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Features: About the Cover Photographer: Ken Conger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 In Praise of Chocolate: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Historic Skipjack Kathryn Rejoins Fleet: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . 25 Adventures in Ireland: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Waterfowl Festival Schedule of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Oxford Boasts a Different Model: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . 67 Goose Talk: James Dawson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Avalon Island: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Goo Goo and the Thanksgiving Incident: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . 175 Tidewater Review: Anne Stinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
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About the Cover Photographer Ken Conger After a rewarding career as a Virginia game warden and Alaska park ranger, Ken carried over his motivation and enthusiasm for wildlife protection to his passion for wildlife photography. Ken’s interest in photography began at a young age, and wildlife photography has always been his concentration. The majority of his images use available early morning and late afternoon light to capture the natural color and beauty of his subjects. His photographs are primarily taken within national parks and refuges located within six of the seven continents and focus strictly on wild animals. He uses annual treks to remote locations to be inspired, obtain unique images, and hopefully educate as well as encourage viewers to connect with nature through his photos. Ken’s images have adorned magazine covers and numerous nature calendars. A published author and award-winning photographer, and a professional wildlife photographer since 2010, Ken currently teaches wildlife photography, leads international photo tours, and participates in art festivals along the East Coast, including Easton’s Waterfowl Festival. Ken’s first published book, Wildlife’s Greatest Connection, is now available for sale. Over the course of his long career he’s witnessed thou-
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In Praise of Chocolate by Helen Chappell
bly be found in some dark corner of some deserted street, negotiating a Snickers Bar or three. Of course, I love the good stuff. Godiva’s Open Oysters are the stuff dreams are made of, and at $40 a pound, you can’t go wrong stuffing an entire golden box down your gullet in an orgy of sugary self-indulgence. I am convinced that when you die, you get to bathe in oceans of sweet, gooey milk chocolate. After all, it’s got to be good for you. As many people have pointed out, with irrefutable logic, choco-
It’s no secret that I love chocolate. In fact, I love it so much that finding that I ate all the Peanut M&Ms last night, I’m in serious withdrawal right now. Not enough to throw on some street clothes and hike myself down to the convenience store, mind you, but enough to at least think about it. Let’s face it, if there were a Chocoholics Anonymous, I’d be there every Wednesday night whining about something I’ve done to satisfy my craving for the brown stuff. If chocolate were illegal, I’d proba-
In Praise of Chocolate late is a vegetable. And heaven help you if you happen get between me and my fix. I wish I could say I was addicted to the upscale stuff ~ the dainty little morsels that come in those fancy little wrappers, molded into charming shapes and all ready for a serious afternoon of lying on a chaise watching old movies and popping sweet and nutty bits into one’s open maw. I wish I could say I was that upscale, but when it comes to chocolate, I’m a peasant. I’m helpless in the thrall of any kind of chocolate that comes with a healthy dose of peanut butter in it somewhere. Yes, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my
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inch of chocolate fudge frosting, to a miniature peppermint patty, just enough for a bite. I can’t help myself. It’s just the gypsy in my soul. But you wanna know what I really crave? Those holiday editions of Reese’s Cups that come in seasonal molds. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs seem somehow different ~ more delicious than the mundane
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Historic Skipjack Kathryn Rejoins the Oyster Fleet by Dick Cooper A n incoming t ide pushes t he white hull of the skipjack Kathryn against a bulkhead at Scotts Cove Marina in Chance, just over the bridge from Deal Island. Low morning sunlight f lashes off the gilt on the carved eagle’s head mounted under her bowsprit. A f lock of gulls glides overhead on a bay breeze, their laughter drowned out by the screech of a circular saw and the staccato rap of hammers. A hand-
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Kathryn Rejoins Fleet on her now,” says Kathryn’s owner, Captain Harold “Stoney” Whitelock of Dames Quarters. “She’ll be ready to go this season.” The Kathryn was built in Crisfield in 1901 and put into hard labor for most of her life. In 1994, she was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, an honor that gave her cachet but did little to keep the water out of her bilge. She has gone through numerous refits and rehabs over the long decades as she oystered for captains on the Eastern and Western shores, both in Maryland and Virginia. By the time Captain Stoney bought her in 2008, the old boat was worn out. “She was
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different from your typical skipjack, more dif f icult construction and detail,” Vlahovich says. The rebuilding of the Kathryn has been funded by state and federal grants, contr ibutions f rom corporations and non-profits, and supported by several college and environmental groups, all arranged by Vlahovich through Coastal Heritage Alliance. He is the director of the non-profit organization, whose mission is to keep traditional wooden f ishing vessels and their family owners working the water. He has restored numerous Bay workboats as well as West Coast fishing boats in Gig Harbor, Washington. “It has all amounted to a fair amount of funding, but the most ama zing t hing is how t he community has stepped up to the plate here,” Vlahovich says. “They have had fundraisers and turned out to
Mike Vlahovich is the director of the Coastal Heritage Alliance. opened her up on her port side,” he says. “Mike said it was time to try to save her, rebuild her.” “It was huge,” says Vlahov ich of the rebuilding of the Kathryn. “It was totally reframed, totally replanked from the main guard on down. The only thing we didn’t replace was the sheer plank. The keel and keelson are new. The job was massive.” He says that the unusual construction of the Kathryn added to the complexity of the rebuild. The boat was planked fore-and-aft with the boards running horizontally along the ribs, much the way a yacht is built. Most Chesapeake skipjacks were built in a quicker, more rudimentary fashion, with shorter bottom planks fastened to the keel in a herringbone pattern. “It was a lot
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great opportunity to gather people around and let them learn from each other.” Vlahovich, his beard flecked with sawdust, peers down the main hatch of the Kathryn, quietly directing four men in bright yellow T-shirts emblazoned with the block letter ECI, MIN as they build a frame to mount Kathryn’s fuel tank. ECI is the Eastern Correctional Institution about 20 miles away off Route 13 south of Princess Anne. On this project the “community” has been expanded to include the inmates. “I have trained apprentices for years, and these guys are some of the best,” Vlahovich says. “I don’t know what they are in for and I don’t ask, but when they are here, they work hard.” The inmates work quickly on the tank installation, taking measure-
Mike Vlahovich directs inmates from the Eastern Correctional Institution working on the Kathryn. help with the building. They had a ‘Sponsor-a-Pla n k ’ d r ive, a nd more than three dozen community members bought a plank for $250.” As a “thank you,” the initials of the contributors were car ved into a plank fastened to the centerboard trunk of the Kathryn. When the Kathryn was hauled after the 2011 collision with the buoy, Captain Stoney’s granddaughter, Hannah Whitelock, enlisted her second-grade classmates to draw get-well cards for the old boat. The colorful crayon drawings were reprinted on T-shirts and in turn were sold to make money for the rebuilding campaign. “Once you get a project like this, you have to look for ways to enhance it,” Vlahovich says. “For me it has always been more about the people than the boats, although I love doing the boats. A project like this offers a
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Resources off icials repor ted six new sk ipjack dredg ing licenses have been issued in the last two years and a seventh is pending. One skipjack that has been used as a private yacht all its life is being fitted out with oyster dredges. Before the recent requests, the state had not issued a new skipjack license in about 20 years. W h i le t he a mou nt of oyster s caught by the sailing f leet is still a small percentage of the total annual harvest, skipjack dredging has increased dramatically over the last four years. DNR records show that 12,000 bushels were dredged by the sailing fleet in 2011-12 season, 17,000 in the 2012-2013, almost 30,000 in 2013-14, and 29,000 bushels last season. Another driving factor is the rising price for wild-caught oysters. State records show the dockside value of the total state catch that covers all methods of har vesting was just under $4 million in 2011-12. Last year that figure topped out at a historic high of $17.3 million. This past Labor Day, the Kathryn slipped away from the dock and joined twelve other skipjacks in the Deal Island Race. The wind was so light that race was called after the first boat reached the first mark. For Captain Stoney, it was a big success. At one point just a few years back, only three skipjacks participated. “It was a good day,” he says. Now, after years on shore, the
Kathryn's push boat is powered by a Cummins Diesel. ments, cutting and notching the wood in just the right places. “I have done a lot of carpentry work, commercial and residential, but never on a boat,” one of the men says. “It beats looking at razor wire,” another chimes in. The restoration of the Kathryn is much more than just an altruistic venture. For the first time in a decade, she will be joining the oystering fleet November 1 with Captain Stoney’s son, David Whitelock, at the helm. David has run skipjacks in recent winters and sees a resurgence of interest in the old workhorses. “We had just a few boats out the last few years, but then we started catching oysters,” he says. “We are starting to see guys pulling these old boats out of creeks and barns and getting them rigged again.” Maryland Department of Natural 36
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Kathryn is a working sailboat again. Captain Stoney is asked, “What compels a skipjack captain to take an old wooden sailboat out on the Chesapeake Bay in the middle of winter?” He takes an Eastern Shore moment to think about his answer. “Just crazy,” he says. “But I guess it kinda gets in your blood or in your soul or wherever it gets. I’m getting a little age on me now and I’ve done a lot of things, but working under sail is the prettiest thing I ever did in my life. ’Specially if you’re catching a few oysters, you know. Just you and the wind. I think it’s a pretty job.” David Whitelock, the man who will be at the helm when the Kath-
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We felt a bit like Indiana Jones and Lara Croft on entering the cool, dark Neolithic rock tomb. My breath quickened i n t he na r row stone pillar-lined passageway as we began to squeeze through to gain access to the central chamber. I tapped Indy (my husband, John) on the shoulder and told him I felt a bit queasy and maybe I should back out (as there was no room for me to turn around). But I knew that I didn’t want to miss out on a big adventure. Within seconds I gathered my courage and moved on. “Besides,” I told myself, “I’ve hiked around Machu Picchu, scuba dived off the Bahamas, and climbed the Great Wall of China. What’s a little tomb to be afraid of?” And so, onward I went, inching my way forward and bent at the waist due to the low ceilings in the 60-footlong stone passageway. Just then, several other would-be adventurers behind me backed out panting. Before we entered the monument, we had noticed rock art decorating the stone pillars surrounding the 250-foot round base of the 40-foothigh domed monument. The exterior was encircled with 97 carved kerbstones topped off with sod and grass and a gleaming white quartz
