehouse for muskrat skins. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, 126


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St. Michaels Points of Interest constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, and providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts. For more info. visit classicmotormuseum.org. 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 30. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - This 1.3 mile paved walkway winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.

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

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Oxford Points of Interest Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. and hours tel: 410-226-0191 or visit www.oxfordmuseummd.org. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for officers of the Maryland Military Academy. Built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989

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10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or www.robertmorrisinn.com. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry

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


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Nicknames

by Gary D. Crawford Lots of people have a nickname, some little name they go by instead of the one they were given at birth. Such names are especially common in tight-knit groups, like sports teams or military units. In many of our small communities here on the Eastern Shore, nicknames were widespread, long-lasting and often colorful. In a recent article here, I mentioned Capt. Nathan Parks, whose own mother nicknamed him “Funny” when he was just a toddler on Hollands Island, the name he was known by all his life. That got me thinking about nicknames in general. There are various kinds of nicknames, of course. New York’s nickname is “The Big Apple,” Denver is “The Mile-High City,” and Detroit is called “The Motor City.” But these quickly edge into being advertising slogans. Besides, for me, nicknames apply only to people. Some are “pet” names, affectionate terms like “Sweetie” or “Honeybunch” or “Loverboy” or (ack) “Snookums.” These are intimate terms, however, conferred by loved ones and used only by them. They may be overheard, of course, and can become more generally known. Quite by chance, I learned the charming nickname a neighbor here had for

his wife, now a century ago, which transmitted his affection down the years: he called her “Tulip.” Still, charming as these may be, I’m not sure they quite qualify as nicknames. Real nicknames are more public. Many are simply shortened versions of one’s given name, making use of one or more of its syllables, such as “Fred” for Frederick or “Tom” for Thomas. Different syllables can be used, especially in longer names. There’s “Liz” for Elizabeth, but also “Eliza,” “Lizzie” and “Beth.” The name Alexander (or Alexandra) can be shortened a zillion ways: Al, Alec, Alexa, Alex, Lex, Lexa, Lexi, Sandy, Sally, Xander, Sasha and Xandra. Some of these name-variants can be difficult to reckon. It’s easy to see how Theodore becomes “Ted,” but where does the “T” come from when we call Edward “Ted”? In the Middle Ages (I am told), the English liked to

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Nicknames make rhyming nicknames, like “Bill” for Will(iam) and “Peg” for Meg. So, perhaps Ted for Ed? Also, the letter “R” ~ a sound always a bit difficult to pronounce ~ sometimes was replaced with an “L” or a “D,” so Mary became “Molly” and Rick (short for Richard) became “Dick.” There are also the simple “y” nicknames ~ “Davy,” “Andy,” “Larry” and so on. But are these tweaked, pared-down or rhyming names really nicknames? I guess so, but to me, a true nickname carries a meaning, something more than just sound-play. They serve as a supplement to the real name ~ like Frank “Home Run” Baker, Edward “Blackbeard” Teach. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Frank “Blue Eyes” Sinatra, or Jimmy “The Greek.” They say something about the person. Many describe physical characteristics, like Ed “Too Tall” Jones. Then there was Charles “Lef t y” Driesell, the only basketball coach to win over 100 games with four d i f fer ent te a m s, i nc lud i ng t he Maryland Terrapins. And who can forget the Chicago

Bears lineman, William “The Refrigerator” Perry? Of course, some physical nicknames are unkind, and others are downright hateful: “Fatso,” “Zits” or “Fou r -Eye s” (or wor se). But these aren’t really nicknames, are they? They’re labels or epithets, like “Bum” or “Jerk” (or worse). A real nickname needs to be “acknowledged” by the owner, even if he isn’t terribly thrilled by it. Some nicknames refer to a person’s likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, or their accomplishments. Hockey player Wayne Gretsky was so good he was nicknamed “The Great One.” Race driver Richard Petty was called “The King,” and “Slammin’ Sammy” Snead was known for his powerful drives. Frank Urban Zoeller was known as “Fuzzy” Zoeller, but that was only because of his initials. Similarly, Henry Winkler’s famous TV char-

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Nicknames acter, Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, got his nickname, “Fonzie” or “The Fonz,” from his last name. A few nicknames, like “Nerd” and “Geek,” began as pejorative terms but have gained some acceptance as being indicative of certain skills or traits in which owners take pride. The Be st Buy C or porat ion now proudly calls its computer service the “Geek Squad.” Nicknames can refer to people’s jobs or roles: “Boss,” “Chief,” “Sarge,” or “Doc.” Some derive directly from their work. For example, in olden days, “Dusty” was the usual name for a miller because millers tended to be covered with grain dust.

To me, a nickname is one that can substitute for the given name, not just a label that is stuck onto a person’s name. “Old Hickory” may have referred to Andrew Jackson, but did anyone ever call him that to his face? I also wonder about the AngloSaxon king Ethelred “The Unready.” He can’t have liked that. (Actually, it’s “unraed,” meaning ill-advised, a pun on his name Ethelred, which means “well advised.” But still.) Some famous nicknames have become so firmly attached to their subjects that their real names are rarely heard. Here are three from the world of sports. Did you know that “Dizzy” Dean was Jay Hannah Dean? Or that “Yogi” Berra’s real name is Lawrence? His friend Jack Maguire

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golfer named Eldritch? I’m sure you know him. His last name is Woods, and his nickname is “Tiger.” Those are real nick names, in my book. But so what? Who cares what I think a nickname should be? Shouldn’t we look it up and then be true to its definition? So, what does the word “nickname” actually mean? Perhaps the “nick” in nickname refers to a little cut, as in “He nicked himself while shaving.” (Did you know that nicks, little cuts on a stick, were used centuries ago to record time intervals and help in the setting of clocks? That’s why we say “in the nick of time.”) Or perhaps the “nick” in nickname relates to the British slang for stealing (He nicked my good pen) or for jail (“Poor Ar-

