Tidewater Times November 2011

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Tidewater Times November 2011

Talbot County Waterfront Farms

NEW LAND FARM Two miles outside St. Michaels - 47 acres and a prominent SSW-facing point of land and a rare boathouse on Broad Creek. Just listed. $1,995,000

SUMMERTON FARM One of the premier waterfowl hunting farms in Talbot County - 297 acres with deep water and 3 miles of shoreline on Harris Creek. $6,600,000

BALD EAGLE POINT FARM Fabulous main house, guest house, deep-water dock, registered landing strip, 128 acres, 1.5 miles of shoreline on Dun Cove & Harris Creek. $7,750,000

CONIFER POINT FARM Close to St. Michaels - 74 acres, restorable c. 1825 farmhouse, guest house, pool, caretaker house, 1/2 mile shoreline on Harris Creek. $2,250,000

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Tidewater Times

Since 1952, Eastern Shore of Maryland Vol. 60, No. 6

Published Monthly

November 2011

Features: About the Cover Artist: Scot Storm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 General Manager of the Universe: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . 9 Waterfowl Festival Schedule of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 The Chesapeake Dog: Mary Syrett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Spring Hill Cemetery: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Tidewater Traveler: George W. Sellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Hunters of the Night: Larry Hitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 The Taylor Rescue: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Departments: November Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Tilghman History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Queen Anne’s County Invites You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 November Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 David C. Pulzone, Publisher · Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411 www.tidewatertimes.com info@tidewatertimes.com

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About the Cover Artist Scot Storm As a youngster, Scot Storm discovered his talent for drawing, sketching and design. These skills eventually led him to North Dakota State University where he earned a degree in architecture. While working in this field, Scot’s love of hunting and the outdoors drew him to explore the challenges of wildlife art. In 1987, as a self-taught artist, he entered the Minnesota Duck Stamp contest and placed second. Encouraged by the acceptance of his initial work, he continued to enter stamp contests and enjoyed his first top award by winning the Indiana Pheasant Stamp competition in 1991. Thereafter, Scot’s interest in wildlife art became such a passion, that in 1999 he decided to give up his career in architecture and devote himself full-time to painting. Scot was then able to challenge himself in every aspect of his creations from composi-

tion, to lighting, to the accuracy and psychology of color. His paintings of waterfowl, hunting dogs and other animals all reveal his attention to the fine details that breathe life into every image and draw the viewer into a scene. Currently, Scot has 13 Federal, State and Conservation Stamp wins. Highlights of his career include 2004-5 Federal Duck Stamp, 2005-6 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year and 2010 Pheasants Forever National Artist of the Year. “Golden Moment” is the title of this months cover image. You can view Scot’s work on his web site at www.stormwildlifeart.com. 9


General Manager of the Universe by Helen Chappell I’ve got a great deal to be thankful for this time of year. For instance, if I look in the obituaries and don’t see my name, it’s a good day. I’ve been blessed with many other people and things I’m grateful to have in my life, but the beginning of the holiday season is also a time to take stock of your own behavior and remind yourself about one or two teeny, weeny little faults you might have that absolutely no one else would ever, ever notice. No, really! Except for those beensy weensy little chinks in the old armor, you’re just fine. Really. As I contemplate the Hallmark cornucopia of clichés that define the holidays, I am forced to remind myself that not only am I a recovering drama queen, I have also resigned as general manager of the universe. Older folks are probably familiar with the long-running comic strip Mary Worth, in which a genteel, white-haired lady meddles in the affairs of her friends and neighbors. Under her gentle pushy guidance, lovers are united, marital problems solved,

cures for disease are discovered, the good are rewarded and the bad punished. Is it any wonder I have a T-shirt with a picture of my pop culture goddess saying, “You look like you could use some advice”? Moi, je suis Marie de Worth! I can’t help myself. I am, after all, a writer, which is the greatest excuse in the world to ask a lot of impertinent questions and try to interfere in other people’s lives. There are things general managers of the universe do. We stay up nights worrying about other people’s problems, and we always seem to know just what other people should do. Ask me! I have the answer! 11

The Tidewater Inn Library Gallery presents the art of

Sarah E. Kagan Through November 14th

William Snyder Orndoff

French Pastel

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can just add to the misery. No one wants my opinion on who struck John, and if I learn to just keep my mouth shut and offer neither advice nor help, I could avoid a lot, and I do mean a lot of trouble. I come by my vocation of general manager of the universe naturally. My mother and the aunt who helped raise me were both general managers. I studied graduate level interfering at the feet of many Eastern Shore ladies who had perfected the art and made ministering to the afflicted, clucking over the affected and generally minding other people’s business with practiced finesse.

If the corn crop is ruined and the soybeans are just fine this year, the farmers don’t need my thoughts on it. If my neighbor’s wife runs off with the woman she met at the Y, it’s not my problem and there is nothing I can do about it, and any help I offer will be looked upon as an intrusion into a private and painful matter. My trainer’s girlfriend is not my business, and he doesn’t have to show me a picture of her if he doesn’t want to. The friend’s wayward child who ends up in the juvenile detention system will not benefit from my “help.” With my interfering ways, I


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ample of this to me. It seems his parishioners from Woolford used to creep up to Church Creek at night and check his trash cans for liquor bottles. Empties, one presumes ... dead soldiers. Now, what they hoped to accomplish by this I don’t know. But that’s bad general managing. If you must be a general manager of the universe, remember that you must use your powers for good, not evil. Snooping in people’s trash cans is not appropriate, unless they are celebrities, who signed up for this sort of thing and should expect it. Or, if you are a hoarder, but that’s another story entirely, and just wait until I tell you that one.

You can only learn to be a general manager of the universe from experts passing on their art from generation to generation. It’s kind of like witchcraft, although I shouldn’t say that. General managers only think they can practice magic. It’s good hard work that carries the hapless and the troubled over a bridge they had no idea they needed to cross until you came along. Some say meddling is a sign of an empty, lonely life, and general managers of the universe have too much time on their hands. A former minister told one ex-



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General Manager Anyway, like hoarding and other disorders, overcoming the urge to be general manager of the universe takes a lot of practice and constant vigilance. If you hear yourself advising a young friend on what school to attend and what to major in, for instance, you’re having a slip. If you start telling the cashier at Chic-Fil-A that she needs to change the color of her nail polish, you’re sliding straight to hell. Go ahead. Have a couple of margaritas and tell this guy you barely know that he’s not raising his kids the way

you think he should. You’re beyond hope. These and many other reasons are why we need to periodically take inventory of ourselves and nip that general managing backsliding in the bud, to mix metaphors.

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A ll t hat f r et t i ng , m edd l i n g a n d i nt er f er i ng gener ally c o m e s t o nau g ht , s i nce you r vi c t i m s hav e long s i nce lear ne d t o i g nor e you r advi ce an d o ffe r s of help, how ever w el l i n t e n t i oned. P eople li ke t o m a k e t hei r ow n deci s i ons , t h a n k m e v er y m u ch. Ju s t t h i n k i n g ab ou t t hi s m akes m e w a n t t o b ang m y head on m y c o m p ut e r s cr een. Y es , I am r es olv ed, th i s h o l i day s eas on, t o hav e a n o t h e r b lack r u m dr i nk and k e e p m y t hou ght s t o m ys elf . If you w ant m y opi ni on, you c a n a s k f or i t .

Like hate, general managing only damages the vessel in which i t i s stored. W hi le t h e ge ne ral man ager f rets and s t e ws o ve r who’s goi n g to r u n t h e St ra w berry Festi val now t h at Ed na has passed, ot her s a re quie t ly assu mi n g the w or k.

