Tidewater Times March 2018
Waterfront Home Near St. Michaels
NEW LAND FARM - OVERLOOKING BROAD CREEK Facing WSW, this 47 acre waterfront property is exceptional! It includes a prominent point of land, approximately 40 acres of mature woodlands, a 5 acre tilled field and over 1,400 ft. of shoreline. Improvements include a restorable circa 1939 farmhouse, 5-bay barn/garage, private dock and boathouse. Teeming with wildlife (geese, ducks, deer and wild turkeys), this could be a premier hunting property or nature preserve. Great potential for equestrian use, too. Outstanding sunset views. Close to St. Michaels. Just listed at $1,695,000. Call Tom at 410-310-8916.
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Features: About the Cover Photographer: Cal Jackson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Winter: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Inspiration at the Naval Academy: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . 25 The Stewarts and their Pink Castle: James Dawson . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 A Day Away ~ In Praise of Rest: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 The Tithing Quilt: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Changes: A Dog’s Life ~ Hamish (Part 2): Roger Vaughan . . . . . 153
Departments: March Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 March Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the Cover Photographer Cal Jackson scenes were recently selected for the art gallery in the International Concourse of Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. He believes that it is important to give people some idea of the Eastern Shore’s assets. His awards for photography include the Silver Heron, in the Kent Island Federation of Arts Show; Best Representation of the Eastern Shore, in the Heron Point Annual Open Juried Show; and Awards of Excellence in various venues, in addition to frequently placing in photographic competitions. Jackson’s photos have appeared on the covers of Attraction and Chesapeake 360 magazines. He has photographed for Chesapeake Music, Talbot County, Friends of the Library, Dorchester Historical Society, Talbot Tourism, and the Vienna Tomato Festival.
Cal Jackson is living proof that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Photography was always an interest for the retired CFO, but things like careers, marriage, and family always put it on a back burner. Jackson retired to Easton in 2005 and made friendships with other people who were also interested in photography. It all kind of grew from that. Instead of slowing down in retirement, Jackson stays as busy as he can. He and his fellow photographers not only go out on shoots together, but meet weekly at their Friday Morning Artists guild, which provides an opportunity to critique work and plan for future shoots. Jackson says his passion for photography began as a child growing up in Pittsburgh. His interests are diverse, but he is inspired by natural scenes that he encounters. Several of Jackson’s Eastern Shore
by Helen Chappell So, this is what happened to me during that long freeze we had. I give you my word as a spinner of tales that this is more or less true, although some names have been changed to avoid embarrassing people. I wish I could change my name, but this is my story, and I guess I have to stick to it. One freezing night around twilight, the house starts to smell like gas, and there’s no hot water and no heat. Uh-oh! I figure the furnace is out, so I call the furnace guy. We long ago cut out the landlord as a middle man in these events, for ease of communication. Furnace guy says the smell of gas means the propane tank is probably empty. Not a furnace problem, and it’s his bowling league night. So, I call the landlord, who fortunately is still at work, and I tell him. We’re both unhappy, because Glack’s Good Oil and Propane (the names were change to protect the not-so-innocent) is supposed to keep the propane tank filled automatically .... supposed to. Landlord calls Glack’s and reports back that he talked to some babe who blithely assured him I
was due for a delivery at the end of the month, and maybe the delivery driver could make it over tomorrow, maybe. According to Landlord, Babe acts as if it’s our fault the tank is empty. Never mind that the temperatures have been subzero, and even though I keep the thermostat set at 70, the furnace is still going to burn a lot of gas keeping the temperature at that level. Now, you would think that Glack’s would factor in the extraordinarily cold weather, wouldn’t you, and factor in how much more propane is being sucked up. But, I guess not. Landlord, who is generally, a soft-spoken, unassuming gentleman, gets a little testy. At this point, I would have been shrieking like the harridan I know I am, so it’s a good thing he didn’t put me on the phone. 9
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At this point, Landlord comes over and checks the gauge. It’s so low, he can’t even see the indicator, and somehow or another, we get a call back from a Glack’s salesman who this-and-thats, and finally says he’s going to try to locate a driver to make a delivery that night. I remind him that if the pipes in my house freeze up, Glack’s is going to have to pay for the repairs. I also remind him that if the tank runs out, Furnace Guy is going to have to make a house call to restart the furnace, which Glack’s is also going to have to pay for. I am not a happy camper, and neither is Landlord. I’m not particularly handy at this stuff, and neither is Landlord, so Salesman promises to send a repair guy down that night, too. Remember, we’re on a schedule, so we are never, ever supposed to run out of gas. So now you have two very unhappy and disgruntled people sitting and wondering what we ever did to Karma, or Glack’s Oil and Propane, to have been dealt this lousy hand.
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I wait for what seems like hours, sort of like when you’re waiting in a dirty bus station for a bus that never comes and a lot of creepy people are hanging around. Yeah, that kind of waiting. Then, that powerful odor of gas starts really getting strong. The sort of strong you might get from being downwind of a chicken house that’s being cleaned out. Quite the pong... With the deep, phlegmy hack and this whole anxiety-producing incident, I can’t breathe. And I can’t think straight, so I shift my anxiety to paranoia. The smell of gas permeates the whole house ~ actually, the whole neighborhood reeks of gas.
Now I’m sitting there waiting in this rapidly cooling house, and here comes the massive anxiety attack. This is what happens when things go up and they’re out of my control. It’s my hobby. Factor in that I have a lingering cough leftover from a bronchial flu I had way back in November, which the cold weather isn’t helping one little bit, and you have a woman whose Last Nerve Has Been Plucked! Waa waa waa ~ I am now in full Debbie Downer mode. Sweet Landlord, thinking his work here is done, goes home. His dog is already an hour overdue for her evening constitutional, poor baby.
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loose. The propane truck, the furnace guy AND the fire department all show up at once. Flashing lights on the ladder truck, the ambulance, the gas truck and the furnace guy’s pickup lighting up the whole block. The firefighters are all in their turnout gear, because they had just returned from a call in Easton, and the EMTs are trying to check me out while I’m reassuring my neighbor that I’m okay. The truck driver is pumping gas, the furnace guy is trying to explain furnaces to me, while the EMTs are checking my pulse. And then Landlord shows up. All the neighbors are out, because hey, a fire truck and ambulance and all those light and sirens are hot news in a small town. It’s probably the most exciting thing that’s happened to most of them all week. And people do love to rubberneck. Furnace guy is now explaining that propane is odorless, so they add something that smells really bad to let you know it’s there. Apparently, it settles in the bottom of the tank, and when the tank is empty, that smell just blooms. Indeed, it was all over the neighborhood, as someone down the street cheerfully informed me. Eventually, my EMT and firefighter friends pronounced both me and the house safe, aired out and departed, with many thanks from me. No doubt they stood around the firehouse talking about that crazy idiot over there for a
I call Landlord and ask him if I should call the fire department, which is what I think you’re supposed to do when the whole neighborhood reeks of gas. I have no experience with this. He agrees; better safe than blown all the way to Cambridge. So, I call 911. The fire department is about a block from my house. I know this because when the siren blows, everything in my house shakes, but I also find this very comforting, especially in situations like this, because they can practically walk over here. The nice 911 dispatcher tells me to get out of the house and maybe sit in my car ~ she’s sending a crew over. I go out and sit in my car. At this point I am mentally and physically numb, and coughing up a storm, and darkness has settled all over the land. In a few minutes the VFD siren goes off, and then all hell breaks
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while before they went home, and I don’t blame them. I love them all! The propane guy filled the tank and went home. The furnace guy showed me how to restart the furnace: you unplug it, and plug it back in, and it starts right up. Duh! Had I but known any of this ... well, I do now, but experience is a tough teacher. Landlord went home, no doubt to a dog who was crossing her legs at that point. All this left me in a house that was slowly warming back up, and where I could turn on the spigot and have deliciously hot water spew forth. By that point, I’d given up any idea of the hot chicken sandwich I’d planned for dinner. I ate two tablespoons of Nutella and a handful of dried cherries and went to bed. I’m just too old and too tired for all this drama, and I know I’ll never, ever live this down ... but at least you know my version. Anyway, that’s my story, mostly, and I’m sticking to it.
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Mission Statement â€œTo develop Midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.â€? We need some of those United States Naval Academy graduates to run for local and national political offices in 2018 and 2020! We need more morally and mentally developed candidates who possess the highest ideals to assume the responsibilities of running our nation ~ but I digress. Our neighbors, Paul and Susan Haddaway, enjoy taking local day trips as much as we do. We often share our stories of adventure during our monthly dinners together. The fou r of u s love Ha r r i sonâ€™s Friday-night oyster buffet. After a cup of oyster stew and a sip of beer,
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tours with the official USNA Guide Service, and the USNA Gift Shop, with related clothing, hats and gifts. In the Visitor Center Theater, we watched an inspiring 13-minute introductory film, The Call to Serve, about the USNA, admissions and graduates. It was impressive to watch a film about those young, fresh-faced, hard-working students dedicated to serving their country. After looking at several exhibits housed in the Visitor Center, it was time for our 1Â˝-hour tour of the USNA yard, and it proved to be worth every penny of the $10 fee. The day was cloudy and cold, with a brisk breeze off the Severn River blowing across the campus. I shivered and my eyes watered every time we walked between buildings. I welcomed stepping inside. During our walk to the first stop, our guide, Jim Welch, explained that the USNA trains students to
tion required for admittance. The guard at Gate 1 was very helpful and, though public parking is usually not allowed on campus, he directed us to park at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center parking lot. Because the semester was coming to an end, exams had started, and formations in the yard were over until March, traffic was very light. After passing through security, we entered the Visitor Center, where we found brochure s a nd maps,
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observed middies throwing pennies at the statue and saluting in hopes of receiving good grades on exams. After the guided tour, we were on our own. Jim directed us to the “must-see” USNA Museum in Preble Hall. We had time for a quick tour before our reservations for lunch at the
We decided that we must return in warm weather to experience all the bells and whistles: the Midshipman Brigade Formation; the Chapel; and the Riverwalk along the Severn River and Spa Creek. We also want to spend more time browsing the museum. Warm weather would also give us the opportunity to visit additional buildings and halls, and the impressive sailing center on this scenic 330-acre campus that prepares leaders to proudly serve the nation.
A f ter lunch, using t he excellent map provided, we meandered back to the Visitor Center, passing well-manicured historic officer’s quarters, Dahlgren Hall, and the statue of Bill the Goat, the mascot of the USNA. We took a brief stroll along the brick river walk before heading back to our car.
