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About the Cover Photographer: Larry Hitchens . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The New Guy: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Tao’s Tale: Martha Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 New Visions for St. Michaels: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Early Crisfield: Harold W. Hurst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Tidewater Traveler: George W. Sellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Waterfowl Festival Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 At the Horseshoe Road Inn: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . 141 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
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Larry Hitchens Unlimited national contest. A children’s book to be published this year will have four of Larry’s owl photos. Larry has exhibited in galleries and shows at locations in Maryland and Delaware, including Easton’s Waterfowl Festival (4th year), The Ward Museum in Salisbury, The Oxford Fine Arts Fair and the 75th Anniversary Wildlife Festival at the Bombay Hook NWR in Smyrna, DE. The cover photo is of a Red-tailed Hawk and was taken at Bombay Hook NWR. His works are available for purchase through his website www. hitchensphotography.com and a selection is available for sale at the Blackwater NWR Gift Shop.
After semi-retiring in 2007, Larry Hitchens purchased a selection of super-telephoto lenses and digital cameras and proceeded to learn the craft of wildlife photography. A close friend provided the wildlife connection by introducing him to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge during the winter months when bald eagles, ducks and geese are there in large numbers. Several other fellow wildlife photographers provided information and guidance on the finer points of wildlife photography including the nuances of light, camera settings and the finer points of equipment use. Larry has placed 1st and 2nd twice in the annual Maryland DNR photo contest and 2nd in the Ducks
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The New Guy by Helen Chappell
As I sit here, staring at a blank screen, my new roommate is staring at me. He’s sitting on the desk, tail twitching back and forth, regarding me with imperious green eyes. Obviously, he wants attention. Earlier, he complained long and loud until I picked up all fifteen pounds of him and placed him beside the computer, where he promptly stretched out full length across the keyboard and proceeded to groom himself in a most ungentlemanly way. Yes, I have a new cat. Well, actually, he’s a used cat. Pyewacket is ten years old and came from the Humane Society. He picked me out. I knew I wanted an older cat, because everyone rushes to adopt the kittens. Also, I am older, so I figured we’d be less demanding on each other. When I went back in the cat condos at the Humane Society to look at all the cats, he all but threw himself at the Plexiglas trying to get to me. No one else has been that happy to see me in years, so I went in and was promptly smothered in scrunches and hugs. No one’s been that affectionate to me in years either, so I was a goner.
The card said his name was Pye, and his owners had turned him in because someone had allergies. He is pure black, with a tiny splotch of white between his shoulder blades, and he’s one enormous ball of looooove! He’d been in the Humane Society since May, and I’d been catless since my beloved William died two years ago of old age. I was ready. I was also lonely for companionship, and a cat would explain some of the weird noises an old house makes at night. So, here we are, two veterans of life, carving out a companionship together. It’s taken us both 9
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was either long gone or would be back when he was good and ready. There’s a sort of cave under my neighbor’s shed that makes a perfect hideout for a cat. At 10, you don’t go too far from your three hots, a cot and brushing sessions. Even so, I was upset (I always get upset) until I opened the door at about 11:30 last night and he was sitting on the back step staring at me as if wondering what took me so long to let him in. Where he really was and what he really did while on walkabout, I don’t know, and he’s not about to tell me. He’s a cat. It’s his world and I just live in it. Cats have a whole secret life that we know absolutely nothing about!
a little while to adjust. When he first came, he totally turned up his nose at the designer kitty litter and made his unhappiness known on every cleanable surface (cats are smart like that). Finally, I remembered that long ago my vet told me when you bring a cat to a new house, get several litter boxes and scatter them around. I also figured out he was used to common clay litter, not the fancy schmancy stuff. Once we had all that down, we were good to rock and roll. Pye got out the other night while I was bringing groceries in from the car, and I thought he
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This is the first time I’ve been adopted by an older cat, so I think we both have something to learn. On the other hand, our wild years are behind both of us and we’re content to be laid back and watch the world pass us from the safety of the screened porch. I’d like to rename him Mitchum because the actor Robert Mitchum and his family had a big farm outside of Trappe many years ago. And, Mitchum still haunts the area in subtle ways. The trouble is, cats don’t recognize a name – any name. They come when they hear a can opening or a bag of treats being shaken. Other than
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by Martha Hudson I don’t know how my name got on their list of possible foster parents, but they brought him to me. You can just imagine how adorable he was, about three weeks old, long-legged and spotted. Our location was ideal to raise a fawn, with five acres of woods and field at a safe distance from the road. We prepared for his arrival. My son Rob had created a nursery by wrapping wire fencing around trees in the woods, enclosing a space
It was one of those picture perfect days in June of 1978 when Tao came into our lives. He was an orphan. His mother was killed on the highway, and he was found on the side of the road. Now, you can’t just take home a fawn that you find. The D.N.R. has strict rules against that. But, in Tao’s case, he was found by the Talbot Humane Society. They kept him alive for a couple of weeks but had no space or time to raise him.
Martha Hudson with Tao in 1978. 23
June 23, 1978 - Our beloved fawn, Tao, has been with us one week and one day. What a joy he has been! It’s hard to believe he’s a wild creature, he’s so gentle and tender and responsive. He comes running to the gate of the pen now when he sees me coming with the bottle and nurses so eagerly. He gets two bottles at the 7 a.m. feeding, one at 2 p.m. and one at 8 p.m., and yet he never cries for it, not since the first morning. After lunch is his frisky time. He leaps and kicks and gambols like a little ballerina. Sometimes he cries a little after I leave him. He loves company and has had plenty of it. Neighbors have flocked to visit.
about the size of our living room, replete with a gate and a little spot in one corner backed with a bit of plywood and straw for his bed. We guided him gently to his new home, and after a brief inspection he found his little bed in the corner to his liking and he lay down. He was apparently quite content in his safe haven, protected from any possible predator. I named him Tao, which means The Way, the way of the universe, as described in the Tao Te Ching by the legendary Lao Tzu in Ancient China. While it is pronounced Dow in Chinese, I preferred the phonetic sound of Tayo.
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Am I complaining? Would I change it? I’d change it as much as I’d change having children. What a unique and rewarding experience this is! What a lovely feeling to have a fawn suck on your ear with a warm tongue and utter a little squeak. To stroke his soft warm coat and flanks of his hind legs, which are soft as velvet with a silky fringe at the back. July 31, 1978 - Today was DDay for Tao! I was inspired to do what I’ve been feeling it was time to do, let Tao go free without the rope. How beautiful it was to watch that lovely wild creature roam freely. It was just as freeing for me not to have to follow when he bounds
He’s nibbling greens now – favorites are poison ivy and he especially loves clover. A neighbor, Tommy Newnam, brought him some clover hay for nibbling between feedings. July 18, 1978 - On Thursday it will be five weeks that Tao has been with us. Today I was thinking about how it has changed my life. No more painting trips, no more staying on my painting location for lunch. It is very confining to have to be here three times a day every day to bottle feed him, plus about forty minutes for a walk every afternoon. One day, when we had to attend a funeral, I had to ask my neighbor Alice to come and feed him. Déjà vu, just like when the kids were little and we relied on babysitters.
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August 5, 1978 - The day that Tao came into my life, I began to prepare for the day that Tao would leave. Today, August 5, 1978, the gate of Tao’s pen is open, the bed of straw underneath the little shingle roof in the southwest corner is empty, the impression of his small body remains indented in the straw. I find myself totally unprepared for the separation. It’s been about a week now that I’ve been letting him go free for several hours each day. No more collar, no more rope, no more walks in the woods with me at the other end of the rope; free! Several times he disappeared into the west woods, out of sight. Every time he heard the latch on
through the forest, ducks under branches or into the marsh. He covered a lot of territory, but all familiar, the woods, and all around the house, but always with a backward look to check on my presence. Twice he bolted and flew through the woods, but I never had time to be concerned because he bounded back even faster. When I left him to go in the house, he panicked, so I gently herded him back to his house, where he seemed quite content to lie quietly in his bed and rest after such excitement. Words cannot express my thanks to God for the joy of such a privilege as this has been.
