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Features: About the Cover Photographer: Ken Conger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Couch: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Classic Motor Museum: Dick Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Maritime in Miniature: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Manna from DelMarVa: James Dawson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Calvert Cliffs and Solomons Island: Bonna L. Nelson . . . . . . . . 71 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Fishing Shores: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Waterfowl Festival Schedule of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Tidewater Kitchen: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Pilots N Paws: Cliff Rhys James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
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About the Cover Photographer Ken Conger A f ter a rewarding career as a Virginia game warden and Alaska park ranger, Ken carried over his mot ivat ion a nd ent husia sm 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 v iewers to connect w ith 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 thousands of interactions between animals of countless species, but no type of interaction has been as memorable as that which occurs between mothers and their offspring. Jane Goodall, PhD., says “This is a very worthwhile collection of photographs. There is something about a mother and child that makes us smile. And the clearly expressed love between family members will touch the hearts of all those who look at these images.” This month’s cover photo is titled “Canada Goose at Sunset.” Ken’s work can be viewed at kencongerphotography.com and facebook.com/ KenCongerPhotography. 7
by Helen Chappell You know, John and I live on the water. Well, you’d have to stretch to call it waterfront property, because we’re at the end of a long road, and our water is the end of a creek. A shallow creek. You could barely launch a kayak at high tide down there, and it’s mostly marshy. Not exactly a waterfront estate, is what I’m saying, and not exactly a place anyone would come to party or picnic or anything. One day, John is out there cutting the grass, and this pickup truck drives down the road, which
is strange enough, because nobody comes down here but the farmer who has a couple of fields across the road. So, while my husband is out there, this red pickup pulls up to the edge of the creek, and these two guys get out. And, mind you, my husband is right there riding around on the mower. While he watches, and they must have seen him, because it’s only about fifty feet, these guys unload this couch, dump it down by the creek and drive off.
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drive off. Didn’t even look at him, just as cool as you please. John was so surprised he only got a couple of numbers from their tag, and he says it was one of those Dodge Rams with the big tires, all shiny and just the kind of truck you’d expect some young kid to have. So he has TDV from their tags, and that’s it. Of course, he yelled at them, but they didn’t even look in his direction. And they probably couldn’t hear him over the noise that souped-up engine made. He was just gobsmacked. I mean, you don’t just drive down a private lane and dump a couch and drive off while someone is actually watching you do it.
John can’t believe what he’s seeing. They must have spotted him, they couldn’t have missed him. If he was a snake, he could have bitten them, is what I’m saying. But they dump this couch down there, jump back in that truck and
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Why they couldn’t haul it up to the dump is beyond me. How they even knew there was a road back here is a mystery, come to think of it. I’m just getting off work when John comes storming up to the house. Now, you know John’s pretty easygoing, not much upsets him, but he was mad as fire. While he called the police, and got chewed out by a dispatcher for calling 911 over a couch, and kept getting transferred from the state police to the county sheriff’s office to the town cop, I went down and took a look at it. It’s bad enough to have someone dump trash on your property, and people will dump old appliances
So John goes down to the creek, gets off the mower and looks at the couch. And it is the ugliest couch you’ve ever seen. It was a cheap couch, covered in some awful f loral print, and it had clearly seen better days and done better things. The cushions were all rumpsprung, and the upholstery was worn out. It looked like something your grandmother would have had, if she lived in a trailer park, no offense to trailer parks, but you get what I’m saying. That couch had had some butts sitting on it over the years. It was probably new in the Nixon administration. It was a couch. Just an old couch.
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sorry for that poor old thing, to be loved, and then tossed out like that, trash tossed out by trash. I was just about to sit down on it when John came out of the house. “Don’t touch it!” he yelled. “It might be full of bedbugs!” He had a good point there, so I didn’t sit down, as much as I wanted to. We fussed about it for a while, then went back into the house. The nerve of some people, you know what we said. Law enforcement was absolutely no help to us. They could run the partial tag and the black pickup on the computer, and if they found the couch dumpers, they could give them a fine for littering, but that was about it. And no, they wouldn’t haul it away. What with John’s bad back, we couldn’t move it. We called the trash guy, who said he’d take it away for $100, because he’d have to go up on the mound at the landfill and pay the tipping fee and have someone come with him to load and off load it. So we decided it could sit there until Buddy and Jim got the time to come out and haul it away in their big truck. What’s the good of having sons if you can’t get them to do your dirty deeds done cheap? Summer’s their busy season, so it would have to sit there until they could get some time off. So it sat there for a couple of
and mattresses and God only knows what else because they’re too lazy to take it out to the landfill, but a couch? As I said before, it was an old broken-down couch that had seen better days and done better things. It was a big one, with three worn-out cushions and that sad f loral pattern all worn through to the stuffing here and there. And there it sat, looking over the shoal f lats of our creek, as if Grandma was going to come sit on it, smoke her Virginia Slims and watch The Young and the Restless while she gazed out over the water. It was the saddest couch I’ve ever seen in my life. I know it’s hard to think of a piece of furniture, and not even a good piece of furniture, as sad, but it was. Somebody had gone to a store and picked out that couch, probably as a newlywed. I bet it had sat in the same place in the same house and the same room for forty years. Probably got moved twice a year to be cleaned under. Probably saw a lot of living. Laughter, sorrow, births, deaths, all from that couch. And now, it had ended its life dumped like an abandoned dog at the end of someone’s road. I was mad. Who wouldn’t be? Someone dumps something like this on your property, you’re furious. It’s a violation. But I also felt 20
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Classic Motor Museum Almost Ready to Roll by Dick Cooper
At a time when the driverless car is just around the corner, a group of local community leaders is close to opening a new museum focused on the history of the horseless carriage. The Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels has gone from zero to full throttle in four years, somewhat of a speed record for taking a major
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Open House guests check out vintage vehicles at the Classic Motor Museum. 25
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Museum backers say they intend the non-profit museum to complement the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on the north end of town and provide yet another attraction to the area. They hope its success will serve as an economic generator to help fund charities that sponsor daycare, tutoring and education. About 125 museum supporters, car aficionados and curious area residents attended an open house in the display hall in late September. They sipped cocktails and grazed on finger food as they admired a highly polished 1936 Cord and two regal Packards parked strategically around the vaulted new structure. “There is nothing like this on the Eastern Shore,” says George Walish, founder of the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance and a guest at the reception. “There are a lot of important collectors in the area, and all of the ingredients are here to make this a major destination in the Mid-Atlantic region for automotive history and education.” The Motor Museum is the sole survivor of a trio of new ideas to help bolster the St. Michaels area that were presented to residents in the fall of 2012. “The Talbot County Economic Development Group came to town to discuss ways to develop economic stability and vitality in the tow n,” says businessman T. Coleman duPont. The creation of an artists’ center and an expanded Community Center failed to materi-
craftsmen working with an equally skilled crane operator built a 50foot by 100-foot pole barn. Locals stopped by regularly to watch the daily progress as the building rose from foundation to frame to finish. The new structure will be the display gallery for 15 to 18 classic vehicles when the museum opens to the public next spring.
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program for the children, the community pool and other organizations. The goal is for it to become an economic eng ine to suppor t those needs.” For the better part of two years, a group of interested residents met regularly. They looked at properties around town and formed a nonprofit foundation to raise money for the project. By 2014, site plans were i n plac e for t he Ma rengo Street lot that is part of duPont’s old mill complex. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum donated a 150-year-old house to the museum,
alize, but the motor museum generated enough interest to cautiously move ahead. “The idea of the museum gelled because it does multiple things for the town’s economy,” says duPont, who, with his wife, Cathy Stinchcomb, has been active in the process from the beginning. “It produces opportunities for Main Street, it produces oppor t unit ies for t he non-profits in town. Whatever is left after expenses gets plowed back into the food bank, the after-school
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had more than 100 donors give us anywhere from $50 to $25,000 to build the museum,” duPont says. Major fund raising is ongoing. From the begin, the museum founders stated they did not want to own and maintain a classic car collection. Private car owners will loan their vehicles to be put on display for several months at a time. A third of the cars will be swapped out every six months, keeping the exhibits fresh to encourage return visitors. Education has also been a key part of the museum planning since its inception. Classroom instruction on how to maintain and repair an internal combustion engine are planned as well as general car maintenance, including how to change a f lat tire.
and it was moved to the site that is now under a long-term lease to the Motor Museum foundation. An old storage building on Marengo Street was moved to the back of the lot. The organizers began to drum up more support by sponsoring a classic car parade down Talbot Street each fall and started a weekly informal Saturday meeting of motorheads at the site they call “Coffee and Cars.” They began selling memberships in the museum, and this year, the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance designated the Motor Museum as the primary recipient of the charitable funds it raised. “Over the last few years, we have
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Classic Motor Museum “The educational part is a significant part of the museum,” duPont says. “ The big shed w ill be our education building. A lot of people have expressed interest in giving us books, and we will have a library with shelves and an old-fashioned card catalogue. We have a classroom, and one course that is being planned will teach how the combustion engine works. We have talked about having a restoration going in the barn. Instead of just having it all filled with cars on display, we would have one corner where a car is being worked on.” Mu seu m suppor ter s, such a s car collector and former Concours d’Elegance chairman David North, see those educational feature as ver y important. “While my generation enjoys things mechanical, the next generation likes things technological. I am looking forward to getting young people in here to share with them so it doesn’t get lost,” North says. “The museum is a testament to those who had the
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tions. The group can range from 15 to 45 who bring a dozen or more cars to the gathering. He says he was happy to see one young man show up with his 25-year-old Cadillac convertible – not in the best of shape but highly polished - and another who is looking for advice on how to repower his 20-year-old Honda. “It’s not just about the high-end classics like Packards, LaSalles and Rolls Royces” he says. “We will have MGs, Corvettes, Mustangs, 442s, GTOs, hot rods and rat cars. The museum is going to have something for everyone.”