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The Stewarts and their Pink Castle by James Dawson Two of the most interesting people ever to move to Talbot County must have been Glenn and Jacqueline Stewart, who came here in 1922. For starters, they built a castle on their waterfront estate, raised Irish Wolf hounds, tried to buy up Wye Island and cruised the waterways in their 80-foot luxury schooner that was painted black. Boyd Gibbons detailed their story in his fascinating book Wye Island, which came out in 1977, and while this article is in his debt for the first-hand accounts he recorded, even more amazing material has come to light since then. Truth was def initely stranger than f iction when the Stewarts were involved. It’s hard to decide which Stewart was the more fantastic. Of the many stories told about Jacqueline, probably the only one that might not have been true was that she dyed her poodles to match the interiors of her latest Cadillacs. Still, it was hard to top tales about Glenn, who mysteriously sailed away in his yacht captained by Al Capone’s exskipper, never to be seen again, or so that story went. That one is mostly true, so let’s start with Glenn. Glenn L. Stewart was born in 1884, the only child of Pittsburgh
millionaire David G. Stewart, who made his fortune as a wholesale grain merchant and went on to become a bank president and civic leader. Young Glenn, however, was more of a playboy than a budding industrialist. Calling himself “The Count,” Glenn was not liked in college, and a female acquaintance from Vassar stated flat out that he was a liar, a womanizer and a no-account. 45
Version Two claimed that she was an Irish heiress who was raised on Indian reser vations in A mer ica while traveling w ith her father, Lord Archer, who was a missionary. Incredibly, both of these versions seem to be partially true, as she was the daughter of the Rev. Dr. William C. A rcher, a native of Newcastle, Ireland, who was a writer and lecturer who had done missionary work in the American west for nearly 60 years, but the truth is, she was born in Kansas. Somehow she and Glenn met and were married in New Haven on December 22, 1919. The bride was still
Standing at an imposing 6 feet, 4 inches and weighing 250 pounds, the mustachioed Glenn Stewart was a very striking individual, even if you discounted the black eye patch he sometimes wore and the rather nasty scar on his cheek. While he said that he got the scar fighting a duel at Heidelberg, the truth was that when he was in college, he was angry that some young women had spurned him to attend another party. Glenn was making a bomb to blow up the tracks to derail their train, but it exploded, prematurely blinding him in one eye and scarring his cheek instead. This was probably the mysterious illness that Stewart had gone to Florida to recover from. He dropped out of both Harvard and Yale to travel the world before somehow landing a job as a fourthclass secretary with the U.S. diplomatic service. It was said that he had no more abilities as a diplomat than as a scholar, but until he was fired in 1920, he was pretty good at getting the government to pay for his travel expenses, especially since they didnâ€™t know where he was half of the time. Jacqueline Archer Stewart was even more elusive than Glenn, if thatâ€™s possible. Version One of her origin story is that she was born in Ireland in 1887, attended fancy schools in Paris, and moved to New York. 46
in mourning for her father who had died that August. Glenn’s first wife, Greta Hostetter, had died during an inf luenza epidemic after 4 years of marriage. Both of Glenn’s wives were thought to be good catches. The Stewarts spent Christmas with his family before going to the Orient on their honeymoon, where Glenn would be attached to the embassy in Tokyo. Back home, the couple was soon embroiled in controversy. “Son Hid Father’s Will, Judge Rules” trumpeted the Feb. 22, 1924 Reading [Pa.] Times. When Stewart found out that his ailing millionaire father intended to leave some of his estate to several charities, he stole the will and hid it in his safety deposit box.
Actually, while one article said that Glenn had been aided in this endeavor by his wife, Jacqueline, another stated that she had instigated it. When his father died in June 1923, Glenn stated that because there was no will, he would inherit everything as the only living heir. Somehow, they were found out, and a suit was brought against Stewart by two of the charities involved, the Children’s Hospital and Episcopal Church Home, along with several other heirs, and the matter went to trial. Mrs. Stewart’s testimony was contradicted by every other witness. The court’s decision was devastating. As reported in the Pittsburgh Post- Ga zet te on Feb. 22, 1924 , Judge Trimble ruled that Glenn had
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Stewart family connections in Pittsburgh. After all, anyone who would try to blow up train tracks might not have needed much encouragement to defraud an estate. The Stewar ts’ home in Talbot County was named Cape Centaur, after the Archer family coat of arms, which pictured a centaur shooting an arrow. It was emblazoned on the gatepost at the entrance to the estate, along with the motto “Sola Bona Quae Honesta,” or “Honesty Above All.” The irony of that motto was not lost on Judge Trimble, who mentioned it in his summation. While living in Washington, D.C., between diplomatic postings, Stewart had become interested in a property, a part of the beautiful 900-acre Fairview estate, on a secluded point of land at the mouth of Leed’s Creek on the Miles River, because of the opportunities it offered for hunting, fishing and sailing. When he showed it to Jacqueline, she is supposed to have said, “If you build me a castle, I will live there.” So he purchased 275 acres of the estate in May 1922 for $30,000 and built Jacqueline her castle. The architect was Bradley Delehanty, and the castle was a prime 1920s version of 13th century Moorish architecture ~ an A merican A lhambra for Roar ing Twenties Royalty. Stevenson & Cameron of New York had the contract to build t he dwel ling, which cost about $100,000. While its turrets, towers and roof tiles were more typical of
been easy prey for the cunning of his wife. Furthermore, while Stewart’s father was being tended by nurses in Pittsburgh, “Her [Jacqueline Archer Stewart’s] actions at their home in Maryland was all false pretense, insincerity, sham and matchless impiety…She had only one purpose in view, and that was that her husband might inherit this estate absolutely and that she would be vested with the one half interest therein on his death.” The judge also chastised the couple for attending a football game and taking a trip to New Mexico when they were supposed to be caring for the dying man. The cour t ordered Stewar t to produce the will, but maybe it was unfair of the judge to blame everything on Jacqueline. Perhaps he had cut Glenn some slack because of the
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do, Jacqueline decided she wanted to breed dogs ~ but not just any dogs. She chose Irish Wolf hounds because, as she wrote in her article in the June 30, 1925 issue of the American Kennel Gazette, the wolfhound was a symbol of royalty and the rich. “He is a rich man’s dog, and must have outdoor space. It costs a great deal to feed and to care for him properly. A poor man should not attempt his care, any more than he would try and keep a Rolls Royce on a Ford car income.” Not satisfied with just any Irish Wolf hound, Jacqueline went on a quest to find one worthy of her attentions and finally purchased Bally Shannon in Essex, England, for $1,250. Weighing in at 185 pounds and standing 38 inches tall at the
Furnished with exotic antiques, it was quite a showplace. Interior and exterior views of Castle Centaur were printed in the book Spanish Influence on American Architecture and Decoration by R.W. Sexton, published by Brentano’s in 1927. The Cortez room boasted hand-painted murals by Victor White featuring Cortez’s conquest of Mexico, which included an Aztec sacrifice scene. That was Jacqueline’s room. Another eye-opener was the boxwood swastika in the garden. Now, to be fair, before the Nazis ruined it, the swastika was a perfectly acceptable good luck symbol that had been used in ancient times. The swastika remained on the grounds into the 1990s, but is now gone. Casting about for something to
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shoulder, Bally Shannon was said to be the largest Irish Wolfhound bred in modern times. He was named for the Irish Wolfhound who was a Red Cross war dog hero in the Great War.
A photograph of Bally Shannon with his huge paws resting on Mrs. Stewar tâ€™s shoulders and ga zing soulfully into her eyes might just as well have been of a pony leaning against a child. She even had a full-length portrait of herself and Bally painted by Beltran-Masses, the court painter of Spain, that hung in the great hall at Centaur Castle. Jacquelineâ€™s article included photos of Bally Shannon, Sinn Fein and their many puppies. It also detailed the special diet prepared by her live-in kennel master and his wife, who were on call 24 hours a day. Feeding nearly 52
Pink Castle 30 Irish Wolfhounds was like cooking for a small army. The dogs dined on 75 pounds of ground lean beef, 50 pounds of cut beef, and 8 gallons of soup daily. Fresh bread was baked every other day, and 900 pounds of corn meal were used in a month, the dogs eating out of small washtubs for bowls. No canned Alpo for the Stewart hounds. Jacqueline Stewart’s dogs ate very well. And they lived in luxury, too, in a special kennel on the estate shaped like a tower. At $500 a pop, Bally Shannon would make $10,000 in stud fees for Mrs. Stewart until his death in 1926. She had him stuffed and sent to the American Museum of Natural History, where he was on exhibit for years before disappearing into the museum’s storage area. In 1926, movie idol Rudolph Valentino purchased a Wolfhound from the Stewarts for $5,000. “Rudy” planned to take the one year old Centaur Pendragon to Hollywood and train him for the movies. Jacqueline also raised bad-tempered Chows, which she dressed in children’s clothes so she could sneak them on trains with her, so they wouldn’t have to stay in the baggage car. A lways obsessed w it h travel, Glenn spent increasing amounts of time away from home. One of the few photos ever published of him in a 1928 newspaper article showed
him standing next to his $20,000, four-ton, 24-foot-long motor home that was said to be one of the most luxurious in the country. Built in England and mounted on an REO truck chassis, it boasted, among other amenities, walnut paneling, mauve and gold silk upholstery, a kitchenette, real beds and a working shower in the blue-and-white tiled bathroom. And, of course, a gun cabinet, because Stewart planned to use his land yacht on a hunting trip to the Rockies. Glenn carried as much as half a million dollars for traveling expenses in an aluminum suitcase with holes drilled in the sides so the money wouldn’t overheat and catch fire. When he was hunting at home, Glenn built a fortified brick hunting lodge at Cape Centaur that he called his Duck House. It also had a concrete bunker underneath it that was reached by a secret door. Another of Stewart’s passions was 54
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these endeavors. When one resident refused to sell, Mrs. Stewart threatened him, saying that she would get him off that island, but she never could. The Stewar ts were never able to buy up all of Wye Island, but they hired real wild west cowboys to patrol the grounds, scare off intruders and intimidate the few residents who dared remain there. Lillian Whitby remembered what life was like for her and her husband Sam under the reign of Mrs. Stewart:
luxury automobiles, and at various times he ow ned a 1926 Packard Straight Eight 243 Le Baron 7-passenger limousine, the kind where the chauffeur sits up front, more or less exposed to the weather. Then he had a Duesenberg that he traded in on a Cord, another f lashy upscale automobile. When the Cord somehow got wedged between two tow trucks, he traded it for a ’31 Duesenberg. Costing tens of thousands of dollars, the Duesenberg was probably the fastest and most jaw-dropping of all luxury automobiles made in America at that time. Glenn also loved sailing. In 1930, he and writer Noel Trippe recreated some of Columbus’ Caribbean voyages in his 64-foot auxiliary ketch, Centaur. The Centaur was all black, with black sails.
“Then Mrs. Stewart come along. She messed everything up on the island… “Mrs. Stewart said to Sam, ‘I want you to run my Diesel tractor.’ He said to her, ‘Mrs. Stewart, I can’t work for you; I got to get my wheat in.’ She said, ‘Well, if you can’t work for me you can get out’… When she come back and told Sam he had to vacate, he said, ‘That’s all right. I’ve got another farm.’ “Well, Mrs. Stewart went and found out what far m Sam had rented, see? She must have paid them an awful lot of money, ‛cause it was never supposed to go out of the family… She came down and said, ‘Well, I’ve bought the other farm you’re on, and you can get off that, too.’ “That’s the time when she had my turkeys plowed up. She opened up every gate, and she let the sheep out on the road; cows out and hogs out; plowed my turkeys up. I even
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went out there and picked them up, trying to save some of them. That’s just how mean she was. “No, Mrs. Stewart ruined everything, and we couldn’t do nothing with her. Our lawyer told us, ‘Long as she don’t come into the yard, you can’t do nothing. If she comes into the yard, you can sue her.’ Well, we didn’t have nothing to sue nobody with. So, that’s when we moved off the island for good [in 1936]…” [source: unpublished interview of Lillian Porter Whitby by Lee Fluharty, circa 1990.]
