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Features: About the Cover Artist: Erick Sahler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Not-So-Wild Turkey: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Restoring the Edna J. Lockwood: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Talbot County House and Garden Pilgrimage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Roatan- The Island of No Shoes: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Wilke Featured at Fine Arts @ Oxford: Amy Steward . . . . . . . . 77 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Hayruss IV - Part 1: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Flashlight Tag: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

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About the Cover Artist Erick Sahler You won’t find any geese or crab sha nt ies in t he limited- ed it ion silkscreen prints of Erick Sahler. His “Eastern Shore art for the rest of us” salutes the common, but often overlooked, events and institutions ~ like Smith Island cake, the Delmar stock car races and the old Chincoteague swing bridge ~ that make life on the peninsula so special. “The Eastern Shore is chock-full of so many great traditions that make it such a wonderful place to live and make art,” Sahler said. “I want to celebrate them all.” Pictured on the cover is Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Originally constructed 5 miles offshore in 1879, Hooper Strait was one of dozens of screw-pile lighthouses that dotted the bay. Today only three survive, but they remain an enduring symbol of Chesapeake country. Sahler’s design returns the Hooper Strait Light to its original base, as it stood for decades marking the entrance to Tangier Sound. Sahler learned his craft as a teenager, apprenticing for a Salisbury screen printer and studying with Eastern Shore painter C. Keith Whitelock. He graduated from UMBC with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts and has created commercial artwork for clients across the Eastern Shore for three decades.

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The Not-So-Wild Turkey by Helen Chappell

In my youth, for a couple of semesters, I would get up early to make a morning class. Leaving home around seven-thirty or eight, I would ride down a country road between fields and woodlots, and always see what wildlife was hovering on the edge of creeping exurbia. There were always deer hit by cars on the side of the road ~ a feast for eagles. There were also plenty of live deer. Once there was even a stray horse that looked none

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weren’t picking bugs off my tomatoes, they were following me around the yard while I did my chores, admiring themselves in my glass door and the hubcaps of my car. We were f lock, and they were fun. Wild turkeys, however, are not tame, nor are they fun. I had more sense than to get out of the car with them around, as I knew they can be very aggressive and bold when feeling threatened. As long as I stayed in the car and knew my place, we all got along just fine. I admired them, and they basked in my fandom. One morning, I was stopped

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Not-So-Wild Turkey have time to get out of the car. Those turkeys were all over him like a cheap suit. He tried to defend himself, but he was no match for an angry threatened bird. He was just lucky they weren’t eagles, is all I can say. The turkeys backed him toward the truck, and I imagine the time the Bro spent trying to get the door open must have seemed like an eternity to him, all scratched up and bitten. They could have put his eyes out. They’re tough. Finally, he got into the cab and threw his truck into reverse, and almost ran into the ditch trying to get out of there. These days there are probably about thirty or forty birds in the f lock, and I like to go out just after dawn and watch them feeding in a field at the edge of the woods. For years, I’ve been hinting around to turkey hunters that I’d love to have a bird to cook for myself, but so far, no one has been that generous. I understand they are tough and dry, but so is goose, unless you put it in a meat smoker and slowly smoke it all day. Turkeys were here when the first Europeans arrived. They are native to North and South America. The Europeans called them turkeys because they mistook them for another bird from the country of Turkey ~ what we call a guinea hen.

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As I’ve learned from watching my f lock from a safe distance across a field, they are LOUD. You can hear them gobbling and fussing at each other for over a mile away. They really are fun to watch at a safe distance. But, after having seen what I have seen, I’m not about to get up close and personal with my feathered friends. Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels.

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CBMM Prepares to Restore the Edna E. Lockwood by Dick Cooper

There was a moment ~ actually, it was more like a split second ~ when Joe Connor didn’t know which way the massive floating log he was standing on was going to roll. He did a little lumberjack two-step, steadied his balance and then went back to his task of looping a line over one end of the log so it could be towed out of the way. Another truckload of 120-year-old, 20,000-pound loblolly

pines was pulling into the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and Connor and the rest of the Boatshop crew had a lot of hard work to do. A small group of Museum officials, members, volunteers and curious townsfolk watched from the safety of a nearby dock as one of the first major phases of the restoration of the 1889 log-bottomed bugeye Edna E.

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the waters of Fogg Cove. Museum President Kristen Greenaway, wearing a hard hat and bundled against a sharp wind, said it had taken almost two years to find the logs on private land near Machipongo on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. When the Edna was built on Tilghman Island, the native pines large enough to shape the hull of an oyster dredge boat were a readily available local resource, but development and logging have made the truly big ones harder to find. For Greenaway, the project is a lot more than just restoring an old boat. It is the start of a multi-year, $2.4 million period of growth for the Museum that celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The restoration of the Edna will include the hiring

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Edna E. Lockwood of new Boatshop staff and apprentices and hands-on participation by schoolchildren and community volunteers. The Museum will also be installing a sawmill on campus and replacing the old pole barn torn down this winter. The new building will have boat-building space, a sail loft and a foundry. Plans are also in place to take the rebuilt Edna on a six-month tour of the Chesapeake in 2019, “popping in to every port” to serve as a floating classroom to teach the history of the Bay and its people. “This is a huge project, and it is also building the stories of those who built and lived the boat,” Greenaway says. “It is a real community project to get everyone involved. I am so proud that we have the opportunity

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overhauled and used for a while as a private pleasure craft. In 1973, her owner, John R. Kimberly, donated the boat to the fledgling Museum. The bugeye is a n ind igenous Chesapeake craft that dates back to the early 1800s. Most were built with log hulls because there were no sawmills on the Eastern Shore. The low-lying terrain made watermills, the primary power source of the day, all but impossible to build. The high water table also ruled out the other option of using pitsaws to mill planks. So, the boatwrights did it the hard way with hand tools. Once sawn lumber became easier to get, the two-masted log-built bugeyes were replaced by the easier-to-build plank-on-frame skipjacks. Pete Lesher, the Museum’s Chief Curator, says the Edna is still together today “because she was lucky.” He says the Museum knew her value as a prize of Chesapeake craftsmanship and history. In the mid-1970s, the Museum’s Boatshop crew rebuilt the boat from her log hull up, keeping her as true to form as possible, and in 1993 she was named a National Historic Landmark. The Edna was sailing up until four years ago, when the Museum crew became very aware of her seriously deteriorating logs. Pumps kept the boat afloat at the dock, and plans were begun to save her. There was one major problem: very few boatbuilders had any experience fashioning boats from raw logs.

The Edna E. Lockwood up on the rail at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. to do this for all of our communities.” The Edna has long been both queen of the Museum’s floating fleet and a historic local treasure. She is the last working log-bottomed oyster boat to survive from the 19th century armada of dredgers that trace their lineage to the Native American craftsmen who fished the Chesapeake Bay long before Captain John Smith. She was built by the fabled shipwright John B. Harrison when he was only 24. Working with hand tools and muscle, Harrison and his crew chopped her hull out of nine logs with axe and adze and fastened them together with wrought iron rods. The old boat has lived much longer than expected. She passed through several owners over the years and was productive, working the oyster bars until the 1960s, when she was 32


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the logs in the proper position while they worked. “We used modern equipment like chainsaws, but not as much as we had hoped. We still had to do a lot of the work with hand tools.” To further prepare themselves for building a 55-foot-long boat, they enlisted the help of the National Park Service. Technicians x-rayed and scanned the Edna’s hull, taking digital images of the logs John B. Harrison shaped 127 years ago using only his trained eye, practiced skills and a wooden half-model. They made 3D images of the logs and projected how each would have to be carved in order to replicate Harrison’s handiwork. Gorman and Connor can now look at a computer image and tell how and where to trim away the excess wood before they start to swing an axe. In March, the Museum held an open forum to lay out the Edna project. More than seventy interested members of the public showed

In the foreground is the Bufflehead. Notice the strong family resemblance. Local builders Sidney Dickson and John Hawkinson completed the 11log bugeye Katherine M. Edwards in 2007, but that was a privately funded project that took 28 years to complete; and she was the first log bugeye built since 1918. The Museum’s Boatyard Manager, Michael Gorman, and Vessel Maintenance Manager, Joe Connor, have been entrusted with the lead in Edna’s restoration. To prepare themselves for the job, they tackled their first log-built boat two years ago, turning local pine logs into a sleek little racing canoe, the Bufflehead. “That gave us some experience in manipulating heavy logs,” Gorman says. They found that aside from the physical labor of swinging an axe, they had to learn how to keep

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tions about the specific methods to be used. The hull will be shaped in the open on the Museum’s campus in full view of the public starting in September. Until then, the logs will remain in the water, tied up at the Museum’s bulkhead, to keep them straight. Once the new hull is shaped, the Edna will be hauled and her original hull removed. Under a tent that will be constructed in 2017, the sides and deck of the old bugeye will be removed and joined to the new log bottom. The original hull

up to listen to expert boatbuilders from Mystic Seaport, Independence Seaport, the Mariners’ Museum and the Calvert Marine Museum join in with Gorman, Connor, Lesher and R ichard Scof ield, the Museum’s Assistant Curator of Watercraft. Scofield is the only staff member who worked on the 1970s rebuild. For three hours, the experts descr ib e d t he b e s t pr ac t ic e s a nd techniques for restoring old boats and answered sophisticated ques-

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with all of the documentation and training we have had, I think it is just going to be a lot of fun.” More information about the Edna E. Lockwood Project is available at

will then be preserved and used as yet another exhibit. Completion of the project is set for the fall of 2018, and the restored Edna E. Lockwood is expected to be relaunched at the Museum during Oysterfest 2018. “This is cer tainly going to be the most difficult project I have ever worked in terms of building techniques so I am really looking forward to it,” Gorman says. Instead of building by adding pieces together to make a hull, he and the other crew members will be starting with a whole log and cutting pieces out to reach their end product. “At first it was a little intimidating, but

Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. An eBook anthology of his writings for the Tidewater Times and other publications, East of the Chesapeake: Skipjacks, Flyboys and Sailors, True Tales of the Eastern Shore, is now available at Dick and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be reached at



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May 14 ~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Rain or Shine) The Talbot County Garden Club was established in 1917 to enrich the natural beauty of the environment by sharing knowledge of gardening, fostering the art of flower arranging, maintaining civic projects, supporting projects that benefit Talbot County and encouraging the conservation of natural resources. Noteworthy projects include maintaining the grounds of the Talbot Historical Society, Talbot Courthouse, Talbot Library, the fountain and children’s gardens at Idlewild Park and numerous other gardens and activities. There are currently more than 100 active, associate and honorary members. Grand and Gracious is the theme of the 2016 Talbot County House and Garden Tour, which will take place Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The tour combines new and old, featuring two exquisite in-town homes and five waterfront estates, all with stunning

gardens designed to capture the beauty of the Eastern Shore. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club, the tour is part of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP). In keeping with the MHGP mission of historic preservation, proceeds from the tour

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SHARP’S IS. LIGHT: 46 minutes before Oxford TILGHMAN: Dogwood Harbor same as Oxford EASTON POINT: 5 minutes after Oxford CAMBRIDGE: 10 minutes after Oxford CLAIBORNE: 25 minutes after Oxford ST. MICHAELS MILES R.: 47 min. after Oxford WYE LANDING: 1 hr. after Oxford ANNAPOLIS: 1 hr., 29 min. after Oxford KENT NARROWS: 1 hr., 29 min. after Oxford CENTREVILLE LANDING: 2 hrs. after Oxford CHESTERTOWN: 3 hrs., 44 min. after Oxford

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Firs t time of f ere d in almos t four decades, this 3,300 square foot building is in a prime commercial location on Talbot St. with great foot traffic and visibility. Some parking available in rear. St. Michaels $599,000



You can’t see the large in-ground pool and acre wooded lot that come with this lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath cedar contemporary. Enjoy open floor plan, high ceilings, interesting angles, screened porch, 3-car garage, and water access. Denton $375,000

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Talbot County Garden Club. Located in the Town of Easton, two of the featured homes date to 1911 and 1923. The first home, completed just after the turn of the century, provides an expansive view of the entire house from a unique front-yard driveway and features a secret garden. The home is filled with Eastern Shore art and Dutch antiques, unusual crystal chandeliers, and a collection of Nantucket baskets. The second home is a restored classic on a property filled with specimen trees and shrubs in which Oriental sculptures are nestled among the greens. The home has

The garden at Beech Place. will be used to restore the bell tower at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford. Settled by the English in 1661, Talbot County is steeped in more than 350 years of American history. With more than 600 miles of waterfront and easy water access for travelers and traders, the area was an ideal spot for an early settlement. It continues to draw countless visitors today. One stop on the tour that reflects the area’s quintessential grace is the gardens of the Historical Society of Talbot County. Featuring dwarf boxwood, spring- and fall-blooming camellias and native sweet bay magnolia, the gardens were designed by, and are still maintained by, members of the

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en features a colorful collection of vintage enamelware. A two-story porch overlooks the lawn to the river, and the enchanting grounds include ancient trees with younger replacement trees in the understory, a boathouse with a screened porch, and a whimsical guest cottage with a Mad Hatter chandelier and a 1940s retro red kitchen. Life at Harleigh, an elegant 19th century manor house overlooking Trippe Creek, is all about the land ~ preservation and conservation, birds and wildlife, and gardens and grounds to enable farm-to-table eating. The owners have made a number of major restorations since purchasing the farm in the early 1980s, including adding a north wing to the main structure and a new art studio, as well as installing formal gardens, a pergola and terraces. Visitors will enjoy notable artwork and family treasures throughout the home, where the color red prevails.

been “filled with finds, folk art and family antiques,� and features a thoroughly modern kitchen. One wall of the dining room contains hidden floor-to-ceiling cabinets holding collections of china and glass. Both of these gracious homes balance the peace and serenity of the country with the friendly hustle and bustle of downtown Easton.

