Tidewater Times March 2016

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Tidewater Times

March 2016


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Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 64, No. 10

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March 2016

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Mary Konchar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Art School and the Future: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 A Big Story Shapes a Long Career: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 The Number of My Days: George Merrill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Navigating Norge: Gugy Irving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 First Annual Oxford, MD Polar Dip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Encounters in a Bookstore: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Charm City Cakes: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Departments: March Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 March Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 David C. Pulzone, Publisher 路 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 Photographer Mary Konchar Yellowstone, Shenandoah, Acadia, and Great Smoky National Parks, and at several National Wildlife Refuges, including Blackwater, Bombay Hook, Prime Hook, Chincoteague, Umbagog, Bear River, and Canaan Valley (where she served as “Photographer in Residence” over three one month periods during 2009-2010). The photo of the owlet on the cover was taken in downtown Easton. Her work is available for purchase at Trumpeter Swan Antiques and LeHatchery in Easton, The Candleberry Shop in St. Michaels, or e-mail marykonchar@gmail. com.

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Art School and the Future by Helen Chappell

My mother was horrified when I told her I wanted to go to art school. “You’ll be running around with disreputable people and wearing nasty, paint-stained clothes,” she gasped. I don’t know which bothered her more, disreputable people (you know ~ Bohemians, people who drank cheap red wine and played bongo drums and were, in her imagination, Communists) or the idea of clothing spattered with paint, because you know, it was not you she was mad at, it was the dirt. Not that my parents knew any artists, mind you, but they watched TV and read LIFE magazine and thought they had a pretty good idea of what those beatnik hippies were up to. I don’t recall if we even had any significant art in our house. Some dreary prints, a nondescript painting of an Amsterdam f lower market ~ stuff like that. Although my father, if he was in a good mood and had his evening martini, was known to sketch out cartoons on a napkin for my amusement. And he wasn’t untalented. But a career in the arts? I may as well have hung out on a street corner, offering myself for sale. So, when I needed some studio

credits to graduate from college, and heard about the cutting-edge School of the Visual Arts in New York, I was off and gone to the big city. By then, my parental units had given up hope for me. I’d never join the country club; marry a guy with a good job; pop out 2.5 grandchildren and drive a station wagon. If I got my M.R.S. degree in nursing or teaching, they would have been satisfied. 9



Art School and the Future Ever since I was little, I’d dreamed of blowing my small-town popsicle stand for the bright lights of Broadway. I’d read the Sunday New York Times the way other people might read their prayer book. I knew I was bound for the Big Apple. And so I was. I loved visual arts. I got to study with some really fine artists ~ Chuck Close, Brice Marden and Alex Katz, to mention the A List. I got to meet a lot of interesting people, like Holly Woodlawn, who used the ladies’ bathroom before it was fashionable. Holly Woodlawn was a transgender Puerto Rican actress and Warhol superstar who appeared in his movies Trash and

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Women in Revolt. She was probably best known as the “he who was a she” in Lou Reed’s hit pop song Walk on the Wild Side. I got to go to a lot of interesting places like Max’s Kansas City, where we could sit and watch Andy Warhol and the Factory People, who were their own kind of zoo. I also spent some time at the Chelsea Hotel, and got to see John Waters’ seminal film Pink Flamingos at the midnight show at the old Elgin Theater, meet Waters and Divine, and generally do all kinds of things my parents would have died if they’d known about. New York was expensive, even

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Stonewall Riots were not that far behind us, and there was a lot of ugly bigotry. And speaking of Warhol ~ Joe Delassandro, who was also in Trash, was one of our neighbors on East 10th, and his life was certainly a soap opera! The city was dirty, often grim, and very expensive, but I was in New York and in art school, and that counted for a lot. I picked up a little extra money working for my literary agent, and did some weekends and evenings at Macy’s, but there was still never quite enough money for the art supplies I needed, and art supplies were expensive. Because it was art school, I

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A Big Story Shapes A Long Career by Dick Cooper

This year marks the centennial of American journalism’s highest award, the Pulitzer Prize. It has also been 45 years since the Attica Prison riot. These two seemingly unrelated events have played important roles in my life in ways that I could not have imagined as a young reporter. I had the good fortune of having strong teachers and editors who helped shape and encourage my early years as a reporter. They taught me to be prepared for the future, but also to be ready to improvise quickly when confronted by the unexpected. Every story had to

be approached with curiosity, caution and the ability to contain and retain the excitement that comes from witnessing sudden change. I felt that excitement as I drove in the night through the rich farmlands of upstate New York on assignment to cover the Attica Prison riot. My car was the only vehicle on the dark, arrow-straight road. Then, in the rearview mirror, I saw flashing red lights coming on fast. I pulled onto the shoulder as a long convoy of state police cruisers roared past. I followed the speeding motorcade for five miles and watched as the

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Big Story Shapes Career police cars came to a stop in front of the imposing walls of the prison. Hundreds of armed troopers in helmets and rain coats marched into the prison, doubling the size of the force already inside. It was the morning of Monday, September 13, 1971. I was a young reporter for the Rochester TimesUnion, showing up for a 12-hour shift covering the biggest breaking news story in the nation that day. Thir t y-nine men were about to die in a hail of gunfire. In the next 36 hours, I would be reporting an unexpected news story that kept getting bigger. Five days earlier, inmates in the

Press corps outside Attica Prison. massive prison known for housing some of the toughest criminals in New York State beat a guard, seized hostages and set fires as they took control of a large part of the prison. Attica was 55 miles from Rochester, and my colleagues Larry Beaupre and Terry Dillman were among the first reporters on the scene. The T imes-Union was a n a f ter noon paper, and they filed live, dramatic accounts that were relayed by the wire services to newspapers and radio and television stations across the country. Soon, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post and all of the network TV news organizations had reporting teams heading toward Attica. The smoke billowing out of the prison was just one more sign of a society’s status quo about to come apart, or so it seemed in 1971.

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The helicopter that shot tear gas into the prison yard heads in. por ts on the evening news. The riot quick ly became a stand-of f between the inmates and Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s administration. Inmates presented demands. Along with safe passage out of the prison for their leaders, they wanted frequent showers and more than one roll of toilet paper a week. State officials refused to budge, especially following the death of guard Billy Quinn, who had been beaten in the first minutes of the riot. On Saturday, in part because of demands by the inmates for outside witnesses, celebrity activists began showing up at the prison to act as mediators. Civil rights lawyer William Kunstler, Black Panther Bobby

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front of the prison. We set out to find a phone. At a house about a block away, we came upon a couple packing their car, getting ready to leave town. They said they were afraid the inmates were coming over the walls. They let us into their home, showed us the phone and left. We called the Times-Union City Desk and took turns dictating notes to fellow reporter, Jack Garner who was working rewrite back in the newsroom. We kept that phone line open for the next 15 hours. Back at the prison, we saw canisters being loaded into a National Guard helicopter parked outside the wall. A state spokesman stood on the steps of the prison and announced to the press that the state police were giving the inmates an ultimatum: Immediately release the hostages and surrender or the police

Seale and New York Times staffer Tom Wicker were among those allowed to meet the prisoners in DYard, the open exercise yard in the heart of the prison where the rioters had set up a fortified encampment. By that time the press corps had swollen to more than 125 reporters from around the world. The big TV networks were roughing it in airconditioned Winnebagos, complete with refrigerators full of cold beer. The New York Times took over an entire house across the street from the prison, forcing everyone else to look for a telephone. The BBC and Agence France Presse sent reporters. It was international news. On that fateful Monday morning, I met up with my Times-Union colleagues Dillman and Cliff Smith in

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of scenes and quotes to rewrite. Several hours after the assault, prison of f icials announced that 10 hostages had been killed by the inmates who slashed their throats in defiance of the surrender ultimatum. Twenty-nine inmates were also killed during the police assault that was initiated by the murders of the hostages. They said the prison was under their control and the riot was over. On the outside, the press herd was voracious. A man who came out wearing a blood-stained smock was almost attacked by microphonewielding reporters. They demanded, “Doctor, what was it like?” He told them he had been in Vietnam and this was the worst thing he had ever seen. Motorcycle couriers rushed the hot film to Buffalo to be f lown to New York for the six o’clock news. It was only after the motorcycles left that the print reporters moved in on the “Doctor” and found out he was a local volunteer firefighter who was helping carry wounded to ambulances. The New York Daily News quoted unnamed sources saying they saw the throats of the hostages slit by the inmates. By then, a full team of TimesUnion reporters had been sent to Attica to follow every thread of the story. We filed stories all night. Several reporters found families of hostages and guards and interviewed survivors. I interviewed a guards’

were coming in with force. Dillman, Smith and I set up a shuttle run between the prison steps and our new home base. One of us was always at the prison, on the phone or jogging between the two sites. Working for an afternoon newspaper meant we were always on deadline, at least until the last street-sales edition at 3:45 p.m. We watched as the helicopter lifted, circled over a field and then headed toward the prison. As it passed over the press corps, the police dumped tear gas on us as they flew over the wall and emptied their load over D-Yard. Gunfire broke out. We later found out that the shooting only lasted about seven minutes, with more than 400 rounds fired, but at the time it seemed much longer. I remember gagging on the tear gas as I was running back to the house to call in new details. When I got there, the homeowners had returned. They had heard on the radio report that the prison was retaken, and they felt it was safe to come home. The woman ripped up a sheet and dipped in it water to make “gas masks” for us as we kept up our shuttle. And so it went for hours. We called in updates faster than the wire services could get stories out. As the day wore on, the owners of the house made us lunch, c of fe e a nd te a a nd w atche d i n fascination as we fed descriptions 34

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Just before dawn, Times-Union City Editor Phil Currie called the motel room. He had a tip that the bodies of the hostages killed in the assault were being autopsied at the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester. As the police beat reporter, I had established a good working relationship with the medical examiner’s office, so Currie told me to head there and see what I could find. It was a bright, sunny morning, and the ME’s office was being guarded by Monroe County sherif f ’s deputies. The Sher if f ’s Department was my first beat at the paper, and I knew all of the deputies. They said Dr. John Edland,

union official who had been in the prison right after the retaking. The newspaper rented a motel room in Batav ia. We took turns calling in stories though the night. When we were finished we crashed, three and four across the two double beds trying for sleep. In the middle of the night, one of our team came in with a half dozen medical students from New York City who had driven up hoping to care for the wounded. They were rebuffed at the prison and had no lodging, so, in return for interviews, we let them sleep in a corner.