overpowering. Or maybe it was the other way around. In any event, like her pink castle, Jacqueline Archer Stewart dominated the landscape. In 1931, work was started on a 30-foot-square, three-stor y medieval English castle addition to the Moorish castle already on site. William Brickloe was the architect. This new castle featured turrets at each corner and a working portcullis to lower at night. Construction was completed in November 1934. Secrecy reigned at Castle Centaur. Locals said that Stewart kept changing carpenters and painters so that no single workman would know the complete layout of the house. There was also a guard house with an armed sentry at the entrance, and
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under Glenn Stewar t’s dressing room. The Duck House had likewise been stocked with money and ammo in case of enemy attack. At one time, there was said to have been $1.6 million and change stashed around the estate. Mr. Stewart wasn’t taking any chances with intruders, but as the judge had hinted in 1924, perhaps the person he had to fear the most was Mrs. Stewart, who was already in the house. But, Cape Centaur was not without its entertainments. On June 3. 1934, the Stewarts hosted a musical program to which all the “colored people” of the county were invited. The entire proceeds were to go to installing electric lights in the nearby Copperville M.E. Church. On April 21, 1935, a midnight blaze on the estate destroyed a chicken house and killed 300 chickens. At first, firemen thought it was caused by a defective brooder heater, but the Stewarts claimed that they had seen an intruder and even though no one was found when they had released their many hounds, they were convinced that the fire had been set by someone who had a grudge against them. And in fact, numerous people had grudges against the Stewarts for various reasons. As proof, Mrs. Stewart produced some of the crank letters she had received including one trying to extort $25,000 from her. Then there was the ongoing and ver y messy custody tr ial of the
a security fence ringed the property. Both Stewart and Adolf Pretzler, live-in chauffeur and bodyguard, slept with loaded Colt .45s under their pillows. The place was more of a fortress than a house. Normal houses don’t usually have a portcullis or armed cowboys and snarling Irish Wolfhounds patrolling the grounds. Years later, a secret room filled with bushel baskets full of coins and jewelry was found in the basement
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raised by her aunt and the whole sordid affair was the subject of a TV mini-series Little Gloria… Happy At Last in 1982. Meanwhile back at Cape Centaur, in the years leading up to World War II, Glenn Stewart was becoming increasingly paranoid that someone would kidnap or kill him, and had Pretzler, check the house and grounds each night to make sure there were no assassins lurking in the topiary. This went on until one day, suddenly and without warning, Glenn Stewart sailed away in his big black yacht, never to be seen again ~ or so the story went. In fact, he had gone to Miami. Stewart deeded Cape Centaur and his other properties to Jacqueline in 1934, and the two divorced in Dade County, Florida, in 1945. It was a messy divorce with suits and counter-suits. Glenn Stewart, whose occupation was described as a stock operator, stated that even t hough he had spoiled his w ife with gifts of $100,000 in securities and homes and property in Talbot
centur y over 11-year- old Glor ia Vanderbilt to whom Jacqueline Stewart was godmother. After Gloria’s father, Reginald Vanderbilt, drank and gambled his way through his $15.5 million inheritance and died of cirrhosis of the liver at age 45, his wife, Gloria M. Vanderbilt, was angry that her daughter little Gloria, not her, would inherit $2.5 million from an inviolable family trust. Gloria M. who had been under the age of 21 when her daughter was born and “Reggie” had died, filed a court petition seeking official guardianship of her child whom she rarely saw. This prompted her sister-in-law, Gertrude Whitney, who was little Gloria’s aunt, to bring suit against her claiming that she was an unfit mother. Witnesses testified about the scandalous goings on which included her reading vile books and playing naked poker with various “friends.” When Gloria M. found out that even her own mother, Mrs. Laura K. Morgan, had testified against her, she cut off all financial support to her mother that had been her only income. When she discovered that Jacqueline Stewart had begun secretly supporting her mother, Gloria M. spread rumors that Jacqueline had been a show girl, and probably was responsible for some of the out-of-state crank letters that Jacqueline had been receiving. Gloria M. lost the suit, her daughter was 60
late of Dade County, Florida, died on Feb. 29, 1964, also in Miami. It is not known why her place of residence is given as Dade County, Florida, or what attraction Florida had for both Glenn and Jacqueline. Jacqueline Stewart died without a will, but Pretzler, who was the estate manager by then, presented some documents stating that Jacqueline had left Cape Centaur to him. Whatever happened, there was some legal wrangling until Jacqueline’s heirs agreed on Aug. 20, 1964 to give 28 percent of the estate and Cape Centaur to Pretzler. He would live there for many years until death in 1992. The Stewarts had no children, and it was said that Pretzler had been like an adopted son to Glenn Stewart.
County and Miami, he claimed that when he came back from a European trip, he discovered that Mrs. Stewart had given her affections to someone else for whom she had bought formal clothes, dined and danced with, and moved him into a wing of the main house. The court decided that both parties were at fault. So, why had he gone to Miami? It was probably a woman. Glenn Stewart died on Nov. 5, 1957, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, West Palm Beach, FL. He rests there with his third wife, Palm Beach artist Jessie Chardin Stewart. Their epitaph reads “We lived joyously and Loved Each Other Dearly,” hinting at more Stewart mysteries. Cecile Jacqueline Archer Stewart,
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The last mystery of all may be not be the black eye-patched, mustachioed Glenn Stewart, who sailed off into the sunset never to return, but Jacqueline Stewar t herself. Although it is assumed that she is buried in Florida, no one knows for sure. Or, even exactly where she was born, for that matter. But no one here would ever forget that Jacqueline Archer Stewart had once lived in Talbot County, in a pink castle by the Bay.
Jessie Chardin Stewart died in 1980 and left almost half a million dollars from the Glenn Stewar t Irrevocable Trust to establish an animal hospital. This was perhaps the only money from the Glenn and Jacqueline Stewart fortune spent on charity instead of castles, limousines or islands. Cape Centaur is still privately owned and off limits, but this writer was lucky enough to get a quick peek inside some years ago. While the stucco may be crumbling and the roof is leaky, the interior is a true time capsule, with seemingly all the Stewarts’ furniture and memorabilia still in place.
Thanks to Jo Anne Welsh and Lee Fluharty for their help with this article. James Dawson is the owner of Unicorn Bookshop in Trappe.
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3/4 cup zucchini, diced 3/4 cup yellow squash, diced 1 cup tightly packed baby spinach 1 14-oz. can unsweetened coconut milk 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes 1 T. apple cider vinegar 3 cups cooked white basmati rice 1/2 cup finely crushed cashews 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Heat butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. While the butter is heating, season the chicken with 1 teaspoon garam masala and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Once the butter is hot, add the chicken and cook, turning often, until golden brown and fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside to cool. While the chicken is cooling, sautĂŠ the onions, carrots and celery, along with the rest of the garam masala, for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and apples, and sautĂŠ until the apples are caramelized, about 7 minutes. Add the potatoes, sweet potatoes, chicken and lentils, along with a quart (1 carton) of chicken broth. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook the soup until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the rest of the salt, pepper, and another 2 cups of chicken broth, zucchini, yellow squash, spinach, coconut milk and toma-
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Tidewater Kitchen toes. Continue to cook at a simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes longer. Add more chicken broth if you prefer a thinner soup ~ there will be 2 cups left in the carton. Remove from the heat and stir in the cider vinegar. Taste to adjust seasoning, if necessary. To serve the soup, place 1/4 cup of the rice in a warmed bowl and pour a cup of the soup over the rice. Garnish with a tablespoon of the cashews and 2 teaspoons of the cilantro.
days and is well worth the prep time. 10 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes 1 cup shredded cabbage 3/4 cup dried lentils 1/2 cup pearl barley 1/2 cup whole wheat elbow macaroni 1 medium onion, diced 2 large carrots, diced 2-3 ribs celery, diced 1 10-oz. package frozen cut green beans 1 10-oz. package frozen peas 1 10-oz. package frozen lima beans 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced 1 cup zucchini, diced
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In a large pot, add 3 quarts of water. Add the ham bone and let boil for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, onion, tomatoes and lima beans. Lower heat to medium and cook for 30 minutes, or until the lima beans are tender. If the soup is too thick, add hot water. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add zucchini and macaroni. Cook uncovered until the macaroni is done, about 12 minutes. As the dry ingredients cook, you may wish to add more chicken or vegetable stock, keeping in mind that this is a very thick soup. Add the mushrooms, which can cook within a few minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
DUMPLINGS 1 cup f lour 1/8 t. salt 2 T. butter 1/2 cup water
LIMA BEAN SOUP with DUMPLINGS 1 ham bone or small pieces of leftover ham 1 or 2 potatoes, peeled and diced 1 medium onion, diced 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes 1 10-oz. package frozen lima beans Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
With your hands, mix f lour with salt, add butter, and mix the ingredients, adding water, to make dough. Roll into a ball. Put ball on
1/8 t. freshly ground pepper In a large Dutch oven, sautĂŠ onions and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in broth, bring to a boil. Add caulif lower; cook, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until tender. Process soup in batches in a blender until smooth; return to pot. Stir in cream, salt and pepper, and cook over low heat, stirring often, until thoroughly heated through.
a f loured board and roll into a very thin crust. Cut into 1-inch squares or smaller. Drop into the boiling soup, one by one, while shaking the pot. Reduce heat to medium. Allow it to cook until dumplings are done, about 5 minutes. CREAM of CAULIFLOWER SOUP Set an elegant tone for your dinner party with this easy soup.
OYSTER STEW Maryland has been famous for its delectable oysters since Captain John Smith visited the Chesapeake Bay in 1607! Oyster stew was always our Christmas Eve supper. It was a family tradition.
2 medium onions, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil 1 qt. (1 32-oz. carton) chicken broth 1 large caulif lower, cut into f lowerets 1-1/2 cups half and half 1 t. sea salt
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Tidewater Kitchen to taste 3/4 cup cream Tabasco to taste 1/2 t. celery salt 2 T. butter 1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce Combine milk, bay leaf, celery, onion and thyme in a saucepan. Bring just to a boil (do not actually boil). Pour oysters and their liquor into a deep skillet, large enough to hold the stew. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the oysters and cook, just until the oysters curl. Strain the milk mixture and pour over oysters. Discard solids. Again, do not boil. To the cream, add celery salt and Tabasco to taste. Add this to the stew. Bring just to a boil, and swirl in the butter. Add Worcestershire and serve piping hot with oyster crackers.
In a large Dutch oven, sauté garlic, onion, cumin and pepper in olive oil until tender. In a blender, purée 2 cans of black beans and their liquid. Add to the Dutch oven. Drain and rinse the other 2 cans of black beans and add them to the mixture, along with the salsa and lime juice. Heat mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream.
BLACK BEAN SOUP This soup will keep warm for hours in a thermos!