Cedar Point Farm Situated among enormous trees on 30 acres fronting the Tred Avon River, Cedar Point Farm dates to about 1700. The central part of this dramatic, columned estate was rebuilt after a fire in the 20th century, the highlight of which is a freestanding stairway with mahogany newel and continuous ribbon maple baluster that survived the fire. The owner has mixed the new with the old, prized antiques, and coincidental treasures throughout the first floor, all to reflect a luxurious country home. The white kitch-

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Kinsley, a newly constructed Georgian brick house, is a detailed copy of the original President’s House (circa 1730) at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. Situated among mature trees on the banks of Goldsborough Creek, Kinsley is the centerpiece of an earlier plantation layout, with the symmetry of formal gardens on one side and barns and outbuildings on the other, “working” side. The home features period woodwork, handmade cabinetry and handforged door hardware throughout. The owners have included a striking white marble kitchen with mudroom, porches and expansive living and dining rooms. Up a grand staircase, visitors will find a master suite, guest room and third-floor family room. A kitchen garden and formal box gardens filled with outstanding specimen plants are not to be missed.

A working farm, Harleigh is also a prime game hunting location, and visitors will enjoy viewing the gunroom, changing lounge and hunting art. With a late spring, as they pass through the ornate gates and down the lane, visitors may marvel at more than one million daffodils lining the driveway to the main house. Millwood, also located on Trippe Creek, is a friendly threeover-three, center-hall-designed clapboard farmhouse, typical of 20th century genteel living on the Eastern Shore. Visitors can stroll through the grounds beneath 100-year-old trees, along mowed paths and across quaint bridges to get a feel for the local f lora and fauna. Three generations of the current owner’s family use Millwood as a retreat, and it even has a dollhouse to entertain their smallest grandchildren.

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HISTORIC TIDEWATER COLONIAL known as “Head Range” consists of 2 parcels totaling 476+/- acres of woodland, wildlife area and tillable acres. House can be purchased separately with 8+/- acres for $695,000 or 467+/woodland, wildlife and tillable acres for $1,995,000 or both parcels for $2,690,000 Call Craig Linthicum: 410-726-6581. EASTON VILLAGE - 4 BR, 3.5 BA home offers rec room with heated floor, 2-story family room with gas fireplace, 1st floor master, master bath with heated floor and oversized 2-person high-end shower. Community offers kayak dock, walking trails, pool, clubhouse and boat slips at private marina. $499,000 Call Debbie Tucker: 410-310-6739. EXTRAORDINARY COASTAL HOME designed by architect David Jameson featured in Architectural Design. Multiple design award-winning home including ‘08 Virginia AIA Award of Excellence and ‘09 AIA Architect Award for one/two family custom housing. This stunning waterfront offers endless views! $795,000 Call Will Linthicum: 443-521-2487.

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Kinsley As a retired landscape architect, the owner’s wife planned the structure and gardens for Nonesuch Place to take advantage of the quiet views and breezes off Town Creek. In designing their gracious home, the owners built a Tidewater-style home that looked like it “belonged” with the brick center section modeled after existing 18th century story-anda-half homes in Talbot County. The master bedroom and kitchen wings follow the traditional customary profile and appear as though they had been added later. A large arc of boxwood and nepeta complements the point of land that forms the backyard, and a perennial garden surrounds the pool, which is anchored by a gazebo placed perfectly to catch the summer breezes. Advance tickets for the tour may be purchased for $30 at, in person at Bountiful or Garden Treasures in Easton. Tickets will also be available for purchase on 50

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In-town St. Michaels Waterfront Well renovated, very charming and comfortable and right in the heart of town on St. Michaels Harbor. This spacious cottage, dating back to 1840, offers 3 bedrooms, 3½ baths, covered porch overlooking the water, family room with fireplace off the kitchen, a detached garage, off-street parking and 4 boat slips on the harbor. Move-in condition. $1,349,000

Secluded 16+ Acre Waterfront Getaway This meticulously restored farmhouse and its beautiful setting on Grace Creek with southwesterly views is one-of-a-kind. Much of the ‘historic’ ambiance of the main house has been preserved. Property includes a deep water dock, 750 ft. of protected shoreline, guest house, pool, barn, detached two-car garage with workshop. Must see. $1,795,000

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Roatan - The Island of No Shoes by Bonna L. Nelson

My husband John is on a neverending quest to find the perfect saltwater f ly fishing f lats in locations that I might also enjoy. So far, we have explored various islands in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, as well as cities on the coasts of Mexico and Belize. On our latest winter escape we traveled to Roatan, one of the Bay Islands in the Honduran Caribbean, where sweeping white-sand beaches nestle at the bottom of lush green tropical hills and mountains, and turquoise waters gently lap against the shore. English-speaking natives and expatriates eagerly invite guests to kick off their shoes and enjoy the island’s famous cocktail (Monkey La Las), the beaches, food, fishing, diving, art and the laid-back atmosphere typical of Caribbean locales. On our first night on the island, we were greeted by a sign at a specialty restaurant, the Vintage Pearl, that read, “RELAX…TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF.” And there on the f loor, inside the door just past the wooden sign, was a pile of sandals, f lip f lops and sneakers! The Bananarama Resort manager had mentioned the “no shoe” rule when she took us on a tour after arrival, but with jet lag it didn’t really reg-

ister until we saw it for ourselves. It felt liberating and delicious ~ so island, so Caribbean. Roat a n i s 30 m i le s f rom t he north coast of Honduras, on the same longitude as the panhandle of Florida, and on the same latitude w it h Guadeloupe, St. K it ts and Nevis. We rented an SUV for the two weeks and drove around the island from one end to the other. The 40plus miles on one central road, two thirds paved and potholed and one third unpaved, took over two hours to travel one way. We were afforded breathtaking views of the Caribbean from hilltops along both sides of the route, with the island just a mere three to five miles wide. We pa s s e d t h r oug h bu s t l i ng towns and quiet villages with color ful names ref lecting Roatan’s native and colonial past, such as 55

Roatan Coxen’s Hole, French Harbour and Los Fuertes. The coast is lined with inlets, bays and beaches. Surrounding the island is the second largest barrier reef in the world, behind only the Great Barrier Reef, making Roatan a diver’s paradise. CNN’s December 22, 2015 article by Anisha Shah, on the top 16 upand-coming travel destinations for 2016, included Honduras and cited “the fine white-sand beaches of the Bay islands,” the “coral-clad dive sites” of the Western Caribbean Bay Islands, including Roatan, as well as “waters graced by whale sharks, rays, and turtles,” as three of the Islands’ attractive features. The article stated that, unlike the headlines about the dangers of crime and mosquitoes in Honduras, we should have no concerns for our safety. Boasting a colorful tropical stew of Caribbean, African and European history, people and culture, Roatan’s neighbor, Guanaja, was discovered by the ubiquitous Christopher Columbus in 1502 on his fourth voyage. He found the island already populated by cultures found on mainland Honduras at the time ~ the Paya, the Maya and the Jicaque. The histor y of the A mericas repeated itself in the Bay Islands, with Spanish, British, French and Dutch pirates, military and colonists fighting over and settling in the area and displacing the indigenous by

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with and without guides, John hung up the rod, relaxed and enjoyed Roatan’s sites and warm weather (sunny and 80 degrees). There was plenty to see and do on West Bay Beach. Early mornings and late afternoons were peaceful, quiet and cooler, so we walked then. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the place gets a bit crazy. Mild-mannered, polite hawkers offer everything from excursions to banana donuts and jewelry ~ even massages on a towel on the sand or on a table by the sea. A slight shake of the head indicating no sent them on their way. Tourism is Roatan’s primary industry, and the hawking feeds families, so it didn’t bother us. We chatted with some of the folks, even ordering fresh, homemade banana donuts for the next day from the Donut Man. A story evolved from our afternoon stroll to the Bite on the Beach Pub on West Bay Beach. A local man standing at the boardwalk railing motioned to us to look into the wa-

force or disease. African slaves and natives from other islands, such as Arawaks (once called Black Carib and now Garifunas), were brought to or migrated to Roatan. Even our ow n Ta lbot C ount y was involved in Roatan’s history, in a way. William Claibourne, of Virginia and Maryland, “was given a patent by the Providence Company authorizing him to establish a colony on the island in 1638,” according to www.roatanhistory. com. Claibour ne was a wea lt hy pioneer, planter, trader, settler and politician. His British colony didn’t last long, but it was the beginning of a British interest in the Bay Islands that continued off and on for 200 years. Alas, Roatan was not to become our permanent winter getaway, as the fishing turned out to be disappointing ~ perhaps because of overfishing. After three attempts




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ter. John is always doing that anyway, checking for fish. But this was no fish, it was a massive, yellowish green moray eel hidden under the boardwalk in a coral crevice, with just his tooth-lined open mouth poking out in an attempt to catch whatever food might meander by.

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The pub has eel feedings at night, but we missed that opportunity and are glad of it, because a few days later at a restaurant we met a diver who had encountered a moray, and it wasn’t pleasant. With her hand covered in thick bandages, the tearful diver was being assisted by the receptionist with a telephone call to her U.S. doctor. She needed an appointment to remove stitches from her hand. From what we gathered, while scuba diving she was not only observing fish but was feeding them when a moray eel popped out from the corals to feed on her! I sipped my first of several Monkey La Las that week at the Sundowners Beach Pub on West End Beach. The rich, delicious, frozen

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a pier at East End overlooking the sea with a pet pig as a mascot, or at Temporary Cal’s Cantina, an openair restaurant perched high on a mountain overlooking a bay, wins first place. On our island excursions seeking culture and breathtaking sea views, we explored the Roatan Historical and Archaeological Museum, conta ining prehistor ic, nat ive a nd colonial artifacts, and the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences, with exhibits of local f lora and fauna. Both are located at Anthony’s Key, a world-famous scuba diving resort. The Carambola Botanical Garden s ne a rby h a s lu sh f lower s, monkeys, birds and iguanas on mountain hiking trails. The best g if t shopping was at A nt hony ’s Key, home to divers, marine professors and students; their gift shops provided lovely treasures that we brought home to family. My favorite art shops included the Rusty Fish and LaLa Art Gallery. Now supporting 70 families, the Rusty Fish sells only arts and crafts made by locals with recycled materials found on Roatan. They use recycled metal, wood, plastic and glass as well as native rocks and stones. Metal is beaten f lat, hand cut into whimsica l island shapes, painted in vivid colors and varnished. Each piece is labeled with the story of the enterprise, and some include photos of the artists. We purchased a colorful butterfly

concoction created in Roatan is made with vodka, kahlua, cream of coconut and vanilla ice cream. It was a bit too sweet for John, who opted for the local beer, Cerveza Barena. When it came to food, we never tired of shr imp dishes: gr illed, cooked w it h garlic a nd onions, covered in coconut, or cooked in a light tempura batter. Our favorite dish by far was grilled lobster. The competition for the best lobster dish was stiff. We couldn’t decide whether the grilled lobster at La Sirena’s restaurant, a tiki hut on


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and a parrot and a polished serpentine pendant. Each item purchased gives back to the local communities. LaLa Galler y also features beautiful, indigenous art and home wares, including handmade shawls, throws, sculpture, paintings and jewelry. We also visited chocolate and rum factories and were treated to history lessons on the making of those products as well as samples, including 151% proof rum cake. Every evening, we were serenaded with live island music, including songs by Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley. Each week, there was a hermit crab race for charity, a pizza night and a fire dancing night. The delicious food, entertainment and friendly staff and guests helped us to forget that the resort frequently lost electricity and hot water. Whew, t hose c old-water, low-pre ssu re showers took some getting used to! Our wonderful island experience also helped us to forget the inauspicious beginning of our adventure,

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when, due to intense turbulence and strong tail winds, the f light could not land on Roatan after several attempts. The pilot took us to Belize City to wait out the storm and fix a problem with the airplane, but later returned us to Miami instead. At Miami, there were no airline ground staff to guide us as we wound our way through customs, immigration and baggage pickup, only to learn from the airline ticket agents we finally found that we were not being sent to hotels. There were no hotel rooms available. It was Miami Boat Show weekend. To rest, we were directed to large airline conference rooms filled with ver y uncomfortable, thin metaland-canvas cots with one skimpy f light pillow and blanket per cot. We had lef t BW I at 7 a.m. a nd ended up back at Miami at 11:30 p.m. Oh, the noise! 180 passengers were talking, arguing, complaining, sighing, sneezing and snoring. Babies and children were laughing, playing and later crying. Anyone who could sleep woke by 5 a.m. to wash up and then rush to stand in the 7 a.m. check-in line for a f light back to Roatan. We all applauded the pilot when we landed safely that morning, thankful to be safe and begin our vacations.


