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Tidewater Times November 2017

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Features: About the Cover Photographer: Ken Conger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 No Good Deed: Helen Chappell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 S.M.A.S.H. ~ Community Funded Tutoring: Dick Cooper . . . . . . 25 A Longwood Gardens Christmas: Bonna Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Waterfowl Festival Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Following a Calling: Michael Valliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 5th Annual Model Boat Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Tidewater Kitchen ~ Root Vegetables: Pamela Meredith-Doyle . . . 73 Tidewater Gardening: K. Marc Teffeau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 The Isthmus ~ Sherwood Village: Gary D. Crawford . . . . . . 143 Tidewater Review: Harold O. Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Changes ~ Pioneer: Roger Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Departments: November Tide Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dorchester Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Easton Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 St. Michaels Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Oxford Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Tilghman - Bay Hundred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Caroline County - A Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Queen Anne’s County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 November Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 David C. Pulzone, Publisher ¡ Anne B. Farwell, Editor P. O. Box 1141, Easton, Maryland 21601 102 Myrtle Ave., Oxford, MD 21654 410-226-0422 FAX : 410-226-0411

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About the Cover Photographer Ken Conger After a rewarding career as a Virginia game warden and Alaska park ranger, Ken carried over his motivation and enthusiasm for wildlife protection to his passion for wildlife photography. Ken’s interest in photography began at a young age, and wildlife photography has always been his concentration. The majority of his images use available early morning and late afternoon light to capture the natural color and beauty of his subjects. His photographs are primarily taken within national parks and refuges located within six of the seven continents and focus strictly on wild animals. He uses annual treks to remote locations to be inspired, obtain unique images, and hopefully educate as well as encourage viewers to connect with nature through his photos. Ken’s images have adorned magazine covers and numerous nature calendars. A published author and award-winning photographer, and a professional wildlife photographer since 2010, Ken currently teaches wildlife photography, leads international photo tours, and participates in art festivals along the East Coast, including Easton’s Waterfowl Festival. Ken’s first published book, Wildlife’s Greatest Connection, is now available for sale. Over the course of his long career he’s witnessed thou-

sands 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 “Fall Stare.” Ken’s work can be viewed at and 7


No Good Deed by Helen Chappell

Every time I finish a book, I swear it’s going to be my last, that I will never write another book again, that I’m too old and too tired for this. And yet, here I am again, hat in hand, putting out the word that my latest novel, No Good Deed, is currently available on Kindle. Yes, this is Blatant Self Promotion (BSP). Call it fate, God, karma, or whatever, but one Saturday I found myself in the News Center meeting author Cheril Thomas, whose Squatter’s Rights is also currently available on Kindle and is worthy of some self-promotion all on its own. The thing is, Cheril not only became my new BFF (Best Friend Forever), but this patient and computer-savvy woman helped me get No Good Deed formatted and up on that marvelous eReader. Eventually, I’ll do something about getting a dead tree edition out there, but for now, the eBook is going to have to do because I’m exhausted. Now is the time for BSP, as we call promoting our books in the writing game. This is where you have to get out there and let everyone know you have a new book, every single chance you get. This,

unfortunately, is a fact of life for mid-list writers. Ain’t no one else gonna do it for you, after all. In the old days, before publishers were swallowed up by giant corporations, if you were very lucky, your publisher would send an ARC (Advance Reading Copy) to reviewers like Publisher’s Weekly, the Bible of my industry. They would also send them to one or two consumer periodicals that would


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do reviews to help sell you. If you were super lucky, your book would be on a seasonal list that the publisher’s salespeople would take around to independent booksellers. The chains might buy three or four copies for each store. Maybe an Assistant Under Publicist in Training would arrange for you to do a signing, or a public speaking engagement somewhere obscure. At the signings, you would sit in a chain bookstore where maybe five people would actually buy your book and get you to sign it. These bookstore signings were never well attended, as you found out pretty quickly. They were never adver-



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of books into a portable, handheld device. The Kindle runs on batteries and can hold an entire library of material in something the size of a trade paperback. Sure, there are competing devices, but the Kindle really took off. And then came the day when you could self-publish on a Kindle. Suddenly, you didn’t have to pay to print your book because putting it up on Kindle was free. So, both mainstream publishers and amateurs hopped on the eTrain. When we mid-listers found it, self-publishing became respectable, if slightly raffish. Those of us who had been made redundant and printless suddenly had a new

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No Good Deed is a done deal and is available. Doubtless, there will be more tears and head-on-screen banging as we move on to the dead tree edition, but it’s finally out there for all to read. And that is my Blatant Self Promotion for today.

home. If you can navigate Kindle’s instructions, you can self-publish. Of course, you’re responsible for all your own proofreading, line and copy editing, services the dead tree publishers used to provide for us gratis, but after forty years in publishing, if you can’t revise and find someone to doublecheck your proofing, you’re not much of a mid-lister. It took a lot of blood, sweat and chocolate, and a ton of coaching from my dear friend Cheril Thomas, but after three long years of false starts, dubious dealings, and that final explorations of the terra incognita of Computerland,

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Community-Funded Tutoring Program Helps Children Succeed by Dick Cooper

B ei ng a s sig ne d to s t ay a f ter school to do homework is no longer a detention penalty for the dozens of St. Michaels schoolkids in the SMASH program. “They actually look forward to it; it’s sort of like belonging to a club,” says kindergarten teacher Debbie Clemens. SMASH, the acronym for St. Michaels After School Help, started its f if th season in October, and everyone involved says it has been a major success. “We see the children come to school the next day more conf ident and engaged in t heir learning,” says Clemens, who has been involved with the program since its inception. “They are more comfortable to be here, and they are more motived. They feel, ‘I can do this.’” Like so many special programs that help children and families in and around St. Michaels, SMASH began as a conversation among a small group of socially active residents who saw a need and set out to fix a problem. Mary Lou McAllister, one of the founders of the Christmas in St. Michaels Weekend that has raised almost $1.5 million over 25 years to help local families and

Mary Lou McAllister with SMASH treasurer, Linda Seemans. charities, says she and her friend Dr. Sherry Sutton, the former principal of the elementary school and now a county school district administrator, had been talking for a while about how children fall behind if they are not good readers by the fourth grade. “That is a critical time, and if they are not reading to learn, then they are in danger of failing and maybe not graduating from high school,” McAllister says. According to national education studies, children spend the first three grades learning to read, and after that, they need to read to continue to learn. “Many children learn to read by first grade regardless 25

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Bev Pratt and Mary Lou McAllister of the type of instruction they receive,” a report by Reading Rocket, a national reading initiative, states. “The children who don’t learn, however, don’t seem able to catch up on their own. More than 88 percent of children who have difficulty reading at the end of first grade display similar difficulties at the end of fourth grade. Three-quarters of students who are poor readers in third grade will remain poor readers.” Clemens says that teachers saw the need for a program like SMASH on a regular basis. “Some students were coming to school and they were not prepared for the day due to circumstances at home, or they were feeling overwhelmed by their homework and needing extra help.” McAllister says she and Bev Pratt and Linda Seemans met with Talbot County School District officials to pitch a proposal to start an after-

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would identify students who were slipping behind in class progress in the lower grades. Those students would be offered personalized help by paid, certified teachers from the school. They also would be provided transportation to bring the children home after the tutoring sessions were over. “They loved the idea,” McAllister recalls, but then the group faced a major obstacle: Talbot County does not pay for after-school programs. If SMASH was to proceed, private money had to be raised, and it would not be cheap. By their own estimate, the program in its first year would serve 25 children and cost $2,400 per child. “We needed to find a lot of money

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St. Michaels Elementary School Principal Indra Bullock, and teacher Debbie Clemens. to pay for four teachers and a bus,” McAllister says. “We initially had some underwriting and then raised the money through a community effort. The St. Michaels Town Commissioners put money in their budget to help, Rotary helped and the churches helped.” The SMASH supporters also raised money by “selling” signs made to look like large, colorful crayons with personalized messages that were mounted on the utility poles lining Talbot Street in the village to attract contributions from other local businesses and private residents. “The whole community got behind it, and we raised the money,” McAllister says, “And we have been raising it ever since.” Seemans, who is a member of the SMASH board and treasurer of the group, says the group raised just over $79,000 for the 2016-17 school year. SMASH started w ith children

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in grades one t hrough four but ha s been g radua l ly ex pa nd i ng. As students who had participated in SM A SH moved on to hig her grades, school officials saw how it had helped them improve. It now is offered to students through the seventh grade and concentrates on math skills. This year, 32 elementary students and 11 middle school students are enrolled in SMASH. “Dr. Tracy Elzey was in the elementary school when it started and is now at the middle/high school,” McAllister says. “She saw the need for students there as well.” SMASH classes are held from 2:45 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in groups of eight students per teacher. The teachers are also helped by volunteers. They start each session with a snack and some play time and then get individual attention. Elementary School Principal Indra Bullock says that at the start of each academic year, she and the teachers recommend students who could be

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SMASH helped by SMASH and then get permission from the children’s parents. “One of the positives of having a small school is that we are close within the staff. Teachers can communicate what each child needs. Every kid has a different reason for needing SMASH, so we want to make sure we are meeting every kid’s needs,” Bullock says. Kindergarten teacher Clemens says that as the school year progresses, she gets feedback from teachers that helps her tailor instructions to the current needs of the child. “Teachers will tell me, ‘this is more important or they need extra practice with this specific skill.’”

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and before she arrived she sent out a survey to the teachers asking what needed to stay the same and what needed to change. “Every survey I received back noted the importance of the SMASH program.” In it s promot iona l brochure, the program boasts “One hundred percent of the students improved their grades in one or more subjects.” At this point, the St. Michaels schools are the only ones in Talbot County with a community-funded after-school tutoring program. “Our focus is on St. Michaels,” McAllister says. “But if someone wants to take it to other schools, we would love to talk to them because it works.”

and math teacher works with even smaller groups of students on enrichment projects. They use applied math and logic to build things out of toothpicks, cotton balls and other supplies to build things as a team. K athy Regan, a second-grade teacher who has worked w it h SMASH for four years, says students tend to be more receptive to learning during the after-school sessions. “They feel like they can relax and learn without being pressured by others in the classroom during the regular school day. They feel more comfortable with themselves. They feel like if they say the wrong thing in front of others here, it is okay. We don’t want it to be, ‘You guys are failing, so you have to be in SMASH.’ They don’t look at it that way. They like each other. They get along with each other.” Bullock says SMASH has become an important part of the school’s curriculum. She says she has been principal here for just two years,

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RYAN BUILDERS SPACIOUS MILFORD MODEL in Easton Club’s Masters Village. Bright Florida room overlooking 18th fairway. Large lot w/ irrigation system. Two-story w/first floor MBR/ BA. Second floor overlook. Kitchen opens to great room w/gas fireplace. Separate DR and LR. Move-in ready. Very nice! $465,000 TA10070988 SOLD

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A Longwood Gardens Christmas by Bonna L. Nelson

We picked up the sheet music on our chairs in the festively decorated ballroom of the Longwood Gardens Conservatory, a building in the spectacular botanical gardens located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. A gentleman walked to the front of the room, bowed to us and seated himself at the organ. Soon, the holiday crowd was joyfully singing such favorites as

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thing for every age and interest. Our granddaughter was fascinated by the trees decorated with fresh fruits. In the music room, she was attracted to the elegant trees decorated with musical instruments. One of her favorite experiences of the day was the indoor Children’s Garden with displays that encouraged children to touch and play. The children could touch ever ything in that room, and water play was a big part of the attraction. An impressive year-round display of orchids and irises is always a must-see on my list. Walls are draped with hanging orchids of every type and hue. Brilliant lavenders and purples are featured, but even plain white orchids are outstanding. Conser vator y rooms of ferns, ivies and topiary evergreens elicit

est residential Aeolian pipe organ ever constructed. With its rich orchestral sound, it is an impressive example of A rmerican A rt Deco organ design and engineering. The 10,010-pipe organ was installed in 1930 by Longwood founder Pierre S. duPont, an organ af icionado and preser vat ionist. The organ underwent a seven-year restoration between 2004 and 2011 that involved rewiring, repainting, and refurbishing ever y element. The organ pipes have their own room next to the ballroom and can be seen through glass panels. Although it was a foggy, rainy afternoon in December when we v isited L ong wood Gardens, our spirits weren’t dampened. Spread over 1,07 7 acres were sea sona l decorations, water gardens and fountains, conservatories, a theatre and a visitor center. One of the most fabulous botanical gardens in the United States, Longwood is a yearround attraction with indoor and outdoor displays, concerts, lectures and other events. Longwood Gardens has some48

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A c omple x i r r igat ion s y s tem comprising 4,000 feet of tubing prov ided water v ia spouts af ter spe cia l i st s deter m i ne d t he ap propr iate water need s for each plant. Hor t icult ur ists designed the planting scheme to ref lect each plant’s need for water, sunlight and temperature. The glorious effect of the Living Tree was breathtaking. By mid-afternoon, we were ready for a holiday treat. Three cheerf ul dining areas surrounded by decorated Christmas trees offered comfortable seating. We took this time to learn a bit more about the history of Longwood Gardens. I wondered what Pierre S. duPont ~ entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist, and member of the fa mous duPont fa mi ly ~ wou ld

oohs and ahhs. More than 4,600 types of plants are displayed in the Conservatory.

The Living Christmas Tree was the show-stopper in the Conservatory’s exhibition hall. Longwood’s largest tree display in its history stood over 30 feet high and spanned 20 feet wide. Over 50 Longwood staf f constr ucted the tree for m of wood and metal and then installed 1,300 potted plants onto the massive structure. The tree was decorated with poinsettias, white scarlet-plumes, Canary Island ivy and white moth orchids, and was skirted with living ferns and further adorned with hand-painted, silverwinged bush branches, a crystal garland, and ornaments.