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A Day Away In Praise of Rest by Michael Valliant
the time, it wasn’t an issue of right or wrong, we just knew as kids that you didn’t shop on Sundays. The idea seems old-fashioned or archaic now, and few business owners trying to make a living would give up a day to make money. But there is something to scheduling a day of rest, or simply making time to rest and recharge. Where does the notion of a day of rest get started? We’d have to go back to the beginning, the creation story in Genesis: “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all their multi-
John Goodman doesn’t roll on Shabbos. Goodman’s character in the movie The Big Lebowski, Walter Sobchak, wouldn’t bowl in tournaments on Saturday because he observed the Jewish day of rest, the Sabbath. Goodman portrayed it in a funny way, but he makes a point worth considering: there is benefit in making time to rest. Whe I grew up in Talbot County in the late 1970s and early 1980s, pretty well all the stores were closed on Sundays. Maryland Blue Laws, or Sunday laws, were in place to promote a day of worship or rest. At
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religious to need a rest day, you just have to be tired or too focused on work. It’s easy to do. I find myself too often with way too much to do on my “day off.” But I also find my body, mind, and soul will start a revolt if I don’t remember to make down time. Wendell Berry is a favorite writer of mine. He talks about a practice he has on Sundays of going into the woods on hillsides and along streams. “In such places, on the best of these Sabbath days, I experience a lovely freedom from expectations ~ other people’s and also my own. I go free from the tasks and intentions of my workdays, and so my mind becomes hospitable to unintended thoughts: to what I am very will-
tude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” That’s a pretty good precedent for having a day of rest. If we missed the example, it gets spelled out as the fourth of the Ten Commandments in Exodus, saying, “Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath… you shall not do any work.” You don’t have to be spiritual or
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ment. His book In Praise of Slowness looks at how and why to challenge our cultural obsession with speed and being busy. “In this media-drenched, datarich, channel-surfing, computergaming age, we have lost the art of doing nothing, of shutting down and simply being alone with our thoughts,” he writes. “Boredom ~ the word itself hardly existed 150 years ago ~ is a modern invention. Remove all stimulation, and we fidget, panic, look for something, anything, to do to make use of the time.” The very nature of Maryland’s Eastern Shore says slow down and take it easy. Every time I drive over the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge, my heart rate slows down and I relax a little. We live in a place where people come to rest and recreate. It shouldn’t be too hard for all of us to remember to do that for ourselves. A rest day for me starts with coffee, reading, watching bird feeders. It will include a dog walk and with clear weather, could include either cruising on a skateboard or
ing to call inspiration… To be quiet, even wordless, in a good place…” The notion of rest isn’t about religion. It’s rooted in health, mental well-being, and getting more out of life. Carl Honore is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and public speaker who has been dubbed the spokesperson for the Slow Move-
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In her book Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now, Maya Angelou spells out the need to take a day away from the pull of the rest of the week. “Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future,” she writes. “Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” One day away. One day to rest. One day to remember why we work, what we are in such a hurry to accomplish. Living in a time where we have so much at our fingertips, where we can have almost anything quickly, maybe the best investment we can make, is to make time to rest, to breathe, to slow down. At least for a day.
a road trip to Tuckahoe State Park or Wye Island. The point isn’t to over-schedule it, but to take it as it comes. I don’t want to focus on a to-do list, but wade into a to-be list. Rest days are made for meandering hikes, walks, bike rides or kayak, canoe or paddleboard treks. If you are a sailor or powerboat cruiser, it could be time on the water. Eastern Shore sunrises and sunsets are as sublime, inspiring and peaceful as anywhere I have seen, especially viewed on or over the water. But will we make time to enjoy them? What if you scheduled a day of rest and made sure you had the opportunity?
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March is a Teaser March is always a teaser month. It gives us an early promise of spring, but then reminds us that winter has not yet given up. We can still get some nasty weather, and even heavy snowfalls. Looking on the bright side, we will soon have longer, warmer days that get us stirring and anxious to get back out into the garden. On those moderate March days, we can get busy. The soil has thawed out and is slowly starting to warm up. Now is a good time to transplant trees and shrubs in the landscape. While most of the nursery industry has transitioned to plastic container pots, there are still a few places where you can purchase balled and burlapped plants. Because of the soil ball, these tend to be a bit heavier, and you must keep that in mind when moving them around. Sometimes you find that the burlap is not really burlap fabric, but instead itâ€™s a brown plastic material that looks and feels like natural burlap. This material does not
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the honeysuckle vine, so that is why it has the species name “lonicera,” the Latin term for honeysuckle. Diervilla is not related to the Asian honeysuckles that are on most invasive plant lists. It is interesting that the genus name of a plant can often tell its history, or who first found it in the environment. The genus name “Diervilla” refers to a French surgeon named Dierville, who noted this bush honeysuckle growing in Canada during a trip from 1699 to 1700. Upon his return to France, he introduced the shrub, with the bush honeysuckle genus eventually being named in memory of him. A deciduous shrub that is native to the U.S. and Canada, Diervilla lonicera is one of two bush honeysuckles available to gardeners. Its range extends from Newfoundland to Georgia, and west to Saskatchewan and Alabama. Southern bush honeysuckle (D. sessilifolia) is
causing the soil around the roots to dry out more quickly. If you are thinking about adding some flowering shrubs to your landscape this spring, you may be overwhelmed by the many different kinds of shrubs available. Most homeowners tend to gravitate toward selecting those shrubs that are somewhat familiar, like azaleas, forsythia, lilacs, etc. There is a wide range of less well known flowering shrubs that can really add beauty to your landscape.
Take, for example, Diervilla or Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera). Most gardeners have never heard of it. It goes by several names: northern bush honeysuckle, low bush honeysuckle, dwarf bush honeysuckle, or yellow-flowered upright honeysuckle. When I say “honeysuckle,” an image of the invasive woody vine pops into our minds. The Diervilla flower looks very similar to the flowers of 84
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play of foliage and f lowers provides interest from spring through fall. In spring, 2- to 6-inch leaves develop. New leaves are dark red and then change to green with bronze tones. As the f lowers age, they often turn orange or red. In the fall, foliage of northern bush honeysuckle turns yellow, orange, red or purple, while the fall color of southern bush honeysuckle is often lacking. It can grow to 4 feet in height and spread to 4 feet, with an arching mound shape. Its use in the landscape includes mass plantings, shrub borders and as a hedge. You can also naturalize it in wood-
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autumn. Its yellow f lowers are a contrast to the dark foliage. Orange has glowing orange fall foliage with bright yellow f lowers early in the summer. ‘Butterf ly’ has yellow f lowers and green foliage with a compact growth habit. ‘Copper’ produces copper-red foliage in the spring and yellow midsummer f lowers, while ‘Lonicera’ has a compact, spreading growth habit with yellow f lowers. Besides transplanting trees and shrubs, there are other landscaping chores that you can get started in March. Prune shrubs that might have suffered some damage from winter storms. If you have butterf ly bushes, cut them back to a third of their desired height.
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Prune crape myrtles, only removing the old f lower heads. Do not cut back to the same spot each year, as it creates a weak joint and the branches can split and fall in the summer with the additional weight of heavy f lower heads. On lilacs, only cut out any old f lower seed heads left from last season. Do not do any pruning on spring f lowering shrubs like azaleas, rhododendrons, forsythia, lilacs and the like, because you will be pruning out their spring f lower buds. You may also prune out any “water sprouts” that have grown on the trunks of f lowering crabapples and cherries, and on fruit trees in the garden.
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and producing lots of leaves. By following a few easy steps, you can be sure to enjoy many more years of abundant bloom. After the amaryllis has bloomed, remove the spent f lower. After the f lower stalk has turned yellow, trim the stalk to within a few inches of the top of the bulb. Place the plant in the sunniest possible location indoors and in temperatures around 60°. Keep the soil barely moist. The bulb will continue to grow long, smooth leaves. The idea is to get as many nutrients as possible stored in the bulb. Continue to water and fertilize the plant regularly with an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer. After the last frost, move the plant outside to a part-sun location. During warm spells, you may have to water the plant daily. You can even plant the bulb directly in the garden for summer. Continue regular feeding with liquid fertilizer. In early fall, withhold water. This will send it into a dormant state. Be sure to bring the bulb indoors before the first frost. After about a month, the soil and foliage should be totally dried out. At this point, take the bulb from its pot and shake off the excess soil. Store it for about 8 weeks in a cool, dark place. After the rest period, “wake up” the bulb by repotting it in fresh soil and resume watering ~
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Dorchester Points of Interest bridge in Maryland after the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A life-long resident of Dorchester County, Senator Malkus served in the Maryland State Senate from 1951 through 1994. Next to the Malkus Bridge is the 1933 Emerson C. Harrington Bridge. This bridge was replaced by the Malkus Bridge in 1987. Remains of the 1933 bridge are used as fishing piers on both the north and south bank of the river. HERITAGE MUSEUMS and GARDENS of DORCHESTER - Home of the Dorchester County Historical Society, Heritage Museum offers a range of local history and gardens on its grounds. The Meredith House, a 1760â€™s Georgian home, features artifacts and exhibits on the seven Maryland governors associated with the county; a childâ€™s room containing antique dolls and toys; and other period displays. The Neild Museum houses a broad collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts, including a McCormick reaper (invented by Cyrus McCormick in 1831). The Ron Rue exhibit pays tribute to a talented local decoy carver with a re-creation of his workshop. The Goldsborough Stable, circa 1790, includes a sulky, pony cart, horse-driven sleighs, and tools of the woodworker, wheelwright, and blacksmith. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit dorchesterhistory.org.
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Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. harriettubmanorganization.org. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit www.spocottwindmill.org. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between
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Dorchester Points of Interest 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. HARRIET TUBMAN VISITOR CENTER - Located adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center immerses visitors in Tubman’s world through informative, evocative and emotive exhibits. The immersive displays show how the landscape of the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance of her faith, family and community. The exhibits also feature information about Tubman’s life beginning with her childhood in Maryland, her emancipation from slavery, her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and her continuous advocacy for justice. For more info. visit dnr2. maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/tubman_visitorcenter.aspx. 100
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
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University of Maryland Shore Regional Health System. For more info. tel: 410-822-100 or visit umshoreregional.org. 22. THIRD HAVEN FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (Quaker). Built 1682-84, this is the earliest documented building in MD and probably the oldest Quaker Meeting House in the U.S. William Penn and many other historical figures have worshiped here. In continuous use since it was built, today it is still home to an active Friends’ community. Visitors welcome; group tours available on request. thirdhaven.org. 23. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. Near Easton 24. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by
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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. (Now under renovation) 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit www.milesriveryc.org. 4. 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 acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit www.victorianainn.com. 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit www.hambletoninn.com. 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665.The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. www.snuggery1665.com. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors would
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St. Michaels Points of Interest come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org. 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper
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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit www.twoswaninn.com. 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was â€œblacked outâ€? and
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lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 25. GR ANITE LODGE #177 - Located on St. Mary’s Square, Granite Lodge was built in 1839. The building stands on the site of the first Methodist Church in St. Michaels on land donated to the Methodists by James Braddock in 1781. Between then and now, the building has served variously as a church, schoolhouse and as a storehouse for muskrat skins. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house,
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St. Michaels Points of Interest constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, and providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts. For more info. visit classicmotormuseum.org. 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 30. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - This 1.3 mile paved walkway winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.
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Oxford Points of Interest cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 3. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410-226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 3A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 4. CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY - Founded in 1851. Designed by esteemed British architect Richard Upton, co-founder of the American Institute of Architects. It features beautiful stained glass windows by the acclaimed Willet Studios of Philadelphia. www.holytrinityoxfordmd.org. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.
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Oxford Points of Interest Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. and hours tel: 410-226-0191 or visit www.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 the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989
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Oxford Points of Interest 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or www.robertmorrisinn.com. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court “pitcht upon” to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures. Some have described Cutts & Case Shipyard as an American Nautical Treasure because it produces to the highest standards quality work equal to and in many ways surpassing the beautiful artisanship of former times. 136
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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 139
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This past January was awfully cold, as I’m sure you noticed. Day after day, the temperature remained below freezing, and the nights were worse, dipping into the low teens. We were grateful for our heating system and very thankful that the electrical power stayed on (almost) the entire time. Plumbing systems break down so quickly when a house goes cold, as we learned many years ago when we first had our home here. After the first cold winter, we discovered the importance of draining all the pipes and shutting off the well pump before driving back to the city. We soon became masters of shutting down our water system and starting it up again. The problem is t hat water is st range. Like other substances, water gets smaller as it cools. But unlike other substances, this cont r ac t ion s top s w hen t he w ater temperature reaches 39°F, and it actually expands as it approaches 32°F. Upon freezing, it forms an open hexagonal crystalline structure that has more space within it than does liquid water, and so it takes up more room. Being less dense than liquid water, ice f loats ~ which is why icebergs don’t drop to the bottom of the sea and collect
there forever in the frigid depths. If it were otherwise, the ice would pile up down there layer by layer until the ocean became a solid mass of ice. And that would not be so nice. OK, end of chemistry lesson. But this is why a frozen pipe is just fine, but a pipe filled with frozen water may burst or force open a joint in the plumbing. Those of us who live in Eastern Shore homes built more t han a century ago can only wonder how families back in the day survived through the dead of winter. Window s were d r a f t y, home s were barely insulated, if at all, and the wind whistled through crawl spaces under the houses. Before there was
The Tithing Quilt a railroad system to transport coal efficiently, wood supplied the heat for cooking, bathing and warming the home. Huge amounts of wood were required. Going further back, to colonial times, settlers reported exceptionally severe winters in North America. According to Samuel Champlain, in 1608 he was able to walk on ice along the shores of Lake Superior ~ in June! Both Europeans and Native Americans suffered excessive mortality in Maine during the winter of 1607–1608, the same winter that caused so much hardship in the Jamestown settlement.
