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DRUM POINT - Contemporary “Eastern Shore Retreat,” overlooking the confluence of Barrett Cove and Edge Creek. Outstanding home with cathedral ceilings, 2 fireplaces, fabulous screened porch, waterside pool and deep-water dock with boat lift. JUST LISTED $1,495,000
CHANCE HOPE FARM - Facing west from a beautifully landscaped waterfront lot, this high quality “Daffin-built” home is exceptional! Geo-thermal HVAC, huge workshop, high ceilings, maple floors, fabulous sunsets. It’s a “Must See!” JUST LISTED $1,495,000
MOUNT MISERY - Attractive one-level brick home overlooking Broad Creek. Just 2 mi. outside St. Michaels, the house takes full advantage of the sunset views across the water. Hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces. Waterside swimming pool. JUST LISTED $899,000
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About the Cover Photographer Dave Harp Dave Harp has been photographing the delights and dilemmas of Chesapeake Bay for over 40 years. He has produced, with writer Tom Horton, five books on the Bay: Water’s Way: Life Along the Chesapeake, Swanfall: Journey of the Tundra Swans, The Great Marsh: An Intimate Journey into a Chesapeake Wetland, Nanticoke: Portrait of a Chesapeake River, and Choptank Odyssey: Celebrating a Great Chesapeake River. His photography can be seen monthly in the Chesapeake Bay Journal (BayJournal.com). In 2015, along with Tom Horton
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The Unwelcome Guest by Helen Chappell
You can feel it creeping up on you. The itchy throat, the stiff joints, the headache, what my nurse practitioner calls the productive cough. Yes, it’s a cold! Oh, joy, oh, rapture. Science has found a cure or is working on finding a cure for almost every ailment that plagues humanity, but not even the Centers for Disease Control have figured out how to beat the common cold. I’d like to beat it. I’d like to beat it with a stick until it screams and begs for mercy. The sneezing and blowing of the nose are enough; I’m typing this barely able to sit upright, surrounded by a garden of used Kleenex. And the fun is just starting. As soon as I finish this, I’m crawling back into bed with a cup of tea and a fresh box of Kleenex. In a few hours, my mind will be as stuffed up as my nose, and anything even vaguely resembling rational thought, creativity or activity will be hibernating in the back of my brain. What’s left of my mind is going to be stuffed with nastiness that drives out everything else for the next couple of days. Maybe I’ll crawl out of bed around dinnertime and take a shot
of red wine, since I’m plain out of the bourbon my doctor father used to recommend. For kids, it was mixed with orange juice. I assume adults got a full shot, maybe two or three. If you were intoxicated enough, you could at least forget your misery. What I will want, when I have an appetite again, is Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and saltines, washed down with ginger ale. That’s what our mother gave us when we were kids, so that’s what I will want. I’m always interested in what comfort food people want when they have a cold. Generally, you want what you had as a kid, because that’s the rule. A friend of mine used to turn up his nose at Campbell’s Chicken Noodle. In his childhood, it was Instant Chicken 9
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Dark thoughts of even worse illnesses haunt your sleepless nights. You might get pneumonia if you so much as look out the window, after all. Hypochondria goes into overdrive, and you have to remind yourself it’s just a stupid cold, for godsake. A cold you caught because someone didn’t wash their hands or coughed without covering their mouth. By the third day, you begin to feel as if you might live. You haven’t bathed in two days, your sheets and unchanged pajamas make you a health hazard, but you can’t do anything about it except crack a new bottle of ginger ale and fix a cup of tea. If you can sit up to the table and slurp down some chicken noodle soup and gnaw on a couple of saltines, you figure you might live. Then you crawl back into bed and finally, mercifully, fall asleep for a few hours, only to wake up with the TV still on, blaring some middle-of-the-night infomercial. On the fourth day, you start to think you might be getting well.
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to face the world again. Your nose has dried up, the cough has disappeared, your sense of taste has come back, and you can sort of focus again. And having survived the common cold for one more year, you forget how miserable it all was. Until you get your next cold. But by then, it’s too late, and the games begin again.
You crawl out of bed, eat something that’s not soup. You feel disgusting, so you have a bath and pick up all the Kleenex. You become vaguely aware the outside world has moved on without you. And then, because you’re feeling so much better, you decide to change those sheets, do a load of laundry and do some cleaning because the place feels so dirty since you went down. And having accomplished all of that, you’re exhausted, because the cold tricked you into thinking you could do more than you really could. That’s the worst part. By the fifth day, you’re ready
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A Caribbean Fish Tale by Dick Cooper
Just li ke most of t he f ishing stories in my life, this one starts out in the dark. While I have never studied the habits or habitats of fish, I am familiar with the methods and practices of those who try to catch them. The requisite starting time for this endeavor is always in the middle of the night. And so it was during our latest visit to the island of Aruba in the southern Caribbean. The morning birds were still quiet when my fishing partner, Don, a high-school principal from Alabama who grew up casting for redfish in the Louisiana bayous, and I met as planned in the darkened lobby of our hotel. About six weeks before, we had made reservations on the website f lyfishingaruba.com and had received an e-mail that we would be picked up at 6 a.m. We followed the website’s instructions and were outfitted for the half-day trip in shorts; lightweight, long-sleeved shirts; and with hats and sunscreen in our tote bags, when a big, throaty pickup with a dozen fishing rods bristling upright in its bed pulled up right on time. If I had called Central Casting and asked them for a “tropical fishing guide type,” they would have
Laurenz van Mook and his boat, 50 Shades of Blue. sent Laurenz van Mook. Lean and fit, with a salt-and-pepper goatee and mustache, he bounded out of the truck and walked up to us with a broad a smile and said, “How did you know it was me?” As he drove through the dark, empt y streets on the shor t tr ip to Ora njestad Ha rbor, L auren z qu i z z e d u s about ou r pre v iou s angling experiences. A 1,000-footlong cruise ship was lit up like a small city as we passed, but none of its 3,500 passengers were stirring on its 17 decks. Laurenz parked the truck next to one of the smallest vessels in the basin, his gaudily painted 24-foot open fishing boat named 50 Shades of Blue. We moved the fishing equipment from the truck to the boat, and Don and I took our seats 25
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Caribbean Fish Tale ahead of the console. Laurenz fired up the motor, cast off the dock lines and within a few minutes we were gliding out of harbor on our new adventure just as the first glow of the new day began to light the sky. Now, I am not one of those avid fishermen who has poles hanging from the ceiling and books on flytying lying about my man cave. I donâ€™t have a man cave. But I have been trying to catch fish with mixed results for a very long time. My earliest fishing memories are centered on two vivid childhood recollections. The first, and by far the more pleasant, is of the morning forays to fish for yellow perch from the South Pier at Grand Haven, Michigan, with my dad and Grampa deSchipper.
Pier at Grand Haven, Michigan. The long shadows of dawn would lead us out on the concrete breakwater that juts into the vastness of Lake Michigan to a spot about midway to the lighthouse at the end. I donâ€™t know why Grampa liked that spot, but we almost always set up our tackle within 10 feet of the same location. Grampa had a box full of hooks, bobbers, and sinkers and a large empty pail for the fish
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Caribbean Fish Tale we would catch. Dad carried the cane poles and a bait bucket full of swimming minnows. When the perch were biting, we couldn’t keep up with them. Every time we put our hooks in the water, we pulled up a fish. When they weren’t, I had fun playing with the minnows, catching them with the little dip net that was attached with a string to the bucket handle. Fish or no fish, Dad bought me a popsicle on the way home. The second memory is probably the reason I didn’t fish again until I was an adult. My parents and grandparents used to rent a cottage on a lake for a few weeks every summer, and the cottage came with a 12-foot rowboat. Grampa deSchipper was a quiet and thoughtful Dutchman who had the calloused and scarred hands of his trade as a carpenter. He always smelled of tobacco, and his face was wreathed in smoke. As the oldest grandchild, I was the designated rower and Grampa’s earlymorning companion. I would row us out onto the lake to a spot Grampa
The bow of the Princess as we depart the harbor. liked, and he would drop the “anchor” made of an old coffee can filled with cement with a ringbolt set in the top and fastened to the boat with a long length of clothesline. There we would sit and fish. Grampa loved to fish, but I think he loved the solitude more. When the fish were not biting, which was often, he would be at peace, quietly puffing on his pipe for what seemed like hours. We couldn’t talk in the boat “because that would scare the fish away.” There we would sit, and sit, and sit. The sun would come up and the other kids from the nearby cottages would be playing ball on
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ing fast into a tropical sunrise that highlighted scattered rain clouds. He looked at his depth-sounder and took the boat off plane, easing us to a stop, and passing out fishing rods. Laurenz looked across the water for signs of sea life with eyes trained by years of chasing fish. A native of the Netherlands, he has lived around the world, from Europe to Southeast Asia, before finally settling in the Caribbean. He moved to Aruba a decade ago. When he takes time off from his charter fishing business, he goes fly-fishing for tarpon in Florida. “Look over there,” he said, pointing to ripples on the water. He cast into the shadows, and the rod immediately came to life. “Here,” he said, handing me the rod. It almost
the beach or splashing in the lake, and there we would sit. The morning coolness would turn to heat, and still we sat. It would seem, at least to a young boy, that half the day was spent patiently waiting for something that did not happen. And there was no popsicles at the end of these days. But now that I am my grandfather’s age, I have come to appreciate the quiet he sought on the water, but I also discovered long ago that catching is the fun part of fishing. As we left the harbor, Laurenz kicked the boat into high gear and we skimmed over the calm Aruban waters at 30 miles an hour, head-
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was a small jack and was quickly returned to the sea. On the next cast, another fish hit my lure and I knew immediately this was serious. It felt like I was playing tug-of-war with a truck, or at least a compact car. I cranked the reel until it would not turn, and the line began running out despite the drag. “Keep the tip up,” Laurenz coached from my side. I felt like yelling, “What do you think I am trying to do?” but held my thought and followed instructions. I gained a few feet of
jumped out of my hands as a fish bent the rod toward the water and then pulled to the side as the fish ran off in the opposite direction. I cranked and pulled, cranked and pulled until the fish tired and slid up to the boat. Laurenz pulled on gloves. “When you bring a fish in, you have to be careful,” he said. “These are not bass. Everything we catch here has sharp teeth.” The icebreaker fish
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Don gets ready to cast. line back into the reel, only to have more pulled out as the fish sped away, moving the boat behind it. After several minutes of back-andforth, my arms started to tighten up. Maybe I should have worked more on my upper-body strength at the Y, I thought. The butt of the rod was digging into my midriff as I tried to find some leverage. Just as I was getting to the point of wondering if this fishing thing was a good idea, I realized my adversary was also having second thoughts. I began reeling him closer to the boat. After one last violent burst to get away, he just quit. Laurenz, with gloves on again, bent over the gunnel and pulled the big horse-eye jack into the boat. My mouth had gone dry and my forearms ached, but I felt a rush of excitement. “Well, that was fun,” I managed to blurt out as I sat down to catch my breath. Laurenz handed me a glove and showed me how to grab the fish’s tail. “Hold him up so we can get a picture,” he said. As I raised my trophy, he and Don 36
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to suddenly turn when they saw the boat. Don’s lure took a hard hit and he fought the fish for a few minutes, but then it shook the treble hook and escaped. “I don’t know how they do that,” Laurenz said of the fish. “Every time I get snagged by a hook, it never pops free on its own.” After a few more attempts to find fish, our half-day on the water came to an end. The last band of showers blew out to sea, and the Aruban sun turned hot. We headed back into the harbor after a good morning on the water, cutting close under the bow of the massive cruise ship still tied up in the harbor.