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from beneath a double fringe of incredible eyelashes, while one cloven hoof flailed wildly into the earth. Does the empty pen stand tonight as a symbol of the end of that relationship, or will he tease us many more times with disappearances and reappearances until the call of the wild beckons for a final time? August 6, 1978 - After a restless night during which I intermittently prayed for Tao’s return, prayed for his safety, attempted to rejoice for his liberation from the human bond and turned him over to God. When I awakened at 6 a.m. and ran im-
the screen door, he’d head for the woods, saying, okay, you leave me and I’ll leave you. Always docile, always gentle, always tender. In a lifetime of relationships with people and with creatures, there has been no other experience to equal it. Never, in the sum total of hours we have shared, was there a moment of rebellion or complaint. Every minute that we spent together was one of mutual joy and gratitude. At feeding time there was the eager sucking mouth, the deep dark eyes gazing tenderly
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November 24, 1978 - Tao followed my daughter Leigh home from her run through the woods at 8:30 but didn’t linger. He came back this afternoon, at which time he had to endure a fitting of a bright orange felt girdle with “Don’t Shoot” written boldly with black magic marker on both sides. It was so uncomfortable and kept riding back. Finally, I improved it by sewing it to a burlap strap that snaps under his belly. It had to be tied like a harness to his neck ribbon to hold it, more or less, in place. He went off at sunset looking bewildered and annoyed with his new outfit. I hope it will stay on.
mediately to the porch to check the pen that stood, gate ajar – empty. No emptiness had ever seemed as empty as Tao’s pen without Tao. In a mood of acceptance I fixed breakfast and started out on the deck with my tray, glancing one more time toward the pen. Under the little shingle roof lay Tao, his innocent gaze meeting mine as if nothing had happened. I know that I am stronger for the experience. There will be others like it, and Tao and I will both know and be ready when it finally must happen.
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Tao’s Tale You see, tomorrow, one and a half hours before sunrise, Deer Hunting Season opens and for six miserable days our family will fear for his life, and pray. November 26, 1978 - Today is Sunday and it began as a dreary continuation of yesterday. I believe that he’s all right, that he’s just staying away as he did earlier in the week. It is cold, gray and blustery and we awakened to it with heavy hearts – feigning cheerfulness, but each of us inwardly despairing. I retreated once again to my studio to give vent to my grief on paper.
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back in the warmth of the studio, praising God and ready to tackle the watercolor of Tao I’m doing with renewed enthusiasm. May 13, 1979, Mother’s Day Happy endings are all too rare and Tao’s story has the best of all possible happy endings, so it needs to be told. After hunting season last December, we all relaxed and Tao’s visits became less frequent until, shortly after Christmas, they ceased. His timing was perfect. Winter was setting in, his instincts could lead him to more adequate shelter than we could provide and he needed to become part of a herd. He needed to be educated in the ways of the wild and to the reciprocal protection against
I cried a little as I went through his photographs, but mostly I prayed, and believed. Suddenly, my son Wes’ face appeared in the window wreathed in a smile. “Somebody here to see you,” he said. On his walk up the woods road he had spotted Tao, lying placidly in a bed of leaves, not too anxious to rouse himself so early on a Sunday. After exuberant hugs, tearful kisses, a trip to the garden with a feast of grapes and nuts, I gave him his bottle. He’s forgotten how to suck! He just chewed on it as Rufus, our dog, does, and quickly lost interest. Now, after some sharp observation and sketching of his legs, I’m
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Tao’s Tale cold and hunger that only his own kind could provide. We people had to seek our own shelter and warmth where he could not come. We didn’t worry because we were confident that the best had happened. He had discovered that he was a deer, and better still, that he had been accepted by his own, that he was untainted by man’s mark. When cold winter rains cut through the forest, when cruel winds howled and when snow fell, killing and covering all source of food, I lay guiltily in my warm bed at night and cried and prayed for Tao. When the awesome Blizzard of 1979 clobbered us with an incredible four feet of snow and drifted into great walls through which I was unable to walk, I prayed harder for his survival. And survive he did, although all of our evidence could be wishful thinking. As signs of spring began to appear, so did the deer, emerging from the woods into the fields in search of food. After a number of appearances, to us and to neighbors, a pattern has become evident. On every occasion we’ve observed that one buck, whose buttons are about four inches high, stands slightly separated from the group, and will even advance toward a car while the others raise their flags and flee. To all of us he seems to have a wistful look which
Later, in July, Tao did come back for a visit and was much bigger. He greeted Martha with hugs and kisses. says, “I’d like to come visit with you for a while, but friends here would not understand!” Then, after a backwards glance, he leaps into the woods after the others. We can’t prove it but in our hearts we know it’s Tao. And on Mother’s Day, what cherished dream for her child could be more joyfully fulfilled than this, that the helpless baby she nourished through childhood has grown up successfully and has made it in his own world. Editor’s Note: This story is excerpted from a much longer diary of the everyday experiences of Martha Hudson and her fawn Tao. Many years later, in 1989, Martha was destined to raise fawn orphan number two, named Pip. 40
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St. Michaels Community Organizers Discuss New Visions by Dick Cooper
A vibrant new Community Center could evolve from two decay ing houses, an antique auto museum could be the latest incarnation of an old lumber yard building, and a vacant former church could become an industrious artisansâ€™ gallery. These fresh ideas are all aimed at stimu-
lating the economy of St. Michaels. While those involved in these plans are quick to point out that the concepts are in the formative stages, they say there is a growing excitement to move ahead. More than 70 area residents have signed up for regular e-mail updates and
Connor Street houses. The town-owned house on the left could become Community Center offices and the other two houses would be joined to form the new Community Center. 45
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Connor Street adjacent to the Talbot County Library branch would be rehabilitated and joined to form one building to house the Community Center. A third Connor Street house next door is owned by the town and could be leased to the Community Center for offices. The Connor Street houses all have large backyards that could be joined and used as an outdoor recreation space for the town children who use the center, duPont said. Currently, the existing Community Center uses space in the old lumber yard building on Railroad Avenue and South Fremont Street, where no outdoor space is available. The rooms in the existing houses could be turned into classrooms
many have said they would like to be involved in various aspects of the revitalization process. Busine ssma n a nd tow n commissioner Tad duPont laid out the proposals during a late-summer gathering of about 80 in the Christ Church Annex. “Like other small towns, we have been going through a slow economic decline,” he said. “We all feel that to do something is good, and to do nothing is wrong.” DuPont said the discussion started with the town commissioners but quickly spread to include other community leaders and business owners. Under the current concept, two vacant, two-story houses on
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you going to pay for it, how do you think this going to exist?’” he said. “ The Chesapeake Bay Mar itime Museum expects to have 60,000 visitors this year. There are about 60,000 visitors to St. Michaels who are not coupled to the museum. That’s 120,000 people, half of them are guys.” He said if a third of them visited the new auto museum at $10 a ticket, it would raise $200,000 a year for operating expenses. David North, chairman of the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance, the annual car show that attracts car enthusiasts from across the country, said, “I love the concept of tr y ing to bring more life and excitement a nd encouragement into downtown St. Michaels. The
into a privately held transportation or antique automobile museum. DuPont said about 30 cars could be on display and ten cars would be swapped out every six months, refreshing the exhibit completely every 18 months. The annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance, a weekend fund-raising event that draws classic-car enthusiasts to the village every September, does not have a permanent home. “It is our plan to solicit 10 investors. They would buy the land – they would own the land. They would become the board of the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance,” duPont said. “People ask, ‘How are
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Concours would dearly love to have a place to call home. Because it is a car show, there is a synergistic ef fec t by put t ing t he C oncours in a building that would house a museum.” North said the museum could also be an active part of the community where at-risk youths could be taught basic automobile maintenance and seniors could volunteer to pass on their sk ills w it h old autos. He said one idea would be to have an antique car available for hire to drive visitors around town in style and draw more attention to the museum. “There have to be programs involved to keep it alive. If you just stuck some dusty cars in a corner,
The North Street building would become an artisans' center and gallery. soon it would become stagnant. It could be a way for you ladies to regain your garages,” he said during the meeting late-summer meeting. “ The museum wou ld be a good place for your husband to leave his antique car for a few months.” DuPont said, “We already have
