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Tidewater Times May 2018

Waterfront Homes Near St. Michaels

NEW LAND FARM - Just 3 miles outside St. Michaels, this 47 acre waterfront farm features a prominent, southwest facing point of land and 1,500 feet of shoreline on Broad Creek. The sunset views are exceptional! Restorable circa 1930 farmhouse. Boat house. 5-bay garage. Absolute privacy. $1,695,000

BROAD CREEK - Attractive brick home features over 3,800 sq. ft. of living space, all on one level. Features include as 48’ x 22’ “Great Room,” with 13’ ceiling and glassed “River Room,” which provides outstanding sunset views across the water. Attached 3-car garage. Pier with 6’ MLW! $995,000

MILES RIVER/PORTERS CREEK - This 1-level brick rancher is sited on a wellelevated 1.5 ac., mostly wooded waterfront lot off Porters Creek Rd. near St. Michaels. The views looking across the Miles River are extraordinary. On a clear day, you can see Kent Island, 9 miles away. House is livable and a great candidate for renovation (or replacement). Priced at lot value. $699,000

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Features: About the Cover: Tradition, Speed and Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Those Fabulous Midnight Movies: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Talbot House and Garden Pilgrimage Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 South America & Antarctica - (Part 2 of 3): Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . 41 Geocaching Across Delmarva: Julie Sofarenko . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Senior Summit: Amy Steward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 A Life Outside ~ Wayne Bell: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Chesapeake Chamber Music: Amy Steward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Voices From The Past: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Changes ~ The Man Project (Part 1 of 3): Roger Vaughan . . . . . . 165

Departments: May Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Queen Anne’s County ~ A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 May Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 David C. Pulzone, Publisher ¡ Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Tradition, Speed and Grace The image of the log canoe Mystery racing on the Miles River was taken by Hunter Harris of Aloft Aerial Photography. Built in 1932 by Harry Sinclair in Oxford, Mystery is owned and raced by the Schauber family of Queen Anne’s County. Harris captured this using a film camera from a 1939 J-3 Cub airplane, from about 800 feet above the river. For more of Harris’ log canoe photos, visit The image is part of a new book, Tradition, Speed and Grace: Chesapeake Bay Sailing Log Canoes, that

is being published by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Written by John C. North II, the book recounts his perspective on the sport from his 70-plus years of log canoeing. The book includes more than 140 color and black-andwhite illustrations and photographs. Limited, first-edition books will be sold at CBMM’s Museum Store beginning on Saturday, May 12, with Judge North signing books from 2 to 4 p.m. Advanced, signed copies can also be reserved online at



Those Fabulous Midnight Movies by Helen Chappell

It has been years since the movies regularly offered a midnight show, and I kind of miss them. Not that I can stay awake that late anymore, but there was a time.... I landed in New York right out of a college that was tucked away in the isolated White Mountains of New Hampshire. Well, there was that brief stop in Boston for a relationship that blew up, but that’s another story about another Cambridge in another state. There were midnight shows at the Brattle Street Theater there, too. They were mostly Bogart films shown during the exam weeks of Boston’s many colleges. I’d taken plenty of film courses in college, so I was ready for Bogart and the European nouvelle vague directors like Truffaut, Fassbinder and company. I’d seen Les Enfants du Paradis, Buñuel and Dali’s Chien D’Andalou and Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bête so many times I could recite the dialogue ~ but I digress. When I landed in Manhattan, I went to every film that interested me, thanks to my enrollment in the School of Visual Arts. There, I was doing post-graduate work in Fine Arts, a tiny vein in my degree in American Studies. This will

explain why I was able to go to so many movies. First, I got a student discount, and second, my studio courses were so oddly spaced that I often had hours between, say, a class with Brice Marden and a class with Alex Katz. Their genius was totally wasted on me, I’m afraid, because I ended up illustrating a few books, and not much else. I did develop a cynical view of the art world. When I was supposed to be rolling through the downtown galleries and the uptown museums, I was usually at the 9






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matinee of some obscure auteur watching something from some unknown Polish director with subtitles in French. I developed my love of midnight shows, not as many people did with The Rocky Horror Picture Show (more on that in a minute), but over at the old Elgin, on 8th Avenue, with John Waters’ Pink Flamingos. My friend Shirley, a native New

Yorker, and always on the cutting edge, took me far west into the depths of Chelsea, telling me I had to see this film. Pink Flamingoes is still a cult film, and these days, save for a certain scene at the end, is rather tame. It starred a 300-pound drag queen in outrageous makeup and dress, who worked under the stage name Divine, and the plot, while



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FAIRBANK CIRCLE - TILGHMAN - $685,000 - Beautifully renovated with sunset views. Attention to detail throughout, 3 BR, 3 BA, 2 kitchens, waterside great room, office with sweeping views, library, formal living & dining. Exterior: rooftop deck, 7 porches, private pier. Great primary or vacation home!

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ebration of bad taste, like animal prints and those eponymous pink plastic f lamingos, have been embraced by mainstream culture. I have seen pink animal upholstery in some of the most conservative estates on the Eastern Shore, just to pull out an example.

murky, involved a contest between Team Divine and Team Marble to see who is the filthiest person alive. It’s brilliant parody.

Waters himself reached a level of mainstream respectability with Hairspray ~ that endearing fable about a chubby girl who could not only dance, but integrated a popular teen dance show in Baltimore. Divine played her mother in the film version. I later met Divine, ne Harris Glenn Milstead, and John Waters, and believe me, it was a major thrill in my life ~ every bit as good as the time John Barth came to one of my readings, just to praise my fiction. My bucket list ran over. If you can find a DVD of Pink Flamingos, watch it. Sadly, Divine had just started to move away from drag roles into straight stuff when he died in his sleep in Hollywood. He ~ and he was always he, make no mistake

John Waters, Divine and their crew were from Baltimore, which explains a lot, at least to me. But what thrilled me at the time was, if you hated high school, and I did, you would love this movie. It was just such an in-your-face to all those bourgeois, Eisenhower-era people who were in charge. Flamingos was shocking at the time, but since then, so much of Waters’ vision and deliberate cel16

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closer to home at the Greenwich on 6th Avenue. Unlike Pink Flamingos, where no one showed up in drag or threw things at the screen, Rocky Horror made the audience part of the show. The audience at Rocky were mostly bridge-and-tunnel people, a derogatory and snobbish Manhattan slap at people who came into the city from the boroughs and the tri-state area via bridges and tunnels. Folks would get dressed up like Dr. Frank-N-Furter (played by the immortal Tim Curry), Magenta, Columbia, Riff Raff, or some other character from the movie, and ride in on public transportation. This, to my mind, took a considerable amount of raw courage. Since Rocky Horror has played as film and as live stage production many times in this area, I don’t have to explain too much about

~ had appeared in a male role in Trouble in Mind and was about to appear as Uncle Otto in Married ...with Children. That big old heart just gave out. I have been, like so many fans, to his grave near the Towsontown Mall outside of Baltimore. To this day, people leave f lowers and tokens of their affection, like makeup, etc. Now, that’s changing the culture. And, the culture needed changing. Versace just cashed in on what John Waters and Divine started. Across from the old Elgin Theater was a Chinese-Cuban dive called Asia de Cuba. For a really decent price, you could get fried arroz con pollo or ropa viella with a side of egg rolls. I’m saying, what the Eastern Shore needs is not another trendoid eatery, but a good Chinese-Cuban fusion, with maybe some Indian thrown in. My memories of that place, which was run by an Asian-Cuban woman ~ whose makeup could have been done by Divine’s glam squad ~ are very fond. We’d get loaded up with Chinese-Cuban and then roll across the street. We kept bringing friends, who kept bringing friends, because no one believed it until they saw it. The other, more mainstream, midnight show was The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which screened 20

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shows up, songs are sung and The Time Warp is danced. At various points in the show, the audience responds by yelling at the screen, the actors and the action. When it’s raining, people hold newspapers up over their heads and spray squirt guns. If you think this is one of those “you had to be there” movies, you are right. My favorite part was when people from the audience would get up on stage and dance in front of the screen. People knew every line and every prop. The movie ran for years and years and, for all I know, might still be running. There were people for whom going to Rocky Horror on a Saturday night was not just a way of life, it was a religion. The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pink Flamingos were, and are, the perfect midnight movies. At least they were for me. Like a lot of other things, they’ve passed from fashion. And, with streaming video at home, it barely seems worth it to roll off the couch to go to a matinee, let along a cult classic. Media changes, and the culture changes with it. Sigh!

the plot or the rituals of audience participation. It was fun ~ and we need more fun around here! Brief ly, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a f lat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters. When Frank-N-Furter shows up, a man in a corset, garter belt and high heels, Brad and Janet are shocked to discover he’s trying to create his ideal man, Rocky, out of spare body parts and galvanism. Somehow or another, the singer Meat Loaf

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SPORTSMANS & NATURE LOVERS PARADISE! Private lakefront farm on 46 acres (3 parcels total)Urievill Lake. Tasteful 4 BR, 3 BA home with SW orientation & great lake views. Upgraded kitchen, formal LR & DR, sunroom, master suite, patio & deck, attached 2-car garage & basement. Large 4+ bay run shed, outbuildings. Offering includes 2 additional 33.6 & 6.82 acre lots (with platted SRAs) large pond, 10 ac. tillable, excellent hunting. This one is special! $735,000

CHAPEL COVE W/F - EASTON Close to Easton and St. Michaels. Major renovations, open floor plan showcasing great water views. Gourmet kitchen with family dining combo with fireplace, great for entertaining! Formal living room with fireplace & sunroom, hardwood floors throughout. 2 waterfront aster bedroom suites (1st & 2nd floor). Great room, rec room, pier. $999,000

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Timeless Treasures Houses & Gardens of Talbot County May 12 ~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine)

Timeless Treasures is the theme for the 2018 Talbot County House and Garden Tour. This year’s tour consists of six extraordinary waterfront properties dating as far back as the early 1700s. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club, the tour is part of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. Talbot County is steeped in more than 350 years of American history. The Chesapeake Bay and some of its navigable rivers and tributaries (the Tred Avon, Choptank, Miles, Tuckahoe and Wye) prov ide the county with more than 600 miles of waterfront. Talbot County and local residents are justifiably proud of their history and the preservation of prominent

buildings, historic homes, and carefully tended gardens such as those you will visit on the tour. TALBOT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Historical Society’s gardens reflect the area’s timeless treasures. Featuring dwarf boxwood, springand fall-blooming camellias and nat ive sweet bay magnolia, t he


Timeless Treasures gardens were designed by, and are still maintained by, members of the Talbot County Garden Club. The South Terrace Garden was the gift of the Talbot County Garden Club in 1961 and was redesigned and replanted in 2015. The Alice D. Huxley Herb Garden in the right rear corner has a sundial as its focal point.

ing the property in 2011, the current owners have undertaken a comprehensive expansion and remodel. A chef’s kitchen was added. There is a dining area the owners call The Grotto, and the first f loor features a large master bedroom suite with an outside entrance. A magnificent two-story stairc a se le ad s to t he upper f loor s’ en- su ite bed room s, a long w it h a screened porch that includes a fireplace and a spectacular view of LeGates Cove. The grounds have been updated w it h t he add it ion of ex pa nsive gardens, a saltwater pool, and an attractive two-story guest cottage that was once a horse stable. “We found the names of horses written on some of the supporting structure,” said the owner.