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Pierre duPont stepped in. In 1906, he bought the farm to save the trees and built an elegant country home to enter tain f r iends. Under his guidance and funding, the Gardens expanded and evolved into one of the leading botanical gardens in the country, and he provided for their future when he died in 1954. On ref lec t ion, I t hin k P ier re would be happy to share the beautiful gardens with his neighbors and visitors from around the country. In addition to of fer ing premier horticultural displays, Longwood offers special events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, and educational lectures and work shops for a ll levels of interest. Today, Longwood Gardens

think about how Longwood Gardens has evolved from the simple country farm, established in 1700 and nurtured for almost 200 years by members of the Peirce family, to the showplace that it is today. In 1798, the Peirces planted a 15-acre arboretum with local and collected tree specimens. By 1850, this collection of trees was considered one of the finest in the nation. Folks held picnics and socials in Peirce’s Park. When the family lost interest and sold the property, it passed to several owners until it was bought by a lumber mill operator who had only one thing in mind. That’s when



Longwood Gardens attracts more than one million visitors per year. A s evening approached, we strolled outside to see the majestic displays of lighted trees and dazzling dancing fountains. A half million lights brightened the night. We meandered through parallel groves of trees illuminated with tiny green lights. We spotted a grouping of trees in the distance all glistening with blinking red lights. Bella found a bare-branched winter tree decorated with multi-colored lights and chose it for a souvenir photograph. We could see a variety of spark l i ng l ig ht s i n e ver y d i r e c t ion across meadows, woodlands, for-

ests, fields, ponds and fountains a s st rol l i ng c o st u me d c a roler s delighted the guests. In spring and summer, the water lily pond, peony garden, azalea c ol le c t ion a nd w i ster ia ga rden are quite popular. In the fall, the chrysanthemum collection is a big attraction. The chimes tower and


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oldest building on the grounds and formerly the Peirces’ family home. D uPont renovated t he home to double its size, modernized fixtures and used it for a weekend retreat from 1906 until his death in 1954. The Christmas displays run from November 23 to January 1. It was relatively quiet and peaceful when we arrived early on the Saturday afternoon before Christmas last year. My husband John was impressed with the Longwood Gardens experience. He compared it to Disney park and Disney cruise experiences in its efficiency and convenience. Parking was easy, and pre-ordering timed tickets online saved waiting in lines at the visitors venter. Bella and I finished our Christ-

waterfall are popular year-round. There is something new and special every season. We did not have time to tour the duPont home dating from 1730, the


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mas shopping in the garden shop, a gift shop in the visitors center. I found garden books, journals, seeds, plants, giftware and jewelry ready to be wrapped for the ladies on my list. The crowds began to pick up at dusk, including families and groups of young adults gathering to enjoy the magic and wonder of the evening light displays and to listen to outdoor holiday music and harmonizing carolers. Longwood Gardens is a special experience to share with family and friends during the holidays and all year long, and it’s only a two-hour drive from the Eastern Shore. Bonna L. Nelson is a Bay-area writer, columnist, photographer and world traveler. She resides in Easton with her husband, John. 57

2017 WATERFOWL FESTIVAL Galleries, exhibits and events are open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, November 9

4 p.m.: 47th Annual Waterfowl Festival Opening Ceremonies 4:30 to 8 p.m.: Waterfowl Chesapeake Premier Night Party 7 p.m.: “Make Way for Ducklings” - Art & Decoy Auction

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10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Galleries & Exhibits Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Dock Dogs® - Easton Middle School 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Kid’s Conservation Mural Project - Downtown 11-11:45 a.m.: “Wonders of Wetland Waterfowl” - Talbot County Free Library 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Wine, Beer and Tasting Pavilion Open - Downtown 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.: Retriever Demonstrations - Bay Street Ponds 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Art Activities - Easton Middle School 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.: Raptor Demonstrations - Easton High School 12-1 p.m.: Sportsman’s Heritage: “The Stories Told from Artifacts” 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Music - Trinity Blues -Downtown 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.: World Waterfowl Calling Championships, Sr. Preliminaries No bus transportation provided after 5 p.m. 1 to 3 p.m.: Music - Full Circle Band - Downtown 2 to 5 p.m.: Duck Hunting Video Game (open play) - Sportsman’s Pavilion 3 to 6 p.m.: Yappy Hour - Tickets at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Black Alley Concert for Conservation Tickets at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Painting Class: Wine & Watercolors Register at

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Saturday, November 11 - The following are events with specific times. 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Fly Fishing Demonstrations - Bay Street Ponds 12 to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Art Activities - Easton Middle School 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Music - Saved by Zero - Downtown 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: World Waterfowl Calling Championships, Jr. Preliminaries 2 to 3:30 p.m.: Music - Mid-Shore Community Band - Downtown 2 to 4 p.m..: Children’s Calling Clinic 3 to 5 p.m.: Duck Hunting Video Game (open play) 4 p.m.: Calling Contests, Finals - Easton High School No bus transportation provided after 5 p.m. 7 p.m.: Waterfowl Hunter’s Party - Elks Lodge - separate admission required Proceeds benefit the Waterfowl Festival and Ducks Unlimited Tickets at

Sunday, November 12 - 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 - Downtown 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Kids’ Conservation Art Activity - Downtown 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Dock Dogs® - Easton Middle School 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids’ Fishing Derby - Bay Street Ponds 10:30 a.m.: Kids’ “Paint a Decoy” Class (space limited) - Easton Middle School 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Sportsman’s Heritage: “Details of the Decoy” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Wine, Beer and Tasting Pavilion Open 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.: Retriever Demonstrations - Bay Street Ponds 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.: Raptor Demonstrations - Easton High School 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Fly Fishing Demonstrations - Bay Street Ponds 12 p.m.: Photography Exhibit Opens 12 to 1 p.m.: Sportsman’s Heritage: “Evolution of Waterfowling Firearms” 12 to 3 p.m.: Kids’ Art Activities - Easton Middle School 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Music - Trinity Blues - Downtown (Washington Street) 1 to 3 p.m.: Music - Full Circle Band - Downtown (South Street) 1 to 4 p.m.: Duck Hunting Video Game (open play)

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Following a Calling A Sketch of Faith by Michael Valliant

Faith is a full-contact sport. I fell off the stage and fractured my skull while attending Sunday School at Holy Trinity Church in Oxford when I was four years old. I was the only kid who was allowed to wear my Baltimore Colts football helmet to nursery school for the next week or two, so it turned out all right. Looking back, I realize it was a first and individual step to find out that a walk of faith is a high-stakes business, and to watch my footing. In order to follow a dream, you have to know what your dream is. Until that becomes clear, you don’t know if your path is taking you closer or farther away. Writer and theologian Frederick Buechner says that our vocation, our calling, is where “your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” That place for one person could be as a firefighter, farmer, teacher, business owner, or artist. Only you can speak to your deep gladness. For me, I find that place in spirituality, a spiraling path that has led me time and again back to the church. But it’s taken a long time for me to discern that calling.

Michael Valliant, sitting atop a mountain in Virginia. It was St. James School, an Episcopal boarding school outside Hagerstown, Maryland, that introduced me to running and writing, two activities and passions that have defined me for the past thirty years. It was commuting from Oxford to Chestertown, going to Washington College, when I decided I wanted to go on to get a Ph.D. to be a philosophy and religion professor. Graduate school debt and wanting to be a part of our Eastern Shore community got the better of me then. 61

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Christ Church in Easton. For almost 20 years, my path has been through community organizations ~ the Academy Art Museum in Easton; the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels; and the Oxford Community Center. I have learned about art, history, the Chesapeake Bay, and my own family history. I’ve gotten to know the non-profit community, working with volunteers, Boards of Trustees, staff members. I’ve seen how organizations work ~ fundraising, communications, events, programs, public relations, and marketing. I’ve worked with fantastic people on meaningful projects that made a difference.

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But I couldn’t figure out how it all fit together. “We have taken circuitous ways to come to the place where we dared to believe in God,” said Father Bill Ortt, rector of Christ Church Easton, during a recent sermon. “Our love of God means something in this world.” For as long as I can remember, I have looked up at the stars at night and wondered big questions. I have run trails through mountains and woods and felt there was something more at work than I could name. I have f loated on rivers and lakes and have felt, like John Muir, “Nature’s peace f lowing into (me) as sunshine f lows into trees.” But that feeling was incomplete. It didn’t convey it all.

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school for Christian theology. I sat with the notion, but shook it off. And then life intervened. In August 2015, my then 10-year-old daughter had a seizure while visiting her mother’s family in western Pennsylvania. She was helicoptered to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh while I drove through the night from Oxford to get there. She spent the next month, first in pediatric intensive care, then in the neurology ward, then in a rehabilitation hospital. People reached out. They prayed. They helped. My daughter came home. Though she still has occasional seizures, she is healthy. I am not saying prayer and faith changed her outcome ~ God’s primary way of working is through the hands of people, including doctors and nurses ~ but the experience changed me and my perspective. Beyond just nature, writing, reading, I began to find my footing and faith in church, first at Real Life Chapel, and then finding a home at Christ Church. I could find and feel things working in my life that were bigger than me. “I have found it very important in my own life to try to let go of my wishes and instead to live in hope,” Henri Nouwen writes in Finding My Way Home. “I am finding that when I choose to let go of my sometimes petty and superficial wishes and trust that my life is precious and meaningful in the eyes of God something really new, something

I have struggled, fallen, and been broken, repeatedly. Life hurts, frequently. I have found for decades that when I needed a voice, it has been writers like Buechner and contemplative monk Thomas Merton who have spoken to me: “Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true.” Merton helped pull back the curtain to reconnect me with something bigger than myself. In 2013, I had an overriding sense that I should go to seminary or back to

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beyond my own expectations begins to happen for me.” In November 2016, I started working part time at Christ Church, helping with small groups and adult education. While I continued to love my work at OCC, something was taking root, or rather drawing me up. A year later, my spiritual and professional lives have merged as I begin a full-time position at Christ Church, overseeing adult education, newcomer ministry, and coleading communications. What has happened over the past year has not been an academic exercise, or just a job. I have watched people change, hearts light up and open, and learning become an education of the heart and soul. I stand back and I can see a map showing how my various experiences, jobs, relationships, struggles and successes have come together at Christ Church. Just across Harrison Street from where my professional life began almost 20 years ago. “With the time that we have,” is something Fr. Ortt is known to say these days. It speaks to the urgency of our time on the planet, our time together. If we have work to do with our lives, if we have love to share, if we have time to give, now is the time. Nothing is guaranteed. After the Las Vegas shootings, I found myself devastated by the terrible


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is distinct to each of our lives ~ what our talents and passions are, what gets us out of bed in the morning. What is common is the need to listen to our lives in order to find it, and to realize that all moments speak. “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is,” Buechner writes. “In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” Michael Valliant is the Assistant for Adult Education and Newcomers Ministry at Christ Church Easton. He has worked for nonprofit organizations throughout Talbot County, including the Oxford Community Center, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and Academy Art Museum. Echoing writer Jim Harrison, he hopes to be astonished tomorrow by he doesn’t know what.

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workboats and sailing ships from members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum model sailing club; and ships in bottles as well as Bay schooner models. Special this year on the stage will be skiffs built as part of the YMCA of the Chesapeake’s “Take the Helm” boatbuilding program and the CBMM “Rising Tide” program. “Rising Tide” teaches students basic boatbuilding skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. The program works to inspire participants to develop a sense of self-confidence and pride, and facilitate mentorships that provide guidance and support. “Take the Helm” is designed

Come experience maritime in miniature at the Oxford Community Center’s Model Boat Show on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public and has become one of OCC’s most popular events. As many as 40 model builders from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region will have their work on display. Visitors are treated to diverse and detailed models, including half-hull models of Chesapeake Bay boats and classic yachts; scratch-built models of Tangier Sound workboats; tall ship rigging; early modern sailing ships; a local radio-controlled Laser fleet;


OCC’s Model Boat Show boasts something for visitors of all ages, including a kids’ corner with different activities and a chance for children to build their own boat models. Next door to OCC at the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department is the annual Antique Show and Sale. Venture farther into town to the Oxford Museum for interesting historical exhibits, and visit the town’s waterfront park, restaurants, and shops. The Model Boat Show is supported in part by a grant from Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council. The show is sponsored by Cutts & Case; Ron and Sandy Kaufman; Brewer Oxford Boat Yard and Marina; Campbell’s Boat Yards; Matthews Brothers, LLC; Miles River Marine; The Oxford Market; Beth Trujillo; and Ken and Wendy Gibson. OCC is located at 200 Oxford Road. For more information, visit or call 410-226-5904.

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overlapping layer. Add water and dot with 1 tablespoon of butter bits. Bring to a boil and cook over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce and simmer until just fork-tender ~ 5 to 8 minutes. Cut the ginger into very thin slices; then stack them and cut into very thin strips. Cut these strips crosswise into tiny dice. Remove the pan lid and scatter the minced ginger over the carrots. Add the honey and remaining butter. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook until carrots are glazed, stirring constantly. Season with salt and transfer to a serving dish.


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Autumn Leaves are Falling Autumn leaves are falling, there is a crispness in the air, and the landscape is slowly turning brown. For gardeners, November is a transition month between fall and winter. The foliage color display is just about finished, and the rainfall in October and early November has removed most of the leaves from the trees. At this time of year, the various hues of

greens and blues of the narrowand broad-leafed evergreens start to stand out in the landscape. The clear, cool November days are an excellent time to prepare the landscape and garden for the winter months. The chrysanthemums have finished f lowering, so now is the time to clean them up by removing the f lower stalks within a few inches of the ground.