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alone. But she said there is room for a crafts center that would hold classes. “I think there is a niche for teaching people how to weave, or make jewelry or pottery, and if that is the way the community wants to go, the Academy Art Museum will be happy to help.” Since the initial public meeting, the organizers have been sending out e -ma i l updates on how t he plans are coming together. There is a January 20 deadline on the sale of the Railroad Avenue and North Street properties. The Community Center property sale is more opened-ended, but volunteers have begun looking for grants that could help pay for the purchase. “I have 10 volunteers already who would be happy to go to work on those (Community Center) buildings,” duPont said. “I think there
four persons, possibly five, interested in investing.” The final piece of the vision is an artisans’ center in a vacant building on North Street at South Fremont Street that once housed the archives for the Maritime Museum. DuPont said that building would also be privately owned and operated by a group of interested investors. Beth Jones, director of development and membership at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, said t he concept of broadening the number and types of destinations in St. Michaels is a very good idea. “This is partly for tourists, but it is also partly for residents.” She cautioned that there is a lot of art gallery competition in the region, with 10 galleries in Easton
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The Seafood Capital of the World by Harold W. Hurst
Located on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland on a peninsula between Tangier Sound and the Pocomoke River, Crisfield was long known as the Seafood Capital of the World. While the town lacked the prestige and historical renown of the old Colonial places like Chestertown and Easton, it gained fame after the Civil War as a harvesting, processing, and export center for oysters, crabs, diamondback terrapin, and all sorts of fish. Originally designated as Somers Cove, in the 1870s the town was renamed Crisfield in honor of John Woodland Crisfield, a judge and congressman. His outstanding achievement was the construction of the Eastern Shore Railroad that linked the town with depots in other parts of Maryland and Delaware. (See articles on Delmarva Railroads in the December 2011 and April 2012 issues of Tidewater Times.) Railroad and steamboat connections opened up Crisfield to Wilmington, Philadelphia and other market centers. The discovery of oyster beds in the Tangier Sound led to a flourishing business that put Crisfield on the commercial map. By the early
1880s, the waters surrounding the town were crammed with bugeyes, pungys, skipjacks and other types of craft equipped with oyster dredging capabilities. These dredging boats often remained on the oyster sites for several weeks, during which they sold their cargoes to â€œbuy boatsâ€? that, in turn, delivered the goods to shucking houses and packing firms in Crisfield and nearby towns. Photographs of Crisfield taken in the 1890s and early 1900s reveal the presence of numerous
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Boats in the harbor were piled high with oysters. oyster boats in the harbor and the prevalence of many packing houses on the shoreline. One of the first local men to prosper in the oyster trade was Ananias Crockett. Another was Captain Leonard S. Tawes (1853-1932), who owned several large schooners equipped for dredging oysters, in addition to a large packing firm. A descendant of Captain Tawes was J. Millard Tawes, a noted Governor of Maryland. Lemuel Travis Ward (1863-1936) was a famous boat builder who produced numerous craft for use in the oystering trade. His sons, Lem and Steve Ward, became known for their beautifully carved decoys. The list of prosperous merchants and maritime entrepreneurs would also include J.H. Goodsell, who came from the North and built a large packing plant on the Crisfield waterfront. Goodsell Alley, in the 60
turtles. In this era, twenty-eight barrels of turtle meat cost $4,700 when purchased by the wealthy New York financier Jay Gould for a special dinner for his Gilded Age guests. In 1891, 89,000 pounds of terrapin were harvested. But the terrapin market, like that of the oysters, became exhausted as the supply dwindled. By 1904, only 1,583 pounds were sold to northern markets. The canning business also flourished in Crisfield. Among the earliest canneries in the town were the Crisfield Canning Company and the firm of John T. Handy and Company. According to the Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men in Maryland and the District of Columbia (1879), the Handys were
town’s business district, still bears his name. The Laird family, composed of Alex, Alfred, and Frank, were prominent watermen whose properties embraced a fleet of fastsailing schooners. A major source of wealth for one of Crisfield’s early merchants was the diamondback terrapin, found in the marshy wetlands near the town and in the surrounding area. Local whites had originally designated turtle meat as “slave food.” But Albert T. LaVallete, Jr. made a fortune selling terrapin to fashionable restaurants in Philadelphia and New York, where it was used to make a gourmet soup. In 1893, terrapin from local watermen brought $180 for a dozen
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Lem and Steve Ward, hard at work in their Crisfield studio. among â€œthe oldest and most respectable families in Maryland.â€? The canning directories in the early 20th century report that the John T. Handy Company canned and processed oysters, fish, meat, tomatoes, peaches and pears. Wealth from the flourishing enterprise provided funds for the erection of a fine mansion on Somerset Avenue. Other canneries operating in early 20th century Crisfield were the Crockett Packing Company; Jarvin and Gibson; Charles A. Lockerman; Ralph Riggin and Bro.; J.H. Sterling; Sterling and Somers; Tangier Packing Company; and Tawes and Gibson Packing Company. Most of these firms packed and canned fruit and tomatoes, as well as oysters, crabs, and various types of fish. The owners of the large schooners, packing houses, and canning firms formed a well-to-do commercial class that dominated the town gov-
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tic atmosphere as public improvements and civic institutions were introduced. City streets, originally composed of oyster shells, were paved in 1912. The Crisfield General and Marine Hospital was opened in 1910. A large three-story brick building was erected for a public high school, and the local fire department was modernized in 1916. The Crisfield Times, started in 1892, was an enthusiastic supporter of public improvements under the editorship of Lorie C. Quinn, whose wife, Katie, wielded an enormous influence on local affairs. The Quinn home in Crisfield was the first residence in the town to include a telephone connection and a bathroom with running water. As elsewhere on the Eastern Shore, Methodism predominated in early Crisfield. A unique feature of the local religious milieu was the appearance of the Baptists, who built a church in 1890. This congregation later constructed a building known as the Baptist Temple, put up in 1922 at the then large cost of
The Lyric Theater was located on the corner of 5th and Main streets in Crisfield. ernment and built Victorian-style residences facing the better streets. The majority of local residents were watermen, sailors and oyster boat crewmen. This class created a rowdy atmosphere featuring saloons, gambling dens and bawdy houses patronized by roughneck types who spent nights drinking and brawling. Many of the men who worked the oyster boats were “shanghaied” from the saloons and flophouses of Baltimore, further adding to the boisterous environment of the docks and waterfront streets. One notable place of entertainment was a theater operated by John Blizzard. Here local dock workers and watermen enjoyed burlesque shows as well as boxing and wrestling matches. By 1900, Crisfield’s population reached 3,000, making it as large as Chestertown and Easton. The town began to lose some of its earlier rus-
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Economic development came to an abrupt halt in 1928 when a disastrous fire destroyed much of the business district. The blaze started in the Arcade Theater where 700 patrons were viewing a movie featuring Greta Garbo. The audience managed to escape the flames, but the fire spread to neighboring buildings before the local fire department and companies from Salisbury, Princess Anne, Pocomoke, and Seaford finally put out the conflagration. The damages amounted to over a million dollars, a very large sum of money for this period. A major business enterprise in Crisfield during the early and middle decades of the 20th century was Carvel Hall, founded by Charles A.
$95,000. Today, Pentecostal and Holiness churches have a considerable following in the town. The flourishing oyster trade gradually declined in the years before World War I, largely due to the exhaustion of the harborâ€™s beds. Oysters, crabs, and fish were still major export items in the 1920s. Record shipments of shad, croakers and trout were sent to various markets in April 1922. Fish packing firms and local canneries worked day and night to keep up with market demands. By the 1930s, crabs became an important year-round industry, dwarfing the size of the older oyster business.
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Crisfield, employing approximately 175 workers. As in other towns on the Chesapeake Bay, like St. Michaels and Cambridge, the seafood industry is no longer the primary source of local wealth. Private yachts that crowd the harbor and marinas have largely replaced oyster boats and fishing craft. The old packing houses and oyster marts, if still standing, are now occupied by boutiques, gift shops and seafood restaurants. The old Tawes mansion is now a library, while the visitors center is named in honor of J. Millard Tawes, former governor of Maryland. The Crisfield Heritage Foundation now maintains the buildings where Lem and Steve Ward once carved so many beautiful decoys. Crisfield, once a flourishing and boisterous oyster producing and seafood processing center, is now primarily a thriving yachting and tourist stronghold.