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André Kertész: On Reading November 19, 2011 - January 15, 2012 Opening Reception Friday, November 18, 5:30-7pm

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2011 Waterfowl Festival Events Subject to Change

Friday & Saturday, November 11 & 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Painting, Sculpture, Carving, Photography, Fine Crafts and Decoy Galleries, and the Sportsmans Pavilion are open throughout Festival hours; Tasting Pavilion across from the Armory is open Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special Events Occurring at Specific Times THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Masterclass: “Painting in Watercolor” with Adele Earnshaw and Joe Garcia. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Masterclass: “Simplifying Landscape Oil Painting” with Heiner Hertling 9 a.m. to noon - Masterclass: “Digital Photography - The Fundamentals” with Chris Vigneri 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Masterclass: “Advanced Techniques in Digital Photography” with Chris Vigneri 4 p.m. - Festival Opening Ceremony, Avalon Theatre 4:30 to 9 p.m. - Festival VIP Donor Premier Night Party 7:30 p.m. - Cocktail Decoy Auction, Academy Art Museum, 2nd floor FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - *DockDogs Competition, Idlewild Park 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - *Nature Activities and Live Wildlife Displays, Easton Elementary School (Indoors & Tent) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Wine, Beer & Specialty Food Tasting in Tasting Pavilion, across from Armory 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. - *Retriever Demonstrations, Bay Street Ponds NO PARKING! 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - *Kids Art Activities: Learning to Carve Decoys, Soap Carving, Painting Decoy Magnets, Easton Elementary School 11 a.m., 2 p.m. - *Blackwater Wildlife Refuge Animal Puppet Show, Easton Elementary School 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. - *Birds of Prey Demonstrations by Skyhunters in Flight, Easton Elementary School 27

Waterfowl Festival Schedule cont.... 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m. - *Fly Fishing Demonstrations, Bay Street Ponds NO PARKING! 3 p.m. - *Calling Contests Senior Qualifying Preliminaries, World Championship Goose Calling Contest®, Mason-Dixon Regional Duck Calling Contest, World Championship Live Duck Calling Contest®, World Championship Live Goose Calling Contest™, Easton High School Auditorium, open to the public, free, no bus transportation at conclusion of preliminaries SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 9:30 a.m. - Photography Best in Show Award, Easton Middle School 10 a.m. to noon - *Painting a Miniature Canvasback with Ed Itter, Easton Elementary School - First come, first served 10 a.m. to noon - *Kids’ Fishing Derby, Bay Street Ponds - NO PARKING! 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - *DockDogs Competition, Idlewild Park 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - *Nature Activities and Live Wildlife Displays, Easton Elementary School (Indoors & Tent) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Wine, Beer & Specialty Food Tasting in Tasting Pavilion, across from Armory

November Featured Artist: Robert Manning

P LANSOEN SILO 2 - oil Robert Manning

Endangered Species: Agrarian Sightings Along Rt. 50 from Wye Mills to Trappe

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11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. - *Retriever Demonstrations, Bay Street Ponds NO PARKING! 11 a.m., 2 p.m. - *Blackwater Wildlife Refuge Animal Puppet Show, Easton Elementary School 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. - *Birds of Prey Demonstrations by Skyhunters in Flight, Easton Elementary School 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m. - *Fly Fishing Demonstrations, Bay Street Ponds NO PARKING! Noon - *Junior Preliminaries, World Championship Goose Calling Contest; Mason-Dixon Regional Duck Calling Contest, Easton High School Auditorium, open to public, free Noon - 4 p.m. - *Kids Art Activities: Learning to Carve Decoys, Soap Carving, Painting Decoy Magnets, Easton Elementary School 7 p.m. - *Calling Contests Final Competition, World Championship Goose Calling Contest®, Mason-Dixon Regional Duck Calling Contest, World Championship Live Duck Calling Contest®, World Championship Live Goose Calling Contest™, World Goose Champion of Champions Contest, Easton High School Auditorium, $10 or $5 with ticket or badge (Festival VIP Donors free), open to the public, free, no bus transportation at conclusion of contests

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Waterfowl Festival Schedule cont.... SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - *DockDogs Competition, Idlewild Park 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - *Nature Activities and Live Wildlife Displays, Easton Elementary School (Indoors & Tent) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - *Kids’ Fishing Derby, Bay Street Ponds - NO PARKING! 11 a.m. - Photography People’s Choice Award, Easton Middle School 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Wine, Beer & Specialty Food Tasting in Tasting Pavilion, across from Armory 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. - *Retriever Demonstrations, Bay Street Ponds NO PARKING! 11 a.m., 2 p.m. - *Blackwater Wildlife Refuge Animal Puppet Show, Easton Elementary School 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m. - *Fly Fishing Demonstrations, Bay Street Ponds NO PARKING! Noon - 3 p.m. - *Kids Art Activities: Learning to Carve Decoys, Soap Carving, Painting Decoy Magnets, Easton Elementary School *Great for kids!


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A Chesapeake Dog by Mary Syrett

An old saying has it that: “You can order a Lab (to do something), ask a Golden (politely) to do the same thing, but you must negotiate one-on-one with a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.” The independentminded Chesapeake, as the name suggests, comes originally from the Chesapeake Bay area. It is one of a few dog breeds that developed entirely within the United States.

Weighing 55 to 80 pounds and standing 21 to 26 inches tall, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an ideal companion for hunters, anglers, families and joggers. History - The dog’s origins go back to 1807. That year, the crew of a British ship was rescued as it started to sink in Chesapeake Bay. Among the rescued were two Newfoundland puppies. George Law,

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of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s heritage. By the late 19th century, a distinctive Chesapeake type of dog was recognized. As this was happening, hunters interested in selling ducks as food were aiming myriad weapons at waterfowl over Chesapeake Bay. Day and night, dogs were expected to retrieve as many as 100 ducks per hunt. They were strong, sturdy animals with thick, dark brown coats that braved the sometimes-frigid waters of the Bay. The American Kennel Club registered the Chesapeake Bay Retriever in 1878. The American Chesapeake Club was formed in 1918 to promote the breed. Mary-

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A Chesapeake Dog land designated the animal the official state dog in 1964. Today it is the mascot of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Physical Characteristics - Chesapeakes have a large, powerful chest that enables them to break through ice when diving. The skull is broad. Ears are located at the top of the head. The eyes are medium large and yellow or amber in color. Feet are webbed. The coat - colored brown, sedge or ash - features a dense, wooly undercoat that helps keep icy water from reaching the skin, as well as a short, thick outer coat that is about one-and-a-half inches in

The UMBC mascot, True Grit, is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.


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A Chesapeake Dog

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is more the strong silent type. Born with an inherent instinct to protect loved ones, a Chesapeake will bond closely with its human family. It is a strong-willed dog that enjoys setting its own agenda. The animal needs discipline and a solid foundation of obedience training to realize its full potential. Intangible Factors - The primary qualities that were looked for in Chesapeake Bay Retrievers in the 19th century emphasized function rather than appearance. The most important of those qualities involved the ability to work

length. The outer coat has an almost oily texture that sheds water and aids in insulating the animal from the wet and cold. Oils in the coat not only repel water like a duck’s feathers do, but help the dog dry out quickly, enabling it to continue swimming in frigid waters. Some people automatically assume that Chessies are closely related to the Labrador Retriever in terms of disposition. This is not entirely true. Both breeds make for loyal, happy, playful and energetic retrievers, but the similarity ends there.

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ish behavior. These dogs can be lifelong companions - one of the best rewards being a warm, loving look from their seemingly mournful eyes. Keep in mind when taking one for a walk that Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are very strong-willed. They are obedient and intelligent, but they also have an independent streak and may have different ideas where he (or she) and you should walk. This dog is generally aloof around strangers. Still, it is affectionate toward its master and his or her family. For an owner looking for the playful qualities inherent in the retrieving breed, as well as a family protector, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a great choice. While the dog is undeniably happiest when it is swimming and retrieving out-of-doors, it is also content to be at home with its family and tends toward the quiet side when indoors. With a good, healthy start in life plus your leadership, this curious, sensitive, strongminded dog is sure to become a well-loved and loving member of the family.

in freezing water and an eagerness to retrieve. Besides these two qualities, the dogs were expected to exhibit great endurance. Over time, the reputation of the Chesapeake Retrievers spread beyond the Mid-Atlantic area. In addition to both coasts, other areas in the United States, including the Great Plains, began producing top quality animals. The dogs are friendly and easy to love. Given plenty of attention, Chessies develop warm personalities to go along with built-in independence and toughness. When away from the field, they may express themselves with clown-

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Volunteers Restore Easton’s Spring Hill Cemetery by Dick Cooper