TWO COVES Originally constructed in 1965 near an old brick barn and situated on more than two acres of land, this home enjoys a unique 270-degree view of LeGates Cove, a tributary of Peachblossom Creek. Since acquirOXFORD - $359,000 Two for the Price of One

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OWLS NEST Situated on 13-plus acres overlooking Trippe Creek, Owls Nest was originally built in 1972 on property that once served as the nursery for Canterbury Manor, a 1,000-acre

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Located in the heart of the Eastern Shore, this 258 +/- acre farm offers everything for the serious waterfowl-hunting enthusiast. Situated on the Chicamacomico River, the property consists of 5-6 moist soil impoundments, 5 pits, 4 wells, 40’ x 50’ pole building and a two bedroom cottage. The property has been laid out with the utmost attention to detail. Additionally, there is deer, dove and turkey hunting. $2,100,000

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door living that take full advantage of the home’s tranquil views over Trippe Creek. Ms. Boutte’s architectural style i s r enow ne d for i nc or p or at i ng older architect ura l elements in new construction. This is evident upon entering the foyer, which is clad in 18th century wooden panels salvaged from a home in France. In the living room, visitors will find three sets of hand-carved 19th​ century stone- and bone-inlaid doors from India. Like many of the rooms, the living room contains a display of antique china that the couple have collected over the years.

estate that dates back to the 1600s. The one-story house, although well constructed with Flemish bond brick, was acquired in 2013 by Caroline Boutte, the principal architectural designer for Graybanks Design Group, LLC, and her husband, Peter Gallagher. The house and property underwent a dramatic transformation involving major renovations plus newly constructed additions designed to embrace indoor and out-

HALCYON Th is 85-acre c ou nt r y ret re at abuts the Tred Avon River and offers expansive views across the water. Described by the owner as “the Gar-


Travelers Rest 2.1 ac. on Maxmore Creek. 6’ MLW, 4 boat lifts, pool, 3 BR/3BA house. $1,895,000

5 BR/2 BA, lg. rec room. Expansive deck w/spa and shower. Pristine landscaping facing SW on Edge Creek. Dock with 3’+ MLW. $985,000

Unique 13.9 ac. property, guest cottage, dock with 12 rentable boat slips, large office building. $2,195,000

3 BR/2 BA, spacious sun room, family room and large brick patio overlooking Peachblossom Creek. $695,000

Updated 4 BR, 2 BA, 2 story home. Fenced in yard w/shaded deck. $325,000

Denton 2 BR, 3 BA w/large accessory building. $250,000

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The original structure became the winter rooms ~ decorated in rich, warm hues ~ and the new addition became the summer rooms, with a bright, fresh, lighthearted palette. Sensitivity to the precarious ecology was paramount for revetment of the shoreline, inland ponds and wetlands. An expansive elliptical pool with an infinity edge ref lects the adjacent river. Plantings create a sense of place but remain visually permeable, allowing glimpses of the area beyond.

den of the Seven Veils,” the design distills the ecological and cultural context of the area and responds to the needs of a growing family that lives, plays and entertains in grand fashion. Halcyon was originally built in the traditional “railroad style” home that was only 18 feet deep and over 100 feet long, with a Mount Vernonstyle veranda. The inter ior of the house did not meet the promise of the grand front porch, so the owners decided to undertake a major renovation in 1997. Under the direction of architect Caroline Boutte, an additional 18’ x 100’ str ucture was added.

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TWO-STORY TOWNHOME OPPORTUNITY Updated and ready for occupancy. Ardent cooks will appreciate the gourmet kitchen. 1st floor master BR/BA or den with gas fireplace. Wood and ceramic floors. High ceilings. 2nd floor: 2 BRs and BAs. 2nd master has deck. REDUCED FROM $325,000 TO $315,000 TA10033024

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deteriorated condition to its present design. Working with noted Baltimore architect Henry Hopkins, Mr. and Mrs. Trippe completely restored this charming home. The oldest part of the house dates back to the 1700s and contains the kitchen, a den and upstairs bedroom. An interesting “cat-slide” roof was added during the renovation. In addition, the main part of the house dating from the 1850s was connected on the second f loor to the old part. The house is situated on 132 acres of farm and woodlands, with a mile of waterfront on Shipshead Creek and the Tred Avon River.

part of the farm known as Ratcliffe Manor, Auburn was purchased from the estate of James S. Bartlett in 1920 by Barclay H. Trippe Sr. and his wife, Mary Henry Trippe. An article written in the 1924 Architect ure magazine pictures the transition of the house from a

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rind, overlooking Goldsborough Creek. The tour features two of the fabulous guest houses. Heron House is named for the tall blue heron sculpture standing in the stairwell window. The original four-bedroom dwelling was renovated from the ground up, involving the reconfiguration of rooms and the addition of a third f loor. The orientation of the house was turned toward the main house at Tamarind, and a large deck was added to join the swimming pool and allow a better view of the creek. A s you approach The Cottage from the water, you are reminded of a country outbuilding that has been updated. The red ex ter ior and tower evoke feelings of times gone by. Both of these charming guest houses were designed and decorated by architect Caroline Boutte.

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UNIQUE WATERFRONT ESTATE - This perfectly secluded and private waterfront estate situated on 108 +/- acres offers approximately a mile of shoreline, deep water and outstanding views. Zoned multi-use/agricultural with 60+/- acres tillable. Recorded subdivision with 100 ft. setback and 3 waterfront lots. Main house with large dock sits on a 78 acre lot.


CHOPTANK RIVER WATERFRONT on private 23 +/- acres features brick manor with 4 levels of living and great entertaining space inside and out. Recently restored and updated. 6 BRs, 7 full BAs, 2 half BAs, apartment over garage, 2-car attached garage and 4-car detached garage, pool, spa, tennis, dock with boat lift, waterfowl impoundment with well, high elevation and protected shoreline.


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United States, and the 18th century paneling remains intact. The grounds include magnificent greens overlooking the conf luence of the Miles River and Goldsborough Creek ~ beautif ul cedars, magnolias and other ancient trees that the current owners have sought to preserve. Myrtle Grove is a classic example of a telescope house built in the

built between 1724 and 1734 by the Goldsborough family. They were deeded the land in 1690. In front of the main residence stands a small one-story building, built in 1770 and originally used by a member of the Goldsborough family as a law office. It’s believed to be the oldest law office in the



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Georgian style. The oldest portion contains an L-shaped center hall with one room on either side. The newer, back wing of the house was built in 1790 with bricks made at Myrtle Grove and laid in a Flemish bond pattern. In the living room, a window behind the 1888 Steinway grand piano contains the engraved signature of Robert E. Lee. The cur rent ow ners have under taken extensive renovations, including the construction of a pool house, barn and gate house along with the installation of extensive gardens and a pond.

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South America and Antarctica Adventure (Part 2 of 3) The End of the World - Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego

by Bonna L. Nelson Sheerwater petrels, albatross and seagulls f lew over our cruise ship seeking food in its wake as we sailed along the south Atlantic coast of Argentina. Graceful dolphins guarded both sides of the ship, arching and diving to entertain us during the three days of cruising the 1,795 miles south from Buenos A ires, parallel to the coast but with no land in sight. Our next destination was Ushuaia, Argentina’s southernmost city, followed by Tierra del Fuego

National Park, the world’s southernmost park. We would then travel on to Antarctica. Argentina is a country of contrasts, from the cosmopolitan sophistication of Buenos Aires, to the nearby intricate waterways of the Delta and Tigre Rivers; from the Pampas grasslands and estancias tended by gaucho cowboys, to the interior farmland and Malbec vineyards; from the quaint port city of Ushuaia to the wild glaciated moun-




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we regularly went to the gym and walked the deck. The first day at sea was still warm enough to take a dip in the outdoor pool. Seabirds swooped over the ship’s wake, catch-

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knowledge of the ports we visited, geology, ecology, weather, flora and fauna with entertaining Power Point presentations and photographs. Mickey also wandered the ship’s decks advising travelers on how to take the best photographs and pointing out seabirds, shorebirds and sea mammals accompanying us as we cruised. Along with our fellow explorers, a diverse group from every continent, we donned jackets as the temperat ure gradua lly dropped from the subtropical 80s in Buenos Aires to the 50s as we crossed into the southern latitudes nearer to the South Pole. Although still summer, it was chilly, windy and damp as we rounded the archipelago of Tierra

ing fish when we dined on the outside rear deck. The indoor pool and whirlpool were popular by the third day of sailing as the air grew cooler. The cruise director kept everyone entertained with indoor and outdoor activities, and educated with fascinating lectures. I luxuriated in the spa with a wonderful sea salt body scrub and massage. John competed in an indoor archery contest and won! Food was plentiful, available 24/7, and was mostly delicious. The evenings were given to musical and theatrical performances. Our favorite lecturer, MickeyLive, was a mix of comedian and naturalist. He shared his experience and

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city is tucked along a hillside below the Patagonian Andes and is fronted by the Beagle Channel. Antarctica cruise guide books cite Ushuaia as the city from which 90% of Antarctica explorers and visitors begin and/or end their cruise. Travelers ma ke la st-minute prepa rat ions for the trip to the ice continent in Ushuaia because, as I jokingly told my friends when I returned home w ithout their usual travel gif ts, there is no shopping on the white, icy continent of Antarctica. On our one-day stop in Ushuaia, we bypassed the city tour of brightly painted buildings, shops and museums in colors of red, yellow, coral and blue and transferred directly from the cruise ship to a catamaran to tour the natural elements off the

del Fuego (TdF), the Land of Fire, en route to our next port, Ushuaia. Under cloudy skies, we caught our first glimpse of the southern tip of the jagged Fuegian Andes or South A mer ic a n C order i l la Mou nt a i n range, born from volcanic activity over 100 million years ago, looming large over us. As we sailed down the Beagle Channel, spotting penguins on shore and seabirds overhead, we realized that we had reached the land commonly referred to as “The End of the World,� thus fulfilling a dream two years in the planning. With a population of 80,000, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is the picturesque port capital of the TdF province. The rugged, remote


Argentine coast. We followed the catamaran tour of the Beagle Channel islands with a land tour of TdF National Park. We were not disappointed with our decision. Peppered with picturesque inlets, islands and bays, the Beagle Channel is more than 150 miles long, three to eight miles wide and ex tends from southern Chile to southern Argentina. The Channel is named after scientist Charles Darwin’s ship, the HMS Beagle. On his historic 1831 wildlife expedition, Darwin saw his first glacier while sailing on the Beagle in the Channel. The Channel is a strait separating the main island of TdF from other small islands. It is one of three navigable routes between the Atlantic

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sighting of glaciers. Many travelers consider the passageway one of the most beautiful in the world. We circled Bird Island and Sea Lion Island several times, oohing and aahing over the sea lion colonies lazily lounging amidst rookeries of cormorants, penguins and terns. Though the sea lion babies were adorable, I most admired the sea lion bull loudly proclaiming his place in the world. Head ing to t he c enter of t he channel, five nautical miles from Ushuaia, we spotted the stunning red-and-white-striped Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and Island. The slightly conical-shaped, brick-built lighthouse is 36 feet high and 10 feet wide at its base. Put into service in

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tooned with geese and swans under a mixed sky of striking white, blue and gray clouds. After driving past the stunning landscape, we stopped at the Alakush Visitor Center for refreshments and to purchase gifts. We sampled empanadas, a Latin pastry puff dish ~ beef for John and vegetable for me ~ and local beer. It was a tasty lunch. We learned from our tour guide t hat TdF is separated f rom t he mainland of Patagonia by the Strait of Magellan to the north. It is shaped like a triangle, with Beagle Channel at its base and the Atlantic to its east. Popular activities in the Park are birdwatching, camping, cycling, fishing, hiking and skiing. There was great excitement at noon the next day as we left Beagle Channel and embarked for Antarctica. We skirted Cape Horn, an icon of sailing culture for centuries. We

1920, the lighthouse is still operational, guarding the sea entrance to Ushuaia via electronic remote control. Sea lions, penguins and shore and sea birds also make the island home. S ad ly, t he c at a m a r a n c r u i s e ended too soon for those of us who wanted to see more, but we disembarked at a dock in the TdF National Park and boarded a comfortable motor coach to explore the unique island scenery. The 735,522-acre park spans the borders of both Argentina and Chile and is peppered with dramatic fiords, forests, glaciers, lakes, meadows, mountains, peat bogs, ponds, rivers, volcanoes, waterfalls and f lora and fauna. Snow-capped mountains covered in verdant, sub-Antarctic forests towered over shimmering lakes fes-



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crossed from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from Argentina to Chile at the most southerly tip of South America to see this rocky, treeless, brooding promontor y. A lbatross dotted the water and occasionally f lew by the boat. The ocean was turbulent, and the sky was gray, cloudy and misty. Many passengers stood at the ship’s rail to see the famous Cape Horn and to experience the passage in an area of tremendous historical significance for explorers and traders in times past. The ocean waters around Cape Horn at the northernmost boundary of the Drake Passage are particularly hazardous due to strong winds and currents, large waves and icebergs.

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“screaming” 60s, all descriptions for traversing latitudes away from the equator and through the infamous, turbulent Drake Passage to the icy winds and waters of the White Continent, Antarctica. We packed away our light jackets and unpacked our thermal underwear, down coats, hats and gloves. We recharged our cell phones and cameras. We attended MickeyLive’s lectures about Antarctica and reread our guidebooks. We were prepared and ready to experience our dream adventure.