Briddell, Sr. Briddell was a mechanical genius who produced top notch tongs and knives for the oyster trade as well as wagons, carts and farm equipment. In 1914, he moved his shop from nearby Marion to Crisfield, then the oyster capital of the world. By the 1920s, the firm was producing oyster and clam knives, oyster tongs, crab knives, crab nets and other equipment for the seafood industry. Ice tools were also added to the factory inventory. After 1936, the business was operated by his children. During World War II, the Carvel Hall plant produced goods for the Army and Navy. The factory was destroyed by fire in 1951 but was replaced by a grander complex in 1953. Here they produced steak knives and kitchen cutlery for a worldwide market. The Towle Manufacturing Company took over Carvel Hall in 1961 and continued to produce top quality goods for the marketplace. In this period, it was a major industry in
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The Grey Dog E, and the public conveyance mode is also known as Greyhound with an E. So much for the comparison of gray and grey, but would you believe there is a website devoted to the spelling of this word? Take a look at www.greyorgray.com. It took a moment to realize what Paval meant when in his e-mail he wrote that he and Artem would arrive in Ocean City on Saturday morning by the grey dog. After considering the possible language barrier posed by communicating with a Russian college student seeking summer accommodations, it occurred to us that Paval and Artem might be arriving in Ocean City on a bus operated by Greyhound.
Wouldn’t you expect a welleducated person who has dwelled on this planet for nearly sixty-five years to know how to spell a simple word like gray? Or is it grey? In preparation for this article, I was sure I knew how to spell this word, but to my surprise, when I looked it up in a good old-fashioned dictionary, I learned that both spellings – grAy and grEy – are correct and acceptable. GrEy is typically considered to be the British form of the word, while grAy is the Americanized version. For purposes of this writing I have elected to use grEy. Let it be noted. Let it be noted that the breed name of the popular slender racing dog is greyhound – with an
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cially to obtain medical or business training within the United States. All applicants must meet eligibility criteria and be sponsored either by a private sector or government program.” These are not illegal immigrants who just “found their way” across the border looking for work and/or social handouts. The summer was to be a travel experience of a different sort for us. Instead of visiting foreign countries, this time we were the hosts, and much was to be learned – by us and by them. Our first concern, before anyone arrived, was the compatibility of international cultures under one roof – Russia and Turkey – China and Taiwan – Western, Middle-Eastern
These two boys from Russia were the first of nearly a dozen international students to arrive at our Ocean City home where they would spend the summer working for local merchants and soaking up Western culture. Seasonal businesses in Ocean City extend summer work contracts to about 2,000 international college students who have qualified for work visas, commonly referred to as the J-1 visa program. According to the J-1 visa website, “a J-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States Department of State to exchange visitors participating in programs that promote cultural exchange, espe-
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business and education. To many folk, the political tension between China and Taiwan is not well known. The nation that is commonly referred to as “Mainland China” carries the proper name Peoples Republic of China, established in 1949 when the communist party came to power in China. Tens of thousands of Chinese fled their mainland home to the island of Formosa, later to become Taiwan, and set up a government which they declared to be the “real” China. To this day, Taiwan declares itself to be the official government of all of China; and mainland China declares Taiwan
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wan. She is in tears. Beside her is Nancy, who will leave a week later to continue her tourism studies in mainland China. Throughout the summer, these two young women have overcome the cultural and political differences of their divided people and have become close friends. They hug. They stand. They hold hands. They cry. They hug again. They do not want to openly discuss the reality that the rift between their home countries means they will probably never see each other again. More hugs. More tears. The bus is loaded. The grey dog rolls away. Keira’s tear-streaked face is pressed to the window to see the last wave of her friend.
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Autumn Leaves A major gardening effort in November is gathering up all of the fallen autumn leaves. Baby boomers like me remember the childhood ritual of raking up the leaves in a pile a jumping into them. Another common practice was to rake up the leaves into a pile and burn them. Like the smell in the winter air when a woodstove
is burning, the same sensation occurred with the burning leaves. The smell of burning leaves, drinking apple cider and eating homemade donuts are good fall memories. Most municipalities now prohibit burning of leaves because of air pollution concerns, so we have to seek a more environmentally sensitive use of the leaves. The preferred
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Tidewater Gardening practice is composting them either on a home or commercial scale. It is important that the leaves be removed from lawn areas. Leaving them will smother the grass and create an environment where certain leaf diseases may grow. Using a mulching lawn mower is a good choice because it will chop up the leaves and leave them in place returning nutrients to the soil. Use a leaf vacuum or blower to remove leaves along your house foundation. Removing leaves helps eliminate hiding places for pests and rodents that can gain entry to your home. Leave a small amount of leaves beneath shrubs to provide
Those beautiful autumn leaves can cause big problems in the landscape if not properly removed. vital winter cover for beneficial insects. If you have a water feature in your yard, keep it covered with a net until gusty fall winds have settled down and leaves aren’t blowing around. Then it will be easier to clean out. Leaves should also be raked out of the flower bed and removed. Before raking through the herbaceous perennials, such as lilies and iris, cut the plant stems and leaves off and remove them. Make sure to leave 2-3 inches of the plant’s stem to help protect fresh shoots from animal damage as they first emerge in the spring. It’s also a helpful reminder of where plants are in the yard before they start to sprout. Avoid pulling the stems or leaves up because that produces holes in the crown of the plant that can lead to rot problems. Consider leaving some perennials like coneflower, black-eyed Su-
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san and tall sedums standing. They add interest to the winter garden, both by their structure and by attracting birds to their seed heads. Ornamental grasses should be left standing to protect their crown from a harsh winter. Pull up stakes and plant supports. Store them where they’ll freeze to help destroy overwintering pests and diseases. Besides raking leaves, a general clean-up is in order. Clean up de-
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Tidewater Gardening eggs that will hatch next spring and invade the garden if not removed. When chrysanthemums are through flowering, remove the stalks to within a few inches of the ground. This will help root development and make them send out vigorous sprouts in the spring. Some may be lifted and heeled into the coldframe. Additional Plants for potting can be propagated from the side sprouts which will develop next spring. November is the time to put your vegetable garden “to bed” for the winter. Cut the tops off your asparagus plants and add a winter dressing of aged manure to the bed.
It’s not too late to plant bulbs for the spring. To help your strawberry plantings, cover them two inches deep with hay or straw after the first or second hard frost. If you grow brambles like raspberries secure their canes to protect them from wind whipping during the winter. Remove all mummified
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fruit from fruit trees and rake up and destroy those on the ground. Also, rake and dispose of apple and cherry leaves. Good sanitation practices reduce re-infestation of insects and diseases during next yearâ€™s growing season. Itâ€™s not too late to plant spring bulbs in the landscape. It is important that the bulbs be planted while the soil is still warm, in order to promote good root growth. A large root system is essential for the absorption of water and nutrients necessary for the production of flowers and leaves. If you still intend to plant bulbs, it will be necessary for you to mulch
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duction, so flowers get smaller and smaller. In a few years you have to thin out the bulbs and replant. If you plant them at 10 to 12 inches deep, you will maintain your flower display and not have to thin as often. After finishing your last lawn mowing of the year, make sure that the mower is properly stored. Run it until it is out of fuel. Old gas can turn to varnish, and severely damage the engine. Clean power tools of all plant material and dirt. Replace worn spark plugs, oil all necessary parts, and sharpen blades. Store all tools in their proper place in-
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Tidewater Gardening If you have a hand or small power sprayer, rinse it out and clean it up before putting it in winter storage. Add water and several drops of detergent to fill the spray tank 1/10 full. Shake the tank and spray the water over a driveway, or over the plants where the chemical was applied. Caution: rinsing will not remove herbicides from sprayers. A separate sprayer must be used to apply herbicides to prevent the residue from killing plants when insecticides or fungicides are sprayed with the same sprayer. This is especially true when using phenoxy or 2, 4 -D types of herbicides. Any leftover pesticides should
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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 1760’s Georgian home, features artifacts and exhibits on the seven Maryland governors associated with the county; a child’s room containing antique dolls and toys; and other period displays. The Neild Museum houses a broad collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts, including a McCormick reaper (invented by Cyrus McCormick in 1831). The Ron Rue exhibit pays tribute to a talented local decoy carver with a re-creation of his workshop. The Goldsborough Stable, circa 1790, includes a sulky, pony cart, horse-driven sleighs, and tools of the woodworker, wheelwright, and blacksmith. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit dorchesterhistory.org.