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lects on the surface. During the winter, this standing water will freeze and can damage your plants. To alleviate this problem, you can dig shallow trenches to help drain away the excess water. Also, if you see standing water, make a note of it and be prepared to raise the bed next spring. Remember that many perennials may be planted or divided and replanted in the fall. Make sure you get them in the ground early enough to establish their roots before the ground freezes.

This will help root development and make them send out vigorous sprouts in the spring. Some of the plants may be lifted and heeled into the cold frame. These plants can be used next spring to propagate side sprouts that can be replanted. Many gardeners are actively raking the abundant leaves that have fallen and need to be cleaned up. Leaves left on the turf will smother it. In addition to raking leaves from the lawn, make sure that you remove any leaves that have fallen in your pansy bed. Before raking through your herbaceous perennials, such as lilies and iris, cut the dead plant stems and leaves, and remove dead f lower stalks. Avoid pulling the stems and leaves up out of the plant because doing so will produce holes in the crown of the plant that will lead to crown rot problems. Be sure to check your perennial beds after a period of rain falls. Look for standing water that col-

While you are cleaning up the f lower beds, don’t forget that it’s not too late to plant spring bulbs. It is important that the bulbs be planted while the soil is still warm to promote good root growth. A healthy large root system produced this fall will result in impressive blooms next spring. A large root system is essential for the absorption of the water and nutrients necessary to produce f lowers and leaves. It will be necessary to mulch the soil heavily to conserve as 84


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deep enough. Large bulbs should be planted five to six inches or deeper, while small bulbs should be planted three to four inches deep. After a few years, you will need to thin out the bulbs and replant. If you plant the bulbs at the proper depth, and 10 to 12 inches apart, you will maintain your f lower display and not have to thin as often. Many gardeners complain about the decline in f lowering of tulip and daffodil beds over time. This is a result of the bulbs being planted too close to the soil surface. As a result, energy is devoted to bulb production, rather than f lower production, so the f lowers get smaller and smaller. As the days get cooler, several

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and on the sunny side of houses near these trees. Boxelder bugs frequently invade your home through openings around windows and doors. This is when they become a real problem. Although they don’t bite, eat your food, or bother house plants, their presence in large numbers makes them a real nuisance. When crushed, they leave a red stain that is difficult to remove from fabrics. If you need to control boxelder bugs outside, you can spray them with either an insecticidal soap or a labeled contact insecticide. A permanent solution is to remove the boxelder tree that is attracting them to your home. Besides boxelder bugs, various species of squash and stink bugs try to get into the garage and house. Inside the house, suck them up with the vacuum cleaner instead of spraying them. As you prepare for the holidays, you might notice that some of your holly bushes and trees do not have berries. Hollies are dioecious plants, which means that each sex

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is confined to a separate plant. Therefore, to have berries on the Harriet holly, you need Harry holly somewhere nearby. Most of the time, the failure of a mature female holly to fruit is due to lack of pollination. The only solution to this problem is to plant a male holly within 500 feet to ensure good pollination. Unfortunately, the only time you can determine the sex of a holly is when it is in bloom, and even then, it can be difficult. Every winter, ornamental plants are damaged, and some are killed by winter injury. This is especially true if we have a mild fall followed by a severe winter. You can reduce winter damage on broad-leafed

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planting process, some homeowners forget to remove the tags placed on the plant at the nursery or garden center. Make sure you remove those labels so that the wire or string doesn’t girdle or strangle the branch. On occasion, when I examine plants in the landscape with dying branches, the girdling of the stem by the tag has been the culprit. Take a piece of graph paper, make a rough sketch of the layout of your yard, and indicate on the plan what the plant is and when it was planted. This is better than leaving the tag on the plant if you want to remember the cultivar. If you are tranplanting trees and shrubs this fall, try not to do it on a windy day. The roots can be exposed to too much light or drying winds, putting undue stress on the plant. As you check your trees and shrubs in the landscape, look out for scale insects. There are different species of scale insects, but most of them look like some type of white growth on the branches and stems.

evergreens and conifers by watering them thoroughly before the soil freezes. These plants continue to transpire water through their leaves and needles during the winter months. Without an adequate supply of water below the frost line, they will dry out. If the soil is not frozen in mid-winter, water again at that time. This is especially important if we experience a dry winter with limited snowfall. As important as it is to make sure there is adequate water, it is equally important to make sure you don’t over-water. Over-watering can cause as serious a problem as not watering at all. If your soil is well drained, there should be no problem. If your soil is a heavy clay, make certain that water is not standing around the plants after you have finished watering. Fall is one of the best times to transplant shrubs and trees. Sometimes, however, during the


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of most houseplants slows. Unless the plants are grown under an artificial light source that is left on 16 hours per day, new growth will be minimal until spring. Reduce fertilizer and water until late April or May, when new growth resumes. Happy Gardening!

If there is any evidence of scale on your plant, spray with dormant oil in late fall, and again in early spring. Follow label directions. By now, you should have brought in all your houseplants that you set out for the summer. Keep an eye out for spider mites, as they thrive in dry air. At the first sign of any insect infestation, isolate the plant. Several thorough washings with plain water may bring insects under control. If not, apply an appropriate insecticide, following the instructions on the label. During the cooler temperatures and shorter days of winter, growth

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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. 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 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 THE STANLEY INSTITUTE - This 19th century one-room African American schoolhouse, dating back to 1865, is one of the oldest Maryland schools to be organized and maintained by a black community. Between

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Dorchester Points of Interest 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 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 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. HARRIET TUBMAN VISITOR CENTER - Located adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center immerses visitors in Tubman’s world through informative, evocative and emotive exhibits. The immersive displays show how the landscape of the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance of her faith, family and community. The exhibits also feature information about Tubman’s life beginning with her childhood in Maryland, her emancipation from slavery, her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and her continuous advocacy for justice. For more info. visit dnr2. 100


Dorchester Points of Interest 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 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 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 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 HANDSELL HISTORIC SITE - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, the site is used to interpret the native American contact period with the English, the slave and later African American story and the life of all those who lived at Handsell. The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. Visitors can view the exterior of the circa 1770/1837 brick house, currently undergoing preservation work. Nearby is the Chicone Village, a replica single-family dwelling complex of the Native People who once inhabited the site. Special living history events are held several times a year. Located at 4837 Indiantown Road, Vienna. For more info. tel: 410228-745 or visit 102


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Easton Points of Interest 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 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 8. CHRIST CHURCH - St. Peter’s Parish, 111 South Harrison St. Founded in 1692, the Parish’s church building is one of the many historic landmarks of downtown Easton. The current building was erected in the early 1840’s of Port Deposit granite and an addition on the south end was completed in 1874. Since that time there have been many improve-

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Easton Points of Interest ments and updates, but none as extensive as the restoration project which began in September 2014. For service times contact 410-822-2677 or 9. TALBOT HISTORICAL SOCIET Y - Located in the heart of Easton’s historic district. Enjoy an evocative portrait of everyday life during earlier times when visiting the c. 18th and 19th century historic houses, all of which surround a Federal-style garden. For more info. tel: 410822-0773 or visit Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is now located at 25 S. Washington St. Consignments accepted by appointment, please call 410-820-7525. Proceeds support the Talbot Historical Society. 10. ODD FELLOWS LODGE - At the corner of Washington and Dover streets stands a building with secrets. It was constructed in 1879 as the meeting hall for the Odd Fellows. Carved into the stone and placed into the stained glass are images and symbols that have meaning only for members. See if you can find the dove, linked rings and other symbols. 11. TALBOT COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Long known as the “East Capital” of Maryland. The present building was completed in 1794 on the site of the earlier one built in 1711. It has been remodeled several times.

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Easton Points of Interest 11A. FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE - 11 N. Washington St. on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse. The statue honors Frederick Douglass in his birthplace, Talbot County, where the experiences in his youth ~ both positive and negative ~ helped form his character, intellect and determination. Also on the grounds is a memorial to the veterans who fought and died in the Vietnam War, and a monument “To the Talbot Boys,” commemorating the men from Talbot who fought for the Confederacy. The memorial for the Union soldiers was never built. 12. SHANNAHAN & WRIGHTSON HARDWARE BUILDING 12 N. Washington St. It is the oldest store in Easton. In 1791, Owen Kennard began work on a new brick building that changed hands several times throughout the years. Dates on the building show when additions were made in 1877, 1881 and 1889. The present front was completed in time for a grand opening on Dec. 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. 13. THE BRICK HOTEL - northwest corner of Washington and Federal streets. Built in 1812, it became the Eastern Shore’s leading hostelry. When court was in session, plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers all came to town and shared rooms in hotels such as this. Frederick

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Douglass stayed in the Brick Hotel when he came back after the Civil War and gave a speech in the courthouse. It is now an office building. 14. THOMAS PERRIN SMITH HOUSE - 119 N. Washington St. Built in 1803, it was the early home of the newspaper from which the 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)


Easton Points of Interest 18. TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDR AL - On “Cathedral Green,” Goldsborough St., a traditional Gothic design in granite. The interior is well worth a visit. All windows are stained glass, picturing New Testament scenes, and the altar cross of Greek type is unique. For more info. tel: 410-822-1931 or visit 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 tcf 21. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON - Established in the early 1900s, now one of the finest hospitals on the Eastern Shore. Memorial

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Hospital is part of the Shore Health System. 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. 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 25. W YE GRIST MILL - The oldest working mill in Maryland (ca. 1682), the f lour-producing “grist” mill has been lovingly preserved by

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Easton Points of Interest The Friends of Wye Mill, and grinds f lour to this day using two massive grindstones powered by a 26 horsepower overshot waterwheel. For more info. visit 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 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 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 (Now under renovation) 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 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 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. 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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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 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 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 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, a druggist, and occupied as his private residence and office. In 1910 the property, then known as “Willow Cottage,” underwent alterations when

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St. Michaels Points of Interest acquired by the Shannahan family who continued it as a private residence for over 75 years. As a bed and breakfast, circa 1988, major renovations took place, preserving the historic character of the gracious Victorian era. For more info. visit 12. HAMBLETON INN - On the harbor. Historic waterfront home built in 1860 and restored as a bed and breakfast in 1985 with a turn-ofthe-century atmosphere. For more info. visit 13. SNUGGERY B&B - Oldest residence in St. Michaels, c. 1665.The structure incorporates the remains of a log home that was originally built on the beach and later moved to its present location. 14. LOCUST STREET - A stroll down Locust Street is a look into the past of St. Michaels. The Haddaway House at 103 Locust St. was built by Thomas L. Haddaway in the late 1700s. Haddaway owned and operated the shipyard at the foot of the street. Wickersham, at 203 Locust Street, was built in 1750 and was moved to its present location in 2004. It is known for its glazed brickwork. Hell’s Crossing is the intersection of Locust and Carpenter streets and is so-named because in the late 1700’s, the town was described as a rowdy one, in keeping with a port town where sailors would

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St. Michaels Points of Interest 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 17. CARPENTER STREET SALOON - Life in the Colonial community revolved around the tavern. The traveler could, of course, obtain food, drink, lodging or even a fresh horse to speed his journey. This tavern was built in 1874 and has served the community as a bank, a newspaper


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St. Michaels Points of Interest office, post office and telephone company. For more info. visit www. 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 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 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. 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: 410745-9561 or 25. GR ANITE LODGE #177 - Located on St. Mary’s Square, Granite Lodge was built in 1839. The building stands on the site of the first Methodist Church in St. Michaels on land donated to the Methodists by James Braddock in 1781. Between then and now, the building has served variously as a church, schoolhouse and as a storehouse for muskrat skins. 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 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. CLASSIC MOTOR MUSEUM - Located at 102 E. Marengo Street, the Classic Motor Museum is a living museum of classic automobiles, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation, and providing educational resources to classic car enthusiasts. For more info. visit 29. ST. MICHAELS HARBOUR INN, MARINA & SPA - Constructed in 1986 and recently renovated. For more info. visit 30. ST. MICHAELS NATURE TRAIL - This 1.3 mile paved walkway winds around the western side of St. Michaels starting at a dedicated parking lot on South Talbot Street. The path cuts through the woods, San Domingo Park, over a covered bridge and ending in Bradley Park. The trail is open all year from dawn to dusk. 128






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

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Oxford Points of Interest cemetery may be seen Plimhimmon, home of Tench Tilghman’s widow, Anna Marie Tilghman. 2. THE OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER - This former, pillared brick schoolhouse was saved from the wrecking ball by the town residents. Now it is a gathering place for meetings, classes, lectures, and performances by the Tred Avon Players and has been recently renovated. Rentals available to groups and individuals. 410-226-5904 or 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 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. 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 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 the National Register of Historic Places. (Private residence)

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Oxford Points of Interest 10. THE GRAPEVINE HOUSE - 309 N. Morris St. The grapevine over the entrance arbor was brought from the Isle of Jersey in 1810 by Captain William Willis, who commanded the brig “Sarah and Louisa.” (Private residence) 11. THE ROBERT MORRIS INN - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Robert Morris was the father of Robert Morris, Jr., the “financier of the Revolution.” Built about 1710, part of the original house with a beautiful staircase is contained in the beautifully restored Inn, now open 7 days a week. Robert Morris, Jr. was one of only 2 Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. 410-226-5111 or 12. THE OXFORD CUSTOM HOUSE - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Built in 1976 as Oxford’s official Bicentennial project. It is a replica of the first Federal Custom House built by Jeremiah Banning, who was the first Federal Collector of Customs appointed by George Washington. 13. TRED AVON YACHT CLUB - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Founded in 1931. The present building, completed in 1991, replaced the original structure. 14. OXFORD-BELLEVUE FERRY - N. Morris St. & The Strand. Tidewater Residential Designs since 1989

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Oxford Points of Interest Started in 1683, this is believed to be the oldest privately operated ferry in the United States. Its first keeper was Richard Royston, whom the Talbot County Court “pitcht upon� to run a ferry at an unusual subsidy of 2,500 pounds of tobacco. Service has been continuous since 1836, with power supplied by sail, sculling, rowing, steam, and modern diesel engine. Many now take the ride between Oxford and Bellevue for the scenic beauty. 15. BYEBERRY - On the grounds of Cutts & Case Boatyard. It faces Town Creek and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The date of construction is unknown, but it was standing in 1695. Originally, it was in the main business section but was moved to the present location about 1930. (Private residence) 16. CUTTS & CASE - 306 Tilghman St. World-renowned boatyard for classic yacht design, wooden boat construction and restoration using composite structures. Some have described Cutts & Case Shipyard as an American Nautical Treasure because it produces to the highest standards quality work equal to and in many ways surpassing the beautiful artisanship of former times.