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Nicknames chie landed in the nick again”). Actually, no. The term “nickname” has a much more interesting origin than any of that. But first we have to understand what linguists call meta analysis, though I find “re-bracketing” easier to remember. It has to do with the mis-dividing of words. Here’s an example. When the Normans conquered England about a thousand years ago, they brought much of their French culture with them, including their language. Many words relating to food came along, naturally, at least for the upper classes. The English word “cow” remained the word for the animal on the farm, but the meat on the table became “boeuf.” Ditto with pig and pork, lamb and mutton, calf and veal, and so on. We also borrowed the French word for a cook’s protective garment, “naprean,” though we pronounced it napron. Now this is where the re-bracketing happened. Over time, “a+napron” became “an+apron.” And we re-bracketed again with daf fodils. In Holland, where so many flowers come from, the Dutch refer to this flower as “de affodil.” Here’s another example. The Moors introduced a wonderful new fruit to Europe, called “naranj” in Arabic. Then “a+naranj” became “an+aranj” giving us the word “orange.” By the way, this slipping of the “n” from the word an onto the next word

is going on today with another word. In fact, with that word right there ~ the word “another.” When we hear someone say, “Now, hold it, that’s a whole nother thing,” perhaps we should point out that their “n” is slipping. (Or maybe not.) Now, let’s get back to “nickname.” Or ig i na l ly, t he ter m w a s “eke name,” for in Old English, “eke” was a noun meaning an increase, such as a military reinforcement. Later, we began using eke as a verb, in the sense of increasing something by stretching it out. To “eke out” is to make more out of little, to expand a supply of something. “The castaways had to eke out another meal from their meager supplies.” So expansions on a name, like Eric the Red or Winnie the Pooh, were known as ekenames. I have just learned what those two guys had in common, by the way. (Their middle names.) Eventually, through rebracketing, “an ekename” became “a nekename.” So the truest kind of nickname is an add-on of some sort. It provides more information about the person. Of course, what that additional information means may not be obvious to those who don’t know the person. Why, for example, would a big powerful baseball player, with anything but a childlike face, be called “Babe”? It goes back to his teenage years, when the left-handed pitcher and slugger was noticed by Jack Dunn,

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the owner of the Baltimore Orioles. (The Orioles were then a minor league team ~ as they may be again soon if they don’t pick it up!) Because George was just 19 and too young to sign a legal contract to play professionally, Dunn became his legal guardian. Teammates ribbed Dunn about his new child ~ and thus George became “Babe” Ruth. The nicknames around the Eastern Shore are a fascinating jumble. Some years ago, I encouraged the late Edwina Murphy to compile a list of the nicknames she knew in the Bay Hundred. Working with Rose Garvin and Stanley Covington, she did a great job of compiling such a list, together with the real names.

In a few cases, the nickname was more memorable than the person’s real name. They could recall “Knee Bob,” “Muffin Head,” “Boats” and “Humpsey,” but couldn’t pull up their real names. (Maybe you know?) They did compile quite a list of nicknames with names, however ~ over 150! Here are a few from them: Warren “Pitt” Lowery, Walter “Slipknot” Jackson, Russell “Toady Buck” Harrison, Ralph “Biscuits” Cummings, Clifford “Big Daddy” W i l son, Mi lton “B oz y ” Blade s, Walter “Durbs” Cummings, Frank “Ky” Scharch, Ronald “Penal” Gowe, Milton “Petelo” Cummings. George “Pe ache s” Ba l l, Sa muel “Snap” Jones, Daniel “Dink” Daffin, Donald “Mutt” Merritt, Clarence “Big Toot h” Ma rsha l l, Cha rle s “P ie” Warrick, and (one of my favorites) Harrison “Upside-Down Pipe” Ross. Naturally, I wanted to know how they came by those peculiar names. Why would they call Ed Tyler “ErkyDerk,” and why was Larry Cummings called “Itchy”? I sure wish I knew, but even the old-timers can explain just a few.

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comic strip that ran for over forty years. They were meant to be utterly ordinary American folks, headed by the chinless, bombastic blowhard Andy Gump. Crosby Lewis’s nickname “Gabriel Heattor” actually is the name of a real person, a very well-known radio announcer in the 1930s and 40s. Crosby, it seems, was fairly talkative and always had a lot of news to impart, down to the store. By contrast, Leroy “Monk” Sadler was more the silent type. He was in a night-fishing crew, and one night they were sitting around complaining about the poor hauls they were getting and what they ought to do about it. Everyone chimed in except Leroy, who just sat there with a hood

pulled up over his head. One of the crew remarked that he looked like a monk, sitting there all quiet. Clifford “Big Daddy” Wilson really is a husky guy, and he’s also a daddy. All four of his sons were at one time “following the water,” so the nickname was a natural. John “Moke” Berridge always had a huge crook-neck pipe, and some-

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by Roger Vaughan Letters from the Earth is a book by Mark Twain. In the title novella, the angel Satan is banished to Earth by the Creator as punishment. Once on Earth, he begins writing letters to his angelic friends, Michael and Gabriel, about what he finds. That element of Twain’s story forms the basis of this teleplay. In this story, Gabriel is a woman (Gabriella). Part 1 ends with Satan writing an e-mail to Gabriella asking her to check out a man named Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), whose book Satan has been reading.

tube where just as much traffic is outgoing. The women sit at a wrap-around electronic console that monitors soul recycling. Their names are Jeanette and Louise. A Ray Charles cut plays in the background. ON Gabriella, Jeanette, and Louise, various angles on the scene

FADE IN 16. INT. REGISTRY OF SOULS, RECYCLING DIV. AT CREATOR’S STUDIO Two large black women in Angelwear sit at a reception desk in front of a huge glass panel behind which are a million points of light glittering like stars. To one side of them is a glass tube in which streaks of light flash by in great numbers (incoming souls). To the other side is another glass 153

GABRIELLA (taking it all in) I’ve always wondered how this worked. The Creator’s secret ingredient. The core of the Man Project.


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It’s all done...

JEANETTE (tapping the console) That’s right, honey, the animation factor, the vital principal, and it all happens in here. We call it the Soul Train. None of us quite understand it. There’s a merit system...

She taps the console LOUISE ...right here. ON

GABRIELLA Any hundreds?

LOUISE ...sort of an upward mobility thing, a progression of soulfulness... ON

LOUISE (Laughs) No way, honey. When they hit 80 they make angel. Anything over 52-53 is good. Sixty or more and you got yourself a real winner.

Jeanette

JEANETTE ...you know, when a soul advances for whatever reason... ON

GABRIELLA Hmm. How do they get reassigned?

Louise

LOUISE ...the mobility can be downward too, of course...

ON

Jeanette and Louise JEANETTE You asking us?

ON Jeanette and Louise laughing heartily

Jeanette and Louise crack up LOUISE There’s a formula.

JEANETTE ...so incoming souls immediately get upgraded or downgraded... ON

Gabriella, who has been trying to keep up

JEANETTE A very complicated formula. It’s got some genetic input, parental personality factors, biological inf luences...

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A buzzer sounds. ON Louise as she swivels in her chair and whacks the “outgoing” glass tube, which has a jam of flickering light points. It clears, the traffic moves.

LOUISE The formula works out the next best choice. That can be interesting. ON

ON Jeanette

LOUISE ...and some coincidental, timerelated stuff having to do with the positions of the stars, signs of the zodiac. That’s a biggie. The Creator likes the random aspect the zodiac provides... ON

JEANETTE The formula knows. The Creator worked it all out. She rolls her eyes. JEANETTE But we all know math isn’t one of his strong suits.

Jeanette

JEANETTE ...and then there’s what’s available, what’s in stock. You can’t issue what you don’t have. ON

Gabriella

ON Jeanette and Louise goofing on each other and chuckling. ON Gabriella, gathering her wits. GABRIELLA Actually, I came here to ask you to do a soul track for me. Can you do that?