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Memorial Day Bash colorful plates and napkins, and light a few torches or candles as the evening sun wanes, and your party is sure to be a success!

If the party is at your house, plan on serving some of these easy and fun favorites. Making smart menu choices makes this spread affordable for a bigger group. It also takes the stress off you so you can spend more time with your guests. Keeping the menu simple with things like ribs, lemonade, veggie sliders and no-fuss side dishes makes it a meal your guests won’t soon forget. Most of these dishes can be made ahead, so you can relax and enjoy the party, too. This rib recipe is especially easy because you bake them ahead to get them tender, then finish them off with the sauce on the grill. The simple sauce is quite tasty. Make sure you provide plenty of paper towels when you serve these babies. The lemonade is made from concentrate, but the addition of lemons and basil gives it that homemade taste. By using the concentrate, you also save on the budget. Provide plenty of drinks, use

GRILLED SPARERIBS 6 lbs. country-style pork spareribs Sauce ingredients below Preheat oven to 350°. Make sure you trim the excess fat from the ribs. Place 1 cup of water in a large roasting pan. Place the ribs in the pan in a single layer, meat side up. Generously sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with foil. Bake the ribs for 1-1/2 hours, or 67

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ered for 20 minutes or until thickened. Once cooled to room temperature, you may use or put in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a week.

until tender. Carefully remove the foil. For a charcoal grill, place ribs in batches on the grill rack directly over medium-hot coals. If you are using a gas grill, preheat the grill rack, then cover and grill. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, brushing with the sauce.

CAULIFLOWER & BROCCOLI SALAD Serves 6-8 1 small head caulif lower 2 large stalks broccoli 1 small onion, chopped 1 cup mayonnaise 1 T. apple cider vinegar 1 T. sugar Kosher salt and pepper to taste

QUICK & EASY BARBECUE SAUCE 1 medium onion, diced 4 T. water 2 T. apple cider vinegar 2 T. Worcestershire sauce 2 T. Dijon mustard 1/4 cup molasses 1 t. hot pepper sauce Kosher salt and pepper to taste 2 T. olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 T. chili powder

Divide caulif lower and broccoli into bite-size f lowerets. Some of the tender stalks of the broccoli may also be used. Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar. Add this dressing to the vegetables. It is better if it marinates, so make this the day before you serve it. COUNTRY POTATO SALAD Serves 8-10 4 cups boiled potatoes, diced 1 cup cucumber, diced

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4 T. green onions, minced 1-1/2 t. kosher salt 1/2 t. pepper 4 hard-boiled eggs, diced Dressing: 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1 t. celery seed 1 t. dill weed 1 t. Dijon mustard

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Mix all the dressing ingredients together. Place the potatoes, cucumbers, onions, salt and pepper, and hard-boiled eggs in a large bowl. Add the dressing and mix together. Set aside to marinate for several hours in the refrigerator. VEGGIE SLIDERS 12 mini sandwiches 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 3 T. olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced

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Kosher salt and pepper to taste Toothpicks to hold the sandwiches together Place beans, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano in a food processor. Blend until creamy and well combined. Grill the bread or put in a 425° oven and bake for 7 minutes or until golden brown. Spread the bean sauce on the toast and layer with tomato, basil and cucumber. Hold the sandwich together with a toothpick.

1 t. oregano, crushed 1 sliced cucumber, 1/4-inch slices 24 1/4-inch-thick baguette slices, brushed with olive oil 3 Roma tomatoes cut into 1/4-inch slices 1 bunch of basil, separated into pieces

BASIL LEMONADE 12 cups cold water 2 12-oz. cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (I love Trader Joe’s, as it has less sugar) 1/4 cup fresh lime juice


1/2 bunch fresh basil leaves Lemon wedges and basil for garnish Combine the lemonade and remaining ingredients in a large pitcher and stir together. Refrigerate overnight, and then strain through a mesh strainer into a serving pitcher. This will keep in the refrigerator for three days. I like to serve with ice cubes, lemon wedges and a sprig of basil. BITE-SIZE CORN DOGS Makes 12 corn dogs 1 cup f lour 1/2 cup cornmeal 1 T. sugar 1-1/2 t. baking powder 1/2 t. dry mustard Kosher salt and pepper to taste 71

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STRAWBERRY or PEACH JELL-O PIE Makes 2 pies This is not too sweet and is very good. I make it in the morning to serve for dinner that night. It’s a great way to use fresh fruit. 1 small pkg. strawberry or peach Jell-O 3/4 cup sugar 2 T. cornstarch 1-1/2 cups water 2 cups strawberries or peaches Whipped cream

1 T. shortening 3/4 cup milk 1 egg 6 hot dogs cut in half crosswise 12 6-inch wooden skewers Your favorite mustard for dipping

Bake 2 crusts in 8- or 9-inch pans according to instructions on the package. In a saucepan, mix the Jell-O with sugar, cornstarch and water. Cook until clear, then cool. Fold in 2 cups of strawberries or peaches. If you want, you can use more. Pour half of the mixture into each pie crust, and refrigerate. Garnish with whipped cream

Combine f lour, cornmeal, baking powder, dry mustard, and salt and pepper in a deep bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Whisk the egg and milk together. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix together. The batter will be thick. Heat up 1 inch of oil in a heavy 10-inch skillet over medium heat to 365°. It will take about 15 minutes. Insert the skewers into the hot dogs, and dip in the batter to completely coat. Place the coated franks, three or four at a time, on their sides in the oil. Turn with tongs after 10 seconds. Keep turning until they cook for two to three minutes and are golden brown. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Keep warm in a 200° oven. Continue to cook the rest of the corn dogs. Serve with your favorite mustard. 72

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the f lour, sugar and baking powder. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine milk and egg, stirring well; add to f lour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Spread mixture in a lightly greased and f loured 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cut shortcake into 6 pieces; slice each piece crosswise in half. Place bottom half of shortcake, cut side up, on an individual serving plate; top with a dollop of whipped cream and 2½ tablespoons of strawberry mixture. Add a second layer of shortcake, cut side down; top with a dollop of whipped cream and 2½ tablespoons of strawberry mixture. Garnish with an additional dollop of whipped cream. Add a strawberry on top, if desired. Repeat for each of remaining five shortcake squares. Tip: Berries should be sorted to remove imperfect fruit before refrigerating; then wash and hull just before serving.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE Serves 6 When my grandmother spotted the first strawberries of the season, she knew it was time to make her favorite dessert. She sweetened the plump berries and then sandwiched them between pieces of shortcake. More berries and whipped cream made it taste as luscious as it looked. 4 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced 1/4 cup sugar 2 cups all-purpose f lour 1/2 cup sugar 2 t. baking powder 2 T. butter 1 egg, beaten 1 cup milk 2 cups sweetened whipped cream 6 additional strawberries (optional)

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May Movements in the Landscape Did your landscape survive the wacky early April cold? As T. S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruelest month.” We need to take stock of the damage that may have occurred. If you are anticipating peaches, apricots and plums, you might have lost all or part of the crop. By now, if the f lowers survived the cold, you should see some small fruit forming.

f lowering at their best, it is important to immediately remove, or “deadhead,” the spent flowers. The old clusters should be snapped off when partly dry, but remove with care in order not to damage the surrounding foliage. Remember to deadhead lilacs after they flower in June. If you need to do any pruning of other spring flowering shrubs, now is the time to do it. Renewal pruning is important for plants like forsythia which has a tendency to overgrow its location in the landscape. If your spirea has spread all over the place, do some serious cutting to get it back to a manageable size. The general rule of thumb is not to take more than one third of the plant out at any one cutting, but some of our more common spring f lowering shrubs can be severely pruned if needed. If you are doing some re-landscaping this spring and are thinking about adding new, low-maintenance f lowering shrubs, consider

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Have you ever set out a tomato transplant one day, just to find it cut off at soil level the next? Your problem might be cutworms. To prevent cutworm damage, cut the tops and bottoms from some small-sized coffee cans. Place the cans over the transplants in the early evening. The next morning, remove them so the plant can get full sun. You can also use recycled yogurt cups. Repeat this practice for about a week until the plants become established. A tell-tale sign that you have cutworms in the garden is pencil-diameter-sized holes in the soil. The cutworms come out at night and clip the transplants off at ground level. Other early spring insect pests active now include aphids, cabbageworms, cucumber beetles, and 88

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

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

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

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

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all came to town and shared rooms in hotels such as this. Frederick Douglass stayed in the Brick Hotel when he came back after the Civil War and gave a speech in the courthouse. It is now an office building. 14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the Star-Democrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its inf luences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roofline. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GR AND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building where they first met is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. 17. FOXLEY HALL - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Easton’s Federal dwellings. Former home of

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

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


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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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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. 143

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Hayruss IV: Part I by Gary D. Crawford

Last month, we presented the stories of 28 of the 33 watermen of Tilghman’s Island lost to the Bay from 1891 to 1979. Their names are memorialized on the Watermen’s Plaque in t he park across f rom the Tilghman Fire Hall. We come now to the last five names on the plaque: Garland Phillips, George Cummings, Muir Cummings, Albert “Rusty” Cummings, and Thomas “T. R.” Cummings. A ll perished together when the Hayruss IV went down in February of 1979. Now, as I write this, it is February again, and it is cold. We’ve had a moderate blizzard and some high winds. February is the annual reminder of the risks facing those who follow the water, for the Hayruss IV tragedy left a deep wound on this community, unhealed after 37 years. I have put off writing this article for several years, for I am, after all, a foreigner. My wife and I learned of this terrible accident when we came to this island the following year. And, in any case, no one can write about what those men suffered or the pain their families endured as they waited each day for news. That is their own affair and always will be. Nevertheless, the event was his-

The Watermen’s Plaque at Kronsberg Park in Tilghman. toric. Never had so many from the same family been lost in the same event. The events that followed the sinking, especially the immense outpouring of community support, wer e si m i la rly u npr e c e dente d . Moreover, it was the loss of these five men that led the community to create the Watermen’s Plaque. I concluded this is a story that ought to be remembered, so this is my attempt to capture some of it on paper. What follows is drawn from newspaper clippings and personal recollections. Despite an initial reluctance when I told people what I was working on, no one refused to help. They wanted the story told ~ with respect and accuracy. Here goes.