stone fac ade. Nu merous bur ia l mounds and other stone structures surrounded the hilltop. Later we saw carvings on the entrance stone, the tomb passageway, the cathedral-like central chamber and three side alcoves. Geometric motifs included circles, arcs, spirals, serpentine forms, radials, triangles, zigzags, stars, chevrons, U-shapes, groups of dots, and parallel lines. Whether the rock art is decorative or symbolic is highly speculat ive. Inter pretat ions of t hese designs suggest that some spirals
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Celtic Cross in the Muckross Abbey graveyard. The monument could also be an astronomical observatory. The tomb passage aligns with the rising sun on the winter solstice, revealing the celestial wisdom of the ancient builders. Our guide simulated the solstice alignment while we were in darkness. A light shone through the opening above the tomb entrance and traveled through the long entry passage. Myths and scientists suggest that the solstice light was intended to escort the deceased to the hereafter and to mark the beginning of their calendar year. We ended our tomb adventure, and all our adventures in Ireland, as any explorer should ~ in a pub. We 48
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savored a pint at O’Neill’s, Punter’s, Cleeres, Ky teters, a nd Red Fox pubs, to name a few. I grew fond of Guinness lager, while John favored Smithwick ale. Crunchy fish and chips were a favorite dish, accompanied by fresh crusty dark brown bread slathered in butter. Warm, creamy goat cheese tarts and kiwi pie topped with fresh apricots tied for second. Toe -tapping tradit iona l Ir ish music capped off our days. The mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, f lute, spoons and tin whistle seemed to be the most popular instruments of the locals and tourists alike, while the hand-held bodhran (goatskincovered drum) brought people to their feet with step and set dancing. We experienced Newgrange and the nearby passage tomb, Knowth, a bit northwest of Dublin, on the final days of our two-week exploration of southern Ireland. We had traveled f rom t he mountainous At lant ic coast, the westernmost edge of Europe, past crumbling and restored historic structures, still erect after thousands of years of Emerald Isle history, to the east coast, Dublin on the Irish Sea. What will remain in my memory are the spectacular views of the untamed wild Atlantic waves crashing against the high cliffs along the Ring of Kerry; the sandy beaches and sparkling seas, bays, rivers and
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On a beautiful sunny day, Roger took us to the Loher Stone Fort built into a hill near Waterville. The fort overlooks the shimmering Ballyskelligs Bay, which we viewed when we climbed the crisscrossed steps inside the 6½-foot-high wall. The defenders chose a good spot to see marauding Vikings approaching, providing advance opportunity to prepare for attack. The 900 AD structure included round and square houses and an underground passage for protection and storage. Probably the structure was home to a chieftain, his family and livestock in the early Christian period. The circular, dr y stone, 6-foot-thick walls would have protected the family from invaders. The fort is now in a peaceful setting surrounded by lush green grass and grazing sheep and cattle.
Derrynane fairies (or the Derrynane House National Park gardeners), we hope to build a fairy house with our granddaughter for the fairies in our Easton forest. Near the fairy houses, we climbed on top of an ancient stone and earth ring fort with doorways and tunnels that only fairies and leprechauns could enter. Guarding the forest is Derrynane House, home of the nineteenth century politician Daniel O’Connell, the “Liberator of Irish Catholics” who peacefully and successfully championed the British for Irish civil rights. Roger said that O’Connell’s nonv iolent approach to political change was an inspiration to Mahatma Gandhi, Frederick Douglass (who visited O’Connell in Dublin), and Martin Luther King.
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preser ved abbey was impressive with an arcade of arched windows, eerie monksâ€™ cells, dark stairwells and an ancient yew r ising high above the cloister courtyard. And I never tired of seeing the highly decorated Celtic crosses found in the Muckross Abbey graveyard, said to be a burial site for local chieftains, a haunting place of solitude and ref lection. When we traveled eastward, we bid Roger farewell and explored on our own. With some difficulty we found the Kenmare Stone Circle or Druids Circle (c. 1400 BC) on a small road near the little town of
I have to admit that by the end of the trip I realized that I was more intrigued by the ruins of once grand forts, castles and religious sites with their history, mystery, and spirit than by more restored sites and more fond of small towns like Trim and Waterville with their quaint charm than bigger cities like Dublin. I was more fascinated by the abandoned Franciscan Muckross Abbey founded in 1448 than the nearby elegant Muckross Estate c. 1843 near Killarney, on the Ring of Kerry. Though roof less, the well
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southern Ireland came to a close before we were ready to leave, with still much to see. We found Ireland to be a country of wild beauty, history, mystery, culture, spirituality and grace. We found the Irish people to be vibrant, proud, warm, helpful and friendly. We found delight and joy in the music, food, and adventures in the Emerald Isle. With fond memories, we headed home to plan our next escapade.
the church. The rocky outcrop and structures provide a commanding view of the surrounding countryside, allowing defenders to see approaching enemies. In addition to the castle turned cathedral, the walled promontory includes a 90-foot tower, chapel, graveyard with Celtic crosses and tombstones, walls of intricate carvings and various structures added to and built on over the centuries. The Rock of Cashel appears even more dramatic when viewed from a distance. O u r t wo we ek s of e x plor i ng
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Saturday, November 14 - The following are events with specific times. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Fishing Derby 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Painting a Miniature Decoy with Ed Itter 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Wine, Beer and Tasting Pavilion 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.: Retriever Demonstrations 11 a.m.: Calling Contest, Preliminaries - (Junior Divisions) · World Championship Goose Calling Contest (Jr.) · World Championship Live Duck Calling Contest (Jr.) 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.: Birds of Prey Demonstrations 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m.: Fly Fishing Demonstrations
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No bus transportation provided at the conclusion of the contests. $10 (Free with Festival ticket or badge. VIP donors free)
7 p.m.: Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Hunter’s Party - Easton Elks Lodge
Sunday, November 15 - The following are events with specific times. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Fishing Derby 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Wine, Beer and Tasting Pavilion 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.: Retriever Demonstrations 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.: Birds of Prey Demonstrations 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m.: Fly Fishing Demonstrations Noon to 3 p.m.: Kids’ Art Activities Noon: Photography Gallery at Christ Church opens at Noon
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Oxford Boasts a Different Model by Michael Valliant
Oxford does things differently. The small waterfront town is less than 10 miles from Easton’s popular Waterfowl Festival, but offers visitors something they won’t find anywhere else. For those looking for sights after a different model, the Oxford Community Center is hosting its third Model Boat Show on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. OCC’s show has grown each year, offering a maritime alternative to the ducks and geese that Easton is known for in November. Tracing
the history and growth of the Model Boat Show begins with model builder and show organizer Ed Thieler. Ed and Helen Thieler arrived in Oxford by boat in 1993, pulling up to the dock at Schooners Landing. Ed took an interest in the indigenous boats, helping to restore the skipjack Thomas Clyde, which was lifted out of the water in the town. He then turned his attention to building models of the different boats in the region, finding the writings of Howard Chapelle, a renowned marine historian who had
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would bring some of my models in to display so visitors would have something to look at when they came into the building.” OCC had never held any kind of event during Waterfowl Festival weekend, so they asked Thieler if he would display some of his models. He invited friends who were model boat builders. Those friends included experienced model makers Don Willey, John and Nancy Into, Ron Fortucci and Jim Wortman, and newcomers
had a home in Dorchester County. “Everyone who is interested in the history of small boats has Howard Chapelle on their bookshelves,” Thieler said. “Fortunately for me, he published the plans of all kinds of small Chesapeake Bay boats. So I started to build those. I had been helping Jennifer Stanley at the Oxford Community Center for four years or so, when I was asked if I
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A Different Model to model boat making Eddie Somers, Joe Kaspar and Peter Sweetser. In 2013, the Model Boat Show launched with roughly ten modelers. In 2014, the show tripled in size to just under 30 model makers. Thieler estimates he takes roughly six months to build a model, generally speaking. His large model of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s skipjack Stanley Norman took several years to complete, trying to replicate, as many modelers do, the way that full-sized boats were originally built. Each model maker brings his own style and technique to his works. Willey builds his models freehand, whereas John Into creates three-dimensional plans from two-dimensional drawings using computer precision. Leslie Adelman, a member of the OCC Board of Trustees, was part of the planning of the show from the beginning. She recognized that a model boat show is only as strong as the model builders who are in it. “We’ve received great posi-
Lexie Gordon and Cheyenne Pullen admire a model Coast Guard boat. tive feedback from the modelers and visitors, who return year after year,” Adelman said. “Frequently model boats are part of some larger event with crafts or radio-controlled models, and this show gave them the spotlight to themselves. It showcases this amazing art form.” Visitors to the show are treated to diverse and detailed models, which include half-hull models of Chesapeake Bay boats and classic yachts; scratch-built models of Tangier Sound workboats; tall ship rigging; early modern sailing ships; a local radio-controlled Laser fleet; workboats and sailing
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niversary. Cutts & Case will host an open house providing Model Boat Show visitors behind-the-scenes access to the world of wooden boat building. A short three-minute drive through the historic town of Oxford will bring visitors to Cutts & Case for self-guided tours from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. OCC’s Model Boat Show boasts something for visitors of all ages, with a kids’ corner featuring different activities and a chance for children to build their own boat models. Last year hundreds of visitors attended and reported the best part of the show was the opportunity to talk with modelers, hear stories and ask questions. It’s easy to make a day of Oxford ~ next door to OCC at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department is the annual antiques show and sale. Then venture farther into town to the Oxford Museum for interesting historical exhibits, visit the town’s waterfront park, and enjoy restaurants and shopping. The Model Boat Show is free and open to the public and is supported by the Talbot County Arts Council. The Oxford Community Center is housed in a newly renovated 1928 school building, which received both LEED Gold certification and historic preservation awards. OCC is located at 200 Oxford Road. For more information, visit oxfordcc. com or call 410-226-5904.