As she walks through Easton’s h i s tor ic Spr i ng Hi l l C eme ter y, F r a n D u nc a n r e ac he s dow n to pick up a cast-off plastic cup. She can’t help herself. Cleaning up this sacred ground in the heart of town has become second nature. The grass is cut, the weeds are trimmed and there is ongoing work to repair vandalized markers. But it has not always been that way. Just four years ago, the 22acre cemeter y had literally gone to seed. Weeds were high, fences had been pulled dow n and over time, vandals had knocked over hundreds of headstones. “When I buried my father here in 2007, it was a mess,” she says. “Grass was up to my knees. My granddaughter said I should do something. I thought, what can I do? So I put a business plan together and went to the fraternal organizations to raise money. We got a committee together to help, and here we are.” One of the first things the new group of volunteers, the Friends of Spring Hill Cemetery, did was replace or repair the fence around

the perimeter of the cemetery to increase secur it y. At least 250 of the histor ic headstones were knocked over, many of them breaking, some beyond repair. “People were cutting through the cemetery leaving trash behind. We found bicycles and shopping carts,” says Duncan, the wife of Talbot Count y Councilman Tom

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“ T he c a n non w a s i n ter r ible shape when we started the cleanup,” she s a id . “ T he A mer ic a n Legion volunteered to fix it up.” Headstones throughout the cemetery mark the graves of veterans from all wars since the Revolution. Many of these headstones have been fixed with the aid of master masons like R. Drake Witte. “ He r e i s S o l o m o n B a r r o t t ’s grave,” she says as she points out a la r ge stone b et we en t wo t a l l trees. According to the plaque, Barrott was a drummer boy in the Continental A rmy, and when he died in Easton in 1851 at the age of 88, he was believed to be the last Revolutionary War veteran in Maryland.

Duncan. Now the gates are closed and locked every night. Wit h t he $50,000 t he volunteer committee has raised so far, Spring Hill Cemetery has emerged f rom an overgrow n and a lmost forgotten part of the town’s past, to become a center piece of history. The Friends of Spring Hill Cemetery have repaired the brick of f ice and nearby maintenance building, erected new signs at the entrances, removed dead trees and installed f lag poles. They enlisted the American Legion to repair the Civil War cannon that pays tribute to the dead of the North and South who are buried there.

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Stevensville on Kent Island is said to have been named for him. Near the North Street entrance to the cemetery is the Goldsborough plot, a section distinguished by its rows of very old headstones. Duncan says that before the cemetery was opened in 1790, it had been the tradition for local landowners to have their own private cemetery on their farms. Once the central cemetery concept caught on, families had their ancestors dug up and reinterred in Spring Hill. Some of those date to the 1600s. Some of the first burials in the cemetery were the reinterred relatives of Dr. Ennalls Martin, who is buried next to his wife in the Martin family plot under a copse

“When we started cleaning up, we didn’t know there was a stone here until we cut away all of the ivy,” Duncan says. A s she did more research on the history of Spring Hill, Duncan found records and stories about the famous and powerful people who are buried there. The names of old Talbot families – Tilghman, Goldsborough, Covington, Shannahan, Wrightson and Hambleton, to name a few – are carved in stone everywhere. “ We have t h ree gover nor s of Maryland buried here,” she says. One is Samuel Stevens, Jr. who was governor from 1822 to 1826.

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Walking through the cemetery t h at s it s on h i g h g r ou nd ne a r an old spr ing, hence the name, Duncan points out other stones of interest. The Right Reverend Hen r y Cha mpl i n L ay, t he f i r s t Episc opa l Bishop of E a ston, i s commemorated by an elaborate monument, complete with a miter and a crow n, topped by a large cross. One couple, Helen and David Hardcastle, are buried under imposing blocks of marble. The locations where they lived before Talbot County are carved into their stones, each ending with “ETC.” “It is surprising the number of children who are buried here,” she

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“It makes me feel good to see people coming back,” she says. She says the Friends of Spring Hill Cemetery are always looking for more volunteers and donations. A nyone interested in helping out can reach her at f rancesd@ goeaston.net or by calling 410 822-4128.

says, a testament to the fragility of life 200 years ago. She pauses to pull weeds grown around a child’s marker. Volunteers have been working to repair and right vandalized stones. One volunteer, Darrin Clem, attended a class in New England to learn how to use a tripod to lift stones back on their base. “They are very heavy,” Duncan says. Among the old and fading gravestones are signs that the burial ground is still in use. Duncan points out the recent grave of an old friend. Now, the families return regularly to place f lowers and clean up a r ou nd t he g r av e s of t he i r loved ones.

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Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. The Complex includes the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Martin National Wildlife Refuge and Susquehanna National Wildlife Refuge. Other parts of the Complex are Barren Island, Watts Island, Garrett Island, Bishops Head, and Spring Island Divisions. Blackwater encompasses about twenty-seven thousand acres of woodland, wetland, open fields and water features. If you think you would enjoy the kind of reality show the bald eagle family offers, but just cannot make it to the marshes of southern Dorchester County, then take a look

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toward the viewer. On the near edge of the nest stands father osprey observing the training mission. Father occasionally glances in the direction of the camera, then back to junior, as if to say, “That’s my boy!” After half a minute or so of flapping, junior’s grip on the sticks of the nest lessens and he find himself pulled about a foot into the air. You can almost detect an expression of amazement and fear on his face. The flapping slows and he descends back to his safe haven. I’m really not a bird watcher, nor do I like reality TV, but this is a show I can highly recommend. May all of your travels be happy and safe!

for them on the Internet. You can search for “Raptor Cams.” If you do take the drive to Blackwater, don’t limit your own eagle-eye to the confines of the preserve. All throughout the area, whether on park service land or private land, one can occasionally catch sight of a bald eagle and many other critters in the wild. Neighbors of the eagle family have also allowed a camera to invade their personal space. A family of osprey bare their life activities for all to see. In addition to the Raptor Cam sponsored by Friends of Blackwater, many archival videos of the osprey family can be seen on You Tube. While writing this article I took a moment (actually one moment and three seconds, assuming a moment to be synonymous with a minute) to watch a young osprey stand precariously on the edge of the nest, f lapping his f ledgling wings. The youngster is on the edge of the nest away from the camera with his back

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Hunters of the Night The Barn Owl by Larry Hitchens

“The Great Barn Owl Banding Trip” ...After I decided to “retire” four years ago, I purchased a 600mm Canon lens and one of Canon’s upscale cameras, both of which cost about the same as a small sports car. As my interest in birds of prey and wildlife photography expanded, I became fixated on owls. I read an article online entitled Owls! You Want Me to Find Owls? This was

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be used in their brochures and signboards. Wildlife resource agencies in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and most recently North Carolina have used my photos for such purposes. Not long ago I got a request from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife for some photos and it occurred to me to ask if they would be able to assist me in getting a barn owl photo. Much to my surprise the reply was “Sure, we’re getting ready to band the barn owls next week and you’re welcome to come along.” There were a few different owl boxes that the group worked with. These were constructed out of plywood with dimensions approximately 3’ long and 18” high with an entry/exit at one end and a 12” x 12” access door at the other. Some of the owl boxes were located inside barns, while others were attached to outbuildings atop posts 20 feet above ground. All the boxes were located on private farms. The bander first used a long aluminum pole with a piece of plywood and foam attached to block the entry/ exit hole, trapping the birds inside. Then he used an extension ladder to access the box. With a gloved hand and

ages. After four years of consulting friends, local farmers, farm bureaus, and running ads in the local paper, I was about to give up the search for the elusive barn owl. As my photography improved, I won a few contests and became better known. I started receiving requests from various state and federal agencies for copies of my photographs to

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mate age was determined by using a group of photos displaying owls at different stages of development. The owls weighed only 1 to 1-1/2 pounds, which was normal, even for adult birds. Following the banding and weighing exercise, the owls were held up for me to photograph. For the most part they were docile and fairly cooperative. The next phase of the process was to remove all material from the boxes and replace that with clean, fresh bedding. The final step was putting the owls back in the box. There are a few things that I was surprised to learn about barn owls: ¡ The average lifespan of the barn

the rest of his arm exposed, the bander reached through the 12� x 12� door and grabbed the owlet by his legs and gently drew him through the doorway. Sometimes this process could be done without a lot of fuss, and other times the bird was somewhat uncooperative. Keep in mind, all this was happening atop a 20 foot ladder. The owls were placed in pillow cases with zippers and allowed to quiet down. The next step was to place a numbered metal band on the left leg. Delaware bands the left leg and New Jersey bands the right. The owls were then weighed while still inside the bag. Their approxi-

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owlets will fledge before others. · The owlets consume 1-1/2 times their body weight every day, and their diet consists mostly of rodents. With the owlet weighing a little over a pound, and with an average of six owlets in the brood, nine pounds of rodents are caught every day by the parents. · The average brood is 6-7 owlets, which can moult their nestling down and fledge in 4 to 4½ weeks. The owls can sometimes have more than one brood a year depending on the availability of food. · Unlike most owls, the barn owl does not hoot, but hisses and screeches. The barn owl will use a beak snap to indicate anger while swaying it head side to side. · Barn owls have the best sense of hearing of all the owls and can pinpoint prey in total darkness.