MickeyLive pointed out a lighthouse and buildings on Cape Horn. The Chilean Navy maintains a station on the Island with a residence, chapel a nd lig ht house. A la rge sculpture of an albatross stands near the Navy building to commemorate sailors who died attempting to sail around Cape Horn. We still had 500 miles to sail across the brutal, treacherous Drake Passage. Were we ready? We were heading into the Passage where the warmer waters of the north, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, meet the denser, colder waters of the south, the Southern Ocean, often called the Antarctic Convergence. We were sailing from the “roaring” 40s, through the “furious” 50s to the

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Geocaching Across Delmarva by Julie Soforenko

Tor r ent i a l r a i n h a s kept me cooped up for the last two days, but it’s finally tapering off to a fine mist. Wavering between coziness and claustrophobia, I take a sip of chamomile. I don’t want to wander far, but a walk around the block isn’t inspiring me to abandon my slippers. I grab my smartphone and open the geocaching app, scanning the location-enabled map for clusters of caches within a half-hour drive. Jackpot, there are plenty. What is geocaching, you might ask? Groundspeak, the company that maintains the game, describes geocaching as “a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.” There are over 3 million geocaches hidden in over 190 countries. When geocaching began in 2000, players needed a dedicated GPS device, but these days smartphones are the way to go. The app lets you browse caches and then provides all the tools and information necessary for finding the one you choose. These include an in-app map and compass, a description, a hint (if

you’re lucky) and an activity log. I always check the activity log before committing to a cache to make sure it hasn’t been reported as missing or in terrible condition. Many geocaches possess actual “treasure.” You might find stickers, a key chain or some other trinkets in the container. The idea is to take something and replace it with an item of equal or greater value. On a future rainy day I’m planning to buy a $3 bag of polished river rocks from a craft store and paint an army of adorable ladybugs to delight future cachers.

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on a day w ith fewer impromptu waterfalls. Instead, we navigate to a cache na med Pa nd ion Ha liaet us. The cache description explains how a coupled osprey pair will return to the same nest each year, and each year the nest grows in size. At the beginning, an osprey nest averages 2.5 feet across and 3-6 inches deep. After years of added material, the nest can reach a diameter of 3-6 feet and an impressive depth of 10-13 feet. In comparison, from f loor to ceiling, my living room is 9 feet high. Car parked, I splash through a ditch and into a fallow field, no humans in sight aside from Riley. I’m not great at looking nonchalant, so I prefer geocaching in sparsely populated areas where I don’t at-

events happened around the world. The Maryland Geocaching Society regularly holds events throughout the state. I personally like to geocache with my boyfriend, Riley. So on this Sunday, the lure of the hunt inspires us, and I exchange my slippers for rain boots, setting off for Church Hill, Maryland. We drive past tawny fields covered with pools of water that mirror the sky’s nondescript brightness. The road bends, and we drive another half mile until we encounter a creek, which drops off into a 3-foot waterfall. The water f lows wide and deep across the road. The geocache we’re v y ing for lies well beyond this newly formed rivulet, so we turn around and promise to return

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why would a solid wooden pole need a solitary bolt? I grasp the bolt with 3 fingers and twist. It turns easily. I twist with more confidence and tug out my first find of the day! Through the thin, clear tube I see the tightly wound cache log. We sign the physical log and replace the cache, then I log the find on my app. A yellow smiley face appears, replacing the green location finder on the map. Next up is a mystery cache in the center of historic Church Hill. We park in a small gravel lot across from St. Luke’s Church, the oldest intact brick church in Maryland. We walk across the grounds, and I perch on a mostly dry wooden bench to read the Phase One clues. I get up and let the GPS lead me past a dozen gravestones. The app dings, telling me the target is close, so I look around. A low-to-the-ground plaque looks promising, and indeed it has the answers I seek. I write down the birth and death years of Lieutenant Colonel John Seney, who fought in the American Revolution, and his son Joshua Seney, who represented

tract attention with my “obviously searching for something” appearance. If you’re like me, or if you’re just getting started with geocaching, try picking a cache where fewer folks will be around. The cache description draws me toward the 40 -foot pole topped with an osprey nest. As I approach, a curious feature strikes me. An untrained eye wouldn’t register the brown bolt on the pole, but I think,


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Maryland at the Continental Congress in 1788. The cache description uses these dates as the key for decoding a cipher that reveals the Phase Two location coordinates. My frizzed hair blows across my face as I enter the new Waypoint coordinates into the app. The GPS leads us a quarter mile down the main road to a grassy public area next to a bridge. The cache hint is “Leaf me alone,� so we use our f lashlights to search around a vine-covered tree in the twilight. Riley double-checks that the vines are English ivy, and not poison ivy. A coating of poison ivy would be a terrible souvenir to bring home today. After a few minutes of searching high and low, the light ref lects 62

against a dark plastic object. A tiny tube with an official geocaching label peeks out from behind tree leaves. It’s hooked onto a twig-sized branch with a zip-tie. We remove it and unwind the log. The list of previous cachers extends back more than 2.5 years, first signed on May 12, 2015. We add our names, re-hide the cache and hurr y back to the car, ready for our next find: postadventure pizza. While savoring a garlic knot, I browse the geocaching map around the Lower Shore. What I see intrigues me, and I know what my next geocaching adventure will be. Near Sharptown, a geocacher has hidden a series of mystery caches, which together form a boat when viewed on the map. If my fellow geocacher made the effort to perfectly place this 35+ cache series, then I’m surely going to try my best to complete it. Challenge accepted. Julie Soforenko lives in Kent County and owns a boutique web design company, Creative Blazer. When she’s not coding, she’s either writing, singing, or exploring the Eastern Shore. 63

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Life Reimagined - Challenges & Triumphs by Amy Steward

The aging process doesn’t have to be a daunting one. Talbot Community Connections (TCC) and the Talbot County Department of Social Services hope that by sharing the right tools with aging residents, the aging process can be approached with fun, relaxation and a dose of humor.

This year, the two organizations will host the third annual Senior Summit, “Life Reimagined ~ Challenges and Triumphs,” on Thursday, June 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Talbot Community Center in Easton. This day-long program for seniors, children of seniors, caregivers, professionals

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ishing through transitions, self defense for seniors, senior fitness and even a virtual dementia tour. In addition to break-out workshops, there will be opportunities for participants to have lunch and to visit vendor tables to gather additional information on aging issues and services. Keynote speaker Lynn H. Sanchez, a mental health advocate, will present Wine Isn’t the Only Thing That Improves With Age ~ an insightful and lighthearted discussion about our personal aging journey. She states, “We will take a look at the physical and emotional energy needed to transition into our next phase of life.” Sanchez, who lives in Easton, has worked tirelessly as a mental health advocate on the Shore. She attended Florida State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in child development and a master of education degree in mental retardation. She has served on the faculty of Chesapeake College and has served as site coordinator of Talbot Touchpoints Project

and concerned residents will provide presentations and discussions on the issues that seniors face today, including health and wellness, technology, staying active and transitioning in life. TCC, a nonprofit arm of the Talbot County Department of Social Services, has the mission of raising and distributing funds to answer unmet needs that are fundamental to the safety, security, health and well-being of Talbot County’s children and adults. These needs cross all economic levels. The Senior Summit will include workshops on downsizing, flour-

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& Eldercare Project for the Mental Health Association in Talbot County. Currently, she is an administrative assistant at the medical office of Robert B. Sanchez and is a mental health first aid trainer. The cost of the Senior Summit is $15 for the general public, including seniors, and $85 for Professional Social Work CEUs. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. Pre-registration is required by June 1. Registration forms are available at the front desk at Talbot County Department of Social Services at 301 Bay Street, Unit 5 in Easton. Platinum sponsors for the 2018 Senior Summit are the Talbot County

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A Life Outside: Wayne Bell by Michael Valliant

Wayne Bell has observed the cosmos with Rachel Carson. When Bell was in junior high and high school, he lived two houses down from Carson, separated by an amateur astronomer who had built a telescope, and the three looked at the moon, Mars and the Milky Way. This was in Silver Spring, Maryland, before

the Capital Beltway was built, surrounded by woods with a stream, where Bell taught himself about nature. These touchstone experiences were the beginning of a career and life observing the natural world and playing outside. “When we grew up, there was no beltway, and, like many people my


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then went to Harvard University to get his PhD in marine microbiology. While completing his doctorate, he taught at Middlebury College during the school year and spent summers working at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. At Harvard, Bell took a class from a young ecologist and author named Edward O. (E.O.) Wilson. “From the perspective of many years later, this was an exciting time for ecology; Wilson was just doing his work on islands and island biogeography, and it was the first introduction I’d ever had to ecology that was more than just natural history ~ really looking for patterns and causes,” Bell said. “That appealed to me, and if I hadn’t stuck with my marine study, I would have probably switched over to him ~ he

Indigo Bunting age, I got into nature just because it was all around. I left the house in the morning, the back door slammed and maybe I got back for lunch,” Bell said. “So I went down and played in a stream that had mayfly hatches and sort of taught myself natural history, and when they started to clear for the beltway and development, I saw my first indigo bunting. I heard it singing and I didn’t know what it was; I had a lousy pair of binoculars, but I tracked it down anyway. And there I was in this little scrubby area that used to be beautiful woodlands, and there it was, singing out on this branch, and I said, ‘Wow, that is cool.’” Bell is known today as an avid birder and as a scientist and administrator from the University of Maryland and Washington College. He began at the University of Miami, where he studied marine science, chemistry and zoology, and

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really did influence my perspective on the world. And now that I’m old enough to philosophize, I would say that it just made a huge difference in how I view all natural systems.” Spending the school year teaching in Vermont and summers doing marine science at Woods Hole, exposed to great and innovative ideas, it was a formative time. It was also during that time that Bell’s wife, Joyce, bought him a pair of “highend” Sears binoculars, and he began to get serious about pursuing birding as a hobby. While working at Woods Hole, Bell met scientists from around the world, including some from what was to become the University of Maryland Center for Environmen-

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had passed me by for 20 years, and I decided to find some way of getting back into ecology,” Bell said. “I found ecology could be a fulcrum for working with local communities on environmental issues and, in some subtle way, bringing to bear some of the principles I first learned from E.O. Wilson to issues such as sustainable land use and community development.” The Center worked with the local community in Kent County, bringing agricultural and environmental interests and undergraduate students together to work on local issues and solutions under a program broadly entitled Sustainable Community Development. It was during his time at Washington College that Bell recon-

labs at Frostburg and Solomons Island. As Vice President for External Relations from the early 1980s until 2000, he held on to his desire to relate science to people. Bell worked with the UMCES scientists to develop a Graduate Fellows Program with special seminars and hands-on summer internships to help teachers from across Maryland learn the concepts and research procedures of modern science. In 2000, Bell accepted a job to become the founding director of Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society. “That moved me back to where I started, as far as liberal arts colleges. But most lab science, by then,


Ratcliffe’s students became interested in Geographic Information System and GPS positioning, which sparked an idea for Bell: to look at species diversity for birds in forest landscapes, as if they were islands in a sea of agriculture, an idea he picked up from E.O. Wilson’s work with oceanic islands. The students collected data for four years, then analyzed it and published and presented a paper in France. Ratcliffe and his students have continued their birding interest, becoming the Youth program of the MOS and sending teams to compete in the World Series of Birding each year, where they routinely win their school divisions. When Bell retired from Wash-

nected with a former Horn Point colleague, George Ratcliffe, who was by then a middle school science teacher in Centreville. Ratcliffe and his students were doing monitoring and analysis for the Chester River Association. Bell had them come present their findings to one of his courses on environmental policy, and people were blown away by the work the kids were doing. In 2002, Bell and Ratcliffe began to collaborate on the second Maryland/DC Breeding Bird Atlas project, a statewide initiative of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS). Bell became the Kent County coordinator, and Ratcliffe headed up Queen Anne’s County. Working with birds and the survey,


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ing, birding and being outside by leading birding walks at Adkins Arboretum twice a year, spring and fall, when the migratory birds are coming through the area, and Bell teaches a birding class twice a year through the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. “What I’ve found with the ALL program and Adkins, the adults squeal just as much as the kids do when they see a new species,” Bell said. “I still owe one of the adults her first look at a Baltimore oriole, and I intend to keep my promise this spring. People often say they never knew we had this type of diversity of birds on the Eastern Shore” What began as a fascination with nature and birds as a kid on the western shore led to a career teaching and promoting science to students of all ages, and has continued as a lifelong passion for being outside and helping people find, enjoy and appreciate the world around them.