GABRIELLA What happens then? ON

Louise

Gabriella, dumbfounded

ON

Gabriella and Jeanette

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CREATOR’S STUDIO Michael is pulling a sheet out of the printer as Gabriella walks in.

JEANETTE More Ray Charles? (She laughs) Oh, yes. We can do that. It’s not used much. You have a name?

MICHAEL You’re just in time. Another letter from you know who.

GABRIELLA Samuel Clemens. ON

Jeanette, entering the name, waiting... JEANETTE Oh, my...oh, my!

Jeanette

Gabriella GABRIELLA What do you mean?

ON

Jeanette

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INT. SATAN’S ROOM AT THE PLAZA SATAN (voiceover as he types) “At the same time, Man is totally caught up in religion.” B-roll, television screen showing religious programming

JEANETTE That soul made the grade, darlin’. Got promoted to angel. Note here says he was getting too close to the core. 17.

GABRIELLA (Waving off the question) Just go ahead.

MICHAEL Okay. (He reads). “Dear Michael and Gabriella, Not only is man a sarcasm, but his life is a contradiction. The so-called First World countries here, the rich ones, are leading a charge into an electronic age that is quite advanced.”

JEANETTE Well, Mr. Clemens was the last human to have that unit. ON

MICHAEL What’s the matter?

GABRIELLA What? ON

WIDE as Gabriella plunks down with a sigh. She’s still amazed by what she has just seen and learned.

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The Man Project (voiceover continues) “Religion is an institutionalized system for paying homage to this ‘God’ I mentioned; for controlling people’s thoughts and behavior through guilt and fear of ‘eternal damnation’ ~ whatever that is; and mainly for offering an explanation for what is unknown. Because even the smartest Man finds mortality beyond his comprehension.” ON

Satan, typing

SATAN (voiceover continues) “As Twain put it, ‘In times past he has had and worn out and f lung away hundreds and hundreds of religions; today he has hundreds and hundreds more and launches no fewer than three new ones every year.’ More on religion later. First I must tell you what happened last night here on Earth.” B roll the scenes and events as described below SATAN (voiceover continues) “I went for a walk in the park nearby. Central Park. Nice, quiet place in the middle of this crazy city. Trees, grass, little ponds. It’s where the zoo is that I mentioned. As I came to an underpass, a tun-

nel under a footbridge, I heard voices. So I stopped and observed as a man wearing a mask was robbing another man at gunpoint. The man dug in his pocket and gave the robber money. The robber ‘thanked’ the man by whacking him unconscious. I followed the robber. Within moments, he was confronted by two other men, also robbers it, turned out. They got into a heated argument about how the first robber was illegally working in their section of the park. They said only they were allowed to rob people there. Like they had a license. What a riot. The two of them got angry enough to beat the other robber unconscious. Then they went through his pockets and robbed him!” 19.

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MICHAEL (reading the letter) “Man’s inhumanity to man is rampant. It’s a hoot, I must say. My adventure in the park still has me laughing. Like Mark Twain said, this place is insane. Totally.” ON Michael cocking his head as if he hears something. He gets up quietly and moves to the door. ON

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The Man Project sees the wing ends of two angels disappearing around the corner. One feather gently drifts in their wake. He snatches it from the air.

ON

Michael and Gabriella GABRIELLA What?

ON

Michael holding up the feather. MICHAEL Our favorite cherubs eavesdropping.

ON

Gabriella GABRIELLA This is bad.

ON

Michael and Gabriella

MICHAEL So they overheard Satan’s letter. So they tell the Creator. So what? He can’t be bothered. Too busy.

GABRIELLA Maybe. But Michael, don’t forget that’s his note about reevaluating the Man Project on Pia’s to-do list. You’re the one who saw it. Letters like this from Satan belittling the Project could undermine the whole thing. And he’s just warming up. When that guy gets his teeth into something, watch out. Negativity, thy name is Satan. Anything for a laugh. MICHAEL So what if the Creator recycles the Man Project? You haven’t gotten the least bit concerned when he terminated other projects. GABRIELLA (Sincere, not emotional) Because I really like this one, Michael. Because the Creator got it right when he came up with “free will.” That’s the best idea there ever was. Free will! Endowing man with the ability to create his own life is some ultimate artistic rendering. Talk about your interactive applications. Does it get any better? MICHAEL It’s a great concept, but maybe it’s not working. It might be too much for “Man” to handle. GABRIELLA It’s got to work. Give it time! It’s only been a few celestial months 160


since Big Bang week ended, and already Man is starting to get with the program. It just needs more time. Satan is a f ly in the ointment. And the Creator listens to him. You know that. Here’s what I know: we’ve got to shut him up. 20. INT. GABRIELLA’S ROOM, CREATOR’S STUDIO She is packing a small bag. Michael is with her. ON

Say goodbye, Michael. I’m gone. Gabriella fades away 21. INT. SATAN’S ROOM AT THE PLAZA Newspapers and magazines are strewn everywhere. ON Satan and Gabriella. She’s just arrived and is getting her bearings. The television is on. Satan rarely turns it off.

Michael and Gabriella

GABRIELLA (putting her bag down, taking in the room) How did you happen to land here?

MICHAEL I can’t believe you’re doing this. Gabriella keeps packing

SATAN I didn’t exactly “land” here, but when I saw the place I recognized it. I prevented a bus wreck out front one time.

MICHAEL I still say it’s too risky. GABRIELLA Let’s see. That’s about it. I won’t be long. Don’t worry. I won’t be missed because you’ll cover for me. MICHAEL What about clothes? You can’t exactly go to wardrobe.

Gabriella checks out the bathroom GABRIELLA What is this?

GABRIELLA It’s summer on Earth. I’ll fit in. Maybe I’ll start a fashion trend. Angel Wear. She runs her hand lovingly over her wings that are hanging on the wall

SATAN Plumbing, they call it. Everyone, every animal on this planet, constantly eats. Their bodies process the food and extract the “nutrients,” or fuel, after which they excrete whatever can’t be used. It’s gross. You don’t think the Creator is diabolical? When they aren’t

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The Man Project eating, they’re excreting. To make it more convenient, humans have invented “plumbing.” Satan indicates the toilet

home, or they eat ‘out.’ At ‘restaurants.’ There are 17,496 restaurants in this city alone. I counted them in the telephone book. ON the television where a cooking show is on

SATAN: They excrete into here... He flushes the toilet, making Gabriella jump SATAN ...f lush, and away it goes, but exactly where, nobody knows. Fun, eh? Indicating the bidet

SATAN And then they “wash” here. GABRIELLA (making a face) Where do they eat? What do they eat? SATAN “Food.” They prepare food at

SATAN (voiceover) Eating out is a treat for them. A social interaction. What’s food? Everything imaginable. You name it, they eat it. Just about anything that grows, including fungus and seaweed. And no animal is safe from their culinary explorations. They eat the eggs of birds and fish, the unborn of mammals. They do this three times a day, minimum. They spend an enormous amount of time preparing and eating food. ON

Satan and Gabriella

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God, The Lord, His Majesty...

you suppose gave him his nature?

