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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

Model of a classic Eastern Shore buyboat by Howard Lapp. 67

November 2015 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times November 2015

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