Baltimore Oriole ington College in 2006, he began to look for more ways to be connected in Talbot County, where he and Joyce have lived since they moved to the Shore. Pickering Creek Audubon Center was one of the best fits. Working with volunteer coordinator Samantha Pitts and volunteers from the Talbot Bird Club, Bell helped set up a bird monitoring program in 2011 that continues to this day. And they’ve used this data to create a bird checklist for the Pickering Creek property that includes what species occur there and, for each, the preferred habitat, relative abundance, and when it is most likely seen over the course of a year. “It’s the only checklist I know of that is based on actual field observations,” Bell said. He’s kept up his love of teach-

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Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Dissects the Magic of Chamber Music by Amy Steward

This year’s 33rd annual Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Festival will be held throughout Talbot County from June 5 to June 17. Musicians from the world’s stages will perform the works of both familiar and lesser-known composers from the past and present. During two music-filled weeks, artists and musical ensembles will perform nine concerts featuring a wide range of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Mahler, Norman, Prokofiev, and more. Among the 15 musicians participating in the Festival are celebrated flutist Tara Helen O’Connor and her friends, who will bring the flute, violin, viola and cello together in a new and exciting way. The opening concert at Christ Church in Easton will feature the works of Beethoven and Brahms, with a pre-concert commentary by Jonathan Palevsky, program director of WBJC, and will conclude with a festive reception at Mason’s Redux 2017. The closing concert, Stadgrass, will highlight a new musical artform, classical music with a bluegrass twist, and an array of instruments including winds, strings and piano. This year, a vocalist will perform at

Jonathan Palevsky, program director of WBJC, will give a pre-concert commentary for the Chesapeake Chamber Music opening concert at Christ Church in Easton. several concerts. Each concert tells a story by carefully matching composer, artist and instrument to create something unique and memorable with each performance. 77

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sation. Tunes migrate from instrument to instrument.” Palevsky goes on to explain the color of the chamber music pieces we hear, saying, “We can listen for the differences between the first and second violins, and who is in charge musically as the piece progresses.” He adds, “With the texture of the music, we can evaluate if the music is thick or thin, acidic, relaxing or invigorating.” Palevsky says that chamber mu-

To wholly understand the dramatic effect of live chamber music, audiences must both listen and observe. According to Palevsky, audiences who see chamber music live are able to interact with the musicians and can experience the form, color and texture of the performance. He states, “Listening to the form of chamber music, there is an interplay in a musical conver-

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sic listeners can also ask themselves what the piece of music is saying to them, what they think the composer’s goal was, or what the purpose of the piece was. Placing music in the historical context of the time period in which it was written is another way to better understand the purpose of the piece. He adds, “At its best, chamber music is private intimate statements in astonishingly high-level compositions.” When asked about getting a younger listenership with chamber music, Palevsky shares that he recently met the great-granddaughter of Edward Arnold, who founded the classical radio station WBJC in 1951. She didn’t know that her greatgrandfather started the station, but she always felt she had a connection to it, even though she didn’t know why. He reflects, “Being open to the music pays high dividends. Chamber music has the capacity to move anyone of any age, or any time. When listening to this music, it’s one of the few times we actually get to sit still and not be distracted. It’s a nice feeling.”

Even after three centuries, audiences around the world are still awed by the intimacy of chamber music. As its name would suggest, chamber music was created to grace rooms, rather than halls. Festivalgoers will enjoy returning to the smaller and more intimate venues of the Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford Community Center and Academy Art Museum, as well as Easton’s Christ Church and Trinity Cathedral. The spacious Avalon Theatre will feature the 2018 Chamber Music Competition winner as part of its special concert during week two. Sponsors of this year’s festival include the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. Additional generous financial support from corporate, public and private benefactors enables Chesapeake Music to offer affordable tickets for Festival concerts and recitals; open rehearsals are free to the general public. For additional information, visit or call 410-819-0380.

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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 81


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When you see ants crawling on garden plants, look for aphids. Some ant species protect aphids, moving them from plant to plant and even taking them into the anthill for overnight safety. The ants do this to ensure a supply of honeydew ~ a sugary water substance secreted by aphids ~ on which ants feed. Try to control this with a soapy water spray. Begin spraying for black spot at least twice a month. Removing and replacing mulch under roses will greatly cut down on black spot. Impatiens are the most satisfactory annual for shady areas of the landscape. You can use impatiens flowers as bedding plants, border plants or in containers. They enjoy moist but well-drained soil and are partial to deep shade. They do not do as well in full sun. If you are looking for plants that flower each year, require little care, and are rarely bothered by pests or disease, try some of these perennials: coneflower, bleeding heart, coralbells, daylily, geum, hosta, bergenia, Virginia bluebell and Veronica.

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For bluegrass and tall fescue turfs, you need to mow the grass at least 3 inches high. If you “scalp� the grass, you are removing too much of the leaf blade at one time, stressing the plant. Do not remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at each mowing. Also, turf research has shown over and over that a short cut cool-season turf is more prone to dandelion, crabgrass and other weed problems. Mow on a regular basis. If you need to use a hay rake to remove all the grass clippings, you have waited too long between mowings. Happy Gardening! Marc Teffeau retired as Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs at the American Nursery and Landscape Association in Washington, D.C. He now lives in Georgia with his wife, Linda.



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

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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 410-228-1000 or visit or SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228-SAIL(7245) or visit www. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - A tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called Cambridge’s High Street one of the most beautiful streets in America. He modeled his fictional city Patamoke after Cambridge. Many of the gracious homes on High Street date from the 1700s and 1800s. Today you can join a historic walking tour of High Street each Saturday at 11 a.m., April through October (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-901-1000. High Street is also known as one of the most haunted streets in Maryland. join a Chesapeake Ghost Walk to hear the stories. Find out more at www. SKIPJACK NATHAN OF DORCHESTER - Sail aboard the authentic skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, offering heritage cruises on the Choptank River. The Nathan is docked at Long Wharf in Cambridge. Dredge for oysters and hear the stories of the working waterman’s way of life. For more info. and schedules tel: 410-228-7141 or visit CHOPTANK RIVER LIGHTHOUSE REPLICA - The replica of a six-sided screwpile lighthouse includes a small museum with exhibits about the original lighthouse’s history and the area’s maritime heritage. The lighthouse, located on Pier A at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, is open daily, May through October, and by appointment, November through April; call 410-463-2653. For more info. visit DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Located at 321 High 97

Dorchester Points of Interest Street in Cambridge, the Center offers monthly gallery exhibits and shows, extensive art classes, and special events, as well as an artisans’ gift shop with an array of items created by local and regional artists. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit RICHARDSON MARITIME MUSEUM - Located at 401 High St., Cambridge, the Museum makes history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of traditional Bay boats. The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424

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Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between

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Dorchester Points of Interest 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 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 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 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 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 102

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Easton Points of Interest Historic Downtown Easton is the county seat of Talbot County. Established around early religious settlements and a court of law, today the historic district of Easton is a centerpiece of fine specialty shops, business and cultural activities, unique restaurants and architectural fascination. Tree-lined streets are graced with various period structures and remarkable homes, carefully preserved or restored. Because of its historical significance, Easton has earned distinction as the “Colonial Capital of the Eastern Shore” and was honored as #8 in the book, “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” Walking Tour of Downtown Easton Start near the corner of Harrison Street and Mill Place. 1. HISTORIC TIDEWATER INN - 101 E. Dover St. A completely modern hotel built in 1949, it was enlarged in 1953 and has recently undergone extensive renovations. It is the “Pride of the Eastern Shore.” 2. THE BULLITT HOUSE - 108 E. Dover St. One of Easton’s oldest and most beautiful homes, it was built in 1801. It is now occupied by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. 3. AVALON THEATRE - 42 E. Dover St. Constructed in 1921 during the heyday of silent films and vaudeville entertainment. Over the course of its history, it has been the scene of three world premiers, including “The First Kiss,” starring Fay Wray and Gary Cooper, in 1928. The theater has gone through two major restorations: the first in 1936, when it was refinished in an art deco theme by the Schine Theater chain, and again 52 years later, when it was converted to a performing arts and community center. For more info. tel: 410-822-0345 or visit 4. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information for historic Easton and the waterfront villages of Oxford, St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit 5. BARTLETT PEAR INN - 28 S. Harrison St. Significant for its architecture, it was built by Benjamin Stevens in 1790 and is one of Easton’s earliest three-bay brick buildings. The home was “modernized” with Victorian bay windows on the right side in the 1890s. 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is 105

Easton Points of Interest now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and seasonal events. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. Founded in 1692, the Parish’s church building is one of the many historic landmarks of downtown Easton. The current building was erected in the early 1840’s of Port Deposit granite and an addition on the south end was completed in 1874. Since that time there have been many improve-

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Easton Points of Interest ments and updates, but none as extensive as the restoration project which began in September 2014. For service times contact 410-822-2677 or 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 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.



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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Easton Points of Interest 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcf 21. U. of M. SHORE MEDICAL CENTER AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s as the Memorial Hospital, now a member of

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University of Maryland Shore Regional Health System. For more info. tel: 410-822-100 or visit 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. 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 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 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 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 28. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - The original structure was built before 1690. Early 18th century rector was the Reverend Daniel Maynadier. A later provincial rector (1764–1768), the Reverend Thomas Bacon, compiled “Bacon’s Laws,” authoritative compendium of Colonial Statutes. Robert Morris, Sr., father of Revolutionary financier is buried here.

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


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

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hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, 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 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 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. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors would

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St. Michaels Points of Interest come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 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. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or 25. GR ANITE LODGE #177 - Located on St. Mary’s Square, Granite Lodge was built in 1839. The building stands on the site of the first Methodist Church in St. Michaels on land donated to the Methodists by James Braddock in 1781. Between then and now, the building has served variously as a church, schoolhouse and as a storehouse for muskrat skins. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, 126


St. Michaels Points of Interest constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit 27. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, and providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts. For more info. visit 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit 30. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - This 1.3 mile paved walkway winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.


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

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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 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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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 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry

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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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Voices From The Past by Gary D. Crawford

One of the most enjoyable aspects of living on the Eastern Shore is listening to people speak about its rich and varied history. Their voices fill in the past I didn’t know, each tale and recollection adding yet another thread to my heritage tapestry. I’m sure you know what I mean. For those of us who weren’t born and bred in this place, hearing local stories is an important part of our learning experience, for it helps deepen our appreciation of the place we now call home. I came to grasp this more clearly some years ago, when I accepted a n inv itat ion to present one of my slide shows to residents of a pla nned communit y in Ea ston. The presentation was on a Tuesday afternoon, I was unknown to them, and the subject was the history of Tilghman’s Island. I reckoned, therefore, that the turnout would be very slim, perhaps just a handful of folks who were tired of Canasta. When over 70 people turned out and listened attentively for nearly an hour, I just had to ask my host about it. He explained that nearly all the residents of that community are transplants from elsewhere. They know relatively little about this area but are keen to know more. “It’s

hard to put down roots in soil you don’t know,” he said with a smile. Indeed. We do need to k now w h e r e w e a r e , d o n’ t w e? H i s observation certainly explained, in a nutshell, my interest in those conversations with local friends. I was learning about the place where I had decided to live the rest of my life. Not only was this learning informative and sometimes fun, I was beginning to get a sense of that complex and interlocking web of relationships that prevails in our rural communities. Most of my conversations are casual and quite by chance, you understand. I have no real purpose in mind other than to “soak it up.” I am not an interviewer; I’m just curious. So I listen and maybe ask some questions. The talk flows freely. Afterwards, I may jot down some notes, especially the genealogical spaghetti. It strikes me, now and again, that until quite recently ~ well, the last 5,000 years or so ~ such conversations were the only way we could ever know about events we did not actually witness. Somebody had to tell us about them. If we weren’t told about something, orally, we couldn’t know about it ~ at all, ever.


Voices From The Past Just think of that. And then, writing was invented! With that little gimmick, information could be transmitted a c r o s s s p a c e. We c o u l d l e a r n about events that had happened in places we had never been and never would be. We could know of ideas expressed by people we would never meet. Better yet, writing also allowed words to be transmitted across time. We could know the thoughts of people gone years before we were born. Amazing! Writing changed everything. It affected our evolution as a species by allowing us to stand on each other’s shoulders, so to speak. We could build upon the discoveries of others rather than each generation having to start more or less from scratch, limited to whatever was known by the people right around us. Through writing, we have access to the knowledge of people from thousands of years ago. Let us digress for a few moments. Did you ever wonder who first

t hought of ma k ing mark s on something to represent the sounds of speech? Well, I did. After all, it’s quite a leap from sounds to scratches. It i s gener a l ly ag re e d t hat tr ue w r it ing of language ~ not ju s t of nu mb er s or pic t u r e s ~ w a s i nde p e nde nt l y c onc e i ve d , by someone very clever, in three entirely unrelated civilizations. All the writing in Europe and Africa can be traced back to one single culture ~ the Sumerians ~ who lived in a dozen or so cities stretched between two rivers that f low into the Persian Gulf. Much of this area, known as Mesopotamia (“between the rivers”), lies in modern-day Iraq, and it is there that the earliest writing has been found. It began as a record for business purposes, such as the number of jars of oil in a given lot. But around 3000 BC ~ several hundred years before t he great pyramids of Egypt, if that helps you place it ~ a brilliant breakthrough happened. Writing shif ted from representing objects to representing

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Voices From The Past the sounds of the spoken language. Eventually, an alphabet was devised to simplify things, and our Western w r it ing was of f and r unning. Then, over a thousand years later, around 1300 BC, something similar happened in China during the Shang Dynast y. A nd another thousand years or so later, it happened again when the Olmec culture, and later the Maya, developed writing in what is now Mexico. And what did they write on? After all, paper doesn’t grow on trees. (Well, actually…but you know what I mean.) The first written records were marks made in damp clay. The ancients tried writing on everything ~ bone, bark, stone, plant leaves, clay, unglazed ceramics, cave walls, cloth, animal hides, waxed tablets, and each other.