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November Berry Color A group of plants that add a nice touch to the fall landscape color scheme are those that bear colorful fruits. Along roadsides and wet areas, the native American Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

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will flower and fruit regularly with little care. Some of you might have noticed that your firethorn is not fruiting as heavily as you would like. If you have a firethorn that was once a heavy producer of fruit, observe it carefully on a sunny day to see how much shade it is receiving. As other plants begin to shade them, a significant reduction in the numbers of flowers and fruits produced will be noticed. Try to correct the situation by pruning other nearby plants to let the firethorn have more sun. It usually pays off in that the plant will again produce more berries. Contrary to many homeowner beliefs, fertilizers will not affect increasing fruit production on shaded firethorn. Often, over fertilization will result in increased susceptibility of fireblight, which is a bacterial disease that often kills the entire plant. So don’t try to fertilize pyracantha too heavily.

after willow-like leaves turn color and drop. A plant that is extensively used in the landscape as a low spreader and as an upright shrub, Cotoneaster sp. is also known for it’s fall fruit. There are more than 70 species in this genus and Cotoneaster dammeri (Bearberry cotoneaster), Cotoneaster horizontalis and Cotoneaster lacteus are all known for their outstanding display of clusters of red or orange-red fruits. Let’s not forget the Pyracantha. Commonly called Firethorn, this shrub bears clusters of red, orange, or yellow berries that are the size of peas. Glossy foliage is evergreen (semi-evergreen in cold-winter climates). Species and varieties grow 3 to 15 feet tall and 4 to 10 feet wide. With the excellent growing conditions this year, many firethorns have really fruited heavily. Most firethorns, when planted in a full sun and in a well-drained soil,

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vars of firethorns available that do well in our area. “Apache” is a semi-evergreen to evergreen compact shrub with bright red fruits that ripen in September and persist until December. ”Navaho” is a low-growing, densely branched, and mounded type with rich orange-red fruits and “Shawnee” produces bright yellow-orange berries that last until late winter. All these cultivars are resistant to scab and fireblight, the two major disease problems in firethorns. Pyracanthas get ratty in appearance over time, so it is important to do selective pruning. The yearly spring removal of vigorous growing branches will

If you do want to fertilize, use a material that is low in nitrogen and higher in phosphorus and potassium. The cultural requirements for firethorns are similar to those of holly. They prefer to grow in full sun in a well-drained soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Plant as a container grown plant in the spring. Because of their coarse, poorly branched root system, it is almost impossible to dig these plants with a ball of soil around the roots. So chose your location carefully as they are difficult to transplant. There are some excellent culti-

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shrub for berry production in the fall. Among the many species, three are top performers. For best flower and subsequent fruit production, most viburnums need to be in full sun. David’s Viburnum (Viburnum davidii) produces clusters of metallic blue fruits that appear among glossy dark green leaves.

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This evergreen shrub reaches 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. European Cranberry Viburnum (Viburnum opulus) provides bright clusters of fleshy red fruits that hang on from autumn into winter. Its dark green leaves turn yellow, red, or reddish-purple in fall before dropping. This deciduous shrub reaches 8 to 15 feet tall and wide. Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)has clusters of fruit which turn from scarlet to black as they age. Commonly called leather leaf viburnum, it bears long, deep green leaves with wrinkled tops and a fuzzy underside. This ev-

ergreen shrub grows 8 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 12 feet wide. It is one of the viburnums which tolerates deep shade. Every year a number of homeowners complain that their holly trees do not have berries. Hollies are dioecious plants, which means that each sex in confined to a separate plant. Therefore, to have berries on the Harriett holly you need Harry holly somewhere nearby. Most of the time, the failure of a mature female holly to fruit is because of lack of pollination. The only solution to this problem is to either replace the male plant with a female of the species or by transplanting a male plant

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this would be when your garden has a slope to it and there might be a chance of erosion. The alternate freezing and thawing and wetting and drying of the soil during the winter will help to improve the soil structure. Now is also a good time to work organic matter such as compost into the garden soil. Spread an inch or two layer over the garden and till it in. An alternative would be to till the soil and then sheet compost it, spreading a layer of two to three inches of compost on top of the soil. Next spring all you will have to do is rake away the compost and till the areas you will plant.

nearby to insure pollination of the female flowers. It is important that there be a male plant within 500 feet to insure good pollination. The only time you can determine the sex of a holly is when it is in bloom and even then it can be difficult. Vegetable gardening doesn’t stop now just because we have harvested most of the crops. If you didn’t plant a cover crop in September, you can still prepare the soil for next spring by rototilling it now. This will loosen the soil, making it more friable and able to absorb moisture from the fall rains. The exception to

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The remaining compost will serve as a mulch to control the weeds between the rows. By adding organic matter to the soil you will improve the soil structure resulting in better aeration, water percolation and nutrient retention and improved plant growth. The other element that you can add to the garden soil now is lime. Assuming that you did a soil test, you can add the recommended lime in November and till it under. This will give it a few additional months to react with the soil and adjust the pH before your spring crop goes in. Now is not the time to fertilize the garden. Winter

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Although they don’t bite, eat any stored foods or bother house plants, their presence in large numbers makes them a real nuisance. When crushed they also leave a red stain that is difficult to remove from fabrics. If you need to control boxelder bugs you can spray them with either an insecticidal soap or a labeled contact insecticide. A permanent solution is to remove the boxelder tree that is attracting them to your home. It is still not too late to plant spring flowering bulbs but you better get them in soon. Happy Gardening!

in the soil, especially in sandier soils. As the days get cooler a number of outside critters try to come inside. Besides mice, we also have insect invaders like boxelder bugs. Boxelder bugs are black and red insects about 5/8 of an inch long that resemble stink bugs. Each fall they congregate in large numbers on female boxelder trees and on the sunny side of houses near these trees. Boxelder bugs frequently invade the inside of the house through openings around windows and door. This is when they become a real problem.

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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. LAGRANGE PLANTATION - home of the Dorchester County Historical Society, LaGrange Plantation offers a range of local history and heritage on its grounds. The Meredith House, a 1760s Georgian home, features artifacts and exhibits on the seven Maryland governors associated with the county; a child’s room containing antique dolls and toys; and other period displays. The Neild Museum houses a broad collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts, including a McCormick reaper (invented by Cyrus McCormick in 1831). The Ron Rue exhibit pays tribute to a talented local decoy carver with a re-creation of his workshop. The Goldsborough Stable, circa 1790, includes a sulky, pony cart, horse-driven sleighs, and tools of the woodworker, wheelwright, and blacksmith. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit dorchesterhistory.org. Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989