Chevalier de Troyes led an expedition to Canada’s James Bay in 1686 and reported that the bay was still littered with so much f loating ice that he could hide behind it in his canoe on the first day of July. In the winter of 1780, New York Harbor froze, allowing people to walk from Manhattan Island to Staten Island. Indeed, the period from about 1400 to 1850 came to be known
(i nc or re c t ly) a s t he “L it t le Ic e Age.” Temperatures were somewhat cooler during this period, the winters longer and colder. In Glacier National Park, snowlines in 1895 were 330 feet lower than in 1975. So how the heck did people stay warm? Well, during a cold winter’s day, they often didn’t. They dressed as warmly as possible and got to work, of which there was plenty to do. After the harvests were in, the men and boys hunted the woods, ha r vested t he Bay, slaughtered livestock and cut firewood. Women and girls were busy in the home with cooking and sewing chores, making and mending the clothes they needed to fend off the cold. Many activities took place near the kitchen stove. Nighttime posed a different problem, however. Bedrooms could not be heated through the long hours of darkness, and frost inside the rooms was not uncommon. The only heat source was the body itself, and keeping that heat from escaping into the frigid air was a matter of life and death. Bed clothing was important. Sheets and blankets provide comfort but do not supply the insulation required, a barrier against the cold. And what, after all, is “insulation”? Heat travels very well through solids, as our hand tells us when we touch a single-pane window in winter; liquids also transmit heat fairly well. But heat does not travel efficiently through gases, like air. Air will carry heat very nicely from
place to place, which is how forcedair systems heat our buildings. But if the air is not moving, if it is somehow trapped, heat doesn’t get transmitted through the air very well at all. Nature makes use of this principle to keep animals from freezing to death. Fur and feathers create millions of tiny air pockets through which the air does not pass, and so the animal is insulated from the extremes of both heat and cold. For this reason, the key to a wellinsulated home is sealing off the air movement; even the best insulating material is defeated if there is air leakage somewhere. Hence, the quilt. (You knew we’d get a round to t hem event ua lly, didn’t you?)
Blankets provide warmth with a single layer of woven or felted material, whereas quilts have two covers, front and back, with a fluffy filling between. The word quilt is derived from the Latin culcita, meaning a padded and tied mattress similar to a Japanese futon. A quilt is also known as a comforter or a duvet [“dew-vay”], from the French word for “down,” the f luff y immature feathers on young birds. Quilting seems to have originated in Asia sometime before the first century AD, and quilted objects (including carpets and slippers) made their way along the great trade routes into the Middle East, where crusaders discovered quilts and brought some back to medieval Europe.
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The essential idea is to sandwich something f luff y called batting, originally feathers or down, between two layers of fabric. Stitching through the front and back cloths forms barriers to keep the batting material evenly distributed. Just as important, the stitching isolates the air into hundreds of tiny compartments, creating a highly effective layer of nighttime insulation. In colonial A merica, when all woven cloth was imported, even the simplest of fabrics were expensive. “Whole-cloth” quilts, with fronts and backs made of single pieces of fabric, were beyond the means of most households. But since quilts need to be stitched all over anyway, they can be made up of small pieces of leftover cloth, or discarded textile materials, even cast-off clothing. Such cloth went into scrap baskets to await reuse in quilts. Seamstresses could then make up “miniquilts,” a foot or less on a side, one by one. Later, these blocks would be arranged in a pattern and stitched
together, or tied with yarn, to form a quilt of 20 or 25 squares. Quilts often were about seven feet by seven feet, though they were made in all sizes, of course. Quilts can be big, unwieldy things to work on, and one needs to be able to reach underneath while stitching. A quilting frame is a handy appliance to have around at a quilting bee. Work typically began in the middle of the quilt and then progressed outward to the edges, which were finished off neatly with binding. Have you ever wondered why a quilting party is named after an insect? (Well, of course you have!) Actually, the word “bee” may come from quite a different source, perhaps from the word “boon,” meaning a favor. (“My lord, grant me a boon” or “A stiff breeze is a boon to the sailor.”) In pre-industrial times, many favors were asked and given in order to get big jobs done, ones that required many hands working together ~ such as barn-raising or harvesting the wheat. The labor was voluntary, given freely as a boon, although refreshments given by those asking the fa-
vor were expected. Perhaps “boon” (or “be-en”) is plural, like “oxen,” but I can’t be sure. In any event, some of these communal activities became known as “bees.” In New England, the cutting and drying of apples is an “apple bee,” and perhaps why the Palmer family chose that name for their neighborhood restaurants. Also, there are “shucking bees,” “spelling bees” and, of course, “quilting bees.” The number of quilt designs is endless. The colors to be used, how the squares are to be designed, their final arrangement, the borders a nd bind ing ~ a l l bec a me matters of great creative interest. Design ideas abounded. It was common to add decora-
t ions of some sor t to t he f ront cloth, either embroidery (decorative stitching) or appliqué (sewing on additional pieces of cloth). Designs could become elaborately decorative, with stitching fashioned into c omplex de sig n s a nd pat ter n s, simple or complex geometric grids
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draw n f reehand or traced f rom published motifs, or developed into complex repeating designs called “tessellations.” In t he late 19t h c ent u r y, t he “craz y quilt” became the thing. Inspired by Japanese art displayed at t he 1876 Centennia l E x position in Philadelphia, crazy quilts involved piecing together irregular scraps of cloth of various textures in non-geometric arrays, usually in
blazing displays of color. Baltimore came to be the center of artistic quilting, especially the distinctive “crazy quilts.” Recent research by occupational therapist Victoria Schindler suggests that quilting may be better for our health than physical exercise. Schindler explains that modern humans are living in a constant state of stress because our brain cells haven’t evolved to tell the difference between ancient and modern threats, between, say, that posed by an upcoming appointment with a prospective client versus an impending attack from a tiger. She says that the repetitive motion of quilting (and other crafts like sewing, knitting or painting) activates our parasympathetic nervous system, which, in turn, calms our body’s instinct to fight or f lee. Such activities can be a very effective remedy for all of us facing constant stress in the conduct of our daily lives. Moreover, resea rchers at t he University of Glasgow have found evidence that quilting is especially beneficial to the cognitive, creative and emotional well-being of the elderly. They suggest that quilting offers important problem-solving challenges, like math and geometry, and builds self-confidence. In addition, being in the midst of the bright colors uplifts the spirit. Well, maybe so. It w o u l d c e r tainly help ex plain why sew ing and quilting circles have remained
popular through the years, despite the advent of machine-made quilts. Apar t from the sew ing projects themselves, the gatherings present enjoyable social occasions. A lso, I am reliably informed, infor mat ion of pa r t icu la r loc a l interest often is exchanged at such gatherings. When my wife and I established a bookstore on Tilghman’s Island
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The Tithing Quilt had taught at Tilghman School for 28 years and knew most islanders from childhood. One day, however, Rose arrived with a question. Knowing of my involvement in the renovation of St. John’s Chapel down the island, she wondered if I knew about the “Tithing Quilt.” I did not, but immediately became curious. She explained that one of her fellow teachers was Mrs. Minnie Harrison, who began her career the year before Rose joined the faculty in 1954. Minnie had been helpful to young Rose, and they developed a close friendship that lasted long after both had retired. Minnie was a quilter, as were several other members of the Tilghman faculty. Here we see four well-known quilters demonstrating their craft during the 1974 Tilghman Island Day celebrations. An example of a completed quilt adorns the wall behind them.
beside her is Pauline Jenkins (also a teacher), and then Minnie Harrison. Hazel Phillips, who worked at the Tilghman Packing Company, is on the far right. One day, Minnie showed Rose a book about Maryland quilt-making, filled with photos of notable examples. One, called the “St. John’s Tithing Quilt,” was of particular interest because it had been made by local Tilghman women. I was now very interested and asked if Rose had the book. She did not, nor could she locate the photocopy she’d made of the two-page article. In fact, she was wondering if I could find a copy for her. Miss Minnie had passed away some years earlier, but her daughter provided the information we needed to locate a copy. When t he book ar r ived, we examined it eagerly. Entitled A Maryland Album, by Nancy Gibson Tuckhorn and Gloria Seaman Allen, it is a handsome book describing Mar yland quilting from 1634 to 1934. It contains descriptions and
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histories of some 70 quilts, with f ull- color photographs of each. Sure enough, there in page 183 is a picture of St. John’s Chapel and t he ar ticle about the St. John’s Tithing Quilt! It turns out that “tithing” quilts were a custom in the 19th century, notably in church congregations. The ladies made blocks with their family ’s name on it, sometimes including the amount they were contributing, and then made them up into a commemorative quilt. This is how the authors describe the St. John’s tithing quilt: “Typical of crazy quilts of the 1890s, the St. John’s Chapel quilt includes a variety of fancy fabrics and art ist ic techniques. Names
and initials were both painted and embroidered; individual area s have pieced, appliquéd, and painted designs of flowers, animals, fans, and Christian symbols.” In this case, the occasion was the departure of the first minister of St. John’s Chapel, the Reverend Charles
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Clearly, the blocks were made by different hands, though there must have been agreement on the general color scheme. The amounts donated, ranging from $2 to $7, are shown throughout the quilt, but it is the names that interest us most today.
There are hundreds of names, representing the entire congregation and many friends besides. Authors Tuckhorn and Allen were drawn to a curious figure in one of the blocks, the ninth block counting from the upper left, and which I have outlined in white here.
In the middle of Block 9 is a figure known as a “Tree of Life,” a symbol with Christian significance, which sometimes was used to display family relationships. Sometimes a whole family genealogy would be stitched into a tithing quilt. This block shows the family of Robert G. Kinnamon. The Kinnamons are a very old Mar yland family, dating back to 1664, when John Kinnamon arrived in the province with his wife Ann and two sons. He claimed land on the Eastern Shore in the two-yearold count y of Talbot. Some 200 years later, one of his descendents, Robert G. Kinnamon, acquired land on Tilghman’s Island and began raising a family. From 1885 to 1880, he was assistant keeper of the Sharp’s Island Light.