snapped photos. When they finished memorializing my catch, I released him headlong into the sea. After a split second, the fish came to life and darted away. After a few more casts, we saw several rain clouds setting up on the horizon. Laurenz started the motor and expertly guided the boat away from the showers. For the next three hours, Don and I cast and reeled, cast and reeled, but my early luck turned out to be our only luck of the day. We both had several nibbles, but nothing solid. A couple of times, schools of fish chased our lures only
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this story, but a tall, cold drink and a dunk in the pool helped make my Aruban fishing trip a fond memory. Plus, the photo of me holding my fish came out pretty good.
Once we off-loaded the gear back into the truck, Laurenz took one of his older rod-and-reel combos and gave it to a government worker who was cleaning up litter in the parking lot. They talked brief ly in Papiamento, the lingua franca of the island, and the worker appeared to be thanking him profusely. “He has a young son who likes to fish,” Laurenz said as he climbed into the cab. “Gear like that would be very expensive for them to buy.” Back at the hotel, Don and I told our fishing tales to our wives, who had been very content to spend the morning rela xing on the beach. There was no popsicle at the end of
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Jamie Buckleyâ€™s Kayaking Quest to End Polio by Bonna L. Nelson
Not the five years of planning, the months of preparations, including kayaking the Susquehanna River, hiking the Appalachian and Pacif ic Trails, nor climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro fully prepared Jamie Buckley for the challenges of kayaking the full length of the mighty Mississippi River. Of course, each of those adventures had its own challenges. He overcame those of paddling down the Mississippi when he completed a grueling four-month, over 2,300-plus-mile philanthropic adventure, as planned, on October 24, 2016 ~ World Polio Day. He overcame the challenges of navigating the 43 locks, intimidating barges, f lying carp attacks, torrential storms, swarming insects, hunger and loneliness, while paddling a 15-foot Old Town Nantucket pla st ic k aya k , a nd c a mpi ng on shore in a small tent at night. I call him a hero, an inspiration, and a genuinely thoughtful, pensive man. The 53-year-old Denton resident, formerly from Chestertown, sports a head of silver and gray curly hair and a beard, and, as you might imagine, works out daily to stay fit for his journeys.
He retired from a banking career over eight years ago and has embarked on adventures that test his mental and physical strength and endurance ever since. The outdoor enthusiast is a thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail ~ 2,300 miles from Georgia to Maine in 2011. He hiked the Pacific Crest Trail ~ 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada in 2014. He ascended Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2012. And, for 18 days in October 2015, in preparation for 45
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Rotary Club of Easton about Buckley’s fundraising quest for ending polio and contacted the clubs by phone as he approached their towns. He posted photos on his website, on Twitter and Instagram to show the host clubs celebrating w it h him, ge st ur ing w it h t heir t hu mb a nd i nde x f i nger s op en slightly to indicate how close Rotary International, one of the partners in the End Polio campaign, is to reaching its goal to eradicate polio. Buckley spoke to these groups about the campaign and his experiences while kayaking.
The 10-mile lake crossing of Winnibigoshish. Looks like fun using Tyvek ground cloth for a sail. Things took a turn for the worse when the clouds rolled in with 15-mph winds. the Mississippi River navigation, he thru-kayaked the Susquehanna’s 450 miles. This was the first time he challenged himself for a philanthropic cause, the End Polio Now Campaign. A member of the Rotary Club of Easton, he visited 19 Rotary Clubs during his Mississippi River trip that began on June 25, and he interacted with over 1,000 Rotarians in towns along the way. The Easton Rotary sent advance press releases
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Buckley’s Kayaking Quest ness and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodw ill and peace in the world…Service before self…In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs…all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio... “Polio or poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most common ly a f fe c t s you ng c h i ld r en , under the age of 5…The virus is spread person-to-person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine ~ one which Rotar y and our par tners used to immunize over 2.5 billion ch i ld ren worldw ide…u n le s s we eradicate polio, within 10 years we could see as many as 200,000 new cases each year, all over the world” (endpolio.org/whatispolio). “Rotary International, in conjunction w ith the World Health O r ga n i z at ion a nd t he Bi l l a nd Melinda Gates Foundation, hope to declare the world polio-free in approximately two to three years,” explained Buckley. To raise awareness and funds for the End Polio Now Campaign,
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had 12 in 2016; Pakistan had 19; and Nigeria had 4. Since 1988, when the eradication initiative began with the World Health Organization and Rotary International, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches 2-for-1 for every new dollar that Rotary donates to the polio eradication effort, according to the website. The Mi s si s sippi R iver i s t he fourth longest, and fifteenth largest, river in the world by discharge. Levees, locks and dams control the water f low. At its headwaters, it is less than three feet deep. It is 200 feet deep near New Orleans. It is dredged to maintain a depth of nine
Jamie Buckley kayaked from the beginning of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, on June 25, 2016, to the Gulf of Mexico, traveling 2,320 miles and visiting 10 states. He completed the feat, exact ly as planned, on October 24, 2016 ~ World Polio Day. He estimates the trip raised in the low five figures, though he cannot be absolutely certain since donations are made to the End Polio website. He would like to continue raising funds to achieve his personal goal of $100,000. Three countries are still known to have polio cases ~ Afghanistan
Day 4. River Mile 55. Early-morning mist on Lake Irving, MN. The Mississippi begins to flow through a series of several large lakes (9). Weather is crucial for these lake crossings. Itâ€™s like being in the middle of an ocean. 50
feet for commercial traffic. The river ranges in width from 20 to 30 feet at Lake Itasca, to 11 miles at Lake Winnibigoshish, both in Minnesota. “It’s the world’s busiest commercial waterway and a serious undertaking in a 15-foot, 65-pound plastic kayak,” Buckley said. “It takes a tennis ball 90 days to go down the Mississippi, from source to sea, but it took me 120 days ~ way too long. I paddled, on average, 20 miles per day. I completed some 40- and 50mile days, with a maximum of 63 miles in one day. The current in the channel was so fast that it helped me to paddle. I lost ten pounds on the trip. Only about 50 people a year attempt to kayak the Great River.”
If that wasn’t enough of a challenge, fish, insects, lice, and barges gave Buckley some unwanted e xc itement . A si a n c a r p, e a si ly disturbed by paddlers in shallow shoreline areas, f lew like bullets, five feet up in the air across the bow of the kayak. “Crazy and scar y,” described Buckley. Ticks crawled up the sides of his tent, and he was on the lookout for Zika mosquitoes, but that was nothing compared to the lice episode. “L ice are a common problem along the river and in local schools,” recounted Buckley. “They showed up on me from head to toe, and in par ticularly uncomfor table personal areas. I had to spend hundreds
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Buckley’s Kayaking Quest on hair clippers, medicine, and a rented house to deal with it. I put my tent and sleeping bag in a freezer to kill the critters. A real unanticipated mess.” The Mississippi is crowded with f leets of towed barges. The barges average 195 feet long and 35 feet wide, with a 1,500-ton capacity. Buckley found that barges are not recreation-boat friendly. He tried to contact them on his various communication devices to ask questions or share his location, but was seldom successful. A kayaker is not the center of the Great River’s universe. Fleets of barges and towboats were intimidating, causing him great anxiety during the trip because it
was difficult for the barge operators to see him. Other challenges included soaking storms ~ one dumping six inches of rain in ten hours ~ heavy winds, changing tides, heat in the high 90s, locks, boat traffic and a limited diet. While he was kayaking and camping, his provisions included oatmeal, granola bars, jerky, noodles, peanut butter and nuts. His hurdles
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strength and drive to keep going.” When asked about preparing and packing, Buck ley said, “It takes finesse and experience to pack a 15-foot kayak for a four-month trip. Less is better. I knew what to take from previous hiking and kayaking trips. A solar panel on the kayak bow provided cell phone charging. Sometimes I mailed stuff back home that I didn’t need. Sometimes my support team of Rotarians, friends and family mailed me things, and sometimes I stayed at a hotel in a town or with Rotarians for a normal meal, a nice hot bath and comfortable bed, and to stretch my kayakcramped legs.” “We tend to take things for granted,” Buckley mused. “Hot and cold
were offset by camping on beautiful beaches, obser ving gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, landscapes, quaint towns, friendly Rotarians, and eagles soaring overhead. When I asked Buckley why he takes on these gr ueling ef for ts, he shared several ref lections. “It makes me feel so alive. It hurts so good. I like to confront challenges for my personal enrichment. I enjoy the outdoor scenery. I take life one day at a time. I especially enjoyed this trip, meeting Rotarians along the river, as well as schoolchildren, journalists, writers and artists, and working for a cause. Most everyone, especially Rotarians, gave me the
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discuss his adventure and the international End Polio Now campaign. He is pondering his next challenge ~ maybe hiking across Antarctica? For mor e i n for m at ion ab out Buckley’s quest and to see more photographs, visit tcozee.com or e-mail him at jtbuckley3@gmail. com. To learn more about End Polio Now and to donate, visit endpolio. org or the Easton Rotary Club at eastonrotary.org.