vision and backed it up with the dollars, the lumber and the nails to make it happen.” For Wa lish, t he educ at iona l classes will “offer an opportunity to train young people in every aspect of automobiles, their history and how to work on them. It could even lead to apprenticeships.” K risten Greenaway, president of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, says her organization welcomes the addition of the new museum to town “100 percent. It brings a new element to the interest level in the Eastern Shore. There is an interest in maritime history, but there is a huge interest in the history of the car; this is the United States of A merica. The Motor Museum balances the town.” DuPont says he has seen growing interest from the local residents who show up between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturdays at the Marengo Street site for Coffee and Cars. They come to show off their cars and talk about motors, repairs and restora-
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Maritime in Miniature Returns to Oxford by Michael Valliant
It’s maritime in miniature at the Oxford Community Center as the Model Boat Show returns for its fourth year on Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With more than 600 people attending in 2015, it’s one of the Community Center’s busiest days, and it adds something different to see for those attending Easton’s Waterfowl Festival during the weekend. OCC’s Model Boat Show is free and
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on display for an engaged audience. The modelers each bring a different life experience to their work. Some build models free-hand, while some use computer precision. Many of those at the Model Boat Show have been working at their craft for much of their lives. Don Willey is a model-builder and knot-tier from Fruitland, Maryland. “I started building model boats in 1980. I have built over 700 models and traveled the world over,” Willey said. Jim Wortman has been a professional model shipwright since 1984. He specializes in commissions for ships-in-bottles and the restoration and repair of ship models. Wortman was awarded an art-
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also an adept modeler. Lapp will be displaying a model he built of a 45-foot Chesapeake Bay buyboat, built from Howard Chapelle plans, as well as a painting Lapp made of the boat. He will also be displaying a half-hull model of the log canoe Billie P. Hall, as well as an antique pond model, which he restored. These are a few of the artisans at this year’s Model Boat Show. All told, there will be more than 35 exhibitors from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including 30 modelers. New this year, there will be representatives from the Washington Ship Model Society. Mystery Loves Company bookstore will be on hand with maritime books, art, and novelty items for sale. The show boasts things to do for all ages: there will be a kid’s activity area where children can make and race their own models and an “I SPY” scavenger hunt. The show extends outside of the Community Center, with boat builder Bruce Beglin opening his boat shed to show-and-tell his boatbuilding skills, and Cutts &
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Manna from DelMarVa Maryland Beaten Biscuits by James Dawson
One of my best childhood memories from 60 years ago is of eating steamin’ hot Maryland beaten biscuits right out of the oven. This happened on Saturday mornings when my mom would drop me off at her aunt’s in Trappe before she went shopping in Easton. Miss Sallie would give me some money, and I would walk a few streets over to Mrs. Warner’s to buy some of her fresh-baked biscuits. There is nothing more heavenly than the smell of baking bread, so just stepping into Mrs. Warner’s house was a treat. I don’t remember what a small bag of a dozen biscuits cost, but there was always one missing because I ate one on the way back. Miss Sallie never said anything, though. Now, you disbelievers who only know Mbb in their cold, hard form may not believe this, but there is nothing better than one fresh out of the oven. I can still see the steam rising as I broke it open. A truly fresh Mbb has a thin crust, slightly brown on top, while the inside is tender and f laky. Needless to say, I could have eaten the entire bag, but I only took that one. They
Maryland Beaten Biscuits are wonderful with just butter, but for a real treat, cut ’em in half and make a tiny ham or chicken salad sandwich. Pardon my drool. The origin of the Mbb is unknown. The earliest mention I’ve found is from 1869, but certainly they are much older than that. Sometimes they were called southern biscuits or Maryland biscuits. For those who don’t know, an Mbb is a roundish, hard biscuit, slightly f lattened on the top and bottom, about 2 inches in diameter, and just over an inch high, slightly larger than a golf ball, and weighing about 1.6 ounces. They aren’t exactly light and f luffy. The reason why Mbb are so loved 57
Manna from DelMarVar (or so reviled) is that no leavening of any kind is used: no yeast, no baking powder. What makes them rise, such as they do, is because the dough is literally beaten with a club or some other blunt instrument. The longer the better: 15 minutes for family, 30 minutes for company. No doubt their detractors would say that their dense texture resembles a golf ball in consistency, too, but that is unkind, although perhaps not all that much exaggerated when they are about a week old. Still, there is no truth to the rumor that when the British attacked St. Michaels in 1813, the Talbot Mi-
litia substituted Maryland beaten biscuits for cannonballs when they ran out of ammo. As proof, I submit a photo of a Maryland beaten biscuit alongside a piece of canister shot from the War of 1812. In the photo, you can clearly see that the biscuit on the left and the small cannonball on the right bear no resemblance to each other. No, wait. Iâ€™m wrong. The cannonball
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The oldest and most famous biscuit recipe of the Chesapeake Bay region originated on the plantations of southern Maryland. The traditional preparation can be termed, at the very least, a culinary cardiovascular-aerobic exercise. Its execution is best described by Joanne Pritchett, whose greatgreat-grandmother was a cook on a St. Mary’s plantation: “Honey, every time I know I’m going to make these biscuits, I get myself good and mad. Normally I think about my sister-in-law, Darlene, who ran off with my husband right after Granny Pritchett’s funeral. That was years ago, but it still galls me into making some of the tenderest biscuits around.
is one the left and the biscuit is on the right. In any event, it should be apparent that the two could hardly ever be mistaken for each other, except perhaps in the heat of battle. When reheated, they are still very good, but no longer flaky, and slightly more dense inside. Anyone would love them steaming hot, but perhaps only a true Eastern Shoreman can appreciate them when they are days old and days cold. Perhaps that could be a true test for telling the real natives from the “neo-natives” and “come-heres.” This recipe and description of how to make them is from the excellent book Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields - The Companion Book to the Public Television Series (New York: Broadway Books, 1998) on p. 224, which is quoted here with permission.
4 cups all-purpose f lour 1 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 tablespoons lard 1-3/4 cups to 2 cups water It’s very simple. I just sift the flour and salt together in a bowl. Some people, nowadays, like to use Crisco or something like that. But I believe in lard. It gives it that certain taste. So then, I cut the lard into the flour with the tips of my fingers, working it real quick. During this step I make believe I’m putting out Darlene’s eyes. Then, little by little, I pour in the cold water, until I get a good stiff dough. Put it on a real solid 60
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he had never had them fresh out of the oven before. We had been talking about them and, being an excellent cook, Pat decided to make some of his own. He had no trouble beating the dough, and here follows his report of what it was like to eat an absolutely fresh-baked “GEN-U-INE” beaten biscuit for the first time:
table with flour. Now if your table is weak, honey, the legs’ll fall right off. I’ve seen it happen! Depending on my mood, I use an axe or a big old mallet. I make a ball out of the dough to look like Darlene’s head and, baby, I let her have it. Use the flat side of the axe or mallet, and beat the hell out of the dough till it blisters good. Takes about half an hour, but honey, it makes them tender as butter. Form the dough into balls, the size of little eggs, and flatten ’em a bit on the board. Put a few pokes in the center with a fork, then bake in a hot 425º oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen biscuits. Serve hot and put some liniment on your arm, or it’ll be acting up the next day.
“Oh, dear God…oh…ohmigawd… I...I never HAD a FRESH Maryland beaten biscuit before… I never knew they were EVER fresh at any time in their centuried existence… HOLY TOLEDO!!! I ate them all and gotta go beat some more dough in the back yard… [And later, after some experimenting] “Urrp! The smoked ham-stuffed Mbb and the cheddar-stuffed Mbb are in the oven now…be interesting to see how these turn out as well...of course, the ham- and the cheddar-loaded Mbbs won’t have quite the shelf life of the unadorned Mbbs…final analysis....the original is the best, with the ham-stuffed version coming in a close second, the garlic sage a decent third...I’ll forego the logical next step of attempting a giant Mbb, as it would require a hammer and chisel to breach it.”
The only trick I’ve heard is to be sure to use lard, as vegetable shortening isn’t quite the same. And for those on a low-lard diet, the tiny amount used in the biscuit recipe shouldn’t be a problem ~ and what’s a few more congealed arteries? Trust me, it’s worth it. And don’t f latten them out like a regular biscuit. The distinctive, nearly round shape is part of their mystique. I tried to make them once and it was a disaster, but my friend Pat Cardiff had better luck. While he had eaten Mbbs when he was a kid,
As best as I can tell, after about 30 minutes of pounding, turning the edges of the dough inward throughout the process, the dough 62
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Manna from DelMarVa turns silky smooth. Apparently no one is quite sure if the subsequent modest rising is due to minute air bubbles being worked into the dough expanding slightly in the oven, or the breakdown of the long strings of gluten molecules relaxing the dough and allowing it to rise, or a little of both. Traditional dough-pounding was done with the f lat side of a hatchet, mallet or other such blunt instrument and was a lot of work. One solution was offered in the Feb. 12, 1881 issue of the Denton Journal, when James I. Lednum of Denton advertised his “MARYLAND
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that consisted of a wooden rolling pin with alternating ridges and grooves running lengthwise around it that was turned by a hand crank on one end and mounted on a wooden tray. The dough would be run through this device for some minutes. It kneaded the dough and was easier and quieter than pounding it. By the late 20th century, the dough could be run through a food processor 7 or 8 times, which, it is said, produced acceptable dough. Orrell’s Maryland Beaten Biscuits in Wye Mills was in the Mbb business for decades. Founded by Ruth Orrell in 1935, the business was continued by her son, “Dick” Orrell, who added some nontraditional f lavors including cheddar
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Some years later, as they became harder to find, I gradually forgot about them. It was only recently, when I went on a quest to relive this treat, that the only place I could find them was at Safeway in Easton.
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Clad in long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hats and hiking shoes, with exposed skin slathered in sunscreen and bug repellent, we trekked down the dirt path past a fishing pond and into lush green forest that was cooler than we expected. Along the way, we kept an eye out for snakes and exposed tree roots on the ground. Streaks of sun sparkled through the tall canopy of trees while the birds sang and darted overhead. Strangely, and unexpectedly, we were not attacked by mosquitoes or horsef lies, and so we rolled up pants legs and shirt sleeves as the hike progressed and we warmed up. Less than a half mile in, the busy noise of life, the world outside and inside our minds, subsided and the noise of nature predominated. Drying out on logs in the marsh on the right side of the path, a turtle took respite. A white egret stood stock still in the marsh pond waiting for breakfast to swim by. A quick, short splash told us she was successful. Taking a tip from the turtle and the egret, and needing to experience the stillness ourselves, we sat down on the trunk of a felled tree along the edge of the marsh. We slowly sipped water from our sports bottles as we quietly looked and listened.
