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Tidewater Times

May 2017


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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 65, No. 12

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May 2017

Features: About the Cover Photographer: Kathy Bosin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Chick Lit: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Eastern Shore Community Rowers: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Changes ~ Foiled: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 A Fine (Arts) Day to Visit Oxford: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Home Run Baker: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141 Guatemala ~ Land of the Maya: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival: Carolyn Rugg . . . . . . . . . . . 169

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About the Cover Photographer Kathy Bosin Kathy Bosin surrounded herself w it h v isua l images, design and photography after leaving nonprofit social work in 1999 and founding a commercial art studio with her husband, artist Kevin Garber. With a partner and many collaborators, they built a successful artisans’ collective and commercial sculpture studio in St. Louis. Kathy moved to Bay Hundred in 2008 and began taking daily photos of the people and places around her. Those photos and stories turned into A Chesapeake Journal, winning the Baltimore Sun’s Best Maryland Lifestyle Blog Award in 2013. Kathy has been a regular contributor to the online Talbot Spy since 2011.

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Chick Lit

by Helen Chappell I read somewhere recently that people no longer read. And if that’s not an ironic statement, I don’t know what would be. Sure, we’re all about Hulu, Netflix and Amazon, streaming everything we can eyeball without a whole lot of that nasty focusing on the printed word, but there are some people out there who still read real books. Statistics show that the great majority of readers are women, and that a huge slice of those women are devout readers of chick lit. Chick lit is slang for women’s literature (read this: romance novels). In some circles, chick lit would barely pass for literature, like in some high falutin’ New York Times Book Review world. In a place where plot doesn’t count for much, and language and image are stretched as thin as they can get on the Fisher readability scale, chick lit is pretty low on the intellectual scale. First of all, it’s women’s fiction, which implies an intellectual level slightly above knuckle dragging. Never mind that men’s fiction can be equally mindless fun. And yes, there is a whole genre of guy lit. Anything by Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler or a handful of other writers is crafted to appeal to men.

There’s a lot of two-fisted adventure and action, a load of technology, and usually some graphic violence. It is escape fiction for guys, and that’s a whole other discussion. Ladies ~ if you need a book for a guy, check out the guy lit stuff. Books by Tom Clancy, for instance, used to fly off the shelves. Looking for a book for a manly man? You can’t go wrong with one of his books. Now, as you know, I will go to any lengths, and spare no effort for

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Chick Lit Today we have the Twilight books and the Shades of Grey series books. I read about 25 pages of each of these bestsellers and threw them across the room. You see, I’m not really into vampire soaps and sado-masochism ~ especially when it is poorly written. But someone must love them, because they sold billions of copies ~ so what do I know? And it’s not like I haven’t done my share of woo woo novels, but they were funny. Over this long endless winter, I hunkered down with a stack of modern romances. The modern romance is generally light as a feather, much like eating a dessert com-

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posed entirely of whipped cream. Chick lit is nothing if not determinedly modern. Our present-day heroine is a scrappy feminist who works in some office somewhere. She’s struggling to make the rent, and while she adores designer labels, she can barely afford them. She’s cute, rather than a beauty, and she is just enough of an adorable klutz that even the most hapless reader won’t feel threatened by her. This makes her likeable. Now, to fill up all those empty pages, you need a good dose of cute misunderstandings. There will also be some fine dining, fine living and fine houses ~ all his, of

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Chick Lit thin as it is, and as old as time. Almost all of the ones I read ran the same way. Adorable Klutz, somehow or another, crosses Billionaire’s path in a cute but messy way. Girl meets Boy. Next, there’s the obligatory series of hilarious misunderstandings, most of which are so contrived you want to hurl the book into a wood chipper. It’s the old come hither - go away, and this pas de deux manages to fill up most of the middle of the book. This would be the “girl loses boy” filler, also known as Hilarious Misunderstandings. That’s the basic plot line. Now throw in the part where girl doesn’t know boy has the gross national product of a small country. She somehow manages to offend him, or he offends her. Somehow, they’re attracted to each other anyway, but there is some sort of misunderstanding and she actually loses Mr. Megabucks. All through the rest of the book they’re attracted to each other, but

those darned misunderstandings keep getting in the way. This fills up a hundred pages or so, with conf licts so manufactured they could be patented. And through this series of contrived events, they yearn for each other, but are pulled apart by circumstance, until the adorable ending. Girl gets billionaire, or billionaire gets girl ~

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There you have it. I have given you the formula to write a bestselling chick lit novel. If you think you can handle it, be my guest. Just remember, whatever else happens, the hero has to be a billionaire. I have no idea why this is, but I guess the sales departments at a number of publishing houses have figured out that this formula sells and sells. Now, having done my due diligence to enlighten you on the virtues of chick lit, I think I will start a nice quiet biography of someone who’s dirt poor.

it doesn’t matter. You’ve been kept entertained through about 200 pages, and you’ve made it to the final clinch. It’s just as easy as that. A roomful of monkeys with word processors could write this stuff. If you really want to make it interesting, throw in some competition ~ say, a rich, spoiled rival who’s got Mr. Billionaire in her sights and intends to bag him and his bucks, and doesn’t mind how she does it. This would be the resident bitch, and every chick lit novel should have one, preferably in label-dropping clothes. In the end, after a huge drama, Billion Bucks finally snags the Adorable Klutz, and it’s true love. It is at this point that you can hurl the book out the window.

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New Local Rowing Club Takes to the Water by Dick Cooper

Brittle twigs and desiccated pine cones crunch underfoot as Rodney Tong leads the way down a dark path and through a stand of trees, guided only by the beam of his headlamp. It is 6 a.m., and even the birds that live along the banks of the nearby Tred Avon River are still asleep. “We’re just over here,” Rodney says as he steps into a clearing on the grounds of Evergreen Cove, near the end of Port Street in Easton. His daughter, Chloe, is working in the lantern light on what looks like a

65-foot-long white missile mounted on saw horses. The Tongs of Royal Oak are the advance crew for the Eastern Shore Community Rowers’ maiden voyage of their newlyrestored and repainted eight-man rowing shell. A s Rodney Tong tightens t he fasteners connecting the oarlocks to the gunwales, other rowers arrive in the clearing on this cold winter morning, dressed in multiple layers, knit caps and gloves. There is a bit of excitement as the rowers

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Rowing Club examine the shiny looks-like-new Eight, running their hands down its baby-bottom-smooth contour. For some, this will be the first time they have rowed in a boat this big. Eastern Shore Community Rowers, as an organization, is doing many t hings for t he f irst t ime. It was founded late last summer after Chloe Tong began talking up the sport of rowing to her friends, acquaintances and colleagues at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. In that short period, it has gone from an idea to a full-blown 501(c)3 non-profit with dues-paying members, a f leet of three boats and plans to expand. And while it has moved quickly to this point, anyone who has spent even a little time with Chloe Tong is not surprised. Her passion can become contagious. She says she first rowed with the Freedom Rowers while at the Wye River Upper School. The club, also based at Evergreen Cove, has fostered rowing for high school students since 2004.

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Rowing Club Eastern Shore when she returned in April of 2016, and began preaching its virtues with an almost evangelical zeal. She arranged to borrow boats from Freedom Rowers to get out on the water. January White of St. Michaels says Chloe Tong enticed him back into rowing at the age 70. “I had rowed in high school, so when Chloe asked if I wanted to join, I said, ‘Sure, I know how to do that,’” White says. “Chloe started from scratch, and by August she had 25 people rowing every day.” By midsummer, as interest increased, the boat-borrow ing arrangement with Freedom Rowers became untenable. “Freedom Row-

Taking a moment on the water for a laugh. ers mission is more high school rowing, and they didn’t feel they were in a position to take on a masters program, which is synonymous with adult rowing,” White says. From there, everything skimmed along smoothly. “Chloe and I sat down and said, we have 25 people here who want to row, let’s put to-

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hands. The ancients realized the mechanical advantage of extending the equivalent of a cupped hand on the end of a stick to get more power. From that point, it was just a matter of magnitude. More people pulling at more oars meant more speed, bigger boats and longer range. The leap to Greek and Roman warships was really a short hop. As sail power replaced the oars for longer voyages, rowers concentrated on moving small boats. But like most human endeavors, if two people are doing the same thing, one wants to prove to be better. Enter competitive rowing. The first big events were centered in Venice, Ita ly, where t he water festiva ls called “regatas” included boat races. London water taxis used to race each other on the Thames for wagers and purses. In 1762, six-man barges raced for honors on the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. Rowing has been a scholastic sport in England for centuries, and the modern long, low and

gether an organization,” White says. He filed the necessary documents to start the non-profit. With rowers kicking in their own non-profit, fundraising, finance and marketing skills, they received enough in donations to buy two used four-man shells, and presto, the club was rowing on the river. Chloe Tong says that one of the draws of rowing is that it is a team sport that can be enjoyed at any stage of one’s life. “Our members range in age from just out of college to 70,” she says. “You have to be able to swim and be fit enough to get in and out of the boat, but that is about it.” The origin of oars as a means of propelling through the water is lost in antiquity, but it is safe to assume they were invented soon after the first man stretched out on a fallen tree trunk and tried to paddle across a river with just his

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Rowing Club narrow hull is a natural evolution of rowboats whose owners wanted to go as fast as possible. For most members of the Eastern Shore Community Rowers, at least for now, the emphasis is more on outdoor exercise and camaraderie than on competition. “People have to depend on each other in order for this spor t to work,” Chloe Tong says. “I may feel like staying in bed one morning, but I know that the boat can’t go out unless I get there, and I don’t want to let the others down. Plus, I am always happy, happy after I row.” For White, the draw is more physical. “There is no exercise quite like it. It works at your entire core.” He equates the speed and closeness to the water with another of his avocations, log canoeing. “The feeling of acceleration is very similar.”