GABRIELLA (hiding her eyes) Stop. Enough.

GABRIELLA (sadly) It is diabolical.

SATAN It’s all here in that box. The entire culture of Earth. An endless source of amusement. Then, of course, there is the internet…there’s nothing you can’t find there…

SATAN Ahh, but it’s all part of the Creator’s master plan. Gabriella sits, her eyes roam to the TV.

GABRIELLA (indicating the beds) And these?

GABRIELLA And this is televison? SATAN Yeah. I understand now why the Creator is so taken by it. It’s a riot. And just desserts for him. He created Man, Man created television. You never have to leave this room... Satan picks up the remote and begins surfing the channels. We see what Satan describes below

SATAN “Beds,” for “sleeping.” Man “sleeps” between 6 and 8 hours every one of his days. It’s like being unconscious. Between preparing and eating food and excreting and sleeping, Man’s day is pretty well used up. Of course, the bed has other uses...

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Gabriella sits on the bed. Satan hits the mute button, leaving the WWF channel on, and confronts Gabriella SATAN Okay. Why’d you come? Gabriella, the quintessential angel, risks getting a blemish on her record... for what? Was my absence that painful for you? GABRIELLA


Your presence was that painful. Your presence here. Your letters. Awful.

gonna work. It just needs time. Gabriella sits heavily on the bed with a sigh

SATAN Wha’d’you mean...I write great letters, for a beginner.

SATAN (ogling Gabriella) You’re so cute when you’re angry.

GABRIELLA (stands up) You know about reevaluation? The Creator’s note on Pia’s to-do list? SATAN No kidding? Then he really does have second thoughts. About time. This “Man” project is a scandal. GABRIELLA Oh, Satan, I love this project. That’s why I’m here. You’re gonna wreck it, bring it down before it has a chance. He listens to you, don’t ask me why. But if he starts paying attention to your letters ~ and he will ~ he’s gonna recycle Earth to use in this new universe he’s got planned for Sector Seven.

He puts his arm around her shoulders GABRIELLA (frowning at Satan, then looking confused) Wha...? Angry? I am angry! What a strange feeling. SATAN It’s from being here. You get infected with Man’s emotional thing, something we never felt before. It’s odd, no? GABRIELLA (realizing Satan’s arm is around her) And what is this?

SATAN Sounds like a good project. GABRIELLA (excited) You’re so wrong! All you can see is the dark side. All you care about is your own amusement. Earth is about free will ~ Man’s ability to create his own life. It’s the Creator’s greatest hit. It’s inspired. And it’s 165

SATAN Just a little move I picked up watching television. GABRIELLA A move?? SATAN A gesture of affection. It means I care for you. Yeah. First you put your arm around the girl. That


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SATAN You just haven’t been here long enough.

leads to kissing...

ON the TV a wrestler has grabbed the mic and is ranting ON Gabriella, taking the remote from Satan, fumbling with it until she turns the TV off. ON Gabriella and Satan in the silence. Gabriella paces, then turns to Satan

GABRIELLA: Kissing?? SATAN ...then petting, and pretty soon we have all our clothes off and we are on the bed indulging in man’s favorite of all pastimes: sexual intercourse.

GABRIELLA Look: I didn’t come here to have... Earth sex...with you, or watch those subhumans beat each other with chairs. I came here because I want you to cut out badmouthing this project. You’re being punished, you’re doing time. Take it like an angel and shut up.

Gabriella looks stunned SATAN I’ve done some research. There’s nothing Man would rather think about or do. So, here you are, looking very “sexy,” because that’s what they call this business ~ “sex” ~ and here I am, my usual irresistible self, and I say when on Earth, do what the Earthlings do. It’s all about research. It’s our duty...

SATAN (amused) And just how do you plan to get me to shut up?

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GABRIELLA (cooler) I’ve been thinking about a wager. That should appeal to you.

GABRIELLA (totally undone) We’re angels, for heaven’s sake!

SATAN It does.

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My First Building Boom by John Carroll

In June of 1959, I was nine years old and had the good fortune to be sandwiched between two brothers. At ten, Denny was a year older; at eight, Ricky was a year younger. This k not of boyhood naturally attracted others to us, and we became the nucleus of a gang of boys looking for fun and adventure. Now that school was out, we had many options. We could play baseball, go swimming, play horseshoes, go bottle hunting, play marbles, play guns or simply roam around town. As it turned out, we spent most of that summer in a fort-building spree, carried out on vacant lots and patches of woods near our house in Salisbury, Maryland. At first, these were simple structures consisting of makeshift nests in thick brush. These were fun for a while, but we knew we could do better. We knew what a real fort was. We had read Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe and books about Daniel Boone. On Saturdays, after asking our father for a quarter to go to the movies, enduring the ritual of his shocked amazement and hearing once again that it had only cost a nickel when he was a boy, we saw real forts in the theater. We saw English colonists of the 1760s

besieged in their palisade forts, repelling assault after assault from the French and their Indian allies. Flaming arrows would bring the crisis to a critical point, but the colonists and their fort would survive in the end. In the same darkened theater, we watched the US Cavalry ride out of western forts in the 1870s, and Tarzan sw ing back into the sanctuary of his tree house. The greatest fort of them all was not at the movies; it was on television. And it was not really a fort; it was a Franciscan mission. Week after week, we watched with an intensity that is inconceivable today as Davy Crockett moved inexorably toward his final, climactic moments at the Alamo.

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My First Building Boom From these sources, we knew what our fort needed. It had to be strong like the Alamo or hidden and inaccessible like Tarzan’s house. It should be provisioned in case it was besieged and have a secret exit in case of emergencies. After our first simple nests in the brush, we built a couple of stick forts that reminded us of the palisade forts of the English colonists. After that, we went underground. We began by digging a trench about 30 inches deep and 6 feet long. We covered the trench with an old door, then camouf laged the door with a layer of dirt and brush. To enter our fort, we excavated a narrow slit at the end of the door, through which we slipped inside, pulling some bushes over the opening to hide it. After careful consideration, we cut

a second opening at the other end to be used as a last, ditch escape route in case we were overwhelmed by our enemies. For light, we cut little shelves in the dirt walls where we put candles. One of the guys brought a loaf of bread and a canteen of water from home, and we had a grim mid-battle meal just like we’d seen in the movies. For a few days, we loved our strong, well-camouflaged for t, but the excitement quickly faded. Being confined in our dark little bunker limited our imaginations and our thirst for action. This shortcoming inspired the final and most ambitious phase of our fort-building summer. In one last, dramatic battle, we destroyed our underground fort and then immediately began plans for the gold standard of fort building: the tree fort. From a military standpoint, tree forts had two distinct advan-

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tages. The enemy could be seen from a distance and, if they decided to attack, they could easily be repulsed as they climbed single-file up the tree. Tree for ts proved more cha llenging to build than those on the ground. In looking at tree forts in books and on television, we could see that they were usually built in trees whose trunks were divided into three or four major branches. Those branches supported the floor beams and served as anchors for the walls. We also found that we could not build tree forts without tools. Although our fathers didn’t get involved in the actual building, they gave us some nails and let us use their hammers and handsaws.