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ered. He said the fatal wounds were caused by rifle and pistol bullets and shotgun pellets, the weaponry of the state police. Officials had previously announced that the inmates were armed with makeshift spears, swords and knifes but did not have conventional weapons. I knew I had a big story. I was only 15 minutes from the newsroom, so I jumped in my car and headed to the office. John Dougherty, the managing editor of the Times-Union, was personally handling all of the copy that flowed through the newly established Attica Desk. I walked up and said, “John, I have a really great story.”

the medical examiner, was busy and could not talk to me. We were making small talk when Carl Lupo, the lead investigator for the ME’s office, came out on the stoop. “Yo, Cooper,” he said. “Where did you guys get the information about the slashed throats?” I told him state officials had put it out at the prison right after the riot. Lupo said all of the hostages died of gunshots. He said there were signs of trauma in their bodies, indicating they had been beaten, but they were all shot to death. I asked him what kind of ammunition was recov-



of the hostages. I brought it back to Dougherty. He read it, stared at it for a long moment and handed it back. “Check it again,” he demanded. While I was on the phone with Lupo, Dougherty pulled over John Machacek, our education writer who had been working on the previous “biggest story of the day” covering the desegregation busing of the city schools. He told Machacek what I had and sent him to find Dr. Edland, the medical examiner. At the ME’s office, Machacek saw a man in a bloody smock eating a tuna fish sandwich. It was Edland. When Machacek told him what we had, Edland confirmed the story, giving even more details. Machacek called in his information and the editors changed the on-the-record attribution from Lupo to Edland. Our breaking news led the Attica stor y, and the paper carried the six-column banner headline GUNSHOTS, NOT KNIVES, KILLED HOSTAGES. The rest of the press corps rushed f rom At t ic a to Roche ster for a press conference with Edland that evening, but the Times-Union was on the street hours before they got to town. For our reporting, Machacek and I were awarded the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for General Local Reporting. John Hohenberg, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes at the time of the award, wrote “The Rochester

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We were invited on the Today Show with Frank McGee. When I told him what I had, he gave me suspect look. Here I was, a 24-year-old reporter, two years out of college, telling him that the highest officials of the State of New York were putting out false information and that the hostages had been killed by the very police officers who had gone in to rescue them. He sent me to write what I had. I handed him my copy quoting Carl Lupo on the record saying that the throats of the hostages were not slashed and describing the fatal gunshots. Dougherty shook his head as he read. He was a crusty old World War II intelligence officer, and one of his favorite sayings to young reporters was, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” He handed my copy back to me and said, “Call him back and double check it.” I called Lupo and went over the details, which he confirmed again on the record and gave me even more details about the autopsies 40

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Big Story Shapes Career Times-Union, alone among all of the news organizations that covered the Attica story, broke the medical examiner’s findings at about noon on September 14. The Associated Press picked up the report, with credit to the paper, and spread it throughout the nation. As a result, a censorious public attitude toward the conv icts under went a rapid change and the police, instead, had to assume blame for the killings. What [Cooper and Machacek] had done by following basic reportorial practice, had averted the creation of a monstrous injustice.� Now, 45 years later, I can look back a nd see how t hose event s directed my future. To begin with, af ter the Pulitzer I was given a $25-a-week raise. That was a lot of money in 1972. The $500 in prize money was matched by my paper and the Newspaper Guild. That was enough to pay cash for a new car. The raise helped me qualify for my first home mortgage, a move that, along with fatherhood, pushed me quickly into full-fledged adulthood. There is no doubt that the Prize has opened doors and garnered me invites I would not have otherwise received. Within days of receiving the honor, Machacek and I were in New York City and on the Today show being interviewed by the late, great television journalist Frank McGee. My paper paid me $50 ev-

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Big Story Shapes Career ery time I gave a speech about the Pulitzer story to local civic groups. I spoke to every Rotary and Kiwanis Club in upstate New York. Grand Rapids Junior College, one of my alma maters, gave me a Distinguished Alumni Award. My editors took me off the police beat and gave me a coveted job as an investigative reporter. The Pulitzer Prize also helped get me the interview for a reporting job at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where I ended up working for almost three decades. But I also learned early that fame fades fast, especially in the world of daily journalism, where “What have you done for me lately?” is always in the back of every editor’s mind. In the spring of 1973, on the day that the new Prizes were announced, my editor, John Dougherty, called me into his office. “You didn’t win a Pulitzer this year,” he said. “Those $50 payments end today.”

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The Number of My Days by George Merrill

About 2,500 years ago, a psalmist posed this concern to God: “Lord, make me know mine end and the measure of my days.” In Talbot County, where roughly 35 percent of residents are retirees and well up in years, I’ll bet many are thinking the same thing. As an octogenarian, I know I am. Three score and ten once was considered a long life. Today that figure is conservative. Four score and ten and going is more like it. There’s sad news and good news. The sad news is that for many of us elderly, our days are numbered, closer to the end than the beginning. Nobody likes that thought. What complicates the matter is the aversion that doctor, patient and family often feel in discussing end-of-life issues openly. Such discussions are as disturbing for physicians as they are for patients and their families. When an incurable illness occurs, and patient, family and physician cannot entertain any other thought than a cure, where does the conversation go from there? In a remarkable book, The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care, physician

Angelo E. Volandes invites readers to address end-of-life issues as issues of living, not attempts to forestall dying. In this paradigm, medicine is not called upon to cure what it can’t, but to mobilize its extensive resources to assist the patient to live in reasonable comfort and personal meaning for the remainder of life. “The book,” writes Volandes, “stems from my belief that one toxic side effect of 51

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only for individuals confronting end-of-life issues, but also for all those who suffer with them at this critical time. The substance of what Dr. Volandes has learned over years of practice is a surprisingly simple concept that is profound in its implications. If everyone concerned with the person facing end-of-life issues can begin talking about their concerns openly, two things can happen. The terrible sense of personal isolation that facing mortality can create is mitigated some, and a way of life for one’s final days can be fashioned that has meaning despite its inherent limits. The necessary conversation would include: What’s most important to you in life? Are there medical interventions you would not want? What are your fears of sickness and medical care? What beliefs would guide you in making medical decisions?

the extraordinary progress . . . made in medical technology is the assault of medial interventions at the very end of life.” To put it another way, more medical attempts to cure are often not better, but produce more suffering; the treatment grows worse than the aff liction. So what role has medicine if it cannot cure the patient? After all, isn’t that what patients and doctors want? Dr. Volandes demonstrates from his hard-earned clinical experience with patients confronting end-of-life issues that we have choices in how we can compose a comfortable and meaningful life during our last days. We are not helpless. The issue becomes not how we can stave off death by some protracted or exotic interventions, but, given the reality of our pending mortality, how we can live the remains of our days to our best advantage and to the advantage of loved ones who care for us. This is very good news, not



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chaplain and a priest, nothing I had read moved me so deeply or informed me as much as Dr. Volandes’ handling of the matter. Writers often talk about a “voice,” that particular tone that emerges in an author’s writing, as though words had music. Dr. Volandes’ compassion was palpable in every written word, and apparent in the practical, educational initiatives he has taken to help us all live our lives fully to the end. On March 31, Talbot Hospice will host Dr. Volandes at the Avalon Theatre at 6 p.m. For those of you interested in this topic, it will be an opportunity to hear directly from the author. Advance registration is required and can be made by visiting the Talbot Hospice website talbothospice.org, and clicking on the Events tab or by calling 410-822-6681. It may change your life and the lives of those you love.

Would you wish to live longer or have a higher quality of life? The earlier all the involved parties can engage in the conversation, the better. Perhaps the most delicate aspect of the conversation is in dealing with the resistance family members may have in talking candidly about end-of-life. In a conversation with a friend recently, she told me her father was failing and she wanted to engage her mother first in an end of life conversation. Her mother was too threatened to talk about it. The art of the conversation is first to recognize its importance, and then, to patiently deal with the anxiety it raises in all parties. The conversation is understood to be an ongoing one. Small steps at a time until reasonable levels of comfort are achieved. Again, the earlier, the better. There are instances where a patient, like one suffering Alzheimer’s disease, cannot be included in the conversation. The burden of the conversation is then placed on the closest relatives or a proxy who may have been chosen. Conversations should begin well before the debilitation has set in. Although I’ve had some experience in dealing with persons facing end-of-life issues, as a hospice

George Merrill is an Episcopal priest, pastoral psychotherapist, and former Talbot Hospice chaplain. He has authored two books on spirituality, and his essays are broadcast twice monthly on Delmarva Public Radio. George will be teaching a six-week Life Review Course co-facilitated by Sarah Sadler this spring at Talbot Hospice in Easton. 54



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Fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped Dressing: 1/4 cup olive oil 2 T. orange juice 1 t. Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove, pressed 1/2 t. sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine all six ingredients for the dressing and shake well. On four salad plates, arrange the lettuce, avocado, oranges and onion. Sprinkle the avocado slices with some lemon juice to prevent them from turning dark. Drizzle with dressing. Add walnuts right before serving.