ships from members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum model sailing club; and ships in bottles and Bay schooners. As a way to vary the show from year to year, Adelman came up with the concept of having a special exhibit on OCC’s stage that would change each year. The first year, the exhibit theme was “Workboats from Around the World,” a collection of model boats from local private collections never before seen in public. In 2014, the special exhibit featured memorabilia from the four historic boatyards of Oxford. And this year, the theme is celebrating watermen, featuring the tools of the trade, such as oyster tongs, crab scrapes, and trot lines, displayed with model boats of these tools and watermen in action. At the 2015 show, be sure to spot models of the historic Oxford-Bellevue Ferry since its beginning in 1836, special models on loan from the Oxford Museum, and books and novelty items for sale from Oxford’s own Mystery Loves Company bookstore. New this year will be a “dock sale,” featuring miscellaneous model-making tools, supplies, and kits for sale. A special treat for visitors this year will be the chance to tour Cutts & Case, Inc., the world-renowned wooden boat builders in Oxford celebrating their 50th an72
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by James Dawson always known the dense migration of geese, but that wasn’t always the case here. Generations ago, multitudes of geese were uncommon when winter’s wildlife was represented by anas platyrhychos of all kinds. It was truly The Age of the Duck: canvasbacks, mallards, pintails, wood ducks, red heads, and more. Many thousands of them thronged our rivers and creeks. Untold millions were hunted over the decades by every means, fair or foul, by everyone from knowledgeable hunters who loved the sport, to unsportsmanlike market
What would the Eastern Shore be like without the honking of wild geese? We need geese to announce the changing of the seasons because, for some of us, summer does not immediately end with Labor Day or the ticking of some internal clock. It ends when the geese come and tell us it is over. And then, months later, we let their departure put an end to winter for us. What do we care about the imaginary notch in the earth’s orbit tripping some celestial odometer? Where is the romance in that? My baby boomer generation has
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zeroed in on possible danger. Then, as often as not, the powers that be would decide everything was okay and sound the all clear. Then the snacking and gossiping would begin anew. They must have eventually slept, too, their heads tucked under their wings on the coldest nights, but always a sentinel was on guard, alert for danger. When it was time to move on, taking off from the water was also an impressive sight that involved much paddling and flapping to achieve takeoff velocity, their wing tips splashing the water until they gained altitude. In no time at all they would be again heading toward the tundra or the tropics as the weather indicated. By the 1960s, the fields were so crowded with geese that they sometimes spilled over into our backyard. My father was an avid
trash can into the water, to use an unlovely metaphor. Then the goose glides to a stop and paddles around to visit friends, eat and chat, to be followed by dozens or hundreds more of its feathered brethren. We lived in the country, and as a kid I remember hearing them at night in the cove behind our house. Even with the windows shut tight against winter, the rustling and preening of what must have been nearly an infinity of feathers made quite a commotion. This, coupled with all of the goose talk and gossip, made for an impressive sound. And it seemed to me to have gone on all night, or at least as long as I could stay awake. Even through all of their din, any sudden or strange noise would cause an instant quiet as the flock
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hunter and I remember once, during an important phone call, he was put on hold for an extended period of time. While he waited, he could see out the window that the field was filling up with geese, until finally he could stand it no longer. He put the phone down, grabbed his shotgun, ran out in the yard, shot a goose, then raced back inside and picked up the phone ready to apologize, only to discover he was still on hold. Those were the days! But, maybe we overdid it, just as we did with the ducks. Sad to say, but it seems as if I don’t experience Canada geese like that anymore. I hear that the goose population around here is declining, and that ducks, which had become uncommon in my youth, are coming back, and with them the whistling swans, which I don’t remember at all. I still see geese, but not in the
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Transitioning Time Being a big fan of the English rock group the Moody Blues, there is a line in their Forever Autumn song where Justin Hayward sings “Through autumn’s golden gown we used to kick our way.” That “Golden gown” is starting to turn brown as we move toward winter. The foli-
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Tidewater Gardening It is always a little tough to write about “new” and “exciting” gardening topics as we head into winter because we move into a somewhat boring maintenance mode in the landscape. That being said, the clear cool November days are an excellent time to prepare your landscape and garden for the winter months and in anticipation of next spring. Most gardeners know the value of mulching plants during the growing season. Mulches keep down weeds, moderate soil temperature, conserve moisture, and can give an attractive appearance to the landscape, however most gardeners become confused about winter mulching, thinking that a mulch prevents the soil from freezing and keeps the plants warm. The real purpose of the mulch is to moderate temperature swings in the soil. The soil alternately freezes and thaws during the winter. This can result in heaving the plants upwards and tearing the tender root system. For this reason, winter mulching should not be done until after the soil freezes. Heaving is usually a problem with shallow-rooted plants, perennial flowers or small shrubs and trees planted in the fall. Mulching with leaf mold, pine needles, straw, hardwood or pine bark is effective. Use of peat moss as a mulch is
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to the plant and enjoy a tasty feeding of the bark. In addition to mulching, watering ornamental plants just before the ground freezes will help provide sufficient moisture throughout the winter season. This is especially critical for broad- and narrowleafed evergreens and fall-planted ornamentals. The irony of the situation of our heavy silt clay soils is that in preparing the plants for winter by watering, you may overwater and cause root rot problems. A good rule of thumb is to make sure the water does not pond or stand around the plant after watering. As I have mentioned in the past, November is still an excellent time for transplanting most trees and shrubs, with the exception of pines. I recommend that you wait until spring to plant pines as they have a better chance of success in getting established.
ers do not girdle or strangle the branches they are attached to. It was not an unusual occurrence during my Extension career on the ‘Shore to be called to look at a plant in the landscape with dying branches. The girdling of the stem by the tag was the cause of dieback. Rather than leaving the tag on the stem, take a piece of graph paper, make a rough sketch of the layout of your yard and indicate on the plan what the plant is and when it was planted. This is better than leaving the tag on the plant if you want to remember the cultivar of the plant. Not a very “sexy” or exciting gardening activity, but one that must be done, is cleaning up the garden
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overwintering places or insect larvae, eggs and disease spores that will infect next spring. Diseased leaves and stems, and diseased fruits need to be put in the trash and not the compost pile. Sanitation is one of the keys to reducing the amount of pesticides that you have to use in the garden. Shade trees and shrubs that have had scale insect problems can be sprayed with horticultural oil after leaves drop. Follow the label instructions and monitor the forecasted air temperatures. The air temperature must remain above freezing for 24 hours after spraying oil. Continue to remove bagworm bags from trees and shrubs. It’s important to dispose of them in the
and landscape this month. Want to reduce insect and disease problems that are waiting to attack the landscape and vegetable garden next spring? Collect and compost or destroy leaves, faded f lowers, foliage, stems and spoiled fruits from the flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. If left on the ground in the garden, they will serve as ideal
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trash. If you simply leave them on the ground, the eggs inside them will hatch next year. I once suggested to a gardener that she leave them on the spruce tree and spray paint them red and green for Christmas. She was not amused... After a killing frost, long vigorous shoots of roses may be cut back to 18
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ing chemicals should be secure, well ventilated and be well lit when in use. It should also keep the materials “high and dry” and be protected from extreme heat and cold. The storage area needs to be secure from people and animals such as mice. It’s always a good idea to keep a bag of kitty litter in the storage area to absorb any liquid materials that might leak or spill. Chemicals, and the containers in which they are to be held, must be in good condition. Never transfer excess pesticides or fertilizers to empty food containers! One way to minimize the need to store excess chemicals is to plan
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Dorchester Points of Interest so many to freedom. Artifacts include the actual newspaper ad offering a reward for Harriet’s capture. Historical tours, bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Open upon request. The Bucktown Village Store is located at 4303 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-901-9255. HARRIET TUBMAN BIRTHPLACE - “The Moses of her People,” Harriet Tubman was believed to have been born on the Brodess Plantation in Bucktown. There are no Tubman-era buildings remaining at the site, which today is a farm. Recent archeological work at this site has been inconclusive, and the investigation is continuing, although there is some evidence that points to Madison as a possible birthplace. BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Located 12 miles south of Cambridge at 2145 Key Wallace Dr. With more than 25,000 acres of tidal marshland, it is an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrels and the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. There is a full service Visitor Center and a four-mile Wildlife Drive, walking trails and water trails. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677 or visit www.fws.gov/blackwater. EAST NEW MARKET - Originally settled in 1660, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Follow a self-guided walking tour to see the district that contains almost all the residences of the original founders and offers excellent examples of colonial architecture. For more info. visit http://eastnewmarket.us. HURLOCK TRAIN STATION - Incorporated in 1892, Hurlock ranks as the second largest town in Dorchester County. It began from a Dorchester/Delaware Railroad station built in 1867. The Old Train Station has been restored and is host to occasional train excursions. For more info. tel: 410-943-4181. VIENNA HERITAGE MUSEUM - The museum displays the last surviving mother-of-pearl button manufacturing operation in the country, as well as artifacts of local history. The museum is located at 303 Race, St., Vienna. For more info. tel: 410-943-1212 or visit www.viennamd.org. LAYTON’S CHANCE VINEYARD & WINERY - This small farm winery, minutes from historic Vienna at 4225 New Bridge Rd., offers daily tours of the winemaking operation. The family-oriented Layton’s also hosts a range of events, from a harvest festival to karaoke happy hour to concerts. For more info. tel. 410-228-1205 or visit www.laytonschance.com. 102
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Easton Points of Interest 6. WATERFOWL BUILDING - 40 S. Harrison St. The old armory is now the headquarters of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s annual celebration of migratory birds and the hunting season, the second weekend in November. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit www. waterfowlfestival.org. 7. ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - 106 South St. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Academy Art Museum is a fine art museum founded in 1958. Providing national and regional exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children, the Museum also offers a vibrant concert and lecture series and an annual craft festival, CR AFT SHOW (the Eastern Shore’s largest juried fine craft show), featuring local and national artists and artisans demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their crafts. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www.academyartmuseum.org.