We thought the marsh probably was unchanged since our relatives, Nat ive A mer ic ans and set t lers, paused to contemplate it hundreds of years ago. Nymphaeaceae, pond lilies with round, notched forest green leaves and spiky pink or white blossoms, glazed the surface of the marsh pond. We were entertained by the lily pads that seem to f loat, though we knew they are attached to the soil at the dark, murky bottom of the pond. Dragonf lies hovered like helicopters ready to come in for a landing. Tiny frogs hopped about while their larger, unseen relatives wo o e d t hei r m ate s w it h de ep throated croaking. We picked up the pace to reach our dest inat ion before t he t ide started to rise. We were on a mission. We had arrived at dawn to beat 71
good chance of finding some fossils. C u r rent ly 24 m i le s long, t he Calvert Cliffs were formed over an amazing 10 to 20 million years ago when the area was covered with a warm, shallow sea, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The cliffs were exposed and started to erode when the sea receded. DNR claims that over 600 fossil species have been identified in the Cliffs, including the remains of prehistoric species such as sharks, dolphins, whales, rays, alligators, turtles, mollusks and large birds. Miocene Era oyster shells and shark teeth are also common finds. These are some of the best-preserved Miocene fossils in the world. Fossil hunting directly under the Cliffs, as well as climbing on or walking beneath, is not allowed due to the danger of landslides caused by cliff erosion. The mammoth Cliffs of khaki sand and sediment hide their secrets until heavy rains and storms come. Chunks of the cliffs fall into the water, and the Bay sweeps the
a path to the beach during low tide, when fossil hunting is at its best. Continuing through the cool forest and past marshland for nearly two miles, unaccompanied by human life but well accompanied by nature, we ended up on the beach of the 1,460-acre, mostly forested, Calvert Cliffs State Park. No longer enshrouded by the forest, we were welcomed by the great Chesapeake Bay. There we found picnic tables adorned with large jugs of water and a bin filled with fossil-hunting equipment, free to borrow, provided by the Friends of Calvert Cliffs volunteers. We were in luck to find a still fairly low tide. The mighty, yet fragile, 100-foothigh Calvert Cliffs loomed above u s on t he lef t, c ordone d of f at beach level by warning signs and ne on yel low t ape. To ou r r ig ht was a quarter mile of open beach a llocated to fossil hunting that ended at another cordoned-off cliff area. We admired the Cliffs before exploring the beach with buckets, shovels and sieves. We had no competition on the beach, so we had a 72
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secreted fossils south to the beach that we scoured. The Clif fs are topped with green forests, and you can spot, from ten feet or so, fossil treasures embedded loosely in the imposing Cliffs’ geological strata that are off limits to visitors. We found a few fossil treasures, but nothing as significant as the treasures that a Cliffs volunteer, refilling water jugs, showed us from her collection, or the major collection of fossils at the Calvert Cliffs Museum in nearby Solomons Island. But what an exciting adventure! Our finds included a large fossilized oyster shell; a rock with a shell imprint on both sides; a piece of a large clam shell fossil and a possible small fossilized shark’s tooth. We enjoyed our time on the beach alongside the immensely beautiful Chesapeake Bay and between the ancient Cliffs. The Park is located on the western shore of the Bay in Calvert County, Maryland, on Route 4, five miles north of Solomons Island, where we were staying, and 59 miles south of Annapolis. After passing some folks toward the end of our return hike, we noticed that the parking lot was filling up and we were happy that we had experienced the beach alone and at low tide. I was exhausted, yet felt accomplished for completing the “Outward Boundish” four-mile hike on the bumpy, hilly dirt path. Oh,
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Orange cr ushes were t he dr ink specialty, a delicious summery concoction of fresh orange juice, vodka and triple sec over ice. We were off to the local museums the next morning. First stop was the Calvert Marine Museum to learn more about the Calvert Cliffs fossils and local, cultural and maritime history. Though we were the biggest kids in the Exhibit Hall Discovery Room, the little kids and docents let us take turns touching horseshoe crabs, stingrays and diamondback terrapins in the touch tank. In the Paleontology Gallery, we examined original fossils from Cliff deposits, exhibits on how fossils are removed and handled, and a fossil preparation laboratory. Estuarine tanks revealed Bay and river crea-
rinsed off, changed into bathing suits, grabbed books and sunscreen, and stretched out on lounge chairs in the shade. Hmmm, civilization isnâ€™t all that bad, I thought as I took a cool dip in the refreshing pool. We capped off the night with a walk on Solomons Boardwalk on the Patuxent, crowned with a marvelous fucshia, orange and magenta sunset over a stunning water view. The walk was preceded by dinner at Zahnisserâ€™s Dry Dock off the main road, also overlooking the waterfront at Back Creek. Grilled shrimp and mussels in a garlic and butter sauc e were ac c ompa nied by a n arugula and cucumber salad topped with basil and lemon vinaigrette.
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the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. We were greeted by a tall bronze and granite sculpture at the entrance, A Tribute to the Oyster Tonger, a Chesapeake Waterman. The 30 acres of forest, meadow and gardens include winding paths past obvious and hidden sculptures from around the world. Bugs were the theme of the art exhibit in the interior gallery, done in every medium imaginable, again from around the world. Small children were engrossed in making art in a classroom nearby. The artand garden-themed gift shop sold sharks’ teeth fossils from Calvert Cliffs. Since we didn’t find a verified fossil tooth, I bought one as a remembrance of our Calvert Cliffs and Solomons adventure before heading back to the Eastern Shore.
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November Notes What an interesting fall we have experienced so far. Normally, a standard gardening recommendation is to make sure that you water in evergreens before the ground freezes. With all the rainfall that we have gotten, there is probably enough soil moisture, especially in heavy clay soils, to carry the plants through the winter. Sandy soils are a different story, so I will still recommend some fall watering, especially for those evergreens that suffer from windburn each winter. Also remember to mulch the plants after the first or second hard frost. As I have written recently, watch for standing water in perennial beds after long periods of rain. Water that collects on the surface during winter will freeze and can damage perennials. Dig shallow trenches to help drain away excess water. Make a note to raise that bed in spring or plant with plants that like â€œwet feet.â€? Fall is a favorite season of mine.
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Some of the plants may be lifted and heeled into a cold frame. Plants for potting can be propagated from the side sprouts, which will develop next May. Remember that many perennials may be planted or divided in the fall and replanted. Make sure you get them in the ground early ~ no later than mid-November ~ to establish their roots before the ground freezes. There is still time to plant spring bulbs in the landscape. I would recommend that you try to get them in the ground before the middle of the month. That way, they will have enough chilling temperatures to help them form the f lower buds for next spring. It is important that the bulbs be planted while the soil is still somewhat warm in order to promote good root growth. A large root system is essential for the absorption of water and nutrients necessary for the production of flowers and leaves. If you still intend to plant bulbs, it will be necessary for you to mulch the soil heavily in order to conserve as much soil heat as possible. The application of three to four inches of leaves, pine needles, straw, or compost over the planting of bulbs will insulate the soil from the cold. When planting bulbs, make certain that you are planting them 84
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If you have a small garden plot, one method of controlling weeds in the manure is to spread it on the garden surface, lightly mist it and then cover it with a clear sheet of plastic. Solar radiation will generate enough heat under the plastic, to warm up the manure and get the weed seeds to germinate. When you see that the seeds have germinated, remove the clear plastic and let the frost kill the weed seedlings, then plow the manure under into the soil. If your garden site is not subject to wind or water erosion, you can leave the soil uncovered and let the cold kill some of the weed seeds.
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Dorchester Points of Interest Race St., Cambridge, is one of the stops on the “Finding a Way to Freedom” self-guided driving tour. For more info. tel: 410-228-0401 or visit www. harriettubmanorganization.org. SPOCOTT WINDMILL - Since 1972, Dorchester County has had a fully operating English style post windmill that was expertly crafted by the late master shipbuilder, James B. Richardson. There has been a succession of windmills at this location dating back to the late 1700’s. The complex also includes an 1800 tenant house, one-room school, blacksmith shop, and country store museum. The windmill is located at 1625 Hudson Rd., Cambridge. For more info. visit www.spocottwindmill.org. HORN POINT LABORATORY - The Horn Point Laboratory offers public tours of this world-class scientific research laboratory, which is affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The 90-minute walking tour shows how scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Horn Point Laboratory is located at 2020 Horns Point Rd., Cambridge, on the banks of the Choptank River. For more info. and tour schedule tel: 410-228-8200 or visit www.umces.edu/hpl. THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African
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American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between 1867 and 1962, the youth in the African-American community of Christ Rock attended this school, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours available by appointment. The Stanley Institute is located at the intersection of Route 16 West & Bayly Rd., Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-6657. OLD TRINITY CHURCH in Church Creek was built in the 17th century and perfectly restored in the 1950s. This tiny architectural gem continues to house an active congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old graveyard around the church contains the graves of the veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. This part of the cemetery also includes the grave of Maryland’s Governor Carroll and his daughter Anna Ella Carroll who was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln. The date of the oldest burial is not known because the wooden markers common in the 17th century have disappeared. For more info. tel: 410-228-2940 or visit www.oldtrinity.net. BUCKTOWN VILLAGE STORE - Visit the site where Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull. From this injury Harriet believed God gave her the vision and directions that inspired her to guide
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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 seasonal events. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works on paper and contemporary works by American and European masters. Mon. through Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Friday of each month open until 7 p.m. For more info. tel: (410) 822-ARTS (2787) or visit www. academyartmuseum.org. 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. The Parish was founded in 1692 with the present church built ca. 1840,
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Easton Points of Interest on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers all came to town and shared rooms in hotels such as this. Frederick Douglass stayed in the Brick Hotel when he came back after the Civil
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War and gave a speech in the courthouse. It is now an office building. 14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the Star-Democrat grew. In 1911, the building was acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, which occupies it today. 15. ART DECO STORES - 13-25 Goldsborough Street. Although much of Easton looks Colonial or Victorian, the 20th century had its inf luences as well. This row of stores has distinctive 1920s-era white trim at the roofline. It is rumored that there was a speakeasy here during Prohibition. 16. FIRST MASONIC GR AND LODGE - 23 N. Harrison Street. The records of Coats Lodge of Masons in Easton show that five Masonic Lodges met in Talbot Court House (as Easton was then called) on July 31, 1783 to form the first Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland. Although the building where they first met is gone, a plaque marks the spot today. This completes your walking tour. 17. FOXLEY HALL - 24 N. Aurora St., Built about 1795, Foxley Hall is one of the best-known of Easton’s Federal dwellings. Former home of Oswald Tilghman, great-grandson of Lt. Col. Tench Tilghman. (Private) 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,”
Easton Points of Interest Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit trinitycathedraleaston.com. 19. INN AT 202 DOVER - Built in 1874, this Victorian-era mansion ref lects many architectural styles. For years the building was known as the Wrightson House, thanks to its early 20th century owner, Charles T. Wrightson, one of the founders of the S. & W. canned food empire. Locally it is still referred to as Captain’s Watch due to its prominent balustraded widow’s walk. The Inn’s renovation in 2006 was acknowledged by the Maryland Historic Trust and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 20. TALBOT COUNTY FREE LIBRARY - Housed in an attractively remodeled building on West Street, the hours of operation are Mon. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 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.
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22. THIRD HAVEN FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (Quaker). Built 1682-84, this is the earliest documented building in MD and probably the oldest Quaker Meeting House in the U.S. William Penn and many other historical figures have worshiped here. In continuous use since it was built, today it is still home to an active Friends’ community. Visitors welcome; group tours available on request. www.thirdhaven.org. 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 “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds f lour to this day using two massive
Easton Points of Interest grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. For more info. visit www.oldwyemill.org. 26. W YE ISL A ND NATUR AL RESOURCE MA NAGEMENT AREA - Located between the Wye River and the Wye East River, the area provides habitat for waterfowl and native wildlife. There are 6 miles of trails that provide opportunities for hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. For more info. visit www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/ wyeisland.asp. 27. OLD WYE CHURCH - Old Wye Church is one of the oldest active Anglican Communion parishes in Talbot County. Wye Chapel was built between 1718 and 1721 and opened for worship on October 18, 1721. For more info. visit www.wyeparish.org. 28. WHITE MARSH CHURCH - The original structure was built before 1690. Early 18th century rector was the Reverend Daniel Maynadier. A later provincial rector (1764–1768), the Reverend Thomas Bacon, compiled “Bacon’s Laws,” authoritative compendium of Colonial Statutes. Robert Morris, Sr., father of Revolutionary financier is buried here.