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green layers, it dresses up any holiday buffet and can be made ahead of time. In the spring it would be lovely made with lemon, orange and lime Jell-O.

The same mustard dressing (as I used in the Avocado, Orange and Romaine Salad) can be used on this salad with great success.

1 can (8 oz.) sliced pineapple 1 package (3 oz.) lime gelatin 4 cups boiling water, divided 2 T. lemon juice 1 package (3 oz.) lemon gelatin 2 packages (3 oz. each) cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1 package (3 oz.) raspberry gelatin 2 medium firm bananas

Lettuce leaves 2 large red grapefruit, peeled and sectioned 1 small red onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced On four salad plates, arrange the lettuce, grapefruit, onion, and avocado. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.

Drain pineapple, reserving juice. In a bowl, dissolve lime gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Combine the pineapple juice, lemon juice and enough cold water to measure 1 cup: add to dissolved gelatin. Cut pineapples slices in half; arrange on the bottom of a 12-cup ring mold coated with nonstick cooking spray. Pour a small amount of lime gelatin over the pineapple; refrigerate until set. Add remaining lime gelatin; refrigerate until firm. In a small mixing bowl, dissolve lemon gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Refrigerate until partially set. Beat until light and fluffy. In another small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add mayonnaise; mix well. Fold in whipped gelatin; pour over lime layer. Refrigerate until firm.

LAYERED CITRUS GELATIN MOLD Serves 16 You can use the gelatins of your choice, but no matter where I take this attractive salad, I am asked for the recipe. With its red and 60

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Citrus Adds Zest! Dissolve raspberry gelatin in remaining boiling water. Slice bananas; place over lemon layer. Carefully spoon the raspberry gelatin over bananas. Refrigerate until firm or overnight. ORANGE CHICKEN SALAD Serves 6 Here is a little taste of Florida! 4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream Sea salt to taste

Ground pepper to taste 4 medium navel oranges, peeled and sectioned Lettuce leaves In a large bowl, combine the chicken, pecans and celery. Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, salt and pepper; pour over chicken mixture and toss to coat. Fold in orange sections. Serve on six salad plates that have been lined with lettuce.

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ents; bring to a boil. Pour over ribs. Bake uncovered for another hour or until ribs are tender, basting often.

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CAJUN CATFISH WITH FRUIT SALSA Serves 6 6 catfish fillets (6 oz. each) 4 T. butter, melted 2 T. Cajun seasoning 2 T. lime juice 2 navel oranges, peeled, sectioned and diced 3/4 cup diced cantaloupe 3/4 cup diced honeydew

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Citrus Adds Zest! Brush both sides of fillets with butter; sprinkle with Cajun seasoning. Place on a broiler pan and broil 6 inches from the heat for 10 minutes or until fish f lakes easily. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients for salsa. Serve with catfish. GRAPEFRUIT PUNCH Serves 8 This recipe is great with breakfast or brunch or just by itself. It keeps, covered, for several days. 4 cups water, divided 2 T. confectioners’ sugar 2 cups pink grapefruit juice

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Fill the foil with raw rice and shake to make sure rice is evenly distributed. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt. Stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir several minutes longer. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into yolks. Return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil, then cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir in the butter and lime peel. Gently stir in lime juice. Pour into crust. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour; refrigerate for 3 hours or more. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add the sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over pie. Store in the refrigerator.

Orange and lemon slices for garnish Combine 1/4 cup water and sugar in a small saucepan and cook until sugar dissolves. Cool. In a large pitcher, combine the grapefruit juice, lemonade concentrate, sugar mixture and remaining water. Chill. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon and orange slices. LIME CREAM PIE Serves 8 The smooth texture of this is similar to that of a lemon meringue pie. I prefer the whipped cream icing! Pastry for a single-crust 9-inch pie 1-1/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup cornstarch 1/4 cup flour 1/4 t. sea salt 3 cups water 4 egg yolks, beaten 4 t. butter 2 t. grated lime peel 6 T. lime juice

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Navigating Norge by Gugy Irving

Harald V or King Harald V, who is the current King, having taken the throne in January 1991. (Merian C. Cooper wrote the first King Kong movie in 1933 and must have known some Norwegian, as the title would translate to King King.) The Kong Harald is owned by a large shipping line and is one of thirteen ships that ply the coast on a daily basis, carrying cargo, passengers and mail between the 33 ports. They also offer voyages to Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Spitsbergen, South America and Europe. The Kong Harald is 400’ long and 63’ wide and was built in 1993. My cabin was on the port (left)

Last fall I decided to journey to Norway after hearing about travel aboard the coastal mail boat. Norge is how the Norwegians spell the name. I thought it would be fun, and reserved the nicest category of cabin, thinking my friend would go with me. She declined, which I suppose would not surprise my ex-wife. I boarded the ship in Kirkenes, which is a port near the top of Norway only a few miles from Murmansk, Russia. This small town had the misfortune of involuntarily hosting 100,000 German troops out of the 250,000 total occupying forces in Norway during WWII. The ship was named for Kong


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side, which was great as the gang plank and roll-on/roll-off ramp are on that side. This gave me a nice view as we docked in the towns on our way south. The ship can carry 691 passengers with a crew of 230. There are cabins for 460 people, with the difference being that the commuters only going between the closer towns would not need cabins. The food was wonderful, with the mid-day buffet being the best. Salmon and trout were especially good, and one can sample many types of cheese; don’t miss the Nokkelost. This is a working ship, but she did have a bar, gift shop, lounges, Wi-Fi and supposedly a workout

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seeds. Seeds must have the proper temperature and moisture conditions to germinate. Some seeds will sprout at soil temperatures of less than 50 degrees, but most require temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees. Planting seeds outdoors must be carefully timed to provide these temperatures. Peas, radishes, onions, spinach, turnip greens and collards will all grow well in cool soils, which means they can be planted toward the end of March. Other cool-season crops include broccoli, caulif lower, kale and cabbage. Potatoes and salad vegetables like lettuce and carrots round out the cool-season planting. Lima beans, cantaloupes, watermelons and

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American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide


Dorchester Points of Interest 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. 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. 102

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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


Oxford Points of Interest the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or 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 in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court “pitcht upon” to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures. Some have described Cutts & Case Shipyard as an American Nautical Treasure because it produces to the highest standards quality work equal to and in many ways surpassing the beautiful artisanship of former times. 138

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

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Encounters in a Bookstore by Gary D. Crawford

Oh, yes, bookselling definitely is a get-rich-quick business, that’s for sure. But aside from the immense wealth it generates, what we enjoy most are the encounters with the people who drop in ~ the visitors, friends, and even customers. Of course we never know who is going to walk into the “Book Bank,” our bookstore on Tilghman’s Island. Oftentimes it’s a friend who drops by to say hello and just pass the time. Which of us is on duty is revealed by our vehicles: if they see my old F-150 pickup, they know Susan has gone off watch and they’ll be stuck with the B Team. There is a chair near my work table specifically for such chats, beneath a sign proclaiming the “Old Sailor’s Social Club.” (A close look at this illustration reveals a portrait of the Sharp’s Island Light, hung in such a way as to correct for the list. A pin has had to be put in the wall to prevent customers from straightening this picture.) Vast amounts of rich lore have been gleaned from these encounters, including ideas for articles in these pages. (See That Fellow Dessy, July 2013, for example). They sometimes bring in photos or clippings, too. “Have you seen this one?” they

ask, slapping a picture down on the counter. Usually I haven’t and, while scanning the image, we have some conversation about it. Their contributions have led to the Tilghman Albums, seven small booklets each with fourteen historic images and notes. Predictably, these went right to the top of the charts, and at five bucks a pop we’re now looking at villas in Tuscany. Such visits give me a chance to delve into things I’ve been wonder-


Encounters in a Bookstore ing about. Too many of these wonderful informants are gone now, I regret to say. I once asked Miss Geraldine Dudrow if she knew whether the new school had been built right where the old school was or beside it. “Oh, honey, I remember that day,” she said. “One morning when I was in the second grade our teacher told us to pick up all our things. Then she marched us over to our classroom in the new school.” (That “new” school opened in 1918.) Another time, I was puzzled by an old photograph that showed that at some time in the past there was a cemetery across the street from our store. When I asked Frazier about

it, my Senior Informant and Chief Critic, he just broke up. “What? There weren’t no cemetery there. Mr. Johnny Moore had a barbershop right next door to your store. Well, he was also the undertaker and so he sold tombstones. He just had some on display over there across the road.” Frazier just shook his head in disbelief that I could get so mixed up. There are times, of course, when a complete stranger walks in, usually from having taken a wrong turn in St. Michaels. Now, we see ourselves on the front line of the tourist trade and do our best to be good ambassadors. We talk up the local places to stay, and the restaurants, boat rides, museums, environmental centers,



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Encounters in a Bookstore Some visitors are potential customers, of course. This is a concept we like to encourage, so I have experimented w ith a number of ways of greeting them. A simple “Hello, welcome to the store” works just fine, but it doesn’t lead much of any where. Remembering that it is helpful to know where things are when one visits a store for the first time, I’ve adopted this opening line: “Hello, have you been in the store before?” If they say yes, then I can honestly smile and say, “Well, welcome back! Then you k now where t hings are, r ight?” Sometimes I take the more assertive approach. “Oh, hello! You’ve

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been here before, right?” If they have, they usually look pleased to have been remembered. If they confess to never having been in the store before, I respond cheerfully, “Oh, well, you’ve finally made it! So let me show you how the store is laid out.” And we’re off. Showing each newcomer around, I look for reactions as I chatter away. It usually becomes clear whether the visitor is looking to buy a book or just passing the time. That is, as I say, usually. Sometimes I’m pretty sure the person isn’t going to buy a nautical book simply by their appearance, I blush to admit. One fall day a wom a n s tepp e d i n a nd lo oke d about somewhat doubtfully. She was perhaps in her 60s, stocky, wearing a plain dark cloth coat and scarf, and seemed uncertain about being there. During the little tour, she nodded absently, glancing about with little apparent interest. Suspect ing t hat she might f ind something of interest in our selection of modern novels, I called her



Encounters in a Bookstore attention to “Susan’s Corner.” She nodded absently, still looking elsewhere. It came to me that perhaps she was looking for a restroom, so I noted it, with its unique sign, as we traversed the middle room and on into the back room to the bulk of our collection.