Penelope Cripps Dwyer, a longtime rower and secretar y of the Eastern Shore club, says she enjoys the environmental aspects of being

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220-pound boat proved too heavy for its prep crew to handle. Rodney Tong says that a friend donated a heated storage space in Easton where the club members worked on the boats over the winter. Rodney, who has been in and around boats since his youth in New Zealand, painted the boats white with purple accents and matching oars. White says there are plans to buy more boats as the need arises. On the morning of the trial run, t he ni ne member s of t he crew, eight rowers and a coxswain, line up alongside the boat on the saw horses. On Chloe Tong’s order, they grip it firmly, lift it overhead in a sweeping motion and march into the darkness toward Evergreen Cove’s

on the river and “getting healthy and appreciating our beautiful waters.” The club bought its f irst t wo boats, used and abused four-man, banana-yellow shells, from the Naval Academy. Over the winter, they acquired the eight-man shell from a Virginia high school where the

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The reason we’ll have multihulls with foils racing in America’s Cup XXXV next month in Bermuda dates back to 1988, when Dennis Conner defended the Cup in a catamaran. Conner had won back the Cup in Australia in 1987, after losing it in 1983 ~ America’s first loss in 132 years. Conner and his San Diego Yacht Club team were still woozy from their celebrations when a rogue challenge arrived from New Zealand’s Michael Fay ~ “rogue” because of the San Diego Yacht Club’s preoccupation with having won and the resulting neglect to establish a protocol for those making a challenge. Fay slipped into the gap like the good lawyer he is, using the language of the Deed of Gift (a document outlining the rules of conduct for the Cup, written in 1887) to challenge San Diego in a 90-foot waterline vessel that had already been built. Fay’s gambit took San Diego by complete surprise. Starting from scratch, San Diego had just 10 months to design, build and learn to sail a competitive boat. Syndicate head Malin Burnham and skipper Conner suddenly had their backs firmly against the wall.

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Foiled You know the rest. San Diego’s 60-foot catamaran sailed circles around New Zealand’s 100-foot Big Boat, winning the 1988 Cup match that was less exciting than watching a bus chase a Porsche. But most importantly, a precedent was set. Whenever a challenger and defender cannot agree on the type of boat they want to race in the America’s Cup, they must abide by the Deed of Gift stipulations: “…a yacht not less than forty-four feet nor more than ninety feet on the load waterline.” Since bigger is faster, and multihulls leave monohulls in their wakes ~ and multihulls had been deemed legal ~ the choice has to be

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Ernesto Bertarelli ceuticals magnate whose Alinghi team had won the Cup in 2003, and again in 2007, issued a Notice of Race two days after he won his second Cup that was so biased in his favor it was ludicrous. One example: umpires and race officials would be employees of Alinghi’s management company. Challenger Larry Ellison, the software baron who is head of America’s Oracle team, was more or less forced to take umbrage. At the time, he told me it was difficult to respect anyone who would set up rules for a competition so only he could win. A pitched legal battle began that

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dramatic, untold story of the 2010 America’s Cup. It began on December 11, 2007, six months into the legal battle, when an Oracle team administrator happened to see a headline in the Tribune de Genève that read, “Alinghi will defend in a multihull.” Russell Coutts, five-time Cup winner (one of Coutts’ wins was as a Kiwi-for-hire in 2003 for Bertarelli/Alinghi ~ another story), was on his way to a design team meeting for the monohull Oracle was planning to build when he was informed of Alinghi’s announcement. When he passed on that news to the designers, he was greeted with stunned

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cal International America’s Cup Class (IACC) boat of the sort that had been used in the 2007 Cup. To build the multihull, a trimaran that had been roughly designed, Core recalculated and came up with a construction time of 18 months. Given the October 2009 date for the DOG match that was now on paper, the reality was they had eight months to build the boat if there were to be enough time for team practice, and to make the inevitable modifications. Core’s work force jumped from 22 to 70 people, many of them experts who arrived from all over the world. “Work permits, accommodations, furniture, schooling, and relocation became as big a part of

Tim Smyth Core had been told to prepare for building both a 90-foot monohull or a 90-foot by 90-foot multihull, depending on how the legal battle ended. Core figured it would require 25,000 hours to build a typi-

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boards, rudders) ~ meant extrathick laminates in key places. The amount of material Core would use to build the tri was enough to build five IACC boats. The builders quickly got organized and steeled themselves for a sustained full-court press. Meanwhile, the sailors went sailing on multihulls. When skipper Jim Spithill went back to his native Australia for Christmas, he spent time sailing a Formula 18, an 18-foot, 400-pound, two-person catamaran. That was lucky, because when he returned to Oracle headquarters in Valencia, Spain, design director Mike Drummond put Oracle’s skipper in his A-Class catamaran. The A-Class is the fastest singlehanded catamaran. It is 18 feet long, carries 150 square feet of sail on a 30-foot mast, and weighs 165 pounds ready to sail. It is a handful in a breeze, and the day Spithill took it out, the sea breeze was fullon, creating a steep chop. Drummond says Spithill passed the test with f lying colors, that his ability to handle the boat in the challenging conditions was impressive. The team began practicing in Extreme 40s (X40s), carbon 40-footers with 60-foot masts that are advertised with two words: “Action, Adrenalin.” Their coach was Glenn Ashby, winner of seven Class-A championships, two Tornado world championships, and an Olympic silver medal (Tornado, Beijing 2008).

the job as fiber selection and test panel work,” Smyth told Seahorse magazine at the time. There were other problems. While awaiting news from court, and with the possibility of a wide, 90-foot monohull in the offing, Core had enlarged the oven it would use to “cook” the pre-impregnated carbon cloth that would be used for the hull. Now, with a multihull to build, it became an expensive mistake. The big oven would be a hindrance when it came to cooking the multihull’s narrow f loats and other parts. And the massive rigging loads on the big trimaran ~ and the large appendages (dagger

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Sailors new to multihulls are most anxious about pitch-poling: driving a hull into a wave and f lipping stern over bow. With a laugh, Ashby recalled they took care of that issue the first day. They were going fast, and it was time to bear away, always a bit dangerous at speed. But as Ashby told the team, they had to commit to it. Commit they did, drove in a hull, and f lipped stern over bow. Turning a fear into a fact is always reassuring, if one survives, and as Spithill said afterwards, pushing beyond the edge and seeing what happens is a good thing, best done in a smaller boat. Only the ORMA60 (Ocean Racing Mul-

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the Oracle trimaran being built in Anacortes began life as a larger version of Groupama, it made sense to sail on that very boat, and with its legendary French skipper providing orientation. Camas has won five ORMA world championships and the coveted Jules Verne

tihull Association) could make the X40 seem small, and that 60foot blue water beast was next on their list. The most famous ORMA60 is a boat called Groupama, sailed by an even more famous Frenchman named Franck Camas. Since

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Foiled Trophy (elapsed time around the world non-stop). The Oracle sailors arrived in Lorient, France, to sail Groupama just two days after the Alinghi team had been there, training on another ORMA60. On their last day, Alinghi sailors had capsized the boat, breaking the mast and injuring several of the crew. The Oracle team had a sobering view of the cuts and bruises sustained by one of Alinghi’s crewmen who had been released from the hospital and was checking out when they arrived at their hotel. That cast a conservative pall over the crew when they took to the water the following day, much to Franck Camas’ relief. They quickly learned two things. On the big multihull, they were always wet. Because of the constant speed, both strategic and tactical decisions had to be made a lot sooner than on monohulls. After their ORMA60 experience, Oracle persuaded Franck Camas to come to Valencia for a little X40 racing. There had been some talk about the possibility of Oracle engaging Camas as a skipper of the big boat they were building. That raised Jim Spithill’s normally red-lined competitive index another click. On the final race of a week-long session, Spithill and Camas squared off. Camas had nailed Spithill with a penalty early

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Foiled electronic age. For the 2007 Cup, technology teams had escalated data collection to 100 variables providing readouts every second: a megabyte of data per day. In 2010, there were as many as 200 channels processing 2,000 to 3,000 variables ten times every second. Sensors were everywhere, even built into the carbon fiber structure of the f loats. The sailors would have a huge, frail racing machine on their hands, the limits of which would be exceeded at their peril. Accurately measuring the stresses on f loats, rig and sails would be essential for survival. The old adage about not being able to win unless

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a whopping 40 minutes around the race course, they had to be built. After a couple weeks of initial testing on Fidalgo Bay, in September 2008 the boat (BOR, or BMW Oracle Racing) and the entire team moved to San Diego, California, for a two-month training session prior to shipping the whole lot to Valencia, Spain, the site of America’s Cup XXXII. A few weeks later, more news from court indicated an extension had been issued for the date of the match. The team would be in San Diego for 14 months. Even before the extension, Oracle’s design team leaders had been talking quietly about a project that would have a huge impact on the campaign: a hard wing sail. Now, with the extension, it could become a reality.