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St. Michaels Points of Interest 2. 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.belmond.com/inn-at-perry-cabin-st-michaels/. 5. THE PARSONAGE INN - A bed and breakfast inn at 210 N. Talbot St., was built by Henry Clay Dodson, a prominent St. Michaels businessman and state legislator around 1883 as his private residence. In 1877, Dodson,
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St. Michaels Points of Interest along with Joseph White, established the St. Michaels Brick Company, which later provided the brick for the house. For more info. visit www. parsonage-inn.com. 6. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HISTORIC MARKER - Born at Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Douglass lived as a slave in the St. Michaels area from 1833 to 1836. He taught himself to read and taught in clandestine schools for blacks here. He escaped to the north and became a noted abolitionist, orator and editor. He returned in 1877 as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and also served as the D.C. Recorder of Deeds and the U.S. Minister to Haiti. 7. CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM - Founded in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the hemisphere’s largest and most productive estuary - the Chesapeake Bay. Located on 18 waterfront acres, its nine exhibit buildings and floating fleet bring to life the story of the Bay and its inhabitants, from the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and working boatyard to the impressive collection of working decoys and a recreated waterman’s shanty. Home to the world’s largest collection of Bay boats, the Museum regularly
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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
St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. carpenterstreetsaloon.com. 18. TWO SWAN INN - The Two Swan Inn on the harbor served as the former site of the Miles River Yacht Club, was built in the 1800s and was renovated in 1984. It is located at the foot of Carpenter Street. For more info. visit www.twoswaninn.com. 19. TARR HOUSE - Built by Edward Elliott as his plantation home about 1661. It was Elliott and an indentured servant, Darby Coghorn, who built the first church in St. Michaels. This was about 1677, on the site of the present Episcopal Church (6 Willow Street, near Locust). 20. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 301 S. Talbot St. Built of Port Deposit stone, the present church was erected in 1878. The first is believed to have been built in 1677 by Edward Elliott. For more info. tel: 410-745-9076. 21. THE OLD BRICK INN - Built in 1817 by Wrightson Jones, who opened and operated the shipyard at Beverly on Broad Creek. (Talbot St. at Mulberry). For more info. visit www.oldbrickinn.com. 22. THE CANNONBALL HOUSE - When St. Michaels was shelled by the British in a night attack in 1813, the town was “blacked out” and
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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 RESTAUR ANT - 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 supported entirely through community efforts. For more info. tel: 410-745-9561 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 f lour used primarily for Maryland beaten biscuits. Today it is home to a brewery, distillery, artists, furniture makers, and other unique shops and businesses. 28. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit www. harbourinn.com. 29. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TR AIL - 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 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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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. 141
Fishing Shores by Gary D. Crawford
At one time, fishing shores were a common feature in the lives of certain Chesapeake watermen and their families. And what, you ask, was a “fishing shore”? Well, I wondered, too, and began to ask around. In this area, the term refers to a place where a crew of fishermen could live and work, usually in the upper reaches of the Bay far from their home ports. Typically they were on the hunt for herring and shad, small fish for which there was a huge market throughout the East Coast. Herr ing make good eating, especially when pickled in w ine sauce or sour cream. Shad are caught for their f lesh, too, but it is their eggs that are a gourmet’s delight. Seafood companies such as the Tilghman Packing Company packed and expor ted vast quantities of both the fish and their eggs, the “roe.” Because these delicacies were especially prized within the Jewish community, the products often were prepared kosher. Each year, the Vita Foods Company sent a man named Heller to the Tilghman Packing Company. He brought a secret pickling recipe and oversaw the processing. Mr. Heller became close friends with George Harrison, manager of
the Tilghman Packing Company; it is said that all their business was transacted on the basis of a handshake. Mr. George even named his son George Heller Harrison. There are three main types of Chesapeake Bay “river herrings”: alew ives, blueback herring, and American shad. Alewives and bluebacks can easily be mistaken for one another, but the shad are rather larger and have a distinctive jaw.
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spend most of their lives in the ocean. They must return to fresh water to spawn and, like salmon, they tend to seek out the very spot where they were born. In colonial times, they were very plentiful. Every river and stream was open for the spawning runs. Shad and herring were reported reaching as far as the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, where pioneers caught, salted, and stored them for the winter months. For watermen of the 20th century, the herring fishery presented a lucrative opportunity each spring, after oystering and before summer fishing and crabbing. There was money to be made even in the 1930s, when well-paying jobs were mighty scarce. The fish migrated up and down the Bay seasonally, so they could be caught anywhere and they were. But to harvest really big hauls of the fully developed fish, when the females were full of roe, they had to be caught as they approached their spawning grounds. The watermen knew those locations, and they knew when the â€œrunâ€? would happen. It was a matter of being on station at the right moment, with the right crew, and with the right equipment. (An aside, Gentle Reader. As it often happens, while digging into the details of these things, one comes across some real surprises. This time, there were two stunners. You 144
will see what I mean a bit later…) So, crews of watermen left their homes in the Middle Bay and went off up to the top of the Bay. They w e nt w he r e d r o ve s of he r r i ng massed on their way to the spawning grounds. Some of the best shores to work from were on the North East River, so watermen from Tilghman’s Island (and elsewhere) went there each spring.
herring is with a pound net. Several dozen long poles were driven into the muddy bottom in a long line running out from the shore. When fish encounter the fence, they turn for deeper water, which leads to a trap. The only exit is into a corral called the “pound.” The pound is fitted with a net bottom, which the crew pulls up to bring the fish to the surface and close enough to the boat to ladle them out with a dip-net. Every phase of this operation was back-breaking work ~ and still is. Pound nets are significant pieces of fishing equipment, however. Dozens of long poles must be cut in the woods and hauled out to the fishing site. There the poles are driven into the bottom in fairly shallow water, rammed far enough down to withstand tides and storms.
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Pound-netters: Working sketches by William E. Cummings. The nets themselves are prepared ashore, coated with tar to prevent them from rotting away, then carried down to the water and loaded into a boat. The poles are driven into the bottom in the prescribed pattern, the net is then strung from pole to pole, and the trap and pound are constructed. Once in place, a pound net begins catching fish right away, and it must be tended regularly. Usually they are “fished” at least once a day, at first light. There are no weekends with pound-nets. And that presents a logistical problem. Drift netters can take their nets out and bring them back each day. Pound netters cannot do that. They must remain somewhere nearby. But where can they stay when they are a hundred miles or more up the Bay? That, finally, is where the fishing shores come into all this.
Watermen would scout around for the best shorelines, with good access to the water and where there was a place to make a camp: a small house or a hunting cabin to cook and sleep in, a barn or shed to store their gear between seasons. Fortunately, there were landowners who were willing to have them there ~ for a fee, of course. Once set up, this mutually beneficial relationship between waterman and landowner might last for years, sometimes for generations. Men sometimes moved from one crew to another or, when the opportunity arose, a crew might shift to a different shore. The details are hard to come by these days, for I was unable to find anyone who had worked on a fishing shore. Some children and grandchildren are still with us and have recollections of the heyday of the fishing shores ~ from the turn of the century to the 1950s. The herring population diminished terribly, however, and by the 1960s it was over. Shad are so depleted today that Maryland no longer permits a harvest. One Tilghman man, Stanley Covington, now 93, clearly recalls some things from his earliest childhood ~ that his father, Frazier, had a fishing shore at White Point on the North East River where he not only caught fish but also pickled (“muddled”) t hem in pots at t he c amp; t hat his father then moved on to Red
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Fishing Shores Point; that there was a Boy Scout camp in the area near Rocky Point. Other Tilghman men had shores in the area, too: John Berridge, Les Frampton, and Randolph Mortimer worked one shore; Charlie Smith and Ben Gowe were down at Turkey Point; Tommy Sinclair was at the Bulls Mountain shore near the Boy Scout camp; Carroll Jackson fished over at Specutie Island in what is now Aberdeen Proving Grounds; other watermen had fishing shores on the Elk River. He also recalled that it was often cold on a fishing shore. The herring came up in March, a bit before the shad, so work on the fishing shore
began in late Februar y. It could take a week to prepare and set up a pound net, and most crews fished more than one net. Stanley once felt the deep cold when he went on a boat ride with his father to visit another fishing shore. Upon arrival, he huddled behind a coal stove to get warm; he remembers that the missus gave him a (very welcome) cookie. What this all actually looked like, of course, we can never know. It was much like modern pound netting, to be sure, though the poles had to be driven down by hand somehow, and there was lit tle machiner y. Those who could provide first-hand accounts of those old days are now gone, unfortunately. Their children,
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Fishing Shores too, are mostly gone, so the recollections come from people recalling stories of their grandparents and great-grandparents. Pictures are virtually nonexistent. So, to help “see” at least the shore itself, my wife, Susan, and I drove up there one day. We meandered along the shore of the North East River, poking into likely looking places. We got some photos that helped me visualize the operation, a little. I even found a little building that might have been out of the past. It’s very pretty country up there. Mr. Stanley did have another memory. (Here comes Stunner #1,
a wonderfully surprising connection between his family and world history.) At White Point, near one of his father’s fishing shores in Cara Cove, was an estate belonging to a man with the improbable name of Severn Teackle Wallis. Wallis was the grandson of a remarkable man of the same name, a prominent scholar who specialized in Spanish literature. His knowledge of that language led the U. S. Government to send him to Madrid in 1849 to negotiate some remaining land issues in Florida. One of Wallis’s closest friends was Henry Warfield, a f lour merchant, also of Baltimore. Both were prominent in their fields and became community leaders; both were members of the Maryland House of Delegates when the Civil War broke out. They were Southern sympathizers, however, and in 1862, Wallis and Warfield were imprisoned ~ along with the mayor of Baltimore and a dozen or so other citizens ~ when authorities clamped down on that city. All were sent north to Fort Warren, a prison in Boston Harbor. Six weeks later, all were released and returned home. They were free, but both men suffered financially as a result of the war. T he b ond b e t we en t hem r e mained strong, for Warfield gave his fifth son not one, but two of Wallis’s names, naming the boy Teack le Wallis Warfield. At age 26, Teackle married Alice, and a year later they
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Fishing Shores had a daughter. She too was named in honor of Wallis, given as her first name, though known in childhood as Bessie-Wallis. War f ield died suddenly the following year, leaving Alice a widow with a year-old child. Mother and daughter had some difficult times. The Wallises’ estate on the North East River was separated by a small woodland from Frazier Covington’s fishing shore. The Covington and Wallis families became friends, a relationship that endured into the next generation. Undoubtedly, the Wallises entertained many guests at their Eastern Shore home over the years, including members of the Warf ield family. We may be permitted to imagine the widow Alice Warfield being one of these guests, escaping the summer heat of Baltimore from time to time, though her daughter apparently did not. Bessie-Wallis married young and went to Florida, but soon separated and divorced. Then, dropping the “Bessie,” Wallis married a man living in England, one Ernest Simpson. She would certainly have become the talk of both families on the fishing shore, as she was ever ywhere, when (while still married to Simpson), the King of England fell hopelessly in love with her. We all know what happened then, right? Parliament could not live with her, and Edward could not live without
her. So Edward abdicated and gave up the British Empire. Years later, when Wallis (now the Duchess of Windsor) and Edward came to v isit one of her school friends here, she admitted that even though she grew up in Baltimore, this was her first visit to the Eastern Shore. Too bad. What fun if she had met the Covingtons there at White Point! Digging into even older records, one learns that this fishing shore tradition goes way back to the earliest days, in one form or another. James Wharton (in his book The Bounty of the Chesapeake - Fishing in Colonial Virginia) described it this way: The frequently met-with term, “fishery,” in Colonial writings took on a special meaning as the industry developed. It was used in the sense of what the present Virginia lawbook calls a “regularly hauled fishing landing.” This is usually a shore privately owned where the fronting waters have been cleared of obstructions. The owner, or someone permitted by him, operates a long seine at that place by carrying it offshore in boats and hauling it to land. So long as he thus uses the spot “regularly” the law protects him, now as in the past, by making it illegal for any other person to fish with nets within a quarter-mile of “any part of the shore of the owner of any such fishery.”