Robert G. Kinnamon’s name appears on the trunk of the Tree of Life. The names of four children by his first wife, Josephine LeCompte, appear on first four (bottom) main branches, with their children on the appropriate “twigs.” Their second child, Adaline (the lowest right-hand branch), is Mrs. “Ada” Kinnamon Por ter and almost cer tainly the quilter of the Kinnamon Tree of Life block. Her name, “A. K. Porter,” also appears in the lower left opposite the amount of $5.70. Robert’s third wife, Annie Faulkner, presented him with three more children who appear as the three branches sprouting from the top of the tree. It is worth noting that another descendant, John C. Kinnamon, the well-known Tilghman boat-builder, is the current chairman of the St. John’s Chapel Board of Trustees. The quilt is a marvelous piece of local history. According to the authors, in the 1990s it was in the possession of Reverend Millican’s grandson, Mr. John C. Millican. Where the St. John’s Tithing Quilt may be today, I do not know, but perhaps someone may be able to locate it again. I hope so. It would make a handsome decoration for the Chapel. Stay warm. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island. 151
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A Dog’s Life: Hamish Part 2 (of 2)
by Roger Vaughan Previously: Unnerved by the crime and noise of life in Washington, D.C., Hamish, a Miniature Schnauzer digs holes in his human’s apartment walls. City Nina, Hamish’s human, sprung a big surprise. We were going to visit Juanita, a Portuguese woman who comes every day to clean Nina’s apartment and walk Hamish. When Nina travels for business, Juanita and her family take Hamish in. At Juanita’s, the dog is never a problem. At the sound of “Juanita” and the sight of the leash, Hamish perked up. Nina dropped us at Juanita’s house in a quiet subdivision of small homes in Arlington, Virginia. Eager, Hamish pulled me toward the house. Inside were Juanita, her husband, two daughters, a boy of three and one son-in-law. Hamish reacted like he owned the place. Tad, Juanita’s husband, was instantly on his knees, whipping him up, speaking to Hamish in Portuguese. Hamish ran in circles. The little boy screeched with pleasure as he tackled the dog. Hamish went limp in the child’s grasp. Juanita explained that Hamish had known the boy since birth, that
he used to sleep on the bed with him. “As a baby, the boy pulled his hair and ears. You could see the dog’s pain, but Hamish just took it.” Juanita said the dog had never been a problem in her house, had never dug a hole in the walls or left a deposit anywhere. “He chewed up Nina’s shoes, but he never touched our shoes. He ate her pillows. He
Hamish didn’t do that here. He is all the time happy in my house. I don’t think he has ever been happy in Nina’s apartment. And he is alone too much.” This is a nice neighborhood, quiet. Never heard a gunshot here. The father always gets down, ready to fool around with me. The kid is goofy, always wanting to play or wrestle. I relate to kids. They can hurt you if you don’t watch it. But they aren’t dangerous. They just don’t know any better. A kid would never put you in a cage. He’s in my league. Somebody might put him in a cage, or on a leash, or give him a whack. It’s a happy place, Juanita’s. Friendly. The family likes me. Portuguese wasn’t too difficult for me. I’m a Harvard dog. It has a nice sound, Portuguese. It’s not as harsh as English. Later, I asked Nina if she ever thought of speaking Portuguese to Hamish. She thought I was kidding. Nina is 40. She’s been single by
choice but is reconsidering. She has a busy social life and a stressful career in the media. Every weekday, Nina is up at 5:45 a.m. She throws on jeans and a sweater and walks Hamish in the long, narrow alley behind her apartment building, not something Hamish looks forward to. How would you like it if your toilet was in the middle of a crack zone? Get out there and assume the position knowing any minute a bunch of crazed drug dealers
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Hamish could leap out of the shadows and start shooting it out? I try not to think about it. It’s just part of life, how I start my day, and you can bet I take care of business as fast as possible, but every so often I just can’t face it. By 6:30, Nina pulls into her parking space in the loading dock of her network in midtown Washington. She leaves Hamish in the car while she produces the Washingtonbased segments of the morning news show. Within 30 minutes, she’s scanned several newspapers online and read the script for the segments about to air; spoken with the reporter in the White House press office; had a nasty argument with her White House media liaison who lied to her about the availability of a high-ranking official who has shown up on another network, causing Nina’s phones to light up; discussed details with the news-block line producer in New York; continued her ongoing argument about audio quality with the sound people; and dealt with the newest nasty wrinkle in her ongoing battle with Lizbeth, a worker who refuses to understand the chain of command. It doesn’t help that Lizbeth is young, cute, good and openly f lirtatious with the male executives, whose interest isn’t helping matters. By 9 a.m., the show is over and
Nina is on the way home to shower, change and get back to work, often until 8 p.m. Country Nina bought her house in a small village on Maryland’s Eastern Shore five years ago. The town is a collection of modest houses located in a wooded area on a creek, population 50 or 60, and a couple dozen dogs and a bunch of well-groomed cats that cruise around freely. There is nothing commercial in the village, not even a church. Many of the houses, Nina’s included, are 100 years old. She’s done a nice job renovating it ~ newly varnished f loors, a small but modern kitchen, new windows and a new furnace. It’s a cozy weekend retreat. “My Washington friends couldn’t understand why I wanted to come over here on weekends,” Nina said, sitting in her living room nursing a glass of tequila on the rocks. Hamish was asleep in her lap. “But it was either this or the psychiatrist. On Fridays when I drive over the Bay Bridge, all the problems and stress fade away. There are interesting people here. I love it. And this one, he does too.” She stroked Hamish’s head. His eyes didn’t open. Hamish is five. Nina said for the first four years of his life he was an average good dog, well-behaved. No deposits on the bed, no holes in the wall. She had sent him to
dog boot camp on weekends when he was 6 months old. “He picked up fundamentals,” she says, “but learned to hate men and bicycles. It wasn’t until his fourth year that he went bad.” Things got worse, or built up… maybe it was that car-jacking, the one where the mother was killed, dragged outside her car trying to save her baby. I saw it on TV news. Maybe that triggered it. I don’t know. Or that little girl who was killed on her front porch by a stray bullet during a crack war. There she was, sitting on the porch combing her doll’s hair and bang, right through the head. After that, it seemed the noises got louder. Then that psycho started drilling people
with a shotgun. Perfect strangers. How do you defend yourself against that? And me on a leash being told sit, stay. I’m a target! Sit, stay, die. Good dog. Dead dog. Nina talked about her career. As an ambitious young journalist, she’d spent most of her first ten years overseas. Middle East assignments, mostly. “I’ve often been in the middle of the sirens and shelling,” she said, “and I was never that worried or afraid. I slept through a lot of it. But now, and I’m ashamed to admit it, I’m afraid. I’m a single woman living in Washington and I’m not comfortable. My neighborhood in D.C. is never quiet. The crime helicopter comes over regularly, waking us up with
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A month later, I saw Nina and Hamish again. “There’s a new hole,” she said sadly, her eyes becoming glossy. “They were drilling in the street one day. When I got home, there it was. He was on my bed, a no-no unless invited. I had to whip the quilt to get him off. He bared his teeth, snapped at me. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I can’t crate him. He would get too depressed. I can’t give him away, not when he’s like this. We are at a critical stage. I have to find a way to change his behavior, or put him down.” Around midnight a few weeks later, the phone startled me awake. It was Nina, in a state. She could hardly talk. I’ve still got a few details to put together, but here’s the gist of it: she’d gotten called into work late for some breaking news, so she’d taken Hamish along. On
the way back home, her phone rang. She was stopped at an intersection near her building. It was the middle of the night, no one around, so she sat there, motor running, solving some last detail at work, when the handgun materialized outside her driver’s-side window. “He was a large person wearing a face mask,” she told me. “He said, ‘Roll down the window real slow...I will shoot you...’” She had rolled down the window just as her assailant was joined by a second man. He too wore a mask. She said they began to converse. “The first guy said to his friend, ‘nice car. Think we should have it?’ And his friend said he didn’t really like the color, but it would do for a Wednesday night. The first guy laughed and bent over to look in the car. His gun was very close to my face. I could smell the beer on his breath. I was extremely frightened. He said to his friend, ‘she’s not bad, very uptown, maybe we take her with us, she can buy us a few drinks…and lookie here, we got us a little doggie too…he’d probably like to go ridin’. “Then it was all a blur. Hamish
f lung himself across the center console and grabbed the guy’s gun hand in his mouth. I swear to God, I could hear f lesh tearing and bones breaking. He’s got a bite like a bulldog. The guy screamed and his gun went off as he dropped it pulling away. Hamish howled like a banshee and fell on my right leg, jamming the accelerator to the f loor. I about pushed my foot through the firewall. I laid rubber an entire block. I still can’t hear out of my left ear.” She said she was calling from the local precinct, turning in the gun that would have excellent prints on it. She’d called the emergency hotline and found a vet who had treated Hamish. He was okay. Country A few days later, I drove over to see Nina and Hamish. Nina told the story over again at least twice, only with more details and color, like how the bullet had gone through her leather handbag she keeps on the passenger-side f loor, right through her wallet and every single credit card, and her new sunglasses. “And the blood! The guy’s blood, Hamish’s blood… blood everywhere!” And, of course, about Hamish, who had risen to heroic status. “I was dumbfounded at what he did, totally amazed, but I shouldn’t have been because I know that’s who he is. He is such a fighter, such a mensch when the chips are down. And so quick. So 159
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vancement, but she was ready. It had been a good run. Time to chill. And that solved her problem with Hamish. Away from the D.C. apartment, he seemed to do fine. Hamish came over, showing a slight limp. He sniffed the dog and cat smell on my shoes. I patted him, examined the bandage on his right rear f lank. He looked up at me. Just a flesh wound. You should see the other guy. Roger Vaughan lives, works and sails in Oxford. He is in between dogs at the moment.
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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. 163
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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. 165
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Thru March 8 Photographic artists of all walks are invited to submit their latest works to a new national juried show, New Photography, at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The exhibition aims to highlight the current state of photography across a broad spectrum. Artists may submit all types of photographic works, including digital, analog, alternative process, etc. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. T h r u M a r c h 1 1 E x h i bit: T he Soothsayers - 3D Works on Paper by Emily Lombardo at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Soothsayers is an instal-
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of the Museum’s larger Vogel collection. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru June 3 Exhibit: Bob Grieser’s Lens on the Chesapeake, a photographic exhibition featuring both black-and-white and color images, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibit showcases iconic photos of life on the Chesapeake Bay, and of the Bay itself. For more info. visit cbmm.org. 1 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
Thru March 30 Exhibit: Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. This juried show is open to original t wo - a nd t h ree - d i mensiona l f ine ar ts in all mediums, including outdoor sculpture and installations. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. Thru April 1 Exhibit: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection ~ Fifty Works for Fifty States at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Exhibit features a combination of works that are part
1 Winter Lecture Series: Turning the Camera on Child Labor ~ The Photography and Legacy of Lewis Hine with speaker Tom Beck at t he Che sape a ke Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. $6 member, $8 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit cbmm.org. 1 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 1
L ecture: Art Meets Music ~ The Sound of Painting with Dr.
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Young Gardeners Club, sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3:45 p.m. For grades 1 to 4. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
1 Pet Loss Support Group from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107.
1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29 Tai Chi at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. with Nathan Spivey. $75 monthly ($10 drop-in fee). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc. org. 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29 Mixed/ Gentle Yoga at Everg reen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. For
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more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 1,8 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Mobile Devices and Security for Seniors with Jason Lee at the Talbot Senior Center, Easton. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $20 members, $30 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all. 1,8,15,22,29 Menâ€™s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 1,8,15,22,29 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. 1,8,15,22,29
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1,8,15,22,29 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice. 1 to 2:15 p.m. This weekly support group is for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 1,8,15,22,29 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. 1,15 Meeting: Samplers Quilt Guild from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. The Guild meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Prov ide your ow n lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-1015. 1,15 Classical Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 12:30 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 2 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. 2 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Join us for our monthly progressive open house. Our businesses keep their doors open later so you can enjoy gallery exhibits, unique shopping, special performances, kids’ activities and a variety of dining options. 5 to 8 p.m. 2 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com. 2 Friday Nites in Caroline with the Colonel R ichardson High School Revolution Blues at the Federa lsburg L ibrar y. 7 to 9 p.m. The group incor porates lean rhy thm and vocals w ith powerhouse horns. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit CarolineArts.org.