Foiled 90-ton side load at the floats. Each was twenty feet long, six inches thick where they exited the floats, and three feet wide. A combination of titanium, high-strength steel, auto-claved carbon and exotic plastics came together to build the huge appendages that had to swivel and slide under load, and be controlled from a safe distance. They had to be both light and strong. There also had to be two sets of dagger foils: one for the windward/leeward course of Race 1 and one for reaching around the triangular course of Race 2 (the nature of both races was dictated by the Deed of Gift). Rumor was that Alinghi had built ten dagger foils before they got four that didn’t break. Foils weren’t exactly new. Italian engineer Enrico Forlanini, who invented a steam-driven helicopter in 1877, began modeling hydrofoil boats in 1898. Alexander Graham Bell advanced Forlanini’s hydrofoil science with a boat that hit 70 mph in 1918. But foils for sailboats were in their infancy in 2010, especially foils for multihulls in the 100-foot range. Given the new challenge, the designers for both teams were eating and sleeping foils, coming up with new concepts at the rate of dozens a day. That drove the builders crazy, of course, but winning was the only thing. When the computer model of a new design for dagger foils predicted they would save

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1 cup sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 4 eggs, beaten 3 T. bourbon 6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips 1-1/2 cups pecans, chopped Whipped cream Preheat oven to 350°. Let pastry shells reach room temperature. Combine remaining ingredients, except whipped cream, in a large bowl, adding them one at a time and stirring after each addition. Pour into pastry shells and bake until firm, approximately 45-50 minutes. Top with whipped cream just before serving. A longtime resident of Oxford, Pamela Meredith-Doyle, formerly Denver’s NBC Channel 9 Children’s Chef, now teaches both adult and children’s cooking classes on the south shore of Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and son. For more of Pam’s recipes, visit the Story Archive tab at www.tidewatertimes.com. 73


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A Fine (Arts) Time to Visit Oxford by Michael Valliant

For 33 years now, the month of May has brought fine art to Oxford. What began with hanging paintings on snow fencing outside has grown into the Oxford Community Center’s Fine Arts @ Oxford, bringing together 35 artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for one of the Eastern Shore’s most regarded art shows and sales. On May 20 and 21, the commu-

nity center will be filled with art and artists, and fresh strawberry shortcake will be ready for serving. Jennifer Stanley, an OCC founder and member of the Board of Trustees, headed up the first fine arts festivals. Ginger and Bob Day, Oxford residents at the time, had seen an art show in New England and thought the idea could work in Oxford.

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Fine Arts @ Oxford “We decided to have it outside, so we bought snow fencing and got about 20 artists together to hang their work,” Stanley said. “There was a Nor’easter that blew and rained for about five days leading up to it, and then the day of the event at about 5 a.m., it cleared up and we were able to have it. But we said never again will we do it outside, and moved it into the Community Center the next year.” The goals for the event were clear from the start: to raise money for the community center and to create a town-wide event that would attract both residents and visitors. Artists who came from out

Howard Lapp of the area were housed with local residents, and how the artists have been welcomed and treated is known as a hallmark of the event. At the show every year since the beginning has been scrumptious, fresh strawberry shortcake. Stanley said they wanted to serve something distinctly Eastern Shore.

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“I love our Oxford community, and I love art,” Reed said. “I’m proud of the event’s quality, and of its variety in style, subject matter, and media. Mostly, though, I love being the voice of our excellent exhibitors.” Reed’s appreciation for the artists is reciprocated. When she and her husband, Jim, moved into a new house in Oxford a number of years ago, their first guest was acclaimed artist Dick Harryman, who was in town for the show. Harryman loved Fine Arts @ Oxford and the people there so much that he included them in his notable painting of the Crab Claw and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. One of the honors of the show is for artists to have their work selected for the event poster. This year’s poster artist is Howard

“We picked our own strawberries from the fields,” she said. “The original shortbread recipe came from (the late) Katie Pusey, though we have had to change it a bit because we have a lot to make.” First and foremost, Fine Arts @ Oxford is about the art and the artists. That is a side of the event that Cindy Reed, the show’s art coordinator, knows all about. She first got involved during the second year of the show, more than 30 years ago, helping with food, taking tickets, and anything else that needed to be done. Eight years ago, Reed became the first designated art coordinator when volunteers saw what needed to be done to grow the event—from recruiting artists, to finding a juror and jurying the show, to finding host families and housing, to finding space to create a weekend-long exhibit and sale. What began as 20 artists is now between 35 and 40 artists. It’s been a labor of love for Reed. 78


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said. “In all my paintings I hope to catch the narrative of what’s going on ~ I am trying to tell a story, but I’m not a writer.” His painting on the Fine Arts @ Oxford poster is titled “Morning Shadows,” and Lapp points out that spring is the time of year when the shadows play engagingly across the buildings and houses on the town’s main street. Observation is key to his art. He puts extensive time and thought into his drawing and sketching to get the details right, and then adding paint becomes, literally and figuratively, another layer to his work. His paintings have been featured in Yankee and Chesapeake Bay magazines, and in numerous galleries and exhibitions in Hawaii and on the East Coast. Lapp earned an Award of Excellence in an International Marine Art exhibition at Mystic Seaport (CT). His paintings and prints can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the US and in Europe; a piece was selected by the Curator of the Arts in Embassies program to grace the residence of the US ambassador in Brazil. In 1997, Lapp painted a larger-than-life mural on the side of the Oxford Market that depicts local watermen and their boats. In 2012, a 25-year retrospective exhibit of his work garnered wide acclaim. Lapp doesn’t regularly show new work these days, but participating

Lapp, an Oxford artist and Fine Arts veteran. Lapp and his family moved to Oxford in 1984, and the next year Lapp was juried into Fine Arts @ Oxford; he was annually welcomed back as a successful exhibitor until his move to Hawaii in 2000. The Lapps returned to Oxford full-time in 2014, and Howard returned to exhibiting his work in Fine Arts @ Oxford. The town, life, landscapes, architecture, and people of Oxford are Lapp’s subject matter. He is primarily self-taught, painting from his early years. When he moved to Oxford, he found a subject that spoke to him. “I’m trying to record Oxford as I have seen it, and as I see it, for future generations to enjoy,” Lapp

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Fine Arts @ Oxford takes place at the Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Road, on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a gala preview on Friday, May 19 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to OCC’s website at oxfordccc.org. Michael Valliant is the Executive Director of the Oxford Community Center. Valliant was born and raised in Oxford and has worked for Talbot County non-profit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Academy Art Museum.

in Fine Arts @ Oxford is important to him. “I like to support the town’s activities, things that bring people together and bring business into the town,” Lapp said. “And if my paintings add something of interest to people, and let them see some of Oxford as I see it, I’m happy.”

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by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.

Dear Deer In our landscape we have all manner of four-footed wildlife. Some of them cause no real damage, while others can range from being a nuisance to outright devastating. Rabbits like to mow down annuals and perennials, not to mention doing their “Peter Rabbit� thing in the vegetable garden. Squirrels, the

bandits of the bird feeders and consumers of spring flowering bulbs, also like fresh vegetables like tomatoes, and fruits like peaches. Bambi is out again feeding on a whole list of plants, especially in the landscape. If they would just stick to the corn and soybean fields, that would be great, but they have

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One that you might not have thought about is not to fertilize landscape plants. Most established trees and shrubs in the landscape do not need fertilization unless a definite nutritional deficiency is observed. By applying excess nitrogen fertilizers in the shrub planting, you not only cause more pruning work, but produce the nice “salad greens” of tender, young foliage full of energy-rich carbohydrates, salts, protein and minerals which will be quickly consumed. These nutrition-rich plants are sought after by pregnant and nursing does and the growing fawns in spring and summer. Expanding leaves and buds also provide a water source for the animals. During dry weather deer are attracted to irrigated plants because of the plant’s high water content. Repellents are often used by homeowners to keep the deer at bay but they have mixed results. Gardeners are aware of, and “recipes” are available on the internet for, various home-mixed sprays like pepper and spices. Home remedy treatments like hanging bags of human hair from the shrub branches, bars of fragrant soap, garlic sticks and animal dung, even lion poop, are also tried with mixed results. There are many commercially available deer repellents on the market like Liquid Fence™, Deer Off™ or Deer Away™ to list a few.

also developed a gourmet palate for our favorite landscape plants. Depending on the time of year and size of herd, feeding damage can be limited to specific plants or the entire landscape. It is not unheard of, in urban environments with high deer populations, for a newly planted $25,000 landscape to be decimated overnight. You might have encountered does and young fawns in the yard as I did early one morning at my Mom’s. She lives in a major, 1,000plus home subdivision. Many deer are so tame they just look at us like “sup Dude,” and move on. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of easy and inexpensive methods to keep your resident deer from feasting on your azaleas, hostas or pansies. In many landscapes, fencing is expensive and not practical, however, there are some landscaping practices that we can employ which will help reduce the damage and make our landscapes less palatable to the four hoofed plant mowers. 84


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If you are familiar with the plant, you know that it is tough and spiny. However, the succulent new growth of barberry can be an appetizer choice during the spring and early summer. Shrubs like hollies and junipers are usually less desirable to deer because of their rough or prickly foliage. Contrary to humans, depending on how adventurous your palate is, deer do not like smelly or pungent scented leaves. They usually leave herbs like catmint, mint, sage, thyme and lantana alone. They also do not like shrubs with aromatic leaves like boxwood and bayberry. If you have a perennial bed, you know how destructive deer can be

pletely deer-resistant plant does not exist. When deer populations are high and food becomes scarce, like during the winter after a deep snow, deer may feed on plants in the landscape that are thought to be deer-tolerant. There are some characteristics of “deer-resistant” plants that help the gardener decide what to plant. Just like humans, deer avoid tough-textured plants with rough or prickly leaves. However, in the spring, with the f lush of new growth, deer will munch on that, too, until the foliage matures. One example would be the shrub barberry (Berberis thunburgii).