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DORCHESTER COUNTY VISITOR CENTER - The Visitors Center in Cambridge is a major entry point to the lower Eastern Shore, positioned just off U.S. Route 50 along the shore of the Choptank River. With its 100-foot sail canopy, it’s also a landmark. In addition to travel information and exhibits on the heritage of the area, there’s also a large playground, garden, boardwalk, restrooms, vending machines, and more. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Dorchester County call 800-522-8687 or visit www.tourdorchester.org or www.tourchesapeakecountry.com. SAILWINDS PARK - Located at 202 Byrn St., Cambridge, Sailwinds Park has been the site for popular events such as the Seafood Feast-I-Val in August, Crabtoberfest in October and the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt’s Grandtastic Jamboree in November. For more info. tel: 410-228SAIL(7245) or visit www.sailwindscambridge.com. CAMBRIDGE CREEK - a tributary of the Choptank River, runs through the heart of Cambridge. Located along the creek are restaurants where you can watch watermen dock their boats after a day’s work on the waterways of Dorchester. HISTORIC HIGH STREET IN CAMBRIDGE - When James Michener was doing research for his novel Chesapeake, he reportedly called
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collection of boatbuilders’ tools and watermen’s artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. The Museum’s Ruark Boatworks facility, located on Maryland Ave., is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action. For more info. tel: 410-221-1871 or visit 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. 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.
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Dorchester Points of Interest HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl . THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide
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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. Tree-lined streets are graced with various period structures and remarkable homes, carefully preserved or restored. Because of its historical significance, Easton has earned distinction as the “Colonial Capital of the Eastern Shore” and was honored as #8 in the book, “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” Walking Tour of Downtown Easton Start near the corner of Harrison Street and Mill Place. 1. HISTORIC TIDEWATER INN - 101 E. Dover St. A completely modern hotel built in 1949, it was enlarged in 1953 and has recently undergone extensive renovations. It is the “Pride of the Eastern Shore.” 2. THE BULLITT HOUSE - 108 E. Dover St. One of Easton’s oldest and most beautiful homes, it was built in 1801. It is now occupied by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. 3. AVALON THEATRE - 42 E. Dover St. Constructed in 1921 during the heyday of silent films and Vaudeville entertainment. Over the course of its history, it has been the scene of three world premiers, including “The First Kiss,” starring Fay Wray and Gary Cooper, in 1928. The theater has gone through two major restorations: the first in 1936, when it was refinished in an art deco theme by the Schine Theater chain, and again 52 years later, when it was converted to a performing arts and community center. For more info. tel: 410-822-0345 or visit www.avalontheatre.com. 4. TALBOT COUNTY VISITORS CENTER - 11 S. Harrison St. The Talbot County Office of Tourism provides visitors with county information for historic Easton and the waterfront villages of Oxford, St. Michaels and Tilghman Island. For more info. tel: 410-770-8000 or visit www. tourtalbot.org. 5. BARTLETT PEAR INN - 28 S. Harrison St. Significant for its architecture, it was built by Benjamin Stevens in 1790 and is one of Easton’s earliest three-bay brick buildings. The home was “modernized” with Victorian bay windows on the right side in the 1890s. 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration 105
Easton Points of Interest of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit www.waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes to adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and an annual craft festival, CRAFT SHOW (the Eastern Shore’s largest juried fine craft show), featuring local and national artists and artisans demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their crafts. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended hours on Tues., Wed.and Thurs. until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.art-academy.org. 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840, of Port Deposit granite. 9. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TALBOT COUNTY - 25 S. Washing-
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Easton Points of Interest 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BLDG. - 12 N. Washington St. Now Lanham-Hall Design & Antiques, it is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers all came to town and shared rooms in hotels such as this. Frederick Douglass stayed in the Brick Hotel when he came back after the Civil War and gave a speech in the courthouse. It is now an office building. 14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the StarDemocrat grew. In 1912, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much
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of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its influences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roofline. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GRAND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building they first met in is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. Other Sites in Easton 17. 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) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER- Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion 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 foundOpen ers of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred Waterfowl to as Captain’s Watch due to its Festival prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 Weekend was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of November 9-11 the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 12A Talbot Ln., Easton behind Bartlett Pear Inn Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except and Mason's during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. 410-310-5394 for Hours to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info.
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Near Easton 25. HOG NECK GOLF COURSE - 18 hole Championship course, 9 hole Executive course. Full service pro shop. For more info. tel: 410822-6079. 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 www.pickeringcreek.org. 29. TALBOT COUNTRY CLUB - Established in 1910, the Talbot Country Club is located at 6142 Country Club Drive, Easton. 30. 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.
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St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bay View Restaurant and Duckblind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course. 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 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 â€œthe old Parsonae house.â€?
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St. Michaels Points of Interest on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-745-2900 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 410745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75
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St. Michaels Points 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 turnof-the-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 St. near Locust St.). 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 - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877. 16. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper office, post office and telephone company. 17. TWO SWAN INN - The Two 124
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St. Michaels Points of Interest Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. 18. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 19. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. 20. THE INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and 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 trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare.
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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 a brewery, winery, artists, furniture makers, a baker and other unique shops and businesses. 27. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated, it has overnight accommodations, conference facilities, marina, spa and Pascal’s Restaurant & Tavern. 28. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The 8-foot-wide path is a former railroad bed and is popular with walkers and cyclists who want to stay away from traffic. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a horse farm and historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk. 29. ST. MICHAELS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT - The St. Michaels Fire Department is located at 1001 S. Talbot Street with a range that includes all areas from Arcadia Shores to Wittman, covering 120 square miles of land area, and 130 miles of shoreline.
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Oxford Points of Interest 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 and has been recently renovated. 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. 410-226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 4A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.
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Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the memories and tangible mementos of Oxford, MD. The Museum will close for the season on November 12 and will re-open on the 4th Saturday of April 2013. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. 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) Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989
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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 date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures.
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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were; an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay ‘skipjacks’ (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 139
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Down at the Horseshoe Road Inn the other day, I was nursing a second cup of coffee and listening to the chit-chat. The general topic that morning was the strange weather we’d been having this year. Someone said they heard it was the hottest summer in Maryland since they started keeping good records in 1895. And without rain for such long stretches, it looked like we were going to lose all the corn. But the rain finally did come – in buckets. Some places reported nearly four inches of rain in an hour.
One town up the road got so much rain so fast that the streets were flooded three feet deep in some places. Their new sewer system no longer lets the storm water mix in with that other stuff, causing their sewerage treatment plant to overflow. It’s a lot better health-
wise, but those old storm drains alone just aren’t up to the task when it really pours. It seemed like everybody had a weather story to tell, but the topic was getting played out when this guy Nance spoke up. He said he had a weather story to top them all. Now most of the time Nance doesn’t talk all that much, so when he made this announcement it sort of got our attention. A couple of the dozers sat up and went over to the counter to get refills. Nance waited until they got settled down again and we were all listening up. “It was one day toward the end of the last dry spell,” Nance said, “maybe ten days or so ago. It was gray and overcast all day long, but still no rain. I was sure hoping something eventually would fall out of all those dark clouds. Well,” he said, pausing for a sip of coffee, “it did.” “I was minding my own business when all of a sudden I heard a real big thump. Felt the house shake,” said Nance. He called out to his wife, Allene, upstairs to see if she had fallen, but she said no and asked if he was all right. “She thought I’d pushed over the filing cabinet or something, it was that loud.” “Maybe something fell over in
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thump. Then – we spotted it.” Nance chose this moment to get up for a refill, leaving us all hanging. “Now, you’re not going to expect us to believe that your house got hit by one of them meteors, or something, are you?” But Nance just grinned and said, “Boys, you can guess all you want, because you’d never come up with it in a zillion years.” Then he told us that after looking everywhere else, they checked up on the roof. And, sure enough, something was lying up there that didn’t belong. “More than a foot long,” said Nance, “and round, sort of like a little log.” We waited while Nance stirred his coffee, then he explained how he climbed out a window and got out to the thing.