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Tilghman’s Island “Great Choptank Island” was granted to Seth Foster in 1659. Thereafter it was known as Foster’s Island, and remained so through a succession of owners until Matthew Tilghman of Claiborne inherited it in 1741. He and his heirs owned the island for over a century and it has been Tilghman’s Island ever since, though the northern village and the island’s postal designation are simply “Tilghman.” For its first 175 years, the island was a family farm, supplying grains, vegetables, fruit, cattle, pigs and timber. Although the owners rarely were in residence, many slaves were: an 1817 inventory listed 104. The last Tilghman owner, General Tench Tilghman (not Washington’s aide-de-camp), removed the slaves in the 1830s and began selling off lots. In 1849, he sold his remaining interests to James Seth, who continued the development. The island’s central location in the middle Bay is ideally suited for watermen harvesting the Bay in all seasons. The years before the Civil War saw the influx of the first families we know today. A second wave arrived after the War, attracted by the advent of oyster dredging in the 1870s. Hundreds of dredgers and tongers operated out of Tilghman’s Island, their catches sent to the cities by schooners. Boat building, too, was an important industry. The boom continued into the 1890s, spurred by the arrival of steamboat service, which opened vast new markets for Bay seafood. Islanders quickly capitalized on the opportunity as several seafood buyers set up shucking and canning operations on pilings at the edge of the shoal of Dogwood Cove. The discarded oyster shells eventually became an island with seafood packing houses, hundreds of workers, a store, and even a post office. The steamboats also brought visitors who came to hunt, fish, relax and escape the summer heat of the cities. Some families stayed all summer in one of the guest houses that sprang up in the villages of Tilghman, Avalon, Fairbank and Bar Neck. Although known for their independence, Tilghman’s Islanders enjoy showing visitors how to pick a crab, shuck an oyster or find a good fishing spot. In the twentieth century, Islanders pursued these vocations in farming, on the water, and in the thriving seafood processing industry. The “Tilghman Brand” was known throughout the eastern United States, but as the Bay’s bounty diminished, so did the number of water-related jobs. Still, three of the few remaining Bay skipjacks (sailing dredgeboats) can be seen here, as well as two working harbors with scores of power workboats. 141

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A long the bay shore of Talbot County lies a beautiful rural village. One doesn’t actually go through it on the way down the Bay Hundred peninsula, however, for Route 33 now runs just past it. Of course, there’s still a road going into the village itself, where an ancient store seems to guard the entrance. The narrow lane leaves little room to pass another car, however, let alone the UPS truck. Moreover, the roadway simply dead-ends at a small pier where there is no turn-around. That may be just as well, for there really is nowhere to go in this village ~ unless you are fortunate enough to be visiting a friend who lives there. A stroll or bike ride down to the pedestrian wharf is quite lovely, though. On warm summer days, the word “pastoral” inevitably comes to mind. There are sizable coves here on both sides of the peninsula. In fact, the Bay nearly broke through at this point, as it did farther south at Knapps Narrows, for it is barely 2,300 feet from Bay to Creek. This place did not have a name for more than two centuries after Captain John Smith explored the upper Bay in 1608. Because this spot is so narrow, I have come to think of

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it simply as “The Isthmus.” (And it’s such a fun word to say, too.) Its name today, of course, is Sherwood Village. There is some history here, too, as in so many out-of-the-way places on the Eastern Shore, a histor y filled with more stories than there is room to tell here. Here are just a few of them. There is no evidence of any Indian settlements at the Isthmus, so far as I know. When some Virginians finally did come up the Bay, 23 years after Captain Smith, they weren’t looking to settle anywhere on the mainland. William Claiborne and his people weren’t tobacco planters; they were involved in the other really profitable cash export ~ animal furs, especially beaver pelts for the making of hats. They were in what was known as “the Bay Trade.” Since their business depended on cooperation with the peoples of the First Nation, the Bay traders


The Isthmus sought to learn their languages and their ways. Claiborne especially wanted to trade with the fearsome Susquehannocks at the very head of the Bay, where there were beavers in abundance. In an effort to establish his trading post close to them, but not too close, he chose Kent Island. Four years later, having raised money in London, he returned with a group of settlers and founded “Kent Fort” ~ the third permanent English settlement in the New World, after Jamestown and Plymouth. The fourth, of course, was St. Mar y’s Cit y, founded just three years later by Leonard Calvert, on behalf of his brother, the second

Lord Baltimore and new owner of the entire upper half of the Bay. L e on a r d s p ent t he ne x t doz en years trying to get the colony of Mary-Land established, evicting Claiborne from Kent Island and making peace w ith local Indian tribes. Meanwhile, settlers continued to arrive on the western shore. In 1646, a 27-year-old Frenchman named John Jarboe arrived in St. Mary’s County and settled there. (Remember him; he is mentioned again later.) By the 1650s, Calvert had cleared away most of the obstacles, and the settlement of the upper Eastern Shore finally could begin ~ and it did so with a rush. A property at the very northern tip of the Bay


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Hundred peninsula was granted to Captain William Mitchell in 1649, the first land grant on the mainland of (soon to be) Talbot County. Mitchell named it “Rich Neck,” the name it still carries. Other grants quickly followed as settlers rushed in looking for good farm and home sites. By 1662, when Talbot County was created, it is very likely that every acre of Bay Hundred had been spoken for ~ including our Isthmus. There is no map showing who owned what in the 1670s, but we learn from history that the countryside was div ided into large plots for agricultural purposes. Land was wealth, after all, and some owners controlled thousands of acres. The names of many of these early

landowners are still with us today. For example, Col. Vincent Lowe arrived in Maryland in 1670 and immediately began acquiring property. He married Elizabeth Foster, the first European child born on Great Choptank (Tilghman’s) Island, which she later inherited from her father. When Lowe passed away in 1692, he was very well off indeed. He had some personal property (including two indentured servants), but it was his real estate that made the Lowes so wealthy. At the time of his death, he owned over 13,580 acres. It is not surprising, therefore, to f ind L owe’s name in var ious places 345 years later. One of his properties was right here at the Isthmus, on the Bay side. It is still



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The Isthmus Lowe’s Point, and the landing there is Lowe’s Wharf. It was a very busy cove over the years, as we shall see. John Harris was another early landowner. In 1659, he was granted 1,000 acres along the creek that now bears his name. Harris named his property Grafton Manor, after the estate of the same name in Worcestershire, England. Though the Harris home is long gone, a lane just north of Sherwood Village reads: “Grafton Manor Lane.” When Harris died without heirs, the property reverted to the Lord Proprietor, who in turn passed it on to his wife’s brother. (Guess who? Right, Vincent Lowe.)

The original Grafton Manor still exists in England, by the way. Above a window in the parlor, one finds this inscription: Plenti and grase Ti in this plase Whyle even man is pleased in his degree There is both pease and uniti. Solamon saith there is none accorde

When every man would be a lorde. In more modern terms it reads: “[ There is] plent y and grace in this place. So long as everyone is satisfied with his place in society, there is both peace and unity. [But] Solomon warned there can never be accord when every man tries to be a lord.” Or, to put it even more bluntly: Know your place and accept it, otherwise there’s going to be trouble. It was a prescription for life here, too, for early Marylanders replicated the English class society from which they came. William Webb Haddaway, Jr. was born in Bay Hundred just north of the Isthmus in 1736. He grew to manhood in a time of increasing friction between the American colonies and English rule. Relations with the Mother Country deteriorated rapidly, and when war was declared in July of 1776, Haddaway, then 40, enlisted immediately. He soon wa s appoi nted c apt a i n of one of the six militia companies compr ising t he 38t h Bat ta lion. Haddaway survived the war and then returned home to attend to his family and fortune, which seems to have involved shipping. Sometime near the end of the century, he had a bright idea. Realizing that his piece of the Eastern Shore, on the west side of the Isthmus, was an ideal jumping-off point for Annapolis, he launched a ferry service.


In fact, nowhere in Talbot County lay closer. The sail from St. Michaels to Annapolis could be long and tedious, for Kent Island lies right in the way. The route from Easton Point, down the Tred Avon and out the Choptank River, is even longer. But from Haddaway’s place at the Isthmus, it was a straight shot. Sail northwest past the tip of Poplar Island, then out past Bloody Point, and across the Bay to a landing just south of Annapolis. Haddaway soon began carr y ing passengers and freight on a regular basis and then landed a contract to carry the U. S. Mail between Annapolis and Talbot County. In August of 1801, he published a wonderfully detailed advertisement in the Annapolis Maryland Ga zet te. It is too long to quote here, but it reads in part: “The mail leaves Annapolis on every Friday morning at 6 o’clock, and is carried in the subscriber’s boat across the

bay, to his landing on the eastern shore; from whence it is carried in his stage to Easton.” The reverse h app ene d on S at u r d ay s , w hen stage runs again coordinated with the schooner sailings. Haddaway also noted that, since he had two schooners, trips could be arranged at unscheduled times.

But a stage line! What a brilliant idea. You put yourself in his hands in Annapolis and he would deliver you to Easton. Patrons were assured that his landing at the Isthmus was excellent (“rarely freezing in the winter”) and that the road to Easton was “level and most agreeable.” And if you were in a hurry, Haddaway also had a chaise and saddlehorses for hire “to render the passage


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The Isthmus still more certain and expeditious.” T he l a s t l i ne i n Hadd aw ay ’s advertisement mentions the availabilit y of “enter tainment at his dwelling-house, near the landing, for passengers and horses, upon reasonable terms.” That sounds as if the first B&B in Bay Hundred was at the Isthmus! We don’t know what impact his operation had on the Isthmus, but it surely would have attracted some services ~ a livery stable, maybe a blacksmith, a store, perhaps even a tavern? What we do know is that the ferry finally conferred a name upon the Isthmus. Thanks to Haddaway, the Isthmus became “a destination.” It wasn’t the road from Easton to McDaniel or Tilghman’s Island ~ it was the road to Haddaway’s Ferry. So how does Sher wood come into this? Well, when Gen. Tench Tilghman put his island up for sale in 1843, an enter pr ising fellow named Thomas Sherwood became involved. He helped the General get a bridge across Knapps Narrows,

and in 1847 he bought a 125-acre parcel on the island, to which he gave the absurd but charming name of “Booby Owl’s Glory,” the name it carries to this day. Then, in 1855, Sherwood purchased the entire eastern half of the Isthmus! It was the northernmost 12 acres of the Dawson farm, which was known as “Dawson’s Range.” Sherwood built a home for himself. A lane ran through the middle of his domain, up to the main road. He carved up the acreage on the south side of this lane as house lots and began selling them off. At last the Isthmus had a cluster of houses, the beginning of a village. It also had a new name ~ Sherwoodville. Changes would soon come to this little community. The State of Maryland made a momentous decision in 1865 when it relaxed its 30-year ban on oyster-

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The Isthmus dredging. This controversial method enabled watermen to dramatically increase their daily catch. The Bay quickly filled with an immense fleet of pungies, schooners and bugeyes ~ and the oyster boom was on. It was not just the phenomenal harvests that drove the boom. Improved canning techniques and the new national railway network enabled Chesapeake oysters to reach vast new markets. More consumers meant more demand, which drove up prices. The lure of Chesapeake “white gold” was irresistible. Many men switched from farming to “following the water,” and new families arrived to swell the waterside communities.

This map from the 1877 Atlas shows Sherwoodville just as the oyster boom was ramping up. Like the earlier Dilworth map, it also provides the names of homeowners. We can see that Haddaways still own the land on the west side of the main road at the ferry landing. Tom Sherwood’s home is now owned by his sister, and heir, Mary Sherwood Hazlitt. Even the Dawsons’ cider mill is marked, as is a schoolhouse just to the south, on the main road.