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the landscape. Remove the wilting seed heads from rhododendrons and azaleas, so the plant’s energy can go to foliage growth and next year’s f lowers, rather than seeds. Pines and other conifers can be kept to a compact size by pinching off the new growth ‘candles’ now. Many of our foundation evergreen plants like various Chinese holly cultivars can be pruned after the first f lush of growth has occurred. In the spring bulb bed, remember to let the bulb foliage die down, rather than cut it. If you noticed that the f lower display seems to have diminished, it may be time to dig up the planting, divide the bulbs, and replant in the fall. Lightly side-dress perennials, including spring bulbs, with a 5-10-10 or 10-10-10 fertilizer, being careful to avoid the center or crown of the plant. In the vegetable garden, May is the time to set out the warm season crop transplants like tomatoes and peppers. Transplants become less stressed when they are set out on a cloudy, calm day. We are usually rushed however, and may need to transplant under less than ideal conditions. Strong sun and wind are hard on new transplants, so set them out in the late afternoon when the wind calms down and the plants have overnight to acclimate. Provide shade and wind protection with berry baskets, small crates, or

website www.deer-departed.com/ mechanical-deer-deterrents.html has a listing of these devices and how they work. If the deer have not done the pruning for you, May is the time to prune the spring f lowering shrubs which have finished their f loral display. Azaleas, rhododendrons, lilacs, forsythia, and other spring f lowering shrubs, set their f lower buds on old wood in the early fall. Depending upon the plant and its condition, selective pruning may be needed. For shrubs like lilac and forsythia, cut back a third of the oldest stems to ground level, then cut back one third of the remaining branches by one third of their height. The same practice goes for those over-grown viburnums in

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screens. I would wait until June, however, to mulch the transplants in the vegetable garden to give enough time for the soil to fully warm up.

Now is the time to start seeding green beans, various types of squash and cucumbers, and an early planting of sweet corn and okra. If you plant sweet corn, to ensure pollination, plant several rows together in a block, rather than in one long row. Sweet corn is a heavy nitrogen feeder so side-dress with 3 tablespoons of 10-10-10 per 10 feet of row when the emerging stalks are 12 to 18 inches high. Green bean seedlings need to be thinned to 4 to 6 inches apart after they have emerged. When thinning beans, watch for “snake head,” seedlings that have lost one or both of their cotyledons and produce poor, weak sprouts. Also, watch for “bald heads,” seedlings that have the growth point damaged so severely that they cannot

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

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


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Easton Points of Interest ments and updates, but none as extensive as the restoration project which began in September 2014. For service times contact 410-822-2677 or christchurcheaston.org. 9. TALBOT HISTORICAL SOCIET Y - Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. For more info. tel: 410822-0773 or visit hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times.

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

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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 Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private)

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Hospital is part of the Shore Health System. shorehealth.org. 22. THIRD HAVEN FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (Quaker). Built 1682-84, this is the earliest documented building in MD and probably the oldest Quaker Meeting House in the U.S. William Penn and many other historical figures have worshiped here. In continuous use since it was built, today it is still home to an active Friends’ community. Visitors welcome; group tours available on request. thirdhaven.org. 23. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. Near Easton 24. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.org. 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by

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

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

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

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

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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit www.twoswaninn.com. 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410-745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 25. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 26. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning f lour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, dis126


St. Michaels Points of Interest tillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 27. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, dedicated to providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts, including workshops, seminars and docent-led tours. The rotating display is housed in a beautiful Amish-built barn. For more info. visit classicmotormuseum.org. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www. harbourinn.com. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TR AIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on S. Talbot St. across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.

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

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

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

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Oxford Points of Interest Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court “pitcht upon” to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures. Some have described Cutts & Case Shipyard as an American Nautical Treasure because it produces to the highest standards quality work equal to and in many ways surpassing the beautiful artisanship of former times.

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


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Home Run Baker by Gary D. Crawford

Opening Day for major league baseball was just a few weeks ago, on April 2. By now you’re probably following the Orioles or the (ahem) Yankees, or the (aargh) Red Sox, or whichever team interests you. Or perhaps, like me, you don’t pay too much attention until the playoffs roll around in the fall. Even if you aren’t a sports fan, however, I hope you do watch a baseball game now and again. Baseball is a pastoral game. In a time when there seems to be overmuch violence ~ in the news, in sports, in movies, even in games ~ a baseball game offers a brief respite. A s G eorge Carlin memorably pointed out, even the language of baseball has its quaint charm. You don’t commit a foul and receive a penalty; you just make an “error,” which counts for nothing (other than the mistake itself), just a tiny blot on your record. In virtually every other game, the team on offense has the ball and guards it jealously. In baseball, only the defense touches the ball. Should an offensive player touch the ball, he is declared “out.” Most of the time, except for the batter, the offensive team can’t even be seen, for they lurk out of sight in their “dugout.”

Every other sport is directed by a coach dressed in a suit (or skirt), but a baseball team is directed by a “manager” who doesn’t get to dress up, but has to wear the same uniform as his young players. In baseball, there’s no set time limit. Games can go on for hours; there are no ties. On the other hand, if it rains, the game is “delayed” or even called off; baseball players never have to slog through the mud or snow. It’s a gentleman’s game, played in a “park,” not on a gridiron. Even the size of the park isn’t defined. Football is warlike, with air and ground attacks, blitzes and violent clashes between the offensive and defensive lines. At the football stadium, we ask what down it is, but at the baseball park, we ask who’s up. Instead of scoring a goal or a touchdown, in baseball you “go home.” How delightful. Even the spectators are considered by being given a little recess during the seventh-inning “stretch.” O ne m ig ht say t hat ba seba l l helped A merica get through the Depression. Even Major League players didn’t get big salaries in those days, and in the cities tickets to the ballpark were fairly cheap. Minor league games were played

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Home Run Baker in small towns all over the place. Major League games were broadcast on the radio, and the World Series captured the nation’s attention for ten days every year. Even the announcers became household names. Dizzy Dean, an amazing pitcher for the Cardinals, set a league record by striking out 17 batters in a single game. Even more surprising, he was the only pitcher to have two hits in the same World Series game. But Dizzy Dean was even better known later as an announcer with a colorful turn of phrase. When a player got thrown out at second base, Dizzy exclaimed, “Oh, he should have slud!” Another

time, watching a pitcher who just couldn’t find the strike zone, Dizzy finally remarked, “Maybe he should have stood in bed this morning.” Amateur baseball was even more popular than the pro game. It was a community thing, with teams everywhere ~ for the little kids, for the big kids, and for grown-ups. Teams were sponsored by all manner of organizations ~ schools, businesses, fire companies, Lions Clubs, you name it. Baseball used to be really big on the Eastern Shore ~ I mean huge. Competition was (usually) friendly and (always) intense. This Tilghman team of the 1920s, managed by Frank Jackson (the pharmacist) and Sam Bayle (the principal), had quite an age range.

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1920s Tilghman Team ~ Top Row: Newton George, Frank Jackson, John Murphy, Sam Bayle (principal), Avery Sinclair, Ellis Jones, Jimmy Wilson. Middle Row: Redmond Howeth, Roy Harrison, Warren “Pitt” Lowery, Oscar Haddway, ???, Harry George. Front Row: Ralph “Biscuits” Cummings, Wilson Weber, Victor Brummell, Vernon Dobson, Carlton Faulkner, Milton Lednum, Edward Roe. Here is a wonderful portrait of the Tilghman team after winning the Eastern Shore championship in 1933. Behind them is an impressive grandstand filled w ith men and women ~ and every man is wearing a tie! (Does anyone recognize this location?) In 1946, Ernest “Keeny” Cummings and the local Lions Club organized the Tilghman Giants. They were managed by Delmas Haddaway, who was both a skillful coach and an effective recruiter. Haddaway brought in talent from nearby villages, including Royal Oak, St. Michaels and Neavitt, making the T ilghman Giants a powerhouse

in their league, regularly winning championships. One day in 1939, a guy named Carl Stoltz, who worked at a lumberyard in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was tossing a baseball around the yard with his two little nephews. When he stumbled over a lilac bush and barked his shin, he went over and sat on the porch to rub his leg. As he watched the boys throwing and catching and running, it suddenly dawned on him that they couldn’t enjoy playing real baseball unless they had a field their size to play it on. They could use a regular baseball, but they would need smaller bats, too, and, of course, uniforms