“Here is the U.S. Navy bay,” I said, waving vaguely at the first alcove on the right, then turned quickly to the Yachting section. “Ah,” I heard her say. As she had stepped into the Navy section and was peering at the titles, I cut short my tour and let her rummage. Perhaps she’ll find a gift for her husband, I hoped. A moment later, in yet another demonstration of my utter inability to gauge these things, she f labbergasted me by exclaiming, “You have a copy of the Quasi-War!!” (I dislike double exclamation points, but that was how she said it). The look on her face could only be described by that fine Old English word “glee,” which originally meant fun and good en-

tertainment, often musical. (Hence, men’s musical groups later became known as glee clubs.) “Um, well…” I mumbled knowledgably, recovering from my surprise. “Yes, I believe we do have a book about it.” (Most people have never even heard of the Quasi-War.) “No, no, no,” she exclaimed, “not DeConde’s little history.” (I could almost hear her biting off the words “you si l ly goose.”) “I mea n t he documents themselves. You have the set!” In 1935, the U. S. Navy collected ever y document relat ing to t he difficulties we had with Napoleon from 1797 to 1801 and then published them in huge blockish tomes with hundreds of thin pages. “But ma’am, that’s a seven-volume set,” I blurted, and added (demonstrating once again my unsuitability as a hard-sell salesman), “and it’s quite expensive,” “How much do you want for it?” I consulted my computer. (Oh, my.) “Well, um, I have it listed at $425…but” “Sold!” she roared, whipping out a pen and checkbook from her voluminous bag. As it turned out, that nice lady was herself a naval historian, a visiting scholar from Atlanta attending a conference at the Naval Academy. On the weekend, she had slipped across the Bridge to sample the attractions of the Eastern Shore. “I’ve been looking for a set of my own for


years. Fancy finding it here,” she gushed happily. I was happy, too. So you see, it isn’t all just fun and chit-chat; sometimes we actually succeed in bringing a person together with a book. Here’s another instance. One bright Saturday morning, a couple walked in with a male friend in tow. After exchanging greetings, I asked if I could show them around. The husband stepped forward and confided, “Our friend here is from England, v isiting w ith us in St. Michaels for a week. We’re taking him on a trip around the Bay, down Delmarva to Newport News, then up to D.C. and Baltimore, and back again.” “Sounds like fun,” I smiled, wondering where this was going. His wife picked up the thread. “He’s on a quest, you see, looking for a particular book, one that’s extremely scarce. I remembered your store, so we thought we’d try here before heading off for Trappe, Cambridge a nd p oi nt s sout h.” There were smiles all around. Now, when someone pops in looking for just one particular book, especially a rare book, it is statistically unlikely that we will have it. (Ours is not a large store.) But ever optimistic, I took the plunge. “And what is it you’re looking for?” The Briton stepped up and, in fine Oxfordian English, explained his mission. “I seek a copy of Admiral of the Ocean Sea,” he intoned. 149

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Now that came as a surprise because, though it’s a fine book, it’s hardly rare; we had at least four copies. “Happily, yes, Samuel Eliot Morison’s wonderful biography of Columbus,” I replied cheerily. “Yes, we do have several copies.” As I stepped toward the back room, he stopped me. “Ah,” he said gently, “perhaps I should first explain exactly what I’m looking for. You see, it did appear as a single volume and copies of that are found everywhere. But the very first printing was done on rather heavier paper,” he explained carefully. “The thicker paper made it too bulky, so the publisher presented it as a two-volume set.” My mind double-clutched into

high gear. Heck, I was pretty sure we did have that two-volume version, along with several copies of the single-volume trade edition. This could be fun. “Ah,” I nodded, sagely. Then after a slight pause for dramatic effect, “Yes, we have that.” The tableau froze. Breaking the silence the Brit said, “You’re certain it’s in two volumes?” I shrugged with my hands out, implying that although I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, I can still count all the way up to two. We trooped to the back room where our Exploration books live. I located the Morisons and handed them to him. His mouth dropped open. He examined both volumes carefully, then looked up at me, eyes glistening. “How much are you asking for these books, sir?” he asked, with perhaps a slight trace of unease. “One hundred thirty,” I stated firmly, watching for his reaction. “In U.S. dollars.” The guy almost broke his arm getting out his checkbook. He explained that he had been searching for that set for at least ten years, all over the British Isles. I nodded, trying to convey how awful it must be not to have easy access to us here on the Eastern Shore. All the while I was thinking what dumb luck it was that we had a copy ~ and whether I had undercharged for it. My customer was delighted, but his hosts seemed rather less elated. “Well, that’s good,” the wife said,


bravely. “Though I hardly expected he’d find it down here.” It dawned on me then that by having the Morison, I may have spoiled an excursion they’d been planning for months. Well, maybe they took that swell trip around the Bay anyway. There are other times when a sale doesn’t come about even with a likely prospect. One fellow waxed enthusiastic about nautical books in general and several titles in particular. Then he asked, “Say, do you have a copy of Coote’s Total Loss?” I was pretty sure we did, and within moments was able to present him with a beautiful copy, clean and tight with a bright dust jacket. His eyes lit up as he took the book gently into his hands. “Oh, yes,” he intoned, reverently. Then he added, “I have one of these, too.” Sometimes it isn’t a question of buying or not buying, it is one of decision. A middle-aged chap dropped in one day who seemed a real prospect. He certainly lit up as I showed him the collection, taking an interest in most of the two dozen or so subject categories. He pored over the East Coast stuff, glanced through the Sea Fiction, then meandered past the Places & Islands and on into the back room. As he seemed content to browse, I let him alone and went back to my work. About a half hour later I checked on him. He was in the Sail section. “Finding your way about?” I inquired. He looked up with a grin. 151


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“Oh, yes. My, what a collection! So many choices.” I lef t him to it, though my hopes were fading. People often compliment us on the collection, rummage for 45 minutes or more, praise a half-dozen books they found, and yet arrive at the counter empty handed. And that is just what he did. “Couldn’t find anything?” I asked, trying not to whine, but curious about what might have interfered w ith his purchase. (No money? Just waiting for a table at the restaurant next door? Interested only in vampire stories?) He had looked so likely. Immediately he shook his head. “Oh, no, it’s not that. I found too much. I just didn’t know which to pick.” He seemed genuinely vexed and ~ sales that day having been very modest ~ perhaps I was a little frustrated. It is one thing not selling books to people who don’t want them, but failing to make a sale to someone who does is galling.

So I put a suggestion to him, one I often had wanted to ask but never dared. “Yes,” I commiserated, “too many choices can be a problem.” Then, brightening up, I said, “Say, here’s an idea! Why don’t I just pick out some for you?” To my utter astonishment, he looked up eagerly and said, “Oh, would you?” Before he could renege, I grabbed a bag and headed around the store. Having no idea what this guy liked to read, I just scanned the shelves looking for familiar titles, ones I k new were good reads. In the Fiction section, I grabbed Jemmy Button, an historical novel about a native boy brought from Tierra del Fuego to England to be trained as a missionary. Next was The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, about an Englishman coming home i n t he le ad of a si ng le -ha nde d round-the-world yacht race, who decided to step overboard in midAtlantic. Next into the bag went Coast Watchers, an account of those incredibly daring young men who hid out in the jungles of Japaneseoccupied Solomon Islands and radioed enemy ship movements back to Allied HQ in Australia. I don’t remember them all, of course. The fellow tagged along as I darted around, pondering and picking, but he said nothing. Eventually I brought fifteen books back to the counter and spread them out. They ranged in price from $5 to $35. He pondered them, one by one, as


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Encounters in a Bookstore I watched without the tiniest idea what might happen next. Then he bought a round dozen! A year or so later, a fellow strolled in and said with a smile,“Hi. Remember me?” After f lickering a bit, my dim bulb finally went on. “Oh, right, you’re the guy I picked out some books for last year. Well, did you like any of them?” “I sure did,” he effused. When I confessed it was all rather a giddy blur for me, he proceeded to name each book and say what he thought of it. “Well, I’m very glad you enjoyed them. And thanks for stopping by to let me know.” “But that’s not why I’m here,” he exclaimed. “I want you to pick out another bag for me!” And so I did. May the Great Bookseller in the Sky send me a hundred more like him. Occasionally, kids come in, looking out of place or bored or just shy. If I cannot interest them in a book, I try to engage them in conversation in the hope it will give their parents some free time to shop. “If April showers bring May f lowers, what do May flowers bring?” Some know that answer right off. (Pilgrims.) Or I ask them whether they like card tricks. I know a couple of good ones and keep a deck at hand. Also, I have been known to push a quarter into the living flesh of my arm, miraculously without loss of blood. One couple came in two sum-

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Located on the corner of a somewhat nondescript north Baltimore neighborhood, not far from Johns Hopkins University, sits an ominous fortress-like structure of gray stone w ith dark tinted w indows running the length of one side. The front of the building has an imposing wood door without a window. This solid door is locked. On the stone wall next to it is an intercomtype speaker and a button, which, having taken this all in, I now push with a certain amount of trepidation. What have I gotten myself into this time? Something top secret or seriou sly i l lega l i s probably goi ng down inside this heavily secured compound, I’m thinking. But those thoughts are suddenly interrupted by the metallic screech of deadbolts sliding and chains coming unhooked. Feeling as though I’ve been transported into the middle of a horror movie, I brace myself for what is sure to come. The door slowly creaks open. All we need now is thunder and lightning on a stormy night and a butler with an accent. “Oh, hi,” a young woman smiles at me behind a riot of burgundy-red lipstick, “Come on in and make yourself comfortable.”