water, showers, beds, food, company. My trips have taken me to the lowest common denominator. I am humbled by my experiences and by the kindness and generosity of people I met along the way. Each trip changes me. It takes me time to recover, mentally and physically. They call it post-thru-hiking depression. It includes trip dreams, overcoming exhaustion and rebuilding strength ~ the leg in particular for this trip.” During his recovery, Buckley continues to meet with Rotary groups and journalists about his quest, including a stint on National Public Radio. He will attend Rotary conferences across the nation this year to
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1 garlic clove, pressed 1/2 t. finely minced fresh ginger 1/2 cup salted, roasted cashews, toasted 2/3 cup chicken broth Blend the chicken broth and cornstarch in a bowl and set aside. Put the soy sauce in another bowl, add the chicken and stir to coat, then set aside. Place a wok over medium-high heat and add two tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot, add the cashews and brown them for 1 minute, stirring continuously. Remove them with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the chicken mixture and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked in the center. Cut a piece after 3 minutes to test it. Remove the chicken from the wok and set aside. Pour the rest of the oil into the
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Tidewater Kitchen STIR-FRY ASIAN VEGETABLES Serves 4 2 T. hoisin sauce 1 T. soy sauce 1/2 t. cornstarch 1 jalapeĂąo pepper, seeds removed and chopped 1 lb. asparagus 3 cups sugar snap peas 1-1/2 cups red bell peppers 3 green onions, sliced 2 t. dark sesame oil 2 t. fresh ginger, grated Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
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I was mate on Gleam, an old 12-Metre, for 14 weeks the summer following my sophomore year in college. That was 1957. We raced against Vim, Harold Vanderbilt’s old 12 (1939) that was making a resurgence with a hot crew, planning to enter the America’s Cup defense trials the following summer. They beat us regularly. We also raced against Niña, the lovely schooner designed by Starling Burgess that was the love of my life at the time. She also beat us regularly. Niña was lost at sea a few years ago. Gone without a trace. It was like hearing a treasured old girlfriend had perished. I went to college with Ted Turner, who was a year behind me. We were both on the sailing team at Brown. Turner was loud and brash. He craved attention and drank too much. But we got along. Ted was an amazing sailor. A man lives the way he sails. If you want to know about Ted Turner, study the way he sailed back then. He was fearless. He set goals that seemed impossible, and he often failed colossally at first, as in 1964, when he chartered a 40-footer to race in the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit, having never sailed a boat of that size. It was
Gleam a disaster. The pumps malfunctioned during a storm, and they nearly sank. They ran aground, they had a fire on board, they got lost, food and water ran out, and so did the crew. But the following year ~ and this is pure Turner ~ he chartered another 40-footer and won the SORC, an extraordinary accomplishment that eluded many great sailors. A few years later, I picked up The New York Times and read a little item on the sports page indicating that Ted Turner had been selected to skipper a 12-Metre by the name of Mariner in the America’s Cup Defense trials. I called him with newspaper still in hand. Why? 67
Changes: Fun Because from that summer on Gleam, I had been attracted by the America’s Cup. I had written about it enough by 1973 to know the Cup skippers were a dreary lot, more or less like the early astronauts. The astronauts would ride the rocket 60,000 miles or so into space ~ if nothing malfunctioned ~ to be among the first humans to look at Earth as we look at the moon, then blast through the violently vibrating furnace of reentry, splash down in the ocean somewhere, and hope they didn’t drown. When the press would ask them about that extraordinary Buck Rogers experience, they would maintain a poker face and talk about how the machinery functioned. It was so disappointing! Same with the Cup skippers. There might have been an unbelievable five minutes of sparring prior to the start, both boats luffing head to wind, seeing who could last the longest and still have control; or one skipper would pin the other and push him away from the starting line, with the other guy faking tacks and jibes and trying every trick he knew to shake free. When the press would ask the winner about those wild tactics in the unresponsive 65-footers that weighed 30,000 pounds and were crewed by only 12 people, he would maybe grant a slight smile and say it was “quite interesting.”
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tion he owned in Atlanta, Channel 17, on a satellite. There was plenty to write about. That book is Ted Turner, The Man Behind the Mouth (Sail Books/ Norton, Boston). The fact that the next America’s Cup will be contested this summer in Bermuda caused NBC TV to crank up a show about Turner and the summer of ’77 as a lead-up to the 2017 Cup. In the course of their research, the NBC people dug up my book and hunted me down for an interview. One of the first questions from the interviewer was what I remember most about that summer. “Fun,” I said quickly, somewhat to my surprise. Later, when I mulled that answer over, many doors opened. No Cup since 1977 has been as much fun, or even any fun. Turner was the last amateur to win the America’s Cup, and he did it with an amateur crew. In 1980, Dennis Conner reappeared with three boats, three paid crews, and the news that they had sailed 300 days during the previous year. Conner took the Cup professional in 1980, and since then it has become more and more contentious, unpleasant, money- and marketing-driven, and “made for TV.” And less national in terms of crew. Turner’s crew was made up 100% of American sailors. There are three American sailors on Larry Ellison’s 2017 “American” Oracle team that will defend the Cup. To date, only one of them has been on the boat for
Dennis Conner ~ a new kid with another strong personality ~ showed up with an agenda of his own. Right after that inglorious 1973 campaign, Turner quietly bought Courageous, the boat that had won the Cup that summer. That move alone made it seem like a good idea for me to hang around. I convinced a publisher I should do Turner’s biography using the summer of 1977 as a focal point. In addition to his sailing, Turner owned the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Hawks, and, against all his advisors’ pleading, he was about to put the local sta-
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from the South who was attracting followers by the hundreds because of his penchant ~ his need ~ to broadcast what was on his mind. Suddenly, because of Turner, the man in the street had access to an event that had always been private and exclusive. Every time Turner fired one of his unfailingly accurate and always public volleys at the officers of the New York Yacht Club, who were the very custodians of private and exclusive, his public persona expanded. With an almost raspy, sharp tone applied to his f lat Southern accent, a delivery that often had a deftly-turned near whine of “poor me” at the end, Turner craftily ex-
one race. Can you imagine the outrage in World Cup circles if Spain were to announce they had put an Italian player on its team? Make no mistake, the 1977 Cup was contentious. Every America’s Cup has been contentious. It was just different in 1977. No one on the crew was working out in the gym full time (or maybe at all), or getting paid more than travel expenses and room and board (if that), or wearing a crash helmet on the boat, or going to bed at 10 p.m. every night, or not having a drink after sailing. Different syndicates took over various Newport taverns they liked. The sailors talked about what was on their minds after a beer or two, talked with members of the press if they knew you, knowing if they said to keep something in the vault, you would. As expected, Turner kept us all smiling. He loved fighting with his back against the wall, and that summer he had his wish. As the summer commenced, he was the outsider, the big loser from 1973. The 1977 Cup defense was promoted as a made-for-Hollywood struggle between the two prominent sailmakers of the time, Lowell North and Ted Hood. Turner had to constantly fight for his due as the nattily-attired New York Yacht Club committee looked askance at the brash behavior of this outspoken young man
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was starting to look like a contender. But it was no thanks to Loomis, who continually badgered Turner with threats and discipline, often during unexpected late-hour visits to his room. The steadying influence in the mix was Courageous’ evenhanded tactician, Gary Jobson, who not only calmed Turner down on the boat, but ashore as well. Jobson cut to the chase, focusing on how to win the right to defend, and ultimately win the Cup, over all else. Turner could understand that. But it went hilariously bad at the Spouting Rock Beach Association one evening. Better known as Bailey’s Beach, the private club founded in the 1890s is a vestige of old-school Newport Society. Turner ended up there because of a secretarial mistake, an invitation that should have been regretted. By the time the mistake was discovered, it was too late for Ted and his wife,
ploited the always popular “them versus us” scenario. Turner’s fight that summer began in-house. His syndicate boss was the late Lee Loomis, an imposing man with hair clipped MarineCorps short and a drill sergeant’s demeanor to match. Loomis was born to the purple, one of “them.” Loomis’ father, Alfred Lee, who had attained prominence in law, banking, and science (he worked on the precise measurement of time, the development of radar, and invented LORAN), gave his son a 12-Metre for graduation from Harvard Law School. Lee Loomis epitomized the eastern-establishment, rulingclass Yankee. He spoke with some yearning of sailing 12-Metres in the 1930s, when half the crew were paid professionals in uniforms who kept their mouths shut. He was comfortable in chauffeured limousines, at private clubs, and on Long island estates behind iron gates. Upstart, new-money Southerners like Turner were not Lee Loomis’ favorite people. As syndicate boss, Loomis was being counted on by his fellow New York Yacht Club members to keep Turner under control, if not under wraps. Going into the July trials, Turner was actually behaving quite well, paying attention to the racing and trying to keep a low profile. Much to everyone’s surprise, Courageous
Ted Turner and his second wife, Jane Shirley Smith. 74
Changes: Fun Jane, to back out. It had come from people Turner did not know in his hometown of Atlanta. The invitation was for drinks at their home, followed by dinner at Bailey’s Beach. It turned out to be one of those evenings that would test the endurance of the most politically adept diplomat. The hosts from Atlanta were celebrity hounds, delighted to have captured the Courageous skipper ~ the Atlanta sports and media magnate ~ and put him on display. In the book, I let Turner tell about that evening, because it’s his story and, unlike other loud public figures in the news who act outrageously, Ted Turner is a prisoner of the truth: “We got to Bailey’s Beach around 7:30, and I’d already had about three or four vodka and tonics by then. Another cocktail party was starting, and dinner was slated for 9:30, which was bad news to me, so I had another drink or two. “This couple took us around and introduced us to people as though we were lifelong friends…I may have said after the fourth or fifth time I wished they would tell the truth and say ‘acquaintance’ because I didn’t know them at all… They wanted me to stand at the door with them and greet people as they came in! “I began to get a little pissed off, okay, after about 25 forced
introductions…I don’t like to be shown off like a prize bull. I’d been in the limelight a lot. Bailey’s is a sophisticated group. I’d been there before, and believe it or not, I was looking forward to a low-profile evening. This was turning into the highest-profile deal of all.” Turner allows that he might have been just a little rude to his hosts in front of other people as a way of discouraging them. “There was an element of truth in one thing. I was introduced by these people to a highly-painted lady who was sort of attractive, in her twenties or thirties. Her escort had to be in his mid-sixties. And it was ‘miss’ and ‘mister,’ so I as76
sumed they were dating. I’ve always been amused by couples like that. It’s usually a goofy old guy, who often has money, and some chick who’s looking for more than romance and companionship. “Anyway, while he was talking with someone else, I was talking with her. She wasn’t his wife, she was a date, she was open; you can say anything you want to a date. And because I like to conduct surveys on this subject, I said, ‘What are you doin’ with somebody so much older than you?’ She said she enjoyed spending his money. And I said, ‘Do you get enough lovin’?’ And she said, ‘From that old prune? I’m horny as hell.’ And I said, ‘Well maybe we could arrange
to have something done about that,’ or words to that effect. That was as far as it went. And I was thinking as much about lining her up for my younger crewmen, who were single, my virile young crewmen who were having trouble, as anything else. “That is as far as the conversation went…except I had finally met someone I was at least having an amusing conversation with. I asked the Atlanta woman, since Janie and I were going to be split up at dinner seating anyway, if I could sit at the same table with whoever this woman was. She said no, it wasn’t planned that way. So now we get into the interesting part. I hadn’t had a thing to eat, it was
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And I said, ‘Because she told me so.’ Well she was really in a huff after that.” Turner says he left the table and made for the bathroom, where the right move often lurks. There he decided his best course of action would be to leave the premises before he said any more things that might irk his hostess. “The ball game was on at 8:30, and we were just starting a four course dinner that would take an hour and a half, with people I didn’t know, and I had drunk too much, and I realized at that point I shouldn’t have said anything. “And that is the story. Oh, I might have said the younger woman was looking for a man to service her. Maybe I said that in front of eight people. But they were all adults. Apparently when the hostess found out I had left, she threw a fit and left the dinner. Now, there is the other part of the story. Her husband stayed at the party, took Janie home, and made a pass at her. How about that? “I’m always unhappy to make someone unhappy, but they had made me unhappy. I mean if I had committed murder, don’t you think it would have been judged justifiable homicide after three and a half hours?” Like the frustrated parent of a rambunctious teenager, Lee Loomis felt embarrassed in front of his people. He told Turner he
9:30, and after a bunch of drinks I was kind of PO’d. “Naturally I was seated next to the Atlanta woman, and as dinner began she said something about the woman I’d been talking to, ‘Aren’t they a lovely couple,’ or words to that effect. And I said, ‘What do you mean by that? I’ve always thought it was kind of silly to go out with someone that distant in age.’ And she said, ‘Well not in this particular instance. They love each other so much they’re planning to be married.’ And I said, ‘Well she loves him for his money, I can tell you that.’ And she said, ‘Oh you don’t say. How do you know that?’