And there are other names now, names familiar to us today ~ Fairbank, Lomax and Harrison. One of those early Harrisons was Samuel Taylor Harrison, the local blacksmith. He performed a heroic deed in 1879 and ~ by an amazing stroke of luck ~ it has come to light again. Mr. Sam had his shop on the shore of Harris Creek, not far from the Hazlitts. A few miles away, across the creek in the village of Bozman, lived George Edmond and his family. From time to time, he would come over to Sherwood to shop at the store there. One summer day, G eorge arrived in his sailing canoe with his three sons. David, the oldest, was 10, Phillip was the middle son, and Julian ~ known throughout his life as “Jule” ~ was just four years old. They landed at Mr. Sam’s place and walked up to the store. About 4:30, they returned and set out for home. A summer storm was brewing in the northwest, but George figured they could cross the creek quickly in the freshening breeze. Waterhole Cove is a snug harbor, however, protected from the westerlies. When they came out past Smith’s Point, they suddenly were hit with strong wind gusts. Before George could douse the sail, the canoe capsized and pitched them all into the 16-foot-deep water. Young Jule quickly sank out of sight. Phillip was helping his father with the sail, so David dove down


and grabbed Jule off the bottom, by his hair, and dragged him back to the surface, where he was able to get hold of the boat. All four clung desperately to the water-filled canoe for what seemed, especially to Jule, a very long time. Things might have turned out very badly indeed. Fortunately, Sam had expressed concern when they set out, and he watched them closely. When he saw them capsize, Sam knew there was no time to go for help. He set off in the only vessel at hand, a little punt that he rowed hard and desperately into the teeth of the northwest gale. Eventually, he managed to reach them in time and somehow got everyone back to safety. Sa m Ha r r ison’s heroism wa s

remembered fondly some 70 years later, in 1949, when Capt. Jule sent a letter to the Star-Democrat. Long retired in California, he still subscribed to the Easton newspaper, where one day he read a letter from someone referring to Sherwood Village. He felt compelled to share his childhood story and to praise Mr. Sam once again. Another name on that 1877 Atlas map appears near the post office, at the site of the store identified as that of “Mrs. S. Rollison.” Surely this is Sarah A. Rowlenson, sister of William Rowlenson, the first of that name to reside in Sherwood and operate a store there. William R. was postmaster until 1880, when he was succeeded by his son William

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The Isthmus T. When his grandson William F. came back from school as a licensed pharmacist, a drug store was added. By 1900, William F. was running the store. He purchased from Mrs. Hazlitt both the store and the house next to it. She also sold him all the land remaining of the original parcel her brother Tom had bought from the Dawsons. This acreage on the north side of the lane was known as “Rowlenson’s New Addition,” and it more than doubled the size of the village. House lots were laid out, and new families moved in. When his father died in 1906 on Christmas Eve, William F. Rowlenson took over as postmaster. He would run the store for half a century, adding a soda fountain, a bakery and fuel pumps. With help from members of his family, the store also housed a grocery store

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and a printing shop. His daughter Isabel became postmaster in 1940 and served until 1962.

At the age of 94, “Uncle Bill” was still spry enough to take the shortcut of vaulting over the counter. The Rowlensons and their store were a Sher wood institution for over a century. By the 1890s, steamboats were r u n n i ng e ver y w her e , c a r r y i ng passengers to and from the major ports, but also hauling freight. It was obvious that it would be more profitable to ship canned products than the fresh items that would soon spoil, like oysters. Canneries

began springing up on the Eastern Shore. Several were in operation on Tilghman’s Island by the turn of the century. Sherwood soon joined. I n 19 05 , t he Sher wo o d F i sh Products Company was created by Levi and Mary Harrison and three of their sons: Robert, James and Raymond. They packed mackerel, shad, shad roe and herring out on Lowe’s Wharf, not far from where Haddaway ’s fer r y onc e la nded. Here is a photo of Lowe’s Wharf around 1940.

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The Isthmus Production was limited, however, because the growing season was brief and fresh tomatoes couldn’t be transported far from the fields. So, around 1910, the Harrison family founded the Sherwood Canning Company. It would prosper, grow and shape the lives of virtually all Sherwood residents for the next 70 years. The new plant was built in the village itself, on the Harris creek side of the Isthmus, beside Waterhole Cove. Some years later, it looked like this from the air:

About this same time, a young man named Merton Guy Jarboe arrived on Poplar Island. Yes, he was descended from John Jarboe, that Frenchman who came over in 1646. Born in St. Mary’s County, Merton migrated to Baltimore and then to Poplar Island, where he found work hauling freight between the island and Lowe’s Wharf. At some point, he went to work for the Harrisons. He met the boss’s niece, Clara Harrison, and in 1908 they married and settled in Sherwood Village.

Their three children were Virginia, Harvey, and Wilson (“Bill”). Merton must have risen quickly in the company, for he and Robert Harrison soon formed a corporation on the western shore with two other Jarboes. The E. R. Jarboe Tomato Cannery of Mechanicsville lasted until 1922, after which the plant became a tobacco drying-shed and warehouse. Merton soon became a full one-

fifth partner in Harrison’s canning business, and the firm’s name was changed to the Harrison-Jarboe Company. It proved to be a good team. New tin cans from Norfolk were brought by the schooner Thomas A. Shryock. She returned to Virginia loaded with tomato products. The Shryock wasn’t the only thing that hung out at the wharf, it seems. This is young Harvey Jarboe at age


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The Isthmus was reopened and rededicated on Sunday, October 25, 1936.” The original partners of Harrison-Jarboe were aging, and in 1941 they restr uctured the company. Levi and Mary’s one-fifth share was divided equally among the other four partners. Robert Harrison’s share went to his son-in-law, James Warner; James Harrison’s share went to his son Lester; Raymond Harrison’s share went to his son Stanley. The other two shares went to Merton Jarboe’s two sons, Harvey and Bill. This new team soon faced extraordinary challenges. During World War II, the Harrison-Jarboe plants operated at peak capacity at all their facilities. One canning plant was just ten miles up the road in McDaniel. Two more were in the Easton area, one near the airport off the Cordova Road, on Chapel Road.

The Harrison & Jarboe tomato cannery on Dover Road, just outside Easton, 1940/1950. Photo courtesy of Sylvia Gannon Jarboe and Mert Jarboe. The other Easton plant was off Dover Road on Chilcutt Road. A fourth tomato cannery was located i n Tr app e D i s t r ic t on L a nd i ng Neck Road.

The Harrison & Jarboe canning plant on Landing Neck Road.



The Isthmus A second seafood cannery specializing in crabs was established on Nav y Point in St. Michaels, where the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is now located. Also, the American Stores Company (better known as “Acme”) contracted with Harrison-Jarboe during WWII to operate their tomato factory at Hurlock, in Dorchester County. All plants went full blast throughout the war years, providing canned goods for the troops overseas. In 1946, the company and its employees were given the “A” award for their efforts. After the war, the company then went back to its domestic products,

selling under the “Sherwood,” “Dover” and “Claiborne” brands. By 1960, annual sales were well over a million dollars. Total employment reached 1,200 at peak times, and the plants were processing 35,000 baskets of raw tomatoes a day. There was bustling activity everywhere ~ in the peeling rooms, the canning departments, the warehouses and the business of f ice. Workers were brought in from the r ura l sout h, pr ima r i ly Flor ida; temporary housing was provided by the company. Ha r r ison- Ja rboe bec a me t he largest packer of whole peeled tomatoes east of the Mississippi. Not bad for a little Eastern Shore village. For 70 years, Harrison-Jarboe was

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the economic engine of the village. Nearly everyone, young and old, worked in some part of the operation at one time or another. When the company closed in 1977, it was the end of an era. Since then, Sherwood has been engaged in 40 years of peaceful transition to a noncommercial, residential community. Well, almost. We’ve recently learned that the new owners of Rowlenson’s store are planning to locate an antiques business there. And there’s still a lot happening out on Lowe’s Wharf. No canneries or steamboats these days, but the family-friendly Lowe’s Wharf Marina-Inn is located there, with a pleasant bar and restaurant and even a beach volleyball court. I’m hoping that someone will reopen that stagecoach line to Easton! Sounds like fun. In any event, the Village at the Isthmus lives on. Note: L ot s of Sher wo o d i a n s helped with this article, including Mary Jane Fairbank, Sylvia Jarboe Gannon, Harry and Judy Hause, Mer t a nd Mag g ie Ja rbo e. Pa m Cov ington,a friend in Colorado, located dozens of Sherwood references in the newspaper archives. I thank them all. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island. 159

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Hard-Boiled Anxiety by Karen Huston Karydes. Secant Publishing. 226 pp. $22.53. The way we choose to remember the past has a significant impact on how we invent the future. In her book Hard-Boiled Anxiety, Karen Huston Karydes has chosen to remember three detective writers ~ Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald ~ through the lens of Freudian analysis. Not a random choice: In 1956, Macdonald underwent Freudian analysis following a tragic accident precipitated by his sixteen-yearold daughter, Linda Millar. Both changed Macdonald’s life and his writing. A moody girl, Linda Millar sat alone in her car and drank almost two quarts of wine. She then drove at speed through a group of thirteen-year-old boys, killing one and maiming another. She continued on and crashed into another car. Free, awaiting trial, she slashed her wrists but didn’t succeed in killing herself. At her trial, she was found guilty and sent to a prison hospital.

By the time of the accident, Macdonald was already an accomplished academic and author of twenty detective stories. He had successfully rescued himself (Karydes uses the term “reinvents himself”) from a disastrous childhood ~ a childhood in which his father was basically absent, his mother an hysteric. And, according to Tom Nolan’s biography,


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Ross Macdonald Macdonald “came to crime writing honestly. Virtually fatherless and growing up poor, Kenneth Millar (later writing as Ross Macdonald) broke social and moral laws: having sex from the age of eight, getting drunk at twelve, fighting violently, stealing.” But his first books, again according to Nolan, “patterned on Hammett and Chandler, were at once vivid chronicles of postwar

California and elaborate retellings of Greek and other classic myths.” For twenty years, he was a successful author; then his drunken daughter killed a thirteen-yearold boy with her car. To say the least, Macdonald was devastated, and a huge cache of guilt was opened. To expiate his guilt, Macdonald wrote the confessional Notes of a Son and Father. Notes of a Son and Father is a mea culpa in a spiral notebook in which Macdonald reviews his own life and judges himself guilty of not loving his family enough, even though the absent father and unhinged mother didn’t offer much to love. According to Karydes, the act of writing Notes of a Son and Father, along with Freudian therapy, set Macdonald on a new quest in his writing ~ a quest to find himself through the writing of “self-realizing” fiction. “He finally could write about his past, in the guise of Freudian fables within the structure of the hard-boiled genre. These later books, and particularly the best


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argument very well. The analysis of Macdonald and his work takes up the greater part of the book. Karydes then takes the leap and argues that Hammett and Chandler “were similarly engaged while adamantly not wanting to be….” To establish her argument, she uses Freudian analytical symbols and other Freudian-based techniques to show how Hammett and Chandler wrote themselves into their fiction. For example, both men won the Oedipal contest, she says, by cutting themselves off from their fathers. Hammett went on to identify surrogate fathers in both his real life and for the detective Continental Op in his novels. In addition to her opening chap-


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Dashiell Hammett ter in Sons and Fathers, Karydes goes on to organize her book into chapters on sons and mothers, sons and lovers, and even sons and ghosts. The ghosts that haunt Hammett, Chandler and Macdonald are depicted as refused lovers. In addition to the Oedipus myth, Karydes exploits such Freudian ideas as repetition compulsion, the phallic mother, fear of castration, regressive crisis, anxiety as helplessness in the face of danger, and the all-pervasive presence of guilt in her analysis of the self-actualizing nature of Hammett’s and Chandler’s work. Andrew Klavan, in his review of Hard-Boiled Anxiety in the Wall

Street Journal, says that the book makes him think “of the stif ling circularity and reductiveness of Freudian thought: its absurd genitalization of human existence, its tiresome and ubiquitous symbolism, and its suspiciously repetitive revelations of hidden sexuality.” Freudianism offers a feedback loop, he says, that explains away its own inconsistencies. Other critics of Freud offer that his theory is basically sexist and is based solely on a male perspective. Well, we know all this. The world of psychology has moved well beyond Freud into the realm of cognitive neuroscience, the nature of memory itself, the way memory insinuates itself into a person’s brain, coping strategies, refined medications, and on and on. Freud’s psychosexual theory of behavioral development is basically passé today. Karydes’s book, however, is not a psychological thesis or a psychological analysis of Hammett, Chandler or Macdonald. It is a literary analysis supporting the understanding that all authors write themselves into their work. She uses the overlay of Freudian theory to suggest the startling integration of the authors’ lives in their work. The choice of Freud is appropriate because, as Karydes says, it was the zeitgeist of the day. And if we don’t get hung up on the


psychosexual quaintness of its theory, if we discard our Freudian fundamentalism and view her framework as a guiding metaphor, then we gain great insight into the writing of Hammett, Chandler and Macdonald. There is one place, however, where I do wish Karydes had stepped out of her Freudian framework, and that is to follow up on the significant insight she expresses about the Hammett and Chandler narrators. She characterizes these detectives as believing in “the power of self-determination and despair, that the self had no power in the world. This can function as their definition of hard-boiled fiction: an existential

Raymond Chandler man in a nihilistic, or an absurd world, in the terms of Albert Camus, there is no question about that. If the fiction is self-realizing, however, and ref lects the authors’ effort at finding and/or defining themselves, then only one of the detectives is “the existential man”

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Karen Huston Karydes has written an excellent book. Now we encourage her to give us more, please; leave Freud and take the further step by exploiting her insight that the definition of hardboiled fiction is an existential man in a nihilistic world. Harold Wilson lives with his wife, Marilyn, in Chester. The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council has recognized his poetry with several awards. In 2010, Wilson was named to the Editorial Board of the Delmarva Review and is the past president of the Eastern Shore Writers Association.