I hesitate for a moment. Is this a trap? She’s clearly dangerous because her handler/minder appears and quickly steps between us as if to shield me from some kind of dreadful fury. “We don’t know for certain where Duff is,” the minder says off handedly, “but he’ll show up or someone w ill f ind him. It usually happens that way.” (I later learn that few ever know for certain where Duff is, half the time not even Duff himself, which is part of his brilliantly mad scheme.)


Charm City Cakes The “Duff” to whom she refers is Jeffrey Goldman. Anyone looking to assign blame must start with him. He’s the evil mastermind behind this committed band of revolutionaries who devote themselves, like the unhinged fanatics they truly are, to the testing of limits and the pushing of boundaries on all things cake related. And like believers on a mission, or those called to a higher purpose, they go about it day in and day out with reckless enthusiasm. It’s the way they roll. You might say they’re out of their heads and stark raving mad. There, I just said it. “C a n I get you somet h i ng to drink?” the one with the burgundy

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lips asks. My mind races. I’ve been to t he rodeo and I’ve seen t his gambit before. It’s her treacherous way of getting closer. After all, I’ll have to take the coffee cup from her hand, at which point I’ll be well within the striking radius of her spatula or measuring stick. “No, thanks, I’m fine,” I assure her. Then, for the first time, I turn my full attention toward the ruthlessly efficient swirl of clandestine activities in this den of cake maniacs. These are the disciples of Duff, and clearly there are many dangerous zealots among them. 158


Charm City Cakes In fact, they appear to be high as a kite while the telltale signs of their addiction ~ strong coffee and a fine white powdery substance that looks like ~ is it? No, wait! It’s sugar, fine sugar and baking powder swirling in the air, covering table tops. It’s here, it’s there, it’s everywhere. Baltimore, Maryland, may be the less glamorous half of the global power center known as the Washington/Baltimore Metropolis, but its cultural touch-points are legion, and so are its fans. World-renowned crab cakes and other seafood delectables from the treasure trove of the Chesapeake Bay; the Atlantic coast’s second busiest port; birthplace of the national anthem; home to the NFL champion Ravens; Edgar Allan Poe’s final resting place; and

this ~ this gray stone citadel ~ home to this wild bunch who once created a cake exactly proportioned to and v iv id ly painted like a f ull-size, cor ner-hug g ing, t ire -shredding motorcycle. Whoa! Really? Yes, really. Even standing still, the thing looked fast ~ until someone began carving off and serving up big fat mouthwatering slices for dessert. Holy moly, this was not only a feast for the eyes but for the taste buds as well, and it was every bit of silky smooth butter-cream good! Baltimore, for the uninitiated, answers to three common nicknames: Monument City, The City of Neighborhoods and Charm City, and it’s the last of these that brings us back to this latter-day band of merry pranksters with a rare talent for creating works of art that just

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happen be oh, so very delicious. I’m speaking here of the remarkable combination of artists, designers, culinary experts, cake decorators and bakers known to event planners and law enforcement officials alike as Charm City Cakes. These long gone dudes and dudettes sustain a kamikaze campaign against all that is boring and un-yummy. Weddings, bir t hdays, specia l events ~ if you can dream it up, they can shape it, make it and bake it ~ w ith alarmingly good style, scr umpt iously great f lavor and all at a competitive price. In other words, they not only make beautiful cakes, they make sure people can afford them. A wise man once said that a good goal is out of reach, but not out of sight, and by that reckoning, Charm City Cakes qualifies as an audacious goal setter, for they plan to do nothing less than change the world ~ one cake at a time. My reverie is interrupted by the sound of a motorcycle engine roaring up to stop just outside the front door. The engine blips once, drops down to idle and then goes silent. I hear a boot heel knock against a kick stand. A moment later, the f ront door pitches open a nd in cha rges a g uy clad in a helmet with full-face darkened visor and a complete set of riding leathers. He’s leaning forward in fast step mode, and I can’t tell for certain, but this just might be the w ildeyed howler I’ve come to see, the 161

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notorious Duff Goldman. (When he was very young, his even younger brother, unable to pronounce the word “Jeffrey,” tried to say “Jeff,” but it sounded more like “Duff.” The name stuck, and the rest is history.) James Brown, for many years,

was often called the hardest-working man in show business. Duff Goldman was more recently dubbed by the LA Times the hardest-working man in the cake business. But I quickly conclude this simply can’t be true. How could he be working so hard when he’s having so much fun? Nonetheless, he is a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, hired gun pastry expert, former and sometimes still rock and roll bassist, wanted graffiti artist (read that any way you want), once and future metal sculptor, founder of Charm City Cakes and the ten-season Food Network star of the “docu-realitysoap” ACE of CAKES. Perhaps more than anything else, Duff Goldman is the visionary who,

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through grit, hard work, talent, and a little help from his friends, discovered that if you want to make wonderfully creative deliciously edible art, you need more than accomplished cake bakers and decorators. Yes, you need them, but you also need a group of someone elses doing something more. And here at Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, all of the someone elses are hard at it doing the something more ~ each according to his station. His answer to the question of how and why he recently establ i she d Cha r m C it y C a ke s We s t in Southern California is classic Duff: “As word spread about us,” he says, “I ended up driving these elaborate wedding and event cakes

across country, and we had more than our share of adventures. I’m a long hauler ~ that’s what I do. Once coming across the Rockies, I blew my radiator out and set the brakes on fire.” I ex plode into laughter, even though I know he’s serious.

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Charm City Cakes “Another time, I got a f lat while driving a dually. The crew were all worried, but I said ‘hey ~ it’s a dually, keep rolling.’ And we did. Then BAM ~ BAM ~ BAM, the shredded tire slammed around the wheel well a few times and f lew off. It disappeared in the rear view mirror and we just kept rolling.” I’m wracked with laughter as he finishes the story. “And that’s when I decided maybe there’s a better way to get great Charm City Cakes into the hands of those fine folks west of the Mississippi.” Originally from Michigan by way of Massachusetts and many other points on the map, Duff Goldman, the self-described “long hauler,” is a well-traveled one. Nonetheless, over time when people would ask him where he hailed from, Duff, who graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus, found himself more often than not saying Baltimore. “I fell in love with the place,” he tells me earnestly. “I made some

really good friends, was active in sports, played in bands ~ it was awesome. When I lived in other places I found myself really missing this area. Baltimore is a vibrant but smaller big city, and with the right amount of attitude and elbow grease you can go far.” If it sounds like Duff adopted Baltimore, and he has, then you also need to know that the city has adopted him right back. His response to the question of how his Baltimore f lagship, the original Charm Cit y Cakes, was established in 2000 is ref reshingly candid. “I was working as a personal chef with regular hours but when our band began to do well I thought I’ve got to give it a shot ~ the music, that is.” I can see him reaching back into his vault of musical memories, “So I quit my chef job, but then when the music didn’t pay the bills I started to bake cakes in my apartment on the side to earn money. “Hey,” he injects a laugh, “I wanted to be a rock star. Then for all the usual reasons our band began to disintegrate. As it was falling apart, Geof, who is also a musician, started working with me on the cakes.” (Geof is Geof Manthorne, college friend and early co-founder who at the time was working as a model builder for an architecture firm.) “If someone asked me to make a cake shaped like a car, I could do it and it was good, but not great. But when Geof did it, man, everything



Charm City Cakes was exactly to scale, detailed and properly proportioned.” For Duff it was a revelation. “I had seen other cake places trying and failing at c omple x de s ig n s b e c au s e t he y were cake decorators, not artists or designers. They couldn’t do the f ine ha nd pa int ing or properly scaled forms. So we started to hire these folks from Maryland Institute College of Art and realized, wow, instead of trying to teach a baker to make art, it’s better to teach an artist how to play with sugar.” And it worked. Word spread quick ly throughout the Baltimore/Washington area and down through the Delmarva Peninsula. From there, the notoriety of Charm City Cakes

f lourished nationwide. In addition to Charm City Cakes and Charm City Cakes West, Duff recently opened Duff’s Cake Mix, a do-it-yourself studio where customers get the guidance of a pro, as well as all the equipment and materials needed to design and decorate their own cake. “It’s cool and a lot of fun for everyone,” Duff gushes. “Hopefully we’ll cover the world with them. I want them in Tokyo ~ Europe ~ everywhere. I’ve always been somewhat impulsive,” Duff concludes, “but I’ll run with something as long as it’s fun and profitable. “A lot of folks don’t realize it because the TV show was about a lot of big crazy events and the cakes that went with them, but weddings are our bread and butter ~ 70% of our business.” By his self-set standard of maintaining fun and prof itabilit y, this is likely to be one very long run, which is good news for cake lovers everywhere. On the other hand, you never know for sure; you’d better place your orders now before this band of cake maniacs gets arrested for having too much fun. Cliff James and his wife have been Easton residents since September 2009. After winding down his business career out west, they decided to return to familial roots in the Mid-Atlantic area and to finally get serious about their twin passions: writing and art.