mentioned in his presence. “Your letter,” Winslow wrote to Ted, “reminds me of the story of President Lincoln and his cabinet. Several cabinet members complained that General Grant drank too much. After thinking a few minutes, President Lincoln replied: ‘Find out the brand of whiskey he drinks and give it to the other Generals.’” Ah, yes, that summer was fun. And Ted Turner and his all-American crew won the America’s Cup.
wished he were a dog so he could beat him. He demanded his skipper write a note of apology to Bailey’s Beach, no doubt hoping the late John Winslow, who was then president of Bailey’s, would reprimand Turner in such a way that Loomis would have cause to fire him. In his note to Winslow, Turner wrote that if his conduct had been bothersome, “I wish to apologize profusely because I certainly did have a couple of drinks too many that Saturday night.” President Winslow’s response indicated a tongue firmly in cheek. He wrote that any complaints from members of the club must be made in writing. None had been received, and the matter had not even been
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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at www.tourcaroline.com. 81
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the pruning so that I will have an adequate number of peaches this year. Apples are more cold tolerant than peaches, so we can prune them earlier. Disease and insect control on tree fruit begins now with the application of a dormant oil spray on apples and pears, and a ferbam or lime-sulfur spray on the peaches. If you have a scale insect problem on the peaches use the dormant oil instead of the other materials. Don’t mix oil and sulfur, as that combination will burn the buds. Dormant oil is a safe, effective control for aphids, mites, scales and other overwintering insect pests. Lime-sulfur gives good control of mites and helps to prevent peach leaf curl. Sanitation is especially important in reducing fruit insect and disease problems. Remove and dispose of all mummified (dried) and fallen fruits.
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Dorchester Points of Interest Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. High Street is also known as one of the most haunted streets in Maryland. join a Chesapeake Ghost Walk to hear the stories. Find out more at www. chesapeakeghostwalks.com. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit www.skipjack-nathan.org. CHOPTANK RIVER LIGHTHOUSE REPLICA - The replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse includes a small museum with exhibits about the original lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse, located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, is open daily, May through October, and by appointment, November through April; call 410-463-2653. For more info. visit www.choptankriverlighthouse.org. DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit www.dorchesterarts.org. RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit www.richardsonmuseum.org. HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424 98
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Dorchester Points of Interest Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. harriettubmanorganization.org. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit www.spocottwindmill.org. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affi liated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 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
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Dorchester Points of Interest BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit www.fws.gov/blackwater. EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. For more info. visit http://eastnewmarket.us. HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTONâ€™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 Laytonâ€™s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com. HANDSELL HISTORIC SITE - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, the site is used to interpret the native American contact period with the English, the slave and later African American story and the life of all those who lived at Handsell. The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. Visitors can view the exterior of the circa 1770/1837 brick house, currently undergoing preservation work. Nearby is the Chicone Village, a replica single-family dwelling complex of the Native People who once inhabited the site. Special living history events are held several times a year. Located at 4837 Indiantown Road, Vienna. For more info. tel: 410228-745 or visit www.restorehandsell.org. 102
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Easton Points of Interest now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and seasonal events. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. Founded in 1692, the Parish’s church building is one of the many historic landmarks of downtown Easton. The current building was erected in the early 1840’s of Port Deposit granite and an addition on the south end was completed in 1874. Since that time there have been many improve-
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Easton Points of Interest 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St. on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers all came to town and shared rooms in hotels such as this. Frederick
Douglass stayed in the Brick Hotel when he came back after the Civil War and gave a speech in the courthouse. It is now an office building. 14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the Star-Democrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its inf luences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roofline. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GR AND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building where they first met is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. 17. FOXLEY HALL - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Eastonâ€™s Federal dwellings. Former home of Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private)
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Easton Points of Interest 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit trinitycathedraleaston.com. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf l.org. 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial
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Hospital is part of the Shore Health System. shorehealth.org. 22. THIRD HAVEN FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (Quaker). Built 1682-84, this is the earliest documented building in MD and probably the oldest Quaker Meeting House in the U.S. William Penn and many other historical figures have worshiped here. In continuous use since it was built, today it is still home to an active Friends’ community. Visitors welcome; group tours available on request. thirdhaven.org. 23. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. Near Easton 24. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by
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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 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 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 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.belmond.com/inn-at-perry-cabin-st-michaels/. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,
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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. parsonage-inn.com. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly
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hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or www.thecrabclaw.com. 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit www.patriotcruises.com or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when
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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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
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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit www.twoswaninn.com. 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. TOWN DOCK RESTAUR ANT - 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 supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410-745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 126
St. Michaels Points of Interest 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www. harbourinn.com. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TR AIL - 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
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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. 137
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by Gary D. Crawford Twenty-five years ago or thereabouts, I happened to see two neighbors hacking and cutting at a large boxwood hedge. It stood across the road from Ray and Marylee Chollet’s home. At one time, the Chollet home had been a church known as the “Little Chapel,” founded in 1891. The Chollets purchased it in the 1970s and remodeled it beautifully. There are some graves across the road from the Little Chapel, in plain sight, but a few were hidden within the boxwood. Ray Chollet and his friend Jim Rowe were trying to cut back the lush mass of vines, shrubs, weeds, and boxwood that covered another small plot. I
pitched in for an hour or so. Finally, we came upon a tall white family marker, hidden in the greener y, bearing the name FAIRBANK. We continued to clear and pull. Suddenly, another stone came to light. Eagerly, I brushed away the undergrowth to read the inscription. Then my jaw dropped. More recently, I recalled that curious gravestone and went looking for it again. I couldn’t f ind it. Attempts to force through the underbrush, now grown to prodigious heights, proved unsuccessf ul. When I asked our neighbor Fritz Scharch about it, he said he remembered the odd stone, but said
The Typo it was deeply buried in the wrack. As he is a professional mower and bushwhacker, I accepted that the stone was beyond reach. A few weeks later, however, I was surprised and very pleased to see the boxwood hedge cut back and the area cleared. Fritz stopped by to let me know. He said with a grin that he’d found the stone I remembered. We pause now for a brief bit of local history. Joseph Edward and Francis Harrison Fairbank had four children, born between the years 1870 and 1884. Joseph spelled his surname Fairbank, without an “s,” well, most of the time. Their son Edward put the “s” on, it seems, but no one else did so ~ as far as I know. To avoid confusion with that town in Alaska, the village now is officially “Fairbank.” Their firstborn child was Elizabeth, who married Robert Sadler; the second was Edward, who married Mary Daffin. Their third child, Joseph Francis “Frank” Fairbank, married Miss Anna White, and they had a large family. Frank Fairbank was the farmer who owned much of what is now Fairbank Village at the south end of Tilghman’s Island. One of their sons, Harry, founded the Fairbank Bait and Tackle, near the Knapps Narrows Bridge, a business then carried on by his son Gary Fairbank. Mr. Frank’s other children
were Roland (Tobe), William, Ethel, and Hedge. The fourth and last child in the Joseph Fairbank family was a second daughter, Lola. She married Wade Scott. Upon his death in 1950, he was buried in the small Fairbank plot across the road from the Little Chapel. Oddly, the stone car ver made a mistake, for his stone reads: Wade Hampton Scott Husband of Lola Fairbank Scott Jluy 5, 1875 – Dec. 29, 1950 That’s right, the month of his birth is misspelled. Now, that does set one to pondering, doesn’t it? Let us consider. Some monument maker was contacted, probably early in 1951, to cut a gravestone for the late Mr. Wade Scott. Whoever got the job, we must assume he followed the general procedures for finishing and engraving a headstone. In case you’re unfamiliar with the process, it works something like this: The stone, marble or granite, is quarried somewhere. Quarr y ing involves dr illing holes into t he exposed rock, inserting explosive charges into the holes, and setting them off so that the rock breaks along natural lines into large sheets. These are then sawn into slabs about 3’x3’x10’, each weighing 20,000 pounds or so, which are lifted onto f latbed trailer trucks and delivered to the monument maker. He then