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Eastern Shore Champs of 1933 Back Row: Bill Russell (manager), Elmer “Yelly” Parkenson, Carvel Rude, Roy Sinclair, Linwood “Scotty” Harrison, Charlie Birmingham, and Augie Mays. Front Row: Edward Roe, “Smitty,” Buck Andrest, Bobby Frampton, Ed McClure, and Milton “Petelo” Cummings. and caps. Being a lumberman, Stoltz was able to fashion a set of bats, and he went around looking at fields where kids might play. He got some kids to play on several fields and finally decided that a “two-thirds” diamond would be about right, so he made the distance between the bases 60 feet instead of 90. That reduction also shortened the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate, from the regulation 60½ feet to 46 feet. Carl, his wife and two other couples organized three teams and got local companies to sponsor them. A field was laid out, and on June 6, 1939, the first Little League game

was played: Lardy Lumber beat Lycoming Dairy 23-8. (The third LL team was Jumbo Pretzel.) “Little League” caught on and over the years has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with nearly 3 million kids involved. Unlike the Major League World Series, which is solely an American competition unless the Toronto Blue Jays are involved, the Little League World Series each August is truly a whole earth event. The best teams from 16 regions in all parts of the world come to play for the championship. The Little League organization in Talbot County was dubbed the “Home Run Baker League.” It still

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Home Run Baker operates under that name today with teams in Cordova, Trappe and St. Michaels. But what does Home Run Baker mean? It sounds like a guy who cooks homers. Actually, John Franklin Baker was a local boy, born in Trappe in 1886, and it truly is an honor to have his name associated with the Talbot County teams ~ for Frank was quite a ballplayer. After high school baseball and a bit of minor league play, Frank Baker got his chance at the big leagues. In September of 1908, Baker was contracted to play third base for the Philadelphia Athletics. Connie Mack, the A’s legendary manager

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Home Run Baker and future hall-of-famer, thought the boy might be able to strengthen their hitting. We need to understand that hitting was much more difficult in those days, before baseballs with c ork c enter s w er e i nt r o duc e d . In fact, the period before 1911 is now known as the “dead ball era.” Baseball then was more a game of strategy, with lots of stolen bases, bunts, fielding plays, and pitching duels. The ball simply didn’t f ly as far when struck. There were lots of triples, but home runs were virtually unknown. The Chicago White Sox hit just three homers in 1908 ~ the entire team ~ and still they almost won the pennant. In 1910, the Philadelphia Athletics hit 105 triples but only 19 hom-

ers. Four of them were by Frank Baker. He swung a heavy 52-ounce bat, left-handed, and in his rookie year had a .305 batting average. In May, when he hit the first home run out of the A’s new ball park, Connie Mack realized he had someone special on third base. Baker helped the A’s to a successful season and then to win the 1910 World Series. But it was the following year, in the 1911 World Series between the Athletics and the New York Giants, that Frank Baker made history. In Game One, Baker’s arm was injured when one of the Giants tried stealing third base and came in “cleats first.” He was ruled out, but the call was changed when the ball rolled away. Baker’s arm was bandaged up and he stayed in the game, but the A’s lost Game One, 2-1. The NY Giants had not one but two pitching aces ~ Rube Marquard a nd C h r i s t y M at he w s on . B ot h would wind up in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Marquard pitched Game Two, holding the A’s to just one run. Then in the bottom of the sixth in-

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ning, with the score tied 1-1, Baker stepped to the plate. Marquard may have been a bit overconfident, for he threw an inside fastball, which Baker blasted over the fence for a two-run home run. The A’s won the game 3-1, making the Series even at one game each. The Giants’ ace Christy Mathewson pitched a f lawless Game Three through eight innings. In the ninth, w ith the A’s trailing 1- 0, Baker slammed a Mathewson fastball out of the park to tie the game. In the 11th inning, Baker’s infield hit led to a two-run inning. The A’s won Game Three, 3-1. Philadelphia went on to win the series, four games to two. Baker’s hit ting was superb throughout,

leading his team with nine hits, five RBIs, and a .375 average. But it was those two home runs ~ on two successive days, off two of the best pitchers, in the World Series ~ that made him a legend. The press dubbed him “Home Run” Baker, and he was known as that for the rest of his life. In 2006, the Tilghman Lit tle League team was having a fine year. With the best record going into the playoffs, they had a great chance to be champs of the Home Run Baker League. In those days, I was putting out a weekly one-page newspaper for the Tilghman community. We called it the Island Flyer. There were no ads, just upcoming events,

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Home Run Baker reports on recent events, and the occasional article. In all, we put out 283 issues of the little paper. I was at tending a ll t he home g a me s of t he T i l g h m a n L i t t le League team. Naturally, I wrote up those contests as real thrillers, striving to sound like one of the famous sports writers, Grantland Rice or Ring Lardner. It was fun. As the season came to an end, my reporting built to a crescendo of excitement, or at least I thought so. Here is my account of the final playoff game of the 2006 season, as it appeared in the Island Flyer, Volume 3, Number 25.

SHOWDOWN AT THE TILGHMAN CORRAL Tilghman ~ Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 5:30 p.m. Down the road from Cordova they came. The tough Ruritan team was f lushed with confidence after their 7-5 win over Trappe VFD last week. That victory earned them another shot at the boys from the Island, now alone atop the League. Ruritan had reason to believe they had the edge. Although Tilghman had a better overall record, Ruritan had taken two out of three from them during the season, the only team to beat Tilghman twice. But not by much, as the combined scores for those three games stood at 25-25.

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Monday, June 12, was the final game for the Championship of the Home Run Baker League and the question still remained: who was the best team? Now Ruritan had come over our Bridge to settle that question, once and for all. Ruritan began the scoring with one run in the 1st inning off starting pitcher Drew Phillips, but Drew got the run back in the bottom of the inning by laying down a squeeze bunt allowing Bryan Mister to score from third. Still all even. Then in the 2nd inning, Ruritan str uck for four r uns. T ilghman scored once, when Tyler Remmel hit a solid double, then alertly took third and then came home on two throwing errors. In the top of the

3rd, Drew and a solid Tilghman defense held Ruritan scoreless. Then Tilghman unloaded. Trailing 2-5, they finally got the measure of pitcher Josh Reminick. Everybody contributed with a combination of hits, walks, and heads-up base r unning. T ilghman batted

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Home Run Baker around, racking up 8 runs in the 3rd. Wit h T ilghman leading 10 -5 , Travis Jones came in and pitched a scoreless 4th inning. Rur itan brought in a new pitcher, too, who did the same. This set the stage for a big 5th inning. Ruritan then demonstrated why t hey were in t he championship game. With two outs, they stiffened. Batter after batter refused to swing; Travis managed to get two strikes on several batters, but they kept slipping away. By the time Tilghman got the third out, four runs had come in and Ruritan was down by only a single run, 109. Everybody knew that lead might

not hold ~ and it surely didn’t. With one away in the bottom of the 5th, Morris Lewis started another Tilghman rally by drawing a walk. Brooks Harrison hit a towering foul ball that the Ruritan pitcher ran down in a nice play. Bryan Mister then hit a single; an overthrow enabled Morris to move to third and Bryan to second. Drew Phillips then stepped to the plate and with the count at 3-1, smashed a line drive down the first base line to score 2 runs. Andrew Roth then walked. Travis came up to bat and hit a double, scoring Drew. On the play, Andrew was called out at a close play at third to end the inning. But Tilghman had added three insurance runs. Travis took the mound for the 6th and final inning amid cheers from the huge crowd, estimated by event personnel at somewhere between 45 and 11,000. Calmly, he f ired away and quickly retired the first two batters. But it wasn’t over yet. Sam Fike, their #9 batter walked, then Matt White hit a single. When Ty Davidson followed with another single, both runners came home. Still just two outs as Reminick, Ruritan’s starting pitcher stepped to the plate ~ the tying run. K nuck les were white; parents left the stands to pace in the grass. A hush fell as Travis went to work. The count mounted. Travis delivered… and suddenly, it was over ~ strikeout! Side retired. Game over.

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A SAD FOOTNOTE This game may have been the last. Six players will move up and next year there won’t be enough boys left to make a team. For the first time in more than four decades, Tilghman’s Island will be unable to field a Little League team. So, after a wonderful game on a fine summer evening, when Tilghman walked proudly off the field as League Champions, it was not just the last game of the season ~ it was the end of an era. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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Guatemala ~ Land of the Maya by Bonna L. Nelson

Over a 2,500 year period ... the Maya grew into a vast and powerful civilization of astonishing sophistication. ~ Linda Schele and Peter Matthews, The Code of Kings Our trip began with quite a rocky start. We weren’t sure if we would ever get to Guatemala. Due to an accident at the Guatemala airport, our f light was redirected to land in El Salvador. After a few-hour layover there, we were returned to Atlanta, Georgia. When we told our fellow travelers that we had the same thing happen to us last year on our trip to Honduras, they jok ing ly pretended to shun us. For tunately, Delta A irlines and Caravan, our tour company, took good care of us. The next day, we f lew back to Guatemala and, still in our travel clothes from the previous day, we hopped on a bus to tour Guatemala Cit y. Travel sometimes requires patience and stamina. T he G u ate m a l a n e x p e r ie nc e was ably arranged for us by Barbie Smith of Smith Travel Services in Easton. Barbie recommended Caravan, a company with 65 years of experience planning tours primarily in North and Central America. Top notch! Caravan Tours hosted our explo-

ration to discover more about Maya history and culture and Guatemala. The country is home to the largest population of Maya in the world, w it h b e aut i f u l a nd welc om i ng people, amazing Maya pyramids and temples, Spanish colonial cities, glorious blue-green lakes, smoldering volcanoes, lush rainforests filled with monkeys and birds, and fourand five-star hotels and restaurants. Jane Henwood de Garcia, a British lady married to a Guatemalan gentleman, brilliantly and humorously led our group of well-traveled A mer ic an and Canadian globe trotters. She made the trip a joy with her passion for her adopted country, her sensitivity to travelers’ needs, and her ability to overcome any obstacle with grace. Jane met us when the flight arrived late and held up the tour for our group. Museo Popol Vuh Museum, our first stop, contained Maya antiquities from archeological sites in Guatemala. Considered one of the most important collections of Maya art in the world, it houses impressive vases, bowls, masks, incense burners,