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by Roger Vaughan Victor’s teams have won more Olympic medals than those of any other sailing coach. Victor’s matrix, an intriguing cultural blend (he was born and raised in Ukraine, and now lives and coaches in Australia), is comprehensive, encompassing how one lives and functions in the world – not just how one sails. Victor speaks to everyone who competes in any endeavor, at any level. Some people are born with a strong, inexplicable affinity for a natural element: earth, air, water, fire. For Victor Kovalenko, it is the sea. We all have salt in our veins. Victor just has more than his share. That he was born in the city of Dnepropetrovsk, on the Dnieper River (Ukraine’s largest), had no bearing on his predilection for navigable water, but it did make it easier for him to get his feet wet. He did that in a notable way when he was eight years old. His father had a small outboard motorboat that was moored in the river, close by the shore. One of Victor’s chores was to bring the boat to the beach every week and clean it. One day when he arrived at the boat, on a whim he fixed an oar upright and tied a beach towel to it. That playful act changed his life. “It was as if time stopped,” Victor says, the memory sharp as a photograph. “I felt the

wind in my hands, the quietness interrupted only by the whispering of the water on the bow of the boat,



Pioneer lapping, burbling…it opened my senses. I could smell the water and the smoke from the land. It opened my heart. I never in my life wanted to be without that feeling.” Victor was one of those evercurious, innovative kids driven to fully explore whatever engaged him. Soon he and his friends were cutting up old bedsheets and any material they could find into triangular shapes for sails for the motorboat. They made a jib, then fastened crude leeboards to the boat to keep it from slipping sideways. In colder weather, they made models out of available scrap and tried to sail them when they didn’t sink right away. The hook of sailing had been set. It was just a matter of time before Victor would find sailboats big enough to hold him. That happened quicker than might have been expected. In 1950, when Victor was born, it had only been five years since the Germans had been driven out of the Soviet Union. The devastation the German troops left behind them with their Eastern Block offensive defies comprehension. Hitler’s Einsatzgruppen, paramilitary death squads of the Schutzstaffel (SS), followed the advancing German troops into Russia for the purpose of committing mass murder. In addition to 11 million Soviet troops, 7 million civilians

were killed (1.5 million of them in Ukraine). Twenty-eight thousand Soviet villages and more than 700 cities and towns were destroyed. Nineteen million Soviets were left homeless. There was no food, no fuel for stoves against the brutal Russian winters. Cannibalism was said to be practiced on the black market. Furniture and books were burned to keep those left barely alive from freezing. Victor’s family was lucky. Both of his parents survived. His father had served in a tank battalion. “He was burned out a few times,” Victor says matter-of-factly. “He had a few bullets in him.” By the time Victor came into the world, his father was driving a truck for the Yuzhmash missile plant in Dnepropetrovsk, an enormous operation, a “secret city” covering thousands of acres with more than 100 buildings and 100,000 employees. It was surrounded by a double fence, guarded by armed men in towers. The missile plant had its own bus transportation system. To the outside world, it was such a wellkept secret it did not appear on any maps. In the early 1970s, the factory began building the Satan, considered the most powerful of the ICBMs, capable of carrying 10 nuclear warheads a distance of 10,000 miles. Like everyone else in their situation, the Kovalenkos lived in stateprovided housing. A two-room,


cold-water, fourth-f loor walkup was home to Victor’s parents, his younger sister and himself, and his grandfather. The adults slept in one of the small rooms. The children slept on couches in the equally small “living room.” The Kovalankos shared a tiny kitchen and bathroom with other tenants on their f loor. Water for bathing had to be heated in pots on the stove. One of Victor’s jobs when he was six years old was to take a cart, pull it more than a mile to a sunf lower oil factory and load it with husks to burn in the cookstove. He did this twice or three times a day. In the winter, he used a sled. “Soup was for dinner almost every night,” Victor says. “Pasta

sometimes, or potato. There was no salad in winter. Maybe some apples. But food was very scarce. Summer you could buy fruits at the market, and from 1959, when Cuba became part of the Soviet system, we got some bananas. The first time I had a banana was in 1961, when I was 11. We drank tea, or water, had some bread with butter.” Victor says it was common for his mother to borrow a few rubles from neighbors (or vice versa) for food at the end of each month. At age six, Victor and his friends had adventures in the city. In summer, dressed only in underpants and sandals, they would jump on the back of the tram that went across the river to the beach.


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Pioneer “There was a hard, slow turn as the bridge ended,” Victor says. “If you jumped out there, it saved a 15-minute walk. It was dangerous, because trams were coming the other way. Now it could not happen, no, no, no, you cannot do this! Now in Australia, you have a kids’ chair in the car until you are 12, and a baby sitter until you are 14. Can you imagine what we were doing at five and six years old, jumping from the tram in our underpants? Until I was six, I was barefoot. We went to the beach and taught ourselves to swim. I mimicked the tadpole. One day I saw my neighbor. I thought maybe she saw me, so I ran all the way home to beat the tram she would take. When she arrived, I was sitting there, innocent. But she said she saw me. My parents touched my undies, and they were dry. But the elastic waistband was still wet. I was caught. A double penalty for also lying.” There was no telephone in the apartment. As late as the 1990s, Ukrainians waited as much as 30 years in the queue to get a telephone. There was no car outside. Victor’s father and all the other workers walked to their jobs. There was radio through a loudspeaker affixed to the wall that carried the one state-run station broadcasting music and propaganda and announcing when it was time for

exercises. It was more public address system than radio. Victor’s neighbors had a television, and sometimes he had permission to watch bits of the one or two hours of programming broadcast every day. In 1960, his family got a small television of their own. But the best fun was when they hung a bedsheet on the wall of the building and watched slides in the backyard. “There was a great comradery of people,” Victor says, “30 or 40 kids and their parents from the building, with one parent showing slides. We watched Pinocchio, things like that. In a few years, my parents bought me my own projector and slides. The kids shared and traded their slides.” The high degree of comradery was an offshoot of common plight. “Everyone was at the same level,” Victor explains. “There were no rich people at that time. There were no special kids, no special


schools. We knew some people who were high up in the city, like the district secretary of the Communist Party, but their kids were the same as us. Now there are rich people who have bodyguards and a special school for their kids, but not back then.” Kids are natural scavengers, and Victor and his friends frequently dredged up weapons that had been left behind by retreating German troops. There was a sign on Victor’s building indicating it had been swept free of mines, but handguns, rif les, ammunition, knives and various other paraphernalia of war turned up in the strangest places. Many boys had a prized cache of military items they kept hidden. One day when he was quite young, Victor was on the street in front of his building playing with a hand grenade. A stranger seized the grenade and demanded Victor lead him to his mother. The man scolded Mrs. Kovalenko for letting her son play with such a thing. Victor says his mother wasn’t concerned ~ all the kids played with weapons ~

until the man told her the grenade in Victor’s possession was live. School started at age 7. That would have been 1957 for Victor, the year the Soviet Union startled the world by taking the lead in space exploration with the launch of Sputnik, the first artificial Earth satellite. Victor liked school. It made it even more enjoyable when the authorities had come to his classroom asking the children what sport or other activity they would like to sign up for. The missile plant had a strong social system. In addition to study rooms and libraries, it had facilities for almost any sport one could name. In 1966, the Yuzhmash missile plant had built The Meteor Club sports complex at huge expense. The Club boasted four separate, attractive facilities that included a 25,000-seat stadium for football; an Olympic swimming pool; tennis, badminton and basketball courts; and rooms for fencing, wrestling, archery and gymnastics. One facility on the river was dedicated to rowing and sailing. All this was or-

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The Meteor Club in Dnepropetrovsk. ganized through a large social club they called The Palace of Culture. Young people could go there and learn to be dancers, potters, model makers, craftsman…and none of it cost a penny. Meteor Club operation was funded partly by Yuzhmash, by federal funds from Moscow, and by the Trade Union, part of the state-run athletic system. The sailing club’s operating budget was in direct proportion to how well its sailing teams performed against its rivals (primarily the Navy and Police teams). As a result, the recruitment and development of athletes thought to have potential was a priority. Promising young sailors were given coupons and extra food as incentives to perform well. Excellence was rewarded up and down the line. The skills one learned at The Palace of Culture could lead to a job as an apprentice in a factory.

Or, if one excelled in studies and passed exams, students could obtain scholarships to university and money to buy food and books. Like the great majority of the kids, Victor had become a Pioneer when he turned nine. The Pioneers was a youth indoctrination organization of the Communist Party. He wore his red bandana around his neck every day at school. “I felt patriotic,” Victor recalls, “proud to be in the Communist Union. There weren’t many rebellious kids. Maybe there were in Moscow and the bigger cities. But Dnepropetrovsk was a blue-collar city. My family was working class. We were loyal to the system. And, of course, that is what we knew.” Victor remembers Yuri Gagarin, the first human into outer space, with great clarity. “April 12, 1961,” he says. “They wrote it on the blackboard at school: we are into space! I remember watching Gagarin on TV, a real national hero. He flew to Moscow when he returned, stood next to Khrushchev. We listened to the beeps from Sputnik on the radio.” The contrast between Victor’s upbringing and what was going on in first-world countries at the time is stark. But from a kid’s point of view, there was a prevailing anxiety that has a familiar ring. In the late 1950s and 1960s, schoolchildren in the USA and Europe were taught about the Russian aggressors and regularly went through


nuclear bomb drills by hiding under their desks and covering themselves with newspapers. The Russian kids were equally on edge. “We worried about the United States,” Victor says. “We had training alarms when the city went dark, and we had to put blankets on the windows. We had gas alarms when we put on our masks. I had nuclear war dreams with planes in the air and war all around, and I thought, oh, my life is so short and I will be dead. My nightmares were about when war started.” In summer, buses queued up in front of The Palace of Culture, where a band was playing and refreshments were being served to many hundreds of kids. Then they

trooped onto the buses that took them into the countryside for two weeks of camp. Victor remembers it fondly, with canoeing and sailing on a lake, woodsman activities, hikes, all sorts of games and cookouts aplenty. Sport Victor began sailing at the Yuzhmash facilities when he was 12, first crewing on 25-foot M-class sloops. He found that the real thing exceeded all expectations. Sailing quickly took over Victor’s life. His natural affinity for the water made play out of the dedicated application required to become outstanding. His abilities and his focused approach to sailing made

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Pioneer him a standout. Soon Victor’s vision was to become an athlete in the Soviet system. He knew how it worked. “Athlete” was as legitimate a profession in the USSR as teacher or doctor. Athletes were employed by the military, a trade union or the police, and while they were required to fulfill certain duties (training, drills, etc.), their main job was to practice and compete on the playing fields of their particular sport. Their rank, pay grade and privileges advanced according to how well they performed in competition. There were official titles: Third- (city), Second- (state) and First-Class (regional) Sportsmen; Candidate for Master of Sport in USSR (a nationally ranked player); Master of Sport USSR International Class (a world champion); and Honored Master of Sport USSR (a world champion who has made special contributions to the sport). Every category was reinforced with medals, varying degrees of celebrity status and access to better food, cars, telephones and more desirable living quarters. “There were only two times the Soviet f lag was raised on foreign soil,” Victor says. “One was when our president made a visit. The other was when Soviet athletes won in major competitions. That was the athletes’ goal: to raise the Soviet f lag on foreign soil.”

James Riordan’s scholarly study, Sport in Soviet Society, reveals that the value of sport (physical exercise) in the Soviet Union dates back to the 1800s. Riordan credits the biologist/ anatomist Pyotr Lesgaft with being the founder of the new discipline of physical education in tsarist Russia. Lesgaft felt that physical education instructors should have knowledge of chemistry and physics, particularly the general laws of mechanics, “so as to be able to apply them to the human mechanism.” The Russian physiologist Ivan Schyonov did extensive studies of muscular activities, concluding that (as Riordan summarizes) “physical education should be an




Victor Kovalenko integral part of all-round education as a means of strengthening the material foundation of consciousness.” And Ivan Pavlov, the physiologist known for his conditioned ref lex studies with dogs and other animals, avowed that exercise was highly salutary for the central nervous system: “hence the need for regular sporting activity by all citizens, for the good of society as well as of the individual.” (The quote is Riordan’s.) Karl Marx was also writing about the value of sport in the 1800s. Marx said that in liberal capitalist societies, sport was seen as the concern of the individual, unconnected with classes and social values, or with economics and society’s mode of production. He felt that the nature of sport could be expected to

alter with any change to a new socio-economic philosophy. Marx was right about that. Playwright Anton Chekhov was a founder of the Russian Gymnastics Society and a firm believer in the value of sport. In 1898, he told the Society’s members, “(You) are the people of the morrow, the time when everyone will be as strong and skillful. Therein lies the nation’s hopes for its future and its happiness.” Speaking of liberal capitalist societies, it’s fascinating to note than less than a year later, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was expressing a similar view about the value of physical exertion. Roosevelt had boxed as a student, hiked, swum regularly in the Potomac River, and played polo and tennis in spite of a heart condition he was warned about. While he didn’t advocate sports per se, he admonished Americans to embrace a “strenuous life.” “I wish to preach,” Roosevelt said, “that the highest form of success comes to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil….it is only through strife, through hard and dangerous endeavor that we shall win the goal of true national greatness.” Vladimir Lenin echoed Roosevelt’s goal of national greatness through physicality, but coming from Lenin, and expressed within Russia’s authoritarian political philosophy, it had a more ominous


ring. As a young politician, Lenin had been asked how young people should spend their spare time. His light-hearted answer: “Wrestling, work, study, sport, making merry, singing, dreaming ~ these are things young people should make the most of.” But at the Third AllRussia Congress of the Russian Young Communist League (October 1920), the more radical Lenin’s view of sport had changed from physical enjoyment and self-betterment to a means of developing the ideal, allround member of Communist society. “Today,” he told that Congress, “physical education has direct practical aims: Preparing young people for work; and preparing them for military defense of Soviet power.”