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Fishing Shores The rights to such a property were, and are, in many cases extremely profitable. George Washington was among the Virginia planters zealously caring for their “fisheries.” Often the privilege of using these was advertised in the newspapers or otherwise for rent for a long or short term. Some owners who did not themselves wish to fish counted on their shores to yield rental. Sound familiar? Yep, these were the fore-runners of our fishing shores. Then I had a stroke of luck. I interviewed Danna Murphy Murden, a Tilghman girl now married and living in St. Michaels. Although she is (a hundred or so) years younger than Mr. Stanley, Danna did have memories of fishing shores. She could remember them because it wasn’t so far back for her. Although her great-grandfather John Berridge had an early shore, contemporary with the Covingtons, his son-in-law Randolph Mortimer continued fishing there for many years. Danna’s mother, Edw ina, went to school half a year at North East and half a year at Tilghman. Danna had heard many stories from her mother and grandmother, and she herself had visited the fishing shore. She provided this great image of her grandfather, Randolph Mortimer, taken in 1945, when he was 47. (It may not be visible here, but
he and the vessel both are plastered with fish scales.) At this point, I think I complained again about the lack of photos of the fishing shores. She smiled and said, “Would you like to see a movie?” I then fell on the f loor. (It was Stunner #2.) Danna said that a fellow named Frank Ross, associated with nearby Camp Chesapeake, had been bitten by the movie bug. He would later work for Kodak, but at the time,
Randolph Mortimer, ca. 1945, at the age of 47.
somehow, he had managed to obtain a mov ie camera and some f ilm. Years later, he rediscovered that film when the camp closed. Danna plugged in a DVD player. Spellbound, I watched the little drama unfold ~ the crew (which included both her great-grandfather and grandfather) dragging the nets out of the storage shed, tarring and repairing them, then step-by-step building a pound net. We see them muscling the poles into the mud, fastening on the net, and then harvesting their catch, ladling the fish into a boat, and so on. Finally, it faded to black. Oh , my! A s i mp o s si ble a s it seemed, this Ohio boy had just seen Tilghman pound-netters working on the water in the 1930s, eightyf ive years ago ~ and in motion. Danna and I smiled at one another. She said she is going to work out some way for the public to see this little film. I went home and got to work. A number of good folks helped me piece together the fragments of this little essay: my thanks to Stanley Covington, Eugene Daisey, John Kinnamon, Sr., Stanley Larrimore, and Danna Murphy Murden. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghmanâ€™s Island. 156
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10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Galleries & Exhibits Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Dock Dogs® 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: NEW - Kids’ Conservation Art Activity 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Fishing Derby 10:30 a.m.: Kids’ “Paint a Decoy” Class (space limited) 10:30 a.m.: NEW - “Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest” - A Photographic Journey 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Music - USAF Heritage Brass Band 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Wine, Beer and Tasting Pavilion Open 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.: Retriever Demonstrations 11:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Music - Jay Smar, Guitarist 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.: Raptor Demonstrations 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Fly Fishing Demonstrations 12 to 1 p.m.: NEW - Songs of the Working Waterman 12 to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Art Activities
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Saturday, November 12 - The following are events with speciﬁc times. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Music - Saved by Zero 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: World Waterfowl Calling Championships, Jr. Preliminaries 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: NEW - Stories from the Blinds 2 to 3 p.m.: Music - Mid-Shore Community Band 3 to 5 p.m.: NEW - Duck Hunting Video Game (open play) 4 p.m.: Calling Contests, Finals - no bus transportation provided after 5 p.m. 4 to 8 p.m.: Music (NEW) - Back Alley Concert for Conservation - separate admission required 7 p.m.: Waterfowl Hunter’s Party - separate admission required
Sunday, November 13 - The following are events with speciﬁc times.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Galleries & Exhibits Open - Photography Gallery at Noon 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Music - Kenny Haddaway, Guitarist 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: NEW - Kids’ Conservation Art Activity 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Dock Dogs® 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Fishing Derby 10:30 a.m.: NEW - “Game On!” - A Live Cooking Demonstration 10:30 a.m.: Kids’ “Paint a Decoy” Class (space limited) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Wine, Beer and Tasting Pavilion Open 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.: Retriever Demonstrations 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.: Raptor Demonstrations 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Fly Fishing Demonstrations 12 p.m.: Photography Exhibit Opens 12 to 3 p.m.: Kids’ Art Activities 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Music - Trinity Blues 1 to 3 p.m.: Music - The Rhythmatics 3 to 4 p.m.: NEW - Duck Hunting Video Game (open play)
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The Perfect Thanksgiving Because Thanksgiving is a holiday founded on tradition, this meal is the most elaborate that many of us will prepare and serve all year. After a bit of trial and error, I have created a menu that will leave you plenty of time to enjoy the wonderful food and the gathering of family and friends. These autumn f lavors include butternut squash, turkey, and pecans. By preparing virtually everything but the turkey during the week prior to Thanksgiving, and by using a few tasty shortcuts, we are left with just a couple of quickfix tasks on the big day, while still preserving the homemade taste of each dish. Whether you have cooked many Thanksgiving dinners or are preparing your very first, you will find that planning will ensure a pleasurable cooking experience and superb results. With this delicious make-ahead menu, the cook has plenty for which to be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving!
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP 1 3-pound butternut squash 2-1/2 cups chicken broth 1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. ground ginger 1/2 cup whipping cream 2 T. finely chopped pecans, toasted Ground nutmeg Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Place squash, cut side down, in a shallow pan; add hot water to a depth of 3/4â€?. Bake at 400Â° for 40 minutes or until tender; drain. Scoop out pulp; mash. Discard shell. Combine the squash, chicken
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To prepare the brine, place water and salt in a large stock pot or container that will fit your turkey. Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey; reserve for gravy, if you wish. Rinse the turkey with cold water; pat dry. Trim the excess fat. Place turkey in the stock pot full of water and salt. Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours, turning occasionally. Preheat oven to 500°. Rinse turkey with cold water; pat dry. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under turkey. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. Place garlic, sage, thyme, parsley, onion and broth in the bottom of the roasting pan. Place roasting rack in the pan. Arrange the turkey, breast side down, on the roasting rack. Brush turkey back with 1 tablespoon of butter; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Bake at 500° for 30 minutes. Reduce to 350°. Remove turkey from oven and carefully turn the turkey over (breast side up) using tongs. Brush the turkey breast with 1 tablespoon of butter, and
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Preheat oven to 400°. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and cook until tender, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add chestnuts, sage, salt, and pepper to mixture; stir until combined. Add this mixture to bread in a large bowl. Pour broth over the bread and toss to combine. Spoon into an 11” x 7” baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. GARLIC MASHED POTATOES 2 pounds red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 2 garlic cloves, halved 1/2 cup 2% milk 1 T. butter 3/8 t. salt 1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper 164
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Stir in Brussels sprouts; sauté 2 minutes. Add broth and cook for 5 minutes, or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently. Stir in salt. Sprinkle with pecans. CHOCOLATE PECAN TART 1 cup packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup dark corn syrup 3 T. all-purpose f lour 2 T. bourbon 2 T. molasses 1 T. butter, melted 1/2 t. vanilla extract 1/4 t. salt 2 large eggs 1 large egg white 2/3 cup pecan halves 1/2 15-oz. package refrigerated pie dough (such as Trader Joe’s) or make your own Cooking spray 1/2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the first 10 ingredients, stirring well with a whisk.
Stir in pecans. Roll dough into a 13-inch circle; fit into a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray. Trim the excess crust using a sharp knife. Spoon filling into the prepared crust. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until the center is set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Place chocolate in a microwavesafe bowl; microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over the tart. This is excellent served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Pilots N Paws Deliverance from Death’s Door by Cliff Rhys James
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. It is the principal difference between a dog and a man.” ~ Mark Twain Hear that low drone high in the vaulted sky where red hawks wheel and golden eagles soar ~ where honking geese puncture the low-slung clouds with their flying V formations? Go ahead, look up and scan the blue firmament around any general aviation airport in the world. Chances are
good that the recognizable droning sound comes from a single-engine Cessna 172 cruising overhead at a leisurely pace; a velocity that often seems to barely outstrip the speed of your earthbound friction machine, depending on your perspective. Cessna has been cranking out
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Pilots N Paws these high-wing single-engine fourseat planes since Eisenhower occupied the Oval Office. And so, in the same way that people often substitute “Kleenex” for generic “tissue,” folks frequently say “Cessna” when referring to small planes. And why not? Reliable, safe, economical to own and operate (economy of ownership and operation is a relative term but as aircraft go, the 172 passes the test), it is often the first choice for private pilots who enjoy recreational flying: people like Joe and Brenda De Remer
The dogs rescued from the kill shelters find their forever homes with the help of Pilots N Paws.
of the Pasadena, Maryland, area. Actually, to be precise, it was Joe’s third airplane; he kept it hangared at Easton’s Newnam Field, and it suited his occasional flying needs just fine. But then something untoward happened, something that violated all the rules of financial prudence, if not common sense itself. With his engineering training, Joe was well acquainted with both of those concepts. But it mattered not. Because of his exposure to a series of experiences, indelible images were imprinted and Joe became afflicted with a psychosomatic syndrome so powerful that it ultimately grips its host with obsessive urges not unlike those of addiction. In Joe’s case, the compulsions seized him, and in short order, he sold his perfectly good Cessna 172, replacing it with a bigger, faster, much more expensive Piper Lance. Now here was an airplane: six-seat capacity, 300 HP, retractable landing gear. This low-winged, aerodynamically clean machine was capable of 175 MPH cruising speeds at higher altitudes with heavier loads over longer distances. Okay, it consumes 18 GPH (gallons per hour) of aviation gas, which, at current prices, equates to a $100 per hour burn rate. And sure, it’s more expensive to insure and hangar, not to mention maintain under strict FA A guidelines, but again, what was Joe to do? He was powerless against the ruling compulsions of this syndrome.