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Hayruss IV rugged way to make a living; it is cold, hard work, and many watermen do not care for it. But there can be money in it for those who have the skills and equipment and are willing to make the attempt. In 1979, large rockfish are bringing $2 a pound. As Capt. Benny Gowe recalls, “Ten years ago, about this time of year, we caught eight ton in one day, just off Sharp’s Island.” A two-ton haul could bring in over $6,000 ~ a big payday for watermen at any time, but especially in mid-winter. Even one good haul can provide security against a poor crabbing season. In the winter of 1979, however, the fishing has been terrible. One waterman recalls they caught just 23 fish in ten days. “We just ate them,” he said. Recently, however, the fishing has begun to pick up, and today the fishermen are hopeful. Today is Friday, February 9, 1979. The morning sky is overcast, with a fine snow falling. A light northeast wind, 5-10 mph, is pushing chunks of ice down the bay. There are swells on the bay, but little chop. It is cold, but not bitterly so, about 26 degrees. Creeks and shallows are frozen over, and chunks of ice are f loating all over the upper bay, keeping many oystermen in port. All in all, apart from the f loating ice, it’s not a bad day for winter fishing. At 6 a.m., two Tilghman boats

leave their docks in Knapps Narrows. One is FinnTann, Capt. Bobby Ma r sha l l, w it h cre w ma n D oug Fluharty; the other is Miss Cindy, Capt. Jerry Janda, with his fatherin-law, Chester Haddaway, aboard. The western end of Knapps Narrows is clogged with ice, so they turn east under the Tilghman bridge to run out the river end, which is still clear. As FinnTann comes by Phillips Wharf, they pause and speak to the Hayruss IV crew, who are waiting for Capt. Garland Phillips. Aboard are Garland’s uncle, George Cummings (64), and a cousin, Thomas “TR” Cummings (20). George’s son, Muir Cummings (26), also is with them today, though he prefers oystering; he is available today because of the ice. A last-minute addition to the crew is TR’s older brother, Rusty Cummings (26), recently returned from Georgia. Knowing that Rusty and his new w ife could use the money, Capt. Garland has invited him to join the family crew. Capt. Bobby asks when they are leaving. “We’re just waiting for the boss,” they say with a smile, hinting that Capt. Garland may have overslept. The other captains decide not to wait. FinnTann and Miss Cindy leave the Narrows, run down around Black Walnut Point and out into the bay. Capt. Jerry turns south for the area near Shar p’s Island. Capt. Bobby heads northwest past Marker 29B. (Another regulatory marker,


28B, is farther north.) They go to the shipping channel, three miles out. Capt. Garland soon arrives and heads south past Sharp’s Island to an area known as The Gooses. FinnTann and Miss Cindy are sturdy wooden Chesapeake deadrise workboats, both about 38 feet. But Capt. Garland has something special in the Hayruss IV, the fourth workboat named after his parents, Hazel and Russell Phillips. She is 50 feet long, designed by Ernie Tucker to Garland’s specs, and built by Bill Lippincott in Trappe. Hayruss IV is fitted with twin 185-HP diesel engines, a diesel-powered 7K W generator, and all the latest electronic gear. What makes her really special, however, is that she is the

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Hayruss IV pressive as his boat ~ strong, athletic, and seemingly tireless. Capt. Willy Roe considers him his best friend when they were teammates together on the Tilghman Lions Club baseball team. “He was a good ballplayer, a catcher and a fast outfielder, who batted .400.” Garland dropped out of school at 16 to follow the water, learning his waterman skills from his grandfather, Buck Cummings, his father, Russell Phillips, and others. Now, at 46, Capt. Garland is in his prime, a master waterman and a skilled boat-handler known throughout the region for his hard work and willingness to brave difficult weather.

He may have had good reason for being a bit late this morning, for the day before he was in Annapolis, meeting with fisheries management officials. Garland had assisted biologists in their studies of rockfish and yesterday he was helping them work out new regulations to preserve the rockfish population. As one writer later put it, “the voice of this skipper was a leveling one. No commercial waterman was better known nor more highly respected in the Bay complex than this 46-yearold always-on-the-go skipper.” Simply put, Capt. Garland wants both to make a living and safeguard the species. Yesterday he was talking about fishing; today he is intent on making up for a bad winter.

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Hayruss IV Out in the bay, Miss Cindy and FinnTann are setting drift nets. Hayruss IV is retrieving several anchor nets that Capt. Garland has set previously in two locations; he begins with those in the south. To understand what these men are doing, we need to know something about gill nets and how they are used. A gill net catches fish, not by corralling them, but by entangling their gills when they swim into it. Think of it as a long fence, 8-10 feet high. The top of the net is held up by cork f loats spaced every ten feet along its heavy top line. The bottom of the net is held down by small sandbags tied to the bottom line, so the nets are entirely under water. The nets

can be set in any depth of water, but for winter fishing they usually are placed deep, in the shipping channels, across the tidal f low. The force of the water pushes the net across the bottom with the floats out ahead of the sandbags, causing the net to arch over. Fish tend to swim against the tide, and when they encounter the net, they swim up and become entangled. This technique of allowing the nets to move is called drift-netting. In 1979, it also was legal to pin gill nets to the bottom with anchors, a practice that is no longer permitted. Anchor nets would be pushed over if set across the tidal f low, so they are set instead along the “edges,� where fish enter or leave the deep channel. The length of the net is variable.

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Hayruss IV They are stowed in “100 cork” boxes ~ with 100 corks at one end, 100 small sandbags at the other, and 1,000 feet of fine nylon netting in between. Nets may be joined together to make longer strings; a three-box string 3,000 feet long is not unusual. From each end of the string, a line leads up to the “hawk,” a f loating buoy with a flag. Simple floats are tied between each box to show how the net lies. Aboard the Hayruss IV are 25 net boxes of gill nets, filled with nearly five miles of net. To set the net, the crew pays it out of the box and over the side ~ along with buoys, f loats, sandbags. The captain has the task of finding just the right location for the net and guiding the boat along the chosen line. Once set, the net may move a mile or more across the bottom during the six-hour tidal flow. If the buoys get out of line, it indicates they have snagged on something on the bottom. The crew then tries to clear the “hang’” which sometimes means pulling up the net and resetting it.

When the tide changes, the nets are pulled in and any fish are recovered. This requires two men working together, one handing in the top line and placing the corks at one end of the box, the other bringing up the bottom line and stowing the sandbags. If there are fish, they need to be freed from the net, either “sloughed through” or “backed out.” Bringing in a 3,000-foot string may take an hour and a half. The captain moves his boat slowly toward the net, to help in bringing it aboard. Normally, nets are brought in over the stern, where the men are closer to the surface of the water and there is more room to work. But working over the stern means the boat is backing into the waves, the men are more exposed to the weather, and the nets may get fouled in the rudders or propellers. The weather on the bay affects everything. If it is rough and the wind is cold, then nothing is easy. The heavy spray causes the net to freeze the moment it leaves the water, and the fish are instantly ice-coated, making them difficult to handle.

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Hayruss IV Other Tilghman watermen are out this morning, too, seeking a different prey. Five clamming boats have run across the Choptank River to Cook’s Point ~ Captains Clifford Wilson, Robbie and Greg Wilson (two of Clifford’s sons), Russell Dize, and Willy Roe. The day before, on Thursday, someone reported the Hayruss IV was listing heavily to one side at her dock. With Garland on the western shore, Capt. Willy went aboard to check her bilge but found her dr y. The list was due entirely to the weight of nets, net boxes, line anchors, and sandbags piled unevenly in the cockpit ~ plus a coating of ice. Garland had been invited to join the clammers, but Capt. Willy recalls Garland saying that the poor fishing had put him in such a financial hole that he needed to make a really big haul. A bit of clamming just wouldn’t do the trick. Now, on Fr iday mor ning, the clammers are having trouble finding clear water to dredge in, for the northeast wind is pushing a field of ice down on them. When they locate a ten-acre open hole, several boats slip inside and begin dredging. It is risky, though, and when a huge sheet of ice slides in, it nearly swamps one of t he boats. They decide to call it a day and return to the island. Not all have caught their limits, but all are home safely.

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apar t, and Hayruss IV is about several miles to the south. They stay in touch by radio, however: Garland and Bobby by VHF and Jerry by CB. Th is mor n i ng, t he set t i ng of the nets is going well; unlike the clammers, the fishermen are not troubled by ice. Where they are working, the f lood tide has pushed the ice north. The wind is light, and seas are quite moderate. What happens on the Chesapeake this day cannot be understood without knowing about the weather. In our area, February of 1979 was the snowiest February of the 20th century. The normal February snowfall at BWI Airport is six inches. In 1979, they record 33.1 inches ~ with twelve inches falling in one six-hour period. But bad as the snow was, the cold was even worse. Februar y 1979 was one of the coldest months in the BaltimoreWashington area since records were kept. The Bay froze into thick f loating chunks of ice. For sixteen days that month, the high temperature never once rose above freezing. In St. Michaels, the record daily low temperature of all time was set in February 1979 ~ on ten days. The coldest period was one stretch when the temperatures were more than 20 degrees below normal, for nine straight days. That “Cold Snap” began on February 9 ~ this day. Out on the bay, it is now slack 156

water. With the change of tide, it is time to get in the drift nets. FinnTann and Miss Cindy begin doing so. Anchor nets are gill nets pinned to the bottom with anchors, a practice that was legal in 1979 but is no longer permitted. Capt. Garland has severa l 1,000 -foot anchor nets placed at the Gooses in the south and another group in the north near Marker 28B. He is taking up his nets, not just fishing them, for he knows bad weather is coming and doesn’t want to risk losing them. If set across the tidal f low, anchor nets would be pushed over, so t hey a re set a long t he “edges” where fish enter or leave the deep channel. In addition to the anchors at either end, several

additional anchors are set along the net to help hold it in place. Taking up an anchor net means wrestling all these anchors off the bottom and into the boat. About 12 p.m., things begin to change quickly. As Capt. Bobby puts it, “All of a sudden, the wind fell out to nothing.” The snow stops. The sun bursts out as the sky clears to a br illiant blue. L ook ing up, Capt. Bobby sees the Concorde SST coming over on its way to London, looking “like a white angel against the sky.” The wind freshens to 20 mph and begins backing around to the northwest. They can feel the temperature dropping. It is the beginning of the Cold Snap. Capt. Bobby, working furthest

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Hayruss IV north, sees a giant field of ice coming down on him. This is not mirror ice, but floating chunks 6-18” thick. The ice field that was pushed north by the flood tide is now being pulled back by the ebb. Bobby and Doug retrieve their first string of nets, but the ice is moving quickly now, pushed by the northwest wind now blowing at 25 mph. As the ice surrounds them, they have trouble with the second string. If the ice field pushes the buoys down, they will be unable to find the nets. Slowly, Capt. Bobby backs FinnTann into the ice as they wrestle in the net. They give up boxing the net and now are just “stringing it in” ~ leaving everything on the deck, fish and all. And there are a lot of fish. As the crews had hoped, today’s catch is very good. All three boats now are loaded with hundreds of pounds of fish. Capt. Bobby radios t he ot her boats about the ice. Capt. Jerry re-

ports that the ice field hasn’t gotten down to them yet and they are doing OK. Having finished in the south, Capt. Garland fights his way up the bay to his northern nets. Checking on Miss Cindy as he passes, Capt. Ga rla nd proceed s nor t h. A s he comes alongside FinnTann, Capt. Bobby and Doug find the Hayruss IV covered with a sheet of ice nearly six inches thick; her antenna is a foot-thick pole. Out in the open water, the strong breeze is now kicking up a huge amount of spray. Garland stops to lend assistance. Positioning Hayruss IV stern to stern with FinnTann, he moves ahead slowly, breaking up the ice so Bobby can back FinnTann slowly into his wake and bring in their second string of nets. The temperature has dropped ten degrees, and the freezing spray is causing the nets and the fish to glaze over as soon as they came out of the water. A bout 2:30 p.m., t he se c ond string is finally brought in. The ice field f lows south quickly and FinnTann soon is in open water again. Capt. Garland moves north to his anchor nets and Capt. Bobby goes northwest to recover his last net. Hayruss IV is at work less than a mile away. Addie Wood Fairbank, wife of a Tilghman waterman, regularly monitors the radio traffic and helps to relay messages. In her log at 3:15 p.m., Miss Addie records Hayruss IV calling in to say they are preparing to return to port.