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Geronimo Hotshot by Robert Blake Whitehill. Telemachus Press. 229 pages. Kindle $4.99 Hardback $15.99. Ben Blackshaw is the main character in Robert Blake Whitehall’s (R BW) ser ies about an Eastern Shore waterman whose home base is Smith Island. The new book is number four in the series. In each book Ben finds himself in a serious and dangerous predicament. This time, it’s a photograph of a terrified little black boy who has been tortured by grown white men. The child appears to have been scalped and lynched. Ben is infuriated. Is there still an active KKK? By the time this reviewer read all four of RBW’s books, it was clear that his talent for unusual situations is unique. God only knows how he sleeps at night. He probably has terrible dreams. Whitehill’s plots are never boring, routine shoot-outs. They’re always fresh ways to outw it cruelt y, or creative ways to solve current problems in our country. I have never read a Whitehill plot that wasn’t original. Less imaginative writers

miss the delicious jolt from the introduction of a character a reader wants to know better. The theme in Geronimo Hotshot is as ominous as the headlines in today’s newspaper. Ben Blackshaw has had a bad time of late. He’s itchy to leave Smith Island. He’s restless and depressed. He’s frustrated because his beautiful new wife, Luanna, was seriously injured a month ago when


Tidewater Review she dared to rescue a waif from a vile snuff show. She has been in a coma ever since, and Ben is powerless to help her. Ben’s alcoholic father shows up after having vanished some years ago. Just as bad ~ if not worse ~ Ben’s mother also pays a visit. The last time he saw her was when he was young and she simply walked out of the house and kept on going. In short, he’s ready to bolt, and that’s exactly what he does. But, before we follow his escape from reality, the reader would do well to take a deep breath and get used to RBW’s quirks. His chapters don’t look at all like ordinary book divisions. Some are less than a whole page, and most of them linger for just a few pages more. That’s what accounts for the 107 chapters in the book. There is a sensible reason for the unusual arrangement. RBW is not only an author of novels, but he also writes for films and/or television. He is an award-winning screenwriter at The Hamptons International Film Festival, and The Hudson Valley Film Festival. In addition, he is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation award winner for his feature script U.X.O. (Unexploded Ordinance). That’s not all. He’s a contributing writer for C he sapea ke Bay Maga z ine and The Audiophile Voice. Let’s move along ~ the author is a very

busy man. Chapter 1 tells us Ben is out of sorts. Abruptly, in Chapter 2, he’s invisible for a while. We shift venues and encounter former sherif f Timon Pardue of Cochise County in Arizona. A recall vote has put him out of office after eight years on the job. He’s pretty sure there were improprieties in voting, but he’s been sulking and seething with anger with his horse for t wo months in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains. He blames the liberals who claimed he was too hard on illegals. Pardue thinks maybe he wasn’t hard enough, and if the Custom and Border Protection (CBP) was spending a lot of money to keep criminals out of Arizona and back in Sonora, Mexico, it wasn’t doing much good. Without spilling the brilliant gift of humor in RBW’s prose, Chapter 2 is a marvel of angst and hilarity in a clever package. S w i t c h i n g ge a r s a g a i n , B e n Blackshaw is back in the picture now as the reader begins to see what direction he has in mind. He sailed as far as a marina in Calvert Count y. He found a vacant slip for his boat and paid a big wad of money to park it there for a while. Business settled, he called a cab, threw his pack across his back and sat down to wait for his departure. California, he decided. Los Angeles, California.


From Washington, D.C., to Richmond, Virginia, would be the first leg, and a change of buses to turn west. Ben is always careful to be unnoticed, so he chooses a seat half way dow n the aisle where a young man leans on the window as he sleeps. Ben notices a knife in the pocket of the kid’s jacket. The kid wakes before the bus reaches R ichmond, and Ben organizes a conversation that lures the kid into explaining his knife. To Ben’s horror, he is shown a photograph of a terrified child who was scalped and lynched. The kid brags that is was his “first kill.” The kid was holding the knife in the snapshot and there were two older men. The kid identifies one of the men as Mr. Malthys.

He is headed to meet Malthys in Bisbee, Arizona. At this point Ben changes his itinerary. He smells the rot of the Ku Klux Klan. Ben is headed to Arizona now, by a roundabout route, but ex-sheriff Pardue has some company in the outback. Some gentleman ranchers have come by helicopter, owned and piloted by another rancher ~ the rich-as-Croesus, 50ish, beautiful widow Adele Congreve. She has joined a group that wants to start a movement that will keep Mexicans from illegal entrance through the poorly guarded border in Arizona. Pardue feeds the group a rattlesnake a nd whiskey d inner whi le t hey conduct their meeting. Two of the

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desert rim above the area of border leaking, parks the Jeep and begins walking. Everybody’s walking. The reader is braced for a shootout or some sort of scary confrontation. The next chapter is ~ Part 2. This one will take the reader into Mexico. It also sneaks into a new situation ~ one that comes as a shocking surprise to this reader. Anyone who expects this new dilemma will be part of the border war is smarter than I am. Again, RBW feeds us clues inser ted w it h such clever ness we groan when we realize we should have seen the skill behind it. His writing is awesome. The story picks up speed as it uncovers the wickedness of people who wear the mask


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of goodwill. It is also abreast of the sharp ingenuity of the United States’ technology that protects our safety ~ no schmaltz, no sermons. Blood will f low, good people will die in the story, as will those who deserve to. Many readers will yawn at work after staying up late because they couldn’t put the book down. In this book with the unusual chapters, each arranged for a camera to put the pieces of the puzzle together, it nearly chants aloud, “Make me into a movie! Make me into a movie!” Westerns are always big hits, and this one should be fantastic. It’s too bad John Wayne isn’t still around. Film is already the next step for Whitehill’s first book in the Ben

Blackhill series, Deadrise. Hatline Productions has signed the contract and will start filming next summer. It’s based on the Chesapeake Bay, so it should be of special interest to the whole Eastern Shore, as well as theaters everywhere. Readers will have time to read the book before they see Ben on the silver screen. Geronimo Hotshot has it all. Don’t miss it! Anne Stinson began her career in the 1950s as a freelancer for the now defunct Baltimore News-American, then later for Chesapeake Publishing, the Baltimore Sun and Maryland Public Television’s panel show, Maryland Newsrap.


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seum Faculty Exhibition features artworks created by 14 of the Museum’s instructor-artists and represents the institution’s broad range of class offerings. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 6 Exhibition: Robert R auschenberg - ROCI Work s from the National Gallery of Art at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI, pronounced “Rocky,” the name of the artist’s pet turtle) was established to enable and support Rauschenberg’s collaborations w ith ar tisans and workshops


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days from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This lecture series is a sequel to last spring’s wildly successful Symphony Study course on f i lm music. P re -reg ist rat ion required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

abroad. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 6 Exhibition: Robert Rauschenberg ~ Kyoto, Sri Lanka, and Thai Drawings at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. As one of America’s most iconic 2oth century artists, Rauschenberg was a painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the Pop Art movement. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru March 9 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Canasta is Back! with Cynthia Pryon at the Oxford Community Center. Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. Thru March 16 Discover Your World at t he Ta lb ot C ou nt y Free Library, Easton. Books, art and science for children 3 and up accompanied by an adult. Wednesdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. Thru March 17 Lectures: Magnificent Movie Music II with Dr. Rachel Franklin at the Academy A r t Museum, Easton. Thurs-

Thru March 22 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton, for children ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. Thru March 24 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Great Decisions Discussion Program with Dawn Atwater and Richard Harrison in the large conference room at Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Easton. Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. Thr u March 28 Academy for Lifelong Learning: From Script to Screen ~ How Mov ies are Made w ith Liza L edford and Sandra Johnson in the Van Lennep Auditorium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Mondays f rom 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ cbmm.org.


per with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $60 members, $90 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

Thru March 31 Exhibition: John Rupp er t ~ Grounde d at t he Academy Art Museum, Easton. Sculptor John Ruppert’s recent work on display at the Museum includes elegant shapes he forms from chain-link fabric and cast metals. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thr u April 1 2016 Juried A r t Show ~ Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. This year’s juror, Anke Van Wagenberg, is senior curator at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 1 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit shorehealth.org. 1 Workshop: Framing Works on Pa-

1 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 1-3 Docent Training at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. On Tuesday, March 1, a new volunteer docent orientation takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. to provide basic information for becoming a museum interpreter. The orientation is followed with a 9-part training program led by CBMM’s Director of Education Kate Livie, with topics ranging from the museum’s exhibits and collections to tour group management techniques. Sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in CBMM’s Van L ennep Auditorium each Tuesday and Thursday in March. All sessions must be attended to qualify as a museum docent. For more info. tel: 410 - 745-4956 or e -m a i l mspielman@cbmm.org. 1 , 3 , 8 , 1 0 , 1 5 , 1 7, 2 2 , 2 4 , 2 9 , 3 1 Steady and Strong Exercise Class at the Oxford Community Center with Janet Pfeffer, every Tuesday


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Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. A different prompt presented in each session offers a suggestion for the morning’s theme. Bring a bag lunch and dress for both indoor and outdoor forest adventure. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org.

and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class or $50 per month. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,24,29,31 Adult Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com. 1, 4,8,11,15,18,22,25,29 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511.

2 Academy for Lifelong Learning: From the White Rabbit to RikkiTikki-Tavi ~ Books of British Victorian Childhood with John Ford, Kate Livie and John Miller in the Van Lennep Auditorium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org.

1,8,15,22,29 Open Chess/Checkers at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Free. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc. org. 1,15 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambr idge. 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 2 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m.

2 Field Trip for Grownups at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Field Trips for Grownups are


designed to allow adults to experience a Museum exhibition in a new hands-on way. 2 to 4 p.m. $10. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 2 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 2 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800 -477- 6291 or v isit naranon.org. 2 ,7,9,1 4 ,16, 21, 23, 28,30 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesdays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 2,9 Class: HDTV, Movies and Music Using Your Smart Phone with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $80 non-members. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Wednesday

Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 2,9,16,23,30 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Coffee Music Jam at San Domingo Coffee, St. Michaels from 6 to 9 p.m. Open to all ages. Come and listen and join the fun! For more info. tel: 410-745-2049. 2-April 6 Class: Pastel Painting ~ Colored Grounds and Underpaintings w ith K atie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $200 for members, $230 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 3 Arts and Crafts Group at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and tatting. Bring your coloring book, Zen tangle pens, or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.