Easton Points of Interest 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. TALBOT HISTORICAL SOCIET Y - Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. For more info. tel: 410-822-0773 or visit www.hstc.org. Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the
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Easton Points of Interest site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times. 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St. on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers
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Easton Points of Interest Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the summer when it’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcf l.org. 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early
1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial Hospital is part of the Shore Health System. www.shorehealth.org. 22. THIRD HAVEN MEETING HOUSE - Built in 1682 and the oldest frame building dedicated to religious meetings in America. The Meeting House was built at the headwaters of the Tred Avon: people came by boat to attend. William Penn preached there with Lord Baltimore present. Extensive renovations were completed in 1990. 23. TALBOT COMMUNITY CENTER - The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics and curling. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year, such as antique, craft, boating and sportsman shows. Near Easton 24. PICKERING CREEK - 400-acre farm and science education center featuring 100 acres of forest, a mile of shoreline, nature trails, low-ropes challenge course and canoe launch. Trails are open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Canoes are free for members. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903 or visit www.pickeringcreek.org. 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing â€œgristâ€? mill has been lovingly preserved by
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St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. HARBOURTOWNE GOLF RESORT - Bayview Restaurant and Duck Blind Bar on the scenic Miles River with an 18 hole golf course. For more info. visit www.harbourtowne.com. 3. MILES RIVER YACHT CLUB - Organized in 1920, the Miles River Yacht Club continues its dedication to boating on our waters and the protection of the heritage of log canoes, the oldest class of boat still sailing U. S. waters. The MRYC has been instrumental in preserving the log canoe and its rich history on the Chesapeake Bay. For more info. visit www.milesriveryc.org. 4. THE INN AT PERRY CABIN - The original building was constructed in the early 19th century by Samuel Hambleton, a purser in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. It was named for his friend, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry Cabin has served as a riding academy and was restored in 1980 as an inn and restaurant. For more info. visit www.perrycabin.com. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,
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St. Michaels Points of Interest hosts temporary exhibitions, special events, festivals, and education programs. Docking and pump-out facilities available. Exhibitions and Museum Store open year-round. Up-to-date information and hours can be found on the Museum’s website at www.cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916. 8. THE CRAB CLAW - Restaurant adjoining the Maritime Museum and overlooking St. Michaels harbor. Open March-November. 410-7452900 or www.thecrabclaw.com. 9. PATRIOT - During the season (April-November) the 65’ cruise boat can carry 150 persons, runs daily historic narrated cruises along the Miles River. For daily cruise times, visit www.patriotcruises.com or call 410-745-3100. 10. THE FOOTBRIDGE - Built on the site of many earlier bridges, today’s bridge joins Navy Point to Cherry Street. It has been variously known as “Honeymoon Bridge” and “Sweetheart Bridge.” It is the only remaining bridge of three that at one time connected the town with outlying areas around the harbor. 11. VICTORIANA INN - The Victoriana Inn is located in the Historic District of St. Michaels. The home was built in 1873 by Dr. Clay Dodson,
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St. Michaels Points of Interest would come for a little excitement. They found it in town, where there were saloons and working-class townsfolk ready to do business with them. Fights were common especially in an area of town called Hells Crossing. At the end of Locust Street is Muskrat Park. It provides a grassy spot on the harbor for free summer concerts and is home to the two cannons that are replicas of the ones given to the town by Jacob Gibson in 1813 and confiscated by Federal troops at the beginning of the Civil War. 15. FREEDOMS FRIEND LODGE - Chartered in 1867 and constructed in 1883, the Freedoms Friend Lodge is the oldest lodge existing in Maryland and is a prominent historic site for our Black community. It is now the site of Blue Crab Coffee Company. 16. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - St. Michaels Branch is located at 106 S. Fremont Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit www.tcfl.org. 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper
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St. Michaels Points of Interest lanterns were hung in the trees to lead the attackers to believe the town was on a high bluff. The houses were overshot. The story is that a cannonball hit the chimney of “Cannonball House” and rolled down the stairway. This “blackout” was believed to be the first such “blackout” in the history of warfare. 23. AMELIA WELBY HOUSE - Amelia Coppuck, who became Amelia Welby, was born in this house and wrote poems that won her fame and the praise of Edgar Allan Poe. 24. TOWN DOCK RESTAURANT - During 1813, at the time of the Battle of St. Michaels, it was known as “Dawson’s Wharf” and had 2 cannons on carriages donated by Jacob Gibson, which fired 10 of the 15 rounds directed at the British. For a period up to the early 1950s it was called “The Longfellow Inn.” It was rebuilt in 1977 after burning to the ground. For more info. visit www.towndockrestaurant.com. 25. ST. MICHAELS MUSEUM at ST. MARY’S SQUARE - Located in the heart of the historic district, offers a unique view of 19th century life in St. Michaels. The exhibits are housed in three period buildings and contain local furniture and artifacts donated by residents. The museum is
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St. Michaels Points of Interest supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410745-9561 or www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. 26. KEMP HOUSE - Now a country inn. A Georgian style house, constructed in 1805 by Colonel Joseph Kemp, a revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812. For more info. visit www.kemphouseinn.com. 27. 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, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www.harbourinn.com. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - The St. Michaels Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile paved walkway that winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on S. Talbot St. across from the Bay Hundred swimming pool. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and past a historic cemetery before ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk.
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Oxford Points of Interest Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Although already settled for perhaps 20 years, Oxford marks the year 1683 as its official founding, for in that year Oxford was first named by the Maryland General Assembly as a seaport and was laid out as a town. In 1694, Oxford and a new town called Anne Arundel (now Annapolis) were selected the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Until the American Revolution, Oxford enjoyed prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations. Today, Oxford is a charming tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of just over 700 and is still important in boat building and yachting. It has a protected harbor for watermen who harvest oysters, crabs, clams and fish, and for sailors from all over the Bay. 1. TENCH TILGHMAN MONUMENT - In the Oxford Cemetery the Revolutionary War hero’s body lies along with that of his widow. Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman carried the message of Cornwallis’ surrender from Yorktown, VA, to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Across the cove from the
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Oxford Points of Interest cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or www.oxfordcc.org. 3. THE COOPERATIVE OXFORD LABORATORY - U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources located here. 410-226-5193 or www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/oxford. 3A. U.S. COAST GUARD STATION - 410-226-0580. 4. CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY - Founded in 1851. Designed by esteemed British architect Richard Upton, co-founder of the American Institute of Architects. It features beautiful stained glass windows by the acclaimed Willet Studios of Philadelphia. www.holytrinityoxfordmd.org. 5. OXFORD TOWN PARK - Former site of the Oxford High School.
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Oxford Points of Interest Recent restoration of the beach as part of a “living shoreline project” created 2 terraced sitting walls, a protective groin and a sandy beach with native grasses which will stop further erosion and provide valuable aquatic habitat. A similar project has been completed adjacent to the ferry dock. A kayak launch site has also been located near the ferry dock. 6. OXFORD MUSEUM - Morris & Market Sts. Devoted to the preservation of artifacts and memories of Oxford, MD. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more info. and hours tel: 410-226-0191 or visit www.oxfordmuseum.org. 7. OXFORD LIBRARY - 101 Market St. Founded in 1939 and on its present site since 1950. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 8. BRATT MANSION (ACADEMY HOUSE) - 205 N. Morris St. Served as quarters for officers of the Maryland Military Academy. Built about 1848. (Private residence) 9. BARNABY HOUSE - 212 N. Morris St. Built in 1770 by sea captain Richard Barnaby, this charming house contains original pine woodwork, corner fireplaces and an unusually lovely handmade staircase. Listed on Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989
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Oxford Points of Interest the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence) 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or www.robertmorrisinn.com. 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in
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Oxford Points of Interest 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court â€œpitcht uponâ€? to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures. Some have described Cutts & Case Shipyard as an American Nautical Treasure because it produces to the highest standards quality work equal to and in many ways surpassing the beautiful artisanship of former times.
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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 143
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by Gary D. Crawford The Eastern Shore is a f looded landscape. Freshwater gathers from eight states, and with help from the Atlantic Ocean, widens what once was a river valley into a vast and shallow bay. The interface between land and water is a busy place; wonderfully alive with f lora and fauna. The shoreline also is in constant, sometimes violent, motion. Here and there the rising waters, river run-off, and storm surges have detached chunks of land to form the Chesapeake islands. This process is particularly pro-
nounced on the Delmarva side, for the land is nearly f lat, presenting only the slightest gradient for the waters to overcome. Numerous islands are found here, separated from the peninsula by channels and watercourses of various sizes. All these Bay islands have eroded significantly. Some have washed away entirely, leaving only memories above water, such as Sharpâ€™s and Hollands. Others, like Smith and Tilghmanâ€™s, have diminished but survived, at least for the time being.
Avalon Island James Island has been reconfigured by the Bay several times, sometimes linked to the shore, sometimes not. A ver y select few Bay islands have been reconstructed by man, like Poplar Island and Hart-Miller Island.
a wife and two sons, Foster married his widow. Hawkins’ will left Poplar Island to his son, so Seth and Elizabeth decided to settle elsewhere. They asked for and were granted rights to nearby Choptank Island. They knew what they were getting ~ an island three miles long, mostly wooded, nicely separated from the mainland by a shallow watercourse later known as Knapps Narrows.