The Greeks and Romans used a wax-coated wooden tablet on which they wrote with a sharp stylus. It was trickier than writing with ink, but easier to erase since the wax could be smoothed to cover over a mistake. In fact, the entire tablet could be warmed and the whole surface smoothed over, giving the

scribe a blank slate (a tabula rasa) ready for use again. Although papyrus is the origin of our word paper, it is quite different. The papyrus plant grows throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East; its stalk s can be bund led toget her to ma ke “reed” boat s. But papyrus isn’t really a reed, as Kelley Cox once explained to me as I was planting what I thought was a reed at the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. “No, Gary, that’s not a reed. (I was very young.) Remember: ‘Reeds are round, and sedges have edges.’” So, since the papy r us stalk is triangular, the rhyme tells us it is a sedge. Once the tough outer casing is stripped away, the soft pith inside can be cut into strips. Lay them edge to edge with a slight overlap, lay another sheet crossways, press and dry, and presto ~ you have a thick “paper.” Papyrus works fine in dry desert areas, but it doesn’t last long in moist climates. Northern Europeans


rubbed off, the skin side is scraped with a circular knife, then stretched and dried. Parchment is dif f icult and t i me - c on s u m i ng to m a ke a nd , consequently, quite expensive. Not surprisingly, scribes often reused older parchments by erasing earlier writing with rubbing and various

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Voices From The Past solvents so they could w r ite on them again. The Greeks called such a reused parchment a “palimpsest” (“again scraped”), a term that came to be applied to reused manuscripts of all kinds. It is virtually impossible to get a parchment entirely erased, however, and a palimpsest reveals itself when one or more d im “under-tex t s” can be made out. Often, the scribe turned the parchment to make it less confusing.

Many of these under-texts are illegible, but modern technology now is unlocking some of the hidden tex ts. In Januar y, Smith sonian Magazine reported that a Christian manuscript written in 10th-century A rabic was cover ing something written in Greek. Close examination revealed that it was not another Ch r i s t i a n te x t , howe ver, but a classical Greek text written in the 5th century. It was a lost voice from the past, found after 1500 years ~ and that brings us back to our story. The recording and transmitting of speech was one-upped in 1877, when Thomas Edison invented the

phonograph, the “sound-writer.” His invention made it possible not only to record a person’s words, but to record the person’s voice s ay ing t he wor d s. Si nc e t hen, many devices to record sound have been invented. The magnetic tape recorder made it possible for anyone to make a sound recording, and I have sometimes used a little one to capture those conversations that I find so enjoyable. My recordings are incomplete, and the sound is pretty awful; still, they are fun to listen to years later. (I recommend the practice to you.) Fortunately, others have made such recordings, too. A few doors up the road from me, there stands a handsome 19th-century Eastern Shore home. The house is noteworthy because it wasn’t built where it now stands. It was brought up on a skipjack from Holland’s Island by its former owner, Nathan Parks. It was his mother’s home as well as the island’s post office. By the early 1900s, the Bay was eroding Holland’s Island rapidly, and w it h each stor m it became clearer that they would have to leave. Mr. Parks decided to move his mother and her entire home here to Tilghman’s Island. He took the house apar t piece by piece, numbered everything, and reassembled it here. Everyone called Nathan “Capt. Funny.” Many here seemed not to know his real first name, for he acknowledged the nickname.


I often wished our time here had overlapped, but he passed away ten years before we moved here fulltime. I really wanted to ask him about the house ~ and, of course, how he got his nickname. Then, one day, thanks to Jim Dawson of the Unicorn Bookstore in Trappe, a small miracle occurred. My questions were answered, not by Jim ~ but by Capt. Funny himself! Jim had come across a set of audio tapes, recordings made by Gilbert Byron, the Eastern Shore poet, author, historian and teacher. Almost half a century ago, Byron had interviewed Parks, probably for a magazine article, and thankfully, he recorded their chat. And so, though it had seemed quite impossible, I

was able to listen to Capt. Funny tell his story. Byron: This is a conversation bet ween Capt. Nathan Parks of Tilghman about his early boyhood, his family childhood, his boats, and friends, and so on, and we’re beginning to make it on January 31, 1970. P a r k s : OK . I w a s b o r n o n Holland’s Island in 1898, 18th of February. And my father died when I was six weeks old. Left my mother with five boys and two girls. And when I come to go to work, why, we had to go to work. When I graduated from the third grade, well, I slipped and never got in the fourth grade. And I had to go to work in order to make a livelihood. And if I didn’t make a dollar or something, we


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Voices From The Past didn’t eat. That’s all there was to it. Well, I had to go work in them days. Not like it is now. A nd my favor ite p er son w a s my grandfather, Jesse Parks, of Holland’s Island. (The island’s pretty well washed away now.) Grandfather was my favorite person, and I lived with him, practically, but just the weekdays, until he came home on weekends. And then on Saturday I’d go home and stay with Mother. And every Monday in the evening I’d go home stay with Grandmother the balance of the week. And then I’d kind of like to go to school from there, from my grandmother’s, and then I’d go home weekends. And my grandfather had a fullrigged ship in his living room, and the man would come home and settle up

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on the oysters that week. And I said, ‘Grandfather,’ I said, ‘Grandpop,’ I said, ‘would you let me, would you give me that boat up there?’ ‘Now, son,’ he said, ‘Grandfather can’t give you that boat there.’ Then he said, ‘Now all you boys, I want you to listen to what I got to say. If you’re the longest liver, and Mom’s gone, that’s his boat. He’s only one asked for it and I think he should have it.’ A full-rigged ship, and I’ve still got it. Oh, yes, it’s a beautiful thing and I prize it. I had it all painted up and fixed up in my living room. I look at it and think of Grandfather. So that’s my life. B y r on: L i s ten, now, tel l u s about now, tell us how you got your nickname, ‘Funny.’

Parks: Now, my name is Nathan Thomas Parks. Better known as Captain Funny. Now, when I was a little tucker, very small, and I’d get up in the morning, and I got up real early one morning, a cold morning, running down the hallway, with just a napkin on, hollering at the top of my voice, ‘I feel funny.’ And that’s what my mother said, and she always called me Funny. I always carried that with me all my life, up till now.” His was, truly, a voice from the past. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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ASPARAGUS and ARUGULA SALAD with GARBANZO BEANS Serves 4-6 6 T. olive oil 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces 1-1/2 cups canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 3 T. aged balsamic vinegar 6 cups arugula salad greens Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 4-oz. pkg. crumbled feta cheese Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the onion. Cook for 5 minutes. Add asparagus, salt and pepper, and cook until asparagus is tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Stir several times and turn off the heat. Stir in the beans and transfer to a plate to cool.

Whisk together 3 tablespoons oil, vinegar and some salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss arugula with 2 tablespoons of dressing and divide among the salad plates. Toss asparagus mixture with remaining dressing and spoon over the arugula. Sprinkle feta cheese on top of each plate and serve. ASPARAGUS-WALNUT SALAD on ARUGULA Serves 6 1 pound asparagus spears 2 quarts boiling salted water 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored 3 T. fresh-squeezed lemon juice 6 cups arugula 6 T. walnut oil 6 T. white wine vinegar Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1/2 cup toasted walnut halves Snap off tough ends of the asparagus spears and blanch in boiling water just until tender-crisp, about 1-1/2 minutes; refrigerate. Julienne apples (matchstick-size pieces) and toss with the lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Cover until ready to serve. Wash and dry arugula and refrigerate. For the dressing, mix together the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix together the apple, walnuts and dressing, and place on the asparagus.



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GARLIC-ROASTED ASPARAGUS Serves 6 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus spears 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 3 T. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 t. sea salt and freshly ground pepper Preheat oven to 450°. Snap off the ends of asparagus. Place asparagus and garlic in a 15 x 10 x 2-inch baking pan. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender-crisp, stirring once halfway through roasting. ASPARAGUS QUICHE This pie is perfect for brunch or as

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Tidewater Kitchen 1/2 cup pine nuts 3/4 pound penne pasta 1 pound asparagus spears, tough ends removed and cut into 2-inch pieces 2 cups fresh or frozen peas, divided 5 cups loosely packed basil (stems discarded) 1 cup loosely packed mint (stems discarded) 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 t. kosher salt, divided Preheat oven to 300°. Lightly brush or spray the garlic with oil. Roast the garlic and pine nuts on a baking sheet until the nuts are golden brown and the garlic has softened ~ about 12 minutes. Boil the pasta in a large pot of water according to package directions. Add the asparagus 2 minutes before the pasta is finished cooking. Add 1-1/2 cups of the

peas when the pasta is done. Turn off the heat, drain the pasta and vegetables, reserving 1/2 cup of water, and return them to the pot. While the pasta is cooking, make the pesto. In a food processor, pulse the garlic and pine nuts with the basil, mint, 1/2 cup peas, half the parmesan and the oil until uniformly chopped. Season with pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Scoop out 1/2 cup of the pasta water and stir into the pesto. Toss the pasta and vegetables with the pesto. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and salt as needed, and serve immediately. MARINATED ASPARAGUS MEDLEY 2 pounds fresh asparagus 1/3 cup chopped parsley 1/3 cup sliced black olives 1/3 cup sliced stuffed green olives 1 2-oz. jar diced pimientos, drained 2 T. sliced green onions 1-1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 2 t. fresh lemon juice 1 t. Worcestershire sauce 1 T. dried basil 2 t. freshly ground pepper 1 t. dried oregano 1 t. garlic powder 1/2 t. sea salt 1/4 t. sugar Romaine lettuce or your preference 1 pint cherry tomatoes Snap off tough ends of asparagus


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by Roger Vaughan Letters from the Earth is a book by Mark Twain. In the title novella, the angel Satan is banished to Earth by the Creator as punishment. Once on Earth, he begins writing letters to his angelic friends, Michael and Gabriel, about what he finds. That element of Twain’s story forms the basis of this teleplay. In this story, Gabriel is a woman (Gabriella). FADE IN 1. EXT. CREATOR’S STUDIO – DAY The Creator, an oversized being, at work. On an elevated platform set against an endless expanse of darkness, the Creator is doing the dance of a shot putter, emitting gut-wrenching groans of gigantic effort as he wheels and makes his art, emitting colorful fountain sprays of fire from his fingertips, a million stupendous suns that cleave the darkness and soar away until they sparkle like diamonds across the domed roof of the universe. Below the platform, the Creator’s coterie of cherubim and seraphim (high-ranking

angels, the Creator’s sycophants) cower with a mixture of fear and awe. Then the Creator is done. In the ensuing silence, the Creator examines his work, wiping his mighty brow with a towel brought to him by an adoring cherub and gulping lustily from a bottle of water like a fighter between late rounds. Then he raises his arms and bellows.


CREATOR Behold! His happy chuckles echo in the vastness. 2. INT. OFFICES, CREATOR’S STUDIO – DAY

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Has a message ever been answered? No. Will one ever be answered? No. But they keep on calling.

A large space with misty corners, like an old barn. It’s busy, chaotic, oddly anachronistic. Bells ring, faxlike machines grind out reams of messages, computers hum. Pets abound (birds, dogs, cats and some unrecognizable life forms). Workers (lesser angels) bustle about, dressed in white, flowing, loose-fitting cotton garments (angel wear). Saint Pia, the Creator’s special assistant, is a fussy, middle-aged woman wearing a headset. Pia is disorganized, has a short fuse and mishandles almost everything she touches.

Messenger arrives with a hand cart labeled “Prayer Division” piled high with transcription rolls. MESSENGER (bored) Incoming.