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Hayruss IV Around 4 p.m., Bobby and Doug finally have their last string aboard FinnTann and make their way over to Hayr u s s I V. C om i ng a longside, they notice that the crew has chipped away the ice coating the boat earlier and they are busy with the anchor nets. Six net boxes are stacked, three and three, on the stern deck to shield the men from the spray. They ask if they need any help or should stand by; Garland says no, they just have another anchor net to get up. Garland advises Bobby to begin working his way to the Narrows, assuring him that Hayruss I V w ill soon c atch up and help them through the ice jammed at the

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west end of the Narrows. (With her rounded forefoot and sloping stem, Hayruss IV can ride up onto the ice and, like an ice-breaker, crush it with her weight.) FinnTann moves east for Knapps Narrows, maneuvering carefully to avoid damaging the “wheels” (propellers). It is slow going. Meanwhile, Miss Cindy has gotten up her last nets and now is making her way northeast. The wind is now gusting to 30 mph and the waves out in the ship channel are becoming huge. As dusk is falling, a voice is heard on FinnTann’s radio. Capt. Bobby, working outside at the controls, he a r s s ome t h i ng l i ke: “B obby, you’d better get back here.” Doug Fluharty, with access to the cabin,

hears someone saying “FinnTann, we need help, we’re sinking.” It is likely that they heard two different messages. Both believe it is Miss Cindy calling ~ for three reasons. First, it definitely is not Garland, who has a very distinctive voice. Second, the call comes on the CB, not the VHF. Third, Capt. Jerry is behind him and now he, too, is entering the dangerous ice field. Ashore, Addie Wood Fairbank also hears the calls. All agree that the caller never identifies the vessel or its location. (We later learn that at least five people hear something that sounds like a boat in distress, though no boat is identified.) Garland’s wife Adrienne “Pete” Phillips is listening, too. She fears the Har-



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Hayruss IV russ IV is in trouble Everyone else believes it is Miss Cindy. No one imagines Hayruss IV ~ the biggest boat with the biggest crew ~ could be in any serious difficulty. Capt. Bobby, who has just spoken w ith Hayruss IV, knows she is OK. But someone is in trouble somewhere and so, convinced that Jerry and Chester need help, Capt. Bobby immediately forces his boat around in t he ice, r unning one engine ahead and the other back. FinnTann comes about and they head southwest toward Miss Cindy, the ice crunching loudly as they pass over it. With binoculars, they can see Miss Cindy listing and down by the stern. They also look for Hayruss IV, but cannot make her out. She is now over three miles away, whitecaps are throwing up spray out by marker 28B, and the light is fading. They can’t raise Hayruss IV on the radio, either, but suppose the spray may be covering the antenna again. After 20 minutes, the FinnTann and Miss Cindy approach one another in the ice field. It is strangely calm here, for the undulating ice field is keeping the waves down. Capt. Bobby sees that Miss Cindy’s list is because of a huge load of gear and fish all over the deck. Normally she rides 40 inches out of the water at the stern, but now she has just six inches of freeboard. Capt. Bobby

shouts, “Jerry, are you OK?” And Jerry answers, “Yes, I’m okay now.” Capt. Bobby and Doug assume this means that it was Miss Cindy who had called for help and they immediately turn for the Narrows. It is not the case, however. Capt. Jerry means they are okay now that they are in the ice field and out of the heavy seas in the channel. Forty-five minutes later, with some difficulty, both boats manage to make their way into the Narrows. While coming in, Doug calls on the CB for help in notif y ing the Marine Police about some boat in trouble. The first to respond is Ed Tyler, in his truck on the road to St. Michaels; immediately he returns to Tilghman and telephones Sgt. Joe Jones in Neavitt. Jones is a member of the Department of Natural Resources Marine Police and, although told not to take their metal patrol boat into the ice, he agrees to prepare for a rescue. He contacts his partner, Officer Danny Lynch, and both hurry to Knapps Narrows. It is now dark, nearly 6 p.m. Because ice blocks their slips, both FinnTann and Miss Cindy tie up at the Bridge Restaurant beside Tilghman Bridge. Not long after tying up, Doug leaves FinnTann, for he is already late for his daughter’s birthday party. Capt. Jerry and Chester also depart for home. Me a nw h i le , A d d i e Fa i r b a n k switches frantically from channel to channel, calling for the Hayruss


IV. Around 6 p.m., she telephones Ga rla nd’s w ife, “Pete” Phillips, suggesting they notify the Coast Guard. Miss Pete asks her to do so. Fairbank’s CB log reads: “At 6:40 p.m. notif ied Coast Guard [at] Taylor’s Island, boat Hayruss IV overdue. One mile NW outside [marker] 28B. Last seen 4 [p.m.]. P OB [p e ople on b oa r d], 50 -f t , white, fish net.” The distress call is relayed from Taylors Island to the Coast Guard Station in Annapolis, in whose jurisdiction the Hayruss IV was last seen. The Coast Guard responds immediately by dispatching their 60-foot cutter, Tackle, James Rothermel chief officer. Jones and Lynch arrive at Severn Mar ine and begin ready ing t he

4 0 - f o o t t w i n - e n g i n e C e c i l I I. Capt. Bobby is preparing to leave F innTann when a not her waterman arrives, Nick Watson, w ith astounding news. He says Garland’s wife believes the Hayruss IV may have gone down. Bobby and Nick go immediately to Severn Marine and board the Cecil II. Soon the four men are heading out into the ice and darkness. The intense cold, now in the low teens and dropping, causes the engines to stall out as ice forms in the filters of her heat-exchangers. Jones is forced to run on one engine while Danny cleans the filter of the other engine. Guided by Capt. Bobby, they finally reach the spot where he last saw the Hayruss IV. They find nothing.

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Hayruss IV A Maryland State Police helicopter arrives and illuminates the ice field with its searchlight, passing back a nd for t h, circling w ider, scanning the ice field for the boat and survivors. Tackle arrives and joins t he search. A ll are aware that every minute, every second, counts. There is no sign of t he Hayruss IV or any of her crew. Ashore, everyone waits. At midnight, Miss Addie turns off her radio and goes to bed. She knows that it is now over, as does ever yone. No one could sur v ive that long in such frigid water. A Tilghman resident, Mrs. Ada R i d ge w a y H a r r i s o n , h a s b e e n keeping daily notes on her calendars for forty years. Her notations help us know what the community knows as the daily drama unfolds. On this day, February 9, Miss Ada writes: Snowed thi s A . M. ~ stopped around 9 o’clo c k. S upp os e d to b e v e r y c old tonight. Hay r u s s lost. Coast Guard and Maryland

Marine Police Boat searched all night. L e t u s b e c le a r. E v e r y i nc i dent recorded on the Watermen’s Plaque involved death and loss. Thankfully, however, most of those events were concluded quickly ~ within hours, or a day or two at most. Families grieved, and then they and the community moved on with their lives, as we all must do when we lose a loved one. W it h t he Hayr u ss I V, it wa s dif ferent. A f ter she went dow n, the search that followed involved dozens of vessels and hundreds of men and went on for weeks. The scale of this operation was unprecedented. It was gallant, persistent, courageous, f r ustrating, and at times extraordinarily dangerous. That story will be told next month.

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Dimestore. A Writer’s Life. A memoir by Lee Smith. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, NC. 200 pp. $24.95. Anyone who grew up in a small town knows that all small towns are alike in some ways. The people who live in them know the names of everybody else in town, are often related to half the population, know all the quirks, the talents and f laws of the other families, and care about their neighbors. Small-town kids live for summer ~ a blissful time of no homework, no special bedtime, endless running and playing games, riding bikes, catching lightning bugs, and so many other fun things that jump back into your mind when you’re least expecting it. Usually there are cousins, aunts and uncles, and at least one set of grandparents living nearby. That’s how Lee Smith begins her memoir about her wonderful childhood in an Appalachian “holler” surrounded by creeks, a railroad, coal mines and mountains so high and thick with timber that sunlight didn’t come down to the roses in the backyard until nearly lunchtime.

Sunset was early to arrive, and in a hurry to slide behind the tops of the high mountains. Lee lived in the tall ridges of Virginia’s southwest corner. Her little town was like the bottom of a cereal bowl, with long walks up the steep sides to the top edges. The town was, and still is, Grundy. It was a pleasant and prosperous


Tidewater Review little place in Lee’s childhood. There were steady jobs in the coal mines, and the railroad that carried the coal out provided a sense of reasonable comfort, if not wealth. The count y ’s cour t house was in the middle of downtown. Lee’s grandfather worked in the treasurer’s office there. It was a source of fun for Lee because she could go there after school in the winter, visit her grandfather and do her homework on his typewriter ~ but only sometimes.

She preferred to go to her daddy’s store, the Dimestore. Like most

Five and Dimes, the stores in little towns had a wide range of products, a lunch counter, and specialty items like toys at Christmas, little pastelcolored live chickens at Easter, and tiny live turtles with roses painted on their shells. A big tank held goldfish in the basement. Lee loved going to the Dimestore after school to buy candy ~ it was not free for her just because it was Daddy’s store ~ she had to pay just like everyone else, and she had a “job.” It was her responsibility to take care of the dolls in the toy section. She combed their hair, f luffed their dresses, and set them up in groups of girlfriends w ith their heads turned toward each other. Lee gave them all names, lengthy families and complete histories. As soon as she learned to write, she wrote her stories in notebooks, and by the age of nine she and her girlfriend made newspapers, writing each paper in longhand and selling them for f ive cents each by pressing on doorbells to roust customers. A f ter high school, L ee would

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have been happy to stay in Grundy. Her parents had other ideas. They insisted she go away to college to become more “cultured.” Always an avid reader, she enjoyed her college experience ~ she shone in English, failed math (I have never met a writer who did not loathe math in college), moved around and accepted that the world was bigger than Grundy. She still loved going back to her mountains whenever she could. Both of her parents were in frail health, a situation that Lee scarcely mentions in the happy days of her youth and college years. With her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she taught English and writing in Virginia and North Carolina schools,

and to community groups of all ages who wanted to improve their writing skills. With marriage, children and writing, churning out 17 novels, her visits to Grundy were limited. Later in the book, we find that her mother had always suffered from migraine headaches, stomach pains and frailty. Mother was taken to Sheppard Prat t in Baltimore several times, or the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, to treat depression and anxiety. Her father was also afflicted with bad spells of depression, followed by nervous insomnia that kept him at the Dimestore overnight or exhausting hours going through his business book. He was often taken to the state mental hospital.

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Lee Smith Throughout her childhood, one or the other parent was hospitalized, but it didn’t seem like a serious problem to Lee as there were so many relatives and friends who would look after her. There were relatives who could work at the Dimestore until her father came home, and friends who would look after her mother. It was worrisome, yes, but hardly a reason for panic. Actually, there was a lot of reason for sorrow. Lee’s grandfather and uncle committed suicide. Another uncle was a schizophrenic who lived at home with his mother. Another c ou si n, K at her i ne, d ie d i n t he

state mental hospital in Staunton, Virginia. A niece, Andre, also was schizophrenic and died. Lee confirmed that mental illness was a long chapter in their family. Lee’s father was diagnosed with bipolar disease, or manic depression, as it was then called. In spite of Lee’s dreadful family history, there is a lovely ribbon of joy throughout her work. Her words are put together to make clear, clean pictures for the reader. She evokes the impressions that she wishes she could talk to everyone who is reading her book so she could interact with them and see how they react to the music of her words. Her friends seem to be mostly other writers of differing ages, education, walks of life ~ people who think more than they speak, who chew words until they slide through the brain as smoothly as a man’s gentle hand on a lady’s cheek. She is an extraordinary person. The family curse of mental torment struck hard in her life. There was a story in one small poignant chapter that will stick in my mind forever. I can’t wait to read her 17 novels. I hope you will, too. Anne Stinson began her career in the 1950s as a freelancer for the now defunct Baltimore News-American, then later for Chesapeake Publishing, the Baltimore Sun and Maryland Public Television’s panel show, Maryland Newsrap.