Pilots N Paws Here, let me unpack it for you: Between direct variable costs like fuel, oil, landing fees, tie-down fees and the like, and fixed costs for things like hangar rentals, insurance and FAA-specified air frame and engine maintenance, it cost Joe $300 per hour to f ly his new airplane! And that did not include the FAA 2000 hour time between overhaul (TBO) engine rebuild recommended for all civil aviation planes f lying under so-called Part 91. What does one of those FAA overhauls cost for a six-cylinder Lycoming engine like the one in Joe’s Piper Lance? Throw in recommended propeller work, and for any day of the week ending in “y,” the bargain price is $60,000 to $ 75,000. Say it real fast and the effect isn’t quite as devastating. But still ~ amortize that! Go ahead, crunch the numbers if they don’t crunch you first. And so, again we ask ~ why, Joe, why? You are not an independently wealthy man with money to burn in the frivolous pursuit of conspicuous consumption, and your recreational f lying needs, if you can call them that, have not changed. And just where was Brenda in all of this? Huh? ~ answer me that. I mean, isn’t the wife, when confronted with exorbitant increases in the cost of a husband’s hobby, supposed to serve as a kind of shock absorber or brake on this species of
madness? Isn’t she supposed to urge a return to sanity ~ to be the voice of reason? And here’s where it really gets interesting. You see, fate is an indiscriminate stalker, and as chance would have it, Brenda herself had become afflicted with the very same psychosomatic syndrome plaguing her husband. She too had fallen prey to the condition and was unable to resist the powerful impulses. In fact, as incredible as it might sound, she even encouraged her husband in his spendthrift ways. Neither reason nor ridicule had the slightest effect on either of them. Now, as it turns out, Joe and Brenda are not alone. The condition with which they struggle daily has spread rapidly across the nation since 2008, while striking nearly 2,500 private pilots in its path. You see, this particular strain always strikes men and women who own and f ly private airplanes. While much about this phenomenon remains unclear, we do know that this condition, this syndrome, this whatever it is, has a name. It’s called Pilots N Paws ~ a loosely connected alliance of tough-minded, tender-hearted, make-it-happen pilots with airplanes who spend a lot of personal time, effort and money saving the lives of innocent animals. These folks literally swoop in and conduct airborne rescue missions that pluck animals from death’s door and then fly them away from
the danger zone, granting them the rare and wonderful gift of a second chance at life. Obviously, these Pilots N Paws folks are all extremely selfish people. What? No. Really. Joe admitted as much to me over breakfast one day. They do this because it makes them feel good inside and, like any addiction, they’ll spend whatever it takes to scratch the itch, satisfy the craving and hold onto, if only for a few hours a week, the “golden high” ~ that feel-good rush of endorphins flooding the zone of their conscious minds every time they help a dog or cat cheat death. Some people spend bundles of money on tobacco, alcohol and/or drugs to feel good. The Pilots and Paws folks often spend
even greater sums on aviation fuel, maintenance, hangar fees and insurance policies. Young, old, male, female ~ these are the people who take their love for cheating gravity to new heights by re-fashioning it to cheat death itself in saving the lives of innocent animals. This is why Joe and Brenda sold their perfectly good Cessna 172 and bought a bigger, faster, more expensive Piper Lance; they wanted to fly more animals, farther, faster and under less stress to a safe and happy tomorrow ~ all at their expense. See what I mean about the barefaced selfishness of these people? Joe explains it this way ~ “With the 172, we didn’t have as much space on board for dog or cat crates. Not only
Pilots N Paws that, but in moving animals from North Carolina to Pennsylvania, our speed/range limitations forced us to land in Easton, where we’d transfer the pets to another plane that would complete the second leg of the trip north. This is harder on the animals, who now must endure twice the number of take-offs and landings, not to mention the transfer itself involving strange new sights, sounds, smells and people.” Joe pauses momentarily as if to ref lect on memories of this. “But with the Piper Lance, which has much greater speed and range, not to mention a large side cargo entry door, we remove three or all four rear seats and it’s a whole new ballgame. Now we can make the entire round trip ourselves, which is easier on the animals and gives us a bit longer to bond with the animals.” “It also allows us to complete the emotional cycle involved in these rescues,” he adds. Emotional cycle? The process typically works like this: Joe and Brenda take off from Easton and fly south for about 90 minutes at a cruising speed of about 170 MPH down to Timberlake in Person County, North Carolina. There they meet Rhonda Beach of Chances Angel Rescue & Education (C.A.R.E.) ~ one of the many local animal rescue and welfare organizations across the nation devoted to saving animals
from their appointed rounds with death in “high kill” shelters. Rhonda and her kind play starring roles in this drama, and deservedly so, for they are the earthbound angels who save the most adoptable dogs and cats from kill shelters and place them in a local network of foster care homes. These animals (usually dogs) are often unhealthy, scared, weak, malnourished, have frequently been abused and are in desperate need of loving care, which is exactly what the foster families provide for several months. Rhonda’s task is all at once an uplifting but difficult and heartbreaking one because she must choose which animals to save from the kill shelter. She’d love to save them all, but obviously can’t. Limited resources are facts of life; they’re the stuff of hard choices, and so, Rhonda and the hundreds like her around the country, often find this to be a bittersweet undertaking. Complicating the problem is the fact that for a number of historical, cultural, legal and economic reasons, the American South tends to produce an overabundance of abandoned, homeless and stray pets. “Not too far south of here,” Joe says, “there is an invisible line that runs east to west. Below that line, spay and neuter laws are weak, while facilities are few and far between. Conversely, above that line, ‘companion animals’ are viewed more like family members, and so there’s a higher demand for pets.”
This is not just Joe’s opinion. Experts from across the nation confirm this as the status quo. Unfortunately, this also means there aren’t enough forever homes in the southern region willing to take the rehabilitated pets from the foster families. But don’t lose hope, for this is where Carolyn Powers of Almost Home Dog Rescue, and others like her, enter the scene. Carolyn, based in the Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, area north of Philadelphia, coordinates with Rhonda to line up permanent homes or another foster home for temporary placement in the North. Are you seeing now how this great engine of liberation rolls and cranks and delivers up life itself for innocent animals, not to mention salubrious feelings for people like Joe
and Brenda and Rhonda and Carolyn? But back to t hat f l ig ht f rom Easton to Person County, North Carolina. Once they land, Joe and Brenda spend time with Rhonda, as well as the foster families, who are now relinquishing the pets. Remember that emotional cycle that Joe mentioned? This is the front end of it, for here again we encounter a bittersweet scene of happiness, hope and sadness, all rolled into one event as dogs must now be separated from the first humans to ever show them love or tenderness. Tough love requires this step in the process so that southern foster homes are then able to take in a fresh round of animals from the kill shelters. Call Us: 410-725-4643
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Pilots N Paws Despite it all, Joe reports the dogs are typically calm and cooperative in entering their cages and boarding his plane. He says, “It’s as if they understand that this could be their one and only chance at a permanent home and happy future.”
George with Rhonda Beach, and then with his new buddy.
Brenda frequently rides in the back of the plane to be closer to the pets during the two-hour flight north to Wings Field near Blue Bell. Some serious bonding often occurs. George was a gentle dog found wandering before being turned into a Timberlake, North Carolina, shelter. Missing one eye and blind in the other, he’d been cruelly turned out by his owner. Our photos show his journey of salvation from the loving arms of Rhonda Beach of C.A.R.E. to resting contentedly in a soft white doggy bed with his new best friend. While he can’t see, he can now feel the warm glow of love and affection beamed his way as each day neighborhood kids vie for the privilege of walking George! One dog, Yoda, grew especially close to Brenda. He went from emaciated and sick when first rescued ~ to kissing Brenda good-bye at Wings Field in Pennsylvania. From unwanted, abused and abandoned outcasts to cherished family members, these dogs undergo a miraculous transformation ~ and so do the humans in their lives. The back end of the emotional cycle for Joe and Brenda occurs upon landing at Wings Field, where they are greeted by Carolyn Powers of Almost Home Dog Rescue, and either the new foster parents or permanent adoptive parents for the dogs aboard their flight. The joy of watching these humans being united w ith their adopted animals is a heartwarming
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Pilots N Paws moment only partially diminished by the sadness felt when some of the dogs look back at Joe and Brenda as they’re being led off to new homes. “We’ve bonded with them on the ground in North Carolina and then during the f light itself,” Joe says, “and again, it’s as if the dogs under-
stand what has happened and are saying thank you.” A nd so t he 30 - to 45-minute flight back home to Easton is often one of quiet contemplation as new impressions gently shift into that place where memories gather. Add up all the ground and air time and between walking out the front door of their home and then back in later, it usually makes for a 12-hour day. As critically important as they are, the pilots are only part of this machinery of deliverance from death’s door. Nothing happens without the compassion and untiring efforts of the 8,200-plus volunteer rescuers like Rhonda Beach and Carolyn Powers, not to mention the foster care and permanent adopters who cooperate, coordinate and communicate through the Pilots N Paws website for the life-saving air transportation requirements of these animals. You might not be surprised to learn that this process sometimes leads to “failed foster people.” No, these are not foster parents who change their mind and send the dog back to the kill shelter. They fail in a good way. They fall in love with their foster pet and decide to keep him or her forever. Still, their commitment to animal welfare is so strong that most continue serving as foster care parents even while permanently adopting their new family member. Would that we all were disposed to fail in such ways. Approximately 7.6 million com-
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Pilots N Paws panion animals enter shelters nationwide each year. Of the approximately 3.9 million dogs who enter this system, 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of those who entered as strays are returned to their owners. Of the 3.4 million cats entering the system each year, 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized and only 5% are ultimately returned to their owners. A national network of dedicated local volunteers like C.A.R.E and Almost Home Dog Rescue wage a valiant battle in the fight to save the lives of these innocent animals. These grassroots organizations and others fighting the good fight coor-
dinate their regional and national transportation needs through Pilots N Paws ~ the winged angels of deliverance. They are all 501(c)(3) organizations, so your tax-deductible donations will be put to good use. For more information, go to: www.pilotsnpaws.org firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Cliff James and his wife have been Easton residents since September 2009. After winding down his business career out west, they decided to return to familial roots in the Mid-Atlantic area and to finally get serious about their twin passions: writing and art.