cuts these blocks down further, into various monument sizes, making additional decorative cuts as required. He then grinds one or more surfaces to a glassy smoothness. Meanwhile, a draftsman draws up a design with the lettering agreed to during consultation with the customer. OK, so far? This is when the engraver steps in. He coats the headstone with a liquid glue, then applies a rubber stencil over the glue. The stencil then is covered by a carbon-backed layout of the draftsman’s design, which transfers the design onto the rubber stencil. The engraver then cuts out the design ~ the letters and decorative features ~ on the stone using a sandblaster. An air compressor propels a coarse cutting abrasive ~ usually aluminum oxide or glass beads, not sand ~ onto the exposed portions of the stone with a force of around 100 pounds per square inch. This sandblasting can be done manually or through automation. In our part of the world, in 1951, probably it was done manually. We can only assume that the draftsman made a little mistake, that the carbon-backed design sheet he sent to the engraver contained a typo. The month of July was spelled “Jluy.” OK, we all make mistakes. Surely, the draftsman (let’s call him Mitchell) had gotten things wrong before. There must have been the occasional miscommunication with 141
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The Typo a customer, leading to simple errors like a mistaken date or the incorrect spelling of a name, such as “Wier” for “Weir” or some such. But Jluy? That’s the name of a month! Any draftsman just glancing at his design would have caught that ~ without having to check his notes ~ before sending it on to the engraver. Right? How could Mitchell have made such a mistake? But then the engraver (let’s call him Hiram) must have missed it too! But how? It isn’t like proofreading a manuscript where hundreds of words pass under your eye and tiny glitches are so hard ot spot (like that one). No, this headstone consisted of just eight words and two dates. The words were all fine, and the dates were fine, too. Except for Jluy. We can picture Hiram, behind
the mask protecting him from the grit and stone dust, gripping the sandblaster nozzle firmly and then, carefully, etching out the first three lines, the eight words. Now he’s ready to move down to the fourth line: the bir th and death dates. (“Great,” he thinks, “almost done.”) He bears down on the capital “J” and shapes it nicely. Now he comes to Mitchell’s blatant mistake ~ the capital “J’ is followed by a small “l.” What? No word in the English language, so far as I can discover, has a “j” followed by an “l.” None at all ~ not at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end, upper or lower case. It simply does not occur. True, we do speak of the Chinese having a JL-2 missile. Also, there is a big audio company called JL, and another one that sells sports clothing. Then there used to be a Latvian political party ~ Jaunais laiks ~
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The Typo which was abbreviated Jl. But unless he is from Daugavpils, on the day of the sandblasting Hiram must have had what some young people today refer to as a brain phart. We can’t be sure he noticed it, of course. In any event, Hiram completed the sandblasting, removed the stencil, blew off all the dust, and gave the stone a final polishing. It was turned over to the customer, probably Miss L ola, who had it placed lovingly in the little graveyard to mark her husband’s grave. Hold it! Let’s stop right here, because I have some serious questions. How, exactly, did this play out? After all, somebody must have noticed the typo. So let’s step back… One possibility is that when Hiram blasts the “l,” he suddenly recognizes that July is spelled wrong on the stencil. Too bad he didn’t notice that before cutting the offending letter. Aargh. He drops everything and goes to Mitchell’s office. “Hey, Mitch!” he exclaims. “We’ve got a problem with that Scott stone.” Together they gaze at the stone, with the “Jl” glaring at them. “Should I finish it?” asks Hiram. They consult the boss, Mr. Dawson. “Boys, you really messed this one up, didn’t you?” sighs Dawson. “Yeah,” they nod, glumly. “OK, well, it can’t be fixed without showing up badly. So finish it up as it is, and I’ll get in touch with the family.”
Another possibility is that Hiram simply doesn’t notice Mitchell’s mistake either. He just finishes the stone, cleans it off, gives it a nice polish, and pronounces the stone ready. They put the stone aboard their truck, and when they put it in place, someone says, “Say, why does it say ‘Jluy’?” A third possibility, a sort of variation on the above, is that Hiram completes the job and pronounces the stone ready. Mr. Dawson takes one look at it and fires both Hiram and Mitchell on the spot. The cost of making a new stone is going to wipe out a month’s profits. However it happened, we know two things for certain. First, the family and friends couldn’t possibly have not noticed the typo. Second, we know that Dawson didn’t just keep mum about the goof and make a new one; nor did the family insist on a replacement stone with correct spelling. We know this because there the stone lies today, “Jluy” and all. Of course, this would have been a sad time for the bereaved family, and reactions to a typo on the stone might have run the gamut. “Get that damned Dawson fellow on the phone right now!” “Oh, my dear, isn’t that spelt w rong?” “I want a new stone, and right now!” “Say, given this major error on your part, Dawson, how do you propose to make it right?” Naturally, I have no idea how this
turned out. All the principals are gone now, and there is no one to ask. But still the stone stands, a riddle. So, as a Fairbanker now myself, I prefer to believe that it may have played out like this. When they discovered there was a problem with Mr. Wade’s headstone, Dawson had it brought down to the island for Miss Lola to see. She took one look at it and burst out laughing. “My L or d , hone y, you r e a l ly messed that one up, didn’t you?” Mr. Dawson agreed, shuffling his feet nervously. “Yes, ma’am, we’re real sorr y. I reckon,” he added, twisting his cap, “that you’ll want it put right?” “But how?” she exclaimed. “You can’t erase it, can you?”
“No, ma’am. If we tried to cement some stone dust into the “l” and the “u,” and then re-cut them in the right order, it wouldn’t look right.” “I sure do wish Wade was here to see this,” said Miss Lola, with another giggle. “He would laugh out loud and probably say something like, ‘I always knew I couldn’t get out of this world without messing up one last time.’” Dawson smiled, uneasily, waiting. Finally, he asked, “Shall we make a new one then, Miss Lola? I can have it for you in about a week.” She hesitated, then said, “Well, now, Mr. Dawson, that would set you back a not her whole stone, wouldn’t it?” “Yes, ma’am,” answered Dawson,
The Typo reckoning up the loss in his mind. “There’s no way around it.” Miss Lola turned to face him squarely, and w ith a smile said, “Well, now, I have a thought. My husband wouldn’t mind giving folks one more laugh as they look at his stone. So why don’t we leave it the way it is?” Brightening, Dawson immediately agreed. “Why, that’s a splendid idea! If you take it as it is, I would be happy to take 50 percent off the price.” Miss Lola nodded. “Fine.” Then, with a Fairbank twinkle in her eye, she added, “But I suppose you’d still be some money ahead if you made
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Feliz Navidad en Cuba pop” breakfast shop had nothing to serve. Nada! Cubans are allowed to set up their own business with permission. Currently there are 500,000 small business licenses. I know I can be an obnoxious American, but I will say, some of the wait staff could take some lessons in customer service. I don’t pretend to be an expert on Cuba, in no small measure because I have only been in the western part. The island is 3.4 times bigger than Maryland and is home to over 11 million people. Some of the things that I think are worth seeing in Havana include the entire Viejo (old) area, the 1748 cathedral if open, La Floridita restaurant and bar, Hotel Ambos Mundos, and the anti-aircraft bunkers on the lawn of the National Hotel in the waterfront area. We enjoyed La Familia restaurant, where President Obama ate last year. He was the first sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years. It is an easy seven-mile taxi ride east to Finca Vigia, which was Hemmingway’s home. While there, you will also see his boat named PILAR (nickname for his wife, Pauline). It is a 38’ Wheeler, built on Coney Island. He bought PILAR in 1934 for $7,500, and she is memorialized in The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream.
Cuba is a putative Catholic country, and Elizabeth and I were there over Christmas, but it seems as though organized religion is a very small part of life. The Cathe-
dral was locked tight on Christmas Eve afternoon, without any sign or indication whether there would be services that night. We had planned to look for an open church for midnight service, but had to be on the bus at 6 a.m. to get to the beach for Christmas. We headed out to the resort town of Veradero, where there are numerous fairly new hotels built along a very long spit with a pretty beach and marina. It was 82° on Christmas Day. I recom-
mend eating, and possibly staying, at Xanadú Mansion, which was Irenee DuPont’s home. He purchased the land in 1927 and built the house in 1930, almost on the beach. Golf is included if you stay there. Other places I’ve been that are noted for significant architecture include the UNESCO towns of
Cienfuegos and the 1514 town of Trinidad. On the south coast, not too far from Cienfuegos, you can see the Bay of Pigs Museum that documents our failed CIA-backed attempt to overthrow of President Fidel Castro in April 1961. Cuba has a long way to go, if ever, to get back to its glory days of the late ’50s. I’ve noticed some
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holding up the building façade. As you know, the Soviet Union kept Cuba going until it broke apart in 1991. Venezuela has been supporting Cuba lately, especially with petroleum and other subsidies, but that may be coming to a halt soon, owing to economic problems there. One other impediment for American travel is that our banks don’t allow credit or debit card use in Cuba, for the most part. Although this may hopefully change soon, for now, take plenty of cash to spend directly, or convert to the CUC convertible peso. The problem with this is the banks or hotels take their piece of the exchange rate, so things aren’t the bargain you might expect.
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I can’t predict what President Trump’s policy will be, but he is on the record ~ or to be precise ~ on Twitter, saying that he might reimpose some sanctions until Presi-
dent Raul Castro grants religious and political freedom and frees political prisoners. We found the Cubans to be friendly and warm, and we felt very safe. Not all the citizens speak English, so knowing a bit of Spanish is helpful. Considering the disparity in wealth, it’s surprising there isn’t more panhandling. There were several requests for money to buy milk for the baby. We politely declined. Another tactic is for the citizens to walk you into a restaurant, whereupon they will get some type of reward-kickback. This is not done with high pressure, and in two instances we saw and learned
Feliz Navidad en Cuba things we would have missed. We ate at the restaurant where both President Obama and the Rolling Stones (not at the same time) dined last year. We also heard a very famous salsa group play at a restaurant. The pianist, Ibrahim Ferrer, was in his 92nd year and was great!