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Horseshoe Road Inn “I’ll bet some kid threw a rock up there or something,” exclaimed Arly. “Yep, probably a kid,” observed Uncle Hurlock. “Nope, it wasn’t mineral. Nor vegetable neither.” “So it was an animal?” said Jimmy. “A raccoon?” But Nance just shook his head. “Well, come on, Nance! So what was it?” we all chorused, which was what he’d been wanting to hear all along. “Chunk of rockfish,” said Nance. “Rotten and stinking to high heaven. The back end of what must have been near a four-footer.” “Maybe an osprey dropped it,”
said Arly, “They can haul some pretty big fish.” “Yep, that could have been it,” agreed Uncle Hurlock. “I don’t think so,” said Nance. “Osprey only go for fresh fish. This one had been baking in the sun somewhere for a right good while. I thought maybe an eagle had dropped it.” “Maybe,” said Jimmy Sook, “but they prefer fresh meat, too, if they can get it. I bet it was one of them
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about the guy who showed up at the Hynson marina yesterday?” Lomax Hynson had retired officially some years back and turned the Hynson Boatyard and Marina over to his son Edsel. The kid was all right, but everybody knew that Lomax was still the brains of the outfit. An ace mechanic, there just wasn’t much about marine engines he didn’t know. None of us had heard anything about an incident at the marina, so Uncle Hurlock steamed on ahead. “Around noon,” he began, “this big yacht came in under tow. Her stern said she was the ‘Biggeran Bejeezus’, out of Philadelphia. The owner told Lomax that the engine had just quit on him and
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“Well, of course he did, and pretty quick, too,” said Uncle Hurlock with a frown, like Arly should have known better than to ask a dumb question like that. “It was the distributor shaft was messed up, so he took it out and showed to the owner. He asked if Lomax could fix it. Lomax said sure, but getting a replacement shaft shipped in would take about a week, maybe ten days.” Uncle Hurlock paused. We could all imagine the owner’s reaction when he heard that piece of news. “Well, boys, that owner almost turned purple. ‘Ten days?’ he shouted. ‘I can’t wait that long!’ So then he asks Lomax if he could make a replacement shaft. Now you all know that Lomax is pretty good
at that sort of thing and has that nice little machine shop out back. So he agreed to give it a try.” “Make one?” exclaimed Cousin Arly, “could he do that?”
“Course he could, Arly. He worked on it all afternoon, but actually, I think he didn’t mind doing it. It was sort of tricky and Lomax enjoys little challenges like that. He had to machine a piece of steel to exactly the right size, grind a keyway, drill and tap several little holes, and so on. Anyway, when the owner came back around 5 o’clock, he showed him the new shaft.” “The owner said it looked fine and told Lomax to go ahead and put it in so he could get going. So Lomax installed the new shaft, put the cap back on, and cranked her up. She started on the first go, purring like a cat.” “’How much?” asked the pleased owner, impatient to get underway. Well, Lomax had spent some time finding the problem, about four hours machining the part, and some more time swapping the new one in. So Lomax said, “‘I guess $150 ought to cover it.’” “What!?” said the owner. “Now you listen here. You and I both know I can get that part for no more than $25.”
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Horseshoe Road Inn Uncle Hurlock paused to let our interest build up. We all knew something good was coming, because old Mr. Lomax wasn’t one to put up with much nonsense. (One time he refused to hire a boy until he bought a pair of suspenders, saying he wasn’t going to pay good money for somebody to stand around all day hitching up his britches.) “Woo. I’ll bet that riled up old Lomax, didn’t it?” asked Jimmy. “I thought it would, too, Jim. But nope, Lomax just looked at the owner, nodded, and said he was absolutely right, that paying him $150 for a $25 part would be a huge waste of money. He looked downright regretful, Lomax did. And to make up for it, he said he was going to help the owner save that big expense.” “Lomax said that?” asked Jimmy, in surprise. “Yep, his very words,” said Uncle Hurlock. “He went back to that engine again, removed the new shaft, and brought it over to the owner. All he said was, ‘There, now.’ And he tossed it out into the creek.”
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“Somewhere out there in TV Land,” Kerr began, “there is some little weasel who is determined to make me stop watching football games on the TeeVee.” He let that pronouncement percolate down into the soil a-ways, then he continued. “Yep, and when I locate him, he and I are going to tangle.” He took another swig. “Who is this guy, Mr. Kerr?” asked Arly, his curiosity finally winning out over his good judgment. “Don’t know his name, son. I just call him the Football TV Demon,” growled Kerr, “but I can spot this guy’s grimy nasty work when I see it. For example, take those shots of the crowd just before a commercial.”
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but we are. He gets more airtime than the quarterback and he almost never does anything except talk into a mike with a card in front of his face.” Several of us nodded, thinking that over. “What really burns me is how much of the game we miss. We can’t see what formation they’re in or how the defense is lined up because we don’t get the Twenty-Two shot until a split second before the ball is hiked.” It was Cousin Arly who asked the question. “What’s a twenty-two shot?” Kerr glared at him. “That’s what they call that camera shot, from up in the stands, the one that shows all twenty-two players. We get it for
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Upcoming Events at the Historical Society of Talbot County Food for Thought Series: The History of the Jewish Faith on the Eastern Shore with Rabbi Peter Hyman Friday, November 2, Promptly at noon River House at Easton Club, in the Club Room 28449 Club House Road, Easton $30 per HSTC member or $35 per non-member Ornament of the Year Unveiling at the Museum Store Friday, November 2 25 S. Washington Street, Easton 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served Bus Trip: Christmas at Mount Vernon Wednesday, December 5 Bus departs at 8:15 a.m. from Creamery Lane, Easton (by the Easton Fire Department) Christmas at Mount Vernon is one of the best places to get immersed in the holiday spirit. The home will be joyfully decorated so you can learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. You’ll want to allow time to explore the orientation center and museum. Enjoy lunch on your own at the charming cafe. $70 per HSTC member or $75 per nonmember, includes donuts, coffee, bus and admission. Member Shopping Night at the Museum Store and Tharpe Antiques 25 & 30 S. Washington Street, Easton 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served Call 410-822-0773 or visit hstc.org to learn about our upcoming events.
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taught Harry to accumulate lots of information about the deceased in a brief amount of time. Geiger uses Harry’s reports on wannabe customers and their targets to decide if he will accept their cases. Geiger is selective. He will not consider grilling a child. When pressure is required to get a victim to talk, Geiger would rather resort to persuasion of a gentler type rather than outright torture. Fear, he knows, is as persuasive as pain. In the New York area, Geiger has only one competitor for the “make ’em squeal” trade. The other IR is Dalton. He is cruel to the core and has neither conscience nor compassion. Most of his challenges don’t survive the interrogations. There are very few people who have actually spoken to Geiger. There’s Harry, who shields him from almost everyone, and Carmine Delanotte, a crime boss who has pointed a few jobs Geiger’s way. Carmine likes Geiger’s techniques – unlike Dalton’s. Geiger never creates a corpse that might stir up an investigation. There’s one more personal ac-
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focus will be on smaller works of art. Proceeds from the sale will support the Art League’s Scholarship Fund. For more info. tel: 410-745-9433.
Thru Nov. 30 Exhibit: Dance of the Seasons, a show of Easton artist Katherine Allen’s unique botanical images at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847 or visit www. adkinsarboretum.org.
1 Stitch and Chat at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Bring your own projects and stitch with a group. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org.
Thru Nov. 30 St. Michaels Art League Holiday Art Show and Sale at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. The show is titled “One Size Fits All” and the
1 Class: The World of Downton A b bey with Judith Pittenger at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In this in-depth program on the World of Downton Abbey, Judith
November Calendar Pittenger will introduce the history of the English great house, the families who lived upstairs and the people downstairs who served them. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 1 Speaker: Warriors in Uniform, the Legacy of American Indian Heroism with Dr. Herman J. Viola at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 5:30 p.m. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 1 Lecture: Working Waterfront: Delaware at the Chesapeake Bay
Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 8 p.m. This lecture will give participants an in-depth look at the museum’s 1912 river tug, Delaware. $8 for CBMM members, and $10 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941 or visit www.cbmm.org. 1
Stroke Survivors Support G r o u p at the Talbot Senior Center, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000.