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of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit www.richardsonmuseum.org. HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER - The Museum and Educational Center is developing programs to preserve the history and memory of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Local tours by appointment are available. The Museum and Educational Center, located at 424 Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour; pick up a brochure at the Dorchester County Visitor Center. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401. 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. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.hpl.umces.edu. 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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Easton Points of Interest Historic Downtown Easton — The county seat of Talbot County. Established around early religious settlements and a court of law, Historic Downtown Easton is today a centerpiece of fine specialty shops, business and cultural activities, unique restaurants and architectural fascination. Treelined streets are graced with various period structures and remarkable homes, carefully preserved or restored. Because of its historical significance, historic 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.” 1. TALBOTTOWN, EASTON PLAZA, EASTON MARKETPLACE, TRED AVON SQUARE and WATERSIDE VILLAGE- Shopping centers, all in close proximity to downtown Easton. 2. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the Star-Democrat grew. In 1912, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 3. THE BRICK HOTEL - Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. It is now an office building. 4. THE 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 over the years. 5. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING - Now Lanham-Hall Design & Antiques, 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 1877-1881-1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 6. FIRST MASONIC GRAND LODGE - 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. 7. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - In an attractive building on West St. Hours open: Mon. & Thurs., 9 to 8, Tues. & Wed. 9 to 6 and Fri. & Sat., 9 to 5, except during the summer when it’s 9 to 1 on Saturday. For information call 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. Currently under renovation. 101

Easton Points of Interest 8. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TALBOT COUNTY - Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses and a Museum with changing exhibitions, all of which surround a Federal style garden. Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Museum hours: Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 10-4 p.m. (winter) and Mon. through Sat., 10-4 p.m. (summer), with group tours offered by appointment. For more information, call 410-822-0773. 9. AVALON THEATRE - 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. The Avalon has a year-round schedule of entertainment and cultural events. For information on current and upcoming activities, call 410-822-0345. 10. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Talbot County Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information

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Easton Points of Interest Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 7 p.m. For more information, please call (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.art-academy.org. 15. INN AT 202 DOVER- Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion reflects 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. It is now home to a beautiful inn and restaurant. 16. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison Street. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit Granite. 17. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - Established in the early 1900s, with several recent additions to the building and facilities, and now extensive

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Easton Points of Interest additions and modernization under construction, making this what is considered to be one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. 18. THIRD HAVEN MEETING HOUSE - Built in 1682 and the oldest frame building dedicated to religious meetings in America. The Meeting House was built at the headwaters of the Tred Avon: people came by boat to attend. William Penn preached there with Lord Baltimore present. Extensive renovations were completed in 1990. 19. EASTON POINT MARINA - At the end of Port Street on the Tred Avon River. 20. BOAT RAMP - At Easton Point, end of Port Street. 21. TALBOT COUNTRY CLUB - Established in 1910, the Talbot Country Club is located at 6142 Country Club Drive, Easton. 22. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - Only the ruins remain, but the churchyard contains the grave of the elder Robert Morris, who died July 22, 1750. The parish had a rector of the Church of England in 1690. 23. FOXLEY HALL - Built about 1795 at 24 N. Aurora St., 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 24. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., is one of 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. 25. HOG NECK GOLF COURSE - Rated FOUR STARS by “Golf Digest Places to Play.” 18 hole Championship course, 9 hole Executive course. Full service pro shop. For more info. tel: 410-822-6079. 26. 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. 27. EASTON AIRPORT - 29137 Newnam Rd., just off Rt. 50. 28. 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: 410-8224903 or visit their web site at www.pickeringcreek.org.

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St. Michaels Points of Interest On the broad Miles River, with its picturesque tree-lined streets and beautiful landlocked harbor, St. Michaels has been a haven for boats plying the Chesapeake and its inlets since the earliest days. Here, some of the handsomest models of the bay craft, such as canoes, bugeyes, pungys and some famous Baltimore Clippers, were designed and built. The Church, named “St. Michael’s,” was the first building erected (about 1677) and around it clustered the town that took its name. Today the shipyards are still active, and the harbor is used by oystermen, fishermen, clammers and pleasure seekers in large numbers. 1. WADES POINT INN - Located on a point of land overlooking ma110


St. Michaels Points of Interest jestic Chesapeake Bay, this historic inn has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Thomas Kemp, builder of the original “Pride of Baltimore,” built the main house in 1819. 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bay View Restaurant and Duckblind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course and tennis courts. 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. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazzard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. The Inn is now a member of the Orient Express Hotels. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot

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St. Michaels Points of Interest St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1874, Dodson, along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for “the old Parsonae house.” 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

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St. Michaels Points of Interest shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. 410-745-2900 or www.thecrabclaw.com. 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit www.patriotcruises.com or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor.



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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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 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. 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. All the rooms have a view of the harbor. 13. MILL HOUSE - Originally built on the beach about 1660 and later moved to its present location on Harrison Square (Cherry Street near Locust Street). 14. 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. 15. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Located at 106 S. Fremont

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St. Michaels Points of Interest operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). 21. 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 tree tops to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. Result: The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the attic stairway. This town “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 22. 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. 23. 125 MULBERRY STREET During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. 24. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic 125

St. Michaels Points of Interest 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. Open May-October, Mon., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fri., 1 to 4 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. Other days on request. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children with children under 6 free. 25. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. 26. THE OLD MILL COMPLEX - The Old Mill was a functioning flour mill from the late 1800s until the 1970s, producing flour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to the St. Michaels Winery, artists, furniture makers, a baker and other unique shops and businesses. 27. BOB PASCAL’S ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Located at 101 N. Harbour Road, was newly constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. It has overnight accommodations, conference facilities, marina, spa and Pascal’s Restaurant & Tavern.

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Oxford Points of Interest Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Although already settled for perhaps 20 years, Oxford marks the year 1683 as its official founding, for in that year Oxford was first named by the Maryland General Assembly as a seaport and was laid out as a town. In 1694, Oxford and a new town called Anne Arundel (now Annapolis) were selected the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Until the American Revolution, Oxford enjoyed prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations. Today, Oxford is a charming tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of just over 700 and is still important in boat building and yachting. It has a protected harbor for watermen who harvest oysters, crabs, clams and fish, and for sailors from all over the Bay. 1. TENCH TILGHMAN MONUMENT - In the Oxford Cemetery the Revolutionary War hero’s body lies along with that of his widow. Lt. Tench Tilghman carried the message of Cornwallis’ surrender from

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Oxford Points of Interest Yorktown, VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - 200 Oxford Road. The Oxford Community Center, a pillared brick schoolhouse saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents, is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, dinner theater and performances by the Tred Avon Players. The Center is currently under renovation. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 3. BACHELOR POINT HARBOR - Located at the mouth of the Tred Avon River, 9’ water depth. 4. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 4A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580.

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5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School. 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. O X F O R D M U S E U M - M o r r i s & M a r k e t S t s . D e v o t e d t o t h e memories and tangible mementos of Oxford, MD. Closed November 13, 2011 until Oxford Day, April 28, 2012. For more info. tel: 410-226-0191. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. THE BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for the officers of a 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) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 3 09 N . M or r i s S t . T h e g r a p e -

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Oxford Points of Interest vine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “ S ara h a nd 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. 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.

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Oxford Points of Interest 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court ‘pitcht upon’ to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The by A & S Development LLC date of construction is unknown, Modular Floating Docks but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) Screwpile Dock Systems 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 New Component Parts Tilghman St. World-renowned Replacement Parts boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction Maintenance and restoration using composite Pressure Washing & Sealing structures. Installations Arranged

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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 dredge boats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 137

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The Taylor Rescue by Gary D. Crawford

Doesn’t life sometimes seem to be full of coincidences? Or maybe it isn’t as random and frivolous as that; perhaps there are little unseen connections running along the underside of the fabric of life, which, when they pop up on our side, appear to us as coincidences. Kurt Vonnegut drew our attention to such things when he described the karass, an invented word he used to refer to those curious networks of people who appear to have no official connec-

tion yet whose destinies seem to be intertwined. I suspect there are such things. We recognize members of our karass only after they touch our lives, repeatedly. It is surprising, because otherwise no connections are apparent. We just keep bumping into them unexpectedly, in different places and at different times. Many years ago, while visiting San Diego, my brother took me sailing with a couple who were friends of his. I liked them both,