In our first tree fort, we simply built the fort between three major branches that forked off from the trunk of the tree. This resulted in a cramped, triangular-shaped fort. In our next tree fort, we knew better. As in our first, failed effort, the trunk split into three major branches about six feet off the ground. To support a fourth corner, and thus make our fort roughly rectangular in shape, we ran a post up from the ground.

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We framed the perimeter of the f loor by nailing horizontal boards across the three branches and over to the post. Once we got the outside frame of the f loor built, we started building a f loor on it. Since we were standing on the fork of the tree, we worked from the perimeter in. This eventually left an open space in the center of the f loor, which we left as a hatch to access the fort. To build the walls, we nailed boa rd s hor i zont a l ly acros s t he branches and our post. These horizontal beams, which we placed at ceiling level (about five feet above the f loor), anchored the wall frame and supported the roof. We then covered the walls and roof with an assortment of materials: scraps of sheet metal, old discarded plywood and wide boards. Our f inished for t was a ramshackle affair, probably no more than five feet across. To access it, we climbed up a makeshift ladder to the fork where the trunk split into three major branches. As we stepped onto the fork, we poked our heads through the opening in the f loor. When we stood up, our upper bodies were above the f loor and we could lift ourselves inside. Of course, we closed this hatch with a board as soon as we were all securely ensconced inside the fort. This made moving around the fort a lot safer but, more importantly, 172


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My First Building Boom and our classmates, most of whom we hadn’t seen for three months. In the fall, we played football after school and did homework after supper. In October, our thoughts turned to Halloween; in November to Thanksgiving; in December to Christmas. In January, we pulled our sleds down to the playground and spent hours play ing in t he snow. Before we knew it, we were preparing for Easter. We didn’t think much about our fort until June, when the school year ended. On a warm day in June of 1960, we decided to go play at the fort. Expecting to pick up where we had left off nine months earlier, we excitedly climbed up the ladder and lifted ourselves into the fort, only to discover we were not alone. Our trusty fort, which had been impreg nable to a l l at t ack s la st August, proved to be vulnerable to airborne assault. A colony of wasps

had built a nest in the ceiling of the fort and they were not pleased to s e e u s. T he y b e ga n c i r c l i ng overhead and buzzing menacingly, which sent us scra mbling back dow n the ladder and retreating in a panic. A f ter regrouping about thir t y feet from the tree, we considered our options and concluded that we had no options. The wasps outnumbered us. They were aggressive and fierce. They were quick and nimble and could hit us from any angle. And, unlike any of our previous foes, they were real and could inf lict real pain. I suggested that we get a stick and knock dow n the wasp nest. Unfortunately, no one was willing to accept this hazardous mission; as much as we loved the thought of being heroes, we all preferred to rema i n u n s t u ng her o e s. We lingered a bit, keeping a wary eye on the wasps, then grimly walked away, surrendering our proud fort without a fight. After this inglorious defeat, we lost interest in for ts. We didn’t realize it at the time, but our first bui ld ing boom wa s over. A side from helping our father on projects around t he house, my brot hers and I put our building careers on hold and got involved in ot her, more “grown-up” enterprises. We delivered newspapers, cut lawns and played little league baseball. In 1962, Denny, who had turned

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thirteen, got inv ited to his first “mixed party” (boys and girls). To the amusement of us all, he and his best friend prepared for the party by practicing the latest dance sensation, the “twist,” in our kitchen. Four yea rs later, we were a ll well into our teenage years, brimming with energy and looking for summer jobs. Dad found us work installing asphalt shingles on new houses. Working out in the sun, we promptly got sunburned and our hands developed blisters and scrapes. It was hard work, but it was also very exciting. We weren’t f lipping burgers or washing cars; we wer e doi ng men’s work . A s t he summer wore on, our Ir ish

skin turned brown and our hands healed. We learned the rudiments of the roofing trade, and at the end of each week we got a paycheck. The work and the paycheck filled us with pride. We were in the heyday of the post-war building boom and had all the work we wanted. That second building boom turned out to be the last one for my brothers, who went on to other careers. I stayed in building, however, and continue to build and repair houses to this day. Along the way, I’ve been through numerous booms and busts, and I can say without hesitation that the booms are a lot more fun than the busts. But none will ever be as much fun as that first one in 1959.

John Carroll became a general contractor in 1977. He is a frequent contributor to Fine Homebuilding and has written three books on building. He lives in Durham, N.C.

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Thru June 6 The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a 3/5 scale replica of the original monument in Washington, D.C., will be on display at VFW Post 5118 in Easton. The Memorial Wall is to honor our servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrif ice during the Vietnam War. Throughout the seven days the wall will be in Easton, all the names will be read aloud.

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1-3 Play: Shore Shakespeare to present As You Like It at Adkins A rb oret u m, R id gely. Sha ke speare’s lightest and most delight f ul pastora l comedy, As You Like It is a celebration of the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 1-29 Exhibition: Tidewater Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Open theme plus Print of the Year. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org. 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit choptankbowling.com. 1,5,8,12,15,19,22,26,29 Free Blood Pressure Screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays

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June Calendar 2 Rummage Sale at the Oxford Firehouse from 9 a.m. to noon. Hou s e hold go o d s , c lot h i ng , shoes, jewelry, artwork, outdoor and garden items, tools, rugs and more! For more info. visit oxfordcc.org. 2 Youth Fishing Day at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hog Range Pond, adjacent to the Harriet Tubman UGRR State Park. Fishing for ages 15 and under. Safe and easy fishing for beginners, take-home gifts, free photo, fishing activities and information. Free lunch for those registered. For more info. and registration tel: 410-228-2677 or register at the event. 2 Cars and Coffee at the Oxford C om mu n it y C enter. 1 s t S aturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 2 Paddle with the President at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. From 10 a.m. to noon, join CBMM president Kristen Greenaway for a morning paddle on the Miles River and a demonstration of how to use a Greenland paddle. Participation is limited, so pre-registration is

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to the Crab Claw Restaurant). Boarding is 10:45, return 11:45, early entrance into t he Crab Claw venue. For more info. visit stmichaelsbrewfest.com. 2 “Sail with Annie Oakley” aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $65,

2 Sip for Snip ~ eat, drink and help the homeless cats of Delmarva. Snip Tuck, Inc. is sponsoring a night out to help homeless cats at the Old Phillips Hardware Building, Cambridge. 5 to 8 p.m. Beer and wine, heavy appetizers, auctions, prizes and more. For more info. tel: 410-943-4050. 2 ,9,16,23,30 Easton Far mers Ma rket ever y Sat urday f rom