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jewelry, sculptures, ceramics and hieroglyphic texts. Maya mythology and religion were depicted in god-like, human and animal figures on carvings and pottery paintings.

worn by 181 Maya communities was displayed in dioramas. Each communit y uses unique weaving patterns, embroidery, and brilliant colors for pants, skirts, tops, shawls, capes, headdresses, and more. Throughout our trip we saw many Maya still wearing traditional woven dress in cities and rural areas, each w ith beautiful and special colors and designs that represented their home villages. On our tour of Guatemala City, we saw a mix of Spanish colonial and modern architecture. The largest city in Central America, it sits on an upland basin surrounded by hills and volcanoes. We learned that the country is situated on three tectonic

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Land of the Maya plates and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. We drove around Parque Central, a square plaza bordered by the National Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Families and workers enjoyed the sun and the spray from the fountain on an 80° day. Unfortunately, the next day we encountered another travel snafu. We ended up lounging in our highend tour bus for six hours, stopped dead in our tracks, while heading northeast from Guatemala City en route to Quiriguá. Jane entertained us with stories, DVDs about the country and its people, and snacks, while cattle ranchers blocked the only major highway to our destination, to protest tax rates. You

can’t get away from politics, even on vacation! Our first exposure to the Maya culture was years ago, when we climbed the 94 steps of the El Castillo pyramid, explored the astronomical observatory, Caracol, and then walked through the ball court, similar to our basketball court, in Chichen Itza, a Maya city on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, c. AD 600-1200. Also in Mexico, we explored the structures of Tuluum, a Maya trading port on a cliff above the Caribbean Sea, and minor ruins on the island of Cozumel. We snorkeled through an underground Maya-made tunnel and toured ruins in Coba. In Belize, we chatted with howler monkeys in the tropical trees surrounding the Lamani pyramids,

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which we approached by boat on Maya-made canals. With curiosity sparked on those adventures, I devoured books about Maya histor y, culture, religion, architecture, writing, calendars, astronomy, mathematics, food, art, dance and music to gain insight into this enigmatic civilization. I learned that the Mayas built thousands of pyramids, the Egyptians hundreds. Maya temples and pyramids were painted red and white and were covered with mosaics, murals, masks, and carvings. We owe the Mayas and other Mesoamerican civilizations for some of our favorite foods: tomatoes, corn, vanilla, chocolate and chili peppers. Through my research, I found

that Guatemala’s Tikal, one of the largest and most prosperous urban centers in the land of the Maya , was was inhabited from 600 BC to 900 AD by over 90,000 people. And so, after all these years, a dream came true. We arrived at Tikal and began a rather strenuous trek on a Maya-built limestone causeway, up and down hills, and over tree roots and rocks, through the rainforest, with temperatures in the low 90s, to reach the impressive Tikal temples soaring above the dense jungle. The wait, and the 3-mile roundtrip trek to the largest Maya site we have ever visited, were worth it. Dominated by f ive tower ing limestone pyramids (the highest,

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Land of the Maya 234 feet) with steep staircases and roof crests, there are also palaces, ceremonial centers, stelae, plazas and dwellings decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions and carvings. Thousands of other structures, yet to be excavated, peek through the dense forest. We caught glimpses of howler and spider monkeys playing in the forest, and scores of birds sang for us as ocellated turkeys strolled about. Tikal is considered one of the most magnif icent of all discovered Maya cities, with remarkably restored structures and brilliant architecture and masonr y work. Now a double U NESCO (United Nat ions Educ at iona l, Scient if ic and Cultural Organization) World Heritage site, for the city ruins and the surrounding wildlife preserve, Tikal represents human creativity and genius. A climb to the top of one pyramid revealed the plaza below and temples towering over the forest as far as the eye could see. Breathtaking and overwhelming, we had one day, but could have used one or two more days to explore the vast, complicated site. The next day, in a rainforest surrounded by banana plantations, (Guatemala produces some delicious bananas. Our local Acme carries a Del Monte brand from Guatemala), we examined the unique stelae and zoomorphs on a central plaza at the

small but famous Maya archaeological site of Quirigua, c. 250 BC-1200 AD, also a UNESCO site. Recognized as some of the finest carvings in the Maya world, the nine Quirigua stelae ~ gigantic brown sandstone car ved monuments ~ are also the tallest, up to 34 feet. According to Jane, our guide, the highly detailed stonework reveals Maya history and politics and the accomplishments and biographies of Maya rulers. Some of the carvings are full-length portraits of rulers in ceremonial dress, while others are intricate hieroglyphic writing describing the rulers’ reigns. The six blocks of altar-like stones are carved with interlacing human

Stelae carving of Maya ruler in Quirigua.

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and animal forms. Some are recognizable, such as a turtle, frog and jaguar. The stelae and zoomorphs are covered with thatched huts to protect them from the elements. Pyramid ruins and a ball court are situated at the opposite end of the carved structures at this important celebratory and religious ceremonial site. Jane was happy to show off her hometown, the picturesque Spanish colonial town of Antigua, also a UNESCO site, with its central plaza, cathedral and views of volcanoes at the end of every cobblestoned street. Traditionally dressed Maya families displayed textiles and crafts at markets and in the plaza, hoping to compel tourists to take some home with them. We purchased a painted 163

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John and I were enchanted with our stays at Villa Maya on Lake Peten in Petenchel, and Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan near Panajachel, and wished we had extra days at each. Both hotels were surrounded by gorgeous f lower ing gardens, scarlet macaws and monkeys in surrounding tree canopies and beautiful, peaceful lake views. The rooms, restaurants, service and food were outstanding. I especially enjoyed a dessert of baked

bananas covered with pineapples, raisins, and cinnamon, and the special blue cocktail made w ith mint and lime liquor and local rum called Petenchel. The daily fresh guacamole, warm tortillas and hibiscus juice were amazing, as were the sunsets over the lakes. Panajachel is home to a Maya marketplace and museums. A cruise on Lake Atitlan afforded vistas of volcanoes, terrace gardening, Maya women doing laundry in the lake, and Maya fishermen in rustic crafts. While writing this story, I listened to Maya ancestral music recorded by

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village structures. The musicians, Aj, who can be found on YouTube, played multiple bamboo f lutes of varying sizes, simulating the sounds of the 300-plus birds, as well as insects and other animals, that live in Guatemala. They also played various drums, sea shells and turtle shells, chanted and danced. Jane shared some statistics about Guatemala on bus rides between stops. She said that 60 percent of Guatemalans are pure Maya ~ the most Mayas in Mesoamerica. She also said that Guatemalans are concerned about U.S. politics and their future, since the major source of revenue in Guatemala is remittance sent to the country from Guatemalans working in the

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U.S. The second source of revenue is tourism, and the third is all agriculture combined. She said that it takes years to emigrate legally, and many can’t afford it. An interesting local connection is that the majority of Hispanic people living in Easton are from Guatemala, according to officials

who work with the multicultural population. We ended our latest adventure by saying farewell at our last dinner. We had exchanged stories about travel adventures along the way. On this trip to Guatemala, we continued our quest to explore the world, its people, history and cultures, in order to better understand ourselves and our global community. We believe that travel opens minds, hearts and understanding. Bonna L. Nelson is a Bay-area writer, columnist, photographer and world traveler. She resides in Easton with her husband, John.

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Travel the world and experience the extraordinary through classical music when Chesapeake Music presents the 32nd annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, June 4-18. Artistic Directors Marcy Rosen and J. Lawrie Bloom have developed an exciting program featuring 10 concerts over two music-filled weeks, including the premiere of a Primosch Quintet commissioned for Chesapeake Music. This year’s Festival showcases acclaimed musicians from the world stage, renowned musical ensembles, and a range of familiar classics ~ Beethoven, Mozart, Gershwin, Ravel, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and more from Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Russia, Latin America, France and the United States. Each of the concerts highlights composers from a specific country, and several concerts will feature food and beverage pairings that echo the music of the country represented. This year, the Festival welcomes the return of Grammy Award-winner Kim Kashkashian. Recognized internationally as a unique voice on viola, Kim last performed with Chesapeake

Kim Kashkashian Music in 2011. She will join returning favorites Peggy Pearson, Catherine Cho, Marcy Rosen, J. Lawrie Bloom and others in the Mozart by the Sea concert at the Tred Avon Yacht Club ~ a concert certainly not to be missed! This year’s Festival includes delightful performances at three waterfront venues: the charming Tred Avon Yacht Club, the Aspen Institute’s The Inn at River House in Queenstown, and Easton’s gracious Watermelon Point Estate, site of the