But so far as I know, only one island was created by man ~ twice. Avalon Island is a tiny islet lying a few hundred yards off the eastern side of Tilghman’s Island. It is now connected to its parent island by a causeway, though that wasn’t always the case. Avalon has a curious history and, despite its diminutive size, it once played a major role in our region’s seafood industry. The link bet ween Avalon and Tilghman’s Island is more than a causeway. Back in 1650, one Thomas Hawkins purchased Poplar Island and an estate on Kent Island. One of his Virginia neighbors, Seth Foster, came over to help him with the plantation established on Poplar. When Hawkins died six years later, leaving 146
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Avalon Island The Narrows provided a degree of natural fencing for livestock yet was shallow enough to cross at low water. The island’s location at the mouth of Delmarva’s longest river provided easy access both to the interior and to the Bay. One thing Foster’s (later Tilghman’s) Island lacked was a deep water harbor. Black Walnut Cove at the south end is large but shallow; Dogwood Cove on the east side was mostly marsh. Paw Paw Cove on the western side is fully exposed to the Bay and the frequent storms out of the west and northwest. Knapps Narrows could accommodate canoes and skiffs but nothing more. For nearly 200 years, the island served as a family farm, changing hands from time to time but always controlled by a single owner. They made do without a real harbor ~ livestock could be driven across the Narrows at low tides, farm produce could be lightered out to anchored schooners, and supplies could be dropped off at various small landings around the island. And that was good enough ~ until the oyster boom. The Mar yland oyster har vest expanded massively in the 1870s and 1880s, hitting a record of 15 million bushels in 1884. The catch was taken in bulk to markets on the western shore, primarily Baltimore. It soon became clear that shucking
oysters on the Eastern Shore and shipping them out in tins would be more efficient and profitable than transporting the large and heavy shells. Oyster shucking operations began wherever a suitable location was available for offloading oysters directly from the boats. Tilghman’s lack of a deepwater harbor presented a problem. The population was growing rapidly. Small oyster houses popped up here and there, particularly on the shores near Dogwood Cove where Sidney Covington and others began operating in the late 1880s. Dredge-boats could come close to the mouth of the Cove, but not close enough to offload directly. Still, the curve of the island afforded some protection from most storms except nor’easters. Transferring oysters from dredge boats to scows and then again to the shore was hard, time-consuming work. Sidney Covington, ever the innovator, sought to lay an oyster shell road out across the shallows to the anchorage. That, too, proved difficult. In 1893, the Baltimore, Chesapeake, and Atlantic Railway Company added Tilghman to its list of stops on their Choptank River steamboat service. For their new steamboat landing, they chose a spot near the anchorage area off Dogwood Cove. It was the logical spot ~ partially sheltered, with deep water fairly close in, oyster shuckers in the area already, and a convenient place to pick up cargoes of oysters, livestock,
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Avalon Island passengers, and farm produce. To reach the landing from the shore, they constructed a 1200-foot wharf out from the end of Stave Road. It soon became known as Wharf Road. The great wharf changed everything. Soon several shucking houses were operating on platforms adjoining the wharf. James Roe had one on the south side; beyond Roe was an oyster house operated by Sidney Covington and his son Ruley. Another Covington son, Frazier, set up on the other side of the wharf, while the Harrison brothers, Skinner and Camper, established themselves at the north end. The sketch below, provided by Antoinette Covington in her book Tilghman’s Island Capers, shows the layout around 1900.
The hunt for “white gold” went on and the oysters flooded in. The market for them was bottomless, and business at Tilghman was booming. During the season, shuckers worked from before dawn till after dark to try to keep up with the demand. Canned oysters by the hundreds went out with each steamboat. The oyster shells, of course, simply went over the side. They were dropped all around the shucking platforms and soon had mounded up above the water level. The shells were leveled and raked out to accommodate more layers. A s the shell-pile grew and became more substantial, new shucking houses were built directly on the shells. The shell-pile became the commercial center of Tilghman’s Island, and its “population” of workers
Avalon Island increased rapidly. Covington set up a store on the island with hardware and provisions for oystermen, and food and supplies for the businesses and their employees. The volume of mail to the island justified a small post office, and the Postal Service agreed ~ but they required a name. Apparently “Shell-Pile, Maryland” appealed to no one. We don’t k now for su re who named it, but Ruley Covington later said it was he who suggested “Avalon” to his father. Why Avalon? No one knows that, either. But it’s not so inappropriate, really. Avalon was the fabled spot where King Arthur’s sword Excalibur was forged and
Morgan La Fey hung out. It also was the name Lord Baltimore gave to his first settlement in the New World, way up in Newfoundland. He and his wife found it too chilly there, so they asked the King for something warmer. He agreed to give them North Virginia, provided they named it for his queen, Henrietta Maria. Whoever named Avalon Island, and for whatever reason, Sidney Covington became the first postmaster on August 21, 1900. Thus was born Avalon, Maryland. Those living in its postal district suddenly found themselves residents of the mythical “village” of Avalon. This name appears on some maps, and a few residents still insist that Avalon ought to be included among the
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Avalon Island other 22 villages of Talbot County. L ocals, of course, persisted for many decades to refer to the place as the Shell-Pile. The Tilghman seafood industry grew and adapted through the first decades of the twentieth century, coming to rival Crisf ield as the seafood center of the Chesapeake. The businesses out on Avalon Island adapted with the times and often changed hands. Steamboat service stopped in the 1930s, but the old wharf remained in use. The Tilghman Packing Company (TPC), founded by the Harrison brothers in 1897, was taken over by Skinner’s son, George T. Harrison. During WWII, he took a leading role in the effort to provide canned goods to the troops overseas. He also persuaded the county to install a cause-
way beside the deteriorating wharf, one wide enough to permit trucks to pass. During the war, the company ran three shifts; in 1944 the War Food Administration presented the workers with a prestigious “A” award for their efforts. The businesses on Avalon Island had thinned out. For some years, the Harrisons occupied the north side and A. N. “Bert” Faulkner the south. Eventually, Faulkner sold his property and the Tilghman Packing Company took possession of the entire shell-pile. By 1950 it consisted of six buildings: two oyster houses, a crab house, a fresh fish house, and a fish canning plant. A reduction plant had been built in 1947 on Knapps Narrows, where menhaden and seafood debris from the other plants were cooked down to produce oil used in the manufacture of paint and a dried residue that
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was sold as chicken feed. A new deep-freeze and cooling plant was added. The nearby Tilghman Canning Company, founded by Oscar “Nick” Harrison, was acquired and added to the enterprise. Avalon Island was a busy place. Tr uck s arr ived constantly f rom points up and down the East Coast, from Maine to the Carolinas. They brought in fish and took away TPC products: oysters, crab meat, herring and herring roe, bobbed crabs, as well as chicken feed. Miss “Pete” Fluharty explained that “bobbed crabs” were steamed crabs with their claws, legs, and top-shells removed and then individually wrapped. The company even sold oyster-shell lime for agricultural fertilizer. I’ve heard that when that old shell-crusher started up and pounded away, it shook all of Avalon Island. The governor of Maryland presented George T. w ith a bronze plaque in 1949, commemorating his many years of ser vice to his company, to businesses throughout the region, and to the nation. That plaque can be seen on the stone monument across from the fire hall. All good things come to an end, and in 1962, the Harrison family sold the Tilghman Packing Company to one Richard Knapp. (No relation to the Narrows.) The U. S. Post Office closed in 1965. Then in 1968, Knapp sold the business 156
to the Duf f y-Mot t Cor poration. Work continued for several years until suddenly, one day in 1975, the startled employees were told that after 78 years, the company no longer existed. It was the end of an era. Nearly everyone in the vicinity had worked at the Tilghman Packing Company at one time or another in their lives. Its sudden loss was keenly felt. Duff y-Mott sold the property in 1976. Several fires consumed most of the structures left abandoned on Avalon Island. Someone, whose name I do not have, then acquired the property ~ the island, the canning company buildings on shore, and the farmland. It was sad to walk through
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CE O of Orcha rd D e velopment , learned about the property and came to Tilghman to assess the possibilities. He liked what he saw and could envision much more. The property was village-zoned and sewer service was available; so houses could be built four to an acre. Arminger connected with Lovell America as a venture partner, and together they formed a limited partnership to acquire and develop the property. The Tilghman-on-Chesapeake housing development was born. 158
Tilghman-on-Chesapeake today. Avalon Island was a key element of “T-o-C” from the beginning ~ indeed, its focal point ~ where the community clubhouse and swimming pool would be located. Pilings were driven deep through the layers of mud and oyster shells to a solid base, on which the foundation was built for the new Tilghman-on-Chesapeake
Yacht Club. Bulkheads were reconstructed and tons of soil brought in to rebuild the little island and its causeway. A marina was created on the north side of the causeway and homes began to appear along the shore. The project is ongoing. Thus Avalon Island was built a second time, to serve new purposes in a new century. The mythic tradition continues, too. Did I mention the name of the entity that now owns the property? It is, of course, the Avalon Limited Partnership. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.
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Easy and Elegant Thanksgiving Dinner Because holidays have always been important in our home, I like to cook up a storm for Thanksgiving. My family is scattered across the U.S., but a loyal group of â€œfriends without familyâ€? always make it to our home for a bountiful and traditional feast. Of course, all that bounty takes work. Still, I have been determined to pull off a grand feast while
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Tidewater Kitchen just a couple of quick-fix tasks to complete on the big day. Here’s how: Most of the dishes ~ stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pies, etc., are prepared ahead, to be cooked, baked or reheated just before serving. The turkey is to be cooked the night before (or early morning) and roasts to perfection without basting. This way your oven has been freed up for the other dishes on the menu. With this delicious make-ahead menu, the cook has plenty to be thankful for.
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aside for gravy) 2 T. salt 2 t. pepper 1 rib celery, cut in lengths to fit turkey cavity 1 medium sweet onion, cut in half 1 large carrot, cut in pieces 1 large apple, quartered 2 cups boiling water Preheat oven to 500°. Coat a fully thawed 12-pound turkey with butter, salt and pepper. Stuff the cavity with the celery, onion, carrot and apple. Place the turkey on a rack in a roaster you can cover, and add 2 cups of boiling water to the bottom. Stick the covered turkey in the bottom of the oven. Bake it for an hour, and then turn off the oven. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR! Leave it in the oven for six hours and you have a tender, moist bird.