2 Music Bingo at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. Come check out this fun version of Bingo with DJ Last Call from 7 to 10 p.m. Drink specials and no cover. 21 and over only. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 2 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementar y School on Eg y pt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and obser vers are f ree. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410221-1978, 410-901-9711 or visit wascaclubs.com. 2 Concert: Michael Clem in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 2-4 Workshop: Exploration into Intaglio Printmaking with Rosemary Cooley at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2
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Hurting Go Together at the Vincent & Leslie Prince Raimond Arts Building, Chestertown. The exhibition brings to Kent County works by seven artists whose art illuminates themes related to heroin and healing. For more info. visit kentcountyartscouncil.org.
p.m. $185 members, $220 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 2-31 Exhibit: Birds and Bees and Their Houses at RiverA rts in Chestertown. Opening reception March 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. The month of March traditionally ushers in spring and RiverArts w ill celebrate this delightf ul season throughout the month of March with a unique exhibit celebrating birds, bees and their houses. For more info. tel: 410778-6300 or visit chestertownriverarts.net. 2-31 Exhibit: Heroin & Healing ~ How the Opioid Epidemic and
2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24,30,31 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights, and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit choptankbowling.com. 2,6,9,13,16,20,23,27,30 Free Blood Pressure Screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fr idays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Medical Center, Cambridge. 2,9 Workshop: Color Pencil II with Lee D’Zmura at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn advanced techniques and create a botanical piece in this workshop. Sessions include composition and techniques, color blending and detailing, and individual projects. Lee is a n awa rd-w inning bota nic a l ar tist whose ex per ience as a landscape architect enr iches
her watercolors. She received her certificate in botanical art f rom t he Brook side Ga rdens School of Botanical Art and Illustration. $125 members, $155 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Fr iday Morning Artists at Dennyâ€™s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets ~ 1st and 3rd Fridays at Hurlock American Legion #243, 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock; and 2nd and 4th Fridays at V F W Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. All veterans are welcome. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m. 2,9,16,23,30 Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395
or visit evergreeneaston.org. 2,9,16,23,30 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. 2-Apr. 22 After-School Art Club with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. (No class March 30). $120 members, $130 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 3 Waterfowl Walk in the Sanctuary areas at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Guided walks beg i n at 8 a.m. w it h a loc a l birding expert. Registration is limited to the first 20. Children over 12 are permitted, but no dogs. Free. For more info. tel: 443-691-9370 or visit http://bit. ly/2vWPDBt.
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March Calendar 3 Workshop: Landscape Design with Meredith Watters, Jennifer Connoley, Cindy Shuart, Michael Jensen and Stephanie Wooten at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. This intensive, hands-on design work shop add r e s s e s t y pic a l challenges of gardening in the Chesapeake Bay region. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $105 member, $130 non-member, and $165 member couple. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 3 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. 3
Me et t he Aut hor: Veron ic a Bartles at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story time, scavenger hunt and more. Light refreshments. Fun for all ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
3 Concert: Cherish the Ladies at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25,31,1 Apprentice For A Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesa-
peake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Learn traditional boatbuilding under the direction of a CBMM shipwright. You can be part of the whole 24-week process or just sign up for those aspects of building a boat that you want to lear n. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit cbmm.org. 3,10,17,24 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Talbot Countyâ€™s Best Practices for Spring Gardens with Ken and Emma Jean Morgan at Robinâ€™s Nest Floral and Garden Center, Easton. 10 to 11 a.m. $30 members, $45 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all. 3,10,24 Saturday Night Jazz at the Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels. Enjoy seasona l, loca l dinner specials in Stars and the vocal stylings of Jayme D. For reservations tel: 410-745-2200. 4 Thomas Pandolfi in concert at Christ Church of Cambridge at 4 p.m. $10, free for students. Reception after the concert. For more info. tel: 410-228-3161 or v isit christchurchcambridge. org. 5
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Park and Ride at 9:20 a.m., and the 291 Park and Ride at 9:45 a.m. $95 member, $120 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5 Lunch & Learn: Pete Lesher on photographer Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Noon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring your lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 5 Family Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Irish crafts. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 5 Lecture: Environmental Concern will present Native Plants Create Healthy Habitats ~ Attracting Butterf lies, Bees and Birds to Your Garden at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $5 donation is requested. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 5 Me et i ng: T idewater C a mera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Speaker Albert Horner on Texture. A lbert D. Horner of Medford Lakes, N.J., is an award-w inning f ine-ar t photog r apher who se i m a ge s distill the quiet beauty and inti177
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March Calendar andering waterways and native wildf lowers that make the Pine Barrens a place like no other. The public is encouraged to attend. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org. 5 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-521-0679. 5 Meeting: Live Playwrightsâ€™ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 5-6 Creepy Crawlers class (Otters, Muskrats and Beavers, Oh My!) at the Chesapeake Bay Env ironmental Center, Grasonville. Creepy Crawlers classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class includes story time, craft, hike, live animals (or artifacts), and a snack. Creepy Crawlers is held rain or shine, and everyone should dress for the weather. All hikes will be stroller-accessible. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers. 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednes-
days at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-820-7778. 5 ,12 ,19, 26 A r t Educ at ion Se ries: Watercolor Workshop with Linda Luke at the Oxford Community Center. Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. $100. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 5,12,19,26 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. 5-Apr. 9 Class: Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $205 members, $246 non-member s. A l l mater ia l s are included. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 5-Apr. 9 Class: Intermediate and Advanced Potterâ€™s Wheel with Pau l A sp el l at t he A c ademy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. $205 members,
$246 non-members. All materials included. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6
Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Support Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695.
6 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. 6,13,20,27 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Program repeats at 11 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 6,13,20,27 Afternoon Chess Academy at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Learn to play chess for ages 6 to 16. Snacks served. Program organized by Mr. Wala-Neh Labala, program coordinator for school-based mental health with Eastern Shore Psychological Services, which contracts with Talbot County Public Schools. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or e-mail email@example.com.
6,13,20,27 Class: Printmaking Exploration Evenings with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $88 members, $105 non-members. An additional $30 materials fee due to the instructor at first class. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 6,13,20,27 Tai Chi at the Oxford Communit y Center. Tuesdays f rom 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. w it h Nathan Spivey. $37.50 monthly ($10 drop in fee). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Bridge Clinic Support Group at the UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential support group for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral reasons. For more info. tel: 410228-5511, ext. 2140. 6,13,20,27 Acoustic Jam Night at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your instruments and take part in the jam session! For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 6,20 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center, 5th
March Calendar floor meeting room, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5700 or visit shorehealth.org. 6,20 Cancer Patient Support Group at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-254-5940 or visit umshoreregional.org. 6,20 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. First and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 7 Maker Space at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Enjoy ST E M (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) for children 6 and older. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 7 Workshop: Learn Boat Shopping with Todd Taylor at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Taylor is the Museumâ€™s Charity Boat Donation Program Director. Q& A session on the most important things to look for when buying a boat. $25 members, $35 non-members. Registration is required at cbmm.org/boatshopping101.
7 Critters and Cocktails at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonv ille, w ith Dr. John Morrissey on Sharks of the Bay! Who, Where, and Why? Ref reshments and beverages starting at 6:30 p.m. and the actual presentation from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Cost will be $10 for CBEC members; $15 for non-members. 7 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 800-477-6291 or visit naranon.org. 7,14 Class: iPhone Fun! with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours and other art-related activities. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 7,14,21,28 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-
6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 7,14,21,28 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a well-prepared meal from Upper Shore Aging. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 7,14,21,28 Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Noon to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 7,14,21,28 Yoga Nidra Meditation at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.
410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 7-Apr. 11 Class: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $205 members, $246 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 8 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Cooking Paella with Larry Pa z t he O x for d C om mu n it y Center. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all. 8
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March Calendar 8 Soup Day at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a light lunch including soups, beverage and dessert for $3.50. Eat in or take out. For more info. tel: 410-228-5773 or v isit christchurchcambridge. org. 8 Meeting: Chesapeake Bay Herb Society at Christ Church, Easton. 6 p.m. Speaker: Master Gardener Janet Mackey. For more info. tel: 410 -310 -8437 or v isit chesapeakebayherbsociety.org. 8 Concert: Mid-Shore Symphony Orchestra at the Easton Church of God, Easton. 7:30 p.m. The MSO will present In Their Twenties. For more info. tel: 888-8468600 or visit midatlanticsymphony.org. 8,22 Memoir Writers at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life a nd fa mi ly. Pa r t icipa nt s a re invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 8-Apr. 12 Class: Portrait Drawing from Life with Bradford Ross at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $175 members, $210
non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 9 Tavern Live: Alex Barnett to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-226-5111. 10 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 10 Cooking demonstration ~ Do Yoga w it h master chef Mark S a lter at t he Rob er t Mor r i s Inn, Oxford. 10 a.m. Two-hour demonstration followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass of wine. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Dietary requirements can be accommodated if we are notified a week in advance. Demonstrations and recipes can be subject to change. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 10 Family Boatshop with the CBMM shipwrights at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Projects vary each month from steam bent bird feeders, to spar making, to helping build a 12â€™ acorn skiff. For ages 10 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost includes one youth and one adult:
$45 members, $55 non-members, $20 for each additional child. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit cbmm.org. 10 The Met: Live in HD with Semiramide by Rossini at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 10 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. 10 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.
822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 10-11 Tubman Visitor Center 1st Anniversary celebration. Since opening in March 2017, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center has welcomed nearly 100,000 visitors from all 50 states and over 60 countries. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tubman Visitor Center in Church Creek. The weekend will feature family-friendly activities including a performance by Millicent Sparks, a Harriet Tubman re-enactor; an immersive Underground Railroad experience led by Tony Cohen of the Menare Foundation; lectures by Dr. Kate
10 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaelsâ€™ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-9535 or visit townofstmichaels.org. 10 Concert: John Rimel and Tom Proutt in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410183
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March Calendar Clifford Larson, the park’s historical consultant and author of an acclaimed Tubman biography; Junior Ranger programs led by park rangers; viewing of the short film Carry Me Home, about Harriet Tubman’s final journey on the Underground Railroad; and a presentation by Chris Elcock, senior associate at GWWO, Inc., Architects, the team behind the design of the Visitor Center. For more info. visit http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/ eastern/tubman.aspx. 10 -Apr. 4 E x hibit: Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Openings: March 12, 4:30 to 6 p.m. ~ Grades K-3; March 13, 4:30 to 6 p.m. ~ Grades 4-8; March 14,
5:30 to 7 p.m. ~ Grades 9-12. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 10-Apr. 21 Class: The Impressionist Landscape In-Depth One Element Each Week with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (No class Easter weekend). $195 members, $234 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 10,24 Country Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e United Methodist churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 11 Daylight Savings time begins. 11 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. 11 Wine and Unwind at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery. Sip wine and enjoy live music
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11 Concert: The Allegro Academy of Easton will present Arias and Art Songs, featuring vocalists Damian Savarino, Tara Bowers Savarino and Laura Petravage at Trinity Cathedral, Easton. 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-603-8361 or visit allegroacademyeaston. com. 11,25 All-You-Can-Eat breakfast at the American Legion, Post 70, Easton. 8 to 11 a.m. Carryout available. For more info. tel: 410-822-9138. 12 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at noon, with a covered dish luncheon at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Enjoy a fun game of Bingo! New members are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 12 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: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 12 Movie: Miles of Smiles ~ Years 185
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March Calendar of Struggle by Academy Awardwinning director Paul Wagner at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Dr. Melissa McLoud, who performed much of the archival research for the film, will be on hand to answer questions. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 12 Open Mic at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Theme: Get Luck y. Share and appreciate t he r ich t ape st r y of creat ivity, skills and knowledge that thrive here. All ages and styles of performance are welcome. The event is open to all ages. 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more info. e-mail RayRemesch@ gmail.com. 13 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advanced healthcare planning and complete your advance direct ive paperwork, including the Five Wishes and Maryland Order for Life Sustaining Treatment. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 13 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more
info. tel: 410 -820 - 6800, ext. 2300 or visit umshoreregional. org. 13 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit twstampclub.com. 13,15 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: The Basics of Climate Change and How to Talk About It with Mark Scallion, Samantha Pitts and Coreen Weilminster at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20 members, $30 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all. 13,20 Bay Hundred Chess Class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners welcome. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 13,27 Meeting: Sangha (Buddhist Study Group) at Evergreen: A C enter for Ba la nc e d L iv i ng, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410 - 819 -3 395 or v i sit e ve r greeneaston.org. 14 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests
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14 13th annual Women Helping Women concert to benefit doctor Maria Boriaâ€™s health clinic in Chestertown. Concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060.