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I’ve seen the needle and the damage done, A little part of it in everyone. ~Neil Young In the aftermath of tragic loss, when the shuddering stops, the shock subsides, and despair sets in, many turn inward, digging deep into their interior reaches, down into the uncharted depths of hidden reservoirs they only suspect exist. Here, in coming to grips with the hard new reality, they may stagger like blinking storm survivors in search of insight ~ solace ~ a bit of understanding ~ something ~ anything. They may thrash about seeking ways to confront the sorrow that lingers in the lengthened shadows long after all the questions have been lined up like birds on a wire; long after all of the whats, whys, wheres and hows have been spoken for ~ especially when all the answers don’t amount to much. Here they wander amidst the desolation, where acceptance goes down slowly, like a jagged pill hard to swallow. We struggle at times like these, at the gateway to the unknown, where the weight of human history crashes into far greater forces because this is where we embark on the journey to recovery and meaning ~ where those

left behind strive for understanding. It’s often a long, strange trip we travel down a winding road ~ and the road seems to go on forever. But for some, this turning inward generates something more ~ something else ~ something altogether new, if not better. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, sudden bursts of inspired creativity sometimes flare up and take shape in the shattered lives of those left behind. Nature naturally abhors a vacuum. It almost demands that the emptiness left behind from the unexpected parting of a close friend or relative be backfilled with a flourish of grace or decency ~ something to honor the forever departed. The human spirit, after all, is a resilient thing, and while it can’t raise the dead, it strains to fill the void with big-souled ambitions of something new and original, earnest and good. When a young Eric Clapton’s unrequited love for a woman drove him deep into the throes of jealousy and anguish, he picked up his guitar and wrote Layla. When Neil Young, on the bumpy road to ragged glory, lost a dear friend and bandmate to the scourge of hard drugs, he picked up his guitar and wrote The Needle and the Damage Done. When Valerie and Richard


Flashlight Tag Albee lost their daughter Mariah to heroin addiction, they formed not one, but two self-help groups and named them Mariah’s Mission. And when Easton native Talley Wilford, a college undergraduate, looked back across three years of estrangement at the tragic death of a childhood friend, he picked up his pen and poured out a play. In times of trouble we often turn to what we know well, and if Talley, an actor and theater enthusiast, knew one thing well, it was stage plays. A nd so, in the process of struggling with the heroin overdose death of Matt Schilling, he wrote Flashlight Tag. Yes, this is the tragic tale of a young life, once glowing bright with promise, that was cut down by a plague ~ a plague that covers the land with trouble, even today as it stalks young and old alike. It’s a tale of the sorrow and suffering that trailed in its wake, and of the good that ultimately came from it. It’s also a true account of how, with the help of friend and film part-

ner Jennifer Wagner, the first rough draft of Talley’s stage play evolved over time into the sixteenth draft of a screenplay, that became the shooting script for a film now being entered in major film festivals nationwide. More broadly, it’s the story of how two free-spirited artists hurled their combined efforts into the formation of TalleyWags Films which not only wrote, directed and produced Flashlight Tag, but went the extra mile in organizing community outreach efforts like the public service panel discussions broadcast on local TV. (Many readers may have seen the recent MCTV broadcast panel discussions about heroin abuse with Jennifer acting as moderator. Talley sat on the panel which also included local experts like Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble, a member of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, an emergency room physician, a former substance abuser, and a parent of a child lost to the epidemic.) The heavy hand of fate looms large in the grinding war of attrition unleashed by heroin. This is about two people who mobilized their talent and energy to strike back

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Flashlight Tag as best they could, as they knew how. Talley Wilford was born and raised in Easton. His family, which he thinks migrated south from their Pennsylvania roots, has resided in the area for at least three generations. “My dad has been here for 67 years, leaving only for high school and then college,” Talley says. “I’ve been here for 24 years and was only away for college, so I know the area very well ~ all of which came into play when we were scouting locations for the film.” Active in theater since the age of ten, Talley thought that acting was pretty much all he’d do. “But as I grew older, I realized I didn’t really love acting itself as much as collaborating with others on the various elements of a theater production. I also wanted to branch out by staging plays about more diverse and interesting topics than you typically found in high school or small-town theater. I mean, let’s not be the 358th high school drama club to do A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” So, he went off to Winchester, Virginia, to get a degree in children’s

theater because “I loved working with young people in drama, teaching in a classroom and directing.” Talley chuckles and shakes his head from side to side when I ask if he comes from a long line of actors or theater people. “Not at all,” he says. “My dad told me I shouldn’t throw away my college career on a hobby, and that line, in fact, shows up in the play. Basically, all the folks in my family were into business, finance and real estate, but after years of me sticking to my guns, he came around, realizing that this was my one true passion. It wasn’t that he didn’t want me to be in the theater per se; he was just worried I couldn’t make a living at it.” This comment acts as a catalyst for Jen, who jumps in, “And I think that’s how we parents often cripple our kids,” she says. “We naturally want them to be safe and take the least risky course, but that often leads to unfulfilling lives, roads not taken and passions never pursued.” Jennifer Wagner, who grew up outside of St. Michaels, has pursued her passions. Fortified by an early



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desire to be a writer, she, like many adventurous young souls, headed west to where California’s rugged coast shoulders up to the Pacific. Based near Santa Cruz, she worked as a petitioner gathering signatures to have various propositions placed on the ballot. “Most of my activity was in Northern California, but I traveled south to San Diego several times,” she says. “Then I returned east and was offered a job teaching English in Thailand. Instead, I ended up cruising down the intracoastal waterway, and then changed up plans yet again to spend eighteen months in the Bahamas. I almost took a chartering job in the British Virgin Islands, and seriously considered attending a boat building school in Maine. When I transitioned back to the Annapolis area and had my first child, I fell into making mosaics. It became my full-time gig, which was a total surprise because I was never an ‘art kid.’ In fact, I consider myself to be less visual and remain more oriented toward the written word than most people in my field.” Matt Schilling was 22 years old when he died of a heroin overdose in April of 2013. He, Talley and Jake Mullen, the self-anointed three musketeers of Easton, had grown up as friends ~ the latter two with a common interest in theater. “We were the same age, and had been classmates for nine years at The Country School, 178

and then again after that,” Talley tells me. “Jake was also an integral part of the Underground Actors, a group that we co-formed when I wanted to put together kids from Easton and St. Michaels to stage plays like Sweeney Todd or The Rocky Horror Picture Show ~ stuff that wasn’t normally on the radar of high schools.” Talley smiles and chuckles again. “At first nobody knew who we were, but then word began to spread.” “Before his death, Matt was one of the best volunteers at Talbot Hospice,” Jen says. “According to all the accounts I’ve heard, he was just awesome with the patients and would spend extra time with people,” she adds. “It just goes to show how complicated people can be. You almost

want to think of someone who dies of a heroin overdose as a bad or weak one-dimensional person, when the truth is rarely that simple.” “About two weeks before I graduated from college, I got the phone call learning that Matt had died of a heroin overdose,” Talley says. “It really hit me.” Three years after the event, his voice is still subdued when talking about it. “Had you two lost track while you were away at college?” “Yeah,” Talley says softly in response. “We hadn’t talked in at least three years, but over that time period, I would occasionally get bits of information from mutual friends that he had remained close to, and with whom I was still on speaking terms.”


Flashlight Tag A momentary silence passes and then, as if feeling the need to elaborate, Talley continues. “Along with some others, Matt, Jake and I got into drinking at an early age. I guess we were 15 or 16. It was just the usual high school stuff, but then my friendship with Matt fizzled out when he began dabbling in more dangerous things, and I just wasn’t comfortable. I guess he had a need to go further down that road. Anyway, like I said, his death really hit me, and I was upset with myself for not going back and reaching out to him earlier. I knew he was in trouble, or headed for it, but I had always been afraid of getting dragged down into the bad stuff. So, I suppose my way of dealing with the sadness and regret was to sit down and write a play because, in the end, I desperately wanted to make something good come out of his death.” “Expiation” is a loaded term, but it comes to mind as I consider what Talley says. Between college and working at the Avalon Theater, Talley had picked up experience in video editing as well as other associated production skills important to young film makers, but he had never intended to become a writer. He, of course, had read many stage plays, but had never even seen a screenplay until he started to write Flashlight Tag. “I began writing the play the summer I came home after graduation,

and had my first draft by Halloween. But then I reached the point where I knew it was too much for a stage play, which was when I took up studying screenplays and said, ‘oh, so that’s how it’s done’ and ‘whoops, this is going to be a five-hour movie unless I seriously cut and trim.’ Then, it was maybe ten months later, I showed my sixth or seventh draft to Jen.” Talley and Jen were having lunch one day when he asked her for help in forming a company to move the project forward. Her response was, “Sure, yes, this is amazing. Let’s do it.” While she didn’t have any direct experience with film projects, Jen had been a “producer” in the artistic sense. “My job at the Avalon had been to promote and fund events like outdoor concerts and the 4th of July celebrations. I had also found sponsorships for Plein Aire – Easton. Even before that, as a creative person with artistic businesses, I had learned about event planning and management ~ ways to capture public attention, raise money and support an opening.” “I thought the screenplay was great,” Jen continues. “Talley and I had talked about it in general terms prior to that, but once I actually saw it, I thought it was well written and was able to easily visualize how it could be filmed. The whole subject matter just blew my mind because, here in this community, we like to think we and our children are safe. Reading this was like seeing a reflection in a mir-


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for you to go off down the wrong path.” As Talley worked his way through additional drafts to tighten the story and better draw the characters, Jen took the lead in establishing a 501(c)3 through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. A bank account was opened, tentative schedules laid out and Beth Ewing came aboard as cinematographer. In this way, TalleyWags Films was organized in October of 2014. Fundraising began that December, and filming commenced in late April of 2015. “We wanted to get moving as soon as possible,” says Talley, “because we knew we had this pool of camera-ready actors the right age to play the parts, who didn’t have jobs at the time, and who would be attracted to the project.

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Flashlight Tag Beth was someone who had studied cinematography and had formed her own company,” Talley adds. “She was a self- starter who had done short films and shot for others, and I knew her from when she hung around the Avalon.” Unspooling in reverse time, and set in the period between 2015 and 2005, Flashlight Tag runs for 120 minutes. The story involves four main characters and at least twice that many supporting roles. Jen points out that all of the actors, as well as many of the crew, were paid. “That was part of the reason for the

fundraising, so that we could shoot this and do it right,” she says. “Food, housing, all of it was covered. People were very supportive at all filming locations in Easton, St. Michaels, Royal Oak and Oxford ~ especially local restaurants who provided food when needed for cast and crew.” And speaking of that crew, let’s roll the credits: Talley Wilford ~ Writer, Director Jennifer Wagner ~ Producer Lindsey Climber ~ Script Supervisor Lisa Ledford ~ Script Consultant/PR Jake Mullen ~ Associate Producer/ Boom Mic Operator Beth Ewing ~ Cinematographer Lucy Bond ~ Line Producer

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May Calendar ebrated the lives of her African American neighbors living in the tiny historical black towns of Copperville and Unionville on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Free exhibition open to the public daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-245-5195. Thru June 12 Exhibition: Brooke Rogers ~ In the Offing at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. His handmade gradients, though sl ic k at f i r s t g l a nc e , h ave a touchable surface. For more info. tel: 410 -822-A RTS (2787) or visit

Thru July 10 Exhibition: Paulette Tavormina ~ Sei zing Beaut y at the Academy Art Museum, E a s ton. Tavor m i n a’s photo graphs are in museums, corporate and private collections, and have been exhibited in Paris, London, Moscow, Lugano, New York, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, B o s t o n a n d S a n F r a n c i s c o. Tavor m i na c u r rent ly photo -

graphs works of art for Sotheby’s and works as a commercial photographer. Curator-led tour on May 4 at noon. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru July 18 Exhibition: Peter Mi lton ~ Living Old Ma ster at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Peter Winslow Milton’s work has been exhibited in most major museums in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the British Museum and the Tate Gallery, London, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Aug. 7 Exhibition: Select ion s f rom t he Grover Bat t s Collection at the Academy Art Mu s eu m , E a s ton. T he Bat t s collect ion includes work s by renow ned late 19th and 20th centur y A merican and European artists. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 1 R ac e2E ra se P T SD ~ Choose from a 10-mile run, a 5K run, or a 1-mile fun run. Race2Erase PTSD is designed to be a fun and relaxing event for everyone, wh i le r a i si ng aw a r ene s s for


those who f ight P TSD (PostTr au m at ic S t r e s s D i sorder). The starting line will be in front of G oote e’s Ma r i ne i n lower Dorchester County, Maryland, on Route 336, just south of the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. For more info. visit 1 Talbot Mentor Spring Brunch at 11 a.m. at the Talbot Country Club. Gourmet brunch and refreshments, silent auction, raff le. $75 per person, benefits Talbot Mentors. For more info. tel: 410-770-5999. 1 10th annual Taste of the Town in Chestertown. Noon to 3 p.m. in Fountain Park. One of Chestertown’s signature events, it pairs restaurants and diners, farms and chefs from throughout the county. Sample dishes include ever y thing from crab soup to pulled pork. Local beers and wines also on hand. In the demo booth, chefs will create dishes from a mystery basket of local foods. Tickets available online

in advance and at the door. For more info. tel: 443-480-1987 or visit 1 Concert: Kim Richey in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

1,6-8,13-15 Play: Light Up the Sky presented by the Tred Avon Players at the Oxford Community Center. The play takes place in the luxurious hotel room of a Broadway actress prior to the out-of-town opening of a brand new play. For tickets and info. tel: 410-226-0061 or visit


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May Calendar 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard.