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2 8-oz. cans sliced water chestnuts, drained 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese 1/4 cup butter 2 T. flour Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1/8 t. cayenne pepper 3/4 t. Worcestershire sauce 2 cups half-and-half 1 cup chopped almonds Cook beans in boiling water for 5 minutes, drain. Turn them into a greased shallow 2-quart casserole and alternate layers of beans, bean sprouts, water chestnuts and cheese. Prepare a roux by melting 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Blend in f lour, salt, pepper, cayenne and Worcestershire sauce. Gradually add cream and cook until thickened, whisking constantly. Pour over vegetables, lifting gently so sauce will penetrate. Melt remaining butter in a small saucepan. Add almonds and stir to coat. Sprinkle the almonds over the casserole and bake at 375° for 20 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly.
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Goo Goo and the Thanksgiving Turkey Incident by Cliff Rhys James
We once had a dog named Goo Goo, and despite the name (more on that later), this was not a stuffed animal or some kind of child’s windup toy. In fact, he was a real hound. Not a hound dog, mind you, but a hot-blooded, four-legged, shorthaired dachshund with a shiny black snout and a slender jaw full of razorsharp teeth that gave pause to larger animals. I’d witnessed it many times, some bristling big dog coming at us, eyes flashing, chest out ~ swaying down the sidewalk with a wide load of attitude, straight for Goo Goo in that cocksure way of all creatures rarely challenged. But then, the big dog would abruptly halt to consider the scene confronting him: Uh-oh, Goo Goo, despite being 75 percent smaller, isn’t backing up! And now I can see the bigger dog sensing what I already know ~ that there’s just no “backing up” this smaller dog. If you wait for this wiener dog to back down, you’ll die waiting because dachshunds were once bred to burrow into tunnels after badgers, and everyone knows badgers are pound for pound the toughest, most ferocious four-legged creatures the
animal kingdom has yet produced. But all this rough talk isn’t fair to Goo Goo. It doesn’t provide a balanced view of the lovable little guy. Sure, he was ornery and sometimes snarly and loaded with enough attitude to fortify a WW II German Panzer division. And he could bare his teeth when things weren’t going his way, but he was just as likely to snuggle up to you on the sofa, wrestle playfully with you on the floor, or give you a good thorough face licking for no reason whatsoever. He was a nine-month-old drunken lush of a puppy when we received him from his former owners and enablers. They, some self-absorbed ha rd-pa r t y ing t y pes, a nd t heir frequent guests had been having
Goo Goo themselves a splendid time regularly pouring wine, whiskey or beer into Goo Goo’s water dish as they danced the night away ~ which they did several times a week. And with the hearty appreciation for stout ale that only a German can know, Goo Goo would lap up the strange brew, whereupon he’d wobble around like a hot dog on skates crashing into doors and walls. It was all part of the night’s entertainment. Not wanting to put too fine a point on it, the vet told the couple that something had to give. “You’re killing Goo Goo one beer, one martini at a time, and he’ll surely die from acute alcohol poisoning unless you radi-
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at night, cleaning up his messes, petting his sad, sorrow f ul head and nursing him back to health as he shivered beneath his warm “blanky” while his pain-filled eyes darted about in desperate search of beer bottles, swizzle sticks or wine decanters ~ something, anything to bring back the smell, the taste, the trippy feeling he had known since birth. But Dad, especially, was
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Goo Goo adamant ~ he was well acquainted with the thorny complications of trying to simultaneously live right and drink hard and had himself once struggled to give up the latter in favor of the former. Still, the slightest scent of alcohol of any kind was enough to send the dog into paroxysms of raving confusion followed by feverish spasms of tail chasing and carpet digging until at last, panting strenuously and with bloodied paws, he’d lie down exhausted, a miserable dog if ever there was one. They say it’s darkest just before dawn. They also say all pathetic creatures, whether of the two- or four-legged variety, must invariably hit rock bottom before they seriously undertake meaningful change in their lives. And so it was with Goo Goo. One especially dark starless night, he rock bottomed out. From high upon the back of an upholstered chair he hurled himself over the coffee table into darkened space toward several liquor bottles bathed in faint moonlight atop my parents’ bar. But he badly misjudged the coefficient of friction of those shiny smooth tiles and came in too hot for a safe landing across the top of that bar. Each bottoming out is different, and with this one came the crash of glass amidst the howls of a delirious, bloody dog. Now, the sound of breaking glass and yelping dogs in the wee dark
hours of a cold winter night is not a comforting thing. It jerks you up into a sitting position, eyes suddenly wide open, not quite seeing, fully alarmed but only half awake, flailing about for some reference point, trying to get a handle on what’s happening. It was sufficient to bring Dad, my brothers and me, armed with squirrel rifles and baseball bats, creeping down the hall toward the family room to fight off the home invaders. We found, instead, Goo Goo licking his bloody wounds, lapping up vodka, and looking at us with the most sorrow ful hangdog look to ever cover the snout of a dachshund. In a long line of transgressions and relapses, this was but one more for which his unhappy eyes beseeched forgiveness. What could we do? We granted it. Once you bottom out, once there’s no way to fall any further, you remain in that low place and perish, or else begin a new and hopeful ascent to the surface. It’s one or the other. His resurfacing came the first week of the fourth month. It was then that Goo Goo broke free of the hellish cravings that gripped him. Perhaps he got sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’d like to think that time, love and patience ~ some or all of these ~ overpowered the demons of addiction f ighting to sur v ive within him. Whatever the reason, he at last seemed to surrender to a hard-won sobriety. That’s not to say Goo Goo instantly
Goo Goo or even gradually became an eventempered four-legged angel of some kind. Drunk or sober, he was far too cantankerous for that. He could still growl and snarl when displeased, and this German torpedo could be displeased easier than most. But more importantly, and to his everlasting credit, he had risen above his circumstances, cast aside his sordid past, and now embraced a more purposeful life. He had redeemed himself and set out to live by a code of conduct. You could see it in his gait and hear it in his growl. You could smell it on his dog breath. Goo Goo now clung to the “creed of the
dachshund” as his guiding principle. This creed, we soon learned, at least in the minds of all correctthinking dachshunds, had universal application. It conferred all rights of ownership to the nearest dachshund for all things dropped or set down by anyone, in any place, at all times. Thus, if a piece of candy fell to the floor, it was his. If you set your soft drink can down within licking distance, it was his. If you left your food plate resting on an end table within hind leg standing distances, you guessed it, it was his. It was irreversibly his from that moment forward and could never be reclaimed under any circumstances, at any time, for any reason whatsoever. Not by the original owner nor anyone else ~ not ever ~ forever and ever ~ Amen. This “creed of the dachshund,” like all settled science, carried the weight of accepted fact, at least in the minds of wiener dogs everywhere. It was self-evident in the affairs of man and beast. It could not be challenged because it was unassailable and beyond reproach. Sure, other breeds of dog might sometimes engage in similar patterns of behavior. But it’s within the dachshund family that this doctrine became an article of faith as practiced in its highest and purest form. Thomas Jefferson first articulated the inalienable rights of free men everywhere, as granted by God. A nd Goo Goo, well, he swore allegiance to the “creed of the dachshund.”
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Goo Goo How, then, could he be blamed for what happened one Thanksgiving at our home as guests gathered to celebrate and par take of t he traditional meal that my mother had thought about, planned for and labored over tirelessly? One guest in particular, we’ll call her Maggie, had demonstrated quite a fondness for the red wine served in the hours preceding dinner as we convened around the TV and stereo. In fact, she not only was fond of the red wine, she’d taken quite a liking to the white zinfandel as well. For that matter, she pointed out her need of a shot of whiskey to help fend off a cold that had plagued the poor lady
for weeks. And it surely must have been a very bad cold, because Maggie needed not one, not two, not three, but four, Mom counted them, four shots of Jim Beam’s finest to fend off that pesky cold bug. The holiday mood was festive as the large silver serving platter stacked high with white and dark turkey meat, freshly carved from the succulent twenty-four-pound Butterball bird, made its way around the table, passed along carefully from two hands to two hands…until it came to Maggie. Reaching for the hefty platter, she unaccountably decided at that very moment to take another gulp of wine, leaving only her left hand to support the immense silver tray of turkey just
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Goo Goo as her dinner partner released it. What happened next played out in slow motion like a scene from a bad movie. Somehow realizing through the alcohol fog that this arrangement wasn’t working, she spilled her wine, frantically trying to free her drinking hand to help support the weight of the golden bird, which by now was listing badly at thirty degrees starboard and going down fast. (Mayday! Mayday!) She struggled for control in an uncoordinated alcoholic haze, but it was too late. The turkey, the tray, all of it deflected off the table’s edge, bounced off her ample lap and plummeted toward our plush, brandnew wall-to-wall carpet. A collective gasp escaped the table. (Houston, we have a problem!) Now, I had many times seen Goo Goo run, jump and roll over. I had seen him sit up and lie down. I even saw him spin around once or twice. But I had never, ever seen him fly. No dog, alive or dead, as far as I could tell, had ever flown. Until that Thanksgiving day, when Goo Goo rocketed across the living room and into the dining room like a low-flying cruise missile. (He had acquired the target and was closing fast.) G oo G oo, who only moments before had been snoring away in the corner of the living room, scored a direct hit on the bird with stunning accuracy. (He quickly achieved air superiority.) A split second later, dog 187
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minutes prior to dinner, swore beneath his breath. Goo Goo, who had a voracious appetite, and who knew his amazing good fortune could end at any moment, half devoured the bird as he dragged it beyond reach of the humans. Could he trust us to honor his inalienable rights under the “creed of the dachshund”? No way, he thought ~ not for one double crossing double dog dare second. The arc of a moral universe might bend toward justice ~ but in his mind we humans were a treacherous bunch that had many times before violated his absolute rights under the sacred creed. Would it be different this time? He didn’t want to find out, and might have made a clean getaway with his treasure, but got hung up on the stairs. He was never much one for climbing steps, what with his long body and short legs, but trying to ascend the stairs to the second floor while dragging a twenty-four-pound turkey proved to be the undoing of a sixteen-pound dog. Like a seasoned warrior, he had sought t he advantage of height
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and distance. “Take and hold the high ground,” I could almost hear him thinking. It could afford him safety and protection, or at least a defensible position from which to make a final stand. But in a series of tactical blunders, he lost possession of the turkey, or what was left of it, anyway, to Dad. “Might would again prevail over right,” I imagined him thinking. And the “creed of the dachshund” would suffer yet another setback, one more hateful precedent undermining its already diminished authority. It was an awful thing. It was a damn shame, is what it was. It was enough to make any thoughtful dog cynical. Years later Goo Goo moved on to another place, a finer place, I hope,
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on the Rhine with boats huge and small, each week closer to the end of the trail. In the interim, in addition to Max, the first stowaway, an Italian chef comes aboard. Later, another author, this time a woman, joined the crew. Book lovers all. Perdu leaves the barge in his new friends’ hands while he rents a car for the end of the trip and the blue water of the Mediterranean, to the grave of his beloved, and to see his old friend Luc. Both Perdu and his Paris neighbor, Catherine, who accepted his letter to join him, reach the vineyard, Luc’s home with the departed Manon. That’s not the end of the story, for which Nina George makes a surprising and emotional conclusion. As Jean Perdu’s father had told him, “You know, Jeanno, the older you get, the more you feel like being with someone you can talk to and laugh with.” Don’t we all? Romance, grief, the role of books that comfort sorrow are all messages from Perdu, as well as Fikry. Bless them both. Anne Stinson began her career in the 1950s as a freelancer for the now defunct Baltimore News-American, then later for Chesapeake Publishing, the Baltimore Sun and Maryland Public Television’s panel show, Maryland Newsrap.