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The Taylor Rescue and we enjoyed a pleasant afternoon sailing through the kelp forests off Point Loma. I was often overseas in those days, however, so the chances of ever running into them again seemed pretty remote. Yet, years later when I was married and living in Arlington, my brother mentioned that those same friends had moved east. They were living just 35 minutes away, so we got together for dinner. Again, a good time was had, but we lived miles apart and had our own jobs and lives. Then, many more years later, after we had retired to the Eastern Shore, guess who we discov-

ered was living up in Centreville? Yep. That we were somehow linked now seemed undeniable, so we just accepted it. It was to their home we went for shelter that night in 2003 when the remnants of Hurricane Isabel blew through here. Nowadays the wives go kayaking together. Curiously, that was where my wife was when the phone call came with the news we’d long been awaiting – the birth of a healthy grandson in Portland, Oregon. I was bursting with the news, but there had been no way to contact her. When she finally walked in that afternoon, I just blurted it out. Then I realized someone had come in with her. Yes, my friend

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The Taylor Rescue from San Diego, now my wife’s kayak buddy, was the first person on the Eastern Shore to know we were grandparents. Oh yes, I’m pretty sure that we’re all members of the same karass. I’ve long suspected that the redoubtable Alice Bradshaw was another member of my karass. That possibility got another little boost quite recently, but to understand that, you need to know where Alice’s husband proposed to her. When I first saw Alice, she was talking with some women beside her car, parked here at

road’s end. Pointing here and there, sometimes at our house, she seemed to know what she was talking about, for her companions were listening intently. Curious, I strolled over and introduced myself. She smiled and explained that her husband, Bob Bradshaw, had grown up in our home. They had met near here, courted, married a few years later, lived a few doors up the street, raised a family of four, and then moved to Annapolis. She recalled her years in Tilghman with great fondness and said she had begun writing a book about it all, having promised her late husband that she would do so. I said I would very much like

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The Taylor Rescue to read that book and encouraged her to finish it. To my surprise, she arrived at our bookstore a few years later with a backseat full of books entitled A Promise of Love. They were wonderful, and we’ve carried them ever since. Alice kept turning up. Each October, she and her daughter would drive over for Tilghman Day to sell her book, bundled up behind a card table set up for her at the church. She telephoned me from time to time, once to ask my help in getting one of her children’s stories published – which I did, in this fine magazine. Chatting with Alice was always

fun and informative. She told me about her husband’s family, one of several who came up from Hollands Island because it was washing away, and settled on Tilghman Island. She mentioned some of his brothers and sisters, whom I tried to imagine running through our home as kids. In addition to Bob, there were Lloyd, Josephine, Myrtle, and others. Although somewhat older than I – she passed away this summer at 107 – Alice never seemed old to me. I kidded with her now and again, and sometimes I was pretty sure she was pulling my leg, too. I even recorded a few of our conversations, simply because there was so much information

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The Taylor Rescue there about our village in years past. I have kept those notes, of course, along with copies of the photos she was kind enough to share with me. One of her stories I like best was how Bob proposed to her. He was a waterman, a pound-netter, and one day he invited Alice out for a little boat ride. He took her out to the Sharp’s Island Light, which in those days was standing upright and had a Keeper in residence. They climbed the ladder to the deck, where Alice was welcomed aboard and given a guided tour of the lighthouse – which, as usual, she found most interesting.

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Later, leaning on the rail looking at the Bay and nearby islands, Bob asked her to marry him. As Alice told it, Bob said she’d better say yes or she could swim home. The twinkle in her eye when she told me that made me suspect she might have said yes anyway. Just the other day, a local man came into our bookstore to pass some time, followed a few minutes later by a second man. One thing led to another and soon we were exchanging stories about the past. It was hot as blazes outside, and that led to a recollection of the winter of 1977-78, the last time the Bay froze over. They told how they had gone out on the ice with a car, towing a skiff and


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The Taylor Rescue a piece of plywood. They put the skiff into a patch of open water, dragged an oyster scrape across the bottom and hauled up a mess of oysters. These were dumped onto the ice, piled onto the plywood, and pulled ashore by the car. One day it was so cold the outboard motor froze – while it was running. That was the winter the ice locked tight around the base of Sharp’s Island Light. The incoming tide shoved the ice sheet up the Bay, pushing with terrible force against the structure until it was leaning 15 degrees to the north. People thought she was

a goner, but when the tide receded, she still stood, tilted, and has remained so for the past 34 years. All this reminded me of how Bob proposed to Miss Alice out there on the Light, and I retold the story. These wintry recollections brought to mind another icy event off the shore of Bay Hundred, but the details had become vague, so I read up on them again the next day. Back in the 1920s, several families were still living and farming out on Poplar Island. They took a beating from the weather out there, and the hurricane that came up the Bay in 1933, known simply as the August Storm, did



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The Taylor Rescue considerable damage. There was more to come. The following February, the cold came down hard and stayed for weeks. As my colleague Jim Dawson has noted succinctly, “1934, Feb. record cold month in many areas.” The supply boat that ran between Valiant’s Store on Poplar and Lowe’s Wharf on the mainland could not make it across. After being cut off for more than ten days, at the first sign of a thaw, three young men out on Poplar decided to make a run for supplies. Despite much floating ice, A.C. Taylor, Jr., Carroll New-

comb and another boy, whose name is not recorded, made it successfully to Lowe’s Wharf at Sherwood. It took most of the day to traverse those two and a half miles and they arrived cold and tired. They stocked up for the return trip the next morning and got some sleep. But that night the cold returned and by dawn most of the open water had iced over, so they waited a day, then another. After four days, A.C. became impatient and increasingly worried about his family out there on Poplar Island. Against all advice, the seventeen-year-old decided to walk out. Even Carroll could not change his mind.

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The Taylor Rescue and the pitiful pleadings from the young man were heart-rending. They broke through the ice at least twenty times and tried to crawl out to him. They couldn’t reach him, and he was marooned with no chance of going in any direction. Despite his appeals and cries for help, they could do nothing but return to Sherwood. The throng gathered at Lowe’s Wharf was eager to hear of the boy’s condition, and every suggestion was discussed. Finally it was believed that Ira Harrison’s ten-foot scow at Tilghman’s Island might be able to reach the boy. Alfred Stinchcomb and

Jimmy Jackson volunteered to make the attempt. After a long struggle, they too got very close to him, but the ice was too thick to break and they could not reach him. Upon returning to shore, they said they feared no one could possibly reach the boy no matter how they went. Now already out on the ice for more than half a day, A.C. was running out of time. Archie Sinclair of Sherwood and Warrne “Pitt” Lowery of Tilghman then volunteered to make one more try using Harrison’s scow. Profiting by the experience of the other attempts, they succeeded in breaking the ice close to the boy and eventually reached him

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The Taylor Rescue with the scow. Great care was taken not to capsize the little floe as they lifted the now nearly lifeless boy aboard. Through the glasses, those on shore could see that the boy had been reached and preparations were quickly made for his comfort as soon as he landed. Mr. Harrison built a fire in the office of the Sherwood Packing Company. Blankets were soon brought and a comfortable bed prepared. When A.C. reached shore, his life had almost flickered out, but he was tucked in bed and his limbs rubbed, while a car was brought to carry him

to the hospital. The examining doctors feared that both the boys’ legs would have to be amputated, but the next morning, the legs showed signs of life and amputation was not necessary. His parents were very grateful to his rescuers. There was talk in the community of some kind of award for Sinclair and Lowery, though I’m not sure if that materialized. I found nothing more about A.C. Taylor, Jr. or his family in my records, but I also did a search for Carroll Newcomb. Now, “my records” may sound impressive, but it’s all just a jumble of documents and images stored on my computer. Still, I put in his name

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The Taylor Rescue – and got a hit. To my surprise and delight, it was a photo that came up. Yes, there he is, some years after the icy adventure. Carroll stands on the deck of a workboat next to a pier with his arm around a woman, both wearing nice smiles. The caption says the woman is his wife, whose name is ... oh, my ... Myrtle Bradshaw Newcomb. Myrtle was one of Bob’s sisters, remember? Alice

again! Myrtle was her sister-inlaw. That establishes a link between young A.C. Taylor, to Carroll, to Myrtle, to Bob, to Alice. Now, this is why I’m sure we’re linked. That pier they’re tied up to? It’s the one at her parents’ home. Yes. Our pier. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.