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Karydes at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6 p.m. According to advance publicity, Karydes “offers a new and unsettling” take on these men, show ing that their “f ictional detectives ser ved as doubles, in ways both f lamboyant and subtle, as the authors wrestled inner demons and labored,” in Karydes’s words, to “write themselves well.” For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

3 Blood Drive sponsored by the Blood Bank of Delmarva at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 1 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 301-354-7416 or visit delmarvablood.org. 3 After-School Winter Art Club at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 3:45 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 3 Book Launch: Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Their Detectives with Dr. Karen

3 OCC Goes to the Movies ~ March’s feature: Rio Bravo starring John Wayne. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free. Beer a nd w i ne w i l l be available for sale. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or e-mail oxfordcc@verizon.net. 3,10 Workshop: Color Pencil Introduction with Lee D’Zmura at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sessions include demonstrations of techniques, exercises that explore application and tonal effects, and individual projects. $125/ member, $155 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 3,10,17,24,31 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For


more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 3,10,17,24,31 Dog Walk ing at Ad k i n s A rboret u m, R idgely. Thursdays at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 3,10,17,24 ,31 Meeting: Ducks Unlimited - The Bay Hundred Chapter at the St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410886-2069. 3,10,17,24,31 Open Mic & Jam at RAR Brewing in Cambridge. Thursdays f rom 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443-225-5664. 3,10,17,24,31 Piano Night at ArtBar in Cambridge. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Experience “Piano Night” with Brenda Gremillion every Thursday night. Liv Again/ArtBar at 317 High Street. For more

info. tel: 443-477-6442. 4 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 4 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 4 Karaoke Happy Hour at Layton’s Chance Winery, Vienna. Singing, dancing, and all-around good times. Bring your dinner or snacks to complete the night. Wine available at the bar. Table reservations taken on the day of the event only. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205. 4 Friday Nites in Caroline: Flatland Drive at the Caroline Count y

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March Calendar Central Librar y, Denton. 7 to 9 p.m. Come and enjoy a free evening of music. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit carolinearts.org. 4 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge on the 1st Friday of each month. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. For more info. tel: 410221-1978 or 410-901-9711. 4 Concert: Kristin Rebecca in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490.

4,11,18,25 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 4,11,18,25 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958.

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8 a.m. (weather permit ting). Walk will include Hail Creek, Shipyard Creek, Cedar Point and Panhandle Point, all sanctuary areas that are ordinarily off limits to the public. For more info. tel: 443-691-9370. 5 Workshop: How to Design and Paint a Floor Cloth with Elizabeth Cockey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150 members, $180 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 5 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5

admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5 Cooking Demonstration by Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn featuring a “Winter’s End Dinner.” 10 a.m. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Ticket includes two-hour demonstration, followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass of wine. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 5 ChesAdventures Session 4: Teeny Tiny Treasures at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your little mariner to the Museum for Bay games, crafts, stories, and

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t hat can transfor m your images into photo-based digital art. Bring images that you’d like to perfect and edit on your iPhone or iPad, and you’ll be guided through the process. Workshop prerequisite: a working knowledge of your iPhone 5 and/or iPad 2 or later. A list of iOS apps that we’ll use in the workshop will be e-mailed to you prior to the program. $45/member, $55/ non-member. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org.

hands-on activities. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit cbmm.org. 5 21st Live Auction Fundraiser for Soroptimist International of Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties at the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cake wheel begins at noon, auction at 1 p.m. Free. Food available for sale. All proceeds to benefit women and girls locally and worldwide. For more info. tel: 443-480-2687 or 410708-9334. 5 The Met: Live in HD with Manon Lescaut by Puccini at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

5 The Art of iPhoneography: iPhone Photography Next Steps w ith K a r en K l i ne d i n s t at A d k i n s Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 4 p.m. Study combinations of iOS apps

5 Sing along to Disney’s Frozen! at the Oxford Community Center. 1:30 p.m. This enchanted singalong with a full screening of the #1 animated film of all time ~ Disney’s Frozen! ~ is guaranteed to be perfectly magical! $8. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 5 A Grand Night of Singing with Friends and Neighbors at Christ Church, St. Michaels. 6:30 p.m., wine and cheese, 7 p.m. favorites sing-along with surprise guest performers. 8:30 p.m., omelets served. $50 per person. Proceeds to benefit the Church’s Medical Mission in Haiti. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 5 Concert: Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-


7299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 5,6,12,13,19,20,26,27 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 6 Concert: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 7 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club in the Talbot County Community Center’s Wye Oak Room from 7 to 9 p.m. Presentation by photographer Corey Hilz. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org. 7 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit live-

playwrightssociety.org. 7,14,21,28 Fun and Friendship from 3 to 5 p.m. for ages 7 to 11 at the St. Michaels Community Center. Fun, games, music and food. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 7,14,21,28 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 8 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the native flute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227. 8,22 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced


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9 Lecture: From Wild Caught to Cultivated: The Chesapeake Oyster Industry from 1965 to 2015. Join Maryland Extension agent and shellfish aquaculture expert Donald Webster for a discussion on t he major changes in t he oystering industry over the last 50 years. 10 a.m. to noon in the Van Lennep Auditorium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit cbmm.org. 9 Class ~ Join local cook Larry Paz at the Oxford Community Center for a demonstration of making paella. Class starts at 10 a.m. with a paella lunch at noon. A few tapas will be served during class. Pre-registration is required. $15 per person. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or e-mail oxfordcc.org. 9 Meeting: Optimist Club at Hunte r s Ta v e r n , T i d e w at e r I n n , Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 9 Aviation Seminar by Chesapeake Sport Pilot at the Bay Bridge Airport, Stevensville. 7 p.m. Topics for this monthly seminar include Flying 101 ~ Ever Wonder How Those Little Airplanes Get Into the Air?; The Drones Are Coming to an Airport Near You; and The


Auto Gyroplane and the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff, among others. Seminars are free, but geared toward adults. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410-604-1717 or visit airportprograms.com. 9 Grief suppor t group meeting ~ Together: Silent No More at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 9,23 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 9,23 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039.

9,23 Peer support group meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at Ouvert Gallery, St. Michaels, f rom 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suppor t group for family members currently struggling with a loved one engaged in substance abuse. For more info. tel: 4 43-5214084. 10 Arts Express Bus Trip to the Philadelphia Museum of A r t with the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $85 members, $110 nonmembers. Fee includes transportation, admission and tour. This exhibition chronicles Pop Art’s emergence as an international movement. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 10 Soup Day at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Homemade soup (vegetable, chicken noodle, dried lima bean), biscuits, dessert and beverage for $3.50. Carry-outs available. For more info. tel: 410-228-5773.

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March Calendar 10 Annual meeting of the Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library at The Creamery in Centreville. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A brief business meeting with appetizers, chicken Florentine, dessert array with beer and w ine available. The Van Williamson and Tom Murphy Duo will entertain. $15 per person. For more info. visit qaclibrary.org/connect-with-us/ support/friends-of-the-library/. 10 Lecture: 1776 Delmarva: Defending the Peninsula During the American Revolution with Phil Webster at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Webster, appearing in character as founding father John Jay, tells what happened on the Delmarva Peninsua during the ten-year struggle for independence from 1774 to 1783. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 10,17,24,31 Class: Head Drawing with Patrick Meehan at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $180 for memb er s, $210 for nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 10,17,24,31 Class: Head Painting with Patrick Meehan at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1:30

to 4:30 p.m. $180 for members, $210 for non-members. (Model fee TBD at the start of class.) For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 10-May 26 Memoir Writing at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly folks. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 11 Concert: Robbie Schaefer - Free Family Show at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.


11 Concert: Apache Trails in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 12 St. Paddy’s Day 5K/10K through Denton and Martinak State Park. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., race at 9 a.m. This year’s event will also feature a Leprechaun Dash at 8:45 a.m., and a 300-foot course for children under 5. For more info. visit CarolineRecreation.com. 12 Eagle Festival at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A celebration of birds of prey at Blackwater NWR for the entire family. Live eagle, peregrine falcon & other birds of prey programs, guest speakers, kid’s activities & archery range, kid’s bluebird box construction, puppet shows, eag le prowls, Wi ld life Dr ive tours, wildlife exhibits, live bird exhibits, and food all day. For more info. tel: 410-221-8155 or v isit f ws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147563841. 12 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org.

12 The Tidewater Camera Club will host a travel photography workshop led by Roger Maki and Cal Jackson at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by February 15 and is limited to the first 50 people. For more info. and to register tel: 410443-7031 or e-mail rmaki1948@ gmail.com. 12 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith a r t i s t s a s t he y demon s t r ate their work. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit carolinearts.org. 12 Wine and Unwind at Layton’s Chance Winery, Vienna. 3 to 6 p.m. Come have a lazy afternoon sipping wine and enjoying live acoustic music by Justin Ryan. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205. 12 Paddy on Poplar in downtown Cambridge. New location ~ same great event. We’ve taken this annual festival and taken it to the street for this year’s event, but you can count on the same combination of awesome live music, great food and a memorable time. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us downtown.