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Chamber Music Festival grand finale Angels Concert featuring the music of Latin America and a tapas-inspired reception catered by Gourmet on the Bay. The opening concert at the Avalon Theatre will hint at what’s to come with a potpourri of music from around the world and a preconcert reception where guests can mix and mingle with old friends. The Friday-evening concert at Christ Church in Easton will showcase music from the United States, including the magic of Gershwin’s Lullaby and Barber’s Adagio, both for string quartet. Thanks to the generosity of Arnold and Zena Ler-

man, this concert will also feature the premiere of a Primosch Quintet for oboe, violin, viola, cello and piano, commissioned for Chesapeake Music and performed by Peggy Pearson, Diane Walsh, Catherine Cho and others. The Festival’s first week, audiences can enjoy the music of Germany’s Beethoven and Brahms at Trinity Cathedral. The second week begins on Sunday, June 11 with a lively Czechinspired concert at the Aspen Institute, situated on the banks of the Wye River, followed by a reception. Festival-goers will then be enthralled by the energetic music of Italian, French, Hungarian, and

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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at www.tourcaroline.com. 175


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Thru May 7 The Tred Avon Players present Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig, directed by Zack Schlag at the Oxford Community Center. When a series of mishaps knocks out the world’s greatest tenor, the opera house manager is left with no choice but to persuade his assistant Max to perform in his place. For exact dates and times, tel: 410-226-0061 or visit tredavonplayers.org. Thru May 19 Home School Art Classes with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For ages 10+. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

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May Calendar Thru May 19 Home School Art Classes with Constance Del Nero at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For ages 6 to 9 (please do not register 5-year-olds in this class). For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thr u May 30 Exhibit: Spring Show at Troika Gallery, Easton. Opening reception April 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel:

410-770-9190 or visit troikagallery.com. Thru May 30 St. Michaels Art League May Member’s Show at the Talbot County Free Library, S t. Michael s. The show w i l l feature artwork by the talented artists of the League. Local artist and teacher Diane DuBois Mullaly will judge the entries. The show is open to the public during library hours, and artwork will be for sale through the artists. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. For more info. visit smartleague.org. Thru May 30 Exhibit: Todd Forsgren ~ Birdwatcher and Ecolo-

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gist at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Todd R. Forsgren uses photography to examine themes of ecology, environmentalism and perceptions of landscape while striving to strike a balance between art histor y and natural history. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru June 9 Exhibit: Parts and Labor ~ A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru July 9 Exhibit: FABRICation

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Wye Oak Room. Celia Pearson has been a photographer for 30 years. Early experiences on a farm outside of Washington, D.C., and on the coast of Maine left impressions that are evident in her work. A photography class in 1973 w ith teacher R ichard Bond i n A n napol i s, spa rke d the passion that has def ined her adult life. Draw ing f rom three decades of practice and an extensive library of images, she shares her work and her ref lections about the practice and joy of seeing, the challenges of living by one’s passion and wits, and how paying attention can transform a life. The public is invited to attend. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org.

1 Brow n Bag Lunch w ith guest speaker Bob Mason at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Mason will present information about two volunteer groups within the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum that are model related. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring a lunch and enjoy coffee and desert provided by the library. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 1 Meet the Creatures of Pickering Creek at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 1 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club with guest speaker Celia Pearson from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Talbot C ou nt y C om mu n it y C enter ’s

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Me et i ng: L ive Play w r ig ht s’ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060.

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Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. $195 members, $234 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

1:30 p.m. $20 per session. Participation offered on a walk-in basis, first come, first served. For more info. tel: 410 -7 70 9400. 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 1,8,15,22,29 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. 1-June 5 Class: Intermediate and Advanced Potter’s Wheel with

2 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit shorehealth.org. 2 Shore Kayak Series with the MidShore Riverkeeper Conservancy. 2 to 5 p.m. at Tuckahoe State Park. Paddle the upper Tuckahoe River through a f looded forest filled with swamp maples, black gum and green ash trees rooted

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peake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 7 p.m. Mr. McCurties will explain how God’s loving and saving power is the greatest agent for change, and through an understanding of God, His power can be seen and felt here and now, bringing healing and peace to you and the world. Sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist in Easton. Free. For more info. visit cseaston.org.

in sandy soil. A beautiful paddle with floral blooms and emerging wildlife. $40 for non-members, $25 for members. For more info. tel: 443-385-0511 or visit midshoreriverkeeper.org.

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 evergreeneaston.org.

2 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410820-9695.

2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25,30 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.

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May Calendar T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com. 2,16 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 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.

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3-June 7 Class: Intermediate/ Advanced Hand Building with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. $195 members, $234 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 3-June 7 Class: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Pottery with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. $195 members, $234 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 4 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Thursdays at 9 a.m. Call Us: 410-725-4643

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May Calendar For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 4 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, or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games and f un. For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4 Concert: Pepper & Sassafras in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 4,11,18,25 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 w ith issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.

4,11,18,25 Thursday Studio ~ a Weekly Mentored Painting Session with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Full day: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ($150/4 weeks for members). Half day: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($95/4 weeks for members). Drop-in fee (payable directly to instructor): $45 full day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); $25 half day (10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 4 ,11,18,25 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 4,11,18,25 Cambridge Farmer’s

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Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit kifm830.wixsite.com/kifm. 4,11,18,25 Open Mic & Jam at RAR Brewing in Cambridge. Thursdays from 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.

Market at Long Wharf Park. 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. e-mail cambridgemktmgr@aol.com. 4 ,11,18,25 Kent Island Far mer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ

5 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 tcfl.org. 5 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois

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Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711.

Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 5 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 5 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m.

5 Concert: Livingston Taylor at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 5-6 28th Annual Geranium and Spring Flower Sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beautiful potted geraniums in all colors, large hanging baskets and assorted bedding

5 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com. 5 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd.,

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tional meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 5,12,19,26 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.

plants available rain or shine. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534. 5,6,12,13,19,20,26,27 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, includes food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit choptankbowling.com. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 5,12,19,26 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informa-

5,12,19,26 Lighthouse Overnight at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For youth groups, children’s organizations, and scouts ages 8-12 (and their chaperone s). For more i n fo. contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or by e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 6 Six Pillar Century Cycling begins at Great Marsh Park, Cambridge, and winds through Dorchester County and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Check-in begins at 6 a.m. For more info. tel: 410819-0386 or visit 6pillarcentury. org. 6 Dogwood Festival of Galena begins at 8 a.m. with the Dogwood Dart 5K. Parade at 10 a.m. Galena Community Park will have crafts, games, kids bounce, beautiful baby contest, live music, food and beer garden. For more info. tel: 410-648-6844.

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May Calendar 6 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

6 18th annual Multicultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Idlewild Park, Easton. Originally created by Talbot 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 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 6 The Art of Color at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Guests will sip cocktails under the spring sky while enjoying the smooth sounds of The Eric Byrd Trio. Dinner will

be held at the Museum, where attendees will be surrounded by the vibrancy and boldness of the exhibitions on view, Steven Ford: Prints and FABRICation. This event celebrates the Museum’s mission to promote the knowledge, practice and appreciation of the arts and to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore. 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, call the Museum at 410-822-2787. 6 The Flying Kiwi dinner and wine pairing with Chris Coulbrough at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. Four courses and wine pairings. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410226-5111. 6

Claire Anthony at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111.

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info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28 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. 6,13,20,27 Easton Farmers 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. to noon. Town parking lot on North Har-

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Park, Chestertown, from noon to 3 p.m. Each restaurant will offer sampler plates for 1 to 3 tickets. Soft drinks and bottled water are available for 1 ticket. Beer and wine for sale by the glass. Once you’re there, you can purchase additional food tickets in $5 increments ($5 for 3 tickets) Tickets available at the door for $20. For more info. visit tasteofchestertown.com.

Community Center. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $18 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 6,13,20,27 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org. 6,13,20,27 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 Citizen’s Association and are accompanied by Colonialgarbed docents. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. For more info. tel: 410901-1000.

7 Concert: Ayreheart ~ instrumental quartet and vocals at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 4 p.m. $10, students free. Reception after concert. For more info. tel: 410-228-3161 or visit christchurchcambridge.org.

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7 Concert: Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5134 or visit holytrinityoxfordmd.org. 8 Meeting: Caroline County AARP 198


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Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit twstampclub.com.

8 Coloring for Teens and Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.

10 Early-Morning Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dress for the weather. Cancellations only in extreme weather. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

9,23 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 9,23 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp

10 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 mhr2711@gmail.com.

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May Calendar 10 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. 10 Me et i ng: O pt i m i st Club at Hunter’s Tavern, Tidewater Inn, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347. 10 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For more info. e-mail mariahsmission2014@gmail.com.

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10 Meeting: Baywater Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744. 10-12 Workshop: Textural Variat ions in Landscape Paint ing (Pastel and Oil) with Lisa Mitchell at the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School, Easton. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Art League. $395 200


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11 Audubon Wetlands Tour at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Learn about the 90 acres of constructed wetlands and the value of largetract habitat restoration while touring about two miles of trails on foot. This program is suppor ted through a grant from Waterfowl Chesapeake. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit pickeringcreek.audubon.org.

10,24 Bay Hundred Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competition and instruction.

11 Class: The Importance of Being Framed (Properly) with Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $40 members, $48 non-

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members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 11 Lecture: Mary Jo Kubeluis to speak to the Chesapeake Bay Herb Society at Christ Church, Easton. 6 p.m. Potluck dinner theme ~ herbs of the zodiac. For more info. tel: 410-827-5434 or visit chesapeakebayherbsociety. org.

11,20 Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 1 to 3 p.m. Free for CBEC members, $5 for nonmembers. For more info. visit bayrestoration.org. 11,25 Memoir Writing at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record a nd sha re your memor ies of life and family with a group of friendly folk. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 12 Workshop: Milkweed Planting at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 10 to 11 a.m. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org.