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“Calendar of Events” notices: Please contact us at 410-226-0422, fax the information to 410-226-0411, write to us at Tidewater Times, P. O. Box 1141, Easton, MD 21601, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is the 1st of the month preceding publication (i.e., November 1 for the December issue). Daily Meeting: Mid-Shore Intergroup A lcoholics A nony mous meetings. For places and times, call 410-822-4226 or visit midshoreintergroup.org. Daily Meeting: Al-Anon. For meeting times and locations, visit EasternShoreMD-alanon.org. Every Thurs.-Sat. Amish Country Farmer’s Market in Easton. An indoor market offering fresh produce, meats, dairy products, furniture and more. 101 Marlboro Ave. For more info. tel: 410-822-8989. Thru Nov. 8 Exhibition: John Rupp er t ~ Grounde d at t he
Academy Art Museum, Easton. Sculptor John Ruppert’s recent work on display at the Museum includes elegant shapes he forms from chain-link fabric and cast metals. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Th r u Nov. 8 E x hibition: Ken Schiano ~ Intuited Geometries at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. As a painter formally t rained as an architec t, Ken Schiano’s skills as an artist are largely self-taught. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
November Calendar Thru Nov. 11 Exhibit: Up Close ~ WWII Through the Lens of Norman Harrington at the Oxford Community Center, presented b y t he O x for d Mu s e u m . A n e x t r aor d i n a r y e x h ibit of 50 never-before-seen photographs from World War II shot by the late Norman Harrington, including images from Adolf Hitler’s personal collection. Presented in partnership with the Oxford Community Center and the Tred Avon Players. For specific times and more info. tel: 410-226-0191. Thru Nov. 14 Dorchester County Communit y Photography and Digital Arts Exhibit and Competition at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. The show is judged and each photographer may enter up to three works. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit dorchesterarts.org.
ing the Bay’s Wild, Forgotten Landscapes by Jay Fleming at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. Thru Nov. 23 Exhibit: Local Port of Art in St. Michaels will be showing photographs by Tidewater Camera Club members ~ Spirit of the Eastern Shore. There will be an artist’s reception on Nov. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org. Thru Nov. 29 Exhibition: Working
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Artists Forum at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Working Artists Forum (WAF) will present its exhibition of work in the Selections Gallery of the Museum. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru Dec. 8 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. Thru Dec. 17 Class: Beginning Conversational English at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A pro-
gram to help adults new to the English language. This program is for adult beginners. No reading required. Drop-ins welcome. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. Thru Feb. 2016 Exhibit: A Broad Reach ~ 50 Years of Collecting at the Chesapeake Bay Marit i me Mu seu m, St. Michael s. Artifacts ranging from gilded eagles to a sailmakerâ€™s sewing machine, a log-built bugeye to an intimate scene of crab pickers. Entry is free for Museum members and children under 6, or $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children 6-17. This exhibi-
November Calendar tion can also be viewed online at abroadreach.cbmm.org and includes images with interpretive text of the 50 objects in the exhibition, many of which were photographed by noted Chesapeake photographer David Harp. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org. Thru March 6 Exhibition: Robert Rauschenberg ~ Kyoto, Sri Lanka, and Thai Drawings at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. As one of America’s most iconic 2oth century artists, Rauschenberg was a painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the Pop Art movement. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
1 The Easton Choral Arts Society, under the direction of Maestro Wes Lockfaw, presents Haydn’s The Creation at the recently restored Christ Church in Easton. 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410200-0498 or visit EastonChoralArts.org. 1-Dec. 31 Friday Morning Artists works on display at Clay Bakers in Easton. For more info. tel: 443-955-2490. 1,6 - 7 Play: Tred Avon Players present Lives Inter r upted at the Oxford Community Center. This acclaimed musical revue is a gloriously reminiscent tribute to the families and participants in World War II. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-0061 or visit tredavonplayers.org. 2 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels to feature Greg Farley, A ssociate Prof. of Biolog ic a l Science at Chesapeake College, to speak on his book Navigating a Sustainable Future in Hawai’i. Noon. For more info. tel: 410745-5877 or visit tcfl.org. 2 Upper Shore Regional Job Fair at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. 1 to 6 p.m. For more information, call Al Silverstein at the Talbot Chamber of Com-
Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410820-7778.
merce at 410-822-4653 or e-mail email@example.com. 2 The Tidewater Camera Club presents Harold Ross on Sculpting with Light from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Talbot Community Center’s Wye Oak Room. Mr. Ross specializes in Light Painting. The public is encouraged to attend. For more info. visit tidewatercamerclub. org.
2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org.
2 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit liveplaywrightssociety.org.
2,9,16,23,30 Monday Night Trivia at t he Ma rke t S t r e e t P ubl ic House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a fun-filled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720.
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November Calendar Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000 or visit shorehealth.org. 3 Concert: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24 Adult Ballr o om C l a s s e s w it h A m a nd a Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit dancingontheshore.com. 3,6,10,13,17,20,24,27 Free Blood P r e s su r e S c r e en i ng f r om 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambr idge. Screenings done in the lobby by DGH Auxiliary members. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more info. tel: 410-228-5511. 3,10,17 Class: Collage Discovery Workshop with Heather Crow at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $215 members, $245 non-members (supply fee of $20 payable at first class). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
3,17 Grief Support Group at the D or c he s ter C ou nt y L i br a r y, Cambridge. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 4 Nature as Muse at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 4 Portfolio Night at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. Area high school students are encouraged to bring their artwork to receive expert tips on what makes a winning portfolio from a panel of art school reps and professional artists. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 4 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 1-800 -477- 6291 or v isit naranon.org. 4 Reik i Share at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 4,18 Discover Your World at the Ta lbot C ou nt y Free L ibra r y, Easton. Wednesdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Books, art and science for children 3 and up accom-
gram taught by Lee Dâ€™Zmura will focus on capturing the beauty of autumn berries and fruit. A materials list will be provided; please bring a packed lunch. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org.
panied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148. 4,11,18,25 Social Time for Seniors at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073.
5 Blood Drive sponsored by the Blood Bank of Delmarva at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 1 to 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 301-354-7416 or visit delmarvablood.org.
5 Workshop: Autumn Fruit and Berries in Watercolors at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This watercolor pro-
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November Calendar Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 5 to 6:30 p.m. To register, tel: 410-745-4941 or visit cbmm.org. 5 Concert: Robbi Schaefer in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 5,12,19 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal w ith issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org.
5,12,19 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. 5,12,19 Open Mic & Jam at RAR Brewing in Cambridge. 7 to 11 p.m. Listen to live acoustic music by local musicians, or bring your own instrument and join in. For more info. tel: 443-225-5664. 6 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
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6 Karaoke Happy Hour at Layton’s Chance Vineyard, Vienna. 6 to 10 p.m. Singing, dancing and good times! Bring your dinner and snacks to complete the night. Wine available at the bar. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com.
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6 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Maple Elementary School, Egypt Rd., Cambridge. Refreshments provided. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978. 6 Concert: Jenny Van West in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
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November Calendar services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 6,13,20,27 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 6-Dec. 31 Exhibit: Small Works by Escobedo and Wilke at 717 Gallery in Easton. Meet the artists and opening reception on Nov. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-241-7020 or visit 717gallery.com. 7 Winter Waterfowl Walk at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. 8 a.m. Walk will include Hail Creek, Shipyard Creek, Cedar
Honey Crisp by Louis Escobedo Point and Panhandle Point, all sanctuary areas that are ordinarily off limits to the public. For More info. tel: 443-691-9370. 7 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 7 Cooking Demonstration by chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris
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7 Workshop: Genealogy and Family History from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. This program is offered in partnership with the Oxford Museum. Pre -reg ist rat ion is required. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
7 Oyster Jam at Phillips Wharf, Tilghman. Celebrate all things Oyster with educational exhibits, live music, live and silent auction and plenty of oysters, pit beef and turkey, and beer and wine. L ear n about t he Chesapea ke Bay and suppor t the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. $50 per ticket. For more info. visit pwec.org.