14 Meeting: Baywater Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744.
14 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suppor t group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 14 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
1 4 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 14,28 Story Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 14,28 Bay Hundred Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. All ages welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490.
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March Calendar 14,28 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 14-Apr. 4 Art Education Series: The Impressionists with Mary Wittmann at the Oxford Commu n it y C enter. We d ne sd ay s from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $40. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 14-Apr. 18 Class: Pastel Painting ~ Fundamentals and Personal Study with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $200 members, $240 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 15 The St. Michaels Art League is sponsoring a one-day video c ou r se on pa stel pa i nt i ng ~ Pastel Paint ing Innovat ions: Expressive Art Techniques with Daw n Emerson at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-253-3262 or visit smartleague.org. 15 Stroke Survivorâ€™s Support Group
at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit pleasantday.com. 15 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games and f un. For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 15 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. 15 Member Night: Metal Castings at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. Join CBMMâ€™s shipwrights and visiting master Christian Benefiel for an evening in the Boatshop for a metal casting demonstration and a bit of interactive activity. Free for CBMM members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4991 or e-mail jmills@ cbmm.org. 15 Lecture: Soul Injury ~ Liberating Unmourned Loss, featuring
Deborah Grassman, expert in caring for veterans nearing the end of life, and author of The Hero Within and Peace at Last. Easton High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410822-6681 or visit TalbotHospice. org/events. 1 5 -17 Wo r k s h o p: T h r e e - D a y Bronze Casting with Shepherd University professor Christian Benefiel at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $425 members, $475 non-members. Participants will take home a working knowledge of casting metal and their own creation. Materials included
in the registration fee. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit cbmm.org. 15,24 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 10 a.m. on the 15th and 1 p.m. on the 24th. Free for CBEC members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 16 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. 16 Irish Bingo at the Chesapeake
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March Calendar B ay E nv i r on me nt a l C e nt e r, Grasonville. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Homemade Irish soups and soda bread will be for sale. Snacks and drinks free. Beer provided by Kelly Distributors and Devil’s Backbone, Irish coffee and more. Pre-registration for $30 includes pack of 20 bingo cards and door prize tickets. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-827-6694 or visit bayrestoration.org/irish-bingo. 16 Chesapeake Film Festival presents Arc of Light ~ A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss at the Oxford Community Center. Filmmaker Cid Collins Walker will be in attendance. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at ChesapeakeFilmFestival.com or at the door. 16 Concert: Jamie McClean Band in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 17 St. Patrick’s Day 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk in Denton. Registration opens on-site at 7:30 a.m. 5K/10K races begin at 9 a.m. Registration check-in and on-site registration located in the gym at the General James F. Fretterd Community Center,
rain or shine. Note: 200-yard Leprechaun Dash starts at 8:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-4798120 or visit carolinecounty.org/ Calendar. 17 E ag le Fe st iva l at Black w ater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All programs and activities will take place at and around the Blackwater Visitor Center. 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. Blackwater’s experienced volunteers and staff will be leading several guided tours throughout the day. For more info. tel: 410228-2677 or visit www.fws.gov/ refuge/Blackwater. 17 Kent Ag Center Auction ~ annual fundraising auction to benefit the Kent Ag Center facility and the Kent County Fair. It is the only fundraiser the Ag Center holds. The auction features a Silent Auction at 10 a.m., with many donated items from local businesses, artists and supporters. The live auction begins at 11 a.m. and features larger items and is highlighted by the tree and shrub sale. There’s a little something for everyone, including a cake auction donated by
walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided. $20 member, $25 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
4-H families. For more info. tel: 410-778-1661. 17 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 10:30 a.m. Fun for all ages. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 17 Early Blooms, Songbirds and Spring Frogs Soup ’n Walk at Ad k i n s A rboret u m, R idgely. 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 i ng be aut y a nd bloodroot. Following a guided
17 St. Patrick’s Day parade throughout dow ntow n E a s ton. 5:30 p.m. C ome dow ntow n to exper ience Easton’s annua l St. Patrick’s Day parade! Bands, businesses and local organizations get together to celebrate the town’s Irish roots! For more info. tel: 410-690-4395 or visit discovereaston.com.
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March Calendar 17 Saturday Night Jazz at the Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels. Enjoy seasonal, local dinner specials in Stars and the musical stylings of Jo Baione. For reservations tel: 410-745-2200. 17 Tavern Live: Diana Wagner to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-2265111. 18 Concert: Kerri Powers in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 19
Me e t i ng: S t . M ic h ael s A r t League at Christ Church Parish Hall, St. Michaels. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Guest speaker is Nancy Mysak, watercolorist. Non-members are welcome. For more info. visit smartleague.org.
19 Creepy Crawlers Gardening class (Fruit or Vegetable) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonv ille. Creepy Crawlers gardening classes are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class involves hands-on work in our garden, games or arts and crafts, and a snack. These classes are held rain or shine, and everyone
should dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers. 19 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth.net. 19 Giant Walk-On Map of Maryland at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Special activities for children 6 and older. All participants must wear socks. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 19 Book Discussion: Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 19-25 9th annual Talbot Restaurant Week ~ Participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunches and dinners, many with special menus designed to showcase their finest dishes. Two-course lunches will be available for $20.18, while three-course dinners are priced at $35.18. Prices do not include tax, tip, or beverages. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit talbotrestaurantweek.com. 19-May 7 Academy for Lifelong
Learning Class: Birds and Birding on the Eastern Shore with Dr. Way ne H. Bell at various locations. 2:30 to 4 p.m. March 19 at the Waterfowl Offices in Easton; March 26 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Cambridge waterfront; Apr. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ocean City; Apr. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bombay Hook; May 7 from 8 to 11 a.m. at a local venue for migrant songbirds. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm.org/all. 20 Talbot Hospice Spring Bouquet Flower Sale. Beautiful fresh f loral bouquets for $20 to support hospice end-of-life services and
programs. Orders due by March 20 with pickup on March 22. Place orders at TalbotHospice. org/events or tel: 410-822-6681. 20 Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte. For ages 5 and up. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 20-Apr. 10 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: Bordering on Insanity for Maryland ~ Reading History Between the Lines with Phillip Hesser at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum,
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March Calendar St. Michaels. Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm. org/all.
21,28 Class: Art on Tablets and the iPad with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 22
21 ArtsExpress bus trip to the Walters Art Museum ~ FabergĂŠ and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empireâ€™s Legacy, sponsored by the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60 members, $72 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 21 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 21 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 p.m. This support group is for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
C he s ap e a ke F i l m Fe s t i v a l pre sent s Fla sh of G e niu s at the Oxford Community Center. Filmmaker Tim Kearns will be in attendance. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at ChesapeakeFilmFestival.com or at the door.
22 Lecture: The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass by John F. Ford and John H. Miller at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 22 Local Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council monthly meeting at the Chesapeake Culinar y Center, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. For more info. visit carolinecounty. org. 23 Concert: Muletrain at the Oxford Community Center. 7:30 p.m. $20. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 23 Concert: Tom Rush at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit
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March Calendar avalonfoundation.org. 24 More Than Enough for young women a ge s 1 3 to 30. Have you ever felt you were not good enough, or prett y enough, or bright enough? We are here to tell you that you are More Than Enough! 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Talbot Bible Church, Easton. $5 includes lunch. Scholarships available. For more info v isit our Facebook page at More Than Enough Easton Girls of God. 24 Indoor Craf t and Yard Sale sponsored by Caroline County 4-H from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Caroline County 4-H Park, Denton. Food will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Caroline County 4-H programs, includ ing schola r sh ips, club needs, leadership and service learning activ ities. For more info. tel: 410-479-0565. 24 Workshop: Dividing Nat ive Plant Material with Leslie Cario at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Whether for the purpose of starting more plants in containers or rejuvenating landscape beds, certain types of plant material respond well to being divided in early spring. Join Leslie Cario to learn about timing and technique, and then try your hand
at several species. Dress for the weather. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25 member, $35 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 24
C o ok i ng demon s t r at ion ~ Mark’s Curry with master chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 10 a.m. Two-hour demonstration followed by a two-course luncheon with a glass of wine. $68 per person with limited guest numbers. Dietary requirements can be accommodated if we are notified a week in advance. Demonstrations and recipes can be subject to change. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111.
24 Quota International of Cambr idge w ill hold a “Designer Bag Bingo for Better Hearing” at the Dorchester Elks Lodge #1272. Doors will open at 5 p.m.,
and games w ill begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be 20 regular Bingo games with designer bags as prizes. Door prizes will be given away after each regular game. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at https:// w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m /Q u o t a Internat ional-of- CambridgeMar yland-139714702727678/ or from Quota members. For more info. e -ma i l an 14817@ gmail.com. 24 Tavern Live: Claire Anthony to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-2265111. 25 Bird Walk through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. Bring your binoculars and field guides, and dress appropriately for the weather. The Bird Walks are usually led by either Harry Armistead or Terry Allen. There is no cost for this activity, and no pre-registration is required. All walks begin at 8 a.m. from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. For more info. tel: 410-901-6124. 26 Meeting: Tidewater Camera C lub at t he Ta lb ot C om munity Center, Easton. Competition meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub. org.
27 Collage Workshop: Scrap Happy D ay w it h Sher y l S out hw ic k at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $45 members, $54 non-members, plus an $8 materials fee paid to the instructor. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 27 Movie: The Zookeeperâ€™s Wife at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 27 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Sun Trust Bank (basement Maryland Room), Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit twstampclub.com. 27 Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 5 to 6:30 p.m. This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one, regardless of whether they were served by Talbot Hospice. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail email@example.com. 27 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411 or visit umshoreregional.org.
g rou ndc over pla nt s t hat a re beautiful as well as generous in their support of other creatures. Light desserts, coffee and tea will be provided. $15 members, $20 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
27 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. 27 Concert: Shovels and Rope at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 28 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 28 Work shop: Designing with Groundcover with Chris Pax at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2 p.m. Boost your landscapeâ€™s support for wildlife while reducing maintenance! Join Chris Pax, lead designer of the Arboretumâ€™s Native Landscape Design Center, to look at high-performing
28 L ecture: The Photographic Garden - Mastering the Art of Digital Garden Photography at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 1 p.m. With an emphasis on creative technique and technical literacy, world-renowned photographer Matthew Benson will share a comprehensive introduction to creating powerful, beautiful, dynamic images in the garden. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club. For more info. e-mail dorothyhoopes@ gmail.com. 28 Minecraft at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.
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28 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. 29 Lecture: Holland Island ~ Lost Atlantis of the Chesapeake with A. M. (Ann) Foley at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Foley chronicles life in the once-thriving, close-knit community of Holland Island. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
Fan Tutte by Mozart at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 31 Tavern Live: Kenny Knopp to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-2265111. 31 Concer t: Mandy Barnett as Patsy Cline at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
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