2 Spring into Wellness free speaker series to feature Suicide Risk Assessment: Why Youth Typically Experience Suicidal Thoughts and the Signs and Symptoms of Depression with Dr. Rob Schmidt at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. No reservations necessary. Bring your questions. For more info. tel: 410-822-0444 or visit 2 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 2 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club in the Talbot County Community Center’s Wye Oak Room from 7 to 9 p.m. Guest Speaker: Bob Madden. For more info. v isit 2 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit

2 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels w it h g uest spea ker Barbara Paca, Ph.D. on Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965). Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

2-31 Annual Members Show for the St. Michaels Art League at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. For more info. visit 2 , 4 ,9,11,16,18, 23, 25 ,30 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and



May Calendar Wednesdays at Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778. 2,9,16,23,30 Fun and Friendship from 3 to 5 p.m. for ages 7 to 11 at the St. Michaels Community Center. Fun, games, music and food. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit

info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26,31 Adult Ballroom Classes with Amanda Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit

2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit

3,6,10,13,17,20,24,27,31 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511.

2,9,16,23,30 Monday Night Trivia at t he Ma rke t S t r e e t P ubl ic House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a fun-filled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720.

3,10,17,24,31 Open Chess/Checkers at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Free. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc. org.

3 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit

3,17 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambr idge. 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218.

3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26,31 Steady and Strong Exercise Class at the Oxford Community Center with Janet Pfeffer, every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class or $50 per month. For more

4 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. A different prompt presented in each session offers a suggestion for the morning’s


theme. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 4 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Walking Tour of Maritime St. Michaels with Peter Lesher. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit 4 Flower Power - f lower crafts for the whole family at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 4 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410819-3395 or visit

required. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ 4 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800 -477- 6291 or v isit 4,11,18,25 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. 4,11,18,25 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 4,11,18,25 Coffee Music Jam at San Domingo Cof fee, St. Michaels from 6 to 9 p.m. Open to all ages. Come and listen and join the fun! For more info. tel: 410-745-2049.

4 Meet the Author: Brilliant Beacons by Eric Jay Dolin at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Van Lennep Auditorium. $6 for members, $10 for non-members. Registration is

4-June 8 Class: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $195 members, $225 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or


May Calendar visit 5 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Field trip to Easton’s Newnam Airfield with Mike Henry. 10 to noon. Enrollment limited to 20. The walking tour includes Spitfire LTD, a collection of beautif u l ly re stored W W II f ig hter craft. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@ 5 Arts & Crafts Group at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, etc. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit 5 Blood Drive sponsored by the Blood Bank of Delmarva at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. Noon to 7:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 301-354-7416 or visit 5

Reception for the Friday Morning Artists at Candleberry Gallery, St. Michaels. 4 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2420.

5 Lecture: Around the World with Herb Gorin at the Oxford Community Center. 7 p.m. Free. Gorin will give a presentation about his experiences with the customs and cultures of the people he has

treated around the world. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 5 Concer t: T im a nd Sava nna h Finch with The Eastman String Band in t he Stolt z L istening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit 5,12,19,26 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 5,12,19,26 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Thursdays at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit


5,12,19,26 Memoir Writing at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly folks. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcf 5,12,19,26 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Come-Back Critters w ith Phillip Hesser, Ph.D. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Mu seu m, S t. Michael s. Th i s course (a companion to the earlier “Come-Here Critters”) will look at four come-back critters of Delmarva and examine the

circumstances of their disappearance and consequences of their return. Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail 5,12,19,26 Cambridge Farmers Market at L ong Whar f Park. It’s one of the only waterfront farmers’ markets in the state. 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. e-mail 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Ducks Unl i m it e d - T he B ay Hu nd r e d Chapter at the St. Michaels Communit y Center, St. Michaels. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-886-2069.


May Calendar 5,12,19,26 Open Mic & Jam at R A R Brew ing in Cambr idge. Thursdays f rom 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443-225-5664.

5-June 26 Exhibit: Against the Grain with artists Jeff Haude and Larr y Myers at the Main Street Gallery, Cambridge. Artists’ reception on May 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410330-4659 or visit 6 5th annual Fishing Tournament sponsored by Tidewater Rotary. $150 per angler. Fee includes

boat, bait, tackle, event T-shirt and lunch at the Masthead at Pier Street Marina in Oxford. Prizes will be awarded. For more info. tel: 410-714-1005 or e-mail 6 Judy Center 0-3 Playgroup at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 6 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Facebook for Seniors with Marie Thomas at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Participants MUST bring their laptops or tablets (not smartphones) for this session. Participants MUST have a working e-mail address and an existing Facebook account. ALL members $10, non-members $15. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Enrollment limited to 15, so sign up early! For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail 6 Class: Painting with Alcohol Inks with Lisa Skibenes at Candleb er r y Ga l ler y, S t. Michael s. Pre-registration required. $35. For more info. tel: 410-745-2420. 6 2nd annual Burning of the Vines at Lay ton’s Chance Vineyard, Vienna. Celebrate the new season by burning last year’s grow th with a huge bonfire at 7 p.m.



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6-7 Hot & Tangy Chicken Barbecue from 10 a.m. at the LinkwoodSalem Volunteer Fire Company, Linkwood. Eat in or carry out. For more info. tel: 410-221-0169.

Live music by Blackwater. $7 per person, 21+. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205. 6 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. 6 Concert: Jennifer Knapp in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 6 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. Enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711.

6-7 Native Plant Sale at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. Featured w ill be a variet y of native plants for pollinators and butterf lies, including milkweed for the Monarchs, as well as garden accents. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m.



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May Calendar 6,13,20,27 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. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958.

County P.E.A.C.E. and debuting in 2000, the Multicultural Festival is a celebration of the rich diversity within our community, including the distinct heritages dating back several generations, and members of the numerous ethnic groups who have come to call this area their home. Free ~ all are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-822-0345.

7 Shore Talks: Songbird Banding at the Chester River Research Station, Chestertown. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Land Conser vancy. For more info. visit 7 Dogwood Festival of Galena from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parade at 10 a.m. There w ill be a baby contest, demonstrations, children’s activities, exhibits, a 5k and plenty of food. For more info. tel: 410708-0247. 7 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 7 Multicultural Festival in Idlewild Park, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Or ig ina lly created by Ta lbot

7 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 7 Exhibit: A Stitch in Time ~ Our Stories in Quilts at the Preston Historical Society. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local quilt historians Kay Butler and Cathy Spencer will be on hand. $5. For more info. tel:


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410-673-2775 or visit 7 Members Boating Season Kickoff Cookout at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Chat w ith fellow boaters and compare seafaring stories, or just lounge on the deck of At Play On the Bay while taking in the lovely Miles River vista. BYOB and a covered dish to share a nd your ow n seat ing. We’ l l provide the grill, the chefs and the burgers and hot dogs. Free for members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4991. 5 to 7 p.m.

7 Spring Party: Every Picture Tells a Story for the Academy Art Museum in the Waterfowl Building, Easton. 7 p.m. cocktails, 8 p.m. d inner. Two ex hibits w i ll be featured: Ruth Starr Rose’s portrayal of African American life in Talbot County, and Paulette Tavormina’s photographs. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 7,14 Yoga at the Oxford Community Center with Suzie Hurley. Intermediate from 9:30 to 11

7 7th annual Dining for Those in the Dark to benefit blindness and other degenerative diseases at Town Dock Restaurant, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. dinner seating and silent auction. Experience a 4-course gourmet dinner with a glass of wine. $50. Sponsored 209

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Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit

a.m. and beginner from 1 to 2:15 p.m. $18 per class or $105 for the whole series. For more info. visit 7,14,21 Class: Florals and Still Life in Pastel or Oil with Katie C a s sidy at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $165 members, $195 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 7,14,21,28 Easton Farmer’s Market every Saturday from midApril through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured from 10 a.m. until noon. Town parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton Farmer’s Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit 7,14,21,28 St. Michaels Farmers Market from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fremont Street. Rain or shine. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut f lowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs and honey. For more info. visit 7,14,21,28 Cars and Coffee at the

7,14,21,28 Historic High Street Wa lk ing Tour in Cambr idge. Experience the beauty and hear the folklore of Cambridge’s High Street. One-hour walking tours are sponsored by the non-profit West End Citizens Association and are accompanied by colonial-garbed docents. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. 8

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.

8 Mother’s Day Picnic at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery in Vienna. Noon to 5 p.m. $20. Your picnic lunch will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive. Enjoy


our picnic area with friends and family. Free glass of wine for all moms! For more info. tel: 410228-1205. 8

C onc er t: Mer c u r y Ch a mb er Musicians at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Easton. 4 p.m. Free admission. For more info. tel: 410-603-8361 or visit

9 Book A r t s for Adu lt s at t he Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Create a personal journal with hand-decorated pages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 9 Lecture: Robert Frost ~ Wild Man with award-winning poet and scholar Sue Ellen Thompson at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 10 Carpe Diem Arts FREE Lunchtime Concer t featuring Mark Jester: The Maestro! with music,

mir t h a nd mer r iment at t he Talbot Senior Center, Brookletts Place, Easton. This high-energy show features an eccentric mute conductor who makes musical mayhem. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Lunch available with advance reservations. For more info. tel: 410822-2869. 10 Family Spring Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels at 3:30 p.m. For children of all ages (5 and under need to be accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 10 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the native f lute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227. 10,24 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit

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May Calendar 10,24 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 11 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e-mail 11 Grief support group meeting ~ Together: Silent No More at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 11

Me e t i ng: O pt i m i s t C lub at Hunter’s Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347.

11 Movie Night at the Oxford Community Center features The Big Lebowski. 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Free. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 11 Aviation Seminar by Chesapeake Sport Pilot at the Bay Bridge Airport, Stevensville. 7 p.m. Topics for this monthly seminar include Flying 101 ~ Ever Wonder How

Those Little Airplanes Get into the Air?; The Drones Are Coming to an Airport Near You; and The Auto Gyroplane and the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff, among others. Seminars are free, but geared toward adults. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410-604-1717 or visit 11,18 Class: iPhone Class w ith Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $80 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit 11,25 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 11,25 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the





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Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 11,25 Peer support group meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at Ouvert Gallery, St. Michaels, f rom 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suppor t group for family members currently struggling with a loved one engaged in substance abuse. For more info. tel: 4 43- 5214084. 12 8th annual Prostate Golf Tournament benefitting the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at River Marsh Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. $400 per team. Check-in time is 11 a.m. with shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-614-4774. 12 Tales for Pets on Wheels dog Wally and Miss Maggie at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Read to Wally for 10- to 15-minute sessions. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 12 Shore Ta l k s: Th i rd Haven, Peaceable Haven at the Third Haven Meeting House, Easton. 4 to 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Land Conservan-

12 Concert: Jazz vocalist RenÊ Marie at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 8 p.m. $55. For more info. visit jazzonthechesapeake. org. 12-June 2 Class: Art Club with Su sa n Hor se y at t he Ac ade my Art Museum, Easton. Ages 9+. Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. $65 members, $75 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 12-June 9 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Enlightened Living with Johnny O’Brien at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ALL members $30, non-members $45. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail 13 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Mind-Blowing Images from t he Hubble Spac e Tele sc op e with NASA aerospace engineer


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13 Concert: Seth Glier in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

14 2nd annual No Bull 5K Run through the beautiful vineyards at The Triple Creek Winery in Cordova. Participants will receive a T-shirt as well as a souvenir glass, a tasting (21 years and over) AND a lunch with a pit beef sandwich, chips and bottled water. For more info. tel: 410-924-4190.

13-15 Shore Shakespeare presents Macbeth at Adkins Arboretum. Murder, ambition, and intrigue mark this most famous of plays. 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15. $15. 13-June 3 Class: Li’l Kids Art Club with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Ages 6 to 8. 4 to 5 p.m. $60 members, $70 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

14 Talbot County House and Garden Tour sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club. This year’s Grand and Gracious tour will

14 6th annual Elf Classic Yacht Race from Annapolis’ Eastport Yacht Club and ending at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The race brings the centuries-old tradition of yacht racing back to the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm. org. 1 4 Friends of the Librar y Sec215

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14 Bay Day at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Tilghman. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids of all ages get to meet PWEC’s collection of friendly fish, crabs, turtles, horseshoe crabs and seahorses, and learn about native plants, rain gardens, oyster restoration and more. For more info. visit 14 Porchfest in downtown Chestertown. Noon to 5 p.m. A progressive, open-air music festival pairing local talent with historic homes and downtown shops. For more info. visit 14 Cambridge Beer Festival: This annual beer festival by Cambridge Eateries helps us kick off the busy event season with offerings from dozens of regional brewers. Join us on High Street in front of the High Spot, where Chef Patrick Fanning is sure to have the smoker


fired up. This event always features the best local live music and a great atmosphere. 14 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith a r t i s t s a s t he y demon s t r ate their work. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit

visit 14 Arts in Easton Banner Auction in the Avalon Theatre, Easton.