11 Workshop: Chickens, IPM and You! at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15. Pre-registration is required a week before event. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org.

12 Exhibition Opening: Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. Robert De

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May Calendar Gast’s photographs of the late 1960s and ‘70s documented the Chesapeake’s oystering industry, shorelines, and lighthouses at a watershed moment, both for the Bay and for photography. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. 12 Concert: Comedian Krish Mohan in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 12-13 Annual Native Plant Sale 2017 at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assorted wetland, upland and shrub materials available for

sale. For more info. tel: 410-7459620 or visit wetland.org. 12-25 Tall Ship Schooner Sultana to visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. While at CBMM, Sultana will host students in an under-sail environmental science program on the Miles River during weekdays, and can be seen dockside over t he weekend. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. 13 Horseshoe Crabs and the Delaware Bay. Join the staff at Pickering Creek Audubon Center for an excursion to the Delaware Bay in search of horseshoe crabs and the shorebirds that depend on them. Transportation provided.

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13 Family Art Day: Travel the World at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents and children work together on an art project and enjoy snacks typical of that country. Free. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 13 Workshop: Best Management Pract ices for Weed and Pest Control at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 10 to 11 a.m. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 205

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Sponsored by the St. Michaels Community Center. Music, games, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, french fries, drinks and more. 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome, and food donations are gratefully accepted. For more info. tel: 410745-6073.

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13 7th annual Elf Classic Yacht Race from Annapolis to St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This informal pursuit-style race across the Bay recreates the tradition of the last two centuries of yacht racing in a benefit event for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild. As in past years, we’ll have two classes, day boats and cruising boats. For more info. visit cyrg. org/elfclassic2017.htm. 13 Annual Community Block Party on Fremont Street, St. Michaels.

13 The Met: Live in HD - Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 13 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith artists as they demonstrate their work. For more info. tel: 410-4791009 or visit carolinearts.org. 13 Continuum Dance Debut at the Oxford Communit y Center. 3 and 7 p.m. Reception to follow both performances. $15 adults, $10 seniors/students. For more info. tel: 410-770-3223 or visit continuumdancecompany.org.

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

series concludes with A Swinging Legacy, featuring the Anderson Twins. The New York City-based brothers, Peter and Will, are known for their unique renditions of jazz standards and innovative originals. 8 p.m. $45. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit Jazzonthechesapeake.com.

13 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. visit historic.stmichaels.org.

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

13 Concert: The Anderson Twins at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Chesapeake Music’s Jazz on the Chesapeake 2016-2017

13,20,27 Skipjack Sail on the Nathan of Dorchester from 1 to 3 p.m. at Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $30; children 6~12 $10; under 6 free. Reservations online at skipjack-nathan.org. For more info. tel: 410-228-7141. 13,27 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel and Trappe United Methodist churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and

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14 Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at the Inn at Perry Cabin from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with carving and omelet stations, and much more. $85, children $25. For more info. tel: 410-745-2200.

14 All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast at the East New Market VFD. 7 to 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410943-3663 or visit eastnewmarketvfd.com.

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

14 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.

15 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sew ing, knitting, crossstitch, what-have-you). Limited instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more

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ects are designed to get adults thinking, experimenting, and working with different materials, and are not formal art classes. $10. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.

info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 15 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Nuclear Weapons ~ Looking the Tiger in the Eye ... Again with Rich Wagner. 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Van Lennep Auditorium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. $10/$15. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or e-mail aspeight@cbmm.org. 15 Book Discussion: The End of the World As We Know It by Robert Goolrick at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 15,18 Class: From Viewer to Doer with Constance Del Nero at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Monday f rom 6 to 8 p.m. or Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. Proj-

16 Concert: Alejandro Escovedo in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 17 Bus trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Cambr idge Woman’s Club. CWC members $35, non-members $40. Limited to 50 seats. Leaving Cambridge WalMart at 8 a.m., arriving home at 5:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 610-306-3725. 17 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 17 Book Discussion: Transatlantic by Colum McCann. 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Open to all. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit tcfl.org. 17 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

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17 Concer t: Heather Nova and Mishka Frith in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 17-18 Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Mu-

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Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit pleasantday.com. 18 Puppet Show: 1, 2, Buckle My Shoe at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Get in the sprintime spirit with the library’s own Ms. Carla. For age s 1-7 ac c ompa n ied by a n adult. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 18 Member Night ~ Bring a Friend Night at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 7 p.m. Shipwright Educator Matt Engel will offer an over-

18 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.

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18 Lecture: Get Out & Go! Eastern Shore Road Trips with Jim Duffy and Jill Jasuta at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

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May Calendar or visit avalonfoundation.org. 19 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128 or visit midshoreprobono.org. 19 Reception: Easton High School A r t Re c ept ion at t he Ta lb ot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Come enjoy refreshments and a newly installed exhibit of fine art produced by the students of Easton High School. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 19 Art After Dark: Pottery Date Night at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 9 p.m. $100/ couple (includes wine, beer and light snacks). Bring your sweetie, and ceramics instructor Paul A spell w ill walk you through how to center and shape your clay on a pot ter’s wheel. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS

(2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 19 Concert: Danny Burns in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 19,26 Advanced Painting Workshop: Paw Paw Flower with Kelly Sverduk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $135 members/$165 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 20 St. Michaels Running Festival begins registration at 5:30 a.m. The start gun will go off promptly

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May Calendar at 7:10 a.m. The half marathon will go off in 4 waves spaced 7 minutes apart. The 5K will start at 7:35 a.m. and be released in 1 wave. Following the races, there will be a beer garden, live music, awards and much more at the Runners Village located at the Town parking lot on Fremont Street. Each half marathon runner over 21 years old is entitled to a complimentary beer following the race. The Runners Village will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. For more info. visit runstm.com. 20 Washington College’s 234th Commencement at 10:30 a.m. 20 Horn Point Fly-In at the Horn Point Aerodrome, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore aviation history with a one-day display of antique and other aircraft. Aerodrome opens at dawn. Registration of planes begins at 9

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May Calendar ID from 10 a.m. to noon at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. $20. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 20 Family Boatshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join CBMM shipwrights in the boatshop for a family experience helping to complete Pintail, a 25’ Draketail under construction, restore a canoe, and start a new build in 2017. Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $45 members; $55 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit cbmm.org. 20 Havana Nights ~ Vibrant colors, authentic cuisine, craf t y cocktails and salsa music will transport patrons of CASA of the Mid-Shore’s spring fundraiser to Havana, Cuba. 6 to 10 p.m. at the Waterfowl Building, Easton. $150. A special unveiling will

also take place during Havana Nights. Local waterfowl artisan W.G. Sutter graciously donated a special work of art to help raise money for CA SA pr ior to his untimely passing in October of 2016. W.G. created his last work of ar t specif ica lly for CA SA . Appropriately named “Legacy,” this sculpture features a family of ducks ~ hen, drake and three ducklings ~ expertly and meticulously carved from individual pieces of solid white pine. For more info. tel: 410-822-2866 or visit casamidshore.org/havananights-2017/. 21 Community Day 2017 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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21 Concert: Shannon McNally in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 22 Lecture: Adam Gidwitz, author of t he New b er y Honor bo ok The Inquisitor’s Tale, to speak at Moton Elementar y School, Easton, at 10 a.m. This program is sponsored by t he Ea ster n Shore Reg iona l L ibra r y. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.

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22 Book Arts for Teens and Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Japanese Stab Binding Book. Explore

21 Delmar va Tales, Legends, & Ghost Stories at 11 a.m. and Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at 1 p.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. As part of the Talbot County Free Library and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum partnership, the library will sponsor performances during the Museum’s free admission Community Day. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 219

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May Calendar the fascinating process of creating a personal journal. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 23 Movies@Noon at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Race. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 23 Meeting: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411. 23 Meeting: Cancer Support at Christ Episcopal Church, Cam-

bridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 23 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. 23,30 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 24 Stor y Time (often joined by “Canine Companions for Independence” dog Vail with Miss

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Kate) at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children age 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 24 Minecraft at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Explore Minecraft on the Library’s computers. For ages 5 and older. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 25 Blood Bank donation dr ive f r om no on to 7 p.m. at I mmanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 800-548-4009 or visit delmarvablood.org.

25 Workshop: School Gardening for Sustainable Food Production at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15. Pre-registration is required a week before event. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org. 25 Concert: Miss Tess and The Talkbacks in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 26-27 Chillin’ on the Choptank outdoor festival at Sailw inds Park, Cambridge. Featuring wine and beer tastings, local oysters

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May Calendar and other regional fare, and live music. Open air jazz concert on Saturday night from 5 to 7 p.m. Proceeds to benefit programming at the Dorchester YMCA and the Dorchester Chamber Foundation. Friday Small Plates Pairing Dinner is $75. Saturday early bird is $40, $45 at the door. Saturday night concert ticket is $15. For more info. visit chillinonthechoptank.com. 26-28 Chestertown Tea Party Festival in downtown Chestertown. The Tea Party Festival starts on Friday night with a street party at the foot of High Street next

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30-1 Class: Paint Along with Diane and Sheryl (Diane DuBois Mullaly and Sheryl Southwick) at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $95 members, $114 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 31 Meet ing: Diabetes Suppor t Group at the Dorchester Family Y MCA, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196.

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