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June Calendar mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured from 10 a.m. to noon. Town parking lot on Nor t h Har r ison Street. O ver 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit avalonfoundation.org. 2,9,16,23,30 The St. Michaels Farmers Market is a communitybased, producer-only farmers market that runs Saturday mornings, rain or shine, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., April-November, at 204 S. Talbot St. in St. Michaels. For more information contact: stmichaelsmarket@gmail.com. We do accept SNAP. 2,9,16,23,30 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-7458979 or visit classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Historic High Street Walking Tour ~ experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. Onehour walking tours on Saturdays, sp on s or e d by t he We s t E nd Citizen’s Association. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. Reservations not necessary, but appreciated. For

more info. tel: 410-901-1000 or visit cambridgemd.org. 2 ,9,16, 23 ,30 Sa i l aboa rd t he skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. 1 to 3 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $35, children 6-12 $10; under 6 free. Reservations online at skipjack-nathan. org or tel: 410-228-7141. 3 Annapolis Decoy Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Annapolis Elk s L odge, Edgewater. Buy, sell, trade antique duck decoys, contemporary carvings, hunting and fishing items, sporting art and more. Free admission and parking. For more info. tel: 703593-3024 or visit elks622.com. 3-16 National Music Festival in Chestertown. For two weeks, musicians live and work together, presenting more than 35 concerts - ranging from solo recitals to large symphony orchestra performances with chorus - and 200 free, open rehearsals for music lovers from all over the world. The NMF mission is to

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Family Crafts at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Summer crafts. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

4 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 1st Monday at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695. 4 Learn Microsoft Excel from a Pro at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Computer training specialist Rita Hill will teach the second class of an introductory course. Pre-registration is re-

quired. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Movie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 1st Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 4 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1st Monday at 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 4 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Societ y at t he Ga r f ield C enter, Chestertown. 1st Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. Mondays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 4,11,18,25 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join

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June Calendar host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesd ay s at Un iver sit y of Ma r yla nd Shore Reg iona l He a lt h Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 5 Celebrate Dorchester, showcasing some of Dorchester’s finest restaurants at Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Limited tickets available. For more info. tel: 410-228-3575 or visit facebook. com/events/461430090917731/. 5 Concert: Chamber Music Festival Opening Extravaganza at Christ Church, Easton. 5:30 p.m. Reception at Mason’s Redux 2017. Tickets are $50 (includes reception). For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit ChesapeakeMusic.org. 5-6 Creepy Crawlers class (Critters in the Bay) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class includes story time, craft, hike, live animals (or artifacts) and a snack.

Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers. 5-July 28 Exhibit: Wabi Sabi by Lee D’Zmura at Adkins Arboret um, R idgely. Wabi sabi is the Japanese art aesthetic that embraces beauty as imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. Reception to meet the artist on June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28 Tai Chi at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. with Nathan Spivey. $75 monthly ($10 drop-in fee). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-2265904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28 Mixed/ Gentle Yoga at Everg reen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 5,12,19,26 Story Time at the Tal-

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5,19 Cancer Patient Support Group at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-254-5940 or visit umshoreregional.org. 5,19 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 6 Open Rehearsal: Chamber Music Festival at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. Free. For more info. tel:410-819-0380 or visit ChesapeakeMusic.org.

6 Maker Space at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Enjoy ST E M (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) for children 6 and older. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

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June Calendar 6 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 1st Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 800-477-6291 or visit nar-anon.org. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours and other art-related activities. For more info. tel: 410-463-0148. 6,13,20,27 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin in the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 6,13,20,27 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a well-prepared meal from Upper Shore Aging. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 6,13,20,27 Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

6,13,20,27 Beginner Partner Ballroom Dancing, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Oxford C om mu n it y C enter. $50 per person. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 6,13,20,27 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Wednesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 7 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1st Thursday at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-6342847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 7 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 7

Concert: Chamber Music Festival at the Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford. 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 (includes reception). For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit ChesapeakeMusic.org.

7 Pet Loss Support Group on the 1st Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. Free and open to the public. For

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more info. tel: 410-822-0107. 7 Concer t: Barbara Parker and Jo e Holt Ja z z at t he O x ford Community Center from 7 to 10 p.m. Singer-songwriter Barbara Parker is joined by jazz pianist Joe Holt to provide an unforgettable night of original music. $15. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.

7,14,21,28 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 7,14,21,28 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice. Thursdays from 1 to 2:15 p.m. This we ek ly suppor t g roup i s for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 7, 1 4 , 2 1 , 2 8 Fa r m e r ’s M a r k e t at L ong W h a r f, C a mbr id ge , Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. visit Facebook.com/ events/215283019051530.

7 Concert: Pressing Strings Residency (2) in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

7,14,21,28 Kent Island Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit kifm830.wixsite.com/kifm.

7,14,21,28 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

7,21 Meeting: Samplers Quilt Guild from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. The Guild meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Prov ide your ow n lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-1015.

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June Calendar 7,21 Classical Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 8 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org. 8 Concert: Hannah Gill in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 and 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 8

Concert: Chamber Music Festival at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit ChesapeakeMusic.org.

8-10 Workshop: 3-Day Art Intermediate Workshop with Linda Luke at the Oxford Community Center. 10 to 3 p.m. $325 - includes supplies. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 9 4th annual Sporting Clays Classic at The Point at Pintail in Queenstown to support the Comprehensive Breast Center. Regis-

tration begins at 8 a.m. Online registration at ummhfoundation. org/upcoming-events, or tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5763. 9 Workshop: Engine Immersion with CBMM marine mechanic Josh Richardson at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to noon. Ever wondered what to do if your outboard motor ends up underwater? In this three-hour c ou r se, R icha rd son w i l l i mmerse an outboard engine in the river, haul it out, diagnose it and demonstrate how to get it back in working condition. $28 members, $35 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit cbmm.org. 9 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 9 Child Loss Support Group Celebration of Life Commemorating Mother’s and Father’s Day at The Healing Garden at the Easton Club, Easton. 10 a.m. Please park on Clubhouse Drive, not on Oxford Road. If it storms, join us at St. Mark’s Church Fellowship Hall. For more info. tel: 410822-6681.

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9 47th Antique Airplane Fly-In at Massey Aerodrome in Massey. Over 100 antique and classic aircraft, many taildraggers and biplanes. Watch them land and take off from our excellent photo and viewing area overlooking the runway. Hear the unique sound of radial engines. Tour the Massey Air Museum, DC-3 and hangars. Free. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-9285270 or visit masseyaero.org. 9 Studio Sale at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Museum’s instructors, artists and students are cleaning out their studios for this one-day sale. No work over $300. Framed

and unframed drawings, paintings in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, ceramics, pottery, art prints and large quantity of art books. Food and music will be available. For more info. e-mail wkmcgarry@verizon.net. 9 Meet the Artist: Erick Sahler at Candleberr y Galler y in St. Michaels. 2 to 4 p.m. New 2018 serigraphs and silk screen rarities include No. 1 prints, artist proofs and edition varies, available for sale. For more info. tel: 410-745-2420. 9 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith

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Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit CambridgeMainStreet.com.