PIA (into headset)’m, that’s not possible...what did I tell you?... I did not tell you that, no, I’m sorry, no...could you repeat that, please?... yes, I understand it’s important, and I’ll certainly say that you called. She writes a message on a pink slip and puts it on a spindle that is inches thick with similar pink slips. There are dozens of other spindles bristling with messages on her desk. PIA (muttering to herself )

Without looking up from her work, Pia presses a button. A door opens in the wall behind her, revealing overflowing bins of transcription rolls as far as the eye can see. The messenger dumps the new batch into the nearest bin and departs. PAN across the busy studio to where the angels Michael, Gabriella and Satan sit at adjoining carrels. They work on what appear to be sophisticated Play Stations, except the visuals are holograms depicting crisis situations on Earth presented in random order, and appearing rapidly, one after the other. Their hands fly over the controls as they intervene, averting disasters whenever possible. Over their shoulders we see car wrecks, emergency vehicles racing around, robberies being committed, storms, people in conflict. We hear the sounds of tires squealing, sirens,



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(matter of fact) Earthquake in the Philippines, train wreck in France, guy almost crushed by a tiller in Ohio. The usual. GABRIELLA (matter of fact) Aircraft fire at 30,000 feet, guy beating his wife in Chicago, sinking ferry boat, another school shooting. MICHAEL I’m glad this is temporary, just until the Man Project gets stabilized. SATAN Temporary. You really do believe that, don’t you? MICHAEL Well, yeah, that’s... SATAN ...the party line. But is it getting better? Are there any fewer crises? You see the expected downturn?



I’ve seen the numbers. They’re up. Way up. We could have a hundred times the personnel... GABRIELLA He won’t make more angels. It bores him. Been there, done that. MICHAEL And it takes forever the way it’s set up for recycled souls to make angel grade. SATAN A million more angels wouldn’t make any difference. We’re tokens. Tip of the iceberg, that’s what we handle. That’s all we can do. Earth’s a mess. An inspired, self-destructive mess. A terrific joke. Proves the Creator has an impenetrably dark sense of humor. GABRIELLA He didn’t mean it to be funny. He’s not perfect, you know. So what he does isn’t perfect. He does the best he can. We’re not perfect. You’re not perfect, that’s for sure. SATAN (posing) Au contraire. I may be his most perfect creation. 3. INT. ANGEL LOUNGE CREATOR’S STUDIO Michael and Gabriella smiling at Satan’s all-too-usual hyperbole as the three enter the crowded Angel 169

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ideas like this come from?

Lounge. Strange atonal music mixed with natural sounds is in the air, with frequent announcements interrupting. We recognize some of the cherubim and seraphim from the opener (1) as Michael, Gabriella and Satan get in line for refreshments. Two cherubs in front of them cast disapproving looks at Satan. The Lounge is laid out like a food court on the New Jersey Turnpike. Workers fill cups from machines. The angels put drinks and French fries on trays and sit at tables talking with their hands in their laps. After a few minutes, they put their untouched drinks in trash containers as they file out (angels don’t eat or drink).

GABRIELLA You don’t know that.

SATAN Where do you suppose this idea came from? Only one guess. MICHAEL AND GABRIELLA (resigned) Earth. SATAN You said it. Totally bonkers. You know he watches Man television all the time now.

SATAN This whole place is looking more like Earth every day. Next he’ll want a car. Three bongs sound, preceding a breathy announcement: “Angel Satan, Angel Satan, please report to Saint Pia right away.” Satan reacts, Michael and Gabriella look concerned. The two cherubs look dangerously righteous. GABRIELLA What did you do now? SATAN It’s probably just another commendation. 4. INT. SATAN’S ROOM, LATER Like a compartment aboard ship or a college dorm room. It’s messy. Angel wear is in heaps. Satan is putting a few things in a small bag. Michael and Gabriella are with him, trying to cheer him up.

MICHAEL Come on…

MICHAEL Hey, it’s only for a day. SATAN One of our days. You know how long a day here lasts on Earth ~ a thousand years. It’s gonna seem

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twice that long. GABRIELLA I still don’t understand why you’d be sent to Earth as punishment.

MICHAEL He may have some reason other than punishment for sending you there. He works in mysterious ways.

SATAN Some people can’t stand criticism.

Satan rolls his eyes.

MICHAEL Beats when you were exiled into space for a day.

GABRIELLA Like what?

SATAN At least I caught up on my sleep.

MICHAEL I dunno, maybe he wants a firsthand report.

GABRIELLA Who ratted this time?

SATAN I’m his guy, I’ll give him a report.



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She hands it to Satan. He takes it without enthusiasm, puts it in the bag.

GABRIELLA That’s not him at all. He’s an artist, he doesn’t look back. Does it, moves on. Lets the chips fall where they may. He wouldn’t want a report.

SATAN How boring that would be. MICHAEL You going like that?

MICHAEL Then why is there an entry from the Creator on Pia’s to-do list?

SATAN Wardrobe’s got something for me. I can get duds when I arrive… with this!

GABRIELLA There is!? MICHAEL Carved in stone. It says, “Evaluate Man Project.” GABRIELLA What? I can’t…how’d you see Pia’s list? SATAN (zipping bag) Guess I’m ready.

With a devilish smile, Satan whips out a credit card.


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Gabriella retrieves Satan’s tarnished halo from the floor, rubs it on her sleeve, whacks it a couple times. It sputters, then glows feebly. You’d better not leave without this. If you kept better track of it, you wouldn’t be in trouble all the time. 172

Satan fades from view. 5. INT. DAY - A SUBWAY CAR IN MANHATTAN Clutching his bag, Satan is caught in rush hour. Beset by the racket, he hangs on against the jerky motion of the car. He is dressed

like a dandy: white suit, white shirt, white silk tie with Angel Wear logo. Even in New York, people give him the eye. LATER Same subway car, now empty except for two or three passengers, one of whom is Satan, stretched out asleep with his head on his bag. The train stops at a station. Bobby, a tough guy, enters the car. The doors close, the train moves off. Bobby checks out the passengers, smiles when he sees the guy in the white suit, pulls a knife. Satan wakes with a start as Bobby jabs him gently in the leg. As Satan lifts his head up, Bobby grabs the bag. Satan immobilizes Bobby with a stare, slowly reaches out and seizes the wrist of Bobby’s knife hand.

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The Man Project What’s your stop? BOBBY ( finding his voice) 125th. SATAN Good. I know 125th. Lots of action. 6. EXT HARLEM ~ SAME NIGHT Satan and Bobby walking. It’s late summer. The streets are crowded. They see prostitutes at work, drug deals, cops cruising, drunks, altercations, homeless asleep in store fronts. Many residents, unable to sleep in stifling rooms, doze on their stoops. Satan revels in the “humanity” of what he sees. 7. INT. FOLLOWING DAY, ITALIAN CLOTHING STORE Satan is buying clothes, striking poses in the mirror 8. EXT. SAME DAY, MIDTOWN MANHATTAN In his new Italian threads, Satan walks Fifth Avenue, checks out people praying in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and other churches; window shops Harry Winston; cruises Saks; browses Barnes & Noble and buys a book that catches his eye, Letters from the Earth; observes the parade of people, the shoppers, bike messengers, vendors, hustlers. There are situations and confrontations

at every turn, some of which involve him. He gets yelled at by construction workers for lingering in the wrong spot. A couple has stopped on the street to argue. A cabby spews invective at him for stepping in front of his cab. He’s affected by these events, puzzled, put off. He visits the Children’s Zoo in Central Park, scowls at the animals behind bars; marvels at the number of cell phones in use; shakes his head at the crawl of traffic going nowhere; digs the street musicians and break dancers. He browses the porn shops of 8th Avenue, checks out Belleview Hospital’s Emergency Room, checks out the kids departing the private schools on the East Side, visits the UN, where an angry debate rages, buys a laptop and a cell phone at an Apple store. 9. INT. PLAZA HOTEL RECEPTION, EVENING Satan is checking in. The clerk eyes his card with suspicion, but it is approved with no credit limit. Clerk becomes obsequious. 10. INT. SATAN’S ROOM, PLAZA, SAME EVENING Satan is watching the evening news on television. Then he opens his laptop and begins an email to Michael and Gabriella @creation. com. The book he bought is open beside him.


SATAN (voice over as he types) Today I bought a frightening book, frightening because it is a fictional tale about me, Satan, getting punished by the Creator, coming to Earth, and writing letters to the two of you. Is this the Creator’s doing? Is he trying to drive me nuts? The amazing thing is, the letters really could have been written by me. It’s called Letters from the Earth. The author, a guy named Mark Twain, wrote it more than 100 years ago. It’s eerie. Listen to this: “This is a strange place, an extraordinary place. The people are all insane, the other animals are insane, the Earth is insane. Nature itself is insane. Man is a marvelous curiosity.”


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him. He even believes the Creator loves him, has a passion for him, sits up nights to admire him, watch over him, and keep him out of trouble.”

11. INT. MICHAEL’S ROOM AT THE CREATOR’S STUDIO Michael is reading Satan’s letter aloud to Gabriella MICHAEL “‘When he is at his very, very best he is sort of a low grade, nickleplated angel; at his worst, he is unspeakable, unimaginable; and first and last and all the time he is a sarcasm.’ A sarcasm! Perfect. A curiosity. A nickle-plated angel. This guy Twain has read my mind.” GABRIELLA Oh, no… 12. INT. SATAN’S ROOM, PLAZA HOTEL SATAN (voiceover as he types) Twain says, “Yet man blandly and in all sincerity calls himself the noblest work of something he calls God. God seems to be his name for the Creator. B ROLL of television without sound that is on in Satan’s room. A religious channel is on. SATAN (voiceover) “He thinks he is the Creator’s pet. He believes the Creator is proud of

13. INT. MICHAEL’S ROOM AT THE CREATOR’S STUDIO Michael reading to Gabriella MICHAEL “And he prays to him and thinks he listens. Isn’t that a quaint idea? And he prays with hope and confidence, although no prayer has ever been answered. The daily affront, the daily defeats do not discourage him, he goes on praying just the same.” Unquote. 14. INT. SATAN’S ROOM, PLAZA SATAN (voiceover as he types) A quaint idea. There’s an understatement! There’s more. Lots more. This Twain guy is uncanny. B ROLL previous scenes when Satan is observing people. SATAN (voiceover) You won’t believe how emotional these humans are. They can fly right off the handle over the dumbest things. Fear, anxiety, love and hate rule their lives. Very self-destructive. But it’s great fun to watch, exhilarating to be around. Makes me giddy, a little


be trouble.

unsteady. We don’t get that from our guardian work. You have to be here to feel it.

Gabriella stands up, heads for the door.

15. INT. MICHAELS ROOM AT THE CREATOR’S STUDIO Michael reading to Gabriella

MICHAEL Wait, where are you off to? GABRIELLA The Soul Train. To look up Samuel Clemens.

MICHAEL “In a word, Earth is a zoo. More of a madhouse than even I expected. Do me a favor and check out this guy Twain for me. His real name was Samuel Clemens. He was a piece of work. A soul mate for sure.” End.

**** Next month: Gabriella is off to Earth to confront Satan and, she hopes, to save the Man Project.

GABRIELLA The end, all right. A zoo? A madhouse? I knew this would

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3-5,10-13 The Tred Avon Players pr e s ent S te e l Magnoli a s by Robert Harling at the Oxford C om mu n it y C e nte r. For reser vations and show times t e l : 4 10 - 2 2 6 - 0 0 61 o r v i s i t 3 , 1 0 , 1 7, 2 4 , 3 1 Me n’s G r o u p Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal w ith issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit


3,10,17,24,31 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Community 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 3,10,17,24,31 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice. 1 to 2:15 p.m. This weekly support group is for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. For more info. tel: 410 -8226681 or e -m a i l b de mat t ia@ 3,10,17,24,31 Farmer’s Market at L ong W h a r f, C a mbr id ge , f r om 3 t o 6 p. m . Fo r m o r e info. v isit events/215283019051530. 3 , 1 0 , 17, 2 4 , 3 1 Kent Island Farmer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. ever y Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit

3,17 Meeting: Samplers Quilt Guild from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. The Guild meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Prov ide your ow n lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-1015. 3,17 Classical Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of ever y mont h. For more info. tel: 410 - 819 -3 395 or v i sit 4 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 4

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May Calendar shopping, special performances, kids’ activities and a variety of dining options. 5 to 8 p.m. 4 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit

10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410221-1978, 410-901-9711 or visit 4 Concert: The Country Gentlemen Tr i b u t e B a n d i n t h e S t o l t z Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 822- 729 9 or v i sit 4-5 Geranium & Spring Flower Sale at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Purchase beautiful potted geraniums in all colors, large hanging baskets and assorted bedding plants. For more info. tel: 410-745-2534.