March Calendar 12 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. 12 Dance: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Oxford Community Center with Free N Eazy. 6 p.m. $25 per person. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 12 Concert: When Worldz Collide in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 12,19 Workshop: The Impressionist Landscape - Mini Workshop Series with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $65 members, $95 non-members. For

more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 12,26 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 12-May 14 Yoga at the Oxford Community Center with Suzie Hurley. Intermediate from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and beginner from 1 to 2:15 p.m. $18 per class or $105 for the whole series. For more info visit suziehurley.com. 13 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.

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13 Oxford, Maryland Polar Dip Freezin’ for a Reason” - to benefit Camp Sunshine at the Tred Avon Yacht Club. 11:30 a.m. Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and prompting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness. All participants who ra ise at lea st $100 w i l l receive a highly coveted “I DID IT” event T-shirt! Too scared or too smart to take the plunge? There’s the option to participate in the “Chicken Dip” – where you’ll only need to dip your toes in! For more info. visit http:// c s un.c onvio.net/s ite/T R?f r_ id=1301&pg=entry#sthash.E3Iw2pRO.dpuf. 13 Concert: USAF Langley Winds Free Show at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.

14 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Noon. New members are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-754-9794. 14 Book A r ts for Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Explore the fascinating process of creating a personal journal with beautiful hand-decorated pages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 14

Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch). Limited instruction for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-7455877 or visit tcfl.org.

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masking tape and watercolors. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 16 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 16 Member Night: Magic Lantern Story - an Evening with Marc Castelli at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. Renowned artist Marc Castelli will share a unique slide presentation featuring his annual show of photographs collected while out on the water. Free to members, but reser vations required. For more info. tel: 410745-4991 or e-mail dcollison@ cbmm.org. 16 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 16 Lecture: The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center presents guest speaker Andi Pupke on Monarchs ~ Butterf ly Royalty. 7 p.m. at CBE C ’s E duc at ion Building in Grasonville. Pupke, a Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage

16 Comedian Tim Miller in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 17 Meeting: Stroke Survivors Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 17 Lecture: The Perfect Storm, The Legacy of Hurricane Agnes at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 2 to 4 p.m. Join Dr. Kent Mountford, estuarine ecologist and environmental historian, as he explores the history, impact and legacy of Hurricane Agnes. A storm of tremendous environmental impact, Agnes was a watershed moment for the Bay’s ecosystem and fisheries— and many believe they have never recovered from the repercussions of the 1972 storm. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or visit cbmm.org. 17 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.

17-19 Bronze Casting Three-Day Workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join nationally renowned sculpture artist and Shepherd University professor Christian Benefiel as he guides you through the intricacies of casting bronze, including creating molds, working the sand, the furnace, and pouring the molten metal. $225 for members, $275 for non-memb er s. For mor e info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit cbmm.org. 18 Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128.

18 Concert: Andrew Leahey and the Homestead in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 18-20 Workshop: Round Robin Mixed Media Paper with Lynn Reynolds at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $240 members, $270 non-members. Material fee is $30, payable to the instructor. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 18-20 Fun Fore All Golf Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge. SNAG (Starting New At Golf ) program introduces kids to the game. There will also be an indoor mini golf course, demos of the latest clubs, name-brand apparel for sale, have your swing analyzed by the PGA/LPGA pros, indoor chipping contest, family golf loop, frisbee golf and so much more. For more info. tel: 410-910-6397 or visit chesapeakebay.hyatt. com/en/hotel/news-and-events/ events/GolfWeekend.html. 19 Women’s Prayer Breakfast at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 8 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-4640.


March Calendar 19 Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along w ith a brief talk about nutrition. $20 members, $25 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

19 Rotary Oyster Roast from noon to 4 p.m. at Governor’s Hall, Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. $25 donation to the Cambridge Rotary Community Service Foundation. Oysters by Kool Ice & Seafood served roasted, scalded, on the half shell, and single fried. Hot dogs and hamburgers for nonbelievers. Music by Bird Dog and the Road Kings. For more info. tel: 410-228-3575. 19 Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Bridal Show from 2 to 5 p.m. Plan your wedding at Maryland’s

favorite waterfront resort and meet the best wedding vendors in the area. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, Chesapeake Beach, MD. For more info. tel: 410-2572735 or visit http://www.chesapeakebeachresortspa.com/. 19 Fundraiser: Sail Into Spring at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge, to benefit WHCP Cambridge Community Radio. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Old Salty’s of Hoopers Island will cater the event featuring heavy appetizers, a carving station and an oyster bar. Cash bar. A silent auction featuring artwork, jewelry, vacations, restaurant gift certificates, books, wine, aerial sightseeing and more will run throughout the evening. Music by Bruce Patrick. $60 per person. For more info. tel: 443-637-6000 or visit whcp.org/fundraiser. 19 Concert: High Voltage at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 19-20 Workshop: Chart Navigation at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Join 100ton Captain Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master, for this 2- day work shop de sig ned to teach the necessary steps needed to plan a cruise using navigation


charts. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or visit cbmm.org. 19-Aug. 7 Exhibition: Selections from the Grover Batts Collection at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Bat ts collec t ion includes works by renowned late 19th and 20th century American and European artists. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

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20 Free Band Concert by the Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble from 11 a.m. to noon at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chestertown. Directed by Dr. Keith Wharton, the wind and percussion ensemble is the all-ages community concert band based in Chestertown, though members come from the wider surrounding area. Free. For more info. tel: 410-778-2829. 20

Easter Egg Hunt at Layton’s Chance Winery, Vienna. 1 p.m. Fun for the whole family with age groups ranging from little bunnies to age 13. Cascading Carlos and the Easter Bunny will make specia l appea ra nces. Pr i zes, candy, and fun for the afternoon. $10 per family. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205.

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March Calendar opens at 1 p.m., auction begins at 2 p.m. Nineteen vendors will participate. Advance tickets $5, $7 at the door. For more info. tel: 410-310-4025 or visit prestonhistoricalsociety.com. 21 Monday Monthly Challenge ~ Oil, Acrylic, Pastel with Diane DuBois Mulla ly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $65 members, $95 non-members. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 21 Library Book Discussion: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf at the Talbot County Free Library, E a ston. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 21-April 10 Student Art Exhibition at the Academy A r t Museum, Easton. Opening reception March 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. for grades K-8 and 5:30 to 7 p.m. for grades 9-12. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 22 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221000, ext. 5411.

22 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a st c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 22-May 3 Class: Watercolor ~ From the Beginning with Heather Crow at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. $185 members, $215 non-members. (No class Apr il 12). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 24 Maundy Thursday covered dish dinner and service at Immanuel Church of Christ, Cambridge. 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-4640. 24 Kittredge-Wilson Speaker Series: Robert Pierce at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m. $15 members, $20 non-members. Award-winning filmmaker Robert Pierce, now an Easton resident, shows his film on and with Alexander Calder, followed by a panel discussion. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 24,31 Workshop: Advanced Painting ~ Everg reens w it h Kel ly Sverduk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instruction w ill focus on draw-


p.m. This adult-only Easter egg hunt is a twist on the traditional hunt. Fun and goof y ways to f ind hidden eggs keep us a ll entertained. DJ, prizes, and of course lots of laughs. No cover charge. For more info. tel: 410228-1205.

ing and watercolor work, with focus on detail work for leaves, needles, scales, berries and small cones. $125/ member, $155/ non-member. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org. 25 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Meet the Author: The Sheldon Goldgeier Lecture Series with Bill Peak and his book The Oblate’s Confession. 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 25 Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Layton’s Chance Winery, Vienna. 6

25 W i nter C of feehou se at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 7 p.m. Escape the winter doldrums and enjoy spoken word, story and song. Acoustic musicians, poets, storytellers and other folkies are welcome to share their talent. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782. 26 Cooking Demonstration by Mark

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March Calendar Salter at the Robert Morris Inn featuring a “Spring Dinner.” 10 a.m. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Ticket includes two-hour demonstration, followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass of wine. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 26 Documentary: Black Captains of the Chesapeake with a discussion led by Professor Steven Berr y from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, St. Michaels. The film explores the lives and work of a group of African-American head boat captains sailing out of Kent Narrows who for over 50 years have been carrying out fishing parties on the Chesapeake Bay. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 26 Concert: Penny Pistolero in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 26-April 30 Exhibit: Massoni a r t pr e s ent s The Un s et tle d Earth - The Art of Stewardship featuring work by Karen Hubacher, Heidi Fowler, Elizabeth MacDonald, Grace Mitchell and Deborah Weiss at the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown. For

more info. tel: 410-778-7330 or visit massoniart.com. 27 Guided Bird Walk at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. Meet at the Visitor Center for guided bird watching with Harry Armistead. 8 a.m. Bring binocu la rs a nd f ield g uide s, and dress appropriately for the weather. There is no charge and no pre-registration. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677. 29 Academy for Lifelong Learning Field Trip to Geppi’s Entertainment Mu seu m i n Ba lt i more. G e ppi’s E nte r t a i n me nt Mu seum is a journey through 250 years of American pop culture, with something for ever yone. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bus leaves from the Easton Volunteer Fire Department parking lot on Creamery Lane in Easton. $45 for ALL members, $65 for nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ cbmm.org. 29 Tuesday Movies @ Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. This month’s feature is Amelia. Bring your own lunch or snack. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 30, Apr. 6 Class: Organizing, Storing and Sharing Photos with Your Smart Phone with Scott Kane


at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $80 non-members. Preregistration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 31 Lecture: Talbot Conversations with author Dr. Angelo Volandes on his book The Conversation: a Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care at the Avalon Theat re, Ea ston. 6 p.m. The lecture series is sponsored by Talbot Hospice. Free. Book clubs and organized groups are being encouraged to read and discuss the book and will be provided three complimentary copies per group. Contact Kate Cox, Direc-

tor of Development, at kcox@ talbothospice or 410-822-6681 for more information. Books can be purchased at The News Center in TalbotTown Shopping Center in Easton or at amazon.com.

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