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Caroline County – A Perspective Caroline County is the very definition of a rural community. For more than 300 years, the county’s economy has been based on “market” agriculture. Caroline County was created in 1773 from Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties. The county was named for Lady Caroline Eden, the wife of Maryland’s last colonial governor, Robert Eden (1741-1784). Denton, the county seat, was situated on a point between two ferry boat landings. Much of the business district in Denton was wiped out by the fire of 1863. Following the Civil War, Denton’s location about fifty miles up the Choptank River from the Chesapeake Bay enabled it to become an important shipping point for agricultural products. Denton became a regular port-ofcall for Baltimore-based steamer lines in the latter half of the 19th century. Preston was the site of three Underground Railroad stations during the 1840s and 1850s. One of those stations was operated by Harriet Tubman’s parents, Benjamin and Harriet Ross. When Tubman’s parents were exposed by a traitor, she smuggled them to safety in Wilmington, Delaware. Linchester Mill, just east of Preston, can be traced back to 1681, and possibly as early as 1670. The mill is the last of 26 water-powered mills to operate in Caroline County and is currently being restored. The long-term goals include rebuilding the millpond, rehabilitating the mill equipment, restoring the miller’s dwelling, and opening the historic mill on a scheduled basis. Federalsburg is located on Marshyhope Creek in the southern-most part of Caroline County. Agriculture is still a major portion of the industry in the area; however, Federalsburg is rapidly being discovered and there is a noticeable influx of people, expansion and development. Ridgely has found a niche as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” The present streetscape, lined with stately Victorian homes, reflects the transient prosperity during the countywide canning boom (1895-1919). Hanover Foods, formerly an enterprise of Saulsbury Bros. Inc., for more than 100 years, is the last of more than 250 food processors that once operated in the Caroline County region. Points of interest in Caroline County include the Museum of Rural Life in Denton, Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, and the Mason-Dixon Crown Stone in Marydel. To contact the Caroline County Office of Tourism, call 410-479-0655 or visit their website at www.tourcaroline.com. 183
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Queen Anne’s County The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Small hamlets began appearing in the northern portion of the county in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Queenstown was the original county seat when Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706, but that designation was passed on to Centreville in 1782. It’s location was important during the 18th century, because it is near a creek that, during that time, could be navigated by tradesmen. A hub for shipping and receiving, Queenstown was attacked by English troops during the War of 1812. Construction of the Federal-style courthouse in Centreville began in 1791 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Maryland. Today, Centreville is the largest town in Queen Anne’s County. With its relaxed lifestyle and tree-lined streets, it is a classic example of small town America. The Stevensville Historic District, also known as Historic Stevensville, is a national historic district in downtown Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County. It contains roughly 100 historic structures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located primarily along East Main Street, a portion of Love Point Road, and a former section of Cockey Lane. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center in Chester at Kent Narrows provides and overview of the Chesapeake region’s heritage, resources and culture. The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center serves as Queen Anne’s County’s official welcome center. Queen Anne’s County is also home to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (formerly Horsehead Wetland Center), located in Grasonville. The CBEC is a 500-acre preserve just 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Embraced by miles of scenic Chesapeake Bay waterways and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s County offers a relaxing environment for visitors and locals alike. For more information about Queen Anne’s County, visit www.qac.org. 185
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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 Alcoholics Anonymous. For places and times, call 410822-4226 or visit midshoreintergroup.org. Daily Meeting: Al-Anon. For times and locations, v isit 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. 4 ARTober: a Celebration of the Arts on the Eastern
Shore at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Classes, lectures, workshops and demonstrations in the v isual and performing arts. For more info. tel: 410-822ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. Thru Nov. 5 Exhibit: The Myth Ma k e r s in Mar yl an d ~ T he Mighty Merganser with artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (a.k.a. the Myth Makers) at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The artists will build one of their iconic 16-foot-high sapling sculptures on the Museum’s grounds. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
November Calendar Thru Nov. 14 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Women & Western Music with Nancy Larson at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Mondays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. Thru Nov. 27 Exhibit: Tidewater Camera Club - “Flight” at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Tidewater Camera Club exhibition is a biennial event. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
1 Meeting: Breast Feeding Support 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. 1 Mov ie Night at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 1-25 Exhibit: Marine Scenes by Louis Escobedo at 717 Gallery in Easton. For more info. tel: 410-241-7020. 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,29 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
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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. 1, 4,8,11,15,18,22,25,29 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 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. 1,8,15,22 Class: Oil Painting Gaining Conf idence in Color with Bradford Ross at the Academy A r t Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $125/$150. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1,8,15,22 Class: Head Painting with Patrick Meehan at the Academy Art Musem, Easton. 1 to 4 p.m. $180/$210. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1,8,15,22,29 Class: See It, Draw It! A Sketchbook Cla s s w it h Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 12:30 p.m. $175/$210. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 1,15 Grief Support Group at the 191
boretum, Ridgely. 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy writing as a way of exploring nature. A different prompt presented in each session offers a suggestion for the morning’s theme. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
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2 Community Acupuncture Clinic at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-8193395 or visit evergreeneaston. org.
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2 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. 2-3 Workshop: Introduction to Watercolor with Sandy Alanko at the Choptank Electric Cooperative, St. Michaels. Sponsored by the St. Michaels Art League. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $65 members, $85 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-2037 or visit smartleague.org. 2 South Dorchester Folk Museum a n nu a l d i n ner me e t i ng a nd enter tainment at Old Sa lt y ’s Restaurant on Hooper’s Island. 7 p.m. The public is invited. For more info. tel: 410-228-6175. 192
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November Calendar 2,9,16,23 Class: Figure Drawing 20 Minute Lay-Ins with Patrick Meeha n at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $180/$216. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 2,9,16,23,30 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek Deli in Cambridge. No cost. All disciplines and skill levels welcome. Guest speakers, roundtable discussions, studio tours, and other art-related activities. For more info. visit Facebook or tel: 410-463-0148.
2,9,16,23,30 Chair Yoga with Susan Irwin at the St. Michaels Housing Authority Community Room, Dodson Ave. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 2,9,16,23,30 The Senior Gathering at the St. Michaels Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-7456073 or visit stmichaelscc.org. 2,16,23,30 Class: Figure Drawing Long Pose with Patrick Meehan at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1 to 4 p.m. (no class Nov. 9). $180/$216. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
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November Calendar 2,9,16,23,30 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.
3 Meet the Author ~ Robert Blake Whitehill: A Writing Life at the Van Lennep Auditorium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free for members, $5 non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941.
2,9,16,23,30 Yoga at the Sail at the Dorchester Visitor Center, Cambridge, led by Jaclyn Lang. 7 to 8:15 p.m. $10. For more info. tel: 410-228-1000. 2,7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesdays at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imag ing Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-820-7778. 2-Dec. 14 Class: Pastel Painting Fundamentals and Beyond with Katie Cassidy at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No class Nov. 24. $195/$237. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 3 Admissions Open House at The Country School, Easton. 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Tour the school, meet faculty, and chat with parents and students. For more info. tel: 410-822-1935 ex. 185.
3 Arts & Crafts Group at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 3
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November Calendar 3 Meeting: Chesapeake Bay Herb Society with speaker Ruth Clausen on Medieval Herbs for Today’s Garden. Potluck dinner theme is Herb and Spice Blends of the Spanish Empire. 6 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Easton. For more info. tel: 410827-5434. 3 Lecture: Peter K. Bailey on Poplar Island - My Memories as a Boy at the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum, Tilghman. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 609-805-3341. 3 Free Movie Night at the Oxford Community Center. Being There.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org. 3,10,17 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. 3,10,17 Wet land Wranglers at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 8 to 10 a.m. Wear boots, bring your pruners, and get wet while creating habitat! Join in by contacting Robyn Affron at email@example.com.
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3,10,17 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Thursdays at 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org.
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3,10,17 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Community Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn to play this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit stmichaelscc.org.
3,10,17 Meeting: Ducks Unlimited - Bay Hundred Chapter at the St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-886-2069.
3,10,17 Memoir Writing at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and fam-
3,10,17 Open Mic & Jam at RAR Brewing in Cambridge. Thursdays from 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.
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4 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Meet the Author - Paul Berry at the Ven Lennep Auditorium, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Berry, one of Washington’s most respected journalists, will share the story of h i s g ra nd mot her a nd her inf luence in his life. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 4 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening. Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 4 First Friday in downtown Ches200
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4 Lecture: Meet the Myth Makers at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m. $20/$25. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
4 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit studioBartgallery.com.
4 Relay for Life Quarter Auction at the Cambridge Moose Lodge #1211, Cambridge. 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-221-8781.
4 Free Gallery Walk celebration at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 p.m. Conclusion of ARTober. Artwork created by instructors and students w ill be for sale. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
4 Karaoke Happy Hour at Laytonâ€™s Chance Winery, Vienna. 6 to 10 p.m. Wine available at the bar. Table reservations taken on day of event only. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit laytonschance.com.
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4 Paintbrush Party at the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts in Centreville to benefit Adkins Arboretum. 7 to 9 p.m. $45. Uncork your inner artist and support Adkins Arboretum! Enjoy music, refreshments, and good company while receiving step-by-step instruction from a local artist to complete your very own masterpiece. No experience is necessary. For more info. tel: 410 - 634-2847, ext. 0 or v isit adkinsarboretum.org.
4-20 Play: The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig at the Church Hill Theatre. The danger and laughter are non-stop in this glittering hol id ay whodu n it. For more info. tel: 410-556-6003 or visit churchhilltheatre.org.
4 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. Enjoy a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711. 4 Concert: Seamus Kennedy in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 4-6 Play: All My Sons presented by the Tred Avon Players at the Oxford Community Center. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Adults $15/$5 students. For more info. tel: 410-226-0061
4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26 Rock ‘N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m. Un limited bowling, includes rental shoes, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights and jammin’ music. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit choptankbowling.com. 4,6 Concert: Simply A Capella by the Easton Choral Arts Society at Christ Church, Easton. Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 6 at 4:30 p.m. $25 in adva nce/$30 at t he door/ students free. For more info. tel: 410-200-0498 or visit eastonchoralarts.com. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informa-
walks begin at 8 a.m. with a local birding expert. Registration is limited to the first 20. Children over 12 are permitted, but no dogs. Free. For more info. tel: 443-691-9370 or visit http://bit. do/winterwaterfowlwalks.
tional meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 4,11,18,25 Bingo! every Friday night at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Creamery Lane, Easton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-4848. 4,11,18,25 Meeting: Al-Anon at Minette Dick Hall, Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-6958. 5 Winter Waterfowl Walk in the Sanctuary areas at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Guided
5 First Sat urday g uided wa lk. 10 a.m. at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Free for members, $5 admission for non-members. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5 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.
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tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org. 5 Maryland STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Festival at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Programs include: Maryland Science Center’s Sk ylab Planetarium; a hands-on lesson in carving a log canoe; a demonstration of solar and wind power; an exhibit of American, British, a nd Eu rope a n World Wa r II model air planes; demonstration on the stages of the Easton Sustainability Campus; displays of current STEM projects at Tal-
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5 Workshop: Illuminated Letters II at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Building on the skills learned in Illuminated Letters I, this workshop taught by Lee D’Zmura will feature two new styles of illumination developed in the Celtic and Renaissance traditions. Additional techniques will be introduced as students complete the two projects. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5 Lecture: The Invention of Nature ~ Ale xande r von Humb olt ’s New World with author Andrea Wulf at Academy Art Museum, Easton. Sponsored by Adkins A rboretum. 4 to 6 p.m. Wulf reveals the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. For more info. tel: 410634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 5 Murder Mystery dinner theatre featuring Til Death Do Us Part at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. 6 p.m. $45 per person. For more info. tel: 410-827-5867.
April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured from 10 a.m. until noon. Town parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton Farmerâ€™s Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit avalonfoundation.org.
5 Concert: Callaghan in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 5,6,12,13,19,20,26,27 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. 5,12,19,26 Easton Farmerâ€™s Market every Saturday from mid-
5,12,19,26 Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit classicmotormuseumstmichaels.org. 6 10K Across the Bay. All proceeds benefit the First Responders of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire
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some Cherokee. She owns the largest Native American shop in Maryland: Justamere Trading Post in St. Michaels. Noon. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit tcfl.org.
6 Firehouse Breakfast at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company. 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit fire and ambulance services. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For more info. tel: 410-226-5110.
7 Free Documentary Screening: Consider the Conversation at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or visit talbothospice.org.
6 Book Signing: Champagne Conspiracy by Ellen Crosby at Pope’s Tavern, Oxford. Sponsored by Mystery Loves Company. 2:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 226-0010. 7 Brown Bag Lunch: JoAnn Brown on Native American Culture and Herbs at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Brown’s her it age is Senec a, wh ich is pa r t of t he Iroquois Nat ion. Her maternal heritage contains
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November Calendar Center’s Chesapeake Room. For more info. visit tidewatercameraclub.org. 7 Bluegrass Jam at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 7 to 10 p.m. Bluegrass musicians and fans welcome. Donations accepted for the benefit of St. Andrew’s food bank. 7,14,21,28 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit oa.org. 7,14,21,28 Monday Night Trivia at the Market Street Public House, Denton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join host Norm Amorose for a funfilled evening. For more info. tel: 410-479-4720. 8 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.