Our laws and procedures are changing daily. With a week to go in his administration, President Obama announced the end to a decades-old policy that allowed escapees from Communist Cuba to enter the United States without a visa. Known as “wet feet, dry feet,” it allowed Cubans who showed up at America’s borders to enter lawfully and earn an expedited green card. No longer will they be allowed to stay here by merely getting on American soil. This is done
in an attempt to improve relations between our governments. Americans here are now allowed to send money ($3B just in 2015) to friends/relatives in Cuba. This is having a big inf luence on the Cuban economy and is allowing investment and seed money to improve conditions for the average citizen. Elizabeth and I recommend visiting Cuba, and we agree with President Obama that “the Cuban people must know they have a friend and partner in the United States.” Gugy Irving was born in Easton and resides in Oxford. In addition to Cuba, Elizabeth Irving and her father have visited Australia, Canada, France and Jamaica.
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C h o p t a n k O d y s s e y: C e l ebrating a Great Chesapeake Rive r by Tom Hor ton. Pho tography by Dav id W. Harp. Schiffer Books. 160 pp. $34.99. Try as I might, I ran out of time to read Choptank Odyssey before the holidays. That proved awfully fortuitous, though, as I found myself curled up in early Januar y w it h lit t le else to do, watching the snow fall and paging leisurely through this marvelous collection of essays and photos. You’ll want to take your time with this book. It’s too beautiful (and important) not to. The Delma r va’s la rge st r iver officially begins at the joining of la rge ag r icu lt ura l d itche s nea r the Maryland-Delaware line. But its origins are many and humble: farm ditches, forest seepage and water that runs off pavement and law ns, “my riad sources webbed into the landscape like the capillar y roots of a great tree, describing a watershed nearly 700 square miles.” From its narrowest trickling tributaries to its broad estuar y below Cambridge, to its
mouth near Tilghman Island, the Chopt a n k i s aw a sh i n c u lt u r e , commerce, biological diversity and history, both human and natural. L ong t ime collaborators Hor ton and Harp capture and celebrate the storied river and its people, all the while tackling the bigger issue of preserving it for the future. The book is dedicated to legendar y naturalist Nick Car ter, and thus it’s apt that Horton’s essays begin on Car ter’s 33 acres bordering the upper Choptank. Here, says Horton, is where he brings colleagues and students to learn
Tidewater Review how watersheds work ~ to see how, for nearly 50 years, Carter and his w ife, Margaret, have done ver y little to the land, choosing instead to “stand back and obser ve” the transformation of a scraggly cornfield and overcut woods into a rich forest ecosystem fairly bursting with trees, plants and wildlife. The moral? Sometimes, doing nothing produces quite a lot, especially for the health of a watershed. Fa r m i ng , f i sh i ng , oy s ter i ng , c r a b b i n g , “ t u r k l i n’ ” (c a t c h i n g snapping t ur t les ~ pound for pound the Choptank’s most exp e n s i v e m e a t) , c r a b p i c k i n g ,
oyster shucking, birding, studying…Hor ton shows us t he r iver through all these lenses. We see in these essays the delicate bala nc e b e t we en m a k i ng a l i v i ng and protecting both the river and the future of that living. We learn about women who have spent t heir lives pick ing and pack ing the Choptank’s bounty, and how they learned the skill from their mot her s b e for e t hem, l iter a l ly at their knees. And we learn, in Travels with Minty and Fred, of the Choptank as Harriet Tubman would have known it as she led her Underground Railroad passengers to freedom, and how an enslaved Frederick Douglass pondered the
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Tidewater Review river as he labored near its waters. In t he book’s foreword, Midshore R iverkeeper Conser vancy Director Tim Junkin calls Horton’s narrative “more poetry than pr o s e ,” a nd t h at i s i nde e d t he case. In an essay on Kings Creek, Horton describes a nearby marsh as “a great lozenge of wet and wild n at u r e” a nd c ompa r e s how we measure the value of the marsh and an adjacent cornfield. In these essays, he achieves an effortless blend of science, research, history, beauty and wonder. More than 150 photos from Harp had me paging through the book long after I had finished reading. From a turtle’s-eye view of Nick Carter’s forest f loor, to f locks of tree swallows near the mouth of K i n g s C r e e k … f r om s pr aw l i n g fields and winding waterways shot from aloft, to the hands of Clara Tilghman, still shucking oysters at age 88… from the dark, starry sky that Tubman would have used as she navigated the dangerous land,
to plants and f lowers and grasses and birds and insects and fish all photographed with an eye for the exquisite, Harp’s photos perfectly illustrate the narrative. They’re worth a second look… and a third. Ac c ord i ng to t he publ i sher ’s website, Hor ton and Har p have b e e n c ol l a b o r at i n g s i nc e t h e y met in the 1980s, when Hor ton was the environmental writer for the Baltimore Sun and Harp was the Sun Magazine photographer. They have worked on numerous book s about t he Chesapea ke, video projects, countless magazine articles, and both currently work for the Chesapeake Bay Journal. If Choptank Odyssey represents the body of their work together, I hope these two collaborate for quite a while longer. This book is heartily recommended. Jodie Littleton is a f reelance writer and editor. She lives and works in Chestertown.
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Oxford’s Yankee Pedler by Michael Valliant
Old wooden boats touch a lot of lives, and they are, in turn, touched by a lot of lives. This is the case with the miniature skipjack Yankee Pedler. She was built in 1967 by Curtis Applegarth as a pleasure boat. She is now cared for by a town-wide partnership for the pleasure of many in Oxford. One of the many lives the Yankee Pedler touched was Beth Schucker’s. She researched and wrote about the boat’s history for the Oxford Museum. Beth was a great writer, editor, and jazz aficionado who passed away in February. This story continues her work to keep telling the Pedler’s story, and builds on her efforts. Yankee Pedler was built by Applegarth for Alice and Steve Zalik. In 1966, they were living in Delaware, wanted a boat, and a friend suggested they visit Oxford. There was a boat named Little Jack on the railway at Applegarth Marine Yard that caught the Zalik’s eye. It was a miniature skipjack built for cruising. They met with Applegarth and agreed on $4,000 to build a boat modeled after it. Yankee Pedler was built and launched on July 4, 1967. Many have asked where the name came from. Steve Zalik liked it. Al-
The Yankee Pedler decorated for Christmas on the Creek in front of the Oxford Community Center. ice was worried about the name because boats are most often named after women. Beth Schucker described what happened next: “As Applegarth painted the name on the bow sprit, he ran out of room, so he left a “d” out of Peddler; a clever solution he thought. For the Zaliks, it personified Applegarth’s endearing sense of Eastern Shore practicality. They kept the name, giving Yankee Pedler the distinction of being miss-gendered and miss-spelled for 42 years.” In the winter, Applegarth would
Yankee Pedler moor the Pedler in Town Creek, stringing it with lights for Christmas. A boat with a distinctly Oxford pedigree, became a distinctly Oxford icon. Over the years, the Zaliks sailed the boat less and less, ultimately deciding in 2009 to donate it to the Oxford Museum, an organization of which Applegarth had been a founder, and was a two-time president. It was a fitting home. “The Yankee Pedler skipjack is truly an Oxford native. Although it was built as a pleasure craft, it is emblematic of a way of life here in Oxford, and the era when oystering was
king,” said Lisa Harrington, the museum’s current president. “As a symbol of an industry that once brought tremendous prosperity to Oxford, the Yankee Pedler fits perfectly into our mission to tell the story of this unique 334-year-old town to residents and visitors alike.” Once the boat was donated, there remained only two problems: it takes work and money to maintain an old wooden boat, and the museum didn’t have a place to put it. Early funding came from Diane Flagler, who established a memorial fund for Pedler’s maintenance in the name of her late husband, Dr. Nick Flagler. “My husband loved Oxford,
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Yankee Pedler and he loved skipjacks,” Flagler said. “Henry Hale told me what the Museum was looking for, and it sounded like the perfect fit. It speaks volumes that the community values it so much to continue to care for it and make sure it can be enjoyed by residents and tourists coming into town.” The answer for where to put the Pedler came via the Oxford Community Center. It is located just as you enter the town, which is the perfect place for it, so it can be seen by all who come into town. It has also become an interactive display for children to play on and learn about it.
Then came the real work. Who would keep up the maintenance on the boat? That is where Larry and Dorette Murray, Tom Campbell and Campbell’s Boatyards come into the story. The Murrays came to know the Pedler when she was tied up on the same pier as their boat on Town Creek. “There was so much bright work and so much varnishing, I always appreciated that,” Larry said. “I got to know Steve [Zalik] when he would be out varnishing her. Once it was donated to the museum, it needed someone to care for it.” The Murrays have spent countless hours sanding, varnishing, and painting, as well as putting lights on
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the boat as part of Oxford’s Christmas on the Creek celebration. When the necessary work or equipment are more extensive, Tom Campbell and Campbell’s Boatyards lend a hand ~ or a crane. In January, Campbell and his crew came out to the Community Center with a crane and carefully lifted the Pedler off her cradle, and took her indoors for a more thorough restoration. She had sat outside in the elements for eight years. To continue her life as an Oxford icon, she needed a lot of work. Campbell and Daryl Frey, Campbell’s Service Manager, found just the shipwright for the job. Chris Neustadt learned the ins-and-outs of wooden boatbuilding while working at Cutts and Case Shipyard in Oxford. When he surveyed Yankee Pedler, he had an idea what he had ahead of him. “Wooden boats are like sponges ~ they soak up water,” Neustadt said. “When I first saw her, I knew it was time to get out the fien saw and go to work. We had to pull out the rotten wood, which included her keel, frames, and some of the cabin.” They salvaged what they could, made patterns, and went to work. “Part of what we are doing is to try to minimize the overall ongoing maintenance that has to be done, and to make the boat safer,” said Frey. “The goal is to have her back on her cradle at the Community Center by Oxford Day in April.”