7 Workshop: Beekeeping ~ Candle Making at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 3 p.m. Join apiculturist Mike Embrey to learn to pour
7 Concert: Seldom Scene at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
November Calendar 7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29 Apprentice for a Day Public Boatbuilding Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 and ask to speak with someone in the boatyard. 7,1 4 , 21, 28 E a ston’s Fa r mer ’s Ma rket held e ver y Sat u rd ay until Christmas from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the town parking lot on N. Ha r r ison St reet. O ver 20 vendors. Live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Easton Farmer’s Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. tel: 410-253-9151 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 8 Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the Oxford Volunteer Fire Services. $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410226-5110. 8 Concert: John Moreland in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 10 Flute Circle at Justamere Trading Post, St. Michaels. 6 p.m.
Come and enjoy the native flute. Learn to play, or just listen. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-2227. 10,24 Buddhist Study Group at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 10,24 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371.
11 Arts Express Bus Trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life. Trip sponsored by the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Fee: $85 members, $110 non-members. Fee includes transportation, admission and tour. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 11 Lecture: Rambles on Rita - an 1898 Naptha Yacht Cruises the Chesapeake with Pete Lesher at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime
Museum, St. Michaels. 5 p.m. To register, tel: 410-745-4941 or visit cbmm.org. 11 Meeting: Talbot Optimist Club at the Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 11,18 Class: Art Using Your iPad or Android Tablet with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 to 8 p.m. $45 members, $75 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 11,25 Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Michaels Community Center. Players gather for friend-
ly competition and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 11,25 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 12 Soup Day at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Homemade soup, biscuit, dessert and beverage for $3.50. Eat in or carry out. For more info. tel: 410-228-5773. 12 Craft Explorers at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 2
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13-15 Waterfowl Festival in downtown Easton. Many art exhibitions and activities throughout the weekend, including Dock DogsÂŽ Competition; Kidsâ€™ Fishing Derby; Wine, Beer and Tasting Pavilion; Retriever Demonstrations; Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Puppet Show; Birds of Prey Demonstration by Skyhunters in Flight; and Fly Fishing Demonstrations. There w ill also be Goose and Duck Calling Championships, street vendors, and food. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit waterfowlfestival.org.
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November Calendar 13-Dec. 31 18th Anniversary Gala Group Show at Troika Gallery in Easton. View original works by all 35 of the gallery’s renowned artists. Meet many of the artists at a Gala Champagne opening reception on Nov. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-7709190 or visit troikagallery.com. 1 4 Friends of the Librar y Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit dorchesterlibrary.org. 14 Model Boat Show at the Oxford
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T he T i lg h ma n Water menâ€™s Museum and Jennifer WagnerC a mpb el l of O uver t Ga l ler y showing the paintings of William E. Cummings from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ouvert Gallery, St. Michaels. Twenty limited-edition giclee reproductions will be available for purchase. For more info. tel: 443-521-4084.
14 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit cambridgemainstreet.com. 14 Concert: Amy Black and Sarah Borges in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 and 9:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 218
November Calendar 14-15 Oxford Antique Show and Sale at the Oxford Firehouse. $4 per person allows admission both days. Dozens of dealers from across the country will showcase a ll t heir best silver, jewelr y, china, furniture, vintage clothing and assorted other treasures. All proceeds from admissions, food sales and Oxford Ladies Auxiliary craft sales directly support the Oxford Fire Company. 14,28 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel & Trappe United Methodist churches in Wesley Ha l l, Trappe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. TUMC is also the home of “Martha’s Closet” Yard Sale and C om mu n it y O ut re ach Store, open during the breakfast and every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 15 Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance annual meeting at the Dorchester Historical Society, Cambr idge. 4 p.m. For more
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info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 17 Concert: Chris Noyes ~ Songs for Thanksgiving at the Talbot Senior Center, Easton. Noon. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-2869. 17 Origami! at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. For ages 8 and up from 4 to 4:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
18 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 18 Library Book Group discusses Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
17 Concert: Arlo Guthrie at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or
19 Lecture: Steamboat Days ~ Capturing an Era on Film with Pete Lesher at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. To register, tel: 410-745-4941 or visit cbmm.org.
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19 Acorns: An Introduction to Watercolor at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’s just something charming about acorns. In this class taught by Kelly Sverduk, newcomers to watercolor will capture that charm with paper and paint. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 222
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19 Meeting: Stroke Survivors Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 19 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 19 Nature at Night Hike at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. Explore the area and learn to identify nocturnal animals and insects by sound. End the evening next to a warm fire and hot chocolate. For more info. tel: 410-822-4903. 19 Concert: Adrian Legg in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 19-21 Grand National Waterfowl Association Hunt Week in Cambridge. It is a prestigious hunting and shooting event unequaled in sportsmanship and down home country hospitality. The Grand National Waterfowl Hunt is held
19 -Dec. 31 Wednesday Mor ning A rtists and Guest A rtists Holiday Show and Sale at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Shoppers and browsers will find original art designed and priced for gift giving. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit dorchesterarts.org. 20 Soup Day at the St. Michaels Community Center. Serving up three delicious soups for lunch. Each bowl of soup comes with a dinner roll and soft drink. Eat in or take out. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073. 20 Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library. 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128. 20 Grandtastic Jamboree at the East New Market Fire Dept. from 5 to 11 p.m. The Grandtastic Jamboree is sponsored by the Grand National Waterfowl Association.
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Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Music by Eric Karge and Bird Dog and the Road Kings. Food includes oysters, pit bbq, soft-shell crab sandwiches, crab soup and much more. For more info. tel: 410-228-0111 or visit grandnationalwaterfowl. com. 20 Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 20 Concert: Ellis Paul in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 21 Zion’s Annual 2015 Bazaar at Zion United Methodist Church, Cambr idge. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas shopping, gifts galore, bake sale, kids korner, silent auction and pictures with Santa from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For
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21 Crab cake and oyster fritter sandwich sale at the Salvation Army in Cambridge. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandwiches are $6 each, drinks available. For more info. tel: 410-228-2442. 21 Holiday Craft Saturday at the Academy Art Museum, Easton, for ages 6 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. $5 per child. Join the Museum staff for an afternoon of holiday crafts, creating one or more seasonal projects to take home. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
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November Calendar 21 Family Unplugged Games for all ages at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 21 The Met: Live in HD with Lulu by Berg at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 21 Concert: Mule Train in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.
22 Old-Fashioned Christmas Market at Layton’s Chance Vineyard, Vienna. 1 to 4 p.m. Food, over 24 craft vendors, door prizes, huge wine sales, and more! For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com. 22 Concert: Al Petteway and Amy W h ite at t he C ontemp or a r y Tapestry Studio and Gallery in Royal Oak. 5 p.m. $25, $10 for st udent s. Includes w ine a nd cheese reception. For more info. tel: 301-466-0183 or brownpapertickets.com. 22 Concert: Tom Chapin and Eva at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299
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Beverly boasts a reputation as one of the ﬁnest mid-nineteenth century waterfront estates in historic Talbot County. There is 1,200’ of shoreline with deep water situated on a 10-acre peninsula with broad SW views of San Domingo and Broad Creeks. Beverly has unsurpassed wrap-around porches, an artist studio, a three-bedroom guest cottage, a tree-lined lane with manicured lawns and mature specimen trees, all surrounding an enchanting historical compound. Originally constructed in 1857 and remodeled in 2009 by William B. Wroten, Inc. Information on the contractor and architect is available, as well as construction drawings. The 10 acres includes a 2-acre building lot that may be sold separately. $6,900,000.
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November Calendar or visit avalonfoundation.org. 23 Family Fall Crafts at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. 3:30 p.m. For children of all ages ~ 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 24 Holiday Home: Decorating During the Holidays at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton, with Christie Hamilton of the Talbot Garden Club. 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-226-5184.
24 Meeting: Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411. 24 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a st c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 27 Concert: The Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 27-Dec. 2 Festival of Trees in down-
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town Easton. This yearâ€™s schedule includes Run/Walk for Hospice, Preview Party, Homes Tour, Candy Cane Lane, Mother/Son Dance, Father/Daughter Dance, Community Holiday Bingo, which all occur around the Festival of Trees dates. For a complete scheduling of events, festival-of-trees.org. 28 Concert: George Winston at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or
29 Concert: Bay Handbell Choir will present a holiday concert at Trappe United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Free admission, children are welcome. The concert will be followed by a Christmas tree lighting, carols, and a light supper. 30 Mini-Workshop: Color Monday! ~ How Color Works in the Landscape with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $65 members, $95 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
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MILES RIVER COVE: 3 BR brick Colonial with screened porch, dock, Easton 2 miles. $645,000 BROAD CREEK: 4 BR Contemp/Saltbox. Screened porch. 5 ac. Quaker Neck Rd. $695,000 IRISH CREEK: Renovated Colonial. 3 BA, pool, 3 secluded ac., 5 ft. at dock. $1,175,000 CHOPTANK RIVER: Huge western view. 4 BR Colonial. Gazebo. Dock. Private 5 ac. $1,195,000 MILES RIVER COVE: 4 BR brick Georgian. Slate roof. Easton 2 mi. Pool. Dock. 3 ac. $1,450,000 GLEBE CREEK: 4 BR res. dating to mid-1700s. 5,000 sq. ft., perfectly maintained. 5 ac. $1,495,000 TRIPPE’S CREEK: Panoramic view, dock with 8 ft. MLW. 4 BR brick. Bailey’s Neck. $1,995,000 GRACE CREEK: 16 ac. with residence, pool, guesthouse, huge so. view and 5 ft. MLW. $2,495,000 BROAD CREEK: 218 ac. farm. 2 miles shoreline. 8 wf parcels. Manor house, etc. $3,995,000 BUILDING SITES: Tred Avon R. - Bailey’s Neck, 3 acres. $995,000; Travelers Rest, 16 acres. $1,735,000; Dixon Creek, 2 acres. $698,000; Doncaster Road, 2 acres. $199,500 EASTON CONDOS: 2 units at The Shireton, 117 E. Dover St. $235,000 & $259,000
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