9 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-9535 or visit townofstmichaels.org. 9 Concert: Chamber Music Festival at the Oxford Community Center. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit ChesapeakeMusic.org. 9 Cambridge Ghost Walk along historic High Street ~ known as the most haunted street in Mar yland! L ear n the spook y and fascinating stories of lives lived and lost along this historic street. Organized by Mindie Burgoyne, the author of Haunted Eastern Shore. $20 per adult; $1 5 for k id s 8 -12 ye a r s old;

under 8 free. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-735-0771 or visit chesapeakeghosts.com. 9,23 Country Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e United Methodist churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 10 Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon begins at 6:45 a.m. at Great Marsh Park, Cambridge. Awards ceremony to begin at 4 p.m. (pending final finisher). For more info. visit ironman.com/ t r i a t h l on/e v e n t s/am e r i c a s/ ironman-70.3/eagleman/. 10 Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit fire and ambulance services. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 10 Hoop Dance Workshop with Mina Bear at Adkins Arboretum, R idgely. Professional per formance artist Melissa Newman, who performs at Mina Bear, will lead a group lesson in on-body hooping and technical moves for all skill levels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $30

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Work shop: Photo graphing Flowers with your iPhone with Karen Klinedinst at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 4 p.m. $55 members, $70 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

10 Concert: Night Tree in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 11 Meeting: Caroline Co. A ARP Chapter #915 at noon, with a covered dish luncheon, at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. This will be an opportunity to hear the viewpoints of both the Republican and Democratic parties, presented by local representatives. There will be a question-and-answer per iod. For more info., tel: 410 -4826039. 11 Open Mic at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive here. All ages and styles of performance are welcome. The event is open to all ages. 7

to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@ gmail.com. 12 Open Rehearsal: Chamber Music Festival at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit ChesapeakeMusic.org. 12 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Tuesday at 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advanced healthcare planning and complete your advance directive paperwork, including the Five Wishes and Maryland Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 12 Free screening of the awardw i n n i ng f i l m L ov ing at t he Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, St. Michaels. Noon. This date marks the 51st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision ending state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The movie Loving tells the story of the romance that gave birth to this critical ruling. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 12 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 2nd Tuesday at

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more info. tel:410-819-0380 or visit ChesapeakeMusic.org. 13 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@ talbothospice.org. 13 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail mariahsmission2014@ gmail.com. 13 Meet ing: Bay water Ca mera Club at the Dorchester Center for the A rts, Cambridge. 2nd Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 13 Meeting: Optimist Club at Washington Street Pub, Easton. 2nd Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 13-14 Workshop: Summer Mosaics

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for Adults and Teens with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $75 members, $90 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 13,27 Stor y Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 13,27 Bay Hundred Chess Club, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. All ages welcome.

14 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Caroline County Senior Center, Denton. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org. 14 Forest Music at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Musicians from Chestertown’s National Music Festival return to the Arboretum for a unique improvisatory performance in the forest. Free, but donations are welcome. 3 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-6342847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 14 Concert: Chamber Music Festival at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit ChesapeakeMusic.org. 14

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June Calendar more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 14 Lecture: Thursday Nights @ OCC to feature Roger Vaughan on Of Rails and Sails ~ The Life of Arthur Curtiss James. 5:30 p.m. at the Oxford Community Center. $10. For more info. tel: 410-2265904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 14 Meeting: Chesapeake Bay Herb Society at Christ Church, Easton. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410310-8437 or visit chesapeakebayherbsociety.org. 14 Concert: The Wailers at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 14,24 Guided Kayak Trip at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 5:30 p.m. on the 14th and 1 p.m. on the 24th. $15 for CBEC members, $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 14,28 Memoir Writers at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

15 Hot & Tangy BBQ Chicken at L ink wood- Sa lem V FC, L inkwood. 10 a.m. until sold out. For more info. tel: 410-221-0169. 15 Concert: Chamber Music Festival at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit ChesapeakeMusic.org. 15-16 Workshop: Illustrated Arboretum Map with Kelly Sverduk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. The class will feature painting w ith tea to create an antique ‘storybook’ effect, designing a compass rose, and incorporating map icons and natural elements into the layout. All levels of experience welcome. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $125 member, $155 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 15-17 31st annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Nav y Point at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society. Highlights include the history of ski boats and water skiing, some of the area’s finest classic boats, nautical and marine treasures, entertainment, food and more. Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sun-

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family event will include music, food, entertainment, art-related activities and more. For more info. visit academyartmuseum.org/ juneteenth or tel: 410-822-2787.

day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. 15-17 Play: Shore Shakespeare to present As You Like It at the O x f or d C om mu n i t y C e nt e r. Shakespeare’s lightest and most delightful pastoral comedy, As You Like It is a celebration of the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 16 7th Annual Juneteenth Celebration, hosted by the Academy Art Museum and the Frederick Douglass Honor Society. The Academy Art Museum proudly joins more than 35 local organizations in celebrating the life of Talbot County’s most famous native son, Frederick Douglass. This year marks the 200th birthday of the social reformer, abolitionist, writer and statesman. Juneteenth, one of the most important African American holidays, marks the abolition of slavery. The celebration will commemorate Ema ncipat ion Day, celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and reflect on the common values that we share as a community. This free

16 3rd Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival at the Waterfowl Festival building, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet more than 30 of our country’s finest children’s book authors. Enjoy live music, refreshments and more. Register for the Talbot County Free Library’s Summer Reading Program and receive a voucher for a free book by one of the Festival authors. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 16 Purple in the Park in Idlewild Park, Easton. 1 to 4 p.m. This Talbot Goes Pur ple outreach event will have family fun and education on standing up against substance abuse. Face painting, corn hole, fire trucks, K-9 demonstrations, a giant sling shot water balloon contest, free food and music. Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble will have updates on the project. For more info. visit talbotgoespurple.org. 16 Cambridge Boat Docking Waterman’s Rodeo at Long Wharf Park, Cambridge. Noon to 4 p.m. Come watch these expert captains of all ages, some as young as 10, whip workboats and char-

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panied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class involves hands-on work in our garden, games or ar ts and craf ts, and a snack. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers. 18 Read with Latte, a certified therapy dog, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. Bring a book or choose one from the library and read with Jane Dickey and her dog Latte. For children 5 and older. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 18 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth.net. 18 Book Discussion: Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane S c ho emp erlen at t he Ta lb ot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 18-21 Class: The Power of Paint for a ge s 8 to 1 3 w it h Su sa n Hor s e y at t he A c ade my A r t Museu m, E a ston. 10 a.m. to n o o n . $10 5 m e m b e r s , $1 1 5 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822-A RTS (2787) or