Lenin’s strong statement left no doubt as to the role of sport in the Soviet system. In the 1970s, when Victor Kovalenko was ready to make sport a career in Ukraine, sport was ready for him. The Medal Maker is now available as an eBook: https://www. 6027?ean=9783952217436 For print copy: Amazon, or

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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 181



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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 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 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 Daily Meeting: Al-Anon and Alateen - For a complete list of times and locations in the Mid-Shore a re a, v i sit ea ste r n shore 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. 5 Exhibit: Be Careful What You Fall in Love With by Bennett Bean at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Bean is a n A mer ic a n c er a m ic a r t i s t best known for his treatment of vessels post firing. Curator-led tour on Wednesday, November 1 at 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit


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Collection by Helen Siegl at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Siegl (1924-2009) used an unusual printmaking technique ~ often combining various kinds of blocks and plates to create an image. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

Thru Nov. 11 Exhibit: The Modern Quilt Guild of the Eastern Shore presents a modern take on a traditional art form and features quilts with contemporary patterns and fabrics. FACES Gallery, Denton. For more info. tel: 410-479-1009 or visit Thru Nov. 12 Play: Carrie the Musical by Lawrence D. Cohen at the Church Hill Theatre, Church Hill. A collaborative production with the Peake Players, this show will play opening weekend at the Cadby Theatre at Chesapeake College, then travel to the CHT st age for t he rema i ni ng t wo weekends. Based on the classic Stephen King novel. For more info. tel: 410-556-6003 or visit Thru Nov. 26 Exhibit: Fantasy Creatures from the Museum’s

Thru Nov. 26 Exhibit: The Working Artists Forum members art show at The Gallery at Woods. The public is welcome during normal church hours of 8 am to 4 p.m. The Gallery is in the Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 611 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Severna Park. For more info. visit Thru Nov. 30 After-School Art Club for grades 4 through 8 with Susan Horsey at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. $120 members, $130 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Dec. 1 Exhibit: Presence and Place, paintings and drawings of William Willis at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Willis is the former William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art, Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847,


ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum. org. Thru Dec. 1 Li’l Kids After-School Art Club for students in grades 1 to 3 at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. $115 members, $125 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru Dec. 5 Story Time at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. For children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

Thru Dec. 31 Exhibit: Renewal and For m, Recent P r ints by David Driskell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Driskell is a noted artist and scholar of African-American art. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit Thru June 3 Exhibit: Bob Grieser’s Lens on the Chesapeake, a photographic exhibition featuring both black and white and color images at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. The exhibit showcases iconic photos of life on the Chesapeake Bay, and of the Bay itself. For more info. visit


November Calendar 1 Member Night at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Oysters and Wines for Thanksgiving. 5 to 7 p.m. Free for CBMM members. For more info. tel: 410-745-4991 or e-mail

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.

1 Community Acupuncture Clinic 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

1,8,15 ,22 ,29 Chair Yoga w ith 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

1 Meeting: Nar-Anon at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambridge. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 800-477-6291 or visit

1,8,15,22,29 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

1,6,8,13,15 , 20, 22 , 27, 29 Free Blood Pressure Screening from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesdays at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, Easton. For more info. tel: 410-820-7778.

1,8,15,22,29 Centreville Farmer’s Market. Law yer’s Row from 2 to 6 p.m. For more info. visit centreville-farmers-market/.

1,8 Class: iPhone with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Wednesday Morning Artists. 8 a.m. at Creek

1,8,15,22,29 Meeting: Choptank Writers Group from 3 to 5 p.m. at t he Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. Everyone interested in writing is invited to participate. For more info. tel: 443-521-0039. 1-Dec. 6 Class: The Landscape i n In k Wa s h e s w i t h D a n i e l Riesmeyer at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays


Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of board games and f un. For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

(except Nov. 22) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $175 member, $210 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 2 Dog Walking at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 2 Arts & Crafts at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and more. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 2 Family Unplugged Games at the Talbot County Free Library, St.

2 Young Gardeners Club at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club. For grades 1 to 4. Pre-registration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 2 Pet Loss Support Group from 6 to 7 p.m. at Talbot Hospice, Easton. Monthly support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet.


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Living in Easton. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Weekly meeting where men can frankly and openly deal with issues in their lives. For more info. tel: 410-819-3395 or visit

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2 Lecture: Chesapeake Bay Herb Society with Cleo Braver of Cottingham Farms on Organic/Nutrient-Dense Food and Farming. Potluck dinner theme is Herbs of the Zodiac. Christ Church Parish Hall, Easton. 6 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-827-5434 or visit 2,7,9,14,16,21,28,30 Steady and Strong exercise class at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $8 per class. For more info. tel: 410-2265904 or visit 2,7,9,14,16,21,28,30 Adult Ballr o om C l a s s e s w it h A m a nd a Showel l at t he Ac ademy A r t Museum, Easton. Tuesday and T hu r s d a y n i g ht s . Fo r m o r e info. tel: 410-482-6169 or visit 2,9,16,30 Men’s Group Meeting at Evergreen: A Center for Balanced

2,9,16,30 Thursday Studio ~ a Weekly Mentored Painting Session with Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Full day: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ($150/4 weeks for members). Half day: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($95/4 weeks for members). Drop-in fee (payable directly to instructor): $45 full day (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); $25 half day (10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 2,9,16,30 Mahjong at the St. Michaels Communit y Center. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Open to all who want to learn this ancient Chinese game of skill. Drop-ins welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 410-745-6073 or visit 2,9,16,30 Caregivers Support Group at Talbot Hospice. 1 to 2:15 p.m. This weekly support group is for caregivers of a loved one with a life-limiting illness. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail


2,9,16,30 Cambridge Farmer’s Market at Long Wharf Park. 3 to 6 p.m. For more info. e-mail 2 ,9,16,30 Kent Island Far mer’s Market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. For more info. visit 2,9,16,30 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.

3 Workshop: Illumination French Matting with Lee D’Zmura at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $35 member, $40 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 3 Monthly Coffee & Critique with Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per person. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 3 First Friday in downtown Easton. Art galleries offer new shows and have many of their artists present throughout the evening.


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Elementary School on Egypt Rd., Cambridge. $7 for guest members to dance. Club members and observers are free. Refreshments provided. 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-221-1978 or 410-901-9711.

Tour the galleries, sip a drink and explore the fine talents of local artists. 5 to 8 p.m. 3 First Friday in downtown Chestertown. 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. 3 First Friday reception at Studio B Gallery, Easton. 5 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-988-1818 or visit 3

V i ny a sa & V i no at L ay ton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, Vienna. Yoga and wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. $20 per person. For more info. tel: 410-228-1205 or visit

3 Easton Ghost Walk ~ $18 per adult; $12 for kids 8-12 years old; under 8 free. 7 to 8:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-735-0771 or visit

3 Dorchester Sw ingers Square Dancing Club meets at Maple

3 Concert: Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410822-7299 or visit 3-Dec. 31 Exhibit: Artful Giving at Main Street Gallery, Cambridge. 13 member ar tists to ex hibit 8”x8” artworks priced at just $64 each. For more info. tel: 410-330-4659 or visit 3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25 Rock ’N’ Bowl at Choptank Bowling Center, Cambridge. 9 to 11:59 p.m. Unlimited bowling, food and drink specials, blacklighting, disco lights, and jammin’ music. Rental shoes included. $13.99 every Friday and Saturday night. For more info. visit 3-5 Workshop: The Poetry of Water - Woodcut Resist Monoprint w ith Rosemar y Cooley at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $185 members, $222 non-members. For more


info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

3-5 ,11,12 Work shop: Women’s Woodworking from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the boatshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Participants should plan to attend all five sessions. $250 for CBMM members, $275 for non-members. Must be 16 years or older, unless accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or e-mail 3,10,17,24 Meeting: Friday Morning Artists at Denny’s in Easton. 8 a.m. All disciplines welcome. Free. For more info. tel: 443955-2490.

3,10,17,24 Meeting: Vets Helping Vets at the Hurlock American Legion #243. 9 a.m. Informational meeting to help vets find services. For more info. tel: 410943-8205 after 4 p.m. 3,10,17,24 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 Refuge Walk in the Sanctuary areas at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Guided walks beg i n at 8 a.m. w it h a loc a l 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. ly/2vWPDBt. 4 Classic Cars and Coffee at the Oxford Community Center from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (weather dependent). For more info. tel: 410-

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laly at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $145 members, $174 non-members. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit

226-5904 or visit 4 Meeting: Finding Hope & Healing Through the Holidays at Talbot Hospice, Cynwood Ave., Easton. 9 a.m. to noon. Learn new ways of coping, healing and nav igating the of ten difficult days of the holidays without our loved ones. The entire family is welcome. Includes age-appropriate activities for children. For more info. tel: 410-822-0107.

4-5 Bedazzled Jewelry Sale at the Woman’s Club of St. Michaels, St. Mar y’s Square clubhouse. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A wide array of new and gently used jewelry. For more info. tel: 410-745-0069.

4 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 4 Celebrating Natives Fall Garden Tour at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. The first garden tour of its kind on the Eastern Shore, “Celebrating Natives” highlights the beauty of native gardens while emphasizing their importance in creating a biodiverse landscape. $25 in advance, $30 on the day of tour. For more info. tel: 410-6342847, ext. 0 or visit 4- 5 Work shop: G et Painterly! Palette Knife Painting in Oil or Acrylic with Diane Dubois Mul-

4-30 Exhibit: The paintings of Mary Ekroos, Barbara Jablin and Joyce Zeigler at the Candelberry Ga l ler y, St. Michaels. The se three ladies are members of the original “Traveling Brushes,” who continue to paint and exhibit, and have a wide following of collectors. For more info. tel: 410-745-2420 or visit 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26 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. 4,11,18 Exhibit: Honoring Heroes, an exhibit honoring our veterans at the Preston Historical Society. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free exhibit will feature a large collection of military memorabilia from the 19th, 20, and 21st centuries. For more info. tel: 410-924-9080 or visit

4,11,18,25 Easton Farmers Market every Saturday from mid-April through Christmas, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each week a different local musical artist is featured f rom 10 a.m. to noon. Tow n parking lot on North Harrison Street. Over 20 vendors. Easton’s Farmers Market is the work of the Avalon Foundation. For more info. visit 4 ,11,18, 25 Inter med iate Yoga with Suzie Hurley at the Oxford Community Center. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $18 per class. For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 4,11,18,25

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and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum in St. Michaels, cosponsored by Blue Heron Coffee and Rise Up Coffee. 9 to 11 a.m. For more info. tel: 410-745-8979 or visit 4,11,18,25 Centreville Farmer’s Market. Law yer’s Row from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info. visit centreville-farmers-market/.

5 Workshop: The Science of Skulls at Adkins A rboretum, Ridgely. 1 to 2:30 p.m. This class is designed for middle and high school students and is part of the Maryland STEM Festival. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 6 Brown Bag Lunch at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels with Don Buxton, Chesapeake Music Director. The program, Evolution of Chesapeake Music, will explore the history of jazz and classical performing arts. For more info. tel: 410-7455877 or visit 6

4,18 St. Michaels Ghost Walk ~ $18 per adult; $12 for kids 8-12 years old; under 8 free. 7 to 8:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-735-0771 or visit 5

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.

Dinner at the Crab Claw to benefit the Festival of Trees at Talbot Hospice. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For reservations tel: 410-745-2900.

Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Speaker Cam Miller on Entering Juried Photo Competitions. The public is encouraged to attend. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit

6 Meeting: Live Playwrights’ Society at the Garfield Center, Chestertown. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-810-2060. 6,13,20 Class: Monday Mosaic Mania with Sheryl Southwick



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Advanced Potter’s Wheel with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. $205 members, $246 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $80 members, $96 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 6,13,20,27 Acupuncture MiniSessions at the Universit y of Maryland Shore Regional Health Center in Easton. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $20 per session. Participation offered on a walk-in basis, first come, first served. For more info. tel: 410-770-9400. 6,13,20,27 Meeting: Overeaters Anonymous at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more info. visit 6,13,20,27 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. 6-Dec. 11 Class: Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $205 members, $246 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 6-Dec. 11 Class: Intermediate/

7 A r ts Express Bus Trip to the National Gallery of Art to see Ver meer and the Ma sters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, with the Academy Art Museum, Easton. $60 members, $72 non-members. (Full at this time, but call to see if space becomes available). For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 7 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


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November Calendar 7 Meeting: Eastern Shore Amputee Suppor t Group at the Easton Family YMCA. 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info. tel: 410-820-9695. 7 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 7,14,16,21 Class: Printmaking Exploration Evenings with Sheryl Southw ick at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $80 members, $96 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 7,14,21,28 Class: Oil Painting ~ Creating Color Harmonies with Bradford Ross at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $125 members, $155 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 7,14,21,28 Acoustic Jam Night at the Oxford Community Center. Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your instruments and take part in the jam session! For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit

7-Dec. 5 Story Time at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 7,21 Grief Support Group at the Dorchester County Library, Cambridge. First and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. For more info. tel: 443-978-0218. 8 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

8 Tips, Tricks, and Secrets for the Perfect Holiday Pie at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. Enjoy tasting perfect holiday pies while learning tips and tricks to create your own with Chef Steve Konopelski. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $25 member, $30 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit


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more info. e-mail 8 Meeting: Baywater Camera Club at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. For more info. tel: 443-939-7744.