4 Burning of the Vines at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. Celebrate the new season by burning last year’s grow th with a huge bonfire! Food truck and live music from Front Page News. Bring a lawn chair. Over 21 only. $7 advance tickets, $10 at the door. Gold Leaf Members are free. 6 p.m. For more info. t e l : 4 1 0 - 2 2 8 -1 2 0 5 o r v i s i t 4 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementar y School on Eg y pt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to

4-6 Workshop: Exploration into In t a gl i o P r i n t m a k i n g w i t h Rosemary Cooley at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $185 members, $220 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights, and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 ever y Fr iday and Sat urday n i g h t . Fo r m o r e i n f o . v i s i t


4 , 1 1 , 1 8 , 2 5 Me e t i n g : F r i d a y Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets ~ 1st and 3rd Fridays at Hurlock American Legion #243, 57 Legion Drive, Hurlock; and 2nd and 4th Fridays at V F W Post 5246 in Federalsburg. 9 a.m. All veterans are welcome. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410-943-8205 after 4 p.m.

5 Bird Migration Walk at Adkins A rboretum, R idgely. 8 to 10 a.m. Free, with $5 admission for non-members. Join Wayne Bell on a guided bird walk through t he A r b or e t u m’s for e s t a nd meadows. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit 5

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4,11,18,25 Gentle Yoga at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-8193395 or visit 4,11,18,25 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848.

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May Calendar 1 p.m. Bait provided. Ages 16 and under. This FREE familyfriendly fishing derby is a great day to get your little ones out there fishing. For more info. tel: 410-822-6222. 5 Cars and Coffee at the Oxford Community Center. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 5 CPR for Boaters with Megan Stein at the Oxford Community Center, Oxford. 10 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 5 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 5 P icker ing Creek Paddle and G o u r m e t Lu n c h at t he ne w Peterson Woods, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 10 a.m. Launch from Pickering Creek’s ma i n c a mpu s for a mor n i ng paddle, then enjoy a delightful catered lunch by Garden and Garnish. $85 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit

5 Tavern Live: Claire Anthony to play at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-2265111. 5 Concert: Magna Carda in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 5,12,19,26 Easton Farmers Market every Saturday from mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured f rom 10 a.m. to noon. Tow n parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit

5 ,1 2 ,19 , 2 6 T he S t . M ic h ae l s Farmers Market is a communitybased, producer-only farmers market t hat r uns Sat urday mornings, rain or shine, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Apr i lNovemb er, at 204 S. Ta lb ot


St. in St. Michaels, Maryland. The St. Michaels Market farmers and vendors w ill accept Supplemental Nutrition A s si st a nc e P rog r a m (SNA P) dollars. For more information contac t: st michael smarket@ We do accept SNAP. 5,12,19,26 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visitclassicmotormuseumst micha 5,12,19,26 Historic High Street Walking Tour ~ experience the beaut y and hear the folk lore of C a mbr idge’s Hig h St re et. One-hour walking tours sp on s or e d by t he We s t E nd Citizen’s Association. 11 a.m. at Long Wharf. Reservations not necessary, but appreciated. For more info. tel: 410-901-1000 or visit 6

Wo r k s h o p: Fe l te d F l o w e r s w i t h M a r y G . Tu r p i n a t Ad k i n s A rboret u m, R idgely. Participants will learn the “art” of layout, process to wet felt wool, additives such as silk roving, flower shaping and embellishing. Noon to 4 p.m. $35 members, $40 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit


C or sic a C le a n S t r e a m f r om noon to 4 p.m. at Millstream Park, Centrev ille. Help clean up trash in the Corsica River watershed. Sponsored by the Town of Centreville, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Corsica River Conservancy. Gloves and bags provided. For more info. visit corsicariverconservancy. org.

6,24 Guided Kayak Trip at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 1 p.m. on the 6th and 5:30 p.m. on the 24th. $15 for CBEC members, $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit 7 Lunch and Learn at the Talbot C o u n t y F r e e L i b r a r y, S t . Michaels, featuring author Jim Duffy. Noon. Duffy will discuss the surprises and life lessons he’s come across while roaming the Eastern Shore. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit


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7 Family Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Spr ing craf ts. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 7

Horn Point Lab’s Science After Hou r s at t he Ta lb ot C ou nt y Free Library, Easton. Dr. Lorie Staver presents Tidal Marsh Restoration at Poplar Island: Maximizing Resilience at 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8221626 or visit

7 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Academy Art Museum, E a s ton . S p e a ke r : A n ke Va n Wagenberg on To Curate or Not to Curate: The Ins and Outs of C urat ing. Van Wagenberg serves as senior curator at the Academy Art Museum, where she is responsible for all exhibitions and the permanent collection. The publ ic i s enc ou rage d to attend. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 7 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-5210679. 7

Me e t i ng: L i ve Pl ay w r ig ht s’ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For


Concert: “Always and Forever” ~ An Evening of Luther Vandross starring Ruben Studdard at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

7-8 Creepy Crawlers class (Tadpoles and Frogs) at the Chesapeake B ay E nv i r on me nt a l C e nt e r, Grasonv ille. Creepy Crawlers classes are open to 2- to 5-yearolds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class includes story time, craft, hike, live animals (or artifacts) and a snack. Prer eg i s t r at ion i s r e qu i r e d . $3



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advanced healthcare planning a nd c omple te you r ad v a nc e directive paperwork, including the Five Wishes and Maryland Order for Life Sustaining Treatment. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681.

members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Overeaters A nony mous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit 7,14,21,28 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720.


A r ts E x press bus tr ip to Longwood Gardens, sponsored by the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $75 members, $90 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

8 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers w ill help you understa nd your opt ions for

8 Meeting: Us Too Prostate Cancer Suppor t Group at U M Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlewild Ave., Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -820 - 6800, ext. 2300 or visit umshoreregional. org. 8

Me e t i ng: T ide w ater S t a mp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471 or visit

8,15 ,22 Ac ademy for Lifelong Learning Class: Reimagining Your Life ~ It Is Never Too Late to Become the Person You Were Meant to Be with Dodie Theune at Christ Church, St. Michaels. 1 to 3 p.m. $30 members, $45 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410745-4947 or visit 8,22 Bay Hundred Chess Class a t t h e Ta l b o t C o u n t y F r e e Library, St. Michaels. 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners welcome. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 8,22 Meeting: Buddhism 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 9 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volu nt e e r F i r e D e p a r t me nt on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e -mail mhr2711@ 9 Tiny Tots: Birds of a Feather at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Bring your 3- to 5-year old to a fun morning of learning about our backyard birds. $5

p er ch i ld. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit 9,23 Stor y Time at the Talbot C o u n t y F r e e L i b r a r y, S t . Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit 9 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Ch apter #91 5 at no on, w it h a c overe d d i sh lu nche on, at the Church of the Nazarene in Denton. Come and enjoy t he sounds of the Free and Eazy Band. For more info., tel: 410482-6039.

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for family members currently s t r ug g l i ng w it h a love d one w ith substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. F r e e. For mor e i n fo. e -m a i l mariahsmission2014@gmail. com.

9 Spring Appreciation event for the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 4 to 6 p.m. Did you take a course in the 2018 Winter/Spring semester? Were you a course leader? Then please join us for a night of hors d’o euv r e s, c a m a r ader ie a nd entertainment. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947. or visit cbmm. org/ALL. 9 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suppor t group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 9 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

9 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. 9

Me e t i n g: O p t i m i s t C lub at Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-310-9347.

9,23 Bay Hundred Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot County F r e e L i br a r y, S t . M ic h ae l s . Pl a y e r s g a t h e r f o r f r i e n d l y competition and instr uction. All ages welcome. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 9,23 Minecraft at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 9,23 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the A r t s , C a m br id ge . E v e r y one interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039.


10 Academy for Lifelong Learning Class: The Jazz Record Turns 10 0 w it h Greg A le x a nder at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm. org/all. 10 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Caroline County Senior Center, Denton. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit


10 Lecture: Problems and Solutions for Today’s Drug Epidemics with Rev. Kevin Cross and Suzanne Fischer at the Oxford Community Center, Oxford. 5 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 10

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10, 2 4 Memoi r Wr iter s at t he Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life a nd fa mi ly. Pa r t icipa nt s a re invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 199

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C he s ap e a k e F i l m Fe s t i v a l presents Heavy Weight Paint at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The filmmakers will be in attendance. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at or at the door. For more info. tel: 443-955-9144. C onc e r t : Me l o d i m e i n t he Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit

11-12 Annual Native Plant Sale at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EC will have hundreds of native plant

species available for purchase. Milkweed for Monarchs will be held during the two-day events from 10 to 11 a.m. each day. For more info. visit 11-13 The Tidewater Singers to perform a variety of love songs t h r oug h t he a ge s. F r id ay at Trinit y Cathedral, Easton, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Church of t he Holy Tr i n it y, O x ford, at 7:30 p.m., a nd Su nd ay at St. Pau l’s Episcopa l Church, Centreville, at 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 888-752-0023 or visit 12 Bird Walk with Terry Allen at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. 8 a.m. Join an expert birder for a guided bi r d w at c h i n g t r ip t h r ou g h Blackwater. Bird walks are free, no registration required. Meet at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center. For more info. tel: 410228-2677. 12 Friends of the Library Second Sat urday Book Sa le at t he Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit 12 Fun Dog Show at Governor’s Hall, Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. 9 a.m. Dogs must be at least 6 months old and on a leash


at Peterson Woods to learn about Audubon’s Birds and Climate Report and study the shifting ranges of 314 North American birds. 10 a.m. $20. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit

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more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit 12 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 12 Cambridge Beer Fest, outdoors at The High Spot in Cambridge. 2 to 7 p.m. Admission includes a tasting glass and unlimited tastes of beers. Live music and food prepared by local restaurants. For more info. visit visitdorchester. org/e vents/cambr idge-beerfestival-4/. 12 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 12 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Ta l b ot S t r e e t . For mor e info. tel: 410-745-9535 or visit

C o n c e r t : Me d i u m D e b b i e Wojc iec howsk i i n t he Stolt z Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 822- 729 9 or v i sit

12,19 Sail aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. 1 to 3 p.m. from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $35, children 6-12 $10; u nder 6 f r e e. Re ser vat ion s online at or tel: 410-228-7141. 12,26 Country Church Breakfast at Fa it h Ch ap el a nd Tr app e United Methodist churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 13 Mother’s Day Firehouse Breakfast at the Ox ford 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. 13 Mother’s Day Picnic at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. 1 p.m. Treat mom to a picnic on her special day! Live music by Miranda Haney, all moms receive one f ree glass


the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 6:30 p.m. “L ibra r y g uy ” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of the historic, 96-page autobiography that brought the savage reality of slavery home to the world. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

of wine with lunch. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit 13-23 Schooner Sultana to visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. While docked at the Museum, Sultana will host students in an unders a i l e n v i r o n m e nt a l s c i e n c e program on the Miles River. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit 13,20 All-You-Can-Eat breakfast at the American Legion, Post 70, Easton. 8 to 11 a.m. Carryout available. For more info. tel: 410-822-9138. 14 Academy for Lifelong Learning C l a s s: C re at ing a But te r f ly Habitat w ith Beth Wr ight at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 2 to 3 p.m. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410745-4947 or visit

14-June 25 Class: Piloting (Marine Navigation). Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Dept., Chester. Sponsored by the Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron. $90 members, $110 non-members. For more info. tel: 443-2626892.