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tional illumination with seasonal references. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847 or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org.
more info. tel: 410-482-6169. 1,8,15 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Practicing the Presence - The Spiritual Art of Living in the Here and Now at Trinity Cathedral, Easton. 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 1,8,15,22 Thursday Writers - A memoir writing class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to preserve your family’s stories. Patrons are invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 1,8,15,29, Dec. 1 Class: Building Blocks of Oil Painting with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Musum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. academyartmuseum.org. 1,22 Cancer Survivors Support Group at Shore Regional Cancer Center, Easton. 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-820-6800, ext. 2257. 2 Holiday Illumination Workshop at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join artist Lee D’Zmura to create an illuminated letter with the choice of either a winter botanical or a tradi-
2 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. 2
Chestertown’s First Friday. Extended shop hours with arts and entertainment throughout historic downtown. For a list of activities visit: www.kentcounty. com/artsentertainment.
2 Dorchester Swingers Square Dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Maple Elementary School, Egypt Rd., Cambridge. Refreshments provided. For more info. tel: 410-820-8620. 2 Concert: Nanci Griffith at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. $55. This Grammy-winning singer-songwriter from the Lone Star state has 20 albums to her credit and a well-deserved Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.avalontheatre.com. 2-4 The Tred Avon Players presents
November Calendar the comical spoof of the spy thriller movies of the Cold War era, Red Herring, written by Michael Hollinger. All performances are at the Oxford Community Center. Performances are November 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and November 4 at 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-0061 or visit www. tredavonplayers.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 3 5K, 10K and Rally Tennis event at Cross Court Athletic Club, Easton to benefit breast cancer research. Rally Tennis begins at 8:30 a.m., the 5K Walk begins at 9 a.m. and the 10K Run begins at 9:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1515. 3 OysterFest at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. OysterFest draws more than 2,500 visitors to St. Michaels and features live music, oysters and other food, children’s activities, boat rides, oyster demonstrations, harvesting displays, retriever demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, an oyster stew competition among regional chefs, and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org. 3 First Saturday Guided Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Explore the Arboretum’s diverse plant communities on a guided walk led by an Arboretum docent naturalist. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0. 3 Chestertown Book Festival at Emmanuel Church Hall, Chestertown. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30+ authors with readings throughout the day. 3 Concert: Chris Trapper at the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. Chris Trapper’s music can best be described as lyrically driven roots–pop with a knack for telling everyday stories filled with extraordinary characters. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.avalontheatre.com. 3-4 Workshop: Color! How Did You Mix That? with instructor Diane DuBois Mullaly. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 3,4 Concert: Easton Choral Arts Society presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and Exsultate, Jubilate at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. Sat.
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at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. $20. For more info. tel: 410-200-0498 or visit www.EastonChoralArts. com. 3-4 Artworks Studio Tour: Take this free self-guided tour of some 50 art studios, featuring artists of note working in many different media from fiber to paint to jewelry. The tour will include studios in Chestertown, Rock Hall, Galena, Betterton, Church Hill and Arts at Still Pond Station in Worton. Tour begins at Artworks in Chestertown. For more info. tel: 410-778-6300 or visit www. artworkschestertown.org. 3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25 Program:
3,10,17,24 The Farmers’ Market in Easton is held every Saturday until December. Over 20+ vendors offering a variety of fresh fruits, organic vegetables, bison meat & products, sauces, baked goods, flowers, plants and craft items. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harrison Street Public Parking Lot, Easton. Live music most Saturdays. For more info. tel: 410-822-0065.
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November Calendar 3,10,17,24 FarmFresh Market in St. Michaels at Willow and Green streets from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs and honey. We also host events and activities throughout the season, including our Chef at Market events and a community cook-off. For more info. e-mail: StMichaels@freshfarmmarkets. org. 4 Class: Art in Wine and a PreThanksgiving Wine Tasting at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 3 to 4:30 p.m. This unique illustrated lecture will be presented by Ron Sasiela, an international consultant and wine aficionado. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 4 The Talbot Cinema Society will present Kiss of Death (1947) at
the Avalon Theatre, Easton. To join for the 2012-2013 season, simply send your check for $45 ($90/couple) to: Talbot Cinema Society, P.O. Box 222, Easton, MD 21601. For more info. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 5 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels presents Dick Cooper on Changes in the News Media in the Digital Age. Cooper is President of Cooper Media Associates, Inc., a media consulting, public relations, editing and writing firm. His clients include businesses, law firms, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the William Penn Foundation, The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Tidewater Times and many others. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www. tcfl.org. 5 Lecture - Box lunch music lecture at the Academy Art Museum, Easton with guest speaker Rachel Franklin, asking us “Who is afraid of modern music!?” She will in-
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5 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Heros and Murders - Stories of Interesting People Buried in Olivet Cemetery at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 5 Civil War Book Discussion: Crossroads of Freedom at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. As part of the library’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, “the library guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of James McPherson’s book. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. tcfl.org. 5
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November Calendar the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10:15 a.m. Stories and crafts for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 6 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Great Decisions Discussion Program at William Hill Manor, Easton. 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 6,13,20 First Step Storytime at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 to 10:30 a.m. For children 3 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info.
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County Free Library, St. Michaels. 4 p.m. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 7,14 Academy for Lifelong Learning: The Legal Process at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916. 7,21 Plant Clinic offered by the U n i ve rs i t y o f M a ry l a n d C o operative 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. 7,14,21,28 Social Time for Seniors at the St. Michaels Community Center, every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first Wednesday of the month is always BINGO, the second and fourth are varying activities, and the third is art class. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073.
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November Calendar For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 7 , 1 4 , 2 1 , 2 8 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists meet each Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. wednesdaymorningartists.com or contact Nancy at ncsnyder@ aol.com or 410-463-0148. 7,14,21,28 The Farmers’ Market in Easton is held every Wednesday, offering a variety of fresh fruits, organic vegetables, bison meat & products, sauces, baked goods, flowers, plants and craft items. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harrison Street Public Parking Lot, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-0065. 8 Book Club at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. 5:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www. tcfl.org.
8,15,29 Thursday Memoir Writers - A memoir writing class at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to preserve your family’s stories. Patrons are invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 9-10 44th Annual Holiday Bazaar at St. Benedict/St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Ridgely. On Friday the doors open at 5 p.m. for a crab cake dinner and over 30 vendors to start your holiday shopping. Saturday the doors will open at 8 a.m. for the annual White Elephant sale. For more info. tel: 410-634-2253 or visit www.beparish.com. 9-11 42nd Annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton. The ultimate weekend for the sophisticated sportsman or art lover. See a complete schedule of events in this issue. For more info. visit www.waterfowlfestival.org.
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November Calendar 10 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist Churches in Wesley Hall, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Menu: eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrapple, hash browns, grits, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice and coffee. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and Community Outreach Store, which is always open during the breakfast and also every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 10 4th Annual Walk for the “Well” of It is a fundraiser to benefit Lifetime Wells for Ghana at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Ridgely. 5K Run/Fun Walk. 8 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2253 or visit www.beparish.com. 10 7th Annual Goose Bump Jump at Betterton Beach. Take a walk on the wild side and jump into the Chesapeake Bay to support our community’s adults with de-
velopmental disabilities. $25 per jumper. Proceeds will be donated to the Kent Center. Melt Down party will follow at the Betterton Fire Company. 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-778-7303, ext. 20. or visit www.kentcenter.org. 10 Workshop: Talking Bones at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Join educator and naturalist Jenny Houghton to unravel the life stories of local wildlife through their bones. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847 or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org. 10 Second Saturday in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants will feature live music. For more info. visit www.cambridgemainstreet.com. 10 2nd Saturday at the Foundry at 401 Market St., Denton. Watch local artists demonstrate their
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talents. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009. 10 Festival of Trees: Santaâ€™s Got a Different Bag at the Talbot Country Club, Easton. 6 p.m. Bags for auction, including celebrity and autographed sports bags, Las Vegas-style gambling, models, live music and dancing, cocktail party and cash bar. $90 pp. All proceeds to benefit Talbot Hospice. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www. festival-of-trees.org. 10-11 45th Annual Oxford Antiques Show & Sale at the Oxford Volun-
11 Arts Express Bus Trip to see War Horse at The Kennedy Center. War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 11 Concert: Internationally renowned pianist Dr. Thomas Mastroianni to perform at The
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November Calendar Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford at 4 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken. 11 Concert: Hot Society Orchestra will perform at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge at 4 p.m. Reception will follow performance. For more info. tel: 410-228-3161 or visit www.christchurchcambridge.org. 12 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Memoir Writing Club at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916.