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that tanked. Still, Paul has his friends at Bay State Bar, a steady line of cocktails, and Stella. Beautiful, blonde, long-legged Stella who always has a witty retort or a brilliant piece of advice, and she only wets herself once in a while.” That last factoid is what caught my attention. You expected maybe I should read War and Peace on my vacation? Paul and Stella have each other. That’s a very comforting arrangement, since Paul doesn’t attract many friends. The guys at the bar are not exactly bright company, but their value is that they leave Paul pretty much alone to brood over his sad sack life. Stella is always at the door to greet Paul. She’s a welcome companion when he stumbles home after the bar closes. She’s a charmer with few faults; she forgets where he’s been and if he’s not home she assumes he’s dead. His arrival is always a miracle to Stella, so she’s overjoyed to see him. That’s a good thing, because with all his other worries, plus a con-

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Know by Ilene Beckerman. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 99 pp. $15.95. I blush when I write this, but Ilene Beckerman’s memoir of growing up with her Jewish grandmother illustrates an absolute fact. Grandmothers are priceless. Needless to say, I am one of them and, like Beckerman’s grandmother Ettie Goldberg, I hope I will be quoted by my grandchildren, yea, unto their grandchildren. And always with love. Ettie rarely complained, and then only to God. For example, Beckerman recalls every word of Ettie’s mumbling aloud, “You got a minute, God? I’m not really complaining, but it says in the Talmud that a man has 613 mitzvahs to do but a


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visit http://historic.stmichaelsmd. org/Events/details/fall-into-stmichaels-10-17-2009. Thru Jan. 8 Exhibit: Watercolors by the Chestnut Street Studio Painters at the Old Brick Inn, St. Michaels. Reception on October 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-3323 or visit www.oldbrickinn.com. Thru April 2012 Exhibit: Neavitt - Chesapeake Charm at the Historical Society of Talbot County, Easton. Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Explore the many views of Neavitt in this exhibit. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773.


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1 Meet the Creatures with Pickering Creek at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877. 1,8 Academy for Lifelong Learning - Great Decision Discussion Program with Steve Conn from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 1,8,15 A c a d e m y f o r L i f e l o n g Learning: The Art and Artifice of the Documentary Film with Robyn Mendelsohn at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For

1,8,15,22,29 First Step Storytime at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton (28712 Glebe Road). 10 to 10:30 a.m. for children 3 and under with an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 1,8,15,22,29 Screen Painting for Beginners and Beyond Taught by Sharon Gilroy - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High St. Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782. $40 members, $80 non-members. All levels welcome! 1,8,15,22 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Einstein’s Clocks, Poin-

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care’s Maps - Empires of Time with Ron Lesher from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 1-30 St. Michaels Art League Library Art Show: The St. Michaels Art League will be exhibiting the paintings created during its recent Paint the Town (PTT) competition at the St. Michaels Library branch, Nov. 1-30, during branch hours. Many paintings will be available for purchase. Artist reception is Nov. 3, 5:30-7 p.m. Art works will be judged by Matthew Hillier, a noted international wildlife painter. For more info. tel: 410-745-6496 or visit www.stmichaelsartleague. org.

Living” presented by the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 905 Gateway Drive, Chestertown. Come and let your imagination lead you through horticulture, the exhibits, displays and floral designs. Free. For more info. tel: 410-770-5258. 2,9 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Dawn of the Nuclear Age with Chip Britt at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists meet each Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Creek Deli

2 Lecture: A Tree Grows Quickly in the Forest - Climate Change and Accelerated Tree Growth at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. There is evidence that trees in the Eastern United States are growing faster than they have in the past 225 years. Geoffrey Parker, senior scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, has tracked the growth of 55 stands of mixed hardwood forests. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 2 Standard Flower Show: “The Eastern Shore - Land of Pleasant 195

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November Calendar in Cambridge. No cost. wednesdaymorningartists.com or contact Nancy at ncsnyder@aol.com or 410-463-0148. 2,9,16,23,30 Pre-School Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton (28712 Glebe Road). 2 to 2:45 p.m. for 3- to 5-year-olds, no adult required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. tcfl.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Social Time for Seniors at the St. Michaels Community Center, every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073.

2,9,16,23,30 Trivia at NightCat is held each Wednesday at 7 p.m. If you’ve got three friends with triple digit IQs, test yourselves against Talbot’s brightest. Prepare to be humbled! For more info. tel: 410690-4544. 2,16 Plant Clinic offered by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners of Talbot County at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1244. 3 A Conversation with Adam Goodheart presented by the Talbot County Chapter of Washington College Alumni in partnership

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with the Historical Society of Talbot County at 6 p.m. in the HSTC Auditorium, Easton. Free. Light refreshments will be served. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773. 3,10 Academy for Lifelong Learning - Taking a Moment: The Spiritual Art of Living the Here and Now with Carolyn Roslund and George Merrill from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Bray House, Trinity Cathedral, Easton. For more info. tel: 410745-2916. 3,10,17,24 St. Michaels Art League’s weekly “Paint Together” at the home of Alice-Marie

3,10,17,24 Workshop: Memoir Writing at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to preserve your family history by writing and sharing your stories. For more info. and to pre-register, tel: 410745-5877. 4 Pine Cone Wreath Workshop at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton (28712 Glebe Road). 10 a.m. Make a 12-15” wreath with a variety of pine cones. Materials will be provided. Please pre-register. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626.

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November Calendar 4 Lecture: Autumn Color in the Forest with Dr. Julianna Pax. This afternoon talk will include an indoor presentation and an outdoor walk in the woods to identify colorful autumn players. 1 to 3 p.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 4 First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Easton. 5 to 9 p.m. Easton’s art galleries, antiques shops and restaurants combine for a unique cultural experience. Raffles, gift certificates and street vendors! For more info. tel: 410770-8350.

4 Chestertown’s First Friday. Extended shop hours with arts and entertainment throughout historic downtown. For a list of activities visit: www.kentcounty.com/ artsentertainment. 4 Meeting: 4-H at the St. Michaels Community Center. 6 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 4 Dorchester Swingers Square Dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Maple Elementary School, Egypt Rd., Cambridge. Refreshments provided. For more info. tel: 410820-8620. 5 Arts Express Bus Trip to see La Cage Aux Folles at the Hippo-


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wiches, desserts and beverages. For further info or to donate items call NDVFC at 410-228-2434. 5 OysterFest at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Come celebrate the Bay oyster with live music, great food, family activities, skipjack and buyboat rides, oyster aquaculture and restoration demonstrations, oyster tonging and cooking demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org. 5 Family Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton (28712 Glebe Road). 10 to 11:30 a.m. Drop-in art activities will be


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November Calendar available for children of all ages accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 5 Chesapeake Cats & Dogs 5th Anniversary Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 300A Island Professional Park, Stevensville. Prizes, dog costume contest at noon, face painting, free food, discounted adoption fees, FUN! For more info. tel: 410-643-9955. 5 Plein Air Painting at the Arboretum - Learn how to capture the beauty of nature’s changing fall colors on canvas under the guidance of artist and art educator

Dawn Malosh from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 5 Wine Tasting to benefit the Wye River Upper School at the Talbot Country Club, Easton. 6 to 8:30 p.m. For more info. and tickets tel: 410-748-2919 or e-mail ellensmith@wyeriverupperschool.org. 5-6,12-13,19-20,26-27 Apprentice for a Day Public Boat Building Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Learn traditional Chesapeake boat building techniques under the direction of a CBMM shipwright. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916.

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5,12,19,26 Easton Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harrison Street public parking lot. Live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 5,12,19,26 The Artisans’ Market in Fountain Park in downtown Chestertown adjacent to the popular Chestertown Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ample parking available in the city lots surrounding the park.

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in this service will enjoy the piping of Randy Welsh of the St. Andrews Society of the Eastern Shore, the singing of hymns from the church’s Celtic roots, and a Blessing of the Tartans. There will also be a Homecoming for all who have been part of Holy Trinity in the past and who wish to “come back home.” Special reception following the service. 9:30 a.m. For more info call 226-5134. 7 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Apple iPad and Motorola Xoom with Al Kubeluis at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. to noon.