14 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.


May Calendar 7 to 9:30 p.m. Live music, complimentary beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. 44 local artists participate to create pieces of original fine artwork on canvas material impervious to weather. The banners are displayed in the Avalon Theatre in advance of the auction to allow the public an opportunity to preview them on Friday, May 13. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Mu s e u m , S t . M ic h ae l s . T he program takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days, with participation limited and advanced registration required. Learn how to properly prepare surfaces, address any problem areas, and apply varnish or paint to the surfaces, with practice on CBMM’s small craft vessels. $45 for CBMM members and $55 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail

14-15 Wild Goose Chase Women’s Cycling Festival in Cambridge. All rides take place in and around Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The Wild Goose Chase is more than a one-day ride. Self-guided bicycle rides and kayak rentals with the original Wild Goose Chase bike ride on Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677. 14-15 Journaling Workshop with Lee D’Zmura at Adkins Arboretum, R idgely. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn techniques to record pla nt s, a nima ls, places, a nd experiences quickly and spiritedly, from initial sketches to final renderings. $105 members, $130 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 14-15 Bright work Workshop at

14,21,28 Skipjack Sail aboard the Nathan of Dorchester. 1 to 3 p.m. at Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $30, children 6-12 $10, under 6 f ree. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141 or 14,24,June 7,14 Class: The Power of Art with Heather Crow at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1 to 4 p.m. $150 members, $180 non-members. For more info. tel:


410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 14,28 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 15 Model Skipjack Races at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The radio-controlled (RC) sailing races are organized by the museum’s Model Sailing Club, which meets regularly throughout the year to build and race these models. For more info email 15 Corsica Riverfest: Come celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Corsica Water Trail at the Wharf on Watson Road in Centreville. Family event of kayaking, fishing derby, exhibits. Noon to 4 p.m. Food available. For more info. tel: 410-604-2100 or visit 16

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nah at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 16 Concert: The Zombies in the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

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Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch). Limited instruction for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit

16 Library Book Discussion: The Night ingale by K r istin Han-

17 Bus Trip to Longwood Gardens with Tour with the St. Michaels C om mu n it y C enter. The bu s leaves St. Michaels at 7:15 a.m. and Easton at 7:45 a.m. Take a guided tour through the gardens. Lunch is on your own. $89 covers bus, tip, tour and admission. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 17,24,31 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 a.m. For children 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 18 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Med-

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St. Luke’s Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, St. Michaels. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Art League. $55 members, $65 non-members. For more info. visit

ical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 18 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit 18-19 Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Individuals and families with children over age 12 are welcome to participate in our Boater’s Safety certificat ion pr og r a m a nd le a r n t he basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. $25. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail 19 Workshop: The Art of Painted Screens with John Iampieri at

19 Meeting: Stroke Survivors Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 19 Vegetable Gardening: Eating the Landscape at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3:45 p.m. For children in grades 1 to 3, accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Young Gardener’s Club of the Talbot County Garden Club. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit 19 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 4 p.m. Bring the whole family for an evening of board games and fun educational children’s games. For all ages (children 5 and under need to be accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 20 Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128.


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410-829-6533(C) · 410-770-9255(O) Elegant brick Colonial near Talbot Country Club loaded with custom features, waterside infinity pool, large rooms, 5 fi replaces, owners suite with marble bath, library/pub room with full bath (could be used as a 1st fl oor BR) and deep water pier. Beautifully manicured grounds. Waterside screened porch and patio. $1,999,000. Attention waterfowl enthusiasts! Over 9 ac., secluded waterfront on Hunting Creek. 3BR, 2BA home. In-ground pool. Secluded setting with vineyard. Fireplace with wood stove insert, 20x12 sunroom/ office addition. 2 car garage. 3 storage buildings/work shop. $265,000 Historic Mansion w/spacious rooms, high ceilings, leaded glass entry panels, original millwork, updated kitchen and more. Potential Bed & Breakfast. Close to Easton, Western Shore and beaches. $249,900

Beautifully appointed 4/5 BR, 5,400 SF, recently remodeled Colonial. Huge master suite, new large living area/rec room on 2nd floor. Full finished basement with media room, 2 bars, sauna. Outdoor fireplace and deck. $549,900

Top-of-the-line updates, 6/7 BRs, 4.5 baths. Full in-law suite with downstairs master and bath. 2 kitchens with granite counters, Amish cabinets, custom baths and showers, 2-car garage, separate workshop. 3 new heat pumps. $425,000 223

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town St. Michaels. In addition to the f lattest, fastest USATF half marathon in the region, runners get a generous package including race shirt, finisher medal or pin, complimentar y ref reshment, handmade finish line treats and so much more. Registration fee $25. For more info. visit

20 Comedian Krish Mohan in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 20-22 Fine Arts @ Oxford is a juried show and sale held annually, supporting the Oxford Community Center, a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. In all, 40 artists will display quality twoand three-dimensional pieces. Patrons Preview Gala from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday ~ $80 per person. Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 10 to 4. Tickets for the show are $5. 30% of all art sales directly benefit the Oxford Community Center. For more info. tel: 410226-5904. 21 St. Michaels Running Festival ~ r unners w ill be treated to gorgeous water views, a quick mile past charming main street shops for the half marathon and a rockin’ after-party in down-

21 Antiques and Uniques Sale at the Oxford Volunteer Fire House. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. visit 21 Four t h A nnua l C elebrat ing Natives Garden Tour of Kent County. Six beautiful, unique ga rden s w i l l b e pa r t of t h i s year’s tour from Chestertown to Rock Hall. Sponsored by Adkins Arboretum. Tickets purchased in advance are $20, $25 on the day of the tour. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 21 56th annual Colonial Highland Gat her i ng at Fa i r Hi l l R ac e

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Tunis Mills - Quality built 4 BR Cape on Leeds Creek w/public sewer, detached garage/guest house, pool and private pier w/lifts. $1,275,000

Easton Waterfront - 4 BR waterfront home, 2+ ac., near Easton & St. Michaels, w/open living area, owners suite, in-ground gunite pool. $1,195,000

Trappe Acreage - 10+ acres, open floor plan, sunroom, main floor master. 38x48 metal barn and 85x55 pole barn. $365,000

Royal Oak - Historic restored and updated waterfront on Oak Creek w/private pier, barn, cottage. 4+ sub-dividable ac. $1,295,000

Cordova - 3 BR, 2.5BA Cape Cod on 2+ ac., minutes from Rt. 50. Open floor plan, family room w/fireplace, master suite. $389,000

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May Calendar Track, Elkton. Pipe bands, sheep and dogs, highland dancing, Clachan, athletic events, entertainment and food. Adults $20, seniors $15, children $6. Box seats are $24. For more info. visit 21 Off to the Races ~ CASA MidShore’s annua l event held at Emerson Point, St. Michaels. Specialty cocktails, savory buffet, mu sic a nd d a nci ng, l ive broadcast of the 141st Preakness Stakes and more. For more info visit 21 Music on the Nanticoke concert series from 4 to 7 p.m. at Waterfront Pavilion, Vienna. Free summer concert series. Bring your lawn chair and a picnic basket. Concessions available. For more info. tel: 443-239-0813. 21 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 21 Shore Talks: The Great Migration ~ Monarch Butterf lies at

Lobbs Creek Farm, Wye Mills. 6 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. For more info. visit 21 Concert: Mule Train in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 22 Guided Bird Walk at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. Meet at the Visitor Center for guided bird watching with Harry Armistead. 8 a.m. Bring binocu la rs a nd f ield g uide s, and dress appropriately for the weather. There is no charge and no pre-registration. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677. 22 5th annual Chesapeake Tour de Cure to begin at the Talbot C om mu n it y C enter, E a s ton. Fruit, bagels, and more at the bre a k fa s t tent wh i le t he D J pumps everyone up. BBQ lunch and plenty of sides. Mad Planet in the entertainment tent. For more info. tel: 410-265-0075 or visit 22 Covenant Churches Tent Service at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 to 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410 739-4364. 22 C ommunit y Block Pa r t y at


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This beautiful Eastern Shore estate is located on 7+/- acres just minutes from downtown Easton. Situated in a very private park-like setting, this home features beautiful waterside pool, separate detached guest quarters, and 5’+/- MLW. Interior features hardwood floors, formal living and dining, and water views from most rooms. $1,795,000 · Visit


May Calendar the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 18-acre waterfront campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will transform into festival grounds as the museum hosts its Community Block Party. It will feature several performance stages, free boat rides, live music, regional foods and libations, Chesapeakerelated family activ ities, and more. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit 22 Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely ~ Tuckahoe Creek & Box Turtles. 11 a.m. to 1:30

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p.m. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along w ith a brief talk about nutrition. $20 members, $25 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 22 Concert: Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chestertown. 4 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-778-2829. 24 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221000, ext. 5411. 24 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. 25 Concert: Milk Carton Kids in the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 26 Lecture: Essential Perennials for Terraces, Patios, and Small Places with author and U.K.-trained horticulturist Ruth Rogers Clausen at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit



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The festivities start on Friday evening with a family-friendly Street Party: good food, games, entertainment and music. On Saturday they commemorate the local citizens’ revolt against the British Tea Tax. The day starts with a 5K and a 10-mile run, followed by a Colonial Parade, colonial demonstrators and the actual reenactment, starting at 2 p.m. In addition, enjoy great food, music, entertainment and craft vendors. Sunday features a wine and beer tasting event, craft vendors and a Raft Race of homemade rafts trying to stay af loat as long as they can. For more info. tel: 443-480-8576 or visit

26 Lecture: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge at the Oxford Community Center. 7 p.m. Learn all about the Refuge. Free. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 27 Concert: The Cambridge Classic Power Boat Regatta will host Rockin’ the Choptank, featuring the music of Blackwater at the Dorchester County Visitor Center Amphitheater at Sailwinds Park. 6 p.m. Free. The concert is sponsored by Comcast Spotlight. In addition, the Cambridge Rotary Club will place 200 American f lags on the park’s berm for its Flags for Heroes fundraiser. For more info. tel: 410-986-1303 or visit 27 Concert: The Slambovian Circus of Dreams in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org.

28 Beckwith Strawberry Festival at the Neck District Volunteer Fire Company. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lots of strawberry treats plus a big f lea market, arts and crafts, food and more. For more info. tel: 410-228-6916.

2 7 - 2 8 Ho t & Ta n g y C h i c k e n Barbecue from 10 a.m. at the Linkwood-Salem Volunteer Fire Company, Linkwood. Eat in or carr y out. For more info. tel: 410-221-0169.

28 Workshop: Saturdays en Plein Air! with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to members of the Museum. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

27-29 Chestertown Tea Party Festival in downtown Chestertown.

28 Concert: Rusted Root in the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m.


tour the pit area beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is free with $5/ day for in/out parking. For more info. tel: 410-330-3907 or visit

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28-29 106th Cambridge Classic Power Boat Regatta, the oldest powerboat race in the United States, features twelve classes of boats including hydroplanes, r unabouts, and Jersey speed skiffs. Noon to 5 p.m. on the Choptank River off Great Marsh Park, Cambridge. Spectators can

29 Concert: Alejandro Escovedo in the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 31 Tuesday Movies @ Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. This month’s feature is Max: Best Friend, Hero, Marine. Bring your own lunch or snack.

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Swan Point - Unique perfectly maintained residential compound with killer views of Oxford Harbor and Town Creek. Renovations/additions at direction of Jack Graham, AIA. Living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, study, two guest bedrooms, each with private bath; glassed room, screened porch. Super first floor Master bedroom wing designed by Jean McHale. Guest quarters over garage offer kitchen and sitting area and sleeps four. Heated and cooled studio/workshop with overhead office or guest room and full bath. The best private dock in Oxford ~ 6 ft. MLW and multiple slips. Ample room for swimming pool if desired. 150 x 159 ft. additional lot available. $2,795,000 Please call Bob Shannahan 410-310-5745

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