12 The Tidewater Camera Club will host a seminar entitled â€œThinking About Why - What Is Your Visionâ€? presented by Fine Arts Appraiser Marie Martin from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wye Oak Room at the Talbot County Community Center in Easton. Marie is a fine arts appraiser specializing in 19th and 20th century and contemporary photography for market value, insurance, estate and tax purposes. The seminar is open to the public. Visit www.tidewatercameraclub.com for more info. or tel: 410-822-5441. 13 Tuesday Movie at Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Extremely Loud and
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For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www.festival-of-trees.org. 13 Prostate Cancer Support Group at Shore Regional Cancer Center, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-820-6800, ext. 108. 13,20,27, Dec. 4 Class: Ballroom Dancing at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Basic beginner American Tango at 7 p.m. and beginner level 1 West Coast Swing at 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. academyartmuseum.org. 13,27 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Bldg., Easton. 7:30 p.m. For
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more info. tel: 410-822-1371. 14 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Book Club - The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 2:30 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916.
15 Academy For Lifelong Learning: A Real Field Trip to Easton/Newnam Field at the Easton Airport. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916.
14 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. e-mail email@example.com.
15 Meet the Creatures of Pickering Creek at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 to 5 p.m. For all ages. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org.
14,28, Dec. 5,12,19 Class: The Face and Figure in Pastel with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m.
15 Lecture: Catesby, Audubon and the American Wilderness by Esther Sparks at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m.
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November Calendar Esther Sparks will speak on the two artists, Mark Catesby and John James Audubon, both of whom shaped the popular sense of wildlife in the New World. $15 for Museum members and $24 for non-Museum members. For more info. tel: 410-822-2787 or visit www.academyartmuseum. org. 15,29, Dec. 6,13 Class: Ballroom Dancing at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Basic beginner country 2-step at 7 p.m. and basic beginner Argentine Tango at 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org.
15-Dec. 6 Pleasant Day’s 13th Annual Festival of Wreaths at Pleasant Day Adult Day Care, Cambridge. Featuring over 100 hand crafted wreaths on display for silent auction. Bid on your favorite wreath and guess the dollar amount of the “Money Wreath.” For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 16 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Choose from three delicious soups for lunch. $6 meal deal. Choose from Chicken & Dumplings, Cheese & Broccoli or Vegetable Beef. Each meal comes with a bowl of soup, a roll and a drink. Take out or eat in! We deliver in St. Michaels. For more info. tel:410-745-6073.
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November Calendar 16 Lecture: Working Waterfront: Tide, Trade and Tugs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 8 p.m. This lecture will present an evening with the Ward Family of Deltaville, VA, who operate one of the last “mom and pop” tugboat companies on the Chesapeake Bay. $8 for CBMM members, $10 for nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or visit www.cbmm.org. 17 Holiday Bazaar at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Cambridge. 8 a.m. until... Serving chicken salad (cup and sandwiches), soups, hot dogs, bake
sale, and featuring a country store silent auction. For more info. tel: 410-228-5167 or 410-228-4640. 17 Thanksgiving/Christmas Bazaar at Emmanuel Church, Chestertown. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be handmade gifts, decorations, bake table, jewelry, collectibles, silent auction and more. For more info. tel: 410-778-3477. 17 Childbirth Education - Successful Breastfeeding at the Nick Rajacich Health Education Center, Memorial Hospital, Easton. 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000. 17 Fall Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Ar-
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17 Concert: Howard Levy and Chris Siebold at the Avalon Theatre, Easton 8 p.m. In this special performance, Levy and Siebold perform just about everything from early jazz and swing tunes to Delta blues classics, from Beatles and Dylan tunes to Yiddish songs, and from American bluegrass to Eastern European and Middle Eastern music. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. avalontheatre.com. 19 Meeting: St. Michaels Art League at the Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church, St. Michaels. 9:30 a.m. Presentation by Nancy Tankersley on â€œFigures in a Landscape - Oils.â€? For more info. visit
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www.stmichaelsartleague.org. 19 Class: Look Good...Feel Better at the Shore Regional Cancer Center, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-820-6800. 19 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 p.m. Join a group and work on your needlecraft projects. Limited instruction for beginners. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org. 19,26 Academy for Lifelong Learning: The Delightsome Land at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Muse-
23 Festival of Trees: Run/Walk for Hospice at the Talbot County YMCA, Easton. 10K or a 5K run/ walk. All proceeds to benefit Talbot Hospice. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www. festival-of-trees.org. 23 Professional Magician: Mike Rose at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in St. Michaels. Incredible tricks, mind reading, off-thewall comedy and lots of audience participation. Free tickets required. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org.
23 Concert: Upright Citizens Brigade at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. The UCB Tour Company showcases the freshest long-form improv the nation has to offer. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. avalontheatre.com. 23 Festival of Trees: Preview Gala from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tidewater Inn, Easton. The Gala will feature light fare and beverages and will be the first opportunity to purchase gifts and decor for the holiday season. The Westphal Jewelry and Masters Raffle will be drawn. $75 pp. All proceeds to benefit Talbot Hospice. For
more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www.festival-of-trees.org. 23-25 49th Annual Chestertown Antiques Show and Sale at the Washington College Lifetime Fitness Center, Chestertown. Fri., 4 to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-4898. 23-25 Kent County Festival of Trees at the Weinberg Building at The Kent Center, Chestertown. Fri., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-708-0850. 24-27 Festival of Trees: View the holiday trees in the Gold Room of
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November Calendar the Tidewater Inn. Doors open at 10 a.m. All proceeds to benefit Talbot Hospice. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www. festival-of-trees.org. 24 Festival of Trees: Candy Cane Lane at Easton Elementary School. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa, kids, crafts, fun and games. All proceeds to benefit Talbot Hospice. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www. festival-of-trees.org.
24 Festival of Trees: Daddy/Daughter Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, Easton. All proceeds to benefit Talbot Hospice. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www.festival-of-trees.org. 24-25 Festival of Trees: Homes Tour 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Six unique and beautifully decorated homes in Talbot County are available for a self-guided tour. All proceeds to benefit Talbot Hospice. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or
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24 Festival of Trees: Mother/Son Dance from 5 to 7 p.m. at the River House Pavilion, Easton
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in the auditorium at William Hill Manor. Light refreshments and Bingo cards. All proceeds to benefit Talbot Hospice. For more info. tel: 410-819-FEST or visit www.festival-of-trees.org.
visit www.festival-of-trees.org. 24-Feb. 10 Exhibit: The Art of Seating - Two Hundred Years of American Design at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The exhibition, organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville and the Jacobsen Collection of American Art, presents a survey of exceptional American chair design from the early 19th century to the present day. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org. 25 Festival of Trees: Community Holiday Bingo from 2 to 4 p.m.
29 Lecture: Working Waterfront: Women of the Maritime World at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 6 to 8 p.m. This lecture presents an evening of discussion with some of the women who make the maritime world tick. Headed by Nancy Taylor Robson, author of Women in the Wheelhouse. $8 for CBMM members, $10 for nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410745-4941 or visit www.cbmm.org.
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29 Concert: The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Joy! at the Easton Church of God with a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. and concert at 7:30 p.m. For more info tel: 888-8468600 or visit www.midatlanticsymphony.org.
29-30 Everything is $6 Sale at the Dorchester General Hospital lobby, Cambridge, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tote bags, scarves, belts, umbrellas and watches, all $6. Sponsored by the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to benefit programs and services of the hospital.
29 Concert: Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. As a member of the incredibly talented Marsalis family, it’s no surprise that Delfeayo Marsalis is considered one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www.avalontheatre.com.
30 Concert Martin Sexton at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. Rolling Stone says Martin Sexton has an “outstanding taste in song writing as well as a soul marinated voice that can easily be compared to the likes of a young Steve Winwood.” For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit www. avalontheatre.com.
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