18-22 Class: Bring Your Drawings to Life with Adobe Illustrator for grades 6 to 9 with Chris Pittman at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $135 members, $145 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 19 Communit y Ecolog y Cr uise aboard the Winnie Estelle at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Adults and children are welcome on this up-close and personal exploration of the Miles R iver and its unique habitat and ecology. $16 members, $20 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org. 19-20 Workshop: Painting Water and Atmosphere with Pastels with Nick Serratore at the Academy A r t Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $125 members, $150 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 19-Aug. 24 2018 Summer Theatre Programs at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. All day. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 20 Meeting: Dorchester Caregiv-

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ers Support Group from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 20 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6:30 p.m. This support group is for anyone griev ing the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 20-21 DNR-Approved Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 10 p.m. each day in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium. $25. Pa r t ic ipa nt s c omplet i ng t he course and passing the test will receive a Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is valid for life and is required for anyone born on or after July 1, 1972 and who operates a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters. Participants must be 12 or older. To register visit bit.ly/safeboating2018. 20 -22 Work shop: The F undamentals of Drawing with Katie C a s sidy at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $110 members, $132 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

21 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit pleasantday.com. 21 Giant Walk-On Map of Maryland at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2:30 p.m. Special activities for ages 6 and older. Participants must wear socks. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 21 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. 21 Lecture: Thursday Nights @ OCC to feature Larry Denton, executive director of the Talbot Historical Society, on Famous Historic Photos of Talbot County and Oxford, from the collections of the Talbot Historical Society. 5:30 p.m. at the Oxford Community Center. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 21 Concert: Chris Trapper in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon

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Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 21 Summer Solstice Night Hike at P icker ing Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 8 p.m. Explore the evening skies on the longest day of the year with Pickering Creek naturalists! $5. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 21,30 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 10 a.m. on the 21st and 1 p.m. on the 30th. Free for CBEC members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 22 Chesapeake Film Festival presents The Art of the Steal at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. This 2009 documentary is about the controversial move of the Barnes Foundation, generally considered to be the world’s best collection of post-Impressionist art and valued to be worth at least $25 billion from Merion, Pennsylvania, to Philadelphia.

5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at ChesapeakeFilmFestival.com or at the door. For more info. tel: 443-955-9144. 22 Concert: David Mayfield Parade in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 22-24 Workshop: Monoprint Collage with Rosemary Cooley at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $185 members, $222 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 22,29 Friday Fix! at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Enjoy fun, family movies. 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit tcfl.org. 23 Workshop: Mudheads ~ Painting the Essence of People Outdoors with Diane Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $48 members, $58 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 23 2nd Annual Paddle Jam on the Tred Avon River with post-paddling festivities at Easton Point Marina. Enjoy a 6-mile leisurely paddle along the Tred Avon, then back to Easton Point for music,

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from 8 a.m. to noon. Learn about Amateur Radio and get on and talk to someone from other states or countries on Saturday. Emergency Preparedness is all about learning what we can do to be ready in an emergency, so please join us on Sunday to learn about how Ham radio plays a part and also how you can learn to be prepared too. For more info. tel: 406-214-5384 or visit k3emd.com.

food, beverages and great prizes. $45. For more info. visit active. com/easton-md/boating/canoeing/paddle-jam-2018. 23 Concert: Dean Rosenthal’s 4 Piece Racket in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 23-24 Log Canoe Cruises at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Enjoy a river cruise to watch the log canoe races on the Miles River from our buyboat, Winnie Estelle. Log canoe races are a quintessential Chesapeake pastime, and from a shady spot onboard Winnie’s deck you’ll get an up-close and exciting look at the action. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $28 CBMM members, $35 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org.

23-24 Amateur Radio Field Day and Emergency Preparedness Day at Great Marsh Park, Cambridge. Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sunday

24 Summer Wildlife Walk with Margan Glover at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Look for blooming f lowers in the wetland, jack-in-the-pulpit in the woods, butterf lies, dragonf lies and more. All ages are welcome. The walk is free for members and $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 25 Giant Walk-On Map of Maryland at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Special activities for ages 6 and older. Participants must wear socks. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l.org. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 25-29 Animal Art Adventures with Dawn Malosh at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For ages 7 to 13. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Includes

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June Calendar a visit to the Salisbury Zoo. $175 members, $185 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 25-29 Int roduc t ion to De sig n Principles with Gabby Lambeth at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For ages 4 to 7. 10 a.m. to noon. $115 members, $125 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 25-29 Clay w ith Daw n Malosh at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For ages 8 to 13. 1 to 3 p.m. $120 members, $130 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

26 Monthly Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice. This ongoing support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. 4th Tuesday at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail bdemattia@talbothospice.org. 26 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlew ild Ave., Easton. 4th Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411 or visit umshoreregional.org. 26 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946.

25-July 2 Summer Camp at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Week-long, full- and half-day sessions for ages 4 to 15. For more information about camp times and registration v isit cbmm.org/ summercamps.

27 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games and f un. For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

26 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Sun Trust Bank (basement Maryland Room), Easton. 4th Tuesday at 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit twstampclub.com.

27 Meet ing: Diabetes Suppor t Group at UM Shore Regional Health at Dorchester, Cambridge. 4th Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196.

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June Calendar 27-28 GSK Science in the Summer: The Science of Space at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon for grades 2 and 3; 2 to 4 p.m. for grades 4 to 6. Learn about the stars, the moon, space travel and more! For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

opportunity for the community to enjoy rides, food and the fun of a summer carnival, culminating with fireworks and live music on the 4th. June 28-July 3, 6 to 10 p.m., July 4, 4 to 11 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 29

28 Free screening of the Emmy Award-w inning f ilm Miles of Smiles: The Years of Struggle at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 28-July 4 Easton’s Carnival & 4th of July Celebration is a week-long

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Che s ap e a ke F i l m Fe s t i v a l presents The Guest of Cindy Sherman at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at ChesapeakeFilmFestival.com or at the door. For more info. tel: 443-955-9144.

29 Concert: Arty Hill in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 and 9:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 29-July 1 The schooner Sultana, an almost exact replica of a British schooner that patrolled the North American coast just prior to the American Revolution, will be docked at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. While at CBMM, Sultana will be hosting students in an under sail environmental science program on the Miles River. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. 30 Huge outdo or Sa le s Event sponsored by Denton Station Antiques in Denton. 8 a.m. to 1

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p.m. Open to craft and familyoriented yard sale vendors. For more info. tel: 410-310-8934. 30 Lecture with local author John Reisinger at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Reisinger to present excerpts from h is late st work , The S ec rets Behind the Structures. He will share bizarre facts about popular travel destinations. 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 30 Big Band Night and Fireworks at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 7 to 10 p.m. at the Tolchester Bandstand with The Shades of Blue

Orchestra. The St. Michaels fireworks are scheduled to launch after dusk. Food, ice cream and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the event. $6 CBMM members, $10 non-members. $2 after 8:45 p.m. Children ages 5 and under are free. Rain date is Sunday, July 1. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org.

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