An extensive amount of work was required to put Yankee Pedler back into shape. The longstanding efforts of Campbell’s and the Murrays have not gone unnoticed. The team was recognized by the Oxford Museum with its 2014 Douglas Hanks Jr. Preservation Award, which recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individuals and groups in preserving the unique heritage of Oxford and the surrounding area. It was recognition well deserved. The work being done now further raises that bar. “We have never attempted anything as big as what we are doing now,” said Larry Murray. When Yankee Pedler makes her way back to the head of town, she will be in the best shape she has
been in for some time. The boat will be ready for visitors, and to weather the elements. The story of the boat, which began with Applegarth and the Zaliks, has continued with Tom Campbell and the Murrays, the Flaglers, Frey, and now Neustadt, and will continue for more generations. Yankee Pedler is an old wooden boat, finding new life; a piece of Oxford’s living history.
Daryl Frey, Chris Neustadt and Larry Murray.
Michael Valliant is the Executive Director of the Oxford Community Center. Valliant was born and raised in Oxford and has worked for Talbot County non-profit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Academy Art Museum.
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Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit www.qac.org. 173
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Kent County and Chestertown at a Glance Kent County is a treasury of early American history. Its principal towns and back roads abound with beautiful old homes and historic landmarks. The area was first explored by Captain John Smith in 1608. Kent County was founded in 1642 and named for the shire in England that was the home of many of Kentâ€™s earliest colonists. When the first legislature assembled in 1649, Kent County was one of two counties in the colony, thus making it the oldest on the Eastern Shore. It extended from Kent Island to the present boundary. The first settlement, New Yarmouth, thrived for a time and, until the founding of Chestertown, was the areaâ€™s economic, social and religious center. Chestertown, the county seat, was founded in 1706 and served as a port of entry during colonial times. A town rich in history, its attractions include a blend of past and present. Its brick sidewalks and attractive antiques stores, restaurants and inns beckon all to wander through the historic district and enjoy homes and places with architecture ranging from the Georgian mansions of wealthy colonial merchants to the elaborate style of the Victorian era. Second largest district of restored 18th-century homes in Maryland, Chestertown is also home to Washington College, the nationâ€™s tenth oldest liberal arts college, founded in 1782. Washington College was also the only college that was given permission by George Washington for the use of his name, as well as given a personal donation of money. The beauty of the Eastern Shore and its waterways, the opportunity for boating and recreation, the tranquility of a rural setting and the ambiance of living history offer both visitors and residents a variety of pleasing experiences. A wealth of events and local entertainment make a visit to Chestertown special at any time of the year. For more information about events and attractions in Kent County, contact the Kent County Visitor Center at 410-778-0416, visit www. kentcounty.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the Historical Society of Kent County, call 410-778-3499 or visit www.kentcountyhistory.org/geddes.php. For information specific to Chestertown visit www.chestertown.com. 175
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“Calendar of Events” notices: Please contact us at 410-226-0422; fax the information to 410-226-0411; write to us at Tidewater Times, P. O. Box 1141, Easton, MD 21601; or e-mail to email@example.com. The deadline is the 1st of the month preceding publication (i.e., March 1 for the April issue). Daily Meeting: Mid-Shore Intergroup Alcoholics Anonymous. For places and times, call 410822-4226 or visit midshoreintergroup.org. Daily Meeting: Al-Anon. For times and locations, v isit EasternShoreMD-alanon.org. Every Thurs.-Sat. Amish Country Farmer’s Market in Easton. An indoor market offering fresh produce, meats, dairy products, furniture and more. 101 Marlboro Ave. For more info. tel: 410-822-8989. Thru Apr. 2 The American Society of Marine Artists 17th National
Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum and the Chesapeake Bay Ma r it i me Mu seu m. T he ex hibit ion t ravels f rom Wi lliamsburg, VA, to Easton and St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. A different prompt presented in each session offers a suggestion for the morning’s theme. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
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March Calendar 2,9,16 Movie and Music Lectures with Dr. Rachel Franklin at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 2, A Marriage of Visions; March 9, A Night at the Opera ~ Censored; a nd Ma rch 16, Pe r for manc e and Protest. $28 member/$33 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Menâ€™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. 2,9,16,23,30 Thursday Studio ~ a Weekly Mentored Painting Session with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Full day: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ($150/4 weeks for members). Half day: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($95/4 weeks for members). Drop-in fee (payable directly to instructor): $45 full day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); $25 half day (10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 2 ,9,16, 23,30 Dog Wa lk 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. 2,9,16,23,30 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Kent Island Farmerâ€™s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit kifm830.wixsite.com/kifm. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Ducks Unlimited - Bay Hundred Chapter at the St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -886 2069. 2,9,16,23,30 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 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. 3 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Hypnosis - You’re Using It Every Day! with Jimmy Eldred Quast at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $10/$15. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ments provided. Enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711. 3 Concert: Ladysmith Black Mamba z o at t he Ava lon The at re, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
3 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m.
3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25,31 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m. Un li m ited bowli ng, i ncludes food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more
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info. visit choptankbowling.com. 3,10,17,24 Class: Botanical Art ~ Watercolor II with Kelly Sverduk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $135 memb er s/$165 non-memb er. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 3,10,17,24,31 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Dennyâ€™s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 3 ,10,17, 2 4 ,31 Meet i ng: Vet s Helping Vet s at t he Hu rlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 3,10,17,24,31 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. 3,10,17,24,31 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 4 Winter Waterfowl Walk in the Sanctuary areas at Eastern Neck
4 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. 4 Mixology Evening with Aaron Joseph and Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 4 Concert: Sara Jones, jazz vocalist extraordinaire, at the Oxford Community Center. 7:30 p.m. $20. For more info. tel: 410-2265904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26 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. 4,11,18,25 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info.
tel: 410-745-8979 or visit classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org. 4,11,18,25 Class: Take the Plunge! How to Paint in Oil with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $150 members, $180 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
jets, helicopters, and blimps. He is a longstanding member of PAPA International (Professional Aerial Photographers Association), and has been awarded by this group the coveted distinction of “Master Photographer.” The public is invited to attend. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org.
4,18,25 Intermediate Yoga with Suzie Hurley at the Oxford Community Center. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $18 per class. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 6 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels with guest speaker Marie Martin on “Iconic Images: Pictures Worth 1,000 Words.” Ma r t in is a n ex per t a nd ap praiser of documentary and fine art photography. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring a lunch and enjoy cof fee and dessert. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 6 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club with guest speaker Hunter Harris from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Talbot C ou nt y C om mu n it y C enter ’s Wye Oak Room. Harris is an active FA A-certified commercial pilot who is licensed to f ly all categories of aircraft, including airplanes, seaplanes, gliders,
6 Friends of the Queen A nne’s County Librar y annual meeting at 7 p.m. at the Kent Island Librar y. For more info. v isit FriendsOfQACLibrary.org. 6 Me e t i n g: L i v e Pl a y w r i g ht s’ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 6,13,20,27 Acupuncture MiniSessions at the Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Center in Easton. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $20 per session. Participation offered on a walk-in basis, first come, first served. For more info. tel: 410 -7 70 9400.
March Calendar 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 6,13,20,27 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. 6-Apr. 10 Class: Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $195 member, $234 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7 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. 7 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410820-9695. 7 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.
7-8 Workshop: Painting with Wool ~ A P ictor ial Needle Felt ing Workshop with Laura Rankin at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $110 members/$132 non-members. A materials fee of $15 is pay able to t he i n st r uc tor at first class. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7-April 4 Class: Portrait Drawing with Brad Ross at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $165 members/$198 non-members (plus modeling fee). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7-April 11 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 7-April 25 Class: The Subject Matter is Truly “Light” with Heather Crow at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. $205 members/$246 non-member s (c ost i nclude s some supplies). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7,14 Librar y Café at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Drop in and enjoy the music and coffee and cookies. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 7,21 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. 8 Early-Morning Members’ Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dress for t he weather. Cancellations only in extreme weather. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 8 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e-mail email@example.com. 8 Lecture: The Winter Speaker Series at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels,
features musicians and storytellers Tom McHugh and Tom Anthony at 2 p.m. The cost per program for each session is $6 for CBMM members or $8 for non-members. To register, go to bit.ly/CBMMWinterSpeaker16. 8 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Silent No More at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 8 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 8 Workshop: Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative with Journey North
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Me e t i n g: O p t i m i s t C lub at Hunterâ€™s Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347.
8,22 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Players gather for f r iendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 8,15 ,22 Ac ademy for Lifelong Learning: Improving Your Photog raphs t hroug h a n Understanding of Composition with Norm Bell at the Oxford Community Center. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $30/$45. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ cbmm.org. 9
A udub on We t l a nd s Tou r at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, E a ston. 9 to 10:30 a.m. L earn about the 90 acres on constructed wetlands, the value of large-tract habitat restoration projects, see waterfowl and wading birds while touring about two miles of trails on foot. For more
info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon.org. 9 Soup Day at Christ Church, Cambridge. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3.50. Carry-outs available. For more info. tel: 410-228-3161. 9 Workshop: Green School Application Pre-Review at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 9 Lecture: Chesapeake Bay Herb S o c ie t y w it h s p e a k e r Hol l y Wright at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Easton. Topic: Herb of the Year for 2017 - Cilantro/ Coriander. Potluck dinner theme - Herb and spice blends of the Roman Empire. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-827-5434 or visit chesapeakebayherbsociety.org. 9 Women Supporting Women will host the 16th Annual Pink Ribbon Bingo at the Salisbury Moose Lodge. Doors will open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Other activities include a refreshment sale, 50/50 raff le, and two special games. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted. For more info. tel: 410-548-7880. 9,18 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Cen-
ter, Grasonville. 1 to 3 p.m. Free for CBEC members, $5 for nonmembers. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 9,23 Memoir Writing at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record a nd sha re your memor ies of life and family with a group of friendly folk. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 10 Irish Bingo at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Homemade Irish soups and soda bread for sale. Snacks and drinks free. Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration for $30 includes pack of 20 bingo papers and door prize tickets. For more info. tel: 410-827-6694 or visit bayrestoration.org/irish-bingo. 10 Alexander Barnett, classical guitarist, â€œTavern Liveâ€? to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410226-5111. 10 Concert: Penny Pistolero, Pony Bones & Swampc andy at t he Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 11 Bay to Ocean Writers Confer187
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obstacles and moving forward after setbacks. For more info. tel: 703-928-0401 or visit talbotsoroptimist.org.
ence at Chesapea ke C ol lege, Wye Mills. 7:30 a.m. registration. Workshops will feature 30 one-hour sessions with instructors including Austin Camacho, Barbara Eastman, and Robert Bidinotto. Robert Whitehill will speak about researching thrillers, Tara Laskowski on flash fiction, and more. $100 for Eastern Shore Writers members, $125 for nonmembers, and $55 for students. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and all workshops. For more info. visit baytoocean.com. 11 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 11 Workshop: Soroptimists Dream It, Be It ~ Career Support for Girls at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. One-day workshop for freshman and sophomore girls who reside in Talbot County to learn about career oppor tunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming
11 16th annual Eagle Festival at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Eagle Festival celebrates birds of prey with educational programs that allow the visitor an up-close view of this unique class of birds, as well as many activities for children, from archery to wildlife crafts. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit fws.gov/ refuge/Blackwater. 11 Workshop: Conservation Landscaping Techniques at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. $20. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 11 Workshop: Glass Magic ~ Painting on Glass with Tobe Clemens at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $60 members/$72 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 11 The Met: Live in HD - La Traviata by Verdi at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
11 Class: Gett ing Started with iPhone Photography with Karen Klinedinst at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 4 p.m. $55 members/$70 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
starting at 6:30 p.m. $20 prior to March 11 and can be purchased through any Quota member, or tel: 410-330-0665. At-the-door tickets will be $25. All proceeds will go toward funding hearing aids for local residents in need.