8,22 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. 8,22 Meeting: Tidewater Stamp Club at the Mayor and Council Building, Easton. 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit twstampclub.com. 9 Meeting: Bayside Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Aurora Park Drive, Easton. Guests are welcome, memberships are available. For more info. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 9 Lecture: Successful and Sustainable Gardening in a Changing Climate w ith Dr. Sara Via at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 11 a.m. to noon. Offered in partnership with the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
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9 Lecture: Foundations of Investing hosted by Edwa rd Jones and the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce. Brown bag lunch at noon at the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce office, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-3575. 9 Free Documentary Screening: Being Mortal at Oxford Community Center, Oxford. 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or visit talbothospice.org. 9 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Self-Defense for Seniors with Mat t Her ron at Self Defense A merica, 29000 Information Lane #105, Easton. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members. Enrollment limited to 20, so sign up early. For more info. tel: 410745-4941. 9 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Silent No More at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 9 Peer Support Group Meeting ~ Together: Positive Approaches at the Bank of America building, 8 Goldsboro Street, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Peer support group for family members currently struggling with a loved one with 209
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10 Soup Day at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3.50 for homemade soup, biscuit, dessert and beverage. For more info. tel: 410-228-3161. 10 Memoir Writing at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record a nd sha re your memor ies of life and family with a group of friendly folk. Pre-registration requested. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 10 Free Documentary Screening: Being Mortal at Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or visit talbothospice.org. 10 Lecture: Cuba - The Forbidden Country with Herbert Rogers of the Eddie and Sylvia Brown African-American Department of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. 6:30 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. For more
info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 10 Concer t: Frank Viele in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 10 -Dec. 1 Festival of Wreaths and Holiday Benefit Gala at the Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care in Cambridge. View handcrafted wreaths and Pleasant Day, Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gala on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. with live music, decorations and auction of wreaths. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190.
11 Academy for Lifelong Learning: Islam in America with Drs. K a mshe, A ma l Shehata, a nd Abdel-Gawad at the Talbot Senior Center, Easton. Three practicing Muslims from Easton will discuss what they think will help us to have a better understanding of this faith. 10 a.m. to noon. $30 members, $45 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 11 Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Gallery 447 in Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. This festival is a call to action that transforms film-goers into committed activists dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. We show environmental and adventure films
life art in the world. 450 artists and ar tisans ex hibit w ildlife paintings, sculpture, carvings, decoys, photographs and crafts in 18 sites throughout the colonial town. Retriever, shooting and f ly-fishing demonstrations; goose and duck calling contests,; seminars, master classes, and a decoy auction are special events that take place throughout the weekend. More than $3.7 million from the showâ€™s proceeds has been donated to conservation projects. For more info. tel: 410822-4567 or visit waterfowlfestival.org.
that illustrate Earthâ€™s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities around the world are doing to protect the environment. $25. For more info. tel: 443-385-0511 or visit midshoreriverkeeper.org. 11 Fa l l Va r iet y Show at Nor t h Dorchester High School, Hurlock. 7 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments available for purchase. $5. For more info. tel: 410-310-2486. 11 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. 1 1-1 3 46t h a n nu a l Water fowl Festival in downtown Easton. On t he se c ond f u l l we ekend in November, approx imately 18,000 people from around the country f lock to this three-day celebration of the arts to view and buy some of the best wild-
11-13 No-Fee Weekend at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-2677. 11-Dec. 31 19th Anniversary Group Show at Troika Gallery, Easton. New works by all of our artists. Gala champagne opening reception on November 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-7709190 or visit troikagallery.com. 12 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. 12 Cooking Demonstration and Lunch with Master Chef Mark
Salter at the Robert Morris Inn, Oxford. Thanksgiving with Mark! Demonstration at 10 with lunch at noon. $68 per person. For more info. tel: 410-226-5111. 12 Model Boat Show at the Oxford Community Center, Oxford. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet model builders from Chestertown to Smith Island and see their work. Supported in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council. For more info. tel: 410226-5904 or visit oxfordcc.org.
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Spot and Stoked. For more info. tel: 410-228-7420. 12 Second Saturday at the Artsway from 2 to 4 p.m., 401 Market Street, Denton. Interact w ith artists as they demonstrate their work. For more info. tel: 410-4791009 or visit carolinearts.org. 12 Second Saturday and Art Walk in Historic Downtown Cambridge on Race, Poplar, Muir and High streets. Shops will be open late. Galleries will be opening new shows and holding receptions. Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit cambridgemainstreet.com. 12 Concert: Session Americana 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. 12-13 Antiques Show and Sale at the Oxford Fire Company, Oxford. Dealers will be here from up and dow n the East Coast. There w ill be silver, jewelr y, china, furniture, and decorative treasures for sale. $4 (gets you in both days). Featuring crab cakes, chicken salad, chili, hot dogs, great homemade desserts and famous apple dumplings. Whole
12,26 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. 13 All-You-Can-Eat breakfast at the East New Market Volunteer Fire Department. 7 to 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-943-3663. 13 Tuckahoe Multi-Use Trail Walk from Adkins Arboretum. Join Master Naturalist Mike Quinlan for a steady 5- to 6-mile walk to explore the new Tuckahoe State Park trail. 9 a.m. to noon. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org. 14 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at the Church of the Nazarene, Denton. Noon. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 14 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch). Limited instruction for begin-
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members, $30 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4941. 16 Genealogy Lunch at the Dorchester County Historical Society, Cambridge. Noon. Bring a bag lunch. Different subjects w ill be discussed in addition to help with family searches. For more info. tel: 410-228-7953 or visit dorchesterhistory.com. 16 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. 16 Book discussion on Spoils of Poynton by Henry James at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org. 16 Yoga Therapy at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced Living in Easton. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit evergreeneaston.org. 16 Lecture: Jay P. Fleming to share a slide show of his Bay Photography at the Tilghman Watermenâ€™s Museum, Tilghman. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 609 -8053341. 16 Concert: Robert Cray Band at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m.
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.
For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 17 Stroke Survivorâ€™s Support Group at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge. 1 to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-2280190 or visit pleasantday.com.
17 Lecture: Bees, Butterflies and Other Pollinators with Robert Mardiney at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Talbot County Ga rden Club. Ma rd i ne y w i l l explore the fascinating world of native pollinators, the ecosystem services they provide us, their role in the env ironment, the problems they are facing, and how we can help. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-226-5184. 17 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor,
17 Public radio host Krista Tippett will interview tech entrepreneur Anil Dash live onstage at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. Presented by Aspen Institute Wye Fellows and Dock Street Foundation, the event is titled, Eme rging Tec hnologie s and Old-Fashioned Civics: A Conversation with Anil Dash. $15 or $35 for admission and an autographed copy of Tippettâ€™s new book, Becoming Wise. For more info. tel: 410-820-5433. 17-Dec. 23 Gallery of Gifts Show and Sale at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Sponsored by the Wednesday Morning Artists and friends, the show will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7782 or visit dorchesterarts.org. 17-Jan. 1 Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City. More than one million holiday lights sparkle throughout your favorite beach resort. Hundreds of animated light displays. Relax in the heated pavilion and tour the lights
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18 Concert: Steve Forbert in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 18 -20 Che s ap e a ke Ch i ld r en’s The at re pre sent s The Mu s ic Man K IDS at Integrace/Bayleigh Chase Auditorium, Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $12 adults, $7 seniors and children under 12 free. For more info. visit cctheatre.org. 19
L ad ie s C om mu n it y P r ayer Breakfast at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Cambridge. 8 to 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-1424.
19 Holiday Bazaar at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 8 a.m. to noon. Featuring various homemade soups and chicken salad prepared in our kitchen, large selection of homemade baked goods, country store, white elephant table, Silent Auction/Bid-It-Buy-It Table, and locally made crafts. For more info. tel: 410-228-5167. 19 Nutr itious Berr ies, Nuts, & Seeds Soup ’n Walk at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Follow ing a guided 220
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Wye Mills. 8 p.m. Complete with down-home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits. $25 orchestra/$45 mezzanine. For more info. tel: 410-827-5867. 19 Registration deadline for Free Workshops at Env ironmental Concern, St. Michaels. Workshops include: WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands, Rain Gardens, POW! The Planning of Wetlands, and Student Action Projects for Watershed Improvements. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit wetland.org.
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Variety Show Spectacular! Comedy, music, puppets, and dancing, featuring the Hugh Gregory Gallagher Theatre to benefit For All Seasons, Inc., and the Mental Health A ssociation of Talbot County. Saturday at 8 p.m. with an opening-night reception at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Oxford Community Center. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students. For more info. tel: 443-258-2130 or visit motivationaltheater.com. 19-26 Exhibit: Avian Inspirations by Donna Dod son a nd A ndy Moerlein (The My th Makers) at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-
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Your Relationships, Career and Happiness with Congressman Tim Murphy, PhD, and Loriann Oberlin, MS, LCPC, at the News Center, Easton. 2 to 4 p.m. 20 Concert: Beau Soir Ensemble at Christ Church, Easton. 4 p.m. Beau Soir Ensemble is DC’s premiere f lute, viola, and harp trio dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of genres. Suggested donation $15 with children and students free. For more info. tel: 410-822-2677. 20 Concert: Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org. 21 Free Documentary Screening: Consider the Conversation at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or visit talbothospice.org.
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21 Book discussion on Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani at the Talbot County Free Library, E a s ton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit tcfl.org.
22 Concert: Kindred Spirits at the Talbot Senior Center, Easton. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. Lunch is available at noon with advance reservations. For more info. tel: 301-466-0183.
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22 Meeting: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group at UM Shore Regional Breast Center, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411. 22 Meeting: Women Supporting Women, lo c a l bre a s t c a nc er support group, meets at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-463-0946. 25 Holiday A rt Stroll and Tree Lighting in downtown Berlin. Tree lighting, costumed characters, ice sculptures, music, businesses stay open until 8 p.m. 25 Festival of Trees Preview Party in the Gold Room of the Tidewater Inn, Easton. This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Season of Christmas.” Celebratory cocktail 228
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30 Portfolio Night at the Academy A r t Museum, Ea ston. 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 representatives and professional artists. For more info. tel: 410822-ARTS (2787) or visit academyartmuseum.org.
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Benson & Mangold Real Estate 205 S. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663 Direct: (410) 443-1571 / Ofﬁce: (410) 745-0417 email@example.com www.GeneSmithRealtor.com 232
OXFORD HARBOR Perfectly maintained residential compound. Main house, guest house, studio, office and garage. Pier with 6’ mlw. Views to the Tred Avon River. Beautiful plantings. Formal DR, paneled library, 1st floor master wing. $2,795,000
VILLA ROAD Minutes from Easton - classic 4 bedroom, 4 bath home set on 5 acres of parklike grounds. Glassed room on south side overlooking Glebe Creek. Super MBR with huge closet. Deepwater dock with boat lift. $1,495,000
HISTORIC HACKETT HOUSE Built in 1805, this well documented brick house offers a wealth of original building fabric including a magnificent double staircase. Five working fireplaces. 10’ ceilings. Central a/c. 5 porches. Large lot with specimen trees, offstreet parking. $750,000
BAILEY’S NECK, OXFORD RD. Newly remodeled 4,600 sq. ft. painted brick res. with super master bedroom suite. Modern kitchen with granite countertops. 5.6 acres offering expansive views of Trippe Creek. Dock with 8 ft. MLW. Just reduced to $1,599,000
114 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD 21601 410-822-7556 · 410-310-5745 www.shorelinerealty.biz · firstname.lastname@example.org
Tidewater Times November 2016