7 Brown Bag Lunch: St. Michaels Fire Department - Past and Present. Robert Murray of the St. Michaels Fire Department will speak about the past and current St. Michaels Fire Department. Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877. 7 The Tidewater Camera Club will host a seminar entitled “Beyond Ordinary” presented by professional photographer Corey Hilz from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wye Oak Room at the Talbot County Community Center, Easton. The seminar is open to the public.


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Anonymous - Mid-Shore Intergroup at the St. Michaels Community Center. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4226.

7,14,21 Tot Time at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10:15 a.m. for children ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877.

7,14,21,28 Bingo! at the Elks Club at 5464 Elks Club Rd., Rt. 50 in Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-221-6044.

7,14,21,28 Academy for Lifelong Learning: The History of American Art - Part One with Ronald Batistoni, Ed.D. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Alcoholics

8,22 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Bldg., Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 8,22 Meeting: Tilghman Chess Club of Talbot County at the St. Michaels Community Center. 1 to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-886-2030.

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November Calendar 9 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Waterview Grille at the Easton Club, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-770-5519. 10 Soup Day at Christ Church, Cambridge. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Soup: vegetable, chicken noodle or dried lima bean; biscuits, dessert and beverage for $3.50. Carryout - call 410-228-5773. 10 P u p p e t S h o w : W h a t I A m Thankful For, at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. All ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626.

11 Santa’s Got A Brand New Bag: Silent and Live auctions featuring gorgeous purses, jewelry, sunglasses and hats at the Talbot Country Club, Easton, to benefit the 26th Annual Festival of Trees and the Talbot Hospice Foundation. $50 per person also includes Festival admission. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www. talbothospice.org. 11-13 41st Annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton. The ultimate weekend for the sophisticated sportsman or art lover. See a complete schedule in this issue. 12 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United

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12 Second Saturday Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Come on a unique journey toward understanding native plants and how they can become a greater part of your home gardening experience. Free with admission. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 12 2nd Saturday at the Foundry at 401 Market St., Denton. Watch local artists demonstrate their talents. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009. 12 Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for the Community Photography & Digital Arts Exhibit & Competition at the Dorchester Arts Center from 6 to 8 p.m. 321 High St. Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit www. dorchesterarts.org. 12-13 Oxford Antique Show and Sale 214

for children ages 6 to 17, and free for CBMM members and children under 6. Each person bringing a canned food donation for a local food bank will receive $3 off admission. For more info. tel: 410745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org.

at the Oxford Firehouse. Antiques, food and beverages. In addition, the Oxford Ladies Auxiliary will have their crafts and baked goods for sale. For more info. tel: 410200-0902. 13 James L. Stewart Memorial St. Michaels Grand Prix at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Come watch as local residents and businesses compete in a race to unload their cargo of food and beer from golf carts. The event memorializes the life of James L. Stewart, known by many before his 2010 passing as the “mayor of St. Michaels.� The event is free with general admission of $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6

13 Pancake Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Dept. 7 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110. 13 Concert: the Christ Church Concert Series presents Duo Orfeo, classical guitarists at 4 p.m. The concert will be held in Christ Church on the corner of High Street and Church Street in Cam-

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November Calendar bridge. Tickets are $10 for adults. Students and children are welcome and admitted free. There will be a reception following the concert in Barber Hall. Both the church and the adjoining hall are handicapped accessible. For more info. tel: 410-228-2161. or visit www. duoorfeo.com. 14 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Meet the Author with Kristina Henry from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 15 Thanksgiving Crafts at the Talbot

County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. All ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626. 15 Dinner at the Crab Claw to benefit Talbot Hospice and the Festival of Trees. 4:30 p.m. to closing. Come dine at this well-known St Michaels restaurant and enjoy the best of Eastern Shore dining with your Talbot neighbors. Event tends to sell out, so book your reservation today! For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www. talbothospice.org. 16 Habitat for Humanity Choptank ReStore Volunteer Orientation Sessions - Want to give back to your community? Have volunteer



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November Calendar bidding and new this year, Tricky Tray Auction. Free Admission. Handicap Accessible. All proceeds benefit Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care. For more info. tel: Pleasant Day at 410-228-0190. 17 Brown Bag Lunch: Idiot Books with local publishers Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr. The Hospice House, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org. 17 Comedy at the Stoltz: Every third Thursday come see some of the hottest national comics in the busi-

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a drink. Take out or eat in!! We deliver in St. Michaels. For more info. tel:410-745-6073. 18 Friday Nites in Caroline: The Rogues Celtic Band at the North Caroline High School Auditorium. 7 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009. 18-20 Grand National Waterfowl Hunt - Enjoy a celebrity waterfowl hunt throughout Dorchester County. Call 410-228-0111 or e-mail gnwa@verizon.net or visit http:// www.grandnationalwaterfowl. com/ for more information. 19 Two-Mile Turkey Trot from the Denton Elementary School to

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November Calendar Martinak State Park and back. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event begins at 9:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-479-8120. 19 Little Pilgrim Wee Walk at the Denton Elementary School. 9 a.m. For kids ages 2 to 5. For more info. tel: 410-479-8120. 19 Free Craft Saturday at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For ages 6 to 12. Free. Registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787. 19 2nd Annual Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kent Island Elks #2576 (2525 Romancoke Rd.). Food, raffles, gift wrapping, door prizes every 30 minutes, adoptable animals, fun! To benefit Chesapeake Cats & Dogs, Inc. For more info. tel: 410-643-9955. 19 Sumi-e Painting - Learn how to meditate and relax while painting the “chi” of nature. 1 to 3 p.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Registration required. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 18-Jan. 15 Exhibit: André Kertész On Reading at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Opening reception on Nov. 18. The exhibition illustrates Kertész’s penchant for

the poetry and choreography of life in public and also private moments at home, examining the power of reading as a universal pleasure. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787. 20 The St. Michaels Community Center is offering a bus trip to see the fantastic production of White Christmas at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, MD. $84 covers bus fare, bus trip, show and lunch buffet (tip not included). For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 20 L o c a l A u t h o r s i n O x f o r d : “Scribes of the Shore” returns to Oxford with a focus on local authors and/or local subjects. 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Oxford. Free. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904. 21 Meeting - St. Michaels Art League at the Christ Church Parish Hall, St. Michaels. Tim Poly’s greatest passion is sharing what he has learned about photography. He will teach us how to see and when to click. 9:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-549-0515. 25 Run/Walk for Hospice begins at 10 a.m. 10K run or 5K run/walk the day after the big Turkey Day, Thanksgiving! Call the YMCA at 410-822-0566 or visit the website: www.active.com for specific registration information and details. 25 Mike Rose Magic Show at the



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26 Daddy/Daughter Dances from 5 to 7 p.m. or 8 to 10 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, Easton. $30 for Dads and $10 for daughters also includes Festival of Trees admission. Refreshments, door prizes and a memorable evening of dancing. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www.talbothospice.org.


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25 Festival of Trees Preview Gala from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gold Ballroom of the Historic Tidewater Inn, Easton, featuring gourmet fare, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, libations and auction items. Black tie optional. $100 per person and advance purchase is necessary. This includes Festival of Trees admission. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www. talbothospice.org.

26 Candy Cane Lane - Holiday fun for children held at the Easton Elementary School including games, crafts and trains along with activities. Photos with Santa when available. $5 for children 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www. talbothospice.org.


26 Mother/Son Dance at the Easton Club Waterview Pavilion. A memorable evening for mothers and sons of all ages with refreshments, door prizes and dancing. 5 to 7 p.m. $30 for moms and $10 for sons also includes Festival of Trees admission. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www. talbothospice.org. 26-27 Homes Tour 2011 - A tour of five beautiful Talbot County homes decked out for the holidays. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $30 in advance - $35 on the day also includes Festival of Trees admission. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www. talbothospice.org.

27 Holiday Bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department to benefit Talbot Hospice. $25 for admission and games also includes Festival of Trees admission. For more info. tel: 410-819FEST or visit www.talbothospice. org. 27 Holiday Longaberger Basket & Vera Bradley Bingo at Kent Island American Legion. Doors open at noon, games start at 2 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 20 regular games, 3 special games, raffles, door prizes, Chinese Auction, 50-50 and more! To benefit Chesapeake Cats & Dogs. For info. tel: 410-643-9955.

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