14 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in pr o g r e s s (s e w i n g , k n it t i n g , cross-stitch, what-have-you). Limited instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 14 Book Discussion: Narrative of 203

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An Amer ican Slave at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 2:30 p.m. “Librar y guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of the historic, 96 -page autobiography that brought the savage reality of slavery home to the world. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

15,22 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 10 a.m., and program repeats at 11 a.m. For ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 16 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Pleasant Day Senior Center, Cambridge. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. and to schedule an appointment tel: 410-690-8128 or visit 16 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 16 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6:30 p.m. This support group is for anyone griev ing the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410 - 822- 6681 or e -ma i l 17 Stroke Survivor’s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit 17 Book Discussion: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,

17 Young Gardeners Club, sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club, at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3:45 p.m. For grades 1 to 4. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 17 Third Thursday in downtown Denton f rom 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind f loral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 17 Horn Point Lab’s Science After Hours at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Dr. Greg Silsbe presents Satellites and Drones: Linking Water Color to Water Quality at 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 17 Free C oncer t: A Boy in the Boatyard ~ Wingate Stories with Pres Harding at the Chesapeake


B a y M a r i t i m e Mu s e u m , S t . Mich ael s. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Harding, grandson of renowned boatbuilder Bronza Parks, will perform both original music and some regional classics. For more info. visit 17 Concert: Under the Streetlamp at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8227299 or visit avalonfoundation. org. 17, 2 6 G u i d e d H i k e a t t h e Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville. 10 a.m. on the 17th and 1 p.m. on the 26th. Free for CBEC members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. visit 18 Relay for Life Dorchester at Sailwinds Park, Cambridge. 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-7491635 or visit dorchestermd. 18

C he s ap e a k e F i l m Fe s t i v a l presents Wild Ponies of Chincoteague at St. Michaels High School. Sabrina Dobbins, the young woman featured in the film, will be in attendance. 5 :3 0 t o 7 p . m . T i c k e t s a r e $15 and may be purchased at ChesapeakeFilmFest or at the door. For more info. tel: 443-955-9144. 205

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L e c t u re: K it t re d ge -W i l son Speaker Series~ Painting for P r i n c e s: D u tc h A r t b y Ja n Baptist Weenix and Jan Weenix with Anke Van Wagenberg at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. A n ke Va n Wa genb er g i s t he senior curator at the Academy Art Museum. She will discuss t he pa int ings of Ja n Bapt ist Weenix and his son Jan Weenix. 6 p . m . Fo r m o r e i n f o . t e l : 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

18 -20 F i ne A r t s @ O x ford at the Oxford Community Center. S e le c t e d j u r ie d a r t i s t s w i l l exhibit and sell their artwork. The weekend kicks off with the gala preview on Friday night at 6 p.m. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for the preview gala are $80. Saturday and Sunday are $7. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit

18-20 108th annual Cambridge Powerb oat Re gat t a at Gr e at Marsh Park, Cambridge. The Cambr idge Classic is t he olde st powerboat raci ng e vent i n Nor t h A mer ic a.The Hydroplane Racing League is coming back to Cambridge for the second consecutive year. For more info. visit events/176827109723025/. 18 -19 S t . M i c h a e l s R u n n i n g Fe st iva l i nclude s a pre -rac e expo on Friday, May 18th from 3:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The expo is located directly in front of the St. Michaels High School. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, with start time at 7:10 a.m. Following the races, there will be a post-race party with awards, music and beer on Fremont Street. The road will be closed in St. Michaels from 7 to 8 a.m. For more info. visit 19 Caroline Paddlefest: features a 7.7 -m i le p add le dow n t he Choptank River from Greensboro to t he Choptank R iver Yacht Club in Denton. There, paddlers can enjoy live music, food and r e f r e s h me nt s u nt i l t he l a s t p a d d l e r f i n i s h e s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-479-4638 or visit 19 Spring Birding w ith Citizen



May Calendar Scientists at Pickering Creek Audubon C enter, E a ston. 10 a.m. Take a close look at two monitored bird species ~ Eastern Bluebirds and Wood Ducks. $20. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit 19 Antiques and Uniques Sale at the Oxford Firehouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop-off on May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 19 Forest Fair (with a Medieval Flair) at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Embark on a forest quest, visit Robin Hood’s hideout and join in medieval ga me s. E nter t a i n ment w i l l include falconry and beekeeping demonstrations, ballads, juggling and performances by Shore Sha ke spea re. A rcher y and swordplay will add to the fun. Costumes are encouraged. A g e s 6 + $10 , 5 a n d u n d e r free. Advance registration is appreciated. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit

info. visit preaknesspalooza. 19 Spr ing Soiree at Shipshead Farm to benefit CASA. 6 to 10:30 p.m. Th i s a n nu a l e vent w i l l feature festive cocktails, lavish hors d’oeuvres, upscale dinner stations and dancing under the stars. $150 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-2866, ext. 3 or visit 19 Karaoke at the American Legion, Post 70, Easton. 7 to 11 p.m. Kitchen open until 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-9138. 19 - M a r c h 2 019 E x h i bi t i o n: Ex plor ing the Chesapeake ~ Mapping the Bay exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Mu s e u m , S t . M ic h ae l s . T he exhibition will view changes in maps and charts over time as an expression of what people were seeking in the Chesapeake. For more info. visit 19 - 2 0 1 2 t h a n nu a l M a r it i me Model Expo, sponsored by the

19 7th annual Preakness Palooza! at Evolution Craft Brewing in Sa lisbur y. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Proceed s benef it United Wa y ’s I m a g i n a t i o n L i b r a r y Free Book program. For more 208

Park on the Talbot County side of the Choptank, to Sailwinds Park in Cambridge. For more i n f o . v i s i t r u n s i g n u p. c o m / marylandfreeswim.

Model Guild of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Washington Ship Model Society, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The 2-day event is open to the public and free for CBMM members, or with general admission. In addition to numerous indoor and outdoor maritime exhibitions, the Expo of fers pond demonst rat ions, model races, special exhibits, family activities, food and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit

20 C ommunit y Day at t he Chesapeake Bay Mar itime Museum, St. Michaels. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes f ree admission for ever yone, live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit

20 Maryland Free Swim from 7 to 10 a.m. 1.7-mile swim from Bill Burton Fishing Pier State

21 Meeting: St. Michaels Art League at 9:30 a.m. at Christ Church P a r i s h H a l l . No n - m e m b e r s

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i ntere s te d i n le a r n i ng more about the league are welcome. Guest artist demonstration by David Lawton, oil painter and pastelist. For more info. visit 21 Creepy Crawlers Gardening class (From Seed to Sprout) at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental C enter, Gr a s onv i l le. C r e epy C r aw le r s g a r de n i ng c l a s s e s are open to 2- to 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11:15 a.m. Class involves handson work in our garden, games or arts and crafts, and a snack. Pre-registration is required. $3 members, $5 non-members. For more info. visit bayrestoration. org/creepy-crawlers. 21 Caregiver Support Group at the Talbot County Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-746-3698 or visit snhealth. net. 21 Book Discussion: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 22 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Sun Trust Bank (basement Maryland Room), Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-6471

22 Monthly Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice. This ongoing support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410 - 822- 6681 or e -ma i l 22 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center, Idlew ild Ave., Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411 or visit 22 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. 2 2 , 2 9 , Ju n e 5 A c ade my for Lifelong Learning Class: Phone Photo Magic with Martin Zell at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4947 or visit cbmm. org/all. 23 Meet ing: Diabetes Suppor t Group at UM Shore Regional Health at Dorchester, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-


822-1000, ext. 5196. 23 Meeting: Kent Narrows Sail & Power Squadron at the Kent Island Yacht Club. 6 p.m. Buffet d inner ~ $25 . Reser vat ions r e q u i r e d . S p e a k e r : Tu l i nd a Larson on how drones are being used in the boating industry. For more info. tel: 301-938-1516. 23 Concert: 7th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute Band in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 2 3 - 2 4 Wo r k s h o p: S u m m e r Mosaics for Adults and Teens w ith Sher yl Southw ick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. $75 members, $90 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 23-24 DNR-Approved Boater Safety Course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 10 p.m. each day in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium. $25. Pa r t ic ipa nt s c omplet i ng t he course and passing the test will r e c eive a Ma r yla nd B oat i ng Safet y Education Cer tif icate, which is va lid for life and i s re qu i re d for a nyone bor n 211

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ye a r, t he Te a Pa r t y Fe st iva l offers an engaging glimpse into it s c olonia l pa st in add it ion to enter t a i n ment, ch i ld ren’s ac t i v it ie s , c r a f t s , w i ne a nd beer tastings, and more. Follow the re-enactment of Colonists a nd Tor ies as t hey ma rch to the Chester R iver and board C he s ter tow n’s 18 t h c ent u r y tall ship, Sultana, to dispatch i t s c a r go o f t e a o v e r b o a r d . A f ter w a r d s , you c a n t a ke a public sail on the Sultana itself. Walking tours of the historic d i s t r i c t , d e mon s t r at ion s of colonial craf ts, revolutionar y theater by local playwrights and the popular “ Tor y Toss” into the river all make for a fun and educational weekend. For more info. visit chestertownteaparty. org.

24 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 24 Lecture: Underground Railroad Journeys ~ Finding Douglass & Tubman on the Eastern Shore w i t h aw a r d -w i n n i n g w r i t e r Jim Duffy at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. Duffy will share stories about the life lessons he learned as he wrote Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 25 Concert: Susto in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 822- 729 9 or v i sit 25-27 Chestertown Tea Party Now in it s 39t h c onsecut ive

26 Beckwith Strawberry Festival at the Neck District Volunteer Fire Department, Cambridge. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Beckwith United Methodist Church strawberr y festival has lots of strawberry treats, large outdoor flea market, homemade soups, chicken salad



Of valuable waterfront lot located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and Talbot County’s San Domingo Creek


NOTICE is hereby given of the intention to sell by sealed bid that certain waterfront property known as “Lot 4, San Domingo Farm” in Talbot County, Maryland, said property located on Church Neck Road, St. Michaels, Maryland, containing 21.75± acres, with over 950’ of waterfrontage on the San Domingo Creek. Interested bidders should contact Bree Russ at 410-819-8989 or for a complete bid package containing the terms of sale, a description of the sealed bid process and an Agreement of Sale. A brochure containing property information is available online at or by contacting Clifford E. Meredith or Henner Gibbons-Neff at the address shown below. The Property will be available for preview from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th, and June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2018. Additional opportunities for inspection shall be by appointment only by contacting Clifford E. Meredith or Henner Gibbons-Neff. Sealed bids accompanied by a $50,000 certified or cashier’s check as a deposit must be received by the Sellers’ representative identified below no later than 11 a.m. on June 4, 2018, and will be opened immediately thereafter. Sellers reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Upon acceptance of a bid, settlement shall occur on or before August 3, 2018. 10% BUYER’S PREMIUM. PARTICIPATING BROKERS WILL BE PROTECTED. This offering is subject to prior sale and may be withdrawn, modified or canceled at any time without notice. SELLERS’ REPRESENTATIVE: Bruce C. Armistead, Esq. Armistead, Lee, Rust & Wright, P.A. 114 Bay Street, Building C Easton, MD 21601 410-819-8989

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available for purchase, cake and much more. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. For more info. tel: 410228-1205 or visit laytonschance. com.

sandwiches, hot dogs and more. Rain or shine. For more info. tel: 410-228-6916. 26 Sunset sail aboard the skipjack Nathan of D orche ste r, f rom 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Long Wharf, Cambridge. Adults $75. Light fare and non-alcoholic beverages included. BYOB is permissible. Reservations online at or tel: 410-228-7141. 26

A n nu a l B i r t h d a y B a s h at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winer y, V ienna. 6 to 9 p.m. Barren Creek will be rocking the vineyard with classic tunes. Food

26 Concer t: Mule Train in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 27 Ridgely Strawberr y Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Martin Sutton Memorial Park, Ridgely. Sponsored by the Ridgely Lions Club. A day of fun for the whole family, with games for kids, live entertainment, crafts, exhibits, the Strawberry Chase 5K Run/ Walk and strawberries galore! For more info. visit facebook. com/events/436989329985123/. 27 Concert: Brown Box Theater presents The Broadway Jukebox: A Mu sical Theater Cabaret Event at the Oxford Community Center, Oxford. 8 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit

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29-31 Workshop: Paint Along with Diane DuBois Mullaly and Sheryl Southwick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $95 members, $114 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 214


C onc er t: P re s s ing St r ings Re s i d e n c y (2) i n t he S tolt z Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 822- 729 9 or v i sit

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replica of the original monument in Washington, D.C., will be on display at V F W Post 5118 in Easton. The Memorial Wall is to honor our ser v icemen and women who made the ultimate sacrif ice during the Vietnam War. Throughout the seven days the wall will be in Easton, all the names will be read aloud. Volu nte er s f rom t h roug hout the Eastern Shore w ill be reading the names. For more info. tel: 321-652-4185, -mail or visit

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Occupying one of the best points of land on the entire Miles River, this classic 5 bedroom residence offers delicate 3-story staircase, high ceilings and custom woodwork. Park-like setting with ornamental plantings and stately trees including mature oaks and American holly. Garages can accommodate 10 cars. Caretaker’s apartment. Stables, kennels and outbuildings. Substantial pier with 10’ mlw. High ground with rip-rapped shoreline. Hunting. 8+ acres including platted semi-wooded waterfront second lot. Easton - 3 miles, St. Michaels - 6 miles. Only 2 owners in the past 90 years. $2,890,000

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