8 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Fall Speaker Series ~ Dave Harp on the Photographic Legacy of Robert de Gast. 5 p.m. in the Van Lennep Auditorium. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or e-mail 8 Grief Support Group Meeting ~ Shattering the Silence at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suppor t group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 8 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 substance use disorder, led by trained facilitators. Free. For

8 Workshop: Wetland Pollinators at Environmental Concern, St. Michaels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit 8 Meeting: Optimist Club at Washington Street Pub, Easton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410310-9347. 8,15 We Are Makers at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Create gadgets and gizmos with guided instruction. For children 6 and older. Preregistration required. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 8,22 Stor y Time at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 10:30 a.m. For children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 8,22 Bay Hundred Chess Club from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Players gather for friendly competi-


tion and instruction. For more info. tel: 410-745-9490. 8,22 Minecraft at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 8,30 Naloxone Training Lunch and Learn at the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce office, Easton. Noon to 1 p.m. Local business owners and employees are invited to get training on administering Naloxone, and participants will receive a free box containing two doses. Light snacks provided, or bring your own lunch. For more info. tel: 410-822-4653.

8-Dec. 13 Class: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Pottery with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $205 members, $246 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 9 Memoir Writers at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Record and share your memories of life a nd fa mi ly. Pa r t icipa nt s a re invited to bring their lunch. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 9

8-Dec. 13 Class: Intermediate/ Advanced Hand Building with Paul Aspell at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. $205 members, $246 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

Native American Culture Celebration at the Talbot County Free Librar y, St. Michaels. 2 p.m. JoAnn Brown of Justamere Trading Post will share Native American artifacts, trivia, storytelling, and much more. Preregistration is required. For all ages (children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult). For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit

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ing - Gunning the Nation’s River at Easton High School, Easton, during the Waterfowl Festival, and then continuing at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, through March 2018. For more info. visit or

9 Lecture: Knights of the Sky ~ the WWII Aviation Art of Robert T. Horvath with author Robert T. Horvath at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. Five of Horvath’s paintings will be on display. For more info. tel: 410822-1626 or visit 9-12 47th annual Waterfowl Festival throughout Easton. A full schedule of activities is listed in the magazine. For more info. tel: 410-822-4567 or visit 10 Concert: Session Americana in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. Two shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 10-12 Exhibit: Potomac Waterfowl-

11 Country Church Breakfast at Faith Chapel and 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. 11 Friends of the Library Second Saturday Book Sale at the Dorchester Count y Public Librar y, Cambridge. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-228-7331 or visit 11 Workshop: Habitat Revitalizat ion - Ta k ing Your O utdo or Classroom Back at Env ironmental Concern, St. Michaels. 10 a.m. to noon. $20. For more info. tel: 410-745-9620 or visit 11 Robert Morris Inn Cooking Demonstration with Executive Chef Mark Salter - “Best of Brunch.” 10 a.m. $68. For registrations tel: 410-226-5111.


11 S.T.E.A.M. Festival at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paint with light, take a Virtual Reality field trip, a nd much more! Enjoy lig ht refreshments, music and more. Festival made possible by the Friends of the Library. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 11 Fifth Annual Model Boat Showfrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oxford Community Center. Come see amazing and diverse model boats, including Chesapeake Bay boats and classic yachts. Meet modelers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Included are hands-on activities for kids; boatbuilding exhibits by middle and high school students; models and related materials for sale; and visits to two local wooden boat builders. FREE! For more info. tel: 410-226-5904 or visit 11 Fall Sea Glass Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental

Center, Grasonville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity to purchase unique gifts for Christmas and throughout t he ye a r. The vendor s have top-of-the-line items at reasonable prices! For more info. visit 11 Workshop: Creative Photo Directions for iPhone and iPad at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. $55 member, $75 non-member. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 11 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 11 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.


November Calendar Restaurants w ill feature live music. 5 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 11 Belgian BeerFest from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Cambridge. Plenty of parking. For more info. visit 11 Second Saturday Art Night Out in St. Michaels. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries, all centrally located on Talbot Street. For more info. tel: 410-745-9535 or visit 11 Cambridge Ghost Walk ~ $18 per

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adult; $12 for kids 8-12 years old; under 8 free. 7 to 8:45 p.m. For more info. tel: 443-735-0771 or visit 11 Concert: Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 11-12 No Fee for Wildlife Drive through Black water National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge, in honor of our country’s veterans. For more info. tel: 410-901-6124. 11-12 50th annual Antique Show and Sale at the Oxford firehouse. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three full rooms with many new dealers showing collectibles, furniture, fine china, silver and more. Lunch available both days, including famous Oxford crab cakes. For more info. tel: 410226-0030. 12 Concert: The Accidentals with Jake Allen in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 13 Meeting: Caroline County AARP Chapter #915 at noon, with a covered dish luncheon, at the Church


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November Calendar of the Nazarene in Denton. Mary Moran, State Health Insurance Program, Maryland Access Point and Senior Medicine Patrol will update health care information. Bring your questions! New members are welcome. For more info. tel: 410-482-6039. 13 Lecture: Hospice 101 ~ Debunking the Myths at the Talbot Count y Free Librar y, St. Michaels. Noon. Put aside your preconceived ideas about hospice and your reluctance to talk about death and dying, and come hear about the uplifting and important work Talbot Hospice does in the community. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 13 Stitching Time at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 3 to 5 p.m. Bring projects in progress (sew ing, knitting, crossstitch, what-have-you). Limited instruction available for beginners and newcomers. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 13 Lecture: Marriage, Metaphor and Mortality ~ The Poetry of Jane Kenyon with local Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Sue Ellen Thompson at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6 p.m. For

more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 13 Open Mic at the Academy Art Mu seu m, E a ston. Sha re a nd appreciate the rich tapestry of creat iv it y, sk i l ls a nd k nowledge that thrives here. All ages and styles of performance are welcome. November’s theme is “Gratitude.” The event is open to all ages. 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Reasonably priced beer and wine will be served to those 21 and over. For more info. e-mail 13 Meeting: Cambridge Coin Club at the Dorchester County Public Library. 7:30 p.m. Annual dues $5. For more info. tel: 443-5210679. 14 Advanced Healthcare Planning at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 11 a.m. Hospice staff and trained volunteers will help you understand your options for advanced healthcare planning and complete your advance direct ive paperwork. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681. 14 Carpe Diem Arts free lunchtime concer t at t he Ta lbot Senior Center, Easton, featuring Cassie and Maggie MacDonald w ith their unique blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic instrumentals and vocals. Performance


410-822-2869 or e-mail jneal@ 14 Coloring for Teens and Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 14,28 Meeting: 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 is free. Lunch is available at noon with advance reservation for $2.75. For more info. tel:

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November Calendar more info. tel: 410-822-1371 or visit 15 Lecture: Hospice 101 ~ Debunking the Myths at the Talbot County Free Librar y, Easton. Noon. Put aside your preconceived ideas about hospice and your reluctance to talk about death and dying, and come hear about the uplifting and important work Talbot Hospice does in the community. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 15 Meeting: Dorchester Caregivers Support Group from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Day Adult Medical Day Care, Cambridge. For more info. tel: 410-228-0190. 15 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 15 Open Boatshop Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Experienced and novice woodworkers work on a small woodworking project. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30 per session for CBMM members, $40 per session for non-members. Participants must be 16 or older unless accompanied by an adult.

For more info. tel: 410-745-4980 or visit 15 Child Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 6 p.m. This support group is for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 15,22 Class: Organizing, Taking, Storing and Sharing with your Smart Phone with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 nonmembers. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 16 Stroke Survivor’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 16 Third Thursday in downtown Denton from 5 to 7 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, gifts and home decor, dine out on a porch with views of the Choptank River, or enjoy a stroll around town as businesses extend their hours. For more info. tel: 410-479-0655. 16 Lecture: The Long Walk Home with local attorney Robert Mes-


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$50 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 17 Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge. 1 to 3 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-690-8128 or visit sick on his 2,190-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail as a fundraiser for Easton’s Talbot Interfaith Shelter at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 16 Concert: Ronnie Milsap at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 17 Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop at Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely. 10 a.m. to noon. Create an autumn centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table under the guidance of floral designer and Arboretum docent Nancy Beatty. $40 member,

17 Kittredge-Wilson Lecture: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello with Leslie Greene Bowman, President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. 6 p.m.$24 members, $29 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 17 The Wild and Scenic Film Festival has expanded to a new experience that includes a pre-movie cocktail party at the Tidewater Inn for sponsors and premier ticketholders, who w ill enjoy delicious appetizers, open full bar, reserved seating, and exclusive silent auction items. The party will continue at 7 p.m. as


guests move across the street to the Avalon Theatre for a joyful gathering of friends and community members while watching short films and supporting the MRC Giving Tree. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 18 Holiday Bazaar at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Cambr idge. 8 a.m. - t i l. S er v i ng chicken salad, soups, hot dogs. There will be a bake shop, country store and silent auction. For more info. tel: 410-228-5167 or visit 18 Family Boatshop Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Projects vary from steam bending wood to making cutting boards or helping to build a wooden boat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is limited to children 10 years of age and older, who must be accompanied by an adult. $45 per person, per session for CBMM members, and $55 per person, per session for

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18 Soup ’n Walk: Nutritious Berries, Nuts and Seeds at Adkins A rboret u m, R idgely. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy the autumn harvest as we hunt for dogwood, hibiscus, partridge berry, oak, loblolly pine, juniper, verbena, ironwood, and strawberry bush. Keep your eyes open for signs of beaver. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about nutrition $20 member, $25 non-member. For more info. tel: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit 18 The Met: Live in HD with The Exterminating Angel by Ades at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 1 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 18 Concert: Paul, Liz and Randy at the Gallery Stage at the

Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge. 7 to 9 p.m. $10 DCA members, $12 non-members. Refreshments available for purchase. For more info. tel: 410228-7782 or visit 18 Concert: Roland Comtois in the Stoltz Listening Room, Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 18 Concert: Modern Warrior Live at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. Modern Warrior is a live theatrical music experience cocreated by United States Army veteran Jaymes Poling and musician Dominick Farinacci. This dynamic production explores the psychological weights of war, the challenges of reintegration as a civilian, and the potential for



November Calendar positive personal and communal grow th. Sponsored by Chesape a ke Music a nd The A spen Institute Wye Fellows. For more info. tel: 410-819-0380 or visit 18-March 11 Exhibit: The Soothsayers - 3D Work s on Paper by Emily L ombardo at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. The Soothsayers is an installation of sculptural prints. For more info. tel: 410-822-A RTS (27 87) or v i sit ac ade myar 19 Gu ided Bi rd Wa l k t h roug h

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O l d Fa s h i o n e d C h r i s t m a s M a r k e t a t L a y t o n’s C h a n c e Vineyard and Winer y, Vienna. 25+ vendors, stock up for the holidays w ine sale, Christmas carolers, v ittle food truck and w ine tasting. 1 to 4 p.m. For more info. tel: 410 -228-1205 or v isit

20 Book Discussion: Dancing on My Grave by Gelsey Krikland at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 6:30 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit


20 Meeting: Tidewater Camera Club at the Talbot Community Center, Easton. Competition meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. For more info. visit 21-Feb. 25 Exhibit: The Caprichos - Goya and Lombardo by Emily Lombardo at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. A ser ies of etchings is an homage to Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos, 1799. For more info. tel: 410 -822ARTS (2787) or visit 21 Read with a Certified Therapy 219

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November Calendar Dog at the Talbot County Free Library, Easton. 4 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit 23 Thanksgiving 2 4 C onc er t: An Eve ning with George Winston at the Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-7299 or visit 25 Small Business Saturday in downtown Cambridge. 25 L ig ht ing of t he C a mbr idge Christmas Tree at the Circuit Court in downtown Cambridge. Dusk. 25-28 The Friends of Hospice present the 2017 Festival of Trees - All That Glitters. The Festival annually assists the operating budget for Talbot Hospice, which benefits terminally ill patients and families in Talbot County facing life-limiting illness. Prev iew Party at the Tidewater Inn on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.; Homes Tour on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; MotherSon Dance and Daddy-Daughter Dance on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and much more. For more

info. and tickets tel: 410-8193378 (FEST) or visit 27 Book Arts for Teens and Adults at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. 3:30 p.m. Japanese Stab Binding Book. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit 28 Tuesday Movie@Noon at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels. Bring your lunch and enjoy the film on the big professional screen. For more info. tel: 410-745-5877 or visit



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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.

28 Grief Support Group at Talbot Hospice, Easton. 5 to 6:30 p.m. This ongoing monthly support group is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one, regardless of whether they were served by Talbot Hospice. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-6681 or e-mail 28 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. 28 Meeting: Women Supporting

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29 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Fall Speaker Series ~ Dr. Bill Dennison, professor of marine science and vice president for science applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, on After de Gast: The Chesapeake Transformation Since 1972. 5 p.m. in the Van Lennep Auditorium. For more info. tel: 410-745-2916 or e-mail 29 Meeting: Diabetes Suppor t Group at the Dorchester Family YMCA, Cambridge. 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more info. tel: 410-822-1000, ext. 5196. 29 Portfolio Night at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Area high school students are encouraged to bring their artwork to receive ex per t tips on what makes a


winning portfolio from a panel of art school representatives and professional artists. 6 to 8 p.m. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 29-Dec. 6 Class: Movies, Music and Smart TV ~ Holiday Entertainment for the Whole Family with Scott Kane at the Academy Art Museum, Easton. Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. $50 members, $60 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

seum, Easton. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $160 members, $192 non-members. For more info. tel: 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit 30 Teen Board Game Night at the Ta lbot C ount y Free L ibra r y, Easton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Br ing your own tabletop board game or use the library’s. For grades 6 to 12. Light refreshments. For more info. tel: 410-822-1626 or visit

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