11 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith artists as they demonstrate their work. For more info. tel: 410-4791009 or visit carolinearts.org.
11 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.
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tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. visit historic.stmichaels.org. 11 Cakebread Winery Pairing Dinner at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 11 Concert: Jim Fodrie in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 11-12 Grand Opening of the Tubma n Visitor C enter. L oc ated near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the visitor center includes an exhibit hall w ith thought-provoking multimedia exhibits, a theater, and gift shop. Two full days of activities with a performance by National Park Service Centennial Poet Laureate Dr. Sonia Sanchez followed by a w riting workshop; choir
11,25 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel and 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 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. 12 Ghost and Graveyard bus tour from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., led by Chesapeake Ghost Walks. $32 per person. Hear over a dozen stories about the haunted landscape of lower Dorchester County in the comfort of a luxury bus. Reservations in advance. For more info. tel: 443-735-0771 or visit chesapeakeghostwalks.com. 12 Electronic Navigation for NonTechnical People at the Chesa-
peake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 2 to 4 p.m. Join Captain Jerry Friedman, a 100ton, USCG-licensed Master, as he provides short non-technical descriptions of how GPS, GPS plotters, radar, depth sounders, and automatic identification systems work. These are common electronic navigation systems used on recreational and commercial boats. $10/$20. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980. 13 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at the Church of the Nazarene, Denton. Noon, with a covered dish luncheon. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 13 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sew ing, knitting, crossstitch, what-have-you). Limited instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 13 Flight of the Timberdoodle at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. At dusk the male woodcock spirals in the sky, then descends, f luttering, warbling and zigzagging in a mating ritual. 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon.org. 191
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13-April 2 Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Opening reception times: grades K-3, March 13 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; grades 4-8, March 14 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; grades 9-12, March 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This exhibition highlights the artistic talents of K-12 students from Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 14 All-You-Can-Eat chicken and dumplings w ith green beans, roll, dessert and coffee at Ameri-
14 Concert: Tony Furtado in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 14,28 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 14,28 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit twstampclub.com. 15 Tales & Trails for Tots at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 1 to 2 p.m. Explore the outdoors with your child, ages
2 to 5. Storytime followed by a tot-sized walk. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon.org. 15 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 15 Book Discussion: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. 3:30 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Open to all. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 15 Lecture: The Winter Speaker Series at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, features Michael Buckley, oral historian, producer and host of WRNRâ€™s Sunday Brunch, and author of Voices of the Chesapeake, at 5 p.m. $6 for CBMM members or $8 for non-members. To register, go to bit.ly/CBMMWinterSpeaker16. For more information, contact Allison Speight at email@example.com.
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15 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. 15 Concer t: Matt Nakoa in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon 193
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March Calendar 16 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. 16 Lecture: Law yer/Author Ron L iebma n to d i sc u s s h i s new novel Big Law, a story of life and intrigue in a prominent law firm, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 16,23,30 Class: Photography ~ Tame Your Camera and Beyond D igital w it h Sa hm Doher t ySefton at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $100 members/$120 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 17 Oxford Fire Company Auxiliary Card Party at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 17 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 1 to 3 p.m.
For more info. tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org. 17 St. Patrick’s Day dinner with the Free and Eazy Band at the Oxford Community Center. 5:30 p.m. $25. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.
17 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Shamrocks and festively decorated shopping carts adorn the entrance of Carpenter Street Saloon along Talbot Street in St. Michaels. Egg races at 6 p.m., live music, and shopping cart races at Midnight on March 17 at Carpenter Street Saloon. Proceeds from the races benefit the St. Michaels and Tilghman Fire Departments. For more info. tel: 410-745-5111 or visit carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 17-19 Work shop: P r int making with Monoprint, Chine Collé and Relief Plates w ith Rosemary Cooley at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $185 members/$222
non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
Wedding Showcase from 2 to 5 p.m. Enjoy free champagne and taste delicious wedding menu samplings while you tour the many wedding sites throughout the resort. Meet the best wedding vendors in the area. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more info. tel: 410-286-2133 or visit chesapeakebeachresortspa.com.
18 Indoor Craft and Flea Market at the Caroline County 4-H Park, Denton. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All vendors are welcome. Food will be available for purchase. For more info. tel: 410-310-8934. 18 Pickering Creek Trail Day at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Volunteers of all ages are invited to assist with mulching and other trail maintenance as the Center prepares for spring. 9 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon.org. 18 Soup â€™n Walk ~ Early Blooms, Songbirds, and Spring Frogs at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Listen for early songbirds and spring frogs while searching for early purple, pink, and white blooms. Plants of interest include skunk cabbage, paw paw, spr ing beaut y, and bloodroot. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided. $20. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 18 Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
18 Arts Alive! - A Feast for the Senses for Chester tow n R iverA r ts. This 5th anniversar y celebration begins at 6 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room at the Rock Hall VFD. Live and silent auctions, food, open bar, entertainment. $100 per person. For more info. tel: 410-778-6300 or visit chestertownriverarts.org. 18 WHCP spring fundraising party at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. Celebrate with WHCP members and volunteers as the community radio station looks forward to its third year on the air. It will be an evening of delicious heavy appetizers, great drinks, f un music and dancing. There will be both silent and live auctions with a famous local auctioneer. $60 per person. For more info. e-mail email@example.com. 18 Concert: Adam Ezra Group in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For
peake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $30/$45. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 19 Concert: The choir of the College of William and Mary, under the direction of James Armstrong, will perform at the Oxford Community Center. 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 19 Concert: Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 20 Welcome Spring Campfire at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 6 to 7 p.m. Ring in the first day of spring by learning about spring migrants while sitting around a campfire enjoying sâ€™mores and catching a ride on Pickering Creekâ€™s hay wagon. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon.org. 20 Book Discussion: Still Alice by Lisa Genova at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 20-Apr. 24 Academy for Lifelong Learning: True Stories, Well Told with Glory Aiken at the Chesa-
20-May 8 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Birds and Birding on the Eastern Shore - Spring Migration with Dr. Wayne H. Bell. 5 in-class sessions and 4 field experiences. Mondays. $30/$45. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail email@example.com. 22 Lecture: The Winter Speaker Series at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, features USA Today bestselling and multi-award-winning author Sophie Moss at 2 p.m. $6 for CBMM members or $8 for non-members. To register, go to bit.ly/CBMMWinterSpeaker16. For more information, contact A llison Speight at aspeight@ cbmm.org. 22 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at the Dorchester Family Y MCA, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 22-23 Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 10 p.m. $25. Individuals and families with children over age 12 are
welcome to participate in our Boater’s Safety certification program and learn the basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland water ways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safet y Educ at ion. Graduates of our two-day Department of Nat ura l Resources-approved course are awarded a certificate that is good for life. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 23 Workshop: Hydrophytic Plants at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 24 Cocktails and Concert at the Academy Art Museum, Easton, fe at u r i ng Ja son Buck wa lter, bar itone; K imberly Chr ist ie, soprano; and Andrew Stewart, piano. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit
academyartmuseum.org. 24 Concert: The Subdudes at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 25
Cooking Demonstration and Lunch with Master Chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. Spring on the Eastern Shore! Demonstration at 10 a.m. with lunch at noon. $68 per person. For more info. tel: 410-2265111.
25 The Met: Live in HD - Idomeneo by Mozart at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 25 Class: Photo Editing with your i Phone and i Pad w ith K aren Klinedinst at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 4 p.m. $55 members/$70 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
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March Calendar 25 Concert: David Mayfield Parade in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 25-26 Workshop: Where Magnificent Seas Meets Dramatic Skies w ith Steve Bleinberger at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $150 members/$180 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 28-April 25 Art@Noon - From Rembrandt to Picasso with Anke Van Wagenberg, senior curator at the Academy Art Museum. Noon to 1 p.m. Series of four lectures $100 members/$120 non-members. Single lecture $28 member/$33 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
28 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 29-Apr. 19 Academy for Lifelong L earning: Great Presidential Inaugural Addresses with John Ford and John H. Miller at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. $30/$45. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail email@example.com. 30 Concert: Western Centuries in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
28 Movies@Noon at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Florence Foster Jenkins. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.
31 L ect ure: John Wilmerding, Ch r istopher Binyon Sa rof i m Professor of A merican A rt at Princeton University, on Frederic Churchâ€™s Maine Landscapes at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m. $20 member/$24 non-member. Pre-registration is suggested. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
28 Meeting: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.
31 Friday Night Live: Winter Coffeehouse ~ Spoken Word, Story and Song at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 7 to 9 p.m. DCA offers a friendly, sup-
portive atmosphere for acoustic musicians, poets and storytellers. For more info. tel:410-2287782 or visit dorchesterarts.org. 31 Concert: The Kingston Trio at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 31-April 1 Lighthouse Overnight at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For youth groups, childrenâ€™s organizations, and scouts, ages 8-12 (and their chaperone s). For more i n fo. contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
31-M ay 19 Home S c ho ol A r t Classes with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For ages 10+. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 31-May 19 Home School Art Classe s w it h C onst a nc e Del Nero at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For ages 6 to 9 (please do not register 5-year-olds in this class). For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
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